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/dooh"veuhr/, n. Australian Slang. thingumbob; thingumajig. [1940-45; prob. to be identified with doofer, doofah in same sense, perh. repr. do for, as in that will do for now] * ...
/dooh"zee/, n., v., doozied, dooziing. Informal. n. 1. Also, doozer /dooh"zeuhr/. something that is extraordinary or outstanding of its kind: The storm was a doozie, with winds ...
/dooh"zee/, n., pl. doozies, v., doozied, doozying. Informal. doozie. * * *
/dop/, n. a tool for holding gemstones for cutting or polishing. [1690-1700; < D: shell, pod, cover] * * *
/doh"peuh/, n. Biochem. an amino acid, C9H11NO4, formed from tyrosine in the liver during melanin and epinephrine biosynthesis: the L-dopa isomer is converted in the brain to ...
/doh"peuh meen'/, n. 1. Biochem. a catecholamine neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, retina, and sympathetic ganglia, acting within the brain to help regulate ...
/doh'peuh mi nerr"jik/, adj. Biochem. activated by or sensitive to dopamine. [1970-75; DOPAMINE + -ERGIC] * * *
/doh"peuhnt/, n. Electronics. an impurity added intentionally in a very small, controlled amount to a pure semiconductor to change its electrical properties: Arsenic is a dopant ...
/doh put"euh/, n. a silk or muslin shawl, often interwoven with gold or silver threads, worn by men and women in India. [ < Hindi] * * *
/dohp/, n., v., doped, doping. n. 1. any thick liquid or pasty preparation, as a lubricant, used in preparing a surface. 2. an absorbent material used to absorb and hold a ...
dope addict
Slang. a drug addict. [1930-35] * * *
dope fiend
Slang. a drug addict. [1890-95] * * *
dope pusher
pusher (def. 2). Also called dope peddler. * * *
dope story.
See think piece. * * *
☆ dope-sheet [dōp′shēt΄ ] n. 1. a RACING FORM, esp. one dealing with a program of races at one track 2. Informal a printed source of information * * *
/dohpt"owt"/, adj. Slang. under the influence of dope; drugged. Also, doped-up /dohpt"up"/. * * *
—dopeheaded, adj. /dohp"hed'/, n. Slang. a drug addict. [DOPE + HEAD] * * *
/doh"peuhr/, n. Slang. 1. a drug addict. 2. pusher (def. 2). [1910-15; DOPE + -ER1] * * *
/dohp"sheet'/, n. a bulletin or list including the names of entries in various horse races, and including information on each entry, as the name, jockey, and past ...
/dohp"steuhr/, n. a person who undertakes to predict the outcome of elections, sports events, or other contests that hold the public interest. [1905-10, Amer.; DOPE + -STER] * * *
—dopiness, dopeyness, n. /doh"pee/, adj., dopier, dopiest. Informal. 1. stupid; inane: It was rather dopey of him to lock himself out. 2. sluggish or befuddled from or as from ...
Dopfner, Mathias
▪ 2006       In 2005 Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German newspaper and magazine publisher Axel Springer Verlag AG, set his sights on Springer's ambitious growth ...
/doh"ping/, n. Electronics. a method of adding a dopant to a pure semiconductor to change its electrical properties. [1950-55; DOPE + -ING1] * * *
/dop"euhl gang'euhr/; Ger. /daw"peuhl geng'euhr/, n. a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. Also called doubleganger. [1850-55; < G: lit., double-walker] * * * ▪ ...
Dop·pler (dŏpʹlər) adj. Of, relating to, or using the Doppler effect or Doppler radar. * * *
Doppler effect
/dop"leuhr/, Physics. (often l.c.) the shift in frequency (Doppler shift) of acoustic or electromagnetic radiation emitted by a source moving relative to an observer as perceived ...
Doppler radar
Electronics. a radar tracking system that determines the velocity of a moving object by measuring the Doppler shift of the frequency of a radar signal reflected by the object. ...
Doppler shift
Doppler shift n. the shift in frequency, usually measured in hertz, due to the Doppler effect * * *
Doppler, Christian
▪ Austrian physicist born Nov. 29, 1803, Salzburg, Austria died March 17, 1853, Venice       Austrian physicist who first described how the observed frequency of light ...
Doppler,Christian Johann
Doppler, Christian Johann. 1803-1853. Austrian physicist and mathematician who first enunciated the principle known as the Doppler effect in 1842. * * *
Doppler effect n. A change in the observed frequency of a wave, as of sound or light, occurring when the source and observer are in motion relative to each other, with the ...
Doppler laser n. A technique that detects the frequency shift between the source and reflected waves of a laser, used in calculating the relative speed difference between the ...
Doppler radar n. Radar that uses the Doppler effect to measure velocity. * * *
Doppler shift n. See Doppler effect. * * *
dop·y (dōʹpē) adj. Slang Variant of dopey. * * *
dor1 /dawr/, n. 1. Also, dorbeetle /dawr"beet'l/. a common European dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius. 2. any of several insects, as the June bug, that make a buzzing noise in ...
1. Dorian. 2. Doric. * * *
/dawr"euh, dohr"euh/, n. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning "gift." * * *
/dohr"ab, deuh rab"/, n. See wolf herring. [orig. uncert.] * * *
/deuh rah"doh/, n., pl. dorados, (esp. collectively) dorado. dolphin (def. 2). [1595-1605; < Sp < LL deauratus, ptp. of deaurare to gild. See DE-, AURUM, -ATE1] * * * ▪ ...
/deuh rah"doh/; for 1 also Sp. /daw rddah"dhaw/, n., gen. Doradus /-deuhs/ for 2. 1. a city in N Puerto Rico. 10,203. 2. the Swordfish, a small southern constellation between ...
/dawr"an, dohr"-/, n. an electronic device for determining range and assisting navigation, employing the principle of the Doppler effect. [Do(ppler) ran(ge)] * * *
Dorat, Jean
▪ French humanist Dorat also spelled  Daurat,  Latin  Auratus  born 1508, Le Dorat, near Limoges, Fr. died Nov. 1, 1588, Paris  French humanist, a brilliant Hellenist, ...
/daw rah"tee, doh-/; Hung. /daw"rddo ti/, n. Antal /ahn"tahl/; Hung. /on"tol/, born 1906, Hungarian conductor, in the U.S. * * *
Dorati, Antal
▪ American conductor born April 9, 1906, Budapest died Nov. 13, 1988, Gerzensee, near Bern, Switz.       Hungarian-born American conductor notable for his promotion of ...
Dorazio, Piero
▪ 2006       Italian artist (b. June 29, 1927, Rome, Italy—d. May 17, 2005, Perugia, Italy), created abstract paintings known for their bold colours and geometric ...
dorbeetle [dôr′bēt΄'l] n. 〚< ME dore (< OE dora, a beetle < IE base * dher-, to buzz > Gr thrylein, to murmur, babble) + BEETLE1〛 1. any of several European dung ...
/dawr"keuhs/, n. a Christian woman at Joppa who made clothing for the poor. Acts 9:36-41. * * *
Dorcas society
a society of women of a church whose work it is to provide clothing for the poor. [1825-35; named after DORCAS] * * *
/dawr"ches'teuhr, -cheuh steuhr/, n. a town in S Dorsetshire, in S England, on the Frome River: named Casterbridge in Thomas Hardy's novels. 13,737. * * * I Former town, now a ...
Dorchester (of Dorchester), Guy Carleton, 1st Baron
born Sept. 3, 1724, Strabane, County Tyrone, Ire. died Nov. 10, 1808, Stubbings, Berkshire, Eng. Irish soldier-statesman. In 1759 he was sent to Canada, where he fought in the ...
Dorchester, Guy Carleton, 1st Baron
▪ British statesman born Sept. 3, 1724, Strabane, County Tyrone, Ire. died Nov. 10, 1808, Stubbings, Berkshire, Eng.       soldier-statesman who, as governor of Quebec ...
/dawrdd dawn"yeu/, n. 1. a river in SW France, flowing W to the Gironde estuary. 300 mi. (485 km) long. 2. a department in SW central France. 373,149; 3561 sq. mi. (9225 sq. km). ...
Dordogne River
ancient Duranius. River, southwestern France. Rising in the Massif Central and flowing west for 293 mi (472 km), it unites with the Garonne River north of Bordeaux to form the ...
/dawrdd"drddekht/, n. a city in SW Netherlands, on the Waal River. 108,041. Also called Dort. * * * ▪ The Netherlands also called  Dort, or Dordt,         gemeente ...
/dawrdd/, n. Monts /mawonn/, a group of mountains in central France: highest peak, 6188 ft. (1885 m). * * *
doré1 /daw ray"/, n. Canadian Dial. the walleye or pike perch of North America. [1765-75; < CanF: lit., gilded, F < LL deauratus; see DORADO] doré2 /daw ray"/, n. Mining. a ...
/daw ray"/; Fr. /daw rdday"/, n. (Paul) Gustave /pawl gyuu stannv"/, 1832?-83, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor. * * *
Doré, (Paul)Gustave
Do·ré (dô-rāʹ), (Paul) Gustave. 1832-1883. French artist best known for his imaginative drawings and lithographs in editions of Balzac's Droll Stories (1856) and ...
Doré, Gustave
▪ French illustrator in full  Paul-Gustave Doré  born Jan. 6, 1832, Strasbourg, France died Jan. 23, 1883, Paris  French printmaker, one of the most prolific and ...
Doré, Gustave (-Paul)
born Jan. 6, 1832, Strasbourg, France died Jan. 23, 1883, Paris French printmaker. In 1847 he went to Paris and began producing lithographic caricatures for a weekly journal ...
/daw reen", doh-, dawr"een, dohr"-/, n. a female given name. Also, Dorene. * * *
Dorgan, Thomas Aloysius
▪ American journalist and cartoonist pseudonym  Tad   born April 29, 1877, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. died May 2, 1929, Great Neck, N.Y.       American journalist, ...
Chinese Chengzong or Ch'eng-tsung born Nov. 7, 1612, Yenden, Manchuria died Dec. 31, 1650, Kharahotu Prince of the Manchu people, instrumental in founding the in China. He ...
Dorham, Kenny
▪ American musician byname of  McKinley Howard Dorham  born Aug. 30, 1924, Fairfield, Texas, U.S. died Dec. 5, 1972, New York, N.Y.  black American jazz trumpeter, a ...
dorhawk [dôr′hôk΄] n. 〚dor, a buzzing insect + HAWK1: so named from eating such insects〛 NIGHTJAR * * *
Doria Family
▪ Italian family also spelled  D'oria,         leading family in the political, military, and economic life of Genoa, from the 12th century ...
Doria, Andrea
born Nov. 30, 1466, Oneglia, Duchy of Milan died Nov. 25, 1560, Genoa Genoese statesman, mercenary, and admiral, the foremost naval commander of his time. A member of an ...
Doria, Giacomo
▪ Italian naturalist and explorer born Nov. 1, 1840, La Spezia, near Genoa, Piedmont-Sardinia [Italy] died Sept. 19, 1913, Genoa       Italian naturalist and explorer ...
/dawr"ee euhn, dohr"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ancient Greek region of Doris or to the Dorians. n. 2. a member of a people who entered Greece about the 12th century ...
Dorian mode
Music. an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from D to D. * * *       in music, first of the eight ...
/dawr"ik, dor"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Doris, its inhabitants, or their dialect. 2. rustic, as a dialect. 3. Archit. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical ...
Doric dialect
▪ dialect also called  West Greek,         a dialect of Ancient Greek that in Mycenaean times was spoken by seminomadic Greeks living around the Pindus Mountains. ...
Doric order
      one of the orders of classical architecture, characterized by a simple and austere column and capital. See order. * * *
Doric order Doric order capital Alan Witschonke n. 1. The oldest and simplest of the three main orders of classical Greek architecture, characterized by heavy fluted columns ...
/dawr"i dn, -den'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of glutethimide. * * *
Dorion, Sir Antoine-Aimé
▪ Canadian statesman born Jan. 17, 1818, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Lower Canada [now Quebec, Can.] died May 31, 1891, Montreal  statesman and jurist, joint premier of the ...
/dawr"is, dohr"-, dor"-/, n. 1. an ancient region in central Greece: the earliest home of the Dorians. 2. a region in SW Asia Minor, on the coast of Caria: Dorian ...
Doris Day
➡ Day * * *
Doris Lessing
➡ Lessing * * *
n [pl] a crisp US snack food (= one eaten quickly between meals) made from corn and sold in various spicy flavours. * * *
/dawr"jeuh/, n. Lamaism. a small trident symbolizing power. [1880-85; < Tibetan rdo rje (the initial r is absent in Tibetan pron.)] * * *
/dawrk/, n. Slang. 1. a stupid or ridiculous person; jerk; nerd. 2. Vulgar. penis. [1960-65; expressive coinage; cf. similar phonetic elements in DOLT, DONG3, JERK1, etc.] * * *
See dork. * * *
/dawr"king/, n. one of an English breed of chicken, having five toes on each foot instead of the usual four. [1830-40; named after Dorking, town in Surrey, England] * * * ▪ ...
/dawr"kee/, adj. dorkier, dorkiest. Slang. stupid, inept, or unfashionable. [DORK + -Y1] * * *
/dawrm/, n. Informal. dormitory. [1895-1900; by shortening] * * *
/dawr"meuhn see/, n. the state of being dormant. [1780-90; DORM(ANT) + -ANCY] * * * ▪ biology Introduction       state of reduced metabolic activity adopted by many ...
/dawr"meuhnt/, adj. 1. lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid: The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience. 2. in a state of rest or inactivity; ...
—dormered, adj. /dawr"meuhr/, n. 1. Also called dormer window. a vertical window in a projection built out from a sloping roof. 2. the entire projecting structure. [1585-95; < ...
Fr. /dawrdd muez"/, n. 1. mobcap. 2. Obs. a nightcap. [1725-35; < F; fem. of dormeur sleeper; see DORMANT, -EUSE] * * *
/dawr"mee/, adj. Golf. (of a player or side in match play) being in the lead by as many holes as are still to be played. Also, dormy. [1885-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
/dawr"mee euhnt/, adj. sleeping; dormant. [1635-45; < L dormient- (s. of dormiens, prp. of dormire), equiv. to dormi- sleep + -ent- -ENT] * * *
dor·min (dôrʹmĭn) n. Abscisic acid.   [dormancy + -in.] * * *
/dawr"mi tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. dormitories. 1. a building, as at a college, containing a number of private or semiprivate rooms for residents, usually along with common ...
dormitory suburb
a suburb occupied mainly by the homes of commuters. Also called bedroom suburb. [1945-50] * * *
dormitory towns
➡ commuting * * *
/dawr"mont/, n. a city in SW Pennsylvania. 11,275. * * *
/dawr"mows'/, n., pl. dormice /-muys'/. any small, furry-tailed, Old World rodent of the family Gliridae, resembling small squirrels in appearance and habits. [1400-50; late ME ...
dormy [dôr′mē] adj. alt. sp. of DORMIE * * * dor·my (dôrʹmē) adj. Variant of dormie. * * *
dor·nase al·fa (dôrʹnās' ălʹfə, -nāz') n. A genetically engineered enzyme used to hydrolyze the DNA in bronchial mucus, facilitating its expectoration, in the treatment ...
Dornberger, Walter Robert
born Sept. 6, 1895, Giessen, Ger. died June 27, 1980, Baden-Württemberg German-born U.S. engineer. From 1932, with Wernher von Braun, he began to perfect the rocket engine. ...
▪ Austria       town, western Austria, on the Dornbirner Stream, in the Rhine River valley at the foot of the Bregenzer Forest, just south of Bregenz. First mentioned ...
Dorner, Isaak August
▪ German theologian born June 20, 1809, Neuhausen, Württemberg [Germany] died July 8, 1884, Wiesbaden, Ger.       German Protestant theologian who sought to interpret ...
dornick1 /dawr"nik/, n. a stout linen cloth, esp. one of a damask linen. Also, dorneck. [1400-50; late ME dornyk, after Doornik (F Tournai), where the cloth was first ...
Dornier, Claudius
▪ German engineer English  Claude Dornier  born May 14, 1884, Kempten, Bavaria [Germany] died Dec. 5, 1969, Zug, Switz.       pioneer German aircraft designer and ...
/deuh roh"boh/, n., pl. Dorobos, (esp. collectively) Dorobo. a member of a tribal people living in the uplands of Kenya and Tanzania. Also called Wandorobo. * * *
/deuh ron"euh keuhm/, n. any composite plant of the genus Doronicum, comprising the leopard's-banes. [1600-10; < NL < Ar darun(aj) ( < Pers darunak) + L -icum, neut. of -icus ...
/dawr'euh thee"euh, dor'-/, n. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning "gift of God." * * * (as used in expressions) Bowen Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Dix Dorothea ...
▪ Roman jurist flourished 6th century AD       jurist, one of the principal codifiers of Roman law under the emperor Justinian I.       Dorotheus helped to ...
/dawr"euh thee, dor"-/, n. a female given name, form of Dorothea. * * * (as used in expressions) Day Dorothy Dunaway Dorothy Faye Fields Dorothy Hodgkin Dorothy Mary Dorothy ...
Dorothy Hodgkin
➡ Hodgkin * * *
Dorothy L Sayers
➡ Sayers * * *
Dorothy Parker
➡ Parker (II) * * *
/dawrp/, n. a village; hamlet. [1560-70; < D; c. THORP] * * *
/dawrdd"paht/, n. German name of Tartu. * * *
/dawr"peuhr/, n. one of a breed of sheep having a black face and white body, developed in South Africa from the Dorset Horn and black-headed Persian breeds and raised for ...
Dörpfeld, Friedrich Wilhelm
▪ German educator born March 8, 1824, Wermelskirchen, Rhine Province, Prussia [Germany] died Oct. 27, 1893, Ronsdorf, Ger. [now Wuppertal, Ger.]       German educator ...
Dörpfeld, Wilhelm
▪ German archaeologist born Dec. 26, 1853, Barmen, Rhenish Prussia [now Wuppertal, Ger.] died April 25, 1940, Leukas, Greece       German archaeologist and authority on ...
/dawr/, n. dor1. * * *
Dorr's Rebellion
/dawrz/ an insurrection in Rhode Island (1842) that grew out of dissatisfaction with the existing state constitution, which restricted suffrage to landholders or their eldest ...
Dorr, Julia Caroline Ripley
▪ American author née  Julie Caroline Ripley   born Feb. 13, 1825, Charleston, S.C., U.S. died Jan. 18, 1913, Rutland, Vt.       American novelist and poet, notable ...
Dorr, Thomas Wilson
born Nov. 5, 1805, Providence, R.I., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1854, Providence U.S. politician. From 1834 he served in the Rhode Island legislature, where he tried to introduce ...
Dorris, Michael Anthony
▪ 1998       American writer whose best-known book, the 1989 National Book Award-winning The Broken Cord, chronicled the struggle his adopted son faced as a result of ...
dors- pref. Variant of dorso-. * * *
dorsa [dôr′sə] n. pl. of DORSUM * * * dor·sa (dôrʹsə) n. Plural of dorsum. * * *
/dawr"sad/, adv. Anat., Zool. toward the back or dorsum; dorsally. [1795-1805; < L dors(um) back + -AD3] * * *
dorsal1 —dorsally, adv. /dawr"seuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or situated at the back, or dorsum. 2. Anat., Zool. a. situated on or toward the upper side of the body, ...
dorsal fin
the fin or finlike integumentary expansion generally developed on the back of aquatic vertebrates. See diag. under fish. [1760-70] * * *
dorsal lip
Embryol. the dorsal marginal region of the blastopore, which acts as a center of differentiation: as cells move through this region to the interior of the embryo during ...
dorsal root
dorsal root n. the more posterior of two roots that merge to form each spinal nerve: it contains the nerve fibers that transmit sensation * * *
dorsal root.
See under nerve root. [1930-35] * * *
dorsal fin n. The main fin located on the back of fishes and certain marine mammals. * * *
/dawr sal"is, -say"lis/, adj., n., pl. dorsales /-sal"eez, -say"leez/. Anat. adj. 1. dorsal1. n. 2. a blood vessel or nerve serving the back of the part with which it is ...
See dorsal. * * *
dorsal root n. The more posterior of the two nerve fiber bundles of a spinal nerve that carries sensory information to the central nervous system. * * *
/dawrs/, n. 1. the back of a book or folded document. 2. Eccles. Obs. dossal (def. 1). [1515-25; < L dorsum back] * * *
/dawr"seuhr/, n. dosser1. * * *
/dawr"sit/, n. 1. 1st Earl of. See Sackville, Thomas. 2. Dorsetshire. /dawr"sit/, n. an Eskimo culture that flourished from A.D. 100-1000 in the central and eastern regions of ...
Dorset culture
▪ archaeology Greenlandic  Kalaallit Nunaat        prehistoric culture of Greenland and the Canadian eastern Arctic as far south as present-day Newfoundland. It ...
Dorset Horn
one of an English breed of sheep having a close-textured, medium-length wool. [1890-95; after DORSET] * * *
Dorset, Charles Sackville, 6th earl of
▪ English noble born 1643 died 1706       typical courtier of the reign of British king Charles II, a munificent patron to many men of letters, and a friend of John ...
Dorset Horn n. A domestic sheep of a breed having large horns and medium-length, fine-textured wool.   [After Dorset, England.] * * *
/dawr"sit shear', -sheuhr/, n. a county in S England. 572,900; 1024 sq. mi. (2650 sq. km). Also called Dorset. * * *
US brothers who, together and separately, led a number of popular dance bands in the 1930s and 1940s. Tommy played the trombone and Jimmy played the clarinet. They appeared ...
Dorsey, George A.
▪ American anthropologist in full  George Amos Dorsey   born Feb. 6, 1868, Hebron, Ohio, U.S. died March 29, 1931, New York, N.Y.       early U.S. ethnographer of ...
Dorsey, James Owen
▪ American ethnologist born Oct. 31, 1848, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Feb. 4, 1895, Washington, D.C.       American ethnologist known principally for his linguistic and ...
Dorsey, Jimmy
▪ American musician byname of  James Francis Dorsey   born Feb. 29, 1904, Shenandoah, Pa., U.S. died June 12, 1957, New York, N.Y.  American musician who—both ...
Dorsey, Thomas A(ndrew)
born July 1, 1899, Villa Rica, Ga., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1993, Chicago, Ill. U.S. songwriter, singer, and pianist, the "father of gospel music. " Born the son of a revivalist ...
Dorsey, Thomas Andrew
▪ 1994       U.S. songwriter, singer, and pianist (b. July 1, 1899, Villa Rica, Ga.—d. Jan. 23, 1993, Chicago, Ill.), as the "father of gospel music," blended elements ...
Dorsey, Tommy
orig. Thomas Dorsey born Nov. 19, 1905, Shenandoah, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 26, 1956, Greenwich, Conn. U.S. trombonist and band leader. Dorsey led the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra ...
Dor·sey (dôʹsē), Tommy. 1905-1956. American band leader. He and his brother Jimmy (1904-1957) were known for their swing bands that were particularly popular in the 1930s ...
a combining form representing dorsum or dorsal in compound words: dorsispinal. Also, dorso-. * * *
/dawr sif"euhr euhs/, adj. Bot. borne on the back, as the sori on most ferns. [1720-30; DORSI- + -FEROUS] * * *
/dawr'seuh flek"sheuhn/, n. Anat. flexion toward the back. [1815-25; dorsiflex to bend backward (DORSI- + FLEX) + -ION] * * *
/dawr"seuh flek'seuhr/, n. Anat. a muscle causing dorsiflexion. [DORSI- + FLEXOR] * * *
/dawr'seuh spuyn"l/, adj. Anat. of or pertaining to the back and the spine. [1835-45; DORSI- + SPINAL] * * *
—dorsiventrality, n. —dorsiventrally, adv. /dawr'seuh ven"treuhl/, adj. 1. Bot. having distinct dorsal and ventral sides, as most foliage leaves. 2. Zool. ...
See dorsiventral. * * *
var. of dorsi-: dorsoventral. * * *
/dawr'soh lat"euhr euhl/, adj. Anat., Zool. of, pertaining to, or affecting the back and the side. [1825-35; DORSO- + LATERAL] * * *
See dorsolateral. * * *
/dawr'soh lum"beuhr, -bahr/, adj. Anat. of, pertaining to, or affecting the back in the region of the lumbar vertebrae. [1850-55; DORSO- + LUMBAR] * * *
dorsovelar [dôr΄sō vē′lər] adj. Phonet. articulated with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate, as (k) and (ŋ) n. a dorsovelar consonant * * *
—dorsoventrality, n. —dorsoventrally, adv. /dawr'soh ven"treuhl/, adj. 1. Zool. pertaining to the dorsal and ventral aspects of the body; extending from the dorsal to the ...
Dorst, Tankred
▪ German author born Dec. 19, 1925, Oberlind, Thuringia, Ger.       German author whose experiments with theatrical forms, translations, and political plays and novels ...
▪ Germany       city, North Rhine–Westphalia Land (state), western Germany. It lies on the Lippe River and the Wesel-Datteln Canal. A village in Roman times, ...
/dawr"seuhm/, n., pl. dorsa /-seuh/. Anat., Zool. 1. the back, as of the body. 2. the back or outer surface of an organ, part, etc. [1775-85; < L] * * *
/dawrt/, n. Dordrecht. * * *
Dort, Synod of
▪ Netherlands church assembly       assembly of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands that met at Dort (in full Dordrecht) from Nov. 13, 1618, to May 9, 1619. The synod ...
/dawr"teuhr/, n. a dormitory, esp. in a monastery. Also, dortour. [1250-1300; ME dortour < OF < L dormitorium DORMITORY] * * *
/dawrdd'tee kaws"/, n. Osvaldo /aws vahl"daw/, (Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado), 1919-83, Cuban lawyer and statesman: president 1959-76. * * *
/dawrt"meuhnd/; Ger. /dawrddt"moont'/, n. a city in W Germany. 583,600. * * * ancient Throtmannia City (pop., 2002 est.: 589,200), North Rhine–Westphalia, western ...
Dortmund-Ems Canal
▪ canal, Germany German  Dortmund-Ems-Kanal        important commercial canal (canals and inland waterways) in western Germany linking the Ruhr industrial area with ...
—dortiness, n. /dawr"tee/, adj. Scot. sullen; sulky. [1505-15; dort sulkiness ( < ?) + -Y1] * * *
▪ Turkey       town, southern Turkey, at the head of the Gulf of Iskenderun. The town's importance lies in its function as a terminal where Mediterranean tankers can be ...
/dawr val"/; Fr. /dawrdd vannl"/, n. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada: suburb of Montreal. 17,722. * * * ▪ Canada       city, Montréal region, southern Quebec ...
dory1 /dawr"ee, dohr"ee/, n., pl. dories. a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides. [1700-10, Amer.; alleged to be < Miskito dóri, dúri (if this word is ...
dory skiff
Naut. an open boat similar to but smaller than a dory. * * *
Dorylaeum, Battle of
(July 1, 1097) Battle in which a combined force of crusaders and Byzantines defeated an army of Seljuq Turks in Anatolia. The crusaders later captured Antioch. See also ...
/dawr"ee meuhn, dohr"-/, n., pl. dorymen. a person who uses a dory, esp. a person who engages in fishing, lobstering, etc. [1960-65; DORY1 + MAN1] * * *
/daws, dos/, n. Computers. any of several single-user, command-driven operating systems for microcomputers, esp. MS DOS. [d(isk) o(perating) s(ystem)] See Department of State. * ...
Dos Hermanas
▪ Spain       city, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain. It lies southeast of Sevilla city ...
Dos Passos
/dohs pas"ohs/ John (Roderigo) /ro dree"goh/, 1896-1970, U.S. novelist. * * *
Dos Passos, John
▪ American novelist in full  John Roderigo Dos Passos   born Jan. 14, 1896, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Sept. 28, 1970, Baltimore, Md.  American writer, one of the major ...
Dos Passos, John (Roderigo)
born Jan. 14, 1896, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Sept. 28, 1970, Baltimore, Md. U.S. writer. Son of a wealthy lawyer, Dos Passos attended Harvard University. His wartime service as ...
Dos Passos,John Roderigo
Dos Pas·sos (dōs păsʹōs), John Roderigo. 1896-1970. American writer whose works, such as the trilogy U.S.A. (1930-1936), combine narrative, stream of consciousness, ...
Dos Pilas
▪ ancient city, Guatemala       ancient capital of the Petexbatún kingdom of the Maya, situated near the Salinas River in what is now Petén, west-central Guatemala, ...
dos Santos, José
▪ Angolan leader in full  José Eduardo dos Santos  born August 28, 1942, Luanda, Angola       politician who became president of Angola in 1979.       In 1961 ...
/doh"see doh", -zi-/ for 1, 2; Fr. /doh zann doh"/ for 3, n., pl. dos-à-dos /-dohz"/, v., dos-à-dosed /-dohd"/, dos-à-dosing /-doh"ing/, adv. n. 1. do-si-do. v.t., v.i. 2. to ...
/doh"sij/, n. 1. the administration of medicine in doses. 2. the amount of medicine to be given. 3. Physics. dose. 4. the process of adding a sugar solution to champagne and ...
—doser, n. /dohs/, n., v., dosed, dosing. n. 1. a quantity of medicine prescribed to be taken at one time. 2. a substance, situation, or quantity of anything analogous to ...
dose equivalent
Physics. a unit that quantifies the biological effectiveness of an absorbed dose of ionizing radiation, obtained by multiplying the absorbed dose by dimensionless factors that ...
dose-response curve
/dohs"ri spons'/ a curve plotting the relationship between the dose of a drug administered and its pharmacological effect. [1970-75] * * *
See dose. * * *
▪ Japanese Buddhist priest born 629, Kawachi province, Japan died 700, Japan       Japanese priest who helped introduce Buddhism into his country.       Dōshō ...
/doh sim"i teuhr/, n. a device carried on the person for measuring the quantity of ionizing radiation, as gamma rays, to which one has been exposed. [1880-85; < Gk dósi(s) DOSE ...
See dosimetry. * * *
—dosimetric /doh'seuh me"trik/, adj. —dosimetrician /doh'seuh mi trish"euhn/, dosimetrist, n. /doh sim"i tree/, n. 1. the process or method of measuring the dosage of ...
▪ patriarch of Jerusalem Latin  Dositheus   born May 31, 1641, Aráchova, Greece died Feb. 8, 1707, Constantinople       patriarch of Jerusalem, an important church ...
/dos/, Chiefly Brit. n. 1. a place to sleep, esp. in a cheap lodging house. 2. sleep. v.i. 3. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place. [1775-85; orig. obscure] * * *
doss house
Chiefly Brit. flophouse. [1885-90] * * *
/dos"euhl/, n. 1. Also, dorsal. an ornamental hanging placed at the back of an altar or at the sides of the chancel. 2. Archaic. dosser1 (def. 2). Also, dossel. [1650-60; < ML ...
dosser1 /dos"euhr/, n. 1. a basket for carrying objects on the back; pannier. 2. an ornamental covering for the back of a seat, esp. a throne or the like. 3. dossal (def. ...
/dos'euh ret"/, n. Archit. a supplementary capital or thickened abacus, as in Byzantine architecture. Also called impost block. [1860-65; < F, dim. of dossier DOSSER1] * * *
dosshouse [däs′hous΄] n. 〚see DOSS〛 [Brit. Slang] a place where a night's lodging can be had very cheaply * * *
/dos"ee ay', -ee euhr, daw"see ay', -see euhr/; Fr. /daw syay"/, n., pl. dossiers /dos"ee ayz', -ee euhrz, daw"see ayz', -see euhrs/; Fr. /daw syay"/. a collection or file of ...
/dos"euhl/, n. Engraving. a cloth roll for removing excess ink from a plate before printing. [1250-1300; ME dosil < MF < ML duciculus, equiv. to L duci- (s. of dux) leader + ...
▪ Niger       town, southwestern Niger, situated about 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Niger's capital, Niamey. Dosso is the traditional headquarters of the Zerma ...
Dosso Dossi
▪ Italian painter original name  Giovanni Lutero  or  Giovanni Luteri   born c. 1490, Ferrara or Mantua [Italy] died 1542, Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara [Italy]  late Italian ...
/dust/, v. Archaic. 2nd pers. sing. pres. ind. of do1. * * *
Dōst Moḥammad Khān
▪ ruler of Afghanistan born 1793, Afghanistan died June 9, 1863, Herāt       ruler of Afghanistan (1826–63) and founder of the Bārakzay dynasty, who maintained ...
Dostoevski or Dostoyevsky [dō̂s΄tō̂ yef′skē] Feodor Mikhailovich [fyō̂′dō̂r mi khī′lō̂ vich] 1821-81; Russ. novelist * * *
/dos'teuh yef"skee, dus'-/; Russ. /du stu yef"skyee/, n. Fyodor Mikhailovich /fyoh"deuhr mi kuy"leuh vich/; Russ. /fyaw"deuhrdd myi khuy"leuh vyich/, 1821-81, Russian ...
See Dostoyevsky, Feodor Mikhailovich. * * *
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
▪ Russian author Introduction in full  Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky  Dostoyevsky also spelled  Dostoevsky  born November 11, [October 30, Old Style], 1821, Moscow, ...
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (Mikhaylovich)
born Nov. 11, 1821, Moscow, Russia died Feb. 9, 1881, St. Petersburg Russian novelist. Dostoyevsky gave up an engineering career early in order to write. In 1849 he was ...
Dostoyevsky,Feodor Mikhailovich
Dos·to·yev·sky or Dos·to·ev·ski (dŏs'tə-yĕfʹskē, -toi-, dŭs-), Feodor Mikhailovich. 1821-1881. Russian writer whose works combine religious mysticism with profound ...
dot1 —dotlike, adj. —dotter, n. /dot/, n., v., dotted, dotting. n. 1. a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen. 2. a minute or small spot on a surface; speck: ...
/dot/, n. a female given name, form of Dorothea and Dorothy. * * *
1. See Department of Transportation. 2. Dictionary of Occupational Titles. * * *
dot etching
Print. a method of making corrections in halftone positives or negatives by using chemicals to reduce the size of halftone dots. [1945-50] * * *
dot matrix
Computers. a method of forming characters and graphics, used by CRTs and other screens, some printers (dot-matrix printers), and some plotters, by creating the desired pattern ...
dot product
Math. See inner product (def. 1). [1930-35] * * *
—dot-commer, dot-com'er, n. /dot"kom"/, n. 1. a company doing business mostly or solely on the Internet. adj. 2. of or pertaining to such a company or business. Also, ...
dot-matrix [dät′mā′triks] adj. of or pertaining to a system of printing, as by certain computer printers, in which characters are formed of individual dots printed close ...
/dot'si kwen"sheuhl/, adj. Television. of, relating to, or being a color television system that sends and reproduces the primary colors as dots in proper sequence on each scanned ...
/doh"tij/, n. 1. a decline of mental faculties, esp. as associated with old age; senility. 2. excessive fondness; foolish affection. [1300-50; ME; see DOTE, -AGE] * * *
▪ Japanese bronze forms       thin, elongated bell-shaped bronze forms, evidence of a short-lived bronze culture, localized in the centre of Japan, from the middle Yayoi ...
See dot2. * * *
—dotardly, adv. /doh"teuhrd/, n. 1. a person, esp. an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person. 2. doater2. [1350-1400; ME; see ...
/doh tay"sheuhn/, n. an endowment. [1350-1400; < L dotation- (s. of dotatio), equiv. to dotat(us), ptp. of dotare to provide a dowry for (deriv. of dos dowry; cf. DOT2) + -ion- ...
—doter, n. /doht/, v., doted, doting, n. v.i. Also, doat. 1. to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually fol. by on or upon): They dote on their ...
See dote. * * *
/duth/, v. Archaic. 3rd pers. sing. pres. ind. of do1. * * *
/doh"theuhn/, n. a city in SE Alabama. 48,750. * * * ▪ Alabama, United States       city, Houston and Dale counties, seat (1903) of Houston county, southeastern ...
Dotheboys Hall
➡ Nicholas Nickleby. * * *
—dotingly, adv. —dotingness, n. /doh"ting/, adj. 1. excessively fond: doting parents. 2. showing a decline of mental faculties, esp. associated with old age; weak-minded; ...
dot matrix n. A dense grid of dots or pins used to form characters or designs, as by some computer printers and visual display units. * * *
dot product n. See scalar product.   [From the use of a dot to indicate the function, as in x · y.] * * *
Dotremont, Christian
▪ Belgian author born December 12, 1922, Tervuren, Belgium died August 20, 1979 , Buizingen       Belgian poet and energetic cultural figure who is probably best known ...
/dot"id/, adj. 1. marked with a dot or dots. 2. consisting or constructed of dots. 3. having objects scattered or placed in a random manner: a landscape dotted with small ...
dotted line
1. a line on a contract or similar document for a party's signature. 2. a line at which a sheet of paper is perforated or a piece of it is to be detached. 3. signature on the ...
dotted swiss
☆ dotted swiss n. a type of fine, sheer, crisp fabric, as of cotton, with dots on the surface: it is used for blouses, curtains, etc. * * *
dotted swiss.
See under Swiss muslin. [1920-25] * * *
dot·ted swiss (dŏtʹĭd) n. A sheer, crisp cotton fabric, embellished with woven, flocked, or embroidered dots. * * *
See dot1. * * *
/dot"euhr euhl/, n. 1. any of several plovers usually inhabiting upland areas, esp. Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia. 2. Brit. Dial. a silly, stupid person, esp. one who ...
/dot"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Dorothea and Dorothy. Also, Dotty. * * *
See dotty. * * *
See dottily. * * *
/dot"l/, n. the plug of half-smoked tobacco in the bottom of a pipe after smoking. Also, dottel. [1815-25; dial. dot small lump (prob. identical with DOT1) + -LE] * * *
▪ stock theatre character Italian“Doctor”also called  Gratiano   stock character of the Italian theatrical form known as the commedia dell'arte, who was a loquacious ...
dotty1 —dottily, adv. —dottiness, n. /dot"ee/, adj., dottier, dottiest. Informal. 1. crazy or eccentric. 2. feeble or unsteady in gait. 3. very enthusiastic or infatuated ...
/doh"tee/, adj., dotier, dotiest. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. (of wood) decayed. [1880-85; DOTE + -Y1] * * *
/dow/, n. Gerard /gay"rddahrddt/, 1613-75, Dutch painter: pupil of Rembrandt. Also, Douw, Dow. * * * ▪ Chinese vessel Wade-Giles romanization  tou    type of ancient ...
Dou, Gerrit
or Gerard Dou born April 7, 1613, Leiden, Neth. died Feb. 9, 1675, Leiden Dutch painter. From 1628 to 1631 he studied with Rembrandt, adopting his subject matter, careful ...
/dooh ay"/; Fr. /dwe/, n. a city in N France, SE of Calais. 47,570. Also, Douay. * * * ▪ France also spelled  Douay,         town, northern France, in the Nord ...
Douai-Reims Bible
▪ Roman Catholic Bible also called  Reims-douai Bible,  also spelled  Rheims-douay,         English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible produced by Roman ...
/doo ah"lah/, n. a seaport in W Cameroon. 340,000. Also, Duala. * * * City (pop., 1992 est.: 1,200,000), chief port of Cameroon, on the Bight of Biafra. It was the capital of ...
/dwannn/, n., pl. douanes /dwannn/. French. a custom house; customs. * * *
/dwann nyay"/, n., pl. douaniers /-nyay"/. French. a customs officer or official. * * *
▪ France       town, Finistère département, Bretagne ( Brittany) région, northwestern France. It lies at the mouth of Pouldavid Estuary on Douarnenez Bay of the ...
Douay Bible
/dooh"ay/ an English translation of the Bible, prepared by Roman Catholic scholars from the Vulgate. The New Testament was published at Rheims in 1582 and the Old Testament was ...
Dou·ay Bible (do͞oʹā, do͞o-āʹ) n. The first English translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible authorized by the Roman Catholic Church. The Old Testament was published in ...

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