libation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n libation the act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony
    • n libation a serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity
    • n libation (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Libation The act of pouring a liquid or liquor, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity; also, the wine or liquid thus poured out. "A heathen sacrifice or libation to the earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n libation The act of pouring a liquid, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity. Libation was practised by the ancient Greeks and Romans on various occasions, both public and private; and the drink-offering of the Jews was of similar character.
    • n libation The wine or other liquid poured out in honor of a deity; a drink-offering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Libation lī-bā′shun the pouring forth wine or other liquid in honour of a deity: the liquid poured
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. libatio, fr. libare, to take a little from anything, to taste, to pour out as an offering: cf. F. libation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. libation-emlibāre, -ātum; Gr. leibein, to pour.

Usage

In literature:

The two engines were then moved up until they touched and a bottle of wine poured over the last rail as a libation.
"The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad" by W. F. Bailey
No more libations to the Muse!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, March 25, 1893" by Various
They chanted a prayer in unison and spilled half the wine on the ground as a libation.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
To make libations amongst men.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
One evening, after copious libations, a fancy seized them to represent the Judgment of Paris.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
It is my libation on a friendship's grave.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
When each had made libation, and had drunk Sufficient, then, Alcinoues thus began.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
I poured a libation and said in Samoan 'Blessed be our high chief meeting.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
To gain them you have but to take this goblet and pour the libation on yonder altar.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
The mayor was a round, full-eyed personage, whose cheek and nose displayed the result of many a libation to the jolly god.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He went out to the pump to fetch water with his own hands for their first libation.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Trampy seemed in a jovial mood, with his cigar in his mouth, his cheeks flushed with insolence, his eyes moist with libations.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
At their feet libations poured.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
His latest libations had thrown him into a state of almost complete intoxication.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
A last libation ere we part, and hands all round, and then A cordial invitation to us both to come again.
"Second Book of Verse" by Eugene Field
Others poured libations on the tombs of deceased relatives.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Our ceremonial libation also provided my first real opportunity to study Ken Asano at leisure.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
When it is all over, a good many of the actors indulge in libations.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
In every house the first libation and the first morsel of bread were consecrated to him.
"Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru" by Albert Réville
It appeared that overcome by the strong wind, coupled with perhaps the stronger alcoholic libations, I had fallen asleep.
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt
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In poetry:

At Nakisawa
Shrine, I made a libation,
Praying for
My great prince, yet
He now rules the heights of Heaven.
"At Nakisawa" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
RING the bells, nor ring them slowly;
Toll them not, -- the day is holy!
Golden-flooded noon is poured
In grand libation to the Lord.
"Cedar Mountain" by Annie Adams Fields
O spendthrift haste! await the Gods;
The nectar crowns the lips of Patience;
Haste scatters on unthankful sods
The immortal gift in vain libations.
"Hebe" by James Russell Lowell
"Sweetest of all the Ægean Isles," it said,
"Oh, bury me beneath thy fruitful vines,
And pour libations of thy choicest wines;
For, lo, I am the far-famed Thracian singer's head!
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
Thou, Kossuth, wert priest at fair Liberty's shrine,
When the Hapsburg had mingled her blood with the wine;
But the bloody libation was poured not in vain,
The priest at her shrine shall be Kossuth again.
"Verses" by Janet Hamilton
From sylvan glades and meadows green,
From shady haunts and rustic bowers,
With fragrance sweet and pious mien,
They come — the lovely Easter flowers;
Libations pure of sacred dew they bring,
To tender for an Easter offering.
"Easter Offering" by George Hannibal Temple

In news:

It's a good thing that libations master Serafino won't share his secret for making the perfect cosmopolitan.
A couple of light libations set the holiday mood.
OXFORD TOWN – The tunes and weather were smoking hot — but the libations and patrons were totally cool last weekend at the Hill Coutry Picnic in Marshall County.
And with these low-cal libations, I don't feel bad about my choice at all.
Amanti Vino Recommends Liquid Libations to Celebrate Thanksgiving.
Libation, 761 Eighth St, Arcata.
Who happens to be a local transplant -- will perform his regular gig at Libation in Arcata on Tuesday night.
When we think of the ever-so-grand Fairmont in San Francisco, our mind does tend to wander to indoor rainshowers and potent libations.
Our editor blogs on his adventure when pairing lakes and libations in Traverse City.
A popular medieval libation makes a comeback.
Bacon, not stirred: Lard-laced libations are all the rage.
A popular medieval libation makes a comeback .
Event will feature a costume party and libations.
If you're lucky enough to have a sommelier as a friend, son, sister, nephew or niece, I think it's a safe bet that your holiday libations are a step up from the rest of us.
And sipping a libation is as much a part of the game as pigskin and chicken wings.
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In science:

Doran’s sarcastic comments (after numerous libations) at the Banff Summer School 1995 (wil l the paral lel transport of a vector around a closed loop turn it into a bottle of port?) goaded me into coming up with a simple example to prove my case.
Polydimensional Relativity, a Classical Generalization of the Automorphism Invariance Principle
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