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▪ plant order       order of dicotyledonous (dicotyledon) flowering plants, comprising one family (Dilleniaceae), with 10 genera and about 300 species of trees, shrubs, ...
Dillenius, Johann Jakob
▪ German botanist born 1687, Darmstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt [Germany] died April 2, 1747, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Eng.  botanist who wrote several descriptive works on ...
Diller, Barry
▪ 1999       As the so-called telecommunications superhighway continued to develop at breakneck speed during 1998, U.S. entrepreneur Barry Diller remained one of its ...
/dil"ee/, n. Dili. Also, Dilly. * * *
/dil"in jeuhr/, n. John, 1902-34, U.S. bank robber and murderer. * * *
Dillinger, John
▪ American gangster born June 28, 1902, or June 22, 1903, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. died July 22, 1934, Chicago  most famous of all U.S. bank robbers, whose short career of ...
Dillinger, John (Herbert)
born June 28, 1902, or June 22, 1903, Indianapolis, Ind., U.S. died July 22, 1934, Chicago, Ill. U.S. bank robber. Arrested in 1924 in the foiled holdup of a grocer in ...
Dil·lin·ger (dĭlʹĭn-jər), John. 1902-1934. American gangster who was declared Public Enemy Number One by the FBI in 1933 for his role in a string of bank robberies and at ...
/dil"euhn/, n. 1. C(larence) Douglas, born 1909, U.S. lawyer and government official, born in Switzerland: Secretary of the Treasury 1961-65. 2. John Forrest, 1831-1914, U.S. ...
Dillon, C Douglas
▪ 2004       American financier, politician, and arts patron (b. Aug. 21, 1909, Geneva, Switz.—d. Jan. 10, 2003, New York, N.Y.), though a Republican, served as ...
Dillon, Carmen Joseph
▪ 2001       British motion picture set decorator and art director (b. Oct. 25, 1908, London, Eng.—d. April 12, 2000, Hove, East Sussex, Eng.), as the industry's first ...
Dillon, John
▪ Irish leader born Sept. 4, 1851, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ire. died Aug. 4, 1927, London  a leader of the Irish Nationalist Party in the struggle to secure Home Rule by ...
dill pickle n. A pickled cucumber flavored with dill. * * *
/dil"weed'/, n. the leaves of the dill plant, esp. when used dried and as a food flavoring. [DILL + WEED1] * * *
/dil"ee/, n., pl. dillies. Informal. something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.: a dilly of a movie. [1930-35; Amer.; earlier as adj.: wonderful, appar. a ...
dilly bag
/dil"ee/, Australian. a bag made from reeds, grasses, or hair. [1840-50; dilly < Waga (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, S Queensland) dila] * * *
See dilly-dally. * * *
dil·ly-dal·ly (dĭlʹē-dăl'ē) intr.v. dil·ly-dal·lied, dil·ly-dal·lying, dil·ly-dal·lies To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or ...
/dil"ee dal'ee, -dal"-/, v.i., dillydallied, dillydallying. to waste time, esp. by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter. [1735-45; gradational redupl. of DALLY] * * *
▪ ancient kingdom, Persian Gulf       Sumerian name of an ancient independent kingdom that flourished c. 2000 BCE, centred on Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf. Dilmun ...
▪ tree also called  Alexandrian laurel,  or  dilo oil tree   (Calophyllum inophyllum), ornamental plant, of the family Clusiaceae, native from Madagascar to the Pacific, ...
Dilthey [dil′tā] Wilhelm 1833-1911; Ger. philosopher * * *
Dilthey, Wilhelm
born Nov. 19, 1833, Biebrich, Nassau, Ger. died Oct. 1, 1911, Seis am Schlern, South Tirol, Austria-Hungary German philosopher of history. Opposed to contemporary efforts to ...
/dil tuy"euh zem'/, n. Pharm. a white to whitish crystalline powder, C22H26N2O4S, used as a calcium blocker in the treatment of angina pectoris. [presumably from isolated and ...
/dil"yooh euhnt/, adj. 1. serving to dilute; diluting. n. 2. a diluting substance. [1715-25; < L diluent- (s. of diluens), prp. of diluere to DILUTE; see -ENT] * * *
—diluter, dilutor, n. —dilutive, adj. /di looht", duy-/; adj. also /duy"looht/, v., diluted, diluting, adj. v.t. 1. to make (a liquid) thinner or weaker by the addition of ...
See dilute. * * *
/di looh"sheuhn, duy-/, n. 1. the act of diluting or the state of being diluted. 2. something diluted. [1640-50; DILUTE + -ION] * * *
See diluter. * * *
See diluter. * * *
/di looh"vee euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge. 2. Geol. Now Rare. pertaining to or consisting of diluvium. Also, diluvian. [1650-60; < LL diluvialis, ...
/di looh"vee euhm/, n., pl. diluvia /-vee euh/, diluviums. Geol. Now Rare. a coarse surficial deposit formerly attributed to a general deluge but now regarded as glacial ...
—dimly, adv. —dimmable, adj. —dimness, n. /dim/, adj., dimmer, dimmest, v., dimmed, dimming. adj. 1. not bright; obscure from lack of light or emitted light: a dim room; a ...
dim bulb
dim bulb n. Informal a slow-witted person; dimwit dim-bulb adj. * * *
dim sum
/dim" sum"/, Chinese Cookery. small dumplings, usually steamed or fried and filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, condiments, etc. [1965-70; < Chin dial. (Guangdong) dím sàm, ...
/dim"owt'/, n. 1. a reduction or concealment of night lighting in wartime to make the source less visible to an enemy from the air or sea. 2. a reduction of night lighting caused ...
1. dimension. 2. (in prescriptions) one-half. [ < L dimidius] 3. diminish. 4. diminuendo. 5. diminutive. * * *
/deuh mah"jee oh', -maj"ee oh'/, n. Joseph Paul (Joe), born 1914, U.S. baseball player. * * *
DiMaggio, Joe
orig. Joseph Paul DiMaggio born Nov. 25, 1914, Martinez, Calif., U.S. died March 8, 1999, Hollywood, Fla. U.S. baseball star. DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and ...
DiMaggio, Joseph Paul
▪ 2000 “The Yankee Clipper”; “Joltin' Joe”        American professional baseball player (b. Nov. 25, 1914, Martinez, Calif.—d. March 8, 1999, Hollywood, Fla.), ...
DiMaggio,Joseph Paul
Di·Mag·gio (də-mäʹzhē-ō, -măjʹē-ō), Joseph Paul. Known as “Jolting Joe” and “the Yankee Clipper.” 1914-1999. American baseball player. A center fielder for ...
Dimashq [dē mäshk′] Ar. name for DAMASCUS * * *
I. David Dimbleby (1938– ) a British television broadcaster who presents the BBC’s political programmes Panorama and Question Time, and programmes on national occasions, such ...
Dimbleby, Richard
▪ British journalist in full  Richard Frederick Dimbleby   born May 25, 1913, Richmond, Surrey, Eng. died Dec. 22, 1965, London       pioneer radio news reporter and ...
/dim"bulb', -bulb"/, n. Slang. a stupid person; dimwit. [1930-35, Amer.; DIM + BULB] * * *
/duym/, n. 1. a cupronickel-clad coin of the U.S. and Canada, the 10th part of a dollar, equal to 10 cents. 2. Slang. a. ten dollars. b. a 10-year prison sentence. c. See dime ...
dime bag
Slang. a packet containing an amount of an illegal drug selling for ten dollars. Also called dime. * * *
dime novel
a cheap melodramatic or sensational novel, usually in paperback and selling for ten cents, esp. such an adventure novel popular c1850 to c1920. [1860-65, Amer.] * * * ▪ ...
dime store
1. five-and-ten (def. 1). 2. Bowling. a split in which the five and ten pins remain standing. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
dime bag n. Slang A specified amount of an unlawful drug, packaged and sold for a fixed price, usually about ten dollars. * * *
/duy'men huy"dreuh nayt'/, n. Pharm. a synthetic, crystalline, antihistamine powder, C17H22NO·C7H6ClN4O2, used in the treatment of allergic disorders and as a preventive for ...
dime novel n. A melodramatic novel of romance or adventure, usually in paperback.   [After the Dime Book Series, published by Erastus Flavel Beadle.]   dime novelist n. * * *
See dime novel. * * *
—dimensional, adj. —dimensionality, n. —dimensionally, adv. —dimensionless, adj. /di men"sheuhn, duy-/, n. 1. Math. a. a property of space; extension in a given ...
dimension lumber
1. building lumber cut to standard or specified sizes. 2. sawed lumber from 2 to 5 in. (5 to 12.7 cm) thick and from 4 to 12 in. (10.2 to 30.5 cm) wide. Also called ...
dimension stone
quarried and squared stone 2 ft. (0.6 m) or more in length and width and of specified thickness. * * *
dimensional [də men′shə nəl] adj. 1. of dimension or dimensions 2. having (a specified number of) dimensions [a three-dimensional figure] dimensionality [də ...
dimensional analysis
Physics. a method for comparing the dimensions of the physical quantities occurring in a problem to find relationships between the quantities without having to solve the problem ...
See dimensional. * * *
See dimensional. * * *
See dimensional. * * *
—dimeric /duy mer"ik/, adj. /duy"meuhr/, n. Chem. 1. a molecule composed of two identical, simpler molecules. 2. a polymer derived from two identical monomers. Cf. ...
/duy'meuhr kap"rawl, -rol/, n. Chem. a colorless, oily, viscous liquid, C3H8OS2, originally developed as an antidote to lewisite and now used in treating bismuth, gold, mercury, ...
See dimer. * * *
See dimerous. * * *
—dimerization, n. /duy"meuh ruyz'/, v.i., v.t. dimerized, dimerizing. Chem. to form (a dimer), as in polymerization. Also, esp. Brit., dimerise. [1850-55; back formation from ...
—dimerism, n. /dim"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. consisting of or divided into two parts. 2. Bot. (of flowers) having two members in each whorl. [1820-30; < NL dimerus < Gk dimerés ...
dime store n. See five-and-ten. * * *
/dim"i teuhr/, n. Pros. a verse or line of two measures or feet, as He is gone on the mountain,/He is lost to the forest. [1580-90; < LL dimeter < Gk dímetros of two measures, a ...
/duy meth"oh ayt'/, n. Chem. a highly toxic crystalline compound, C5H12NO3PS2, used as an insecticide. [1955-60; prob. dimeth(yl) + -(thi)oate, components of the chemical name] * ...
/duy'meuh thok'see meth"ayn/, n. Chem. methylal. [DI-1 + METH(YL) + OXY-2 + METHANE] * * *
/duy meth"euhl/, n. Chem. ethane. [1865-70; DI-1 + METHYL] * * *
dimethyl sulfate
Chem. a colorless or yellow, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid, (CH3)2SO2, used chiefly in organic synthesis. Also, methyl sulfate. * * *
dimethyl sulfoxide
/sul fok"suyd/, Chem. See DMSO. [1960-65] * * *       simplest member of the sulfoxide family of organic compounds; see sulfoxide. * * *
dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)
Colourless, nearly odourless liquid organic compound. It mixes in all proportions with water, ethanol, and most organic solvents and dissolves a wide variety of compounds (but ...
/duy meth'euhl an thran"l ayt', -it, -an"threuh nl ayt'/, n. Chem. a colorless or pale-yellow liquid, C9H11NO2, having a grape odor: used chiefly in perfumes, flavorings, and ...
/duy meth'euhl ben"zeen, -ben zeen"/, n. Chem. xylene. [1865-70; DI-1 + METHYL + BENZENE] * * *
/duy meth'euhl kahr"beuh nawl', -nol'/, n. Chem. See isopropyl alcohol. [1865-70; DI- + METHYL + CARBINOL] * * *
/duy meth'euhl huy"dreuh zeen', -zin/, n. Chem. a flammable, highly toxic, and colorless liquid, C2H8N2, used as a component in jet and rocket fuels. [DIMETHYL + HYDRAZINE] * * *
/duy meth'euhl kee"tawl, -tol/, n. Chem. acetoin. [DI-1 + METHYL + KET(ONE) + -OL1] * * *
/duy meth'euhl kee"tohn/, n. Chem. acetone. [DIMETHYL + KETONE] * * *
/duy meth'euhl meth"ayn/, n. Chem. propane. [DI-1 + METHYL + METHANE] * * *
/duy meth'euhl nuy troh"seuh meen', -nuy'trohs am"in/, n. Chem. a yellow, water-soluble carcinogenic liquid, C2H6N2O, found in tobacco smoke and certain foods: known to be a ...
di·meth·yl·sulf·ox·ide (dī-mĕth'əl-sŭl-fŏkʹsīd') n. DMSO. * * *
/duy meth'euhl trip"teuh meen', -min/, n. Pharm. a hallucinogenic drug, C12H16N2, with an action of short duration. Abbr.: DMT [1965-70; DIMETHYL + TRYPTAMINE] * * *
dimetric projection
dimetric projection [dī me′trik] n. a type of AXONOMETRIC PROJECTION in which the object is shown with two of its three principal axes tilted equally from the plane of ...
/duy me"treuh don'/, n. an extinct carnivorous mammallike reptile, of the genus Dimetrodon, dominant in North America during the Permian Period, up to 10 ft. (3.1 m) long and ...
dimidiate [di mid′ē āt΄, dīkmid′ē āt΄] adj. 〚< L dimidiatus, pp. of dimidiare, to divide into halves < dimidium, a half < dis-, apart, from + medius, MID1〛 1. ...
dimin abbrev. diminutive * * *
1. diminish. 2. diminuendo. 3. diminutive. * * *
—diminishable, adj. —diminishment, n. /di min"ish/, v.t. 1. to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce. 2. Archit. to give (a column) a form ...
See diminish. * * *
diminished [də min′isht] adj. 1. made smaller; lessened; reduced 2. Music lessened by a half step: said of intervals or of chords formed with such an interval * * *
diminished responsibility
or diminished capacity In law, doctrine that absolves an accused person of part of the liability for his criminal act if he suffers from such abnormality of mind as to ...
di·min·ished capacity (dĭ-mĭnʹĭsht) n. Lack of ability to comprehend the nature of a crime one has committed or to restrain oneself from committing a crime. * * *
diminishing returns
1. any rate of profit, production, benefits, etc., that beyond a certain point fails to increase proportionately with added investment, effort, or skill. 2. Also called law of ...
diminishing returns, law of
Economic law stating that if one input used in the manufacture of a product is increased while all other inputs remain fixed, a point will eventually be reached at which the ...
di·min·ish·ing returns (dĭ-mĭnʹĭ-shĭng) pl.n. A yield rate that after a certain point fails to increase proportionately to additional outlays of capital or investments of ...
See diminishable. * * *
/di min'yooh en"doh/, adj., adv., n., pl. diminuendoes. Music. adj., adv. 1. gradually reducing in force or loudness; decrescendo (opposed to crescendo). n. 2. a gradual ...
/dim'euh nooh"sheuhn, -nyooh"-/, n. 1. the act, fact, or process of diminishing; lessening; reduction. 2. Music. the repetition or imitation of a subject or theme in notes of ...
See diminution. * * *
—diminutively, adv. —diminutiveness, n. /di min"yeuh tiv/, adj. 1. small; little; tiny: a diminutive building for a model-train layout. 2. Gram. pertaining to or productive ...
See diminutive. * * *
See diminutively. * * *
/dim"euh sawr'ee, -sohr'ee/, adj. dismissing or giving permission to depart. [1425-75; late ME: a dimissory letter < LL dimissorius, equiv. to L dimitt(ere) to send away, release ...
Dimitri Tiomkin
➡ Tiomkin * * *
Dimitrijević, Dragutin
▪ Serbian army officer byname  Apis (“Holy Bull”)   born Aug. 17, 1876, Belgrade, Serbia died June 27, 1917, Thessaloníki, Greece       Serbian army officer and ...
▪ Greek patriarch also spelled  Demetrios,  original name  Dimitrios Papadopoulos  born 1914, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Tur.] died Oct. 2, 1991, ...
Dimitrios I
/di mee"tree euhs/ (Dimitrios Papadopoulos), 1914-91, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church 1972-91. * * *
/di mee"trddof/, n. Georgi /ge awrdd"gi/, 1882-1949, Bulgarian political leader: premier 1946-49. * * *
Dimitrov, Georgi (Mikhailovich)
born June 18, 1882, Kovachevtsi, Bulg. died July 2, 1949, near Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. Bulgarian communist leader. He helped found the Bulgarian Communist Party in 1919. After ...
Dimitrov, Georgi Mikhailovich
▪ Bulgarian communist leader born June 18, 1882, Kovachevtsi, Bulg. died July 2, 1949, near Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.  Bulgarian communist leader who became the post-World War ...
Dimitrova, Ghena
▪ 2006       Bulgarian soprano (b. May 6, 1941, Beglezh, Bulg.—d. June 11, 2005, Milan, Italy), enjoyed a career in major opera houses in Europe and the U.S.; she also ...
▪ Bulgaria       town, south-central Bulgaria, in the fertile lowlands of the Maritsa River valley; it is a rail junction on the Belgrade-Sofia-Istanbul rail line. The ...
/di mee"trddo vo/, n. a city in W Bulgaria, near Sofia. 79,300. Formerly, Pernik. * * *
/dim"i tee/, n., pl. dimities. a thin cotton fabric, white, dyed, or printed, woven with a stripe or check of heavier yarn. [1400-50; earlier dimite, late ME demyt < ML dimettum ...
See dim. * * *
DIMM abbr. Computer Science. dual in-line memory module. * * *
/dim"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that dims. 2. Also called dimmer switch. a rheostat or similar device by which the intensity of an electric light may be varied. 3. ...
See dimly. * * *
▪ Israel       town of the Negev, southern Israel, on the main highway from Beersheba (Beʾer Shevaʿ) to Sedom (Sodom). It is named for the biblical city of ...
/duy"mawrf/, n. Crystall. either of the two forms assumed by a mineral or other chemical substance exhibiting dimorphism. [ < Gk dímorphos having two shapes; see DI-1, -MORPH] * ...
di·mor·phic (dī-môrʹfĭk) also di·mor·phous (-fəs) adj. Existing or occurring in two distinct forms; exhibiting dimorphism: a dimorphic crystal; dimorphic organisms. * * ...
/duy mawr"fiz euhm/, n. 1. Zool. the occurrence of two forms distinct in structure, coloration, etc., among animals of the same species. Cf. sexual dimorphism. 2. Bot. the ...
/duy mawr"fuyt/, n. a mineral, arsenic sulfide, As4S3, yellow-orange in color and similar in its properties to orpiment. [1850-55; DIMORPH + -ITE1] * * *
▪ paleontology       primitive flying reptiles (reptile) found as fossils in European deposits from the Early Jurassic Period (200 million to 176 million years ago). ...
/duy mawr"feuhs/, adj. having two forms. Also, dimorphic. [1825-35; < Gk dímorphos. See DIMORPH, -OUS] * * *
dimout [dim′out΄] n. a dimming or reduction of the night lighting, as in a city, to make it less easily visible, as to enemy aircraft * * *
—dimply, adj. /dim"peuhl/, n., v., dimpled, dimpling. n. 1. a small, natural hollow area or crease, permanent or transient, in some soft part of the human body, esp. one formed ...
See dimple. * * *
dim sum (dĭmʹ so͝omʹ, sŭmʹ) n. A traditional Chinese cuisine in which small portions of a variety of foods, including an assortment of steamed or fried dumplings, are ...
—dimwitted, adj. —dimwittedly, adv. —dimwittedness, n. /dim"wit'/, n. Slang. a stupid or slow-thinking person. [1920-25, Amer.; DIM + WIT1] Syn. dummy, nitwit, numskull, ...
See dimwit. * * *
See dimwitted. * * *
See dimwitted. * * *
din1 /din/, n., v., dinned, dinning. n. 1. a loud, confused noise; a continued loud or tumultuous sound; noisy clamor. v.t. 2. to assail with din. 3. to sound or utter with ...
Photog. a designation, originating in Germany, of the speed of a particular film emulsion. [ < G D(eutsche) I(ndustrie) N(ormen) German industrial standards (later construed as ...
/din"din'/, n. Baby Talk. dinner. [1900-05; by shortening and redupl.] * * *
Dīn-i Ilāhī
▪ Indian religion       (Persian: “Divine Faith”), an elite eclectic religious movement, which never numbered more than 19 adherents, formulated by the Mughal ...
(in Yugoslavia) dinar; dinars. * * *
/duy"neuh/, n. 1. Also, Douay Bible, Dina. the daughter of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 30:21. 2. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "vindicated." * * * ▪ biblical ...
▪ Bangladesh       city, northwestern Bangladesh, just east of the Punarbhaba River. Dinajpur is located in a flat alluvial plain intersected by rivers and broken by ...
▪ France  town, northwestern France, in Côtes-d'Armor département, Brittany région, dominating the upper Rance estuary. It stands on a height above the left bank of the ...
▪ metalwork       type of late medieval brass ware made in and around Dinant, Belg.       Brass does not appear to have been used extensively in Europe until the ...
/di nahr"/, n. 1. any of various former coins of the Near East, esp. gold coins issued by Islamic governments. 2. a money of account of Iran, the 100th part of a rial. 3. an ...
or Deinarchus born с 360 BC died after 292 Professional speechwriter at Athens. He rose to fame through his speeches against Demosthenes and others accused of misusing the ...
/din"ahr kee/, n., pl. dinarchies. duarchy. [1650-60; < F (obs.) dinarchie, equiv. to din- erroneous for DI-1 (after bi-, bin-) + -archie -ARCHY] * * *
/dee nannrdd"/, n. a city in W France: seaside resort. 9068. * * * ▪ France       fashionable seaside resort in the Ille-et-Vilaine département, Bretagne ( Brittany) ...
/di nar"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Alpine region of Yugoslavia. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Caucasoid subracial type with a long face and round, often ...
Dinaric Alps
a range of the Alps paralleling the E Adriatic coast from Slovenia to N Albania: extends across W Croatia, and most of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, Yugoslavia. Highest ...
Di·nar·ic Alps (dĭ-nărʹĭk) A range of the northwest Balkan Peninsula extending about 644 km (400 mi) along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia and Bosnia and ...
Dīnawarī, ad-
▪ Persian astronomer and botanist , in full Abū Ḥanīfah Aḥmad Ibn Dāʾūd Al-dīnawarī born c. 815 died c. 895, /902       Persian astronomer, botanist, and ...
Dinder National Park
▪ park, The Sudan       park, eastern Sudan. The park lies in the clayish flood plain of the Nahr (river) ad-Dindar and Nahr ar-Rahad, at an elevation of 2,300 to 2,600 ...
Dinder River
▪ river, Africa Arabic  Nahr Ad-dindar,         tributary of the Blue Nile, rising in the Ethiopian highlands west of Lake Tana. It flows northwest past Dongur, ...
▪ India       city, central Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nādu) state, southeastern India. Situated between the Palni (Palni Hills) and Sirumalai hills, it is a road transport ...
dindle [din′dəl, din′əl] vt., vi. dindled, dindling 〚ME dindelen, prob. < dine (see DIN), with intrusive -d- and freq. suffix〛 [Scot. or North Eng.] to tingle or ...
▪ collection of legends or  Dinnsheanchas,        (Gaelic: “Lore of Places”), studies in Gaelic prose and verse of the etymology and history of place-names in ...
/duyn/, v., dined, dining, n. v.i. 1. to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner. 2. to take any meal. v.t. 3. to entertain at dinner. 4. dine out, to take a meal, esp. ...
/duyn/, n. James (Jim), born 1935, U.S. painter. * * *
Dine, Jim
▪ American artist byname of  James Dine   born June 16, 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.    American painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet who emerged during the Pop Art ...
Dine (dīn), Jim. Born 1935. American artist noted for his autobiographical paintings and sculptures of everyday objects such as tools and bathrobes. * * *
/duy"neuhr/, n. 1. a person who dines. 2. a railroad dining car. 3. a restaurant built like such a car. 4. a small, informal, and usually inexpensive restaurant. [1800-10; DINE + ...
/duy"neuhr owt"/, n., pl. diners-out. a person who dines out. [1800-10; dine out + -ER1] * * *
/duy nerr"git/, n. a soldier ant. [DIN(O)- + ERGATE] * * *
/duy ner"ik, di-/, adj. Physics. of or pertaining to the face of separation of two immiscible liquid phases. [1900-05; DI-1 + LGk nér(on) water + -IC] * * *
/di nair"oh/; Sp. /dee ne"rddaw/, n., pl. dineros /-nair"ohz/; Sp. /-ne"rddaws/. 1. a former silver coin of Peru, the 10th part of a sol. 2. any of various billon or copper coins ...
Diners cards
➡ Diners Club * * *
Diners Club cards
➡ Diners Club * * *
Diners Club{™}
the international company, started in the US, that operates Diners Club cards, also known as Diners cards. These are charge cards, which allow members of the Diners Club to pay ...
Dines, William Henry
▪ British meteorologist born , Aug. 5, 1855, London, Eng. died Dec. 24, 1927, Benson, Oxfordshire       British meteorologist who invented instruments to measure ...
/din"euh seuhn dee"neuh-/, n. Isak /ee"sahk/, (pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen), 1885-1962, Danish author. * * *
Dinesen, Isak
orig. Karen Christence Dinesen later Baroness Blixen-Finecke born April 17, 1885, Rungsted, Den. died Sept. 7, 1962, Rungsted Danish writer. Dinesen married her cousin, a ...
Di·ne·sen (dēʹnĭ-sən, dĭnʹĭ-), Isak. Pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen. 1885-1962. Danish writer who lived in Kenya from 1914 to 1933 and is best known for her memoir ...
/duy net"/, n. 1. a small space or alcove, often in or near the kitchen, serving as an informal dining area. 2. Also called dinette set. a small table and set of matching chairs ...
ding1 /ding/, v.t. 1. to cause to make a ringing sound. 2. to speak about insistently. v.i. 3. to make a ringing sound. 4. to talk insistently. n. 5. a ringing sound. [1575-85; ...
ding an sich
/ding" ahn zikh"/, pl. dinge an sich /ding"euh ahn zikh"/. German. thing-in-itself. * * *
Ding Ling
/ding" ling"/, (Jiang Bingzhi) 1904-86, Chinese author. * * * or Ting Ling orig. Jiang Wei born 1904, Changde, Hunan province, China died March 4, 1986, Beijing Chinese ...
Ding ware
▪ Chinese stoneware Wade-Giles romanization  ting        Chinese glazed stoneware produced for many centuries, beginning in the 8th century AD.       Usually ...
/ding"euh ling'/, n. Slang. a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person. [1930-35; rhyming compound imit. of a bell] * * *
/ding"dawng', -dong'/, n. 1. the sound of a bell. 2. any similar sound of repeated strokes. 3. Slang. ding-a-ling. adj. 4. characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell. 5. ...
▪ Zulu king of Natal also spelled  Dingaan   died 1843       Zulu king of Natal (1828–40) who assumed power after taking part in the murder of his half brother ...
/ding"bat'/, n. 1. Slang. an eccentric, silly, or empty-headed person. 2. dingus. 3. Print. an ornamental piece of type for borders, separators, decorations, etc. 4. an object, ...
/dinj/, n. 1. the condition of being dingy. 2. Slang (disparaging and offensive). a black person. [1840-50; back formation from DINGY] * * *
Dingelstedt, Franz Ferdinand, Freiherr von
▪ German writer and producer born June 30, 1814, Halsdorf, Hesse-Kassel [Germany] died May 15, 1881, Vienna, Austria  German poet, playwright, and theatrical producer known ...
/ding"euhr/, n. Slang. 1. humdinger. 2. Baseball. See home run. [1800-10; perh. DING1 + -ER1] * * *
/ding"gee/, n., pl. dinghies. 1. any small boat designed as a tender or lifeboat, esp. a small ship's boat, rowed, sailed, or driven by a motor. 2. a boat used by warships, ...
See dingy1. * * *
See dingily. * * *
▪ Bantu chief died 1817       chieftain, from 1807, of the Mtetwa clan of the North (Natal) Nguni division of the Bantu people.       Dingiswayo became the ...
/ding"geuhl/, n. a deep, narrow cleft between hills; shady dell. [1200-50; ME: a deep dell, hollow; akin to OE dung dungeon, OHG tunc cellar] * * * ▪ peninsula, ...
/ding"geuhl ber'ee/, n., pl. dingleberries. Slang. a small clot of dung, as clinging to the hindquarters of an animal. [1920-25; perh. DINGLE + BERRY; perh. by assoc. with ...
Ding Ling (dĭngʹ lĭngʹ), 1904-1986. Chinese writer known for her novels, stories, and plays that explore the evolving role of women in Communist China. * * *
/ding"goh/, n., pl. dingoes. 1. a wolflike, wild dog, Canis familiaris dingo, of Australia, having a reddish- or yellowish-brown coat. 2. Australian. a cowardly or treacherous ...
▪ Guinea       town, north-central Guinea. It lies at the eastern edge of the Fouta Djallon plateau. The town was once the seat of the imamate (region ruled by a Muslim ...
/ding"euhs/, n., pl. dinguses. Informal. a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten. [1870-75; < D dinges or its source, G Dinges, prob. orig. gen., with ...
—dingily, adv. —dinginess, n. /din"jee/, adj., dingier, dingiest. 1. of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness. 2. shabby; dismal. [1730-40; ...
Dinh Bo Linh
▪ emperor of Vietnam reign title Dinh Tien Hoang born , Hoa Lu, northern Vietnam died 979, northern Vietnam       emperor and founder of the second Vietnamese dynasty, ...
▪ paleontology also called  Dunkleosteus,    extinct genus of arthrodires, i.e., primitive, armoured, fishlike animals known as placoderms that dominated ancient seas. ...
dining car
a railroad car equipped with tables and chairs, in which meals are served. Also, esp. Brit., restaurant car. Also called diner. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
dining hall
a large room in which meals are served to members of a special group and their guests, as to the students and faculty of a college. [1660-70] * * *
dining room
1. a room in which meals are eaten, as in a home or hotel, esp. the room in which the major or more formal meals are eaten. 2. Informal. the furniture usually used in a dining ...
dining table
a table, esp. one seating several persons, where meals are served and eaten, esp. the major or more formal meals. [1585-95] * * *
din·ing car (dīʹnĭng) n. A railroad car in which meals are served. Also called diner. * * *
dining room n. A room, as in a house or hotel, in which meals are eaten. * * *
▪ king of Portugal also spelled  Diniz , English  Denis  born Oct. 9, 1261 died Jan. 7, 1325       sixth king of Portugal (1279–1325), who strengthened the ...
Dinis, Júlio
▪ Portuguese author pseudonym  of Joaquim Guilherme Gomes Coelho   born Nov. 14, 1839, Porto, Port. died Sept. 12, 1871, Porto       poet, playwright, and novelist, ...
dinitro- [dī nī′trō, dī nī′trə] combining form having two nitro groups per molecule [dinitrobenzene] * * *
/duy nuy'treuh ben"zeen, -ben zeen"/, n. Chem. any of three isomeric benzene derivatives having the formula C6H4NO2, made by nitration of benzene or nitrobenzene, the most ...
/duy nuy'treuh fee"nawl, -nol/, n. Chem., Pharm. any of the six isomers consisting of phenol where two hydrogen atoms are substituted by nitro groups, C6H4N2O5, used in dyes and ...
dink1 /dingk/, n. DINGHY. [1900-05; by apocope and devoicing] dink2 /dingk/, n. Tennis, Volleyball. a softly hit ball that falls just over the net. [1935-40; imit., prob. ...
Dink, Hrant
▪ 2008  Turkish journalist born Sept. 15, 1954 , Matalya, Turkey died Jan. 19, 2007 , Istanbul, Turkey campaigned for the rights of ethnic Armenians, both as a prominent ...
/ding"keuh/, n., pl. Dinkas, (esp. collectively) Dinka. 1. a member of a tall, pastoral, Negroid people of Sudan. 2. the language of the Dinka, a Nilotic language closely related ...
▪ Germany       city, Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It lies along the Wörnitz River about 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Ansbach. Mentioned in 928, it was ...
/ding"kee/, n., pl. dinkeys. a small locomotive, esp. with a switch engine. Also, dinky. [1840-50; n. use of DINKY; see -EY2] * * *
(1927– ) the first African American to be elected mayor of New York (1990–94). He is from the Democratic Party. Dinkins was politically moderate and tried to bring people ...
Dinkins, David
▪ American politician in full  David Norman Dinkins  born July 10, 1927, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.    American politician, who served as the first African American mayor ...
/ding"keuhm/, adj. Australian. genuine; authentic. [1890-95; of obscure orig.] * * *
/ding"kee/, adj., dinkier, dinkiest, n., pl. dinkies. adj. 1. Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel. 2. Brit. Informal. ...
Dinky Toy {™}
(also Dinky) n a British make of small toy vehicle. Dinky Toys were made from the 1930s until 1980 and included a wide range of model cars and other vehicles. Old Dinky Toys are ...
—dinnerless, adj. /din"euhr/, n. 1. the main meal of the day, eaten in the evening or at midday. 2. a formal meal in honor of some person or occasion. 3. See table ...
dinner clothes
formal or semiformal clothing worn for formal dinners or similar social occasions. * * *
dinner dance
a formal social gathering that includes a dinner followed by dancing. [1900-05] * * *
dinner dress
a dress, often long and having sleeves or a jacket, more elaborate than one designed for daytime wear but less formal than an evening gown. [1805-15] * * *
dinner fork
a fork used to eat the main course of a meal. * * *
dinner jacket
tuxedo (def. 1). [1890-95] * * *
dinner knife
a knife used in eating the main course of a meal. * * *
dinner party
➡ dinner * * *
dinner plate
a plate for holding an individual serving of the main course of a meal. * * *
dinner ring
a woman's ring, usually with a large, ornate setting. * * *
dinner table.
See dining table. [1800-10] * * *
dinner theater
1. a restaurant in which a stage production is performed during or after dinner. 2. stage productions performed in dinner theaters. [1965-70] * * *
dinner jacket n. See tuxedo. * * *
dinner theater n. A restaurant that presents a play during or after dinner. * * *
/din"euhr tuym'/, n. the period set aside for eating dinner. [1325-75; ME. See DINNER, TIME] * * *
/din"euhr wair'/, n. china, glasses, and silver used for table service. [1890-95; DINNER + WARE1] * * *
dino [dī′nō] n. [Informal] short for DINOSAUR * * *
a combining form meaning "terrifying, frightful," used in the formation of compound words: dinothere. [ < Gk deino-, comb. form of deinós] * * *
▪ Greek architect also spelled  Deinocrates   flourished 4th century BC       Greek architect who prospered under Alexander the Great. He tried to captivate the ...
/din'euh flaj"euh layt'/, n. any of numerous chiefly marine plankton of the phylum Pyrrophyta (or, in some classification schemes, the order Dinoflagellata), usually having two ...
▪ paleontology  extinct genus of giant piglike mammals found as fossils in deposits of early Miocene age in North America (the Miocene Epoch occurred 23.7 to 5.3 million ...
      genus of extinct giant flightless birds that are popularly known as moas. See moa. * * *
/duy"neuh sawr'/, n. 1. any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of ...
Dinosaur National Monument
a national monument in NE Utah and NW Colorado: site of prehistoric animal fossils. 322 sq. mi. (834 sq. km). * * * National preserve, northwestern Colorado and northeastern ...
Dinosaur Provincial Park
▪ park, Alberta, Canada public park located in the badlands (badland) of southeastern Alberta, Canada. The nearly 29-square-mile (75-square-km) park is best known for its ...
/duy'neuh sawr"ee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a dinosaur. n. 2. a dinosaur. [ < NL Dinosauri(a) (1841), orig. a name for a suborder or tribe (see DINO-, ...
See dinosaur. * * *
/duy"neuh thear'/, n. any elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Dinotherium, from the later Tertiary Period of Europe and Asia, having large, outwardly curving tusks. Also, ...
Dinshaway Incident
▪ Egyptian history Dinshaway also spelled  Denshawai  or  Dinshwai        confrontation in 1906 between residents of the Egyptian village of Dinshaway (Dinshawāy) ...
—dintless, adj. /dint/, n. 1. force; power: By dint of hard work she became head of the company. 2. a dent. 3. Archaic. a blow; stroke. v.t. 4. to make a dent or dents in. 5. ...
/duy nooh"klee euh tuyd', -nyooh"-/, n. Biochem. a molecule composed of two nucleotide subunits. [1925-30; DI-1 + NUCLEOTIDE] * * *
/din wid"ee, din"wid ee/, n. Robert, 1693-1770, British colonial administrator in America: lieutenant governor of Virginia 1751-58. * * *
Dinwiddie, Robert
born 1693, Germiston, near Glasgow, Scot. died July 27, 1770, Clifton, Bristol, Eng. British colonial administrator. He entered government service in 1727 and was appointed ...
Din·wid·die (dĭn-wĭdʹē, dĭnʹwĭd-ē), Robert. 1693-1770. Scottish-born British colonial administrator in Virginia. As lieutenant governor of the colony (1751-1758) he ...
Dio Cassius
▪ Roman historian also spelled  Dion Cassius  or (in Byzantine sources)  Dio Cocceianus , in full  Lucius Cassius Dio   born c. 150, Nicaea, Bithynia [now İznik, ...
dioc abbrev. diocesan * * *
1. diocesan. 2. diocese. * * *
/duy os"euh seuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a diocese. n. 2. one of the clergy or people of a diocese. 3. the bishop in charge of a diocese. [1400-50; late ME ( < AF) < ML ...
/duy"euh sis, -seez', -sees'/, n. an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop. [1300-50; ME diocise, diocese < AF < LL diocesis, var. of LL, L dioecesis, < Gk ...
➡ Church of England * * *
▪ Greek philosopher and physician born 4th century BC       philosopher and pioneer in medicine, among Greek physicians second only to Hippocrates in reputation and ...
/duy'euh klee"sheuhn/, n. (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus) A.D. 245-316, Illyrian soldier: emperor of Rome 284-305. * * * Latin Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus orig. ...
Diocletian window
Semicircular window divided into three lights (compartments) by two vertical mullions, with the central light usually wider than the two side lights. Its name comes from its use ...
Diocletian window.
See Palladian window. * * *
Diocletian, Palace of
▪ building, Split, Croatia  ancient Roman palace built between AD 295 and 305 at Split (Spalato) (Split), Croatia, by the emperor Diocletian as his place of retirement (he ...

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