Definitions for: German


[n] the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
[n] a native or inhabitant of Germany
[adj] of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language; "German philosophers"; "German universities"; "German literature"
[adj] of a more or less German nature; somewhat German; "Germanic peoples"; "his Germanic nature"; "formidable volumes Teutonic in their thoroughness"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ger"man, a. [OE. german, germain, F. germain, fr. L.
germanus full, own (said of brothers and sisters who have the
same parents); akin to germen germ. Cf. Germ, Germane.]
Nearly related; closely akin.

Wert thou a leopard, thou wert german to the lion.
--Shak.

Brother german. See Brother german.

Cousins german. See the Note under Cousin.


Ger"man, n.; pl. Germans[L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis
origin.]
1. A native or one of the people of Germany.

2. The German language.

3.
(a) A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding
in capriciosly involved figures.
(b) A social party at which the german is danced.

High German, the Teutonic dialect of Upper or Southern
Germany, -- comprising Old High German, used from the 8th
to the 11th century; Middle H. G., from the 12th to the
15th century; and Modern or New H. G., the language of
Luther's Bible version and of modern German literature.
The dialects of Central Germany, the basis of the modern
literary language, are often called Middle German, and the
Southern German dialects Upper German; but High German is
also used to cover both groups.

Low German, the language of Northern Germany and the
Netherlands, -- including Friesic; Anglo-Saxon or
Saxon; Old Saxon; Dutch or Low Dutch, with its
dialect, Flemish; and Plattdeutsch (called also {Low
German}), spoken in many dialects.


Ger"man, a. [L. Germanus. See German, n.]
Of or pertaining to Germany.

German Baptists. See Dunker.

German bit, a wood-boring tool, having a long elliptical
pod and a scew point.

German carp (Zo["o]l.), the crucian carp.

German millet (Bot.), a kind of millet (Setaria Italica,
var.), whose seed is sometimes used for food.

German paste, a prepared food for caged birds.

German process (Metal.), the process of reducing copper ore
in a blast furnace, after roasting, if necessary.
--Raymond.

German sarsaparilla, a substitute for sarsaparilla extract.


German sausage, a polony, or gut stuffed with meat partly
cooked.

German silver (Chem.), a silver-white alloy, hard and
tough, but malleable and ductile, and quite permanent in
the air. It contains nickel, copper, and zinc in varying
proportions, and was originally made from old copper slag
at Henneberg. A small amount of iron is sometimes added to
make it whiter and harder. It is essentially identical
with the Chinese alloy packfong. It was formerly much
used for tableware, knife handles, frames, cases, bearings
of machinery, etc., but is now largely superseded by other
white alloys.

German steel (Metal.), a metal made from bog iron ore in a
forge, with charcoal for fuel.

German text (Typog.), a character resembling modern German
type, used in English printing for ornamental headings,
etc., as in the words,

Note: This line is German Text.

German tinder. See Amadou.

Synonyms: German language, Germanic, High German, Teutonic

See Also: Armin, Arminius, Berliner, Boche, Deutschland, East German, European, Federal Republic of Germany, FRG, Germany, Hermann, Hun, Jerry, Kraut, Krauthead, Middle High German, Old High German, Pennsylvania Dutch, Prussian, Teuton, West Germanic, West Germanic language, Yiddish

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