auxesis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n auxesis growth from increase in cell size without cell division
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Auxesis (Rhet) A figure by which a grave and magnificent word is put for the proper word; amplification; hyperbole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n auxesis In rhetoric, amplification; exaggeration; hyperbole; the use of a more unusual and high-sounding word for the ordinary and proper word.
    • n auxesis In mathematics, the ratio in which the element of a figure has to be magnified to make it conform to the corresponding element of a conformable figure.
    • n auxesis In botany, the method of increase in size of the valves of diatoms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Auxesis awk-sē′sis gradual deepening in force of meaning: hyperbole.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., Gr. increase, fr. , , to increase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.