Seraphic to Sermonet
(Se*raph"ic Se*raph"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. séraphique.] Of or pertaining to a seraph; becoming, or
suitable to, a seraph; angelic; sublime; pure; refined. "Seraphic arms and trophies." Milton. "Seraphical
fervor." Jer. Taylor. Se*raph"ic*al*ly, adv. Se*raph"ic*al*ness, n.
(Se*raph"i*cism) n. The character, quality, or state of a seraph; seraphicalness. [R.] Cudworth.
(Ser"a*phim) n. The Hebrew plural of Seraph. Cf. Cherubim.
The double plural form seraphims is sometimes used, as in the King James version of the Bible, Isa.
vi. 2 and 6.
(Ser`a*phi"na) n. [NL.] A seraphine.
(Ser"a*phine) n. [From Seraph.] (Mus.) A wind instrument whose sounding parts are reeds,
consisting of a thin tongue of brass playing freely through a slot in a plate. It has a case, like a piano,
and is played by means of a similar keybord, the bellows being worked by the foot. The melodeon is a
portable variety of this instrument.
(||Se*ra"pis) n. [L., fr. Gr. .] (Myth.) An Egyptian deity, at first a symbol of the Nile, and so of
fertility; later, one of the divinities of the lower world. His worship was introduced into Greece and Rome.
(Se*ras"kier) n. [Turk., fr. Per. ser head, chief + Ar. 'asker an army.] A general or commander
of land forces in the Turkish empire; especially, the commander-in-chief of minister of war.
(Se*ras"kier*ate) n. The office or authority of a seraskier.
(Ser*bo"ni*an) a. Relating to the lake of Serbonis in Egypt, which by reason of the sand
blowing into it had a deceptive appearance of being solid land, but was a bog.
A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog . . .Milton.
Where armies whole have sunk.
(Sere) a. Dry; withered. Same as Sear.
But with its sound it shook the sailsColeridge.
That were so thin and sere.
(Sere), n. [F. serre.] Claw; talon. [Obs.] Chapman.
(||Se*rein") n. [F. Cf. Serenade, n.] (Meteorol.) A mist, or very fine rain, which sometimes
falls from a clear sky a few moments after sunset. Tyndall.
(Ser`e*nade") n. [F. sérénade, It. serenata, probably fr. L. serenus serene misunderstood
as a derivative fr. L. serus late. Cf. Soirée.] (Mus.) (a) Music sung or performed in the open air at
nights; usually applied to musical entertainments given in the open air at night, especially by gentlemen,
in a spirit of gallantry, under the windows of ladies. (b) A piece of music suitable to be performed at
(Ser`e*nade"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Serenaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Serenading.] To entertain
with a serenade.
(Ser`e*nade"), v. i. To perform a serenade.
(Ser`e*nad"er) n. One who serenades.
(Ser`e*na"ta Ser"e*nate) n. [It. serenata. See Serenade.] (Mus.) A piece of vocal music,
especially one on an amoreus subject; a serenade.
Or serenate, which the starved lover singsMilton.
To his pround fair.