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"matter" appears within the following entries:
About (preposition)
...m, the dedication he judged a matter not unworthy; about the solem...
Abrasion
...ines, or humours. Quincy. The matter worn off by the attrition of ...
Abruption
..., marble, or such other solid matter, being difficulty separable f...
Abscess
...he body; a tumour filled with matter; a term of chirurgery. If ...
Abstract (verb)
...it would be too light to be a matter of praise. Decay of Piety. ...
Abstractly
...ference to any thing else. matter abstractly and absolutely con...
Accelerate
... It is generally applied to matter, and used chiefly in philosop...
Acceptation
...s had. Clarendon, b. viii.All matter is either fluid or solid, in ...
Accidentally
...ther needful points of public matters, no less concerning the good...
Accomplishment
... those early christians, were matters of faith only, are, to us, m...
Account (noun)
...e on Education, § 197.In matters where his judgment led him t...
Accumulation
...edom from it after the morbid matter is exhausted, it looks as the...
Accurately
...s, motions, and quantities of matter, should be so accurately and ...
Acquirable
...tion, are neither inherent in matter as such, nor acquirable to ma...
Acquit
...t of any imputation upon this matter. Swift. To clear from any ...
Act (noun)
.... Judicial acts are all those matters, which relate to judicial pr...
Actuality
...e is generated, which we call matter. Cheyn. Phil. Prin....
Actuate (adjective)
... will, like form closing with matter, grew actuate into a third an...
Address (verb)
...es with the accusative of the matter of the address, which may be ...
Addulce
...ed words, seek to addulce all matters between the two kings. Bacon...
Adjoin (verb neuter)
...proposition, belonging to the matter in hand, and tending to the c...
Admit
...he treasurer found it no hard matter so far to terrify him, that, ...
Advancer
...ged no advancer of the king's matters, the king said to his solici...
Adventitious
...of other adventitious mineral matter. Woodward's Natural Hist....
Advert
...r of vast bodies, will afford matter of admiration. Ray on the Cre...
Affair
... for both private and publick matters. I was not born for cour...
Affect (verb)
... wholly governed by names, in matters of good and evil; so far as ...
Affirmative
...d affirmative in an uncertain matter, but report things modestly a...
Aforehand
...de, was more aforehand in all matters of power. Bacon's Considerat...
Against
...ny effect without and against matter; and this not holpen by the c...
Aggeneration
... the aliment, a similarity of matter. Brown's Vulgar Errours....
Air (noun)
...r, I may say, it is that fine matter which we breathe in and breat...
Animal (noun)
... on the other side, from mere matter.Animals are such beings, whic...
Away
...misery, to enquire into these matters. Tillotson. It is often ...
Bear (verb active)
... to meet no danger, or to findmatter of glorious trial. Milton's P...
Beyond
...sh, and animals live; this is matter of fact, and beyond all dispu...
Bishop (noun 1)
... superintendant, of religious matters in the christian church. Ayl...
Box (noun 2)
...A case made of wood, or other matter, to hold any thing. It is dis...
Break (verb active)
...s lodged amongst this mineral matter, when this comes now to be br...
Cell
...or bladders, where fluids, or matter of different sorts are lodged...
Chaos
..., Lat. ????.] The mass of matter supposed to be in confusion b...
Compendiously
... The state of condition of matter, before the world was a-makin...
Constable
...land in deeds of arms, and in matters of war. To the court of the...
Corpuscle
...] A small body; a particle of matter; an atom; a little fragment. ...
Corrosion
...ng a considerable quantity of matter, do both attract one another ...
Corrupton
...d all the sea. Blackmore. matter or pus in a sore. The means b...
Curious
...Be not curious in unnecessary matters; for more things are shewn u...
Cyst
... A bag containing some morbid matter. In taking it out the cys...
Cystis
... A bag containing some morbid matter. In taking it out the cys...
Cystotomy
...g the bag in which any morbid matter is contained....
Dew (noun)
...of water, and of such mineral matter as it meets with in its passa...
Discrimination
...ny publick discriminations in matters of religion. King Charles.Le...
Draw (verb active)
...he examination of the subtile matter would draw on the considerati...
Drift (noun)
... A heap or stratum of any matter thrown together by the wind; ...
Eldership
...n Beza and Erastus, about the matter of excommunications; whether ...
Elementary
...pious sediment of terrestrial matter, and is not a simple elementa...
Elucidate
... To elucidate a little the matter, let us consider it. Boyle....
Energy
...ring. Faculty; operation. matter, though divided into the subt...
Epispastick
... though less proper sense.The matter ought to be solicited, by all...
Erratick
...y are incommoded with a slimy mattery cough, stink of breath, and ...
Especially
...se church government, a plain matter of action, unto matter of fai...
Eyesore
... moment, which hath concerned matters of God, without some special...
Fabrick (noun)
... Any system or compages of matter; any body formed by the conju...
Fact
...uspected, but really done. In matter of fact there is some credit ...
Few
... delicate, that it is no easy matter to find out images capable of...
Filaceous
...alk that maketh the filaceous matter commonly, and sometimes the d...
Fistula
...disease: in the next there is matter discharged with the tears fro...
Full (adjective)
...oom. Containing the whole matter; expressing much.Where my exp...
Fur (verb)
...Cress. To cover with soft matter.To make lampblack, take a tor...
Fusee (2)
...d with wildfire, or some such matter; and is intended to burn no l...
Gelatine
...p in that spermatick gelatine matter, in which they are reposited....
Gelatinous
...p in that spermatick gelatine matter, in which they are reposited....
Gladiator
...s, in gratitude for such high matters, Know I have vow'd two hundr...
Go
...ontent, and look upon men and matters with an evil eye; and are be...
Gore (noun)
...on; gôr, Welsh, sanious matter.] Blood.    &nb...
Great (adjective)
...al expression. It is no great matter to live lovingly with good na...
Guinea
... design a particular piece of matter; that is, the last guinea tha...
Hand (noun)
...eare.It is indifferent to the matter in hand which way the learned...
Heave (noun)
... Rising of the breast.There's matter in these sighs; these profoun...
Historify
...oricon; that is, such wherein matters have been more truely histor...
Hyperbola
... or the quantity of the sun's matter, and consequently his attract...
Invent
...forty years contains. Spenser.matter of mirth enough, though there...
Inventive
..., and roundest tongues in all matters. Ascham's Schoolmaster. A...
Jangle (verb neuter)
...hey then publish to the world matter of contention and jangling. R...
Keep (verb active)
...ger, thirst, and cold. Dryden.matters, recommended by our passions...
Labour (verb active)
...ake an abridgment. 2. Mac.The matter of the ceremonies had wrought...
Lapideous
... fall down into the lapideous matter, before it was concreted into...
Make (verb active)
...oever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's...
Man (noun)
.... xvii. 33. Individual.In matters of equity between man and ma...
Mathematicks
...tity, without any relation to matter; mixt is interwoven with phys...
Meteor
...ng fits but meteors be, Whose matter in thee soon is spent: Thy be...
Mummy
...re exhaled, and the embalming matter has penetrated so thoroughly ...
Non
...kes. A mere inclination to matters of duty, men reckon a willin...
Nonplus (noun)
...h an artist did not begin the matter at a venture, and when put to...
Oak
...ght earthy, stony, and sparry matter, incrusted and affixed to oak...
One (adjective)
... this. Deutr. iv. 32 Both the matter of the stone and marchasite, ...
Passive
... will, like form closing with matter, grew actuate into a third an...
Piece (noun)
...: as, a piece of a lawyer or smatterer. A-PIECE. To each. I deman...
Pitch (verb neuter)
...hoice. We think 'tis no great matter which, They're all alike, yet...
Prudent
... a man of war, and prudent in matters. 1 Sam. xvi. 18. The monarch...
Pus
...Pus. n.s. [Latin.] The matter of a well digested sore. ...
Radically
...primitively. It is no easy matter to determine the point of dea...
Rheum
...?; rheume, Fr.] A thin watery matter oozing through the glands, ch...
Salvation
...d death, mercy and wrath, are matters of meer understanding or kno...
Salve (noun)
...vus, Latin.] A glutinous matter applied to wounds and hurts; ...
Salve (verb)
...a loss to bring any difficult matter to an issue, he laid his hero...
Seraph
...the most contemptible part of matter, and consequently must infini...
Set (verb active)
... with common advice, hath for matter and form prescribed whatsoeve...
Slide (verb neuter)
...heir speeches, who neither in matter nor person do any way belong ...
Slubber
... not like men, who slubber up matters of mean account. Sidney.Bass...
So
...usness, to enquire into those matters whether they be so or not. T...
Something (noun)
... appears not what; a thing or matter indeterminate.     ...
Soniferous
... will appear, let the subject matter of sounds be what it will; ei...
Sonnet
...chordon,And woven close, both matter, form, and stile;The subject ...
Steril
...only mere sterile and mineral matter, such as was inept for the fo...
Take (verb active)
...the explication of this whole matter; taking in some additional di...
Tax (verb)
...presumption for meddling with matters wherein I have no dealing. R...
This
...cording as the small parts of matter are connected together after ...
Time (noun)
...magines, that the terrestrial matter which is showered down along ...
Treat (noun)
...his country, and insight into matters: now such professions, when ...
Trick (noun)
...he print be little, the whole matter And copy of the father; eye, ...
Vacillancy
...ons as are found in corporeal matter. More's Divine Dialogues....
Vacuist
...prove replenished with subtle matter. Boyle....
Vacuity
...persed among the particles of matter. Bentley.God, who alone can a...
Vacuum
... [Latin.] Space unoccupied by matter. Our enquiries about vacuu...
Vainly
... forepast proofs, howe'er the matter fall,Shall tax my fears of li...
Voice (noun)
...ve your voices? But that's no matter, the greater part carries it....
Water (noun)
... forty times as much space as matter in it; for water is nineteen ...
Way
...heir speeches, who neither in matter nor person do any way belong ...
Weighed
...ung man, not weighed in state matters. Bacon....
Work (verb neuter)
... or distress of mind, there's matter yet left for philosophy and c...
World
...rst of these we have no great matterTo treat of, but a world o' th...
Yellows
...are caused by slimy or gritty matter; or to the stoppage of the ro...
You
...ne of those rivers of burning matter: this looks, at a distance, l...
Zeal
...borrowed of you: but it is no matter, this poor show doth better; ...

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    1. Did Johnson write a preface or introduction to his dictionary? I want to use such a preface as a type of essay for use in my Advanced Composition class.

      Thank you,
      Sr. Mary Dominic

    2. Sr. Mary Dominic Pitts, O.P. on May 24th, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    3. Yes, he did. The Preface is transcribed here, and can be seen in Page View on pages 2 through 11.

    4. Brandi on May 24th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    5. ahead

    6. Anonymous on January 6th, 2014 at 10:30 pm
    7. Hi I am writing a paper about Johnson’s dictionary and I and frustrated cause I can’t find anywhere what did he mean by “n.s.”??!!! I’m pretty sure that “n” is for “noun” but what is the “s”????!!!

    8. Bo Wang on May 3rd, 2014 at 10:38 pm
    9. n.s. = “noun substantive”

    10. Mark on May 4th, 2014 at 12:50 am

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