Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Doctorly adjective Like a doctor or learned man. [ Obsolete] " Doctorly prelates." Foxe.
Doctorship noun Doctorate. [ R.] Clarendon.
Doctress noun A female doctor. [ R.]
Doctrinable adjective Of the nature of, or constituting, doctrine. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.
[ French See Doctrine
.] One who would apply to political or other practical concerns the abstract doctrines or the theories of his own philosophical system; a propounder of a new set of opinions; a dogmatic theorist. Used also adjectively; as, doctrinaire notions.
» In french history, the Doctrinaires
were a constitutionalist party which originated after the restoration of the Bourbons, and represented the interests of liberalism and progress. After the Revolution of July, 1830, when they came into power, they assumed a conservative position in antagonism with the republicans and radicals. Am. Cyc.
[ Late Latin doctrinalis
, from Latin doctrina
: confer French doctrinal
. See Doctrine
.] 1. Pertaining to, or containing, doctrine or something taught and to be believed; as, a doctrinal observation.
clauses." Macaulay. 2. Pertaining to, or having to do with, teaching.
The word of God serveth no otherwise than in the nature of a doctrinal instrument. Hooker.
Doctrinal noun A matter of doctrine; also, a system of doctrines. T. Goodwin. Sir T. Elyot.
Doctrinally adverb In a doctrinal manner or form; by way of teaching or positive direction.
Doctrinarian noun A doctrinaire. J. H. Newman.
Doctrinarianism noun The principles or practices of the Doctrinaires.
[ French doctrine
, Latin doctrina
, from doctor
. See Doctor
.] 1. Teaching; instruction.
He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine , Hearken. Mark iv. 2. 2. That which is taught; what is held, put forth as true, and supported by a teacher, a school, or a sect; a principle or position, or the body of principles, in any branch of knowledge; any tenet or dogma; a principle of faith; as, the doctrine of atoms; the doctrine of chances.
of gravitation." I. Watts.
Articles of faith and doctrine . Hooker. The Monroe doctrine (Politics)
, a policy enunciated by President Monroe (Message, Dec. 2, 1823), the essential feature of which is that the United States will regard as an unfriendly act any attempt on the part of European powers to extend their systems on this continent, or any interference to oppress, or in any manner control the destiny of, governments whose independence had been acknowledged by the United States. Syn.
-- Precept; tenet; principle; maxim; dogma. -- Doctrine
denotes whatever is recommended as a speculative truth to the belief of others. Precept
is a rule down to be obeyed. Doctrine
supposes a teacher; precept
supposes a superior, with a right to command. The doctrines
of the Bible; the precepts
of our holy religion.
Unpracticed he to fawn or seek for power Goldsmith.
By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour.
[ Late Latin documentum
, from docere
to teach: confer French document
. See Docile
.] 1. That which is taught or authoritatively set forth; precept; instruction; dogma.
Learners should not be too much crowded with a heap or multitude of documents or ideas at one time. I. Watts. 2. An example for instruction or warning.
They were forth with stoned to death, as a document to others. Sir W. Raleigh. 3. An original or official paper relied upon as the basis, proof, or support of anything else; -- in its most extended sense, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information in the case; any material substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by any species of conventional mark or symbol.
Saint Luke . . . collected them from such documents and testimonies as he . . . judged to be authentic. Paley.
Document transitive verb 1. To teach; to school.
I am finely documented by my own daughter. Dryden. 2. To furnish with documents or papers necessary to establish facts or give information; as, a ship should be documented according to the directions of law.
1. Of or pertaining to instruction. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More. 2. Of or pertaining to written evidence; documentary; as, documental testimony.
Documentary adjective Pertaining to written evidence; contained or certified in writing. " Documentary evidence." Macaulay.
Dodd, Dod transitive verb [ Middle English dodden .] To cut off, as wool from sheep's tails; to lop or clip off. Halliwell.
Doddart noun A game much like hockey, played in an open field; also, the, bent stick for playing the game. [ Local, Eng.] Halliwell.
[ See Dodd
.] Without horns; as, dodded cattle; without beards; as, dodded corn. Halliwell.
Dodder noun [ Confer Danish dodder , Swedish dodra , German dotter .] (Botany) A plant of the genus Cuscuta . It is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc., and decaying at the root, is nourished by the plant that supports it.
Dodder transitive verb & i. [ Confer Anglo-Saxon dyderian to deceive, delude, and English didder , dudder .] To shake, tremble, or totter. "The doddering mast." Thomson.
Doddered adjective Shattered; infirm. "A laurel grew, doddered with age." Dryden.
Dodecagon noun [ Greek ... twelve + ... angle: confer French dodécagone .] (Geom.) A figure or polygon bounded by twelve sides and containing twelve angles.
Dodecagynia noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... twelve + ... woman, female.] (Botany) A Linnæan order of plants having twelve styles.
Dodecagynian, Dodecagynous adjective (Botany) Of or pertaining to the Dodecagynia; having twelve styles.
Dodecahedral adjective Pertaining to, or like, a dodecahedion; consisting of twelve equal sides. Dodecahedral cleavage
. See under Cleavage .
[ Greek ...; ... twelve + ... seat, bottom, base: confer French dodécaèdre
.] (Geom. & Crystallog.) A solid having twelve faces.
» The regular dodecahedron
is bounded by twelve equal and regular pentagons; the pyritohedron (see Pyritohedron
) is related to it; the rhombic dodecahedron
is bounded by twelve equal rhombic faces.
Dodecandria noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... twelve + ..., ..., man, male.] (Botany) A Linnæan class of plants including all that have any number of stamens between twelve and nineteen.
Dodecandrian, Dodecandrous adjective (Botany) Of or pertaining to the Dodecandria; having twelve stamens, or from twelve to nineteen.
Dodecane noun [ Greek ... twelve.] (Chemistry) Any one of a group of thick oily hydrocarbons, C 12 H 26 , of the paraffin series.
Dodecastyle adjective [ Greek ... twelve + ... column: confer French dodécastyle .] (Architecture) Having twelve columns in front. -- noun A dodecastyle portico, or building.
Dodecasyllabic adjective [ Greek ... twelve + English syllabic .] Having twelve syllables.
Dodecasyllable noun A word consisting of twelve syllables.
Dodecatemory noun [ Greek ...; ... twelve + ..., dim. of ... part: confer French dodécatémorie .] (Astron.) A tern applied to the twelve houses, or parts, of the zodiac of the primum mobile , to distinguish them from the twelve signs; also, any one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Dodge intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dodged
; present participle & verbal noun Dodging
.] [ Of uncertain origin: confer dodder
, v., daddle
, dade, or dog
, transitive verb ] 1. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start. Milton. 2. To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.
Some dodging casuist with more craft than sincerity. Milton.
Dodge transitive verb
1. To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown. 2. Fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge responsibility. [ Colloq.] S. G. Goodrich. 3. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place. Coleridge.
Dodge noun The act of evading by some skillful movement; a sudden starting aside; hence, an artful device to evade, deceive, or cheat; a cunning trick; an artifice.
Some, who have a taste for good living, have many harmless arts, by which they improve their banquet, and innocent dodges , if we may be permitted to use an excellent phrase that has become vernacular since the appearance of the last dictionaries. Thackeray.
Dodger noun 1. One who dodges or evades; one who plays fast and loose, or uses tricky devices. Smart. 2. A small handbill.
[ U. S.] 3. See Corndodger .
Dodgery noun trickery; artifice. [ Obsolete] Hacket.
Dodipate, Dodipoll noun
[ Perh. from Middle English dodden
to cut off, to shear, and first applied to shaven-polled priests.] A stupid person; a fool; a blockhead.
Some will say, our curate is naught, an ass-head, a dodipoll . Latimer.
[ Dutch duitken
, dim. of duit
. See Doit
, and confer Doitkin
.] A doit; a small coin. Shelton.
1. A snail; also, a snail shell; a hodmandod. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Nares. 2. (Zoology) Any shellfish which casts its shell, as a lobster. [ Prov. Eng.]
; plural Dodoes
. [ Said to be from Portuguese doudo
silly, foolish (cf. Booby
); this is from Prov. English dold
, the same word as English dolt
.] (Zoology) A large, extinct bird ( Didus ineptus ), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had short, half-fledged wings, like those of the ostrich, and a short neck and legs; -- called also dronte . It was related to the pigeons.
[ Anglo-Saxon dā
; confer Danish daa
dyr, deer, and perhaps Latin dama
. √66.] (Zoology) A female deer or antelope; specifically, the female of the fallow deer, of which the male is called a buck . Also applied to the female of other animals, as the rabbit. See the Note under Buck .
(dō) noun A feat. [ Obsolete] See Do , noun Hudibras.
Doe, John (Law) The fictitious lessee acting as plaintiff in the common-law action of ejectment, the fictitious defendant being usually denominated Richard Roe . Hence, a fictitious name for a party, real or fictitious, to any action or proceeding.
[ From Do
, transitive verb & i.
] 1. One who does; one who performs or executes; one who is wont and ready to act; an actor; an agent.
The doers of the law shall be justified. Rom. ii. 13. 2. (Scots Law) An agent or attorney; a factor. Burrill.
(dŭz). The 3d pers. sing. present of Do .
1. The skin of the doe. 2. A firm woolen cloth with a smooth, soft surface like a doe's skin; -- made for men's wear.
Doff transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Doffed
; present participle & verbal noun Doffing
.] [ Do
. See Do
, transitive verb
, 7.] 1. To put off, as dress; to divest one's self of; hence, figuratively, to put or thrust away; to rid one's self of.
And made us doff our easy robes of peace. Shak.
At night, or in the rain, Emerson. 2. To strip; to divest; to undress.
He dons a surcoat which he doffs at morn.
Heaven's King, who doffs himself our flesh to wear. Crashaw.
Doff intransitive verb To put off dress; to take off the hat.