Definition of Hessian

1. Noun. (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot.

Exact synonyms: Hessian Boot, Jackboot, Wellington, Wellington Boot
Generic synonyms: Boot

Definition of Hessian

1. a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.

2. n. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.

Definition of Hessian

1. Adjective. Of, from or relating to Hesse in Germany. ¹

2. Proper noun. A native or inhabitant of Hesse. ¹

3. Proper noun. (historical) A mercenary soldier, especially a German one who fought with the British in the American Revolutionary War. ¹

4. Noun. A boot with a low heel and semi-pointed toe, which became popular, initially among the military, in the 18th century. ¹

5. Noun. (context chiefly British) burlap Burlap, jute. ¹

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Definition of Hessian

1. a coarse cloth [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hessian

1. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. Hessian boots, or Hessians, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. Hessian cloth, or Hessians, a coarse hempen cloth for sacking. Hessian crucible. See Crucible. Hessian fly, a small dipterous fly or midge (Cecidomyia destructor). Its larvae live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hessian

hess's law
hessian (current term)
het up
het up(p)

Literary usage of Hessian

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1. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1882)
"The hessian of a developable must therefore always contain the equation of the ... The hessian of a surface of any degree n being of the degree 4n — 8, ..."

2. A Treatise on the Higher Plane Curves: Intended as a Sequel to A Treatise on by George Salmon (1879)
"Thus, in particular, the polar line with respect to the cubic of any point on the hessian is the tangent to the hessian at the corresponding ..."

3. Lessons Introductory to the Modern Higher Algebra by George Salmon (1885)
"The discriminant of the hessian is, with sign changed, the same as that of the ... When the discriminant of the cubic is positive, the hessian has two real ..."

4. Essay on the Insects and Diseases Injurious to the Wheat Crops by Henry Youle Hind (1857)
"Second generation of the hessian Fly, 92.—Gall fly characteristic of the hessian ... Cultivation of its favored fotd without rotation, 131. THE hessian FLY. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"The occurrence of the hessian fly in North America before the revolution. The American philosophical society of Philadelphia appointed, in 1791, ..."

6. Organic Chemistry in Its Applications to Agriculture and Physiology by Justus Liebig, Lyon Playfair Playfair, John White Webster (1841)
"In almost every case where the term " hessian pounds," is employed, the word " parts" may ... hessian ; hence about one tenth less than the latter. 2 lbs. ..."

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