Dictionary: DI-VULG'ER – DOCK

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One who divulges or reveals.


Disclosing; publishing; revealing.

DI-VUL'SION, n. [L. divulsio, from divellor; di, dis, and vello, to pull.]

The act of pulling or plucking away; a rending asunder. And dire divulsions shook the changing world. – J. Barlow.


That pulls asunder; that rends. – Kirwan.

DIZ'EN, v.t. [diz'n.]

To dress gayly; to deck. – Swift. [This word is not esteemed elegant, and is nearly obsolete. Its compound bedizen is used in burlesque.]

DIZZ, v.t. [See Dizzy.]

To astonish; to puzzle; to make dizzy. [Not used.] – Gayton.

DIZ'ZARD, n. [See Dizzy.]

A blockhead. [Not used.]

DIZ'ZI-ED, pp.

Whirled round; made dizzy.

DIZ'ZI-NESS, n. [See Dizzy.]

Giddiness; a whirling in the head; vertigo.

DIZ'ZY, a. [Sax. dysi or dysig, foolish; dysignesse, folly; dysian, to be foolish; gedisigan, to err; G. dusel, dizziness; duselig, dizzy; D. deuzig, stupid; dyzig, misty, hazy; Dan. taasse, a foolish person; qu. döser, to make sleepy.]

  1. Giddy; having a sensation of whirling in the head, with instability or proneness to fall; vertiginous.
  2. Causing giddiness; as, a dizzy highth.
  3. Giddy; thoughtless; heedless; as, the dizzy multitude. – Milton.

DIZ'ZY, v.t.

To whirl round; to make giddy; to confuse. – Shak.


Making dizzy.

DIZ'ZY-ING, ppr.

Whirling round; confusing.

DO, n.

In modern solfeggio, the name of the first of the musical syllables.

DO, v.i.

  1. To act or behave, in any manner, well or ill; to conduct one's self. They fear not the Lord, neither do they after the law and commandment. – 2 Kings xvii.
  2. To fare; to be in a state with regard to sickness or health. We asked him how he did. How do you do, or how do you? How dost thou? – Shak.
  3. To succeed; to accomplish a purpose. We shall do without him. Will this plan do? – Addison. Also, to fit; to be adapted; to answer the design; with for; as, this piece of timber will do for the corner post; this tenon will do for the mortise; the road is repaired and will do for the present. To have to do with, to have concern or business with; to deal with. Have little to do with jealous men. Also, to have carnal commerce with. Do is used for a verb to save the repetition of it. I shall probably come, but if I do not, you must not wait; that is, if I do not come, if I come not. Do is also used in the imperative, to express an urgent request or command; as, do come; help me, do; make haste, do. In this case, do is uttered with emphasis. As an auxiliary, do is used in asking questions. Do you intend to go? Does he wish me to come? Do is also used to express emphasis. She is coquetish, but still I do love her. Do is sometimes a mere expletive. This just reproach their virtue does excite. – Dryden. Expletives their feeble aid do join. – Pope. [The latter use of do is nearly obsolete.] Do is sometimes used by way of opposition; as, I did love him, but he has lost my affections.

DO, v.t. [or auxiliary; pret. did; pp. done, pronounced dun. This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus, I do, thou doest, he does or doth; when auxiliary, the second person is, thou dost. Sax. don; D. doen; G. thun; Goth. tauyan; Russ. deyu or dayu. This is probably a contracted word, for in Saxon dohte signifies made or did, as if the pret. of this verb. If the elements are dg, it coincides in elements with Sax. dugan, to be able, and with teagan, to taw, as leather.]

  1. To perform; to execute; to carry into effect; to exert labor or power for bringing any thing to the state desired, or to completion; or to bring any thing to pass. We say, this man does his work well; he does more in one day than some men will do in two days. In six days thou shalt do all thy work. – Ex. xx. I will teach you what ye shall do. – Ex iv. I the Lord do all these things. – Is. xiv.
  2. To practice; to perform; as, to do good or evil.
  3. To perform for the benefit or injury of another; with for or to; for, when the thing is beneficial; to, in either case. Till I know what God will do for me. – 1 Sam. xxii. Do to him neither good nor evil. But to is more generally omitted. Do him neither good nor harm.
  4. To execute; to discharge; to convey; as, do a message to the king.
  5. To perform; to practice; to observe. We lie and do not the truth. – 1 John i.
  6. To exert. Do thy diligence to come shortly to me. – 2 Tim. iv.
  7. To transact; as, to do business with another.
  8. To finish; to execute or transact and bring to a conclusion. The sense of completion is often implied in this verb; as, we will do the business and adjourn; we did the business and dined.
  9. To perform in an exigency; to have recourse to, as a consequential or last effort; to take a step or measure; as, in this crisis we know not what to do. What will ye do in the day of visitation? – Is. x.
  10. To make or cause. Nothing but death can do me to respire. [Obs.] – Spenser.
  11. To put. [Obs.] Who should do the duke to death? – Shak.
  12. To answer the purpose. I'll make the songs of Durfey do. To have to do, to have concern with. What have I to do with you? – 2 Sam. xvi. What have I to do any more with idols? – Hos. xiv. To do with, to dispose of; to make use of; to employ. Commerce is dull; we know not what to do with our ships. Idle men know not what to do with their time or with themselves. Also, to gain; to effect by influence. A jest with a sad brow will do with a fellow who never had the ache in his shoulders. – Shak. I can do nothing with this obstinate fellow. – Anon. Also, to have concern with; to have business; to deal. [See No. 12.] To do away, to remove; to destroy; as, to do away imperfections; to do away prejudices.

DOAT, v. [See DOTE.]


Teachableness; docility; readiness to learn. – Walton.

DO'CI-BLE, a. [See Docile.]

Teachable; docile; tractable; easily taught or managed. – Milton.

DO'CILE, a. [L. docilis, from doceo, to teach. Doceo and teach are the same word. See Teach.]

Teachable; easily instructed; ready to learn; tractable; easily managed. Some children are far more docile than others. Dogs are more docile than many other animals.


Teachableness; readiness to learn; aptness to be taught. The docility of elephants is remarkable.

DO'CI-MA-CY, n. [Gr. δοκιμασια. See the next word.]

The art or practice of assaying metals; metallurgy. – Med. Repos.

DO-CI-MAS'TIC, a. [Gr. δοκιμαςικος from δοκιμαζω, to try, essay, examine, from δοκιμος, proved, from δοκεω, to prove. Ch. רוק. Class Dg, No. 9.]

Properly, essaying, proving by experiments, or relating to the assaying of metals. The docimastic art is otherwise called metallurgy. It is the art of assaying metals, or the art of separating them from foreign matters, and determining the nature and quantity of metallic substances contained in any ore or mineral. – Lavoisier.

DOCK, n. [Sax docce; L. daucus; Gr. δαυκος; from Ar. Syr. Class Dg, No. 9.]

The popular name of certain species of Rumex.

DOCK, n.1

  1. The tail of a beast cut short or clipped; the stump of a tail; the solid part of the tail.
  2. A case of leather to cover a horse's dock. – Encyc.