having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified: able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote. having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.: an able leader. showing talent, skill, or knowledge: an able speech. legally empowered, qualified, or authorized. (usually initial capital letter) a code word […]
serving to cleanse. a cleansing agent.
; reddened. Historical Examples In place of the tavern a cotton-field was ablush with blossoms. The Cavalier George Washington Cable Cherry and apple trees drooped over the wall; these had ceased blossoming, but a tangle of wild-rose bushes was all ablush. Different Girls Various Presently Rowena returned, all ablush with joyous excitement, and begged for […]
(of the hands, body, etc.) thoroughly washed.
a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual. the liquid thus used. Usually, ablutions. a washing of the hands, body, etc. Historical Examples The ablution ought, strictly, to be performed once in every twenty-four hours. Little Masterpieces of Science: Health and Healing Various This ablution made him clean, but did not […]