Dictionary: DE-NOVO – DEN-TI'TION

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DE-NOVO, adv. [L.]

Anew; again.

DENSE, a. [dens; L. densus; Fr. dense; Sp. and It. denso. Qu. Gr. δασυς, n being casual.]

  1. Close; compact; having its constituent parts closely united; applied to solids or fluids; as, a dense body; dense air.
  2. Thick; as, a dense cloud or fog.

DENSE'LY, adv.

In a close, compact manner. – Lever.

DENSE'NESS, n. [dens'ness.]

The same as Density.

DENS'I-TY, n. [L. densitas.]

  1. Closeness of constituent parts; compactness. Density is opposed to rarity; and in philosophy, the density of a body indicates the quantity of matter contained in it, under a given bulk. If a body of equal bulk with another is of double the density, it contains double the quantity of matter.
  2. Thickness; as, the density of fog.

DENT, n. [Arm. danta, to gap or notch. It seems to be from dant, a tooth; Fr. dent; L. dens; Gr. οδους; W. dant; It. dente; Sp. diente, whence dentar, endentar, to tooth; Port. dente; Pers. دندأَن dandan; Gypsy and Hindoo, dant, danda. Hence, Fr. denteler, to dent or indent, to jag or notch.]

  1. Literally, a tooth or projecting point. But it is used to express a gap or notch, or rather a depression or small hollow in a solid body; a hollow made by the pressure of a harder body on a softer; indentation. In this sense it is in customary use in the United States.
  2. A stroke. – Spenser.

DENT, v.t.

To make a dent or small hollow. [See Indent.]

DENT'AL, a. [L. dentalis.]

Pertaining to the teeth. In grammar, formed or pronounced by the teeth, with the aid of the tongue; as, D and T are dental letters.


  1. An articulation or letter formed by placing the end of the tongue against the upper teeth, or against the gum that covers the root of the upper teeth, as D, T, and Th.
  2. A genus of shell-fish, Dentalium, of several species. The shell consists of one tubulous straight valve, open at both ends. – Encyc.


A fossil shell of the genus Dentalium.

DENT'ATE, or DENT'A-TED, a. [L. dentatus, from dens.]

Toothed. Having sharp teeth, with concave edges. – Lindley. A dentated root is a fleshy branched root having tooth-like prolongations. – DeCand. Willd.


A form intermediate between dentate and sinuate.


Indented; impressed with little hollows.

DEN-TEL'LI, n. [It. dentello. See Dentil.]

Modillions. – Spectator.

DENT'I-CLE, n. [L. denticulus.]

A small tooth or projecting point. – Lee.

DEN-TIC'U-LATE, or DEN-TIC'U-LA-TED, a. [L. denticulatus, from dens, a tooth.]

Having small teeth; as, a denticulate leaf, calyx or seed. – Botany.


The state of being set with small teeth. – Grew.

DENT'I-FORM, a. [L. dens, a tooth, and forma, form.]

Having the form of a tooth. – Kirwan.

DENT'I-FRICE, n. [Fr. from L. dens, a tooth, and frico, to rub.]

A powder or other substance to be used in cleaning the teeth. Burnt shells and charcoal pulverized make an excellent dentrifrice.

DENT'IL, n. [L. dens, a tooth.]

In architecture, an ornament in cornices bearing some resemblance to teeth; used particularly in the Ionic and Corinthian order.



Having the beak like a tooth, as in certain birds.


One whose occupation is to clean and extract teeth, or repair them when diseased.


The art or practice of a dentist.

DEN-TI'TION, n. [L. dentitio, from dentio, to breed teeth, from dens.]

  1. The breeding or cutting of teeth in infancy.
  2. The time of breeding teeth.