- situated on or toward the upper side of the body, equivalent to the back, or posterior, in humans.
- situated on or toward the posterior plane in humans or toward the upper plane in quadrupeds.
Origin of dorsal1
Related Words for dorsalbehind, last, back, hind, hinder, reverse, rearward, posterior, tail, stern, following, postern, mizzen, hand, vane, appendage, pinna, stabilizer, flipper, airfoil
Examples from the Web for dorsal
Contemporary Examples of dorsal
The first and last lines of Lolita make my dorsal hairs quiver, as Nabokov intended.Blake Bailey: How I Write
March 20, 2013
Relatively misshapen and formless, the dorsal figure is perhaps even more expressive of physical torment.The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’
Thomas de Wesselow
April 3, 2012
Historical Examples of dorsal
In other cases the eggs are carried in the dorsal pouches of the females.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He shot off with the bait and his dorsal fin stuck out of the water.
Just below the dorsal, on the background of gold, was a line of black dots.
Scutum: the second dorsal sclerite of the meso- and meta-thorax.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
A dorsal view of an embryo with about fifteen pairs of somites.Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator
Albert M. Reese
Word Origin for dorsal
1540s, from Middle French dorsal (14c.), from Late Latin dorsalis, corresponding to Latin dorsualis "of the back," from dorsum "back," of uncertain origin.