(De*merse") v. t. [L. demersus, p. p. of demergere. See Merge.] To immerse. [Obs.]
(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.
Ancient demesne. (Eng. Law) See under Ancient.
(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
(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
(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.