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/def'euh layd"/, n., v., defiladed, defilading. n. 1. protection or shielding from hostile ground observation and flat projecting fire provided by an artificial or natural ...
defile1 —defilable, adj. —defilement, n. —defiler, n. —defilingly, adv. /di fuyl"/, v.t., defiled, defiling. 1. to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; ...
See defile1. * * *
See defilement. * * *
See defilement. * * *
See define. * * *
See definability. * * *
See definability. * * *
—definable, adj. —definability, n. —definably, adv. —definement, n. —definer, n. /di fuyn"/, v. defined, defining. v.t. 1. to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, ...
See definability. * * *
See definability. * * *
/di fin'ee en"deuhm/, n., pl. definienda /-deuh/. 1. something that is or is to be defined, esp. the term at the head of a dictionary entry. 2. Logic. an expression to be defined ...
/di fin"ee euhnz/, n., pl. definientia /di fin'ee en"sheuh, -shee euh/. 1. something that defines, esp. the defining part of a dictionary entry. 2. Logic. an expression in terms ...
/di fuy"ning/, adj. decisive; critically important: Taking a course in architecture was a defining turn in her life. * * *
defining moment
a point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified. [1980-85] * * *
Defining Weapons of Mass Destruction
▪ 2004 Introduction       The continued search in 2003 for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq heightened curiosity concerning the definition of WMD. The term has ...
—definiteness, n. /def"euh nit/, adj. 1. clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions. 2. having fixed ...
definite article
Gram. an article, as English the, that classes as identified or definite the noun it modifies. [1755-65] * * *
definite integral
Math. the representation, usually in symbolic form, of the difference in values of a primitive of a given function evaluated at two designated points. Cf. indefinite ...
definite proportions, law of
▪ chemistry       statement that every chemical compound contains fixed and constant proportions (by weight) of its constituent elements. Although many experimenters had ...
definite relative clause
a relative clause with a definite relative pronoun as subordinating word, as that they said in We heard the things that they said. * * *
definite relative pronoun
a relative pronoun that refers to an antecedent, as who in It was I who told you. * * *
definite article n. A member of the class of determiners that restricts or particularizes a noun. In English, the is the definite article. * * *
definite integral n. 1. An integral that is calculated between two specified limits, usually expressed in the form ∫b/a ƒ(x)dx. The result of performing the integral is a ...
/def"euh nit lee/, adv. 1. in a definite manner; unambiguously. 2. unequivocally; positively. interj. 3. (used to express complete agreement or strong affirmation): Are you ...
See definitely. * * *
—definitional, adj. —definitionally, adv. /def'euh nish"euhn/, n. 1. the act of defining or making definite, distinct, or clear. 2. the formal statement of the meaning or ...
See definition. * * *
—definitively, adv. —definitiveness, n. /di fin"i tiv/, adj. 1. most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like: the definitive biography of ...
definitive host
Zool. the host in or on which a parasite spends the sexual stage of its life cycle. [1900-05] * * *
definitive plumage
Ornith. the plumage of a bird that, once attained, does not change significantly in color or pattern for the rest of the bird's life. * * *
See definitive. * * *
See definitively. * * *
See definitize. * * *
/def"euh ni tuyz', di fin"i-/, v.t., definitized, definitizing. to cause to become definite; crystallize. Also, esp. Brit., definitise. [1875-80; DEFINITE + -IZE] * * *
/di fin"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. definiteness; exactitude; precision. [1830-40; DEFINITE + -TUDE] * * *
—deflagrable, adj. —deflagrability, n. —deflagration, n. /def"leuh grayt'/, v.t., v.i., deflagrated, deflagrating. to burn, esp. suddenly and violently. [1720-30; < L ...
See deflagrate. * * *
—deflator, n. /di flayt"/, v., deflated, deflating. v.t. 1. to release the air or gas from (something inflated, as a balloon): They deflated the tires slightly to allow the ...
—deflationary, adj. —deflationism, n. —deflationist, n., adj. /di flay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of deflating or the state of being deflated. 2. Econ. a fall in the general ...
See deflation. * * *
deflationary spiral.
See under spiral (def. 7). * * *
See deflationary. * * *
See deflate. * * *
v.t. * * *
—deflectable, adj. —deflector, n. /di flekt"/, v.t., v.i. to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve. [1545-55; < L deflectere to bend down, turn ...
See deflect. * * *
/di flek"tid/, adj. Biol. 1. curved or bent downward. 2. deflexed. [1820-30; DEFLECT + -ED2] * * *
deflecting force
Physics. See Coriolis effect. * * *
/di flek"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or state of deflecting or the state of being deflected. 2. amount of deviation. 3. the deviation of the indicator of an instrument from the ...
deflection yoke
Electronics. an assembly of one or more coils through which a controlled current is passed to produce a magnetic field for deflecting a beam of electrons, as in a picture tube. ...
/di flek"tiv/, adj. causing deflection. [1805-15; DEFLECT + -IVE] * * *
See deflectable. * * *
/di flekst"/, adj. Biol. 1. bent abruptly downward. 2. deflected. [1820-30; < L deflex(us) bent down (see DEFLECTION) + -ED2] * * *
deflexion [dē flek′shən, diflek′shən] n. Brit. sp. of DEFLECTION * * * de·flex·ion (dĭ-flĕkʹshən) n. Chiefly British Variant of deflection. * * *
/dee flok"yeuh leuhnt/, n. Ceram. a chemical added to slip to increase fluidity. [1925-30; DEFLOCCUL(ATE) + -ANT] * * *
—deflocculation, n. /dee flok"yeuh layt'/, v.t., deflocculated, deflocculating. Physical Chem. to reduce from a flocculent state by dispersing the flocculated ...
/def'leuh ray"sheuhn, dee'fleuh-/, n. the act of deflowering. [1350-1400; ME defloracioun < OF defloracion < LL defloration- (s. of defloratio) a plucking of flowers, equiv. to ...
—deflowerer, n. /di flow"euhr/, v.t. 1. to deprive (a woman) of virginity. 2. to despoil of beauty, freshness, sanctity, etc. 3. to deprive or strip of flowers: The deer had ...
See deflower. * * *
v.t., defluoridated, defluoridating. * * *
/di fluk"sheuhn/, n. Pathol. a copious discharge of fluid matter, as in catarrh. [1540-50; < LL defluxion- (s. of defluxio) a flowing down, discharge, equiv. to L de- DE- + ...
v.t. * * *
/dee foh"keuhs/, v., defocused, defocusing or (esp. Brit.) defocussed, defocussing, n., pl. defocuses. v.t. 1. to cause loss of focus of: The slightest movement will defocus the ...
/di foh"/, n. Daniel 1659?-1731, English novelist and political journalist. Also, De Foe. * * *
Defoe, Daniel
orig. Daniel Foe born 1660, London, Eng. died April 24, 1731, London British novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist. A well-educated London merchant, he became an acute ...
De·foe (dĭ-fōʹ), Daniel. 1660-1731. British writer whose most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), was inspired by the exploits of a Scottish sailor and castaway, Alexander ...
/dee fog", -fawg"/, v.t., defogged, defogging. 1. to remove the fog or moisture from (a car window, mirror, etc.). 2. Informal. to make intelligible, specific, or obvious; ...
/dee fog"euhr, -faw"geuhr/, n. defroster (def. 2). [DEFOG + -ER1] * * *
/dee foh"lee euhnt/, n. a preparation for defoliating plants. [1940-45; DEFOLI(ATE) + -ANT] * * * Chemical dust or spray applied to plants to cause their leaves to drop off ...
—defoliation, n. —defoliator, n. v. /dee foh"lee ayt'/; adj. /dee foh"lee it, -ayt'/, v., defoliated, defoliating, adj. v.t. 1. to strip (a tree, bush, etc.) of leaves. 2. to ...
See defoliate. * * *
See defoliation. * * *
—deforcement, n. —deforcer, n. /di fawrs", -fohrs"/, v.t., deforced, deforcing. Law. 1. to withhold (property, esp. land) by force or violence, as from the rightful owner. 2. ...
See deforce. * * * ▪ English law       in English property law, wrongful taking and possession of land belonging to another. Deforcement had its primary legal ...
/di fawr"sheuhnt, -fohr"-/, n. Law. a person who deforces the rightful owner. [1250-1300; ME deforciaunt < AF, prp. of deforcer. See DEFORCE, -ANT] * * *
—deforestation, n. —deforester, n. /dee fawr"ist, -for"-/, v.t. to divest or clear of forests or trees: Poor planning deforested the area in ten years. [1530-40; DE- + ...
DeForest, John William
▪ American writer born May 31, 1826, Humphreysville, Conn., U.S. died July 17, 1906, New Haven, Conn.       American writer of realistic fiction, author of a major ...
See deforest. * * * Process of clearing forests. Rates of deforestation are particularly high in the tropics, where the poor quality of the soil has led to the practice of ...
See deforestation. * * *
deform1 —deformable, adj. —deformability, n. —deformative, adj. —deformer, n. /di fawrm"/, v.t. 1. to mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure: In ...
See deform. * * *
See deformability. * * *
—deformalization, n. /dee fawr"meuh luyz'/, v.t., deformalized, deformalizing. to make less formal; reduce the strictness, preciseness, etc., of. Also, esp. Brit., ...
—deformational, adj. /dee'fawr may"sheuhn, def'euhr-/, n. 1. the act of deforming; distortion; disfigurement. 2. the result of deforming; change of form, esp. for the worse. 3. ...
deformation and flow
Alteration in size or shape of a body under the influence of mechanical forces. Flow is a change in deformation that continues as long as the force is applied. Gases and liquids ...
See deformation. * * *
—deformedly /di fawr"mid lee/, adv. —deformedness, n. /di fawrmd"/, adj. 1. having the form changed, esp. with loss of beauty; misshapen; disfigured: After the accident his ...
deformed bar
a rod for reinforcing concrete, having surface irregularities, as transverse ridges, to improve the bond. * * *
/di fawr"mee teuhr/, n. a gauge used to determine stresses in a structure by tests on a model of the structure. [1925-30; DEFOR(MATION) + -METER] * * *
/di fawr"mi tee/, n., pl. deformities. 1. the quality or state of being deformed, disfigured, or misshapen. 2. Pathol. an abnormally formed part of the body. 3. a deformed person ...
➡ Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. * * *
de·frag (dĭ-frăgʹ) tr.v. Informal de·fragged, de·frag·ing, de·frags To defragment.   de·fragʹger n. * * *
See defrag. * * *
de·frag·ment (dĭ-frăgʹmənt) tr.v. de·frag·ment·ed, de·frag·ment·ing, de·frag·ments To reorganize (a computer file) to eliminate ...
See defragment. * * *
See defragmentation. * * *
v.t., deframed, deframing. * * *
—defraudation /dee'fraw day"sheuhn/, defraudment, n. —defrauder, n. /di frawd"/, v.t. to deprive of a right, money, or property by fraud: Dishonest employees defrauded the ...
See defraud. * * *
See defraudation. * * *
—defrayable, adj. —defrayer, n. /di fray"/, v.t. to bear or pay all or part of (the costs, expenses, etc.): The grant helped defray the expenses of the trip. [1535-45; < MF ...
See defray. * * *
/di fray"euhl/, n. payment of some or all charges or expenses. Also, defrayment. [1810-20; DEFRAY + -AL2] * * *
v.t., defroze, defrozen, defreezing. * * *
/dee frok"/, v.t. to unfrock. [1575-85; < F défroquer, equiv. to dé- DIS-1 + froque FROCK + -er inf. suffix] * * *
/di frawst", -frost"/, v.t. 1. to remove the frost or ice from: to defrost a refrigerator; to defrost the windshield of a car. 2. to thaw or partially thaw (frozen food). v.i. 3. ...
/di fraw"steuhr, -fros"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that defrosts. 2. Also called defogger; esp. Brit., demister. a device for melting frost, ice, or condensation on a ...
definitions. * * *
—deftly, adv. —deftness, n. /deft/, adj., defter, deftest. dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever: deft hands; a deft mechanic. [1175-1225; ME; var. of DAFT] Syn. See ...
See deft. * * *
See deftly. * * *
v.t., defueled, defueling or (esp. Brit.) defuelled, defuelling. * * *
—defunctness, n. /di fungkt"/, adj. 1. no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning: a defunct law; a defunct organization. 2. no longer in existence; dead; ...
v.t., defunctionalized, defunctionalizing. * * *
/di fungk"tiv/, adj. of or pertaining to the dead; funereal. [1595-1605; < L defunct(us) DEFUNCT + -IVE] * * *
See defunctive. * * *
/dee fund"/, v.t. 1. to deplete the financial resources of: The cost of the lawsuit defunded the company's operating budget. 2. to withdraw financial support from: Many ...
—defuser, n. /dee fyoohz"/, v., defused, defusing. v.t. 1. to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.). 2. to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing: to defuse a ...
/dee fyooh"zheuhn/, n. Psychoanal. separation of the life instinct from the death instinct, a process often accompanying maturity. [1925-30; DE- + FUSION] * * *
—defuzer, n. /dee fyoohz"/, v.t., v.i., defuzed, defuzing. defuse. * * *
—defiable, adj. —defyingly, adv. v. /di fuy"/; n. /di fuy", dee"fuy/, v., defied, defying, n., pl. defies. v.t. 1. to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy ...
deg abbrev. degree(s) * * *
Deg Xinag
▪ people also called  Deg Hit'an , formerly  Ingalik  (pejorative)   Athabaskan-speaking North American Indian tribe of interior Alaska, in the basins of the upper ...
degree; degrees. * * *
/day'gah zhay"/; Fr. /day gann zhay"/, adj. 1. unconstrained; easy, as in manner or style. 2. without emotional involvement; detached. [ < F, ptp. of dégager to release, free, ...
/deuh gah"may/, n. lemonwood. [said to be < AmerSp degame, dagame] * * *
De·ga·na·wi·dah (də-gä'nə-wēʹdə), fl. 1550-1600. Native American spiritual leader. According to tradition, he founded the Iroquois confederacy with Hiawatha. * * *
/dee gas"/, v.t., degassed, degassing. 1. to free from gas. 2. Electronics. to complete the evacuation of gases in (a vacuum tube). [1915-20; DE- + GAS] * * *
/day gah"/; Fr. /deuh gah"/, n. Hilaire Germain Edgar /ee lerdd" zherdd maonn" ed gannrdd"/, 1834-1917, French impressionist painter. * * *
Degas, (Hilaire Germain)Edgar
De·gas (də-gäʹ), (Hilaire Germain) Edgar. 1834-1917. French painter and sculptor noted especially for his fluid studies of ballet dancers. * * *
Degas, (Hilaire-Germain-) Edgar
born July 19, 1834, Paris, France died Sept. 27, 1917, Paris French painter, graphic artist, and sculptor. The son of a wealthy banker, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in ...
Degas, Edgar
▪ French artist Introduction in full  Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas  later  Degas  born July 19, 1834, Paris, France died September 27, 1917, Paris       French ...
/dee gows"/, v.t. to demagnetize (a ship's hull, electrical equipment, etc.) by means of electric coils. Cf. deperm. [1935-40; DE- + GAUSS] * * *
/dee gow"seuhr/, n. 1. something that degausses. 2. a device, esp. one used in filmmaking, that can erase a whole roll of magfilm, audiotape, etc., so that it can be used ...
v.t., degelled, degelling. * * *
▪ Nigeria       town and river port, Rivers state, southern Nigeria, on the Sambreiro River (an outlet of the Niger). A traditional market centre (fish, cassava, taro, ...
de·gen·der (dē-jĕnʹdər) tr.v. de·gen·dered, de·gen··der·ing, de·gen·ders To make gender-neutral, as by eliminating reference to gender or sex. * * *
/dee jen"deuh ruyz'/, v.t., degenderized, degenderizing. 1. to free from any association with or dependence on gender: to degenderize employment policies. 2. to rid of ...
/di jen"euhr euh see/, n. 1. degenerate state or character. 2. the process of degenerating; decline. 3. degenerate behavior, esp. behavior considered sexually deviant. 4. ...
—degenerately, adv. —degenerateness, n. v. /di jen"euh rayt'/; adj., n. /di jen"euhr it/, v., degenerated, degenerating, adj., n. v.i. 1. to fall below a normal or desirable ...
degenerate art
▪ art exhibition GermanEntartete Kunst       term used by the Nazi Party in Germany to describe art that did not support the ideals of National Socialism. It was also ...
degenerate gas
▪ physics       in physics, a particular configuration, usually reached at high densities, of a gas composed of subatomic particles with half-integral intrinsic angular ...
degenerate matter
Physics. matter consisting of atoms that have lost their orbital electrons. * * *
degenerate state
Usually, degenerate states. Physics. a quantum state of a system, having the same energy level as, but a different wave function from, another state of the system. [1925-30] * * *
See degenerate. * * *
See degenerately. * * *
/di jen'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the process of degenerating. 2. the condition or state of being degenerate. 3. Pathol. a. a process by which a tissue deteriorates, loses ...
/di jen"euhr euh tiv, -euh ray'tiv/, adj. 1. tending to degenerate. 2. characterized by degeneration. [1840-50; DEGENERATE + -IVE] * * *
degenerative joint disease
Pathol. osteoarthritis. * * *
degenerativejoint disease
degenerative joint disease n. See osteoarthritis. * * *
DeGeneres, Ellen
▪ 1998       One of the most eagerly awaited events on television during the 1996-97 season was an episode of the sitcom "Ellen," in which the title character, portrayed ...
/dee jerrm"/, v.t. 1. to rid of germs. 2. to remove the germ or embryo from (a kernel of grain), usually through milling. [DE- + GERM] * * *
/dee jerr"meuh nayt'/, v.t., degerminated, degerminating. degerm (def. 2). [DE- + GERMINATE] * * *
▪ Germany       city, Bavaria Land (state), southeastern Germany. It is on the Danube River, 2.5 miles (4 km) above its confluence with the Isar River. Deggendorf ...
v.t. * * *
/dee glay'shee ay"sheuhn, -see-/, n. Geol. the gradual melting away of a glacier from the surface of a landmass. [1890-95; DE- + GLACIATION] * * *
—deglamorization, deglamourization, n. /dee glam"euh ruyz'/, v.t., deglamorized, deglamorizing. to take away the glamor of; treat so as to reduce the attractiveness or status ...
/dee glayz"/, v.t., deglazed, deglazing. 1. to remove the glaze from (porcelain or the like), so as to impart a dull finish. 2. to add wine or other liquid to (a pan in which ...
v.t., deglorified, deglorifying. * * *
/dee glos", -glaws"/, v.t. 1. to remove the gloss from (a surface), esp. in order to roughen: The old paint needs to be deglossed before new paint can be applied. n. 2. Also, ...
(in prescriptions) may be swallowed; let it be swallowed. [ < L deglutiatur] * * *
—deglutination, n. /dee glooht"n ayt'/, v.t., deglutinated, deglutinating. to extract the gluten from. [1600-10; < L deglutinatus (ptp. of deglutinare to unglue), equiv. to de- ...
See deglutinate. * * *
—deglutitious, adj. /dee'gloo tish"euhn/, n. Physiol. the act or process of swallowing. [1640-50; < F déglutition < L deglutit(us) (ptp. of deglutire to swallow down, equiv. ...
See deglutition. * * *
/dee gawr"jeuhr/, n. a device for removing a fishhook from the throat of a fish. [DE- + GORGE1 + -ER1] * * *
See degradable. * * *
—degradability, n. /di gray"deuh beuhl/, adj. susceptible to chemical breakdown. Cf. biodegradable. [1960-65; DEGRADE + -ABLE] * * *
—degradational, adj. —degradative, adj. /deg'reuh day"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of degrading. 2. the state of being degraded. 3. Physical Geog. the wearing down of the land by ...
degradation of energy
Thermodynamics. the principle that during any irreversible process the total energy available to do work decreases. * * *
See degradation. * * *
—degrader, n. /di grayd"/ or, for 3, /dee grayd"/, v., degraded, degrading. v.t. 1. to lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt: He felt they were degrading him by ...
—degradedly, adv. —degradedness, n. /di gray"did/, adj. 1. reduced in rank, position, reputation, etc.: He felt degraded by the trivial tasks assigned to him. 2. reduced in ...
See degraded. * * *
See degradedly. * * *
See degrade. * * *
—degradingly, adv. —degradingness, n. /di gray"ding/, adj. that degrades; debasing; humiliating: degrading submission. [1675-85; DEGRADE + -ING2] * * *
See degrading. * * *
/dee gran'yeuh lay"sheuhn/, n. the loss or elimination of granules. [1940-45; DE- + GRANULATION] * * *
—degreaser, n. /dee grees", -greez"/, v.t., degreased, degreasing. to remove grease, oil, or the like, from, esp. by treating with a chemical. [1885-90; DE- + GREASE] * * *
See degrease. * * *
—degreed, adj. —degreeless, adj. /di gree"/, n. 1. any of a series of steps or stages, as in a process or course of action; a point in any scale. 2. a stage or point in or as ...
degree mill.
See diploma mill. * * *
degree of curve
Railroads. See under curve (def. 5). * * *
degree of freedom
1. Statistics. any of the statistically independent values of a sample that are used to determine a property of the sample, as the mean or variance. 2. Physical Chem. any of the ...
degree, academic
Title conferred by a college or university to indicate completion of a course of study or extent of academic achievement. In medieval Europe there were only two degrees: master ...
/di gree"day'/, n. Engin. one degree of departure, on a single day, of the daily mean temperature from a given standard temperature. Abbr.: dd Also, degree day. Cf. cooling ...
degreed [di grēd′] adj. having been awarded a college or university degree [a degreed engineer] * * * de·greed (dĭ-grēdʹ) adj. Having or requiring an academic degree: a ...
degreeof freedom
degree of freedom n. pl. degrees of freedom 1. Statistics. Any of the unrestricted, independent random variables that constitute a statistic. 2. Physics. a. Any of the minimum ...
degrees of freedom
degrees of freedom n. Statistics the number of independent variables entering into a statistical measure or frequency distribution * * *
Degrelle, Léon
▪ Belgian politician born June 15, 1906, Bouillon, Belg. died March 31, 1994, Málaga, Spain       founder and leader of the Rexist Party of Belgium, who collaborated ...
Degrelle, Leon Joseph Marie
▪ 1995       Belgian fascist (b. June 15, 1906, Bouillon, Belgium—d. March 31, 1994, Málaga, Spain), was perhaps his country's best-known World War II Nazi ...
/di gresh"euhn/, n. 1. a downward movement; descent. 2. the decrease in rate in degressive taxation. [1375-1425; late ME < ML degression- (s. of degressio) descent, equiv. to L ...
—degressively, adv. /di gres"iv/, adj. pertaining to a form of taxation in which the rate diminishes gradually on sums below a certain fixed amount. [1905-10; DEGRESS(ION) + ...
/day grddaonn gaw lannd"/; Eng. /day grang'geuh lahd"/, n., pl. dégringolades /-lannd"/; Eng. /-lahdz"/. French. a quick deterioration or breakdown, as of a situation or ...
/day"gooh/, n. a rat-sized New World burrowing rodent, Octodon degus, having long, smooth fur and a black-tipped, tufted tail. [1835-45; AmerSp < Araucanian deuñ] * * * ▪ ...
—degummer, n. /dee gum"/, v.t., degummed, degumming. 1. to free from gum. 2. to remove sericin from (silk filaments or yarn) by boiling in a soap solution; boil off. [1885-90; ...
—degustation /dee'gu stay"sheuhn/, n. /di gust"/, v.t. to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively. Also, degustate /di gus"tayt/. [1615-25; < L degustare to taste, try, ...
degustation or dégustation [dē΄gəs tā′shən, dā΄gəs tā′shən] n. [also in italics] 1. the act of sampling a wide variety of foods, wines, etc. 2. an assortment, as ...
/dee gut"/, v.t., degutted, degutting. 1. to remove the entrails of; disembowel; gut. 2. to divest of essential character, strength, force, etc.: The leading lady's poor ...
v.t. * * *
v.t. * * *
/dee huyeur"/, v.t., dehired, dehiring. to discharge from employment; fire, esp. at the executive level and generally with an attempt to be tactful. Also, de-hire. [1965-70; DE- ...
/di his"/, v.i., dehisced, dehiscing. to burst open, as capsules of plants; gape. [1650-60; < L dehiscere to gape, part, equiv. to de- DE- + hiscere to gape, yawn (hi(are) to ...
—dehiscent, adj. /di his"euhns/, n. 1. Biol. the release of materials by the splitting open of an organ or tissue. 2. Bot. the natural bursting open of capsules, fruits, ...
See dehiscence. * * *
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
/de'hi wah"leuh mownt' leuh vin"ee euh/ a city in SW Sri Lanka, on the Indian Ocean. 136,000. * * *
Dehiwala–Mount Lavinia
▪ Sri Lanka       urban area on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The area lies south of Colombo, of which it is a residential suburb. It comprises Dehiwala, ...
Dehmel, Richard
▪ German poet born Nov. 18, 1863, Wendisch-Hermsdorf, Brandenburg, Prussia [Germany] died Feb. 8, 1920, Blankenese, near Hamburg  German poet who exerted a major influence on ...
Dehmelt, Hans Georg
▪ American physicist born September 9, 1922, Görlitz, Germany       German-born American physicist who shared one-half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1989 with the ...
Dehn, Max
▪ German mathematician in full  Max Wilhelm Dehn  born Nov. 13, 1878, Hamburg, Ger. died June 27, 1952, Black Mountain, N.C., U.S.       German mathematician and ...
Dehon, Léon-Gustave
▪ Roman Catholic priest byname  John Of The Heart Of Jesus,  French  Jean Du Coeur De Jésus  born March 14, 1843, La Capelle-en-Thiérache, France died Aug. 12, 1925, ...
/dee hook"euhr/, n. a device for removing a hook from a fish. * * *
—dehorner, n. /dee hawrn"/, v.t. 1. to remove the horns of (cattle). 2. to prevent the formation or growth of horns in (cattle), as by cauterization. 3. Hort. to prune (a tree, ...
—dehortation /dee'hawr tay"sheuhn/, n. —dehortative, dehortatory /di hawr"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj., n. —dehorter, n. /di hawrt"/, v.t. Archaic. to try to ...
Dehra Dun
/day"reuh doohn"/ a city in NW Uttar Pradesh, in N India. 199,443. * * * ▪ India       city, capital of Uttarakhand state, northern India. It lies in the west-central ...
Deh·ra Dun (dā'rə do͞onʹ) A city of northern India north-northeast of Delhi. It is a trade center and has a forestry college. Population: 270,159. * * *
▪ India       city, western Bihar state, northeastern India, lying west of the Son River. It has major road and rail connections and houses railway workshops. Dehri ...
Dehua porcelain
▪ Chinese art Wade-Giles romanization  Te-hua        Chinese porcelain made at Dehua in Fujian province. Although the kiln began production some time during the Song ...
/dee hul"/, v.t. to remove the hulls from (beans, seeds, etc.); hull. [DE- + HULL1] * * *
See dehumanize. * * *
—dehumanization, n. /dee hyooh"meuh nuyz'/ or, often, /-yooh"-/, v.t., dehumanized, dehumanizing. to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality: ...
See dehumidify. * * *
/dee'hyooh mid"euh fuy'euhr/, or, often, /-yooh-/, n. an appliance for removing moisture from the air, as for lowering the humidity in a storage room. [1920-25; DE- + ...
—dehumidification, n. /dee'hyooh mid"euh fuy'/ or, often, /-yooh-/, v.t., dehumidified, dehumidifying. to remove moisture from. [1920-25; DE- + HUMIDIFY] * * *
de·hy·dra·tase (dē-hīʹdrə-tās', -tāz') n. An enzyme that catalyzes the removal of oxygen and hydrogen from organic compounds in the form of water. * * *
/dee huy"drayt/, v., dehydrated, dehydrating. v.t. 1. to deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water. 2. to free (fruit, vegetables, etc.) from moisture for ...
/dee'huy dray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of dehydrating. 2. an abnormal loss of water from the body, esp. from illness or physical exertion. [1850-55; DEHYDRATE + -ION] * ...
/dee huy"dray teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that dehydrates. 2. a device, apparatus, or appliance that dehydrates food for preservation. [DEHYDRATE + -OR2] * * *
a combining form meaning "dehydrogenated," used in the formation of compound words: dehydrochlorinate. * * *
/dee huy'dreuh klawr"euh nays', -nayz', -klohr"-/, n. Biochem. an enzyme that catalyzes the removal of hydrogen and chlorine atoms or ions from chlorinated ...
—dehydrochlorination, n. /dee huy'dreuh klawr"euh nayt', -klohr"-/, v.t., dehydrochlorinated, dehydrochlorinating. Chem. to remove hydrogen chloride or chlorine and hydrogen ...
See dehydrochlorinate. * * *
/dee huy"dreuh freez'/, v.t., dehydrofroze, dehydrofrozen, dehydrofreezing. to subject (food) to partial dehydration and quick-freezing. [DE- + HYDRO-1 + FREEZE] * * *
/dee huy"dreuh jeuh nays', -nayz'/, n. Biochem. an oxidoreductase enzyme that catalyzes the removal of hydrogen. [1920-25; DEHYDROGEN(ATE) + -ASE] * * *
—dehydrogenation, n. /dee huy"dreuh jeuh nayt', dee'huy droj"euh-/, v.t., dehydrogenated, dehydrogenating. Chem. to remove hydrogen from (a compound). [1840-50; DE- + ...
See dehydrogenate. * * *
See dehydrogenize. * * *
—dehydrogenization, n. —dehydrogenizer, n. /dee huy"dreuh jeuh nuyz', dee'huy droj"euh-/, v.t., dehydrogenized, dehydrogenizing. Chem. dehydrogenate. Also, esp. Brit., ...
v.t. * * *
/dee hip"neuh tuyz'/, v.t., dehypnotized, dehypnotizing. to bring out of the hypnotic state. Also, esp. Brit., dehypnotise. [DE- + HYPNOTIZE] * * *
Dei gratia
/de"ee grddah"tee ah'/; Eng. /dee"uy gray"shee euh, de"ee/, Latin. by the grace of God. * * *
/dee'yeuh nuy"reuh/, n. Class. Myth. a sister of Meleager and wife of Hercules, whom she killed unwittingly by giving him a shirt that had been dipped in the poisoned blood of ...
/dee uys"/, v.t., deiced, deicing. to free of ice; prevent or remove ice formation on, as the wing of an airplane. Also, de-ice. [1930-35; DE- + ICE] * * *
/dee uy"seuhr/, n. a device or a chemical substance for preventing or removing ice. Also, de-icer. [1930-35; DEICE + -ER1] * * *
—deicidal, adj. /dee"euh suyd'/, n. 1. a person who kills a god. 2. the act of killing a god. [1605-15; < NL deicida (def. 1), deicidium (def. 2), equiv. to L dei- (comb. form ...
—deictically, adv. /duyk"tik/, adj. 1. Logic. proving directly. 2. Gram. specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of one or more of the ...
See deictic. * * *
/dee if"ik/, adj. making divine; deifying. [1480-90; < LL deificus, equiv. to L dei- (comb. form of deus god) + -ficus -FIC] * * *
/dee'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of deifying. 2. the state of being deified. 3. the result of deifying: Their gods were deifications of their ancient kings. [1350-1400; ME ...
See deify. * * *
—deiformity, n. /dee"euh fawrm'/, adj. godlike or divine in form or nature. [1635-45; < ML deiformis, equiv. to L dei- (comb. form of deus god) + -formis -FORM] * * *
—deifier, n. /dee"euh fuy'/, v.t., deified, deifying. 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king. 2. to adore or regard as ...
(1929– ) an English writer of novels, especially spy stories (= ones about people employed to find out secret information). These include The Ipcress File (1962) and Funeral ...
Deighton, Len
▪ English writer born Feb. 18, 1929, Marylebone, London, Eng.       English author, journalist, film producer, and a leading writer of spy stories, his best-known being ...
/dayn/, v.i. 1. to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us. v.t. 2. to condescend to give or grant: He deigned ...
To show, pronounce solemnly; also in derivatives referring to the directing of words or objects. Oldest form *deik̑-, becoming *deik- in centum languages. Derivatives include ...
/deel/, n. Scot. devil. * * *
/duy"mos/, n. 1. an ancient Greek personification of terror, a son of Ares and Aphrodite. 2. Astron. one of the two moons of Mars. * * * ▪ astronomy  the outer and smaller ...
/dee in"deks/, v.t. to remove from an index or any system of indexing, esp. to stop adjusting compensation according to the cost of living: to deindex wages. [1975-80; DE- + ...

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