(Am`i*an"thus) n. [L. amiantus, Gr. (lit., unsoiled stone) a greenish stone, like asbestus; 'a
priv. + to stain, to defile; so called from its incombustibility.] (Min.) Earth flax, or mountain flax; a soft
silky variety of asbestus.
Amic acid (Chem.), one of a class of nitrogenized acids somewhat resembling amides.
(Am"ic) a. [L. ammonia + - ic.] (Chem.) Related to, or derived, ammonia; used chiefly as a
suffix; as, amic acid; phosphamic acid.
(Am`i*ca*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being amicable; friendliness; amicableness. Ash.
(Am"i*ca*ble) a. [L. amicabilis, fr. amicus friend, fr. amare to love. See Amiable.] Friendly; proceeding
from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable disposition, or
That which was most remarkable in this contest was . . . the amicable manner in which it was managed. Amicable action (Law.), an action commenced and prosecuted by amicable consent of the parties, for
the purpose of obtaining a decision of the court on some matter of law involved in it. Bouvier. Burrill.
Amicable numbers (Math.), two numbers, each of which is equal to the sum of all the aliquot
parts of the other.
Syn. Friendly; peaceable; kind; harmonious. Amicable, Friendly. Neither of these words denotes
any great warmth of affection, since friendly has by no means the same strength as its noun friendship.
It does, however, imply something of real cordiality; while amicable supposes very little more than that
the parties referred to are not disposed to quarrel. Hence, we speak of amicable relations between two
countries, an amicable adjustment of difficulties. "Those who entertain friendly feelings toward each
other can live amicably together."
(Am"i*ca*ble*ness) n. The quality of being amicable; amicability.
(Am"i*ca*bly), adv. In an amicable manner.
(Am"ice) n. [OE. amyse, prob. for amyt, OF. amit, ameit, fr. L. amictus cloak, the word being
confused with amice, almuce, a hood or cape. See next word.] A square of white linen worn at first
on the head, but now about the neck and shoulders, by priests of the Roman Catholic Church while
(Am"ice), n. [OE. amuce, amisse, OF. almuce, aumuce, F. aumusse, LL. almucium, almucia,
aumucia: of unknown origin; cf. G. mütze cap, prob. of the same origin. Cf. Mozetta.] (Eccl.) A hood,
or cape with a hood, made of lined with gray fur, formerly worn by the clergy; written also amess,
amyss, and almuce.
(A*mid") prep. See Amidst.
Acid amide, a neutral compound formed by the substitution of the amido group for hydroxyl in an acid.
(Am"ide) n. [Ammonia + - ide.] (Chem.) A compound formed by the union of amidogen with
an acid element or radical. It may also be regarded as ammonia in which one or more hydrogen atoms
have been replaced by an acid atom or radical.
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