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English Dictionary: midge by the DICT Development Group
3 results for midge
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Midge \Midge\, n. [OE. migge, AS. mycge; akin to OS. muggia, D.
      mug, G. m[81]cke, OHG. mucca, Icel. m[?], Sw. mygga, mygg,
      Dan. myg; perh. named from its buzzing; cf. Gr. [?] to low,
      bellow.] (Zo[94]l.)
      1. Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the
            {Chironomus}, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their
            larv[91] are usually aquatic.
      2. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United
            States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its
      Note: The name is also applied to various other small flies.
               See {Wheat midge}, under {Wheat}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sand \Sand\, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant,
      Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. [?].]
      1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not
            reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose
            grains, which are not coherent when wet.
                     That finer matter, called sand, is no other than
                     very small pebbles.                           --Woodward.
      2. A single particle of such stone. [R.] --Shak.
      3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of
            time; the term or extent of one's life.
                     The sands are numbered that make up my life. --Shak.
      4. pl. Tracts of land consisting of sand, like the deserts of
            Arabia and Africa; also, extensive tracts of sand exposed
            by the ebb of the tide. [bd]The Libyan sands.[b8]
            --Milton. [bd]The sands o' Dee.[b8] --C. Kingsley.
      5. Courage; pluck; grit. [Slang]
      {Sand badger} (Zo[94]l.), the Japanese badger ({Meles
      {Sand bag}.
            (a) A bag filled with sand or earth, used for various
                  purposes, as in fortification, for ballast, etc.
            (b) A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by
      {Sand ball}, soap mixed with sand, made into a ball for use
            at the toilet.
      {Sand bath}.
            (a) (Chem.) A vessel of hot sand in a laboratory, in which
                  vessels that are to be heated are partially immersed.
            (b) A bath in which the body is immersed in hot sand.
      {Sand bed}, a thick layer of sand, whether deposited
            naturally or artificially; specifically, a thick layer of
            sand into which molten metal is run in casting, or from a
            reducing furnace.
      {Sand birds} (Zo[94]l.), a collective name for numerous
            species of limicoline birds, such as the sandpipers,
            plovers, tattlers, and many others; -- called also {shore
      {Sand blast}, a process of engraving and cutting glass and
            other hard substances by driving sand against them by a
            steam jet or otherwise; also, the apparatus used in the
      {Sand box}.
            (a) A box with a perforated top or cover, for sprinkling
                  paper with sand.
            (b) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs on
                  the rails in front of the driving wheel, to prevent
      {Sand-box tree} (Bot.), a tropical American tree ({Hura
            crepitans}). Its fruit is a depressed many-celled woody
            capsule which, when completely dry, bursts with a loud
            report and scatters the seeds. See Illust. of {Regma}.
      {Sand bug} (Zo[94]l.), an American anomuran crustacean
            ({Hippa talpoidea}) which burrows in sandy seabeaches. It
            is often used as bait by fishermen. See Illust. under
      {Sand canal} (Zo[94]l.), a tubular vessel having a calcareous
            coating, and connecting the oral ambulacral ring with the
            madreporic tubercle. It appears to be excretory in
      {Sand cock} (Zo[94]l.), the redshank. [Prov. Eng.]
      {Sand collar}. (Zo[94]l.) Same as {Sand saucer}, below.
      {Sand crab}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The lady crab.
            (b) A land crab, or ocypodian.
      {Sand crack} (Far.), a crack extending downward from the
            coronet, in the wall of a horse's hoof, which often causes
      {Sand cricket} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of
            large terrestrial crickets of the genus {Stenophelmatus}
            and allied genera, native of the sandy plains of the
            Western United States.
      {Sand cusk} (Zo[94]l.), any ophidioid fish. See {Illust.}
            under {Ophidioid}.
      {Sand dab} (Zo[94]l.), a small American flounder ({Limanda
            ferruginea}); -- called also {rusty dab}. The name is also
            applied locally to other allied species.
      {Sand darter} (Zo[94]l.), a small etheostomoid fish of the
            Ohio valley ({Ammocrypta pellucida}).
      {Sand dollar} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of small
            flat circular sea urchins, which live on sandy bottoms,
            especially {Echinarachnius parma} of the American coast.
      {Sand drift}, drifting sand; also, a mound or bank of drifted
      {Sand eel}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) A lant, or launce.
            (b) A slender Pacific Ocean fish of the genus
                  {Gonorhynchus}, having barbels about the mouth.
      {Sand flag}, sandstone which splits up into flagstones.
      {Sand flea}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) Any species of flea which inhabits, or breeds in,
                  sandy places, especially the common dog flea.
            (b) The chigoe.
            (c) Any leaping amphipod crustacean; a beach flea, or
                  orchestian. See {Beach flea}, under {Beach}.
      {Sand flood}, a vast body of sand borne along by the wind.
            --James Bruce.
      {Sand fluke}. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) The sandnecker.
            (b) The European smooth dab ({Pleuronectes
                  microcephalus}); -- called also {kitt}, {marysole},
                  {smear dab}, {town dab}.
      {Sand fly} (Zo[94]l.), any one of several species of small
            dipterous flies of the genus {Simulium}, abounding on
            sandy shores, especially {Simulium nocivum} of the United
            States. They are very troublesome on account of their
            biting habits. Called also {no-see-um}, {punky}, and
      {Sand gall}. (Geol.) See {Sand pipe}, below.
      {Sand grass} (Bot.), any species of grass which grows in
            sand; especially, a tufted grass ({Triplasis purpurea})
            with numerous bearded joints, and acid awl-shaped leaves,
            growing on the Atlantic coast.
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