to lick. See Lick, and cf. Eclegm.] (Med.) A medicine composed of powders, or other ingredients,
incorporated with some convserve, honey, or sirup; a confection. See the note under Confection.
(El`ee*mos"y*na*ri*ly) adv. In an eleemosynary manner; by charity; charitably.
(El`ee*mos"y*na*ry) a. [LL. eleemosynarius, fr. eleemosyna alms, Gr. alms. See Alms.]
1. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, an eleemosynary
2. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance. "Eleemosynary
3. Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.
(El`ee*mos"y*na*ry), n.; pl. Eleemosynaries One who subsists on charity; a dependent.
(El"e*gance El"e*gan*cy) n. [L. elegantia, fr. elegans, - antis, elegant: cf. F. élégance.]
1. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence
of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; said
of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc.
That grace that elegance affords.Drayton.
The endearing elegance of female friendship.Johnson.
A trait of native elegance, seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was
shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers.Hawthorne.
2. That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive.
The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art.Spectator.
Syn. Elegance, Grace. Elegance implies something of a select style of beauty, which is usually
produced by art, skill, or training; as, elegance of manners, composition, handwriting, etc.; elegant furniture; an
elegant house, etc. Grace, as the word is here used, refers to bodily movements, and is a lower order
of beauty. It may be a natural gift; thus, the manners of a peasant girl may be graceful, but can hardly
be called elegant.
(El"e*gant) a. [L. elegans, -antis; akin to eligere to pick out, choose, select: cf. F. élégant. See
1. Very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement,
and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness,
freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant
style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure.
A more diligent cultivation of elegant literature.Prescott.
2. Exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste.
Syn. Tasteful; polished; graceful; refined; comely; handsome; richly ornamental.
(El"e*gant*ly), adv. In a manner to please nice taste; with elegance; with due symmetry; richly.