Ism, n. [See ism, above.] A doctrine or theory; especially, a wild or visionary theory. E. Everett.
The world grew light-headed, and forth came a spawn of isms which no man can number.S. G. Goodrich.
Is"ma*el*ite(?), } n. (Eccl.) One of a sect of Mohammedans who favored the pretensions of the family of Mohammed ben Ismael, of the house of Ali.
Is-(?). } [Gr. 'i`sos equal.] A prefix or combining form, indicating identity, or equality; the same numerical value; as in isopod, isomorphous, isochromatic. Specif.: (a) (Chem.) Applied to certain compounds having the same composition but different properties; as in isocyanic. (b) (Organic Chem.) Applied to compounds of certain isomeric series in whose structure one carbon atom, at least, is connected with three other carbon atoms; -- contrasted with neo- and normal; as in isoparaffine; isopentane.
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