Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Do-little noun One who performs little though professing much. [ Colloq.]

Great talkers are commonly dolittles .
Bp. Richardson.

Dog-rose noun (Botany) A common European wild rose, with single pink or white flowers.

Dog-weary adjective Extremely weary. Shak.

Dog's-bane noun (Botany) See Dogbane .

Dog's-ear noun The corner of a leaf, in a book, turned down like the ear of a dog. Gray. -- Dog's"-eared` adjective Cowper.

Dog's-tail grass noun (Botany) A hardy species of British grass ( Cynosurus cristatus ) which abounds in grass lands, and is well suited for making straw plait; -- called also goldseed .

Dog's-tongue noun (Botany) Hound's-tongue.

Dogmatizer noun One who dogmatizes; a bold asserter; a magisterial teacher. Hammond.

Dogship noun The character, or individuality, of a dog.

Dogshore noun (Nautical) One of several shores used to hold a ship firmly and prevent her moving while the blocks are knocked away before launching.

Dogsick adjective Sick as a dog sometimes is very sick. [ Colloq.]

Dogskin noun The skin of a dog, or leather made of the skin. Also used adjectively.

Dogsleep noun
1. Pretended sleep. Addison.

2. (Nautical) The fitful naps taken when all hands are kept up by stress.

Dogtie noun (Architecture) A cramp.

Dogtooth noun ; plural Dogteeth
1. See Canine tooth , under Canine .

2. (Architecture) An ornament common in Gothic architecture, consisting of pointed projections resembling teeth; -- also called tooth ornament .

Dogtooth spar (Min.) , a variety of calcite, in acute crystals, resembling the tooth of a dog. See Calcite . -- Dogtooth violet (Botany) , a small, bulbous herb of the Lily family (genus Erythronium ). It has two shining flat leaves and commonly one large flower. [ Written also dog's-tooth violet .]

Dogtrick noun A gentle trot, like that of a dog.

Dogvane noun (Nautical) A small vane of bunting, feathers, or any other light material, carried at the masthead to indicate the direction of the wind. Totten.

Dogwatch noun (Nautical) A half watch; a watch of two hours, of which there are two, the first dogwatch from 4 to 6 o'clock, p. m., and the second dogwatch from 6 to 8 o'clock, p. m. Totten.

Dogwood (-wod`) noun [ So named from skewers (dags) being made of it. Dr. Prior . See Dag , and Dagger .] (Botany) The Cornus , a genus of large shrubs or small trees, the wood of which is exceedingly hard, and serviceable for many purposes.

» There are several species, one of which, Cornus mascula , called also cornelian cherry , bears a red acid berry. C. florida is the flowering dogwood, a small American tree with very showy blossoms.

Dogwood tree . (a) The dogwood or Cornus . (b) A papilionaceous tree ( Piscidia erythrina ) growing in Jamaica. It has narcotic properties; -- called also Jamaica dogwood .

Dohtren (dō"trĕn) noun plural Daughters. [ Obsolete]

Doily noun [ So called from the name of the dealer.]
1. A kind of woolen stuff. [ Obsolete] "Some doily petticoats." Dryden.

A fool and a doily stuff, would now and then find days of grace, and be worn for variety.

2. A small napkin, used at table with the fruit, etc.; -- commonly colored and fringed.

Doing noun ; plural Doings Anything done; a deed; an action good or bad; hence, in the plural, conduct; behavior. See Do .

To render an account of his doings .

Doit noun [ Dutch duit , Icelandic pveit , prop., a piece cut off. See Thwaite a piece of ground, Thwite .]
1. A small Dutch coin, worth about half a farthing; also, a similar small coin once used in Scotland; hence, any small piece of money. Shak.

2. A thing of small value; as, I care not a doit .

Doitkin noun A very small coin; a doit.

Dokimastic adjective Docimastic.

Doko noun (Zoology) See Lepidosiren .

Dolabra noun [ Latin , from dolare to hew.] A rude ancient ax or hatchet, seen in museums.

Dolabriform adjective [ Latin dolabra a mattock + -form .] Shaped like the head of an ax or hatchet, as some leaves, and also certain organs of some shellfish.

Dolce, Dolcemente adverb [ Italian , from Latin dulcis sweet, soft.] (Mus.) Softly; sweetly; with soft, smooth, and delicate execution.

Dolcino or Dul*ci"no noun [ Confer Italian dolcigno sweetish.] (Mus.) A small bassoon, formerly much used. Simmonds.

Doldrums (dŏl"drŭmz) noun plural [ Confer Gael. doltrum grief, vexation?] A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; -- so called by sailors.

To be in the doldrums , to be in a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium.

Dole (dōl) noun [ Middle English deol , doel , dol , Old French doel , from doloir to suffer, from Latin dolere ; perhaps akin to dolare to hew.] grief; sorrow; lamentation. [ Archaic]

And she died.
So that day there was dole in Astolat.

Dole noun [ Latin dolus : confer French dol .] (Scots Law) See Dolus .

Dole noun [ Anglo-Saxon dāl portion; same word as d...l . See Deal .]
1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.

At her general dole ,
Each receives his ancient soul.

2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.

3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.

So sure the dole , so ready at their call,
They stood prepared to see the manna fall.

Heaven has in store a precious dole .

4. A boundary; a landmark. Halliwell.

5. A void space left in tillage. [ Prov. Eng.]

Dole beer , beer bestowed as alms. [ Obsolete] -- Dole bread , bread bestowed as alms. [ Obsolete] -- Dole meadow , a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.

Dole (dōl) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Doled (dōld); present participle & verbal noun Doling .] To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.

The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him.
De Quincey.

Doleful adjective Full of dole or grief; expressing or exciting sorrow; sorrowful; sad; dismal.

With screwed face and doleful whine.

Regions of sorrow, doleful shades.

Syn. -- Piteous; rueful; sorrowful; woeful; melancholy; sad gloomy; dismal; dolorous; woe-begone.

-- Dole"ful*ly , adverb -- Dole"ful*ness , noun

Dolent adjective [ Latin dolens , present participle of dolere : confer French dolent . See Dole sorrow.] Sorrowful. [ Obsolete] Ford.

Dolente adjective & adverb [ Italian ] (Mus.) Plaintively. See Doloroso .

Dolerite noun [ Greek ... deceitful; because it was easily confounded with diorite.] (Geol. & Min.) A dark-colored, basic, igneous rock, composed essentially of pyroxene and a triclinic feldspar with magnetic iron. By many authors it is considered equivalent to a coarse-grained basalt.

Dolerite noun [ Greek ... deceptive, because easily confounded with diorite.] (Petrography) (a) A dark, crystalline, igneous rock, chiefly pyroxene with labradorite. (b) Coarse- grained basalt. (c) Diabase. (d) Any dark, igneous rock composed chiefly of silicates of iron and magnesium with some feldspar. -- Dol`er*it"ic adjective

Doleritic adjective Of the nature of dolerite; as, much lava is doleritic lava. Dana.

Dolesome adjective Doleful; dismal; gloomy; sorrowful. -- Dole"some*ly , adverb -- Dole"some*ness , noun

Dolf imperfect of Delve . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Dolichocephalic (dŏl`ĭ*ko*se*făl"ĭk), Dol`i*cho*ceph"a*lous (-sĕf"ȧ*lŭs) adjective [ Greek dolicho`s long + kefalh` head.] (Anat.) Having the cranium, or skull, long to its breadth; long-headed; -- opposed to brachycephalic . -- Dol`i*cho*ceph"al adjective & noun

Dolichocephaly (-ȧ*lȳ), Dol`i*cho*ceph"a*lism (-ȧ*lĭz'm) , noun [ Confer French dolichcéphalie .] The quality or condition of being dolichocephalic.

Dolioform adjective [ Latin dolium large jar + -form .] (Biol.) Barrel-shaped, or like a cask in form.

Doliolum noun [ Latin doliolum a small cask.] (Zoology) A genus of freeswimming oceanic tunicates, allied to Salpa , and having alternate generations.

Dolium noun [ Latin large jar.] (Zoology) A genus of large univalve mollusks, including the partridge shell and tun shells.

Doll noun [ A contraction of Dorothy ; or less probably an abbreviation of idol ; or confer OD. dol a whipping top, Dutch dollen to rave, and English dull .] A child's puppet; a toy baby for a little girl.

Dollar noun [ Dutch daalder , LG. dahler , German thaler , an abbreviation of Joachimsthaler , i. e., a piece of money first coined, about the year 1518, in the valley (G. thal ) of St. Joachim , in Bohemia. See Dale .]
1. (a) A silver coin of the United States containing 371.25 grains of silver and 41.25 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 412.5 grains. (b) A gold coin of the United States containing 23.22 grains of gold and 2.58 grains of alloy, that is, having a total weight of 25.8 grains, nine-tenths fine. It is no longer coined.

» Previous to 1837 the silver dollar had a larger amount of alloy, but only the same amount of silver as now, the total weight being 416 grains. The gold dollar as a distinct coin was first made in 1849. The eagles, half eagles, and quarter eagles coined before 1834 contained 24.75 grains of gold and 2.25 grains of alloy for each dollar.

2. A coin of the same general weight and value, though differing slightly in different countries, current in Mexico, Canada, parts of South America, also in Spain, and several other European countries.

3. The value of a dollar; the unit commonly employed in the United States in reckoning money values.

Chop dollar . See under 9th Chop . -- Dollar fish (Zoology) , a fish of the United States coast ( Stromateus triacanthus ), having a flat, roundish form and a bright silvery luster; -- called also butterfish , and Lafayette . See Butterfish . -- Trade dollar , a silver coin formerly made at the United States mint, intended for export, and not legal tender at home. It contained 378 grains of silver and 42 grains of alloy.