Search Result for "blessing":
1. the formal act of approving;
- Example: "he gave the project his blessing"
- Example: "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
[syn: blessing, approval, approving]
2. a desirable state;
- Example: "enjoy the blessings of peace"
- Example: "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"
[syn: blessing, boon]
3. a short prayer of thanks before a meal;
- Example: "their youngest son said grace"
[syn: grace, blessing, thanksgiving]
4. a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection;
[syn: benediction, blessing]
5. the act of praying for divine protection;
[syn: blessing, benediction]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bless \Bless\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blessedor Blest; p. pr. & vb. n. Blessing.] [OE. blessien, bletsen, AS. bletsian, bledsian, bloedsian, fr. bl?d blood; prob. originally to consecrate by sprinkling with blood. See Blood.] 1. To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate [1913 Webster] And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. --Gen. ii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to. [1913 Webster] The quality of mercy is . . . twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue forever before thee. --1 Chron. xvii. 27 (R. V. ) [1913 Webster] 3. To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; -- applied to persons. [1913 Webster] Bless them which persecute you. --Rom. xii. 14. [1913 Webster] 4. To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, -- as on food. [1913 Webster] Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them. --Luke ix. 16. [1913 Webster] 5. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self). [Archaic] --Holinshed. [1913 Webster] 6. To guard; to keep; to protect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 7. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences. [1913 Webster] Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. --Ps. ciii. 1. [1913 Webster] 8. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate. [1913 Webster] The nations shall bless themselves in him. --Jer. iv. 3. [1913 Webster] 9. To wave; to brandish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And burning blades about their heads do bless. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] Note: This is an old sense of the word, supposed by Johnson, Nares, and others, to have been derived from the old rite of blessing a field by directing the hands to all parts of it. "In drawing [their bow] some fetch such a compass as though they would turn about and bless all the field." --Ascham. [1913 Webster] Bless me! Bless us! an exclamation of surprise. --Milton. To bless from, to secure, defend, or preserve from. "Bless me from marrying a usurer." --Shak. [1913 Webster] To bless the doors from nightly harm. --Milton. [1913 Webster] To bless with, To be blessed with, to favor or endow with; to be favored or endowed with; as, God blesses us with health; we are blessed with happiness. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Blessing \Bless"ing\, n. [AS. bletsung. See Bless, v. t.] 1. The act of one who blesses. [1913 Webster] 2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces. [1913 Webster] This is the blessing, where with Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel. --Deut. xxxiii. 1. [1913 Webster] 3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift. [1913 Webster] Nature's full blessings would be well dispensed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bib.) A gift. [A Hebraism] --Gen. xxxiii. 11. [1913 Webster] 5. Grateful praise or worship. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Blessing, TX Zip code(s): 77419Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
136 Moby Thesaurus words for "blessing": Godspeed, OK, acceptance, accord, acquiescence, act of grace, act of kindness, adherence, admiration, advantage, affirmation, affirmative, affirmative voice, agreement, approbation, approval, assent, asset, avail, aye, beatification, beatitude, behalf, behoof, benedicite, benediction, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benignity, benison, best wishes, blessedness, boon, bounty, break, canonization, compliance, compliment, congratulation, connivance, consecration, consent, countenance, courtesy, dedication, devotion, eagerness, endorsement, enshrinement, esteem, exaltation, favor, favorable vote, felicitation, felicity, fluke, fortunateness, fortune, gain, gift, glorification, godsend, good, good deed, good fortune, good luck, good offices, good turn, good wishes, grace, gratulation, hallowing, happy fortune, help, interest, invocation, justification, justification by works, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act, kindness, labor of love, loaves and fishes, luck, luckiness, lucky break, lucky strike, manna, manna from heaven, mercy, mitzvah, nod, obligation, office, okay, permission, prayer, profit, promptitude, promptness, purification, ratification, readiness, respect, run of luck, sainthood, sainting, sanctification, sanction, seal of approval, service, setting apart, smiles of fortune, stamp of approval, state of grace, streak of luck, stroke of luck, submission, thanks, thanksgiving, the breaks, turn, ungrudgingness, unloathness, unreluctance, valediction, voice, vote, welfare, well-being, willingness, world of good, yea, yea vote