Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Dew-point noun (Meteor.) The temperature at which dew begins to form. It varies with the humidity and temperature of the atmosphere.
Dewberry noun (Botany) (a) The fruit of certain species of bramble ( Rubus ); in England, the fruit of R. cæsius , which has a glaucous bloom; in America, that of R. canadensis and R. hispidus , species of low blackberries. (b) The plant which bears the fruit.
Feed him with apricots and dewberries . Shak.
Dewclaw noun In any animal, esp. of the Herbivora, a rudimentary claw or small hoof not reaching the ground.
Some cut off the dewclaws [ of greyhounds]. J. H. Walsh.
Dewdrop noun A drop of dew. Shak.
Dewfall noun The falling of dew; the time when dew begins to fall.
Dewiness noun State of being dewy.
to lick.] 1. The pendulous skin under the neck of an ox, which laps or licks the dew in grazing. 2. The flesh upon the human throat, especially when with age.
On her withered dewlap pour the ale. Shak.
Dewlapped adjective Furnished with a dewlap.
Dewless adjective Having no dew. Tennyson.
Dewret transitive verb [ Dew + ret , transitive verb ] To ret or rot by the process called dewretting .
Dewretting noun Dewrotting; the process of decomposing the gummy matter of flax and hemp and setting the fibrous part, by exposure on a sward to dew, rain, and sunshine.
Dewrot transitive verb To rot, as flax or hemp, by exposure to rain, dew, and sun. See Dewretting .
Dewy adjective 1. Pertaining to dew; resembling, consisting of, or moist with, dew.
A dewy mist Milton.
Went and watered all the ground.
When dewy eve her curtain draws. Keble. 2. Falling gently and beneficently, like the dew.
Dewy sleep ambrosial. Cowper. 3. (Botany) Resembling a dew-covered surface; appearing as if covered with dew.
[ Latin ,; akin to Greek ..., ..., Sanskrit dakshi...a
to be strong, suit); Goth. taihswa
, Old High German zeso
. Confer Dexterous
.] 1. Pertaining to, or situated on, the right hand; right, as opposed to sinister , or left .
On sounding wings a dexter eagle flew. Pope. 2. (Her.) On the right-hand side of a shield, i. e. , towards the right hand of its wearer. To a spectator in front, as in a pictorial representation, this would be the left side. Dexter chief
, or Dexter point (Her.)
, a point in the dexter upper corner of the shield, being in the dexter extremity of the chief, as A in the cut.
-- Dexter base
, a point in the dexter lower part or base of the shield, as B in the cut.
Dexter noun [ Prob. so named after the original breeder.] One of a breed of small hardy cattle originating from the Kerry breed of Ireland, valuable both for beef and milk. They are usually chiefly black, sometimes red, and somewhat resemble a small shorthorn in build. Called also Dexter Kerry .
Dexterical adjective Dexterous. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin dexteritas
, from dexter
: confer French dextérité
. See Dexter
.] 1. Right-handedness. 2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with the chisel.
In youth quick bearing and dexterity . Shak. 3. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness.
His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity to deliver himself. Bacon.
He had conducted his own defense with singular boldness and dexterity . Hallam. Syn.
-- Adroitness; activity; nimbleness; expertness; skill; cleverness; art; ability; address; tact; facility; aptness; aptitude; faculty. See Skill
[ Latin dexter
. See Dexter
.] [ Written also dextrous
.] 1. Ready and expert in the use of the body and limbs; skillful and active with the hands; handy; ready; as, a dexterous hand; a dexterous workman. 2. Skillful in contrivance; quick at inventing expedients; expert; as, a dexterous manager.
Dexterous the craving, fawning crowd to quit. Pope. 3. Done with dexterity; skillful; artful; as, dexterous management.
sleights of hand." Trench. Syn.
-- Adroit; active; expert; skillful; clever; able; ready; apt; handy; versed.
Dexterously adverb In a dexterous manner; skillfully.
Dexterousness noun The quality of being dexterous; dexterity.
Dextrad adverb [ Latin dextra the right hand + ad to.] (Anat.) Toward the right side; dextrally.
[ From Dexter
.] Right, as opposed to sinistral , or left . Dextral shell (Zoology)
, a spiral shell the whorls of which turn from left right, or like the hands of a watch when the apex of the spire is toward the eye of the observer.
Dextrality noun The state of being on the right-hand side; also, the quality of being right- handed; right-handedness. Sir T. Browne.
Dextrally adverb Towards the right; as, the hands of a watch rotate dextrally .
Dextrer noun A war horse; a destrer. [ Obsolete] "By him baiteth his dextrer ." Chaucer.
[ Confer French dextrine
, German dextrin
. See Dexter
.] (Chemistry) A translucent, gummy, amorphous substance, nearly tasteless and odorless, used as a substitute for gum, for sizing, etc., and obtained from starch by the action of heat, acids, or diastase. It is of somewhat variable composition, containing several carbohydrates which change easily to their respective varieties of sugar. It is so named from its rotating the plane of polarization to the right; -- called also British gum , Alsace gum , gommelin , leiocome , etc. See Achroödextrin , and Erythrodextrin .
Dextro- A prefix, from Latin dexter , meaning, pertaining to, or toward, the right ; (Chem. & Opt.) having the property of turning the plane of polarized light to the right ; as, dextro tartaric acid.
.] (Chemistry) Same as Dextrose .
.] (Chem. & Opt.) Same as Dextrorotatory .
Dextronic adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, dextrose; as, dextronic acid. Dextronic acid , a sirupy substance obtained by the partial oxidation of various carbohydrates, as dextrose, etc.
.] (Chem. & Opt.) Turning, or causing to turn, toward the right hand; esp., turning the plane of polarization of luminous rays toward the right hand; as, dextrorotatory crystals, sugars, etc. Confer Levorotatory .
Dextrorsal, Dextrorse adjective [ Latin dextrorsum , contr. from dextrovorsum , dextroversum , toward the right side; dexter right + versus , vorsus , past participle of vertere , vortere , to turn.] Turning from the left to the right, in the ascending line, as in the spiral inclination of the stem of the common morning-glory. » At present scientists predicate dextrorse or sinistrorse quality of the plant regarded objectively; formerly the plant was regarded subjectively, and what is now called dextrorse was then considered sinistrorse.
[ See Dexter
.] (Chemistry) A sirupy, or white crystalline, variety of sugar, C 6 H 12 O 6 (so called from turning the plane of polarization to the right), occurring in many ripe fruits. Dextrose and levulose are obtained by the inversion of cane sugar or sucrose, and hence called invert sugar . Dextrose is chiefly obtained by the action of heat and acids on starch, and hence called also starch sugar . It is also formed from starchy food by the action of the amylolytic ferments of saliva and pancreatic juice.
» The solid products are known to the trade as grape sugar
; the sirupy products as glucose
, or mixing sirup
. These are harmless, but are only about half as sweet as cane sugar or sucrose.
, Dex"trous*ly adverb
, Dex"trous*ness noun Same as Dexterous , Dexterously , etc.
[ See Dairy
.] A servant who has charge of the dairy; a dairymaid.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
; plural Deys
. [ Turk. dāi
, orig., a maternal uncle, then a friendly title formerly given to middle-aged or old people, especially among the Janizaries; and hence, in Algiers, consecrated at length to the commanding officer of that corps, who frequently became afterward pasha or regent of that province; hence the European misnomer of dey
, as applied to the latter: confer French dey
.] The governor of Algiers; -- so called before the French conquest in 1830.
Deye intransitive verb To die. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Deynte, Deyntee noun & adjective See Dainty .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Dezincification noun The act or process of freeing from zinc; also, the condition resulting from the removal of zinc.
Dezincify transitive verb [ Prefix de- + zinc + -fy .] To deprive of, or free from, zinc.
Dhole noun (Zoology) A fierce, wild dog ( Canis Dukhunensis ), found in the mountains of India. It is remarkable for its propensity to hunt the tiger and other wild animals in packs.
Dhony noun A Ceylonese boat. See Doni .
Dhoorra Dhour"ra or Dhur"ra noun Indian millet. See Durra .
Dhow noun [ Arabic dāo ?] A coasting vessel of Arabia, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean. It has generally but one mast and a lateen sail. [ Also written dow .]
[ Greek di`s-
twice; akin to ... two, Latin bis
twice. See Two
, and confer Bi-
. The Latin prefix dis-
sometimes assumes the form di
-. See Dis-
.] A prefix, signifying twofold , double , twice
; (Chemistry) denoting two atoms, radicals, groups, or equivalents, as the case may be. See Bi- , 2.
Diœcia (di*ē"shĭ*ȧ) noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek di = di`s twice + o'i^kos a house.]
1. (Botany) A Linnæan class of plants having the stamens and pistils on different plants. 2. (Zoology) A subclass of gastropod mollusks in which the sexes are separate. It includes most of the large marine species, like the conchs, cones, and cowries.
Diœcian, Diœcious adjective (Biol.) Having the sexes in two separate individuals; -- applied to plants in which the female flowers occur on one individual and the male flowers on another of the same species, and to animals in which the ovum is produced by one individual and the sperm cell by another; -- opposed to monœcious .