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MiO'DERNS. n. s. Those who have lived 3. Moderation; decency. lately, opposed to the ancients.
A lord will hear you play; There are moderns, who, with a slight variation, But I am doubtful of your modesties, adopt the opinion of Plató. Boyle on Colours Lest over-eying of his odd behaviour, Some by old words to fame have made pre
You break into some merry passion. Sluksp. tence;
4. Chastity ; purity of manners, Ancients in phrase, mere moderns in their sense!
Would you not swear,
All you that see her, that she were a maid, To MO'DERNISE. v.a. [from modern.] To By these exterior shews? But she is more, adapt ancient compositions to modern
Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. Shaksp.
Of the general character of women, which is persons or things; to change ancient to
modesty, he has taken a most becoming care; for modern language.
his amorous expressions go no farther than viro MO'DERNISM. n. s. [from modern.] De.
tue may allow.
Dryden. viation from the ancient and classical Talk not to a lady in a way that modesty will manner. A word invented by Swift. not permit her to answer.
Clarissa. Scribblers send us over their trash in prose
Mo'DESTY-PIECE. 1. S. and verse, with abominable curtailings and A narrow lace which runs along the upper quaint modernisins.
part of the stays before, being a part of the MODERNNESS. n.s. (from modern.] No. tucker, is called the modestyspiece.
Mo'dicum, n. s. [Lat.jSmall portion ; MOʻDEST. adj, (modeste, Fr. modestas,
What modicums of wit he utters; his evasions have ears thus long.
Sbakspeare 1. Not arrogant ; not presumptuous ; not
Though hard their fate, boastful; bashful.
A cruise of water, and an ear of corn, Of boasting more than of a tomb afraid;
Yet still they grudg’d that modicum. Dryden, A soldier should be modest as a maid. Young. Modif’ABLE. adj. [from modify.] That % Not impudent ; not forward.
may be diversified by accidental dif. Resolve me with all modest haste, which way
ferences. Thou might'st deserve, or they impose this
It appears to be more difficult to conceive a usage.
distinct, visible image in the uniform, invariable Her face, as in a nymph, display'd A iar fierce boy, or in a boy betra; 'd
essence of God, than in variously modifiable mete
ter; but the manner how I see cither still The blushing beauties of a modest maid. Drgd.
escapes my comprehension.
Locke. s. Not loose; not unchaste.
MODIFICABLE. adj. (from modify.] Di. Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the rodest wie; the virtuous creature, that hath the je MODIFICATION. x. s. [modification, Fr.)
versifiable by various modes. Jous fool to her husband.
Sbaksp. 4. Not excessive; not extreme; moderate;
The act of modifying any thing, or within a mean.
giving it new accidental differences of There appears much joy in him, even so much external qualities or mode. tbar joy could not she'v itself modest enough
The chief of all signs is human voice, and the without a badge of bitterness.
several modofications thereof by the organs of During the last four years, by a modest coin- speech, the letters of the alphabet, forined by putation, there have been brought into Brest
the motions of the mouth,
beleri above six millions sterling in bullion. Addische The phænomena of colours in refracted or re
fiected light, are not caused by new mo:fications MO'DESTLY. adv. (from modest.)
of the light variously impressed, according to the 3. Not arrogantly; not presumptuously. various terminations of the light and shadow. I may modestly conclude, that whatever errors
Newlon. there may be in this play, there are not those If these powers of cogitation, volition and senwhich have been objected to it. Dryden sation, are neither inherent in matter as such, First he molest'y conjectures,
nor acquirable to matter by any motion and noHis pupil might be tir'd with lectures :
dification of it, it necessarily follows that they Which help'd to mortify his pride,
proceed from some cogitative substance, some Yet gave him not the heart to chide. Swift. incorporeal inhabitant within us, which we call Tho' learn'd, well-bred; and tho' well-bred, spirit.
To Mo'dify. V. a. [modifier, French.) Modestly bold, and humanly severe. Pope 1. To change the external qualities or 2. Not impudently; not forwardly; with
accidents of any thing; to shape. respect.
Yet there is that property in all letters, of 1, your glass,
aptness to be conjoined in syllables and words Till modestly discover to yourself
through the voluble motions of the organs, that That of yourself, which yet you know not of. they modify and discriminate the voice without
Holder. 3. Not loosely; not lewdly; with decency. The middle parts of the broad beam of white 4. Not excessively ; with moderation. light which fell upon the paper, did, without any MO'DESTY. n. s. (modestie, Fr. modestas,
contine of shadow to modify it, become coloured Latin.]
all over with one unitorm colour, the colour
being always the same in the middle of the paper 3. Not arrogance ; not presumptuousness.
as at the edges.
Nowtan. They cannot, with modesty, think to have
2. To soften ; to moderate. found out absolutely the best which the wit of men may devise.
He modi pes his first severe decree, 2. Not impudence; not forwardness : as, The keener edge of battle to rebate. Dryden. bis petition was urged with modesty.
T. MODIFY. 7.1. To extenuate.
Of his grace
After all this discanting and modifying upon
My heart hath one poor string to stay it by, the matter, there is hazard on the yielding side. Which holds but till thy news be uttered;
L'Estrange. And then, all this thou see'st, is but a clod MODI'LLON. n. s. (Fr. modiolus, Lat.)
And module of confounded royalty.. Sbaksp Modillons, in architecture, are little brackets Mo'du s. n. s. (Lat.] Something para as which are often set under the corinthian and a compensation for tithes, on the supcomposite orders, and serve to support the pro- position of being a moderate equivalent. jecture of the larmier or drip: this part must be One terrible circumstance of this bill, is turndistinguished from the great model, which is the
ing the tithe of Aax and hemp into what the diameter of the pillar; for, as the proportion of
lawyers call a moulus, or a certain sum in lieu of a an edifice in general depends on the diameter of
tenth part of the product.
Swift. the pillar, so the size and number of the modil
MO'DWALL. n. s. [picus.] A bird. Ainsiö. lons, as also the interval between them, ought to have due relation to the whole fabrick. Harris.
MoE. adj. [ma, Sax. See Mo.] More; a The modillons or dentelli make a noble show
greater number, by their graceful projections. Spectator.
The chronicles of England mention no me Mo'dish. adj. [froin mode.] Fashionable; than only six kings bearing the name of Edward formed according to the reigning cus
since the conquest, therefore it cannot be there should be more.
Mo'Harr. n. s. [mohere, moire, French.) But you, perhaps, expect a modish feast,
Thread or stuff made of camels or other With am'rous songs, and wanton dances grac'd.
hair. Hypocrisy, at the fashionable end of the town, She, while her lover pants upon her breast, is very ditterent from hypocrisy in the city; the Can mark the figures on an Indian chest, modish hypocrite endeavours to appear more vi- And when she sees her friend in deep despair, tious than he really is, the other kind of hypo- Observes how much a chintz exceeds mobair. crite more virtuous. Spectator.
Pepe. Mo'pishlY. adv. (from modish.] Fa. Moʻhock. n. s. The name of a cruel shionably.
nation of America given to ruffians Young children should not be much perplexed who infested, or rather were imagined about, putting off their hats, and making legs to infest, the streets of London, modisbly.
From milk-sop he starts up mobock. Prior. MO'DISHNESS. n. s. [from modish.] Affec- Who has not trembled at the mobock's name? tation of the fashion.
Gam To MO'DULATE. V.2. [onodulor, Lat.] To
Thou hast fallen upon me with the rage ot a form sound to a certain key, or to cer
mad dog, or a mobock.
Dennis, tain notes.
MoʻIDERED. adj. [properly moullered, or The nose, lips, teeth, palate, jaw, tongue, wea
Ainsworth. san, lunes, muscles of the chest, diaphragm, and
MoʻIDORE. n. s. A Portugal coin, rated muscles of the belly, all serve to make or modu- at one pound seven shillings. late the sound.
Grew's Cosmol. MoʻIETY. 1. s. [moitié, Fr. from moien, Could any person so mcdulats her voice as to
the middle.] Half; one of two equal deceive so many
Brooma Echo propagates around
parts. Each charm of modulated sound.
This company being divided into two equal
moietics, the one besore, the other since the MODULA'TION. n. s. [from 7cdulate ;
coming of Christ; that part which, since the modulation, French )
coming of Christ, party hath embraced, and 1. The act of forming any thing to certain partly shall embrace, the christian religion, we proportion.
term as by a more proper name, the church of The Eumber of the simple original minerals Christ.
Hocker. have not been rightly fixed: the matter of two
The death of Antony or more kinds being mixed together, and by the Is not a single doom, in that naine lay different proportion and modulation of that mat- A moiety of the world.
Staksp. ter variously diversified, have been reputed all Touch'd with human gentleness and love, different kinds.
Woodward. Forgive a moiety of the principal. Sbakse. The speech, as it is a sound resulting from the The militia was settled, a moiety of which modulation of the air, has most affinity to the should be nominated by the king, and the other spirit, but as it is uttered by the tongue, has im- muiety by the parliament.
Clarenden, mediate cognation with the body, and so is the As this is likely to produce a cessation of arms fittest instrument to manage a commerce be- among one half of our island, it is reasonable tween the invisible powers and human souls that the more beautiful moiety of his majesty's cloathed in flesh. Govern. of the Tongue. subjects should establish a truce.
riddison. 2. Sound modulated; harmony; melody. To Moil, v. a. (mouiller, French.] Innumerous songsters, in the freshening shade,
1. To daub with dirt. Their modulations mix, mellifluous. Thomson.
All they which were left were mciled with MO'DULATOR. n. s. [from modulate.] He
dirt and mire by reason of the deepness of the who forms sounds to a certain key; a
Knoiles tuner ; that which modulates.
2. To weary. The tongue is the grand instrument of taste, No more iug one another thus, nor moil yourthe faithful judge of all our nourishment, the selves, receive prize equal. Chapman's Iliad, arttul modulator of our voice, and the necessary TO MOIL. V. n. servant of mastication.
1. To labour in the mire. MO'DULE. n. s. (modulus, Lat.) An emp- Moil not too much under-ground, for the
ty representation ; a model ; an exter- hope of mines is very uncertain. Bacon's Essays, nal form,
2. To toil; to drudge.
the left pap.
The name of the laborious William Noy, at- murky. In some places they call it torney-general to Charles the First, was anagrammatised, I moyl in law.
muggy. Dusky; cloudy.
MOLE. n. s. [moel, Sax. mole, Fr. mola, They toil and moil for the interest of their masters, that in requital break their hearts.
L'Estrange. 1. A formless concretion of extravasated Oh the endless misery of the life I lead! cries blood, which grows into a kind of flesh the moiling husband; to spend all my days in in the uterus, and is called a false conploughing.
L'Estrange. Now he must moil and drudge for one he
2. A natural spot or discoloration of the With thee 'twas Marian's dear delight
body. To msil all day, and merry-make at night. Gay. To nourish hair upon the moles of the face, is MOIST. adj. (moiste, moite, French.) the perpetuation of a very ancient custom.
Brown. 1. Wet, not dry; wet, not liquid; wet in a small degree.
Such in painting are the warts and moles, The hills to their supply
which, adding a likeness to the face, are noc therefore to be omitted.
Dryden. Vapour, and exhalation dusk and moist,
That Timothy Trim and Jack were the same Sent up amain.
Milton. Why were the most in number so outdone,
person, was proved, particularly by a sole under
Arbuthnot. Thas to a thousand dry they are but one.
The peculiarities in Homer are marks and Blackmore.
moles, by which every common eye distinguishes Many who live well in a dry air, fall into all
Pope. the diseases that depend upon a relaxation in a Arbuthnot. 3. [from moles, Lat, mole, Fr.] A mound
j Nor yet, when meist Arcturus clouds the sky,
a dike. The woods and fields their pleasing toils deny. Sion is strengthened on the north side by the Popes sea-ruined wall of the mole.
Sandges. 2. Juicy ; succulent.
Ainsworih. With asphaltick slime the gather'd beach TO MOIST. v. a. [from moist.] To They fasten'd; and the mole immense wrought To Mo'isten.) make damp; to make
Over the foaming deep high-arch'd ; a bridge wet to a small degree ; to damp.
Of length prodigious,
Milton, Write till your ink be dry; and with your The great quantities of stones dug out of the tears
rock could not easily conceal themselves, had Meist it again; and frame some feeling line.
they not been consumed in the moles and buildSbakspeare. ings of Naples.
Addison. His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are
Bid the broad arch the dang'rous flood contain, cistened with narrow.
Job. The mole projected break the roaring main. Pope. A pise a little moistened on the inside, so as
4. [tclpa.] A little beast that works unthere be no drops left, maketh a more solemn sound than if the pipe were dry. Bacon,
der ground. When torrents from the mountains fall no
Tread softly, that the blind mole may not more, the swelling river is reduced into his Hear a toot fall; we now are near his cell. shallow bed, with scarce water to maisten his
Sbakspeare. own pebbles.
What is more obvious than a mole, and yer MoʻISTENER. 2, s. [from moisten.] The
what more palpable argument of Providence?
More. person or thing that moistens.
Moles have perfect eves, and holes for them MOISTNESS, no s. [from moist.] Damp- through the skin, not much bigger than a pin's ness; wetness in a small degree.
Ray on Creation. Pleasure both kinds take in the moistness and
Thy arts of building from the bee receive; density of the air.
Learn of the mole to plow, the worin to weave. The small particles of brick or stone the least
Pope. freistress would join together. Addison. MoʻLBAT, 1. s. (artbregoriscus.] A fish. MOISTURE.n.s . (moiteur, Fr. from moist.] MOʻLECAST. n.s. (mole and cast.] Hillock
Ainsworth. 3. State of being moist; moderate wetness.
Sometimes angling to a little river near hand, cast up by a mole. which, for the moisture it bestowed upon roots of In spring let the molecasts be spread, because some tourishing trees, was rewarded with their they binder the mowers.
Sidney. Mo’LECATCHER. n. s. [mole and catcher.] Set such plants as require much moisture upon One whose cosployment is to catch sandy, dry grounds.
moles. While dryness moisture, coldness heat resists, All cha: we have, and that we are, subsists.
Get moulecatcher cunningly moule for to kill,
And harrow and cast abroad every hill. Tusser.
Denbam. 2. Small quantity of liquid.
MoʻLEHILL. n. s. (mole and bill.] Hillock All my body's moisture
thrown up by the mole working under Scarce serves to quench my furnace-burning ground. It is used proverbially, in heat.
Sbakspeare. If some penurious source by chance appear'd
hyperboles, or comparisons for someScanty of waters, when you scoop'd it dry,
thing small. And offer'd the full helmet up to Cato,
You feed your solitariness with the conceits Did he not dash th' untasted moisture from him.
of the poets, whose liberal pens can as easily traAddison. vel over mountains as molebills,
Sidney Mokes of a net. The meshes. Ainsw.
The rocks, on which the salt-sea billows beat, Mo'ky. adj. Dark: as, moky weather.
And Atlas' tops, the clouds in height that pass,
Compar’d to his huge person molebills be. Fairf Ainsworth, I seems corruption of A church warden, to express St. Martin's ut
the Fields, caused to be engraved a martin sito upon somewhat, to mollify them, as the nature ring upon a mole-bill between two trees. of musick is to do, I took up my harp. Sidney.
Peaba. He brought them to these s..vage parts, Our politician having based conscience, must And with sweet science mellify'd their stubborn not be nonplused with interior obligations; and,
Spenser: having leapt over such mountains, lie down be- The crone, on the wedding night, finding the fore a melebill.
Soub's Sermons. knight's aversi«n, speaks a good word for herself,
They would, by yielding to some things, when
they refused others, sooner prevail with the Between small incomes and a vast estate! Dryd.
houses to mollify their demands, than at first to reform them.
Cowley thus paints Goliah:
If they will firmly persist concerning points And we, methought, look'd up to him from our which hitherto have been disputed of, they must
Dryden. No man shall meddle with them, or molest Mo’lten. The part. pass, of meit. them in any matter.
Brass is molten out of the stone. Jobs Pleasure and plain signify whatsoever delights In a sinall furnace made of a temperate heat ; or molests us.
let the heat be such as may keep the metal molten, Both are doom'd to death;
and no more.
Bacost, And the dead wake not to melest the living.
Love's mystick form the artizans of Greece Rowe.
In wounded stone, or molten gold express. MOLESTA’TION. n.s. (molestia, Lat. from
Prion molest.) Disturbance; uneasiness caused MOLO'sses. n. s. [melazzo, Ital.] Treaby vexatión.
MOLA'SSES.J cle; the spume or scum
An internal satisfaction and acquiescence, or
plant. the practice of virtue and vice respectively. Nor.
Moly, or wild garlick, is of several sorts; as Mole'ster. n. s. [from molesi.] One who
the great moly of Homer, the Indian moly, the disturbs.
moly of Hungary, serpent's moly, the yellow MOʻLETRACK, n. s. [mole and track.]
moly, Spanish purple moly, Spanish silver-capped
moly, Dioscorides's moly, the sweei moly of MontCourse of the mole under ground. pelier: the roots are tender, and must be care
The pot-trap is a deep earthen vessel set in fully defended from frosts: as for the time of the ground, with the brim even with the bottom their flowering, the moly of Homer flowers in of the moletracks.
Mortimer. May, and continues till July, and so do all the MOʻLEWARP. n. s. [mole and peonpan, rest except the last, which is late in September: Sax. See MOULDWARP.] A mole.
they are hardy, and will thrive in any soil.
The sovereign plant he drew,
And shew'd its nature, and its wondrous pow's,
Black was the root, but milky white the fiowet ; ing.
Moly the name.
Popes MOʻLLIFIABLE. adj. [from mollify.) That Mome. n. s. A dull, stupid blockhead; may be softened.
a stock; a post: this owes its original MOLLIFICATION. n. s. [from mollify.] to the French word momon, which sig1. The act of mollifying or softening. nifies the gaming at dice in masquerade,
For induration or mollification, it is to be in- the rule of which is, that a strict silence quired what will make metals harder and harder, and what will make them softer and softer.
is to be observed; whatsoever sum one Bacon.
stakes another covers, but not a word 2. Pacification ; mitigation.
is to be spoken ; hence also comes our Some mollification, sweet lady. Sbaksp.
word mum for silence.
Hanmer. MoʻLLITIER. n. s. [from mollify.)
Mome, malthorse, capon, coxcomb, idiot, 1. That which softens ; that which ap
Either get thee from the door, or sit down at peases.
the hatch. The root hath a tender, dainty heat; which; MO'MENT. n. s. (moment, Fr. momen
Shakspeare. when it cometh above ground to the sun and
air, vanisheth; for it is a great mellifer. Bacon, tum, Lat.) 2. He that pacifies or mitigates.
1. Consequence; importance; weight; To M'ollify, v. a. (mollio, Lat. mollir,
We do not find that our Saviour reproved 1. To soften; to make soft.
them of error, for thinking the judgment of the 2. To asswage.
scribes to be worth the objecting, for esteeming
it to be of any moment or value in matters conNeither herb, nor mollifying plaister, restored cerning God.
Hooker. them to health.
Wisdom. I have seen her die twenty times upon far Sores have not been closed, neither bound up,
Sbodspeare. neither mollified with ointnicnt. Isaiah.
What towns of any moment but we have? 3. To appease; to pacify; to quiet.
Sbakspeare, Thinking her silent imaginations began to work It is ag absoruse speculation, but also of talous
Foment and consequence to us than the others; momentous a point as this, only because it has seeing that without this we can erince the exo heen contested.
Waterland. istence of God.
Bentley. Mo'MMERY. n. s. [or mummery, from 2. Force; impulsive weight; actuating mummer, momerie, Fr.] An entertain. power.
ment in which maskers play frolicks. The place of publick prayer is a circumstance See MOME. in the outward form, which hath moment to help
All was jollity, devotion.
Feasting and mirth, light wantonness and laughCan these or such be any aid to us? Look they as they were built to shake the world?
Piping and playing, minstrelsy and masking, , Or be a moment to our enterprise ? B. Jonson. Till life fied from us like an idle dream, Touch with lightest moment of impulse
A shew of mommery without a mean ng. Rowe. His free-will, to her own inclining left MO'NACHAL. adj. [monacal, Fr.) mona. In even scale.
Milton. He is a capable judge; can hear both sides chalis, Lat. Mors xoxos.] Monastick; rewith an indifferent ear; is determined only by lating to monks, or conventual orders. the moments of truth, and so retracts his past er- MO'NACHISM. n. s. [monacbisme, Fr.] The
state of monks; the monastick life. 3. An indivisible particle of time. MO'NAD. ?n, s. [w.oràs.] An indivisible If I would go to hell for an eternal moment, or MO'nade. S thing.
so, I could be knighted.
Disunity is the natural property of matter, Shaksp.
which of itself is nothing but an infinito congeThe flighty purpose never is o'ertook,
ries of physical monads.
More. Unless the deed go with it: from this moment
MOʻNARCH. n. s. (monarch, Fr. póccupa The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand.
xos.] The imaginary reasoning of brutes is not a 1. A governour invested with absolute distinct reasoning, but performed in a physical authority; a king taoment.
Shaksp. I'm nearer death in this verse than the last;
Your brother kings and monarihs of the eartla What then is to be done? Be wise with speed;
Do all expect that you should rouse yourself. A fool at forty is a fool indeed. Young.
Sbalspeare. Yet thus receiving and returning bliss
The father of a family or nation, that uses In this great moment, in this golden now,
his servants like children, and advises with them When ev'ry trace of what, or wher, or how, in what concerns the commonweal, and thereby Shou'd from my soul by raging love be torn. is willingly obeyed by them, is what the schools
Teople. MOME'NTALLY. adv. (from momentum, 1. One superiour to the rest of the sanie Lat.] For a moment.
kind. Air but momentally remaining in our bodies, The monarch oak, the patriarch of the trees, hath no proportionable space for its conversion, Three centuries he grow's, and three he stays only of length enough to refrigerate the heart.
Supreme in state, and in three more decays. Brown.
Dryden. MOMENTA NEOUS. adj. (momentaneus, With ease distinguish'd, is the regal race, MO'MENTANY. Lat. momentanée, One monarch wears an open, honest face; Fr.) Lasting but a moment.
Shap'd to his size, and godlike to behold, Small difficulties, when exceeding great good
His royal body shines with specks of gold. Dryd.
Return'd with dire remorseless sway, is sure to ensue; and, on the other side, momentany benefits, when the hurt which they draw
The monarch savage rends the trembling prey. after them is unspeakable, are not at all to be
Hooker. 3. President.
In thy vats our cares be drown'd.
Sbaksp. The horrid sum of his intentions tell,
MONA'RCHAL, adj. (from monarch.] SuitBut she, swift as the momentany wing
ing a monarch ; regal; princely; imOf light’ning, or the words he spoke, left hell.
Crasbaw. MoʻMENTARY. adj. [from moment.] Last
Satan, whom now transcendent glory rais'd
Above his fellows, with monarchal pride, ing for a moment, done in a moment. Conscious of highest worth, unmov'd thus spake. Momentary as a sound,
Millos, Swife as a shadow, short as any dream. Shaksp. MONARCHICAL, adj. [monarchique, Fr.
Svift as thought the flitting shade
jecracxoxos z from monurch.) Vested in Onions, garlick, pepper, salt and vinegar, taken
a single ruler. in great quantities, excite a momentary heat and
That storks will only live in free states, is a fever.
Arbutbnot. pretty conceit to advance the opinion of popular MOME'NTOU S.adj. (from momentum, Lat.)
policies, and from antipathies in nature to disa Important; weighty; of consequence.
parago monarchical government. Brown,
The decretals resolve all into a monarchical Great Anne, weighing th'eveots of war
Baker. Momentous, in ker prudent heart thee chose.
To MO'NARCHISE. V. n. (from monarch.] If any false step be made in the more momen- To play the king tout concerns of life, the whole scheme of ambi- Allowing him a breath, a little scene sous designs is broken.
Addison. To monar
archite, be fear'd, and kill with looks. k would be a very weak thing to gire up so
Sbakspeare. VOL. 111.
power at Rome.