Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting a diseased condition or degeneration of the inside portions (laminæ) of the hoof and sole of horses' feet following founder, in which the laminæ become replaced by a soft, crumbly material.
- n. A pump operated by hydraulic pressure to pump water at a higher or a lower pressure than that which operates the pump; a pressure-increaser or booster, or a pressure-reducer.
- n. A pump for moving or raising a liquid by the pressure of air or by carrying the liquid along with the air; an air-lift.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of pumice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Far.) Affected with a kind of chronic laminitis in which there is a growth of soft spongy horn between the coffin bone and the hoof wall. The disease is called
pumiced foot, or pumice foot.
“LisBETH thumbed through the school catalog while her feet were pumiced.”
“She stood in the center of the room, closed her eyes, and clicked her freshly pumiced heels together.”
“It was heavy and dark within there, having been closed since morning, but she did not dare open the shutters that would let in light directly onto Jevan's great table, where he cleaned, scraped, and pumiced his skins.”
“The barber's chair was free, so, having shaved that morning, I asked to be pumiced, a good long talkative job.”
“Occurring in its most marked form, there is no gainsaying the fact that pumiced-foot is a sequel of either acute or subacute laminitis.”
“Wounds in well-shaped feet are less serious than in feet with soles that are flat or convex, or in which the horn is pumiced or otherwise deteriorated in quality.”
“This is done by means of the drawing-knife and the rasp, the ugly-looking pumiced foot being carefully cut and trimmed until, so far as outward appearances are concerned, it is perfectly normal.”
“When following the _subacute_ form of laminitis, the changes characterizing pumiced-foot are slow in making their appearance.”
“Treated in this way, the animal with pumiced feet may yet be capable of earning his living at light labour or upon a farm.”
“In their turn, too, such defects of the feet as we have mentioned in the last chapter -- as, for example, the foot with the pumiced horn, the foot with abnormally upright heels, or that which is upright on one side only, or crooked -- each offers a condition which is predisposing to the formation of a sand-crack.”
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