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jovial


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jovial  \Jo"vi*al\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  Jovialis  pertaining  to  Jove. 
  The  planet  Jupiter  was  thought  to  make  those  born  under  it 
  joyful  or  jovial.  See  {Jove}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  god,  or  the  planet,  Jupiter. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  Our  jovial  star  reigned  at  his  birth.  --Shak. 
 
  The  fixed  stars  astrologically  differenced  by  the 
  planets,  and  esteemed  Martial  or  Jovial  according  to 
  the  colors  whereby  they  answer  these  planets.  --Sir 
  T.  Browne. 
 
  2.  Sunny;  serene.  [Obs.]  ``The  heavens  always  joviall.'' 
  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  Gay;  merry;  joyous;  jolly;  mirth-inspiring;  hilarious; 
  characterized  by  mirth  or  jollity;  as  a  jovial  youth;  a 
  jovial  company;  a  jovial  poem. 
 
  Be  bright  and  jovial  among  your  guests.  --Shak. 
 
  His  odes  are  some  of  them  panegyrical,  others  moral; 
  the  rest  are  jovial  or  bacchanalian.  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  This  word  is  a  relic  of  the  belief  in  planetary 
  influence.  Other  examples  are  saturnine,  mercurial, 
  martial,  lunatic,  etc 
 
  Syn:  Merry;  joyous;  gay;  festive;  mirthful;  gleeful;  jolly; 
  hilarious. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  jovial 
  adj  :  full  of  or  showing  high-spirited  merriment;  "when  hearts 
  were  young  and  gay";  "a  poet  could  not  but  be  gay,  in 
  such  a  jocund  company"-  Wordsworth;  "the  jolly  crowd  at 
  the  reunion";  "jolly  old  Saint  Nick";  "a  jovial  old 
  gentleman";  "have  a  merry  Christmas";  "peals  of  merry 
  laughter";  "a  mirthful  laugh"  [syn:  {gay},  {jocund},  {jolly}, 
  {merry},  {mirthful}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  JOVIAL 
 
    (Jule's  Own  Version  of  IAL)  A  version  of  {IAL} 
  produced  by  Jules  I.  Schwartz  in  1959-1960.  JOVIAL  was  based 
  on  {ALGOL  58},  with  extensions  for  large  scale  {real-time} 
  programming.  It  saw  extensive  use  by  the  US  Air  Force.  The 
  data  elements  were  items,  entries  ({record}s)  and  tables. 
 
  Versions  include  JOVIAL  I  ({IBM  709},  1960),  JOVIAL  II  ({IBM 
  7090},  1961)  and  JOVIAL  3  (1965).  Dialects:  {J3},  {JOVIAL 
  J73},  {JS},  {JTS}. 
 
  Ada/Jovial  Newsletter,  Dale  Lange  +1  (513)  255-4472. 
 
  [CACM  6(12):721,  Dec  1960]. 
 
  (1996-07-19) 
 
 




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