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hole in the ground; any cavity in the earth, wider than a ditch and narrower
than a valley. Obsolete. * The while, the same unhappy eve,
Whose clouted leg her hurt doth show,
Fell headlong into a dell. Spenter.
I know each lane, and every alley green, Dingle, or bushy dell, of this wild wood. Milt. Ilut, foes to sun-shine, most they took delight In &lls and dales, conceal’d from human Ž, joke. DELPH. n.s.. [from Delf?, the name of the capital of Delftland.] A fine sort of earthen-ware. A supper worthy of herself; Five nothings in five plates of dolph. Swift. DE'L's old E. adj. Ifrom desia, the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet ; so called by reason of its resembling this letter.] An epithet applied to a triangular muscle arising from the clavicula, and from the process of the same, whose action is to raise the arm upward. Cut still more of the deltoid, nuscle, and carry the arm backward. Sharp's Surgery. De Lu’d A B I. E. adj. [from delaide.] Liable to be deceived ; that is easily imposed on : rather deludible. Not well understanding omniscience, he is not so ready to deceive himself, as to falsify unto him whose cogitation is no ways deadiče. - Brown's Pulgar, Er, ours. To DELU'DE. v. a. [deludo, Lat.] 1. To beguile; to cheat; to deceive; to impose on. Ö give me leave, I have deluded you; , "I was neither Charles, nor vict the duke. Softcore's Henry v1. Let not the Trojans, with a feign'd pretence Of proffer'd peace, delude the Latin prince.
2. To disappoint: to frustrate.
floor; With temper'd clay then fill and face it o'er. Dryden. The filthy swine with delving snout The rooted forest undermine. Philips. 2. To fathom ; to sift; to sound one’s opinion. ... Figuratively. That's his name and birth 2 —I cannot delve him to the root: his father Was call'd Sicilius. Shaocare. De LY F. n.s. from the verb.] A ditch; a pit ; a pitfal; a den ; a cave. - He by and by - His feeble feet directed to the cry;
for a distinction betweenthose lands that
the lord of the manor has in his own hands, or in the hands of his lessee, demised or let upon a rent for a term of years or life, and such other lands appertaining to the said manor as belong to free or copyholders. Phillips. 2. Estate in land. Having now provided A gentleman of noble parentage, offair demesnes, youthful, and nobly allied. - Shakspeare. That earldom indeed had a royal jurisdiction and seigniory, though the lands of that county in on were possessed for the most P* by the ancient inheritors. - Davies. 3. Land adjoining to the mansion, kept in the lord’s own hand. Those acts for planting forest-trees have hitherto been wholly ineffectual, except about the demesnes of a few gentlemen: and even there, in general, very unskilfully made. Swift.
T, DEMA'ND. v. a. demander, Fr.]
turn his wishes into demands, will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. .. te 2. A question; an interrogation. 3. The calling for a thing in order to purchase it. My bookseller tells me, the demand for those my papers increases daily. ddison. 4. [In law.] The asking of what is due. It hath also a proper signification dis: tinguished from plaint; for all civil actions are pursued either by demands or plaints, and the pursuer is called demandant or plaintiff. There are two manners of demands ; the one of deed, the other in law : in deed, as in every : precipe, there is express demand; in law, as every entry in land, distress for rent, taking or seising of goods, and such like acts, which may be done without any words, are demands in law. . . w Blount. DeMA'N DAB le. adj. [from demand.] That may be demanded, requested, asked for. All sums demandable, for licence of alienation to be made of lands holden in chief, have been stayed in the way to the hanaper. Bacon. De MA's D ANT. n.s.. [from demand.] 1. He who is actor or plaintiff in a real action, because he demandeth lands. Coke. 2. A plaintiff; one that demands redress. One of the witnesses deposed, that dining on a Sunday with the demandant, whose wife had sat below the squire's lady at church, she the said wife dropped some expressions, as if she thought her husband ought be knighted. Spectator. DEMA'N de R. n.s. [demandeur, Fr.] 1. One that requires a thing with authority. 2. One that asks a question. 3. One that asks for a thing in order to purchase it. They grow very fast and fit; which also bettereth their taste, and delivereth them to the demander's ready use at all seasons. Carew. 4. A dunner; one that demands a debt. i>eme’AN. n. . [from demener, Fr.] A mien; presence; carriage; demeanour; deportment. At his feet, with sorrowful demean, And deadly hue, an armed corse did lie. Spenter. To DEME'AN. v. a. [from demener, Fr.] 1. To behave ; to o one’s self. Those plain and legible lines of duty requiring us to demean ourselves to God humbly and devoutly, to our governors obediently, and to our neighbours justly, and to ourselves soberly and temperately. outbA man cannot doubt but that there is a God; and that, according as he demeans himself towards him, he will make him happy or miserable for ever. Tilotson. Strephon had long perplex'd his brains, How with so high a nymph he might Demein himself the wedding-night. Swift. 2. To lessen; to debase ; to undervalue.Now, out of doubt, Antipholis is mad; Flse he would never so demoan himself. Slako.
DeMe'an our. n.s. [demener, Fr.] Carriage ; behaviour. Of so insupportable a pride he was, that where his deeds might well stir envy, his demeanour did rather breed disdain. Sidney. Angels best like us when we are most lik unto them in all parts of decent demeanog. - Hooker. His gestures fierce He mark'd, and mad demeanour; then alone, As he suppos'd, all unobserv'd, unseen. Milton. Thus Eve, with sad demeanour meek: Ill worthy I. Milton. He was of a courage not to be daunted: which was manifested in all his actions; especially in his whole demeanour at Rhee, both at the sanding and upon the retreat. DFM E/ANs. m. s. pl. properly demesnes. An estate in lands; that which a man possesses in his own right. To DEMETNTATE. v. n. Idemento, Lat.] To make mad, or frantick. DEMENTA’rio N. m. s. [dementatio, Lat.] Making mad, or frantick. DEME'Rit. m. s. [demérite, Fr. from demeritus, of demereor, Latin.] 1. The opposite to merit; ill-deserving ; what makes one worthy of blame or punishment.
They should not be able once to stir, or to .
murmur, but it should be known, and they shortened according to their demerits. Spenser. Thou liv'st by me, to me thy breath resign; Mine is the merit, the demerit thine. Dryden. Whatever they acquire by their industry or ingenuity, should be secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offence against the custom of the family. Temple. 2. Anciently the same with merit; desert. I fetch my life and being From men of royal siege; and my demerits May speak, unbonnetting, to as proud a fortune As this that I have reach'd. Shakspeare. To DEME'Rit. v. a. [demeriter, Fr.] To deserve blame or punishment. DEME'R's Ep. adj. [from demerstor, of demergo, Latin.] Plunged; drowned. - Dict. DEME'Rsion. m. s. [demergio, Lat.] 1. A drowning. 2. [In chymistry.] The putting any medicine in a dissolving liquor. Dict. DEME's Ne. See DeMAIN. DE'MI. inseparable particle. [demi, Fr. dimidium, Latin.] "Half; one of two equal parts. This word is only used in composition: as demigod; that is, half human, half diving. DEMI-CA N No N. a. s. [demi and cannon.] DEM 1-cAN No N Lowest. A great gun that carries a ball of thirty pounds weight and six inches diameter. The diameter of the bore is six inches two eighth parts. - Dict. Dr M1-c ANN on Ordinary. A great gun six inches four eighths diameter in the bore, twelve foot long. It carries a shot six inches one sixth diameter, and thirtytwo pounds weight. Dict. DF Mi-CAN No N of the greatest Size. A gun six inches and six eighth parts diameter in the bore, twelve foot long. It
carries a ball of six inches five eight:1 diameter, and thirty-six pounds weight. - Did, What! this a sleeve * 'tis like a deri-cosmos. Skaifest. Ten engines, that shall be of equal force etist to a cannon or demi-cannea, culverin bridemiculverin, may be framed at the same price that one of these will amount to. Willies. DEMI-culv ERIN. n. 4. [demi and coverin.] DEMI-culver IN of the covert Size. A gun four inches two eighths diameterin the bore, and ten foot long. It carries a ball four inches diameter, and nine pounds weight. DEMI-culv ER IN Ordinary. A gun four inches four eighths diameter in the bore, ten foot long. It carries a ball four inches two eighths diameter, and ten pounds eleven ounces weight. DEMI-culv ER IN, elder Sort. A gun four inches and six eighths diameter in the bore, ten foot one third in length. It carries a ball four inches four eighth partsdiameter, and twelve pounds eleven ounces weight. Military Dict. They continue a perpetual volley of doculverins. Radio. The army left two demi-culverior, and two other good guns. Ciarado. DEMI-D Evil. ii. s. [demi and desii. Partaking of infernal nature ; half a devil. Will you, I pray, demand that d-of-dozłł Why he hath thus ensnar'd my soul and body? Skaior, DEMI-Go D. m. s. [demi and god..] Fartaking of divine nature; half a god an hero produced by the cohabitation of divinities with mortals. He took his leave of them; whose eyes hide him farewell with tears, making temples to him
Light demi-lances from afar they throw, Fasteu'd with leathern thongs, to sail o:
dom used but in formal and ceremonious language.
About a month before the domize of queen Anne, the author retired. wift.
To DEMI'SE. v. a. [demis, demice, Fr.] To grant at one’s death ; to grant by will; to bequeath. My executors shall not have power to demise my lands to be purchased. Swift's Last Will. DEMI'ssio N. n. 4. [demissio, Lat.] Degradation ; diminution of dignity; depression. Inexorable rigour is worse than a lasche demission of sovereign authority. L’Estrange. To DEMI"T. v. a, [demitto, Lat.] To depress ; to hang down; to let fall. I)ict. When they are in their pride, that is, advancing their train, if they decline their neck to the ground, they presently deplit and let fall the same. Brown's Pulgar Errour. DEMO'CRACY. m. s. [***gotia.] One of the three forms of government; that in which the sovereign power is neither lodged in one man, nor in the nobles, but in the collective body of the people. While many of the servants, by industry and virtue, arrive at riches and esteem, then the nature of the government inclines to a democracy. Temple. The majority, having the whole power of the community, may employ all that, power in making laws, and executing those laws; and there the form of the government is a perfect democracy. Locke. DEMoc R A’r ic AL. adj. [from democracy.) Pertaining to a popular government; popular. They are still within the line of vulgarity, and are democratical enemies to truth. Broovn. As the government of England has a mixture of democratical in it, so the right is partly in the people. Arbuthnot. To DEMO'LISH. v. a. [demolir, Fr. demolior, Lat.] To throw down buildings; to raze ; to destroy. I expected the fabrick of my book would long since have been demolished, and laid even with the ground. Tillotson. Red lightning play'd along the firmament, And their demolish'd works to pieces rent. Dryden. DEMo’i. Is HER... n.s.. [from demolish.) One that throws down buildings; a destroycr; a laycrwaste. DF Mo L1"r 1 on . n.s.. [from demolish.] The act of oyerthrowing or demolishing buildings; destruction. Two gentlemen should have the direction in the d.o.o. cica of Junkirk. Swift. D}. MON. a. s. Ld... mon, Latin ; *..] A spirit, generally an evil spirit ; so devil. I felt him strike, and now I see him fly: Curs.'d d room ' O, for ever broken lie These fatal shafts, by which l inward bleed!
2. Influenced by the devil; produced by diabolical possession. Demoniack phrensy, moping melancholy. Milton. De Mo'N 1 Ack. n.s.. [from the adjective.] One possessed by the devil; one whose mind is disturbed and agitated by the power of wicked and unclean spirits. Those lunaticks and demoniack, that were restored to their right mind, were such as sought after him, and believed in him. Bently. DEMo'N1AN. adj. [from demon.] Devilish; of the nature of devils. Demonian spirits now, from the element Each of his reign allotted; rightlier call’d Powers of fire, air, water. Milton. De Mo No'cracy. m. s. [***wy and xo~~~.] The power of the devil. Dict. DeMoso'l ATRY, n.s.[?ailway and xarois-l The worship of the devil. Dirt. DeMon o’lody. m. s. Locłowy and x473*.] Discourse of the nature of devils. Thus king James entitled his book concerning witches. DEMo'N ST R A B L E. adj. [demonstrabilis, Lat.] That may be proyed beyond doubt or contradiction; that may be made not only probable but evident. The grand articles of our belief are as demonstrable as geometry. Glanville. DEMo'N's TRABLY. adv. [from demonstrable.] In such a manner as admits of certain proof; evidently; beyond possibility of contradiction. He should have compelled his ministers to execute the law, in cases that demonstrably concerned the publick peace. Clarendon. To DEMO'NSTRATE. v. a. [demonstro, Lat.] To prove with the highest degree of certainty; to prove in such a manner as reduces the contrary position to evi. dent absurdity. We cannot demonstrate these things so as to shew that the contrary often invclves a contradiction. Tilletion. DEMeRST RA’Tion. n. 4. [demonstratio, Latin.] 1. The highest degree of deducible or argumental evidence; the strongest degree of proof; such proof as not only evinces the position proved to be true, but shows the contrary position to be absurd and impossible. What appeareth to be true by strong and invincible demonstration, such as wherein it is not by any wa possible to be deceived, thereunto the mind doth necessarily yield. Hooker. Where the agreement or disagreement of any thing is plainly and clearly perceived, it is called demonstration. Locke. . Indubitable evidence of the senses or reason. Which way soever we turn ourselves, we are encountered with clear evidences and sensible demonstrations of a Deity. illetson. £Mo'NSTRATIVE. adj.[demonstrativus, Latin.] . Having the power of demonstration; invincibly conclusive ; certain. An . necessary and demonstrative, is such as, being Proposed unto any man, and un