Levigate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Levigate Made less harsh or burdensome; alleviated.
    • a Levigate Made smooth, as if polished.
    • v. t Levigate To make smooth in various senses "When use hath levigated the organs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • levigate To rub or grind to a fine impalpable powder, as in a mortar. See levigation.
    • levigate To plane; polish; make smooth.
    • levigate Smooth as if polished; having a polished surface: applied in botany to leaves, seeds, etc. Also lævigate.
    • levigate To lighten; make light of; belittle the importance of.
    • levigate Lightened; alleviated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Levigate lev′i-gāt to make smooth: to grind to a fine, impalpable powder
    • adj Levigate made smooth, polished
    • v.t Levigate lev′i-gāt to lighten, belittle.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare, to make smooth, fr. lēvis, smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lĕvigāre, -ātumlĕvis, light.

Usage

In literature:

Is levigated talc passed through a silk sieve.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
Make a mixture of cream of tartar, 2 parts; levigated chalk, 2 parts; and alum, 1 part.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Levigate -us: with a smooth, somewhat shiny surface.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Mark first the rationale of the thing: Hear logic rivel and levigate the deed.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The whole was then covered with a very fine siliceous glaze, probably formed of soda and well-levigated sand.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The most usual method of levigation is by means of a flat table ABCD, Pl.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Levigate all up fine, form into pills and administer.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
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