from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become purple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make purple.
- v. To enrage or anger, referring to making the face purple or red with blood.
- v. Of writing, to make overly flowery or showy; to embellish unduly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tinge or dye of a purple color; to color with purple; to impurple.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tinge or color with purple:
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. color purple
“If such a warning as could be given by the voice of sisterly affection can have weight in the debate,” said Catharine, “do think that, in striking, you empurple this hand, that in receiving wounds you harm this heart.”
At a certain station, I am reminded by my careful mentor, the craggy mountain-tops were softened by the sunset pink, and that then the warm afternoon air began to grow cooler, and the dying day to empurple the uplands everywhere, without abating the charm of the blithe cottages.
He waited for Muktar's neck to swell with anger and his face empurple, then went on.
Thunder-clouds empurple the turf and blacken the hangers, but they cannot break the imperturbable equanimity of the line; rain throws over the range a gauze veil of added softness; a mist makes them more wonderful, unreal, romantic; snow brings them to one's doors.
In winter, pheasants crouch under the brushwood or splutter through the trees; in summer the rhododendrons scent and empurple the woodland rides.
In the common pretty Purple-fringed Orchid, whose dense cylindrical spikes of plumy blossoms occasionally empurple whole marshes, we have an arrangement quite similar to the _H. orbicularis_ just described, with the exception that the pollen-pouches are almost parallel, and not noticeably spread at the base (Fig. 11).
Terence, however rash he was by nature, allowed himself to be overruled by his more prudent companions; and therefore, up to the hour when the twilight began to empurple the sea, no movement towards stirring from their place of concealment was made by any of the party.
Magnificent weather, one of those sun risings that empurple landscapes, left the river all its limpid serenity.
It must have taken innumerable hogsheads of his thin vintage to empurple his face in this manner.
"If such a warning as could be given by the voice of sisterly affection can have weight in the debate," said Catharine, "do think that, in striking, you empurple this hand, that in receiving wounds you harm this heart."
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