(I*dol"o*clast) n. [Gr. idol + to break.] A breaker of idols; an iconoclast.
(I*dol`o*graph"ic*al) a. [Idol + -graph.] Descriptive of idols. [R.] Southey.
(I"dol*ous) a. Idolatrous. [Obs.] Bale.
(I*do"ne*ous) a. [L. idoneus.] Appropriate; suitable; proper; fit; adequate. [R.]
An ecclesiastical benefice . . . ought to be conferred on an idoneous person.Ayliffe.
(Id*or"gan) n. [Gr. form + E. organ.] (Biol.) A morphological unit, consisting of two or more
plastids, which does not possess the positive character of the person or stock, in distinction from the
physiological organ or biorgan. See Morphon.
(Id"ri*a*line Id"ri*a*lite) n. [Cf. F. idrialine.] (Min.) A bituminous substance obtained from the
mercury mines of Idria, where it occurs mixed with cinnabar.
(Id`u*me"an) a. Of or pertaining to ancient Idumea, or Edom, in Western Asia. n. An
inhabitant of Idumea, an Edomite.
(I"dyl) n. [L. idyllium, Gr. fr. form; literally, a little form of image: cf. F. idylle. See Idol.] A short
poem; properly, a short pastoral poem; as, the idyls of Theocritus; also, any poem, especially a narrative
or descriptive poem, written in an eleveted and highly finished style; also, by extension, any artless and
easily flowing description, either in poetry or prose, of simple, rustic life, of pastoral scenes, and the like.
[Written also idyll.]
Wordsworth's solemn-thoughted idyl.Mrs. Browning.
His [Goldsmith's] lovely idyl of the Vicar's home.F. Harrison.
(I*dyl"lic) a. Of or belonging to idyls.
(I. e.) Abbreviation of Latin id est, that is.
(If) conj. [OE. if, gif, AS. gif; akin to OFries. ief, gef, ef, OS. ef, of, D. of, or, whether, if, G. ob
whether, if, OHG. oba, ibu, Icel. ef, Goth. iba, ibai, an interrogative particle; properly a case form of
a noun meaning, doubt (cf. OHG. iba doubt, condition, Icel. if, ef, ifi, efi), and therefore orig. meaning,
on condition that.]
1. In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; introducing a condition or supposition.
Tisiphone, that oft hast heard my prayer,Pope.
Assist, if &OEligdipus deserve thy care.
If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.Matt. iv. 3.
2. Whether; in dependent questions.
Uncertain if by augury or chance.Dryden.
She doubts if two and two make four.Prior. As if, But if. See under As, But.
(I' faith") In faith; indeed; truly. Shak.
(I*fere") a. [Corrupted fr. in fere.] Together. [Obs.] Chaucer.