||Opéra bouffe[F. opéra opera + bouffe comic, It. buffo], ||Opera buffa[It.], light, farcical, burlesque opera.Opera box, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium of an opera house for the use of a small private party.||Opéra comique[F.], comic or humorous opera.Opera flannel, a light flannel, highly finished. Knight.Opera girl(Bot.), an East Indian plant (Mantisia saltatoria) of the Ginger family, sometimes seen in hothouses. It has curious flowers which have some resemblance to a ballet dancer, whence the popular name. Called also dancing girls.Opera glass, a short telescope with concave eye lenses of low power, usually made double, that is, with a tube and set of glasses for each eye; a lorgnette; — so called because adapted for use at the opera, theater, etc. Opera hat, a gentleman's folding hat.Opera house, specifically, a theater devoted to the performance of operas.||Opera seria[It.], serious or tragic opera; grand opera.

(Op"er*a*ble) a. Practicable. [Obs.]

(Op`er*am"e*ter) n. [L. opus, operis, pl. opera work + -meter.] An instrument or machine for measuring work done, especially for ascertaining the number of rotations made by a machine or wheel in manufacturing cloth; a counter. Ure.

(Op"er*ance Op"er*an*cy) n. The act of operating or working; operation. [R.]

(Op"er*and) n. [From neuter of L. operandus, gerundive of operari. See Operate.] (Math.) The symbol, quantity, or thing upon which a mathematical operation is performed; — called also faciend.

(Op"er*ant) a. [L. operans, p. pr. of operari. See Operate.] Operative. [R.] Shak.n. An operative person or thing. [R.] Coleridge.

(Op"er*ate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Operated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Operating.] [L. operatus, p. p. of operari to work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor; akin to Skr. apas, and also to G. üben to exercise, OHG. uoben, Icel. fa. Cf. Inure, Maneuver, Ure.]

1. To perform a work or labor; to exert power or strengh, physical or mechanical; to act.

2. To produce an appropriate physical effect; to issue in the result designed by nature; especially (Med.), to take appropriate effect on the human system.

3. To act or produce effect on the mind; to exert moral power or influence.

The virtues of private persons operate but on a few.

A plain, convincing reason operates on the mind both of a learned and ignorant hearer as long as they live.

4. (Surg.) To perform some manual act upon a human body in a methodical manner, and usually with instruments, with a view to restore soundness or health, as in amputation, lithotomy, etc.

5. To deal in stocks or any commodity with a view to speculative profits. [Brokers' Cant]

(Op"er*ate), v. t.

1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting of recitative, arials, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes, together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a lyric drama.

2. The score of a musical drama, either written or in print; a play set to music.

3. The house where operas are exhibited.

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