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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)
dabble Tweet Definition of dabble Like Definition of dabble on Facebook
verb (dabbl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To partially wet (something) by splashing or dipping; connotes playfulness.
The children sat on the dock and dabbled their feet in the water.
  1. (intransitive) To participate or have an interest in, but not so seriously.
She's an actress by trade, but has been known to in poetry.
Daddy Tweet Definition of Daddy Like Definition of Daddy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. One's father
I will only do what Daddy says.
darning needle Tweet Definition of darning needle Like Definition of darning needle on Facebook
  1. A large needle used for darning.
  2. A damselfly.
desert rat Tweet Definition of desert rat Like Definition of desert rat on Facebook
  1. A jerboa, including species such as Jaculus orientalis and the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa Jaculus jaculus, which inhabit the desert regions of North Africa.
  2. A British or Australian soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941-42.
dipper Tweet Definition of dipper Like Definition of dipper on Facebook
noun (plural dippers)
  1. Any of various small passerine birds of the genus Cinclus that live near fast-flowing streams and feed along the bottom.
  2. A cup-shaped vessel with a long handle, for dipping out liquids.
dogged Tweet Definition of dogged Like Definition of dogged on Facebook
  1. (past of, dog)
    • 1903: w:Samuel Butler, Samuel Butler The Way of All Flesh
    • :At night proctors patrolled the street and your steps if you tried to go into any haunt where the presence of vice was suspected.
  1. Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
    • 1900: w:Jack London, Jack London, The Son of the Wolf
    • :Still, the obstinacy of his race held him to the pace he had set, and would hold him till he dropped in his tracks.
    • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
    • :It had taken nine years from the evening that w:Harry Truman, Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
done Tweet Definition of done Like Definition of done on Facebook
  1. (past participle of, do)
  1. (context, of meat or other foods) ready, Ready, fully cooked.
  2. exhausted, Exhausted, finished; done for.
doodle Tweet Definition of doodle Like Definition of doodle on Facebook
  1. a small mindless sketch etc
verb (doodl, es)
  1. to draw or scribble (something) aimlessly
dope Tweet Definition of dope Like Definition of dope on Facebook
noun (i, unless specified otherwise)
  1. (uncountable) Any viscous liquid or paste, such as a lubricant, used in preparing a surface.
  2. (uncountable) An absorbent material used to hold a liquid.
  3. (context, uncountable, aeronautics) Any varnish used to coat a part, such as an airplane wing or a hot-air balloon in order to waterproof, strengthen, etc.
  4. (context, uncountable, slang) Any narcotic or similar drug which produces euphoria or satisfies an addiction.
  5. (context, uncountable, slang) Any illicit drug.
  6. (context, uncountable, slang) information, Information.
What's the latest on the stock market?
  1. (context, countable, slang) A stupid person.
verb (dopes, doping, doped, doped)
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To affect with drugs.
  2. (transitive) To treat with dope (lubricant, etc.).
  3. (context, transitive, electronics) To add a dopant such as arsenic to (a pure semiconductor such as silicon).
  4. (context, slang) To use drugs.
  1. (slang) Great, amazing or extraordinary.
That shit is !
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.
draw Tweet Definition of draw Like Definition of draw on Facebook
verb (draws, drawing, drew, drawn, )
  1. to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
She likes to draw the ocean.
  1. to pull out (a gun, a tooth)
  2. (upon): to rely on
She had to upon her experience to solve the problem
  1. to determine the result of a lottery
  2. to end a game with neither side winning
The result will be a if nobody scores soon. <!---Noun?
drift Tweet Definition of drift Like Definition of drift on Facebook
  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.
  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
dude Tweet Definition of dude Like Definition of dude on Facebook
  1. (literal meaning) An inexperienced cowboy.
  2. (slang) A man.
  3. (slang; used in the vocative) A term of address for a man.
Relax, dude.
  1. (archaic) A dandy, a man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance.
  2. (slang) A cool person of either sex.
duffer Tweet Definition of duffer Like Definition of duffer on Facebook
  1. (informal) an incompetent or clumsy person
  2. (sports) a player having little skill, especially a golfer who duffs
  3. (archaic) a pedlar or hawker, especially one selling cheap or substandard goods
  4. (archaic) cheap or substandard goods sold by a
  5. (Australia) a cattle thief, one who alters the brands of cattle
  1. (comparative of, duff)
Dutch cheese Tweet Definition of Dutch cheese Like Definition of Dutch cheese on Facebook
  1. cottage cheese

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