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    Earl - (n.) A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count (comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an earl is still called countess. See Count.
    Earl - (n.) The needlefish.
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    Clearly - (adv.) In a clear manner.
    Curvilinearly - (adv.) In a curvilinear manner.
    Dearling - (n.) A darling.
    Dearly - (adv.) In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly.
    Dearly - (adv.) At a high rate or price; grievously.
    Dearly - (adv.) Exquisitely.
    Earlap - (n.) The lobe of the ear.
    Earldom - (n.) The jurisdiction of an earl; the territorial possessions of an earl.
    Earldom - (n.) The status, title, or dignity of an earl.
    Earldorman - (n.) Alderman.
    Earlduck - (n.) The red-breasted merganser (Merganser serrator).
    Earles penny - () Earnest money. Same as Arles penny.
    Earless - (a.) Without ears; hence, deaf or unwilling to hear.
    Earlet - (n.) An earring.
    Earliness - (n.) The state of being early or forward; promptness.
    Earl marshal - () An officer of state in England who marshals and orders all great ceremonials, takes cognizance of matters relating to honor, arms, and pedigree, and directs the proclamation of peace and war. The court of chivalry was formerly under his jurisdiction, and he is still the head of the herald's office or college of arms.
    Earlock - (n.) A lock or curl of hair near the ear; a lovelock. See Lovelock.
    Early - (adv.) Soon; in good season; seasonably; betimes; as, come early.
    Early - (adv.) In advance of the usual or appointed time; in good season; prior in time; among or near the first; -- opposed to late; as, the early bird; an early spring; early fruit.
    Early - (adv.) Coming in the first part of a period of time, or among the first of successive acts, events, etc.
    Empearl - (v. t.) To form like pearls; to decorate with, or as with, pearls; to impearl.
    Fearless - (a.) Free from fear.
    Half-yearly - (a.) Two in a year; semiannual. -- adv. Twice in a year; semiannually.
    Icy-pearled - (a.) Spangled with ice.
    Impearled - (imp. & p. p.) of Impearl
    Impearling - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Impearl
    Impearl - (v. t.) To form into pearls, or into that which resembles pearls.
    Impearl - (v. t.) To decorate as with pearls or with anything resembling pearls.
    Linearly - (adv.) In a linear manner; with lines.
    Mother-of-pearl - (n.) The hard pearly internal layer of several kinds of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. See Pearl.
    Nearly - (adv.) In a near manner; not remotely; closely; intimately; almost.
    Pearl - (n.) A fringe or border.
    Pearl - (v. t. ) To fringe; to border.
    Pearl - (n.) A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones.
    Pearl - (n.) Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious.
    Pearl - (n.) Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
    Pearl - (n.) A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
    Pearl - (n.) A light-colored tern.
    Pearl - (n.) One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
    Pearl - (n.) A whitish speck or film on the eye.
    Pearl - (n.) A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
    Pearl - (n.) A size of type, between agate and diamond.
    Pearl - (a.) Of or pertaining to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl.
    Pearl - (v. t.) To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
    Pearl - (v. t.) To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
    Pearl - (v. i.) To resemble pearl or pearls.
    Pearl - (v. i.) To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
    Pearlaceous - (a.) Resembling pearl or mother-of-pearl; pearly in quality or appearance.
    Pearlash - (n.) A white amorphous or granular substance which consists principally of potassium carbonate, and has a strong alkaline reaction. It is obtained by lixiviating wood ashes, and evaporating the lye, and has been an important source of potassium compounds. It is used in making soap, glass, etc.
    Pearl-eyed - (a.) Having a pearly speck in the eye; afflicted with the cataract.
    Pearlfish - (n.) Any fish whose scales yield a pearl-like pigment used in manufacturing artificial pearls, as the bleak, and whitebait.
    Pearlins - (n. pl.) Alt. of Pearlings
    Pearlings - (n. pl.) A kind of lace of silk or thread.
    Pearlite - (n.) Alt. of Pearlstone
    Pearlstone - (n.) A glassy volcanic rock of a grayish color and pearly luster, often having a spherulitic concretionary structure due to the curved cracks produced by contraction in cooling. See Illust. under Perlitic.
    Pearlwort - (n.) A name given to several species of Sagina, low and inconspicuous herbs of the Chickweed family.
    Pearly - (a.) Containing pearls; abounding with, or yielding, pearls; as, pearly shells.
    Pearly - (a.) Resembling pearl or pearls; clear; pure; transparent; iridescent; as, the pearly dew or flood.
    Rearly - (adv.) Early.
    Shearling - (n.) A sheep but once sheared.
    Tearless - (a.) Shedding no tears; free from tears; unfeeling.
    Yearling - (n.) An animal one year old, or in the second year of its age; -- applied chiefly to cattle, sheep, and horses.
    Yearling - (a.) Being a year old.
    Yearly - (a.) Happening, accruing, or coming every year; annual; as, a yearly income; a yearly feast.
    Yearly - (a.) Lasting a year; as, a yearly plant.
    Yearly - (a.) Accomplished in a year; as, the yearly circuit, or revolution, of the earth.
    Yearly - (adv.) Annually; once a year to year; as, blessings yearly bestowed.
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    Earl - n. British nobleman ranking between marquis and viscount. earldom n. [old english]
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    Cultured pearl - n. Pearl formed by an oyster after the insertion of a foreign body into its shell.
    Earl marshal - n. President of the college of heralds, with ceremonial duties.
    Early - adj. & adv. (-ier, -iest) 1 before the due, usual, or expected time. 2 a not far on in the day or night, or in time (early evening; at the earliest opportunity). B prompt (early payment appreciated). 3 not far on in a period, development, or process of evolution; being the first stage (early english architecture; early spring). 4 forward in flowering, ripening, etc. (early peaches). n. (pl. -ies) (usu. In pl.) Early fruit or vegetable. earliness n. [old english: related to *ere]
    Early bird - n. Colloq. Person who arrives, gets up, etc. Early.
    Early days - n.pl. Too soon to expect results etc.
    Early on - adv. At an early stage.
    Fearless - adj. (often foll. By of) not afraid, brave. fearlessly adv. Fearlessness n.
    Mother-of-pearl - n. Smooth iridescent substance forming the inner layer of the shell of oysters etc.
    Nearly - adv. 1 almost. 2 closely. not nearly nothing like.
    Pearl - n. 1 a (often attrib.) Rounded usu. White or bluish-grey lustrous solid formed within the shell of certain oysters, highly prized as a gem. B imitation of this. C (in pl.) Necklace of pearls.
    Pearl barley - n. Barley ground to small rounded grains.
    Pearl bulb - n. Translucent electric light bulb.
    Pearl button - n. Mother-of-pearl button, or an imitation of it.
    Pearl-diver - n. Person who dives for pearl-oysters.
    Pearlite - var. Of *perlite.
    Pearly - adj. (-ier, -iest) like, containing, or adorned with pearls; lustrous. n. (pl. -ies) 1 pearly king or queen. 2 (in pl.) Pearly king's or queen's clothes.
    Pearly gates - n.pl. Colloq. Gates of heaven.
    Pearly king - n. (also pearly queen) london costermonger (or his wife) wearing clothes covered with pearl buttons.
    Pearly nautilus - see *nautilus.
    Seed-pearl - n. Very small pearl.
    To , before a vowel, when stressed prep. 1 introducing a noun expressing: a what is reached, approached, or touched (fell to the ground; went to paris; five minutes to six). B what is aimed at (throw it to me). C as far as (went on to the end). D what is followed (made to order). E what is considered or affected (am used to that; that is nothing to me). F what is caused or produced (turn to stone). G what is compared (nothing to what it once was; equal to the occasion). H what is increased (add it to mine). I what is involved or composed as specified (there is nothing to it). 2 introducing the infinitive: a as a verbal noun (to get there is the priority). B expressing purpose, consequence, or cause (we eat to live; left him to starve; i'm sorry to hear that). C as a substitute for to + infinitive (wanted to come but was unable to). adv. 1 in the normal or required position or condition (come to; heave to). 2 (of a door) in a nearly closed position. to and fro 1 backwards and forwards. 2 repeatedly between the same points. [old english] -
    Yearling - n. Animal between one and two years old.
    Yearly - adj. 1 done, produced, or occurring once a year. 2 of or lasting a year. adv. Once a year.

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