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Deliquescent adjective [ Latin deliquescens , -entis , present participle of deliquescere : confer French déliquescent .]
1. Dissolving; liquefying by contact with the air; capable of attracting moisture from the atmosphere and becoming liquid; as, deliquescent salts.

2. (Botany) Branching so that the stem is lost in branches, as in most deciduous trees. Gray.

Deliquiate intransitive verb [ Latin deliquia a flowing off, a gutter, deliquium a flowing down, from deliquare . See Deliquate .] To melt and become liquid by absorbing water from the air; to deliquesce. Fourcroy.

Deliquiation noun The act of deliquiating.

Deliquium noun [ Latin See Deliquiate .]
1. (Chemistry) A melting or dissolution in the air, or in a moist place; a liquid condition; as, a salt falls into a deliquium . [ R.]

2. A sinking away; a swooning. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

3. A melting or maudlin mood. Carlyle.

Deliracy noun [ See Delirate .] Delirium. [ Obsolete]

Delirament noun [ Latin deliramentum , from delirare . See Delirium .] A wandering of the mind; a crazy fancy. [ Obsolete] Heywood.

Delirancy noun Delirium. [ Obsolete] Gauden.

Delirant adjective [ Latin delirans , - antis , present participle of delirare . See Delirium .] Delirious. [ Obsolete] Owen.

Delirate transitive verb & i. [ Latin deliratus , past participle of delirare . See Delirium .] To madden; to rave. [ Obsolete]

An infatuating and delirating spirit in it.

Deliration noun [ Latin deliratio .] Aberration of mind; delirium. J. Morley.

Deliration or alienation of the understanding.

Deliriant noun [ See Delirium .] (Medicine) A poison which occasions a persistent delirium, or mental aberration (as belladonna).

Delirifacient adjective [ Delirium + Latin faciens , -entis , present participle of facere to make.] (Medicine) Producing, or tending to produce, delirium. -- noun Any substance which tends to cause delirium.

Delirious adjective [ From Delirium .] Having a delirium; wandering in mind; light- headed; insane; raving; wild; as, a delirious patient; delirious fancies. -- De*lir"i*ous*ly , adverb -- De*lir"i*ous*ness , noun

Delirium noun [ Latin , from delirare to rave, to wander in mind, prop., to go out of the furrow in plowing; de- + lira furrow, track; perhaps akin to German geleise track, rut, and English last to endure.]
1. (Medicine) A state in which the thoughts, expressions, and actions are wild, irregular, and incoherent; mental aberration; a roving or wandering of the mind, -- usually dependent on a fever or some other disease, and so distinguished from mania , or madness.

2. Strong excitement; wild enthusiasm; madness.

The popular delirium [ of the French Revolution] at first caught his enthusiastic mind.
W. Irving.

The delirium of the preceding session (of Parliament).

Delirium tremens [ Latin , trembling delirium] (Medicine) , a violent delirium induced by the excessive and prolonged use of intoxicating liquors. -- Traumatic delirium (Medicine) , a variety of delirium following injury.

Syn. -- Insanity; frenzy; madness; derangement; aberration; mania; lunacy; fury. See Insanity .

Delit noun Delight. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Delitable adjective Delightful; delectable. [ Obsolete]

Delitescence noun [ See Delitescent .]
1. Concealment; seclusion; retirement.

The delitescence of mental activities.
Sir W. Hamilton.

2. (Medicine) The sudden disappearance of inflammation.

Delitescency noun Concealment; seclusion.

The mental organization of the novelist must be characterized, to speak craniologically, by an extraordinary development of the passion for delitescency .
Sir W. Scott.

Delitescent adjective [ Latin delitescens , -entis , present participle of delitescere to lie hid.] Lying hid; concealed.

Delitigate intransitive verb [ Latin delitigare to rail. See Litigate .] To chide; to rail heartily. [ Obsolete]

Delitigation noun Chiding; brawl. [ Obsolete]

Deliver transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Delivered ; present participle & verbal noun Delivering .] [ French délivrer , Late Latin deliberare to liberate, give over, from Latin de + liberare to set free. See Liberate .]
1. To set free from restraint; to set at liberty; to release; to liberate, as from control; to give up; to free; to save; to rescue from evil actual or feared; -- often with from or out of ; as, to deliver one from captivity, or from fear of death.

He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
Ezek. xxxiii. 5.

Promise was that I
Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver .

2. To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; -- often with up or over , to or into .

Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
Gen. xl. 13.

The constables have delivered her over.

The exalted mind
All sense of woe delivers to the wind.

3. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart.

Till he these words to him deliver might.

Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art, and the latter the perfection.

4. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball.

Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears.

An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it.
Sir W. Scott.

5. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of .

She was delivered safe and soon.

Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.

6. To discover; to show. [ Poetic]

I 'll deliver
Myself your loyal servant.

7. To deliberate. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

8. To admit; to allow to pass. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Syn. -- To Deliver , Give Forth , Discharge , Liberate , Pronounce , Utter . Deliver denotes, literally, to set free . Hence the term is extensively applied to cases where a thing is made to pass from a confined state to one of greater freedom or openness. Hence it may, in certain connections, be used as synonymous with any or all of the above-mentioned words, as will be seen from the following examples: One who delivers a package gives it forth ; one who delivers a cargo discharges it; one who delivers a captive liberates him; one who delivers a message or a discourse utters or pronounces it; when soldiers deliver their fire, they set it free or give it forth .

Deliver adjective [ Old French delivre free, unfettered. See Deliver , transitive verb ] Free; nimble; sprightly; active. [ Obsolete]

Wonderly deliver and great of strength.

Deliverable adjective Capable of being, or about to be, delivered; necessary to be delivered. Hale.

Deliverance noun [ French délivrance , from délivrer .]
1. The act of delivering or freeing from restraint, captivity, peril, and the like; rescue; as, the deliverance of a captive.

He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives.
Luke iv. 18.

One death or one deliverance we will share.

2. Act of bringing forth children. [ Archaic] Shak.

3. Act of speaking; utterance. [ Archaic] Shak.

» In this and in the preceding sense delivery is the word more commonly used.

4. The state of being delivered, or freed from restraint.

I do desire deliverance from these officers.

5. Anything delivered or communicated; esp., an opinion or decision expressed publicly. [ Scot.]

6. (Metaph.) Any fact or truth which is decisively attested or intuitively known as a psychological or philosophical datum; as, the deliverance of consciousness.

Deliverer noun
1. One who delivers or rescues; a preserver.

2. One who relates or communicates.

Deliveress noun A female deliverer. [ R.] Evelyn.

Deliverly adverb Actively; quickly; nimbly. [ Obsolete]

Swim with your bodies,
And carry it sweetly and deliverly .
Beau. & Fl.

Deliverness noun Nimbleness; agility. [ Obsolete]

Delivery noun ; plural Deliveries
1. The act of delivering from restraint; rescue; release; liberation; as, the delivery of a captive from his dungeon.

2. The act of delivering up or over; surrender; transfer of the body or substance of a thing; distribution; as, the delivery of a fort, of hostages, of a criminal, of goods, of letters.

3. The act or style of utterance; manner of speaking; as, a good delivery ; a clear delivery .

4. The act of giving birth; parturition; the expulsion or extraction of a fetus and its membranes.

5. The act of exerting one's strength or limbs.

Neater limbs and freer delivery .
Sir H. Wotton.

6. The act or manner of delivering a ball; as, the pitcher has a swift delivery .

Dell noun [ Anglo-Saxon del , akin to English dale ; confer Dutch delle , del , low ground. See Dale .]
1. A small, retired valley; a ravine.

In dells and dales, concealed from human sight.

2. A young woman; a wench. [ Obsolete]

Sweet doxies and dells .
B. Jonson.

Della Crusca A shortened form of Accademia della Crusca , an academy in Florence, Italy, founded in the 16th century, especially for conserving the purity of the Italian language.

» The Accademia della Crusca (literally, academy of the bran or chaff ) was so called in allusion to its chief object of bolting or purifying the national language.

Dellacruscan adjective Of or pertaining to the Accademia della Crusca in Florence.

The Dellacruscan School , a name given in satire to a class of affected English writers, most of whom lived in Florence, about a.d. 1785.

Deloo (da"lō) noun (Zoology) The duykerbok.

Deloul (da*lōl") noun [ Prob. of Arabic or Bedouin origin.] (Zoology) A special breed of the dromedary used for rapid traveling; the swift camel; -- called also herire , and maharik .

Delph noun Delftware.

Five nothings in five plates of delph .

Delph noun (Hydraul. Engin.) The drain on the land side of a sea embankment. Knight.

Delphian adjective Delphic.

Delphic adjective [ Latin Delphicus , from Greek Delfiko`s , from Delfoi` , Latin Delphi , a town of Phocis, in Greece, now Kastri .] (Gr. Antiq.)
1. Of or relating to Delphi, or to the famous oracle of that place.

2. Ambiguous; mysterious. "If he is silent or delphic ." New York Times.

Delphin noun [ Latin delphinus a dolphin.] (Chemistry) A fatty substance contained in the oil of the dolphin and the porpoise; -- called also phocenin .

Delphin, Delphine adjective [ See Dauphin .] Pertaining to the dauphin of France; as, the Delphin classics, an edition of the Latin classics, prepared in the reign of Louis XIV., for the use of the dauphin ( in usum Delphini ).

Delphine adjective [ Latin delphinus a dolphin, Greek delfi`s , delfi`n .] Pertaining to the dolphin, a genus of fishes.

Delphinic adjective [ See Delphin , noun ] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, the dolphin; phocenic.

Delphinic acid . (Chemistry) See Valeric acid , under Valeric . [ Obsolete]

Delphinic adjective [ From New Latin Delphinium , the name of the genus.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, the larkspur; specifically, relating to the stavesacre ( Delphinium staphisagria ).

Delphinine noun [ Confer French delphinine .] (Chemistry) A poisonous alkaloid extracted from the stavesacre ( Delphinium staphisagria ), as a colorless amorphous powder.

Delphinoid adjective [ Latin delphinus a dolphin + -oid .] (Zoology) Pertaining to, or resembling, the dolphin.

Delphinoidea noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) The division of Cetacea which comprises the dolphins, porpoises, and related forms.

Delphinus noun [ Latin , a dolphin, from Greek delfi`s , delfi`n .]
1. (Zoology) A genus of Cetacea, including the dolphin. See Dolphin , 1.

2. (Astron.) The Dolphin, a constellation near the equator and east of Aquila.

Delsarte noun , or Delsarte system A system of calisthenics patterned on the theories of François Delsarte (1811 -- 71), a French teacher of dramatic and musical expression.