• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • -ous (Chem) A suffix denoting that the element indicated by the name bearing it, has a valence lower than that denoted by the termination -ic; as, nitrous, mercurous, ferrous, sulphurous, etc., as contrasted with nitric, mercuric, ferric, sulphuric, etc.
    • -ous An adjective suffix meaning full of abounding in having possessing the qualities of like; as in gracious, abounding in grace; arduous, full of ardor; bulbous, having bulbs, bulblike; riotous, poisonous, piteous, joyous, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • -ous A suffix of Latin origin, forming, from nouns, adjectives denoting fullness or abundance, or sometimes merely the presence, of the thing or quality expressed by the noun, as in callous, famous, generous, odious, religious, sumptuous, vicious, etc. (see etymology). Many modern English adjectives taken directly from the Latin have -ose, as jocose, verbose, with or without an equivalent form in -ous, as herbose herbous, onerose onerous, vinose vinous, spicous spicose, etc., the form in -ose being especially common in botanical terms. By reason of the agreement in the terminal pronunciation of English adjectives in -ous and the English pronunciation of Latin adjectives in -us (in Latin a mere nominative termination), many such adjectives in -us have been transferred into English with the accommodated termination -ous, as anxious, conspicuous, devious, obvious, previous, serious, etc., from Latin anxius, conspicuus, devius, obvius, prævius, serius, etc. So with Latin or New Latin adjectives in -us from Greek -ος, as in acephalous, etc. The suffix -ous is felt as an English formative only when a noun accompanies the adjective, as in famous, odious, religious, ambitious, etc., associated with the nouns fame, odium, religion, ambition, etc. It is sometimes used (as also -ose), as an English formative, attached to words of non-Latin origin, as in quartzous or quartzose, etc.
    • n -ous In chem., a suffix used to denote the presence in a compound of a relatively electronegative constituent in smaller proportion than in the corresponding compound of which the name bears the suffix -ic. In each case the suffix is attached to the name of the relatively electropositive constituent, as ferrous oxid (FeO) and ferric oxid (Fe2O3), stannous chlorid (SnCl2) and stannic chlorid (SnCl4).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. -ous, us, -os, F. -eux, fr. L. -osus, and -us,. Cf. -ose


In literature:

It waters, together with the Dee, Ouse, Shannon, and Jordan, a fine district of the same name.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
They are by the banks of the rapid Ouse.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Have to admit I've always been cur'ous about the Professor.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Me don' blem 'im neida, don' ketch me out de 'ouse night lak dat fu no man.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
But, though on this Horb I'm destined to grovel, I'm ne'er seen in an 'Ouse, in an 'Ut, nor an 'Ovel.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
My smoke-'ouse runnin' short, en I'll des chop 'im up en pickle 'im.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Ken I peddle limonade nigh de co't 'ouse do', sah, yer honah?
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
An' it's a cur'ous fact, that the rougher a trip is the more I like it.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the case of the Sussex Ouse this is most remarkable.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
And sleep in the 'ouse without the blessin' of matrimony he can't, my pretty, so that's all about it.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume

In poetry:

To Hapsly Ouse next day
Drives up a Broosh and for,
A gracious prince sits in that Shay
I mention him with Hor!)
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
"So, 'ere I am," 'e sez, an' grins again.
"A promise is a promise 'mong us men."
Sez I, "You come up to the 'ouse.
Ole Dad won't rouse
When once 'e's got yer strength, an' as for Mar,
She'll kiss yeh when she finds out 'oo yeh are."
"Digger Smith" by C J Dennis
"O, Pocahontas, brave!
Thou beaut'ous queen! thou givest thy love to me,
As did Dian, unasked, — an offering free.
Cursed be the treach'rous knave,
Who would forget his manhood and destroy
Thy noble soul, or with thy affections toy.
"Capt. Smith And Pocahontas" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
It's cur'ous wot a show-down the month of April makes,
Between the reely livin', an' the things 'at's only fakes!
Machines an' barns an' buildin's, they never give no sign;
But the livin' things look lively w'en Spring is on the line.
"How Spring Comes To Shasta Jim" by Henry Van Dyke
When I think back on it I go all 'ot.
I was that blind I never even seen,
Nor looked to see no changes in Doreen.
I was content to 'ave 'er on the spot
Dodgin' about the 'ouse in 'er calm way,
To chirp, "Yes, Bill," to everything I say.
"Narcissus" by C J Dennis
That's wot I done. I gits out uv the 'ouse
All dignified. An', jist to show 'er 'ow
Reel unconcerned I am, I starts to rouse
Me neighbour, Wally Free, about 'is cow
Wot's got in to me cabbages, an' et
Close on a row uv 'em. I'll shoot 'er yet!
"The Faltering Knight" by C J Dennis

In news:

How can I protect Active Directory (AD) objects such as organizational units (OUs) from accidental deletion by administrators.
Tunisia's Ous Mellouli Becomes First Pool/Open Water Double Gold Medalist with 10K Victory.
Have the Marvel-ous Wedding You've Always Dreamed Was Possible.
When not drumming for delirious, Suspiri -ous bloodfeasters Zombi, A.E.
OUS earns SACS CASI accreditation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tunisia's Ous Mellouli won the 400-meter freestyle at the Janet Evans Invitational on Saturday night, his first meet since coming off a drug suspension.
Tunisia's Ous Mellouli Targeted by Islamic Radicalist Group.
TUNIS, Tunisia, August 14 REPORTS out of Tunisia state that Tunisian Olympic gold medalist Ous Mellouli has been the target of a Facebook campaign by extremist group Ansar al Chariaa.
With US ousing starts expected to double, prices could hit a record high.
Ginsburg gets Glamour -ous treatment.
A gorge -ous Christmas holiday in Spain.
A Marvel-ous comic book opus .
Fehrenbach, the fam-ous Texas historian, I found an old man given to gloomy pronouncements about mortality wearing a camel hair sport coat that seemed almost to swallow him.
Have a person named #&ddy and another named %#ouse.
Marvel(ous) previews for 'Mighty Thor ' & 'X-Men: Schism.

In science:

In their landmark 1986 paper on card shuffling , Ald ous and Diaconis posed as a challenge the analysis of the cyclic-to-random shuffle.
Shuffling by semi-random transpositions
The relationship between quantum fields and continu ous random fields particularly depends on the signi ficantly different measurement a lgebras of the two theories, which I discuss below.
Models of measurement for quantum fields and for classical continuous random fields
Teschner, Clebsch-Gordan and Racah-Wigner coefficients for a continu ous series of representations of Uq (sl(2, R)), Comm.
Nonrational conformal field theory
Hannafious, Are al l Boer-Mulders functions alike?, Phys.
Generalized parton correlation functions for a spin-0 hadron
Adding the somewhat superflous (CM2 ), we have increasing cautious monotony from (wCM ) to full (CMω ).
Size and Logic