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dark horse Tweet Definition of dark horse Like Definition of dark horse on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, idiom, politics): A candidate who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice.
  2. (context, rare) An unexpected success.
Everyone was expecting the red team to win, but the greens were the in the event.
dead Tweet Definition of dead Like Definition of dead on Facebook
noun (pl=dead)
  1. (singular) Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
The of night.The of winter.
  1. (plural) Those who have died.
Have respect for the .
verb (dead, ed)
  1. (transitive) to prevent by disabling; stop
    • 1826: The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich, collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth.
    • : "What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency him in spiritual works"
adjective (er, est)
  1. (notcomp) Not alive; lacking life; no longer living.
All of my grandparents are .
  1. (notcomp) (italbrac, Of another person) So hated by that they are absolutely ignored.
He is to me.
  1. (notcomp) Fully and completely motionless.
Come to a stop.
  1. Without emotion.
She stood with face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
  1. (notcomp) (italbrac, Of a machine, device, or electrical circuit) Completely inactive; without power.
Ok, the circuit"s . Go ahead and cut the wire.
Now that the motor"s you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
  1. (notcomp) broken, Broken or inoperable.
That monitor is ; don"t bother hooking it up.
  1. (notcomp) obsolete, Obsolete or no longer used or required.
There are several laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
Is this beer glass ?
  1. (notcomp) (sports) Not in play.
Once the ball crosses the foul line, it"s .
  1. (notcomp) (context, baseball, slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning a player who is tagged out.
adverb
  1. exact, Exactly right.
He hit the target in the centre.
  1. (slang) very, Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.
She"s sexy.
He"s stupid.
I"m tired.
That"s sure!
dead heat Tweet Definition of dead heat Like Definition of dead heat on Facebook
noun
  1. (idiom) a close race or contest in which no winner is apparent
    Polls indicated a for the office of dog catcher.
deadwood Tweet Definition of deadwood Like Definition of deadwood on Facebook
noun
  1. coarse woody debris
  2. people judged to be superfluous to an organization or project
  3. money not realized by exiting a winning pump trade too early
decathlon Tweet Definition of decathlon Like Definition of decathlon on Facebook
noun
  1. an athletic contest consisting of ten events which includes sprinting, hurdling, jumping, and throwing over a span of two days
a contest in science and math proving skill      
declare Tweet Definition of declare Like Definition of declare on Facebook
verb (declar, ing)
  1. (intransitive): To make a declaration.
  2. (intransitive): To announce one"s support, choice, opinion, etc.
  3. (intransitive), (cricket): For the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete even though all batsman, batsmen have not been dismissed.
  4. (transitive): To announce something formally or officially.
  5. (transitive): To affirm or state something emphatically.
  6. (transitive), (cricket): To declare (an innings) closed.
decoy Tweet Definition of decoy Like Definition of decoy on Facebook
noun
  1. A person or object meant to lure something to danger.
  2. A real or fake animal used by hunters to lure game.
verb
  1. To act or use a decoy.
deep Tweet Definition of deep Like Definition of deep on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, literary, with "the") (meaning 1 above) part of a lake, sea, etc.
creatures of the deep
  1. (rare) The deep (meaning 2 above) part of a problem.
  2. (with "the"): the sea, the ocean
  3. (cricket) A fielding position near the boundary
Russell is a safe pair of hands in the
adjective
  1. (of a hole, water, ravine, cut, etc) Having its bottom far down.
  2. profound, Profound, having great meaning or import, but possibly obscure or not obvious.
That is a thought
  1. Seriously or to a significant extent, not superficial.
I just meant to help out a little, but now I'm into it
They're in discussion
I feel it in my heart
  1. Extending away from, used with wide and high in measuring rectangular objects
The shelves are 30cm
  1. thick, Thick
That cyclist's chest allows him to draw more air
There was a layer of soot over the window
  1. voluminous, Voluminous
to take a breath / sigh / drink
  1. (context, sound, voice) Low in frequency or pitch
She has a very contralto
  1. (context, color) Dark and highly saturated
That's a very shade of blue
  1. (context, cricket, baseball): of a fielding position near the boundary, or closer to the boundary than one being compared to.
He is fielding at mid wicket.
  1. a long way inside
into the forest
  1. (context, sports, soccer, tennis) a long way forward
a volley
  1. in a number of rows or layers
A crowd three along the funeral procession
  1. (context, sleep) difficult to awake
in a sleep
  1. right into one's mind
He looked into her eyes
  1. with a lot of
in debt
  1. (context, American football) Relatively farther downfield.
  2. (context, horse racing) three deep.
Cigar Pal broke a bit slow, trailed by more than seven lengths after a half-mile, swung three deep into the stretch, rallied from eighth to make up more than four lengths and was nosed out six furlongs on the turf. (Greg Melikov on http://www.sportsbook.com)
adverb
  1. deeply
default Tweet Definition of default Like Definition of default on Facebook
noun
  1. The condition of failing to meet an obligation.
You may cure this default by paying the full amount within a week.
  1. A loss incurred by failing to compete.
The team's three losses include one default.
  1. (computing) A value used when none has been given. Often used attributively, e.g., default value.
If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.
verb
  1. To fail to meet an obligation.
You were required to make a payment on the first of the month. You have defaulted.
  1. To lose a competition by failing to compete.
If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.
  1. (computing) To assume a value when none was given.
If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.
degree Tweet Definition of degree Like Definition of degree on Facebook
noun
  1. (geometry) A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference.
  2. (physics) A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit.
  3. Any of various units used to express specific gravity, bitterness, darkness, etc. in manufacturing various commodities.
  4. The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; proportion or extent.
To what degree do the two accounts of the accident concur?
  1. An award (generally superior to a diploma but inferior to a doctorate) bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as an indication of academic achievement or occasionally bestowed to honor its recipient.
  2. (graph theory) The number of edge, edges that a vertex takes part in.
  3. (mathematics) The sum of the exponents of a term; or, in the context of a polynomial, the highest degree of all its terms.
depth Tweet Definition of depth Like Definition of depth on Facebook
noun
  1. The vertical distance below a surface; the amount that something is deep.
Measure the of the water in this part of the bay.
  1. The distance between the front and the back, as the depth of a drawer or closet.
  2. (context, figurative) The intensity, complexity, strength, seriousness or importance of an emotion, or situation.
The of her misery was apparent to everyone.
The of the crisis had been exaggerated.
  1. (context, computing, colors) The total palette of available colors.
  2. (context, art, photography) The property of appearing three-dimensional.
The of field in this picture is amazing.
deuce Tweet Definition of deuce Like Definition of deuce on Facebook
noun
  1. (playing cards) A card with two spots, one of four in a standard deck of playing cards.
  2. (dice) A side of a dice with two spots
  3. (dice) A cast of dice totalling two
  4. The number two.
  5. (tennis) A tie, both players have the same number of points and one can win by scoring two additional points.
  6. (baseball) A curveball
  7. (epithet) The Devil, used in exclamations of confusion or anger
Love is a bodily infirmity . . . which breaks out the knows how or why (Thackeray)
:5. Slang term for defecating. ie a number two
:Ex. That you just took was vile.
DH Tweet Definition of DH Like Definition of DH on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. (baseball): designated hitter
  2. (aircraft) De Havilland
diagonal Tweet Definition of diagonal Like Definition of diagonal on Facebook
noun
  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
adjective
  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.
dib Tweet Definition of dib Like Definition of dib on Facebook
verb (dibb, ing)
  1. to dig a hole by poking; especially, to dig a small hole in soil for the purpose of planting a bulb or seed
  2. to move in a rapid, cautious manner; especially, movement like a mouse or rat.
disqualify Tweet Definition of disqualify Like Definition of disqualify on Facebook
verb (disqualifies, disqualifying, disqualified, disqualified)
  1. To make ineligible for.
distance Tweet Definition of distance Like Definition of distance on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
The to Petersborough is thirty miles.
  1. (context, uncountable, figurative) The entire amount of space to the objective.
He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the .
  1. (context, uncountable, figurative) A considerable amount of space.
The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a .
verb (distanc, ing)
  1. To move away from someone or something.
dive Tweet Definition of dive Like Definition of dive on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A jump or plunge into water.
  2. (countable) A swim under water.
  3. (countable) A decline.
  4. (countable) (slang) A seedy bar, nightclub, etc.
  5. (aviation) fast, Fast descend with the nose of a craft pointed down.
verb (dives, diving, dived or dove, dived or dove)
  1. To swim under water.
  2. To jump into water head-first.
  3. To descend sharply or steeply.
  4. (especially with in) To undertake with enthusiasm.
She dove right in and started making improvements.
  1. (sport) To deliberately fall down after a challenge, imitating being fouled, in the hope of getting one's opponent penalised
  2. To cause to descend, dunk
diving board Tweet Definition of diving board Like Definition of diving board on Facebook
noun
  1. A springboard used for diving into water.
  2. A diving platform.
division Tweet Definition of division Like Definition of division on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The act or process of dividing anything.
  2. Each of the separate parts of something resulting from division.
  3. (arithmetic) (uncountable) The process of divide, dividing a number by another.
  4. (arithmetic) A calculation that involves this process.
I've got ten divisions to do for my homework.
  1. A large military unit, usually made up of two or three brigades.
  2. A section of a large company.
  3. (context, biology, taxonomy) A rank (Latin divisio) below kingdom and above class, particularly used of plant, plants or fungus, fungi, also (particularly of animals) called a phylum; a taxon at that rank
Magnolias belong to the Magnoliophyta.
  1. A disagreement; a difference of viewpoint between two sides of an argument.
  2. (music) A florid instrumental variation of a melody in the 17th and 18th centuries, originally conceived as the dividing of each of a succession of long notes into several short ones.
  3. (music) A set of pipes in a pipe organ which are independently controlled and supplied.
  4. A concept whereby a common group of debtors are only responsible for their proportionate sum of the total debt.
divot Tweet Definition of divot Like Definition of divot on Facebook
noun
  1. A torn up piece of turf (e.g. by a golf club in making a stroke or a horse's hoof).
dobber Tweet Definition of dobber Like Definition of dobber on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, US) A tool used to play Bingo
  2. (context, UK, derogatory) A member of the working class in Scotland who is seen as under-educated; to have poor taste, especially in their choice of clothes; and to have poor social skills. Closely related to the English Chav.
  3. (context, Australian English, derogatory) One who dobs, that is, informs against or implicates others to authority.
Nicky is such a dobber, she told the teacher that I hit Karen in the playground.
  1. (British, informal/sporting/technical) Small electronic device that plugs directly into a larger electronic device. E.g: Wireless scoring systems (fencing), USB mass storage devices, etc. <br>Etymology: The word originally referred only to Electronic Coaching aids; small scoring devices that are plugged directly into the fencing foil or epee and used for basic scoring instead of the larger scoring machines. However, its use has since spread into more general areas of technical vocabulary, becoming particularly popular in the BBC Radio Online and IT departments.
dog paddle Tweet Definition of dog paddle Like Definition of dog paddle on Facebook
noun
  1. A swimming stroke in the style of a dog swimming.
dog-paddle Tweet Definition of dog-paddle Like Definition of dog-paddle on Facebook
noun
  1. a swimming stroke wherein the hands move in small vertical circles just below the surface of the water at about the level of the swimmer's sternum. It is an instinctive stroke used by beginning swimmers in an attempt to 'climb' out of the water. There is not usually any coí¶rdinated foot motion, but some swimmers may make walking movements sporadically.
The stroke is so-named due to its resemblance to the way dogs swim using their front paws constantly and giving occasional kicks with their hind legs. verb
  1. to swim using the dog paddle stroke.
domestique Tweet Definition of domestique Like Definition of domestique on Facebook
noun
  1. (cycling) A rider on a cycle racing team whose role is to assist the team's designated leaders even if at the expense of his/her own individual performance.
double bogey Tweet Definition of double bogey Like Definition of double bogey on Facebook
noun
  1. (golf) A score of two over par (for one hole)
double eagle Tweet Definition of double eagle Like Definition of double eagle on Facebook
noun
  1. (golf) Three under par, one stroke short of an ace (a hole in one) on a par 5 hole.
double fault Tweet Definition of double fault Like Definition of double fault on Facebook
noun
  1. (tennis) The missing of both the first serve and second serve, resulting in a point for the receiver.
double play Tweet Definition of double play Like Definition of double play on Facebook
noun
  1. (baseball) A defensive play in which two outs are recorded.
It was a 6-4-3 .
  1. When there are two results from one event.
Our special tonight is scallops & crab.
Down Tweet Definition of Down Like Definition of Down on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One of the counties of Northern Ireland
DP Tweet Definition of DP Like Definition of DP on Facebook
initialism
  1. Director of Photography
  2. displaced person, an obsolete term for a refugee
  3. Sexual slang for double penetration
draft Tweet Definition of draft Like Definition of draft on Facebook
noun
  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
adjective
  1. Referring to drinks on tap as opposed to bottled. (draft beers)
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?
dressage Tweet Definition of dressage Like Definition of dressage on Facebook
noun
  1. the schooling of a horse
  2. an equestrian sport in which the horse and rider perform a test of specific movements in an arena, and are judged on the horse's obedience, acceptance of the bridle and of the rider's aids, gaits, impulsion, and the harmony between horse and rider
dribble Tweet Definition of dribble Like Definition of dribble on Facebook
noun
  1. A weak, unsteady stream; a trickle.
  2. A small amount of a liquid.
  3. In sport, the act of dribbling.
verb (dribbl, es)
  1. To let saliva drip from the mouth, to drool
  2. To fall in drops or an unsteady stream, to trickle
  3. In various ball games, to run with the ball, controlling its path with the feet
  4. (basketball) To bounce the ball with one hand at a time, enabling the player to move with it.
  5. To advance by dribbling
  6. (transitive) to let something fall in drips
  7. (transitive) in various ball games, to move the ball, by repeated light kicks
  8. (transitive) in basketball, to move the ball by repeatedly bouncing it on the floor of the court
drive Tweet Definition of drive Like Definition of drive on Facebook
noun
  1. A trip made in a motor vehicle
It was a long .
  1. A driveway
The mansion had a long, tree-lined .
  1. A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use:
Some old model trains have clockwork drives.
  1. (computers) A mass-storage device; as, a disk drive, a DVD drive, a flash drive''
  2. Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition:
''Crassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had and Caesar as much again.
  1. (military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective:
Napoleon's on Moscow was as determined as it was disastrous.
  1. (golf) A stroke made with a driver
  2. (baseball) A ball struck in a flat trajectory (also called line drive)
  3. A type of public roadway.
Beverly Hills" most famous street is Rodeo .
  1. (psychology) desire, Desire or interest.
  2. (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
verb (drives, driving, drove, driven)
  1. (defn, English)
driver Tweet Definition of driver Like Definition of driver on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who has a license to legally drive a motorized vehicle, such as a car or a bus
  2. a person who drives some other vehicle
  3. (computing) a special program that acts as an interface between the application program and the computer hardware. Drivers are written specifically for the hardware device they control.
driving range Tweet Definition of driving range Like Definition of driving range on Facebook
noun
  1. (golf) An area where golfers practice their swing, and try to hit the ball far, toward no target.
drop Tweet Definition of drop Like Definition of drop on Facebook
noun
  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...
drop kick Tweet Definition of drop kick Like Definition of drop kick on Facebook
noun
  1. (aussie-rules) A kick made by dropping the ball on the ground and kicking it as it bounces up. Now gone from the game, replaced by the drop punt.
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.
drub Tweet Definition of drub Like Definition of drub on Facebook
verb (drubs, drubbing, drubbed)
  1. to beat (someone or something) with a stick
  2. to forcefully teach something
  3. to defeat someone soundly; to annihilate or crush
  4. to criticize harshly; to excoriate
drubbing Tweet Definition of drubbing Like Definition of drubbing on Facebook
noun
  1. A severe beating.
His mother gave him a after finding out he'd been stealing..
  1. A thorough defeat.
The Liberal party got a from the Conservatives.
verb
  1. (present participle of, drub)
dry fly Tweet Definition of dry fly Like Definition of dry fly on Facebook
noun (dry fl, ies)
  1. (context, fishing) A fly used in fly fishing, designed to float in or on the surface of the water
dub Tweet Definition of dub Like Definition of dub on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A blow.
= verb (dub, b, ing)
  1. (transitive) To confer knighthood; the conclusion of the ceremony was marked by a tap on the shoulder with the sword.
  2. Hence, to name, to entitle, to call.
A man of wealth is dubbed a man of worth. Pope.
dubbing Tweet Definition of dubbing Like Definition of dubbing on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, dubbing (filmmaking))
  1. The replacement of a voice part in a film.
  2. The transfer of recorded music from one medium to another.
  3. (alternative spelling of, dubbin)
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