Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French ducat
, Italian ducato
, Late Latin ducatus
, from dux
leader or commander. See Duke
.] A coin, either of gold or silver, of several countries in Europe; originally, one struck in the dominions of a duke.
» The gold ducat is generally of the value of nine shillings and four pence sterling, or somewhat more that two dollars. The silver ducat is of about half this value.
Ducatoon noun [ French or Spanish ducaton , from ducat .] A silver coin of several countries of Europe, and of different values.
Duces tecum [ Latin , bring with thee.] A judicial process commanding a person to appear in court and bring with him some piece of evidence or other thing to be produced to the court.
Duchess noun [ French duchesse , from duc duke.] The wife or widow of a duke; also, a lady who has the sovereignty of a duchy in her own right.
Duchesse d'Angoulême [ French] (Botany) A variety of pear of large size and excellent flavor.
Duchesse lace A beautiful variety of Brussels pillow lace made originally in Belgium and resembling Honiton guipure. It is worked with fine thread in large sprays, usually of the primrose pattern, with much raised work.
; plural Duchies
. [ French duché
, Old French duchée
, (assumed) Late Latin ducitas
, from Latin dux
. See Duke
.] The territory or dominions of a duke; a dukedom.
[ Confer Danish dukke
, Swedish docka
, Old High German doccha
, German docke
. Confer Doxy
.] A pet; a darling. Shak.
Duck noun [ Dutch doek cloth, canvas, or Icelandic dūkr cloth; akin to Old High German tuoh , German tuch , Swedish duk , Danish dug .]
1. A linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric, finer and lighter than canvas, -- used for the lighter sails of vessels, the sacking of beds, and sometimes for men's clothing. 2. (Nautical) plural The light clothes worn by sailors in hot climates. [ Colloq.]
Duck transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ducked
; present participle & verbal noun Ducking
.] [ Middle English duken
, to dive; akin to Dutch duiken
, Old High German t...hhan
, Middle High German tucken
, German tuchen
. Confer 5th Duck
.] 1. To thrust or plunge under water or other liquid and suddenly withdraw.
Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub. Fielding. 2. To plunge the head of under water, immediately withdrawing it; as, duck the boy. 3. To bow; to bob down; to move quickly with a downward motion.
" Will duck
his head aside." Swift.
(dŭk) intransitive verb 1. To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to dive; to plunge the head in water or other liquid; to dip.
In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day. Dryden. 2. To drop the head or person suddenly; to bow.
The learned pate Shak.
Ducks to the golden fool.
[ Middle English duke
. See Duck
, transitive verb
] 1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatinæ , family Anatidæ .
» The genera and species are numerous. They are divided into river ducks
and sea ducks
. Among the former are the common domestic duck ( Anas boschas
); the wood duck ( Aix sponsa
); the beautiful mandarin duck of China ( Dendronessa galeriliculata
); the Muscovy duck, originally of South America ( Cairina moschata
). Among the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc. 2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
Here be, without duck or nod, Milton. Bombay duck (Zoology)
Other trippings to be trod.
, a fish. See Bummalo .
-- Buffel duck
, or Spirit duck
. See Buffel duck .
-- Duck ant (Zoology)
, a species of white ant in Jamaica which builds large nests in trees.
-- Duck barnacle
. (Zoology) See Goose barnacle .
-- Duck hawk
. (Zoology) (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon. (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
-- Duck mole (Zoology)
, a small aquatic mammal of Australia, having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck ( Ornithorhynchus anatinus ). It belongs the subclass Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird or reptile; -- called also duckbill , platypus , mallangong , mullingong , tambreet , and water mole .
-- To make ducks and drakes
, to throw a flat stone obliquely, so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of the water, raising a succession of jets
; hence: To play at ducks and drakes
, with property, to throw it away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
-- Lame duck
. See under Lame .
Duck-billed adjective Having a bill like that of a duck. .
Duck-legged adjective Having short legs, like a waddling duck; short-legged. Dryden.
Duck's-bill adjective Having the form of a duck's bill. Duck's-bill limpet (Zoology) , a limpet of the genus Parmaphorus ; -- so named from its shape.
Duck's-foot noun (Botany) The May apple ( Podophyllum peltatum ).
Duckbill noun (Zoology) See Duck mole , under Duck , noun
1. One who, or that which, ducks; a plunger; a diver. 2. A cringing, servile person; a fawner.
Ducking noun & adjective , from Duck , transitive verb & i. Ducking stool
, a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied, and plunged into water, as a punishment. See Cucking stool . The practice of ducking began in the latter part of the 15th century, and prevailed until the early part of the 18th, and occasionally as late as the 19th century. Blackstone. Chambers.
Duckling noun A young or little duck. Gay.
Duckmeat, Duck's-meat noun (Botany) Duckweed.
Duckweed noun (Botany) A genus ( Lemna ) of small plants, seen floating in great quantity on the surface of stagnant pools fresh water, and supposed to furnish food for ducks; -- called also duckmeat .
[ Latin ductus
a leading, conducting, conduit, from ducere
, to lead. See Duke
, and confer Douche
.] 1. Any tube or canal by which a fluid or other substance is conducted or conveyed. 2. (Anat.) One of the vessels of an animal body by which the products of glandular secretion are conveyed to their destination. 3. (Botany) A large, elongated cell, either round or prismatic, usually found associated with woody fiber.
are classified, according to the character of the surface of their walls, or their structure, as annular, spiral, scalariform, etc. 4. Guidance; direction.
[ Obsolete] Hammond.
Ductible adjective Capable of being drawn out [ R.] Feltham.
[ Latin ductilis
, from ducere
to lead: confer French ductile
. See Duct
.] 1. Easily led; tractable; complying; yielding to motives, persuasion, or instruction; as, a ductile people. Addison.
Forms their ductile minds Philips. 2. Capable of being elongated or drawn out, as into wire or threads.
To human virtues.
Gold . . . is the softest and most ductile of all metals. Dryden.
-- Duc"tile*ly adverb
Ductilimeter noun [ Ductile + -meter .] An instrument for accurately determining the ductility of metals.
Ductility noun [ Confer French ductilité .]
1. The property of a metal which allows it to be drawn into wires or filaments. 2. Tractableness; pliableness. South.
Duction noun [ Latin ductio , from ducere to lead.] Guidance. [ Obsolete] Feltham.
Ductless adjective Having to duct or outlet; as, a ductless gland.
[ Latin , from ducere
to lead.] 1. One who leads.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne. 2. (Machinery) A contrivance for removing superfluous ink or coloring matter from a roller. See Doctor , 4. Knight. Ductor roller (Printing)
, the roller which conveys or supplies ink to another roller. Knight.
Ducture noun Guidance. [ Obsolete] South.
Dudder transitive verb [ In Suffolk, Eng., to shiver, shake, tremble; also written dodder .] To confuse or confound with noise. Jennings.
Dudder intransitive verb To shiver or tremble; to dodder.
I dudder and shake like an aspen leaf. Ford.
[ From Duds
.] A peddler or hawker, especially of cheap and flashy goods pretended to be smuggled; a duffer.
Duddery noun A place where rags are bought and kept for sale. [ Eng.]
Dude noun A kind of dandy; especially, one characterized by an ultrafashionable style of dress and other affectations.
The social dude who affects English dress and English drawl. The American.
Dudeen noun A short tobacco pipe. [ Written also dudheen .] [ Irish]
1. The root of the box tree, of which hafts for daggers were made. Gerarde (1597). 2. The haft of a dagger. Shak. 3. A dudgeon-hafted dagger; a dagger. Hudibras.
[ W. dygen
anger, grudge.] Resentment; ill will; anger; displeasure.
I drink it to thee in dudgeon and hostility.
Sir T . Scott .
Dudgeon adjective Homely; rude; coarse.
By my troth, though I am plain and dudgeon , Beau. & Fl.
I would not be an ass.
Dudish adjective Like, or characterized of, a dude.
Duds noun plural [ Scot. dud rag, plural duds clothing of inferior quality.]
1. Old or inferior clothes; tattered garments. [ Colloq.] 2. Effects, in general. [ Slang]
[ Old French deu
, French dû
, past participle of devoir
to owe, from Latin debere
. See Debt
, and confer Duty
.] 1. Owed, as a debt; that ought to be paid or done to or for another; payable; owing and demandable. 2. Justly claimed as a right or property; proper; suitable; becoming; appropriate; fit.
Her obedience, which is due to me. Shak.
With dirges due , in sad array, Gray. 3. Such as (a thing) ought to be; fulfilling obligation; proper; lawful; regular; appointed; sufficient; exact; as, due process of law; due service; in due time. 4. Appointed or required to arrive at a given time; as, the steamer was due yesterday. 5. Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.
Slow through the churchway path we saw him borne.
This effect is due to the attraction of the sun. J. D. Forbes.
Due adverb Directly; exactly; as, a due east course.
Due noun 1. That which is owed; debt; that which one contracts to pay, or do, to or for another; that which belongs or may be claimed as a right; whatever custom, law, or morality requires to be done; a fee; a toll.
He will give the devil his due . Shak.
Yearly little dues of wheat, and wine, and oil. Tennyson. 2. Right; just title or claim.
The key of this infernal pit by due . . . I keep . Milton.
Due transitive verb To endue. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Spanish ] See Doña .
Duebill noun (Com.) A brief written acknowledgment of a debt, not made payable to order, like a promissory note. Burrill.
Dueful adjective Fit; becoming. [ Obsolete] Spenser.