from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free of motes.
  • Spotless; without blemish.


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  • In the office, for the sake of discipline, I frequently adopt a querulous manner, finding it necessary in dealing with office-boys, but the moment I leave shop behind me I become a different individual entirely, and have been called a moteless sunbeam by those who have seen only that side of my character.

    The Water Ghost and Others

  • Look down as deep as you may into his profound nature, you will see that it is clear as a moteless fountain.

    The Uniter and Liberator of America

  • An infusion proved to be barren by six months 'exposure to moteless air maintained at a temperature of 90° Fahr, when inoculated with full-grown active bacteria, fills itself in two days with organisms so sensitive as to be killed by a few minutes' exposure to a temperature much below that of boiling water.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • Expose a number of vessels containing this tea to the moteless air of your chamber; and expose a number of vessels containing precisely the same liquid to the dust-laden air.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • This is first exhausted and refilled several times with air, filtered by its passage through cotton-wool, the ice being thus surrounded by pure moteless air.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • I have spoken of the floating dust of the air, of the means of rendering it visible, and of the perfect immunity from putrefaction which accompanies the contact of germless infusions and moteless air.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • Schopenhauer in words of one syllable, and were it known that the publisher had intrusted the magnificent pessimism of that illustrious juggler of words and theories to a "moteless sunbeam" it might seriously interfere with the sale of the work; and I may say, too, that this request that my confidence be respected is entirely disinterested, inasmuch as I declined to do the work on the royalty plan, insisting upon the payment of a lump sum, considerably in advance.

    The Water Ghost and Others


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