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dag Tweet Definition of dag Like Definition of dag on Facebook
noun
  1. A skewer
  2. A sharpened stick, used for roasting food over a fire. Compare dogwood, formerly dagwood
  3. A long pointed strip of cloth at the edge of a piece of clothing
  4. One of a row of decorative strips of cloth, ornamenting a tent, booth, or fairground
= verb (dag, g, ed)
  1. (transitive) To skewer food, for roasting over a fire
  2. (transitive) To cut or slash the edge of a garment into dags
dam Tweet Definition of dam Like Definition of dam on Facebook
noun
  1. structure placed across a flowing body of water to stop the flow
verb (dams, damming, dammed)
  1. To block the flow of water.
decagram Tweet Definition of decagram Like Definition of decagram on Facebook
noun (plural:decagrams)
  1. A metric measurement that weighs 10 grams. Its symbol is dag. It is uncommonly used.
  2. A ten pointed star.
decaliter Tweet Definition of decaliter Like Definition of decaliter on Facebook
noun
  1. ten liters
decameter Tweet Definition of decameter Like Definition of decameter on Facebook
noun
  1. (American, sometimes International): A distance of 10 meters
  • Translations
  • British English, British and Canadian English, sometimes Int'l: decametre Abbreviation form (symbol): dam
  • deciliter Tweet Definition of deciliter Like Definition of deciliter on Facebook
    noun
    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.
    dessiatine Tweet Definition of dessiatine Like Definition of dessiatine on Facebook
    noun
    1. a Russian measure of land, roughly 1.1 hectares
    dg Tweet Definition of dg Like Definition of dg on Facebook
    abbreviation
    1. decigram
    digit Tweet Definition of digit Like Definition of digit on Facebook
    noun
    1. A finger or toe.
    2. (arithmetic) A numeral that can be combined with others to write larger numbers, and that cannot itself be split into other numerals.
    The digits of the decimal number system are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, and those in the hexadecimal number system are those in the decimal system along with A, B, C, D, E and F.
    The number 2307 has four digits: the thousands digit is 2; the hundreds digit is 3; the tens digit is 0; and the units digit is 7.
    1. (context, slang, UK, in plural) One's phone number.
    That girl likes me — she gave me her digits.
    dimension Tweet Definition of dimension Like Definition of dimension on Facebook
    noun
    1. A single aspect of a given thing.
    2. A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.
    3. A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
    4. (geometry) Any of the independent coordinates used to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space.
    5. (linear algebra) The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.
    6. (physics) One of the physical property regarded as a fundamental measure of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.
    The dimensions of velocity are length divided by time.
    1. (computing) Any of the independent ranges of index, indices in a multidimensional array.
    2. (science fiction) An alternative universe or plane of existence.
    verb
    1. (transitive) To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.
    divide Tweet Definition of divide Like Definition of divide on Facebook
    noun
    1. A thing that divides.
    Stay on your side of the , please.
    1. An act of dividing.
    The left most of the good land on my share of the property.
    1. A distancing between two people or things.
    There is a great between us.
    divider Tweet Definition of divider Like Definition of divider on Facebook
    noun
    1. An object that separates.
    2. A device resembling a drawing compass and used to transfer measurements of length.
    3. (context, British, US) The median of a highway or other road where traffic in opposite directions are kept separated.
    4. A person who separates or classifies.
    DL Tweet Definition of DL Like Definition of DL on Facebook
    initialism (wikipedia, Driver's license)
    (
    wikipedia, Disabled list)
    1. Driver's license
    2. Disabled list, in baseball
    3. (context, sexuality) down low, Down Low
    DM Tweet Definition of DM Like Definition of DM on Facebook
    abbreviation
    1. (pharmaceutical drug) dextromethorphan
    2. The Deutsche Mark, former German currency now replaced by the Euro.
    Note: DM was commonly used, but the official banking code was DEM.
    1. (italbrac, role playing) Dungeon Master
    drachm Tweet Definition of drachm Like Definition of drachm on Facebook
    noun
    1. (obsolete) A unit of weight in the apothecaries' weight system of measure.
    (UK & US) 1/8 ounce apoth.
    (UK & US) 3.89 gram.
    1. A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece.
    drachma Tweet Definition of drachma Like Definition of drachma on Facebook
    noun (drachmae or drachmas)
    1. The currency of Greece from ancient times until 2001, with the symbol ₯, since replaced by the euro.
    DRAM Tweet Definition of DRAM Like Definition of DRAM on Facebook
    initialism
    1. dynamic random-access memory

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