American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being hardened or callous.
- n. In a concrete sense, any thickened or hardened part on the surface of the human body or that of any animal, such as the hard and often somewhat bony lumps that arise in places exposed to constant pressure and friction, the cicatrized surfaces of old ulcers or wounds, etc., the natural cutaneous thickenings on the buttocks of gibbons and other monkeys, etc.
- n. In botany, any part of a plant unusually hard.
- n. In entomology, an elevated, rounded portion of the surface, generally smooth, and paler than the surrounding parts, appearing like a swelling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hard or thickened spot or protuberance; a hardening and thickening of the skin or bark of a part, eps. as a result of continued pressure or friction.
- n. devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness.
- n. an area of skin that is thick or hard from continual pressure or friction (as the sole of the foot)
- Middle English callosite, from Old French, from Late Latin callōsitās, from Latin callōsus, callous; see callous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sound can be modified accordingly as the strokes of each bow bear upon the callosity, which is itself serrated or wrinkled, or on one of the four smooth radiating nervures.”
“The so-called bone callosity due to an increased rate of calcification often follows this kind of abuse.”
“Says is the winner of the Crown in 1978 callosity.”
“To a youth afflicted with the callosity of sentiment, this quaint and pregnant saying appeared merely base.”
“There is one on the Shameen bridge who has a callosity like”
“Mark had the frankness of callosity, and could recount his evil deeds and confess his vices with hilarity and detail, and was prompt to take his part in a lark, and was a remarkably hard hitter, and never shrank from the brunt of the row; and with these fine qualities, and a much superior knowledge of the ways of the flash world, had commanded my boyish reverence and a general popularity among strangers.”
“When the best possible results succeed treatment, a large callosity is formed and movement of the pastern joint is restricted.”
“Swift omitted no opportunity of humbling his pride; but, as he was as ignorant as insolent, he was obliged to accommodate the coarseness of the lash to the callosity of the back.”
“To this callosity of nature it was due that William Castle, a foreign denizen of Bristol who had the hardihood to incur the marital tie there, was called upon, as related elsewhere, to serve at sea in the very heyday of his honeymoon.”
“The callosity of Smollett's midshipman, who spat in the pressed man's face when he dared to complain of his sufferings, and roughly bade him die for aught he cared, was characteristic of the service.”
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