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delish [də lish′] adj. [Slang] short for DELICIOUS * * *
Delisle, Guillaume
▪ French cartographer born Feb. 28, 1675, Paris, France died Jan. 25, 1726, Paris  mapmaker who led the reform of French cartography.       A brother of the ...
Delisle, Joseph-Nicolas
▪ French astronomer born April 4, 1688, Paris, France died Sept. 11, 1768, Paris       French astronomer who proposed that the series of coloured rings sometimes ...
/dee list"/, v.t. 1. to delete from a list, as one that indicates acceptability, legitimacy, or the like. 2. to withdraw or remove (a security) from the group listed with a ...
—delitescence, delitescency, n. /del'i tes"euhnt/, adj. concealed; hidden; latent. [1675-85; < L delitescent- (s. of delitescens) (prp. of delitescere to hide away); see DE-, ...
/dee"lee euhm/, n. an ancient seaport in Greece, in Boeotia: the Boeotians defeated the Athenians here 424 B.C. * * *
/dee"lee euhs, deel"yeuhs/, n. Frederick, 1862-1934, English composer. * * *
Delius, Frederick
▪ English composer born January 29, 1862, Bradford, Yorkshire, England died June 10, 1934, Grez-sur-Loing, France  composer, one of the most distinctive figures in the ...
Delius, Frederick (Theodore Albert)
born Jan. 29, 1862, Bradford, Yorkshire, Eng. died June 10, 1934, Grez-sur-Loing, France British-born French composer. Born to German parents in England, he studied music in ...
De·lius (dēʹlē-əs, dēlʹyəs), Frederick. 1862-1934. British composer whose work, influenced by Edvard Grieg, combines romanticism and impressionism. * * *
—deliverer, n. /di liv"euhr/, v.t. 1. to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients: to deliver mail; to deliver a package. 2. to give ...
See deliver. * * *
—deliverability, n. /di liv"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of delivery. n. 2. something that can be done, esp. something that is a realistic expectation: The corporation says ...
/di liv"euhr euhns/, n. 1. an act or instance of delivering. 2. salvation. 3. liberation. 4. a thought or judgment expressed; a formal or authoritative pronouncement. [1250-1300; ...
delivered price
a quoted price of merchandise, as steel, that includes freight charges from the basing point to the point of delivery, usually f.o.b. * * *
See deliverability. * * *
/di liv"euhr lee/, adv. Archaic. quickly; deftly. [1300-50; ME; see DELIVER, -LY] * * *
/di liv"euh ree/, n., pl. deliveries. 1. the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients. 2. a giving up or handing over; ...
delivery boy
a boy or youth who delivers merchandise for a store, as to the homes or offices of customers. [1915-20] * * *
delivery room
1. an area in a hospital equipped for delivering babies. 2. a room or area in which deliveries are made or received, as the section of a public library where books are taken out ...
/di liv"euh ree man', -meuhn/, n., pl. deliverymen /-men', -meuhn/. a person employed to make deliveries of merchandise to purchasers, usually by means of a truck. [1915-20; ...
delivery room n. 1. A room or an area in a hospital that is equipped for delivering babies. 2. A room or an area set aside for making or receiving deliveries, as for circulating ...
delivery system n. 1. A means or procedure for providing a product or service to the public: the health care delivery system. 2. A means, technology, or device for administering ...
/del/, n. a small, usually wooded valley; vale. [bef. 1000; ME delle, OE dell; akin to DALE] * * *
/del/, n. a male or female given name. * * *
Dell Inc.
▪ American company formerly  PC's Limited (1984–88)   and  Dell Computer Corporation (1988–2003)        global company that designs, develops, and manufactures ...
/del/ (in names of Italian derivation) an elided form of della: Giovanni dell' Anguillara. * * *
Dell, Floyd
▪ American novelist and journalist born June 28, 1887, Barry, Ill., U.S. died July 23, 1969, Bethesda, Md.       novelist and radical journalist whose fiction examined ...
Dell, Michael
▪ 2006       During the first calendar quarter of 2005, Michael Dell's eponymous company, Dell, Inc., the world's leading seller of personal computers, shipped some 8.7 ...
/del"lah/ (in names of Italian derivation) a contraction of di and the article la: Andrea della Robbia. * * * (as used in expressions) Baccio della Porta Giacomo Della ...
/del"euh/, n. a female given name, form of Delia. * * * (as used in expressions) Baccio della Porta Giacomo Della Chiesa Della Robbia family Jacopo della Quercia Giuliano della ...
Della Falls
▪ waterfalls, British Columbia, Canada       series of three cascades from Della Lake to the valley of Drinkwater Creek on Vancouver Island, B.C., Can. They are located ...
della Robbia
/del"euh roh"bee euh/; It. /del"lah rddawb"byah/ Luca /looh"kah/. See Robbia, Luca della. * * *
Della Robbia family
Family of Italian artists active in Florence. The first works of Luca (di Simone di Marco) Della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) were reliefs sculptured in marble, most notably those ...
della Robbia, Andrea
▪ Florentine sculptor in full  Andrea di Marco di Simone della Robbia   born Oct. 20, 1435, Florence [Italy] died Aug. 4, 1525       Florentine sculptor who was the ...
della Robbia, Giovanni
▪ Florentine sculptor born May 19, 1469, Florence [Italy] died 1529       Florentine sculptor, son of Andrea della Robbia (della Robbia, Andrea) and grandnephew of Luca ...
Della Robbia, Luca
▪ Florentine sculptor in full  Luca Di Simone Di Marco Della Robbia   born 1399/1400, Florence [Italy] died Feb. 10, 1482       sculptor, one of the pioneers of ...
della Robbia,Luca
del·la Rob·bia (dĕlʹə rōʹbē-ə, dĕlʹlä rōbʹbyä), Luca. 1400?-1482. Italian sculptor noted for his works of enameled terra cotta, for which he perfected a special ...
della Scala family
▪ Italian family also called  Scaliger , Italian  Scaligeri , Latin  Scaligerus        noted family that ruled Verona during the late 13th and the 14th centuries. ...
Della Valle, Federico
▪ Italian poet and dramatist born c. 1560, , Asti, Piedmont [Italy] died 1628, Milan       Italian dramatist and poet, recognized in the 20th century as a major ...
▪ British literary school       any of the members of a late 18th-century school of English writers of pretentious, affected, rhetorically ornate poetry. The school was ...
Dellinger, David
▪ 2005       American peace activist (b. Aug. 22, 1915, Wakefield, Mass.—d. May 25, 2004, Montpelier, Vt.), embraced pacifism and civil disobedience for much of his ...
Dello Joio
/del"oh joy"oh/ Norman, born 1913, U.S. composer and pianist. * * *
Dello Joio, Norman
▪ 2009       American composer born Jan. 24, 1913, New York, N.Y. died July 24, 2008, East Hampton, N.Y. was a neoclassical composer who frequently combined old forms ...
/delz/, n.pl. dalles. [by construal as a pl. of DELL] * * *
Delmarva Peninsula
/del mahr"veuh/ a peninsula between Chesapeake and Delaware bays including most of Delaware and those parts of Maryland and Virginia E of Chesapeake Bay. Cf. Eastern shore. * * ...
Del·mar·va Peninsula (dĕl-märʹvə) A peninsula of the eastern United States separating Chesapeake Bay from Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It includes all of Delaware ...
Delmedigo, Elijah
▪ philosopher born 1460?, Candia, Crete [Greece] died 1497, Candia       Jewish philosopher known for his Beḥinat ha-dat (“Investigation of Religion”), in which ...
▪ Germany       city, Lower Saxony Land (state), northwestern Germany. It lies on the Delme River, just west of Bremen. First mentioned in 1254, Delmenhorst developed ...
/del mon"i koh'/, n., pl. Delmonicos. See club steak. Also called Delmonico steak. [after L. DELMONICO] /del mon"i koh'/, n. Lorenzo, 1813-81, U.S. restaurateur, born in ...
Delmonico steak
Delmonico steak [del män′ə kō] n. [also d- s-] CLUB STEAK * * *
Del·mon·i·co (dĕl-mŏnʹĭ-kō'), Lorenzo. 1813-1881. Swiss-born American restaurateur who popularized European cuisine in New York City and is largely credited with ...
Delmonico steak n. A small, often boned steak from the front section of the short loin of beef. Also called club steak.   [After Delmonico, Lorenzo.] * * *
See delocalize. * * *
—delocalization, n. /dee loh"keuh luyz'/, v.t., delocalized, delocalizing. 1. to remove from the proper or usual locality. 2. to free or remove from the restrictions of ...
Deloney, Thomas
▪ English writer born 1543?, Norwich?, Eng. died 1600       writer of ballads, pamphlets, and prose stories that form the earliest English popular ...
DeLorean, John Zachary
▪ 2006       American automobile manufacturer and entrepreneur (b. Jan. 6, 1925, Detroit, Mich.—d. March 19, 2005, Summit, N.J.), established the DeLorean Motor Co. ...
/deuh lawr"is, -lohr"-/, n. a female given name. * * *
/deuh lawr"ee euh/, n. Vine, (Jr.) /vuyn/, born 1933, U.S. writer. * * *
Deloria, Vine, Jr.
▪ 2006       American Indian scholar and activist (b. March 26, 1933, Martin, S.D.—d. Nov. 13, 2005, Denver, Colo.), penned the influential Custer Died for Your Sins: ...
/deuh lawrddm"/, n. Philibert /fee lee berdd"/, 1515?-70, French architect. * * *
Delorme, Marion
▪ French courtesan born Oct. 3, 1613, Paris, France died July 2, 1650, Paris  celebrated French courtesan.       She was the daughter of Jean de Lon, Sieur de Lorme, ...
Delorme, Philibert
▪ French architect Delorme also spelled  De L'orme   born , between 1510 and 1515, Lyon, France died Jan. 8, 1570, Paris       one of the great Renaissance ...
De·lorme or de l'Orme (də-lôrmʹ), Philibert. 1515?-1570. French royal architect who directed the construction at Fontainebleau and built the Tuileries for Catherine de ...
Delors, Jacques
▪ French politician in full  Jacques Lucien Jean Delors  born July 20, 1925, Paris, France    French statesman who was president of the European Commission, the executive ...
Delors, Jacques (Lucien Jean)
born July 20, 1925, Paris, Fr. French statesman. In 1962 he left his position in banking for a series of government positions, including minister of economics and finance. As ...
/dee"los, del"ohs/, n. a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the SW Aegean: site of an oracle of Apollo. * * * Greek Dhílos Island, Greece. One of the smallest of the Cyclades, ...
Delp, Brad
▪ 2008 Bradley E. Delp        American guitarist and singer born June 12, 1951 , Danvers, Mass. died March 9, 2007, Atkinson, N.H. was the lead singer for the rock ...
/del"fuy/, n. an ancient city in central Greece, in Phocis: site of an oracle of Apollo. * * * Site of the ancient temple and oracle of Apollo in Greece. Located on the slopes ...
/del"fee euhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Delphi. adj. 2. Delphic. [1615-25; DELPHI + -AN] * * *
—delphically, adv. /del"fik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Delphi. 2. of or pertaining to Apollo, or to his temples or oracles. 3. (often l.c.) oracular; obscure; ambiguous: She ...
Delphic oracle
the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, noted for giving ambiguous answers. * * *
See Delphic. * * *
Delphin Classics
▪ edition of the Latin classics       an edition of the Latin classics prepared in the reign of Louis XIV of France. The series was supervised by Pierre-Daniel Huet ...
/del fin"ee euh/, n. 1. an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo. 2. Also, Delphine /del feen"/. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning "dolphin." * * *
/del"feuh nin/, n. Chem. a violet anthocyanin, C41H38O21, found in the flowers of the larkspur, Delphinium consolida. [DELPHIN(IUM) + -IN2] * * *
/del"feuh neen', -nin/, n. Chem. a bitter, poisonous, crystalline alkaloid, C33H45NO9, obtained from various species of larkspur, esp. Delphinium staphisagria. [1820-30; ...
/del fin"ee euhm/, n., pl. delphiniums, delphinia /-ee euh/. any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, esp. any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, ...
/del fuy"neuhs/, n., gen. Delphini /-nuy/. Astron. the Dolphin, a northern constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. [ < L delphinus dolphin < Gk delphís DOLPHIN, s. delphin-] * ...
Delray Beach
/del"ray/ a city in SE Florida. 34,325. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Palm Beach county, southeastern Florida, U.S. It lies along the Atlantic Ocean about ...
Del·ray Beach (dĕlʹrā') A city of southeast Florida on the Atlantic Ocean north of Boca Raton. Settled in 1901, it is a tourist resort. Population: 47,181. * * *
Del Ri·o (dĕl rēʹō) A city of southwest Texas on the Rio Grande west of San Antonio. Founded in 1868, it is a market and shipping center in an agricultural region. ...
/del sahrt"/; Fr. /del sannrddt"/, n. François /fran swah"/; Fr. /frddahonn swann"/ 1811-71, French musician and teacher. * * *
Delsarte method
a theory or system devised by François Delsarte for improving musical and dramatic expression through the mastery of various bodily attitudes and gestures. Also called Delsarte ...
Delsarte system
Delsarte system [del särt′] n. 〚after François Delsarte (1811-71), Fr teacher of singing & dramatics〛 a system of calisthenics combined with singing, declamation, and ...
/del sahr"tee euhn/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of François Delsarte or the Delsarte method. [DELSARTE + -IAN] * * *
delt (dĕlt) n. Slang A deltoid muscle. Often used in the plural. * * *
/del"teuh/, n. 1. the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. 2. the consonant sound represented by this letter. 3. the fourth in a series of items. 4. anything triangular, like the ...
/del"teuh/, n. Mil. the NATO name for a class of Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine armed with 16 multi-warhead missiles. * * * Low-lying plain composed of ...
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
▪ American company       American airline incorporated on Dec. 31, 1930, as Delta Air Corporation, which adopted the current name in 1945. Engaged initially in ...
Delta Amacuro
▪ state, Venezuela       estado (state), northeastern Venezuela. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast, Guyana on the southeast, and the Venezuelan ...
Delta Aquarids
Astron. See under Aquarids. * * *
Delta Cephei
▪ star       prototype star of the class of Cepheid variables (Cepheid variable), in the constellation Cepheus. Its apparent visual magnitude at minimum is 4.34 and at ...
delta connection
Elect. the series connection of three elements in a three-phase circuit forming a triangle. [1900-05] * * *
Delta Force
(Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta) a special unit in the US Army that fights against terrorists and guerrillas. Its base is at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and it has ...
delta function
Physics, Math. a generalized function having the value 0 except at 0, the value infinity at 0, and an integral from minus infinity to plus infinity of 1, used in thermodynamics ...
delta hepatitis
Immunol. See hepatitis delta. * * *
delta iron
Metall. an allotrope of iron, stable above 1400°C, having a body-centered cubic lattice structure. * * *
delta particle
Physics. any of a family of baryon resonances having strangeness 0, isotopic spin 3/2, and either a single or double positive electric charge, a single negative charge, or no ...
Delta Project
▪ engineering project, The Netherlands also called  Delta Works,  Dutch  Deltawerken,         in the southwestern Netherlands, a giant flood-control project that ...
delta ray
Physics. a low-energy electron emitted by a substance after bombardment by higher-energy particles, as alpha particles. [1905-10] * * * ▪ physics       in physics, any ...
delta rhythm
Physiol. a pattern of slow brain waves, having a frequency of less than 6 cycles per second as recorded by an electroencephalograph, associated with deep sleep. [1935-40] * * *
Delta team
an assault unit of highly trained and specialized U.S. troops that can be quickly dispatched to deal with terrorist action. * * *
delta virus.
See under hepatitis delta. * * *
delta wave
Physiol. any of the slow brain waves constituting delta rhythm. [1935-40] * * *
delta wing
a triangularly shaped surface that serves as both wing and horizontal stabilizer of a space vehicle and some supersonic aircraft. [1945-50] * * *
/del tay"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or like a delta. 2. forming or having a delta. [DELTA + -IC] * * *
delta ray n. An electron ejected from matter by ionizing radiation. * * *
▪ extinct mammal genus       a genus of extinct mammals (mammal) found as fossils in rocks from Upper Cretaceous (Cretaceous Period) times (about 100–65.5 million ...
delta wave n. A slow brain wave, having a frequency of fewer than six cycles per second, that emanates from the forward portion of the brain and is associated with deep sleep in ...
delta wing n. An aircraft with swept-back wings that give it the appearance of an isosceles triangle. * * *
See deltaic. * * *
—deltiological /del'tee euh loj"i keuhl/, adj. —deltiologist, n. /del'tee ol"euh jee/, n. the hobby of collecting post cards. [1945-50; < Gk deltí(on), dim. of déltos ...
/del"toyd/, n. 1. Anat. a large, triangular muscle covering the joint of the shoulder, the action of which raises the arm away from the side of the body. adj. 2. Anat. pertaining ...
/del toyd"l/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a river delta. 2. deltoid (def. 3). [1830-40; DELTOID + -AL1] * * *
deltoideus muscle
▪ anatomy       large, triangular muscle that covers the shoulder and serves mainly to raise the arm laterally. The deltoid, as it is commonly known, originates on the ...
/delts/, n.pl. Informal. deltoid muscles. [1965-70; by shortening] * * *
/deuh looh"breuhm/, n., pl. delubra /-breuh/. (in ancient Rome) a temple, shrine, or sanctuary. [1655-65; < L delubrum, appar. equiv. to delu(ere) to wash off (de- DE- + -luere, ...
Deluc, Jean André
▪ Swiss-British geologist and meteorologist born Feb. 8, 1727, Geneva, Switz. died Nov. 7, 1817, Windsor, Berkshire, Eng.       Swiss-born British geologist and ...
—deluder, n. —deludingly, adv. /di loohd"/, v.t., deluded, deluding. 1. to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive: His conceit deluded him into believing he was ...
See delude. * * *
See deluder. * * *
/del"yoohj, -yoohzh, del"oohj, -oohzh, di loohj", -loohzh"/, n., v., deluged, deluging. n. 1. a great flood of water; inundation; flood. 2. a drenching rain; downpour. 3. ...
—delusional, delusionary, adj. /di looh"zheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of deluding. 2. the state of being deluded. 3. a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur. 4. ...
See delusion. * * *
—delusively, adv. —delusiveness, n. /di looh"siv/, adj. 1. tending to delude; misleading; deceptive: a delusive reply. 2. of the nature of a delusion; false; unreal: a ...
See delusive. * * *
See delusively. * * *
de·lu·so·ry (dĭ-lo͞oʹsə-rē, -zə-) adj. Tending to deceive; delusive. * * *
/dee lus"teuhr euhnt/, n. a chemical agent, as titanium dioxide, used in reducing the sheen of a yarn or fabric. Also, delustrant /dee lus"treuhnt/. [DE- + LUSTER1 + -ANT] * * *
/dee lus"teuhr ing/, n. a chemical process for reducing the luster of rayon yarns by adding a finely divided pigment to the spinning solution. [1925-30; DE- + LUSTER1 + -ING1] * ...
/deuh luks", -looks"/, adj. 1. of special elegance, sumptuousness, or fineness; high or highest in quality, luxury, etc.: a deluxe hotel; a deluxe edition of Shakespeare bound in ...
Delvaux, Andre
▪ 2003       Belgian filmmaker (b. March 21, 1926, Heverlee, Belg.—d. Oct. 4, 2002, Valencia, Spain), was widely regarded as the founder of the Belgian national ...
Delvaux, Paul
▪ 1995       Belgian painter (b. Sept. 23, 1897, Antheit, Liège, Belgium—d. July 20, 1994, Veurne, Belgium), in his mature works visually conveyed a dreamlike state, ...
—delver, n. /delv/, v., delved, delving. v.i. 1. to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like; investigate: to delve into the issue of prison ...
See delve. * * *
Delvigne, Henri-Gustave
▪ French officer and inventor born 1799, Hamburg [Germany] died Oct. 18, 1876, Toulon, France       French army officer and inventor who designed innovative rifles and ...
delivery. * * *
/dem/, n. Informal. 1. a member of the Democratic party. 2. the Dems, the Democratic party. [1830-40, Amer.; shortening of DEMOCRAT] * * *
House, household. Derivatives include dome, domestic, and timber. 1. Suffixed o-grade form *dom-o-, *dom-u-, house. a. dome, domestic, domicile; major-domo, from Latin domus, ...
1. Democrat. 2. Democratic. * * *
1. demonstrative. 2. demurrage. * * *
dema deity
Any of several mythical ancestral beings of the Marind-Anim people of southern New Guinea. In their mythology, the killing of a divine ancestor (a dema deity) brings about the ...
▪ Athenian statesman born c. 380 BC died 319       Athenian orator and diplomat who rose from humble origins to a leading place in politics through his vigorous ...
See demagnetize. * * *
—demagnetizable, adj. —demagnetization, n. —demagnetizer, n. /dee mag"ni tuyz'/, v.t., demagnetized, demagnetizing. to remove magnetization from. Also, esp. Brit., ...
See demagnetization. * * *
dem·a·gog (dĕmʹə-gôg', -gŏg') n. & v. Variant of demagogue. * * *
—demagogically, adv. /dem'euh goj"ik, -gog"-, -goh"jik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a demagogue. Also, demagogical. [1825-35; < Gk demagogikós, equiv. to ...
See demagogic. * * *
dem·a·gog·ism (dĕmʹə-gô'gĭz-əm, -gŏg'ĭz-) n. Demagoguery. * * *
/dem"euh gog', -gawg'/, n., v., demagogued, demagoguing. n. 1. a person, esp. an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, ...
/dem"euh gog'euh ree, -gaw'geuh-/, n. the methods or practices of a demagogue. [1850-55, Amer.; DEMAGOGUE + -RY] * * *
/dem"euh gog'iz euhm, -gaw'giz-/, n. demagoguery. Also, demagogism. [1835-45; DEMAGOGUE + -ISM] * * *
/dem"euh goh'jee, -gaw'jee, -goj'ee/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. demagoguery. 2. the character of a demagogue. 3. a body of demagogues. [1645-55; < Gk demagogía leadership of the ...
de Man (də mänʹ, măɴʹ), Paul. 1919-1983. Belgian-born American literary theorist best known for his deconstructionist works Blindness and Insight (1971) and Allegories of ...
—demandable, adj. —demander, n. /di mand", -mahnd"/, v.t. 1. to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right: He demanded payment of the debt. 2. to ask for peremptorily ...
demand bid
Bridge. a bid to which one's partner is obliged to respond. * * *
demand bill
a bill payable upon presentation. * * *
demand curve
▪ economics  in economics, a graphic representation of the relationship between product price and the quantity of the product demanded. It is drawn with price on the ...
demand deposit
Banking. a deposit subject to withdrawal at the demand of the depositor without prior notice. [1925-30] * * *
demand loan
demand loan n. CALL LOAN (sense 1) * * *
demand loan.
See call loan. [1910-15] * * *
demand note
a note payable upon presentation. [1860-65] * * *
demand-pull [di mand′-pool′] adj. designating or having to do with a form of inflation in which prices are driven up by an excess demand for goods and services, relative to ...
demand-pull inflation
/di mand"pool', -mahnd"-/ inflation in which rising demand results in a rise in prices. Also called buyers' inflation. Cf. cost-push inflation. * * *
—demand-sider, n. /di mand"suyd', -mahnd"-/, adj. Econ. of or pertaining to an economic policy that treats consumer demand as the chief determinant of the economy. Cf. ...
See demand. * * *
/di man"deuhnt, -mahn"-/, n. Law. 1. the plaintiff in a real action. 2. any plaintiff. [1300-50; ME < AF demaundant, n. use of prp. of demaunder to DEMAND; see -ANT] * * *
demand deposit n. A bank deposit that can be withdrawn without advance notice. * * *
demand draft n. Abbr. See sight draft. * * *
See demandable. * * *
—demandingly, adv. /di man"ding, -mahn"-/, adj. 1. requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due: a demanding teacher. 2. calling for intensive effort ...
See demanding. * * *
demand loan n. Abbr. D/L See call loan. * * *
demand note n. A bill or draft payable in lawful money upon presentation or demand. * * *
/di man"toyd/, n. Mineral. a brilliant green variety of andradite garnet, used as a gem. Also called Uralian emerald. [1890-95; < G, equiv. to (obs.) Demant DIAMOND ( < MHG ...
▪ king of Sparta flourished 5th century BC    king of Sparta, together with Cleomenes I, who frustrated Cleomenes' designs on both Athens and Aegina. He was consequently ...
—demarcator, n. /di mahr"kayt, dee"mahr kayt'/, v.t., demarcated, demarcating. 1. to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of: to demarcate a piece of property. 2. to ...
/dee'mahr kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something. 2. separation by distinct boundaries: line of demarcation. Also, ...
/di mahr"kay tiv, dee"mahr kay'-/, adj. Ling. (of a phonological feature) serving to indicate the beginning or end of each successive word in an utterance, as word-initial stress ...
See demarcate. * * *
/day mannrddsh"/, n., pl. démarches /-mannrddsh"/. French. 1. an action or gesture by a diplomat, esp. a formal appeal, protest, or the like. 2. a statement, protest, or the ...
/di mahrk"/, v.t. demarcate. [1825-35; DE- + MARK1] * * *
de·mar·ka·tion (dē'mär-kāʹshən) n. Variant of demarcation. * * *
/dee mahr"ki ting/, n. advertising that urges the public to limit the consumption of a product, as at a time of shortage. [1970-75; DE- + MARKETING] * * *
v.t., demasculinized, demasculinizing. * * *
—demassification, n. —demassifier, n. /dee mas"euh fuy'/, v.t., demassified, demassifying. 1. to cause (society or a social system) to become less uniform or centralized; ...
See dematerialize. * * *
—dematerialization, n. /dee'meuh tear"ee euh luyz'/, v.t., v.i., dematerialized, dematerializing. to deprive of or lose material character. Also, esp. Brit., ...
/dem'euh vend"/, n. a mountain in N Iran, in the Elburz Mountains. 18,606 ft. (5670 m). * * *
Demavend, Mount
▪ mountain, Iran Persian  Qolleh-ye Damāvand,         extinct volcanic peak of the Elburz Mountains, Iran, about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Tehrān. Estimates of ...
Dembiński, Henryk
▪ Polish soldier and revolutionary leader also spelled  Henrik Dembinszky  born May 3, 1791, Kraków, Pol. died June 13, 1864, Paris, France       Polish soldier and ...
—demic /dem"ik, dee"mik/, adj. /deem/, n. 1. one of the administrative divisions of ancient Attica and of modern Greece. 2. Biol. a local population of organisms of the same ...
demean1 /di meen"/, v.t. to lower in dignity, honor, or standing; debase: He demeaned himself by accepting the bribe. [1595-1605; DE- + MEAN2, modeled on debase] Syn. degrade, ...
/di mee"ning/, adj. that demeans; debasing; degrading: Being forced to apologize when I had done nothing wrong was a demeaning task. [1875-80; DEMEAN1 + -ING2] * * *
See demean2. * * *
/di mee"neuhr/, n. 1. conduct; behavior; deportment. 2. facial appearance; mien. Also, esp. Brit., demeanour. [1425-75; late ME demenure. See DEMEAN2, -OR1] Syn. manner, ...
/dem'euh kloh suy"kleen/, n. Pharm. a broad-spectrum antibiotic, C21H21ClN2O8, derived from a mutant strain of the bacterium Streptomyces aureofaciens: used against a wide range ...
v.t., demedicated, demedicating. * * *
/di ment"/, v.t. Obs. to make mad or insane. [1535-45; < LL dementare to deprive of mind, equiv. to L dement- (s. of demens) out of one's mind (de- DE- + ment- (s. of mens) mind) ...
—dementedly, adv. —dementedness, n. /di men"tid/, adj. 1. crazy; insane; mad. 2. affected with dementia. [1635-45; DEMENT + -ED2] Syn. 1. lunatic, crazed, deranged, ...
See demented. * * *
See dementedly. * * *
/day mahn"tee/; Fr. /day mahonn tee"/, n., pl. démentis /-teez/; Fr. /-tee"/. an official denial by a government of actions, aims, etc., ascribed to it. [1585-95; < F: lit., ...
—demential, adj. /di men"sheuh, -shee euh/, n. Psychiatry. severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to ...
dementia praecox
/pree"koks/, Psychiatry. schizophrenia. [1895-1900; < NL: precocious dementia] * * *
See dementia. * * *
dementia prae·cox (prēʹkŏks') n. Schizophrenia. No longer in scientific use.   [New Latin dēmentia praecox: Latin dēmentia, dementia + Latin praecox, premature.] * * *
/di men"toh/, n., pl. dementos. Slang. a deranged, mentally disturbed, or fanatic person; lunatic; nut. [DEMENT(ED) + -O] * * *
—demeraran, adj. /dem'euh rahr"euh, -rair"euh/, n. (often cap.) a light brown raw sugar grown in Guyana and used esp. in the country's rum-making industry. [after the DEMERARA ...
/dem'euh rahr"euh, -rair"euh/, n. a river in E Guyana flowing S to N and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown. 215 mi. (346 km) long. * * *
Demerara (sugar)
Demerara (sugar) or demerara sugar [dem΄ə rar′ə, dem΄ərer′ə] n. [also d- s-] Brit. a coarse, light-brown sugar * * *
Demerara River
River, eastern Guyana. Rising in the forests of central Guyana, it flows north for 215 mi (346 km) to the Atlantic Ocean at Georgetown. Oceangoing steamers ascend 65 mi (105 km) ...
v.t., demerged, demerging. * * *
n. * * *
—demeritorious /di mer'i tawr"ee euhs, -tohr"-/, adj. —demeritoriously, adv. /di mer"it/, n. 1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency: If you receive four ...
See demerit. * * *
See demeritorious. * * *
/dem"euh rawl', -rol'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of meperidine. * * *
demersal [dē mʉr′səl] adj. 〚< L demersus, pp. of demergere, to submerge < de-, DE- + mergere, to sink (see MERGE) + -AL〛 found on or near the bottom of a sea, lake, ...
—demesnial, adj. /di mayn", -meen"/, n. 1. possession of land as one's own: land held in demesne. 2. an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for ...
/di mee"teuhr/, n. the ancient Greek chthonian goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres. She presided over ...
dem·e·ton (dĕmʹĭ-tŏn') n. Either of two pale-yellow, highly toxic organophosphorous liquids, C6H15O3PS2 or C6H15O4PS2, used as systemic insecticides.   [di-1 + ethyl + ...
/di mee"tree euhs/, n. an ancient city in NE Greece, in Thessaly. * * *
Demetrios Of Alopeka
▪ Greek sculptor Demetrios also spelled  Demetrius,   flourished 4th century BC       Greek sculptor, said by ancient critics to have been notable for the lifelike ...
(as used in expressions) Cydones Demetrius Demetrius I Poliorcetes Pseudo Demetrius * * * ▪ king of Bactria flourished 2nd century BC    king of Bactria who was the son ...
Demetrius Chalcondyles
▪ Italian professor born 1424, Athens [Greece] died 1511, Milan [Italy]       Renaissance teacher of Greek and of Platonic philosophy.       In 1447 Demetrius ...
Demetrius I
/di mee"tree euhs/ (Poliorcetes) 337?-283 B.C., king of Macedonia 294-286 (son of Antigonus I). * * *
Demetrius I Poliorcetes
born 336 BC, Macedonia died 283, Cilicia King of Macedonia (294–288). As a young general he fought to rebuild the empire of his father, Antigonus I Monophthalmus. Under his ...
Demetrius I Soter
▪ king of Syria Greek“Saviour” born c. 187 BC died 150  king of Syria from 162 to 150 BC. He was one of the line of rulers of the Seleucid dynasty, founded in 312 by a ...
Demetrius II
▪ king of Macedonia born c. 276 BC died 229       king of Macedonia from 239 to 229 BC.       Demetrius gained distinction as a boy by defeating and dethroning ...
Demetrius II Nicator
▪ king of Syria Greek“Victor” born 161 BC died 125  king of Syria from 145 to 139 and from 129 to 125 BC.       The son of King Demetrius I Soter, he went into ...
Demetrius Of Phaleron
▪ Greek statesman and philosopher also called  Demetrius Phalereus   born c. 350 BC, Phaleron, near Athens [Greece] died c. 280, , Egypt       Athenian orator, ...
Demetz, Frédéric-Auguste
▪ French jurist born May 12, 1796, Paris, France died Nov. 2, 1873, Paris       French jurist and early advocate of the cottage reformatory for juvenile offenders, ...
Demi Moore
➡ Moore (II) * * *
a combining form appearing in loanwords from French meaning "half" (demilune), "lesser" (demitasse), or sometimes used with a pejorative sense (demimonde); on this model, also ...
/dem'ee kan"euhn/, n. a large cannon of the 16th century, having a bore of about 61/2 in. (17 cm) and firing a shot of from 30 to 36 lb. (14 to 16 kg). [1550-60; < MF; see DEMI-, ...
/dem'ee kul"veuhr in/, n. a culverin having a bore of about 41/2 in. (11 cm) and firing a shot of about 10 lb. (5 kg). Also, demiculverin. [1580-90; < F demi-coulevrine. See ...
/dem'ee day'toor nay"/; Fr. /deuh mee day toohrdd nay"/, n., pl. demi-détournés /-nayz"/; Fr. /-nay"/. Ballet. a turn in which the dancer on pointe or demi-pointe completes a ...
/dem"ee hun'teuhr/, n. a watch having a hinged case with a hole in the lid permitting the time to be seen even when the lid is closed. [1880-85] * * *
/deuh mee pahonn syawonn"/, n. French. 1. an arrangement whereby a guest or resident pays, usually at a fixed rate, for room, breakfast, and one other daily meal offered in a ...
/dem'ee plee ay"/; Fr. /deuh mee plee ay"/, n., pl. demi-pliés /-plee ayz"/; Fr. /-plee ay"/. Ballet. a movement done in any of the five positions, in which the dancer bends the ...
/dem'ee poynt"/; Fr. /deuh mee pwaonnt"/, n., pl. demi-pointes /-poynts"/; Fr. /-pwaonnt"/. Ballet. a position on the balls of the feet. [ < F demi-pointe (des pieds) lit., ...
/dem"ee sek"/, adj. (of wines) semidry; sweeter than sec but drier than doux. [1930-35; < F; see DEMI-, SEC1] * * *
/dem'ee vee airzh"/; Fr. /deuh mee vyerddzh"/, n., pl. demi-vierges /-vee air"zhiz/; Fr. /-vyerddzh"/. a girl or woman who behaves in a sexually provocative and permissive way ...
—demibastioned, adj. /dem'ee bas"cheuhn/, n. Fort. a work consisting of half a bastion, and hence having one face and one flank. [1685-95; DEMI- + BASTION] * * *
/dem'ee kan"teuhn, -ton, -kan ton"/, n. either of the two political divisions in Switzerland into which the cantons of Basel, Appenzell, and Unterwalden are each divided. [ < F ...
Demidov Family
▪ Russian family       Russian family that acquired great wealth in the 18th century, largely through iron production and mining, and became patrons of the arts and ...
/dem"ee god'/, n. 1. a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human; an inferior deity. 2. a deified mortal. [1520-30; trans. of L semideus. See DEMI-, GOD] * * *
/dem"ee god'is/, n. 1. a female mythological being who is partly divine and partly human. 2. a deified woman. [1595-1605; DEMI- + GODDESS] * * *
/dem"i jon'/, n. a large bottle having a short, narrow neck, and usually being encased in wickerwork. [1760-70; by folk etym. < F dame-jeanne, appar. special use of proper ...
See demilitarize. * * *
—demilitarization, n. /dee mil"i teuh ruyz'/, v.t., demilitarized, demilitarizing. 1. to deprive of military character; free from militarism. 2. to place under civil instead of ...
demilitarized zone
1. an area in which it is forbidden to station military forces or maintain military installations. 2. Informal. any area, place, or circumstance in which conflicts or hostilities ...
de·mil·i·ta·rized zone (dē-mĭlʹĭ-tə-rīzd') n. Abbr. DMZ An area from which military forces, operations, and installations are prohibited. * * *
DeMille, Cecil B(lount)
born Aug. 12, 1881, Ashfield, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 21, 1959, Hollywood, Calif. U.S. film director and producer. In 1913 he joined Jesse Lasky (1880–1958) and Samuel Goldwyn ...
DeMille, Cecil B.
▪ American film director in full  Cecil Blount DeMille   born August 12, 1881, Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S. died January 21, 1959, Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
/dem"i loohn'/, n. 1. a crescent. 2. Fort. an outwork resembling a bastion with a crescent-shaped gorge. 3. a crescent or half-moon shape, as of the top of a piece of ...
/dem'ee met"euh pee', -met"ohp/, n. the space between the end of a Doric frieze and the first triglyph. [DEMI- + METOPE] * * *
/dem'ee mon dayn"/; Fr. /deuh mee mawonn den"/, n., pl. demimondaines /-daynz"/; Fr. /-den"/, adj. n. 1. a woman of the demimonde. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the ...
/dem"ee mond'/; Fr. /deuh mee mawonnd"/, n. 1. (esp. during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of ...

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