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domino effect
the cumulative effect that results when one event precipitates a series of like events. Also called domino reaction. [1965-70] * * *
domino paper
a marbleized or figured decorative paper, used for wallpaper, end papers, etc., printed from wood blocks and colored by hand. [1920-25] * * *
domino theory
a theory that if one country is taken over by an expansionist, esp. Communist, neighbor, party, or the like, the nearby nations will be taken over one after another. [1960-65] * ...
domino whist
▪ game       domino game for four players. Partners are drawn for as in the card game whist; the player drawing the highest domino leads. Each player takes seven ...
Domino, Fats
▪ American singer and pianist Introduction byname of  Antoine Domino, Jr.  born Feb. 26, 1928, New Orleans, La., U.S.    American singer and pianist, a rhythm-and-blues ...
Dom·i·no (dŏmʹə-nō'), Fats. Originally Antoine Domino. Born 1928. American singer, pianist, and songwriter whose popular rhythm and blues songs of the early 1950s include ...
domino effect n. A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events: the domino effect of increasing the speed limit in one of several contiguous ...
Game of several variations played with a set of flat rectangular blocks (dominoes) whose faces are divided into two equal parts that are blank or bear from one to six dots ...
domino theory n. 1. A theory that if one nation comes under Communist control, then neighboring nations will also come under Communist control. 2. A theory that one event will ...
Domino’s Pizza
the largest company in the world delivering pizzas to people’s homes. It was started in 1960 and by 2004 it had more than 7 000 shops in the US and in over 50 other countries. ...
/doh"mi noohs', dom"i-/, n. Latin. God; the Lord. * * * ▪ Roman title plural  Domini,         in ancient Rome, “master,” or “owner,” particularly of slaves. ...
Dominus vobiscum
/doh"mi noohs' voh bis"koom, dom"i-/, Latin. the Lord be with you. * * *
domitae naturae
/dom"i tee' neuh toor"ee/, Law. tamed or domesticated animals (distinguished from ferae naturae). [ < L: lit., of a tamed nature] * * *
/deuh mish"euhn, -ee euhn/, n. (Titus Flavius Domitianus Augustus) A.D. 51-96, Roman emperor 81-96. * * * Latin Caesar Domitianus Augustus orig. Titus Flavius Domitianus born ...
Domitien, Elisabeth
▪ prime minister of Central African Republic born c. 1925, Lobaye region, Ubangi-Shari [now Central African Republic] died April 26, 2005, Bimbo, Central African ...
/dom"neuhs/, n. Donus. * * *
do·mo·ic acid (də-mōʹĭk) n. A water-soluble amino acid found in various marine algae that is a potent, often deadly neurotoxin to humans when consumed in contaminated ...
In Slavic mythology and folklore, a spirit-guardian of home and family. It never leaves the household to which it belongs. It favours hardworking people; when displeased with ...
/dawonn rddeuh mee lann pyuu sel"/, n. a village in NE France, SW of Nancy: birthplace of Joan of Arc. Also called Domremy. * * * ▪ France       village, Vosges ...
▪ dwelling plural  domus        private family residence of modest to palatial proportions, found primarily in ancient Rome and Pompeii. In contrast to the insula ...
don1 /don/; Sp., It. /dawn/, n. 1. (cap.) Mr.; Sir: a Spanish title prefixed to a man's given name. 2. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a lord or gentleman. 3. (cap.) an Italian ...
/don/; for 1 also Russ. /dawn/, n. 1. a river flowing generally S from Tula in the Russian Federation in Europe, to the Sea of Azov. ab. 1200 mi. (1930 km) long. 2. a river in NE ...
Don Cossack
Don Cossack n. a member of the eastern branch of the Cossacks, living along the Don * * *
Don Giovanni
/don' joh vah"nee, jee euh-/; It. /dawn' jaw vahn"nee/ an opera (1787) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. * * *
Don Juan
/don wahn"/ or, Sp., /dawn hwahn"/ for 1, 2; esp. for 4 /don jooh"euhn/ 1. a legendary Spanish nobleman famous for his many seductions and dissolute life. 2. a libertine or ...
Don Juanism
/don wah"niz euhm/, Psychiatry. a syndrome, occurring in males, of excessive preoccupation with sexual gratification or conquest and leading to persistently transient and ...
Don Pacifico Affair
(1850) Conflict between Britain and Greece that originated when the home of David Pacifico (known as Don Pacifico), a British subject living in Athens, was burned down in an ...
Don Quixote
/don' kee hoh"tee, don kwik"seuht/; Sp. /dawn kee haw"te/ 1. the hero of a novel by Cervantes who was inspired by lofty and chivalrous but impractical ideals. 2. (italics) (Don ...
Don River
Tatar Duna ancient Tanais. River, southwestern Russia. Rising south of Moscow in the central Russian uplands, it flows generally south for 1,162 mi (1,870 km) to enter the Gulf ...
/dohnt/, v. 1. contraction of do not. 2. Nonstandard (except in some dialects). contraction of does not. n. 3. don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations that forbid something: The ...
/dohnt"noh"/, n. a person who has no opinion or is undecided, as in answering an item on a public-opinion poll. [1885-90] * * *
Don, River
▪ river, England, United Kingdom       river in England that rises at about 1,500 ft (460 m) in the Pennine range. It flows in a deeply entrenched course across the ...
/daw"nah/, n. 1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: a Portuguese title prefixed to a woman's given name. 2. (in Portuguese-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman. [1615-25; < Pg < L domina, ...
/daw"nyah/, n. 1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name. 2. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman. [1615-25; < Sp < L domina, fem. ...
/doh"neuh beuhl/, adj. available free from government surpluses: Needy people in the program were eligible for donable foods such as beans and peas. [1720-30; DON(ATE) + -ABLE] * ...
Donahue, Troy
▪ 2002 Merle Johnson, Jr.        American actor (b. Jan. 27, 1936, New York, N.Y.—d. Sept. 2, 2001, Santa Monica, Calif.), was a teen heartthrob in the late 1950s and ...
/don"ld/, n. a male given name: from Celtic words meaning "world" and "power." * * * (as used in expressions) Barthelme Donald Budge John Donald Glaser Donald Arthur Judd ...
Donald Bane
▪ king of Scotland also spelled  Donaldbane, or Donalbane, Bane  also spelled  Ban or Bain  born c. 1033 died after 1097       king of Scotland from November 1093 ...
Donald Campbell
➡ Campbell (I) * * *
Donald Dewar
➡ Dewar * * *
Donald Duck
a popular cartoon character created by Walt Disney. Donald first appeared in The Wise Little Hen (1934). He is a lively and sometimes bad-tempered duck, with a voice that is ...
Donald I
▪ king of Alba died 862       king of Alba, the united kingdom of the Picts and Scots (858–862), and brother and successor of Kenneth I MacAlpin (Kenneth I). Donald ...
Donald II
▪ king of Scots died 900       king of the Scots (from 889), son of Constantine I and successor to Eochaid and Giric (reigned 878–889). His reign coincided with ...
Donald Maclean
➡ Maclean (II) * * *
Donald McGill
➡ McGill * * *
Donald Rumsfeld
➡ Rumsfeld * * *
Donald Swann
➡ Flanders and Swann * * *
Donald Trump
➡ Trump * * *
the Chief Medical Officer, the most senior medical expert, for the Department of Health in England since 1999.He was made a knight in 2002. * * *
Donaldson, Simon Kirwan
▪ British mathematician born August 20, 1957, Cambridge, England       British mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1986 for his work in ...
Donaldson, Walter
born Feb. 15, 1893, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died July 15, 1947, Santa Monica, Calif. U.S. songwriter. He began his career as a music publisher's pianist and later established his ...
/doh"nahr/, n. Germanic Myth. the god of thunder, corresponding to Thor. [ < OHG thonar, donar; c. OE Thunor, ON Thorr; see THUNDER, THURSDAY] * * *
Recipient of a capitanía (captaincy), which was both a territorial division and a royal land grant in Portugal's colonies. The system was introduced to Brazil in 1533 by King ...
—donator, n. /doh"nayt, doh nayt"/, v., donated, donating. v.t. 1. to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to a fund or cause: to donate used ...
/don'euh tel"oh/; It. /daw'nah tel"law/, n. (Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi) 1386?-1466, Italian sculptor. Also, Donato /deuh nah"toh/; It. /daw nah"taw/. * * * orig. Donato ...
Donati, Corso
▪ Italian noble died Oct. 6, 1308, Florence [Italy]       Florentine nobleman and soldier who formed and led the political faction known as the Blacks (Neri). He was ...
Donati, Enrico
▪ 2009       Italian-born American painter and sculptor born Feb. 19, 1909, Milan, Italy died April 25, 2008, New York, N.Y. was the last surviving member of the group ...
Donati, Giovanni Battista
▪ Italian astronomer born Dec. 16, 1826, Pisa [Italy] died Sept. 20, 1873, Florence       Italian astronomer who, on Aug. 5, 1864, was first to observe the spectrum of ...
▪ plant genus       the only genus of the family Donatiaceae, of the aster order (Asterales), containing two species of small cushion plants, native to the subalpine ...
/doh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution. 2. a gift, as to a fund; contribution. [1375-1425, for an earlier sense; ...
donation land
(in the U.S.) land given free or sold on liberal terms by a state or the federal government, esp. to encourage settlement in undeveloped areas. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
Donation of Constantine
Document concerning the supposed grant by the emperor Constantine I (the Great) to Pope Sylvester I (314–335) and later popes of temporal power over Rome and the Western ...
Donation of Pippin
(754) Promise made by the Frankish king Pippin III to win for Pope Stephen II Byzantine imperial lands in Italy conquered by the Lombards. The Donation was made in the context ...
Donationof Constantine
Do·na·tion of Constantine (dō-nāʹshən) n. A document fabricated probably during the 8th century, in which the emperor Constantine I purportedly grants to the Papacy ...
See Donatist. * * * Schismatic Christian movement in North Africa in the 4th century. It arose out of the debate over the status of church leaders who had cooperated with Roman ...
—Donatism, n. —Donatistic, Donatistical, adj. /don"euh tist, doh"neuh-/, n. a member of a Christian sect that developed in northern Africa in A.D. 311 and maintained that it ...
/don"euh tiv, doh"neuh-/, n. a gift or donation. [1400-50; late ME < L donativum, n. use of neut. of donativus gratuitous, equiv. to donat(us) (see DONATION) + -ivus -IVE] * * *
See donate. * * *
/don"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee, doh"neuh-/, n., pl. donatories. Chiefly Scots Law. a donee of the king, esp. one given the right by the king to property obtained by escheat or ...
/doh nay"teuhs/, n. 1. early-4th-century bishop of Casae Nigrae in northern Africa: leader of a heretical Christian group. Cf. Donatist. 2. Aelius. 4th century A.D., Roman ...
Donatus, Aelius
▪ Roman grammarian flourished 4th century AD       famous grammarian and teacher of rhetoric at Rome, one of whose pupils was Eusebius Hieronymus (later St. ...
/doh"now/, n. German name of Danube. * * *
Donau Glacial Stage
▪ geology       major division of early Pleistocene time and deposits in the Alpine region of Europe (the Pleistocene Epoch dates from 1,600,000 to 10,000 years ago). ...
Donau-Günz Interglacial Stage
▪ geology       major division of early Pleistocene time and deposits in the Alpine region of Europe (the Pleistocene Epoch dates from 1,600,000 to 10,000 years ago). ...
▪ Germany       city and port, Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It lies at the confluence of the Danube and Wörnitz rivers, some 25 miles (40 km) ...
Donbas or Donbass [dō̂n bäs′] DONETS BASIN * * * Don·bas (dŏnʹbäs) See Donets Basin. * * *
/dong"kas teuhr/; Brit. /dong"keuh steuhr/, n. a city in South Yorkshire, in N England. 285,000. * * * ▪ England, United Kingdom       town and metropolitan borough, ...
Donders, Frans Cornelis
born May 27, 1818, Tilburg, Neth. died March 24, 1889, Utrecht Dutch ophthalmologist. His study of "muscae volitantes" (spots before the eyes) resulted in Donders' law, stating ...
/dun/, v. 1. pp. of do1. 2. Nonstandard. a pt. of do1. auxiliary verb. 3. South Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard. (used with a principal verb in the past or, sometimes, ...
/doh"nek/, conj. (in prescriptions) until. Also, don. [ < L] * * *
/doh nee"/, n. Law. 1. a person to whom a gift is made. 2. a person who has a power of appointment in property. [1515-25; DON(OR) + -EE] * * *
/don"i gawl', don'i gawl"/, n. 1. a county in the N Republic of Ireland. 124,783; 1865 sq. mi. (4830 sq. km). Co. seat: Lifford. 2. Also called Donegal tweed. a plain or ...
Donegan, Anthony James
▪ 2003 “Lonnie”        Scottish musician (b. April 29, 1931, Glasgow, Scot.—d. Nov. 3, 2002, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Eng.), became known as the king of ...
Donegan, Dorothy
▪ 1999       American jazz pianist who was known for her flamboyant showmanship, her outrageous humour, and the mixture of musical styles she incorporated into her ...
Donelaitis, Kristijonas
▪ Lithuanian poet also spelled  Kristijonas Duonelaitis   born Jan. 1, 1714, near Gumbinnen, East Prussia [now Gusev, Russia] died Feb. 18, 1780, Tolmingkehmen [now Chistyye ...
Donelson, Fort
/don"l seuhn/. See Fort Donelson. * * *
Donen, Stanley
born April 13, 1924, Columbia, S.C., U.S. U.S. film director and choreographer. He began his career in the stage chorus of Pal Joey (1940), where he met Gene Kelly. He and ...
/dun"nis/, n. the condition of being cooked to a desired degree: steak prepared to the doneness ordered by the customer. [1925-30; DONE + -NESS] * * *
/deuh nets"/; Russ. /du nyets"/, n. 1. a river rising in the SW Russian Federation near Belgorod, flowing SE through Ukraine to the Don River. ab. 650 mi. (1045 km) long. 2. Also ...
Donets Basin
Donets Basin major industrial and coal-producing region in the lower valley of the Donets River * * * or Donbas Large mining and industrial region, southeastern Ukraine and ...
Donets River
River, southwestern Russia and eastern Ukraine. Rising in the Central Russian Upland, it winds south and east through Russia and Ukraine for some 650 mi (1,050 km) to join the ...
Do·nets'k or Do·netsk (də-nĕtskʹ, dŭ-nyĕtsʹ) A city of eastern Ukraine east-southeast of Kiev. Founded c. 1870, it is the leading industrial center of the region. ...
Donets Basin also Don·bas (dŏnʹbäs) A major industrial region of eastern Ukraine and southeast Russia north of the Sea of Azov and west of the Donets River. Developed after ...
/deuh netsk"/; Russ. /du nyetsk"/, n. a city in E Ukraine, in the Donets Basin. 1,021,000. Formerly, Stalin, Stalino, Yuzovka. * * * formerly (1924–61) Stalino City (pop., ...
dong1 /dawng, dong/, n. a deep sound like that of a large bell. [1580-90; imit.; see DING-DONG] dong2 /dawng, dong/, n., pl. dong. the basic monetary unit of Vietnam, equal to ...
Dong Hai
/dawng" huy"/, Pinyin. See East China Sea. * * * Wade-Giles  Tung Hai , English  East China Sea        arm of the Pacific Ocean and part of the China Sea (q.v.). * * ...
Dong Jin
Wade-Giles romanization  Tung Chin , English  Eastern Jin        second phase of the Jin dynasty (265–420 CE), ruling China from 317 to 420 CE and forming one of ...
Dong Nai River
▪ river, Vietnam also called  Donnai River , Vietnamese  Song Dong Nai        river rising in the central highlands (Annamese Cordillera) of southern Vietnam, ...
Dong Qichang
or Tung Ch'i-ch'ang born 1555, Huating, Kiangsu province, China died 1636 Chinese painter, calligrapher, and theoretician of the late Ming period. He is noted especially for ...
Dong Son culture
Important prehistoric culture of mainland Southeast Asia that developed in the 1st millennium BC, best known for its bronzes. Excavations at the site of Dong Son in northern ...
Dong with a Luminous Nose
a nonsense poem (1877) by Edward Lear about an imaginary creature with a light on his nose to help him search at night for his lost love, a ‘Jumbly Girl’ with blue hands and ...
Dong Zhongshu
or Tung Chung-shu born с 179 BC, Guangchuan, China died с 104 BC, China Confucian scholar. As chief minister to Wudi of the Han dynasty, he dismissed all non-Confucian ...
Dong Zhuo
▪ Chinese general Wade-Giles romanization  Tung Cho  died 192 CE, China       general whose seizure of power and tyrannical rule ended the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 ...
Dong-nai River
or Donnai River River, southern Vietnam. Rising in the central highlands, it flows southwest for about 300 mi (480 km), joining the Saigon River northeast of Ho Chi Minh City ...
/dong"geuh, dawng"geuh/, n. 1. (in an ice shelf) a small ravine with steep sides. 2. (in South Africa) an eroded ravine; a dry watercourse. [1875-80; < Nguni (cf. Zulu ...
Dongan, Thomas, 2nd earl of Limerick
born 1634, Castletown, County Kildare, Ire. died Dec. 14, 1715, London, Eng. British colonial governor of New York. A member of an Irish royalist family, he was exiled to ...
/dong"euhn/; Du. /dawng"euhn, dawng"euh/, n. Kees van /kays van/; Du. /kays vahn/. See van Dongen, Kees. * * *
Dongen, Kees van
▪ French painter in full  Cornelis Theodorus Marie Van Dongen   born January 26, 1877, Delfshaven, Netherlands died May 28, 1968, Monte Carlo, Monaco       Dutch-born ...
/dong"geuhl, dawng"-/, n. a hardware device attached to a computer without which a given software program will not run: used to prevent unauthorized use. [1980-85] * * *
▪ Chinese history Wade-Giles romanization  Tung-lin , also called  Donglin Dang        party of Chinese scholars and officials who attempted to combat the moral ...
Donglin Academy
or Tung-lin Academy Chinese academy founded during the Song dynasty and revived in 1604 by scholars and officials to protest the moral laxity and intellectual weakness ...
/dong"geuh leuh/, n. a former province in the N Sudan, now part of Northern Province. * * *
Dongola leather
a leather similar to kid, made from goatskin, sheepskin, or calfskin. Also called Dongola kid. [1885-90; after DONGOLA] * * *
dong quai (do͝ong kwā, kwī) n. A perennial aromatic herb (Angelica sinensis) native to China and Japan, yielding a root that is used medicinally for gynecological complaints ...
Dongting Hu
Dongting Hu [dooŋ′tiŋ′ho͞o′] lake in Hunan province, SE China: c. 1,450 sq mi (3,755 sq km); during floods, over 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) * * *
Dongting Lake
Chinese Dongting Hu or Tung-t'ing Hu Large, shallow lake, northeastern Hunan province, China. Its size varies greatly from season to season. Its normal area of 1,089 sq mi ...
Donhoff, Marion
▪ 2003 Marion Hedda Ilse Gräfin [Countess] Dönhoff        German journalist (b. Dec. 2, 1909, Castle Friedrichstein, near Königsberg, East Prussia [now Kaliningrad, ...
/don"i keuhr/, n. Older Slang. bathroom; toilet. [prob. alter. (with -ER1) of dial. dunnekin outhouse or open cesspool; see DUNNY, -KIN] * * *
Dönitz, Karl
or Karl Doenitz born Sept. 16, 1891, Grünau-bei-Berlin, Ger. died Dec. 22, 1980, Aumühle, W.Ger. German admiral. After serving as a submarine officer in World War I, he ...
Dö·nitz (dœʹnĭts), Karl. See Doenitz, Karl. * * *
/don'i zet"ee/; It. /daw'nee dzet"tee/, n. Gaetano /gah'e tah"naw/, 1797-1848, Italian operatic composer. * * *
Donizetti, (Domenico) Gaetano (Maria)
born Nov. 29, 1797, Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic died April 8, 1848, Bergamo, Lombardy, Austrian Empire Italian opera composer. He was tutored and guided by the opera composer ...
Donizetti, Gaetano
▪ Italian opera composer Introduction in full  Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti  born Nov. 29, 1797, Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic died April 8, 1848, Bergamo, Lombardy, ...
Don·i·zet·ti (dŏn'ĭ-zĕtʹē, dō'nē-dzĕtʹtē), Gaetano. 1797-1848. Italian composer of some 75 operas, including Lucia di Lammermoor (1835). * * *
/dun"jeuhn, don"-/, n. the inner tower, keep, or stronghold of a castle. [var. of DUNGEON] * * *
Don Juan (wŏnʹ, hwŏnʹ, jo͞oʹən) n. 1. A libertine; a profligate. 2. A man who is an obsessive seducer of women.   [After Don Juan, legendary 14th-century Spanish nobleman ...
/dong"kee, dawng"-, dung"-/, n., pl. donkeys, adj. n. 1. the domestic ass, Equus asinus. 2. (since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic ...
donkey derby
n a race on donkeys (= animals of the horse family), usually ridden by children on the beach or at a fête. * * *
donkey engine
donkey engine n. 1. a small steam engine, esp. one used on a ship as for lifting cargo ☆ 2. a small locomotive * * *
donkey jacket
donkey jacket n. Brit. a heavy jacket, often having a waterproof panel across the shoulders, worn especially by workingmen * * *
Donkey Kong
▪ electronic game       legendary arcade electronic game, originally released in 1981 by the Japanese Nintendo Company Ltd., that spawned a popular franchise and helped ...
donkey orchid
▪ plant       any of about 38 species of terrestrial plants, family Orchidaceae, that constitute the genus Diuris. One species is found in Java; the others are native to ...
donkey topsail
Naut. a four-sided gaff topsail, used above a gaff sail or lugsail, having its head laced to a small spar. * * *
donkey work
Informal. tedious, repetitious work; drudgery. Also, donkeywork /dong"kee werrk', dawng"-, dung"-/. [1915-20] * * *
donkey's tail.
See burro's tail. * * *
donkey's years
Informal. a very long time; eons. [1895-1900; prob. orig. donkey('s) ears, as rhyming slang for years, with years replacing ears once rhyming orig. was forgotten] * * *
don·key's tail (dŏngʹkēz, dŭngʹ-, dôngʹ-) n. See burro's tail. * * *
donkey-work [däŋ′kē wʉrk΄] n. hard work, esp. if routine or menial * * *
donkey engine n. 1. A small auxiliary steam engine used for hoisting or pumping, especially aboard ship. 2. A small locomotive. * * *
don·key·work (dŏngʹkē-wûrk', dŭngʹ-, dôngʹ-) n. Slang Hard physical labor. * * *
Donkin, Bryan
born March 22, 1768, Sandree, Northumberland, Eng. died Feb. 27, 1855, London British inventor. Initially apprenticed to a papermaker, Donkin perfected a version of the ...
/don lee"vee/, n. J(ames) P(atrick), born 1926, U.S. novelist. * * *
Donleavy, J.P.
▪ Irish-American author in full  James Patrick Donleavy   born April 23, 1926, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.       American-born Irish author of the comic novel The Ginger Man ...
or Dönmeh Jewish-Islamic sect founded in Salonika (now Thessaloniki, Greece) in the late 17th century. Its members were followers of Shabbetai Tzevi, whom they believed to be ...
/don"berrn"/, n. Brian Oswald ("Donn Byrne"), 1889-1928, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * *
/dawn"nah/, n. 1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: an Italian title of respect prefixed to the given name of a woman. 2. an Italian lady. [1660-70; < It < L domina, fem. of dominus] * * *
/don"euh/, n. a female given name. * * *
Donnan, Frederick George
▪ British chemist born Sept. 5, 1870, Colombo, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] died Dec. 16, 1956, Canterbury, Kent, Eng.       British chemist whose work was instrumental in ...
/don"euhrd/, adj. Chiefly Scot. stunned; dazed. Also, donnered. [1715-25; ptp. of Scots donnar, donner to daze, stun, freq. of ME donen, dinen, OE dynian to make a DIN] * * *
Donnay, Maurice
▪ French dramatist born Oct. 12, 1859, Paris, France died March 31, 1945, Paris  French playwright whose dramas deal with love and adultery, social problems, and the manners ...
/dun/, n. John, 1573-1631, English poet and clergyman. * * *
Donne, John
born с Jan. 24–June 19, 1572, London, Eng. died March 31, 1631, London English poet. Donne was born into a Roman Catholic family. He entered the University of Oxford at age ...
Donne (dŭn), John. 1572-1631. English metaphysical poet and divine who served as chaplain to James I and as dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral (after 1621). His works include ...
/do nay"/, n. a set of artistic or literary premises or assumptions. [1875-80; < F: lit., given, n. use of fem. ptp. of donner to give < L donare; see DONATE] * * *
Donnelly, Ignatius
▪ American writer and social reformer born Nov. 3, 1831, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 1, 1901, Minneapolis, Minn.       American novelist, orator, and social ...
Donner party
Group of U.S. pioneers stranded en route to California. In late 1846, 87 immigrants led by George and Jacob Donner were trapped by heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. Fifteen of ...
Donner Pass
/don"euhr/ a mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada, in E California. 7135 ft. (2175 m) high. * * * ▪ pass, California, United States       pass, in the Sierra Nevada of ...
Donner, Georg Raphael
▪ Austrian sculptor born May 24, 1693, Esslingen, Austria died Feb. 15, 1741, Vienna       sculptor whose works marked the transition from the Baroque to the ...
Don·ner Pass (dŏnʹər) A pass, 2,162.1 m (7,089 ft) high, in the Sierra Nevada of eastern California near Lake Tahoe. It is named after the Donner Party of westward migrants ...
—donnishly, adv. —donnishness, n. —donnism, n. /don"ish/, adj. resembling or characteristic of a university don; bookish; pedantic. [1825-35; DON1 + -ISH1] * * *
/don"ee brook'/, n. (often cap.) an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all. Also called Donnybrook Fair. [1850-55; after DONNYBROOK (FAIR)] * * *
Donnybrook Fair
/don"ee brook'/ 1. a fair which until 1855 was held annually at Donnybrook, County Dublin, Ireland, and which was famous for rioting and dissipation. 2. donnybrook. * * *
—donorship, n. /doh"neuhr/, n. 1. a person who gives or donates. 2. Med. a person or animal providing blood, an organ, bone marrow cells, or other biological tissue for ...
donor card
a signed and witnessed card, meant to be carried in a wallet, purse, etc., specifying a person's wish to offer body organs or parts for transplantation or scientific use in case ...
donor card n. A card, usually carried on one's person, authorizing the use of one's bodily organs for transplantation in the event of one's death. * * *
Donoso, José
Do·no·so (dō-nōʹsō), José. 1924-1996. Chilean writer of novels and short stories noted for his dark surrealism and satirical edge. His novels The Obscene Bird in Night ...
Donostia–San Sebastián
Seaport and city (pop., 2001: 178,377), northern Spain. The city is situated at the mouth of the Urumea River on the Bay of Biscay, near the French border. First mentioned in ...
Donoughmore Commission
▪ British commission       committee sent by the British government to Ceylon in 1927 to examine the Ceylonese constitution and to make recommendations for its revision. ...
/don"euh veuhn/, n. William Joseph ("Wild Bill"), 1883-1959, U.S. lawyer and military officer: organizer and director of the OSS 1942-45. * * * ▪ Scottish ...
Donovan, Shaun
▪ American architect and urban planner born Jan. 24, 1966, New York, N.Y., U.S.    American architect and urban planner (urban planning) who led New York City's department ...
Donovan, Terence Daniel
▪ 1997       British photographer who in the 1960s helped revolutionize fashion photography and redefine the relationship between photographer and model; he also ...
Donovan, William J
▪ United States diplomat and general byname  Wild Bill Donovan  born Jan. 1, 1883, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 8, 1959, Washington, D.C.       American lawyer, ...
Donovan,William Joseph
Don·o·van (dŏnʹə-vən), William Joseph. Known as “Wild Bill.” 1883-1959. American army officer and public official who founded and directed (1942-1945) the Office of ...
Don Qui·xo·te (kē-hōʹtē, kwĭkʹsət) n. An impractical idealist bent on righting incorrigible wrongs.   [After Don Quixote, hero of a satirical chivalric romance by ...
Don River A river of western Russia flowing about 1,963 km (1,220 mi) generally south then west into the northeast Sea of Azov. It is linked with the Volga River by a canal near ...
/don"see, dawn"-/, adj. 1. Midland U.S. somewhat sick, weak, or lacking in vitality; not completely well. 2. Scot. unfortunate; ill-fated; unlucky. 3. Brit. Dial. fastidious; ...
Donskoy, Mark
▪ Russian motion-picture writer and director born March 6 [Feb. 21, old style], 1901, Odessa, Ukraine, Russia died March 24, 1981, Moscow       motion-picture writer ...
/doh"neuhs/, n. died A.D. 678, pope 676-678. Also, Domnus. * * * ▪ pope also spelled  Domnus  born , Rome died April 11, 678, Rome       pope from 676 to 678. ...
/doh"neuht, -nut'/, n. doughnut. * * *
/don"zeuhl/, n. Archaic. a young gentleman not yet knighted; squire; page. [1585-95; < It donzello < OPr donzel < VL *dom(i)nicellus, equiv. to L domin(us) lord + -cellus dim. ...
/dooh"dooh'/, n. Baby Talk. feces; bowel movement. * * *
/dooh"wop'/, n. Popular Music. a style of small-group vocal harmonizing, commercialized as a type of so-called street singing in the 1950s, in which words and nonsense syllables ...
/dooh"bee/, n. Slang. a marijuana cigarette. [1975-80; orig. unknown] * * *
/dooh"dad'/, n. Informal. 1. a decorative embellishment; trinket; bauble: a dress covered with doodads. 2. a gadget; device: a kitchen full of the latest doodads. Also, ...
doodle1 —doodler, n. /doohd"l/, v., doodled, doodling, n. v.t., v.i. 1. to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture. 2. to waste (time) in aimless or foolish ...
doodlebug1 /doohd"l bug'/, n. the larva of an antlion. [1865-70, Amer.; DOODLE1 + BUG1] doodlebug2 /doohd"l bug'/, n. 1. any of various small, squat vehicles. 2. a divining rod ...
See doodle. * * *
/doohd"l sak'/, n. bagpipe (def. 1). Also, dudelsack. [1840-50; < G Dudelsack, equiv. to Dudel (bag)pipe + Sack SACK1] * * *
/doohd"lee skwot'/, n. Slang. a minimum amount or degree; the least bit (usually used in the negative): This coin collection isn't worth doodly-squat in today's market. Also, ...
doody [do͞o′dē] n. Slang solid bodily waste; feces * * *
/dooh"feuhs/, n., pl. doofuses. Slang. a foolish or inept person. Also dufus. [1960-65, Amer.; prob. alter. of earlier goofus in same sense; cf. GOOF] * * *
Doohan, James Montgomery
▪ 2006  Canadian-born actor (b. March 3, 1920, Vancouver, B.C.—d. July 20, 2005, Redmond, Wash.), performed in character roles in hundreds of radio and television programs ...
/dooh"hik'ee/, n., pl. doohickeys. Informal. a gadget; dingus; thingumbob. [1910-15, Amer.; DOO(DAD) + HICKEY] * * *
/doohk/, n. plug (def. 17). [1800-10; orig. uncert.] * * *
Dooley, Thomas Anthony
▪ American physician born Jan. 17, 1927, St. Louis, Mo. died Jan. 18, 1961, New York City       “jungle doctor” whose lectures and books recounted his efforts to ...
doolie1 /dooh"lee/, n. Slang. a first-year cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy. [orig. uncert.] doolie2 /dooh"lee/, n. dooly. * * *
Doolin, Bill
▪ American outlaw byname of  William Doolin   born 1863 died 1896, Oklahoma, U.S.       Western outlaw who led a gang through robberies in Oklahoma and east Texas, ...
/dooh"lit'l/, n. 1. Hilda ("H.D."), 1886-1961, U.S. poet. 2. James Harold, born 1896, U.S. aviator and general. * * * (as used in expressions) Doolittle Hilda Doolittle ...
Doolittle, Hilda
known as H.D. born Sept. 10, 1886, Bethlehem, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 27, 1961, Zürich, Switz. U.S. poet. Doolittle went to Europe in 1911 and remained there the rest of her ...
Doolittle, James H.
▪ United States general in full  James Harold Doolittle,  byname  Jimmy Doolittle  born Dec. 14, 1896, Alameda, Calif., U.S. died Sept. 27, 1993, Pebble Beach, ...
Doolittle, James Harold
▪ 1994       general (ret.), U.S. Army Air Force (b. Dec. 14, 1896, Alameda, Calif.—d. Sept. 27, 1993, Pebble Beach, Calif.), was a lieutenant colonel when he ...
Doolittle, Jimmy
orig. James Harold Doolittle born Dec. 14, 1896, Alameda, Calif., U.S. died Sept. 27, 1993, Pebble Beach, Calif. U.S. general. He enlisted in the army in World War I and ...
Doo·lit·tle (do͞oʹlĭt'l), Hilda. Pen name H.D. 1886-1961. American poet whose imagist verse was published in works such as Sea Garden (1916) and Helen in Egypt (1961). * * *
/dooh"lee/, n., pl. doolies. (in India) a simple litter, often used to transport sick or wounded persons. Also, doolie, dhooly. [1615-25; < Hindi doli litter] * * *
—doomy, adj. /doohm/, n. 1. fate or destiny, esp. adverse fate; unavoidable ill fortune: In exile and poverty, he met his doom. 2. ruin; death: to fall to one's doom. 3. a ...
doom palm
an African fan palm, Hyphaene thebaica, bearing an edible, gingerbread-flavored fruit. Also, doum palm. Also called gingerbread palm. [1820-30; < dial. Ar dom] * * *
See doom and gloom. * * *
doomand gloom
doom and gloom n. Gloom and doom.   doomʹ-and-gloomʹ (do͞omʹənd-glo͞omʹ) adj. * * *
—doomfully, adv. /doohm"feuhl/, adj. foreshadowing doom; portentously direful; ominous. [1580-90; DOOM + -FUL] * * *
See doomful. * * *
doom palm n. A palm (Hyphaene thebaica) native to the Nile Valley of northeast Africa and having oblong or ovoid fruits the size of an orange with a distinctive aroma and taste. ...
/doohmz/, adv. Scot. and North Eng. very; extremely: used as a euphemism for damned. [1805-15; DOOM + -S1] * * *
—doomsaying, adj., n. /doohm"say'euhr/, n. a person who predicts impending misfortune or disaster. [1950-55; DOOM + SAY + -ER1; cf. NAYSAYER, SOOTHSAYER] * * *
/doohmz"day'/, n. 1. the day of the Last Judgment, at the end of the world. 2. any day of judgment or sentence. 3. nuclear destruction of the world. adj. 4. given to or marked by ...
Doomsday Book
/doohmz"day'/. See Domesday Book. * * *
Doomsday Cults
▪ 1998 by Martin E. Marty       Waco, Heaven's Gate, Solar Temple, Aum Shinrikyo ("Supreme Truth"), and People's Temple, or Jonestown, are shorthand terms often used to ...
Dooms·day Book (do͞omzʹdā') n. Variant of Domesday Book. * * *
/doohmz"day'euhr/, n. a doomsayer. [1970-75; DOOMSDAY + -ER1] * * *
/doohmz"meuhn/, n., pl. doomsmen. Archaic. a judge. [1150-1200; early ME domes man man of judgment; see DOOM, 'S1, -MAN] * * *
/doohm"steuhr/, n. 1. a doomsayer. 2. Archaic. a judge. [1400-50; late ME domster, prob. alt. of demester DEEMSTER, by assoc. with dome DOOM; def. 1 prob. a new formation with ...
doomy [do͞om′ē] adj. characterized by or filled with a sense of impending doom or disaster [doomy shadows, the doomy chords] * * *
/doohn/, n. a river in SW Scotland, flowing NW from Ayr County to the Firth of Clyde. ab. 30 mi. (48 km) long. * * *
Doon De Mayence
▪ legendary hero       hero baron of the medieval epic poems in Old French known as chansons de geste, which together form the core of the Charlemagne legends ...
a US comic strip by Gary Trudeau (1948– ) which appears in many newspapers and which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. It is well known for its liberal comments about American ...
—doorless, adj. /dawr, dohr/, n. 1. a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or ...
door buck
buck3 (def. 4). * * *
door chain
a short chain with a removable slide fitting that can be attached between the inside of a door and the doorjamb to prevent the door from being opened more than a few inches ...
door charge
an entrance fee. * * *
door check
a device, usually hydraulic or pneumatic, for controlling the closing of a door and preventing it from slamming. Also called door closer. * * *
door handle
Chiefly Brit. doorknob. [1825-35] * * *
door jack
a frame for holding a door while its edge is being planed. * * *
door money
admission fee to a place of entertainment or recreation. [1800-10] * * *
door opener
1. a mechanism that automatically opens a door, as of a garage, when actuated by a radio transmitter, electric eye, or other device. 2. Informal. something that is effective in ...
Door Peninsula
Peninsula, northeastern Wisconsin, U.S. Located between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, it was named for a strait at its tip known as La Porte des Mortes ("Death's Door"). About 80 ...
door prize
a prize awarded at a dance, party, or the like, either by chance through a drawing or as a reward, as for having the best costume. [1950-55] * * *
door-key child
/dawr"kee', dohr"-/, Older Use. See latch-key child. * * *
/dawr"teuh dawr", dohr"teuh dohr"/, adj. 1. calling, selling, canvassing, etc., at each house or apartment in an area, town, or the like: a door-to-door poll. 2. sent direct from ...
/dawr"bel', dohr"-/, n. 1. a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door. v.i. 2. to canvass or ...
/dawr"brand', dohr"-/, n. a hinge having a long strap holding together the planks of a door. [alter. of obs. doorband, ME dorband, equiv. to dor DOOR + band BAND2] * * *
/dawr"kays', dohr"-/, n. the finish frame of a doorway. [1590-1600; DOOR + CASE2] * * *
/dawr"fraym', dohr"-/, n. the frame of a doorway, including two jambs and a lintel, or head. [1850-55; DOOR + FRAME] * * *
/dawr"jam', dohr"-/, n. either of the two sidepieces of a doorframe. Also called doorpost. [1830-40; DOOR + JAMB1] * * *
/dawr"kee'peuhr, dohr"-/, n. 1. a person who guards the entrance of a building. 2. Brit. a janitor; hall porter. 3. Rom. Cath. Ch. ostiary (def. 1). [1525-35; DOOR + KEEPER] * * *
/dawr"nob', dohr"-/, n. the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed. [1840-50; DOOR + KNOB] * * *
See door. * * *
/dawr"man', -meuhn, dohr"-/, n., pl. doormen /-men', -meuhn/. the door attendant of an apartment house, night club, etc., who acts as doorkeeper and performs minor services for ...
Doorman, Karel (Willem Frederik Marie)
▪ Dutch admiral born April 23, 1889, Utrecht, Neth. died February 27, 1942, Java Sea       Dutch rear admiral who commanded a combined American, British, Dutch, and ...
/dawr"mat', dohr"-/, n. 1. a mat, usually placed before a door or other entrance, for people arriving to wipe their shoes on before entering. 2. a person who is the habitual ...
/dawr"nayl', dohr"-/, n. 1. a large-headed nail formerly used for strengthening or ornamenting doors. 2. dead as a doornail, stone-dead: After midnight, the town is dead as a ...
door opener n. 1. An electromechanical or electronic device for automatically opening a door, as one to a garage. 2. Informal. An effective means of gaining success or seizing an ...
Door Peninsula (dôr) A peninsula of eastern Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. It is a cherry-growing region. * * *
/dawr"pees', dohr"-/, n. an architecturally treated doorframe. [1605-15; DOOR + PIECE] * * *
/dawr"playt', dohr"-/, n. a small identification plate on the outside door of a house or room, bearing the occupant's name, the apartment or house number, or the like. [1815-25; ...
/dawr"pohst', dohr"-/, n. doorjamb. [1525-35; DOOR + POST1] * * *
door prize n. A prize awarded by lottery to the holder of a ticket purchased at or before a function. * * *
a US rock group formed in 1965. The singer was Jim Morrison. He and the band were regularly in trouble for bad behaviour, and their songs were criticized for emphasizing drugs ...
Doors, the
▪ American rock group Introduction       American band that, with a string of hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was the creative vehicle for singer Jim Morrison, ...
/dawr"sil', dohr"-/, n. the sill of a doorway. [1555-65; DOOR + SILL] * * *
/dawr"sted', dohr"-/, n. Chiefly Brit. the structure of a doorway. [1600-10; DOOR + STEAD] * * *
/dawr"step', dohr"-/, n. 1. a step or one of a series of steps leading from the ground to a door. 2. Brit. Slang. a thick slice of bread. [1800-10; DOOR + STEP] * * *
/dawr"stohn', dohr"-/, n. a stone serving as the sill of a doorway. [1755-65; DOOR + STONE] * * *
/dawr"stop', dohr"-/, n. 1. a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight. 2. Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface ...
/dawr"way', dohr"-/, n. 1. the passage or opening into a building, room, etc., commonly closed and opened by a door; portal. 2. a means of access: a doorway to ...
door·wom·an (dôrʹwo͝om'ən, dōrʹ-) n. A woman employed to attend the entrance of a hotel, apartment house, or other building. * * *
/dawr"yahrd', dohr"-/, n. a yard in front of the door of a house. [1755-65, Amer.; DOOR + YARD2] * * *

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