(Al*lot`ro*pic"i*ty) n. Allotropic property or nature.
(Al*lot"ro*pism Al*lot"ro*py) n. [Gr. other + direction, way, to turn: cf. F. allotropie.] (Chem.)
The property of existing in two or more conditions which are distinct in their physical or chemical relations.
Thus, carbon occurs crystallized in octahedrons and other related forms, in a state of extreme hardness,
in the diamond; it occurs in hexagonal forms, and of little hardness, in black lead; and again occurs in a
third form, with entire softness, in lampblack and charcoal. In some cases, one of these is peculiarly an
active state, and the other a passive one. Thus, ozone is an active state of oxygen, and is distinct from
ordinary oxygen, which is the element in its passive state.
(Al*lot"ro*pize) v. t. To change in physical properties but not in substance. [R.]
(Al*lot"ta*ble) a. Capable of being allotted.
(Al*lot`tee") n. One to whom anything is allotted; one to whom an allotment is made.
(Al*lot"ter) n. One who allots.
(Al*lot"ter*y) n. Allotment. [Obs.] Shak.
(Al*low") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Allowing.] [OE. alouen, OF. alouer,
aloer, aluer, F. allouer, fr. LL. allocare to admit as proved, to place, use; confused with OF. aloer, fr.
L. allaudare to extol; ad + laudare to praise. See Local, and cf. Allocate, Laud.]
1. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. [Obs. or Archaic]
Ye allow the deeds of your fathers.
Luke xi. 48.
We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.
2. To like; to be suited or pleased with. [Obs.]
How allow you the model of these clothes?
3. To sanction; to invest; to intrust. [Obs.]
Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power.
4. To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow
a free passage; to allow one day for rest.
He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year.
5. To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to
allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.
I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible.