(Cis"tern) n. [OE. cisterne, OF. cisterne, F. cisterne, fr. L. cisterna, fr. cista box, chest. See
Cist, and cf. chest.]
1. An artificial reservoir or tank for holding water, beer, or other liquids.
2. A natural reservoir; a hollow place containing water. "The wide cisterns of the lakes." Blackmore.
(Cist"ic) a. See Cystic.
(Cit) n. [Contr. fr. citizen.] A citizen; an inhabitant of a city; a pert townsman; used contemptuously.
"Insulted as a cit". Johnson
Which past endurance sting the tender cit.
(Cit"a*ble) a. Capable of being cited.
Syn. Stronghold. See Fortress.
(Cit"a*del) n. [F. citadelle, It. citadella, di. of citt city, fr. L. civitas. See City.] A fortress in
or near a fortified city, commanding the city and fortifications, and intended as a final point of defense.
(Cit"al) n. [From Cite]
1. Summons to appear, as before a judge. [R.] Johnson
2. Citation; quotation [R.] Johnson.
(Ci*ta"tion) n. [F. citation, LL. citatio, fr.L. citare to cite. See Cite]
1. An official summons or notice given to a person to appear; the paper containing such summons or
2. The act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words; also, the passage
or words quoted; quotation.
This horse load of citations and fathers.
3. Enumeration; mention; as, a citation of facts.
4. (Law) A reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law.
(Ci*ta"tor) n. One who cites. [R]
(Ci"ta*to*ry) a. [LL. citatirius.] Having the power or form of a citation; as, letters citatory.
(Cite) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cited; p. pr. & vb. n. Citing] [F. citer, fr. L. citare, intens. of cire,
ciere, to put in motion, to excite; akin to Gr. to go, Skr. to sharpen.]
1. To call upon officially or authoritatively to appear, as before a court; to summon.
The cited dead,
Of all past ages, to the general doom
Cited by finger of God.
2. To urge; to enjoin. [R.] Shak.