(De"bu*scope) n. [From the inventor, Debus, a French optician + -scope.] (Opt.) A modification
of the kaleidoscope; used to reflect images so as to form beautiful designs.
(||Dé`but") n. [F. début, prop., the first cast or throw at play, fr. but aim, mark. See Butt an end.]
A beginning or first attempt; hence, a first appearance before the public, as of an actor or public speaker.
(||Dé`bu`tant") n.; fem. Débutante
(Dé`bu`tante") [F., p. pr. of débuter to have the first throw, to
make one's début. See Début.] A person who makes his (or her) first appearance before the public.
(Dec"a-) [Cf. Ten.] A prefix, from Gr. de`ka, signifying ten; specifically (Metric System), a
prefix signifying the weight or measure that is ten times the principal unit.
(||De*cac`e*ra"ta) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. de`ka ten + ke`ras a horn.] (Zoöl.) The division of
Cephalopoda which includes the squids, cuttlefishes, and others having ten arms or tentacles; called
also Decapoda. [Written also Decacera.] See Dibranchiata.
(Dec"a*chord Dec`a*chor"don) n. [Gr. deka`chordos tenstringed; de`ka ten + chordj` a
1. An ancient Greek musical instrument of ten strings, resembling the harp.
2. Something consisting of ten parts. W. Watson.
(Dec`a*cu"mi*na`ted) a. [L. decacuminare to cut off the top. See Cacuminate.] Having
the point or top cut off. [Obs.] Bailey.