Askance to Asphyctic
(A*skance" A*skant") adv. [Cf. D. schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte
slope. Cf. Asquint.] Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion.
They dart away; they wheel askance.
My palfrey eyed them askance.
Both . . . were viewed askance by authority.
(A*skance"), v. t. To turn aside. [Poet.]
O, how are they wrapped in with infamies
That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes!
(Ask"er), n. One who asks; a petitioner; an inquirer. Shak.
(Ask"er), n. [A corruption of AS. aexe lizard, newt.] (Zoöl.) An ask; a water newt. [Local Eng.]
(A*skew"), adv. & a. [Pref. a- + skew.] Awry; askance; asquint; oblique or obliquely; sometimes
indicating scorn, or contempt, or entry. Spenser.
1. The act of inquiring or requesting; a petition; solicitation. Longfellow.
2. The publishing of banns.
(A*slake") v. t. & i. [AS. aslacian, slacian, to slacken. Cf. Slake.] To mitigate; to moderate; to
appease; to abate; to diminish. [Archaic] Chaucer.
(A*slant") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + slant.] Toward one side; in a slanting direction; obliquely.
[The shaft] drove through his neck aslant.
(A*slant"), prep. In a slanting direction over; athwart.
There is a willow grows aslant a brook.
(A*sleep"), a. & adv. [Pref. a- + sleep.]
1. In a state of sleep; in sleep; dormant.
Fast asleep the giant lay supine.
By whispering winds soon lulled asleep.
2. In the sleep of the grave; dead.
Concerning them which are asleep . . . sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1 Thess. iv.
3. Numbed, and, usually, tingling. Udall.
Leaning long upon any part maketh it numb, and, as we call it, asleep.
(A*slope") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + slope.] Slopingly; aslant; declining from an upright direction; sloping.
"Set them not upright, but aslope." Bacon.
(A*slug") adv. [Pref. a- + slug to move slowly.] Sluggishly. [Obs.] Fotherby.