Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.
Certain in one's knowledge or belief.
, title=(The Celebrity
, passage=The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure
she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.}}
Certain to act or be a specified way.
(obsolete) Free from danger; safe; secure.
(obsolete) Betrothed; engaged to marry.
* Sir T. More
- Fear not; the forest is not three leagues off; / If we recover that we are sure enough.
- The king was sure to Dame Elizabeth Lucy, and her husband before God.
- I presume that you had been sure as fast as faith could bind you, man and wife.
* for sure
* sure up
- Sure he's coming! Why wouldn't he?
- "Did you kill that bear yourself? ?"I sure did!"
* Often proscribed in favor of surely. May be informal.
* certainly, of course, OK, yes
* 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology , Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988
* (obsolete) sowr
Having an acidic, sharp or tangy taste.
* Francis Bacon
Made rancid by fermentation, etc.
- All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite.
Tasting or smelling rancid.
Peevish or bad-tempered.
(of soil) Excessively acidic and thus infertile.
- He was a scholar / Lofty and sour to them that loved him not, / But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
(of petroleum) Containing excess sulfur.
Unfortunate or unfavorable.
- sour adversity
, date=October 1
, author=Phil Dawkes
, title=Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The result may not quite give the Wearsiders a sweet ending to what has been a sour
week, following allegations of sexual assault and drug possession against defender Titus Bramble, but it does at least demonstrate that their spirit remains strong in the face of adversity.}}
The sensation of a sour taste.
A drink made with whiskey, lemon or lime juice and sugar.
(label) Any cocktail containing lemon or lime juice.
A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect.
- (Edmund Spenser)
* laundry sour
(label) To make sour.
(label) To become sour.
* Jonathan Swift
(label) To make disenchanted.
- So the sun's heat, with different powers, / Ripens the grape, the liquor sours .
(label) To become disenchanted.
- To sour your happiness I must report, / The queen is dead.
(label) To make (soil) cold and unproductive.
To macerate (lime) and render it fit for plaster or mortar.