(Gove) n. [Also goaf, goof, goff.] A mow; a rick for hay. [Obs.] Tusser.
(Gov"ern) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Governed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Governing.] [OF. governer, F. gouverner,
fr. L. gubernare to steer, pilot, govern, Gr. kyberna^n. Cf. Gubernatorial.]
1. To direct and control, as the actions or conduct of men, either by established laws or by arbitrary
will; to regulate by authority. "Fit to govern and rule multitudes." Shak.
2. To regulate; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to manage; as, to govern the life; to govern a horse.
Govern well thy appetite.Milton.
3. (Gram.) To require to be in a particular case; as, a transitive verb governs a noun in the objective
case; or to require (a particular case); as, a transitive verb governs the objective case.
(Gov"ern), v. i. To exercise authority; to administer the laws; to have the control. Dryden.
(Gov"ern*a*bil"i*ty) n. Governableness.
(Gov"ern*a*ble) a. [Cf. F. gouvernable.] Capable of being governed, or subjected to
authority; controllable; manageable; obedient. Locke.
(Gov"ern*a*ble*ness), n. The quality of being governable; manageableness.
(Gov"ern*al Gov"ern*ail) n. [Cf. F. gouvernail helm, rudder, L. gubernaculum.] Management; mastery.
[Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.
(Gov"ern*ance) n. [F. gouvernance.] Exercise of authority; control; government; arrangement.
Chaucer. J. H. Newman.
(Gov"ern*ante") n. [F. gouvernante. See Govern.] A governess. Sir W. Scott.
(Gov"ern*ess) n. [Cf. OF. governeresse. See Governor.] A female governor; a woman
invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of
children, usually in their homes.
1. Holding the superiority; prevalent; controlling; as, a governing wind; a governing party in a state. Jay.
2. (Gram.) Requiring a particular case.
(Gov"ern*ment) n. [F. gouvernement. See Govern.]
1. The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as,
civil, church, or family government.
2. The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
That free government which we have so dearly purchased, free commonwealth.Milton.
3. The right or power of governing; authority.
I here resign my government to thee.Shak.