(-a"na) [The neut. pl. ending of Latin adjectives in - anus.] A suffix to names of persons or places,
used to denote a collection of notable sayings, literary gossip, anecdotes, etc. Thus, Scaligerana is a
book containing the sayings of Scaliger, Johnsoniana of Johnson, etc.
Used also as a substantive; as, the French anas.
It has been said that the table-talk of Selden is worth all the ana of the Continent.
(An`a*bap"tism) n. [L. anabaptismus, Gr. 'anabaptismo`s: cf. F. anabaptisme. See Anabaptize.]
The doctrine of the Anabaptists.
(An`a*bap"tist) n. [LL. anabaptista, fr. Gr. as if 'anabaptisth`s: cf. F. anabaptiste.] A name
sometimes applied to a member of any sect holding that rebaptism is necessary for those baptized in
In church history, the name Anabaptists usually designates a sect of fanatics who greatly disturbed the
peace of Germany, the Netherlands, etc., in the Reformation period. In more modern times the name
has been applied to those who do not regard infant baptism as real and valid baptism.
(An`a*bap*tis"tic An`a*bap*tis"tic*al) a. Relating or attributed to the Anabaptists, or their
doctrines. Milton. Bp. Bull.
(An`a*bap"tist*ry) n. The doctrine, system, or practice, of Anabaptists. [R.]
Thus died this imaginary king; and Anabaptistry was suppressed in Munster.
(An`a*bap*tize") v. t. [Gr. fr. again + to baptize. See Baptize.] To rebaptize; to rechristen; also,
to rename. [R.] Whitlock.
(||An"a*bas) n. [Gr. p. p. of to advance.] (Zoöl.) A genus of fishes, remarkable for their power
of living long out of water, and of making their way on land for considerable distances, and for climbing
trees; the climbing fishes.
(||A*nab"a*sis) n. [Gr. fr. to go up; up + to go.]
1. A journey or expedition up from the coast, like that of the younger Cyrus into Central Asia, described
by Xenophon in his work called "The Anabasis."
The anabasis of Napoleon.
2. (Med.) The first period, or increase, of a disease; augmentation. [Obs.]
(An`a*bat"ic) a. Pertaining to anabasis; as, an anabatic fever. [Obs.]
(An`a*bol"ic) a. [Gr. something heaped up; + a stroke.] (Physiol.) Pertaining to anabolism; an
anabolic changes, or processes, more or less constructive in their nature.
(A*nab"o*lism) n. (Physiol.) The constructive metabolism of the body, as distinguished
(An`a*camp"tic) a. [Gr. to bend back; back + to bend.] Reflecting of reflected; as, an anacamptic
The word was formerly applied to that part of optics which treats of reflection; the same as what is now
called catoptric. See Catoptrics.