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Drewermann, Eugen
▪ 1996       "This is not the church Jesus would want," proclaimed the Catholic priest and psychotherapist Eugen Drewermann. His basic postulate that the image procedes ...
Drexel University
▪ university, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. It consists of ...
Drexel, Anthony J(oseph)
born Sept. 13, 1826, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died June 30, 1893, Carlsbad, Bohemia U.S. banker and philanthropist. He and his brothers inherited his father's Philadelphia ...
Drexel, Anthony Joseph
▪ American banker born Sept. 13, 1826, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died June 30, 1893, Carlsbad, Bohemia [now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic]       American banker and ...
Drexel, Katharine, Saint
▪ Roman Catholic nun born November 26, 1858, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. died March 3, 1955, Cornwells Heights; feast day [U.S.] March 3       American founder of ...
Drexel, Saint Katherine
born Nov. 26, 1858, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died March 3, 1955, Cornwells Heights, Pa.; canonized Oct. 1, 2000; feast day March 3 U.S. missionary. The niece of banker and ...
Dreyer, Carl Theodor
born Feb. 3, 1889, Copenhagen, Den. died March 20, 1968, Copenhagen Danish film director. He entered the film industry as a writer of subtitles and became a scriptwriter and ...
Dreyer, Johan Ludvig Emil
▪ Danish astronomer born Feb. 13, 1852, Copenhagen died Sept. 14, 1926, Oxford  Danish astronomer who compiled the New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, ...
/dray"feuhs, druy"-/; Fr. /drdday fyuus"/, n. Alfred /al"frid/; Fr. /annl frdded"/, 1859-1935, French army officer of Jewish descent: convicted of treason 1894, 1899; acquitted ...
Dreyfus, Alfred
born Oct. 19, 1859, Mulhouse, France died July 12, 1935, Paris French army officer, subject of the Dreyfus Affair (l'Affaire). Son of a Jewish textile manufacturer, he studied ...
—driftingly, adv. —driftless, adj. —driftlessness, n. /drift/, n. 1. a driving movement or force; impulse; impetus; pressure. 2. Navig. (of a ship) the component of the ...
drift anchor
a sea anchor or drag. [1870-75] * * *
drift angle
Naut. the angle made by the path of a drifting vessel with its heading. [1880-85] * * *
drift ice
detached floating ice in masses that drift with the wind or ocean currents, as in the polar seas. [1590-1600] * * *
drift indicator
Aeron. an instrument that indicates the amount of drift of an aircraft. Also called drift meter, drift sight. [1915-20] * * *
drift lead
/led/, Naut. a lead indicating, by the angle its line makes with the perpendicular, the movement of a supposedly stationary ship or the movement of water past a stationary ...
drift mine
1. a mine the opening of which is dug into an outcrop of coal or ore. 2. an underground placer mine. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
drift net
a fishing net supported upright in the water by floats attached along the upper edge and sinkers along the lower, so as to be carried with the current or tide. [1840-50] * * *
drift netter
a person who uses a drift net in fishing. [1885-90] * * *
drift tube
Radio. a conducting enclosure, usually cylindrical, held at a constant potential so that electrons or charged particles within will experience no force, and therefore no change ...
/drif"tij/, n. 1. the action or an amount of drifting. 2. drifted matter. 3. Navig. the amount of drift away from a set course as a result of wind and currents. 4. ...
/drift"bohlt'/, n. 1. Also called driftpin. a spike having a round shank and used for fastening heavy timbers together. v.t. 2. to fasten (timbers) together with a ...
/drif"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that drifts. 2. a person who goes from place to place, job to job, etc., remaining in each for a short period, esp. a hobo. 3. Also called ...
Drifters, the
▪ American music group       American rhythm-and-blues (rhythm and blues) vocal group that produced a series of chart-topping hits from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. ...
/drift"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) driftfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) driftfishes. any of several butterfishes, esp. of the genus Psenes, ...
Drifting Cloud, The
(Japanese, Uki Gumo) a novel (1887-89) by Shimei Futabatei. Also called The Floating Cloud. * * *
driftless area
a tract of land that was once surrounded but never covered by a continental glacier, consequently having no glacial deposits. * * *
drift net n. A large fishing net buoyed up by floats that is carried along with the current or tide. * * *
/drift"pin'/, n. 1. driftbolt (def. 1). 2. drift (def. 17a). [1870-75; DRIFT + PIN] * * *
/drift"wood'/, n. 1. wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it. 2. such wood adapted for use in interior decoration. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or made of driftwood: ...
Driftwood, Jimmy
▪ 1999       American folksinger and songwriter (b. June 20, 1907, Mountain View, Ark.—d. July 12, 1998, Fayetteville, Ark.), wrote more than 6,000 folk songs but was ...
/drif"tee/, adj., driftier, driftiest. of the nature of or characterized by drifts. [1565-75; DRIFT + -Y1] * * *
drill1 —drillable, adj. —drillability, n. —driller, n. /dril/, n. 1. Mach., Building Trades. a. a shaftlike tool with two or more cutting edges for making holes in firm ...
drill bit
bit1 (defs. 1a, b). * * *
drill chuck
a chuck for holding a drill bit. [1870-75] * * *
drill corps.
See drill team. [1955-60] * * *
drill pipe
(in oil-well drilling or the like) any of several coupled tubes for rotating the bit and supplying drilling mud. * * *
drill press
a drilling machine having a single vertical spindle. [1860-65, Amer.] * * * or drilling machine Machine tool for producing holes in hard substances. The drill is held in a ...
drill rig
rig1 (def. 9). Also called drilling rig. [1910-15, Amer.] * * *
drill string
(on a drill rig) the assemblage of drill pipes that link the drill bit to the mechanism that imparts rotary or reciprocating motion. [1695-1705] * * *
drill team
a group trained, esp. for exhibition purposes, in precision marching, the manual of arms, etc. Also called drill corps. [1925-30] * * *
drill tower
a structure, usually of concrete and steel, that resembles a building and is used by firefighters for practicing and improving firefighting techniques. * * *
See drill1. * * *
drilling1 /dril"ing/, n. the act of a person or thing that drills. [1615-25; DRILL1 + -ING1] drilling2 /dril"ing/, n. drill3. [1630-40; alter. of G Drillich, itself alter. of L ...
drilling machinery
      equipment used to drill holes in the ground for such activities as prospecting, well sinking (petroleum, natural gas, water, and salt), and scientific explorations. ...
drilling mud
a water-based or oil-based suspension of clays pumped into an oil well during drilling in order to seal off porous rock layers, equalize the pressure, cool the bit, and flush out ...
drill instructor n. Abbr. DI A noncommissioned officer who instructs recruits in military drill and discipline. * * *
/dril"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. 1. a person who trains others in something, esp. routinely or mechanically. 2. Mil. a person who instructs in marching drill. [1865-70; DRILL1 + ...
drill press n. A powered vertical drilling machine in which the drill is pressed to the work automatically or by a hand lever. * * *
/dril"ship'/, n. a ship equipped with a drill rig and engaged in offshore oil and gas exploration, oceanographic research, etc. [1860-65; DRILL1 + SHIP] * * *
drill steel n. A high-grade steel used in tools and dies that is made by fusing low-carbon steel with charcoal or cast iron. Formerly prepared in a graphite crucible, it is now ...
/dril"stok'/, n. a device for holding a drill. [1770-80; DRILL1 + STOCK] * * *
/druy"lee/, adv. dryly. * * *
/dreen/, n. a river in S Europe, flowing generally NW from SW Macedonia through N Albania into the Adriatic. 180 mi. (290 km) long. * * *
/dree"neuh, -nah/, n. a river in S Europe, flowing N along the part of the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Sava River. 285 mi. (459 km) long. * * *
Drina River
River, central Balkans, southeastern Europe. Originating with the confluence of the Tara and Piva rivers, it follows a northerly course 285 mi (459 km) to enter the Sava River. ...
Drinfeld, Vladimir Gershonovich
▪ Soviet mathematician born Feb. 14, 1954, Kharkov, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. [now Kharkiv, Ukraine]       Soviet mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1990 for his ...
/dringk/, v., drank or (Nonstandard) drunk, drunk or, often, drank, drinking; n. v.i. 1. to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe. 2. to imbibe ...
➡ beer * * *
➡ driving * * *
See drinkable. * * *
—drinkability, drinkableness, n. —drinkably, adv. /dring"keuh beuhl/, adj. suitable for drinking. [1605-15; DRINK + -ABLE] * * *
/dring"keuhr/, n. 1. a person who drinks. 2. a person who drinks alcohol habitually or to excess. [bef. 950; ME drinkere, OE drincere. See DRINK, -ER1] * * *
/dring"keuh ree/, n., pl. drinkeries. barroom; tavern. [1830-40, Amer.; DRINK + -ERY] * * *
/dring"king/, adj. 1. suitable or safe to drink: drinking water. 2. used in drinking: a drinking glass. 3. addicted to or indulging excessively in alcohol: Is he a drinking ...
drinking age
➡ licensing laws * * *
drinking fountain
a water fountain that ejects a jet of water for drinking without a cup. [1855-60] * * *
drinking horn
▪ vessel  ceremonial vessel usually made from the horn of an ox or a buffalo or the tusk of an elephant, with mounts of metal. The earliest drinking horns date from around ...
drinking song
a song of hearty character suitable for singing by a group engaged in convivial drinking. [1590-1600] * * * ▪ music  song on a convivial theme composed usually for singing ...
drinking-up time
➡ pub * * *
drink·ing fountain (drĭngʹkĭng) n. A device equipped with a nozzle that when activated provides a stream of drinking water for public use. * * *
/dringk"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. John, 1882-1937, English poet, playwright, and critic. * * *
Drinkwater, John
▪ British poet born June 1, 1882, Leytonstone, Essex, Eng. died March 25, 1937, London  English poet, playwright, and critic, remembered as a typical man of letters of the ...
/drip/, v., dripped or dript, dripping, n. v.i. 1. to let drops fall; shed drops: This faucet drips. 2. to fall in drops, as a liquid. v.t. 3. to let fall in drops. n. 4. an act ...
drip cap
Carpentry. a molding over an opening for catching and shedding rain water. * * *
drip coffee
1. a beverage prepared in a vessel in which boiling water filters from a top compartment through the coffee into a pot below. 2. See drip grind. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
drip grind
finely ground coffee beans, used in making drip coffee. * * *
drip irrigation
a system of crop irrigation involving the controlled delivery of water directly to individual plants through a network of tubes or pipes. Also called trickle ...
drip painting
a technique of abstract painting exemplified chiefly in the later works of Jackson Pollack and marked by the intricately executed dripping and pouring of the paint on a canvas ...
drip pan
1. a pan for collecting liquid waste: Put a drip pan under the crankcase. 2. See dripping pan. * * *
adj., n. /drip"druy'/; v. /drip"druy", -druy'/, adj., v., drip-dried, drip-drying, n., pl. drip-dries. adj. 1. wash-and-wear. v.i. 2. (of a cloth item) to dry into a desired form ...
/drip"feed'/, n. intravenous feeding. [1905-10, for earlier sense] * * *
drip coffee n. Coffee made by pouring boiling water through a perforated container holding ground coffee into a pot that is fitted underneath. * * *
drip feed n. 1. Administration of blood, plasma, saline, or sugar solutions, usually intravenously, a drop at a time. 2. a. The device or tubes by which such a substance is ...
/drip"lis/, adj. designed so that the substance, item, or its contents will not drip: a dripless candle; a dripless pitcher. [1885-90; DRIP (v.) + -LESS] * * *
/drip"ij/, n. 1. a dripping, as of water from a faucet. 2. an amount formed by dripping: emptying the drippage from under the freezer. [DRIP + -AGE] * * *
drip pan n. 1. A pan for catching liquid waste: Oil seeped from the engine to the drip pan I placed on the garage floor. 2. See dripping pan. * * *
See drippy. * * *
See drippily. * * *
/drip"ing/, n. 1. the act of something that drips. 2. Often, drippings. a. the liquid that drips. b. fat and juices exuded from meat in cooking, used for basting, for making ...
dripping pan
a shallow metal pan used under roasting meat to receive the drippings. Also, drip pan. [1425-75] * * *
dripping pan n. A pan for catching the drippings from roasting meat. Also called drip pan, also called regionally bakersheet. * * *
/drip"ee/, adj. drippier, drippiest. 1. dripping or tending to drip: a drippy faucet. 2. tending to be rainy, wet, or drizzly: a hot, drippy country; drippy weather. 3. Slang. ...
/drip"stohn'/, n. 1. Archit. a stone molding used as a drip. 2. calcium carbonate occurring in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. [1785-95; DRIP + STONE] * * *
/dript/, v. a pt. and pp. of drop. * * *
/druy'veuh bil"i tee/, n. Auto. the degree of smoothness and steadiness of acceleration of an automotive vehicle: The automatic transmission has been improved to give the new ...
See drivability. * * *
/druy"vij/, n. Mining. a horizontal or inclined heading or roadway in the process of construction. [DRIVE + -AGE] * * *
—drivable, driveable, adj. /druyv/, v., drove or (Archaic) drave, driven, driving, n., adj. v.t. 1. to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion: to drive ...
drive bay
bay. * * *
drive fit.
See press fit. * * *
drive screw
a fastener with a helical thread of coarse pitch that can be driven into wood with a hammer and removed with a screwdriver. Also called screw nail. See illus. under ...
drive shaft
Mach. a shaft for imparting torque from a power source or prime mover to machinery. See diag. under differential. [1890-95] * * *
drive time
☆ drive time n. either of the two weekday time periods during which many people drive to or from work and, while doing so, listen to a car radio: term used chiefly in ...
drive time.
See driving time. * * *
drive train
—drive-train, adj. the power train of an automotive vehicle consisting of all the components between the engine and driving wheels and including the clutch and axle, as well as ...
/druyv"buy'/, n., pl. drive-bys, adj. n. 1. the action of driving by a specified locality, object, etc.: a drive-by of Nelson's Monument. 2. a drive-by shooting: The gang member ...
drive-by shootings
➡ gangs * * *
/druyv"in'/, n. 1. a motion-picture theater, refreshment stand, bank, or other public facility designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or ...
/druyv"throoh'/, n. 1. the act of driving through a specified locality or place, esp. driving into a place of business, completing a transaction from one's car, and driving out: ...
drive-through delivery
childbirth after which the mother has a very brief hospital stay. Also called drive-by delivery. [1990-95] * * *
/druyv"up'/, adj. serving or accessible to customers who drive up in their cars: a drive-up taco stand; a drive-up window at a bank. [adj. use of v. phrase drive up] * * *
/druyv"euh way'/, n. 1. the delivery of a car to a buyer or to a specified destination by means of a hired driver. 2. the action of moving forward in a vehicle from a stopped ...
drive bay n. A space in a personal computer where a storage device such as a disk drive or CD-ROM drive can be installed. * * *
—driveler; esp. Brit., driveller, n. —drivelingly; esp. Brit., drivellingly, adv. /driv"euhl/, n. v., driveled, driveling or (esp. Brit.) drivelled, drivelling. n. 1. saliva ...
See drivel. * * *
/druyv"luyn'/, n. the components of the power train of an automotive vehicle that are between the transmission and the differential, and generally consisting of the drive shaft ...
—drivenness, n. /driv"euhn/, v. 1. pp. of drive. adj. 2. being under compulsion, as to succeed or excel: a driven young man who was fiercely competitive. * * *
—driverless, adj. /druy"veuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that drives. 2. a person who drives a vehicle; coachman, chauffeur, etc. 3. a person who drives an animal or animals, as ...
driver ant
driver ant n. ARMY ANT * * * ▪ insect       African member of the insect subfamily Dorylinae (family Formicidae; order Hymenoptera) characterized by a nomadic existence ...
driver ant.
See army ant. [1855-60] * * *
driver ed
/ed/, Informal. See driver education. [by shortening] * * *
driver education
a course of study, as for highschool students, that teaches the techniques of driving a vehicle, along with basic vehicle maintenance, safety precautions, and traffic regulations ...
driver's license
a permit, as one issued by a state's motor vehicle bureau, that allows the holder to drive a motor vehicle on public roads. [1940-45] * * *
driver's seat
1. the seat from which a vehicle is operated. 2. a position of power, dominance, control, or superiority: After the election the Democrats were back in the driver's ...
driv·er's seat (drīʹvərz) n. A position of control or authority. * * *
driver ant n. See army ant. * * *
driver’s license
➡ driving * * *
drive shaft also drive·shaft (drīvʹshăft') n. A rotating shaft that transmits mechanical power from a motor or an engine to a point or region of application. * * *
drive time n. 1. The time of day during which commuters go to and from work: interesting radio programming during drive time. 2. The time it takes to drive a specified distance ...
drivetrain [drīv′trān΄] n. the system that transmits an engine's turning power to the wheels, propeller, etc. * * * drive train n. The components of an automotive vehicle ...
/druyv"way'/, n. 1. a road, esp. a private one, leading from a street or other thoroughfare to a building, house, garage, etc. 2. any road for driving on. [1865-70, Amer.; DRIVE ...
—drivingly, adv. /druy"ving/, adj. 1. demanding a high or unreasonable rate of work from subordinates. 2. vigorously active; energetic: a driving young executive. 3. having ...
driving and coaching
▪ horsemanship       art or sport of controlling and directing draft animals from a coach or other conveyance to which they are harnessed. The animal most commonly ...
driving barrel
(in a weight-driven clock) the drum turned by the descent of the weight, which drives the clock mechanism. * * *
driving dog
(on a lathe) a clamp securing a piece of work and engaging with a slot in a faceplate. * * *
driving iron
Golf. a club with a long shaft and an iron head the face of which has almost no slope, for hitting long, low drives. Also called number one iron. [1885-90] * * *
driving licence
➡ driving * * *
driving range
Golf. a tract of land for practicing long golf shots, esp. drives, with clubs and balls available for rent from the management. [1945-50] * * *
driving sail
Naut. a sail that, when filled, tends to force the hull of a vessel downward (opposed to lifting sail). * * *
driving test
➡ driving * * *
driving time
1. the time or estimated time to drive between two points or to one's destination. 2. a period, as in early morning and late afternoon, when many people are driving to or from ...
driving wheel
1. Mach. a main wheel that communicates motion to others. 2. Also called driver. Railroads. one of the wheels of a locomotive that transmits the power of an engine or motor into ...
driving while intoxicated
➡ driving * * *
See driving. * * *
—drizzly, adv. /driz"euhl/, v., drizzled, drizzling, n. v.i. 1. to rain gently and steadily in fine drops; sprinkle: It drizzled throughout the night. 2. to fall in fine ...
See drizzle. * * *
Arabic root, to become dirty. dourine, from Arabic darina, mangy (said of a female camel), from darin, dirty, from darina, to be(come) dirty. * * *
Drnovsek, Janez
▪ 2009       Slovenian politician born May 17, 1950, Celje, Yugos. [now in Slovenia] died Feb. 23, 2008, Zaplana, Slvn. helped lead Slovenia to a relatively peaceful ...
Drobeta–Turnu Severin
▪ Romania       city, capital of Mehedinți județ (county), southwestern Romania. It is an important inland port on the Danube near the point where the river leaves ...
Drobny, Jaroslav
▪ 2002       Czechoslovak-born sportsman (b. Oct. 12, 1921, Prague, Czechoslovakia—d. Sept. 13, 2001, London, Eng.), during the 1940s was one of his country's finest ...
Droeshout, Martin
▪ English engraver born 1560s, Brussels [Belgium] died c. 1642, London, Eng.       Flemish-born English engraver, primarily remembered for his engraved portrait of ...
Drogba, Didier
▪ 2008 born March 11, 1978, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire  On March 1, 2007, Ivorian association football (soccer) star Didier Drogba was voted African Footballer of the Year for ...
/draw"i deuh/, n. a seaport in the NE Republic of Ireland, near the mouth of the Boyne River: the town was captured by Cromwell in 1649 and its garrisons as well as many male ...
/droh"geuhr/, n. a freight barge of the West Indies, rigged as a cutter or schooner. [1775-85; < D drog(h)er ship for fishing and drying herring and mackerel, equiv. to drog(en) ...
Drogo de Hauteville
▪ count of Apulia Italian  Drogo, or Drogone, d'Altavilla,  French  Dreu de Hauteville  born , Hauteville-la-Guichard, Normandy [France] died Aug. 10, 1051, Monte Ilario, ...
/drohg/, n. 1. a bucket or canvas bag used as a sea anchor. 2. Aeron. a. a funnel-shaped device attached to the end of a hose on a tanker aircraft for connecting with the probe ...
drogue parachute
1. Also called drogue. a small parachute that deploys first in order to pull a larger parachute from its pack. 2. Also called drag parachute. a parachute used to slow a vehicle ...
drogue parachute n. 1. A parachute used to stabilize or decelerate a fast-moving object, especially a small parachute used to slow down a reentering spacecraft or satellite prior ...
▪ Ukraine Russian  Drogobych        city, western Ukraine. Known from the 11th and 12th centuries for its salt, it was a small trade and administrative centre until ...
/droyd/, n. Informal. android. [by shortening] * * *
/droyt/; Fr. /drddwann/, n., pl. droits /droyts/; Fr. /drddwann/. 1. a legal right or claim. 2. droits, Finance Rare. customs duties. [1470-80; < F < LL directum legal right, law ...
droit des gens
/drddwann day zhahonn"/, pl. droits des gens /drddwann day zhahonn"/. French. law of nations; international law. * * *
droit du seigneur
Fr. /drddwann dyuu se nyuerdd"/ the supposed right claimable by a feudal lord to have sexual relations with the bride of a vassal on her first night of marriage. [1815-25; < F: ...
droitdu seigneur
droit du seign·eur (drwä dü sĕn-yœrʹ) n. The supposed right of a feudal lord to have sexual relations with a vassal's bride on her wedding night.   [French : droit, right ...
/droy"cheuhr euhl/, adj. Law. pertaining to right of ownership as distinguished from right of possession. [1840-50; < F droiture equity, uprightness (see DROIT, -URE) + -AL1] * * ...
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (“parish”), Wychavon district, administrative and historic county of Worcestershire, west-central England. The older portion ...
/drohk/, n. Canadian (chiefly Atlantic Provinces and Northwest Territories). a valley with steeply sloping sides. [cf. dial. (W England) droke small watercourse, ditch, culvert; ...
—drollness, n. —drolly, adv. /drohl/, adj., droller, drollest, n., v. adj. 1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish. n. 2. a droll person; jester; wag. v.i. 3. ...
/droh"leuh ree/, n., pl. drolleries. 1. something whimsically amusing or funny. 2. an oddly amusing story or jest. 3. a droll quality or manner; whimsical humor. 4. the action or ...
See droll. * * *
See drollness. * * *
▪ dinosaur       any of a group of small to medium-sized carnivorous dinosaurs that flourished in Asia and North America during the Cretaceous Period (146 million to 66 ...
/drddohm/, n. a department in SE France. 361,847; 2533 sq. mi. (6560 sq. km). Cap.: Valence. * * *
/drom"i der'ee, drum"-/, n., pl. dromedaries. the single-humped camel, Camelus dromedarius, of Arabia and northern Africa. Cf. Bactrian camel. [1300-50; ME dromedarie, -ary ( < ...
/drom"euhnd, drum"-/, n. a large, fast-sailing ship of the Middle Ages. Also, dromon /drom"euhn, drum"-/. [1300-50; ME dromund < AF dromund, dromo(u)n < LL dromo, s. dromon- < Gk ...
▪ Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Irish  Droim Mór        town, Banbridge district (established 1973), formerly in County Down, Northern Ireland, on the River ...
/drom"euhs, -os; droh"meuhs, -mos/, n., pl. dromoi /drom"oy, droh"moy/. 1. Archaeol. a passageway into an ancient subterranean tomb. 2. a racetrack in ancient Greece. [1840-50; < ...
drone1 —dronish, adj. /drohn/, n. 1. the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey. See illus. under bee. 2. a remote control mechanism, as a ...
drongo1 /drong"goh/, n., pl. drongos. any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, ...
/droohl/, v.i. 1. to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel. 2. to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure. 3. to talk foolishly. n. 4. ...
/drooh"lee/, adj., droolier, drooliest. 1. drooling, tending to drool, or covered with drool. 2. Slang. exceptionally pleasing. [DROOL + -Y1] * * *
—droopingly, adv. /droohp/, v.i. 1. to sag, sink, bend, or hang down, as from weakness, exhaustion, or lack of support. 2. to fall into a state of physical weakness; flag; ...
See droop. * * *
See droopily. * * *
droop nose n. An aircraft nose section that can be inclined downward to increase runway visibility on takeoff and landing. Also called droop snoot. * * *
—droopiness, n. /drooh"pee/, adj., droopier, droopiest. 1. hanging down; sagging. 2. lacking in spirit or courage; disheartened; dejected. [1200-50; ME drupi. See DROOP, ...
—droplike, adj. /drop/, n., v., dropped or dropt, dropping. n. 1. a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule. 2. ...
drop arch
1. a pointed arch having radii of length less than the span. 2. Also called surbased arch. an arch having a rise of less than half its span. [1840-50] * * *
drop biscuit
a biscuit made by dropping baking powder biscuit dough from a spoon onto a pan for baking. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
drop black
Chem. carbon, as animal black or lampblack, formed into pellets by mixing with water or glue: used as a black pigment. * * *
drop box
Textiles. a box for holding shuttles on a loom, as a box loom, used on either side of the race plate in weaving cloth having a variety of colors in the filling. [1855-60] * * *
drop cloth
a sheet of cloth, paper, plastic, or the like laid over furniture and floors for protection while a room is being painted or laid over shrubbery while the exterior of a house is ...
drop cookie
a cookie made by dropping batter from a spoon onto a cookie sheet for baking. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
drop curtain
Theat. a curtain that is lowered into position from the flies. [1825-35] * * *
drop cut
▪ gem cut       method of faceting gemstones into a pear shape suitable for pendants, earrings, and other jewelry. A pendeloque is a pear-shaped modification of the ...
drop elbow
Plumbing. an elbow having lugs for attaching it to a wall or joist. Also called drop ell. * * *
drop forge
Metalworking. a device for making large forgings in which a heavy object is allowed to fall vertically upon a piece of work placed on an anvil or between dies. Also called drop ...
drop forging
Metalworking. a drop-forged object. [1880-85] * * * Process of shaping metal and increasing its strength. In most forging, an upper die is forced against a heated workpiece ...
drop front
Furniture. See fall front. [1930-35] * * *
drop girt
Carpentry. a girt running beneath the ends of joists and at right angles to them. Cf. flush girt. * * *
drop goals
➡ Rugby * * *
drop hammer
☆ drop hammer n. 1. a machine for pounding metal into shape, with a heavy weight that is raised and then dropped on the metal 2. this weight * * *
drop hammer.
See drop forge. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
drop initial
Print. See inset initial. [1950-55, Amer.] * * *
drop keel
Naut. centerboard. [1895-1900] * * *
drop kick
Football. a kick made by dropping a football to the ground and kicking it as it starts to bounce up. Cf. place kick, punt1 (def. 1). [1835-45] * * *
drop leaf
—drop-leaf, adj. Furniture. a hinged leaf attached to the end or side of a table that can be raised to extend the tabletop or folded vertically downward when not in ...
drop letter
a letter that is mailed to a local address at a post office without city delivery or a rural delivery service and must be picked up by the addressee. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
drop out
➡ student life * * *
drop panel
drop (def. 29). * * *
drop pass
(in hockey and soccer) a pass in which a player in control of the ball or puck simply leaves it to be picked up by a trailing teammate and continues past it to draw off the ...
drop press
Metalworking. See drop forge. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
drop rudder
Naut. a rudder that can be lowered beneath the level of the bottom of a boat. * * *
drop scene
Theat. 1. a drop curtain, often of painted or dyed canvas, located downstage and used as the backdrop for a scene played while the set upstage is being changed. 2. a scene or act ...
drop scone
(also Scotch pancake) n (BrE) a small flat cake eaten at tea(2) with butter and jam. It is made from a mixture of flour, eggs and milk dropped in small amounts onto a hot pan. It ...
drop seat
1. a hinged seat, as in a taxicab or bus, that may be pulled down for use when an additional seat is needed. 2. a rear panel, as on long one-piece underwear or children's ...
drop shipment
a shipment of goods made directly from the manufacturer to the retailer or consumer but billed through the wholesaler or distributor. * * *
drop shipper
a wholesaler or distributor who conducts business in drop shipments. Also called desk jobber. * * *
drop shot
1. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball or shuttlecock so softly hit that it falls to the playing surface just after clearing the net. 2. (in squash, handball, etc.) a ball so ...
drop siding
weatherboarding having its upper edges narrowed to fit into grooves or rabbets in its lower edges, and its backs flat against the sheathing or studs of the wall. See illus. under ...
drop table
a tabletop hinged to a wall, held in a horizontal position by a bracket while in use. [1860-65] * * *
drop tee
Plumbing. a tee having lugs for attaching it to a wall or joist. * * *
drop the handkerchief
a children's game in which all the players but one stand in a circle facing inward, while that one player stealthily drops a handkerchief behind a player in the circle who must ...
drop valve
a valve, as for a steam engine, that drops freely to close. * * *
drop window
a window with a sash that slides into a space below the sill. [1900-05] * * *
drop zone
an area into which paratroopers, soldiers, or supplies are landed from aircraft for a military operation. Abbr.: DZ [1940-45] * * *
/drop"ded'/, adj. 1. inspiring awe, astonishment, or envy: a drop-dead guest list; a drop-dead sable coat. 2. being the most extreme limit or possibility: What's the drop-dead ...
—drop-forger, n. /drop"fawrj', -fohrj'/, v.t., drop-forged, drop-forging. Metalworking. to form in a drop forge. [1890-95] * * *
drop-front [dräp′frunt΄] adj. designating a desk with a front panel fitted with hinges on its bottom edge so that it can be pivoted forward and down to form a surface for ...
/drop"in'/, n. 1. Informal. Also, dropper-in. a person who or thing that pays an unexpected or uninvited visit: a feeder for squirrels, raccoons, and other drop-ins. 2. Informal. ...
—drop-kicker, n. /drop"kik"/, Football. v.t. 1. to score (a field goal or point after touchdown) by a drop kick. 2. to kick (the ball as dropped for a drop kick). v.i. 3. to ...
drop-leaf table
▪ furniture  table with one or two hinged leaves supported by articulated legs, arms, or brackets. An early 17th-century form is the gateleg table, which was followed by two ...
/drop"awf', -of'/, n. 1. a vertical or very steep descent: The trail has a drop-off of several hundred feet. 2. a decline; decrease: Sales have shown a considerable drop-off this ...
/drop"ship'/, v.t., drop-shipped, drop-shipping. to ship (goods) as a drop shipment: The books will be drop-shipped by the publisher to your home. [back formation from DROP ...
/drop"bak'/, n. a lowering, as of prices or standards, esp. to a previous level: Auto manufacturers requested a dropback in emissions standards. [n. use of v. phrase drop back] * ...
☆ dropcloth [dräp′klôth΄ ] n. a large piece of cloth, plastic, etc. used to cover floors, furniture, etc. as a protection against dripping paint * * * drop cloth n. A ...
drop curtain n. 1. An unframed curtain that is lowered to a stage from the flies, often serving as background scenery. 2. A theater curtain that is lowered or raised vertically ...
/droh per"i dawl', -dol'/, n. Pharm. a phenothiazine, C22H22FN3O2, used as an anesthetic or antiemetic, or for emergency control of severe behavioral ...
drop·forge (drŏpʹfôrjʹ, -fōrjʹ) tr.v. drop·forged, drop·forg·ing, drop·forg·es To forge or stamp (a metal) between dies by the force of a falling weight such as a ...
drop hammer n. A machine consisting of an anvil or base aligned with a hammer that is raised and then dropped on molten metal, used to forge or stamp the metal resting on the ...
drop kick n. Sports A kick made by dropping a ball to the ground and kicking it just as it starts to rebound.   dropʹ-kickʹ (drŏpʹkĭkʹ) v. * * *
drop leaf n. A hinged wing on a table that can be folded down when not in use. * * *
/drop"lit/, n. a little drop. [1600-10; DROP + -LET] * * *
droplet infection
infection spread by airborne droplets of secretions from the nose, throat, or lungs. [1905-10] * * *
droplet infection n. An infection transmitted from one individual to another by droplets of moisture expelled from the upper respiratory tract through sneezing or coughing. * * *
drop letter n. A letter that is mailed and delivered from the same post office. * * *
/drop"luyt'/, n. an electric or gas lamp suspended from the ceiling or wall by a flexible cord or tube. [1860-65, Amer.; DROP + LIGHT1] * * *
/drop"luyn'/, n. Journalism. a headline or bank consisting of a top line set flush with the left margin, with each succeeding line indented on the left, and the final line flush ...
/drop"owt'/, n. 1. an act or instance of dropping out. 2. a student who withdraws before completing a course of instruction. 3. a student who withdraws from high school after ...
/drop"ij/, n. 1. an amount dropped or wasted during application, installation, etc.: Mix some extra plaster to allow for droppage. 2. the amount of fruit that falls from a tree ...
drop pass n. A pass, as in hockey or soccer, in which the passer advances beyond the puck or ball, leaving it for a trailing teammate. * * *
dropped egg
New Eng. a poached egg. [1820-25] * * *
dropped seat
a seat of a chair or the like, having a front dished so as to be lower than the sides or back. Also called scoop seat. * * *
dropped waist
the waistline of a dress, gown, or the like when it is placed at the hips rather than at the natural waist. * * *
dropped egg (drŏpt) n. New England A poached egg. * * *
/drop"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that drops. 2. a glass tube with a hollow rubber bulb at one end and a small opening at the other, for drawing in a liquid and expelling it ...
/drop"euhr in"/, n., pl. droppers-in. drop-in (def. 1). [1895-1900; v. phrase drop in + -ER1, with particle postposed] * * *
/drop"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that drops. 2. something that drops or falls in drops. 3. droppings, dung, esp. in the form of pellets. [bef. 1000; ME; OE ...
dropping bottle
a bottle with correlated lengthwise grooves in the neck and in the stopper, permitting a controlled flow of the liquid contents in the form of drops. [1820-30] * * *
drop shot n. A shot in various racket games in which a ball or shuttlecock drops quickly after crossing the net or hitting the wall. * * *
—dropsically, adv. —dropsicalness, n. /drop"si keuhl/, adj. of, like, or affected with dropsy. [1670-80; DROPS(Y) + -ICAL] * * *
See dropsical. * * *

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