from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the rose family.
- n. Any of numerous shrubs or vines of the genus Rosa, having prickly stems, pinnately compound leaves, and variously colored, often fragrant flowers.
- n. The flower of any of these plants.
- n. Any of various similar or related plants.
- n. A dark pink to moderate red.
- n. An ornament, such as a decorative knot, resembling a rose in form; a rosette.
- n. A perforated nozzle for spraying water from a hose or sprinkling can.
- n. A form of gem cut marked by a flat base and a faceted, hemispheric upper surface.
- n. A gem, especially a diamond, cut in this manner.
- n. A rose window.
- n. A compass card or its representation, as on a map.
- n. That which is marked by favor, success, or ease of execution: Directing this play has been all roses since the new producer took over.
- adj. Of the color rose.
- adj. Relating to, containing, or used for roses.
- adj. Scented or flavored with or as if with roses.
- idiom come up roses To result favorably or successfully: Those were difficult times but now everything's coming up roses.
- idiom under the rose Sub rosa.
- v. Past tense of rise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shrub of the genus Rosa, with red, pink, white or yellow flowers.
- n. A flower of the rose plant.
- n. A plant or species in the rose family. (Rosaceae)
- n. Something resembling a rose flower.
- n. A purplish-red or pink colour, the colour of some rose flowers.
- n. A round nozzle for a sprinkling can or hose.
- n. The base of a light socket.
- n. Any of various flower-like polar graphs of sinusoids or their squares.
- v. To make rose-coloured; to redden or flush.
- v. To perfume, as with roses.
- adj. Having a purplish-red or pink colour. See rosy
- v. Simple past of rise.
- n. Alternative spelling of rosé.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of rise.
- n. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus Rosa, of which there are many species, mostly found in the morthern hemispere.
- n. A knot of ribbon formed like a rose; a rose knot; a rosette, esp. one worn on a shoe.
- n. A rose window. See Rose window, below.
- n. A perforated nozzle, as of a pipe, spout, etc., for delivering water in fine jets; a rosehead; also, a strainer at the foot of a pump.
- n. The erysipelas.
- n. The card of the mariner's compass; also, a circular card with radiating lines, used in other instruments.
- n. The color of a rose; rose-red; pink.
- n. A diamond. See Rose diamond, below.
- transitive v. To render rose-colored; to redden; to flush.
- transitive v. To perfume, as with roses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shrub of the genus Rosa, or its flower, found wild in numerous species, and cultivated from remote antiquity.
- n. One of various other plants so named from some resemblance to the true rose. See the phrases below.
- n. A knot of ribbon in the form of a rose, used as an ornamental tie of a hat-band, garter, shoe, etc.
- n. Figuratively, full flush or bloom.
- n. A light crimson color. Colors ordinarily called crimson are too dark to receive the name of rose. See II.
- n. In heraldry, a conventional representation of the flower, composed of five leaves or lobes, or, in other words, a kind of cinquefoil: when the five spaces between the leaves are filled by small pointed leaves representing the calyx, it is said to be barbed. (See barb, n., 8.)
- n. In arch, and art: A rose-window
- n. Any ornamental feature or work of decorative character having a circular outline: properly a larger and more important feature or work than a rosette or a circular boss.
- n. A rosette, as of lace.
- n. In zoology, a formation suggestive of a rose; a radiating disposition or arrangement of parts; a rosette, as that formed at the parting of feathers on the heads of domestic pigeons of different breeds, or that represented by caruncles about the eyes or beak. Compare rose-comb, under comb, 3.
- n. A perforated nozle of a pipe, spout, etc., to distribute water in fine shower-like jets; a rose-head; also, a plate similarly perforated covering some aperture.
- n. An ornamental annular piece of wood or metal surrounding the spindle of a door-lock or a gas-pipe at the point where it passes through a wall or ceiling.
- n. The disease erysipelas: so named, popularly, from its color.
- n. In English history, one of the two rival factions, York and Lancastrian. See Wars of the Roses, below.
- n. A circular card or disk, or a diagram with radiating lines: as, the compass-card or rose of the compass; the barometric rose, which shows the barometric pressure, at any place, in connection with the winds blowing from different points of the compass; a wind-rose.
- n. In musical instruments like flutes, guitars, dulcimers, and harpsichords, an ornamental device set in the sound-hole of the belly, and often serving as a trade-mark as well as a decoration.
- n. A form in which precious stones, especially small diamonds, are frequently cut.
- n. A very small diamond, scarcely more than a splinter, of which as many as 400 are sometimes necessary to make a carat, or 60,000 to make an ounce. These are seldom regularly cut, 6 to 8 facets only being the usual number.
- n. A rose-mallow, Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis. See shoeblack-plant.
- n. Same as sage-rose.
- n. Specifically, the French rose.
- n. In botany, the order Rosaceæ.
- n. A St.-John's-wort, Hypericum calycinum. Britten and Holland, Eng. Plant-names. [Prov. Eng.]
- n. Same as althæa, 2. [U. S.]
- n. Specifically, Rosa alba, a garden rose, native in the Caucasus.
- n. See Rœmeria.
- n. R. sulphurea, the double yellow rose, beautiful in warm climates, native from Asia Minor to Persia.
- Of an extremely luminous purplish-red color.
- To render rose-colored; redden; cause to flush or blush.
- To perfume as with roses.
- Preterit of rise.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of roose.
- n. In geometry, certain transcendental curves having, in polar coördinates, equations of the form
ρ= αcos b θ.
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- adj. of something having a dusty purplish pink color
- n. any of many shrubs of the genus Rosa that bear roses
- n. a dusty pink color
- n. pinkish table wine from red grapes whose skins were removed after fermentation began
Middle English, from Old English, from Latin rosa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French rose, itself from Latin rosa, from Oscan, from Ancient Greek ῥόδον (rhódon) (Aeolic ϝρόδον (wródon)), from Old Persian *wurdi (“flower”) (compare Avestan varǝδa, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr), from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥dʰo (“sweetbriar”) (compare Old English word ("thornbush"), Latin rubus ("bramble"), Albanian hurdhe ("ivy")). (Wiktionary)
From rise. (Wiktionary)
From French rosé ("pinkish"). (Wiktionary)