(Ab*la"que*ate) v. t. [L. ablaqueatus, p. p. of. ablaqueare; fr. ab + laqueus a noose.]
To lay bare, as the roots of a tree. [Obs.] Bailey.
(Ab*la`que*a"tion) n. [L. ablaqueatio.] The act or process of laying bare the roots of
trees to expose them to the air and water. [Obs.] Evelyn.
(Ab`las*tem"ic) a. [Gr. 'a priv. + growth.] (Biol.) Non-germinal.
(Ab*la"tion) n. [L. ablatio, fr. ablatus p. p. of auferre to carry away; ab + latus, p. p. of
ferre carry: cf. F. ablation. See Tolerate.]
1. A carrying or taking away; removal. Jer. Taylor.
2. (Med.) Extirpation. Dunglison.
3. (Geol.) Wearing away; superficial waste. Tyndall.
(Ab`la*ti"tious) a. Diminishing; as, an ablatitious force. Sir J. Herschel.
(Ab"la*tive) a. [F. ablatif, ablative, L. ablativus fr. ablatus. See Ablation.]
1. Taking away or removing. [Obs.]
Where the heart is forestalled with misopinion, ablative directions are found needful to unteach error,
ere we can learn truth.
2. (Gram.) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, the fundamental
meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.
ablative absolute, a construction in Latin, in which a noun in the ablative case has a participle (either
expressed or implied), agreeing with it in gender, number, and case, both words forming a clause by
themselves and being unconnected, grammatically, with the rest of the sentence; as, Tarquinio regnante,
Pythagoras venit, i. e., Tarquinius reigning, Pythagoras came.
(Ab"la*tive), (Gram.) The ablative case.
(||Ab"laut) n. [Ger., off-sound; ab off + laut sound.] (Philol.) The substitution of one root vowel
for another, thus indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning; vowel permutation; as, get,
gat, got; sing, song; hang, hung. Earle.
(A*blaze") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + blaze.]
1. On fire; in a blaze, gleaming. Milman.
All ablaze with crimson and gold.
2. In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.
The young Cambridge democrats were all ablaze to assist Torrijos.
(A"ble) a. [Comp. Abler ; superl. Ablest ] [OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or
managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. Habile and see Habit.]
1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]
A many man, to ben an abbot able.