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    VERMIFORM — VEXING

    VERMIFORM, a. [L. vermis, a worm, and forma, form.]

    Having the form or shape of a worm; as the vermiform process of the cerebellum.NWAD VERMIFORM.2

    VERMIFUGE, n. [L. vermis, a worm, and fugo, to expel.]

    A medicine or substance that destroys or expels worms from animal bodies; an anthelmintic.NWAD VERMIFUGE.2

    VERMIL, VERMILION, a. vermil’yon. [L. vermiculus, vermes; a name sometimes improperly given to the kermes. See Crimson.]

    1. The cochineal, a small insect found on a particular plant. [Improper or obsolete.]NWAD VERMIL.2

    2. Red sulphuret of mercury; a bright, beautiful red color of two sorts, natural and artificial. The natural is found in silver mines, in the form of a ruddy sand, which is to be prepared by purification or washing, and then levigated with water on a stone. The factitious or common vermilion is made of artificial cinnabar, ground with white wine, and afterwards with the white of an egg.NWAD VERMIL.3

    3. Any beautiful red color. In blushing, the delicate cheek is covered with vermilion.NWAD VERMIL.4

    VERMILION, v.t. vermil’yon. To dye red; to cover with a delicate red.

    VERMILIONED, pp. or a. Dyed or tinged with a bright red.

    VERMIN, n. sing, and plu; used chiefly in the plural. [L. vermes, worms.]

    1. All sorts of small animals which are destructive to grain or other produce; all noxious little animals or insects, as squirrels, rats, mice, worms, grubs, flies, etc.NWAD VERMIN.2

    These vermin do great injuries in the field.NWAD VERMIN.3

    2. Used of noxious human beings in contempt; as base vermin.NWAD VERMIN.4

    VERMINATE, v.i. [L. vermino.] To breed vermin.

    VERMINATION, n.

    1. The breeding of vermin.NWAD VERMINATION.2

    2. A griping of the bowels.NWAD VERMINATION.3

    VERMINOUS, a. Tending to breed vermin.

    The verminous disposition of the body.NWAD VERMINOUS.2

    VERMIPAROUS, a. [L. vermes, worms, and pario, to bear.] Producing worms.

    VERMIVOROUS, a. [L. vermes, worms, and voro, to devour.]

    Devouring worms; feeding on worms. Vermivorous birds are very useful to the farmer.NWAD VERMIVOROUS.2

    VERNACULAR, a. [L. vernaculus, born in one’s house, from verns, a servant.]

    1. Native; belonging to the country of one’s birth. English is our vernacular language. The vernacular idiom is seldom perfectly acquired by foreigners.NWAD VERNACULAR.2

    2. Native; belonging to the person by birth or nature.NWAD VERNACULAR.3

    A vernacular disease, is one which prevails in a particular country or district; more generally called endemic.NWAD VERNACULAR.4

    VERNACULOUS, a. [supra.] Vernacular; also, scoffing. Obs.

    VERNAL, a. [L. vernalis, from ver, spring.]

    1. Belonging to the spring; appearing in spring; as vernal bloom.NWAD VERNAL.2

    Vernal flowers are preparatives to autumnal fruits.NWAD VERNAL.3

    2. Belonging to youth, the spring of life.NWAD VERNAL.4

    Vernal signs, the signs in which the sun appears in the spring.NWAD VERNAL.5

    Vernal equinox, the equinox in spring or March; opposed to the autumnal equnox, in September.NWAD VERNAL.6

    VERNANT, a. [L. vernans; verno, to flourish.] Flourishing, as in spring; as vernant flowers.

    VERNATE, v.i. to become young again. [Not in use.]

    VERNATION, n. [L. verno.] In botany, the disposition of the nascent leaves within the bud. it is called also foliation or leafing.

    VERNIER, n. [from the inventor.] A graduated index which subdivides the smallest divisions on a straight or circular scale.

    VERNILITY, n. [L. vernilis, from verna, a slave.] Servility; fawning behavior, like that of a slave. [Not in use.]

    VERONICA, n. [vera-icon, true image.]

    1. A portrait or representation of the face of our Savior on handkerchiefs.NWAD VERONICA.2

    2. In botany, a genus of plants, Speedwell.NWAD VERONICA.3

    VERRUCOUS, a. [L. verruca, a wart; verrucosus, full of warts.]

    Warty; having little knobs or warts on the surface; as a verrucous capsule.NWAD VERRUCOUS.2

    VERSABILITY, VERSABLENESS, n. [L. versabilis, from versor, to turn.]

    Aptness to be turned round. [Not used.]NWAD VERSABILITY.2

    VERSABLE, a. [supra.] That may be turned. [Not used.]

    VERSAL, for universal. [Not used or very vulgar.]

    VERSATILE, a. [L. versatilis, from versor, to turn.]

    1. That may be turned round; as a versatile boat or spindle.NWAD VERSATILE.2

    2. Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; as a man of versatile disposition.NWAD VERSATILE.3

    3. Turning with ease from one thing to another; readily applied to a new task, or to various subjects; as a man of versatile genius.NWAD VERSATILE.4

    4. In botany, a versatile anther is one fixed by the middle on the point of the filament, and so poised as to turn like the needle of a compass; fixed by its side, but freely movable.NWAD VERSATILE.5

    VERSATILITY, n.

    1. The quality of being versatile; aptness to change; readiness to be turned; variableness.NWAD VERSATILITY.2

    2. The faculty of easily turning one’s mind to new tasks or subjects; as the versatility of genus.NWAD VERSATILITY.3

    VERSE, n. vers. [L. versus; verto, to turn.]

    1. In poetry, a line, consisting of a certain number of long and short syllables, disposed according to the rules of the species of poetry which the author intends to compose. Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, and tetrameter, etc. according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrian or Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe.NWAD VERSE.2

    2. Poetry; metrical language.NWAD VERSE.3

    Virtue was taught in verse.NWAD VERSE.4

    Verse embalms virtue.NWAD VERSE.5

    3. A short division of any composition, particularly of the chapters in the Scriptures. The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses, is not ascertained. The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens.NWAD VERSE.6

    4. A piece of poetry.NWAD VERSE.7

    5. A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.NWAD VERSE.8

    6. In a song or ballad, a stanza is called a verse.NWAD VERSE.9

    Blank verse, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.NWAD VERSE.10

    Heroic verse, usually consists of ten syllables, or in English, of five accented syllables, constituting five feet.NWAD VERSE.11

    VERSE, v.t. To tell in verse; to relate poetically.

    Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love.NWAD VERSE.13

    To be versed, [L. vesor.] to be well skilled; to be acquainted with; as, to be versed in history or in geometry.NWAD VERSE.14

    VERSE-MAN, n. [verse and man.] A writer of verses; in ludicrous language.

    VERSER, n. A maker of verses; a versifier.

    VERSICLE, n. [L. versiculus.] A little verse. [Not used.]

    VERSICOLOR, VERSICOLORED, a. [L. versicolor.] Having various colors; changeable in color.

    VERSICULAR, a. Pertaining to verses; designating distinct divisions of a writing.

    VERSIFICATION, n. The act, art or practice of composing poetic verse. Versification is the result of art, labor and rule, rather than of invention or the fire of genius. It consists in adjusting the long and short syllables, and forming feet into harmonious measure.

    VERSIFICATOR, n. A versifier. [Little used. See Versifier.]

    VERSIFIED, pp. [from versify.] Formed into verse.

    VERSIFIER, n.

    1. One who makes verses. Not every versifier is a poet.NWAD VERSIFIER.2

    2. One who converts into verse; or one who expresses the ideas of another, written in prose; as, Dr. Watts was a versifier of the Psalms.NWAD VERSIFIER.3

    VERSIFY, v.i. To make verses.

    I’ll versify in spite, and do my best.NWAD VERSIFY.2

    VERSIFY, v.t.

    1. To relate or describe in verse.NWAD VERSIFY.4

    I’ll versify the truth.NWAD VERSIFY.5

    2. To turn into verse; as, to versify the Psalms.NWAD VERSIFY.6

    VERSION, n. [L. versio.]

    1. A turning; a change or transformation; as the version of air into water. [Unusual.]NWAD VERSION.2

    2. Change of direction; as the version of the beams of light. [Unusual.]NWAD VERSION.3

    3. The act of translating; the rendering of thoughts or ideas expressed in one language, into words of like signification in another language. How long was Pope engaged in the version of Homer?NWAD VERSION.4

    4. Translation; that which is rendered from another language. We have a good version of the Scriptures. There is a good version of Pentateuch in Samaritan. The Septuagint version of the Old Testament was made for the benefit of the Jews in Alexandria.NWAD VERSION.5

    VERST, n. A Russian measure of length, containing 1166 2/3 yards, or 3500 feet; about three quarters of an English mile.

    VERT, n. [L. viridis.]

    1. In the forest laws, every thing that grows and bears a green leaf within the forest. To preserve vert and venison, is the duty of the verderer.NWAD VERT.2

    2. In heraldry, a green color.NWAD VERT.3

    VERTEBER, VERTEBRA, n. [L. vertebra, from verto, to turn.] A joint of the spine or backbone of an animal.

    VERTEBRAL, a.

    1. Pertaining to the joints of the spine or backbone.NWAD VERTEBRAL.2

    2. Having a backbone or spinal joints; as vertebral animals.NWAD VERTEBRAL.3

    VERTEBRAL, n. An animal of the class which have a backbone.

    VERTEBRATED, a. [L. vertebratus.] Having a backbone, or vertebral column, containing the spinal marrow, as an animal; as man, quadrupeds, fowls, amphibia, and fishes.

    VERTEX, n. [L. from veto, to turn; primarily a round point.]

    1. The crown or top of the head.NWAD VERTEX.2

    2. The top of a hill or other thing; the point of a cone, pyramid, angle or figure; the pole of a glass, in optics. The vertex of a curve, is the point from which the diameter is drawn, or the intersection of the diameter and the curve.NWAD VERTEX.3

    3. In astronomy, the zenith; the point of the heavens perpendicularly over the head.NWAD VERTEX.4

    VERTICAL, a. [L. vertex.]

    1. Placed or being in the zenith, or perpendicularly over the head. The sun is vertical to the inhabitants within the tropics at certain times every year.NWAD VERTICAL.2

    2. Being in a position perpendicular to the plane of the horizon.NWAD VERTICAL.3

    Vertical leaves, in botany, are such as stand so erect, that neither of the surfaces can be called the upper or under.NWAD VERTICAL.4

    Vertical anthers, are such as terminate the filaments, and being inserted by their base, stand no less upright than the filaments themselves.NWAD VERTICAL.5

    Vertical circle, in astronomy, a great circle passing through the zenith and the nadir. The meridian of any place is a vertical circle. The vertical circles are called azimuths.NWAD VERTICAL.6

    Vertical line, in conics, is a right line drawn on the vertical plane, and passing through the vertex of the cone.NWAD VERTICAL.7

    Vertical plane, in conics, is a plane passing through the vertex of a cone, and through its axis.NWAD VERTICAL.8

    Prime vertical, a great circle of the sphere, perpendicular to the horizon, and passing through the zenith and the east and west points.NWAD VERTICAL.9

    VERTICALLY, adv. In the zenith.

    VERTICALNESS, n. The state of being in the zenith or perpendicularly over the head. [Verticality is not used.]

    VERTICIL, n. [L. verticillus, from vertex, supra.]

    In botany, a little whirl; a mode of inflorescence, in which the flowers surround the stem in a kind of ring.NWAD VERTICIL.2

    VERTICILLATE, a. [supra.] In botany, verticillate flowers are such as grow in a whirl, or round the stem in rings, one above another, at each joint. The term is also applied in this sense to leaves and branches. Verticillate plants are such as bear whirled flowers.

    VERTICITY, n. [from vertex, supra.]

    1. The power of turning; revolution; rotation.NWAD VERTICITY.2

    2. That property of the lodestone by which it turns to some particular point.NWAD VERTICITY.3

    The attraction of the magnet was known long before its verticity.NWAD VERTICITY.4

    VERTIGINOUS, a. [L. vertiginousus.]

    1. Turning round; whirling; rotary; as a vertiginous motion.NWAD VERTIGINOUS.2

    2. Giddy; affected with vertigo.NWAD VERTIGINOUS.3

    VERTIGINOUSNESS, n. Giddiness; a whirling, or sense of whirling; unsteadiness.

    VERTIGO, n. [L. from verto, to turn.] Giddiness; dizziness or swimming of the head; an affection of the head, in which objects appear to move in various directions, though stationary, and the person affected finds it difficult to maintain an erect posture.

    VERVAIN, n. A plant of the genus Verbena, or rather the genus so called.

    VERVAIN-MALLOW, n. A species of mallow, the Malva alcea.

    VERVELS, n. Labels tied to a hawk.

    VERY, a. [L. verus.] True; real.

    Whether thou be my very son Esau or not. Genesis 27:21.NWAD VERY.2

    He that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends. Proverbs 17:9.NWAD VERY.3

    VERY, adv. As an adverb, or modifier of adjectives and adverbs, very denotes in a great degree, an eminent or high degree, but not generally the highest; as a very great mountain; a very bright sun; a very cold day; a very pernicious war; a very benevolent disposition; the river flows very rapidly.

    VESICANT, n. [infra.] A blistering application; an epispastic.

    VESICATE, v.t. [L. vesica, a little bladder. Gr. from to inflate.]

    To blister; to raise little bladders, or separate the cuticle by inflaming the skin. Celsus recommends to vesicate the external parts of wounds.NWAD VESICATE.2

    VESICATED, pp. Blistered.

    VESICATING, ppr. Blistering.

    VESICATION, n. The process of raising blisters or little cuticular bladders on the skin.

    VESICATORY, n. A blistering application or plaster; an epispastic. Vesicatories made of cantharides, are more powerful than sinapisms, or preparations of mustard.

    VESICLE, n. [. vesicula. See Vesicate.]

    1. A little bladder, or a portion of the cuticle separated from the skin and filled with some humor.NWAD VESICLE.2

    2. Any small membranous cavity in animals or vegetables. The lungs consist of vesicles admitting air.NWAD VESICLE.3

    VESICULAR, VESICULOUS, a.

    1. Pertaining to vesicles; consisting of vesicles.NWAD VESICULAR.2

    2. Hollow; full of interstices.NWAD VESICULAR.3

    3. Having little bladders or glands on the surface, as the leaf of a plant.NWAD VESICULAR.4

    VESICULATE, a. Bladdery; full of bladders.

    VESPER, n. [L. This word and Hesperus are probably of one origin, and both from the root of west.]

    1. The evening star; Venus; also, the evening.NWAD VESPER.2

    2. Vespers, in the plural, the evening song or evening service in the Romish church.NWAD VESPER.3

    Sicilian vespers, the era of the general massacre of the French in Sicily, or Easter evening, 1282, at the toll of the bell for vespers.NWAD VESPER.4

    VESPERTINE, a. [L. vespertinus. See Vesper.]

    Pertaining to the evening; happening or being in the evening.NWAD VESPERTINE.2

    VESSEL, n. [L. vas, vasis. This word is probably the English vat.]

    1. A cask or utensil proper for holding liquors and other things, as a tun, a pipe, a puncheon, a hogshead, a barrel, a firkin, a bottle, a kettle, a cup, a dish, etc.NWAD VESSEL.2

    2. In anatomy, any tube or canal, in which the blood and other humors are contained, secreted or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, spermatics, etc.NWAD VESSEL.3

    3. In the physiology of plants, a canal or tube of very small bore, in which the sap is contained and conveyed; also, a bag or utricle, filled with pulp, and serving as a reservoir for sap; also, a spiral canal, usually of a larger bore, for receiving and distributing air.NWAD VESSEL.4

    4. Any building used in navigation, which carries masts and sails, from the largest ship of war down to a fishing sloop. In general however, vessel is used for the smaller ships, brigs, sloops, schooners, luggers, scows, etc.NWAD VESSEL.5

    5. Something containing.NWAD VESSEL.6

    Vessels of wrath, in Scripture, are such persons as are to receive the full effects of God’s wrath and indignation, as a punishment for their sins.NWAD VESSEL.7

    Vessels of mercy, are persons who are to receive the effects of God’s mercy, or future happiness and glory.NWAD VESSEL.8

    Chosen vessels, ministers of the gospel, as appointed to bear the glad news of salvation to others; called also earthen vessels, on account of their weakness and frailty.NWAD VESSEL.9

    VESSEL, v.t. To put into a vessel. [Not in use.]

    VESSETS, n. A kind of cloth.

    VESSICON, VESSIGON, n. [L. vesica.] A soft swelling on a horse’s leg, called a windgall.

    VEST, n. [L. vestis, a coat or garment; vestio, to cover or clothe.]

    1. An outer garment.NWAD VEST.2

    Over his lucid arms a military vest of purple flow’d.NWAD VEST.3

    2. In common speech, a man’s under garment; a short garment covering the body, but without sleeves, worn under the coat; called also waistcoat.NWAD VEST.4

    VEST, v.t.

    1. To clothe; to cover, surround or encompass closely.NWAD VEST.6

    With ether vested and a purple sky.NWAD VEST.7

    2. To dress; to clothe with a long garment; as the vested priest.NWAD VEST.8

    To vest with, to clothe; to furnish with; to invest with; as, to vest a man with authority; to vest a court with power to try cases of life and death; to vest one with the right of seizing slave ships.NWAD VEST.9

    Had I been vested with the monarch’s pow’r.NWAD VEST.10

    To vest in, to put in possession of; to furnish with; to clothe with. The supreme executive power in England is vested in the king; in the United States, it is vested in the president.NWAD VEST.11

    2. To clothe with another form; to convert into another substance or species of property; as, to vest money in goods; to vest money in land or houses; to vest money in bank stock, or in six per cent stock; to vest all one’s property in the public funds.NWAD VEST.12

    VEST, v.i. To come or descend to; to be fixed; to take effect, as a title or right. Upon the death of the ancestor, the estate, or the right to the estate, vests in the heir at law.

    VESTAL, a. [L. vestalis, from Vesta, the goddess of fire, Gr.]

    1. Pertaining to Vesta, the goddess of fire among the Romans, and a virgin.NWAD VESTAL.2

    2. Pure; chaste.NWAD VESTAL.3

    VESTAL, n. A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be perpetually kept burning upon her altar. The Vestals were six in number, and they made a vow of perpetual virginity.

    VESTED, pp.

    1. Clothed; covered; closely encompassed.NWAD VESTED.2

    2. a. Fixed; not in a state of contingency or suspension; as vested rights.NWAD VESTED.3

    Vested legacy, in law, a legacy the right to which commences in presenti, and does not depend on a contingency, as a legacy to one, to be paid when he attains to twenty one years of age. This is a vested legacy, and if the legatee dies before the testator, his representative shall receive it.NWAD VESTED.4

    Vested remainder, is where the estate is invariably fixed, to remain to a determinate person, after the particular estate is spent. This is called a remainder executed, by which a present interest passes to the party, though to be enjoyed in future.NWAD VESTED.5

    VESTIBULE, n. [L. vestibulum.]

    1. The porch or entrance into a house, or a large open space before the door, but covered. Vestibules for magnificence are usually between the court and garden.NWAD VESTIBULE.2

    2. A little antechamber before the entrance of an ordinary apartment.NWAD VESTIBULE.3

    3. An apartment in large buildings, which presents itself into a hall or suit of rooms or offices. An area in which a magnificent staircase is carried up is sometimes called a vestibule.NWAD VESTIBULE.4

    4. In anatomy, a cavity belonging to the labyrinth of the ear.NWAD VESTIBULE.5

    VESTIGE, n. [L. vestigium. This word and vestibule, show that some verb signifying to tread, from which they are derived, is lost.]

    A track or footstep; the mark of the foot left on the earth; but mostly used for the mark or remains of something else; as the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population.NWAD VESTIGE.2

    VESTING, ppr. [from vest.] Clothing; covering; closely encompassing; descending to and becoming permanent, as a right or title; converting into other species of property, as money.

    VESTING, n. Cloth for vests; vest patterns.

    VESTMENT, n. [L. vestimentum, from vestio, to clothe.]

    A garment; some part of clothing or dress; especially some part of outer clothing; but it is not restricted to any particular garment.NWAD VESTMENT.2

    The sculptor could not give vestments suitable to the quality of the persons represented.NWAD VESTMENT.3

    VESTRY, n. [L. vestiarium.]

    1. A room appendant to a church, in which the sacerdotal vestments, in which the sacerdotal vestments and sacred utensils are kept, and where parochial meetings are held.NWAD VESTRY.2

    2. A parochial assembly, so called because held in the vestry.NWAD VESTRY.3

    The council are chosen by the vestry.NWAD VESTRY.4

    VESTRY-CLERK, n. [vestry and clerk.] An officer chosen by the vestry, who keeps the parish accounts and books.

    VESTRY-MAN, n. [vestry and man.] In London, vestry-men are a select number of principal persons of every parish, who choose parish officers and take care of its concerns.

    VESTURE, n. [See Vest.]

    1. A garment; a robe.NWAD VESTURE.2

    There polish’d chests embroider’d vesture grac’d.NWAD VESTURE.3

    2. Dress; garments in general; habit; clothing; vestment; as the vesture of priests.NWAD VESTURE.4

    3. Clothing; covering.NWAD VESTURE.5

    Rocks, precipices and gulfs appareled with a vesture of plants.NWAD VESTURE.6

    - And gild the humble vestures of the plain.NWAD VESTURE.7

    4. In old law books, the corn with which land was covered; as the vesture of an acre.NWAD VESTURE.8

    5. In old books, seisin; possession. Obs.NWAD VESTURE.9

    VESUVIAN, a. Pertaining to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples.

    VESUVIAN, n. In mineralogy, a subspecies of pyramidical garnet, a mineral found in the vicinity of Vesuvius, classed with the family of garnets; called by Hauy idocrase. It is generally crystallized in four sided prisms, the edges of which are truncated, forming prisms of eight, fourteen or sixteen sides. it sometimes occurs massive. It is composed chiefly of silex, lime and alumin, with a portion of oxyd of iron, and oxyd of manganese.

    VETCH, n. [L. vicia. We see vetch if from the root of weigh, wag, wiggle, and signifies a little roller.]

    A plant of the leguminous kind, with papilionaceous flowers, of the genus Vicia. It is a common name of most species of the genus. The name is also applied, with various epithets, to many other leguminous plants of different genera; as the chichling vetch, of the genus Lathyrus; the horseshoe vetch, of the genus Hippocrepis; the milk vetch, of the genus Astragalus, etc.NWAD VETCH.2

    VETCHLING, n. [from vetch.] In botany, a name of the Lathyrus aphaca, expressive of its diminutive size. The meadow vetchling is a wild plant common in meadows, which makes good hay.

    VETCHY, a.

    1. Consisting of vetches or of pea straw; as a vetchy bed.NWAD VETCHY.2

    2. Abounding with vetches.NWAD VETCHY.3

    VETERAN, a. [L. veteranus, from vetero, to grow old, from vetus, old.]

    Having been long exercised in any thing; long practiced or experienced; as a veteran officer or soldier; veteran skill.NWAD VETERAN.2

    VETERAN, n. One who has been long exercised in any service or art, particularly in war; one who has grown old in service and has had much experience.

    Ensigns that pierc’d the foe’s remotest lines, the hardy veteran with tears resigns.NWAD VETERAN.4

    VETERINARIAN, n. [L. veterinarius.] One skilled in the diseases of cattle or domestic animals.

    VETERINARY, a. [supra.] Pertaining to the art of healing or treating the diseases of domestic animals, as oxen, horses, sheep, etc. A veterinary college was established in England in 1792, at St. Pancras, in the vicinity of London. The improvement of the vetrinary art is of great importance to the agricultural interest.

    VETO, n. [L. veto, I forbid.] A forbidding; prohibition; or the right of forbidding; applied to the right of a king or other magistrate or officer to withhold his assent to the enactment of a law, or the passing of a decree. Thus the king of Great Britain has a veto upon every act of parliament; he sometimes prevents the passing of a law by his vet.

    VEX, v.t. [L. vexo.]

    1. To irritate; to make angry by little provocations; a popular use of the word.NWAD VEX.2

    2. To plague; to torment; to harass; to afflict.NWAD VEX.3

    Ten thousand torments vex my heart.NWAD VEX.4

    3. To disturb; to disquiet; to agitate.NWAD VEX.5

    White curl the waves, and the vex’d ocean roars.NWAD VEX.6

    4. To trouble; to distress.NWAD VEX.7

    I will also vex the hearts of many people. Ezekiel 32:9.NWAD VEX.8

    5. To persecute. Acts 12:1.NWAD VEX.9

    6. To stretch, as by hooks. [Not in use.]NWAD VEX.10

    VEX, v.i. To fret; to be teased or irritated.

    VEXATION, n. [L. vesatio.]

    1. The act of irritating, or of troubling, disquieting and harassing.NWAD VEXATION.2

    2. State of being irritated or disturbed in mind.NWAD VEXATION.3

    3. Disquiet; agitation; great uneasiness.NWAD VEXATION.4

    Passions too violent - afford us vexation and pain.NWAD VEXATION.5

    4. The cause of trouble or disquiet.NWAD VEXATION.6

    Your children were vexation to your youth.NWAD VEXATION.7

    5. Afflictions; great troubles; severe judgments.NWAD VEXATION.8

    The Lord shall send on thee cursing, vexation and rebuke. Deuteronomy 28:20.NWAD VEXATION.9

    6. A harassing by law.NWAD VEXATION.10

    7. A slight teasing trouble.NWAD VEXATION.11

    VEXATIOUS, a.

    1. Irritating; disturbing or agitating to the mind; causing disquiet; afflictive; as a vexatious controversy; a vexatious neighbor.NWAD VEXATIOUS.2

    2. Distressing; harassing; as vexatious wars.NWAD VEXATIOUS.3

    3. Full of trouble and disquiet.NWAD VEXATIOUS.4

    He leads a vexatious life.NWAD VEXATIOUS.5

    4. Teasing; slightly troublesome; provoking.NWAD VEXATIOUS.6

    A vexatious suit, in law, is one commenced for the purpose of giving trouble, or without cause.NWAD VEXATIOUS.7

    VEXATIOUSLY, adv. In a manner to give great trouble or disquiet.

    VEXATIOUSNESS, n. The quality of giving great trouble and disquiet, or of teasing and provoking.

    VEXED, pp. Teased; provoked; irritated; troubled; agitated; disquieted; afflicted.

    VEXER, n. One who vexes, irritates or troubles.

    VEXIL, n. [L. vexillum, a standard.] A flag or standard. In botany, the upper petal of a papilionaceous flower.

    VEXILLARY, n. A standard bearer.

    VEXILLARY, a. Pertaining to an ensign or standard.

    VEXILLATION, n. [L. vexillatio.] A company of troops under one ensign.

    VEXING, ppr. Provoking; irritating; afflicting.

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