élan

[ ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn ]SEE DEFINITION OF élan
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Besides, there isnt any dead body awaiting his elan on that ship or any ship.

The course of the aqueduct from Elan to Birmingham was marked by a thin red line.

My friend Sarakoff and I introduced the germ that we discovered into the Elan reservoirs.

On the north lay the river Elan and on the south the steep side of a mountain towered up against the luminous sky.

Elan was its characteristic—but it was hard to reduce to the stratified regularity of an army.

Daim is the French for deer, and cerf for stag; elan is the true term, when one would speak of an elk.

It was not an ordinary movement, but an intense rush made with all the elan and vigour of hardy and highly-trained men.

His feoffees were to pay nineteen marks “for ye makyng ye sayd Elan nun.”

A certain proportion of this would, of course, be allowed to escape, as it would never do to stop the river Elan altogether.

He could not appreciate the weakness of assuming the defensive in the midst of the elan of a successful advance.

WORD ORIGIN

1877, from French élan (16c.), "spring, bound, impetus," noun derived from élancer "to rush, dart," from Old French elancer, from e- "out" (see ex-) + lancer "to throw," originally "to throw a lance," from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea (see lance (n.)).

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