Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
Dol"phin (?), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, & 5), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. womb, Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. Dauphin, Delphine.]
1. (Zool.) (a) A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (esp. D. delphis); the true dolphin. (b) The Coryphæna hippuris, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. See Coryphænoid.
&hand; The dolphin of the ancients (D. delphis) is common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a length of from six to eight feet.
2. [Gr. ] (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel.
3. (Naut.) (a) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage. (b) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables. R. H. Dana. (c) A mooring post on a wharf or beach. (d) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale.
Ham. Nav. Encyc.
4. (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which the gun was lifted.
5. (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus, n.,
Dolphin fly (Zoöl.), the black, bean, or collier, Aphis (Aphis fable), destructive to beans. -- Dolphin striker (Naut.), a short vertical spar under the bowsprit.