Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Disworship transitive verb To refuse to worship; to treat as unworthy. [ Obsolete] Sir T. More.
Disworship noun A deprivation of honor; a cause of disgrace; a discredit. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Disworth transitive verb To deprive of worth; to degrade. [ Obsolete] Feltham.
Disyoke transitive verb To unyoke; to free from a yoke; to disjoin. [ Poetic] R. Browning.
.] 1. A word; a decree.
[ Obsolete] 2. A ditty; a song.
Dit transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon dyttan , akin to Icelandic ditta .] To close up. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Ditation noun [ Latin ditare to enrich, from dis , ditis , same as dives , rich.] The act of making rich; enrichment. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
; plural Ditches
. [ Middle English dich
, orig. the same word as dik
. See Dike
.] 1. A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a moat or a fosse . 2. Any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth.
Ditch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ditched
; present participle & verbal noun Ditching
.] 1. To dig a ditch or ditches in; to drain by a ditch or ditches; as, to ditch moist land. 2. To surround with a ditch. Shak. 3. To throw into a ditch; as, the engine was ditched and turned on its side.
Ditch intransitive verb To dig a ditch or ditches. Swift.
Ditcher noun One who digs ditches.
Dite transitive verb
[ See Dight
.] To prepare for action or use; to make ready; to dight.
His hideous club aloft he dites . Spenser.
[ Prefix di-
.] (Chemistry) See Colophene .
Dithecal, Dithecous adjective [ Prefix di- + theca .] (Botany) Having two thecæ, cells, or compartments.
Ditheism noun [ Prefix di- + theism : confer French dithéisme .] The doctrine of those who maintain the existence of two gods or of two original principles (as in Manicheism), one good and one evil; dualism.
Ditheist noun One who holds the doctrine of ditheism; a dualist. Cudworth.
Ditheistic, Ditheistical adjective Pertaining to ditheism; dualistic.
Dithionic adjective [ Prefix di- + -thionic .] (Chemistry) Containing two equivalents of sulphur; as, dithionic acid. Dithionic acid (Chemistry) , an unstable substance, H 2 S 2 O 6 , known only in its solutions, and in certain well-defined salts.
Dithyramb noun [ Latin dithyrambus , Greek ... a kind of lyric poetry in honor of Bacchus; also, a name of Bacchus; of unknown origin: confer French dithyrambe .] A kind of lyric poetry in honor of Bacchus, usually sung by a band of revelers to a flute accompaniment; hence, in general, a poem written in a wild irregular strain. Bentley.
Dithyrambic adjective [ Latin dithyrambicus , Greek ...: confer French dithyrambique .] Pertaining to, or resembling, a dithyramb; wild and boisterous. " Dithyrambic sallies." Longfellow. -- noun A dithyrambic poem; a dithyramb.
Dition noun [ Latin ditio , dicio : confer French dition .] Dominion; rule. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Ditionary adjective Under rule; subject; tributary. [ Obsolete] Chapman.
Ditionary noun A subject; a tributary. [ Obsolete] Eden.
Ditokous adjective [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... a bringing forth, offspring.] (Zoology) (a) Having two kinds of young, as certain annelids. (b) Producing only two eggs for a clutch, as certain birds do.
Ditolyl noun [ Prefix di- + tolyl .] (Chemistry) A white, crystalline, aromatic hydrocarbon, C 14 H 14 , consisting of two radicals or residues of toluene.
Ditone noun [ Greek ... of two tones; di- = di`s- twice + ... tone.] (Mus.) The Greek major third, which comprehend two major tones (the modern major third contains one major and one minor whole tone).
Ditrichotomous adjective [ Prefix di- + trichotomous .]
1. Divided into twos or threes. 2. (Botany) Dividing into double or treble ramifications; -- said of a leaf or stem. [ R.] Loudon.
Ditrochean adjective (Pros.) Containing two trochees.
Ditrochee noun [ Latin ditrochaeus , Greek ...; di- = di`s- twice + ... trochee.] (Pros.) A double trochee; a foot made up of two trochees.
Ditroite noun [ Named from Ditro in Transylvania.] (Min.) An igneous rock composed of orthoclase, elæolite, and sodalite.
Ditt noun See Dit , noun , 2.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ See Dittany
.] (Botany) A kind of peppergrass ( Lepidium latifolium ).
[ Middle English dytane
, Old French ditain
, French dictame
, Latin dictamnum
, from Greek di`ktamnon
, a plant growing in abundance on Mount Dicte
in Crete. Confer Dittander
.] (Botany) (a) A plant of the Mint family ( Origanum Dictamnus ), a native of Crete. (b) The Dictamnus Fraxinella . See Dictamnus . (c) In America, the Cunila Mariana , a fragrant herb of the Mint family.
[ From Ditty
.] Set, sung, or composed as a ditty; -- usually in composition.
Who, with his soft pipe, and smooth- dittied song. Milton.
; plural Dittos
[ Italian , detto
, from Latin dictum
. See Dictum
.] The aforesaid thing; the same (as before). Often contracted to do ., or to two "turned commas" ("), or small marks. Used in bills, books of account, tables of names, etc., to save repetition.
A spacious table in the center, and a variety of smaller dittos in the corners. Dickens.
Ditto adverb As before, or aforesaid; in the same manner; also.
Dittology noun [ Greek dittologi`a . Attic form of dissologi`a repetition of words: ... twofold + ... to speak.] A double reading, or twofold interpretation, as of a Scripture text. [ R.]
; plural Ditties
. [ Middle English dite
, Old French ditié
, from Latin dictatum
, past participle neut. of dictare
to say often, dictate, compose. See Dictate
, transitive verb
] 1. A saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme.
O, too high ditty for my simple rhyme. Spenser. 2. A song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung.
"Religious, martial, or civil ditties
And to the warbling lute soft ditties sing. Sandys.
Ditty intransitive verb To sing; to warble a little tune.
Beasts fain would sing; birds ditty to their notes. Herbert.
Ditty-bag noun A sailor's small bag to hold thread, needles, tape, etc.; -- also called sailor's housewife .
Ditty-box noun A small box to hold a sailor's thread, needless, comb, etc.
.] (Chemistry) One of a series of complex nitrogenous substances regarded as containing two molecules of urea or their radicals, as uric acid or allantoin. Confer Ureide .
[ New Latin See Diuretic
.] (Medicine) Free excretion of urine.
Diuretic adjective [ Latin diureticus , Greek ..., from ... to make water; ... through + ... to make water, from ... urine: confer French diurétique .] (Medicine) Tending to increase the secretion and discharge of urine. -- noun A medicine with diuretic properties. Diuretic salt (Medicine) , potassium acetate; -- so called because of its diuretic properties.
Diuretical adjective Diuretic. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
Diureticalness noun The quality of being diuretical; diuretic property.
Diurna noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin diurnus belonging to the day.] (Zoology) A division of Lepidoptera , including the butterflies; -- so called because they fly only in the daytime.
[ Latin diurnalis
, from dies
day. See Deity
, and confer Journal
.] 1. Relating to the daytime; belonging to the period of daylight, distinguished from the night; -- opposed to nocturnal ; as, diurnal heat; diurnal hours. 2. Daily; recurring every day; performed in a day; going through its changes in a day; constituting the measure of a day; as, a diurnal fever; a diurnal task; diurnal aberration, or diurnal parallax; the diurnal revolution of the earth.
Ere twice the horses of the sun shall bring Shak. 3. (Botany) Opening during the day, and closing at night; -- said of flowers or leaves. 4. (Zoology) Active by day; -- applied especially to the eagles and hawks among raptorial birds, and to butterflies (Diurna) among insects. Diurnal aberration (Anat.)
Their fiery torcher his diurnal ring.
, the aberration of light arising from the effect of the earth's rotation upon the apparent direction of motion of light.
-- Diurnal arc
, the arc described by the sun during the daytime or while above the horizon; hence, the arc described by the moon or a star from rising to setting.
-- Diurnal circle
, the apparent circle described by a celestial body in consequence of the earth's rotation.
-- Diurnal motion of the earth
, the motion of the earth upon its axis which is described in twenty-four hours.
-- Diurnal motion of a heavenly body
, that apparent motion of the heavenly body which is due to the earth's diurnal motion.
-- Diurnal parallax
. See under Parallax .
-- Diurnal revolution of a planet
, the motion of the planet upon its own axis which constitutes one complete revolution. Syn.
-- See Daily
[ Confer French diurnal
a prayerbook. See Diurnal
] 1. A daybook; a journal.
[ Obsolete] Tatler. 2. (R. C. Ch.) A small volume containing the daily service for the "little hours," viz., prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers, and compline. 3. (Zoology) A diurnal bird or insect.