Dictionary: DIC'TION – DIE

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DIC'TION, n. [L. dictio, from dico, to speak. Class Dg.]

Expression of ideas by words; style; manner of expression. – Dryden.

DIC'TION-A-RY, n. [Fr. dictionnaire; It. dizionario; Sp. diccionario; from L. dictio, a word, or a speaking.]

A book containing the words of a language arranged in alphabetical order, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon. – Johnson.

DIC'TUM, n. [L.]

A saying or assertion.

DID, v. [pret. of Do, contracted from doed. I did, thou didst, he did; we did, you or ye did, they did.]

Have ye not read what David did when be was hungry? – Matth. xii. The proper signification is, made, executed, performed; but it is used also to express the state of health. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did. – Esth. ii. Did is used as the sign of the past tense of verbs, particularly in interrogative and negative sentences; as, did he command you to go. He did not command me. It is also used to express emphasis; as, I did love him beyond measure.

DI-DAC'TIC, or DI-DAC'TIC-AL, a. [Gr. διδακτικος, from διδασκω, to teach.]

Adapted to teach; preceptive; containing doctrines, precepts, principles or rules; intended to instruct; as, a didactic poem or essay.


In a didactic manner; in a form to teach.


An animal having two toes.

DI-DAC'TYL-OUS, a. [Gr. δι, δις, and δακτυλος.]

Having two toes.

DI'DAP-PER, n. [from dip.]

A bird that dives into the water, a species of Colymbus.

DI-DAS'CAL-IC, a. [Gr. διδασκαλικος, from διδασκω, to teach.]

Didactic; perceptive; giving precepts. [Little used.] – Prior.

DID'DER, v.i. [Teut. diddern; qu. titter, totter.]

To shiver with cold. [Not used.] – Sherwood.

DID'DLE, v.i.

To totter, as a child in walking.

DI-DEC-A-HE'DRAL, a. [di and decahedral.]

In crystallography, having the form of a decahedral prism with pentahedral summits. – Cleaveland.


Relating to animals of the genus Didelphys, to which the opossum belongs.

DI-DEL'PHYS, n. [Gr. δις, twice; and δελφυς, uterus.]

A genus of marsupial animals, including the opossum.


A genus or sort of quadrupeds. – Chaucer.

DI-DO-DEC-A-HE'DRAL, a. [di and dodecahedral.]

In crystallography, having the form of a dodecahedral prism with hexahedral summits. – Cleaveland.

DI-DRACH'MA, n. [Gr.]

A piece of money, the fourth of an ounce of silver.


The second person of the preterite of do.

DI-DUC'TION, n. [L. diductio; di and duco, to draw.]

Separation by withdrawing one part from the other. – Boyle.

DID'Y-MOUS, a. [from the Greek.]

Twin. – Botany.

DID'Y-NAM, n. [Gr. δι, δις, and δυναμις, power.]

In botany, a plant of four stamens, disposed in two pairs, one being shorter than the other.


Containing four stamens, disposed in pairs, one shorter than the other.


Pertaining to plants of the class Didynamia. – Smith.

DIE, n.1 [plur. Dice. Fr. ; It. dado; Sp. and Port. id.; Arm. diçz; Ir. disle.]

  1. A small cube, marked on its faces with numbers from one to six, used in gaming, by being thrown from a box. He ventured his all on the cast of a die.
  2. Any cubic body; a flat tablet. – Watts.
  3. In architecture, the cubical part of the pedestal, between its base and cornice.
  4. Hazard; chance. Such is the die of war. – Spenser.