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Definition: Vampyrus spectrum
, n. [F. vampire (cf. It. vampiro, G. & D.
vampir), fr. Servian vampir.] [Written also vampyre
1. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person
superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander
about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus
causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in
parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in
Hungary about the year 1730.
The persons who turn vampires are generally wizards,
witches, suicides, and persons who have come to a
violent end, or have been cursed by their parents or
by the church, --Encyc. Brit.
2. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner;
3. (Zo["o]l.) Either one of two or more species of South
American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera
. These bats are destitute of
molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with
which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the
blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as
man, chiefly during sleep. They have a c[ae]cal appendage
to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge
themselves is stored.
4. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of harmless tropical
American bats of the genus Vampyrus
. These bats feed upon insects and
fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the
blood of man and animals. Called also false vampire
(Zo["o]l.), a vampire, 3.
, a. [Compar. Falser
; superl. Falsest
falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F.
faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail
1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit;
dishnest; as, a false witness.
2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance,
vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false
friend, lover, or subject; false to promises.
I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton.
3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or
likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement.
4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive;
counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty;
false colors; false jewelry.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as,
a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in
Whose false foundation waves have swept away.
6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which
are temporary or supplemental.
7. (Mus.) Not in tune.
(Arch.), a member having the appearance of an
arch, though not of arch construction.
, an architectural erection above the main
cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or
, any bearing which is not directly upon a
vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has
a false bearing.
, an imperfect or interrupted cadence.
(Med.), an abnormal conception in which a
mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a
properly organized fetus.
(Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx
attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but
unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
or False window
(Arch.), the representation of
a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors
or windows or to give symmetry.
, a combustible carried by vessels of war,
chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the
purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for
decoying a vessel to destruction.
. See Blende
(Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a
person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or
the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
(Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to
serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's
, a picklock.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Proleg
(Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in
croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an
(Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving
false representations respecting her cargo, destination,
etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
(Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off
from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced
usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
(Law), the intentional false assumption
of the name and personality of another.
(Law), false representations concerning
past or present facts and events, for the purpose of
(Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of
the head rail to strengthen it.
(Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a
certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed
by a flat or sharp.
(Law), an untrue return made to a process by
the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
(Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are
five pairs in man.
(Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and
the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
, a false mark or other symbol, used for
(Zo["o]l.), any arachnid of the genus
. See Book scorpion
(Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling
away again on the same tack.
(Zo["o]l.), the Vampyrus spectrum
America, formerly erroneously supposed to have
blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire
, and ghost vampire
. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the
. See Vampire
. (Arch.) See False door
. (Zo["o]l.) See Alula
, and Bastard wing
(Civil Engin.), construction works to
facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding,
bridge centering, etc.