(||Ur`ti*ca"ri*a) n. [NL. See Urtica.] (Med.) The nettle rash, a disease characterized by a
transient eruption of red pimples and of wheals, accompanied with a burning or stinging sensation and
with itching; uredo.
(Ur"ti*cate) v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Urticated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Urticating.] To sting with, or
as with, nettles; to irritate; to annoy. G. A. Sala.
(Ur`ti*ca"tion) n. (Med.) The act or process of whipping or stinging with nettles; sometimes
used in the treatment of paralysis.
(U*ru*bu") n. [Cf. Pg. urubú a certain Brazilian bird.] (Zoöl.) The black vulture It ranges from the
Southern United States to South America. See Vulture.
(||U"rus) n. [L.; of Teutonic origin. See Aurochs.] (Zoöl.) A very large, powerful, and savage extinct
bovine animal (Bos urus or primigenius) anciently abundant in Europe. It appears to have still existed in
the time of Julius Cæsar. It had very large horns, and was hardly capable of domestication. Called also,
ur, ure, and tur.
(Ur"va) n. [NL.] (Zoöl.) The crab-eating ichneumon native of India. The fur is black, annulated with
white at the tip of each hair, and a white streak extends from the mouth to the shoulder.
(Us) pron. [OE. us, AS. s; akin to OFries. & OS. s, D. ons, G. uns, Icel. & Sw. oss, Dan. os,
Goth. uns, L. nos we, us, Gr. we, Skr. nas us. . Cf. Nostrum, Our.] The persons speaking, regarded
as an object; ourselves; the objective case of we. See We. "Tell us a tale." Chaucer.
Give us this day our daily bread.Matt. vi. 11.
(Us"a*ble) a. Capable of being used.
(Us"age) n. [F. usage, LL. usaticum. See Use.]
1. The act of using; mode of using or treating; treatment; conduct with respect to a person or a thing; as,
good usage; ill usage; hard usage.
Is prisoner to the bishop here, at whose hands
He hath good usage and great liberty.
2. Manners; conduct; behavior. [Obs.]
A gentle nymph was found,Spenser.
Hight Astery, excelling all the crew
In courteous usage.
3. Long-continued practice; customary mode of procedure; custom; habitual use; method. Chaucer.
It has now been, during many years, the grave and decorousMacaulay.
usage of Parliaments to hear, in respectful
silence, all expressions, acceptable or unacceptable, which are uttered from the throne.
4. Customary use or employment, as of a word or phrase in a particular sense or signification.
5. Experience. [Obs.]
In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage.Chaucer.
Syn. Custom; use; habit. Usage, Custom. These words, as here compared, agree in expressing
the idea of habitual practice; but a custom is not necessarily a usage. A custom may belong to many,
or to a single individual. A usage properly belongs to the great body of a people. Hence, we speak of
usage, not of custom, as the law of language. Again, a custom is merely that which has been often
repeated, so as to have become, in a good degree, established. A usage must be both often repeated