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7. (Arith.) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.

8. (Algebra) State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b2c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.

9. (Trig.) A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds.

10. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.

11. (Mus.) A line or space of the staff. &hand; The short lines and their spaces are added degrees. Accumulation of degrees. (Eng. Univ.) See under Accumulation. -- By degrees, step by step; by little and little; by moderate advances. I 'll leave by degrees." Shak. -- Degree of a curve ∨ surface (Geom.), the number which expresses the degree of the equation of the curve or surface in rectilinear coördinates. A straight line will, in general, meet the curve or surface in a number of points equal to the degree of the curve or surface and no more. -- Degree of latitude (Geog.), on the earth, the distance on a meridian between two parallels of latitude whose latitudes differ from each other by one degree. This distance is not the same on different parts of a meridian, on account of the flattened figure of the earth, being 68.702 statute miles at the equator, and 69.396 at the poles. -- Degree of longitude, the distance on a parallel of latitude between two meridians that make an angle of one degree with each other at the poles -- a distance which varies as the cosine of the latitude, being at the equator 69.16 statute miles. -- To a degree, to an extreme; exceedingly; as, mendacious to a degree.

It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave to a degree on occasions when races more favored by nature are gladsome to excess. Prof. Wilson.

Degu

De"gu (?), n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A small South American rodent (Octodon Cumingii), of the family Octodontidæ.

Degust

De*gust" (?), v. t. [L. degustare: cf. F. déguster. See Gust to taste.] To taste. [Obs.] Cockeram.

Degustation

Deg`us*ta"tion (?), n. [L. degustatio: cf. F. dégustation.] (Physiol.) Tasting; the appreciation of sapid qualities by the taste organs. Bp. Hall.

Dehisce

De*hisce" (?), v. i. [L. dehiscere; de- + hiscere to gape.] To gape; to open by dehiscence.

Dehiscence

De*his"cence (?), n. [Cf. F. déhiscence.]

1. The act of gaping.

2. (Biol.) A gaping or bursting open along a definite line of attachment or suture, without tearing, as in the opening of pods, or the bursting of capsules at maturity so as to emit seeds, etc.; also, the bursting open of follicles, as in the ovaries of animals, for the expulsion of their contents.

Dehiscent

De*his"cent (?), a. [L. dehiscens, -entis, p. pr. Cf. F. déhiscent.] Characterized by dehiscence; opening in some definite way, as the capsule of a plant.

Dehonestate

De`ho*nes"tate (?), v. t. [L. dehonestatus, p. p. of dehonestare to dishonor; de- + honestare to make honorable. Cf. Dishonest, and see Honest.] To disparage. [Obs.]

Dehonestation

De*hon`es*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehonestatio.] A dishonoring; disgracing. [Obs.] Gauden.

Dehorn

De*horn" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dehorned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dehorning.] To deprive of horns; to prevent the growth or the horns of (cattle) by burning their ends soon after they start. See Dishorn. Dehorning cattle." Farm Journal (1886).

Dehors

De*hors" (?), prep. [F., outside.] (Law) Out of; without; foreign to; out of the agreement, record, will, or other instrument.

Dehors

De*hors", n. (Mil.) All sorts of outworks in general, at a distance from the main works; any advanced works for protection or cover. Farrow.

Dehort

De*hort" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dehorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Dehorting.] [L. dehortari; de- + hortari to urge, exhort.] To urge to abstain or refrain; to dissuade. [Obs.]
The apostles vehemently dehort us from unbelief. Bp. Ward.
Exhort" remains, but dehort, a word whose place neither dissuade" nor any other exactly supplies, has escaped us. Trench.

Dehortation

De`hor*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehortatio.] Dissuasion; advice against something. [R.]

Dehortative

De*hort"a*tive (?), a. Dissuasive. [R.]

Dehortatory

De*hort"a*to*ry (?), a. [L. dehortatorius.] Fitted or designed to dehort or dissuade. Bp. Hall.

Dehumanize

De*hu"man*ize (?), v. t. To divest of human qualities, such as pity, tenderness, etc.; as, dehumanizing influences.

Dehusk

De*husk" (?), v. t. To remove the husk from. [Obs.] Wheat dehusked upon the floor." Drant.

Dehydrate

De*hy"drate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of water; to render free from water; as, to dehydrate alcohol.

Dehydration

De`hy*dra"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or process of freeing from water; also, the condition of a body from which the water has been removed.

Dehydrogenate

De*hy"dro*gen*ate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of, or free from, hydrogen.

Dehydrogenation

De*hy`dro*gen*a"tion (?), n. (Chem.) The act or process or freeing from hydrogen; also, the condition resulting from the removal of hydrogen.

Deicide

De"i*cide (?), n. [L. deicida a deicide (in sense 2); deus god + cædere to cut, kill: cf. F. déicide.]

1. The act of killing a being of a divine nature; particularly, the putting to death of Jesus Christ. [R.]

Earth profaned, yet blessed, with deicide. Prior.

2. One concerned in putting Christ to death.

Deictic

Deic"tic (?), a. [Gr. serving to show or point out, fr. to show.] (Logic) Direct; proving directly; -- applied to reasoning, and opposed to elenchtic or refutative.

Deictically

Deic"tic*al*ly (?), adv. In a manner to show or point out; directly; absolutely; definitely.
When Christ spake it deictically. Hammond.

Deific, Deifical

De*if"ic (?), De*if"ic*al (?), a. [L. deificus; deus god + facere to make: cf. F. déifigue.] Making divine; producing a likeness to God; god-making. A deifical communion." Homilies.

Deification

De`i*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [LL. deificare to deify: cf. F. déification. See Deify.] The act of deifying; exaltation to divine honors; apotheosis; excessive praise.

Deified

De"i*fied (?), a. Honored or worshiped as a deity; treated with supreme regard; godlike.

Deifier

De"i*fi`er (?), n. One who deifies.

Deiform

De"i*form (?), a. [L. deus a god + -form.]

1. Godlike, or of a godlike form. Dr. H. More.

2. Conformable to the will of God. [R.] Bp. Burnet.

Deiformity

De`i*for"mi*ty (?), n. Likeness to deity. [Obs.]

Deify

De"i*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deifying.] [F. déifier, LL. deificare, fr. L. deificus. See Deific, Deity, -fy.]

1. To make a god of; to exalt to the rank of a deity; to enroll among the deities; to apotheosize; as, Julius Cæsar was deified.

2. To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard; as, to deify money.

He did again to extol and deify the pope. Bacon.

3. To render godlike.

By our own spirits are we deified. Wordsworth.

Deign

Deign (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deigned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Deigning.] [OE. deinen, deignen, OF. degner, deigner, daigner, F. daigner, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy, deign, fr. dignus worthy; akin to decere to be fitting. See Decent, and cf. Dainty, Dignity, Condign, Disdain.]

1. To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice; -- opposed to disdain. [Obs.]

I fear my Julia would not deign my lines. Shak.

2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to vouchsafe; to allow; to grant.

Nor would we deign him burial of his men. Shak.

Deign

Deign, v. i. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; -- followed by an infinitive.
Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet. Sir W. Scott.
Round turned he, as not deigning Those craven ranks to see. Macaulay.
In early English deign was often used impersonally.
Him deyneth not to set his foot to ground. Chaucer.

Deignous

Deign"ous (?), a. [For disdeignous, OF. desdeignos, desdaigneus, F. dédaigneux. See Disdain.] Haughty; disdainful. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Deil

Deil (?), n. Devil; -- spelt also deel. [Scot.] Deil's buckie. See under Buckie.

Deinoceras

Dei*noc"e*ras (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinoceras.

Deinornis

Dei*nor"nis (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinornis.

Deinosaur

Dei"no*saur (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinosaur.

Deinotherium

Dei`no*the"ri*um (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinotherium.

Deintegrate

De*in"te*grate (?), v. t. [L. deintegrare to impair; de- + integrare to make whole.] To disintegrate. [Obs.]

Deinteous, Deintevous

Dein"te*ous (?), Dein"te*vous (?), a. Rare; excellent; costly. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Deiparous

De*ip"a*rous (?), a. [L. deus a god + parere to bring forth.] Bearing or bringing forth a god; -- said of the Virgin Mary. [Obs.] Bailey.

Deipnosophist

Deip*nos"o*phist (?), n. [Gr. ; a meal + a wise man, sophist.] One of an ancient sect of philosophers, who cultivated learned conversation at meals.

Deis

De"is (?), n. See Dais.

Deism

De"ism (?), n. [L. deus god: cf. F. déisme. See Deity.] The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation. &hand; Deism is the belief in natural religion only, or those truths, in doctrine and practice, which man is to discover by the light of reason, independent of any revelation from God. Hence, deism implies infidelity, or a disbelief in the divine origin of the Scriptures.

Deist

De"ist (?), n. [L. deus god: cf. F. déiste. See Deity.] One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; a freethinker. &hand; A deist, as denying a revelation, is opposed to a Christian; as, opposed to the denier of a God, whether atheist or patheist, a deist is generally denominated theist. Latham. Syn. -- See Infidel.

Deistic, Deistical

De*is"tic (?), De*is"tic*al (?), a. Pertaining to, savoring of, or consisting in, deism; as, a deistic writer; a deistical book.
The deistical or antichristian scheme. I. Watts.

Deistically

De*is"tic*al*ly, adv. After the manner of deists.

Deisticalness

De*is"tic*al*ness, n. State of being deistical.

Deitate

De"i*tate (?), a. Deified. [Obs.] Granmer.

Deity

De"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Deities (#). [OE. deite, F. déité, fr. L. deitas, fr. deus a god; akin to divus divine, Jupiter, gen. Jovis, Jupiter, dies day, Gr. divine, , gen. , Zeus, Skr. dva divine, as a noun, god, daiva divine, dy sky, day, hence, the sky personified as a god, and to the first syllable of E. Tuesday, Gael. & Ir. dia God, W. duw. Cf. Divine, Journey, Journal, Tuesday.]

1. The collection of attributes which make up the nature of a god; divinity; godhead; as, the deity of the Supreme Being is seen in his works.

They declared with emphasis the perfect deity and the perfect manhood of Christ. Milman.

2. A god or goddess; a heathen god.

To worship calves, the deities
Of Egypt. Milton.
The Deity, God, the Supreme Being.
This great poet and philosopher [Simonides], the more he contemplated the nature of the Deity, found that he waded but the more out of his depth. Addison.

Deject

De*ject" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dejected; p. pr. & vb. n. Dejecting.] [L. dejectus, p. p. of dejicere to throw down; de- + jacere to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.]

1. To cast down. [Obs. or Archaic]

Christ dejected himself even unto the hells. Udall.
Sometimes she dejects her eyes in a seeming civility; and many mistake in her a cunning for a modest look. Fuller.

2. To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten.

Nor think, to die dejects my lofty mind. Pope.

Deject

De*ject", a. [L. dejectus, p. p.] Dejected. [Obs.]

Dejecta

De*jec"ta (?), n. pl. [NL., neut. pl. from L. dejectus, p. p.] Excrements; as, the dejecta of the sick.

Dejected

De*ject"ed, a. Cast down; afflicted; low-spirited; sad; as, a dejected look or countenance. -- De*ject"ed*ly, adv. -- De*ject"ed*ness, n.

Dejecter

De*ject"er (?), n. One who casts down, or dejects.

Dejection

De*jec"tion (?), n. [L. dejectio a casting down: cf. F. déjection.]

1. A casting down; depression. [Obs. or Archaic] Hallywell.

2. The act of humbling or abasing one's self.

Adoration implies submission and dejection. Bp. Pearson.

3. Lowness of spirits occasioned by grief or misfortune; mental depression; melancholy.

What besides, Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair, Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring. Milton.

4. A low condition; weakness; inability. [R.]

A dejection of appetite. Arbuthnot.

5. (Physiol.) (a) The discharge of excrement. (b) Fæces; excrement. Ray.

Dejectory

De*jec"to*ry (?), a. [L. dejector a dejecter.]

1. Having power, or tending, to cast down.

2. Promoting evacuations by stool. Ferrand.

Dejecture

De*jec"ture (?; 135), n. That which is voided; excrements. Arbuthnot.

Dejerate

Dej"er*ate (?), v. i. [L. dejeratus, p. p. of dejerare to swear; de- + jurare to swear.] To swear solemnly; to take an oath. [Obs.] Cockeram.

Dejeration

Dej`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. dejeratio.] The act of swearing solemnly. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

Déjeuné

Dé`jeu`né" (?), n. [F.] A déjeuner.
Take a déjeuné of muskadel and eggs. B. Jonson.

Déjeuner

Dé`jeu`ner" (?), n. [F. déjeuner breakfast, as a verb, to breakfast. Cf. Dinner.] A breakfast; sometimes, also, a lunch or collation.

De jure

De` ju"re (?). [L.] By right; of right; by law; -- often opposed to be facto.

Deka-

Dek"a- (?). (Metric System) A prefix signifying ten. See Deca-.

Dekagram

Dek"a*gram (?), n. Same as Decagram.

Dekaliter

Dek"a*li`ter (?), n. Same as Decaliter.

Dekameter

Dek"a*me`ter (?), n. Same as Decameter.

Dekastere

Dek"a*stere` (?), n. Same as Decastere.

Dekle

De"kle (?), n. (Paper Making) See Deckle.

Del

Del (?), n. [See Deal, n.] Share; portion; part. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Delaceration

De*lac`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. delacerare, delaceratum, to tear in pieces. See Lacerate.] A tearing in pieces. [Obs.] Bailey.

Delacrymation

De*lac`ry*ma"tion (?), n. [L. delacrimatio, fr. delacrimare to weep. See Lachrymation.] An involuntary discharge of watery humors from the eyes; wateriness of the eyes. [Obs.] Bailey.

Delactation

De`lac*ta"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- + L. lactare to suck milk, from lac milk.] The act of weaning. [Obs.] Bailey.

Delaine

De*laine" (?), n. [See Muslin delaine, under Muslin.] A kind of fabric for women's dresses.

Delamination

De*lam`i*na"tion (?), n. (Biol.) Formation and separation of laminæ or layers; one of the methods by which the various blastodermic layers of the ovum are differentiated. &hand; This process consists of a concentric splitting of the cells of the blastosphere into an outer layer (epiblast) and an inner layer (hypoblast). By the perforation of the resultant two-walled vesicle, a gastrula results similar to that formed by the process of invagination.

Delapsation

De`lap*sa"tion (?), n. See Delapsion. Ray.

Delapse

De*lapse" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Delapsed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Delapsing.] [L. delapsus, p. p. of delabi to fall down; de- + labi to fall or side.] To pass down by inheritance; to lapse. [Obs.]
Which Anne derived alone the right, before all other, Of the delapsed crown from Philip. Drayton.