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SEPTEMVIR, sep-tem'vir, _n._ one of a board of seven men associated for certain duties.--_n._ SEPTEM'VIRATE, the office of septemvir.

SEPTENARIUS, sep-te-n[=a]'ri-us, _n._ in Latin prosody, a verse consisting of seven feet.

SEPTENARY, sep'te-n[=a]-ri, _adj._ consisting of seven: lasting seven years: occurring once in seven SEP'TENARIES, the number seven, the heptad. [L. _septenarius_--_septem_, seven.]

SEPTENATE, sep'te-n[=a]t, _adj._ (_bot._) having seven parts.

SEPTENNIAL, sep-ten'i-al, _adj._ lasting seven years: happening every seven years.--_n._ SEPTENN'ATE, a period of seven years.--_adv._ SEPTENN'IALLY.--_n._ SEPTENN'IUM.--SEPTENNIAL ACT, a statute of 1716 fixing the existence of a parliament at seven years. [L. _septennis_--_septem_, seven, _annus_, a year.]

SEPTENTRION, sep-ten'tri-on, _n._ (_Shak._) the north.--_adjs._ SEPTEN'TRION, -AL, northern.--_adv._ SEPTEN' SEPTENTRI[=O]'NES, the constellation of the Great Bear, or the seven stars near the north pole-star, called Charles's Wain.

SEPTET, SEPTETTE, sep-tet', _n._ a work for seven voices or instruments: a company of seven musicians.

SEPT-FOIL, sept'-foil, _n._ a plant, the roots of which are used in medicine, tanning, &c.: a figure of seven equal segments of a circle used in the R.C. Church as a symbol of her seven sacraments, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, &c. [Fr. _sept_--L. _septem_, seven, _foil_--L. _folium_, a leaf.]

SEPTICEMIA, sep-ti-s[=e]'mi-a, _n._ sepsis, blood-poisoning--also SEPTICae'MIA.--_n._ SEP'TIC, a substance that promotes the putrefaction of bodies.--_adjs._ SEP'TIC, -AL, promoting putrefaction.--_adv._ SEP'TICALLY.--_adj._ SEPTIC[=E]'MIC.--_n._ SEPTIC'ITY, tendency to promote putrefaction.--_adj._ SEPTIF'EROUS, conveying putrid poison. [Formed from Gr. _s[=e]ptikos_, putrefying, _haima_, blood.]

SEPTICIDAL, sep-ti-s[=i]'dal, _adj._ dividing the partitions, as when fruit splits asunder--also SEP'TICIDE.--_adv._ SEP'TICIDALLY. [L. _saeptum_, a fence, _caed[)e]re_, to cut.]

SEPTIFARIOUS, sep-ti-f[=a]'ri-us, _adj._ turned seven different ways.

SEPTIFEROUS, sep-tif'e-rus, _adj._ having a septum or septa, septate.

SEPTIFLUOUS, sep-tif'l[=oo]-us, _adj._ flowing in seven streams.

SEPTIFOLIOUS, sep-ti-f[=o]'li-us, _adj._ seven-leaved.

SEPTIFORM, sep'ti-form, _adj._ sevenfold, having seven parts: like a septum, septal.

SEPTIFRAGAL, sep-tif'r[=a]-gal, _adj._ (_bot._) breaking away from the partitions, said of the valves of a pod. [L. _septum_, a partition, _frang[)e]re_, _fractum_, to break.]

SEPTILATERAL, sep-ti-lat'[.e]r-al, _adj._ having seven sides. [L. _septem_, seven, _latus_, _lateris_, a side.]

SEPTILLION, sep-til'yun, _n._ the product of a million raised to the seventh power, or a unit with forty-two ciphers affixed: in the United States, France, &c., the eighth power of a thousand.

SEPTIMANARIAN, sep-ti-m[=a]-n[=a]'ri-an, _n._ a monk on duty for a week.

[L. _septimanus_--_septem_, seven.]

SEPTIME, sep't[=e]m, _n._ the seventh position assumed by a fencer after drawing his weapon from the scabbard. [L. _septimus_, seventh--_septem_, seven.]

SEPTIMOLE, sep'ti-m[=o]l, _n._ a group of seven notes to be played in the time of four or six: sign [septimole].--Also SEP'T[=O]LE.

SEPTINSULAR, sept-in's[=u]-lar, _adj._ consisting of seven islands. [L.

_septem_, seven, _insula_, island.]

SEPTISYLLABLE, sep'ti-sil-a-bl, _n._ a word of seven syllables.

SEPTOMAXILLARY, sep-t[=o]-mak'si-l[=a]-ri, _adj._ combining characters of a nasal septum and a maxillary bone.--_n._ a bone in some birds uniting the maxillopalatines of opposite sides.

SEPTONASAL, sep-t[=o]-n[=a]'zal, _adj._ forming a nasal septum.--_n._ a bone of this kind.

SEPTUAGENARIAN, sep-t[=u]-aj-e-n[=a]'ri-an, _n._ a person seventy years old.--_adj._ SEPT[=U]AG'ENARY, consisting of seventy.--_n._ one seventy years old. [L. _septuagenarius_--_septuageni_, seventy each--_septem_, seven.]

SEPTUAGESIMA, sep-t[=u]-a-jes'i-ma, _n._ the third Sunday before Lent--the seventieth day before Easter (the common but dubious explanation).--_adj._ SEPTUAGES'IMAL, consisting of seventy: counted by seventies. [L.

_septuagesimus_--_septem_, seven. The name, like _Quinquagesima_ and _Sexagesima_, was most probably adopted on a false analogy with _Quadragesima_, the Latin name of Lent.]

SEPTUAGINT, sep't[=u]-a-jint, _n._ the version in Hellenistic Greek of the Old Testament, said to have been made by 72 translators at Alexandria by command of Ptolemy Philadelphus (284-247 B.C.)--usually expressed by LXX.--_adj._ SEPTUAGIN'TAL. [L. _septuaginta_--_septem_, seven.]

SEPTUARY, sep't[=u]-[=a]-ri, _n._ (_obs._) something composed of seven.


SEPTUM, sep'tum, _n._ (_bot._, _anat._) a partition separating two cavities: one of the radial plates of a coral:--_pl._ SEP'TA.--_adj._ SEP'TULATE, having imperfect or spurious septa.--_n._ SEP'TULUM, a little septum or small partition. [L.,--_saep[=i]re_, _sep[=i]re_, to enclose.]

SEPTUPLE, sep't[=u]-pl, _adj._ sevenfold.--_v.t._ to make sevenfold: to multiply by seven.--_n._ SEP'T[=U]PLET, a septimole. [Low L.

_septuplus_--_septem_, seven; on the analogy of quadruple.]

SEPULCHRE, sep'ul-k[.e]r, _n._ a place of burial: tomb: a burial vault: a recess in some early churches in which the reserved sacrament, &c., were laid from Good Friday till Easter.--_v.t._ (_Milt._) to place in a sepulchre: to bury or entomb.--_adj._ SEPUL'CHRAL, pertaining to a sepulchre, or to monuments erected for the dead: (_fig._) deep, hollow in tone.--_n._ SEP'ULTURE, act of burying the dead: interment: burial.--_v.t._ to entomb. [Fr.,--L. _sepulchrum_--_sepel[=i]re_, _sepultum_, to bury.]

SEPURTURE, sep'ur-t[=u]r, _adj._ (_her._) raised above the back and opened, of a bird's wings.

SEQUACIOUS, s[=e]-kw[=a]'shus, _adj._ inclined to follow a leader: attendant: manageable: pliant: observing logical sequence or consistence.--_ns._ SEQU[=A]'CIOUSNESS, SEQUAC'ITY, disposition to follow.

[L. _sequax_, _sequacis_--_sequi_, to follow.]

SEQUEL, s[=e]'kwel, _n._ that which follows, the succeeding part: result, consequence: (_obs._) descendants: (_Scots law_) thirlage. [Fr.,--L.

_sequela_--_sequi_; Gr. _hepesthai_, to follow.]

SEQUELA, s[=e]-kw[=e]'la, _n._ that which follows: an inference, a corollary:--_pl._ S[=E]'QUELae.

SEQUENCE, s[=e]'kwens, _n._ state of being sequent or following: order of succession: a series of things following in a certain order, as a set of three or more cards in order of value: that which follows: consequence: (_mus._) a regular succession of similar chords: in liturgics, a hymn in rhythmical prose, sung after the gradual and before the gospel.--_adjs._ S[=E]'QUENT, following, succeeding; S[=E]QUEN'TIAL.--_n._ S[=E]QUENTIAL'ITY.--_adv._ S[=E]QUEN'TIALLY. [Fr.,--L. _sequens_, pr.p. of _sequi_, to follow.]

SEQUESTER, s[=e]-kwes't[.e]r, _v.t._ to separate: to withdraw from society: to seclude: to set apart: (_law_) to place anything contested into the hands of a third person till the dispute is settled: to hold the property of another till the profits pay the demands: to take possession of the estate of a bankrupt in order to distribute it among the creditors: to confiscate.--_v.i._ to renounce any interest in the estate of a husband.--_n._ (_Shak._) the act of sequestering: an umpire.--_adjs._ S[=E]QUES'TERED, retired, secluded; SEQUES'TRABLE.--_v.t._ S[=E]QUES'TRATE (_law_), to sequester.--_ns._ S[=E]QUESTR[=A]'TION, the Scotch legal term for bankruptcy: the act of sequestering, esp. the seizure of any one's property for the use of the state during dispute, or for the benefit of creditors: state of being separated: seclusion from society; S[=E]QUESTR[=A]'TOR, one who sequesters another's property: one to whom property is committed during dispute. [O. Fr. _sequestrer_--Low L.

_sequestr[=a]re_, _-[=a]tum_--L. _sequester_, a depositary--_sequi_, to follow.]

SEQUESTRUM, s[=e]-kwes'trum, _n._ a necrosed section of bone.--_n._ SEQUESTROT'OMY, the operation of removing such.

SEQUIN, s[=e]'kwin, _n._ a gold Venetian coin of the 13th century=9s. 4d.

[Fr.,--It. _zecchino_--_zecca_, the mint; of Ar. origin.]

SEQUOIA, s[=e]-kwoi'a, _n._ a small genus of gigantic evergreen coniferous trees belonging to California--Wellingtonia. [A Latinised form of the name of the Cherokee chief _Sequoiah_.]

SERA, s[=e]'ra, _n._ a lock of any kind:--_pl._ S[=E]'Rae. [L.]

SeRAC, s[=a]-rak', _n._ a name for the cuboidal masses into which the neve breaks when passing down a steep incline. [Swiss Fr.]

SERAGLIO, se-ral'y[=o], _n._ the ancient residence of the Sultan at Constantinople, enclosing within its walls a variety of mosques, gardens, and large edifices, the chief of which is the Harem: a place where women are kept, a place of licentious pleasure: an enclosure. [It.

_serraglio_--Low L. _ser[=a]re_, to lock up, from L. _sera_, a door-bar.

The word was confused with Pers. _serai_, a palace.]

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