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detention camp
a compound where prisoners are detained temporarily, as pending determination of their legal status under immigration laws. [1915-20] * * *
detention home
a house of correction or detention for juvenile offenders or delinquents, usually under the supervision of a juvenile court. [1925-30] * * *
detention home n. A place where juvenile offenders are held in custody, especially for a temporary period while awaiting court action on their cases. * * *
See détente. * * *
—determent, n. —deterrable, adj. —deterrability, n. —deterrer, n. /di terr"/, v.t., deterred, deterring. 1. to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large ...
—detergency, n. /di terrj"/, v.t., deterged, deterging. 1. to wipe or wash away; cleanse. 2. to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound. [1615-25; ( < F) < L ...
de·ter·gence (dĭtûrʹjəns) n. Detergency. * * *
detergency [dē tʉr′jənsdē tʉr′jən sē] n. the quality or power of cleansing: also detergence [dē tʉr′jəns] * * * de·ter·gen·cy (dĭ-tûrʹjən-sē) n. The ...
/di terr"jeuhnt/, n. 1. any of a group of synthetic, organic, liquid or water-soluble cleaning agents that, unlike soap, are not prepared from fats and oils, are not inactivated ...
—deteriorative, adj. /di tear"ee euh rayt'/, v.t., v.i., deteriorated, deteriorating. 1. to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc. 2. to ...
/di tear'ee euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of deteriorating. 2. the state or condition of having deteriorated. 3. a gradual decline, as in quality, serviceability, or ...
deteriorative [dē tir′ē ərāt΄iv, di tir′ē ərāt΄iv] adj. tending to deteriorate * * * See deterioration. * * *
See deter. * * *
—determinability, determinableness, n. —determinably, adv. /di terr"meuh neuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being determined. 2. Law. subject to termination. [1275-1325; ME: ...
See determinable. * * *
See determinableness. * * *
/di terr"meuh neuh see/, n. 1. the quality of being determinate. 2. the condition of being determined or mandated. [1870-75; DETERMIN(ATE) + -ACY] * * *
/di terr"meuh neuhnt/, n. 1. a determining agent or factor. 2. Math. an algebraic expression of the sum of products of elements, each with an appropriate algebraic sign, usually ...
determinant rank
Math. rank1 (def. 14). * * *
—determinately, adv. —determinateness, n. adj. /di terr"meuh nit/; v. /di terr"meuh nayt'/, adj., v., determinated, determinating. adj. 1. having defined limits; definite. 2. ...
determinate cleavage
determinate cleavage n. cell division in a fertilized or unfertilized egg resulting in daughter cells that are no longer able to produce a complete embryo by themselves * * *
determinate growth
☆ determinate growth n. 1. growth of a plant stem that is terminated early by the formation of a bud 2. naturally self-limited growth, resulting in a plant of a definite ...
See determinate. * * *
See determinately. * * *
de·ter·mi·nat·er (dĭ-tûrʹmə-nā'tər) n. A determiner. * * *
/di terr'meuh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose. 2. ascertainment, as after observation or investigation: determination of a ...
—determinatively, adv. —determinativeness, n. /di terr"meuh nay'tiv, -neuh tiv/, adj. 1. serving to determine; determining. n. 2. something that determines. 3. a graphic ...
See determinative. * * *
See determinatively. * * *
/di terr"meuh nay'teuhr/, n. determiner (def. 1). [1550-60; DETERMINE + -ATOR] * * *
/di terr"min/, v., determined, determining. v.t. 1. to settle or decide (a dispute, question, etc.) by an authoritative or conclusive decision. 2. to conclude or ascertain, as ...
—determinedly /di terr"mind lee, -meuh nid lee/, adv. —determinedness, n. /di terr"mind/, adj. 1. resolute; staunch: the determined defenders of the Alamo. 2. decided; ...
See determined. * * *
See determinedly. * * *
/di terr"meuh neuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that determines. 2. Gram. a member of a subclass of English limiting adjectival words that usually precede descriptive adjectives ...
—determinist, n., adj. —deterministic, adj. —deterministically, adv. /di terr"meuh niz'euhm/, n. 1. the doctrine that all facts and events exemplify natural laws. 2. the ...
See determinism. * * *
See determinist. * * *
See determinist. * * *
See determent. * * *
/di terr"euhns, -tur"-, -ter"-/, n. the act of deterring, esp. deterring a nuclear attack by the capacity or threat of retaliating. [1860-65; DETERR(ENT) + -ENCE] * * * Military ...
—deterrently, adv. /di terr"euhnt, -tur"-, -ter"-/, adj. 1. serving or tending to deter. n. 2. something that deters: a deterrent to crime. 3. military strength or an ability ...
See determent. * * *
—detersively, adv. —detersiveness, n. /di terr"siv/, adj. 1. cleansing; detergent. n. 2. a detersive agent or medicine. [1580-90; < MF détersif < L deters(us) (ptp. of ...
—detester, n. /di test"/, v.t. to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely. [1525-35; < MF detester < L detestari to call down a curse upon, loathe, equiv. to de- DE- + ...
See detestable. * * *
—detestability, detestableness, n. —detestably, adv. /di tes"teuh beuhl/, adj. deserving to be detested; abominable; hateful. [1375-1425; late ME < MF < L detestabilis, ...
See detestability. * * *
See detestability. * * *
/dee'te stay"sheuhn/, n. 1. abhorrence; hatred. 2. a person or thing detested. [1375-1425; late ME ( < MF) < L detestation- (s. of detestatio), equiv. to detestat(us) (ptp. of ...
See detest. * * *
/dee thach"/, v.t. Hort. thatch (def. 7). [DE- + THATCH] * * *
See dethatch. * * *
—dethronement, n. —dethroner, n. /dee throhn"/, v.t., dethroned, dethroning. 1. to remove from a throne; depose. 2. to remove from any position of power or ...
See dethrone. * * *
/dee tik"/, v.t. to free (as livestock) of ticks, as by a chemical dip, spray, or dust. [1920-25; DE- + TICK2] * * *
/det"n ooh', -yooh"/, n. Law. an old commonlaw form of action to recover possession of personal property wrongfully detained. [1425-75; late ME detenu < AF detenue, detinue ...
▪ Germany       city, North Rhine–Westphalia Land (state), northwestern Germany. It lies on the eastern slope of the Teutoburg Forest (Teutoburger Wald), on the ...
DeTomaso, Alejandro
▪ 2004       Argentine industrialist (b. July 10, 1928, Buenos Aires, Arg.—d. May 21, 2003, Modena, Italy), raced cars in Modena before founding (1959) DeTomaso ...
det·o·na·ble (dĕtʹn-ə-bəl) adj. That can be detonated: detonable warheads; detonable bombs. * * *
See detonate. * * *
—detonable /det"n euh beuhl/, detonatable, adj. —detonability, detonatability, n. /det"n ayt'/, v., detonated, detonating. v.i. 1. to explode with suddenness and ...
—detonative, adj. /det'n ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of detonating. 2. an explosion. 3. Mach. the premature spontaneous burning of a fuel-air mixture in an internal-combustion ...
/det"n ay'teuhr/, n. 1. a device, as a percussion cap, used to make another substance explode. 2. something that explodes. [1815-25; DETONATE + -OR2] * * *
/dee"toor, di toor"/, n. 1. a roundabout or circuitous way or course, esp. one used temporarily when the main route is closed. 2. an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, ...
n. /dee"toks/; v. /dee toks"/, Informal. n. 1. detoxification. v.t., v.i. 2. to detoxify. [1970-75, Amer.; by shortening] * * *
—detoxicant /dee tok"si keuhnt/, adj., n. —detoxicator, n. /dee tok"si kayt'/, v.t., detoxicated, detoxicating. to detoxify. [1865-70; DE- + L toxic(um) poison (see TOXIC) + ...
/dee tok'seuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. Biochem. the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances. 2. the act of ...
/dee tok"seuh fuy/, v., detoxified, detoxifying. v.t. 1. to rid of poison or the effect of poison. 2. to treat (a person addicted to alcohol or drugs) under a program of ...
—detractingly, adv. —detractor, n. /di trakt"/, v.i. 1. to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation (usually fol. by from). v.t. 2. to draw away or divert; ...
/di trak"sheuhn/, n. the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc. [1300-50; ME ( < AF) < LL detraction- (s. of detractio), equiv. to L ...
—detractively, adv. —detractiveness, n. /di trak"tiv/, adj. tending or seeking to detract. Also, detractory /di trak"teuh ree/. [1480-90; < MF detractif. See DETRACT, -IVE] * ...
See detractive. * * *
See detract. * * *
—detrainment, n. /dee trayn"/, v.i. 1. to alight from a railway train; arrive by train. 2. Meteorol. to transfer air from an organized air current to the surrounding atmosphere ...
See detrain. * * *
Detrez, Conrad
▪ Belgian author in full  Conrad Jean Detrez  born April 1, 1937, Roclenge-sur-Geer, Belgium died February 12, 1985, Paris, France       Belgian novelist of political ...
See detribalize. * * *
—detribalization, n. /dee truy"beuh luyz'/, v.t., detribalized, detribalizing. to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another ...
/de"treuh meuhnt/, n. 1. loss, damage, disadvantage, or injury. 2. a cause of loss or damage. [1400-50; late ME ( < MF) < L detrimentum loss, damage, equiv. to detri- (see ...
—detrimentality, detrimentalness, n. —detrimentally, adv. /de'treuh men"tl/, adj. 1. causing detriment; damaging; harmful. n. 2. a detrimental person or thing. [1650-60; ...
See detrimental. * * *
See detritus. * * *
/di trish"euhn/, n. the act of wearing away by rubbing. [1665-75; < ML detrition- (s. of detritio), equiv. to L detrit(us) (ptp. of deterere; see DETRITUS) + -ion- -ION] * * *
—detritivorous /de'treuh tiv"euhr euhs/, detrivorous /di triv"euhr euhs/, adj. /di truy"teuh vawr', -vohr'/, n. Ecol. an organism that uses organic waste as a food source, as ...
—detrital, adj. /di truy"teuhs/, n. 1. rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice. 2. any disintegrated ...
/di troyt"/, n. 1. a city in SE Michigan, on the Detroit River. 1,203,339. 2. a river in SE Michigan, flowing S from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie, forming part of the boundary ...
Detroit Free Press
▪ American newspaper       daily newspaper, one of the most widely circulated in the United States, published in Detroit, Michigan.       Founded by Sheldon ...
Detroit Institute of Arts
▪ museum, Detroit, Michigan, United States       art museum in Detroit, Mich., U.S., noted for its collection of American paintings from the 19th century and its Dutch, ...
Detroit Mercy, University of
▪ university, Detroit, Michigan, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Detroit, Mich., U.S. It is affiliated with the Jesuits ...
Detroit Red Wings
▪ American hockey team  American professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. The team was founded in 1926 and plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey ...
Detroit River
River, southeastern Michigan, U.S. Forming part of the boundary between Michigan and Ontario, Can. , it connects Lake St. Clair with Lake Erie. It flows south for 32 mi (51 km) ...
de trop (də trōʹ) adj. Too much or too many; excessive or superfluous: In retrospect the elaborate preparations seemed de trop.   [French : de, of, in + trop, excess.] * * *
/di troohd"/, v.t., detruded, detruding. 1. to thrust out or away. 2. to thrust or force down. [1425-75; late ME < L detrudere to thrust down, drive away, equiv. to de- DE- + ...
—detruncation, n. /di trung"kayt/, v.t., detruncated, detruncating. to reduce by cutting off a part; cut down. [1615-25; < L detruncatus (ptp. of detruncare). See DE-, ...
—detrusive /di trooh"siv/, adj. /di trooh"zheuhn/, n. the act of detruding. [1610-20; < LL detrusion- (s. of detrusio) a thrusting down, equiv. to L detrus(us) (ptp. of ...
Detti Falls
▪ waterfall, Iceland Icelandic  Dettifoss        waterfall, northeastern Iceland, on the island's second longest river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The Detti Falls have a ...
n [U] a strong liquid for killing bacteria, used especially for treating skin problems such as cuts, stings and spots. * * *
—detumescent, adj. /dee'tooh mes"euhns, -tyooh-/, n. reduction or subsidence of swelling. [1670-80; < L detumesc(ere) to cease swelling (de- DE- + tumescere to swell) + -ENCE; ...
See detumescence. * * *
I. deu-1 To lack, be wanting. 1. Possibly suffixed form *deu-s-. a. tire1, from Old English tēorian, tyrian, to fail, tire (< “to fall behind”), from Germanic *teuzōn; b. ...
/dooh kay"lee euhn, dyooh-/, n. Class. Myth. a son of Prometheus who survived the Deluge to regenerate the human race. * * * ▪ Greek mythology       in Greek legend, ...
deuce1 /doohs, dyoohs/, n. 1. Cards. a card having two pips; a two, or two-spot. 2. Dice. a. the face of a die having two pips. b. a cast or point of two. 3. Tennis. a situation, ...
deuce court
Tennis. the receiver's right-hand service court, into which the ball is served when the score is deuce. * * *
/dooh"sid, dyooh"-; doohst, dyoohst/, Chiefly Brit. adj. 1. devilish; confounded; damned. adv. 2. deucedly. [1775-1785; DEUCE2 + -ED3] * * *
/dooh"sid lee, dyooh"-/, adv. Chiefly Brit. devilishly; damnably. [1810-20; DEUCED + -LY] * * *
deuces wild
Cards. a variety or method of playing certain poker and other games in which a deuce represents any suit or denomination that the holder chooses: We're playing five-card stud, ...
deuc·es wild (do͞oʹsĭz, dyo͞oʹ-) n. A variation of certain card games, such as poker, in which each deuce may represent any card the holder chooses. * * *
To lead. Derivatives include wanton, team, duke, subdue, and educate. 1. a. tug; wanton, from Old English tēon, to pull, draw, lead; b. Zugunruhe, zugzwang, from Old High German ...
Deulino, Truce of
▪ Russia-Poland [1618]       (December 1618), agreement suspending for 14 1/2 years the hostilities between Poland and Russia that resulted from Polish intervention in ...
—deunionization, n. /dee yoohn"yeuh nuyz'/, v.t., deunionized, deunionizing. to eliminate labor unions from (a company, industry, etc.). Also, esp. Brit., deunionise. [DE- + ...
—deurbanization, n. /dee err"beuh nuyz'/, v.t., deurbanized, deurbanizing. to divest (a city or locality) of urban characteristics. Also, esp. Brit., deurbanise. [1920-25; DE- ...
Deur·ne (dûrʹnə) A city of northern Belgium, a manufacturing suburb of Antwerp. Population: 80,766. * * *
/dee"euhs, day"-/; Lat. /de"oos/, n. God. Abbr.: D. [1250-1300; < L: god, earlier deiuos; c. Skt deva, Lith dievas, OIr día] * * *
deus ex machina
/day"euhs eks mah"keuh neuh, dee"euhs eks mak"euh neuh/ 1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot. 2. any ...
deus otiosus
▪ religion       (Latin: “neutral god,” or “hidden god”), in the history of religions and philosophy, a high god who has withdrawn from the immediate details of ...
Deus Ramos
/de"oosh rddah"moosh/ João de /zhwowonn deuh/, 1830-96, Portuguese poet. * * *
Deus Ramos, Joãode
De·us Ra·mos (dĕʹo͞osh räʹmo͝osh), João de. 1830-1896. Portuguese poet regarded as the foremost of his time. He is best remembered for his love poems. * * *
Deus vobiscum
/de"oohs voh bis"koohm/, Latin. God (be) with you. * * *
Deus vult
/de"oohs voohlt"/, Latin. God wills (it): cry of the Crusaders. * * *
Deus, João de
▪ Portuguese poet born March 8, 1830, São Bartolomeu de Messines, Algarve, Portugal died January 11, 1896, Lisbon       lyric poet who fashioned a simple, direct, and ...
/dee'euhs ded"it, -dee"dit/, n. Saint, died A.D. 618, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 615-618. Also called Adeodatus I. * * *
Deusdedit, Saint
▪ pope also called Deusdedit I, or Adeodatus I born , Rome [Italy] died Nov. 8, 618, Rome; feast day November 8       pope from 615 to 618. His pontificate is chiefly ...
deusex machina
deus ex ma·chi·na (ĕks mäʹkə-nə, -nä', măkʹə-nə) n. 1. In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from ...
Deut abbrev. Bible Deuteronomy * * *
deut- [do͞ot, dyo͞ot] combining form DEUTO-: used before a vowel * * * deut- pref. Variant of deuto-. * * *
Deuteronomy. * * *
Deutch, John Mark
▪ 1996       In 1995 U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton appointed John Deutch the new director of central intelligence. Although once considered one of the prime jobs in ...
var. of deutero- before a vowel: deuteranopia. * * *
/dooh'teuh rag"euh nist, dyooh'-/, n. (in ancient Greece) the actor next in importance to the protagonist. [1850-55; < Gk deuteragonistés. See DEUTER-, AGONIST] * * *
deuteranope [do͞ot′ər ə nōp΄, dyo͞ot′ər ə nōp΄] n. a person who has deuteranopia * * * See deuteranopia. * * *
—deuteranopic /dooh'teuhr euh nop"ik, dyooh'-/, adj. /dooh'teuhr euh noh"pee euh, dyooh'-/, n. Ophthalm. a defect of vision in which the retina fails to respond to the color ...
See deuteranope. * * *
—deuteration, n. /dooh"teuh rayt', dyooh"-/, v.t., deuterated, deuterating. Chem. to add deuterium to (a chemical compound). [DEUTER(IUM) + -ATE1] * * *
deuterated [do͞ot′ər āt΄id, dyo͞ot′ər āt΄id] adj. 1. designating or of a substance, compound, or organism in which part or all of the normal hydrogen atoms are ...
See deuterate. * * *
/dooh"teuh ruyd', -teuhr id, dyooh"-/, n. Chem. a hydride in which deuterium takes the place of ordinary hydrogen. [DEUTER(IUM) + -IDE] * * *
/dooh tear"ee euhm, dyooh-/, n. Chem. an isotope of hydrogen, having twice the mass of ordinary hydrogen; heavy hydrogen. Symbol: D; at. wt.: 2.01; at. no.: 1. [1933; < Gk ...
deuterium oxide
Chem. See heavy water. [1930-35] * * *
deuterium oxide n. An isotopic form of water with composition D2O, isolated for use as a moderator in certain nuclear reactors. * * *
a combining form meaning "second," used in the formation of compound words: deuterocanonical. Also, esp. before a vowel, deuter-. [ < Gk, comb. form of deúteros] * * *
also called  Second Isaiah,         section of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah (chapters 40–55) that is later in origin than the preceding chapters, though not as ...
deuterocanonical [do͞ot΄ər ō΄kə nän′i kəl, dyo͞ot΄ər ō΄kə nän′i kəl] adj. 〚 DEUTERO- + CANONICAL〛 of or constituting a second or subsequent canon; ...
deuterocanonical books
/dooh"teuh roh keuh non"i keuhl, dyooh"-, dooh'-, dyooh'-/ the books of the Bible regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as canonical but not universally acknowledged as such in ...
—deuterogamist, n. /dooh'teuh rog"euh mee, dyooh'-/, n. digamy. [1650-60; < Gk deuterogamía a second marriage. See DEUTERO-, -GAMY] * * *
/dooh'teuh roh muy"seet, -muy seet", dyooh'-/, n. any fungus of the class Fungi Imperfecti. [ < NL Deuteromycetes; see DEUTERO-, -MYCETE] * * *
▪ fungus also called  anamorphic fungi        fungi (kingdom Fungi) in which a true sexual state is uncommon or unknown. Many of these fungi reproduce asexually by ...
/dooh"teuh ron', dyooh"-/, n. Physics. a positively charged particle consisting of a proton and a neutron, equivalent to the nucleus of an atom of deuterium. Cf. triton. [1933; < ...
/dooh'teuhr euh nom"ik, dyooh'-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling Deuteronomy, esp. the laws contained in that book. [1855-60; DEUTERONOM(Y) + -IC] * * *
Deuteronomic Reform
Religious reformation in Judah during the reign of King Josiah (с 640–609 BC). As Assyria's hold on Israel weakened, Josiah waged a campaign against foreign cults and had ...
—Deuteronomistic, adj. /dooh'teuh ron"euh mist, dyooh'-/, n. one of the writers of material used in the early books of the Old Testament. [1860-65; DEUTERONOM(Y) + -IST] * * ...
/dooh'teuh ron"euh mee, dyooh'-/, n. the fifth book of the Pentateuch, containing a second statement of the Mosaic law. Abbr.: Deut. [ < LL Deuteronomium < Gk Deuteronómion (see ...
—deuteropathic /dooh'teuhr euh path"ik, dyooh'-/, adj. /dooh'teuh rop"euh thee, dyooh'-/, n. Pathol. any abnormality that is secondary to another pathological ...
/dooh"teuhr euh stohm', dyooh"-/, n. 1. Embryol. a mouth that develops separately from the blastopore. 2. Taxonomy. any member of the phyla (Chordata, Hemichordata, ...
▪ animal group       (Greek: “second mouth”), group of animals—including those of the phyla Echinodermata (e.g., starfish, sea urchins), Chordata (e.g., sea ...
/dooh'teuh rot"euh kee, dyooh'-/, n. production of both males and females parthenogenetically. [1890-95; DEUTERO- + Gk -tokia, equiv. to -tok(os) child (akin to tíktein to bear) ...
deuto- [do͞ot′ō, dyo͞ot′ō; do͞ot′ə, dyo͞ot′ə] combining form DEUTERO- * * * deuto- or deut- pref. Second; secondary: deutoplasm.   [Alteration of deutero-.] * * ...
/dooh"ton, dyooh"-/, n. Physics Now Rare. deuteron. [1930-35] * * *
—deutoplasmic, adj. /dooh"teuh plaz'euhm, dyooh"-/, n. Embryol. the reserve nutritive material, as a yolk granule, in the ovarian cytoplasm. [1880-85; < Gk deút(eros) second + ...
See deutoplasm. * * *
/doych/, n. Babette, 1895-1982, U.S. poet, novelist, and critic. * * *
Deutsch, Babette
▪ American poet, critic, translator, and novelist born Sept. 22, 1895, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 13, 1982, New York       American poet, critic, translator, and ...
Deutsch, Martin
▪ 2003       Austrian-born American physicist (b. Jan. 29, 1917, Vienna, Austria—d. Aug. 16, 2002, Cambridge, Mass.), discovered positronium, a fleeting hydrogen-like ...
Deutsche Bahn AG
▪ railway system, Germany English  German Railway        the railway system of Germany created in 1994 by the merger of the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal ...
Deutsche Bank AG
▪ German bank       German banking house founded in 1870 in Berlin and headquartered since 1957 in Frankfurt am Main. One of the world's largest banks, it has a number ...
Deutsche Bibliothek, Die
▪ national library, Germany English  The German Library        the national library of Germany. It was created by the merger (1990) of the Deutsche Bibliothek ...
deutsche Blumen
▪ pottery decoration English  German flowers        in pottery, floral decoration consisting of naturalistically painted “German” (i.e., European) flowers ...
Deutsche mark
/doy"cheuh, doych/ a cupronickel coin, the monetary unit of Germany, equal to 100 pfennigs: replaced the reichsmark in 1948. Abbr.: DM Also, Deutschemark. Cf. ostmark. [1945-50; ...
deut·sche mark also deut·sche·mark (doiʹchə-märk') n. Abbr. DM See table at currency.   [German : deutsch, German + Mark, mark.] * * *
/doy"cheuhr/, n. Isaac, 1907-1967, English journalist and author, born in Poland. * * *
Deutscher Werkbund
▪ German artists organization English  German Association of Craftsmen        important organization of artists influential in its attempts to inspire good design and ...
Deutsches Museum
▪ museum, Munich, Germany in full  Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik,  English  German Museum of Masterpieces of Natural Science ond ...
Deutsches Reich
/doy"cheuhs rdduykh"/ former German name of Germany. * * *
Deutsches Theater
▪ German drama society German“German Theatre”       private dramatic society founded in Berlin in 1883 by the dramatist Adolf L'Arronge in reaction to outmoded ...
Deutsches Wörterbuch
▪ German dictionary English  German Dictionary        the first German dictionary conceived on scientific lines; initiated by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The dictionary ...
/doych"lahnt'/, n. German name of Germany. * * *
▪ German national anthem (German: “Song of Germany”),formerly  (1922–45) Deutschland, Deutschland Über Alles        (“Germany, Germany above all”), ...
/dooht"see euh, dyooht"-, doyt"-/, n. any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Deutzia, of the saxifrage family, having showy white, pink, or lavender flowers, grown as an ...
deux chevaux
deux chevaux [dö shə vō′] n. pl. deux chevaux 〚Fr, lit., two horses, hence low horsepower〛 a very small, inexpensive automobile * * *
/due se"vrddeu/, n. a department in W France. 326,462; 2338 sq. mi. (6055 sq. km). Cap.: Niort. * * *
Also dwaə-. Long (in duration). Oldest form *deuə₂- with variant (metathesized) *dweə₂-, the latter colored to *dwaə₂- and contracted to *dwā-. Suffixed zero-grade ...
1. development. 2. deviation. * * *
/day"veuh/, n. 1. Hinduism, Buddhism. a god or divinity. 2. Zoroastrianism. one of an order of evil spirits. [ < Skt] * * * (Sanskrit: "divine") In the Vedic religion of India, ...
▪ caste, India Sanskrit“female servant of a god”       group of women who dedicated themselves to the service of the patron god of the great temples in eastern and ...
▪ Buddhist monk flourished 6th century BC, , India       Buddhist monk who sought to reform the saṅgha (the Buddhist monastic community) by imposing upon it a ...
/dee val"yooh ayt'/, v.t., v.i., devaluated, devaluating. to devalue. [1895-1900; DE- + VALUE + -ATE1] * * *
/dee val'yooh ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an official lowering of the exchange value of a country's currency relative to gold or other currencies. 2. a reduction of a value, status, ...
/dee val'yooh ay"sheuh nist/, n. a person, as an economist, who advocates the devaluation of a currency. [1930-35; DEVALUATION + -IST] * * *
/dee val"yooh/, v., devalued, devaluing. v.t. 1. to deprive of value; reduce the value of. 2. to fix a lower value on (a currency). v.i. 3. to undergo devaluation: The currency ...
/day'veuh nah"geuh ree'/, n. an alphabetical script with some syllabic features derived from Brahmi, used for the writing of Hindi and many other languages of India including ...
In ancient Cambodia, the cult of the "god-king," established early in the 9th century by Jayavarman II (с 770–850), founder of the Khmer empire. The cult taught that the king ...
—devastative, adj. —devastator, n. /dev"euh stayt'/, v.t., devastated, devastating. 1. to lay waste; render desolate: The invaders devastated the city. 2. to ...
—devastatingly, adv. /dev"euh stay'ting/, adj. 1. tending or threatening to devastate: a devastating fire. 2. satirical, ironic, or caustic in an effective way: a devastating ...
See devastate. * * *
/dev'euh stay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of devastating; destruction. 2. devastated state; desolation. [1425-75; late ME < LL devastation- (s. of devastatio), equiv. to L ...
See devastatingly. * * *
Devawongse Varoprakar, Prince
▪ Siamese foreign minister born Nov. 27, 1858, Bangkok, Siam [now Thailand] died June 28, 1923, Bangkok       foreign minister of Siam from 1885 to 1923, whose policies ...
/dee vayn"/, v.t. to remove the dark dorsal vein of (a shrimp). [DE- + VEIN] * * *
development. * * *
—developable adj. —developability, n. /di vel"euhp/, v.t. 1. to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state: to develop ...
See develop. * * *
developable surface
Math. a surface that can be flattened onto a plane without stretching or compressing any part of it, as a circular cone. * * *
de·vel·oped (dĭ-vĕlʹəpt) adj. Advanced in industrial capability, technological sophistication, and economic productivity: traveled through the least developed areas of the ...
/di vel"euh peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that develops. 2. Photog. a reducing agent or solution for developing a film or the like. 3. a person who invests in and develops the ...
/di vel"euh ping/, adj. 1. undergoing development; growing; evolving. 2. (of a nation or geographical area) having a standard of living or level of industrial production well ...
developing countries
➡ aid * * *
developing-out paper
/di vel"euh ping owt", -vel'-/, Photog. a sensitized printing paper requiring development in order to bring out the image. Abbr.: D.O.P. Cf. print-out paper. [1915-20] * * *
—developmental, developmentary, adj. —developmentally, adv. /di vel"euhp meuhnt/, n. 1. the act or process of developing; growth; progress: child development; economic ...
development bank
National or regional financial institution designed to provide medium-and long-term capital for productive investment. Such investment is usually accompanied by technical ...
development projects
➡ aid * * *
development rights
rights to use real property, such as farmland, in ways that differ from the current use. * * *
development, biological
Gradual changes in size, shape, and function during an organism's life that translate its genetic potentials (genotype) into functioning mature systems (phenotype). It includes ...
See development. * * *
developmental biology
the branch of biology dealing with the processes of growth and change that transform an organism from a fertilized egg or asexual reproductive unit, as a spore or gemmule, to an ...
developmental disability
—developmentally disabled. a disability, as mental retardation or cerebral palsy, that begins at an early age and continues indefinitely, leading to substantial handicap. * * *
developmental psychology
—developmental psychologist. a branch of psychology that studies changes in human behavior from early life to death. * * * Branch of psychology concerned with changes in ...
developmental disability n. A mental or physical disability, such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation, arising before adulthood and usually lasting throughout life. * * *
/di vel'euhp men"tl ist/, n. an expert in or advocate of developmental psychology. [1860-65; DEVELOPMENTAL + -IST] * * *
See developmental. * * *
developmental psychology n. The branch of psychology concerned with the study of progressive behavioral changes in an individual from birth until death. * * *
Developments in the States
▪ 2002 Introduction       After close to a decade of uninterrupted sunny economic times, states were plunged into multiple new problem areas at the end of 2001. Most ...
Developments in the States, 1997
▪ 1998 Introduction       State governments enjoyed a prosperous yet contentious year at the centre of national public policy debates. Strong economic conditions in most ...
Developments in the States, 1998
▪ 1999 Introduction       Riding a tailwind from a strong national economy, state and local governments in the United States again enjoyed the luxury of surplus revenues ...
Developments in the States, 1999
▪ 2000 Introduction       Basking in the nation's unprecedented economic performance, state and local governments in the U.S. recorded a relatively quiet legislative ...
Developments in the States, 2000
▪ 2001 Introduction       As the U.S. economy continued to hum along, states enjoyed another quiet legislative year in 2000. Many state governments enacted ...
/di vel'euh pay"/; Fr. /deveu law pay"/, n., pl. developpés /-payz"/; Fr. /-pay"/. a movement in ballet in which the free leg is drawn up beside the working leg and then ...
/day"veuhn teuhr/, n. a city in E Netherlands. 64,824. * * * ▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), east-central Netherlands, on the IJssel River at the west ...
Deventer, Conrad Theodor van
▪ Dutch statesman born Sept. 29, 1857, Dordrecht, Neth. died Sept. 27, 1915, The Hague       Dutch jurist and statesman whose article Een eereschuld (“A Debt of ...
▪ Judaism also spelled  Devekut        (Hebrew: “attachment”), in Jewish religious thought, an adherence to or communion with God that stops short of mystical ...
/dee verr"beuhl/, adj., n. deverbative. [1930-35; DE- + VERBAL] * * *
/dee verr"beuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. (esp. of nouns) derived from a verb, as the noun driver from the verb drive. 2. indicating derivation from a verb, as the suffix -er in driver ...
/dev"euh rooh'/, n. Robert, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1566-1601, British statesman, soldier, and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. * * * (as used in expressions) Essex Robert Devereux 2nd ...
Dev·er·eux (dĕvʹə-ro͞o'), Robert. Second Earl of Essex. 1566-1601. English nobleman and favorite of Elizabeth I. He was executed for treason after taking part in an ...
Devers, Gail
▪ American athlete in full  Yolanda Gail Devers   born November 19, 1966, Seattle, Washington, U.S.       American track athlete who overcame physical adversity to ...
Devers, Jacob L.
▪ United States general in full  Jacob Loucks Devers   born Sept. 8, 1887, York, Pa., U.S. died Oct. 15, 1979, Washington, D.C.  U.S. general during World War II, whose 6th ...
De·vers (dēʹvərz), Gail. Born 1966. American athlete. A sprinter and hurdler, she won gold medals in the 100 meters in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. * * *
/di vest"/, v.t. 1. Law. to divest. 2. Obs. to remove the clothes from; undress. [1555-65; < MF desvester, OF desvestir, equiv. to des- DIS-1 + vestir to clothe < L vestire; see ...
Devey, George
▪ British architect born 1820, London, Eng. died November 1886, Hastings, East Sussex       British architect who influenced nonacademic architects in England in the ...
/day"vee/, n. Hinduism. 1. a mother goddess of which Durga, Kali, etc., are particular forms. 2. Also called Annapurna, Parvati. the consort of Shiva, identified with Shakti and ...
Devi, Phoolan
▪ 2002       Indian bandit and politician (b. Aug. 10, 1963, Uttar Pradesh state, India—d. July 25, 2001, New Delhi, India), was the notorious “Bandit Queen” who ...
/dee"vee euhns/, n. 1. deviant quality or state. 2. deviant behavior. Also, deviancy. [1940-45; DEVI(ANT) + -ANCE] * * *
See deviance. * * *
/dee"vee euhnt/, adj. 1. deviating or departing from the norm; characterized by deviation: deviant social behavior. n. 2. a person or thing that deviates or departs markedly from ...
—deviable, adj. —deviability /dee'vee euh bil"i tee/, n. —deviator, n. v. /dee"vee ayt'/; adj., n. /dee"vee it/, v., deviated, deviating, adj., n. v.i. 1. to turn aside, as ...
—deviatory /dee"vee euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, deviative, adj. /dee'vee ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of deviating. 2. departure from a standard or norm. 3. Statistics. the difference ...
—deviationist, n. /dee'vee ay"sheuh niz'euhm/, n. 1. (in Communist ideology) departure from accepted party policies or practices. 2. any deviation from official ...
See deviationism. * * *
See deviate. * * *
See deviator. * * *
—deviceful, adj. —devicefully, adv. —devicefulness, n. /di vuys"/, n. 1. a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, esp. a mechanical or electrical ...
/dev"euhl/, n., v., deviled, deviling or (esp. Brit.) devilled, devilling. n. 1. Theol. a. (sometimes cap.) the supreme spirit of evil; Satan. b. a subordinate evil spirit at ...
devil dog
Informal. a United States Marine. [1915-20] * * *
devil ray
manta. * * * ▪ fish also called  Manta Ray,         any of several genera of marine rays comprising the family Mobulidae (class Selachii). Flattened, and wider than ...
devil tree
jelutong (def. 3). [1865-70] * * *
devil's advocate
1. a person who advocates an opposing or unpopular cause for the sake of argument or to expose it to a thorough examination. 2. Also called promoter of the faith. Rom. Cath. Ch. ...
devil's club
a spiny shrub, Oplopanax horridus, of northwestern North America, having broad palmate leaves, greenish flowers, and clusters of bright red berries. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
devil's darning needle.
Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly. [1800-10] Regional Variation. See dragonfly. * * *
devil's dung
asafetida. [1595-1605] * * *
devil's food cake
a rich chocolate cake. [1900-05, Amer.; modeled on ANGEL FOOD CAKE] * * *
devil's grip
Pathol. pleurodynia (def. 2). [1885-90] * * *
Devil's Island
one of the Safety Islands, off the coast of French Guiana: former French penal colony. French, Île du Diable. * * *
devil's mark
(in witchcraft) a mark, as a scar or blemish, on the body of a person who has made a compact with a devil. Also called witch's mark. * * *
devil's paintbrush
☆ devil's paintbrush n. a perennial European hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) with leafless flower stalks bearing a cluster of orange-red heads: now a common weed in N U.S. and ...
devil's paintbrush.
See orange hawkweed. [1895-1900] * * *
devil's tattoo
devil's tattoo n. a rapid or nervous drumming with the fingers or feet * * *

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