from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy: a sympathetic glance.
- adj. Favorably inclined: not at all sympathetic to her proposal.
- adj. Agreeably suited to one's disposition or mood; congenial: sympathetic surroundings.
- adj. Of, relating to, or acting on the sympathetic nervous system: a sympathetic neuron; sympathetic stimulation.
- adj. Relating to or being vibrations, especially musical tones, produced in one body by energy from a nearby vibrating body and having the same frequency as the vibration of the nearby body.
- adj. Emitting such vibrations: sympathetic strings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, related to, showing, or characterized by sympathy.
- adj. Of or relating to similarity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inclined to sympathy; sympathizing.
- adj. Produced by, or expressive of, sympathy.
- adj. Produced by sympathy; -- applied particularly to symptoms or affections. See Sympathy.
- adj. Of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system or some of its branches; produced by stimulation on the sympathetic nervious system or some part of it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, expressive of, proceeding from, or exhibiting sympathy, in any sense; attended with sympathy.
- Having sympathy or common feeling with another; susceptible of being affected by feelings like those of another, or of altruistic feelings which arise as a consequence of what another feels.
- Harmonious; concordant; congenial.
- In anatomy and zoology, effecting a sympathy or consentaneous affection of the viscera and blood-vessels; uniting viscera and blood-vessels in a nervous action common to them all; inhibitory of or controlling the vital activities of viscera and blood-vessels, which are thereby subjected to a common nervous influence; specifically, of or pertaining to a special set of nerves or nervous system called the sympathetic. See below.
- In acoustics, noting sounds induced not by a direct vibration-producing force, but by vibrations conveyed through the air or other medium from a body already in vibration. The phenomena of resonance are properly examples of sympathetic sound.
- of four pairs of cranial ganglia;
- of three great gangliated plexuses or sympathetic plexuses, in the thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic cavities respectively;
- of smaller ganglia in connection with the abdominal and other viscera;
- of communicating nerves or commissures, whereby these ganglia or plexuses are connected with one another and with nerves of the cerebrospinal system;
- of distributory nerves supplying the viscera and vessels, whereby the sympathetic reaches all parts of the body. See ganglion and plexus.
- In invertebrates, as Vermes, a posterior part of the visceral nervous system, passing on to the enteric tube, and corresponding to a true enteric nervous system: so called in view of its physiological relations, without reference to the actual homology implied with the sympathetic system of a vertebrate.
- n. The sympathetic nervous system, or the sympathetic nerve.
- n. One who is peculiarly susceptible, as to hypnotic or mesmeric influences; a sensitive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system
- adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
- adj. (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
- adj. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
- adj. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
- adj. having similar disposition and tastes
Greek sumpathētikos, from sumpatheia, sympathy; see sympathy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)