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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Saint  \Saint\  (s[=a]nt),  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  sanctus  sacred,  properly 
  p.  p.  of  sancire  to  render  sacred  by  a  religious  act  to 
  appoint  as  sacred;  akin  to  sacer  sacred.  Cf  {Sacred}, 
  {Sanctity},  {Sanctum},  {Sanctus}.] 
  1.  A  person  sanctified;  a  holy  or  godly  person;  one  eminent 
  for  piety  and  virtue;  any  true  Christian,  as  being 
  redeemed  and  consecrated  to  God. 
 
  Them  that  are  sanctified  in  Christ  Jesus,  called  to 
  be  saints.  --1  Cor.  i.  2. 
 
  2.  One  of  the  blessed  in  heaven. 
 
  Then  shall  thy  saints,  unmixed,  and  from  the  impure 
  Far  separate,  circling  thy  holy  mount,  Unfeigned 
  hallelujahs  to  thee  sing.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Eccl.)  One  canonized  by  the  church.  [Abbrev.  St.] 
 
  {Saint  Andrew's  cross}. 
  a  A  cross  shaped  like  the  letter  X.  See  Illust.  4,  under 
  {Cross}. 
  b  (Bot.)  A  low  North  American  shrub  ({Ascyrum 
  Crux-Andre[ae]},  the  petals  of  which  have  the  form  of 
  a  Saint  Andrew's  cross.  --Gray. 
 
  {Saint  Anthony's  cross},  a  T-shaped  cross.  See  Illust.  6, 
  under  {Cross}. 
 
  {Saint  Anthony's  fire},  the  erysipelas;  --  popularly  so 
  called  because  it  was  supposed  to  have  been  cured  by  the 
  intercession  of  Saint  Anthony. 
 
  {Saint  Anthony's  nut}  (Bot.),  the  groundnut  ({Bunium 
  flexuosum});  --  so  called  because  swine  feed  on  it  and 
  St  Anthony  was  once  a  swineherd.  --Dr.  Prior. 
 
  {Saint  Anthony's  turnip}  (Bot.),  the  bulbous  crowfoot,  a 
  favorite  food  of  swine.  --Dr.  Prior. 
 
  {Saint  Barnaby's  thistle}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  knapweed 
  ({Centaurea  solstitialis})  flowering  on  St  Barnabas's 
  Day  June  11th.  --Dr.  Prior. 
 
  {Saint  Bernard}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  breed  of  large  handsome  dogs 
  celebrated  for  strength  and  sagacity,  formerly  bred 
  chiefly  at  the  Hospice  of  St  Bernard  in  Switzerland,  but 
  now  common  in  Europe  and  America.  There  are  two  races,  the 
  smooth-haired  and  the  rough-haired.  See  Illust.  under 
  {Dog}. 
 
  {Saint  Catharine's  flower}  (Bot.),  the  plant  love-in-a-mist. 
  See  under  {Love}. 
 
  {Saint  Cuthbert's  beads}  (Paleon.),  the  fossil  joints  of 
  crinoid  stems. 
 
  {Saint  Dabeoc's  heath}  (Bot.),  a  heatherlike  plant 
  ({Dab[oe]cia  polifolia}),  named  from  an  Irish  saint. 
 
  {Saint  Distaff's  Day}.  See  under  {Distaff}. 
 
  {Saint  Elmo's  fire},  a  luminous,  flamelike  appearance, 
  sometimes  seen  in  dark,  tempestuous  nights,  at  some 
  prominent  point  on  a  ship,  particularly  at  the  masthead 
  and  the  yardarms.  It  has  also  been  observed  on  land,  and 
  is  due  to  the  discharge  of  electricity  from  elevated  or 
  pointed  objects.  A  single  flame  is  called  a  {Helena},  or  a 
  {Corposant};  a  double,  or  twin,  flame  is  called  a  {Castor 
  and  Pollux},  or  a  {double  Corposant}.  It  takes  its  name 
  from  St  Elmo,  the  patron  saint  of  sailors. 
 
  {Saint  George's  cross}  (Her.),  a  Greek  cross  gules  upon  a 
  field  argent,  the  field  being  represented  by  a  narrow 
  fimbriation  in  the  ensign,  or  union  jack,  of  Great 
  Britain. 
 
  {Saint  George's  ensign},  a  red  cross  on  a  white  field  with  a 
  union  jack  in  the  upper  corner  next  the  mast.  It  is  the 
  distinguishing  badge  of  ships  of  the  royal  navy  of 
  England;  --  called  also  {the  white  ensign}.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  {Saint  George's  flag},  a  smaller  flag  resembling  the  ensign, 
  but  without  the  union  jack;  used  as  the  sign  of  the 
  presence  and  command  of  an  admiral.  [Eng.]  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  {Saint  Gobain  glass}  (Chem.),  a  fine  variety  of  soda-lime 
  plate  glass,  so  called  from  St  Gobain  in  France,  where  it 
  was  manufactured. 
 
  {Saint  Ignatius's  bean}  (Bot.),  the  seed  of  a  tree  of  the 
  Philippines  ({Strychnos  Ignatia}),  of  properties  similar 
  to  the  nux  vomica. 
 
  {Saint  James's  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  pecten  ({Vola 
  Jacob[ae]us})  worn  by  pilgrims  to  the  Holy  Land.  See 
  Illust.  under  {Scallop}. 
 
  {Saint  James's-wort}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  ragwort  ({Senecio 
  Jacob[ae]a}). 
 
  {Saint  John's  bread}.  (Bot.)  See  {Carob}. 
 
  {Saint  John's-wort}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  genus 
  {Hypericum},  most  species  of  which  have  yellow  flowers;  -- 
  called  also  {John's-wort}. 
 
  {Saint  Leger},  the  name  of  a  race  for  three-year-old  horses 
  run  annually  in  September  at  Doncaster  England;  -- 
  instituted  in  1776  by  Col.  St  Leger. 
 
  {Saint  Martin's  herb}  (Bot.),  a  small  tropical  American 
  violaceous  plant  ({Sauvagesia  erecta}).  It  is  very 
  mucilaginous  and  is  used  in  medicine. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Corposant  \Cor"po*sant\  (k?r"p?-z?nt),  n.  [It.  corpo  santo  holy 
  body.] 
  St  Elmo's  fire.  See  under  {Saint}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  corposant 
  n  :  an  electrical  discharge  accompanied  by  ionization  of 
  surrounding  atmosphere  [syn:  {corona  discharge},  {corona}, 
  {St.  Elmo's  fire},  {Saint  Elmo's  fire},  {Saint  Elmo's 
  light},  {Saint  Ulmo's  fire},  {Saint  Ulmo's  light},  {electric 
  glow}] 




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