American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Ascending, sloping upward, or advancing: a rising tide.
- adj. Coming to maturity; emerging: the rising generation.
- n. The action of one that rises.
- n. An uprising; an insurrection.
- n. A prominence or projection.
- n. The leaven or yeast used to make dough rise in baking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who or that which rises.
- n. Specifically— The appearance of the sun or a star above the horizon. In astronomy the sun or a planet is said to rise when the upper limb appears in the horizon; and in calculating the time allowance must be made for refraction, parallax, and the dip of the horizon. Primitive astronomers defined the seasons by means of the risings and settings of certain stars relatively to the sun. These, called by Kepler “poetical risings and settings,” are the acronychal, cosmical, and heliacal (see these words).
- n. The act of arising from the dead, or of coming to life again; resurrection.
- n. A hostile demonstration of people opposed to the government; a revolt; an insurrection; sedition: as, to call out troops to quell a rising.
- n. That which rises; a prominence, elevation, or swelling; specifically, a tumor on the body, as a boil or a wen.
- n. In mining, same as rise, 14.
- n. A giving way in an upward direction from pressure exerted from beneath.
- n. That which is used to make dough rise, as yeast or leaven. See salt-rising.
- n. In bread-making, the quantity of dough set to rise at one time.
- n. A defect sometimes occurring in casting crucible steel, which is said to “boil” in the mold after teeming, producing a honeycomb structure of the metal.
- n. A water-swelling: said of ova by fish-culturists.
- n. Nautical, the thick planking laid fore and aft, on which the timbers of the deck bear; also, the narrow strake inside a boat just under the thwarts.
- Increasing in possessions, importance, power, or distinction: as, a rising town; a rising man.
- Growing; advancing to adult years, and to the state of active life: as, the rising generation.
- Growing so as to be near some specified or indicated amount: used loosely in an awkward quasi-adverbial construction: reaching an amount greater than that specified: sometimes with of: as, rising three years old; rising of a thousand men were killed; the colt is rising of two this grass [U. S.]
- reaching an amount which is at least that specified and may be greater: as, a horse rising fourteen hands
- approaching but not yet reaching the specified amount: as, a colt rising two years old [Eng.].
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Attaining a higher place; taking, or moving in, an upward direction; appearing above the horizon; ascending.
- adj. Increasing in wealth, power, or distinction
- adj. Growing; advancing to adult years and to the state of active life.
- prep. Colloq. & Low, U.S. More than; exceeding; upwards of.
- n. The act of one who, or that which, rises (in any sense).
- n. That which rises; a tumor; a boil.
- adj. sloping upward
- adj. coming to maturity
- adj. newly come into prominence
- n. organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
- adj. advancing or becoming higher or greater in degree or value or status
- n. a movement upward
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“I seem on a narrow island, the ocean is all around me, and the tide is rising, _rising_.”
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“The U.N. refugee agency expressed alarm Tuesday at what it called rising violence by armed Libyans against sub-Saharan Africans, both in the rebel-controlled eastern portions and in Gadhafi's stronghold in the west.”
“Journalists have imposed a news blackout on the government in response to what they describe as rising brutality against those covering the demonstrations.”
“He cited terrorist networks, the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, and what he called rising regional powers — a likely reference to China and its growing military might — as threats to U.S. security.”
“In a lead news article today headlined "Watching a Watchdog," the industry publication Inside Higher Ed draws attention to what it terms rising concerns among higher education observers about the editorial independence of The Washington Post in covering for-profit higher education.”
“She said she was alarmed by what she called the rising levels of "debt, dishonesty and corruption.”
“Kim also reiterated the country's threat to bolster its nuclear deterrent in a new, though unspecified, way to cope with what he called rising nuclear threats from the U.S.”
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