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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Elude

ELU'DE, verb transitive [Latin eludo; e and ludo, to play. The Latin

verb forms lusi, lusum; and this may be the Heb. to deride.

1. To escape; to evade; to avoid by artifice, stratagem, wiles, deceit, or dexterity; as, to elude an enemy; to elude the sight; to elude an officer; to elude detection; to elude vigilance; to elude the force of an argument; to elude a blow or stroke.

2. To mock by an unexpected escape.

Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,

Then, hid in shades, eludes her eager swain.

3. To escape being seen; to remain unseen or undiscovered. The cause of magnetism has hitherto eluded the researches of philosophers.