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SEEK, s[=e]k, _v.t._ to go in search of: to look for: to try to find or gain: to ask for: to solicit: to pursue: to consult.--_v.i._ to make search or inquiry: to try: to use solicitation: (_B._) to resort to:--_pa.t._ and _pa.p._ sought.--_ns._ SEEK'ER, an inquirer: one of a sect in the time of Cromwell: (_anat._) tracer; SEEK'-NO-FAR'THER, a reddish winter apple; SEEK'-SORR'OW (_obs._), a self-tormentor.--SOUGHT AFTER, in demand, desired; To seek, to be sought: at a loss, without knowledge or resources, helpless. [A.S. _secan_; cf. Dut. _zoeken_, Ger. _suchen_.]

SEEL, s[=e]l, _v.t._ to close the eyes of by sewing the eyelids together, as a hawk: to blind, hoodwink. [O. Fr. _siller_, _ciller_--_cil_--L.

_cilium_, eyelash.]

SEEL, s[=e]l, _n._ (_prov._) good fortune, happiness: opportunity, season.--_n._ SEEL'INESS.--_adj._ SEEL'Y (_Spens._), silly, innocent: fortunate, happy, good: simple: trifling.--_n._ good fortune: bliss: (_Scot._) opportunity. [A.S. _s['ae]l_, time--_s['ae]l_, propitious.]

SEEL, s[=e]l, _v.i._ to lean to one side, to pitch or roll.--_n._ a roll of a ship. [Prob. related to _sail_.]

SEELDE, s[=e]ld, _adv._ (_Spens._) seldom.

SEEM, s[=e]m, _v.i._ to appear: to have a show: to look: to pretend, to assume an air: to appear to one's self.--_v.t._ (_B._) to befit: to become.--_n._ SEEM'ER.--_adj._ SEEM'ING, apparent: specious: ostensible.--_n._ appearance: semblance: a false appearance: way of thinking.--_adv._ SEEM'INGLY.--_n._ SEEM'INGNESS.--_adj._ SEEM'LESS (_Spens._), unseemly: indecorous.--_n._ SEEM'LINESS.--_adj._ SEEM'LY (_comp._ SEEM'LIER, superl. SEEM'LIEST), becoming: suitable: decent: handsome.--_adv._ in a decent or suitable manner.--_n._ SEEM'LYHED (_Spens._), decent comely appearance.--IT SEEMS, it appears: it seems to me. [A.S. _seman_, to satisfy, to suit; or prob. direct from Scand., Ice.

_saema_, to honour, conform to.]

SEEN, s[=e]n, _pa.p._ of _see_.

SEEN, s[=e]n, _adj._ skilled, experienced: manifest.

SEEP, s[=e]p, _v.i._ to ooze gently: to trickle: to drain off.--_n._ SEEP'AGE.--_adj._ SEEP'Y. [_Sipe._]

SEER, s[=e]r, _n._ one who foresees events: a prophet: a soothsayer.--_n._ SEER'SHIP.

SEER-FISH, s[=e]r'-fish, _n._ a longish scombroid fish, valuable for food.--Also SEIR'-FISH.

SEERSUCKER, s[=e]r-suk'[.e]r, _n._ a thin East Indian linen fabric.

SEESAW, s[=e]'saw, _n._ motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing: a play among children, in which two seated at opposite ends of a board supported in the centre move alternately up and down.--_adj._ moving up and down, or to and fro: reciprocal.--_v.i._ to move backwards and forwards. [Prob. a redup. of _saw_.]

SEETHE, s[=e]th, _v.t._ to boil: to cook in hot liquid: to soak.--_v.i._ to be boiling: to be hot:--_pa.t._ seethed or sod; _pa.p._ seethed or sodd'en.--_n._ SEETH'ER. [A.S. _seothan_; Ice. _sjotha_, Ger. _sieden_.]

SEETULPUTTY, s[=e]'tul-put-i, _n._ a Bengalese grass mat for sleeping on.


SEG, seg, _n._ a castrated bull.

SEG, seg, _n._ sedge: the yellow flower-de-luce.--_n._ SEG'GAN (_Scot._).

SEGGAR, seg'ar, _n._ a case of clay in which fine pottery is enclosed while baking in the kiln. [_Saggar_.]

SEGGROM, seg'rom, _n._ the ragwort.

SEGHOL, se-g[=o]l', _n._ a vowel-point in Hebrew with sound of _e_ in _pen_, placed under a consonant, thus [seghol].--_n._ SEGH'[=O]L[=A]TE, a dissyllabic noun form with tone-long vowel in the first and a short seghol in the second syllable.

SEGMENT, seg'ment, _n._ a part cut off: a portion: (_geom_.) the part of a circle cut off by a straight line: the part of a sphere cut off by a plane: a section: one of the parts into which a body naturally divides itself: (_her._) a bearing representing one part only of a rounded object.--_v.t._ and _v.i._ to divide or become divided.--_adj._ SEGMEN'TAL, being a segment: in embryology, noting the rudimental venal organs.--_adv._ SEGMEN'TALLY.--_adjs._ SEG'MENTARY, SEG'MENTATE.--_n._ SEGMENT[=A]'TION, the act of cutting into segments.--_adj._ SEGMEN'TED.--_ns._ SEG'MENT-GEAR, a gear extending over an arc only of a circle, providing a reciprocating motion; SEG'MENT-RACK, a rack having a cogged surface; SEG'MENT-SAW, a circular saw used for cutting veneers; SEG'MENT-SHELL, a modern form of projectile for artillery. [L. _segmentum_--_sec[=a]re_, to cut.]

SEGNITUDE, seg'ni-t[=u]d, _n._ sluggishness, inactivity, [L. _segnitia_, slowness, _segnis_, slow.]

SEGNO, s[=a]'ny[=o], _n._ (_mus._) a sign to mark the beginning or end of repetitions--abbreviated [segno]. [It.,--L. _signum_, a mark.]

SEGO, s[=e]'g[=o], _n._ a showy plant of the United States.

SEGREANT, seg'r[=e]-ant, _adj._ an epithet of the griffin: (_her._) equivalent to rampant and salient.

SEGREGATE, seg'r[=e]-g[=a]t, _v.t._ to separate from others.--_adj._ separate from others of the same kind: (_geol._) separate from a mass and collected together along lines of fraction.--_n._ SEGREG[=A]'TION. [L.

_segreg[=a]re_, _-[=a]tum_--_se-_, apart, _grex_, _gregis_, a flock.]

SEGUIDILLA, seg-i-d[=e]l'ya, _n._ a lively Spanish dance for two: music for such a dance.

SEICHE, s[=a]sh, _n._ a remarkable fluctuation of the level observed on the Lake of Geneva and other Swiss lakes, probably due to local variations in the barometric pressure. [Fr.]

SEIDLITZ, s[=e]d'litz, _adj._ saline water of or from _Seidlitz_ in northern Bohemia, also a saline aperient powder.

SEIGNIOR, SEIGNEUR, s[=e]'nyor, _n._ a title of honour and address in Europe to elders or superiors: the lord of a manor.--_ns._ SEIGN'IORAGE, SEIGN'ORAGE, a royalty: a share of profit: a percentage on minted bullion; SEIGNIORAL'TY, the authority or the territory of a seignior or lord.--_adjs._ SEIGNIORIAL (s[=e]-ny[=o]'ri-al), SEIGNEU'RIAL, SIGN[=O]'RIAL, manorial.--_v.t._ SEIGN'IORISE, to lord it over.--_ns._ SEIGN'IORY, SEIGN'ORY, the power or authority of a seignior or lord: a domain, a lordship without a manor, or that of manor whose lands were held by free tenants: the elders forming the municipal council in a medieval Italian republic.--GRAND SEIGNIOR, the Sultan of Turkey. [Fr.

_seigneur_--L. _senior_--_senex_, old. In Late. L. _senior_ is sometimes equivalent to _dominus_, lord.]

SEIL, s[=i]l, _v.t._ (_Scot._) to strain.--_n._ a strainer. [_Sile._]

SEINE, s[=a]n, or s[=e]n, _n._ a large net for catching fish.--_v.t._ to catch with such.--_ns._ SEINE'-BOAT; SEINE'-EN'GINE, a steam-engine used in hauling seines; SEINE'-GANG, a body of men engaged in seining, with their boats and other gear; SEIN'ER, one who seines: a vessel engaged in purse-seining for mackerel; SEIN'ING, the art of using the seine. [Fr.,--L.

_sagena_--Gr. _sag[=e]n[=e]_, a fishing-net.]

SEIROSPORE, s[=i]'r[=o]-sp[=o]r, _n._ one of the non-sexual spores arranged in a chain in certain florideous algae.--_adj._ SEIROSPOR'IC.

SEISED, s[=e]zd, _adj._ (_Spens._) taken possession of.--_n._ SEIS'IN (_Spens._), possession.

SEISMOGRAPH, s[=i]s'm[=o]-graf, _n._ an instrument for registering the shocks and concussions of earthquakes, a seismometer.--_adjs._ SEIS'MAL; SEIS'MIC, belonging to an earthquake.--_ns._ SEIS'MOGRAM, the record made by a seismometer; SEISMOG'RAPHER.--_adjs._ SEISMOGRAPH'IC, -AL, connected with the seismograph.--_n._ SEISMOG'RAPHY, the study of earthquake phenomena.--_adjs._ SEISMOLOG'IC, -AL.--_ns._ SEISMOL'OGIST, a student of earthquake phenomena; SEIS'MOLOGUE, a catalogue of earthquake observations; SEISMOL'OGY, the science of earthquakes and volcanoes; SEISMOM'ETER, an instrument for measuring shakings, tremors, and tiltings of the earth.--_adjs._ SEISMOM'ETRIC, -AL.--_ns._ SEISMOM'ETRY, the measuring the phenomena of earthquakes; SEIS'MOSCOPE, a name of the simpler form of seismometer.--_adj._ SEISMOSCOP'IC. [Gr. _seismos_, an earthquake, _graphein_, to write.]

SEISON, s[=i]'son, _n._ a genus of parasitic leech-like rotifers.

SEISURA, s[=i]-s[=u]'ra, _n._ a genus of Australian fly-catchers.

SEITY, s[=e]'i-ti, _n._ something peculiar to one's self.

SEIURUS, s[=i]-[=u]'rus, _n._ the genus of birds including the American wagtails.

SEIZE, s[=e]z,--_v.t._ to take possession of forcibly: to take hold of: to grasp: to apprehend by legal authority: to come upon suddenly: to lash or make fast.--_v.i._ to lay hold of with the claws: in metallurgy, to cohere.--_adj._ SEIZ'ABLE.--_ns._ SEIZ'ER; SEIZ'ING, the act of taking hold: (_naut._) the operation of lashing with several turns of a cord. [O.

Fr. _saisir_ (Prov. _sazir_, to take possession of)--Old High Ger.

_sazzan_, to set, Ger. _setzen_, Eng. _set_.]

SEIZIN, SEISIN, s[=e]'zin, _n._ the taking possession of an estate as of freehold: the thing possessed--the same as _Sasine_ (q.v.).--_n._ SEIZ'OR, one who takes legal possession.

SEIZURE, s[=e]'zh[=u]r, _n._ act of seizing: capture: grasp: the thing seized: a sudden attack.

SEJANT, SEJEANT, s[=e]'jant, _adj._ (_her._) sitting. [Fr. _seant_, pr.p.

of _seoir_--L. _sed[=e]re_, to sit.]

SEJOIN, s[=e]-join', _v.t._ (_obs._) to separate.--_n._ SEJUNC'TION, separation.

SEJUGOUS, s[=e]'j[=oo]-gus, _adj._ (_bot._) having six pairs of leaflets.

[L. _sejugis_--_sex_, six, _jugum_, a yoke.]

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