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Shakspeare.

ye birds,

1. Furnished with sinews.

T. SING. v. n. pretelit I sang or sung ; Strong sinew'd was the youth, and big of bone. participle pass. sung. [ringan, Sixon;

Dryden. 2. Strong; firm ; vigorous.

singia, Islandick; sirghen, Dutch.]

1. To form the voice to melody ; to artiHe will che rather do it, when he sees Ourselves well sinewed to our defence. Shakss.

culate musically. SI'NEWSARUNK. adj. [sinew and shrunk]

Orpheus with his lute made trees,

And the mountain tops that freeze, A horse is said to be sinewshrunk when

Bow themselves when he did sing : he has been over-ridden, and so fatigued To his musick plants and fowers that he becomes gaunt-bellied, by a stiff Ever sprung, as sun and showers ness and contraction of the two sinews There had made a lasting spring. Sbaksp. which are under his belly. Farrier's Dict.

Then they for sudden joy did weep,

And some for sorrow sung. SI'N EWY. adj. [from sinew.]

They racher had beheld 1. Consisting of a sinew; nervous. The Dissentious numbers pestering streets, than see

nerves and sinews are in poetry often Our tradesmen singing in their shops, and going confounded, from nervus, Latin, which About their functions friendly. Shakspeare. signifies a sinew.

The morning stars sang together. job. The sirewy thread my brain lets fall

Then shall the trees of the wood sint out at Through every part,

the presence of the Lord. 1 Chronicles.

Their airy limbs in sports they exercise, Can tie those parts, and make me one of all.

Donne.

Some in heroick verse divinely sing, Dryden. 2. Strong; nervous; vigorous ; forcible. 2. To utter sweet sounds inarticulately. And for thy vigour,

The time of the singing of birds is come. Bull-bearing Milo his addition yields

Canticles, To siarrey Ajax.

Shakspeare. You will sooner bind a bird from singing than Worthy fellows, and like to prove

from flying.

Bacon. Most sinczy swordsmen. Sbakspeare.

Join voices, all The northern people are large, fair-com That singing up to heaven's gate ascend. Mill. plexioned, strong, sinewy, and courageous. Hale. And parrots, imitating human tongue, Fainting, as he reach'd the shore,

And singing birds, in silver cages hung. Dryden. He cropt his sinewy arms: his knees no more Oh! were I made, by some transforming pow'r, Perform’d their office.

Pope. The captive bird that sings within, thy bow'r, SI'NFUL. adj. (sin and full.]

Then might my voice thy list’ning ears employ,

And I those kisses he receives enjoy. Pope. 1. Ahen from God; not holy ; unsanctified.

3. To make any small or shrill noise. Drive out the sinful pair,

A man may hear this shower sing in the wind. From hallow'd ground th' unholy. Milton.

Sbakspeare.

You leaden messengers, 2. Wicked; not observant of religion ;

Fly with faise aim; pierce the still moving air, contrary to religion. It is used both of

That sings with piercing; do not touch my lord. persons and things.

Sbaks

kspeare. Thrice happy man, said then the father grave,

We hear this fearful tempest sing. Sbaksp. Whose sangering stepsthy steady hand doth lead,

O'er his head the flying spear And she's the way his sinful soul to save,

Sung innocent, and spent its force in air. Popes Who better can the way to heaven aread?

Fairy Queen. 4. To tell in poetry. Nature herself, though pure of sinful thought,

Bid her exalt her melancholy wing, Wrought in her so, that, seeing me, she turn d. And rais'd from earth, and sav’d from passion,

Milion.
The stoicks looked upon all passions as sirful

Of human hope by cross event destroy'd,
Of useless wealth, and greatness uncnjoy'

id. defects and irregularities, as so many deviations

Prior. from righe reason, making passion to be only another word for perturbation.

Soistb. TO SING. V. a. SI'N FULLY.adv.(from sinful.] Wickedly; 1. To relate or mention in poetry. not piously; not according to the ordi

All the prophets in their age

the times nance of God.

Of great Messiah sing.

Mlilton. All this from my remembrance brutish wrath I sing the man who Judah's sceptre bore Sisfully pluck'd, and not a man of you

In that right hand which held the crook before. Had so much grace to put it in my mind. Sbaks.

Couleg. The humble and contented mao pleases him

Arms and the man I sing.

Dryden. self innocently and easily, while the ambitious

Weil might he sing the day he could not fear, man attemyis to please others sinfully and diifi

And paint the glories he was sure to wear. Smith. culty, and perhaps unsuccessfully too. Soulb. 2. To celebrate; to give praises to, in SI'N PULNESS. n. s. [from sinful.] Aliena verse. tion from God; neglect or violation of

The last, the happiest British king, the duties of religion; contrariety to

Whom thou shalt paint or I shall sing. Allison, religious goodness.

3. To utter harmoniously. I am sent

Incles, caddisses, cambricks, lawns, why he To shew thee what shall come in future days sings them over as they were gods and goddesses. To thee, and to thy offspring: good with bad Expect to hear; supernal grace contending

They that wasted us required of us mirth, saya With sinfitness of men.

Milton. ing, Sing us one of one songs of Zion. Psalmis. Peevi. ones, the general fault of sick persons,

How could we to his godhead sing is equally to be avoided for the folly and singul

Forc'd hallelujahis?

Milt-it. Wake. To SINGE. 2. a. [rængan, Sax. sengberi, VOL. IV.

M M

Sladspeare:

ments.

Dut.) To scorch ; to burn slightly or 4. Alone; having no companion; having superficially.

no assistant. They bound the doctor,

Servant of God, well hast thou fought Whose beard they have sing'd off with brands of The better fight, who single hast maintain'd fire.

Sbakspeare: Against revolted multitudes the cause of truth. Drake, in the vaunting stile of a soldier, would

Milton. call this enterprise the singeing of the king of

His wisdom such, Spain's beard.

Bacon. Three kingdoms wonder, and three kingdoms That neither was singed in the combustion of

fear, Phaëton, nor overwhelmed by the inundation of Whilst single he stood forth.

Denbon. Deucalion.

Brown. In sweet possession of the fairy place, They have a singed bottom all involvid

Single, and conscious to myself alone With stench and smoke.

Milton. Of pleasures to th' excluded world unknown. I singed the toes of an ape through a burning

Dryden. glass, and he never would endure itatier. L'Estri 5. Unmarried.

Thus riding on his curls, he seem'd to pass Is the single man therefore blessed? no: as a A rolling fire along, and singe the grass. Dryden. walled town is more worthier than a village, so is

the forehead of a married man more honourable SI'NGER. n. s. [from sing.] One that

than the bare brow of a bachelor. Sbakspeere. sings; one whose profession or business

Pygmalion is to sing.

Abhorr'd all womankind, but most a wife; His filching was like an unskilful singer, he So single chose to live, and shunn'd to wed, kept not time.

Sbakspeare, Well pleas'd to want a consort of his bed. Dryd., 1 gat me men singers and women singers, and

6. Not complicated ; not duplicated. the delights of the sons of men. Ecilesiastes.

To make Howers double, is effected by often To the chief singer on my stringed instru

removing them into new earth; as, on the conHabakkuk.

trary, double flowers, by neglecting and not reCockbirds, amongst singing birds, are ever the

moving, prove single.

Bacon. better singers, because they are more lively.

Bacon.

7. Pure; uncorrupt; not double-minded; Thy heart no ruder than the rugged stone,

simple. A scriptural sense. I might, like Orpheus, with my num'rous moan

The light of the body is the eye: if thine eye Melt to compassion: now my trait'rous song

be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. With thee conspires to do the singer wiong.

Mattbew. Waller. 8. That in which one is opposed to one. The birds know how to chuse their fare;

He, when his country, threaten'd with alarms, To peck this fruit they all forbear:

Shali more than once the Punick bands affright, Those cheerful singers know not why

Shall kill the Gaulish king in single fight. Dryd. They should make any haste to die. Waller. To SI'NGLE. v. a. [from the adjective.]

The Grecian tragedy was at first nothing but 1. To choose out from among others. a chorus of singers.

Dryden. I saw him in the battle range about, SI'NGINGMASTER. n. s. [sing and ma And how he singled Clifford forth. Sbakspeare. ster.] One who teaches to sing.

Every man may have a peculiar savour, which, He employed an itinerant singingmaster to in although not perceptible unto man, is yet sensistruct them rightly in the tunes of the psalms. ble unto dogs, who hereby can single out their Addison. master in the dark.

Bacon. SINGLE. adj. (singulus, Latin.)

Dost thou already single me? I thought

Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. Milton. 1. One; not double; not more than one.

Begin, auspicious boy, to cast about The words are clear and easy, and their ori

Thy infant eyes, and with a smile thy mother ginals are of single signification without any am

South,

single out. biguity.

Dryden.

ngle the lowliest of the am'rous youth Some were single acts, though each complete;

Dryden. But ev'ry act stood ready to repeat.

Ask for his vows, but hope not for his truth.

Prier. Then Theseus join'd with bold Pirithous came, A single concord in a double name. Dryden.

sequester; to withdraw. High Alba,

Yea simply, saith Basil, and universally, wheA lonely desart, and an empty land,

ther it be in works of nature, or of voluntary Shall scarce afford, for needlul hours of rest, choice, I see not any thing done as it should be, A single house to their benighted guest. Addis. if it be wrought by an agent singling itself from Where the poesy or oratory shines, a single

Hooker, reading is not sufficient to satisfy a mind that 3. To take alone. has a true taste; nor can we make the fullest Many men there are, than whom nothing is improvement of them without proper reviews. more commendable when they are singled: and

Watts. yet, in society with others, none less fit to an2. Particular; individual.

swer the duties which are looked for at their As no single man is born with a right of con

hands.

Hooker. trouling the opinions of all the rest, so the world 4. To separate. has no title to demand the whole time of any Hardly they herd, which by good hunters particular person.

Pope. singled are.
If one single word were to express but one

SI'NGLENESS. n. s. [from single.] simple idea, and nothing else, there would be

Watts.

1. Not duplicity or multiplicity; the state scarce any mistake. 3. Not compounded.

of being only one. As simple ideas are opposed to complex, and 2. Simplicity ; sincerity ; honest plainness, single ideas to compound, so propositions are dis It is not the deepness of their knowledge, but tinguished: the English tongue has some advan the singleness of their belief, which God accepttage above the learned languages, which have no eth.

Hooker. usual word to distinguish single from simple.

Men must be obliged to go through their buWatts. siness with singleness of heart,

Loret

2. To

consorts.

Sidncy.

SI'NGLY. adv. [from single.]

consented to use this ungodly title; no bishop 1. Individually, particularly.

of Rome ever took upon him this name of sine If the injured person be not righted, every

gularity.

Hoker. one of them is wholly guilty of the injustice,

Catholicism, which is here attributed unto the and therefore bound to restitution singly and

church, must be understood in opposition to the entirely.

Taylor.

legal singularity of the Jewish nation. Pearson, They tend to the perfection of human nature,

4. Character or manners different from and to make men singly and personally good, or

those of others. tend to the happiness of socie:y. Tillotson. The spirit of singularity in a few ought to 2. Only ; by himself.

give place to publick judgment. Hooker. Look thee, 't is so; thou singly honest man, Though, according to the practice of the world, Here take: the gods out of my misery

it be singular for men thoroughly to live up to Have sent thee treasure.

Sbakspeare.

the principles of their religion, yet singularity in 3. Without partners or associates.

this matter is a singular commendation of it. Belinda

Tillotson. Burns to encounter two advent'rous knights,

Singularity in sin puts it out of fashion, sirce At ombre singly to decide their docm. Pope.

to be alone in any practice seems to make the 4. Honestly; simply ; sincerely,

judgment of the world against it; but the con

currence of others is a tacit approbation of that SINGULAR. adj. [singulier, Fr. singu in which they concur.

Sortb. laris, Latin.]

TO SINGULARIZE. v. a. [se singulariser, 1. Single; not complex ; not compound.

Fr. from singular.) To make singular. That idea which represents one particular de

SINGULARLY. adv. (from singular.) Pare terminate thing is called a singular idea, whether simple, complex, or compound.

Watts.

ticularly ; in a manner not common to 2. [In grammar.] Expressing only one ;

others. not plural.

Solitude and singularity can neither daunt nor If St. Paul's speaking of himself in the first

disgrace bim, unless we could suppose it a dis

Soutb. person singular has so various meanings, his use

grace to be singulariy good. of the first person plural has a greater latitude.

SI'NGULT. n. s. (singultus, Lat.] A sigh. Locke.

Spenser. 3. Particular; unexampled.

SI'NISTER. adj. [sinister, Latin.]
So singular a sadness

1. Being on the left hand ; left ; not right; Must have a cause as strange as the effect. not dexter. It seems to be used with

Deabam. Doubtless, if you are innocent, your case is

the accent on the second syllable, at extremely hard, yet it is not singular.

least in the primitive, and on the first Female Quixote.

in the figurative sense. 4. Having something not common to

My mother's blood

Runs on the descer cheek, and this sinister others. It is commonly lised in a sense

Bounds in my sire's.

Sbukspeare. of disapprobation, whether applied to

Captain Spurio, with his cicatrice, an emblem persons or things.

here on his sinister cheek. Sbakspeare. His zeal

But a rib,
None seconded, as singular and rash. Milton. Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears,

It is very commendable to be singular in any More to the part sinister from me drawn. Milt, excellency, and religion is the greatest excel. The spleen is unjustly introduced to invisor lency: to be singular in any thing that is wise ate the sinister side, which, being dilated, would and worthy, is not a disparagement, but a praise. rather infirm and debilitate it.

Brown. Tillotson. In his sinister hand, instead of ball, 5. Alone; that of which there is but one. He plac'd a mighty mug of potent ale. Dryden.

These buses of the emperors and empresses 2. Bad; perverse ; corrupt ; deviating from are all very scarce, and some of them almost

honesty ; unfair. singular in their kind.

Addison.

Is it so strange a matter to find a good thing SINGULA'R IT Y. n.s. (singularité, Fr. from furthered by ill men of a sinister intem and

persingular.]

pose, whose forwardness is not thcrefcre a bridle 1. Some character or quality by which one

to such as favour the same cause with a better and sincere meaning?

Ecker. is distinguished from all, or from most

The duke of Clurence was soon after ly sinio others.

ster means made clean away.

Stenser. Pliny addeth this singularity to that soil, that

Woen are there more unworthy men chosen the second year the very falling down of the

to offices, when is there more stride and contenseeds yieldeth corn.

Raleigh.

tion about elections, or when do partial and sinie 2. Any thing remarkable ; a curiosity; ster affections more urter themselves, than when uncommon character or form.

an election is committed to many? Wbitgift. Your gallery

He protesses to have received no sinister meaHave we pass'd through, not without much con sure from his judge, but most willingiy humbles

himseif to the determina:ion of justice. Sbaksp; In many singularities; but we saw not

Thuse may be accounted Cie left hands of That which my daughter came to look upon, courts; persons that are full of nimble and sinie The statue of her mother. Sbakspeare. ster tricks and shifts, whereby they pervert the

I took notice of this little figure for the singu plain courses of courts, and bring justice into oblarity of the instrument: it is not unlike a vio lique lines and labyrinths.

Pacon. lin.

Adúrson. The just person has given the world an assure 3. Particular privilege or prerogative. ance, by the constant tenor of his practice, that St. Gregory, being himself a bisliop of Rome,

he makes a conscience of his ways, and that he and writing against the title of universal bishop, scorns to undermine another's interest by any saith thus: None of all my predecessors ever

sinister or inferior arts.

Sexib. M2

of war,

tent

3. [sinistre, Fr.] Unlucky ; inauspicious. Then down the precipice of time it goes, The accent is here on the second sylla

And sinks in minutes which in ages rose. Drid. ble.

This republick has been much more powerful Tempt it again; that is thy act, or none:

than it is at present, as it is still likelier to sink What all the several ills that visit earth,

than increase in its dominions. Aldisor. Brought forth by night with a sinister birth,

Let not the fire sind or slacken, but increase.

Mortimer. Plagues, famine, fire, could not reach unto, The sword, nor surfeits, let thy fury do.

9. To fall into rest or indolence. Ben Jonson.

Wouldst thou have me sink away SI'NISTROUS. adj. [sinister, Lat.) Ab

In pleasing dreams, and lose myself in love,

When every moment Cato's life's at stake? surd; perverse ; wrong-headed : in

Addison French, gauche

10. To fall into any state worse than the A knave or tool can do no harm, even by the

former. most sinistrous and absurd choice. Bentley. SI'NISTROUSLY. adv. [from sinistrous.]

Nor urg'd the labours of my lord in vain,

A sinking empire longer to sustain. Dryden. j. With a tendency to the left.

To SINK. v.a. Many in their infancy are sinistrously disposed, and divers continue all their life left-handed,

1. To put under water; to disable from and have but weak and imperfect use of the

swimming or floating. right.

Brown.

A small feet of English made an hostile in2. Perversely; absurdly.

vasion or incursion upon their havens and roads,

and fired, sunk, and carried away ten thousand TO SINK. v. n. pret. I sunk, anciently ton of their great shipping.

Bacon. sank; part. sunk or sunken. (rencan, 2. To delve ; to make by delving: Saxón; senken, German.]

At Saga in Germany they dig up iron in the 1. To fall down through any medium ;

fields by sinking ditches two feet deep, and in not to swim; to go to the bottom.

the space of ten years the ditches are digged As rich with prize, wagain for iron sińce produced.

Boyle. As is the oozy bottom of the sea

Near Geneva are quarries of freestone, that

run under the lake: when the water is at With sunken wreck and sunless treasuries.

Sbakspeare.

lowest, they make within the borders of it a lite In with the river sunk, and with it rose

tle square, inclosed within four walls: in this Batan, involv'd in rising mist; then sought

square they sink a pit, and dig for freestone.

Addison, Where to lie hid.

Milton. He swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or

3. To depress; to degrade. flies.

Milton.

A mighty king I am, an earthly god; The pirate sinks with his ill-gotten gains,

I raise or sink, imprison or set free; And nothing to another's use remains. Dryde.

And life or death depends on my decree. Prior. Supposing several in a tempest will rather pe Triling painters or sculptors bestow infinite rish than work, would it not be madness in the pains upon the most insignificant parts of a figure, rest to chuse to sink together, rather than do

till they sink the grandeur of the wiole. Popee more than their share?

Addison. 4. To plunge into destruction. 2. To fall gradually.

Heav'n bear witness, The arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk

And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me, down in his chariot.

2 Kings.

Ev'n as the ax falls, it I be not faithful. Sbaksp. 3. To enter or penetrate into any body,

s. To make to fall. David took a stone and slang it, and smote the

These are so far from raising mountains, that Philistine, that the stone sutik into his forehead.

they overturn and fing down some before stand1 Samuel.

ing, and undermine others, sinking them into

the abyss. 4. To lose height ; to fall to a level.

Woodırard. In vain has nature formid

6. To bring low; to diminish in quantity. Mountains and oceans to oppose his passage;

When on the banks of an unlock'd-for stream, He bounds o'er all, victorious in his march;

You sunk the river with repeated draughts, The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him. Addis. Who was the last in all your host that thirsted?

Addison. 5. To lose or want prominence. What were his marks ? A lean cheek, a

7. To crush; to overbear; to depress. blue eye and sunken.

Shakspeare.

That Hector was in certainty of death, and Deep dinted wrinkles on her cheeks she draws;

depressed with the conscience of an ill cause: if Sunk are her eyes, and toothless are her jaws.

you will not grant the first of these will sind the Dryden.

spirit of a hero, you 'll at least allow the second 6. To be overwhelmed or depressed.

may.

Pope. Our country sinks beneath the yoke;

8. To diminish; to degrade. It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash

They catch at all opportunities of ruining our Is added to her wounds.

Sbukspeare. trade, and sinking the figure which we make. They arraign'd shall sink

Addison. Beneath thy sentence.

Milton. I mean not that we should siak our figure out But if you this ambitious pray'r deny,

of covetousness; and deny ourselves the proper Then let me sink bencath proud Arcite's arms;

conveniences of our station, only that we may And, I once dead, let him possess her charins. lay up a superfluous treasure.

Rogers. Dryden. 9. To make to decline. 7. To be received ; to be impressed.

Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power Let these sayings sink down into your ears.

Has sunk thy father more than all his years,

Luke. And made him wither in a green old age. Rowe. Truth never sinks into those men's minds, nor

To labour for a sunk corrupted state. Lyttletor. gives any tincture to them.

Locker 10. To suppress; to conceal; to inter8. To decliue; to decrease ; to decay. vert.

I sent with ready money to buy any thing,

Thither, where sinners may have rest, I go, and you happen to be out of pocket, sink the Where flames refind in breasts seraphick glow. money, and take up the goods on account. Swift.

Popes,

Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it, SINK. n. s. (rinc, Saxon.]

If foliy grows romantick, I must paint it. Pape. 1. A drain ; a jakes.

SINOʻFFERING, n. so [sin and offering.) Should by the cormorant belly be restrain'd, Who is the sink o'th' body. Sbakspeare.

An expiation or sacrifice for sin.

The flesh of the builock shalt thou burn with Bad humours gather to a bile; or, as divers kennels fiow to one sink, so in short time their

out the camp; it is a sinoffering: Exoduse numbers increased.

Hayward.

SI'NOPER, or Sinople. n. s. [terra pontica, Gather more filth than any sink in town. Latin.] A species of earth ; ruddle. Granville,

Ainsworth. Rerurning home at night, you 'll find the sink TO SINUATE. v. a. (sinuo, Latin.] To Strike your offended sense with double stink. bend in and out.

Swif?.

Another was very perfect, somewhat less with 2. Any place where corruption is gathered.

the margirm, and more sinuated. Woodward, What sink of monsters, wretches of lost minds, SINUA’TION. 1. s. [from sinuate.] A Mad after change, and desperate in their states, Wearied and galled with their necessities,

bending in and out. Durst have thought it?

Ben Jonson.

The human brain is, in proportion to the boOur soul, whose country's heav'n, and God

dy, much larger than the brains of brutes, in her : ther,

proportion to their bodies, and fuller of anfracInto this world, corruption's sink, is sent;

tus, or sinuations.

Hule. Yet so much in her travail she doth gather, SINUO'SITY. n. s. [from sinuous.] The That she returns home wiser than she went. quality of being sinuous.

Donne. Si'suous, adj. (sinueux, French ; from Si'N LESS. adj. [from sin.] Exempt from sinus, Latin.] Bending in and out. sin.

Try with what disadvantage the voice will be Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know

carried in an horn, which is a line arched; or in What nearer might concern him. Milton. a trumpet, which is a line retorted; or in some At that tasted fruit pipe that were sinubus.

Bacon, The sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turn'd These, as a line, their long dimension drew, His course intended; else how had the world Streaking the ground with sinuous trace. Milt. Inhabited, though sinless, more than now

In the dissections of horses, in the coacaje or Avoided pinching cold, and scorching heat? Milt. sinuous part of the liver, whereat the gall is usuInfernal ghosts and hellish furies round

ally scated in quadrupeds, I discover an hollow, Environ'd thee; some howl'd, some yellid, some

long, membranous substance.

Brown. shriek'd,

SINUS. n. s. (Latin.] Some bent at thee their fiery darts, while thou 1. A bay of the sea; an opening of the Satt'st unappall’d in calm and sinless peace. Milt.

land. No thoughts like mine his sinless soul profane, Observant of the right.

Plato supposeth his Atlantis to have sunk all

Dryden. into the sea: whether that be true or no, I do Did God, indeed, insist on a sinless and uner

not think it impossible that some arms of the ring observance of all this multiplicity of duties;

sea, or sinuses, might have had such an originals had the christian dispensation provided no re

Burnet. medy for our lapses, we might cry out with Ba. laam, Alas! who should live, if God did this?

2. Any fold or opening. Rogers. To SIP. v. a. [ripan, Saxon ; sippen,

Dutch.] SI'N LESSNESS.n.s. [from sinless.] Exemption from sin.

1. To drink by small draughts; to take, at We may the less admire at his gracious con one apposition of the cup to the mouth, descensions to those, the sinlessness of whose con no more than the mouth will contain. dition will keep them from turning his vouch Soft yielding minds to water glide away, Saitements into any thing but occasions of joy and And sip with nymphs their elemental tea.

Papee gratitude.

Boyle. 2. To drink in small quantities.

Find out the peaceful hermitage; SI'NNER. n.s. [from sin.]

The hairy gown and mossy ceil, 1. One at enmity with God; one not truly

Where I may sit and rightly spell or religiously good.

Of ev'ry star that heav'n doth show, Let the boldest sinner take this one considera

And every herb that sips the dew.

Milton. tion along with him, when he is going to sin, 3. To drink out of. that whether the sin he is about to act ever

The winged nation o'er the forest flies: emes to be pardoned or no, yet, as soon as it is

Then stooping on the meads and leafy bow'rs, acted, it quite turns the balance, puts his salva

They skini the floods, and sip the purple flow'rs. tion upon the venture, and makes it ten to one

Dryden. odds against him.

South.

To S1P. v. n. To drink a small quantity. Never consider yourselves as persons that are

She rais'd it to her mouth with sober grace; to be scen, admired, and courted by men; but as poor sinners, that are to save yourselves from

Then sipping, offer'd to the next. Dryden. the vanities and follies of a miserable world, by Sip. n. s. (from the verb.) A small

humility, devotion, and self-denial. Law. draught; as much as the mouth will 2. An offender ; a criminal.

hold. Here's that which is too weak to be a sinner,

Her face o' fire honest water, which ne'er left man i'th' mire. With labour, and the thing she took to quench it

Sbakspeare.

She would to each one sip. Soakspeare. Over the guilty then the fury shakes

One sip of this
The sounding whip, and brandishes her snakes, Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight,
And the pale sinner with her sisters takes. Dryd. Beyond the bliss of dreams.

Miltsu.

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