Lexicon: dam – dancer

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dam, v. [see dam, n.] (webplay: make).

Stop; block; confine; refrain from escaping.

damage, n. [OFr < L. damnum, loss, hurt, damage.]

Harm; injury; loss; danger; trouble; (see Acts 27:10).

damask, adj. [see damask, n.] (webplay: silk).

  1. Red; rosy; [proper noun] Syrian; rose of Sharon originating from Damascus, Syria.
  2. Silky; luxurious; soft; [fig.] cocoon; safe haven.

damask, n. [Anglo Fr. < L. Damascus < Heb. 'silken'.]

Silk; linen fabric; cloth with raised floral designs; woven material from the city of Damascus in Syria; [fig.] elegance; luxury; wealth; high social standing.

dame (-s), n. [OFr < L. domina, lady, mistress.] (webplay: life).

An elegant woman; mistress of the house or family.

damsel, n. [early ME dameisele < L. domina; see dame, n.] (webplay: gentle, knight, lower, son, unmarried).

  1. Young girl; noble maiden; unmarried female of any class; (see Genesis 24:16).
  2. Woman; female; (see Matthew 26:69).

damsons, n. [ME damascene < L. Damascēnum for Prūnum Damascēnum, plum of Damascus.] (webplay: fruit).

Small black plum; fruit tree.

dance, n. [OFr.] (webplay: measure, more, motions, move, persons, tune).

  1. Carol; cycle; metrical movement; performance of exercise with music; pattern of steps in a round; ring of motion around a maypole.
  2. Rhythm; gesture; meter; cadence; turning; body language; graceful flight through space and time; [fig.] rhymed verse; lyric poetry; [metaphor] emotion; deep feeling; transcendent expression of life; (see Jeremiah 31:13).

dance (-d, -ing, -s), v. [OFr dance-r.] (webplay: down, leap, sound, tune, up).

  1. Float; flitter; move in the wind; fall in a delicate pattern; (see 1 Samuel 18:6).
  2. Glide; sail; sweep; fly through the air; [fig.] move in a circle; make an orbit.
  3. Keep time; move up and down; go back and forward in measured steps; [fig.] show a heart beat; breathe in and out rhythmically.
  4. Turn; spin; glide; pirouette; perform ballet; move with metrical movement.
  5. Jump; leap; skip; act energetically; run erratically; move upward and outward; [fig.] rejoice; exult; jubilate; jump for joy.
  6. Carol; circle; move around in a ring; travel in a pattern of steps; [metaphor] sing; hum; make music; [fig.] measure; count; keep time.
  7. Move freely; step in time; [fig.] live fully.
  8. Circulate; flow freely; [fig.] go throughout the body.

dancer, n. [see dance, v.]

Ballerina; [fig.] sun; [metaphor] person once living; human being who had been breathing, living, and moving.