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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sweet  \Sweet\,  a.  [Compar.  {Sweeter};  superl.  {Sweetest}.]  [OE. 
  swete,  swote,  sote,  AS  sw[=e]te;  akin  to  OFries  sw[=e]te, 
  OS  sw[=o]ti,  D.  zoet,  G.  s["u]ss,  OHG.  suozi,  Icel.  s[ae]tr, 
  s[oe]tr,  Sw  s["o]t,  Dan.  s["o]d,  Goth.  suts,  L.  suavis  for 
  suadvis  Gr  ?,  Skr.  sv[=a]du  sweet,  svad,  sv[=a]d,  to 
  sweeten.  [root]175.  Cf  {Assuage},  {Suave},  {Suasion}.] 
  1.  Having  an  agreeable  taste  or  flavor  such  as  that  of  sugar; 
  saccharine;  --  opposed  to  sour  and  bitter;  as  a  sweet 
  beverage;  sweet  fruits;  sweet  oranges. 
 
  2.  Pleasing  to  the  smell;  fragrant;  redolent;  balmy;  as  a 
  sweet  rose;  sweet  odor;  sweet  incense. 
 
  The  breath  of  these  flowers  is  sweet  to  me 
  --Longfellow. 
 
  3.  Pleasing  to  the  ear;  soft;  melodious;  harmonious;  as  the 
  sweet  notes  of  a  flute  or  an  organ;  sweet  music;  a  sweet 
  voice;  a  sweet  singer. 
 
  To  make  his  English  sweet  upon  his  tongue. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  voice  sweet,  tremulous,  but  powerful.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  4.  Pleasing  to  the  eye;  beautiful;  mild  and  attractive;  fair; 
  as  a  sweet  face;  a  sweet  color  or  complexion. 
 
  Sweet  interchange  Of  hill  and  valley,  rivers,  woods, 
  and  plains.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  Fresh;  not  salt  or  brackish;  as  sweet  water.  --Bacon. 
 
  6.  Not  changed  from  a  sound  or  wholesome  state.  Specifically: 
  a  Not  sour;  as  sweet  milk  or  bread. 
  b  Not  state;  not  putrescent  or  putrid;  not  rancid;  as 
  sweet  butter;  sweet  meat  or  fish. 
 
  7.  Plaesing  to  the  mind;  mild;  gentle;  calm;  amiable; 
  winning;  presuasive;  as  sweet  manners. 
 
  Canst  thou  bind  the  sweet  influence  of  Pleiades? 
  --Job  xxxviii 
  31. 
 
  Mildness  and  sweet  reasonableness  is  the  one 
  established  rule  of  Christian  working.  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  Note:  Sweet  is  often  used  in  the  formation  of  self-explaining 
  compounds;  as  sweet-blossomed,  sweet-featured, 
  sweet-smelling,  sweet-tempered,  sweet-toned,  etc 
 
  {Sweet  alyssum}.  (Bot.)  See  {Alyssum}. 
 
  {Sweet  apple}.  (Bot.) 
  a  Any  apple  of  sweet  flavor. 
  b  See  {Sweet-top}. 
 
  {Sweet  bay}.  (Bot.) 
  a  The  laurel  ({laurus  nobilis}). 
  b  Swamp  sassafras. 
 
  {Sweet  calabash}  (Bot.),  a  plant  of  the  genus  {Passiflora} 
  ({P.  maliformis})  growing  in  the  West  Indies,  and 
  producing  a  roundish,  edible  fruit,  the  size  of  an  apple. 
 
 
  {Sweet  cicely}.  (Bot.) 
  a  Either  of  the  North  American  plants  of  the 
  umbelliferous  genus  {Osmorrhiza}  having  aromatic  roots 
  and  seeds,  and  white  flowers.  --Gray. 
  b  A  plant  of  the  genus  {Myrrhis}  ({M.  odorata})  growing 
  in  England. 
 
  {Sweet  calamus},  or  {Sweet  cane}.  (Bot.)  Same  as  {Sweet 
  flag},  below. 
 
  {Sweet  Cistus}  (Bot.),  an  evergreen  shrub  ({Cistus  Ladanum}) 
  from  which  the  gum  ladanum  is  obtained. 
 
  {Sweet  clover}.  (Bot.)  See  {Melilot}. 
 
  {Sweet  coltsfoot}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  butterbur  ({Petasites 
  sagittata})  found  in  Western  North  America. 
 
  {Sweet  corn}  (Bot.),  a  variety  of  the  maize  of  a  sweet  taste. 
  See  the  Note  under  {Corn}. 
 
  {Sweet  fern}  (Bot.),  a  small  North  American  shrub 
  ({Comptonia,  or  Myrica,  asplenifolia})  having 
  sweet-scented  or  aromatic  leaves  resembling  fern  leaves. 
 
 
  {Sweet  flag}  (Bot.),  an  endogenous  plant  ({Acorus  Calamus}) 
  having  long  flaglike  leaves  and  a  rootstock  of  a  pungent 
  aromatic  taste.  It  is  found  in  wet  places  in  Europe  and 
  America.  See  {Calamus},  2. 
 
  {Sweet  gale}  (Bot.),  a  shrub  ({Myrica  Gale})  having  bitter 
  fragrant  leaves;  --  also  called  {sweet  willow},  and  {Dutch 
  myrtle}.  See  5th  {Gale}. 
 
  {Sweet  grass}  (Bot.),  holy,  or  Seneca,  grass. 
 
  {Sweet  gum}  (Bot.),  an  American  tree  ({Liquidambar 
  styraciflua}).  See  {Liquidambar}. 
 
  {Sweet  herbs},  fragrant  herbs  cultivated  for  culinary 
  purposes. 
 
  {Sweet  John}  (Bot.),  a  variety  of  the  sweet  William. 
 
  {Sweet  leaf}  (Bot.),  horse  sugar.  See  under  {Horse}. 
 
  {Sweet  marjoram}.  (Bot.)  See  {Marjoram}. 
 
  {Sweet  marten}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  pine  marten. 
 
  {Sweet  maudlin}  (Bot.),  a  composite  plant  ({Achillea 
  Ageratum})  allied  to  milfoil. 
 
  {Sweet  oil},  olive  oil. 
 
  {Sweet  pea}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {Pea}. 
 
  {Sweet  potato}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {Potato}. 
 
  {Sweet  rush}  (Bot.),  sweet  flag. 
 
  {Sweet  spirits  of  niter}  (Med.  Chem.)  See  {Spirit  of  nitrous 
  ether},  under  {Spirit}. 
 
  {Sweet  sultan}  (Bot.),  an  annual  composite  plant  ({Centaurea 
  moschata}),  also  the  yellow-flowered  ({C.  odorata});  -- 
  called  also  {sultan  flower}. 
 
  {Sweet  tooth},  an  especial  fondness  for  sweet  things  or  for 
  sweetmeats.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {Sweet  William}. 
  a  (Bot.)  A  species  of  pink  ({Dianthus  barbatus})  of  many 
  varieties. 
  b  (Zo["o]l.)  The  willow  warbler. 
  c  (Zo["o]l.)  The  European  goldfinch;  --  called  also 
  {sweet  Billy}.  [Prov.  Eng.] 
 
  {Sweet  willow}  (Bot.),  sweet  gale. 
 
  {Sweet  wine}.  See  {Dry  wine},  under  {Dry}. 
 
  {To  be  sweet  on},  to  have  a  particular  fondness  for  or 
  special  interest  in  as  a  young  man  for  a  young  woman. 
  [Colloq.]  --Thackeray. 
 
  Syn:  Sugary;  saccharine;  dulcet;  luscious. 




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