Dictionary: DEB'IT – DEC'A-GYN

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DEB'IT, n. [L. debitum, from debeo, to owe, Fr. devoir, Sp. deber, It. dovere. See Duty. The sense is probably to press or bind; Gr. δεω.]

Debt. It is usually written debt. But it is used in mercantile language, as the debit side of an account.

DEB'IT, v.t.

  1. To charge with debt; as, to debit a purchaser the amount of goods sold. We debit Congress with this whole sum. – Jefferson.
  2. To enter an account on the debtor side of a book; as, to debit the sum or amount of goods sold.

DEB'IT-ED, pp.

  1. Charged in debt; made debtor on account.
  2. Charged to one's debt, as money or goods.

DEB'IT-ING, ppr.

  1. Making debtor on account, as a person.
  2. Charging to the debt of a person, as goods.


A debtor. – Shak.

DEB-ON-NAIR', a. [Fr.]

Civil; gentle; complaisant; elegant. – Milton.


In a meek and gentle manner.


Gentleness; meekness; kindness.

DE-BOUCH', v.i. [Fr. deboucher; de and bouche, mouth.]

To issue or march out of a narrow place, or from defiles, as troops.

DE-BRIS', n. [debree'; Fr.]

Fragments; rubbish; ruins; applied particularly to the fragments of rocks. – Buckland.

DEBT, n. [det; L. debitum, contracted; Fr. dette; Sp. and It. debito. See Debit.]

  1. That which is due from one person to another, whether money, goods or services; that which one person is bound to pay or perform to another; as, the debts of a bankrupt; the debts of a nobleman. It is a common misfortune or vice to be in debt. When you run in debt, you give to another power over your liberty. – Franklin.
  2. That which any one is obliged to do or to suffer. Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt. – Shak. Hence death is called the debt of nature.
  3. In law, an action to recover debt. This is a customary ellipsis. He brought debt, instead of an action of debt.
  4. In Scripture, sin; trespass; guilt; crime; that which renders liable to punishment. Forgive us our debts. – Lord's Prayer.

DEBT'ED, pp. [det'ted.]

Indebted; obliged to. [Not used.] – Shak.

DEBT-EE', n. [dettee'.]

A creditor; one to whom a debt is due. – Blackstone.

DEBT'LESS, a. [det'less.]

Free from debt. – Chaucer.

DEBT'OR, n. [det'tor; L. debitor.]

  1. The person who owes another either money, goods, or services. In Athens an insolvent debtor became slave to his creditor. – Mitford.
  2. One who is under obligation to do something. I am a debtor to the Greeks and barbarians. – Rom. i. He is a debtor to do the whole law. – Gal. v.
  3. The side of an account in which debts are charged. [See Debit.]


A bubbling or seething over.

DE-BUT', n. [debu'; Fr. debut.]

Beginning; first appearance on the stage.

DE-BUTE', n. [Fr. debut, from debuter, to lead, to hit. Buter, to hit, from but, end, butt.]

The first cast; the beginning of an enterprise; first appearance in a play.

DEC'A-CHORD, or DEC-A-CHORD'ON, n. [Gr. δεκα, ten, and χορδη, string.]

  1. A musical instrument of ten strings.
  2. Something consisting of ten parts. – Watson.


Pertaining to ten; consisting of tens.

DEC'ADE, n. [L. decas, decadis; Fr. decade; Sp. decada; from Gr. δεκα, ten. See Ten.]

The sum or number of ten; an aggregate consisting of ten; as, a decade of years; the decades of Livy.


Decay. [See Decay.]

DEC'A-GON, n. [Gr. δεκα, ten, and γωνια, a corner.]

In geometry, a plane figure having ten sides and ten angles.

DEC'A-GRAM, n. [Gr. δεκα, ten, and gram, a weight.]

A French weight of ten grams, or 154 grains, 44 decimals, equal to 6 penny-weights, 10 grains, 44 decimals, equal to 5 drams, 65 decimals, avoirdupois.

DEC'A-GYN, n. [Gr. δεκα, ten, and γυην, a female.]

In botany, a plant having ten pistils.