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—dissiliency, dissilience, n. /di sil"ee euhnt/, adj. bursting apart; bursting open. [1650-60; < L dissilient- (s. of dissiliens, prp. of dissilire to leap apart), equiv. to ...
—dissimilarly, adv. /di sim"euh leuhr, dis sim"-/, adj. not similar; unlike; different. [1615-25; DIS-1 + SIMILAR] Syn. distinct, disparate, diverse, individual. * * *
/di sim'euh lar"i tee, dis sim'-/, n., pl. dissimilarities. 1. unlikeness; difference. 2. a point of difference: There are dissimilarities in our outlooks. [1695-1705; DIS-1 + ...
See dissimilar. * * *
—dissimilative, adj. —dissimilatory /di sim"euh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /di sim"euh layt'/, v.t., dissimilated, dissimilating. Phonet. to modify by ...
/di sim'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of making or becoming unlike. 2. Phonet. the process by which a speech sound becomes different from or less like a neighboring sound, as ...
/dis'si mil"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. unlikeness; difference; dissimilarity. 2. a point of difference; dissimilarity. [1525-35; < L dissimilitudo, equiv. to dis- DIS-1 + ...
—dissimulative, adj. —dissimulator, n. /di sim"yeuh layt'/, v., dissimulated, dissimulating. v.t. 1. to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble: to ...
/di sim'yeuh lay"sheuhn/, n. the act of dissimulating; feigning; hypocrisy. [1350-1400; ME dissimulacioun ( < AF) < L dissimulation- (s. of dissimulatio a feigning); see DIS-1, ...
See dissimulation. * * *
See dissimulation. * * *
—dissipater, dissipator, n. —dissipative, adj. —dissipativity /dis'euh peuh tiv"i tee/, n. /dis"euh payt'/, v., dissipated, dissipating. v.t. 1. to scatter in various ...
—dissipatedly, adv. —dissipatedness, n. /dis"euh pay'tid/, adj. indulging in or characterized by excessive devotion to pleasure; intemperate; dissolute. [1600-10; DISSIPATE + ...
See dissipated. * * *
See dissipatedly. * * *
See dissipate. * * *
/dis'euh pay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of dissipating. 2. the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration. 3. a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune. 4. mental ...
dissipation trail
a clear rift left behind an aircraft flying through a thin cloud layer. Also called distrail. * * *
See dissipater. * * *
See dissipater. * * *
See dissociable. * * *
—dissociability, dissociableness, n. /di soh"shee euh beuhl, -sheuh beuhl/ or, for 1, /-see euh-/, adj. 1. capable of being dissociated; separable: Worthy and unworthy motives ...
See dissociability. * * *
See dissociability. * * *
—dissociality, n. /di soh"sheuhl/, adj. disinclined to or unsuitable for society; unsocial. [1755-65; < LL dissocialis irreconcilable, equiv. to dis- DIS-1 + socialis sociable ...
—dissociative, adj. /di soh"shee ayt', -see-/, v., dissociated, dissociating. v.t. 1. to sever the association of (oneself); separate: He tried to dissociate himself from the ...
/di soh'see ay"sheuhn, -shee ay"-/, n. 1. an act or instance of dissociating. 2. the state of being dissociated; disjunction; separation: the dissociation of church and state. 3. ...
See dissociate. * * *
dissociative disorder
Psychiatry. a mental disorder, as multiple personality, characterized by sudden temporary alteration in consciousness, identity, or motor behavior. * * *
dissociative identity disorder
▪ psychology formerly called  multiple personality disorder        a rare mental disorder in which two or more independent and distinct personality systems develop ...
dissociative disorder n. See multiple personality. * * *
/di soj"euh nee/, n. Zool. the condition in ctenophores in which an individual has two periods of sexual maturity, one in the larval and one in the adult stage. Also, dissogony ...
See dissoluble. * * *
—dissolubility, dissolubleness, n. /di sol"yeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being dissolved: tablets dissoluble in water. 2. capable of being destroyed, as through ...
See dissolubility. * * *
—dissolutely, adv. —dissoluteness, n. /dis"euh looht'/, adj. indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated. [1350-1400; ME ( < ...
See dissolute. * * *
See dissolutely. * * *
—dissolutive, adv. /dis'euh looh"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements. 2. the resulting state. 3. the undoing or breaking of a ...
Dissolution Honours
➡ honours * * *
Dissolution of the Monasteries
the destruction or sale of buildings and land belonging to religious communities in England by King Henry VIII (between 1536 and 1541) after he became head of the Church of ...
See dissolution. * * *
See dissolve. * * *
—dissolvability, dissolvableness, n. —dissolvable, adj. —dissolver, n. —dissolvingly, adv. /di zolv"/, v. dissolved, dissolving, n. v.t. 1. to make a solution of, as by ...
/di zol"veuhnt/, adj. 1. capable of dissolving another substance. n. 2. a solvent. [1640-50; < L dissolvent- (s. of dissolvens, prp. of dissolvere). See DIS-1, SOLVENT] * * *
See dissolvable. * * *
dissolving view
an effect created by the projection of slides on a screen in such a way that each picture seems to dissolve into the succeeding one without an interval in between. [1840-50] * * *
/dis"euh neuhns/, n. 1. inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony. 2. Music. a. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest ...
/dis"euh neuhn see/, n., pl. dissonancies. dissonance. * * *
—dissonantly, adv. /dis"euh neuhnt/, adj. 1. disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant. 2. out of harmony; incongruous; at variance. 3. Music. characterized by ...
See dissonant. * * *
/di spir"it, dis-/, v.t. Obs. dispirit. * * *
/di spred"/, v.t., v.i., disspread, disspreading. dispread. * * *
—dissuadable, adj. —dissuader, n. /di swayd"/, v.t., dissuaded, dissuading. 1. to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often fol. by from): She ...
See dissuade. * * *
/di sway"zheuhn/, n. an act or instance of dissuading. [1520-30; < L dissuasion- (s. of dissuasio) a speaking against, equiv. to dissuas(us) (ptp. of dissuadere; dissuad- (see ...
—dissuasively, adv. —dissuasiveness, n. /di sway"siv/, adj. tending or liable to dissuade. [1600-10; DISSUAS(ION) + -IVE] * * *
See dissuasive. * * *
See dissuasive. * * *
—dissyllabism /di sil"euh biz'euhm, dis sil"-, duy sil"-/, n. /di sil"euh buyz', dis sil"-, duy sil"-/, v.t., dissyllabized, dissyllabizing. disyllabize. Also, esp. Brit., ...
—dissyllabic /dis'i lab"ik, dis'si-, duy'si-/, adj. /di sil"euh beuhl, dis sil"-, duy"sil-/, n. disyllable. * * *
See dissymmetry. * * *
See dissymmetric. * * *
See dissymmetric. * * *
—dissymmetric /dis'i me"trik, dis'si-/, dissymmetrical, adj. —dissymmetrically, adv. /di sim"i tree, dis sim"-/, n. absence or lack of symmetry. [1835-45; DIS-1 + SYMMETRY] * ...
dist abbrev. 1. distance 2. district * * *
Dist Atty
Dist Atty abbrev. District Attorney * * *
1. distance. 2. distant. 3. distinguish. 4. distinguished. 5. district. * * *
Dist. Atty.
district attorney. * * *
Dist. Ct.
District Court. * * *
Dist. Atty. abbr. district attorney. * * *
/dis"tad/, adv. toward or at the distal end or part. [1795-1805; DIST(ANT) + -AD3] * * *
/dis"taf, -tahf/, n. 1. a staff with a cleft end for holding wool, flax, etc., from which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand. 2. a similar attachment on a spinning wheel. 3. ...
distaff side
the female side of a family (opposed to spear side). [1885-90] * * *
/dis"taf euhr, -tah feuhr/, n. Sometimes Offensive. a woman, esp. in a field or place usually or generally dominated by men: the first distaffer to have a seat on the stock ...
distaff side n. The female line or maternal branch of a family.   [From the idea that spinning is women's work.] * * *
/di stayn"/, v.t. Archaic. to discolor; stain; sully. [1350-1400; ME desteignen < AF, MF desteign-, s. of desteindre, equiv. to des- DIS-1 + teindre < L tingere to dye, TINGE] * ...
—distally, adv. /dis"tl/, adj. 1. situated away from the point of origin or attachment, as of a limb or bone; terminal. Cf. proximal. 2. Dentistry. directed away from the ...
See distal. * * *
—distanceless, adj. /dis"teuhns/, n., v., distanced, distancing. n. 1. the extent or amount of space between two things, points, lines, etc. 2. the state or fact of being apart ...
distance formula
Algebraic expression that gives the distances between pairs of points in terms of their coordinates (see coordinate system). In two-and three-dimensional Euclidean space, the ...
distance learning
distance learning n. any system of individualized, esp. postsecondary instruction for students at a distance from a campus, utilizing the Internet, videoconferencing, ...
Distance Learning-Education Beyond Buildings
▪ 2009       By 2008 distance learning was an established part of the educational world. In U.S. higher education alone, by 2006 more than 20% of total enrollment was ...
distance medley
Track. a medley relay in which the first member of a team runs 440 yd. (402 m), the second runs 880 yd. (805 m), the third runs 1320 yd. (1207 m), and the fourth runs 1760 yd. ...
distance university
Canadian. a degree-granting institution operating wholly or mainly by correspondence courses for students not resident on or within commuting distance of the campus. * * *
distance-measuring equipment
▪ instrument       in aerial navigation, equipment for measuring distance by converting the time a special electronic pulse takes to travel from an aircraft to a ground ...
distance learning n. Education in which students take academic courses by accessing information and communicating with the instructor asynchronously over a computer network. Also ...
distance race n. A race of relatively long distance, especially a running race longer than 1,500 meters (1635 yards). * * *
distance runner n. A runner who competes in distance races. * * *
—distantly, adv. —distantness, n. /dis"teuhnt/, adj. 1. far off or apart in space; not near at hand; remote or removed (often fol. by from): a distant place; a town three ...
distantiate [di stan′shē āt΄] vt. distantiated, distantiating to put or keep at an emotional or intellectual distance distantiation n. * * *
See distant. * * *
/dis tayst"/, n., v., distasted, distasting. n. 1. dislike; disinclination. 2. dislike for food or drink. v.t. 3. Archaic. to dislike. [1580-90; DIS-1 + TASTE] Syn. 1. aversion, ...
—distastefully, adv. —distastefulness, n. /dis tayst"feuhl/, adj. 1. unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike: a distasteful chore. 2. unpleasant to the taste: a distasteful ...
See distasteful. * * *
See distastefully. * * *
Distel, Sacha
▪ 2005 Alexandre Distel        French musician and entertainer (b. Jan. 29, 1933, Paris, France—d. July 22, 2004, Le Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, France), established ...
/dis"tl fingk'/, n. a stylized bird motif traditional in Pennsylvania German art. [standard G sp. for PaG dischdelfink goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), equiv. to dischdel THISTLE ...
distemper1 —distemperedly, adv. —distemperedness, n. /dis tem"peuhr/, n. 1. Vet. Pathol. a. Also called canine distemper. an infectious disease chiefly of young dogs, caused ...
/dis tem"peuhr euh cheuhr/, n. a distempered or disordered condition; disturbance of health, mind, or temper. [1525-35; obs. distemperate (DIS-1 + TEMPERATE) + -URE] * * *
/dis tem"peuh royd'/, adj. Vet. Pathol. 1. resembling distemper. 2. of or pertaining to a weakened strain of canine distemper virus used to make dogs and other susceptible ...
—distender, n. /di stend"/, v.t., v.i. 1. to expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic: Habitual overeating had distended his stomach. 2. to spread in all ...
—distendedly, adv. —distendedness, n. /di sten"did/, adj. 1. increased, as in size, volume, etc.; expanded; dilated: the distended nostrils of the terrified horse. 2. ...
See distensible. * * *
—distensibility, n. /di sten"seuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being distended. [1820-30; < L distens(us) (ptp. of distendere; distend- DISTEND + -tus ptp. suffix) + -IBLE] * * *
/di sten"sil/, adj. 1. distensible. 2. serving to distend. [1730-40; < L distens(us) (ptp. of distendere to DISTEND) + -ILE] * * *
/di stent"/, adj. Obs. distended. [1580-90; < L distentus distended (var. of DISTENSUS ptp. of distendere to DISTEND)] * * *
/di sten"sheuhn/, n. the act of distending or the state of being distended. Also, distension. [1375-1425; late ME distensioun < L distention- (s. of distentio), equiv. to ...
—distichal, adj. /dis"tik/, n. Pros. 1. a unit of two lines of verse, usually a self-contained statement; couplet. 2. a rhyming couplet. [1545-55; < L distichon, n. use of ...
—distichously, adv. /dis"ti keuhs/, adj. 1. Bot. arranged alternately in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis, as leaves. 2. Zool. divided into two parts. [1745-55; < ...
See distichous. * * *
/di stil"/, v.t., v.i. distilled, distilling. Chiefly Brit. distill. * * *
—distillable, adj. /di stil"/, v.t. 1. to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration. 2. to extract the volatile ...
See distill. * * *
/dis"tl and'/, n. a substance that undergoes distillation. Cf. distillate (def. 1). [ < L distillandum, neut. ger. of distillare to DISTILL] * * *
/dis"tl it, -ayt', di stil"it/, n. 1. the product obtained from the condensation of vapors in distillation. 2. any concentration, essence, or abstraction. [1860-65; < L ...
—distillatory /di stil"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, distillative /di stil"euh tiv/, adj. /dis'tl ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the volatilization or evaporation and subsequent condensation of a ...
distillation column
Chem. a type of still fitted with interior baffles, used for fractional distillation. Cf. still2 (def. 1). * * *
distillation column n. A tall metal cylinder internally fitted with perforated horizontal plates used to promote separation of miscible liquids ascending in the cylinder as ...
/di stild"/, adj. obtained or produced by distillation. [1425-75; late ME. See DISTILL, -ED2] * * *
distilled liquor
Alcoholic beverage obtained by distillation from wine or other fermented fruit juice or from various cereal grains that have first been brewed. The essential ingredient is ...
distilled spirit
▪ alcoholic beverage Introduction also called  distilled liquor,    alcoholic beverage (such as brandy, whisky, rum, or arrack) that is obtained by distillation from wine ...
distilled water
water from which impurities, as dissolved salts and colloidal particles, have been removed by one or more processes of distillation; chemically pure water. [1495-1505] * * *
/di stil"euhr/, n. 1. an apparatus for distilling, as a condenser; still. 2. a person or company whose business it is to extract alcoholic liquors by distillation. [1570-80; ...
/di stil"euh ree/, n., pl. distilleries. a place or establishment where distilling, esp. the distilling of liquors, is done. [1670-80; DISTILL + -ERY] * * *
/di stil"meuhnt/, n. Archaic. distillation. Also, esp. Brit., distilment. [1595-1605; DISTILL + -MENT] * * *
—distinctness, n. /di stingkt"/, adj. 1. distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes fol. by from): His private and public lives are distinct. 2. ...
—distinctionless, adj. /di stingk"sheuhn/, n. 1. a marking off or distinguishing as different: His distinction of sounds is excellent. 2. the recognizing or noting of ...
—distinctively, adv. —distinctiveness, n. /di stingk"tiv/, adj. 1. serving to distinguish; characteristic; distinguishing: the distinctive stripes of the zebra. 2. having a ...
distinctive feature
Ling. 1. a feature of the sound system of a language that serves as the crucial distinguishing mark between two phonemes, as the distinctive feature of voicing, which ...
See distinctive. * * *
See distinctively. * * *
/di stingkt"lee/, adv. 1. in a distinct manner; clearly: Speak more distinctly. 2. without doubt; unmistakably. [1350-1400; ME. See DISTINCT, -LY] Syn. 1. See clearly. * * *
See distinctly. * * *
/dis'tang gay", di stang"gay/; Fr. /dee staonn gay"/, adj. having an air of distinction; distinguished. [1805-15; < F, adj. use of ptp. of distinguer to DISTINGUISH] * * *
/dis'tang gay", di stang"gay/; Fr. /dee staonn gay"/, adj. (of a woman) having an air of distinction; distinguished. [ < F, fem. of distingué DISTINGUÉ] * * *
—distinguishable, adj. —distinguishableness, distinguishability, n. —distinguishably, adv. —distinguisher, n. —distinguishment, n. /di sting"gwish/, v.t. 1. to mark off ...
See distinguish. * * *
See distinguishable. * * *
—distinguishedly, adv. /di sting"gwisht/, adj. 1. made conspicuous by excellence; noted; eminent; famous: a distinguished scholar. 2. having an air of distinction, dignity, or ...
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Brit. Mil. a decoration awarded for distinguished conduct in operations in the field against an enemy. Abbr.: D.C.M. * * *
Distinguished Flying Cross
1. Mil. a decoration awarded for heroic or extraordinary achievement while on aerial duty. 2. Brit. Mil. a decoration awarded for similar achievement while in flying operations ...
Distinguished Flying Medal
(abbr the DFM) a medal for brave actions in battle which is given to men below officer rank in the British Royal Air Force. * * *
Distinguished Service Cross
U.S. Army. a bronze medal awarded for extraordinary heroism in military action against an armed enemy. Abbr.: D.S.C. * * *
Distinguished Service Medal
1. U.S. Mil. a decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious performance of a duty of great responsibility. 2. Brit. Mil. a decoration awarded for distinguished conduct in ...
Distinguished Service Order
Brit. Mil. a decoration awarded for distinguished service in action. Abbr.: D.S.O. * * * ▪ British military award       British military decoration awarded to officers ...
DistinguishedConduct Medal
Dis·tin·guished Conduct Medal (dĭ-stĭngʹgwĭsht) n. Abbr. DCM A British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field. * * *
DistinguishedFlying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross n. Abbr. DFC 1. A U.S. military decoration awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement in aerial combat. 2. A British military decoration awarded ...
DistinguishedService Cross
Distinguished Service Cross n. Abbr. DSC 1. A U.S. Army decoration awarded for exceptional heroism in combat. 2. A British military decoration awarded to officers of the Royal ...
DistinguishedService Medal
Distinguished Service Medal n. Abbr. DSM 1. A U.S. military decoration awarded for distinguished performance in a duty of great responsibility. 2. A British military decoration ...
DistinguishedService Order
Distinguished Service Order n. Abbr. DSO A British military decoration for gallantry in action. * * *
—distinguishingly, adv. /di sting"gwi shing/, adj. distinctive; characteristic, as a definitive feature of an individual or group: Intricate rhyming is a distinguishing feature ...
/duy stoh'meuh toh"sis/, n. Vet. Pathol. liver-rot. [1890-95; < NL Distomat(a) name of a suborder of trematode worms (see DI-1, STOMATA) + -OSIS] * * *
distome [dī′stōm΄] n. 〚< ModL Distoma, name of the type genus: see DI-1 & STOMA〛 any of various digenetic, parasitic flukes, with an anterior oral sucker and the ...
—distorter, n. —distortive, adj. /di stawrt"/, v.t. 1. to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers. 2. to give a false, ...
—distortedly, adv. —distortedness, n. /di stawr"tid/, adj. 1. not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false: She has a distorted view of ...
See distort. * * *
—distortional, distortionary, adj. /di stawr"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of distorting. 2. the state of being distorted or the relative degree or amount by which ...
See distortion. * * *
See distortional. * * *
dis·tor·tive (dĭ-stôrʹtĭv) adj. Serving to distort: harsh and distortive peaks in the recorded music; a robust fortissimo without distortive vibration. * * *
distr abbrev. 1. distributed 2. distribution 3. distributor * * *
1. distribute. 2. distribution. 3. distributor. * * *
—distracter, n. —distractible, adj. —distractingly, adv. /di strakt"/, v.t. 1. to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention: The music distracted him from his work. 2. ...
—distractedly, adv. —distractedness, n. /di strak"tid/, adj. 1. having the attention diverted: She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted ...
See distracted. * * *
dis·tract·er also dis·trac·tor (dĭ-străkʹtər) n. One of the incorrect answers presented as a choice in a multiple-choice test. * * *
/di strak'teuh bil"i tee/, n. Psychiatry. inability to sustain one's attention or attentiveness, which is rapidly diverted from one topic to another: a symptom of a variety of ...
See distractibility. * * *
See distractibility. * * *
/di strak"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of distracting. 2. the state of being distracted. 3. mental distress or derangement: That child will drive me to distraction. 4. that which ...
—distractively, adv. /di strak"tiv/, adj. tending to distract. [1625-35; DISTRACT + -IVE] * * *
dis·trac·tor (dĭ-străkʹtər) n. Variant of distracter. * * *
/dis"trayl'/, n. Aeron. See dissipation trail. [by shortening] * * *
—distrainable, adj. —distrainee, n. —distrainment, n. —distrainor, distrainer, n. /di strayn"/, Law. v.t. 1. to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge ...
See distrain. * * *
distrainee [dis΄trān ē′] n. 〚 DISTRAIN + -EE1〛 a person whose property has been distrained * * * dis·train·ee (dĭs'trā-nēʹ) n. Law One that has been ...
See distrainable. * * *
See distrainable. * * *
See distrainable. * * *
/di straynt"/, n. Law. the act of distraining; a distress. [1720-30; DISTRAIN + -t, modeled on CONSTRAINT, RESTRAINT] * * *
/di stray"/; Fr. /dees trdde"/, adj. inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded. [1740-50; < F < L distractus; see DISTRACT] * * *
/di strayt"/; Fr. /dees trddet"/, adj. (of a woman) inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded. [1840-50; < F, fem. of distrait DISTRAIT] * * *
—distraughtly, adv. /di strawt"/, adj. 1. distracted; deeply agitated. 2. mentally deranged; crazed. [1350-1400; ME var. of obs. distract distracted, by assoc. with straught, ...
—distressingly, adv. /di stres"/, n. 1. great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble. 2. a state of extreme necessity or ...
distress call
1. a prearranged communication code sign indicating that the sender is in a situation of peril, distress, or the like, as SOS, Mayday, etc. Cf. distress signal (def. 1). 2. a ...
distress flag
any flag flown by a vessel to show that it is in distress, as an ensign flown at half-mast or upside down. * * *
distress frequency
a radio frequency band reserved for emergency signals from aircraft or ships in distress. * * *
distress gun
Naut. a gun fired at one-minute intervals as a signal of distress. [1815-25] * * *
distress merchandise
Com. 1. goods sold below the prevailing price in order to raise cash quickly or to meet some other financial emergency. 2. damaged goods sold below fair-trade prices. Also, ...
distress sale
a sale held for the purpose of raising money to meet emergency expenses and usually offering goods at a substantial discount for the payment of cash. [1880-85] * * *
distress signal
1. a signal used, or designed to be used, by persons in peril, for the purpose of summoning aid, indicating their position, etc., as a radio code sign, aerial flare, flag hoist, ...
—distressedly /di stres"id lee, -strest"lee/, adv. —distressedness, n. /di strest"/, adj. 1. affected with or suffering from distress. 2. (of merchandise or property for ...
distressed area
1. a region so severely damaged by a flood, hurricane, or other natural catastrophe that its inhabitants need food, clothing, shelter, and economic aid from national charities or ...
—distressfully, adv. —distressfulness, n. /di stres"feuhl/, adj. 1. causing or involving distress: the distressful circumstances of poverty and sickness. 2. full of, feeling, ...
See distressful. * * *
See distressfully. * * *
See distress. * * *
distress signal n. An international signal used by a distressed ship or aircraft to request help, as by radio broadcasts, flags, or flares. * * *
/di strib"yoo ter'ee/, n., pl. distributaries. an outflowing branch of a stream or river, typically found in a delta (opposed to tributary). [1535-45; DISTRIBUTE + -ARY] * * *
—distributable, adj. /di strib"yooht/, v.t., distributed, distributing. 1. to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot. 2. to disperse through a space or over an area; ...
/di strib"yoo tid/, adj. Ling. (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized by relatively extensive contact or constriction between the articulating organs, as the /sh/ in ...
distributed computing
      the coordinated use of many computers (computer) disbursed over a wide area to do complex tasks.       Distributed computing is a method that researchers use ...
distributed data processing
Computers. a method of organizing data processing that uses a central computer in combination with smaller local computers or terminals, which communicate with the central ...
distributed processing
distributed processing n. a system consisting of a network of microcomputers performing certain functions and linked with a main computer used for more complex tasks * * *
/di strib'yoo tee"/, n. 1. Law. a person who shares in a decedent estate. 2. a person to whom something is distributed. [1865-70, Amer.; DISTRIBUTE + -EE] * * *
/di strib"yeuh teuhr/, n. distributor. * * *
—distributional, adj. /dis'treuh byooh"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of distributing. 2. the state or manner of being distributed. 3. arrangement; classification. 4. ...
distribution class
distribution class n. FORM CLASS * * *
distribution curve
Statistics. the curve or line of a graph in which cumulative frequencies are plotted as ordinates and values of the variate as abscissas. * * *
distribution function
Statistics. (of any random variable) the function that assigns to each number the probability that the random variable takes a value less than or equal to the given ...
Distribution of the world's forest land
▪ Table Distribution of the world's forest land* closed forest region total land area broad-leaved coniferous open forest total forest area percent of total land area ...
distribution ratio
distribution ratio n. Chem. the ratio of concentrations of a solute distributed between two immiscible solvents in contact with each other, as iodine in water and chloroform * * *
distribution theory
▪ economics Introduction       in economics, the systematic attempt to account for the sharing of the national income among the owners of the factors of ...
See distribution. * * *
—distributively, adv. —distributiveness, n. /di strib"yeuh tiv/, adj. 1. serving to distribute, assign, allot, or divide; characterized by or pertaining to distribution. 2. ...
distributive education
a special program of vocational education at the high-school level in which a student is employed part-time, receiving on-the-job training, and also attends classes, most of ...
distributive law
One of the laws relating to number operations. In symbols, it is stated: a(b + c) = ab + ac. The monomial factor a is distributed, or separately applied, to each term of the ...
distributive education n. An educational program in which students receive both classroom instruction and on-the-job training. * * *
See distributive. * * *
See distributively. * * *
/di strib"yeuh teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that distributes. 2. Com. a. a person, firm, etc., engaged in the general distribution or marketing of some article or class of ...
➡ lotteries * * *
/di strib"yeuh teuhr ship'/, n. Com. a franchise held by a distributor. [1815-25; DISTRIBUTOR + -SHIP] * * *
/dis"trikt/, n. 1. a division of territory, as of a country, state, or county, marked off for administrative, electoral, or other purposes. 2. a region or locality: the theater ...
district attorney
an officer who acts as attorney for the people or government within a specified district. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
district council
Brit. the local ruling body of an urban or rural district. [1890-95] * * *
district court
U.S. Law. 1. (in many states) the court of general jurisdiction. 2. the federal trial court sitting in each district of the United States. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
District Courts
➡ legal system * * *
district courts
➡ legal system * * *
district judge
any judge of a federal district court. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
district man
a legman who covers a beat for a newspaper. * * *
District of Columbia
a federal area in the E United States, on the Potomac, coextensive with the federal capital, Washington. 637,651; 69 sq. mi. (179 sq. km). Abbr.: DC (for use with zip code), ...
District of Columbia, University of the
▪ university, Washington, District of Columbia, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Washington, D.C., U.S. It is the only public ...
district attorney n. Abbr. DA or Dist. Atty. The prosecuting officer of a judicial district. * * *
district court n. Law 1. A U.S. federal trial court serving a judicial district. 2. A state court of general jurisdiction in some states. * * *
Districtof Columbia
Dis·trict of Columbia (dĭsʹtrĭkt') Abbr. DC or D.C. A federal district of the eastern United States on the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland. Coextensive with the ...
➡ federal government * * *
See district. * * *
Distrito Federal
/dees trddee"taw fe'dhe rddahl"/, Spanish. See Federal District. Abbr.: D.F. * * *
—distruster, n. /dis trust"/, v.t. 1. to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in. n. 2. lack of trust; doubt; suspicion. [1505-15; DIS-1 + TRUST] Syn. 2. See ...
—distrustfully, adv. —distrustfulness, n. /dis trust"feuhl/, adj. unable or unwilling to trust; doubtful; suspicious: An alert scientist is distrustful of ...
See distrustful. * * *
See distrustfully. * * *
—disturber, n. /di sterrb"/, v.t. 1. to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle. 2. to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I'm ...
/di sterr"beuhns/, n. 1. the act of disturbing. 2. the state of being disturbed. 3. an instance of this; commotion. 4. something that disturbs. 5. an outbreak of disorder; a ...
/di sterrbd"/, adj. 1. marked by symptoms of mental illness: a disturbed personality. 2. agitated or distressed; disrupted: disturbed seas; a disturbed situation. n. 3. (used ...
See disturb. * * *
—disturbingly, adv. /di sterr"bing/, adj. upsetting or disquieting; dismaying: a disturbing increase in the crime rate. [1585-95; DISTURB + -ING2] * * *
disturbing the peace
▪ law also called  Breach Of The Peace,         any of three distinct types of legal offense. In its broadest sense, the term is synonymous with crime itself and ...
See disturber. * * *
distillery. * * *
/dis"tuyl, duy"stuyl/, adj. Archit. 1. having two columns. 2. (of a classical temple or building in the style of one) having two columns on one or either front. Also, distylar ...
/duy sub"sti tooh'tid, -tyooh'-/, adj. Chem. containing two substituents. [1885-90; DI-1 + SUBSTITUTED] * * *
/duy sul"fayt/, n. Chem. a salt of pyrosulfuric acid, as sodium disulfate, Na2S2O7. Also, disulphate. [1830-40; DI-1 + SULFATE] * * *
/duy sul"fuyd, -fid/, n. Chem. 1. (in inorganic chemistry) a sulfide containing two atoms of sulfur, as carbon disulfide, CS2. 2. (in organic chemistry) a sulfide containing the ...
/duy'sul fear"euhm/, n. Pharm. a cream-colored, water-insoluble solid, C10H20N2S4, used chiefly in the treatment of chronic alcoholism, producing highly unpleasant symptoms when ...
/duy sul"feuh ton'/, n. Chem. a pale-yellow, highly toxic liquid, C8H19O2PS3, used as an insecticide and miticide. [1960-65; perh. DI-1 + SULFO- + T(HI)ON(ATE)] * * *
/duy'sul fyoor"ik/, adj. Chem. pyrosulfuric. Also, disulphuric. [1870-75; DI-1 + SULFURIC] * * *
disulfuric acid
disulfuric acid [dī΄sul fyoor′ik] n. PYROSULFURIC ACID * * *
/duy sul"fayt/, n. Chem. disulfate. * * *
/dis yooh"neuh fuy'/, v.t., disunified, disunifying. to destroy the unity of. [1890-95; DIS-1 + UNIFY] * * *
/dis yoohn"yeuhn/, n. 1. a severance of union; separation; disjunction. 2. lack of unity; dissension. [1590-1600; DIS-1 + UNION] * * *
—disunionism, n. /dis yoohn"yeuh nist/, n. 1. a person who advocates or causes disunion. 2. U.S. Hist. a secessionist during the period of the Civil War. [1825-35, Amer.; ...
—disuniter, n. /dis'yooh nuyt"/, v., disunited, disuniting. v.t. 1. to sever the union of; separate; disjoin. 2. to set at variance; alienate: The issue disunited the party ...

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