(Glad"i*ole) n. [L. gladiolus a small sword, the sword lily, dim. of gladius sword. See Glaive.]
(Bot.) A lilylike plant, of the genus Gladiolus; called also corn flag.
(Gla*di"o*lus) n.; pl. L. Gladioli E. Gladioluses [L. See Gladiole.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of plants having bulbous roots and gladiate leaves, and including many species,
some of which are cultivated and valued for the beauty of their flowers; the corn flag; the sword lily.
2. (Anat.) The middle portion of the sternum in some animals; the mesosternum.
(||Gla"di*us) n.; pl. Gladii [L., a sword.] (Zoöl.) The internal shell, or pen, of cephalopods like
(Glad"ly) adv. [From Glad, a.]
1. Preferably; by choice. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. With pleasure; joyfully; cheerfully; eagerly.
The common people heard him gladly.Mark xii. 37.
(Glad"ness) n. [AS. glædnes.] State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness.
They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.Acts ii. 46.
Gladness is rarely or never equivalent to mirth, merriment, gayety, and triumph, and it usually expresses
less than delight. It sometimes expresses great joy.
The Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day.Esther viii. 17.
(Glad"ship), n. [AS. glædscipe.] A state of gladness. [Obs.] Gower.
1. Pleased; joyful; cheerful.
2. Causing joy, pleasure, or cheerfulness; having the appearance of gayety; pleasing.
Of opening heaven they sung, and gladsome day.Prior.
Glad"some*ly, adv. Glad"some*ness, n.
Hours of perfect gladsomeness.Wordsworth.
(Glad"stone) n. [Named after Wm. E. Gladstone.] A four-wheeled pleasure carriage with
two inside seats, calash top, and seats for driver and footman.
(Glad"wyn) n. (Bot.) See Gladen.
(Glair) n. [F. glaire, glaire d'uf, the glair of an egg, prob. fr. L. clarus clear, bright. See Clear,
1. The white of egg. It is used as a size or a glaze in bookbinding, for pastry, etc.
2. Any viscous, transparent substance, resembling the white of an egg.
3. A broadsword fixed on a pike; a kind of halberd.