(Oat"en) a.

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.

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" Shak.

(Oath"a*ble) a. Capable of having an oath administered to. [Obs.] Shak.

(Oath"break`ing) n. The violation of an oath; perjury. Shak

(Oat"meal`) n.

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 conical.

(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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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