(from 1 to 13), theological symbols:
(1) The Unity of God.
(2) The hypostatic union of Christ, both God and man.
(4) The number of the Evangelists.
(5) The wounds of the Redecmer: two in the hands, two in the feet,
one in the side.
(6) The creative week.
(7) The gifts of the Holy Ghost (Rev i. 12). Seven times Christ
spoke on the cross.
(8) The number of the beatitudes (Matt. v. 3-11).
(9) The nine orders of angels (q.v.).
(10) The number of the Commandments.
(11) The number of the apostles who remained faithful.
(12) The original college.
(13) The final number after the conversion of Paul.
Army of soldiers.
of bishops, magistrates,
of roes, quails, larks, pheasants, ladies, etc.
of chickens, etc.
of fish taken in nets, etc.
of grapes, nuts, stars, etc
of pictures, curiosities, etc.
people at church, etc.
of game birds.
of horses, ponies, beasts, etc Drum,
a crush of company. Federation.
A trade union.
of bees, birds, stairs, etc.
sheep geese, etc.
Galaxy of beauties.
of slaves, prisoners, thieves, etc.
of fish caught in a
of bucks, deer, harts, seals, swine, etc.
of “foul fiends.”
of pigs, whelps, etc.
of roughs, wild cattle, etc.
men. In law, more than ten.
of rabbits, ants, etc.; shelves, etc.
of hounds, playing cards, grouse, etc.
of rays, etc.
of books, wood stacked, etc.
(a sheriff's). Posse (2
of men ill-bred and ill-clad.
(A) of soldiers.
of rooks and seals, also of unhealthy houses.
of whales, etc.
of china, or articles assorted.
of hair, corn, etc.
of ducks, thread, worsted.
(A). Persons associated for some mutual object.
hay, wood (piled together).
of bees, locusts, etc.
of oxen, horses, etc.
Odd Numbers. “Numero Deus impare gaudet” (Virgil: Eclogues,
viii. 75). Three indicates the “beginning, middle, and end.” The
Godhead has three persons; so in classic mythology Hecate had threefold
power; Jove's symbol was a triple thunderbolt, Neptune's a
sea-trident, Pluto's a three-headed dog; the Fates were three, the
Furies three, the Graces three, the Horae three; the Muses
three-times-three. There are seven notes, nine planets, nine orders
of angels, seven days a week, thirteen lunar months, or 365 days a
year, etc., five senses, five fingers on the hand and toes on the foot,
five vowels five continents, etc. etc. A volume might
be filled with illustrations of the saying that “the gods delight in
odd numbers.” (See Odd, Nine.)
To consult the Book of Numbers is to call for a division of the
House, or to put a question to the vote. (Parliamentary wit.)
Pythagoras looked on numbers as influential principles.
Unity, and represents Deity, which has no parts.
2 is Diversity, and therefore disorder. The principle of strife and
3 is Perfect Harmony, or the union of unity and diversity.
4 is Perfection. It is the first square (2 2 = 4).
5 is the prevailing number in Nature and Art.
6 is Justice (Perfect Harmony being 3, which multiplied by Trinity =
7 is the climacteric number in all diseases. Called the Medical
Number (2 syl.). 2. The Romans dedicated the second month to Pluto, and
the second day of the month to the Manes. They believed it to be the
most fatal number of all.
4 and 6 are omitted, not being prime numbers; 4 is the multiple of
2, and 6 is the multiple of 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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