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Webster 1913 Edition


Palsy

Pal′sy

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Palsies
(#)
.
[OE.
palesie
,
parlesy
, OF.
paralesie
, F.
paralysie
, L.
paralysis
. See
Paralysis
.]
(Med.)
Paralysis, complete or partial. See
Paralysis
.
“One sick of the palsy.”
Mark ii. 3.

Pal′sy

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Palsied
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Palsying
.]
To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.

Webster 1828 Edition


Palsy

PAL'SY

,
Noun.
s as z. [supposed to be contracted from Gr. relaxation; to loosen or relax.] The loss or defect of the power of voluntary muscular motion in the whole body, or in a particular part; paralysis. When one side only of the body is affected, it is called hemiplegy. When the lower part of the body is paralytic, it is called paraplegy. Palsy may be a loss of the power of motion without a loss of sensation, or a loss of sensation without loss of motion, or a loss of both.

Definition 2022


palsy

palsy

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɔːlzi/

Noun

palsy (plural palsies)

  1. (pathology) Complete or partial muscle paralysis of a body part, often accompanied by a loss of feeling and uncontrolled body movements such as shaking.
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Verb

palsy (third-person singular simple present palsies, present participle palsying, simple past and past participle palsied)

  1. To paralyse, either completely or partially.
    • 1831, William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator, To The Public
      In the month of August, I issued proposals for publishing "THE LIBERATOR" in Washington city; but the enterprise, though hailed in different sections of the country, was palsied by public indifference.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 2, chapter 9
      Its streets were blocked up with snow - the few passangers seemed palsied with snow, and frozen by the ungenial visitation of winter.

Etymology 2

From pals + -y.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpælzi/

Adjective

palsy (comparative more palsy, superlative most palsy)

  1. (colloquial) Chummy, friendly.

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