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English Dictionary: earth- closet by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Earth \Earth\, n. [AS. eor[?]e; akin to OS. ertha, OFries.
      irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. j[94]r[?], Sw. &
      Dan. jord, Goth. a[c6]rpa, OHG. ero, Gr. [?], adv., to earth,
      and perh. to E. ear to plow.]
      1. The globe or planet which we inhabit; the world, in
            distinction from the sun, moon, or stars. Also, this world
            as the dwelling place of mortals, in distinction from the
            dwelling place of spirits.
  
                     That law preserves the earth a sphere And guides the
                     planets in their course.                     --S. Rogers.
  
                     In heaven, or earth, or under earth, in hell.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. The solid materials which make up the globe, in
            distinction from the air or water; the dry land.
  
                     God called the dry land earth.            --Gen. i. 10.
  
                     He is pure air and fire, and the dull elements of
                     earth and water never appear in him.   --Shak.
  
      3. The softer inorganic matter composing part of the surface
            of the globe, in distinction from the firm rock; soil of
            all kinds, including gravel, clay, loam, and the like;
            sometimes, soil favorable to the growth of plants; the
            visible surface of the globe; the ground; as, loose earth;
            rich earth.
  
                     Give him a little earth for charity.   --Shak.
  
      4. A part of this globe; a region; a country; land.
  
                     Would I had never trod this English earth. --Shak.
  
      5. Worldly things, as opposed to spiritual things; the
            pursuits, interests, and allurements of this life.
  
                     Our weary souls by earth beguiled.      --Keble.
  
      6. The people on the globe.
  
                     The whole earth was of one language.   --Gen. xi. 1.
  
      7. (Chem.)
            (a) Any earthy-looking metallic oxide, as alumina,
                  glucina, zirconia, yttria, and thoria.
            (b) A similar oxide, having a slight alkaline reaction, as
                  lime, magnesia, strontia, baryta.
  
      8. A hole in the ground, where an animal hides himself; as,
            the earth of a fox. --Macaulay.
  
                     They [ferrets] course the poor conies out of their
                     earths.                                             --Holland.
  
      Note: Earth is used either adjectively or in combination to
               form compound words; as, earth apple or earth-apple;
               earth metal or earth-metal; earth closet or
               earth-closet.
  
      {Adamic earth}, {Bitter earth}, {Bog earth}, {Chian earth},
            etc. See under {Adamic}, {Bitter}, etc.
  
      {Alkaline earths}. See under {Alkaline}.
  
      {Earth apple}. (Bot.)
            (a) A potato.
            (b) A cucumber.
  
      {Earth auger}, a form of auger for boring into the ground; --
            called also {earth borer}.
  
      {Earth bath}, a bath taken by immersing the naked body in
            earth for healing purposes.
  
      {Earth battery} (Physics), a voltaic battery the elements of
            which are buried in the earth to be acted on by its
            moisture.
  
      {Earth chestnut}, the pignut.
  
      {Earth closet}, a privy or commode provided with dry earth or
            a similar substance for covering and deodorizing the
            f[91]cal discharges.
  
      {Earth dog} (Zo[94]l.), a dog that will dig in the earth, or
            enter holes of foxes, etc.
  
      {Earth hog}, {Earth pig} (Zo[94]l.), the aard-vark.
  
      {Earth hunger}, an intense desire to own land, or, in the
            case of nations, to extend their domain.
  
      {Earth light} (Astron.), the light reflected by the earth, as
            upon the moon, and corresponding to moonlight; -- called
            also {earth shine}. --Sir J. Herschel.
  
      {Earth metal}. See 1st {Earth}, 7. (Chem.)
  
      {Earth oil}, petroleum.
  
      {Earth pillars} [or] {pyramids} (Geol.), high pillars or
            pyramids of earth, sometimes capped with a single stone,
            found in Switzerland. --Lyell.
  
      {Earth pitch} (Min.), mineral tar, a kind of asphaltum.
  
      {Earth quadrant}, a fourth of the earth's circumference.
  
      {Earth table} (Arch.), the lowest course of stones visible in
            a building; the ground table.
  
      {On earth}, an intensive expression, oftenest used in
            questions and exclamations; as, What on earth shall I do?
            Nothing on earth will satisfy him. [Colloq.]
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