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Sim, while but Sim, in good repute did live; DI'MPLY. adj. [from dimple.] Full of Was then a knave, but in diminutive. Cotton.
dimples ; sinking in littie inequalities, 2. A small thing. Not in use.
As the smooth surface of the dimply flood
The silver-slipper'd virgin lightly trod. Wartor.
a noise, Saxon; dyna, to thunder, IsDIMINUTIVENESS. n. s. [from diminu. landick.) A loud noise ; a violent and tive. Smallness; littleness; pettyness;
continued sound. want of bulk; want of dignity.
And all the way he roared as he went, Di'nish. adj. (from dim.] Somewhat
That all the forest with astonishment
Thereof did tremble; and the beasts therein dim; somewhat obscure. Tis true, but let it not be known,
Fled fast away from that so dreadful din.
Hubberd's Tak. My eyes are somewhat dimish grown;
0, 'twas a dir to fright a monster's ear; For nature, always in the right, To your decays adapts my sight. Swift.
To make an earthquake: sure, it was the roar
Of a whole herd of lions. DIMISSORY: adj. [dimissorius, Latin.]
While the cock with lively din That by which a man is dismissed to Scatters the rear of darkness thin; another jurisdiction.
And to the stack, or the barn door, A bishop of another diocess ought neither to Stoutly struts his dame before. Miltor.. ordain or admit a clerk, without the consent of
Now night over heav'n
Ayliffe's Parergon. And silence, on the odious din of war. Miltoth
How, while the troubled elements around, or cloth of cotton.
Earth, water, air, the stunning din resound,
Thro'streams of smoke and adverse fire he rides, I directed a trowze of fine dimitty. Wiseman.
While every shot is levelled at his sides. Smith. Di'mLY. adv. [from dim.]
Some independent ideas, of no alliance to one 1. Not with a quick sight; not with a
another, arc, by, education, custom, and the clear perception.
constant din of their party, so coupled in their Unspeakable! who sitt'st above these heav'ns, minds, that they always appear there together. Tous invisible, or dimly seen
Locke. In these thy lowest works.
Milton. 'To Din. v.a. [from the noun.] 2. Not brightly; not luminously.
1. To stun with noise ; to haráss with In the beginning of our pumping the air, the
clamour, match appeared well lighted, though it had al
Rather live i most filled the receiver with fumes; but by de
Boyle. grees it burnt more and more dimly.
To bait thee for his bread, and din your ears
What shall we do, if his majesty puts out 2
Dryden. Di'MNESS. n. s. [from dim.]
proclamation commanding us io take Wood's
halfpence? This hath been often dinned in my 1. Dulness of sight,
Swift. 2. Want of apprehension ; stupidity. Answerable to this d'imness of their perception,
To DINE. v. n. [diner, Fr.) To eat was the whole system and body of their religion.
the chief meal about the middle of the Decay of Piety.
day. 3. Obscurity; not brightness.
Perhaps some merchant hach invited him, DI'MPLE. n. s. (dint, a hole; dintle a
And from the mart he's somewhere gone to
dinner: little hole; by a careless pronunciation
Good sister, let us dine, and never fret. Sbalsp. dimple. Skinner.] A small cavity or
Myself, he, and my sister, depression in the cheek, chin, or other To-day did dine together.
He ivould dine with him the next day. Claren. The dimple of the upper lip is the common
Thus, of your heroes and brave boys, measure of them all.
With whom old Homer makes such noise, In her forehead's fair half-round,
The greatest actions I can find, Love siis in open triumph crown'd;
Are, that they did their work, and dir’d. Prie. He in the dimple of her chin,
TO DINE. v. a. To give a dinner to; to In private state, by friends is seen.
Prior. feed. To Di’MPLE. v. n. [from the noun.] To
Boil this restoring root in gen'rous wine, sink in small cavities, or little inequa- And set beside the door the sickly stock to director lities.
Dryden's Virgil. The wild waves master'd him, and suck'd DiNE'TICAL. adj. [dimtıx@] Whirling him in,
round; vertiginous. And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. Dryd.
Some of late have concluded, from spots is
the sun, which appear and disappear again, that,
besides the revolution it maketh with its orbs, ic DI'MPLED. adj. [from dimple.] Set with
hat's also a dinetical motion, and rolls upon its dimples.
A spherical figure is most commodious for Stood pretty dimpled boys like smiling Cupids,
dinetical motion, or revolucion upon its own Starp axis,
di lire; Di'uply. adj. [from dimple.] Full of Cetten.
dimples; sinking in littie inequalities,
As the smooth surface of the dimply tood
The silver-slipper'd virgin lightly trod. Warto.
a noise, Saxon ; dyna, to thunder, Isdirninu. landick.) A loud noise ; a violent and Etyness;
And all the way he roared as he went, mewhat
That all che forest with astonishment
Thereof did tremble; and the beasts therein
To make an earthquake: sure, it was the roa?
Of a whole herd of lions. Sbakip. Tea Latin)
While the cock with lively din jssed to Scatters the rear of darkness thin;
And to the stack, or the barn door, neither to
Stoutly struts his dame before. onsent of
Now night over heav'n
Inducing darkness, grateful truce imposid, Parergon.
And silence, on the odious din of war. Miles
How, while che troubled elements around,
While every shot is levelled at his sides. Saitá
Some independent ideas, of no aliance to one with a
another, are, by education, custom, and the
constant din of their party, so coupled in their heay'ns, minds, that they always appear there together
middle of the day.
Go, get it ready
licly in the family.
And by the dint of war his mistress claims. Gay. 1. To daib with violence.
To Dint. v. a. (from the noun ) TO 2. To impress with force.
mark with a cavity by a blow, or vioTo Ding. V.n. To blaster ; to bounce ;
With greedy force each other both assail,
And strike so fiercely, that they do impress
Deep-dinted furrows in the batier'd mail:
The iron walls to ward their blows were weak and frail.
Fairy Queens DING-DONG. n. s. A word by which
Leave, leave, fair bride, vour solitary bone, the sound of bells is imitated.
No more shall vou return to it alone;
It nurseth sadness; and our body's print,
Like to a grave, the yielding dowu doth dint. DINGLE. n. s. [from den, or din, a hol
Donne. low, Saxon.) A hollow between hills; Deep-dintedwrinkles on her cheeks she draws; a dale.
Sunk are her eyes, and toothless are her jaws. I know each lane, and every alley green,
Dryden's Æneid. Dingle or bushy dell of this wild wood;
DINUMERAʼtion. n. s. (linumer 1110,
shop, as he stands related to his own The principal apartment of the house;
clergy or flock. the room where entertainments are
As a diocesan you are like to outdo yourself
in all other capacities, and exemplify every word made.
of this discourse.
South. He went out from the dining-room before he had fallen into errour by the intemperance of
I have heard it has been advised by a dioceran.
to his infericr clergy, that they should read some his raeat, or the deluge of drink. Taylor.
of the most celebrated scrmons printed by DI'NNER. n. s. [diner, French.] The
Tatier. chief meal ; the meal eaten about the Di’OCESS. 7. s. (dicecesis; a Greek word,
coinpounded of öld and onorç.] The Let me not stay a jot for dinner :
circuit of every bishop's jurisdiction ; Sbakspeare's King Lear. for this realın has two divisions, one Before dinner and supper, as often as it is cors venient, or can be had let the public prayers of
into shires or counties, in respect of the church, or some parts of them, be said pub
temporal policy ; another into dioceses, The jolly crew, unmindful of the past,
None ought to be admitted by any bishop, but
Dred-n's Incid. such as have dwelt and remained in his diocess a
islanders of Jersey and Guernsey do him of I pray you, have in mind where we must meet.
Constance in Normandy, that is, nothing at all; Sbakspeare.
since by that French bishop's refusal to swear unto our king, those isles were annexed to the
diocess of Winchester. Raleigl's Essays. Happy to catch me just at dinner-time. Pope.
St. Paul looks upon Titus as advanced to the dignity of a prince, ruler of the church, and intrusted with a large diocess, containing many particular cities, under the immediate govern
ment of their respective elders, and thuse deYet, kiudling rage, herself she gather'd round.
riving authority from his ordination. South.
DIOPTRICAL. n. s. (diólone..] AfSpenser. DIOʻPTRIC. 5 fording a medium
for the sight; assisting the sight in the view of distant objects.
Being excellently well furnished with dioptriMilton.
cal glasses, he had not been able to see the sun spotted.
Boyle. View the asperities of the moon through a dioptrick glass, and venture at the proportion of her hills by their shadows.
Moore. Dio'PTRICKS, n. s. A part of opticks, Dryden.
treating of the different refractions of the light passing through different me
diums; as the air, water, glasses, &c. bu to wrest the whole Spanish monatch Diorthoʻsis. n. s. [Shop Iwoss, of dresów, .
ration, by which crooked or disto tei
fia i is.
The time of dining
Then from the mint walks forth the man of
DINT. 1.s. (dýne, Saxon.]
Much daunted with that dirt her sense was
Milton. 'To Dix. v. a. (from the noun.]
1. To stun with noise ; to harass with air, the
clamour, had alby de
Rather live To bait thee for his bread, and din your ears escend,
With hungry cries. Otway's Venct Prezeroad. Litend;
2. To impress with violent and continued
noise. ad been
What shall we do, if his majesty puts out?
proclamation commanding us io take Ward's
To DINE. v. 1. [diner, Fr.) To e eption,
the chief meal about the middle of the ligioa. Piety:
Perhaps some merchant hath invited him, entle a
And from the mart he's somewhere gode
Good sister, let us dine, and never fret. Skalst. y or Mvsels, he, and my sister,
Shala other To-day did dine together.
He irould dine with him the next day. Ciajes
Thus, of your heroes and brave boys,
With whom old Homer makes such noise,
Are, that they did their work, and dir’d. Prie.
To DINE. V. Q. To give a dinner to; Prier.
Boil this restoring root in gen’scus wire, qua
And set beside the door the sickly stock to Z uick'd DinesTICAL. adj. (dratum.Whirling
round; vertiginous. Oryd.
Some of late have concluded, from spots the sun, which appear and disappear again, thal, besides the revolution it makech with its orbs
, i hach also a dinetical motion, and rolls upon 15 owa poles.
A spherical figure is most commodious for Eds.
dineticel motion, or revdütiare upon its own ispa
Neither vainly hope
His hands had made a dint, and hurt the maid.
Now you weep; and, i perceive, you feel
The dini of pity.
Brown's Vulgar Errista
out of the hands of the enemy; and, in order to
The dewlapt bull now chafes along the plain,
TO DIP. v. a. pret. dipperl; part. dipped, tion of two vowels to forin one sound :
or dipt. [dippan, Sax. ; doopen, Dut.). as, vain, leave, Cæsar. 1. To immerge ; to put into any liquor. We see how many disputes the simple and
The person to be baptized may be dipped in ambiguous nature of vowels created among water ; and such an immersion or dipping ought. grammarians, and how it has begot the mistake to be made thrice, according to the canon. concerning diperbongs : all that are properly só
Aylife's Parergon. are syllables, and not diphthongs, as is intended Old Corineus compass'd thrice the crew, to be signified by that word.
Holder. And dipp'dan olive-branch in holy dew,
Make a diphthong of the second eta and ieta, Which thrice he sprinkled round, and thrice instead of their being two syllables, and the obaloud
jection is gone.
Pope. Invok'd the dead, and then dismiss'd the crowd.
Di'ploe. . s. The inner plate or la.
Dryden's Æneid, He turn'd a tyrant in his latter days,
mina of the skull. And, from the bright meridian where he stood, DIPLOʻMA. 1. s. [dahwuc.] A letter or Descending, dipp'; his hands in lover's blood. writing conferring some privilege ; so
called, because they used formerly to The kindred arts shall in their praise conspire,
be written on waxed tables, and folded One dip the pencil, and one string the lyre.
together. Now, on fancy's easy wing convey'd, Dipper. ". s. [from dip.] One that The king descended to th' Elysian shade;
dips in the water. There in a dusky vale, where Lethe rolls, DIPPING Needle. n. s. A device which Old Bavius sits to dio poetic souls. Pope's Dunc.
shows a particular property of the So fishes, rising from the main, Can soar with moisten'd wings on high;
magnetic needle, so that, besides its The moisture dried, they sink again,
polarity or verticity, which is its direcAnd dip their wings again to fly. Swift. tion of altitude, or height above the 2. To moisten ; to wet.
horizon, when duly poised about an And though not mortal, yet a cold shudd'ring horizontal a is, it will always point to dew
a determined degree of altitude, or Dips me all o'er, as when the wrath of Jove Speaks thunder.
elevation above the horizon, in this or 3. To be engaged in any affair.
that place respectively.
Phillips. When men are once dipt, what with the en
Di'psas. n. s. (Latin, from difáw, to couragemerits of sense, custom, facility, and thirst.) A serpent, whose bite proshame of departing from what they have given duces the sensation of unqucnchable themselves up to, they go on till they are stifled. thirst. In Richard's time, I doubt, he was a little dipt
Scorpion, and asp, and amphishæna dire, in the rebellion of the commons. Dryden.
Cerastes horn'd, hydrus, and ellows drear,
Milton. 4. To engage as a pledge: generally used Di'PTOTE. n. so (dumiwe.] A noun confor the first mortgage. Be careful still of the main chance, my son;
sisting of two cases only.
Clark. Put out the principal in trusty hands,
Diptych. N. s. (diptycha, Latin ; two. Live on the use, and never dip thy lands. leaves folded together.] A register of
bihops ard martyrs. TO DIP. v.n.
The commemoration of saints was made out a. To sink ; to immerge.
of the diptycbs of the church, as appears by mulWe have snakes in our cups, and
titudes of places in St. Austin. Stilling fleet. dishes; and whoever dips too deep will find death DIRE. adj. [dirus, Latin.) Dreadful;
L'Estrange. 2. To enter ; to pierce.
dismal; mournful; horrible ; terrible; The vulture dipping in Prometheus' side,
evil in a great degrec. His bloody beak with his torn liver dyed.
To doft their dire distresses. Sbakspears 3. To enter slightly into any thing.
More by intemperance die When I think all the repetitions are struck
In meats, and drinks, which on the earth shall out in a copy, I sometiines find more upon dip
Diseases dire; of which a monstrous crew ping in the first volume. Pope. Before thee sball appear.
Milton. 4. To take that which comes first; to Hydras, and
L'orgons, and chimeras dire. choose by chance.
Milton. With what ill thoughts of Jove art thou pos
Or what the cross dire-looking planet smises, sess'd?
Or hurtlul worm with canker'd Venom bitcs. Wouldst thou prefer him to some man? Supa
Dire was the tossing, deep the groans, desar I dipp'd among the worst, and Staius chose? Tended the sick.
Milton. Dryden's Persius.
Discord! dire sister of the sliurhter'd pows, Di'PCHICK. ' n. s. [from dip and chick.]
Sinall at her birth, but rising ev'ry hour;
While scarce the skies her horrid liead can The name of a bird.
bound, Dipebick is so named of his diving and little
She stalks on earth, aud shakes the world Carew, around.
Pepe. Dipe’TALOUS. adj. [als and titanov.] DIRE'CT, adj. [directus, Latin.] Having two flower leaves.
1. Straight; not crooked. Di'PHTHONG, 18,80 [dyp gay fis,] A coalia 2. Not oblique,
in the pot.
that is superfluous;
tion of two vowels to form one sound: Dut.) as, vain, leave, Cæsar. liquor. We see how many dispertes the simple and ofd in
ambiguous nature of vowels created anot Eng ought grammarians, and how it has begot the mistaké
concerning dipbtbongs : all that are properly s De syllables, and not diphthongs, as is intended to be signified by that word.
Make a diphthong of the second ets and inte, d thrice instead of their being two syllables, and the edjection is gone.
Pepe ne crord. Di'PLOE. 11. s. The inner plate or la. * Encid,
mina of the skull. Be stood, DIPLO'MA, n. s. (daiwa.) A letter or blood. writing conferring some privilege ; so Iryden. called, because they used formerly to conspire, be written on waxed tables, and folded yre. together.
Di'pper. n. s. [from 'dip.] One that
dips in the water.
DIPPING Needle, n. s. A device which -e's Danc. shows a particular property of the
magnetic needle, so that, besides its
polarity or verticity, which is its direc. Swift. tion of altitude, or height above the
horizon, when duly poised about 21 7:dd'ring
horizontal a is, it will always point to
a determined degree of altitude, or Jove
elevation above the horizon, in this or Milton. that place respectively.
Phillips the enDi'PSAs. n. s. [Latin, from difáe
; to thirst.) A serpent, whose bite pro. e given
duces the sensation of unqucnchable estled.
Scorpion, and asp, and amphisbæna dire, tle upt
Cerastes horn'd, hýdrus, and ellops drear, Dryden. And dipsas.
DIPTOTE. 1. so (diałalz.] A noun cou.
sisting of two cases only. DIPTYCH. n. s. (diptycha, Latin ; two
leaves folded together.] A register of Persius. bishops ard martyrs.
of the diptycbs of the church, as appears by tuzo titudes of places in St. Austin.
7. Plain; express,
The ships would move in one and the same of itself, or of itself alter the direction of its mosurface; and consequently must needs encoun- tion.
Cheyran ter when they either advance towards one an- 3. Order ; command; prescription. other in direct lines, or meet in the intersection From the counsel that St. Jerome giveth Leof cross lines.
Bentley ta, of taking heed how she read the apocrypha; 3- [In astronomy.) Appearing to an as also by the help of other learned men's judgeye on eastli to move progressively
ments, delivered It like case, we may take die rection.
Hooker, through the zodiack; not retrograde.
I put myself to thy direction. Sbakspeare One when direct, and one when retrograde
The nobles of the people digged it by the direction of the law-giver.
Numbers. Dryden's Fables.
Men's passions and God's direction seldom 4. Not collateral: as, the grandson suc
King Charles. ceeds his grandsire in a direct line. General directions for scholastic disputers is, S. Apparently tending to some end, as in never to dispute upon mere trifles. Watts. a straight line.
4. Regularity; adjustment. Such was as then the state of the king, as it
All nature is but art unknown to thee ; was no time by direct means to seek her. And All chance, direction which thou canst not see. such was the state of his captivated will, as he
Popc. would delay no time of seeking her. Sidney. DIRE'CTIVE. adj. [from direct.) He that does this
, wil be able to cast off ali 1. Having the power of direction.
will see what is perti- A law therefore, generally taken, is a direnent, what coherent; what is direct to what slides by, the question.
tive rule unto goodness of operation. Hooker.
Locke. 6. Open ; not ambiguous.
A power of command there is without all
question, though there be some doubt in what There be, that are in nature faithful and faculty this command doth principally reside, sincere, and plain and direct, not crafty and in- whether in the will or the understanding. "The volved.
Bacon, true resolution is, that the directive command
for counsel is in the understanding; and the He no where, that I know, says it in direct
applicative command, or empire, for putting in Locke.
execution of what is directed, is in the will. To Dire’cr. v. a. [dirigo, directum,
Bramball against Hobbes.
On the directive powers of the former, and 1. To aim or drive in a straight line.
the regularity of the latter, whereby it is capaTwo eagles from a mountain's height,
ble of direction, depends the generation of all By Jove's command, direct their rapid fight. bodies.
Grerek 2. Informing ; showing the way. 2. To point against, as a mark.
Pope. Nor visited by one directive ray,. The spear flew hissing thro' the middle space,
From cottage streaming, or from airy hall.
Thomson And piere'd his throat, directed at his face.
DIRECTLY. adv. (from direct.]
1. In a straight line ; rectilineally. It is not in man that walketh to direct his
The more a body is nearer to the eyes, and
the more directly it is opposed to them, the more
Feremiab, it is enlightened; because the light languishes All that is in a man's power, is to mind what Ecclus. and lessens, the farther it removes from its
prothe ideas are that take their turns in his under
Dryden's Dufresnoy standing; or else to direct and sort and call in
There was no other place assigned to any of
this matter, than that whereunto its own graLocke. vity bore it, which was only directly downto wards, whereby ir obtained that place in the
globe, which was just underneath. Woodward
If the refracted ray be returned directly back to the point of incidence, it shall be retracted by the incident ray.
Newton's Opticks. 2. Immediately; apparently,;, without (director, Latin.)
circumlocution; without any long train of consequence.
Infidels, being clean without the church, deny directly, and utterly reject, the very principles of christianity, which hereticks embrace, errom neously by misconstruction.
Hooker. No man hath hitherto been so impious, as are not the product of
plainly and directly to condemn prayer. Hooker.
By asserting the scripture to be the canon of our faith, I have unavoidably created to myself
enemies in the papists directly, because they Locke. have kept the scripture from us what they could.
Dryden's Preface to Religio Laici,
His work directly tends to raise sentiments of Smalridge.
honour and virtue in his readers, Addison.
No reason can be assigned, why it is best for the world that God Almighty hath absolute power, which doth, not directly prove that no mortal man should have the like.
j. To régulate ; to adjust.
Wisdom is profitable to direct.
The commemoration of saints was inade at
such as he desires. * To prescribe certain measure ; mark out a certain course. He directetb it under the whole heavens, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. Lob. s. To order; to command : to direct is a softer term than to command.
death DIRE. adj. [dirus, Latin.) Dreadful
dismal; mournful; horrible ; terrible;
evil in a great degree. Be,
Women fight, mville. To doft their dire distresses. Stadspasts
More by intemperance die In meats, and drinks, which on the earth shall truck bring
Diseases dire; of which a monstrous crer Pope Before thee shall appear. = Hydras, and gorgons, and chimeras dire.
Or what the cross dire-looking planet sukken pos
Or hurtful worn with canker'd venom bites
Dire was the tossing, deep the groans, dapat
Discord! dire sister of the slauchter'd post s
Small at her birthi, but rising ev'ry lwur; -k.]
While scarce the skies her horrid head ca
, and shakes the world
1. Straight; not crooked. li. 2. Not oblique,
1. One that directs; one that prescribes.
any manual operation.
No particle of macter, not any combination
Straightness; tendency to any point; DE'RENESS. n. s. (from dire.) Dismas the nearest way.
ness ; horrour; hideousness. They argued from celestial causes only, the Direness, familiar to my slaught'rous thoughts, constant vicinity of the sun, and the directness Cannot once start me.
Sbalspeare's Macbeth of his rays; never suspecting that the body of DIRE'PTION. n. s. [direptio, Latin.] The the earth had so great an efficiency in the changes
act of plundering: of the air.
Bentley. Dirge. [This is not a contraction of Dire'ctor. 1. s. [director, Latin.)
the Latin dirige, in the popish hymn 1. One that has authority over others; a
Dirige gressus meos, as some pretend; superintendent; one that has the ge
but from the Teutonic dyrke, laudari, neral management of a design or work.
to praise and extol. Whence it is posHimself stood director over them, with nod.
sible their dyrke, and our dirge, was a ding or stamping, shewing he did like or mislike those things he not understand.
laudatory song to commemorate and In all affairs thou sole director.
applaud the dead. Verstegan. Bacon 2. A rule; an ordinance.
apparently derives it from dirige.] A Common forms were not desn'd
mournful ditty ; a song of lamentation. Directors to a noble mind. a
Swift. Th' imperial jointress of this warlike state 3. An instructor; one who shows the
Have we, as 'twere, with a defeated joy,
With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marproper methods of proceeding.
riage, They are glad to use counsellors and directors in all their dealings of weight, as contracts, tes
In equal scale weighing delight and dole,
Taken to wife. taments. Hooker.
Meanwhile the body of Richard, after many 4. One who is consulted in cases of con- indignities and reproaches, the diriges and obsescience.
quies of the common people towards tyrants, I am her director and her guide in spiritual was obscurely buried.
Dryden. You from above shall hear each day 5. One appointed to transact the affairs One dirge dispatch'd unto your clay; of a trading company.
These your own anthems shall become, What made directors cheat in south-sea year.
Your lasting epicedium.
Sandgo. All due measures of her mourning kep!,
Pope. 6. An instrument in surgery, by which
Did office at the dirge, and by infection wept:
Drysen. the hand is guided in its operation. Di'rigent. adj. [dirigens, Latin.) The manner of opening with a knife, is by
The dirigent line in geometry is that along sliding it on a director, the groove of which pre- which the line describent is carried, in the gene. vents its being misguided. Sharp's Surgery, ration of any figure.
Harrise Dire'CTORY. n. s. [from director.] The DIRK. n. s. [an Erse word.) buok which the factious preachers
of dagger used in the Highlands of published in the rebellion for the di
Scotland. rection of their sect in acts of worship.
In vain thy hungry mountaineers As to the ordinance concerning the directory, Come forth in all their warlike geers, we cannot consent to the taking away of the The shield, the pistol, dirk, and dagger, bock of common prayer:
In which they daily wont to swagger..
Tickles Oxford Reasons against the Gov.
To Dirke.v.a. To spoil; to ruin. ObDIRE'FUL. adj. (This word is frequent solete.
among the poets, but has been cen- Thy waste bigness but cumbers the ground, sured as not analogical : all other words And dirkes the beauties of my blossoms round compounded with full consisting of a substantive and full: as, dreadful, or DIRT. n. s. [dryt, Dutch; dirt, Islanfull of dread; joyful, or full of joy.] dick.) Dire; dreadful; dismal.
1. Mud; filth; mire; any thing that Point of spear it never piercen would,
sticks to the clothes or body. Ne dint of direful sword divide the substance They, gilding dirt in noble verse, could. Fairy Queen. Rustick philosophy rehearse.
Dembam But yet at last, whereas the direful fiend Numbers engage their lives and labours to She saw not stir, off shaking vain affright,
heap together a little dirt that shall bury them She nigher drew, and saw that joyous end; in the end.
Wake. Then God she pray'd, and thank'd her faithful The sea rises as high as ever, though the great knight.
Fairy Queen. heaps of dirt it brings along with it are apt to Direful hap betide that hated wretch
choak up the shallows.
Addison. That makes us wretched by the death of thee. Mark by what wretched steps their glory
grow's; 'The voice of God himself speaks in the heart From dirt and sea-weed as proud Venice rose; of men, whether they understand it or no; and In each how guilt and greatness equal ran, by secret intimations gives the sinner a foretaste And all that rais'd the hero sunk the man. of that direful cup, which he is like to drink
Pops more deeply of hereafter.
Is yellow dirt the passion of thy life?
Look but on Gripus, or on Gripus' wife. Popse Twas told again, and thence my ruin rose.
. 7. Dirt. ww.' a. (from the noun.) To
2. Meanness; Achilles' wrath, to Greeks the direful spring Of woe; unnu nber'd, i.eavenly goddess! sing. foul; to bemire; to make filthy; to
bedaub; to soil; to pollute; to nasty