Words whose third letter is D

Abdomen(n.) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis. Also, the cavity of the belly

Adder's-tongue(n.) A genus of ferns (Ophioglossum), whose seeds are produced on a spike resembling a serpent's tongue.

Aldine(a.) An epithet applied to editions (chiefly of the classics) which proceeded from the press of Aldus Manitius, and his family, of Venice, for the most part in the 16th century and known by the sign of the anchor and the dolphin. The term has also been applied to certain elegant editions of English works.

Androgyne(n.) An hermaphrodite.

Androgynal(a.) Uniting both sexes in one, or having the characteristics of both; being in nature both male and female; hermaphroditic.

Androgynism(n.) Union of both sexes in one individual; hermaphroditism.

Androphagi(n. pl.) Cannibals; man-eaters; anthropophagi.

Androphagous(a.) Anthropophagous.

Androphore(n.) A support or column on which stamens are raised.

Androphore(n.) The part which in some Siphonophora bears the male gonophores.

Androsphinx(n.) A man sphinx; a sphinx having the head of a man and the body of a lion.

Ardor(n.) Bright and effulgent spirits; seraphim.

Audiphone(n.) An instrument which, placed against the teeth, conveys sound to the auditory nerve and enables the deaf to hear more or less distinctly; a dentiphone.

Bad(superl.) Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad health; bad crop; bad news.

Bedfere Bedphere(n.) A bedfellow.

Bedphere(n.) See Bedfere.

Bodily(a.) Having a body or material form; physical; corporeal; consisting of matter.

Body(n.) The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person.

Buddhism(n.) The religion based upon the doctrine originally taught by the Hindoo sage Gautama Siddartha, surnamed Buddha, "the awakened or enlightened," in the sixth century b. c., and adopted as a religion by the greater part of the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Asia and the Indian Islands. Buddha's teaching is believed to have been atheistic; yet it was characterized by elevated humanity and morality. It presents release from existence (a beatific enfranchisement, Nirvana)

Cadmean(a.) Of or pertaining to Cadmus, a fabulous prince of Thebes, who was said to have introduced into Greece the sixteen simple letters of the alphabet -- /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /, /. These are called Cadmean letters.

Cadmic(a.) Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, cadmium; as, cadmic sulphide.

Caducibranchiate(a.) With temporary gills: -- applied to those Amphibia in which the gills do not remain in adult life.

Code(n.) Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code, a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code, a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.

Codeine(n.) One of the opium alkaloids; a white crystal

Cudweed(n.) A small composite plant with cottony or silky stem and leaves, primarily a species of Gnaphalium, but the name is now given to many plants of different genera, as Filago, Antennaria, etc.; cottonweed.

Deduplication(n.) The division of that which is morphologically one organ into two or more, as the division of an organ of a plant into a pair or cluster.

Didelphia(n. pl.) The subclass of Mammalia which includes the marsupials. See Marsupialia.

Didelphian(a.) Of or relating to the Didelphia.

Didelphian(n.) One of the Didelphia.

Didelphic(a.) Having the uterus double; of or pertaining to the Didelphia.

Didelphid(a.) Same as Didelphic.

Didelphid(n.) A marsupial animal.

Didelphous(a.) Didelphic.

Didelphyc(a.) Same as Didelphic.

Didelphous(n.) Formerly, any marsupial; but the term is now restricted to an American genus which includes the opossums, of which there are many species. See Opossum. [Written also Didelphis.] See Illustration in Appendix.

Eidograph(n.) An instrument for copying drawings on the same or a different scale; a form of the pantograph.

Eidolon(n.) An image or representation; a form; a phantom; an apparition.

Endeavor(v. t.) To exert physical or intellectual strength for the attainment of; to use efforts to effect; to strive to achieve or reach; to try; to attempt.

Endeavor(n.) An exertion of physical or intellectual strength toward the attainment of an object; a systematic or continuous attempt; an effort; a trial.

Endecaphyllous(a.) Composed of eleven leaflets; -- said of a leaf.

Endeictic(a.) Serving to show or exhibit; as, an endeictic dialogue, in the Platonic philosophy, is one which exhibits a specimen of skill.

Endolymph(n.) The watery fluid contained in the membranous labyrinth of the internal ear.

Endolymphangial(a.) Within a lymphatic vessel.

Endolymphatic(a.) Pertaining to, or containing, endolymph; as, the endolymphatic duct.

Endolymphatic(a.) Within a lymphatic vessel; endolymphangial.

Endomorph(n.) A crystal of one species inclosed within one of another, as one of rutile inclosed in quartz.

Endophloeum(n.) The inner layer of the bark of trees.

Endophragma(n.) A chitinous structure above the nervous cord in the thorax of certain Crustacea.

Endophragmal(a.) Of or pertaining to the endophragma.

Endophyllous(a.) Wrapped up within a leaf or sheath.

Endosmosis(n.) The transmission of a fluid or gas from without inward in the phenomena, or by the process, of osmose.

Endothelium(n.) The thin epithelium lining the blood vessels, lymphatics, and serous cavities. See Epithelium.

Eudaemonics(n.) That part of moral philosophy which treats of happiness; the science of happiness; -- contrasted with aretaics.

Fiddledeedee(interj.) An exclamatory word or phrase, equivalent to nonsense!

Fidget(n.) A general nervous restlessness, manifested by incessant changes of position; dysphoria.

Gaduin(n.) A yellow or brown amorphous substance, of indifferent nature, found in cod-liver oil.

Godspeed(n.) Success; prosperous journeying; -- a contraction of the phrase, "God speed you."

Hodgkin's disease() A morbid condition characterized by progressive anaemia and enlargement of the lymphatic glands; -- first described by Dr. Hodgkin, an English physician.

Hodograph(n.) A curve described by the moving extremity

Hydrazine(n.) Any one of a series of nitrogenous bases, resembling the amines and produced by the reduction of certain nitroso and diazo compounds; as, methyl hydrazine, phenyl hydrazine, etc. They are derivatives of hydrazine proper, H2N.NH2, which is a doubled amido group, recently (1887) isolated as a stable, colorless gas, with a peculiar, irritating odor. As a base it forms distinct salts. Called also diamide, amidogen, (or more properly diamidogen), etc.

Hydrencephsloid(a.) Same as Hydrocephaloid.

Hydriad(n.) A water nymph.

Hydrocephalic(a.) Relating to, or connected with, hydrocephalus, or dropsy of the brain.

Hydrocephaloid(a.) Resembling hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalous(a.) Having hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus(n.) An accumulation of liquid within the cavity of the cranium, especially within the ventricles of the brain; dropsy of the brain. It is due usually to tubercular meningitis. When it occurs in infancy, it often enlarges the head enormously.

Hydrogen(n.) A gaseous element, colorless, tasteless, and odorless, the lightest known substance, being fourteen and a half times lighter than air (hence its use in filling balloons), and over eleven thousand times lighter than water. It is very abundant, being an ingredient of water and of many other substances, especially those of animal or vegetable origin. It may by produced in many ways, but is chiefly obtained by the action of acids (as sulphuric) on metals, as zinc, iron, etc.

Hydrographer(n.) One skilled in the hydrography; one who surveys, or draws maps or charts of, the sea, lakes, or other waters, with the adjacent shores; one who describes the sea or other waters.

Hydrographic(a.) Alt. of Hydrographical

Hydrographical(a.) Of or relating to hydrography.

Hydrography(n.) The art of measuring and describing the sea, lakes, rivers, and other waters, with their phenomena.

Hydrography(n.) That branch of surveying which embraces the determination of the contour of the bottom of a harbor or other sheet of water, the depth of soundings, the position of channels and shoals, with the construction of charts exhibiting these particulars.

Hydroidea(n. pl.) An extensive order of Hydrozoa or Acalephae.

Hydrology(n.) The science of water, its properties, phenomena, and distribution over the earth's surface.

Hydromagnesite(n.) A hydrous carbonate of magnesia occurring in white, early, amorphous masses.

Hydromechanics(n.) That branch of physics which treats of the mechanics of liquids, or of their laws of equilibrium and of motion.

Hydrometeor(n.) A meteor or atmospheric phenomenon dependent upon the vapor of water; -- in the pl., a general term for the whole aqueous phenomena of the atmosphere, as rain, snow, hail, etc.

Hydrometeorology(n.) That branch of meteorology which relates to, or treats of, water in the atmosphere, or its phenomena, as rain, clouds, snow, hail, storms, etc.

Hydrometrograph(n.) An instrument for determining and recording the quantity of water discharged from a pipe, orifice, etc., in a given time.

Hydronephrosis(n.) An accumulation of urine in the pelvis of the kidney, occasioned by obstruction in the urinary passages.

Hydrophane(n.) A semitranslucent variety of opal that becomes translucent or transparent on immersion in water.

Hydrophanous(a.) Made transparent by immersion in water.

Hydrophid(n.) Any sea snake of the genus Hydrophys and allied genera. These snakes are venomous, live upon fishes, and have a flattened tail for swimming.

Hydrophlorone(n.) A white, crystal

Hydrophobia(n.) An abnormal dread of water, said to be a symptom of canine madness; hence:

Hydrophobia(n.) The disease caused by a bite form, or inoculation with the saliva of, a rabid creature, of which the chief symptoms are, a sense of dryness and construction in the throat, causing difficulty in deglutition, and a marked heightening of reflex excitability, producing convulsions whenever the patient attempts to swallow, or is disturbed in any way, as by the sight or sound of water; rabies; canine madness.

Hydrophobic(a.) Of or pertaining to hydrophobia; producing or caused by rabies; as, hydrophobic symptoms; the hydrophobic poison.

Hydrophoby(n.) See Hydrophobia.

Hydrophora(n. pl.) The Hydroidea.

Hydrophore(n.) An instrument used for the purpose of obtaining specimens of water from any desired depth, as in a river, a lake, or the ocean.

Hydrophyllia(pl. ) of Hydrophyllium

Hydrophylliums(pl. ) of Hydrophyllium

Hydrophyllium(n.) One of the flat, leaflike, protective zooids, covering other zooids of certain Siphonophora.

Hydrophyte(n.) An aquatic plant; an alga.

Hydrophytology(n.) The branch of botany which treats of water plants.

Hydroquinone(n.) A white crystal

Hydrosulphate(n.) Same as Hydrosulphurent.

Hydrosulphide(n.) One of a series of compounds, derived from hydrogen sulphide by the replacement of half its hydrogen by a base or basic radical; as, potassium hydrosulphide, KSH. The hydrosulphides are analogous to the hydrates and include the mercaptans.


Hydrosulphuret(n.) A hydrosulphide.

Hydrosulphureted(a.) Combined with hydrogen sulphide.

Hydrosulphuric(a.) Pertaining to, or derived from, hydrogen and sulphur; as, hydrosulphuric acid, a designation applied to the solution of hydrogen sulphide in water.

Hydrosulphurous(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained by the reduction of sulphurous acid. See Hyposulphurous acid, under Hyposulphurous.

Hydrotheca(n.) One of the calicles which, in some Hydroidea (Thecaphora), protect the hydrants. See Illust. of Hydroidea, and Campanularian.

Hydrotic(a.) Causing a discharge of water or phlegm.

Hydroxanthane(n.) A persulphocyanate.

Hydroxanthic(a.) Persulphocyanic.

Hydrozoa(n. pl.) The Acalephae; one of the classes of coelenterates, including the Hydroidea, Discophora, and Siphonophora.

Hydrus(n.) A constellation of the southern hemisphere, near the south pole.

-ide() A suffix used to denote: (a) The nonmetallic, or negative, element or radical in a binary compound; as, oxide, sulphide, chloride. (b) A compound which is an anhydride; as, glycolide, phthalide. (c) Any one of a series of derivatives; as, indogenide, glucoside, etc.

Indecipherable(a.) Not decipherable; incapable of being deciphered, explained, or solved.

Indeed(adv.) In reality; in truth; in fact; verily; truly; -- used in a variety of sense. Esp.: (a) Denoting emphasis; as, indeed it is so. (b) Denoting concession or admission; as, indeed, you are right. (c) Denoting surprise; as, indeed, is it you? Its meaning is not intrinsic or fixed, but depends largely on the form of expression which it accompanies.

Indent(v. t.)


Index(n.) That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument. In printing, a sign used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph; -- called also fist.

Index(n.) A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the like, in a book; -- usually alphabetical in arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume.

Indican(n.) An indigo-forming substance, found in urine, and other animal fluids, and convertible into red and blue indigo (urrhodin and uroglaucin). Chemically, it is indoxyl sulphate of potash, C8H6NSO4K, and is derived from the indol formed in the alimentary canal. Called also uroxanthin.

Indifferentism(n.) State of indifference; want of interest or earnestness; especially, a systematic apathy regarding what is true or false in religion or philosophy; agnosticism.

Indifuscin(n.) A brown amorphous powder, obtained from indican.

Indihumin(n.) A brown amorphous substance resembling humin, and obtained from indican.

Indophenol(n.) Any one of a series of artificial blue dyestuffs, resembling indigo in appearance, and obtained by the action of phenol on certain nitrogenous derivatives of quinone. Simple indophenol proper has not yet been isolated.

Indu Iodize(v. t.) To treat or impregnate with iodine or its compounds; as, to iodize a plate for photography.

Ludlamite(n.) A mineral occurring in small, green, transparent, monoclinic crystals. It is a hydrous phosphate of iron.

Mad(superl.) Furious with rage, terror, or disease; -- said of the lower animals; as, a mad bull; esp., having hydrophobia; rabid; as, a mad dog.

Madrigal(n.) An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See Glee.

Media(n.) One of the sonant mutes /, /, / (b, d, g), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues, /, /, / (p, t, k), and the aspiratae (aspirates) /, /, / (ph or f, th, ch). Also called middle mute, or medial, and sometimes soft mute.

Mediastinum(n.) A partition; a septum; specifically, the folds of the pleura (and the space included between them) which divide the thorax into a right and left cavity. The space included between these folds of the pleura, called the mediastinal space, contains the heart and gives passage to the esophagus and great blood vessels.

Medicine(n.) Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic.

Medicine(n.) A philter or love potion.

Medicine(n.) A physician.

Medusa(n.) Any free swimming acaleph; a jellyfish.

Medusoid(a.) Like a medusa; having the fundamental structure of a medusa, but without a locomotive disk; -- said of the sessile gonophores of hydroids.

Medusoid(n.) A sessile gonophore. See Illust. under Gonosome.

Midbrain(n.) The middle segment of the brain; the mesencephalon. See Brain.

Midriff(n.) See Diaphragm, n., 2.

Mode(n.) Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode.

Modus(n.) A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase modus decimandi.

Mudarin(n.) A brown, amorphous, bitter substance having a strong emetic action, extracted from the root of the mudar.

Mydatoxin(n.) A poisonous amido acid, C6H13NO2, separated by Brieger from decaying horseflesh. In physiological action, it is similar to curare.

Nadir(n.) That point of the heavens, or lower hemisphere, directly opposite the zenith; the inferior pole of the horizon; the point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.

Nide(n.) A nestful; a brood; as, a nide of pheasants.

Node(n.) A hard concretion or incrustation which forms upon bones attacked with rheumatism, gout, or syphilis; sometimes also, a swelling in the neighborhood of a joint.

Androcephalous(a.) Having a human head (upon an animal's body), as the Egyptian sphinx.

Hidrotic(a.) Causing perspiration; diaphoretic or sudorific.

Hidrotic(n.) A medicine that causes perspiration; a diaphoretic or a sudorific.

Hydrosphere(n.) The aqueous vapor of the entire atmosphere.

Hydrosphere(n.) The aqueous envelope of the earth, including the ocean, all lakes, streams, and underground waters, and the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere.

Indo-Aryan(n.) A member of one of the native races of India of Aryan speech and blood, characterized by tall stature, dolichocephaly, fair complexion with dark hair and eyes, plentiful beard, and narrow and prominent nose.

Iodocresol(n.) Any of several isomeric iodine derivatives of the cresols, C6H3I(CH3)OH, esp. one, an odorless amorphous powder, used in medicine as a substitute for iodoform.

Keddah(n.) An inclosure constructed to entrap wild elephants; an elephant trap.

Kodak(n.) A kind of portable photographic camera, esp. adapted for snapshot work, in which a succession of negatives is made upon a continuous roll of sensitized film; -- a trade-mark name of the Eastman Kodak Company, but now popularly applied to almost any hand camera.

Kodak(n.) A photograph taken with a kodak.

Kodak(v. t. & i.) To photograph with a kodak; hence, to describe or characterize briefly and vividly.

Ladino(n.) The mixed Spanish and Hebrew language spoken by Sephardim.

Ondogram(n.) The record of an ondograph.

Ondograph(n.) An instrument for autographically recording the wave forms of varying currents, esp. rapidly varying alternating currents.

Pad elephant() An elephant that is furnished with a pad for carrying burdens instead of with a howdah for carrying passengers.

Pedograph(n.) An instrument carried by a pedestrian for automatically making a topographical record of the ground covered during a journey.

Radio(a.) Of or pertaining to, or employing, or operated by, radiant energy, specifically that of electric waves; hence, pertaining to, or employed in, radiotelegraphy.

Radiograph(n.) An instrument for measuring and recording solar radiation.

Radiograph(n.) An image or picture produced upon a sensitive surface, as of a photographic plate, by some form of radiation other than light, as the Rontgen rays, radium rays, etc.; esp., a picture of opaque objects traversed by the rays; a skiagraph.

Radiograph(v. t.) To make a radiograph of.

Radiography(n.) Art or process of making radiographs.

Radiophare(n.) A radiotelegraphic station serving solely for determining the position of ships. The radius of operation of such stations was restricted by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention (1912) to 30 nautical miles.

Radiotelegram(n.) A message transmitted by radiotelegraph.

Radiotelegraph(n.) A wireless telegraph.

Radiotelegraphic(a.) Of or pertaining to radiotelegraphy; employing, or used or employed in, radiotelegraphy.

Radiotelegraphy(n.) Telegraphy using the radiant energy of electrical (Hertzian) waves; wireless telegraphy; -- the term adopted for use by the Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1912.

Radiotelephone(n.) A wireless telephone.

Radium(n.) An intensely radioactive metallic element found (combined) in minute quantities in pitchblende, and various other uranium minerals. Symbol, Ra; atomic weight, 226.4. Radium was discovered by M. and Mme. Curie, of Paris, who in 1902 separated compounds of it by a tedious process from pitchblende. Its compounds color flames carmine and give a characteristic spectrum. It resembles barium chemically. Radium preparations are remarkable for maintaining themselves at a higher temperature

Rudbeckia(n.) A genus of composite plants, the coneflowers, consisting of perennial herbs with showy pedunculate heads, having a hemispherical involucre, sterile ray flowers, and a conical chaffy receptacle. There are about thirty species, exclusively North American. Rudbeckia hirta, the black-eyed Susan, is a common weed in meadows.

Side-chain theory() A theory proposed by Ehrlich as a chemical explanation of immunity phenomena.

Sodium sulphate() A salt well known as a catharic under the name of Glauber's salt, which term is properly applied to the hydrate, Na2SO4.10H2O.

Wide-angle(a.) Having or covering an angle wider than the ordinary; -- applied to certain lenses of relatively short focus. Lenses for ordinary purposes have an angle of 50? or less. Wide-angle lenses may cover as much as 100? and are useful for photographing at short range, but the pictures appear distorted.

Odds(a.) Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase at odds.

Pedicel(n.) A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion.

Pedicular(a.) Of or pertaining to lice; having the lousy distemper (phthiriasis); lousy.

Pedipalpi(n pl.) A division of Arachnida, including the whip scorpions (Thelyphonus) and allied forms. Sometimes used in a wider sense to include also the true scorpions.

Pedotrophy(n.) The art of nourishing children properly.

Piddock(n.) Any species of Pholas; a pholad. See Pholas.

Podium(n.) The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began.

Podo-() A combining form or prefix from Gr. poy`s, podo`s, foot; as, podocarp, podocephalous, podology.

Podocephalous(a.) Having a head of flowers on a long peduncle, or footstalk.

Podophthalmia(n. pl.) The stalk-eyed Crustacea, -- an order of Crustacea having the eyes supported on movable stalks. It includes the crabs, lobsters, and prawns. Called also Podophthalmata, and Decapoda.

Podophthalmic(a.) Alt. of Podophthalmous

Podophthalmous(a.) Having the eyes on movable footstalks, or pedicels.

Podophthalmous(a.) Of or pertaining to the Podophthalmia.

Podophthalmite(n.) The eyestalk of a crustacean.

Podophyllin(n.) A brown bitter gum extracted from the rootstalk of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum). It is a complex mixture of several substances.

Podophyllous(a.) Having thin, flat, leaflike locomotive organs.

Podophyllous(a.) Pertaining to, or composing, the layer of tissue, made up of laminae, beneath a horse's hoof.

Podophyllum(n.) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American Podohyllum peltatum, or May apple, the Himalayan P. Emodi.

Podophyllum(n.) The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), -- used as a cathartic drug.

Podoscaph(n.) A canoe-shaped float attached to the foot, for walking on water.

Radiale(n.) The bone or cartilage of the carpus which articulates with the radius and corresponds to the scaphoid bone in man.

Radiata(n. pl.) An extensive artificial group of invertebrates, having all the parts arranged radially around the vertical axis of the body, and the various organs repeated symmetrically in each ray or spheromere.

Radiograph(n.) A picture produced by the Rontgen rays upon a sensitive surface, photographic or fluorescent, especially a picture of opaque objects traversed by the rays.

Radiophone(n.) An apparatus for the production of sound by the action of luminous or thermal rays. It is essentially the same as the photophone.

Radiophony(n.) The art or practice of using the radiophone.

Radish(n.) The pungent fleshy root of a well-known cruciferous plant (Raphanus sativus); also, the whole plant.

Radius(n.) A right Radula(n.) The chitinous ribbon bearing the teeth of mollusks; -- called also lingual ribbon, and tongue. See Odontophore.

Rede(n.) A word or phrase; a motto; a proverb; a wise saw.

Redemptorist(n.) One of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded in Naples in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liquori. It was introduced onto the United States in 1832 at Detroit. The Fathers of the Congregation devote themselves to preaching to the neglected, esp. in missions and retreats, and are forbidden by their rule to engage in the instruction of youth.

Red-gum(n.) An eruption of red pimples upon the face, neck, and arms, in early infancy; tooth rash; strophulus.

Redintegration(n.) The law that objects which have been previously combined as part of a single mental state tend to recall or suggest one another; -- adopted by many philosophers to explain the phenomena of the association of ideas.

Redstart(n.) A small, handsome European singing bird (Ruticilla phoenicurus), allied to the nightingale; -- called also redtail, brantail, fireflirt, firetail. The black redstart is P.tithys. The name is also applied to several other species of Ruticilla amnd allied genera, native of India.

Redstart(n.) An American fly-catching warbler (Setophaga ruticilla). The male is black, with large patches of orange-red on the sides, wings, and tail. The female is olive, with yellow patches.

Redwing(n.) A European thrush (Turdus iliacus). Its under wing coverts are orange red. Called also redwinged thrush. (b) A North American passerine bird (Agelarius ph/niceus) of the family Icteridae. The male is black, with a conspicuous patch of bright red, bordered with orange, on each wing. Called also redwinged blackbird, red-winged troupial, marsh blackbird, and swamp blackbird.

Rudd(n.) A fresh-water European fish of the Carp family (Leuciscus erythrophthalmus). It is about the size and shape of the roach, but it has the dorsal fin farther back, a stouter body, and red irises. Called also redeye, roud, finscale, and shallow. A blue variety is called azurine, or blue roach.

Rudolphine(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a set of astronomical tables computed by Kepler, and founded on the observations of Tycho Brahe; -- so named from Rudolph II., emperor of Germany.

Sadr(n.) A plant of the genus Ziziphus (Z. lotus); -- so called by the Arabs of Barbary, who use its berries for food. See Lotus (b).

Side(n.) Any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and yet in relation to, the rest; as, the upper side of a sphere; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to or contrasted with another; as, this or that side.

Siderographic(a.) Alt. of Siderographical

Siderographical(a.) Of or pertaining to siderography; executed by engraved plates of steel; as, siderographic art; siderographic impressions.

Siderographist(n.) One skilled in siderography.

Siderography(n.) The art or practice of steel engraving; especially, the process, invented by Perkins, of multiplying facsimiles of an engraved steel plate by first rolling over it, when hardened, a soft steel cylinder, and then rolling the cylinder, when hardened, over a soft steel plate, which thus becomes a facsimile of the original. The process has been superseded by electrotypy.

Sudorific(n.) A sudorific medicine. Cf. Diaphoretic.

Tadpole(n.) The young aquatic larva of any amphibian. In this stage it breathes by means of external or internal gills, is at first destitute of legs, and has a finlike tail. Called also polliwig, polliwog, porwiggle, or purwiggy.

Under(prep.) Denoting relation to something that comprehends or includes, that represents or designates, that furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as, he betrayed him under the guise of friendship; Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy asleep.

Under(adv.) In a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection; -- used chiefly in a few idiomatic phrases; as, to bring under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to keep in subjection; to control; to go under, to be unsuccessful; to fail.

Under(a.) Lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject; subordinate; -- generally in composition with a noun, and written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent; undertone; underdose; under-garment; underofficer; undersheriff.

Underprop(v. t.) To prop from beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold.

Undersphere(n.) A sphere which is smaller than, and in its movements subject to, another; a satellite.

Undersphere(n.) An inferior sphere, or field of action.

Vedanta(n.) A system of philosophy among the Hindus, founded on scattered texts of the Vedas, and thence termed the "Anta," or end or substance.

Wedgebill(n.) An Australian crested insessorial bird (Sphenostoma cristatum) having a wedge-shaped bill. Its color is dull brown, like the earth of the plains where it lives.

Wide(superl.) Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of / (/ve) is / (/ll); of a (ate) is / (/nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 13-15.

About the author

Mark McCracken

Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".

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