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dabbler
dab·bler (dăbʹlər) n. One who engages in an activity superficially or without serious intent. See Synonyms at amateur. * * *
dabbling duck
any of numerous shallow-water ducks, esp. of the genus Anas, that typically feed by upending and dabbling (contrasted with diving duck). * * * Any of about 43 species (tribe ...
dabblingduck
dab·bling duck (dăbʹlĭng) n. Any of various ducks, chiefly of the genus Anas, including the mallards, teals, and shovelers, that feed by dabbling in shallow water and are ...
dabchick
/dab"chik'/, n. any of various small grebes, esp. the little grebe. [1565-75; earlier dapchick (see DAP, CHICK); cf. doppened moorhen (lit., dipping duck)] * * *
dabhand
dab hand n. A person skilled in a particular activity; an expert: a dab hand at gardening. * * *
Dabie Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Dabie Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ta-pieh Shan        mountain range in central China. Aligned roughly along a ...
Dabola
▪ Guinea       town, central Guinea, western Africa, situated at the eastern edge of the Fouta Djallon plateau near the Bouka branch of the Tinkisso River. Dabola lies ...
Dabrowa Górnicza
Dą·bro·wa Gór·ni·cza (dôm-brôʹvə go͝or-nēʹchə) A city of southern Poland northeast of Katowice. It has been a coal-mining center since the 1790s. Population: ...
Dąbrowa Górnicza
Dą·bro·wa Gór·ni·cza (dôm-brôʹvə go͝or-nēʹchə) A city of southern Poland northeast of Katowice. It has been a coal-mining center since the 1790s. Population: ...
Dąbrowska, Maria
▪ Polish author and critic née  Marja Szumska  born October 6, 1889, Russów, Poland died May 19, 1965, Warsaw       Polish novelist and critic, a major 20th-century ...
Dąbrowski, Jan Henryk
▪ Polish general Dąbrowski also spelled  Dombrowski   born Aug. 2 or 29, 1755, Pierzchowice, near Kraków, Pol. died June 6, 1818, Winnogóra  general, regarded as a ...
dabs
dabs [dabz] pl.n. [Brit. Slang] fingerprints * * *
dabster
/dab"steuhr/, n. 1. Slang. an expert. 2. Informal. a person who works in a superficial or clumsy manner; dabbler. [1700-10; DAB3 + -STER] * * *
Dacang Jing
▪ Buddhist literature Chinese“Great Storehouse Scripture”Wade-Giles romanization Ta-ts'ang Ching  Japanese  Daizō-kyō        the total body of Buddhist ...
dacapo
da ca·po (dä käʹpō) adv. Music Abbr. DC From the beginning. Used as a direction to repeat a passage.   [Italian : da, from + capo, head.] * * *
dacarbazine
/deuh kahr"beuh zeen'/, n. Pharm. a toxic, light-sensitive powder, C6H10N6O, used in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease and metastatic malignant melanoma. [1960-65; contr. and ...
Dacca
/dak"euh, dah"keuh/, n. Dhaka. * * *
dace
/days/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) dace, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) daces. 1. a small, freshwater cyprinoid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus, of Europe, having a ...
Dach, Simon
▪ German poet born July 29, 1605, Memel, East Prussia [now in Lithuania] died April 15, 1659, Königsberg [now Kaliningrad, Russia]  Prussian poet who was best known as the ...
dacha
/dah"cheuh/, n. a Russian country house or villa. Also, datcha. [1895-1900; < Russ dácha, orig., allotment of land; c. Serbo-Croatian daca, Slovene dáca tribute < Slavic ...
Dachau
/dah"kow/; Ger. /dah"khow/, n. a city in SE Germany, near Munich: site of Nazi concentration camp. 33,200. * * * First Nazi concentration camp in Germany, established in ...
Daché
/da shay"/; Fr. /dann shay"/, n. Lilly, born 1914?, U.S. hat designer, born in France. * * *
Daché, Lilly
▪ American milliner born c. 1904, Beigles, France died Dec. 31, 1989, Louvecienne       French-born milliner who established a flourishing hat business in the United ...
Dachlan, Kijai Hadji Ahmad
▪ founder of Muhammadiyah born 1868, Jogjakarta, Java died Feb. 23, 1923       founder of Muhammadiyah, an Islāmic reform movement with great impact on the practice ...
dachshund
/dahks"hoont', -hoond', -euhnd, daks"-, dash"-/, n. one of a German breed of dogs having short legs, a long body and ears, and a usually tan or black-and-tan coat. [1840-50; < G, ...
Dachstein
▪ mountain, Austria       mountain massif of the northern Alps, Austria, reaching its maximum elevation at Hoher Dachstein (9,826 feet [2,995 metres]). Among the ...
Dacia
/day"shee euh, -sheuh/, n. an ancient kingdom and later a Roman province in S Europe between the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube, corresponding generally to modern Rumania ...
Dacian
See Dacia. * * *
Dacier, André
▪ French scholar and translator born April 6, 1651, Castres, France died Sept. 18, 1722, Paris       classical scholar and translator who with his wife, Anne Dacier ...
Dacier, Anne
▪ French scholar and translator née  Lefèbvre   born 1654, Preuilly-sur-Claise, Fr. died Aug. 17, 1720, Paris       classical commentator, translator, and editor, ...
dacite
da·cite (dāʹsīt') n. A light gray volcanic rock containing a mixture of plagioclase and other crystalline minerals in glassy silica, similar in appearance to ...
Dacke War
▪ Swedish history also called  Dacke Rebellion        (1542–43), a Swedish peasant revolt against the autocratic Reformation policies of Gustav I Vasa (ruled ...
dacker
/dak"euhr, dah"keuhr/, v.i. Scot. and North Eng. 1. to totter or stagger. 2. to waver or shake. 3. to saunter; move slowly or idly. 4. to vacillate; act irresolutely or ...
Dacko
/dak"oh, dah"koh/, n. David, born 1930, African statesman: president of the Central African Republic (now Central African Empire) 1960-66. * * *
Dacko, David
▪ 2004       Central African Republic politician (b. March 24, 1930, Bouchia, Moyen Congo, French Equatorial Africa—d. Nov. 20, 2003, Yaoundé, Cameroon), was twice ...
dacoit
/deuh koyt"/, n. (in India and Burma) a member of a class of criminals who engage in organized robbery and murder. Also, dakoit. [1800-10; < Hindi dakait] * * *
dacoity
/deuh koy"tee/, n., pl. dacoities. (in India and Burma) gang robbery; robbery by dacoits. Also, dakoity. [1810-20; < Hindi dakaiti, deriv. of dakait DACOIT] * * *
Dacorum
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Hertfordshire, England. The borough, in the northwestern corner of ...
dacquoise
Fr. /dann kwannz"/, n. a dessert consisting of baked layers of nut-flavored meringue with a cream filling, sometimes with the addition of fruit, served chilled. [ < F, fem. of ...
Dacron
/day"kron, dak"ron/, Trademark. a brand of polyester textile fiber that is wrinkle-resistant and strong. * * *
dacryo-
a combining form meaning "tear," used in the formation of compound words; dacryorrhea. Also, esp. before a vowel, dacry-. [ < Gk dakryo-, comb. form repr. dákry or dákryon ...
dacryocystitis
▪ pathology       inflammation and infection of the lacrimal sac, usually stemming from obstruction of the flow of tears into the nose. Tears leave the eye through small ...
dacryon
/dak"ree on'/, n., pl. dacrya /-ree euh/. Anat. the point of junction of the maxillary, lacrimal, and frontal bones. [1875-80; < NL < Gk dákryon a tear (var. of DÁKRY); see ...
dacryorrhea
/dak'ree euh ree"euh/, n. Med. excessive flow of tears. [DACRYO- + -RRHEA] * * *
dactinomycin
/dak'teuh noh muy"sin/, n. Pharm. a cytotoxic polypeptide, C62H86N12O16, isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces parvullus, used in the treatment of certain cancers. Also called ...
dactyl
/dak"til/, n. 1. Pros. a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in ...
Dactyl
/dak"til/, n., pl. Dactyls, Dactyli /-ti luy'/. Class. Myth. any of a number of beings dwelling on Mount Ida and working as metalworkers and magicians. Also, Daktyl. [ < Gk ...
Dactylella
▪ fungal genus       a genus of 30 species of fungi in the order Helotiales (phylum Ascomycota, kingdom Fungi) that exists as asexual forms (anamorphs) and captures and ...
dactylic
—dactylically, adv. /dak til"ik/, adj. 1. of, containing, or characterized by dactyls: dactylic hexameter; a dactylic line. 2. of a dactyl. n. 3. a dactylic verse. [1580-90; < ...
dactylically
See dactylic. * * *
dactylo-
a combining form meaning "finger," "toe," used in the formation of compound words: dactylomegaly. Also, dactyl-. [ < Gk, comb. form repr. dáktylos finger, toe] * * *
dactylogram
/dak til"euh gram'/, n. a fingerprint. [1910-15; DACTYLO- + -GRAM1] * * *
dactylographic
See dactylography. * * *
dactylography
—dactylographer, n. —dactylographic /dak'teuh leuh graf"ik/, adj. /dak'teuh log"reuh fee/, n. the study of fingerprints for purposes of identification. [1880-85; DACTYLO- + ...
dactylology
/dak'teuh lol"euh jee/, n., pl. dactylologies. the technique of communicating by signs made with the fingers, esp. in the manual alphabets used by the deaf. [1650-60; DACTYLO- + ...
dactylomegaly
/dak'teuh loh meg"euh lee/, n. Med. abnormal enlargement of the fingers or toes. [DACTYLO- + -MEGALY] * * *
Dactylorhiza
▪ plant  genus of orchids, family Orchidaceae, containing about 30 species of plants with palmately lobed root tubers. They grow in meadows and damp places throughout Eurasia ...
dactyloscopy
/dak'teuh los"keuh pee/, n. a method of studying fingerprints to establish identification. [1905-10; DACTYLO- + -SCOPY] * * *
dactylus
/dak"teuh leuhs/, n., pl. dactyli /-luy', -lee'/. an enlarged portion of the leg after the first joint in some insects, as the pollen-carrying segment in the hind leg of certain ...
dad
dad1 /dad/, n. Informal. father. [1490-1500; prob. orig. nursery word] dad2 /dad/, interj. Informal. God (used in combination in mild oaths): dad-blamed; dad-gummed. [1670-80; ...
dad-blamed
/dad"blaymd"/, adj., adv. damned (used as a euphemism in expressions of surprise, disgust, anger, etc.): The dad-blamed car got stuck in a snowdrift. He's so dad-blamed sure of ...
dad-blasted
/dad"blas"tid, -blahs"-/, adj., adv. damned (used as a euphemism in expressions of surprise, disgust, anger, etc.): The dad-blasted door won't lock. What makes you so dad-blasted ...
dad-burned
/dad"berrnd"/, adj., adv. damned (used as a euphemism in expressions of surprise, disgust, anger, etc.): I ruined the whole dad-burned batch. You're dad-burned right I ...
dad-gummed
/dad"gumd"/, adj., adv. damned (used as a euphemism to express anger, irritation, surprise, etc.). Also, dad-gum. [1940-45, Amer.; euphemistic alter. of GODDAMNED] * * *
dada
—dadaism, n. —dadaist, n. —dadaistic, adj. —dadaistically, adv. /dah"dah/, n. (sometimes cap.) the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early ...
Dadaism
See Dada. * * *
Dadaist
See Dadaism. * * *
Dadaistic
See Dadaism. * * *
Daddah
/dad"euh, dah"dah/, n. Mokhtar Ould /mohkh tahr" owld/, born 1924, Mauritanian statesman: president of the Republic of Mauritania 1961-78. * * *
Daddah, Moktar Ould
▪ 2004       Mauritanian politician (b. Dec. 25, 1924, Boutilimit, French West Africa—d. Oct. 15, 2003, Paris, France), as Mauritania's first postindependence ...
Daddi, Bernardo
born с 1290, Florence? died с 1355, Florence? Italian painter. He became one of the leading painters in Florence after the death of his teacher, Giotto. He directed a busy ...
daddy
/dad"ee/, n., pl. daddies, v., daddied, daddying. n. 1. a diminutive of dad1. 2. Slang. See sugar daddy. v.t. 3. Chiefly Appalachian. to father or sire. [1490-1500; DAD1 + -Y2] * ...
daddy longlegs
daddy longlegs [lôŋ′legz΄] n. pl. daddy longlegs 1. HARVESTMAN (sense 2) 2. CRANE FLY * * * or harvestman Any of the 3,400 arachnid species constituting the order ...
daddy-longlegs
/dad"ee lawng"legz', -long"-/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. Also called harvestman. any of numerous spiderlike arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a compact rounded ...
daddyish
See daddy. * * *
daddylonglegs
daddy long·legs (lôngʹlĕgz', lŏngʹ-) n. pl. daddy longlegs 1. Any of various arachnids of the order Phalangida, with a small rounded body and long slender legs. Also ...
daddytrack
daddy track n. A career path determined by work arrangements offering fathers certain benefits, such as flexible schedules, but usually providing them with fewer opportunities ...
Dadès River
▪ river, Morocco also called  Oued Dadès  or  Wadi Dadès        river in southern Morocco. It rises in the Atlas Mountains and flows south for 220 miles (350 ...
dadgum
dad·gum (dădʹgŭmʹ) adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Used as an intensive to express mild annoyance. See Regional Note at damned.   [Alteration of goddamn.] * * *
Dadié, Bernard Binlin
▪ Ivorian author born 1916, Assini, Côte d'Ivoire       Ivoirian poet, dramatist, novelist, and administrator whose works have been inspired both by traditional themes ...
dado
/day"doh/, n., pl. dadoes, dados, v. n. 1. Also called die. Archit. the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice or cap. See diag. under column. 2. the lower broad ...
dado head
a rotary cutter composed of several sawlike blades side by side, for cutting dadoes in wood. * * *
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar Haveli [də drä′ and nə gʉr′ hä′vel ē] territory of India (formerly two territories) consisting of an enclave on the S coast of Gujarat state: 190 sq ...
Dadu
Wade-Giles romanization  Ta-tu , also spelled  Taidu , Mongol  Khanbaliq        the name given to the city of Beijing (from 1272) when it was the capital ...
Dādū
▪ Hindu saint born 1544, Ahmadabad, India died c. 1603, Naraina       Hindu-Muslim saint who inspired the formation of a sect called Dādū Panth.       A cotton ...
Dadullah, Mullah
▪ 2008 Dadullah Akhund        Afghan guerrilla commander born 1966? , Uruzgan province, Afghan. died May 12, 2007, Helmand province, Afg. was a notoriously ruthless ...
Dad’s Army
a popular BBC television comedy series (1968–77) about an inefficient group of soldiers in the Home Guard whose job is to defend Warmington-on-Sea, an imaginary village on the ...
DAE
DAE abbrev. Dictionary of American English * * *
daedal
/deed"l/, adj. 1. skillful; ingenious. 2. cleverly intricate. 3. diversified. [1580-90; < L daedalus skillful < Gk daídalos, equiv. to daidál(lein) to work with skill + -os ...
Daedala
/deed"l euh/, n. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) either of two festivals held in ancient Boeotia in honor of the reconciliation of Hera with Zeus, one (Little Daedala) being held ...
Daedalean
See Daedalian. * * *
Daedalian
Daedalian or Daedalean [dē dāl′ē ən, dē dāl′yən] adj. 1. of Daedalus 2. [d-] DAEDAL * * * See Daedalus. * * *
Daedalic sculpture
or Daidalic sculpture Type of figurative sculpture attributed by later Greeks to the legendary Greek artist Daedalus (Daidalos), associated with Bronze Age Crete and early ...
Daedalid
/ded"l id/ or, esp. Brit., /deed"l id/, adj. 1. pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Attica from the middle to the end of the 7th century B.C., ...
Daedalion
/dee day"lee on'/, n. Class. Myth. a son of Lucifer who, despondent over the death of his daughter Chione, leaped off Parnassus: Apollo changed him into a hawk. * * *
Daedalus
—Daedalian, Daedalean /di day"lee euhn, -dayl"yeuhn/, Daedalic /di dal"ik/, adj. /ded"l euhs/ or, esp. Brit., /deed"l euhs/, n. Class. Myth. an Athenian architect who built the ...
Daehlie, Bjorn
▪ 1999       Norwegian cross-country skiing legend Bjørn Dæhlie rocketed into the record books in 1998 by shattering the previous marks for gold medals and total ...
Daehlie, Bjørn
▪ Norwegian skier born June 19, 1967, Elverum, Norway       Norwegian cross-country skier who holds the Winter Olympic records for the most medals won and the most gold ...
daemon
—daemonic /di mon"ik/, daemonistic /dee'meuh nis"tik/, adj. /dee"meuhn/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a. a god. b. a subordinate deity, as the genius of a place or a person's attendant ...
daemonian
/di moh"nee euhn/, n. demonian. * * *
daemonic
dae·mon·ic (dĭ-mŏnʹĭk) adj. Variant of demonic. * * *
daemonology
/dee'meuh nol"euh jee/, n. demonology. * * *
Daendels, Herman Willem
▪ governor general of Dutch East Indies born , Oct. 21, 1762, Hattem, Gelderland, Neth. died May 2, 1818, Elmina, Gold Coast [now Ghana]       soldier who fought with ...
daff
daff1 /daf/, v.i. Scot. and North Eng. to make sport; dally; play. [1525-35; v. use of daff (obs.) a fool, ME daffe (n.); see DAFT] daff2 /daf/, v.t. 1. Archaic. to turn or ...
daffadilly
/daf"euh dil'ee/, n., pl. daffadillies. Chiefly Brit. Dial. daffodil. Also, daffodilly. [by alter.; see -Y2] * * *
daffadowndilly
/daf'euh down'dil"ee/, n., pl. daffadowndillies. Chiefly Brit. Dial. daffodil. Also, daffodowndilly. [1565-75; by alter.] * * *
daffily
See daffy. * * *
daffiness
See daffily. * * *
daffing
/daf"ing/, n. Scot. and North Eng. 1. merriment; playful behavior; foolishness. 2. Archaic. insanity. [1525-35; DAFF1 + -ING1] * * *
daffodil
/daf"euh dil/, n. 1. a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring. 2. (formerly) any ...
Daffodils
a famous poem (1807, revised in 1815) by William Wordsworth. Its first lines are: I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw ...
daffy
—daffily, adv. —daffiness, n. /daf"ee/, adj., daffier, daffiest. Informal. silly; weak-minded; crazy. [1880-85; daff (obs.; see DAFF1) + -Y1] * * *
Daffy Duck
▪ cartoon character       cartoon character, a gangly, black-feathered duck whose explosive temperament and insatiable ego lead him into an endless series of comic ...
Daffy Duck{™}
a character in the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoon series. He first appeared in 1937. Daffy behaves in a crazy way and spits when he says the ‘s’ sound. See also ...
Dafoe, Willem
▪ American actor original name  William J. Dafoe  born July 22, 1955, Appleton, Wis., U.S.       American actor known for his versatility and willingness to appear in ...
daft
—daftly, adv. —daftness, n. /daft, dahft/, adj., dafter, daftest. 1. senseless, stupid, or foolish. 2. insane; crazy. 3. Scot. merry; playful; frolicsome. [bef. 1000; ME ...
daftly
See daft. * * *
daftness
See daftly. * * *
Dafydd ab Edmwnd
▪ Welsh poet flourished c. 1450–97       poet who authoritatively classified and defined the 24 Welsh bardic metres (announced at the Carmarthen eisteddfod, or poets' ...
Dafydd ap Gwilym
/dah"vidh ahp gwi"lim/ c1340-c1400, Welsh poet. * * * ▪ Welsh poet born c. 1320, probably at Brogynin, Cardiganshire, Wales   buried c. 1360, Strata Florida, ...
Dafydd Nanmor
▪ Welsh poet born before 1440, Nanmor, Merioneth, Wales died c. 1490, Whitland, Carmarthenshire?       Welsh poet, master of the cywydd form (characterized by rhyming ...
dag
dag1 /dag/, n., v., dagged, dagging. n. 1. one of a series of decorative scallops or foliations along the edge of a garment, cloth, etc. 2. Scot. daglock. v.t. 3. to edge (a ...
Dag
/dahg, dag/, n. a male given name. * * *
Dagan
/dah"gahn/, n. the Mesopotamian god of agriculture and the earth: a counterpart of the Phoenician and Philistine Dagon. * * * West Semitic god of crop fertility, father of ...
DAGC
DAGC abbr. Electronics delayed automatic gain control. * * *
Dagda
/dahg"deuh/, n. Irish Myth. a god, the chief of the Tuatha De Danann, the father of Angus Og and Brigit, and the leader of the battle against the Fomorians. Also, Daghda. * * ...
Dagenham
/dag"euh neuhm/, n. a former borough in Greater London, now a part of Barking and Redbridge. * * *
Dagens Nyheter
▪ Swedish newspaper Swedish“Daily News”       morning daily newspaper published in Stockholm. It is one of the largest and most influential newspapers in Sweden. ...
Dagerman, Stig
▪ Swedish writer born Oct. 5, 1923, Älvkarleby, Swed. died Nov. 4, 1954, Enebyberg, near Stockholm       Swedish short-story writer, novelist, and playwright whose ...
Dagestan
/dah'geuh stahn", dag'euh stan"/; Russ. /deuh gyi stahn"/, n. 1. an autonomous republic in the SW Russian Federation on the W shore of the Caspian Sea. 1,800,000; 19,421 sq. mi. ...
Dagestan rug
 usually small floor covering woven in the republic of Dagestan in the eastern Caucasus (Russia). Dagestan rugs are finer than the Kazakh types, but less fine than rugs from ...
Dagestani
See Dagestan. * * *
Dagestanian languages
also called  East Caucasian Languages,         group of languages spoken in the northeastern part of the Caucasus and including the Avar-Andi-Dido, the Lak-Dargin ...
dagga
/dag"euh/, n. South African. marijuana. [1670-75; < Afrik, first sp. da(c)cha, lit., hemp, orig. a similar indigenous plant of the genus Leontis < Khoikhoi; cf. Nama daxa-b] * * *
dagger
/dag"euhr/, n. 1. a short, swordlike weapon with a pointed blade and a handle, used for stabbing. 2. Also called obelisk. Print. a mark (†) used esp. for references. 3. look ...
dagger fern.
See Christmas fern. * * *
daggerboard
/dag"euhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. Naut. a removable board on a small sailboat, typically of small dimension fore and aft, lowered into the water through a trunk to serve as a keel. ...
daggerfern
dagger fern n. See Christmas fern. * * *
daggle
/dag"euhl/, v.t., v.i., daggled, daggling. Archaic. to drag or trail through mud, water, etc.; draggle; bemire. [1520-30; dag to bemire + -LE] * * *
Daghda
/dahg"deuh/, n. Irish Myth. Dagda. * * *
daglock
/dag"lok'/, n. Scot. a dangling, matted lock of wool on a sheep. [1615-25; DAG1 + LOCK2] * * *
Dagly, Gerhard
▪ Flemish artist born c. 1653, , Spa, Belg. died after 1714, ?, possibly Rhineland [Germany]       royal Kammerkünstler, or chamber artist, who, as one of the greatest ...
Dagmar
/dag"mahr/, n. a female given name: from Danish, meaning "day" and "glory." * * * ▪ 2002 Virginia Ruth Egnor        American comic actress (b. Nov. 29, 1921, Logan, ...
dago
/day"goh/, n., pl. dagos, dagoes. (often cap.) Slang (disparaging and offensive). a person of Italian or sometimes Spanish origin or descent. [1715-25, Amer.; alter. of Diego < ...
Dagö
/dahg"ue'/, n. Danish name of Hiiumaa. * * *
Dago red
Slang (offensive). a cheap red wine, esp. a jug wine of Italian origin. [1895-1900] * * *
dagoba
/dah"geuh beuh/, n. a dome-shaped memorial alleged to contain relics of Buddha or a Buddhist saint; stupa; chaitya. [1800-10; < Sinhalese dagoba < Pali dhatugabbha < Skt ...
Dagobert I
/dag"euh beuhrt/; Fr. /dann gaw berdd"/ A.D. 602?-639, Merovingian king of the Franks 628-639. * * * born 605 died Jan. 19, 639, Saint-Denis, France Last Frankish king of the ...
Dagobert II
▪ Merovingian king also called  Saint Dagobert   born c. 650 died Dec. 23, 679, near Stenay, Lorraine [now in France]; feast day December 23       Merovingian ...
Dagobert III
▪ Merovingian king born c. 698 died 715/716       Merovingian Frankish king who succeeded his father, Childebert III, in 711. For most of his reign the boy was ...
Dagomba
▪ people also called  Dagbamba        the dominant ethnic group in the chiefdom of Dagbon in the northern region of Ghana; they speak Dagbani (Dagbane), a language of ...
Dagon
/day"gon/, n. a Phoenician and Philistine god of agriculture and the earth: the national god of the Philistines. [ < L < Gk < Heb daghon] * * *
Dagu
/dah"gyuu"/, n. Pinyin. a fortified city in E Hebei province, in NE China, E of Tianjin: battles 1860, 1900. Also, Taku. * * *
Daguerre
/deuh gair"/; Fr. /dann gerdd"/, n. Louis Jacques Mandé /lwee zhahk mahonn day"/, 1789-1851, French painter and inventor of the daguerreotype. * * *
Daguerre, Louis (-Jacques-Mandé)
born Nov. 18, 1787, Cormeilles, Fr. died July 10, 1851, Bry-sur-Marne French inventor. Initially a scene painter for the opera, in 1822 he opened the Diorama, an exhibition of ...
Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé
Da·guerre (də-gârʹ, dä-gĕrʹ), Louis Jacques Mandé. 1789-1851. French artist and inventor of the daguerreotype process for obtaining positive photographic prints. * * *
Daguerre, Louis-Jacques-Mandé
▪ French painter and physicist born Nov. 18, 1787, Cormeilles, near Paris, France died July 10, 1851, Bry-sur-Marne  French painter and physicist who invented the first ...
daguerreotype
—daguerreotyper, daguerreotypist, n. —daguerreotypic /deuh gair'euh tip"ik, -ee euh tip"-/, adj. —daguerreotypy, n. /deuh gair"euh tuyp', -ee euh tuyp'/, n., v., ...
daguerreotyper
See daguerreotype. * * *
daguerreotypy
See daguerreotyper. * * *
Dagupan
▪ Philippines       city and port, western Luzon Island, Philippines. It lies on the southern shore of Lingayen Gulf near the mouth of the Dagupan River. It was founded ...
dagwood
dag·wood also Dag·wood (dăgʹwo͝od') n. A multilayered sandwich with a variety of fillings.   [After Dagwood Bumstead, a character who made such sandwiches in the comic ...
Dagwood (sandwich)
☆ Dagwood (sandwich) or Dagwood [dag′wood΄ ] n. 〚after Dagwood Bumstead, a comic-strip character created by Chic Young (1901-73), who made such sandwiches for himself〛 a ...
Dagwood sandwich
/dag"wood/ a thick sandwich filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, dressings, and condiments. Also called Dagwood. [named after Dagwood Bumstead, a character in the comic strip ...
dah
/dah/, n. an echoic word, the referent of which is a tone interval approximately three times the length of the dot, used to designate the dash of Morse code, International Morse ...
dahabeah
/dah'heuh bee"euh/, n. a large boat used on the Nile as a houseboat or for conveying passengers. Also, dahabeeyah, dahabiah. [1840-50; < Egyptian Ar dahabiyah] * * *
dahl
dahl [däl] n. alt. sp. of DAL1 * * * dahl (däl) n. 1. See pigeon pea. 2. or dal A thick creamy East Indian stew made with lentils or other legumes, onions, and various ...
Dahl
dahl [däl] n. alt. sp. of DAL1 * * * Dahl (däl), Roald. 1916-1990. British fiction and screenplay writer best known for his children's books, including James and the Giant ...
Dahl, Ole-Johan
▪ 2003       Norwegian computer scientist (b. Oct. 12, 1931, Mandal, Nor.—d. June 29, 2002), was cocreator of the first “object-oriented” computer programming ...
Dahl, Roald
born Sept. 13, 1916, Llandaff, Wales died Nov. 23, 1990, Oxford, Eng. British writer. A fighter pilot during World War II, he began his writing career when C.S. Forester ...
Dahlbeck, Eva
▪ 2009       Swedish actress and writer born March 8, 1920, Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Swed. died Feb. 8, 2008, Stockholm, Swed. played strong, wise women in several early ...
Dahlbergh, Eric, Count
▪ Swedish military officer born October 10, 1625, Stockholm, Sweden died January 16, 1703, Stockholm  Swedish soldier, civil servant, and graphic artist who served with ...
Dahlgren
/dal"greuhn/, n. John Adelphus Bernard, 1809-70, U.S. naval officer and inventor. * * *
Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
▪ American inventor born Nov. 13, 1809, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died July 12, 1870, Washington, D.C.  American inventor of the smooth-bore cannon that was, from its shape, ...
dahlia
/dal"yeuh, dahl"-/ or, esp. Brit., /dayl"-/, n. 1. any composite plant of the genus Dahlia, native to Mexico and Central America and widely cultivated for its showy, variously ...
Dahlmann, Friedrich
▪ German historian born May 13, 1785, Wismar, Swedish-held city in Mecklenburg [Germany] died Dec. 5, 1860, Bonn  prominent liberal historian and advocate of German ...
Dahlonega
▪ Georgia, United States       city, seat (1833) of Lumpkin county, northern Georgia, U.S. Gold was discovered in the locality in the late 1820s, and the site was ...
Dahmer, Jeffrey
born May 21, 1960, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S. died November 28, 1994, Portage, Wisc. U.S. serial killer. In 1992 he confessed to killing, dismembering, and, in some cases, ...
Dahoman
See Dahomean. * * *
Dahomean
See Dahomey. * * *
Dahomey
—Dahomean, Dahoman /deuh hoh"meuhn/, adj., n. /deuh hoh"mee/; Fr. /dann aw may"/, n. former name of Benin (def. 1). * * * ▪ historical kingdom, Africa       kingdom ...
Dahomey kingdom
Western African kingdom that flourished in the 18th–19th century in what is now central Benin. Initially called Abomey, its name was changed to Dahomey after it had expanded ...
dahoon
/deuh hoohn"/, n. an evergreen shrub, Ilex cassine, of the southern U.S., having flat, leathery, dark green leaves and red or yellow fruits in large clusters. [1720-30, Amer.; ...
Dahrīyah
▪ Islam       in Islām, the unbelievers who contend that the course of time (Arabic: dahr) is all that governs their existence. They were so called because of a ...
Dahshūr
Ancient pyramid site, northern Egypt. It is located near Memphis on the western bank of the Nile. Two of its pyramids date from the 4th dynasty and were built by Snefru (r. ...
Dahūk
▪ Iraq also spelled  Dohuk , or  Dhok        city, northern Iraq, capital of Dahūk muḥāfaẓah (governorate). The city lies near the northern end of the Tigris ...
Dai
Dai (dī) n. & adj. Variant of Tai. * * *
Dai Ailian
▪ 2007       British-born Chinese dancer, choreographer, and teacher (b. May 10, 1916, Trinidad, British West Indies—d. Feb. 9, 2006, Beijing, China), was dubbed ...
Dai hyakkajiten
▪ Japanese encyclopaedia       (Japanese: (Japan) “Great Encyclopaedia”), comprehensive Japanese general encyclopaedia, published in Tokyo.       It was first ...
Dai Jin
▪ Chinese painter Wade-Giles romanization  Tai Chin , courtesy name (zi)  Wenjin  born 1388, Qiantang, Zhejiang province, China died 1462  Chinese landscape painter of ...
Dai jiten
▪ Japanese dictionary       (Japanese: “Great Dictionary”), dictionary of the Japanese language published in 13 illustrated volumes in Tokyo ...
Dai Zhen
▪ Chinese philosopher Wade-Giles romanization  Tai Chen , courtesy name (zi)  Dongyuan  or  (Wade-Giles) Tung-yüan  born Jan. 19, 1724, Xiuning, Anhui province, ...
Dai-Ichi Kangyō Bank
▪ Japanese bank       one of three Japanese banks that merged in 2000 to create the Mizuho Financial Group. Once one of the largest commercial banks in Japan, with ...
daibutsu
/duy boot"sooh, -booht"-/; Japn. /duy"boo tsoo/, n. a large representation of the Buddha. [ < Japn, equiv. to dai ( < MChin, equiv. to Chin dà big, great) + butsu BUTSU] * * *
Daiei Motion Picture Company
▪ Japanese company       leading Japanese motion-picture studio that produced some of the major post-World War II film classics, although most of its releases were ...
Daigak Guksa
born 1055, Korea died 1101, Korea Korean Buddhist priest and introducer of Ch'ŏnt'ae (Chinese Tiantai) Buddhism to Korea. He became a monk at age 11 and studied in China. On ...
Daigo
▪ emperor of Japan in full  Daigo Tennō , personal name  Atsukimi  born Feb. 6, 885, Kyōto died Oct. 23, 930, Kyōto       60th emperor of Japan. He was ...
Daigo, Go-
▪ emperor of Japan Introduction in full  Go-daigo Tennō,  personal name  Takaharu  born Nov. 26, 1288, Kyōto died Sept. 19, 1339, Mount Yoshino, south of Nara, ...
daiker
/day"keuhr/, v.i. Scot. and North Eng. dacker. * * *
Daikoku
▪ Japanese deity  in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin (Seven Gods of Luck); the god of wealth and guardian of farmers. He is depicted in legend and art as ...
daikon
/duy"keuhn, -kon/, n. a large, elongated, white winter radish, Raphanus sativus longipinnatus, used esp. in Asian cuisine and sometimes pickled. Also called Chinese ...
Dáil Éireann
/doyl' air"awn, -on/; Irish /dol'yeu ay"rddyeuhn/ the lower house of the parliament of the Republic of Ireland. Also called Dail. Cf. Oireachtas. [ < Ir: assembly of Eire] * * *
dail-
To divide. Northern Indo-European root extended from *da(ə)i- (see dā-). 1. deal1, from Old English dǣlan, to share, from Germanic *dailjan. 2. a. dole1, from Old English ...
dailiness
dailiness [dā′lē nəs, dā′linəs] n. the ordinary quality or merely routine aspects of some condition, way of life, etc. [a romantic dreamer who could not endure the ...
daily
—dailiness, n. /day"lee/, adj., n., pl. dailies, adv. adj. 1. of, done, occurring, or issued each day or each weekday: daily attendance; a daily newspaper. 2. computed or ...
daily double
a betting system in horse racing and dog racing in which the bettor makes one bet on the winners of two races, usually the first and second, and collects only if both choices ...
daily dozen
Informal. a set of calisthenic exercises to be done each day, originally a set of 12 or more such exercises. [1915-20, Amer.] * * *
Daily Express
➡ Express. * * * ▪ British newspaper also called  Express        morning newspaper published in London, known for its sensational treatment of news and also for ...
Daily Mail
(infml the Mail) one of Britain’s national daily newspapers, started in 1896 by Alfred Harmsworth, who later became Lord Northcliffe. It presents political views that are ...
Daily maximum noise exposure permitted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
▪ Table Daily maximum noise exposure permitted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 sound level (decibels) maximum hours per day 115
Daily Mirror
the former name for the Mirror newspaper. * * *
Daily News
a New York tabloid newspaper, established in 1919 and known as ‘New York’s Hometown Paper’. It is the best-selling New York paper. * * *
Daily Sport
one of Britain’s national daily tabloid newspapers, started in 1988. It mainly includes articles about sport and sex, and has a lot of pictures. * * *
Daily Star
(infml the Star) one of Britain’s daily tabloid newspapers. It was started in 1978 as a paper for the North but became a national newspaper the following year. * * *
Daily Telegraph
(infml the Telegraph) one of Britain’s national daily newspapers, started in 1855. It is traditionally right-wing in its views and supports the Conservative Party, though it ...
Daily Telegraph, The
▪ British newspaper       daily newspaper published in London and generally accounted, with The Times and The Guardian, as one of Britain's (United Kingdom) “big ...
Daily Worker
➡ Morning Star. * * * ▪ American newspaper now known as  People's Weekly World  (since 1999), formerly  The Worker  (1958–68) , Daily World  (1968–86) , and ...
daily-breader
/day"lee bred"euhr/, n. Brit. a commuter. [1905-10; from the phrase daily bread + -ER1] * * *
dailydouble
daily double n. A bet won by choosing both winners of two specified races on one day, as in horseracing. * * *
dailydozen
daily dozen n. 1. A set of exercises that one does every day. 2. A set of routine tasks. * * *
dailyness
See dailiness. * * *
Daimbert
▪ patriarch of Jerusalem also called Dagobert, Italian  Daiberto   died June 14, 1107, Messina, Norman principality of Sicily [now in Italy]       first archbishop of ...
daimen
/day"min/, adj. Scot. rare; occasional. [1775-85; orig. uncert.] * * *
daimio
dai·mi·o or dai·my·o (dīʹmē-ō', dīmʹyō') n. pl. daimio or dai·mi·os also daimyo or dai·my·os A feudal lord of Japan who was a large landowner.   [Japanese ...
Daimler
/duym"leuhr/; Ger. /duym"leuhrdd/, n. Gottlieb (Wilhelm) /got"leeb wil"helm/; Ger. /gawt"leep vil"helm/, 1834-1900, German automotive engineer, inventor, and manufacturer. * * *
Daimler AG
▪ international automotive company Introduction       international automotive company. One of the world's leading car and truck manufacturers, its vehicle brands ...
Daimler, Gottlieb
▪ German engineer and inventor born March 17, 1834, Schorndorf, Württemberg [Germany] died March 6, 1900, Cannstatt, near Stuttgart  German mechanical engineer who was a ...
Daimler, Gottlieb (Wilhelm)
born March 17, 1834, Schorndorf, Württemberg died March 6, 1900, Cannstatt German automotive inventor. Trained as an engineer, he cofounded an engine–-building company in ...
Daimler,Gottlieb
Daim·ler (dīmʹlər), Gottlieb. 1834-1900. German engineer and pioneer automobile manufacturer who produced the first high-speed internal-combustion engine (1885). * * *
DaimlerChrysler AG
German automotive manufacturer. It was formed in 1998 by the merger of Daimler-Benz and U.S. automaker Chrysler Corp. Its German roots are in the auto companies founded by ...
Daimler{™}
n an expensive make of car formerly produced in Coventry, England. The company was formed in 1896 and was named after the German designer of the original engine, Gottfried ...
daimon
—daimonic /duy mon"ik/, daimonistic /duy'meuh nis"tik/, adj. /duy"mohn/, n., pl. daimones /-meuh neez'/, daimons. daemon. * * *
daimyo
/duy"myaw/, n., pl. daimyo, daimyos. Japanese Hist. one of the great feudal lords who were vassals of the shogun. [1830-40; < Japn, equiv. to dai big, great ( < Chin) + myo name ...
Daing Parani
▪ Buginese adventurer died c. 1726       leader of adventurers from the vicinity of Makasar, Celebes, who spearheaded the political penetration of the Malay Peninsula ...
daintily
See dainty. * * *
daintiness
See daintily. * * *
dainty
—daintily, adv. —daintiness, n. /dayn"tee/, adj., daintier, daintiest, n., pl. dainties. adj. 1. of delicate beauty; exquisite: a dainty lace handkerchief. 2. pleasing to the ...
daiquiri
/duy"keuh ree, dak"euh-/, n., pl. daiquiris. a cocktail of rum, lemon or lime juice, and sugar, often with the addition of fruit and ice and mixed in an electric blender: a ...
Dairen
/duy"ren"/, n. former Japanese name of Dalian (def. 2). * * *
Dairo I K
▪ 1997       Nigerian musician and composer who—as leader from 1957 of the 10-piece Morning Star Orchestra (later renamed the Blue Spots)—brought new life and ...
dairy
/dair"ee/, n., pl. dairies, adj. n. 1. an establishment, as a room, building, or buildings, where milk and cream are kept and butter and cheese are made. 2. a shop or company ...
dairy breed
any of several breeds of cattle developed primarily for production of milk rather than meat, as Ayrshire, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey breeds. [1855-60] * * *
dairy cattle
cows raised mainly for their milk, esp. cows of a dairy breed. [1890-95] * * *
dairy farm
a farm devoted chiefly to the production of milk and the manufacture of butter and cheese. [1775-85] * * *
dairy farmer
See dairy-farm. * * *
dairy farming
Form of animal husbandry that uses mammals, primarily cows, for the production of milk and products processed from it (including butter, cheese, and ice cream). Though cattle, ...
dairy product
Introduction        milk and any of the foods made from milk, including butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, and condensed and dried milk.       Milk has been used ...
Dairy Queen{™}
(abbr DQ) a large group of US shops that sell soft ice cream, hamburgers, pizzas and other food. Dairy Queen is especially popular with young people. * * *
dairy-farm
See dairy farm. * * *
dairycattle
dairy cattle pl.n. Cows bred and raised for milk rather than meat. * * *
dairyer
dair·y·er (dârʹē-ər) n. One who owns or manages a dairy or works in one. * * *
dairyfarm
dairy farm n. A farm for producing milk and milk products.   dairʹy-farm' (dârʹē-färm') v. dairy farmer n. * * *
dairying
/dair"ee ing/, n. the business of a dairy. [1640-50; DAIRY + -ING1] * * * Introduction  branch of agriculture that encompasses the breeding, raising, and utilization of dairy ...
dairyland
/dair"ee land'/, n. 1. an area or region specializing in dairy production, as Wisconsin and Minnesota in the U.S. 2. land suitable for growing forage crops for dairy ...
dairymaid
/dair"ee mayd'/, n. a girl or woman employed in a dairy. [1590-1600; DAIRY + MAID] * * *
dairyman
/dair"ee meuhn/, n., pl. dairymen. 1. an owner or manager of a dairy. 2. an employee in a dairy. [1775-85; DAIRY + -MAN] Usage. See -man. * * *
dairywoman
/dair"ee woom'euhn/, n., pl. dairywomen. a woman who owns, manages, or works in a dairy. [1600-10; DAIRY + -WOMAN] Usage. See -woman. * * *
dais
/day"is, duy"-, days/, n. a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc. [1225-75; ME deis < AF (OF dois) < L discus quoit; see ...
daishiki
/duy shee"kee/, n., pl. daishikis. dashiki. * * *
daisy
—daisied, adj. /day"zee/, n., pl. daisies. 1. any of various composite plants the flowers of which have a yellow disk and white rays, as the English daisy and the oxeye ...
Daisy
/day"zee/, n. a female given name. * * * Any of several species of garden plants in the composite family, especially the oxeye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) and the ...
Daisy Ashford
(1881 – 1972) an English writer who wrote The Young Visiters [sic] when she was nine years old. * * *
daisy chain
1. a string of daisies linked together to form a chain. 2. such a chain used as a garland or carried on festive days by a group of women college students. 3. a series of ...
daisy fleabane
a North American composite plant, Erigeron annuus, having hairy stems and numerous, small, daisylike flowers with narrow white rays. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
daisy ham
daisy (def. 2). [1935-40] * * *


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