Dole beer, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.] — Dole bread, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.] — Dole meadow, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.

(Dole) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled (dold); p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.] To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.

The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him.
De Quincey.

(Dole"ful) a. Full of dole or grief; expressing or exciting sorrow; sorrowful; sad; dismal.

With screwed face and doleful whine.

Regions of sorrow, doleful shades.

Syn. — Piteous; rueful; sorrowful; woeful; melancholy; sad gloomy; dismal; dolorous; woe-begone.

Dole"ful*ly, adv.Dole"ful*ness, n.

(Do"lent) a. [L. dolens, p. pr. of dolere: cf. F. dolent. See Dole sorrow.] Sorrowful. [Obs.] Ford.

(||Do*len"te) a. & adv. [It.] (Mus.) Plaintively. See Doloroso.

(Dol"er*ite) n. [Gr. deceitful; because it was easily confounded with diorite.] (Geol. & Min.) A dark-colored, basic, igneous rock, composed essentially of pyroxene and a triclinic feldspar with magnetic iron. By many authors it is considered equivalent to a coarse-grained basalt.

(Dol`er*it"ic) a. Of the nature of dolerite; as, much lava is doleritic lava. Dana.

(Dole"some), a. Doleful; dismal; gloomy; sorrowful.Dole"some*ly, adv.Dole"some*ness, n.

(Dolf) imp. of Delve. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Dol`i*cho*ce*phal"ic) Dolichocephalous
(Dol`i*cho*ceph"a*lous) a. [Gr. dolicho`s long + kefalh` head.] (Anat.) Having the cranium, or skull, long to its breadth; long-headed; — opposed to brachycephalic.Dol`i*cho*ceph"al a. & n.

(Dol`i*cho*ceph"a*ly) Dolichocephalism
(Dol`i*cho*ceph"a*lism) (-a*liz'm), n. [Cf. F. dolichcéphalie.] The quality or condition of being dolichocephalic.

(Do"li*o*form) a. [L. dolium large jar + -form.] (Biol.) Barrel-shaped, or like a cask in form.

(||Do*li"o*lum) n. [L. doliolum a small cask.] (Zoöl.) A genus of freeswimming oceanic tunicates, allied to Salpa, and having alternate generations.

3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.

So sure the dole, so ready at their call,
They stood prepared to see the manna fall.

Heaven has in store a precious dole.

4. A boundary; a landmark. Halliwell.

5. A void space left in tillage. [Prov. Eng.]

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