(An`a*trep"tic) a. [overturning, fr. to turn up or over; + too turn.] Overthrowing; defeating;
applied to Plato's refutative dialogues. Enfield.
(||An"a*tron) n. [F. anatron, natron, Sp. anatron, natron, fr. Ar. al- natrun. See Natron,
1. Native carbonate of soda; natron.
2. Glass gall or sandiver.
3. Saltpeter. Coxe. Johnson.
(A*nat"ro*pal A*nat"ro*pous) a. (Bot.) Having the ovule inverted at an early period in its
development, so that the chalaza is as the apparent apex; opposed to orthotropous. Gray.
(A*nat"to) n. Same as Annotto.
(An"bur*y Am"bur*y) n. [AS. ampre, ompre, a crooked swelling vein: cf. Prov. E. amper a
tumor with inflammation. Cf. the first syllable in agnail, and berry a fruit.]
1. (Far.) A soft tumor or bloody wart on horses or oxen.
2. A disease of the roots of turnips, etc.; called also fingers and toes.
(-ance). [F. -ance, fr. L. -antia and also fr. - entia.] A suffix signifying action; also, quality or state; as,
assistance, resistance, appearance, elegance. See -ancy.
All recently adopted words of this class take either -ance or -ence, according to the Latin spelling.
(An"ces*tor) n. [OE. ancestre, auncestre, also ancessour; the first forms fr. OF. ancestre,
F. ancêtre, fr. the L. nom. antessor one who goes before; the last form fr. OF. ancessor, fr. L. acc.
antecessorem, fr. antecedere to go before; ante before + cedere to go. See Cede, and cf. Antecessor.]
1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of
time; a progenitor; a fore father.
2. (Biol.) An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
3. (Law) One from whom an estate has descended; the correlative of heir.
(An`ces*to"ri*al) a. Ancestral. Grote.
(An`ces*to"ri*al*ly), adv. With regard to ancestors.
(An*ces"tral) a. Of, pertaining to, derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors; as,
an ancestral estate. "Ancestral trees." Hemans.
(An"ces*tress) n. A female ancestor.
(An"ces*try) n. [Cf. OF. ancesserie. See Ancestor.]
1. Condition as to ancestors; ancestral lineage; hence, birth or honorable descent.
Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.
2. A series of ancestors or progenitors; lineage, or those who compose the line of natural descent.