Webster 1913 Edition
Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or preventing passage; not locked up or covered over; – applied to passageways;
as, an; also, to inclosed structures or objects;
opendoor, window, road, etc.
as,; also, to means of communication or approach by water or land;
openhouses, boxes, baskets, bottles, etc.
openharbor or roadstead
Through the gate,
openand unguarded, Satan passed.
Also, figuratively, used of the ways of communication of the mind, as by the senses; ready to hear, see, etc.; as, to keep one’s eyes and ears open.
His ears are
openunto their cry.
Ps. xxxiv. 15.
Free to be used, enjoyed, visited, or the like; not private; public; unrestricted in use;
as, an; liable to the approach, trespass, or attack of any one; unprotected; exposed.
openlibrary, museum, court, or other assembly
If Demetrius . . . have a matter against any man, the law is
openand there are deputies.
Acts xix. 33.
The service that I truly did his life,
Hath left me
Hath left me
opento all injuries.
Free or cleared of obstruction to progress or to view; accessible;
Not drawn together, closed, or contracted; extended; expanded;
openarms, embraced her chosen knight.
Without reserve or false pretense; sincere; characterized by sincerity; unfeigned; frank; also, generous; liberal; bounteous; – applied to personal appearance, or character, and to the expression of thought and feeling, etc.
open, shall erect his head.
The Moor is of a free and
The French are always
open, familiar, and talkative.
His thefts are too
That I may find him, and with secret gaze
openadmiration him behold.
Not of a quality to prevent communication, as by closing water ways, blocking roads, etc.; hence, not frosty or inclement; mild; – used of the weather or the climate;
Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not closed or withdrawn from consideration;
openquestion; to keep an offer or opportunity
Free; disengaged; unappropriated;
as, to keep a day
openfor any purpose; to be
openfor an engagement.
Uttered with a relatively wide opening of the articulating organs; – said of vowels;
as, the än fär is.
openas compared with the ā in sāy
Uttered, as a consonant, with the oral passage simply narrowed without closure, as in uttering s.
Not closed or stopped with the finger; – said of the string of an instrument, as of a violin, when it is allowed to vibrate throughout its whole length.
Produced by an open string;
The open air,
the air out of doors.–
Closed chain, under
a conducting circuit which is incomplete, or interrupted at some point; – opposed to an uninterrupted, or–
communion in the Lord's supper not restricted to persons who have been baptized by immersion. Cf.–
Close communion, under
a certain stop in an organ, in which the pipes or tubes are formed like the mouthpiece of a flageolet at the end where the wind enters, and are open at the other end.–
the part of the flank covered by the orillon.–
a blast furnace having a forehearth.–
harmony the tones of which are widely dispersed, or separated by wide intervals.–
a hawse in which the cables are parallel or slightly divergent. Cf.–
Foul hawse, under
the shallow hearth of a reverberatory furnace.–
a reverberatory furnace; esp., a kind of reverberatory furnace in which the fuel is gas, used in manufacturing steel.–
a process by which melted cast iron is converted into steel by the addition of wrought iron, or iron ore and manganese, and by exposure to heat in an open-hearth furnace; – also called the–
Siemens-Martin process, from the inventors.
steel made by an open-hearth process; – also called–
Hollow newel, under
a pipe open at the top. It has a pitch about an octave higher than a closed pipe of the same length.–
a roof of which the constructional parts, together with the under side of the covering, or its lining, are treated ornamentally, and left to form the ceiling of an apartment below, as in a church, a public hall, and the like.–
☞ Open is used in many compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, open-breasted, open-minded.
Open or unobstructed space; clear land, without trees or obstructions; open ocean; open water.“To sail into the open.”
Then we got into the
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make or set open; to render free of access; to unclose; to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or covering from;
opena door; to
opena box; to
opena room; to
And all the windows of my heart
opento the day.
To spread; to expand;
To disclose; to reveal; to interpret; to explain.
openedhimself to some of his council, that he was sorry for the earl's death.
Unto thee have I
Jer. xx. 12.
openedto us the Scriptures.
Luke xxiv. 32.
To make known; to discover; also, to render available or accessible for settlements, trade, etc.
The English did adventure far for to
openthe North parts of America.
To enter upon; to begin;
opena discussion; to
openfire upon an enemy; to
opentrade, or correspondence; to
openan investigation; to
opena case in court, or a meeting.
To loosen or make less compact;
openmatted cotton by separating the fibers
To open one's mouth,
To open up,
to lay open; to discover; to disclose.
Poetry that had
opened upso many delightful views into the character and condition of our “bold peasantry, their country's pride.”
To unclose; to form a hole, breach, or gap; to be unclosed; to be parted.
openedand swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
Ps. cvi. 17.
To expand; to spread out; to be disclosed;
as, the harbor.
openedto our view
To begin; to commence;
as, the stock
openedat par; the battery
openedupon the enemy.
To bark on scent or view of the game.
Webster 1828 Edition
OPEN, a o'pn.
1.Unclosed; not shut; as, the gate is open; an open door or window; an open book; open eyes.
2.Spread; expanded. He received his son with open arms.
3.Unsealed; as an open letter.
4.Not shut or fast; as an open hand.
5.Not covered; as the open air; an open vessel.
6.Not covered with trees; clear; as an open country or field.
7.Not stopped; as an open bottle.
8.Not fenced or obstructed; as an open road.
9.Not frosty; warmer than usual; not freezing severely; as an open winter.
An open and warm winter portendeth a hot and dry summer.
Johnson interprets open, in this passage, by not cloudy, not gloomy. I think the definition wrong. In America, an open winter is one in which the earth is not bound with frost and covered with snow.
10.Public; before a court and its suitors. His testimony was given in open court.
11.Admitting all persons without restraint; free to all comers. He keeps open house at the election.
12.Clear of ice; as, the river or the harbor is open.
13.Plain; apparent; evident; public; not secret or concealed; as an open declaration; open avowal; open shame; open defiance. The nations contend to open war or in open arms.
14.Not wearing disguise; frank; sincere; unreserved; candid; artless.
He was held a man open and of good faith.
His generous, open undesigning heart.
15.Not clouded; not contracted or frowning; having an air of frankness and sincerity; as an open look.
With aspect open shall erect his head.
16.Not hidden; exposed to view.
We are to exercise our thoughts and lay open the treasures of divine truth.
17.Ready to hear or receive what is offered.
His ears are open to their cry. Ps. 34.
18.Free to be employed for redress; not restrained or denied; not precluding any person.
The law is open. Acts 19.
19.Exposed; not protected; without defense. The country is open to the invaders.
- Hath left me open to all injuries.
20.Attentive; employed in inspection.
Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men - Jer. 32.
21.Clear; unobstructed; as an open view.
22.Unsettled; not balanced or closed; as an open account.
Open accounts between merchants.
23.Not closed; free to be debated; as a question open for discussion.
24.In music, an open note is that which a string is tuned to produce.
1.To unclose; to unbar; to unlock; to remove any fastening or cover and set open; as, to open a door or gate; to open a desk.
2.To break the seal of a letter and unfold it.
3.To separate parts that are close; as, to open the lips; to open the mouth or eyes or eyelids; to open a book.
4.To remove a covering from; as, to open a pit.
5.To cut through; to perforate; to lance; as, to open the skin; to open an abscess.
6.To break; to divide; to split or rend; as, the earth was opened in many places by an earthquake; a rock is opened by blasting.
7.To clear; to make by removing obstructions; as, to open a road; to open a passage; the heat of spring opens rivers bound with ice.
8.To spread; to expand; as, to open the hand.
9.To unstop; as, to open a bottle.
10.To begin; to make the first exhibition. The attorney general opens the cause on the part of the king or the state. Homer opens his poem with the utmost simplicity and modesty.
11.To show; to bring to view or knowledge.
The English did adventure far to open the north parts of America.
12.To interpret; to explain.
- While he opened to us the Scriptures. Luke. 24.
13.To reveal; to disclose. He opened his mind very freely.
14.To make liberal; as, to open the heart.
15.To make the first discharge of artillery; as, to open a heavy fire on the enemy.
16.To enter on or begin; as to open a negotiation or correspondence; to open a trade with the Indies.
17.To begin to see by the removal of something intercepted the view; as, we sailed round the point and opened the harbor.
1.To unclose itself; to be unclosed; to be parted.
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. Ps. 106.
2.To begin to appear. As we sailed round the point, the harbor opened to our view.
3.To commence; to begin. sales of stock open at par.
4.To bark; a term in hunting.