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n. Archaic
A weaver of cloth.

[Middle English, from Old English webbestre, feminine of webba, weaver, from webb, web; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Textiles) an archaic word for weaver1
[Old English webbestre, from webba a weaver, from webb web]


1. (Biography) Daniel. 1782–1852, US politician and orator
2. (Biography) John. ?1580–?1625, English dramatist, noted for his revenge tragedies The White Devil (?1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (?1613)
3. (Biography) Noah. 1758–1843, US lexicographer, famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)
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(ˈwɛb stər)

n. Archaic.
a weaver.
[before 1100]


(ˈwɛb stər)

1. Daniel, 1782–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
2. John, c1580–1625?, English playwright.
3. Noah, 1758–1843, U.S. lexicographer and essayist.
4. Informal. Also, Web′ster's. a dictionary of the English language.
Web•ste′ri•an (-ˈstɪər i ən) adj.
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3.webster - United States lexicographer (1758-1843)Webster - United States lexicographer (1758-1843)
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Johnson never attained to that erudition; Noah Webster's ark does not hold it.
I then commenced and continued copying the Italics in Webster's Spelling Book, until I could make them all without looking on the book.
"What do I mean, indeed; I mean to have YOU," he THOUGHT, "and at least, eighty thousand dollars, or dictionaries, Webster's inclusive, were made in vain."
How or where she got it I do not know, but in some way she procured an old copy of Webster's "blue-back" spelling-book, which contained the alphabet, followed by such meaningless words as "ab," "ba," "ca," "da." I began at once to devour this book, and I think that it was the first one I ever had in my hands.
"What kind o' statoo--Washington or Webster?" asked one of the Kearney brothers, without looking up from his work.
I found him lying at anchor on the Alameda side of the estuary near the Webster Street bridge, with visitors aboard, whom he was entertaining with afternoon wine.
Also, to add to the absurd humor of the situation, Judge Stephen, of the High Court of Justice, spoke the final word that compelled the telephone legally to be a telegraph, and sustained his opinion by a quotation from Webster's Dictionary, which was published twenty years before the telephone was invented.
Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word 'miasma' as 'an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation'; and, in the opinion of Mr Robert Ferguson, his late employer, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily.
"And yet they are very clever--at least," Katharine added, "I suppose they have all read Webster."
The Elizabethan tendency to sensational horror finds its greatest artistic expression in two plays of John Webster, 'The White Devil, or Vittoria Corombona,' and 'The Duchess of Malfi.' Here the corrupt and brutal life of the Italian nobility of the Renaissance is presented with terrible frankness, but with an overwhelming sense for passion, tragedy, and pathos.
This event happened previous to the expulsion of the tyrant Christiern the Second from Sweden." The battle which I witnessed took place in the Presidency of Polk, five years before the passage of Webster's Fugitive-Slave Bill.
The mayor of the village, in delivering the prize to the author of it, made a warm speech in which he said that it was by far the most "eloquent" thing he had ever listened to, and that Daniel Webster himself might well be proud of it.

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