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Dagestan Tweet Definition of Dagestan Like Definition of Dagestan on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Russian republic in the Caucasus region.
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.
degum Tweet Definition of degum Like Definition of degum on Facebook
verb (degum, m, ed)
  1. To remove gum from.
denier Tweet Definition of denier Like Definition of denier on Facebook
  1. An old French coin worth one-twelfth of a sou.
  2. A unit of measure of the fineness of fiber or yarn that is equal to one gram per 9,000 meters.
dent Tweet Definition of dent Like Definition of dent on Facebook
  1. A shallow deformation in the surface of something produced by impact.
  1. To impact something, producing a dent.
  2. To develop a dent or dents.
    ''copper, Copper is soft and dents easily.
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.
diaper Tweet Definition of diaper Like Definition of diaper on Facebook
  1. A textile fabric having a diamond-shaped pattern formed by alternating directions of thread.
  2. A towel or napkin made from such fabric.
  3. (Canada) An absorbent garment worn by a baby, or by someone who is incontinent.
  4. The diamond pattern associated with diaper textiles.
dimity Tweet Definition of dimity Like Definition of dimity on Facebook
noun (dimit, ies)
  1. A light strong fabric with woven stripes or squares.
direct Tweet Definition of direct Like Definition of direct on Facebook
  1. To manage, control, steer.
  2. To aim at.
They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
He directed his question to the room in general.
  1. Straight, constant, without interruption.
discharge Tweet Definition of discharge Like Definition of discharge on Facebook
  1. (symptom) (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology
  2. the act of accomplishing (an obligation)
  3. the act of expelling or letting go
  4. (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge
  5. (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital
  6. (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service
  7. (hydrology) the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second)
verb (discharg, ing)
  1. to accomplish or complete, as an obligation
  2. to expel or let go
  3. (electricity) to release (an accumulated charge)
  4. (medicine) to release (an inpatient) from hospital
  5. (military) to release (a member of the armed forces) from service
  6. to operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling)
distaff Tweet Definition of distaff Like Definition of distaff on Facebook
  1. a spindle, the rod used for spinning and then winding natural fibres, especially wool.
  2. the part of a spinning wheel from which thread is drawn to be spun
  3. anything traditionally done by or considered of importance to women only
  4. women considered as a group
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of women
  2. referring to the maternal side of a family
doeskin Tweet Definition of doeskin Like Definition of doeskin on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) leather, Leather from the skin of a female deer or sheep.
  1. Manufactured from doeskin.
drab Tweet Definition of drab Like Definition of drab on Facebook
  1. (dated) a slut
    • Synonyms: See WikiSaurus:promiscuous woman
      1. (dated) a lewd wench; a strumpet; a prostitute
    • Synonyms: See WikiSaurus:prostitute
      1. a wooden box, used in salt works for holding the salt when taken out of the boiling pans.
adjective (drabber, drabbest)
  1. dull, uninteresting, particularly of colour
drapery Tweet Definition of drapery Like Definition of drapery on Facebook
noun (draperies, -)
  1. (uncountable) cloth draped gracefully in folds
  2. (countable) a piece of cloth, hung vertically as a curtain; a drape
dreadnought Tweet Definition of dreadnought Like Definition of dreadnought on Facebook
  1. a battleship in which most of the firepower is concentrated in large guns that are of the same caliber.
drill Tweet Definition of drill Like Definition of drill on Facebook
  1. A tool used to remove material so as to create a hole, typically by plunging a rotating cutting bit into a stationary workpiece.
Wear safety glasses when operating an electric drill.
  1. The portion of a drilling tool that drives the bit
Use a drill with a wire brush to remove any rust or buildup.
  1. An activity done as an exercise or practice (especially a military exercise)
Regular fire drills can ensure that everyone knows how to exit safely in an emergency.
  1. A strong, durable cotton fabric with a strong bias (diagonal) in the weave.
  1. To create a hole by removing material with a drill (1)
Drill a small hole to start the screw in the right direction.
  1. To practice, especially in a military context
They drilled daily to learn the routine exactly.
  1. To repeat an idea frequently in order to encourage someone to remember it
The instructor drilled into us the importance of reading the instructions.
  1. To investigate or examine something in more detail or at a different level
Drill deeper and you may find the underlying assumptions faulty.
  1. (ergative) To cause one's subordinates to drill (2)
The sergeant was up by 6:00 every morning, drilling his troops.
drilling Tweet Definition of drilling Like Definition of drilling on Facebook
  1. The act of drill
    1. Verb, drilling'''.
    (wikipedia, Combination gun)
  1. (present participle of, drill)
drugget Tweet Definition of drugget Like Definition of drugget on Facebook
noun (pl. druggets)
  1. An inexpensive coarse woolen cloth, used as a covering for finer carpets, as a layer between the carpet and the floor, or as a cheap floor covering on its own.
  2. A floor covering made of drugget.
    • This carpet was a small square in the centre of the room... &mdash;w:Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wikisource:The Adventure of the Second Stain, The Adventure of the Second Stain, December 1904
duck Tweet Definition of duck Like Definition of duck on Facebook
  1. An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
  2. Specifically, an adult female female duck; contrasted with drake and with duckling.
  3. The flesh of a duck used as food.
  4. (cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
  5. (UK, especially East of the Pennines) Dear, Mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
Ay up duck, ow'a'tha?
  1. (slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
  2. A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
    • 1912, Katherine Mansfield, "The Woman At The Store", from "Selected Short Stories":
      He was dressed in a Jaeger vest"a pair of blue trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
  1. (intransitive) To lower the head in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  2. (transitive) To lower (something) into water.
  3. (transitive) To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
  4. (transitive) To try to evade doing something.
duffel Tweet Definition of duffel Like Definition of duffel on Facebook
  1. A kind of coarse woolen cloth, having a thick nap or frieze.
dungaree Tweet Definition of dungaree Like Definition of dungaree on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) heavy, Heavy denim fabric, often blue; blue jean material.
    • 1893: s:Author:Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, s:The 'Gloria Scott', The "Gloria Scott"
    • :He wore an open jacket, with a splotch of tar on the sleeve, a red-and-black check shirt, trousers, and heavy boots badly worn.
dye Tweet Definition of dye Like Definition of dye on Facebook
  1. a colourant, especially one that has an affinity to the substrate to which it is applied
  2. a die
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 46.
    • : If a were marked with one figure or number of spots on four sides, and with another figure or number of spots on the two remaining sides, it would be more probable, that the former would turn up than the latter ;
dyed-in-the-wool Tweet Definition of dyed-in-the-wool Like Definition of dyed-in-the-wool on Facebook
adjective (pos=dyed-in-the-wool, more)
  1. (context, of textiles) Dyed before being formed into cloth.
  2. (context, idiom, figurative) Firmly established in a person's beliefs or habits; deeply ingrained in the nature of a person or thing.
Smith was a typist and never really got used to writing on computers.
John Major was described by his opponents as a Conservative.
dyeing Tweet Definition of dyeing Like Definition of dyeing on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, dye)
dyestuff Tweet Definition of dyestuff Like Definition of dyestuff on Facebook
  1. any soluble pigment used for dyeing the hair, fabric etc

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