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▪ Islamic law       in Islām, the traditional compensation due for the shedding of blood. In pre-Islāmic times, the compensation required for taking a life was 10 ...
Diyālā River
▪ river, Iraq Arabic  Nahr Diyālā,         river, important tributary of the Tigris River, rising in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran near Hamadān as the ...
/dee yahrdd"buk euhrdd/, n. a city in SE Turkey in Asia, on the Tigris River. 169,746. Also, Diarbekr, Diyarbekir. * * * ▪ Turkey also spelled  Diyarbekir , historically ...
/dee"uy"wuy"euhr/, Brit. do-it-yourselfer. Also, DIY'er. * * *
/di zayn"/; Fr. /dee zaonn"/, n. Pros. a French poem or stanza of ten lines, employing eight or ten syllables to the line and having a specific rhyming pattern, as ...
—dizenment, n. /duy"zeuhn, diz"euhn/, v.t. Archaic. to deck with clothes or finery; bedizen. [1520-30; dis- bunch of flax on a DISTAFF + -EN1] * * *
See dizen. * * *
—dizygosity /di'zuy gos"i tee/, n. /duy'zuy got"ik/, adj. developed from two fertilized ova, as fraternal twins. Also, dizygous /duy zuy"geuhs/. [1925-30; DI-1 + ZYGOTIC] * * *
See dizzy. * * *
See dizzily. * * *
—dizzily, adv. —dizziness, n. /diz"ee/, adj., dizzier, dizziest, v., dizzied, dizzying. adj. 1. having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall; giddy; vertiginous. 2. ...
—dizzyingly, adv. /diz"ee ing/, adj. making or tending to make one dizzy: The tower rose to dizzying heights. [1795-1805; DIZZY + -ING2] * * *
See dizzily. * * *
DJ [dē′jā΄] n. DISC JOCKEY * * * dj abbr. dust jacket. * * *
DJ [dē′jā΄] n. DISC JOCKEY * * * I. DJ1 (dēʹjā') n. A disc jockey. v. DJ'ed, DJ'·ing, DJ's v. tr. To act as a disc jockey at (a social gathering or radio station). v. ...
Dja River
▪ river, Africa also called  Ngoko River        river in west-central Africa that forms part of the border between Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo (Congo). It ...
Djaja Peak
Djaja Peak [jä′yə] mountain in West Irian, W New Guinea: c. 16,500 ft (5,029 m) * * *
/jah'yeuh poor"euh/, n. Jayapura. Also, Jajapura. * * *
/jeuh kahr"teuh/, n. Jakarta. * * *
/jahm"bee/, n. Jambi. * * *
Djawa [jä′və] Indonesian name for JAVA2 * * *
Djebar, Assia
▪ Algerian writer original name  Fatima-Zohra Imalayan   born Aug. 4, 1936, Cherchell, Alg.       one of the most talented and prolific of contemporary Algerian women ...
/jeb"euhl/, n. (chiefly in Arabic-speaking countries) a mountain: often used as part of a placename to indicate that the place is situated on or near a mountain: the Djebel Druze ...
Djebel Druze
/jeb"euhl drooz"/ See Jebel ed Druz. * * *
▪ Algeria also called (after 1981)  El-Djelfa        town, north-central Algeria, in the Oulad Naïl Mountains at an elevation of 3,734 feet (1,138 m). It is ...
djellaba or djellabah [jə lä′bə] n. 〚Ar jallaba, contr. < jallābīya〛 a long, loose outer garment worn in Arabic countries * * * djel·la·ba or djel·la·bah also ...
/jeuh lah"beuh/, n. a loose-fitting hooded gown or robe worn by men in North Africa. Also, djellaba, jellaba. [1915-20; < Ar jallabah] * * *
▪ Mali also spelled  Jenne  or  Dienné   ancient trading city and centre of Muslim scholarship, southern Mali. It is situated on the Bani River on floodlands between the ...
/jer"beuh/, n. an island off the SE coast of Tunisia: Roman ruins. 65,533; 197 sq. mi. (510 sq. km). Also, Jerba. * * *
/jerr"meuh, jair"-/, n., pl. Djermas, (esp. collectively) Djerma for 1. 1. a member of a people living in southwestern Niger, closely related to the Songhai. 2. the Nilo-Saharan ...
Djerrkura, Gatjil
▪ 2005       Australian Aboriginal leader (b. June 30, 1949, Yirrkala Mission, East Arnhem Land, N.Terr., Australia—d. May 26, 2004, Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land), was ...
DJIA abbrev. Dow Jones Industrial Average * * *
/jib"euh/, n. jibba. * * *
—Djiboutian, adj., n. /ji booh"tee/, n. 1. Formerly, French Somaliland, French Territory of the Afars and Issas. a republic in E Africa, on the Gulf of Aden: a former overseas ...
Djibouti, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a horizontal stripe of light blue over one of light green and, at the hoist, a white triangle bearing a red star. The ...
Djibouti, history of
      history of Djibouti from independence in 1977 to the present.       On the eve of independence, Djibouti's viability as a sovereign state was questionable. ...
/ji"lahs/, n. Milovan /mee"law vahn/, born 1911, Yugoslavian political leader and author. * * *
Djilas, Milovan
born June 12, 1911, Podbišce, Montenegro died April 20, 1995, Belgrade, Serbia Yugoslav politician and political writer. His opposition to Yugoslavia's royalist dictatorship ...
Dji·las (jĭlʹäs), Milovan. 1911-1995. Yugoslavian writer and politician who was a prominent member of Tito's resistance movement during World War II and later held high ...
/jin/, n., pl. djins, (esp. collectively) djin. Islam. jinn. Also, djinn, djinni /jin"ee/. * * *
Djindjic, Zoran
▪ 2004       Serbian politician (b. Aug. 1, 1952, Bosanski Samac, Yugos. [now in Bosnia and Herzegovina]—d. March 12, 2003, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro), was a ...
djinni [ji nē′, jin′ē] n. pl. djinn alt. sp. of JINNI * * * djin·ni or djin·ny (jĭnʹē, jĭ-nēʹ) n. Variant of jinni. * * *
/jawk'yah kahrdd"tah/, n. Dutch name of Jogjakarta. * * *
▪ Egyptian pharaoh also spelled  Zoser        second king of the 3rd dynasty (Egypt, ancient) (c. 2650–c. 2575 BCE) of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient), who undertook ...
▪ peninsula, Denmark       eastward projection of Jutland, Denmark, northeast of Århus. Water bounds it on three sides: Århus Bay to the south, the Kattegat (strait) ...
Real Estate. deck. * * *
1. dark. 2. deck. 3. dock. * * *
dekagram; dekagrams. * * *
dekaliter; dekaliters. * * *
dekameter; dekameters. * * *
To mention, remind, remember. a. Zechariah, from Hebrew zəkaryāh, Yahweh has remembered, from zəkar, reduced form of zākar, he remembered; b. Yizkor, from Hebrew yizkōr, may ...
diesel. * * *
deciliter; deciliters. * * *
D layer n. The lowest region of the ionosphere, existing only during the day and extending from about 40 to 65 kilometers (25 to 40 miles) above the earth. Also called D ...
To engage oneself. European root found in Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and possibly Latin. 1. a. play, from Old English plegian, to exercise oneself, play; b. pledge; frankpledge, ...
DLit or DLitt or D.Lit. or D.Litt. abbrev. 〚L Doctor Lit(t)erarum L Doctor Lit(t)erarum〛 Doctor of Letters (or Literature) * * * DLit or DLitt abbr. Latin Doctor Litterarum ...
▪ computer code file in full  dynamic link library        a file containing code for commonly used program functions on personal computers (personal computer) (PCs) ...
DLO abbr. dead letter office. * * *
➡ Docklands Light Railway. * * *
1. dealer. 2. Also, dlr dollar. * * *
dollars. Also, dlrs. * * *
DLS or D.L.S. abbrev. Doctor of Library Science * * * DLS abbr. Doctor of Library Science. * * *
delivery. * * *
See Deutsche mark. * * *
decimeter; decimeters. * * *
See direct mail. * * *
See Deutsche mark. * * *
Computers. direct memory access: a technique for transferring data to and from external storage. * * *
▪ archaeological site, Georgia       site of paleoanthropological excavations in southern Georgia, where in 1991 a human jaw and teeth showing anatomical similarities ...
DMD or D.M.D. abbrev. Doctor of Dental Medicine * * * DMD abbr. Latin Dentariae Medicinae Doctor (Doctor of Dental Medicine). * * *
Chem. methoxychlor. [d(i)m(ethoxy)d(iphenyl)t(richloroethane)] * * *
DMin or D.Min. abbrev. Doctor of Ministry * * *
(as used in expressions) Kondratev Nikolay Dmitriyevich Sakharov Andrey Dmitriyevich Sazonov Sergey Dmitriyevich Shostakovich Dmitry Dmitriyevich Vasily Dmitriyevich * * *
(as used in expressions) Dmitry False Mendeleyev Dmitry Ivanovich Shostakovich Dmitry Dmitriyevich * * *
Dmitry (II) Donskoy
▪ prince of Moscow byname of  Dmitry Ivanovich   born Oct. 12, 1350, Moscow [Russia] died May 19, 1389, Moscow       prince of Moscow, or Muscovy (1359–89), and ...
Dmitry, False
or Pseudo-Demetrius Any of three pretenders to the Muscovite throne who, during the Time of Troubles, claimed to be Ivan IV's child Dmitry Ivanovich, who had died mysteriously ...
DML abbr. Doctor of Modern Languages. * * *
Chem. dimethylnitrosamine. Also, DMNA. * * *
Dmowski, Roman
▪ Polish statesman born Aug. 9, 1864, Kamionek [now in Warsaw, Pol.] died Jan. 2, 1939, Drozdowo, Pol.       Polish statesman, a leader of Poland's struggle for ...
➡ Doc Martens. * * *
dimethyl sulfoxide: a liquid substance, C2H6OS, used in industry as a solvent and paint and varnish remover; proposed as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory in musculoskeletal ...
dimethyltryptamine. * * * ▪ hallucinogen abbreviation  of Dimethyltryptamine,         powerful, naturally occurring hallucinogenic compound structurally related to ...
Department of Motor Vehicles. * * *
Dmytryk, Edward
▪ 2000       Canadian-born American film director (b. Sept. 4, 1908, Grand Forks, B.C.—d. July 1, 1999, Encino, Calif.), was one of the “Hollywood Ten,” ...
demilitarized zone. * * *
Dn abbrev. Bible Daniel * * * Dn abbr. Bible Daniel2. * * *
down. * * *
Genetics. deoxyribonucleic acid: an extremely long macromolecule that is the main component of chromosomes and is the material that transfers genetic characteristics in all life ...
DNA computing
Form of computing in which DNA molecules are used instead of digital logic circuits. The biological cell is regarded as an entity that resembles a sophisticated computer. The ...
DNA fingerprinting
—DNA fingerprint. the use of a DNA probe for the identification of an individual, as for the matching of genes from a forensic sample with those of a criminal suspect. Also ...
DNA polymerase
any of a class of enzymes involved in the synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid from its deoxyribonucleoside triphosphate precursors. [1960-65; POLYMER + -ASE] * * *
DNA probe
Biotech. a technique for identifying a segment of DNA, using a known sequence of nucleotide bases from a DNA strand to detect a complementary sequence in the sample by means of ...
DNA sequencing
▪ genetics  technique used to determine the nucleotide sequence of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The nucleotide sequence is the most fundamental level of knowledge of a ...
DNA virus
any virus containing DNA. * * *
DNA-the Forensic Tool of the '90s
▪ 2000       The 1990s saw the evolution of one of law enforcement's greatest investigative tools—the use of DNA testing as evidence in criminal trials. First ...
DNAase (dē'ĕn-āʹās) n. Variant of DNase. * * *
DNA fingerprint n. An individual's unique sequence of DNA base pairs, determined by exposing a sample of the person's DNA to molecular probes. DNA fingerprints are often used as ...
See DNA fingerprint. * * *
DNA polymerase n. Any of various enzymes that function in the replication and repair of DNA by catalyzing the linking of dATP, dCTP, dGTP, and dTTP in a specific order, using ...
/dee"en"ays, -ayz/ deoxyribonuclease: any of several enzymes that break down the double-stranded or single-stranded DNA molecule into its component nucleotides. Also, DNAase. * * ...
DNA virus n. A virus that possesses a genome composed of DNA. * * *
DNB abbrev. Dictionary of National Biography * * * Common Semitic noun *ḏanab-, tail. Deneb; Denebola, from Arabic ḏanab, tail. * * * ➡ Dictionary of National ...
/dnyeprdd/, n. Russian name of Dnieper. * * *
/nep'roh deuhr zhinsk"/; Russ. /dnyi prddeuh dzyirdd zhinsk"/, n. a city in the E central Ukraine, in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, on the Dnieper River. 250,000. * * *
/nep'roh pi trawfsk"/; Russ. /dnyi prddeuh pyi trddawfsk"/, n. a city in the E central Ukraine, in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, on the Dnieper River. 1,066,000. Formerly, ...
/dnyestrdd/, n. Russian name of Dniester. * * *
/nee"peuhr/; Russ. /dnyeprdd/, n. a river rising in the W Russian Federation flowing S through Byelorussia (Belarus) and Ukraine to the Black Sea. 1400 mi. (2250 km) long. ...
Dnieper River
Russian Dnepr ancient Borysthenes. River, eastern central Europe. One of the longest rivers in Europe, it rises west of Moscow and flows south through Belarus and Ukraine, ...
/nee"steuhr/; Russ. /dnyestrdd/, n. a river in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, flowing SE from the Carpathian Mountains to the Black Sea. ab. 875 mi. (1410 km) long. ...
Dniester River
Russian Dnestr ancient Tyras. River, southern central Europe. Rising on the northern side of the Carpathian Mtns., it flows south and east for 840 mi (1,352 km) to the Black ...
Dni·pro·dzer·zhyns'k (nē'prō-dzər-zhĭnskʹ, dnyē'-) or Dne·pro·dzer·zhinsk (nĕp'rō-, dnyĭ'prō-) A city of east-central Ukraine on the Dnieper River ...
▪ Ukraine Russian  Dneprodzerzhinsk,  formerly  (until 1936) Kamenskoye        city, southern Ukraine, along the Dnieper River. Founded about 1750 as the Cossack ...
Dni·pro·pe·trovs'k (nē'prō-pə-trôfskʹ, dnyē'-) or Dne·pro·pe·trovsk (nĕp'rō-, dnyĭ'prō-) A city of east-central Ukraine on the Dnieper River south-southwest of ...
formerly (1783–1926) Ekaterinoslav City (pop., 2001: 3,567,600), south-central Ukraine. Located on the Dnieper River, it was founded in 1783 and named for Catherine the ...
1. Med. do not resuscitate (used in hospitals and other health-care facilities to indicate to the staff the decision of a patient's doctors and family, or of the patient by a ...
▪ network service in full  domain name system        network service that converts between World Wide Web “name” addresses and numeric Internet ...
Tongue. Oldest form *dn̥g̑huə₂-, contracted to *dn̥g̑hū-, becoming *dn̥ghū- in centum languages. 1. a. tongue, from Old English tunge, tongue; b. biltong, from Middle ...
do1 /dooh/; unstressed /doo, deuh/, v. and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers. do, 2nd do or (Archaic) doest or dost, 3rd does or (Archaic) doeth or doth, pres. pl. do; past ...
do crosswords
➡ crosswords * * *
To give. Oldest form *deə₃-, colored to *doə₃-, contracted to *dō-. Derivatives include betray, surrender, vend, dose, and antidote. 1. a. Zero-grade form *də-. dado, ...
/dooh"awl'/, n. a person employed as a factotum, as the manager of all the affairs of an individual or a business. [1625-35] * * *
/dooh"dad'/, n. doodad. * * *
/dooh"good'/, adj. of or befitting a do-gooder. [1965-70; back formation from DO-GOODER] * * *
/dooh"good"euhr, -good'-/, n. a well-intentioned but naive and often ineffectual social or political reformer. [1925-30, Amer.; do good + -ER1] * * *
do-good·ing (do͞oʹgo͝od'ĭng) n. The act or action of doing good, especially naively in humanitarian causes.   doʹ-good'ing adj.   Word History: While at first glance the ...
/dooh"good iz'euhm/, n. the actions or principles of a do-gooder. Also, do-gooderism /dooh"good"euh riz'euhm/. [1950-55; DO-GOOD(ER) + -ISM] * * *
—do-it-yourselfer, n. /dooh"i cheuhr self", -it yeuhr-/, adj. 1. of or designed for construction or use by amateurs without special training: a do-it-yourself kit for building ...
See do-it-yourself. * * *
do-lit·tle (do͞oʹlĭt'l) n. Informal A lazy person. * * *
/dooh"nuth'ing/, n. 1. a person who chooses to do nothing; a lazy or worthless person. adj. 2. characterized by inability or unwillingness to initiate action, work toward a goal, ...
/dooh"nuth'ing iz'euhm/, n. the policy or practice of opposing a specific measure or change simply by refusing to consider or act on proposals; deliberate ...
/dooh"euhr duy"/, adj. 1. reflecting or characterized by an irrevocable decision to succeed at all costs; desperate; all-out: a do-or-die attempt to halt the invaders. 2. ...
/dooh"rag'/, n. Slang. a kerchief or scarf worn on the head to protect the hairdo, esp. after kinky hair has been straightened. [1960-65; do hairdo + RAG] * * *
/doh"ray"mee"/, n. Slang. money. [1920-25; pun on DOUGH (money); see DO2, RE1, MI] * * *
/doh"see doh"/, n., pl. do-si-dos, v., do-si-doed, do-si-doing. n. 1. a figure in square-dancing, in which two persons advance, pass around each other back to back, and return to ...
ditto. * * *
dead on arrival. Also, D.O.A. * * *
/dooh"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being done. [1400-50; late ME; see DO1, -ABLE] * * *
/doht/, v.i. dote. * * *
doater1 /doh"teuhr/, n. doter. doater2 /doh"teuhr/, n. Newfoundland. a fully mature harp seal. Also, dotard. [1785-95; appar. special use of DOTARD] * * *
date of birth. Also, D.O.B., d.o.b. * * *
/dob"euhr/, n. a float for a fishing line; bob. [1800-10, Amer.; < D: float, buoy] * * *
/dob"in/, n. 1. a horse, esp. a quiet, plodding horse for farm work or family use. 2. a drinking vessel of the 18th century holding a gill. [1590-1600; alter. of Robin, ...
Dobbs Ferry
/dobz/ a town in SE New York. 10,053. * * *
/dob"ee/, n., pl. dobbies. 1. Brit. Dial. a fatuous person; fool. 2. Textiles. a. an attachment on a loom, used in weaving small patterns. b. Also called dobby weave. a small ...
dobby loom
a loom equipped with a dobby for weaving small, geometric patterns. * * *
dobby weave
dobby weave [dä′bē] n. 〚< Dobbie, dim. of Dob, Dobbin: see DOBBIN〛 a weave with small, geometric patterns * * *
Dobell's solution
/doh"belz/, Pharm. a clear, yellowish, aqueous solution of sodium borate, sodium bicarbonate, phenol, and glycerol, used chiefly as an antiseptic and astringent for the nose and ...
Dobell, Sydney Thompson
▪ British poet born April 5, 1824, Cranbrook, Kent, Eng. died Aug. 22, 1874, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire  English poet of the so-called Spasmodic school.       The ...
Döbereiner, Johann Wolfgang
▪ German chemist born Dec. 13, 1780, Hof an der Saale [Germany] died March 24, 1849, Jena       German chemist whose observation of similarities among certain elements ...
/doh"beuhr meuhn/, n., pl. dobermans. Informal. See Doberman pinscher. * * *
Doberman pinscher
one of a German breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs having a black, brown, or blue coat with rusty brown markings. [1915-20; named after Ludwig Dobermann, 19th-century ...
Do·ber·man pin·scher (dōʹbər-mən pĭnʹshər) n. A medium-sized to large dog of a breed originating in Germany, having short hair and a smooth, usually dark brown or ...
/doh"bee/, n. 1. Chiefly Southwestern U.S. adobe. 2. a playing marble, esp. one made of clay. [1830-40, Amer.; aph. form] * * *
/doh"bee/, n. (James) Frank, 1888-1964, U.S. folklorist, educator, and author. * * *
/doh"blah/, n. a former gold coin of Spain. [1590-1600; < Sp < L dupla, fem. of duplus DOUBLE] * * *
/due"bleen/, n. Alfred /ahl"frddayt/, 1878-1957, German physician and novelist. * * *
Döblin, Alfred
born Aug. 10, 1878, Stettin, Ger. died June 26, 1957, Emmendingen, near Freiburg im Breisgau, W.Ger. German novelist and essayist. He studied medicine at the Universities of ...
/deuh blohn"/; Sp. /daw vlawn"/, n., pl. doblones /-bloh"neez/; Sp. /-vlaw"nes/. a former gold coin of Spain and Spanish America, equal to two gold escudos. [ < Sp: DOUBLOON] * * ...
Dobó, István
▪ Hungarian landowner Hungarian form  Dobó István  born c. 1500 died 1572, Szered, Hung. [now Sered', Slvk.]       Hungarian landowner and captain of the fortress ...
Dobos torte
Dobos torte [dō′bōs, dō′bōsh] n. [also d- t-] a rich cake having many thin layers of sponge cake with creamy mocha filling and a caramel glaze on top * * *
/doh"breuh/, n. any of various former Portuguese coins, esp. a gold coin of John V equal to two johannes. [ < Pg < L dupla; see DOBLA] * * *
Do·brich (dōʹbrĭk, dō-brĭKHʹ) Formerly Tol·bu·khin (tôl-bo͞oʹkĭn, -KHĭn). A city of northeast Bulgaria north of Varna. It is a commercial and cultural center. ...
/doh"broh/, pl. Dobros for 2. 1. Trademark. a brand of acoustic guitar commonly used in country music, usually played on the lap and having a raised bridge and a metal resonator ...
Dobrolyubov, Nikolay Aleksandrovich
▪ Russian literary critic born Jan. 24 [Feb. 5, New Style], 1836, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia died Nov. 17 [Nov. 29], 1861, St. Petersburg       radical Russian utilitarian ...
Dobrovolsky, Georgy Timofeyevich
▪ Soviet cosmonaut born June 1, 1928, Odessa, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. [now Ukraine] died June 29, 1971, in space       Soviet cosmonaut, mission commander on the Soyuz 11 ...
Dobrovský, Josef
born Aug. 17, 1753, Gyarmat, Hung. died Jan. 6, 1829, Brno, Moravia, Austrian Empire Czech linguist. He was ordained a priest in 1786, but after 1791 noble patronage allowed ...
/doh"brooh jeuh/; Bulg. /daw"brddooh jeuh/, n. a region in SE Rumania and NE Bulgaria, between the Danube River and the Black Sea. 2970 sq. mi. (7690 sq. km). Rumanian, Dobrogea ...
/doh bree"nin, -brin"in/; Russ. /du brddi"nyin/, n. Anatoly F(edorovich) /an'euh toh"lee fyaw'deuh roh"vich/; Russ. /u nu taw"lyee fyaw"deuh rddeuh vyich/, born 1919, Russian ...
Dobrynin, Anatoly Fyodorovich
▪ Soviet diplomat born Nov. 16, 1919, Krasnaya Gorka, Russia       Soviet diplomat, ambassador to the United States (1962–86), and dean of the Washington, D.C., ...
▪ Slovakia       mining village, Východní Slovensko kraj (region), Slovakia. It lies in the Slovak Ore Mountains, on the Slaná River, northwest of Košice. The ...
/dob"seuhn/, n. 1. dobsonfly. 2. hellgrammite. [1880-85, Amer.; by shortening] * * *
/dob"seuhn/, n. (Henry) Austin, 1840-1921, English poet, biographer, and essayist. * * *
Dobson, Austin
▪ British author in full  Henry Austin Dobson   born Jan. 18, 1840, Plymouth, Devonshire, Eng. died Sept. 2, 1921, London  English poet, critic, and biographer whose love ...
Dobson, Frank
▪ British sculptor born November 18, 1886, London, England died July 22, 1963, London       English sculptor who was influential in the promotion and development of ...
Dobson, William
▪ English painter baptized March 4, 1611, London, Eng.   buried Oct. 28, 1646, London       English portrait painter, one of the first distinguished native English ...
/dob"seuhn fluy'/, n., pl. dobsonflies. a large, soft-bodied insect, Corydalus cornutus, having four distinctly veined membranous wings, biting mouthparts, and, in the male, huge ...
Dobsonian telescope
/dob soh"nee euhn/ a relatively inexpensive Newtonian telescope, suitable for visual but not photographic use, in which the tube assembly slips freely in the lower base. [after ...
/doh"booh/, n., pl. Dobus, (esp. collectively) Dobu. 1. a member of a Melanesian people who inhabit the settlement of Dobu, in Papua New Guinea. 2. the Austronesian language of ...
/doh"booh euhn, doh booh"euhn/, n. 1. Dobu. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the Dobu or their language. [DOBU + -AN] * * *
▪ ancient tribe of Britain also spelled  Dobunni,         an ancient British tribe centred on the confluence of the Severn and Avon rivers. The Dobuni, who were ruled ...
/doh"bee/, n., pl. dobies. Chiefly Southwestern U.S. adobe. [aph. form] * * *
Doby, Larry
▪ American baseball player byname of  Lawrence Eugene Doby  born December 13, 1923, Camden, South Carolina, U.S. died June 18, 2003, Montclair, New Jersey  American ...
Doby, Lawrence Eugene
▪ 2004 “Larry”        American baseball player (b. Dec. 13, 1923, Camden, S.C.— d. June 18, 2003, Montclair, N.J.), became the second African American player in ...
Dobyns, Stephen
▪ American poet born Feb. 19, 1941, Orange, N.J., U.S.       American poet and novelist whose works are characterized by a cool realism laced with pungent ...
/dob zhahn"skee/, n. Theodosius (Grigorievich) /gri gawr"ee euh vich, -gohr"-/, 1900-75, U.S. geneticist, born in Russia. * * *
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
orig. Feodosy Grigorevich Dobrzhansky born Jan. 25, 1900, Nemirov, Ukr., Russian Empire died Dec. 18, 1975, Davis, Calif., U.S. Ukrainian-born U.S. geneticist and ...
/dok/, n. Informal. 1. doctor. 2. a casual, impersonal term of address used to a man. [1845-50; by shortening] * * * (as used in expressions) Papa Doc Holliday Doc Watson ...
See Department of Commerce. * * * (as used in expressions) Papa Doc Holliday Doc Watson Doc Viet Nam Doc Lap Dong Minh Hoi * * *
Doc Holliday
➡ Holliday * * *
Doc Martens{™}
(abbr DMs) n [pl] a popular British make of strong shoes and boots. A special feature of them is a ‘cushion of air’ under the foot to make them more comfortable to wear. DMs ...
pl. docs. document. * * *
Doccia porcelain
▪ art       porcelain produced at a factory near Florence founded by Marchese Carlo Ginori in 1735; until 1896 the enterprise operated under the name Doccia, since then ...
Doce River
▪ river, Brazil Portuguese  Rio Doce,         river, eastern Brazil, formed by the junction of the Carmo and Piranga rivers in southeastern Minas Gerais state. ...
—docentship, n. /doh"seuhnt/; Ger. /doh tsent"/, n. 1. privatdocent. 2. a college or university lecturer. 3. a person who is a knowledgeable guide, esp. one who conducts ...
➡ museums * * *
/doh see"tee/, n.pl. early Christian adherents of Docetism. [1810-20; < LGk doketaí, pl. of DOKETÉS one who professes the heresy of appearance, equiv. to Gk doke- (var. s. of ...
—Docetic, adj. —Docetist, n., adj. /doh see"tiz euhm, doh"si tiz'-/, n. 1. an early Christian doctrine that the sufferings of Christ were apparent and not real and that after ...
See Docetism. * * *
/dokh"euhn dor"euhkh/, n. Scot., Irish. a stirrup cup. Also, doch-an-dorroch, doch-an-dorris /dokh"euhn dor"is/. [1675-85; cf. Ir deoch an dorais drink of the door] * * *
—docilely, adv. —docility /do sil"i tee, doh-/, n. /dos"euhl/; Brit. /doh"suyl/, adj. 1. easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse. 2. readily trained or taught; ...
See docile. * * *
See docilely. * * *
dock1 /dok/, n. 1. a landing pier. 2. the space or waterway between two piers or wharves, as for receiving a ship while in port. 3. such a waterway, enclosed or open, together ...
Dock, Christopher
▪ American educator born 1698?, Germany died 1771, Skippack, Montgomery county, Pa. [U.S.]       Mennonite schoolmaster in colonial Pennsylvania whose teaching methods ...
—dock-walloping, n. /dok"wol'euh peuhr/, n. Slang. a casual laborer about docks or wharves. [1830-40, Amer.; DOCK1 + WALLOPER] * * *
dockage1 /dok"ij/, n. 1. a charge for the use of a dock. 2. docking accommodations. 3. the act of docking a ship. [1700-10; DOCK1 + -AGE] dockage2 /dok"ij/, n. 1. a curtailment; ...
docker1 /dok"euhr/, n. a laborer on shipping docks; longshoreman. [1755-65; DOCK1 + -ER1] docker2 /dok"euhr/, n. a person or thing that docks or cuts short. [1800-10; DOCK2 + ...
a popular US make of trousers/pants. They are made of cotton, often khaki (= a strong cloth of a brownish yellow colour) by the Levi Strauss Company. Styles include long and ...
/dok"it/, n., v., docketed, docketing. n. 1. Also called trial docket. a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending. 2. Chiefly Brit. a. ...
/dok"hand'/, n. a dockworker. [1915-20; DOCK1 + HAND] * * *
docking bridge
Naut. a raised platform running from one side to the other of a ship toward the stern, used by officers for supervising docking operations. * * *
docking keel
Naut. one of two keellike projections for bracing a hull of a ship against bilge blocks when the ship is in dry dock. * * *
docking station
a small desktop cabinet, usually containing disk drives and ports for connection to peripherals, into which a laptop may be inserted so as to give it the functionality of a ...
dock·ing station (dŏkʹĭng) n. A small cabinet to which a laptop or notebook computer can be attached for use as a desktop computer, usually having a connector for externally ...
/dok"land'/, n. Chiefly Brit. the land or area surrounding a commercial port. [1900-05; DOCK1 + LAND] * * *
an area of houses and offices in east London, England, on the north side of the River Thames where London’s commercial docks used to be. The old docks were too shallow for ...
Docklands Light Railway
(abbr DLR) a system of light trains used for public transport in the London Docklands which started operating in 1987. The trains are controlled by computer and travel above ...
/dok"mak'ee/, n. a North American shrub, Viburnum acerifolium, of the honeysuckle family, having long stemmed clusters of white flowers and ovoid, almost black berries. [1810-20, ...
/dok"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. Naut. a person who supervises the dry-docking of ships. [1730-40; DOCK1 + MASTER] * * *
/dok'euh min ee euhm/, n. a dock or boat slip bought and sold as real property. [1980-85; DOCK1 + (COND)OMINIUM] * * *
/dok"suyd'/, n. 1. land or area adjoining a dock: We were at the dockside to greet them. adj. 2. pertaining to or located at or near a dockside: dockside warehouses; a dockside ...
☆ dockwalloper [däk′wäl΄əp ər ] n. 〚 DOCK1 + WALLOPER〛 Informal LONGSHOREMAN * * *
/dok"werr'keuhr/, n. a person employed on the docks of a port, as in loading and unloading vessels. [1920-25; DOCK1 + WORKER] * * *
/dok"yahrd'/, n. 1. a waterside area containing docks, workshops, warehouses, etc., for building, outfitting, and repairing ships, for storing naval supplies, etc. 2. Brit. a ...
▪ paleontology       extinct genus of mammals (mammal) originally known only from fossilized teeth. The dentition patterns of the cusps and other molar structures are ...
docosahexaenoic acid
/dok"euh seuh hek'seuh i noh"ik, dok'-/, Biochem. See DHA. [see DOCOSANOIC, HEXA-] * * *
/dok'euh seuh noh"ik/, adj. Chem. behenic. [do- ( < Gk, comb. form of dúo two) + -cos- (extracted from Gk eíkosi twenty) + -ANE + -O- + -IC] * * *
—doctoral, doctorial /dok tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. —doctorally, doctorially, adv. —doctorless, adj. —doctorship, n. /dok"teuhr/, n. 1. a person licensed to practice ...
Doctor Dolittle
the main character in a series of children’s books by the English author Hugh Lofting (1886–1947). Dr Dolittle is an expert in animal languages and has many animal friends ...
Doctor Faustus
(The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus) a play (c1588) by Christopher Marlowe, based on the medieval legend of Faust. * * *
Doctor Foster
a character in a short children’s poem from the mid 19th century. Nobody knows whether the doctor was a real person or not. These are the words of the poem: Doctor Foster went ...
Doctor of Philosophy
1. Also called doctorate. the highest degree awarded by a graduate school, usually to a person who has completed at least three years of graduate study and a dissertation ...
Doctor of the Church
a title conferred on an ecclesiastic for great learning and saintliness. * * *
Doctor Who
a BBC television science-fiction series made for older children and also popular with many adults. The main character was Doctor Who himself, who travelled through time and space ...
doctor's degree
1. any of several academic degrees of the highest rank, as the Ph.D. or Ed.D., awarded by universities and some colleges for completing advanced work in graduate school or a ...
See doctor. * * *
/dok"teuhr it/, n. 1. See Doctor of Philosophy (def. 1). 2. See doctor's degree (defs. 1, 2). [1670-80; < ML doctoratus degree of doctor. See DOCTOR, -ATE3] * * *       a ...
doctorate (PhD)
➡ higher education * * *
/dok"teuhr fish'/, n., pl. doctorfishes, (esp. collectively) doctorfish. a surgeonfish, esp. Acanthurus chirurgus, of the West Indies, having a bluish body and black ...
See doctoral. * * *
/dok"teuh roh'/, n. E(dgar) L(aurence), born 1931, U.S. author and editor. * * *
Doctorow, E(dgar) L(aurence)
born Jan. 6, 1931, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. novelist. Doctorow worked as an editor and has since taught at colleges and universities. His best-selling novels have often ...
Doctorow, E.L.
▪ American author in full  Edgar Laurence Doctorow   born Jan. 6, 1931, New York, N.Y., U.S.    American novelist known for his skillful manipulation of traditional ...
Doctors Without Borders
French Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) World's largest independent international medical relief agency. It was established by a group of French physicians in 1971. It aids ...
Doctors' Commons
▪ legal society       formerly a self-governing teaching body of practitioners of canon and civil law. Located in London, it was similar to the Inns of Court, where ...
Doctors' Plot
(1953) Alleged conspiracy of prominent Soviet medical specialists to murder leading government and party officials. In January 1953, the Soviet press reported that nine doctors, ...
doc·tor·speak (dŏkʹtər-spēk') n. Specialized or technical language used by physicians and others working in health care; medical jargon. * * *
—doctrinairism, n. /dok"treuh nair"/, n. 1. a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical ...
See doctrinaire. * * *
—doctrinality, n. —doctrinally, adv. /dok"treuh nl/; Brit. also /dok truyn"l/, adj. of, pertaining to, or concerned with doctrine: a doctrinal dispute. [1400-50; late ME < LL ...
doctrinal theology
dogmatics. * * *
See doctrinal. * * *
See doctrinairism. * * *
/dok"trin/, n. 1. a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government: Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine. 2. something that is ...
doctrine and dogma
▪ religion Introduction       the explication and officially acceptable version of a religious teaching. The development of doctrines and dogmas has significantly ...
doctrine of the affections
German Affektenlehre Aesthetic theory of music in the Baroque period. Under the influence of Classical rhetoric, late Baroque theorists and composers held that music is capable ...
docu- [däk′yo͞o, däk′yə] combining form documentary [docudrama] * * *
—docudramatist /dok"yeuh dram'euh tist, -drah'meuh-/, n. /dok"yeuh drah'meuh, -dram'euh/, n. Television. a fictionalized drama based primarily on actual events. [1960-65; ...
See docudrama. * * *
See docudramatic. * * *
—documentable /dok"yeuh men'teuh beuhl, dok'yeuh men"-/, adj. —documenter, n. n. /dok"yeuh meuhnt/; v. /dok"yeuh ment'/, n. 1. a written or printed paper furnishing ...
doc·u·ment·a·ble (dŏk'yə-mĕnʹtə-bəl) adj. Being such that documenting is possible: a documentable medical emergency. * * *
See document. * * *
doc·u·ment·al·ist (dŏk'yə-mĕnʹtl-ĭst') n. A specialist in documentation. * * *

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