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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·gross v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engrossed p. pr. & vb. n. Engrossing.]
 1. To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity. [Obs.]
    Waves . . . engrossed with mud.   --Spenser.
    Not sleeping, to engross his idle body.   --Shak.
 2. To amass. [Obs.]
    To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf.   --Shak.
 3. To copy or write in a large hand (en gross, i. e., in large); to write a fair copy of in distinct and legible characters; as, to engross a deed or like instrument on parchment.
    Some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials.   --Hawthorne.
    Laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail.   --De Quincey.
 4. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the attention completely; to absorb; as, the subject engrossed all his thoughts.
 5. To purchase either the whole or large quantities of, for the purpose of enhancing the price and making a profit; hence, to take or assume in undue quantity, proportion, or degree; as, to engross commodities in market; to engross power.
 Engrossed bill Legislation, one which has been plainly engrossed on parchment, with all its amendments, preparatory to final action on its passage.
 Engrossing hand Penmanship, a fair, round style of writing suitable for engrossing legal documents, legislative bills, etc.
 Syn: -- To absorb; swallow up; imbibe; consume; exhaust; occupy; forestall; monopolize. See Absorb.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : capable of arousing and holding the attention; "a
            fascinating story" [syn: absorbing, fascinating, gripping,