D . The fourth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. The English letter is from Latin, which is from Greek, which took it from Ph/nician, the probable ultimate origin being Egyptian. It is related most nearly to t and th; as, Eng. deep, G. tief; Eng. daughter, G. tochter, Gr. qyga`thr, Skr. duhitr. See Guide to Pronunciation, Ã178, 179, 229.
D . The nominal of the second tone in the model major scale (that in C), or of the fourth tone in the relative minor scale of C (that in A minor), or of the key tone in the relative minor of F.
D . As a numeral D stands for 500. in this use it is not the initial of any word, or even strictly a letter, but one half of the sign / (or / ) the original Tuscan numeral for 1000.
D valve . A kind of slide valve. See Slide valve, under Slide.
d8Gregarin91 n. pl. An order of Protozoa, allied to the Rhizopoda, and parasitic in other animals, as in the earthworm, lobster, etc. When adult, they have a small, wormlike body inclosing a nucleus, but without external organs; in one of the young stages, they are amoebiform; -- called also Gregarinida, and Gregarinaria.
d8Gregarinida . Gregarinae.
Dab n. A skillful hand; a dabster; an expert.
Dab n. A name given to several species of flounders, esp. to the European species, Pleuronectes limanda. The American rough dab is Hippoglossoides platessoides.
Dab v. i. To strike or touch gently, as with a soft or moist substance; to tap; hence, to besmear with a dabber.
Dab v. i. To strike by a thrust; to hit with a sudden blow or thrust.
Dab n. A gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit; a peck.
Dab n. A small mass of anything soft or moist.
Dabb n. A large, spine-tailed lizard (Uromastix spinipes), found in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine; -- called also dhobb, and dhabb.
Dabbed imp. & p. p. of Dab
Dabber n. That with which one dabs; hence, a pad or other device used by printers, engravers, etc., as for dabbing type or engraved plates with ink.