sufficiency or fullness of supply for every want; as, ample stores or resources, ample provision. Copious
carries with it the idea of flow, or of collection at a single point; as, a copious supply of materials. "Copious
matter of my song." Milton. Abundant and plenteous refer to largeness of quantity; as, abundant
stores; plenteous harvests.
(Am*plec"tant) a. [L. amplecti to embrace.] (Bot.) Clasping a support; as, amplectant
(Am"ple*ness) n. The state or quality of being ample; largeness; fullness; completeness.
(Am`plex*a"tion) n. [L. amplexari to embrace.] An embrace. [Obs.]
An humble amplexation of those sacred feet.
(Am*plex"i*caul) a. [L. amplexus, p. p. of amplecti to encircle, to embrace + caulis stem: cf.
F. amplexicaule.] (Bot.) Clasping or embracing a stem, as the base of some leaves. Gray.
(Am"pli*ate) v. t. [L. ampliatus, p. p. of ampliare to make wider, fr. amplus. See Ample.]
To enlarge. [R.]
To maintain and ampliate the external possessions of your empire.
(Am"pli*ate) a. (Zoöl.) Having the outer edge prominent; said of the wings of insects.
(Am`pli*a"tion) n. [L. ampliatio: cf. F. ampliation.]
1. Enlargement; amplification. [R.]
2. (Civil Law) A postponement of the decision of a cause, for further consideration or re-argument.
(Am"pli*a*tive) a. (Logic) Enlarging a conception by adding to that which is already known
"All bodies possess power of attraction" is an ampliative judgment; because we can think of bodies without
thinking of attraction as one of their immediate primary attributes.
Abp. W. Thomson.
(Am*plif"i*cate) v. t. [L. amplificatus, p. p. of amplificare.] To amplify. [Obs.] Bailey.
(Am`pli*fi*ca"tion) n. [L. amplificatio.]
1. The act of amplifying or enlarging in dimensions; enlargement; extension.
2. (Rhet.) The enlarging of a simple statement by particularity of description, the use of epithets, etc.,
for rhetorical effect; diffuse narrative or description, or a dilating upon all the particulars of a subject.
Exaggeration is a species of amplification.
Brande & C.
I shall summarily, without any amplification at all, show in what manner defects have been supplied.
3. The matter by which a statement is amplified; as, the subject was presented without amplifications.
(Am*plif"i*ca*tive) a. Amplificatory.
(Am*plif"i*ca*to*ry) a. Serving to amplify or enlarge; amplificative. Morell.
(Am"pli*fi`er) n. One who or that which amplifies.