(De*funct") a. [L. defunctus, p. p. of defungi to acquit one's self of, to perform, finish, depart,
die; de + fungi to perform, discharge: cf. F. défunt. See Function.] Having finished the course of life; dead; deceased.
"Defunct organs." Shak.
The boar, defunct, lay tripped up, near.Byron.
(De*funct"), n. A dead person; one deceased.
(De*func"tion) n. [L. defunctio performance, death.] Death. [Obs.]
After defunction of King Pharamond.Shak.
(De*func"tive) a. Funereal. [Obs.] "Defunctive music." Shak.
(De*fuse") v. t. [Cf. Diffuse.] To disorder; to make shapeless. [Obs.] Shak.
(De*fy") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.] [F. défier, OF. deffier, desfier,
LL. disfidare to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his
lord; hence, to challenge, defy; fr. L. dis- + fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Diffident, Affiance.]
1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
I defy the surety and the bond.Chaucer.
For thee I have defied my constant mistress.Beau. & Fl.
2. To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to
treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of
an opponent; to defy public opinion.
I once againMilton.
Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.Burke.
(De*fy") n. A challenge. [Obs.] Dryden.
(De*gar"nish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degarnished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Degarnishing.] [F. dégarnir; pref.
dé- , des- (L. dis-) + garnir to furnish. See Garnish, and cf. Disgarnish.]
1. To strip or deprive of entirely, as of furniture, ornaments, etc.; to disgarnish; as, to degarnish a house,
2. To deprive of a garrison, or of troops necessary for defense; as, to degarnish a city or fort. [R.] Washington.
(De*gar"nish*ment) n. The act of depriving, as of furniture, apparatus, or a garrison.
(De*gen"der De*gen"er) v. i. [See Degenerate.] To degenerate. [Obs.] "Degendering to
He degenereth into beastliness.Joye.
(De*gen"er*a*cy) n. [From Degenerate, a.]