Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Demur intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Demurred
; present participle & verbal noun Demurring
.] [ Old French demurer
, to linger, stay, French demeurer
, from Latin demorari
to delay, tarry, stay, mora
delay; probably originally, time for thinking, reflection, and akin to memor
mindful. See Memory
.] 1. To linger; to stay; to tarry.
Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp. Nicols. 2. To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur . Hayward. 3. To scruple or object; to take exception; as, I demur to that statement. 4. (Law) To interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer , 2.
Demur transitive verb 1. To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about.
The latter I demur , for in their looks Milton. 2. To cause delay to; to put off.
Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears.
He demands a fee, Quarles.
And then demurs me with a vain delay.
[ Old French demor
, stay, delay. See Demur
, intransitive verb
] Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
All my demurs but double his attacks; Pope.
At last he whispers, "Do; and we go snacks."
[ Perh. from Old French de murs
(i. e., de bonnes murs
of good manners); de
of + murs
, French m...urs
, from Latin mores
) manners, morals (see Moral
); or more probably from Old French meür
, French mûr
mature, ripe (see Mature
) in a phrase preceded by de
, as de mûre conduite
of mature conduct.] 1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
Sober, steadfast, and demure . Milton.
Nan was very much delighted in her demure way, and that delight showed itself in her face and in her clear bright eyes. W. Black. 2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
A cat lay, and looked so demure , as if there had been neither life nor soul in her. L'Estrange.
Miss Lizzy, I have no doubt, would be as demure and coquettish, as if ten winters more had gone over her head. Miss Mitford.
Demure intransitive verb To look demurely. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Demurely adverb In a demure manner; soberly; gravely; -- now, commonly, with a mere show of gravity or modesty.
They . . . looked as demurely as they could; for 't was a hanging matter to laugh unseasonably. Dryden.
Demureness (de*mūr"nĕs) noun The state of being demure; gravity; the show of gravity or modesty.
Demurity (de*mūr"ĭ*tȳ) noun Demureness; also, one who is demure. Sir T. Browne.
Demurrable (de*mûr"rȧ*b'l) adjective That may be demurred to. Stormonth.
[ Confer Old French demorage
delay. See Demur
.] (Law) (a) The detention of a vessel by the freighter beyond the time allowed in her charter party for loading, unloading, or sailing. (b) The allowance made to the master or owner of the ship for such delay or detention.
The claim for demurrage ceases as soon as the ship is cleared out and ready for sailing. M‘Culloch.
» The term is also applied to similar delays and allowances in land carriage, by wagons, railroads, etc.
Demurral noun Demur; delay in acting or deciding.
The same causes of demurral existed which prevented British troops from assisting in the expulsion of the French from Rome. Southey.
Demurrer noun Demurrer to evidence , an exception taken by a party to the evidence offered by the opposite party, and an objecting to proceed further, on the allegation that such evidence is not sufficient in law to maintain the issue, and a reference to the court to determine the point. Bouvier.
1. One who demurs. 2. (Law) A stop or pause by a party to an action, for the judgment of the court on the question, whether, assuming the truth of the matter alleged by the opposite party, it is sufficient in law to sustain the action or defense, and hence whether the party resting is bound to answer or proceed further.
; plural Demies
. [ See Demi-
.] 1. A printing and a writing paper of particular sizes. See under Paper . 2. A half fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.
[ Written also demi
He was elected into Magdalen College as a demy ; a term by which that society denominates those elsewhere called "scholars," young men who partake of the founder's benefaction, and succeed in their order to vacant fellowships. Johnson.
Demy adjective Pertaining to, or made of, the size of paper called demy ; as, a demy book.
Den noun [ Anglo-Saxon denn ; perhaps akin to German tenne floor, thrashing floor, and to Anglo-Saxon denu valley.]
1. A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den ; a den of robbers. 2. A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice. "Those squalid dens , which are the reproach of great capitals." Addison. 3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone. [ Colloq.] 4. [ Anglo-Saxon denu .] A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. [ Old Eng. & Scotch] Shak.
Den intransitive verb To live in, or as in, a den.
The sluggish salvages that den below. G. Fletcher.
Denarcotize transitive verb To deprive of narcotine; as, to denarcotize opium. -- De*nar`co*ti*za"tion noun
; plural Denarii
. [ Latin See 2d Denier
.] A Roman silver coin of the value of about fourteen cents; the "penny" of the New Testament; -- so called from being worth originally ten of the pieces called as .
[ Latin denarius
. See 2d Denier
.] Containing ten; tenfold; proceeding by tens; as, the denary , or decimal, scale.
1. The number ten; a division into ten. 2. A coin; the Anglicized form of denarius . Udall.
Denationalization noun [ Confer French dénationalisation .] The act or process of denationalizing.
Denationalize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Denationalized
; present participle & verbal noun Denationalizing
.] [ Confer French dénationaliser
.] To divest or deprive of national character or rights.
Bonaparte's decree denationalizes , as he calls it, all ships that have touched at a British port. Cobbett.
An expatriated, denationalized race. G. Eliot.
Denaturalize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Denaturalized
; present participle & verbal noun Denaturalizing
.] [ Confer French dénaturaliser
.] 1. To render unnatural; to alienate from nature. 2. To renounce the natural rights and duties of; to deprive of citizenship; to denationalize.
They also claimed the privilege, when aggrieved, of denaturalizing themselves, or, in other words, of publicly renouncing their allegiance to their sovereign, and of enlisting under the banners of his enemy. Prescott.
Denature transitive verb [ De- + nature .] To deprive of its natural qualities; change the nature of.
Denay transitive verb
[ See Deny
.] To deny.
That with great rage he stoutly doth denay . Spenser.
Denay noun Denial; refusal. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Dendrachate noun [ Latin dendrachates ; Greek de`ndron a tree + ... agate: confer French dendrachate , dendragate .] (Min.) Arborescent or dendritic agate.
Dendriform adjective [ Greek de`ndron tree + -form .] Resembling in structure a tree or shrub.
Dendrite noun [ Greek dendri`ths , fem. dendri^tis , of a tree, from de`ndron a tree: confer French dendrite .] (Min.) A stone or mineral on or in which are branching figures resembling shrubs or trees, produced by a foreign mineral, usually an oxide of manganese, as in the moss agate; also, a crystallized mineral having an arborescent form, e. g. , gold or silver; an arborization.
Dendritic, Dendritical adjective Pertaining to a dendrite, or to arborescent crystallization; having a form resembling a shrub or tree; arborescent.
Dendrocœla noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek de`ndron tree + koi^los hollow.] (Zoology) A division of the Turbellaria in which the digestive cavity gives off lateral branches, which are often divided into smaller branchlets.
Dendroid, Dendroidal adjective [ Greek ... treelike; de`ndron tree + ... form: confer French dendroïde .] Resembling a shrub or tree in form; treelike.
Dendrolite noun [ Greek de`ndron tree + -lite : confer French dendrolithe .] (Paleon.) A petrified or fossil shrub, plant, or part of a plant.
Dendrologist noun One versed in the natural history of trees.
Dendrologous adjective Relating to dendrology.
Dendrology noun [ Greek de`ndron tree + -logy : confer French dendrologie .] A discourse or treatise on trees; the natural history of trees.
Dendrometer noun [ Greek de`ndron tree + -meter : confer French dendromètre .] An instrument to measure the height and diameter of trees.
Denegate transitive verb
[ Latin denegatus
, past participle of denegare
. See Deny
.] To deny.
Denegation noun [ Confer French dénégation .] Denial. [ Obsolete]
Dengue (dĕn"ga) noun [ See Note, below.] (Medicine) A specific epidemic disease attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; -- called also breakbone fever . It occurs in India, Egypt, the West Indies, etc., is of short duration, and rarely fatal. » This disease, when it first appeared in the British West India Islands, was called the dandy fever, from the stiffness and constraint which it grave to the limbs and body. The Spaniards of the neighboring islands mistook the term for their word dengue , denoting prudery, which might also well express stiffness, and hence the term dengue became, as last, the name of the disease. Tully.
[ See Deny
.] Capable of being, or liable to be, denied.
[ See Deny
.] 1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation .
You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient. Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction. 3. A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.
The commissioners, . . . to obtain from the king's subjects as much as they would willingly give, . . . had not to complain of many peremptory denials . Hallam. 4. A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with; disavowal; -- the contrary of confession ; as, the denial of a fault charged on one; a denial of God. Denial of one's self
, a declining of some gratification; restraint of one's appetites or propensities; self- denial.
Deniance noun Denial. [ Obsolete] E. Hall.
Denier noun One who denies; as, a denier of a fact, or of the faith, or of Christ.
[ French denier
, from Latin denarius
a Roman silver coin orig. equiv. to ten asses, later, a copper, from deni
ten by ten, from the root of decem
ten; akin to English ten
. See Ten
, and confer Denary
.] A small copper coin of insignificant value.
My dukedom to a beggarly denier . Shak.
Denigrate transitive verb
[ Latin denigrare
to blacken, niger
black.] 1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black. Boyle. 2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.
To denigrate the memory of Voltaire. Morley.
[ Latin denigratio
.] 1. The act of making black. Boyle. 2. Fig.: A blackening; defamation.
The vigorous denigration of science. Morley.
Denigrator noun One who, or that which, blackens.
Denim (dĕn"ĭm) noun [ Of uncertain origin.] A coarse cotton drilling used for overalls, etc.
Denitration noun [ Prefix de- + nitrate .] A disengaging, or removal, of nitric acid.
Denitrification noun The act or process of freeing from nitrogen; also, the condition resulting from the removal of nitrogen.