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D

1
or d

[ dee ]

noun

, plural D's or Ds, d's or ds.
  1. the fourth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
  2. any spoken sound represented by the letter D or d, as in dog, ladder, ladle, or pulled.
  3. something having the shape of a D .
  4. a written or printed representation of the letter D or d.
  5. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter D or d.


d'

2

preposition

  1. de (used in French names as an elided form of de ):

    Charles Louis d'Albert.

  2. di (used in Italian names as an elided form of di ):

    Gabriele d'Annunzio.

d.

3

abbreviation for

  1. (in prescriptions) give.

D

4

abbreviation for

  1. Electricity. debye ( def ); debyes.
  2. deep.
  3. depth.
  4. divorced.

d'

5
  1. Informal. contraction of do or did before you:

    How d'you like your eggs cooked? D'you go to the movies last night?

d.

6

abbreviation for

  1. British. pence.

D

7
Symbol.
  1. the fourth in order or in a series.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) (in some grading systems) a grade or mark, as in school or college, indicating the quality of a student's work as poor or barely passing.
  3. (sometimes lowercase) a classification, rating, or the like, indicating poor quality.
  4. Music.
    1. the second tone in the scale of C major, or the fourth tone in the relative minor scale, A minor.
    2. a string, key, or pipe tuned to this tone.
    3. a written or printed note representing this tone.
    4. (in the fixed system of solmization) the second tone of the scale of C major, called re.
    5. the tonality having D as the tonic note.
  5. (sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 500. Compare Roman numerals.
  6. Chemistry. deuterium ( def ). Also 2H
  7. Electricity.
    1. electric displacement.
    2. a battery size for 1.5 volt dry cells: diameter, 1.3 inches (3.3 centimeters); length, 2.4 inches (6 centimeters).
  8. Biochemistry. aspartic acid.
  9. a symbol for a shoe width size narrower than E and wider than C.
  10. a proportional brassiere cup size larger than C.

d.

8

abbreviation for

  1. date.
  2. daughter.
  3. day.
  4. deceased.
  5. deep.
  6. degree.
  7. delete.
  8. Physics. density.
  9. depth.
  10. deputy.
  11. dialect.
  12. dialectal.
  13. diameter.
  14. died.
  15. dime.
  16. dividend.
  17. dollar; dollars.
  18. dose.
  19. drachma.

'd

9
  1. contraction of had:

    I was glad they'd gone.

  2. contraction of did:

    Where'd they go?

  3. contraction of should or would:

    He'd like to go. I'd like to remind you of your promise.

  4. contraction of -ed:

    She OK'd the plan.

D-

10
  1. Symbol, Biochemistry. (of a molecule) having a configuration resembling the dextrorotatory isomer of glyceraldehyde: always printed as a small capital, roman character.

d-

11
Symbol, Chemistry, Biochemistry.
  1. dextrorotatory; dextro- ( l- ).

D.

12

abbreviation for

  1. day.
  2. December.
  3. Democrat.
  4. Democratic.
  5. Physics. density.
  6. Deus.
  7. Deuteronomy.
  8. Doctor.
  9. dose.
  10. Dutch.

D

1

symbol for

  1. music
    1. a note having a frequency of 293.66 hertz ( D above middle C ) or this value multiplied or divided by any power of 2; the second note of the scale of C major
    2. a key, string, or pipe producing this note
    3. the major or minor key having this note as its tonic
  2. chem deuterium
  3. maths the first derivative of a function, as in D( x ³ + x ²) = 3 x ² + 2 x
  4. physics
    1. dispersion
    2. electric displacement
  5. aeronautics drag
    1. a semiskilled or unskilled manual worker, or a trainee or apprentice to a skilled worker
    2. ( as modifier ) See also occupation groupings

      D worker

  6. Roman numeral 500 See Roman numerals


abbreviation for

  1. Germany (international car registration)
    1. defence

      I'm playing D in the match this afternoon

    2. defensive play

d

2

/ diː /

noun

  1. the fourth letter and third consonant of the modern English alphabet
  2. a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a voiced alveolar stop, as in dagger
  3. the semicircle on a billiards table having a radius of 11 1 2 inches and its straight edge in the middle of the baulk line

d.

3

abbreviation for

  1. (in animal pedigrees) dam
  2. daughter
  3. currency penny or pennies
  4. diameter
  5. died
  6. dinar(s)
  7. dollar(s)
  8. drachma(s)

d

4

symbol for

  1. physics density or relative density
  2. maths a small increment in a given variable or function: used to indicate a derivative of one variable with respect to another, as in d y /d x

D

5

abbreviation for

  1. Deutsch: indicating the serial number in the catalogue (1951) of the musical compositions of Schubert made by Otto Deutsch (1883–1967)

'd

6

contraction of

  1. would or had

    I'd

    you'd

D.

7

abbreviation for

  1. politics Democrat(ic)
  2. government Department
  3. dinar(s)
  4. Don (a Spanish title)
  5. Duchess
  6. Duke
  7. (in the US and Canada) Doctor

d

  1. Abbreviation of diameter


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Word History and Origins

Origin of D1

From the Latin word

Origin of D2

From the Latin word denāriī

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Word History and Origins

Origin of D1

(for sense 8) from German Deutschland

Origin of D2

(sense 3 and 6) Latin denarius

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Example Sentences

“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.

I take calcium and vitamin D supplements, but prescription medications are generally only for women in menopause.

Then Pascal responds (in all caps) with, “BUT WE DIDNT WIN A D [sic] YOU KNOW HIM.”

The move gets an “A” for symbolism and a “D” for everything else.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a leading voice on police demilitarization, was supportive of the White House announcement.

C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.

D'o l'on peut aussy veoir, quelle esperance il y a de planter une belle chrestient par tels evangelistes.

Neither of us spoke again, and at length the squat log buildings of Pend d' Oreille loomed ahead of us in the night.

He picked out that simple little study of Cramer in D major in the first book—you know it well—and asked me to play it.

(d) Excess balances may, at the convenience of each federal reserve bank, remain deposited with the gold settlement fund.

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