(Cau"ter*ism) n. The use or application of a caustic; cautery. Ferrand.
(Cau`ter*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. cautèrisation.] (Med.) The act of searing some morbid part
by the application of a cautery or caustic; also, the effect of such application.
(Cau"ter*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cauterized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cauterizing.] [L. cauterizare,
Gr. fr. a branding iron: cf. F. cautérised.. See cauter.]
1. To burn or sear with a cautery or caustic. Dunglison.
2. To sear, as the conscience. Jer. Taylor.
(Cau"ter*y) n.; pl. Cauteries [L. cauterium, Gr. . See Cauter.]
1. (Med.) A burning or searing, as of morbid flesh, with a hot iron, or by application of a caustic that
will burn, corrode, or destroy animal tissue.
2. The iron of other agent in cauterizing.
Actual cautery, a substance or agent (as a hot iron) which cauterizes or sears by actual heat; or the
burning so effected. Potential cautery, a substance which cauterizes by chemical action; as, lunar
caustic; also, the cauterizing produced by such substance.
(Cau"tion) n. [F. caution a security, L. cautio, fr. cavere (For scavere) to be on one's guard,
to take care (orig.) to be on the watch, see; akin to E. show.]
1. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence
in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.
2. Security; guaranty; bail. [R.]
The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted.
3. Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.
In way of caution I must tell you. Caution money, money deposited by way of security or guaranty, as by a student at an English university.
Syn. Care; forethought; forecast; heed; prudence; watchfulness; vigilance; circumspection; anxiety; providence; counsel; advice; warning; admonition.
(Cau"tion) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cautioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cautioning.] To give notice of
danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed.
You cautioned me against their charms.
1. Conveying a caution, or warning to avoid danger; as, cautionary signals.
2. Given as a pledge or as security.
He hated Barnevelt, for his getting the cautionary towns out of his hands.
3. Wary; cautious. [Obs.] Bacon.