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A'perture. n.s. [from apertus, open.]

  1. The act of opening.

    Hence ariseth the facility of joining a consonant to a vowel, because from an appulse to an aperture is easier, than from one appulse to another. Holder's Elements of Speech.

  2. An open place.

    If memory be made by the easy motion of the spirits through the opened passages, images, without doubt, pass through the same apertures. Glanville's Scepsis Scientifica, Preface.

  3. The hole next the object glass of a telescope or microscope.

    The concave metal bore an aperture of an inch; but the aperture was limited by an opaque circle, perforated in the middle. Newton's Opticks.

  4. Enlargement; explanation: a sense seldom found.

    It is too much untwisted by the doctors, and, like philosophy, made intricate by explications, and difficult by the aperture and dissolution of distinctions. Taylor's Worthy Communic.

Sources: Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Holder, William (38) · Newton, Isaac (40) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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