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8 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, noun; pl. {Ordinaries} (-r[i^]z).

1. (Law) (a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation. (b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also, a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to perform divine service for condemned criminals and assist in preparing them for death. (c) (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.

2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]

I see no more in you than in the ordinary Of nature's salework. --Shak.

3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution. [R.]

Spain had no other wars save those which were grown into an ordinary. --Bacon.

4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.

Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and other ordinaries. --Sir W. Scott.

5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged; a table d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room. --Shak.

All the odd words they have picked up in a coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as flowers of style. --Swift.

He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and peddlers and to ordinaries. --Bancroft.

6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or ten which are in constant use. The {bend}, {chevron}, {chief}, {cross}, {fesse}, {pale}, and {saltire} are uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See {Subordinary}.

{In ordinary}. (a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a foreign court. (b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a naval vessel.

{Ordinary of the Mass} (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass which is the same every day; -- called also the {canon of the Mass}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\, noun Paleness; pallor. [R.] --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Paled} (p[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Paling}.] To turn pale; to lose color or luster. --Whittier.

Apt to pale at a trodden worm. --Mrs. Browning.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\, verb (used with an object) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

The glowworm shows the matin to be near, And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\ (p[=a]l), adjective [Compar. {Paler} (p[=a]l"[~e]r); superl. {Palest}.] [F. p[^a]le, fr. p[^a]lir to turn pale, L. pallere to be or look pale. Cf. {Appall}, {Fallow}, {pall}, verb (used without an object), {Pallid}.]

1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. "Pale as a forpined ghost." --Chaucer.

Speechless he stood and pale. --Milton.

They are not of complexion red or pale. --T. Randolph.

2. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.

The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick; It looks a little paler. --Shak.

Note: Pale is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-faced, pale-looking, etc.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\, noun [F. pal, fr. L. palus: cf. D. paal. See {Pole} a stake, and 1st {Pallet}.]

1. A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket.

Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down. --Mortimer.

2. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade. "Within one pale or hedge." --Robynson (More's Utopia).

3. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively. "To walk the studious cloister's pale." --Milton. "Out of the pale of civilization." --Macaulay.

4. Hence: A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated. [PJC]

5. A stripe or band, as on a garment. --Chaucer.

6. (Her.) One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.

7. A cheese scoop. --Simmonds.

8. (Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

{English pale}, {Irish pale} (Hist.), the limits or territory in Eastern Ireland within which alone the English conquerors of Ireland held dominion for a long period after their invasion of the country by Henry II in 1172. See note, below.

{beyond the pale} outside the limits of what is allowed or proper; also, outside the limits within which one is protected. --Spencer. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Note: The English Pale. That part of Ireland in which English law was acknowledged, and within which the dominion of the English was restricted, for some centuries after the conquests of Henry II. John distributed the part of Ireland then subject to England into 12 counties palatine, and this region became subsequently known as the Pale, but the limits varied at different times. [Century Dict., 1906]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pale \Pale\, verb (used with an object) To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.

[Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in With rocks unscalable and roaring waters. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pale

adjective

1: very light colored; highly diluted with white; "pale seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"

2: (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn" [syn: {pale}, {pallid}, {wan}, {sick}]

3: lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness; "a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance" [syn: {pale}, {pallid}]

4: abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed" [syn: {pale}, {pallid}, {wan}]

5: not full or rich; "high, pale, pure and lovely song"

noun

1: a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: {picket}, {pale}]

verb

1: turn pale, as if in fear [syn: {pale}, {blanch}, {blench}]

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