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‘Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths unswept, There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. Shaks: O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me! The lights burn blue. Is it not dead midnight? Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling hesh. Shakspeare. Why does one climate and one soil endue .The blushing poppy with a crimson hue, Yet leave the lily pale, and tinge the violet blue? Prior. There was scarce any other coloursensiblebesides red and blue; only the blues, and principally the second blue, inclined a little to green. Nervton. BLU'e Bott LE. m.s.. [cyanus; from blue and bottle.] 1. A flower of the bell shape; a species of bottleflower. If you put bluebottles, or other blue flowers, into an ant-hill, they will be stained with red; because the ants thrust their stings, and instil into them their stinging liquor. Aay. 2. A fly with a large Lions belly. Say, sire of insects, mighty Sol, A fly upon the chariot poie Cries out, What b/w, bottle alive Did ever with such fury drive? Prior. 'BLUE-E YE D. adj. Lirom blue and eye.] Having blue . Rise, them, fair blue-eyed maid, rise and discover Thy silver brow, and meet thy golden lover. Crassaw. Nor to the temple was she gone, to move With prayers the blue-eyed progeny of Jove. . . Dryden. BLUE-H A RED. adj. [from blue and hair.] Having blue hair. This place, The greatest and the best of all the main, He quarters to his blue-hair'd deities. Milton.
BLU'EN Ess. n. 3. [from blue.] The quality of being bluo. t In a moment our liquor may be deprived of its blueness, and restored to it again, by the affusion of a few drops of liquors. Boyle on Colours. Bluff. adj. Big ; surly; blustering. Like those whom stature did to crowns prefer, Black-brow'd and bluff, like Homer's Jupiter. ryden. Blu’ish. adj. [from blue.] Blue in a small degree. Side sleeves and skirts, round underborne with a bluish tinsel. Sockspeare. - At last, as far as I could cast my eyes, Upon the sea, somewhat, methought, did rise Like bluish mists. -- Dryden. Here, in full light, the russet plains extend; There, wrapt in clouds, the bluish hills *::::: - - 'ope. BLu’ish N Ess. n.s. f from blue.] A small degree of blue colour. . I could make, with crude copper, a solution without the bluishness that is wont to “o. its vulgar scietions. Boyle. To Blu'NDER. v. n. [blunderen, Dutch ; perhaps from blind.] 1. To mistake grèssly; to err very widely; to mistake stupidly. It is a word unplying contempt. Vää, I.
- - o It is one thing to forget matter of fact, and another to blunder upon the season of it. L’Estrange. . . The grandees and giants in knowledge, who laughed at all besides themselves, as barbarous and insignificant, yet blund-red, and stumbled, about their principal concern. South. 2. To flounder; to stumble. He who now to sense, now nonsense, leanirg, . Means not, but blunders round about a meaning. - - - - Pope. To BLU'N DER. v. a. To mix foolishly or ... blindly. He seems to understand no difference between titles of respect and acts of worship; between expressions of esteem and deveties, , between religious and civil worship: for he olini, r, and confounds all these together; and whatever proves one, he thinks, proves all the rest. Stil'ingfleet. BLU'N DER. m. s. [from the verb.] A gross or shameful mistake. , . It was the advice of Schomberg to an historian, that he should avoid being particular in the drawing up of an army, and other circumstances in the day of battle; for that he had observed notoricus blanders and absurdities committed by writers not conversant in the art of war. A from. it is our own ignorance that makes us charge those works of the Almiglity as defects or blunders, as ill-contrived or ill-made. Derhan.
BLu'N Der Buss. n. s. [from blunder.] A gun that is charged with many bullets, ... so that, without any exact aim, there is a chance of hitting the mark. There are blunderlaises in every loophole, that go off of their own accord at the squeaking of a fiddle. Dryden.
BLU'N DE RER. m. s. [from blunder.] A man apt to commit blunders: a blockhead. Another sort of judges will decide in favour of an author, or will pronounce him a mere blunderer, according to the company they have kept. - - - attr. Blu'NDER HEAD. n.s.. [from blunder an head." A stupid fellow. At the rate of this thick-skulled blunderhead, every plow-jobber shall take upon him to read upon divinity. - - - L'Estrange. BLUNT. adj. setymology uncertain..] . . . 1. Dull on the edge or point; not sharp. Thanks to that beauty which can love an edge to the bluntest swords. Sidr ... If he iron be bliot and he do not whet the edgo, then must he put to more strength. E.cscs. 2. Dull in understanding ; not quick. Valentine being gone, I'll quickly, cross, By some sly trick, blun. Thurio's dull proceedi * ! - * - Shiko."rare. 3. Rough : not delicate : not civil. Whitehead, a grave divine, was of a bount stoical nature. One day the green happened to say, I like thee the better bocause thou livest unmarried. He answeiled, Madam, I like you the worse. Bacon. The mayor of the town came to seize them in a blunt manner, alieging a warrant to stop them. Wotton. 'T is not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods - do. Pope. 4. Abrupt; not elegant. - > To use too many circumstances, ere one come to the matter, is weatisome; to use none at all, is blunt. - - Bacon, - - Z * *
s: Hard to penetrate. This use is im
proper. I find my heart hardcued and blunt to new impressions; it will scarce receive or retain affections of yesterday. Pope. To Blus r. v.a. [from the noun.] 1. To dull the edge or point. So sicken waining moons too near the sun, And blunt their crescents on the edge of day. Dryden. Earthy limbs and gross allay Blunt not the beams of beav'n, and edge of day. Dryden. He had such things to urge against our marriage As, now ãolar'd would blunt my sword in battle, And dastardize my courage. Dryden. 2. To repress ar weaken any appetite, desire, or power of the mind. Blunt not his love; Nor lose the good advantage of his grace, By seeming cold. Shai peare. Biu'N'rly, adv. [from blunt.] 1. In a blunt manner; without sharpness. 2. Coarsely ; plainly; o: I can keep homest counsels, marr a curious tale in telling it, and deliver a plain message bluntly. Shakspeare. A man of honest blood, ... Who to his wife, before the time assign'd For childbirth came, thus bluntly spoke his mind. Dryden. Blu’Nt N Ess. n.s.[from blunt.] 1. Want of edge or point; dulness; obtuseness; want of sharpness. The crafty boy, that had full oft essay'd To pierce my stubborn and resisting breast, but still the bluntness of his darts betray'd. Suckling. 2. Coarseness; roughness of manners; rude sincerity. . . . His silence grew wit, his bluntners integrity, his beastly ignorance virtuous simplicity. Sidney. Manage disputes with civility; whence some readers will be assisted to discern a difference be, twixt bluntness of speech and strength of reason.
way, But so of honest bluntners to betray. Dryd. Blu'N Twitt E. D. adj. [from blunt and wit..] Dull; stupid. Bluntwittedlord, ignoble in demeanour. Shak. BLUR. m. s. [borra, Span. a blot, Skinmer.] A blot ; a stain; a spot. Man, once fallen, was nothing but a great blur; a total universal pollution. * South. 7 o BLUR. v. a. [from the noun.] 1. To blot; to obscure, without quite effacing. Such an act, That blurs the grace and blush of modesty, Calls virtue hypocrite. Shakspeare. Long is it since I saw him; But time hath nothing blurr'd those lines of fa
out thinking : commonly with out intensive. Others cast out bloody and deadly speeches at random; and cannot hold, but blurt out, those words, which afterwards they are forced to eat. Hakezvoll. They had some belief of a Deity, which they, upon surprizal, thus blurt out. Gov. of Tongue. They blush if they blurt out, ere well aware, A swan is white, or Queensbury is fair. Taung.
To BLUSH. v. n. [blosen, Dutch.] 1. To betray shame, or confusion, by a red colour in the cheeks or forehead. I have mark'd A thousand blushing apparitions To start into her face; a thousand innocent shames, In angel whiteness, bear away these blushes. Shakspeare. I will go wash: And, when my face is fair, you shall perceive Whether I blush or no. Bałęear. All these things are graceful in a friend's mouth, which are blushing in a man's own. Bacon. Shame causeth blushing; blurbing is the resort of the blood to the face; although blushing will be seen in the whole breast, yet that is but in passage to the face. Baron. Blush then, but blush for your destructive
silence, That tears your soul. * Smit5.
2. To carry a red colour, or any soft and bright colour. To-day he puts forth .The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him. Skakaprare. But here the roses bluth so rare, Here the morning smiles so fair, As if neither cloud nor wind, But would be courteous, would be kind. - Craibarre. Along those blushing borders, bright with dew. Bowsca. 3. It has at before the cause of shame. He whin'd, and roar'd away your victory, That pages hlush'd at him; and men of heart Look'd wond'ring at each other. You have not yet lost all your natural mo- desty, but blush at your vices. Calamy's Serment.
his face; but deserting him, he relapsed into paleness and languor. Harvey on Consumptions. To BLU'STER. v. n. [supposed from blast.] I. To roar as a storm; to be violent and loud. Earth his uncouth mother was, And blust'ring Æolus his boasted sire. Spenter. So now he storms with many a sturdy Stoure; So now his blust'ring blast each coast doth scour. Spenser. 2. To bully; to puff; to swagger; to be tumultuous.
My heart's too big to bear this, says a blustering fellow; I'll destroy myself. Sir, says the gentleman, here's a dagger at your service: so the humour went off. L'Estrange. Either he must sink to a downright confession, or must huff and bluster, till perhaps he raise a counter-storm. Government of the Tongue. Virgil had the majesty of a lawful prince, and Statius only the blustering of a tyrant. Dryden.
There let him reign the jailor of the wind; With hoarse commands his breathing subjects
call, And boast and blurter in his empty hall. Dryden. Blu's ter. n.s.. [from the verb.] 1. Roar of storms; tempest. The skies look grimly, And threaten present blusters. To the winds they set Their corners; when with bluster to confound Sea, air, and shore. Milton. 2. Noise; tumult. So, by the brazen trumpet’s bluster, Troops of all tongues and nations muster. Swift. 3. Turbulence; fury. Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall With those that have offended. Shakspeare. 4. Boast; boisterousness. A coward makes a great deal more blurter than a man of honour. L'Estrange.
Blu'ster E.R. m. s. . [from bluster.] A
Bo. inters. A word of terrour; from Bo, an old northern captain, of such fame, that his name was used to terrify the enemy. Temple.
BOAR. m. s. [ban, Saxon; beer, Dutch.] The male swine.
To fly the boar, before the boar pursues, Were to incense the boar to follow us. Shaks. "... She sped the boar away:
His eyeballs glare with fire, suffus'd with blood;
Bo'AR-sp E A R. n.s. (from boar and spear.]
And in her hand a sharp boar-spear she held, And at her back a bow and quiver gay, Stuff'd with steel-headed darts. Fairy Queen. ion threw the first, but miss'd his mark,
And struck his boar-spear on a maple bark. Dryd.
BQARD. m. . [laurd, Gothic ; brod, Saxon.]
1. A piece of wood, of more length and breadth than thickness. With the saw they sundred trees in board, and planks. - Raseigl). Every house has aboard over the door, whereon is written the number, sex, and quality, of the persons living in it. Temple. Go now, go trust the wind's uncertain breath, Remov'd four fingers from approaching death; Or seven at most, when thickest is the board.
Dryden. 2. A table. [from burdd, Welsh.j Soon after which, three hundred lords he slew, Of British blood, all sitting at his board. F. Queen. In bed he slept not, for my urging it; At board he fed not, for my urging it. Soaks. I'll follow thee in . when dead, My ghost shall thee attend at board and bed. Sir j. Denham. Cleopatra made Antony a supper, which was sumptuous and royal; howbeit there was no extraordinary service upon the board. Hakewis/. May ev'ry god his friendly aid afford; Pan guard thy flock, and Ceres bless thy beard. r Prior. 3. Entertainment; food. 4. A table at which a council or court is held. Both better acquainted with affairs, than any other who sat then at that board. Clarendon. 5. An assembly seated at a table; a court of jurisdiction. I wish the king would be pleased sometimes to be present at that board; it adds a majesty to it. 41.0/I6. The deck or floor of a ship; on board signifies in a ship, Now board to board the rival vessels row, The billows lave the skies, and ocean groans below. 19nyden. Our captain thought his ship in so great danger, that he confessed himself to a capuchin, who was on board. Addison. He ordered his men to arm long poles with sharp hooks, wherewith they took joi. of the tackling which held the mainyard to the mast of their enemy's ship; then, rowing their own ship, they cut the tackling, and brought the mainyard by the board. Arbuthnot on Coins. To Bo A R D. v.a. [from the noun.] 1. To enter a ship by force; the same as storm, used of a city. I boarded the king's ship: now on the beak, Now in the waste, the deck, in every cabin, I flam'd amazement. Shakspeare. He, not inclin'd the English ship to board, More on his guns relies than on his sword, From whence a fatal volley we receiv'd; It miss'd the duke, but his great heart it griev'd. Js/asser. Arm, arm, she cry'd, and let our Tyrians board With ours his fleet, and cairy fire and sword. Denham. 2. To attack, or make the first attempt upon a man; aborder quelqu'un, Fr. 'hom thus at gaze, the palmer 'gan to board With goodly reason, and thus fair bespake. Fairy Queen. Away, I do beseech you both, away; I'll board him presently. Shakspeare's Hamlet. Sure, ū. knew some strain in me, that I knew not myself, he would never have boarded me in this fury. Shakspeare. They learn what associates and correspondents they had, and how far every one is engaged, and what new ones they meant afterwards to try or board, Z 2 Bacon's Henry VI 1. 3. To lay or pave with boards.
Having thus boarded the whole room,the edges of some boards lie higher than the next board; therefore they peruse the whole flocr; and, where they find any irregularities, plain them off. Moxon's Mechanical Exercises. To Bo ARD. v. n. To live in a house, where a certain rate is paid for eating. That we might not part, TAs we at first did board with thee, Now thou wouldst taste our misery. Herbert. We are several of us, gentlemen aud ladies, who board in the same house; and, after dinner, one of our company stands up, and reads your paper to us all. Spectator. To Bo A R D. v. a. To place as a boarder in another's house. Bo A R d-wa Ges. m. s. [from board and avage...] Wages allowed to servants to keep themselves in victuals. What more than madness reigns, When one short sitting many hundreds drains; And not enough is left him to oy Board-wages, or a footman's livery Dryden. Bo'AR DE R. m. s. [from board.] A tabler; one that eats with another at a settled rate. Bo'ARD IN G-school. n.s.. [from board and school.] A school where the scholars live with the teacher. It is commonly used of a school for girls. A blockhead with melodious voice, In boarding-schools can have his choice. Swift. Bo'A R is H. adj. [from boar.] Swinish; brutal ; cruel. - I would not sce thy cruel nails Pluck out his poor old eyes; northy fierce sister In his anointed flesh stick bearish phangs. Shak.
2. To magnify; to exalt." They that trust in their wealth, and beast themselves in the multitude of their riches. Psalms, Confounded be all them that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols. Psalms. BoA's r. n.s.. [from the verb.] 1. An expression of ostentation; a proud speech. Thou, that makest thy boast cf the law, through breaking the law dishonouret thou God? Ren. The world is more apt to find fault than to commend; the boast will probably be censured, when the great action that occasioned it is forgotten. - Spectator, 2. A cause of boasting; an occasion of pride; the thing boasted. Not Tyro, nor Mycene, match her name, Nor great Alcmena, the proud boasts of fame. Popt. Bo'Ast ER. m. s. [from boast.] A bragger; a man that vaunts anything ostentatiously. Complaints the more candid and judicious of the chymists themselves are wont to make of those boasters, that confidently pretend that they have extracted the salt or sulphur of quicksilver, when they have disguised it by additaments, wherewith it resembles the concretes. Beyk, No more delays, vain boaster! but begin: I prophesy beforehand I shall win: I'll teach you how to brag another time. Dryd. He the proud boasters sent, with sternassault, Down to A. realms of night. Philipi. Bo'Ast ful. adj. [from boast and full.] Ostentatious; inclined to brag. Boatful and rough, your first son is a 'squire; The next a tradesman, meek, and much *}. too. Bo'Ast ING.I.Y. adj. [from boasting.] Ostentatiously. We look on it as a pitch of impiety, boasting's to avow our sins; and it deserves to be considered, whether this kind of confessing them, have not some affinity with it. Decay of Pity. BOAT. m. s. [bat, Saxon.] I. A vessel to pass the water in. It is usually distinguished from other vessels, by being smaller and uncovered, and commonly moved by rowing. I do not think that any one nation, the Syrian excepted, to whom the knowledge of the ark came, did find out at once the device of either ship or boat, in which they durst venture themselves upon the seas. Raleigh's Essayi. An *... scoundrel multitude! Whose utmost daring is to cross the Nile In painted boats, to fright the crocodile. Tate's juvenal. 2. A ship of a small size; as, a passage boat, facquet boat, advice boat, fly boat. BoA'rio N. m. s. (from boare, Lat.] Roar; noise ; loud sound. In Messina insurrection, the guns were heard from thence as far as Augusta and Syracuse, about
an hundred Italian miles, in loud boatians. Derham.
charge of all her rigging, ropes, cables, anchors, sails, flags, colours, pendants, &c. He also takes care of the longboat, and its furniture, and steers her either by himself or his mate. He calls out the several gangs and companies to the execution of their watches, works, and spells; and he is also a kind of provost-marshal, seizes and punishes all offenders, that are sentenced by the captain, or court-martial of the whole fleet. Harris. Sometimes the meanest bertsovain may help to preserve the ship from sinking. Howe's Pre-eminence of Parliament. To BOB. v. a. [of uncertain etymology: Skinner deduces it from bobo, foolish, Span.] 1. To cut. Junius. Whence bobtail. 2. To beat; to drub; to bang. Those bastard Britons, whom our fathers Have in their own land beaten, bobb'd, and thump'd. Shakspeare. 3. To cheat; to gain by fraud. I have bobbed his brain more than he has beat my bones. Shakspeare. Live, Roderigo!
He calls me to a restitution large Of gold and jewels that I bulb'd from him, As gifts to Desdemona. Shakspeare. Here we have been worrying one another, who should have the booty, till this cursed fox has bobb'd us both on't. L'Estrange. To Bob. v. m. To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing. And sometimes lurk I in a gossip's bowl, In very likeness of a roasted crab; And when she drinks against her lips I bol, And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale. Shak peare's Midsummer Night's Dream. They comb, and then they order cy'ry hair; A birthday jewel booting at foeir ear. Drydon. You may tell her, I'm rich in jewels, rings, and bobbing pearls, Pluck'd from Moors ears. Dryden. Bob. n.s. (from the verb neuter.] 1. Something that hangs so as to play iodsely ; generally an ornament at the ear; a pendant; an ear-ring. The gaudy gossip, when she's set *; In jewels drest, and at each ear a lab. 1)ryden. 2. The words repeated at the end of a Stanza. Tobed, to bed, will be the bob of the song.
3. A blow. - I am sharply taunted, yea sometimes with pinches, nips, and lobs. Aucham's Schoolmaster.
4. A mode of ringing. Bo'B B1 N. n.s.. [bobine, Fr. from bombyx, Lat.] A small pin of wood, with a notch, to wind the thread about when women weave lace. The things you follow, and make songs on now, should be sent to knit, or sit down to lobbins, or bonelace. Tatler. Bo'Bob IN work. n. 4. [from bobbin and work.] Work woven with bobbins. Not netted nor woven with warp and woof, but after the manner of lobbia work. Grew.
Bo'Boh ERRY. n.s.. [from bob and cherry.] A play among children, in which the
cherry is hung so as to bob against the mouth. Bobcherry teaches at once two noble virtues, patience and constancy: the first, in adhering to the pursuit of one end; the latter, in bearing a disappointment. Arbuthnot and Pope. Bo'Bo' A 1 l. n. . [from bob, in the sense of cut.] Cut tail; short tail. Avaunt, you curs! Be thy mouth or black or white, Or bobtail tike, or trundle tail, -'om will make him weep and wail. Shah peare. Bo'B ral Ed. ag. [tron, bobtail. Hiving a tail cut, or short. There was a bobtailed cur cried in a razette, and one that found him brought him home to his master. L'Estrange. Bo'Bw G., n.s.. [from bob and wig.] A short wig. A young fellow riding towards us full gallop, with a bobwig and a black silken bag tied to it, stopt short at the coach, to ask us how far the
judges were behind. Spectator. Bo'c As IN E. n. s. A sort of linen cloth ; a fine buckram. Dict.
Bo'ck E L E r. n.s. A kind of long-winged Bo’c K E it Fr. havk. Dict. To BODE. v. a. [bobian, Sax.] To portend; to be the omen of. It is used in a sense of either good or bad. This bode, some strange eruption to our state. Tamlet. You have opposed their false policy with true and great wisdom; what they hood would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths. Spruto'r Serowon. It happen'd once, a boding prodigy' A swarm of bees that cut § liquid sky Upon the topmast branch in cloids alight. Dryd. "... red his glowing globe descends, High winds and furious tempests he portends; But if his checks are swoln with livid blue, He bod: wet weather by his watry hue. Dryd. To Boi, E. v. n. To be an omen; to foreshow. Sir, give me leave to say, whatever now The omen prove, it bodies well to you. Dryden. Bo’d E MEN r. m. s. (from bode..] Portent; omen ; prognostick. This foolish, dreaming, superstitious girl Makes all these lodements. Shai feare, Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until Great Birnam wood to Duisinane's high hill Shall come against him.— 1 hat will never be: Sweet bodements, good. Shukpeare. To Bo D G E. v. n. [a word in Shakspeare, which is perhaps corrupted from boggle.] To boggle; to stop ; to fail. With this we charg’d again; but out, alas! We haja’a again: as I have seen a swan, With bootless labour, swim against the tide. Shakspeare. Bo'oic E. m. s. [from bodies.] Stays; a waistcoat quilted with whalebone, worn by women. Her bodice halfway she unlac'd; bout his arms she slily cast The silken band, and hold him fast. Prior. This consideration should keepignorant nurses and bodice makers from meddling. J.ocke. Bo'd II. Ess. a.s. l from body..] incorporeal; having no body. They bodiles, and immaterial are, And can be vuly lodg’d within our minds. Davier,