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dagger Tweet Definition of dagger Like Definition of dagger on Facebook
  1. (context, weapon) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
    • (RQ:Shakespeare Wives), Act I, Scene I, line 282.
    • : I bruised my shin th" other day with playing at sword and with a master of fence; ...
    • 1786, w:Francis Grose, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 34.
    • : The , under the title cultellum and misericorde, has been the constant companion of the sword, at least from the days of Edward I. and is mentioned in the statute of Winchester.
      1. A text character (") that is used for footnotes, to signify death, and to express the mathematical application of Hermitian conjugacy.
      2. (rfd-sense) (figurative) Anything that causes pain like a dagger.
    • (RQ:Shakespeare Merchant), Act III, Scene II, line 108.
    • : TUBAL: Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, fourscore ducats.
    • : SHYLOCK: Thou stick"st a in me: I shall never see my gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting! Fourscore ducats!
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
deckle Tweet Definition of deckle Like Definition of deckle on Facebook
  1. A paper-making instrument which limits the pulp, and consequently the size of the resulting paper.
deckle-edged Tweet Definition of deckle-edged Like Definition of deckle-edged on Facebook
  1. rough edged like uncut paper
delivery Tweet Definition of delivery Like Definition of delivery on Facebook
  1. The act of conveying something
The was completed by four.
  1. The item which has been conveyed
Your is on the table.
  1. The act of giving birth
The was painful.
  1. (baseball) A pitching motion
''His has a catch in it.
  1. (baseball) A thrown pitch
''Here is the ; ... strike three!
  1. The manner of speaking
The actor's was flawless.
  1. (medicine) administration of a drug
Drug system.
  1. (curling) The process of throwing a stone
  1. The place where a delivery happens
The room is just down the hall.
  1. The person who performs a delivery
The man is here.
demy Tweet Definition of demy Like Definition of demy on Facebook
  1. A paper size, 17½ inches by 22½ inches.
desensitize Tweet Definition of desensitize Like Definition of desensitize on Facebook
verb (desensitiz, ing)
  1. to cause to become less sensitive or insensitive
The exposure to light desensitized the film, so I had to buy a new roll.
Even those who believe themselves desensitized to the grotesque will be shocked at this site.
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.
diagonal Tweet Definition of diagonal Like Definition of diagonal on Facebook
  1. something arranged diagonally or obliquely
  2. a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
  3. a punctuation mark used to separate related items of information
  4. (geometry) a diagonal line or plane
  1. (geometry) joining, Joining two nonadjacent vertices (of a polygon or polyhedron).
  2. Having a slanted or oblique direction, lines or markings.
  3. Pertaining to the front left and back right (or the front right and back left) legs of a quadruped.
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.
dingbat Tweet Definition of dingbat Like Definition of dingbat on Facebook
  1. (colloquial) a silly or stupid person
    • 2003, The Gilmore Girls (TV, episode 4.07)
    • :"The fire department is out here because some parked in the red zone."
      1. a special ornamental typographical symbol, for example, a bullet, an arrow, a pointing hand, etc.
    • 1982, The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists, Arthur Plotnik, p.8
    • :"The compulsive editor, when checking the specs on an article, can't help checking also for such items as initial capital and closing , if they are used routinely. These decorative items have a way of being forgotten..."
      1. an architectural style of apartment building, where the second storey overhangs an area for parking cars
display Tweet Definition of display Like Definition of display on Facebook
  1. A show or spectacle.
  2. (computing): An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
  1. (transitive): To show conspicuously.
doublet Tweet Definition of doublet Like Definition of doublet on Facebook
  1. a man"s close-fitting jacket, with or without sleeves. Men in Europe wore doublets from the 1400s to the 1600s.
  2. a pair of two similar or equal things; couple.
  3. one of two or more different words in a language derived from the same origin but coming by different routes.
  4. An imitation gem made of two pieces of glass or crystal with a layer of color between them.
  5. (printing, US) A word or phrase set a second time by mistake.
  6. (quantum mechanics) A quantum state of a system with a spin of 1/2, such that there are two allowed values of the spin component, -1/2 and +1/2.
doublure Tweet Definition of doublure Like Definition of doublure on Facebook
  1. an elaborately decorated leather flyleaf in a book
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.
dropout Tweet Definition of dropout Like Definition of dropout on Facebook
noun , or drop-out
  1. Someone who has left an educational institution without completing the course
The politicians of the world are mere political university dropouts.
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.
duodecimo Tweet Definition of duodecimo Like Definition of duodecimo on Facebook
  1. A size of paper, so called because it is originally made by folding and cutting a single sheet from a printing press into 12 leaves; (5 by 7¾ inches): 6.5 to 7.5 inches high, approximately 4.5 inches wide.
  2. A page of that size; hence, a whole booklet having pages of this size
duplicator Tweet Definition of duplicator Like Definition of duplicator on Facebook
  1. A device that reproduces pages of typed, printed or written material; a copier

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