(Em`phy*sem"a*tous) a. [Cf. F. emphysémateux.] (Med.) Pertaining to, or of the
nature of, emphysema; swelled; bloated.
(||Em`phy*teu"sis) n. [L., fr. Gr. lit., an implanting, fr. to plant or improve land; in + to plant.]
(Rom. Law) A real right, susceptible of assignment and of descent, charged on productive real estate,
the right being coupled with the enjoyment of the property on condition of taking care of the estate and
paying taxes, and sometimes a small rent. Heumann.
(Em`phy*teu"tic) a. [L. emphyteuticus.] Of or pertaining to an emphyteusis; as, emphyteutic
(Em`phy*teu"ti*ca*ry) n. [L. emphyteuticarius, a.] One who holds lands by emphyteusis.
(Em*pierce") v. t. [Pref. em- + pierce. Cf. Impierce.] To pierce; to impierce. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Em*pight") a. [Pref. em- + pight pitched, fixed.] Fixed; settled; fastened. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Em"pire) n. [F., fr. L. imperium a command, sovereignty, dominion, empire, fr. imperare. See
Emperor; cf. Imperial.]
1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. "The empire of the sea." Shak.
Over hell extendMilton.
His empire, and with iron scepter rule.
2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor
usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms
of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire.
Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government.C. J. Smith.
3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason.
"Under the empire of facts." M. Arnold.
Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men.A. W.
Ward. Celestial empire. See under Celestial. Empire City, a common designation of the city of New
York. Empire State, a common designation of the State of New York.
Syn. Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty; government; kingdom; realm; state.
(Em*pir"ic) n. [L. empiricus an empiric, Gr. experienced, equiv. to in + a trial, experiment; akin
to ford, way, and E. fare: cf. F. empirique. See In, and Fare.]
1. One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.
2. One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially,
in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed
pretender; a quack; a charlatan.
Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics.Krauth-Fleming.
Swallow down opinions as silly people do empirics' pills.Locke.
(Em*pir"ic Em*pir"ic*al) a.