20 February 2009


A working ox, aver carries quite a punch for such a tiny unprepossessing arrangement of only two vowels and two consonants. One had better be very sure before putting aver to work.


Aver A"ver ([=a]"v[~e]r), n. [OF. aver domestic animal, whence
LL. averia, pl. cattle. See Habit, and cf. Average.]
A work horse, or working ox. [Obs. or Dial. Eng.]
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Aver A*ver" ([.a]*v[~e]r"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Averred
([.a]*v[~e]rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Averring.] [F. av['e]rer,
LL. adverare, averare; L. ad + versus true. See Verity.]
1. To assert, or prove, the truth of. [Obs.]
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2. (Law) To avouch or verify; to offer to verify; to prove or
justify. See Averment.
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3. To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive
manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.
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It is sufficient that the very fact hath its
foundation in truth, as I do seriously aver is the
case. --Fielding.
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Then all averred I had killed the bird. --Coleridge.
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Syn: To assert; affirm; asseverate. See Affirm.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

v 1: report or maintain; "He alleged that he was the victim of a
crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the
war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"
[syn: allege, say]
2: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before
God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify, assert,
avow, swan, swear]
[also: averring, averred]

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

56 Moby Thesaurus words for "aver":
acknowledge, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate, argue, assert,
assever, asseverate, attest, avouch, avow, bear witness, certify,
contend, declare, defend, depone, depose, disclose, enunciate,
express, give evidence, have, hold, insist, issue a manifesto,
justify, lay down, maintain, manifesto, nuncupate, predicate,
proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest, put, put it, quote, recite,
relate, say, set down, speak, speak out, speak up, stand for,
stand on, state, submit, swear, testify, vouch, warrant, witness

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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