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demineralization
de·min·er·al·i·za·tion (dē-mĭn'ər-ə-lĭ-zāʹshən) n. 1. The act or process of removing minerals or mineral salts from a liquid, such as water. 2. The loss, ...
demineralize
—demineralization, n. /dee min"euhr euh luyz'/, v., demineralized, demineralizing. v.t. 1. to remove minerals from; deprive of mineral content. v.i. 2. to lose mineral content; ...
demineralizer
/dee min"euhr euh luy'zeuhr/, n. an instrument, apparatus, or chemical used to remove minerals from water. [1955-60; DE- + MINERALIZE + -ER1] * * *
Deming
▪ New Mexico, United States       city, seat (1901) of Luna county, southwestern New Mexico, U.S., about 55 miles (89 km) west of Las Cruces. The city is located in ...
Deming, W Edwards
▪ 1994       U.S. business-management expert (b. Oct. 14, 1900, Sioux City, Iowa—d. Dec. 20, 1993, Washington, D.C.), used statistical analysis to formulate ...
Deming, W(illiam) Edwards
born Oct. 14, 1900, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. died Dec. 20, 1993, Washington, D.C. U.S. statistician, educator, and advocate of quality-control methods in industrial ...
Deming, W. Edwards
▪ American statistician and educator in full  William Edwards Deming   born Oct. 14, 1900, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S. died Dec. 20, 1993, Washington, D.C.       American ...
demipique
/dem"i peek'/, n. an 18th-century military saddle with a low pommel. [1685-95; DEMI- + pique (pseudo-F sp. of PEAK1)] * * *
demiquaver
/dem"ee kway'veuhr/, n. Music. a sixteenth note; semiquaver. [1650-60; DEMI- + QUAVER] * * *
Demirel, Süleyman
▪ president of Turkey born October 6, 1924, İslâmköy, Turkey       politician and civil engineer who served seven times as prime minister of Turkey and was president ...
demirelief
/dem'ee ri leef"/, n. mezzo-relievo. [1870-75; DEMI- + RELIEF2] * * *
demirep
/dem"ee rep'/, n. a demimondaine. [1740-50; short for demi-reputation] * * *
demisable
See demise. * * *
demise
—demisability, n. —demisable, adj. /di muyz"/, n., v., demised, demising. n. 1. death or decease. 2. termination of existence or operation: the demise of the empire. 3. ...
demisemiquaver
/dem'ee sem"ee kway'veuhr/, n. Music, Chiefly Brit. a thirty-second note. See illus. under note. [1700-10; DEMI- + SEMIQUAVER] * * *
demission
/di mish"euhn/, n. 1. abdication. 2. dismissal. [1400-50; late ME < AF < L dimission- (s. of dimissio), equiv. to dimiss(us) (see DISMISS) + -ion- -ION] * * *
demist
v.t. * * *
demister
/dee mis"teuhr/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. defroster (def. 2). 2. a type of defroster for the side window of an automobile. [1935-40; DE- + MIST + -ER1] * * *
demit
demit1 /di mit"/, v., demitted, demitting, n. v.t. 1. to resign (a job, public office, etc.); relinquish. 2. Archaic. to dismiss; fire. v.i. 3. to resign. n. 4. Also, dimit. ...
demitasse
/dem"i tas', -tahs'/, n. 1. a small cup for serving strong black coffee after dinner. 2. the coffee contained in such a cup. [1835-45; < F: lit., half-cup] * * *
demiurge
—demiurgeous /dem'ee err"jeuhs/, demiurgic, demiurgical, adj. —demiurgically, adv. /dem"ee errj'/, n. 1. Philos. a. Platonism. the artificer of the world. b. (in the Gnostic ...
demiurgeous
See demiurge. * * *
demiurgic
See demiurgeous. * * *
demiurgical
See demiurgeous. * * *
demiurgically
See demiurgeous. * * *
demivolt
/dem"ee vohlt'/, n. a half turn made by a horse with forelegs raised. Also, demivolte. [ < F demi-volte. See DEMI-, VOLT1] * * *
demiworld
/dem"ee werrld'/, n. demimonde (defs. 4, 5). [1860-65; partial trans. of DEMIMONDE; see DEMI-, WORLD] * * *
Demme, Edward
▪ 2003 “Ted”        American film director (b. Oct. 26, 1964, New York, N.Y.—d. Jan. 13, 2002, Santa Monica, Calif.), counted among his credits such films as ...
demo
/dem"oh/, n., pl. demos. Informal. 1. demonstration (defs. 4, 6). 2. demonstrator (def. 5). 3. a phonograph record or tape recording of a new song or of one performed by an ...
Demo
/dem"oh/, n., pl. Demos. Informal. a member of the Democratic party; Democrat. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
demo
/dem"oh/, n., pl. demos. Informal. 1. demonstration (defs. 4, 6). 2. demonstrator (def. 5). 3. a phonograph record or tape recording of a new song or of one performed by an ...
Demo
/dem"oh/, n., pl. Demos. Informal. a member of the Democratic party; Democrat. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
demo-
a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant "people" (democratic); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (demography). [ < Gk demo-, comb. ...
demob
/dee mob"/, n., v., demobbed, demobbing. Chiefly Brit. Informal. n. 1. demobilization. 2. a person who has been demobilized. v.t. 3. to discharge (a person) from the armed ...
demobilization
See demobilize. * * *
demobilize
—demobilization, n. /dee moh"beuh luyz'/, v.t., demobilized, demobilizing. 1. to disband (troops, an army, etc.). 2. to discharge (a person) from military service. Also, esp. ...
democracy
/di mok"reuh see/, n., pl. democracies. 1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by ...
Democracy and Development: The East Asian Experience
▪ 1997       by Richard Saludo       In October 1996, 15 months after lifting the house arrest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's ...
Democracy in America
(French, Démocracie en Amérique), a study (1835) by Alexis de Tocqueville of American political institutions. * * *
democrat
/dem"euh krat'/, n. 1. an advocate of democracy. 2. a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people. 3. (cap.) Politics. a. a member of the Democratic ...
Democrat,Mount
Democrat, Mount A peak, 4,315.1 m (14,148 ft) high, of central Colorado in the Park Range of the Rocky Mountains. * * *
democratic
—democratically, adv. /dem'euh krat"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy. 2. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or ...
Democratic Action
▪ political party, Venezuela Spanish  Acción Democrática  formerly (1936–41)  National Democratic Party        social-democratic political party of ...
democratic centralism
▪ politics       decision-making practice and disciplinary policy adopted by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and subsequently followed by the Chinese ...
Democratic Centralist
▪ political group, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Russian  Demokratichesky Tsentralist,         in the history of the Soviet Union, member of an opposition group ...
Democratic Constitutional Rally
▪ political party, Tunisia also called  Democratic Constitutional Assembly , formerly (1964–88)  Destourian Socialist Party  and (1934–64)  Neo-Destour , French ...
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
▪ Palestinian political organization Arabic  Al-Jabhah al-Dīmūqrāṭiyyah li-Taḥrīr Filasṭīn,         one of several organizations associated with the ...
Democratic Left
▪ political party, Northern Ireland and Ireland Introduction       short-lived socialist party, organized in both Northern Ireland and the Irish republic, that broke ...
Democratic party
one of the two major political parties in the U.S., founded in 1828. * * * One of the two major political parties in the U.S., historically the party of labour, minorities, and ...
Democratic Progressive Party
▪ political party, Taiwan       political party in Taiwan (the Republic of China [ROC]). It was formed in September 1986 by those who initially sought ...
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo see CONGO * * *
Democratic Republican Party
➡ Democratic Party * * *
Democratic Socialist Party
▪ political party, Japan Japanese  Minshatō , formerly  (1960–69) Minshu Shakaitō        former Japanese political party that was formed in 1960 by moderate ...
Democratic Unionist Party
▪ political party, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Introduction       unionist party in Northern Ireland. The DUP was cofounded by Ian Paisley (Paisley, Ian), who led ...
Democratic-Republican party
U.S. Hist. a political party opposed to the Federalist party. * * * ▪ political party, United States originally (1792–98)  Republican Party        first opposition ...
Democratic-RepublicanParty
Dem·o·crat·ic-Re·pub·li·can Party (dĕm'ə-krăt'ĭk-rĭ-pŭbʹlĭ-kən) n. A political party in the United States that was opposed to the Federalist Party and was founded ...
democratically
See democratic. * * *
DemocraticParty
Democratic Party n. One of the two major political parties in the United States, owing its origin to a split in the Democratic-Republican Party under Andrew Jackson in 1828. * * *
democratization
See democratize. * * *
democratize
—democratization, n. —democratizer, n. /di mok"reuh tuyz'/, v.t., v.i., democratized, democratizing. to make or become democratic. Also, esp. Brit., democratise. [1790-1800; ...
Democrats
➡ Democratic Party * * *
Democrats of the Left
▪ political party, Italy Italian  Democratici di Sinistra (DS) , formerly (1991–98)  Democratic Party of the Left  and  (1921–91)  Italian Communist ...
Democrats of the Left (DS)
formerly (1921–91) Italian Communist Party (1991–98) Democratic Party of the Left Major Italian political party. Founded as the Partito Comunista Italiano (PCI) in 1921 by ...
Democritus
/di mok"ri teuhs/, n. ("the Laughing Philosopher") c460-370 B.C., Greek philosopher. * * * born с 460 died с 370 BC Greek philosopher. Though only a few fragments of his ...
Democritus Junior
pen name of Robert Burton. * * *
démodé
/day maw day"/, adj. French. no longer in fashion; out of date; outmoded. * * *
demoded
/dee moh"did/, adj. out of date; outmoded. [1885-90; partial trans. of F démodé] * * *
demodulate
—demodulator, n. /dee moj"euh layt'/, v.t., demodulated, demodulating. Telecommunications. to extract the original information-bearing signal from a modulated carrier wave or ...
demodulation
/dee moj'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. Telecommunications. detection (def. 4b). [1920-25; DE- + MODULATION] * * *
demodulator
demodulator [dē mäj′ə lāt΄ər] n. Radio a device used in demodulation * * * See demodulate. * * *
Demogorgon
/dee'meuh gawr"geuhn, dem'euh-/, n. a vague, mysterious, infernal power or divinity mistakenly thought to belong to ancient mythology. [1580-90; < LL Demogorgon, of uncert. ...
demographer
See demography. * * *
demographic
—demographically, adv. /dem'euh graf"ik, dee'meuh-/, adj. Also, demographical. 1. of or pertaining to demography. n. 2. a single vital or social statistic of a human ...
demographically
See demographic. * * *
demographics
/dem'euh graf"iks, dee'meuh-/, n. (used with a pl. v.) the statistical data of a population, esp. those showing average age, income, education, etc. [1965-70; see DEMOGRAPHIC, ...
demography
—demographer, demographist, n. /di mog"reuh fee/, n. the science of vital and social statistics, as of the births, deaths, diseases, marriages, etc., of populations. [1875-80; ...
Demography of Jerusalem
▪ Table Demography of ...
demography Table
▪ Table Causes of death in the United States Estimated rate per (year ended February 1994) 100,000 population 1. ...
demoiselle
/dem'weuh zel", dem'euh-/; Fr. /deuh mwann zel"/, n., pl. demoiselles /-zelz"/; Fr. /-zel"/. 1. an unmarried girl or young woman. 2. See demoiselle crane. 3. a damselfly, esp. of ...
demoiselle crane
a gray crane, Anthropoides virgo, of northern Africa, Europe, and Asia, having long, white plumes behind each eye. [1680-90] * * *
demoisellecrane
demoiselle crane n. A small crane (Anthropoides virgo) of Asia, northern Africa, and Europe, having gray and black plumage, long black breast feathers, and white plumes at the ...
demoisturize
v.t., demoisturized, demoisturizing. * * *
Demolder, Eugène
▪ Belgian author born Dec. 16, 1862, Brussels, Belg. died Oct. 8, 1919, Essonne, France       Belgian novelist, short-story writer, and art critic who was a member of ...
demolish
—demolisher, n. —demolishment, n. /di mol"ish/, v.t. 1. to destroy or ruin (a building or other structure), esp. on purpose; tear down; raze. 2. to put an end to; destroy; ...
demolition
—demolitionist, n. /dem'euh lish"euhn, dee'meuh-/, n. 1. an act or instance of demolishing. 2. the state of being demolished; destruction. 3. destruction or demolishment by ...
demolition bomb
a bomb containing a relatively large charge, used esp. to destroy structures. * * *
demolition derby
1. a contest in which drivers deliberately and repeatedly crash old cars into each other, on a racetrack or in an enclosed area, with the winner being the last vehicle still ...
demolitionderby
demolition derby n. A contest in which drivers crash old cars into each other until only one is left running. * * *
demolitionist
See demolition. * * *
demon
/dee"meuhn/, n. 1. an evil spirit; devil or fiend. 2. an evil passion or influence. 3. a person considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel. 4. a person with great energy, drive, ...
Demon Star
Astron. Algol. [1890-95; trans. of Ar ghul GHOUL] * * *
demon-
var. of demono- before a vowel: demonism. * * *
demon.
demon. abbr. demonstrative. * * *
demonetization
See demonetize. * * *
demonetize
—demonetization, n. /dee mon"i tuyz', -mun"-/, v.t., demonetized, demonetizing. 1. to divest (a monetary standard or the like) of value. 2. to withdraw (money or the like) from ...
demoniac
—demoniacally /dee'meuh nuy"ik lee/, adv. /di moh"nee ak', dee'meuh nuy"ak/, adj. Also, demoniacal /dee'meuh nuy"euh keuhl/. 1. of, pertaining to, or like a demon; demonic: ...
demoniacally
See demoniac. * * *
demonian
/di moh"nee euhn/, adj. demoniac (def. 1). Also, daemonian. [DEMON + -IAN] * * *
demonic
—demonically, adv. /di mon"ik/, adj. 1. inspired as if by a demon, indwelling spirit, or genius. 2. demoniac (def. 1). Also, daemonic, demonical. [1655-65; < LL daemonicus < Gk ...
demonically
See demonic. * * *
demonism
—demonist, n. /dee"meuh niz'euhm/, n. 1. belief in demons. 2. the study of demons; demonology. [1690-1700; DEMON- + -ISM] * * *
demonization
See demonize. * * *
demonize
—demonization, n. /dee"meuh nuyz'/, v.t., demonized, demonizing. 1. to turn into a demon or make demonlike. 2. to subject to the influence of demons. Also, esp. Brit., ...
demono-
a combining form representing demon in compound words: demonology. Also, esp. before a vowel, demon-. * * *
demonography
—demonographer, n. /dee'meuh nog"reuh fee/, n., pl. demonographies. a treatise on demons. [1885-90; DEMONO- + -GRAPHY] * * *
demonolater
/dee'meuh nol"euh teuhr/, n. a person who worships demons. [1875-80; back formation from DEMONOLATRY] * * *
demonolatry
—demonolatrous, adj. —demonolatrously, adv. /dee'meuh nol"euh tree/, n. the worship of demons. [1660-70; DEMONO- + -LATRY] * * *
demonologic
See demonology. * * *
demonological
See demonologic. * * *
demonologist
See demonologic. * * *
demonology
—demonologic /dee'meuh nl oj"ik/, demonological, adj. —demonologically, adv. —demonologist, n. /dee'meuh nol"euh jee/, n. 1. the study of demons or of beliefs about ...
demonstrability
See demonstrable. * * *
demonstrable
—demonstrability, demonstrableness, n. —demonstrably, adv. /di mon"streuh beuhl, dem"euhn-/, adj. 1. capable of being demonstrated or proved. 2. clearly evident; obvious: a ...
demonstrableness
See demonstrability. * * *
demonstrably
See demonstrability. * * *
demonstrant
/deuh mon"streuhnt/, n. demonstrator (def. 2). [1865-70; < L demonstrant- (s. of demonstrans), prp. of demonstrare to show. See DEMONSTRATE, -ANT] * * *
demonstrate
—demonstratedly, adv. /dem"euhn strayt'/, v., demonstrated, demonstrating. v.t. 1. to make evident or establish by arguments or reasoning; prove: to demonstrate a philosophical ...
demonstration
—demonstrational, adj. —demonstrationist, n. /dem'euhn stray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or circumstance of proving or being proved conclusively, as by reasoning or a show of ...
demonstrative
—demonstratively, adv. —demonstrativeness, n. /deuh mon"streuh tiv/, adj. 1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., ...
demonstratively
See demonstrative. * * *
demonstrativeness
See demonstratively. * * *
demonstrator
/dem"euhn stray'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that demonstrates. 2. Also, demonstrant. a person who takes part in a public demonstration, as by marching or picketing. 3. a ...
Demophon
▪ Greek mythology       in Greek mythology, the son of Celeus, king of Eleusis. According to the Homeric hymn to Demeter, the goddess Demeter, wandering in search of ...
Demopolis
▪ Alabama, United States       city, Marengo county, western Alabama, U.S. It is situated about 100 miles (160 km) west of Montgomery, at the confluence of the ...
demoralization
See demoralize. * * *
demoralize
—demoralization, n. —demoralizer, n. —demoralizingly, adv. /di mawr"euh luyz', -mor"-/, v.t., demoralized, demoralizing. 1. to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, ...
demoralizer
See demoralization. * * *
Demorest, Ellen Louise Curtis
▪ American businesswoman née  Ellen Louise Curtis  born Nov. 15, 1824, Schuylerville, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 10, 1898, New York, N.Y.       American businesswoman, ...
demos
/dee"mos/, n. 1. the common people of an ancient Greek state. 2. the common people; populace. 3. Sociol. a people viewed as a political unit. [1770-80; < Gk dêmos district, ...
Demosthenes
/di mos"theuh neez'/, n. 384?-322 B.C., Athenian statesman and orator. * * * born 384 BC, Athens died Oct. 12, 322, Calauria, Argolis Athenian statesman known as the greatest ...
demote
—demotion, n. /di moht"/, v.t., demoted, demoting. to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position (opposed to promote): They demoted the careless waiter to ...
demoth
v.t. * * *
demothball
/dee mawth"bawl', -moth"-/, v.t. to remove (naval or military equipment) from storage or reserve, usually for active duty; reactivate. [DE- + MOTHBALL] * * *
demotic
/di mot"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular: a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms. 2. of or pertaining to the ...
Demotic Greek language
also called  Romaic , Greek  Demotiki , or  Romaiki        a modern vernacular of Greece. In modern times it has been the standard spoken language and, by the 20th ...
demotic script
      Egyptian hieroglyphic writing of cursive form that was used in handwritten texts from the early 7th century BC until the 5th century AD. Demotic script derived from ...
demotion
See demote. * * *
demotivate
v.t., demotivated, demotivating. * * *
demotivation
n. * * *
demotivator
n. * * *
demount
—demountable, adj. —demountability, n. /dee mownt"/, v.t. 1. to remove from a mounting, setting, or place of support, as a gun. 2. to take apart; disassemble. [1930-35; DE- + ...
demountable
See demount. * * *
Dempsey
/demp"see/, n. Jack (William Harrison Dempsey), 1895-1983, U.S. boxer: world heavyweight champion 1919-26. * * *
Dempsey, Jack
orig. William Harrison Dempsey born June 24, 1895, Manassa, Colo., U.S. died May 31, 1983, New York, N.Y. U.S. boxer. Dempsey started fighting in 1914 under the name Kid ...
Dempsey, Miles Christopher
▪ British general born December 15, 1896, New Brighton, Cheshire, England died June 5, 1969, Yattendon, Berkshire  British army officer who commanded the Second Army, the ...
Dempsey, Nonpareil Jack
▪ American boxer byname of  John Edward Kelly  born December 15, 1862, Curran, County Kildare, Ireland died November 2, 1895, Portland, Oregon, U.S.       Irish-born ...
Dempsey, Sister Mary Joseph
▪ American nurse original name  Julia Dempsey   born May 14, 1856, Salamanca, N.Y., U.S. died March 29, 1939, Rochester, Minn.       American nurse and hospital ...
Dempsey,William Harrison
Demp·sey (dĕmpʹsē), William Harrison. Known as “Jack.” Called “the Manassa Mauler.” 1895-1983. American prizefighter who won the world heavyweight title in 1919 but ...
dempster
/demp"steuhr, dem"-/, n. deemster. * * *
Dempster
/demp"steuhr, dem"-/, n. Arthur Jeffrey, 1886-1950, U.S. physicist. * * *
Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey
▪ American physicist born Aug. 14, 1886, Toronto, Ont., Can. died March 11, 1950, Stuart, Fla., U.S.       American physicist who built the first mass spectrometer, a ...
Dempster, Nigel
▪ 2008 Nigel Richard Patton Dempster        British gossip columnist born Nov. 1, 1941, British India died July 12, 2007, Ham, Surrey, Eng. wrote (1973–2003) an ...
demulcent
/di mul"seuhnt/, adj. 1. soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance. n. 2. a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated ...
demulsify
—demulsification, n. —demulsifier, n. /dee mul"seuh fuy'/, v.t., demulsified, demulsifying. Physical Chem. to break down (an emulsion) into separate substances incapable of ...
demur
—demurrable, adj. /di merr"/, v., demurred, demurring, n. v.i. 1. to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the ...
demure
—demurely, adv. —demureness, n. /di myoor"/, adj., demurer, demurest. 1. characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved. 2. affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or ...
demurely
See demure. * * *
demureness
See demurely. * * *
demurrable
See demur. * * *
demurrage
/di merr"ij/, n. Com. 1. the detention in port of a vessel by the shipowner, as in loading or unloading, beyond the time allowed or agreed upon. 2. the similar undue detention of ...
demurral
/di merr"euhl/, n. an act or instance of demurring; demur. [1800-10; DEMUR + -AL2] * * *
demurrer
demurrer1 /di merr"euhr/, n. a person who demurs; objector. [DEMUR + -ER1] demurrer2 /di merr"euhr/, n. 1. Law. a pleading in effect that even if the facts are as alleged by the ...
Demuth
/di moohth"/, n. Charles, 1883-1935, U.S. painter and illustrator. * * *
Demuth, Charles
born Nov. 8, 1883, Lancaster, Pa., U.S. died Oct. 23, 1935, Lancaster U.S. painter. He studied in Philadelphia and later in Europe. On his return he became an important channel ...
Demuth,Charles
De·muth (dĭ-mo͞othʹ), Charles. 1883-1935. American painter known for his still-life watercolors. He was one of the first artists to use the geometric shapes of modern ...
demutualize
/dee myooh"chooh euh luyz'/, v.t., demutualized, demutualizing. to convert (a mutual life-insurance company) to a stockholder-owned corporation. Also, esp. Brit., ...
demy
/di muy"/, n., pl. demies. 1. a foundation scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford: so called because such a scholar originally received half the allowance of a fellow. 2. (in ...
Demy, Jacques
▪ French director born June 5, 1931, Pont-Château, France died Oct. 27, 1990, Paris       French director best known for his romantic musical-comedy ...
demyelinate
/di muy"euh leuh nayt'/, v.t., demyelinated, demyelinating. to obliterate or remove the myelin sheath from (a nerve or nerves). [1960-65; DE- + MYELIN + -ATE1] * * *
demyelination
/dee'muy euh leuh nay"sheuhn/, n. loss of myelin from the nerve sheaths, as in multiple sclerosis. [1930-35; DE- + MYELINATION] * * *
demystification
See demystify. * * *
demystifier
See demystification. * * *
demystify
—demystification, n. —demystifier, n. /dee mis"teuh fuy'/, v.t., demystified, demystifying. to rid of mystery or obscurity; clarify: to demystify medical ...
demythicize
v.t., demythicized, demythicizing. * * *
demythify
v.t., demythified, demythifying. * * *
demythologization
See demythologize. * * *
demythologize
—demythologization, n. —demythologizer, n. /dee'mi thol"euh juyz'/, v., demythologized, demythologizing. v.t. 1. to divest of mythological or legendary attributes or forms, ...
demythologizer
See demythologization. * * *
demə-
To constrain, force, especially to break in (horses). Oldest form *demə₂-. 1. Suffixed o-grade form *dom(ə)-o-. tame, from Old English tam, domesticated, from Germanic ...
den
/den/, n., v., denned, denning. n. 1. the lair or shelter of a wild animal, esp. a predatory mammal. 2. a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a ...
den chief
(in the Boy Scouts) a boy scout who supervises a cub scout den in cooperation with a den mother or den father. * * *
den father
1. (in the Boy Scouts) a man who serves as an adult leader or supervisor of a cub scout den. 2. Informal. a man who serves as an adviser or protector to a group of people. Cf. ...
Den Haag
/den hahkh"/ a Dutch name of The Hague. * * *
Den Helder
Den Helder [dən hel′dər] seaport in NW Netherlands, on the North Sea: pop. 61,000 * * *
den mother
1. (in the Boy Scouts) a woman who serves as an adult leader or supervisor of a cub scout den. 2. Informal. a woman who serves as an adviser or protector to a group of people. ...
Den.
Denmark. * * *
Denakil Plain
▪ region, Ethiopia also spelled  Danakil,  also called  Dankali,         arid lowland of northern Ethiopia and southeastern Eritrea, bordering Djibouti. It lies at ...
Denali
Denali [di nä′lē] popular name for MCKINLEY2 Mount * * * De·na·li (də-näʹlē) See McKinley, Mount. * * * a US national park in Alaska which includes Mount McKinley, ...
Denali National Park
/deuh nah"lee/ a national park in S central Alaska, including Mount McKinley. 3030 sq. mi. (7850 sq. km). Formerly, Mount McKinley National Park. * * * Preserve, southern ...
Denali National Park and Preserve
▪ park, Alaska, United States       park and preserve in central Alaska, U.S., established in 1980 from the former Mount McKinley (McKinley, Mount) National Park (1917) ...
denar
denar [dē′när] n. the basic monetary unit of Macedonia: see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement * * * den·ar (dĕnʹär) n. pl. den·a·ri ...
Denard, Bob
▪ 2008 Gilbert Bourgeaud        French mercenary born April 7, 1929, Bordeaux, France died Oct. 13, 2007, Paris, France participated in approximately 20 coups (or ...
Denard, Robert
▪ 1994       "Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war." Shakespeare's line seemed particularly appropriate on April 5, 1993, as Bob Denard, one of the world's most ...
denarius
/di nair"ee euhs/, n., pl. denarii /-nair"ee uy'/. 1. a silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century B.C., that fluctuated in ...
denary
/den"euh ree, dee"neuh-/, adj. 1. containing ten; tenfold. 2. proceeding by tens; decimal. [1570-80; < L denarius containing ten, equiv. to den(i) ten at a time (deriv. of decem ...
denasalize
/dee nay"zeuh luyz'/, v.t., denasalized, denasalizing. Phonet. to diminish the nasal resonance of (speech or a speech sound). Also, esp. Brit., denasalise. [DE- + NASALIZE] * * *
denationalization
See denationalize. * * *
denationalize
—denationalization, n. /dee nash"euh nl uyz'/, v.t., denationalized, denationalizing. 1. to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control. 2. to deprive ...
denaturalization
See denaturalize. * * *
denaturalize
—denaturalization, n. /dee nach"euhr euh luyz'/, v.t., denaturalized, denaturalizing. 1. to deprive of proper or true nature; make unnatural. 2. to deprive of the rights and ...
denaturant
See denature. * * *
denaturation
See denaturant. * * * Biochemical process modifying a protein's natural configuration. It involves breaking many weak (hydrogen and hydrophobic) bonds (see bonding) that ...
denature
—denaturant, n. —denaturation, n. /dee nay"cheuhr/, v.t., denatured, denaturing. 1. to deprive (something) of its natural character, properties, etc. 2. to render (any of ...
denatured alcohol
Chem. alcohol, esp. ethyl alcohol, that has been denatured: used chiefly as a solvent and in chemical synthesis. * * *
denaturedalcohol
de·na·tured alcohol (dē-nāʹchərd) n. Ethyl alcohol to which a poisonous substance, such as acetone or methanol, has been added to make it unfit for consumption. * * *
denaturize
—denaturization, n. —denaturizer, n. /dee nay"cheuh ruyz'/, v.t., denaturized, denaturizing. denature. Also, esp. Brit., denaturise. [1895-1900; DE- + NATURE + -IZE] * * *
denazify
—denazification, n. /dee nah"tseuh fuy', -nat"seuh-/, v.t., denazified, denazifying. to rid of Nazism or Nazi influences. [1940-45; DE- + NAZI + -FY] * * *
Denbigh
▪ Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Dinbych   market town, historic and present county of Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych), Wales. After the English king Edward I conquered Wales, ...
Denbighshire
/den"bee shear', -sheuhr/, n. a historic county in Clywd in N Wales. Also called Denbigh. * * * ▪ county, Wales, United Kingdom Welsh  Sir Ddinbych        county of ...
Dench
(1934– ) an English actor who has played many leading roles in the plays of Shakespeare, especially with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in several ...
Dench, Dame Judi
▪ British actress original name in full  Judith Olivia Dench  born Dec. 9, 1934, York, North Yorkshire, England    British actress known for her numerous and varied stage ...
Dench, Dame Judi(th Olivia)
born Dec. 9, 1934, York, Yorkshire, Eng. British actress. She made her stage debut in 1957 as Ophelia in Hamlet, and Shakespearean works became her specialty. She also ...
Dench, Judi
▪ 1999       In January 1998 British actress Judi Dench lit up London's West End in David Hare's play Amy's View, in which she portrayed an actress who over a period of ...
Denck, Hans
▪ German religious leader born c. 1495, Habach, Bavaria [Germany] died November 27, 1527, Basel, Switzerland       German theologian and Reformer who opposed ...
dendr-
var. of dendro- before a vowel: dendrite. * * *
dendra
/den"dreuh/, n. a pl. of dendron. * * *
DENDRAL
▪ expert system       an early expert system, developed beginning in 1965 by the artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Edward Feigenbaum (Feigenbaum, Edward Albert) ...
dendri-
var. of dendro- before elements of Latin origin: dendriform. * * *
dendriform
/den"dreuh fawrm'/, adj. treelike in form. [1840-50; DENDRI- + -FORM] * * *
dendrimer
den·dri·mer (dĕnʹdrə-mər) n. A polymer in which the atoms are arranged in many branches and subbranches along a central backbone of carbon atoms. Also called cascade ...
dendrite
/den"druyt/, n. 1. Petrol., Mineral. a. a branching figure or marking, resembling moss or a shrub or tree in form, found on or in certain stones or minerals due to the presence ...
dendritic
—dendritically, adv. /den drit"ik/, adj. 1. formed or marked like a dendrite. 2. of a branching form; arborescent. Also, dendritical. [1795-1805; DENDRITE + -IC] * * *
dendritic cell
a branching cell of the lymph nodes, blood, and spleen that functions as a network trapping foreign protein. * * *
dendritically
See dendritic. * * *
dendro-
a combining form meaning "tree," used in the formation of compound words: dendrology. Also, dendr-, dendri-, -dendron. [ < Gk, comb. form of déndron] * * *
dendrobium
/den droh"bee euhm/, n. any of numerous epiphytic orchids of the genus Dendrobium, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, having variously colored, ...
dendrochronological
See dendrochronology. * * *
dendrochronologically
See dendrochronological. * * *
dendrochronologist
See dendrochronological. * * *
dendrochronology
—dendrochronological /den'droh kron'l oj"i keuhl/, adj. —dendrochronologically, adv. —dendrochronologist, n. /den'droh kreuh nol"euh jee/, n. the science dealing with the ...
Dendrocolaptidae
▪ bird family       songbird family, order Passeriformes, consisting of a number of brownish birds of the forest or brushland and found from Mexico through South ...
dendrogram
/den"dreuh gram'/, n. Biol. a treelike diagram depicting evolutionary changes from ancestral to descendant forms, based on shared characteristics. Cf. cladogram, ...
dendroid
/den"droyd/, adj. treelike; branching like a tree; arborescent. Also, dendroidal. [1840-50; < Gk dendroeidés treelike, equiv. to dendr- DENDR- + -oeides -OID] * * *
dendrologic
See dendrology. * * *
dendrological
See dendrologic. * * *
dendrologist
See dendrologic. * * *
dendrology
—dendrological /den'dreuh loj"i keuhl/, dendrologic, dendrologous /den drol"euh geuhs/, adj. —dendrologist /den drol"euh jist/, n. /den drol"euh jee/, n. the branch of botany ...
dendron
—dendric, adj. /den"dron/, n., pl. dendrons, dendra /-dreuh/. Anat. a dendrite. [1890-95; < NL < Gk déndron tree] * * *
dendrophagous
/den drof"euh geuhs/, adj. feeding on the wood of trees, as certain insects. [DENDRO- + -PHAGOUS] * * *
dendrophilous
/den drof"euh leuhs/, adj. Zool. living in or on trees; arboreal. [1885-90; DENDRO- + -PHILOUS] * * *
dene
/deen/, n. Brit. a bare, sandy tract or low sand hill near the sea. Also, dean. [1815-20; earlier den, in same sense, ME (in phrase den and strond); perh. to be identified with ...
Deneb
/den"eb/, n. Astron. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Cygnus. [1865-70; < Ar dhanab a tail] * * * ▪ star Arabic“Tail” [of the Swan, Cygnus]also called  Alpha ...
Denebola
De·neb·o·la (də-nĕbʹə-lə) n. A star in the constellation Leo, approximately 43 light-years from Earth.   [From shortening of Arabic ḏanab al-’asad, tail of the lion ...
denegation
/den'i gay"sheuhn/, n. denial; contradiction. [1480-90; < LL denegation- (s. of denegatio). See DE-, NEGATION] * * *
denervate
—denervation, n. /dee nerr"vayt/, v.t., denervated, denervating. Surg. to cut off the nerve supply from (an organ or body part) by surgery or anesthetic block. [1900-05; DE- + ...
denervation
See denervate. * * *
Deneuve, Catherine
orig. Catherine Dorléac born Oct. 22, 1942, Paris, France French film actress. She appeared in films from age 13 and won fame with her role in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg ...
Denevi, Marco
▪ 1999       Argentine writer and political journalist whose first published novel, Rosaura a las diez (1954), won a Kraft award, given by an Argentine publisher, and ...
Deng Xiaoping
/dung" show'ping"/; Chin. /dueng" shyow"ping"/ 1904-97, Chinese Communist leader and China's de facto leader: held various titles in the Communist Party until his official ...
Deng Yaping
▪ Chinese table tennis player born February 5, 1973, Zhengzhou, Henan province, China    Chinese table tennis player, who won six world championships and four Olympic ...
Deng Yingchao
▪ Chinese politician Wade-Giles romanization  Teng Ying-ch'ao  born Feb. 4, 1904, Nanning, Guangxi province, China died July 11, 1992, Beijing       Chinese ...
dengue
/deng"gay, -gee/, n. Pathol. an infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usually epidemic, characterized esp. by severe pains in the joints and muscles. Also called dengue ...
DengXiaoping
Deng Xiao·ping (dŭngʹ shouʹpĭngʹ, shyouʹ-) also Teng Hsiao-ping (tŭngʹ shyouʹpĭngʹ, dŭngʹ), 1904-1997. Chinese political leader who was twice purged from the ...
Denham
/den"euhm/, n. Sir John, 1615-69, English poet and architect. * * *
Denham, Dixon
▪ British explorer born Jan. 1, 1786, London, Eng. died May 8, 1828, Freetown, Sierra Leone  English soldier who became one of the early explorers of western ...
Denham, Sir James Steuart, 4th Baronet
▪ Scottish economist original name (until 1773)  James Steuart  born October 21, 1712, Edinburgh, Scotland died November 26, 1780, Edinburgh       Scottish economist ...
Denham, Sir John
▪ British poet born 1615, Dublin, Ire. died March 10, 1669, London, Eng.       poet who established as a new English genre the leisurely meditative poem describing a ...
deni
den·i (dĕnʹē) n. pl. deni See table at currency.   [Macedonian.] * * *
deniability
/di nuy'euh bil"euh tee/, n. the ability to deny something, as knowledge of or connection with an illegal activity. [1970-75; DENIABLE + -ITY] * * *
deniable
/di nuy"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being or liable to be denied or contradicted. [1540-50; DENY + -ABLE] * * *
deniably
See deniability. * * *
denial
/di nuy"euhl/, n. 1. an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of ...

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