(||Sol`fa*ta"ra) n.[It., from solfo brimstone, sulphur, L. sulfur, E. sulphur.] (Geol.) A volcanic
area or vent which yields only sulphur vapors, steam, and the like. It represents the stages of the volcanic
(||Sol`feg*gia"re) v. i.[It.] (Mus.) To sol-fa. See Sol-fa, v. i.
(||Sol*feg"gio) n.[It., fr. solfa the gamut.] (Mus.) The system of arranging the scale by the
names do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, by which singing is taught; a singing exercise upon these syllables.
(Sol`fe*ri"no) n. A brilliant deep pink color with a purplish tinge, one of the dyes derived from
aniline; so called from Solferino in Italy, where a battle was fought about the time of its discovery.
(||So"li) n., pl. of Solo.
(So*lic"it) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Solicited; p. pr. & vb. n. Soliciting.] [F. sollicier, L. sollicitare,
solicitare, -atum, fr. sollicitus wholly (i. e., violently) moved; sollus whole + citus, p. p. of ciere to
move, excite. See Solemn, Cite.]
1. To ask from with earnestness; to make petition to; to apply to for obtaining something; as, to solicit
person for alms.
Did I solicit theeMilton.
From darkness to promote me?
2. To endeavor to obtain; to seek; to plead for; as, to solicit an office; to solicit a favor.
I view my crime, but kindle at the view,Pope.
Repent old pleasures, and solicit new.
3. To awake or excite to action; to rouse desire in; to summon; to appeal to; to invite.
That fruit . . . solicited her longing eye.Milton.
Sounds and some tangible qualities solicit their proper senses, and force an entrance to the mind.Locke.
4. To urge the claims of; to plead; to act as solicitor for or with reference to. [Obs.]
My brother henceforth study to forget
The vow that he hath made thee, I would ever
5. To disturb; to disquiet; a Latinism rarely used.
Hath any ill solicited thine ears?Chapman.
But anxious fears solicit my weak breast.Dryden.
Syn. To beseech; ask; request; crave; supplicate; entreat; beg; implore; importune. See Beseech.
(So*lic"it*ant) n.[L. sollicitans, p. pr. ] One who solicits.
(So*lic"it*ate) a. Solicitous. [Obs.] Eden.
(So*lic`i*ta"tion) n. [F. sollicitation, or L. sollicitatio.]
1. The act of soliciting; earnest request; persistent asking; importunity.
2. Excitement; invitation; as, the solicitation of the senses. Locke.
(So*lic"it*or) n. [F. solliciteur, L. sollicitator.]