Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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.
De"gu (?), n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A small South American rodent (Octodon Cumingii), of the family Octodontidæ.
De*gust" (?), v. t. [L. degustare: cf. F. déguster. See Gust to taste.] To taste. [Obs.]
Deg`us*ta"tion (?), n. [L. degustatio: cf. F. dégustation.] (Physiol.) Tasting; the appreciation of sapid qualities by the taste organs.
De*hisce" (?), v. i. [L. dehiscere; de- + hiscere to gape.] To gape; to open by 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.
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.
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.]
De*hon`es*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehonestatio.] A dishonoring; disgracing. [Obs.]
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).
De*hors" (?), prep. [F., outside.] (Law) Out of; without; foreign to; out of the agreement, record, will, or other instrument.
De*hors", n. (Mil.) All sorts of outworks in general, at a distance from the main works; any advanced works for protection or cover.
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.
Exhort" remains, but dehort, a word whose place neither dissuade" nor any other exactly supplies, has escaped us.
De`hor*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dehortatio.] Dissuasion; advice against something. [R.]
De*hort"a*tive (?), a. Dissuasive. [R.]
De*hort"a*to*ry (?), a. [L. dehortatorius.] Fitted or designed to dehort or dissuade.
De*hort"er (?), n. A dissuader; an adviser to the contrary. [Obs.]
De*hu"man*ize (?), v. t. To divest of human qualities, such as pity, tenderness, etc.; as, dehumanizing influences.
De*husk" (?), v. t. To remove the husk from. [Obs.] Wheat dehusked upon the floor."
De*hy"drate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of water; to render free from water; as, to dehydrate alcohol.
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.
De*hy"dro*gen*ate (?), v. t. (Chem.) To deprive of, or free from, hydrogen.
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.
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.
2. One concerned in putting Christ to death.
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.
Deic"tic*al*ly (?), adv. In a manner to show or point out; directly; absolutely; definitely.
When Christ spake it deictically.
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."
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.
De"i*fied (?), a. Honored or worshiped as a deity; treated with supreme regard; godlike.
De"i*fi`er (?), n. One who deifies.
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.]
De`i*for"mi*ty (?), n. Likeness to deity. [Obs.]
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.
3. To render godlike.
By our own spirits are we deified.
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.
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.
Deign, v. i. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; -- followed by an infinitive.
O deign to visit our forsaken seats.
Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet.
Sir W. Scott.
Round turned he, as not deigning
Those craven ranks to see.
In early English deign was often used impersonally.
Him deyneth not to set his foot to ground.
Deign"ous (?), a. [For disdeignous, OF. desdeignos, desdaigneus, F. dédaigneux. See Disdain.] Haughty; disdainful. [Obs.]
Deil (?), n. Devil; -- spelt also deel. [Scot.]
Deil's buckie. See under Buckie.
Dei*noc"e*ras (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinoceras.
Dei*nor"nis (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinornis.
Dei"no*saur (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinosaur.
Dei`no*the"ri*um (?), n. [NL.] (Paleon.) See Dinotherium.
De*in"te*grate (?), v. t. [L. deintegrare to impair; de- + integrare to make whole.] To disintegrate. [Obs.]
Dein"te*ous (?), Dein"te*vous (?), a. Rare; excellent; costly. [Obs.]
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.]
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.
De"is (?), n. See Dais.
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.
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.
Syn. -- See Infidel.
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.
De*is"tic*al*ly, adv. After the manner of deists.
De*is"tic*al*ness, n. State of being deistical.
De"i*tate (?), a. Deified. [Obs.]
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.
2. A god or goddess; a heathen god.
To worship calves, the deities
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.
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.
Sometimes she dejects her eyes in a seeming civility; and many mistake in her a cunning for a modest look.
2. To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten.
Nor think, to die dejects my lofty mind.
De*ject", a. [L. dejectus, p. p.] Dejected. [Obs.]
De*jec"ta (?), n. pl. [NL., neut. pl. from L. dejectus, p. p.] Excrements; as, the dejecta of the sick.
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.
De*ject"er (?), n. One who casts down, or dejects.
De*jec"tion (?), n. [L. dejectio a casting down: cf. F. déjection.]
1. A casting down; depression. [Obs. or Archaic]
2. The act of humbling or abasing one's self.
Adoration implies submission and dejection.
3. Lowness of spirits occasioned by grief or misfortune; mental depression; melancholy.
Of sorrow, and dejection, and despair,
Our frailty can sustain, thy tidings bring.
4. A low condition; weakness; inability. [R.]
A dejection of appetite.
5. (Physiol.) (a) The discharge of excrement. (b) Fæces; excrement.
De*ject"ly (?), adv. Dejectedly. [Obs.]
De*jec"to*ry (?), a. [L. dejector a dejecter.]
1. Having power, or tending, to cast down.
2. Promoting evacuations by stool.
De*jec"ture (?; 135), n. That which is voided; excrements.
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.]
Dej`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. dejeratio.] The act of swearing solemnly. [Obs.]
Dé`jeu`né" (?), n. [F.] A déjeuner.
Take a déjeuné of muskadel and eggs.
Dé`jeu`ner" (?), n. [F. déjeuner breakfast, as a verb, to breakfast. Cf. Dinner.] A breakfast; sometimes, also, a lunch or collation.
De` ju"re (?). [L.] By right; of right; by law; -- often opposed to be facto.
Dek"a- (?). (Metric System) A prefix signifying ten. See Deca-.
Dek"a*gram (?), n. Same as Decagram.
Dek"a*li`ter (?), n. Same as Decaliter.
Dek"a*me`ter (?), n. Same as Decameter.
Dek"a*stere` (?), n. Same as Decastere.
De"kle (?), n. (Paper Making) See Deckle.
Del (?), n. [See Deal, n.] Share; portion; part. [Obs.]
De*lac`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. delacerare, delaceratum, to tear in pieces. See Lacerate.] A tearing in pieces. [Obs.]
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.]
De`lac*ta"tion (?), n. [Pref. de- + L. lactare to suck milk, from lac milk.] The act of weaning. [Obs.]
De*laine" (?), n. [See Muslin delaine, under Muslin.] A kind of fabric for women's dresses.
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.
De`lap*sa"tion (?), n. See Delapsion.
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.