The ninth letter and the third vowel of the English alphabet. It has two principal sounds: the long sound, as in pine, fine, ice; and the short sound, as in pin, is, gift. It also has three other sounds, one like that of e in term, as in irksome, dirk, third; another like e in mete, seem; and another, in many words like that of consonant y, as in bunion, trunnion, million. — Webster, 1882
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ice – Water in a solid state. It is formed under the influence of extreme cold. It is a nearly solid, transparent, brittle substance, of a crystalline structure, having the specific gravity of 0.9184. It melts into water at the temperature of 32o Fahrenheit. It crystallizes in hexagonal prisms.
idol – An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity, made as an object of worship.
If the Devil’s in the way, line from “The Old Chariot”
If the sinner’s in the way, line from “The Old Chariot”
impudent – Bold, with contempt or disregard of others; unblushingly forward; wanting modesty; shameless.
independence – The state or quality of being independent; absence of dependence; exemption from reliance on others, or control from them; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference.
Independence Day / Fourth of July – Day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.
independent – Not dependent; not subject to the control of others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as due men are wholly independent, even in property, and none independent for the supply of their wants. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property. Not sujecct to bias or influence; as a man of independent mind.
Independent Fifth Reader
Indian – One of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; – so called originally from the idea, on the part of Columbus and the early navigators, of the identity of America with India.
indigo – A blue coloring matter obtained from the Indigofera tinctoria, woad, and other plants, and formed by the decomposition of a peculiar substance called indican, which is supposed to exist in the juices of the plant. Indigo is obtained by steeping the plant in water till the indican is decomposed by fermentation, when the indigo is precipitated in the form of a blue sediment, which forms the indigo of commerce. It is a uniform dark-blue color, slightly conchoidal fracture, assuming a coppery-luster by friction with a hard body, is lighter than water, and insoluble in water, and nearly so in ether or alcohol.
“In Dreamland Far Away” – song
intermission – Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; a temporary pause; as, to labor without intermission; service or business will begin after an intermission of one hour.
I ran my boat upon de groun’ – line from “It Will Never Do to Give It Up So”
Irish people / Irishman / men – The natives or inhabitants of Ireland.
iron – n. One of the metallic elements, having the chemical equivalent of 28, and density of about 7.8. It is monometric in crystallization, and of a white color when pure. It is hard, and very malleable when hot, welding easily at a high temperature, and oxidizes under moisture. It is very widely diffused, and the most useful of all the metals. It is strongly attracted by the loadstone of a magnet. An instrument or utensil made of iron; – chiefly in composition; as a flat-iron; a smoothing-iron. v.t. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth with a heated flat-iron, as cloth, and the like.
ironstone – Any hard, earthy ore of iron.
ironwood, tree – A tree of species belonging to several different genres, among which are the Sideroxylon inerme of the Cape of Good Hope, the Metridoserus vera, used in China for rudders and anchors, and the Ostrya virginica of the United States, called also hop-hornbeam and lever-wood.
It’s raining fish-hooks and hammer handles!
It will neber do to gib it up so – line from “It Will Never Do to Give It Up So”
“It Will Never Do to Give It Up So”
ivory – The hard, white, opaque, fine grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. The tusks themselves of the elephant. Any white organic structure resembling ivory, obtained from the tusks of the walrus, the narwhal, and the like.
I wouldn’t marry a farmer – line from “A Railroad Man for Me”