(||A"ri*a) n. [It., fr. L. aër. See Air.] (Mus.) An air or song; a melody; a tune.
The Italian term is now mostly used for the more elaborate accompanied melodies sung by a single
voice, in operas, oratorios, cantatas, anthems, etc., and not so much for simple airs or tunes.
(Ar"ian) a. & n. (Ethnol.) See Aryan.
(A"ri*an) a. [L. Arianus.] Pertaining to Arius, a presbyter of the church of Alexandria, in the
fourth century, or to the doctrines of Arius, who held Christ to be inferior to God the Father in nature
and dignity, though the first and noblest of all created beings. n. One who adheres to or believes
the doctrines of Arius. Mosheim.
(A"ri*an*ism) n. The doctrines of the Arians.
(A"ri*an*ize) v. i. To admit or accept the tenets of the Arians; to become an Arian.
(A"ri*an*ize), v. t. To convert to Arianism.
(Ar"i*cine) n. [From Arica, in Chile.] (Chem.) An alkaloid, first found in white cinchona bark.
(Ar"id) a. [L. aridus, fr. arere to be dry: cf. F. aride.] Exhausted of moisture; parched with heat; dry; barren.
"An arid waste." Thomson.
(A*rid"i*ty) n.; pl. Aridities [L. ariditas, fr. aridus.]
1. The state or quality of being arid or without moisture; dryness.
2. Fig.: Want of interest of feeling; insensibility; dryness of style or feeling; spiritual drought. Norris.
(Ar"id*ness) n. Aridity; dryness.
(A"ri*el) n., or A"ri*el ga*zelle" [Ar. aryil, ayyil, stag.] (Zoöl.) (a) A variety of the gazelle found
in Arabia and adjacent countries. (b) A squirrel-like Australian marsupial, a species of Petaurus. (c)
A beautiful Brazilian toucan Ramphastos ariel).
(||A"ri*es), n. [L.]
1. (Astron.) (a) The Ram; the first of the twelve signs in the zodiac, which the sun enters at the vernal
equinox, about the 21st of March. (b) A constellation west of Taurus, drawn on the celestial globe in
the figure of a ram.
2. (Rom. Antiq.) A battering-ram.
(Ar"i*e*tate) v. i. [L. arietatus, p. p. of arietare, fr. aries ram.] To butt, as a ram. [Obs.]
(Ar`i*e*ta"tion) n. [L. arietatio.]
1. The act of butting like a ram; act of using a battering-ram. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. Act of striking or conflicting. [R.] Glanvill.
(||A`ri*et"ta Ar`i*ette") n. [It. arietta, dim. of aria; F. ariette.] (Mus.) A short aria, or air. "A
military ariette." Sir W. Scott.
(A*right") adv. [Pref. a- + right.] Rightly; correctly; in a right way or form; without mistake or
crime; as, to worship God aright.