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Daisy Tweet Definition of Daisy Like Definition of Daisy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female),from the English noun daisy
Danish Tweet Definition of Danish Like Definition of Danish on Facebook
noun (Danishes)
  1. Danish pastry, light sweet yeast-raised roll usually filled with fruits
proper noun 
  1. The language of Denmark
  1. Of or pertaining to Denmark.
dark Tweet Definition of dark Like Definition of dark on Facebook
  1. A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.
Dark surrounds us completely.
  1. Ignorance
We kept him in the .
  1. Nightfall
It was after before we got to playing baseball.
adjective (darker, darkest)
  1. Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.
The room was too for reading.
  1. (context, of colour) Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.
My sister's hair is darker than mine.
Her skin grew with a suntan.
  1. hidden, Hidden, secret
"Meantime we shall express our darker purpose" (Shakespeare, King Lear, i 1).
  1. Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.
  2. Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak
The Great Depression was a time.
  1. Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period
  2. With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either
The ending of this book is rather .
dark chocolate Tweet Definition of dark chocolate Like Definition of dark chocolate on Facebook
  1. chocolate that has not had milk products added to lighten and sweeten it
dasher Tweet Definition of dasher Like Definition of dasher on Facebook
  1. One who makes an ostentatious parade.
daube Tweet Definition of daube Like Definition of daube on Facebook
  1. a stew of braise, braised meat, usually beef
deep-dish Tweet Definition of deep-dish Like Definition of deep-dish on Facebook
  1. baked in a deep dish
deep-freeze Tweet Definition of deep-freeze Like Definition of deep-freeze on Facebook
verb (deep-freezes, deep-freezing, deep-froze, deep-frozen)
  1. To freeze at very low temperatures.
deep-fry Tweet Definition of deep-fry Like Definition of deep-fry on Facebook
noun (plural deep-fries)
  1. A heated cooking pan or appliance used to deep-fry foods.
  1. (transitive) To cook (food) by deep-frying.
demitasse Tweet Definition of demitasse Like Definition of demitasse on Facebook
  1. A small cup of strong black coffee.
  2. The cup in which this coffee is served.
derma Tweet Definition of derma Like Definition of derma on Facebook
  1. the inner layer of the skin; the dermis
  2. a Jewish dish of roast or boiled seasoned meat and flour etc in a casing
desiccated Tweet Definition of desiccated Like Definition of desiccated on Facebook
  1. dried
desiccator Tweet Definition of desiccator Like Definition of desiccator on Facebook
  1. A closed glass vessel containing a desiccant (such as silica gel) used in laboratories for drying materials or for keeping them dry
dessert Tweet Definition of dessert Like Definition of dessert on Facebook
  1. A sweet confection served as the last course of a meal.
devil Tweet Definition of devil Like Definition of devil on Facebook
  1. (theology) A creature of hell.
  2. (theology) (the devil or the Devil) The chief devil; Satan.
  3. The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel.
    • The in me wants to let him suffer.
      1. A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child.
    • Those two kids can really be little devils when they get into a toy store.
      1. A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do.
    • That mathematics problem is quite a .
      1. (context, euphemistically, with an article, as an intensifier) Hell.
    • What in the is that?
    • She is having a of a time fixing it.
    • He"ll have a of a fate if he doesn"t get it done on time.
    • You can go to the for all I care.
      1. A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases poor devil and lucky devil.
      2. A dust devil.
      3. (context, Christian Science) An evil or erroneous entity.
verb (devils, deviling or devilling, deviled or devilled)
  1. To annoy or bother; to bedevil.
  2. To grill with Cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
dhal Tweet Definition of dhal Like Definition of dhal on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, dahl)
dill Tweet Definition of dill Like Definition of dill on Facebook
noun (dills, -)
  1. An herb (Peucedanum graveolens), the seeds of which are moderately warming, pungent, and aromatic, and were formerly used as a soothing medicine for children; -- called also dillseed.
  2. A cucumber pickled with dill flavoring.
  1. To still; to assuage; to calm; to soothe, as one in pain.
  2. To lull to sleep.
dim sum Tweet Definition of dim sum Like Definition of dim sum on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A light meal or brunch eaten leisurely, with tea, sometime from morning-to-early afternoon with family or friends and typically consisting of a selection of small dumplings and rolls.
dish Tweet Definition of dish Like Definition of dish on Facebook
  1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
a of stew
  1. A specific type of prepared food.
a vegetable
this is filling and easily made
  1. (in plural) Tableware (including cutlery, etc, as well as crockery) that is to be or is being washed after being used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
It's your turn to wash the dishes.
  1. (slang) A sexually attractive woman.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A sexually attractive person of either sex.
verb (dish, es)
  1. To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another.
divinity Tweet Definition of divinity Like Definition of divinity on Facebook
noun (divinities, -)
  1. (uncountable) The property of being divine, of being like a god or God.
  2. (countable) A deity (a god, goddess or God).
  3. (uncountable) The study of religion or religions.
    Harvard Divinity School has been teaching theology since 1636.
donut Tweet Definition of donut Like Definition of donut on Facebook
noun (chiefly US)
  1. A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly made in a toroidal or ellipsoidal shape, and mixed with various sweeteners and flavors, sometimes filled with jelly, custard or cream.
  2. Anything in the shape of a torus
  3. (context, automobile) a peel-out or skid-mark in the shape of donut; a 360-degree skid.
  4. A spare tire, smaller than a full sized tire and is only intended for temporary use.
dough Tweet Definition of dough Like Definition of dough on Facebook
  1. A thick, malleable substance made by mixing flour and water that is made into a particular form and then baked.
Pizza is very stretchy.
  1. (slang) Money.
His first apartment left him short on .
doughboy Tweet Definition of doughboy Like Definition of doughboy on Facebook
  1. An American infantryman, especially one from World War I.
doughnut Tweet Definition of doughnut Like Definition of doughnut on Facebook
  1. A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly of a toroidal or ellipsoidal shape, mixed with various sweeteners and flavourings, and sometimes filled with jam, custard or cream.
  2. Anything in the shape of a torus.
  3. A peel-out or skid-mark in the shape of doughnut or toroid; a 360-degree skid.
  4. (derogatory slang) A fat person.
Hey doughnut! Get over here.
  1. A spare car tyre, usually stored in the boot, that is smaller than a full sized tyre and is only intended for temporary use.
dowdy Tweet Definition of dowdy Like Definition of dowdy on Facebook
adjective (dowdier, dowdiest)
  1. plain, Plain and unfashionable in style or dress.
  2. Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby.
    • 1891, s:Author:Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde, s:The_Picture_of_Dorian_Gray_(1891)/Chapter_3, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • :...she was a perfect saint amongst women, but so dreadfully that she reminded one of a badly bound hymn-book.
dredge Tweet Definition of dredge Like Definition of dredge on Facebook
  1. Any instrument used to gather or take by dragging; as: (a) A dragnet for taking up oysters, etc., from their beds. (b) A dredging machine. (c) An iron frame, with a fine net attached, used in collecting animals living at the bottom of the sea.
  2. Very fine mineral matter held in suspension in water.
verb (dredg, es)
  1. to make a channel deeper or wider using a dredge
  2. to bring something to the surface with a dredge
  3. to unearth
dredger Tweet Definition of dredger Like Definition of dredger on Facebook
  1. (nautical) A vessel equipped for the removal of sand or sediment from the seabed.
  2. a container with a perforated lid used for scattering sugar or flour
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.
dressing Tweet Definition of dressing Like Definition of dressing on Facebook
  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
  1. (present participle of, dress)
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...
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.
duff Tweet Definition of duff Like Definition of duff on Facebook
  1. A stiff flour pudding, often with dried fruit, boiled in a cloth bag, or steamed
    1901: The storekeeper had sent them an unbroken case of canned plum pudding, and probably by this time he was wondering what had become of that blanky case of duff. — w:Henry Lawson, Henry Lawson, short story The Ghosts of Many Christmases, published in Children of the Bush
    1. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning an error
    2. (context, Scotland, US) decaying vegetable matter on the forest floor
    3. (slang) the bits left in the bottom of the bag after the booty has been consumed, like crumbs
    4. (slang) the buttocks; normally used in the phrases to sit on (one's) duff or get off (one's) duff
  1. (golf) to hit the ground behind the ball. It is a back-formation from "duffer".category:Back-formationscategory:Requests for cleanup
  2. (Australia) to alter the branding of stolen cattle; to steal cattle.
  1. not working properly
    • Why do I always get a shopping trolley with wheels?
dumpling Tweet Definition of dumpling Like Definition of dumpling on Facebook
  1. A ball of dough cooked by boiling or steaming directly in the cooking fluid.
  2. A term of endearment.
My little dumpling.
Dutch oven Tweet Definition of Dutch oven Like Definition of Dutch oven on Facebook
  1. a large metal cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid
  2. a portable oven consisting of a metal box, with shelves, placed before an open fire
  3. (rail transport) a protective cover for electrical contacts on a railway coupler. Particularly but not exclusively used on the London Underground <ref>(cite web, url=
  4. Automatic Couplers, author="Tubeprune", title=Coupling, Handing and UNDMs - Automatic Couplers, accessdate=2006-11-12)</ref>
  5. a prank in which one farts in bed and pulls the bedclothes over one's bed-mate's head
  6. a room full of marijuana smoke
  7. the very end of a wikipedia:Dutch_Masters_(cigar), Dutch Masters cigar that has been rerolled with marijuana. This usage of the term is said to originate in New Brunswick, New Jersey.<ref>Ferraro, Chris. Marijuana and College Culture, pg. 19</ref>

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