Dictionary: DO-LAB'RI-FORM – DOLT

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DO-LAB'RI-FORM, a. [L. dolabra, an ax, and forma, form.]

Having the form of an ax or hatchet. – Martyn.

DOLCE, or DOLCEMENTE, adv. [or a.; pron. dolcha, dolchamenta; It.]

In music, a direction to sing with a soft sound.

DOLE, n. [Sax. dal; Russ. dolia, a part or portion; Ir. dail; from the root of deal. See Deal.]

  1. The act of dealing or distributing; as, the power of dole and donative. [Not in use.] – Bacon.
  2. That which is dealt or distributed; a part, share or portion. – Shak.
  3. That which is given in charity; gratuity. – Dryden.
  4. Blows dealt out. – Milton.
  5. Boundary. [Not in use.]
  6. A void space left in tillage. [Local.]

DOLE, n. [L. dolor, pain, grief.]

Grief; sorrow. [Obs.] – Milton.

DOLE, v.t.

To deal; to distribute. [Not used.]

DOLE'FUL, a. [dole and full.]

  1. Sorrowful; expressing grief; as, a doleful whine; a doleful cry.
  2. Melancholy; sad; afflicted; as, a doleful sire. – Sidney.
  3. Dismal; impressing sorrow; gloomy; as, doleful shades. – Milton.


In a doleful manner; sorrowfully; dismally; sadly.


Sorrow; melancholy; querulousness; gloominess; dismalness.

DO'LENT, a. [L. dolens.]

Sorrowful. [Not in use.]


A variety of trap-rocks, composed of augite and feldspar.


Gloomy; dismal; sorrowful; doleful. The dolesome passage to th' infernal sky. – Pope.


Gloom; dismalness.

DOLL, n. [W. delw; form, image, resemblance, an idol, a false god; dull, form, figure; Arm. dailh, or tailh, which seems to be the L. talis. Also Ir. dealbh, an image. But qu. Gr. ειδωλον, an idol, from ειδω, to see.]

A puppet or baby for a child; a small image in the human form, for the amusement of little girls.

DOL'LAR, n. [G. thaler; D. daalder; Dan. and Sw. daler; Sp. dalera; Russ. taler; said to be from Dale, the town where it was first coined.]

A silver coin of Spain and of the United States, of the value of one hundred cents, or four shillings and sixpence sterling. The dollar seems to have been originally a German coin, and in different parts of Germany the name is given to coins of different values.


A variety of magnesian carbonate of lime, so called from the French geologist Dolomieu. Its structure is granular. – Cyc.

DO'LOR, n. [L.]

Pain; grief; lamentation. Sidney. – Shak.

DOL-OR-IF'ER-OUS, a. [L. dolor, pain, and fero, to produce.]

Producing pain. – Whitaker.

DO-LOR-IF'IC, a. [L. dolorificus; dolor and facio.]

  1. That causes pain or grief.
  2. Expressing pain or grief.

DOLOROSO, adv. [Doloroso. It.]

In music, pathetic.

DOL'OR-OUS, a. [L. dolor, pain, grief.]

  1. Sorrowful; doleful; dismal; impressing sorrow or grief; as, a dolorous object; a dolorous region. – Hooker. Milton.
  2. Painful; giving pain. Their dispatch is quick, and less dolorous than the paw of the bear. More.
  3. Expressing pain or grief; as, dolorous sighs.


Sorrowfully; in a manner to express pain.

DOL'PHIN, n. [L. delphin or delphinus; Gr. δελφιν; Ir. deilf; Fr. dauphin; Sp. delfin; It. delfino; Arm. daofin, dolfin; W. dolfyn, from dolf, a curve or winding.]

  1. The popular name of several species of Delphinus, a genus of cetaceous mammalia comprehending, according to some naturalists, the dolphin proper, the sword-fish, the porpess, the grampus, &c. But the fish to which seamen give this name, is the Coryphæna hippuris of Linnæus. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.
  2. In ancient Greece, a machine suspended over the sea, to be dropped on any vessel passing under it. Mitford.


A female dolphin. – Spenser.

DOLT, n. [G. tölpel; Sax. dol; W. dol. Qu. dull. The Gothic has dwala, foolish, stupid; Sax. dwolian, to wander. The Sw. has dvala, to sleep or be drowsy; Dan. dvale, sound sleep; D. doolen, and dwaalen, to wander.]

A heavy, stupid fellow; a blockhead; a thick-skull. – Sidney. Swift.

DOLT, v.i.

To waste time foolishly; to behave foolishly.