Larger font
Smaller font
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary - Contents
  • Results
  • Related
  • Featured
No results found for: "".
  • Weighted Relevancy
  • Content Sequence
  • Relevancy
  • Earliest First
  • Latest First
    Larger font
    Smaller font


    DOLL, n. [Gr., an idol; to see.] A puppet or baby for a child; a small image in the human form, for the amusement of little girls.

    DOLLAR, n. [G.] A silver coin of Spain and of the United States, of the value of one hundred cents, or four shillings and sixpence sterling. The dollar seems to have been originally a German coin, and in different parts of Germany, the name is given to coins of different values.

    DOLOMITE, n. A variety of magnesian carbonate of lime, so called from the French geologist Dolomieu. Its structure is granular.

    DOLOR, n. [L.] Pain; grief; lamentation.

    DOLORIFEROUS, a. [L., pain; to produce.] Producing pain.

    DOLORIFIC, a. [L.]

    1. That causes pain or grief.NWAD DOLORIFIC.2

    2. Expressing pain or grief.NWAD DOLORIFIC.3

    DOLOROUS, a. [L., grief.]

    1. Sorrowful; doleful; dismal; impressing sorrow or grief; as a dolorous object; a dolorous region.NWAD DOLOROUS.2

    2. Painful; giving pain.NWAD DOLOROUS.3

    Their dispatch is quick, and less dolorous than the paw of the bear.NWAD DOLOROUS.4

    3. Expressing pain or grief; as dolorous sighs.NWAD DOLOROUS.5

    DOLOROUSLY, adv. Sorrowfully; in a manner to express pain.

    DOLPHIN, n. [Gr.]

    1. A genus of cetaceous fish, with teeth in both jaws, and a pipe in the head, comprehending the dolphin, the porpoise, the grampus and the beluga. But the fish to which seamen give this name, is the Coryphaena hippuris of Linne. It has a flat roundish snout and a tapering body, with a fin running along the back from the head to the tail, consisting of a coriaceous membrane with soft spines.NWAD DOLPHIN.2

    2. In ancient Greece, a machine suspended over the sea, to be dropped on any vessel passing under it.NWAD DOLPHIN.3

    DOLPHINET, n. A female dolphin.

    DOLT, n. [G.] A heavy, stupid fellow; a blockhead; to behave foolishly.

    DOLTISH, a. Dull in intellect; stupid; blockish; as a doltish clown.

    DOLTISHNESS, n. Stupidity.

    DOM, used as a termination, denotes jurisdiction, or property and jurisdiction; primarily, doom, judgment; as in kingdom, earldom. Hence it is used to denote state, condition or quality, as in wisdom, freedom.

    DOMAIN, n. [L.]

    1. Dominion; empire; territory governed, or under the government of a sovereign; as the vast domains of the Russian emperor; the domains of the British king.NWAD DOMAIN.2

    2. Possession; estate; as a portion of the kings domains.NWAD DOMAIN.3

    3. The land about the mansion house of a lord, and in his immediate occupancy. In this sense, the word coincides with demain, demesne.NWAD DOMAIN.4

    DOMAL, a. [L.] Pertaining to house in astrology.

    DOME, n. [Gr., a house, a plain roof. L.]

    1. A building; a house; a fabric; used in poetry.NWAD DOME.2

    2. A cathedral.NWAD DOME.3

    3. In architecture, a spherical roof, raised over the middle of a building; a cupola.NWAD DOME.4

    4. In chemistry, the upper part of a furnace, resembling a hollow hemisphere or small dome. This form serves to reflect or reverberate a part of the flame; hence these furnaces are called reverberating furnaces.NWAD DOME.5

    DOMESDAY. [See Doomsday.]

    DOMESMAN, n. [See Doom.] A judge; an umpire.

    DOMESTIC, a. [L., a house.]

    1. Belonging to the house, or home; pertaining to ones place of residence, and to the family; as domestic concerns; domestic life; domestic duties; domestic affairs; domestic contentions; domestic happiness; domestic worship.NWAD DOMESTIC.2

    2. Remaining much at home; living in retirement; as a domestic man or woman.NWAD DOMESTIC.3

    3. Living near the habitations of man; tame; not wild; as domestic animals.NWAD DOMESTIC.4

    4. Pertaining to a nation considered as a family, or to ones own country; intestine; not foreign; as domestic troubles; domestic dissensions.NWAD DOMESTIC.5

    5. Made in ones own house, nation or country; as domestic manufactures.NWAD DOMESTIC.6

    DOMESTIC, n. One who lives in the family of another, as a chaplain or secretary. Also, a servant or hired laborer, residing with a family.

    DOMESTICALLY, adv. In relation to domestic affairs.


    1. To make domestic; to retire from the public; to accustom to remain much at home; as, to domesticate ones self.NWAD DOMESTICATE.2

    2. To make familiar, as if at home.NWAD DOMESTICATE.3

    3. To accustom to live near the habitations of man; to tame; as, to domesticate wild animals.NWAD DOMESTICATE.4


    1. The act of withdrawing from the public notice and living much at home.NWAD DOMESTICATION.2

    2. The act of taming or reclaiming wild animals.NWAD DOMESTICATION.3

    DOMICIL, n. [L., a mansion.] An abode or mansion; a place of permanent residence, either of an individual or family; a residence, animo manendi.

    DOMICIL, DOMICILIATE, v.t. To establish a fixed residence, or a residence that constitutes habitancy.

    DOMICILED, DOMICILIATED, pp. Having gained a permanent residence or inhabitancy.

    DIMICILIARY, a. Pertaining to an abode, or the residence of a person or family. A domiciliary visit is a visit to a private dwelling, particularly for the purpose of searching it, under authority.

    DOMICILIATION, n. Permanent residence; inhabitancy.

    DOMICILING, DOMICILIATING, ppr. Gaining or taking a permanent residence.

    DOMIFY, v.t. [L., a house; to make.]

    1. In astrology, to divide the heavens into twelve houses, in order to erect a theme or horoscope, by means of six great circles, called circles of position.NWAD DOMIFY.2

    2. To tame. [Not in use and improper.]NWAD DOMIFY.3

    DOMINANT, a. [L., to rule; lord, master; a house; to overcome, to subdue.]

    1. Ruling; prevailing; governing; predominant; as the dominant party, or faction.NWAD DOMINANT.2

    2. In music, the dominant or sensible chord is that which is practiced on the dominant of the tone, and which introduces a perfect cadence. Every perfect major chord becomes a dominant chord, as soon as the seventh minor is added to it.NWAD DOMINANT.3

    DOMINANT, n. In music, of the three notes essential to the tone, the dominant is that which is a fifth from the tonic.

    DOMINATE, v.t. [L. See Dominant.] To rule; to govern; to prevail; to predominate over.

    We every where meet the Slavonian nations either dominant or dominated.NWAD DOMINATE.2

    DOMINATE, v.i. To predominate. [Little used.]

    DOMINATED, pp. Ruled; governed.

    DOMINATING, ppr. Ruling; prevailing; predominating.

    DOMINATION, n. [L.]

    1. The exercise of power in ruling; dominion; government.NWAD DOMINATION.2

    2. Arbitrary authority; tyranny.NWAD DOMINATION.3

    3. One highly exalted in power; or the fourth order of angelic beings.NWAD DOMINATION.4

    Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers.NWAD DOMINATION.5

    DOMINATIVE, a. Governing; also, imperious.


    1. A ruler or ruling power; the presiding or predominant power.NWAD DOMINATOR.2

    Jupiter and Mars are dominators for this northwest part of the world.NWAD DOMINATOR.3

    2. An absolute governor.NWAD DOMINATOR.4

    DOMINEER, v.i. [L. See Dominant.]

    1. To rule over with insolence or arbitrary sway.NWAD DOMINEER.2

    To domineer over subjects or servants is evidence of a low mind.NWAD DOMINEER.3

    2. To bluster; to hector; to swell with conscious superiority, or haughtiness.NWAD DOMINEER.4

    Go to the feast, revel and domineer.NWAD DOMINEER.5


    1. Ruling over with insolence; blustering; manifesting haughty superiority.NWAD DOMINEERING.2

    2. a. Overbearing.NWAD DOMINEERING.3

    DOMINICAL, a. [Low L., lord.]

    1. That notes the Lords day or Sabbath. The Dominical letter is the letter which, in almanacks, denotes the sabbath, or dies domini, the Lords day. The first seven letters of the alphabet are used for this purpose.NWAD DOMINICAL.2

    2. Noting the prayer of our Lord.NWAD DOMINICAL.3

    DOMINICAL, n. [infra.] The Lords day.

    DOMINICAN, a. or n. The Dominicans, or Dominican Friars, are an order of religious or monks, called also Jacobins, or Predicants, preaching friars; an order founded about the year 1215.

    DOMINION, n. [L. See Dominant.]

    1. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling.NWAD DOMINION.2

    The dominion of the Most High is an everlasting dominion. Daniel 4:34.NWAD DOMINION.3

    2. Power to direct, control, use and dispose of at pleasure; right of possession and use without being accountable; as the private dominion of individuals.NWAD DOMINION.4

    3. Territory under a government; region; country; district governed, or within the limits of the authority of a prince or state; as the British dominions.NWAD DOMINION.5

    4. Government; right of governing. Jamaica is under the dominion of Great Britain.NWAD DOMINION.6

    5. Predominance; ascendant.NWAD DOMINION.7

    6. An order of angels.NWAD DOMINION.8

    Whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. Colossians 1:16.NWAD DOMINION.9

    7. Persons governed.NWAD DOMINION.10

    Judah was his sanctuary; Israel his dominion. Psalm 114:2.NWAD DOMINION.11

    DOMINO, n. A kind of hood; a long dress; a masquerade dress.

    DOMITE, n. A mineral named from Dome in Auvergne, in France, of a white or grayish white color, having the aspect and gritty feel of a sandy chalk.

    DON. A title in Spain, formerly given to noblemen and gentlemen only, but now common to all classes. It is commonly supposed to be contracted from dominus, dom, and the Portuguese dono, the master or owner of any thing, gives some countenance to the opinion. It coincides nearly with Heb.: judge, ruler or lord. It was formerly used in England, and writter by Chaucer Dan. [See Spelman.]

    Dona, or duena, the feminine of don, is the title of a lady, in Spain and Portugal.NWAD DON.2

    DON, v.t. [To do on; opposed to doff.] To put on; to invest with.

    DONACITE, n. A petrified shell of the genus Donax.

    DONARY, n. [L., to give.] A thing given to a sacred use. [Little used.]

    DONATION, n. [L., to give.]

    1. The act of giving or bestowing; a grant.NWAD DONATION.2

    That right we hold by his donation.NWAD DONATION.3

    2. In law, the act or contract by which a thing or the use of it is transferred to a person, or corporation, as a free gift. To be valid, a donation supposes capacity both in the donor to give and donee to take, and requires consent, acceptance and delivery.NWAD DONATION.4

    3. That which is given or bestowed; that which is transferred to another gratuitously, or without a valuable consideration; a gift; a grant. Donation is usually applied to things of more value than present.NWAD DONATION.5

    Mr. Boudinot made a donation of ten thousand dollars to the American Bible Society.NWAD DONATION.6

    DONATISM, n. The doctrines of the Donatists.

    DONATIST, n. One of the sect founded by Donatus. They held that theirs was the only pure church, and that baptism and ordination, unless by their church, were invalid.

    DONATISTIC, a. Pertaining to Donatism.

    DONATIVE, n. [L., to give.]

    1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present; a dole.NWAD DONATIVE.2

    The Romans were entertained with shows and donatives.NWAD DONATIVE.3

    2. In the canon law, a benefice given and collated to a person, by the founder or patron, without either presentation, institution or induction by the ordinary.NWAD DONATIVE.4

    DONATIVE, a. Vested or vesting by donation; as a donative advowson.

    DONE, pp. Dun. [See Do.]

    1. Performed; executed; finished.NWAD DONE.2

    2. A word by which agreement to a proposal is expressed; as in laying a wager, an offer being made, the person accepting or agreeing says, done; that is, it is agreed, I agree, I accept.NWAD DONE.3

    DONEE, n. [L., to give.]

    1. The person to whom a gift or donation is made.NWAD DONEE.2

    2. The person to whom lands or tenements are given or granted; as a donee in fee-simple or fee-tail.NWAD DONEE.3

    DONJON or DONGEON. [See Dungeon.]

    DONNAT, n. [do and naught.] An idle fellow. [Not in use.]

    DONOR, n. [L., to give.]

    1. One who gives or bestows; one who confers any thing gratuitously; a benefactor.NWAD DONOR.2

    2. One who grants an estate; as, a conditional fee may revert to the donor, if the donee has no heirs of his body.NWAD DONOR.3

    DONSHIP, n. [See Don.] The quality or rank of a gentleman or knight.

    DONZEL, n. A young attendant; a page.

    DOODLE, n. A trifler; a simple fellow.

    DOOLE, [See Dole.]

    DOOM, v.t. [L., to esteem, and perhaps with the root of condemn. See Deem.]

    1. To judge. [Unusual.]NWAD DOOM.2

    Thou didst not doom so strictly.NWAD DOOM.3

    2. To condemn to any punishment; to consign by a decree or sentence; as, the criminal is doomed to chains.NWAD DOOM.4

    3. To pronounce sentence or judgment on.NWAD DOOM.5

    Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls.NWAD DOOM.6

    4. To command authoritatively.NWAD DOOM.7

    Have I a tongue to doom my brothers death.NWAD DOOM.8

    5. To destine; to fix irrevocably the fate or direction of; as, we are doomed to suffer for our sins and errors.NWAD DOOM.9

    6. To condemn, or to punish by a penalty.NWAD DOOM.10

    DOOM, n.

    1. Judgment; judicial sentence.NWAD DOOM.12

    To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied.NWAD DOOM.13

    Hence, the final doom is the last judgment.NWAD DOOM.14

    2. Condemnation; sentence; decree; determination affecting the fate or future state of another; usually a determination to inflict evil, sometimes otherwise.NWAD DOOM.15

    Revoke that doom of mercy.NWAD DOOM.16

    3. That state to which one is doomed, or destined. To suffer misery is the doom of sinners. To toil for subsistence is the doom of most men.NWAD DOOM.17

    4. Ruin; destruction.NWAD DOOM.18

    From the same foes, at last, both felt their doom.NWAD DOOM.19

    5. Discrimination. [Not used.]NWAD DOOM.20

    DOOMAGE, n. A penalty or fine for neglect.

    DOOMED, pp. Adjudged; sentenced; condemned; destined; fated.

    DOOMFUL, a. Full of destruction.

    DOOMING, ppr. Judging; sentencing; condemning; destining.

    DOOMSDAY, n. [doom and day.]

    1. The day of the final judgment; the great day when all men are to be judged and consigned to endless happiness or misery.NWAD DOOMSDAY.2

    2. The day of sentence or condemnation.NWAD DOOMSDAY.3

    DOOMSDAY-BOOK, DOMESDAY-BOOK, n. A book compiled by order of William the Conqueror, containing a survey of all the lands in England. It consists of two volumes; a large folio, and a quarto. The folio contains 382 double pages of vellum, written in a small but plain character. The quarto contains 450 double pages of vellum, written in a large fair character.

    DOOR, n. [G., Gr.]

    1. An opening or passage into a house, or other building, or into any room, apartment or closet, by which persons enter. Such a passage is seldom or never called a gate.NWAD DOOR.2

    2. The frame of boards, or any piece of board or plank that shuts the opening of a house or closes the entrance into an apartment or any inclosure, and usually turning on hinges.NWAD DOOR.3

    3. In familiar language, a house; often in the plural, doors. My house is the first door from the corner. We have also the phrases, within doors, in the house; without doors, out of the house, abroad.NWAD DOOR.4

    4. Entrance; as the door of life.NWAD DOOR.5

    5. Avenue; passage; means of approach or access. An unforgiving temper shuts the door against reconciliation, or the door of reconciliation.NWAD DOOR.6

    I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. John 10:9.NWAD DOOR.7

    A door was opened to me of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 2:12.NWAD DOOR.8

    To lie at the door, in a figurative sense, is to be imputable or chargeable to one. If the thing is wrong, the fault lies at my door.NWAD DOOR.9

    Next door to, near to; bordering on.NWAD DOOR.10

    A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult.NWAD DOOR.11

    Out of door or doors, quite gone; no more to be found. [Not now used.]NWAD DOOR.12

    In doors, within the house; at home.NWAD DOOR.13

    DOOR-CASE, n. The frame which incloses a door.

    DOORING, n. A door-case. [Not used.]

    DOOR-KEEPER, n. A porter; one who guards the entrance of a house or apartment.

    DOOR-NAIL, n. The nail on which the knocker formerly struck.

    DOOR-POST, n. The post of a door.

    DOOR-STEAD, n. Entrance or place of a door.

    DOQUET, n. Doket. A warrant; a paper granting license. [See Docket.]

    DOR, DORR, n. The name of the black-beetle, or the hedgechafer, a species of Scarabaeus. We usually say, the dor-beetle.

    DORADO, n.

    1. A southern constellation, containing six stars, called also xiphias; not visible in our latitude.NWAD DORADO.2

    2. A large fish resembling the dolphin.NWAD DORADO.3

    DOREE, n. A fish of the genus Zeus. It is called also faber, and gallus marinus. The body is oval and greatly compressed on the sides; the head is large and the snout long.

    DORIAN, a. Pertaining to Doris in Greece. [See Doric.]

    DORIC, a. [from Doris in Greece.] in general, pertaining to Doris, or the Dorians, in Greece, who dwelt near Parnassus.

    In architecture, noting the second order of columns, between the Tuscan and Ionic. The Doric order is distinguished for simplicity and strength. It is used in the gates of cities and citadels, on the outside of churches, etc.NWAD DORIC.2

    The Doric dialect of the Greek language was the dialect of the Dorians, and little different from that of Lacedemon.NWAD DORIC.3

    The Doric mode, in music, was the first of the authentic modes of the ancients. Its character is to be severe, tempered with gravity and joy.NWAD DORIC.4

    DORICISM, DORISM, n. A phrase of the Doric dialect.

    DORMANCY, n. [infra.] Quiescence.

    DORMANT, a. [L., to sleep.]

    1. Sleeping; hence, at rest; not in action; as dormant passions.NWAD DORMANT.2

    2. Being in a sleeping posture; as the lion dormant, in heraldry.NWAD DORMANT.3

    3. Neglected; not used; as a dormant title; dormant privileges.NWAD DORMANT.4

    4. Concealed; not divulged; private. [Unusual.]NWAD DORMANT.5

    5. Leaning; inclining; not perpendicular; as a dormant window, supposed to be so called form a beam of that name. This is now written dormer or dormar.NWAD DORMANT.6

    DORMANT, n. A beam; a sleeper.

    DORMAR, n. A beam; a sleeper.

    DORMAR, DORMAR-WINDOW, n. A window in the roof of a house, or above the entablature, being raised upon the rafters.

    DORMITIVE, n. [L., to sleep.] A medicine to promote sleep; an opiate.

    DORMITORY, n. [L., to sleep.]

    1. A place, building or room to sleep in.NWAD DORMITORY.2

    2. A gallery in convents divided into several cells, where the religious sleep.NWAD DORMITORY.3

    3. A burial place.NWAD DORMITORY.4

    DORMOUSE, n. plu. Dormice. [L., to sleep and mouse.] An animal of the mouse kind, which makes a bed of moss or dry leaves, in a hollow tree or under shrubs, lays in a store of nuts or other food, and on the approach of cold weather, rolls itself in a ball and sleeps the greatest part of the winter.

    DORN, n. [G., thorn.] A fish.

    DORON, n. [Gr., a gift.]

    1. A gift; a present. [Not in use.]NWAD DORON.2

    2. A measure of three inches.NWAD DORON.3

    DORP, n. [G.] A small village.

    DORR. [See Dor.]

    DORR, v.t. To deafen with noise. [Not in use.]

    DORRER, n. A drone. [Not in use.]

    DORSAL, a. [L., the back.] Pertaining to the back; as the dorsal fin of a fish; dorsal awn, in botany.

    DORSE, n. A canopy.

    DORSEL, n. [See Dosser.]

    DORSIFEROUS, DORSIPAROUS, a. [L., the back; to bear.] In botany, bearing or producing seeds on the back of their leaves; an epithet given to ferns or plants of the capillary kind without stalks.

    DORSUM, n. [L.] The ridge of a hill.

    DORTURE, n. [contraction of dormiture.] A dormitory. [Not in use.]

    DOSE, n. [Gr., that which is give; to give.]

    1. The quantity of medicine give or prescribed to be taken at one time.NWAD DOSE.2

    2. Any thing given to be swallowed; any thing nauseous, that one is obliged to take.NWAD DOSE.3

    3. A quantity; a portion.NWAD DOSE.4

    4. As much as a man can swallow.NWAD DOSE.5

    DOSE, v.t.

    1. To proportion a medicine properly to the patient or disease; to form into suitable doses.NWAD DOSE.7

    2. To give in doses; to give medicine or physic.NWAD DOSE.8

    3. To give any thing nauseous.NWAD DOSE.9

    DOSSER, n. A pannier, or basket, to be carried on the shoulders of men.

    DOSSIL, n. In surgery, a pledget or portion of lint made into a cylindric form, or the shape of a date.

    Larger font
    Smaller font