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adjective see David I
I. biographical name Jo 1883-1952 American sculptor II. biographical name Randall Thomas 1848-1930 archbishop of Canterbury (1903-28)
geographical name city SE Florida population 75,720
I. biographical name Arthur Bowen 1862-1928 American painter II. biographical name (William) Robertson 1913-1995 Canadian author
Dávila Padilla
biographical name Agustín 1562-1604 Mexican monk & historian
I. biographical name Bette 1908-1989 originally Ruth Elizabeth Davis American actress II. biographical name Dwight Filley 1879-1945 American statesman III. biographical ...
Davis Mountains
geographical name mountains W Texas N of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
Davis Strait
geographical name strait connecting Baffin Bay with the Atlantic
biographical name Clinton Joseph 1881-1958 American physicist
noun Etymology: Middle English daviot, from Anglo-French, from Middle French daviet joiner's cramp, diminutive of david cramp, probably from the name David Date: 15th century ...
biographical name Louis-Nicolas 1770-1823 Duc d'Auerstädt & Prince d'Eckmühl marshal of France
biographical name Sir Humphry 1778-1829 English chemist
Davy Jones
noun Date: 1751 the bottom of the sea personified
Davy Jones's locker
noun Date: circa 1777 the bottom of the ocean
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dagian; akin to Old High German tagēn to dawn, Old English dæg day Date: 13th century chiefly Scottish ...
verb (dawdled; dawdling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1656 intransitive verb 1. to spend time idly 2. to move lackadaisically transitive verb to spend ...
noun see dawdle
biographical name Charles Gates 1865-1951 American lawyer & financier; vice president of United States (1925-29)
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, probably back-formation from dawning daybreak, alteration of dawing, from Old English dagung, from dagian Date: 15th century 1. ...
dawn horse
noun Date: 1930 eohippus
dawn redwood
noun Date: 1948 a metasequoia (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) of China resembling the coast redwood but having deciduous foliage
I. biographical name Sir John William 1820-1899 Canadian geologist II. geographical name city N Canada in Yukon population 1251
geographical name commune SW France in the Landes on the Adour NE of Biarritz population 20,119
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dæg; akin to Old High German tag day Date: before 12th century 1. a. the time of light between one night and the next b. ...
I. biographical name Clarence Shepard, Jr. 1874-1935 American author II. biographical name Thomas 1748-1789 English author III. biographical name William Rufus 1849-1923 ...
day after day
phrasal for an indefinite or seemingly endless number of days
day care
noun Date: 1945 1. supervision of and care for children or disabled adults that is provided during the day by a person or organization 2. a program, facility, or ...
day in, day out
phrasal for an indefinite number of successive days
day job
noun Date: 1977 one's regular employment as contrasted with an occasional, secondary, or coveted job
day laborer
noun Date: 1548 one who works for daily wages especially as an unskilled laborer
day letter
noun Date: circa 1913 a telegram sent during the day that has a lower priority than a regular telegram
day nursery
noun Date: 1844 a public center for the care and training of young children; specifically nursery school
Day of Atonement
Date: 1611 Yom Kippur
day one
noun Usage: often capitalized D&O Date: 1971 the first day or very beginning of something
day school
noun Date: 1831 an elementary or secondary school held on weekdays; specifically a private school without boarding facilities
day student
noun Date: 1883 a student who attends regular classes at a college or preparatory school but does not live at the institution
day trader
noun Date: 1953 a speculator who seeks profit from the intraday fluctuation in the price of a security or commodity by completing double trades of buying and selling or ...
trademark — used for fluorescent materials or colors
biographical name Cecil 1904-1972 pseudonym Nicholas Blake British writer; poet laureate (1968-72)
adjective Date: 1941 developing and maturing regardless of relative length of alternating exposures to light and dark periods — used especially of a plant; compare long-day, ...
adjective Date: 1862 1. taking place, made, or done in the course of days ; also everyday 2. providing for a day at a time with little thought for the future
noun or verb see day trader
noun Date: 1897 one who takes a trip that does not last overnight
also Dyak noun (plural Dayaks or Dayak; also Dyaks or Dyak) Etymology: Malay, literally, up-country Date: 1836 a member of any of several Indonesian peoples of the interior ...
biographical name Moshe 1915-1981 Israeli soldier & politician
noun Date: 1679 1. a chaise longue of a type made 1680-1780 2. a couch that can be converted into a bed
noun Date: 1580 diary, journal
noun Date: 1530 dawn
I. noun Date: 1685 a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination • daydreamlike adjective II. intransitive verb Date: 1820 to have a daydream • ...
noun see daydream II
adjective see daydream I
noun Date: circa 1688 any of a genus (Commelina) of herbs of the spiderwort family having one petal smaller than the other two; especially a blue-flowered Asian herb (C. ...
noun Date: circa 1960 airglow seen during the day
noun Date: 13th century 1. the light of day 2. daytime 3. dawn 4. a. knowledge or understanding of something that has been obscure b. the quality or state of ...
daylight saving
noun see daylight saving time
daylight saving time
noun Date: 1919 time usually one hour ahead of standard time — called also daylight saving, daylight savings, daylight savings time, daylight time
daylight savings
noun see daylight saving time
daylight savings time
noun see daylight saving time
daylight time
noun see daylight saving time
noun Date: 1929 illumination of indoor spaces by natural light
noun Date: 1597 any of various Eurasian perennial herbs (genus Hemerocallis) of the lily family that have short-lived flowers resembling lilies and are widespread in ...
adjective Date: 1855 lasting all day
noun Etymology: day + -mare (as in nightmare) Date: 1737 a nightmarish fantasy experienced while awake
noun Date: 1823 a room (as in a hospital) equipped for relaxation and recreation
adverb Date: before 12th century in the daytime repeatedly ; on any day
noun Date: 1963 the side of a planet in sunlight
noun Date: before 12th century 1. morning star 2. sun 1a
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1535 the time during which there is daylight
adverb Date: 1854 days
geographical name city SW Ohio on Miami River population 166,179
Daytona Beach
geographical name city NE Florida population 64,112
transitive verb (dazed; dazing) Etymology: Middle English dasen, from Old Norse *dasa; akin to Old Norse dasask to become exhausted Date: 14th century 1. to stupefy ...
adverb see daze
noun see daze
verb (dazzled; dazzling) Etymology: frequentative of daze Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to lose clear vision especially from looking at bright light 2. a. ...
noun see dazzle
adverb see dazzle
abbreviation decibel
symbol dubnium
abbreviation daybook
abbreviation doctor of business administration
noun Etymology: di- + brom- + chlor- + propane Date: 1967 a compound C3H5Br2Cl used especially formerly as an agricultural pesticide that is a suspected carcinogen and cause ...
abbreviation Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
abbreviation diameter at breast height
or dble abbreviation double
abbreviation see dbl
abbreviation database management system
abbreviation direct broadcast satellite
abbreviation 1. [Italian da capo] from the beginning 2. decimal classification 3. direct current 4. District of Columbia 5. doctor of chiropractic 6. double crochet
abbreviation doctor of chemical engineering
abbreviation 1. doctor of canon law 2. doctor of civil law
abbreviation 1. dated 2. delivered
abbreviation 1. days after date 2. demand draft 3. dishonorable discharge 4. doctor of divinity 5. due date
noun Usage: often all capitalized Etymology: di- + deoxy + cytidine Date: 1986 a synthetic nucleoside C9H13N3O3 that inhibits replication of retroviruses and is used in the ...
abbreviation Dewey Decimal Classification
noun Etymology: dichlor- + diphenyl + dichlor- Date: 1946 an insecticide C14H10Cl4 closely related chemically and similar in properties to DDT
noun Etymology: dichlor- + diphenyl + ethylene Date: 1949 a persistent organochlorine C15H8Cl4 that is produced by the metabolic breakdown of DDT
noun Usage: often all capitalized Etymology: di- + deoxy + inosine, a nucleoside Date: 1988 a synthetic nucleoside C10H12N4O3 having properties and uses similar to those of ...
abbreviation doctor of dental surgery
noun Etymology: dichlor- + diphenyl + trichlor- (from tri- + chlor-) Date: 1943 a colorless odorless water-insoluble insecticide C14H9Cl5 that is an aromatic organochlorine ...
noun Etymology: dimethyl + dichlor- + vinyl + phosphate Date: 1954 dichlorvos
abbreviation 1. defensive end 2. Delaware 3. diatomaceous earth 4. doctor of engineering
de bonne grâce
foreign term Etymology: French with good grace ; willingly
de facto
I. adverb Etymology: Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact Date: 1601 in reality ; actually II. adjective Date: circa 1689 1. actual; especially being such in effect ...
De Forest
biographical name Lee 1873-1961 American inventor
de Gaulle
biographical name Charles — see gaulle
de Gaullism
noun Date: 1943 Gaullism • de Gaullist noun
de Gaullist
noun see de Gaullism
De Gennes
biographical name Pierre-Gilles 1932- French physicist
de gustibus non est disputandum
foreign term Etymology: Latin there is no disputing about tastes
de haut en bas
adjective or adverb Etymology: French, literally, from top to bottom Date: 1696 of superiority ; of or with condescension
de integro
foreign term Etymology: Latin anew ; afresh
de jure
adverb or adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin Date: 1611 1. by right ; of right 2. based on laws or actions of the state
De Kalb
geographical name city N Illinois population 39,018
de Klerk
biographical name F(rederik) W(illem) 1936- president of Republic of South Africa (1989-94); vice president (1994-96)
de Kooning
biographical name Willem 1904-1997 American (Dutch-born) painter
de Kruif
biographical name Paul Henry 1890-1971 American bacteriologist & author
de l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace
foreign term Etymology: French audacity, more audacity, and ever more audacity
de l'Orme
biographical name see Delorme
de la Mare
biographical name Walter John 1873-1956 English poet & novelist
De La Rey
biographical name Jacobus Hercules 1847-1914 Boer general & statesman
De La Warr
biographical name Baron 1577-1618 Thomas West; Lord Delaware English colonial administrator in America
De Long
biographical name George Washington 1844-1881 American naval officer & explorer
de mal en pis
foreign term Etymology: French from bad to worse
de Mille
biographical name Agnes George 1905-1993 American dancer & choreographer
de minimis
adjective Etymology: New Latin, concerning trifles Date: 1952 lacking significance or importance ; so minor as to merit disregard
de minimis non curat lex
foreign term Etymology: Latin the law takes no account of trifles
De Morgan
biographical name William Frend 1839-1917 English artist & novelist
de mortuis nil nisi bonum
foreign term Etymology: Latin of the dead (say) nothing but good
de nos jours
foreign term Etymology: French of our time ; contemporary — used postpositively especially after a proper name
de novo
adverb or adjective Etymology: Latin Date: 1536 over again ; anew
de profundis
foreign term Etymology: Latin out of the depths
De Quincey
biographical name Thomas 1785-1859 English author
de rigueur
adjective Etymology: French Date: 1833 prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom ; proper
De Seversky
biographical name Alexander Procofieff 1894-1974 American (Russian-born) aeronautical engineer
de Soto
biographical name Hernando — see Soto, de
De Soto
geographical name city NE Texas S of Dallas population 37,646
de Stijl
noun Etymology: Dutch De Stijl, literally, the style, magazine published by members of the school Date: 1917 a school of art founded in Holland in 1917 typically using ...
de te fabula narratur
foreign term Etymology: Latin the story applies to you
de trop
adjective Etymology: French Date: 1752 too much or too many ; superfluous, excessive
de Valera
biographical name Eamon 1882-1975 Irish politician; prime minister of Ireland (1937-48; 1951-54; 1957-59); president of Ireland (1959-73)
De Vere
biographical name Aubrey Thomas 1814-1902 Irish poet
De Voto
biographical name Bernard Augustine 1897-1955 American author
De Vries
biographical name Hugo — see Vries, de
De Wet
biographical name Christiaan Rudolph — see Wet, de
De Witt
biographical name Johan — see Witt, de
De Witte
biographical name Emanuel — see Witt, de
biographical name see Piero della Francesca
prefix Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French de-, des-, partly from Latin de- from, down, away (from de, preposition) and partly from Latin dis-; Latin de akin to Old ...
noun see de-emphasize
transitive verb Date: 1938 to reduce in relative importance; also play down • de-emphasis noun
transitive verb Date: 1886 to disconnect from a source of electricity ; shut off the power to
verb Date: 1964 transitive verb limit 2b intransitive verb to decrease in extent, volume, or scope • de-escalation noun • de-escalatory adjective
noun see de-escalate
adjective see de-escalate
transitive verb Date: 1941 1. to reduce the level of skill needed for (a job) 2. to reduce the level of skill needed for a job by (a worker)
noun Date: 1951 the discrediting of Stalin and his policies
intransitive verb Date: 1979 to release bodily or mental tension ; unwind
abbreviation Drug Enforcement Administration
transitive verb Date: 1972 to sell or otherwise dispose of (an item in a collection) • deaccession noun
noun see deacidify
transitive verb Date: 1786 to remove acid from ; reduce the acidity of (as by neutralization) • deacidification noun
noun Etymology: Middle English dekene, from Old English dēacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos, literally, servant, from dia- + -konos (akin to enkonein to be ...
deacon's bench
noun Date: 1922 a bench with usually spindled arms and back
noun Date: 15th century a woman chosen to assist in the church ministry; specifically one in a Protestant order
transitive verb Date: 1926 to make inactive or ineffective • deactivation noun • deactivator noun
noun see deactivate
noun see deactivate
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English deed, from Old English dēad; akin to Old Norse dauthr dead, deyja to die, Old High German tōt dead — more at die Date: before 12th ...
dead air
noun Date: circa 1943 a period of silence especially during a broadcast
dead bolt
noun Date: circa 1902 a lock bolt that is moved by turning a knob or key without action of a spring
dead duck
noun Date: 1943 one that is doomed
dead end
noun Date: 1886 1. an end (as of a street) without an exit 2. a position, situation, or course of action that leads to nothing further
dead hand
noun Date: 14th century 1. mortmain 1 2. the oppressive influence of the past
dead heat
noun Date: 1796 a tie with no single winner of a race; broadly tie
dead horse
noun Date: 1830 an exhausted or profitless topic or issue — usually used in the phrases beat a dead horse and flog a dead horse
dead in the water
phrasal 1. incapable of being effective ; stalled 2. as good as dead ; doomed
dead letter
noun Date: 1627 1. something that has lost its force or authority without being formally abolished 2. a letter that is undeliverable and unreturnable by the post office
dead lift
noun Date: 1963 a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is lifted from the floor to hip level • deadlift transitive verb
dead load
noun Date: circa 1888 a constant load in a structure (as a bridge, building, or machine) that is due to the weight of the members, the supported structure, and permanent ...
dead man's float
noun Date: circa 1946 a prone floating position with the arms extended forward
dead march
noun Date: 1591 a solemn march for a funeral
dead meat
noun Date: 1849 one that is doomed
dead metaphor
noun Date: 1922 a word or phrase (as time is running out) that has lost its metaphoric force through common usage
dead presidents
noun plural Date: 1944 slang U.S. money in the form of bills; specifically dollars
dead reckon
verb see dead reckoning
dead reckoning
noun Date: 1613 1. the determination without the aid of celestial observations of the position of a ship or aircraft from the record of the courses sailed or flown, the ...
Dead Sea
or biblical Salt Sea or Latin Lacus Asphaltites geographical name salt lake about 50 miles (80 kilometers) long on boundary between Israel & Jordan area 370 square miles (962 ...
dead space
noun Date: circa 1923 the portion of the respiratory system which is external to the bronchioles and through which air must pass to reach the bronchioles and alveoli
dead to rights
phrasal with no chance of escape or excuse ; red-handed
dead-air space
noun Date: 1902 an unventilated air space
dead-cat bounce
noun Etymology: from the facetious notion that even a dead cat would bounce slightly if dropped from a sufficient height Date: 1985 a brief and insignificant recovery (as of ...
I. adjective Date: 1919 1. a. lacking opportunities especially for advancement b. lacking an exit 2. unruly • dead-endedness noun II. intransitive verb Date: ...
noun see dead-end I
adjective Date: circa 1889 exactly correct or accurate
dead-stick landing
noun Date: circa 1917 a landing of an airplane or spacecraft made without power
adjective Date: 1993 being the print version of a work available in both print and electronic formats
I. noun Date: 1863 1. loafer 2. one who persistently fails to pay personal debts or expenses II. adjective Date: circa 1864 having a pointer that gives a reading with ...
verb (deadened; deadening) Date: 1613 transitive verb 1. to impair in vigor or sensation ; blunt 2. a. to deprive of brilliance b. to make vapid or spiritless ...
noun see deaden
noun Date: circa 1874 material used to soundproof walls or floors
adverb see deaden
noun Date: 1748 1. a rounded wood block encircled by a rope or an iron band and having holes to receive the lanyard that is used especially to set up shrouds and stays 2. an ...
noun Date: 1598 1. a trap so constructed that a weight (as a heavy log) falls on an animal and kills or disables it 2. a tangled mass of fallen trees and branches
I. noun Date: 1841 1. one who has not paid for a ticket 2. a dull or stupid person 3. a partially submerged log II. verb Date: 1911 intransitive verb 1. to make ...
transitive verb see dead lift
noun Date: 1726 a metal cover or shutter fitted to a port to keep out light and water
noun Date: 1864 1. a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot 2. a. a date or time before which something must be done b. ...
noun see deadly I
noun Date: 1779 1. a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions ; standstill 2. a tie score ...
I. adjective (deadlier; -est) Date: before 12th century 1. likely to cause or capable of producing death 2. a. aiming to kill or destroy ; implacable b. highly ...
deadly nightshade
noun Date: 1578 belladonna 1
deadly sin
noun Date: 13th century one of seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth held to be fatal to spiritual progress
noun Date: 1965 an anchor (as a metal plate) buried in snow and used (as in mountain climbing) to secure a rope
noun see dead I
I. adjective Date: circa 1928 marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression • deadpan adverb II. noun Date: circa 1930 1. a completely ...
noun see deadpan III
noun Date: 1659 1. the unrelieved weight of an inert mass 2. dead load 3. a ship's load including the total weight of cargo, fuel, stores, crew, and passengers
deadweight ton
noun Date: circa 1917 a long ton used in indicating a ship's gross capacity — abbreviation dwt
noun Date: 15th century 1. wood dead on the tree 2. useless personnel or material 3. solid timbers built in at the extreme bow and stern of a ship when too narrow to ...
transitive verb Date: 1791 to remove air or gas from • deaeration noun • deaerator noun
noun see deaerate
noun see deaerate
adjective Etymology: Middle English deef, from Old English dēaf; akin to Greek typhlos blind, typhein to smoke, Latin fumus smoke — more at fume Date: before 12th century 1. ...
noun Date: 1934 British hearing aid
noun Date: circa 1837 often offensive a deaf person who cannot speak • deaf-mute adjective, often offensive
transitive verb (deafened; deafening) Date: 1597 to make deaf
adjective Date: 1597 1. that deafens 2. very loud ; earsplitting 3. very noticeable • deafeningly adverb
adverb see deafening
adjective see deaf
adverb see deaf
noun see deaf
biographical name Ferenc 1803-1876 Hungarian statesman
I. noun Etymology: Middle English deel, from Old English dǣl; akin to Old English dāl division, portion, Old High German teil part Date: before 12th century 1. obsolete ...
adjective Date: 1904 divested of the wings — used of postnuptial adults of insects (as ants) that drop their wings after a nuptial flight • dealation noun
noun see dealated
noun see deal II
noun Date: 1916 an authorized sales agency
noun Etymology: 4deal Date: 1845 any of several silvery ribbonfishes (genus Trachipterus, especially T. arcticus) inhabiting deep seas
noun Date: 15th century 1. method of business ; manner of conduct 2. plural friendly or business interactions
dealing box
noun Date: 1897 a case that holds a deck of playing cards so that they may be dealt one by one
noun Etymology: de- + amino + -ase Date: 1920 an enzyme that hydrolyzes amino compounds (as amino acids) with removal of the amino group
transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Date: 1926 to remove the amino group from (a compound) • deamination noun
noun see deaminate
noun Etymology: Middle English deen, from Anglo-French deen, deien, from Late Latin decanus chief of ten, from Greek dekanos, from deka ten — more at ten Date: 13th century ...
biographical name Sir Patrick 1909-1994 British diplomat
dean's list
noun Date: circa 1926 a list of students receiving special recognition from the dean of a college because of superior scholarship
Dean, Forest of
geographical name forested district SW England in W Gloucestershire between Severn & Wye rivers; an ancient royal forest
biographical name Silas 1737-1789 American lawyer & diplomat
noun (plural -eries) Date: 15th century the office, jurisdiction, or official residence of a clerical dean
noun see dean
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English dere, from Old English dēor Date: before 12th century severe, sore II. adjective Etymology: Middle English dere, from Old English ...
Dear John
noun Date: 1945 a letter (as to a soldier) in which a wife asks for a divorce or a girlfriend breaks off an engagement or a friendship
geographical name city SE Michigan population 97,775
Dearborn Heights
geographical name city SE Michigan W of Detroit population 58,264
adverb Date: 13th century 1. with affection ; fondly 2. heartily, earnestly 3. at a high rate or price
noun see dear II
noun Etymology: Middle English derthe, from Old English *dierth, from dēore dear Date: 13th century 1. scarcity that makes dear; specifically famine 2. an inadequate ...
adverb Etymology: Scottish Gaelic deiseil, from Middle Irish dessel, from Old Irish dess right, south + sel turn; akin to Latin dexter right hand — more at dexter Date: 1771 ...
noun Etymology: Middle English deeth, from Old English dēath; akin to Old Norse dauthi death, deyja to die — more at die Date: before 12th century 1. a. a permanent ...
death benefit
noun Date: 1921 money payable to the beneficiary of a deceased
death camas
noun Date: circa 1889 any of several plants (genus Zigadenus) of the lily family that cause poisoning of livestock in the western United States
death camp
noun Date: 1944 a concentration camp in which large numbers of prisoners are systematically killed
death cap
noun Date: 1925 a very poisonous mushroom (Amanita phalloides) of deciduous woods of North America and Europe that varies in color from pure white to olive or yellow and has a ...
death cup
noun see death cap

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