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(n.) The sacred shield of the Romans, said to have-fallen from heaven in the reign of Numa. It was the palladium of Rome.


(adv.) In an arch manner; with attractive slyness or roguishness; slyly; waggishly.


(n.) See Bascule.


(v. t.) To render calm or quiet; to calm; to still; to appease.
(v. t.) To keep from motion, or stop the progress of, by the stilling of the wind; as, the fleet was becalmed.


(n.) A device, usually of metal, consisting of a frame with one more movable tongues or catches, used for fastening things together, as parts of dress or harness, by means of a strap passing through the frame and pierced by the tongue.
(n.) A distortion bulge, bend, or kink, as in a saw blade or a plate of sheet metal.
(n.) A curl of hair, esp. a kind of crisp curl formerly worn; also, the state of being curled.
(n.) A contorted expression, as of the face.
(n.) To fasten or confine with a buckle or buckles; as, to buckle a harness.
(n.) To bend; to cause to kink, or to become distorted.
(n.) To prepare for action; to apply with vigor and earnestness; -- generally used reflexively.
(n.) To join in marriage.
(v. i.) To bend permanently; to become distorted; to bow; to curl; to kink.
(v. i.) To bend out of a true vertical plane, as a wall.
(v. i.) To yield; to give way; to cease opposing.
(v. i.) To enter upon some labor or contest; to join in close fight; to struggle; to contend.


(n.) The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg.
(n.) Idle talk; silly prattle.
(v. i.) To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.
(v. i.) To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle.
(v. i.) To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.


(n.) A cicada. See Cicada.


(n.) Any one of several umbelliferous plants, of the genera Myrrhis, Osmorrhiza, etc.


(n.) A bivalve mollusk, with radiating ribs, of the genus Cardium, especially C. edule, used in Europe for food; -- sometimes applied to similar shells of other genera.
(n.) A cockleshell.
(n.) The mineral black tourmaline or schorl; -- so called by the Cornish miners.
(n.) The fire chamber of a furnace.
(n.) A hop-drying kiln; an oast.
(n.) The dome of a heating furnace.
(n.) A plant or weed that grows among grain; the corn rose (Luchnis Githage).
(n.) The Lotium, or darnel.
(v. t.) To cause to contract into wrinkles or ridges, as some kinds of cloth after a wetting.


(n.) An aspect or position of two planets, when they are distant from each other a tenth part of the zodiac, or 36.


(n.) A separate thin wooden frame used to form the border of a hand mold, or a curb of India rubber or other material which rests on, and forms the edge of, the mold in a paper machine and determines the width of the paper.


(a.) Teachable; easy to teach; docible.
(a.) Disposed to be taught; tractable; easily managed; as, a docile child.


(a.) Easy to be done or performed: not difficult; performable or attainable with little labor.
(a.) Easy to be surmounted or removed; easily conquerable; readily mastered.
(a.) Easy of access or converse; mild; courteous; not haughty, austere, or distant; affable; complaisant.
(a.) Easily persuaded to good or bad; yielding; ductile to a fault; pliant; flexible.
(a.) Ready; quick; expert; as, he is facile in expedients; he wields a facile pen.


(n.) Any pulverulent matter obtained from plants by simply breaking down the texture, washing with water, and subsidence.
(n.) The nutritious part of wheat; starch or farina; -- called also amylaceous fecula.
(n.) The green matter of plants; chlorophyll.


(a.) Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious; as, Fortune's fickle wheel.


(adv.) In a fickle manner.


(n.) A comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel.
(n.) Any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk.
(n.) One of the peculiar, long, narrow feathers on the neck of fowls, most noticeable on the cock, -- often used in making artificial flies; hence, any feather so used.
(n.) An artificial fly for angling, made of feathers.
(v. t.) To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
(v. t.) To tear asunder; to break in pieces.


(a.) Rough or broken, as if hacked.
(a.) Having fine, short, and sharp points on the surface; as, the hackly fracture of metallic iron.