Diluter to Dimple

(Di*lut"er) n. One who, or that which, dilutes or makes thin, more liquid, or weaker.

(Di*lu"tion) n. [Cf. F. dilution.] The act of diluting, or the state of being diluted. Arbuthnot.

(Di*lu"vi*al) a. [L. diluvialis. fr. diluvium.]

1. Of or pertaining to a flood or deluge, esp. to the great deluge in the days of Noah; diluvian.

2. (Geol.) Effected or produced by a flood or deluge of water; — said of coarse and imperfectly stratified deposits along ancient or existing water courses. Similar unstratified deposits were formed by the agency of ice. The time of deposition has been called the Diluvian epoch.

(Di*lu"vi*al*ist), n. One who explains geological phenomena by the Noachian deluge. Lyell.

(Di*lu"vi*an) a. [Cf. F. diluvien.] Of or pertaining to a deluge, esp. to the Noachian deluge; diluvial; as, of diluvian origin. Buckland.

(Di*lu"vi*ate) v. i. [L. diluviare.] To run as a flood. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys.

(Di*lu"vi*um) n.; pl. E. Diluviums L. Diluvia [L. diluvium. See Dilute, Deluge.] (Geol.) A deposit of superficial loam, sand, gravel, stones, etc., caused by former action of flowing waters, or the melting of glacial ice.

The accumulation of matter by the ordinary operation of water is termed alluvium.

(Dim) a. [Compar. Dimmer ; superl. Dimmest ] [AS. dim; akin to OFries. dim, Icel. dimmr: cf. MHG. timmer, timber; of uncertain origin.]

1. Not bright or distinct; wanting luminousness or clearness; obscure in luster or sound; dusky; darkish; obscure; indistinct; overcast; tarnished.

The dim magnificence of poetry.

How is the gold become dim!
Lam. iv. 1.

I never saw
The heavens so dim by day.

Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
Through words and things, a dim and perilous way.

2. Of obscure vision; not seeing clearly; hence, dull of apprehension; of weak perception; obtuse.

Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow.
Job xvii. 7.

The understanding is dim.

Obvious compounds: dim-eyed; dim-sighted, etc.

Syn. — Obscure; dusky; dark; mysterious; imperfect; dull; sullied; tarnished.

(Dim), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dimmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dimming.]

1. To render dim, obscure, or dark; to make less bright or distinct; to take away the luster of; to darken; to dull; to obscure; to eclipse.

A king among his courtiers, who dims all his attendants.

Now set the sun, and twilight dimmed the ways.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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