Hypertext Webster Gateway: "patient"

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

Patient \Pa"tient\, a. [F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, p. pr. of
pati to suffer. Cf. {Pathos}, {Passion}.]
1. Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer
or bear.

Patient of severest toil and hardship. --Bp. Fell.

2. Undergoing pains, trails, or the like, without murmuring
or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against
trouble; long-suffering.

3. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly
diligent; as, patient endeavor.

Whatever I have done is due to patient thought.
--Sir I.

4. Expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty;
not overeager; composed.

Not patient to expect the turns of fate. --Prior.

5. Forbearing; long-suffering.

Be patient toward all men. --1 Thess. v.

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

Patient \Pa"tient\, n.
1. ONe who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive

Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate
that often involves the agent and the patient.
--Gov. of

2. A person under medical or surgical treatment; --
correlative to physician or nurse.

Like a physician, . . . seeing his patient in a
pestilent fever. --Sir P.

{In patient}, a patient who receives lodging and food, as
treatment, in a hospital or an infirmary.

{Out patient}, one who receives advice and medicine, or
treatment, from an infirmary.

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

Patient \Pa"tient\, v. t.
To compose, to calm. [Obs.] ``Patient yourself, madam.''

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: enduring trying circumstances with even temper or
characterized by such endurance; "a patient smile";
"was patient with the children"; "an exact and patient
scientist"; "please be patient" [ant: {impatient}]
2: enduring without protest or complaint
n : a person who requires medical care; "the number of emergency
patients has grown rapidly"

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