(Er"e*mite) n. [See Hermit.] A hermit.
Thou art my heaven, and I thy eremite.Keats.
(Er`e*mit"ic Er`e*mit"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to an eremite; hermitical; living in solitude. "An
eremitical life in the woods." Fuller. "The eremitic instinct." Lowell.
(Er"e*mi`tish) a. Eremitic. Bp. Hall.
(Er"e*mit*ism) n. The state of a hermit; a living in seclusion from social life.
(E`rep*ta"tion) n. [L. erepere to creep out; e out + repere to creep.] A creeping forth.
(E*rep"tion) n. [L. ereptio, fr. eripere to snatch away; e out + rapere to snatch.] A snatching
away. [Obs.] Cockeram.
(Er"e*thism) n. [Gr. irritation, fr. to stir, rouse, fr. to stir: cf. F. éréthisme.] (Med.) A morbid
degree of excitement or irritation in an organ. Hoblyn.
(Er`e*this"tic) a. [Gr. irritating.] Relating to erethism.
(Ere`while" Ere`whiles") adv. Some time ago; a little while before; heretofore. [Archaic]
I am as fair now as I was erewhile.Shak.
(||Erf) n.; pl. Erven [D.] A garden plot, usually about half an acre. [Cape Colony]
(Erg) n. (Physics) The unit of work or energy in the C. G. S. system, being the amount of work
done by a dyne working through a distance of one centimeter; the amount of energy expended in moving
a body one centimeter against a force of one dyne. One foot pound is equal to 13,560,000 ergs.
(Er"gat) v. t. [L. ergo therefore.] To deduce logically, as conclusions. [Obs.] Hewyt.
(||Er"go) conj. or adv. [L.] Therefore; consequently; often used in a jocular way. Shak.
(Er"got) n. [F. ergot, argot, lit., a spur.]
1. A diseased condition of rye and other cereals, in which the grains become black, and often spur-
shaped. It is caused by a parasitic fungus, Claviceps purpurea.
2. The mycelium or spawn of this fungus infecting grains of rye and wheat. It is a powerful remedial
agent, and also a dangerous poison, and is used as a means of hastening childbirth, and to arrest bleeding.
3. (Far.) A stub, like soft horn, about the size of a chestnut, situated behind and below the pastern
4. (Anat.) See 2d Calcar, 3 (b).
(Er*got"ic) a. Pertaining to, or derived from, ergot; as, ergotic acid.
(Er"go*tin) n. (Med.) An extract made from ergot.
(Er"go*tine) (Chem.) A powerful astringent alkaloid extracted from ergot as a brown, amorphous,
bitter substance. It is used to produce contraction of the uterus.
(Er"go*tism) n. [F. ergotisme, fr. L. ergo.] A logical deduction. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.