Dictionary: DAUB'ING – DAWN

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Plastering; painting coarsely; disguising clumsily; decking ostentatiously; flattering grossly.

DAUB'Y, a.

Viscous; glutinous; slimy; adhesive. – Dryden.

DAUGH'TER, n. [daw'ter; Sax. dohter; D. dogter; G. tochter; Sw. and Dan. dotter; Gr. θυγατηρ; Goth. dauhtar; Russ. doch; Pers. دُخْتَرْ dochtar, a daughter; also, دُختْ docht, daughter, and a virgin; also, strength, power; Sans. dugida or duhita. The latter words coincide with the Sax. dugan, to avail, to be good; dugoth, strength, grace, L. decus. See Decency.]

  1. The female offspring of a man or woman; a female child of any age.
  2. A daughter in law; a son's wife. – Ruth iii.
  3. A woman; plur. female inhabitants. Dinah went out to see the daughters of the land. – Gen. xxxiv.
  4. A female descendant; lineage of females. – Luke i.
  5. The female penitent of a confessor. – Shak. This word is used in Scripture for the inhabitants of a city or country, male and female. – Is. xvi.2. Matth. xxi. Also, a term of affection or kindness. Daughter, be of good comfort. – Matth. ix.


  1. The state of a daughter. – More.
  2. The conduct becoming a daughter.


Becoming a daughter; dutiful. – Cavendish.

DAUNT, v.t. [In Scot. dant, danton, signify to subdue. In Dan. daaner, Sw. dåna, signifies to faint or swoon. Qu. L. domito, Fr. dompter, contracted.]

To repress or subdue courage; to intimidate; to dishearten; to check by fear of danger. It expresses less than fright and terrify. Some presences daunt and discourage us. – Glanville.


Checked by fear; intimidated.


Repressing courage; intimidating; disheartening.


Bold; fearless; intrepid; not timid; not discouraged; as, a dauntless hero; a dauntless spirit.


In a bold, fearless manner. – Kirby.


Fearlessness; intrepidity.

DAU'PHIN, n. [Fr. dauphin, a dolphin; L. delphin, delphinus; Gr. δελφιν; It. delfino; Sp. delfin.]

The eldest son of the king of France, and presumptive heir of the crown.


The wife or lady of the dauphin.


A sect, so called from David George, who, in the sixteenth century, gave out that he was the Messiah, rejected marriage, and denied the resurrection.


A new Vesuvian mineral, of a hexahedral form and laminar texture; so called in honor of Sir H. Davy. – Journ. of Science.

DAV'IT, n.

A beam used on board of ships, as a crane to hoist the flukes of the anchor to the top of the bow, without injuring the sides of the ship; an operation called fishing the anchor.

DAW, n.

A word that is found in the compound names of many species of birds; as, the jackdaw; the blue daw; the purple daw.

DAW, v.i.

To dawn. [Not in use. See Dawn.]

DAW'DLE, v.i.

To waste time; to trifle. [Obs.]


A trifler. [Obs.]

DAW'ISH, adv.

Like a daw.

DAWK, n.

A hollow, rupture, or incision in timber. [Local.] – Moxon.

DAWK, v.t.

To cut or mark with an incision. [I know not that this word is used in America.]

DAWN, n.

  1. The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning. They arose about the dawn of day. – Josh vi. The word may express the whole time from the first appearance of light to sunrise.
  2. First opening or expansion; first appearance of intellectual light; as, the dawn of genius, intellect, or mental powers.
  3. Beginning; rise; first appearance; as, the dawn of time. – Shak.
  4. A feeble or incipient light; first beams. These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of serenity over the soul. – Pope.

DAWN, v.i. [Sax. dagian; G. tagen; D. daagen; Sw. dagas; from the root of day, which see. The primary sense is to shoot, as rays; hence, to open or expand, to shine. We observe in this word, the n of the Saxon infinitive is retained.]

  1. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns. It began to dawn toward the first day of the week. – Matth. xxviii.
  2. To begin to open or expand; to begin to show intellectual light, or knowledge; as, the genius of the youth begins to dawn. When life awakes and dawns at every line. – Pope.
  3. To glimmer obscurely. – Locke.
  4. To begin to open or appear. – Dryden.