Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Dorser noun See Dosser .

dorsibranchiata noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin dorsum back + branchiae gills.] (Zoology) A division of chætopod annelids in which the branchiæ are along the back, on each side, or on the parapodia. [ See Illusts . under Annelida and Chætopoda .]

Dorsibranchiate adjective (Zoology) Having branchiæ along the back; belonging to the Dorsibranchiata. -- noun One of the Dorsibranchiata.

Dorsiferous . [ Dorsum + -ferous ; confer French dorsifère .] (Biol.) Bearing, or producing, on the back; -- applied to ferns which produce seeds on the back of the leaf, and to certain Batrachia, the ova of which become attached to the skin of the back of the parent, where they develop; dorsiparous.

Dorsimeson noun [ Dorsum + meson .] (Anat.) See Meson .

Dorsiparous adjective [ Dorsum + Latin parere to bring forth.] (Biol.) Same as Dorsiferous .

Dorsiventral adjective [ Dorsum + ventral .]
1. (Biol.) Having distinct upper and lower surfaces, as most common leaves. The leaves of the iris are not dorsiventral .

2. (Anat.) See Dorsoventral .

Dorsoventral adjective [ dorsum + ventral .] (Anat.) From the dorsal to the ventral side of an animal; as, the dorsoventral axis.

Dorsum noun [ Latin ]
1. The ridge of a hill.

2. (Anat.) The back or dorsal region of an animal; the upper side of an appendage or part; as, the dorsum of the tongue.

Dortour, Dorture noun [ French dortoir , from Latin dormitorium .] A dormitory. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Dory noun ; plural Dories . [ Named from 1st color, from French dorée gilded, from dorer to gild, Latin deaurare . See Deaurate , and confer Aureole .]
1. (Zoology) A European fish. See Doree , and John Doree .

2. (Zoology) The American wall-eyed perch; -- called also doré . See Pike perch .

Doryphora noun [ New Latin See Doryphoros .] (Zoology) A genus of plant-eating beetles, including the potato beetle. See Potato beetle .

Doryphoros noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., lit., spear bearing; ... a spear + fe`rein to bear.] (Fine Arts) A spear bearer; a statue of a man holding a spear or in the attitude of a spear bearer. Several important sculptures of this subject existed in antiquity, copies of which remain to us.

Dos-à-dos adverb [ French] Back to back; as, to sit dos-à-dos in a dogcart; to dance dos-à-dos , or so that two dancers move forward and pass back to back.

Dos-à-dos noun A sofa, open carriage, or the like, so constructed that the occupants sit back to back.

Dosage (dōs"aj) noun [ Confer French dosage . See Dose , v. ]
1. (Medicine) The administration of medicine in doses; specif., a scheme or system of grading doses of medicine according to age, etc.

2. The process of adding some ingredient, as to wine, to give flavor, character, or strength.

Dose (dōs) noun [ French dose , Greek do`sis a giving, a dose, from dido`nai to give; akin to Latin dare to give. See Date point of time.]
1. The quantity of medicine given, or prescribed to be taken, at one time.

2. A sufficient quantity; a portion; as much as one can take, or as falls to one to receive.

3. Anything nauseous that one is obliged to take; a disagreeable portion thrust upon one.

I am for curing the world by gentle alteratives, not by violent doses .
W. Irving.

I dare undertake that as fulsome a dose as you give him, he shall readily take it down.
South.

Dose transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dosed ; present participle & verbal noun dosing .] [ Confer French doser . See Dose , noun ]
1. To proportion properly (a medicine), with reference to the patient or the disease; to form into suitable doses.

2. To give doses to; to medicine or physic to; to give potions to, constantly and without need.

A self-opinioned physician, worse than his distemper, who shall dose , and bleed, and kill him, "secundum artem."
South

3. To give anything nauseous to.

Dosel noun [ Old French dossel ; confer Late Latin dorsale . See Dorsal , and confer Dorse , Dorsel .] Same as Dorsal , noun [ R.]

Dosimetry noun [ New Latin dosis dose + -metry .] (Medicine) Measurement of doses; specif., a system of therapeutics which uses but few remedies, mostly alkaloids, and gives them in doses fixed by certain rules. -- Do`si*met"ric adjective -- Do*sim"e*trist noun

Dosology noun [ Dose +- logy .] Posology. [ R.] Ogilvie.

Doss noun [ Etym. uncertain.] A place to sleep in; a bed; hence, sleep. [ Slang]

Doss house A cheap lodging house.

They [ street Arabs] consort together and sleep in low doss houses where they meet with all kinds of villainy.
W. Besant.

Dossel noun [ See Dosel , noun ] Same as Dorsal , noun

Dosser noun [ Late Latin dosserum , or French dossier bundle of papers, part of a basket resting on the back, from Latin dorsum back. See Dorsal , and confer Dosel .] [ Written also dorser and dorsel .]
1. A pannier, or basket.

To hire a ripper's mare, and buy new dossers .
Beau. & Fl.

2. A hanging tapestry; a dorsal.

Dossier (dos`sya"; E. dŏs"sĭ*ẽr) noun [ French, back of a thing, bulging bundle of papers, from dos back.] A bundle containing the papers in reference to some matter.

Dossil noun [ Middle English dosil faucet of a barrel, Old French dosil , duisil , spigot, Late Latin diciculus , ducillus , from Latin ducere to lead, draw. See Duct , Duke .]
1. (Surg.) A small ovoid or cylindrical roil or pledget of lint, for keeping a sore, wound, etc., open; a tent.

2. (Printing) A roll of cloth for wiping off the face of a copperplate, leaving the ink in the engraved lines.

Dost 2d pers. sing. present of Do .

Dot noun [ French, from Latin dos , dotis , dowry. See Dower , and confer Dote dowry.] (Law) A marriage portion; dowry. [ Louisiana]

Dot noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon dott small spot, speck; of uncertain origin.]
1. A small point or spot, made with a pen or other pointed instrument; a speck, or small mark.

2. Anything small and like a speck comparatively; a small portion or specimen; as, a dot of a child.

Dot transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dotted ; present participle & verbal noun Dotting .]
1. To mark with dots or small spots; as, to dot a line.

2. To mark or diversify with small detached objects; as , a landscape dotted with cottages.

Dot intransitive verb To make dots or specks.

Dotage noun [ From Dote , intransitive verb ]
1. Feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as, a venerable man, now in his dotage .

Capable of distinguishing between the infancy and the dotage of Greek literature.
Macaulay.

2. Foolish utterance; drivel.

The sapless dotages of old Paris and Salamanca.
Milton.

3. Excessive fondness; weak and foolish affection.

The dotage of the nation on presbytery.
Bp. Burnet.

Dotal adjective [ Latin dotalis , from dos , dotis , dowry: confer French dotal . See Dot dowry.] Pertaining to dower, or a woman's marriage portion; constituting dower, or comprised in it. Garth.

Dotant noun A dotard. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Dotard noun [ Dote , intransitive verb ] One whose mind is impaired by age; one in second childhood.

The sickly dotard wants a wife.
Prior.

Dotardly adjective Foolish; weak. Dr. H. More.

Dotary noun A dotard's weakness; dotage. [ Obsolete] Drayton.

Dotation noun [ Late Latin dotatio , from Latin dotare to endow, from dos , dotis , dower: confer French dotation . See Dot dowry.]
1. The act of endowing, or bestowing a marriage portion on a woman.

2. Endowment; establishment of funds for support, as of a hospital or eleemosynary corporation. Blackstone.

Dote noun [ See Dot dowry.]
1. A marriage portion. [ Obsolete] See 1st Dot , noun Wyatt.

2. plural Natural endowments. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Dote intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Doted ; present participle & verbal noun Doting .] [ Middle English doten ; akin to OD. doten , Dutch dutten , to doze, Icelandic dotta to nod from sleep, Middle High German t...zen to keep still: confer French doter , Old French radoter (to dote, rave, talk idly or senselessly), which are from the same source.] [ Written also doat .]
1. To act foolishly. [ Obsolete]

He wol make him doten anon right.
Chaucer.

2. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel.

Time has made you dote , and vainly tell
Of arms imagined in your lonely cell.
Dryden.

He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died.
South.

3. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon ; as, the mother dotes on her child.

Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote .
Shak.

What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love.
Pope.

Dote noun An imbecile; a dotard. Halliwell.

Doted adjective
1. Stupid; foolish. [ Obsolete]

Senseless speech and doted ignorance.
Spenser.

2. Half-rotten; as, doted wood. [ Local, U. S.]

Dotehead noun A dotard. [ R.] Tyndale.

Doter noun
1. One who dotes; a man whose understanding is enfeebled by age; a dotard. Burton.

2. One excessively fond, or weak in love. Shak.

Dotery noun The acts or speech of a dotard; drivel. [ R.]

Doth 3d pers. sing. present of Do .

Doting adjective That dotes; silly; excessively fond. -- Dot"ing*ly , adverb -- Dot"ing*ness , noun

Dotish adjective Foolish; weak; imbecile. Sir W. Scott.