1. Charles Anderson,1819–97, U.S. journalist, editor, and publisher.
  2. Edward Salisbury,1849–1935, U.S. mineralogist and physicist.
  3. his fatherJames Dwight,1813–95, U.S. geologist and mineralogist.
  4. Richard Henry, Jr.,1815–82, U.S. jurist, author, and sailor: specialist in admiralty law.
  5. a male or female given name.
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Examples from the Web for dana

Contemporary Examples of dana

Historical Examples of dana

  • I have been privileged to take them home and arrange them in my room and Dana's.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Dana Marden and his wife were in front of me, not three seats away.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • And, most incredible of all, though Dana would not speak to her, she spoke to him!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • On the Dana plateau, for example, by the expenditure of 32 hours of labour 48 cwt.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Morse attended these lectures and formed with Dana an intimate acquaintance.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for dana


  1. James Dwight (dwaɪt). 1813–95, American geologist; noted for his work The System of Mineralogy (1837)
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Word Origin and History for dana


fem. proper name; in U.S. little used before c.1925, then in top 100 for girls born from 1963 to 1984.

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