The Dictionary Project is a series of images inspired by the definitions contained in the India Paper Edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language published in 1919.
autograph, n. [L. autographum, neut. of autographus autographic cf. F. autographe] 1. That which is written with one’s own hand; an original, or author’s own, manuscript; a person’s own signature or handwriting.
Words by Patrick Rothfuss, from The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
fragile, a. [L. fragilis, fr. frangere to break : cf. F fragile. See BREAK, v. t. ; cf. FRAIL, a.] 1. Easily broken ; brittle ; frail ; delicate ; easily destroyed. “The stalk of ivy is tough, and not fragile.” Bacon 2. Morally weak ; frail.
gamble, v. i. ; [E. dial. also gammle, prob. fr. ME. gemenen to amuse one’s self, gamen game, amusement. See GAME sport.] 1. To play or game for money or other stake, as at cards, dice, billiards, horseracing, cockfighting, etc. See GAME, v. & n. ; GAMBLING. 2. Hence: To stake money or any other thing of value upon an uncertain event; to hazard something upon a chance; to wager; as, to gamble in stocks or in wheat.
jack, n. 1. [cap.] A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. 2. [cap.] A man of the common people; a fellow; an impertinent or low-bred fellow; a boor. Obs. “Since every Jack became a gentleman, There’s many a gentle person made a Jack.” Shakespeare.
poison n. [F. poison, in OF. also, a potion, fr. L. potio a drink, draft, potion, a poisonous draft, fr. potare to drink. See POTABLE; cf. POTION.] 1. A potion ; esp., a potion containing a noxious or deadly ingredient ; also, such an ingredient.