Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Dwarfish adjective Like a dwarf; below the common stature or size; very small; petty; as, a dwarfish animal, shrub. -- Dwarf"ish*ly , adverb -- Dwarf"ish*ness , noun
Dwarfling noun A diminutive dwarf.
Dwarfy adjective Much undersized. [ R.] Waterhouse.
Dwaul, Dwaule intransitive verb
[ See Dull
.] To be delirious.
[ Obsolete] Junius.
Dwell intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dwelled
, usually contracted into Dwelt
; present participle & verbal noun Dwelling
.] [ Middle English dwellen
, to err, linger, Anglo-Saxon dwellan
to deceive, hinder, delay, dwelian
to err; akin to Icelandic dvelja
to delay, tarry, Swedish dväljas
to dwell, Danish dvæle
to linger, and to English dull
. See Dull
, and confer Dwale
.] 1. To delay; to linger.
[ Obsolete] 2. To abide; to remain; to continue.
I 'll rather dwell in my necessity. Shak.
Thy soul was like a star and dwelt apart. Wordsworth. 3. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside.
The parish in which I was born, dwell , and have possessions. Peacham.
The poor man dwells in a humble cottage near the hall where the lord of the domain resides. C. J. Smith. To dwell in
, to abide in (a place); hence, to depend on.
"My hopes in
heaven to dwell
-- To dwell on
, to continue long on or in; to remain absorbed with; to stick to; to make much of; as, to dwell upon a subject; a singer dwells on a note.
They stand at a distance, dwelling on his looks and language, fixed in amazement. Buckminster. Syn.
-- To inhabit; live; abide; sojourn; reside; continue; stay; rest.
Dwell transitive verb To inhabit. [ R.] Milton.
Dweller noun An inhabitant; a resident; as, a cave dweller . " Dwellers at Jerusalem." Acts i. 19.
Dwelling noun Habitation; place or house in which a person lives; abode; domicile.
Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons. Jer. xlix. 33.
God will deign Milton.
To visit oft the dwellings of just men.
Philip's dwelling fronted on the street. Tennyson. Dwelling house
, a house intended to be occupied as a residence, in distinction from a store, office, or other building.
-- Dwelling place
, place of residence.
Dwelt imperfect & past participle of Dwell .
Dwindle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dwindled
; present participle & verbal noun Dwindling
.] [ From Middle English dwinen
to languish, waste away, Anglo-Saxon dwīnan
; akin to LG. dwinen
, Dutch dwijnen
to vanish, Icelandic dvīna
to cease, dwindle, Swedish tvina
; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le
, preceded by d
excrescent after n
, is added to the root with a diminutive force.] To diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away.
Weary sennights nine times nine Shak.
Shall he dwindle , peak and pine.
Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, Swift.
are said to have dwindled into factious clubs.
Dwindle transitive verb 1. To make less; to bring low.
Our drooping days are dwindled down to naught. Thomson. 2. To break; to disperse.
[ R.] Clarendon.
Dwindle noun The process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy. [ R.] Johnson.
Dwindlement noun The act or process of dwindling; a dwindling. [ R.] Mrs. Oliphant.
Dwine intransitive verb
[ See Dwindle
.] To waste away; to pine; to languish.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Gower.
[ Latin dyas
, the number two. Greek ...: confer French dyade
. See two, and confer Duad
.] 1. Two units treated as one; a couple; a pair. 2. (Chemistry) An element, atom, or radical having a valence or combining power of two.
Dyad adjective (Chemistry) Having a valence or combining power of two; capable of being substituted for, combined with, or replaced by, two atoms of hydrogen; as, oxygen and calcium are dyad elements. See Valence .
Dyadic adjective [ Greek ..., from ... two.] Pertaining to the number two; of two parts or elements. Dyadic arithmetic , the same as binary arithmetic .
Dyaks noun plural ; sing. Dyak . (Ethnol.) The aboriginal and most numerous inhabitants of Borneo. They are partially civilized, but retain many barbarous practices.
Dyas noun [ Latin dyas the number two.] (Geol.) A name applied in Germany to the Permian formation, there consisting of two principal groups.
Dye transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dyed
; present participle & verbal noun Dyeing
.] [ Middle English deyan
, Anglo-Saxon deágian
.] To stain; to color; to give a new and permanent color to, as by the application of dyestuffs.
Cloth to be dyed of divers colors. Trench.
The soul is dyed by its thoughts. Lubbock. To dye in the grain
, To dye in the wool
(Fig.), to dye firmly; to imbue thoroughly.
He might truly be termed a legitimate son of the revenue system dyed in the wool . Hawthorne. Syn.
-- See Stain
1. Color produced by dyeing. 2. Material used for dyeing; a dyestuff.
Dye noun Same as Die , a lot. Spenser.
Dyehouse noun A building in which dyeing is carried on.
Dyeing noun The process or art of fixing coloring matters permanently and uniformly in the fibers of wool, cotton, etc.
Dyer noun One whose occupation is to dye cloth and the like. Dyer's broom
, Dyer's rocket
, Dyer's weed
. See Dyer's broom , under Broom .
Dyestuff noun A material used for dyeing.
Dyewood noun Any wood from which coloring matter is extracted for dyeing.
1. In the act of dying; destined to death; mortal; perishable; as, dying bodies. 2. Of or pertaining to dying or death; as, dying bed; dying day; dying words; also, simulating a dying state.
Dying noun The act of expiring; passage from life to death; loss of life.
Dyingly adverb In a dying manner; as if at the point of death. Beau. & Fl.
Dyingness noun The state of dying or the stimulation of such a state; extreme languor; languishment.
Tenderness becomes me best, a sort of dyingness ; you see that picture, Foible, -- a swimmingness in the eyes; yes, I'll look so. Congreve.
Dyke noun See Dike . The spelling dyke is restricted by some to the geological meaning.
Dynactinometer noun [ Greek ... power + English actinometer .] An instrument for measuring the intensity of the photogenic (light-producing) rays, and computing the power of object glasses.
[ Confer French dyname
. See Dynamic
.] A unit of measure for dynamical effect or work; a foot pound. See Foot pound . Whewell.
[ Greek ... power + -meter
: confer French dynamètre
. Confer Dynamometer
.] 1. A dynamometer. 2. (Opt.) An instrument for determining the magnifying power of telescopes, consisting usually of a doubleimage micrometer applied to the eye end of a telescope for measuring accurately the diameter of the image of the object glass there formed; which measurement, compared with the actual diameter of the glass, gives the magnifying power.
Dynametrical adjective Pertaining to a dynameter.
Dynamic, Dynamical adjective
[ Greek ... powerful, from ... power, from ... to be able; confer Latin durus
hard, English dure
: confer French dynamique
.] 1. Of or pertaining to dynamics; belonging to energy or power; characterized by energy or production of force.
Science, as well as history, has its past to show, -- a past indeed, much larger; but its immensity is dynamic , not divine. J. Martineau.
The vowel is produced by phonetic, not by dynamic , causes. J. Peile. 2. Relating to physical forces, effects, or laws; as, dynamical geology.
As natural science has become more dynamic , so has history. Prof. Shedd. Dynamical electricity
. See under Electricity .
Dynamically adverb In accordance with the principles of dynamics or moving forces. J. Peile.
1. That branch of mechanics which treats of the motion of bodies (kinematics) and the action of forces in producing or changing their motion (kinetics) . Dynamics is held by some recent writers to include statics and not kinematics . 2. The moving moral, as well as physical, forces of any kind, or the laws which relate to them. 3. (Mus.) That department of musical science which relates to, or treats of, the power of tones.
[ Confer French dynamisme
. See Dynamics
.] The doctrine of Leibnitz, that all substance involves force.
Dynamist noun One who accounts for material phenomena by a theory of dynamics.
Those who would resolve matter into centers of force may be said to constitute the school of dynamists . Ward (Dyn. Sociol. ).
Dynamitard noun A political dynamiter. [ A form found in some newspapers.]
[ Greek ... power. See Dynamic
.] (Chemistry) An explosive substance consisting of nitroglycerin absorbed by some inert, porous solid, as infusorial earth, sawdust, etc. It is safer than nitroglycerin, being less liable to explosion from moderate shocks, or from spontaneous decomposition.
Dynamiter noun One who uses dynamite; esp., one who uses it for the destruction of life and property.
Dynamiting noun Destroying by dynamite, for political ends.
Dynamiting is not the American way. The Century.
Dynamitism noun The work of dynamiters.
[ Greek ... power. See Dynamic
.] (Homeop.) The act of setting free the dynamic powers of a medicine, as by shaking the bottle containing it.
Dynamo noun A dynamo-electric machine.
[ Greek ... power + English electric
. See Dynamic
.] Pertaining to the development of electricity, especially electrical currents, by power; producing electricity or electrical currents by mechanical power.
[ Greek ... power + -graph
. See Dynamic
.] (Physiol.) A dynamometer to which is attached a device for automatically registering muscular power.