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English Dictionary: jack-o'lantern by the DICT Development Group
3 results for jack-o'lantern
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
  
  
      {Jack rabbit} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of large
            American hares, having very large ears and long legs. The
            California species ({Lepus Californicus}), and that of
            Texas and New Mexico ({L. callotis}), have the tail black
            above, and the ears black at the tip. They do not become
            white in winter. The more northern prairie hare ({L.
            campestris}) has the upper side of the tail white, and in
            winter its fur becomes nearly white.
  
      {Jack rafter} (Arch.), in England, one of the shorter rafters
            used in constructing a hip or valley roof; in the United
            States, any secondary roof timber, as the common rafters
            resting on purlins in a trussed roof; also, one of the
            pieces simulating extended rafters, used under the eaves
            in some styles of building.
  
      {Jack salmon} (Zo[94]l.), the wall-eyed pike, or glasseye.
  
      {Jack sauce}, an impudent fellow. [Colloq. & Obs.]
  
      {Jack shaft} (Mach.), the first intermediate shaft, in a
            factory or mill, which receives power, through belts or
            gearing, from a prime mover, and transmits it, by the same
            means, to other intermediate shafts or to a line shaft.
  
      {Jack sinker} (Knitting Mach.), a thin iron plate operated by
            the jack to depress the loop of thread between two
            needles.
  
      {Jack snipe}. (Zo[94]l.) See in the Vocabulary.
  
      {Jack staff} (Naut.), a staff fixed on the bowsprit cap, upon
            which the jack is hoisted.
  
      {Jack timber} (Arch.), any timber, as a rafter, rib, or
            studding, which, being intercepted, is shorter than the
            others.
  
      {Jack towel}, a towel hung on a roller for common use.
  
      {Jack truss} (Arch.), in a hip roof, a minor truss used where
            the roof has not its full section.
  
      {Jack tree}. (Bot.) See 1st {Jack}, n.
  
      {Jack yard} (Naut.), a short spar to extend a topsail beyond
            the gaff.
  
      {Blue jack}, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
  
      {Hydraulic jack}, a jack used for lifting, pulling, or
            forcing, consisting of a compact portable hydrostatic
            press, with its pump and a reservoir containing a supply
            of liquid, as oil.
  
      {Jack-at-a-pinch}.
            (a) One called upon to take the place of another in an
                  emergency.
            (b) An itinerant parson who conducts an occasional
                  service for a fee.
  
      {Jack-at-all-trades}, one who can turn his hand to any kind
            of work.
  
      {Jack-by-the-hedge} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Erysimum}
            ({E. alliaria}, or {Alliaria officinalis}), which grows
            under hedges. It bears a white flower and has a taste not
            unlike garlic. Called also, in England, {sauce-alone}.
            --Eng. Cyc.
  
      {Jack-in-a-box}.
            (a) (Bot.) A tropical tree ({Hernandia sonora}), which
                  bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated
                  calyx.
            (b) A child's toy, consisting of a box, out of which,
                  when the lid is raised, a figure springs.
            (c) (Mech.) An epicyclic train of bevel gears for
                  transmitting rotary motion to two parts in such a
                  manner that their relative rotation may be variable;
                  applied to driving the wheels of tricycles, road
                  locomotives, and to cotton machinery, etc.; an
                  equation box; a jack frame; -- called also
                  {compensating gearing}.
            (d) A large wooden screw turning in a nut attached to the
                  crosspiece of a rude press.
  
      {Jack-in-office}, an insolent fellow in authority. --Wolcott.
  
      {Jack-in-the-bush} (Bot.), a tropical shrub with red fruit
            ({Cordia Cylindrostachya}).
  
      {Jack-in-the-green}, a chimney sweep inclosed in a framework
            of boughs, carried in Mayday processions.
  
      {Jack-in-the-pulpit} (Bot.), the American plant {Aris[91]ma
            triphyllum}, or Indian turnip, in which the upright spadix
            is inclosed.
  
      {Jack-of-the-buttery} (Bot.), the stonecrop ({Sedum acre}).
           
  
      {Jack-of-the-clock}, a figure, usually of a man, on old
            clocks, which struck the time on the bell.
  
      {Jack-on-both-sides}, one who is or tries to be neutral.
  
      {Jack-out-of-office}, one who has been in office and is
            turned out. --Shak.
  
      {Jack the Giant Killer}, the hero of a well-known nursery
            story.
  
      {Jack-with-a-lantern}, {Jack-o'-lantern}.
            (a) An ignis fatuus; a will-o'-the-wisp. [bd][Newspaper
                  speculations] supplying so many more jack-o'-lanterns
                  to the future historian.[b8] --Lowell.
            (b) A lantern made of a pumpkin so prepared as to show in
                  illumination the features of a human face, etc.
  
      {Yellow Jack} (Naut.), the yellow fever; also, the quarantine
            flag. See {Yellow flag}, under {Flag}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Jack-o'-lantern \Jack"-o'-lan`tern\, n.
      See {Jack-with-a-lantern}, under 2d {Jack}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   d8Ignis fatuus \[d8]Ig"nis fat"u*us\; pl. {Ignes fatui}. [L.
      ignis fire + fatuus foolish. So called in allusion to its
      tendency to mislead travelers.]
      1. A phosphorescent light that appears, in the night, over
            marshy ground, supposed to be occasioned by the
            decomposition of animal or vegetable substances, or by
            some inflammable gas; -- popularly called also
            {Will-with-the-wisp}, or {Will-o'-the-wisp}, and
            {Jack-with-a-lantern}, or {Jack-o'-lantern}.
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