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a. Having possession.

Pos'sET, n. Milk curdled with wine or any acid.

Pos-S|-bTl'I-TY, n. State of being possible.

Pos'si-BLE, a. That may exist, or be, or be done.
Syn. — Some things are possible which cannot
be called practicable ; but what is practicable must,
in its nature, be possible. The possible depends
on the power of the agent ; the practicable, on cir-
cumstances. Practicable is opposed to impracti-
cable ! practical, to speculative or theoretical,

Pos'si-BLY, ad. By any power existing ; perhaps.

Post, m. A courier ; a public tetter-carrier : — a
station ; an office ; a place ; employment : — a
piece of timber or stone set erect : — a Frencli
measure, equal to 5.59 English miles.

PosT,^ V. n. To travel with speed or post-horses.

Post, v. a. To fix on a post ; to place j to station :

— to send with post-horses.

Post, a. Used in travelling hastily ; speedy. —
Post, as a prefix, commonly denotes after.

PosT'A^E, n. Money paid for conveying letters.

Post'boy, n. A boy that rides post ; a courier.

PosT'^HAl^E, ?!. A four-wheeled travelling car-
riage ;_a stage-coach.

PosT'coACH, n. Same rs postckaise.

Post'date, v. n. To date later than the real time.

PoST-Dl-LU'Vl-AN, a. Posterior to the flood.

PosT-Di-LU'vi-AN, n. One who lived since the
flood. '

Post'er, n. One who travels hastily ; a courier.

Pos-te'ri-or, a. Subsequent ; later ; placed after.

Pqs-TE-ri-or'i-ty, n. State of being posterior.

Pos-te RI-ors, n. -pi. The hinder parts.

Pos-TiiR'l-TY,' n. Succeeding generations ; de-
scendants . — opposed to ancestors.

Pos'tern, 71. A small gate , a door.

PosT-E3f-iST'ENCE, 71. Subsequent existence.

Post'fix, n. A suffix ; a letter or syllable added.

PosT-Fix', V. a. To add or annex at the end.

Post-haste', 7i. Haste like that of a courier.

Post-haste', ad. With the haste of a courier.

PosT'-HORSE, n. A horse for the use of couriers.

PosT'-HoOsE, n. A house with a post-otfice.

*P6sT'HU-MOi5s [post'hu-mus, S. JV. J. E. F. .Ta.
K. Sm. Wb ; post'hu-mus, P. C], a. Done, had,
or published, after one's death.

*P6sT'HV-ivious-LY, ad. After one's death.

Pos-TiL'ipN [pos-til'yun, S. J. F. Ja. Sm. ; pos-
tll'yun, W. E. K.], n. One who guides the first
pair of a set of horses in a coach.

PosT'lNG, n. The act of travelling by post.

Post'man, n. A post ; a courier ; a letter-carrier.

Port'mark,?!. The mark or stamp of a post-officB.

Post'mark, v. a. To put the mark of the post-
office on a letter, &c.

PosT'MAS-TER, 71. A superintendent of a post-

Post-me-rTd'i-an, a. Being in the afternoon.

Post mor'tem, [L. after death.] Done or happen-
jng aftejr deatl).

PosT'-NOTE, 7i. A bank-note payable to order.

PosT-o'BiT, n. A bond payable after the death of
_the person therein named.

PosT'-OF-FlCE, n. Office for letters ; apost-house.

PosT'PAID, a. Having the postage paid.

PosT-PONE', V. a. To put off; to delay ; to defer.

PosT-PONE'MENT, 71. Act of postponing ; a delay.

PosT-P6§'l-TiVE, a. Being placed after.

PosT'scRiPT, V. A paragraph added to a letter.

POST'-TOWN, n. A town having a post-office.

PosT'u-LANT, 71. One who makes a demand.

PosT'u-LATE (post'yu-lat), v. a. To beg ; to invite

Post' LI-LATE, n. Position assumed without proof

P6sT-u-LA'TIpN, n. A supposition without proof j
postulate: — supplication ; a suit.

P6sT'u-LA-Tp-RV, a. Assumed without proof.

P6sT-u-LA'TiJM, n. ; pi. post-u-la' ta. [L.j
A thing required ; an assumed position ; postulate.

Post' y RE (post'yur),7i. State ; situation ; position ;
attitude ; gesture.

Post'vre-Mas'ter (post'yur-mis'ter), n. One
who practises or teaches |X)stures.

P6'§¥, n. A motto on a ring ; a nosegay.

Pot, n. A ves.sel to hold meat or liquids ; a cup.

Pot, v. a. To preserve or enclose in pots.

Po'TA-BLE, a. Such as may be drunk ; drinkable.

Po'TA-BLE-ness, n. State of being potable.

Pp-TAR'GO, n. A West India pickle or sauce.

Pot' ash, n. An alkaline salt obtained from ashes.

Pp-TAS'SA, 71. (Cliem.) Purified potash.

Po-TA'Tl^pN, 7t. A drinking-bout ; a draught.

Po-ta'to, n. A plant and esculent root.

PoT'BEL-LlED (pot'bel-lid), a. Having a large

PoT'BiJL-LY, 77. A protuberant belly. [belly.

Po'TEN-CY, 77. Power; efficacy; strength.

Po'TENT, a. Powerful ; forcible ; strong ; mighty.

Po'TEN-TATE [po'ten-tat, S. W. P. J. E. F. Ja.
Sm. Wb.],n. A monarch; a prince ; a sovereign.

Pp-TEN'TIAL (po-ten'shal), a. Existing in possi-
bility, not in act. — {Oram.) Noting a mood
that implies possibility, liberty, will, power, or

Pp-TiiN-Tl-AL'l-TY (po-ten-she-al'e-te), n. Pos-

Po-ten'tial-LY, ad. In possibility ; in efficacy.

P5'TENT-LY, ttrf. Powerfully; fcprcibly.

Po'tent-ness, n. Powerfulness ; miglit ; power.

P6t'hXng-er, 77. A hook to hang a pot on.

PSth'er [poth'er, E. Ja. K. Sm. C. IVb. ; puth'er,
S. W. P. J. F.J, 77. Bustle ; tumult ; bother.

Pot'herb (pot'erb), 77. An herb fit for the pot

Pot'hook (pot'huk), n. A hook to fasten pots.

Pot'hoOse, 77. An alehouse ; a drinkiiig-house.

Po-TION, 77. A draught ; a medical draught.

PoT'LiD, 71. The cover of a pot.

Pot'lOck, 71. Food from the pot; dinner.

PoT'MiJT-AL, 71. An alloy of lead and copper.

PoT'sHitRD, 77. A fragment of a broken pot

Pot'ta^e, ji. Any thing boiled for food.

PoT'TER, 71. A maker of eartlien vessels.

Pot'ter, 73. 71. To trifle ; to pudder.

PoT'TER-Y, 71. Work of a potter ; earthen-ware.

Pot'tle, 71. A measure of four pints ; a basket.

Pot-val'IANT (pot-viil'yant), a. Valiant from
the effect of drink.

PoOcH, 71. A purse ; a pocket — v. a. To pocket.

P6u-(;^h6ng', 71. A species of black tea.

Pdu-DRETTE',n. [Ft.] Manure formed of night-
soil and clay.

Poult (polt), 71. A young chicken ; a pullet.

P<5ul'TER-er (pol'ter-er),?i. One who sells fowls.

Poul'tice, n. A soft application ; cataplasm.

Poul'tice (pol'tjs), V. a. To apply a poultice ta

A, E, I, O, V, Y, long; X, E, t, 6, 0, ?, short, A, E, I, Q, y, Y, oJscure.— FARE, FAR, fSst, all; HfilR, HERi




PoUL'trv (pol'tre), n. Domestic fowls.
PoOnce, n. The talon of a bird : — a powder.
PoOnce, v. a. To pierce ; to seize : — to sprinkle.
PoOnce'BOX, n. Same as pouncet-box.
Pounced (pounst), a. Furnished %vith talons.
Poun'cet-Box, n. A small box with a perforated

lid, for sprinkling powder.
Pound, n. A weight of 16 ounces avoirdupois ;

also of 12 ounces troy : — in money, 20 shillings :

— an enclosure for cattle ; a pinfold.
PoOnd, b. a. To beat ; to grind : — to shut up.
PoOnd'aij^e, n. A sum deducted from a pound :

— duty or payment rated by the pound.
PbuND'ER, n. He or that wiiich pounds ; a pestle :

— a gun of a certain bore.

*P6uR (por) [por, E. Ja. K. Sm. R. C. Wb. JVares:
poor, S. P. J. ; pbGr, IV. ; poor, por, or pour, F.],
V. a. To send forth in a stream ; to emit ; to let out.
*PouR (por), V. n. To stream ; to flow ; to rush.
*PouR'ER (por'er), n. One who pours.
Pout, v. n. To look sullen ; to shoot out the lips.
PouT, n. A fit of sullenness : — a fresh-water fish.
P6v'ER-TV,n. State of being poor ; penury ; want;

indigence : — barrenness ; defect.
Pow'der, 71. Dust; gunpowder; hair-powder.
Pow'DER, V. n. To crumble ; to fall to dust.
Pow'der, v. a. To reduce to dust ; to sprinkle.
Pow'der-Box, 7!. A box for holding powder.
Pow'der-Flask, n. A flask for gunpowder.
P6\Vder-Horn, n. A horn for gunpowder.
Pow'DER-MiLL, n. A mill to make gunpowder in.
P6w'der-y, a. Covered with powder ; dusty.
Pow'ER, 71. Ability to do something; ability to
endure ; capacity ; command ; authority ; domin-
ion ; potency ; force ; strength : — the moving force
of an engine : — military force ; an army : — a
sovereign; a ruler: — a state. — (Mritk.) The
product of a number multiplied into itself.
Pow'ER-fOl, a. Having power; strong; potent;
mighty; forcible; efficacious.

Syn. — A ■poioerful prince ; a poroerfal argument ;
a potent monarcli ; a potent medicine ; a mighty
sovereign ; a mighty genius ; a strong man ; a
strong argument ; forcible reasoning ; efficacioiis
Pow'er-ful-LY, arf. Mightily; forcibly.
Po\v'ER-Fi)i.-n£ss, 71. Power; eflicacy ; might.
Povv'ER-LESS, a. Destitute of power ; weak.
Pbw'ER-LooM, 7(. A loom worked by ; team.
PovV'er-Fress, 71. A printing-press worked by

steam, by water, or by other power.
Powl'dron, il. Armor for the shoulders.
Pov\''w6\v, 71. An Indian dance: — an Indian

conjurer or priest.
Pox, 71. An eruptive disease ; pustules.
P6z-zij-o-la'na, n. Volcanic ashes, used as

mortar for buildings.
PrXc-ti-ca-bil'i-ty, )n. State of being prac-
Prac'TI-ca-BLE-NESS, ( ticable ; possibility.
PrSc'ti-c A-BLE, a. That may be done or effected ;

perfornialile ; feasible : possible,
PrXc'ti-ca-bly, ad. in a practicable manner.
Prac'TI-cal, a. Relating to practice or use; de-
signed for practice ; nut merely speculative.
Prac'ti-cal-lv, ad. By practice ; in real fact.
PRXc'Tl-CAL-NiJSS, n. Quality of being practical.
Prac'tIce, n. The habit of doing any thing ; such
use as begets a habit ; custom ; use ; performance ;
method : — a rule of arithmetic.
Prac'tise, v. a. To do habitually ; to perform

constantly ; to exercise ; to transact.
Prac'tise, v. n. To act ; to exercise a profession.
PrXc'tis-er, n. One who practises ; practitioner.
PRAC-TfTipN-ER, n. One engaged in any art.
Prjep' l-PE ^pr6s'e-p5), n. {Law.) Written in-
structions, given by an attorney or plaintiff, to the
clerk of a court for making out a writ : — a kind
of writ.
PRjE-ct>e'Ni-TA, [L.] Things previously

PRiEM-v-Ni'RE,n. [L.] (Law.) A writ ; an ofl'ence.

PjR^-Nd'MEN,n. [L.J The first name of a per-
son, among the Romans, prefixed to the family
PRjE-Td'Ri-GM,n. [L.] Acourtorhallof justice.
Prag-mXt'ic, ) a. Impertinent; officious;

PRA&-MAT'i-CAL, \ meddling; dictatorial.
Prag-mXt'i-cal-ly, ad. In a pragmatical manner.
Prag-mXt'i-cal-Ness, 77. Quality of meddling.
jPrag'MA-tist, 71. One who is impertinently

Prai'rie (pra're),7i. [Fr.] A large natural mead-
ow, or tract of country bare of trees.
Prai'RIE-Dog, n. A species of marmot.
Praise, 77. Renown; commendation; honor.
Praise (praz), v. a. To commend ; to applaud ; to

extol ; to eulogize ; to celebrate.
PRAl§E'LESs,a. Wanting praise ; without praise.
Prai^'er, 71. One who praises ; an applauder.
Prai§e''wor-thy (praz'wiir-the), a. Worthy of

praise ; laudable ; commendable.
PrXm or Frame, n. A sort of lighter or boat.
Prance, v. n. To spring or bound, as a horse.
PrXnk, v. a. To dress showily ; to prink.
Prank, 7i. A frolic ; a wild flight ; a trick.
Pra^e, 77. (Min.) Green quartz.
Prate, v. n. To talk carelessly ; to chatter.
Prate, 7i. Tattle ; idle talk ; babble ; loquacity
Prat'er, 77. One who prates ; an idle talker.
Prat'ic, n. A license to trade. See Pratique.
PrXt'ICJUE (prat'ik), 7t. [Fr.] (JVaut.) A license
for a ship to trade in the ports of the Mediterra-
nean, after having performed quarantine ; pratic.
Prat'tle, v. n. To talk childishly ; to chatter.
PrXt'tle, 77. Childish talk ; trifling loquacity.
Prat'tler, 71. One who prattles ; a chatterer.
PrXv'i-ty, n. Corruption ; badness ; malignity.
Prawn, 7i. A small crustaceous fish.
PraX'is, n. [h.] Use ; practice ; a form.
Pray (pra), v. n. To make petitions ; to entreat.
Pray, v. a. To supplicate ; to implore ; to entreat.
Pray'er (pri'er or prAr), n. A petition to God ;
an entreaty ; a petition ; a request.

Syn. — Prayer, in the highest sense, is addressed
to God ; though the term is used in reference to
man. — A public petition, or a petition to the gov-
ernment ; a private request, or a request to a friend ;
an earnest entreaty.
Pray'er, 7?. One who prays ; a petitioner.
Pray'er-book (pri'er-biik), 71. Book of devotion.
Pray'er-fOl, a. Using prayer ; devout ; praying.
Pray'er-fOl-ly, ad. In a devout manner.
Pray'er-LESS, a. Neglecting prayer ; indevout.
Pre, \j>r(S, L.] A prefix to words derived from the

Latin, marking priority of time or rank.
PRiJACH, V. n. To discourse on the Gospel, &c.
Preach, v. a. To proclaim, as a public religious

teacher; to inculcate ; to teach.
Preach'ER, 71. One who preaches ; clergyman.
Preach'er-siiip, n. The office of a preacher.
Pkeach'ing. 77. A public religious discourse.
Preach'ment, 71. A sermon ; — in contempt.
Pre-ad-m6n'ish, v. a. To admonish beforehand.
PRE-XD-MO-lNi"TlpN,?7. Previous warning.
Pre'Xm-ble, 77. An introduction ; a preface.
Pre-Xm'bu-la-tq-ry, a. Going before.
Pre-au'di-Ence, 77. Previous audience.
Preb'end, n. A stipend m a cathedral church.
Pre-ben'dal, a. Of or belonging to a prebend.
Preb'en-da-rv, n. A clergyman or stipendiary of
acalhedral, wlio has a prebend. See Clergvm.^n.
Pre-ca'ri-oDs, a. Uncertain, because depending

on another's will ; doubtful ; dubious.
Pre-ca'hi-oDs-ly, ad. Uncertainly ; dependently.
PRE-CA'Rl-oys-Niiss, 77. Doubt; dependenco.
PrEc'a-tive or Prec'a-TQ-ry, a. Suppliant.
Pre-cau'tion, 71. A preservative caution or care.
Pre-cau'tiqn-al, I a. Implying precaution ;
Pre-cau'tiqn-a-rv, ( preservative ; preventive.
PRE-CAU'Tioys, a. Using precaution ; precau-
fPRE-CE-DA'NE-oOs, o. Previous; preceding.

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Pre-CeDE', t). a. To go before in order of time ;

to go before in place or rank
Pre-ce'dence, ) 71. Act of going before; supe-
Pre-ce'den-cy, j rior relative rank; priority;

foremost place ; superiority.
Pre-ce'dent, a. That precedes ; preceding; go-
ing before ; anterior ; former.
Pre9'e-dent, 71, Any example ; a thing done

before. — {Law.) An authority to be followed.
Pre<5'e-dent ED, a. Having a precedent.
Pre-ce'dent-ly, ad. Beforehand; formerly.
PrE-CED'ing,;). a. Going before ; antecedent.
Pre-cen'tor, 7!. A leader of a choir ; a chanter.
Pre'cept I'pre'sept, S. PV. P. E. F. Ja. K. Sm. C.
Wb.; pre'sept or pres'ept, J. ; yixes'epx, Kenrick],
n. A rule authoritatively given ; a mandate ; a
principle ; a doctrine : a direction ; a maxnn.
Pre-cep'tive, a. Containing or giving precepts.
Pre-cep'tor, n. A head-master, or principal of

an academy, &c. ; a teacher ; a tutor.
*Pre-cep-t6'r!-al, a. Relating to a preceptor.
*PRE9'EP-Tp-Ry [pres'ep-tur-e, ff.jpre'sep-tur-e,

./a. Sni. ; pre-sep'tur-e, jfi". Wb,],a. Preceptive.
Pre-cep'tress, n. A female preceptor or teacher.
Pre-ces'sion (pre sesh'un). n. A going before ;

a movement forwards ; an advance.

Pre'cinct (pre'singkt) (pre'singkt, S. P E. K.

Sm. C. ■ presingkt', fV. Ja. ; pre'singkt or pre-

singkt',y. F.\,n. An outward limit; a boundary.

PrE"CIOUS (presh'us), a. Of great price ; of great

value ; valuable ; costly.
Pre"ciovs LY (presh'us le), ad. Valuably.
Pre"cious NESS(presli'us-nes),7i. Worth ; value.
Pre^'ipice, n. A headlong steep or declivity.
Pre clP'l TA-BLE, a- That may be precipitated.
Pre ciP'i TAIVCE, ) n. Rash, heedless, or pre-
Pre-cip'! TAN-cy, ( cipitate haste ; precipitation.
Pre-cIP'i TANT,a. Falling headlong , hasty ; rash.
Pre-cip'i TANT, 71. (Cliem.) A substance used to

precipitate another substance.
Pre ciP'l TANT LY, ad. fn headlong haste.
PRE-CiP'I-TATE, M a. To throw down ; to hasten.
— {Chem.) To throw to the bottom, as a solid
substance in a liquid.
Pre-cip'i TATE, a. Steep; hasty; rash; violent,
Pre-cIp') TATE, 7!. (Chem) A substance thrown

down in a liquid by decomposition.
Pre-cip'j-TjJTE LY, ad. In a precipitate manner.
Pre cip i ta'tion,?;. Act of precipitating ; rash

iiess ; hnrryf blind haste :— sediment.
Pre-C1p'|-ta TOR.Ti. One who urges on violently.
Pre CiP'i TOCs,a. Headlong; steep, precipitate
Pre-cip'i Tous-LY. ad. In a precipitous manner.
PrecTp'i TOL'S NESS, 71. Rashness; precipitance
PRE-ClSE',a. Exact ; strict , nice , formal ; rigid,
Pre-cise'ly, a<i Exactly; with precision.
Pre-cise'ness, 71. Exactness, rigid nicety.
Pre cI"§ian (pre-sTzh'an), 71. One very exact.
PRE-ci"^ipiv (pre-sizh'un), 71. State of being pre-
cise ; strictness ; exact limitation.
fPRE-ci'siVE, a. Cutting off; exactly limiting.
Pre-cliIiJe', I), a. To shut out by anticipation,

to hinder , to prevent ; to obviate.
Pre-clu'^ion (pre-klu'zhini), 71. The act of pre-
cluding ; previous hiiiderance.
PreclC'sive, a.. Hindering by some anticipation.
PRE-CLtJ'siVE LV, ad. With preclusion.
Pre-co'cioijs (pre-ko'shus), a. Ripe before the

natural time , early ripe.
PRE-co'cioys NESS, 71. Precocity.
Pre-c69'i-tv, 71. State of being precocious ; ripe-
ness before the natural time.
Pre-co^'i-tate, v. a. To consider beforehand.
Pre-cpg-nT"tion, 71. Previous knowledge.
Pre con-ceit', n. Opinion previously formed.
Pre-con-ceive', v. a. To conceive beforehand.
PRE-cpN-CEP'TipN,7i. Opinion previously formed.
Pre-con-cert', v. a. To concert beforehand.
Pre-CPN-cert'ed, p. a. Settled beforehand.
Pre-con'trXct, n. A previous contract.
Pre-cur'sive, a. Preceding; precursory.

Pre-cur'spr, 71. A forerunner ; a harbinger.
Pre-cur'so-ry, a. Introductory ; previous.
Pre-da'ceous (pre-da'shus), a. Living by prey.
Pred'a-to-ry, a. Practising rapine ; rapacious.
Pred-e-ces'sor [pred-e-ses'sur, S. TV. J. F. K.
Sm. ; pre de-ses'sur, P Ja. C], n. One who pre-
cedes ; one going before ; an ancestor.
Pre-des-ti-na'ri-an, n. A believer in predes»

Pre-des-ti-na'ri-an, a. Relating to predesti-
Pre-des'ti-nate, v. a. To predetermine-; to
foreordain ; to predestine.

Pre-des'ti-nate, a. Predestinated.

Pre-des-ti-na'tion, n. Act of predestinating ;
the doctrine that all events are predestinated ;

Pre-des'ti-na-Tor, 77. One who predestinates.

PRE-Diis'TlNE, V. a. To decree beforehand.

Pre-de-ter'mj-nate, a. Determined before-
hand ; predetermined

Pre-de-ter-mj-na'tipn, 77, A previous decree.

Pre DE TER'MINE, V. a. To determine before-
hand; to predestinate,

Pre'di-al, a. Consisting of, or relating to, farms.

Pred i-CA-BlL'l TV, 77 State of being predicable.

Pred'1-ca ble, a That may be affirmed.

PRED'i-CA BLE,77. (Logic.) That which may be
afTinned of any thing. - — The .five predicable.-^ in
logic are genus, species, difference, property,
and accident.

Pre Dic'A ment, n. A class; kind; condition.
— (Logic.) A category ; a series or order.

Pre-dic A MEN'TAL, a. Relating to predicaments.

Pred'icate, V a & 71. To affirm ; to declare.

Pred'i-cate, 77 That which is affirmed or denied.

PRED-l-CA'TipN. 77 An afflimation ; adeclaration.

PRED'icA-Tp RY, a Affirmative; positive.

Pre-DICT', v. a. To foretell; to

PRE-DlC'TipN, 7i. Act of predicting ; prophecy.

Pre-dic'tive, a. Prophetic ; foretelling.

PREDic'TpR, 7i. One who predicts ; a foreteller.

Pre D) LEC'TION, 77, A previous liking ; partiality.

Predispose', v. a. To adapt previously.

Predis pp §i"TipN (pie-dis po-zish'un), 71. Pre-
vious disposition' inclination, or adaptation.

Pre DOM'i-NANCE, ) 71. Prevalence ; ascendency ;

Pre-dom'inan-cy, \ superior influeijce.

Pre dom'i-nant, a. Prevalent : prevailing.

Pre d6m'!-n ant-ly, ad. With superior influence.

Pre-d6m'i-nate, V 71. To prevail ; to abound.

Pre DOM-lNA'TlpN, 71. Superior influence.

PRE-EM'iNiiNCE, 71. State of being preeminent 5
higher rank ; superiority ; priority.

PRii; EM'l-NENT, a Excellent above Others.

Pre em'i-nent-ly, ad. In a preeminent manner

PRE-EMP'TipN (pre-em'shun), 7!. Act of buying
first : — right of buying before others.

Preen, 71. A forked instrument of clothiers.

PRiiEN, V. a. To clean, as with a preen.

PRii EN-GACjiE', V. a. "To engage beforehand.

PRE.EN-GAqiE'MENT,77. A previous engagement

PRi:-ES tAb'lish. v. a. To establish betbrehaiid,

Pre-es tXb'lish MENT, 77. Settlement before
hand ; a previous establishment.

Pri: ex 1ST', V. n. To exist beforehand.

Pre-e:^ IST'ENCE, 71. Previous existence.

Pre E3f ist'ent, a. Existing beforehand.

Pref'ace, 77. An introduction ; proem ; prelude.
Sy7i. — A preface, or proem, is a short introduc-
tion to a book , but proem is not much used : —
an introduction is a preliminary dissertation on the
matters treated of. Preface to a book ; prelude to
a piece of music ; pro/oo'Tte toa drama; exordium
to a discourse,

PrIsf'ace, v. a. To introduce by something.

PriSf'a cer, 71, One who writes a preface.

PRi?;F'A-Tp-RY, a. Introductory; introducing.

PRJi'FECT, 71. A governor of a province ; a mayot
of a city ; a commander,

Pref'ec-tOre [prSf'cktur, W. P.J. F. ; pre'f?k.

A, E, i, P, tJ, Y, long- ; X, fi, I, 6, C, *, shoH ; A, E, |, p, TJ, Y, obscure.— F kRE , FAR, fAst, ALL ; h£ir, HER,




tflr, E. Ja. Sm, C. Wi. ; pre'fek-chur, S. ; pre-
fgk'tur, P.], n. The office of prefect.

Pee-fER', v. a. To regard more than something
else ; to choose -. — to advance ; to raise.

Pref'er-a-ble, a. That is to be preferred; de-
serving preference ; eligible-

Pref'er-a-ble-ness, 71. State of being preferable.

Pref'er-a-bly, ad. In preference ; by clioice.

Pref'er-ence, n. The act of preferring ; choice.

Pre-fer'ment, TO. Advancement; higher place.

Pre-fer'RER, n. One who prefers.

Pre-fig-u-ra'tion, n. Antecedent representation.

Pre-fig'u-ra-tive, a. Foreshowing by figures.

Pre-fig'ure (pre-flg'yur), v. a. To exhibit by
antecedent representation ; to foreshow.

PRE-FiG'uRE-MiJNT, 11. Act of prefiguring.

PrJ-fix', v. a. To appoint ; to settle ; to put before.

Pre'fi'x, n. A particle placed before a word.

Pre-fijl'(;je?j-cv, n. Superior brightness.

Preg'na-ble, a. That may be taken or forced.

Preg'nan-cy, n. The state of being pregnant^ or
with young : — fruitfulness : — inventive power.

Preg'nant, a. Bemg with young ; fruitful ; full.

Preg'nant-lv, ad. Fruitfully ; fully.

Pre-hen'sile, a. Adapted to seize ; grasping.

Pre-hen'sion, n. Act of taking hold.

Pre-jud^-e', v. a. To determine beforehand.

Pre-jDdi^'Ment, n. Previous judgment.

Pre-ju'di-cate, v. a. & n. To prejudge.

Pre-jO-di-ca'tion, n. The act of prejudging.

Prej'u-dice (pred'ju-dis), n. Previous and un-
favorable bias or judgment ; prepossession : —
damage ; injury.

Prej'u-dice, v. a. To fill with prejudice ; to hurt.

Prej'u-diced (pred'ju-dist), p. a. Influenced by
prejudice ; uncandid ; unfair.

PRii:j-u-Dl"ciAL (pred-jij-dish'al), a. Mischiev-
ous ; hurtful ; injurious ; detrimental.

Prej-U-dI"cial-NESS, n. Injury ; damage.

*PRi2L'A-CY, 71, The dignity or office of a prelate.

*Prel'ate [prel'sit, S. fV. P. J. E. F. Ja. K. Sm. ,
prS'lat, FPi.], n. A bishop ; a high ecclesiastic.

*PRiiL'ATE-SHiP, n. The dignity or office of a
prelate ; prelacy.

Pre-lat'ic, / a. Relating to prelates or prel

PRE-LAT'i-CAL, ( acy ; episcoffal : — haughty.

Pre-lXt'i-cal-ly, arf. With reference to prelates.

*PRiJL'A-TisT, n. An advocate for prelacy.

Pre LEC'TION, 7!. A reading; a lecture; a dis-

PRE-LiiC'TOR, 7!. A reader ; a lecturer, [course.

Pre Li-BA'TION, 77. A previous taste ; foretaste.

Pre lim'i-na-ry, a. Previous; introductory.

PRE-LlM'i-NA-RY, 77. A preparatory step, act, or
measure ; a condition.

Prel'Ode [preTud, S. W. P. J. E. F. Ja. K Sm.
C : prS'lud, fVb.], n. A flight or flourish of
m isic before a full concert. — something intro-
ductory ; preface.

Pre LfiDE' or Prel'Ode [pre lud', S. W. P. J. F.
K Wb. i prel'ud, Ja. Sin.], v. n. & a. To be pre-
vious ; to introduce, as by a prelude.

Pre LU' DIAL, a. Introductory; previous.

Pre Lu'hi ujl,n. [L.J Prelude.

Pre-lu'sive or Pre-lu'sorv, a. Introductory.

Pre MA ture', a. Ripe too soon , existing, said,
or done, too soon ; unseasonable ; too early.

Pre ma-tOre'ly, ad. Too early , too soon.

Pre-m.\-ture', ; n. State of being prema-

PRii MA tO'rity, ( ture ; too great haste.

PRE-Mi5D'!-TATT3, V. a. To contrive beforehand.

Pre MiJD'i-TATE, v, n. To think beforeiiand.

Pre MiiD'i tat-ed, p a. Contrived beforehand.

Pre MED'i TATE-lv, a(/. Witli premeditation.

Pre MED-i-TA'TlpN, 77. The act of premeditating.

♦Pre'mi-er or PRiJM'lER [prem'yer, IV. F Ja.i
prem'yer, S. J. E. ; pre'me-er, P. Sm.],n, The
primo minister of England.

PRii'Ml-ER-SHiP, 71. The f>ffice of premier.

PRE-MlijE', V. a. To explain previously.

Pre-Mi^e', v. n. To make previous propositions.

PrEm'ise, 77. ,- pi. pr£m'i-se§. {Logic.) A thing

premised. — PI. The first two propositions of a
syllogism. — (Law.) Houses, tenements, and lands :
— statements before made.

Pre'mi-Dm, ?i. A bounty ; recompense ; reward.

Pre-Mon'ish, v. a. To admonish beforehand.

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