Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Delibration noun The act of stripping off the bark. [ Obsolete] Ash.
; 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
[ 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.
Delicate noun 1. A choice dainty; a delicacy.
With abstinence all delicates he sees. Dryden. 2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, -- those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, -- are only of the Corinth metal. Holland.
Delicately adverb In a delicate manner.
Delicateness noun The quality of being delicate.
Delicatessen noun plural [ G., from French délicatesse .] Relishes for the table; dainties; delicacies. "A dealer in delicatessen ". G. H. Putnam.
Delices noun plural [ French délices , from Latin deliciae .] Delicacies; delights. [ Obsolete] "Dainty delices ." Spenser.
Deliciate transitive verb To delight one's self; to indulge in feasting; to revel. [ Obsolete]
[ Old French delicieus
, French délicieux
, Latin deliciosus
, from deliciae
delight, from delicere
to allure. See Delight
.] 1. Affording exquisite pleasure; delightful; most sweet or grateful to the senses, especially to the taste; charming.
Some delicious landscape. Coleridge.
One draught of spring's delicious air. Keble.
Were not his words delicious ? Tennyson. 2. Addicted to pleasure; seeking enjoyment; luxurious; effeminate.
Others, lastly, of a more delicious and airy spirit, retire themselves to the enjoyments of ease and luxury. Milton. Syn.
refers to the pleasure derived from certain of the senses, particularly the taste and smell; as, delicious
food; a delicious
may also refer to most of the senses (as, delightful
music; a delightful
sensations), but has a higher application to matters of taste, feeling, and sentiment; as, a delightful
abode, conversation, employment; delightful
Like the rich fruit he sings, delicious in decay. Smith.
No spring, nor summer, on the mountain seen, Addison.
Smiles with gay fruits or with delightful green.
Deliciously adverb Delightfully; as, to feed deliciously ; to be deliciously entertained.
1. The quality of being delicious; as, the deliciousness of a repast. 2. Luxury. "To drive away all superfluity and deliciousness ." Sir T. North.
[ Latin delictum
fault.] (Law) An offense or transgression against law; (Scots Law) an offense of a lesser degree; a misdemeanor.
Every regulation of the civil code necessarily implies a delict in the event of its violation. Jeffrey.
Deligate transitive verb [ Latin deligatus , past participle of deligare to bind up; de- + ligare to bind.] (Surg.) To bind up; to bandage.
Deligation noun [ Confer French déligation .] (Surg.) A binding up; a bandaging. Wiseman.
[ Middle English delit
, Old French delit
, from delitier
, to delight. See Delight
, transitive verb
] 1. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction; joy.
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Shak.
A fool hath no delight in understanding. Prov. xviii. 2. 2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight . Milton. 3. Licentious pleasure; lust.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Delight transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Delighted
; present participle & verbal noun Delighting
.] [ Middle English deliten
, Old French delitier
, French délecter
, from Latin delectare
to entice away, to delight (sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere
to allure, delight; de-
to entice, allure; confer laqueus
a snare. Confer Delectate
.] To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear.
Inventions to delight the taste. Shak.
Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds. Tennyson.
Delight intransitive verb To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in .
Love delights in praises. Shak.
I delight to do thy will, O my God. Ps. xl. 8.
[ See Delectable
.] Capable of delighting; delightful.
Many a spice delightable . Rom. of R.
Delighted adjective Endowed with delight.
If virtue no delighted beauty lack. Shak. Syn.
-- Glad; pleased; gratified. See Glad
Delightedly adverb With delight; gladly.
Delighter noun One who gives or takes delight.
Delightful adjective Highly pleasing; affording great pleasure and satisfaction.
fruit.> " Milton. Syn.
-- Delicious; charming. See Delicious
. -- De*light"ful*ly
Delighting adjective Giving delight; gladdening. -- De*light"ing*ly , adverb Jer. Taylor.
Delightless adjective Void of delight. Thomson.
Delightous adjective [ Old French delitos .] Delightful. [ Obsolete] Rom. of R.
Delightsome adjective Very pleasing; delightful.
Ye shall be a delightsome land, . . . saith the Lord. Mal. iii. 12.
Delignate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Delignated
; present participle & verbal noun Delignating
.] [ Prefix de-
+ Latin lignum
wood.] 1. To clear or strip of wood (by cutting down trees).
[ R.] Fuller. 2. To strip or remove the wood from; as, to delignate ramie, in the preparation of ribbons of the fiber for further working.
Delilah noun The mistress of Samson, who betrayed him ( Judges xvi. ); hence, a harlot; a temptress.
Other Delilahs on a smaller scale Burns met with during his Dumfries sojourn. J. C. Shairp.
Delimit transitive verb [ Latin delimitare : confer French délimiter .] To fix the limits of; to demarcate; to bound.
Delimitation noun [ Latin delimitatio : confer French délimitation .] The act or process of fixing limits or boundaries; limitation. Gladstone.
Deline (de*līn") transitive verb
1. To delineate. [ Obsolete] 2. To mark out. [ Obsolete] R. North.
Delineable adjective Capable of being, or liable to be, delineated. Feltham.
[ See Delineate
.] Delineation; sketch. Dr. H. More.
[ Latin delineatus
, past participle of delineare
to delineate; de-
to draw, from linea
line. See Line
.] Delineated; portrayed.
Delineate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Delineated
; present participle & verbal noun Delineating
.] 1. To indicate by lines drawn in the form or figure of; to represent by sketch, design, or diagram; to sketch out; to portray; to picture; in drawing and engraving, to represent in lines, as with the pen, pencil, or graver; hence, to represent with accuracy and minuteness. See Delineation .
Adventurous to delineate nature's form. Akenside. 2. To portray to the mind or understanding by words; to set forth; to describe.
Customs or habits delineated with great accuracy. Walpole.
[ Latin delineatio
: confer French délinéation
.] 1. The act of representing, portraying, or describing, as by lines, diagrams, sketches, etc.; drawing an outline; as, the delineation of a scene or face; in drawing and engraving, representation by means of lines, as distinguished from representation by means of tints and shades; accurate and minute representation, as distinguished from art that is careless of details, or subordinates them excessively. 2. A delineated picture; representation; sketch; description in words.
Their softest delineations of female beauty. W. Irving. Syn.
-- Sketch; portrait; outline. See Sketch
1. One who, or that which, delineates; a sketcher. 2. (Surv.) A perambulator which records distances and delineates a profile, as of a road.
Delineatory adjective That delineates; descriptive; drawing the outline; delineating.
Delineature noun Delineation. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin delinere
to smear. See Liniment
.] A smearing.
[ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
; plural Delinquencies
. [ Latin delinquentia
, from delinquens
.] Failure or omission of duty; a fault; a misdeed; an offense; a misdemeanor; a crime.
The delinquencies of the little commonwealth would be represented in the most glaring colors. Motley.
[ Latin delinquens
, present participle of delinquere
to fail, be wanting in one's duty, do wrong; de-
to leave. See Loan
] Failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.
Delinquent noun One who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit.
A delinquent ought to be cited in the place or jurisdiction where the delinquency was committed. Ayliffe.
Delinquently adverb So as to fail in duty.
Deliquate intransitive verb [ Latin deliquatus , past participle of deliquare to clear off, de- + liquare to make liquid, melt, dissolve.] To melt or be dissolved; to deliquesce. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
Deliquate transitive verb To cause to melt away; to dissolve; to consume; to waste.
Dilapidating, or rather deliquating , his bishopric. Fuller.
Deliquation noun A melting. [ Obsolete]
Deliquesce intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Deliquesced
; present participle & verbal noun Deliquescing
.] [ Latin deliquescere
to melt, dissolve; de-
to become fluid, melt, from liquere
to be fluid. See Liquid
.] (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
In very moist air crystals of strontites deliquesce . Black.
Deliquescence noun [ Confer French déliquescence .] The act of deliquescing or liquefying; process by which anything deliquesces; tendency to melt.