1. Also called rime ice . an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object. Compare frost ( def. 2 ) , glaze ( def. 17 ) .
–verb (used with object)
2. to cover with rime or hoarfrost.
Origin: bef. 900; ME rim, OE hrīm; c. D rijm, ON hrīm
Origin: 1575–85; < L imprecātiōn- (s. of imprecātiō ), equiv. to imprecāt ( us ) ( see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion
Word Origin & History
1448, from L. imprecationem (nom. imprecatio ), from imprecatus, pp. of imprecari "invoke, pray," from in- "within" + precari "to pray, ask beg, request." "Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature." [Weekley]
A collection of vocabulary from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Page number references are from the Bantam Classics pocket book edition (ISBN: 0-553-21342-3). Page numbers are given with decimal points, where the decimal point indicates approximate placement of the word on the page. For example, the page number "53.9" means that the word can be found on page 53 toward the very bottom, while the page number "197.4" means that the word is just before the center of the page. Happy reading and learning!