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augur1

[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
noun
1.
one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.
2.
soothsayer; prophet.
verb (used with object)
3.
to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
4.
to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken:
Mounting sales augur a profitable year.
verb (used without object)
5.
to conjecture from signs or omens; predict.
6.
to be a sign; bode:
The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin augur (variant of auger) a diviner, soothsayer, derivative of augēre to augment with orig. implication of “prosper”; cf. august

augur2

[aw-ger] /ˈɔ gər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to argue, talk, or converse.
noun
2.
an excessively talkative person.
Origin
1920-25; metathetic variant of argue; noun perhaps by association with auger
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Examples from the web for augured
  • The split spoon is then driven to its sampling depth through the bottom of the augured hole and the core extracted.
  • Constructs all basic foundation supports such as augured in place piling, drilled caissons and cast-in-place piling.
  • After the ice auguring is complete, plywood can be dropped into the augured slot.
  • The soldier piles shall be plumb and true in the augured hole and braced against displacement during grouting.
  • In addition, liquid byproducts can be augured out and sold as concentrated fertilizers.
  • Make the augured hole vertical and uniform in section.
  • Existing wood-poles would be pulled from the ground and new holes would be augured to dimensions that accommodate new structures.
  • Construction of each tower will require four augured, cast-in-place, concrete piles or footings.
  • Chips that are relatively square and flat are easily conveyed, augured, and feed into the system smoothly.
  • He also feels that test pits are needed, not hand augured holes.
British Dictionary definitions for augured

augur

/ˈɔːɡə/
noun
1.
Also called auspex. (in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed and interpreted omens and signs to help guide the making of public decisions
2.
any prophet or soothsayer
verb
3.
to predict (some future event), as from signs or omens
4.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to be an omen (of); presage
5.
(intransitive) to foreshadow future events to be as specified; bode: this augurs well for us
Derived Forms
augural (ˈɔːɡjʊrəl) adjective
augurship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: a diviner, perhaps from augēre to increase
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Word Origin and History for augured

augur

n.

1540s, from Latin augur, a religious official in ancient Rome who foretold events by interpreting omens, perhaps originally meaning "an increase in crops enacted in ritual," in which case it probably is from Old Latin *augos (genitive *augeris) "increase," and is related to augere "increase" (see augment). The more popular theory is that it is from Latin avis "bird," because the flights, singing, and feeding of birds, along with entrails from bird sacrifices, were important objects of divination (cf. auspicious). In that case, the second element would be from garrire "to talk."

v.

c.1600, from augur (n.). Related: Augured; auguring.

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