American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A slow-burning match formerly used for lighting cigars; a fusee.
- adj. Marked by sudden or violent outbursts: a vesuvian temper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples; resembling Vesuvius; volcanic.
- n. In mineralogy, same as vesuvianite.
- n. A kind of match, used for lighting cigars, etc.; a fusee. Also Vesuvius.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples.
- n. (Min.) Vesuvianite.
- n. A kind of match or fusee for lighting cigars, etc.
- n. a green or yellow or brown mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate; it occurs as crystals in limestone and is used a gemstone
- After Mount Vesuvius . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I suppose the smell of tobacco won't frighten the fish?" observed the barrister, gladly taking advantage of the permission and striking a vesuvian, his pipe being already loaded and ready.”
“The Duke's vesuvian was sputtering in the spray and wind, and he got a good light before he answered.”
“In this position he took out a cigar, lighted it with a vesuvian, and, regardless of the increased motion imparted to him at his greater elevation, he began to smoke.”
“Lord Steepleton Kildare, in the act of lighting a cheroot, dropped the vesuvian incontinently, and stood staring at Isaacs with an indescribable expression of empty wonder in his face, while the match sputtered and smouldered and died away in the grass by the door.”
“But presently a sudden red flash revealed to him that they were near land (this was Alec striking a vesuvian to give them a friendly lead); there was some further cautious sliding and stumbling forward; then the uplifting of Maggie's neck and shoulders told him she had gained solid ground and was going up the bank.”
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