from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Providing or arousing amusement.
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- adj. Giving entertainment or amusement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having power to amuse or entertain the mind; fitted to excite mirth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having power to amuse or entertain the mind; affording amusement or entertainment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
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Although its contents have not been drawn from works of unfettered fancy, it is hoped they will be found to blend the real with the imaginative in such a degree as to render their knowledge not the less useful for its being amusive.
Each of these subjects is treated of in separate chapters, in a neat style, slightly scientific, and highly amusive; and the whole are illustrated with upwards of _Six Hundred Engravings_, which are appropriately chosen and admirably executed.
Cheap Books, we hope, will never be an evil; for, as "the same care and toil that raise a dish of peas at Christmas, would give bread to a whole family during six months;" so the expense of a gay volume at this season will furnish a moderate circle with amusive reading for a twelvemonth.
It is a mere _bagatelle_, and as an amusive trifle may not be unacceptable.
He uses too many Latin epithets, like _amusive_ and
He uses too many Latin epithets, like _amusive_ and _precipitant_, and calls a fish-line
They found its "phænomena so remote from the customs and manners of Europe, that, when exhibited as entering into the ordinary system of human affairs, they could not fail to confer a considerable share of amusive novelty on the characters and events with which they were connected."
_Spring_ it is applied to the rooks, with their "ceaseless caws amusive;" in the _Summer_ to the thistledown, which "amusive floats;" and in the _Autumn_, the theory of the supposed cause of mountain springs is called an "amusive dream."
"To me 'twas given to wake _th 'amusive_ reed," and Chandler, in his _Travels in Greece_, speaks of the wind
Her observations upon the 'amusive talents' of THEODORE HOOK, and his entire devotion to their cultivation, are replete with the soundest wisdom.