Val"ue (?), n. 1.
(a) That property of a color by which it is
distinguished as bright or dark; luminosity. (b)
Degree of lightness as conditioned by the presence of white or
pale color, or their opposites.
2. (Math.) Any particular quantitative
determination; as, a function's value for some special value of
3. [pl.] The valuable ingredients to
be obtained by treatment from any mass or compound; specif., the
precious metals contained in rock, gravel, or the like; as, the vein
carries good values; the values on the hanging
Val"ue (?), n. [OF. value, fr.
valoir, p. p. valu, to be worth, fr. L. valere to be
strong, to be worth. See Valiant.] 1. The
property or aggregate properties of a thing by which it is rendered useful
or desirable, or the degree of such property or sum of properties; worth;
excellence; utility; importance.
Ye are all physicians of no value.
Job xiii. 4.
Ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Matt. x. 31.
Cæsar is well acquainted with your virtue,
And therefore sets this value on your life.
Before events shall have decided on the value of the
2. (Trade & Polit. Econ.) Worth estimated by
any standard of purchasing power, especially by the market price, or the
amount of money agreed upon as an equivalent to the utility and cost of
An article may be possessed of the highest degree of
utility, or power to minister to our wants and enjoyments, and may be
universally made use of, without possessing exchangeable
Value is the power to command commodities
generally. A. L. Chapin (Johnson's Cys.).
Value is the generic term which expresses power in
exchange. F. A. Walker.
His design was not to pay him the value of his
pictures, because they were above any price.
☞ In political economy, value is often distinguished as
intrinsic and exchangeable. Intrinsic value is the
same as utility or adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants of men.
Exchangeable value is that in an article or product which disposes
individuals to give for it some quantity of labor, or some other article or
product obtainable by labor; as, pure air has an intrinsic value,
but generally not an exchangeable value.
3. Precise signification; import; as, the
value of a word; the value of a legal instrument
4. Esteem; regard. Dryden.
My relation to the person was so near, and my value
for him so great Bp. Burnet.
5. (Mus.) The relative length or duration of
a tone or note, answering to quantity in prosody; thus, a quarter
note [?] has the value of two eighth notes [?].
6. In an artistical composition, the character of
any one part in its relation to other parts and to the whole; -- often used
in the plural; as, the values are well given, or well
7. Valor. [Written also valew.] [Obs.]
Value received, a phrase usually employed in a
bill of exchange or a promissory note, to denote that a consideration has
been given for it. Bouvier.
Val"ue (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Valued (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To estimate the value, or worth, of; to rate at
a certain price; to appraise; to reckon with respect to number, power,
The mind doth value every moment.
The queen is valued thirty thousand
The king must take it ill,
That he's so slightly valued in his messenger.
Neither of them valued their promises according to
rules of honor or integrity. Clarendon.
2. To rate highly; to have in high esteem; to hold
in respect and estimation; to appreciate; to prize; as, to value one
for his works or his virtues.
Which of the dukes he values most.
3. To raise to estimation; to cause to have value,
either real or apparent; to enhance in value. [Obs.]
Some value themselves to their country by jealousies
of the crown. Sir W. Temple.
4. To be worth; to be equal to in value.
The peace between the French and us not values Shak.
The cost that did conclude it.
Syn. -- To compute; rate; appraise; esteem; respect; regard;
estimate; prize; appreciate.