(Dil"i*gent) a. [F. diligent, L. diligens, -entis, p. pr. of diligere, dilectum, to esteem highly,
prefer; di- = dis- + legere to choose. See Legend.]
1. Prosecuted with careful attention and effort; careful; painstaking; not careless or negligent.
The judges shall make diligent inquisition.Deut. xix. 18.
2. Interestedly and perseveringly attentive; steady and earnest in application to a subject or pursuit; assiduous; industrious.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings.Prov. xxii. 29.
Diligent cultivation of elegant literature.Prescott.
Syn. Active; assiduous; sedulous; laborious; persevering; attentive; industrious.
(Dil"i*gent*ly), adv. In a diligent manner; not carelessly; not negligently; with industry or assiduity.
Ye diligently keep commandments of the Lord your God.Deut. vi. 17.
(Dill) n. [AS dile; akin to D. dille, OHG. tilli, G. dill, dille, Sw. dill, Dan. dild.] (Bot.) An herb
the seeds of which are moderately warming, pungent, and aromatic, and were formerly used as a soothing
medicine for children; called also dillseed. Dr. Prior.
(Dill), v. t. [OE. dillen, fr. dul dull, a.] To still; to calm; to soothe, as one in pain. [Obs.]
(Dil"ling) n. A darling; a favorite. [Obs.]
Whilst the birds billing,Drayton.
Each one with his dilling.
(Dil*lu"ing) n. (Min.) A process of sorting ore by washing in a hand sieve. [Written also deluing.]
(Dil"ly) n. [Contr. fr. diligence.] A kind of stagecoach. "The Derby dilly." J. H. Frere.
(Dil"ly-dal`ly) v. i. [See Dally.] To loiter or trifle; to waste time.
(Di*log"ic*al) a. Ambiguous; of double meaning. [Obs.] T. Adams.
(Dil"o*gy) n.; pl. Dilogies [L. dilogia, Gr. fr. doubtful; di- = di`s- twice + to speak.] (Rhet.) An
ambiguous speech; a figure in which a word is used an equivocal sense. [R.]
(Di*lu"cid) a. [L. dilucidus, fr. dilucere to be light enough to distinguish objects apart. See
Lucid.] Clear; lucid. [Obs.] Bacon. Di*lu"cid*ly, adv. [Obs.] Di`lu*cid"i*ty n. [Obs.]
(Di*lu"ci*date) v. t. [L. dilucidatus, p. p. of dilucidare.] To elucidate. [Obs.] Boyle.
(Di*lu`ci*da"tion) n. [L. dilucidatio.] The act of making clear. [Obs.] Boyle.
(Dil"u*ent) a. [L. diluens, p. pr. diluere. See Dilute.] Diluting; making thinner or weaker by
admixture, esp. of water. Arbuthnot.
1. That which dilutes.
2. (Med.) An agent used for effecting dilution of the blood; a weak drink.
There is no real diluent but water.Arbuthnot.