Dictionary: DOC'TRIN-AL-LY – DOD'MAN

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In the form of doctrine or instruction; by way of teaching or positive direction. – Ray.

DOC'TRINE, n. [L. doctrina, from doceo, to teach.]

  1. In a general sense, whatever is taught. Hence, a principle or position in any science; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles. The doctrines of Plato are the principles which he taught. Hence, a doctrine may be true or false; it may be a mere tenet or opinion.
  2. The act of teaching. He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine. – Mark iv.
  3. Learning; knowledge. Whom shall he make to understand doctrine? – Isa. xxviii.
  4. The truths of the gospel in general. That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. – Tit. ii.
  5. Instruction and confirmation in the truths of the gospel. – 2 Tim. iii.

DOC'U-MENT, n. [L. documentum, from doceo, to teach.]

  1. Precept; instruction; direction. – Bacon. Watts.
  2. Dogmatical precept; authoritative dogma.
  3. More generally, in present usage, written instruction, evidence or proof; any official or authoritative paper containing instructions or proof, for information and the establishment of facts. Thus, the president laid before congress the report of the secretary, accompanied with all the documents.

DOC'U-MENT, v.t.

  1. To furnish with documents; to furnish with instructions and proofs, or with papers necessary to establish facts. A ship should be documented according to the directions of law.
  2. To teach; to instruct; to direct. – Dryden.


Pertaining to instruction or to documents; consisting in or derived from documents; as, documental testimony. – Court Martial on Gen. Wilkinson.


Pertaining to written evidence; consisting in documents.


Furnished with papers and documents, necessary to establish facts.

DOD'DER, n. [G. dotter.]

A plant of the genus Cuscuta, one species of which is called hell-weed. It is almost destitute of leaves, parasitical, creeping and fixing itself to some other plant, as to hops, flax, and particularly to the nettle. It decays at the root, and is nourished by the plant that supports it, by means of little vesicles or papillæ, which attach themselves to the stalk. – Hill. Encyc.


Overgrown with dodder; covered with supercrescent plants. – Johnson. Dryden.

DO-DEC'A-GON, n. [Gr. δωδεκα, twelve, and γωμια, an angle.]

A regular figure or polygon, consisting of twelve equal sides and angles. – Encyc.

DO-DEC'A-GYN, n. [Gr. δωδεκα, twelve, and γυνη, a female.]

In botany, a plant having twelve pistils.


Having twelve pistils.

DO-DEC-A-HE'DRAL, a. [infra.]

Pertaining to a dodecahedron; consisting of twelve equal sides.

DO-DEC-A-HE'DRON, n. [Gr. δωδεκα, twelve, and ἑδρα, a base.]

A regular solid contained under twelve equal and regular pentagons, or having twelve equal bases. – Chambers.

DO-DE-CAN'DER, n. [Gr. δωδεκα, twelve, and ανηρ, a male.]

In botany, a plant having twelve stamens; one of the class Dodecandria. But this class includes all plants that have any number of stamens from twelve to nineteen inclusive. – Linnæus.


Pertaining to the plants or class of plants that have twelve stamens, or from twelve to nineteen. – Lee.

DO-DEC-A-TE-MO'RI-ON, n. [Gr. composed of δωδεκατος, twelfth, and μοριον, part.]

A twelfth part. [Little used.] – Creech.


A denomination sometimes given to each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. – Burton.

DODGE, v.i. [doj; from some root signifying to shoot, dart or start, and not improbably from the same root as dog, as d is not radical.]

  1. To start suddenly aside; to shift place by a sudden start. – Milton.
  2. To play tricks; to be evasive; to use tergiversation; to play fast and loose; to raise expectations and disappoint them; to quibble. – Hale. Addison.

DODGE, v.t.

To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed; to dodge a cannon ball. [This is a common word, very expressive and useful, but not admissible in solemn discourse or elegant composition.]

DODG'ED, pp.

Evaded by a sudden shift of place.


One who dodges or evades.

DODG'ING, ppr.

Starting aside; evading.

DOD'KIN, n. [doit, D. duit, and kin.]

A little doit; a small coin.


A fish that casts its shell like the lobster and crab. – Bacon.