The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ague \A"gue\, n. [OE. agu, ague, OF. agu, F. aigu, sharp, OF. fem. ague, LL. (febris) acuta, a sharp, acute fever, fr. L. acutus sharp. See Acute.]
An acute fever. [Obs.] ``Brenning agues.''
(Med.) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits.
The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, fever and ague.
A chill, or state of shaking, as with cold.
Ague cake, an enlargement of the spleen produced by ague.
Ague drop, a solution of the arsenite of potassa used for ague.
Ague fit, a fit of the ague.
Ague spell, a spell or charm against ague.
Ague tree, the sassafras, -- sometimes so called from the use of its root formerly, in cases of ague. [Obs.]
Ague \A"gue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agued.]
To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 (context obsolete English) An acute fever. 2 (context pathology English) An intermittent fever, attended by alternate cold and hot fits. 3 The cold fit or rigor of the intermittent fever; as, ''fever and ague.'' 4 A chill, or state of shake, as with cold. 5 (context obsolete English) malari
(context transitive English) To strike with an ague, or with a cold fit.
Agué is a town and arrondissement in the Atlantique Department of southern Benin. It is an administrative division under the jurisdiction of the commune of Toffo. According to the population census conducted by the Institut National de la Statistique Benin on February 15, 2002, the arrondissement had a total population of 5,148.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," with fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).
Usage examples of "ague".
From observing its action in the cure of this and other miasmatic diseases, and knowing its composition, we are thoroughly satisfied that it contains chemical properties which neutralize and destroy the miasmatic or ague poison which is in the system, and, at the same time, produces a rapid excretion of the neutralized poisons.
These unhappy beings are invariably the victims of ague, which they meet recklessly, sustained by the incessant use of ardent spirits.
He took it with him, he explained, as a precaution against Persian ague, contracted while battling against the Ottoman, and liable to recur at strange moments.
I had gone forth to visit Dame Clatworthy, who hath the tertian ague, and they did beset me on my return.
In the daylight his skin had the yellow tinge of one who had suffered much from ague, and the same colour showed in the whites of his eyes.
I do your errand, for you are like two kelpies from the river, and will have ague in your bones in another hour.
Charles is in weak health just now, only clear of a quartan ague, and it is likely he will keep his cabin most of the voyage.
His ague had caused him to swathe his throat and chin with a broad linen cravat, and he wore a loose damask powdering-gown secured by a cord round the waist.
Nicolay was away a good deal that summer, in the mountains, trying to rid himself of ague, and John Hay was with Lincoln more than ever.
As it transpired, Micheline de Parnasse was abed that day with an ague in the joints, and I spoke to her assistant instead, the Siovalese lordling.
This person was an old negro, bewrinkled by years, becrippled by ague, once stone deaf, and still partially so, half blind, and reputed to be only half wise, a liberated slave from the Sahara, just able to read the Koran and the Torah, and willing to teach either impartially, according to his knowledge, for he was neither a Jew nor a Muslim, but a little of both, as he used to say, and not too much of either.
Arthur fell into a quotidian jentle ague at 9 of the clok in the morning as he was at the servyce in the hall.
Then he turned and saw Doctor Gys, crouching low against the protecting sand, his disfigured face working convulsively and every limb trembling as with an ague.
Other members of the family and retainers consulted Lully about their ailments, and in most cases he thoroughly banished or at least alleviated assorted agues, colicks, gripes, wind, surfeits, scabs, and headaches.
The powdered root of the Ribwort Plantain is of use for curing vernal ague, a dessertspoonful being given for a dose, two or three times in a day.