Empress cloth, a cloth for ladies' dresses, either wholly of wool, or with cotton warp and wool weft. It resembles merino, but is not twilled.

(Em*poi"son) v. t. [F. empoisonner; pref. em- + F. poison. See Poison, and cf. Impoison.] To poison; to impoison. Shak.

(Em*poi"son), n. Poison. [Obs.] Remedy of Love.

(Em*poi"son*er) n. Poisoner. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Em*poi"son*ment) n. [F. empoisonnement.] The act of poisoning. Bacon.

(Em`po*ret"ic Em`po*ret"ic*al) a. [L. emporeticus, Gr. . See Emporium.] Pertaining to an emporium; relating to merchandise. [Obs.] Johnson.

(Em*po"ri*um) n.; pl. Emporiums L. Emporia [L., fr. Gr. fr. belonging to commerce, fr. traveler, trader; in + way through and over, path. See In, and Empiric, Fare.]

1. A place of trade; a market place; a mart; esp., a city or town with extensive commerce; the commercial center of a country.

That wonderful emporium [Manchester] . . . was then a mean and ill-built market town.

It is pride . . . which fills our streets, our emporiums, our theathers.

2. (Physiol.) The brain. [Obs.]

(Em*pov"er*ish) v. t. See Impoverish.

(Em*pow"er) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Empowered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Empowering.]

1. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force); as, the Supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases, civil or criminal; the attorney is empowered to sign an acquittance, and discharge the debtor.

2. To give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to. "These eyes . . . empowered to gaze." Keble.

(Em"press) n. [OE. empress, emperice, OF. empereis, empereris, fr. L. imperatrix, fem. of imperator. See Emperor.]

1. The consort of an emperor. Shak.

2. A female sovereign.

3. A sovereign mistress. "Empress of my soul." Shak.

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