(O"vu*list) n. (Biol.) A believer in the theory current during the last century, that the egg was
the real animal germ, and that at the time of fecundation the spermatozoa simply gave the impetus which
caused the unfolding of the egg, in which all generations were inclosed one within the other. Also called
(O"vu*lite) n. [Ovum + - lite.] A fossil egg.
(||O"vu*lum) n.; pl. Ovula [NL. See Ovule.] (Biol.) An ovule.
(||O"vum) n.; pl. L. Ova E. Ovums [L., an egg. See Oval.]
1. (Biol.) A more or less spherical and transparent mass of granular protoplasm, which by a process of
multiplication and growth develops into a mass of cells, constituting a new individual like the parent; an
egg, spore, germ, or germ cell. See Illust. of Mycropyle.
The ovum is a typical cell, with a cell wall, cell substance, nucleus, and nucleolus. In man and the higher
animals the cell wall, a vertically striated membrane, is called the zona pellucida; the cell contents, the
vitellus; the nucleus, the germinal vesicle; and the nucleolus, the germinal spot. The diameter of the
ripe ovum in man and the domestic animals varies between 1-200 and 1-120 of an inch.
2. (Arch.) One of the series of egg- shaped ornaments into which the ovolo is often carved. Gwilt.
(Owch) n. See Ouch. [Obs.] Speser.
(Owe) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ought obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Owing ] [OE. owen, awen,aghen, to
have, own, have hence, owe, AS. agan to have; akin to G. eigen, a., own, Icel. eiga to have, Dan.
eie, Sw. äga, Goth. áigan, Skr. . . Cf. Ought, v., 2d Own, Fraught.]
1. To possess; to have, as the rightful owner; to own. [Obs.]
Thou dost here usurpShak.
The name thou ow'st not.
2. To have or possess, as something derived or bestowed; to be obliged to ascribe (something to some
source); to be indebted or obliged for; as, he owed his wealth to his father; he owed his victory to his
O deem thy fall not owed to man's decree.Pope.
3. Hence: To have or be under an obigation to restore, pay, or render (something) in return or compensation
for something received; to be indebted in the sum of; as, the subject owes allegiance; the fortunate owe
assistance to the unfortunate.
The one ought five hundred pence, and the other fifty.Bible
A son owes help and honor to his father.Holyday.
Owe was sometimes followed by an objective clause introduced by the infinitive. "Ye owen to incline
and bow your heart." Chaucer.
4. To have an obligation to (some one) on account of something done or received; to be indebted to; as,
to iwe the grocer for supplies, or a laborer for services.
(Ow"el) a. [OF. oel, owel, iwel,ivel, F. égal, fr. L. aequalis.] (Law) Equal. [Obs.] Burrill.
(Ow"el*ty) n. [OF. oelté, ivelté.] (Law) Equality; sometimes written ovelty and ovealty. Burrill.
(Ow"en) a.[See Own.] Own. [Obs.] Chaucer.