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Devil's Triangle.
See Bermuda Triangle. * * *
devil's walking-stick
☆ devil's walking-stick n. HERCULES'-CLUB (sense 1) * * *
devil's-bit
/dev"euhlz bit'/, n. an eastern North American plant, Chamaelirium luteum, of the lily family, having a dense, drooping spike of small white flowers. Also called fairy ...
devil's-darning-needle
devil's-darning-needle [dev΄əlz därn′iŋ nēd΄'l] n. DRAGONFLY * * *
devil's-food cake
☆ devil's-food cake [dev′əlz fo͞od΄ ] n. a rich cake made with chocolate or cocoa and baking soda * * *
devil's-tongue
/dev"ilz tung'/, n. a foul-smelling, fleshy plant, Amorphophallus rivieri, of the Old World tropics, having flowers on a spike surrounded by a dark-red spathe. Also called snake ...
devil's-walking-stick
/dev"euhlz waw"king stik'/, n. Hercules'-club (def. 2). [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
devil'sadvocate
dev·il's advocate (dĕvʹəlz) n. 1. One who argues against a cause or position, not as a committed opponent but simply for the sake of argument or to determine the validity of ...
devil'sbit
devil's bit n. See blazing star. * * *
devil'sclub
devil's club n. A spiny deciduous shrub (Oplopanax horridus) of western North America, having wide palmate leaves, greenish-white flowers, and scarlet fruit clustered in ...
devil'sdarning needle
devil's darning needle n. 1. Northeastern, Upper Northern, & Western U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly. 2. See damselfly. * * *
devil'sfood cake
devil's food cake n. A rich chocolate cake. * * *
Devil'sIsland
Dev·il's Island (dĕvʹĭlz) An island in the Caribbean Sea off French Guiana. A French penal colony after the 1850s, it was used mainly for political prisoners, including ...
devil'spaintbrush
devil's paintbrush n. See orange hawkweed. * * *
devil'swalking stick
devil's walking stick n. See Hercules' club. * * *
devil-may-care
/dev"euhl may kair"/, adj. reckless; careless; rollicking. [1785-95] * * *
devilfish
/dev"euhl fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) devilfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) devilfishes. 1. manta. 2. octopus. [1700-10; DEVIL + FISH] * * *
devilish
—devilishly, adv. —devilishness, n. /dev"euh lish, dev"lish/, adj. 1. of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish. 2. extreme; very great: a devilish mess. adv. 3. ...
devilishly
See devilish. * * *
devilishness
See devilishly. * * *
devilkin
/dev"euhl kin/, n. a little devil; imp. [1500-10; DEVIL + -KIN] * * *
Deville, Édouard Gaston
▪ French surveyor born February 21, 1849, La Charité, France died September 21, 1924, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada       French-born Canadian surveyor of Canadian lands ...
devilment
/dev"euhl meuhnt/, n. devilish action or conduct; deviltry. [1765-75; DEVIL + -MENT] * * *
devilry
/dev"euhl ree/, n., pl. devilries. deviltry. [1325-75; ME; see DEVIL, -RY] * * *
Devils Island
French Île du Diable Rocky islet off the Atlantic coast of French Guiana. The smallest of the three Îles du Salut, it is a narrow strip of land 3,900 ft (1,200 m) long and ...
Devils Lake
▪ North Dakota, United States       city, seat (1883) of Ramsey county, northeast-central North Dakota, U.S. It lies about 90 miles (145 km) west of Grand ...
devils on horseback
n [pl] 1. (BrE) a dish made with prunes wrapped in bacon and then cooked, usually served at the end of a meal or at a party. 2. (AmE) a dish made with oysters wrapped in bacon ...
Devils Postpile National Monument
▪ national monument, California  scenic area in Madera county, east-central California, U.S. It is situated in Inyo National Forest on the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, ...
Devils Tower National Monument
National preserve, northeastern Wyoming, U.S. The first U.S. national monument, it was established in 1906 near the Belle Fourche River. It includes 1,347 acres (545 hectares) ...
deviltry
/dev"euhl tree/, n., pl. deviltries. 1. reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior. 2. extreme or utter wickedness. 3. an act or instance of mischievous or wicked behavior. 4. ...
devilwood
/dev"euhl wood'/, n. a small olive tree, Osmanthus americanus, of the U.S., yielding a hard wood. [1810-20; DEVIL + WOOD1] * * *
devil’s food cake
n [C, U] a rich chocolate cake, often made for birthday parties. * * *
Devine, Daniel John
▪ 2003 “Dan”        American football coach (b. Dec. 23, 1924, Augusta, Wis.—d. May 9, 2002, Phoenix, Ariz.), served three universities as head coach—Arizona ...
devious
—deviously, adv. —deviousness, n. /dee"vee euhs/, adj. 1. departing from the most direct way; circuitous; indirect: a devious course. 2. without definite course; vagrant: a ...
deviously
See devious. * * *
deviousness
See deviously. * * *
devisable
/di vuy"zeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being devised, invented, or contrived. 2. Law. capable of being transferred. [1250-1300; ME < AF: assignable by will, OF: that which may ...
devisal
/di vuy"zeuhl/, n. the act of devising; contrivance. [1850-55; DEVISE + -AL2] * * *
devise
—deviser, n. /di vuyz"/, v., devised, devising, n. v.t. 1. to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas: to devise a method. 2. Law. to assign or ...
devisee
/di vuy zee", dev'euh zee/, n. Law. a person to whom a devise is made. [1535-45; DEVISE + -EE] * * *
deviser
See devisable. * * *
devisor
/di vuy"zeuhr/, n. Law. a person who makes a devise. [1400-50; late ME (in general sense "one who devises") < AF devisour (OF deviseur). See DEVISE, -OR2] * * *
devitalization
See devitalize. * * *
devitalize
—devitalization, n. /dee vuyt"l uyz'/, v.t., devitalized, devitalizing. to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken. Also, esp. Brit., ...
DeVito
(1944– ) a US comic actor who also directs and produces films. DeVito, who is short and fat, played the loud character Louis in the television series Taxi (1978–83). His film ...
devitrifiable
See devitrify. * * *
devitrification
See devitrifiable. * * * ▪ crystallography       process by which glassy (glass) substances change their structure into that of crystalline solids. Most glasses are ...
devitrify
—devitrifiable, adj. —devitrification, n. /dee vi"treuh fuy'/, v., devitrified, devitrifying. v.t. 1. Chem. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or ...
Devizes
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (“parish”), Kennet district, administrative and historical county of Wiltshire, England. It lies along the disused Kennet and ...
Devlin, Patrick Joseph
▪ 2000 “Paddy”        Northern Irish trade unionist and political activist who was interned (1942–45) by the British for his involvement in the Irish Republican ...
Devo
▪ American music group       American new-wave (new wave) band from Akron, Ohio, that took its name from devolution, the theory of mankind's regression that informed the ...
devocalization
See devocalize. * * *
devocalize
—devocalization, n. /dee voh"keuh luyz'/, v.t., devocalized, devocalizing. Phonet. 1. to devoice. 2. to convert (a speech sound) from a vowel to a glide. Also, esp. Brit., ...
devoice
/dee voys"/, v., devoiced, devoicing. Phonet. v.t. 1. to pronounce (an ordinarily voiced speech sound) without vibration of the vocal cords; make voiceless. v.i. 2. to devoice a ...
devoid
/di voyd"/, adj. 1. not possessing, untouched by, void, or destitute (usually fol. by of). v.t. 2. to deplete or strip of some quality or substance: imprisonment that devoids a ...
devoir
/deuh vwahr", dev"wahr/; Fr. /deuh vwannrdd"/, n., pl. devoirs /deuh vwahrz", dev"wahrz/; Fr. /deuh vwannrdd"/. 1. an act of civility or respect. 2. devoirs, respects or ...
devolatilization
See devolatilize. * * *
devolatilize
—devolatilization, n. /dee vol"euh tl uyz'/, v., devolatilized, devolatilizing. Chem. v.t. 1. to cause (a vapor) to liquefy. v.i. 2. (of a vapor) to liquefy. Also, esp. Brit., ...
devolution
—devolutionary, adj., n., —devolutionist, n. /dev'euh looh"sheuhn/ or, esp. Brit., /dee"veuh-/, n. 1. the act or fact of devolving; passage onward from stage to stage. 2. the ...
Devolution, War of
(1667–68) Conflict between France and Spain over possession of the Spanish Netherlands. Louis XIV began the war on the pretext that the custom of devolution, whereby daughters ...
devolutionary
See devolution. * * *
devolutionist
See devolutionary. * * *
devolve
—devolvement, n. /di volv"/, v., devolved, devolving. v.t. 1. to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another; pass on. 2. Obs. to cause to roll ...
devolved
➡ devolution * * *
devolvement
See devolve. * * *
Devon
/dev"euhn/, n. 1. Devonshire. 2. one of an English breed of red cattle, bred for beef and milk. 3. one of an English breed of sheep, bred for its long, coarse wool. * * ...
Devon cream
Brit. See clotted cream. * * *
Devonian
/deuh voh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. Geol. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, 405 to 345 million years ago, characterized by the dominance of fishes and the advent of ...
Devonian Period
Interval of geologic time from 417 to 354 million years ago; it was the fourth period of the Paleozoic Era. During the Devonian, a giant continent was situated in the Southern ...
DevonIsland
Devon Island An island of northern Nunavut, Canada, between Baffin and Ellesmere islands. * * *
Devonport
/dev"euhn pawrt', -pohrt'/, n. a city in N Tasmania. 21,424. * * * ▪ Tasmania, Australia       city, northern Tasmania, Australia. It lies near the mouth of the River ...
Devonshire
/dev"euhn shear', -sheuhr/, n. a county in SW England. 936,300; 2591 sq. mi. (6710 sq. km). Also called Devon. * * *
Devonshire cream.
See clotted cream. [1815-25] * * *
Devonshire, Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 11th duke of
▪ 2005       British landowner (b. Jan. 2, 1920, London, Eng.—d. May 3, 2004, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Eng.), set an example to other British aristocrats when he ...
Devonshire, Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th duke of, marquess of Hartington, earl of Devonshire, Baron Cavendish of Hardwick
▪ British statesman born July 23, 1833, Lower Holker, Lancashire, Eng. died March 24, 1908, Cannes, Fr.  British statesman whose opposition to the Irish Home Rule policy of ...
Devonshire, William Cavendish, 1st Duke of, Marquess Of Hartington, Earl Of Devonshire, Baron Cavendish Of Hardwick
▪ British statesman born January 25, 1640 died August 18, 1707, London, England       a leader of the parliamentary movement that sought to exclude the Roman Catholic ...
Devonshire, William Cavendish, 1st Earl of, Baron Cavendish Of Hardwick
▪ British statesman born December 27, 1552 died March 3, 1626, Hardwick Hall, Devonshire, England       first of the long line of Devonshire peers.       The son ...
Devonshire, William Cavendish, 4th Duke of, Marquess Of Hartington, Earl Of Devonshire, Baron Cavendish Of Hardwick
▪ prime minister of Great Britain born 1720 died October 3, 1764, Spa, Liège, Austrian Netherlands [now in Belgium]  prime minister of Great Britain from November 1756 to ...
Devonshirecream
Dev·on·shire cream (dĕvʹən-shîr', -shər) n. See clotted cream.   [After Devonshire, or Devon, a county of southwest England.] * * *
devote
/di voht"/, v.t., devoted, devoting. 1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading. 2. ...
devoted
—devotedly, adv. —devotedness, n. /di voh"tid/, adj. zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection: a devoted friend. [1585-95; DEVOTE + -ED2] Syn. faithful, ...
devotedly
See devoted. * * *
devotedness
See devotedly. * * *
devotee
/dev'euh tee", -tay"/, n. 1. a person who is greatly devoted to something. 2. a person who is extremely devoted to a religion; a follower. 3. an enthusiastic follower or fan: ...
devotement
See devote. * * *
devotio moderna
▪ Roman Catholicism       religious movement within Roman Catholicism from the end of the 14th to the 16th century stressing meditation and the inner life, attaching ...
devotion
/di voh"sheuhn/, n. 1. profound dedication; consecration. 2. earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc. 3. an assignment or appropriation to any purpose, cause, etc.: the ...
devotional
—devotionality, devotionalness, n. —devotionally, adv. /di voh"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. characterized by devotion. 2. used in devotions: devotional prayers. n. 3. Often, ...
devotionally
See devotional. * * *
devour
—devourer, n. —devouringly, adv. —devouringness, n. /di vowr"/, v.t. 1. to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously. 2. to consume destructively, recklessly, ...
devourer
See devour. * * *
devouringly
See devourer. * * *
devout
—devoutly, adv. —devoutness, n. /di vowt"/, adj., devouter, devoutest. 1. devoted to divine worship or service; pious; religious: a devout Catholic. 2. expressing devotion or ...
devoutly
See devout. * * *
devoutness
See devoutly. * * *
Devrient family
German theatrical family. Ludwig Devrient (1784–1832) was the greatest actor of the Romantic period in Germany. At the Dessau court theatre he developed his talent for ...
Devrient, Eduard
▪ German actor born Aug. 11, 1801, Berlin [Germany] died Oct. 4, 1877, Karlsruhe, Ger.       actor, director, manager, translator of Shakespeare into German, and author ...
Devrient, Emil
▪ German actor born Sept. 4, 1803, Berlin [Germany] died Aug. 7, 1872, Dresden, Ger.       German actor of the 19th century who gained prominence in youthful heroic ...
Devrient, Karl August
▪ German actor born April 5, 1797, Berlin [Germany] died Aug. 3, 1872, Hanover, Ger.       German actor who achieved popularity in heroic and character roles such as ...
Devrient, Ludwig
▪ German actor born Dec. 15, 1784, Berlin [Germany] died Dec. 30, 1832, Berlin       greatest and most original actor of the Romantic period in Germany, whose ...
Devrient, Max
▪ German actor born Dec. 12, 1857, Hanover, Hannover [Germany] died June 13, 1929, Chur, Switz.       German actor who excelled in tragic roles, particularly in the ...
Devrient, Otto
▪ German actor and director born Oct. 3, 1838, Berlin [Germany] died July 23, 1894, Stettin, Ger.       German actor, director, producer, and ...
dew
—dewless, adj. /dooh, dyooh/, n. 1. moisture condensed from the atmosphere, esp. at night, and deposited in the form of small drops upon any cool surface. 2. something like or ...
DEW
/dooh, dyooh/ distant early warning. Cf. DEW line. * * * Deposit of water droplets formed at night by the condensation of water vapour from the air onto the surfaces of exposed ...
dew cell
an electrical instrument for measuring the dew point. * * *
DEW line
/dooh, dyooh/ a 3000-mi. (4800-km)-long network of radar stations north of the Arctic Circle, maintained by the U.S. and Canada for providing advance warning of the approach of ...
dew plant
sundew. [1825-35] * * *
dew point
the temperature to which air must be cooled, at a given pressure and water-vapor content, for it to reach saturation; the temperature at which dew begins to form. Also called ...
dew worm
dew worm n. NIGHT CRAWLER * * *
dew-point spread
/dooh"poynt', dyooh"-/ the number of degrees of difference between the air temperature and the dew point. Also called dew-point deficit, dew-point depression. * * *
dew-worm
/dooh"werrm', dyooh"-/, n. Chiefly Inland North and Canadian. the common earthworm. Also, dew worm. [bef. 1000; OE deaw-wyrm (not recorded in ME); see DEW, WORM] Regional ...
Dewali
/deuh wah"lee/, n. Diwali. * * *
dewan
/di wahn", -wawn"/, n. (in India) any of certain officials, as a financial minister or prime minister of a native colony. Also, diwan. [1680-90; < Hindi: minister (of state) < ...
Dewantoro, Ki Hadjar
▪ Indonesian educator original name Raden Mas (Lord) Suwardi Surjaningrat born May 8, 1889, Jogjakarta, Java, Dutch East Indies [now Indonesia] died April 26, ...
Dewar
/dooh"euhr, dyooh"-/, n. 1. Sir James, 1842-1923, Scottish chemist and physicist. 2. See Dewar vessel. * * *
Dewar (flask)
Dewar (flask) [do͞o′ər, dyo͞o′ər] n. 〚after Sir James Dewar (1848-1923), Scot chemist & physicist〛 a double-walled flask with a vacuum between the walls, which are ...
Dewar vessel
a container with an evacuated space between two walls that are highly reflective, capable of maintaining its contents at a near-constant temperature over relatively long periods ...
Dewar, Donald Campbell
▪ 2001       U.K. statesman (b. Aug. 21, 1937, Glasgow, Scot.—d. Oct. 11, 2000, Edinburgh, Scot.), was for many years a leading proponent of Scottish devolution; he ...
Dewar, Sir James
born Sept. 20, 1842, Kincardine-on-Forth, Scot. died March 27, 1923, London, Eng. British chemist and physicist. In 1891 he built a machine for producing liquid oxygen in ...
Dewar,Sir James
Dew·ar (do͞oʹər, dyo͞oʹ-), Sir James. 1842-1923. Scottish-born chemist and physicist who studied the liquefaction of gases and the properties of matter at very low ...
Dewarflask
Dewar flask n. An insulated container used especially to store liquefied gases, having a double wall with a vacuum between the walls and silvered surfaces facing the ...
Dewas
▪ India       city, western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. It is located on the Malwa Plateau at the foot of the conical Chamunda Hill, which rises to the Devi ...
dewater
—dewaterer, n. /dee waw"teuhr, -wot"euhr/, v.t. to remove the water from; drain; dehydrate. [1905-10; DE- + WATER] * * *
dewberry
/dooh"ber'ee, -beuh ree, dyooh"-/, n., pl. dewberries. 1. (in North America) the fruit of any of several trailing blackberries of the genus Rubus. 2. (in England) the fruit of a ...
dewclaw
—dewclawed, adj. /dooh"klaw', dyooh"-/, n. 1. a functionless claw of some dogs, not reaching the ground in walking. 2. an analogous false hoof of deer, hogs, etc. [1570-80; DEW ...
dewclawed
See dewclaw. * * *
dewdrop
/dooh"drop', dyooh"-/, n. a drop of dew. [1150-1200; ME. See DEW, DROP] * * *
Dewey
/dooh"ee, dyooh"ee/, n. 1. George, 1837-1917, U.S. admiral: defeated Spanish fleet in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. 2. John, 1859-1952, U.S. philosopher and ...
Dewey decimal classification
Trademark. a system of classifying books and other works into ten main classes of knowledge with further subdivision in these classes by use of the numbers of a decimal system: ...
Dewey System
➡ Dewey decimal classification * * *
Dewey, George
born Dec. 26, 1837, Montpelier, Vt., U.S. died Jan. 16, 1917, Washington, D.C. U.S. naval commander. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1858 and served with Union ...
Dewey, John
born Oct. 20, 1859, Burlington, Vt., U.S. died June 1, 1952, New York, N.Y. U.S. philosopher and educator who was one of the founders of pragmatism, a pioneer in functional ...
Dewey, Melvil
▪ American librarian born Dec. 10, 1851, Adams Center, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 26, 1931, Lake Placid, Fla.       American librarian who devised the Dewey Decimal ...
Dewey, Melvil(le Louis Kossuth)
born Dec. 10, 1851, Adams Center, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 26, 1931, Lake Placid, Fla. U.S. librarian. He graduated from Amherst College in 1874, whereupon he became acting ...
Dewey, Thomas E(dmund)
born March 24, 1902, Owosso, Mich., U.S. died March 16, 1971, Bal Harbour, Fla. U.S. attorney and politician. He became an assistant U.S. attorney in New York in 1931 and was ...
Dewey, Thomas E.
▪ governor of New York in full  Thomas Edmund Dewey   born March 24, 1902, Owosso, Mich., U.S. died March 16, 1971, Bal Harbour, Fla.  vigorous U.S. prosecuting attorney ...
Dewey,George
Dew·ey (do͞oʹē, dyo͞oʹē), George. 1837-1917. American naval officer known for his victory at Manila Bay (May 1, 1898) in the Spanish-American War. * * *
Dewey,John
Dewey, John. 1859-1952. American philosopher and educator who was a leading exponent of philosophical pragmatism and rejected traditional methods of teaching by rote in favor of ...
Dewey,Melvil
Dewey, Melvil. 1851-1931. American librarian and founder of the decimal system of classification (1876). * * *
Dewey,Thomas Edmund
Dewey, Thomas Edmund. 1902-1971. American politician who was the Republican nominee for President in 1944 and 1948. In the latter election he was unexpectedly beaten by Harry S. ...
Deweydecimal classification
Dewey decimal classification n. A system used in libraries for organizing nonfiction publications into subject categories corresponding to three-digit numerals, with further ...
dewfall
/dooh"fawl', dyooh"-/, n. 1. formation of dew. 2. the time at which dew begins to form. [1615-25; DEW + FALL] * * *
Dewhurst, Colleen
▪ American actress born June 3, 1924, Montreal, Que., Can. died Aug. 22, 1991, South Salem, N.Y., U.S.  American actress who was the leading Broadway interpreter of the plays ...
Dewi
/day"wee/, n. Saint. See David, Saint. * * *
dewily
See dewy. * * *
dewiness
See dewily. * * *
dewire
v.t., dewired, dewiring. * * *
DeWitt, Lydia Maria Adams
▪ American pathologist née Adams born Feb. 1, 1859, Flint, Mich., U.S. died March 10, 1928, Winter, Texas       American experimental pathologist and investigator of ...
dewlap
—dewlapped, adj. /dooh"lap', dyooh"-/, n. 1. a pendulous fold of skin under the throat of a bovine animal. 2. any similar part in other animals, as the wattle of fowl or the ...
DEWline
DEW line (do͞o, dyo͞o) n. A line of radar stations near the 70th parallel across the North American continent, maintained by the United States and Canada and intended to give ...
deworm
/dee werrm"/, v.t. worm (def. 19). [1925-30; DE- + WORM] * * *
dewormer
See deworm. * * *
dewpoint
dew point n. Abbr. DP The temperature at which air becomes saturated and produces dew. * * *
Dewsbury
▪ England, United Kingdom       town in Kirklees metropolitan borough, metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, historic county of Yorkshire, northern England. It lies ...
Dewson, Mary Williams
▪ American economist born Feb. 18, 1874, Quincy, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 22, 1962, Castine, Maine       American economist and political organizer, closely associated ...
dewy
—dewily, adv. —dewiness, n. /dooh"ee, dyooh"ee/, adj. dewier, dewiest. 1. moist with or as if with dew. 2. having the quality of dew: dewy tears. [bef. 1000; ME; OE deawig; ...
dewy-eyed
/dooh"ee uyd', dyooh"-/, adj. romantically naive or credulous; sentimental, innocent, and trusting: dewy-eyed, aspiring young actresses. [1935-40] * * *
dex
dex (dĕks) n. Slang Dextroamphetamine. * * *
dexamethasone
/dek'seuh meth"euh sohn', -zohn'/, n. Pharm. a crystalline, water-soluble steroid, C22H29FO5, used in the treatment of certain allergic or inflammatory conditions, as rheumatoid ...
Dexamyl
/dek"seuh mil/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand name for a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amobarbital that curbs appetite and elevates mood, used in the treatment of obesity or ...
Dexedrine
/dek"si dreen', -drin/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of dextroamphetamine. * * *
dexfenfluraminehydrochloride
dex·fen·flu·ra·mine hydrochloride (dĕks'fĕn-flo͝orʹə-mēn') n. A drug that blocks the reuptake of serotonin by neurons of the central nervous system, formerly ...
dexie
/dek"see/, n. Slang. Dexedrine, esp. in tablet form. [1955-60; DEX(EDRINE) + -IE] * * *
dexiocardia
/dek'see oh kahr"dee euh/, n. Pathol. dextrocardia. [1865-70; < Gk dexió(s) on the right hand or side + -CARDIA] * * *
dexiotropic
/dek'see oh trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. dextral (def. 3). [1880-85; < Gk dexi(ós) right (side) + -O- + -TROPIC] * * *
Dexippus, Publius Herennius
▪ Roman historian born c. 210 died after 270       Roman historian and Athenian statesman, one of the principal authorities for the history of the mid-3rd century ...
dexter
/dek"steuhr/, adj. 1. on the right side; right. 2. noting the side of a heraldic shield that is to the right of one who bears it (opposed to sinister). [1555-65; < L: right, ...
Dexter
/dek"steuhr/, n. 1. Also, Dexter-Kerry /dek"steuhr ker"ee/. one of a breed of small, hardy, usually black dual-purpose cattle, derived from the Kerry breed of Ireland. 2. a male ...
Dexter, John
▪ British director born Aug. 2, 1925, Derby, Derbyshire, Eng. died March 23, 1990, London       British director of stage plays and operas.       Dexter, who ...
dexterity
/dek ster"i tee/, n. 1. skill or adroitness in using the hands or body; agility. 2. mental adroitness or skill; cleverness. [1520-30; < L dexteritas readiness, equiv. to dexter- ...
dexterous
—dexterously, adv. —dexterousness, n. /dek"streuhs, -steuhr euhs/, adj. 1. skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body. 2. having mental adroitness or skill; ...
dexterously
See dexterous. * * *
dexterousness
See dexterously. * * *
dextr-
var. of dextro- before a vowel: dextral. * * *
dextral
—dextrally, adv. /dek"streuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or on the right side; right (opposed to sinistral). 2. right-handed. 3. Also, dexiotropic. Zool. (of certain ...
dextrality
/dek stral"i tee/, n. 1. the state or quality of having the right side or its parts or members different from and, usually, more efficient than the left side or its parts or ...
dextrally
See dextrality. * * *
dextran
/dek"streuhn/, n. Chem., Pharm. a viscous polysaccharide, composed of dextrose, produced by bacterial action on sucrose: used in confections and lacquers and in medicine chiefly ...
dextranase
/dek"streuh nays', -nayz'/, n. Biochem. an enzyme that hydrolyzes dextran to smaller oligosaccharides: used in dentifrices to dissolve dental plaque. [1945-50; DEXTRAN + -ASE] * ...
dextrin
/dek"strin/, n. Biochem., Chem. a soluble, gummy substance, formed from starch by the action of heat, acids, or ferments, occurring in various forms and having dextrorotatory ...
dextro
/dek"stroh/, adj. Optics. dextrorotatory. [by shortening] * * *
dextro-
1. a combining form meaning "right," used in the formation of compound words: dextrorotatatory. 2. Chem. a combining form meaning "turning clockwise": dextroglucose. Also, esp. ...
dextroamphetamine
/dek'stroh am fet"euh meen', -min/, n. Pharm. a white, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C9H13N, that stimulates the central nervous system: used in medicine as an antidepressive ...
dextrocardia
—dextrocardial, adj. /dek'stroh kahr"dee euh/, n. Pathol. 1. an abnormal condition in which the heart is displaced to the right side of the chest. 2. dextral displacement of ...
dextrocular
—dextrocularity /dek strok'yeuh lar"i tee/, n. /dek strok"yeuh leuhr/, adj. Ophthalm. favoring the right eye, rather than the left, by habit or for effective vision (opposed to ...
dextroglucose
/dek'stroh glooh"kohs/, n. Biochem. See under glucose (def. 1). [DEXTRO- + GLUCOSE] * * *
dextromethorphan
▪ drug       synthetic drug related to morphine and used in medicine as a cough suppressant. The hydrobromide salt of dextromethorphan occurs as white crystals or a ...
dextrorotation
dextrorotation [deks΄trōrō tā′shən] n. dextrorotatory direction or movement * * * dex·tro·ro·ta·tion (dĕk'strə-rō-tāʹshən) n. A turning to the right. Used ...
dextrorotatory
—dextrorotation /dek'stroh roh tay"sheuhn/, n. /dek'stroh roh"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. Optics. turning to the right, as the rotation to the right of the plane of ...
dextrorse
—dextrorsely, adv. /dek"strawrs, dek strawrs"/, adj. Bot. (of a climbing plant) rising helically from right to left, as seen from outside the helix (opposed to ...
dextrorsely
See dextrorse. * * *
dextrose
/dek"strohs/, n. Biochem. dextroglucose, commercially obtainable from starch by acid hydrolysis. Also called corn sugar, grape sugar. [1865-70; DEXTR- + -OSE2] * * *
dextrosinistral
—dextrosinistrally, adv. /dek'stroh sin"euh streuhl/, adj. 1. passing or extending from the right to the left. 2. left-handed, but having the right hand trained for ...
dextrous
—dextrously, adv. —dextrousness, n. /dek"streuhs/, adj. dexterous. * * *
dey
/day/, n. 1. the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830. 2. a title sometimes used by the former rulers of Tunis and Tripoli. [1650-60; < F < Turk ...
Deyssel, Lodewijk van
▪ Dutch author pseudonym  of Karel Joan Lodewijk Alberdingk Thijm   born Sept. 22, 1864, Amsterdam, Neth. died Jan. 26, 1952, Haarlem       leading Dutch writer and ...
Dezful
Dezful [dez fo͞ol′] city in W Iran: pop. 181,000 * * * ▪ Iran also spelled  Dizfūl   city, southwestern Iran. It lies on the high left bank of the Dez River, 469 feet ...
Dezhnev
/dezh"nef, -nee awf'/; Russ. /dyi zhnyawf"/, n. Cape, a cape in the NE Russian Federation in Asia, on the Bering Strait: the northeasternmost point of Asia. Also called East ...
Dezhnev, Cape
Russian Mys Deshneva Cape, extreme eastern Russia. It is the easternmost point of the Chukchi Peninsula and of the entire Eurasian landmass. It is separated from Cape Prince of ...
Dezhnev,Cape
Dezh·nev (dĕzhʹnəf, dĕzh'nē-ôfʹ, dĭzh-nyôfʹ), Cape also East Cape. A cape of extreme northeast Russia on the Bering Strait opposite Alaska. It is the easternmost ...
Dezhnyov, Cape
▪ cape, Russia also spelled  Dezhnëv , Russian  Mys Dezhnyova , English  East Cape        cape, extreme eastern Russia. Cape Dezhnyov is the easternmost point of ...
Dezhnyov, Semyon Ivanov
▪ Russian explorer Dezhnyov also spelled  Dezhnëv   born c. 1605, , Veliky Ustyug, Russia died , early 1673, Moscow       Russian explorer, the first European known ...
Dezhou
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Te-chou        city, northwestern Shandong (Shantung) sheng (province), northeast-central China. It is located on the Southern ...
dezincification
/dee zing'keuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. Metall. 1. removal of zinc. 2. loss of zinc by corrosion. [1870-75; DE- + ZINCIFICATION] * * *
Dezong
▪ emperor of Tang dynasty Wade-Giles romanization  Te-tsung,  personal name (xingming)  Li Kuo  born 742, China died 805, China       temple name (miaohao) of the ...
DF
DF abbrev. 1. Radio direction finder: also D/F 2. 〚Sp Distrito Federal〛 Federal District (in Mexico) * * * DF abbr. direction finder. * * *
DFA
DFA or D.F.A. abbrev. Doctor of Fine Arts * * * DFA abbr. Doctor of Fine Arts. * * *
DFC
DFC abbrev. Distinguished Flying Cross * * * DFC abbr. Distinguished Flying Cross. * * * ➡ Distinguished Flying Cross. * * *
DfES
I. DfES ➡ Department for Education and Skills. II. the DfES ➡ Department for Education and Skills. * * *
DFID
➡ Department for International Development. * * *
DFM
➡ Distinguished Flying Medal. * * *
DfT
➡ Department for Transport. * * *
dft.
dft. abbr. 1. defendant. 2. draft. * * *
dg
decigram; decigrams. * * *
Dga'-ldan
▪ Mongolian ruler also spelled  Galdan   born 1644?, Central Asia died May 3, 1697, near Altay, East Turkistan [now Xinjiang, China]       leader of the Dzungar ...
Dga'l-dan
or Galdan born 1644?, Central Asia died May 3, 1697, East Turkistan Leader of the Dzungar tribes of Mongols, who built an empire that reached from Tibet in the southwest to the ...
Dge-lugs-pa
or Gelukpa Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the chief religion in Tibet since the 17th century. It was founded in the 14th century by Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419). His ...
DGI
▪ Cuban secret service abbreviation  of Dirección General De Inteligencia,         the secret intelligence agency of Cuba. The agency was established with the help ...
dgn
Common Semitic noun *dagan-, grain. 1. Dagon, from Hebrew dāgôn, from Phoenician *dagōn, grain, storm-god. 2. Mudéjar>>, from Arabic mudajjan, permitted to remain, Mudéjar, ...
DGSE
▪ French government agency abbreviation  of Direction Générale De La Sécurité Extérieure (“General Board of External Security”),  formerly  (1947–81) Sdece, or ...
dGTP
dGTP (dē'jē'tē'pēʹ) n. One of the two purine nucleotides that are used to synthesize DNA.   [deoxy- + guanosine + triphosphate.] * * *
DH
1. Racing. See dead heat. 2. Baseball. See designated hitter. Also, dh. * * *
DH.
(in Morocco) dirham; dirhams. * * *
DHA
Biochem. docosahexaenoic acid: an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oils. * * *
Dhahran
/dah rahn"/, n. a city in E Saudi Arabia: oil center. 12,500. * * * ▪ Saudi Arabia Arabic  Al-Ẓahrān   town, northeastern Saudi Arabia. It is located in the Dammām ...
Dhaka
/dak"euh, dah"keuh/, n. a city in and the capital of Bangladesh, in the central part. 2,365,695. Also, Dacca. * * * or Dacca City (pop., 1991: city, 3,612,850; 1999 est., ...
dhal
/dahl/, n. East Indian Cookery. dal. /dhahl/, n. the ninth letter of the Arabic alphabet. [ < Ar] * * *
dhaman
/dah"meuhn/, n. a large, harmless, colubrid snake, Ptyas mucosus, of southern Asia, the skin of which is used in making shoes, purses, and other items. [1875-80; < Hindi dhaman; ...
Dhamār
▪ Yemen       town, western Yemen, lying in the Yemen Highlands, in a valley 12 miles (19 km) wide between two volcanic peaks at 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) above sea ...
Dhammapada
▪ Buddhist literature Pali“Words of Doctrine” or “Way of Truth”       probably the best-known book in the Pali Buddhist canon. It is an anthology of basic ...
Dhamtari
▪ India       town, eastern Chhattisgarh state, central India, just west of the Mahanadi River. The town is a rail-spur terminus and a trade centre for agricultural ...
Dhanbad
Dhanbad [dän′bäd] city in E Bihar, NE India: pop. 815,000 * * * ▪ India       city, eastern Jharkhand state, northeastern India. It lies in the Damodar River ...
Dhanvantari
▪ Hindu mythology also spelled  Dhanwantari,         in Hindu mythology, the physician of the gods. According to legend, the gods and the demons sought the elixir ...
Dhar
Town (pop., 2001 prelim.: 75,472), western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. On the northern slopes of the Vindhya Range, it commands one of the gaps leading to the Narmada ...
dharani
▪ Buddhism and Hinduism       in Buddhism and Hinduism, a sacred Sanskrit phrase of great efficacy, used as a verbal protective device or talisman and as a support or ...
dharma
—dharmic, adj. /dahr"meuh, dur"-/, n. Hinduism, Buddhism. 1. essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature. 2. conformity to religious law, custom, duty, ...
Dharma-Ṭhākur
▪ Indian deity also called  Dharma-Ray         folk deity of eastern India having complex characteristics and obscure origins. Dharma-Ṭhākur is worshiped as the ...
Dharmakīrti
▪ Indian philosopher flourished 7th century       Indian Buddhist philosopher and logician. He asserted that inference and direct perception are the only valid kinds ...
dharmapāla
▪ Tibetan Buddhist deity Sanskrit“defender of the religious law”Tibetan  drag-gshed (“cruel, wrathful hangman”)   in Tibetan Buddhism, any one of a group of eight ...
Dharmapuri
▪ India       town, northwestern Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nādu) state, southeastern India. It was known in early Tamil shangam literature as the home of the poet Avvaiyar ...
dharmashastra
▪ Hinduism also spelled  Dharmasastra,  Sanskrit  Dharma-śāstra        (“righteousness science”), ancient Indian body of jurisprudence that is still ...
dharmasutra
▪ Hinduism Sanskrit  Dharma-sūtra        (“righteousness thread”), any of several manuals of human conduct that form the earliest source of Hindu law. They ...
Dharmavamsa
▪ king of Java also spelled Dharmawangsja, or Dharmawangsa died c. 1007, , Java [now in Indonesia]       king of eastern Java from about 985 and the first historical ...
dharmic
See dharma. * * *
Dharmshala
▪ India also spelled  Dharamsala        town, western Himachal Pradesh (Himāchal Pradesh) state, northwestern India, located on a lower slope of the Himalayas. ...
dharna
/dahr"neuh, dur"-/, n. (in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the ...
Dharuk
/dahr"ook/, n. an Australian aboriginal language, now extinct, spoken in the area of the first European settlement at Port Jackson. * * *
Dhaulagiri
/dow'leuh gear"ee/, n. a mountain in W central Nepal: a peak of the Himalayas. 26,826 ft. (8180 m). * * * ▪ mountains, Nepal  mountain massif of the Himalayas in ...
Dhaulpur
▪ India also spelled  Dholpur   town, eastern Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India, situated just north of the Chambal River. The original town was founded ...
ḏhb
Central Semitic noun *ḏahab-, gold. dahabeah, from Arabic ḏahabīya, the Golden One (name of the gilded barge of the Muslim rulers of Egypt), from ḏahab, gold. * * *
dhē(i)-
To suck. Contracted from *dheə₁(i)-. Derivatives include female, fawn2, fetus, fennel, and affiliate. 1. Suffixed reduced form *dhē-mnā-. female, feme, feminine; effeminate, ...
dhē-
To set, put. Contracted from *dheə₁-. Derivatives include deed, doom, fashion, defeat, feckless, sacrifice, satisfy, face, and synthesis. I. Basic form *dhē-. 1. Suffixed ...
DHEA
dehydroepiandrosterone: a steroid hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands and sold in synthetic form as a nutritional supplement. * * *
Dhebar Lake
▪ lake, India       large reservoir lake in the southeastern Aravalli Range, south-central Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. The lake, about 20 square ...
Dhegiha
/day"gee hah'/, n. a division of the Siouan language family, comprising the dialects spoken by the Omaha, Osage, Kansa, Ponca, and Quapaw. * * *
dhegʷh-
To burn, warm. 1. Suffixed o-grade (causative) form *dhogʷh-eyo-. foment, fomite, from Latin fovē, to warm, cherish, foment. 2. Suffixed basic form dhegʷh-rā-. tephra, from ...
dheigh-
To form, build. Oldest form *dheig̑h-, becoming *dheigh- in centum languages. Derivatives include dairy, lady, dough, and paradise. 1. dairy, from Old English dǣge, bread ...
Dhekélia
▪ British military enclave, Cyprus also spelled  Dekéleia        British military enclave in southeast Cyprus, retained as a “sovereignty base area” by the ...
Dhenkanal
▪ India       town, east-central Orissa state, eastern India. Named for Dhenka, a medieval chieftain of the Savara people, Dhenkanal is a marketplace for rice, ...
dher-
To hold firmly, support. Derivatives include infirmary and throne. 1. Suffixed form *dher-mo-. farm, fermata, firm1, firm2, firmament; affirm, confirm, furl, infirm, infirmary, ...
dhers-
To venture, be bold. O-grade form *dhors- and zero-grade form *dhr̥s-. dare, durst, from Old English dearr and durst, first and third person singular present and past indicative ...
dhēs-
Root of words in religious concepts. Contracted from *dheə₁s-. Possibly an extension of dhē-. Derivatives include feast, fanatic, atheism, and enthusiasm. 1. Suffixed form ...
dheu-
I. dheu-1 To flow. a. dew, from Old English dēaw, dew; b. sundew, from Middle Dutch dau, dew; c. Germanic compound *melith-dauwaz (see melit-). a-c all from Germanic *dauwaz, ...
dheub-
Also dheubh-. Deep, hollow. 1. deep, depth, from Old English dēop, deep, from Germanic *deupaz. 2. dip, from Old English dyppan, to immerse, dip, from Germanic expressive ...
dheubh-
See dheub-. * * *

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