|Delay De·lay" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Delayed
; present participle & verbal noun Delaying
.] [ Old French deleer
, from the noun délai
, or directly from Latin dilatare
to enlarge, dilate, in Late Latin , to put off. See Delay
, and confer Delate
, 1st Defer
.] 1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming. Matt. xxiv. 48. 2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed Milton. 3. To allay; to temper.
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.
The watery showers delay the raging wind. Surrey.
Delay De·lay" intransitive verb To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten. Locke.
Delayer De·lay"er noun One who delays; one who lingers.
Delayingly De·lay"ing·ly adverb By delays. [ R.] Tennyson.
Delayment De·lay"ment noun Hindrance. [ Obsolete] Gower.
Dele De"le imperative sing. of Latin delere to destroy. [ Confer Delete .] (Print.) Erase; remove; -- a direction to cancel something which has been put in type; usually expressed by a peculiar form of d , thus: &dele;.
Dele De"le transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Deled ; present participle & verbal noun Deleing .] [ From the preceding word.] (Print.) To erase; to cancel; to delete; to mark for omission.
Dele Dele transitive verb [ See Deal .] To deal; to divide; to distribute. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Deleble Del"e·ble adjective [ Latin delebilis . See 1st Dele .] Capable of being blotted out or erased. "An impression easily deleble ." Fuller.
Delectable De·lec"ta·ble adjective
[ Old French delitable
, Old French delitable
, French délectable
, from Latin delectabilis
, from delectare
to delight. See Delight
.] Highly pleasing; delightful.
Delectable both to behold and taste. Milton.
Delectate De·lec"tate transitive verb [ Latin delectatus , past participle of delectare . See Delight .] To delight; to charm. [ R.]
Delectation De`lec·ta"tion noun [ Latin delectatio : confer French délectation .] Great pleasure; delight.
Delectus De·lec"tus noun [ Latin , selection, from deligere , delectum , to select.] A name given to an elementary book for learners of Latin or Greek. G. Eliot.
Delegacy Del`e·ga·cy noun
[ From Delegate
] 1. The act of delegating, or state of being delegated; deputed power.
By way of delegacy or grand commission. Sir W. Raleigh. 2. A body of delegates or commissioners; a delegation.
[ Obsolete] Burton.
Delegate Del"e·gate noun [ Latin delegatus , past participle of delegare to send, delegate; de- + legare to send with a commission, to depute. See Legate .] 1. Any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar. 2. (a) One elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting. (b) One sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution. [ U.S.] Court of delegates , formerly, the great court of appeal from the archbishops' courts and also from the court of admiralty. It is now abolished, and the privy council is the immediate court of appeal in such cases. [ Eng.]
Delegate Del"e·gate adjective [ Latin delegatus , past participle ] Sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge. " Delegate power." Strype.
Delegate Del"e·gate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Delegated
; present participle & verbal noun Delegating
.] 1. To send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize. 2. To intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit.
The delegated administration of the law. Locke.
Delegated executive power. Bancroft.
The power exercised by the legislature is the people's power, delegated by the people to the legislative. J. B. Finch.
Delegation Del`e·ga"tion noun [ Latin delegatio : confer French délégation .] 1. The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or delegates. 2. One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention, in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation. 3. (Rom. Law) A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him. Pothier.
Delegatory Del"e·ga·to·ry adjective [ Latin delegatorius pert. to an assignment.] Holding a delegated position. Nash.
Delenda De·len"da noun plural [ Latin , from delere to destroy.] Things to be erased or blotted out.
Delenifical Del`e·nif"ic·al adjective [ Latin delenificus ; delenire to soothe + facere to make. See Lenient .] Assuaging pain. [ Obsolete] Bailey.
Delete De·lete" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Deleted
; present participle & verbal noun Deleting
.] [ Latin deletus
, past participle of delere
to destroy. Confer 1st Dele
.] To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.
I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and have deleted eight. Aytoun.
Deleterious Del`e·te"ri·ous adjective [ Late Latin deleterius noxious, Greek dhlhth`rios , from dhlei^sqai to hurt, damage; probably akin to Latin delere to destroy.] Hurtful; noxious; destructive; pernicious; as, a deleterious plant or quality; a deleterious example. -- Del`e*te"ri*ous*ly , adverb -- Del`e*te"ri*ous*ness , noun
Deletery Del"e·ter·y adjective [ Late Latin deleterius : confer French délétère .] Destructive; poisonous. [ Obsolete] " Deletery medicines." Hudibras.
Deletery Del"e·ter·y noun That which destroys.
They [ the Scriptures] are the only deletery of heresies. Jer. Taylor.
Deletion De·le"tion noun
[ Latin deletio
, from delere
. See Delete
.] Act of deleting, blotting out, or erasing; destruction.
[ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
A total deletion of every person of the opposing party. Sir M. Hale.
Deletitious Del`e·ti"tious adjective [ Latin deleticius .] Of such a nature that anything may be erased from it; -- said of paper.
Deletive Del"e·tive adjective Adapted to destroy or obliterate. [ R.] Evelyn.
Deletory Del"e·to·ry noun [ See Delete .] That which blots out. [ Obsolete] "A deletory of sin." Jer. Taylor.
Delf Delf noun
[ Anglo-Saxon delf
a delving, digging. See Delve
.] A mine; a quarry; a pit dug; a ditch.
[ Written also delft
, and delve
.] [ Obsolete]
The delfts would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could . . . keep them dry. Ray.
Delf Delf noun Same as Delftware .
Delft Delft noun Same as Delftware .
Delftware Delft"ware` noun (a) Pottery made at the city of Delft in Holland; hence: (b) Earthenware made in imitation of the above; any glazed earthenware made for table use, and the like.
Delibate Del"i·bate transitive verb [ Latin delibatus , past participle of delibare to taste; de- + libare to taste.] To taste; to take a sip of; to dabble in. [ Obsolete]
Delibation Del`i·ba"tion noun [ Latin delibatio : confer French délibation .] Act of tasting; a slight trial. [ Obsolete] Berkeley.
Deliber Del"i·ber transitive verb & i. To deliberate. [ Obsolete]
Deliberate De·lib"er·ate adjective
[ Latin deliberatus
, past participle of deliberare
to deliberate; de-
to weigh. See Librate
.] 1. Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; circumspect; slow in determining; -- applied to persons; as, a deliberate judge or counselor.
fools." Shak. 2. Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash; as, a deliberate opinion; a deliberate measure or result.
Settled visage and deliberate word. Shak. 3. Not hasty or sudden; slow. Hooker.
His enunciation was so deliberate . W. Wirt.
Deliberate De·lib"er·ate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Deliberated ; present participle & verbal noun Deliberating .] To weigh in the mind; to consider the reasons for and against; to consider maturely; to reflect upon; to ponder; as, to deliberate a question.
Deliberate De·lib"er·ate intransitive verb To take counsel with one's self; to weigh the arguments for and against a proposed course of action; to reflect; to consider; to hesitate in deciding; -- sometimes with on , upon , about , concerning .
The woman that deliberates is lost. Addison.
Deliberately De·lib"er·ate·ly adverb With careful consideration, or deliberation; circumspectly; warily; not hastily or rashly; slowly; as, a purpose deliberately formed.
Deliberateness De·lib"er·ate·ness noun The quality of being deliberate; calm consideration; circumspection.
Deliberation De·lib`er·a"tion noun
[ Latin deliberatio
: confer French délibération
.] 1. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection.
Choosing the fairest way with a calm deliberation . W. Montagu. 2. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative body or council.
Deliberative De·lib"er·a·tive adjective
[ Latin deliberativus
: confer French délibératif
.] Pertaining to deliberation; proceeding or acting by deliberation, or by discussion and examination; deliberating; as, a deliberative body.
A consummate work of deliberative wisdom. Bancroft.
The court of jurisdiction is to be distinguished from the deliberative body, the advisers of the crown. Hallam.
Deliberative De·lib"er·a·tive noun 1. A discourse in which a question is discussed, or weighed and examined. Bacon. 2. A kind of rhetoric employed in proving a thing and convincing others of its truth, in order to persuade them to adopt it.
Deliberatively De·lib"er·a·tive·ly adverb In a deliberative manner; circumspectly; considerately.
Deliberator De·lib"er·a`tor noun One who deliberates.
Delibrate Del"i·brate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Delibrated ; present participle & verbal noun Delibrating .] [ Latin delibratus , past participle of delibrare to delibrate; de from + liber bark.] To strip off the bark; to peel. [ Obsolete] Ash.
Delibration Del`i·bra"tion noun The act of stripping off the bark. [ Obsolete] Ash.
Delicacy Del"i·ca·cy noun
; plural Delicacies
. [ From Delicate
] 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like.
What choice to choose for delicacy best. Milton. 2. Nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame. 3. Nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action.
You know your mother's delicacy in this point. Cowper. 4. Addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment.
And to those dainty limbs which Nature lent Milton. 5. Nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy.
For gentle usage and soft delicacy ?
That Augustan delicacy of taste which is the boast of the great public schools of England. Macaulay. 6. The state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance. 7. That which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table.
The merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies . Rev. xviii. 3. 8. Pleasure; gratification; delight.
He Rome brent for his delicacie . Chaucer. Syn.
-- See Dainty
Delicate Del"i·cate adjective
[ Latin delicatus
pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae
delight: confer French délicat
. See Delight
.] 1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went. Piers Plowman.
Haarlem is a very delicate town. Evelyn. 2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor. 3. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature." Shak. 4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton. 5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk. 6. Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion. 7. Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue. 8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness. 9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
A delicate and tender prince. Shak. 10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth. F. W. Robertson. 11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious. 12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music. 13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
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