Ague fit
Ague A"gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] ``Brenning agues.'' --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits. [1913 Webster]

3. The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague. [1913 Webster]

4. A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Ague cake}, an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague.

{Ague drop}, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague.

{Ague fit}, a fit of the ague. --Shak.

{Ague spell}, a spell or charm against ague. --Gay.

{Ague tree}, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


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  • ague-fit — aˈgue fit noun • • • Main Entry: ↑ague …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ague — A gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] Brenning agues. P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) An intermittent fever,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ague cake — Ague A gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] Brenning agues. P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) An intermittent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ague drop — Ague A gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] Brenning agues. P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) An intermittent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ague spell — Ague A gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] Brenning agues. P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) An intermittent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ague tree — Ague A gue, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See {Acute}.] 1. An acute fever. [Obs.] Brenning agues. P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) An intermittent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ague — A gue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Agued}.] To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit. Heywood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ague — [ā′gyo͞o΄] n. [ME < OFr ague < ML ( febris) acuta, violent (fever): see ACUTE] 1. a fever, usually malarial, marked by regularly recurring chills 2. a chill; fit of shivering aguish [ā′gyo͞o ish] adj …   English World dictionary

  • ague — ► NOUN archaic 1) malaria or some other illness involving fever and shivering. 2) a fever or shivering fit. ORIGIN from Latin acuta febris acute fever …   English terms dictionary

  • Ague — A fever (such as from malaria) that is marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating recurring regular intervals. Also a fit of shivering, a chill. Hence, ague can refer to both chills and fevers. Pronounced A ( )gyü with the accent solidly… …   Medical dictionary

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