(Ver"ti*go) n.; pl. E. Vertigoes L. Vertigines [L., fr. vertere to turn. See Verse.]
1. (Med.) Dizziness or swimming of the head; an affection of the head in which objects, though stationary,
appear to move in various directions, and the person affected finds it difficult to maintain an erect posture; giddiness.
2. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small land snails belonging to the genus Vertigo, having an
elongated or conical spiral shell and usually teeth in the aperture.
(Ver`ti*lin"e*ar) a. [Vertical + linear.] Straight; rectilinear. [R.]
1. Virtue; power. See Virtue. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. See Virtu.
(Ver"tu*ous) a. Virtuous; powerful. [Obs.] Spenser.
(||Ver`u*mon*ta"num) n. [NL.] (Anat.) An elevation, or crest, in the wall of the urethra
where the seminal ducts enter it.
This is sometimes written veru montanum.
Vervain mallow (Bot.), a species of mallow (Malva Alcea) with rose-colored flowers.
(Ver"vain) n. [OE. verveine, F. verveine, fr. L. verbena, pl. verbenae sacred boughs of laurel,
olive, or myrtle, a class of plants; cf. verbenaca vervain. Cf. Verbena.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus
(||Verve), n. [F.] Excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing
or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit; energy.
(Ver"vel) n. See Varvel.
(Ver"vet) n. (Zoöl.) A South African monkey The upper parts are grayish green, finely specked
with black. The cheeks and belly are reddish white.
(Ver"y) a. [Compar. Verier ; superl. Veriest.] [OE. verai, verray, OF. verai, vrai, F. vrai, (assumed)
LL. veracus, for L. verax true, veracious, fr. verus true; akin to OHG. & OS. war, G. wahr,
D. waar; perhaps originally, that is or exists, and akin to E. was. Cf. Aver, v. t., Veracious, Verdict,
Verity.] True; real; actual; veritable.
Whether thou be my very son Esau or not.Gen. xxvii. 21.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.Prov. xvii. 9.
The very essence of truth is plainness and brightness.Milton.
I looked on the consideration of public service or public ornament to be real and very justice.Burke.
Very is sometimes used to make the word with which it is connected emphatic, and may then be paraphrased
by same, self- same, itself, and the like. "The very hand, the very words." Shak. "The very rats
instinctively have quit it." Shak. "Yea, there where very desolation dwells." Milton. Very is used occasionally
in the comparative degree, and more frequently in the superlative. "Was not my lord the verier wag of