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(Di*coc"cous) a. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + grain, seed.] (Bot.) Composed of two coherent,
one-seeded carpels; as, a dicoccous capsule.
(Di*cot`y*le"don) n. [Pref. di- + cotyledon.] (Bot.) A plant whose seeds divide into two
seed lobes, or cotyledons, in germinating.
(Di*cot`y*le"don*ous) a. (Bot.) Having two cotyledons or seed lobes; as, a dicotyledonous
(Di"cro*tal Di"cro*tous) a. Dicrotic.
(Di*crot"ic) a. [Gr. = to knock, beat.] (Physiol.) (a) Of or pertaining to dicrotism; as, a dicrotic
pulse. (b) Of or pertaining to the second expansion of the artery in the dicrotic pulse; as, the dicrotic
(Di"cro*tism) n. (Physiol.) A condition in which there are two beats or waves of the arterial
pulse to each beat of the heart.
(||Dic"ta) n. pl. [L.] See Dictum.
(||Dic*ta"men) n. [LL., fr. dictare to dictate.] A dictation or dictate. [R.] Falkland.
(||Dic*tam"nus) n. [L. See Dittany.] (Bot.) A suffrutescent, D. Fraxinella with strong perfume
and showy flowers. The volatile oil of the leaves is highly inflammable.
(Dic"tate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dictated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dictating.] [L. dictatus, p. p. of dictare,
freq. of dicere to say. See Diction, and cf. Dight.]
1. To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an
The mind which dictated the Iliad.Wayland.
Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit.Macaulay.
2. To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with
authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops.
Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed.Watts.
Syn. To suggest; prescribe; enjoin; command; point out; urge; admonish.
(Dic"tate), v. i.
1. To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions
Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign.Macaulay.
2. To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another.
Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew not how to dictate.Bacon.
(Dic"tate) n. [L. dictatum. See Dictate, v. t.] A statement delivered with authority; an order; a
command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the
dictates of the gospel.
I credit what the Grecian dictates say.Prior.