Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Diner-out noun One who often takes his dinner away from home, or in company.
A brilliant diner-out , though but a curate. Byron.
Dinetical adjective [ Greek ... to whirl round.] Revolving on an axis. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Ding transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dinged
(Obsolete), or Dung
(Obsolete); present participle & verbal noun Dinging
.] [ Middle English dingen
; akin to Anglo-Saxon dencgan
to knock, Icelandic dengja
to beat, hammer, Swedish dänga
, German dengeln
.] 1. To dash; to throw violently.
To ding the book a coit's distance from him. Milton. 2. To cause to sound or ring. To ding (anything) in one's ears
, to impress one by noisy repetition, as if by hammering.
Ding intransitive verb 1. To strike; to thump; to pound.
Diken, or delven, or dingen upon sheaves. Piers Plowman. 2. To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang.
The fretful tinkling of the convent bell evermore dinging among the mountain echoes. W. Irving. 3. To talk with vehemence, importunity, or reiteration; to bluster.
Ding noun A thump or stroke, especially of a bell.
[ See Ding
.] 1. The sound of, or as of, repeated strokes on a metallic body, as a bell; a repeated and monotonous sound. 2. (Horol.) An attachment to a clock by which the quarter hours are struck upon bells of different tones.
Dingdong theory (Philol.) The theory which maintains that the primitive elements of language are reflex expressions induced by sensory impressions; that is, as stated by Max Müller, the creative faculty gave to each general conception as it thrilled for the first time through the brain a phonetic expression; -- jocosely so called from the analogy of the sound of a bell induced by the stroke of the clapper.
Dingey, Dingy Din"ghy noun [ Bengalee dingi .]
1. A kind of boat used in the East Indies. [ Written also dinghey .] Malcom. 2. A ship's smallest boat.
Dingily adverb In a dingy manner.
Dinginess noun Quality of being dingy; a dusky hue.
Dingle noun [ Of uncertain origin: confer Anglo-Saxon ding prison; or perhaps akin to dimble .] A narrow dale; a small dell; a small, secluded, and embowered valley.
Dingle-dangle adverb In a dangling manner.
Dingo noun (Zoology) A wild dog found in Australia, but supposed to have introduced at a very early period. It has a wolflike face, bushy tail, and a reddish brown color.
Dingthrift noun A spendthrift.
Wilt thou, therefore, a drunkard be, Drant.
A dingthrift and a knave?
[ Compar. Dingier
; superl. Dingiest
.] [ Prob. from dung
. Confer Dungy
.] Soiled; sullied; of a dark or dusky color; dark brown; dirty.
"Scraps of dingy
Dinichthys noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... terrible + ... fish.] (Paleon.) A genus of large extinct Devonian ganoid fishes. In some parts of Ohio remains of the Dinichthys are abundant, indicating animals twenty feet in length.
Dining noun & adjective from Dine , adjective
» Used either adjectively or as the first part of a compound; as, dining
hall or dining
Dink adjective [ Etymol. uncertain.] Trim; neat. [ Scot.] Burns. -- Dink"ly , adverb
Dink transitive verb To deck; -- often with out or up . [ Scot.]
Dinmont noun (Zoology) A wether sheep between one and two years old. [ Scot.]
[ French dîner
, from dîner
to dine. See Dine
.] 1. The principal meal of the day, eaten by most people about midday, but by many (especially in cities) at a later hour. 2. An entertainment; a feast.
A grand political dinner . Tennyson.
is much used, in an obvious sense, either adjectively or as the first part of a compound; as, dinner
time, or dinner
Dinnerless adjective Having no dinner. Fuller.
Dinnerly adjective Of or pertaining to dinner.
The dinnerly officer. Copley.
Dinoceras noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... terrible + ..., ..., horn.] (Paleon.) A genus of large extinct Eocene mammals from Wyoming; -- called also Uintatherium . See Illustration in Appendix. » They were herbivorous, and remarkable for three pairs of hornlike protuberances on the skull. The males were armed with a pair of powerful canine tusks.
[ New Latin , from Greek ... terrible + ... bird.] (Paleon.) A genus of extinct, ostrichlike birds of gigantic size, which formerly inhabited New Zealand. See Moa .
[ Written also Deinornis
Dinosaur, Dinosaurian noun [ Greek ... terrible + ... lizard.] (Paleon.) One of the Dinosauria. [ Written also deinosaur , and deinosaurian .]
Dinosauria noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... terrible + ... lizard.] (Paleon.) An order of extinct mesozoic reptiles, mostly of large size (whence the name). Notwithstanding their size, they present birdlike characters in the skeleton, esp. in the pelvis and hind limbs. Some walked on their three-toed hind feet, thus producing the large "bird tracks," so- called, of mesozoic sandstones; others were five-toed and quadrupedal. See Illust. of Compsognathus , also Illustration of Dinosaur in Appendix.
Dinothere Di`no*the"ri*um noun [ New Latin dinotherium , from Greek deino`s terrible + qhri`on beast.] (Paleon.) A large extinct proboscidean mammal from the miocene beds of Europe and Asia. It is remarkable fora pair of tusks directed downward from the decurved apex of the lower jaw.
Dinoxide noun (Chemistry) Same as Dioxide .
Dinsome adjective Full of din. [ Scot.] Burns.
[ Middle English dint
, a blow, Anglo-Saxon dynt
; akin to Icelandic dyntr
a dint, dynta
to dint, and perhaps to Latin fendere
(in composition). Confer 1st Dent
.] 1. A blow; a stroke.
[ Obsolete] "Mortal dint
"Like thunder's dint
." Fairfax. 2. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent. Dryden.
Every dint a sword had beaten in it [ the shield]. Tennyson. 3. Force; power; -- esp. in the phrase by dint of .
Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel Shak.
The dint of pity.
It was by dint of passing strength Sir W. Scott.
That he moved the massy stone at length.
Dint transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Dinted
; present participle & verbal noun Dinting
.] To make a mark or cavity on or in, by a blow or by pressure; to dent. Donne. Tennyson.
Dinumeration noun [ Latin dinumeratio ; di- = dis- + numerare to count, from numerus number.] Enumeration. [ Obsolete] Bullokar.
Diocesan adjective [ Late Latin dioecesanus : confer French diocésain .] Of or pertaining to a diocese; as, diocesan missions.
1. A bishop, viewed in relation to his diocese; as, the diocesan of New York. 2. plural The clergy or the people of a diocese. Strype.
; plural Dioceses
. [ Middle English diocise
, Old French diocise
, French diocése
, Latin dioecesis
, from Greek ... housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, from ... to keep house, manage; dia`
through + ... to manage a household, ... a house. See Economy
.] (Eccl.) The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority.
[ Frequently, but improperly, spelt diocess
Diocesener noun One who belongs to a diocese. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Diodon noun [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + 'odoy`s , 'odo`ntos , a tooth: confer French diodon .]
1. (Zoology) A genus of spinose, plectognath fishes, having the teeth of each jaw united into a single beaklike plate. They are able to inflate the body by taking in air or water, and, hence, are called globefishes , swellfishes , etc. Called also porcupine fishes , and sea hedgehogs . 2. (Zoology) A genus of whales.
Diodont adjective (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the genus Diodon. -- noun A fish of the genus Diodon, or an allied genus.
Diogenes noun A Greek Cynic philosopher (412?-323 B. C. ) who lived much in Athens and was distinguished for contempt of the common aims and conditions of life, and for sharp, caustic sayings. Diogenes' crab (Zoology)
, a species of terrestrial hermit crabs ( Cenobita Diogenes ), abundant in the West Indies and often destructive to crops.
-- Diogenes' tub
, the tub which the philosopher Diogenes is said to have carried about with him as his house, in which he lived.
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) A genus of large sea birds, including the albatross. See Albatross .
Dionysia noun plural [ Latin , from Greek ....] (Class. Antiq.) Any of the festivals held in honor of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both tragedies and comedies.
Dionysiac adjective Of or pertaining to Dionysus or to the Dionysia; Bacchic; as, a Dionysiac festival; the Dionysiac theater at Athens.
Dionysian adjective Relating to Dionysius, a monk of the 6th century; as, the Dionysian , or Christian, era. Dionysian period , a period of 532 years, depending on the cycle of the sun, or 28 years, and the cycle of the moon, or 19 years; -- sometimes called the Greek paschal cycle , or Victorian period .
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a name of Aphrodite.] (Botany) An insectivorous plant. See Venus's flytrap .
Diophantine adjective Originated or taught by Diophantus, the Greek writer on algebra. Diophantine analysis (Alg.) , that branch of indeterminate analysis which has for its object the discovery of rational values that satisfy given equations containing squares or cubes; as, for example, to find values of x and y which make x 2 + y 2 an exact square.
Diopside noun [ Greek di- = di`s- twice + ... a sight, from the root of ... I shall see: confer French diopside .] (Min.) A crystallized variety of pyroxene, of a clear, grayish green color; mussite.
Dioptase noun [ Greek ... = dia` through + ... to see: confer French dioptase .] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of copper, occurring in emerald-green crystals.
Diopter Di*op"tra noun [ Latin dioptra , from Greek .... See 2d Dioptric .] An optical instrument, invented by Hipparchus, for taking altitudes, leveling, etc.