Sweet (?), a. [Compar. Sweeter (?); superl. Sweetest.] [OE. swete, swote, sote, AS. swxc7;te; akin to OFries. swxc7;te, OS. swoti, D. zoet, G. suss, OHG. suozi, Icel. saetr, setr, Sw. sot, Dan. sod, Goth. suts, L. suavis, for suadvis, Gr. , Skr. svadu sweet, svad, svad, to sweeten. 175. Cf. Assuage, Suave, Suasion.]
Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.
The breath of these flowers is sweet to me.
Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice; a sweet singer.
To make his English sweet upon his tongue.
A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful.
Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.
Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water.
Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: (a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread. (b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as, sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.
Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners.
Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades?
Job xxxviii. 31.
Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one established rule of Christian working.
⇒ Sweet is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet-featured, sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet-toned, etc.
Sweet alyssum. Bot. See Alyssum. -- Sweet apple. Bot. (a) Any apple of sweet flavor. (b) See Sweet-top. -- Sweet bay. Bot. (a) The laurel (laurus nobilis). (b) Swamp sassafras. -- Sweet calabash Bot., a plant of the genus Passiflora (P. maliformis) growing in the West Indies, and producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple. -- Sweet cicely. Bot. (a) Either of the North American plants of the umbelliferous genus Osmorrhiza having aromatic roots and seeds, and white flowers. Gray. (b) A plant of the genus Myrrhis (M. odorata) growing in England. -- Sweet calamus, ∨ Sweet cane. Bot. Same as Sweet flag, below. -- Sweet Cistus Bot., an evergreen shrub (Cistus Ladanum) from which the gum ladanum is obtained. -- Sweet clover. Bot. See Melilot. -- Sweet coltsfoot Bot., a kind of butterbur (Petasites sagittata) found in Western North America. -- Sweet corn Bot., a variety of the maize of a sweet taste. See the Note under Corn. -- Sweet fern Bot., a small North American shrub (Comptonia, ∨ Myrica, asplenifolia) having sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves. -- Sweet flag Bot., an endogenous plant (Acorus Calamus) having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and America. See Calamus, 2. -- Sweet gale Bot., a shrub (Myrica Gale) having bitter fragrant leaves; -- also called sweet willow, and Dutch myrtle. See 5th Gale. Sweet grass Bot., holy, or Seneca, grass. -- Sweet gum Bot., an American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua). See Liquidambar. -- Sweet herbs, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary purposes. -- Sweet John Bot., a variety of the sweet William. -- Sweet leaf Bot., horse sugar. See under Horse. -- Sweet marjoram. Bot. See Marjoram. -- Sweet marten Zool., the pine marten. -- Sweet maudlin Bot., a composite plant (Achillea Ageratum) allied to milfoil. -- Sweet oil, olive oil. -- Sweet pea. Bot. See under Pea. -- Sweet potato. Bot. See under Potato. -- Sweet rush Bot., sweet flag. -- Sweet spirits of niter Med. Chem. See Spirit of nitrous ether, under Spirit. -- Sweet sultan Bot., an annual composite plant (Centaurea moschata), also, the yellow-flowered (C. odorata); -- called also sultan flower. -- Sweet tooth, an especial fondness for sweet things or for sweetmeats. [Colloq.] -- Sweet William. (a) Bot. A species of pink (Dianthus barbatus) of many varieties. (b) Zool. The willow warbler. (c) Zool. The European goldfinch; -- called also sweet Billy. [Prov. Eng.] -- Sweet willow Bot., sweet gale. -- Sweet wine. See Dry wine, under Dry. -- To be sweet on, to have a particular fondness for, or special interest in, as a young man for a young woman. [Colloq.] Thackeray.
Syn. -- Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.
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Sweet (?), n.
That which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural.
Confectionery, sweetmeats, preserves, etc.
Home-made wines, cordials, metheglin, etc.
That which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume.
"A wilderness of sweets
That which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life.
A little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet.
One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment.
"Wherefore frowns my sweet
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Sweet, v. t.
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