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DAS'TARD-LI-NESS, n. [from dastardly.]

Cowardliness. – Barrett.


Cowardly; meanly timid; base; sneaking. – Herbert.


Cowardliness; mean timorousnous.


Cowardliness; base timidity.

DA'TA, n. [plur. L. data, given.]

Things given, or admitted; quantities, principles or facts given, known, or admitted, by which to find things or results unknown.

DA'TA-RY, n.

  1. An officer of the chancery of Rome, who affixes the datum Romæ to the pope's bulls.
  2. The employment of a datary.

DATE, n.1 [Fr. date; It. and Sp. data; L. datum, given, from do, to give; Sans. da, datu.]

  1. That addition to a writing which specifies the year, month and day when it was given or executed. In letters, it notes the time when they are written or sent; in deeds, contracts, wills and other papers, it specifies the time of execution, and usually the time from which they are to take effect and operate on the rights of persons. To the date is usually added the name of the place where a writing is executed, and this is sometimes included in the term date.
  2. The time when any event happened, when any thing was transacted, or when any thing is to be done; as, the date of a battle; the date of Cesar's arrival in Britain.
  3. End; conclusion. [Unusual.] What time would spare, from steel receives its date. – Pope.
  4. Duration; continuance; as, ages of endless date. – Milton.

DATE, n.2 [Fr. datte, for dacte; It. dattero; Sp. datil; L. dactylus; Gr. δακτυλος.]

The fruit of the great palm-tree, or date-tree, the Phœnix dactylifera. This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an acorn, composed of a thin light glossy membrane, somewhat pellucid and yellowish, containing a soft pulpy fruit, firm and sweet, esculent and wholesome, and in this is inclosed a hard kernel. – Encyc.

DATE, v.i.

  1. To reckon.
  2. To begin; to have origin. The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms. – E. Everett.

DATE, v.t.

  1. To write or note the time when a letter is written, or a writing executed; to express, in an instrument, the year, month and day of its execution, and usually the place; as, to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter.
  2. To note or fix the time of an event or transaction. Historians date the fulfillment of a prophecy at different periods.
  3. To note the time when something begins; as, to date a disease or a calamity from a certain cause.

DAT'ED, pp.

Having the time of writing or execution specified; having the time of happening noted.


Having no date; having no fixed term. – Shak.

DAT'ER, n.

One that dates.


The tree that bears dates; the great palm-tree.

DAT'ING, ppr.

Expressing the time of writing, or of executing a paper or instrument; noting the time of happening, or originating.

DA'TIVE, a. [L. dativus, from do, to give.]

In grammar, the epithet of the case of nouns, which usually follows verbs that express giving, or some act directed to an object. Thus, datur tibi, it is given to you; missum est illi, it was sent to him; fecit mihi, he made or did to or for me; loquebatur illis, he spoke to them. It also follows other words expressing something to be given to a person, or for his benefit; as, utilis vobis, useful to you. In English, this relation is expressed by to or for. Dative executor, in law, one appointed by the judge of probate; an administrator.


The silicious borate of lime, a mineral of two subspecies, the common, and the botryoidal. The common is of a white color, of various shades, and greenish gray. It occurs in granular distinct concretions, and crystalized. The botryoidal occurs in mammillary concretions, or in botryoidal masses, white and earthy. It is named from its want of transparency. – Ure. Phillips.

DA'TUM, n. [L.]

Something given or admitted. [See Data.]

DA-TU'RI-NA, or DA-TU'RI-A, n. [or DAT'U-RINE.]

An alkaloid obtained from Datura Stramonium, now supposed to be identical with Atropina.

DAUB, v.i.

To practice gross flattery; to play the hypocrite. – Shak.

DAUB, v.t. [W. dwbiaw, to daub; dwb, mortar; Ir. dobhaimh, to daub; doib, plaster; allied probably to Fr. dauber, to strike, that is, to throw or put on, and the root of this word probably occurs contracted in the L. induo.]

  1. To smear with soft adhesive matter; to plaster; to cover with mud, slime, or other soft substance. She took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch. – Ex. ii. I will break down the wall ye have daubed with untempered mortar. – Ezek. xiii.
  2. To paint coarsely. If a picture is daubed with many bright colors, the vulgar admire it. – Watts.
  3. To cover with something gross or specious; to disguise with an artificial covering. So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue. – Shak.
  4. To lay or put on without taste; to deck awkwardly or ostentatiously, or to load with affected finery. Let him be daubed with lace. – Dryden.
  5. To flatter grossly. Conscience will not daub nor flatter. – South.

DAUB'ED, pp.

Smeared with soft adhesive matter; plastered; painted coarsely; disguised; loaded with ill chosen finery.


One who daubs; a coarse painter; a low and gross flatterer.


A daubing; any thing artful. – Shak.


Plastering; coarse painting; gross flattery.