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D
D (dē) 1. The fourth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. The English letter is from Latin, which is from Greek, which took it from Phœnician, the probable ultimate origin being Egyptian. It is related most nearly to t and th; as, Eng. deep, G. tief; Eng. daughter, G. tochter, Gr. qyga`thr, Skr. duhitr. See Guide to Pronunciation, √178, 179, 229.
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2. (Mus.) The nominal of the second tone in the model major scale (that in C), or of the fourth tone in the relative minor scale of C (that in A minor), or of the key tone in the relative minor of F.
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3. As a numeral D stands for 500. in this use it is not the initial of any word, or even strictly a letter, but one half of the sign &unr_; (or &unr_; ) the original Tuscan numeral for 1000.
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Dab
Dab (dăb), n. [Perh. corrupted fr. adept.] A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert. [Colloq.]
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One excels at a plan or the titlepage, another works away at the body of the book, and the third is a dab at an index. Goldsmith.
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Dab
Dab
Dab, n. [Perh. so named from its quickness in diving beneath the sand. Cf. Dabchick.] (Zool.) A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
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Dab
Dab (dăb), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dabbed (dăbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dabbing.] [OE. dabben to strice; akin to OD. dabben to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble, and perh. to G. tappen to grope.] 1. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
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A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing it over with fine lint. S. Sharp.
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2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust. “To dab him in the neck.” Sir T. More.
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Dab
Dab (?), n. 1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck.
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A scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak. Hawthorne.
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2. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
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Dabb
Dabb (d&adot_;b), n. (Zool.) A large, spine-tailed lizard (Uromastix spinipes), found in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine; -- called also dhobb, and dhubb.
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Dabber
Dab"ber (dăb"b&etilde_;r), n. That with which one dabs; hence, a pad or other device used by printers, engravers, etc., as for dabbing type or engraved plates with ink.
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Dabble
Dab"ble (dăb"b'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dabbled (dăb"b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Dabbling (dăb"bl&ibreve_;ng).] [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.] To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet. “Bright hair dabbled in blood.” Shak.
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Dabble
Dab"ble, v. i. 1. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water.
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Where the duck dabbles 'mid the rustling sedge. Wordsworth.
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2. To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle.Dabbling here and there with the text.” Atterbury.
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During the first year at Dumfries, Burns for the first time began to dabble in politics. J. C. Shairp.
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Dabbler
Dab"bler (dăb"bl&etilde_;r), n. 1. One who dabbles.
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2. One who dips slightly into anything; a superficial meddler. “our dabblers in politics.” Swift.
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Dabblingly
Dab"bling*ly (?), adv. In a dabbling manner.
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Dabchick
Dab"chick` (dăb"ch&ibreve_;k`), n. [For dabchick. See Dap, Dip, cf. Dipchick.] (Zool.) A small water bird (Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called also dapchick, dobchick, dipchick, didapper, dobber, devil-diver, hell-diver, and pied-billed grebe.
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Daboia
Da*boi"a (?), n. (Zool.) A large and highly venomous Asiatic viper (Daboia xanthica).
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Dabster
Dab"ster, n. [Cf. Dab an expert.] One who is skilled; a master of his business; a proficient; an adept. [Colloq.]
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&hand_; Sometimes improperly used for dabbler; as, “I am but a dabster with gentle art”.
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Dacapo
Da`ca"po (?). [It., from [the] head or beginning.] (Mus.) From the beginning; a direction to return to, and end with, the first strain; -- indicated by the letters D. C. Also, the strain so repeated.
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Dace
Dace (dās), n. [Written also dare, dart, fr. F. dard dase, dart, of German origin. Dace is for an older darce, fr. an OF. nom. darz. See Dart a javelin.] (Zool.) A small European cyprinoid fish (Leuciscus leuciscus, formerly Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dare.
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&hand_; In America the name is given to several related fishes of the genera Squalius, Minnilus, etc. The black-nosed dace is Rhinichthys atronasus the horned dace is Semotilus corporalis. For red dace, see Redfin.
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Dacelo
Dacelo n. a genus of Australasian kingfishers.
Syn. -- genus Dacelo.
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dacha
dacha n. [Russian.] a Russian country house, especially a cottage used in the summer.
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Dachshund
Dachs"hund` (däks"h&usuml_;nt`), n. [G., from dachs badger + hund dog.] (Zool.) One of a breed of small dogs with short crooked legs, and long body; -- called also badger dog. There are two kinds, the rough-haired and the smooth-haired.
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Dacian
Da"cian (?), a. Of or pertaining to Dacia or the Dacians. -- n. A native of ancient Dacia.
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Dacninae
Dacninae n. a natural family comprising the honeycreepers.
Syn. -- Coerebidae, family Coerebidae, family Dacninae.
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dacoit
da*coit" (d&adot_;*koit"), n. [Hind. &dsdot_;akait, &dsdot_;ākāyat.] One of a class of robbers, in India and Burma (Myanmar), who act in gangs and are usually armed. [Also spelled dakoit.]
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dacoity
da*coit"y (?), n. The practice of gang robbery in India; robbery committed by dacoits.
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Dacotahs
Da*co"tahs (?), n. pl.; sing. Dacotan (&unr_;). (Ethnol.) Same as Dacotas. Longfellow.
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Dacron
Dacron n. [Trademark.] a brand of polyester textile fiber, or the wrinkle-resistant fabric prepared from it.
Syn. -- dacron, Terylene.
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Dacrycarpus
Dacrycarpus n. a genus of evergreen coniferous shrubs or trees of New Zealand to Malaysia and Philippines.
Syn. -- genus Dacrycarpus.
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Dacrydium
Dacrydium n. a genus of Australasian evergreen trees or shrubs.
Syn. -- genus Dacrydium.
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Dacrymyces
Dacrymyces n. the type genus of the Dacrymycetaceae, consisting of fungi with a bifurcate basidium that lacks septa.
Syn. -- genus Dacrymyces.
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dactyl
dac"tyl (dăk"t&ibreve_;l), n. [L. dactylus, Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a dactyl. Cf. Digit.] 1. (Pros.) A poetical foot of three sylables (— ˘ ˘), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. tëgm&ibreve_;n&ebreve_;, E. mer&bprime_;ciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger. [Written also dactyle.]
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2. (Zool.) (a) A finger or toe; a digit. (b) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
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dactylar
dac"tyl*ar (dăk"t&ibreve_;l*&etilde_;r), a. 1. Pertaining to dactyl; dactylic.
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2. (Zool.) Of or pertaining to a finger or toe, or to the claw of an insect crustacean.
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Dactylet
Dac"tyl*et (dăk"t&ibreve_;l*&ebreve_;t), n. [Dactyl + -et.] A dactyl. [Obs.]
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Dactylic
Dac*tyl"ic (dăk*t&ibreve_;l"&ibreve_;k), a. [L. dactylicus, Gr. daktyliko`s, fr. da`ktylos.] Pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as, dactylic verses.
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Dactylic
Dac*tyl"ic, n. 1. A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics.
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2. pl. Dactylic meters.
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dactylioglyph
dac*tyl"i*o*glyph (dăk*t&ibreve_;l"&ibreve_;*&ouptack_;*gl&ibreve_;f), n. [Gr. daktyliogly`fos an engraver of gems; dakty`lios finger ring (fr. da`ktylos finger) + gly`fein to engrave.] (Fine Arts) (a) An engraver of gems for rings and other ornaments. (b) The inscription of the engraver's name on a finger ring or gem.
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dactylioglyphy
dac*tyl`i*og"ly*phy (?), n. The art or process of gem engraving.
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Dactyliography
Dac*tyl`i*og"ra*phy (?), n. [Gr. dakty`lios finger ring + -graphy.] (Fine Arts) (a) The art of writing or engraving upon gems. (b) In general, the literature or history of the art.
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Dactyliology
Dac*tyl`i*ol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. dakty`lios finger ring + -logy.] (Fine Arts) (a) That branch of archæology which has to do with gem engraving. (b) That branch of archæology which has to do with finger rings.
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Dactyliomancy
Dac*tyl"i*o*man`cy (?), n. [Gr. dakty`lios + -mancy.] Divination by means of finger rings.
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Dactylist
Dac"tyl*ist (?), n. A writer of dactylic verse.
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Dactylitis
Dac`tyl*i"tis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. da`ktylos finger + -itis.] (Med.) An inflammatory affection of the fingers. Gross.
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Dactylology
Dac`tyl*ol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + -logy.] The art of communicating ideas by certain movements and positions of the fingers; a form of sign language, especially the manual alphabets used by the deaf and dumb.
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&hand_; There are two different manual alphabets, the one-hand alphabet (which was perfected by Abbé de l'Epée, who died in 1789), and the two-hand alphabet. The latter was probably based on the manual alphabet published by George Dalgarus of Aberdeen, in 1680. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Dactylomancy
Dac*tyl"o*man`cy (?), n. Dactyliomancy. [R.] Am. Cyc.
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Dactylonomy
Dac`tyl*on"o*my (?), n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + no`mos law, distribution.] The art of numbering or counting by the fingers.
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Dactylopterous
Dac`tyl*op"ter*ous (?), a. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + &unr_; wing, fin.] (Zool.) Having the inferior rays of the pectoral fins partially or entirely free, as in the gurnards.
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Dactyloscopidae
Dactyloscopidae n. a natural family of Atlantic fishes comprising the sand stargazers.
Syn. -- family Dactyloscopidae.
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Dactylotheca
Dac`ty*lo*the"ca (dăk`t&ibreve_;*l&ouptack_;*thē"k&adot_;), n. [NL., fr. Gr. da`ktylos finger, toe + qh`kh case, box.] (Zool.) The scaly covering of the toes, as in birds.
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dactylozooid
dac`tyl*o*zo"oid (dăk`t&ibreve_;*l&ouptack_;*zō"oid), n. [Gr. da`ktylos finger + E. zooid.] (Zool.) A kind of zooid of Siphonophora which has an elongated or even vermiform body, with one tentacle, but no mouth. See Siphonophora.
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Dad
Dad (dăd), n. [Prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. daid, Gael. daidein, W. tad, OL. tata, Gr. ta`ta, te`tta, Skr. tāta.] Father; -- a word sometimes used by children.
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I was never so bethumped with words,
Since I first called my brother's father dad.
Shak.
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Daddle
Dad"dle (dăd"d'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Daddled (?), p. pr. & vb. n. Daddling.] [Prob. freq. of dade.] To toddle; to walk unsteadily, like a child or an old man; hence, to do anything slowly or feebly.
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Daddock
Dad"dock (?), n. [Cf. Prov. E. dad a large piece.] The rotten body of a tree. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.
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Daddy
Dad"dy (?), n. Diminutive of Dad. Dryden.
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Daddy longlegs
Dad"dy long"legs` (?). 1. (Zool.) An arachnidan of the genus Phalangium, and allied genera, having a small body and four pairs of long legs; -- called also harvestman, carter, and grandfather longlegs.
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2. (Zool.) A name applied to many species of dipterous insects of the genus Tipula, and allied genera, with slender bodies, and very long, slender legs; the crane fly; -- called also father longlegs.
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Dade
Dade (?), v. t. [Of. uncertain origin. Cf. Dandle, Daddle.] To hold up by leading strings or by the hand, as a child while he toddles. [Obs.]
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Little children when they learn to go
By painful mothers daded to and fro.
Drayton.
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Dade
Dade, v. i. To walk unsteadily, as a child in leading strings, or just learning to walk; to move slowly. [Obs.]
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No sooner taught to dade, but from their mother trip. Drayton.
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Dado
Da"do (?), n.; pl. Dadoes (#). [It. dado die, cube, pedestal; of the same origin as E. die, n. See Die, n.] (Arch.) (a) That part of a pedestal included between the base and the cornice (or surbase); the die. See Illust. of Column. Hence: (b) In any wall, that part of the basement included between the base and the base course. See Base course, under Base. (c) In interior decoration, the lower part of the wall of an apartment when adorned with moldings, or otherwise specially decorated.

Daedalian
Daedal
{ Dæ"dal (?), Dæ*dal"ian (?) }, a. [L. daedalus cunningly wrought, fr. Gr. &unr_;; cf. &unr_; to work cunningly. The word also alludes to the mythical Dædalus (Gr. &unr_;, lit., the cunning worker).] 1. Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious.
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Our bodies decked in our dædalian arms. Chapman.
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The dædal hand of Nature. J. Philips.
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The doth the dædal earth throw forth to thee,
Out of her fruitful, abundant flowers.
Spenser.
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2. Crafty; deceitful. [R.] Keats.
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Daedalous
Dæd"a*lous (?), a. (Bot.) Having a variously cut or incised margin; -- said of leaves.

Daemonic
Daemon
Dæ"mon (?), n., Dæ*mon"ic (&unr_;), a. See Demon, Demonic.
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Daff
Daff (d&adot_;f), v. t. [Cf. Doff.] To cast aside; to put off; to doff. [Obs.]
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Canst thou so daff me? Thou hast killed my child. Shak.
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Daff
Daff, n. [See Daft.] A stupid, blockish fellow; a numskull. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Daff
Daff (d&adot_;f), v. i. To act foolishly; to be foolish or sportive; to toy. [Scot.] Jamieson.
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Daff
Daff, v. t. To daunt. [Prov. Eng.] Grose.
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Daffodil
Daf"fo*dil (dăf"f&ouptack_;*d&ibreve_;l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphodèle), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. 'asfo`delos. The initial d in English is not satisfactorily explained. See Asphodel.] (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Asphodelus. (b) A plant of the genus Narcissus (Narcissus Pseudo-narcissus). It has a bulbous root and beautiful flowers, usually of a yellow hue. Called also daffodilly, daffadilly, daffadowndilly, daffydowndilly, etc.
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With damask roses and daffadillies set. Spenser.
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Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies,
And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies.
Spenser.
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A college gown
That clad her like an April daffodilly.
Tennyson
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And chance-sown daffodil. Whittier.
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Daft
Daft (d&adot_;ft), a. [OE. daft, deft, deft, stupid; prob. the same word as E. deft. See Deft.] 1. Stupid; foolish; idiotic; also, delirious; insane; as, he has gone daft.
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Let us think no more of this daft business Sir W. Scott.
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2. Gay; playful; frolicsome. [Scot.] Jamieson.
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Daftness
Daft"ness, n. The quality of being daft.
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Dag
Dag (dăg), n. [Cf. F. dague, LL. daga, D. dagge (fr. French); all prob. fr. Celtic; Cf. Gael. dag a pistol, Armor. dag dagger, W. dager, dagr, Ir. daigear. Cf. Dagger.] 1. A dagger; a poniard. [Obs.] Johnson.
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2. A large pistol formerly used. [Obs.]
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The Spaniards discharged their dags, and hurt some. Foxe.
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A sort of pistol, called dag, was used about the same time as hand guns and harquebuts. Grose.
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3. (Zool.) The unbranched antler of a young deer.
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Dag
Dag, n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. dagg, Icel. dögg. √71. See Dew.] A misty shower; dew. [Obs.]
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Dag
Dag, n. [OE. dagge (cf. Dagger); or cf. AS. dāg what is dangling.] A loose end; a dangling shred.
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Daglocks, clotted locks hanging in dags or jags at a sheep's tail. Wedgwood.
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Dag
Dag, v. t. [1, from Dag dew. 2, from Dag a loose end.] 1. To daggle or bemire. [Prov. Eng.] Johnson.
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2. To cut into jags or points; to slash; as, to dag a garment. [Obs.] Wright.
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Dag
Dag, v. i. To be misty; to drizzle. [Prov. Eng.]
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dagame
dagame n. the lemonwood tree (Calycophyllum candidissimum); -- it is a tropical American tree which is source of a tough elastic wood.
Syn. -- lemonwood tree, Calycophyllum candidissimum.
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Dagan
Dagan prop. n. the Mesopotanian god of agriculture and earth; it is a counterpart of Phoenician and Philistine Dagon. See references to Dagon in the Bible and in the opera Samson et Dalila.
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Dagda
Dagda n. in Irish legend, chief god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit.
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dagga
dagga n. a relatively nontoxic South African herb (Leonotis leonurus) smoked like tobacco.
Syn. -- Cape dagga, red dagga, wilde dagga, Leonotis leonurus.
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Dagger
Dag"ger (-g&etilde_;r), n. [Cf. OE. daggen to pierce, F. daguer. See Dag a dagger.] 1. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard, Stiletto, Bowie knife, Dirk, Misericorde, Anlace.
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2. (Print.) A mark of reference in the form of a dagger [†]. It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; -- called also obelisk.
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Dagger moth (Zool.), any moth of the genus Apatalea. The larvæ are often destructive to the foliage of fruit trees, etc. -- Dagger of lath, the wooden weapon given to the Vice in the old Moralities. Shak. -- Double dagger, a mark of reference [‡] which comes next in order after the dagger. -- To look daggers, or To speak daggers, to look or speak fiercely or reproachfully.
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Dagger
Dag"ger, v. t. To pierce with a dagger; to stab. [Obs.]
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Dagger
Dag"ger, n. [Perh. from diagonal.] A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame. Knight.
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Dagges
Dagges (dăgz), n. pl. [OE. See Dag a loose end.] An ornamental cutting of the edges of garments, introduced about a. d. 1346, according to the Chronicles of St Albans. [Obs.] Halliwell.
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Daggle
Dag"gle (dăg"g'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daggled (-g'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Daggling (-gl&ibreve_;ng).] [Freq. of dag, v. t., 1.] To trail, so as to wet or befoul; to make wet and limp; to moisten.
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The warrior's very plume, I say,
Was daggled by the dashing spray.
Sir W. Scott.
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Daggle
Dag"gle, v. i. To run, go, or trail one's self through water, mud, or slush; to draggle.
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Nor, like a puppy [have I] daggled through the town. Pope.

Daggle-tailed
Daggle-tail
{ Dag"gle-tail` (dăg"g'l-tāl`), Dag"gle-tailed` (-tāld`), } a. Having the lower ends of garments defiled by trailing in mire or filth; draggle-tailed.
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Daggle-tail
Dag"gle-tail` (-tāl`), n. A slovenly woman; a slattern; a draggle-tail.
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Daglock
Dag"lock` (-l&obreve_;k`), n. [Dag a loose end + lock.] A dirty or clotted lock of wool on a sheep; a taglock.
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Dago
Da"go (dā"g&ouptack_;), n.; pl. Dagos (-gōz). [Cf. Sp. Diego, E. James.] A nickname given to a person of Spanish (or, by extension, Portuguese or Italian) descent. [U. S.]
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Dagoba
Da*go"ba (d&adot_;*gō"b&adot_;), n. [Singhalese dāgoba.] A dome-shaped structure built over relics of Buddha or some Buddhist saint. [East Indies]
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Dagon
Da"gon (dā"g&obreve_;n), [Heb. Dāgon, fr. dag a fish: cf. Gr. Dagw`n.] The national god of the Philistines, represented with the face and hands and upper part of a man, and the tail of a fish. W. Smith.
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This day a solemn feast the people hold
To Dagon, their sea idol.
Milton.
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They brought it into the house of Dagon. 1 Sam. v. 2.
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Dagon
Dag"on (dăg"&obreve_;n), n. [See Dag a loose end.] A slip or piece. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dagswain
Dag"swain` (?), n. [From Dag a loose end?] A coarse woolen fabric made of daglocks, or the refuse of wool. “Under coverlets made of dagswain.” Holinshed.
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Dag-tailed
Dag"-tailed` (?), a. [Dag a loose end + tail.] Daggle-tailed; having the tail clogged with daglocks.Dag-tailed sheep.” Bp. Hall.

Daguerreian
Daguerrean
{ Da*guer"re*an (d&adot_;*g&ebreve_;r"&ibreve_;*&aitalic_;n), Da*guerre"i*an (?), } a. Pertaining to Daguerre, or to his invention of the daguerreotype.
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Daguerreotype
Da*guerre"o*type (d&adot_;*g&ebreve_;r"&ouptack_;*tīp), n. [From Daguerre the inventor + -type.] 1. An early variety of photograph, produced on a silver plate, or copper plate covered with silver, and rendered sensitive by the action of iodine, or iodine and bromine, on which, after exposure in the camera, the latent image is developed by the vapor of mercury.
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2. The process of taking such pictures.
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Daguerreotype
Da*guerre"o*type (d&adot_;*g&ebreve_;r"&ouptack_;*tīp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daguerreotyped (-tīpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Daguerreotyping (-tī`p&ibreve_;ng).] 1. To produce or represent by the daguerreotype process, as a picture.
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2. To impress with great distinctness; to imprint; to imitate exactly.

Daguerreotypist
Daguerreotyper
{ Da*guerre"o*ty`per (?), Da*guerre"o*ty`pist (?), } n. One who takes daguerreotypes.
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Daguerreotypy
Da*guerre"o*ty`py (?), n. The art or process of producing pictures by method of Daguerre.
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Dahabeah
Da`ha*be"ah (dä`h&adot_;*bē"&adot_;), n. [Ar.] A Nile boat constructed on the model of a floating house, having large lateen sails.
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Dahlia
Dah"lia (däl"y&adot_; or dāl"y&adot_;; 277, 106), n.; pl. Dahlias (#). [Named after Andrew Dahl a Swedish botanist.] (Bot.) A genus of plants native to Mexico and Central America, of the order Compositæ; also, any plant or flower of the genus. The numerous varieties of cultivated dahlias bear conspicuous flowers which differ in color.
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Dahlin
Dah"lin (dä"l&ibreve_;n), n. [From Dahlia.] (Chem.) A variety of starch extracted from the dahlia; -- called also inulin. See Inulin.
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Dahoon
Da*hoon" (d&adot_;*h&oomacr_;n"), [Origin unknown.] An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex cassine) of the southern United States, bearing red drupes and having soft, white, close-grained wood; -- called also dahoon holly.
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daikon
daikon n. a radish of Japan (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus) with a long hard durable root eaten raw or cooked.
Syn. -- Japanese radish, Raphanus sativus longipinnatus.
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Dail
Dail n. the lower house of the parliament of the Republic of Ireland; -- also called the Dail Eirann. From its members is selected the Taoiseach, or prime minister.
Syn. -- Dail Eireann.
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Dailiness
Dai"li*ness (?), n. Daily occurence. [R.]
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Daily
Dai"ly (dā"l&ybreve_;), a. [AS. dæglīc; dæg day + -līc like. See Day.] Happening, or belonging to, each successive day; diurnal; as, daily labor; a daily bulletin.
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Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. vi. 11.
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Bunyan has told us . . . that in New England his dream was the daily subject of the conversation of thousands. Macaulay.

Syn. -- Daily, Diurnal. Daily is Anglo-Saxon, and diurnal is Latin. The former is used in reference to the ordinary concerns of life; as, daily wants, daily cares, daily employments. The latter is appropriated chiefly by astronomers to what belongs to the astronomical day; as, the diurnal revolution of the earth.
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Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways.
Milton.
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Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound
Within the visible diurnal sphere.
Milton.
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Daily
Dai"ly, n.; pl. Dailies (&unr_;). A publication which appears regularly every day; as, the morning dailies.
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Daily
Dai"ly, adv. Every day; day by day; as, a thing happens daily.
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Daimio
Dai"mi*o (?), n.; pl. Daimios (#). [Jap., fr. Chin. tai ming great name.] The title of the feudal nobles of Japan.
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The daimios, or territorial nobles, resided in Yedo and were divided into four classes. Am. Cyc.
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Daint
Daint (?), n. [See Dainty, n.] Something of exquisite taste; a dainty. [Obs.] -- a. Dainty. [Obs.]
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To cherish him with diets daint. Spenser.
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Daintify
Dain"ti*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daintified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Daintifying.] [Dainty + -fy.] To render dainty, delicate, or fastidious.Daintified emotion.” Sat. rev.
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Daintily
Dain"ti*ly, adv. In a dainty manner; nicely; scrupulously; fastidiously; deliciously; prettily.
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Daintiness
Dain"ti*ness, n. The quality of being dainty; nicety; niceness; elegance; delicacy; deliciousness; fastidiousness; squeamishness.
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The daintiness and niceness of our captains Hakluyt.
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More notorious for the daintiness of the provision . . . than for the massiveness of the dish. Hakewill.
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The duke exeeded in the daintiness of his leg and foot, and the earl in the fine shape of his hands, Sir H. Wotton.
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Daintrel
Dain"trel (?), n. [From daint or dainty; cf. OF. daintier.] Adelicacy. [Obs.] Halliwell.
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Dainty
Dain"ty (?), n.; pl. Dainties (#). [OE. deinie, dainte, deintie, deyntee, OF. deintié delicacy, orig., dignity, honor, fr. L. dignitas, fr. dignus worthy. See Deign, and cf. Dignity.] 1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything. [Obs.]
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I ne told no deyntee of her love. Chaucer.
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2. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.
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That precious nectar may the taste renew
Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost.
Beau. & Fl.
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3. A term of fondness. [Poetic] B. Jonson.

Syn. -- Dainty, Delicacy. These words are here compared as denoting articles of food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and its table richly covered with dainties.
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These delicacies
I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers,
Walks and the melody of birds.
Milton.
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[A table] furnished plenteously with bread,
And dainties, remnants of the last regale.
Cowper.
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Dainty
Dain"ty, a. [Compar. Daintier (?); superl. Daintiest.] 1. Rare; valuable; costly. [Obs.]
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Full many a deynté horse had he in stable. Chaucer.
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&hand_; Hence the proverb “dainty maketh dearth,” i. e., rarity makes a thing dear or precious.
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2. Delicious to the palate; toothsome.
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Dainty bits
Make rich the ribs.
Shak.
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3. Nice; delicate; elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender.
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Those dainty limbs which nature lent
For gentle usage and soft delicacy.
Milton.
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I would be the girdle.
About her dainty, dainty waist.
Tennyson.
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4. Requiring dainties. Hence: Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; squeamish; scrupulous; ceremonious.
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Thew were a fine and dainty people. Bacon.
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And let us not be dainty of leave-taking,
But shift away.
Shak.
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To make dainty, to assume or affect delicacy or fastidiousness. [Obs.]
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Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all
Will now deny to dance? She that makes dainty,
She, I'll swear, hath corns.
Shak.
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daiquiri
daiquiri n. an alcoholic beverage containing rum and lime or lemon juice, usually mixed with a fruit juice or fruit extract and often blended with crushed ice; as, a strawberry daiquiri.
Syn. -- rum cocktail.
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Daira
Da"ï*ra (dä"&euptack_;*rä), n. [Turk. daire circuit, department, fr. Ar. daïrah circle.] Any of several valuable estates of the Egyptian khedive or his family. The most important are the Da"i*ra Sa"ni*eh (sä"n&ibreve_;*&ebreve_;), or Da"i*ra Sa"ni*yeh, and the Da"i*ra Khas"sa, administered by the khedive's European bondholders, and known collectively as the Daira, or the Daira estates.
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Dairy
Dai"ry (dā"r&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Dairies (-r&ibreve_;z). [OE. deierie, from deie, daie, maid; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deigja maid, dairymaid, Sw. deja, orig., a baking maid, fr. Icel. deig. √66. See Dough.] 1. The place, room, or house where milk is kept, and converted into butter or cheese.
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What stores my dairies and my folds contain. Dryden.
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2. That department of farming which is concerned in the production of milk, and its conversion into butter and cheese.
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Grounds were turned much in England either to feeding or dairy; and this advanced the trade of English butter. Temple.
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3. A dairy farm. [R.]
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&hand_; Dairy is much used adjectively or in combination; as, dairy farm, dairy countries, dairy house or dairyhouse, dairyroom, dairywork, etc.
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Dairying
Dai"ry*ing, n. The business of conducting a dairy.
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Dairymaid
Dai"ry*maid` (?), n. A female servant whose business is the care of the dairy.
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Dairyman
Dai"ry*man (?), n.; pl. Dairymen (&unr_;). A man who keeps or takes care of a dairy.
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Dairywoman
Dai"ry*wom`an (?), n.; pl. Dairywomen (&unr_;). A woman who attends to a dairy.
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Dais
Da"is (dā"&ibreve_;s), n. [OE. deis, des, table, dais, OF. deis table, F. dais a canopy, L. discus a quoit, a dish (from the shape), LL., table, fr. Gr. &unr_; a quoit, a dish. See Dish.] 1. The high or principal table, at the end of a hall, at which the chief guests were seated; also, the chief seat at the high table. [Obs.]
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2. A platform slightly raised above the floor of a hall or large room, giving distinction to the table and seats placed upon it for the chief guests.
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3. A canopy over the seat of a person of dignity. [Obs.] Shiply.
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Daisied
Dai"sied (?), a. Full of daisies; adorned with daisies. “The daisied green.” Langhorne.
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The grass all deep and daisied. G. Eliot.
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Daisy
Dai"sy (dā"z&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Daisies (dā"z&ibreve_;z). [OE. dayesye, AS. dæges-eáge day's eye, daisy. See Day, and Eye.] (Bot.) (a) A genus of low herbs (Bellis), belonging to the family Compositæ. The common English and classical daisy is Bellis perennis, which has a yellow disk and white or pinkish rays. (b) The whiteweed (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum), the plant commonly called daisy in North America; -- called also oxeye daisy. See Whiteweed.
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&hand_; The word daisy is also used for composite plants of other genera, as Erigeron, or fleabane.
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Michaelmas daisy (Bot.), any plant of the genus Aster, of which there are many species. -- Oxeye daisy (Bot.), the whiteweed. See Daisy (b).
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daisy bush
daisybush
daisybush, daisy bush n. any of various mostly Australian attractively shaped shrubs of the genus Olearia grown for their handsome and sometimes fragrant evergreen foliage and profusion of daisy flowers with white or purple or blue rays.
Syn. -- .
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Dak
Dak (d&asuml_;k or däk), n. [Hind. &dsdot_;āk.] Post; mail; also, the mail or postal arrangements; -- spelt also dawk, and dauk. [India]
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Dak boat, a mail boat. Percy Smith. -- Dak bungalow, a traveler's rest-house at the end of a dak stage. -- To travel by dak, to travel by relays of palanquins or other carriage, as fast as the post along a road.

Dakar
Dakar prop. n. (Geography) The capital city of Senegal. Population (2000) = 1,729,823.
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Dakir
Daker
{ Da"ker (?), Da"kir (?), } n. [See Dicker.] (O. Eng. & Scots Law) A measure of certain commodities by number, usually ten or twelve, but sometimes twenty; as, a daker of hides consisted of ten skins; a daker of gloves of ten pairs. Burrill.
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Daker hen
Da"ker hen` (?). [Perh. fr. W. crecial the daker hen; crec a sharp noise (creg harsh, hoarse, crechian to scream) + iar hen; or cf. D. duiken to dive, plunge.] (Zool.) The corncrake or land rail.

Dakoity
Dakoit
Da*koit", n., Da*koit"y, n. See Dacoit, Dacoity.
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Dakota group
Da*ko"ta group` (?). (Geol.) A subdivision at the base of the cretaceous formation in Western North America; -- so named from the region where the strata were first studied.
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Dakotas
Da*ko"tas (?), n. pl.; sing. Dacota (&unr_;). (Ethnol.) An extensive race or stock of Indians, including many tribes, mostly dwelling west of the Mississippi River; -- also, in part, called Sioux. [Written also Dacotahs.]
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Dal
Dal (däl), n. [Hind.] Split pulse, esp. of Cajanus Indicus. [East Indies]
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Dalbergia
Dalbergia n. a large genus of tropical trees having pinnate leaves and paniculate flowers and cultivated commercially for their dramatically grained and colored timbers.
Syn. -- genus Dalbergia.
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Dale
Dale (dāl), n. [AS. dæl; akin to LG., D., Sw., Dan., OS., & Goth. dal, Icel. dalr, OHG. tal, G. thal, and perh. to Gr. qo`los a rotunda, Skr. dhāra depth. Cf. Dell.] 1. A low place between hills; a vale or valley.
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Where mountaines rise, umbrageous dales descend. Thomson.
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2. A trough or spout to carry off water, as from a pump. Knight.
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Dalea
Dalea n. a genus of plants including the indigo bush.
Syn. -- genus Dalea.
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Dalesman
Dales"man (dālz"m&aitalic_;n), n.; pl. Dalesmen (dālz"m&eitalic_;n). One living in a dale; -- a term applied particularly to the inhabitants of the valleys in the north of England, Norway, etc. Macaulay.
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daleth
daleth (?), the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
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Dalf
Dalf (?), imp. of Delve. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dalles
Dalles (dălz), n. pl. [F. dalle a tube, gutter, trough.] A rapid, esp. one where the channel is narrowed between rock walls. [Northwestern U. S. & Canada]

The place below, where the compressed river wound like a silver thread among the flat black rocks, was the far-famed Dalles of the Columbia. F. H. Balch.
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Dalliance
Dal"li*ance (?), n. [From Dally.] 1. The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play.
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Look thou be true, do not give dalliance
Too much the rein.
Shak.
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O, the dalliance and the wit,
The flattery and the strife!
Tennyson.
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2. Delay or procrastination. Shak.
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3. Entertaining discourse. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dallier
Dal"li*er (?), n. One who fondles; a trifler; as, dalliers with pleasant words. Asham.
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dallisgrass
dallis grass
dallis grass, dallisgrass n. a tall tufted perennial tropical American grass (Paspalum dilatatum) naturalized as pasture and forage grass in the southern U.S.
Syn. -- paspalum, Paspalum dilatatum.
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Dallop
Dal"lop (dăl"l&obreve_;p), n. [Etymol. unknown.] A tuft or clump. [Obs.] Tusser.
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Dally
Dal"ly (dăl"l&ybreve_;), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dallied (dăl"l&ibreve_;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Dallying.] [OE. dalien, dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen, dalen, dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull.] 1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
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We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer. Calamy.
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We have put off God, and dallied with his grace. Barrow.
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2. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.
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Not dallying with a brace of courtesans. Shak.
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Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind. Shak.
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Dally
Dal"ly, v. t. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
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Dallying off the time with often skirmishes. Knolles.
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Dalmania
Dal*ma"ni*a (?), n. [From Dalman, the geologist.] (Paleon.) A genus of trilobites, of many species, common in the Upper Silurian and Devonian rocks.
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Dalmanites
Dal`ma*ni"tes (?), n. Same as Dalmania.
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Dalmatian
Dal*ma"tian (?), a. Of or pertaining to Dalmatia.
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Dalmatian dog (Zool.), a carriage dog, shaped like a pointer, and having black or bluish spots on a white ground; the coach dog.

Dalmatic
Dalmatica
Dal*mat"i*ca (?), n., Dal*mat"ic (&unr_;), n. [LL. dalmatica: cf. F. dalmatique.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) A vestment with wide sleeves, and with two stripes, worn at Mass by deacons, and by bishops at pontifical Mass; -- imitated from a dress originally worn in Dalmatia.
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2. A robe worn on state ocasions, as by English kings at their coronation.
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dalo
dalo n. a herb of the Pacific islands (Colocasia esculenta) grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves.
Syn. -- taro, taro plant, dasheen, Colocasia esculenta.
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Dal segno
Dal` se"gno (?). [It., from the sign.] (Mus.) A direction to go back to the sign &unr_; and repeat from thence to the close. See Segno.
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Dalton
Dalton n. John Dalton, scientist, born 1766, died 1844.
Syn. -- John Dalton.
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dalton
dalton n. [from the chemist John Dalton, proponent of the modern atomic theory of matter.] a unit of mass, approximately 1.66 x 10-24 grams; -- it is approximately equal to the mass of one hydrogen atom, but the exact value differs slightly as used in physics and chemistry. It is used mostly to describe the size of proteins and nucleic acids in biochemistry. Molecular weights are often expressed as dimensionless units, the unit being understood (in chemistry) to be the atomic mass unit with carbon equal to 14. Thus having a “molecular weight of 255” means the same as each molecule having a mass of 255 daltons.
Syn. atomic mass unit.
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Daltonian
Dal*to"ni*an (?), n. One afflicted with color blindness.
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Daltonism
Dal"ton*ism (?), n. Inability to perceive or distinguish certain colors, esp. red; color blindness. It has various forms and degrees. So called from the chemist Dalton, who had this infirmity. Nichol.
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Dam
Dam (dăm), n. [OE. dame mistress, lady; also, mother, dam. See Dame.] 1. A female parent; -- used of beasts, especially of quadrupeds; sometimes applied in contempt to a human mother.
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Our sire and dam, now confined to horses, are a relic of this age (13th century) . . . .Dame is used of a hen; we now make a great difference between dame and dam. T. L. K. Oliphant.
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The dam runs lowing up and down,
Looking the way her harmless young one went.
Shak.
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2. A king or crowned piece in the game of draughts.
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Dam
Dam, n. [Akin to OLG., D., & Dan. dam, G. & Sw. damm, Icel. dammr, and AS. fordemman to stop up, Goth. Faúrdammjan.] 1. A barrier to prevent the flow of a liquid; esp., a bank of earth, or wall of any kind, as of masonry or wood, built across a water course, to confine and keep back flowing water.
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2. (Metal.) A firebrick wall, or a stone, which forms the front of the hearth of a blast furnace.
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Dam plate (Blast Furnace), an iron plate in front of the dam, to strengthen it.
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Dam
Dam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dammed (dămd); p. pr. & vb. n. Damming.] 1. To obstruct or restrain the flow of, by a dam; to confine by constructing a dam, as a stream of water; -- generally used with in or up.
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I'll have the current in this place dammed up. Shak.
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A weight of earth that dams in the water. Mortimer.
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2. To shut up; to stop up; to close; to restrain.
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The strait pass was dammed
With dead men hurt behind, and cowards.
Shak.
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To dam out, to keep out by means of a dam.
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Dama
Dama n. a genus of deer including the Eurasian fallow deer, Dama dama.
Syn. -- genus Dama.
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Damage
Dam"age (dăm"&auptack_;j; 48), n. [OF. damage, domage, F. dommage, fr. assumed LL. damnaticum, from L. damnum damage. See Damn.] 1. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.
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He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet and drinketh damage. Prov. xxvi. 6.
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Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage both of their fame and fortune. Bacon.
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2. pl. (Law) The estimated reparation in money for detriment or injury sustained; a compensation, recompense, or satisfaction to one party, for a wrong or injury actually done to him by another.
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&hand_; In common-law actions, the jury are the proper judges of damages.
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Consequential damage. See under Consequential. -- Exemplary damages (Law), damages imposed by way of example to others. Similar in purpose to vindictive damages, below. -- Nominal damages (Law), those given for a violation of a right where no actual loss has accrued. -- vindictive damages or punitive damages, those given specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.

Syn. -- Mischief; injury; harm; hurt; detriment; evil; ill. See Mischief.
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Damage
Dam"age, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damaged (dăm"&auptack_;jd); p. pr. & vb. n. Damaging (dăm"&auptack_;*j&ibreve_;ng).] [Cf. OF. damagier, domagier. See Damage, n.] To occasion damage to the soundness, goodness, or value of; to hurt; to injure; to impair.
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He . . . came up to the English admiral and gave him a broadside, with which he killed many of his men and damaged the ship. Clarendon.
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Damage
Dam"age (dăm"&auptack_;j), v. i. To receive damage or harm; to be injured or impaired in soundness or value; as, some colors in cloth damage in sunlight.
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Damageable
Dam"age*a*ble (dăm"&auptack_;j*&adot_;*b'l), a. [Cf. OF. damageable, F. dommageable for sense 2.] 1. Capable of being injured or impaired; liable to, or susceptible of, damage; as, a damageable cargo.
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2. Hurtful; pernicious. [R.]
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That it be not damageable unto your royal majesty. Hakluyt.
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damaged
damaged (dăm"&auptack_;jd), adj. 1. changed so as to reduce value, function, or other desirable trait; -- usually not used of persons. Opposite of undamaged. [Narrower terms: battered, beat-up, beaten-up, bedraggled, broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumble-down, unsound; bent, crumpled, dented; blasted, rent, ripped, torn; broken-backed; burned-out(prenominal), burned out(predicate), burnt-out(prenominal), burnt out(predicate); burst, ruptured; corroded; cracked, crackled, crazed; defaced, marred; hurt, weakened; knocked-out(prenominal), knocked out; mangled, mutilated; peeling; scraped, scratched; storm-beaten] Also See blemished, broken, damaged, destroyed, impaired, injured, unsound.
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2. Rendered imperfect by impairing the integrity of some part, or by breaking. Opposite of unbroken. [Narrower terms: busted; chipped; cracked; crumbled, fragmented; crushed, ground; dissolved; fractured; shattered, smashed, splintered; split; unkept, violated] Also See: damaged, imperfect, injured, unsound.
Syn. -- broken.
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3. being unjustly brought into disrepute; as, her damaged reputation.
Syn. -- discredited.
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4. made to appear imperfect; -- especially of reputation; as, the senator's seriously damaged reputation.
Syn. -- besmirched, flyblown, spotted, stained, sullied, tainted, tarnished.
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Damage feasant
Dam"age fea`sant (?). [OF. damage + F. faisant doing, p. pr. See Feasible.] (Law) Doing injury; trespassing, as cattle. Blackstone.
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damages
damages n. (Law) a sum of money paid in compensation for an injury or wrong.
Syn. -- amends, indemnity, indemnification, restitution, redress.
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damaging
damaging adj. 1. causing harm or injury; as, damaging to career and reputation.
Syn. -- detrimental, detrimental to(predicate), prejudicial, prejudicious.
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2. designed or tending to discredit, especially without positive or helpful suggestions.
Syn. -- negative.
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Damaliscus
Damaliscus n. a genus of African antelopes including the sassaby, Damaliscus lunatus.
Syn. -- genus Damaliscus.
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Daman
Da"man (dä"m&adot_;n), n. (Zool.) A small herbivorous mammal of the genus Hyrax. The species found in Palestine and Syria is Hyrax Syriacus; that of Northern Africa is Hyrax Brucei; -- called also ashkoko, dassy, and rock rabbit. See Cony, and Hyrax.
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Damar
Dam"ar (?), n. See Dammar.
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Damara
Da*ma"ra (dä*mä"rä), n. [The name is supposed to be from Hottentot dama vanquished.] A native of Damaraland, German Southwest Africa. The Damaras include an important and warlike Bantu tribe, and the Hill Damaras, who are Hottentots and mixed breeds hostile to the Bantus.
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Damascene
Dam"as*cene (dăm"&aitalic_;s*sēn), a. [L. Damascenus of Damascus, fr. Damascus the city, Gr. Damasko`s. See Damask, and cf. Damaskeen, Damaskin, Damson.] Of or relating to Damascus.
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Damascene
Dam"as*cene (dăm"&aitalic_;s*sēn), n. A kind of plum, now called damson. See Damson.
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Damascene
Dam`as*cene" (dăm`&aitalic_;s*sēn"), v. t. Same as Damask, or Damaskeen, v. t.Damascened armor.” Beaconsfield. “Cast and damascened steel.” Ure.
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damascened
damascened adj. decorated or inlaid with a wavy pattern of different (especially precious) metals; -- of metallic objects; as, a damascened sword.
Syn. -- damascene.
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Damascus
Damascus prop. n. (Geography) The capital city of Syria. Population (2000) = 1,549,932.
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Damascus blade, a sword or scimiter, made chiefly at Damascus, having a variegated appearance of watering, and proverbial for excellence. -- Damascus iron, or Damascus twist, metal formed of thin bars or wires of iron and steel elaborately twisted and welded together; used for making gun barrels, etc., of high quality, in which the surface, when polished and acted upon by acid, has a damask appearance. -- Damascus steel. See Damask steel, under Damask, a.
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Damascus steel
Da*mas"cus steel. See Damask steel, under Damask.
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Damask
Dam"ask (dăm"&aitalic_;sk), n. [From the city Damascus, L. Damascus, Gr. Damasko`s, Heb. Dammesq, Ar. Daemeshq; cf. Heb. d'meseq damask; cf. It. damasco, Sp. damasco, F. damas. Cf. Damascene, Damassé.] 1. Damask silk; silk woven with an elaborate pattern of flowers and the like. “A bed of ancient damask.” W. Irving.
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2. Linen so woven that a pattern in produced by the different directions of the thread, without contrast of color.
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3. A heavy woolen or worsted stuff with a pattern woven in the same way as the linen damask; -- made for furniture covering and hangings.
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4. Damask or Damascus steel; also, the peculiar markings or “water” of such steel.
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5. A deep pink or rose color. Fairfax.
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Damask
Dam"ask, a. 1. Pertaining to, or originating at, the city of Damascus; resembling the products or manufactures of Damascus.
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2. Having the color of the damask rose.
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But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek.
Shak.
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Damask color, a deep rose-color like that of the damask rose. -- Damask plum, a small dark-colored plum, generally called damson. -- Damask rose (Bot.), a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus.Damask roses have not been known in England above one hundred years.” Bacon. -- Damask steel, or Damascus steel, steel of the kind originally made at Damascus, famous for its hardness, and its beautiful texture, ornamented with waving lines; especially, that which is inlaid with damaskeening; -- formerly much valued for sword blades, from its great flexibility and tenacity.
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Damask
Dam"ask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damasked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Damasking.] To decorate in a way peculiar to Damascus or attributed to Damascus; particularly: (a) with flowers and rich designs, as silk; (b) with inlaid lines of gold, etc., or with a peculiar marking or “water,” as metal. See Damaskeen.
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Mingled metal damasked o'er with gold. Dryde&unr_;.
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On the soft, downy bank, damasked with flowers. Milton.

Damasken
Damaskeen
{ Dam"as*keen` (?), Dam"as*ken (?), } v. t. [F. damaschinare. See Damascene, v.] To decorate, as iron, steel, etc., with a peculiar marking or “water” produced in the process of manufacture, or with designs produced by inlaying or incrusting with another metal, as silver or gold, or by etching, etc., to damask.
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Damaskeening is is partly mosaic work, partly engraving, and partly carving. Ure.
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Damaskin
Dam"as*kin (?), n. [Cf. F. damasquin, adj., It. damaschino, Sp. damasquino. See Damaskeen.] A sword of Damask steel.
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No old Toledo blades or damaskins. Howell (1641).
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Damasse
Da*mas*sé" (?), a. [F. damassé, fr. damas. See Damask.] Woven like damask. -- n. A damassé fabric, esp. one of linen.
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Damassin
Dam"as*sin (dăm"&aitalic_;s*s&ibreve_;n), n. [F., fr. damas. See Damask.] A kind of modified damask or brocade.
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Dambonite
Dam"bo*nite (-b&ouptack_;*nīt), n. [Cf. F. dambonite.] (Chem.) A white, crystalline, sugary substance obtained from an African caoutchouc.
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Dambose
Dam"bose (dăm"bōs), n. (Chem.) A crystalline variety of fruit sugar obtained from dambonite.
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Dame
Dame (dām), n. [F. dame, LL. domna, fr. L. domina mistress, lady, fem. of dominus master, ruler, lord; akin to domare to tame, subdue. See Tame, and cf. Dam a mother, Dan, Danger, Dungeon, Dominie, Don, n., Duenna.] 1. A mistress of a family, who is a lady; a woman in authority; especially, a lady.
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Then shall these lords do vex me half so much,
As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife.
Shak.
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2. The mistress of a family in common life, or the mistress of a common school; as, a dame's school.
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In the dame's classes at the village school. Emerson.
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3. A woman in general, esp. an elderly woman.
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4. A mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Damewort
Dame"wort` (?), n. (Bot.) A cruciferrous plant (Hesperis matronalis), remarkable for its fragrance, especially toward the close of the day; -- called also rocket and dame's violet. Loudon.
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Damiana
Da`mi*a"na (?), n. [NL.; of uncertain origin.] (Med.) A Mexican drug, used as an aphrodisiac.
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&hand_; There are several varieties derived from different plants, esp. from a species of Turnera and from Bigelovia veneta. Wood & Bache.
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Damianist
Da"mi*an*ist (?), n. (Eccl. Hist.) A follower of Damian, patriarch of Alexandria in the 6th century, who held heretical opinions on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

Dammara
Dammar
{ Dam"mar (?), Dam"ma*ra (?), } n. [Jav. & Malay. damar.] An oleoresin used in making varnishes; dammar gum; dammara resin. It is obtained from certain resin trees indigenous to the East Indies, esp. Shorea robusta and the dammar pine.
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Dammar pine, (Bot.), a tree of the Moluccas (Agathis orientalis syn. Dammara orientalis), yielding dammar.
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Dammara
Dam"ma*ra, n. (Bot.) A large tree of the order Coniferæ, indigenous to the East Indies and Australasia; -- called also Agathis. There are several species.
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Damn
Damn (dăm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Damned (dămd or dăm"n&ebreve_;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Damning (dăm"&ibreve_;ng or dăm"n&ibreve_;ng).] [OE. damnen dampnen (with excrescent p), OF. damner, dampner, F. damner, fr. L. damnare, damnatum, to condemn, fr. damnum damage, a fine, penalty. Cf. Condemn, Damage.] 1. To condemn; to declare guilty; to doom; to adjudge to punishment; to sentence; to censure.
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He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him. Shak.
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2. (Theol.) To doom to punishment in the future world; to consign to perdition; to curse.
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3. To condemn as bad or displeasing, by open expression, as by denuciation, hissing, hooting, etc.
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You are not so arrant a critic as to damn them [the works of modern poets] . . . without hearing. Pope.
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Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering teach the rest to sneer.
Pope.
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&hand_; Damn is sometimes used interjectionally, imperatively, and intensively.
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Damn
Damn, v. i. To invoke damnation; to curse. “While I inwardly damn.” Goldsmith.
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Damnability
Dam`na*bil"i*ty (?), n. The quality of being damnable; damnableness. Sir T. More.
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Damnable
Dam"na*ble (?), a. [L. damnabilis, fr. damnare: cf. F. damnable. See Damn.] 1. Liable to damnation; deserving, or for which one deserves, to be damned; of a damning nature.
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A creature unprepared unmeet for death,
And to transport him in the mind he is,
Were damnable.
Shak.
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2. Odious; pernicious; detestable.
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Begin, murderer; . . . leave thy damnable faces. Shak.
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Damnableness
Dam"na*ble*ness, n. The state or quality of deserving damnation; execrableness.
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The damnableness of this most execrable impiety. Prynne.
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Damnably
Dam"na*bly, adv. 1. In a manner to incur severe censure, condemnation, or punishment.
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2. Odiously; detestably; excessively. [Low]
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Damnation
Dam*na"tion (?), n. [F. damnation, L. damnatio, fr. damnare. See Damn.] 1. The state of being damned; condemnation; openly expressed disapprobation.
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2. (Theol.) Condemnation to everlasting punishment in the future state, or the punishment itself.
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How can ye escape the damnation of hell? Matt. xxiii. 33.
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Wickedness is sin, and sin is damnation. Shak.
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3. A sin deserving of everlasting punishment. [R.]
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The deep damnation of his taking-off. Shak.
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Damnatory
Dam"na*to*ry (dăm"n&adot_;*t&ouptack_;*r&ybreve_;), a. [L. damnatorius, fr. damnator a condemner.] Dooming to damnation; condemnatory.Damnatory invectives.” Hallam.
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Damned
Damned (?), a. 1. Sentenced to punishment in a future state; condemned; consigned to perdition.
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2. Hateful; detestable; abominable.
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But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
Who doats, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves.
Shak.
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Damnific
Dam*nif"ic (?), a. [L. damnificus; damnum damage, loss + facere to make. See Damn.] Procuring or causing loss; mischievous; injurious.
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Damnification
Dam`ni*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [LL. damnificatio.] That which causes damage or loss.
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Damnify
Dam"ni*fy (dăm"n&ibreve_;*fī), v. t. [LL. damnificare, fr. L. damnificus: cf. OF. damnefier. See Damnific.] To cause loss or damage to; to injure; to impair. [R.]
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This work will ask as many more officials to make expurgations and expunctions, that the commonwealth of learning be not damnified. Milton.
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Damning
Damn"ing (?), a. That damns; damnable; as, damning evidence of guilt.
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Damningness
Damn"ing*ness, n. Tendency to bring damnation. “The damningness of them [sins].” Hammond.
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damnum
dam"num (?), n. [L.] (law) Harm; detriment, either to character or property.
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Damoiselle
Damosella
Damosel
{ Dam"o*sel (dăm"&ouptack_;*z&ebreve_;l), Dam`o*sel"la (-z&ebreve_;l"l&adot_;), ‖Da`moi`selle" (d&adot_;`mwä`z&ebreve_;l") }, n. See Damsel. [Archaic]
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Damourite
Dam"our*ite (dăm"&oobreve_;*īt), n. [Ater the French chemist Damour.] (Min.) A kind of Muscovite, or potash mica, containing water.
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Damp
Damp (dămp), n. [Akin to LG., D., & Dan. damp vapor, steam, fog, G. dampf, Icel. dampi, Sw. damb dust, and to MNG. dimpfen to smoke, imp. dampf.] 1. Moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor.
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Night . . . with black air
Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
Milton.
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2. Dejection; depression; cloud of the mind.
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Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence,
A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
Addison.
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It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion. J. D. Forbes.
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3. (Mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc.
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Choke damp, a damp consisting principally of carbonic acid gas; -- so called from its extinguishing flame and animal life. See Carbonic acid, under Carbonic. -- Damp sheet, a curtain in a mine gallery to direct air currents and prevent accumulation of gas. -- Fire damp, a damp consisting chiefly of light carbureted hydrogen; -- so called from its tendence to explode when mixed with atmospheric air and brought into contact with flame.
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Damp
Damp (dămp), a. [Compar. Damper (?); superl. Dampest.] 1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid.
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O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear. Dryden.
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2. Dejected; depressed; sunk. [R.]
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All these and more came flocking, but with looks
Downcast and damp.
Milton.
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Damp
Damp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Damped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Damping.] [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.] 1. To render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth.
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2. To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage. “To damp your tender hopes.” Akenside.
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Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug. Bacon.
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How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! Sir J. Lubbock.
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The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. Macaulay.
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Dampen
Damp"en (dămp"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. dampened (dămp"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. dampening.] 1. To make damp or moist; to make slightly wet.
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2. To depress; to check; to make dull; to lessen.
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In a way that considerably dampened our enthusiasm. The Century.
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Dampen
Damp"en, v. i. To become damp; to deaden. Byron.
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dampening
dampening n. the act or process of making something slightly wet.
Syn. -- moistening.
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damper
damp"er (dăm"p&etilde_;r), n. That which damps or checks; as: (a) A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air. (b) A contrivance, as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
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Nor did Sabrina's presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities. W. Black.
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Dampish
Damp"ish (?), a. Moderately damp or moist.

-- Damp"ish*ly, adv. -- Damp"ish*ness, n.
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Dampne
Damp"ne (?), v. t. To damn. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dampness
Damp"ness, n. Moderate humidity; moisture; fogginess; moistness.
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Damp off
Damp" off` (?). To decay and perish through excessive moisture.
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Dampy
Damp"y (?), a. 1. Somewhat damp. [Obs.] Drayton.
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2. Dejected; gloomy; sorrowful. [Obs.] “Dispel dampy throughts.” Haywards.
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Damsel
Dam"sel (dăm"z&ebreve_;l), n. [OE. damosel, damesel, damisel, damsel, fr. OF. damoisele, damisele, gentlewoman, F. demoiselle young lady; cf. OF. damoisel young nobleman, F. damoiseau; fr. LL. domicella, dominicella, fem., domicellus, dominicellus, masc., dim. fr. L. domina, dominus. See Dame, and cf. Demoiselle, Doncella.] 1. A young person, either male or female, of noble or gentle extraction; as, Damsel Pepin; Damsel Richard, Prince of Wales. [Obs.]
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2. A young unmarried woman; a girl; a maiden.
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With her train of damsels she was gone,
In shady walks the scorching heat to shun.
Dryden.
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Sometimes a troop of damsels glad, . . .
Goes by to towered Camelot.
Tennyson.
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3. (Milling) An attachment to a millstone spindle for shaking the hopper.
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damselfish
damselfish n. small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs.
Syn. -- demoiselle.
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damselfly
damselfly n. a slender nonstinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest.
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Damson
Dam"son (dăm"z'n), n. [OE. damasin the Damascus plum, fr. L. Damascenus. See Damascene.] A small oval plum of a blue color, the fruit of a variety of the Prunus domestica; -- called also damask plum.
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Dan
Dan (dăn), n. [OE. dan, danz, OF. danz (prop. only nom.), dan, master, fr. L. dominus. See Dame.] A title of honor equivalent to master, or sir. [Obs.]
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Old Dan Geoffry, in gently spright
The pure wellhead of poetry did dwell.
Spenser.
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What time Dan Abraham left the Chaldee land. Thomson.
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Dan
Dan, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Mining) A small truck or sledge used in coal mines.
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Danaidae
Danaidae n. a small natural family of usually tropical butterflies, including the monarch butterflies.
Syn. -- family Danaidae.
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Danaide
Da"na*ide (dā"n&adot_;*īd), n. [From the mythical Danaides, who were condemned to fill with water a vessel full of holes.] (Mach.) A water wheel having a vertical axis, and an inner and outer tapering shell, between which are vanes or floats attached usually to both shells, but sometimes only to one.
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Danaite
Da"na*ite (dā"n&adot_;*īt), n. [Named after J. Freeman Dana.] (Min.) A cobaltiferous variety of arsenopyrite.
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Danalite
Da"na*lite (?), n. [Named after James Dwight Dana.] (Min.) A mineral occuring in octahedral crystals, also massive, of a reddish color. It is a silicate of iron, zinc manganese, and glucinum, containing sulphur.
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Danaus
Danaus n. the type genus of the Danaidae, including the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus.
Syn. -- genus Danaus.
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Danburite
Dan"bu*rite (?), n. (Min.) A borosilicate of lime, first found at Danbury, Conn. It is near the topaz in form. Dana.
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Dance
Dance (d&adot_;ns), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Danced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dancing.] [F. danser, fr. OHG. dansōn to draw; akin to dinsan to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the same root (meaning to stretch) as E. thin. See Thin.] 1. To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically.
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Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. Wither.
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Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
Which dances with your daughter?
Shak.
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2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
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Then, 'tis time to dance off. Thackeray.
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More dances my rapt heart
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw.
Shak.
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Shadows in the glassy waters dance. Byron.
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Where rivulets dance their wayward round. Wordsworth.
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To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.
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Dance
Dance (?), v. t. To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle.
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To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind. Shak.
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Thy grandsire loved thee well;
Many a time he danced thee on his knee.
Shak.
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To dance attendance, to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor.
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A man of his place, and so near our favor,
To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasure.
Shak.
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Dance
Dance, n. [F. danse, of German origin. See Dance, v. i.] 1. The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord with music.
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2. (Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
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&hand_; The word dance was used ironically, by the older writers, of many proceedings besides dancing.
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Of remedies of love she knew parchance
For of that art she couth the olde dance.
Chaucer.
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Dance of Death (Art), an allegorical representation of the power of death over all, -- the old, the young, the high, and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton. -- Morris dance. See Morris. -- To lead one a dance, to cause one to go through a series of movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a dance not understood.
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Dancer
Dan"cer (?), n. One who dances or who practices dancing.
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The merry dancers, beams of the northern lights when they rise and fall alternately without any considerable change of length. See Aurora borealis, under Aurora.
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Danceress
Dan"cer*ess, n. A female dancer. [Obs.] Wyclif.
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Dancette
Dan`cet`té" (?), a. [Cf. F. danché dancetté, dent tooth.] (Her.) Deeply indented; having large teeth; thus, a fess dancetté has only three teeth in the whole width of the escutcheon.
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Dancing
Dan"cing (?), p. a. & vb. n. from Dance.
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Dancing girl, one of the women in the East Indies whose profession is to dance in the temples, or for the amusement of spectators. There are various classes of dancing girls. -- Dancing master, a teacher of dancing. -- Dancing school, a school or place where dancing is taught.
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Dancy
Dan"cy (?), a. (Her.) Same as Dancetté.
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Dandelion
Dan"de*li`on (?), n. [F. dent de lion lion's tooth, fr. L. dens tooth + leo lion. See Tooth, n., and Lion.] (Bot.) A well-known plant of the genus Taraxacum (Taraxacum officinale, formerly called Taraxacum Dens-leonis and Leontodos Taraxacum) bearing large, yellow, compound flowers, and deeply notched leaves.
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Dander
Dan"der (?), n. [Corrupted from dandruff.] 1. Dandruff or scurf on the head.
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2. Anger or vexation; rage. [Low] Halliwell.
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Dander
Dan"der, v. i. [See Dandle.] To wander about; to saunter; to talk incoherently. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Dandi
Dan"di (?), n. [Hind. &dsdot_;ān&dsdot_;i, fr. &dsdot_;ān&dsdot_; an oar.] A boatman; an oarsman. [India]
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Dandie
Dan"die (?), n. (Zool.) One of a breed of small terriers; -- called also Dandie Dinmont.
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Dandie Dinmont
Dandie Dinmont
{ Dan"die Din"mont (dăn"d&ibreve_; d&ibreve_;n"m&obreve_;nt), or Dan"die Din"mont }, n. 1. In Scott's “Guy Mannering”, a Border farmer of eccentric but fine character, who owns two terriers claimed to be the progenitors of the Dandie Dinmont terriers.
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2. One of a breed of terriers with short legs, long body, and rough coat, originating in the country about the English and Scotch border.
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Dandified
Dan"di*fied (?), a. Made up like a dandy; having the dress or manners of a dandy; buckish.
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Dandify
Dan"di*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dandified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dandifying.] [Dandy + -fy.] To cause to resemble a dandy; to make dandyish.
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Dandiprat
Dan"di*prat (?), n. [Dandy + brat child.] 1. A little fellow; -- in sport or contempt. “A dandiprat hop-thumb.” Stanyhurst.
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2. A small coin.
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Henry VII. stamped a small coin called dandiprats. Camden.
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Dandle
Dan"dle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dandled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dandling (?).] [Cf. G. dändeln to trifly, dandle, OD. & Prov. G. danten, G. tand trifly, prattle; Scot. dandill, dander, to go about idly, to trifly.] 1. To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
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Ye shall be dandled . . . upon her knees. Is.&unr_;
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2. To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
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They have put me in a silk gown and gaudy fool's cap; I as ashamed to be dandled thus. Addison.
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The book, thus dandled into popularity by bishops and good ladies, contained many pieces of nursery eloquence. Jeffrey.
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3. To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle. [Obs.]
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Captains do so dandle their doings, and dally in the service, as it they would not have the enemy subdued. Spenser.
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Dandler
Dan"dler (dăn"dl&etilde_;r), n. One who dandles or fondles.
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Dandriff
Dan"driff (dăn"dr&ibreve_;f), n. See Dandruff. Swift.
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Dandruff
Dandruff (dăn"drŭf), n. [Prob. from W. toncrust, peel, skin + AS. drōf dirty, draffy, or W. drwg bad: cf. AS. tan a letter, an eruption. √240.] A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles. [Written also dandriff.]
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Dandy
Dan"dy (dăn"d&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Dandies (dăn"d&ibreve_;z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to dress; a fop; a coxcomb.
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2. (Naut.) (a) A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is set. (b) A small sail carried at or near the stern of small boats; -- called also jigger, and mizzen.
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3. A dandy roller. See below.
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Dandy brush, a yard whalebone brush. -- Dandy fever. See Dengue. -- Dandy line, a kind of fishing line to which are attached several crosspieces of whalebone which carry a hook at each end. -- Dandy roller, a roller sieve used in machines for making paper, to press out water from the pulp, and set the paper.

Dandy-hen
Dandy-cock
Dan"dy-cock` (&unr_;), n. masc., Dan"dy-hen` (&unr_;), n. fem. [See Dandy.] A bantam fowl.
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Dandyish
Dan"dy*ish, a. Like a dandy.
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Dandyism
Dan"dy*ism (?), n. The manners and dress of a dandy; foppishness. Byron.
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Dandyize
Dan"dy*ize (?), v. t. & i. To make, or to act, like a dandy; to dandify.
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Dandyling
Dan"dy*ling (?), n. [Dandy + -ling.] A little or insignificant dandy; a contemptible fop.
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Dane
Dane (?), n. [LL. Dani: cf. AS. Dene.] A native, or a naturalized inhabitant, of Denmark.
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Great Dane. (Zool.) See Danish dog, under Danish.

Danegelt
Danegeld
{ Dane"geld` (?), Dane"gelt` (?) }, n. [AS. danegeld. See Dane, and Geld, n.] (Eng. Hist.) An annual tax formerly laid on the English nation to buy off the ravages of Danish invaders, or to maintain forces to oppose them. It afterward became a permanent tax, raised by an assessment, at first of one shilling, afterward of two shillings, upon every hide of land throughout the realm. Wharton's Law Dict. Tomlins.
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Danewort
Dane"wort` (?), n. (Bot.) A fetid European species of elder (Sambucus Ebulus); dwarf elder; wallwort; elderwort; -- called also Daneweed, Dane's weed, and Dane's-blood. [Said to grow on spots where battles were fought against the Danes.]
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Dang
Dang (?), imp. of Ding. [Obs.]
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Dang
Dang, v. t. [Cf. Ding.] To dash. [Obs.]
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Till she, o'ercome with anguish, shame, and rage,
Danged down to hell her loathsome carriage.
Marlowe.
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Danger
Dan"ger (?), n. [OE. danger, daunger, power, arrogance, refusal, difficulty, fr. OF. dagier, dongier (with same meaning), F. danger danger, fr. an assumed LL. dominiarium power, authority, from L. dominium power, property. See Dungeon, Domain, Dame.] 1. Authority; jurisdiction; control. [Obs.]
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In dangerhad he . . . the young girls. Chaucer.
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2. Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. [Obs.] See In one's danger, below.
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You stand within his danger, do you not? Shak.
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Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in dangerof this statute. Robynson (More's Utopia).
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3. Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity.
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4. Difficulty; sparingness. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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5. Coyness; disdainful behavior. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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In one's danger, in one's power; liable to a penalty to be inflicted by him. [Obs.] This sense is retained in the proverb, “Out of debt out of danger.”
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Syn. -- Peril; hazard; risk; jeopardy. -- Danger, Peril, Hazard, Risk, Jeopardy. Danger is the generic term, and implies some contingent evil in prospect. Peril is instant or impending danger; as, in peril of one's life. Hazard arises from something fortuitous or beyond our control; as, the hazard of the seas. Risk is doubtful or uncertain danger, often incurred voluntarily; as, to risk an engagement. Jeopardy is extreme danger. Danger of a contagious disease; the perils of shipwreck; the hazards of speculation; the risk of daring enterprises; a life brought into jeopardy.
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Danger
Dan"ger, v. t. To endanger. [Obs.] Shak.
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Dangerful
Dan"ger*ful (?), a. Full of danger; dangerous. [Obs.] -- Dan"ger*ful*ly, adv. [Obs.] Udall.
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Dangerless
Dan"ger*less, a. Free from danger. [R.]
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Dangerous
Dan"ger*ous (?), a. [OE., haughty, difficult, dangerous, fr. OF. dangereus, F. dangereux. See Danger.] 1. Attended or beset with danger; full of risk; perilous; hazardous; unsafe.
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Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us;
The ways are dangerous.
Shak.
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It is dangerous to assert a negative. Macaulay.
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2. Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury.
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If they incline to think you dangerous
To less than gods.
Milton.
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3. In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with death. [Colloq.] Forby. Bartlett.
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4. Hard to suit; difficult to please. [Obs.]
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My wages ben full strait, and eke full small;
My lord to me is hard and dangerous.
Chaucer.
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5. Reserved; not affable. [Obs.] “Of his speech dangerous.” Chaucer.

-- Dan"ger*ous*ly, adv. -- Dan"ger*ous*ness, n.
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Dangle
Dan"gle (dă&nsmacr_;"g'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dangled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dangling (?).] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion.
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He'd rather on a gibbet dangle
Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
Hudibras.
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From her lifted hand
Dangled a length of ribbon.
Tennyson.
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To dangle about or To dangle after, to hang upon importunately; to court the favor of; to beset.
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The Presbyterians, and other fanatics that dangle after them,
are well inclined to pull down the present establishment.
Swift.
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Dangle
Dan"gle (?), v. t. To cause to dangle; to swing, as something suspended loosely; as, to dangle the feet.
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And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume. Sir W. Scott.
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Dangleberry
Dan"gle*ber`ry (?), n. (Bot.) A dark blue, edible berry with a white bloom, and its shrub (Gaylussacia frondosa) closely allied to the common huckleberry. The bush is also called blue tangle, and is found from New England to Kentucky, and southward.
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Dangler
Dan"gler (?), n. One who dangles about or after others, especially after women; a trifler.Danglers at toilets.” Burke.
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Daniel
Dan"i*el (?), n. A Hebrew prophet distinguished for sagacity and ripeness of judgment in youth; hence, a sagacious and upright judge.
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A Daniel come to judgment. Shak.
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Danish
Dan"ish (?), a. [See Dane.] Belonging to the Danes, or to their language or country. -- n. The language of the Danes.
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Danish dog (Zool.), one of a large and powerful breed of dogs reared in Denmark; -- called also great Dane. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Danite
Dan"ite (?), n. 1. A descendant of Dan; an Israelite of the tribe of Dan. Judges xiii. 2.
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2. [So called in remembrance of the prophecy in Gen. xlix. 17, “Dan shall be a serpent by the way,” etc.] One of a secret association of Mormons, bound by an oath to obey the heads of the church in all things. [U. S.]
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Dank
Dank (?), a. [Cf. dial, Sw. dank a moist place in a field, Icel. dökk pit, pool; possibly akin to E. damp or to daggle dew.] Damp; moist; humid; wet.
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Now that the fields are dank and ways are mire. Milton.
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Cheerless watches on the cold, dank ground. Trench.
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Dank
Dank, n. Moisture; humidity; water. [Obs.]
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Dank
Dank, n. A small silver coin current in Persia.
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Dankish
Dank"ish, a. Somewhat dank. -- Dank"ish*ness, n.
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In a dark and dankish vault at home. Shak.
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Dannebrog
Dan"ne*brog (?), n. The ancient battle standard of Denmark, bearing figures of cross and crown.
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Order of Dannebrog, an ancient Danish order of knighthood.
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Danseuse
Dan`seuse" (?), n. [F., fr. danser to dance.] A professional female dancer; a woman who dances at a public exhibition as in a ballet.
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Dansk
Dansk (?), a. [Dan.] Danish. [Obs.]
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Dansker
Dansk"er (?), n. A Dane. [Obs.]
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Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris. Shak.
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Dantean
Dan*te"an (?), a. Relating to, emanating from or resembling, the poet Dante or his writings.
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Dantesque
Dan*tesque" (?), a. [Cf. It. Dantesco.] Dantelike; Dantean. Earle.
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Danubian
Da*nu"bi*an (?), a. Pertaining to, or bordering on, the river Danube.
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Dap
Dap (dăp), v. i. [Cf. Dip.] (Angling) To drop the bait gently on the surface of the water.
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To catch a club by dapping with a grasshoper. Walton.
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Dapatical
Da*pat"ic*al (?), a. [L. dapaticus, fr. daps feast.] Sumptuous in cheer. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Daphne
Daph"ne (?), n. [L., a laurel tree, from Gr. da`fnh.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms.
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2. (Myth.) A nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree.
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Daphnetin
Daph"ne*tin (?), n. (Chem.) A colorless crystalline substance, C9H6O4, extracted from daphnin.
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Daphnia
Daph"ni*a (?), n. [NL.] (Zool.) A genus of the genus Daphnia.
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Daphnin
Daph"nin (?), n. [Cf. F. daphnine.] (Chem.) (a) A dark green bitter resin extracted from the mezereon (Daphne mezereum) and regarded as the essential principle of the plant. [R.] (b) A white, crystalline, bitter substance, regarded as a glucoside, and extracted from Daphne mezereum and Daphne alpina.
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Daphnomancy
Daph"no*man`cy (?), n. [Gr. da`fnh the laurel + -mancy.] Divination by means of the laurel.
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Dapifer
Dap"i*fer (?), n. [L., daps a feast + ferre to bear.] One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
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Dapper
Dap"per (?), a. [OE. daper; prob. fr. D. dapper brave, valiant; akin to G. tapfer brave, OHG. taphar heavy, weighty, OSlav. dobrŭ good, Russ. dobrui. Cf. Deft.] Little and active; spruce; trim; smart; neat in dress or appearance; lively.
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He wondered how so many provinces could be held in subjection by such a dapper little man. Milton.
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The dapper ditties that I wont devise. Spenser.
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Sharp-nosed, dapper steam yachts. Julian Hawthorne.
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Dapperling
Dap"per*ling (?), n. A dwarf; a dandiprat. [r.]
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Dapple
Dap"ple (?), n. [Cf. Icel. depill a spot, a dot, a dog with spots over the eyes, dapi a pool, and E. dimple.] One of the spots on a dappled animal.
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He has . . . as many eyes on his body as my gray mare hath dapples. Sir P. Sidney.

Dappled
Dapple
{ Dap"ple (?), Dap"pled (?) }, a. Marked with spots of different shades of color; spotted; variegated; as, a dapple horse.
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Some dapple mists still floated along the peaks. Sir W. Scott.
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&hand_; The word is used in composition to denote that some color is variegated or marked with spots; as, dapple-bay; dapple-gray.
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His steed was all dapple-gray. Chaucer.
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O, swiftly can speed my dapple-gray steed. Sir W. Scott.
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Dapple
Dap"ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dappled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dappling.] To variegate with spots; to spot.
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The gentle day, . . .
Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray.
Shak.
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The dappled pink and blushing rose. Prior.
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Darbies
Dar"bies (där"b&ibreve_;z), n. pl. Manacles; handcuffs. [Cant]
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Jem Clink will fetch you the darbies. Sir W. Scott.
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&hand_; In “The Steel Glass” by Gascoigne, printed in 1576, occurs the line “To binde such babes in father Derbies bands.”
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Darby
Dar"by (där"b&ybreve_;), n. A plasterer's float, having two handles; -- used in smoothing ceilings, etc.
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Darbyite
Dar"by*ite (?), n. One of the Plymouth Brethren, or of a sect among them; -- so called from John N. Darby, one of the leaders of the Brethren.
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Dardanelles
Dardanelles n. 1. the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European from Asian Turkey.
Syn. -- Hellespont.
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2. the unsuccessful campaign in World War I (1915) by the English and French to open a passage for aid to Russia; defeated by the Turks.
Syn. -- Dardanelles campaign.
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Dardanian
Dar*da"ni*an (?), a. & n.[From L. Dardania, poetic name of Troy.] Trojan.
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Dare
Dare (dâr), v. i. [imp. Durst (dûrst) or Dared (dârd); p. p. Dared; p. pr. & vb. n. Daring.] [OE. I dar, dear, I dare, imp. dorste, durste, AS. ic dear I dare, imp. dorste. inf. durran; akin to OS. gidar, gidorsta, gidurran, OHG. tar, torsta, turran, Goth. gadar, gadaúrsta, Gr. tharsei^n, tharrei^n, to be bold, tharsy`s bold, Skr. Dhrsh to be bold. √70.] To have adequate or sufficient courage for any purpose; to be bold or venturesome; not to be afraid; to venture.
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I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none. Shak.
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Why then did not the ministers use their new law? Bacause they durst not, because they could not. Macaulay.
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Who dared to sully her sweet love with suspicion. Thackeray.
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The tie of party was stronger than the tie of blood, because a partisan was more ready to dare without asking why. Jowett (Thu&unr_;yd.).
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&hand_; The present tense, I dare, is really an old past tense, so that the third person is he dare, but the form he dares is now often used, and will probably displace the obsolescent he dare, through grammatically as incorrect as he shalls or he cans. Skeat.
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The pore dar plede (the poor man dare plead). P. Plowman.
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You know one dare not discover you. Dryden.
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The fellow dares not deceive me. Shak.
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Here boldly spread thy hands, no venom'd weed
Dares blister them, no slimy snail dare creep.
Beau. & Fl.
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&hand_; Formerly durst was also used as the present. Sometimes the old form dare is found for durst or dared.
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Dare
Dare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dared; p. pr. & vb. n. Daring.] 1. To have courage for; to attempt courageously; to venture to do or to undertake.
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What high concentration of steady feeling makes men dare every thing and do anything? Bagehot.
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To wrest it from barbarism, to dare its solitudes. The Century.
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2. To challenge; to provoke; to defy.
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Time, I dare thee to discover
Such a youth and such a lover.
Dryden.
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Dare
Dare, n. 1. The quality of daring; venturesomeness; boldness; dash. [R.]
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It lends a luster . . .
A large dare to our great enterprise.
Shak.
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2. Defiance; challenge.
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Childish, unworthy dares
Are not enought to part our powers.
Chapman.
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Sextus Pompeius
Hath given the dare to Cæsar.
Shak.
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Dare
Dare, v. i. [OE. darien, to lie hidden, be timid.] To lurk; to lie hid. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dare
Dare, v. t. To terrify; to daunt. [Obs.]
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For I have done those follies, those mad mischiefs,
Would dare a woman.
Beau. & Fl.
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To dare larks, to catch them by producing terror through to use of mirrors, scarlet cloth, a hawk, etc., so that they lie still till a net is thrown over them. Nares.
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Dare
Dare, n. [See Dace.] (Zool.) A small fish; the dace.
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Dare-devil
Dare"-dev`il (?), n. A reckless fellow. Also used adjectively; as, dare-devil excitement.
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A humorous dare-devil -- the very man
To suit my prpose.
Ld. Lytton.
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Dare-deviltry
Dare"-dev`il*try (?), n; pl. Dare-deviltries (&unr_;). Reckless mischief; the action of a dare-devil.
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Dareful
Dare"ful (?), a. Full of daring or of defiance; adventurous. [R.] Shak.
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Darer
Dar"er (?), n. One who dares or defies.

Dar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam prop. n. (Geography) The administrative capital city of Tanzania. Population (2000) = 1,360,850.
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Dargue
Darg
{ Darg, Dargue (?) }, n. [Scot., contr. fr. day work.] A day's work; also, a fixed amount of work, whether more or less than that of a day. [Local, Eng. & Scot.]
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Daric
Dar"ic (dăr"&ibreve_;k), n. [Gr. dareiko`s, of Persian origin.] 1. (Antiq.) (a) A gold coin of ancient Persia, weighing usually a little more than 128 grains, and bearing on one side the figure of an archer. (b) A silver coin of about 86 grains, having the figure of an archer, and hence, in modern times, called a daric.
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2. Any very pure gold coin.
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Daring
Dar"ing (?), n. Boldness; fearlessness; adventurousness; also, a daring act.
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Daring
Dar"ing, a. Bold; fearless; adventurous; as, daring spirits. -- Dar"ing*ly, adv. -- Dar"ing*ness, n.
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Dariole
Da`ri*ole" (d&adot_;`r&ibreve_;*ōl"), n. [F.] 1. A crustade. [Obs.]
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2. A shell or cup of pastry filled with custard, whipped cream, crushed macaroons, etc.
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Dark
Dark (därk), a. [OE. dark, derk, deork, AS. dearc, deorc; cf. Gael. & Ir. dorch, dorcha, dark, black, dusky.] 1. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion.
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O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
Without all hope of day!
Milton.
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In the dark and silent grave. Sir W. Raleigh.
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2. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.
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The dark problems of existence. Shairp.
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What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain. Hooker.
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What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word? Shak.
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3. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.
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The age wherein he lived was dark, but he
Could not want light who taught the world to see.
Denhan.
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The tenth century used to be reckoned by mediæval historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night. Hallam.
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4. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.
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Left him at large to his own dark designs. Milton.
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5. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.
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More dark and dark our woes. Shak.
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A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature. Macaulay.
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There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. W. Irving.
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6. Deprived of sight; blind. [Obs.]
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He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years. Evelyn.
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&hand_; Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective; as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.
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A dark horse, in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate whose chances of success are not known, and whose capabilities have not been made the subject of general comment or of wagers. [Colloq.] -- Dark house, Dark room, a house or room in which madmen were confined. [Obs.] Shak. -- Dark lantern. See Lantern. -- The Dark Ages, a period of stagnation and obscurity in literature and art, lasting, according to Hallam, nearly 1000 years, from about 500 to about 1500 A. D.. See Middle Ages, under Middle. -- The Dark and Bloody Ground, a phrase applied to the State of Kentucky, and said to be the significance of its name, in allusion to the frequent wars that were waged there between Indians. -- The dark day, a day (May 19, 1780) when a remarkable and unexplained darkness extended over all New England. -- To keep dark, to reveal nothing. [Low]
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Dark
Dark (därk), n. 1. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.
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Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out. Shak.
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2. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.
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Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark. Shak.
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Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before. Locke.
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3. (Fine Arts) A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted.
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The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights. Dryden.
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Dark
Dark, v. t. To darken; to obscure. [Obs.] Milton.
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dark-blue
dark-blue adj. of a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky.
Syn. -- blue, bluish, light-blue, cerulean.
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dark-brown
dark-brown adj. of a color similar to that of wood or earth.
Syn. -- brown, brownish.
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Darken
Dark"en (därk"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darkened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Darkening (-n*&ibreve_;ng).] [AS. deorcian. See Dark, a.] 1. To make dark or black; to deprive of light; to obscure; as, a darkened room.
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They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened. Ex. x. 15.
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So spake the Sovran Voice; and clouds began
To darken all the hill.
Milton.
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2. To render dim; to deprive of vision.
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Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. Rom. xi. 10.
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3. To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
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Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darkenhis foresight. Bacon.
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Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Job. xxxviii. 2.
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4. To cast a gloom upon.
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With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not
The mirth of the feast.
Shak.
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5. To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
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I must not think there are
Evils enough to darken all his goodness.
Shak.
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Darken
Dark"en, v. i. To grow or darker.
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darkened
darkened adj. overtaken by night or darkness.
Syn. -- nighted.
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Darkener
Dark"en*er (?), n. One who, or that which, darkens.
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Darkening
Dark"en*ing, n. Twilight; gloaming. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Wright.
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Darkful
Dark"ful (?), a. Full of darkness. [Obs.]
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dark-green
dark-green adj. similar to the color of fresh grass.
Syn. -- green, greenish, light-green.
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dark-haired
dark-haired adj. same as brunet; as, a dark-haired beauty.
Syn. -- black-haired.
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darkie
dark"ie (där"kē), n. a black person; an African-American; -- an older term now considered offensive.
Syn. -- darky, darkey.
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Darkish
Dark"ish (där"k&ibreve_;sh), a. Somewhat dark; dusky.
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Darkle
Dar"kle (där"k'l), v. i. [Freq. of dark.] To grow dark; to show indistinctly. Thackeray.
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Darkling
Dark"ling (därk"l&ibreve_;ng), adv. [Dark + the adverbial suffix -ling.] In the dark. [Poetic]
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So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling. Shak.
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As the wakeful bird
Sings darkling.
Milton.
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Darkling
Dark"ling, p. pr. & a. 1. Becoming dark or gloomy; frowing.
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His honest brows darkling as he looked towards me. Thackeray.
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2. Dark; gloomy. “The darkling precipice.” Moore.
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Darkly
Dark"ly, adv. 1. With imperfect light, clearness, or knowledge; obscurely; dimly; blindly; uncertainly.
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What fame to future times conveys but darkly down. Dryden.
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so softly dark and darkly pure. Byron.
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2. With a dark, gloomy, cruel, or menacing look.
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Looking darkly at the clerguman. Hawthorne.
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Darkness
Dark"ness, n. 1. The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom.
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And darkness was upon the face of the deep. Gen. i. 2.
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2. A state of privacy; secrecy.
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What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light. Matt. x. 27.
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3. A state of ignorance or error, especially on moral or religious subjects; hence, wickedness; impurity.
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Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John. iii. 19.
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Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them out
From all heaven's bounds.
Milton.
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4. Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion.
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5. A state of distress or trouble.
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A day of clouds and of thick darkness. Joel. ii. 2.
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Prince of darkness, the Devil; Satan. “In the power of the Prince of darkness.” Locke.

Syn. -- Darkness, Dimness, Obscurity, Gloom. Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived. As tha shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance; dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom of superstition.
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dark-skinned
dark-skinned adj. 1. same as colored. [Narrower terms: black (vs. white)]
Syn. -- colored, coloured.
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2. having a dark color; -- of skin color.
Syn. -- dusky, swart, swarthy.
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Darksome
Dark"some (?), a. Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless. [Poetic]
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He brought him through a darksome narrow pass
To a broad gate, all built of beaten gold.
Spenser.
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darky
dark"y (?), n. a negro; an African-American; -- an older term now considered offensive. [Slang]
Syn. -- darkie, darkey.
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darling
dar"ling (?), n. [OE. derling, deorling, AS. deórling; deóre dear + -ling. See Dear, and -ling.] One dearly beloved; a favorite.
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And can do naught but wail her darling's loss. Shak.
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darling
dar"ling, a. Dearly beloved; regarded with especial kindness and tenderness; favorite. “Some darling science.” I. Watts.Darling sin.” Macaulay.
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Darlingtonia
Dar`ling*to"ni*a (?), n. [NL. Named after Dr. William Darlington, a botanist of West Chester, Penn.] (Bot.) A genus of California pitcher plants consisting of a single species. The long tubular leaves are hooded at the top, and frequently contain many insects drowned in the secretion of the leaves.
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Darmera
Darmera n. a genus consisting of one species.
Syn. -- genus Darmera, Peltiphyllum, genus Peltiphyllum.
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Darn
Darn (därn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darned (därnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Darning.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. Tear, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread.
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He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings. Swift.
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Darning last. See under Last. -- Darning needle. (a) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings. (b) (Zool.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings. [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called also devil's darning-needle.
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Darn
Darn, n. A place mended by darning.
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Darn
Darn, v. t. A colloquial euphemism for Damn.
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darned
darned adj. an intensifying expletive; a eupehmism for damned; as, for no darned reason at all.
Syn. -- blasted, blessed, damn, damned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, gosh-darned.
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darnel
dar"nel (dăr"n&ebreve_;l), n. [OE. darnel, dernel, of uncertain origin; cf. dial. F. darnelle, Sw. dår-repe; perh. named from a supposed intoxicating quality of the plant, and akin to Sw. dåra to infatuate, OD. door foolish, G. thor fool, and Ee. dizzy.] (Bot.) Any grass of the genus Lolium, esp. the Lolium temulentum (bearded darnel), the grains of which have been reputed poisonous. Other species, as Lolium perenne (rye grass or ray grass), and its variety Lolium Italicum (Italian rye grass), are highly esteemed for pasture and for making hay.
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&hand_; Under darnel our early herbalists comprehended all kinds of cornfield weeds. Dr. Prior.
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Darner
Darn"er (dărn"&etilde_;r), n. One who mends by darning.

Darnic
Darnex
{ Dar"nex (dăr"n&ebreve_;ks), Dar"nic (dăr"n&ibreve_;k), } n. Same as Dornick.
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Daroo
Da*roo" (d&adot_;*r&oomacr_;"), n. (Bot.) The Egyptian sycamore (Ficus Sycamorus). See Sycamore.
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Darr
Darr (dăr), n. (Zool.) The European black tern.

Darrain
Darraign
{ Dar"raign, Dar"rain, } (?), v. t. [OF. deraisnier to explain, defend, to maintain in legal action by proof and reasonings, LL. derationare; de- + rationare to discourse, contend in law, fr. L. ratio reason, in LL., legal cause. Cf. Arraign, and see Reason.] 1. To make ready to fight; to array. [Obs.]
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Darrain your battle, for they are at hand. Shak.
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2. To fight out; to contest; to decide by combat. [Obs.] “To darrain the battle.” Chaucer .
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Darrein
Dar"rein, a. [OF. darrein, darrain, fr. an assumed LL. deretranus; L. de + retro back, backward.] (Law) Last; as, darrein continuance, the last continuance.
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Dart
Dart (därt), n. [OF. dart, of German origin; cf. OHG. tart javelin, dart, AS. darað, daroð, Sw. dart dagger, Icel. darraðr dart.] 1. A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; hence, any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
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And he [Joab] took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom. 2 Sa. xviii. 14.
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2. Anything resembling a dart; anything that pierces or wounds like a dart.
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The artful inquiry, whose venomed dart
Scarce wounds the hearing while it stabs the heart.
Hannan More.
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3. A spear set as a prize in running. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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4. (Zool.) A fish; the dace. See Dace.
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Dart sac (Zool.), a sac connected with the reproductive organs of land snails, which contains a dart, or arrowlike structure.
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Dart
Dart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darted; p. pr. & vb. n. Darting.] 1. To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
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2. To throw suddenly or rapidly; to send forth; to emit; to shoot; as, the sun darts forth his beams.
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Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart? Pope.
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Dart
Dart, v. i. 1. To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
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2. To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along; as, the deer darted from the thicket.
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Dartars
Dar"tars (?), n. [F. dartre eruption, dandruff. √240.] A kind of scab or ulceration on the skin of lambs.
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dart board
dartboard
dartboard, dart board n. a circular board of wood or cork used as the target in the game of darts. It may have any of several patterns on it, such as concentric circles, or a central circle with rays.
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Darter
Dart"er (?), n. 1. One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts.
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2. (Zool.) The snakebird, a water bird of the genus Plotus; -- so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See Snakebird.
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3. (Zool.) A small fresh-water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See Etheostomoid.
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Dartingly
Dart"ing*ly (?), adv. Like a dart; rapidly.
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Dartle
Dar"tle (?), v. t. & i. To pierce or shoot through; to dart repeatedly: -- frequentative of dart.
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My star that dartles the red and the blue. R. Browning.
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Dartoic
Dar*to"ic (?), a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the dartos.
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Dartoid
Dar"toid (?), a. [Dartos + -oid.] (Anat.) Like the dartos; dartoic; as, dartoid tissue.
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Dartos
Dar"tos (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. &unr_; flayed.] (Anat.) A thin layer of peculiar contractile tissue directly beneath the skin of the scrotum.
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Dartrous
Dar"trous (?), a. [F. dartreux. See Dartars.] (Med.) Relating to, or partaking of the nature of, the disease called tetter; herpetic.
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Dartrous diathesis, A morbid condition of the system predisposing to the development of certain skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, and pityriasis. Also called rheumic diathesis, and herpetism. Piffard.
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Darussalam Bandar Seri Begawan
Darussalam Bandar Seri Begawan prop. n. (Geography) The capital city of Brunei. Population (2000) = 52,300.
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Darwinian
Dar*win"i*an (?), a. [From the name of Charles Darwin, an English scientist.] Pertaining to Darwin; as, the Darwinian theory, a theory of the manner and cause of the supposed development of living things from certain original forms or elements.
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&hand_; This theory was put forth by Darwin in 1859 in a work entitled “The Origin of species by Means of Natural Selection.” The author argues that, in the struggle for existence, those plants and creatures best fitted to the requirements of the situation in which they are placed are the ones that will live; in other words, that Nature selects those which are to survive. This is the theory of natural selection or the survival of the fittest. He also argues that natural selection is capable of modifying and producing organisms fit for their circumstances. See Development theory, under Development.
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Darwinian
Dar*win"i*an, n. An advocate of Darwinism.
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Darwinianism
Dar*win"i*an*ism (?), n. Darwinism.
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Darwinism
Dar"win*ism (?), n. (Biol.) The theory or doctrines put forth by Darwin. See above. Huxley.
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Dase
Dase (dāz), v. t. See Daze. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dasewe
Dase"we (?), v. i. [OE. dasewen, daswen; cf. AS. dysegian to be foolish.] To become dim-sighted; to become dazed or dazzled. [Obs.] Chauscer.
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Dash
Dash (dăsh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dashed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dashing.] [Of. Scand. origin; cf. Dan daske to beat, strike, Sw. & Icel. daska, Dan. & Sw. dask blow.] 1. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against.
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If you dash a stone against a stone in the botton of the water, it maketh a sound. Bacon.
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2. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
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Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Ps. ii. 9.
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A brave vessel, . . .
Dashed all to pieces.
Shak.
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To perplex and dash
Maturest counsels.
Milton.
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3. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress. South.
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Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.
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4. To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there; as, to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture.
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I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications. Addison.
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The very source and fount of day
Is dashed with wandering isles of night.
Tennyson.
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5. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
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6. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.
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Dash
Dash, v. i. To rush with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
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[He] dashed through thick and thin. Dryden.
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On each hand the gushing waters play,
And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
Thomson.
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Dash
Dash, n. 1. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
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2. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
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3. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
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Innocence when it has in it a dash of folly. Addison.
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4. A rapid movement, esp. one of short duration; a quick stroke or blow; a sudden onset or rush; as, a bold dash at the enemy; a dash of rain.
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She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.
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5. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
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6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash. [Low]
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7. (Punctuation) A mark or line [--], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment. Dashes are also sometimes used instead of marks or parenthesis. John Wilson.
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8. (Mus.) (a) The sign of staccato, a small mark [&unr_;] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner. (b) The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
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9. (Racing) A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
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Dashboard
Dash"board` (dăsh"bōrd`), n. 1. A board placed on the fore part of a carriage, sleigh, or other vehicle, to intercept water, mud, or snow, thrown up by the heels of the horses; -- in England commonly called splashboard.
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2. (Naut.) (a) The float of a paddle wheel. (b) A screen at the bow af a steam launch to keep off the spray; -- called also sprayboard.
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3. an instrument panel beneath the front window of a motor vehicle (such as an automobile or truck), containing indicating gauges and dials, such as the speedometer and fuel gauges, and sometimes certain control knobs or other devices.
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Dasheen
Dash`een" (dăsh`ēn"), n. 1. A tropical aroid (of the genus Caladium, syn. Colocasia) having an edible farinaceous root. It is related to the taro and to the tanier, but is much superior to it in quality and is as easily cooked as the potato. It is a staple food plant of the tropics, being prepared like potatoes, and has been introduced into the Southern United States.
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2. a herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves.
Syn. -- taro, taro plant, dalo, Colocasia esculenta.
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3. the edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants.
Syn. -- taro, cocoyam, eddo.
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4. a tropical starchy tuberous root.
Syn. -- taro, taro root, cocoyam, edda.
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dasher
dash"er (dăsh"&etilde_;r), n. 1. That which dashes or agitates; as, the dasher of a churn.
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2. A dashboard or splashboard. [U. S.]
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3. One who makes an ostentatious parade. [Low]
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Dashing
Dash"ing, a. Bold; spirited; showy.
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The dashing and daring spirit is preferable to the listless. T. Campbell.
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Dashingly
Dash"ing*ly, adv. Conspicuously; showily. [Colloq.]
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A dashingly dressed gentleman. Hawthorne.
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Dashism
Dash"ism (-&ibreve_;z'm), n. The character of making ostentatious or blustering parade or show. [R. & Colloq.]
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He must fight a duel before his claim to . . . dashism can be universally allowed. V. Knox.
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dash-pot
dashpot
dash"pot`, dash-pot (dăsh"p&obreve_;t`), n. (Mach.) a mechanical damping device containing a piston that moves in a fluid-filled chamber to serve as a pneumatic or hydraulic cushion for a falling weight, as in the valve gear of a steam engine, to prevent shock.
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&hand_; It consists of a chamber, containing air or a liquid, in which a piston (a), attached to the weight, falls freely until it enters a space (as below the openings, b) from which the air or liquid can escape but slowly (as through cock c), when its fall is gradually checked.
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A cataract of an engine is sometimes called a dashpot.
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Dashy
Dash"y (?), a. [From Dash.] Calculated to arrest attention; ostentatiously fashionable; showy. [Colloq.]
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Dastard
Das"tard (dăs"t&etilde_;rd), n. [Prob. from Icel. dæstr exhausted. breathless, p. p. of dæsa to groan, lose one's breath; cf. dasask to become exhausted, and E. daze.] One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon.
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You are all recreants and dashtards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility. Shak.
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Dastard
Das"tard, a. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly. “Their dastard souls.” Addison.
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Dastard
Das"tard, v. t. To dastardize. [R.] Dryden.
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Dastardize
Das"tard*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dastardized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dastardizing.] To make cowardly; to intimidate; to dispirit; as, to dastardize my courage. Dryden.
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Dastardliness
Das"tard*li*ness (?), n. The quality of being dastardly; cowardice; base fear.
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Dastardly
Das"tard*ly, a. Meanly timid; cowardly; base; as, a dastardly outrage.
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Dastardness
Das"tard*ness, n. Dastardliness.
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Dastardy
Das"tard*y (?), n. Base timidity; cowardliness.
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Daswe
Das"we (?), v. i. See Dasewe [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dasymeter
Da*sym"e*ter (?), n. [Gr. dasy`s rough, thick + -meter.] (Physics) An instrument for testing the density of gases, consisting of a thin glass globe, which is weighed in the gas or gases, and then in an atmosphere of known density.
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Dasypaedal
Das`y*pæ"dal (?), a. (Zool.) Dasypædic.
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Dasypaedes
Das`y*pæ"des (?), n. pl. [NL., from Gr. dasy`s hairy, shaggy + &unr_;, &unr_;, a child.] (Zool.) Those birds whose young are covered with down when hatched.
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Dasypaedic
Das`y*pæ"dic (?), a. (Zool.) Pertaining to the Dasypædes; ptilopædic.
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Dasyproctidae
Dasyproctidae n. a natural family including the agoutis and pacas.
Syn. -- family Dasyproctidae.
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Dasypus
Dasypus n. the type genus of the Dasypodidae.
Syn. -- genus Dasypus.
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Dasyuridae
Dasyuridae n. a natural family including the dasyures, native cats, pouched mice, banded anteaters, and Tasmanian devils.
Syn. -- family Dasyuridae, family Dasyurinae.
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dasyure
das"y*ure (dăs"&ibreve_;*ūr), n. [Gr. dasy`s thick, shaggy + o'yra` tail: cf. F. dasyure.] 1. (Zool.) A carnivorous catlike marsupial quadruped of Australia, belonging to the genus Dasyurus, called also native cat. There are several species.
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2. (Zool.) any of several related animals, such as the Tasmanian devil; -- called also ursine dasyure.
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Dasyurine
Das`y*u"rine (?), a. (Zool.) Pertaining to, or like, the dasyures.
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Dasyurus
Dasyurus n. the type genus of the family Dasyuridae: native cats.
Syn. -- genus Dasyurus.
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DAT
DAT n. [acronym, from Digital AudioTape.] digital audiotape, a digitally encoded tape recording of sound; -- in contrast to the usual analog audio tape. [acronym]
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Data
Da"ta (?), n. pl. [L. pl. of datum.] 1. See Datum.
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2. a collection of facts, observations, or other information related to a particular question or problem; as, the historical data show that the budget deficit is only a small factor in determining interest rates. The term in this sense is used especially in reference to experimental observations collected in the course of a controlled scientific investigation.
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3. (Computers) information, most commonly in the form of a series of binary digits, stored on a physical storage medium for manipulation by a computer program. It is contrasted with the program which is a series of instructions used by the central processing unit of a computer to manipulate the data. In some conputers data and execuatble programs are stored in separate locations.
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database
database n. an organized body of related information.
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data-based
data-based adj. relying on observation or experiment.
Syn. -- experimental, observational.
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datable
dat"a*ble (?), a. That may be dated; having a known or ascertainable date.Datable almost to a year.” The Century.
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Dataria
Da*ta"ri*a (?), n. [LL., fr. L. datum given.] (R. C. Ch.) Formerly, a part of the Roman chancery; now, a separate office from which are sent graces or favors, cognizable in foro externo, such as appointments to benefices. The name is derived from the word datum, given or dated (with the indications of the time and place of granting the gift or favor).
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Datary
Da"ta*ry (?), n. [LL. datarius. See Dataria.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) An officer in the pope's court, having charge of the Dataria.
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2. The office or employment of a datary.
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Date
Date, n.[F. datte, L. dactylus, fr. Gr. &unr_;, prob. not the same word as da`ktylos finger, but of Semitic origin.] (Bot.) The fruit of the date palm; also, the date palm itself.
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&hand_; This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome, and inclosing a hard kernel.
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Date palm, or Date tree (Bot.), the genus of palms which bear dates, of which common species is Phœnix dactylifera. See Illust. -- Date plum (Bot.), the fruit of several species of Diospyros, including the American and Japanese persimmons, and the European lotus (Diospyros Lotus). -- Date shell, or Date fish (Zool.), a bivalve shell, or its inhabitant, of the genus Pholas, and allied genera. See Pholas.
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Date
Date (?), n. [F. date, LL. data, fr. L. datus given, p. p. of dare to give; akin to Gr. &unr_;, OSlaw. dati, Skr. . Cf. Datum, Dose, Dato, Die.] 1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time (as day, month, and year) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made; as, the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin. etc.
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And bonds without a date, they say, are void. Dryden.
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2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, the date of a battle.
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He at once,
Down the long series of eventful time,
So fixed the dates of being, so disposed
To every living soul of every kind
The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
Akenside.
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3. Assigned end; conclusion. [R.]
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What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date. Pope.
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4. Given or assigned length of life; dyration. [Obs.]
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Good luck prolonged hath thy date. Spenser.
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Through his life's whole date. Chapman.
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To bear date, to have the date named on the face of it; -- said of a writing.
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Date
Date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dating.] [Cf. F. dater. See 2d Date.] 1. To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution; as, to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter.
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2. To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of; as, to date the building of the pyramids.
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&hand_; We may say dated at or from a place.
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The letter is dated at Philadephia. G. T. Curtis.
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You will be suprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois. Addison.
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In the countries of his jornal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them. M. Arnold.
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Date
Date, v. i. To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with from.
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The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms. E. Everett.
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dateable
dateable adj. that can be given a date. Opposite of undatable. [Narrower terms: dated]
Syn. -- datable.
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a concrete and dateable happening C. W. Shumaker

dated
dated adj. 1. marked by features of the immediate and usually discounted past.
Syn. -- outmoded; passé. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

2. bearing a date; as, dated and stamped documents.
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dateless
date"less, a. 1. Without date; having no fixed time.
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2. not having a social companion for an occasion; as, to be dateless for the prom.
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Date line
Date line. The hypothetical line on the surface of the earth fixed by international or general agreement as a boundary on one side of which the same day shall have a different name and date in the calendar from its name and date on the other side. Also called International Date Line.
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&hand_; Speaking generally, the date line coincides with the meridian 180° from Greenwich. It deflects between north latitudes 80° and 45°, so that all Asia lies to the west, all North America, including the Aleutian Islands, to the east of the line; and between south latitudes 12° and 56°, so that Chatham Island and the Tonga group lie to the west of it. A vessel crossing this line to the westward sets the date forward by one day, as from Sunday to Monday. A vessel crossing the line to the eastward sets the date back by one day, as from Monday to Sunday. Hawaii has the same day name as San Francisco; Manila, the same day name as Australia, and this is one day later than the day of Hawaii. Thus when it is Monday May 1st at San Francisco it is Tuesday may 2d at Manila.
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Dater
Dat"er (?), n. One who dates.
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Datiscin
Da*tis"cin (?), n. (Chem.) A white crystalline glucoside extracted from the bastard hemp (Datisca cannabina).
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Dative
Da"tive (?), a. [L. dativus appropriate to giving, fr. dare to give. See 2d Date.] 1. (Gram.) Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter object, and is generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
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2. (Law) (a) In one's gift; capable of being disposed of at will and pleasure, as an office. (b) Removable, as distinguished from perpetual; -- said of an officer. (c) Given by a magistrate, as distinguished from being cast upon a party by the law. Burril. Bouvier.
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Dative executor, one appointed by the judge of probate, his office answering to that of an administrator.
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Dative
Da"tive, n. [L. dativus.] The dative case. See Dative, a., 1.
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Datively
Da"tive*ly, adv. As a gift. [R.]
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Datolite
Dat"o*lite (?), n. [From. Gr. &unr_; to divide + -lite; in allusion to the granular structure of a massive variety.] (Min.) A borosilicate of lime commonly occuring in glassy,, greenish crystals. [Written also datholite.]
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Datril
Datril n. an analgesic derived from acetanolide; also used as an antipyretic; Datril and Tylenol are trademarks of brands of acetaminophen tablets. See acetaminophen.
Syn. -- acetaminophen, Tylenol.
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Datum
Da"tum (?), n.; pl. Data (#). [L. See 2d Date.] 1. Something given or admitted; a fact or principle granted; that upon which an inference or an argument is based; -- used chiefly in the plural.
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Any writer, therefore, who . . . furnishes us with data sufficient to determine the time in which he wrote. Priestley.
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2. a single piece of information; a fact; especially a piece of information obtained by observation or experiment; -- used mostly in the plural.
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3. pl. (Math.) The quantities or relations which are assumed to be given in any problem.
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4. (Surveying) a point, line, or level surface used as a reference in measuring elevations. RHUD
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Datum line (Surv.), the horizontal or base line, from which the heights of points are reckoned or measured, as in the plan of a railway, etc.
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Datura
Da*tu"ra (?), n. [NL.; cf. Skr. dhattūra, Per. & Ar. tatūra, Tatūla.] (Bot.) A genus of solanaceous plants, with large funnel-shaped flowers and a four-celled, capsular fruit.
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&hand_; The commonest species are the thorn apple (D. stramonium), with a prickly capsule (see Illust. of capsule), white flowers and green stem, and Datura tatula, with a purplish tinge of the stem and flowers. Both are narcotic and dangerously poisonous.
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Daturine
Da*tu"rine (?), n. [From Datura.] (Chem.) Atropine; -- called also daturia and daturina.
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Daub
Daub (d&asuml_;b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daubed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Daubing.] [OE. dauben to smear, OF. dauber to plaster, fr. L. dealbare to whitewash, plaster; de- + albare to whiten, fr. albus white, perh. also confused with W. dwb plaster, dwbio to plaster, Ir. & OGael. dob plaster. See Alb, and cf. Dealbate.] 1. To smear with soft, adhesive matter, as pitch, slime, mud, etc.; to plaster; to bedaub; to besmear.
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She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch. Ex. ii. 3.
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2. To paint in a coarse or unskillful manner.
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If a picture is daubed with many bright and glaring colors, the vulgar admire it is an excellent piece. I. Watts.
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A lame, imperfect piece, rudely daubed over. Dryden.
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3. To cover with a specious or deceitful exterior; to disguise; to conceal.
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So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue. Shak.
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4. To flatter excessively or glossy. [R.]
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I can safely say, however, that, without any daubing at all,
I am very sincerely your very affectionate, humble servant.
Smollett.
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5. To put on without taste; to deck gaudily. [R.]
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Let him be daubed with lace. Dryden.
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Daub
Daub (d&asuml_;b), v. i. To smear; to play the flatterer.
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His conscience . . . will not daub nor flatter. South.
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Daub
Daub, n. 1. A viscous, sticky application; a spot smeared or daubed; a smear.
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2. (Paint.) A picture coarsely executed.
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Did you . . . take a look at the grand picture? . . . 'T is a melancholy daub, my lord. Sterne.
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daubed
daubed adj. smeared thickly; as, mud-daubed walls.
Syn. -- beplastered, besmeared.
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Daubentonia
Daubentonia n. 1. the type genus, coextensive with the family Daubentoniidae.
Syn. -- genus Daubentonia.
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Daubentoniidae
Daubentoniidae n. a natural family comprising solely the aye-aye.
Syn. -- family Daubentoniidae.
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Dauber
Daub"er (?), n. 1. One who, or that which, daubs; especially, a coarse, unskillful painter.
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2. (Copperplate Print.) A pad or ball of rags, covered over with canvas, for inking plates; a dabber.
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3. A low and gross flatterer.
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4. (Zool.) The mud wasp; the mud dauber.

Daubry
Daubery
{ Daub"er*y (?), or Daub"ry (?) }, n. A daubing; specious coloring; false pretenses.
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She works by charms, by spells, by the figure, and such daubery as this is. Shak.
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Daubing
Daub"ing, n. 1. The act of one who daubs; that which is daubed.
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2. A rough coat of mortar put upon a wall to give it the appearance of stone; rough-cast.
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3. In currying, a mixture of fish oil and tallow worked into leather; -- called also dubbing. Knight.
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Daubreelite
Dau"bree*lite (?), n. [From Daubrée, a French mineralogist.] (Min.) A sulphide of chromium observed in some meteoric irons.
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Dauby
Daub"y (?), a. Smeary; viscous; glutinous; adhesive.Dauby wax.”
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Daughter
Daugh"ter (?), n.; pl. Daughters (#); obs. pl. Daughtren (#). [OE. doughter, doghter, dohter, AS. dohtor, dohter; akin to OS. dohtar, D. dochter, G. tochter, Icel. dōttir, Sw. dotter, Dan. dotter, datter, Goth. daúhtar,, OSlav. dŭshti, Russ. doche, Lith. duktē, Gr. qyga`thr, Zend. dughdhar, Skr. duhit&rsdot_;; possibly originally, the milker, cf. Skr. duh to milk. √68, 245.] 1. The female offspring of the human species; a female child of any age; -- applied also to the lower animals.
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2. A female descendant; a woman.
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This woman, being a daughter of Abraham. Luke xiii. 16.
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Dinah, the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughter of the land. Gen. xxxiv. 1.
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3. A son's wife; a daughter-in-law.
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And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters. Ruth. i. 11.
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4. A term of address indicating parental interest.
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Daughter, be of good comfort. Matt. ix. 22.
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Daughter cell (Biol.), one of the cells formed by cell division. See Cell division, under Division.
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Daughter-in-law
Daugh"ter-in-law` (?), n.; pl. Daughters-in-law. The wife of one's son.
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Daughterliness
Daugh"ter*li*ness (?), n. The state of a daughter, or the conduct becoming a daughter.
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Daughterly
Daugh"ter*ly, a. Becoming a daughter; filial.
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Sir Thomas liked her natural and dear daughterly affection towards him. Cavendish.
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Dauk
Dauk (?), v. t. See Dawk, v. t., to cut or gush.
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Daun
Daun (?), n. A variant of Dan, a title of honor. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Daunt
Daunt (d&asuml_;nt; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Daunting.] [OF. danter, F. dompter to tame, subdue, fr. L. domitare, v. intens. of domare to tame. See Tame.] 1. To overcome; to conquer. [Obs.]
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2. To repress or subdue the courage of; to check by fear of danger; to cow; to intimidate; to dishearten.
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Some presences daunt and discourage us. Glanvill.

Syn. -- To dismay; appall. See Dismay.
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Daunter
Daunt"er (?), n. One who daunts.
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daunting
daunting adj. serving to discourage, dishearten, or intimidate; discouraging; disheartening. Opposite of encouraging.
Syn. -- intimidating.
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dauntless
daunt"less, a. Incapable of being daunted; undaunted; bold; fearless; intrepid.
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Dauntless he rose, and to the fight returned. Dryden.

-- Daunt"less*ly, adv. -- Daunt"less*ness, n.
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dauntlessness
dauntlessness n. resolute courageousness.
Syn. -- intrepidity.
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Dauphin
Dau"phin (?), n. [F. dauphin, prop., a dolphin, from L. delphinus. See Dolphin. The name was given, for some reason unexplained, to Guigo, count of Vienne, in the 12th century, and was borne by succeeding counts of Vienne. In 1349, Dauphiny was bequeathed to Philippe de Valois, king of France, on condition that the heir of the crown should always hold the title of Dauphin de Viennois.] The title of the eldest son of the king of France, and heir to the crown. Since the revolution of 1830, the title has been discontinued.

Dauphine
Dauphiness
{ Dau"phin*ess (?), or Dau"phine (?) }, n. The title of the wife of the dauphin.
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Dauw
Dauw (?), n. [D.] (Zool.) The striped quagga, or Burchell's zebra, of South Africa (Asinus Burchellii); -- called also peechi, or peetsi.
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davallia
davallia n. any fern of the genus Davallia; they have scaly creeping rhizomes.
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Davalliaceae
Davalliaceae n. one of a number of families into which Polypodiaceae has been subdivided in some classification systems; includes genera Araiostegia; Davallia; Davallodes; Gymnogrammitis; Humata; Leucostegia; Scyphularia; Trogostolon.
Syn. -- family Davalliaceae.
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Davenport
Dav"en*port (?), n. [From the name of the original maker. Encyc. Dict.] A kind of small writing table, generally somewhat ornamental, and forming a piece of furniture for the parlor or boudoir.
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A much battered davenport in one of the windows, at which sat a lady writing. A. B. Edwards.
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Davidic
Da*vid"ic (?), a. Of or pertaining to David, the king and psalmist of Israel, or to his family.
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Daviesia
Daviesia n. a genus of Australasian shrubs and subshrubs having small yellow or purple flowers followed by short triangular pods.
Syn. -- genus Daviesia.
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Davit
Dav"it (?), n. [Cf. F. davier forceps, davit, cooper's instrument, G. david davit; all probably from the proper name David.] (Naut.) (a) A spar formerly used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; -- called also the fish davit. (b) pl. Curved arms of timber or iron, projecting over a ship's side of stern, having tackle to raise or lower a boat, swing it in on deck, rig it out for lowering, etc.; -- called also boat davits. Totten.
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Davy Jones
Da"vy Jones" (?). The spirit of the sea; sea devil; -- a term used by sailors.
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This same Davy Jones, according to the mythology of sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is seen in various shapes warning the devoted wretch of death and woe. Smollett.
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Davy Jones's Locker, the ocean, or bottom of the ocean. -- Gone to Davy Jones's Locker, dead, and buried in the sea; thrown overboard.
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Davy lamp
Da"vy lamp` (?). See Safety lamp, under Lamp.
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Davyne
Da"vyne (?), n. [See Davyum.] (Min.) A variety of nephelite from Vesuvius.
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Davyum
Da"vy*um (?), n. [Named after Sir Humphry Davy, the English chemist.] (Chem.) A rare metallic element found in platinum ore. It is a white malleable substance. Symbol Da. Atomic weight 154.
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Daw
Daw (d&asuml_;), n. [OE. dawe; akin to OHG. tāha, MHG. tāhe, tāhele, G. dohle. Cf. Caddow.] (Zool.) A European bird of the Crow family (Corvus monedula), often nesting in church towers and ruins; a jackdaw.
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The loud daw, his throat
displaying, draws
The whole assembly of his fellow daws.
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&hand_; The daw was reckoned as a silly bird, and a daw meant a simpleton. See in Shakespeare: -- “Then thou dwellest with daws too.” (Coriolanus iv. 5, 1. 47.) Skeat.
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Daw
Daw, v. i. [OE. dawen. See Dawn.] To dawn. [Obs.] See Dawn. Drayton.
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Daw
Daw, v. t. [Contr. fr. Adaw.] 1. To rouse. [Obs.]
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2. To daunt; to terrify. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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Dawdle
Daw"dle (d&asuml_;"d'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dawdled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dawdling (?).] [Cf. Daddle.] To waste time in trifling employment; to trifle; to saunter.
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Come some evening and dawdle over a dish of tea with me. Johnson.
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We . . . dawdle up and down Pall Mall. Thackeray.
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Dawdle
Daw"dle, v. t. To waste by trifling; as, to dawdle away a whole morning.
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Dawdle
Daw"dle, n. A dawdler. Colman & Carrick.
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Dawdler
Daw"dler (?), n. One who wastes time in trifling employments; an idler; a trifler.
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Dawe
Dawe (?), n. [See Day.] Day. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dawish
Daw"ish (?), a. Like a daw.
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Dawk
Dawk (d&asuml_;k), n. See Dak.
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Dawk
Dawk, v. t. [Prov. E. dauk to cut or pierce with a jerk; cf. OE. dalk a dimple. Cf. Ir. tolch, tollachd, tolladh, a hole, crevice, toll to bore, pierce, W. tyllu.] To cut or mark with an incision; to gash. Moxon.
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Dawk
Dawk, n. A hollow, crack, or cut, in timber. Moxon.
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Dawn
Dawn (d&asuml_;n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dawned (d&asuml_;nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dawning.] [OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien, AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. dæg day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See Day. √71.] 1. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns.
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In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene . . . to see the sepulcher. Matt. xxviii. 1.
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2. To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand. “In dawning youth.” Dryden.
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When life awakes, and dawns at every line. Pope.
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Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid. Heber,
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Dawn
Dawn, n. 1. The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise.
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And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve. Thomson.
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No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon,
No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day.
Hood.
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2. First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise. “The dawn of time.” Thomson.
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These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of serenity over the soul. Pope.
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dawning
dawn"ing n. the first light of day; dawn.
Syn. -- dawn, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow.
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Dawsonite
Daw"son*ite (?), n. [Named after J. W. Dawson of Montreal.] (Min.) A hydrous carbonate of alumina and soda, occuring in white, bladed crustals.
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Day
Day (dā), n. [OE. day, dai, dei, AS. dæg; akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. dag, G. tag, Icel. dagr, Goth. dags; cf. Skr. dah (for dhagh ?) to burn. √69. Cf. Dawn.] 1. The time of light, or interval between one night and the next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to darkness; hence, the light; sunshine; -- also called daytime.
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2. The period of the earth's revolution on its axis. -- ordinarily divided into twenty-four hours. It is measured by the interval between two successive transits of a celestial body over the same meridian, and takes a specific name from that of the body. Thus, if this is the sun, the day (the interval between two successive transits of the sun's center over the same meridian) is called a solar day; if it is a star, a sidereal day; if it is the moon, a lunar day. See Civil day, Sidereal day, below.
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3. Those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by usage or law for work.
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4. A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time.
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A man who was great among the Hellenes of his day. Jowett (Thucyd. )
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If my debtors do not keep their day, . . .
I must with patience all the terms attend.
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5. (Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of contest, some anniversary, etc.
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The field of Agincourt,
Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.
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His name struck fear, his conduct won the day. Roscommon.
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&hand_; Day is much used in self-explaining compounds; as, daybreak, daylight, workday, etc.
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Anniversary day. See Anniversary, n. -- Astronomical day, a period equal to the mean solar day, but beginning at noon instead of at midnight, its twenty-four hours being numbered from 1 to 24; also, the sidereal day, as that most used by astronomers. -- Born days. See under Born. -- Canicular days. See Dog day. -- Civil day, the mean solar day, used in the ordinary reckoning of time, and among most modern nations beginning at mean midnight; its hours are usually numbered in two series, each from 1 to 12. This is the period recognized by courts as constituting a day. The Babylonians and Hindoos began their day at sunrise, the Athenians and Jews at sunset, the ancient Egyptians and Romans at midnight. -- Day blindness. (Med.) See Nyctalopia. -- Day by day, or Day after day, daily; every day; continually; without intermission of a day. See under By.Day by day we magnify thee.” Book of Common Prayer. -- Days in bank (Eng. Law), certain stated days for the return of writs and the appearance of parties; -- so called because originally peculiar to the Court of Common Bench, or Bench (bank) as it was formerly termed. Burrill. -- Day in court, a day for the appearance of parties in a suit. -- Days of devotion (R. C. Ch.), certain festivals on which devotion leads the faithful to attend mass. Shipley. -- Days of grace. See Grace. -- Days of obligation (R. C. Ch.), festival days when it is obligatory on the faithful to attend Mass. Shipley. -- Day owl, (Zool.), an owl that flies by day. See Hawk owl. -- Day rule (Eng. Law), an order of court (now abolished) allowing a prisoner, under certain circumstances, to go beyond the prison limits for a single day. -- Day school, one which the pupils attend only in daytime, in distinction from a boarding school. -- Day sight. (Med.) See Hemeralopia. -- Day's work (Naut.), the account or reckoning of a ship's course for twenty-four hours, from noon to noon. -- From day to day, as time passes; in the course of time; as, he improves from day to day. -- Jewish day, the time between sunset and sunset. -- Mean solar day (Astron.), the mean or average of all the apparent solar days of the year. -- One day, One of these days, at an uncertain time, usually of the future, rarely of the past; sooner or later. “Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.” Shak. -- Only from day to day, without certainty of continuance; temporarily. Bacon. -- Sidereal day, the interval between two successive transits of the first point of Aries over the same meridian. The Sidereal day is 23 h. 56 m. 4.09 s. of mean solar time. -- To win the day, to gain the victory, to be successful. S. Butler. -- Week day, any day of the week except Sunday; a working day. -- Working day. (a) A day when work may be legally done, in distinction from Sundays and legal holidays. (b) The number of hours, determined by law or custom, during which a workman, hired at a stated price per day, must work to be entitled to a day's pay.
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Dayaks
Day"aks (dī"ăks), n. pl. (Ethnol.) See Dyaks.
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day-and-night
day-and-night adj. same as around-the-clock.
Syn. -- around-the-clock, nonstop, round-the-clock.
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daybed
daybed n. 1. an armless couch; a seat by day and a bed by night.
Syn. -- divan bed.
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2. a long chair; for reclining.
Syn. -- chaise longue, chaise.
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day boarder
day boarder n. a schoolchild at a boarding school who has meals at school but sleeps at home.
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Daybook
Day"book` (dā"b&oobreve_;k`), n. A journal of accounts; a primary record book in which are recorded the debts and credits, or accounts of the day, in their order, and from which they are transferred to the journal.
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dayboy
dayboy n. a day boarder who is a boy.
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Daybreak
Day"break` (dā"brāk`), n. The time of the first appearance of light in the morning.
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Day-coal
Day"-coal` (dā"kōl`), n. (Mining) The upper stratum of coal, as nearest the light or surface.
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Daydream
Day"dream` (-drēm`), n. A vain fancy speculation; a reverie; a castle in the air; unfounded hope.
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Mrs. Lambert's little daydream was over. Thackeray.
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Daydreamer
Day"dream`er (?), n. One given to daydreams.
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Dayflower
Day"flow`er (-flou`&etilde_;r), n. (Bot.) A genus consisting mostly of tropical perennial herbs (Commelina), having ephemeral flowers.
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Dayfly
Day"fly` (dā"flī`), n. (Zool.) A neuropterous insect of the genus Ephemera and related genera, of many species, and inhabiting fresh water in the larval state; the ephemeral fly; -- so called because it commonly lives but one day in the winged or adult state. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.
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Day-labor
Day"-la`bor (?), n. Labor hired or performed by the day. Milton.
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Day-laborer
Day"-la`bor*er (?), n. One who works by the day; -- usually applied to a farm laborer, or to a workman who does not work at any particular trade. Goldsmith.
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Daylight
Day"light` (-līt), n. 1. The light of day as opposed to the darkness of night; the light of the sun, as opposed to that of the moon or to artificial light.
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2. pl. The eyes. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.


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daylily
day lily
day" lil`y, day"lil`y (l&ibreve_;l`&ybreve_;). (Bot.) (a) any plant of a genus of plants (Hemerocallis) closely resembling true lilies, but having tuberous rootstocks instead of bulbs. The common species have long narrow leaves and either yellow or tawny-orange flowers, which often bloom for only one day. (b) A genus of plants (Funkia) differing from the last in having ovate veiny leaves, and large white or blue flowers.
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Daymaid
Day"maid` (-mād`), n. A dairymaid. [Obs.]
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Daymare
Day"mare` (dā"mâr`), n. [Day + mare incubus.] (Med.) A kind of incubus which occurs during wakefulness, attended by the peculiar pressure on the chest which characterizes nightmare. Dunglison.
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Day-net
Day"-net` (-n&ebreve_;t`), n. A net for catching small birds.
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Day-peep
Day"-peep` (-pēp`), n. The dawn. [Poetic] Milton.
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Daysman
Days"man (dāz"măn), n. [From day in the sense of day fixed for trial.] An umpire or arbiter; a mediator.
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Neither is there any daysman betwixt us. Job ix. 33.
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dayspring
day"spring` (dā"spr&ibreve_;ng`), n. The beginning of the day, or first appearance of light; the dawn; hence, the beginning. Milton.
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The tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke i. 78.
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day-star
day"-star` (dā"stär`), n. 1. The morning star; the star which ushers in the day; -- usually the planet Venus, when seen before and just after sunrise.
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A dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts. 2 Peter i. 19.
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2. The sun, as the orb of day. [Poetic]
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So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed,
And yet anon repairs his drooping head,
And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore
Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.
Milton.
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daytime
day"time` (dā"tīm`), n. The time during which there is daylight, as distinguished from the night; same as day, 1; as, during the daytime.
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day-to-day
day-to-day adj. occurring every day.
Syn. -- daily, day-after-day.
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daywoman
day"wom`an (dā"w&oobreve_;m`&aitalic_;n), n. A dairymaid. [Obs.]
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Daze
Daze (dāz), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dazed (dāzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dazing.] [OE. dasen, prob. from Icel. dasask to become weary, a reflexive verb; cf. Sw. dasa to lie idle, and OD. daesen to be foolish, insane, daes, dwaes, D. dwaas, foolish, insane, AS. dw&aemacr_;s, dysig, stupid. √71. Cf. Dizzy, Doze.] To stupefy with excess of light; with a blow, with cold, or with fear; to confuse; to benumb.
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While flashing beams do daze his feeble eyen. Spenser.
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Such souls,
Whose sudden visitations daze the world.
Sir H. Taylor.
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He comes out of the room in a dazed state, that is an odd though a sufficient substitute for interest. Dickens.
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Daze
Daze, n. 1. The state of being dazed; as, he was in a daze. [Colloq.]
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2. (Mining) A glittering stone.
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dazed
dazed adj. 1. stupefied; conscious but unable to think clearly; -- usually caused by a blow or other shock.
Syn. -- foggy, groggy, logy, stuporous.
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2. stunned from or as if from repeated blows.
Syn. -- punch-drunk, silly, slaphappy.
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Dazzle
Daz"zle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dazzled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dazzling (?).] [Freq. of daze.] 1. To overpower with light; to confuse the sight of by brilliance of light.
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Those heavenly shapes
Will dazzle now the earthly, with their blaze
Insufferably bright.
Milton.
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An unreflected light did never yet
Dazzle the vision feminine.
Sir H. Taylor.
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2. To bewilder or surprise with brilliancy or display of any kind.Dazzled and drove back his enemies.” Shak.
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Dazzle
Daz"zle, v. i. 1. To be overpoweringly or intensely bright; to excite admiration by brilliancy.
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Ah, friend! to dazzle, let the vain design. Pope.
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2. To be overpowered by light; to be confused by excess of brightness.
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An overlight maketh the eyes dazzle. Bacon.
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I dare not trust these eyes;
They dance in mists, and dazzle with surprise.
Dryden.
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Dazzle
Daz"zle, n. A light of dazzling brilliancy.
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Dazzlement
Daz"zle*ment (?), n. Dazzling flash, glare, or burst of light. Donne.
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Dazzlingly
Daz"zling*ly (?), adv. In a dazzling manner.
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DBMS
DBMS n. [acronym from DataBase Management System.] a database management system, a software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance and use of an electronic database.
Syn. -- database management system.
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D-day
D-day n. 1. (Mil.) the day designated for the beginning of a planned attack by a military force; in communications the day is often otherwise unspecified for security reasons; as, the day before D-day the troops will move into position.
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2. 6 June 1944, the day of the landing in France, by troops allied against the Germans in World War II.
Syn. -- 6 June 1944.
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3. the day for commencement or execution of any elaborate planned activity; -- often used jocosely. [informal]
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De-
De- (?). A prefix from Latin de down, from, away; as in debark, decline, decease, deduct, decamp. In words from the French it is equivalent to Latin dis- apart, away; or sometimes to de. Cf. Dis-. It is negative and opposite in derange, deform, destroy, etc. It is intensive in deprave, despoil, declare, desolate, etc.
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de-access
de-access v. t. to sell or otherwise give up ownership; -- used mostly of artworks in museums.
Syn. -- sell off.
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de-accession
deaccession
deaccession, de-accession v. t. [de- + accession. Ca. 1970.] to sell (artwork); -- used of sales of art by museums. The word appears to have been coined as a euphemism to avoid the negative connotations of the word “sell”, particularly for works donated by benefactors. The practise is justified as a means of acquiring funds for purchase of more valuable artworks.
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Deacon
Dea"con (dē"k'n), n. [OE. diakne, deakne, deken, AS. diacon, deacon, L. diaconus, fr. Gr. dia`konos a servant or minister, a minister of the church; of uncertain origin. In sense 2 prob. confused with dean.] 1. (Eccl.) An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
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2. The chairman of an incorporated company. [Scot.]
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Deacon
Dea"con (dē"k'n), v. t. 1. To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off. [Colloq. New. Eng.] See Line, v. t.
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2. With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack (fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc. [Colloq., U. S.]
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Deaconess
Dea"con*ess (?), n. (Eccl.) A female deacon; as: (a) (Primitive Ch.) One of an order of women whose duties resembled those of deacons. (b) (Ch. of Eng. and Prot. Epis. Ch.) A woman set apart for church work by a bishop. (c) A woman chosen as a helper in church work, as among the Congregationalists.
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Deaconhood
Dea"con*hood (?), n. The state of being a deacon; office of a deacon; deaconship.
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Deaconry
Dea"con*ry (?), n. See Deaconship.
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Deaconship
Dea"con*ship, n. The office or ministry of a deacon or deaconess.
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deactivate
de*ac"ti*vate, v. t. 1. To make inactive; to render ineffective; as, to deactivate a bomb; to deactivate a machine; to deactivate the alarm. The deactivation of a machine or device is usually a reversible process; switching off an electrical device may be referred to as deactivation. To render an enzyme or catalyst ineffective is more commonly referred to as to inactivate.
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2. To disband (a military unit, or other group); to discontinue (a group activity); as, to deactivate the regiment; to deactivate the investigation.
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deactivation
de*ac`ti*va"tion, n. The act or process of deactivating.
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Dead
Dead (d&ebreve_;d), a. [OE. ded, dead, deed, AS. deád; akin to OS. dōd, D. dood, G. todt, tot, Icel. dauðr, Sw. & Dan. död, Goth. daubs; prop. p. p. of an old verb meaning to die. See Die, and cf. Death.] 1. Deprived of life; -- opposed to alive and living; reduced to that state of a being in which the organs of motion and life have irrevocably ceased to perform their functions; as, a dead tree; a dead man. “The queen, my lord, is dead.” Shak.
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The crew, all except himself, were dead of hunger. Arbuthnot.
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Seek him with candle, bring him dead or living. Shak.
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2. Destitute of life; inanimate; as, dead matter.
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3. Resembling death in appearance or quality; without show of life; deathlike; as, a dead sleep.
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4. Still as death; motionless; inactive; useless; as, dead calm; a dead load or weight.
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5. So constructed as not to transmit sound; soundless; as, a dead floor.
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6. Unproductive; bringing no gain; unprofitable; as, dead capital; dead stock in trade.
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7. Lacking spirit; dull; lusterless; cheerless; as, dead eye; dead fire; dead color, etc.
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8. Monotonous or unvaried; as, a dead level or pain; a dead wall. “The ground is a dead flat.” C. Reade.
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9. Sure as death; unerring; fixed; complete; as, a dead shot; a dead certainty.
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I had them a dead bargain. Goldsmith.
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10. Bringing death; deadly. Shak.
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11. Wanting in religious spirit and vitality; as, dead faith; dead works.Dead in trespasses.” Eph. ii. 1.
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12. (Paint.) (a) Flat; without gloss; -- said of painting which has been applied purposely to have this effect. (b) Not brilliant; not rich; thus, brown is a dead color, as compared with crimson.
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13. (Law) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property; as, one banished or becoming a monk is civilly dead.
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14. (Mach.) Not imparting motion or power; as, the dead spindle of a lathe, etc. See Spindle.
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15. (Elec.) Carrying no current, or producing no useful effect; -- said of a conductor in a dynamo or motor, also of a telegraph wire which has no instrument attached and, therefore, is not in use.
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16. Out of play; regarded as out of the game; -- said of a ball, a piece, or a player under certain conditions in cricket, baseball, checkers, and some other games.

[In golf], a ball is said to lie dead when it lies so near the hole that the player is certain to hole it in the next stroke. Encyc. of Sport.
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Dead ahead (Naut.), directly ahead; -- said of a ship or any object, esp. of the wind when blowing from that point toward which a vessel would go. -- Dead angle (Mil.), an angle or space which can not be seen or defended from behind the parapet. -- Dead block, either of two wooden or iron blocks intended to serve instead of buffers at the end of a freight car. -- Dead calm (Naut.), no wind at all. -- Dead center, or Dead point (Mach.), either of two points in the orbit of a crank, at which the crank and connecting rod lie a straight line. It corresponds to the end of a stroke; as, A and B are dead centers of the crank mechanism in which the crank C drives, or is driven by, the lever L. -- Dead color (Paint.), a color which has no gloss upon it. -- Dead coloring (Oil paint.), the layer of colors, the preparation for what is to follow. In modern painting this is usually in monochrome. -- Dead door (Shipbuilding), a storm shutter fitted to the outside of the quarter-gallery door. -- Dead flat (Naut.), the widest or midship frame. -- Dead freight (Mar. Law), a sum of money paid by a person who charters a whole vessel but fails to make out a full cargo. The payment is made for the unoccupied capacity. Abbott. -- Dead ground (Mining), the portion of a vein in which there is no ore. -- Dead hand, a hand that can not alienate, as of a person civilly dead. “Serfs held in dead hand.” Morley. See Mortmain. -- Dead head (Naut.), a rough block of wood used as an anchor buoy. -- Dead heat, a heat or course between two or more race horses, boats, etc., in which they come out exactly equal, so that neither wins. -- Dead horse, an expression applied to a debt for wages paid in advance. [Law] -- Dead language, a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. -- Dead letter. (a) A letter which, after lying for a certain fixed time uncalled for at the post office to which it was directed, is then sent to the general post office to be opened. (b) That which has lost its force or authority; as, the law has become a dead letter. -- Dead-letter office, a department of the general post office where dead letters are examined and disposed of. -- Dead level, a term applied to a flat country. -- Dead lift, (a) a direct lift, without assistance from mechanical advantage, as from levers, pulleys, etc.; hence, an extreme emergency. “(As we say) at a dead lift.” Robynson (More's Utopia). (b) (Weighlifting) The lifting of a weight from the ground, without raising it to the shoulders. -- Dead line (Mil.), a line drawn within or around a military prison, to cross which involves for a prisoner the penalty of being instantly shot. -- Dead load (Civil Engin.), a constant, motionless load, as the weight of a structure, in distinction from a moving load, as a train of cars, or a variable pressure, as of wind. -- Dead march (Mus.), a piece of solemn music intended to be played as an accompaniment to a funeral procession. -- Dead nettle (Bot.), a harmless plant with leaves like a nettle (Lamium album). -- Dead oil (Chem.), the heavy oil obtained in the distillation of coal tar, and containing phenol, naphthalus, etc. -- Dead plate (Mach.), a solid covering over a part of a fire grate, to prevent the entrance of air through that part. -- Dead pledge, a mortgage. See Mortgage. -- Dead point. (Mach.) See Dead center. -- Dead reckoning (Naut.), the method of determining the place of a ship from a record kept of the courses sailed as given by compass, and the distance made on each course as found by log, with allowance for leeway, etc., without the aid of celestial observations. -- Dead rise, the transverse upward curvature of a vessel's floor. -- Dead rising, an elliptical line drawn on the sheer plan to determine the sweep of the floorheads throughout the ship's length. -- Dead-Sea apple. See under Apple. -- Dead set. See under Set. -- Dead shot. (a) An unerring marksman. (b) A shot certain to be made. -- Dead smooth, the finest cut made; -- said of files. -- Dead wall (Arch.), a blank wall unbroken by windows or other openings. -- Dead water (Naut.), the eddy water closing in under a ship's stern when sailing. -- Dead weight. (a) A heavy or oppressive burden. Dryden. (b) (Shipping) A ship's lading, when it consists of heavy goods; or, the heaviest part of a ship's cargo. (c) (Railroad) The weight of rolling stock, the live weight being the load. Knight. -- Dead wind (Naut.), a wind directly ahead, or opposed to the ship's course. -- To be dead, to die. [Obs.]
[1913 Webster] I deme thee, thou must algate be dead. Chaucer.

Syn. -- Inanimate; deceased; extinct. See Lifeless.
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Dead
Dead (d&ebreve_;d), adv. To a degree resembling death; to the last degree; completely; wholly. [Colloq.]
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I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy. Dickens.
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Dead drunk, so drunk as to be unconscious.
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Dead
Dead (d&ebreve_;d), n. 1. The most quiet or deathlike time; the period of profoundest repose, inertness, or gloom; as, the dead of winter.
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When the drum beat at dead of night. Campbell.
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2. One who is dead; -- commonly used collectively.
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And Abraham stood up from before his dead. Gen. xxiii. 3.
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Dead
Dead, v. t. To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigor. [Obs.]
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Heaven's stern decree,
With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me.
Chapman.
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Dead
Dead, v. i. To die; to lose life or force. [Obs.]
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So iron, as soon as it is out of the fire, deadeth straightway. Bacon.
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deadbeat
dead beat
dead` beat" (d&ebreve_;d`bēt"), dead"beat` (d&ebreve_;d"bēt`). a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as Beat, n., 7. [Low, U.S.]
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Deadbeat
Dead"beat` (?), a. (Physics) Making a beat without recoil; giving indications by a single beat or excursion; -- said of galvanometers and other instruments in which the needle or index moves to the extent of its deflection and stops with little or no further oscillation.
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Deadbeat escapement. See under Escapement.
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Deadborn
Dead"born` (?), a. Stillborn. Pope.
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Deaden
Dead"en (d&ebreve_;d"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deadened (d&ebreve_;d"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deadening.] [From Dead; cf. AS. d&unr_;dan to kill, put to death. See Dead, a.] 1. To make as dead; to impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; to lessen the force or acuteness of; to blunt; as, to deaden the natural powers or feelings; to deaden a sound.
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As harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.
Longfellow.
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2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway.
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3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine.
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4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size.
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5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen.
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Deadener
Dead"en*er (d&ebreve_;d"'n*&etilde_;r), n. One who, or that which, deadens or checks.
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deadening
dead"en*ing adj. [p. pr. of verb deaden{3}.] Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks.
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2. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks.
Syn. -- boring, dreary, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome.
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deadening
dead"en*ing n. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).
Syn. -- stultification, impairment.
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Dead-eye
Dead"-eye` (d&ebreve_;d"ī`), n. (Naut.) A round, flattish, wooden block, encircled by a rope, or an iron band, and pierced with three holes to receive the lanyard; -- used to extend the shrouds and stays, and for other purposes. Called also deadman's eye. Totten.
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Deadhead
Dead"head` (?), n. 1. One who receives free tickets for theaters, public conveyances, etc. [Colloq. U. S.]
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2. (Naut.) A buoy. See under Dead, a.
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Dead-hearted
Dead"-heart`ed (?), a. Having a dull, faint heart; spiritless; listless. -- Dead"-heart`ed*ness, n. Bp. Hall.
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Deadhouse
Dead"house` (?), n. A morgue; a place for the temporary reception and exposure of dead bodies.
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Deadish
Dead"ish, a. Somewhat dead, dull, or lifeless; deathlike.
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The lips put on a deadish paleness. A. Stafford.
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Deadlatch
Dead"latch` (?), n. A kind of latch whose bolt may be so locked by a detent that it can not be opened from the inside by the handle, or from the outside by the latch key. Knight.
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Deadlight
Dead"light` (?), n. (Naut.) A strong shutter, made to fit open ports and keep out water in a storm.
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Deadlihood
Dead"li*hood (?), n. State of the dead. [Obs.]
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Deadliness
Dead"li*ness, n. The quality of being deadly.
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deadlock
dead"lock` (?), n. 1. A lock which is not self-latching, but requires a key to throw the bolt forward.
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2. A counteraction of things, which produces an entire stoppage; a complete obstruction of action.
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Things are at a deadlock. London Times.
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The Board is much more likely to be at a deadlock of two to two. The Century.
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deadlocked
deadlocked adj. at a complete standstill because of opposition of two unrelenting forces or factions.
Syn. -- stalemated, blocked.
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deadly
dead"ly (?), a. 1. Capable of causing death; mortal; fatal; destructive; certain or likely to cause death; as, a deadly blow or wound.
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2. Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile; flagitious; as, deadly enemies.
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Thy assailant is quick, skillful, and deadly. Shak.
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3. Subject to death; mortal. [Obs.]
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The image of a deadly man. Wyclif (Rom. i. 23).
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Deadly nightshade (Bot.), a poisonous plant; belladonna. See under Nightshade.
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deadly
dead"ly, adv. 1. In a manner resembling, or as if produced by, death; deathly.Deadly pale.” Shak.
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2. In a manner to occasion death; mortally.
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The groanings of a deadly wounded man. Ezek. xxx. 24.
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3. In an implacable manner; destructively.
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4. Extremely. [Obs.]Deadly weary.” Orrery. “So deadly cunning a man.” Arbuthnot.
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Deadness
Dead"ness, n. The state of being destitute of life, vigor, spirit, activity, etc.; dullness; inertness; languor; coldness; vapidness; indifference; as, the deadness of a limb, a body, or a tree; the deadness of an eye; deadness of the affections; the deadness of beer or cider; deadness to the world, and the like.
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dead-on
dead-on adj. precisely accurate and to the point; as, a dead-on feel for characterization. [prenominal and informal]
Syn. -- precise.
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She avoids big scenes . . . preferring to rely on small gestures and dead-on dialogue. Peter S. Prescott
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Dead-pay
Dead"-pay` (?), n. Pay drawn for soldiers, or others, really dead, whose names are kept on the rolls.
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O you commanders,
That, like me, have no dead-pays.
Massinger.
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Dead-reckoning
Dead"-reck`on*ing (?), n. (Naut.) See under Dead, a.
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Deads
Deads (?), n. pl. (Mining) The substances which inclose the ore on every side.
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Dead-stroke
Dead"-stroke` (?), a. (Mech.) Making a stroke without recoil; deadbeat.
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Dead-stroke hammer (Mach.), a power hammer having a spring interposed between the driving mechanism and the hammer head, or helve, to lessen the recoil of the hammer and reduce the shock upon the mechanism.
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Deadwood
Dead"wood` (?), n. 1. (Naut.) A mass of timbers built into the bow and stern of a vessel to give solidity.
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2. Dead trees or branches; useless material.
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3. [fig.] People who are unproductive; -- used especially in reference to employees.
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Deadworks
Dead"works` (?), n. pl. (Naut.) The parts of a ship above the water when she is laden.
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Deaf
Deaf (d&ebreve_;f or dēf; 277), a. [OE. def, deaf, deef, AS. deáf; akin to D. doof, G. taub, Icel. daufr, Dan. döv, Sw. döf, Goth. daubs, and prob. to E. dumb (the original sense being, dull as applied to one of the senses), and perh. to Gr. tyflo`s (for qyflo`s) blind, ty^fos smoke, vapor, folly, and to G. toben to rage. Cf. Dumb.] 1. Wanting the sense of hearing, either wholly or in part; unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; as, a deaf man.
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Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf. Shak.
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2. Unwilling to hear or listen; determinedly inattentive; regardless; not to be persuaded as to facts, argument, or exhortation; -- with to; as, deaf to reason.
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O, that men's ears should be
To counsel deaf, but not to flattery!
Shak.
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3. Deprived of the power of hearing; deafened.
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Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight. Dryden.
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4. Obscurely heard; stifled; deadened. [R.]
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A deaf murmur through the squadron went. Dryden.
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5. Decayed; tasteless; dead; as, a deaf nut; deaf corn. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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If the season be unkindly and intemperate, they [peppers] will catch a blast; and then the seeds will be deaf, void, light, and naught. Holland.
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Deaf
Deaf (?; 277), v. t. To deafen. [Obs.] Dryden.
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deaf-aid
deaf-aid n. an electronic device which amplifies sound and is worn to compensate for poor hearing.
Syn. -- hearing aid.
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deaf-and-dumb
deaf and dumb
deaf and dumb, deaf-and-dumb adj. both deaf and unable to speak; without the sense of hearing or the faculty of speech. Same as Deaf-mute.
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Deafen
Deaf"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deafened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deafening.] [From Deaf.] 1. To make deaf; to deprive of the power of hearing; to render incapable of perceiving sounds distinctly.
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Deafened and stunned with their promiscuous cries. Addison.
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2. (Arch.) To render impervious to sound, as a partition or floor, by filling the space within with mortar, by lining with paper, etc.
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deafened
deafened adj. rendered deaf.
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deafening
deaf"en*ing, n. The act or process of rendering impervious to sound, as a floor or wall; also, the material with which the spaces are filled in this process; pugging; sound insulation.
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deafening
deaf"en*ing, a. extremely loud; so loud as to cause deafness; as, a disco with rock music played at a deafening volume.
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Deafly
Deaf"ly, adv. Without sense of sounds; obscurely.
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Deafly
Deaf"ly, a. Lonely; solitary. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Deaf-mute
Deaf"-mute` (?), n. A person who is deaf and dumb; one who, through deprivation or defect of hearing, has either failed the acquire the power of speech, or has lost it. [See Illust. of Dactylology.]
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Deaf-mutes are still so called, even when, by artificial methods, they have been taught to speak imperfectly.
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deaf-mutism
deaf-muteness
deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism n. the condition of being a deaf-mute; a congenital deafness that results in inability to speak.
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Deafness
Deaf"ness (?), n. 1. Incapacity of perceiving sounds; the state of the organs which prevents the impression which constitute hearing; want of the sense of hearing.
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2. Unwillingness to hear; voluntary rejection of what is addressed to the understanding.
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Nervous deafness, a variety of deafness dependent upon morbid change in some portion of the nervous system, especially the auditory nerve.
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Deal
Deal (dēl), n. [OE. del, deel, part, AS. d&aemacr_;l; akin to OS. dēl, D. & Dan. deel, G. theil, teil, Icel. deild, Sw. del, Goth. dails. √65. Cf. 3d Dole.] 1. A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent; as, a deal of time and trouble; a deal of cold.
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Three tenth deals [parts of an ephah] of flour. Num. xv. 9.
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As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power. M. Arnold.
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She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect. W. Black.
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&hand_; It was formerly limited by some, every, never a, a thousand, etc.; as, some deal; but these are now obsolete or vulgar. In general, we now qualify the word with great or good, and often use it adverbially, by being understood; as, a great deal of time and pains; a great (or good) deal better or worse; that is, better by a great deal, or by a great part or difference.
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2. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.
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The deal, the shuffle, and the cut. Swift.
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3. Distribution; apportionment. [Colloq.]
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4. An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations and political bargains. [Slang]
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5. [Prob. from D. deel a plank, threshing floor. See Thill.] The division of a piece of timber made by sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a batten; if shorter, a deal end.
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&hand_; Whole deal is a general term for planking one and one half inches thick.
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6. Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal.
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Deal tree, a fir tree. Dr. Prior.
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Deal
Deal, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dealt (d&ebreve_;lt); p. pr. & vb. n. Dealing.] [OE. delen, AS. d&aemacr_;lan, fr. d&aemacr_;l share; akin to OS. dēlian, D. deelen, G. theilen, teilen, Icel. deila, Sw. dela, Dan. dele, Goth. dailjan. See Deal, n.] 1. To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; -- sometimes with out.
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Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry? Is. lviii. 7.
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And Rome deals out her blessings and her gold. Tickell.
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The nightly mallet deals resounding blows. Gay.
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Hissing through the skies, the feathery deaths were dealt. Dryden.
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2. Specifically: To distribute, as cards, to the players at the commencement of a game; as, to deal the cards; to deal one a jack.
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Deal
Deal, v. i. 1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
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2. To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour.
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They buy and sell, they deal and traffic. South.
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This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels. Dr. H. More.
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3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
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Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either. Bacon.
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4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
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If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true. Tillotson.
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5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.
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To deal by, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by servants. “Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind.” Locke. -- To deal in. (a) To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as, they deal in political matters. (b) To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler; as, they deal in fish. -- To deal with. (a) To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with.Dealing with witches.” Shak. (b) To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.
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The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, “dealt with him” on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out. Hawthorne.
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Return . . . and I will deal well with thee. Gen. xxxii. 9.
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Dealbate
De*al"bate (?), v. t. [L. dealbatus, p. p. of dealbare. See Daub.] To whiten. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Dealbation
De`al*ba"tion (?), n. [L. dealbatio: cf. F. déalbation.] Act of bleaching; a whitening. [Obs.]
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Dealer
Deal"er (?), n. 1. One who deals; one who has to do, or has concern, with others; esp., a trader, a trafficker, a shopkeeper, a broker, or a merchant; as, a dealer in dry goods; a dealer in stocks; a retail dealer.
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2. One who distributes cards to the players.
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Dealfish
Deal"fish` (?), n. [From deal a long, narrow plank.] (Zool.) A long, thin fish of the arctic seas (Trachypterus arcticus).
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Dealing
Deal"ing, n. The act of one who deals; distribution of anything, as of cards to the players; method of business; traffic; intercourse; transaction; as, to have dealings with a person.
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Double dealing, insincere, treacherous dealing; duplicity. -- Plain dealing, fair, sincere, honorable dealing; honest, outspoken expression of opinion.
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Dealth
Dealth (?), n. Share dealt. [Obs.]
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Deambulate
De*am"bu*late (?), v. i. [L. deambulare, deambulatum; de- + ambulare to walk.] To walk abroad. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Deambulation
De*am`bu*la"tion (?), n. [L. deambulatio.] A walking abroad; a promenading. [Obs.] Sir T. Elyot.
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Deambulatory
De*am"bu*la*to*ry (?), a. [Cf. LL. deambulator a traveler.] Going about from place to place; wandering; of or pertaining to a deambulatory. [Obs.]Deambulatory actors.” Bp. Morton.
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Deambulatory
De*am"bu*la*to*ry, n. [L. deambulatorium.] A covered place in which to walk; an ambulatory.
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Dean
Dean (?), n. [OE. dene, deene, OF. deien, dien, F. doyen, eldest of a corporation, a dean, L. decanus the chief of ten, one set over ten persons, e. g., over soldiers or over monks, from decem ten. See Ten, and cf. Decemvir.] 1. A dignitary or presiding officer in certain ecclesiastical and lay bodies; esp., an ecclesiastical dignitary, subordinate to a bishop.
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Dean of cathedral church, the chief officer of a chapter; he is an ecclesiastical magistrate next in degree to bishop, and has immediate charge of the cathedral and its estates. -- Dean of peculiars, a dean holding a preferment which has some peculiarity relative to spiritual superiors and the jurisdiction exercised in it. [Eng.] -- Rural dean, one having, under the bishop, the especial care and inspection of the clergy within certain parishes or districts of the diocese.
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2. The collegiate officer in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, who, besides other duties, has regard to the moral condition of the college. Shipley.
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3. The head or presiding officer in the faculty of some colleges or universities.
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4. A registrar or secretary of the faculty in a department of a college, as in a medical, or theological, or scientific department. [U.S.]
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5. The chief or senior of a company on occasion of ceremony; as, the dean of the diplomatic corps; -- so called by courtesy.
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Cardinal dean, the senior cardinal bishop of the college of cardinals at Rome. Shipley. -- Dean and chapter, the legal corporation and governing body of a cathedral. It consists of the dean, who is chief, and his canons or prebendaries. -- Dean of arches, the lay judge of the court of arches. -- Dean of faculty, the president of an incorporation or barristers; specifically, the president of the incorporation of advocates in Edinburgh. -- Dean of guild, a magistrate of Scotch burghs, formerly, and still, in some burghs, chosen by the Guildry, whose duty is to superintend the erection of new buildings and see that they conform to the law. -- Dean of a monastery, Monastic dean, a monastic superior over ten monks. -- Dean's stall. See Decanal stall, under Decanal.
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Deanery
Dean"er*y (?), n.; pl. Deaneries (&unr_;). 1. The office or the revenue of a dean. See the Note under Benefice, n., 3.
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2. The residence of a dean. Shak.
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3. The territorial jurisdiction of a dean.
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Each archdeaconry is divided into rural deaneries, and each deanery is divided into parishes. Blackstone.
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Deanship
Dean"ship, n. The office of a dean.
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I dont't value your deanship a straw. Swift.
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Dear
Dear (dēr), a. [Compar. Dearer (dēr"&etilde_;r); superl. Dearest (dēr"&ebreve_;st).] [OE. dere, deore, AS. deóre; akin to OS. diuri, D. duur, OHG. tiuri, G. theuer, teuer, Icel. d&ymacr_;rr, Dan. & Sw. dyr. Cf. Darling, Dearth.] 1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.
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The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear. Shak.
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2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year.
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3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. “Hear me, dear lady.” Shak.
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Neither count I my life dear unto myself. Acts xx. 24.
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And the last joy was dearer than the rest. Pope.
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Dear as remember'd kisses after death. Tennyson.
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4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. (a) Of agreeable things and interests.
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[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause
Will in concealment wrap me up awhile.
Shak.
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His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall. Macaulay.

(b) Of disagreeable things and antipathies.
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In our dear peril. Shak.
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Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day.
Shak.
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Dear
Dear, n. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.
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That kiss I carried from thee, dear. Shak.
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Dear
Dear, adv. Dearly; at a high price.
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If thou attempt it, it will cost thee dear. Shak.
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Dear
Dear, v. t. To endear. [Obs.] Shelton.
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Dearborn
Dear"born (?), n. A four-wheeled carriage, with curtained sides.
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Dear-bought
Dear"-bought` (?), a. Bought at a high price; as, dear-bought experience.
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Deare
Deare (?), variant of Dere, v. t. & n. [Obs.]
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Dearie
Dear"ie (?), n. Same as Deary. Dickens.
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Dearling
Dear"ling (?), n. A darling. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Dear-loved
Dear"-loved` (?), a. Greatly beloved. Shak.
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Dearly
Dear"ly, adv. 1. In a dear manner; with affection; heartily; earnestly; as, to love one dearly.
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2. At a high rate or price; grievously.
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He buys his mistress dearly with his throne. Dryden.
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3. Exquisitely. [Obs.] Shak.
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Dearn
Dearn (?), a. [AS. derne, dyrne, dierne, hidden, secret. Cf. Derne.] Secret; lonely; solitary; dreadful. [Obs.] Shak. -- Dearn"ly, adv. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dearn
Dearn, v. t. Same as Darn. [Obs.]
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Dearness
Dear"ness (?), n. 1. The quality or state of being dear; costliness; excess of price.
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The dearness of corn. Swift.
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2. Fondness; preciousness; love; tenderness.
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The dearness of friendship. Bacon.
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Dearth
Dearth (?), n. [OE. derthe, fr. dere. See Dear.] Scarcity which renders dear; want; lack; specifically, lack of food on account of failure of crops; famine.
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There came a dearth over all the land of Egypt. Acts vii. 11.
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He with her press'd, she faint with dearth. Shak.
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Dearth of plot, and narrowness of imagination. Dryden.
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Dearticulate
De`ar*tic"u*late (?), v. t. To disjoint.
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Dearworth
Dear"worth` (?), a. [See Derworth.] Precious. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
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Deary
Dear"y (?), n. A dear; a darling. [Familiar]
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Deas
De"as (?), n. See Dais. [Scot.]
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Death
Death (d&ebreve_;th), n. [OE. deth, deað, AS. deáð; akin to OS. dōð, D. dood, G. tod, Icel. dauði, Sw. & Dan. död, Goth. dauþus; from a verb meaning to die. See Die, v. i., and cf. Dead.] 1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
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&hand_; Local death is going on at all times and in all parts of the living body, in which individual cells and elements are being cast off and replaced by new; a process essential to life. General death is of two kinds; death of the body as a whole (somatic or systemic death), and death of the tissues. By the former is implied the absolute cessation of the functions of the brain, the circulatory and the respiratory organs; by the latter the entire disappearance of the vital actions of the ultimate structural constituents of the body. When death takes place, the body as a whole dies first, the death of the tissues sometimes not occurring until after a considerable interval. Huxley.
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2. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory.
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The death of a language can not be exactly compared with the death of a plant. J. Peile.
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3. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
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A death that I abhor. Shak.
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Let me die the death of the righteous. Num. xxiii. 10.
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4. Cause of loss of life.
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Swiftly flies the feathered death. Dryden.
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He caught his death the last county sessions. Addison.
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5. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
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Death! great proprietor of all. Young.
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And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death. Rev. vi. 8.
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6. Danger of death. “In deaths oft.” 2 Cor. xi. 23.
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7. Murder; murderous character.
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Not to suffer a man of death to live. Bacon.
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8. (Theol.) Loss of spiritual life.
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To be carnally minded is death. Rom. viii. 6.
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9. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
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It was death to them to think of entertaining such doctrines. Atterbury.
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And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death. Judg. xvi. 16.
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&hand_; Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc.
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Black death. See Black death, in the Vocabulary. -- Civil death, the separation of a man from civil society, or the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm, entering a monastery, etc. Blackstone. -- Death adder. (Zool.) (a) A kind of viper found in South Africa (Acanthophis tortor); -- so called from the virulence of its venom. (b) A venomous Australian snake of the family Elapidæ, of several species, as the Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica. -- Death bell, a bell that announces a death.
[1913 Webster] The death bell thrice was heard to ring. Mickle. -- Death candle, a light like that of a candle, viewed by the superstitious as presaging death. -- Death damp, a cold sweat at the coming on of death. -- Death fire, a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode death.
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The death fires danced at night.
Coleridge. -- Death grapple, a grapple or struggle for life. -- Death in life, a condition but little removed from death; a living death. [Poetic] “Lay lingering out a five years' death in life.” Tennyson. -- Death rate, the relation or ratio of the number of deaths to the population.
[1913 Webster] At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than in rural districts. Darwin. -- Death rattle, a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a dying person. -- Death's door, the boundary of life; the partition dividing life from death. -- Death stroke, a stroke causing death. -- Death throe, the spasm of death. -- Death token, the signal of approaching death. -- Death warrant. (a) (Law) An order from the proper authority for the execution of a criminal. (b) That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy. -- Death wound. (a) A fatal wound or injury. (b) (Naut.) The springing of a fatal leak. -- Spiritual death (Scripture), the corruption and perversion of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God. -- The gates of death, the grave.
[1913 Webster] Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? Job xxxviii. 17. -- The second death, condemnation to eternal separation from God. Rev. ii. 11. -- To be the death of, to be the cause of death to; to make die. “It was one who should be the death of both his parents.” Milton.

Syn. -- Death, Decease, Demise, Departure, Release. Death applies to the termination of every form of existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words only to the human race. Decease is the term used in law for the removal of a human being out of life in the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes used of distinguished men in general; as, the demise of Mr. Pitt. Departure and release are peculiarly terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow.
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Deathbed
Death"bed (?), n. The bed in which a person dies; hence, the closing hours of life of one who dies by sickness or the like; the last sickness.
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That often-quoted passage from Lord Hervey in which the Queen's deathbed is described. Thackeray.
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Deathbird
Death"bird` (?), n. (Zool.) Tengmalm's or Richardson's owl (Nyctale Tengmalmi); -- so called from a superstition of the North American Indians that its note presages death.
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Deathblow
Death"blow` (?), n. A mortal or crushing blow; a stroke or event which kills or destroys.
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The deathblow of my hope. Byron.
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Deathful
Death"ful (?), a. 1. Full of death or slaughter; murderous; destructive; bloody.
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These eyes behold
The deathful scene.
Pope.
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2. Liable to undergo death; mortal.
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The deathless gods and deathful earth. Chapman.
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Deathfulness
Death"ful*ness, n. Appearance of death. Jer. Taylor.
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death knell
death" knell`, n. 1. A stroke or tolling of a bell, announcing a death; a knell{1}.
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2. Hence: (figuratively) A sign or harbinger of the end, death, or passing away of anything.
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Deathless
Death"less, a. Not subject to death, destruction, or extinction; immortal; undying; imperishable; as, deathless beings; deathless fame.
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Deathlike
Death"like` (?), a. 1. Resembling death.
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A deathlike slumber, and a dead repose. Pope.
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2. Deadly. [Obs.]Deathlike dragons.” Shak.
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Deathliness
Death"li*ness (?), n. The quality of being deathly; deadliness. Southey.
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Deathly
Death"ly, a. Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive.
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Deathly
Death"ly, adv. Deadly; as, deathly pale or sick.
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death-roll
death-roll n. a list of persons killed in a war or other disaster.
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Death's-head
Death's"-head` (?), n. A naked human skull as the emblem of death; the head of the conventional personification of death.
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I had rather be married to a death's-head with a bone in his mouth. Shak.
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Death's-head moth (Zool.), a very large European moth (Acherontia atropos), so called from a figure resembling a human skull on the back of the thorax; -- called also death's-head sphinx.
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Death's-herb
Death's"-herb` (?), n. The deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna). Dr. Prior.
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Deathsman
Deaths"man (?), n. An executioner; a headsman or hangman. [Obs.] Shak.
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Deathward
Death"ward (?), adv. Toward death.
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Deathwatch
Death"watch` (?; 224), n. 1. (Zool.) (a) A small beetle (Anobium tessellatum and other allied species). By forcibly striking its head against woodwork it makes a ticking sound, which is a call of the sexes to each other, but has been imagined by superstitious people to presage death. (b) A small wingless insect, of the family Psocidæ, which makes a similar but fainter sound; -- called also deathtick.
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She is always seeing apparitions and hearing deathwatches. Addison.
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I did not hear the dog howl, mother, or the deathwatch beat. Tennyson.
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2. The guard set over a criminal before his execution.
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Deaurate
De*au"rate (?), a. [L. deauratus, p. p. of deaurare to gild; de- + aurum gold.] Gilded. [Obs.]
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Deaurate
De*au"rate (?), v. t. To gild. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Deauration
De`au*ra"tion (?), n. Act of gilding. [Obs.]
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Deave
Deave (?), v. t. [See Deafen.] To stun or stupefy with noise; to deafen. [Scot.]
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Debacchate
De*bac"chate (?), v. i. [L. debacchatus, p. p. of debacchari to rage; de- + bacchari to rage like a bacchant.] To rave as a bacchanal. [R.] Cockeram.
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Debacchation
De`bac*cha"tion (?), n. [L. debacchatio.] Wild raving or debauchery. [R.] Prynne.
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Debacle
De*ba"cle (?), n. [F. débâcle, fr. débâcler to unbar, break loose; pref. dé- (prob. = L. dis) + bâcler to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.] 1. (Geol.) A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other débris.
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2. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
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3. a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco.
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Debar
De*bar" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debarred (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debarring.] [Pref. de- + bar.] To cut off from entrance, as if by a bar or barrier; to preclude; to hinder from approach, entry, or enjoyment; to shut out or exclude; to deny or refuse; -- with from, and sometimes with of.
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Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposed
Labor, as to debar us when we need
Refreshment.
Milton.
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Their wages were so low as to debar them, not only from the comforts but from the common decencies of civilized life. Buckle.
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Debarb
De*barb" (?), v. t. [Pref. de- + L. barba beard.] To deprive of the beard. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Debark
De"bark" (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Debarked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debarking.] [F. débarquer; pref. dé- (L. dis-) + barque. See Bark the vessel, and cf. Disbark.] To go ashore from a ship or boat; to disembark; to put ashore.
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Debarkation
De`bar*ka"tion (?), n. Disembarkation.
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The debarkation, therefore, had to take place by small steamers. U. S. Grant.
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Debarment
De*bar"ment (?), n. Hindrance from approach; exclusion.
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Debarrass
De*bar"rass (?), v. t. [Cf. F. débarrasser. See Embarrass.] To disembarrass; to relieve. [R.]
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Debase
De*base" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debasing.] [Pref. de- + base. See Base, a., and cf. Abase.] To reduce from a higher to a lower state or grade of worth, dignity, purity, station, etc.; to degrade; to lower; to deteriorate; to abase; as, to debase the character by crime; to debase the mind by frivolity; to debase style by vulgar words.
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The coin which was adulterated and debased. Hale.
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It is a kind of taking God's name in vain to debase religion with such frivolous disputes. Hooker.
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And to debase the sons, exalts the sires. Pope.

Syn. -- To abase; degrade. See Abase.
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Debased
De*based" (?), a. (Her.) Turned upside down from its proper position; inverted; reversed.
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Debasement
De*base"ment (?), n. The act of debasing or the state of being debased. Milton.
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Debaser
De*bas"er (?), n. One who, or that which, debases.
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Debasingly
De*bas"ing*ly, adv. In a manner to debase.
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Debatable
De*bat"a*ble (?), a. [Cf. OF. debatable. See Debate.] Liable to be debated; disputable; subject to controversy or contention; open to question or dispute; as, a debatable question.
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The Debatable Land or or Ground, a tract of land between the Esk and the Sark, claimed by both England and Scotland; the Batable Ground.
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Debate
De*bate" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb. n. Debating.] [OF. debatre, F. débattre; L. de + batuere to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Abate.] 1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
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Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine. Prescott.
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2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
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A wise council . . . that did debate this business. Shak.
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Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. Prov. xxv. 9.

Syn. -- To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See Argue, and Discuss.
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Debate
De*bate", v. i. 1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Well could he tourney and in lists debate. Spenser.
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2. To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon.
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He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends. Tatler.
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Debate
De*bate", n. [F. débat, fr. débattre. See Debate, v. t.] 1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
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On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore. R. of Gloucester.
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But question fierce and proud reply
Gave signal soon of dire debate.
Sir W. Scott.
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2. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress.
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Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate. Pope.
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3. Subject of discussion. [R.]
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Statutes and edicts concerning this debate. Milton.
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Debateful
De*bate"ful (?), a. Full of contention; contentious; quarrelsome. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Debatefully
De*bate"ful*ly, adv. With contention. [Obs.]
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Debatement
De*bate"ment (?), n. [Cf. OF. debatement a beating.] Controversy; deliberation; debate. [R.]
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A serious question and debatement with myself. Milton.
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Debater
De*bat"er (?), n. One who debates; one given to argument; a disputant; a controvertist.
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Debate where leisure serves with dull debaters. Shak.
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Debating
De*bat"ing, n. The act of discussing or arguing; discussion.
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Debating society or Debating club, a society or club for the purpose of debate and improvement in extemporaneous speaking.
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Debatingly
De*bat"ing*ly, adv. In the manner of a debate.
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Debauch
De*bauch" (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Debauched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debauching.] [F. débaucher, prob. originally, to entice away from the workshop; pref. dé- (L. dis- or de) + OF. bauche, bauge, hut, cf. F. bauge lair of a wild boar; prob. from G. or Icel., cf. Icel. bālkr. See Balk, n.] To lead away from purity or excellence; to corrupt in character or principles; to mar; to vitiate; to pollute; to seduce; as, to debauch one's self by intemperance; to debauch a woman; to debauch an army.
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Learning not debauched by ambition. Burke.
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A man must have got his conscience thoroughly debauched and hardened before he can arrive to the height of sin. South.
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Her pride debauched her judgment and her eyes. Cowley.
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Debauch
De*bauch", n. [Cf. F. débauche.] 1. Excess in eating or drinking; intemperance; drunkenness; lewdness; debauchery.
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The first physicians by debauch were made. Dryden.
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2. An act or occasion of debauchery.
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Silenus, from his night's debauch,
Fatigued and sick.
Cowley.
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Debauched
De*bauched" (?), a. Dissolute; dissipated. “A coarse and debauched look.” Ld. Lytton.
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Debauchedly
De*bauch"ed*ly (?), adv. In a profligate manner.
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Debauchedness
De*bauch"ed*ness, n. The state of being debauched; intemperance. Bp. Hall.
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Debauchee
Deb`au*chee" (?), n. [F. débauché, n., properly p. p. of débaucher. See Debauch, v. t.] One who is given to intemperance or bacchanalian excesses; a man habitually lewd; a libertine.
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Debaucher
De*bauch"er (?), n. One who debauches or corrupts others; especially, a seducer to lewdness.
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Debauchery
De*bauch"er*y (?), n.; pl. Debaucheries (&unr_;). 1. Corruption of fidelity; seduction from virtue, duty, or allegiance.
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The republic of Paris will endeavor to complete the debauchery of the army. Burke.
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2. Excessive indulgence of the appetites; especially, excessive indulgence of lust; intemperance; sensuality; habitual lewdness.
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Oppose . . . debauchery by temperance. Sprat.
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Debauchment
De*bauch"ment (?), n. The act of corrupting; the act of seducing from virtue or duty.
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Debauchness
De*bauch"ness, n. Debauchedness. [Obs.]
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Debeige
De*beige" (?), n. [F. de of + beige the natural color of wool.] A kind of woolen or mixed dress goods. [Written also debage.]
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Debel
De*bel" (?), v. t. [Cf. F. débeller. See Debellate.] To conquer. [Obs.] Milton.
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Debellate
De*bel"late (?), v. t. [L. debellatus, p. p. of debellare to subdue; de- + bellum war.] To subdue; to conquer in war. [Obs.] Speed.
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Debellation
Deb`el*la"tion (?), n. [LL. debellatio.] The act of conquering or subduing. [Obs.]
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De bene esse
De be"ne es"se (?). [L.] (Law) Of well being; of formal sufficiency for the time; conditionally; provisionally. Abbott.
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Debenture
De*ben"ture (?; 135), n. [L. debentur they are due, fr. debere to owe; cf. F. debentur. So called because these receipts began with the words Debentur mihi.] 1. A writing acknowledging a debt; a writing or certificate signed by a public officer, as evidence of a debt due to some person; the sum thus due.
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2. A customhouse certificate entitling an exporter of imported goods to a drawback of duties paid on their importation. Burrill.
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It is applied in England to deeds of mortgage given by railway companies for borrowed money; also to municipal and other bonds and securities for money loaned.
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3. Any of various instruments issued, esp. by corporations, as evidences of debt. Such instruments (often called debenture bonds) are generally, through not necessarily, under seal, and are usually secured by a mortgage or other charge upon property; they may be registered or unregistered. A debenture secured by a mortgage on specific property is called a mortgage debenture; one secured by a floating charge (which see), a floating debenture; one not secured by any charge a naked debenture. In general the term debenture in British usage designates any security issued by companies other than their shares, including, therefore, what are in the United States commonly called bonds. When used in the United States debenture generally designates an instrument secured by a floating charge junior to other charges secured by fixed mortgages, or, specif., one of a series of securities secured by a group of securities held in trust for the benefit of the debenture holders.
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Debentured
De*ben"tured (?; 135), a. Entitled to drawback or debenture; as, debentured goods.
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Debenture stock
Debenture stock. (Finance) The debt or series of debts, collectively, represented by a series of debentures; a debt secured by a trust deed of property for the benefit of the holders of shares in the debt or of a series of debentures. By the terms of much debenture stock the holders are not entitled to demand payment until the winding up of the company or default in payment; in the case of railway debentures, they cannot demand payment of the principal, and the debtor company cannot redeem the stock, except by authority of an act of Parliament. [Eng.]
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Debile
Deb"ile (?), a. [L. debilis: cf. F. débile. See Debility.] Weak. [Obs.] Shak.
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Debilitant
De*bil"i*tant (?), a. [L. debilitants, p. pr.] (Med.) Diminishing the energy of organs; reducing excitement; as, a debilitant drug.
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Debilitate
De*bil"i*tate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debilitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Debilitating.] [L. debilitatus, p. p. of debilitare to debilitate, fr. debilis. See Debility.] To impair the strength of; to weaken; to enfeeble; as, to debilitate the body by intemperance.
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Various ails debilitate the mind. Jenyns.
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The debilitated frame of Mr. Bertram was exhausted by this last effort. Sir W. Scott.
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debilitated
debilitated adj. 1. lacking strength or vigor; weakened.
Syn. -- adynamic, asthenic, enervated.
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2. weakened due to illness.
Syn. -- enfeebled, infirm, seedy.
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debilitating
debilitating adj. causing weakness. Opposite of invigorating.
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debilitative
debilitative adj. causing weakness. [Narrower terms: debilitating (vs. invigorating)]
Syn. -- enervating, enfeebling, weakening.
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Debilitation
De*bil`i*ta"tion (?), n. [L. debilitatio: cf. F. débilitation.] The act or process of debilitating, or the condition of one who is debilitated; weakness.
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Debility
De*bil"i*ty (?), n. [L. debilitas, fr. debilis weak, prob. fr. de- + habilis able: cf. F. débilité. See Able, a.] The state of being weak; weakness; feebleness; languor.
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The inconveniences of too strong a perspiration, which are debility, faintness, and sometimes sudden death. Arbuthnot.

Syn. -- Debility, Infirmity, Imbecility. An infirmity belongs, for the most part, to particular members, and is often temporary, as of the eyes, etc. Debility is more general, and while it lasts impairs the ordinary functions of nature. Imbecility attaches to the whole frame, and renders it more or less powerless. Debility may be constitutional or may be the result or superinduced causes; Imbecility is always constitutional; infirmity is accidental, and results from sickness or a decay of the frame. These words, in their figurative uses, have the same distinctions; we speak of infirmity of will, debility of body, and an Imbecility which affects the whole man; but Imbecility is often used with specific reference to feebleness of mind.
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Debit
Deb"it (?), n. [L. debitum what is due, debt, from debere to owe: cf. F. débit. See Debt.] A debt; an entry on the debtor (Dr.) side of an account; -- mostly used adjectively; as, the debit side of an account.
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Debit
Deb"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debited; p. pr. & vb. n. Debiting.] 1. To charge with debt; -- the opposite of, and correlative to, credit; as, to debit a purchaser for the goods sold.
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2. (Bookkeeping) To enter on the debtor (Dr.) side of an account; as, to debit the amount of goods sold.
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Debit card
Deb"it card` (?), n. [See debit.] a small usually plastic card with a magnetic coded number, similar to a credit card, which is used to pay for purchases by the electronic deduction of a sum of money (a debit) directly from the card-holder's bank account. Such cards do not require the establishment of a credit line, and such transactions do not incur any interest payments.
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Debitor
Deb"it*or (?), n. [L. See Debtor.] A debtor. [Obs.] Shak.
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Debituminization
De`bi*tu`mi*ni*za"tion (?), n. The act of depriving of bitumen.
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Debituminize
De`bi*tu"mi*nize (?), v. t. To deprive of bitumen.
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Deblai
Dé`blai" (?), n. [F.] (Fort.) The cavity from which the earth for parapets, etc. (remblai), is taken.
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Debonair
Deb`o*nair" (?), a. [OE. debonere, OF. de bon aire, debonaire, of good descent or lineage, excellent, debonair, F. débonnaire debonair; de of (L. de) + bon good (L. bonus) + aire. See Air, and Bounty, and cf. Bonair.] Characterized by courteousness, affability, or gentleness; of good appearance and manners; graceful; complaisant.
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Was never prince so meek and debonair. Spenser.
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Debonairity
Deb`o*nair"i*ty (?), n. [OF. debonaireté, F. débonnaireté.] Debonairness. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Debonairly
Deb`o*nair"ly, adv. Courteously; elegantly.
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Debonairness
Deb`o*nair"ness, n. The quality of being debonair; good humor; gentleness; courtesy. Sterne.
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Debosh
De*bosh" (?), v. t. [Old form of debauch.] To debauch. [Obs.] “A deboshed lady.” Beau. & Fl.
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Deboshment
De*bosh"ment (?), n. Debauchment. [Obs.]
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Debouch
De*bouch" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Debouched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Debouching.] [F. déboucher; pref. dé- (L. dis- or de) + boucher to stop up, fr. bouche mouth, fr. L. bucca the cheek. Cf. Disembogue.] To march out from a wood, defile, or other confined spot, into open ground; to issue.
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Battalions debouching on the plain. Prescott.
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2. (Geog.) To issue; -- said of a stream passing from a gorge out into an open valley or a plain.
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Debouche
Dé`bou`ché" (?), n. [F.] A place for exit; an outlet; hence, a market for goods.
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The débouchés were ordered widened to afford easy egress. The Century.
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Débouchure
Dé`bou`chure" (?), n. [F.] The outward opening of a river, of a valley, or of a strait.
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Debrief
De*brief" (?), v. to interrogate (a person who has recently experienced an event), to obtain information about that experience; -- used especially of military pilots or diplomatic agents who have just returned from a mission.
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Debride
De*bride" (?), v. to remove (e. g., dead tissue) surgically from a wound.
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Debridement
De*bride"ment (?), n. the surgical excision of dead, contaminated, or damaged tissue, and foreign matter, especially from a wound.
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Debris
Dé`bris" (?), n. [F., fr. pref. dé- (L. dis) + briser to break, shatter; perh. of Celtic origin.] 1. (Geol.) Broken and detached fragments, taken collectively; especially, fragments detached from a rock or mountain, and piled up at the base.
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2. Rubbish, especially such as results from the destruction of anything; remains; ruins.
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Debruised
De*bruised" (?), a. [Cf. OF. debruisier to shatter, break. Cf. Bruise.] (Her.) Surmounted by an ordinary; as, a lion is debruised when a bend or other ordinary is placed over it, as in the cut.
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The lion of England and the lilies of France without the baton sinister, under which, according to the laws of heraldry, they where debruised in token of his illegitimate birth. Macaulay.
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Debt
Debt (?), n. [OE. dette, F. dette, LL. debita, fr. L. debitus owed, p. p. of debere to owe, prop., to have on loan; de- + habere to have. See Habit, and cf. Debit, Due.] 1. That which is due from one person to another, whether money, goods, or services; that which one person is bound to pay to another, or to perform for his benefit; thing owed; obligation; liability.
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Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt. Shak.
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When you run in debt, you give to another power over your liberty. Franklin.
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2. A duty neglected or violated; a fault; a sin; a trespass. “Forgive us our debts.” Matt. vi. 12.
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3. (Law) An action at law to recover a certain specified sum of money alleged to be due. Burrill.
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Bond debt, Book debt, etc. See under Bond, Book, etc. -- Debt of nature, death.
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Debted
Debt"ed, p. a. Indebted; obliged to. [R.]
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I stand debted to this gentleman. Shak.
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Debtee
Debt*ee" (?), n. (Law) One to whom a debt is due; creditor; -- correlative to debtor. Blackstone.
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Debtless
Debt"less (?), a. Free from debt. Chaucer.
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Debtor
Debt"or (?), n. [OE. dettur, dettour, OF. detor, detur, detour, F. débiteur, fr. L. debitor, fr. debere to owe. See Debt.] One who owes a debt; one who is indebted; -- correlative to creditor.
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[I 'll] bring your latter hazard back again,
And thankfully rest debtor for the first.
Shak.
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In Athens an insolvent debtor became slave to his creditor. Mitford.
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Debtors for our lives to you. Tennyson.
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Debulliate
De*bul"li*ate (?), v. i. [Pref. dé- + L. bullire to boil.] To boil over. [Obs.]
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Debullition
Deb`ul*li"tion (?), n. [See Debulliate.] A bubbling or boiling over. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Deburse
De*burse" (?), v. t. & i. [Pref. de + L. bursa purse.] To disburse. [Obs.] Ludlow.
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Debuscope
De"bu*scope (?), n. [From the inventor, Debus, a French optician + -scope.] (Opt.) A modification of the kaleidoscope; -- used to reflect images so as to form beautiful designs.
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Debut
Dé`but" (?), n. [F. début, prop., the first cast or throw at play, fr. but aim, mark. See Butt an end.] A beginning or first attempt; hence, a first appearance before the public, as of an actor or public speaker.

Debutante
Debutant
Dé`bu`tant" (?), n.; fem. Dé`bu`tante" (&unr_;). [F., p. pr. of débuter to have the first throw, to make one's début. See Début.] A person who makes his (or her) first appearance before the public.
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Debutante
Dé`bu`tante" (?), fem. n. A young woman making her first appearance in society, especially one who is one of the honorees at a debutante cotillion. See cotillion{4}.
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Deca-
Dec"a- (?). pref. [Cf. Ten.] A prefix, from Gr. de`ka, signifying ten; specifically: (Metric System), a prefix signifying the weight or measure that is ten times the principal unit.
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Decacerata
De*cac`e*ra"ta (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten + ke`ras a horn.] (Zool.) The division of Cephalopoda which includes the squids, cuttlefishes, and others having ten arms or tentacles; -- called also Decapoda. [Written also Decacera.] See Dibranchiata.

Decachordon
Decachord
{ Dec"a*chord (?), Dec`a*chor"don (?), } n. [Gr. deka`chordos tenstringed; de`ka ten + chordh` a string.] 1. An ancient Greek musical instrument of ten strings, resembling the harp.
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2. Something consisting of ten parts. W. Watson.
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Decacuminated
Dec`a*cu"mi*na`ted (?), a. [L. decacuminare to cut off the top. See Cacuminate.] Having the point or top cut off. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Decad
Dec"ad (?), n. A decade.
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Averill was a decad and a half his elder. Tennyson.
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Decadal
Dec"a*dal (?), a. Pertaining to ten; consisting of tens.
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Decade
Dec"ade (?), n. [F. décade, L. decas, -adis, fr. Gr. &unr_;, fr. de`ka ten. See Ten.] A group or division of ten; esp., a period of ten years; a decennium; as, a decade of years or days; a decade of soldiers; the second decade of Livy. [Written also decad.]
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During this notable decade of years. Gladstone.

Decadency
Decadence
{ De*ca"dence (?), De*ca"den*cy (?), } n. [LL. decadentia; L. de- + cadere to fall: cf. F. décadence. See Decay.] A falling away; decay; deterioration; declension. “The old castle, where the family lived in their decadence.” Sir W. Scott.
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Decadent
De*ca"dent (?), a. Decaying; deteriorating.
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Decadent
De*ca"dent (?), n. One that is decadent, or deteriorating; esp., one characterized by, or exhibiting, the qualities of those who are degenerating to a lower type; -- specif. applied to a certain school of modern French writers.

The decadents and æsthetes, and certain types of realists. C. L. Dana.

The business men of a great State allow their State to be represented in Congress by “decadents”. The Century.
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Decadist
Dec"a*dist (?), n. A writer of a book divided into decades; as, Livy was a decadist. [R.]
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Decagon
Dec"a*gon (?), n. [Pref. deca- + Gr. &unr_; a corner or angle: cf. F. décagone.] (Geom.) A plane figure having ten sides and ten angles; any figure having ten angles. A regular decagon is one that has all its sides and angles equal.
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Decagonal
De*cag"o*nal (?), a. Pertaining to a decagon; having ten sides.

Decagramme
Decagram
{ Dec"a*gram, Dec"a*gramme } (?), n. [F. décagramme; Gr. de`ka ten + F. gramme. See Gram.] A mass in the metric system equal to ten grams, and equal to about 154.32 grains avoirdupois. See 3rd Gram.
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Decagynia
Dec`a*gyn"i*a (d&ebreve_;k`&adot_;*j&ibreve_;n"&ibreve_;*&adot_;), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten + gynh` a woman, a female.] (Bot.) A Linnæan order of plants characterized by having ten styles.

Deccagynous
Decagynian
{ Dec`a*gyn"i*an (d&ebreve_;k`&adot_;*j&ibreve_;n"&ibreve_;*&aitalic_;n), Dec*cag"y*nous (?), } a. [Cf. F. décagyne.] (Bot.) Belonging to the Decagynia; having ten styles.
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Decahedral
Dec`a*he"dral (d&ebreve_;k`&adot_;*hē"dr&aitalic_;l), a. Having ten sides.
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Decahedron
Dec`a*he"dron (d&ebreve_;k`&adot_;*hē"dr&obreve_;n), n.; pl. E. Decahedrons (d&ebreve_;k`&adot_;*hē"dr&obreve_;nz), L. Decahedra (#). [Pref. deca- + Gr. 'e`dra a seat, a base, fr. 'e`zesqai to sit: cf. F. décaèdre.] (Geom.) A solid figure or body inclosed by ten plane surfaces. [Written also, less correctly, decaedron.]
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Decalcification
De*cal`ci*fi*ca"tion (?), n. The removal of calcareous matter.
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Decalcify
De*cal"ci*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decalcified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decalcifying.] To deprive of calcareous matter; thus, to decalcify bones is to remove the stony part, and leave only the gelatin.

Decalcomanie
Decalcomania
{ De*cal`co*ma"ni*a (?), De*cal`co*ma"nie (?), } n. [F. décalcomanie.] The art or process of transferring pictures and designs to china, glass, marble, etc., and permanently fixing them thereto.

Decalitre
Decaliter
{ Dec"a*li`ter, Dec"a*li`tre } (?), n. [F. décalitre; Gr. de`ka ten + F. litre. See Liter.] A measure of capacity in the metric system; a cubic volume of ten liters, equal to about 610.24 cubic inches, that is, 2.642 wine gallons.
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Decalog
Dec"a*log (?; 115), n. Decalogue.
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Decalogist
De*cal"o*gist (?), n. One who explains the decalogue. J. Gregory.
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Decalogue
Dec"a*logue (?; 115), n. [F. décalogue, L. decalogus, fr. Gr. &unr_;; de`ka ten + &unr_; speech, &unr_; to speak, to say. See Ten.] The Ten Commandments or precepts given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and originally written on two tables of stone.
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Decameron
De*cam"e*ron (?), n. [It. decamerone, fr. Gr. de`ka ten + &unr_; part; though quite generally supposed to be derived from "hme`ra day: cf. F. décaméron.] A celebrated collection of tales, supposed to be related in ten days; -- written in the 14th century, by Boccaccio, an Italian.

Decametre
Decameter
{ Dec"a*me`ter, Dec"a*me`tre } (?), n. [F. décamètre; Gr. de`ka ten + mètre. See Meter.] A measure of length in the metric system; ten meters, equal to about 393.7 inches.
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Decamp
De*camp" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decamped (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Decamping.] [F. décamper; pref. dé- (L. dis) + camp camp. See Camp.] 1. To break up a camp; to move away from a camping ground, usually by night or secretly. Macaulay.
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2. Hence, to depart suddenly; to run away; -- generally used disparagingly.
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The fathers were ordered to decamp, and the house was once again converted into a tavern. Goldsmith.
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Decampment
De*camp"ment (?), n. [Cf. F. décampement.] Departure from a camp; a marching off.
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Decanal
Dec"a*nal (?; 277), a. [Cf. F. décanal. See Dean.] Pertaining to a dean or deanery.
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His rectorial as well as decanal residence. Churton.
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Decanal side, the side of the choir on which the dean's tall is placed. -- Decanal stall, the stall allotted to the dean in the choir, on the right or south side of the chancel. Shipley.
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Decandria
De*can"dri*a (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten + &unr_;, &unr_;, a man.] (Bot.) A Linnæan class of plants characterized by having ten stamens.

Decandrous
Decandrian
{ De*can"dri*an (?), De*can"drous (?), } a. [Cf. F. décandre.] (Bot.) Belonging to the Decandria; having ten stamens.
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Decane
Dec"ane (?), n. [See Deca-.] (Chem.) A liquid hydrocarbon, C10H22, of the paraffin series, including several isomeric modifications.
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Decangular
Dec*an"gu*lar (?), a. [Pref. deca- + angular.] Having ten angles.
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Decani
De*ca"ni (?), a. [L., lit., of the dean.] Used of the side of the choir on which the dean's stall is placed; decanal; -- correlative to cantoris; as, the decanal, or decani, side.
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Decant
De*cant" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Decanting.] [F. décanter (cf. It. decantare), prop., to pour off from the edge of a vessel; pref. dé- (L. de) + OF. cant (It. canto) edge, border, end. See Cant an edge.] To pour off gently, as liquor, so as not to disturb the sediment; or to pour from one vessel into another; as, to decant wine.
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Decantate
De*can"tate (?), v. t. To decant. [Obs.]
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Decantation
De`can*ta"tion (?; 277), n. [Cf. F. décantation.] The act of pouring off a clear liquor gently from its lees or sediment, or from one vessel into another.
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Decanter
De*cant"er (?), n. 1. A vessel used to decant liquors, or for receiving decanted liquors; a kind of glass bottle used for holding wine or other liquors, from which drinking glasses are filled.
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2. One who decants liquors.
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Decaphyllous
De*caph"yl*lous (?), a. [Pref. deca- + Gr. &unr_; leaf: cf. F. décaphylle.] (Bot.) Having ten leaves.
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Decapitate
De*cap"i*tate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decapitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decapitating.] [LL. decapitatus, p. p. of decapitare; L. de- + caput head. See Chief.] 1. To cut off the head of; to behead.
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2. To remove summarily from office. [Colloq. U. S.]
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decapitated
decapitated adj. having had the head cut off.
Syn. -- beheaded.
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Decapitation
De*cap`i*ta"tion (?), n. [LL. decapitatio: cf. F. décapitation.] The act of beheading; beheading.
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Decapod
Dec"a*pod (d&ebreve_;k"&adot_;*p&obreve_;d), n. [Cf. F. décapode.] (Zool.) A crustacean with ten feet or legs, as a crab; one of the Decapoda. Also used adjectively, as a decapod crustacean.
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Decapoda
De*cap"o*da (d&euptack_;*kăp"&ouptack_;*d&adot_;), prop. n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten + poy`s, podo`s, foot.] 1. (Zool.) The order of Crustacea which includes the shrimps, lobsters, crabs, etc.
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&hand_; They have a carapace, covering and uniting the somites of the head and thorax and inclosing a gill chamber on each side, and usually have five (rarely six) pairs of legs. They are divided into two principal groups: Brachyura and Macrura. Some writers recognize a third (Anomura) intermediate between the others.
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2. (Zool.) A division of the dibranchiate cephalopods including the cuttlefishes and squids. See Decacera.

Decapodous
Decapodal
{ De*cap"o*dal (?), De*cap"o*dous (?), } a. (Zool.) Belonging to the decapods; having ten feet; ten-footed.
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Decarbonate
De*car"bon*ate (?), v. t. To deprive of carbonic acid.
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Decarbonization
De*car`bon*i*za"tion (?), n. The action or process of depriving a substance of carbon.
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Decarbonize
De*car"bon*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decarbonized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decarbonizing.] To deprive of carbon; as, to decarbonize steel; to decarbonize the blood.
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Decarbonized iron. See Malleable iron. -- Decarbonized steel, homogenous wrought iron made by a steel process, as that of Bessemer; ingot iron.
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Decarbonizer
De*car"bon*i`zer (?), n. He who, or that which, decarbonizes a substance.
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Decarburization
De*car`bu*ri*za"tion (?), n. The act, process, or result of decarburizing.
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Decarburize
De*car"bu*rize (?), v. t. To deprive of carbon; to remove the carbon from.
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Decard
De*card" (?), v. t. To discard. [Obs.]
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You have cast those by, decarded them. J. Fletcher.
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Decardinalize
De*car"di*nal*ize (?), v. t. To depose from the rank of cardinal.
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Decastere
Dec"a*stere (?), n. [L. décastère; Gr. de`ka ten + F. stère a stere.] (Metric System) A measure of capacity, equal to ten steres, or ten cubic meters.
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Decastich
Dec"a*stich (?), n. [Pref. deca- + Gr. sti`chos a row, a line of writing, a verse.] A poem consisting of ten lines.
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Decastyle
Dec"a*style (?), a. [Gr. &unr_;; de`ka ten + sty`los a column.] (Arch.) Having ten columns in front; -- said of a portico, temple, etc. -- n. A portico having ten pillars or columns in front.
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Decasyllabic
Dec`a*syl*lab"ic (?), a. [Pref. deca- + syllabic: cf. F. décasyllabique, décasyllable.] Having, or consisting of, ten syllables.
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decathlon
de*cath"lon (?), n. [See Deca-; Pentathlon.] In the modern Olympic Games, a composite contest consisting of a 100-meter run, a broad jump, putting the shot, a running high-jump, a 400-meter run, throwing the discus, a 100-meter hurdle race, pole vaulting, throwing the javelin, and a 1500-meter run.
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Decatoic
Dec`a*to"ic (?), a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, decane.
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Decay
De*cay" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decaying.] [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. déchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.] To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.
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Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.
Goldsmith.
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Decay
De*cay", v. t. 1. To cause to decay; to impair. [R.]
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Infirmity, that decays the wise. Shak.
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2. To destroy. [Obs.] Shak.
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Decay
De*cay", n. 1. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay.
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Perhaps my God, though he be far before,
May turn, and take me by the hand, and more --
May strengthen my decays.
Herbert.
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His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay. Macaulay.
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Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws. James Byrne.
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2. Destruction; death. [Obs.] Spenser.
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3. Cause of decay. [R.]
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He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers, is the decay of the whole age. Bacon.

Syn. -- Decline; consumption. See Decline.
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decayable
decayable adj. susceptible to decay.
Syn. -- putrescible, putrefiable, spoilable.
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Decayed
De*cayed" (?), a. Fallen, as to physical or social condition; affected with decay; rotten; as, decayed vegetation or vegetables; a decayed fortune or gentleman. -- De*cay"ed*ness (#), n.
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Decayer
De*cay"er (?), n. A causer of decay. [R.]
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Decease
De*cease" (?), n. [OE. deses, deces, F. décès, fr. L. decessus departure, death, fr. decedere to depart, die; de- + cedere to withdraw. See Cease, Cede.] Departure, especially departure from this life; death.
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His decease, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. Luke ix. 31.
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And I, the whilst you mourn for his decease,
Will with my mourning plaints your plaint increase.
Spenser.

Syn. -- Death; departure; dissolution; demise; release. See Death.
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Decease
De*cease", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deceased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deceasing.] To depart from this life; to die; to pass away.
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She's dead, deceased, she's dead. Shak.
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When our summers have deceased. Tennyson.
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Inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie with him, he so far deceases from nature. Emerson.
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Deceased
De*ceased" (?), a. Passed away; dead; gone.
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The deceased, the dead person.
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Decede
De*cede" (?), v. i. [L. decedere. See Decease, n.] To withdraw. [Obs.] Fuller.
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Decedent
De*ce"dent (?), a. [L. decedens, p. pr. of decedere.] Removing; departing. Ash.
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Decedent
De*ce"dent, n. A deceased person. Bouvier.
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Deceit
De*ceit" (?), n. [OF. deceit, desçait, decept (cf. deceite, deçoite), fr. L. deceptus deception, fr. decipere. See Deceive.] 1. An attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud.
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Making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit. Amos viii. 5.
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Friendly to man, far from deceit or guile. Milton.
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Yet still we hug the dear deceit. N. Cotton.
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2. (Law) Any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. When injury is thereby effected, an action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation.

Syn. -- Deception; fraud; imposition; duplicity; trickery; guile; falsifying; double-dealing; stratagem. See Deception.
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Deceitful
De*ceit"ful (?), a. Full of, or characterized by, deceit; serving to mislead or insnare; trickish; fraudulent; cheating; insincere.
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Harboring foul deceitful thoughts. Shak.
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Deceitfully
De*ceit"ful*ly, adv. With intent to deceive.
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Deceitfulness
De*ceit"ful*ness, n. 1. The disposition to deceive; as, a man's deceitfulness may be habitual.
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2. The quality of being deceitful; as, the deceitfulness of a man's practices.
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3. Tendency to mislead or deceive. “The deceitfulness of riches.” Matt. xiii. 22.
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Deceitless
De*ceit"less, a. Free from deceit. Bp. Hall.
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Deceivable
De*ceiv"a*ble (?), a. [F. décevable.] 1. Fitted to deceive; deceitful. [Obs.]
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The fraud of deceivable traditions. Milton.
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2. Subject to deceit; capable of being misled.
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Blind, and thereby deceivable. Milton.
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Deceivableness
De*ceiv"a*ble*ness, n. 1. Capability of deceiving.
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With all deceivableness of unrighteousness. 2 Thess. ii. 10.
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2. Liability to be deceived or misled; as, the deceivableness of a child.
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Deceivably
De*ceiv"a*bly, adv. In a deceivable manner.
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Deceive
De*ceive" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deceived (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deceiving.] [OE. deceveir, F. décevoir, fr. L. decipere to catch, insnare, deceive; de- + capere to take, catch. See Capable, and cf. Deceit, Deception.] 1. To lead into error; to cause to believe what is false, or disbelieve what is true; to impose upon; to mislead; to cheat; to disappoint; to delude; to insnare.
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Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Tim. iii. 13.
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Nimble jugglers that deceive the eye. Shak.
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What can 'scape the eye
Of God all-seeing, or deceive his heart?
Milton.
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2. To beguile; to amuse, so as to divert the attention; to while away; to take away as if by deception.
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These occupations oftentimes deceived
The listless hour.
Wordsworth.
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3. To deprive by fraud or stealth; to defraud. [Obs.]
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Plant fruit trees in large borders, and set therein fine flowers, but thin and sparingly, lest they deceive the trees. Bacon.

Syn. -- Deceive, Delude, Mislead. Deceive is a general word applicable to any kind of misrepresentation affecting faith or life. To delude, primarily, is to make sport of, by deceiving, and is accomplished by playing upon one's imagination or credulity, as by exciting false hopes, causing him to undertake or expect what is impracticable, and making his failure ridiculous. It implies some infirmity of judgment in the victim, and intention to deceive in the deluder. But it is often used reflexively, indicating that a person's own weakness has made him the sport of others or of fortune; as, he deluded himself with a belief that luck would always favor him. To mislead is to lead, guide, or direct in a wrong way, either willfully or ignorantly.
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Deceiver
De*ceiv"er (?), n. One who deceives; one who leads into error; a cheat; an impostor.
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The deceived and the deceiver are his. Job xii. 16.

Syn. -- Deceiver, Impostor. A deceiver operates by stealth and in private upon individuals; an impostor practices his arts on the community at large. The one succeeds by artful falsehoods, the other by bold assumption. The faithless friend and the fickle lover are deceivers; the false prophet and the pretended prince are impostors.
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decelerate
decelerate v. i. 1. 1 to reduce speed; as, The car decelerated. Opposite of accelerate.
Syn. -- slow, slow down, slow up, retard.
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decelerate
decelerate v. t. to cause to reduce speed. Opposite of accelerate.
Syn. -- slow down.
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deceleration
deceleration n. a decrease in velocity. Opposite of acceleration
Syn. -- slowing, retardation.
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December
De*cem"ber (d&euptack_;*s&ebreve_;m"b&etilde_;r), prop. n. [F. décembre, from L. December, fr. decem ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See Ten.] 1. The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice.
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2. Fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season; as, the December of his life.
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Decembrist
De*cem"brist (?), n. (Russian Hist.) One of those who conspired for constitutional government against the Emperor Nicholas on his accession to the throne at the death of Alexander I., in December, 1825; -- called also Dekabrist.

He recalls the history of the decembrists . . . that gallant band of revolutionists. G. Kennan.
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Decemdentate
De`cem*den"tate (?), a. [L. decem ten + E. dentate.] Having ten points or teeth.
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Decemfid
De*cem"fid (d&euptack_;*s&ebreve_;m"f&ibreve_;d), a. [L. decem ten + root of findere to cleave.] (Bot.) Cleft into ten parts.
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Decemlocular
De`cem*loc"u*lar (?), a. [L. decem ten + E. locular.] (Bot.) Having ten cells for seeds.
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Decempedal
De*cem"pe*dal (d&euptack_;*s&ebreve_;m"p&euptack_;*d&aitalic_;l), a. [L. decem ten + E. pedal.] 1. Ten feet in length.
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2. (Zool.) Having ten feet; decapodal. [R.] Bailey.
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Decemvir
De*cem"vir (d&euptack_;*s&ebreve_;m"v&etilde_;r), n.; pl. E. Decemvirs (#), L. Decemviri (#). [L., fr. decem ten + vir a man.] 1. One of a body of ten magistrates in ancient Rome.
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&hand_; The title of decemvirs was given to various bodies of Roman magistrates. The most celebrated decemvirs framed “the laws of the Twelve Tables,” about 450 B. C., and had absolute authority for three years.
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2. A member of any body of ten men in authority.
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Decemviral
De*cem"vi*ral (?), a. [L. decemviralis.] Pertaining to the decemvirs in Rome.
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Decemvirate
De*cem"vi*rate (?), n. [L. decemviratus.] 1. The office or term of office of the decemvirs in Rome.
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2. A body of ten men in authority.
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Decemvirship
De*cem"vir*ship (?), n. The office of a decemvir. Holland.
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Decence
De"cence (?), n. Decency. [Obs.] Dryden.
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Decency
De"cen*cy (?), n.; pl. Decencies (#). [L. decentia, fr. decens: cf. F. décence. See Decent.] 1. The quality or state of being decent, suitable, or becoming, in words or behavior; propriety of form in social intercourse, in actions, or in discourse; proper formality; becoming ceremony; seemliness; hence, freedom from obscenity or indecorum; modesty.
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Observances of time, place, and of decency in general. Burke.
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Immodest words admit of no defense,
For want of decency is want of sense.
Roscommon.
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2. That which is proper or becoming.
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The external decencies of worship. Atterbury.
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Those thousand decencies, that daily flow
From all her words and actions.
Milton.
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Decene
De"cene (?), n. [L. decem ten.] (Chem.) One of the higher hydrocarbons, C10H20, of the ethylene series.
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Decennary
De*cen"na*ry (?), n.; pl. Decennaries (#). [L. decennium a period of ten years; decem ten + annus a year.] 1. A period of ten years.
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2. (O. Eng. Law) A tithing consisting of ten neighboring families. Burrill.
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Decennial
De*cen"ni*al (?), a. [See Decennary.] Consisting of ten years; happening every ten years; as, a decennial period; decennial games. Hallam.
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Decennial
De*cen"ni*al, n. A tenth year or tenth anniversary.
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Decennium
De*cen"ni*um (?), n.; pl. Decenniums (#), L. Decennia (#). [L.] A period of ten years. “The present decennium.” Hallam. “The last decennium of Chaucer's life.” A. W. Ward.

Decennovary
Decennoval
{ De*cen"no*val (?), De*cen"no*va*ry (?), } a. [L. decem ten + novem nine.] Pertaining to the number nineteen; of nineteen years. [R.] Holder.
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decent
de"cent (dē"s&eitalic_;nt), a. [L. decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming; akin to decus glory, honor, ornament, Gr. dokei^n to seem good, to seem, think; cf. Skr. dāç to grant, to give; and perh. akin to E. attire, tire: cf. F. décent. Cf. Decorate, Decorum, Deign.] 1. Suitable in words, behavior, dress, or ceremony; becoming; fit; decorous; proper; seemly; as, decent conduct; decent language. Shak.
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Before his decent steps. Milton.
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2. Free from immodesty or obscenity; modest.
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3. Comely; shapely; well-formed. [Archaic]
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A sable stole of cyprus lawn
Over thy decent shoulders drawn.
Milton.
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By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed. Pope.
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4. Moderate, but competent; sufficient; hence, respectable; fairly good; reasonably comfortable or satisfying; as, a decent fortune; a decent person.
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A decent retreat in the mutability of human affairs. Burke.

-- De"cent*ly, adv. -- De"cent*ness, n.
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decentralisation
decentralisation n. same as decentralization.
Syn. -- decentralization.
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decentralise
decentralise v. same as decentralize. Opposite of centralize and concentrate
Syn. -- decentralize, deconcentrate.
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decentralizing
decentralizing adj. prenom. causing a dispersion or movement away from the center; -- used especially of power or administrative functions. Opposite of centralizing.
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decentralization
de*cen`tral*i*za"tion (?), n. 1. The action of decentralizing, or the state of being decentralized. “The decentralization of France.” J. P. Peters.
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2. the spread of power away from the center to local branches or governments.
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Decentralize
De*cen"tral*ize (?), v. t. to make less central; to prevent from centralizing; to cause to withdraw from the center or place of concentration; to divide and distribute (what has been united or concentrated); -- esp. said of authority, or the administration of public affairs.
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Deceptible
De*cep"ti*ble (?), a. Capable of being deceived; deceivable. Sir T. Browne. -- De*cep`ti*bil"i*ty (&unr_;), n.
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Deception
De*cep"tion (?), n. [F. déception, L. deceptio, fr. decipere, deceptum. See Deceive.] 1. The act of deceiving or misleading. South.
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2. The state of being deceived or misled.
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There is one thing relating either to the action or enjoyments of man in which he is not liable to deception. South.
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3. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
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There was of course room for vast deception. Motley.

Syn. -- Deception, Deceit, Fraud, Imposition. Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to the habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and that of the worst kind; but a deception does not always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to some unlawful gain or advantage.
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Deceptious
De*cep"tious (?), a. [LL. deceptiosus.] Tending deceive; delusive. [R.]
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As if those organs had deceptious functions. Shak.
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Deceptive
De*cep"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. déceptif. See Deceive.] Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
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Language altogether deceptive, and hiding the deeper reality from our eyes. Trench.
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Deceptive cadence (Mus.), a cadence on the subdominant, or in some foreign key, postponing the final close.
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Deceptively
De*cep"tive*ly, adv. In a manner to deceive.
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Deceptiveness
De*cep"tive*ness, n. The power or habit of deceiving; tendency or aptness to deceive.
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Deceptivity
De`cep*tiv"i*ty (?), n. Deceptiveness; a deception; a sham. [R.] Carlyle.
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Deceptory
De*cep"to*ry (?), a. [L. deceptorius, from decipere.] Deceptive. [R.]
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Decern
De*cern" (?), v. t. [L. decernere. See Decree.] 1. To perceive, discern, or decide. [Obs.] Granmer.
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2. (Scots Law) To decree; to adjudge.
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Decerniture
De*cern"i*ture (?; 135), n. (Scots Law) A decree or sentence of a court. Stormonth.
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Decerp
De*cerp" (?), v. t. [L. decerpere; de- + carpere to pluck.] To pluck off; to crop; to gather. [Obs.]
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Decerpt
De*cerpt" (?), a. [L. decerptus, p. p. of decerpere.] Plucked off or away. [Obs.]
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Decerptible
De*cerp"ti*ble (?), a. That may be plucked off, cropped, or torn away. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Decerption
De*cerp"tion (?), n. 1. The act of plucking off; a cropping.
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2. That which is plucked off or rent away; a fragment; a piece. Glanvill.
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Decertation
De`cer*ta"tion (?), n. [L. decertatio, fr. decertare, decertatum; de- + certare to contend.] Contest for mastery; contention; strife. [R.] Arnway.
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Decession
De*ces"sion (?), n. [L. decessio, fr. decedere to depart. See Decease, n.] Departure; decrease; -- opposed to accesion. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
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Decharm
De*charm" (?), v. t. [Cf. F. décharmer. See Charm.] To free from a charm; to disenchant.
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Dechristianize
De*chris"tian*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dechristianized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dechristianizing.] To turn from, or divest of, Christianity.
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Decidable
De*cid"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being decided; determinable.
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Deciare
Dec"i*are` (?), n. [F. déciare; pref. déci- tenth (fr. L. decimus) + are. See 2d Are.] (Metric System) A measure of area, the tenth part of an are; ten square meters.
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Decide
De*cide" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.] [L. decīdere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. décider. Cf. Decision.] 1. To cut off; to separate. [Obs.]
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Our seat denies us traffic here;
The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
Fuller.
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2. To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.
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So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 1 Kings xx. 40.
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The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;
Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
Shak.
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Decide
De*cide", v. i. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant.
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Who shall decide, when doctors disagree? Pope.
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Decided
De*cid"ed (?), a. 1. Free from ambiguity; unequivocal; unmistakable; unquestionable; clear; evident; as, a decided advantage. “A more decided taste for science.” Prescott.
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2. Free from doubt or wavering; determined; of fixed purpose; fully settled; positive; resolute; as, a decided opinion or purpose.

Syn. -- Decided, Decisive. We call a thing decisive when it has the power or quality of deciding; as, a decisive battle; we speak of it as decided when it is so fully settled as to leave no room for doubt; as, a decided preference, a decided aversion. Hence, a decided victory is one about which there is no question; a decisive victory is one which ends the contest. Decisive is applied only to things; as, a decisive sentence, a decisive decree, a decisive judgment. Decided is applied equally to persons and things. Thus we speak of a man as decided in his whole of conduct; and as having a decided disgust, or a decided reluctance, to certain measures. “A politic caution, a guarded circumspection, were among the ruling principles of our forefathers in their most decided conduct.” Burke. “The sentences of superior judges are final, decisive, and irrevocable.” Blackstone.
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Decidedly
De*cid"ed*ly, adv. In a decided manner; indisputably; clearly; thoroughly.
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Decidement
De*cide"ment (?), n. Means of forming a decision. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
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Decidence
Dec"i*dence (?), n. [L. decidens falling off.] A falling off. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
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Decider
De*cid"er (?), n. One who decides.
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Decidua
De*cid"u*a (?; 135), n. [NL., fr. L. deciduus. See Deciduous.] (Anat.) The inner layer of the wall of the uterus, which envelops the embryo, forms a part of the placenta, and is discharged with it.
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Deciduata
De*cid`u*a"ta (?), n. pl. [NL.] (Zool.) A group of Mammalia in which a decidua is thrown off with, or after, the fetus, as in the human species.
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Deciduate
De*cid"u*ate (?; 135), a. (Anat.) Possessed of, or characterized by, a decidua.
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Deciduity
Dec`i*du"i*ty (?), n. Deciduousness. [R.]
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Deciduous
De*cid"u*ous (?; 135), a. [L. deciduus, fr. dec&unr_;dere to fall off; de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.] (Biol.) Falling off, or subject to fall or be shed, at a certain season, or a certain stage or interval of growth, as leaves (except of evergreens) in autumn, or as parts of animals, such as hair, teeth, antlers, etc.; also, shedding leaves or parts at certain seasons, stages, or intervals; as, deciduous trees; the deciduous membrane.
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Deciduousness
De*cid"u*ous*ness, n. The quality or state of being deciduous.
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Decigramme
Decigram
{ Dec"i*gram, Dec"i*gramme } (?), n. [F. décigramme; pref. déci- tenth (fr. L. decimus) + gramme.] A quantity of mass in the metric system equal to one tenth of a gram, and equal to 1.5432 grains avoirdupois. See 3rd gram.
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Decile
Decil
{ Dec"il, Dec"ile } (?), n. [F. décil, fr. L. decem ten&unr_; cf. It. decile.] (Astrol.) An aspect or position of two planets, when they are distant from each other a tenth part of the zodiac, or 36°.
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Decilitre
Deciliter
{ Dec"i*li`ter, Dec"i*li`tre } (?), n. [F. décilitre; pref. déci- tenth (L. decimus) + litre. See Liter.] A measure of capacity or volume in the metric system; one tenth of a liter, equal to 6.1022 cubic inches, or 3.38 fluid ounces.
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Decillion
De*cil"lion (?), n. [L. decem ten + the ending of million.] According to the English notation, a million involved to the tenth power, or a unit with sixty ciphers annexed; according to the French and American notation, a thousand involved to the eleventh power, or a unit with thirty-three ciphers annexed. [See the Note under Numeration.]
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Decillionth
De*cil"lionth (?), a. Pertaining to a decillion, or to the quotient of unity divided by a decillion.
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Decillionth
De*cil"lionth (?), n. (a) The quotient of unity divided by a decillion. (b) One of a decillion equal parts.
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Decimal
Dec"i*mal (?), a. [F. décimal (cf. LL. decimalis), fr. L. decimus tenth, fr. decem ten. See Ten, and cf. Dime.] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a decimal coinage.
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Decimal arithmetic, the common arithmetic, in which numeration proceeds by tens. -- Decimal fraction, a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 10, as 2/10, 25/100, and is usually not expressed, but is signified by a point placed at the left hand of the numerator, as .2, .25. -- Decimal point, a dot or full stop at the left of a decimal fraction. The figures at the left of the point represent units or whole numbers, as 1.05.
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Decimal
Dec"i*mal, n. A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal fraction.
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Circulating decimal, or Circulatory decimal, a decimal fraction in which the same figure, or set of figures, is constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; -- called also recurring decimal, repeating decimal, and repetend.
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decimalisation
decimalisation n. same as decimalization.
Syn. -- decimalization.
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decimalise
decimalise v. 1. same as decimalize.
Syn. -- decimalize.
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decimalization
decimalization n. the act of changing to a decimal system; as, the decimalization of the British currency.
Syn. -- decimalisation.
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decimalism
dec"i*mal*ism (?), n. The system of a decimal currency, decimal weights, measures, etc.
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Decimalize
Dec"i*mal*ize (?), v. t. to convert the dominant units of measure (e.g. of currency) to a decimal-based system; to reduce to a decimal system; as, to decimalize the currency. -- Dec`i*mal*i*za"tion (#), n.
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Decimally
Dec"i*mal*ly, adv. By tens; by means of decimals.
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Decimate
Dec"i*mate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decimated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decimating (?).] [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See Decimal.] 1. To take the tenth part of; to tithe. Johnson.
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2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny. Macaulay.
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3. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.
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Decimation
Dec`i*ma"tion (?), n. [L. decimatio: cf. F. décimation.] 1. A tithing. [Obs.] State Trials (1630).
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2. A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment. Shak.
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3. The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war. Milman.
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Decimator
Dec"i*ma`tor (?), n. [Cf. LL. decimator.] One who decimates. South.
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Decime
Dé`cime" (?), n. [F.] A French coin, the tenth part of a franc, equal to about two cents (around 1900). In 2001 all previous French coins were superseded by the euro.
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Decimetre
Decimeter
{ Dec"i*me`ter, Dec"i*me`tre } (?), n. [F. décimètre; pref. déci- tenth (fr. L. decimus) + mètre. See Meter.] A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.
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Decimosexto
Dec`i*mo*sex"to (?), n. [Prop., in sixteenth; fr. L. decimus tenth + sextus sixth.] A book consisting of sheets, each of which is folded into sixteen leaves; hence, indicating, more or less definitely, a size of book; -- usually written 16mo or 16°.
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Decimosexto
Dec`i*mo*sex"to, a. Having sixteen leaves to a sheet; as, a decimosexto form, book, leaf, size.
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Decine
De"cine (?; 104), n. [From L. decem ten.] (Chem.) One of the higher hydrocarbons, C10H15, of the acetylene series; -- called also decenylene.
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Decipher
De*ci"pher (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deciphered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deciphering.] [Pref. de- + cipher. Formed in imitation of F. déchiffrer. See Cipher.] 1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters.
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2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.
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3. To stamp; to detect; to discover. [R.]
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You are both deciphered, . . .
For villains.
Shak.
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Decipherable
De*ci"pher*a*ble (?), a. Capable of being deciphered; as, old writings not decipherable.
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Decipherer
De*ci"pher*er (?), n. One who deciphers.
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Decipheress
De*ci"pher*ess (?), n. A woman who deciphers.
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Decipherment
De*ci"pher*ment (?), n. The act of deciphering.
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Decipiency
De*cip"i*en*cy (?), n. [L. decipiens, p. pr. of decipere. See Deceive.] State of being deceived; hallucination. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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Decipium
De*cip"i*um (?), n. [NL., fr. L. decipere to deceive.] (Chem.) A supposed rare element, said to be associated with cerium, yttrium, etc., in the mineral samarskite, and more recently called samarium. Symbol Dp. See Samarium.
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Decision
De*ci"sion (?), n. [L. decisio, fr. decīdere, decisum: cf. F. décision. See Decide.] 1. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part. [Obs.] Bp. Pearson.
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2. The act of deciding; act of settling or terminating, as a controversy, by giving judgment on the matter at issue; determination, as of a question or doubt; settlement; conclusion.
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The decision of some dispute. Atterbury.
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3. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a legal adjudication or judicial determination of a question or cause; as, a decision of arbitrators; a decision of the Supreme Court.
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4. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed determination; unwavering firmness; as, to manifest great decision.

Syn. -- Decision, Determination, Resolution. Each of these words has two meanings, one implying the act of deciding, determining, or resolving; and the other a habit of mind as to doing. It is in the last sense that the words are here compared. Decision is a cutting short. It implies that several courses of action have been presented to the mind, and that the choice is now finally made. It supposes, therefore, a union of promptitude and energy. Determination is the natural consequence of decision. It is the settling of a thing with a fixed purpose to adhere. Resolution is the necessary result in a mind which is characterized by firmness. It is a spirit which scatters (resolves) all doubt, and is ready to face danger or suffering in carrying out one's determinations. Martin Luther was equally distinguished for his prompt decision, his steadfast determination, and his inflexible resolution.
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Decisive
De*ci*sive (?), a. [Cf. F. décisif. See Decision.] 1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. “A decisive, irrevocable doom.” Bates.Decisive campaign.” Macaulay.Decisive proof.” Hallam.
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2. Marked by promptness and decision.
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A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character. J. Foster.

Syn. -- Decided; positive; conclusive. See Decided.

-- De*ci"sive*ly, adv. -- De*ci"sive*ness, n.
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Decisory
De*ci"so*ry (?), a. [Cf. F. décisoire. See Decision.] Able to decide or determine; having a tendency to decide. [R.]
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Decistere
Dec"i*stere (?), n. [F. décistère; pref. déci- tenth (fr. L. decimus) + stère a stere.] (Metric System) The tenth part of the stere or cubic meter, equal to 3.531 cubic feet. See Stere.
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Decitizenize
De*cit"i*zen*ize (?), v. t. To deprive of the rights of citizenship. [R.]
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We have no law -- as the French have -- to decitizenize a citizen. Edw. Bates.
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Decivilize
De*civ"i*lize (?), v. t. To reduce from civilization to a savage state. [R.] Blackwood's Mag.
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Deck
Deck (d&ebreve_;k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decked (d&ebreve_;kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Decking.] [D. dekken to cover; akin to E. thatch. See Thatch.] 1. To cover; to overspread.
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To deck with clouds the uncolored sky. Milton.
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2. To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.
Syn. -- adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, ornament, beautify.
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Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency. Job xl. 10.
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And deck my body in gay ornaments. Shak.
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The dew with spangles decked the ground. Dryden.
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3. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
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4. to knock down (a person) with a forceful blow; as, He decked his opponent with a single punch.
Syn. -- coldcock, dump, knock down, floor.
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Deck
Deck, n. [D. dek. See Deck, v.] 1. The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks.
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&hand_; The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one.
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Berth deck (Navy), a deck next below the gun deck, where the hammocks of the crew are swung. -- Boiler deck (River Steamers), the deck on which the boilers are placed. -- Flush deck, any continuous, unbroken deck from stem to stern. -- Gun deck (Navy), a deck below the spar deck, on which the ship's guns are carried. If there are two gun decks, the upper one is called the main deck, the lower, the lower gun deck; if there are three, one is called the middle gun deck. -- Half-deck, that portion of the deck next below the spar deck which is between the mainmast and the cabin. -- Hurricane deck (River Steamers, etc.), the upper deck, usually a light deck, erected above the frame of the hull. -- Orlop deck, the deck or part of a deck where the cables are stowed, usually below the water line. -- Poop deck, the deck forming the roof of a poop or poop cabin, built on the upper deck and extending from the mizzenmast aft. -- Quarter-deck, the part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one. -- Spar deck. (a) Same as the upper deck. (b) Sometimes a light deck fitted over the upper deck. -- Upper deck, the highest deck of the hull, extending from stem to stern.
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2. (arch.) The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
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3. (Railroad) The roof of a passenger car.
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4. A pack or set of playing cards.
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The king was slyly fingered from the deck. Shak.
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5. A heap or store. [Obs.]
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Who . . . hath such trinkets
Ready in the deck.
Massinger.
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6. (Aëronautics) A main aëroplane surface, esp. of a biplane or multiplane.
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7. the portion of a bridge which serves as the roadway.
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8. a flat platform adjacent to a house, usually without a roof; -- it is typically used for relaxing out of doors, outdoor cooking, or entertaining guests.
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Between decks. See under Between. -- Deck bridge (Railroad Engineering), a bridge which carries the track upon the upper chords; -- distinguished from a through bridge, which carries the track upon the lower chords, between the girders. -- Deck curb (Arch.), a curb supporting a deck in roof construction. -- Deck floor (Arch.), a floor which serves also as a roof, as of a belfry or balcony. -- Deck hand, a sailor hired to help on the vessel's deck, but not expected to go aloft. -- Deck molding (Arch.), the molded finish of the edge of a deck, making the junction with the lower slope of the roof. -- Deck roof (Arch.), a nearly flat roof which is not surmounted by parapet walls. -- Deck transom (Shipbuilding), the transom into which the deck is framed. -- To clear the decks (Naut.), to remove every unnecessary incumbrance in preparation for battle; to prepare for action. -- To sweep the deck (Card Playing), to clear off all the stakes on the table by winning them.
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Deckel
Deck"el (?), n. (Paper Making) Same as Deckle.
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Deck chair
Deck" chair` (?), n. a folding chair, usually having arms and a full-length leg rest; -- used for relaxing on the deck of a ship, at poolside, etc. Also called steamer chair
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decked
decked adj. clothed or adorned with finery.
Syn. -- adorned(predicate), bedecked(predicate)(predicate), decked out(predicate).
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Decker
Deck"er (d&ebreve_;k"&etilde_;r), n. 1. One who, or that which, decks or adorns; a coverer; as, a table decker.
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2. A vessel or vehicle which has a deck or decks; -- used esp. in composition; as, a single-decker; a three-decker; a double-decker bus.
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deckle
dec"kle (d&ebreve_;k"k'l), n. [Cf. G. deckel cover, lid.] (Paper Making) A separate thin wooden frame used to form the border of a hand mold, or a curb of India rubber or other material which rests on, and forms the edge of, the mold in a paper machine and determines the width of the paper. [Spelt also deckel, and dekle.]
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Deckle edge
Dec"kle edge`. The rough, untrimmed edge of paper left by the deckle; also, a rough edge in imitation of this.
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deckled
deckle-edged
dec"kle-edged` dec"kled (?), a. having a rough edge; having a deckle edge; -- used of handmade paper or paper resembling handmade; as, deckle-edged paper; a deckle-edged book.
Syn. -- featheredged.
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Declaim
De*claim" (d&euptack_;*klām"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Declaimed (d&euptack_;*klāmd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Declaiming.] [L. declamare; de- + clamare to cry out: cf. F. déclamer. See Claim.] 1. To speak rhetorically; to make a formal speech or oration; to harangue; specifically, to recite a speech, poem, etc., in public as a rhetorical exercise; to practice public speaking; as, the students declaim twice a week.
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2. To speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
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Grenville seized the opportunity to declaim on the repeal of the stamp act. Bancroft.
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Declaim
De*claim" (?), v. t. 1. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner.
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2. To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly. [Obs.]Declaims his cause.” South.
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Declaimant
De*claim"ant (?), n. A declaimer. [R.]
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Declaimer
De*claim"er (?), n. One who declaims; an haranguer.
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Declamation
Dec`la*ma"tion (?), n. [L. declamatio, from declamare: cf. F. déclamation. See Declaim.] 1. The act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery; haranguing; loud speaking in public; especially, the public recitation of speeches as an exercise in schools and colleges; as, the practice declamation by students.
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The public listened with little emotion, but with much civility, to five acts of monotonous declamation. Macaulay.
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2. A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.
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3. Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation.
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Declamator
Dec"la*ma`tor (?), n. [L.] A declaimer. [R.] Sir T. Elyot.
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Declamatory
De*clam"a*to*ry (?), a. [L. declamatorius: cf. F. déclamatoire.] 1. Pertaining to declamation; treated in the manner of a rhetorician; as, a declamatory theme.
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2. Characterized by rhetorical display; pretentiously rhetorical; without solid sense or argument; bombastic; noisy; as, a declamatory way or style.
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Declarable
De*clar"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being declared. Sir T. Browne.
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Declarant
De*clar"ant (?), n. [Cf. F. déclarant, p. pr. of déclarer.] (Law) One who declares. Abbott.
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Declaration
Dec`la*ra"tion (?), n. [F. déclaration, fr. L. declaratio, fr. declarare. See Declare.] 1. The act of declaring, or publicly announcing; explicit asserting; undisguised token of a ground or side taken on any subject; proclamation; exposition; as, the declaration of an opinion; a declaration of war, etc.
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2. That which is declared or proclaimed; announcement; distinct statement; formal expression; avowal.
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Declarations of mercy and love . . . in the Gospel. Tillotson.
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3. The document or instrument containing such statement or proclamation; as, the Declaration of Independence (now preserved in Washington).
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In 1776 the Americans laid before Europe that noble Declaration, which ought to be hung up in the nursery of every king, and blazoned on the porch of every royal palace. Buckle.
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4. (Law) That part of the process or pleadings in which the plaintiff sets forth in order and at large his cause of complaint; the narration of the plaintiff's case containing the count, or counts. See Count, n., 3.
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Declaration of Independence. (Amer. Hist.) See Declaration of Independence in the vocabulary. See also under Independence. -- Declaration of rights. (Eng. Hist) See Bill of rights, under Bill. -- Declaration of trust (Law), a paper subscribed by a grantee of property, acknowledging that he holds it in trust for the purposes and upon the terms set forth. Abbott.
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Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence (?), n. (Amer. Hist.) The document promugated, July 4, 1776, by the leaders of the thirteen British Colonies in America that they have formed an independent country. See note below.
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The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.

Nor have We been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Declarative
De*clar"a*tive (?), a. [L. declarativus, fr. declarare: cf. F. déclaratif.] Making declaration, proclamation, or publication; explanatory; assertive; declaratory.Declarative laws.” Baker.
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The “vox populi,” so declarative on the same side. Swift.
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Declaratively
De*clar"a*tive*ly, adv. By distinct assertion; not impliedly; in the form of a declaration.
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The priest shall expiate it, that is, declaratively. Bates.
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Declarator
Dec"la*ra`tor (?), n. [L., an announcer.] (Scots Law) A form of action by which some right or interest is sought to be judicially declared.
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Declaratorily
De*clar"a*to*ri*ly (?), adv. In a declaratory manner.
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Declaratory
De*clar"a*to*ry (?), a. [Cf. F. déclaratoire.] Making declaration, explanation, or exhibition; making clear or manifest; affirmative; expressive; as, a clause declaratory of the will of the legislature.
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Declaratory act (Law), an act or statute which sets forth more clearly, and declares what is, the existing law.
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Declare
De*clare" (d&euptack_;*klâr"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Declared (d&euptack_;*klârd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Declaring.] [F. déclarer, from L. declarare; de + clarare to make clear, clarus, clear, bright. See Clear.] 1. To make clear; to free from obscurity. [Obs.] “To declare this a little.” Boyle.
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2. To make known by language; to communicate or manifest explicitly and plainly in any way; to exhibit; to publish; to proclaim; to announce.
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This day I have begot whom I declare
My only Son.
Milton.
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The heavens declare the glory of God. Ps. xix. 1.
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3. To make declaration of; to assert; to affirm; to set forth; to avow; as, he declares the story to be false.
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I the Lord . . . declare things that are right. Isa. xlv. 19.
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4. (Com.) To make full statement of, as goods, etc., for the purpose of paying taxes, duties, etc.
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To declare off, to recede from an agreement, undertaking, contract, etc.; to renounce. -- To declare one's self, to avow one's opinion; to show openly what one thinks, or which side he espouses.
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Declare
De*clare", v. i. 1. To make a declaration, or an open and explicit avowal; to proclaim one's self; -- often with for or against; as, victory declares against the allies.
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Like fawning courtiers, for success they wait,
And then come smiling, and declare for fate.
Dryden.
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2. (Law) To state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass.
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declared
declared adj. 1. made known or openly avowed; as, their declared and their covert objectives; a declared liberal. Opposite of undeclared. [Narrower terms: avowed(prenominal), professed(prenominal)]
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2. stated as fact; explicitly stated.
Syn. -- stated.
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Declaredly
De*clar"ed*ly (?), adv. Avowedly; explicitly.
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Declaredness
De*clar"ed*ness, n. The state of being declared.
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Declarement
De*clare"ment (?), n. Declaration. [Obs.]
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Declarer
De*clar"er (?), n. One who makes known or proclaims; that which exhibits. Udall.
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Declass
De*class" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Declassed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Declassing.] [Cf. F. déclasser.] To remove from a class; to separate or degrade from one's class. North Am. Rev.
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declasse
déclassé (d&auptack_;`klă`sā", d&auptack_;`klä`sā") adj. [F. Cf. F. déclasser.] 1. Reduced or fallen in status, social position, class or rank; fallen from a high status or rank to a lower one.
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2. Of inferior grade, rank, status, or prestige.
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declassification
declassification n. Reduction by the government of restrictions on a classified document or weapon.
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declassified
declassified adj. having a security classification removed so as to be open to public inspection; -- of documents or information.
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declassify
declassify v. to lift the restriction on publication [of documents] by reducing or eliminating the secrecy classification of; -- usually applied to government documents classified as secret.
Syn. -- make available again.
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declaw
declaw v. t. to remove the claws from, -- used especially with a cat as an object.
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Declension
De*clen"sion (?), n. [Apparently corrupted fr. F. déclinaison, fr. L. declinatio, fr. declinare. See Decline, and cf. Declination.] 1. The act or the state of declining; declination; descent; slope.
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The declension of the land from that place to the sea. T. Burnet.
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2. A falling off towards a worse state; a downward tendency; deterioration; decay; as, the declension of virtue, of science, of a state, etc.
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Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughts
To base declension.
Shak.
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3. Act of courteously refusing; act of declining; a declinature; refusal; as, the declension of a nomination.
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4. (Gram.) (a) Inflection of nouns, adjectives, etc., according to the grammatical cases. (b) The form of the inflection of a word declined by cases; as, the first or the second declension of nouns, adjectives, etc. (c) Rehearsing a word as declined.
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&hand_; The nominative was held to be the primary and original form, and was likened to a perpendicular line; the variations, or oblique cases, were regarded as fallings (hence called casus, cases, or fallings) from the nominative or perpendicular; and an enumerating of the various forms, being a sort of progressive descent from the noun's upright form, was called a declension. Harris.
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Declension of the needle, declination of the needle.
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Declensional
De*clen"sion*al (?), a. Belonging to declension.
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Declensional and syntactical forms. M. Arnold.
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Declinable
De*clin"a*ble (?), a. [Cf. F. déclinable. See Decline.] Capable of being declined; admitting of declension or inflection; as, declinable parts of speech.
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Declinal
De*clin"al (?), a. Declining; sloping.
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Declinate
Dec"li*nate (?), a. [L. declinatus, p. p. of declinare. See Decline.] Bent downward or aside; (Bot.) bending downward in a curve; declined.
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Declination
Dec`li*na"tion (?), n. [L. declinatio a bending aside, an avoiding: cf. F. déclination a decadence. See Declension.] 1. The act or state of bending downward; inclination; as, declination of the head.
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2. The act or state of falling off or declining from excellence or perfection; deterioration; decay; decline. “The declination of monarchy.” Bacon.
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Summer . . . is not looked on as a time
Of declination or decay.
Waller.
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3. The act of deviating or turning aside; oblique motion; obliquity; withdrawal.
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The declination of atoms in their descent. Bentley.
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Every declination and violation of the rules. South.
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4. The act or state of declining or refusing; withdrawal; refusal; averseness.
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The queen's declination from marriage. Stow.
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5. (Astron.) The angular distance of any object from the celestial equator, either northward or southward.
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6. (Dialing) The arc of the horizon, contained between the vertical plane and the prime vertical circle, if reckoned from the east or west, or between the meridian and the plane, reckoned from the north or south.
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7. (Gram.) The act of inflecting a word; declension. See Decline, v. t., 4.
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Angle of declination, the angle made by a descending line, or plane, with a horizontal plane. -- Circle of declination, a circle parallel to the celestial equator. -- Declination compass (Physics), a compass arranged for finding the declination of the magnetic needle. -- Declination of the compass or Declination of the needle, the horizontal angle which the magnetic needle makes with the true north-and-south line.
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Declinator
Dec"li*na`tor (?), n. [Cf. F. déclinateur. See Decline.] 1. An instrument for taking the declination or angle which a plane makes with the horizontal plane.
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2. A dissentient. [R.] Bp. Hacket.
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Declinatory
De*clin"a*to*ry (?; 277), a. [LL. declinatorius, fr. L. declinare: cf. F. déclinatoire.] Containing or involving a declination or refusal, as of submission to a charge or sentence. Blackstone.
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Declinatory plea (O. Eng. Law), the plea of sanctuary or of benefit of clergy, before trial or conviction; -- now abolished.
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Declinature
De*clin"a*ture (?; 135), n. The act of declining or refusing; as, the declinature of an office.
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Decline
De*cline" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Declined (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Declining.] [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. décliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.] 1. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend. “With declining head.” Shak.
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He . . . would decline even to the lowest of his family. Lady Hutchinson.
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Disdaining to decline,
Slowly he falls, amidst triumphant cries.
Byron.
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The ground at length became broken and declined rapidly. Sir W. Scott.
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2. To tend or draw towards a close, decay, or extinction; to tend to a less perfect state; to become diminished or impaired; to fail; to sink; to diminish; to lessen; as, the day declines; virtue declines; religion declines; business declines.
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That empire must decline
Whose chief support and sinews are of coin.
Waller.
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And presume to know . . .
Who thrives, and who declines.
Shak.
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3. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
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Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. Ps. cxix. 157.
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4. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
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Decline
De*cline", v. t. 1. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
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In melancholy deep, with head declined. Thomson.
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And now fair Phoebus gan decline in haste
His weary wagon to the western vale.
Spenser.
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2. To cause to decrease or diminish. [Obs.] “You have declined his means.” Beau. & Fl.
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He knoweth his error, but will not seek to decline it. Burton.
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3. To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined any participation with them.
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Could I
Decline this dreadful hour?
Massinger.
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4. (Gram.) To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
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&hand_; Now restricted to such words as have case inflections; but formerly it was applied both to declension and conjugation.
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After the first declining of a noun and a verb. Ascham.
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5. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun. [R.] Shak.
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Decline
De*cline" (?), n. [F. déclin. See Decline, v. i.] 1. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; diminution or decay; deterioration; also, the period when a thing is tending toward extinction or a less perfect state; as, the decline of life; the decline of strength; the decline of virtue and religion.
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Their fathers lived in the decline of literature. Swift.
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2. (Med.) That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
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3. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline. Dunglison.

Syn. -- Decline, Decay, Consumption. Decline marks the first stage in a downward progress; decay indicates the second stage, and denotes a tendency to ultimate destruction; consumption marks a steady decay from an internal exhaustion of strength. The health may experience a decline from various causes at any period of life; it is naturally subject to decay with the advance of old age; consumption may take place at almost any period of life, from disease which wears out the constitution. In popular language decline is often used as synonymous with consumption. By a gradual decline, states and communities lose their strength and vigor; by progressive decay, they are stripped of their honor, stability, and greatness; by a consumption of their resources and vital energy, they are led rapidly on to a completion of their existence.
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Declined
De*clined" (?), a. Declinate.
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Decliner
De*clin"er (?), n. He who declines or rejects.
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A studious decliner of honors. Evelyn.
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declining
declining adj. 1. decreasing; as, steadily declining incomes.
Syn. -- down(prenominal).
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2. going from better to worse.
Syn. -- deteriorating, failing, regressing, retrograde, retrogressive.
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3. becoming less or smaller; as, declining powers of body and mind. Opposite of increasing.
Syn. -- eroding.
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4. drawing to an end; waning; as, his declining years. [prenominal]
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Declinometer
Dec`li*nom"e*ter (?), n. [Decline + -meter.] (Physics) An instrument for measuring the declination of the magnetic needle.
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Declinous
De*clin"ous (?), a. Declinate.

Declivous
Declivitous
{ De*cliv"i*tous (?), De*cli"vous (?), } a. Descending gradually; moderately steep; sloping; downhill.
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Declivity
De*cliv"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Declivities (#). [L. declivitas, fr. declivis sloping, downhill; de + clivus a slope, a hill; akin to clinare to incline: cf. F. déclivité. See Decline.] 1. Deviation from a horizontal line; gradual descent of surface; inclination downward; slope; -- opposed to acclivity, or ascent; the same slope, considered as descending, being a declivity, which, considered as ascending, is an acclivity.
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2. A descending surface; a sloping place.
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Commodious declivities and channels for the passage of the waters. Derham.
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declutch
declutch v. i. & t. to disengage the clutch of a car.
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Decoct
De*coct" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decocted; p. pr. & vb. n. Decocting.] [L. decoctus, p. p. of decoquere to boil down; de- + coquere to cook, boil. See Cook to decoct.] 1. To prepare by boiling; to digest in hot or boiling water; to extract the strength or flavor of by boiling; to make an infusion of.
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2. To prepare by the heat of the stomach for assimilation; to digest; to concoct.
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3. To warm, strengthen, or invigorate, as if by boiling. [R.]Decoct their cold blood.” Shak.
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Decoctible
De*coct"i*ble (?), a. Capable of being boiled or digested.
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Decoction
De*coc"tion (?), n. [F. décoction, L. decoctio.] 1. The act or process of boiling anything in a watery fluid to extract its virtues.
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In decoction . . . it either purgeth at the top or settleth at the bottom. Bacon.
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2. An extract got from a body by boiling it in water.
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If the plant be boiled in water, the strained liquor is called the decoction of the plant. Arbuthnot.
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In pharmacy decoction is opposed to infusion, where there is merely steeping. Latham.
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Decocture
De*coc"ture (?; 135), n. A decoction. [R.]
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decode
decode v. t. to convert from a coded form into the original form; -- of communications. Inverse of encode.
Syn. -- decrypt, decipher[WE1].
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Decoherer
De`co*her"er (dē`k&ouptack_;*hēr"&etilde_;r), n. [Pref. de- + coherer.] (Elec.) A device for restoring a coherer to its normal condition after it has been affected by an electric wave, a process usually accomplished by some method of tapping or shaking, or by rotation of the coherer.
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decollate
de*col"late (d&euptack_;*k&obreve_;l"lāt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decollated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decollating.] [L. decollatus, p. p. of decollare to behead; de- + collum neck.] To sever from the neck; to behead; to decapitate.
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The decollated head of St. John the Baptist. Burke.
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Decollated
De*col"la*ted (?), a. (Zool.) Decapitated; worn or cast off in the process of growth, as the apex of certain univalve shells.
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Decollation
De`col*la"tion (?), n. [L. decollatio: cf. F. décollation.] 1. The act of beheading or state of one beheaded; -- especially used of the execution of St. John the Baptist.
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2. A painting representing the beheading of a saint or martyr, esp. of St. John the Baptist.
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Decolletage
Dé`col`le*tage" (dā`k&ouptack_;`l'*t&adot_;zh), n. [F. See Décolleté.] (Costume) 1. The upper border or part of a low-cut (i.e., décolleté) dress.
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2. The exposed upper parts of the breasts of a woman wearing a low-cut dress; as, transfixed by her stunning decolletage.
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Decollete
Dé`col`le*té" (d&auptack_;`k&obreve_;l`l&eitalic_;*t&auptack_;"), a. [F., p. p. of décolleter to bare the neck and shoulders; dé- + collet collar, fr. L. collum neck.] 1. Leaving the neck and shoulders uncovered; cut low in the neck, or low-necked, as a dress.
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2. Wearing a décolleté gown.
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Decolling
De*col"ling (?), n. Beheading. [R.]
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By a speedy dethroning and decolling of the king. Parliamentary History (1648).
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decolonisation
decolonisation n. same as decolonization. [mostly British]
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decolonization
decolonization n. 1. the action of changing from colonial to independent status.
Syn. -- decolonisation.
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decolonize
decolonize v. t. to grant independence to (a former colony). [Also spelled decolonise.]
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decolonize
decolonize v. i. to release one's colonies and free them to become independednt nations; -- of nations. [Also spelled decolonise.]
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Decolor
De*col"or (?), v. t. [Cf. F. décolorer, L. decolorare. Cf. Discolor.] To deprive of color; to bleach.
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Decolorant
De*col"or*ant (?), n. [Cf. F. décolorant, p. pr.] A substance which removes color, or bleaches.
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Decolorate
De*col"or*ate (?), a. [L. decoloratus, p. p. of decolorare.] Deprived of color.
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Decolorate
De*col"or*ate (?), v. t. To decolor.
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Decoloration
De*col`or*a"tion (d&euptack_;*kŭl`&etilde_;r*ā"shŭn), n. [L. decoloratio: cf. F. décoloration.] The removal or absence of color. Ferrand.
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Decolorize
De*col"or*ize (?), v. t. To deprive of color; to whiten. Turner. -- De*col`or*i*za"tion (#), n.
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Decomplex
De"com*plex` (?), a. [Pref. de- (intens.) + complex.] Repeatedly compound; made up of complex constituents.
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Decomposable
De`com*pos"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being resolved into constituent elements.
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Decompose
De`com*pose" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decomposed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decomposing.] [Cf. F. décomposer. Cf. Discompose.] To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.
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Decompose
De`com*pose", v. i. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
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Decomposed
De`com*posed" (?), a. (Zool.) Separated or broken up; -- said of the crest of birds when the feathers are divergent.
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Decomposite
De`com*pos"ite (?), a. [Pref. de- (intens.) + composite.] 1. Compounded more than once; compounded with things already composite.
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2. (Bot.) See Decompound, a., 2.
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Decomposite
De`com*pos"ite, n. Anything decompounded.
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Decomposites of three metals or more. Bacon.
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Decomposition
De*com`po*si"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- (in sense 3 intensive) + composition: cf. F. décomposition. Cf. Decomposition.] 1. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc.
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2. The state of being reduced into original elements.
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3. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds. [Obs.]
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Decomposition of forces. Same as Resolution of forces, under Resolution. -- Decomposition of light, the division of light into the prismatic colors.
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decompositional
decompositional adj. causing organic decay.
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Decompound
De`com*pound" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decompounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Decompounding.] [Pref. de- (intens. in sense 1) + compound, v. t.] 1. To compound or mix with that is already compound; to compound a second time.
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2. To reduce to constituent parts; to decompose.
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It divides and decompounds objects into . . . parts. Hazlitt.
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Decompound
De`com*pound", a. [Pref. de- (intens.) + compound, a.] 1. Compound of what is already compounded; compounded a second time.
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2. (Bot.) Several times compounded or divided, as a leaf or stem; decomposite.
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Decompound
De`com*pound", n. A decomposite.
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Decompoundable
De`com*pound"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being decompounded.
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decompress
decompress v. i. to undergo the process of decompression.
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decompress
decompress v. t. to subject to the process of decompression.
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decompressing
decompressing n. 1. the process of experiencing decompression; the act or process of relieving or reducing pressure.
Syn. -- decompression.
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decompression
decompression n. 1. the process of experiencing decompression; the act or process of relieving or reducing pressure.
Syn. -- decompressing.
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2. the reduction of atmospheric pressure experienced by divers rising from deep water to the surface, thus reducing the concentration of dissolved atmospheric gases in the blood; -- especially applied to a gradual reduction of such pressure.
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3. the process, analogous to sense 2, undergone by divers in a decompression chamber, in which an artificially high atmospheric pressure is gradually lowered to normal pressure.
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4. a return to a normal, more relaxed state after a period of intense stress, psychological pressure, or urgent activity; -- of people.
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5. (Computers) the process of converting digitally encoded data from a more compact (compressed) form to its original, larger size. The process of compression and decompression may completely recover all of the original data (called lossless compression), or may lose some of the original data in order to achieve higher degress of compression (lossy compression). The latter is used especially with images or video data, which may be of very large size relative to text, and for which small changes may be imperceptible to the human eye. The JPEG data compression format is a lossy format.
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Deconcentrate
De`con*cen"trate (?), v. t. To withdraw from concentration; to decentralize. [R.]
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Deconcentration
De*con`cen*tra"tion (?), n. Act of deconcentrating. [R.]
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Deconcoct
De`con*coct" (dē`k&obreve_;n*k&obreve_;kt"), v. t. To decompose. [R.] Fuller.
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Deconsecrate
De*con"se*crate (d&euptack_;*k&obreve_;n"s&euptack_;*krāt), v. t. To deprive of sacredness; to secularize. -- De*con`se*cra"tion (#), n.
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deconstruct
de`con*struct" (d&euptack_;`kŭn*strŭkt"), v. t. To interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstruction.
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deconstruction
de`con*struc"tion (d&euptack_;`kŭn*strŭk"shŭn), n. A philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning. This method questions the ability of language to represent a fixed reality, and proposes that a text has no stable meaning because words only refer to other words, that metaphysical or ethnocentric assumptions about the meaning of words must be questioned, and words may be redefined in new contexts and new, equally valid and even contradictory meanings may be found. Such new interpretations may be based on the philosophical, political, or social implications of the words of a text, rather than solely on attempts to determine the author's intentions. RHUD MW10
Syn. -- deconstructionism.
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2. the process of criticising or interpreting a text by the method of deconstruction{1}.
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deconstructionism
de`con*struc"tion*ism (d&euptack_;`kŭn*strŭk"shŭn*&ibreve_;z'm), n. Same as decontruction{1}.
Syn. -- deconstruction.
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deconstructionist
de`con*struc"tion*ist (d&euptack_;`kŭn*strŭk"shŭn*&ibreve_;st), adj. Of or pertaining to deconstruction or deconstructionism; as, deconstructionist criticism.
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decontaminate
de`con*tam"i*nate (d&euptack_;`kŭn*tăm"&ibreve_;*nāt), v. t. To remove contamination or contaminants from, by a cleansing process; -- usually used of radioactive, infectious, or toxic materials; as, to decontaminate clothing worn by persons with infective disease; decontaminate an area of PCB's after explosion of a transformer.
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decontamination
decontamination n. The removal of contaminants; as, the decontamination of a room after a spill of radioactive materials.
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decor
decor
decor, décor n. [Fr. décor, fr. décorer to decorate, fr. L decorare. See decorate.] 1. the layout, style, and furnishings of a livable interior.
Syn. -- interior decoration.
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2. Decoration{2}.
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3. (Theater) A stage setting. MW10
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Decorament
Dec"o*ra*ment (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*r&adot_;*m&eitalic_;nt), n. [L. decoramentum. See Decorate, v. t.] Ornament. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Decorate
Dec"o*rate (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*rāt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decorated (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*rā`t&ebreve_;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Decorating (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*rā`t&ibreve_;ng).] [L. decoratus, p. p. of decorare, fr. decus ornament; akin to decere to be becoming. See Decent.] To deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish; as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice; to decorate a lawn with flowers; to decorate the mind with moral beauties; to decorate a hero with honors.
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Her fat neck was ornamented with jewels, rich bracelets decorated her arms. Thackeray.

Syn. -- To adorn; embellish; ornament; beautify; grace. See Adorn.
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Decorated style (Arch.), a name given by some writers to the perfected English Gothic architecture; it may be considered as having flourished from about a. d. 1300 to a. d. 1375.
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decorated
decorated adj. having decorations. [Narrower terms: beaded, beady, bejeweled, bejewelled, bespangled, gemmed, jeweled, jewelled, sequined, spangled, spangly; bedaubed; bespectacled, monocled, spectacled; braided; brocaded, embossed, raised; buttony; carbuncled; champleve, cloisonne, enameled; crested, plumed having a decorative plume); crested, top-knotted, topknotted, tufted; crested; embellished, ornamented, ornate; embroidered; encircled, ringed, wreathed; fancied up, gussied, gussied up, tricked out; feathery, feathered, plumy; frilled, frilly, ruffled; fringed; gilt-edged; inflamed; inlaid; inwrought; laced; mosaic, tessellated; paneled, wainscoted; studded; tapestried; tasseled, tasselled; tufted; clinquant, tinseled, tinselly; tricked-out] Also See: clothed, fancy. Antonym: unadorned.
Syn. -- adorned.
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decoration
dec`o*ra"tion (d&ebreve_;k`&ouptack_;*rā"shŭn), n. [LL. decoratio: cf. F. décoration.] 1. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
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2. That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
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The hall was celebrated for . . . the richness of its decoration. Motley.
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3. Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.
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Decoration Day
Decoration Day. a day, May 30, originally appointed for decorating with flowers the graves of the Union soldiers and sailors, who fell in the Civil War in the United States; -- now called Memorial Day, and established as the last Monday in May, and designated as a day for commemorating those who died in all wars of the United States. [U. S.]
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Decorative
Dec"o*ra*tive (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*r&adot_;*t&ibreve_;v or d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*r&auptack_;*t&ibreve_;v), a. [Cf. F. décoratif.] Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning. -- Dec"o*ra*tive*ness, n.
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Decorative art, fine art which has for its end ornamentation, rather than the representation of objects or events.
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Decorator
Dec"o*ra`tor (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;*rā"t&etilde_;r), n. [Cf. F. décorateur.] One who decorates, adorns, or embellishes; specifically, an artisan whose business is the decoration of houses, esp. their interior decoration.
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decore
de*core" (d&euptack_;*kōr"), v. t. [Cf. F. décorer. See Decorate.] To decorate; to beautify. [Obs.]
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To decore and beautify the house of God. E. Hall.
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Decorement
De*core"ment (?), n. Ornament. [Obs.]
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Decorous
Dec"or*ous (d&ebreve_;k"&ouptack_;r*ŭs or d&euptack_;*kō"rŭs; 277), a. [L. decōrus, fr. decor comeliness, beauty; akin to decere. See Decent, and cf. Decorum.] Suitable to a character, or to the time, place, and occasion; marked with decorum; becoming; proper; seemly; befitting; as, a decorous speech; decorous behavior; a decorous dress for a judge.
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A decorous pretext the war. Motley.

-- De*co"rous*ly, adv. -- De*co"rous*ness, n.
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Decorticate
De*cor"ti*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decorticated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decorticating.] [L. decorticatus, p. p. of decorticare to bark; de- + cortex bark.] To divest of the bark, husk, or exterior coating; to husk; to peel; to hull. “Great barley dried and decorticated.” Arbuthnot.
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Decortication
De*cor`ti*ca"tion (?), n. [L. decorticatio: cf. F. décortication.] The act of stripping off the bark, rind, hull, or outer coat.
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Decorticator
De*cor"ti*ca`tor (?), n. A machine for decorticating wood, hulling grain, etc.; also, an instrument for removing surplus bark or moss from fruit trees.
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Decorum
De*cor"um (?), n. [L. decōrum, fr. decōrus. See Decorous.] Propriety of manner or conduct; grace arising from suitableness of speech and behavior to one's own character, or to the place and occasion; decency of conduct; seemliness; that which is seemly or suitable.
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Negligent of the duties and decorums of his station. Hallam.
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If your master
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,
That majesty, to keep decorum, must
No less beg than a kingdom.
Shak.

Syn. -- Decorum, Dignity. Decorum, in accordance with its etymology, is that which is becoming in outward act or appearance; as, the decorum of a public assembly. Dignity springs from an inward elevation of soul producing a corresponding effect on the manners; as, dignity of personal appearance.
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Decoy
De*coy" (d&euptack_;*koi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decoyed (-koid"); p. pr. & vb. n. Decoying.] [Pref. de- + coy; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy.] To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.
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Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy. Thomson.
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E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy,
The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
Goldsmith.

Syn. -- To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.
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Decoy
De*coy", n. 1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
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2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
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3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
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4. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection.
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Decoy-duck
De*coy"-duck` (?), n. A duck used to lure wild ducks into a decoy; hence, a person employed to lure others into danger. Beau. & Fl.
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Decoyer
De*coy"er (?), n. One who decoys another.
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Decoy-man
De*coy"-man` (?), n.; pl. Decoy-men (&unr_;). A man employed in decoying wild fowl.
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Decrease
De*crease" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decreased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decreasing.] [OE. decrecen, fr. OF. decreistre, F. décroître, or from the OF. noun (see Decrease, n.), fr. L. decrescere to grow less; de + crescere to grow. See Crescent, and cf. Increase.] To grow less, -- opposed to increase; to be diminished gradually, in size, degree, number, duration, etc., or in strength, quality, or excellence; as, they days decrease in length from June to December.
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He must increase, but I must decrease. John iii. 30.

Syn. -- To Decrease, Diminish. Things usually decrease or fall off by degrees, and from within, or through some cause which is imperceptible; as, the flood decreases; the cold decreases; their affection has decreased. Things commonly diminish by an influence from without, or one which is apparent; as, the army was diminished by disease; his property is diminishing through extravagance; their affection has diminished since their separation their separation. The turn of thought, however, is often such that these words may be interchanged.
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The olive leaf, which certainly them told
The flood decreased.
Drayton.
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Crete's ample fields diminish to our eye;
Before the Boreal blasts the vessels fly.
Pope.
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Decrease
De*crease", v. t. To cause to grow less; to diminish gradually; as, extravagance decreases one's means.
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That might decrease their present store. Prior.
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Decrease
De*crease", n. [OE. decrees, OF. decreis, fr. decreistre. See Decrease, v.] 1. A becoming less; gradual diminution; decay; as, a decrease of revenue or of strength.
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2. The wane of the moon. Bacon.
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decreased
decreased adj. made less in size or amount or degree. Opposite of increased. [Narrower terms: attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakened; belittled, diminished, small; cut, cut-rate; diminished, lessened; minimized; remittent; attenuated]
Syn. -- reduced.
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Decreaseless
De*crease"less, a. Suffering no decrease. [R.]
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It [the river] flows and flows, and yet will flow,
Volume decreaseless to the final hour.
A. Seward.
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Decreasing
De*creas"ing, a. Becoming less and less; diminishing. -- De*creas"ing*ly, adv.
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Decreasing series (Math.), a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding term.
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Decreation
De`cre*a"tion (?), n. Destruction; -- opposed to creation. [R.] Cudworth.
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Decree
De*cree" (?), n. [OE. decre, F. décret, fr. L. decretum, neut. decretus, p. p. of decernere to decide; de- + cernere to decide. See Certain, and cf. Decreet, Decretal.] 1. An order from one having authority, deciding what is to be done by a subordinate; also, a determination by one having power, deciding what is to be done or to take place; edict, law; authoritative ru&unr_;&unr_; decision. “The decrees of Venice.” Sh&unr_;&unr_;&unr_;.
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There went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. Luke ii. 1.
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Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree? Shak.
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2. (Law) (a) A decision, order, or sentence, given in a cause by a court of equity or admiralty. (b) A determination or judgment of an umpire on a case submitted to him. Brande.
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3. (Eccl.) An edict or law made by a council for regulating any business within their jurisdiction; as, the decrees of ecclesiastical councils.

Syn. -- Law; regulation; edict; ordinance. See Law.
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Decree
De*cree" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decreed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decreeing.] 1. To determine judicially by authority, or by decree; to constitute by edict; to appoint by decree or law; to determine; to order; to ordain; as, a court decrees a restoration of property.
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Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee. Job xxii. 28.
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2. To ordain by fate.
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Decree
De*cree", v. i. To make decrees; -- used absolutely.
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Father eternal! thine is to decree;
Mine, both in heaven and earth to do thy will.
Milton.
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Decreeable
De*cree"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being decreed.
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Decreer
De*cre"er (?), n. One who decrees. J. Goodwin.
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Decreet
De*creet" (?), n. [Cf. Decree.] (Scots Law) The final judgment of the Court of Session, or of an inferior court, by which the question at issue is decided.
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Decrement
Dec"re*ment (?), n. [L. decrementum, fr. decrescere. See Decrease.] 1. The state of becoming gradually less; decrease; diminution; waste; loss.
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Twit me with the decrements of my pendants. Ford.
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Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the earth suffer a continual decrement. Woodward.
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2. The quantity lost by gradual diminution or waste; -- opposed to increment.
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3. (Crystallog.) A name given by Haüy to the successive diminution of the layers of molecules, applied to the faces of the primitive form, by which he supposed the secondary forms to be produced.
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4. (Math.) The quantity by which a variable is diminished.
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Equal decrement of life. (a) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that of a given large number of persons, all being now of the same age, an equal number shall die each consecutive year. (b) The decrease of life in a group of persons in which the assumed law of mortality is such that the ratio of those dying in a year to those living through the year is constant, being independent of the age of the persons.
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Decrepit
De*crep"it (?), a. [L. decrepitus, perhaps orig., noised out, noiseless, applied to old people, who creep about quietly; de- + crepare to make a noise, rattle: cf. F. décrépit. See Crepitate.] Broken down with age; wasted and enfeebled by the infirmities of old age; feeble; worn out. “Beggary or decrepit age.” Milton.
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Already decrepit with premature old age. Motley.
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&hand_; Sometimes incorrectly written decrepid.
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Decrepitate
De*crep"i*tate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decrepitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decrepitating.] [Cf. F. décrépiter.] To roast or calcine so as to cause a crackling noise; as, to decrepitate salt.
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Decrepitate
De*crep"i*tate, v. i. To crackle, as salt in roasting.
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Decrepitation
De*crep`i*ta"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. décrépitation.] The act of decrepitating; a crackling noise, such as salt makes when roasting.
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Decrepitness
De*crep"it*ness (?), n. Decrepitude. [R.] Barrow.
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Decrepitude
De*crep"i*tude (?), n. [Cf. F. décrépitude.] The broken state produced by decay and the infirmities of age; infirm old age.
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Decrescendo
De`cres*cen"do (?), a. & adv. [It.] (Mus.) With decreasing volume of sound; -- a direction to performers, either written upon the staff (abbreviated Dec., or Decresc.), or indicated by the sign.
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Decrescent
De*cres"cent (?), a. [L. decrescens, p. pr. of decrescere. See Decrease.] Becoming less by gradual diminution; decreasing; as, a decrescent moon.
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Decrescent
De*cres"cent, n. (Her.) A crescent with the horns directed towards the sinister. Cussans.
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Decretal
De*cre"tal (?), a. [L. decretalis, fr. decretum. See Decree.] Appertaining to a decree; containing a decree; as, a decretal epistle. Ayliffe.
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Decretal
De*cre"tal, n. [LL. decretale, neut. of L. decretalis. See Decretal, a.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) An authoritative order or decree; especially, a letter of the pope, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law. The decretals form the second part of the canon law.
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2. (Canon Law) The collection of ecclesiastical decrees and decisions made, by order of Gregory IX., in 1234, by St. Raymond of Pennafort.
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Decrete
De*crete" (?), n. [L. decretum. See Decree.] A decree. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Decretion
De*cre"tion (?), n. [From L. decrescere, decretum. See Decrease.] A decrease. [Obs.] Pearson.
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Decretist
De*cre"tist (?), n. [LL. decretista, fr. decretum: cf. F. décrétiste. See Decree, n.] One who studies, or professes the knowledge of, the decretals.
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Decretive
De*cre"tive (?), a. [From L. decretum. See Decree, n.] Having the force of a decree; determining.
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The will of God is either decretive or perceptive. Bates.
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Decretorial
Dec`re*to"ri*al (?), a. Decretory; authoritative. Sir T. Browne.
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Decretorily
Dec"re*to*ri*ly (?), adv. In a decretory or definitive manner; by decree.
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Decretory
Dec"re*to*ry (?), a. [L. decretorius, from decretum. See Decree.] 1. Established by a decree; definitive; settled.
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The decretory rigors of a condemning sentence. South.
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2. Serving to determine; critical. “The critical or decretory days.” Sir T. Browne.
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Decrew
De*crew" (?), v. i. [F. décrue, n., decrease, and décru, p. p. of décroître. See Decrease, and cf. Accrue.] To decrease. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Decrial
De*cri"al (?), n. [See Decry.] A crying down; a clamorous censure; condemnation by censure.
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Decrier
De*cri"er (?), n. One who decries.
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Decrown
De*crown" (?), v. t. To deprive of a crown; to discrown. [R.] Hakewill.
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Decrustation
De`crus*ta"tion (?), n. [Cf. OF. décrustation.] The removal of a crust.
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Decry
De*cry" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decried (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decrying.] [F. décrier, OF. descrier; pref. des- (L. dis-) + crier to cry. See Cry, and cf. Descry.] To cry down; to censure as faulty, mean, or worthless; to clamor against; to blame clamorously; to discredit; to disparage.
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For small errors they whole plays decry. Dryden.
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Measures which are extolled by one half of the kingdom are naturally decried by the other. Addison.

Syn. -- To Decry, Depreciate, Detract, Disparage. Decry and depreciate refer to the estimation of a thing, the former seeking to lower its value by clamorous censure, the latter by representing it as of little worth. Detract and disparage also refer to merit or value, which the former assails with caviling, insinuation, etc., while the latter willfully underrates and seeks to degrade it. Men decry their rivals and depreciate their measures. The envious detract from the merit of a good action, and disparage the motives of him who performs it.
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decrypt
decrypt v. to convert from a coded form into the original; -- of communications. Inverse of encrypt.
Syn. -- decode, decipher[WE1].
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Decubation
Dec`u*ba"tion (?), n. [From L. decubare; de- + cubare. See Decumbent.] Act of lying down; decumbence. [Obs.] Evelyn.
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Decubitus
De*cu"bi*tus (?), n. [NL., fr. L. de- + cubare, to lie down: cf. F. décubitus.] (Med.) An attitude assumed in lying down; as, the dorsal decubitus.
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Deculassment
Deculassement
Dé`cu`lasse`ment" (?), n. [F.] Also, sometimes, Anglicized Dec`u*lass"ment (&unr_;). (Ordnance) An accidental blowing off of, or other serious damage to, the breechblock of a gun; also, a removal of the breechblock for the purpose of disabling the gun.
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Decuman
Dec"u*man (?), a. [L. decumanus of the tenth, and by metonymy, large, fr. decem ten.] Large; chief; -- applied to an extraordinary billow, supposed by some to be every tenth in order. [R.] Also used substantively. “Such decuman billows.” Gauden. “The baffled decuman.” Lowell.

decumary
decumary n. a woody climber of southeastern US (Decumaria barbara) having white flowers in compound terminal clusters.
Syn. -- Decumaria barbata, Decumaria barbara.
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Decumbency
Decumbence
{ De*cum"bence (?), De*cum"ben*cy (?), } n. The act or posture of lying down.
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The ancient manner of decumbency. Sir T. Browne.
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Decumbent
De*cum"bent (?), a. [L. decumbens, -entis, p. pr. of decumbere; de- + cumbere (only in comp.), cubare to lie down.] 1. Lying down; prostrate; recumbent.
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The decumbent portraiture of a woman. Ashmole.
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2. (Bot.) Reclining on the ground, as if too weak to stand, and tending to rise at the summit or apex; as, a decumbent stem. Gray.
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Decumbently
De*cum"bent*ly, adv. In a decumbent posture.
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Decumbiture
De*cum"bi*ture (?; 135), n. 1. Confinement to a sick bed, or time of taking to one's bed from sickness. Boyle.
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2. (Astrol.) Aspect of the heavens at the time of taking to one's sick bed, by which the prognostics of recovery or death were made.
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Decuple
Dec"u*ple (?), a. [F. décuple, L. decuplus, fr. decem ten.] Tenfold. [R.]
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Decuple
Dec"u*ple, n. A number ten times repeated. [R.]
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Decuple
Dec"u*ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decupled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Decupling (?).] To make tenfold; to multiply by ten. [R.]
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Decurion
De*cu"ri*on (?), n. [L. decurio, decurionis, fr. decuria a squad of ten, fr. decem ten.] (Rom. Antiq.) A head or chief over ten; especially, an officer who commanded a division of ten soldiers.
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Decurionate
De*cu"ri*on*ate (?), n. [L. decurionatus, fr. decurio.] The office of a decurion.
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Decurrence
De*cur"rence (?), n. The act of running down; a lapse. [R.] Gauden.
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Decurrent
De*cur"rent (?), a. [L. decurrens, -entis, p. pr. of decurrere to run down; de- + currere to run: cf. F. décurrent.] (Bot.) Extending downward; -- said of a leaf whose base extends downward and forms a wing along the stem. -- De*cur"rent*ly, adv.
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Decursion
De*cur"sion (?), n. [L. decursio, fr. decurrere. See Decurrent.] A flowing; also, a hostile incursion. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.
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Decursive
De*cur"sive (?), a. [Cf. F. décursif. See Decurrent.] Running down; decurrent.
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Decursively
De*cur"sive*ly, adv. In a decursive manner.
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Decursively pinnate (Bot.), having the leaflets decurrent, or running along the petiole; -- said of a leaf.
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Decurt
De*curt" (?), v. t. [L. decurtare; de- + curtare.] To cut short; to curtail. [Obs.] Bale.
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Decurtation
De`cur*ta"tion (?), n. [L. decurtatio.] Act of cutting short. [Obs.]
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Decury
Dec"u*ry (?), n.; pl. Decuries (#). [L. decuria, fr. decem ten.] A set or squad of ten men under a decurion. Sir W. Raleigh.
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Decussate
De*cus"sate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decussated; p. pr. & vb. n. Decussating.] [L. decussatus, p. p. of decussare to cross like an X, fr. decussis (orig. equiv. to decem asses) the number ten, which the Romans represented by X.] To cross at an acute angle; to cut or divide in the form of X; to intersect; -- said of lines in geometrical figures, rays of light, nerves, etc.

Decussated
Decussate
{ De*cus"sate (?), De*cus"sa*ted (?), } a. 1. Crossed; intersected.
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2. (Bot.) Growing in pairs, each of which is at right angles to the next pair above or below; as, decussated leaves or branches.
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3. (Rhet.) Consisting of two rising and two falling clauses, placed in alternate opposition to each other; as, a decussated period.
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Decussately
De*cus"sate*ly (?), adv. In a decussate manner.
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Decussation
De`cus*sa"tion (?), n. [L. decussatio.] Act of crossing at an acute angle, or state of being thus crossed; an intersection in the form of an X; as, the decussation of lines, nerves, etc.
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Decussative
De*cus"sa*tive (?), a. Intersecting at acute angles. Sir T. Browne.
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Decussatively
De*cus"sa*tive*ly, adv. Crosswise; in the form of an X. “Anointed decussatively.” Sir T. Browne.
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Decyl
De"cyl (?), n. [L. decem ten + -yl.] (Chem.) A hydrocarbon radical, C10H21., never existing alone, but regarded as the characteristic constituent of a number of compounds of the paraffin series.
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Decylic
De*cyl"ic (?), a. (Chem.) Allied to, or containing, the radical decyl.
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Dedalian
De*dal"ian (?), a. See Dædalian.
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Dedalous
Ded"a*lous (?), a. See Dædalous.
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Dedans
De*dans" (?), n. [F.] (Court Tennis) A division, at one end of a tennis court, for spectators.
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Dede
Dede (?), a. Dead. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dedecorate
De*dec"o*rate (?), v. t. [L. dedecoratus, p. p. of dedecorare to disgrace. See Decorate.] To bring to shame; to disgrace. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Dedecoration
De*dec`o*ra"tion (?), n. [L. dedecoratio.] Disgrace; dishonor. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Dedecorous
De*dec"o*rous (?), a. [L. dedecorus. See Decorous.] Disgraceful; unbecoming. [R.] Bailey.
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Dedentition
De`den*ti"tion (?), n. The shedding of teeth. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
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Dedicate
Ded"i*cate (?), p. a. [L. dedicatus, p. p. of dedicare to affirm, to dedicate; de- + dicare to declare, dedicate; akin to dicere to say. See Diction.] Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated.Dedicate to nothing temporal.” Shak.

Syn. -- Devoted; consecrated; addicted.
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Dedicate
Ded"i*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dedicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dedicating.] 1. To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as, to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a religious use.
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Vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, . . . which also king David did dedicate unto the Lord. 2 Sam. viii. 10, 11.
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We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. . . . But in a larger sense we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. A. Lincoln.
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2. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service.
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The profession of a soldier, to which he had dedicated himself. Clarendon.
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3. To inscribe or address, as to a patron.
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He complied ten elegant books, and dedicated them to the Lord Burghley. Peacham.

Syn. -- See Addict.
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dedicated
dedicated adj. 1. wholly committed to a purpose or cause; as, a dedicated musician.
Syn. -- devoted.
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2. zealous in loyalty or affection; as, dedicated nurses.
Syn. -- devoted.
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3. set apart especially for a higher purpose; as, a life dedicated to science. [Narrower terms: consecrated (vs. desecrated), consecrate]
Syn. -- dedicated to(predicate), devoted to(predicate).
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Dedicatee
Ded`i*ca*tee" (?), n. One to whom a thing is dedicated; -- correlative to dedicator.
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Dedication
Ded`i*ca"tion (?), n. [L. dedicatio.] 1. The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple.
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2. A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use.
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3. An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor.
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Dedicator
Ded"i*ca`tor (?), n. [L.: cf. F. dédicateur.] One who dedicates; more especially, one who inscribes a book to the favor of a patron, or to one whom he desires to compliment.
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Dedicatorial
Ded`i*ca*to"ri*al (?), a. Dedicatory.
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Dedicatory
Ded"i*ca*to*ry (?), a. [Cf. F. dédicatoire.] Constituting or serving as a dedication; complimental. “An epistle dedicatory.” Dryden.
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Dedicatory
Ded"i*ca*to*ry, n. Dedication. [R.] Milton.
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Dedimus
Ded"i*mus (?), n. [L. dedimus we have given, fr. dare to give. So called because the writ began, Dedimus potestatem, etc.] (Law) A writ to commission private persons to do some act in place of a judge, as to examine a witness, etc. Bouvier.
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Dedition
De*di"tion (?), n. [L. deditio, fr. dedere to give away, surrender; de- + dare to give.] The act of yielding; surrender. [R.] Sir M. Hale.
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Dedolent
Ded"o*lent (?), a. [L. dedolens, p. pr. of dedolere to give over grieving; de- + dolere to grieve.] Feeling no compunction; apathetic. [R.] Hallywell.
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Deduce
De*duce" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deduced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deducing.] [L. deducere; de- + ducere to lead, draw. See Duke, and cf. Deduct.] 1. To lead forth. [A Latinism]
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He should hither deduce a colony. Selden.
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2. To take away; to deduct; to subtract; as, to deduce a part from the whole. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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3. To derive or draw; to derive by logical process; to obtain or arrive at as the result of reasoning; to gather, as a truth or opinion, from what precedes or from premises; to infer; -- with from or out of.
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O goddess, say, shall I deduce my rhymes
From the dire nation in its early times?
Pope.
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Reasoning is nothing but the faculty of deducing unknown truths from principles already known. Locke.
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See what regard will be paid to the pedigree which deduces your descent from kings and conquerors. Sir W. Scott.
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Deducement
De*duce"ment (?), n. Inference; deduction; thing deduced. [R.] Dryden.
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Deducibility
De*du`ci*bil"i*ty (?), n. Deducibleness.
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Deducible
De*du"ci*ble (?), a. 1. Capable of being deduced or inferred; derivable by reasoning, as a result or consequence.
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All properties of a triangle depend on, and are deducible from, the complex idea of three lines including a space. Locke.
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2. Capable of being brought down. [Obs.]
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As if God [were] deducible to human imbecility. State Trials (1649).
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Deducibleness
De*du"ci*ble*ness, n. The quality of being deducible; deducibility.
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Deducibly
De*du"ci*bly (?), adv. By deduction.
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Deducive
De*du"cive (?), a. That deduces; inferential.
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Deduct
De*duct" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deducted; p. pr. & vb. n. Deducting.] [L. deductus, p. p. of deducere to deduct. See Deduce.] 1. To lead forth or out. [Obs.]
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A people deducted out of the city of Philippos. Udall.
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2. To take away, separate, or remove, in numbering, estimating, or calculating; to subtract; -- often with from or out of.
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Deduct what is but vanity, or dress. Pope.
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Two and a half per cent should be deducted out of the pay of the foreign troops. Bp. Burnet.
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We deduct from the computation of our years that part of our time which is spent in . . . infancy. Norris.
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3. To reduce; to diminish. [Obs.] “Do not deduct it to days.” Massinger.
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deducted
deducted adj. taken away. Opposite of added.
Syn. -- subtracted.
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Deductible
De*duct"i*ble (?), a. 1. Capable of being deducted, taken away, or withdrawn.
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Not one found honestly deductible
From any use that pleased him.
Mrs. Browning.
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2. Deducible; consequential.
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Deduction
De*duc"tion (?), n. [L. deductio: cf. F. déduction.] 1. Act or process of deducing or inferring.
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The deduction of one language from another. Johnson.
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This process, by which from two statements we deduce a third, is called deduction. J. R. Seely.
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2. Act of deducting or taking away; subtraction; as, the deduction of the subtrahend from the minuend.
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3. That which is deduced or drawn from premises by a process of reasoning; an inference; a conclusion.
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Make fair deductions; see to what they mount. Pope.
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4. That which is or may be deducted; the part taken away; abatement; as, a deduction from the yearly rent in compensation for services; deductions from income in calculating income taxes.

Syn. -- See Induction.
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Deductive
De*duct"ive (?), a. [Cf. L. deductivus derivative.] Of or pertaining to deduction; capable of being deduced from premises; deducible.
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All knowledge of causes is deductive. Glanvill.
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Notions and ideas . . . used in a deductive process. Whewell.
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Deductively
De*duct"ive*ly, adv. By deduction; by way of inference; by consequence. Sir T. Browne.
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Deductor
De*duc"tor (?), n. [L., a guide. See Deduce.] (Zool.) The pilot whale or blackfish.
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Deduit
De*duit" (?), n. [F. déduit. Cf. Deduct.] Delight; pleasure. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Deduplication
De*du`pli*ca"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- + duplication.] (Biol.) The division of that which is morphologically one organ into two or more, as the division of an organ of a plant into a pair or cluster.
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Deed
Deed (dēd), a. Dead. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Deed
Deed, n. [AS. d&aemacr_;d; akin to OS. dād, D. & Dan. daad, G. that, Sw. dåd, Goth. dēds; fr. the root of do. See Do, v. t.] 1. That which is done or effected by a responsible agent; an act; an action; a thing done; -- a word of extensive application, including, whatever is done, good or bad, great or small.
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And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye have done? Gen. xliv. 15.
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We receive the due reward of our deeds. Luke xxiii. 41.
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Would serve his kind in deed and word. Tennyson.
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2. Illustrious act; achievement; exploit. “Knightly deeds.” Spenser.
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Whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn. Dryden.
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3. Power of action; agency; efficiency. [Obs.]
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To be, both will and deed, created free. Milton.
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4. Fact; reality; -- whence we have indeed.
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5. (Law) A sealed instrument in writing, on paper or parchment, duly executed and delivered, containing some transfer, bargain, or contract.
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&hand_; The term is generally applied to conveyances of real estate, and it is the prevailing doctrine that a deed must be signed as well as sealed, though at common law signing was formerly not necessary.
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Blank deed, a printed form containing the customary legal phraseology, with blank spaces for writing in names, dates, boundaries, etc.
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6. Performance; -- followed by of. [Obs.] Shak.
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In deed, in fact; in truth; verily. See Indeed.
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Deed
Deed, v. t. To convey or transfer by deed; as, he deeded all his estate to his eldest son. [Colloq. U. S.]
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Deedful
Deed"ful (?), a. Full of deeds or exploits; active; stirring. [R.] “A deedful life.” Tennyson.
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Deedless
Deed"less, a. Not performing, or not having performed, deeds or exploits; inactive.
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Deedless in his tongue. Shak.
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Deed poll
Deed" poll` (?). (Law) A deed of one part, or executed by only one party, and distinguished from an indenture by having the edge of the parchment or paper cut even, or polled as it was anciently termed, instead of being indented. Burrill.
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deeds
deeds n. (Religion) performance of moral or religious acts; salvation is not by deeds, but by faith; to do good deeds.
Syn. -- works.
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Deedy
Deed"y (?), a. Industrious; active. [R.] Cowper.
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Deem
Deem (dēm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deemed (dēmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deeming.] [OE. demen to judge, condemn, AS. dēman, fr. dōm doom; akin to OFries. dēma, OS. adōmian, D. doemen, OHG. tuommen, Icel. dæma, Sw. dömma, Dan. dömme, Goth. dōmjan. See Doom, n., and cf. Doom, v.] 1. To decide; to judge; to sentence; to condemn. [Obs.]
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Claudius . . . Was demed for to hang upon a tree. Chaucer.
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2. To account; to esteem; to think; to judge; to hold in opinion; to regard.
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For never can I deem him less him less than god. Dryden.
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Deem
Deem, v. i. 1. To be of opinion; to think; to estimate; to opine; to suppose.
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And deemest thou as those who pore,
With aged eyes, short way before?
Emerson.
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2. To pass judgment. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Deem
Deem, n. Opinion; judgment. [Obs.] Shak.
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Deemster
Deem"ster (dēm"st&etilde_;r), n. [Deem + -ster; i. e., doomster. Cf. Dempster.] A judge in the Isle of Man who decides controversies without process. Cowell.
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de-energize
de-energize v. t. to deprive of energy, especially electrical energy; the door locks were de-energized and opened manually.
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Deep
Deep (dēp), a. [Compar. Deeper (dēp"&etilde_;r); superl. Deepest (dēp"&ebreve_;st).] [OE. dep, deop, AS. deóp; akin to D. diep, G. tief, Icel. djūpr, Sw. diup, Dan. dyb, Goth. diups; fr. the root of E. dip, dive. See Dip, Dive.] 1. Extending far below the surface; of great perpendicular dimension (measured from the surface downward, and distinguished from high, which is measured upward); far to the bottom; having a certain depth; as, a deep sea.
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The water where the brook is deep. Shak.
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2. Extending far back from the front or outer part; of great horizontal dimension (measured backward from the front or nearer part, mouth, etc.); as, a deep cave or recess or wound; a gallery ten seats deep; a company of soldiers six files deep.
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Shadowing squadrons deep. Milton.
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Safely in harbor
Is the king's ship in the deep nook.
Shak.
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3. Low in situation; lying far below the general surface; as, a deep valley.
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4. Hard to penetrate or comprehend; profound; -- opposed to shallow or superficial; intricate; mysterious; not obvious; obscure; as, a deep subject or plot.
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Speculations high or deep. Milton.
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A question deep almost as the mystery of life. De Quincey.
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O Lord, . . . thy thoughts are very deep. Ps. xcii. 5.
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5. Of penetrating or far-reaching intellect; not superficial; thoroughly skilled; sagacious; cunning.
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Deep clerks she dumbs. Shak.
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6. Profound; thorough; complete; unmixed; intense; heavy; heartfelt; as, deep distress; deep melancholy; deep horror.Deep despair.” Milton.Deep silence.” Milton.Deep sleep.” Gen. ii. 21.Deeper darkness.” Hoole. “Their deep poverty.” 2 Cor. viii. 2.
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An attitude of deep respect. Motley.
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7. Strongly colored; dark; intense; not light or thin; as, deep blue or crimson.
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8. Of low tone; full-toned; not high or sharp; grave; heavy. “The deep thunder.” Byron.
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The bass of heaven's deep organ. Milton.
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9. Muddy; boggy; sandy; -- said of roads. Chaucer.
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The ways in that vale were very deep. Clarendon.
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A deep line of operations (Military), a long line. -- Deep mourning (Costume), mourning complete and strongly marked, the garments being not only all black, but also composed of lusterless materials and of such fashion as is identified with mourning garments.
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Deep
Deep, adv. To a great depth; with depth; far down; profoundly; deeply.
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Deep-versed in books, and shallow in himself. Milton.
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Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring. Pope.
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&hand_; Deep, in its usual adverbial senses, is often prefixed to an adjective; as, deep-chested, deep-cut, deep-seated, deep-toned, deep-voiced, “deep-uddered kine.”
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Deep
Deep, n. 1. That which is deep, especially deep water, as the sea or ocean; an abyss; a great depth.
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Courage from the deeps of knowledge springs. Cowley.
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The hollow deep of hell resounded. Milton.
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Blue Neptune storms, the bellowing deeps resound. Pope.
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2. That which is profound, not easily fathomed, or incomprehensible; a moral or spiritual depth or abyss.
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Thy judgments are a great deep. Ps. xxxvi. 6.
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Deep of night, the most quiet or profound part of night; dead of night.
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The deep of night is crept upon our talk. Shak.
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Deepen
Deep"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deepened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deepening.] 1. To make deep or deeper; to increase the depth of; to sink lower; as, to deepen a well or a channel.
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It would . . . deepen the bed of the Tiber. Addison.
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2. To make darker or more intense; to darken; as, the event deepened the prevailing gloom.
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You must deepen your colors. Peacham.
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3. To make more poignant or affecting; to increase in degree; as, to deepen grief or sorrow.
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4. To make more grave or low in tone; as, to deepen the tones of an organ.
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Deepens the murmur of the falling floods. Pope.
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Deepen
Deep"en, v. i. To become deeper; as, the water deepens at every cast of the lead; the plot deepens.
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His blood-red tresses deepening in the sun. Byron.
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deep-eyed
deep-eyed adj. having eyes set well behind the brow; characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver.
Syn. -- hollow-eyed, sunken-eyed.
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deep fat
deep fat n. Hot liquified fat used to deep-fry food. See deep-fry.
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deep-fat-fry
deep-fat-fry v. t. To fry in deep fat.
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Deep-fet
Deep"-fet` (dēp"f&ebreve_;t`), a. Deeply fetched or drawn. [Obs.]Deep-fet groans.” Shak.
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deep-fried
deep-fried adj. Fried in fat or oil deep enough to cover the object.
Syn. -- fried.
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deep-fry
deep-fry v. to cook by immersing in hot fat or oil.
Syn. -- french-fry.
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Deep-laid
Deep"-laid` (?), a. Laid deeply; formed with cunning and sagacity; secretly and carefully planned; as, deep-laid plans.
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Deeply
Deep"ly, adv. 1. At or to a great depth; far below the surface; as, to sink deeply.
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2. Profoundly; thoroughly; not superficially; in a high degree; intensely; as, deeply skilled in ethics.
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He had deeply offended both his nobles and people. Bacon.
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He sighed deeply in his spirit. Mark viii. 12.
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3. Very; with a tendency to darkness of color.
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The deeply red juice of buckthorn berries. Boyle.
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4. Gravely; with low or deep tone; as, a deeply toned instrument.
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5. With profound skill; with art or intricacy; as, a deeply laid plot or intrigue.
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deep-mined
deep-mined adj. taken from an undergrround mine; -- as contrasted with coal obtained from a strip mine; as, deep-mined coal.
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Deep-mouthed
Deep"-mouthed` (?), a. Having a loud and sonorous voice.Deep-mouthed dogs.” Dryden.
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Deepness
Deep"ness, n. 1. The state or quality of being deep, profound, mysterious, secretive, etc.; depth; profundity; -- opposed to shallowness.
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Because they had no deepness of earth. Matt. xiii. 5.
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2. Craft; insidiousness. [R.] J. Gregory.
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Deep-read
Deep"-read` (?), a. Profoundly book- learned. “Great writers and deep-read men.” L'Estrange.
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deep-rooted
deep-rooted adj. well-established; as, deep-rooted prejudice.
Syn. -- deep-seated, fundamental, ingrained.
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Deep-sea
Deep"-sea` (?), a. Of or pertaining to the deeper parts of the sea; as, a deep-sea line (i. e., a line to take soundings at a great depth); deep-sea lead; deep-sea soundings, explorations, etc.
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2. at some distance from the shore; as, deep-sea fishing.
Syn. -- offshore.
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3. taking place in the deeper parts of the sea; as, deep-sea exploration.
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deep-seated
deep-seated adj. same as deep-rooted.
Syn. -- deep-rooted, fundamental, ingrained.
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deep-set
deep-set adj. having a sunken area.
Syn. -- sunken, recessed.
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deep-six
deep-six v. t. 1. to discard in a deep body of water; -- also used figuratively, to discard contemptuously.
Syn. -- deep six, give it the deep six.
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2. to throw from a boat into the water.
Syn. -- deep six, throw overboard.
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Deep-waisted
Deep"-waist`ed (?), a. (Naut.) Having a deep waist, as when, in a ship, the poop and forecastle are much elevated above the deck.
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deep-water
deep-water adj. 1. having waters of great depth; as, a deep-water port.
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2. carried on in waters of great depth.
Syn. -- deep-sea.
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Deer
Deer (dēr), n. sing. & pl. [OE. der, deor, animal, wild animal, AS. deór; akin to D. dier, OFries. diar, G. thier, tier, Icel. d&ymacr_;r, Dan. dyr, Sw. djur, Goth. dius; of unknown origin. √71.] 1. Any animal; especially, a wild animal. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Mice and rats, and such small deer. Shak.
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The camel, that great deer. Lindisfarne MS.
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2. (Zool.) A ruminant of the genus Cervus, of many species, and of related genera of the family Cervidæ. The males, and in some species the females, have solid antlers, often much branched, which are shed annually. Their flesh, for which they are hunted, is called venison.
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&hand_; The deer hunted in England is Cervus elaphus, called also stag or red deer; the fallow deer is Cervus dama; the common American deer is Cervus Virginianus; the blacktailed deer of Western North America is Cervus Columbianus; and the mule deer of the same region is Cervus macrotis. See Axis, Fallow deer, Mule deer, Reindeer.
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&hand_; Deer is much used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound; as, deerkiller, deerslayer, deerslaying, deer hunting, deer stealing, deerlike, etc.
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Deer mouse (Zool.), the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus, formerly Hesperomys leucopus) of America. -- Small deer, petty game, not worth pursuing; -- used metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the first definition, above.) “Minor critics . . . can find leisure for the chase of such small deer.” G. P. Marsh.
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Deerberry
Deer"ber`ry (?), n. (Bot.) A shrub of the blueberry group (Vaccinium stamineum); also, its bitter, greenish white berry; -- called also squaw huckleberry.
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Deergrass
Deer"grass` (?), n. (Bot.) An American genus (Rhexia) of perennial herbs, with opposite leaves, and showy flowers (usually bright purple), with four petals and eight stamens, -- the only genus of the order Melastomaceæ inhabiting a temperate clime.
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Deerhound
Deer"hound` (?), n. (Zool.) One of a large and fleet breed of hounds used in hunting deer; a staghound.
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Deerlet
Deer"let (?), n. [Deer + - let.] (Zool.) A chevrotain. See Kanchil, and Napu.
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Deer-neck
Deer"-neck` (?), n. A deerlike, or thin, ill-formed neck, as of a horse.
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deer's-ear
deer's-ear n. any of various tall perennial herbs constituting the genus Frasera; it is widely distributed in warm dry upland areas of the US Pacific states.
Syn. -- columbo, American columbo, deer's-ears, pyramid plant, American gentian.
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Deerskin
Deer"skin` (?), n. The skin of a deer, or the leather which is made from it. Hakluyt. Longfellow.
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Deerstalker
Deer"stalk`er (?), n. 1. One who practices deerstalking.
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2. A close-fitting cap, usually woolen, such as is worn in deerstalking, having a low crown and visors both in front and back, and having earflaps which are usually worn tied together over the top; also called fore-and-after, deerstalker hat and deerstalker cap; a hunter's cap; formerly also used for any stiff, round hat. [Eng.]
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Deerstalking
Deer"stalk`ing, n. The hunting of deer on foot, by stealing upon them unawares.
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Deer's-tongue
Deer's"-tongue` (?), n. (Bot.) A plant (Liatris odoratissima) whose fleshy leaves give out a fragrance compared to vanilla. Wood.
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dee
dee (dē), n. (Physics) an electrode with a large interior cavity, shaped like the letter "D", used in opposed pairs to accelerate particles in a cyclotron.
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Dees
Dees (dēs), n. pl. Dice. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Dees
Dees, n. A dais. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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de-escalate
de-escalate v. t. to reduce in intensity (a crisis or a war).
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de-escalation
de-escalation n. a reduction in intensity (of a crisis or a war).
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Deesis
De*e"sis (d&euptack_;*ē"s&ibreve_;s), n. [NL., fr. Gr. de`hsis supplication.] (Rhet.) An invocation of, or address to, the Supreme Being.
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Deess
De"ess (d&euptack_;"&ebreve_;s), n. [F. déesse, fem. of dieu god.] A goddess. [Obs.] Croft.
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Deev
Deev (?), n. (Hind. & Pers. Myth.) See Dev.
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Deface
De*face" (d&euptack_;*fās"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defaced (d&euptack_;*fāst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defacing.] [OE. defacen to disfigure, efface, OF. desfacier; L. dis- + facies face. See Face, and cf. Efface.] 1. To destroy or mar the face or external appearance of; to disfigure; to injure, spoil, or mar, by effacing or obliterating important features or portions of; as, to deface a monument; to deface an edifice; to deface writing; to deface a note, deed, or bond; to deface a record. “This high face defaced.” Emerson.
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So by false learning is good sense defaced. Pope.
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2. [Cf. F. défaire.] To destroy; to make null. [Obs.]
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[Profane scoffing] doth . . . deface the reverence of religion. Bacon.
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For all his power was utterly defaste [defaced]. Spenser.

Syn. -- See Efface.
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defaced
defaced adj. having the external appearance impaired, usually deliberately.
Syn. -- marred.
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Defacement
De*face"ment (?), n. 1. The act of defacing, or the condition of being defaced; injury to the surface or exterior; obliteration.
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2. That which mars or disfigures. Bacon.
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Defacer
De*fa"cer (?), n. One who, or that which, defaces or disfigures.
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De facto
De` fac"to (?). [L.] Actually; in fact; in reality; as, a king de facto, -- distinguished from a king de jure, or by right.
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Defail
De*fail" (?), v. t. [F. défaillir to fail; pref. dé- (L. de) + faillir. See Fail, and cf. Default.] To cause to fail. [Obs.]
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Defailance
De*fail"ance (?), n. [F. défaillance.] Failure; miscarriage. [Obs.]
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Possibility of defailance in degree or continuance. Comber.
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Defailure
De*fail"ure (?), n. Failure. [Obs.] Barrow.
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Defalcate
De*fal"cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defalcated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defalcating.] [LL. defalcatus, p. p. of defalcare to deduct, orig., to cut off with a sickle; L. de- + falx, falcis, a sickle. See Falchion.] To cut off; to take away or deduct a part of; -- used chiefly of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.
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To show what may be practicably and safely defalcated from them [the estimates]. Burke.
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Defalcate
De*fal"cate, v. i. To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust. “Some partner defalcating, or the like.” Carlyle.
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Defalcation
De`fal*ca"tion (?), n. [LL. defalcatio: cf. F. défalcation.] 1. A lopping off; a diminution; abatement; deficit. Specifically: Reduction of a claim by deducting a counterclaim; set- off. Abbott.
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2. That which is lopped off, diminished, or abated.
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3. An abstraction of money, etc., by an officer or agent having it in trust; an embezzlement.
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Defalcator
Def"al*ca`tor (?), n. A defaulter or embezzler. [Modern]
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Defalk
De*falk" (?), v. t. [F. défalquer. See Defalcate.] To lop off; to abate. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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Defamation
Def`a*ma"tion (?), n. [OE. diffamacioun, F. diffamation. See Defame.] Act of injuring another's reputation by any slanderous communication, written or oral; the wrong of maliciously injuring the good name of another; slander; detraction; calumny; aspersion.
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&hand_; In modern usage, written defamation bears the title of libel, and oral defamation that of slander. Burrill.
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Defamatory
De*fam"a*to*ry (?), a. Containing defamation; injurious to reputation; calumnious; slanderous; as, defamatory words; defamatory writings.
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Defame
De*fame" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defamed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Defaming.] [OE. defamen, diffamen, from F. diffamer, or OF. perh. defamer, fr. L. diffamare (cf. defamatus infamous); dis- (in this word confused with de) + fama a report. See Fame.] 1. To harm or destroy the good fame or reputation of; to disgrace; especially, to speak evil of maliciously; to dishonor by slanderous reports; to calumniate; to asperse.
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2. To render infamous; to bring into disrepute.
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My guilt thy growing virtues did defame;
My blackness blotted thy unblemish'd name.
Dryden.
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3. To charge; to accuse. [R.]
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Rebecca is . . . defamed of sorcery practiced on the person of a noble knight. Sir W. Scott.

Syn. -- To asperse; slander; calumniate; vilify. See Asperse.
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Defame
De*fame", n. Dishonor. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Defamer
De*fam"er (?), n. One who defames; a slanderer; a detractor; a calumniator.
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Defamingly
De*fam"ing*ly, adv. In a defamatory manner.
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Defamous
Def"a*mous (?), a. Defamatory. [Obs.]
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Defatigable
De*fat"i*ga*ble (?), a. [See Defatigate.] Capable of being wearied or tired out. [R.] Glanvill.
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Defatigate
De*fat"i*gate (?), v. t. [L. defatigatus, p. p. of defatigare; de- + fatigare to weary. See Fatigue.] To weary or tire out; to fatigue. [R.] Sir T. Herbert.
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Defatigation
De*fat`i*ga"tion (?), n. [L. defatigatio.] Weariness; fatigue. [R.] Bacon.
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Default
De*fault" (?), n. [OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte, fem., F. défaut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de- + fallere to deceive. See Fault.] 1. A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default.
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2. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom.
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And pardon craved for his so rash default. Spenser.
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Regardless of our merit or default. Pope.
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3. (Law) A neglect of, or failure to take, some step necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of jurors, witnesses, etc.
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In default of, in case of failure or lack of.
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Default
De*fault", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Defaulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Defaulting.] 1. To fail in duty; to offend.
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That he gainst courtesy so foully did default. Spenser.
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2. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
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3. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
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Default
De*fault", v. t. 1. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.
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What they have defaulted towards him as no king. Milton.
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2. (Law) To call a defendant or other party whose duty it is to be present in court, and make entry of his default, if he fails to appear; to enter a default against.
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3. To leave out of account; to omit. [Obs.]
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Defaulting unnecessary and partial discourses. Hales.
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Defaulter
De*fault"er (?), n. 1. One who makes default; one who fails to appear in court when court when called.
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2. One who fails to perform a duty; a delinquent; particularly, one who fails to account for public money intrusted to his care; a peculator; a defalcator.
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Defeasance
De*fea"sance (?), n. [OF. defesance, fr. defesant, F. défaisant, p. pr. of defaire, F. défaire, to undo. See Defeat.] 1. A defeat; an overthrow. [Obs.]
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After his foes' defeasance. Spenser.
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2. A rendering null or void.
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3. (Law) A condition, relating to a deed, which being performed, the deed is defeated or rendered void; or a collateral deed, made at the same time with a feoffment, or other conveyance, containing conditions, on the performance of which the estate then created may be defeated.
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&hand_; Mortgages were usually made in this manner in former times, but the modern practice is to include the conveyance and the defeasance in the same deed.
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Defeasanced
De*fea"sanced (?), a. (Law) Liable to defeasance; capable of being made void or forfeited.
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Defeasible
De*fea"si*ble (?), a. [See Defeasance.] Capable of being annulled or made void; as, a defeasible title. -- De*fea"si*ble*ness, n.
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Defeat
De*feat" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defeating.] [From F. défait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe défaire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis- + facere to do. See Feat, Fact, and cf. Disfashion.] 1. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy. [Obs.]
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His unkindness may defeat my life. Shak.
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2. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.
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He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. Tillotson.
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The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. Hallam.
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In one instance he defeated his own purpose. A. W. Ward.
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3. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
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4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
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Sharp reasons to defeat the law. Shak.

Syn. -- To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.
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Defeat
De*feat", n. [Cf. F. défaite, fr. défaire. See Defeat, v.] 1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.]
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Upon whose property and most dear life
A damned defeat was made.
Shak.
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2. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
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3. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.
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defeatism
defeatism n. acceptance of the inevitability of defeat.
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Defeature
De*fea"ture (?; 135), n. [OF. desfaiture a killing, disguising, prop., an undoing. See Defeat, and cf. Disfeature.] 1. Overthrow; defeat. [Obs.] “Nothing but loss in their defeature.” Beau. & Fl.
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2. Disfigurement; deformity. [Obs.] “Strange defeatures in my face.” Shak.
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Defeatured
De*fea"tured (?; 135), p. p. Changed in features; deformed. [R.]
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Features when defeatured in the . . . way I have described. De Quincey.
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Defecate
Def"e*cate (?), a. [L. defaecatus, p. p. of defaecare to defecate; de- + faex, faecis, dregs, lees.] Freed from anything that can pollute, as dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
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Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense. Bates.
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Defecate
Def"e*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defecated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defecating.] 1. To clear from impurities, as lees, dregs, etc.; to clarify; to purify; to refine.
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To defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber. Boyle.
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2. To free from extraneous or polluting matter; to clear; to purify, as from that which materializes.
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We defecate the notion from materiality. Glanvill.
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Defecated from all the impurities of sense. Bp. Warburton.
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Defecate
Def"e*cate (?), v. i. 1. To become clear, pure, or free. Goldsmith.
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2. To void excrement.
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Defecation
Def`e*ca"tion (?), n. [L. defaecatio: cf. F. défécation.] 1. The act of separating from impurities, as lees or dregs; purification.
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2. (Physiol.) The act or process of voiding excrement.
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Defecator
Def"e*ca`tor (?), n. That which cleanses or purifies; esp., an apparatus for removing the feculencies of juices and sirups. Knight.
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Defect
De*fect" (?), n. [L. defectus, fr. deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de- + facere to make, do. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Deficit.] 1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.
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Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied. Davies.
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2. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.
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Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,
Make use of every friend -- and every foe.
Pope.
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Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects. Macaulay.

Syn. -- Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See Fault.
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Defect
De*fect", v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.]Defected honor.” Warner.
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2. to abandon one country or faction, and join another.
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Defect
De*fect", v. t. To injure; to damage. “None can my life defect.” [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).
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Defectibility
De*fect`i*bil"i*ty (?), n. Deficiency; imperfection. [R.] Ld. Digby. Jer. Taylor.
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Defectible
De*fect"i*ble (?), a. Liable to defect; imperfect. [R.] “A defectible understanding.” Jer. Taylor.
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Defection
De*fec"tion (?), n. [L. defectio: cf. F. défection. See Defect.] Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding.Defection and falling away from God.” Sir W. Raleigh.
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The general defection of the whole realm. Sir J. Davies.
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Defectionist
De*fec"tion*ist, n. One who advocates or encourages defection.
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Defectious
De*fec"tious (?), a. Having defects; imperfect. [Obs.] “Some one defectious piece.” Sir P. Sidney.
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Defective
De*fect"ive (?), a. [L. defectivus: cf. F. défectif. See Defect.] 1. Wanting in something; incomplete; lacking a part; deficient; imperfect; faulty; -- applied either to natural or moral qualities; as, a defective limb; defective timber; a defective copy or account; a defective character; defective rules.
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2. (Gram.) Lacking some of the usual forms of declension or conjugation; as, a defective noun or verb. -- De*fect"ive*ly, adv. -- De*fect"ive*ness, n.
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Defective
De*fect"ive (?), n. 1. Anything that is defective or lacking in some respect.
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2. (Med.) One who is lacking physically or mentally.

&hand_; Under the term defectives are included deaf-mutes, the blind, the feeble-minded, the insane, and sometimes, esp. in criminology, criminals and paupers.
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Defectuosity
De*fec`tu*os"i*ty (?; 135), n. [Cf. F. défectuosité.] Great imperfection. [Obs.] W. Montagu.
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Defectuous
De*fec"tu*ous (?), a. [Cf. F. défectueux.] Full of defects; imperfect. [Obs.] Barrow.
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Defedation
Def`e*da"tion (?), n. [L. defoedare, defoedatum, to defile; de- + foedare to foul, foedus foul.] The act of making foul; pollution. [Obs.]
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Defence
De*fence" (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;ns"), n. & v. t. See Defense.
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defenceless
defenceless adj. same as defenseless; as, a defenceless child.
Syn. -- defenseless, helpless.
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Defend
De*fend" (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;nd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defended; p. pr. & vb. n. Defending.] [F. défendre, L. defendere; de- + fendere (only in comp.) to strike; perh. akin to Gr. qei`nein to strike, and E. dint. Cf. Dint, Defense, Fend.] 1. To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel. [A Latinism & Obs.]
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Th' other strove for to defend
The force of Vulcan with his might and main.
Spenser.
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2. To prohibit; to forbid. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Which God defend that I should wring from him. Shak.

3. To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; -- sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies.
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The lord mayor craves aid . . . to defend the city. Shak.
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God defend the right! Shak.
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A village near it was defended by the river. Clarendon.
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4. (Law.) To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to (the suit, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at law; to contest, as a suit. Burrill.

Syn. -- To Defend, Protect. To defend is literally to ward off; to protect is to cover so as to secure against approaching danger. We defend those who are attacked; we protect those who are liable to injury or invasion. A fortress is defended by its guns, and protected by its wall.
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As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it. Is. xxxi. 5.
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Leave not the faithful side
That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects.
Milton.
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Defendable
De*fend"a*ble (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;nd"&adot_;*b'l), a. [Cf. F. défendable.] Capable of being defended; defensible. [R.]
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Defendant
De*fend"ant (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;nd"&aitalic_;nt), a. [F. défendant, p. pr. of défendre. See Defend.] 1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. [Obs.]
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With men of courage and with means defendant. Shak.
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2. Making defense.
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Defendant
De*fend"ant, n. 1. One who defends; a defender.
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The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up. Spotswood.
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2. (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff. Abbott.
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&hand_; The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends the claim, or admits it, and suffers a default; also to a party charged with a criminal offense.
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Defendee
De`fen*dee" (d&euptack_;`f&ebreve_;n*dē" or d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;nd"ē`), n. One who is defended.
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Defender
De*fend"er (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;nd"&etilde_;r), n. [Cf. Fender.] One who defends; one who maintains, supports, protects, or vindicates; a champion; an advocate; a vindicator.
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Provinces . . . left without their ancient and puissant defenders. Motley.
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Defendress
De*fend"ress (?), n. A female defender. [R.]
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Defendress of the faith. Stow.
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defenestrate
de*fen"es*trate (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;n"&ebreve_;s*trāt), v. t. to throw (something or someone) out of a window.
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defenestration
de*fen`es*tra"tion (d&euptack_;*f&ebreve_;n`&ebreve_;s*trā"shŭn), n. the act of throwing (something or someone) out of a window.
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defensative
de*fen"sa*tive (?), n. [L. defensare, defensatum, to defend diligently, intens. of defendere. See Defend.] That which serves to protect or defend.

Defence
Defense
{ De*fense", De*fence" } (?), n. [F. défense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa (cf. LL. defensum), from defendere. See Defend, and cf. Fence.] 1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
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In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems.
Shak.
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2. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
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War would arise in defense of the right. Tennyson.
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God, the widow's champion and defense. Shak.
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3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
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Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense. Acts xxii. 1.
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4. (Law) The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
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5. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
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A man of great defense. Spenser.
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By how much defense is better than no skill. Shak.
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6. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. [Obs.]
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Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. Sir W. Temple.
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Defense
De*fense", v. t. To furnish with defenses; to fortify. [Obs.] [Written also defence.]
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Better manned and more strongly defensed. Hales.
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Defenseless
De*fense"less, a. Destitute of defense; unprepared to resist attack; unable to oppose; unprotected. [Also spelled defenceless.]-- De*fense"less*ly, adv. -- De*fense"less*ness, n.
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2. unarmed; used of persons or the military. armed
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Defenser
De*fens"er (?), n. [Cf. F. défenseur, L. defensor. Cf. Defensor.] Defender. [Obs.] Foxe.
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Defensibility
De*fen`si*bil"i*ty (?), n. Capability of being defended.
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Defensible
De*fen"si*ble (?), a. [Cf. F. défensable, LL. defensabilis, defensibilis. See Defense, and cf. Defendable.] 1. Capable of being defended; as, a defensible city, or a defensible cause.
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2. Capable of offering defense. [Obs.] Shak.
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Defensibleness
De*fen"si*ble*ness (?), n. Capability of being defended; defensibility. Priestley.
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Defensive
De*fen"sive (?), a. [Cf. F. défensif.] 1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.
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A moat defensive to a house. Shak.
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2. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.
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3. In a state or posture of defense. Milton.
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Defensive
De*fen"sive, n. That which defends; a safeguard.
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Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. Bacon.
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To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.
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Defensively
De*fen"sive*ly, adv. On the defensive.
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Defensor
De*fen"sor (?), n. [L. See Defenser.] 1. A defender. Fabyan.
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2. (Law) A defender or an advocate in court; a guardian or protector.
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3. (Eccl.) The patron of a church; an officer having charge of the temporal affairs of a church.
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Defensory
De*fen"so*ry (?), a. [L. defensorius.] Tending to defend; defensive; as, defensory preparations.
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Defer
De*fer" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deferred (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deferring.] [OE. differren, F. différer, fr. L. differre to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Differ, Defer to offer.] To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
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Defer the spoil of the city until night. Shak.
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God . . . will not long defer
To vindicate the glory of his name.
Milton.
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Defer
De*fer", v. i. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
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Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure. J. A. Symonds.
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Defer
De*fer", v. t. [F. déférer to pay deference, to yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre to bring down; de- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Defer to delay, Delate.] 1. To render or offer. [Obs.]
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Worship deferred to the Virgin. Brevint.
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2. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to.
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Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland. Bacon.
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Defer
De*fer", v. i. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
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The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced. Bancroft.
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Deference
Def"er*ence (?), n. [F. déférence. See 3d Defer.] A yielding of judgment or preference from respect to the wishes or opinion of another; submission in opinion; regard; respect; complaisance.
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Deference to the authority of thoughtful and sagacious men. Whewell.
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Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments. Shenstone.

Syn. -- Deference, Reverence, Respect. Deference marks an inclination to yield one's opinion, and to acquiesce in the sentiments of another in preference to one's own. Respect marks the estimation that we have for another, which makes us look to him as worthy of high confidence for the qualities of his mind and heart. Reverence denotes a mingling of fear with a high degree of respect and esteem. Age, rank, dignity, and personal merit call for deference; respect should be paid to the wise and good; reverence is due to God, to the authors of our being, and to the sanctity of the laws.
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Deferent
Def"er*ent (?), a. [L. deferens, p. pr. of deferre. See 3d Defer.] Serving to carry; bearing. [R.] “Bodies deferent.” Bacon.
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Deferent
Def"er*ent, n. 1. That which carries or conveys.
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Though air be the most favorable deferent of sounds. Bacon.
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2. (Ptolemaic Astron.) An imaginary circle surrounding the earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the center of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
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Deferential
Def`er*en"tial (?), a. [See Deference.] Expressing deference; accustomed to defer.
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Deferentially
Def`er*en"tial*ly, adv. With deference.
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Deferment
De*fer"ment (?), n. [See 1st Defer.] The act of delaying; postponement. [R.]
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My grief, joined with the instant business,
Begs a deferment.
Suckling.
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Deferrer
De*fer"rer (?), n. One who defers or puts off.

Defervescency
Defervescence
{ De`fer*ves"cence (?), De`fer*ves"cency (?), } n. [L. defervescere to grow cool.] 1. A subsiding from a state of ebullition; loss of heat; lukewarmness.
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A defervescency in holy actions. Jer. Taylor.
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2. (Med.) The subsidence of a febrile process; as, the stage of defervescence in pneumonia.
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Defeudalize
De*feu"dal*ize (?), v. t. To deprive of the feudal character or form.
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Defiance
De*fi"ance (?), n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. défier. See Defy.] 1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.
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A war without a just defiance made. Dryden.
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Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down. Tennyson.
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2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
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He breathed defiance to my ears. Shak.
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3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.]Defiance to thy kindness.” Ford.
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To bid defiance, To set at defiance, to defy; to disregard recklessly or contemptuously. Locke.
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Defiant
De*fi"ant (?), a. [Cf. F. défiant, p. pr. of défier. See Defy.] Full of defiance; bold; insolent; as, a defiant spirit or act.
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In attitude stern and defiant. Longfellow.

-- De*fi"ant*ly, adv. -- De*fi"ant*ness, n.
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Defiatory
De*fi"a*to*ry (?), a. [See Defy.] Bidding or manifesting defiance. [Obs.] Shelford.
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Defibrinate
De*fi"bri*nate (?), v. t. To deprive of fibrin, as fresh blood or lymph by stirring with twigs.
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Defibrination
De*fi`bri*na"tion (?), n. The act or process of depriving of fibrin.
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Defibrinize
De*fi"bri*nize (?), v. t. To defibrinate.
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Deficience
De*fi"cience (?), n. Same as Deficiency.
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Thou in thyself art perfect, and in thee
Is no deficience found.
Milton.
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Deficiency
De*fi"cien*cy (?), n.; pl. Deficiencies (#). [See Deficient.] The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect. “A deficiency of blood.” Arbuthnot.
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[Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries. Buckle.
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Deficiency of a curve (Geom.), the amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
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Deficient
De*fi"cient (?), a. [L. deficiens, -entis, p. pr. of deficere to be wanting. See Defect.] Wanting, to make up completeness; wanting, as regards a requirement; not sufficient; inadequate; defective; imperfect; incomplete; lacking; as, deficient parts; deficient estate; deficient strength; deficient in judgment.
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The style was indeed deficient in ease and variety. Macaulay.
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Deficient number. (Arith.) See under Abundant.

-- De*fi"cient-ly, adv.
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Deficit
Def"i*cit (?), n. [Lit., it is wanting, 3d person pres. indic. of L. deficere, cf. F. déficit. See Defect.] Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack; as, a deficit in taxes, revenue, etc. Addison.
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Defier
De*fi"er (?), n. [See Defy.] One who dares and defies; a contemner; as, a defier of the laws.
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Defiguration
De*fig`u*ra"tion (?), n. Disfiguration; mutilation. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
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Defigure
De*fig"ure (?), v. t. [Pref. de- (intens.) + figure.] To delineate. [Obs.]
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These two stones as they are here defigured. Weever.
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Defilade
De`fi*lade" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defiladed; p. pr. & vb. n. Defilading.] [Cf. F. défiler to defile, and défilade act of defiling. See 1st Defile.] (Mil.) To raise, as a rampart, so as to shelter interior works commanded from some higher point.
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Defilading
De`fi*lad"ing, n. (Mil.) The art or act of determining the directions and heights of the lines of rampart with reference to the protection of the interior from exposure to an enemy's fire from any point within range, or from any works which may be erected. Farrow.
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Defile
De*file" (d&euptack_;*fīl"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Defiled (d&euptack_;*fīld"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defiling.] [F. défiler; pref. dé-, for des- (L. dis-) + file a row or line. See File a row.] To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
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Defile
De*file", v. t. (Mil.) Same as Defilade.
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Defile
De*file" (d&euptack_;*fīl" or dē"fīl; 277), n. [Cf. F. défilé, fr. défiler to defile.] 1. Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass between hills, rocks, etc.
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2. (Mil.) The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
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Defile
De*file" (d&euptack_;*fīl"), v. t. [OE. defoulen, -foilen, to tread down, OF. defouler; de- + fouler to trample (see Full, v. t.), and OE. defoulen to foul (influenced in form by the older verb defoilen). See File to defile, Foul, Defoul.] 1. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
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They that touch pitch will be defiled. Shak.
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2. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
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He is . . . among the greatest prelates of this age, however his character may be defiled by . . . dirty hands. Swift.
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3. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
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Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt. Ezek. xx. 7.
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4. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate; to rape.
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The husband murder'd and the wife defiled. Prior.
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5. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
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That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile therewith. Lev. xxii. 8.
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defiled
defiled adj. 1. morally blemished. [archaic]
Syn. -- maculate.
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2. (Religion) ritually unclean. Opposite of clean.
Syn. -- unclean, impure.
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Defilement
De*file"ment (?), n. [Cf. F. défilement. See Defile] (Mil.) The protection of the interior walls of a fortification from an enfilading fire, as by covering them, or by a high parapet on the exposed side.
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Defilement
De*file"ment, n. [From 3d Defile.] The act of defiling, or state of being defiled, whether physically or morally; pollution; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness.
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Defilements of the flesh. Hopkins.
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The chaste can not rake into such filth without danger of defilement. Addison.
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Defiler
De*fil"er (?), n. One who defiles; one who corrupts or violates; that which pollutes.
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Defiliation
De*fil`i*a"tion (?), n. [L. de- + filius son.] Abstraction of a child from its parents. Lamb.
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Definable
De*fin"a*ble (?), a. [From Define.] Capable of being defined, limited, or explained; determinable; describable by definition; ascertainable; as, definable limits; definable distinctions or regulations; definable words. -- De*fin"a*bly, adv.
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Define
De*fine" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defined (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Defining.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. définir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.] 1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. “To define controversies.” Barrow.
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2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.
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3. To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument.
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Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. Sir I. Newton.
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4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a scientific term.
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They define virtue to be life ordered according to nature. Robynson (More's Utopia).
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Define
De*fine" (?), v. i. To determine; to decide. [Obs.]
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Definement
De*fine"ment (?), n. The act of defining; definition; description. [Obs.] Shak.
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Definer
De*fin"er (?), n. One who defines or explains.
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Definite
Def"i*nite (?), a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. défini. See Define.] 1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval.
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Elements combine in definite proportions. Whewell.
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2. Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite word, term, or expression.
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3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.] Shak.
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4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article.
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Definite article (Gram.), the article the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing, or a particular class of persons or things; -- also called a definitive. See Definitive, n. - - Definite inflorescence. (Bot.) See Determinate inflorescence, under Determinate. -- Law of definite proportions (Chem.), the essential law of chemical combination that every definite compound always contains the same elements in the same proportions by weight; and, if two or more elements form more than one compound with each other, the relative proportions of each are fixed. Compare Law of multiple proportions, under Multiple.
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Definite
Def"i*nite, n. A thing defined or determined. [Obs.]
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Definitely
Def"i*nite*ly, adv. In a definite manner; with precision; precisely; determinately.
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Definiteness
Def"i*nite*ness, n. The state of being definite; determinateness; precision; certainty.
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Definition
Def`i*ni"tion (?), n. [L. definitio: cf. F. définition.] 1. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a telescope accurate in definition.
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2. Act of ascertaining and explaining the signification; a description of a thing by its properties; an explanation of the meaning of a word or term; as, the definition of “circle;” the definition of “wit;” an exact definition; a loose definition.
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Definition being nothing but making another understand by words what the term defined stands for. Locke.
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3. Description; sort. [R.] “A new creature of another definition.” Jer. Taylor.
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4. (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which make up the logical essence.
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5. (Opt.) Distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by an optical instrument; precision in detail.

Syn. -- Definition, Explanation, Description. A definition is designed to settle a thing in its compass and extent; an explanation is intended to remove some obscurity or misunderstanding, and is therefore more extended and minute; a description enters into striking particulars with a view to interest or impress by graphic effect. It is not therefore true, though often said, that description is only an extended definition. “Logicians distinguish definitions into essential and accidental. An essential definition states what are regarded as the constituent parts of the essence of that which is to be defined; and an accidental definition lays down what are regarded as circumstances belonging to it, viz., properties or accidents, such as causes, effects, etc.” Whately.
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Definitional
Def`i*ni"tion*al (?), a. Relating to definition; of the nature of a definition; employed in defining.
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Definitive
De*fin"i*tive (?), a. [L. definitivus: cf. F. définitif.] 1. Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express.
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A strict and definitive truth. Sir T. Browne.
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Some definitive . . . scheme of reconciliation. Prescott.
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2. Limiting; determining; as, a definitive word.
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3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.] Shak.
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Definitive
De*fin"i*tive, n. (Gram.) A word used to define or limit the extent of the signification of a common noun, such as the definite article, and some pronouns.
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&hand_; Definitives . . . are commonly called by grammarians articles. . . . They are of two kinds, either those properly and strictly so called, or else pronominal articles, such as this, that, any, other, some, all, no, none, etc. Harris (Hermes).
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Definitively
De*fin"i*tive*ly, adv. In a definitive manner.
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Definitiveness
De*fin"i*tive*ness, n. The quality of being definitive.
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Definitude
De*fin"i*tude (?), n. Definiteness. [R.]
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Definitude . . . is a knowledge of minute differences. Sir W. Hamilton.
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Defix
De*fix" (?), v. t. [L. defixus, p. p. of defigere to fix; de- + figere to fix.] To fix; to fasten; to establish. [Obs.] “To defix their princely seat . . . in that extreme province.” Hakluyt.
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Deflagrability
Def`la*gra*bil"i*ty (?), n. (Chem.) The state or quality of being deflagrable.
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The ready deflagrability . . . of saltpeter. Boyle.
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Deflagrable
De*fla"gra*ble (?; 277), a. [See Deflagrate.] (Chem.) Burning with a sudden and sparkling combustion, as niter; hence, slightly explosive; liable to snap and crackle when heated, as salt.
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Deflagrate
Def"la*grate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deflagrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflagrating.] [L. deflagratus, p. p. of deflagrare to burn up; de- + flagrare to flame, burn.] (Chem.) To burn with a sudden and sparkling combustion, as niter; also, to snap and crackle with slight explosions when heated, as salt.
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Deflagrate
Def"la*grate, v. t. (Chem.) To cause to burn with sudden and sparkling combustion, as by the action of intense heat; to burn or vaporize suddenly; as, to deflagrate refractory metals in the oxyhydrogen flame.
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Deflagration
Def`la*gra"tion (?), n. [L. deflagratio: cf. F. déflagration.] 1. A burning up; conflagration. “Innumerable deluges and deflagrations.” Bp. Pearson.
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2. (Chem.) The act or process of deflagrating.
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Deflagrator
Def"la*gra`tor (?), n. (Chem.) A form of the voltaic battery having large plates, used for producing rapid and powerful combustion.
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deflate
de*flate" (?), v. t. [Pref. de- down + L. flare, flatus to blow.] To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; as, to deflate a tire; to deflate expectations.
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deflated
deflated adj. 1. brought low in spirit. left us fatigued and deflated spiritually
Syn. -- chapfallen, chopfallen, crestfallen.
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deflation
deflation n. 1. the act or process of deflating.
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2. a fall in the average prices of goods and services; -- usually associated with contraction of economic activity. Opposite of inflation. Compare disinflation.
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3. the reduction of available credit or a contraction of economic activity resulting from or associated with a decline of prices.
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4. the act of letting the air out of something.
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5. (Geol.) the erosion of land structures such as sand or soil due to the action of wind. RHUD
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deflationary
deflationary adj. 1. of or pertaining to deflation; as, deflationary signs.
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2. (Economics) associated with or tending to cause decreases in consumer prices or increases in the purchasing power of money; as, deflationary measures. Opposite of inflationary.
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deflator
deflator n. a statistical factor designed to remove the effect of inflation; inflation adjusted variables are in constant dollars; as, the GNP deflator..
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deflect
de*flect" (d&euptack_;*fl&ebreve_;kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflecting.] [L. deflectere; de- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible.] To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected; to deflect a punch; to deflect criticism by acknowledging a mistake.
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Sitting with their knees deflected under them. Lord (1630).
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Deflect
De*flect", v. i. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.
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At some part of the Azores, the needle deflecteth not, but lieth in the true meridian. Sir T. Browne.
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To deflect from the line of truth and reason. Warburton.
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Deflectable
De*flect"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being deflected.
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Deflected
De*flect"ed, a. 1. Turned aside; deviating from a direct line or course.
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2. Bent downward; deflexed.
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Deflection
De*flec"tion (?), n. [L. deflexio, fr. deflectere: cf. F. déflexion.] 1. The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation.
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The other leads to the same point, through certain deflections. Lowth.
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2. (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
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3. (Opt.) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
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4. (Engin.) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.
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Deflectionization
De*flec`tion*i*za"tion (?), n. The act of freeing from inflections. Earle.
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Deflectionize
De*flec"tion*ize (?), v. t. To free from inflections.
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Deflectionized languages are said to be analytic. Earle.
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Deflective
De*flect"ive (?), a. Causing deflection.
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Deflective forces, forces that cause a body to deviate from its course.
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Deflector
De*flect"or (?), n. (Mech.) That which deflects, as a diaphragm in a furnace, or a cone in a lamp (to deflect and mingle air and gases and help combustion).
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Deflexed
De*flexed" (?), a. Bent abruptly downward.
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Deflexion
De*flex"ion (?), n. See Deflection.
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Deflexure
De*flex"ure (?), n. [From L. deflectere, deflexum. See Deflect.] A bending or turning aside; deflection. Bailey.
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Deflorate
De*flo"rate (?), a. [LL. defloratus, p. p. of deflorare. See Deflour.] (Bot.) Past the flowering state; having shed its pollen. Gray.
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Defloration
Def`lo*ra"tion (?), n. [LL. defloratio: cf. F. défloration.] 1. The act of deflouring; as, the defloration of a virgin. Johnson.
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2. That which is chosen as the flower or choicest part; careful culling or selection. [R.]
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The laws of Normandy are, in a great measure, the defloration of the English laws. Sir M. Hale.
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deflour
de*flour" (?), v. t. [Pref. de- + flower.] Same as Deflower. [archaic]
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He died innocent and before the sweetness of his soul was defloured and ravished from him. Jer. Taylor.
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Deflourer
De*flour"er (?), n. See Deflowerer. [archaic]
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Deflow
De*flow" (?), v. i. [Pref. de- + flow: cf. L. defluere.] To flow down. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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deflower
de*flow"er (?), v. t. [Previously also spelled deflour.] [imp. & p. p. Deflowered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deflowering.] [F. déflorer, LL. deflorare; L. de- + flos, floris, flower. See Flower, and cf. Deflorate.] 1. To deprive of flowers.
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An earthquake . . . deflowering the gardens. W. Montagu.
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2. To take away the prime beauty and grace of; to rob of the choicest ornament.
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3. To deprive of virginity, as a woman; to violate; to ravish; also, to seduce.
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If a man had deflowered a virgin. Milton.
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Deflowerer
De*flow"er*er (?), n. One who deflowers; a ravisher. Milton.
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Defluous
Def"lu*ous (?), a. [L. defluus, fr. defluere to flow down; de- + fluere to flow.] Flowing down; falling off. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Deflux
De*flux" (?), n. [L. defluxus, fr. defluere, defluxum.] Downward flow. [Obs.] Bacon.
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Defluxion
De*flux"ion (?), n. [L. defluxio.] (Med.) A discharge or flowing of humors or fluid matter, as from the nose in catarrh; -- sometimes used synonymously with inflammation. Dunglison.
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Defly
Def"ly (?), adv. Deftly. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Defoedation
Def`œ*da"tion (?), n. Defedation. [Obs.]

Defoliated
Defoliate
{ De*fo"li*ate (?), De*fo"li*a`ted (?). } a. Deprived of leaves, as by their natural fall.
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deformational
deformational adj. 1. of or pertaining to deformation (in all senses).
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defoliate
de*fol"i*ate (?), v. t. [LL. defoliare, to shed leaves; L. de- + folium leaf: cf. F. défoliation.] to cause (a plant) to shed its leaves.
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defoliation
de*fo`li*a"tion (?), n. [LL. defoliare, defoliatum, to shed leaves; L. de- + folium leaf: cf. F. défoliation.] The separation of ripened leaves from a branch or stem; the falling or shedding of the leaves.
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2. the act or process of causing plants to lose their leaves, especially by application of a chemical agent. The deliberate defoliation of plants has been used in war (as in Vietnam) to deprive an enemy of cover and allow attack from the air; also, to destroy narcotic-producing plants as a tactic against illegal drug production. The chemical defoliating agents are often sprayed over large areas from airplanes.
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Deforce
De*force" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deforced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deforcing.] [OF. deforcier; de- or des- (L. de or dis-) + forcier, F. forcer. See Force, v.] (Law) (a) To keep from the rightful owner; to withhold wrongfully the possession of, as of lands or a freehold. (b) (Scots Law) To resist the execution of the law; to oppose by force, as an officer in the execution of his duty. Burrill.
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Deforcement
De*force"ment (?), n. [OF.] (Law) (a) A keeping out by force or wrong; a wrongful withholding, as of lands or tenements, to which another has a right. (b) (Scots Law) Resistance to an officer in the execution of law. Burrill.
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Deforceor
De*force"or (?), n. Same as Deforciant. [Obs.]
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Deforciant
De*for"ciant (?), n. [OF. deforciant, p. pr. of deforcier. See Deforce.] (Eng. Law) (a) One who keeps out of possession the rightful owner of an estate. (b) One against whom a fictitious action of fine was brought. [Obs.] Burrill.
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Deforciation
De*for`ci*a"tion (?), n. (Law) Same as Deforcement, n.
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Deforest
De*for"est (?), v. t. To clear of forests; to disforest. U. S. Agric. Reports.
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Deform
De*form" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deformed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deforming.] [L. deformare; de- + formare to form, shape, fr. forma: cf. F. déformer. See Form.] 1. To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure.
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Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time
Into this breathing world.
Shak.
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2. To render displeasing; to deprive of comeliness, grace, or perfection; to dishonor.
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Above those passions that this world deform. Thomson.
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Deform
De*form", a. [L. deformis; de- + forma form: cf. OF. deforme, F. difforme. Cf. Difform.] Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid. [Obs.]
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Sight so deform what heart of rock could long
Dry-eyed behold?
Milton.
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Deformation
Def`or*ma"tion (?), n. [L. deformatio: cf. F. déformation.] 1. The act of deforming, or state of anything deformed. Bp. Hall.
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2. Transformation; change of shape.
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Deformed
De*formed" (?), a. Unnatural or distorted in form; having a deformity; misshapen; disfigured; as, a deformed person; a deformed head. -- De*form"ed*ly (#), adv. -- De*form"ed*ness, n.
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Deformer
De*form"er (?), n. One who deforms.
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Deformity
De*form"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Deformities (#). [L. deformitas, fr. deformis: cf. OF. deformeté, deformité, F. difformité. See Deform, v. & a., and cf. Disformity.] 1. The state of being deformed; want of proper form or symmetry; any unnatural form or shape; distortion; irregularity of shape or features; ugliness.
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To make an envious mountain on my back,
Where sits deformity to mock my body.
Shak.
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2. Anything that destroys beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from order or the established laws of propriety; as, deformity in an edifice; deformity of character.
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Confounded, that her Maker's eyes
Should look so near upon her foul deformities.
Milton.
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Deforser
De*fors"er (?), n. [From Deforce.] [Written also deforsor.] A deforciant. [Obs.] Blount.
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Defoul
De*foul" (?), v. t. [See Defile, v. t.] 1. To tread down. [Obs.] Wyclif.
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2. To make foul; to defile. [Obs.] Wyclif.
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Defraud
De*fraud" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrauded; p. pr. & vb. n. Defrauding.] [L. defraudare; de- + fraudare to cheat, fr. fraus, fraudis, fraud: cf. OF. defrauder. See Fraud.] To deprive of some right, interest, or property, by a deceitful device; to withhold from wrongfully; to injure by embezzlement; to cheat; to overreach; as, to defraud a servant, or a creditor, or the state; -- with of before the thing taken or withheld.
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We have defrauded no man. 2 Cor. vii. 2.
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Churches seem injured and defrauded of their rights. Hooker.
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Defraudation
De`frau*da"tion (?), n. [L. defraudatio: cf. F. défraudation.] The act of defrauding; a taking by fraud. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
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Defrauder
De*fraud"er (?), n. One who defrauds; a cheat; an embezzler; a peculator.
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Defraudment
De*fraud"ment (?), n. [Cf. OF. defraudement.] Privation by fraud; defrauding. [Obs.] Milton.
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Defray
De*fray" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defrayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Defraying.] [F. défrayer; pref. dé- (L. de or dis-) + frais expense, fr. LL. fredum, fridum, expense, fine by which an offender obtained peace from his sovereign, or more likely, atoned for an offense against the public peace, fr. OHG. fridu peace, G. friede. See Affray.] 1. To pay or discharge; to serve in payment of; to provide for, as a charge, debt, expenses, costs, etc.
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For the discharge of his expenses, and defraying his cost, he allowed him . . . four times as much. Usher.
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2. To avert or appease, as by paying off; to satisfy; as, to defray wrath. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Defrayal
De*fray"al (?), n. The act of defraying; payment; as, the defrayal of necessary costs.
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Defrayer
De*fray"er (?), n. One who pays off expenses.
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Defrayment
De*fray"ment (?), n. Payment of charges.
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defrock
defrock v. t. To divest of the frock, i. e. to deprive (a priest, minister, etc.) of official ecclesiastical authority; -- of church officials.
Syn. -- unfrock.
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defrost
defrost v. t. To remove the frost or ice from; as, to defrost the car window; to defrost a refrigerator.
Syn. -- deice.
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defrost
defrost v. i. 1. To become free of frost or ice; as, it took four hours for the refrigerator to defrost.
Syn. -- deice.
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2. To thaw; -- used especially of items removed from a freezer, such as frozen foods.
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defroster
defroster n. A device that removes ice or frost (as from a windshield or a refrigerator or the wings of an airplane).
Syn. -- deicer.
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deft
deft (d&ebreve_;ft), a. [OE. daft, deft, becoming, mild, gentle, stupid (cf. OE. daffe, deffe, fool, coward), AS. dæft (in derivatives only) mild, gentle, fitting, seasonable; akin to dafen, gedafen, becoming, fit, Goth. gadaban to be fit. Cf. Daft, Daff, Dapper.] 1. Apt; fit; spruce; neat. [Archaic or Poetic] “The deftest way.” Shak.Deftest feats.” Gay.
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Let me be deft and debonair. Byron.
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2. dexterous; clever; handy; as, a deft feat of legerdemain.
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The limping god, so deft at his new ministry. Dryden.
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Deftly
Deft"ly, adv. [Cf. Defly.] Aptly; fitly; dexterously; neatly.Deftly dancing.” Drayton.
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Thyself and office deftly show. Shak.
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Deftness
Deft"ness, n. The quality of being deft. Drayton.
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Defunct
De*funct" (d&euptack_;*fŭ&nsmacr_;kt"). a. [L. defunctus, p. p. of defungi to acquit one's self of, to perform, finish, depart, die; de + fungi to perform, discharge: cf. F. défunt. See Function.] 1. Having finished the course of life; dead; deceased.Defunct organs.” Shak.
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The boar, defunct, lay tripped up, near. Byron.
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2. No longer in effect or use; no longer operating; as, a defunct business; a defunct law.
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Defunct
De*funct", n. A dead person; one deceased.
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Defunction
De*func"tion (d&euptack_;*fŭ&nsmacr_;k"shŭn), n. [L. defunctio performance, death.] Death. [Obs.]
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After defunction of King Pharamond. Shak.
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defunctive
de*func"tive (d&euptack_;*fŭ&nsmacr_;k"t&ibreve_;v), a. Funereal. [Obs.]Defunctive music.” Shak.
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defuse
de*fuse" (d&euptack_;*fūz"), v. t. [Cf. Diffuse.] 1. To disorder; to make shapeless. [Obs.] Shak.
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2. To remove the fuse from; to deactivate (a bomb or other explosive device) or make it ineffective.
Syn. -- deactivate.
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3. To make less dangerous; as, to defuse a tense confrontation between demonstrators and police.
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defusing
defusing (d&euptack_;*fūz"&ibreve_;ng), n. 1. The act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb).
Syn. -- deactivation.
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defy
de*fy" (d&euptack_;*fī"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defied (d&euptack_;*fīd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.] [F. défier, OF. deffier, desfier, LL. disfidare to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his lord; hence, to challenge, defy; fr. L. dis- + fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Diffident, Affiance.] 1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. [Obs.]
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I defy the surety and the bond. Chaucer.
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For thee I have defied my constant mistress. Beau. & Fl.
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2. To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.
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I once again
Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
Milton.
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I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary. Burke.
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defy
de*fy" (d&euptack_;*fī"), n. A challenge. [Obs.] Dryden.
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degage
dé`ga`gé" (?), a. [F., p. p. of dégager to disengage. See De-, 1st Gage, and cf. Disgage.] Unconstrained; easy; free. Vanbrugh.

A graceful and dégagé manner. Poe.
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degarnish
de*gar"nish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. degarnished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. degarnishing.] [F. dégarnir; pref. dé-, des- (L. dis-) + garnir to furnish. See Garnish, and cf. Disgarnish.] 1. To strip or deprive of entirely, as of furniture, ornaments, etc.; to disgarnish; as, to degarnish a house, etc. [R.]
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2. To deprive of a garrison, or of troops necessary for defense; as, to degarnish a city or fort. [R.] Washington.
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Degarnishment
De*gar"nish*ment (?), n. The act of depriving, as of furniture, apparatus, or a garrison. [R.]

degauss
de*gauss" (d&euptack_;*gous"), n. 1. To make a (steel) ship's hull nonmagnetic by applying an opposing magnetic field.
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2. To remove irregular magnetization in (the electron gun of a cathode-ray tube); -- used to improve picture quality, especially in computer monitors.
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degaussing
degaussing n. the process of making a (steel) ship's hull nonmagnetic by producing an opposing magnetic field.
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Degener
Degender
{ De*gen"der (?), De*gen"er (?), } v. i. [See Degenerate.] To degenerate. [Obs.]Degendering to hate.” Spenser.
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He degenereth into beastliness. Joye.
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Degeneracy
De*gen"er*a*cy (?), n. [From Degenerate, a.] 1. The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse.
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Willful degeneracy from goodness. Tillotson.
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2. The state of having become degenerate; decline in good qualities; deterioration; meanness.
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Degeneracy of spirit in a state of slavery. Addison.
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To recover mankind out of their universal corruption and degeneracy. S. Clarke.
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Degenerate
De*gen"er*ate (?), a. [L. degeneratus, p. p. of degenerare to degenerate, cause to degenerate, fr. degener base, degenerate, that departs from its race or kind; de- + genus race, kind. See Kin relationship.] Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low.
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Faint-hearted and degenerate king. Shak.
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A degenerate and degraded state. Milton.
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Degenerate from their ancient blood. Swift.
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These degenerate days. Pope.
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I had planted thee a noble vine . . . : how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? Jer. ii. 21.
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Degenerate
De*gen"er*ate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Degenerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Degenerating.] 1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate.
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When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. Tillotson.
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2. (Biol.) To fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.
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degenerate
de*gen"er*ate (?), n. 1. a person who has declined from a high standard, especially a sexual deviate; -- usually used disparagingly or opprobriously of persons whose sexual behavior does not conform to the norms of accepted morals.
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2. a person or thing that has fallen from a higher to a lower state, or reverted to an earlier type or stage of development or culture. RHUD
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Degenerately
De*gen"er*ate*ly (?), adv. In a degenerate manner; unworthily.
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Degenerateness
De*gen"er*ate*ness, n. Degeneracy.
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Degeneration
De*gen`er*a"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. dégénération.] 1. The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration.
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Our degeneration and apostasy. Bates.
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2. (Physiol.) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure; as, fatty degeneration of the liver.
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3. (Biol.) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
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4. The thing degenerated. [R.]
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Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations. Sir T. Browne.
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Amyloid degeneration, Caseous degeneration, etc. See under Amyloid, Caseous, etc.
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Degenerationist
De*gen`er*a"tion*ist, n. (Biol.) A believer in the theory of degeneration, or hereditary degradation of type; as, the degenerationists hold that savagery is the result of degeneration from a superior state.
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Degenerative
De*gen"er*a*tive (?), a. Undergoing or producing degeneration; tending to degenerate.
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Degenerous
De*gen"er*ous (?), a. [L. degener. See Degenerate.] Degenerate; base. [Obs.]Degenerous passions.” Dryden.Degenerous practices.” South.
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Degenerously
De*gen"er*ous*ly, adv. Basely. [Obs.]
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Degerm
De*germ" (?), v. t. (Milling) To extract the germs from, as from wheat grains.
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Degerminator
De*ger"mi*na`tor (?), n. (Milling) A machine for breaking open the kernels of wheat or other grain and removing the germs.
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Deglaze
De*glaze" (?), v. t. To remove the glaze from, as pottery or porcelain, so as to give a dull finish.
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Deglazing
De*glaz"ing (?), n. The process of giving a dull or ground surface to glass by acid or by mechanical means. Knight.
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Degloried
De*glo"ried (?), a. Deprived of glory; dishonored. [Obs.] “With thorns degloried.” G. Fletcher.
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Deglutinate
De*glu"ti*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deglutinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Deglutinating.] [L. deglutinatus, p. p. of deglutinare to deglutinate; de- + glutinare to glue, gluten glue.] To loosen or separate by dissolving the glue which unties; to unglue.
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Deglutination
De*glu`ti*na"tion (?), n. The act of ungluing.
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Deglutition
Deg`lu*ti"tion (?), n. [L. deglutire to swallow down; de- + glutire to swallow: cf. F. déglutition. See Glut.] The act or process of swallowing food; the power of swallowing.
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The muscles employed in the act of deglutition. Paley.
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Deglutitious
Deg`lu*ti"tious (?), a. Pertaining to deglutition. [R.]
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Deglutitory
De*glu"ti*to*ry (?), a. Serving for, or aiding in, deglutition.
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Degradation
Deg`ra*da"tion (?), n. [LL. degradatio, from degradare: cf. F. dégradation. See Degrade.] 1. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution; as, the degradation of a peer, a knight, a general, or a bishop.
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He saw many removes and degradations in all the other offices of which he had been possessed. Clarendon.
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2. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
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The . . . degradation of a needy man of letters. Macaulay.
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Deplorable is the degradation of our nature. South.
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Moments there frequently must be, when a sinner is sensible of the degradation of his state. Blair.
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3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
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The development and degradation of the alphabetic forms can be traced. I. Taylor (The Alphabet).
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4. (Geol.) A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
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5. (Biol.) The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
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The degradation of the species man is observed in some of its varieties. Dana.
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6. (Physiol.) Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.
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Degradation of energy, or Dissipation of energy (Physics), the transformation of energy into some form in which it is less available for doing work.

Syn. -- Abasement; debasement; reduction; decline.
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Degrade
De*grade" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Degrading.] [F. dégrader, LL. degradare, fr. L. de- + gradus step, degree. See Grade, and cf. Degree.] 1. To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer.
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Prynne was sentenced by the Star Chamber Court to be degraded from the bar. Palfrey.
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2. To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.
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O miserable mankind, to what fall
Degraded, to what wretched state reserved!
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Yet time ennobles or degrades each line. Pope.
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Her pride . . . struggled hard against this degrading passion. Macaulay.
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3. (Geol.) To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.

Syn. -- To abase; demean; lower; reduce. See Abase.
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Degrade
De*grade", v. i. (Biol.) To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.
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Degraded
De*grad"ed (?), a. 1. Reduced in rank, character, or reputation; debased; sunken; low; base.
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The Netherlands . . . were reduced practically to a very degraded condition. Motley.
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2. (Biol.) Having the typical characters or organs in a partially developed condition, or lacking certain parts.
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Some families of plants are degraded dicotyledons. Dana.
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3. [Cf. F. degré step.] (Her.) Having steps; -- said of a cross each of whose extremities finishes in steps growing larger as they leave the center; -- termed also on degrees.
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Degradement
De*grade"ment (?), n. Deprivation of rank or office; degradation. [R.] Milton.
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degrading
de*grad"ing, a. causing humiliation or degradation; as, a degrading surrender.
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degradingly
de*grad"ing*ly, adv. In a degrading manner.
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Degras
Dé`gras" (?), Deg"ras (&unr_;), n. [F.; cf. F. gras, a. & n., fat.] A semisolid emulsion produced by the treatment of certain skins with oxidized fish oil, which extracts their soluble albuminoids. It was formerly solely a by-product of chamois leather manufacture, but is now made for its own sake, being valuable as a dressing for hides.
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Degravation
Deg`ra*va"tion (?), n. [L. degravare, degravatum, to make heavy. See Grave, a.] The act of making heavy. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Degrease
De*grease" (?), v. t. To remove grease or fatty matter from, as wool or silk.
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Degree
De*gree" (?), n. [F. degré, OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See Degrade.] 1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.]
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By ladders, or else by degree. Rom. of R.
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2. One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward, in quality, rank, acquirement, and the like; a stage in progression; grade; gradation; as, degrees of vice and virtue; to advance by slow degrees; degree of comparison.
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3. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position. “A dame of high degree.” Dryden. “A knight is your degree.” Shak. “Lord or lady of high degree.” Lowell.
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4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
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The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is different in different times and different places. Sir. J. Reynolds.
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5. Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; also, (informal) the diploma provided by an educational institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to hang one's degrees on the office wall.
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&hand_; In the United States diplomas are usually given as the evidence of a degree conferred. In the humanities the first degree is that of bachelor of arts (B. A. or A. B.); the second that of master of arts (M. A. or A. M.). The degree of bachelor (of arts, science, divinity, law, etc.) is conferred upon those who complete a prescribed course of undergraduate study. The first degree in medicine is that of doctor of medicine (M. D.). The degrees of master and doctor are also conferred, in course, upon those who have completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.); the degree of doctor is also conferred as a complimentary recognition of eminent services in science or letters, or for public services or distinction (as doctor of laws (LL. D.) or doctor of divinity (D. D.), when they are called honorary degrees.
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The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and left the university. Macaulay.
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6. (Genealogy) A certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or fourth degree.
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In the 11th century an opinion began to gain ground in Italy, that third cousins might marry, being in the seventh degree according to the civil law. Hallam.
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7. (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
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8. (Algebra) State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.
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9. (Trig.) A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds.
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10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer. 11. (Mus.) A line or space of the staff.
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&hand_; The short lines and their spaces are added degrees.
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Accumulation of degrees. (Eng. Univ.) See under Accumulation. -- By degrees, step by step; by little and little; by moderate advances. “I'll leave it by degrees.” Shak. -- Degree of a curve or Degree of a surface (Geom.), the number which expresses the degree of the equation of the curve or surface in rectilinear coordinates. A straight line will, in general, meet the curve or surface in a number of points equal to the degree of the curve or surface and no more. -- Degree of latitude (Geog.), on the earth, the distance on a meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles. -- Degree of longitude, the distance on a parallel of latitude between two meridians that make an angle of one degree with each other at the poles -- a distance which varies as the cosine of the latitude, being at the equator 69.16 statute miles. -- To a degree, to an extreme; exceedingly; as, mendacious to a degree.
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It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave to a degree on occasions when races more favored by nature are gladsome to excess. Prof. Wilson.
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degreed
de*greed" (d&euptack_;*grēd"),a. possessing a college degree or degrees.
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degressive
degressive adj. 1. going down by steps.
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2. gradually decreasing in rate on sums below a certain amount.
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Degu
De"gu (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) A small South American rodent (Octodon Cumingii), of the family Octodontidæ.
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Degum
De*gum" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degummed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Degumming.] To deprive of, or free from, gum; as, to degum ramie.
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Degust
De*gust" (?), v. t. [L. degustare: cf. F. déguster. See Gust to taste.] To taste. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Degustation
Deg`us*ta"tion (?), n. [L. degustatio: cf. F. dégustation.] (Physiol.) Tasting; the appreciation of sapid qualities by the taste organs. Bp. Hall.
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Dehisce
De*hisce" (?), v. i. [L. dehiscere; de- + hiscere to gape.] To gape; to open by dehiscence.
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Dehiscence
De*his"cence (?), n. [Cf. F. déhiscence.] 1. The act of gaping.
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2. (Biol.) A gaping or bursting open along a definite line of attachment or suture, without tearing, as in the opening of pods, or the bursting of capsules at maturity so as to emit seeds, etc.; also, the bursting open of follicles, as in the ovaries of animals, for the expulsion of their contents.
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Dehiscent
De*his"cent (?), a. [L. dehiscens, -entis, p. pr. Cf. F. déhiscent.] Characterized by dehiscence; opening in some definite way, as the capsule of a plant.
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Dehonestate
De`ho*nes"tate (?), v. t. [L. dehonestatus, p. p. of dehonestare to dishonor; de- + honestare to make honorable. Cf. Dishonest, and see Honest.] To disparage. [Obs.]
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Dehonestation
De*hon`es*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehonestatio.] A dishonoring; disgracing. [Obs.] Gauden.
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Dehorn
De*horn" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dehorned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dehorning.] To deprive of horns; to prevent the growth of the horns of (cattle) by burning their ends soon after they start. See Dishorn.Dehorning cattle.” Farm Journal (1886).
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Dehors
De*hors" (?), prep. [F., outside.] (Law) Out of; without; foreign to; out of the agreement, record, will, or other instrument.
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Dehors
De*hors", n. (Mil.) All sorts of outworks in general, at a distance from the main works; any advanced works for protection or cover. Farrow.
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Dehort
De*hort" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dehorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Dehorting.] [L. dehortari; de- + hortari to urge, exhort.] To urge to abstain or refrain; to dissuade. [Obs.]
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The apostles vehemently dehort us from unbelief. Bp. Ward.
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“Exhort” remains, but dehort, a word whose place neither “dissuade” nor any other exactly supplies, has escaped us. Trench.
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Dehortation
De`hor*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehortatio.] Dissuasion; advice against something. [R.]
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Dehortative
De*hort"a*tive (?), a. Dissuasive. [R.]
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Dehortatory
De*hort"a*to*ry (?), a. [L. dehortatorius.] Fitted or designed to dehort or dissuade. Bp. Hall.
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Dehorter
De*hort"er (?), n. A dissuader; an adviser to the contrary. [Obs.]
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Dehumanize
De*hu"man*ize (?), v. t. To divest of human qualities, such as pity, tenderness, etc.; as, dehumanizing influences.
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dehumidify
de*hu*mid"i*fy v. t. to remove the moisture from (air or another gas); to reduce the humidity of; as, The air conditioner dehumidifies the air in the summer.
Syn. -- make less humid.
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Dehusk
De*husk" (?), v. t. To remove the husk from. [Obs.] “Wheat dehusked upon the floor.” Drant.
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dehydrate
de*hy"drate (?), v. t. To deprive of water; to render free from water; as, to dehydrate alcohol; to dehydrate food for preservation.
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dehydrate
de*hy"drate (?), v. i. 1. to lose water or moisture.
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2. to lose sufficent water to cause physiological distress; -- of living organisms; as, victims trapped in the earthquake rubble may dehydrate if not found quickly.
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dehydrated
dehydrated adj. 1. thoroughly dried out.
Syn. -- desiccated, dried-out.
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2. suffering from fluid deprivation; as, to become deydrated from overexertion on a hot day.
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Dehydration
De`hy*dra"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or process of freeing from water; also, the condition of a body from which the water has been removed.
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Dehydrogenate
De*hy"dro*gen*ate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of, or free from, hydrogen.
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Dehydrogenation
De*hy`dro*gen*a"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or process of freeing from hydrogen; also, the condition resulting from the removal of hydrogen.
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deice
de*ice v. t. to remove ice or frost from.
Syn. -- defrost.
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deicer
deicer n. a devie that removes ice or frost (as from a windshield or a refrigerator or the wings of an airplane).
Syn. -- defroster.
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Deicide
De"i*cide (?), n. [L. deicida a deicide (in sense 2); deus god + cædere to cut, kill: cf. F. déicide.] 1. The act of killing a being of a divine nature; particularly, the putting to death of Jesus Christ. [R.]
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Earth profaned, yet blessed, with deicide. Prior.
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2. One concerned in putting Christ to death.
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Deictic
Deic"tic (dīk"t&ibreve_;k), a. [Gr. deiktiko`s serving to show or point out, fr. deikny`nai to show.] 1. (Logic) Direct; proving directly; -- applied to reasoning, and opposed to elenchtic or refutative.
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2. (Grammar) showing or pointing to directly; pertaining to deixis; -- used to designate words that specify identity, location, or time from the perspective of one of the participants in a discourse, using the surrounding context as reference; as, the words this, that, these, those, here, there, now, then, we, you, they, the former, and the latter serve a deictic function.
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Deictically
Deic"tic*al*ly (?), adv. In a manner to show or point out; directly; absolutely; definitely.
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When Christ spake it deictically. Hammond.

Deifical
Deific
{ De*if"ic (?), De*if"ic*al (?), } a. [L. deificus; deus god + facere to make: cf. F. déifique.] Making divine; producing a likeness to God; god-making. “A deifical communion.” Homilies.
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Deification
De`i*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [LL. deificare to deify: cf. F. déification. See Deify.] The act of deifying; exaltation to divine honors; apotheosis; excessive praise.
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Deified
De"i*fied (?), a. Honored or worshiped as a deity; treated with supreme regard; godlike.
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Deifier
De"i*fi`er (?), n. One who deifies.
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Deiform
De"i*form (?), a. [L. deus a god + -form.] 1. Godlike, or of a godlike form. Dr. H. More.
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2. Conformable to the will of God. [R.] Bp. Burnet.
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Deiformity
De`i*for"mi*ty (?), n. Likeness to deity. [Obs.]
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Deify
De"i*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deifying.] [F. déifier, LL. deificare, fr. L. deificus. See Deific, Deity, -fy.] 1. To make a god of; to exalt to the rank of a deity; to enroll among the deities; to apotheosize; as, Julius Cæsar was deified.
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2. To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, to deify money.
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He did again so extol and deify the pope. Bacon.
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3. To render godlike.
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By our own spirits are we deified. Wordsworth.
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Deign
Deign (dān), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deigned (dānd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deigning.] [OE. deinen, deignen, OF. degner, deigner, daigner, F. daigner, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy, deign, fr. dignus worthy; akin to decere to be fitting. See Decent, and cf. Dainty, Dignity, Condign, Disdain.] 1. To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice; -- opposed to disdain. [Obs.]
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I fear my Julia would not deign my lines. Shak.
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2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to vouchsafe; to allow; to grant.
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Nor would we deign him burial of his men. Shak.
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Deign
Deign, v. i. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by an infinitive.
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O deign to visit our forsaken seats. Pope.
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Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet. Sir W. Scott.
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Round turned he, as not deigning
Those craven ranks to see.
Macaulay.
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In early English deign was often used impersonally.
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Him deyneth not to set his foot to ground. Chaucer.
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Deignous
Deign"ous (?), a. [For disdeignous, OF. desdeignos, desdaigneus, F. dédaigneux. See Disdain.] Haughty; disdainful. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Deil
Deil (dēl), n. Devil; -- spelt also deel. [Scot.]
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Deil's buckie. See under Buckie.
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Deinoceras
Dei*noc"e*ras (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinoceras.
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Deinornis
Dei*nor"nis (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinornis.
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Deinosaur
Dei"no*saur (dī"n&ouptack_;*s&asuml_;r), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinosaur.
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Deinotherium
Dei`no*the"ri*um (dī`n&ouptack_;*thē"r&ibreve_;*ŭm), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinotherium.
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Deintegrate
De*in"te*grate (?), v. t. [L. deintegrare to impair; de- + integrare to make whole.] To disintegrate. [Obs.]

Deintevous
Deinteous
{ Dein"te*ous (?), Dein"te*vous (?) }, a. Rare; excellent; costly. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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de-iodinase
de-iodinase n. an enzyme that removes the iodine radical.
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de-iodinate
de-iodinate v. t. (chemistry) to remove iodine from.
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de-iodinating
de-iodinating adj. removing iodine from. iodinating
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de-iodination
de-iodination n. the removal of iodine atoms from organic compounds.
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de-ionate
de-ionate v. (Chem.) to remove ions from.
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deionization
de*i`on*i*za"tion n. (Chem.) the act or process of removing ions.
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deionize
de*i"on*ize` v. t. 1. (Chem.) to remove ions from (a solution).
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2. to reassociate the ions of (an ionized gas). RHUD
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deionized
de*i"on*ized` a. (Chem.) freed from ions by a process of deionization; as, deionized water. In chemistry and biochemistry, experiments often require water free from contaminating ions, and the ordinary distilled water may be subjected to a process of deionization in order to render the ion content sufficiently low so as not to interfere with the investigation.
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deionizer
de*i"on*iz`er n. (Chem.) an apparatus used to remove ions from a solution; a common variant contains a mixture of cation exchange resin in the acid form and anion exchange resin in the hydroxyl form inside a replaceable cartridge; ions in aqueous solution are exchanged for the elements of water by passing the solution through the mixed resin. In chemistry and biochemistry, experiments often require water free from contaminating ions, and ordinary distilled water may be further purified by passing through a deionizer in order to render the ion content sufficiently low so as not to interfere with the investigation.
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deiparous
de*ip"a*rous (d&euptack_;*&ibreve_;p"&adot_;*rŭs), a. [L. deus a god + parere to bring forth.] Bearing or bringing forth a god; -- said of the Virgin Mary. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Deipnosophist
Deip*nos"o*phist (dīp*n&obreve_;s"&ouptack_;*f&ibreve_;st), n. [Gr. deipnosofisth`s; dei^pnon a meal + sofisth`s a wise man, sophist.] One of an ancient sect of philosophers, who cultivated learned conversation at meals.
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Deis
De"is (dē"&ibreve_;s), n. See Dais.
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Deism
De"ism (dē"&ibreve_;z'm), n. [L. deus god: cf. F. déisme. See Deity.] The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation.
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&hand_; Deism is the belief in natural religion only, or those truths, in doctrine and practice, which man is to discover by the light of reason, independent of any revelation from God. Hence, deism implies infidelity, or a disbelief in the divine origin of the Scriptures.
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Deist
De"ist (dē"&ibreve_;st), n. [L. deus god: cf. F. déiste. See Deity.] One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; a freethinker.
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&hand_; A deist, as denying a revelation, is opposed to a Christian; as, opposed to the denier of a God, whether atheist or pantheist, a deist is generally denominated theist. Latham.

Syn. -- See Infidel.

Deistical
Deistic
{ De*is"tic (d&euptack_;*&ibreve_;s"t&ibreve_;k), De*is"tic*al (?), } a. Pertaining to, savoring of, or consisting in, deism; as, a deistic writer; a deistical book.
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The deistical or antichristian scheme. I. Watts.
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Deistically
De*is"tic*al*ly, adv. After the manner of deists.
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Deisticalness
De*is"tic*al*ness, n. State of being deistical.
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Deitate
De"i*tate (dē"&ibreve_;*t&auptack_;t), a. Deified. [Obs.] Cranmer.
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Deity
De"i*ty (dē"&ibreve_;*t&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Deities (dē"&ibreve_;*t&ibreve_;z). [OE. deite, F. déité, fr. L. deitas, fr. deus a god; akin to divus divine, Jupiter, gen. Jovis, Jupiter, dies day, Gr. di^os divine, Zey`s, gen. Dio`s, Zeus, Skr. dēva divine, as a noun, god, daiva divine, dyō sky, day, hence, the sky personified as a god, and to the first syllable of E. Tuesday, Gael. & Ir. dia God, W. duw. Cf. Divine, Journey, Journal, Tuesday.] 1. The collection of attributes which make up the nature of a god; divinity; godhead; as, the deity of the Supreme Being is seen in his works.
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They declared with emphasis the perfect deity and the perfect manhood of Christ. Milman.
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2. A god or goddess; a heathen god.
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To worship calves, the deities
Of Egypt.
Milton.
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The Deity, God, the Supreme Being.
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This great poet and philosopher [Simonides], the more he contemplated the nature of the Deity, found that he waded but the more out of his depth. Addison.
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deixis
deixis (dīk"s&ibreve_;s), n. (Grammar) the function or operation of a deictic word; the function of pointing or specifying from the perspective of a participant in an act of speech or writing; aspects of a communication whose interpretation depends on knowledge of the context in which the communication occurs.
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Deject
De*ject" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dejected; p. pr. & vb. n. Dejecting.] [L. dejectus, p. p. of dejicere to throw down; de- + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.] 1. To cast down. [Obs. or Archaic]
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Christ dejected himself even unto the hells. Udall.
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Sometimes she dejects her eyes in a seeming civility; and many mistake in her a cunning for a modest look. Fuller.
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2. To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten.
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Nor think, to die dejects my lofty mind. Pope.
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Deject
De*ject", a. [L. dejectus, p. p.] Dejected. [Obs.]
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Dejecta
De*jec"ta (?), n. pl. [NL., neut. pl. from L. dejectus, p. p.] Excrements; as, the dejecta of the sick.
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Dejected
De*ject"ed, a. Cast down; afflicted; low-spirited; sad; as, a dejected look or countenance. -- De*ject"ed*ly, adv. -- De*ject"ed*ness, n.
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Dejecter
De*ject"er (?), n. One who casts down, or dejects.
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Dejection
De*jec"tion (?), n. [L. dejectio a casting down: cf. F. déjection.] 1. A casting down; depression. [Obs. or Archaic] Hallywell.
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2. The act of humbling or abasing one's self.
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Adoration implies submission and dejection. Bp. Pearson.
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3. Lowness of spirits occasioned by grief or misfortune; mental depression; melancholy.
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What besides,
Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair,
Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring.
Milton.
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4. A low condition; weakness; inability. [R.]
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A dejection of appetite. Arbuthnot.
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5. (Physiol.) (a) The discharge of excrement. (b) Fæces; excrement. Ray.
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Dejectly
De*ject"ly (?), adv. Dejectedly. [Obs.]
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Dejectory
De*jec"to*ry (?), a. [L. dejector a dejecter.] 1. Having power, or tending, to cast down.
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2. Promoting evacuations by stool. Ferrand.
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Dejecture
De*jec"ture (?; 135), n. That which is voided; excrements. Arbuthnot.
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Dejerate
Dej"er*ate (?), v. i. [L. dejeratus, p. p. of dejerare to swear; de- + jurare to swear.] To swear solemnly; to take an oath. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Dejeration
Dej`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. dejeratio.] The act of swearing solemnly. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
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Dejeune
Dé`jeu`né" (?), n. [F.] A déjeuner.
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Take a déjeuné of muskadel and eggs. B. Jonson.
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Dejeuner
Dé`jeu`ner" (?), n. [F. déjeuner breakfast, as a verb, to breakfast. Cf. Dinner.] A breakfast; sometimes, also, a lunch or collation.
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De jure
De` ju"re (?). [L.] By right; of right; by law; -- often opposed to de facto.
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Deka-
Dek"a- (?). (Metric System) A prefix signifying ten. See Deca-.
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Dekabrist
Dek"a*brist (?), n. A Decembrist.
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Dekagram
Dek"a*gram (?), n. Same as Decagram.
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Dekaliter
Dek"a*li`ter (?), n. Same as Decaliter.
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Dekameter
Dek"a*me`ter (?), n. Same as Decameter.
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Dekastere
Dek"a*stere` (?), n. Same as Decastere.
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Dekle
De"kle (?), n. (Paper Making) See Deckle.
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Del
Del (?), n. [See Deal, n.] Share; portion; part. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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del
del n. (Math.) a differential operator which, operating on a function of several variables, gives the sum of the partial derivatives of the function with respect to the three orthogonal spatial coordinates; -- also called the gradient or grad. It is represented by an inverted Greek capital delta (∇), and is thus because of its shape also called nabla, meaning harp in Hebrew.
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Delaceration
De*lac`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. delacerare, delaceratum, to tear in pieces. See Lacerate.] A tearing in pieces. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Delacrymation
De*lac`ry*ma"tion (?), n. [L. delacrimatio, fr. delacrimare to weep. See Lachrymation.] An involuntary discharge of watery humors from the eyes; wateriness of the eyes. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Delactation
De`lac*ta"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- + L. lactare to suck milk, from lac milk.] The act of weaning. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Delaine
De*laine" (?), n. [See Muslin delaine, under Muslin.] A kind of fabric for women's dresses.
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Delamination
De*lam`i*na"tion (?), n. (Biol.) Formation and separation of laminæ or layers; one of the methods by which the various blastodermic layers of the ovum are differentiated.
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&hand_; This process consists of a concentric splitting of the cells of the blastosphere into an outer layer (epiblast) and an inner layer (hypoblast). By the perforation of the resultant two-walled vesicle, a gastrula results similar to that formed by the process of invagination.
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Delapsation
De`lap*sa"tion (?), n. See Delapsion. Ray.
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Delapse
De*lapse" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Delapsed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delapsing.] [L. delapsus, p. p. of delabi to fall down; de- + labi to fall or side.] To pass down by inheritance; to lapse. [Obs.]
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Which Anne derived alone the right, before all other,
Of the delapsed crown from Philip.
Drayton.
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Delapsion
De*lap"sion (?), n. A falling down, or out of place; prolapsion.
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Delassation
De`las*sa"tion (?), n. [L. delassare, delassatum, to tire out; de- + lassare to tire.] Fatigue.
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Able to continue without delassation. Ray.
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Delate
De*late" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delating.] [L. delatus, used as p. p. of deferre. See Tolerate, and cf. 3d Defer, Delay, v.] [Obs. or Archaic] 1. To carry; to convey.
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Try exactly the time wherein sound is delated. Bacon.
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2. To carry abroad; to spread; to make public.
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When the crime is delated or notorious. Jer. Taylor.
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3. To carry or bring against, as a charge; to inform against; to accuse; to denounce.
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As men were delated, they were marked down for such a fine. Bp. Burnet.
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4. To carry on; to conduct. Warner.
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Delate
De*late", v. i. To dilate. [Obs.] Goodwin.
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Delation
De*la"tion (?), n. [L. delatio accusation: cf. F. délation.] 1. Conveyance. [Obs. or Archaic]
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In delation of sounds, the inclosure of them preserveth them. Bacon.
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2. (Law) Accusation by an informer. Milman.
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Delator
De*la"tor (?), n. [L.] An accuser; an informer. [R.] Howell.
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Delaware
Del"a*ware (d&ebreve_;l"&adot_;*wâr), n. 1. one of the thirteen original states of the United States of America.
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2. (Bot.) An American grape, with compact bunches of small, amber-colored berries, sweet and of a good flavor.
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Delawarean
Delawarean n. a resident of Delaware.
Syn. -- Delawarian.
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Delawarian
Delawarian n. a resident of Delaware.
Syn. -- Delawarean.
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Delawares
Del"a*wares (d&ebreve_;l"&adot_;*wârz), n. pl.; sing. Delaware. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians formerly inhabiting the valley of the Delaware River, but now mostly located in the Indian Territory.
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Delay
De*lay" (?), n.; pl. Delays (#). [F. délai, fr. OF. deleer to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really from a different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See Tolerate, and cf. Differ, Delay, v.] A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
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Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat. Acts xxv. 17.
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The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day. Macaulay.
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Delay
De*lay", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun délai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.] 1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
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My lord delayeth his coming. Matt. xxiv. 48.
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2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
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Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.
Milton.
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3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
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The watery showers delay the raging wind. Surrey.
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Delay
De*lay", v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
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There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten. Locke.
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Delayer
De*lay"er (?), n. One who delays; one who lingers.
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Delayingly
De*lay"ing*ly, adv. By delays. [R.] Tennyson.
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Delayment
De*lay"ment (?), n. Hindrance. [Obs.] Gower.
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Del credere
Del` cred"er*e (?). [It., of belief or trust.] (Mercantile Law) An agreement by which an agent or factor, in consideration of an additional premium or commission (called a del credere commission), engages, when he sells goods on credit, to insure, warrant, or guarantee to his principal the solvency of the purchaser, the engagement of the factor being to pay the debt himself if it is not punctually discharged by the buyer when it becomes due.
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Dele
De"le (?), imperative sing. of L. delere to destroy. [Cf. Delete.] (Print.) Erase; remove; -- a direction to cancel something which has been put in type; usually expressed by a peculiar form of d, thus: &deletemark_;.
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Dele
De"le, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deleing.] [From the preceding word.] (Print.) To erase; to cancel; to delete; to mark for omission.
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Dele
Dele (?), v. t. [See Deal.] To deal; to divide; to distribute. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Deleble
Del"e*ble (?; 277), a. [L. delebilis. See 1st Dele.] Capable of being blotted out or erased. “An impression easily deleble.” Fuller.
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Delectable
De*lec"ta*ble (?), a. [OF. delitable, OF. delitable, F. délectable, fr. L. delectabilis, fr. delectare to delight. See Delight.] 1. Highly pleasing; delightful.
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Delectable both to behold and taste. Milton.

2. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste; same as luscious, 1.
Syn. -- delicious, luscious, pleasant-tasting, scrumptious, toothsome, yummy.
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-- De*lec"ta*ble*ness, n. -- De*lec"ta*bly, adv. -- De*lec`ta*bil"i*ty, n.
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Delectate
De*lec"tate (?), v. t. [L. delectatus, p. p. of delectare. See Delight.] To delight; to charm. [R.]
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Delectation
De`lec*ta"tion (?), n. [L. delectatio: cf. F. délectation.] Great pleasure; delight.
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Delectus
De*lec"tus (?), n. [L., selection, from deligere, delectum, to select.] A name given to an elementary book for learners of Latin or Greek. G. Eliot.
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Delegacy
Del`e*ga*cy (?), n. [From Delegate, a.] 1. The act of delegating, or state of being delegated; deputed power. [Obs.]
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By way of delegacy or grand commission. Sir W. Raleigh.
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2. A body of delegates or commissioners; a delegation. [Obs.] Burton.
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Delegate
Del"e*gate (?), n. [L. delegatus, p. p. of delegare to send, delegate; de- + legare to send with a commission, to depute. See Legate.] 1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar.
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2. (a) One elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting. (b) One sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution. [U.S.]
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Court of delegates, formerly, the great court of appeal from the archbishops' courts and also from the court of admiralty. It is now abolished, and the privy council is the immediate court of appeal in such cases. [Eng.]
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Delegate
Del"e*gate (?), a. [L. delegatus, p. p.] Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge.Delegate power.” Strype.
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Delegate
Del"e*gate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delegated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delegating (?).] 1. To send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize.
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2. To intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit.
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The delegated administration of the law. Locke.
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Delegated executive power. Bancroft.
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The power exercised by the legislature is the people's power, delegated by the people to the legislative. J. B. Finch.
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delegating
delegating n. the act or process of authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions.
Syn. -- delegation, relegating, relegation, deputation.
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Delegation
Del`e*ga"tion (?), n. [L. delegatio: cf. F. délégation.] 1. The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates.
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2. One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation.
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3. (Rom. Law) A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him. Pothier.
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Delegatory
Del"e*ga*to*ry (?), a. [L. delegatorius pert. to an assignment.] Holding a delegated position. Nash.
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Delenda
De*len"da (?), n. pl. [L., fr. delere to destroy.] Things to be erased or blotted out.
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Delenifical
Del`e*nif"ic*al (?), a. [L. delenificus; delenire to soothe + facere to make. See Lenient.] Assuaging pain. [Obs.] Bailey.
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Delete
De*lete" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deleted; p. pr. & vb. n. Deleting.] [L. deletus, p. p. of delere to destroy. Cf. 1st Dele.] To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.
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I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and have deleted eight. Aytoun.
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Deleterious
Del`e*te"ri*ous (?), a. [LL. deleterius noxious, Gr. dhlhth`rios, fr. dhlei^sqai to hurt, damage; prob. akin to L. delere to destroy.] Hurtful; noxious; destructive; pernicious; as, a deleterious plant or quality; a deleterious example. -- Del`e*te"ri*ous*ly, adv. -- Del`e*te"ri*ous*ness, n.
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Deletery
Del"e*ter*y (?), a. [LL. deleterius: cf. F. délétère.] Destructive; poisonous. [Obs.]Deletery medicines.” Hudibras.
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Deletery
Del"e*ter*y, n. That which destroys. [Obs.]
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They [the Scriptures] are the only deletery of heresies. Jer. Taylor.
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Deletion
De*le"tion (?), n. [L. deletio, fr. delere. See Delete.] Act of deleting, blotting out, or erasing; destruction. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
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A total deletion of every person of the opposing party. Sir M. Hale.
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Deletitious
Del`e*ti"tious (?), a. [L. deleticius.] Of such a nature that anything may be erased from it; -- said of paper.
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Deletive
Del"e*tive (?), a. Adapted to destroy or obliterate. [R.] Evelyn.
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Deletory
Del"e*to*ry (?), n. [See Delete.] That which blots out. [Obs.] “A deletory of sin.” Jer. Taylor.
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Delf
Delf (d&ebreve_;lf), n. [AS. delf a delving, digging. See Delve.] A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch. [Written also delft, and delve.] [Obs.]
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The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could . . . keep them dry. Ray.
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delf
delf, n. Same as Delftware.
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delft
delft (d&ebreve_;lft), n. Same as Delftware.
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Delftware
Delft"ware` (?), n. (a) Pottery made at the city of Delft in Holland; hence: (b) Earthenware made in imitation of the above; any glazed earthenware made for table use, and the like.
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Delibate
Del"i*bate (?), v. t. [L. delibatus, p. p. of delibare to taste; de- + libare to taste.] To taste; to take a sip of; to dabble in. [Obs.]
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Delibation
Del`i*ba"tion (?), n. [L. delibatio: cf. F. délibation.] Act of tasting; a slight trial. [Obs.] Berkeley.
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Deliber
Del"i*ber (?), v. t. & i. To deliberate. [Obs.]
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Deliberate
De*lib"er*ate (d&euptack_;*l&ibreve_;b"&etilde_;r*&auptack_;t), a. [L. deliberatus, p. p. of deliberare to deliberate; de- + librare to weigh. See Librate.] 1. Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining; -- applied to persons; as, a deliberate judge or counselor. “These deliberate fools.” Shak.
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2. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash; as, a deliberate opinion; a deliberate measure or result.
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Settled visage and deliberate word. Shak.
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3. Not hasty or sudden; slow. Hooker.
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His enunciation was so deliberate. W. Wirt.

4. having awareness of the likely consequences; intentional.
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Deliberate
De*lib"er*ate (d&euptack_;*l&ibreve_;b"&etilde_;r*āt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deliberated; p. pr. & vb. n. Deliberating.] To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder; as, to deliberate a question.
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Deliberate
De*lib"er*ate, v. i. To take counsel with one's self; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to consider; to hesitate in deciding; -- sometimes with on, upon, about, concerning.
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The woman that deliberates is lost. Addison.
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Deliberately
De*lib"er*ate*ly (?), adv. With careful consideration, or deliberation; circumspectly; warily; not hastily or rashly; slowly; as, a purpose deliberately formed.
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Deliberateness
De*lib"er*ate*ness, n. The quality of being deliberate; calm consideration; circumspection.
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Deliberation
De*lib`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. deliberatio: cf. F. délibération.] 1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection.
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Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation. W. Montagu.
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2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative body or council.
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Deliberative
De*lib"er*a*tive (?), a. [L. deliberativus: cf. F. délibératif.] Pertaining to deliberation; proceeding or acting by deliberation, or by discussion and examination; deliberating; as, a deliberative body.
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A consummate work of deliberative wisdom. Bancroft.
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The court of jurisdiction is to be distinguished from the deliberative body, the advisers of the crown. Hallam.
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Deliberative
De*lib"er*a*tive, n. 1. A discourse in which a question is discussed, or weighed and examined. Bacon.
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2. A kind of rhetoric employed in proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade them to adopt it.
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Deliberatively
De*lib"er*a*tive*ly, adv. In a deliberative manner; circumspectly; considerately.
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Deliberator
De*lib"er*a`tor (?), n. One who deliberates.
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Delibrate
Del"i*brate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delibrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delibrating.] [L. delibratus, p. p. of delibrare to delibrate; de from + liber bark.] To strip off the bark; to peel. [Obs.] Ash.
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Delibration
Del`i*bra"tion (?), n. The act of stripping off the bark. [Obs.] Ash.
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Delicacy
Del"i*ca*cy (?), n.; pl. Delicacies (#). [From Delicate, a.] 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
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What choice to choose for delicacy best. Milton.
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2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame.
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3. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action.
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You know your mother's delicacy in this point. Cowper.
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4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
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And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent
For gentle usage and soft delicacy?
Milton.
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5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
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That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast of the great public schools of England. Macaulay.
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6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance.
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7. That which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table.
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The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Rev. xviii. 3.
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8. Pleasure; gratification; delight. [Obs.]
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He Rome brent for his delicacie. Chaucer.

Syn. -- See Dainty.
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Delicate
Del"i*cate (?), a. [L. delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F. délicat. See Delight.] 1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring. [R.]
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Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went. Piers Plowman.
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Haarlem is a very delicate town. Evelyn.
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2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
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3. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, “a delicate creature.” Shak.
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4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
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5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
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6. Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
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7. Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
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8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
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9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
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A delicate and tender prince. Shak.
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10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
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There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth. F. W. Robertson.
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11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
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12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
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13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
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Delicate
Del"i*cate, n. 1. A choice dainty; a delicacy. [R.]
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With abstinence all delicates he sees. Dryden.
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2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
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All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, -- those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, -- are only of the Corinth metal. Holland.
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Delicately
Del"i*cate*ly (d&ebreve_;l"&ibreve_;*k&auptack_;t*l&ybreve_;), adv. In a delicate manner.
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Delicateness
Del"i*cate*ness, n. The quality of being delicate.
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Delicatessen
Del`i*ca*tes"sen (?), n. pl. [G., fr. F. délicatesse.] 1. Relishes for the table; dainties; delicacies. “A dealer in delicatessen”. G. H. Putnam.
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2. ready-to-eat foods, such as cold cuts, cooked meats, and prepared salads.
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3. sing.; pl. delicatessens. a store or section of a store where delicatessen{2} is sold. “Get a sandwich for lunch at the delicatessen counter.”
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Delices
Del"i*ces (?), n. pl. [F. délices, fr. L. deliciae.] Delicacies; delights. [Obs.] “Dainty delices.” Spenser.
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Deliciate
De*li"ci*ate (?), v. t. To delight one's self; to indulge in feasting; to revel. [Obs.]
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Delicious
De*li"cious (?), a. [OF. delicieus, F. délicieux, L. deliciosus, fr. deliciae delight, fr. delicere to allure. See Delight.] 1. Affording exquisite pleasure; delightful; most sweet or grateful to the senses, especially to the taste; charming.
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Some delicious landscape. Coleridge.
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One draught of spring's delicious air. Keble.
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Were not his words delicious? Tennyson.
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2. Addicted to pleasure; seeking enjoyment; luxurious; effeminate. [Obs.]
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Others, lastly, of a more delicious and airy spirit, retire themselves to the enjoyments of ease and luxury. Milton.

Syn. -- Delicious, Delightful. Delicious refers to the pleasure derived from certain of the senses, particularly the taste and smell; as, delicious food; a delicious fragrance. Delightful may also refer to most of the senses (as, delightful music; a delightful prospect; delightful sensations), but has a higher application to matters of taste, feeling, and sentiment; as, a delightful abode, conversation, employment; delightful scenes, etc.
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Like the rich fruit he sings, delicious in decay. Smith.
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No spring, nor summer, on the mountain seen,
Smiles with gay fruits or with delightful green.
Addison.
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Deliciously
De*li"cious*ly, adv. Delightfully; as, to feed deliciously; to be deliciously entertained.
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Deliciousness
De*li"cious*ness, n. 1. The quality of being delicious; as, the deliciousness of a repast.
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2. Luxury. “To drive away all superfluity and deliciousness.” Sir T. North.
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Delict
De*lict" (?), n. [L. delictum fault.] (Law) An offense or transgression against law; (Scots Law) an offense of a lesser degree; a misdemeanor.
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Every regulation of the civil code necessarily implies a delict in the event of its violation. Jeffrey.
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Deligate
Del"i*gate (?), v. t. [L. deligatus, p. p. of deligare to bind up; de- + ligare to bind.] (Surg.) To bind up; to bandage.
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Deligation
Del`i*ga"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. déligation.] (Surg.) A binding up; a bandaging. Wiseman.
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Delight
De*light" (?), n. [OE. delit, OF. delit, deleit, fr. delitier, to delight. See Delight, v. t.] 1. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction; joy.
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Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Shak.
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A fool hath no delight in understanding. Prov. xviii. 2.
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2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.
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Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight. Milton.
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3. Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Delight
De*light", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Delighting.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier, F. délecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight (sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus a snare. Cf. Delectate, Delicate, Delicious, Dilettante, Elicit, Lace.] To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear.
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Inventions to delight the taste. Shak.
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Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds. Tennyson.
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Delight
De*light", v. i. To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.
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Love delights in praises. Shak.
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I delight to do thy will, O my God. Ps. xl. 8.
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Delightable
De*light"a*ble (?), a. [See Delectable.] Capable of delighting; delightful. [Obs.]
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Many a spice delightable. Rom. of R.
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Delighted
De*light"ed, a. Endowed with delight.
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If virtue no delighted beauty lack. Shak.

Syn. -- Glad; pleased; gratified. See Glad.
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Delightedly
De*light"ed*ly, adv. With delight; gladly.
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Delighter
De*light"er (?), n. One who gives or takes delight.
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Delightful
De*light"ful (?), a. Highly pleasing; affording great pleasure and satisfaction.Delightful bowers.” Spenser.Delightful fruit.” Milton.

Syn. -- Delicious; charming. See Delicious.

-- De*light"ful*ly, adv. -- De*light"ful*ness, n.
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Delighting
De*light"ing, a. Giving delight; gladdening. -- De*light"ing*ly, adv. Jer. Taylor.
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Delightless
De*light"less, a. Void of delight. Thomson.
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Delightous
De*light"ous (?) a. [OF. delitos.] Delightful. [Obs.] Rom. of R.
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Delightsome
De*light"some (?), a. Very pleasing; delightful.Delightsome vigor.” Grew.
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Ye shall be a delightsome land, . . . saith the Lord. Mal. iii. 12.

-- De*light"some*ly, adv. -- De*light"some*ness, n.
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Delignate
De*lig"nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delignated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delignating.] [Pref. de- + L. lignum wood.] 1. To clear or strip of wood (by cutting down trees). [R.] Fuller.
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2. To strip or remove the wood from; as, to delignate ramie, in the preparation of ribbons of the fiber for further working.
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Delilah
De*li"lah (?), n. The mistress of Samson, who betrayed him (Judges xvi.); hence, a harlot; a temptress.
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Other Delilahs on a smaller scale Burns met with during his Dumfries sojourn. J. C. Shairp.
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Delimit
De*lim"it (?), v. t. [L. delimitare: cf. F. délimiter.] To fix the limits of; to demarcate; to bound.
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delimitate
delimitate v. 1. to determine the essential quality of.
Syn. -- specify, define, delineate, delimit.
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2. to set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something.
Syn. -- demarcate, delimit.
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Delimitation
De*lim`i*ta"tion (?), n. [L. delimitatio: cf. F. délimitation.] The act or process of fixing limits or boundaries; limitation. Gladstone.
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deline
de*line" (d&euptack_;*līn"), v. t. 1. To delineate. [Obs.]
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2. To mark out. [Obs.] R. North.
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Delineable
De*lin"e*a*ble (?), a. Capable of being, or liable to be, delineated. Feltham.
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Delineament
De*lin"e*a*ment (?), n. [See Delineate.] Delineation; sketch. Dr. H. More.
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Delineate
De*lin"e*ate (?), a. [L. delineatus, p. p. of delineare to delineate; de- + lineare to draw, fr. linea line. See Line.] Delineated; portrayed. [R.]
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Delineate
De*lin"e*ate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delineated; p. pr. & vb. n. Delineating.] 1. To indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving, to represent in lines, as with the pen, pencil, or graver; hence, to represent with accuracy and minuteness. See Delineation.
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Adventurous to delineate nature's form. Akenside.
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2. To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe.
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Customs or habits delineated with great accuracy. Walpole.
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delineated
delineated adj. 1. represented accurately or precisely. [Narrower terms: diagrammatic, diagrammatical; drawn; painted]
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2. described in words with sharpness and detail or with vivid imagery. Opposite of undelineated.
Syn. -- represented, delineate.
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Delineation
De*lin`e*a"tion (?), n. [L. delineatio: cf. F. délinéation.] 1. The act of representing, portraying, or describing, as by lines, diagrams, sketches, etc.; drawing an outline; as, the delineation of a scene or face; in drawing and engraving, representation by means of lines, as distinguished from representation by means of tints and shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively.
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2. A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words.
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Their softest delineations of female beauty. W. Irving.

Syn. -- Sketch; portrait; outline. See Sketch.
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Delineator
De*lin"e*a`tor (?), n. 1. One who, or that which, delineates; a sketcher.
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2. (Surv.) A perambulator which records distances and delineates a profile, as of a road.
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Delineatory
De*lin"e*a*to*ry (?), a. That delineates; descriptive; drawing the outline; delineating.
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Delineature
De*lin"e*a*ture (?; 135), n. Delineation. [Obs.]
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Delinition
Del`i*ni"tion (?), n. [L. delinere to smear. See Liniment.] A smearing. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.
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Delinquency
De*lin"quen*cy (?), n.; pl. Delinquencies (#). [L. delinquentia, fr. delinquens.] Failure or omission of duty; a fault; a misdeed; an offense; a misdemeanor; a crime.
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The delinquencies of the little commonwealth would be represented in the most glaring colors. Motley.
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Delinquent
De*lin"quent (?) a. [L. delinquens, -entis, p. pr. of delinquere to fail, be wanting in one's duty, do wrong; de- + linquere to leave. See Loan, n.] Failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.
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Delinquent
De*lin"quent, n. One who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit.
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A delinquent ought to be cited in the place or jurisdiction where the delinquency was committed. Ayliffe.
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Delinquently
De*lin"quent*ly, adv. So as to fail in duty.
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Deliquate
Del"i*quate (?), v. i. [L. deliquatus, p. p. of deliquare to clear off, de- + liquare to make liquid, melt, dissolve.] To melt or be dissolved; to deliquesce. [Obs.] Boyle.
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Deliquate
Del"i*quate, v. t. To cause to melt away; to dissolve; to consume; to waste. [Obs.]
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Dilapidating, or rather deliquating, his bishopric. Fuller.
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Deliquation
Del`i*qua"tion (?), n. A melting. [Obs.]
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Deliquesce
Del`i*quesce" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deliquesced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deliquescing.] [L. deliquescere to melt, dissolve; de- + liquescere to become fluid, melt, fr. liquere to be fluid. See Liquid.] (Chem.) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.

In very moist air crystals of strontites deliquesce. Black.
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Deliquescence
Del`i*ques"cence (?), n. [Cf. F. déliquescence.] The act of deliquescing or liquefying; process by which anything deliquesces; tendency to melt.
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Deliquescent
Del`i*ques"cent (?), a. [L. deliquescens, -entis, p. pr. of deliquescere: cf. F. déliquescent.] 1. Dissolving; liquefying by contact with the air; capable of attracting moisture from the atmosphere and becoming liquid; as, deliquescent salts.
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2. (Bot.) Branching so that the stem is lost in branches, as in most deciduous trees. Gray.
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Deliquiate
De*liq"ui*ate (?), v. i. [L. deliquia a flowing off, a gutter, deliquium a flowing down, fr. deliquare. See Deliquate.] To melt and become liquid by absorbing water from the air; to deliquesce. Fourcroy.
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Deliquiation
De*liq`ui*a"tion (?), n. The act of deliquiating.
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Deliquium
De*liq"ui*um (?), n. [L. See Deliquiate.] 1. (Chem.) A melting or dissolution in the air, or in a moist place; a liquid condition; as, a salt falls into a deliquium. [R.]
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2. A sinking away; a swooning. [Obs.] Bacon.
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3. A melting or maudlin mood. Carlyle.
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Deliracy
De*lir"a*cy (?), n. [See Delirate.] Delirium. [Obs.]
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Delirament
De*lir"a*ment (?), n. [L. deliramentum, fr. delirare. See Delirium.] A wandering of the mind; a crazy fancy. [Obs.] Heywood.
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Delirancy
De*lir"an*cy (?), n. Delirium. [Obs.] Gauden.
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Delirant
De*lir"ant (?), a. [L. delirans, - antis, p. pr. of delirare. See Delirium.] Delirious. [Obs.] Owen.
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Delirate
De*lir"ate (?), v. t. & i. [L. deliratus, p. p. of delirare. See Delirium.] To madden; to rave. [Obs.]
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An infatuating and delirating spirit in it. Holland.
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Deliration
Del`i*ra"tion (?), n. [L. deliratio.] Aberration of mind; delirium. J. Morley.
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Deliration or alienation of the understanding. Mede.
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Deliriant
De*lir"i*ant (?), n. [See Delirium.] (Med.) A poison which occasions a persistent delirium, or mental aberration (as belladonna).
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Delirifacient
De*lir`i*fa"cient (?), a. [Delirium + L. faciens, -entis, p. pr. of facere to make.] (Med.) Producing, or tending to produce, delirium. -- n. Any substance which tends to cause delirium.
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Delirious
De*lir"i*ous (?), a. [From Delirium.] Having a delirium; wandering in mind; light-headed; insane; raving; wild; as, a delirious patient; delirious fancies. -- De*lir"i*ous*ly, adv. -- De*lir"i*ous*ness, n.
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Delirium
De*lir"i*um (d&euptack_;*l&ibreve_;r"&ibreve_;*ŭm), n. [L., fr. delirare to rave, to wander in mind, prop., to go out of the furrow in plowing; de- + lira furrow, track; perh. akin to G. geleise track, rut, and E. last to endure.] 1. (Med.) A state in which the thoughts, expressions, and actions are wild, irregular, and incoherent; mental aberration; a roving or wandering of the mind, -- usually dependent on a fever or some other disease, and so distinguished from mania, or madness.
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2. Strong excitement; wild enthusiasm; madness.
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The popular delirium [of the French Revolution] at first caught his enthusiastic mind. W. Irving.
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The delirium of the preceding session (of Parliament). Morley.
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Delirium tremens (&unr_;). [L., trembling delirium] (Med.), a violent delirium induced by the excessive and prolonged use of intoxicating liquors. -- Traumatic delirium (Med.), a variety of delirium following injury.

Syn. -- Insanity; frenzy; madness; derangement; aberration; mania; lunacy; fury. See Insanity.
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Delit
De*lit" (?), n. Delight. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Delitable
De*lit"a*ble (?), a. Delightful; delectable. [Obs.]
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Delitescence
Del`i*tes"cence (?), n. [See Delitescent.] 1. Concealment; seclusion; retirement.
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The delitescence of mental activities. Sir W. Hamilton.
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2. (Med.) The sudden disappearance of inflammation.
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Delitescency
Del`i*tes"cen*cy (?), n. Concealment; seclusion.
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The mental organization of the novelist must be characterized, to speak craniologically, by an extraordinary development of the passion for delitescency. Sir W. Scott.
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Delitescent
Del`i*tes"cent (?), a. [L. delitescens, -entis, p. pr. of delitescere to lie hid.] Lying hid; concealed.
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Delitigate
De*lit"i*gate (?), v. i. [L. delitigare to rail. See Litigate.] To chide; to rail heartily. [Obs.]
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Delitigation
De*lit`i*ga"tion (?), n. Chiding; brawl. [Obs.]
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Deliver
De*liv"er (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delivered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delivering.] [F. délivrer, LL. deliberare to liberate, give over, fr. L. de + liberare to set free. See Liberate.] 1. To set free from restraint; to set at liberty; to release; to liberate, as from control; to give up; to free; to save; to rescue from evil actual or feared; -- often with from or out of; as, to deliver one from captivity, or from fear of death.
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He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. Ezek. xxxiii. 5.
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Promise was that I
Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver.
Milton.
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2. To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; -- often with up or over, to or into.
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Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand. Gen. xl. 13.
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The constables have delivered her over. Shak.
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The exalted mind
All sense of woe delivers to the wind.
Pope.
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3. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart.
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Till he these words to him deliver might. Spenser.
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Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art, and the latter the perfection. Bacon.
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4. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball.
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Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears. Sidney.
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An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it. Sir W. Scott.
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5. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of.
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She was delivered safe and soon. Gower.
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Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones. Peacham.
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6. To discover; to show. [Poetic]
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I 'll deliver
Myself your loyal servant.
Shak.
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7. To deliberate. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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8. To admit; to allow to pass. [Obs.] Bacon.

Syn. -- To Deliver, Give Forth, Discharge, Liberate, Pronounce, Utter. Deliver denotes, literally, to set free. Hence the term is extensively applied to cases where a thing is made to pass from a confined state to one of greater freedom or openness. Hence it may, in certain connections, be used as synonymous with any or all of the above-mentioned words, as will be seen from the following examples: One who delivers a package gives it forth; one who delivers a cargo discharges it; one who delivers a captive liberates him; one who delivers a message or a discourse utters or pronounces it; when soldiers deliver their fire, they set it free or give it forth.
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Deliver
De*liv"er, a. [OF. delivre free, unfettered. See Deliver, v. t.] Free; nimble; sprightly; active. [Obs.]
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Wonderly deliver and great of strength. Chaucer.
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Deliverable
De*liv"er*a*ble (?), a. Capable of being, or about to be, delivered; necessary to be delivered. Hale.
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Deliverance
De*liv"er*ance (?), n. [F. délivrance, fr. délivrer.] 1. The act of delivering or freeing from restraint, captivity, peril, and the like; rescue; as, the deliverance of a captive.
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He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives. Luke iv. 18.
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One death or one deliverance we will share. Dryden.
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2. Act of bringing forth children. [Archaic] Shak.
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3. Act of speaking; utterance. [Archaic] Shak.
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&hand_; In this and in the preceding sense delivery is the word more commonly used.
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4. The state of being delivered, or freed from restraint.
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I do desire deliverance from these officers. Shak.
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5. Anything delivered or communicated; esp., an opinion or decision expressed publicly. [Scot.]
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6. (Metaph.) Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum; as, the deliverance of consciousness.
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Deliverer
De*liv"er*er (?), n. 1. One who delivers or rescues; a preserver.
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2. One who relates or communicates.
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Deliveress
De*liv"er*ess (?), n. A female deliverer. [R.] Evelyn.
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Deliverly
De*liv"er*ly, adv. Actively; quickly; nimbly. [Obs.]
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Swim with your bodies,
And carry it sweetly and deliverly.
Beau. & Fl.
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Deliverness
De*liv"er*ness, n. Nimbleness; agility. [Obs.]
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Delivery
De*liv"er*y, n.; pl. Deliveries (&unr_;). 1. The act of delivering from restraint; rescue; release; liberation; as, the delivery of a captive from his dungeon.
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2. The act of delivering up or over; surrender; transfer of the body or substance of a thing; distribution; as, the delivery of a fort, of hostages, of a criminal, of goods, of letters.
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3. The act or style of utterance; manner of speaking; as, a good delivery; a clear delivery.
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4. The act of giving birth; parturition; the expulsion or extraction of a fetus and its membranes.
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5. The act of exerting one's strength or limbs.
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Neater limbs and freer delivery. Sir H. Wotton.
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6. The act or manner of delivering a ball; as, the pitcher has a swift delivery.
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Dell
Dell (?), n. [AS. del, akin to E. dale; cf. D. delle, del, low ground. See Dale.] 1. A small, retired valley; a ravine.
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In dells and dales, concealed from human sight. Tickell.
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2. A young woman; a wench. [Obs.]
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Sweet doxies and dells. B. Jonson.
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Della Crusca
Del"la Crus"ca (?). A shortened form of Accademia della Crusca, an academy in Florence, Italy, founded in the 16th century, especially for conserving the purity of the Italian language.
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&hand_; The Accademia della Crusca (literally, academy of the bran or chaff) was so called in allusion to its chief object of bolting or purifying the national language.
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Dellacruscan
Del`la*crus"can (?), a. Of or pertaining to the Accademia della Crusca in Florence.
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The Dellacruscan School, a name given in satire to a class of affected English writers, most of whom lived in Florence, about a. d. 1785.
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Deloo
De"loo (d&auptack_;"lō), n. (Zool.) The duykerbok.
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Deloul
De*loul" (d&auptack_;*l&oomacr_;l"), n. [Prob. of Arabic or Bedouin origin.] (Zool.) A special breed of the dromedary used for rapid traveling; the swift camel; -- called also herire, and maharik.
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Delph
Delph (?), n. Delftware.
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Five nothings in five plates of delph. Swift.
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Delph
Delph, n. (Hydraul. Engin.) The drain on the land side of a sea embankment. Knight.
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Delphian
Del"phi*an (?), a. Delphic.
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Delphic
Del"phic (?), a. [L. Delphicus, fr. Gr. Delfiko`s, fr. Delfoi`, L. Delphi, a town of Phocis, in Greece, now Kastri.] (Gr. Antiq.) 1. Of or relating to Delphi, or to the famous oracle of that place.
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2. Ambiguous; mysterious. “If he is silent or delphic.” New York Times.

Delphine
Delphin
{ Del"phin, Del"phine } (?), a. [See Dauphin.] Pertaining to the dauphin of France; as, the Delphin classics, an edition of the Latin classics, prepared in the reign of Louis XIV., for the use of the dauphin (in usum Delphini).
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Delphin
Del"phin, n. [L. delphinus a dolphin.] (Chem.) A fatty substance contained in the oil of the dolphin and the porpoise; -- called also phocenin.
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Delphine
Del"phine (?), a. [L. delphinus a dolphin, Gr. delfi`s, delfi`n.] Pertaining to the dolphin, a genus of fishes.
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Delphinic
Del*phin"ic (?), a. [See Delphin, n.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, the dolphin; phocenic.
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Delphinic acid. (Chem.) See Valeric acid, under Valeric. [Obs.]
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Delphinic
Del*phin"ic, a. [From NL. Delphinium, the name of the genus.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, the larkspur; specifically, relating to the stavesacre (Delphinium staphisagria).
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Delphinine
Del"phi*nine (?; 104), n. [Cf. F. delphinine.] (Chem.) A poisonous alkaloid extracted from the stavesacre (Delphinium staphisagria), as a colorless amorphous powder.
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Delphinoid
Del"phi*noid (?), a. [L. delphinus a dolphin + -oid.] (Zool.) Pertaining to, or resembling, the dolphin.
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Delphinoidea
Del`phi*noi"de*a (?), n. pl. [NL.] (Zool.) The division of Cetacea which comprises the dolphins, porpoises, and related forms.
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Delphinus
Del*phi"nus (?), n. [L., a dolphin, fr. Gr. delfi`s, delfi`n.] 1. (Zool.) A genus of Cetacea, including the dolphin. See Dolphin, 1.
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2. (Astron.) The Dolphin, a constellation near the equator and east of Aquila.
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Delsarte system
Delsarte
Del*sarte" (?), n., or Delsarte system. A system of calisthenics patterned on the theories of François Delsarte (1811 -- 71), a French teacher of dramatic and musical expression.
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Delta
Del"ta (?), n.; pl. Deltas (#). [Gr. de`lta, the name of the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (the capital form of which is Δ, Eng. D), from the Phœnician name of the corresponding letter. The Greeks called the alluvial deposit at the mouth of the Nile, from its shape, the Delta of the Nile.] 1. The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (Δ δ), corresponding to D. Hence, an object having the shape of the capital Δ.
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2. A tract of land shaped like the letter delta (Δ), especially when the land is alluvial and inclosed between two or more mouths of a river; as, the delta of the Ganges, of the Nile, or of the Mississippi.
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3. (Elec.) The closed figure produced by connecting three coils or circuits successively, end for end, esp. in a three-phase system; -- often used attributively, as delta winding, delta connection (which see), etc.
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Delta connection
Delta connection. (Elec.) One of the usual forms or methods for connecting apparatus to a three-phase circuit, the three corners of the delta or triangle, as diagrammatically represented, being connected to the three wires of the supply circuit.
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Delta current
Delta current. (Elec.) The current flowing through a delta connection.
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Deltafication
Del`ta*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [Delta + L. facere to make.] The formation of a delta or of deltas. [R.]
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Deltaic
Del*ta"ic (?), a. Relating to, or like, a delta.
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Delthyris
Del*thy"ris (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. de`lta the name of the letter Δ + thy`ra door.] (Zool.) A name formerly given to certain Silurian brachiopod shells of the genus Spirifer.
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Delthyris limestone (Geol.), one of the divisions of the Upper Silurian rocks in New York.
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Deltic
Del"tic (?), a. Deltaic.
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Deltidium
Del*tid"i*um (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. de`lta, the letter Δ.] (Zool.) The triangular space under the beak of many brachiopod shells.
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Deltohedron
Del`to*he"dron (?), n. [Gr. de`lta, the letter Δ + 'e`dra seat, base.] (Crystallog.) A solid bounded by twelve quadrilateral faces. It is a hemihedral form of the isometric system, allied to the tetrahedron.
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Deltoid
Del"toid (?), a. [Gr. deltoeidh`s delta- shaped; de`lta the name of the letter Δ + e'i^dos form: cf. F. deltoïde. See Delta.] 1. Shaped like the Greek Δ (delta); delta-shaped; triangular.
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Deltoid leaf (Bot.), a leaf in the form of a triangle with the stem inserted at the middle of the base. -- Deltoid muscle (Anat.), a large triangular muscle covering the shoulder joint, which serves to raise the arm directly upward.
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2. of or pertaining to the deltoid muscle.
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Deltoid
Del"toid (?), n. [see deltoid, a.] the deltoid muscle.
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delts
delts (d&ebreve_;lts), n. pl. (Anat.) The deltoid muscles; -- a contraction used by body-building and health enthusiasts. Used similarly to abs and pecs. See deltoid muscle. [abbrev.]
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Deludable
De*lud"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being deluded; liable to be imposed on; gullible. Sir T. Browne.
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Delude
De*lude" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluded; p. pr. & vb. n. Deluding.] [L. deludere, delusum; de- + ludere to play, make sport of, mock. See Ludicrous.] 1. To lead from truth or into error; to mislead the mind or judgment of; to beguile; to impose on; to dupe; to make a fool of.
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To delude the nation by an airy phantom. Burke.
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2. To frustrate or disappoint.
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It deludes thy search. Dryden.

Syn. -- To mislead; deceive; beguile; cajole; cheat; dupe. See Deceive.
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Deluder
De*lud"er (?), n. One who deludes; a deceiver; an impostor.
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Deluge
Del"uge (d&ebreve_;l"&uuptack_;j), n. [F. déluge, L. diluvium, fr. diluere wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium.] 1. A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great flood in the days of Noah (Gen. vii.).
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2. Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction. “The deluge of summer.” Lowell.
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A fiery deluge fed
With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.
Milton.
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As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London] street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial ground, which has still survived in the deluge. F. Harrison.
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After me the deluge.
(Aprés moi le déluge.)
Madame de Pompadour.
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Deluge
Del"uge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deluging.] 1. To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm.
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The deluged earth would useless grow. Blackmore.
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2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe.
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At length corruption, like a general flood . . .
Shall deluge all.
Pope.
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Delundung
De*lun"dung (?), n. [Native name.] (Zool.) An East Indian carnivorous mammal (Prionodon gracilis), resembling the civets, but without scent pouches. It is handsomely spotted.
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Delusion
De*lu"sion (?) n. [L. delusio, fr. deludere. See Delude.] 1. The act of deluding; deception; a misleading of the mind. Pope.
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2. The state of being deluded or misled.
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3. That which is falsely or delusively believed or propagated; false belief; error in belief.
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And fondly mourned the dear delusion gone. Prior.

Syn. -- Delusion, Illusion. These words both imply some deception practiced upon the mind. Delusion is deception from want of knowledge; illusion is deception from morbid imagination. An illusion is a false show, a mere cheat on the fancy or senses. It is, in other words, some idea or image presented to the bodily or mental vision which does not exist in reality. A delusion is a false judgment, usually affecting the real concerns of life. Or, in other words, it is an erroneous view of something which exists indeed, but has by no means the qualities or attributes ascribed to it. Thus we speak of the illusions of fancy, the illusions of hope, illusive prospects, illusive appearances, etc. In like manner, we speak of the delusions of stockjobbing, the delusions of honorable men, delusive appearances in trade, of being deluded by a seeming excellence. “A fanatic, either religious or political, is the subject of strong delusions; while the term illusion is applied solely to the visions of an uncontrolled imagination, the chimerical ideas of one blinded by hope, passion, or credulity, or lastly, to spectral and other ocular deceptions, to which the word delusion is never applied.” Whately.
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Delusional
De*lu"sion*al (?), a. Of or pertaining to delusions; as, delusional monomania.
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Delusive
De*lu"sive (?), a. [See Delude.] Apt or fitted to delude; tending to mislead the mind; deceptive; beguiling; delusory; as, delusive arts; a delusive dream.
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Delusive and unsubstantial ideas. Whewell.

-- De*lu"sive*ly, adv. -- De*lu"sive*ness, n.
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Delusory
De*lu"so*ry (?) a. Delusive; fallacious. Glanvill.
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deluxe
deluxe adj. 1. impressively expensive; notably exceeding typical price or quality.
Syn. -- gilded, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous.
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2. especially elegant and sumptuous; of the highest quality; as, a deluxe car; deluxe accommodations.
Syn. -- gilded, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous, de luxe, luxe, luxury(prenominal).
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Delve
Delve (?) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delved (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delving.] [AS. delfan to dig; akin to OS. bidelban to bury, D. delven to dig, MHG. telben, and possibly to E. dale. Cf. Delf a mine.] 1. To dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade.
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Delve of convenient depth your thrashing floor. Dryden.
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2. To dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom.
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I can not delve him to the root. Shak.
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Delve
Delve, v. i. To dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge.
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Delve may I not: I shame to beg. Wyclif (Luke xvi. 3).
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Delve
Delve, n. [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.] A place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave.
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Which to that shady delve him brought at last. Spenser.
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The very tigers from their delves
Look out.
Moore.
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Delver
Delv"er (?), n. One who digs, as with a spade.
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demagnetization
demagnetization n. the act or process of removing magnetization.
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Demagnetize
De*mag"net*ize (?), v. t. 1. To deprive of magnetic properties; to render nonmagnetic. See Magnetize.
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If the bar be rapidly magnetized and demagnetized. Am. Cyc.
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2. To free from mesmeric influence; to demesmerize. [archaic]
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-- De*mag`net*i*za"tion, n. -- De*mag"net*i`zer (#), n.
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Demagog
Dem"a*gog (?; 115), n. Demagogue.

Demagogical
Demagogic
{ Dem`a*gog"ic (?), Dem`a*gog"ic*al (?), } a. [Gr. dhmagwkiko`s: cf. F. démagogique.] Relating to, or like, a demagogue; factious.
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Demagogism
Dem"a*gog*ism (?; 115), n. The practices of a demagogue.
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Demagogue
Dem"a*gogue (?; 115), n. [Gr. dhmagwgo`s a popular leader; commonly in a bad sense, a leader of the mob; dh^mos the people + 'agwgo`s leading, fr. 'a`gein to lead; akin to E. act: cf. F. démagogue.] A leader of the rabble; one who attempts to control the multitude by specious or deceitful arts; an unprincipled and factious mob orator or political leader.
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demagoguery
demagoguery n. 1. impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace.
Syn. -- demagogy, demagogism.
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Demagogy
Dem"a*gog`y (?), n. [Cf. F. démagogie, Gr. dhmagwgi`a leadership of the people.] Demagogism.
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Demain
De*main" (?), n. [See Demesne.] 1. Rule; management. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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2. (Law) See Demesne.
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Demand
De*mand" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Demanding.] [F. demander, LL. demandare to demand, summon, send word, fr. L. demandare to give in charge, intrust; de- + mandare to commit to one's charge, commission, order, command. Cf. Mandate, Commend.] 1. To ask or call for with authority; to claim or seek from, as by authority or right; to claim, as something due; to call for urgently or peremptorily; as, to demand a debt; to demand obedience.
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This, in our foresaid holy father's name,
Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee.
Shak.
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2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
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I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. Shak.
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3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
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4. (Law) To call into court; to summon. Burrill.
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Demand
De*mand", v. i. To make a demand; to inquire.
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The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? Luke iii. 14.
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Demand
De*mand", n. [F. demande, fr. demander. See Demand, v. t.] 1. The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as due; requisition; as, the demand of a creditor; a note payable on demand.
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The demand [is] by the word of the holy ones. Dan. iv. 17.
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He that has confidence to turn his wishes into demands will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. Locke.
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2. Earnest inquiry; question; query. Shak.
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3. A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to possess; request; as, a demand for certain goods; a person's company is in great demand.
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In 1678 came forth a second edition [Pilgrim's Progress] with additions; and then the demand became immense. Macaulay.
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4. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
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5. (Law) (a) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due. (b) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person. (c) A thing or amount claimed to be due.
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In demand, in request; being much sought after. -- On demand, upon presentation and request of payment.
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Demandable
De*mand"a*ble (?), a. That may be demanded or claimed. “All sums demandable.” Bacon.
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Demandant
De*mand"ant (?) n. [F. demandant, p. pr. of demander.] One who demands; the plaintiff in a real action; any plaintiff.
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Demander
De*mand"er (?), n. One who demands.
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Demandress
De*mand"ress (?), n. A woman who demands.
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Demantoid
De*man"toid (?), n. [G. demant diamond + -oid.] (Min.) A yellow-green, transparent variety of garnet found in the Urals. It is valued as a gem because of its brilliancy of luster, whence the name.
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Demarcate
De*mar"cate (?), v. t. [See Demarcation.] To mark by bounds; to set the limits of; to separate; to discriminate. Wilkinson.
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Demarcation
De`mar*ca"tion (?), n. [F. démarcation; pref. dé- (L. de) + marquer to mark, of German origin. See Mark.] The act of marking, or of ascertaining and setting a limit; separation; distinction.
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The speculative line of demarcation, where obedience ought to end and resistance must begin, is faint, obscure, and not easily definable. Burke.
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Demarch
De*march" (?), n. [F. démarche. See March, n.] March; walk; gait. [Obs.]
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Demarch
De*march (dē"märk), n. [Gr. dh`marchos; dh^mos people + 'a`rchein to rule.] A chief or ruler of a deme or district in Greece.
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Demarkation
De`mar*ka"tion, n. Same as Demarcation.
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demasculinization
demasculinization n. the act or process of demasculinizing; the removal of the testicles of a male animal.
Syn. -- emasculation, castration.
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demasculinize
demasculinize v. t. to remove the testicles of a male animal.
Syn. -- emasculate, castrate.
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Dematerialize
De`ma*te"ri*al*ize (?), v. t. To deprive of material or physical qualities or characteristics.
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Dematerializing matter by stripping it of everything which . . . has distinguished matter. Milman.
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Deme
Deme (dēm), n. [Gr. dh^mos.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) A territorial subdivision of Attica (also of modern Greece), corresponding to a township. Jowett (Thucyd.).
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2. (Biol.) An undifferentiated aggregate of cells or plastids.
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Demean
De*mean" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demeaned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demeaning.] [OF. demener to conduct, guide, manage, F. se démener to struggle; pref. dé- (L. de) + mener to lead, drive, carry on, conduct, fr. L. minare to drive animals by threatening cries, fr. minari to threaten. See Menace.] 1. To manage; to conduct; to treat.
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[Our] clergy have with violence demeaned the matter. Milton.
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2. To conduct; to behave; to comport; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun.
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They have demeaned themselves
Like men born to renown by life or death.
Shak.
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They answered . . . that they should demean themselves according to their instructions. Clarendon.
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3. To debase; to lower; to degrade; -- followed by the reflexive pronoun.
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Her son would demean himself by a marriage with an artist's daughter. Thackeray.
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&hand_; This sense is probably due to a false etymology which regarded the word as connected with the adjective mean.
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Demean
De*mean" (?), n. [OF. demene. See Demean, v. t.] 1. Management; treatment. [Obs.]
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Vile demean and usage bad. Spenser.
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2. Behavior; conduct; bearing; demeanor. [Obs.]
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With grave demean and solemn vanity. West.
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Demean
De*mean", n. [See Demesne.] 1. Demesne. [Obs.]
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2. pl. Resources; means. [Obs.]
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You know
How narrow our demeans are.
Massinger.
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Demeanance
De*mean"ance (?), n. Demeanor. [Obs.] Skelton.
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Demeanor
De*mean"or (?), n. [Written also demeanour.] [For demeanure, fr. demean. See Demean, v. t.] 1. Management; treatment; conduct. [Obs.]
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God commits the managing so great a trust . . . wholly to the demeanor of every grown man. Milton.
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2. Behavior; deportment; carriage; bearing; mien.
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His demeanor was singularly pleasing. Macaulay.
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The men, as usual, liked her artless kindness and simple refined demeanor. Thackeray.
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Demeanure
De*mean"ure (?), n. Behavior. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Demency
De"men*cy (?), n. [L. dementia, fr. demens mad. See Dement.] Dementia; loss of mental powers. See Insanity.
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Dement
De*ment" (?), v. t. [L. dementare, fr. demens, -mentis, out of one's mind, mad; de + mens mind. See Mental, and cf. Dementate.] To deprive of reason; to make mad. [R.] Bale.
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Dement
De*ment", a. [L. demens, - mentis.] Demented; dementate. [R.] J. H. Newman.
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Dementate
De*men"tate (?), a. [L. dementatus, p. p. See Dement, v. t.] Deprived of reason.
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Arise, thou dementate sinner! Hammond.
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Dementate
De*men"tate (?) v. t. To deprive of reason; to dement. [R.] Burton.
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Dementation
De`men*ta"tion (?), n. The act of depriving of reason; madness. Whitlock.
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Demented
De*ment"ed (?), a. [From Dement.] Insane; mad; of unsound mind. -- De*ment"ed*ness, n.
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dementedness
de*ment"ed*ness n. mental deterioration of organic or functional origin.
Syn. -- dementia.
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Dementia
De*men"ti*a (?), n. [L., fr. demens. See Dement.] Insanity; madness; esp. that form which consists in weakness or total loss of thought and reason; mental imbecility; idiocy.
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Demephitize
De*meph"i*tize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demephitized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demephitizing.] [Cf. F. méphitiser to infect with mephitis.] To purify from mephitic or foul air. -- De*meph`i*ti*za"tion, n.
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Demerge
De*merge" (?), v. t. [L. demergere.] To plunge down into; to sink; to immerse. [Obs.]
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The water in which it was demerged. Boyle.
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Demerit
De*mer"it (?), n. [F. démérite demerit (in sense 2), OF. demerite demerit (in sense 1), fr. L. demerere to deserve well, LL., to deserve well or ill; de- + merere to deserve. See De-, and Merit.] 1. That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert. [Obs.]
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By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation. Holland.
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2. That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice; misconduct; -- the opposite of merit.
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They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action. Burke.
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Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense. Sir W. Temple.
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3. The state of one who deserves ill.
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Demerit
De*mer"it, v. t. [Cf. F. démériter to deserve ill. See Demerit, n.] 1. To deserve; -- said in reference to both praise and blame. [Obs.]
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If I have demerited any love or thanks. Udall.
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Executed as a traitor . . . as he well demerited. State Trials (1645).
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2. To depreciate or cry down. [R.] Bp. Woolton.
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Demerit
De*mer"it, v. i. To deserve praise or blame.
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Demerse
De*merse" (?), v. t. [L. demersus, p. p. of demergere. See Merge.] To immerse. [Obs.] Boyle.
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Demersed
De*mersed" (?), a. (Bot.) Situated or growing under water, as leaves; submersed.
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Demersion
De*mer"sion (?) n. [L. demersio.] 1. The act of plunging into a fluid; a drowning.
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2. The state of being overwhelmed in water, or as if in water. Ray.
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Demesmerize
De*mes"mer*ize (?), v. t. To relieve from mesmeric influence. See Mesmerize.
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Demesne
De*mesne" (?), n. [OE. demeine, demain, rule, demesne, OF. demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine, power, F. domaine domain, fr. L. dominium property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, proprietor, owner. See Dame, and cf. Demain, Domain, Danger, Dungeon.] (Law) A lord's chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor's own use. [Written also demain.] Wharton's Law Dict. Burrill.
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Ancient demesne. (Eng. Law) See under Ancient.
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Demesnial
De*mesn"i*al (?), a. Of or pertaining to a demesne; of the nature of a demesne.
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Demi-
Dem"i- (?). [F. demi-, fr. L. dimidius half; di- = dis- + medius middle. See Medium, and cf. Demy, Dimidiate.] A prefix, signifying half.
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Demi
De*mi" (?), n. See Demy, n.
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Demibastion
Dem"i*bas"tion (?; 106), n. [Cf. F. demi- bastion.] (Fort.) A half bastion, or that part of a bastion consisting of one face and one flank.
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Demibrigade
Dem"i*bri*gade" (?), n. [Cf. F. demi- brigade.] A half brigade.
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Demicadence
Dem"i*ca`dence (?) n. (Mus.) An imperfect or half cadence, falling on the dominant instead of on the key note.
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Demicannon
Dem"i*can"non (?), n. (Mil. Antiq.) A kind of ordnance, carrying a ball weighing from thirty to thirty-six pounds. Shak.
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Demicircle
Dem"i*cir`cle (?), n. [Cf. F. demi-cercle.] An instrument for measuring angles, in surveying, etc. It resembles a protractor, but has an alidade, sights, and a compass.
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Demiculverin
Dem"i*cul"ver*in (?), n. (Mil. Antiq.) A kind of ordnance, carrying a ball weighing from nine to thirteen pounds.
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Demideify
Dem"i*de"i*fy (?) v. t. To deify in part. Cowper.
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Demidevil
Dem"i*dev`il (?), n. A half devil. Shak.
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Demigod
Dem"i*god (?), n. A half god, or an inferior deity; a fabulous hero, the offspring of a deity and a mortal.
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Demigoddess
Dem"i*god`dess (?), n. A female demigod.
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Demigorge
Dem"i*gorge` (?), n. [Cf. F. demi- gorge.] (Fort.) Half the gorge, or entrance into a bastion, taken from the angle of the flank to the center of the bastion.
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Demigrate
Dem"i*grate (?), v. i. [L. demigrare, demigratum, to emigrate. See De-, and Migrate.] To emigrate. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Demigration
Dem`i*gra"tion (?) n. [L. demigratio.] Emigration. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
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Demigroat
Dem"i*groat` (?), n. A half groat.
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Demi-island
Dem"i-is`land (?), n. Peninsula. [Obs.] Knolles.
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Demijohn
Dem"i*john (?), n. [F. dame-jeanne, i.e., Lady Jane, a corruption of Ar. damajāna, damjāna, prob. fr. Damaghan a town in the Persian province of Khorassan, once famous for its glass works.] A glass vessel or bottle with a large body and small neck, inclosed in wickerwork.
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Demilance
Dem"i*lance` (?), n. A light lance; a short spear; a half pike; also, a demilancer.
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Demilancer
Dem"i*lan`cer (?), n. A soldier of light cavalry of the 16th century, who carried a demilance.
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Demilune
Dem"i*lune` (?), n. [F. demi- lune.] 1. (Fort.) A work constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin. See Ravelin.
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2. (Physiol.) A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.
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&hand_; Each crescent is made of polyhedral cells which under some circumstances are supposed to give rise to new salivary cells.
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Demiman
Dem"i*man` (?), n. A half man. [R.] Knolles.
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Demimonde
Dem`i*monde" (?), n. [F.; demi + monde world, L. mundus.] Persons of doubtful reputation; esp., women who are kept as mistresses, though not public prostitutes; demireps.
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Literary demimonde, writers of the lowest kind.
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Deminatured
Dem"i*na"tured (?; 135), a. Having half the nature of another. [R.] Shak.
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Demiquaver
Dem"i*qua`ver (?), n. (Mus.) A note of half the length of the quaver; a semiquaver. [R.]

Demirelievo
Demirelief
{ Dem`i*re*lief" (?), Dem`i*re*lie"vo (?), } n. Half relief. See Demi-rilievo.
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Demirep
Dem"i*rep` (?), n. [Contr. fr. demi-reputation.] A woman of doubtful reputation or suspected character; an adventuress. [Colloq.] De Quincey.
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Demi-rilievo
Dem"i-ri*lie"vo (?), n. [Pref. demi- + It. rilievo.] (Fine Arts) (a) Half relief; sculpture in relief of which the figures project from the background by one half their full roundness. (b) A work of sculpture of the above character. See Alto-rilievo.
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Demisability
De*mis`a*bil"i*ty (?), n. (Law) The state of being demisable.
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Demisable
De*mis"a*ble (?), a. [From Demise.] (Law) Capable of being leased; as, a demisable estate.
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Demise
De*mise" (?), n. [F. démettre, p. p. démis, démise, to put away, lay down; pref. dé- (L. de or dis-) + mettre to put, place, lay, fr. L. mittere to send. See Mission, and cf. Dismiss, Demit.] 1. Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.
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2. The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person.
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After the demise of the Queen [of George II.], in 1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week. P. Cunningham.
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3. (Law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter. Bouvier.
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&hand_; The demise of the crown is a transfer of the crown, royal authority, or kingdom, to a successor. Thus, when Edward IV. was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise. Thus the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as by that event the crown is transferred to a successor. Blackstone.
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Demise and redemise, a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land, or something out of it.

Syn. -- Death; decease; departure. See Death.
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Demise
De*mise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demised (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demising.] 1. To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath. “Power to demise my lands.” Swift.
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What honor
Canst thou demise to any child of mine?
Shak.
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2. To convey; to give. [R.]
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His soul is at his conception demised to him. Hammond.
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3. (Law) To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.
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Demisemiquaver
Dem`i*sem"i*qua`ver (?), n. (Mus.) A short note, equal in time to the half of a semiquaver, or the thirty-second part of a whole note.
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Demiss
De*miss" (?), a. [L. demissus, p. p. of demittere.] Cast down; humble; submissive. [Obs.]
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He down descended like a most demiss
And abject thrall.
Spenser.
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Demission
De*mis"sion (?), n. [L. demissio, fr. demittere. See Demit.] 1. The act of demitting, or the state of being demitted; a letting down; a lowering; dejection.Demission of mind.” Hammond.
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Demission of sovereign authority. L'Estrange.
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2. Resignation of an office. [Scot.]
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Demissionary
De*mis"sion*a*ry (?), a. 1. Pertaining to transfer or conveyance; as, a demissionary deed.
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2. Tending to lower, depress, or degrade.
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Demissive
De*miss"ive (?), a. [See Demiss.] Downcast; submissive; humble. [R.]
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They pray with demissive eyelids. Lord (1630).
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Demissly
De*miss"ly, adv. In a humble manner. [Obs.]
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Demisuit
Dem"i*suit` (?), n. (Mil. Antiq.) A suit of light armor covering less than the whole body, as having no protection for the legs below the thighs, no vizor to the helmet, and the like.
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Demit
De*mit" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Demitting.] [L. demittere to send or bring down, to lower; de- + mittere to send. Cf. Demise.] 1. To let fall; to depress. [R.]
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They [peacocks] demit and let fall the same [i. e., their train]. Sir T. Browne.
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2. To yield or submit; to humble; to lower; as, to demit one's self to humble duties. [R.]
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3. To lay down, as an office; to resign. [Scot.]
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General Conway demitted his office. Hume.
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Demit
De*mit" (?), v. i. [F. démettre to remove, se démettre to resign; dé- (L. dis-) + mettre to put, fr. L. mittere to send. Cf. Dismiss.] To lay down or relinquish an office, membership, authority, or the like; to resign, as from a Masonic lodge; -- generally used with an implication that the act is voluntary.
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Demit
De*mit", n. The act of demitting; also, a letter, certificate, or the like, certifying that a person has (honorably) demitted, as from a Masonic lodge.
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Demi-tasse
De*mi"-tasse" (?), n. [F., half cup.] A small cup for, or of, black coffee.
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Demitint
Dem"i*tint` (?), n. (Fine Arts) (a) That part of a painting, engraving, or the like, which is neither in full darkness nor full light. (b) The shade itself; neither the darkest nor the lightest in a composition. Also called half tint.
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Demitone
Dem"i*tone` (?), n. (Mus.) Semitone. [R.]
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Demiurge
Dem"i*urge (?), n. [Gr. dhmioyrgo`s a worker for the people, a workman, especially the maker of the world, the Creator; dh`mios belonging to the people (fr. dh^mos the people) + 'e`rgon a work.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) The chief magistrate in some of the Greek states.
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2. God, as the Maker of the world.
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3. According to the Gnostics, an agent or one employed by the Supreme Being to create the material universe and man.
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Demiurgic
Dem`i*ur"gic (?), a. [Gr. dhmioyrgiko`s.] Pertaining to a demiurge; formative; creative.Demiurgic power.” De Quincey.
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Demivill
Dem"i*vill` (?), n. (Old Law) A half vill, consisting of five freemen or frankpledges. Blackstone.
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Demivolt
Dem"i*volt` (?), n. [Cf. F. demi- volte.] (Man.) A half vault; one of the seven artificial motions of a horse, in which he raises his fore legs in a particular manner.
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Demiwolf
Dem"i*wolf` (?), n. A half wolf; a mongrel dog, between a dog and a wolf. Shak.
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Demobilization
De*mob`i*li*za"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. démobilisation. See Mobilization.] (Mil.) The disorganization or disarming of troops which have previously been mobilized or called into active service; the change from a war footing to a peace footing.
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Demobilize
De*mob"i*lize (?), v. t. [Cf. F. démobiliser.] (Mil.) To disorganize, or disband and send home, as troops which have been mobilized.
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Demochelys
Demochelys prop. n. the type genus of the Dermochelyidae, consisting of leatherback turtles.
Syn. -- genus Dermochelys.
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Democracy
De*moc"ra*cy (d&euptack_;*m&obreve_;k"r&adot_;*s&ybreve_;), n.; pl. Democracies (d&euptack_;*m&obreve_;k"r&adot_;*s&ibreve_;z). [F. démocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.] 1. Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people.
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2. Government by popular representation; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but is indirectly exercised through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed; a constitutional representative government; a republic.
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3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government. Milton.
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4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called. [U.S.]
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Democrat
Dem"o*crat (d&ebreve_;m"&ouptack_;*krăt), n. [Cf. F. démocrate.] 1. One who is an adherent or advocate of democracy, or government by the people.
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Whatever they call him, what care I,
Aristocrat, democrat, autocrat.
Tennyson.
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2. [capitalized] A member of the Democratic party. [U.S.]
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3. A large light uncovered wagon with two or more seats. [U. S.]
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Democratic
Dem`o*crat"ic (?), a. [Gr. &unr_;: cf. F. démocratique.] 1. Pertaining to democracy; favoring democracy, or constructed upon the principle of government by the people.
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2. belonging to or relating to the Democratic party, the political party so called.
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3. Befitting the common people; -- opposed to aristocratic.
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The Democratic party, the name of one of the chief political parties in the United States. Presidents of the United States who belonged to the Democratic party in the twentieth century were Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.
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Democratical
Dem`o*crat"ic*al (?), a. Democratic.
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The democratical embassy was democratically received. Algernon Sidney.
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Democratically
Dem`o*crat"ic*al*ly, adv. In a democratic manner.
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Democratism
De*moc"ra*tism (?), n. The principles or spirit of a democracy. [R.]
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Democratist
De*moc"ra*tist (?), n. A democrat. [R.] Burke.
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Democratize
De*moc"ra*tize (?) v. t. To render democratic.
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Democraty
De*moc"ra*ty (?), n. Democracy. [Obs.] Milton.

demodulator
demodulator n. (Electronics) An electronic device which extracts the modulation from a radio carrier wave, and outputs the original information-bearing signal.
Syn. -- detector.
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Demogorgon
De`mo*gor"gon (dē"m&ouptack_;*gôr*g&obreve_;n or d&ebreve_;m"&ouptack_;*gôr*g&obreve_;n), n. [First mentioned by Lutatius, or Lactantius Placidus, the scholiast on Statius, perh. fr. Gr. dai`mwn god, deity + gorgo`s fierce, terrible] A mysterious, terrible, and evil divinity, regarded by some as the author of creation, by others as a great magician who was supposed to command the spirits of the lower world. See Gorgon.
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Orcus and Ades, and the dreaded name
Of Demogorgon.
Milton.
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demographic
demographic adj. of or pertaining to demography; as, demographic surveys.
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demography
de*mog"ra*phy (d&euptack_;*m&obreve_;g"r&adot_;f&ybreve_;), n. [Gr. dh^mos the people + -graphy.] The study of vital statistics, such as births, deaths, marriages, mortality, health, etc., in populations and subgroups of populations. -- Dem`o*graph"ic, a.
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Demoiselle
De`moi`selle" (?), n. [F. See Damsel.] 1. A young lady; a damsel; a lady's maid.
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2. (Zool.) The Numidian crane (Anthropoides virgo); -- so called on account of the grace and symmetry of its form and movements.
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3. (Zool.) A beautiful, small dragon fly of the genus Agrion.
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Demolish
De*mol"ish (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demolished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demolishing.] [F. démolir, fr. L. demoliri, p. p. demolitus; de- + moliri to set a thing in motion, to work, construct, from moles a huge mass or structure. See Mole a mound, and Finish.] To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall.
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I expected the fabric of my book would long since have been demolished, and laid even with the ground. Tillotson.

Syn. -- To Demolish, Overturn, Destroy, Dismantle, Raze. That is overturned or overthrown which had stood upright; that is destroyed whose component parts are scattered; that is demolished which had formed a mass or structure; that is dismantled which is stripped of its covering, as a vessel of its sails, or a fortress of its bastions, etc.; that is razed which is brought down smooth, and level to the ground. An ancient pillar is overturned or overthrown as the result of decay; a city is destroyed by an invasion of its enemies; a monument, the walls of a castle, a church, or any structure, real or imaginary, may be demolished; a fortress may be dismantled from motives of prudence, in order to render it defenseless; a city may be razed by way of punishment, and its ruins become a memorial of vengeance.
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Demolisher
De*mol"ish`er (?), n. One who, or that which, demolishes; as, a demolisher of towns.
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Demolishment
De*mol"ish*ment (?), n. Demolition.
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Demolition
Dem`o*li"tion (?; 277), n. [L. demolitio, fr. demoliri: cf. F. démolition. See Demolish.] The act of overthrowing, pulling down, or destroying a pile or structure; destruction by violence; utter overthrow; -- opposed to construction; as, the demolition of a house, of military works, of a town, or of hopes.
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Demolitionist
Dem`o*li"tion*ist, n. A demolisher. [R.] Carlyle.
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Demon
De"mon (?), n. [F. démon, L. daemon a spirit, an evil spirit, fr. Gr. dai`mwn a divinity; of uncertain origin.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) A spirit, or immaterial being, holding a middle place between men and deities in pagan mythology.
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The demon kind is of an intermediate nature between the divine and the human. Sydenham.
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2. One's genius; a tutelary spirit or internal voice; as, the demon of Socrates. [Often written dæmon.]
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3. An evil spirit; a devil.
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That same demon that hath gulled thee thus. Shak.
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Demoness
De"mon*ess (?), n. A female demon.
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demonetisation
demonetisation n. same as demonetization.
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demonetization
de*mon`e*ti*za"tion (?), n. The act of demonetizing, or the condition of being demonetized; specificially, the declaration by a government that something (e.g. gold or silver) is no longer the legal tender of a country; as, the demonetization of gold.
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demonetize
de*mon"e*tize (?; see Monetary), v. t. To deprive of current value; to withdraw from use, as money.
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They [gold mohurs] have been completely demonetized by the [East India] Company. R. Cobden.

Demoniacal
Demoniac
{ De*mo"ni*ac (?), Dem`o*ni"a*cal (?; 277), } a. [L. daemoniacus, fr. daemon; cf. F. démoniaque. See Demon.] 1. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a demon or evil spirit; devilish; as, a demoniac being; demoniacal practices.
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Sarcastic, demoniacal laughter. Thackeray.
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2. Influenced or produced by a demon or evil spirit; as, demoniac or demoniacal power.Demoniac frenzy.” Milton.
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3. resembling or suggesting possession by a demon; as, demoniac energy.
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4. in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon.
Syn. -- amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, possessed(predicate).
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Demoniac
De*mo"ni*ac (?), n. 1. A human being possessed by a demon or evil spirit; one whose faculties are directly controlled by a demon.
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The demoniac in the gospel was sometimes cast into the fire. Bates.
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2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Anabaptists who maintain that the demons or devils will finally be saved.
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Demoniacally
Dem`o*ni"a*cal*ly (?), adv. In a demoniacal manner.
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Demoniacism
Dem`o*ni"a*cism (?), n. The state of being demoniac, or the practices of demoniacs.
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Demonial
De*mo"ni*al (?), a. Of or pertaining to a demon. [Obs.] Cudworth.
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Demonian
De*mo"ni*an (?), a. Relating to, or having the nature of, a demon.Demonian spirits.” Milton.
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Demonianism
De*mo"ni*an*ism (?), n. The state of being possessed by a demon or by demons.
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Demoniasm
De*mo"ni*asm (?), n. See Demonianism. [R.]
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Demonic
De*mo"nic (?), a. [L. daemonicus, Gr. daimoniko`s.] Of or pertaining to a demon or to demons; demoniac.Demonic ambushes.” Lowell.
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Demonism
De"mon*ism (?), n. [Cf. F. démonisme.] The belief in demons or false gods.
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The established theology of the heathen world . . . rested upon the basis of demonism. Farmer.
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Demonist
De"mon*ist, n. A believer in, or worshiper of, demons.
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Demonize
De"mon*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demonized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demonizing.] [Cf. LL. daemonizare to be possessed by a demon, Gr. &unr_;.] 1. To convert into a demon; to infuse the principles or fury of a demon into.
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2. To control or possess by a demon.
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Demonocracy
De`mon*oc"ra*cy (?), n. [Gr. dai`mwn demon + kra`tos strength: cf. F. démonocratie.] The power or government of demons.
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A demonocracy of unclean spirits. H. Taylor.
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Demonographer
De`mon*og"ra*pher (?), n. [Demon + -graph + -er.] A demonologist. [R.] Am. Cyc.
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Demonolatry
De`mon*ol"a*try (?), n. [Gr. dai`mwn demon + latrei`a worship, &unr_; to serve, worship: cf. F. démonolâtrie.] The worship of demons.
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Demonologer
De`mon*ol"o*ger (?), n. One versed in demonology. R. North.

Demonological
Demonologic
{ De`mon*o*log"ic (?), De`mon*o*log"ic*al (?), } a. [Cf. F. démonologique.] Of or pertaining to demonology.
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Demonologist
De`mon*ol"o*gist (?), n. One who writes on, or is versed in, demonology.
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Demonology
De`mon*ol"o*gy (?; 277), n. [Demon + -logy: cf. F. démonologie.] A treatise on demons; a supposititious science which treats of demons and their manifestations. Sir W. Scott.
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Demonomagy
De`mon*om"a*gy (?), n. [Gr. dai`mwn demon + magei`a magic.] Magic in which the aid of demons is invoked; black or infernal magic. Bp. Hurd.
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Demonomania
De*mon`o*ma"ni*a (?), n. [Demon + mania.] A form of madness in which the patient conceives himself possessed of devils.
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Demonomist
De*mon"o*mist (?) n. One in subjection to a demon, or to demons. [R.] Sir T. Herbert.
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Demonomy
De*mon"o*my (?), n. [Gr. dai`mwn demon + no`mos law.] The dominion of demons. [R.] Sir T. Herbert.
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Demonry
De"mon*ry (?), n. Demoniacal influence or possession. J. Baillie.
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Demonship
De"mon*ship, n. The state of a demon. Mede.
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Demonstrability
De*mon`stra*bil"i*ty (?), n. The quality of being demonstrable; demonstrableness.
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Demonstrable
De*mon"stra*ble (?), a. [L. demonstrabilis: cf. OF. demonstrable, F. démontrable.] 1. Capable of being demonstrated; that can be proved beyond doubt or question.
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The grand articles of our belief are as demonstrable as geometry. Glanvill.
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2. Proved; apparent. [Obs.] Shak.
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Demonstrableness
De*mon"stra*ble*ness, n. The quality of being demonstrable; demonstrability.
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Demonstrably
De*mon"stra*bly, adv. In a demonstrable manner; incontrovertibly; clearly.
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Cases that demonstrably concerned the public cause. Clarendon.
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Demonstrance
De*mon"strance (?), n. [OF. demonstrance.] Demonstration; proof. [Obs.] Holland.
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Demonstrate
Dem"on*strate (?; 277), v. t. [L. demonstratus, p. p. of demonstrare to demonstrate; de- + monstrare to show. See Monster.] 1. To point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident. Shak.
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2. To show, or make evident, by reasoning or proof; to prove by deduction; to establish so as to exclude the possibility of doubt or denial.
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We can not demonstrate these things so as to show that the contrary often involves a contradiction. Tillotson.
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3. (Anat.) To exhibit and explain (a dissection or other anatomical preparation).
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demonstrated
demonstrated adj. having been proved or verified beyond doubt; proved by demonstration.
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Demonstrater
Dem"on*stra`ter, n. See Demonstrator.
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Demonstration
Dem`on*stra"tion (?), n. [L. demonstratio: cf. F. démonstration.] 1. The act of demonstrating; an exhibition; proof; especially, proof beyond the possibility of doubt; indubitable evidence, to the senses or reason.
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Those intervening ideas which serve to show the agreement of any two others are called “proofs;” and where agreement or disagreement is by this means plainly and clearly perceived, it is called demonstration. Locke.
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2. An expression, as of the feelings, by outward signs; a manifestation; a show. See also sense 7 for a more specific related meaning.
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Did your letters pierce the queen to any demonstration of grief? Shak.
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Loyal demonstrations toward the prince. Prescott.
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3. (Anat.) The exhibition and explanation of a dissection or other anatomical preparation.
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4. (Mil.) a decisive exhibition of force, or a movement indicating an attack.
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5. (Logic) The act of proving by the syllogistic process, or the proof itself.
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6. (Math.) A course of reasoning showing that a certain result is a necessary consequence of assumed premises; -- these premises being definitions, axioms, and previously established propositions.
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7. a public gathering of people to express some sentiment or feelings by explicit means, such as picketing, parading, carrying signs or shouting, usually in favor of or opposed to some action of government or of a business.
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8. the act of showing how a certain device, machine or product operates, or how a procedure is performed; -- usually done for the purpose of inducing prospective customers to buy a product; as, a demonstration of the simple operation of a microwave oven.
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Direct demonstration, or Positive demonstration, (Logic & Math.), one in which the correct conclusion is the immediate sequence of reasoning from axiomatic or established premises; -- opposed to Indirect demonstration, or Negative demonstration (called also reductio ad absurdum), in which the correct conclusion is an inference from the demonstration that any other hypothesis must be incorrect.
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Demonstrative
De*mon"stra*tive (?), a. [F. démonstratif, L. demonstrativus.] 1. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively.Demonstrative figures.” Dryden.
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An argument necessary and demonstrative. Hooker.
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2. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment; as, her nature was demonstrative.
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3. Consisting of eulogy or of invective.Demonstrative eloquence.” Blair.
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Demonstrative pronoun (Gram.), a pronoun distinctly designating that to which it refers.
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Demonstrative
De*mon"stra*tive, n. (Gram.) A demonstrative pronoun; as, “this” and “that” are demonstratives.
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Demonstratively
De*mon"stra*tive*ly (?), adv. In a manner fitted to demonstrate; clearly; convincingly; forcibly.
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Demonstrativeness
De*mon"stra*tive*ness, n. The state or quality of being demonstrative.
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Demonstrator
Dem"on*stra`tor (?; 277), n. [L.: cf. F. démonstrateur.] 1. One who demonstrates; specif. (a) one who proves anything with certainty, or establishes it by indubitable evidence. (b) one who shows how a certain device operates or a procedure is performed.
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2. (Anat.) A teacher of practical anatomy.
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3. a person who participates in a demonstration{7}.
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Demonstratory
De*mon"stra*to*ry (?), a. Tending to demonstrate; demonstrative. Johnson.
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Demorage
De*mor"age (?; 48), n. Demurrage. [Obs.] Pepys (1663).
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Demoralization
De*mor`al*i*za"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. démoralisation.] The act of corrupting or subverting morals. Especially: The act of corrupting or subverting discipline, courage, hope, etc., or the state of being corrupted or subverted in discipline, courage, etc.; as, the demoralization of an army or navy.
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Demoralize
De*mor"al*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demoralized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demoralizing.] [F. démoraliser; pref. dé- (L. dis- or de) + moraliser. See Moralize.] To corrupt or undermine in morals; to destroy or lessen the effect of moral principles on; to render corrupt or untrustworthy in morals, in discipline, in courage, spirit, etc.; to weaken in spirit or efficiency.
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The demoralizing example of profligate power and prosperous crime. Walsh.
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The vices of the nobility had demoralized the army. Bancroft.
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demoralized
demoralized adj. made less hopeful or enthusiastic; rendered pessimistic; as, the demoralized Iraqi ground troops put up little resistance.
Syn. -- discouraged, disheartened.
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demoralizing
demoralizing adj. 1. discouraging. Opposite of encouraging.
Syn. -- demoralising, disheartening, dispiriting.
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Demosthenes
Demosthenes prop. n. a famous Grecian orator, born circa 385 BC, died circa 322 BC.
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Demosthenic
Dem`os*then"ic (?), a. [L. Demosthenicus: cf. F. Démosthénique.] Pertaining to, or in the style of, Demosthenes, the Grecian orator.
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Demote
De*mote" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demoted (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Demoting (?).] [Pref. de- + mote, as in promote; cf. L. demovere to remove.] To reduce to a lower grade or rank, as in the military, one's employment, or in school; to assign to a lower position.
Syn. -- bump, relegate, kick downstairs, break one's rank.
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Demotic
De*mot"ic (?), a. [Gr. dhmotiko`s, fr. dh^mos the people: cf. F. démotique.] Of or pertaining to the people; popular; common.
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Demotic alphabet or Demotic character, a form of writing used in Egypt after six or seven centuries before Christ, for books, deeds, and other such writings; a simplified form of the hieratic character; -- called also epistolographic character, and enchorial character. See Enchorial.
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Demotics
De*mot"ics (?), n. The department of knowledge relative to the care and culture of the people; sociology in its broadest sense; -- in library cataloguing.
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Demount
De*mount" (?), v. i. To dismount. [R.]
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Demountable
De*mount"a*ble (?), [See De-; Mount.] Capable of being dismounted; -- said of a form of rim, for an automobile wheel, which can be removed with its tire from the wheel.
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Dempne
Demp"ne (d&ebreve_;mp"n&eitalic_;) v. t. To damn; to condemn. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Demster
Dempster
{ Demp"ster (?; 215), Dem"ster (?), } n. [See Deemster.] 1. A deemster.
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2. (O. Scots Law) An officer whose duty it was to announce the doom or sentence pronounced by the court.
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Demulce
De*mulce" (?), v. t. [L. demulcere; de- + mulcere to stroke, soothe.] To soothe; to mollify; to pacify; to soften. [R.] Sir T. Elyot.
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Demulcent
De*mul"cent (?), a. [L. demulcens, p. pr. of demulcere.] Softening; mollifying; soothing; assuasive; as, oil is demulcent.
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Demulcent
De*mul"cent, n. (Med.) A substance, usually of a mucilaginous or oily nature, supposed to be capable of soothing an inflamed nervous membrane, or protecting it from irritation. Gum Arabic, glycerin, olive oil, etc., are demulcents.
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Demulsion
De*mul"sion (?), n. The act of soothing; that which soothes. Feltham.
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Demur
De*mur" (d&euptack_;*mûr"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Demurred (d&euptack_;*mûrd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Demurring.] [OF. demurer, demorer, demourer, to linger, stay, F. demeurer, fr. L. demorari; de- + morari to delay, tarry, stay, mora delay; prob. originally, time for thinking, reflection, and akin to memor mindful. See Memory.] 1. To linger; to stay; to tarry. [Obs.]
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Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp. Nicols.
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2. To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
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Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur. Hayward.
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3. To scruple or object; to take exception, especially on the basis of scruple or modesty; as, I demur to that statement; they wanted to make him president, but he demurred.
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From the popular assertion that he was the smartest man in the world Gell-Mann was not predisposed to demur. Timothy Ferris, in Coming of Age in the Milky Way (Doubleday, New York, 1989).
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4. (Law) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2.
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Demur
De*mur", v. t. 1. To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about. [Obs.]
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The latter I demur, for in their looks
Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears.
Milton.
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2. To cause delay to; to put off. [Obs.]
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He demands a fee,
And then demurs me with a vain delay.
Quarles.
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Demur
De*mur", n. [OF. demor, demore, stay, delay. See Demur, v. i.] Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
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All my demurs but double his attacks;
At last he whispers, “Do; and we go snacks.”
Pope.
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Demure
De*mure" (d&euptack_;*mūr"), a. [Perh. from OF. de murs (i. e., de bonnes murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, F. mœurs, fr. L. mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see Moral); or more prob. fr. OF. meür, F. mûr mature, ripe (see Mature) in a phrase preceded by de, as de mûre conduite of mature conduct.] 1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
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Sober, steadfast, and demure. Milton.
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Nan was very much delighted in her demure way, and that delight showed itself in her face and in her clear bright eyes. W. Black.
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2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
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A cat lay, and looked so demure, as if there had been neither life nor soul in her. L'Estrange.
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Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her head. Miss Mitford.
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Demure
De*mure", v. i. To look demurely. [Obs.] Shak.
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Demurely
De*mure"ly, adv. In a demure manner; soberly; gravely; -- now, commonly, with a mere show of gravity or modesty.
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They . . . looked as demurely as they could; for 't was a hanging matter to laugh unseasonably. Dryden.
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Demureness
De*mure"ness (d&euptack_;*mūr"n&ebreve_;s), n. The state of being demure; gravity; the show of gravity or modesty.
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Demurity
De*mur"i*ty (d&euptack_;*mūr"&ibreve_;*t&ybreve_;), n. Demureness; also, one who is demure. Sir T. Browne.
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Demurrable
De*mur"ra*ble (d&euptack_;*mûr"r&adot_;*b'l), a. That may be demurred to. Stormonth.
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Demurrage
De*mur"rage (?), n. [Cf. OF. demorage delay. See Demur.] (Law) (a) The detention of a vessel by the freighter beyond the time allowed in her charter party for loading, unloading, or sailing. (b) The allowance made to the master or owner of the ship for such delay or detention.
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The claim for demurrage ceases as soon as the ship is cleared out and ready for sailing. M‘Culloch.
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&hand_; The term is also applied to similar delays and allowances in land carriage, by wagons, railroads, etc.
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Demurral
De*mur"ral (?), n. Demur; delay in acting or deciding.
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The same causes of demurral existed which prevented British troops from assisting in the expulsion of the French from Rome. Southey.
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Demurrer
De*mur"rer (?), n. 1. One who demurs.
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2. (Law) A stop or pause by a party to an action, for the judgment of the court on the question, whether, assuming the truth of the matter alleged by the opposite party, it is sufficient in law to sustain the action or defense, and hence whether the party resting is bound to answer or proceed further.
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Demurrer to evidence, an exception taken by a party to the evidence offered by the opposite party, and an objecting to proceed further, on the allegation that such evidence is not sufficient in law to maintain the issue, and a reference to the court to determine the point. Bouvier.
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Demy
De*my" (?), n.; pl. Demies (#). [See Demi-.] 1. A printing and a writing paper of particular sizes. See under Paper.
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2. A half fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. [Written also demi.]
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He was elected into Magdalen College as a demy; a term by which that society denominates those elsewhere called “scholars,” young men who partake of the founder's benefaction, and succeed in their order to vacant fellowships. Johnson.
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Demy
De*my", a. Pertaining to, or made of, the size of paper called demy; as, a demy book.
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demythologisation
demythologisation n. same as demythologization.
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demythologization
demythologization n. the restatement of a message (as a religious one) in rational terms.
Syn. -- demythologisation.
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demythologize
demythologize v. t. to remove the mythical elements from; -- of writings, such as the Bible.
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demythologized
demythologized adj. having mythical elements removed.
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Den
Den (d&ebreve_;n), n. [AS. denn; perh. akin to G. tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu valley.] 1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.
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2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice. “Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals.” Addison.
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3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone. [Colloq.]
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4. [AS. denu.] A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. [Old Eng. & Scotch] Shak.
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Den
Den, v. i. To live in, or as in, a den.
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The sluggish salvages that den below. G. Fletcher.
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Denali
Denali prop. n. 1. The native name for Mount McKinley in Alaska, translated as the great one.
Syn. -- Mount McKinley.
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2. a national park in Alaska in which Mount McKinley is located.
Syn. -- Denali national park.
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Denarcotize
De*nar"co*tize (?), v. t. To deprive of narcotine; as, to denarcotize opium. -- De*nar`co*ti*za"tion (#), n.
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Denarius
De*na"ri*us (?), n.; pl. Denarii (#). [L. See 2d Denier.] A Roman silver coin of the value of about fourteen cents; the “penny” of the New Testament; -- so called from being worth originally ten of the pieces called as.
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Denary
Den"a*ry (?), a. [L. denarius. See 2d Denier.] Containing ten; tenfold; proceeding by tens; as, the denary, or decimal, scale.
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Denary
Den"a*ry, n. 1. The number ten; a division into ten.
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2. A coin; the Anglicized form of denarius. Udall.
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denationalisation
de*na"tion*al*i*sa"tion n. same as denationalization.
Syn. -- privatization.
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Denationalization
De*na`tion*al*i*za"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. dénationalisation.] The act or process of denationalizing.
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Denationalize
De*na"tion*al*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denationalized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Denationalizing.] [Cf. F. dénationaliser.] 1. To divest or deprive of national character or rights.
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Bonaparte's decree denationalizes, as he calls it, all ships that have touched at a British port. Cobbett.
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An expatriated, denationalized race. G. Eliot.
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2. to change (something, as an industry or business) from state to private ownership or control; as, the British denationalization of steel.
Syn. -- privatize, denationalise.
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Denaturalize
De*nat"u*ral*ize (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denaturalized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Denaturalizing.] [Cf. F. dénaturaliser.] 1. To render unnatural; to alienate from nature.
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2. To renounce the natural rights and duties of; to deprive of citizenship; to denationalize. [R.]
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They also claimed the privilege, when aggrieved, of denaturalizing themselves, or, in other words, of publicly renouncing their allegiance to their sovereign, and of enlisting under the banners of his enemy. Prescott.
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3. same as denature.
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Denature
De*na"ture (?), v. t. [De- + nature.] To deprive of its natural qualities; change the nature of.
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2. to render (ethyl alcohol) unfit to drink by adding in toxic or unpalatable substances (such as benzene or pyridine) which nevertherless permit alcohol to be used as a solvent.
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3. modify the tertiary structure of (a protein or nucleic acid) so as to reduce or destroy its characteristic biological activity. Bioactive macromolecules such as enzymes or DNA may be denatured by heat, acid, alkali, or solvent treatment; the extent of such treatment required to denature a molecule varies with the specific compound. In some cases the denatured molecules may regain their original properties (renature) by other treatments. Denaturation may also cause a change in the physical properties of such molecules, e.g. proteins may become insoluble in water.
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Denature
De*na"ture (?), v. i. To become denatured.
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denaturized
denaturized adj. changed in nature or natural quality.
Syn. -- denatured.
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Denay
De*nay" (?), v. t. [See Deny.] To deny. [Obs.]
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That with great rage he stoutly doth denay. Spenser.
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Denay
De*nay", n. Denial; refusal. [Obs.] Shak.
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Dendrachate
Den"dra*chate (?), n. [L. dendrachates; Gr. de`ndron a tree + &unr_; agate: cf. F. dendrachate, dendragate.] (Min.) Arborescent or dendritic agate.
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Dendranthema
Dendranthema n. a genus comprising plants often included in the genus Chrysanthemum.
Syn. -- genus Dendranthema.
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Dendraspis
Dendraspis prop. n. a genus of African snakes comprising the mambas.
Syn. -- Dendroaspis, genus Dendroaspis, genus Dendraspis.
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Dendriform
Den"dri*form (?), a. [Gr. de`ndron tree + -form.] Resembling in structure a tree or shrub; having a branching shape.
Syn. -- arboreal, arboreous, arborescent, arboresque, arboriform, dendroid, dendroidal, treelike, tree-shaped.
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Dendrite
Den"drite (?), n. [Gr. dendri`ths, fem. dendri^tis, of a tree, fr. de`ndron a tree: cf. F. dendrite.] (Min.) A stone or mineral on or in which are branching figures resembling shrubs or trees, produced by a foreign mineral, usually an oxide of manganese, as in the moss agate; also, a crystallized mineral having an arborescent form, e. g., gold or silver; an arborization.

Dendritical
Dendritic
{ Den*drit"ic (?), Den*drit"ic*al (?), } a. Pertaining to a dendrite, or to arborescent crystallization; having a form resembling a shrub or tree; arborescent.
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Dendroaspis
Dendroaspis prop. n. a genus of African snakes comprising the mambas.
Syn. -- Dendraspis, genus Dendroaspis, genus Dendroaspis.
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Dendrocoela
Den`dro*cœ"la (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ndron tree + koi^los hollow.] (Zool.) A division of the Turbellaria in which the digestive cavity gives off lateral branches, which are often divided into smaller branchlets.

Dendroidal
Dendroid
{ Den"droid (?), Den*droid"al (?), } a. [Gr. &unr_; treelike; de`ndron tree + e'i^dos form: cf. F. dendroïde.] Resembling a shrub or tree in form; treelike; branching.
Syn. -- arboreal, arboreous, arborescent, arboresque, arboriform, dendriform, treelike, tree-shaped.
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Dendrolagus
Dendrolagus prop. n. a genus comprising the tree wallabies.
Syn. -- genus Dendrolagus.
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Dendrolite
Den"dro*lite (?), n. [Gr. de`ndron tree + -lite: cf. F. dendrolithe.] (Paleon.) A petrified or fossil shrub, plant, or part of a plant.
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Dendrologist
Den*drol"o*gist (?), n. One versed in the natural history of trees.
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Dendrologous
Den*drol"o*gous (?), a. Relating to dendrology.
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dendrology
den*drol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. de`ndron tree + -logy: cf. F. dendrologie.] 1. the branch of botany studying trees and shrubs; the natural history of trees.
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2. A discourse or treatise on trees.
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-- den`dro*log"ic*al, a. -- den`dro*log"ic, a. -- den*drol"o*gist, a.
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Dendromecon
Dendromecon prop. n. a genus having only one species, the bush poppy.
Syn. -- genus Dendromecon.
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Dendrometer
Den*drom"e*ter (?), n. [Gr. de`ndron tree + -meter: cf. F. dendromètre.] An instrument to measure the height and diameter of trees.
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Denegate
Den"e*gate (?), v. t. [L. denegatus, p. p. of denegare. See Deny.] To deny. [Obs.]
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Denegation
Den`e*ga"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. dénégation.] Denial. [Obs.]
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Dengue
Den"gue (d&ebreve_;&nsmacr_;"g&auptack_;), n. [See Note, below.] (Med.) A specific epidemic disease attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; -- called also breakbone fever. It occurs in India, Egypt, the West Indies, etc., is of short duration, and rarely fatal.
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&hand_; This disease, when it first appeared in the British West India Islands, was called the dandy fever, from the stiffness and constraint which it grave to the limbs and body. The Spaniards of the neighboring islands mistook the term for their word dengue, denoting prudery, which might also well express stiffness, and hence the term dengue became, as last, the name of the disease. Tully.
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Deniable
De*ni"a*ble (?), a. [See Deny.] Capable of being, or liable to be, denied.
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Denial
De*ni"al (?), n. [See Deny.] 1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation.
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You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient. Bp. Stillingfleet.
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2. A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction.
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3. A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.
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The commissioners, . . . to obtain from the king's subjects as much as they would willingly give, . . . had not to complain of many peremptory denials. Hallam.
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4. A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with; disavowal; -- the contrary of confession; as, the denial of a fault charged on one; a denial of God.
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Denial of one's self, a declining of some gratification; restraint of one's appetites or propensities; self-denial.
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Deniance
De*ni"ance (?), n. Denial. [Obs.] E. Hall.
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Denier
De*ni"er (?), n. One who denies; as, a denier of a fact, or of the faith, or of Christ.
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Denier
De*nier" (?), n. [F. denier, fr. L. denarius a Roman silver coin orig. equiv. to ten asses, later, a copper, fr. deni ten by ten, fr. the root of decem ten; akin to E. ten. See Ten, and cf. Denary, Dinar.] A small copper coin of insignificant value.
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My dukedom to a beggarly denier. Shak.
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Denigrate
Den"i*grate (?), v. t. [L. denigrare; de- + nigrare to blacken, niger black.] 1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black. Boyle.
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2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. [R.]
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To denigrate the memory of Voltaire. Morley.
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denigrating
denigrating adj. harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign; -- used of statements.
Syn. -- calumniatory, calumnious, defamatory, denigrative, libellous, libelous, slanderous.
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Denigration
Den`i*gra"tion (?), n. [L. denigratio.] 1. The act of making black. Boyle.
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2. Fig.: A blackening; defamation.
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The vigorous denigration of science. Morley.
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Denigrator
Den"i*gra`tor (?), n. One who, or that which, blackens.
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denigratory
denigratory (?), a. same as denigrating.
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Denim
Den"im (d&ebreve_;n"&ibreve_;m), n. [Of uncertain origin.] A coarse cotton drilling used for overalls, etc.
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Denitration
Den`i*tra"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- + nitrate.] A disengaging, or removal, of nitric acid.
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Denitrification
De*ni`tri*fi*ca"tion (?), n. The act or process of freeing from nitrogen; also, the condition resulting from the removal of nitrogen.
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Denitrify
De*ni"tri*fy (?), v. t. [Pref. de- + nitrogen + -fy.] To deprive of, or free from, nitrogen.
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Denization
Den`i*za"tion (?), n. The act of making one a denizen or adopted citizen; naturalization. Hallam.
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Denize
De*nize" (d&euptack_;*nīz"), v. t. To make a denizen; to confer the rights of citizenship upon; to naturalize. [Obs.]
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There was a private act made for denizing the children of Richard Hills. Strype.
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Denizen
Den"i*zen (d&ebreve_;n"&ibreve_;*z'n), n. [OF. denzein, deinzein, prop., one living (a city or country); opposed to forain foreign, and fr. denz within, F. dans, fr. L. de intus, prop., from within, intus being from in in. See In, and cf. Foreign.] 1. A dweller; an inhabitant.Denizens of air.” Pope.
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Denizens of their own free, independent state. Sir W. Scott.
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2. One who is admitted by favor to all or a part of the rights of citizenship, where he did not possess them by birth; an adopted or naturalized citizen.
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3. One admitted to residence in a foreign country.
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Ye gods,
Natives, or denizens, of blest abodes.
Dryden.
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Denizen
Den"i*zen, v. t. 1. To constitute (one) a denizen; to admit to residence, with certain rights and privileges.
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As soon as denizened, they domineer. Dryden.
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2. To provide with denizens; to populate with adopted or naturalized occupants.
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There [islets] were at once denizened by various weeds. J. D. Hooker.
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Denizenation
Den`i*zen*a"tion (?), n. Denization; denizening. Abbott.
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Denizenize
Den"i*zen*ize (?), v. t. To constitute (one) a denizen; to denizen. Abbott.
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Denizenship
Den"i*zen*ship, n. State of being a denizen.
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Denmark satin
Den"mark sat"in (?). See under Satin.
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Dennet
Den"net (?), n. A light, open, two-wheeled carriage for one horse; a kind of gig. (“The term and vehicle common about 1825.” Latham.)
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Denominable
De*nom"i*na*ble (?), a. Capable of being denominated or named. Sir T. Browne.
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Denominate
De*nom"i*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denominated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Denominating (?).] [L. denominatus, p. p. of denominare to name; de- + nominare to call by name. See Nominate.] To give a name to; to characterize by an epithet; to entitle; to name; to designate.
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Passions commonly denominating selfish. Hume.
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Denominate
De*nom"i*nate (?), a. [L. denominatus, p. p.] Having a specific name or denomination; specified in the concrete as opposed to abstract; thus, 7 feet is a denominate quantity, while 7 is mere abstract quantity or number. See Compound number, under Compound.
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Denomination
De*nom`i*na"tion (?), n. [L. denominatio metonymy: cf. F. dénomination a naming.] 1. The act of naming or designating.
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2. That by which anything is denominated or styled; an epithet; a name, designation, or title; especially, a general name indicating a class of like individuals; a category; as, the denomination of units, or of thousands, or of fourths, or of shillings, or of tons.
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Those [qualities] which are classed under the denomination of sublime. Burke.
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3. A class, or society of individuals, called by the same name; a sect; as, a denomination of Christians.

Syn. -- Name; appellation; title. See Name.
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Denominational
De*nom`i*na"tion*al (?), a. Pertaining to a denomination, especially to a sect or society.Denominational differences.” Buckle.
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Denominationalism
De*nom`i*na"tion*al*ism (?), n. A denominational or class spirit or policy; devotion to the interests of a sect or denomination.
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Denominationalist
De*nom`i*na"tion*al*ist, n. One imbued with a denominational spirit. The Century.
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Denominationally
De*nom`i*na"tion*al*ly, adv. In a denominational manner; by denomination or sect.
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Denominative
De*nom`i*na"tive (?), a. [Cf. F. dénominatif.] 1. Conferring a denomination or name.
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2. (Logic) Connotative; as, a denominative name.
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3. Possessing, or capable of possessing, a distinct denomination or designation; denominable.
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The least denominative part of time is a minute. Cocker.
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4. (Gram.) Derived from a substantive or an adjective; as, a denominative verb.
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Denominative
De*nom`i*na"tive, n. A denominative name or term; denominative verb. Jer. Taylor. Harkness.
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Denominatively
De*nom`i*na"tive*ly, adv. By denomination.
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Denominator
De*nom"i*na`tor (?), n. [Cf. F. dénominateur.] 1. One who, or that which, gives a name; origin or source of a name.
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This opinion that Aram . . . was the father and denomination of the Syrians in general. Sir W. Raleigh.
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2. (Arith.) That number placed below the line in common fractions which shows into how many parts the integer or unit is divided.
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&hand_; Thus, in 3/5, 5 is the denominator, showing that the integer is divided into five parts; and the numerator, 3, shows how many parts are taken.
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3. (Alg.) That part of any expression under a fractional form which is situated below the horizontal line signifying division.
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&hand_; In this sense, the denominator is not necessarily a number, but may be any expression, either positive or negative, real or imaginary. Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.)
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common denominator a number which can divide either of two or more other numbers without leaving a remainder in any of the divisions; as, 2 and 4 are common denominators of 12 and 28.. -- greatest common denominator the largest common denominator of two or more numbers; as, 9 is the greatest common denominator of 18 and 27..
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Denotable
De*not"a*ble (?), a. [From Denote.] Capable of being denoted or marked. Sir T. Browne.
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denotatum
denotatum n. the actual object referred to by a linguistic expression.
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Denotate
De*no"tate (?), v. t. [L. denotatus, p. p. of denotare.] To mark off; to denote. [Archaic]
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These terms denotate a longer time. Burton.
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What things should be denotated and signified by the color. Urquhart.
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Denotation
De`no*ta"tion (?), n. [L. denotatio: cf. F. dénotation.] The marking off or separation of anything. Hammond.
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Denotative
De*not"a*tive (?), a. Having power to denote; designating or marking off.
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Proper names are preëminently denotative; telling us that such as object has such a term to denote it, but telling us nothing as to any single attribute. Latham.
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Denote
De*note" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Denoting.] [L. denotare; de- + notare to mark, nota mark, sign, note: cf. F. dénoter. See Note.] 1. To mark out plainly; to signify by a visible sign; to serve as the sign or name of; to indicate; to point out; as, the hands of the clock denote the hour.
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The better to denote her to the doctor. Shak.
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2. To be the sign of; to betoken; to signify; to mean.
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A general expression to denote wickedness of every sort. Gilpin.
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Denotement
De*note"ment (?), n. Sign; indication. [R.]
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&hand_; A word found in some editions of Shakespeare.
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Denotive
De*not"ive (?), a. Serving to denote.
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Denouement
Dé`noue`ment" (?), n. [F. dénouement, fr. dénouer to untie; pref. dé- (L. dis-) + nouer to tie, fr. L. nodus knot, perh. for gnodus and akin to E. knot.] 1. The unraveling or discovery of a plot; the catastrophe, especially of a drama or a romance.
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2. The solution of a mystery; issue; outcome.
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Denounce
De*nounce" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denounced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Denouncing.] [F. dénoncer, OF. denoncier, fr. L. denuntiare, denunciare; de- + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce, report, nuntius a messenger, message. See Nuncio, and cf. Denunciate.] 1. To make known in a solemn or official manner; to declare; to proclaim (especially an evil). [Obs.]
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Denouncing wrath to come. Milton.
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I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish. Deut. xxx. 18.
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2. To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression.
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His look denounced desperate. Milton.
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3. To point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to accuse in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize.
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Denounced for a heretic. Sir T. More.
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To denounce the immoralities of Julius Cæsar. Brougham.
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Denouncement
De*nounce"ment (?), n. [Cf. OF. denoncement.] Solemn, official, or menacing announcement; denunciation. [Archaic]
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False is the reply of Cain, upon the denouncement of his curse. Sir T. Browne.
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Denouncer
De*noun"cer (?) n. One who denounces, or declares, as a menace.
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Here comes the sad denouncer of my fate. Dryden.
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Dense
Dense (?), a. [L. densus; akin to Gr. &unr_; thick with hair or leaves: cf. F. dense.] 1. Having the constituent parts massed or crowded together; close; compact; thick; containing much matter in a small space; heavy; opaque; as, a dense crowd; a dense forest; a dense fog.
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All sorts of bodies, firm and fluid, dense and rare. Ray.
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To replace the cloudy barrier dense. Cowper.
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2. Stupid; gross; crass; as, dense ignorance.
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Densely
Dense"ly, adv. In a dense, compact manner.
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Denseness
Dense"ness, n. The quality of being dense; density.
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densification
densification n. an increase in the density of something.
Syn. -- compaction, compression, concretion.
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Densimeter
Den*sim"e*ter (?), n. [L. densus dense + -meter: cf. F. densimètre.] An instrument for ascertaining the specific gravity or density of a substance.
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densitometer
densitometer n. 1. an instrument for determining optical or photographic density. A variety capable of measuring optical density of a sample at a number of different wavelengths, is called a spectrophotometer.
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2. same as densimeter.
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densitometry
densitometry n. measuring the optical density of a substance by shining light through it and measuring the intensity of the transmitted light.
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Density
Den"si*ty (d&ebreve_;n"s&ibreve_;*t&ybreve_;), n. [L. densitas; cf. F. densité.] 1. The quality of being dense, close, or thick; compactness; -- opposed to rarity.
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2. (Physics) The ratio of mass, or quantity of matter, to bulk or volume, esp. as compared with the mass and volume of a portion of some substance used as a standard.
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&hand_; For gases the standard substance is hydrogen, at a temperature of 0° Centigrade and a pressure of 760 millimeters. For liquids and solids the standard is water at a temperature of 4° Centigrade. The density of solids and liquids is usually called specific gravity, and the same is true of gases when referred to air as a standard.
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3. (Photog.) Depth of shade. Abney.
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Dent
Dent (d&ebreve_;nt), n. [A variant of Dint.] 1. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.] “That dent of thunder.” Chaucer.
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2. A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation.
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A blow that would have made a dent in a pound of butter. De Quincey.
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Dent
Dent, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dented; p. pr. & vb. n. Denting.] To make a dent upon; to indent.
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The houses dented with bullets. Macaulay.
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Dent
Dent, n. [F., fr. L. dens, dentis, tooth. See Tooth.] (Mach.) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc. Knight.
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dental
den"tal (d&ebreve_;n"t&aitalic_;l), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dental. See Tooth.] 1. Of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery.
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2. (Phon.) Formed by the aid of the teeth; -- said of certain articulations and the letters representing them; as, d and t are dental letters.
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Dental formula (Zool.), a brief notation used by zoologists to denote the number and kind of teeth of a mammal. -- Dental surgeon, a dentist.
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Dental
Den"tal, n. [Cf. F. dentale. See Dental, a.] 1. An articulation or letter formed by the aid of the teeth.
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2. (Zool.) A marine mollusk of the genus Dentalium, with a curved conical shell resembling a tooth. See Dentalium.
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Dentalism
Den"tal*ism (d&ebreve_;n"t&aitalic_;l*&ibreve_;z'm), n. The quality of being formed by the aid of the teeth.
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Dentalium
Den*ta"li*um (?), n. [NL., fr. L. dens, dentis, tooth.] (Zool.) A genus of marine mollusks belonging to the Scaphopoda, having a tubular conical shell.
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Dentaria
Dentaria n. a genus usually included in genus Cardamine; in some classifications considered a separate genus.
Syn. -- genus Dentaria.
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Dentary
Den"ta*ry (?), a. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or bearing, teeth. -- n. The distal bone of the lower jaw in many animals, which may or may not bear teeth.

Dentated
Dentate
{ Den"tate (d&ebreve_;n"t&auptack_;t), Den"ta*ted (d&ebreve_;n"t&auptack_;*t&ebreve_;d), } a. [L. dentatus, fr. dens, dentis, tooth.] 1. (Bot.) Toothed; especially, with the teeth projecting straight out, not pointed either forward or backward; as, a dentate leaf.
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2. (Zool.) Having teeth or toothlike points. See Illust. of Antennæ.
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Dentate-ciliate
Den"tate-cil"i*ate (?), a. (Bot.) Having the margin dentate and also ciliate or fringed with hairs.
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Dentately
Den"tate*ly (?), adv. In a dentate or toothed manner; as, dentately ciliated, etc.
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Dentate-sinuate
Den"tate-sin"u*ate (?), a. (Bot.) Having a form intermediate between dentate and sinuate.
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Dentation
Den*ta"tion (?), n. Formation of teeth; toothed form. [R.]
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How did it [a bill] get its barb, its dentation? Paley.
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Dented
Dent"ed (?), a. [From Dent, v. t.] Indented; impressed with little hollows.
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Dentel
Dent"el (?), n. Same as Dentil.
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Dentelle
Den*telle" (?), n. [F.] (Bookbinding) An ornamental tooling like lace. Knight.
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Dentelli
Den*tel"li (?), n. pl. [It., sing. dentello, prop., little tooth, dim. of dente tooth, L. dens, dentis. Cf. Dentil.] Modillions. Spectator.
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Dentex
Den"tex (?), n. [NL., cf. L. dentix a sort of sea fish.] (Zool.) An edible European marine fish (Sparus dentex, or Dentex vulgaris) of the family Percidæ.
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Denticete
Den`ti*ce"te (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. L. dens, dentis, tooth + cetus, pl. cete, whale, Gr. &unr_;.] (Zool.) The division of Cetacea in which the teeth are developed, including the sperm whale, dolphins, etc.
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Denticle
Den"ti*cle (?), n. [L. denticulus a little tooth, dim. of dens, dentis, tooth. See Dental, and cf. Dentelli.] A small tooth or projecting point.

Denticulated
Denticulate
{ Den*tic"u*late (?), Den*tic"u*la`ted (?), } a. [L. denticulatus, fr. denticulus. See Denticle.] Furnished with denticles; notched into little toothlike projections; as, a denticulate leaf of calyx. -- Den*tic"u*late*ly (#), adv.
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Denticulation
Den*tic`u*la"tion (?), n. 1. The state of being set with small notches or teeth. Grew.
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2. (Bot. & Zool.) A diminutive tooth; a denticle.
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Dentiferous
Den*tif"er*ous (?), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + -ferous.] Bearing teeth; dentigerous.
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Dentiform
Den"ti*form (?), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + -form: cf. F. dentiforme.] Having the form of a tooth or of teeth; tooth-shaped.
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Dentifrice
Den"ti*frice (?), n. [L. dentifricium; dens, dentis, tooth + fricare to rub: cf. F. dentifrice. See Tooth, and Friction.] A powder or other substance to be used in cleaning the teeth; tooth powder.
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Dentigerous
Den*tig"er*ous (?), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + -gerous.] Bearing teeth or toothlike structures.
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Dentil
Den"til (?), n. [LL. dentillus, for L. denticulus. Cf. Dentelli, Denticle, Dentile.] (Arch.) A small square block or projection in cornices, a number of which are ranged in an ornamental band; -- used particularly in the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
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Dentilabial
Den`ti*la"bi*al (?), a. Formed by the teeth and the lips, or representing a sound so formed. -- n. A dentilabial sound or letter.
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Dentilated
Den"ti*la`ted (?), a. Toothed.
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Dentilation
Den`ti*la"tion (?), n. Dentition.
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Dentilave
Den"ti*lave (?), n. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + lavare to wash.] A wash for cleaning the teeth.
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Dentile
Den"tile (?), n. [LL. dentillus, for L. denticulus. See Dentil.] (Zool.) A small tooth, like that of a saw.
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Dentilingual
Den`ti*lin"gual (?), a. [L. dens tooth + E. lingual.] Produced by applying the tongue to the teeth or to the gums; or representing a sound so formed. -- n. A dentilingual sound or letter.
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The letters of this fourth, dentilingual or linguidental, class, viz., d, t, s, z, l, r. Am. Cyc.
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Dentiloquist
Den*til"o*quist (?), n. One who speaks through the teeth, that is, with the teeth closed.
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Dentiloquy
Den*til"o*quy (?), n. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + loqui to speak.] The habit or practice of speaking through the teeth, or with them closed.
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Dentinal
Den"ti*nal (?), a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to dentine.
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Dentine
Den"tine (d&ebreve_;n"t&ibreve_;n), n. [Cf. F. dentine.] (Anat.) The dense calcified substance of which teeth are largely composed. It contains less animal matter than bone, and in the teeth of man is situated beneath the enamel.
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Dentiphone
Den"ti*phone (d&ebreve_;n"t&ibreve_;*fōn), n. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + Gr. fwnh` sound.] An instrument which, placed against the teeth, conveys sound to the auditory nerve; an audiphone. Knight.
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Dentiroster
Den`ti*ros"ter (?), n.; pl. Dentirostres (#). [NL., fr. L. dens, dentis, tooth + rostrum bill, beak: cf. F. dentirostre.] (Zool.) A dentirostral bird.
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Dentirostral
Den`ti*ros"tral (?), a. (Zool.) Having a toothed bill; -- applied to a group of passerine birds, having the bill notched, and feeding chiefly on insects, as the shrikes and vireos. See Illust. (N) under Beak.
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Dentirostrate
Den`ti*ros"trate (?), a. Dentirostral.
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Dentiscalp
Den"ti*scalp (?), n. [L. dens tooth + scalpere to scrape.] An instrument for scraping the teeth.
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Dentist
Den"tist (?), n. [From L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dentiste. See Tooth.] One whose business it is to clean, extract, or repair natural teeth, and to make and insert artificial ones; a dental surgeon.

Dentistical
Dentistic
{ Den*tis"tic (?), Den*tis"ti*cal (?), } a. Pertaining to dentistry or to dentists. [R.]
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Dentistry
Den"tist*ry (?), n. The art or profession of a dentist; dental surgery.
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Dentition
Den*ti"tion (?), n. [L. dentitio, fr. dentire to cut teeth, fr. dens, dentis, tooth. See Dentist.] 1. The development and cutting of teeth; teething.
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2. (Zool.) The system of teeth peculiar to an animal.
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Dentize
Den"tize (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Dentized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dentizing.] [L. dens, dentis, tooth.] To breed or cut new teeth. [R.]
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The old countess . . . did dentize twice or thrice. Bacon.
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Dentoid
Den"toid (?), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth + -oid.] Shaped like a tooth; tooth-shaped.
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Dentolingual
Den`to*lin"gual (?), a. Dentilingual.
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Denture
Den"ture (?; 135), n. [L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. denture, OF. denteure.] (Dentistry) An artificial tooth, block, or set of teeth.
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Denudate
De*nud"ate (?), v. t. [L. denudatus, p. p. of denudare. See Denude.] To denude. [Obs. or R.]
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Denudation
Den`u*da"tion (?; 277), n. [L. denudatio: cf. F. dénudation.] 1. The act of stripping off covering, or removing the surface; a making bare.
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2. (Geol.) The laying bare of rocks by the washing away of the overlying earth, etc.; or the excavation and removal of them by the action of running water.
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Denude
De*nude" (?), v. t. [L. denudare; de- + nudare to make naked or bare, nudus naked. See Nude.] To divest of all covering; to make bare or naked; to strip; to divest; as, to denude one of clothing, or lands; the hurricane denuded the trees.
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denumerable
denumerable adj. that can be counted.
Syn. -- countable, enumerable, numerable.
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Denunciate
De*nun"ci*ate (?), v. t. [L. denuntiatus, denunciatus, p. p. of denuntiare, -ciare. See Denounce.] To denounce; to condemn publicly or solemnly. [R.]
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To denunciate this new work. Burke.
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Denunciation
De*nun`ci*a"tion (?), n. [L. denuntiatio, -ciatio.] 1. Proclamation; announcement; a publishing. [Obs.]
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Public . . . denunciation of banns before marriage. Bp. Hall.
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2. The act of denouncing; public menace or accusation; the act of inveighing against, stigmatizing, or publicly arraigning; arraignment.
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3. That by which anything is denounced; threat of evil; public menace or accusation; arraignment.
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Uttering bold denunciations of ecclesiastical error. Motley.
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Denunciative
De*nun"ci*a*tive (?), a. [L. denuntiativus, -ciativus, monitory.] Same as Denunciatory. Farrar.
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Denunciator
De*nun"ci*a`tor (?), n. [L. denuntiator, -ciator, a police officer.] One who denounces, publishes, or proclaims, especially intended or coming evil; one who threatens or accuses.
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Denunciatory
De*nun"ci*a*to*ry (?), a. Characterized by or containing a denunciation; minatory; accusing; threatening; as, severe and denunciatory language.
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Denutrition
De`nu*tri"tion (?), n. (Physiol.) The opposition of nutrition; the failure of nutrition causing the breaking down of tissue.
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Deny
De*ny" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Denied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Denying.] [OE. denien, denaien, OF. denier, deneer, F. dénier, fr. L. denegare; de- + negare to say no, deny. See Negation.] 1. To declare not to be true; to gainsay; to contradict; -- opposed to affirm, allow, or admit.
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&hand_; We deny what another says, or we deny the truth of an assertion, the force of it, or the assertion itself.
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2. To refuse (to do something or to accept something); to reject; to decline; to renounce. [Obs.] “If you deny to dance.” Shak.
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3. To refuse to grant; to withhold; to refuse to gratify or yield to; as, to deny a request.
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Who finds not Providence all good and wise,
Alike in what it gives, and what denies?
Pope.
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To some men, it is more agreeable to deny a vicious inclination, than to gratify it. J. Edwards.
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4. To disclaim connection with, responsibility for, and the like; to refuse to acknowledge; to disown; to abjure; to disavow.
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The falsehood of denying his opinion. Bancroft.
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Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved. Keble.
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To deny one's self, to decline the gratification of appetites or desires; to practice self-denial.
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Let him deny himself, and take up his cross. Matt. xvi. 24.
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Deny
De*ny", v. i. To answer in &unr_;&unr_;&unr_; negative; to declare an assertion not to be true.
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Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15.
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Denyingly
De*ny"ing*ly, adv. In the manner of one denies a request. Tennyson.
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Deobstruct
De`ob*struct" (?), v. t. To remove obstructions or impediments in; to clear from anything that hinders the passage of fluids; as, to deobstruct the pores or lacteals. Arbuthnot.
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Deobstruent
De*ob"stru*ent (?), a. (Med.) Removing obstructions; having power to clear or open the natural ducts of the fluids and secretions of the body; aperient. -- n. (Med.) A medicine which removes obstructions; an aperient.
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Deodand
De"o*dand` (?), n. [LL. deodandum, fr. L. Deo dandum to be given to God.] (Old Eng. Law) A personal chattel which had caused the death of a person, and for that reason was given to God, that is, forfeited to the crown, to be applied to pious uses, and distributed in alms by the high almoner. Thus, if a cart ran over a man and killed him, it was forfeited as a deodand.
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&hand_; Deodands are unknown in American law, and in 1846 were abolished in England.
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Deodar
De`o*dar" (?), n. [Native name, fr. Skr. dēvadāru, prop., timber of the gods.] (Bot.) A kind of cedar (Cedrus Deodara), growing in India, highly valued for its size and beauty as well as for its timber, and also grown in England as an ornamental tree.
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Deodate
De"o*date` (?), n. [L. Deo to God (Deus God) + datum thing given.] A gift or offering to God. [Obs.]
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Wherein that blessed widow's deodate was laid up. Hooker.
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Deodorant
De*o"dor*ant (?), n. A deodorizer.
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Deodorization
De*o`dor*i*za"tion (?), n. The act of depriving of odor, especially of offensive odors resulting from impurities.
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Deodorize
De*o"dor*ize (?), v. t. To deprive of odor, especially of such as results from impurities.
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Deodorizer
De*o"dor*i`zer (?), n. He who, or that which, deodorizes; esp., an agent that destroys offensive odors.
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Deonerate
De*on"er*ate (?), v. t. [L. deoneratus, p. p. of deonerare. See Onerate.] To unload; to disburden. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Deontological
De*on`to*log"ic*al (?), a. Pertaining to deontology.
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Deontologist
De`on*tol"o*gist (?), n. One versed in deontology.
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Deontology
De`on*tol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; gen. &unr_;, necessity, obligation (p. neut. of &unr_; it is necessary) + -logy.] The science which relates to duty or moral obligation. J. Bentham.
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Deoperculate
De`o*per"cu*late (?), a. (Bot.) Having the lid removed; -- said of the capsules of mosses.
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Deoppilate
De*op"pi*late (?), v. t. To free from obstructions; to clear a passage through. [Obs.] Boyle.
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Deoppilation
De*op`pi*la"tion (?), n. Removal of whatever stops up the passages. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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Deoppilative
De*op"pi*la*tive (?), a. & n. (Med.) Deobstruent; aperient. [Obs.] Harvey.
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Deordination
De*or`di*na"tion (?), n. [LL. deordinatio depraved morality.] Disorder; dissoluteness. [Obs.]
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Excess of riot and deordination. Jer. Taylor.
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Deosculate
De*os"cu*late (?), v. t. [L. deosculatus, p. p. of deosculari. See Osculate.] To kiss warmly. [Obs.] -- De*os`cu*la"tion (#), n. [Obs.]
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Deoxidate
De*ox"i*date (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deoxidize.
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Deoxidation
De*ox`i*da"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or process of reducing from the state of an oxide.
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Deoxidization
De*ox`i*di*za"tion (?), n. (Chem.) Deoxidation.
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Deoxidize
De*ox"i*dize (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of oxygen; to reduce from the state of an oxide.
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Deoxidizer
De*ox"i*di`zer (?), n. (Chem.) That which removes oxygen; hence, a reducing agent; as, nascent hydrogen is a deoxidizer.
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Deoxygenate
De*ox"y*gen*ate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deoxidize. [Obs.]
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Deoxygenation
De*ox`y*gen*a"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or operation of depriving of oxygen.
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Deoxygenize
De*ox"y*gen*ize (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deoxidize.
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deoxyribonucleic acid
deoxyribonucleic acid n. a nucleic acid, usually of very high molecular weight, consisting of a linear sequence of monomer units of deoxyribonucleotides, occurring in most organisms in pairs of strands, wound together in the form of a double helix; it is the main component of chromosomes and contains the genetic information which is the basis of heredity, transmitted from parent to progeny, and found in all living organisms except for certain viruses which have RNA as their basic genetic material; -- usually referred to by the acronym DNA.
Syn. -- DNA, desoxyribonucleic acid.
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&hand_; The monomer units making up the DNA each contain one of four heterocyclic bases: thymine, adenine, cytosine, or guanine. The genetic information is contained in the precise sequence of these monomer units, which ultimately specify the sequence of proteins to be made by the organism's biosynthetic processes, mediated through the synthesis of RNA having a base sequence corresponding to that of the DNA. The DNA sequence also specifies the sequence of the various RNA molecules the RNA base sequence being a copy of that on one of the DNA strands. Most of the RNA synthesized is involved in protein synthesis. In the double-helical form of DNA, the thymine on one strand is paired with the adenine on the opposite strand, and cytosine of one strand is paired with guanine on the opposite strand. There is in DNA also certain controlling information concerning the timing and amount of RNA to be made, encoded within the sequence of the DNA in ways that are still being elucidated.
When this structure is replicated in the course of cell multiplication, two identical double-helical molecules are formed, each containing one strand from the original molecule. Each resulting molecule is distributred to either the parent or progeny organism, and this is the basic mechanism for transmission of hereditary information. In RNA-based viruses, or those having single strands of DNA (as certain viruses), the genetic information transmission occurs through a double-stranded intermediate by a similar mechanism.
In some organisms slight modifications of the bases of DNA are found, such as methylcytosine or, in some viruses, uracil or hydroxymethyluracil; these unusual bases act analogously to the normal bases in their genetic coding function. A small percentage of methylcytosine is found in many organisms, and it serves in some cases as a special signal, as for restriction enzymes.

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deoxyribonucleotide
deoxyribonucleotide n. an organic molecule consisting of a hereocyclic base attached to the 1-carbon of a deoxyribose ring, with a phosphate group esterified at the 5 position of the deoxyribose. Deoxyribonuceotides are the monomer units which make up deoxyribonucleic acid, the molecule carrying the hereditary information in most organisms. The most common forms of deoxyribonuceotide are thymidine-5′-phosphate (abbreviated TMP), deoxyadenosine-5′-phosphate (abbreviated dAMP), deoxyguanosine-5′-phosphate (abbreviated dGMP), and deoxycytidine-5′-phosphate (abbreviated dCMP).
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deoxyribose
deoxyribose n. a pentose (C5H10O4) in which one of the hydroxyl groups of ribose has been replaced by a hydrogen. In deoxyribonucleic acids, the deoxyribose is D-2-deoxyribose, in which the hydroxyl at the 2 position of ribose is the one which is replaced by hydrogen.
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deoxyribosenucleic acid
deoxyribosenucleic acid n. same as deoxyribonucleic acid. [Rare]
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Depaint
De*paint" (?), p. p. [F. dépeint, p. p. of dépeindre to paint, fr. L. depingere. See Depict, p. p.] Painted. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Depaint
De*paint", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Depainting.] 1. To paint; to picture; hence, to describe; to delineate in words; to depict. [Obs.]
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And do unwilling worship to the saint
That on his shield depainted he did see.
Spenser.
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In few words shall see the nature of many memorable persons . . . depainted. Holland.
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2. To mark with, or as with, color; to color.
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Silver drops her vermeil cheeks depaint. Fairfax.
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Depainter
De*paint"er (?) n. One who depaints. [Obs.]
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Depardieux
De*par"dieux` (?), interj. [OF., a corruption of de part Dieu, lit., on the part of God.] In God's name; certainly. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Depart
De*part" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Departed; p. pr. & vb. n. Departing.] [OE. departen to divide, part, depart, F. départir to divide, distribute, se départir to separate one's self, depart; pref. dé- (L. de) + partir to part, depart, fr. L. partire, partiri, to divide, fr. pars part. See Part.] 1. To part; to divide; to separate. [Obs.] Shak.
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2. To go forth or away; to quit, leave, or separate, as from a place or a person; to withdraw; -- opposed to arrive; -- often with from before the place, person, or thing left, and for or to before the destination.
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I will depart to mine own land. Num. x. 30.
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Ere thou from hence depart. Milton.
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He which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart.
Shak.
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3. To forsake; to abandon; to desist or deviate (from); not to adhere to; -- with from; as, we can not depart from our rules; to depart from a title or defense in legal pleading.
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If the plan of the convention be found to depart from republican principles. Madison.
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4. To pass away; to perish.
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The glory is departed from Israel. 1 Sam. iv. 21.
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5. To quit this world; to die.
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Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace. Luke ii. 29.
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To depart with, to resign; to part with. [Obs.] Shak.
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Depart
De*part", v. t. 1. To part thoroughly; to dispart; to divide; to separate. [Obs.]
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Till death departed them, this life they lead. Chaucer.
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2. To divide in order to share; to apportion. [Obs.]
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And here is gold, and that full great plentee,
That shall departed been among us three.
Chaucer.
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3. To leave; to depart from. “He departed this life.” Addison. “Ere I depart his house.” Shak.
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Depart
De*part", n. [Cf. F. départ, fr. départir.] 1. Division; separation, as of compound substances into their ingredients. [Obs.]
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The chymists have a liquor called water of depart. Bacon.
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2. A going away; departure; hence, death. [Obs.]
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At my depart for France. Shak.
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Your loss and his depart. Shak.
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Departable
De*part"a*ble (?), a. Divisible. [Obs.] Bacon.
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departed
departed n. sing. & pl. someone who is no longer alive; as, let us pray for the departed.
Syn. -- dead person, dead soul, deceased person, deceased, decedent.
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departed
departed adj. 1. past; -- used of time; as, departed summers.
Syn. -- bygone, bypast, foregone, gone.
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2. dead; as, our dear departed parents. [euphemistic]
Syn. -- asleep(predicate), at peace(predicate), at rest(predicate), cold, deceased, gone.
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departing
departing adj. leaving a starting or stopping point on a journey; as, Departing flights were delayed by the snowstorm. Opposite of arriving. [prenominal]
Syn. -- outbound, outward, outward-bound.
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Departer
De*part"er (?), n. 1. One who refines metals by separation. [Obs.]
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2. One who departs.
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Department
De*part"ment (?), n. [F. département, fr. départir. See Depart, v. i.] 1. Act of departing; departure. [Obs.]
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Sudden departments from one extreme to another. Wotton.
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2. A part, portion, or subdivision.
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3. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
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Superior to Pope in Pope's own peculiar department of literature. Macaulay.
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4. Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
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5. A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.
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6. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
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Departmental
De`part*men"tal (?), a. Pertaining to a department or division. Burke.
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Department store
De*part"ment store. A store keeping a great variety of goods which are arranged in several departments.
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Departure
De*par"ture (?; 135), n. [From Depart.] 1. Division; separation; putting away. [Obs.]
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No other remedy . . . but absolute departure. Milton.
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2. Separation or removal from a place; the act or process of departing or going away.
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Departure from this happy place. Milton.
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3. Removal from the present life; death; decease.
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The time of my departure is at hand. 2 Tim. iv. 6.
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His timely departure . . . barred him from the knowledge of his son's miseries. Sir P. Sidney.
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4. Deviation or abandonment, as from or of a rule or course of action, a plan, or a purpose.
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Any departure from a national standard. Prescott.
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5. (Law) The desertion by a party to any pleading of the ground taken by him in his last antecedent pleading, and the adoption of another. Bouvier.
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6. (Nav. & Surv.) The distance due east or west which a person or ship passes over in going along an oblique line.
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&hand_; Since the meridians sensibly converge, the departure in navigation is not measured from the beginning nor from the end of the ship's course, but is regarded as the total easting or westing made by the ship or person as he travels over the course.
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To take a departure (Nav. & Surv.), to ascertain, usually by taking bearings from a landmark, the position of a vessel at the beginning of a voyage as a point from which to begin her dead reckoning; as, the ship took her departure from Sandy Hook.

Syn. -- Death; demise; release. See Death.
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Depascent
De*pas"cent (?), a. [L. depascens, p. pr. of depascere; de- + pascere to feed.] Feeding. [R.]
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Depasture
De*pas"ture (?; 135), v. t. & i. To pasture; to feed; to graze; also, to use for pasture. [R.]
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Cattle, to graze and departure in his grounds. Blackstone.
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A right to cut wood upon or departure land. Washburn.
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Depatriate
De*pa"tri*ate (?), v. t. & i. [L. de- + patria one's country.] To withdraw, or cause to withdraw, from one's country; to banish. [Obs.]
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A subject born in any state
May, if he please, depatriate.
Mason.
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Depauperate
De*pau"per*ate (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Depauperated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Depauperating (?).] [LL. depauperatus, p. p. depauperare to impoverish; L. de- + pauperare to make poor, pauper poor.] To make poor; to impoverish.
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Liming does not depauperate; the ground will last long, and bear large grain. Mortimer.
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Humility of mind which depauperates the spirit. Jer. Taylor.
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Depauperate
De*pau"per*ate (?), a. [L. depauperatus, p. p.] (Bot.) Falling short of the natural size, from being impoverished or starved. Gray.
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Depauperize
De*pau"per*ize (?), v. t. To free from paupers; to rescue from poverty. [R.]
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Depeach
De*peach" (?), v. t. [L. dépêcher. See Dispatch.] To discharge. [Obs.]
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As soon as the party . . . before our justices shall be depeached. Hakluyt.
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Depectible
De*pec"ti*ble (?), a. [L. depectere to comb off; de- + pectere to comb.] Tough; thick; capable of extension. [Obs.]
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Some bodies are of a more depectible nature than oil. Bacon.
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Depeculation
De*pec`u*la"tion (?), n. [L. depeculari, p. p. depeculatus, to rob. See Peculate.] A robbing or embezzlement. [Obs.]
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Depeculation of the public treasure. Hobbes.
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Depeinct
De*peinct" (?), v. t. [See Depaint.] To paint. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Depend
De*pend" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Depended; p. pr. & vb. n. Depending.] [F. dépendre, fr. L. depend&unr_;re; de- + pend&unr_;re to hang. See Pendant.] 1. To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
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And ever-living lamps depend in rows. Pope.
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2. To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
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You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclined to superstition. Burke.
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3. To rely for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; -- followed by on or upon, formerly by of.
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The truth of God's word dependeth not of the truth of the congregation. Tyndale.
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The conclusion . . . that our happiness depends little on political institutions, and much on the temper and regulation of our own minds. Macaulay.
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Heaven forming each on other to depend. Pope.
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4. To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; -- with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour.
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But if you 're rough, and use him like a dog,
Depend upon it -- he 'll remain incog.
Addison.
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5. To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer. [Obs.] Shak.
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6. To impend. [Obs.] Shak.
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dependability
dependability n. the trait of being dependable or reliable.
Syn. -- dependableness, reliability, reliableness.
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Dependable
De*pend"a*ble (?), a. Worthy of being depended on; trustworthy.Dependable friendships.” Pope.

Dependancy
Dependance
Dependant
{ De*pend"ant (?), De*pend"ance (?), n., De*pend"an*cy (?) }, n. See Dependent, Dependence, Dependency.
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&hand_; The forms dependant, dependance, dependancy are from the French; the forms dependent, etc., are from the Latin. Some authorities give preference to the form dependant when the word is a noun, thus distinguishing it from the adjective, usually written dependent.
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Dependence
De*pend"ence (?), n. [LL. dependentia, fr. L. dependens. See Dependent, and cf. Dependance.] 1. The act or state of depending; state of being dependent; a hanging down or from; suspension from a support.
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2. The state of being influenced and determined by something; subjection (as of an effect to its cause).
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The cause of effects, and the dependence of one thing upon another. Bp. Burnet.
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3. Mutual connection and support; concatenation; systematic inter-relation.
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So dark and so intricate of purpose, without any dependence or order. Sir T. More.
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4. Subjection to the direction or disposal of another; inability to help or provide for one's self; a lack of independence or self-sufficiency.
Syn. -- dependance, dependency.
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Reduced to a servile dependence on their mercy. Burke.
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5. A resting with confidence; reliance; trust.
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Affectionate dependence on the Creator is the spiritual life of the soul. T. Erskine.
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6. That on which one depends or relies; as, he was her sole dependence.
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7. That which depends; anything dependent or suspended; anything attached a subordinate to, or contingent on, something else.
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Like a large cluster of black grapes they show
And make a large dependence from the bough.
Dryden.
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8. A matter depending, or in suspense, and still to be determined; ground of controversy or quarrel. [Obs.]
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To go on now with my first dependence. Beau. & Fl.
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Dependency
De*pend"en*cy (?), n.; pl. Dependencies (&unr_;). 1. State of being dependent; dependence; state of being subordinate; subordination; concatenation; connection; reliance; trust.
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Any long series of action, the parts of which have very much dependency each on the other. Sir J. Reynolds.
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So that they may acknowledge their dependency on the crown of England. Bacon.
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2. A thing hanging down; a dependence.
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3. That which is attached to something else as its consequence, subordinate, satellite, and the like.
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This earth and its dependencies. T. Burnet.
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Modes I call such complex ideas which . . . are considered as dependencies on or affections of substances. Locke.
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4. A territory remote from the kingdom or state to which it belongs, but subject to its dominion; a colony; as, Great Britain has its dependencies in Asia, Africa, and America.
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&hand_; Dependence is more used in the abstract, and dependency in the concrete. The latter is usually restricted in meaning to 3 and 4.
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Dependent
De*pend"ent (?), a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr. dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.] 1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
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2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of independent. [Narrower terms: interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial; parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking; subordinate; underage; myrmecophilous; symbiotic] Also See: unfree.
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England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank. Macaulay.
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3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of unconditional.
Syn. -- qualified.
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4. addicted to drugs.
Syn. -- addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out.
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Dependent covenant or Dependent contract (Law), one not binding until some connecting stipulation is performed. -- Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the independent variable.
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Dependent
De*pend"ent, n. 1. One who depends; one who is sustained by another, or who relies on another for financial support or favor; a hanger-on; a retainer; as, a numerous train of dependents.
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A host of dependents on the court, suborned to play their part as witnesses. Hallam.
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2. That which depends; corollary; consequence.
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With all its circumstances