Archive for October, 2009

To ROMA’NCE. v.n.

ROMA'NCER. n.s.

To ROMA’NCE. v.n. [from the noun.] To lie; to forge.
This is strange romancing. Pamela.

RIVER-HORSE. n.s.

RIVER-HORSE. n.s.

RIVER-HORSE. n.s. Hippopotamus.
Rose,
As plants ambiguous between sea and land,
The river-horse and scaly crocodile. Milton.

RHOMB. n.s.

RHOMB. n.s.

RHOMB. n.s. [rhombe, Fr. rhombus, Lat. ρομβΘ.] In geo-
metry, a parallelograpm or quadrangular figure, having its four
sides equal, and consisting of parallel lines, with two opposing
angles acute, and two obtuse: it is formed by two equal and
right cones joined together at their base. Trevoux and Harris.
Save the sun his labour, and that swift
Nocturnal and diurnal rhomb suppos’d
Invisible else above all stars, the wheel
of day and night. Milton.

To RENT. v.n.

To RENT. v.n.

To RENT. v.n. [now written rant.] To roar, to bluster:
We still say: a tearing fellow, for a noisy bully.
He’d ventured to dismiss his fear,
That partings wont to rent and tear,
And give the desperatest attack
To danger still behind its back.  Hudibras, p. iii.

QUI’DDITY. n.s.

QUI'DDITY. n.s.

QUI’DDITY. n.s. [quidditas, low Latin.]
I. Essence; that which is a proper answer to the question, quid
est? a scholastick term.
He could reduce all things to acts,
And knew their natures and abstracts,
Where entity and quiddity,
The ghosts of defunct bodies fly. Hudibras, p. i.
2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a captious question.
Misnomer in our laws, and other quiddities, I leave to the
professors of law. Camden’s Remains.

To QUI’CKSET. v.a.

To QUI'CKSET. v.a.

To QUI’CKSET. v.a. [quick and set.] To plant with living
plants.
In making or mending, as needeth thy ditch.
Get set to quickset it, learn cunningly which. Tusser.
A man may ditch and quickset three poles a day, where
the ditch is three foot wide and two foot deep. Mortimer.

QUI’BBLE. n.s.

QUI'BBLE. n.s.

QUI’BBLE. n.s. [from quidlibet, Latin.] A low conceit de-
pending on the sound of words; a pun.
This may be of great use to immortalize puns and quibbles,
And to let posterity see their forefathers were blockheads. Add.
Quirks or quibbles have no place in the search after truth. Watts.

QUE’LQUECHOSE. n.s.

QUE'LQUECHOSE. n.s.

QUE’LQUECHOSE. n.s. [French.] A trifle; a kickshaw.
From country grass to comfitures of court,
Or city’s quelquechoses, let not report
My mind transport. Donne.

QUA’RTO. n.s.

QUA'RTO. n.s.

QUA’RTO. n.s. [quartus, Lat.] A book in which every sheet,
being twice doubled, makes four leaves.
Our fathers had a just value for regularity and systems;
then folio’s and quarto’s were the fashionable sizes, as volumes
in octavo are now.  Watts.

QUA’LMISH. adj.

QUA'LMISH. adj.

QUA’LMISH. adj. [from qualm.] Seized with sickly languor.
I am qualmish at the smell of leek.  Shakesp.
You drop into the place,
Careless and qualmish with a yawning face.  Dryden.



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