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  • adj. Of or relating to the time or act of rising; eastern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to the time or act of rising; eastern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rising; relating to the rising of a star; orient; eastern.


Latin ortivus. (Wiktionary)


  • Ortive also bears mathematical significance: the phrase "numeration ortive" signifies "that part of arithmetic which deals with multiplication, division" as distinguished from "numeration original," which represents addition and subtraction.

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  • I'm a member of a number of online communities, and I must admit that this one is the least supp. ortive, the has the highest bully quotient, and has the most sniping.

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  • "Ortive, or Eastern Amplitude, in astronomy, is an arc of the horizon intercepted between the point where a star rises, and the east point of the horizon."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 328

    October 14, 2008