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    ATCHE, n. In Turkey, a small silver coin, value about six or seven mills.

    ATE, The preterite of eat, which see.

    ATE, n. a’ty. [Gr. mischief; to hurt. Ate is a personification of evil, mischief or malice.]

    In pagan mythology, the goddess of mischief, who was cast down from heaven by Jupiter.NWAD ATE.3

    ATELLAN, a. Relating to the dramas at Atella in Italy.

    ATELLAN, n. A dramatic representation, satirical or licentious.

    ATEMPOGIUSTO, [L. in tempore, justo.]

    A direction in music, which signifies to sing or play in an equal, true or just time.NWAD ATEMPOGIUSTO.2

    ATHANASIAN, a. Pertaining to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, in the fourth century. The Athanasian creed is a formulary, confession or exposition of faith, supposed formerly to have been drawn up by Athanasius, but this opinion is now rejected, and the composition is ascribed by some to Hilary, bishop of Arles. It is a summary of what was called the orthodox faith.

    ATHANOR, n. [Heb. thanor, an oven or furnace.]

    A digesting furnace, formerly used in chimical operations, so constructed as to maintain a uniform and durable heat. It is a furnace, with a lateral tower close on all sides, which is to be filled with fuel. As the fuel below is consumed, that in the tower falls down to supply its place.NWAD ATHANOR.2

    ATHEISM, n. The disbelief of the existence of a God, or Supreme intelligent Being.

    Atheism is a ferocious system that leaves nothing above us to excite awe, nor around us, to awaken tenderness.NWAD ATHEISM.2

    ATHEIST, n. [Gr. of a priv. and God.]

    One who disbelieves the existence of a God, or Supreme intelligent Being.NWAD ATHEIST.2

    ATHEIST, a. Atheistical; disbelieving or denying the being of a Supreme God.


    1. Pertaining to atheism.NWAD ATHEISTIC.2

    2. Disbelieving the existence of a God; impious, applied to persons; as, an atheistic writer.NWAD ATHEISTIC.3

    3. Implying or containing atheism; applied to things, as, atheistic doctrines or opinions.NWAD ATHEISTIC.4

    ATHEISTICALLY, adv. In an atheistic manner; impiously.

    ATHEISTICALNESS, n. The quality of being atheistical.

    ATHEIZE, v.i. To discourse an an atheist. [Not used.]

    ATHEL, ADEL, AETHEL, nobel of illustrious birth.

    ATHENIAN, a. [from Athens.] Pertaining to Athens, the metropolis of Attica in Greece.

    ATHENIAN, n. A native or inhabitant of Athens.

    ATHEOLOGIAN, n. One who is opposed to a theologian.

    ATHEOLOGY, n. atheism. [Not in use.]

    ATHEOUS, a. Atheistic; impious. [Not used.]

    ATHERINE, ATHERINA, n. a genus of fishes of the abdominal order. The characters are, the upper jaw is rather flat, the rays of the gill membrane are six, and the side belt or line shines like silver. There are four species; the best known is the Hepsetus, very abundant in the Mediterranean, where it is caught in large quantities.

    ATHEROMA, ATHEROME, n. [Gr. from pap.]

    An encysted tumor, without pain or discoloration of the skin, containing matter like pap, intermixed with hard stony particles; easily cured by incision.NWAD ATHEROMA.2

    ATHEROMATOUS, a. Pertaining to or resembling an atherome; having the qualities of an atherome.

    ATHIRST, a. athrust’. [a and thirst. See Thirst.]

    1. Thirsty; wanting drink.NWAD ATHIRST.2

    2. Having a keen appetite or desire.NWAD ATHIRST.3

    He had a soul athirst for knowledge.NWAD ATHIRST.4

    ATHLETE, n. [See Athletic.] A contender for victory.

    ATHLETIC, a. [Gr.; L. athleta, a wrestler; from strife, contest.]

    1. Belonging to wrestling, boxing, running and other exercises and sports, which were practiced by the ancients, usually called the athletic games. Hence,NWAD ATHLETIC.2

    2. Strong; lusty; robust; vigorous. An athletic body or constitution is one fitted for vigorous exertions.NWAD ATHLETIC.3

    ATHWART, prep. [a and thwart. See Thwart.]

    1. Across; from side to side; transverse; as athwart the path.NWAD ATHWART.2

    2. In marine language, across the line of a ship’s course; as, a fleet standing athwart our course.NWAD ATHWART.3

    Athwart hause, is the situation of a ship when she lies across the stem of another, whether near, or at some distance.NWAD ATHWART.4

    Athwart the fore foot, is a phrase applied to the flight of a cannon ball, across another ship’s course, ahead, as a signal for her to bring to.NWAD ATHWART.5

    Athwart ships, reaching across the ship from side to side, or in that direction.NWAD ATHWART.6

    ATHWART, adv. In a manner to cross and perplex; crossly; wrong; wrongfully.

    ATILT, adv. [a and tilt. See Tilt.]

    1. In the manner of a tilter; in the position, or with the action of a man making a thrust; as, to stand or run atilt.NWAD ATILT.2

    2. In the manner of a cask tilted, or with one end raised.NWAD ATILT.3

    ATIMY, n. [Gr. honor.]

    In ancient Greece, disgrace; exclusion from office or magistracy, by some disqualifying act or decree.NWAD ATIMY.2


    1. Pertaining to the isle Atlantis, which the ancients allege was sunk and overwhelmed by the ocean.NWAD ATLANTIAN.2

    2. Pertaining to Atlas; resembling Atlas.NWAD ATLANTIAN.3

    ATLANTIC, a. [from Atlas or Atlantis.]

    Pertaining to that division of the ocean, which lies between Europe and Africa on the east and America on the west.NWAD ATLANTIC.2

    ATLANTIC, n. The ocean, or that part of the ocean, which is between Europe and Africa on the east and America on the west.

    ATLANTICA, ATLANTIS, n. An isle mentioned by the ancients, situated west of Gades, or Cadiz, on the strait of Gibraltar. The poets mention two isles and call them Hesperides, western isles, and Elysian fields. Authors are not agreed whether these isles were the Canaries, or some other isles, or the continent of America.

    ATLANTIDES, n. A name given to the Pleiades or seven stars, which were feigned to be the daughters of Atlas, a king of Mauritania, or of his brother, Hesperus, who were translated to heaven.

    ATLANTIS, n. A fictitious philosophical commonwealth of Lord Bacon, or the piece describing it; composed in the manner of More’s Utopia, and Campanella’s City of the Sun. One part of the work is finished, in which the author has described a college, founded for the study of Nature, under the name of Solomon’s House. The model of a commonwealth was never executed.

    ATLAS, n.

    1. A collection of maps in a volume; supposed to be so called from a picture of mount Atlas, supporting the heavens, prefixed to some collection.NWAD ATLAS.2

    2. A large square folio, resembling a volume of maps.NWAD ATLAS.3

    3. The supporters of a building.NWAD ATLAS.4

    4. A silk satin, or stuff, manufactured in the east, with admirable ingenuity. Atlasses are plain, striped, or flowered; but they have not the fine gloss and luster of some French silks.NWAD ATLAS.5

    5. The first vertebra of the neck.NWAD ATLAS.6

    6. A term applied to paper, as atlas fine.NWAD ATLAS.7

    ATMOMETER, n. [Gr. vapor, and to measure.]

    An instrument to measure the quantity of exhalation from a humid surface in a given time; an evaporometer.NWAD ATMOMETER.2

    ATMOSPHERE, n. [Gr. vapor, and a sphere.]

    The whole mass of fluid, consisting of air, aqueous and other vapors, surrounding the earth.NWAD ATMOSPHERE.2


    1. Pertaining to the atmosphere; as atmospheric air or vapors.NWAD ATMOSPHERIC.2

    2. Dependent on the atmosphere.NWAD ATMOSPHERIC.3

    I am an atmospheric creature.NWAD ATMOSPHERIC.4

    ATOM, n. [Gr.; L. atomus; from not, and to cut.]

    1. A particle of matter so minute as to admit of no division. Atoms are conceived to be the first principles or component parts of all bodies.NWAD ATOM.2

    2. The ultimate or smallest component part of a body.NWAD ATOM.3

    3. Any thing extremely small.NWAD ATOM.4

    ATOMIC, ATOMICAL, a. Pertaining to atoms; consisting of atoms; extremely minute.

    The atomical philosophy, said to be broached by Moschus, before the Trojan war, and cultivated by Epicurus, teaches that atoms are endued with gravity and motion, by which all things were formed, without the aid of a supreme intelligent Being.NWAD ATOMIC.2

    The atomic theory, in chimistry, or the doctrine of definite proportions, teaches that all chimical combinations take place between the ultimate particles or atoms of bodies, and that these unite either atom with atom, or in proportions expressed by some simple multiple of the number of atoms.NWAD ATOMIC.3

    ATOMISM, n. The doctrine of atoms.

    ATOMIST, n. One who holds to the atomical philosophy.

    ATOM-LIKE, a. Resembling atoms.

    ATOMY, n. A word used by Shakespeare for atom; also an abbreviation of anatomy.

    ATONE, adv. [at and one.] At one; together.

    ATONE, v.i. [Supposed to be compounded of at and one. L. ad and unus, unio.]

    1. To agree; to be in accordance; to accord.NWAD ATONE.3

    He and Aufidus can no more atone.NWAD ATONE.4

    Than violentest contrariety.NWAD ATONE.5

    [This sense is obsolete.]NWAD ATONE.6

    2. To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, amends or satisfaction for an offense or a crime, by which reconciliation is procured between the offended and offending parties.NWAD ATONE.7

    The murderer fell and blood atoned for blood.NWAD ATONE.8

    By what propitiation shall I atone for my former gravity.NWAD ATONE.9

    The life of a slave was deemed to be of so little value, that a very slight compensation atoned for taking it away.NWAD ATONE.10

    3. To atone for, to make compensation or amends.NWAD ATONE.11

    This evil was atoned for by the good effects of the study of the practical physics of Aristotle.NWAD ATONE.12

    The ministry not atoning for their former conduct by any wise or popular measure.NWAD ATONE.13

    ATONE, v.t.

    1. To expiate; to answer or make satisfaction for.NWAD ATONE.15

    Or each atone his guilty love with life.NWAD ATONE.16

    2. To reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease. [Not now used.]NWAD ATONE.17

    ATONED, pp. Expiated; appeased; reconciled.


    1. Agreement; concord; reconciliation, after enmity or controversy. Romans 5:11.NWAD ATONEMENT.2

    Between the Duke of Glo’ster and your brothers.NWAD ATONEMENT.3

    2. Expiation; satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; with for.NWAD ATONEMENT.4

    And Moses said to Aaron, go to the altar, and offer thy sin-offering, and thy burnt-offering, and make an atonement for thyself and for the people. Leviticus 9:7.NWAD ATONEMENT.5

    When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others not to fall into the like.NWAD ATONEMENT.6

    The Phocians behaved with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.NWAD ATONEMENT.7

    3. In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ.NWAD ATONEMENT.8

    ATONER, n. He who makes atonement.

    ATONIC, a. Relaxed; debilitated.

    ATONING, ppr.

    1. Reconciling. Obs.NWAD ATONING.2

    2. Making amends, or satisfaction.NWAD ATONING.3

    ATONY, n. [Gr. defect, of a priv. and tone, from to stretch.]

    Debility; relaxation; a want of tone or tension; defect of muscular power; palsy.NWAD ATONY.2

    ATOP, adv. [a and top. See Top.] On or at the top.

    ATRABILARIAN, ATRABILARIOUS, a. [L. atra bilis, black bile.]

    Affected with melancholy, which the ancients attributed to the bile; replete with black bile.NWAD ATRABILARIAN.2

    ATRABILARIOUSNESS, n. The state of being melancholy, or affected with disordered bile.

    ATRAMENTAL, ATRAMENTOUS, a. [L. atramentum, ink, after ater, black.]

    Inky; black like ink.NWAD ATRAMENTAL.2

    ATRAMENTARIOUS, a. Like ink; suitable for making ink. The sulphate of iron, or green copperas, is called atramentarious, as being the material of ink.

    ATRIP, adv. [a and trip. See Trip.]

    In nautical language, the anchor is atrip, when drawn out of the ground in a perpendicular direction. The topsails are atrip, when they are hoisted to the top of the mast, or as high as possible.NWAD ATRIP.2

    ATROCIOUS, a. [L. atrox, trux, fierce, cruel.]

    1. Extremely hainous, criminal or cruel; enormous; outrageous; as atrocious guilt or offense.NWAD ATROCIOUS.2

    2. Very grievous; violent; as atrocious distempers.NWAD ATROCIOUS.3

    ATROCIOUSLY, adv. In an atrocious manner; with enormous cruelty or guilt.

    ATROCIOUSNESS, n. The quality of being enormously criminal or cruel.

    ATROCITY, n. Enormous wickedness; extreme hainousness or cruelty; as the atrocity of murder.

    ATROPHY, n. [Gr. a priv. and to nourish.]

    A consumption or wasting of the flesh, with loss of strength, without any sensible cause or hectic fever; a wasting from defect of nourishment.NWAD ATROPHY.2

    ATROPIA, n. A new vegetable alkali extracted from the atropa belladonna, or deadly nightshade. It is white, brilliant and crystallizes in long needles.

    ATTACH, v.t. [Gr.; L. tango, for tago, Eng. tack; etc. See Attack and Tack.]

    1. To take by legal authority; to arrest the person by writ, to answer for a debt; applied to a taking of the person by a civil process; being never used for the arrest of a criminal. It is applied also to the taking of goods and real estate by an officer, by virtue of a writ or precept, to hold the same to satisfy a judgment to be rendered in the suit.NWAD ATTACH.2

    2. To take, seize and lay hold on, by moral force, as by affection or interest; to win the heart; to fasten or bind by moral influence; as, attached to a friend; attaching others to us by wealth or flattery.NWAD ATTACH.3

    3. To make to adhere; to tie, bind or fasten; as, to attach substances by any glutinous matter; to attach one thing to another by a string.NWAD ATTACH.4

    ATTACHABLE, a. That may be legally attached; liable to be taken by writ or precept.

    ATTACHED, pp. Taken by writ or precept; drawn to and fixed, or united by affection or interest.

    ATTACHING, ppr. Taking or seizing by commandment or writ; drawing to, and fixing by influence; winning the affections.


    1. A taking of the person, goods or estate by a writ or precept in a civil action, to secure a debt or demand.NWAD ATTACHMENT.2

    2. A writ directing the person or estate of a person to be taken, to secure his appearance before a court. In England, the first notice to appear in court is by summons; and if the defendant disobeys this monition, a writ of attachment issues, commanding the sheriff to attach him, by taking gage, or security in goods, which he forfeits by non-appearance, or by making him find safe pledges or sureties for his appearance. But in trespasses, an attachment is more generally the first process, and in some states, the writ of attachment issues at first against the property or person of the defendant. In Connecticut, this writ issues against the person, goods or land, in the first instance, commanding to take the goods and estate of the defendant, if to be found; or otherwise, to take his body. In England, witnesses not appearing upon a summons, may be taken by attachment; a process called with us a capias. Attachments also issue against persons for contempt of court. The court of attachments, in England, is held before the verderors of the forest, to attach and try offenders against vert and vension.NWAD ATTACHMENT.3

    Foreign attachment is the taking of the money or goods of a debtor in the hands of a stranger; as when the debtor is not within the jurisdiction of the court or has absconded. Any person who has goods or effects of a debtor, is considered in law as the agent, attorney, factor or trustee of the debtor; and an attachment served on such person binds the property in his hands to respond the judgment against the debtor.NWAD ATTACHMENT.4

    3. Close adherence or affection; fidelity; regard; any passion or affection that binds a person; as, an attachment to a friend, or to a party.NWAD ATTACHMENT.5

    ATTACK, v.t. [Heb. to thrust, to drive, to strike.]

    1. To assault; to fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms. It is the appropriate word for the commencing act of hostility between armies and navies.NWAD ATTACK.2

    2. To fall upon, with unfriendly words or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by satire, calumny or criticism; as, to attack a man or his opinions in a pamphlet.NWAD ATTACK.3

    ATTACK, n. An onset; first invasion; a falling on, with force or violence, or with calumny, satire or criticism.

    ATTACKED, pp. Assaulted; invaded; fallen on by force or enmity.

    ATTACKER, n. One who assaults or invades.

    ATTACKING, ppr. Assaulting; invading; falling on with force, calumny or criticism.

    ATTACOTTIC, a. Pertaining to the Attacotti, a tribe of ancient Britons, allies of the Scots.

    ATTAGEN, n. A beautiful fowl, resembling the pheasant, with a short black bill and a fine crest of yellow feathers, variegated with black and white spots, found in the mountains of Sicily.

    ATTAIN, v.i. [L. attingo, to reach, come to or overtake; ad and tango, to touch, reach or strike; that is, to thrust, urge or push to. it has no connection with L. attineo. See Class.]

    1. To reach; to come to or arrive at, by motion, bodily exertion, or efforts towards a place or object.NWAD ATTAIN.2

    If by any means they might attain to Phenice. Acts 27:12.NWAD ATTAIN.3

    2. To reach; to come to or arrive at, by an effort of mind.NWAD ATTAIN.4

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain to it. Psalm 139:6.NWAD ATTAIN.5

    Regularly this verb should be always followed by to; the omission of to, and the use of the verb, in a transitive sense, may have originated in mistake, from the opinion that the verb is from the L. attineo, and equivalent to obtain.NWAD ATTAIN.6

    ATTAIN, v.t.

    1. To gain; to compass; to achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; without to following.NWAD ATTAIN.8

    Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the means?NWAD ATTAIN.9

    This use of the verb is now established; but in strictness to is here implied; attain to the end. The real sense, as in the intransitive use of the verb is, to reach or come to the end or purpose in view. This word always implies an effort towards an object. Hence it is not synonymous with obtain and procure, which do not necessarily imply such effort. We procure or obtain a thing by purchase or loan, and we obtain by inheritance, but we do not attain it by such means. An inattention to this distinction has led good authors into great mistakes in the use of this word.NWAD ATTAIN.10

    2. To reach or come to a place or object by progression or motion.NWAD ATTAIN.11

    But ere such tidings shall his ears attain.NWAD ATTAIN.12

    Canaan he now attains.NWAD ATTAIN.13

    3. To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.NWAD ATTAIN.14

    ATTAINABLE, a. That may be attained; that may be reached by efforts of the mind or body; that may be compassed or accomplished by efforts directed to the object; as, perfection is not attainable in this life. From an inattention to the true sense of this word, as explained under attain, authors have very improperly used this word for obtainable, procurable; as in the following passages. “The kind and quality of food and liquor; the species of habitation, furniture and clothing to which the common people of each country are habituated, must be attainable with ease and certainty.” “Gen. Howe would not permit them to be purchased in Philadelphia, and they (clothes and blankets) were not attainable in the country.” Marshall’s Life of Washington, 3,428. Each of these words should be obtainable.

    ATTAINABLENESS, n. The quality of being attainable.

    ATTAINDER, n. [L. ad and tingo, to stain; Gr. See Tinge.]

    1. Literally a staining, corruption, or rendering impure; a corruption of blood. Hence,NWAD ATTAINDER.2

    2. The judgment of death, or sentence of a competent tribunal upon a person convicted of treason or felony, which judgment attaints, taints or corrupts his blood, so that he can no longer inherit lands. The consequences of this judgment are, forfeiture of lands, tenements and hereditaments, loss of reputation, and disqualification to be a witness in any court of law. A statute of Parliament attainting a criminal, is called an act of attainder.NWAD ATTAINDER.3

    Upon the thorough demonstration of which guilt by legal attainder, the feudal covenant is broken.NWAD ATTAINDER.4

    3. The act of attainting.NWAD ATTAINDER.5

    An act was made for the attainder of several persons.NWAD ATTAINDER.6

    Note. by the constitution of the United States, no crime words an attainder.NWAD ATTAINDER.7


    1. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence the act of obtaining by efforts; as the attainment of excellence.NWAD ATTAINMENT.2

    2. That which is attained to, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; as, a man of great attainments.NWAD ATTAINMENT.3

    ATTAINT, v.t. [See Attainder.]

    1. To taint or corrupt; to extinguish the pure or inheritable blood of a person found guilty of treason or felony, by confession, battle, or verdict, and consequent sentence of death, or by special act of Parliament.NWAD ATTAINT.2

    No person shall be attainted of high treason where corruption of blood is incurred, but by the oath of two witnesses, etc.NWAD ATTAINT.3

    2. To taint, as the credit of jurors, convicted of giving a false verdict. This is done by special writ of attaint. The conviction of such a crime attaints the reputation of jurors, and renders them infamous.NWAD ATTAINT.4

    3. To disgrace; to cloud with infamy; to stain.NWAD ATTAINT.5

    4. To taint or corrupt.NWAD ATTAINT.6

    ATTAINT, n.

    1. A stain, spot or taint. [See Taint.]NWAD ATTAINT.8

    2. Any thing injurious; that which impairs. Obs.NWAD ATTAINT.9

    3. A blow or wound on the hinder feet of a horse.NWAD ATTAINT.10

    4. A writ which lies after judgment against a jury for giving a false verdict in any court of record.NWAD ATTAINT.11

    ATTAINTED, pp. Stained; corrupted; rendered infamous; rendered incapable of inheriting.

    ATTAINTING, ppr. Staining; corrupting; rendering infamous by judicial act; depriving of inheritable blood.

    ATTAINTMENT, n. The being attainted.

    ATTAINTURE, n. A staining or rendering infamous; reproach; imputation.

    ATTAR, [See Otter.]

    ATTASK, v.t. To task; to tax. [Not used. See Task.]

    ATTASTE, v.t. To taste. [Not used. See Taste.]

    ATTEMPER, v.t. [L. attempero, of ad and tempero, to temper, mix, or moderate. See Temper.]

    1. To reduce, modify or moderate by mixture; as, to attemper heat by a cooling mixture, or spirit by diluting it with water.NWAD ATTEMPER.2

    2. To soften, mollify or moderate; as, to attemper rigid justice with clemency.NWAD ATTEMPER.3

    3. To mix in just proportion; to regulate; as, a mind well attempered with kindness and justice.NWAD ATTEMPER.4

    4. To accommodate; to fit or make suitable.NWAD ATTEMPER.5

    Arts attempered to the lyre.NWAD ATTEMPER.6

    ATTEMPERANCE, n. Temperance. [Not used.]

    ATTEMPERATE, a. [L. attemperatus.]

    Tempered; proportioned; suited.NWAD ATTEMPERATE.2

    Hope must be proportioned and attemperate to the promise.NWAD ATTEMPERATE.3

    ATTEMPERATE, v.t. To attemper. [Not in use.]

    ATTEMPERED, ppr. Reduced in quality; moderated; softened; well mixed; suited.

    ATTEMPERING, ppr. Moderating in quality; softening; mixing in due proportion; making suitable.

    ATTEMPERLY, adv. In a temperate manner. [Not in use.]

    ATTEMPT, v.t. [L. attento, to attempt, of ad and tento, to try; tento is from the same root as tendo, to strain; Gr. Hence, the literal sense is to strain, urge, stretch.]

    1. To make an effort to effect some object; to make trial or experiment; to try; to endeavor; to use exertion for any purpose; as, to attempt to sing; to attempt a bold flight.NWAD ATTEMPT.2

    2. To attack; to make an effort upon; as, to attempt the enemy’s camp.NWAD ATTEMPT.3

    This verb is not always followed by an object, and appears to be intransitive; but some object is understood, or a verb in the infinitive follows in the place of an object; as, he attempted to speak.NWAD ATTEMPT.4

    ATTEMPT, n. An essay, trial or endeavor; an attack; or an effort to gain a point.

    ATTEMPTABLE, a. That may be attempted, tried or attacked; liable to an attempt, or attack.

    ATTEMPTED, pp. Essayed; tried; attacked.

    ATTEMPTER, n. One who attempts, or attacks.

    ATTEMPTING, ppr. Trying; essaying; making an effort to gain a point; attacking.

    ATTEND, v.t. [L. attendo; ad and tendo, to stretch, to tend. See Tend.]

    1. To go with, or accompany, as a companion, minister or servant.NWAD ATTEND.2

    2. To be present; to accompany or be united to; as a cold attended with fever.NWAD ATTEND.3

    3. To be present for some duty, implying charge or oversight; to wait on; as, the physician or the nurse attends the sick.NWAD ATTEND.4

    4. To be present in business; to be in company from curiosity, or from some connection in affairs; as, lawyers or spectators attend a court.NWAD ATTEND.5

    5. To be consequent to, from connection of cause; as, a measure attended with ill effects.NWAD ATTEND.6

    6. To await; to remain, abide or be in store for; as, happiness or misery attends us after death.NWAD ATTEND.7

    7. To wait for; to lie in wait.NWAD ATTEND.8

    8. To wait or stay for.NWAD ATTEND.9

    Three days I promised to attend my doom.NWAD ATTEND.10

    9. To accompany with solicitude; to regard.NWAD ATTEND.11

    Their hunger thus appeased, their care attends.NWAD ATTEND.12

    The doubtful fortune of their absent friends.NWAD ATTEND.13

    10. To regard; to fix the mind upon.NWAD ATTEND.14

    The pilot doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger.NWAD ATTEND.15

    This is not now a legitimate sense. To express this idea, we now use the verb intransitively, with to, attend to.NWAD ATTEND.16

    11. To expect. [Not in use.]NWAD ATTEND.17

    ATTEND, v.i.

    1. To listen; to regard with attention; followed by to.NWAD ATTEND.19

    Attend to the voice of my supplication. Psalm 86:6.NWAD ATTEND.20

    Hence much used in the imperative, attend!NWAD ATTEND.21

    2. To regard with observation, and correspondent practice.NWAD ATTEND.22

    My son, attend to my words.NWAD ATTEND.23

    Hence, to regard with compliance.NWAD ATTEND.24

    He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalm 66:19.NWAD ATTEND.25

    3. To fix the attention upon, as an object of pursuit; to be busy or engaged in; as, to attend to the study of the scriptures.NWAD ATTEND.26

    4. To wait on; to accompany or be present, in pursuance of duty; with on or upon; as, to attend upon a committee; to attend upon business. Hence,NWAD ATTEND.27

    5. To wait on, in service or worship; to serve.NWAD ATTEND.28

    That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 1 Corinthians 7:35.NWAD ATTEND.29

    6. To stay; to delay. Obs.NWAD ATTEND.30

    For this perfection she must yet attend,NWAD ATTEND.31

    Till to her maker she espoused be.NWAD ATTEND.32

    7. To wait; to be within call.NWAD ATTEND.33


    1. The act of waiting on, or serving.NWAD ATTENDANCE.2

    Of which no man gave attendance at the altar. Hebrews 7:13.NWAD ATTENDANCE.3

    2. A waiting on; a being present on business of any kind; as, the attendance of witnesses of persons in court; attendance of members of the legislature.NWAD ATTENDANCE.4

    3. Service; ministry.NWAD ATTENDANCE.5

    Receive attendance.NWAD ATTENDANCE.6

    4. The persons attending; a train; a retinue.NWAD ATTENDANCE.7

    5. Attention; regard; careful application of mind.NWAD ATTENDANCE.8

    Give attendance to reading. 1 Timothy 4:13.NWAD ATTENDANCE.9

    6. Expectation. Obs.NWAD ATTENDANCE.10


    1. Accompanying; being present, or in the train.NWAD ATTENDANT.2

    Other suns with their attendant moons.NWAD ATTENDANT.3

    2. Accompanying, connected with, or immediately following, as consequential; as, intemperance with all its attendant evils.NWAD ATTENDANT.4

    3. In law, depending on or owing service to; as, the wife attendant to the heir.NWAD ATTENDANT.5


    1. One who attends or accompanies, in any character whatever, as a friend, companion, minister or servant; one who belongs to the train.NWAD ATTENDANT.7

    2. One who is present; as an attendant at or upon a meeting.NWAD ATTENDANT.8

    3. One who owes service to or depends on another.NWAD ATTENDANT.9

    4. That which accompanies or is consequent to.NWAD ATTENDANT.10

    A love of fame, the attendant of noble spirits.NWAD ATTENDANT.11

    Shame is the attendant of vice.NWAD ATTENDANT.12

    ATTENDED, pp. Accompanied; having attendants; served; waited on.

    ATTENDER, n. One who attends; a companion; an associate. [Little used.]

    ATTENDING, ppr. Going with; accompanying; waiting on; superintending or taking care of; being present; immediately consequent to; serving; listening; regarding with care.

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