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/dis yooh"ni tee/, n., pl. disunities. lack of unity or accord. [1625-35; DIS-1 + UNITY] * * *
n. /dis yoohs"/; v. /dis yoohz"/, n., v., disused, disusing. n. 1. discontinuance of use or practice: Traditional customs are falling into disuse. v.t. 2. to cease to ...
disused [disyo͞ozd′] adj. no longer used * * *
/dis'yooh til"i tee/, n. the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc. [1875-80; DIS-1 + UTILITY] * * *
/dis val"yooh/, n., v., disvalued, disvaluing. n. 1. disesteem; disparagement. v.t. 2. Archaic. to depreciate; disparage. [1595-1605; DIS-1 + VALUE] * * *
/duy'si lab"ik, dis'i-/, adj. consisting of or pertaining to two syllables. Also, dissyllabic. [1630-40; DI-1 + SYLLABIC] * * *
/duy sil"euh biz'euhm, di-/, n. the state of being disyllabic. Also, dissyllabism. [1880-85; DI-1 + SYLLABISM] * * *
/duy sil"euh buyz', di-/, v.t., disyllabized, disyllabizing. to make disyllabic. Also, dissyllabize; esp. Brit., disyllabise. [1865-70; DISYLLABLE + -IZE] * * *
/duy"sil'euh beuhl, duy sil"-, di-/, n. a word of two syllables. Also, dissyllable. [1580-90; DI-1 + SYLLABLE; cf. Gk disýllabos of two syllables; var. dissyllable has ss < MF ...
/dis yohk"/, v.t., disyoked, disyoking. to free from or as from a yoke. [1840-50; DIS-1 + YOKE] * * *
▪ Hungarian dress       ceremonial dress worn by Hungarian nobility and later by other public figures. It evolved in the second half of the 19th century and survived ...
▪ Hungarian feast       extravagant feast held to accompany a pig slaughter in Hungary. Many sources suggest that the disznótor is a kind of parody of the halotti tor, ...
/dit/, n. an echoic word, the referent of which is a click or brief tone interval, used to designate the dot of Morse code, International Morse code, etc. Cf. dah. [1935-40] * * *
ditat Deus
/dee"taht de"oos/; Eng. /duy"tat dee"euhs, day"euhs/, Latin. God enriches: motto of Arizona. * * *
—ditchless, adj. /dich/, n. 1. a long, narrow excavation made in the ground by digging, as for draining or irrigating land; trench. 2. any open passage or trench, as a natural ...
Ditch, Battle of the
▪ Islamic history (AD 627) , Arabic  Al-Khandaq (The Ditch)        an early Muslim victory that ultimately forced the Meccans to recognize the political and ...
/dich"maws', -mos'/, n. elodea. [1830-40; Amer.] * * *
—ditchdigging, n., adj. /dich"dig'euhr/, n. 1. a worker whose occupation is digging ditches, esp. with pick and shovel. 2. a person engaged in exhausting manual work, esp. work ...
/dich"euhr/, n. 1. a person who digs ditches. 2. a person who ditches. 3. ditchdigger (def. 3). [1350-1400; ME dicher. See DITCH, -ER1] * * *
/dich"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. 1. water, esp. stagnant and dirty water, that has collected in a ditch. 2. dull as ditchwater. See dishwater (def. 2). [1275-1325; ME. See DITCH, ...
/duyt/, n. Brit. Dial. a bit (usually used in negative constructions): I don't care a dite. [1905-10; reflecting regional pron. of DOIT, in the sense "trifle"] * * *
Dith Pran
▪ 2009       Cambodian photojournalist and interpreter born Sept. 27, 1942, Siemréab, Camb. died March 30, 2008, New Brunswick, N.J. was the real-life model for the ...
—ditheist, n. —ditheistic, ditheistical, adj. /duy"thee iz'euhm/, n. 1. the doctrine of or belief in two equally powerful gods. 2. belief in the existence of two independent ...
—ditherer, n. —dithery, adj. /didh"euhr/, n. 1. a trembling; vibration. 2. a state of flustered excitement or fear. v.i. 3. to act irresolutely; vacillate. 4. North Eng. to ...
/duy thuy"euh nayt', -nit/, n. Chem. a salt of dithionic acid. [1865-70; DITHION(IC ACID) + -ATE2] * * *
/duy'thuy on"ik, dith'ee-/, adj. Chem. of or derived from dithionic acid. [1850-55; DI-1 + THIONIC] * * *
dithionic acid
Chem. a strong, unstable acid, H2S2O6, known only in solution and in the form of its salts. [1850-55] * * *
▪ historical region, Germany Danish  Ditmarsken        area on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula between the Eider and Elbe rivers, now included in the Land ...
/dith"euh ram', -ramb'/, n. 1. a Greek choral song or chant of vehement or wild character and of usually irregular form, originally in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus. 2. any poem ...
—dithyrambically, adv. /dith'euh ram"bik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a dithyramb. 2. wildly irregular in form. 3. wildly enthusiastic. [1595-1605; < L ...
/dit"mahrz/, n. Raymond Lee, 1876-1942, U.S. zoologist and author. * * *
/dit"euh keuhs/, adj. 1. producing two young or laying two eggs at a time. 2. producing two kinds of young, as certain worms. [ < Gk ditókos twin-bearing, equiv. to di- DI-1 + ...
di·tran·si·tive (dī-trănʹsĭ-tĭv, -zĭ-) adj. Of or relating to a verb that takes or can take two objects, as begrudge in I don't begrudge you your good luck, or find in ...
See ditransitive. * * *
—ditriglyphic, adj. /duy truy"glif'/, n. (in Doric architecture) 1. the distance, on centers, between a metope and the second one distant. 2. an intercolumniation having two ...
/duy"troh'kee/, n. Pros. a form of poetic meter in which two trochees constitute one metrical unit. [1700-10; < L ditrochaeus < Gk ditróchaios, equiv. to di- DI-1 + trochaîos ...
/dit"see/, adj., ditsier, ditsiest. Slang. flighty and easily confused; mildly or harmlessly eccentric. Also, ditzy. [1975-80; expressive coinage, perh. with elements of DOTTY1 ...
/dit"n ee/, n., pl. dittanies. 1. a Cretan plant, Origanum dictamnus, of the mint family, having spikes of purple flowers and formerly believed to have medicinal qualities. 2. ...
Ditters von Dittersdorf, Carl
orig. Carl Ditters born Nov. 2, 1739, Vienna, Austria died Oct. 24, 1799, Rothlhotta Castle, Neuhof, Bohemia Austrian composer. A violin prodigy, he served as kapellmeister at ...
/dit"euhrz dawrf'/; Ger. /dit"euhrdds dawrddf'/, n. Karl Ditters von /kahrddl dit"euhrdds feuhn/, 1739-99, Austrian violinist and composer. * * *
Dittersdorf,Karl Ditters von
Dit·ters·dorf (dĭtʹərz-dôrf', -ərs-), Karl Ditters von. 1739-1799. Austrian violinist and composer who is considered a precursor of Mozart in his use of operatic and ...
/dit"oh/, n., pl. dittos, adv., v., dittoed, dittoing. n. 1. the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Abbr.: do. Symbol: ". Cf. ...
Ditto machine
Trademark. a brand of machine that copies typed or written material, drawings, etc., esp. by an ink-transfer process. * * *
ditto mark
Often, ditto marks. two small marks (") indicating the repetition of something, usually placed beneath the thing repeated. * * *
/dit"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. an instance of dittography; a passage containing reduplicated syllables, letters, etc. [1870-75; back formation from DITTOGRAPHY] * * *
—dittographic /dit'euh graf"ik/, adj. /di tog"reuh fee/, n. reduplication of letters or syllables in writing, printing, etc., usually through error. Cf. haplography. [1870-75; ...
/dit"ee/, n., pl. ditties, v., dittied, dittying. n. 1. a poem intended to be sung. 2. a short, simple song. v.i. 3. Obs. to sing. v.t. 4. Obs. to set to or celebrate in ...
ditty bag
a small bag used esp. by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc. [1855-60; of obscure orig.] * * *
ditty box
a small box used like a ditty bag. [1880-85; Amer.] * * *
ditty bag n. A bag used by armed forces personnel to carry small items such as sewing implements.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
/dits/, n. Slang. airhead2. [1980-85; back formation from DITZY] * * *
/dit"see/, adj., ditzier, ditziest. ditsy. * * *
/dee"ooh/, n. part of the union territory of Goa, Daman, and Diu, in W India: a former Portuguese colony, comprising a small island and seaport at the extremity of Kathiawar ...
/duy'euh ree"sis/, n. increased discharge of urine. [1675-85; < NL < Gk dioure- (verbid s. of dioureîn to urinate) + -sis -SIS; see DIURETIC] * * *
—diuretically, adv. —diureticalness, n. /duy'euh ret"ik/, adj. 1. increasing the volume of the urine excreted, as by a medicinal substance. n. 2. a diuretic medicine or ...
See diuretic. * * *
/duy"euhr il/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of chlorothiazide. * * *
—diurnally, adv. —diurnalness, n. /duy err"nl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a day or each day; daily. 2. of or belonging to the daytime (opposed to nocturnal). 3. Bot. ...
diurnal arc
Astron. the portion of the diurnal circle that is above the horizon at a given point. Cf. nocturnal arc. * * *
diurnal circle
Astron. the apparent circle described by a heavenly body as a result of one rotation by the earth. * * *
diurnal motion
Astron. the apparent daily motion, caused by the earth's rotation, of celestial bodies across the sky. * * * ▪ astronomy       apparent daily motion of the heavens from ...
diurnal parallax
Astron. See under parallax (def. 2). * * *
See diurnal. * * *
/duy"euh ron'/, n. a white crystalline substance, C9H10Cl2N2O, used as a weed-killer. [1955-60; di(chlorophenyl) + (dimethyl)ur(ea) + -ON1] * * *
1. Math., Mech. divergence. 2. Music. divisi. * * *
1. divine. 2. divinity. * * *
1. divide. 2. divided. 3. dividend. 4. division. 5. divisor. 6. divorced. * * *
div. in par. aeq.
(in prescriptions) let it be divided into equal parts. [ < L dividatur in partes aequales] * * *
/dee"veuh, -vah/, n., pl. divas, dive /-ve/. a distinguished female singer; prima donna. [1880-85; < It < L diva, fem. of divus god; cf. DIVINE] * * *
—divagation, n. /duy"veuh gayt'/, v.i., divagated, divagating. 1. to wander; stray. 2. to digress in speech. [1590-1600; < L divagatus (ptp. of divagari to wander off), equiv. ...
See divagate. * * *
▪ Cambodian adviser original name  Divākara   born 1040, Cambodia died c. 1120       Hindu of the Brahman (priestly) caste who rose through religious and ...
—divalence, n. /duy vay"leuhnt/, adj. Chem. having a valence of two, as the ferrous ion, Fe++. [1865-70; DI-1 + -VALENT] * * *
/di vah"lee/, n. Diwali. * * * or Diwali In Hinduism, a five-day religious festival in autumn. It honors Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, or, in Bengal, the goddess Kali. During ...
divan1 /di van", -vahn"/ or, esp. for 1, /duy"van/, n. 1. a sofa or couch, usually without arms or back, often usable as a bed. 2. a long, cushioned seat, usually without arms or ...
—divaricately, adv. —divaricatingly, adv. —divarication, n. —divaricator, n. v. /duy var"i kayt', di-/; adj. /duy var"euh kit, -kayt', di-/, v., divaricated, ...
See divaricate. * * *
divarication [dī var΄i kā′shən, divar΄i kā′shən] n. 1. a divaricating, or branching 2. a difference of opinion * * * di·var·i·ca·tion (dī-văr'ĭ-kāʹshən, ...
divaricator [dī var′i kāt΄ər, divar′i kāt΄ər] n. the muscle that stretches apart the shells of a brachiopod * * *
/duyv/, v., dived or dove, dived, diving, n. v.i. 1. to plunge into water, esp. headfirst. 2. to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine. 3. to plunge, fall, or descend ...
dive bomber
an airplane of the fighter-bomber type that drops its bombs while diving at the enemy. [1935-40] * * *
dive bombing
Mil. a technique of bombing in which the bomb load is released when the aircraft is in a steep dive, usually at an angle of 60 degrees or more from horizontal. [1930-35] * * *
dive brake
Aeron. a flap deployed from the wings or fuselage of an aircraft, as a dive bomber or sailplane, that increases drag to permit a relatively steep angle of descent without a ...
dive tables
numerical tables used by scuba divers to determine time limits of dives, according to depth, as well as possible decompression delays during ascent and requisite surface ...
/duyv"bom'/, v.i., v.t. to attack with or as if with a dive bomber. [1930-35] * * *
See dive-bomb. * * *
dive brake n. A flap that can be extended on an aircraft to increase drag and reduce the speed of descent. * * *
/duyv"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. a professional qualified to oversee scuba diving operations, as in salvage work or at a resort, and responsible for procedures and safety, ...
/duy"veuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that dives. 2. a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels. 3. Brit. a loon. 4. any of several ...
/duy verr"bee euhm/, n., pl. diverbia /-bee euh/. the spoken part of an ancient Roman drama. Cf. canticum. [ < L; var. of DEVERBIUM, equiv. to de- DE- + verb(um) word, verb + ...
/di verrj", duy-/, v., diverged, diverging. v.i. 1. to move, lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off. 2. to differ in opinion, character, form, ...
/di verr"jeuhns, duy-/, n. 1. the act, fact, or amount of diverging: a divergence in opinion. 2. (in physics, meteorology, etc.) the total amount of flux escaping an ...
/di verr"jeuhn see, duy-/, n., pl. divergencies. divergence; deviation. [1700-10; < ML divergentia. See DIVERGE, -ENCY] * * *
—divergently, adv. /di verr"jeuhnt, duy-/, adj. 1. diverging; differing; deviating. 2. pertaining to or causing divergence. 3. (of a mathematical expression) having no finite ...
See divergent. * * *
diverging lens
Optics. a lens that causes a beam of parallel rays to diverge after refraction, as from a virtual image; a lens that has a negative focal length. Also called negative lens. Cf. ...
/duy"veuhrz/, adj. 1. several; various; sundry: divers articles. pron. 2. (used with a pl. v.) an indefinite number more than one: He chose divers of them, who were asked to ...
—diversely, adv. —diverseness, n. /di verrs", duy-, duy"verrs/, adj. 1. of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike: a wide range of diverse opinions. 2. of various ...
See diverse. * * *
See diversely. * * *
/di verr'seuh fi kay"sheuhn, duy-/, n. 1. the act or process of diversifying; state of being diversified. 2. the act or practice of manufacturing a variety of products, investing ...
/di verr"seuh fuyd', duy-/, adj. 1. distinguished by various forms or by a variety of objects: diversified activity. 2. distributed among or producing several types; varied: ...
diversified farming
the practice of producing a variety of crops or animals, or both, on one farm, as distinguished from specializing in a single commodity. * * *
/di verr"seuh fawrm', duy-/, adj. differing in form; of various forms. [1650-60; < L divers(us) DIVERSE + -I- + -FORM] * * *
—diversifiable, adj. —diversifiability, n. —diversifier, n. /di verr"seuh fuy', duy-/, v., diversified, diversifying. v.t. 1. to make diverse, as in form or character; give ...
/di verr"zheuhn, -sheuhn, duy-/, n. 1. the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort. 2. a channel made to ...
/di verr"zheuh nl, -sheuh-, duy-/, adj. offering diversion or recreation; diverting. [DIVERSION + -AL1] * * *
/di verr"zheuh ner'ee, -sheuh-, duy-/, adj. tending to divert or distract the attention: diversionary tactics of the guerrilla fighters. [1840-50; DIVERSION + -ARY] * * *
—diversionism, n. /di verr"zheuh nist, -sheuh-, duy-/, n. 1. a person engaged in activities that divert attention from a primary focus. 2. a person who deviates ...
/di verr"si tee, duy-/, n., pl. diversities. 1. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness. 2. variety; multiformity. 3. a point of difference. [1300-50; ME ...
—divertedly, adv. —diverter, n. —divertible, adj. /di verrt", duy-/, v.t. 1. to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect. 2. Brit. to route (traffic) on a detour. 3. to ...
See divert. * * *
di·ver·tic·u·la (dī'vûr-tĭkʹyə-lə) n. Plural of diverticulum. * * *
See diverticulum. * * *
/duy'veuhr tik'yeuh luy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of one or more diverticula, characterized by abdominal pain, fever, and changes in bowel movements. [1895-1900; ...
/duy'veuhr tik'yeuh loh"sis/, n. Pathol. the presence of saclike herniations of the mucosal layer of the colon through the muscular wall, common among older persons and usually ...
—diverticular, adj. /duy'veuhr tik"yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. diverticula /-leuh/. Anat. a blind, tubular sac or process branching off from a canal or cavity, esp. an abnormal, ...
/di verr'teuh men"toh/; It. /dee verdd'tee men"taw/, n., pl. divertimentos, divertimenti /-tee/. Music. an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in ...
—divertingly, adv. /di verr"ting, duy-/, adj. serving to divert; entertaining; amusing. [1645-55; DIVERT + -ING2] * * *
See diverter. * * *
/di verr"tis meuhnt/; Fr. /dee verdd tees mahonn"/, n., pl. divertissements /-meuhnts/; Fr. /-mahonn"/. 1. a diversion or entertainment. 2. Music. divertimento. 3. a short ballet ...
/di verr"tiv, duy-/, adj. diverting; amusing. [1590-1600; DIVERT + -IVE] * * *
/duy"veez/, n. 1. the rich man of the parable in Luke 16:19-31. 2. any rich man. [ < L dives rich, rich man] * * *
/di vest", duy-/, v.t. 1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc.: The wind divested the trees of their leaves. 2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), esp. of property or ...
/di ves"teuh beuhl, duy-/, adj. capable of being divested, as an estate in land. [1640-50; DIVEST + -IBLE] * * *
/di ves"ti cheuhr, -choor', duy-/, n. 1. the act of divesting. 2. the state of being divested. 3. something, as property or investments, that has been divested: to reexamine the ...
See divest. * * *
/div"ee div"ee/, n., pl. divi-divis, divi-divi. 1. a tropical American shrub or small tree, Caesalpinia coriaria, of the legume family, the astringent pods of which are used in ...
(in prescriptions) divide. [ < L divide] * * *
—dividableness, n. /di vuy"deuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being divided; divisible. [1580-90; DIVIDE + -ABLE] * * *
/di vuyd"/, v., divided, dividing, n. v.t. 1. to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc. 2. to separate or part from something else; sunder; cut off. 3. to deal out in parts; ...
—dividedly, adv. —dividedness, n. /di vuy"did/, adj. 1. separated; separate. 2. disunited. 3. shared; apportioned. 4. (of a leaf) cut into distinct portions by incisions ...
divided highway
a superhighway with a broad median strip, designed to prevent collisions, headlight glare, etc., between vehicles moving in opposite directions, and usually having limited or ...
See divided. * * *
See dividedly. * * *
/div"i dend'/, n. 1. Math. a number that is to be divided by a divisor. 2. Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors. 3. Finance. a. a pro-rata share in an amount ...
dividend on
Stock Exchange. cum dividend. * * *
/duy'vi den"deuhs/, adj. (in prescriptions) meant to be divided. [ < L] * * *
/di vuy"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that divides. 2. dividers, a pair of compasses, as used for dividing lines, measuring, etc. 3. a partition between two areas or dividing ...
dividing engine
Machine used to mark off equal intervals accurately, usually on precision instruments. Georg Friedrich von Reichenbach (1772–1826), a German maker of astronomical instruments, ...
—dividually, adv. /di vij"ooh euhl/, adj. Archaic. 1. divisible or divided. 2. separate; distinct. 3. distributed; shared. [1590-1600; < L dividu(us) divisible (divid(ere) to ...
—divinatory /di vin"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /div'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or ...
See divination. * * *
—divinable, adj. —divinely, adv. —divineness, n. /di vuyn"/, adj., diviner, divinest, n., v., divined, divining. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a god, esp. the Supreme ...
Divine Comedy
(Italian, Divina Commedia) a narrative epic poem (14th century) by Dante. * * *
Divine Comedy, The
▪ work by Dante Italian  La Divina Commedia,  original name  Commedia        long narrative poem written c. 1308–21 by Dante. It is usually held to be one of the ...
divine healing
1. healing through divine intervention as in response to prayer or because of faith. 2. a method employing prayer or faith in the hope of receiving such healing. * * *
divine kingship
Religio-political concept that views a ruler as an incarnation, manifestation, mediator, or agent of the sacred. In some nonliterate societies, members view their rulers or ...
Divine Liturgy
Chiefly Eastern Ch. liturgy (def. 5). [1865-70] * * *
Divine Mind
Christian Science. mind (def. 18). * * *
Divine Mother
Hinduism. the creative, dynamic aspect of the Godhead, the consort or Shakti of Brahma, Vishnu, or Shiva, variously known as Devi, Durga, Kali, Shakti, etc. * * *
divine right of kings
the right to rule derived directly from God, not from the consent of the people. [1735-45] * * * ▪ doctrine       doctrine in defense of monarchical absolutism, which ...
divine service
service1 (def. 15). [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Divine Word Missionary
▪ religious organization member of  Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.)        a Roman Catholic religious organization, composed of priests and brothers, founded in ...
Divine, Father
orig. George Baker born 1880?, Georgia?, U.S. died Sept. 10, 1965, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S. religious leader. Reportedly born on a plantation, he began preaching in 1899 in the ...
Di·vine Liturgy (dĭ-vīnʹ) n. The Eastern Orthodox Eucharistic rite. * * *
See divine. * * *
See divinely. * * *
/di vuy"neuhr/, n. 1. a person who divines; soothsayer; prophet. 2. a person skilled in using a divining rod. [1300-50; DIVINE + -ER1; r. ME divinour < AF < LL divinator ...
divine right n. The doctrine that monarchs derive their right to rule directly from God and are accountable only to God. * * *
Sport of plunging into water, usually headfirst and often following the execution of one or more acrobatic maneuvers. It emerged as a competitive sport in the late 19th century ...
diving beetle
any of numerous predaceous water beetles of the family Dytiscidae, having the body adapted for swimming. * * *
diving bell
a chamber with an open bottom in which persons can go underwater without special apparatus, water being excluded from the upper part by compressed air fed in by a ...
diving board
a springboard. [1890-95] * * *
diving boat
a boat used as a tender for divers or others working under water. [1795-1805] * * *
diving duck
any of numerous ducks, common in coastal bays and river mouths, that typically dive from the water's surface for their food (contrasted with dabbling duck). [1805-15] * * * Any ...
diving petrel
any of several small seabirds of the family Pelecanoididae, of Southern Hemisphere seas, having compact bodies, tubelike processes near the nostrils, and usually drab plumage. * ...
diving reflex
Physiol. a reflex of humans, other mammals, reptiles, and birds, triggered by immersion in cold water, that slows the heart rate and diverts blood flow to the brain, heart, and ...
diving suit
any of various waterproof garments for underwater swimming or diving, esp. one that is weighted, hermetically sealed, and supplied with air under pressure through a hose attached ...
div·ing beetle (dīʹvĭng) n. Any of various predatory aquatic beetles of the family Dytiscidae. * * *
diving bell n. A large vessel for underwater work, open on the bottom and supplied with air under pressure. * * *
diving board n. A flexible board from which a dive may be executed, secured at one end and projecting over water at the other. Also called springboard. * * *
diving duck n. Any of various ducks of the subfamily Aythyinae, including the scoters, eiders, goldeneyes, and scaups, that feed by diving beneath the surface of the water. * * *
diving reflex n. A reflexive response to diving in many aquatic mammals and birds, characterized by physiological changes that decrease oxygen consumption, such as slowed heart ...
diving suit n. A heavy waterproof garment with a detachable air-fed helmet, used for underwater work. * * *
Divini, Eustachio
▪ Italian optician born October 4, 1610, San Severino delle Marche, near Ancona, Papal States [now in Italy] died 1685, Rome       Italian scientist, one of the first ...
divining rod
a rod, esp. a forked stick, commonly of hazel, supposed to be useful in locating underground water, metal deposits, etc. Also called dowsing rod. [1745-55] * * ...
di·vin·ing rod (dĭ-vīʹnĭng) n. A forked branch or stick that is believed to indicate subterranean water or minerals by bending downward when held over a source. * * *
/di vin"i tee/, n., pl. divinities. 1. the quality of being divine; divine nature. 2. deity; godhood. 3. a divine being; God. 4. the Divinity, (sometimes l.c.) the Deity. 5. a ...
divinity circuit.
See circuit binding. * * *
divinity school
a Protestant seminary. [1545-55] * * *
—divinization, n. /div"euh nuyz'/, v.t., divinized, divinizing. to make divine; deify. Also, esp. Brit., divinise. [1650-60; DIVINE + -IZE; cf. F diviniser] * * *
Di·vi·nó·po·lis (dē'vē-nôʹpo͝o-lēs) A city of southeast Brazil west-southwest of Belo Horizonte. It is a railroad junction and an agricultural trade center. ...
divinyl ether
/duy vuyn"l/, Pharm. See vinyl ether. [DI-1 + VINYL] * * *
/duy vuyn'l ben"zeen, -ben zeen"/, n. Chem. a clear liquid, C10H10, easily polymerized, used in the manufacture of rubbers, drying oils, ion-exchange resins, and polyesters. Also ...
/di vee"zee/, adj. Music. divided; separated (used as a musical direction for two or more performers reading a part to begin reading two or more parts). [1730-40; < It, pl. of ...
/di viz'euh bil"i tee/, n. 1. the capacity of being divided. 2. Math. the capacity of being evenly divided, without remainder. [1635-45; < LL divisibil(is) DIVISIBLE + -ITY] * * *
Divisibility rules
▪ Table Some divisibility rules divisor condition 2 The number is even. 3 The sum of the digits in the number is divisible by 3. 4 The last two ...
—divisibleness, n. —divisibly, adv. /di viz"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being divided. 2. Math. a. capable of being evenly divided, without remainder. b. of or pertaining ...
See divisibility. * * *
See divisibility. * * *
—divisional, divisionary, adj. —divisionally, adv. /di vizh"euhn/, n. 1. the act or process of dividing; state of being divided. 2. Arith. the operation inverse to ...
division algebra
Math. a linear algebra in which each element of the vector space has a multiplicative inverse. * * *
division algorithm
Math. 1. the theorem that an integer can be written as the sum of the product of two integers, one a given positive integer, added to a positive integer smaller than the given ...
Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship-men
▪ Table Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship–men year winner runner-up   score 1939 Oregon Ohio ...
Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship-women
▪ Table Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship—women year winner runner-up score 1982 Louisiana Tech Cheney (Pa.) 76–62 1983 Southern ...
division of labor
Econ. a production process in which a worker or group of workers is assigned a specialized task in order to increase efficiency. [1770-80] * * *
division of labour
Specialization in the production process. Complex jobs can usually be less expensively completed by a large number of people each performing a small number of specialized tasks ...
division ring
Math. a ring in which the set of nonzero elements is a group with the operation of multiplication. * * *
division sign
Arith. the symbol (÷) or (/) placed between two expressions and denoting division of the first by the second. [1930-35] * * *
See division. * * *
—divisionist, n., adj. /di vizh"euh niz'euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.) pointillism. [1900-05; DIVISION + -ISM] * * * ▪ art       in painting, the practice of separating ...
See divisionism. * * *
➡ football – British style * * *
division sign n. 1. The symbol (÷) placed between two quantities written on a single line to indicate the division of the first by the second. 2. The symbol (/) placed between ...
—divisively, adv. —divisiveness, n. /di vuy"siv/, adj. 1. forming or expressing division or distribution. 2. creating dissension or discord. [1590-1600; < LL divisivus, ...
See divisive. * * *
See divisively. * * *
/di vuy"zeuhr/, n. Math. 1. a number by which another number, the dividend, is divided. 2. a number contained in another given number a certain integral number of times, without ...
—divorceable, adj. —divorcer, n. —divorcive, adj. /di vawrs", -vohrs"/, n., v. divorced, divorcing. n. 1. a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, ...
/di vawr say", -vohr-, -vawr"say, -vohr"-/, n. a divorced man. [1805-15; < F, n. use of masc. ptp. of divorcer < ML divortiare to divorce, deriv. of L divortium DIVORCE] * * ...
divorce court
a court having jurisdiction over termination of marital relations, as actions for divorce or annulment. * * *
divorce mill
Informal. a divorce court, esp. such a court in a state or country that does not impose difficult requirements, as a long period of residence or humiliating grounds, on those who ...
/di vawr say", -see", -vohr-, -vawr"say, -vohr"-/, n. a divorced woman. Also, divorcee. [1805-15; < F divorcée, fem. of divorcé DIVORCÉ] * * *
/di vawrs"meuhnt, -vohrs"-/, n. divorce; separation. [DIVORCE + -MENT] * * *
/div"euht/, n. 1. Golf. a piece of turf gouged out with a club in making a stroke. 2. Scot. a piece of turf. [1530-40; orig. Scots, earlier deva(i)t, diffat, duvat, of obscure ...
▪ Turkey       town, central Turkey. It is situated near the Çaltısuyu River, which is a tributary of the Euphrates. The town lies near the end of a fertile valley ...
—divulgator, divulgater, n. —divulgation /div'euhl gay"sheuhn/, n. —divulgatory /di vul"geuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /di vul"gayt/, v.t., divulgated, divulgating. ...
—divulgement, n. —divulger, n. /di vulj", duy-/, v.t., divulged, divulging. to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown). [1425-75; late ME ( < ...
/di vul"jeuhns, duy-/, n. a divulging. [1850-55; DIVULGE + -ENCE] * * *
See divulgence. * * *
/duy vuls", di-/, v.t., divulsed, divulsing. Surg. to tear away or apart, as distinguished from cut or dissect. [1595-1605; < L divulsus (ptp. of divellere), equiv. to di- DI-2 + ...
—divulsive /di vul"siv/, adj. /di vul"sheuhn, duy-/, n. Surg. a tearing apart; violent separation. [1595-1605; < L divulsion- (s. of divulsio), equiv. to divuls(us) (see ...
/div"ee/, v., divvied, divvying, n., pl. divvies. Informal. v.t., v.i. 1. to divide; distribute (often fol. by up): The thieves divvied up the loot. 2. a distribution or ...
/di wah"lee/, n. the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated as a religious holiday throughout India in mid-November. Also, Dewali, Divali. * * * ▪ Hindu festival also spelled ...
/di wahn", -wawn"/, n. dewan. * * *
dīwānī script
      cursive style of Arabic calligraphy developed during the reign of the early Ottoman Turks (16th–early 17th century). It was invented by Housam Roumi and reached ...
Dīwānīyah, Al-
▪ Iraq       town, south-central Iraq. The town lies in a riverine area about 20 miles (32 km) west of a channel of the Euphrates River, and some nearby areas are under ...
/diks/, n. 1. Dorothea Lynde /lind/, (Dorothy), 1802-87, U.S. educator and social reformer. 2. Otto, 1891-1969, German painter and printmaker. * * *
Dix, Dorothea (Lynde)
born April 4, 1802, Hampden, District of Maine, Mass., U.S. died July 17, 1887, Trenton, N.J. U.S. social reformer on behalf of the mentally ill. She opened a school for girls ...
Dix, Dorothea Lynde
▪ American social reformer born April 4, 1802, Hampden, District of Maine, Mass. [now in Maine], U.S. died July 17, 1887, Trenton, N.J.  American educator, social reformer, ...
Dix, John Adams
▪ American politician born July 24, 1798, Boscawen, N.H., U.S. died April 21, 1879, New York City  political leader and U.S. Army officer who, as secretary of the treasury ...
Dix, Otto
born Dec. 2, 1891, Untermhaus, Thuringia, Ger. died July 25, 1969, Singen, Baden-Württemberg, W.Ger. German painter and printmaker. He studied at the academies of Düsseldorf ...
Dix,Dorothea Lynde
Dix (dĭks), Dorothea Lynde. 1802-1887. American philanthropist, reformer, and educator who was a pioneer in the movement for specialized treatment of the mentally ill. * * *
/dik"see/, n. Anglo-Indian. a large iron pot, esp. a 12-gallon camp kettle used by the British Army. [1895-1900; < Hindi degci, dim. of degca pot] * * * ▪ region, United ...
/dik"see/, n. 1. Also called Dixieland, Dixie Land. the southern states of the United States, esp. those that were formerly part of the Confederacy. 2. (italics) any of several ...
Dixie Chicks
▪ 2007  In 2006, three years after Dixie Chicks lead vocalist Natalie Maines ignited a firestorm of protest by declaring onstage in London that she was ashamed that U.S. Pres. ...
Dixie Cup
1. Trademark. a brand of disposable paper cup, as for beverages. 2. Navy Slang. a round, white, brimmed hat worn by U.S. sailors. * * *
Dixie Cup{™}
n a US make of small paper cup. People usually buy a quantity of them in a plastic container which can be kept in the kitchen or bathroom. * * *
—Dixiecratic, adj. /dik"see krat'/, n. a member of a faction of southern Democrats stressing states' rights and opposed to the civil-rights programs of the Democratic party, ...
Dixiecrat party.
See States' Rights Democratic party. * * *
See Dixiecrat. * * *
(in US politics), the popular name for the States’ Rights Party, a ‘third party’ that competed in the 1948 election for US President against the Democratic Party and ...
/dik"see land'/, n. 1. (sometimes l.c.) a style of jazz, originating in New Orleans, played by a small group of instruments, as trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, and drums, and ...
Dixieland jazz
➡ Dixieland * * *
/dik"see lan'deuhr/, n. a musician specializing in Dixieland jazz. [1930-35; DIXIELAND + -ER1] * * *
/dik"sit/, n. an utterance. [1620-30; < L: he has said] * * *
/dik"seuhn/, n. 1. Jeremiah, died 1777, English astronomer and surveyor. Cf. Mason-Dixon line. 2. a city in N Illinois. 15,659. 3. a male given name. * * * (as used in ...
Dixon Entrance
▪ passage, Pacific Ocean       narrow passage (50 mi [80 km] wide) of the eastern North Pacific, stretching 50 mi east from the open ocean to Hecate Strait (Canada). The ...
Dixon, Floyd
▪ 2007 Jay Riggins, Jr.        American rhythm and blues musician (b. Feb. 8, 1929, Marshall, Texas—d. July 26, 2006, Orange, Calif.), was one of the principal ...
Dixon, Frank James
▪ 2009       American immunologist born March 9, 1920, St. Paul, Minn. died Feb. 8, 2008, San Diego, Calif. was the founding director (1961) of the Scripps Research ...
Dixon, George
▪ American athlete born July 29, 1870, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada died January 6, 1909, New York, New York, U.S.       Canadian-born American boxer, the first black ...
Dixon, Henry Horatio
▪ Irish botanist born May 19, 1869, Dublin died Dec. 20, 1953, Dublin       Irish botanist who investigated plant transpiration and, with John Joly, developed the ...
Dixon, Jeane L. Pinckert
▪ 1998       U.S. astrologer who gained renown as a psychic when it was revealed in 1963 that in 1956 she seemingly had predicted the death of U.S. Pres. John F. Kennedy ...
Dixon, Jeremiah
▪ English surveyor died 1777, Durham, Durham, Eng.       British surveyor who, working with fellow surveyor Charles Mason, established the boundary between Maryland and ...
Dixon, Joseph
born Jan. 18, 1799, Marblehead, Mass., U.S. died June 15, 1869, Jersey City, N.J. U.S. inventor and manufacturer. Largely self-taught, Dixon began his pioneering industrial use ...
Dixon, Roland B
▪ American anthropologist born Nov. 6, 1875, Worcester, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 19, 1934, Cambridge, Mass.       U.S. cultural anthropologist who, at the Peabody Museum ...
Dixon, Thomas
▪ American writer born Jan. 11, 1864, Shelby, N.C., U.S. died April 3, 1946, Raleigh, N.C.       U.S. novelist, dramatist, and legislator who vigorously propagated ...
Dixon, Willie
orig. William James Dixon born July 1, 1915, Vicksburg, Miss., U.S. died Jan. 29, 1992, Burbank, Calif. U.S. musician who influenced the emergence of electric blues and rock ...
Dix·on (dĭkʹsən), Willie. 1915-1992. American musician and songwriter who served as a major figure on the Chicago blues scene. * * *
any of a group of shops in Britain that sell electronic equipment such as televisions, cameras and computers. The group, which also owns Currys, is the largest group of this type ...
/dik"see/, n., pl. dixies. Anglo-Indian. dixie. * * *
Brit. do-it-yourself: DIY house decorating. Also, D.I.Y., d.i.y. * * *

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