Accuse Ac*cuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Accused; p. pr. & vb. n. Accusing.] [OF. acuser, F. accuser, L. accusare, to call to account, accuse; ad + causa cause, lawsuit. Cf. Cause.] 1. To charge with, or declare to have committed, a crime or offense; (Law) to charge with an offense, judicially or by a public process; -- with of; as, to accuse one of a high crime or misdemeanor. Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. --Acts xxiv. 13. We are accused of having persuaded Austria and Sardinia to lay down their arms. --Macaulay. 2. To charge with a fault; to blame; to censure. Their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another. --Rom. ii. 15. 3. To betray; to show. [L.] --Sir P. Sidney. Syn: To charge; blame; censure; reproach; criminate; indict; impeach; arraign. Usage: To Accuse, Charge, Impeach, Arraign. These words agree in bringing home to a person the imputation of wrongdoing. To accuse is a somewhat formal act, and is applied usually (though not exclusively) to crimes; as, to accuse of treason. Charge is the most generic. It may refer to a crime, a dereliction of duty, a fault, etc.; more commonly it refers to moral delinquencies; as, to charge with dishonesty or falsehood. To arraign is to bring (a person) before a tribunal for trial; as, to arraign one before a court or at the bar public opinion. To impeach is officially to charge with misbehavior in office; as, to impeach a minister of high crimes. Both impeach and arraign convey the idea of peculiar dignity or impressiveness., Accusingly Ac*cus"ing*ly, adv. In an accusing manner., Affuse Af*fuse" ([a^]f*f[=u]z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affused (-f[=u]zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Affusing.] [L. affusus, p. p. of affundere to pour to; ad + fundere. See Fuse.] To pour out or upon. [R.] I first affused water upon the compressed beans. --Boyle., Amuse A*muse" ([.a]*m[=u]z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amused ([.a]*m[=u]zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Amusing.] [F. amuser to make stay, to detain, to amuse, [`a] (L. ad) + OF. muser. See Muse, v.] 1. To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder. [Obs.] Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold. --Holland. Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house. --Fuller. 2. To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert. A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake. --Gilpin. 3. To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude. He amused his followers with idle promises. --Johnson. Syn: To entertain; gratify; please; divert; beguile; deceive; occupy. Usage: To Amuse, Divert, Entertain. We are amused by that which occupies us lightly and pleasantly. We are entertained by that which brings our minds into agreeable contact with others, as conversation, or a book. We are diverted by that which turns off our thoughts to something of livelier interest, especially of a sportive nature, as a humorous story, or a laughable incident. Whatever amuses serves to kill time, to lull the faculties, and to banish reflection. Whatever entertains usually awakens the understanding or gratifies the fancy. Whatever diverts is lively in its nature, and sometimes tumultuous in its effects. --Crabb., Amusing A*mus"ing, a. Giving amusement; diverting; as, an amusing story. -- A*mus"ing*ly, adv., Amusing A*mus"ing, a. Giving amusement; diverting; as, an amusing story. -- A*mus"ing*ly, adv., Arouse A*rouse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aroused; p. pr. & vb. n. Arousing.] [Pref. a- + rouse.] To excite to action from a state of rest; to stir, or put in motion or exertion; to rouse; to excite; as, to arouse one from sleep; to arouse the dormant faculties. Grasping his spear, forth issued to arouse His brother, mighty sovereign on the host. --Cowper. No suspicion was aroused. --Merivale., Carousing Ca*rous"ing, a. That carouses; relating to a carouse., Carouse Ca*rouse", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caroused; p. pr. & vb. n. Carousing.] To drink deeply or freely in compliment; to take part in a carousal; to engage in drunken revels. He had been aboard, carousing to his mates. --Shak., Carousingly Ca*rous"ing*ly, adv. In the manner of a carouser., Caucus Cau"cus, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caucused; p. pr. & vb. n. Caucusing.] To hold, or meet in, a caucus or caucuses., Cause Cause, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caused; p. pr. & v. n. Causing.] [F. causer, fr. cause, fr. L. causa. See Cause, n., and cf. Acouse.] To effect as an agent; to produce; to be the occasion of; to bring about; to bring into existence; to make; -- usually followed by an infinitive, sometimes by that with a finite verb. I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days. --Gen. vii. 4. Cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans. --Col. iv. 16. Syn: To create; produce; beget; effect; occasion; originate; induce; bring about., Chorus Cho"rus, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chorused; p. pr. & vb. n. Chorusing.] To sing in chorus; to exclaim simultaneously. --W. D. Howells., Chouse Chouse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Choused; p. pr. & vb. n. Chousing.] [From Turk. ch[=a][=u]sh a messenger or interpreter, one of whom, attached to the Turkish embassy, in 1609 cheated the Turkish merchants resident in England out of [pounds]4,000.] To cheat, trick, defraud; -- followed by of, or out of; as, to chouse one out of his money. [Colloq.] The undertaker of the afore-cited poesy hath choused your highness. --Landor., Contuse Con*tuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contused; p. pr. & vb. n. Contusing.] [L. contusus, p. p. of contundere to beat, crush; con- + tundere to beat, akin to Skr. tud (for stud) to strike, Goth. stautan. See Stutter.] 1. To beat, pound, or together. Roots, barks, and seeds contused together. --Bacon. 2. To bruise; to injure or disorganize a part without breaking the skin. Contused wound, a wound attended with bruising., Diffuse Dif*fuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diffused; p. pr. & vb. n. Diffusing.] [L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere to pour out, to diffuse; dif- = dis- + fundere to pour. See Fuse to melt.] To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow on all sides; to send out, or extend, in all directions; to spread; to circulate; to disseminate; to scatter; as to diffuse information. Thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite. --Milton. We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations. --Whewell. Syn: To expand; spread; circulate; extend; scatter; disperse; publish; proclaim., Disuse Dis*use" (?; see Dis-), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disused; p. pr. & vb. n. Disusing.] 1. To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of. 2. To disaccustom; -- with to or from; as, disused to toil. ``Disuse me from . . . pain.' --Donne., Douse Douse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doused; p. pr. & vb. n. Dousing.] [Cf. Dowse, and OD. donsen to strike with the fist on the back, Sw. dunsa to fall down violently and noisily; perh. akin to E. din.] 1. To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse; to dowse. --Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. (Naut.) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail., Dousing-chock Dous"ing-chock`, n. (Shipbuilding) One of several pieces fayed across the apron and lapped in the knightheads, or inside planking above the upper deck. --Ham. Nav. Encyc., Effuse Ef*fuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effused; p. pr. & vb. n. Effusing.] To pour out like a stream or freely; to cause to exude; to shed. [R.] With gushing blood effused. --Milton., Focus Fo"cus, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Focused; p. pr. & vb. n. Focusing.] To bring to a focus; to focalize; as, to focus a camera. --R. Hunt., Fuse Fuse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fused (fuzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Fusing.] [L. fusus, p. p. of fundere to pour, melt, cast. See Foundo to cast, and cf. Futile.] 1. To liquefy by heat; to render fiuid; to dissolve; to melt. 2. To unite or blend, as if melted together. Whose fancy fuses old and new. --Tennyson., Fuse Fuse, v. i. 1. To be reduced from a solid to a Quid state by heat; to be melted; to melt. 2. To be blended, as if melted together. Fusing point, the degree of temperature at which a substance melts; the point of fusion., Houseline House"line`, n. (Naut.) A small line of three strands used for seizing; -- called also housing. --Totten., Housing Hous"ing, n. [From House. In some of its senses this word has been confused with the following word.] 1. The act of putting or receiving under shelter; the state of dwelling in a habitation. 2. That which shelters or covers; houses, taken collectively. --Fabyan. 3. (Arch.) (a) The space taken out of one solid, to admit the insertion of part of another, as the end of one timber in the side of another. (b) A niche for a statue. 4. (Mach.) A frame or support for holding something in place, as journal boxes, etc. 5. (Naut.) (a) That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel. (b) A covering or protection, as an awning over the deck of a ship when laid up. (c) A houseline. See Houseline., Infuse In*fuse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Infused; p. pr. & vb. n. Infusing.] [L. infusus, p. p. of infundere to pour in or into; pref. in- in + fundere to pour: cf. F. infuser. See Found to cast.] 1. To pour in, as a liquid; to pour (into or upon); to shed. That strong Circean liquor cease to infuse. --Denham. 2. To instill, as principles or qualities; to introduce. That souls of animals infuse themselves Into the trunks of men. --Shak. Why should he desire to have qualities infused into his son which himself never possessd? --Swift. 3. To inspire; to inspirit or animate; to fill; -- followed by with. Infuse his breast with magnanimity. --Shak. Infusing him with self and vain conceit. --Shak. 4. To steep in water or other fluid without boiling, for the propose of extracting medicinal qualities; to soak. One scruple of dried leaves is infused in ten ounces of warm water. --Coxe. 5. To make an infusion with, as an ingredient; to tincture; to saturate. [R.] --Bacon., Mouse Mouse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Moused; p. pr. & vb. n. Mousing.] 1. To watch for and catch mice. 2. To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something., Mousing Mous"ing, n. 1. The act of hunting mice. 2. (Naut.) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out. 3. A ratchet movement in a loom. Mousing hook, a hook with an attachment which prevents its unhooking., Mousing Mous"ing, n. 1. The act of hunting mice. 2. (Naut.) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out. 3. A ratchet movement in a loom. Mousing hook, a hook with an attachment which prevents its unhooking., Muse Muse, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mused; p. pr. & vb. n. Musing.] [F. muser to loiter or trifle, orig., to stand with open mouth, fr. LL. musus, morsus, muzzle, snout, fr. L. morsus a biting, bite, fr. mordere to bite. See Morsel, and cf. Amuse, Muzzle, n.] 1. To think closely; to study in silence; to meditate. ``Thereon mused he.' --Chaucer. He mused upon some dangerous plot. --Sir P. Sidney. 2. To be absent in mind; to be so occupied in study or contemplation as not to observe passing scenes or things present; to be in a brown study. --Daniel. 3. To wonder. [Obs.] --Spenser. B. Jonson. Syn: To consider; meditate; ruminate. See Ponder.