del

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[del]
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(in names of Spanish derivation) a contraction of de and the article el: Estanislao del Campo.
(in names of Italian derivation) a contraction of di and the article il: Giovanni del Monte.

del

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[del]

noun Mathematics.

a differential operator. Symbol: ∇

Origin of del

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First recorded in 1900–05; short form of delta

del.

delegate; delegation.
delete; deletion.

Del.

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  • "I see that you are already beginning to understand the principles of business," said Del Ferice, with an encouraging smile.

    Don Orsino

    F. Marion Crawford

  • San Gimignanos Palazzo del Commune dates from 1298, but its tower was an afterthought, built a century later.

  • His own name was the one which gave the paper its value and decided Del Ferice to continue the advances of money.

    Don Orsino

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Del Giudice has recently proved that certain passages are taken from the Justinian law and others from the Theodosian code.

  • Some fine specimens of gilding were also to be seen, and Del Ferice had been one of the first to use electric light.

    Don Orsino

    F. Marion Crawford



British Dictionary definitions for del

del

noun

maths the differential operator i (∂/∂ x) + j (∂/∂ y) + k (∂/∂ z), where i, j, and k are unit vectors in the x, y, and z directionsSymbol: Also called: nabla

del.

abbreviation for

delegate

Del.

abbreviation for

Delaware
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