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RU’STICK. n.s.

RU'STICK. n.s.

RU’STICK. n.s. A clown; a swain; an inhabitant of the country.
As nothing is so rude and insolent as a wealthy rustick, all
this is his kindness is overlooked, and his person most unworn-
thily railed at. South.



RU’NAGATE. n.s. [corrupted from renegat, Fr.] A fugitive;
rebel; apostate.
The wretch compel’d, a runagate became,
And learn’d what ill a miser state doth breed. Sidney.
God bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; but letteth
the runagates continue in scarceness. Psalm lxviii. 6.
I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure,
More noble than that runagate to your bed. Shakesp.
As Cain, after he had slain Abel, had no certain abiding;
so the Jews, after they had crucified the son of God, be-
came runagates. Raleigh’s History of the World.

To rule the ROAST.

To rule the ROAST.

To rule the ROAST. To govern; to manage; to preside. It
was perhaps originally roist, which signified a tumult, to
direct the populace.
The new-made duke, that rules the roast.  Shakesp.
Where champions ruleth the rost,
There dailie disorder is most. Tusser’s Husbandry.
Alma slap-dash, is all again
In ev’ry sinew, nerve, and vein;
Runs here and there, like Hamlet’s ghost,
While every where she rules the roast. Prior.

To ROUT. v.n.

To ROUT. v.n.

To ROUT. v.n. To assemble in clamorous and tumultuous
The meaner sort routed together, and suddenly assailing the
early in his house, slew him. Bacon’s Henry VII.

To ROMA’NCE. v.n.


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



RIVER-HORSE. n.s. Hippopotamus.
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.