1. Consisting of an oat straw or stem; as, an oaten pipe. Milton.
2. Made of oatmeal; as, oaten cakes.
(Oath) n.; pl. Oaths [OE. othe, oth, ath, AS. að; akin to D. eed, OS. eð, G. eid, Icel. eiðr, Sw.
ed, Dan. eed, Goth. aiþs; cf. OIr. oeth.]
1. A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with a reverent appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed.
"I have an oath in heaven" Shak.
An oath of secrecy for the concealing of those [inventions] which we think fit to keep secret.Bacon.
2. A solemn affirmation, connected with a sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the temple, the
altar, the blood of Abel, the Bible, the Koran, etc.
3. (Law) An appeal (in verification of a statement made) to a superior sanction, in such a form as exposes
the party making the appeal to an indictment for perjury if the statement be false.
4. A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the divine Being, or anything divine or sacred, by
way of appeal or as a profane exclamation or ejaculation; an expression of profane swearing. "A terrible
(Oath"a*ble) a. Capable of having an oath administered to. [Obs.] Shak.
(Oath"break`ing) n. The violation of an oath; perjury. Shak
1. Meal made of oats. Gay.
2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Panicum; panic grass.
(Ob-) [L. ob, prep. Cf. Epi-.] A prefix signifying to, toward, before, against, reversely, etc.; also,
as a simple intensive; as in oblige, to bind to; obstacle, something standing before; object, lit., to throw
against; obovate, reversely, ovate. Ob- is commonly assimilated before c, f, g, and p, to oc-, of-,
og-, and op- .
(Ob"com*pressed") a. [Pref. ob- + compressed.] Compressed or flattened antero-
posteriorly, or in a way opposite to the usual one.
(Ob*con"ic Ob*con"ic*al) a. [Pref. ob- + conic, conical.] Conical, but having the apex downward; inversely
(Ob*cor"date) a. [Pref. ob- + cordate.] Heart-shaped, with the attachment at the pointed
end; inversely cordate: as, an obcordate petal or leaf.
(Ob*dip`lo*stem"o*nous) a. [Pref. ob- + diplostemonous.] (Bot.) Having twice as
many stamens as petals, those of the outer set being opposite the petals; said of flowers. Gray.
(Ob*dip"lo*stem"o*ny) n. (Bot.) The condition of being obdiplostemonous.
(Ob"dor*mi"tion) n. [L. obdormire to fall asleep.] Sleep. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(Ob*duce") v. t. [L. obducere, obductum; ob (see Ob-) + ducere to lead.] To draw over, as
a covering. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.