cense

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cense perfume especially with a censer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cense A census; -- also, a public rate or tax.
    • Cense Condition; rank.
    • v. i Cense To burn or scatter incense.
    • v. t Cense To perfume with odors from burning gums and spices. "The Salii sing and cense his altars round."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cense A public rate or tax.
    • n cense A census; an enumeration.
    • n cense Condition as to property; rank.
    • cense To perfume with odors from burning gums and spices; burn incense before or about.
    • cense To scatter incense.
    • n cense Incense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cense sens to burn incense before:
    • n Cense (obs.) a public rate or tax: rank, condition
    • v.t Cense sens (obs.) to think
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cense, F. cens, L. census,. See Census
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Census.

Usage

In literature:

Dicet aliquis: Quid igitur censes?
"De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino" by Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
Note the figure of our Lord and censing angels on W. front, as at Chewton.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
Thou art censed with natron.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
When Charles V. came to England, in 1522, Wolsey again said Mass at St. Paul's, with twenty bishops to cense him.
"Old St. Paul's Cathedral" by William Benham
Having censed it carefully, he took a higher throne and divested himself of part of his robes.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Having censed it carefully, he took a higher throne and divested himself of part of his robes.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
A procession is made through each house to cense every room.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
On the north side are to be found: (1) Angel with pipe and tabor; another censing.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
To be brief, there was no cense of pain afterwards; but within five or six days the wounds were sicatrised and entirely healed.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
After another prayer the ashes are thrice sprinkled with holy water and thrice censed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
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In news:

I've seen the Kathmandu corpses, garlanded with marigolds, burned to a crisp, holy smoke sifting across the river, censing the air for the tourists.
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In science:

Selecting such targets from c2d ensured that full censes of their embedded stellar populations and their properties would be available around the same time that COMPLETE was finished.
The COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions: Phase I Data
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