The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grace \Grace\ (gr[=a]s), n. [F. gr[^a]ce, L. gratia, from gratus
beloved, dear, agreeable; perh. akin to Gr. ? to rejoice,
cha`ris favor, grace, Skr. hary to desire, and E. yearn. Cf.
1. The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition
to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege
To bow and sue for grace
With suppliant knee. --Milton.
2. (Theol.) The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as
distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His
mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of
acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works. --Rom.
My grace is sufficicnt for thee. --2 Cor. xii.
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
--Rom. v. 20.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand. --Rom. v.2
(a) The prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as
(b) The same prerogative when exercised in the form of
equitable relief through chancery.
4. Fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it
means misfortune. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
5. Inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic
fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit.
He is complete in feature and in mind.
With all good grace to grace a gentleman. --Shak.
I have formerly given the general character of Mr.
Addison's style and manner as natural and
unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those
graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over
6. Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness;
commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form.
Grace in women gains the affections sooner, and
secures them longer, than any thing else. --Hazlitt.
I shall answer and thank you again For the gift and
the grace of the gift. --Longfellow.
7. pl. (Myth.) Graceful and beautiful females, sister
goddesses, represented by ancient writers as the
attendants sometimes of Apollo but oftener of Venus. They
were commonly mentioned as three in number; namely,
Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, and were regarded as the
inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to
wisdom, love, and social intercourse.
The Graces love to weave the rose. --Moore.
The Loves delighted, and the Graces played. --Prior.
8. The title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and
formerly of the king of England.
How fares your Grace ! --Shak.
9. (Commonly pl.) Thanks. [Obs.]
Yielding graces and thankings to their lord
10. A petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks
rendered, before or after a meal.
11. pl. (Mus.) Ornamental notes or short passages, either
introduced by the performer, or indicated by the
composer, in which case the notation signs are called
grace notes, appeggiaturas, turns, etc.
12. (Eng. Universities) An act, vote, or decree of the
government of the institution; a degree or privilege
conferred by such vote or decree. --Walton.
13. pl. A play designed to promote or display grace of
motion. It consists in throwing a small hoop from one
player to another, by means of two sticks in the hands of
each. Called also grace hoop or hoops.
Act of grace. See under Act.
Day of grace (Theol.), the time of probation, when the
offer of divine forgiveness is made and may be accepted.
That day of grace fleets fast away. --I. Watts.
Days of grace (Com.), the days immediately following the
day when a bill or note becomes due, which days are
allowed to the debtor or payer to make payment in. In
Great Britain and the United States, the days of grace are
three, but in some countries more, the usages of merchants
Good graces, favor; friendship.
(a) A cup or vessel in which a health is drunk after
(b) A health drunk after grace has been said.
The grace cup follows to his sovereign's
Grace drink, a drink taken on rising from the table; a
To [Queen Margaret, of Scotland] . . . we owe the
custom of the grace drink, she having established it
as a rule at her table, that whosoever staid till
grace was said was rewarded with a bumper. --Encyc.
Grace hoop, a hoop used in playing graces. See Grace, n.,
Grace note (Mus.), an appoggiatura. See Appoggiatura, and
def. 11 above.
Grace stroke, a finishing stoke or touch; a coup de grace.
Means of grace, means of securing knowledge of God, or
favor with God, as the preaching of the gospel, etc.
To do grace, to reflect credit upon.
Content to do the profession some grace. --Shak.
To say grace, to render thanks before or after a meal.
With a good grace, in a fit and proper manner grace fully;
With a bad grace, in a forced, reluctant, or perfunctory
What might have been done with a good grace would at
be done with a bad grace. --Macaulay.
Syn: Elegance; comeliness; charm; favor; kindness; mercy.
Usage: Grace, Mercy. These words, though often
interchanged, have each a distinctive and peculiar
meaning. Grace, in the strict sense of the term, is
spontaneous favor to the guilty or undeserving; mercy
is kindness or compassion to the suffering or
condemned. It was the grace of God that opened a way
for the exercise of mercy toward men. See Elegance.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Day \Day\ (d[=a]), n. [OE. day, dai, dei, AS. d[ae]g; akin to
OS., D., Dan., & Sw. dag, G. tag, Icel. dagr, Goth. dags; cf.
Skr. dah (for dhagh ?) to burn. [root]69. Cf. Dawn.]
1. The time of light, or interval between one night and the
next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to
darkness; hence, the light; sunshine; -- also called
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. The period of the earth's revolution on its axis. --
ordinarily divided into twenty-four hours. It is measured
by the interval between two successive transits of a
celestial body over the same meridian, and takes a
specific name from that of the body. Thus, if this is the
sun, the day (the interval between two successive transits
of the sun's center over the same meridian) is called a
solar day; if it is a star, a sidereal day; if it is
the moon, a lunar day. See Civil day, Sidereal day,
3. Those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by
usage or law for work.
4. A specified time or period; time, considered with
reference to the existence or prominence of a person or
thing; age; time.
A man who was great among the Hellenes of his day.
If my debtors do not keep their day, . . .
I must with patience all the terms attend. --Dryden.
5. (Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of
contest, some anniversary, etc.
The field of Agincourt,
Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus. --Shak.
His name struck fear, his conduct won the day.
Note: Day is much used in self-explaining compounds; as,
daybreak, daylight, workday, etc.
Anniversary day. See Anniversary, n.
Astronomical day, a period equal to the mean solar day, but
beginning at noon instead of at midnight, its twenty-four
hours being numbered from 1 to 24; also, the sidereal day,
as that most used by astronomers.
Born days. See under Born.
Canicular days. See Dog day.
Civil day, the mean solar day, used in the ordinary
reckoning of time, and among most modern nations beginning
at mean midnight; its hours are usually numbered in two
series, each from 1 to 12. This is the period recognized
by courts as constituting a day. The Babylonians and
Hindoos began their day at sunrise, the Athenians and Jews
at sunset, the ancient Egyptians and Romans at midnight.
Day blindness. (Med.) See Nyctalopia.
Day by day, or Day after day, daily; every day;
continually; without intermission of a day. See under
By. "Day by day we magnify thee." --Book of Common
Days in bank (Eng. Law), certain stated days for the return
of writs and the appearance of parties; -- so called
because originally peculiar to the Court of Common Bench,
or Bench (bank) as it was formerly termed. --Burrill.
Day in court, a day for the appearance of parties in a
Days of devotion (R. C. Ch.), certain festivals on which
devotion leads the faithful to attend mass. --Shipley.
Days of grace. See Grace.
Days of obligation (R. C. Ch.), festival days when it is
obligatory on the faithful to attend Mass. --Shipley.
Day owl, (Zool.), an owl that flies by day. See Hawk owl.
Day rule (Eng. Law), an order of court (now abolished)
allowing a prisoner, under certain circumstances, to go
beyond the prison limits for a single day.
Day school, one which the pupils attend only in daytime, in
distinction from a boarding school.
Day sight. (Med.) See Hemeralopia.
Day's work (Naut.), the account or reckoning of a ship's
course for twenty-four hours, from noon to noon.
From day to day, as time passes; in the course of time; as,
he improves from day to day.
Jewish day, the time between sunset and sunset.
Mean solar day (Astron.), the mean or average of all the
apparent solar days of the year.
One day, One of these days, at an uncertain time, usually
of the future, rarely of the past; sooner or later. "Well,
niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband."
Only from day to day, without certainty of continuance;
Sidereal day, the interval between two successive transits
of the first point of Aries over the same meridian. The
Sidereal day is 23 h. 56 m. 4.09 s. of mean solar time.
To win the day, to gain the victory, to be successful. --S.
Week day, any day of the week except Sunday; a working day.
(a) A day when work may be legally done, in distinction
from Sundays and legal holidays.
(b) The number of hours, determined by law or custom,
during which a workman, hired at a stated price per
day, must work to be entitled to a day's pay.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DAYS OF GRACE. Certain days after the time limited by the bill or note,
which the acceptor or drawer has a right to demand for payment of the bill
or note; these days were so called because they were formerly gratuitously
allowed, but now, by the custom of merchants, sanctioned by decisions of
courts of justice, they are demandable of right. 6 Watts & Serg. 179. The
number of these in the United States is generally three. Chitty on Bills,
h.t. But where the established usage of the where the instrument is
payable, or of the bank at which it is payable, or deposited for collection,
be to make the demand on the fourth or other day, the parties to the note
will be bound by such usage. 5 How. U. S. Rep. 317; 1 Smith, Lead. Cas. 417.
When the last day of grace happens on the 4th of July; 2 Caines Cas. in Err.
195; or on Sunday; 2 Caines' R. 343; 7 Wend. 460; the demand must be made on
the day previous. 13 John. 470; 7 Wend. 460; 12 Mass. 89; 6 Pick. 80; 2
Caines, 343: 2 McCord, 436. But see 2 Conn. 69. See 20 Wend. 205; 1 Metc. R.
43; 2 Cain. Cas. 195; 7 How. Miss. R. 129; 4 J. J. Marsh. 332.
2. In Louisiana, the days of grace are no obstacle to a set off, the
bill being due, for this purpose before the expiration of those days. Louis.
Code, art. 2206.
3. In France all days of grace, of favor, of usage, or of local custom,
for the payment of bills of exchange, are abolished. Code de Com. art. 185.
See 8 Verm. 833; 2 Port. 286; 1 Conn. 329; 1 Pick. 401; 2 Pick. 125; 3 Pick.
414; 1 N. & M. 83.