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the male head of a family or tribal line. a person regarded as the father or founder of an order, class, etc. any of the very early Biblical personages regarded as the fathers of the human race, comprising those from Adam to Noah (antediluvian patriarchs) and those between the Deluge and the birth of Abraham. […]
an upright ornament at the eaves of a tiled roof, to conceal the foot of a row of convex tiles that cover the joints of the flat tiles. an ornament above the top molding of a cornice. Historical Examples The antefix has the breadth of a hole and one eighth, and the thickness of one […]
a bending forward of an organ, especially of the body of the uterus. Historical Examples If anteflexion be present, the anterior lip of the cervix should be seized with the volsella and fixed by slight traction. A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4) Various anteflexion an·te·flex·ion (ān’tē-flěk’shən) n. A sharp forward curve or […]
a room or serving as a waiting room and entrance to a larger . Historical Examples No word came from the palace, no Secret Service officers came to report to her, no courtiers thronged the antehall. A German Pompadour Marie Hay Passing through the antehall, he gained admission to Eberhard Ludwig’s apartment. A German Pompadour […]
- Ante meridian
occurring before noon. of or relating to the forenoon. adjective before noon; in the morning