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di

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[ dee ]
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preposition

from; of: used in Italian personal names, originally to indicate place of origin: Conte di Savòia.

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Origin of di

1
<Italian <Latin

Definition for di (2 of 9)

di2
[ dee ]
/ di /

noun Music.

a tone in the ascending chromatic scale between do and re.

Origin of di

2
Perhaps alteration of do2

Definition for di (3 of 9)

Di
[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /

noun

a female given name, form of Diana.

Definition for di (4 of 9)

Di

Symbol, Chemistry.

didymium.

Definition for di (5 of 9)

DI

Department of the Interior.
drill instructor.

Definition for di (6 of 9)

di-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 English ≪ Latin <Greek, combining form representing dís twice, double, akin to dýotwo. See bi-1, twi-

Definition for di (7 of 9)

di-2

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

Definition for di (8 of 9)

di-3

variant of dia- before a vowel: diorama.

Definition for di (9 of 9)

di.

or dia


abbreviation

diameter.
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British Dictionary definitions for di (1 of 4)

Di

the chemical symbol for

didymium

British Dictionary definitions for di (2 of 4)

DI

abbreviation for

Defence Intelligence
Detective Inspector
Donor Insemination

British Dictionary definitions for di (3 of 4)

di-1

prefix

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

British Dictionary definitions for di (4 of 4)

di-2

combining form

variant of dia- diopter
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Medical definitions for di

di-

pref.

Two; twice; double:dichromatic.
Containing two atoms, radicals, or groups:diiodide.
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Scientific definitions for di

di-

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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