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Definition: blue law
n : a statute regulating work on Sundays
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Definition: Blue laws
(bl[=u]), a. [Compar. Bluer
.] [OE. bla, blo, blew, blue, livid, black,
fr. Icel.bl[=a]r livid; akin to Dan. blaa blue, Sw. bl[*a],
D. blauw, OHG. bl[=a]o, G. blau; but influenced in form by F.
bleu, from OHG. bl[=a]o.]
1. Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it,
whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue
as a sapphire; blue violets. “The blue firmament.”
2. Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence,
of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence
of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air
was blue with oaths.
3. Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.
4. Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as,
thongs looked blue. [Colloq.]
5. Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour
religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals;
inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality;
as, blue laws.
6. Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of
The ladies were very blue and well informed.
. See Crocidolite
, of, or having, a very dark blue color, almost
. See under Blood
(Zo["o]l.), a small South African antelope
); also applied to a larger
species ([AE]goceras leucoph[ae]us
); the blaubok.
(Zo["o]l.), the buffalo cod.
(Zo["o]l.), the common edible crab of the
Atlantic coast of the United States (Callinectes hastatus
(Bot.), a common plant (Trichostema dichotomum
), resembling pennyroyal, and hence called also
, apparitions supposed to be seen by persons
suffering with delirium tremens
; hence, very low
spirits. “Can Gumbo shut the hall door upon blue devils,
or lay them all in a red sea of claret?”
. See under Gage
, a plum.
, an Australian myrtaceous tree (Eucalyptus globulus
), of the loftiest proportions, now cultivated in
tropical and warm temperate regions for its timber, and as
a protection against malaria. The essential oil is
beginning to be used in medicine. The timber is very
useful. See Eucalyptus
, Blue stone
, blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
, a man-of war's man; a sailor wearing a naval
. See under Jaundice
, a name first used in the eighteenth century to
describe certain supposititious laws of extreme rigor
reported to have been enacted in New Haven; hence, any
puritanical laws. [U. S.]
, a composition which burns with a brilliant blue
flame; -- used in pyrotechnics and as a night signal at
sea, and in military operations.
(Her.), one of the four pursuivants of the
English college of arms; -- so called from the color of
his official robes.
, a preparation of mercury from which is formed
the blue pill. --McElrath.
or Blue mould
, the blue fungus (Aspergillus glaucus
) which grows on cheese. --Brande & C.
(a) a Monday following a Sunday of dissipation, or itself
given to dissipation (as the Monday before Lent).
(b) a Monday considered as depressing because it is a
workday in contrast to the relaxation of the weekend.
(Med.), mercurial ointment.
(British Marine), a blue flag with a white
square in the center, used as a signal for sailing, to
recall boats, etc. It is a corruption of blue repeater,
one of the British signal flags.
(a) A pill of prepared mercury, used as an aperient, etc.
(b) Blue mass.
(a) The ribbon worn by members of the order of the Garter;
-- hence, a member of that order.
(b) Anything the attainment of which is an object of great
ambition; a distinction; a prize. ``These
[scholarships] were the --blue ribbon of the
(c) The distinctive badge of certain temperance or total
abstinence organizations, as of the --Blue ribbon
, utter ruin; also, gin. [Eng. Slang] --Carlyle.
(Min.), azure spar; lazulite. See Lazulite
(Zo["o]l.), a European and Asiatic thrush
. See Verditer
(Chem.), sulphate of copper, a violet blue
crystallized salt, used in electric batteries, calico
, the open ocean.
, the International Business Machines corporation.
[Wall Street slang.] PJC
To look blue
, to look disheartened or dejected.
, genuine and thorough; not modified, nor mixed;
not spurious; specifically, of uncompromising
Presbyterianism, blue being the color adopted by the
For his religion . . .
'T was Presbyterian, true blue. --Hudibras.