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Or what the cross dire looking planet smite, ball of forty-eight pounds to a ball of Or hurtful worin with cankerd venom bite. five ounces.


As cannons overcharg'd with double cracks, To some new clime, or to thy native sky,

So they redoubled strokes upon the foe. Sbak. Oh friendless and forsaken virtue! fly:

He had left all the cannon he had taken; and The Indian air is deadly to thee grown;

now he sent all his great cannor to a garrison. Deceit and canker'd malice rule thy throne.

Clarende Dryden. The making, or price, of these gunpowder inLet envious jealousy and canker'd spite

struments, is extremely expensive, as may be Produce my actions to severest light,

easily judged by weight of their materials; a And tax my open day or secret night. Prior.

whole cannon weighing commonly eight thousand 2. To decay by some corrosive or destruc pounds; a half cunnon, five thousand; a culverin, tive principle.

four thousand five hundred; a demi-culverin, Silvering will sully and canker more than gild three thousand; which, whether it be in iron or ing; which, if it might be corrected with a lit brass, must needs be very costly, Wilkins.

tle mixture of gold, will be profitable. Bacon, CANNON-BALL. n. s. (from cannon, TO CA'NKER. V. a.

CANNON-BULLET. ball, bullet, and 1. To corrupt ; to corrode.


shot.] The balls Restore to God his due in tithe and time:

which are shot from great guns. A tithe purloin'd cankers the whole estate.

He reckons those for wounds that are made by

Herbert. bullets, although it be a cannon-sbot. Wisemaa. 2. To infect; to pollute.

Let a cannon-bullet pass through a room, is An honest man will enjoy himself better in a must strike successively the two sides of the

Locke. moderate fortune, that is gained with honour and reputation, than in an overgrown estate, that is To CANNONA'DE. v. n. (from cannon.] cankered with the acquisitions of rapine and ex To play the great guns; to batter or ataction.

Addison. tack with great guns. CA'N KERBIT. particip. adj. [from canker Both armies cannonaded all the ensuing day. and bit.] Bitten with an envenomed


To CANNON A'de. v. a. To fire upon tooth. Know, thy name is lost,

with cannon. By treason's tooth baregnawn and cankerbit. CANNONI'ER, n. s. (from cannon.] The

Sbakspeare. engineer that manages the cannon.
CA'NNABINE. adj. [cannabinus, Lat.]

Give me the cups;

Dict. And let the kettle to the trumpets speak,

The trumpets to the cannonier without, CA'NNIBAL. n. s. An anthropophagite ; The cannons to the heav'ns, the heav'ns to earth. a maneater.

Sbakspears. The cannibals themselves eat no man's flesh of A third was a most excellent cannonier, whose those that die of themselves, but of such as are good skill did much endamage the forces of the slain. Bacon. king.

Hayward. They were little better than cannibals, who do CA'NNot. A word compounded of can hunt one another; and he that hath most strength

and not : noting inability. and switiness, doth eat and devour all his fel

I cannot but believe many a child can tell lows.

Davies on Ireland.
It was my hint to speak
twenty, long before he has any idea of infinity

Of the cannibals that each other eat;
The anthropophagi.

Ś bakspears. CANO'A, n. s. A boat made by cutting
The captive cannibal, opprest with chains, Canoe', the trunk of a tree into a
Yet braves his foes, reviles, provokes, disdains; hollow vessel.
Of nature fierce, untameable, and proud,

Others made rafts of wood; others devised
He bids defiance to the gaping crowd;

the boat of one tree, called the canoa, which the And spent at last, and speechless, as he lies,

Gauls upon the Rhone used in assisting the transWith fiery glances mocks their rage, and dies.

portation of Hannibal's army: Raleigt. Granville.

In a war against Semiramis, they had four If an eleventh commandment had been given, thousand monoxyla, or canoes, of one piece of Thou shalt not eat human fesh; would not these timber.

Arbuthnot on Ceins, cannibals have esteemed it more difficult than all CA'NON. n. so Trávur.] the rest ?


1. A rule; a law. CA'NNIBALLY. adv. [from cannibal.] In The truth is, they are rules and canons of that the manner of a cannibal.

law which is written in all men's hearts - the Before Corioli, he scotcht him and notcht him church had for ever, no less than now, stood Like a corbonado.

bound to observe them, whether the apostle had -Had he been cannibally given, he might mentioned them, or no.

Heaker. have broiled and eaten him too. Shakspeare,

His books are almost the very caner to judge CA'NNIPERS, 11. s. (corrupted from cal. both doctrine and discipline by.

Hocker, lopers : which see?

Religious canons, civil laws, are cruel;
The square is taken by a pair of cannipers, or

Then what should war be? Sbakspeare. two rulers, clapped to the side of a tree, measur

Canons in logick are such as these: every part ing the distance between them. Mortimer.

of a division, singly taken, must contain less than CANNON. n. s. (cannon, Fr. from canna,

the whole ; and a definition must be peculiar and Lat. a pipe, mưaning a large tube.]

proper to the thing defined.

Hatto. 1. A great gun for battery:

2. The laws made by ecclesiastical councils.

Caron law is that law which is made and are 2. A gun larger than can be managed by

dained in a general council, or provincial syned, the hand. They are of so many sizes, of the church. that they decrease in the bore from a These were looked on as lapsed persons, ind

at all.


great severities of penance were prescribed them king would have translated him from that poor by the canons of Ancrya.

Stilling fleet. bishoprick, he refused, saying, he would not 3. The books of Holy Scripture; or the forsake his poor little old wife; thinking of the great rule.

fifteenth (canon of the Nicene council, and that Canon also denotes those books of Scripture,

of the canonists, Matrimonium inter episcopum & which are received as inspired and canonical, to

ecclesiam esse contractum, &c. Camden's Remains. distinguish them from either profane, apocryphal,

Of whose strange crimes no canonist can tell or disputed books. Thus we say that Genesis is

In what commandment's large contents they part of the sacred canon of the Scripture. Ayliffe.


Pope. 4. A dignitary in cathedral churches. CANONIZA'TION. n. s. [from canonize.)

For deans and canons, or prebends, of cathe The act of declaring any man a saint. dral churches, they were of great use in the It is very suspicious, that the interests of parchurch; they were to be of counsel with the ticular families, or churches, have too great a bishop for his revenue, and for his government, sway in canonizations.

Addison. in causes ecclesiastical.

Bacon. To ČA'NONIZE. v. a. [from canon, to Swift much admires the place and air,

put into the canon, or rule for observing And longs to be a canon there. A canon? that 's a place too mean:

festivals.] To declare any man a saint.

The king, desirous to bring into the house of No, doctor, you shall be a dean; Two dozen canons round your stall,

Lancaster celestial honour, became suitor to And you the tyrant o'er them all.

pope Julius, to canonize king Henry vi. for a

Bacon. 5. Canons Regular. Such as are placed in By those hymns all shall approve monasteries. Ayliffe. Us canoniz'd for love.

Donne. 6. Canons Secular. Lay canons, who have They have a pope too, who hath the chief care

been, as a mark of honour, admitted of religion, and of canonizing whom he thinks fit, into some chapters.

and thence have the honour of saints.

Stilling fleet. 7. [Among chirurgeons.) An instrument used in sewing up wounds. Dict.

CANONRY. ! . s. [from canon.] An 8. A large sort of printing letter, proba

CA'NONSHIP. I ecclesiastical benefice in

some cathedral or collegiate church, bly so called from being first used in printing a book of canons; or perhaps

which has a prebend, or stated allowfrom its size, and therefore properly

ance out of the revenues of such church, written cannon.

commonly annexed to it. Ayliffe.

CANOPIED. adj. (from canops.] Covered CANON BIT. n. s. That part of the bit

with a canopy. let into the horse's mouth.

I sat me down to watch upon a bank, A goodly person, and could manage fair

With ivy canopy'd, and interwove His stubborn steed with canon bit,

With flaunting honeysuckle.

Milton. Who under him did trample as the air. Spenser.

CANOPY. n. s. Įcanopeum, low Lat.] CANONESS. n. so {canonissa, low Lat.)

A covering of state over a throne or There are, in popish countries, women they call secular canonesses, living after the example of

bed; a covering spread over the head. secular canons.


She is there brought unto a paled green, CANO'NICAL. adj. [canonicus, low Lat.]

And placed under a stately canopy,

The warlike feats of both those knights to see. 1. According to the canon.

Fairy Queen. 2. Constituting the canon.

Now spread the night her spangled canopy, Public readings there are of books and writ And summon'd every restless eye to sleep: ings not canonical, whereby the church doch

Fairfax. also preach, or openly make kdown, the doc Nor will the raging fever's fire abate trine of virtuous conversation.

Hooler. With golden canopies, and beds of state. Dryden. No such book was found amongst those cornice To CA'NOPY. v. a. (from the noun.] To xical scriptures.

Raleizs. cover with a canopy. 3. Regular; stated; fixed by ecclesiastical

The birch, the myrtle, and the bay, laws.

Like friends did all embrace ;
Seven times in a day do I praise thee, said And their large branches did display
David: from this definite nuinber some ages of To canopy the place.

Dryden, the church took their pattern for their caronical CA'NOROUS, 'adj. [canorus, Lat.] Muhours.


sical ; tuneful. 4. Spiritual; ecclesiastical; relating to the

Birds that are most canorous, and whose notes church.

we most commend, are of little throats, and York anciently had a metropolitan jurisdiction short.

Brown's Vulgar Errours. over all the bishops of Scotland, from whom they had their consecration, and to whom they

CANT. n. s. (probably from cantus, Lat. swore canonical obedience.


implying the odd tone of voice used by CANO'NICALLY. adv. [from canonical.]

vagrants; but imagined by some to be In a manner agreeable to the canon.

corrupted from quaint. ] It is a known story of the friar, who, on a

1. A corrupt dialect used by beggars and fasting day, bid his capon be carp, and then very

vagabonds. Canonically eat it. Government of the Tongue. 2. A particular form of speaking, peculiar CANONICALNESS. n. s. (from canonical.] to some certain class or body of men. The quality of being canonical.

I write not always in the proper terms of na

vigation, land service, or in the cant of any proCA'NONIST. n. s. [from canon.] A man


Dryden. versed in the ecclesiastical laws; a pro If we would trace out the original of that Aa. fessor of the canon law.

grant and avowed impiety, which has prevailed John Fisher, bishop of Rochester, when the among us for some years, we should find, that it

5. Auction.

of a poem.

oves its rise to that cant and hypocrisy, which CA'NTICLE. n. s. [from canto, Lat.) A had taken possession of the people's minds song : used generally for a song in scripin the times of the great rebellion.

ture. Addison's Freeholder.

This right of estate, in some nations, is yet Astrologers, with an old paltry cant, and a

more significantly expressed by Moses in his few pot-hooks for planets, to amuse the vulgar,

canticles, in the person of God to the Jews. , have too long been suffered to abuse the world.

Bacon's Holy War. Swift's Predictions for tbe Year 1701. A few general rules, with a certain cant of CANTI'LIVERS, n. s. Pieces of wood words, has sometimes set up an illiterate heavy framed into the front'or other sides of writer for a most judicious and formidable critick. a house, to sustain the moulding and

Addison's Spectator. eaves over it. Moxon's Mech. Exercises. 3. A whining pretension to goodness, 'in CA'NTION. 1. s. [cantio, Lat.] Song; formnal and affected terms.


Not now in use. Of promise prodigal, while pow'r you want, In the eighth eclogue the same person was And preaching in the self-denying cant. Dryden. brought in singing a cantio of Collin's making. 4. Barbarous jargon.

Spens. Kal. Gle. The affectation of some late authors, to intro-' CA'NTLE. n. s. [kant, Dutch, a corner; duce and multiply cant words, is the most ruin.

eschantillon, Fr. a piece.] A piece with ous corruption in any language. Swift.



See how this river comes, me crankling in, Numbers of these tenants, or their descend

And cuts me from the best of all my land, ants, are now offering to sell their leases by

A huge half moon, a monstrous cantle, out. Sbels. cant, even those which were for lives.

Swift. To CANTLE. v. a. (from the noun.] To Io Cant. v. n. (from the noun.). To cut in pieces.

talk in the jargon of particular profes For four times talking, if one piece thon take, sions; or in any kind of formal affected That must be cantled, and the judge go snack. Janguage; or with a peculiar and studied

Dryden's Juvenal. tone of voice.

CA'NTIET. 1. s. [from cantle.] A piece; Men cant about materia and forma; hunt a fragment. chimeras by rules of art, or dress up ignorance

Nor shield nor armour can their force oppose; in words of bulk or sound, which may stop up Huge cantlets of his buckler strew the ground, the mouth of enquiry.

Glanville. And no defence in his bor'd arms is found. Dryd. 'That uncouth affected garb of speech, or cant CAN10. n. s. [Ital.] A book or section ing language rather, if I may so call it, which they have of late taken up, is the signal dis

Why, what would you do? tinction and characteristical note of that, which, -Make me a willow cabbin at your gate, in that their new language, they call the godly

And call upon my soul within the house, party.


Write loyal cantos of contemned love. Szok The busy, subtile, serpents of the law,

CANTON. n. so
Did first my mind from true obedience draw;
While I did limits to the king prescribe,

1. A small parcel or division of land. And took for oracle that canting tribe. Roscom.

Only that little canton of land, called the Unskill'd in schemes by planets to foreshow,

English pale, containing four small shires, did Like canting rascals, how the wars will go. Dryd,

maintain a bordering war with the Irish, and reCANTA'TA. n. s. [Ital.] A song.

tain the form of English government. Davies.

2. A small community, or clan. CANTA'TiON, n. s. [from canto, Lat.] The same is the case of rovers by land; such, The act of singing.

as yet, are some canions in Arabia, and some CA'NTER. n. s. [from cant.] A term of petty kings of the mountains adjacent to straits reproach for hypocrites, who talk for

Bacon's Hats W'45. mally of religion, without obeying it. To CA'NTON. v. a. (from the noun.] To CANTERBURY BELLS. See BELFLOWER.

divide into little parts. CANTERBURY GALLOP. [In horseman.

Families shall quit all subjection to him, and

canton his empire into less governments for them. ship.] The hand gallop of an ambling selves.

Leks. horse, commonly called a canter; said It would certainly be for the good of mankind, to be derived from the monks riding to to have all the mighty empires and monarchies Canterbury on casy ambling horses.

of the world cantoned out into petty states and principalities.

Addison en Itals. CANTHA'RIDES. 1. s. [Latin.] Spanish The late king of Spain, reckoning it an infies, used to raise blisters.

dignity to have his territories cantoned out into The flies, cantharides, are bred of a worm, or parcels by other princes, during his own life, and caterpillar, but peculiar to certain fruit trees; without his consent, rather chose to bequeath as are the fig-tree, the pine-tree, and the wild the monarchy entire to a younger son of France. brier; all which bear sweet fruit, and fruit that

Sevifi. hath a kind of secret biting or sharpness: for They canlon out to themselves a little prorthce the fig hath a milk in it that is sweet and corro in the intellectual word, where they fancy the sive; the pine apple hath a kernel that is strong light shines, and ail the rest is in darkness. Wetti.

and abstersive. Bacon's Natural History. TO CA'NTONIZE. v. a. (from canton.] To CA'NTUHS. n. s. (Latin.] The corner of parcel out into small divisions.

The internal is called the Thus was all Ireland cantonized among ten greater, the external the lesser, canthus. persons of the English nation. Davies en 1:elard.


The whole forest was in a inanner casteiz A gentlewoman was seized with an inflamma amongst a very few in number, of whom some tion and tumour in the great cantbus, or angle of

had regal rights.

Honda Wiseman, CA'NTRED. n. s. The same in Wales as a

and ways.

the eye.

her eye.


bundred in England. For cantre, in the CAP. n. š. [cap, Welsh ; cæppe, Sax.). British language, signifieth a hundred. cappe, Germ. cappe, Fr. cappa, Ital.

Cowell. capa, Span. kappe, Dan, and Dutch ; The king regrants to him all that province, re

caput, a head, Latin.] serving oniy the city of Dublin, and the cantreds

1. The garment that covers the head. next adjoming, with the maritime towns. Daviesi

Here is the cap your worship did bespeak... CA'NVASS. n. s. [canevas, Fr. cannabis, Why, this was moulded on a porringer, Lat. hemp.]

A velvet dish. Shaksp. Taming of the Sbrew. I. A kind of linen cloth woven for seve I have ever held my cap off to thy fortune.

-Thou hast serv'd me with much faith. Sbak. ral uses, as sails, painting cloths, tents. The master commanded forthwich to set on all

First, lolling sloth in woollen map,
Taking her after-dinner nap.

Swift. the canouss they could, and fly homeward. Sid.

The cap, the whip, the masculine attire,
And eke the pens, that did his pinions bind,
Were like main yards with flying canvass lin'd.

For which they roughen to the sense. Thomsor."

2. The cnsign of the cardinalate. Their canvass castles up they quickly rear, ·

Henry the Fifth did sometimes prophesy, And build a city in an hour's space. Fairfax.

If once he came to be a cardinal, Where'er chý navy spreads her canvass wings,

He'd make his cap coequal with the crown. Homage to thee, and peace to all, she brings.

Shakspeare's Herry vi. Waller. 3. The topmost; the highest. With such kind passion hastes the prince to Thou art the cap of all the fools alive. Sbakso fight,

4. A reverence made by uncovering the And spreads his flying canvass to the sound; head. Him whom no danger, were he there, could

They more and less came in with cap and knee, fright,

Met him in boroughs, cities, villages. Sbok. Now absent, every little noise can wound. Dryd. Should the want of a cap or a cringe soʻmorThou, Kneller, long with noble pride,

tally discompose him, as we find afterwards it The foremost of thy art, hast vied


With nature in a generous strife,
And touch'd the canvass into life.

A vessel made like a cap.


It is observed, that a barrel or cap, whose ca8. The act of sifting voices, or trying them

vity will contain eight cubical feet of air, will previously to the decisive act of voting. not serve a diver above a quarter of an hour. (from canvass, as it signifies a sicve.)

Wilkins. There be that can pack cards, and yet cannot 6. Cap of a great gun. A piece of lead play well; so there are some that are good in laid over the touch-hole, to preserve canvasses and factions, that are otherwise weak

the prime.

Bacon. To CA'NVASS. v. a. [Skinner derives it 7. Cap of maintenance. One of the rega

lia carried before the king at the corofrom cannabasser, Fr. to beat hemp ; which being a very laborious employ To CAP. v. a. [from the noun.] ·

nation. ment, it is used to signify, to search di

1. To cover on the top. ligently into.)

The bones next the joint are capped with a 1. To sist; to examine. [from canvass, a smooth cartilaginous substance, serving both to straining cloth.]

strength and motion.

Derbam. I have made careful search on all hands, and 2. To deprive of the cap. canvassed the matter with all possible diligence. If one, by another occasion, take any thing

Woodward. from another, as boys sometimes used to cap one 2. To debate ; to discuss.

another, the same is straight felony. The curs discovered a raw hide in the bottom

Spenser on Ireland of a river, and laid their heads together how to

3. To cap verses. To name alternately come at it; they canvassed the matter one way

verses beginning with a particular let. and tother, and concluded, that the way to get it, was to drink their way to it. L'Estrange.

ter; to name in opposition or emulaTo CA'NVASS. v. n. To solicit ; to try

tion ; to name alternately in contest.

Where Henderson, and th' other masses, votes previously to the decisive act.

Were sent to cap texts, and put cases. Hudibras. Elizabeth being to resoive upon an officer, and Sure it is a pítiful pretence to ingenuity that being, by same that canvassed for others, put in

can be thus kept up, there being little need of some doubt of that person she meant to advance,

any other faculty but memory, to be able to cap said, she was like one with a lanthorn seeking a

Government of the Tongue. man.


There is an author on ours, whom I would This crime of canvassing, or soliciting, for desire him to read, before he ventures at capchurch preferment, is, by the canon law, called

ping characters.

Atterbury. simony. Ayliffe's Parergon. CAP à pè

. ? [cap à piè, Fr.) From head Ca'ny. adj. [from cane.]

CAP à piè.) to foot; all over. 1. Full of canes.

A figure like your father, * 2. Consisting of canes.

Arm'd at all points exactly, cap à pie
But in his way lights on the barren plains

Appears before them, and, with solemn march, Of Sericana, where Chineses drive,

Goes slow and stately by them. Sbaks. Hamlet. With sails and wind, their cany waggons light. There for the two contending knights he sent;


Arm's cap à pic, with rev’rence low they bent. CANZONET. n. š. (canzonetta, Ital.] A

Dryder. little song:

A woodlouse, Vecchi was most pleasing of all others, for his That folds up itself in itself for a house, conceit and variety; as well his madrigals, as As round as a ball, without bead, without tail, cinzones.

Peapban. Inclos'd cap à pe, in a strong coat of mail. Swift. VOL. I.




CAPPAPER. A sort of coarse brownish A corcave measure, of known and denon paper. So called from being formed nate capacity, serves to measure the capacion,

Triess of any other vessel. In like manner, to a into a kind of cap to hold commodities.

given weight the weight of all other bodies may Having, for trial sake, filtered is through cape

be reduced, and so found out. Helder. paper, there remained in the filtre a powder.

To CAPACITATE, v. a. (from capacity.]

Boyle. CAPABILITY, 1. s. [from catable.) Ca

To make capable; to enable ; to qualify.

By this instruction we may be capacitated to pacity; the quality of being capable.

observe those errours.

Dryder. Sure he that made us with such large discourse,

These sort of men were sycophants only, and Looking before and after, gave us not

were endued with arts of life, to capacitate them That capability and godlike reason To rust in us unus'd.

for the conversation of the rich and great. Tatler.

Sbakspeare. CA:PABLE. adı. [capable, Fr.]

CAPA'CITY. n. s. [capacité, Pr.] 1. Sufficient to contain ; sufficiently ca

1. The power of holding or containing pacious.

any thing. When we consider so much of that space, as

Had our palate the capacity is equal to, or capable to receive, a body of any

To camp this host, we would all sup together. assigned dimensions. Locke.

Sbakspears. 2. Endued with powers equal to any par

Notwithstanding thy capacity

Receiveth as the sea, nought enters tbere, ticular thing

Of what validity and pitch soe'er, To say, that the more capable, or the better But falls into abatement and low price. deserver, hath such right to govern, as he may

Sbaksfcere. compulsorily bring under the less worthy, is For they that most and greatest things embrace, idle.

Bacon. Enlarge thereby their mind's capacity, When you hear any person give his judgment, As streams enlarg'd, enlarge the channel's space. consider with yourself whether he be a capable

Dasic:. judge.

Watts. Space, considered in length, breadth, and 3. Intelligent ; able to understand.

thickness, I think, may be called capacity. Loode. Look you, how pale he glares; 2. Room ; space. His form and cause conjoin'd, preaching to stones, There remained, in the capacity of the ere Would make them capable. Sbaksp. Hamlet. hausted cylinder, store of little rooms, or spaces, Inteilectually capacious; able to receive. empty or devoid of air.

Boyle I am much bound to God, that he hath en 3. The force or power of the mind. dued you with one capable of the best instruc No intellectual creature is able, by capacity, to tions.

Digby. do that which nature doch without capacity and 5. Susceptible.


Hooler. The soul, immortal substance, to remain

In spiritual natures, so much as there is of den Conscious of joy, and capable of pain. Prior.

sire, so much there is also of capacity to receive. 6. Qualified for ; without any natural im I do not say, there is always a capacity to receive pediment.

the very thing they desire, for that may be ime There is no man that believes the goodness possible.

Soutb. of God, but must be inclined to think, that he An heroic poem requires the accomplishment hath made some things for as long a duration as of some extraordinary undertaking; which re they are capable of.

Tillotson. quires the duty of a soldier, and the capacity and 7. Qualified for ; without legal impedi prudence of a general. Dryden's Jus. Dedication. ment.

4. Power ; ability. Of my land,

Since the world's wide frame does not include Loyal and natural boy! I'll work the means

A cause with such capacities endued, To make thee capuvie. Sbar speare's King Lear.

Some other cause o'er nature must preside. 8. It has the particle of before a noun.

Blacksert. What secret springs their eager passions inove,

S. State ; condition; character. How capable of death for injur'd love! Drydni.

A miraculous revolution, reducing many from Hollow. This sense is not now in use. 9.

the head of a triumphant rebellion to their old Lean but upon a rush,

condition of masons, smiths, and carpenters; The cicatrice, and capable impressure,

that, in this capacity, they might repair what, 'Thy pulin some moments keeps. Sbakspeare.

as colonels and captains, they had ruined and defaced.

Soutb. CA'PABLENESS. n. s. [from capable.] You desire my thoughts as a friend, and not as

The quality or state of being capable ; a member of parliament; they are the same in knowledge; understanding; power of both capacities.

Saift. mind.

CAPA'RISON. n. s. [caparazon, a great CAPACIOUS. adj. [capax, Lat.]

cloak, Span.) A horse-cloth, or a 1. Wide ; large; able to hold much. sort of cover for a borse, which is spread Beneath th' incessant weeping of those drains

over his furniture. Farrier's Dici. . I see the rocky siphons stretch'd immense,

Tilting furniture, Embluzon'd shields, The mighty reservoirs of harden'd chalk

Impresses quaint, caparisons, and steeds, Or stiff compacted clay, capacious found.

Bases, and tinsel (rappings, gorgeous knights, Tbomson's Autumn.

At joust and tournament. Paradise Lauf 2. Extensive ; equal to much knowledge, Some wore a breast plate, and a light juppon; or great design.

Their horses cloath'd with rich caparison. Dryde There are some persons of a good genius, and To CAPA'RISON. v. a. (from the noun] a capacious mind, who write and speak very obo scurely.


1. To dress in caparisons.

The steeds caparison'd with purple stand, CAP.A'CIOUSNESS. n. s. [from capacious.]

With golden crappings, glorious to be bold, The power of holding or receiving ; And dhamp betwixs their teeth the foaming largeness.


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