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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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DAB

DAB Dab, n. Etym: [Perh. so named from its quickness in diving beneath the sand. Cf. Dabchick.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A name given to several species of Pleuronectes . TheAmerican rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.

DAB

DAB Dab, v. i. [imp. & p.p. Dabbed; p.pr.& vb.n. Dabbing.] Etym: [OE. dabben to strice; akin to OD. dabben to pinch, knead, fumble, dabble, and perh. to G. tappen to grope.] 1. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber. A sore should . . . be wiped . . . only by dabbing it over with fine lint. S. Sharp. 2. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust. To dab him in the neck. Sir T. More.

DAB

DAB Dab, n. 1. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck. Astratch of her clame, a dab of her beack. Hawthorne. 2. A small mass of anything soft or moist.

DABB

DABB Dabb, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A large, spine-tailed lizard (Uromastix spinipes), found in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine; -- called also dhobb, and dhabb.

DABBER

DABBER Dabber, n. Defn: That with which one dabs; hence, a pad or other device used by printers, engravers, etc., as for dabbing type or engraved plates with ink.

DABBLE

DABBLE Dabble, v. t. [imp.&p.p Dabbled; p.pr.&vb.n. Dabbling.] Etym: [Freq. of dab: cf. OD. dabbelen.] Defn: To wet by little dips or strokes; to spatter; to sprinkle; to moisten; to wet. Bright hair dabbled in blood. Shak.

DABBLE

DABBLE Dabble, v. i. 1. To play in water, as with the hands; to paddle or splash in mud or water. Wher the duck dabbles Wordsworth. 2. To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way; to tamper; to meddle. Dabbling here and there with the text. Atterbury. During the ferst year at Dumfries, Burns for the ferst time began to dabble in politics. J. C. Shairp.

DABBLER

DABBLER Dabbler, n. 1. One who dabbles. 2. One who dips slightly into anything; a superficial meddler. our dabblers in politics. Swift.

DABBLINGLY

DABBLINGLY Dabbling*ly, adv. Defn: In a dabbling manner.

DABCHICK

DABCHICK Dabchick`, n. Etym: [For dabchick. See Dap, Dip, cf. Dipchick.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A small water bird (Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called also dapchick, dobchick, dipchick, didapper, dobber, devil-diver, hell-diver, and pied-billed grebe.

DABOIA

DABOIA Da*boia, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A large and highly venomous Asiatic viper (Daboia xanthica).

DABSTER

DABSTER Dabster, n. Etym: [Cf. Dab an expert.] Defn: One who is skilled; a master of his business; a proficient; an adept. [Colloq.] Note: Sometimes improperly used for dabbler; as, I am but a dabster with gentle art.

DACAPO

DACAPO Da`capo. Etym: [It., from [the] head or beginning.] (Mus.) Defn: From the beginning; a direction to return to, and end with, the first strain; -- indicated by the letters D. C. Also, the strain so repeated.

DACE

DACE Dace, n. Etym: [Written also dare, dart, fr. F. dard dase, dart, of German origin. Dace is for an older darce, fr. an OF. nom. darz. See Dart a javelin.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A small European cyprinoid fish (Squalius leuciscus or Leuciscus vulgaris); -- called also dare. Note: In America the name is given to several related fishes of the genera Squalius, Minnilus, etc. The black-nosed dace is Rhinichthys atronasus the horned dace is Semotilus corporalis. For red dace, see Redfin.

DACHSHUND

DACHSHUND Dachshund`, n. Etym: [G., from dachs badger + hund dog.] (Zo?l.) Defn: One of a breed of small dogs with short crooked legs, and long body; -- called also badger dog. There are two kinds, the rough- haired and the smooth-haired.

DACIAN

DACIAN Dacian, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to Dacia or the Dacians. -- n. Defn: A native of ancient Dacia.

DACOIT

DACOIT Da*coit (da*koit), n. [Hind. dsakait, dsakayat.] Defn: One of a class of robbers, in India, who act in gangs.

DACOITY

DACOITY Da*coity, n. Defn: The practice of gang robbery in India; robbery committed by dacoits.

DACOTAHS

DACOTAHS Da*cotahs, n. pl.; sing. Dacotan (. (Ethnol.) Defn: Same as Dacotas. Longfellow.

DACTYL

DACTYL Dactyl, n. Etym: [L. dactylus, Gr. Digit.] 1. (Pros.) Defn: A poetical foot of three sylables (-- ), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. t?gm?n?, E. merciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger. [Written also dactyle.] 2. (Zo?l.) (a) A finger or toe; a digit. (b) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.

DACTYLAR

DACTYLAR Dactyl*ar, a. 1. Pertaining to dactyl; dactylic. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: Of or pertaining to a finger or toe, or to the claw of an insect crustacean.

DACTYLET

DACTYLET Dactyl*et, n. Etym: [Dactyl + .] Defn: A dactyl. [Obs.]

DACTYLIC

DACTYLIC Dac*tylic, a. Etym: [L. dactylicus, Gr. , fr. .] Defn: Pertaining to, consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls; as, dactylic verses.

DACTYLIC

DACTYLIC Dac*tylic, n. 1. A line consisting chiefly or wholly of dactyls; as, these lines are dactylics. 2. pl. Defn: Dactylic meters.

DACTYLIOGLYPH

DACTYLIOGLYPH Dactyli*o*glyph, n. Etym: [Gr. an engraver of gems; finger ring (fr. finger) + to engrave.] (Fine Arts) (a) An engraver of gems for rings and other ornaments. (b) The inscription of the engraver's name on a finger ring or gem.

DACTYLIOGLYPHY

DACTYLIOGLYPHY Dac*tyl`i*ogly*phy, n. Defn: The art or process of gem engraving.

DACTYLIOGRAPHY

DACTYLIOGRAPHY Dac*tyl`i*ogra*phy, n. Etym: [Gr. finger ring + .] (Fine Arts) (a) The art of writing or engraving upon gems. (b) In general, the literature or history of the art.

DACTYLIOLOGY

DACTYLIOLOGY Dac*tyl`i* olo*gy, n. Etym: [Gr. finger ring + .] (Fine Arts) (a) That branch of arch?ology which has to do with gem engraving. (b) That branch of arch?ology which has to do with finger rings.

DACTYLIOMANCY

DACTYLIOMANCY Dac*tyli*o*man`cy, n. Etym: [Gr. dakty`lios + -mancy.] Defn: Divination by means of finger rings.

DACTYLIST

DACTYLIST Dactyl*ist, n. Defn: A writer of dactylic verse.

DACTYLITIS

DACTYLITIS Dac`tyl*itis, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. finger + -itis.] (Med.) Defn: An inflammatory affection of the fingers. Gross.

DACTYLOLOGY

DACTYLOLOGY Dac`tyl*ology, n. Etym: [Gr. finger + -logy.] Defn: The art of communicating ideas by certain movements and positions of the fingers; -- a method of conversing practiced by the deaf and dumb. Note: There are two different manual alphabets, the one hand alphabet (which was perfected by Abb? de l'Ep?e, who died in 1789), and the two hand alphabet. The latter was probably based on the manual alphabet published by George Dalgarus of Aberdeen, in 1680. See Illustration in Appendix.

DACTYLOMANCY

DACTYLOMANCY Dac*tylo*man`cy, n. Defn: Dactylio mancy. [R.] Am. Cyc.

DACTYLONOMY

DACTYLONOMY Dac`tyl*ono*my, n. Etym: [Gr. finger + law, distribution.] Defn: The art of numbering or counting by the fingers.

DACTYLOPTEROUS

DACTYLOPTEROUS Dac`tyl*opter*ous, a. Etym: [Gr. finger + wing, fin.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Having the inferior rays of the pectoral fins partially or entirely free, as in the gurnards.

DACTYLOTHECA

DACTYLOTHECA Dac`ty*lo*theca, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. finger, toe + case, box.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The scaly covering of the toes, as in birds.

DACTYLOZOOID

DACTYLOZOOID Dac`tyl*o*zooid, n. Etym: [Gr. finger + E. zooid.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A kind of zooid of Siphonophora which has an elongated or even vermiform body, with one tentacle, but no mouth. See Siphonophora.

DAD

DAD Dad, n. Etym: [Prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. daid, Gael. daidein, W. tad, OL. , , Skr. tata.] Defn: Father; -- a word sometimes used by children. I was never so bethumped withwords, Since I first called my brother's father dad. Shak.

DADDLE

DADDLE Daddle, v. i. [imp. & p.p. Daddled, p.pr. & vb.n. Daddling.] Etym: [Prob. freq. of dade.] Defn: To toddle; to walk unsteadily, like a child or an old man; hence, to do anything slowly or feebly.

DADDOCK

DADDOCK Daddock, n. Etym: [Cf. Prov. E. dad a large piece.] Defn: The rotten body of a tree. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.

DADDY

DADDY Daddy, n. Defn: Diminutive of Dad. Dryden.

DADDY LONGLEGS

DADDY LONGLEGS Daddy longlegs`. 1. (Zo?l.) Defn: An arachnidan of the genus Phalangium, and allied genera, having a small body and four pairs of long legs; -- called also harvestman, carter, and grandfather longlegs. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: A name applied to many species of dipterous insects of the genus Tipula, and allied genera, with slender bodies, and very long, slender legs; the crane fly; -- called also father longlegs.

DADE

DADE Dade, v. t. Etym: [Of. uncertain origin. Cf. Dandle, Daddle.] Defn: To hold up by leading strings or by the hand, as a child while he toddles. [Obs.] Little children when they learn to go By painful mothers daded to and fro. Drayton.

DADE

DADE Dade, v. i. Defn: To walk unsteadily, as a child in leading strings, or just learning to walk; to move slowly. [Obs.] No sooner taught to dade, but from their mother trip. Drayton.

DADO

DADO Dado, n.; pl. Dadoes. Etym: [It. dado die, cube, pedestal; of the same origin as E. die, n. See Die, n.] (Arch.) (a) That part of a pedestal included between the base and the cornice (or surbase); the die. See Illust. of Column. Hence: (b) In any wall, that part of the basement included between the base and the base course. See Base course, under Base. (c) In interior decoration, the lower part of the wall of an apartment when adorned with moldings, or otherwise specially decorated.

DAEDAL; DAEDALIAN

DAEDAL; DAEDALIAN D?dal, D?*dalian, a. Etym: [L. daedalus cunningly wrought, fr. Gr. ; cf. to work cunningly. The word also alludes to the mythical D?dalus (Gr. , lit., the cunning worker).] 1. Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious. Our bodies decked in our d?dalian arms. Chapman. The d?dal hand of Nature. J. Philips. The doth the d?dal earth throw forth to thee, Out of her fruitful, abundant flowers. Spenser. 2. Crafty; deceitful. [R.] Keats.

DAEDALOUS

DAEDALOUS D?da*lous, a. (Bot.) Defn: Having a variously cut or incised margin; -- said of leaves.

DAEMON; DAEMONIC

DAEMON; DAEMONIC D?mon, n., D?*monic (, a. Defn: See Demon, Demonic.

DAFF

DAFF Daff, v. t. Etym: [Cf. Doff.] Defn: To cast aside; to put off; to doff. [Obs.] Canst thou so daff me Thou hast killed my child. Shak.

DAFF

DAFF Daff, n. Etym: [See Daft.] Defn: A stupid, blockish fellow; a numskull. [Obs.] Chaucer.

DAFF

DAFF Daff, v. i. Defn: To act foolishly; to be foolish or sportive; to toy. [Scot.] Jamieson.

DAFF

DAFF Daff, v. t. Defn: To daunt. [Prov. Eng.] Grose.

DAFFODIL

DAFFODIL Daffo*dil, n. Etym: [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod?le), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. . The initial d in English is not satisfactorily explained. See Asphodel.] (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Asphodelus. (b) A plant of the genus Narcissus (N. Pseudo-narcissus). It has a bulbous root and beautiful flowers, usually of a yellow hue. Called also daffodilly, daffadilly, daffadowndilly, daffydowndilly, etc. With damasc roses and daffadowndillies set. Spenser. Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies, And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies. Spenser. A college gown That clad her like an April Daffodilly. Tennyson And chance-sown daffodil. Whittier.

DAFT

DAFT Daft, a. Etym: [OE. daft, deft, deft, stupid; prob. the same word as E. deft. See Deft.] 1. Stupid; folish; idiotic; also, delirious; insance; as, he has gone daft. Let us think no more of this daft business Sir W. Scott. 2. Gay; playful; frolicsome. [Scot.] Jamieson.

DAFTNESS

DAFTNESS Daftness, n. Defn: The quality of being daft.

DAG

DAG Dag, n. Etym: [Cf. F. dague, LL. daga, D. dagge (fr. French); all prob. fr. Celtic; Cf. Gael. dag a pistol, Armor. dag dagger, W. dager, dagr, Ir. daigear. Cf. Dagger.] 1. A dagger; a poniard. [Obs.] Johnson. 2. A large pistol formerly used. [Obs.] The Spaniards discharged their dags, and hurt some. Foxe. A sort of pistol, called dag, was used about the same time as hand guns and harquebuts. Grose. 3. (Zo?l.) Defn: The unbrunched antler of a young deer.

DAG

DAG Dag, n. Etym: [Of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. dagg, Icel. d?gg. sq. root71. See Dew.] Defn: A misty shower; dew. [Obs.]

DAG

DAG Dag, n. Etym: [OE. dagge (cf. Dagger); or cf. AS. dag what is dangling.] Defn: A loose end; a dangling shred. Daglocks, clotted locks hanging in dags or jags at a sheep's tail. Wedgwood.

DAG

DAG Dag, v. t. Etym: [1, from Dag dew. 2, from Dag a loose end.] 1. To daggle or bemire. [Prov. Eng.] Johnson. 2. To cut into jags or points; to slash; as, to dag a garment. [Obs.] Wright.

DAG

DAG Dag, v. i. Defn: To be misty; to drizzle. [Prov. Eng.]

DAG-TAILED

DAG-TAILED Dag-tailed`, a. Etym: [Dag a loose end + tail.] Defn: Daggle-tailed; having the tail clogged with daglocks. Dag- tailed sheep. Bp. Hall.

DAGGER

DAGGER Dagger, n. Etym: [Cf. OE. daggen to pierce, F. daguer. See Dag a dagger.] 1. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard, Stiletto, Bowie knife, Dirk, Misericorde, Anlace. 2. (Print.) Defn: A mark of reference in the form of a dagger [|]. It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; -- called also obelisk. Dagger moth (Zo?l.), any moth of the genus Apatalea. The larv? are often destructive to the foliage of fruit trees, etc. -- Dagger of lath, the wooden weapon given to the Vice in the old Moralities. Shak. -- Double dagger, a mark of reference [||] which comes next in order after the dagger. -- To look, or speak, daggers, to look or speak fiercely or reproachfully.

DAGGER

DAGGER Dagger, v. t. Defn: To pierce with a dagger; to stab. [Obs.]

DAGGER

DAGGER Dagger, n. Etym: [Perh. from diagonal.] Defn: A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame. Knight.

DAGGES

DAGGES Dagges, n. pl. Etym: [OE. See Dag a loose end.] Defn: An ornamental cutting of the edges of garments, introduced about a. d. 1346, according to the Chronicles of St Albans. [Obs.] Halliwell.

DAGGLE

DAGGLE Daggle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daggled; p. pr. & vb. n. Daggling.] Etym: [Freq. of dag, v. t., 1.] Defn: To trail, so as to wet or befoul; to make wet and limp; to moisten. The warrior's very plume, I say, Was daggled by the dashing spray. Sir W. Scott.

DAGGLE

DAGGLE Daggle, v. i. Defn: To run, go, or trail one's self through water, mud, or slush; to draggle. Nor, like a puppy [have I] daggled through the town. Pope.

DAGGLE-TAIL

DAGGLE-TAIL Daggle-tail`, n. Defn: A slovenly woman; a slattern; a draggle-tail.

DAGGLE-TAIL; DAGGLE

DAGGLE-TAIL; DAGGLE-TAILED Daggle-tail`, Daggle-tailed`, a. Defn: Having the lower ends of garments defiled by trailing in mire or filth; draggle-tailed.

DAGLOCK

DAGLOCK Daglock`, n. Etym: [Dag a loose and + lock.] Defn: A dirty or clotted lock of wool on a sheep; a taglock.

DAGO

DAGO Dago, n.; pl. Dagos. Etym: [Cf. Sp. Diego, E. James.] Defn: A nickname given to a person of Spanish (or, by extension, Portuguese or Italian) descent. [U. S.]

DAGOBA

DAGOBA Da*goba, n. Etym: [Singhalese dagoba.] Defn: A dome-shaped structure built over relics of Buddha or some Buddhist saint. [East Indies]

DAGON

DAGON Dagon, Etym: [Heb. Dagon, fr. dag a fish: cf. Gr. .] Defn: The national god of the Philistines, represented with the face and hands and upper part of a man, and the tail of a fish. W. Smith. This day a solemn feast the people hold To Dagon, their sea idol. Milton. They brought it into the house of Dagon. 1 Sam. v. 2.

DAGON

DAGON Dagon, n. Etym: [See Dag a loose end.] Defn: A slip or piece. [Obs.] Chaucer.

DAGSWAIN

DAGSWAIN Dagswain`, n. Etym: [From Dag a loose end] Defn: Acoarse woolen fabric made of daglocks, or the refuse of wool. Under coverlets made of dagswain. Holinshed.

DAGUERREAN; DAGUERREIAN

DAGUERREAN; DAGUERREIAN Da*guerre*an, Da*guerrei*an, a. Defn: Pertaining to Daguerre, or to his invention of the daguerreotype.

DAGUERREOTYPE

DAGUERREOTYPE Da*guerreo*type, n. Etym: [From Daguerre the inventor + -type.] 1. An early variety of photograph, produced on a silver plate, or copper plate covered with silver, and rendered sensitive by the action of iodine, or iodine and bromine, on which, after exposure in the camera, the latent image is developed by the vapor of mercury. 2. The process of taking such pictures.

DAGUERREOTYPE

DAGUERREOTYPE Da*guerreo*type, v. t. [imp. & p.p. Daguerreotyped; p. pr. & vb. n. Daguerreotyping.] 1. To produce or represent by the daguerreotype process, as a picture. 2. To impress with great distinctness; to imprint; to imitate exactly.

DAGUERREOTYPER; DAGUERREOTYPIST

DAGUERREOTYPER; DAGUERREOTYPIST Da*guerreo*ty`per, Da*guerreo*ty`pist, n. Defn: One who takes daguerreotypes.

DAGUERREOTYPY

DAGUERREOTYPY Da*guerreo*ty`py, n. Defn: The art or process of producing pictures by method of Daguerre.

DAHABEAH

DAHABEAH Da`ha*beah, n. Etym: [Ar.] Defn: A nile boat

DAHLIA

DAHLIA Dahlia, n.; pl. Dahlias. Etym: [Named after Andrew Dahl a Swedish botanist.] (Bot.) Defn: A genus of plants native to Mexico and Central America, of the order Composit?; also, any plant or flower of the genus. The numerous varieties of cultivated dahlias bear conspicuous flowers which differ in color.

DAHLIN

DAHLIN Dahlin, n. Etym: [From Dahlia.] (Chem.) Defn: A variety of starch extracted from the dahlia; -- called also inulin. See Inulin.

DAHOON

DAHOON Da*hoon (da*hoon), [Origin unknown.] Defn: An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex cassine) of the southern United States, bearing red drupes and having soft, white, close- grained wood; -- called also dahoon holly.

DAILINESS

DAILINESS Daili*ness, n. Defn: Daily occurence. [R.]

DAILY

DAILY Daily, a. Etym: [AS. d?glic; d?g day + -lic like. See Day.] Defn: Happening, or belonging to, each successive day; diurnal; as, daily labor; a daily bulletin. Give us this day our daily bread. Matt. vi. 11. Bunyan has told us . . . that in New England his dream was the daily subject of the conversation of thousands. Macaulay. Syn. -- Daily, Diurnal. Daily is Anglo-Saxon, and diurnal is Latin. The former is used in reference to the ordinary concerns of life; as, daily wants, daily cares, daily employments. The latter is appropriated chiefly by astronomers to what belongs to the astronomical day; as, the diurnal revolution of the earth. Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of Heaven on all his ways. Milton. Half yet remains unsung, but narrower bound Within the visible diurnal sphere. Milton.

DAILY

DAILY Daily, n.; pl. Dailies (. Defn: A publication which appears regularly every day; as, the morning dailies.

DAILY

DAILY Daily, adv. Defn: Every day; day by day; as, a thing happens daily.

DAIMIO

DAIMIO Daimi*o, n.; pl. Daimios. Etym: [Jap., fr. Chin. tai ming great name.] Defn: The title of the feudal nobles of Japan.daimyo The daimios, or territorial nobles, resided in Yedo and were divided into four classes. Am. Cyc.

DAINT

DAINT Daint, n. Etym: [See Dainty, n.] Defn: Something of exquisite taste; a dainty. [Obs.] -- a. Defn: Dainty. [Obs.] To cherish him with diets daint. Spenser.

DAINTIFY

DAINTIFY Dainti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Daintified; p. pr. & vb. n. Daintifying.] Etym: [Dainty + -fy.] Defn: To render dainty, delicate, or fastidious. Daintified emotion. Sat. rev.

DAINTILY

DAINTILY Dainti*ly, adv. Defn: In a dainty manner; nicely; scrupulously; fastidiously; deliciously; prettily.

DAINTINESS

DAINTINESS Dainti*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being dainty; nicety; niceness; elegance; delicacy; deliciousness; fastidiousness; squeamishness. The daintiness and niceness of our captains Hakluyt. More notorious for the daintiness of the provision . . . than for the massiveness of the dish. Hakewill. The duke exeeded in the daintiness of his leg and foot, and the earl in the fine shape of his hands, Sir H. Wotton.

DAINTREL

DAINTREL Daintrel, n. Etym: [From daint or dainty; cf. OF. daintier.] Defn: Adelicacy. [Obs.] Halliwell.

DAINTY

DAINTY Dainty, n.; pl. Dainties. Etym: [OE. deinie, dainte, deintie, deyntee, OF. deinti? delicacy, orig., dignity, honor, fr. L. dignitas, fr. dignus worthy. See Deign, and cf. Dignity.] 1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything. [Obs.] I ne told no deyntee of her love. Chaucer. 2. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy. That precious nectar may the taste renew Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost. Beau. & Fl. 3. A term of fondness. [Poetic] B. Jonson. Syn. -- Dainty, Delicacy. These words are here compared as denoting articles of food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and its table richly covered with dainties. These delicacies I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers, Walks and the melody of birds. Milton. [A table] furnished plenteously with bread, And dainties, remnants of the last regale. Cowper.

DAINTY

DAINTY Dainty, a. [Compar. Daintier; superl. Daintiest.] 1. Rare; valuable; costly. [Obs.] Full many a deynt? horse had he in stable. Chaucer. Note: Hence the proverb dainty maketh dearth, i. e., rarity makes a thing dear or precious. 2. Delicious to the palate; toothsome. Dainty bits Make rich the ribs. Shak. 3. Nice; delicate;elegant, in form, manner, or breeding; well-formed; neat; tender. Those dainty limbs which nature lent For gentle usage and soft delicacy. Milton. Iwould be the girdle. About her dainty, dainty waist. Tennyson. 4. Requirinig daintles. Hence; Overnice; hard to please; fastidious; sqrupulous; ceremonious. Thew were a fine and Dainty people. Bacon. And let us not be dainty of leave taking, But shift away. Shak. To make dainty, to assume or affect delicacy or fastidiousness. [Obs.] Ah ha, my mistresses! which of you all Will now deny to dance She that makes dainty, She, I'll swear, hath corns. Shak.

DAIRA

DAIRA Da?*ra, n. [Turk. daire circuit department, fr. Ar. da?rah circle.] Defn: Any of several valuable estates of the Egyptian khedive or his family. The most important are the Dai*ra Sani*eh, or Sani*yeh, and the Dai*ra Khassa, administered by the khedive's European bondholders, and known collectively as the Daira, or the Daira estates.

DAIRY

DAIRY Dairy, n.;pl. Dairies. Etym: [OE. deierie, from deie, daie, maid; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. deigja maid, dairymaid, Sw. deja, orig., a baking maid, fr. Icel. deig. Dough.] 1. The place, room, or house where milk is kept, and converted into butter or cheese. What stores my dairies and my folds contain. Dryden. 2. That department of farming which is concerned in the production of milk, and its conversion into butter and cheese. Grounds were turned much in England either to feeding or dairy; and this advanced the trade of English butter. Temple. 3. A dairy farm. [R.] Note: Dairy is much used adjectively or in combination; as, dairy farm, dairy countries, dairy house or dairyhouse, dairyroom, dairywork, etc.

DAIRYING

DAIRYING Dairy*ing, n. Defn: The business of conducting a dairy.

DAIRYMAID

DAIRYMAID Dairy*maid`, n. Defn: A female servant whose business is the care of the dairy.

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