Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Divineress noun A woman who divines. Dryden.
Diving adjective That dives or is used or diving. Diving beetle (Zoology)
, any beetle of the family Dytiscidæ , which habitually lives under water; -- called also water tiger .
-- Diving bell
, a hollow inverted vessel, sometimes bell-shaped, in which men may descend and work under water, respiration being sustained by the compressed air at the top, by fresh air pumped in through a tube from above.
-- Diving dress
. See Submarine armor , under Submarine .
-- Diving stone
, a kind of jasper.
Divinify transitive verb [ Latin divinus divine + -fy .] To render divine; to deify. [ Obsolete] "Blessed and divinified soul." Parth. Sacra (1633).
Divining adjective That divines; for divining. Divining rod , a rod, commonly of witch hazel, with forked branches, used by those who pretend to discover water or metals under ground.
Diviningly adverb In a divining manner.
Divinistre noun A diviner. [ Obsolete] " I am no divinistre ." Chaucer.
; plural Divinities
. [ French divinité
, Latin divinitas
. See Divine
] 1. The state of being divine; the nature or essence of God; deity; godhead.
When he attributes divinity to other things than God, it is only a divinity by way of participation. Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. The Deity; the Supreme Being; God.
This the divinity that within us. Addison. 3. A pretended deity of pagans; a false god.
Beastly divinities , and droves of gods. Prior. 4. A celestial being, inferior to the supreme God, but superior to man.
God . . . employing these subservient divinities . Cheyne. 5. Something divine or superhuman; supernatural power or virtue; something which inspires awe.
They say there is divinity in odd numbers. Shak.
There's such divinity doth hedge a king. Shak. 6. The science of divine things; the science which treats of God, his laws and moral government, and the way of salvation; theology.
Divinity is essentially the first of the professions. Coleridge. Case divinity
Divinity calf (Bookbinding) Calf stained dark brown and worked without gilding, often used for theological books.
Divinization noun A making divine. M. Arnold.
Divinize transitive verb To invest with a divine character; to deify.
[ R.] M. Arnold.
Man had divinized all those objects of awe. Milman.
[ Confer French divisibilité
.] The quality of being divisible; the property of bodies by which their parts are capable of separation.
Divisibility . . . is a primary attribute of matter. Sir W. Hamilton.
[ Latin divisibilis
, from dividere
: confer French divisible
. See Divide
.] Capable of being divided or separated.
Extended substance . . . is divisible into parts. Sir W. Hamilton. Divisible contract (Law)
, a contract containing agreements one of which can be separated from the other.
-- Divisible offense (Law)
, an offense containing a lesser offense in one of a greater grade, so that on the latter there can be an acquittal, while on the former there can be a conviction.
Divisible noun A divisible substance. Glanvill.
[ French division
, Latin divisio
, from dividere
. See Divide
.] 1. The act or process of diving anything into parts, or the state of being so divided; separation.
I was overlooked in the division of the spoil. Gibbon. 2. That which divides or keeps apart; a partition. 3. The portion separated by the divining of a mass or body; a distinct segment or section.
Communities and divisions of men. Addison. 4. Disunion; difference in opinion or feeling; discord; variance; alienation.
There was a division among the people. John vii. 43. 5. Difference of condition; state of distinction; distinction; contrast. Chaucer.
I will put a division between my people and thy people. Ex. viii. 23. 6. Separation of the members of a deliberative body, esp. of the Houses of Parliament, to ascertain the vote.
The motion passed without a division . Macaulay. 7. (Math.) The process of finding how many times one number or quantity is contained in another; the reverse of multiplication ; also, the rule by which the operation is performed. 8. (Logic) The separation of a genus into its constituent species. 9. (Mil.) (a) Two or more brigades under the command of a general officer. (b) Two companies of infantry maneuvering as one subdivision of a battalion. (c) One of the larger districts into which a country is divided for administering military affairs. 10. (Nautical) One of the groups into which a fleet is divided. 11. (Mus.) A course of notes so running into each other as to form one series or chain, to be sung in one breath to one syllable. 12. (Rhet.) The distribution of a discourse into parts; a part so distinguished. 13. (Biol.) A grade or rank in classification; a portion of a tribe or of a class; or, in some recent authorities, equivalent to a subkingdom. Cell division (Biol.)
, a method of cell increase, in which new cells are formed by the division of the parent cell. In this process, the cell nucleus undergoes peculiar differentiations and changes, as shown in the figure (see also Karyokinesis ). At the same time the protoplasm of the cell becomes gradually constricted by a furrow transverse to the long axis of the nuclear spindle, followed, on the completion of the division of the nucleus, by a separation of the cell contents into two masses, called the daughter cells .
-- Long division (Math.)
, the process of division when the operations are mostly written down.
-- Short division (Math.)
, the process of division when the operations are mentally performed and only the results written down; -- used principally when the divisor is not greater than ten or twelve. Syn.
-- compartment; section; share; allotment; distribution; separation; partition; disjunction; disconnection; difference; variance; discord; disunion.
Divisional adjective That divides; pertaining to, making, or noting, a division; as, a divisional line; a divisional general; a divisional surgeon of police. Divisional planes (Geol.) , planes of separation between rock masses. They include joints.
Divisionally adverb So as to be divisional.
Divisionary adjective Divisional.
Divisionor noun One who divides or makes division. [ Obsolete] Sheldon.
[ Confer French divisif
.] 1. Indicating division or distribution. Mede. 2. Creating, or tending to create, division, separation, or difference.
It [ culture] is after all a dainty and divisive quality, and can not reach to the depths of humanity. J. C. Shairp.
, noun Carlyle.
[ Latin , from dividere
. See Divide
.] (Math.) The number by which the dividend is divided. Common divisor
. (Math.) See under Common , adjective
[ French divorce
, Latin divortium
, from divortere
, to turn different ways, to separate. See Divert
.] 1. (Law) (a) A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority. This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii.
"from the bond of matrimony." (b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or thoro) , "from bed and board." 2. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved. 3. Separation; disunion of things closely united.
To make divorce of their incorporate league. Shak. 4. That which separates.
[ Obsolete] Shak. Bill of divorce
. See under Bill .
Divorce transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Divorced
; present participle & verbal noun Divorcing
.] [ Confer French divorcer
. See Divorce
] 1. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce. 2. To separate or disunite; to sunder.
It [ a word] was divorced from its old sense. Earle. 3. To make away; to put away.
Nothing but death Shak.
Shall e'er divorce my dignities.
Divorceable adjective Capable of being divorced.
Divorcee noun A person divorced.
Divorceless adjective Incapable of being divorced or separated; free from divorce.
Divorcement noun Dissolution of the marriage tie; divorce; separation.
Let him write her a divorcement . Deut. xxiv. 1.
The divorcement of our written from our spoken language. R. Morris.
Divorcer noun The person or cause that produces or effects a divorce. Drummond.
Divorcible adjective Divorceable. Milton.
Divorcive adjective Having power to divorce; tending to divorce. "This divorcive law." Milton.
Divot noun A thin, oblong turf used for covering cottages, and also for fuel. [ Scot.] Simmonds.
[ Latin divulgatus
, past participle of divulgare
. See Divulge
[ Obsolete] Bale.
Divulgate transitive verb To divulge. [ Obsolete] Foxe.
Divulgater noun A divulger. [ R.]
[ Latin divulgatio
: confer French divulgation
.] The act of divulging or publishing.
Secrecy hath no use than divulgation . Bp. Hall.
Divulge transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Divulged
; present participle & verbal noun Divulging
.] [ French divulguer
, Latin divulgare
; di- = dis-
to spread among the people, from vulgus
the common people. See Vulgar
.] 1. To make public; to several or communicate to the public; to tell (a secret) so that it may become generally known; to disclose; -- said of that which had been confided as a secret, or had been before unknown; as, to divulge a secret.
Divulge not such a love as mine. Cowper. 2. To indicate publicly; to proclaim.
God . . . marks Milton. 3. To impart; to communicate.
The just man, and divulges him through heaven.
Which would not be
To them [ animals] made common and divulged . Milton. Syn.
-- To publish; disclose; discover; uncover; reveal; communicate; impart; tell.
Divulge intransitive verb To become publicly known. [ R.] "To keep it from divulging ." Shak.
Divulsive adjective Tending to pull asunder, tear, or rend; distracting.
Dixie (dĭks"ȳ) noun A colloquial name for the Southern portion of the United States, esp. during the Civil War. [ U.S.]
Dizen transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dizened
; present participle & verbal noun Dizening
.] [ Perh. orig., to dress in a foolish manner, and allied to dizzy
: but confer also Middle English dysyn
) to put tow or flax on a distaff, i. e.
, to dress it. Confer Distaff
.] 1. To dress; to attire.
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. 2. To dress gaudily; to overdress; to bedizen; to deck out.
Like a tragedy queen, he has dizened her out. Goldsmith.
To-morrow when the masks shall fall Emerson.
That dizen Nature's carnival.
(dĭz) transitive verb
[ See Dizzy
.] To make dizzy; to astonish; to puzzle.
[ Obsolete] Gayton.
[ See Dizzy
, and confer Disard
.] A blockhead. [ Obsolete] [ Written also dizard , and disard .]
Dizzily (dĭz"zĭ*lȳ) adverb In a dizzy manner or state.
[ Anglo-Saxon dysigness
folly. See Dizzy
.] Giddiness; a whirling sensation in the head; vertigo.
[ Compar. Dizzier
(-zĭ*ẽr); superl. Dizziest
.] [ Middle English dusi
, foolish, Anglo-Saxon dysig
; akin to LG. düsig
dizzy, OD. deuzig
, Old High German tusig
foolish, OFries. dusia
to be dizzy; LG. dusel
, Dutch duizelig
, dizzy, Danish dösig
drowsy, slepy, döse
to make dull, drowsy, dös
dullness, drowsiness, and to Anglo-Saxon dwǣs
foolish, German thor
fool. √71. Confer Daze
.] 1. Having in the head a sensation of whirling, with a tendency to fall; vertiginous; giddy; hence, confused; indistinct.
Alas! his brain was dizzy . Drayton. 2. Causing, or tending to cause, giddiness or vertigo.
To climb from the brink of Fleet Ditch by a dizzy ladder. Macaulay. 3. Without distinct thought; unreflecting; thoughtless; heedless.
Dizzy transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dizzied
; present participle & verbal noun Dizzying
.] To make dizzy or giddy; to give the vertigo to; to confuse.
If the jangling of thy bells had not dizzied thy understanding. Sir W. Scott.
Djereed, Djerrid noun
[ French djerid
, from Arabic See Jereed
.] (a) A blunt javelin used in military games in Moslem countries. (b) A game played with it.
[ Written also jereed
; plural Jjinn
or Djinns See Jinnee , Jinn .