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TAU'NDERCLAP. n. s. [thunder and clap.] from thor. Thor was the son of Odin; Explosion of thunder.
yet in some of the northern parts they The kindly bird that bears Jove's thunderclap, worshipped the supreme deity under One day did scorn the simple scarabee,
his name, attributing the power over Proud of his highest service, and good hap,
all things, even the inferiour deities, to That made all other fowls his thralls to be.
him. Stilling fleet.] The fifth day of When some dreadful thunderclap is nign,
When suddenly the thunderclap was heard, It cannot be that they who speak :bus, should It took us unprepar'd, and out of guard. Dryden. thus judge.
Husker. THU'NDERER. n. s. [from thunder.] The The knight him calling, asked who he was?
Who, lifting up his head, him answer'd tbus. power that thunders. How dare you, ghosts,
I return'd with similar proof enough, Accuse the thunderer, whose bolt you know,
With tokens tbus, and thus. Sbakspeare. Sky-planted, batters all rebelling coasts? Sbaks.
To be thus is nothing; Had the old Greeks discover'd your abode,
But to be safely tbus. Crete had n't been the cradle of their god;
Sbaksprart, On that smali island they had look'd with scorn,
I have sinned against the Lord, and thus and thus have I done.
Josbus. And in Great Britain thought the thunderer born.
The Romans used a like wise endeavour, and When the bold Typheus
whiles in a higher, in a wiser strain, making conForc'd great Jove from his own heav'n to fly,
cord a deity; thus seeking peace, not by an oath, but by prayer.
Heyday. The lesser gods, that shar'd his prosp'rous state, All suffer'd in the exil'd tbunderer's fate. Dryd.
That the principle that sets on work these or
gans is nothing else but the modification of matTHU'NDEROUS. adj. (from thunder. ] Pro
ter thus or thus posited, is falso. ducing thunder.
Beware, I warn thee yet, to tell thy griefs Look in and see each blissful deity,
In terms becoming majesty to hear:
I warn thee tbus, because I know thy temper
Dryden. THU'NDERSHOWER. n. s. [thunder and Thus in the triumphs of soft peace I reign. shower.] A rain accompanied with thun
All were attentive to the godlike man, der. The conceit is long in delivering, and at last it
When from his lofty couch he thus began. Dryl. comes like a thundersbower, full of sulphur and 2. To this degree; to this quantity. darkness, with a terrible crack. Stilling fleet. A counsellor of state in Spain said to his ma
In tbundersbowers the winds and clouds are ster, I will tell your majesty tbus much for your oftentimes contrary to one another, especially if comfort, your majesty hath but two enenues; hail falls, the sultry weather below directing the whereof the one is all the world, and the other wind one way, and the cold above the clouds an
your own ministers.
Derbam. Even thus wise, that is, thus peaceable, were THU'NDERSTONE. n. s. [thunder and very heathens; thus peaceable among themselves, stone.} A stone fabulously supposed to
though without grace; bus peaceable by vise
nature very like grace. be emitted by thunder; thunderbolt.
He said, Thus far extend, thus far thy bouncs. Fear no more the lightning flash, Nor th' all-dreaded thunderstone. Sbakspeare.
Thus much concerning the first earth, and its To THU'NDERSTRIKE. v. a. (thunder and production and form.
Bract. strike. ]
No man reasonably pretends to know tbus 1. To blast or hurt with lightning.
much, but he must pretend to know all things
Tillet sor. I remained as a man thunderstricken, not daring, nay not able, to behold that power. Sidney.
This you must do to inherit life; and if you The overthrown he rais'd, and as a herd
have coine up thus far, firmly persevere in it.
Waks. Of goats, or tim'rous flock, together throng'd, Drove them before him thunderstruck. Milton. To THWACK. v.a. [Baccian, Saxon.] To With the voice divine
strike with something blunt and heavy; Nigh thunderstruck, th'exalted man, to whom
to thrash ; to bang; to belabour. A Such high attest was giv'n, a while survey'd
ludicrous word. With wonder.
He shall not stay; 'T is said that thunderstruck Enceladus
We'll thwack him hence with distaffs. Sbaisp. Lies stretch'd supine.
Nick feil foul upon John Bull, to snatch the 2. To astonish with any thi terrible.
cudgel he had in his hand, that he might towack Fcare from our hearts tooke
Lewis with it.
Arbutbret. The very life; to be so tbunderstrooke
These long fellows, as sightly as they are, should With such a voice.
find their jackets well thwacked. Arbutbnst. THURI'FEROUS. adj. [thurifer, Latin.] Bearing frankincense.
THWACK. 1. s. (from the verb.) A heavy THURIFICA’TION. 1. s. [thuris and facia,
But Talgol first with a hard tbwack Latin.] The act of fuming with incense;
Twice bruis'd his head, and twice his back. the act of burning incense.
Hudibras. The several acts of worship which are require They place several pots of rice, with cudgels ed to be performed to images are processions, in the neighbourhood of each pot; the monkeys genuflections, thurifications, deosculations, and descend from the trees, take up the arms, apd oblations.
Stilling fleet. belabour one another with a storm of tbwacks. THU'RSDAY. n. so (thorsgday, Danish;
THwArt. adj. [Jpyn, Sax. dwars, Dut.]
Come high or low, 1. Transverse ; cross to something else.
Thyself and office deftly show.
Shakspeares This else to several spheres thou must ascribe,
It must and shall be so; content tby;elf: Mov'd contrary with thwart obliquities. Milt.
2. In poetical or solemn language it is 2. Perverse; inconvenient ; mischievous. To THWART. v. a.
sometimes used in the nominative. 1. To cross; to lie or come cross any
These goods thyself can on tbyself bestow.
TI'AR. n. s. (tiare, Fr. tiara, Lat.] Swift as a shooting star
dress for the head; a diadem. In autumn tbwarts the night.
His back was turn'd, but not his brightness Yon stream of light, a thousand ways
hid; Upward and downward ibwarting and convolv'd.
Of beaming sunny rays a golden tiar
Milton. 2. To cross; to oppose; to traverse ; to
This royal robe and this tiara wore contravene.
Old Priam, and this golden sceptre bore Some sixteen months and longer might have In full assemblies.
A fiar wreath'd her head with many a fold, If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. Sbaks. Her waist was circled with a zone of gold. Pope. Lesser had been
Fairer she seem'd, distinguish'd from the rest, The tbwartings of your dispositions, if
And better mien disclos'd, as better drest: You had not shew'd how you were dispos'd A bright tiara round her forehead ty'd Ere they lack power to cross you. Sbakspeare. To juster bounds confin'd its rising pride. Prior.
The understanding and will then never dis To lice. v. a. (from entice.] To draw ; agreed; for the proposals of the one never thwarted the inclinations of the other. Soutb.
Lovely enchanting language, sugar-cane,
Honey of roses, whither wilt thou fly?
Hath some fond lover tic'd thee to thy bane?
And wilt thou leave the church, and love a sty? In vain did I the godlike youth deplore: The more I begg'd, they thwarted me the more.
Tick. n. s. [This word seems contracted Neptune aton'd, his wrath shall now refrain, from ticket, a tally on which debts are Or thavart the synod of the gods in vain. Pope. scored.)
By thwarting passions tost, by cares opprest, 1. Score; trust. · He found the tempest pictur'd in his breast.
If thou hast the heart to try 't,
Young. I'll lend thee back thyself awhile, To THWAR T. v. n. To be in opposition And once more for that carcase vile to.
Fight upon tice.
Hudibras. It is easy to be imagined what reception any When the money is got into hands that have proposition shall find, that shall at all thwart bought all that they have need of, whoever needs with these internal oracles.
Locke. any thing else must go on tick, or barter for it. THwA'RTING, N. so [from thwart.] The
You would see him in the kitchen weighing act of crossing, &c. as the verb.
the beef and butter, paying ready money, that THWA’RTINGLY.adv. (from thwarting.]
the maids might not run a tick at the market. Oppositely; with opposition.
Arbuthnot. Thy. pronoun. [ðin, Saxon.) Of thee; be
2. (tique, Fr. teke, Dut.] The louse of dogs longing to thee; relating to thee: the
or sheep. possessive of thou. See Thou.
Would the fountain of your mind were clear Whatever God did say,
again, that I might water an ass at it! I had raIs all tby clear and smooth uninterrupted way; ther be a tick in a sheep, than such a valiant ignoCowley.
Sbakspeare. Th'example of the heavenly lark,
3. The case which holds the feathers of a Tby fellow poet, Cowley, mark. Cowley. bed.
These are thy works, parent of good! Milton. Tó TICK. v. n. (from the noun.] THYINE wood. n. s. A precious wood.
1. To run on score. The merchandize of gold and all thyine wood are departed from thee.
2. To trust ; to score. THYME. n. s. (thym, Fr. thymus, Lat.]
The money went to the lawyers; council won't tick.
TICKEN. The thyme hath a labiated flower, consisting of
2 n. s. The same with tick. one leaf, whose upper lip is erect, and generally TICKING.) A sort of strong linen for split in two, and the under lip is divided into bedding.
Bailey. three parts; out of the flower-cup arises the Ti'cket. n. s. [etiquet, Fr.] A token of pointal, accompanied by four embrios, which af
any right or debi, upon the delivery of terward become so many seeds, inclosed in a husk, which before was the flower-cup; to these
which admission is granted, or a claim marks must be added hard ligneous stalks, and
acknowledged. the flowers gathered into heads. Miller.
There should be a paymaster appointed, of No more, my goats, shall I behold you climb
special trust, which should pay every man acThe steepy cliffs, or crop the flow'ry tbyme.
cording to his captain's ticket, and the account of Dryden. the clerk of his band.
Spenser. THYSELF. pronoun reciprocal. [thy and
In a lottery with one prize, a single ticket is self:]
only enriched, and the rest are all blanks.
Collier. 1. It is commonly used in the oblique Let fops or fortune fly which way they will, cases, or following the verb.
Disdains all loss of tickets or codillo, Popes
To TICKLE. v. a. [titilla, Latin.) TI'CKTACK. 1. s. strictrac, Fr.] A game 1. To affect with a prurient sensation by at tables. slight touches.
TID. adj. [zydder, Sax.] Tender; soft; Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant nice. Can tickle where she wounds! The mind is moved in grcat vehemency only To TIDDLE. I V. a. [from tid.) To use
Shakspeare. Ti'dBIT. n. s. (tid and bit.] A dainty. by tickling some parts of the body.
There is a sweetness in good verse, which To Ti’DDER. S tenderly ; to fondle. tiskles even while it häirts; and no man can be TIDE. n. s. [eys, Saxon ; tijd, Dutch and beartily angry with him who pleases him against Islandick.] his will.
Dryden. 1. Time ; season ; while. It is a good thing to laugh at any rate; and if
There they alight, in hope themselves to hide a strav can tickle a man, it is an instrument of
From the fierce heat, and rest their weary limbs happiness.
Spenser. %. To please by slight gratifications.
They two forth passing Dametas, that of all manners of stile could best
Received those two fair brides, their love's deconceive of golden eloquence, being withal dicke
light, bed by Musidorus's praises, had his brain so Which, at the appointed tide, turned, that he became slave to that which he
Each one did make his bride. Spewr. . that sued to be his servant offered to give him.
What hath this day deserv'd,
Sidney. That it in golden letter should be set
Among the high tides in the kalendar? Sbalsp. Sets all on hazard.
Sbakspeare. At New-year's tide following, the king chose Such a nature him master of the horse.
Wotton. Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow 2. Alternate ebb and Aow of the sea. Which je treads on at noon. Shakspeare. That motion of the water called tides is a riso I cannot rule my spleen;
ing and falling of the sea : the cause of this is My scorn rebels, and tickles me within. Dryder. the attraction of the moon, whereby the part of Dunce at the best; in streers but scarce allow'd
the water in the great ocean which is nearest To tickle, on thy straw, the stupid crowd. Dryd, A drunkard the habitual thirst after his cups
the moon, being most strongly attracted, is rais
ed higher than the rest; and the part opposite drives to the tavern, though he has in his view
to it being least attracted, is also higher than the the loss of health, apd perhaps of the joys of
rest; and these two opposite rises of the surface another life, the least of which is such a good
of the water in the great ocean following the as he confesses is far greater than the tickling of
motion of the moon from east to west, and strike his palate with a glass of wine.
ing against the large coasts of the continents, To TICKLE. v. i. To feel titillation.
from thence rebound back again, and so make He with sccret juy therefore
floods and ebbs in narrow seas and rivers. Locks Did tickle inwardly in every vem,
3. Commotion ; violent confluence. And his faisc heari, fraught with all treason's
As the tides of people once up there want store,
not stirring winds to make them more rough, Was fill'd with hope his purpose to obtain.
so this people did light upon two ring leaders. Sponser,
Bacon TI'CKIE. adj. (I know not whence to de
4. Stream ; course. duce the sense of this word.] Tottering; Thou art the ruins of the noblest man unfixed; unstable : easily overthrown. That ever lived in the tide of times. Sbakspeart. When the last O'Neal began to stand upon
The rapid currents drive some tickle terms, this fellow, called baron of Towards the retreating sea their furious tide. Dungonnon, was set up to beard him. Spenser.
Milter. Thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, But let pot all the gold which Tagus hides, that á milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it And pays the sea in tributary tides,
Be bribe sufficient to corrupt thy breast,
Or violate with dreams thy peaceful rest. Dryde Stands on a tickle point, now they aregone.
Flows from th' exhilarating fount. Philias.
T. TIDE. v. TI'CKLISH. adj. (from tickle.]
a. (from the noun.] To
drive with the stream. 1. Sensible to titillation ; easily tickled. The palm of the hand, though it hath as thin
Their images, the relicks of the wreck, a skin as the other parts, yet is not ticklisb, be
Torn from the naked poop, are tided back cause it is accustomed to be touched. Bacon.
By the wild waves, and rudely thrown ashore.
Drydes. 2. Tottering; uncertain ; 'unfixed.
To Tide, v. n. To pour a flood; to be Ireland was a ticklish and unsettled state, more
agitated by the tide. easy to receive distempers and mutations than
When from his dind the foe still baclevard England was.
shrunk, Did it stand upon so ticklish and tottering a
Wading within the Ouse, he dealt his blows, foundation as some men's fancy hath placed it, it would be no wonder should it frequently vary.
And sent them, rolling, co the tiding Humber.
TI'DEGATE. 1. s. [tide and gate.) A gate 3. Difficult ; nice. How shall our author hope a gentle fate,
through which the tide passes into a basin.
Bailes. Who dares most impudently not translate? It had been civil, in these ticklish times,
TI'DESMAN. n. s. [tide and man.) A tideTo fetch his fools and knaves froin foreign waiter or customhouse officer, who climes.
Swift. watches on board of merchant-ships till TI'CKLISHNESS.». s. [from ticklish.] The the duty of goods be paid, and the ships state of being ticklish.
Ti'deWAITER. n. s. [tide and wait.) An but as these would be very much strengthened officer who watches the landing of goods
by reason and principle, so without them they at the customhouse.
are only instincts.
Addison. Employments will be in the hands of English
5. To oblige ; to constrain; to restrain ; men; nothing left for Irishmen but vicarages and to confine. tide waiters places.
Szeift. Although they profess they agree with us Ti'o!ly. adv. [from tidy.] Neatly ;
touching a prescript form of prayer to be used readily.
in the church, they have declared that it shall Ti'diness. n. s. [from tidy.] Neatness ;
not be prescribed as a thing whereunto they will tie their ministers.
It is the cowish terrour of his spirit, TI'DINGS. 1. s. (zidan, Saxon, to happen, That dares not undertake; he'll not feel wrongs to beiide ; tidende, Islandick.] News; an
Which tie him to an answer. Sbakspeare.
Cannot God make any of the appropriate acts account of something that has happened; incidents related.
of worship to become due only to himself? can
not he tie us to perform them to him? Stillingfi. When her eyes she on the dwarf had set,
They tic themselves so strictly to unity of And saw the signs that deadly tidings spake, She fell to ground for sorrowful regret. Spenser.
place, that you never see in any of their plays a
scene change in the middle of an act. I shall make my master glad with these tidings.
Dryden. Not tied to rules of policy, you find Sbukspeare.
Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. Dryd. They win
No one seems less tied up to a form of words. Great numbers of each nation to receive,
Locke, With joy, the tidings brought from beav'n. Milt.
The mind should, by several rules, be tied down Portius, thy looks speak somewhat of im
to this, at first, uneasy task; use will give it faportance :
Locke. What taings dost thou bring ? methinks I see
They have no uneasy expectations of what is Unusual gladness sparkling in thy eyes. Addis.
to come, but are ever tied down to the present The messenger of these glad tidings, by whom this covenant of mercy was proposed and rati
A healthy man ought not to tie himself up to fied, was the eternal Son of his bosum. Rogers.
strict rules, nor to abstain from any sort of food TI'DY. adj. (tidt, Islandick.]
in common use.
Arbuthnote 1. Seasonable.
6. It may be observed of tie, that it has If weather be faire and tidie, thy grain
often the particles up and down joined to Make speedilie carriage, for feare of a raine,
it, which are, for the most part, little 2. Neat; ready.
more than emphatical, and which, when Whenever by yon barley-mow ! pass,
united with this word, have åt least con. Before my eyes will trip the tidy lass. Gay. sequentially the same meaning. 3. It seems to be here put by mistake or TIE. n. s. (from the verb.] irony for untidy.
1. Knot; fastening. Thou whorson tidy Bartholomew boar-pig, 2. Bond ; obligation. when wilt thou leave fighting? Shakspeare. The rebels that had shaken off the great yoke T. Tie. v. a. (uan, rizan, Saxon.]
of obedience, had likewise cast away the lesser 1. To bind; to fasten with a knot.
tie of respect.
Bacon. Tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves
No forest, cave, or savage den, home from them.
1 Samuel Holds more pernicious beasts than men; Thousands of men and women, tied together
Vows, oaths, and contracts, they devise, in chains, were, by the cruel Turks, entorced And tell us they are sacred ties. to run as fast as their horses.
Knolles. 3. A knot of bair. 2. To knit; to complicate.
The well-swoln ties an equal homage claim, We do not tie this knot with an intention to
And either shoulder has its share of fame. puzzle the argument; but the harder it is tied, we shall feel the pleasure more sensibly when Tier. n. s. (tiere, tieire, old French ; tuger, we come to loose it.
Dutch.) A row; a rank. 3. To hold ; to fasten; to join so as not
Fornovius, in his choler, discharged a tier of easily to be parted,
great ordnance amongst the thickest of them. In bond of virtuous love together tied,
Knolles. Together serv'd they, and together died. Fairf: TIERCE. n. s. [tiers, tiercier, Fr.] A vessel
The intermediate ideas tie the extremes so firmly together, and the probability is so clear, holding the third part of a pipe. that assent necessarily follows it. Locke. Go now deny his tierce.
Ben Jonsoro Certain theorems resolve propositions which Wit, like tierce claret, when 't begins to pall, depend on them, and are as firmly made out Neglected lies, and 's of no use at all; from thence, as if the mind went afresh over But in its full perfection of decay every link of the whole chain that ties them to Turns vinegar, and comes again in play.' Dorset. first self-evident principles.
Ti'ERCET. n. s. [from tiers, Fr.] A trip4. To hinder; to obstruct: with up in
let ; three lines. tensive.
Tiff. n. s. [A low word, I suppose with, Death, that hath ta'en her hence to make me
I. Liquor; drink.
I, whom griping penury surrounds,
And hunger, sure attendant upon want,
With scanty offals, and small açid tiff, Restrains my tongue, but ties not up my sword.
Wretched repast! my meagre corps sustain. Waller.
Philips. Honour and good-nature may tie up his hands;
2. A fit of peevishness or sullenness ; a pet.
Goddess, spread thy reiga till Isis elders reel.
T. TILL, V. a. (tylian, Saxon; tenler,
To TIFF. v. n. To be in a pet ; to quar 2. It is in Sbakspeare the name of a dog, rel. A low word.
in which sense it is used in Scotland. TI'FFANY. 1. s. (tiffer, to dress up, old [from tiik, Runick, a little dog.] French; Skinner.] Very thin silk.
Avaunt, you curs ! The sinoak of sulphur will not black a paper,
Hound or spaniel, brache or lym, and is commonly used by women to whiten tif Or bobtail tike, or trundle tail. Sbakspeare. fanies.
Brown. TILE. n. s. [rigle, Saxon ; tegel, Dutch; Tige. n. s. [In architecture.] The shaft tuile, Fr. tegola, Italian.] Thin plates of
of a column from the astragal to the baked clay used to cover houses. capital.
Bailey. The roof is all tile, or lead, or stone. Bacon. TIGER. n. s. (tigre, Fr. tigris, Latin.) A
Earth turned into brick serveth for building
as stone doth; and the like of tile. fierce beast of the leonine kind. When the blast of war blows in your ear,
In at the window he climbs, or o'er the tiles.
Milton Then imitate the action of the tiger : Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. Sbaks.
Worse than all the clatt'ring tiles, and worse
Than thousand padders was the poet's curse. Dry. Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, The arm’d rhinoceros, or Hyrcanian tiger;
Tile pins made of oak or fir they drive into Take any shape but that, and my firın nerves
holes made in the plain tiles, to hang them upon their lathing
Moxan , Shall never tremble.
Sbakspeare To Tile. v. a. [from the noun.]
1. To cover with tiles. E'er plow'd for him?
Thomson. Moss groweth chiefly upon ridges of houses Tight. adj. [dicht, Dutch.]
tiled or thatched.
Вас. 1. Tense; close ; not loose.
Sonnets or elegies to Chloris If the centre holes be not very deep, and the
Might raise a house above two stories; pikes fill them not very tight, the strength of the
A lyrick ode would slate; a catch string will alter the centre holes. Moxon.
Would tile; an epigram would thatch. Swift. I do not like this running knot, it holds too
2. To cover as tiles. tight; I may be stifled all of a sudden. Arbuth.
The rafters of my body, bone, Every joint was well grooved; and the door Being still with you, the muscle, sinew and vein, did not move on hinges, but up and down like
Which tile this house, will come again. Dərn. a sash, which kept my closet so tight that very Ti'LER. n. s. (tuilier, Fr. from tile.] One little water caine in.
Swift. whose trade is to cover houses with tiles. 2. Free from fluttering rags; less than A Flemish tiler, falling from the top of a neat.
house upon a Spaniard, killed him ; the next of A tight maid, ere he for wine can ask,
the blood prosecuted his death; and when he Guesses his meaning, and unoils the flask.
was offered pecuniary recompence, nothing Dryden.
would serve him but lex talionis : whereupon The girl was a tight clever wench as any.
the judge said to him, he should go up to the Arbuthnot. top of the house, and then fall down
upon o Thomas, I 'll make a loving wife;
Bacon. I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.
Ti'ling. 1. s. [from tile.] The roof Drest her again genteel and neat,
covered with tiles. And rather tight than great.
They went upon the house-top, and let him To TI'GHTEN. v. a. [from tight.] To
· down through the tiling with his couch before straiten ; to make close.
Till. n. s. A money box in a shop. Ti'ghter. . s. [from tighten.] A riband They break up counters, doors and tills, or string by which women straiten their And leave the empty chests in view.
Till. prep. [zıl, Saxon.] To the time of. Tightly. adv. (from tight.]
Unhappy slave, and pupil to a bell, 1. Closely; not loosely.
Unhappy till the last, the kind releasing knell.
Cowky. 2. Neatly; not idly. Hold, sirrah, bear you these letters tightly;
To the present time.
Pleasure not known till now.
Till then. To that time.
The earth till then was desert,
Dryden. 1. To the time when. TIGHTNESS. 1, s. [from tigbt.]
Woods and rocks had ears 1. Closeness ; not Loseness.
To rapture, till the savage clamour drown'd The bones are inflexible; which arises from Both harp and voice. the greatness of the number of corpuscles that The unity of place we neither find in Aristocompose them, and the firmness and tightness of tle, Horace, or any who have written of it, till their union.
in our age the French poets first made it a pre2. Neatness.
cept TI'GRESS. n. s. [from tiger. ] The female
2. To the degree that. of the tiger.
Meditate so long till you make some act of It is reported of the tigress, that several spots
prayer to God, or glorification of him. Taylor. rise in her skin when she is angry.
To this strange pitch their high assertions flew,
Till Nature's self scarce look'd on them as two. Tike. n. s. (tik, Swedish ; teke, Dutch ;
tique, French.] 1. The louse of dogs or sheep. See Tick.
Lice and tikes are bred by the sweat close kept, and somewhat arefied by the hair. Bacon. Dutch.) To cultivate ; to husband :
of the stage.