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(As*tric"tion) n. [L. astrictio.]

1. The act of binding; restriction; also, obligation. Milton.

2. (Med.) (a) A contraction of parts by applications; the action of an astringent substance on the animal economy. Dunglison. (b) Constipation. Arbuthnot.

3. Astringency. [Obs.] Bacon.

4. (Scots Law) An obligation to have the grain growing on certain lands ground at a certain mill, the owner paying a toll. Bell.

The lands were said to be astricted to the mill.

(As*tric"tive) a. Binding; astringent.n. An astringent.As*tric"tive*ly, adv.

(As*tric"to*ry) a. Astrictive. [R.]

(A*stride") adv. [Pref. a- + stride.] With one leg on each side, as a man when on horseback; with the legs stretched wide apart; astraddle.

Placed astride upon the bars of the palisade.
Sir W. Scott.

Glasses with horn bows sat astride on his nose.

(As*trif"er*ous) a. [L. astrifer; astrum star + ferre to bear.] Bearing stars. [R.] Blount.

(As*tringe") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astringed (-trinjd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Astringing ] [L. astringere; ad + stringere to draw tight. Cf. Astrict, and see Strain, v. t.]

1. To bind fast; to constrict; to contract; to cause parts to draw together; to compress.

Which contraction . . . astringeth the moisture of the brain and thereby sendeth tears into the eyes.

2. To bind by moral or legal obligation. Wolsey.

(As*trin"gen*cy) n. The quality of being astringent; the power of contracting the parts of the body; that quality in medicines or other substances which causes contraction of the organic textures; as, the astringency of tannin.

(As*trin"gent) a. [L. astringens, p. pr. of astringere: cf. F. astringent. See Astringe.]

1. Drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; — opposed to laxative; as, astringent medicines; a butter and astringent taste; astringent fruit.

2. Stern; austere; as, an astringent type of virtue.

(As*trin"gent), n. A medicine or other substance that produces contraction in the soft organic textures, and checks discharges of blood, mucus, etc.

External astringents are called styptics.

(As*trin"gent*ly), adv. In an astringent manner.

(As*trin"ger) n. [OE. ostreger, OF. ostrucier, F. autoursier, fr. OF. austour, ostor, hawk, F. autour; cf. L. acceptor, for accipiter, hawk.] A falconer who keeps a goshawk. [Obs.] Shak. Cowell. [Written also austringer.]

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