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Davis, Charles Henry
▪ American naval officer and scientist born Jan. 16, 1807, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Feb. 18, 1877, Washington, D.C.  U.S. naval officer and scientist.       Davis ...
Davis, David
born March 9, 1815, Cecil county, Md., U.S. died June 26, 1886, Bloomington, Ill. U.S. jurist. He earned a law degree from Yale in 1835 and established a law practice in ...
Davis, Donald
▪ 1999       Canadian actor who was adept in both classical and modern roles and was admired as one of the most outstanding interpreters of Samuel Beckett's works; his ...
Davis, Dwight F.
▪ American politician and athlete in full  Dwight Filley Davis   born July 5, 1879, St. Louis, Mo., U.S. died Nov. 28, 1945, Washington, D.C.  tennis player best known as ...
Davis, Elmer
▪ American journalist in full  Elmer Holmes Davis   born Jan. 13, 1890, Aurora, Ind., U.S. died May 18, 1958, Washington, D.C.  news broadcaster and writer, director of the ...
Davis, Ernie
▪ American football player byname of  Ernest R. Davis , also called  the Elmira Express  born Dec. 14, 1939, New Salem, Pa., U.S. died May 18, 1963, Cleveland, ...
Davis, Fred
▪ 1999       British snooker and billiards player who was world professional snooker champion eight times (1948-49, 1951-56) and world billiards champion twice ...
Davis, Glenn
▪ American track and field athlete in full  Glenn Ashby Davis  born September 12, 1934, Wellsburg, West Virginia, U.S.       American world-record holder in the ...
Davis, Glenn Woodward
▪ 2006       American football player (b. Dec. 26, 1924, Claremont, Calif.—d. March 9, 2005, La Quinta, Calif.), teamed with Doc Blanchard to form arguably the ...
Davis, H.L.
▪ American author in full  Harold Lenoir Davis   born Oct. 18, 1896, Yoncalla, Ore., U.S. died Oct. 31, 1960, San Antonio, Texas       American novelist and poet who ...
Davis, Henry Winter
▪ American politician born Aug. 16, 1817, Annapolis, Md., U.S. died Dec. 30, 1865, Baltimore, Md.  Maryland unionist during the secession crisis, harsh critic of Abraham ...
Davis, James Bodie
▪ 2008       American gospel singer born June 6, 1916, Greenville, S.C. died April 17, 2007 , Philadelphia, Pa. was a founding member (as an 11-year-old boy) of the ...
Davis, Jefferson
born June 3, 1808, Christian county, Ky., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1889, New Orleans, La. U.S. political leader, president of the Confederate States of America (1861–65). He ...
Davis, Joe
▪ British athlete born April 15, 1901, Whitewell, Derbyshire, Eng. died July 10, 1978, Hampshire       English billiards and snooker player who was the world snooker ...
Davis, John
▪ English navigator Davis also spelled  Davys  born c. 1550, Sandridge, near Dartmouth, Devon, Eng. died Dec. 29/30, 1605, off Bintan Island, near ...
Davis, John W.
▪ American politician in full  John William Davis   born April 13, 1873, Clarksburg, W.Va., U.S. died March 24, 1955, Charleston, S.C.  conservative Democratic politician ...
Davis, Katharine Bement
▪ American penologist born Jan. 15, 1860, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 10, 1935, Pacific Grove, Calif.  American penologist, social worker, and writer who had a profound ...
Davis, Kingsley
▪ 1998       American sociologist and demographer (b. Aug. 20, 1908, Tuxedo, Texas—d. Feb. 27, 1997, Stanford, Calif.), was a world-renowned expert on population ...
Davis, Marc
▪ 2001       American cartoonist (b. March 30, 1913, Bakersfield, Calif.—d. Jan. 12, 2000, Glendale, Calif.), was an animator for Walt Disney Studios from 1935 to 1978 ...
Davis, Miles
▪ American musician Introduction in full  Miles Dewey Davis III  born May 26, 1926, Alton, Ill., U.S. died Sept. 28, 1991, Santa Monica, Calif.  American jazz musician, a ...
Davis, Miles (Dewey)
born May 25, 1926, Alton, Ill., U.S. died Sept. 28, 1991, Santa Monica, Calif. U.S. trumpeter and bandleader. Davis grew up in East St. Louis, Mo., and began study at the ...
Davis, Miles Dewey,Jr.
Davis, Miles Dewey, Jr. 1926-1991. American jazz musician acclaimed for his warm, often muted trumpet style. * * *
Davis, Mount
▪ mountain, Pennsylvania, United States       highest point in Pennsylvania, U.S., at an elevation of 3,213 feet (979 metres). The peak is on a ridge of the Allegheny ...
Davis, Ossie
▪ 2006 Raiford Chatman Davis  American actor, writer, director, producer, and social activist (b. Dec. 18, 1917, Cogdell, Ga.—d. Feb. 4, 2005, Miami Beach, Fla.), had a ...
Davis, Paulina Kellogg Wright
▪ American reformer née  Paula Kellogg  born Aug. 7, 1813, Bloomfield, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 24, 1876, Providence, R.I.  American feminist and social reformer, active in ...
Davis, Raymond, Jr.
▪ 2007       American physicist (b. Oct. 14, 1914, Washington, D.C.—d. May 31, 2006, Blue Point, N.Y.), won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2002 (with Masatoshi ...
Davis, Rebecca Blaine Harding
▪ American author née  Rebecca Blaine Harding  born June 24, 1831, Washington, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 29, 1910, Mount Kisco, N.Y.       American essayist and writer, ...
Davis, Richard Harding
▪ American author born April 18, 1864, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died April 11, 1916, Mount Kisco, N.Y., U.S.  U.S. author of romantic novels and short stories and the best ...
Davis, Sammy, Jr.
▪ American entertainer born December 8, 1925, New York, New York, U.S. died May 16, 1990, Los Angeles, California  American singer, dancer, and entertainer.       At ...
Davis, Shani
▪ 2007       On Feb. 18, 2006, speed skater Shani Davis blasted through a 26.60-sec final lap to win the men's 1,000-m long-track final at the Winter Olympic Games in ...
Davis, Sir Colin
▪ British conductor in full  Sir Colin Rex Davis   born Sept. 25, 1927, Weybridge, Surrey, Eng.       English conductor and the foremost modern interpreter of the ...
Davis, Sir Colin (Rex)
born Sept. 5, 1927, Weybridge, Surrey, Eng. British conductor. Self-taught as a conductor, he first earned acclaim with a 1958 production of Mozart's opera The Abduction from ...
Davis, Skeeter
▪ 2005 Mary Frances Penick        American country music singer (b. Dec. 30, 1931, Dry Ridge, Ky.—d. Sept. 19, 2004, Nashville, Tenn.), began performing on the Grand ...
Davis, Stuart
born Dec. 7, 1894, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died June 24, 1964, New York, N.Y. U.S. abstract painter. His father was a graphic artist who encouraged his interest in art. He ...
Davis, Thomas Osborne
▪ Irish author born Oct. 14, 1814, Mallow, County Cork, Ire. died Sept. 16, 1845, Dublin  Irish writer and politician who was the chief organizer and poet of the Young ...
Davis, Tyrone
▪ 2006       American rhythm-and-blues singer (b. May 4, 1938, Greenville, Miss.—d. Feb. 9, 2005, Hinsdale, Ill.), helped shape Chicago soul music in the 1960s and ...
Davis, Victor
▪ Canadian athlete born February 10, 1964, Guelph, Ontario, Canada died November 13, 1989, Montreal, Quebec  Canadian swimmer, an aggressive competitor who won four Olympic ...
Davis, William Morris
▪ American geographer born Feb. 12, 1850, Philadelphia died Feb. 5, 1934, Pasadena, Calif., U.S.       U.S. geographer, geologist, and meteorologist who founded the ...
Davis, William Strethen
▪ 1996       ("WILD BILL"), U.S. jazz organist and arranger who popularized the Hammond organ as a jazz instrument (b. Nov. 24, 1918—d. Aug. 22, 1995). * * *
Davis,Benjamin Oliver
Davis, Benjamin Oliver. 1877-1970. American cavalry officer who was the first African-American general in the U.S. Army (1940-1948). His son Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (born ...
Davis, Bette. Originally Ruth Elizabeth Davis. 1908-1989. American actress who won an Academy Award for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938). * * *
Davis,Dwight Filley
Davis, Dwight Filley. 1879-1945. American tennis player and donor (1900) of the Davis Cup for the annual international team tennis competition. * * *
Davis, Jefferson. 1808-1889. American soldier and president of the Confederacy (1861-1865). He was captured by Union soldiers in 1865 and imprisoned for two years, and although ...
Davis, John. See Davys, John. * * *
Davis,Richard Harding
Davis, Richard Harding. 1864-1916. American writer whose vivid coverage of the Spanish-American, Boer, and Russo-Japanese wars established him as the leading correspondent of his ...
Davis, Stuart. 1894-1964. American artist who often incorporated jazz tempos into his vibrant canvases. In the 1920s he was strongly influenced by cubism. * * *
(1872–1913) an English suffragette who died when she threw herself in front of the king’s horse during the Derby as a protest. She had been involved in the campaign for votes ...
Davison, Wild Bill
▪ American musician byname of  William Edward Davison   born Jan. 5, 1906, Defiance, Ohio, U.S. died Nov. 14, 1989, Santa Barbara, Calif.       American jazz cornet ...
Davison, William
▪ English royal official       (b. c. 1541—d. Dec. 21, 1608, Stepney, London), secretary to Queen Elizabeth I of England, chiefly remembered for his part in the ...
/day"veuh seuhn/, n. Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1937. * * *
Davisson, Clinton Joseph
▪ American physicist born Oct. 22, 1881, Bloomington, Ill., U.S. died Feb. 1, 1958, Charlottesville, Va.  American experimental physicist who shared the Nobel Prize for ...
Davisson-Germer experiment
/day"veuh seuhn gerr"meuhr/, Physics. an experiment that verified the wave properties of matter by showing that a beam of electrons is diffracted by a crystal at an angle ...
Davis Strait A strait of the northern Atlantic Ocean between southeast Baffin Island and southwest Greenland. * * *
/dav"it, day"vit/, n. any of various cranelike devices used singly or in pairs for supporting, raising, and lowering esp. boats, anchors, and cargo over a hatchway or side of a ...
Davitt, Michael
▪ Irish political leader born March 25, 1846, Straide, County Mayo, Ire. died May 31, 1906, Dublin       founder of the Irish Land League (1879), which organized ...
Commune (pop., 2000: 11,417), eastern Switzerland. It consists of two villages, Davos-Platz and Davos-Dorf, located in a valley of the Alps. First inhabited by Romansh-speaking ...
/dann vooh"/, n. Louis Nicolas /lwee nee kaw lah"/, Duke of Auerstadt /ow"euhr stat'/, Prince of Eckmühl /ek"myoohl/, 1770-1823, marshal of France: one of Napoleon's leading ...
Davout, Louis-Nicolas, Duc D'auerstedt, Prince D'eckmühl
▪ French general born May 10, 1770, Annoux, Fr. died June 1, 1823, Paris  French general who was one of the most distinguished of the Napoleonic field ...
Davout, Louis-Nicolas, Prince d'Eckmühl
born May 10, 1770, Annoux, France died June 1, 1823, Paris French general in the Napoleonic Wars. Despite his noble origins, in 1790 he led his regiment in a pro-Revolutionary ...
/day"vee/, n. Sir Humphry, 1778-1829, English chemist. * * *
Davy Crockett
➡ Crockett * * *
Davy Jones
/johnz/ the personification of the sea. [1745-55; orig. uncert.] * * *
Davy Jones's locker
/john"ziz, johnz/ the ocean's bottom, esp. when regarded as the grave of all who perish at sea. [1795-1805] * * *
Davy Jones’s locker
(infml often humor) the bottom of the sea, as the place where people who have died at sea lie dead. The origin of the expression is not known: The crew ended up in Davy ...
Davy lamp
a safety lamp formerly used by miners. [1810-20; named after Sir H. DAVY] * * *        safety lamp (q.v.) devised by Sir Humphry Davy in 1815. * * *
Davy, Edward
▪ British inventor born June 16, 1806, Ottery, Devon, Eng. died Jan. 26, 1885, Malmsbury, Queensland, Australia       physician, chemist, and inventor who devised the ...
Davy, Sir Humphry
born Dec. 17, 1778, Penzance, Cornwall, Eng. died May 29, 1829, Geneva, Switz. English chemist. By his early 20s his work on gases had established his reputation. His discovery ...
Davy, Sir Humphry, Baronet
▪ British chemist Introduction born Dec. 17, 1778, Penzance, Cornwall, Eng. died May 29, 1829, Geneva  English chemist who discovered several chemical elements (including ...
Davy,Sir Humphry
Da·vy (dāʹvē), Sir Humphry. 1778-1829. British chemist who was a pioneer of electrochemistry, using its methods to isolate sodium and potassium (1807) and barium, boron, ...
Davy Jones (jōnzʹ) n. The bottom of the sea, as personified in songs and stories.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
DavyJones's locker
Davy Jones's locker (jōnʹzĭz, jōnz) n. The bottom of the sea, especially as the grave of all who perish at sea. * * *
/day"vis/, n. John. See Davis, John. * * *
Da·vys also Da·vis (dāʹvĭs), John. 1550?-1605. English navigator who explored the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage and later sailed to the South Seas. He ...
/daw/, n. 1. jackdaw. 2. Obs. simpleton; fool. [1400-50; late ME dawe; cf. OHG taha] * * *
▪ Persian philosopher in full  Muḥammad Ibn Jalāl Ad-dīn Dawānī  born 1427, Dawān, in the Kāzerūn district of Iran died 1502/03       jurist and philosopher ...
—dawdler, n. —dawdlingly, adv. /dawd"l/, v., dawdled, dawdling. v.i. 1. to waste time; idle; trifle; loiter: Stop dawdling and help me with these packages! 2. to move slowly, ...
See dawdle. * * *
See dawdler. * * *
Dawenkou culture
or Ta-wen-k'ou culture Chinese Neolithic culture of с 4500–2700 BC. It was characterized by the emergence of delicate wheel-made pots of various colours; ornaments of stone, ...
/dawz/, n. Charles Gates, 1865-1951, U.S. financier and diplomat: vice president of the U.S. 1925-29; Nobel peace prize 1925. * * * (as used in expressions) Dawes General ...
Dawes General Allotment Act
or Dawes Severalty Act (1887) U.S. land-distribution law proposed by Sen. Henry L. Dawes (1816–1903) of Massachusetts as a way to "civilize" and make farmers of the American ...
Dawes plan
a plan to ensure payments of reparations by Germany after World War I, devised by an international committee headed by Charles Gates Dawes and put into effect in 1924. Cf. Young ...
Dawes, Charles G(ates)
born Aug. 27, 1865, Marietta, Ohio, U.S. died April 23, 1951, Evanston, Ill. U.S. politician. He practiced law in Nebraska before being appointed U.S. comptroller of the ...
Dawes, Charles G.
▪ vice president of United States in full  Charles Gates Dawes  born Aug. 27, 1865, Marietta, Ohio, U.S. died April 23, 1951, Evanston, Ill.  30th vice president of the ...
Dawes, William Rutter
▪ British astronomer born March 19, 1799, London died Feb. 15, 1868, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, Eng.       English astronomer known for his extensive measurements of ...
Dawes,Charles Gates
Dawes (dôz), Charles Gates. 1865-1951. Vice President of the United States (1925-1929) under Calvin Coolidge. He shared the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for proposing the Dawes Plan ...
Dawes, William. 1745-1799. American patriot who rode with Paul Revere on April 18, 1775, to warn of the British advance on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. * * *
dawk1 /dawk, dahk/, n. dak. dawk2 —dawkish, adj. /dawk/, n. a person who advocates neither a conciliatory nor a belligerent national attitude. [1965-70; D(OVE)1 + (H)AWK1] * * *
(1941– ) an English scientist at Oxford University who is best known for his books about evolution (= the process by which animals and plants develop from earlier, simpler ...
Dawkins, Richard
▪ 1997       University of Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins made a career out of trying to present science in terms that could be understood by the general public. ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (“parish”), Teignbridge district, administrative and historic county of Devon, England, on the English Channel. It became ...
—dawnlike, adj. /dawn/, n. 1. the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley. 2. the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of ...
/dawn/, n. a female given name. * * * ▪ United States satellite       U.S. satellite, designed to orbit the large asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn ...
Dawn French
➡ French * * *
dawn horse
eohippus. [1200-50] * * * ▪ fossil equine  extinct group of horses (horse) that flourished in North America and Europe during the early part of the Eocene Epoch ...
dawn patrol
a flight, esp. during the early days of military aviation, undertaken at dawn or early morning in order to reconnoiter enemy positions. [1910-15] * * *
dawn redwood
metasequoia. * * * Coniferous, nonevergreen tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), the only living species of the genus Metasequoia, of the family Taxodiaceae, native to remote ...
/daw"ning/, n. 1. daybreak; dawn. 2. beginning; start: the dawning of the space age. [ME; see DAWN, -ING1] * * *
dawn redwood n. A cone-bearing Chinese tree (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) related to the redwood, having deciduous, flat, opposite leaves and small, globular cones. It is now ...
/daw"seuhn/, n. 1. Sir John William, 1820-99, Canadian geologist and educator. 2. William Levi, born 1899, U.S. composer and conductor. 3. a town in NW Canada, at the confluence ...
Dawson Creek
a village in NE British Columbia, Canada, at the SE terminus of the Alaska Highway. 10,528. * * * ▪ city, British Columbia, Canada       city, northeastern British ...
Dawson River
▪ river, Australia       river in eastern Queensland, Australia. It rises in the Carnarvon Range and flows southeast, northeast, and north for about 400 miles (640 km) ...
Dawson, George Geoffrey
orig. George Geoffrey Robinson born Oct. 25, 1874, Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, Eng. died Nov. 7, 1944, London English journalist, influential editor of The Times of ...
Dawson, John Myrick
▪ 2002       American physicist (b. Sept. 30, 1930, Champaign, Ill.—d. Nov. 17, 2001, Los Angeles, Calif.), was one of the world's foremost authorities on plasma ...
Dawson, Les
▪ 1994       British comedian (b. Feb. 2, 1934, Collyhurst, near Manchester, England—d. June 10, 1993, Manchester), was a stand-up comic and television personality ...
Dawson, Sir John William
▪ Canadian geologist born Oct. 30, 1820, Pictou, Nova Scotia [now in Canada] died Nov. 20, 1899, Montreal, Que., Can.       Canadian geologist who made numerous ...
Dawson Creek A city of eastern British Columbia, Canada, near the Alberta border. It is the southern terminus of the Alaska Highway. Population: 11,373. * * *
/daw"seuh nuyt'/, n. an orthorhombic mineral, hydrous sodium aluminum carbonate, NaAlCO3(OH)2, with a vitreous luster, occurring as white blade-shaped crystals: mined as an ore ...
/dahks/, n. a city in SW France: mineral hot springs. 20,294. * * * ▪ France       town, Landes département, Aquitaine région, southwestern France. It lies on the ...
or Ta hsüeh (Chinese; "Great Learning") Short Chinese text generally attributed to Confucius and his disciple Zengzi. For centuries it existed only as a chapter of the Liji ...
Daxue Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Daxue Shan  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ta-hsüeh Shan (“Great Snow Mountains”),  also called  Szechwanese Alps  or ...
/day/, n. 1. the interval of light between two successive nights; the time between sunrise and sunset: Since there was no artificial illumination, all activities had to be ...
/day/, n. 1. Clarence (Shepard) /shep"euhrd/, 1874-1935, U.S. author. 2. Dorothy, 1897-1980, U.S. Roman Catholic social activist, journalist, and publisher. * * * I Time ...
day blindness
hemeralopia (def. 1). [1825-35] * * *
day boy
Chiefly Brit. a male boarding-school student who lives at home. [1840-50] * * *
day camp
a camp for children providing no sleeping facilities and attended only during the day on weekdays. Cf. summer camp. * * *
day care
supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home. [1940-45] * * *
day centre
➡ old age * * *
day coach
1. an ordinary railroad passenger car, as distinguished from a sleeping car, parlor car, or other deluxe accommodations. 2. the class of airline coach for daytime flight at ...
day cruiser
a motorboat too small to have any accommodations for sleeping. * * *
day in court
1. the day on which one involved in a lawsuit is to be afforded the opportunity to appear and be heard in court. 2. a chance to present one's defense or argument. * * *
day jasmine
a West Indian shrub, Cestrum diurnum, of the nightshade family, having clusters of white flowers that are very fragrant by day. * * *
day job
one's regular job and main source of income, usually viewed in contrast to a speculative or irregular endeavor: Good luck in the lottery, but don't quit your day job. * * *
day labor
1. workers hired on a daily basis only, esp. unskilled labor. 2. work done by a day laborer. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
day laborer
an unskilled worker paid by the day. [1540-50] * * *
day letter
a telegram having a limited number of words and sent slower and cheaper than a regular telegram. [1920-25] * * *
Day Lewis,Cecil
Day Lewis, Cecil. 1904-1972. Irish-born poet and critic who became poet laureate in 1968 and wrote detective novels under the pen name Nicholas Blake. * * *
day lily
day lily n. 1. any of a genus (Hemerocallis) of plants of the lily family, with showy, trumpet-shaped flowers, usually opening for a single day 2. PLANTAIN LILY * * * ▪ ...
day loan
a bank loan to finance the purchase of securities which is repayable within the calendar day on which it is made. Also called clearing loan, morning loan. * * *
day man
1. a seaman who is a member of a deck gang. 2. Also called idler. a member of a ship's company who does not stand watch and who ordinarily works only during the day, as a ...
day name
(formerly, esp. in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child's sex and the day of the week on ...
day nursery
a nursery for the care of small children during the day, esp. while their parents are at work. [1835-45] * * *
Day of Atonement
Judaism. See Yom Kippur. [1810-20] * * *
Day of Infamy
December 7, 1941, on which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II: so referred to by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his speech to Congress ...
Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment n. JUDGMENT DAY * * *
Day of Judgment.
See Judgment Day. [1525-35] * * *
day of reckoning
the time when one is called to account for one's actions, to pay one's debts, or to fulfill one's promises or obligations. * * *
Day of Reconciliation
▪ South African holiday also called  Day of the Vow , Day of the Covenant , or  Dingane's Day        public holiday observed in South Africa on December 16. The ...
Day of the Dead
▪ holiday Spanish  Día de los Muertos   holiday in Mexico, also observed to a lesser extent in other areas of Latin America and in the United States, honouring dead loved ...
Day of the Lord
1. Also called Day of Yahweh. (in Old Testament eschatology) a day of final judgment. Amos 5:18-21; Ezek. 30. 2. Also called Day of Christ, Day of Jesus Christ. the day of the ...
day one
(often caps.) the very first day or beginning of something. [1975-80] * * *
day release
➡ further education * * *
day room
1. a room at an institution, as on a military base, providing facilities for leisure activities. 2. (in a hospital) a recreation room for ambulatory patients. Also, ...
day sailer
a small sailboat without sleeping accommodations, suitable for short trips. [1960-65] * * *
day school
1. a school open for instruction on weekdays only, usually from 9 A.M. until 3 P.M. 2. a school conducted in the daytime (distinguished from night school). 3. a private school ...
day shift
1. the work force, as of a factory, scheduled to work during the daytime. 2. the scheduled period of labor for this work force. [1870-75] * * *
day student
a student who attends regular classes at a preparatory school or college but who does not reside at the institution. * * *
day trading
day trading n. rapid buying and selling of stocks on the Internet in seeking to profit from momentary price fluctuations, with all positions typically closed out by the end of ...
Day, Arthur L.
▪ American geophysicist in full  Arthur Louis Day  born Oct. 30, 1869, Brookfield, Mass., U.S. died March 2, 1960, Washington, D.C.       U.S. geophysicist known for ...
Day, Benjamin Henry
▪ American journalist and publisher born April 10, 1810, West Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. died December 21, 1889, New York, New York       American printer and ...
Day, Clarence
▪ American author born Nov. 18, 1874, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 28, 1935, New York  American writer whose greatest popular success was his autobiographical Life with ...
Day, Clarence Shepard,Jr.
Day, Clarence Shepard, Jr. 1874-1935. American writer best known for his autobiographical Life with Father (1935) and Life with Mother (published 1937). * * *
Day, Doris
orig. Doris von Kappelhoff born April 3, 1924, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. U.S. singer and actress. She worked as a band vocalist in the 1940s and went on to great success as a ...
Day, Dorothy
born Nov. 8, 1897, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 29, 1980, New York City U.S. journalist and social reformer. While a scholarship student at the University of Illinois ...
Day, John
▪ English dramatist born 1574, Cawston, Norfolk, Eng. died 1640?       Elizabethan dramatist whose verse allegory The Parliament of Bees shows unusual ingenuity and ...
Day, Laraine
▪ 2008 La Raine Johnson        American actress born Oct. 13, 1917, Roosevelt, Utah died Nov. 10, 2007, Ivins, Utah portrayed decent and steadfast women in Hollywood ...
Day, Leon
▪ 1996       U.S. baseball player (b. Oct. 30, 1916, Alexandria, Va.—d. March 13, 1995, Baltimore, Md.), was a phenomenal right-handed pitcher whose fastball and ...
Day, Mary
▪ 2007       American dance teacher and artistic director (b. Jan. 25, 1910, Washington, D.C.—d. July 11, 2006, Washington, D.C.), cofounded (with Lisa Gardiner) in ...
Day, Sir Robin
▪ 2001       British broadcast journalist (b. Oct. 24, 1923, London, Eng.—d. Aug. 7, 2000, London), gained the label “grand inquisitor” for his technique in ...
Day, Stephen
▪ American printer Day also spelled  Daye   born c. 1594, London, Eng. died Dec. 22, 1668, Cambridge, Mass.       founder of the first printing press in England's ...
Day, Stockwell
▪ 2001       On March 28, 2000, Albertan politician Stockwell Day announced that he would enter the race to head the newly formed Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance ...
Day, William R.
▪ United States jurist in full  William Rufus Day   born April 17, 1849, Ravenna, Ohio, U.S. died July 9, 1923, Mackinac Island, Mich.       statesman and justice of ...
Day,Benjamin Henry
Day (dā), Benjamin Henry. 1810-1889. American printer and journalist who founded the first penny newspaper, the New York Sun (1833). His son Benjamin (1838-1916) invented the ...
Day, Dorothy. 1897-1980. American journalist and reformer who cofounded the Catholic Worker in 1933 to promote pacifism and social justice. * * *
Day or Daye (dā), Stephen. 1594?-1668. English-born colonist who was the first printer in New England. His Bay Psalm Book appeared in 1640. * * *
/day"buy day"/, adj. taking place each day; daily: a day-by-day account. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
/day"kair'/, adj. of, pertaining to, or providing day care: day-care center; day-care program. [1960-65] * * *
day-care centre
▪ school also called  day nursery,  nursery school,  or  crèche (French: “crib”)        institution that provides supervision and care of infants and young ...
/day"gloh'/, Trademark. a brand of pigments and other products that exhibit fluorescence in daylight. * * *
/day"looh"is/, n. 1. C(ecil). See Lewis, C(ecil) Day. 2. Daniel, born 1958, English actor (son of C(ecil) Day-Lewis). * * *
Day-Lewis, C(ecil)
born April 27, 1904, Ballintubbert, County Leix, Ire. died May 22, 1972, Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire, Eng. Irish-born British poet. Son of a clergyman, Day-Lewis studied at the ...
Day-Lewis, C.
▪ British poet in full  Cecil Day-Lewis  born April 27, 1904, Ballintubbert, County Leix, Ire. died May 22, 1972, Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire, Eng.  one of the leading ...
Day-Lewis, Daniel
▪ British actor in full  Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis  born April 29, 1957, London, Eng.       British actor known for his on- and offscreen intensity and ...
/day"luy'neuhr/, n. 1. a train, boat, etc., having a regularly scheduled route during daylight hours. 2. a passenger on a day-liner. [1830-40] * * *
/day"nooh'treuhl, -nyooh'-/, adj. of or pertaining to plants that mature or flower regardless of the length of their exposure to alternate periods of darkness and ...
/day"teuh day"/, adj. 1. occurring each day; daily: day-to-day chores; day-to-day worries. 2. concerned only with immediate needs or desires without preparation for the ...
—day-trader, n. /day"trayd'/, v.i., day-traded, day-trading. to buy and sell a listed security or commodity on the same day, usually on margin, for a quick profit. * * *
/day"trip'/, v.i., day-tripped, day-tripping to travel as a day-tripper. [back formation from DAY-TRIPPER] * * *
/day"trip'euhr/, n. a person who goes on a trip, esp. an excursion, lasting all or part of a day but not overnight. [1895-1900; day trip + -ER1] * * *
/duy"ak, -euhk/, n., pl. Dayaks, (esp. collectively) Dayak. a member of any of several indigenous, Austronesian-speaking tribal peoples of Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo. Also, ...
Seph. /dah yahn"/; Ashk. /dah yawn"/, n., pl. dayanim Seph. /dah'yah neem"/; Ashk. /dah yaw"nim/. Hebrew. 1. a judge in a Jewish religious court. 2. a person knowledgeable in ...
/dah yahn"/, n. Moshe /maw she"/; Eng. /moh"sheuh/, 1915-81, Israeli politician and military leader: defense minister 1967-74, foreign minister 1977-79. * * *
Dayan, Moshe
born May 20, 1915, Deganya, Palestine died Oct. 16, 1981, Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel Israeli soldier and statesman. Born of Russian parents in Israel's first kibbutz, he became a ...
Da·yan (dä-yänʹ), Moshe. 1915-1981. Israeli military leader and politician who directed the 1956 Sinai campaign and the 1967 Six-Day War. * * *
Dayananda Sarasvati
orig. Mula Sankara born 1824, Tankara, Gujarat, India died Oct. 30, 1883, Ajmer, Rajputana Hindu ascetic and social reformer. A Brahman, he rejected what he considered idol ...
/day"bee'keuhn/, n. an unlighted navigational beacon used as a daymark. [DAY + BEACON] * * *
/day"bed'/, n. 1. a couch that can be used as a sofa by day and a bed by night. 2. a couch, esp. of the 17th or 18th century, in the form of a usually armless chair, with a ...
/day"book'/, n. 1. Bookkeeping. a book in which the transactions of the day are entered in the order of their occurrence. 2. a diary; journal. 3. datebook. [1570-80; DAY + ...
/day"brayk'/, n. the first appearance of daylight in the morning; dawn. [1520-30; DAY + BREAK] * * *
day camp n. A children's camp providing recreation and meals during the day but no overnight facilities. * * *
day·care or day care (dāʹkâr') n. Provision of daytime training, supervision, recreation, and often medical services for children of preschool age, for the disabled, or for ...
—daydreamer, n. —daydreamy, adj. /day"dreem'/, n. 1. a reverie indulged in while awake. v.i. 2. to indulge in such a reverie. [1675-85; DAY + DREAM] Syn. 2. fantasize, dream, ...
See daydream. * * *
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Ta-yeh        city, southeastern Hubei (Hupeh) sheng (province), east-central China. Daye, established as a city in 1994, is situated ...
Daye (dā), Stephen. See Day, Stephen. * * *
/day"flow'euhr/, n. any plant of the genus Commelina, usually bearing clusters of small, blue flowers that bloom for only one day. [1680-90; DAY + FLOWER] * * * ▪ plant  any ...
/day"fluy'/, n., pl. dayflies. a mayfly. [1595-1605; DAY + FLY2] * * *
/day"gloh'/, n. See under airglow. [1955-60; DAY + GLOW] * * *
day·hop (dāʹhŏp') n. Informal 1. A trip that can be made in one day's time: It was just a dayhop from New York City to the Berkshires for skiing. 2. A day student at a ...
day job n. One's primary job, usually at daytime and enabling one to pursue a secondary activity from which one would eventually like to draw an income: “She took a day job as ...
day labor n. Labor hired and paid by the day.   day laborer n. * * *
See day labor. * * *
day letter n. A telegram sent during the day. * * *
/day"luyt'/, n., adj., v., daylighted or daylit, daylighting. n. 1. the light of day: At the end of the tunnel they could see daylight. 2. public knowledge or awareness; ...
daylight saving
the practice of advancing standard time by one hour in the spring of each year and of setting it back by one hour in the fall in order to gain an extra period of daylight during ...
daylight saving time
daylight saving time n. [often D- S- T-] standard time that is one hour later than the standard time for a given zone based on mean solar time: it is used to give an hour more of ...
daylight-saving time
/day"luyt'say"ving/ the civil time observed when daylight saving is adopted in a country or community. Also, daylight-savings time. [1905-10] * * *
day·light-sav·ing time (dā'līt-sāʹvĭng) or day·light-sav·ings time (-vĭngz) n. Abbr. DST Time during which clocks are set one hour or more ahead of standard time to ...
/day"lil'ee/, n. any lily of the genus Hemerocallis, having yellow, orange, or red flowers that commonly last only for a day. Also, day lily. [1590-1600] * * * or day lily Any ...
/day"lawng', -long'/, adj. during the entire day; lasting all day: a daylong trip. [1850-55; DAY + LONG1] * * *
/day"mair'/, n. 1. a distressing experience, similar to a bad dream, occurring while one is awake. 2. an acute anxiety attack. [1730-40; DAY + (NIGHT)MARE] * * *
/day"mahrk'/, n. a navigational aid distinctively marked for visibility by day. [DAY + MARK1] * * *
day nursery n. A facility for the supervision of preschool children, especially during the hours that their parents are at work. * * *
Dayof Atonement
Day of Atonement n. See Yom Kippur.   [Translation of Hebrew yôm kippûr.] * * *
Dayof Judgment
Day of Judgment n. See Judgment Day. * * *
Dayof the Dead
Day of the Dead n. November 1 and November 2 collectively, celebrated concurrently with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in Mexico and parts of Central America in commemoration ...
day one n. Informal The very beginning; the first day: worked hard on the project from day one. * * *
/day"pak'/, n. a relatively small backpack, with shoulder straps, used for day hikes, carrying books, or the like. [DAY + PACK1] * * *
Dayr al-Baḥrī
or Deir al-Baḥrī Temple site, Egypt. Located on the western bank of the Nile River near the remains of Thebes and opposite the ruins of Karnak, it encompasses the remains of ...
Dayr al-Madīnah
▪ ancient settlement, Egypt also spelled  Deir el-Medina        ancient site on the west bank of the Nile River at Thebes in Upper Egypt. It is known primarily as ...
Dayr al-Zawr
▪ Syria also spelled  Dayr az-Zawr,  or  Deir ez-Zor         town, eastern Syria. The town is situated on the right bank of the Euphrates River; its name, meaning ...
day room n. A recreation room, especially one found in a barracks on a military installation. * * *
/dayz/, adv. in or during the day regularly: They slept days rather than nights. [1125-75; ME daies; see DAY, -S1] * * *
days of grace
days, usually three, allowed by law or custom for payment after a bill or note falls due. [1840-50; trans. of L dies gratiae] * * *
Days of Our Lives
a popular US television soap opera on NBC which started in 1965. The show is set in the imaginary village of Salem and is about the lives of the people who live there. It has won ...
days of wine and roses
a period of happiness and prosperity. * * *
/day"sayl'/, v.i. to go boating in a day sailer. [back formation from DAY SAILER] * * *
day sail·er (sāʹlər) n. A small sailboat for day trips. * * *
day school n. 1. A private school for pupils living at home. 2. A school that holds classes during the day. * * *
day shift or day·shift (dāʹshĭft') n. 1. A group of employees working during the day in a factory or business. 2. The period of time for such work. * * *
/day"suyd'/, n. 1. Journalism. the day shift of a newspaper. 2. Astron. the side of a planet or moon illuminated by the sun. Cf. nightside. [1960-65; DAY + SIDE1] * * *
/dayz"meuhn/, n., pl. daysmen. Archaic. an umpire; mediator. [1480-90; DAY + 'S1 + -MAN; cf. day to submit for arbitration, appar. v. use of DAY] * * *
daysof grace
days of grace pl.n. Extra days, usually three, allowed for payment of a note or bill after it has come due.   [Translation of Latin diēs grātiae: diēs, pl. of diēs, day + ...
/day"spring'/, n. Archaic. dawn; daybreak. [1250-1300; ME; see DAY, SPRING] * * *
/day"stahr'/, n. 1. a morning star. 2. the sun. [bef. 1000; ME daysterre, OE daegsteorra. See DAY, STAR] * * *
day student n. A student at a school or university who does not reside in the facilities provided by the institution. * * *
/day"tuym'/, n. 1. the time between sunrise and sunset. adj. 2. occurring, done, presented, etc., during the day: daytime television. Cf. nighttime. [1525-35; DAY + TIME] * * *
daytime dramas
➡ soap operas * * *
/dayt"n/, n. 1. Jonathan, 1760-1824, U.S. politician, Speaker of the House 1795-99. 2. a city in SW Ohio. 203,588. * * * City (pop., 2000: 166,179), southwestern Ohio, U.S. ...
Dayton, Jonathan
▪ American politician born Oct. 16, 1760, Elizabeth, N.J. died Oct. 9, 1824, Elizabeth-Town, N.J., U.S.       youngest member of the U.S. Constitutional Convention, ...
Dayton, University of
▪ university, Dayton, Ohio, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. The university is affiliated with the ...
Daytona 500
a race held each year in Daytona Beach, Florida for stock cars (= ordinary cars fitted with very powerful engines). Compare Indianapolis 500. * * * ▪ stock-car ...
Daytona 500 Table
▪ Table Daytona 500 year winner average speed (mph) 1959 L. Petty 135.521 1960 J. Johnson 124.74 1961 M. Panch 149.601 1962 F. Roberts 152.529 1963 T. ...
Daytona Beach
/day toh"neuh/ a city in NE Florida: seashore resort. 54,176. * * * Coastal city (pop., 2000: 64,112), northeastern Florida, U.S. Located south of Jacksonville, it was founded ...
Day·to·na Beach (dā-tōʹnə) A city of northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast north-northeast of Orlando. Automobile speed trials and races have been held on its hard, ...
day trade n. A trade of a security that is opened and closed on the same day. * * *
day trader n. A speculator who buys and sells securities on the basis of small short-term price movements.   day trading n. * * *
See day trader. * * *
/day"wair'/, n. 1. clothing, makeup, etc., suitable for wear or use during the day. adj. 2. suitable as or used for daywear: daywear dresses. [DAY + WEAR] * * *
—dayworker, n. /day"werrk'/, n. work done and paid for by the day. [bef. 1000; ME dai-werk the amount of land worked by a team in one day, OE daeg-weorc day's work. See DAY, ...
Dazai Osamu
▪ Japanese author pseudonym of  Tsushima Shūji   born June 19, 1909, Kanagi, Aomori prefecture, Japan died June 13, 1948, Tokyo       novelist who emerged at the end ...
Dazai, Osamu
orig. Shuji Tsushima born June 19, 1909, Kanagi, Aomori prefecture, Japan died June 13, 1948, Tokyo Japanese novelist. At the end of World War II he emerged as the literary ...
—dazedly /day"zid lee/, adv. —dazedness, n. /dayz/, v., dazed, dazing, n. v.t. 1. to stun or stupefy with a blow, shock, etc.: He was dazed by a blow on the head. 2. to ...
▪ Chinese writing Chinese“large seal”Wade-Giles romanization  ta-chuan   in Chinese calligraphy, script evolved from the ancient scripts jiaguwen and guwen by the 12th ...
/dah"dzee"bow"/, n., pl. dazibaos. (in China) a wallposter. [1970-75; < Chin dàzì bào lit., big-letter newspaper] * * *
—dazzler, n. —dazzlingly, adv. /daz"euhl/, v., dazzled, dazzling, n. v.t. 1. to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight. 2. to ...
See dazzle. * * *
See dazzler. * * *
Da̢browska, Maria
or Maria Dombrowska orig. Marja Szumska born Oct. 6, 1889, Russów, Pol. died May 19, 1965, Warsaw Polish writer and literary critic. Da̢browska lived and studied in various ...
Physics. decibel; decibels. Also, db. * * *
Radio and Television. delayed broadcast. * * *
doing business as. Also, dba, d.b.a. * * *
decibels above reference noise, adjusted. Also, dba. * * *
Common Semitic noun *ḏibb-, *ḏubāb-, *ḏubūb-, fly. Beelzebub, from Hebrew baʿal zəbûb, lord (of the) fly, from zəbûb, fly (pejorative alteration of baʿal zəbûl, ...
DBCP abbrev. a pesticide, CH2BrCHBrCH2Cl, thought to cause sterility * * *

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