End-irons to Ensign
End-irons Two movable iron cheeks or plates, still used in cooking-stoves to enlarge or contract the grate at pleasure. The term explains itself, but must not be mistaken for andirons or "dogs."
End Paper The blank fly-leaves of a book.
End of the World (The). According to rabbinical mythology, the world is to last six thousand years. The
reasons assigned are (1) because the name Jehova contains six letters; (2) because the Hebrew letter
m occurs six times in the book of Genesis; (3) because the patriarch Enoch, who was taken to heaven
without dying, was the sixth generation from Adam (Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch); (4)
because God created the world in six days; (5) because six contains three binaries - the first 2000 years
were for the law of nature, the next 2000 years the written law, and the last 2000 the law of grace.
Endemic Pertaining to a locality. An endemic disease is one common to a particular district, from which it shows no tendency to spread. Thus intermittent fevers are endemic in marshy places.
Endorse I endorse that statement. I accept it; I fully accord with it. The allusion is to the commercial practice of writing your name on the back of a bill of exchange or promissory note if you choose to make yourself responsible for it. (Latin, in-dorsum, on the back.)
Endymion in Greek mythology, is the setting sun with which the moon is in love. Endymion was condemned
to endless sleep and everlasting youth, and Selene kisses him every night on the Latmian hills.
"The moon sleeps with Endymion,Enemy How goes the enemy? or What says the enemy? What o'clock is it? Time is the enemy of man, especially of those who are behind time.
Enfant Terrible (An) [lit., a terrible child]. A moral or social nuisance.
Enfield Rifle So called from the factory at Enfield where it is made.
Enfilade (French) means literally to spin out; to put thread in [a needle], as enfiler une aiguille; to string beads by putting them on a thread, as enfiler des perles. Soldiers being compared to thread, we get the following metaphors: to go through a place as thread through a needle - to string artillery by placing it in a line and directing it against an enemy; hence, to scour or rake with shot.
England Verstegan quaintly says that Egbert was "chiefly moved" to call his kingdom England "in respect
of Pope Gregory's changing the name of Engelisce into Angellyke. " And this "may have moved our
kings upon their best gold coins to set the image of an angel." (Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in
Antiquities concerning ... the English Nation, p. 147.)
England Expects that Every Man will do his Duty The parole signalled by Horatio Nelson to his fleet before the battle of Trafalgar.
England's Darling Hereward the Wake, in the time of William the Conqueror. The "Camp of Refuge" was established in the Isle of Ely, and the Earl of Morcar joined it in 1071. It was blockaded for three months by William, and Hereward (3 syl.) with some of his followers escaped.
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