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    INTERLINKING, ppr. Connecting by uniting links; joining.

    INTERLOCATION, n. A placing between; interposition.

    INTERLOCUTION, n. [L. interlocutio; inter and locutio, loquor, to speak.]

    1. Dialogue; conference; interchange of speech.NWAD INTERLOCUTION.2

    2. In law, an intermediate act or decree before final decision.NWAD INTERLOCUTION.3

    INTERLOCUTOR, n. [L. interloquor, supra.]

    1. One who speaks in dialogue; a dialogist.NWAD INTERLOCUTOR.2

    2. In Scots law, an interlocutory judgment or sentence.NWAD INTERLOCUTOR.3


    1. Consisting of dialogue.NWAD INTERLOCUTORY.2

    There are several interlocutory discourses in the holy Scriptures.NWAD INTERLOCUTORY.3

    2. In law, intermediate; not final or definitive. An order, sentence, decree or judgment, given in an intermediate stage of a cause, or on some intermediate question before the final decision, is called interlocutory; as a decree in chancery referring a question of fact to a court of law, or a judgment on default in a court of law.NWAD INTERLOCUTORY.4

    INTERLOPE, v.i. [inter and Eng. to leap. See Leap.]

    To run between parties and intercept the advantage that one should gain from the other; to traffick without a proper license; to forestall; to prevent right.NWAD INTERLOPE.2

    INTERLOPER, n. One who runs into business to which he has no right; one who interferes wrongfully; one who enters a country or place to trade without license.

    INTERLOPING, ppr. Interfering wrongfully.

    INTERLUCATE, v.t. To let in light by cutting away branches of trees.

    INTERLUCATION, n. The act of thinning a wood to let in light.

    INTERLUCENT, a. [L. interlucens; inter and luceo, to shine.]

    Shining between.NWAD INTERLUCENT.2

    INTERLUDE, n. [L. inter and ludus, play.]

    An entertainment exhibited on the state between the acts of a play, or between the play and the afterpiece, to amuse the spectators, while the actors take breath and shift their dress, or the scenes and decorations are changed. In ancient tragedy, the chorus sung the interludes. In modern times, interludes consist of songs, feats of activity, dances, concerts of music, etc.NWAD INTERLUDE.2

    INTERLUDER, n. One that performs in an interlude.

    INTERLUENCY, n. [L. interluens, interluo, to flow between.]

    A flowing between; water interposed. [Little used.]NWAD INTERLUENCY.2

    INTERLUNAR, INTERLUNARY, a. [L. inter and luna, the moon.] Belonging to the time when the moon, at or near its conjunction with the sun, is invisible.

    INTERMARRIAGE, n. [inter and marriage.] Marriage between two families, where each takes one and gives another.

    INTERMARRIED, pp. Mutually connected by marriage.

    INTERMARRY, v.i. [inter and marry.]

    1. To marry one and give another in marriage; as two families.NWAD INTERMARRY.2

    2. To marry some of each order, family, tribe or nation with the other.NWAD INTERMARRY.3

    About the middle of the fourth century from the building of Rome, it was declared lawful for nobles and plebeians to intermarry.NWAD INTERMARRY.4

    INTERMARRYING, ppr. Mutually giving and receiving in marriage; mutually connecting by marriage.

    INTERMEAN, n. [inter and mean.] Interact; something done in the mean time. [Not used.]

    INTERMEATION, n. [L. inter and meo, to flow.]

    A flowing between. [Not in use.]NWAD INTERMEATION.2

    INTERMEDDLE, v.i. [inter and meddle.] To meddle in the affairs of others, in which one has no concern; to meddle officiously; to interpose or interfere improperly.

    The practice of Spain has been, by war and by conditions of treaty, to intermeddle with foreign states.NWAD INTERMEDDLE.2

    INTERMEDDLER, n. One that interposes officiously; one who meddles, or intrudes into business to which he has no right.

    INTERMEDDLING, ppr. Interposing officiously; intruding.

    INTERMEDDLING, n. Officious interposition.

    INTERMEDIAL, a. [L. inter and medius, middle.]

    Lying between; intervening; intervenient.NWAD INTERMEDIAL.2

    INTERMEDIARY, n. [from intermediate.]

    1. Interposition; intervention. [Not much used.]NWAD INTERMEDIARY.2

    2. Something interposed.NWAD INTERMEDIARY.3

    INTERMEDIATE, a. [L. inter and medius, middle.] Lying or being in the middle place or degree between two extremes; intervening; interposed; as an intermediate space between hills or rivers; intermediate colors. Man has an intermediate nature and rank between angels and brutes.

    INTERMEDIATE, n. In chimistry, a substance which is the intermedium or means of chimical affinity, as an alkali, which renders oil combinable with water.

    INTERMEDIATELY, adv. By way of intervention.

    INTERMEDIATION, n. Intervention; common means.

    INTERMEDIUM, n. Intermediate space.

    1. An intervening agent.NWAD INTERMEDIUM.2

    INTERMELL, v.t. or i. To intermix or intermeddle. [Not in use.]

    INTERMENT, n. [from inter.] The act of depositing a dead body in the earth; burial; sepulture.

    INTERMENTION, v.t. To mention among other things; to include. [Not used.]

    INTERMICATION, n. [L. intermico; inter and mico, to shine.]

    A shining between or among.NWAD INTERMICATION.2

    INTERMIGRATION, n. [L. inter and migro, to migrate.]

    Reciprocal migration; removal from one country to another by men or tribes which take the place each of the other.NWAD INTERMIGRATION.2

    INTERMINABLE, a. [L. in and terminus, end; termino, to end.]

    Boundless; endless; admitting no limit; as interminable space or duration; interminable sufferings. Milton uses this word as an appellation of the Godhead.NWAD INTERMINABLE.2

    INTERMINATE, a. [L. interminatus, intermino.]

    Unbounded; unlimited; endless; as interminate sleep.NWAD INTERMINATE.2

    INTERMINATE, v.t. [L. interminor.] To menace. [Not used.]

    INTERMINATION, n. [L. interminor, to menace or forbid.]

    A menace or threat. [Not used.]NWAD INTERMINATION.2

    INTERMINGLE, v.t. [inter and mingle.]

    To mingle or mix together; to put some things with others.NWAD INTERMINGLE.2

    INTERMINGLE, v.i. To be mixed or incorporated.

    INTERMINGLED, pp. Intermixed.

    There are trees and intermingled temples rise.NWAD INTERMINGLED.2

    INTERMINGLING, ppr. Mingling or mixing together.

    INTERMISSION, n. [L. intermissio. See Intermit.]

    1. Cessation for a time; pause; intermediate stop; as, to labor without intermission; service or business will begin after an intermission of one hour.NWAD INTERMISSION.2

    2. Intervenient time.NWAD INTERMISSION.3

    3. The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever; the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission or abatement of fever.NWAD INTERMISSION.4

    4. The state of being neglected; disuse; as of words. [Little used.]NWAD INTERMISSION.5

    INTERMISSIVE, a. Coming by fits or after temporary cessations; not continual.

    INTERMIT, v.t. [L. intermitto; inter and mitto, to send.]

    To cause to cease for a time; to interrupt; to suspend.NWAD INTERMIT.2

    Pray to the gods, to intermit the plagueNWAD INTERMIT.3

    That needs must light on this ingratitude.NWAD INTERMIT.4

    INTERMIT, v.i. To cease for a time; to go off at intervals; as a fever. A tertian fever intermits every other day. The pulse sometimes intermits for a second of time.

    INTERMITTED, pp. Caused to cease for a time; suspended.

    INTERMITTENT, a. Ceasing at intervals; as an intermittent fever.

    INTERMITTENT, n. A fever which entirely subsides or ceases at certain intervals. The ague and fever is called an intermittent.

    INTERMITTING, ppr. Ceasing for a time; pausing.

    1. Causing to cease.NWAD INTERMITTING.2

    INTERMITTINGLY, adv. With intermissions; at intervals.

    INTERMIX, v.t. [inter and mix.] To mix together; to put some things with others; to intermingle.

    In yonder-spring of roses, intermix’dNWAD INTERMIX.2

    With myrtle, find what to redress ‘till noon.NWAD INTERMIX.3

    INTERMIX, v.i. To be mixed together; to be intermingled.

    INTERMIXED, pp. Mingled together.

    INTERMIXING, ppr. Intermingling.

    INTERMIXTURE, n. A mass formed by mixture; a mass of ingredients mixed.

    1. Admixture; something additional mingled in a mass.NWAD INTERMIXTURE.2

    In this height of impiety there wanted not an intermixture of levity and folly.NWAD INTERMIXTURE.3

    INTERMONTANE, a. [L. inter and montanus, mons, a mountain.]

    Between mountains; as intermontane soil.NWAD INTERMONTANE.2

    INTERMUNDANE, a. [L. inter and mundanus, mundus, the world.]

    Being between worlds or between orb and orb; as intermundane spaces.NWAD INTERMUNDANE.2

    INTERMURAL, a. [L. inter and muralis, murus, a wall.] between walls.

    INTERMUSCULAR, a. [inter and muscle.] Between the muscles.

    INTERMUTATION, n. [inter and mutation.]

    Interchange; mutual or reciprocal change.NWAD INTERMUTATION.2

    INTERMUTUAL, for mutual, is an illegitimate word.

    INTERN, a. Internal. [Not much used.]

    INTERNAL, a. [L. internus.] Inward; interior; being within any limit or surface; not external. We speak of the internal parts of a body, of a bone, of the earth, etc. Internal excellence is opposed to external. The internal peace of man, is peace of mind or conscience. The internal evidence of the divine origin of the Scriptures, is the evidence which arises from the excellence of its precepts and their adaptation to the condition of man, or from other peculiarities.

    1. Pertaining to the heart.NWAD INTERNAL.2

    With our Savior, internal purity is every thing.NWAD INTERNAL.3

    2. Intrinsic; real; as the internal rectitude of actions.NWAD INTERNAL.4

    3. Confined to a country; domestic; not foreign; as the internal trade of a state or kingdom; internal troubles or dissensions; internal war. Internal taxes are taxes on the lands and other property within a state or kingdom; opposed to external taxes.NWAD INTERNAL.5

    INTERNALLY, adv. Inwardly; within the body; beneath the surface.

    1. Mentally; intellectually.NWAD INTERNALLY.2

    2. Spiritually.NWAD INTERNALLY.3

    INTERNATIONAL, a. [inter and national.] Existing and regulating the mutual intercourse between different nations; as international law.

    INTERNECINE, a. [L. internecinus, interneco, to kill; inter and neco.] Deadly; destructive. [Little used.]

    INTERNECION, n. [L. internecio.]

    Mutual slaughter or destruction. [Little used.]NWAD INTERNECION.2

    INTERNECTION, n. Connection. [Useless.]

    INTERNODE, n. [L. internodium; inter and nodus, knot.]

    In botany, the space between two joints of a plant.NWAD INTERNODE.2

    INTERNUNCIO, n. [L. internuncius; inter and nuncius, a messenger.]

    A messenger between two parties.NWAD INTERNUNCIO.2

    INTEROSSEALSEOUS, a. [L. inter and os, a bone.] Situated between bones; as an interosseous ligament.

    INTERPEAL, v.t. [L. interpello.] To interrupt. [Not used.]

    INTERPEL, v.t. To set forth. [Not used.]

    INTERPELLATION, n. [L. interpellatio, interpello; inter and pello, to drive or thrust.] A summons; a citation.

    1. Interruption.NWAD INTERPELLATION.2

    2. An earnest address; intercession.NWAD INTERPELLATION.3

    INTERPLEAD, v.i. [inter and plead.] In law, to discuss a point incidentally happening, before the principal cause can be tried.

    INTERPLEADER, n. A bill of interpleader, in chancery, is where a person owes a debt or rent to one of the parties in suit, but, till the determination of it, he knows not to which, and he desired that they may interplead or settle their claims between themselves, that he may be safe in the payment.

    INTERPLEDGE, v.t. interplej’. To give and take as a mutual pledge.

    INTERPOINT, v.t. To point; to distinguish by stops or marks.

    INTERPOLATE, v.t. [L. interpolo; inter and polio, to polish.]

    1. To renew; to begin again; to carry on with intermission; as a succession of interpolated motions.NWAD INTERPOLATE.2

    2. To foist in; to insert, as a spurious word or passage in a manuscript or book; to add a spurious word or passage to the original.NWAD INTERPOLATE.3

    The Athenians were put in possession of Salamis by another law which was cited by Solon, or as some think, interpolated by him for that purpose.NWAD INTERPOLATE.4

    INTERPOLATED, pp. Inserted or added to the original.

    INTERPOLATING, ppr. Foisting in a spurious word or passage.

    INTERPOLATION, n. The act of foisting a word or passage into a manuscript or book.

    1. A spurious word or passage inserted in the genuine writings of an author.NWAD INTERPOLATION.2

    I have changed the situation of some of the Latin verses, and made some interpolations.NWAD INTERPOLATION.3

    2. In mathematics, that branch of analysis, which treats of the methods by which, when a series of quantities succeeding each other, and formed all according to some determinate law, are given, others subject to the same law may be interposed between them.NWAD INTERPOLATION.4

    INTERPOLATOR, n. [L.] One who foists into a book or manuscript, spurious words or passages; one who adds something to genuine writings.

    INTERPOLISH, v.t. To polish between.

    INTERPONE, v.t. [L. inter and pono.] To set or insert between.

    [Not in use.]NWAD INTERPONE.2

    INTERPOSAL, n. s as z. [from interpose.]

    1. The act of interposing; interposition; interference; agency between two persons.NWAD INTERPOSAL.2

    2. Intervention; a coming or being between.NWAD INTERPOSAL.3

    INTERPOSE, v.t. s as z. [L. interpono, interpositum; inter and pono, to place.]

    1. The act of interposing; interposition; interference; agency between two persons.NWAD INTERPOSE.2

    2. To place between or among; to thrust in; to intrude, as an obstruction, interruption or inconvenience.NWAD INTERPOSE.3

    What watchful cares do interpose themselvesNWAD INTERPOSE.4

    Betwixt your eyes and night.NWAD INTERPOSE.5

    Human frailty will too often interpose itself among persons of the holiest function.NWAD INTERPOSE.6

    3. To offer, as aid or services, for relief or the adjustment of differences. The emperor interposed his aid or services to reconcile the contending parties.NWAD INTERPOSE.7

    The common Father of mankind seasonably interposed his hand and rescued miserable man--NWAD INTERPOSE.8

    INTERPOSE, v.i. To step in between parties at variance; to mediate. The prince interposed and made peace.

    1. To put in by way of interruption.NWAD INTERPOSE.10

    But, interposes Eleutherius, this objection may be made against almost any hypothesis.NWAD INTERPOSE.11

    INTERPOSE, n. Interposal. [Not used.]

    INTERPOSED, pp. Placed between or among; thrust in.

    INTERPOSER, n. One that interposes or comes between others; a mediator or agent between parties.

    INTERPOSING, ppr. Placing between; coming between; offering aid or services.

    INTERPOSIT, n. A place of deposit between one commercial city or country and another.

    INTERPOSITION, n. [L. interpositio.]

    1. A being, placing or coming between; intervention; as the interposition of the Baltic sea between Germany and Sweden. The interposition of the moon between the earth and the sun occasions a solar eclipse.NWAD INTERPOSITION.2

    2. Intervenient agency; as the interposition of the magistrate in quieting sedition. How many evidences have we of divine interposition in favor of good men!NWAD INTERPOSITION.3

    3. Mediation; agency between parties. By the interposition of a common friend, the parties have been reconciled.NWAD INTERPOSITION.4

    4. Any thing interposed.NWAD INTERPOSITION.5

    INTERPOSURE, n. Interposal. [Not in use.]

    INTERPRET, v.t. [L. interpretor, from interpres.]

    1. To explain the meaning or words to a person who does not understand them; to expound; to translate unintelligible words into intelligible ones; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman.NWAD INTERPRET.2

    --Immanuel, which being interpreted, signified, God with us. Matthew 1:23.NWAD INTERPRET.3

    2. To explain or unfold the meaning of predictions, vision, dreams or enigmas; to expound and lay open what is concealed from the understanding; as, Joseph interpreted the dream of Pharaoh.NWAD INTERPRET.4

    3. To decipher.NWAD INTERPRET.5

    4. To explain something not understood; as, to interpret looks or signs.NWAD INTERPRET.6

    5. To define; to explain words by other words in the same language.NWAD INTERPRET.7

    INTERPRETABLE, a. That may be interpreted or explained.

    INTERPRETATION, n. [L. interpretatio.]

    1. The act of interpreting; explanation of unintelligible words in language that is intelligible. Interpretation is the design of translation.NWAD INTERPRETATION.2

    2. The act of expounding or unfolding what is not understood or not obvious; as the interpretation of dreams and prophecy.NWAD INTERPRETATION.3

    Look how we can, or sad or merrily,NWAD INTERPRETATION.4

    Interpretation will misquote our looks.NWAD INTERPRETATION.5

    3. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition. We sometimes find various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture and other ancient writings.NWAD INTERPRETATION.6

    4. The power of explaining.NWAD INTERPRETATION.7

    INTERPRETATIVE, a. Collected or known by interpretation.

    An interpretative siding with heretics.NWAD INTERPRETATIVE.2

    1. Containing explanation.NWAD INTERPRETATIVE.3

    INTERPRETATIVELY, adv. As may be collected by interpretation.

    INTERPRETED, pp. Explained; expounded.

    INTERPRETER, n. One that explains or expounds; an expositor; as an interpreter of the Scriptures.

    1. A translator; one who renders the words of one language in words of corresponding signification in another.NWAD INTERPRETER.2

    INTERPRETING, ppr. Explaining; expounding; translating.

    INTERPUNCTION, n. [L. interpunctio, interpungo; inter and pungo, to point.] The making of points between sentences or parts of a sentence. But punctuation is generally used.

    INTERREGNUM, n. [L. inter and regnum, rule or reign.] The time in which a throne is vacant, between the death or abdication of a king and the accession of his successor. An interregnum, in strictness, can happen only in governments where the king is elective; for in hereditary kingdoms, the reign of the successor commences at the moment of his predecessor’s death or demise. The word however is used with more latitude.

    INTERREIGN, n. interra’ne. An interregnum, or vacancy of the throne.

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