2. To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.
My will obeyed his will.Chaucer.
Afric and India shall his power obey.Dryden.
3. To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.
(O*bey"), v. i. To give obedience.
Will he obey when one commands?Tennyson.
By some old writers obey was used, as in the French idiom, with the preposition to.
His servants ye are, to whom ye obey.Rom. vi. 16.
He commanded the trumpets to sound: to which the two brave knights obeying, they performed their
courses.Sir. P. Sidney.
(O*bey"er) n. One who yields obedience. Holland.
(O*bey"ing*ly), adv. Obediently; submissively.
(Ob*firm" Ob*firm"ate) v. t. [L. obfirmatus, p. p. of obfirmare to make steadfast. See Ob-,
and Firm, v. t.] To make firm; to harden in resolution. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. Sheldon.
(Ob"fir*ma"tion) n. [LL. obfirmatio.] Hardness of heart; obduracy. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
(Ob*fus"cate) a. [L. obfuscatus, p. p. of obfuscare to darken; ob (see Ob-) + fuscare,
fuscatum, to darken, from fuscus dark.] Obfuscated; darkened; obscured. [Obs.] [Written also offuscate.]
Sir. T. Elyot.
(Ob*fus"cate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obfuscated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Obfuscating.] To darken; to
obscure; to becloud; hence, to confuse; to bewilder.
His head, like a smokejack, the funnel unswept, and the ideas whirling round and round about in it, all
obfuscated and darkened over with fuliginous matter.Sterne.
Clouds of passion which might obfuscate the intellects of meaner females.Sir. W. Scott.
(Ob`fus*ca"tion) n. [L. obfuscatio.] The act of darkening or bewildering; the state of being
darkened. "Obfuscation of the cornea." E. Darwin.
(O"bi) n. [Prob. of African origin.]
1. A species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies.
[Written also obe and obeah.] De Quincey. B. Edwards.
2. A charm or fetich. [West Indies] B. Edwards.
(Ob*im"bri*cate) a. [Pref. ob- + imbricate.] (Bot.) Imbricated, with the overlapping ends
(O"bit) n. [OF. obit, L. obitus, fr. obire to go against, to go to meet, (sc. mortem) to die; ob
(see Ob-) + ire to go. See Issue.]
1. Death; decease; the date of one's death. Wood.