Dictionary: DAP – DAR'ING-NESS

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DAP, v.i. [Goth. daupyan, to dip.]

To drop or let fall into the water; a word used by anglers. Walton.

DA-PAT'ICAL, a. [L. dapes.]

Sumptuous in cheer. [Not in use.]


A compound of the bitter principle of the Daphne Alpina with a base.


A nymph of Diana.


The bitter principle of the Daphne Alpine, discovered by Vauquelin. It is obtained in small crystals, hard, transparent, of a grayish color and a bitter taste.

DAP'I-FER, n. [L. dapes, feast, and fero, to bear.]

One who brings meat to the table. Formerly, the title or office of the grand-master of a king's household. It still subsists in Germany. Encyc.

DAP'PER, a. [D. dapper, brave, valiant; Sw. and Dan. tapper; G. tapfer. See Class Db, No. 13, 28.]

Active; nimble; brisk; or little and active; neat; tight; as, a dapper fellow; a dapper spark. L' Estrange.


A dwarf; a dandiprat.

DAP'PLE, a. [most probably allied to tabby, and from dipping, or to W. davnu, to drop. The word signifies spotted, and spots are often from dropping or sprinkling.]

Marked with spots; spotted; variegated with spots of different colors or shades of color, as, a dapple-bay or dapple-gray; applied to a horse or other beast. It may sometimes express streaked, but this is not its true signification.

DAP'PLE, v.t.

To spot; to variegate with spots. The gentle day Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray. Shak. The dappled pink, and blushing rose. Prior.


Spotted; variegated with spots of different colors or shades of color.


Variegating with spots.

DAR, or DART, n.

A fish found in the Severn. Bailey.

DARE, n.1

Defiance; challenge. [Not used.] – Shak.

DARE, n.2

A small fish, the same as the dace. – Encyc. Johnson.

DARE, v.i. [pret. durst. Sax. dearran, durran; D. darren, durven; G. dürfen; Sw. dierf, bold; dierfvas, to dare, and töras, to dare; Dan. tör, to dare, and tör, dry, torrid; L. torreo; Dan. törhed, dryness, barrenness; törstig, thirsty. The German dürfen, compounded, bedürfen, signifies to want, to need, to lack, and this in Dutch is derven. The Sw. dåre, rash, mad, sottish, dåra, to infatuate, Dan. daarer, may be of the same family. The Gr. θαρῤεω, and Russ. derzayu, to dare, are evidently the same word. ذَأَرَ dhaura, to be bold, audacious; to be angry, or averse; to be terrified, to flee. So in Sw. darra, to tremble. The sense of boldness, daring, is sometimes from the sense of advancing; but some of the senses of these words indicate the sense of receding.]

To have courage for any purpose; to have strength of mind or hardihood to undertake any thing; to be bold enough; not to be afraid; to venture; to be adventurous. I dare do all that may become a man. – Shak. Dare any of you go to law before the unjust? – 1 Cor. vi. None of his disciples durst ask him, who are thou. – John xxi. In this intransitive sense, dare is not generally followed by the sign to before another verb in the infinitive; though to may be used with propriety. In German, the verb is numbered among the auxiliaries. In the transitive form, it is regular: thus,

DARE, v.t. [pret. and pp. dared.]

To challenge; to provoke; to defy; as, to dare a man to fight. Time, I dare thee to discover. Such a youth, and such a lover. – Dryden. To dare larks, to catch them by means of a looking-glass, or by keeping a bird of prey hovering aloft, which keeps them in amaze till caught; to terrify or amaze. – Johnson. Dryden.

DAR'ED, pp.

Challenged; defied.


Full of defiance. [Not used.] Shak. –

DAR'ER, n.

One who dares or defies.

DAR'IC, n.

A gold coin of Darius the Mede, value about 556 cents.


A bold act; a hazardous attempt. – Southey.

DAR'ING, ppr.

  1. Having courage sufficient for a purpose; challenging; defying.
  2. adj. Bold; courageous; intrepid; fearless; adventurous; brave; stout. Grieve not, O daring prince, that noble heart. – Pope.
  3. Audacious; impudently bold and defying; as in heaven-daring, defying Almighty power.

DAR'ING-LY, adv.

Boldly; courageously; fearlessly; impudently. The principles of our holy religion are daringly attacked from the press. – Anon.


Boldness; courageousness; audaciousness.