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A seaman, coming before the judges of the
Another vows the same; admiralty for admittance into an office of a ship, A third l'a point more near the matter draws. was by one of the judges much slighted; the
Danich judge telling him, that he believed he could not
Strange point and new! say the points of his compass.
Bacon. Doctrine which we would know whence learn'de Vapours fir'd shew the mariner
Milton. From what point of his compass tu beware
The company did not meddle at all with the Impetuous winds.
Milton. state point, as to the oathis; but kept themselves If you tempt her, the wind of fortune
entirely to the church point of her independency, May come about, and take another point, as to her purely spiritual authority from the And blast your glories. Denbam.
Lesley. At certain periods stars resume their place, Stanilaus endeavours to establish the duodeFrom the same point of heav'n their course ad- cuple proportion, by comparing scripture together
Dryden. with Josephus : but they will hardly prove his 14. Particular place to which any thing is point.
Arbuthnot on Coins. directed.
There is no point wherein I have so much laEast and west are but respective and mutable
boured, as that of improving and polishing all points, according unto different longitudes or dis- parts of conversation between persons of quality. tant parts of habitation. Brown.
'Swift. Let the part, which produces another part, be
The gloss produceth instances that are neither more strong than that which it produces; and .
pertinent, nor prove the point.
Baker. let the whole be seen by one point of sight.
20. A note; a tune. Dryden.
You, my lord archbishop, The poet intended to set the character of Whose white investments tigure innocence, Arete in a fair point of light.
Broome. Wherefore do you so ill translate yourself
Into the harsh and boist'rous tongue of war? 15. Particular ; particular mode.
Turning your tongue divine
To a loud trumpet, and a point of war. Sbaksp. Arm'd at all points exactly cap-a-pe,
21. Pointblank; directly: as, an arrow is Appears before them. Who setteth out prepar'd
shot to the pointblank, or white mark. At all points like a prince, attended with a guard.
This boy will carry a letter twenty mile, as Drington.
easy as a cannon will shoot pointblank twelve A war upon the Turk is more worthy than
Sbakspeare. upon any other Gentiles, in point of religion and
The other level pointblank at the inventing of Bacon.
causes and axioms. in pint of honour.
Bacon, He had a moment's right in point of time;
Unless it be the cannon ball,
That shot i' th' air pointblank upright,
Was born to that prodigious height,
That learn'd philosophers maintain
Hudibras. world in point of antiquity can contend. Tillitson. Men would often see, what a small pictance of
The faculties that were given us for the glory reason is mixed with those huiting opinions they
of our master, are turned pointblank a ainst the are swelled with, with which they are so armed
intention of them.
L'Estrange. at all points, and with which they so confidently
Estius declares, that although all the schoollay about them.
men were for Latria to be given to the cross, yet I have extracted out of that pamphlet a few of
that it is pointblank against the detinition of the council of Nice.
Stilling fiect. those notcrious falsehoods in jvini of fact and reasoning.
Szeift. 22. Point de vise ; exact or exactly in the 16. An aim; the act of aiming or strik- point of view. ing.
Every thing about you should demonstrate a What a point your falcon made,
careless desolation; but you are rather point de And what a pitch she flew above the rest. Shaks.
vise in your accoutrements, as loving yourself, than the lover of another.
Shakspeare. 17. The particular thing required; tie I will bałHe sir Toby, I will wash off gross acaim the thing points at.
quaintance, I will be point de vise the very man. You gain your point, if your ind.istrious are
Sbakspeare. Can make unusual words easy. Roscommon. Men's hehaviour should be like their apparel,
There is no creature so contemptible, but, by not too strait or point de vise, but free for exerresolution, may gain his pirt. L'Estrange. cise.
Bacon. 18. Particular; instance.
To POINT. v. a. [from the noun.]
1. To sharpen; to forge or grind to a He shall again relate.
point. Thou shalt be as free
The princes of Germany had but a dull fear As mountain winds; but then exactly do
of the greatness of Spain; now that fear is All points of my command. Slakspeare. sharpened and pointed, by the Spaniards late enHis majesty should make a peace, or turn the terprizes upon the Palatinate.
Bacon. war directly upon such points, as may engage the
Part new grind the blunted ax, and point the nation in the support of it.
Dryden. He, warn'd in dreams, his murder did foretel, What help will all my heav'nly friends afford, From point to point as after it befel. Dryden.
When to any breast i litt the pointed sword? This letter is, in every paint, an admiratle
Dryden. pattern of the present police way of writing.
The two pinnæ stand upon either side, like
Swift. the wings in the petasus of a Mercury, but rise 19. A single position; a single assertion;
much higher, and are more pointed. Addison.
Some on pointed wood a single part of a complicated question; Transfix'd the fragments, some prepar’d the food. a single part of any whole.
2. T o direct toward an object, by way of ing and irregular; when it contends to be high, forcing it on the notice.'
full of rock, mountain, and pointedness. B.Jonsen Alas! to make me
2. Epigrammatical smartness. A fixed figure, for the hand of scorn
Like Horace, you only expose the follies of To point his slow unmeaning finger at. Shaksp? mon, and in this excel him, that you add peintMount Hermon, yonder sea, each place behold edness of thought.
Dryden. As I point.
Milton. POI'NTEL. n. s. Any thing on a point. 3. To direct the eye or notice.
These poises or pointels are, for the most part, Whosoever should be guided through his bato little balls, set at the top of a slender stalk, which tles by Minerva, and pointed to every scene of they can move every way at pleasure. Derlan. them, would see nothing but subjects of surprize. POINTER. n. s. [from point.)
1. Any thing that points. 4. To show as by directing the finger. Tell him what are the wheels, springs, pointer,
From the great sea, you shall point out for you hammer, and bell, whereby a clock gives notice mount Hor.
Numbers. of the time. It will become us, as rational creatures, to fol. 2. A dog that points out the game to low the direction of nature, where it seems to point us out the way.
sportsmen. I shall do justice to those who have distinguish
The well-taught pointer leads the way, ed themselves in learning, and point out their
The scent grows warm; he stops, he springs his. beauties.
Addison. ' Is not the elder
Poi'NTINGSTOCK. n. s. (pointing and By nature pointed out for preference ? Rowe.
stock.) Something made the object of
ridicule. 5. (pointer, Fr.) To direct toward a place :
I, his forlorn dutchess, as, the cannon were pointed against the Was made a wonder and a pointingstock fort.
To every idle rascal follower. Sbaispeare
. 6. To distinguish by stops or points. Poi'NTLESS. adj. [from point.] Blunt; 1. POINT. V. n.
not sharp ; obtuse. 3. To note with the finger; to force upon Lay that pointless clergy-weavon bv, the notice, by directing the finger to
And to the laws, your sword of justice, 8v. ward it. With et c^mmonly, some
Dryan. times 10 before the thing indi itoted.
POI'SON. n. s. [poison, Frerch.] Now muat in world print it poor C'at erine,
1. That which destic; s or injures life by And say, lo! thuit is Wai Petruchio's wife.
a small quantity, and by mcans not obShah genre.
vious to the senses ; venom. Sometimes we use one finger only, as is pciri
Themselves were first to do the ill, ing at any thing.
Ruy on ibe Creatien. Ere they thereof the knowledge could attain; Who fortune's fault upon the poor can throw, Like him that knew not poisen's power to kill, Point at the tatter'd coat and racked shoe. Until, by tasting it, himself was slain.
Datii Dryden. One gives another a cup of pain, but at the Rouse up for shame! our brothers of Phar. same time tells him it is a cordial, and so be drinks salia
it off and dies.
Scuba Peixt at their wounds, and cry aloud to battle. 2. Any thing infectious or malignant.
This being the only remedy against the parzia 2. To distinguish words or sentences by son of sin, we must renew it as often as we leo points.
peat our sips, that is, daily. Fond the Jews are of their method of pointing. To Poison. v. a. (from the noun.]
Forbes. 1. To infect with poison. 3. To indicate as dogs do to sportsmen. Virtue, dear friend, needs no defence,
The subtle dog scow'rs with sagacious nose, The surest guard is innocence, Now the warm scent assures the covey near, Quivers and bows and poison'd darts He treads with caution, and he points with fear. Are only us'd by guilty hearts. Rescom
HER. Gay. 4. To show distinctly.
2. To attack, injure, or kill by poison To point at what time the balance of power
given. was most equally held between their lords and
He was so discouraged, that he poisoned himself and died.
? Maccabees. commons in Rome would serhaps admit a con
Drink with Walters, or with Chartres eat; troversy.
They'll never poison you, they'll only cheat. POINTED. adj. or participle. [from poin.)
Pipes 1. Sharp; having a sharp point or pique. 3. To corrupt; to taint. A pointed Hinty rock, all bare and black,
The other messenger, Grew gibbous from behind.
Dryden. Whose welcome I perceivd had poison'd mine. 2. Epigrammatical; abounding in con
Hast thou not ceits. Who now reads Cowley? if he pleases, yet
With thy false arts poison d his people's loyalty? His moral pleases, not his pointed wit. Pope.
Notions with which the schools had poisoned Pointedly, adv. (from pointed.] In a
our youth, and which only served to draw the pointed manner.
prince to govern amiss,' but proved no seu The copiousness of his wit was such, that he curity to him, when the people were grows often writ too pointedly for his subject. Dryden. weary of ill government.
Daverasi. Poi'nTEDNESS. n. s. [from pointed.] Poi'son-Tree. n. s. [toxicodendron.) A 1. Sharpness ; pickedness with asperity.
Miller, The vicious language is vast and gaping, swell. Poi'sONER. 16.8. [from poison.]
Duty of Maa
1. One who poisons.'
2. To load with weight. I must be the poisoner
As the sands Of good Polisenes.
Shakspeare. Of Barca or Cyrene's corrid soil, So many mischiefs were in one combin'd; Levy'd co side with warring winds, and poize So much one single pois’ner cost mankind. Drya!. Their lighter wings.
Milton 2. A corrupter.
Where could they find another form'd so fit, Wretches who live upon other men's sins, the To poize with solid sense a sprightly wit? Dryde common poisoners of youth, getting their 3. To be equiponderant to.
bread by the damnation of souls. Soutb. If the balance of our lives had not one scale of Poi'sonous. adj. [from poison.) Venom- reason to poize another of sensuality, the base.
ness of our natures would conduct us to prepose ous; having the qualities of poison. Those cold ways,
Sbakspeare. That seem like prudent ncips, are very poisonous, 4. To weigh; to examine by the balance. Where the disease is volent. Sluksparc. We poizing us in her defective scale Noc Sirius shoots a tiercer flame,
Shall weigh thee to the beam. Sbakspeare. When with his pois'nous breath he blasts the sky.
He cannot sincerely consider the strength, Dryden.
poize the weight, and discern the evidence of the A lake, that has no fresh water running into
clearest argumentations, where they would con. it, will, by heat and its stagration, turn into a
clude against his desires.
South. stinking rotren pucidle, sending forth nauseous 5. To oppress with weight. and wrisonous steams.
I'll strive, with troubled thoughts, to take a nap, Poi'SONOUSLY. adv. [from poison.] Ve.
Lest leaden slumber poize me down to-morrow,
When I should mount with wings of victory. nomously. Men more easily pardon ill things done than
Sbakspeare. said; suci a peculiar rancour and venom do they POKE. n. s. (pocca, Saxon ; poche, Fr.] leave behind in men's minds, and so much more A pocket; a small bag. poisonously and incurably does the serpent bite I will not buy a pig in a poke. Camden. with his tongue than his teeth.
South. She suddenly unties the poke, Poi'sONOUSNESS. 1. s. [from poisorous.]
Which our of it sent such a smoke,
As ready was them all to choke,
My correspondent writes against master's Poi'TREL. 7. s. (poictrel, poitrine, Fr.
gowns and poke sleeves.
Spectator: pettarale, Italian ; pectorale, Latin.] To Poke. V. a. [poka, Swedish.) To feel 1. Armour for the breast of a horse. in the dark; to search any thing with a
long instrument. 2. A graving tool.
Ainsworth. If these presumed eyes be clipped off, they Poize.n.s. (poids, French.)
will make use of their protrusions or horns, and 1. Weight; force of any thing tending to poker. n. s. (trom poke.] The iron bar
Brown. the centre. He fell, as an huge rockie clift,
with which men stir the fire. Whose false foundation waves have wash'd away
With poker fiery red With dreadful poize, is from the main land reft. Crack the stones, and melt the lead. Sewin,
If the poker be out of the way, stir the tire When I have suit, with the tongs.
Swift. It shall be full of poise and difficulty,
PO'KING-STICK.n. s. An instrument anAnd fearful to be granted.
ciently made use of to adjust the plaits To do't at peril of your soul,
of the ruffs which were then worn. Were equal poize of sin and charity. Shakspeare.
Your ruff must stand in print, and for that Where an equal poize of hope and fear
purpose get poking-sticks with fair long handles, Does arbitrate ih' event, my nature is
lest they scorch your hands. Middleton. That I incline to hope.
Shakspeare. 2. Balance; equipoize ; equilibrium. Po'lar. adj. polaire, Fr. from pole.)
The particles that formed the earth, must Found near the pole; lying near the convene from all quarters towards the middle, which would make the whole compound to rest
pole ; issuing from the pole ; relating to in a poize.
the pole. Tis odd to see fluctuation in opinion so ear- As when two polar winds, blowing adverse nestly charged upon Luther, by such as have Upon the Cronan sea, together drive lived half their days in a poize between two
Mountains of ice.
I doubt 3. A regulating power.
If any suffer on the polar coast, Men of an u bounded imagination often want
The rage of Arctos, and eternal frost.
Prior. the poize of judgment.
POLA'RITY. n. s. [frum polar.] Tendency To POIZE. v. a. (peser, French.)
to the pole. 1. To balance; to hold or place in equi
This polarity from refrigeration, upon extre
mity and defect of a loadstone, might touch a ponderance. How nice to couch? how all her speeches
needle any where.
Brown, poized be:
POʻLARY.alj. (polaris, Lat.) Tending to Anymph thusturn'd, but mended in translation.
the pole; having a direction toward the
Sidney. poles. Nor yet was earth suspended in the sky,
isons, heated red hot, and cooled in the meri. Nor poiz'd did on her own foundation lie. Dryd.
dian from north to south, contract a polary Our nation with united int'rest blest, Not How content to poizs, shall sway the rest.
Brown. Dryden, POLE, 1 s. (polus, Latin ; pole, French.]
1. The extremity of the axis of the earth; shoud by most of our polemich writers of the prea either of the points on which the world
The best method to be used with these pobre turns.
micai ladies, is to shew them the ridiculous side From the centre thrice to the utmost pele.
of their cause,
POLEMICK. n. s. Disputant; controvert-
Dryden. Each staunch polemick, stubborn as a rock,
Came whip and spur. 2. (pole, Sax. pal, pau, Fr. palo, Italian and
s. (eley and A long pole, struck upon gravel in the botrom GYDA'W.] in opticks, is a kind of of the water, maketh a sound.
Bacon. crooked or oblique perspective glass, If afer some distingu: h'd lear,
contrived for seeing objects that do not He drops his pole and seems to slip;
lie directly before the eye.
PoʻLESTAR. 1. s. [fcle and star.]
1. A star near the pole, by which navigawherewith they took hold of the tackling which tors compute their northern latitude, held the mainyard to the main, then rowing the
cynosure; lodestar. ship, they cut the tackling, and brought the main- If a pilot at sea cannot see the polestar, let him yard by the board.
for but not on Coins. steer his course by such stars as best appear to 3. A tail piece of timber erecte:I.
King Cbarles. Wither'd is the garlan: of the war,
I was sailing in a vast ocean without other help
than the polestar of the ancients. Dryden.
Miller. Here my you see the tyrant. Sbakspeare: POʻLICE. n. s. [French.] The regulation
Their h lies poles set round meeting together in tie icp, and covered with skins. Heylia.
government of a city or country, so i measure of length containing tive far as regards the inhabitants. yards and a half.
POʻLICED. adj. [from police.] Regulated; This ordinace of tithing them by the pole is formed into a regular course of adinininot only fit for the gentlemen, but also the no- stration. blemen.
Spenser. Where there is a kingdom altogether unable Every pele stare of med, twelve inclas deep,
or indign to govern, it is a just cause of war for is worth sixpence a fole to fing out. Másrtiner.
another nation, that is civil or policed, to subdue 5. An instrument of measuring:
Bacon, A peer of the realm, and a cour sellor of state PoʻLICY. 2. 5. [TORITEL ; politia, Latin.] are not to be nieisured by the conimon yard, but I he art of government, chiefly with by the pole oi special grace.
respect to foreign powers. To POLE. 0.a. (iron the noun.) To tur. nish with poles.
2. Art; prudence ; management of af.
fairs ; stratigen. Begin not to pole your hops. Mortimer. POʻLEAXE. n. š. [cle and axe.] Anaxe
The policy of that purpose is made more in the
mairiage, than the love of the parties. Sb.:Isp. fixed to a long pole.
If it be honour in your wars to seem To beat religion into the brains with a polcaxe, The same you are not, which for your best ends is to offer victims of hunan blood. Houel. You call your p licy; how is’t less or worse, One hung a pleaxe at his sodule bow,
But it shall hold companionship in peace And one a heavy mice to stun the fue. Dryden. With honour as in war.
Sbakspeant. POʻLECAT. N. s [Pole or Polish cat, because If she be curst, it is for policy, they abound i: Poland.] The fitchew;
For she's not froward, but modest. Sbakspeare. a stinking animal.
The best rule of policy, is to prefer the doing Polecats ? there are fairer things than polecats.
of justice before all enjoyments. King Charles.
The wisdom of this world is sometimes taken
Shakespeare. Out of my door, you witch! you hag! you
in scripture for policy, and consists in a certain
dexterity of managing business for a man's secuostecat ! out, out, out; I'D conjure you. Shaks.
Soutb. She, at a pin in the wall, hung like a polecat in a warren, to amuse then.
3. (poliça, Spainish.] A warrant for money
L'Estrange. How should he, barmless youth,
in the publick funds; a ticket. Who kill'd but polecats, learn to murder men?
To POʻLISH. v. a. (polio, Lat. palir, Fr.]
Gay. 1. To smooth; to brighten by attrition ; POʻLEDAVY. 13. s. A sort of coarse clotó. to gloss.
Ainsworth. He secteth to finish his work, and polisbetb it Your polidavy wares will not do for me. Howel. perfectly
Ecclesiasticus. POLEĽMICAL. adj. (Tromel2os.] Contro
Pygmalion, with fatal art, POLEMICK. Š
Polish'd the form that stung his heart, Grano. versial ; disputative. Among all his !ıbours, although polemick dise
2. To make elegant of manners.
Studious they appear courses were ctherwise most uneasy, as engaging to converse with men in passion.
Of arts that polish life, inventors rare. Milten. I have had bat little respite from these polemic To PO'LISH. V.2. To answer to the act cal exercises, and, notwithstanding all the rage of polishing; to receive a gloss. and malice of the adversaries of our church, I sit It is reported by the ancients, that there was a down contented.
Stilling fleet. kind of steel, which would polisb almost as white The nullity oả this distinction has been solidly and bright as silver.
PO'LISH. n.s. (poli, polissure, Fr. from the j. One versed in the arts of government; verb.)
one skilled in politicks. 1. Artificial gloss ; brightness given by
Get thee glass eyes, attrition.
And, like a scurvy politician, seem Not to mention what a huge column of granite To see things thou dost not. Srisprus cost in the quarry, only consider the great diffi- And 't be any way, it must be with valour; for culty of hewing it into any form, and of giving it
policy I hate : I had as liet be a Brownist as a the due turn, proporcion, and polisho Addison. politician.
Shakspeare. Another prism of clearer glass and better po
Although I may seem less a politician to men, lisb seemed free from veins.
yet I need no secret distinctions nor evasions be
fore God. 2. Elegance of manners.
King Charles. What are these wond'rous civilising arts,
While emp'rick politicians use de ceit, This Roman polish, and this smooth behaviour,
Hide what they give, and cure but by a cheat,
You boldly shoir that skill which they pretend, That render man thus tractable and tame?
And work by means as nuble as your end. PO'LISHABLE. adj. (from polish.) Capa
Coffee, which makes the politician wise, ble of being po.ished.
And see through all things with his half-sivut Po’lisher, ni's. (from polish.] The person or instrument that gives a gloss.
in vapours to the baron's brain I consider an human soul without education, New stratagems, the radiant lock to gain. Pepe. like marble in the quarry, which shews none of 2. A man of artifice; one of deep contriits inherent beauties, till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours.
Your ill-meaning politician lords, POLI'TE. adj. (politus, Latin.)
Under pretence ot bridal friends and guests, 1. Glossy ; smocen.
Appointed to await me thirty spies. Milton. Some of them are diaphanous, shining, and Ha man succeeds in any attempt, though unpolite, others not polite, but as if powdered over
dertook with never so much rashness, his success with tine iron dust.
Woodward. shall vouch him a politician, and good luck shall If any sort of rays, falling on the polite surface pass for deep contrivance; for give any one forof any pellucid medium, be reflected back, the tune, and he shall be thought a wise man. Soutbe fits of easy reflection, which they have at the POʻLITICK. adj. (TchotiXoç.] point of reflexion, shall still continue to return. 1. Political ; civil. In this sense political
is almost always used, except the The edges of the sand heles, being worn away, there are left all over the glass a numburless
phrase bolyfolitick. company of very little conver polite risings like
Virtuously and wisely acknowledging, that he Newton.
with his people made all but one politick body,
whereo himself was the head; even so cared for 2. Elegant of manners.
them as he would for his own limbs. Sidneg. A nymph of quality admires our linight,
No civil or politick constitutions have been He marries, bows at court, and grows polita. Pope.
more culebrated than his by the best authors. Poli'TELY. adv. (frcm polite.) With ele
Temple. gance of manners; genteely.
2. Prudent; versed in affairs. POLI'TENESS. 1. s. (politesse, French ; This land was famously enrich'd
from porie.) Elegance of manners ; gen- With politick grave counsel; then the king tility ; good breeding.
Had virtuous uncles.
Shakspeare I have seen the dullest mon aiming at wit, and 3. Artful; cunning. In this sense politia others, with as licele pretensions, affecting polite- cal is not used. ness in manners and discourse.
Szvift. I have trod a measure; I have flattered a lady; As in smooth oil the razor best is whet,
I have been politick with my friend, smooth with So wit is by politeness keenest set.
Shakspeare. POLITICAL. adj. (Tohiloxos.)
Authority followeth old men, and favour 1. Relating to politicks; relating to the youth; but for the moral part, perhaps youth administration of publick aitairs ; civil.
will have the preheminence, as age hath for the In the Jewish state, God was their political
No less alike the politick and wise, prince and sovereign, and the judges among them were as much his deputies, and did represent his
All sly slow things, with circumspective eyes;
Men in their loose unguarded hours they take, person, as now the judges do the persons of their several princes in all other nations. Kettleworth.
Not that themselves are wise, but others weak. More true political wisdom may be learned POʻLITICKLY. adv. (from politisk.] Art
Pope, from this single book of proverbs, than from a thousand Machiavels.
fully; cunningly. 2. Cunning; skilful.
Thus have I politickly begun my reign, POLI'TICALLY, adv. [from political.]
And 'tis iny hope to end successfully. Sbakspeare.
''T'is pulitickly done, 1. With relation to publick administra
To send me packing with an host of men. Shaks. tion.
The dutchess hath been most politickly em2. Artfully; politickly.
ployed in sharpening those arms with which she The Turks politically mingled certain Janiza
subdued you. ries, harquebusiers, with their horsemen. Wrolles. PoʻLITICKS. n. s. (politique, Fr. molotoxn.] POLITICA'STER. n. s. A petty ignorant The science of government, the art or preter der to politicks.
practice of administring publick affairs. There are quacks of all sorts; as bullies, pe- Be pleas'd your politicks to spare dants, hypocrites, empiricks, Jaw-jobbers, and I'm old enoug., alii can myseif' take care. Dryd. politicasters.
L'Estrange. It would be an everlasting reproach to foliticks, POLITICIAN. 7. s. (politicien, French.) should such men overturn an establishment