Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Digesture noun Digestion. [ Obsolete] Harvey.
Diggable adjective Capable of being dug.
Digger noun One who, or that which, digs. Digger wasp (Zoology) , any one of the fossorial Hymenoptera.
Diggers noun plural ; sing. Digger . (Ethnol.) A degraded tribe of California Indians; -- so called from their practice of digging roots for food.
1. The act or the place of excavating. 2. plural Places where ore is dug; especially, certain localities in California, Australia, and elsewhere, at which gold is obtained. [ Recent] 3. plural Region; locality. [ Low]
Dight transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dight
; present participle & verbal noun Dighting
.] [ Old French dihten
, Anglo-Saxon dihtan
to dictate, command, dispose, arrange, from Latin dictare
to say often, dictate, order; confer German dichten
to write poetry, from Latin dictare
. See Dictate
.] 1. To prepare; to put in order; hence, to dress, or put on; to array; to adorn.
[ Archaic] "She gan the house to dight.
Two harmless turtles, dight for sacrifice. Fairfax.
The clouds in thousand liveries dight . Milton. 2. To have sexual intercourse with.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Dighter noun One who dights. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin digitus
finger; probably akin to Greek da`ktylos
, of uncertain origin; possibly akin to English toe
. Confer Dactyl
.] 1. (Zoology) One of the terminal divisions of a limb appendage; a finger or toe.
The ruminants have the "cloven foot," i. e. , two hoofed digits on each foot. Owen. 2. A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three fourths of an inch. 3. (Math.) One of the ten figures or symbols, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, by which all numbers are expressed; -- so called because of the use of the fingers in counting and computing.
» By some authorities the symbol 0 is not included with the digits
. 4. (Anat.) One twelfth part of the diameter of the sun or moon; -- a term used to express the quantity of an eclipse; as, an eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk.
Digit transitive verb To point at or out with the finger. [ R.]
Digital (dĭj"ĭ*t a l) adjective [ Latin digitals .] Of or pertaining to the fingers, or to digits; done with the fingers; as, digital compression; digital examination.
Digitalin noun [ Confer French digitaline .] (a) (Medicine) Any one of several extracts of foxglove ( Digitalis ), as the "French extract," the "German extract," etc., which differ among themselves in composition and properties. (b) (Chemistry) A supposedly distinct vegetable principle as the essential ingredient of the extracts. It is a white, crystalline substance, and is regarded as a glucoside.
Digitalis noun [ New Latin : confer French digitale . So named (according to Linnæus) from its finger-shaped corolla.]
1. (Botany) A genus of plants including the foxglove. 2. (Medicine) The dried leaves of the purple foxglove ( Digitalis purpurea ), used in heart disease, disturbance of the circulation, etc.
Digitate transitive verb
[ Late Latin digitatus
, past participle of digitare
, from Latin digitus
. See Digit
.] To point out as with the finger.
[ R.] Robinson (Eudoxa).
Digitate, Digitated adjective [ Latin digitatus having fingers.] (Botany) Having several leaflets arranged, like the fingers of the hand, at the extremity of a stem or petiole. Also, in general, characterized by digitation. -- Dig"i*tate*ly adverb
Digitation noun [ Confer French digitation .] A division into fingers or fingerlike processes; also, a fingerlike process.
Digitiform adjective [ Latin digitus a finger + -form .] Formed like a finger or fingers; finger-shaped; as, a digitiform root.
Digitigrade adjective [ Latin digitus finger, toe + gradi to step, walk: confer French digitigrade .] (Zoology) Walking on the toes; -- distinguished from plantigrade .
Digitigrade noun (Zoology) An animal that walks on its toes, as the cat, lion, wolf, etc.; -- distinguished from a plantigrade , which walks on the palm of the foot.
Digitipartite adjective [ Latin digitus finger + partite .] (Botany) Parted like the fingers.
Digitize transitive verb [ Digit + -ize .] To finger; as, to digitize a pen. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.
Digitorium noun [ New Latin , from Latin digitus a finger.] A small dumb keyboard used by pianists for exercising the fingers; -- called also dumb piano .
Digitule noun [ Latin digitulus , dim. of digitus .] (Zoology) A little finger or toe, or something resembling one.
Digladiate intransitive verb
[ Latin digladiari
; di- = dis-
a sword.] To fight like gladiators; to contend fiercely; to dispute violently.
Digladiating like Æschines and Demosthenes. Hales.
Digladiation noun Act of digladiating. [ Obsolete] "Sore digladiations and contest." Evelyn.
[ Greek ... speaking two languages; di-
twice + ... tongue. See Glottis
[ R.] Earle.
Diglyph noun [ Greek ...; di- = di`s- twice + ... to hollow out, carve.] (Architecture) A projecting face like the triglyph, but having only two channels or grooves sunk in it.
Dignation noun [ Latin dignatio .] The act of thinking worthy; honor. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
[ French, from Latin dignus
. See Design
.] 1. Worthy; honorable; deserving.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. Suitable; adequate; fit.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 3. Haughty; disdainful.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Dignify
.] The act of dignifying; exaltation.
Dignified adjective Marked with dignity; stately; as, a dignified judge.
Dignify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dignified
; present participle & verbal noun Dignifying
.] [ Old French dignifier
, from Late Latin dignificare
; Latin dignus
worthy + ficare
(in comp.), facere
to make. See Deign
, and Fact
.] To invest with dignity or honor; to make illustrious; to give distinction to; to exalt in rank; to honor.
Your worth will dignify our feast. B. Jonson. Syn.
-- To exalt; elevate; prefer; advance; honor; illustrate; adorn; ennoble.
; plural Dignitaries
. [ Confer French dignitaire
, from Latin dignitas
.] One who possesses exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor; especially, one who holds an ecclesiastical rank above that of a parochial priest or clergyman.
; plural Dignities
. [ Middle English dignete
, Old French digneté
, French dignité
, from Latin dignitas
, from dignus
worthy. See Dainty
.] 1. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence. 2. Elevation; grandeur.
The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings. Shak. 3. Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation. Macaulay.
And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Esth. vi. 3.
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, . . . the excellency of dignity , and the excellency of power. Gen. xlix. 3. 4. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of mien, manner, style, etc.
A letter written with singular energy and dignity of thought and language. Macaulay. 5. One holding high rank; a dignitary.
These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities . Jude. 8. 6. Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
Sciences concluding from dignities , and principles known by themselves. Sir T. Browne. Syn.
-- See Decorum
. To stand upon one's dignity
, to have or to affect a high notion of one's own rank, privilege, or character.
They did not stand upon their dignity , nor give their minds to being or to seeming as elegant and as fine as anybody else. R. G. White.
Dignotion noun [ Latin dignoscere to distinguish; di- = dis- + gnoscere , noscere , to learn to know.] Distinguishing mark; diagnostic. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Digonous adjective [ Greek ... = ... double + ... an angle.] Having two angles. Smart.
Digram noun [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... letter.] A digraph.
Digraph noun [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... a writing, ... to write.] Two signs or characters combined to express a single articulated sound; as ea in head , or th in bath .
Digraphic adjective Of or pertaining to a digraph. H. Sweet.
Digress intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Digressed
; present participle & verbal noun Digressing
.] [ Latin digressus
, past participle of digredi
to go apart, to deviate; di- = dis-
to step, walk. See Grade
.] 1. To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially, to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or course of argument, in writing or speaking.
Moreover she beginneth to digress in latitude. Holland.
In the pursuit of an argument there is hardly room to digress into a particular definition as often as a man varies the signification of any term. Locke. 2. To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.
Thy abundant goodness shall excuse Shak.
This deadly blot on thy digressing son.
Digress noun Digression. [ Obsolete] Fuller.
[ Latin digressio
: confer French digression
.] 1. The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject.
The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them. Sir W. Temple. 2. A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.
Then my digression is so vile, so base, Shak. 3. (Anat.) The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.
That it will live engraven in my face.
Digressional adjective Pertaining to, or having the character of, a digression; departing from the main purpose or subject. T. Warton.
Digressive adjective [ Confer French digressif .] Departing from the main subject; partaking of the nature of digression. Johnson.
Digressively adverb By way of digression.
[ French See Dike
.] A bank; a dike.
[ Obsolete] Sir W. Temple.
Digynia noun [ New Latin , from Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... a woman, a female.] (Botany) A Linnæan order of plants having two styles.
Digynian, Digynous adjective [ Confer French digyne .] (Botany) Of or pertaining to the Digynia; having two styles.
[ Greek di-
twice + ... a seat, bottom, base, from ... to sit. Confer Diedral
.] Having two plane faces; as, the dihedral summit of a crystal. Dihedral angle
, the angular space contained between planes which intersect. It is measured by the angle made by any two lines at right angles to the two planes.
1. Of a kite or an aëroplane, having wings that make with one another a dihedral angle, esp. when the angle between the upper sides is less than 180Â°. 2. (Aëronautics) Of wing pairs, inclined at an upward angle to each other.