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Dale Tweet Definition of Dale Like Definition of Dale on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname from the English noun dale.
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
Dallas Tweet Definition of Dallas Like Definition of Dallas on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in Texas, USA
Dalton Tweet Definition of Dalton Like Definition of Dalton on Facebook
  1. (chemistry) a former unit of atomic mass equivalent to 1/16 the mass of an oxygen atom; now replaced by the atomic mass unit (or dalton)
proper noun 
  1. w:John Dalton, John Dalton, English chemist
  2. any of several place names in the north of England and in Scotland
  3. (given name, male) from the surname.
dam Tweet Definition of dam Like Definition of dam on Facebook
  1. structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow
verb (dams, damming, dammed)
  1. To block the flow of water.
Dampier Tweet Definition of Dampier Like Definition of Dampier on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A port in the north-west of Western Australia
Dana Tweet Definition of Dana Like Definition of Dana on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An American surname of uncertain origin.
  2. (mostly U.S.) (given name, male) derived from the surname.
  1. (given name, female, ) usually interpreted as a form of Daniel, taken to use in the twentieth century; possibly borrowed from eastern Europe.
dancer Tweet Definition of dancer Like Definition of dancer on Facebook
  1. A person who dances.
  2. (euphemism) An exotic dancer.
Daniel Tweet Definition of Daniel Like Definition of Daniel on Facebook
proper noun (Dan·iel)
  1. The book in the Old Testament of the Bible.
  2. (biblical character) The prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel.
  3. (given name, male, from Hebrew, ) in regular use since the Middle Ages and recently quite popular.
  4. (context, rare)(given name, female).
  5. A surname.
  6. A location in the state of Wyoming in the United States (Zip Code: 83115). (From the U.S. Census Bureau 1990)
Dante Tweet Definition of Dante Like Definition of Dante on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) of Italian origin, presumably in honor of the poet.
dare Tweet Definition of dare Like Definition of dare on Facebook
  1. A challenge to prove courage.
verb ( or dares, daring, dared, or archaic durst, dared)
  1. (intransitive) To have enough courage (to do something).
I wouldn't argue with my boss.
  1. (transitive) To defy or challenge (someone to do something)
I you to kiss that girl.
  1. (transitive) To have enough courage to meet or do something, go somewhere, etc.; to face up to
Will you death to reach your goal?
Darling Tweet Definition of Darling Like Definition of Darling on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An Australian aboringinal language spoken in New South Wales.
  2. An English and Scottish surname, originally a nickname from darling.
Darwin Tweet Definition of Darwin Like Definition of Darwin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. w:Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin (1809"1882), British naturalist and founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
  2. Capital of the Northern Territory (Australia).
Davenport Tweet Definition of Davenport Like Definition of Davenport on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname from the town in Cheshire.
  2. An English surname of Irish origin from the Gaelic í Donndubhartaigh.
David Tweet Definition of David Like Definition of David on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male); Hebrew for "beloved".
  2. (biblical character) The second king of Judah and Israel, the successor of Saul.
  3. A Welsh patronymic surname from which are derived the surnames Davis, Davies, Davidson and Davison.
Davidson Tweet Definition of Davidson Like Definition of Davidson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English and Scottish patronymic surname derived from David
Davies Tweet Definition of Davies Like Definition of Davies on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Welsh and English patronymic surname, variant of Davis, derived from the given name Davy or David
Davis Tweet Definition of Davis Like Definition of Davis on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in California.
  2. A university in Davis, California, AKA UC Davis.
  3. A Welsh patronymic surname, derived from David; equivalent to Davies
Davy Tweet Definition of Davy Like Definition of Davy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of David.
Dawson Tweet Definition of Dawson Like Definition of Dawson on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A patronymic surname "son of Daw (a Middle English pet form of David)".
  2. (given name, ) derived from the surname.
day Tweet Definition of day Like Definition of day on Facebook
  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)
Dean Tweet Definition of Dean Like Definition of Dean on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A title afforded to a dean.
  2. A habitational surname from Middle English dene "valley".
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname or from the title.
Dearborn Tweet Definition of Dearborn Like Definition of Dearborn on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Dearborn, Michigan)
  1. a city in Michigan, USA
debye Tweet Definition of debye Like Definition of debye on Facebook
  1. (physics): A CGS unit of electrical dipole moment equivalent to 3.33564 x 10-30 coulomb meter, used for measurements at the molecular scale.
Dee Tweet Definition of Dee Like Definition of Dee on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (rivers) A river in Scotland that flows about 145 km (90 mi) from the Cairngorm Mountains to the North Sea at Aberdeen.
  2. (rivers) A river in Wales and England that flows about 113 km (70 mi) from Snowdonia to the Irish Sea near Liverpool.
  1. A female given name.
Democritus Tweet Definition of Democritus Like Definition of Democritus on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Greek philosopher.
Dennis Tweet Definition of Dennis Like Definition of Dennis on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male, ).
Descartes Tweet Definition of Descartes Like Definition of Descartes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A French philosopher and mathematician, who lived from 1596 to 1650.
Dewar Tweet Definition of Dewar Like Definition of Dewar on Facebook
  1. A glass or metal double-walled flask for holding a liquid without much loss or gain of heat; a vacuum bottle or thermos. Generally used for scientific purposes and in particular for cryogenic work.
Diamond Tweet Definition of Diamond Like Definition of Diamond on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female) of modern usage, from the name of the gem.
Diana Tweet Definition of Diana Like Definition of Diana on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Roman mythology) The daughter of Latona and Jupiter, and twin sister of Apollo. The virgin moon goddess of the hunt, associated wild animals and the forest or wilderness, and an emblem of chastity.
  2. (given name, female)
Dick Tweet Definition of Dick Like Definition of Dick on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Richard, often used as a given name its own right.
    • 1888: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Black Arrow
    • : "But did my make love to you?" asked Joanna, clinging to her
      sweetheart's side.
Dickens Tweet Definition of Dickens Like Definition of Dickens on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Charles Dickens, English novelist
dies Tweet Definition of dies Like Definition of dies on Facebook
  1. (plural of, die) (italbrac, when used in the sense of a pattern)
  1. (third-person singular of, die)
diesel Tweet Definition of diesel Like Definition of diesel on Facebook
noun (uncountable, countable, plural: diesels)
  1. a fuel derived from petroleum but heavier than gasoline/petrol. Used to power diesel engines which burn this fuel using the heat produced when air is compressed.
  2. A vehicle powered by a diesel engine.
verb (dieseled, dieseling)
  1. To ignite a substance by using the heat generated by compression.
  2. (of a petrol engine) To continue running after the ignition has been turned off.
The only reason the VW bug has a solenoid is to prevent it from dieseling.
dine Tweet Definition of dine Like Definition of dine on Facebook
verb , dines, dining, dined
  1. eat; eat dinner or supper
Dionysius Tweet Definition of Dionysius Like Definition of Dionysius on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
Disney Tweet Definition of Disney Like Definition of Disney on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A family name.
  2. Walt Disney, a 20th Century motion picture producer who founded the company by the same name, well known as the creator and first voice of Mickey Mouse.
  3. w:The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company founded by brothers Walt and Roy Disney, well known for producing animated films, performing stage musicals and operating theme parks.
  4. w:Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures or the former Walt Disney Productions; the Disney film banner.
  5. Any of the theme parks and vacation resorts operated by w:Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
  6. The w:Disney Channel, Disney Channel, a cable television network.
Dixon Tweet Definition of Dixon Like Definition of Dixon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a northern English patronymic surname derived from the given name Dick
Dodge Tweet Definition of Dodge Like Definition of Dodge on Facebook
  1. a ruler of Venice while it was a republic
proper noun 
  1. a surname, typically found in the United States
  2. a brand of motor vehicle
dole Tweet Definition of dole Like Definition of dole on Facebook
  1. money or other goods given as charity
  2. (context, British, slang) payment by the state to the unemployed
I get my paid twice a week.
I"ve been on the for two years now.
  1. (archaic) sorrow or grief; dolour
verb (dol, ing)
  1. To distribute in small amounts; to share out, small portions of a meagre resource.
domino Tweet Definition of domino Like Definition of domino on Facebook
noun (pl=dominos, pl2=dominoes)
  1. A rectangular block divided into two squares, each having 0 to 6 dots or pips (as in dice), used in the game of dominoes.
  2. (politics) A country that is expected to react to events in a neighboring country, according to the domino effect
  3. A masquerade costume consisting of a hooded robe and a mask covering the upper part of the face.
  4. The mask itself.
  5. The person wearing the costume.
  6. (geometry) A polyomino made up of two squares.
Dorset Tweet Definition of Dorset Like Definition of Dorset on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A maritime county of England bounded by Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Devon and the English Channel.
category:English counties      
doughty Tweet Definition of doughty Like Definition of doughty on Facebook
  1. brave, courageous and stouthearted
Douglas Tweet Definition of Douglas Like Definition of Douglas on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
  2. The capital of the Isle of Man.
dow Tweet Definition of dow Like Definition of dow on Facebook
verb (dows, dowing, dowed or dought, dowed or dought)
  1. (obsolete) To be worth.
  2. (obsolete) To be of use, have value.
  3. To have the strength for, to be able to.
  4. To thrive, prosper.
Drake Tweet Definition of Drake Like Definition of Drake on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname, notably of Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596).
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname, or directly from the word drake.
draper Tweet Definition of draper Like Definition of draper on Facebook
  1. One who sells cloths; a dealer in cloths; as, a draper and tailor.
Drew Tweet Definition of Drew Like Definition of Drew on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male) derived from Andrew.
Dryden Tweet Definition of Dryden Like Definition of Dryden on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, John Dryden)
  1. John Dryden, English poet and playwright
Dudley Tweet Definition of Dudley Like Definition of Dudley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A town in the West Midlands.
  2. A surname, notably of Robet Dudley, Earl of Leicester at the time of Elizabeth I.
  3. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
Duke Tweet Definition of Duke Like Definition of Duke on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A private university in North Carolina.
  2. (given name, male)
Dunbar Tweet Definition of Dunbar Like Definition of Dunbar on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A town in East Lothian, Scotland.
1965 — In reply he sent Wilfrid to his town of under the supervision of a sheriff called Tydlin whom he knew to be more cruel. — Eddius Stephanus, Life of Wilfrid, Page 107, 12th century. Translated from Latin by J. F. Webb.
  1. A Scottish surname.
Duncan Tweet Definition of Duncan Like Definition of Duncan on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Name of two early saints and of two kings of Scotland.
  2. (given name, male).
  3. Several places in the U.S.A.
dyer Tweet Definition of dyer Like Definition of dyer on Facebook
  1. One whose occupation is to dye cloth and the like.

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