American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Herse

HERSE, n. hers.

1. In fortification, a lattice or portcullis in the form of a harrow, set with iron spikes. It is hung by a rope fastened to a moulinet, and when a gate is broken, it is let down to obstruct the passage. It is called also a sarrasin or cataract, and when it consists of straight stakes without cross-pieces, it is called orgues.

Herse is also a harrow, used for a chevaux de frise, and laid in the way or in breaches, with the points up, to obstruct or incommode the march of an enemy.

1. A carriage for bearing corpses to the grave. It is a frame only, or a box, as in England, borne on wheels.

2. A temporary monument set over a grave. [Unusual and not legitimate.]

3. A funeral eulogy. [Not used.]

HERSE, v.t. hers. To put on or in a herse.

1. To carry to the grave.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Herse," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8FAYKMEJHK6QNL4.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Herse." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8FAYKMEJHK6QNL4.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Herse' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8FAYKMEJHK6QNL4.