(Con`fer*ree") n. Same as Conferee.
1. One who confers; one who converses. Johnson.
2. One who bestows; a giver.
(Con`fer*ru"mi*na`ted) , a. [L. conferruminare
to cement. See Ferruminate.] (Bot.) Closely united by the coalescence, or sticking together, of contiguous
faces, as in the case of the cotyledons of the live-oak acorn.
(||Con*fer"va) n.; pl. Confervæ [L., a kind of water plant. See Comfrey.] (Bot.) Any unbranched,
slender, green plant of the fresh-water algae. The word is frequently used in a wider sense.
(Con`fer*va"ceous) a. Belonging to the confervae.
(Con*fer"void) a. [Conferva + -oid.] Like, or related to, the confervae. Loudon.
(Con*fer"vous) a. Pertaining to confervae; consisting of, or resembling, the confervae.
Yon exiguous pool's confervous scum.
O. W. Holmes.
(Con*fess") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confessed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Confessing.] [F. confesser,
fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con- + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d
1. To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or
admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt.
And there confess
Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned.
2. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess, also, before my Father which is
Matt. x. 32.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess
Acts xxiii. 8.
3. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
I never gave it him. Send for him hither,
And let him confess a truth.
As I confess it needs must be.
As an actor confessed without rival to shine.
4. (Eccl.) (a) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution;
sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
Our beautiful votary took an opportunity of confessing herself to this celebrated father.