Dictionary: DIN'AR-CHY – DI'O-CE-SAN

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DIN'AR-CHY, n. [Gr. δις and αρχη.]

A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in two persons.

DINE, v.i. [Sax. dynan, to dine. The Fr. diner, is supposed to be contracted from It. desinare, to dine, L. desino, to cease; in which case, dinner must have been so named from the intermission of business. The Saxon and the French, in this case, are probably from different sources. The Gr. has δαινυμαι, and θοιναω, to feast.]

To eat the chief meal of the day. This meal seems originally to have been taken about the middle of the day, at least in northern climates, as it still is by laboring people. Among people in the higher walks of life, and in commercial towns, the time of dining is from two to five or six o'clock in the afternoon.

DINE, v.t.

To give a dinner to; to furnish with the principal meal; to feed; as, the landlord dined a hundred men.

DIN'ED, pp.

Having eaten a dinner, or entertained with a dinner.

DI-NET'I-CAL, a. [Gr. δινητικος.]

Whirling round. [Not used.] – Brown.

DING, v.i.

To bluster; to bounce. [A low word.] – Arbuthnot.

DING, v.t. [pret. dung or dinged. Sax. denegan, to beat; Scot. ding, to drive or strike.]

To thrust or dash with violence. [Little used.] – Nash. Marston.


Words used to express the sound of bells. – Shak.

DIN'GI-NESS, n. [See Dingy.]

A dusky or dark hue; brownness.


A narrow dale or valley between hills. – Milton.


Hanging loosely, or something dangling. – Warton.

DIN'GY, a.

Soiled; sullied; of a dark color; brown; dusky; dun.

DIN'ING, ppr.

Eating the principal meal in the day; giving a dinner.


A room for a family or for company to dine in; a room for entertainments.

DIN'NED, pp.

Stunned with a loud noise.

DIN'NER, n. [Fr. diner; Ir. dinner. See Dine.]

  1. The meal taken about the middle of the day; or the principal meal of the day, eaten between noon and evening.
  2. An entertainment; a feast. Behold, I have prepared my dinner. – Matth. xxii.


Having no dinner. – Fuller.


The usual time of dining. – Pope.

DI-NO-THE'RI-UM, n. [Gr. δεινος, terrible, and θηριον, beast.]

A gigantic herbivorous, aquatic animal, fifteen or eighteen feet long; now extinct. – Buckland.

DINT, n. [Sax. dynt, a blow or striking. It may be connected with din and ding.]

  1. A blow; a stroke. – Milton.
  2. Force; violence; power exerted; as, to win by dint of arms, by dint of war, by dint of argument or importunity.
  3. The mark made by a blow; a cavity or impression made by a blow or by pressure on a substance; often pronounced dent. His hands had made a dint. – Dryden.

DINT, v.t.

To make a mark or cavity on a substance by a blow or by pressure. [See Indent.] – Donne.

DINT'ED, pp.

Marked by a blow or by pressure; as, deep dinted furrows. – Spenser.

DINT-ING, ppr.

Impression marks or cavities.


The act of numbering singly. [Little used.]

DI'O-CE-SAN, a. [See Diocese. The accent on the first and on the third syllable is nearly equal. The accent given to this word in the English books is wrong, almost to ridiculousness.]

Pertaining to a diocese.