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deindustrialization [dē΄in dus΄trē əl ə zā′shən] n. a decline or reduction in the number of heavy industries and in the importance of industrialism, as in a country or ...
—deindustrialization, n. /dee'in dus"tree euh luyz'/, v., deindustrialized, deindustrializing. v.t. 1. to cause to lose industrial capability or strength; make less industrial ...
/duy non"i keuhs/, n. a small bipedal dinosaur, genus Deinonychus, of the Cretaceous Period, characterized by having a large, curved claw on each hind foot. [ < NL (1969) < Gk ...
See deinstitutionalize. * * *
—deinstitutionalization, n. /dee in'sti tooh"sheuh nl uyz', -tyooh"-, dee'in-/, v., deinstitutionalized, deinstitutionalizing. v.t. 1. to release (a mentally or physically ...
v.t., deinternationalized, deinternationalizing. * * *
▪ king of Media flourished late 8th and early 7th centuries BC       petty Median chieftain subject to the kingdom of Mannai in modern Iranian Azerbaijan; later ...
See deionize. * * *
—deionization, n. —deionizer, n. /dee uy"euh nuyz'/, v.t., deionized, deionizing. Chem. 1. to remove ions from. 2. to reassociate the ions of (an ionized gas). Also, esp. ...
See deionization. * * *
▪ king of Galatia died 40 BC       tetrarch of the Tolistobogii (of western Galatia, now in western Turkey), later king of all Galatia, who, as a faithful ally of the ...
▪ extinct arthropod genus       genus of trilobites (extinct arthropods) easily recognized in fossil form in Silurian rocks in North America because of its highly ...
/duyp nos"euh fist/, n. a person who is an adept conversationalist at table. [1650-60; after a literary work by Athenaeus, Deipnosophistés, an expert in affairs of the kitchen, ...
Dei·ra (dāʹrə) A sixth-century A.D. Anglian kingdom in present-day northeast England between the Humber and Tees rivers. It was later part of the kingdom of Northumbria. * ...
/dear"dreuh, -dree/; Irish /dair"drddeuh/, n. 1. Irish Legend. the wife of Naoise, who killed herself after her husband had been murdered by his uncle, King Conchobar. 2. a ...
Deisenhofer, Johann
▪ German biochemist born Sept. 30, 1943, Zusamaltheim, Ger.       German biochemist who, along with Hartmut Michel (Michel, Hartmut) and Robert Huber (Huber, Robert), ...
/dee"iz euhm/, n. 1. belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (distinguished from theism). 2. belief ...
—deisolation, n. /dee uy"seuh layt', -is"euh-/, v.t., deisolated, deisolating. to remove from isolation. [1965-70; DE- + ISOLATE] * * *
—deistic, deistical, adj. —deistically, adv. /dee"ist/, n. a person who believes in deism. [1555-65; < MF déiste < L de(us) god + F -iste -IST] * * *
See deist. * * *
See deist. * * *
/dee"i tee/, n., pl. deities. 1. a god or goddess. 2. divine character or nature, esp. that of the Supreme Being; divinity. 3. the estate or rank of a god: The king attained ...
See dyeu-. * * *
/duyk"sis/, n. Gram. the operation or function of deictic elements. [1945-50; < Gk deîxis lit., proof, display, equiv. to deik(nýnai) to show, prove, point + -sis -SIS] * * *
déjà vu
/day'zhah vooh", vyooh"/; Fr. /day zhann vyuu"/ 1. Psychol. the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time. 2. disagreeable ...
dé·jà vu (dā'zhä vo͞oʹ) n. 1. Psychology. The illusion of having already experienced something actually being experienced for the first time. 2. a. An impression of ...
/di jekt"/, v.t. 1. to depress the spirits of; dispirit; dishearten: Such news dejects me. adj. 2. Archaic. dejected; downcast. [1375-1425; late ME dejecten (v.) < L dejectus ...
/di jek"teuh/, n. (used with a pl. v.) waste discharged from the body; excrement. [1885-90; < NL, neut. pl. of L dejectus; see DEJECT] * * *
—dejectedly, adv. —dejectedness, n. /di jek"tid/, adj. depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited: The dejected expression on the face of the loser spoiled my ...
See dejected. * * *
See dejectedly. * * *
/di jek"sheuhn/, n. 1. depression or lowness of spirits. 2. Med., Physiol. a. evacuation of the bowels; fecal discharge. b. excrement. [1400-50; late ME deieccioun < L dejection- ...
/day zhue nay"/; Eng. /day"zheuh nay', day'zheuh nay"/, n., pl. déjeuners /-nay"/; Eng. /-nayz', -nayz"/. French. lunch; luncheon. * * *
déjeuner à la fourchette
/day zhue nay ann lann foohrdd shet"/, pl. déjeuners à la fourchette /day zhue nay ann lann foohrdd shet"/. French. a luncheon or light meal, esp. one at which eggs, meat, ...
de ju·re (dē jo͝orʹē, dā yo͝orʹā) adv. & adj. According to law; by right.   [Latin dē iūre: dē, from + iūre, ablative of iūs, law.] * * *
To take, accept. Oldest form *dek̑-, becoming *dek- in centum languages. Derivatives include decent, paradox, and disdain. 1. Suffixed (stative) form *dek-ē-. decent, from ...
a combining form meaning "ten," used in the names of metric units which are ten times the size of the unit denoted by the base word: dekaliter. Also, esp. before a vowel, dek-. ...
/dek"euh dram'/, n. decadrachm. * * *
/dek"euh gram'/, n. a unit of mass or weight equal to 10 grams (0.3527 ounce avoirdupois). Abbr.: dag Also, decagram; esp. Brit., dekagramme. [1800-10; < F décagramme. See ...
De Kalb (dĭ kălbʹ) A city of northern Illinois south-southeast of Rockford. It is a manufacturing center in a farming region. Population: 34,925. * * * ▪ Illinois, ...
/dek"euh lee'teuhr/, n. a unit of capacity equal to 10 liters (9.08 quarts U.S. dry measure or 2.64 gallons U.S. liquid measure). Abbr.: dal Also, decaliter; esp. Brit., ...
/dek"euh mee'teuhr/, n. a unit of length equal to 10 meters (32.81 ft.). Abbr.: dam Also, decameter; esp. Brit., dekametre. [1800-10; < F décamètre. See DEKA-, METER1] * * *
/dek'euh me"trik/, adj. Radio. decametric. * * *
/deek/, v., deked, deking, n. Ice Hockey. v.t. 1. to deceive (an opponent) by a fake. n. 2. a fake or feint intended to deceive a defensive player, often drawing that player out ...
Deken, Aagje
▪ Dutch author byname of  Agatha Deken   born Dec. 10, 1741, Amstelveen, Neth. died Nov. 14, 1804, The Hague  writer and collaborator with Betje Wolff (Wolff, Betje) (q.v.) ...
/dek"euhr/, n. Thomas, 1572?-1632?, English dramatist. Also, Decker. * * *
Dekker, Desmond
▪ 2007 Desmond Adolphus Dacres        Jamaican singer-songwriter (b. July 16, 1941, Kingston, Jam.—d. May 25, 2006, Thornton Heath, Eng.), was the first Jamaican to ...
Dekker, Thomas
▪ English dramatist born c. 1572, London, Eng. died c. 1632       English dramatist and writer of prose pamphlets who is particularly known for his lively depictions of ...
Dek·ker (dĕkʹər), Thomas. 1572-1632. English playwright whose comedy The Shoemaker's Holiday (1600) is notable for its vivid portrayal of daily life in London. * * *
/dek"oh/, n., pl. dekkos. n. Brit. Slang. a look or glance. [1890-95; < Hindi dekho look (impv.)] * * *
Ten. Oldest form *dek̑m̥, becoming *dekm̥ in centum languages. Derivatives include ten, December, decimate, dean, hundred, century, and hecatomb. I. Basic form *dekm̥. 1. a. ...
Right (opposite left); hence, south (from the viewpoint of one facing east). Oldest form *dek̑s-, becoming *deks- in centum languages. Suffixed form *deks(i)-tero-. destrier, ...
del1 /del/ 1. (in names of Spanish derivation) a contraction of de and the article el: Estanislao del Campo. 2. (in names of Italian derivation) a contraction of di and the ...
Del Boy
the nickname of Derek Trotter, a character played by the English actor David Jason in the BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses. Del Boy makes a living by selling ...
Del City
a city in central Oklahoma. 28,424. * * *
Del Monte
a US company known for selling fruit and vegetables in cans, and fruit juice. Its best-known advertising character is the ‘Man from Del Monte’ who visits farmers to judge ...
Del Monte Foods
▪ American corporation  American corporation engaged primarily in processing, canning, and distributing food. It is a major grower and distributor of bananas and pineapples, ...
Del Monte Foods Co.
Largest U.S. producer of canned fruits and vegetables. Formed in 1899 as the California Fruit Canners Association, it began marketing a line of canned goods under the Del Monte ...
Del Rio
/del ree"oh/ a city in S Texas, on the Rio Grande. 30,034. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1885) of Val Verde county, southwestern Texas, U.S. It lies ...
del Sarto
/del sahr"toh/; It. /del sahrdd"taw/ Andrea /ahn dray"euh/; It. /ahn drdde"ah/. See Andrea del Sarto. * * *
I. del-1 Long. Derivatives include linger, Lent, longitude, and lunge. I. Probably extended and suffixed zero-grade form *dlon-gho-. 1. a. long1; along, longshore, from Old ...
Delaware. * * *
1. delegate; delegation. 2. delete; deletion. 3. delineavit. * * *
/dee lay'bee euh leuh zay"sheuhn/, n. Phonet. 1. the result or process of delabializing. 2. the historical progression in which labial sounds delabialize, as the kw-sound in ...
/dee lay"bee euh luyz'/, v., delabialized, delabializing. Phonet. v.t. 1. to deprive (a sound) of labial character, as in unrounding a vowel. v.i. 2. (of a speech sound) to lose ...
Delacour, Jean Theodore
born , Sept. 26, 1890, Paris, Fr. died Nov. 5, 1985, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. French-born U.S. aviculturist. After his boyhood collection of more than 1,300 live birds was ...
/deuh lann krddwah"/, n. (Ferdinand Victor) Eugène /ferdd dee nahonn" veek tawrdd" ue zhen"/, 1798-1863, French painter. * * *
Delacroix, (Ferdinand Victor) Eugène
De·la·croix (də-lä-krwäʹ), (Ferdinand Victor) Eugène. 1798-1863. French romantic painter known for his vast, dramatic canvases and exuberant use of color, as in The ...
Delacroix, (Ferdinand-) Eugène (-Victor)
born April 26, 1798, Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France died Aug. 13, 1863, Paris French painter. As a young man he was strongly influenced by the Romanticism of the painter ...
Delacroix, Eugène
▪ French artist Introduction in full  Ferdinand-Eugène-Victor Delacroix  born April 26, 1798, Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France died August 13, 1863, Paris       the ...
▪ mineral       metallic, black copper and iron oxide (CuFeO2) that is found as a secondary mineral associated with other oxide minerals of copper and iron in Sonora, ...
Delage, Yves
▪ French zoologist born May 13, 1854, Avignon, Fr. died Oct. 7, 1920, Sceaux       French zoologist known for his research and elucidation of invertebrate physiology ...
Delagoa Bay
/del"euh goh"euh, del'-/ an inlet of the Indian Ocean, in S Mozambique. 55 mi. (89 km) long. * * * Bay, southeastern coast of Mozambique. Some 19 mi (31 km) long and 16 mi (26 ...
Del·a·go·a Bay (dĕl'ə-gōʹə) An inlet of the Indian Ocean in southern Mozambique. The Portuguese arrived in the bay in 1502 and explored the adjoining territory after ...
/deuh layn"/, n. 1. (cap.) See Delaine Merino. 2. a high-quality wool of combing length often used in worsteds. 3. a high-grade worsted dress goods formerly in use. [1830-40; < F ...
Delaine Merino
one of an American strain of Merino sheep. * * *
Delalande, Michel-Richard
▪ French composer Delalande also spelled  De Lalande   born Dec. 15, 1657, Paris died June 18, 1726, Versailles, Fr.  leading composer of sacred music in France in the ...
/del"euh mah'teuhr, del'euh mah"teuhr/, n. Cornelius Henry, 1821-89, U.S. mechanical engineer and shipbuilder. * * *
Delambre, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph
▪ French astronomer born Sept. 19, 1749, Amiens, Fr. died Aug. 19, 1822, Paris       French astronomer who prepared tables that plot the location of ...
Delamere, George Booth, 1st Baron
▪ English politician also called (1636–61)  Sir George Booth, 2nd Baronet  born August 1622 died August 8, 1684, Dunham Massey, Cheshire, England       English ...
Delamere, Hugh Cholmondeley, 3rd Baron
▪ British colonist born April 28, 1870, Vale Royal, Cheshire, England died November 13, 1931, Loresho, Kenya       a leader of European colonists in British East Africa ...
/dee lam"euh nayt'/, v.i., delaminated, delaminating. to split into laminae or thin layers. [1875-80; DE- + LAMINATE] * * *
/dee lam'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a splitting apart into layers. 2. Embryol. the separation of a primordial cell layer into two layers by a process of cell migration. [1875-80; DE- ...
DeLancey, James
born Nov. 27, 1703, New York, N.Y. died July 30, 1760, New York City American administrator and jurist. He was sent to Cambridge and later studied law in London. Returning to ...
/deuh land"/, n. Margaret (Margaretta Wade Campbell Deland), 1857-1945, U.S. novelist. * * *
Deland, Margaret
▪ American author byname of  Margaretta Wade Deland,  née  Margaretta Wade Campbell   born Feb. 23, 1857, Allegheny, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 13, 1945, Boston, ...
Delane, John Thaddeus
▪ British journalist born October 11, 1817, London, England died November 22, 1879, Ascot, Berkshire       editor of The Times (Times, The) of London for 36 ...
Delaney Amendment
/deuh lay"nee/ an amendment to the U. S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act banning the use of carcinogenic food additives, as certain artificial sweeteners and food colorings. Also ...
Delaney clause
Delaney clause or Delaney amendment [də lā′nē] n. an amendment to a 1958 Federal law, prohibiting the use of any food additive found to cause cancer in people or animals * * ...
Delaney, Shelagh
▪ British dramatist born Nov. 25, 1939, Salford, Lancashire, Eng.       British playwright who, at age 19, won critical acclaim and popular success with the London ...
De·la·ney (də-lāʹnē), Shelagh. Born 1930. British playwright best known for A Taste of Honey (1958). * * *
/deuh lann nwann"/, n. Marcel /mannrdd sel"/, born 1898, French composer. * * *
Delannoy, Jean
▪ 2009       French filmmaker born Jan. 12, 1908, Noisy-le-Sec, France died June 18, 2008, Guainville, France enjoyed tremendous popularity with French audiences for ...
/deuh lay"noh/, n. a city in S California. 16,491. * * *
Delano, Jane A(rminda)
born March 12, 1862, Montour Falls, N.Y., U.S. died April 15, 1919, Savenay, Fr. U.S. nurse and educator. She became superintendant of nurses in Jacksonville, Fla., where she ...
Delano, Jane A.
▪ American nurse and educator in full  Jane Arminda Delano  born March 12, 1862, Montour Falls, N.Y., U.S. died April 15, 1919, Savenay, France       American nurse ...
Delanoe, Bertrand
▪ 2002       Bertrand Delanoë entered the history books when on March 18, 2001, he became the first Socialist mayor of Paris since 1871. On a shorter time scale, ...
/deuh lay"nee/, n. Martin Robinson, 1812-85, U.S. physician, army officer, and political reformer: leader of the black nationalist movement. * * *
Delany, Annie Elizabeth
▪ 1996       ("BESSIE"), noted U.S. centenarian and co-writer with her older sister, Sadie, of Having Our Say (1993), which became the basis of a Broadway play and ...
Delany, Martin R(obison)
born , May 6, 1812, Charles Town, Virginia, U.S. died Jan. 24, 1885, Xenia, Ohio U.S. abolitionist and physician. After working in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a doctor's assistant, he ...
Delany, Martin R.
▪ American physician and abolitionist in full  Martin Robison Delany   born , May 6, 1812, Charles Town, Virginia, U.S. died January 24, 1885, Xenia, ...
Delany, Samuel R(ay)
born April 1, 1942, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. science-fiction novelist and critic. Born into a distinguished African American family, he attended the City College of New York ...
Delany, Samuel R.
▪ American author and critic in full  Samuel Ray Delany, Jr.   born April 1, 1942, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American science-fiction novelist and critic whose ...
Delany, Sarah Louise
▪ 2000 “Sadie”        American centenarian, the first African American home economics teacher in white New York schools, and coauthor in 1993, with her sister ...
Delany,Martin Robinson
De·lan·y (də-lāʹnē), Martin Robinson. 1812-1885. American physician and social reformer who founded and edited the North Star (1847-1849) with Frederick Douglass. * * *
/deuh lann rddawsh"/, n. (Hippolyte) Paul /ee paw leet" pawl/, 1797-1856, French historical and portrait painter. * * *
Delaroche, Paul
▪ French painter in full  Hippolyte-Paul Delaroche  born July 17, 1797, Paris died Nov. 4, 1859, Paris   painter whose painstakingly realistic historical subjects made ...
—delation, n. —delator, delater, n. —delatorian /del'euh tawr"ee euhn, -tohr"-/, adj. /di layt"/, v.t., delated, delating. 1. Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or ...
/di lay"tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. noting a case whose distinctive function is to indicate place down from which. n. 2. the delative case. [ < L delat(us) (see DELATE) + -IVE] * * *
▪ Roman law official plural  Delators, or Delatores,         ancient Roman (Roman law) prosecutor or informer. The role of the informer in matters of criminal law and ...
/deuh law ne"/, n. Robert /rddoh berdd"/, 1885-1941, French painter. * * *
Delaunay, Charles-Eugène
▪ French astronomer born April 9, 1816, Lusigny-sur-Barse, Fr. died Aug. 5, 1872, near Cherbourg       French mathematician and astronomer whose theory of lunar motion ...
Delaunay, Robert
born April 12, 1885, Paris, Fr. died Oct. 25, 1941, Montpellier French painter. He spent his early career as a part-time designer of stage scenery and came under the influence ...
Delaunay, Sonia
▪ French artist original name  Sofia Ilinitchna Terk  born November 14, 1885, Gradizhsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now Ukraine] died December 5, 1979, Paris, ...
/deuh lann veen"yeu/, n. (Jean François) Casimir /zhahonn frddahonn swann" kann zee meerdd"/, 1793-1843, French poet and dramatist. * * *
del·a·vir·dine (dĕl'ə-vîrʹdēn) n. A non-nucleoside analogue that is used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of HIV.   [dela-(alteration of dimethyl) + -virdine, ...
/del"euh wair'/, n., pl. Delawares, (esp. collectively) Delaware for 5. 1. Baron. See De La Warr, 12th Baron. 2. a state in the eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast. ...
Delaware Aqueduct
▪ water works, New York, United States       circular tunnel, part of the system that supplies water to New York City from the Delaware River near its source and from ...
Delaware Bay
an inlet of the Atlantic between E Delaware and S New Jersey. ab. 70 mi. (115 km) long. * * * Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Forming part of the New Jersey-Delaware state border, ...
Delaware Jargon
a jargon based on Unami Delaware, now extinct but formerly used as a lingua franca in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. * * *
Delaware River
River in Pennsylvania and Delaware, U.S. Formed by the junction of its eastern and western branches in southern New York, it flows some 280 mi (451 km) to empty into the Atlantic ...
Delaware State University
▪ university, Dover, Delaware, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Dover, Del., U.S. It is a land-grant university (land-grant ...
Delaware Water Gap
a gorge on the boundary between E Pennsylvania and NW New Jersey. * * *
Delaware, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a blue field (background) with a buff (light tan) diamond bearing a central coat of arms (arms, coat of) above the ...
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company
▪ American railway       American railroad built to carry coal from the anthracite fields of northeastern Pennsylvania. Originally known as Ligget's Gap Railroad, it was ...
Delaware, University of
▪ university, Delaware, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Newark, Del., U.S. It also offers courses at other sites, including ...
/del'euh wair"ee euhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Delaware. adj. 2. of or pertaining to Delaware of Delawareans. [DELAWARE + -AN] * * *
Delaware Bay An estuary of the Delaware River emptying into the Atlantic Ocean between eastern Delaware and southern New Jersey. * * *
Delaware River A river rising in the Catskill Mountains of southeast New York and flowing about 451 km (280 mi) generally southward along the New York-Pennsylvania border and ...
v.t. * * *
—delayable, adj. —delayer, n. —delayingly, adv. /di lay"/, v.t. 1. to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared. 2. ...
delay screen
Electronics. (in a cathode-ray tube) a sensitized screen with a phosphorescent coating that retains the image formed by the electron beam for an appreciable time. * * *
DeLay, Dorothy
▪ 2003       American violin teacher (b. March 31, 1917, Medicine Lodge, Kan.—d. March 24, 2002, Upper Nyack, N.Y.), was a master teacher who trained some of the ...
/di layd"/, adj. Physics. of or pertaining to a particle, as a neutron or alpha particle, that is emitted from an excited nucleus formed in a nuclear reaction, the emission ...
delayed neutron
delayed neutron n. a neutron emitted from short half-life products formed as a result of nuclear fission: important in the control of nuclear reactors * * *
delayed speech
Speech Pathol. a speech disorder of children in which the levels of intelligibility, vocabulary, complexity of utterance, etc., are significantly below the levels considered ...
delayed stress reaction
Psychiatry. a post-traumatic stress disorder occurring more than six months after the experience of a traumatic event. Also, delayed-stress reaction. Also called delayed stress ...
/di layd"ak"sheuhn/, adj. (of an explosive projectile) exploding some time after hitting the target. Also, delay-action /di lay"ak"sheuhn/. [1890-95] * * *
See delay. * * *
delaying action
Mil. a maneuver in which a defensive force delays the advance of a superior enemy force by withdrawing while inflicting the maximum destruction possible without engaging in ...
/del"beuhrt/, n. a male given name, form of Albert. * * *
Delblanc, Sven
▪ Swedish novelist in full  Sven Axel Herman Delblanc   born May 26, 1931, Swan River, Manitoba, Can. died Dec. 15, 1992, Uppsala, Swed.       Swedish novelist who ...
/del"brook/; Ger. /del"brddyuuk/, n. Max /maks/; Ger. /mahks/, 1906-81, U.S. biologist, born in Germany: Nobel prize for medicine 1969. * * *
Delbrück, Berthold
▪ German linguist born July 26, 1842, Putbus, Prussia [Germany] died Jan. 3, 1922, Jena, Ger.       German linguist who addressed himself to the problems of syntax (the ...
Delbrück, Max
born Sept. 4, 1906, Berlin, Ger. died March 9, 1981, Pasadena, Calif., U.S. German-born U.S. biologist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in 1930, and in ...
Delbrück, Rudolph von
▪ German statesman in full  Martin Friedrich Rudolph von Delbrück  born April 16, 1817, Berlin, Prussia [now in Germany] died Feb. 1, 1903, Berlin       statesman ...
Del·brück (dĕlʹbro͝ok', -brük'), Max. 1906-1981. German-born American biologist. He shared a 1969 Nobel Prize for investigating the mechanism of viral infection in living ...
/del kann say"/, n. Théophile /tay aw feel"/, 1852-1923, French statesman. * * *
Delcassé, Théophile
born March 1, 1852, Pamiers, France died Feb. 22, 1923, Nice French politician. A journalist, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1885 and served in cabinet posts from ...
/dee"lee/, v., deled, deleing, n. Print. v.t. 1. to delete. n. 2. a mark used to indicate matter to be deleted. [1695-1705; < L dele (2nd pers. sing. impv. of delere), equiv. to ...
/dee led"/, v.t. Metalworking. to remove lead adhering to (a metal object) after cold-drawing through a die in which the lead served as a lubricant. [DE- + LEAD2] * * *
See delectable. * * *
—delectableness, delectability, n. —delectably, adv. /di lek"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism. 2. delicious: a delectable ...
See delectability. * * *
See delectability. * * *
/di lek"tayt/, v.t., delectated, delectating. to please; charm; delight. [1705-1805; < L delectatus delighted, ptp. of delectare. See DELECTABLE, -ATE1] * * *
/dee'lek tay"sheuhn/, n. delight; enjoyment. [1350-1400; ME delectacioun < L delectation- (s. of delectatio), equiv. to delectat(us) (see DELECTATE) + -ion- -ION] * * *
/de led"dah/, n. Grazia /grddah"tsyah/, 1875-1936, Italian novelist. * * *
Deledda, Grazia
born Sept. 27, 1871, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy died Aug. 15, 1936, Rome Italian novelist. She wrote her first stories, influenced by the verismo ("realism") school, at age 17. In ...
De·led·da (dĕ-lĕdʹdä), Grazia. 1875-1936. Italian writer, many of whose novels and short stories reflect her Sardinian background. She won the 1926 Nobel Prize for ...
/del"i geuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being delegated: delegable authority. [1650-60; DELEG(ATE) + -ABLE] * * *
/del"i geuh see/, n., pl. delegacies. 1. the position or commission of a delegate. 2. the appointing or sending of a delegate. 3. a body of delegates; delegation. 4. (at Oxford ...
See delegalize. * * *
/dee lee"geuh luyz'/, v.t., delegalized, delegalizing. to revoke the statutory authorization of. Also, esp. Brit., delegalise. [DE- + LEGALIZE] * * *
—delegatee /del'i geuh tee"/, n. —delegator /del"i gay'teuhr/, n. n. /del"i git, -gayt'/; v. /del"i gayt'/, n., v., delegated, delegating. n. 1. a person designated to act ...
del·e·ga·tee (dĕl'ĭ-gə-tēʹ) n. One to whom something is delegated. * * *
/del'i gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a group or body of delegates: Our club sent a delegation to the rally. 2. the body of delegates chosen to represent a political unit, as a state, in an ...
See delegate. * * *
/del"i geuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. of or pertaining to the delegation or assignment of authority, power, or responsibility. [1590-1600; DELEGATE + -ORY1] * * *
v.t., delegitimated, delegitimating. * * *
/dee'li jit"euh meuh tuyz'/, v.t., delegitimatized, delegitimatizing. delegitimize. Also, esp. Brit., delegitimatise. [DE- + LEGITIMATIZE] * * *
See delegitimize. * * *
—delegitimization, n. /dee'li jit"euh muyz'/, v.t., delegitimized, delegitimizing. to remove the legitimate or legal status of. Also, esp. Brit., delegitimise. [DE- + ...
Delehaye, Hippolyte
▪ Belgian scholar born Aug. 19, 1859, Antwerp, Belg. died April 1, 1941, Brussels       Belgian scholar who was the foremost exponent of biographical church history ...
▪ Switzerland (French), German  Delsberg,         capital of Jura canton, northwestern Switzerland, situated in a wide valley at the confluence of the Sorne and ...
Delescluze, Charles
▪ French revolutionary figure born Oct. 2, 1809, Dreux, Fr. died May 25, 1871, Paris       French revolutionary figure who participated in the uprisings of 1830 and ...
—deletable, adj. /di leet"/, v.t., deleted, deleting. to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel; erase; expunge. [1485-95; < L deletus (ptp. of delere to ...
—deleteriously, adv. —deleteriousness, n. /del'i tear"ee euhs/, adj. 1. injurious to health: deleterious gases. 2. harmful; injurious: deleterious influences. [1635-45; < Gk ...
See deleterious. * * *
See deleteriously. * * *
/di lee"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of deleting. 2. the state of being deleted. 3. a deleted word, passage, etc. 4. Genetics. a type of chromosomal aberration in which a ...
Deleuze, Gilles
born Jan. 18, 1925, Paris, France died Nov. 4, 1995, Paris French antirationalist philosopher and literary critic. He began his study of philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1944 and ...
/delft/, n. 1. earthenware having an opaque white glaze with an overglaze decoration, usually in blue. 2. any pottery resembling this. Also, delf /delf/. Also called delft ...
/delft/, n. a city in W Netherlands. 84,129. * * * City (pop., 2001 est.: 96,180), southwestern Netherlands. Founded in 1075 and chartered in 1246, it was a trade centre in the ...
delftware [delfdelft′wer΄] n. 1. glazed earthenware, usually blue and white, which originated in Delft 2. any similar ware: Also delft or delf [delf] * * * or ...
/del gah"doh/, n. Cape, a cape at the NE extremity of Mozambique. * * *
Delgado, Junior
▪ 2006 Oscar Hibbert        Jamaican reggae singer (b. Aug. 25, 1958, Kingston, Jam.—d. April 11, 2005, London, Eng.), was celebrated for his distinctively gruff ...
/del"ee/, n. 1. a union territory in N India. 4,065,698; 574 sq. mi. (1487 sq. km). 2. Also called Old Delhi. a city in and the capital of this territory: former capital of the ...
Delhi belly
Slang. diarrhea experienced by travelers in a foreign country, who are not accustomed to the local food and water. [1960-65; after DELHI, India] * * *
Delhi Pact
▪ India-Pakistan [1950] also called  Nehru-Liaquat Pact        pact made on April 8, 1950, following the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan in East ...
Delhi sultanate
Principal Muslim sultanate in northern India during the 13th to the 16th centuries. Its creation owed much to the campaigns of Muḥammad of Ghūr and his lieutenant Quṭb ...
Delhi Zoological Park
▪ zoo, Delhi, India       zoo founded in 1957 in New Delhi, India. Its facilities are funded and administered by the national government. More than 1,700 specimens ...
Delhi, University of
▪ university, Delhi, India       state-controlled institution of higher education located at Delhi, India. Founded in 1922 as a residential university, it developed into ...
/del"ee/, n., pl. delis /del"eez/. Informal. 1. a delicatessen. 2. food typically sold at a delicatessen, as cold cuts, salads, and pickles. [1960-65; by shortening] * * *
Delia [dēl′yə] n. 〚L, fem of Delius, of Delos〛 a feminine name * * * ▪ ancient Greek festival       ancient quadrennial festival of the Ionians, held on Delos ...
Delia Smith
➡ Smith (IV) * * *
/dee"lee euhn, deel"yeuhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to Delos. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Delos. [1615-25; < L Deli(us) ( < Gk Délios) + -AN] * * *
Delian League
Confederacy of ancient Greek states led by Athens and based on the island of Delos. Founded in 478 BC to combat Persia, its members included Aegean states and islands; Athens ...
—deliberately, adv. —deliberateness, n. —deliberator, n. adj. /di lib"euhr it/; v. /di lib"euh rayt'/, adj., v., deliberated, deliberating. adj. 1. carefully weighed or ...
See deliberate. * * *
See deliberately. * * *
/di lib'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. careful consideration before decision. 2. formal consultation or discussion. 3. deliberate quality; leisureliness of movement or action; ...
—deliberatively, adv. —deliberativeness, n. /di lib"euhr euh tiv, -euh ray'tiv/, adj. 1. having the function of deliberating, as a legislative assembly: a deliberative ...
See deliberative. * * *
See deliberatively. * * *
/deuh leeb"/, n. (Clément Philibert) Léo /klay mahonn" fee lee berdd" lay aw"/, 1836-91, French composer, esp. of operas, operettas, and ballets. * * *
Delibes, (Clément Philibert) Léo
De·libes (də-lēbʹ), (Clément Philibert) Léo. 1836-1891. French composer of melodic orchestral works, such as the ballets Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876). * * * born ...
Delibes, Léo
▪ French composer born Feb. 21, 1836, Saint-Germain-du-Val, Fr. died Jan. 16, 1891, Paris  French opera and ballet composer who was the first to write music of high quality ...
Delibes, Miguel
▪ Spanish novelist, essayist, and journalist born Oct. 17, 1920, Valladolid, Spain       Spanish novelist, essayist, and journalist who wrote widely of travel, the ...
/del"i keuh see/, n., pl. delicacies. 1. fineness of texture, quality, etc.; softness; daintiness: the delicacy of lace. 2. something delightful or pleasing, esp. a choice food ...
—delicately, adv. —delicateness, n. /del"i kit/, adj. 1. fine in texture, quality, construction, etc.: a delicate lace collar. 2. fragile; easily damaged; frail: delicate ...
See delicate. * * *
See delicately. * * *
/del'i keuh tes"euhn/, n. 1. a store selling foods already prepared or requiring little preparation for serving, as cooked meats, cheese, salads, and the like. 2. Informal. the ...
/deuh lish"euh/, n. a female given name. * * *
—deliciously, adv. —deliciousness, n. /di lish"euhs/, adj. 1. highly pleasing to the senses, esp. to taste or smell: a delicious dinner; a delicious aroma. 2. very pleasing; ...
See delicious. * * *
See deliciously. * * *
/di likt"/, n. 1. Law. a misdemeanor; offense. 2. Roman and Civil Law. a civil wrong permitting compensation. [1515-25; < L delictum a fault, n. use of neut. of delictus (ptp. of ...
—delighter, n. —delightingly, adv. —delightless, adj. /di luyt"/, n. 1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job. 2. ...
—delightedly, adv. —delightedness, n. /di luy"tid/, adj. 1. highly pleased. 2. Obs. delightful. [1595-1605; DELIGHT + -ED2] Syn. 1. captivated, enraptured, enchanted, ...
See delighted. * * *
See delightedly. * * *
—delightfully, adv. —delightfulness, n. /di luyt"feuhl/, adj. giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing: a delightful surprise. [1520-30; DELIGHT + -FUL] Syn. ...
See delightful. * * *
See delightfully. * * *
—delightsomely, adv. —delightsomeness, n. /di luyt"seuhm/, adj. Literary. highly pleasing; delightful. [1490-1500; DELIGHT + -SOME1] * * *
See delightsome. * * *
See delightsomely. * * *
Deligne, Pierre René
▪ Belgian mathematician born Oct. 3, 1944, Brussels, Belg.       Belgian mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians ...
/di luy"leuh/, n. 1. Samson's mistress, who betrayed him to the Philistines. Judges 16. 2. a seductive and treacherous woman. 3. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning ...
Delille, Jacques
▪ French writer byname  Abbé Delille   born June 22, 1738, Aigueperse, France died May 1, 1813, Paris  poet and classicist who enjoyed an impressive reputation in his day ...
DeLillo, Don
born Nov. 20, 1936, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. novelist. Born to immigrant parents, DeLillo worked in advertising before beginning to write seriously. His postmodernist works ...
/di lim"it/, v.t. to fix or mark the limits or boundaries of; demarcate: A ravine delimited the property on the north. [1850-55; < F délimiter < L delimitare, equiv. to de- DE- ...
—delimitation, n. —delimitative, n., adj. /di lim"i tayt'/, v.t., delimitated, delimitating. delimit. [1880-85; < L delimitatus, ptp. of delimitare. See DELIMIT, -ATE1] * * *
See delimit. * * *
See delimitation. * * *
/di lim"i teuhr/, n. Computers. a blank space, comma, or other character or symbol that indicates the beginning or end of a character string, word, or data item. [1960-65; ...
—delineable /di lin"ee euh beuhl/, adj. /di lin"ee ayt'/, v.t., delineated, delineating. 1. to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline; represent pictorially: He ...
—delineative /di lin"ee ay'tiv, -ee euh tiv/, adj. /di lin'ee ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of delineating. 2. a chart or diagram; sketch; rough draft. 3. a ...
See delineation. * * *
/di lin"ee ay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that delineates. 2. a tailor's pattern that can be adjusted for cutting garments of different sizes. [1765-75; DELINEATE + -OR2] * * ...
/de lin'e ah"wit/; Eng. /di lin'ee ay"vit/, Latin. he drew (this); she drew (this). Abbr.: del. * * *
—delinkage, n. /dee lingk"/, v.t. to make independent; dissociate; separate: The administration has delinked human rights from economic aid to underdeveloped nations. [DE- + ...
/di ling"kweuhn see/, n., pl. delinquencies. 1. failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default: delinquency in payment of dues. 2. wrongful, illegal, or ...
—delinquently, adv. /di ling"kweuhnt/, adj. 1. failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense. 2. (of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; ...
See delinquent. * * *
v.t. * * *
/del'i kwes"/, v.i., deliquesced, deliquescing. 1. to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts. 2. to melt away. 3. Bot. to form many small divisions or ...
—deliquescent, adj. /del'i kwes"euhns/, n. 1. the act or process of deliquescing. 2. the substance produced when something deliquesces. [1750-60; DELIQUESCE + -ENCE] * * ...
See deliquescence. * * *
/del'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. Archaic. mental derangement; raving; delirium. [1590-1600; < L deliration- (s. of deliratio) folly, equiv. to delir(are) to be silly, lit., go out of the ...
de·lir·i·a (dĭ-lîrʹē-ə) n. A plural of delirium. * * *
/di lear"ee euhnt/, adj. 1. involving or causing delirium. n. 2. a substance, as a compound or drug, that causes delirium. [1880-85; DELIRI(UM) + -ANT] * * *
—deliriously, adv. —deliriousness, n. /di lear"ee euhs/, adj. 1. Pathol. affected with or characteristic of delirium. 2. wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc.: She was ...
See delirious. * * *
See deliriously. * * *
/di lear"ee euhm/, n., pl. deliriums, deliria /-lear"ee euh/. 1. Pathol. a more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, ...
delirium tremens
/tree"meuhnz, -menz/, Pathol. a withdrawal syndrome occurring in persons who have developed physiological dependence on alcohol, characterized by tremor, visual hallucinations, ...
delirium tremens (DTs)
Delirium seen in severe cases of alcohol withdrawal (see alcoholism) complicated by exhaustion, lack of food, and dehydration, usually preceded by physical deterioration due to ...
delirium tre·mens (trēʹmənz) n. An acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking. ...

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