stranger; to usher forth the guests; to usher a visitor into the room.
The stars that usher evening rose.Milton.
The Examiner was ushered into the world by a letter, setting forth the great genius of the author.Addison.
(Ush"er*ance) n. The act of ushering, or the state of being ushered in. [Obs.] Shaftesbury.
(Ush"er*dom) n. The office or position of an usher; ushership; also, ushers, collectively. [R.]
(Ush"er*less), a. Destitute of an usher. Marston.
(Ush"er*ship), n. The office of an usher; usherdom.
(Us"i*ta*tive) a. [L. usitari to use often.] Denoting usual or customary action. "The usitative
(||Us"ne*a) n. [NL., from Ar. usnah moss.] (Bot.) A genus of lichens, most of the species of
which have long, gray, pendulous, and finely branched fronds. Usnea barbata is the common bearded
lichen which grows on branches of trees in northern forests.
(Us"nic) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a complex acid obtained, as a yellow crystalline
substance, from certain genera of lichens (Usnea, Parmelia, etc.).
(Us"que*baugh) n. [Ir. or Gael. uisge beatha, literally, water of life; uisge water + beatha
life; akin to Gr. bi`os life. See Quick, a., and cf. Whisky.]
1. A compound distilled spirit made in Ireland and Scotland; whisky.
The Scottish returns being vested in grouse, white hares, pickled salmon, and usquebaugh.Sir W.
2. A liquor compounded of brandy, or other strong spirit, raisins, cinnamon and other spices. Brande &
(Us`self") n. pl. Ourselves. [Obs.] Wyclif. Piers Plowman. Chaucer.
(Us"tion) n. [L. ustio, fr. urere, ustum, to burn: cf. F. ustion.] The act of burning, or the state
of being burned. [R.] Johnson.
(Us*to"ri*ous) a. [L. urere, ustum, to burn.] Having the quality of burning. [R.] I. Watts.
(Us"tu*late) a. [L. ustulatus, p. p. of ustulare to scorch, urere to burn.] Blackened as if
(Us`tu*la"tion) n. [Cf. F. ustulation.]
1. The act of burning or searing. [R.] Sir W. Petty.
2. (Old Chem.) The operation of expelling one substance from another by heat, as sulphur or arsenic
from ores, in a muffle.
3. (Pharm.) (a) The roasting or drying of moist substances so as prepare them for pulverizing. (b)
The burning of wine.