Hypertext Webster Gateway: "noble"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Lyrie \Ly"rie\ (l[imac]"r[i^]), n. [Icel. hl[=y]ri a sort of
fish.] (Zo["o]l.)
A European fish ({Peristethus cataphractum}), having the body
covered with bony plates, and having three spines projecting
in front of the nose; -- called also {noble}, {pluck},
{pogge}, {sea poacher}, and {armed bullhead}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Noble \No"ble\, n.
1. A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.

2. An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin,
of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61.

3. (Zo["o]l.) A European fish; the lyrie.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Noble \No"ble\, v. t.
To make noble; to ennoble. [Obs.]

Thou nobledest so far forth our nature. --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Noble \No"ble\, a. [Compar. {Nobler}; superl. {Noblest}.] [F.
noble, fr. L. nobilis that can be or is known, well known,
famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere to know. See {know}.]
1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above
whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable;
magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart.

Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong To nobler
poets for a nobler song. --Dryden.

2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble

3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility;
distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title;
highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.

Note: Noble is used in the formation of self-explaining
compounds; as, noble-born, noble-hearted, noble-minded.

{Noble metals} (Chem.), silver, gold, and platinum; -- so
called from their freedom from oxidation and permanence in
air. Copper, mercury, aluminium, palladium, rhodium,
iridium, and osmium are sometimes included.

Syn: Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted;
superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious;
renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand;
magnanimous; generous; liberal; free.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid
citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor"
[syn: {solid}, {upstanding}, {worthy}]
2: impressive in appearance; "a baronial mansion"; "an imposing
residence"; "a noble tree"; "severe-looking policemen sat
astride noble horses"; "stately columns" [syn: {baronial},
{imposing}, {stately}]
3: of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary
aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of
noble birth" [ant: {lowborn}]
4: having or showing or indicative of high or elevated
character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds" [ant: {ignoble}]
5: inert especially toward oxygen; "a noble gas such as helium
or neon"; "noble metals include gold and silver and
n : a titled peer of the realm [syn: {Lord}, {nobleman}] [ant: {Lady},

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