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(Of*fi"ci*a*ry) a. Of or pertaining to an office or an officer; official. [R.] Heylin.
(Of*fi"ci*ate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Officiated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Officiating.] [LL. officiare. See
Office.] To act as an officer in performing a duty; to transact the business of an office or public trust; to
conduct a public service. Bp. Stillingfleet.
(Of*fi"ci*ate), v. t. To discharge, perform, or supply, as an official duty or function. [Obs.]
Merely to officiate lightMilton.
Round this opacous earth.
(Of*fi"ci*a`tor) n. One who officiates. Tylor.
(Of*fic"i*nal) a. [F., fr. L. officina a workshop, contr.fr. opificina, fr. opifex a workman; opus
work + facere to make or do.]
1. Used in a shop, or belonging to it. [Obs. or R.] Johnson.
2. (Pharm.) Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained
without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.
This term is often interchanged with official, but in strict use officinal drugs are not necessarily official.
See Official, a., 3.
(Of*fi"cious) a. [L. officiosus: cf.F. officieux. See Office.]
1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty. [R.]
If there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than as officious and venial one.Note on Gen.
2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging. [Archaic]
Yet not to earth are those bright luminariesMilton.
They were tolerably well bred, very officious, humane, and hospitable.Burke.
3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
You are too officiousShak.
In her behalf that scorns your services.
Syn. Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent.
Of*fi"cious*ly, adv. Of*fi"cious*ness, n.
(Off"ing) n. [From Off.] That part of the sea at a good distance from the shore, or where there
is deep water and no need of a pilot; also, distance from the shore; as, the ship had ten miles offing; we
saw a ship in the offing.
(Off"ish), a. Shy or distant in manner. [Colloq. U.S.]
(Off"let), n. [Off + let.] A pipe to let off water.
(Off"scour`ing) n. [Off + scour.] That which is scoured off; hence, refuse; rejected matter; that
which is vile or despised. Lam. iii. 45.
(Off"scum`) n. [Off + scum.] Removed scum; refuse; dross.