- any of several chiefly marine, cetacean mammals of the family Delphinidae, having a fishlike body, numerous teeth, and the front of the head elongated into a beaklike projection.
- Also called dolphinfish, mahimahi, pompano dolphin. either of two large, slender fishes, Coryphaena hippurus or C. equisetis, of warm and temperate seas.
- a pile, cluster of piles, or buoy to which a vessel may be moored in open water.
- a cluster of piles used as a fender, as at the entrance to a dock.
- a pudding fender at the nose of a tugboat or on the side of a vessel.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Delphinus.
Origin of dolphin
Examples from the Web for dolphin
A popular beach bar was bulldozed to make way for a dolphin swim attraction.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
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June 21, 2014
And if you make it all the way through, you'll even see a dolphin.Man Attaches GoPro Camera to Crab Net, Sees Crabs
January 6, 2014
But those hearts will likely be pounding a bit harder than if you had just seen, say, Dolphin Tale.Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies
October 26, 2011
“The truth came out… like a dolphin wiggling free of a blanket,” Colbert quipped.15 Hilarious Weinergate Reactions
The Daily Beast Video
June 7, 2011
If Clint Eastwood and a dolphin had sex, I would be the spawn.Pablo Schreiber on His New Off-Broadway Play
February 1, 2011
My first sight of a dolphin near at hand was one to remember.
The appearance of the dolphin when just out of the water beggars description.
During supper the schooner approached the Dolphin, and lay alongside.Hair Breadth Escapes
T. S. Arthur
It was a lake of rainbow light, in which, for a short while, I lived like a dolphin.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
The Dolphin, indignant at these falsehoods, dipped the Monkey under the water and drowned him.Aesop's Fables
- any of various marine cetacean mammals of the family Delphinidae, esp Delphinus delphis, that are typically smaller than whales and larger than porpoises and have a beaklike snout
- river dolphin any freshwater cetacean of the family Platanistidae, inhabiting rivers of North and South America and S Asia. They are smaller than marine dolphins and have a longer narrower snout
- Also called: dorado either of two large marine percoid fishes, Coryphaena hippurus or C. equisetis, that resemble the cetacean dolphins and have an iridescent coloration
- nautical a post or buoy for mooring a vessel
Word Origin and History for dolphin
mid-14c., from Old French daulphin, from Medieval Latin dolfinus, from Latin delphinus "dolphin," from Greek delphis (genitive delphinos) "dolphin," related to delphys "womb," perhaps via notion of the animal bearing live young, or from its shape, from PIE *gwelbh-. Popularly applied to the dorado from late 16c.