Dictionary: DAH'LIA – DAL'LY-ING

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DAH'LIA, n. [from Dahl, the name of a Swedish botanist.]

A shrub growing at the Cape of Good Hope, with inconspicuous flowers of no beauty. – Willdenow. This name is commonly applied by gardeners to the Georgia variabilis, which bears a beautiful compound flower.


Inulin, the fecula obtained from elecampane, resembling starch. – Ure.


Daily occurrence. – Taylor.

DAI'LY, a. [Sax. dæglic, from dag, day.]

Happening or being every day; done day by day; bestowed or enjoyed every day; as, daily labor; a daily allowance. Give us this day our daily bread. Lord's Prayer.

DAI'LY, adv.

Every day; day by day; as, a thing happens daily.

DAIN'TI-LY, adv. [from dainty.]

  1. Nicely; elegantly; as, a hat daintily made. [Not legitimate, nor in use.] Bacon.
  2. Nicely; fastidiously; with nice regard to what is well tasted; as, to eat daintily.
  3. Deliciously; as, to fare daintily.
  4. Ceremoniously; scrupulously.


  1. Delicacy; softness; elegance; nicety; as, the daintiness of the limbs. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
  2. Delicacy; deliciousness; applied to food; as, the daintiness of provisions.
  3. Nicety in taste; squeamishness; fastidiousness; as, the daintiness of the taste. Wotton.
  4. Ceremoniousness; scrupulousness; nice attention to manners. [Obs.]


A delicacy. [Not in use.]

DAIN'TY, a. [W. deintiaiz; Scot. dainty; from dant, daint, the teeth, L. dens, Gr. οδους, Sans. danta.]

  1. Nice; pleasing to the palate; of exquisite taste; delicious; as, dainty food. His soul abhorreth dainty meat. Job xxxiii.
  2. Delicate; of acute sensibility; nice in selecting what is tender and good; squeamish; soft; luxurious; as, a dainty taste or palate; a dainty people.
  3. Scrupulous in manners; ceremonious. Shak.
  4. Elegant; tender; soft; pure; neat; effeminately beautiful; as, dainty hands or limbs. Milton. Shak.
  5. Nice; affectedly fine; as, a dainty speaker. Prior.


  1. Something nice and delicate to the taste; that which is exquisitely delicious; a delicacy. Be not desirous of dainties, for they are deceitful meat. Prov. xxiii.
  2. A term of fondness. [Not much used.] Why, that's my dainty. Shak.

DAI'RY, n. [This word I have not found in any other language. In Russ. doyu signifies to milk, and Junius mentions dey, an old word for milk, and Icelandic deggia, to milk. It may be, and probably is, a contracted word.]

  1. Milk, and all that concerns it, on a farm; or the business of managing milk, and of making butter and cheese. The whole establishment respecting milk, in a family, or on a farm. Grounds were turned much in England either to feeding or dairy; and this advanced the trade of English butter. Temple.
  2. The place, room or house, where milk is set for cream, managed, and converted into butter or cheese. Dryden.
  3. Milk-farm. Bacon.


A house or room appropriated to the management of milk.


A female servant whose business is to manage milk. Addison.

DAI'SI-ED, a. [See Daisy.]

Full of daisies; adorned with daisies. Shak.

DAI'SY, n. [s as z; Sax. dæges-ege, day's eye.]

A plant of the genus Bellis, of several varieties. The blue daisy belongs to the genus Globularia, as does the globe daisy; the greater or ox-eye daisy belongs to the genus Chrysanthemum; and the middle daisy, to the Doronicum. – Fam. of Plants.

DA'KER, n.

A dicker; the number of ten.


A foul of the gallinaceous kind, somewhat like a partridge or quail. – Dict. of Nat. Hist. The corn-crake or land-rail, a bird of the grallic order of Linnæus. Ed. Encyc.

DA'KIR, n.

In English statutes, ten hides, or the twentieth part of a last of hides. Encyc.

DALE, n. [Goth. dalei; Dan. and Sw. dal; G. thal; D. dal; W. dôl; Russ. dol, udol, and doline; allied perhaps to dell. The Welsh dôl signifies a winding, bend or meander, and a dale through which a river runs; a band, a ring, &c. In D. daalen signifies to descend, to sink.]

A low place between hills; a vale or valley: a poetic word.

DAL'LI-ANCE, n. [See Dally.]

  1. Literally, delay; a lingering; appropriately, acts of fondness; interchange of caresses; toying, as males and females; as, youthful dalliance. – Milton.
  2. Conjugal embraces; commerce of the sexes. – Milton.
  3. Delay. [Obs.] – Shak.


Delayed; deferred.


One who fondles; a trifler; as, a dallier with pleasant words. Ascham.

DAL'LY, v.i. [W. dàl or dala, to hold, bear, keep, stop; Arm. dalea, to stop or retard; Ir. dail, delay; Russ. dlyu. The sense of holding is often connected with that of extending, drawing out in time; Ar. طَأَلَ taula, to prolong, to delay. Class Dl, No. 20. See also No. 24, 29.]

  1. Literally, to delay; to linger; to wait. Hence,
  2. To trifle; to lose time in idleness and trifles; to amuse one's self with idle play. It is madness to dally any longer. Calamy.
  3. To toy and wanton, as man and woman; to interchange caresses; to fondle. Shak.
  4. To sport; to play. She dallies with the wind. Shak.

DAL'LY, v.t.

To delay; to defer; to put off; to amuse till a proper opportunity; as, to dally off the time. [Not much used.] Knolles.

DAL'LY-ING, ppr.

Delaying; procrastinating; trifling; wasting time in idle amusement; toying; fondling.