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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does DT mean?
Where does DT come from?
The expression delirium tremens is Latin. Delirium refers to the “madness” some experience in withdrawal, including hallucinations, and tremens refers to the “shaking” people get. The shortening of delirium tremens to DT or DTs occurred as early as 1861.
By at least 1921, DT came to be used as a shorthand for detective. In the later half of the 20th century, DT was especially used to refer to members of drug offense squads.
DT on the social media platform is short for double tap. In the Instagram app, users can “like” a post by tapping it twice, hence DT. This abbreviation is often used as a hashtag, #dt, as a way to encourage others to like one’s post.
In American football, DT is an acronym for defensive tackle, often one of the strongest and biggest players on the team and whose job it is to break the offensive line. The position of defensive tackle has been abbreviated as DT since at least the 1960s.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is ‘'no level of concern'' for DT Kawann Short, who did not practice for the second straight day with a calf injury. Full injury report: https://t.co/kNDsGhnf6O pic.twitter.com/7OxTVBeKBc
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 14, 2018
If you act up in class, you might get hit with a school DT, or detention, a tried-and-true tactic that schools the world over use to discipline students. In DT, usually held outside school hours, you might have to do extra schoolwork or, if you’re Bart from the Simpsons, write out lines on the chalkboard.
How is DT used in real life?
In the context of drug and alcohol use and rehabilitation, the DTs most often refer to delirium tremens—although it could possibly refer to the detective (DT) who is investigating drug use or dealing.
Is it possible to go through fast food/junk food withdrawals? Bc I've got the DTs bad. Cravings and everything.
— PICC me, choose me, love me (@Cardiac_Cutie) May 19, 2017
On Instagram, people might ask for #dt or #DoubleTaps to get more likes on their content. They also use the hashtag #dt to express appreciation for something, such as their favorite sports team or celebrity.
In the world of American (as well as Canadian) football, a DT, for defensive tackle, is a key player on the defensive line.
— SAGU Football (@SAGU_Football) December 14, 2018
If you get a DT, sometimes modified with the descriptor school, it means detention. As glamorous as The Breakfast Club makes them seem, DTs aren’t usually so fun and life-changing.
DT has also become an online shorthand way for people to refer to President Donald Trump.
More examples of DT:
“The defensive tackles (DT) line up inside the defensive ends (DE).”
—Howie Long & John Czarnecki, Football for Dummies, 2011
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for DT
Le service funbre dt tre clbr le troisime jour, et non pas le lendemain de l'vnement en question.History of the Discovery of the Northwest by John Nicolet in 1634|Consul Willshire Butterfield
He's got dt's, blue-devilsand I've seen him, and I'm swarming myself with little red devils after it.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
In applications to dynamics, when x denotes a coordinate and t the time, dx/dt denotes a velocity.
If a should be a function of the temperature, it follows from thermodynamics that it would be equal to (a - Tda/dT) (1/vl - 1/vv).
"Does he or don'dt he, is none of my business," said Schulig.In Pawn|Ellis Parker Butler