To drive oakum or old ropes untwisted, into the seams of a ship or other vessel, to prevent their leaking, or admitting water. After the seams are filled, they are covered with hot melted pitch or rosin, to keep the oakum from rotting.
The disposition of organized bodies to select and imbibe such portions of matter as serve to support and nourish them, or such particles as are designed, through their agency, to carry on the animal or vegetable economy. Attraction, or the tendency in bodies to move toward each other and unite.
Approbation and praise, expressed by clapping the hands, acclamation or huzzas. In antiquity, applause differed from acclamation; applause was expressed by the hands, and acclamation by the voice. There were three species of applause, the bombus, a confused din made by the hands or mouth; the imbrices and testae, made by beating a sort of sounding vessels in the theaters. Persons were appointed for the purpose of applauding, and masters were employed to teach the art. The applauders were divided into choruses, and placed opposite to each other, like the choristers in a cathedral.
An instrument consisting of a barrel or tube of iron or other metal fixed in a stock, from which balls, shot or other deadly weapons are discharged by the explosion of gunpowder. The larger species of guns are called cannon; and the smaller species are called muskets, carbines, fowling pieces, &c. But one species of fire-arms, the pistol, is never called a gun.
Noah Webster has two collage poems, "Webster's Body" and "Physician's Advice," in the current issue of Shampoo.
It's a great issue. I especially liked Sean Reagan's "Baking Bread in Winter," Marie Larson's poems from Leviathan, Scott Inguito's "Instead of Bread," and Kiely Sweatt's "You're just a mountain."
...and for a little something extra, my dear friend Shana's chapbook Donner: A Passing is just out at Finishing Line Press.
1. Noise; report; the object of hearing; that which strikes the ear; or more philosophically, an impression or the effect of an impression made on the organs of hearing by an impulse or vibration of the air, caused by a collision of bodies or by other means; as the sound of a trumpet or drum; the sound of the human voice; a horrid sound; a charming sound; a sharp sound; a high sound.
2. Noise without signification; empty noise; noise and nothing else.
Any scheme, stratagem or plan of a complicated nature, or consisting of many parts, adapted to the accomplishment of some purpose, usually a mischievous one. A plot may be formed by a single person or by numbers. In the latter case, it is a conspiracy or intrigue. The latter word more generally denotes a scheme directed against individuals; the former against the government. But this distinction is not always observed.
Commission of rebellion, in law, a commission awarded against a person who treats the king's authority with contempt, in not obeying his proclamation according to his allegiance, and refusing to attend his sovereign when required; in which case, four commissioners are ordered to attach him wherever he may be found.
To try, as the depth of water and the quality of the ground, by sinking a plummet or lead, attached to a line on which are marked the number of fathoms. The lower end of the lead is covered with tallow, by means of which some portion of the earth, sand, gravel, shells, &c. of the bottom, adhere to it and are drawn up. By these means, and the depth of water and the nature of the bottom, which are carefully marked on good charts, seamen may known how far a ship is from land in the night or in thick weather, and in many cases when the land is too remote to be visible.