5 letter word starting with e

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
eager adjective Sharp; sour; acid., Sharp; keen; bitter; severe., Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase., Brittle; inflexible; not ductile., Same as Eagre.
eagle noun Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera Aquila and Haliaeetus. The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetus); the imperial eagle of Europe (A. mogilnik / imperialis); the American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus); the European sea eagle (H. albicilla); and the great harpy eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for standards and emblematic devices. See Bald eagle, Harpy, and Golden eagle., A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten dollars., A northern constellation, containing Altair, a star of the first magnitude. See Aquila., The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or standard of any people.
eagre noun A wave, or two or three successive waves, of great height and violence, at flood tide moving up an estuary or river; — commonly called the bore. See Bore.
eared imp. & past participle of Ear, Having (such or so many) ears; — used in composition; as, long-eared-eared; sharp-eared; full-eared; ten-eared., Having external ears; having tufts of feathers resembling ears.
earal adjective Receiving by the ear.
early adverb Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early., In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; — opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit., Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
earsh noun See Arrish.
earst adverb See Erst.
earth noun The globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the dwelling place of spirits., The solid materials which make up the globe, in distinction from the air or water; the dry land., The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like; sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth; rich earth., A part of this globe; a region; a country; land., Worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things; the pursuits, interests, and allurements of this life., The people on the globe., Any earthy-looking metallic oxide, as alumina, glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria., A similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta., A hole in the ground, where an animal hides himself; as, the earth of a fox., To hide, or cause to hide, in the earth; to chase into a burrow or den., To cover with earth or mold; to inter; to bury; — sometimes with up., To burrow., A plowing.
eased imp. & past participle of Ease
easel noun A frame (commonly) of wood serving to hold a canvas upright, or nearly upright, for the painter’s convenience or for exhibition.
eaten past participle of Eat
eater noun One who, or that which, eats.
eaves noun pl. The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof., Brow; ridge., Eyelids or eyelashes.
ebbed imp. & past participle of Ebb
eblis noun The prince of the evil spirits; Satan.
ebony noun A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green., Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance.
eccle noun The European green woodpecker; — also called ecall, eaquall, yaffle.
echon pronoun Alt. of Echoon
eclat noun Brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown., Demonstration of admiration and approbation; applause.
ecto- A combining form signifying without, outside, external., See Ect-.
ectad adverb Toward the outside or surface; — opposed to entad.
ectal adjective Pertaining to, or situated near, the surface; outer; — opposed to ental.
eddas plural of Edda
eddic adjective Relating to the Eddas; resembling the Eddas.
edder noun An adder or serpent., Flexible wood worked into the top of hedge stakes, to bind them together., To bind the top interweaving edder; as, to edder a hedge.
edema noun Same as oedema.
edged imp. & past participle of Edge
edict noun A public command or ordinance by the sovereign power; the proclamation of a law made by an absolute authority, as if by the very act of announcement; a decree; as, the edicts of the Roman emperors; the edicts of the French monarch.
edify verb i. To build; to construct., To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach., To teach or persuade., To improve.
edile noun See Aedile.
educe verb t. To bring or draw out; to cause to appear; to produce against counter agency or influence; to extract; to evolve; as, to educe a form from matter.
educt noun That which is educed, as by analysis.
eerie adjective Alt. of Eery
effet noun The common newt; — called also asker, eft, evat, and ewt.
egean adjective See Aegean.
egest verb t. To cast or throw out; to void, as excrement; to excrete, as the indigestible matter of the food; in an extended sense, to excrete by the lungs, skin, or kidneys.
egged imp. & past participle of Egg
eggar noun Any bombycid moth of the genera Eriogaster and Lasiocampa; as, the oak eggar (L. roboris) of Europe.
egger noun One who gathers eggs; an eggler., One who eggs or incites.
eghen noun pl. Eyes.
egret noun The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret (Ardea, / Herodias, egretta); the great egret (A. alba); the little egret (A. garzetta), of Europe; and the American snowy egret (A. candidissima)., A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette., The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, as the down of the thistle., A kind of ape.
eider noun Any species of sea duck of the genus Somateria, esp. Somateria mollissima, which breeds in the northern parts of Europe and America, and lines its nest with fine down (taken from its own body) which is an article of commerce; — called also eider duck. The American eider (S. Dresseri), the king eider (S. spectabilis), and the spectacled eider (Arctonetta Fischeri) are related species.
eight noun An island in a river; an ait., Seven and one; as, eight years., The number greater by a unit than seven; eight units or objects., A symbol representing eight units, as 8 or viii.
eigne adjective Eldest; firstborn., Entailed; belonging to the eldest son.
eikon noun An image or effigy; — used rather in an abstract sense, and rarely for a work of art.
eirie noun See Aerie, and Eyrie.
eisel noun Vinegar; verjuice.
eject verb t. To expel; to dismiss; to cast forth; to thrust or drive out; to discharge; as, to eject a person from a room; to eject a traitor from the country; to eject words from the language., To cast out; to evict; to dispossess; as, to eject tenants from an estate.
eking present participle & vb. noun of Eke, A lengthening or filling piece to make good a deficiency in length., The carved work under the quarter piece at the aft part of the quarter gallery.
elain noun Same as Olein.
eland noun A species of large South African antelope (Oreas canna). It is valued both for its hide and flesh, and is rapidly disappearing in the settled districts; — called also Cape elk., The elk or moose.
elaps noun A genus of venomous snakes found both in America and the Old World. Many species are known. See Coral snake, under Coral.
elate adjective Lifted up; raised; elevated., Having the spirits raised by success, or by hope; flushed or exalted with confidence; elated; exultant., To raise; to exalt., To exalt the spirit of; to fill with confidence or exultation; to elevate or flush with success; to puff up; to make proud.
elayl noun Olefiant gas or ethylene; — so called by Berzelius from its forming an oil combining with chlorine. [Written also elayle.] See Ethylene.
elbow noun The joint or bend of the arm; the outer curve in the middle of the arm when bent., Any turn or bend like that of the elbow, in a wall, building, and the like; a sudden turn in a line of coast or course of a river; also, an angular or jointed part of any structure, as the raised arm of a chair or sofa, or a short pipe fitting, turning at an angle or bent., A sharp angle in any surface of wainscoting or other woodwork; the upright sides which flank any paneled work, as the sides of windows, where the jamb makes an elbow with the window back., To push or hit with the elbow, as when one pushes by another., To jut into an angle; to project or to bend after the manner of an elbow., To push rudely along; to elbow one’s way.
elder adjective Older; more aged, or existing longer., Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; — opposed to younger, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc., One who is older; a superior in age; a senior., An aged person; one who lived at an earlier period; a predecessor., A person who, on account of his age, occupies the office of ruler or judge; hence, a person occupying any office appropriate to such as have the experience and dignity which age confers; as, the elders of Israel; the elders of the synagogue; the elders in the apostolic church., A clergyman authorized to administer all the sacraments; as, a traveling elder., A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.
elect adjective Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more., Chosen as the object of mercy or divine favor; set apart to eternal life., Chosen to an office, but not yet actually inducted into it; as, bishop elect; governor or mayor elect., One chosen or set apart., Those who are chosen for salvation., To pick out; to select; to choose., To select or take for an office; to select by vote; as, to elect a representative, a president, or a governor., To designate, choose, or select, as an object of mercy or favor.
elegy noun A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
elemi noun A fragrant gum resin obtained chiefly from tropical trees of the genera Amyris and Canarium. A. elemifera yields Mexican elemi; C. commune, the Manila elemi. It is used in the manufacture of varnishes, also in ointments and plasters.
eleve noun A pupil; a student.
elves plural of Elf
elfin adjective Relating to elves., A little elf or urchin.
elide verb t. To break or dash in pieces; to demolish; as, to elide the force of an argument., To cut off, as a vowel or a syllable, usually the final one; to subject to elision.
elite noun A choice or select body; the flower; as, the elite of society.
elles adverb & conj. See Else.
elmen adjective Belonging to elms.
eloge noun A panegyrical funeral oration.
elogy noun The praise bestowed on a person or thing; panegyric; eulogy.
eloin verb t. See Eloign.
elong verb t. To lengthen out; to prolong., To put away; to separate; to keep off.
elope verb t. To run away, or escape privately, from the place or station to which one is bound by duty; — said especially of a woman or a man, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a paramour or a sweetheart.
elops noun A genus of fishes. See Saury., A mythical serpent.
elsin noun A shoemaker’s awl.
elude verb t. To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow.
elute verb t. To wash out.
elvan adjective Pertaining to elves; elvish., Of or pertaining to certain veins of feldspathic or porphyritic rock crossing metalliferous veins in the mining districts of Cornwall; as, an elvan course., Alt. of Elvanite
elver noun A young eel; a young conger or sea eel; — called also elvene.
embar verb t. To bar or shut in; to inclose securely, as with bars., To stop; to hinder by prohibition; to block up.
embay verb t. To bathe; to soothe or lull as by bathing., To shut in, or shelter, as in a bay.
embed verb t. To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
ember noun A lighted coal, smoldering amid ashes; — used chiefly in the plural, to signify mingled coals and ashes; the smoldering remains of a fire., Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year; as, ember fasts.
embow verb t. To bend like a bow; to curve.
embox verb t. To inclose, as in a box; to imbox.
emeer noun Same as Emir., An Arabian military commander, independent chieftain, or ruler of a province; also, an honorary title given to the descendants of Mohammed, in the line of his daughter Fatima; among the Turks, likewise, a title of dignity, given to certain high officials.
emend verb t. To purge of faults; to make better; to correct; esp., to make corrections in (a literary work); to alter for the better by textual criticism, generally verbal.
emery noun Corundum in the form of grains or powder, used in the arts for grinding and polishing hard substances. Native emery is mixed with more or less magnetic iron. See the Note under Corundum.
emmet noun An ant.
emmew verb t. To mew or coop up.
emong preposition Alt. of Emongst
emove verb t. To move.
empte verb t. To empty.
empty superl. Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; — said of an inclosure, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles., Free; clear; devoid; — often with of., Having nothing to carry; unburdened., Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; — said of language; as, empty words, or threats., Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; — said of pleasure, the world, etc., Producing nothing; unfruitful; — said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine., Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb., Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams., An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; — used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, “special rates for empties.”, To deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge; as, to empty a vessel; to empty a well or a cistern., To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean., To become empty.
emule verb t. To emulate.
emyds plural of Emyd
enact verb t. To decree; to establish by legal and authoritative act; to make into a law; especially, to perform the legislative act with reference to (a bill) which gives it the validity of law., To act; to perform; to do; to effect., To act the part of; to represent; to play., Purpose; determination.
enate adjective Growing out.
ended imp. & past participle of End
ender noun One who, or that which, makes an end of something; as, the ender of my life.
endo- Alt. of End-
endow verb t. To furnish with money or its equivalent, as a permanent fund for support; to make pecuniary provision for; to settle an income upon; especially, to furnish with dower; as, to endow a wife; to endow a public institution., To enrich or furnish with anything of the nature of a gift (as a quality or faculty); — followed by with, rarely by of; as, man is endowed by his Maker with reason; to endow with privileges or benefits.
endue verb t. To invest., An older spelling of Endow.
eneid noun Same as Aeneid.
enema noun An injection, or clyster, thrown into the rectum as a medicine, or to impart nourishment.
enemy noun One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood., Hostile; inimical.
engle noun A favorite; a paramour; an ingle., To cajole or coax, as favorite.
engyn Variant of Engine.
enjoy verb t. To take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience of; to feel or perceive with pleasure; to be delighted with; as, to enjoy the dainties of a feast; to enjoy conversation., To have, possess, and use with satisfaction; to occupy or have the benefit of, as a good or profitable thing, or as something desirable; as, to enjoy a free constitution and religious liberty., To have sexual intercourse with., To take satisfaction; to live in happiness.
enlay verb t. See Inlay.
enmew verb t. See Emmew.
ennew verb t. To make new.
ennui noun A feeling of weariness and disgust; dullness and languor of spirits, arising from satiety or want of interest; tedium.
enode verb t. To clear of knots; to make clear.
enorm adjective Enormous.
ensky verb t. To place in the sky or in heaven.
ensue verb t. To follow; to pursue; to follow and overtake., To follow or come afterward; to follow as a consequence or in chronological succession; to result; as, an ensuing conclusion or effect; the year ensuing was a cold one.
entad adverb Toward the inside or central part; away from the surface; — opposed to ectad.
ental adjective Pertaining to, or situated near, central or deep parts; inner; — opposed to ectal.
enter verb t. To come or go into; to pass into the interior of; to pass within the outer cover or shell of; to penetrate; to pierce; as, to enter a house, a closet, a country, a door, etc.; the river enters the sea., To unite in; to join; to be admitted to; to become a member of; as, to enter an association, a college, an army., To engage in; to become occupied with; as, to enter the legal profession, the book trade, etc., To pass within the limits of; to attain; to begin; to commence upon; as, to enter one’s teens, a new era, a new dispensation., To cause to go (into), or to be received (into); to put in; to insert; to cause to be admitted; as, to enter a knife into a piece of wood, a wedge into a log; to enter a boy at college, a horse for a race, etc., To inscribe; to enroll; to record; as, to enter a name, or a date, in a book, or a book in a catalogue; to enter the particulars of a sale in an account, a manifest of a ship or of merchandise at the customhouse., To go into or upon, as lands, and take actual possession of them., To place in regular form before the court, usually in writing; to put upon record in proper from and order; as, to enter a writ, appearance, rule, or judgment., To make report of (a vessel or her cargo) at the customhouse; to submit a statement of (imported goods), with the original invoices, to the proper officer of the customs for estimating the duties. See Entry, 4., To file or inscribe upon the records of the land office the required particulars concerning (a quantity of public land) in order to entitle a person to a right pf preemption., To deposit for copyright the title or description of (a book, picture, map, etc.); as, “entered according to act of Congress.”, To initiate; to introduce favorably., To go or come in; — often with in used pleonastically; also, to begin; to take the first steps., To get admission; to introduce one’s self; to penetrate; to form or constitute a part; to become a partaker or participant; to share; to engage; — usually with into; sometimes with on or upon; as, a ball enters into the body; water enters into a ship; he enters into the plan; to enter into a quarrel; a merchant enters into partnership with some one; to enter upon another’s land; the boy enters on his tenth year; to enter upon a task; lead enters into the composition of pewter., To penetrate mentally; to consider attentively; — with into.
ento- A combining form signifying within; as, entoblast.
entry noun The act of entering or passing into or upon; entrance; ingress; hence, beginnings or first attempts; as, the entry of a person into a house or city; the entry of a river into the sea; the entry of air into the blood; an entry upon an undertaking., The act of making or entering a record; a setting down in writing the particulars, as of a transaction; as, an entry of a sale; also, that which is entered; an item., That by which entrance is made; a passage leading into a house or other building, or to a room; a vestibule; an adit, as of a mine., The exhibition or depositing of a ship’s papers at the customhouse, to procure license to land goods; or the giving an account of a ship’s cargo to the officer of the customs, and obtaining his permission to land the goods. See Enter, v. t., 8, and Entrance, n., 5., The actual taking possession of lands or tenements, by entering or setting foot on them., A putting upon record in proper form and order., The act in addition to breaking essential to constitute the offense or burglary.
enure verb t. See Inure.
envie verb i. To vie; to emulate; to strive.
envoy noun One dispatched upon an errand or mission; a messenger; esp., a person deputed by a sovereign or a government to negotiate a treaty, or transact other business, with a foreign sovereign or government; a minister accredited to a foreign government. An envoy’s rank is below that of an ambassador., An explanatory or commendatory postscript to a poem, essay, or book; — also in the French from, l’envoi.
eolic adjective & noun See Aeolic.
eolis noun A genus of nudibranch mollusks having clusters of branchial papillae along the back. See Ceratobranchia.
eosin noun A yellow or brownish red dyestuff obtained by the action of bromine on fluorescein, and named from the fine rose-red which it imparts to silk. It is also used for making a fine red ink. Its solution is fluorescent.
eozoa plural of Eozoon
epact noun The moon’s age at the beginning of the calendar year, or the number of days by which the last new moon has preceded the beginning of the year.
ephah noun Alt. of Epha
ephod noun A part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front.
ephor noun A magistrate; one of a body of five magistrates chosen by the people of ancient Sparta. They exercised control even over the king.
epoch noun A fixed point of time, established in history by the occurrence of some grand or remarkable event; a point of time marked by an event of great subsequent influence; as, the epoch of the creation; the birth of Christ was the epoch which gave rise to the Christian era., A period of time, longer or shorter, remarkable for events of great subsequent influence; a memorable period; as, the epoch of maritime discovery, or of the Reformation., A division of time characterized by the prevalence of similar conditions of the earth; commonly a minor division or part of a period., The date at which a planet or comet has a longitude or position., An arbitrary fixed date, for which the elements used in computing the place of a planet, or other heavenly body, at any other date, are given; as, the epoch of Mars; lunar elements for the epoch March 1st, 1860.
epode noun The after song; the part of a lyric ode which follows the strophe and antistrophe, — the ancient ode being divided into strophe, antistrophe, and epode., A species of lyric poem, invented by Archilochus, in which a longer verse is followed by a shorter one; as, the Epodes of Horace. It does not include the elegiac distich.
epopt noun One instructed in the mysteries of a secret system.
epure noun A draught or model from which to build; especially, one of the full size of the work to be done; a detailed drawing.
equal adjective Agreeing in quantity, size, quality, degree, value, etc.; having the same magnitude, the same value, the same degree, etc.; — applied to number, degree, quantity, and intensity, and to any subject which admits of them; neither inferior nor superior, greater nor less, better nor worse; corresponding; alike; as, equal quantities of land, water, etc. ; houses of equal size; persons of equal stature or talents; commodities of equal value., Bearing a suitable relation; of just proportion; having competent power, abilities, or means; adequate; as, he is not equal to the task., Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement., Evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just., Of the same interest or concern; indifferent., Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; — opposed to mixed., Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity., One not inferior or superior to another; one having the same or a similar age, rank, station, office, talents, strength, or other quality or condition; an equal quantity or number; as, “If equals be taken from equals the remainders are equal.”, State of being equal; equality., To be or become equal to; to have the same quantity, the same value, the same degree or rank, or the like, with; to be commen/urate with., To make equal return to; to recompense fully., To make equal or equal to; to equalize; hence, to compare or regard as equals; to put on equality.
equi- A prefix, meaning equally; as, equidistant; equiangular.
equip verb t. To furnish for service, or against a need or exigency; to fit out; to supply with whatever is necessary to efficient action in any way; to provide with arms or an armament, stores, munitions, rigging, etc.; — said esp. of ships and of troops., To dress up; to array; accouter.
equus noun A genus of mammals, including the horse, ass, etc.
erase verb t. To rub or scrape out, as letters or characters written, engraved, or painted; to efface; to expunge; to cross out; as, to erase a word or a name., Fig.: To obliterate; to expunge; to blot out; — used of ideas in the mind or memory.
erato noun The Muse who presided over lyric and amatory poetry.
erect adjective Upright, or having a vertical position; not inverted; not leaning or bent; not prone; as, to stand erect., Directed upward; raised; uplifted., Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed., Watchful; alert., Standing upright, with reference to the earth’s surface, or to the surface to which it is attached., Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc., To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise; as, to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc., To raise, as a building; to build; to construct; as, to erect a house or a fort; to set up; to put together the component parts of, as of a machine., To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify., To animate; to encourage; to cheer., To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, or the like., To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute., To rise upright.
erven plural of Erf
ergat verb t. To deduce logically, as conclusions.
ergot noun A diseased condition of rye and other cereals, in which the grains become black, and often spur-shaped. It is caused by a parasitic fungus, Claviceps purpurea., The mycelium or spawn of this fungus infecting grains of rye and wheat. It is a powerful remedial agent, and also a dangerous poison, and is used as a means of hastening childbirth, and to arrest bleeding., A stub, like soft horn, about the size of a chestnut, situated behind and below the pastern joint., See 2d Calcar, 3 (b).
erica noun A genus of shrubby plants, including the heaths, many of them producing beautiful flowers.
ermin noun An Armenian.
ermit noun A hermit.
erode verb t. To eat into or away; to corrode; as, canker erodes the flesh.
erose adjective Irregular or uneven as if eaten or worn away., Jagged or irregularly toothed, as if nibbled out or gnawed.
erred imp. & past participle of Err
error noun A wandering; a roving or irregular course., A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error., A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension., A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault., The difference between the approximate result and the true result; — used particularly in the rule of double position., The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity., The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; — sometimes called residual error., A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact., A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base.
eruca noun An insect in the larval state; a caterpillar; a larva.
eruct verb t. Alt. of Eructate
erupt verb t. To cause to burst forth; to eject; as, to erupt lava.
escot noun See Scot, a tax., To pay the reckoning for; to support; to maintain.
eskar noun Alt. of Esker
esker noun See Eschar.
essay noun An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend., A composition treating of any particular subject; — usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce., An assay. See Assay, n., To exert one’s power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try., To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.
ester noun An ethereal salt, or compound ether, consisting of an organic radical united with the residue of any oxygen acid, organic or inorganic; thus the natural fats are esters of glycerin and the fatty acids, oleic, etc.
estop verb t. To impede or bar by estoppel.
estre noun The inward part of a building; the interior.
etaac noun The blue buck.
etern adjective Alt. of Eterne
ethal noun A white waxy solid, C16H33.OH; — called also cetylic alcohol. See Cetylic alcohol, under Cetylic.
ethel adjective Noble.
ether noun A medium of great elasticity and extreme tenuity, supposed to pervade all space, the interior of solid bodies not excepted, and to be the medium of transmission of light and heat; hence often called luminiferous ether., Supposed matter above the air; the air itself., A light, volatile, mobile, inflammable liquid, (C2H5)2O, of a characteristic aromatic odor, obtained by the distillation of alcohol with sulphuric acid, and hence called also sulphuric ether. It is powerful solvent of fats, resins, and pyroxylin, but finds its chief use as an anaesthetic. Called also ethyl oxide., Any similar oxide of hydrocarbon radicals; as, amyl ether; valeric ether.
ethic adjective Alt. of Ethical
ethyl noun A monatomic, hydrocarbon radical, C2H5 of the paraffin series, forming the essential radical of ethane, and of common alcohol and ether.
ettin noun A giant.
ettle verb t. To earn. [Obs.] See Addle, to earn.
etude noun A composition in the fine arts which is intended, or may serve, for a study., A study; an exercise; a piece for practice of some special point of technical execution.
etwee noun See Etui.
etyma plural of Etymon
eurus noun The east wind.
evade verb t. To get away from by artifice; to avoid by dexterity, subterfuge, address, or ingenuity; to elude; to escape from cleverly; as, to evade a blow, a pursuer, a punishment; to evade the force of an argument., To escape; to slip away; — sometimes with from., To attempt to escape; to practice artifice or sophistry, for the purpose of eluding.
evene verb i. To happen.
event noun That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls out; any incident, good or bad., An affair in hand; business; enterprise., The consequence of anything; the issue; conclusion; result; that in which an action, operation, or series of operations, terminates., To break forth.
evert verb t. To overthrow; to subvert., To turn outwards, or inside out, as an intestine.
every adjective & adjective pronoun All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite bumber., Every one. Cf.
evict verb t. To dispossess by a judicial process; to dispossess by paramount right or claim of such right; to eject; to oust., To evince; to prove.
evite verb t. To shun.
evoke verb t. To call out; to summon forth., To call away; to remove from one tribunal to another.
ewery noun Alt. of Ewry
exact adjective Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect; true; correct; precise; as, the clock keeps exact time; he paid the exact debt; an exact copy of a letter; exact accounts., Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual; as, a man exact in observing an appointment; in my doings I was exact., Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict., To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; — followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one., To practice exaction.
exalt verb t. To raise high; to elevate; to lift up., To elevate in rank, dignity, power, wealth, character, or the like; to dignify; to promote; as, to exalt a prince to the throne, a citizen to the presidency., To elevate by prise or estimation; to magnify; to extol; to glorify., To lift up with joy, pride, or success; to inspire with delight or satisfaction; to elate., To elevate the tone of, as of the voice or a musical instrument., To render pure or refined; to intensify or concentrate; as, to exalt the juices of bodies.
excel verb t. To go beyond or surpass in good qualities or laudable deeds; to outdo or outgo, in a good sense., To exceed or go beyond; to surpass., To surpass others in good qualities, laudable actions, or acquirements; to be distinguished by superiority; as, to excel in mathematics, or classics.
excur i. To run out or forth; to extend.
exeat noun A license for absence from a college or a religious house., A permission which a bishop grants to a priest to go out of his diocese.
exect verb t. To cut off or out. [Obs.] See Exsect.
exert verb t. To thrust forth; to emit; to push out., To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body, limbs, faculties, or imagination; to exert the mind or the voice., To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to bring to bear; to do or perform.
exile noun Forced separation from one’s native country; expulsion from one’s home by the civil authority; banishment; sometimes, voluntary separation from one’s native country., The person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home., To banish or expel from one’s own country or home; to drive away., Small; slender; thin; fine.
exist verb i. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual., To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign., To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist water, nor fishes on land.
exode noun Departure; exodus; esp., the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt., The final chorus; the catastrophe., An afterpiece of a comic description, either a farce or a travesty.
exody noun Exodus; withdrawal.
expel verb t. To drive or force out from that within which anything is contained, inclosed, or situated; to eject; as to expel air from a bellows., To drive away from one’s country; to banish., To cut off from further connection with an institution of learning, a society, and the like; as, to expel a student or member., To keep out, off, or away; to exclude., To discharge; to shoot.
extol verb t. To place on high; to lift up; to elevate., To elevate by praise; to eulogize; to praise; to magnify; as, to extol virtue; to extol an act or a person.
extra adjective Beyond what is due, usual, expected, or necessary; additional; supernumerary; also, extraordinarily good; superior; as, extra work; extra pay., Something in addition to what is due, expected, or customary; something in addition to the regular charge or compensation, or for which an additional charge is made; as, at European hotels lights are extras.
exude verb t. To discharge through pores or incisions, as moisture or other liquid matter; to give out., To flow from a body through the pores, or by a natural discharge, as juice.
exult verb i. To be in high spirits; figuratively, to leap for joy; to rejoice in triumph or exceedingly; to triumph; as, an exulting heart.
eyren plural of Ey, See Ey, an egg.
eyght noun An island. See Eyot.
eyrie noun Alt. of Eyry