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    VIVES, n. A disease of animals, particularly of horses, seated in the glads under the ear, where a tumor is formed which sometimes ends in suppuration.

    VIVIANITE, n. A phosphate of iron, of various shades of blue and green.

    VIVID, a. [L. vividus, from vivo, to live.]

    1. Lively; sprightly; active.NWAD VIVID.2

    Body is a fit workhouse for sprightly vivid faculties to exert themselves in.NWAD VIVID.3

    2. Lively; sprightly; forming brilliant images, or painting in lively colors; as a vivid imagination.NWAD VIVID.4

    3. Bright; strong; exhibiting the appearance of life or freshness; as the vivid colors of the rainbow; the vivid green of flourishing vegetables.NWAD VIVID.5

    Arts which present, with all the vivid charms of painting, the human face and human form divine.NWAD VIVID.6

    VIVIDLY, adv.

    1. With life; with strength.NWAD VIVIDLY.2

    Sensitive objects affect a man much more vividly than those which affect only his mind.NWAD VIVIDLY.3

    2. With brightness; in bright colors.NWAD VIVIDLY.4

    3. In glowing colors; with animated exhibition to the mind. The orator vividly represented the miseries of his client.NWAD VIVIDLY.5


    1. Life; strength; sprightliness.NWAD VIVIDNESS.2

    2. Strength of coloring; brightness.NWAD VIVIDNESS.3

    VIVIFIC, VIVIFICAL, a. [L. vivificus. See Vivify.] Giving life; reviving; enlivening.

    VIVIFICATE, v.t. [L. vivifico, vivus, alive, and facio, to make.]

    1. to give life to; to animate. [See Vivify.]NWAD VIVIFICATE.2

    2. In chimistry, to recover from such a change of form as seems to destroy the essential qualities; or to give to natural bodies new luster, force and figor.NWAD VIVIFICATE.3


    1. The act of giving life; revival.NWAD VIVIFICATION.2

    2. Among chimists, the act of giving new luster, force and vigor; as the vivification of mercury.NWAD VIVIFICATION.3

    VIVIFICATIVE, a. Able to animate or give life.

    VIVIFIED, pp. revived; endued with life.

    VIVIFY, v.t. [L. vivfico; vivus, alive, and facio, to make.]

    To endue with life; to animate; to make to be living.NWAD VIVIFY.2

    Sitting on eggs doth vivify, not nourish.NWAD VIVIFY.3

    VIVIFYING, ppr. enduing with life; communicating life to.

    VIVIPAROUS, a. [L. vivus, alive, and pario, to bear.]

    1. Producing young in a living state, as all mammifers; as distinguished from oviparous, producing eggs, as fowls. If fowls were viviparous, it is difficult to how the female would fly during preganancy.NWAD VIVIPAROUS.2

    2. In botany, producing its offspring alive, either by bulbs instead of seeds, or by the seeds themselves germinating on the plant, instread of falling, as they usually do; as a viviparous plant.NWAD VIVIPAROUS.3

    VIXEN, n. [vixen is a she fox, or a fox’s cub.]

    A froward, turbulent, quarrelsome woman.NWAD VIXEN.2

    VIXENLY, a. having the qualities of a vixen.

    VIZ. a contraction of videlicet; to wit, that is, namely.

    VIZARD, n. a mask. [See Visor.]

    VIZARD, v.t. To mask.

    VIZIER, VIZER, n. The chief minister of the Turkish empire.

    VOCABLE, n. [L. vocabulum. See Voice.]

    A word; a term; a name.NWAD VOCABLE.2

    VOCABULARY, n. [L. vocabulum, a word.]

    A list or collection of the words of a language, arranged in alphabetical order and explained; a dictionary or lexicon. We often use vocabulary in a sense somewhat different from that of dictionary, restricting the signification to the list of words; as when we say, the vocabulary of Johnson is more full or extensive than that of Entick. We rarely use the word as synonymous with dictionary, but in the other countries the corresponding word is used and this may be so used in English.NWAD VOCABULARY.2

    VOCAL, a. [L. vocalis. See Voice.]

    1. Having a voice.NWAD VOCAL.2

    To hill or valley, fountain or fresh shade, made vocal by my song.NWAD VOCAL.3

    2. Uttered or modulated by the voice; as vocal melody; vocal prayer; vocal praise.NWAD VOCAL.4

    Vocal music, music made by the voice, in distinction from instrumental music; hence, music or tunes set to words, to be performed by the human voice.NWAD VOCAL.5

    VOCAL, n. Among the Romanists, a man who has a right to vote in certain elections.

    VOCALITY, n. [L. vocalitas.] Quality of being utterable by the voice; as the vocality of the letters.

    VOCALIZE, v.t. to form into voice; to make vocal.

    It is one thing to give impulse to breath alone, and another to vocalize that breath.NWAD VOCALIZE.2

    VOCALIZED, pp. Made vocal; formed into voice.

    VOCALIZING, ppr. Forming into voice or sound.

    VOCALLY, adv.

    1. With voice; with an audible sound.NWAD VOCALLY.2

    2. In words; as, to express desires vocally.NWAD VOCALLY.3

    VOCATION, n. [L. vocatio, from voco, to call. See Voice.]

    1. Among divines, a calling by the will of God; or the bestowment of God’s distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel.NWAD VOCATION.2

    2. Summons; call; inducement.NWAD VOCATION.3

    What can be urged for them who, not having the vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere wantonness make themselves ridiculous!NWAD VOCATION.4

    3. Designation or destination to a particular state or profession.NWAD VOCATION.5

    None is to enter the ecclesiastic or monastie state, without a particular vocation.NWAD VOCATION.6

    4. Employment; calling; occupation; trade; a word that includes professions as well as mechanical occupations. Let every divine, every physician, every lawyer, and every mechanic, be faithful and diligent in his vocation.NWAD VOCATION.7

    VOCATIVE, a. [L. vocativus.] Relating to calling; as the vocative case in grammar.

    VOCATIVE, n. In grammar, the fifth case or state of nouns in the Latin language; or the case in any language, in which a word is placed when the person is addressed: as Domine, O Lord.

    VOCIFERATE, v.i. [L. vocifero, vex and fero.] To cry out with vehemence; to exclaim.

    VOCIFERATE, v.t. To utter with a loud voice.

    VOCIFERATING, ppr. Crying out with vehemence; uttering with a loud voice.

    VOCIFERATION, n. A violent outcry; vehement utterance of the voice.

    VOCIFEROUS, a. Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy; as vociferous heralds.

    VOGUE, n. vig. [The sense of vogue is way, or the going of the world.]

    The way or fashion of people at any particular time; temporary mode, custom or practice; popular reception for the time. We say, a particular form of dress is now in vogue; an amusing writer is now in vogue; such opinions are now in vogue. The phrase, the vogue of the world, used by good writers formerly, is nearly or quite obsolete.NWAD VOGUE.2

    Use may revive the obsoletest word, and banish those that now are most in vogue.NWAD VOGUE.3

    VOICE, n. [L. vox; voco. The sense of the verb is to throw, to drive out sound; and voice is that which is driven out.]

    1. Sound or audible noise uttered by the mouth, either of human beings or of other animals. We say, the voice of a man is loud or clear; the voice of a woman is soft or musical; the voice of a dog is loud or harsh; the voice of a bird is sweet or melodious. The voice of human beings is articulate; that of beasts, inarticulate. The voices of men are different, and when uttered together, are often dissonant.NWAD VOICE.2

    2. Any sound made by the breath; as the trumpet’s voice.NWAD VOICE.3

    3. A vote; suffrage; opinion or choice expressed. Originally voice was the oral utterance of choice, but it now signifies any vote however given.NWAD VOICE.4

    Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice of holy senates, and elect by voice.NWAD VOICE.5

    I have no words; my voice is in my sword.NWAD VOICE.6

    4. Language; words; expression.NWAD VOICE.7

    Let us call on God in the voice of his church.NWAD VOICE.8

    5. In Scripture, command; precept.NWAD VOICE.9

    Ye would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 8:20.NWAD VOICE.10

    6. Sound.NWAD VOICE.11

    After the fire, a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12.NWAD VOICE.12

    Canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Job 40:9.NWAD VOICE.13

    The floods have lifted up their voice. Psalm 93:3.NWAD VOICE.14

    7. Language; tone; mode of expression.NWAD VOICE.15

    I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice. Galatians 4:20.NWAD VOICE.16

    8. In grammar, a particular mode of inflecting or conjugating verbs; as the active voice; the passive voice.NWAD VOICE.17

    VOICE, v.t.

    1. To rumor; to report.NWAD VOICE.19

    It was voiced that the king purposed to put to death Edward Plantagenet. [Little used.]NWAD VOICE.20

    2. To fit for producing the proper sounds; to regulate the tone of; as, to voice the pipes of an organ.NWAD VOICE.21

    3. To vote.NWAD VOICE.22

    VOICE, v.i. To clamor; to exclaim. Obs.

    VOICED, pp.

    1. Fitted to produce the proper tones.NWAD VOICED.2

    2. a. Furnished with a voice.NWAD VOICED.3

    VOICELESS, a. vois’less. Having no voice or vote.

    VOID, a. [L. viduus, divido. Gr.]

    1. Empty; vacant; not occupied with any visible matter; as a void space or place. 1 Kings 22:10.NWAD VOID.2

    2. Empty; without inhabitants or furniture. Genesis 1:2.NWAD VOID.3

    3. Having no legal or binding force; null; not effectual to bind parties, or to convey or support a right; not sufficient to produce its effect. Thus a deed not duly signed and sealed, is void. A fraudulent contract is void, or may be rendered void.NWAD VOID.4

    My word shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. Isaiah 55:11.NWAD VOID.5

    I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place. Jeremiah 19:7.NWAD VOID.6

    4. Free; clear; as a conscience void of offense. Acts 24:16.NWAD VOID.7

    5. Destitute; as void of learning; void of reason or common sense.NWAD VOID.8

    He that is void of wisdom, despiseth his neighbor. Proverbs 11:12.NWAD VOID.9

    6. Unsupplied; vacant; unoccupied; having no incumbent.NWAD VOID.10

    Divers offices that had been long void.NWAD VOID.11

    7. Unsubstantial; vain.NWAD VOID.12

    Lifeless idol, void and vain.NWAD VOID.13

    Void space, in physics, a vacuum.NWAD VOID.14

    1. To make void; to violate; to transgress.NWAD VOID.15

    They have made void thy law. Psalm 119:126.NWAD VOID.16

    2. To render useless or of no effect. Romans 4:14.NWAD VOID.17

    VOID, n. An empty space; a vacuum.

    Pride, where wit falls, steps in to our defense, and fills up all the mighty void of sense.NWAD VOID.19

    Th’ illimitable void.NWAD VOID.20

    VOID, v.t.

    1. To quit; to leave.NWAD VOID.22

    Bid them come down, or void the field.NWAD VOID.23

    2. To emit; to send out; to evacuate; as, to void excrementitious matter; to void worms.NWAD VOID.24

    3. To vacate; to annul; to nullify; to render of no validity or effect.NWAD VOID.25

    It had become a practice - to void the security given for money borrowed.NWAD VOID.26

    4. To make or leave vacant.NWAD VOID.27

    VOID, v.i. To be emitted or evacuated.

    VOIDABLE, a. That may be annulled or made void, or that may be adjudged void, invalid or of no force.

    - Such administration is not void, but voidable by sentence.NWAD VOIDABLE.2

    VOIDANCE, n.

    1. The act of emptying.NWAD VOIDANCE.2

    2. The act of ejecting from a benefice; ejection.NWAD VOIDANCE.3

    3. Vacancy; want of an incumbent.NWAD VOIDANCE.4

    4. Evasion; subterfuge.NWAD VOIDANCE.5

    VOIDED, pp.

    1. Thrust out; evacuated.NWAD VOIDED.2

    2. a. In heraldry, having the inner or middle part cut out, as an ordinary.NWAD VOIDED.3

    VOIDER, n.

    1. A basket in which broken meat is carried from the table.NWAD VOIDER.2

    2. One who evacuates.NWAD VOIDER.3

    3. One who nullifies.NWAD VOIDER.4

    4. In heraldry, one of the ordinaries, whose figure is much like that of the flanch or flasque.NWAD VOIDER.5

    5. In agriculture, a provincial name of a kind of shallow basket of open work.NWAD VOIDER.6

    VOIDING, ppr.

    1. Ejecting; evacuating.NWAD VOIDING.2

    2. Making or declaring void, or of no force.NWAD VOIDING.3

    3. Quitting; leaving.NWAD VOIDING.4

    4. a. Receiving what is ejected; as a voiding lobby.NWAD VOIDING.5

    VOIDNESS, n.

    1. Emptiness; vacuity; destitution.NWAD VOIDNESS.2

    2. Nullify; inefficacy; want of binding force.NWAD VOIDNESS.3

    3. Want of substantiality.NWAD VOIDNESS.4

    VOITURE, n. [L. vectus, veho.] Carriage. [Not English.]

    VOLALKALI, n. Volatile alkali; by contraction.

    VOLANT, a. [L. volo, to fly.]

    1. Flying; passing through the air; as volant automata.NWAD VOLANT.2

    2. Nimble; active; as volant touch.NWAD VOLANT.3

    3. In heraldry, represented as flying or having the wings spread.NWAD VOLANT.4

    VOLATILE, a. [L. volatilis, from volo, to fly.]

    1. Flying; passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere.NWAD VOLATILE.2

    2. Having the power to fly; as birds are volatile animals.NWAD VOLATILE.3

    3. Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aeriform state. Thus substances which affect the smell with pungent or fragrant odors, as musk, hartshorn and essential oils, are called volatile substances, because they waste away on exposure to the atmosphere. Alcohol and ether are called volatile liquids for a similar reason, and because they easily pass into the state of vapor on the application of heat. On the contrary, gold is a fixed substance, because it does not suffer waste even when exposed to the heat of a furnace; and oils are called fixed, when they do not evaporate on simple exposure to the atmosphere.NWAD VOLATILE.4

    4. Lively; gay; full of spirit; airy; hence, fickle; apt to change; as a volatile temper.NWAD VOLATILE.5

    You are as giddy and volatile as ever.NWAD VOLATILE.6

    VOLATILE, n. A winged animal. [little used.]


    1. Disposition to exhale or evaporate; the quality of being capable of evaporation; that property of a substance which disposes it to rise and float in the air, and thus to be dissipated; as the volatility of fluids. Ether is remarkable for its volatility. Many or most solid bodies are susceptible of volatility by the action of intense heat.NWAD VOLATILENESS.2

    By the spirit of a plant we understand that pure elaborated oil, which by reason of its extreme volatility, exhales spontaneously, and in which the odor or smell consists.NWAD VOLATILENESS.3

    2. Great sprightliness; levity; liveliness; whence, mutability of mind; fickleness; as the volatility of youth.NWAD VOLATILENESS.4

    VOLATILIZATION, n. [from volatilize.] The act or process of rendering volatile, or rather of causing to rise and float in the air.

    VOLATILIZE, v.t. To render volatile; to cause to exhale or evaporate; to cause to pass off in vapor or invisible effluvia, and to rise and float in the air.

    The water - dissolving the oil, and volatilizing it by the action.NWAD VOLATILIZE.2

    VOLATILIZED, pp. Rendered volatile; caused to rise and float in air.

    VOLATILIZING, ppr. Rendering volatile; causing to rise and float in air.

    VOLCANIC, a. [from volcano.]

    1. Pertaining to volcanoes; as volcanic heat.NWAD VOLCANIC.2

    2. Produced by a volcano; as volcanic tufa.NWAD VOLCANIC.3

    3. Changed or affected by the heat of a volcano.NWAD VOLCANIC.4

    VOLCANIST, n. [from volcano.]

    1. One versed in the history and phenomena of volcanoes.NWAD VOLCANIST.2

    2. One who believes in the effects of eruptions of fire in the formation of mountains.NWAD VOLCANIST.3

    VOLCANITE, n. A mineral, otherwise called augite.

    VOLCANITY, n. The state of being volcanic or of volcanic origin.

    VOLCANIZATION, n. [from volcanize.] The process of undergoing volcanic heat and being affected by it.

    VOLCANIZE, v.t. To subject to or cause to undergo volcanic heat and to be affected by its action.

    VOLCANIZED, pp. Affected by volcanic heat.

    VOLCANO, n.

    1. In geology, an opening in the surface of the earth or in a mountain, from which smoke, flames, stones, lava or other substances are ejected. Such are seen in Etna and Vesuvius in Sicily and Italy, and Hecla in Iceland. It is vulgarly called a burning mountain. Herschel has discovered a volcano in the moon.NWAD VOLCANO.2

    2. The mountain that ejects fire, smoke, etc.NWAD VOLCANO.3

    VOLE, n. A deal at cards that draws all the tricks.

    VOLERY, n.

    1. A flight of birds.NWAD VOLERY.2

    2. A large bird-cage, in which the birds have room to fly.NWAD VOLERY.3

    VOLITATION, n. [L. volito, dim. of volo, to fly.] The act of flying; flight.

    VOLITION, n. [L. volitio, from volo, to will. See Will.]

    1. The act of willing the act of determining choice, or forming a purpose. There is a great difference between actual volition, and approbation of judgment.NWAD VOLITION.2

    Volition is the actual exercise of the power which the mind has of considering or forbearing to consider an idea.NWAD VOLITION.3

    2. The power of willing or determining.NWAD VOLITION.4

    VOLITIVE, a. Having the power to will.

    They not only perfect the intellectual faculty, but the volitive.NWAD VOLITIVE.2

    VOLLEY, n. plu. volleys. [L. volo.]

    1. A flight of shot; the discharge of many small arms at once.NWAD VOLLEY.2

    2. A burst or emission of many things at once; as a volley of words.NWAD VOLLEY.3

    But rattling nonsense to full volleys breaks.NWAD VOLLEY.4

    VOLLEY, v.t. to discharge with a volley.

    VOLLEY, v.i. To throw out or discharge at once.

    VOLLEYED, a. [from volley.] disploded; discharged with a sudden burst; as volleyed thunder.

    VOLT, n. [L. volutus, volvo.]

    1. a round or circular tread; a gait of two treads, made by a horse going sideways round a center.NWAD VOLT.2

    2. In fencing, a sudden movement or leap to avoid a thrust.NWAD VOLT.3

    Volta, in Italian music, signifies that the part is to be repeated one, two or more times.NWAD VOLT.4

    VOLTAIC, a. Pertaining to Volta, the discoverer of voltaism; as the voltaic pile.

    Volatic apparatus, the apparatus used for accumulating galvanic electricity. the agent itself is denominated galvanism, after its discoverer Galvani, while the instruments used for exciting and accumulating it, are called voltaic, in honor of Volta, who first contrived this kind of apparatus.NWAD VOLTAIC.2

    Voltaic pile, a column formed by successive pairs of metallic disks, as silver and zink, with moistened cloth between every two contiguous pairs.NWAD VOLTAIC.3

    Voltaic battery, the larger forms of voltaic apparatus, used for accumulating galvanic electricity.NWAD VOLTAIC.4

    VOLTAISM, n. That branch of electrical science which has its source in the chimical action between metals and different liquids. it is more properly called galvanism, from Galvani, who first proved or brought into notice its remarkable influence on animals.

    VOLUBILATE, VOLUBILE, a. In gardening, a volubilate stem is one that climbs by winding or twining round another body.

    VOLUBILITY, n. [L. volubilitas, from volvo, to roll.]

    1. The capacity of being rolled; aptness to roll; as the volubility of a bowl.NWAD VOLUBILITY.2

    2. The act of rolling.NWAD VOLUBILITY.3

    By irregular volutibility.NWAD VOLUBILITY.4

    3. Ready motion of the tongue in speaking; fluency of speech.NWAD VOLUBILITY.5

    She ran over the catalogue of diversions with such a volubility of tongue, as drew a gentle reprimand from her father.NWAD VOLUBILITY.6

    4. Mutability; liableness to revolution; as the volubility of human affairs. [Unusual.]NWAD VOLUBILITY.7

    VOLUBLE, a. [L. volubilis.]

    1. Formed so as to roll with ease, or to be easily set in motion; apt to roll; as voluble particles of matter.NWAD VOLUBLE.2

    2. Rolling; having quick motion.NWAD VOLUBLE.3

    This less voluble earth.NWAD VOLUBLE.4

    3. Nimble; active; moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; fluent; as a flippant, voluble tongue.NWAD VOLUBLE.5

    4. Fluent; flowing with ease and smoothness; as a voluble speech.NWAD VOLUBLE.6

    5. Having fluency of speech.NWAD VOLUBLE.7

    Cassio, a knave very voluble.NWAD VOLUBLE.8

    VOLUBLY, adv. In a rolling or fluent manner.

    VOLUME, n. [L. volumen, a roll; volvo, to roll. to make u long, in this word, is palpably wrong.]

    1. Primarily a roll, as the ancients wrote on long strips of bark, parchment or other material, which they formed into rolls or folds. Of such volumes, Ptolemy’s library in Alexandria contained 3 or 700,000.NWAD VOLUME.2

    2. A roll or turn; as much as is included in a roll or coil; as the volume of a serpent.NWAD VOLUME.3

    3. Dimensions; compass; space occupied; as the volume of an elephant’s body; a volume of gas.NWAD VOLUME.4

    4. A swelling or spherical body.NWAD VOLUME.5

    The undulating billows rolling their silver volumes.NWAD VOLUME.6

    5. A book; a collection of sheets of paper, usually printed or written paper, folded and bound, or covered. A book consisting of sheets once folded, is called a folio, or a folio volume; of sheets twice folded, a quarto; and thus according to the number of leaves in a sheet, it is called an octavo, or a duodecimo. The Scriptures or sacred writings, bound in a single volume, are called the Bible. The number of volumes in the Royal Library, in rue de Richlieu, at Paris, is variously estimated. It is probable it may amount to 400,000.NWAD VOLUME.7

    An odd volume of a set of books, bears not the value of its proportion to the set.NWAD VOLUME.8

    6. In music, the compass of a voice from grave to acute; the tone or power of voice.NWAD VOLUME.9

    VOLUMED, a. Having the form of a volume or roll; as volumed mist.


    1. Consisting of many coils or complications.NWAD VOLUMINOUS.2

    The serpent roll’d voluminous and vast.NWAD VOLUMINOUS.3

    2. Consisting of many volumes or books.NWAD VOLUMINOUS.4

    The collections of Muratori and of the Byzantine history, are very voluminous.NWAD VOLUMINOUS.5

    3. Having written much, or made many volumes; as a voluminons writer.NWAD VOLUMINOUS.6

    4. Copious; diffusive. He was too voluminous in discourse. [Not in use.]NWAD VOLUMINOUS.7

    VOLUMINOUSLY, adv. In many volumes; very copiously.

    VOLUMINOUSNESS, n. State of being bulky or in many volumes.

    VOLUMIST, n. One who writes a volume; an author. [Not in use.]

    VOLUNTARILY, adv. [from voluntary.] Spontaneously; of one’s own will; without being moved, influenced or impelled by others.

    To be agents voluntarily in our own destruction, is against God and nature.NWAD VOLUNTARILY.2

    VOLUNTARINESS, n. The state of being voluntary or optional.

    VOLUNTARY, a. [L. voluntarius, from voluntas, will, from volo.]

    1. Acting by choice or spontaneously; acting without being influenced or impelled by another.NWAD VOLUNTARY.2

    2. Free, or having power to act by choice; not being under restraint; as, man is a voluntary agent.NWAD VOLUNTARY.3

    3. Proceeding from choice or free will.NWAD VOLUNTARY.4

    That sin or guilt pertains exclusively to voluntary action, is the true principle of orthodoxy.NWAD VOLUNTARY.5

    4. Willing; acting with willingness.NWAD VOLUNTARY.6

    She fell to lust a voluntary prey.NWAD VOLUNTARY.7

    5. Done by design; purposed; intended. If a man kills another by lopping a tree, here is no voluntary murder.NWAD VOLUNTARY.8

    6. Done freely, or of choice; proceeding from free will. He went into voluntary exile. He made a voluntary surrender.NWAD VOLUNTARY.9

    7. Acting of his own accord; spontaneous; as the voluntary dictates of knowledge.NWAD VOLUNTARY.10

    8. Subject to the will; as the voluntary motions of an animal. Thus the motion of a leg or an arm is voluntary, but the motion of the heart is involuntary.NWAD VOLUNTARY.11

    A voluntary escape, in law, is the escape of a prisoner by the express consent of the sheriff.NWAD VOLUNTARY.12

    Voluntary jurisdiction, is that which is exercised in doing that which no one opposes; as in granting dispensations, etc.NWAD VOLUNTARY.13

    Voluntary affidavit or oath, is one made in an extra-judicial matter.NWAD VOLUNTARY.14

    Voluntary waste, is that which is committed by positive acts.NWAD VOLUNTARY.15


    1. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer. [In this sense, volunteer is now generally used.]NWAD VOLUNTARY.17

    2. In music, a piece played by a musician extemporarily, according to his fancy. In the Philosophical Transactions, we have a method of writing voluntaries, as fast as the musician plays the notes. This is by a cylinder turning under the keys of the organ.NWAD VOLUNTARY.18

    3. A composition for the organ.NWAD VOLUNTARY.19

    VOLUNTEER, n. A person who enters into military or other service of his own free will. In military affairs, volunteers enter into service voluntarily, but when in service they are subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers. They sometimes serve gratuitously, but often receive a compensation.

    VOLUNTEER, a. Entering into service of free will; as volunteer companies.

    VOLUNTEER, v.t. To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one’s services.

    VOLUNTEER, v.i. To enter into any service of one’s free will, without solicitation or compulsion. He volunteered in that undertaking.

    [These verbs are in respectable use.]NWAD VOLUNTEER.5

    VOLUPTUARY, n. [L. volupturius, from voluptas, pleasure.]

    A man addicted to luxury or the gratification of the appetite, and to other sensual pleasures.NWAD VOLUPTUARY.2

    VOLUPTUOUS, a. [L. voluptuoosus.]

    Given to the enjoyments of luxury and pleasure; indulging to excess in sensual gratifications.NWAD VOLUPTUOUS.2

    Soften’d with pleasure and voluptuous life.NWAD VOLUPTUOUS.3

    VOLUPTUOUSLY, adv. Luxuriously; with free indulgence of sensual pleasures; as, to live voluptuously.

    VOLUPTUOUSNESS, n. Luxuriousness; addictedness to pleasure or sensual gratification.

    Where no voluptuousness, yet all delight.NWAD VOLUPTUOUSNESS.2

    VOLUTATION, n. [L. volutatio, from voluto, from volvo, Eng. to wallow.]

    A wallowing; a rolling of the body on the earth. [See Wallow.]NWAD VOLUTATION.2

    VOLUTE, n. [L. volutus, volvo.]

    1. In architecture, a kind of spiral scroll, used in the Ionic and composite capitals, of which it is a principal ornament. The number of volutes in the Ionic order, is four; in the Composite, eight. There are also eight angular volutes in the Corinthian capital, accompanied with eight smaller ones, called helices.NWAD VOLUTE.2

    2. In natural history, a genus of shells.NWAD VOLUTE.3

    VOLUTION, n. A spiral turn.

    VOLUTITE, n. A petrified shell of the genus Voluta.

    VOLVIC, a. Denoting a species of stone or lava.

    VOMIC, a. The vomic nut, nux vomica, is the seed of the Strychnos nux vomica, a native of the East Indies. It is a very active poison.

    VOMICA, n. [L.] An encysted tumor on the lungs.

    VOMIT, v.i. [L. vomo. probably the Gr. is the same word, with the loss of its first letter.]

    To eject the contents of the stomach by the mouth. Some persons vomit with ease, as do cats and dogs. But horses do not vomit.NWAD VOMIT.2

    VOMIT, v.t.

    1. To throw up or eject from the stomach; to discharge from the stomach through the mouth. It is followed often by up or out, but without necessity and to the injury of the language. In the yellow fever, the patients often vomit dark colored matter, like coffee grounds.NWAD VOMIT.4

    The fish vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. Jonah 2:10.NWAD VOMIT.5

    2. To eject with violence from any hollow place. Volcanoes vomit flames, ashes, stones and liquid lava.NWAD VOMIT.6

    VOMIT, n.

    1. The matter ejected from the stomach.NWAD VOMIT.8

    2. That which excites the stomach to discharge its contents; an emetic.NWAD VOMIT.9

    Black vomit, the dark colored matter ejected from the stomach in the last stage of the yellow fever or other malignant disease; hence, the yellow fever, vulgarly so called.NWAD VOMIT.10

    VOMITED, pp. Ejected from the stomach through the mouth, or from any deep place through an opening.

    VOMITING, ppr. Discharging from the stomach through the mouth, or ejecting from any deep place.

    VOMITING, n.

    1. The act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth. Vomiting is an inverted action of the stomach.NWAD VOMITING.3

    2. The act of throwing out substances with violence from a deep hollow, as a volcano, etc.NWAD VOMITING.4

    VOMITION, n. The act or power of vomiting.

    VOMITIVE, a. Causing the ejection of matter from the stomach; emetic.

    VOMITORY, a. [L. vomitorius.] Procuring vomits; causing to eject from the stomach; emetic.

    VOMITORY, n.

    1. An emetic.NWAD VOMITORY.3

    2. A door.NWAD VOMITORY.4

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