(Owl"ing), n. [From Owl, v. i.] (O. Eng. Law) The offense of transporting wool or sheep out
of England contrary to the statute formerly existing. Blackstone.
(Owl"ish), a. Resembling, or characteristic of, an owl.
(Owl"ism) n. Affected wisdom; pompous dullness. [R.]
(Owl"light`) n. Glimmering or imperfect light. [R.] Bp. Warburton.
(Own) v. t. [OE. unnen to grant, permit, be pleased with, AS. unnan to grant; akin to OS. giunnan,
G. gönnen, Icel. unna; of uncertain origin. This word has been confused with own to possess.] To
grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to recognize in a particular character; as, we own
that we have forfeited your love.
The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide;Keats.
But his sagacious eye an inmate owns.
To hold one's own, to keep or maintain one's possessions; to yield nothing; esp., to suffer no loss or
disadvantage in a contest. Shak.
(Own), a. [OE. owen, awen, auen, aughen, AS. agen, p. p. of agan to possess; akin to OS.
egan, G. & D. eigen, Icel. eiginn, Sw. & Dan. egen. &radic110. See Owe.] Belonging to; belonging
exclusively or especially to; peculiar; most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as my, our,
thy, your, his, her, its, their, in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest,
or exclusive ownership; as, my own father; my own composition; my own idea; at my own price. "No
man was his own [i. e., no man was master of himself, or in possession of his senses]." Shak.
(Own), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Owned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Owning.] [OE. ohnien, ahnien, AS. agnian,
fr. agen own, a. See Own, a.] To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to be the proprietor
or possessor of; to possess; as, to own a house.
(Own"er) n. One who owns; a rightful proprietor; one who has the legal or rightful title, whether he
is the possessor or not. Shak.
(Own"er*less), a. Without an owner.
(Own"er*ship), n. The state of being an owner; the right to own; exclusive right of possession; legal
or just claim or title; proprietorship.
(Owre) n. [AS. ur; akin to G. auerochs, OHG. ur, urohso, Icel. urr.] (Zoöl.) The aurochs. [Obs.]
(Owse Ow"ser) n. Tanner's ooze. See Ooze, 3.
(Ox) n.; pl. Oxen [AS. oxa; akin to D. os. G. ochs, ochse, OHG. ohso, Icel. oxi, Sw. & Dan.
oxe, Goth. aúhsa, Skr. ukshan ox, bull; cf. Skr. uksh to sprinkle. &radic214. Cf. Humid, Aurochs.]
(Zoöl.) The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal when castrated and grown to its
full size, or nearly so. The word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals,
male and female.
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field.Ps. viii. 7.
The castrated male is called a steer until it attains its full growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated somewhat
late in life, it is called a stag. The male, not castrated, is called a bull. These distinctions are well established
in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox is often
applied both to the male and the female. The name ox is never applied to the individual cow, or female,
of the domestic kind. Oxen may comprehend both the male and the female.