Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device described in Napier's treatise Rabdologiæ, consisting of a large set of strips used to multiply multi-digit numbers more easily than Napier’s bones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to preparation.
  • n. That from which supplies are drawn; a storehouse; a magazine; a repository.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That from which supplies are drawn; a storehouse; a magazine; a repository.

Etymologies

Latin promptuarium, storehouse (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sacrificio et Magia, it is because the presence of the virtue of the sun, which is the organ and promptuary of all terrestrial and sidereal light, doth more symbolize and agree with a white cock, as well in regard of that colour, as of his property and specifical quality, than with a lion.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • For, as Proclus saith, Libro de Sacrificio et Magia, it is because the presence of the virtue of the sun, which is the organ and promptuary of all terrestrial and sidereal light, doth more symbolize and agree with a white cock, as well in regard of that colour, as of his property and specifical quality, than with a lion.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 1

  • Although promptory has not yet found its way into Webster's Third (promptuary, a poorer-sounding variant suggestive of a mortuary, has), it is a worthy and useful addition to the language; for example, good use of it was made in a recent VERBATIM book review [VII, 3, 12].

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 3

  • They are stored up in a promptuary, in the seventh of the heavens, whence they are drawn as they are needed for human body after human body. [

    The Legends of the Jews — Volume 1

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