to make rough, harsh, or uneven:
a voice asperated by violent emotion.
(of plant parts) having a rough surface due to a covering of short stiff hairs
1650s, “make rough,” from Latin asperatus, past participle of asperare “to roughen, make rough, exasperate,” from asper “rough” (see asperity). Related: Asperated; asperating.
. Historical Examples The conductors having been drawn in, a preparation of asphaltum and linseed oil was forced into the piping to serve as insulation. The Wonder Book of Knowledge Various The paving, or repaving, of all the streets with the best quality of asphaltum. Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter Clean the case thoroughly and […]
(of a reflecting surface or lens) deviating slightly from a perfectly shape and relatively free from aberrations.
- Aspherical surface
noun (photog) a lens or mirror surface that does not form part of a sphere and is used to reduce aberrations
any of various southern European plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, of the lily family, having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters. any of various other plants, as the daffodil. Historical Examples His favourite plants were the vine, ivy, laurel, and asphodel. Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome E.M. Berens […]