Ancient demesne. (Eng. Law) See under Ancient.

(De*mesn"i*al) a. Of or pertaining to a demesne; of the nature of a demesne.

(Dem"i-) [F. demi-, fr. L. dimidius half; di- = dis- + medius middle. See Medium, and cf. Demy, Dimidiate.] A prefix, signifying half.

(De*mi") n. See Demy, n.

(Dem"i*bas"tion) n. [Cf. F. demi- bastion.] (Fort.) A half bastion, or that part of a bastion consisting of one face and one flank.

(Dem"i*bri*gade") n. [Cf. F. demi- brigade.] A half brigade.

(Dem"i*ca`dence) n. (Mus.) An imperfect or half cadence, falling on the dominant instead of on the key note.

(Dem"i*can"non) n. (Mil. Antiq.) A kind of ordnance, carrying a ball weighing from thirty to thirty-six pounds. Shak.

(Dem"i*cir`cle) n. [Cf. F. demi- cercle.] An instrument for measuring angles, in surveying, etc. It resembles a protractor, but has an alidade, sights, and a compass.

(Dem"i*cul"ver*in) n. (Mil. Antiq.) A kind of ordnance, carrying a ball weighing from nine to thirteen pounds.

(Dem"i*de"i*fy) v. t. To deify in part. Cowper.

(Dem"i*dev`il) n. A half devil. Shak.

(Dem"i*god) n. A half god, or an inferior deity; a fabulous hero, the offspring of a deity and a mortal.

(Dem"i*god`dess) n. A female demigod.

(Dem"i*gorge`) n. [Cf. F. demi- gorge.] (Fort.) Half the gorge, or entrance into a bastion, taken from the angle of the flank to the center of the bastion.

(De*merse") v. t. [L. demersus, p. p. of demergere. See Merge.] To immerse. [Obs.] Boyle.

(De*mersed") a. (Bot.) Situated or growing under water, as leaves; submersed.

(De*mer"sion) n. [L. demersio.]

1. The act of plunging into a fluid; a drowning.

2. The state of being overwhelmed in water, or as if in water. Ray.

(De*mes"mer*ize) v. t. To relieve from mesmeric influence. See Mesmerize.

(De*mesne") n. [OE. demeine, demain, rule, demesne, OF. demeine, demaine, demeigne, domaine, power, F. domaine domain, fr. L. dominium property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, proprietor, owner. See Dame, and cf. Demain, Domain, Danger, Dungeon.] (Law) A lord's chief manor place, with that part of the lands belonging thereto which has not been granted out in tenancy; a house, and the land adjoining, kept for the proprietor's own use. [Written also demain.] Wharton's Law Dict. Burrill.

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