Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Do-nothing adjective Doing nothing; inactive; idle; lazy; as, a do-nothing policy.
Do-nothingism, Do-nothingness noun Inactivity; habitual sloth; idleness. [ Jocular] Carlyle. Miss Austen.
[ Spanish , lit., a maid. Confer Damsel
.] (Zoology) A handsome fish of Florida and the West Indies ( Platyglossus radiatus ). The name is applied also to the ladyfish ( Harpe rufa ) of the same region.
Done past participle from Do , and formerly the infinitive. 1. Performed; executed; finished. 2. It is done or agreed; let it be a match or bargain; -- used elliptically. Done brown
, a phrase in cookery; applied figuratively to one who has been thoroughly deceived, cheated, or fooled.
[ Colloq.] -- Done for
, tired out; used up; collapsed; destroyed; dead; killed.
[ Colloq.] -- Done up
. (a) Wrapped up
. (b) Worn out; exhausted.
[ Prob. corrupted from Old French doné
, French donné
, past participle of Old French doner
, French donner
, to give, issue, from Latin donare
to give. See Donate
, and confer Donee
.] Given; executed; issued; made public; -- used chiefly in the clause giving the date of a proclamation or public act.
Donee noun [ Old French doné , French donné , past participle See the preceding word.]
1. The person to whom a gift or donation is made. 2. (Law) Anciently, one to whom lands were given; in later use, one to whom lands and tenements are given in tail; in modern use, one on whom a power is conferred for execution; -- sometimes called the appointor .
Donet noun Same as Donat . Piers Plowman .
Dongola noun Dongola kid , D. leather , leather made by the Dongola process. -- D. process , a process of tanning goatskin, and now also calfskin and sheepskin, with a combination of vegetable and mineral agents, so that it resembles kid. -- D. race , a boat race in which the crews are composed of a number of pairs, usually of men and women.
1. A government of Upper Egypt. 2. Dongola kid.
Doni noun [ Tamil t...nī .] (Nautical) A clumsy craft, having one mast with a long sail, used for trading purposes on the coasts of Coromandel and Ceylon. [ Written also dhony , doney , and done .] Balfour.
Doniferous (do*nĭf"ẽr*ŭs) adjective [ Latin donum gift + -ferous .] Bearing gifts. [ R.]
[ See Dungeon
.] The chief tower, also called the keep ; a massive tower in ancient castles, forming the strongest part of the fortifications. See Illust. of Castle .
; plural Donkeys
(-kĭz). [ Prob. dun
, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass. Donkey engine
, a small auxiliary engine not used for propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers, raising heavy weights, and like purposes.
-- Donkey pump
, a steam pump for feeding boilers, extinguishing fire, etc.; -- usually an auxiliary.
-- Donkey's eye (Botany)
, the large round seed of the Mucuna pruriens , a tropical leguminous plant.
[ Italian donna
, Latin domina
. See Don
.] A lady; madam; mistress; -- the title given a lady in Italy.
[ Corrupted from do- naught
.] See Do-naught .
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
[ French, from donner
to give.] Lit., given; hence, in a literary work, as a drama or tale, that which is assumed as to characters, situation, etc., as a basis for the plot or story. W. E. Henley.
That favorite romance donnée of the heir kept out of his own. Saintsbury.
., 2.] Self-importance; loftiness of carriage.
[ Cant, Eng. Universities]
[ French donneur
, Old French daneor
, from donner
. See Donee
, and confer Donator
.] 1. One who gives or bestows; one who confers anything gratuitously; a benefactor. 2. (Law) One who grants an estate; in later use, one who confers a power; -- the opposite of donee . Kent.
Touching, the parties unto deeds and charters, we are to consider as well the donors and granters as the donees or grantees. Spelman.
Donship noun The quality or rank of a don, gentleman, or knight. Hudibras.
[ Confer Italian donzello
, Spanish doncel
, Old French danzel
. See Damsel
] A young squire, or knight's attendant; a page.
[ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
Doo noun (Zoology) A dove. [ Scot.]
Doob grass [ Hind. d...b .] (Botany) A perennial, creeping grass ( Cynodon dactylon ), highly prized, in Hindostan, as food for cattle, and acclimated in the United States. [ Written also doub grass .]
[ Confer Dawdle
.] A trifler; a simple fellow.
Doodlesack noun [ Confer German dudelsack .] The Scotch bagpipe. [ Prov. Eng.]
Doole noun Sorrow; dole. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
; plural Doolies
. [ Sanskrit d...la
.] A kind of litter suspended from men's shoulders, for carrying persons or things; a palanquin.
[ Written also doolee
.] [ East Indies]
Having provided doolies , or little bamboo chairs slung on four men's shoulders, in which I put my papers and boxes, we next morning commenced the ascent. J. D. Hooker.
[ As. dōm
; akin to Old Saxon dōm
, Old High German tuom
, Dan. & Swedish dom
, Icelandic dōmr
, Goth. dōms
, Greek qe`mis
law; from the root of English do
, transitive verb √65. See Do
, transitive verb
, and confer Deem
.] 1. Judgment; judicial sentence; penal decree; condemnation.
The first dooms of London provide especially the recovery of cattle belonging to the citizens. J. R. Green.
Now against himself he sounds this doom . Shak. 2. That to which one is doomed or sentenced; destiny or fate, esp. unhappy destiny; penalty.
Ere Hector meets his doom . Pope.
And homely household task shall be her doom . Dryden. 3. Ruin; death.
This is the day of doom for Bassianus. Shak. 4. Discriminating opinion or judgment; discrimination; discernment; decision.
And there he learned of things and haps to come, Fairfax. Syn.
To give foreknowledge true, and certain doom .
-- Sentence; condemnation; decree; fate; destiny; lot; ruin; destruction.
Doom transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Doomed
; present participle & verbal noun Dooming
.] 1. To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge.
[ Obsolete] Milton. 2. To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn; to consign by a decree or sentence; to sentence; as, a criminal doomed to chains or death.
Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls. Dryden. 3. To ordain as penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
Have I tongue to doom my brother's death? Shak. 4. To assess a tax upon, by estimate or at discretion.
[ New England] J. Pickering. 5. To destine; to fix irrevocably the destiny or fate of; to appoint, as by decree or by fate.
A man of genius . . . doomed to struggle with difficulties. Macaulay.
Doom palm [ Arabic daum , dūm : confer French doume .] (Botany) A species of palm tree ( Hyphæne Thebaica ), highly valued for the fibrous pulp of its fruit, which has the flavor of gingerbread, and is largely eaten in Egypt and Abyssinia. [ Written also doum palm .]
Doomage noun A penalty or fine for neglect. [ Local, New England]
Doomful adjective Full of condemnation or destructive power. [ R.] "That doomful deluge." Drayton.
[ Anglo-Saxon d...mes dāg
. See Doom
, and Day
.] 1. A day of sentence or condemnation; day of death.
"My body's doomsday
." Shak. 2. The day of the final judgment.
I could not tell till doomsday . Chaucer. Doomsday Book
. See Domesday Book .
Doomsman noun [ Doom + man .] A judge; an umpire. [ Obsolete] Hampole.
Doomster noun Same as Dempster .
[ Middle English dore
, Anglo-Saxon duru
; akin to Old Saxon dura
, Dutch deur
, Old High German turi
, door, tor
gate, German thür
, Icelandic dyrr
, Danish dör
, Swedish dörr
, Goth. daur
, Lithuanian durys
, Russian dvere
, Old Irish dorus
, Latin fores
, Greek ...; confer Sanskrit dur
. √246. Confer Foreign
.] 1. An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by which to go in and out; an entrance way.
To the same end, men several paths may tread, Denham. 2. The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house or apartment is closed and opened.
As many doors into one temple lead.
At last he came unto an iron door Spenser. 3. Passage; means of approach or access.
That fast was locked.
I am the door ; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. John x. 9. 4. An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or apartment to which it leads.
Martin's office is now the second door in the street. Arbuthnot. Blank door
, Blind door
, etc. (Architecture) See under Blank , Blind , etc.
-- In doors
, or Within doors
, within the house.
-- Next door to
, near to; bordering on.
A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult. L'Estrange.
-- Out of doors
, or Without doors
, and, colloquially
, Out doors
, out of the house; in open air; abroad; away; lost.
His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors . Locke.
-- To lay (a fault, misfortune, etc.) at one's door
, to charge one with a fault; to blame for.
-- To lie at one's door
, to be imputable or chargeable to.
If I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door . Dryden.
is used in an adjectival construction or as the first part of a compound (with or without the hyphen), as, door
bell or door
knob or door
latch or door
Doorcase noun The surrounding frame into which a door shuts.
Doorcheek noun The jamb or sidepiece of a door. Ex. xii. 22 (Douay version).
Doorga noun [ Sanskrit Durgā .] (Myth.) A Hindoo divinity, the consort of Siva, represented with ten arms. [ Written also Durga.] Malcom.
Dooring noun The frame of a door. Milton.
Doorkeeper noun One who guards the entrance of a house or apartment; a porter; a janitor.
Doorless adjective Without a door.
Doornail noun The nail or knob on which in ancient doors the knocker struck; -- hence the old saying, "As dead as a doornail ."
Doorplane noun A plane on a door, giving the name, and sometimes the employment, of the occupant.
Doorpost noun The jamb or sidepiece of a doorway.
Doorsill noun The sill or threshold of a door.
Doorstead noun Entrance or place of a door. [ Obsolete or Local] Bp. Warburton.
Doorstep noun The stone or plank forming a step before an outer door.
Doorstone noun The stone forming a threshold.
Doorstop noun (Carp.) The block or strip of wood or similar material which stops, at the right place, the shutting of a door.
Doorway noun The passage of a door; entrance way into a house or a room.
Dooryard noun A yard in front of a house or around the door of a house.