Dictionary: DOOMS'DAY – DOR'MI-TO-RY

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DOOMS'DAY, n. [doom and day.]

  1. The day of the final judgment; the great day when all men are to be judged and consigned to endless happiness or misery. – Shak. Dryden.
  2. The day of sentence or condemnation. – Shak.


A book compiled by order of William the Conqueror, containing a survey of all the lands in England. It consists of two volumes; a large folio, and a quarto. The folio contains 382 double pages of vellum, written in a small but plain character. The quarto contains 450 double pages of vellum, written in a large fair character. – Encyc.

DOOR, n. [Sax. dora, dur, dure; G. thür; D. deur; Sw. dör; Dan. dör; Gr. θυρα; W. dör; Ir. doras; Arm. dor; Basque, dorrea; Russ. dver; Persic, دَرْ dar; Sans. dura; Armenian, turu; Ch. תרע or תרעא; Syr. ܬܪܥܐ; Ar. تَرْعَهٌ taroah. It is also in the Slavonic languages, Polish, Bohemian, Carinthian, &c. The verb תרע, ܬܪܥtaro, in Ch. and Syr. signifies to tear or cut open, to open or break open; in Syr. also, to pray, to supplicate, to burst, to crack; in Ar. to rush headlong, to strive, to crowd, to fill. In Dutch, door is through, G. durch. In Tartar, thurne is a door. Class Dr, No. 42. The Hebrew שער, a gate, seems to be the same word dialectically varied, and the verb coincides in sense with the Arabic, supra, to rush. The primary sense of the verb is to press, to drive, to rush. Hence a door is a passage, or break.]

  1. An opening or passage into a house, or other building, or into any room, apartment or closet, by which persons enter. Such a passage is seldom or never called a gate.
  2. The frame of boards, or any piece of board or plank that shuts the opening of a house, or closes the entrance into an apartment or any inclosure, and usually turning on hinges.
  3. In familiar language, a house; often in the plural, doors. My house is the first door from the corner. We have also the phrases, within doors, in the house; without doors, out of the house, abroad.
  4. Entrance; as, the door of life. – Dryden.
  5. Avenue; passage; means of approach or access. An unforgiving temper shuts the door against reconciliation, or the door of reconciliation. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. – John x. A door was opened to me by the Lord. – 2 Cor. ii. To lie at the door, in a figurative sense, is to be imputable or chargeable to one. If the thing is wrong, the fault lies at my door. Next door to, near to; bordering on. A riot unpunished, is but next door to a tumult. – L'Estrange. Out of door or doors, quite gone; no more to be found. [Not now used.] – Dryden. In doors, within the house; at home.


The frame which incloses a door.


A door-case. [Not used.] – Milton.


A porter; one who guards the entrance of a house or apartment.


The nail on which the knocker formerly struck.


The post of a door.


The sill of a door.


Entrance or place of a door. – Warburton.


The passage of a door.

DOQ'UET, n. [dok'et.]

A warrant; a paper granting license. [See Docket.] – Bacon.

DOR, or DORR, n. [Qu. Ir. dord, humming, buzzing, also rough.]

The name of the black-beetle or the hedge-chafer, a species of Scarabæus. We usually say the dor-beetle.

DO-RA'DO, n. [Sp. dorado, gilt, from dorar, to gild.]

  1. A southern constellation, containing six stars, called also xiphias; not visible in our latitude. – Encyc.
  2. A large fish resembling the dolphin. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

DO-REE', n.

The French popular name of the fish Zeus Faber, of Linnæus. The popular name in English is John-Dorée, well known to be a corruption of Jaune dorée, i.e. golden-yellow.

DO'RI-AN, a.

Pertaining to Doris in Greece. [See Doric.]

DOR'IC, a. [from Doris in Greece.]

In general, pertaining to Doris, or the Dorians, in Greece, who dwelt near Parnassus. In architecture, noting the second order of columns, between the Tuscan and Ionic. The Doric order is distinguished for simplicity and strength. It is used in the gates of cities and citadels, on the outside of churches, &c. The Doric dialect of the Greek language was the dialect of the Dorians, and little different from that of Lacedemon. – Encyc. The Doric mode, in music, was the first of the authentic modes of the ancients. Its character is to be severe, tempered with gravity and joy. – Encyc.


A phrase of the Doric dialect.

DOR'MAN-CY, n. [infra.]

Quiescence. – Horsley.

DOR'MANT, a. [Fr. from dormir, L. dormio, to sleep.]

  1. Sleeping: hence, at rest; not in action; as, dormant passions.
  2. Being in a sleeping posture; as the lion dormant, in heraldry.
  3. Neglected; not used; as, a dormant title; dormant privileges.
  4. Concealed; not divulged; private. [Unusual.] – Bacon.
  5. Leaning; inclining; not perpendicular; as, a dormant window, supposed to be so called from a beam of that name. This is now written dormer or dormar. Dormant partner, in commerce and manufactories, a partner who takes no share in the active business of a company or partnership, but is entitled to a share of the profits, and subject to a share in losses. He is called also sleeping partner.


A beam; a sleeper.


A beam; a sleeper.


A window in the roof of a house, or above the entablature, being raised upon the rafters. – Encyc.

DOR'MI-TIVE, n. [L. dormio, to sleep.]

A medicine to promote sleep; an opiate. – Arbuthnot.

DOR'MI-TO-RY, n. [L. dormitorium, from dormio, to sleep.]

  1. A place, building, or room to sleep in.
  2. A gallery in convents divided into several cells, where the religious sleep. – Encyc.
  3. A burial place. – Ayliffe.