Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Doxy noun ; plural Doxies . [ See Duck a pet.] A loose wench; a disreputable sweetheart. Shak.

Doyen noun [ French See Dean .] Lit., a dean; the senior member of a body or group; as, the doyen of French physicians. "This doyen of newspapers." A. R. Colquhoun.

Doyly noun See Doily .

Doze (dōz) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dozed (dōzd); present participle & verbal noun Dozing .] [ Prob. akin to daze , dizzy : confer Icelandic dūsa to doze, Danish döse to make dull, heavy, or drowsy, dös dullness, drowsiness, dösig drowsy, Anglo-Saxon dwǣs dull, stupid, foolish. √71. Confer Dizzy .] To slumber; to sleep lightly; to be in a dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; to be drowsy.

If he happened to doze a little, the jolly cobbler waked him.
L'Estrange.

Doze transitive verb
1. To pass or spend in drowsiness; as, to doze away one's time.

2. To make dull; to stupefy. [ Obsolete]

I was an hour . . . in casting up about twenty sums, being dozed with much work.
Pepys.

They left for a long time dozed and benumbed.
South.

Doze noun A light sleep; a drowse. Tennyson.

Dozen (dŭz"'n) noun ; plural Dozen (before another noun), Dozens [ Middle English doseine , dosein , Old French doseine , French douzaine , from douze twelve, from Latin duodecim ; duo two + decem ten. See Two , Ten , and confer Duodecimal .]
1. A collection of twelve objects; a tale or set of twelve; with or without of before the substantive which follows. "Some six or seven dozen of Scots." "A dozen of shirts to your back." "A dozen sons." "Half a dozen friends." Shak.

2. An indefinite small number. Milton.

A baker's dozen , thirteen; -- called also a long dozen .

Dozenth adjective Twelfth. [ R.]

Dozer noun One who dozes or drowses.

Doziness noun The state of being dozy; drowsiness; inclination to sleep.

Dozy adjective Drowsy; inclined to doze; sleepy; sluggish; as, a dozy head. Dryden.

Dozzled adjective [ √71.] Stupid; heavy. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Drab noun [ Anglo-Saxon drabbe dregs, lees; akin to Dutch drab , drabbe , dregs, German treber ; for sense 1, confer also Gael. drabag a slattern, drabach slovenly. Confer Draff .]
1. A low, sluttish woman. King.

2. A lewd wench; a strumpet. Shak.

3. A wooden box, used in salt works for holding the salt when taken out of the boiling pans.

Drab intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Drabbed ; present participle & verbal noun Drabbing .] To associate with strumpets; to wench. Beau. & Fl.

Drab noun [ French drap cloth: Late Latin drappus , trapus , perhaps orig., a firm, solid stuff, confer French draper to drape, also to full cloth; probably of German origin; confer Icelandic drepa to beat, strike, Anglo-Saxon drepan , German treffen ; perhaps akin to English drub . Confer Drape , Trappings .]
1. A kind of thick woolen cloth of a dun, or dull brownish yellow, or dull gray, color; -- called also drabcloth .

2. A dull brownish yellow or dull gray color.

Drab adjective Of a color between gray and brown. -- noun A drab color.

Drabber noun One who associates with drabs; a wencher. Massinger.

Drabbet noun A coarse linen fabric, or duck.

Drabbish adjective Somewhat drab in color.

Drabbish adjective Having the character of a drab or low wench. "The drabbish sorceress." Drant.

Drabble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Drabbled ; present participle & verbal noun Drabbling .] [ ..........See Drab , Draff .] To draggle; to wet and befoul by draggling; as, to drabble a gown or cloak. Halliwell.

Drabble intransitive verb To fish with a long line and rod; as, to drabble for barbels.

Drabble-tail noun A draggle- tail; a slattern. Halliwell.

Drabbler noun (Nautical) A piece of canvas fastened by lacing to the bonnet of a sail, to give it a greater depth, or more drop.

Dracanth noun A kind of gum; - - called also gum tragacanth , or tragacanth . See Tragacanth .

Drachm noun [ See Drachma .]
1. A drachma.

2. Same as Dram .

Drachma noun ; plural English Drachmas , Latin Drachmæ . [ Latin , from Greek .... See Dram .]
1. A silver coin among the ancient Greeks, having a different value in different States and at different periods. The average value of the Attic drachma is computed to have been about 19 cents.

2. A gold and silver coin of modern Greece worth 19.3 cents.

3. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight of about 66.5 grains; among the modern Greeks, a weight equal to a gram.

Drachme noun [ French] See Drachma .

Dracin noun [ Confer French dracine .] (Chemistry) See Draconin .

Draco noun [ Latin See Dragon .]
1. (Astron.) The Dragon, a northern constellation within which is the north pole of the ecliptic.

2. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds.

3. (Zoology) A genus of lizards. See Dragon , 6.

Draconian adjective Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 b. c.

Draconian code , or Draconian laws , a code of laws made by Draco. Their measures were so severe that they were said to be written in letters of blood; hence, any laws of excessive rigor.

Draconic adjective Relating to Draco, the Athenian lawgiver; or to the constellation Draco; or to dragon's blood.

Draconin noun [ Confer French draconine . See Draco .] (Chemistry) A red resin forming the essential basis of dragon's blood; -- called also dracin .

Dracontic adjective [ From Latin draco dragon, in allusion to the terms dragon's head and dragon's tail .] (Astron.) Belonging to that space of time in which the moon performs one revolution, from ascending node to ascending node. See Dragon's head , under Dragon . [ Obsolete] " Dracontic month." Crabb.

Dracontine adjective [ Latin draco dragon.] Belonging to a dragon. Southey.

Dracunculus noun ; plural Dracunculi . [ Latin , dim. of draco dragon.] (Zoology) (a) A fish; the dragonet. (b) The Guinea worm ( Filaria medinensis ).

Dracæna noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... she-dragon.] (Botany) A genus of liliaceous plants with woody stems and funnel-shaped flowers.

» Dracæna Draco , the source of the dragon's blood of the Canaries, forms a tree, sometimes of gigantic size.

Drad past participle & adjective Dreaded. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Dradde imperfect of Dread . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Dradge noun (Min.) Inferior ore, separated from the better by cobbing. Raymond.

Draff (drȧf) noun [ Confer Dutch draf the sediment of ale, Icelandic draf draff, husks. Confer 1st Drab .] Refuse; lees; dregs; the wash given to swine or cows; hogwash; waste matter.

Prodigals lately come from swine keeping, from eating draff and husks.
Shak.

The draff and offal of a bygone age.
Buckle.

Mere chaff and draff , much better burnt.
Tennyson.

Draffish adjective Worthless; draffy. Bale.

Draffy adjective Dreggy; waste; worthless.

The dregs and draffy part.
Beau. & Fl.

Draft (drȧft) noun [ The same word as draught . Middle English draught , draht , from Anglo-Saxon dragan to draw. See Draw , and confer Draught .]
1. The act of drawing; also, the thing drawn. Same as Draught .

Everything available for draft burden.
S. G. Goodrich.

2. (Mil.) A selecting or detaching of soldiers from an army, or from any part of it, or from a military post; also from any district, or any company or collection of persons, or from the people at large; also, the body of men thus drafted.

Several of the States had supplied the deficiency by drafts to serve for the year.
Marshall.

3. An order from one person or party to another, directing the payment of money; a bill of exchange.

I thought it most prudent to defer the drafts till advice was received of the progress of the loan.
A. Hamilton.

4. An allowance or deduction made from the gross weight of goods. Simmonds.

5. A drawing of lines for a plan; a plan delineated, or drawn in outline; a delineation. See Draught .

6. The form of any writing as first drawn up; the first rough sketch of written composition, to be filled in, or completed. See Draught .

7. (Masonry) (a) A narrow border left on a finished stone, worked differently from the rest of its face. (b) A narrow border worked to a plane surface along the edge of a stone, or across its face, as a guide to the stone-cutter.

8. (Milling) The slant given to the furrows in the dress of a millstone.

9. (Nautical) Depth of water necessary to float a ship; the depth below the water surface to which the bottom of a ship sinks when bearing a specific load. See Draught .

10. A current of air. Same as Draught .

Draft adjective
1. Pertaining to, or used for, drawing or pulling (as vehicles, loads, etc.). Same as Draught .

2. Relating to, or characterized by, a draft, or current of air. Same as Draught .

» The forms draft and draught , in the senses above-given, are both in approved use.

Draft box , Draft engine , Draft horse , Draft net , Draft ox , Draft tube . Same as Draught box , Draught engine , etc. See under Draught .

Draft transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Drafted ; present participle & verbal noun Drafting .]
1. To draw the outline of; to delineate.

2. To compose and write; as, to draft a memorial.

3. To draw from a military band or post, or from any district, company, or society; to detach; to select.

Some royal seminary in Upper Egypt, from whence they drafted novices to supply their colleges and temples.
Holwell.

4. To transfer by draft.

All her rents been drafted to London.
Fielding.

Draftsman noun See Draughtsman .