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  1. a metal loop attached to tack, for fastening gear: to hang wire cutters from a dee on a saddle.
  2. Physics. a hollow electrode for accelerating particles in a cyclotron.

Origin of dee

First recorded in 1785–95; so called from its shape, which resembles the letter D


  1. John,1527–1608, English mathematician and astrologer.
  2. a river in NE Scotland, flowing E into the North Sea at Aberdeen. 90 miles (145 km) long.
  3. a river in N Wales and W England, flowing E and N into the Irish Sea. About 70 miles (110 km) long.
  4. a male or female given name.
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Examples from the Web for dee

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Historical Examples

  • The "Banks of Dee" is, you know, literally "Langolee" to slow time.

  • I'm thinkin we dee mair things in faith than we ken—but no eneuch!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • He wantit her hame; and he's no are to dee onything ill, or at the wrang moment!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • I'll dee for him what I can, ohn forgotten that he's no mine but anither wuman's.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • And when she was deein', she askit for it, and she dee'd wi' it in her haun'.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

British Dictionary definitions for dee


  1. a Scot word for die 1


  1. a river in N Wales and NW England, rising in S Gwynedd and flowing east and north to the Irish Sea. Length: about 112 km (70 miles)
  2. a river in NE Scotland, rising in the Cairngorms and flowing east to the North Sea. Length: about 140 km (87 miles)
  3. a river in S Scotland, flowing south to the Solway Firth. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)


  1. John. 1527–1608, English mathematician, astrologer, and magician: best known for his preface (1570) to the first edition of Euclid in English
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