2. A keeping silent or mute. Paley.
(Ob*nox"ious) a. [L. obnoxius; ob (see Ob-) + noxius hurtful. See Noxious.]
1. Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; with to.
The writings of lawyers, which are tied obnoxious to their particular laws.Bacon.
Esteeming it more honorable to live on the public than to be obnoxious to any private purse.Milton.
Obnoxious, first or last,Milton.
To basest things
2. Liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible; blameworthy. "The contrived and interested
schemes of . . . obnoxious authors." Bp. Fell.
All are obnoxious, and this faulty land,Waller.
Like fainting Hester, does before you stand
Watching your scepter.
3. Offensive; odious; hateful; as, an obnoxious statesman; a minister obnoxious to the Whigs. Burke.
Ob*nox"ious*ly, adv. Ob*nox"ious*ness, n. South.
(Ob*nu"bi*late) v. t. [L. obnubilatus, p. p. of obnubilare to obscure. See Ob- , and Nubilate.]
To cloud; to obscure. [Obs.] Burton. Ob*nu"bi*la"tion n. [Obs.] Beddoes.
||Oboe d'amore [It., lit., oboe of love], and ||Oboe di caccia [It., lit., oboe of the chase], are names of
obsolete modifications of the oboe, often found in the scores of Bach and Handel.
(O"boe) n. [It., fr. F. hautbois. See Hautboy.] (Mus.) One of the higher wind instruments in the
modern orchestra, yet of great antiquity, having a penetrating pastoral quality of tone, somewhat like the
clarinet in form, but more slender, and sounded by means of a double reed; a hautboy.
(O"bo*ist) n. A performer on the oboe.
(Ob"o*la*ry) a. [See Obolus.] Possessing only small coins; impoverished. [R.] Lamb.
(Ob"ole) n. [Cf.F. obole. See Obolus.] (Old Pharm.) A weight of twelve grains; or, according to
some, of ten grains, or half a scruple. [Written also obol.]
(Ob"o*lize) v. t. See Obelize.
(Ob"o*lo) n. [Cf. Obolus.] A copper coin, used in the Ionian Islands, about one cent in value.
(||Ob"o*lus) n.;pl. Oboli [L., fr Gr. ] (Gr.Antiq.) (a) A small silver coin of Athens, the sixth
part of a drachma, about three cents in value. (b) An ancient weight, the sixth part of a drachm.
(Ob`o*me"goid) a. [Pref. ob- + omegoid.] (Zoöl.) Obversely omegoid.
(Ob*o"val) a. [Pref. ob- + oval.] Obovate.
(Ob*o"vate) a. [Pref. ob- + ovate.] (Bot.) Inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end downward; as,
an obovate leaf.
(Ob*rep"tion) n. [L. obreptio, fr. obrepere, obreptum, to creep up to; ob (see Ob-) + repere
1. The act of creeping upon with secrecy or by surprise. [Obs.] Cudworth.