di

1

or Di

[dee]

Origin of di

1
< Italian < Latin

di

2
[dee]
noun Music.
  1. a tone in the ascending chromatic scale between do and re.

Origin of di

2
perhaps alteration of do2

Di

[dahy]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Diana.

Di

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. didymium.

DI

  1. Department of the Interior.
  2. drill instructor.

di-

1
  1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “two,” “twice,” “double” (diphthong); on this model, freely used in the formation of compound words (dicotyledon; dipolar) and in chemical terms (diatomic; disulfide).
Also dis-2.
Compare mono-.

Origin of di-

1
Middle EnglishLatin < Greek, combining form representing dís twice, double, akin to dýo two. See bi-1, twi-

di-

2
  1. variant of dis-1 before b, d, l, m, n, r, s, v, and sometimes g and j: digest; divide.

di-

3
  1. variant of dia- before a vowel: diorama.

di.

or dia

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Examples from the Web for di

Contemporary Examples of di

Historical Examples of di

  • Bad anyway, seeing there was only two di'monds betwixt three men.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • And when Tom held up the other di'mond he looked sorrier than ever.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • She called him vigliacco—papa, a Panacci, dei Duchi di Vedrano!

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Neither of us said anything for a spell, breath bein' scurce as di'monds.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The inducement of the throne of Naples had been held out to Marchese di Pescara.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting


British Dictionary definitions for di

Di

the chemical symbol for
  1. didymium

DI

abbreviation for
  1. Defence Intelligence
  2. Detective Inspector
  3. Donor Insemination

di-

1
prefix
  1. twice; two; doubledicotyledon
    1. containing two specified atoms or groups of atomsdimethyl ether; carbon dioxide
    2. a nontechnical equivalent of bi- 1 (def. 5c)

Word Origin for di-

via Latin from Greek, from dis twice, double, related to duo two. Compare bi- 1

di-

2
combining form
  1. variant of dia- diopter
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Word Origin and History for di

di-

1

word-forming element meaning "two, double, twice," from Greek di-, from dis "twice," related to duo (see two).

di-

2

word-forming element meaning "apart, asunder," form of dis- before certain voiced consonants.

di-

3

word-forming element meaning "through; thoroughly," form of dia- before vowels.

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di in Medicine

di-

pref.
  1. Two; twice; double:dichromatic.
  2. Containing two atoms, radicals, or groups:diiodide.
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di in Science

di-

  1. A prefix that means “two,” “twice,” or “double.” It is used commonly in chemistry, as in dioxide, a compound having two oxygen atoms.
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