Hypertext Webster Gateway: "show"

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

Show \Show\, v. i. [Written also shew.]
1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to
look; to be in appearance; to seem.

Just such she shows before a rising storm. --Dryden.

All round a hedge upshoots, and shows At distance
like a little wood. --Tennyson.

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

Show \Show\, v. t. [imp. {Showed}; p. p. {Shown}or {Showed}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Showing}. It is sometimes written {shew},
{shewed}, {shewn}, {shewing}.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen,
shawen, AS. sce['a]wian, to look, see, view; akin to OS.
scaw?n, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouw?n, G.
schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. sk?da, Icel. sko?a, Goth. usskawjan
to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L.
cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. ??? to mark, perceive, hear,
Skr. kavi wise. Cf. {Caution}, {Scavenger}, {Sheen}.]
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to
display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and
often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing
seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your
colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to

Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt.
viii. 4.

Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can heaven show more?

2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to
reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs.

Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex.
xviii. 20.

If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will
shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx.

3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence,
to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a
person into a parlor; to show one to the door.

4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or
reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to
evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the
causes of an event.

I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden.

5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor.

Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.
--Ex. xx. 6.

{To show forth}, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim.

{To show his paces}, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like;
-- said especially of a horse.

{To show off}, to exhibit ostentatiously.

{To show up}, to expose. [Colloq.]

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

Show \Show\, n. [Formerly written also shew.]
1. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to
sight; exhibition.

2. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is
arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a
traveling show; a cattle show.

As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows.

3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp.

I envy none their pageantry and show. --Young.

4. Semblance; likeness; appearance.

He through the midst unmarked, In show plebeian
angel militant Of lowest order, passed. --Milton.

5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense.

Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows'
houses, and for a shew make long prayers. --Luke xx.
46. 47.

6. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked
with blood, occuring a short time before labor.

7. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame,
indicating the presence of fire damp. --Raymond.

{Show bill}, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in
large letters.

{Show box}, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried
round as a show.

{Show card}, an advertising placard; also, a card for
displaying samples.

{Show case}, a gla?ed case, box, or cabinet for displaying
and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition
in museums, etc.

{Show glass}, a glass which displays objects; a mirror.

{Show of hands}, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as,
the vote was taken by a show of hands.

{Show stone}, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have
the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not
present, indicating in that way future events.

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

In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom. --Shak.

I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's
place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves.

{False quarter}, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot.

{Fifth quarter}, the hide and fat; -- a butcher's term.

{On the quarter} (Naut.), in a direction between abeam and
astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter.

{Quarter aspect}. (Astrol.) Same as {Quadrate}.

{Quarter back} (Football), the player who has position next
behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap

{Quarter badge} (Naut.), an ornament on the side of a vessel
near, the stern. --Mar. Dict.

{Quarter bill} (Naut.), a list specifying the different
stations to be taken by the officers and crew in time of
action, and the names of the men assigned to each.

{Quarter block} (Naut.), a block fitted under the quarters of
a yard on each side of the slings, through which the clew
lines and sheets are reeved. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

{Quarter boat} (Naut.), a boat hung at a vessel's quarter.

{Quarter cloths} (Naut.), long pieces of painted canvas, used
to cover the quarter netting.

{Quarter day}, a day regarded as terminating a quarter of the
year; hence, one on which any payment, especially rent,
becomes due. In matters influenced by United States
statutes, quarter days are the first days of January,
April, July, and October. In New York and many other
places, as between landlord and tenant, they are the first
days of May, August, November, and February. The quarter
days usually recognized in England are 25th of March (Lady
Day), the 24th of June (Midsummer Day), the 29th of
September (Michaelmas Day), and the 25th of December
(Christmas Day).

{Quarter face}, in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face
turned away so that but one quarter is visible.

{Quarter gallery} (Naut.), a balcony on the quarter of a
ship. See {Gallery}, 4.

{Quarter gunner} (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the

{Quarter look}, a side glance. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

{Quarter nettings} (Naut.), hammock nettings along the
quarter rails.

{Quarter note} (Mus.), a note equal in duration to half a
minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet.

{Quarter pieces} (Naut.), several pieces of timber at the
after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail.

{Quarter point}. (Naut.) See {Quarter}, n., 1
(n) .

{Quarter railing}, or {Quarter rails} (Naut.), narrow molded
planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway,
serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.

{Quarter sessions} (Eng. Law), a general court of criminal
jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in
counties and by the recorders in boroughs.

{Quarter square} (Math.), the fourth part of the square of a
number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to
save labor in multiplying numbers.

{Quarter turn}, {Quarter turn belt} (Mach.), an arrangement
in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which
are at right angles with each other.

{Quarter watch} (Naut.), a subdivision of the full watch (one
fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.

{To give}, or {show}, {quarter} (Mil.), to accept as
prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as
a vanquished enemy.

{To keep quarter}. See {Quarter}, n., 3.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a public entertainment or exhibition; "a remarkable show of
2: something intended to communicate a particular impression;
"made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a
good show of looking interested" [syn: {display}]
3: a public exhibition or entertainment; "they wanted to see
some of the shows on Broadway"
4: pretending that something is the case in order to make a
good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that
ceremony is just for show" [syn: {appearance}]
v 1: show or demonstrate something to an interested audience;
"She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new
software in Washington" [syn: {demo}, {exhibit}, {present},
2: establish the validity of something; "This behavior shows
his true nature" [syn: {prove}, {demonstrate}, {establish},
{shew}] [ant: {disprove}]
3: provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the
father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[syn: {testify}, {bear witness}, {prove}, {evidence}]
4: make visible or noticeable: "She showed her talent for
cooking" [ant: {hide}]
5: show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country
life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much
tenderness in this painting" [syn: {picture}, {depict}, {render}]
6: give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: {express},
7: indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either
spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the
glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space";
"he indicated his opponents" [syn: {indicate}, {point}]
8: make clear and visible; "The article revealed the policies
of the government" [syn: {reveal}, {display}]
9: be or become visible or noticeable; "His good upbringing
really shows"; "The dirty side will show" [syn: {show up}]
10: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The
thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The
gauge read `empty'" [syn: {read}, {register}, {record}]
11: give evidence of, as of records; "The diary shows his
distress that evening"
12: show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or
auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats" [syn: {usher}]
13: give a demonstration of: "This improvement shows the effect
of the drug most clearly" [syn: {demonstrate}]
14: finish third or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on
number six to show"

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