Hypertext Webster Gateway: "woman"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

was "taken out of man" (Gen. 2:23), and therefore the man has
the preeminence. "The head of the woman is the man;" but yet
honour is to be shown to the wife, "as unto the weaker vessel"
(1 Cor. 11:3, 8, 9; 1 Pet. 3:7). Several women are mentioned in
Scripture as having been endowed with prophetic gifts, as Miriam
(Ex. 15:20), Deborah (Judg. 4:4, 5), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14),
Noadiah (Neh. 6:14), Anna (Luke 2:36, 37), and the daughters of
Philip the evangelist (Acts 21:8, 9). Women are forbidden to
teach publicly (1 Cor. 14:34, 35; 1 Tim. 2:11, 12). Among the
Hebrews it devolved upon women to prepare the meals for the
household (Gen. 18:6; 2 Sam. 13:8), to attend to the work of
spinning (Ex. 35:26; Prov. 31:19), and making clothes (1 Sam.
2:19; Prov. 31:21), to bring water from the well (Gen. 24:15; 1
Sam. 9:11), and to care for the flocks (Gen. 29:6; Ex. 2:16).

The word "woman," as used in Matt. 15:28, John 2:4 and 20:13,
15, implies tenderness and courtesy and not disrespect. Only
where revelation is known has woman her due place of honour
assigned to her.

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

Woman \Wom"an\, v. t.
1. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it.

2. To make effeminate or womanish. [R.] --Shak.

3. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman. [R.] ``To have him
see me woman'd.'' --Shak.

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

Woman \Wom"an\, n.; pl. {Women}. [OE. woman, womman, wumman,
wimman, wifmon, AS. w[=i]fmann, w[=i]mmann; w[=i]f woman,
wife + mann a man. See {Wife}, and {Man}.]
1. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as
distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female

Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible. --Shak.

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man,
made he a woman. --Gen. ii. 22.

I have observed among all nations that the women
ornament themselves more than the men; that,
wherever found, they are the same kind, civil,
obliging, humane, tender beings, inclined to be gay
and cheerful, timorous and modest. --J. Ledyard.

2. The female part of the human race; womankind.

Man is destined to be a prey to woman. --Thackeray.

3. A female attendant or servant. `` By her woman I sent your
message.'' --Shak.

{Woman hater}, one who hates women; one who has an aversion
to the female sex; a misogynist. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman
kept house while the man hunted" [syn: {adult female}]
[ant: {man}]
2: women as a class; "it's an insult to American womanhood";
"woman is the glory of creation" [syn: {womanhood}]
3: a human female who does housework; "the char will clean the
carpet" [syn: {charwoman}, {char}, {cleaning woman}, {cleaning
4: (informal) a female person who plays a significant role
(wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a
particular man; "he was faithful to his woman" [ant: {man}]

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