(Mag*nil"o*quent) a. [L. magnus great + loquens, -entis, p. pr. of loqui to speak. See
Magnitude, Loquacious.] Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent.
(Mag*nil"o*quous) a. [L. magniloquus.] Magniloquent. [Obs.]
(Mag"ni*tude) n. [L. magnitudo, from magnus great. See Master, and cf. Maxim.]
1. Extent of dimensions; size; applied to things that have length, breadth, and thickness.
Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed amongst themselves, that the intervals of empty
spaces between them may be equal in magnitude to them all.Sir I. Newton.
2. (Geom.) That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.
3. Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like.
4. Greatness; grandeur. "With plain, heroic magnitude of mind." Milton.
5. Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.
The magnitude of his designs.Bp. Horsley. Apparent magnitude (Opt.), the angular breadth of an object viewed as measured by the angle which
it subtends at the eye of the observer; called also apparent diameter. Magnitude of a star (Astron.),
the rank of a star with respect to brightness. About twenty very bright stars are said to be of first
magnitude, the stars of the sixth magnitude being just visible to the naked eye. Telescopic stars are
classified down to the twelfth magnitude or lower. The scale of the magnitudes is quite arbitrary, but by
means of photometers, the classification has been made to tenths of a magnitude.
(Mag*no"li*a) n. [NL. Named after Pierre Magnol, professor of botany at Montpellier, France,
in the 17th century.] (Bot.) A genus of American and Asiatic trees, with aromatic bark and large sweet-
scented whitish or reddish flowers.
Magnolia grandiflora has coriaceous shining leaves and very fragrant blossoms. It is common from North
Carolina to Florida and Texas, and is one of the most magnificent trees of the American forest. The
sweet bay (M. glauca)is a small tree found sparingly as far north as Cape Ann. Other American species
are M. Umbrella, M. macrophylla, M. Fraseri, M. acuminata, and M. cordata. M. conspicua and M.
purpurea are cultivated shrubs or trees from Eastern Asia. M. Campbellii, of India, has rose-colored or
Magnolia warbler (Zoöl.), a beautiful North American wood warbler The rump and under parts are
bright yellow; the breast and belly are spotted with black; the under tail coverts are white; the crown is
(Mag*no`li*a"ceous) a. (Bot.) Pertaining to a natural order (Magnoliaceæ) of trees of
which the magnolia, the tulip tree, and the star anise are examples.
(||Mag"num) n. [Neut. sing. of L. magnus great.]
1. A large wine bottle.
They passed the magnum to one another freely.Sir W. Scott.
2. (Anat.) A bone of the carpus at the base of the third metacarpal bone.