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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bless  \Bless\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blessed}or  {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 
 
  And  God  blessed  the  seventh  day  and  sanctified  it 
  --Gen.  ii  3. 
 
  2.  To  make  happy,  blithesome,  or  joyous;  to  confer  prosperity 
  or  happiness  upon  to  grant  divine  favor  to 
 
  The  quality  of  mercy  is  .  .  .  twice  blest;  It 
  blesseth  him  that  gives  and  him  that  takes  --Shak. 
 
  It  hath  pleased  thee  to  bless  the  house  of  thy 
  servant,  that  it  may  continue  forever  before  thee. 
  --1  Chron. 
  xvii.  27  (R. 
  V.  ) 
 
  3.  To  express  a  wish  or  prayer  for  the  happiness  of  to 
  invoke  a  blessing  upon  --  applied  to  persons. 
 
  Bless  them  which  persecute  you  --Rom.  xii. 
  14. 
 
  4.  To  invoke  or  confer  beneficial  attributes  or  qualities 
  upon  to  invoke  or  confer  a  blessing  on  --  as  on  food. 
 
  Then  he  took  the  five  loaves  and  the  two  fishes,  and 
  looking  up  to  heaven,  he  blessed  them  --Luke  ix 
  16. 
 
  5.  To  make  the  sign  of  the  cross  upon  to  cross  (one's  self). 
  [Archaic]  --Holinshed. 
 
  6.  To  guard;  to  keep  to  protect.  [Obs.] 
 
  7.  To  praise,  or  glorify;  to  extol  for  excellences. 
 
  Bless  the  Lord,  O  my  soul:  and  all  that  is  within 
  me  bless  his  holy  name  --Ps.  ciii.  1. 
 
  8.  To  esteem  or  account  happy;  to  felicitate. 
 
  The  nations  shall  bless  themselves  in  him  --Jer. 
  iv  3. 
 
  9.  To  wave;  to  brandish.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  burning  blades  about  their  heads  do  bless. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  Round  his  armed  head  his  trenchant  blade  he  blest. 
  --Fairfax. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blessing  \Bless"ing\,  n.  [AS.  bletsung  See  {Bless},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  blesses. 
 
  2.  A  declaration  of  divine  favor,  or  an  invocation  imploring 
  divine  favor  on  some  or  something  a  benediction;  a  wish 
  of  happiness  pronounces. 
 
  This  is  the  blessing,  where  with  Moses  the  man  of 
  God  blessed  the  children  of  Israel.  --Deut. 
  xxxiii  1. 
 
  3.  A  means  of  happiness;  that  which  promotes  prosperity  and 
  welfare;  a  beneficent  gift. 
 
  Nature's  full  blessings  would  be  well  dispensed. 
  --Milton. 
 
  4.  (Bib.)  A  gift.  [A  Hebraism]  --Gen.  xxxiii  11. 
 
  5.  Grateful  praise  or  worship. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blessing 
  n  1:  the  formal  act  of  giving  approval:  "he  gave  the  project  his 
  blessing";  "his  decision  merited  the  approval  of  any 
  sensible  person"  [syn:  {approval},  {approving}]  [ant:  {disapproval}] 
  2:  a  desirable  state;  "enjoy  the  blessings  of  peace";  "a 
  spanking  breeze  is  a  boon  to  sailors"  [syn:  {boon}] 
  3:  a  short  prayer  of  thanks  before  a  meal  [syn:  {grace},  {thanksgiving}] 
  4:  a  ceremonial  prayer  invoking  divine  protection  [syn:  {benediction}] 
  5:  the  act  of  praying  for  divine  protection  [syn:  {benediction}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Blessing,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  77419 




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