Diriment impediment(R. C. Ch.), an impediment that nullifies marriage.

(Dirk) n. [Ir. duirc.] A kind of dagger or poniard; — formerly much used by the Scottish Highlander.

Dirk knife, a clasp knife having a large, dirklike blade.

(Dirk), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dirked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dirking.] To stab with a dirk. Sir W. Scott.

(Dirk), a. [See Dark, a.] Dark. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Dirk), v. t. To darken. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Dirk"ness), n. Darkness. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Dirl) v. i. & t. [Cf. Drill, Thrill.] To thrill; to vibrate; to penetrate. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

(Dirt) n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, drita to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedritan.]

1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as, a wagonload of dirt.

Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Is. lvii. 20.

2. Meanness; sordidness.

Honors . . . thrown away upon dirt and infamy.

3. In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing.

Direptitious to Disagreeable

(Di*rep*ti"tious) a. Characterized by direption. [R.] Encyc. Dict.

(Di*rep*ti"tious*ly), adv. With plundering violence; by violent injustice. [R.] Strype.

(Dirge) n. [Contraction of Lat. dirige, direct thou the first word of a funeral hymn (Lat. transl. of Psalm v. 8) beginning, "Dirige, Domine, in conspectu tuo vitam meam." See Direct, a., and cf. Dirige.] A piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; a funeral hymn.

The raven croaked, and hollow shrieks of owls
Sung dirges at her funeral.

(Dirge"ful) a. Funereal; moaning.

Soothed sadly by the dirgeful wind.

(Dir"i*ge) n. [L. See Dirge.] A service for the dead, in the Roman Catholic Church, being the first antiphon of Matins for the dead, of which Dirige is the first word; a dirge.

Evensongs and placebo and dirige.

Resort, I pray you, unto my sepulture
To sing my dirige with great devotion.
Lamentation of Mary Magdalene.

(Dir"i*gent) a. [L. dirigens, p. pr. of dirigere. See Direct, a.] Directing. Baxter.

(Dir"i*gent), n. (Geom.) The line of motion along which a describent line or surface is carried in the genesis of any plane or solid figure; a directrix. Hutton.

(Dir"i*gi*ble) a. Capable of being directed; steerable; as, a dirigible balloon.

(Dir"i*ment) a. [L. dirimens, p. pr. of dirimere. See Dirempt.] (Law) Absolute.

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