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DAB Tweet Definition of DAB Like Definition of DAB on Facebook
  1. digital audio broadcasting
  2. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (a pro-Beijing political party in the HKSAR)
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.
dap Tweet Definition of dap Like Definition of dap on Facebook
  1. (context, Bristolian dialect) plimsoll
    • 1988, w:Alan Hollinghurst, Alan Hollinghurst, w:The Swimming Pool Library, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books (1988), page 169
    • : I somehow expected them to shout obscenities, and was glad I had come ordinarily dressed, in a sports shirt, an old linen jacket, jeans and daps.
verbto dap
  1. (context, Bristolian dialect) To run or go somewhere quickly.
    • I'll just down to the shop.
daub Tweet Definition of daub Like Definition of daub on Facebook
  1. A soft coating of mud, plaster etc
  2. A crude or amateurish painting
verbto daub
  1. To apply something to a surface in hasty or crude strokes
    The artist just seemed to on paint at random and suddenly there was a painting.
dead-air space Tweet Definition of dead-air space Like Definition of dead-air space on Facebook
  1. A sealed air space in a cavity wall
deal Tweet Definition of deal Like Definition of deal on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A division, a portion, a share.
We gave three deals of grain in tribute to the king.
  1. (often followed by of) A quantity, a lot (usually qualified by great or good.)
Skydiving requires a good of courage.
I'm a good older than I used to be.
That doesn't make a great of sense.
  1. (informal) A situation.
What's the ?
  1. (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
The with four tines is called a fork.
verb (deals, dealing, dealt)
  1. (transitive) To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one"s portion or share.
The fighting is over; now we out the spoils of victory.
  1. (transitive) To administer or give out, as in small portions.
I dealt him a mighty blow
  1. To distribute cards to the players in a game.
I was dealt four aces.
The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
  1. (baseball) To pitch.
The whole crowd waited for him to a real humdinger.
  1. (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
Now you'll have to with me.
  1. (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in)
She deals in gold.
  1. (transitive) To sell (illicit drugs.)
This club takes a dim view of members who drugs.
  1. (intransitive) To be concerned with.
The film dealt with a sensitive subject.
  1. (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
There's only one way to with people like her.
I can't with this.
  1. Made of deal.
A plain table
deck Tweet Definition of deck Like Definition of deck on Facebook
  1. The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only one deck; larger ships have two or three decks.
  2. A balcony.
  3. A porch.
  4. The upper part or top of a mansard roof or curb roof when made nearly flat.
  5. The roof of a passenger car.
  6. A pack or set of playing cards.
  7. A heap or store.
  8. (slang) Cool, fresh.
  9. Presentation Slides (ie. MS Powerpoint or Apple Keynote)
  1. To cover; to overspread.
  2. To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to adorn; to embellish.
  3. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
  4. (slang) to knock someone to the floor with a single punch
decking Tweet Definition of decking Like Definition of decking on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, deck)
dimension Tweet Definition of dimension Like Definition of dimension on Facebook
  1. A single aspect of a given thing.
  2. A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.
  3. A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
  4. (geometry) Any of the independent coordinates used to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space.
  5. (linear algebra) The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.
  6. (physics) One of the physical property regarded as a fundamental measure of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.
The dimensions of velocity are length divided by time.
  1. (computing) Any of the independent ranges of index, indices in a multidimensional array.
  2. (science fiction) An alternative universe or plane of existence.
  1. (transitive) To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.
doorjamb Tweet Definition of doorjamb Like Definition of doorjamb on Facebook
  1. The upright posts on either side of a door, which support a lintel.
doorknob Tweet Definition of doorknob Like Definition of doorknob on Facebook
  1. The circular device attached to a door, the rotation of which permits the unlatching of a door.
doorstop Tweet Definition of doorstop Like Definition of doorstop on Facebook
  1. Any device or object used to halt the motion of a door, as a large or heavy object, a wedge, or some piece of hardware fixed to the floor, door or wall.
  2. (British) A thick sandwich.
dormer Tweet Definition of dormer Like Definition of dormer on Facebook
  1. a room-like, roofed projection from and perpendicular to a sloping roof
  2. dormer-window
dovetail Tweet Definition of dovetail Like Definition of dovetail on Facebook
  1. A type of carpentry joint where adjoining boards are fastened by interlocking fan-shaped cutouts.
  1. To fit together well
The parts of your essay should so that it is cohesive and coherent.
dowel Tweet Definition of dowel Like Definition of dowel on Facebook
  1. A pin, or block, of wood or metal, fitting into holes in the abutting portions of two pieces, and being partly in one piece and partly in the other, to keep them in their proper relative position.
  2. A piece of wood driven into a wall, so that other pieces may be nailed to it.
downspout Tweet Definition of downspout Like Definition of downspout on Facebook
  1. A vertical pipe that carries rainwater from the guttering of a building to a drain or the ground.
draft Tweet Definition of draft Like Definition of draft on Facebook
  1. an early version of a written work
    • I have to revise the first draft of my term paper.
      1. a preliminary sketch, rough outline
      2. Depth of water needed to float ship also spelled draught.
      3. a current of air, usually coming into a room or vehicle also spelled draught.
      4. a cheque, an order for money to be paid
      5. an amount of liquid that is drunk in one swallow also spelled draught.
    • She took a deep draught from the bottle of water.
      1. conscription, the system of forcing people to serve in the military
    • He left the country to avoid the draft.
      1. (sports) a system of assigning rookie players to professional sports teams
  1. Referring to drinks on tap as opposed to bottled. (draft beers)
drag Tweet Definition of drag Like Definition of drag on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it.
    When designing cars, manufacturers have to take drag into consideration.
  2. (countable) (slang) Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating.
  3. (countable) (slang) Someone or something that is disappointing.
  4. (uncountable) (slang) Women"s clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment.
  5. (uncountable) (slang) Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture (corporate drag).
verb (drags, dragging, dragged or, in some dialects, drug)
  1. (transitive) To pull along a surface, sometimes with difficulty.
  2. (intransitive) To move slowly.
    Time seems to when you"re waiting for a bus.
drainpipe Tweet Definition of drainpipe Like Definition of drainpipe on Facebook
  1. The pipe connecting the drain to the gutter
drape Tweet Definition of drape Like Definition of drape on Facebook
verb (drap, es)
  1. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery; as, to drape a bust, a building, etc.
  2. To rail at; to banter.
  3. To make cloth.
  4. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
dress Tweet Definition of dress Like Definition of dress on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. (countable) A garment; an item of clothing (usually worn by a woman or young girl) which covers the upper part of the body as well as below the waist.
Amy and Mary looked very pretty in their dresses'.''
  1. (uncountable) apparel, Apparel, clothing.
verb (dress, es)
  1. (transitive) To clothe something; to put clothes on something.
  2. (intransitive) To clothe oneself; to put on clothes.
  3. (transitive) To prepare the surface of a material (usually stone or lumber).
  4. To bandage a wound.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : ...he was deadly pale, and the blood-stained bandage round his head told that he had recently been wounded, and still more recently dressed.
      1. (transitive) To prepare food for cooking, especially by seasoning it.
drill Tweet Definition of drill Like Definition of drill on Facebook
  1. A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.
Wear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.
  1. The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit
Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.
  1. An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise)
Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.
  1. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.
  1. To create a hole by removing material with a drill (1)
Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
  1. To practice, especially in a military context
They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
  1. To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it
The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
  1. To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
  1. (ergative) To cause one's subordinates to drill (2)
The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
drill bit Tweet Definition of drill bit Like Definition of drill bit on Facebook
  1. A twist drill.
  2. Any other style of cutter, for example a spade drill, that is rotated and fed in a similar manner as a twist drill for the purpose of cutting a hole in metal, wood, or other materials.
drip Tweet Definition of drip Like Definition of drip on Facebook
  1. a drop of a liquid
I put a of vanilla extract in my hot cocoa
  1. an apparatus that slowly releases a liquid, especially one that releases drugs into a patient's bloodstream (an intravenous drip)
He's not doing so well. The doctors have put him on a .
  1. (colloquial) a limp, ineffectual, boring or otherwise uninteresting person
He couldn't even summon up the courage to ask her name... what a !
  1. dividend, Dividend Reinvestment Program; a type of financial investing
verb (drip, p, ed)
  1. to leak slowly
Does the sink ?
  1. to put a small amount of a liquid on something, drop by drop
After putting oil on the side of the salad, the chef should a little vinegar in the oil.
drop Tweet Definition of drop Like Definition of drop on Facebook
  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...
drove Tweet Definition of drove Like Definition of drove on Facebook
  1. A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.
  2. A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven
  1. (simple past of, drive)
drown Tweet Definition of drown Like Definition of drown on Facebook
  1. To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish by suffocation in water.
  2. To overwhelm in water; to submerge; to inundate.
  3. To deprive of life by immersion in water or other liquid.
  4. To overpower; to overcome; to extinguish; — said especially of sound. Usually in the form "drown out"
dry Tweet Definition of dry Like Definition of dry on Facebook
verb (dries, drying, dried)
  1. (intransitive) To become dry.
  2. (transitive) To make dry. (e.g., your eyes)
Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
adjective (drier, driest or dryest)
  1. free, Free from liquid or moisture.
Could you hand me a towel?
My throat feels itchy and .
Cover the chicken as it bakes or it'll get too .
  1. (chemistry) Free of water in any state; anhydrous
Dry alcohol is 200 proof.
  1. Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages.
A former alcoholic, he's been for almost a year now.
You'll have to drive out of this county to find any liquor.
duct Tweet Definition of duct Like Definition of duct on Facebook
  1. a pipe, tube or canal which carries air or liquid from one place to another, as in heating and air-conditioning ducts.
dumbwaiter Tweet Definition of dumbwaiter Like Definition of dumbwaiter on Facebook
  1. A small lift / elevator used to move food etc. from one floor of a building to another.
  2. A portable table used for serving.
Dutchman Tweet Definition of Dutchman Like Definition of Dutchman on Facebook
proper noun (Dutchmen)
  1. A Dutch man; a man from the Netherlands.

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