1. The act of tasking food; the act of consuming or corroding.
2. Something fit to be eaten; food; as, a peach is good eating. [Colloq.]
Eating house, a house where cooked provisions are sold, to be eaten on the premises.
Eau de Cologne
(||Eau` de Co*logne") [F. eau water (L. aqua) + de of + Cologne.] Same as Cologne.
Eau de vie
(||Eau` de vie") [F., water of life; eau (L. aqua) water + de of + vie (L. vita) life.] French
name for brandy. Cf. Aqua vitæ, under Aqua. Bescherelle.
(Eave"drop`) n. A drop from the eaves; eavesdrop. [R.] Tennyson.
(Eaves) n. pl. [OE. evese, pl. eveses, AS. efese eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG. obisa, opasa,
porch, hall, MHG. obse eaves, Icel. ups, Goth. ubizwa porch; cf. Icel. upsar- dropi, OSw. opsä-
drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E. over. The s of eaves is in English
regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop.]
1. (Arch.) The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off
the water that falls on the roof.
2. Brow; ridge. [Obs.] "Eaves of the hill." Wyclif.
3. Eyelids or eyelashes.
And closing eaves of wearied eyes.Tennyson. Eaves board (Arch.), an arris fillet, or a thick board with a feather edge, nailed across the rafters at
the eaves of a building, to raise the lower course of slates a little, or to receive the lowest course of
tiles; called also eaves catch and eaves lath. Eaves channel, Eaves gutter, Eaves trough.
Same as Gutter, 1. Eaves molding (Arch.), a molding immediately below the eaves, acting as a
cornice or part of a cornice. Eaves swallow (Zoöl.). (a) The cliff swallow; so called from its habit
of building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of buildings. See Cliff swallow, under Cliff. (b)
The European swallow.
(Eaves"drop`) v. i. [Eaves + drop.] To stand under the eaves, near a window or at the
door, of a house, to listen and learn what is said within doors; hence, to listen secretly to what is said
To eavesdrop in disguises.Milton.
(Eaves"drop`), n. The water which falls in drops from the eaves of a house.
(Eaves"drop`per) n. One who stands under the eaves, or near the window or door of a
house, to listen; hence, a secret listener.
(Eaves"drop`ping) n. (Law) The habit of lurking about dwelling houses, and other places
where persons meet for private intercourse, secretly listening to what is said, and then tattling it abroad.
The offense is indictable at common law. Wharton.
(Ebb) n. (Zoöl.) The European bunting.
(Ebb), n. [AS. ebba; akin to Fries. ebba, D. eb, ebbe, Dan. & G. ebbe, Sw. ebb, cf. Goth.
ibuks backward; prob. akin to E. even.]
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