(View"ly View"some) a. Pleasing to the sight; sightly. [Prov. Eng.]
1. Having peculiar views; fanciful; visionary; unpractical; as, a viewy person.
2. Spectacular; pleasing to the eye or the imagination.
A government intent on showy absurdities and viewy enterprises rather than solid work.London Spectator.
(Vif"da) n. In the Orkney and Shetland Islands, beef and mutton hung and dried, but not salted.
[Scot.] [Written also vivda.] Jamieson.
(Vi*ges"i*mal) a. [L. vigesimus twentieth, from viginti twenty.] Twentieth; divided into, or
consisting of, twenties or twenty parts. Tylor.
(Vi*ges`i*ma"tion) n. The act of putting to death every twentieth man. [R.]
(Vi*ges"i*mo-quar"to) a. [L. vigesimus quartus twenty-fourth. Cf. Duodecimo.] Having
twenty-four leaves to a sheet; as, a vigesimo-quarto form, book, leaf, size, etc.
(Vi*ges"i*mo-quar"to), n.; pl. - tos A book composed of sheets each of which is folded
into twenty-four leaves; hence, indicating more or less definitely a size of book so made; usually written
24mo, or 24°.
(Vig"il) n. [OE. vigile, L. vigilia, from vigil awake, watchful, probably akin to E. wake: cf. F. vigile.
See Wake, v. i., and cf. Reveille, Surveillance, Vedette, Vegetable, Vigor.]
1. Abstinence from sleep, whether at a time when sleep is customary or not; the act of keeping awake,
or the state of being awake, or the state of being awake; sleeplessness; wakefulness; watch. "Worn out by
the labors and vigils of many months." Macaulay.
Nothing wears out a fine face like the vigils of the card table and those cutting passions which attend
2. Hence, devotional watching; waking for prayer, or other religious exercises.
So they in heaven their odes and vigils tuned.Milton.
Be sober and keep vigil,Neale (Rhythm of St. Bernard).
The Judge is at the gate.
3. (Eccl.) (a) Originally, the watch kept on the night before a feast. (b) Later, the day and the night
preceding a feast.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,Shak.
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say, "To-
morrow is St. Crispian."
(c) A religious service performed in the evening preceding a feast.
Vigils, or Watchings, of flowers (Bot.), a peculiar faculty belonging to the flowers of certain plants of
opening and closing their petals as certain hours of the day. [R.]
(Vig"i*lance) n. [L. vigilantia: cf. F. vigilance.]
1. The quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness.