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damask Tweet Definition of damask Like Definition of damask on Facebook
noun (plural: damasks)
  1. an ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus
True damasks are pure silk
  1. for the damask rose
  2. the facial colour which is the colour of the damask rose
  3. (colour) a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
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  1. (color) of a grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.
deadhead Tweet Definition of deadhead Like Definition of deadhead on Facebook
  1. A person either admitted to a theatrical or musical performance without charge, or paid to attend
    • 1901 R. J. Broadbent, A History of Pantomime
    • :Among the Romans.... The free admission tickets were small ivory death's heads, and specimens of these are to be seen in the Museum of Naples. From this custom, it is stated, that we derive our word "Deadhead," as denoting one who has a free entrance to places of amusement.
      1. An employee of a transportation company, especially a pilot, traveling as a passenger for logistical reasons, for example to return home or travel to their next assignment.
    • 2002, w:Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, w:Catch Me if You Can, Catch Me If You Can,
    • :Are you my to Miami?
      1. Anyone traveling for free.
    • 1873, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, Part 4.
    • :With the check came two through tickets"good on the railroad from Hawkeye to Washington via New York"and they were "deadhead" tickets, too, which had been given to Senator Dilworthy by the railway companies. Senators and representatives were paid thousands of dollars by the government for traveling expenses, but they always traveled "deadhead" both ways, and then did as any honorable, high-minded men would naturally do"declined to receive the mileage tendered them by the government. The Senator had plenty of railway passes, and could. easily spare two to Laura"one for herself and one for a male escort.
    • 1882, Bret Harte, Found At Blazing Star
    • :I reckon I won't take the vote of any passenger.
    • 1904, Gideon Wurdz, The Foolish Dictionary
    • :PASSENGER One who does not travel on a pass. (Antonym for Deadhead). From Eng. pass, to go, and Grk. endidomi, to give up. One who has to give up to go.
    • 1908, Wallace Irwin, The Love Sonnets of a Car Conductor
    • :The yap that kicks and rings a call
    • :Must either spend or else get off the car.
      1. A train or truck moved between cities with no passengers or freight, in order to make it available for service
      2. A person staying at a lodging, such as a hotel or boarding house, without paying rent; freeloader.
    • 1872, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, The Poet At The Breakfast Table
    • :For the Caput mortuum (or , in vulgar phrase) is apt to be furnished with a Venter vivus, or, as we may say, a lively appetite.
    • 1922, Rex Beach, Flowing Gold
    • :Haviland had a sense of humor; it would make a story too good to keep--the new oil operator, the magnificent and mysterious New York financier, a "deadhead" at the Ajax. Oh, murder!
      1. A stupid or boring person; dullard
    • 1967, w:James Jones (author), James Jones, Go to the Widow-Maker, Delacorte Press (1967), 72,
    • : "Listen, you two deadheads," he growled at them, more viciously energetic than he meant, and both turned to stare. He softened his tone. "What's going on here, anyway? What kind of a morgue is this? Is this any way to spend my last four days in town? Come on, let's all go out and do something."
      1. (slang) Driftwood.
      2. (slang) A fan of the rock band the w:Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead.
  1. (intransitive) To travel as a deadhead, or non-paying passenger.
  2. (context, transitive, intransitive) To drive an empty vehicle.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 845:
    • :Kit had fallen into conversation with a footplate man who was deadheading back out to Samarkand, where he lived with his wife and children.
      1. (transitive) To send (a person or message) for free.
    • 1873, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, Part 4.
    • :Washington suggested that she get some old friend of the family to come with her, and said the Senator would "deadhead" him home again as soon as he had grown tired, of the sights of the capital.
    • 1910, Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin, Edison, His Life and Inventions
    • :He said that if the operator had taken $800 and sent the message at the regular rate, which was twenty-five cents, it would have been all right, as the Jew would be punished for trying to bribe a military operator; but when the operator took the $800 and then sent the message , he couldn't stand it, and he would never relent.
    • 1934, Lester Dent (as Kenneth Robeson), Brand Of The Werewolf, A Doc Savage Adventure
    • :"I'll the message for you, Mr. Savage. It won't cost a thing."
      1. (transitive) To remove spent or dead blossoms from a plant.
      If you your roses regularly, they will bloom all season.
delta iron Tweet Definition of delta iron Like Definition of delta iron on Facebook
  1. an allotrope of iron
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.
Doctor Tweet Definition of Doctor Like Definition of Doctor on Facebook
  1. The title of a doctor (whether medical or academic) used before the doctor's name. Abbreviation: Dr, Dr.
    • The students asked to see Jones.
    • Smith carried out the medical procedure.
dogger Tweet Definition of dogger Like Definition of dogger on Facebook
  1. A two-masted fishing vessel, used by the Dutch.
  2. A participant in dogging
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.
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?
drawer Tweet Definition of drawer Like Definition of drawer on Facebook
noun (plural: drawers)
  1. An open-topped box that can be slid in and out of the cabinet that contains it, used for storing clothing or other articles.
  2. One who draws something.
  3. (finance) One who writes a bank draft, check/cheque, or promissory note.
dross Tweet Definition of dross Like Definition of dross on Facebook
noun Dross
  1. Waste or impure matter
  2. Worthless or trivial matter
  3. Residue that forms on the surface of a metal from oxidation
  • Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water (Isaiah 1:22, KJV)
  • And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin (Isaiah 1:25, KJV)
    1. The impurities in metal.
    dummy Tweet Definition of dummy Like Definition of dummy on Facebook
    noun (dummies)
    1. A silent person; a person who does not talk.
    2. An unintelligent person.
    • Don't be such a !
      1. A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist.
      2. Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person.
  • To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a from the rooftop.
    1. A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.
  • The hammer and drill in the display are dummies.
    1. (context, Australia, UK) A pacifier.
  • The baby wants its .
    1. (bridge) The partner of the winning bidder, who shows his or her hand.
    2. A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; feints.
    3. (linguistics) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.
  • The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a .
    1. (complang) An unused parameter or value.
  • If <code>flag1</code> is false, the other parameters are dummies.
  • verb (dummies, dummying, dummied)
    1. To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.
      The carpenters dummied some props for the rehearsals.
    duralumin Tweet Definition of duralumin Like Definition of duralumin on Facebook
    1. an alloy of over 90% aluminium, 4% copper and traces of manganese, magnesium, iron and silicon, widely used in the aircraft industry

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