3. (Mining) A shaft excavated from below upward.
4. (Founding) A feed head. See under Feed, n.
(Rish) n. A rush (the plant). [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ris`i*bil"i*ty) n. [CF. F. risibilité.] The quality of being risible; as, risibility is peculiar to the
A strong and obvious disposition to risibility.Sir W. Scott.
(Ris"i*ble) a. [F., fr. L. risibilis, fr. ridere, risum, to laugh. Cf. Ridiculous.]
1. Having the faculty or power of laughing; disposed to laugh.
Laughing is our busines, . . . it has been made the definition of man that he is risible.Dr. H. More.
2. Exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing. "Risible absurdities." Johnson.
I hope you find nothing risible in my complaisance.Sir W. Scott.
3. Used in, or expressing, laughter; as, risible muscles.
Risible is sometimes used as a noun, in the plural, for the feeling of amusement and for the muscles
and other organs used in laughing, collectively; as, unable to control one's risibles.
Syn. Ludicrous; laughable; amusing; ridiculous Risible, Ludicrous, Ridiculous. Risible differs from
ludicrous as species from genus; ludicrous expressing that which is playful and sportive; risible, that
which may excite laughter. Risible differs from ridiculous, as the latter implies something contemptuous,
and risible does not.
Ris"i*ble*ness n. Ris"i*bly, adv.
1. Attaining a higher place; taking, or moving in, an upward direction; appearing above the horizon; ascending; as,
the rising moon.
2. Increasing in wealth, power, or distinction; as, a rising state; a rising character.
Among the rising theologians of Germany.Hare.
3. Growing; advancing to adult years and to the state of active life; as, the rising generation.
(Ris"ing), prep. More than; exceeding; upwards of; as, a horse rising six years of age. [Colloq. &
1. The act of one who, or that which, rises
2. That which rises; a tumor; a boil. Lev. xiii. 10.
Rising main (Waterworks), the pipe through which water from an engine is delivered to an elevated