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ANCIENT LIGHTS at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

to compare features of extinct animals with living analogues.noun (plural analogies)
1 [C] ~ (between A and B) | ~ (with sth) a comparison of one thing with another thing that has similar features; a feature that is similar:
The teacher drew an analogy between the human heart and a pump. * There are no analogies with any previous legal cases.
2 [U] the process of comparing one thing with another thing that has similar features in order to explain it:
learning by analogy(BrE) (AmE analyze) verb
1 to examine the nature or structure of sth, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it:
[VN] The job involves gathering and analysing data. * He tried to analyse his feelings. * The first step is to define and analyse the problem. * [V wh-] We need to analyse what went wrong.
2 [VN] = PSYCHOANALYSE1 [U, C] the detailed study or examination of sth in order to understand more about it; the result of the study:
statistical analysis * The book is an analysis of poverty and its causes. * At the meeting they presented a detailed analysis of twelve schools in a London borough.
2 [U, C] a careful examination of a substance in order to find out what it consists of:
The blood samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis. * You can ask for a chemical analysis of your tap water.
In analysis the individual resolves difficult emotional conflicts.
in the final / last analysis used to say what is most important after everything has been discussed, or considered:
In the final analysis, humour is a matter of individual interpretation.noun
1 a person whose job involves examining facts or materials in order to give an opinion on them:
a political / food analyst * City analysts forecast pre-tax profits of 」40 billion this year.
2 = PSYCHOANALYSTadjective
1 using a logical method of thinking about sth in order to understand it, especially by looking at all the parts separately:
She has a clear analytical mind. * an analytic approach to the problem
2 using scientific analysis in order to find out about sth:
analytical methods of research * analytical chemistry
analytically adverb:
Tests that measure children's ability to think analytically are being introduced in a number of schools.(AmE) = ANALYSEnoun
[U] the political belief that laws and governments are not necessarynoun
a person who believes that laws and governments are not necessary
anarchistic adjectivenoun
[U] a situation in a country, an organization, etc. in which there is no government, order or control:
The overthrow of the military regime was followed by a period of anarchy. * There was complete anarchy in the classroom when their usual teacher was away.
anarchic ) adjective:
It had become a lawless, anarchic city in which corruption thrived.noun
[U, C, usually sing.] (formal) a thing or an idea which you hate because it is the opposite of what you believe:
Racial prejudice is (an) anathema to me.noun
a scientist who studies anatomynoun (plural anatomies)
1 [U] the scientific study of the structure of human or animal bodies:
the department of anatomy and physiology
2 [C, U] the structure of an animal or a plant:
the anatomy of the horse * human anatomy
3 [C] (humorous) a person's body:
Various parts of his anatomy were clearly visible.
4 [C] (formal) an examination of what sth is like, the way it works or why it happens:
an anatomy of the current recession
anatomical adjective:
anatomical diagrams
anatomically adverbnoun
1 a person in your family who lived a long time ago:
His ancestors had come to America from Ireland.
2 an animal that lived in the past which a modern animal has developed from:
a reptile that was the common ancestor of lizards and turtles
3 an early form of a machine which later became more developed
The ancestor of the modern bicycle was called a penny-farthing.
ancestral adjective:
her ancestral home (= that had belonged to her ancestors and that she had inherited from them)noun
[C, usually sing, U] (plural ancestries) the family or the race of people that you are descended from:
to have Scottish ancestry * He was able to trace his ancestry back over 1 000 years.noun, verb

1 a heavy metal object that is

Ancient lights at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Light \Light\ (l[imac]t), n. [OE. light, liht, AS. le['o]ht;
akin to OS. lioht, D. & G. licht, OHG. lioht, Goth.
liuha[thorn], Icel. lj[=o]s, L. lux light, lucere to shine,
Gr. leyko`s white, Skr. ruc to shine. [root]122. Cf. {Lucid},
{Lunar}, {Luminous}, {Lynx}.]
1. That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of
which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered
visible or luminous.

Note: Light was regarded formerly as consisting of material
particles, or corpuscules, sent off in all directions
from luminous bodies, and traversing space, in right
lines, with the known velocity of about 186,300 miles
per second; but it is now generally understood to
consist, not in any actual transmission of particles or
substance, but in the propagation of vibrations or
undulations in a subtile, elastic medium, or ether,
assumed to pervade all space, and to be thus set in
vibratory motion by the action of luminous bodies, as
the atmosphere is by sonorous bodies. This view of the
nature of light is known as the undulatory or wave
theory; the other, advocated by Newton (but long since
abandoned), as the corpuscular, emission, or Newtonian
theory. A more recent theory makes light to consist in
electrical oscillations, and is known as the
electro-magnetic theory of light.

2. That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the
sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc.

Then he called for a light, and sprang in. --Acts
xvi. 29.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to
rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the
night. --Gen. i. 16.

3. The time during which the light of the sun is visible;
day; especially, the dawn of day.

The murderer, rising with the light, killeth the
poor and needy. --Job xxiv.

4. The brightness of the eye or eyes.

He seemed to find his way without his eyes; For out
o' door he went without their helps, And, to the
last, bended their light on me. --Shak.

5. The medium through which light is admitted, as a window,
or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the
compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions.

There were windows in three rows, and light was
against light in three ranks. --I Kings

6. Life; existence.

O, spring to light, auspicious Babe, be born!

7. Open view; a visible state or condition; public
observation; publicity.

The duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answered;
he would never bring them to light. --Shak.

8. The power of perception by vision.

My strength faileth me; as for the light of my eyes,
it also is gone from me. --Ps. xxxviii.

9. That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or
spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge;

He shall never know That I had any light of this
from thee. --Shak.

10. Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and thy health shall spring forth speedily. --Is.
lviii. 8.

11. (Paint.) The manner in which the light strikes upon a
picture; that part of a picture which represents those
objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the
more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; --
opposed to {shade}. Cf. {Chiaroscuro}.

12. Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances
presented to view; point of view; as, to state things
fairly and put them in the right light.

Frequent consideration of a thing . . . shows it in
its several lights and various ways of appearance.

13. One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example;
as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.

Joan of Arc, A light of ancient France. --Tennyson.

14. (Pyrotech.) A firework made by filling a case with a
substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored
flame; as, a Bengal light.

Note: Light is used figuratively to denote that which
resembles physical light in any respect, as
illuminating, benefiting, enlightening, or enlivening

{Ancient lights} (Law), {Calcium light}, {Flash light}, etc.
See under {Ancient}, {Calcium}, etc.

{Light ball} (Mil.), a ball of combustible materials, used to
afford light; -- sometimes made so as to be fired from a
cannon or mortar, or to be carried up by a rocket.

{Light barrel} (Mil.), an empty powder barrel pierced with
holes and filled with shavings soaked in pitch, used to
light up a ditch or a breach.

{Light dues} (Com.), tolls levied on ships navigating certain
waters, for the maintenance of lighthouses.

{Light iron}, a candlestick. [Obs.]

{Light keeper}, a person appointed to take care of a
lighthouse or light-ship.

{Light money}, charges laid by government on shipping
entering a port, for the maintenance of lighthouses and

{The light of the countenance}, favor; kindness; smiles.

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon
us. --Ps. iv. 6.

{Northern lights}. See {Aurora borealis}, under {Aurora}.

{To bring to light}, to cause to be disclosed.

{To come to light}, to be disclosed.

{To see the light}, to come into the light; hence, to come
into the world or into public notice; as, his book never
saw the light.

Ancient \An"cient\, a. [OE. auncien, F. ancien, LL. antianus,
fr. L. ante before. See {Ante-}, pref.]
1. Old; that happened or existed in former times, usually at
a great distance of time; belonging to times long past;
specifically applied to the times before the fall of the
Roman empire; -- opposed to {modern}; as, ancient authors,
literature, history; ancient days.

Witness those ancient empires of the earth.

Gildas Albanius . . . much ancienter than his
namesake surnamed the Wise. --Fuller.

2. Old; that has been of long duration; of long standing; of
great age; as, an ancient forest; an ancient castle. ``Our
ancient bickerings.'' --Shak.

Remove not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers
have set. --Prov. xxii.

An ancient man, strangely habited, asked for
quarters. --Scott.

3. Known for a long time, or from early times; -- opposed to
{recent} or {new}; as, the ancient continent.

A friend, perhaps, or an ancient acquaintance.

4. Dignified, like an aged man; magisterial; venerable.

He wrought but some few hours of the day, and then
would he seem very grave and ancient. --Holland.

5. Experienced; versed. [Obs.]

Though [he] was the youngest brother, yet he was the
most ancient in the business of the realm.

6. Former; sometime. [Obs.]

They mourned their ancient leader lost. --Pope.

{Ancient demesne} (Eng. Law), a tenure by which all manors
belonging to the crown, in the reign of William the
Conqueror, were held. The numbers, names, etc., of these
were all entered in a book called Domesday Book.

{Ancient lights} (Law), windows and other openings which have
been enjoined without molestation for more than twenty
years. In England, and in some of the United States, they
acquire a prescriptive right.

Syn: Old; primitive; pristine; antique; antiquated;
old-fashioned; obsolete.

Usage: {Ancient}, {Antiquated}, {Obsolete}, {Antique},
{Antic}, {Old}. -- Ancient is opposed to modern, and
has antiquity; as, an ancient family, ancient
landmarks, ancient institutions, systems of thought,
etc. Antiquated describes that which has gone out of
use or fashion; as, antiquated furniture, antiquated
laws, rules, etc. Obsolete is commonly used, instead
of antiquated, in reference to language, customs,
etc.; as, an obsolete word or phrase, an obsolete
expression. Antique is applied, in present usage,
either to that which has come down from the ancients;
as, an antique cameo, bust, etc.; or to that which is
made to imitate some ancient work of art; as, an
antique temple. In the days of Shakespeare, antique
was often used for ancient; as, ``an antique song,''
``an antique Roman;'' and hence, from singularity
often attached to what is ancient, it was used in the
sense of grotesque; as, ``an oak whose antique root
peeps out; '' and hence came our present word antic,
denoting grotesque or ridiculous. We usually apply
both ancient and old to things subject to gradual
decay. We say, an old man, an ancient record; but
never, the old stars, an old river or mountain. In
general, however, ancient is opposed to modern, and
old to new, fresh, or recent. When we speak of a thing
that existed formerly, which has ceased to exist, we
commonly use ancient; as, ancient republics, ancient
heroes; and not old republics, old heroes. But when
the thing which began or existed in former times is
still in existence, we use either ancient or old; as,
ancient statues or paintings, or old statues or
paintings; ancient authors, or old authors, meaning