Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stationary; fixed; immovable; steadfast.
- n. In farriery, a circumscribed callosity of the skin in horses or other saddle- and pack-animals, due to pressure of the load. It not infrequently becomes converted into an ulcer, and is then the ordinary “sore back” of these animals, which seldom gets well as long as they are ridden or laden. To prevent such sores is the chief care of packers.
- n. The creeping buttercup, Ranunculus repens, so called from the difficulty in eradicating it.
- n. The rest-harrow, Ononis repens. See rest-harrow, 1.
- n. A fixed object, as an obstacle encountered by a plow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Fixed; stationary; immovable.
- n. (Far.) A callosity with inflamed edges, on the back of a horse, under the saddle.
- sit + fast? (Wiktionary)
“The sitfast is a piece of dead tissue which would be thrown off but that it has formed firm connections with the fibrous skin beneath, or even deeper with the fibrous layers (fascia) of the muscles, or with the bones, and is thus bound in its place as a persistent source of irritation.”
“If a sitfast has developed, the dead hornlike slough must be carefully dissected out and the wound treated carefully with antiseptics.”
“Nay the very mode of riding: for now no man on a level with his age but will trot a l'Anglaise, rising in the stirrups; scornful of the old sitfast method, in which, according to Shakspeare,”
“The original caufe of the warble muft be likewife difcovered and rem. oved, to prevent a repetition upon the fame part, from which, or the continuation, a sitfast will inevitably enfue.”
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