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/dez'ig nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act of designating. 2. the fact of being designated. 3. something that designates; a distinctive name or title; appellation. 4. nomination, ...
Designation of aluminum foundry alloys
▪ Table Designation of aluminum foundry alloys first digit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 element Al1 Cu Mn Si Mg Mg,Si Zn other (Fe,Sn) unassigned 1The alloy is at least 99 percent ...
Designation of aluminum wrought alloys
▪ Table Designation of aluminum wrought alloys first digit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 element Al1 Cu Mn Si Mg Mg-Si Zn other 1The alloy is at least 99 percent aluminum. See as ...
Designations and classification of the Nilo-Saharan languages
▪ Table Designations and classification of the Nilo-Saharan languages former classification (1963) current classification 1. Songhai 1. Songhai 2. Saharan 2. Saharan 3. ...
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See designative. * * *
See designative. * * *
—designedness /di zuy"nid nis/, n. /di zuynd"/, adj. made or done intentionally; intended; planned. [1580-90; DESIGN + -ED2] * * *
/di zuy"nid lee/, adv. intentionally; purposely; deliberately. [1650-60; DESIGNED + -LY] * * *
designee [dez΄ig nē′, dez′ig nē΄] n. a person designated * * * des·ig·nee (dĕz'ĭg-nēʹ) n. A person who has been designated. * * *
/di zuy"neuhr/, n. 1. a person who devises or executes designs, esp. one who creates forms, structures, and patterns, as for works of art or machines. 2. a schemer, intriguer, or ...
designer drug
a drug produced by a minor modification in the chemical structure of an existing drug, resulting in a new substance with similar pharmacologic effects, esp. one created to ...
designer drugs
▪ chemistry       in popular usage, illegal synthetic, laboratory-made chemicals. Although the term is not precisely defined, it is understood to refer to commonly ...
designer gene
a gene altered or created by genetic engineering, esp. for use in gene therapy. [1980-85] * * *
Designer jeans
➡ jeans * * *
designer drug n. A drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created ...
designer gene n. A gene modified or created by genetic engineering. * * *
—designingly, adv. /di zuy"ning/, adj. 1. scheming; intriguing; artful; crafty. 2. showing or using forethought. n. 3. the act or art of making designs. [1610-20; DESIGN + ...
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/di zuyn"meuhnt/, n. Obs. design; plan. [1560-70; DESIGN + -MENT] * * *
v.t. * * *
/dee sil"veuhr/, v.t. to remove silver from (lead in the form of base bullion). [1860-65; DE- + SILVER] * * *
/dee sil"veuh ruyz'/, v.t., desilverized, desilverizing. to desilver. Also, esp. Brit., desilverise. [1865-70; DESILVER + -IZE] * * *
—desinent, desinential /des'euh nen"sheuhl/, adj. /des"euh neuhns/, n. 1. a termination or ending, as the final line of a verse. 2. Gram. a termination, ending, or suffix of a ...
See desinence. * * *
▪ Italy       town, Lombardia ( Lombardy) regione, northern Italy. The town's name derives from the Latin ad decimum, Desio being 10 (decimus) Roman miles north of Milan ...
Desio, Ardito
▪ 2002       Italian geologist and explorer (b. April. 18, 1897, Palmanova, Italy—d. Dec. 12, 2001, Rome, Italy), led the first successful expedition to scale K2, the ...
Desiosi, Compagnia dei
▪ Italian theatre       one of the Italian acting troupes performing commedia dell'arte (improvised popular comedy) in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This ...
/deuh zip"reuh meen', dez'euh pram"in/, n. Pharm. a tricyclic antidepressant, C18H22N2, used for symptomatic relief in a variety of depressive states. [shortening of ...
Desir, Philippe Wilson
▪ 1996       Haitian freedom fighter and exiled consul general, 1991–95, who maintained an office in New York City to deal with the social and financial problems of ...
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—desirability, desirableness, n. —desirably, adv. /di zuyeur"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment. 2. arousing ...
See desirability. * * *
See desirability. * * *
Désirade, La
▪ island, Caribbean Sea       island in the Lesser Antilles, eastern Caribbean Sea, and a dependency of Guadeloupe, an overseas département of France. It lies 6 ...
—desiredly /di zuyeurd"lee, -zuy"rid-/, adv. —desiredness, n. —desireless, adj. —desirer, n. —desiringly, adv. /di zuyeur"/, v., desired, desiring, n. v.t. 1. to wish ...
Desire Under the Elms
a play (1924) by Eugene O'Neill. * * *
/di zuyeurd"/, adj. 1. yearned or wished for; coveted. 2. deemed correct or proper; selected; required: The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired ...
See desire. * * *
—desirously, adv. —desirousness, n. /di zuyeur"euhs/, adj. having or characterized by desire; desiring: desirous of high political office. [1250-1300; ME < OF desireus. See ...
See desirous. * * *
See desirously. * * *
—desistance, desistence, n. /di zist", -sist"/, v.i. to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop. [1425-75; late ME < OF desister < L desistere to leave off, equiv. to ...
Desjardins, Pete
▪ American athlete byname of  Ulise Joseph Desjardins   born April 12, 1907, St. Pierre, Man., Can. died May 6, 1985       American diver who won a silver medal in ...
/desk/, n. 1. an article of furniture having a broad, usually level, writing surface, as well as drawers or compartments for papers, writing materials, etc. 2. a frame for ...
desk calendar
a loose-leaf calendar containing one or two pages for each day, with spaces for notes. [1905-10] * * *
desk copier
a photocopier compact enough to fit on a desk, table, or similar surface. * * *
desk jobber.
See drop shipper. * * *
desk pad
a cushioned pad, often topped with a blotter, for the surface of a desk. * * *
desk work
1. work done at a desk. 2. habitual writing, as that of a clerk. [1860-65] * * *
/desk"suyz'/, adj. of a size suitable for use on a desk: a desk-size dictionary. Also, desk-sized. * * *
/desk"bownd'/, adj. 1. doing sedentary work; working exclusively at a desk. 2. unfamiliar with actualities or practical matters outside one's own job: deskbound executives who ...
Deskey, Donald
▪ American designer born Nov. 23, 1894, Blue Earth, Minn., U.S. died April 29, 1989, Vero Beach, Fla.       American industrial (industrial design) designer who helped ...
/dee skil"/, v.t. to remove any need of skill, judgment, or initiative in: jobs being deskilled by automation. [DE- + SKILL1] * * *
/desk"man', -meuhn/, n., pl. deskmen /-men', -meuhn/. 1. Journalism. a member of a newspaper staff who processes news and prepares copy, usually from information telephoned in by ...
desk·per·son (dĕskʹpûr'sən) n. A person who works at a desk, especially a newspaper writer. * * *
/desk"top'/, adj. 1. small or compact enough to fit or be used on a desk: a desktop computer. n. 2. Computers. the primary display screen of a graphical user interface, on which ...
desktop publishing
Computers. the design and production of publications by means of specialized software enabling a microcomputer to generate typeset-quality text and graphics. Also called ...
desktop publishing (DTP)
Use of a personal computer to perform publishing tasks. DTP allows an individual to combine text, numerical data, and graphic elements in a document that can be output on a ...
desktop publishing n. The design and production of publications using personal computers with graphics capability. * * *
Deslandres, Henri-Alexandre
▪ French physicist born July 24, 1853, Paris, France died Jan. 15, 1948, Paris  French physicist and astrophysicist who in 1894 invented a spectroheliograph, an instrument ...
v.t., deslummed, deslumming. * * *
/des"meuhn/, n., pl. desmans. either of two aquatic, insectivorous mammals, Myogale moschata, of southeastern Russia, or M. pyrenaica, of the Pyrenees, related to ...
Desmarest, Nicolas
▪ French geologist born Sept. 16, 1725, Soulaines, France died Sept. 28, 1815, Paris       French geologist whose discovery of the volcanic origin of basalt disproved ...
Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Jean
▪ French author born 1595, Paris, France died Oct. 28, 1676, Paris       French prose writer, poet, dramatist, Christian polemicist, and political figure. One of the ...
Desmarets, Nicolas, Marquis De Maillebois
▪ French minister Desmarets also spelled  Des Marets   born Sept. 10, 1648, Paris, France died May 4, 1721, Paris       minister of finance during the last seven ...
—desmidian, adj. /dez"mid/, n. any single-celled freshwater algae of the family Desmidiaceae, characterized by a division of the body into mirror-image halves joined by a ...
/dez muy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of a ligament. [ < NL < Gk desm(ós) (see DESMID) + -itis -ITIS] * * *
v.t., desmogged, desmogging. * * *
/dez"moyd/, adj. Anat., Zool. 1. resembling a fascia or fibrous sheet. 2. resembling a ligament; ligamentous. n. 3. Pathol. a firm and tough tumor of nonmetastasizing, fibrous ...
Des Moines (dĭ moinʹ) The capital and largest city of Iowa, in the south-central part of the state on the Des Moines River. Fort Des Moines was built on the site in 1843, and ...
DesMoines River
Des Moines River A river rising in southwest Minnesota and flowing about 861 km (535 mi) southeastward across Iowa to the Mississippi River. * * *
/dez"meuhnd/, n. a male given name. * * * Ancient territorial division, Ireland. From the 11th to the 17th century, the name was often used for two quite distinct areas. Gaelic ...
Desmond Morris
➡ Morris (II) * * *
Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, 14th earl of
▪ Irish noble byname  The Rebel Earl   born c. 1538 died Nov. 11, 1583, Glenageenty, County Kerry, Ire.       Irish Roman Catholic nobleman who led one of the three ...
desmopressin acetate
/dez"meuh pres"in, dez'-/, Pharm. a vasopressin analogue, C46H64N14O12S2, used in the treatment of diabetes insipidus. [des(a)m(in)o-, a component of its chemical name + ...
des·mo·pres·sin acetate (dĕs'mə-prĕsʹĭn) n. An analogue of vasopressin used therapeutically as an antidiuretic and in the management of bleeding in individuals with some ...
/dez"meuh sohm'/, n. Cell Biol. a plaquelike site on a cell surface that functions in maintaining cohesion with an adjacent cell. [1930-35; < Gk desm(ós) band, chain (see ...
/de mooh laonn"/, n. (Lucie Simplice) Camille (Benoit) /lyuu see" saonn plees" kann mee"yeu beuh nwann"/, 1760-94, journalist, pamphleteer, and leader in the French Revolution. * ...
Desmoulins, (Lucie-Simplice-) Camille (-Benoist)
born March 2, 1760, Guise, France died April 5, 1794, Paris French journalist influential in the French Revolution. Though a stammer had impeded him as a lawyer, he suddenly ...
Desmoulins, Camille
▪ French journalist in full  Lucie-Simplice-Camille-Benoist Desmoulins  born March 2, 1760, Guise, France died April 5, 1794, Paris       one of the most influential ...
/deuh snah"/; Russ. /dyi snah"/, n. a river in the W Russian Federation flowing S to join the Dnieper River near Kiev in Ukraine. ab. 500 mi. (800 km) long. * * *
Desnos, Robert
▪ French poet born July 4, 1900, Paris died June 8, 1945, Terezín, Czech.       French poet who joined André Breton in the early Surrealist movement, soon becoming ...
Desnoyers, Auguste-Gaspard-Louis, Baron
▪ French engraver original name  Auguste-gaspard-louis Boucher-desnoyers   born Dec. 19, 1779, Paris, France died Feb. 16, 1857, Paris       French engraver, one of ...
—desocialization, n. /dee soh"sheuh luyz'/, v.t., desocialized, desocializing. to remove from a customary social environment: Imprisonment desocializes the inmates. Also, esp. ...
—desolately, adv. —desolateness, n. —desolater, desolator, n. adj. /des"euh lit/; v. /des"euh layt'/, adj., v., desolated, desolating. adj. 1. barren or laid waste; ...
See desolate. * * *
See desolately. * * *
See desolately. * * *
/des'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of desolating. 2. the state of being desolated. 3. devastation; ruin. 4. depopulation. 5. dreariness; barrenness. 6. deprivation of ...
See desolately. * * *
v.t. * * *
—desorption /dee sawrp"sheuhn, -zawrp"-/, n. /dee sawrb", -zawrb"/, v.t. Physical Chem. to remove an absorbate or adsorbate from (an absorbent or adsorbent). [1920-25; DE- + ...
See desorb. * * *
De So·to (dĭ sōʹtō) A city of northeast Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Population: 30,544. * * *
older form of deoxy-. * * *
—despairer, n. /di spair"/, n. 1. loss of hope; hopelessness. 2. someone or something that causes hopelessness: He is the despair of his mother. v.i. 3. to lose, give up, or be ...
—despairingly, adv. /di spair"ing/, adj. 1. given to despair or hopelessness. 2. indicating despair: a despairing look. [1585-95; DESPAIR + -ING2] Syn. 1. See hopeless. Ant. 1. ...
See despairing. * * *
Despard, Edward Marcus
▪ British military officer born 1751, County Leix, Ire. died Feb. 21, 1803, London, Eng.       British army officer and colonial administrator and organizer of a ...
/di spach"/, v.t., v.i., n. dispatch. * * *
Despenser family
▪ English nobles       unpopular favourites of England's King Edward II, who were executed by Edward's opponents, Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer.       Hugh ...
/des'peuh rah"doh, -ray"-/, n., pl. desperadoes, desperados. a bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, esp. in the early days of the American West. [1600-10; prob. pseudo-Sp alter. of ...
—desperately, adv. —desperateness, n. /des"peuhr it, -prit/, adj. 1. reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer. 2. having an urgent need, ...
Desperate Dan
a character in the British children’s comic, The Dandy. He is a very strong cowboy with a big jaw who is not very intelligent but has a gentle nature. His favourite meal is ...
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/des'peuh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the state of being desperate or of having the recklessness of despair. 2. the act or fact of despairing; despair. [1325-75; ME desperacioun < L ...
Despiau, Charles
▪ French sculptor born November 4, 1874, Mont-de-Marsan, France died October 30, 1946, Paris       French sculptor and illustrator who is best known for portrait busts ...
—despicability, despicableness, n. —despicably, adv. /des"pi keuh beuhl, di spik"euh-/, adj. deserving to be despised; contemptible: a mean, despicable man. [1545-55; < LL ...
See despicable. * * *
See despicableness. * * *
De·spi·na (də-spēʹnə) n. The satellite of Neptune that is third in distance from the planet.   [From Greek Despoina, The Mistress, Arcadian goddess who was the daughter ...
v.t., despiritualized, despiritualizing. * * *
See despise. * * *
—despisable, adj. —despisableness, n. —despiser, n. —despisingly, adv. /di spuyz"/, v.t., despised, despising. to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; ...
See despisal. * * *
/di spuyt"/, prep., n., v., despited, despiting. prep. 1. in spite of; notwithstanding. n. 2. contemptuous treatment; insult. 3. malice, hatred, or spite. 4. in despite of, in ...
—despitefully, adv. —despitefulness, n. /di spuyt"feuhl/, adj. 1. malicious; spiteful. 2. Obs. contemptuous; insolent. [1400-50; late ME. See DESPITE, -FUL] * * *
See despiteful. * * *
See despitefully. * * *
—despiteously, adv. /di spit"ee euhs/, adj. Archaic. 1. malicious; spiteful. 2. contemptuous. [1350-1400; var. of ME despitous < AF; OF despiteus, equiv. to despit DESPITE + ...
See despiteous. * * *
Des Plaines (dĕs plānzʹ) A city of northeast Illinois, a suburb of Chicago on the Des Plaines River. Population: 53,223. * * *
DesPlaines River
Des Plaines River A river rising in southeast Wisconsin and flowing about 241 km (150 mi) generally southward to the Kankakee River in northeast Illinois. * * *
—despoiler, n. —despoilment, n. /di spoyl"/, v.t. to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage. [1175-1225; ME despoilen < OF despoillier < L ...
See despoil. * * *
See despoiler. * * *
/di spoh'lee ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of plundering. 2. the fact or circumstance of being plundered. [1650-60; < LL despoliation- (s. of despoliatio), equiv. to L despoliat(us) ...
—desponder, n. —despondingly, adv. /di spond"/ or, esp. for 2, /des"pond/, v.i. 1. to be depressed by loss of hope, confidence, or courage. n. 2. despondency. [1670-80; < L ...
de·spon·dence (dĭ-spŏnʹdəns) n. Despondency. * * *
/di spon"deuhn see/, n. state of being despondent; depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection. Also, despondence. [1645-55; DESPOND + -ENCY] Syn. melancholy, ...
—despondently, adv. /di spon"deuhnt/, adj. feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health. [1690-1700; < L ...
See despondent. * * *
See despond. * * *
Desportes, Alexandre-François
▪ French painter born 1661, Champigneulle, France died April 20, 1743, Paris  French painter who specialized in portraying animals, hunts, and emblems of the chase; he was ...
Desportes, Philippe
▪ French poet born 1546, Chartres, France died Oct. 5, 1606, Abbey of Bonport  French courtier poet whose light, facile verse prepared the way for the new taste of the 17th ...
/des"peuht, -pot/, n. 1. a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat. 2. any tyrant or oppressor. 3. Hist. an honorary title applied to a Byzantine emperor, ...
—despotically, adv. /di spot"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical. Also, despotical. [1640-50; < F despotique < Gk ...
despotic monarchy.
—despotic monarch. See absolute monarchy. * * *
See despotic. * * *
/des"peuh tiz'euhm/, n. 1. the rule of a despot; the exercise of absolute authority. 2. absolute power or control; tyranny. 3. an absolute or autocratic government. 4. a country ...
Desprez, Louis-Jean
▪ French painter and architect born c. 1743, , Auxerre died March 29, 1804, Stockholm       French painter, stage designer, architect, and engraver, an important figure ...
Des·prez (dā-prāʹ), Josquin. See Josquin Desprez. * * *
despumate [di spyo͞o′māt΄, des′pyo͞o māt΄] vt. despumated, despumating 〚< L despumatus, pp. of despumare, to skim off < de-, off, from + spumare, to foam < spuma, ...
—desquamation, n. /des"kweuh mayt'/, v.i., desquamated, desquamating. Pathol. to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off. [1720-30; < L desquamatus (ptp. ...
See desquamate. * * *
Desrosiers, Léo-Paul
▪ Canadian writer born April 11, 1896, Berthier, Que., Can. died April 20, 1967, Montreal, Can.       French-Canadian writer best known for his historical ...
/day sann leen"/, n. Jean Jacques /zhahonn zhahk/, 1758-1806, Haitian revolutionary: emperor of Haiti as Jacques I 1804-06. * * *
Dessalines, Jean-Jacques
born с 1758, West Africa died Oct. 17, 1806, Jacmel, Haiti Emperor of Haiti who drove out the French in 1804. He was a slave of a black master in Saint-Domingue (Haiti) in ...
Dessalines,Jean Jacques
Des·sa·lines (dĕ-sä-lēnʹ), Jean Jacques. 1758?-1806. African-born emperor of Haiti (1804-1806) who defeated the French (1803) to gain independence for the island. His ...
/des"ow/, n. a city in NE central Germany, SW of Berlin: formerly the capital of Anhalt. 102,000. * * * ▪ Germany  city, Saxony-Anhalt Land (state), east-central Germany. ...
Dessau, Paul
▪ German composer born Dec. 19, 1894, Hamburg, Ger. died June 28, 1979, East Berlin, E.Ger. [now Berlin, Ger.]       German composer and conductor best known for his ...
/di zerrt"/, n. 1. cake, pie, fruit, pudding, ice cream, etc., served as the final course of a meal. 2. Brit. a serving of fresh fruit after the main course of a meal. [1780-90; ...
dessert fork
a fork used for eating certain desserts, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner fork. * * *
dessert knife
a knife used during the dessert course, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner knife. [1785-95] * * *
dessert wine
a sweet wine served with dessert or sometimes after a meal. [1765-75] * * *
/di zerrt"spoohn'/, n. a spoon intermediate in size between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, used in eating certain desserts. [1800-10; DESSERT + SPOON] * * *
/di zerrt"spoohn fool'/, n., pl. dessertspoonfuls. as much as a dessertspoon can hold: 21/2 fluid drams. [1870-75; DESSERTSPOON + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
dessert wine n. Any of various sweet wines, such as Sauternes, served with or after dessert. * * *
/des"yeuh teen'/, n. a Russian unit of land measure equal to 2.7 U.S. acres (1.1 hectare). [1790-1800; < Russ desyatína lit., tithe, tenth, deriv. of désyat' ten] * * *
Dessoir, Ludwig
▪ German actor born Dec. 15, 1810, Posen, Prussia [now Poznań, Pol.] died Dec. 30, 1874, Berlin, Ger.       German actor whose fame rested on his portrayals of ...
See destabilize. * * *
—destabilization, n. /dee stay"beuh luyz'/, v.t., destabilized, destabilizing. to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world ...
/dee stayn"/, v.t. Histol. to remove stain (from a specimen) to enhance visibility and contrast of parts. [1925-30; DE- + STAIN] * * *
n. * * *
de·sta·lin·i·za·tion (dē-stä'lĭ-nĭ-zāʹshən) n. The process of discrediting and eliminating the political policies, methods, and personal image of Joseph Stalin. * * *
de·sta·li·nize (dē-stäʹlĭ-nĭz') intr. & tr.v. de·sta·li·nized, de·sta·li·niz·ing, de·sta·li·niz·es To undergo or cause to undergo ...
—destemmer, n. /dee stem"/, v.t., destemmed, destemming. to remove the stem from (a fruit or vegetable); stem. [DE- + STEM1] * * *
—desterilization, n. /dee ster"euh luyz'/, v.t., desterilized, desterilizing. to utilize an idle fund or commodity, as when a nation issues currency against gold previously ...
Port. /des terdd"rddoo/, n. former name of Florianópolis. * * *
v.t., destigmatized, destigmatizing. * * *
de Stijl (də stīlʹ, stālʹ) n. A school of art originating in the Netherlands in 1917 and characterized by the use of rectangular shapes and primary colors.   [Dutch : de, ...
/des'teuh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the place to which a person or thing travels or is sent: Her destination was Rome. 2. the purpose for which something is destined. [1350-1400; ME < L ...
/des"tin/, v.t., destined, destining. 1. to set apart for a particular use, purpose, etc.; design; intend. 2. to appoint or ordain beforehand, as by divine decree; foreordain; ...
/des"tind/, adj. 1. bound for a certain destination: a freighter destined for the Orient. 2. ordained, appointed, or predetermined to be or do something. 3. liable, planning, or ...
Destinn, Emmy
▪ Czech singer original name  Ema Kittl   born Feb. 26, 1878, Prague, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic] died Jan. 28, 1930, České Budějovice, Czech.  Czech soprano ...
/des"teuh nee/, n., pl. destinies. 1. something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune. 2. the predetermined, usually inevitable or ...
Destiny’s Child
➡ Beyoncé * * *
—destitutely, adv. —destituteness, n. /des"ti tooht', -tyooht'/, adj., v., destituted, destituting. adj. 1. without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and ...
See destitute. * * *
/des'ti tooh"sheuhn, -tyooh"-/, n. 1. lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty. 2. deprivation, lack, or absence. [1400-50; late ME < L destitution- (s. of destitutio) an ...
v.t. * * *
/dee stoohl"/, v.t. to remove (a West African ruler) from office. [1925-30; DE- + STOOL] * * *
Destouches, André Cardinal
▪ French composer original name  André Cardinal  baptized April 6, 1672, Paris, France died Feb. 7, 1749, Paris       French opera and ballet composer of the period ...
Destouches, Philippe Néricault
▪ French dramatist born April 9, 1680, Tours, France died July 4, 1754, Fortoiseau       dramatist who brought to the tradition of French classical comedy influences ...
▪ political party, Tunisia byname of  al-Ḥizb al-Ḥurr ad-Dustūrī at-Tūnusī , English  Tunisian Liberal Constitutional Party        Tunisian political party, ...
/des"tree euhr, de strear"/, n. Archaic. a war-horse; charger. [1250-1300; ME destrer < AF, var. of OF destrier, lit., (horse) led at the right hand < VL *dextrarius (equus), ...
—destroyable, adj. /di stroy"/, v.t. 1. to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or ...
/di stroy"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that destroys. 2. a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-in. (13-cm) guns. [1350-1400; ME destroiere (cf. OF destruiere). ...
destroyer escort
a warship somewhat smaller than a destroyer, designed esp. for antisubmarine action. Abbr.: DE [1940-45] * * *
destroyer escort n. A warship, usually smaller than a destroyer, used in antisubmarine action. * * *
destroying angel
any of several deadly poisonous mushrooms of the genus Amanita, having a white cap and stem, white spores, and a conspicuous volva at the base of the stem. [1905-10] * * *
de·stroy·ing angel (dĭ-stroiʹĭng) n. Any of several poisonous mushrooms of the genus Amanita. * * *
/di strukt"/, adj. 1. serving or designed to destroy: a destruct mechanism on a missile. n. 2. the act or process of intentional destruction: One out of ten launchings ended in ...
See destructible. * * *
—destructibility, destructibleness, n. /di struk"teuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being destroyed; liable to destruction. [1745-55; < LL destructibil(is), equiv. to L destruct(us) ...
See destructibility. * * *
/di struk"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of destroying: wanton destruction of a town. 2. the condition of being destroyed; demolition; annihilation. 3. a cause or means of ...
/di struk"sheuh nist/, n. an advocate of the destruction of an existing political institution or the like. [1800-10; DESTRUCTION + -IST] * * *
—destructively, adv. —destructiveness, destructivity /dee'struk tiv"i tee/, n. /di struk"tiv/, adj. 1. tending to destroy; causing destruction or much damage (often fol. by ...
destructive distillation
Chem. the decomposition of a substance, as wood or coal, by heating with a minimal exposure to air, and the collection of the volatile products formed. [1825-35] * * *
destructive interference
Physics. the interference of two waves of equal frequency and opposite phase, resulting in their cancellation where the negative displacement of one always coincides with the ...
destructive distillation n. A process by which organic substances such as wood, coal, and oil shale are decomposed by heat in the absence of air and distilled to produce useful ...
See destructive. * * *
See destructively. * * *
See destructively. * * *
/di struk"teuhr/, n. 1. Brit. a furnace for the burning of refuse; incinerator. 2. Rocketry. a destruct mechanism or device for destroying an off-course airborne missile or ...
v.t., destructured, destructuring. * * *
Destutt de Tracy, Antoine-Louis-Claude, Comte
▪ French philosopher born July 20, 1754, Bourbonnais, France died March 9, 1836, Paris       French philosopher, soldier, and chief Idéologue, so called for the ...
v.t., desublimated, desublimating. * * *
v.t., desubsidized, desubsidizing. * * *
/des"wi toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. the state of being no longer used or practiced. [1425-75; late ME < L desuetudo, equiv. to desue-, base of desuescere to become disaccustomed to, ...
/dee sul"feuhr/, v.t. to free from sulfur; desulfurize. Also, desulphur. [1870-75; DE- + SULFUR] * * *
—desulfuration, n. /dee sul"fyeuh rayt', -feuh-/, v.t., desulfurated, desulfurating. Chem. to desulfurize. Also, desulphurate. [1750-60; DE- + SULFURATE] * * *
See desulfurize. * * *
—desulfurization, n. —desulfurizer, n. /dee sul"fyeuh ruyz', -feuh-/, v.t., desulfurized, desulfurizing. to free from sulfur. Also, desulphurize; esp. Brit., ...
See desultory. * * *
See desultorily. * * *
—desultorily, adv. —desultoriness, n. /des"euhl tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory ...
▪ laboratory, Hamburg, Germany byname of  Deutsches Elektronen-synchrotron , English  German Electron Synchrotron        the largest centre for high-energy ...
v.t., desynchronized, desynchronizing. * * *
1. Also, Det Ling. determiner. 2. Pharm. diethyltryptamine. * * *
1. detach. 2. detachment. 3. detail. 4. determine. 5. (in prescriptions) let it be given. [ < L detur] * * *
det. in dup.
(in prescriptions) let twice as much be given. [ < L detur in duplo] * * *
—detachable, adj. —detachability, n. —detachably, adv. —detacher, n. /di tach"/, v.t. 1. to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite. 2. Mil. to send away (a regiment, ...
See detach. * * *
See detachability. * * *
See detachability. * * *
—detachedly /di tach"id lee, -tacht"lee/, adv. —detachedness, n. /di tacht"/, adj. 1. not attached; separated: a detached ticket stub. 2. having no wall in common with ...
detached retina
Separation of most layers of the retina of the eye from the choroid, the pigmented middle layer of the eyeball. With age, small tears can develop in the retina, and the vitreous ...
See detached. * * *
See detachedly. * * *
/di tach"meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of detaching. 2. the condition of being detached. 3. aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others. 4. freedom from prejudice ...
n. /di tayl", dee"tayl/; v. /di tayl"/, n. 1. an individual or minute part; an item or particular. 2. particulars collectively; minutiae. 3. attention to or treatment of a ...
detail drawing
Engin. a drawing, at relatively large scale, of a part of a building, machine, etc., with dimensions or other information for use in construction. Also called detail. * * *
detail man
☆ detail man n. a salesman for a pharmaceutical firm who visits doctors, dentists, etc. in a certain district to promote new drugs * * *
—detailedly /di tayld"lee, -tay"lid-/, adv. —detailedness, n. /di tayld", dee"tayld/, adj. 1. having many details: a detailed problem. 2. thorough in the treatment of ...
/dee"tay leuhr/, n. a manufacturer's representative who calls on customers to supply information on products and visits stores to monitor sales and replenish stock. Also called ...
Detaille, Édouard
▪ French painter in full  Jean-Baptiste-Édouard Detaille  born October 5, 1848, Paris, France died December 23, 1912, Paris       French painter known for his ...
detail man n. A representative of a manufacturer of drugs or medical supplies who calls on doctors, pharmacists, and other professional distributors to promote new drugs and ...
—detainable, adj. —detainment, n. /di tayn"/, v.t. 1. to keep from proceeding; keep waiting; delay. 2. to keep under restraint or in custody. 3. Obs. to keep back or ...
/di tay"nee, dee'tay nee"/, n. a person held in custody, esp. for a political offense or for questioning. [1925-30; DETAIN + -EE] * * *
/di tay"neuhr/, n. Law. 1. a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody. 2. the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another. [1610-20; < AF ...
See detain. * * *
v., detangled, detangling. * * *
v.t., detasseled, detasseling or (esp. Brit.) detasselled, detasselling. * * *
—detectable, detectible, adj. —detectability, detectibility, n. /di tekt"/, v.t. 1. to discover or catch (a person) in the performance of some act: to detect someone ...
See detect. * * *
☆ detectaphone [dē tek′tə fōn΄, ditek′tə fōn΄ ] n. 〚 DETECT + -a- + (〛 a device for listening secretly to others' telephone conversations * * *
See detectable. * * *
See detectable. * * *
/di tek"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of detecting. 2. the fact of being detected. 3. discovery, as of error or crime: chance detection of smuggling. 4. Telecommunications. a. ...
/di tek"tiv/, n. 1. a member of the police force or a private investigator whose function is to obtain information and evidence, as of offenses against the law. adj. 2. of or ...
detective novel
➡ detective story * * *
detective story
detective story n. a mystery involving a crime and the gradual discovery of who committed it, esp. a highly formalized one in which a detective, often a private detective, solves ...
➡ law enforcement * * *
/di tek"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that detects. 2. a device for detecting smoke, fire, or some other hazardous condition. 3. a device for detecting the presence of metal, ...
/di tent"/, n. Mach. a mechanism that temporarily keeps one part in a certain position relative to that of another, and can be released by applying force to one of the ...
/day tahnt"/; Fr. /day tahonnt"/, n., pl. détentes /-tahnts"/; Fr. /-tahonnt"/. a relaxing of tension, esp. between nations, as by negotiations or agreements. Also, ...
/di ten"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of detaining. 2. the state of being detained. 3. maintenance of a person in custody or confinement, esp. while awaiting a court decision. 4. the ...

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