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dado Tweet Definition of dado Like Definition of dado on Facebook
noun (pl=dadoes)
  1. (context, architecture) The section of a pedestal above the base.
  2. (context, architecture) The lower portion of an interior wall decorated differently from the upper portion.
  3. (context, carpentry) The groove in a tongue and groove board.
verb (dado, es)
  1. (transitive) To furnish with a dado.
  2. (transitive) To cut a dado.
dais Tweet Definition of dais Like Definition of dais on Facebook
noun (daises)
  1. A raised platform in a room for dignified occupancy.
day Tweet Definition of day Like Definition of day on Facebook
noun
  1. A period of 24 hours.
  2. The period from midnight to the following midnight. There are 7 days in a week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  3. Rotational period of a planet (especially earth).
  4. The part of a day period which one spends at one"s job, school, etc.
    • I worked two days last week.
      1. Part of a day period between sunrise and sunset where one enjoys daylight, daytime.
    • and night. (rfex, also for the last)
decorated Tweet Definition of decorated Like Definition of decorated on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, decorate)
decoration Tweet Definition of decoration Like Definition of decoration on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation.
  2. That which adorns, enriches, or beautify, beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
  3. Specifically, any mark of honor to be wear, worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc.
dentil Tweet Definition of dentil Like Definition of dentil on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) One of a series of small rectangular blocks projecting like teeth from a molding or beneath a cornice.
diminish Tweet Definition of diminish Like Definition of diminish on Facebook
verb (diminish, es)
  1. (transitive) To make smaller.
  2. (intransitive) To become smaller.
  3. (intransitive) To taper.
  4. (context, transitive, music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
donjon Tweet Definition of donjon Like Definition of donjon on Facebook
noun
  1. The fortified tower of a motte or early castle; a keep.
  • 1819: It was a fortress of no great size, consisting of a , or large and high square tower, surrounded by buildings of inferior height, which were encircled by an inner court-yard. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
door Tweet Definition of door Like Definition of door on Facebook
noun
  1. A portal of entry into a building or room, consisting of a rigid plane movable on a hinge. Doors are frequently made of wood or metal. May have a handle to help open and close, a latch to hold the door closed and a lock that ensures the door cannot be opened without the key.
  2. An non-physical entry into the next world, a particular feeling, a company, etc.
Keep a on your anger.
Doric Tweet Definition of Doric Like Definition of Doric on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An ancient Greek dialect spoken in ancient times.
  2. A dialect of Lowland Scots spoken in the northeast of Scotland.
dressing Tweet Definition of dressing Like Definition of dressing on Facebook
noun
  1. material applied to a wound for protection or therapy
  2. a sauce, especially a cold one for salads
  3. something added to the soil as a fertilizer etc
  4. the activity of getting dressed
verb
  1. (present participle of, dress)
drift Tweet Definition of drift Like Definition of drift on Facebook
noun
  1. The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.
  2. A place, also known as a ford, along a river where the water is shallow enough to permit oxen or sheep to be driven to the opposite side.
  3. Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting.
  4. The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.
  5. That which is driven, forced, or urged along
  6. Anything driven at random.
  7. A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.
  8. A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds.
  9. The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments.
  10. A collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice.
  11. In South Africa, a ford in a river.
  12. A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach.
  13. A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.
  14. A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles.
  15. A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel.
  16. The distance through which a current flows in a given time.
  17. The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting.
  18. The distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes.
  19. The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece.
  20. The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.
  21. The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven.
  22. A sideways movement of the ball through the air, when bowled by a spin bowler.
  23. Driftwood, driftwood included in flotsam washed up onto the beach.
  24. Driftless Area, Drift (see Wikipedia). The material left behind by the retreat of continenal glaciers. It buries former river valleys and creates young river valleys. The Diftless Area, a geographical area of North America, was unglaciated for the past 510 million years. Mass noun.
verb
  1. To move slowly, pushed by currents of water, air, etc
The boat drifted away from the shore.
The balloon was drifting in the breeze.
  1. To move haphazardly without any destination.
''He drifted from town to town, never settling down.
  1. To deviate gently from the intended direction of travel.
''This car tends to drift left at high speeds
drop Tweet Definition of drop Like Definition of drop on Facebook
noun
  1. A fall.
That was a long , but fortunately I didn't break any bones.
  1. The space beyond a boundary into which someone or something could fall.
On one side of the road was a 50-meter .
  1. (crime) A place where items may be left anonymously for others to collect.
I left the plans at the , like you asked.
  1. A small mass of liquid, just large enough to fall away of its own weight.
Put three drops of oil into the mixture.
  1. A small, round sweet/piece of candy.
Lemon drops are delicious.
  1. (American football) A dropped pass
Yet another for the Tiger tight end.
  1. (American football) Short for drop-back or drop back
The Tiger quarterback took a one-step , expecting his tight end to be open.
verb (drop, p, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To fall.
A single shot was fired and the bird dropped from the sky.
  1. (intransitive) To fall in value.
The stock dropped 1.5% on the news.
  1. (intransitive) To lower oneself quickly to the ground.
Drop and give me thirty push-ups, Private!
If your clothes are on fire, stop, and roll.
  1. (context, transitive) (ergative) To allow to fall.
Don't that plate!
  1. (transitive) To get rid of.
I dropped 10 pounds and an obnoxious fiance.
  1. (transitive) To eject, to remove.
I've been dropped from the football team.
  1. (transitive) To fail to respond to an argument.
The affirmative team dropped our arguments about the cost of the plan.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To ingest a hallucinogen, particularly LSD.
They had never dropped acid.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To impart.
I knowledge wherever I go.
  1. (transitive) To fail to pronounce.
Cockneys their h's.
  1. (transitive) To kill.
Make any sudden movements and I will you!
    • 1865, E. Littell, The Living Age, page 613
    • : ...with a single shot he dropped him like a master of the art.
    • 1985, The Beastie Boys, Paul Revere
    • : The piano player's out, the music stopped / His boy had beef, and he got dropped...
    • 1992, Dan Parkinson, Dust on the Wind, page 164
    • : With a quick clench of the fist on Joey's throat, Bodie dropped him. The man crumpled to the ground...
dungeon Tweet Definition of dungeon Like Definition of dungeon on Facebook
noun
  1. (originally, obsolete) The main tower of a motte or castle; a keep or donjon.
  2. An underground prison or vault, typically built underneath a castle.

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