(||Sor"des) n. [L., fr. sordere to be dirty or foul.] Foul matter; excretion; dregs; filthy, useless, or
rejected matter of any kind; specifically (Med.), the foul matter that collects on the teeth and tongue in
low fevers and other conditions attended with great vital depression.
(Sor"det) n. [See Sordine.] (Mus.) A sordine.
(Sor"did) a. [L. sordidus, fr. sordere to be filthy or dirty; probably akin to E. swart: cf. F. sordide.
See Swart, a.]
1. Filthy; foul; dirty. [Obs.]
A sordid god; down from his hoary chinDryden.
A length of beard descends, uncombed, unclean.
2. Vile; base; gross; mean; as, vulgar, sordid mortals. "To scorn the sordid world." Milton.
3. Meanly avaricious; covetous; niggardly.
He may be old,Sir J. Denham.
And yet sordid, who refuses gold.
(Sor*did"ly) n. Sordidness. [Obs.]
(Sor"did*ly) adv. In a sordid manner.
(Sor"did*ness), n. The quality or state of being sordid.
(Sor"dine) n. [It. sordina, sordino, from sordo deaf, dull-sounding, L. surdus. See Surd.]
(Mus.) See Damper, and 5th Mute.
Sore falcon. (Zoöl.) See Sore, n., 1.
(Sore) a. [F. saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. See Sorrel, n.] Reddish brown; sorrel.
(Sore), n. (Zoöl.) A young hawk or falcon in the first year.
2. (Zoöl.) A young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck.
(Sore), a. [Compar. Sorer ; superl. Sorest.] [OE. sor, sar, AS. sar; akin to D. zeer, OS. &
OHG. sr, G. sehr very, Icel. sarr, Sw. sår, Goth. sair pain. Cf. Sorry.]
1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; said of the body or its parts; as,
a sore hand.
2. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.
Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy.Tillotson.
3. Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore evil or calamity. Shak.
4. Criminal; wrong; evil. [Obs.] Shak.
Sore throat (Med.), inflammation of the throat and tonsils; pharyngitis. See Cynanche. Malignant,
Ulcerated or Putrid, sore throat. See Angina, and under Putrid.
(Sore) n. [OE. sor, sar, AS. sar. See Sore, a.]