AGUE

ague

(noun) a fit of shivering or shaking

ague, chills and fever

(noun) successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

ague (countable and uncountable, plural agues)

(obsolete) An acute fever.

(pathology) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.

The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever

A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.

(obsolete) Malaria.

Usage notes

The pronunciation /ˈeɪɡ/ is a common pronunciation by people to whom this is a book word (a word one learns by reading and has never heard spoken). /ˈeɪ.ɡju/ is the standard pronunciation.

Verb

ague (third-person singular simple present agues, present participle aguing, simple past and past participle agued)

(transitive) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.

Anagrams

• gaue

Source: Wiktionary


A"gue, n. Etym: [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See Acute.]

1. An acute fever. [Obs.] "Brenning agues." P. Plowman.

2. (Med.)

Definition: An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.

3. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague.

4. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold. Dryden. Ague cake, an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague.

– Ague drop, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague.

– Ague fit, a fit of the ague. Shak.

– Ague spell, a spell or charm against ague. Gay.

– Ague tree, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.]

A"gue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agued.]

Definition: To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit. Heywood.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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