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duct keel
Naut. See box keel. * * *
duct tape
/duk, dukt/ a strongly adhesive silver-gray cloth tape, used in plumbing, household repairs, etc. * * *
See duct. * * *
—ductilely, adv. —ductility, ductileness, n. /duk"tl, -til/, adj. 1. capable of being hammered out thin, as certain metals; malleable. 2. capable of being drawn out into wire ...
ductile iron.
See nodular cast iron. * * *
See ductility. * * *
See ductile. * * * Capacity of a material to deform permanently (e.g., stretch, bend, or spread) in response to stress. Most common steels, for example, are quite ductile and ...
/duk"ting/, n. 1. ductwork. 2. materials for making ducts. [1940-45; DUCT + -ING1] * * *
See ductal. * * *
ductless gland
ductless gland n. an endocrine gland * * *
ductless gland.
See endocrine gland. [1840-50] * * *
duct·less gland (dŭktʹlĭs) n. See endocrine gland. * * *
/duk"teuhr/, n. Print. the roller that conveys ink in a press from the ink reservoir to the distributor. [1540-50; < L: guide, equiv. to duc- (var. s. of ducere to lead) + -tor ...
duct tape n. A usually silver adhesive tape made of cloth mesh coated with a waterproof material, originally designed for sealing heating and air-conditioning ducts. * * *
/duk"toohl, -tyoohl/, n. Anat., Zool. a small duct. [1880-85; DUCT + -ULE] * * *
ductus arteriosis
/duk"teuhs ahr tear'ee oh"sis/, Anat. a fetal blood vessel that connects the left pulmonary artery directly to the descending aorta, normally closing after birth. [1805-15; < NL: ...
ductus arteriosus
Channel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta in the fetus, which bypasses the lungs to distribute oxygen received through the placenta from the mother's blood. It normally ...
ductus deferens
▪ anatomy also called  vas deferens    thick-walled tube in the male reproductive system that transports sperm cells from the epididymis, where the sperm are stored prior ...
/dukt"werrk'/, n. 1. a system of ducts used for a particular purpose, as in a ventilation or heating system. 2. the pipes, vents, etc., belonging to such a system. Also, ...
/dud/, n. 1. a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure. 2. a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired. [1815-25; special use of dud, sing. of ...
Dudamel, Gustavo
▪ 2009 born Jan. 26, 1981, Barquisimeto, Venez.  In 2008 Gustavo Dudamel, the exciting young Venezuelan conductor, became music director designate of the Los Angeles ...
Dudayev, Dzhokhar
▪ 1997       Chechen separatist leader and former Soviet military officer whose declaration of Chechen independence, made after his victory in Chechnya's 1991 ...
/dud"ee/, adj. Scot. ragged; tattered. Also, duddie. [1715-25; DUD(S) + -Y1] * * *
/doohd, dyoohd/, n., v., duded, duding. n. 1. a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners. 2. Slang. fellow; chap. 3. a person reared in a large city. 4. ...
dude ranch
a ranch operated primarily as a vacation resort. [1905-10] * * *
/dooh deen"/, n. a short clay tobacco pipe. [1835-45; < Ir dúidín, equiv. to dúd pipe + -ín dim. suffix] * * *
Dudek, Louis
▪ 2002       Canadian poet (b. Feb. 6, 1918, Montreal, Que.—d. March 22, 2001, Montreal), was one of Canada's most influential poets; he was particularly noted for his ...
/doohd"l sak'/; Ger. /doohd"l zahk'/, n. Music. doodlesack. * * *
dude ranch n. A resort patterned after a Western ranch, featuring camping, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. * * *
Fr. /dyuudeu vahonn"/, n. Madame Amandine Lucile Aurore Fr. /ann mahonn deen" lyuu seel" oh rddawrdd"/. See Sand, George. * * *
dudgeon1 /duj"euhn/, n. a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon. [1565-75; orig. uncert.] Syn. indignation, pique. dudgeon2 /duj"euhn/, n. Obs. 1. a ...
▪ Russia       city and administrative centre of the former Taymyr autonomous okrug (district), now in Krasnoyarsk kray (territory), north-central Russia. A port on ...
Dudinskaya, Natalya Mikhaylovna
▪ 2004       Ukrainian-born Russian ballerina (b. Aug. 21, 1912, Kharkiv, Ukraine, Russian Empire—d. Jan. 29, 2003, St. Petersburg, Russia), was prima ballerina of the ...
Dudintsev, Vladimir Dmitriyevich
▪ 1999       Russian dissident writer whose controversial novel Ne khlebom yedinim (1957; "Not by Bread Alone"), a condemnation of Soviet bureaucracy, caused a sensation ...
—dudishly, adv. /dooh"dish, dyooh"-/, adj. resembling or characteristic of a dude, as in manner or appearance. [1880-85, Amer.; DUDE + -ISH1] * * *
/dud"lee/, n. 1. Robert, 1st Earl of Leicester, 1532?-88, British statesman and favorite of Queen Elizabeth. 2. Thomas, 1576-1653, English governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, ...
Dudley Moore
➡ Moore (III) * * *
Dudley, Charles Benjamin
▪ American engineer born July 14, 1842, Oxford, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 21, 1909, Altoona, Pa.       American chemical engineer who helped found the science of materials ...
Dudley, Dud
born 1599, England? died 1684, England? English ironmaster. He was an illegitimate son of Edward Sutton, the 9th Baron of Dudley, who recalled him from Oxford in 1619 to manage ...
Dudley, Edmund
▪ English statesman and author born c. 1462 died Aug. 18, 1510, London       minister of King Henry VII of England and author of a political allegory, The Tree of ...
Dudley, Jane
▪ 2002       American dancer, choreographer, and teacher (b. April 3, 1912, New York, N.Y.—d. Sept. 19, 2001, London, Eng.), was influential in the development of ...
Dudley, Sir Robert
▪ English engineer born , Aug. 7, 1574, Richmond, Surrey, Eng. died Sept. 6, 1649, Florence       English sailor, engineer, and titular duke of Northumberland and earl ...
Dudley, Thomas
▪ British colonial governor born 1576, Northampton, Eng. died July 31, 1653, Roxbury, Mass.       British colonial governor of Massachusetts, for many years the most ...
Dudley, Robert. First Earl of Leicester. 1532?-1588. English courtier, politician, and favorite of Elizabeth I. Pardoned for his involvement in the plot to secure the throne for ...
Dudley, Thomas. 1576-1653. English-born American colonial administrator who served as governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1634, 1640, 1645, and 1650) and as one of Harvard ...
/dud"lee euh/ any of several smooth succulents belonging to the genus Dudleya, of the stonecrop family, native to the western U.S. and Mexico, sometimes grown as an ornamental. [ ...
Dudo of Saint-Quentin
▪ French historian also spelled  Dudon   born c. 960, Vermandois, Picardy, Fr. died 1026, Rouen, Normandy       historian of the first dukes of Normandy; his ...
Dudok, Willem Marinus
▪ Dutch architect born July 6, 1884, Amsterdam died April 6, 1974       Dutch architect whose work is related both to the school of Amsterdam, which emphasized ...
/dudz/, n.pl. Informal. 1. clothes, esp. a suit of clothes. 2. belongings in general. [1275-1325; ME dudde; perh. akin to LG dudel coarse sackcloth] * * *
—dueness, n. /dooh, dyooh/, adj. 1. owed at present; having reached the date for payment: This bill is due. 2. owing or owed, irrespective of whether the time of payment has ...
due bill
a brief written acknowledgment of indebtedness, not payable to order. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
due course of law.
See due process of law. * * *
due date
➡ libraries * * *
due process
Legal proceedings carried out fairly and in accord with established rules and principles. Due process standards are sometimes referred to as either substantive or procedural. ...
due process (of law)
due process (of law) or due process n. the course of legal proceedings established by the legal system of a nation or state to protect individual rights and liberties * * *
due process of law
the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as ...
due bill n. A written acknowledgment of indebtedness to a particular party but not payable to the party's order or transferable by endorsement. * * *
—duecentist, n. /dooh'euh chen"toh, dyooh'-/; It. /dooh'e chen"taw/, n. (often cap.) the 13th century, with reference to Italy, esp. to its art or literature. Also, dugento. [ ...
—duelistic; esp. Brit., duellistic, adj. /dooh"euhl, dyooh"-/, n., v., dueled, dueling or (esp. Brit.) duelled, duelling. n. 1. a prearranged combat between two persons, fought ...
See duel. * * *
/dooh"euh list, dyooh"-/, n. a person who participates in a duel. Also, esp. Brit., duellist. Also called dueler; esp. Brit., dueller. [1585-95; DUEL + -IST] * * *
/dooh el"oh, dyooh-/; It. /dooh el"law/, n. 1. the practice or art of dueling. 2. the code of rules regulating dueling. [1580-90; < It; see DUEL] * * *
/dwen"de/; Eng. /dooh en"day/, n., pl. duendes /-des/; Eng. /-dayz/ for 1. Spanish. 1. a goblin; demon; spirit. 2. charm; magnetism. * * *
—duennaship, n. /dooh en"euh, dyooh-/, n. 1. (in Spain and Portugal) an older woman serving as escort or chaperon of a young lady. 2. a governess. [1660-70; < Sp duenna (now ...
due process n. An established course for judicial proceedings or other governmental activities designed to safeguard the legal rights of the individual. * * *
/dwe"rddaw/, n. Spanish name of Douro. * * *
➡ feudalism * * *
/doohz"pay'ing, dyoohz"-/, adj. 1. gaining experience, esp. by hard and often unpleasant or uncongenial work: He spent his dues-paying years as a cocktail pianist. n. 2. the act ...
n a large, fast and expensive car made in the US between 1920 and 1937 during the Jazz Age. Its popular name was a ‘Duesie’, and Americans still use the informal word ...
—duettist, n. /dooh et", dyooh-/, n. a musical composition for two voices or instruments. [1730-40; earlier duett < It duetto, equiv. to du(o) duet + -etto -ET] * * *
due to prep. Because of.   Usage Note: Due to has been widely used for many years as a compound preposition like owing to, but some critics have insisted that due should be used ...
/dooh et"ing, dyooh-/, n. Animal Behav. turn-taking by two birds in the execution of a song pattern. [DUET + -ING1] * * *
Dufaure, Armand
▪ French politician born Dec. 4, 1798, Saujon, Fr. died June 28, 1881, Rueil, near Paris  French political figure whose longevity as a conservative republican—his career ...
/dooh fuy"/; Fr. /dyuu fay"/, n. Guillaume /gee yohm"/, c1400-74, Flemish composer. * * *
Dufay, Guillaume
or Du Fay born с 1400 died Nov. 27, 1474, Cambrai, Bishopric of Cambrai Franco-Flemish composer, principal composer of the Burgundian school. As a boy he sang in the choir of ...
Du·fay (do͞o-fāʹ, dü-), Guillaume. 1400?-1474. Flemish composer regarded as the first great composer of the Renaissance. He is particularly known for his Mass ...
duff1 /duf/, n. Slang. the buttocks or rump: If you don't like the way things are, get off your duff and do something about it! [1885-90; expressive word, perh. akin to ...
Duff, Alexander
▪ Scottish minister born April 26, 1806, Moulin, Perthshire, Scot. died Feb. 12, 1878, Edinburgh       the Church of Scotland's first missionary to India, highly ...
Duff, Mary Ann Dyke
▪ American actress née  Mary Ann Dyke  born 1794, London, Eng. died Sept. 5, 1857, New York, N.Y., U.S.  American tragic actress who, at the peak of her career, was as ...
/duf"euhl/, n. 1. a camper's clothing and equipment. 2. a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc. 3. See duffel bag. Also, duffle. [1640-50; after ...
duffel bag
a large, cylindrical bag, esp. of canvas, for carrying personal belongings, originally used by military personnel. [1915-20, Amer.] * * *
duffel bag © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. Variant of duffle bag. * * *
duffel coat n. Variant of duffle coat. * * *
/duf"euhr/, n. 1. Informal. a. a plodding, clumsy, incompetent person. b. a person inept or inexperienced at a specific sport, as golf. 2. Northern and North Midland U.S. an old ...
Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of, Earl Of Ava, Earl Of Dufferin, Viscount Clandeboye, Baron Clandeboye, Baron Dufferin And Clan{{[}}d{{]}}eboye Of Ballyleidy And
▪ British diplomat born June 21, 1826, Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany [Italy] died February 12, 1902, Clandeboye, near Belfast, Ireland  British diplomat who was a ...
duf·fle (dŭfʹəl) n. Variant of duffel. * * *
duffle coat
a hooded overcoat of sturdy wool, usually knee-length and with frog fasteners. Also, duffel coat. [1675-85; var. of DUFFEL] * * *
duffle bag or duffel bag n. A large cylindrical cloth bag of canvas or duck for carrying personal belongings. * * *
duffle coat or duffel coat n. A warm, usually hooded coat made of duffel or a similar material and fastened with toggles. * * *
/duf"ee/, n. Sir Charles Gavan /gav"euhn/, 1816-1903, Irish and Australian politician. * * *
Duffy, Sir Charles Gavan
▪ Irish politician born April 12, 1816, County Monaghan, Ire. died Feb. 9, 1903, Nice, Fr.       Irish nationalist who later became an Australian political ...
Dufour, Guillaume-Henri
▪ Swiss engineer and army officer born September 15, 1787, Konstanz, Austrian Empire [now in Germany] died July 14, 1875, Les Contamines, near Geneva, Switzerland  engineer ...
▪ mountain, Switzerland (German), Italian  Punta Dufour    highest peak (15,203 feet [4,634 m]) of Switzerland and second highest of the Alps, lying 28 miles (45 km) ...
Dufresne, Jean-V
▪ 2001       Canadian journalist (b. July 15, 1930, Montreal, Que.?—d. Sept. 16, 2000, Montreal), had a nearly 50-year career during which he wrote for almost all the ...
/dooh"feuhs/, n., pl. dufuses. doofus. * * *
/dyuu fee"/, n. Raoul /rddann oohl"/, 1877-1953, French painter, lithographer, and decorator. * * *
Dufy, Raoul
born June 3, 1877, Le Havre, Fr. died March 23, 1953, Forcalquier French painter and designer. In 1900 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and experimented with ...
Du·fy (do͞o-fēʹ, dü-), Raoul. 1877-1953. French painter noted for his brightly colored scenes of racing and the seaside and for the panel La Fée Électricité (1937). * * *
dug1 /dug/, v. a pt. and pp. of dig. dug2 /dug/, n. the mamma or the nipple of a female mammal. [1520-30; orig. obscure; perh. < a Gmc base akin to Dan daegge, Norw degge, Sw ...
Dugan, Alan
▪ 2004       American poet (b. Feb. 12, 1923, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Sept. 3, 2003, Hyannis, Mass.), wrote verse that showed his clear-eyed, irreverent, down-to-earth ...
Dugdale, Sir William
▪ British scholar born Sept. 12, 1605, Shustoke, Warwickshire, Eng. died Feb. 10, 1686, Blythe Hall, Warwickshire  English antiquary who was preeminent among the medievalist ...
/dooh jen"toh, dyooh-/; It. /dooh jen"taw/, n. duecento. * * *
Dughet, Gaspard
▪ French painter also called  Gaspard Poussin,  byname  Le Guaspre  born June 15, 1615, Rome, Papal States [Italy] died May 25, 1675, Rome       landscape painter ...
/dooh"gong, -gawng/, n. an herbivorous, aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, having a barrel-shaped body, flipperlike forelimbs, no hind limbs, and a ...
/dug"owt'/, n. 1. a boat made by hollowing out a log. 2. Baseball. a roofed structure enclosed on three sides and with the fourth side open and facing the playing field, usually ...
Duguit, Léon
▪ French jurist born February 4, 1859, Libourne, France died December 18, 1928, Bordeaux       French jurist, one of the most revolutionary legal thinkers of his ...
/du/; often pronounced with a dentalized /d/, interj. (used to express annoyance at banality, obviousness, or stupidity.) [1960-65, Amer.] * * *
/dooh'euh mel", dyooh'-/; Fr. /dyuu ann mel"/, n. Georges /zhawrddzh/, (Denis Thévenin), 1884-1966, French novelist, physician, poet, and essayist. * * *
Duhamel, Georges
▪ French author born June 30, 1884, Paris, Fr. died April 13, 1966, Valmondois, near Paris  French author most noted for two novel cycles: Vie et aventures de Salavin, 5 vol. ...
Duhamel, Jean-Marie-Constant
▪ French mathematician and physicist born February 5, 1797, Saint-Malo, France died April 29, 1872, Paris       French mathematician and physicist who proposed a theory ...
Duhem, Pierre
▪ French physicist and philosopher born June 10, 1861, Paris, Fr. died Sept. 14, 1916, Cabrespine       French physicist, mathematician, and philosopher of science ...
Dühring, Eugen
▪ German philosopher and economist born Jan. 12, 1833, Berlin, Prussia [Germany] died Sept. 21, 1921, Nowawes, Ger.  philosopher, political economist, prolific writer, and a ...
driving under the influence (of alcohol or drugs): often used as an official police abbreviation. * * * ▪ bronze work Wade-Giles romanization  tui        type of ...
/duy"keuhr/, n., pl. duikers, (esp. collectively) duiker. any of several small African antelopes of the Cephalophus, Sylvicapra, and related genera, the males and often the ...
/duy"keuhr bok'/, n., pl. duikerboks, (esp. collectively) duikerbok. duiker. [1780-90; < Afrik, equiv. to duiker DUIKER + bok BUCK1] * * *
Duilius, Gaius
▪ Roman admiral flourished 3rd century BC       Roman commander who won a major naval victory over the Carthaginians during the First Punic War (264–241 ...
Duino Elegies
/dwee"noh/, (German, Duineser Elegien) a collection of ten poems (1923) by Rainer Maria Rilke. * * *
/dyuus"boorddk/, n. a city in W Germany, at the junction of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers: the largest river port in Europe; formed 1929 from the cities of Duisburg and Hamborn. ...
Duisenberg, Wim
▪ 2006 Willem Frederik Duisenberg        Dutch economist (b. July 9, 1935, Heerenveen, Neth.—d. July 31, 2005, Faucon, France), as the first president (1998–2003) of ...
/doyt, duyt/, n. doit (def. 1). * * *
▪ Colombia       city, northwestern Boyacá departamento, north-central Colombia. It lies along the Chicamocha River in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes Mountains, ...
Dujardin, Félix
born April 5, 1801, Tours, France died April 8, 1860, Rennes French biologist. His studies of microscopic animal life frequently found in decaying organic materials led him in ...
Dujardin, Karel
▪ Dutch painter Dujardin also spelled  Du Jardin   born Sept. 27, 1622, Amsterdam, Neth. died before Oct. 9, 1678, Venice [Italy]  Dutch Romanist painter and etcher, best ...
du jour (də zho͝or, do͞o) adj. 1. Prepared for a given day: The soup du jour is cream of potato. 2. Most recent; current: the trend du jour.   [French : du, of the + jour, ...
/doo kah"kis/ Michael, born 1933, U.S. politician: governor of Massachusetts 1983-90. * * *
Dukakis, Michael S.
▪ American politician in full  Michael Stanley Dukakis  born Nov. 3, 1933, Brookline, Mass., U.S.    American politician and lawyer, who was the Democratic Party's ...
/dyuu kann"/, n. Paul (Abraham) /pawl ann brddann annm"/, 1865-1935, French composer. * * *
Dukas, Paul
▪ French composer born Oct. 1, 1865, Paris, Fr. died May 17, 1935, Paris  French composer whose fame rests on a single orchestral work, the dazzling, ingenious L'Apprenti ...
Dukas, Paul (-Abraham)
born Oct. 1, 1865, Paris, France died May 17, 1935, Paris French composer. Born into a musical family, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. His first success was the overture ...
/doohk, dyoohk/, n., v., duked, duking. n. 1. (in Continental Europe) the male ruler of a duchy; the sovereign of a small state. 2. a British nobleman holding the highest ...
/doohk, dyoohk/, n. 1. Benjamin Newton, 1855-1929, and his brother, James Buchanan, 1856-1925, U.S. industrialists. 2. a male given name. * * * I European title of nobility, the ...
Duke of Cornwall
➡ Cornwall (II). * * *
Duke of Edinburgh
➡ Edinburgh (II). * * *
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
a programme of activities for young people between the ages of 14 and 24. It was started in Britain in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh and others. The Award has become ...
Duke of York Group
▪ islands, Papua New Guinea also called  Duke of York Islands , formerly  Neu Lauenburg        coral formations of the Bismarck Archipelago, eastern Papua New ...
Duke University
Private university in Durham, N.C. It was created in 1924 through an endowment from James B. Duke, although the original college (Trinity) traces its roots to the mid 19th ...
Duke, Angier Biddle
▪ 1996       U.S. heir to the American Tobacco Co. fortune, diplomat, and chief of protocol to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (b. Nov. 30, 1915—d. ...
Duke, Doris
▪ 1994       U.S. tobacco heiress and philanthropist (b. Nov. 22, 1912, New York, N.Y.—d. Oct. 28, 1993, Beverly Hills, Calif.), inherited most of her father's ...
Duke, James B(uchanan)
born Dec. 23, 1856, Durham, N.C., U.S. died Oct. 10, 1925, New York, N.Y. U.S. tobacco magnate and philanthropist. He and his brother Benjamin (1855–1929) entered the family ...
Duke, James Buchanan
▪ American tobacco magnate born Dec. 23, 1856, Durham, N.C., U.S. died Oct. 10, 1925, New York, N.Y.       American tobacco magnate and philanthropist.       The ...
Duke, Vernon
orig. Vladimir (Aleksandrovich) Dukelsky born Oct. 10, 1903, Parfyanovka, near Pskov, Russia died Jan. 16, 1969, Santa Monica, Calif., U.S. Russian-born U.S. composer. He fled ...
duked up
Slang. dressed up; ornamented; embellished: an old car duked up with leather upholstery and wire wheels. [perh. DUKE + -ED2, though literal sense uncert.] * * *
/doohk"deuhm, dyoohk"-/, n. 1. a duchy. 2. the office or rank of a duke. [1425-75; late ME; see DUKE, -DOM] * * *
/dooh"keuh bawr'/, n., pl. Dukhobors, Dukhobortsy /dooh'keuh bawrt"see/. Doukhobor. * * * ▪ Russian religious sect       (Russian: “Spirit Wrestler”), member of a ...
Dukhobors [dook΄əbôrt′sēdo͞o′kə bôrz΄] pl.n. a pacifistic, nonritualistic, mystical religious sect that separated (1785) from the Eastern Orthodox Church: in the ...
Dukhonin, Nikolay Nikolayevich
▪ Russian commander born Dec. 13 [Dec. 1, Old Style], 1876 died Dec. 3 [Nov. 20], 1917, Mogilyov, Russia       last commander of the tsarist army, killed by a mob ...
/dooh"keuh/, n. Buddhism. the first of the Four Noble Truths, that all human experience is transient and that suffering results from excessive desire and attachment. [ < Pali] * ...
Dukla Pass
▪ mountain pass, Europe Polish  Przełęcz Dukielska , Slovak  Průsmyk Dukelský        passage through the Carpathian Mountains (locally, the eastern Beskids), on ...
DUKW (dŭk) n. See duck4.   [From a sequence of codes used by General Motors Corporation: D, 1942 (first year of production) + U, utility truck, amphibious + K, front-wheel ...
Dulany, Daniel
born June 28, 1722, Annapolis, Md. died March 17, 1797, Baltimore, Md., U.S. American lawyer. He was educated in England and became a lawyer after returning to Maryland. After ...
/dul bek"oh/; It. /doohl bek"kaw/, n. Renato /reuh nah"toh/; It. /rdde nah"taw/, born 1914, U.S. biologist, born in Italy: Nobel prize for medicine 1975. * * *
Dulbecco, Renato
born Feb. 22, 1914, Catanzaro, Italy Italian-born U.S. virologist. He received his M.D. from the University of Turin in 1936 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. With Marguerite ...
Dul·bec·co (dŭl-bĕkʹō), Renato. Born 1914. Italian-born American virologist. He shared a 1975 Nobel Prize for research on the interaction of tumor viruses and genetic ...
(in prescriptions) sweet. [ < L dulcis] * * *
/dul"see/, n. a female given name: from the Latin word meaning "sweet." Also, Dulcie /dul"see/. * * *
dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
/dool"ke et de koh"rddoohm est prddoh pah"trddee ah' moh"rddee/; Eng. /dul"see et di kawr"euhm est proh pay"tree euh mawr"uy, mohr"uy, -kohr"euhm/, Latin. sweet and fitting it is ...
Dulce Gulf
/doohl"say/; Sp. /doohl"se/. See Izabal, Lake. * * *
dulce melos
▪ musical instrument also spelled  Doulcemele        (French: “sweet song”), a rectangular stringed keyboard musical instrument of the late European Middle Ages, ...
Dulce, Gulf of
▪ gulf, Costa Rica Spanish  Golfo Dulce         long, narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean, bounded on the north, east, and west by southwestern Costa Rica. Extending ...
—dulcetly, adv. —dulcetness, n. /dul"sit/, adj. 1. pleasant to the ear; melodious: the dulcet tones of the cello. 2. pleasant or agreeable to the eye or the feelings; ...
See dulcet. * * *
/dul'see an"euh, -ah"neuh/, n. an organ stop having metal pipes and giving thin, incisive, somewhat stringlike tones. [1770-80; < ML, equiv. to L dulci(s) sweet + -ana, fem. of ...
See dulcify. * * *
—dulcification, n. /dul"seuh fuy'/, v.t., dulcified, dulcifying. 1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease. 2. to sweeten. [1590-1600; < LL dulcificare, with -FY for ...
/dul"seuh meuhr/, n. 1. a trapezoidal zither with metal strings that are struck with light hammers. 2. a modern folk instrument related to the guitar and plucked with the ...
/dul sin"ee euh, dul'seuh nee"euh/, n. a ladylove; sweetheart. [1740-50; after Dulcinea the ladylove of Don Quixote] * * *
/dul"si tawl', -tol'/, n. Biochem. a water-soluble sugar alcohol, C6H14O6, isomeric with sorbitol, that is found in many plant species and is prepared in the laboratory by ...
/dul"see/, n. a female given name, form of Dulce. * * *
DuLhut, Daniel Greysolon, Lord
born с 1639, Saint-Germain-Laval, France died Feb. 25/26, 1710, Montreal French soldier and explorer. He made two voyages to New France before 1674 and returned to Montreal in ...
DuLhut, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur
▪ French soldier and explorer DuLhut also spelled  Du Lhut,  Du Luth , or  Duluth  born c. 1639, Saint-Germain-Laval, near Lyon, France died Feb. 25/26, 1710, Montreal ...
/dooh luy"euh, dyooh-/, n. Rom. Cath. Theol. veneration and invocation given to saints as the servants of God. Cf. hyperdulia, latria. [1605-15; < ML dulia service, work done < ...
Dulkadir Dynasty
▪ Turkmen dynasty       Turkmen dynasty (1337–1522) that ruled in the Elbistan-Maraş-Malatya region of eastern Anatolia. Its lands were the focus of rivalry between ...
—dullness, dulness, n. —dully, adv. /dul/, adj., duller, dullest, v. adj. 1. not sharp; blunt: a dull knife. 2. causing boredom; tedious; uninteresting: a dull sermon. 3. not ...
Dull Knife
(Tah-me-la-pash-me) died 1883, leader of the Northern Cheyenne. * * * ▪ Cheyenne chief also called  Morning Star   died 1883, Tongue River Indian Reservation, Montana ...
—dull-wittedness, n. /dul"wit"id/, adj. mentally slow; stupid. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
/dul"euhrd/, n. a stupid, insensitive person. [1400-50; late ME; see DULL, -ARD] Syn. dunce, dolt, dumbbell, dummy. * * *
/dul"euhs/, n. John Foster, 1888-1959, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1953-59. * * *
Dulles International Airport
airport in N Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C., used mainly for international flights. * * *
Dulles, Allen W(elsh)
born April 7, 1893, Watertown, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 29, 1969, Washington, D.C. U.S. diplomat and administrator. He held diplomatic posts before practicing law with his brother, ...
Dulles, Allen W.
▪ United States statesman in full  Allen Welsh Dulles  born April 7, 1893, Watertown, New York, U.S. died January 29, 1969, Washington, D.C.       U.S. diplomat and ...
Dulles, Avery Robert Cardinal
▪ 2009       American prelate and theologian born Aug. 24, 1918, Auburn, N.Y. died Dec. 12, 2008, Bronx, N.Y. was one of the preeminent Roman Catholic theologians in ...
Dulles, Eleanor Lansing
▪ 1997       U.S. career diplomat and prominent economic specialist for the U.S. State Department in Austria and West Germany, where she was hailed as "the Mother of ...
Dulles, John Foster
born Feb. 25, 1888, Washington, D.C., U.S. died May 24, 1959, Washington, D.C. U.S. secretary of state (1953–59). He was counsel to the American Peace Commission at ...
Dulles,Allen Welsh
Dul·les (dŭlʹĭs), Allen Welsh. 1893-1969. American public official. Director of the CIA (1953-1961), he resigned after the failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs. * * *
Dulles,John Foster
Dulles, John Foster. 1888-1959. American diplomat and politician who as U.S. secretary of state (1953-1959) pursued a policy of opposition to the USSR largely through military ...
/dul"ish/, adj. somewhat dull; tending to be dull. [1350-1400; ME; see DULL, -ISH1] * * *
See dullish. * * *
/dulz"vil/, n. Slang. something boring or dull: That movie was strictly dullsville. [1960-65; DULL + -s- + -ville, by analogy with place names; see DRAGSVILLE] * * *
See dullish. * * *
See dullish. * * *
/dooh lok"reuh see, dyooh-/, n. rule by slaves. [1650-60; < Gk doûlo(s) slave + -CRACY] * * *
Dulong, Pierre-Louis
▪ French scientist born Feb. 12, 1785, Rouen, Fr. died July 18, 1838, Paris  chemist and physicist who helped formulate the Dulong–Petit law of specific heats (1819), ...
Dulong–Petit law
▪ science       statement that the gram-atomic heat capacity (specific heat times atomic weight) of an element is a constant; that is, it is the same for all solid ...
—dulotic /dooh lot"ik, dyooh-/, adj. /dooh loh"sis, dyooh-/, n. the enslavement of an ant colony or its members by ants of a different species. [1900-05; < Gk doúlosis ...
/duls/, n. a coarse, edible, red seaweed, Rhodymenia palmata. [1540-50; Scots dial. < ScotGael duileasg (by syncope, as in SCOTS, etc.)] * * * ▪ ...
/deuh loohth"/; for 1 also Fr. /dyuu lyuut"/, n. 1. Daniel Greysolon /dann nyel" grdde saw lawonn"/, Sieur, 1636-1710, French trader and explorer in Canada and Great Lakes ...
a British company that makes paint. Its advertisements use an Old English sheepdog, which people now sometimes call a ‘Dulux dog’: the Dulux range of gloss paints a tin of ...
▪ neighbourhood, London, United Kingdom  fashionable residential neighbourhood in the Greater London borough of Southwark, part of the historic county of Surrey. It lies ...
Dulwich College
a large public school for boys in Dulwich, an area of south-east London. It was started in 1619 by the actor Edward Alleyn. The writer P G Wodehouse was a student there. * * *
/dooh"lee, dyooh"-/, adv. 1. in a due manner; properly; fittingly. 2. in due season; punctually. [1350-1400; ME duelich(e). See DUE, -LY] * * *
Dum Dum
▪ India       the industrial suburbs of Kolkata (Calcutta) (Calcutta), southeastern West Bengal state, northeastern India. The name was derived from the Persian word ...
dum spiro, spero
/doom spee"rddoh, spay"rddoh/; Eng. /dum spuy"roh, spear"oh/, Latin. while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina. * * *
dum vivimus, vivamus
/doom wee"wi moos', wi wah"moos/; Eng. /dum viv"i meuhs, vi vay"meuhs/, Latin. while we are alive, let us live. * * *
/dum"dum'/, Slang. n. 1. a silly, stupid person. adj. 2. typical of a dum-dum: another dum-dum idea. Also, dumb-dumb, dumdum. [appar. redupl. and resp. of DUMB] * * *
/dooh"meuh/, n. 1. (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly. 2. (cap.) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the ...
/dooh'mah ge"te/, n. a city on S Negros, in the S central Philippines. 63,411. * * * ▪ Philippines       city, southeastern Negros island, Philippines. On the Bohol ...
/dyuu mah"/ or, Eng., /dooh mah", dyooh-/ for 1, 2; /dooh"meuhs, dyooh"-/ for 3, n. 1. Alexandre /ann lek sahonn"drddeu/, ("Dumas père"), 1802-70, and his son, Alexandre ("Dumas ...
Dumas, Alexandre
known as Dumas père born July 24, 1802, Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, France died Dec. 5, 1870, Puys, near Dieppe French playwright and novelist. Dumas's first success was as a ...
Dumas, Alexandre, fils
▪ French author [1824-1895] born July 27, 1824, Paris, Fr. died Nov. 27, 1895, Marly-le-Roi  French playwright and novelist, one of the founders of the “problem ...
Dumas, Alexandre, père
▪ French author [1802-1870] born July 24, 1802, Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, Fr. died Dec. 5, 1870, Puys, near Dieppe       one of the most prolific and most popular ...
Dumas, Charles Everett
▪ 2005       American athlete (b. Feb. 12, 1937, Tulsa, Okla.—d. Jan. 5, 2004, Inglewood, Calif.), was the first high jumper to clear seven feet and months after ...
Dumas, Henry
▪ American author born July 20, 1934, Sweet Home, Ark., U.S. died May 23, 1968, New York, N.Y.       African-American author of poetry and fiction who wrote about the ...
Dumas, Jean-Baptiste-André
▪ French chemist born July 14, 1800, Alais [now Alès], France died April 10, 1884, Cannes  French chemist who pioneered in organic chemistry (chemistry), particularly ...
Du·mas (do͞o-mäʹ, dyo͞o-, dü-), Alexandre. Known as “Dumas père.” 1802-1870. French writer of swashbuckling historical romances, such as The Count of Monte Cristo and ...
—dumbly, adv. —dumbness, n. /dum/, adj., dumber, dumbest, v. 1. lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted. 2. lacking the power of speech (often offensive ...
dumb ague
Pathol. an irregular form of intermittent malarial fever, lacking the usual chill. [1780-90] * * *
dumb barter
a form of barter practiced among some peoples, in which the goods for exchange are left at and taken from a preselected spot without the exchanging parties ever coming ...
dumb bid
the undisclosed price set by the owner of something to be auctioned, below which no offer will be accepted. * * *
dumb bunny
a stupid person. [1940-45] * * *
dumb cane
a West Indian foliage plant, Dieffenbachia seguine, of the arum family, having yellow-blotched leaves that cause temporary speechlessness when chewed. Also called mother-in-law ...
dumb cluck
Slang. a stupid person. [1920-25] * * *
dumb compass
Navig. pelorus. * * *
dumb Dora
Slang. a foolishly simple, stupid, or scatterbrained woman. [1910-15] * * *
dumb gulper shark
▪ shark species       little-known shark of the family Squalidae that is related to the dogfishes (dogfish). Like all members of the genus Centrophorus, it has large ...
dumb sheave
Naut. 1. a block having no sheave or other part rolling with the movement of a line. 2. a groove in a spar or other timber, through which a rope can slide. [1855-60] * * *
dumb show
—dumb-show, adj. 1. a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama. 2. gestures without speech. [1555-65] * * *
/dum"as'/, n. Slang (vulgar). a thoroughly stupid person; blockhead. Also, dumbass. [1970-75; Amer.] * * *
/dum"dum'/, n., adj. dum-dum. * * *
Dumb?-Like a Fox
▪ 2000       In the 1990s two publishers discovered that ignorance was not only bliss but also very profitable. IDG Books Worldwide and Macmillan U.S.A. were ...
/dum bahr"tn/, n. 1. Also, Dunbarton. Also called Dumbartonshire /dum bahr"tn shear', -sheuhr/. a historic county in W Scotland. 2. a city in W Scotland, near the Clyde River: ...
Dumbarton Oaks
/dum"bahr tn/ an estate in the District of Columbia: site of conferences held to discuss proposals for creation of the United Nations, August-October, 1944. * * *
Dumbarton Oaks Conference
➡ Dumbarton Oaks * * *       (Aug. 21–Oct. 7, 1944), meeting at Dumbarton Oaks, a mansion in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., where representatives of China, the Soviet ...
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
▪ institution, Washington, District of Columbia, United States       in Washington, D.C., institution in a Georgian-style mansion built in 1801 and housing Byzantine art ...
/dum"bel'/, n. 1. a gymnastic apparatus consisting of two wooden or metal balls connected by a short bar serving as a handle, used as a weight for exercising. 2. a stupid ...
Dumbbell nebula
Astron. the planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, which in photographs appears to have the shape of a dumbbell. [1975-80] * * *
dumb cane n. See dieffenbachia.   [So called because its leaves contain a substance that swells the throat when eaten.] * * *
—dumbfounderment, n. /dum fownd", dum"fownd'/, v.t. to make speechless with amazement; astonish. Also, dumbfounder. [1645-55; DUMB + (CONFOUND] Syn. amaze, confound, astound, ...
/dum"hed'/, n. Slang. blockhead. [1815-25; DUMB + HEAD] * * *
See dumb. * * *
See dumbly. * * *
/dum"boh/, n., pl. dumbos, adj. Slang. n. 1. a stupid person: a class full of dumbos. adj. 2. stupid or foolish: What a dumbo idea! [‡1955-60; DUMB + -O] * * *
dumb plant n. See dieffenbachia.   [See dumb cane.] * * *
dumb show n. 1. A part of a play, especially in medieval and Renaissance drama, that is enacted without speaking. 2. Communication or acting by means of expressive gestures; ...
/dum"struk'/, adj. temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded. Also, dumbstricken /dum"strik'euhn/. [1885-90; DUMB + STRUCK] * * *
dumb terminal n. A terminal that has no internal microprocessor and thus no processing power independent of its host computer.   [dumb + smart terminal.] * * *
/dum"way'teuhr/, n. 1. a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private ...
dumdum1 /dum"dum'/, n. a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound. Also called dumdum bullet. [1895-1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in ...
dumdum (bullet)
dumdum (bullet) or dumdum [dum′dum΄] n. 〚after Dumdum, arsenal near Calcutta (now called Kolkata), India < Hindi damdama, hill, fortification〛 a soft-nosed bullet that ...
Dumdum fever
Pathol. kala-azar. * * *
Dumesnil, Mademoiselle
▪ French actress original name  Marie-françoise Marchand  born Jan. 2, 1713, Paris died Feb. 20, 1803, Paris  French tragic actress best known for her roles in the plays ...
Du·mé·zil (do͞o-mĕ-zēlʹ, dü-), Georges. 1898-1986. French philologist and cultural historian known for his influential claim that the basic organization of ancient ...
—dumfounderment, n. /dum fownd", dum"fownd'/, v.t. to dumbfound. Also, dumfounder. * * *
/dum frees"/, n. 1. Also called Dumfriesshire /dum frees"shear', -sheuhr/. a historic county in S Scotland. 2. a burgh of Dumfries and Galloway in S Scotland: burial place of ...
Dumfries and Galloway
a region in S Scotland. 143,667; 2460 sq. mi. (6371 sq. km). * * * ▪ council area, Scotland, United Kingdom       council area of southwestern Scotland whose coast ...
▪ former county, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Dumfries        historic county, southwestern Scotland. Along the Solway Firth in the south, Dumfriesshire ...
/doom"keuh/, n., pl. dumky /-kee/. 1. a Slavic folk song that alternates in character between sadness and gaiety. 2. an instrumental composition or movement imitative of such a ...
Dummer, Jeremiah
born 1681, Boston, Mass. died May 19, 1739, Plaistow, Essex, Eng. American lawyer and colonial agent. In England in 1708 he defended Massachusetts' claim to Martha's Vineyard. ...
Dummett, Sir Michael A(nthony) E(ardley)
born June 27, 1925, London, Eng. British philosopher. Dummett has done influential work in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, logic, and the philosophy of mathematics; he ...
/doom"kawf', -kawpf', dum"-/, n. a stupid person; dumbbell; blockhead. [1800-10, Amer.; < G, equiv. to dumm DUMB + Kopf head] * * *
/dum"ee/, n., pl. dummies, adj., v., dummied, dummying. n. 1. a representation or copy of something, as for displaying to indicate appearance: a display of lipstick dummies made ...
dummy block
Metalworking. a freely moving cylinder for transmitting the pressure of a ram to a piece being extruded. * * *
dummy joint
a slot cut into a concrete slab to prevent serious fractures. * * *
/dooh"mont, dyooh"-/, n. a city in NE New Jersey. 18,334. * * *
Dumont d'Urville
/dyuu mawonn dyuurdd veel"/ Jules Sébastien César /zhyuul say banns tyaonn" say zannrdd"/, 1790-1842, French naval officer: explored South Pacific and Antarctic. * * *
Dumont d'Urville, Jules (-Sébastien-César)
born May 23, 1790, Condé-sur-Noireau, France died May 8, 1842, near Meudon French navigator. His exploration of the South Pacific (1826–29) resulted in extensive revision of ...

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