(Ex*e"qui*al) a. [L. exequialis, exsequialis, fr. exsequiae exequies.] Of or pertaining to
(Ex*e"qui*ous) a. Funereal. [Obs.] Drayton.
(Ex"e*quy) n.; pl. Exequies [L. exequiae, exsequiae, a funeral procession, fr. exsequi to
follow out: cf. OF. exeques. See Exequte.] A funeral rite (usually in the plural); the ceremonies of burial; obsequies; funeral
But see his exequies fulfilled in Rouen.Shak.
(Ex*er"cent) a. [L. exercents, -entis, p. pr. of exercere. See Exercise.] Practicing; professional.
[Obs.] "Every exercent advocate." Ayliffe.
(Ex"er*ci`sa*ble) a. That may be exercised, used, or exerted.
(Ex"er*cise) n. [F. exercice, L. exercitium, from exercere, exercitum, to drive on, keep, busy,
prob. orig., to thrust or drive out of the inclosure; ex out + arcere to shut up, inclose. See Ark.]
1. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual
activity; occupation, in general; practice.
exercise of the important function confided by the constitution to the legislature.Jefferson.
O we will walk this world,Tennyson.
Yoked in all exercise of noble end.
2. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to
acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc. "Desire of knightly exercise." Spenser.
An exercise of the eyes and memory.Locke.
3. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as,
to take exercise on horseback.
The wise for cure on exercise depend.Dryden.
4. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty.
Lewis refused even those of the church of England . . . the public exercise of their religion.Addison.
To draw him from his holy exercise.Shak.
5. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing, training, or promoting skill, health, mental,
improvement, moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or prescribed for such ends; hence, a disquisition; a
lesson; a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical exercises; an exercise in composition.
The clumsy exercises of the European tourney.Prescott.
He seems to have taken a degree, and performed public exercises in Cambridge, in 1565.Brydges.
6. That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
Patience is more oft the exerciseMilton. Exercise bone (Med.), a deposit of bony matter in the soft tissues, produced by pressure or exertion.
Of saints, the trial of their fortitude.
(Ex"er*cise) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exercised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Exercising ]