variant of before a vowel.
Cf. Perrine’s negative results for Swift’s comet in 1899, astr.
A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
. (initial capital letter) Horticulture. a tart, usually red or yellow variety of apple. a fur of young lambs, with lustrous, closely curled wool, from Astrakhan. Also called astrakhan cloth. a fabric with curled pile resembling astrakhan fur. Historical Examples He wore a dark blue silk blouse; and in the streets, on cold days, a […]
astride with one leg on each side of; astride: sitting astraddle a fence. Historical Examples astraddle on Tono-Bungay, he flashed athwart the empty heavens—like a comet—rather, like a stupendous rocket! Tono Bungay H. G. Wells Having careered, plunging and tugging and side-stepping, until she was astraddle of the outside trace, Jenny stopped. The Pike’s Peak […]
(in higher vertebrates) one of the proximal bones of the tarsus; talus. Historical Examples astragalus is common on the borders of the fields, and in some of them Ervum, Lamium and Vicia. Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The William Griffith The fibula articulates with the calcaneum, and the astragalus is very […]
a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads. Compare . a plain convex molding; bead. a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts. Historical Examples The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the […]