Webster's Unabridged Dictionary - Letter H - Page 29

Hermogenian (n.) A disciple of Hermogenes, an heretical teacher who lived in Africa near the close of the second century. He held matter to be the fountain of all evil, and that souls and spirits are formed of corrupt matter.

Hern (n.) A heron; esp., the common European heron.

Hernani (n.) A thin silk or woolen goods, for women's dresses, woven in various styles and colors.

Herne (n.) A corner.

Hernias (pl. ) of Hernia

Herniae (pl. ) of Hernia

Hernia (n.) A protrusion, consisting of an organ or part which has escaped from its natural cavity, and projects through some natural or accidental opening in the walls of the latter; as, hernia of the brain, of the lung, or of the bowels. Hernia of the abdominal viscera in most common. Called also rupture.

Hernial (a.) Of, or connected with, hernia.

Herniotomy (n.) A cutting for the cure or relief of hernia; celotomy.

Hernshaw (n.) Heronshaw.

Heroes (pl. ) of Hero

Hero (n.) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.

Hero (n.) A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person.

Hero (n.) The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Aeneas in the Aeneid.

Herodian (n.) One of a party among the Jews, composed of partisans of Herod of Galilee. They joined with the Pharisees against Christ.

Herodiones (n. pl.) A division of wading birds, including the herons, storks, and allied forms. Called also Herodii.

Heroess (n.) A heroine.

Heroic (a.) Of or pertaining to, or like, a hero; of the nature of heroes; distinguished by the existence of heroes; as, the heroic age; an heroic people; heroic valor.

Heroic (a.) Worthy of a hero; bold; daring; brave; illustrious; as, heroic action; heroic enterprises.

Heroic (a.) Larger than life size, but smaller than colossal; -- said of the representation of a human figure.

Heroical (a.) Heroic.

Heroicness (n.) Heroism.

Heroicomic (a.) Alt. of Heroicomical

Heroicomical (a.) Combining the heroic and the ludicrous; denoting high burlesque; as, a heroicomic poem.

Heroine (n.) A woman of an heroic spirit.

Heroine (n.) The principal female person who figures in a remarkable action, or as the subject of a poem or story.

Heroism (n.) The qualities characteristic of a hero, as courage, bravery, fortitude, unselfishness, etc.; the display of such qualities.

Heron (n.) Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidae. The herons have a long, sharp bill, and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea) is remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.

Heroner (n.) A hawk used in hunting the heron.

Heronry (n.) A place where herons breed.

Heronsew (n.) A heronshaw.

Heronshaw (n.) A heron.

Heroologist (n.) One who treats of heroes.

Heroship (n.) The character or personality of a hero.

Herpes (n.) An eruption of the skin, taking various names, according to its form, or the part affected; especially, an eruption of vesicles in small distinct clusters, accompanied with itching or tingling, including shingles, ringworm, and the like; -- so called from its tendency to creep or spread from one part of the skin to another.

Herpetic (a.) Pertaining to, or resembling, the herpes; partaking of the nature of herpes; as, herpetic eruptions.

Herpetism (n.) See Dartrous diathesis, under Dartrous.

Herpetologic (a.) Alt. of Herpetological

Herpetological (a.) Pertaining to herpetology.

Herpetologist (n.) One versed in herpetology, or the natural history of reptiles.

Herpetology (n.) The natural history of reptiles; that branch of zoology which relates to reptiles, including their structure, classification, and habits.

Herpetotomist (n.) One who dissects, or studies the anatomy of, reptiles.

Herpetotomy (n.) The anatomy or dissection of reptiles.

Herr (n.) A title of respect given to gentlemen in Germany, equivalent to the English Mister.

Herring (n.) One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (C. harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities.

Herringbone (a.) Pertaining to, or like, the spine of a herring; especially, characterized by an arrangement of work in rows of parallel lines, which in the alternate rows slope in different directions.

Herrnhuter (n.) One of the Moravians; -- so called from the settlement of Herrnhut (the Lord's watch) made, about 1722, by the Moravians at the invitation of Nicholas Lewis, count of Zinzendorf, upon his estate in the circle of Bautzen.

Hers (pron.) See the Note under Her, pron.

Hersal (n.) Rehearsal.

Herschel (n.) See Uranus.

Herschelian (a.) Of or relating to Sir William Herschel; as, the Herschelian telescope.

Herse (n.) A kind of gate or portcullis, having iron bars, like a harrow, studded with iron spikes. It is hung above gateways so that it may be quickly lowered, to impede the advance of an enemy.

Herse (n.) See Hearse, a carriage for the dead.

Herse (n.) A funeral ceremonial.

Herse (v. t.) Same as Hearse, v. t.

Herself (pron.) An emphasized form of the third person feminine pronoun; -- used as a subject with she; as, she herself will bear the blame; also used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is herself; she blames herself.

Herself (pron.) Her own proper, true, or real character; hence, her right, or sane, mind; as, the woman was deranged, but she is now herself again; she has come to herself.

Hersillon (n.) A beam with projecting spikes, used to make a breach impassable.

Hert (n.) A hart.

Herte (n.) A heart.

Hertely (a. & adv.) Hearty; heartily.

Hery (v. t.) To worship; to glorify; to praise.

Hesitancy (n.) The act of hesitating, or pausing to consider; slowness in deciding; vacillation; also, the manner of one who hesitates.

Hesitancy (n.) A stammering; a faltering in speech.

Hesitant (a.) Not prompt in deciding or acting; hesitating.

Hesitant (a.) Unready in speech.

Hesitantly (adv.) With hesitancy or doubt.

Hesitated (imp. & p. p.) of Hesitate

Hesitating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Hesitate

Hesitate (v. i.) To stop or pause respecting decision or action; to be in suspense or uncertainty as to a determination; as, he hesitated whether to accept the offer or not; men often hesitate in forming a judgment.

Hesitate (v. i.) To stammer; to falter in speaking.

Hesitate (v. t.) To utter with hesitation or to intimate by a reluctant manner.

Hesitatingly (adv.) With hesitation or doubt.

Hesitation (n.) The act of hesitating; suspension of opinion or action; doubt; vacillation.

Hesitation (n.) A faltering in speech; stammering.

Hesitative (a.) Showing, or characterized by, hesitation.

Hesitatory (a.) Hesitating.

Hesp (n.) A measure of two hanks of linen thread.

Hesper (n.) The evening; Hesperus.

Hesperetin (n.) A white, crystalline substance having a sweetish taste, obtained by the decomposition of hesperidin, and regarded as a complex derivative of caffeic acid.

Hesperian (a.) Western; being in the west; occidental.

Hesperian (n.) A native or an inhabitant of a western country.

Hesperian (a.) Of or pertaining to a family of butterflies called Hesperidae, or skippers.

Hesperian (n.) Any one of the numerous species of Hesperidae; a skipper.

Hesperid (a. & n.) Same as 3d Hesperian.

Hesperidene (n.) An isomeric variety of terpene from orange oil.

Hesperides (n. pl.) The daughters of Hesperus, or Night (brother of Atlas), and fabled possessors of a garden producing golden apples, in Africa, at the western extremity of the known world. To slay the guarding dragon and get some of these apples was one of the labors of Hercules. Called also Atlantides.

Hesperides (n. pl.) The garden producing the golden apples.

Hesperidin (n.) A glucoside found in ripe and unripe fruit (as the orange), and extracted as a white crystalline substance.

Hesperidium (n.) A large berry with a thick rind, as a lemon or an orange.

Hesperornis (n.) A genus of large, extinct, wingless birds from the Cretaceous deposits of Kansas, belonging to the Odontornithes. They had teeth, and were essentially carnivorous swimming ostriches. Several species are known. See Illust. in Append.

Hesperus (n.) Venus when she is the evening star; Hesper.

Hesperus (n.) Evening.

Hessian (a.) Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.

Hessian (n.) A native or inhabitant of Hesse.

Hessian (n.) A mercenary or venal person.

Hessian (n.) See Hessian boots and cloth, under Hessian, a.

Hessite (n.) A lead-gray sectile mineral. It is a telluride of silver.

Hest (n.) Command; precept; injunction.

Hestern (a.) Alt. of Hesternal

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