(Done), a. [Prob. corrupted from OF. doné, F. donné, p. p. of OF. doner, F. donner, to give, issue,
fr. L. donare to give. See Donate, and cf. Donee.] Given; executed; issued; made public; used chiefly
in the clause giving the date of a proclamation or public act.
(Do*nee") n. [OF. doné, F. donné, p. p. See the preceding word.]
1. The person to whom a gift or donation is made.
2. (Law) Anciently, one to whom lands were given; in later use, one to whom lands and tenements are
given in tail; in modern use, one on whom a power is conferred for execution; sometimes called the
(Don"et) n. Same as Donat. Piers Plowman.
(Do"ni) n. [Tamil tni.] (Naut.) A clumsy craft, having one mast with a long sail, used for trading
purposes on the coasts of Coromandel and Ceylon. [Written also dhony, doney, and done.] Balfour.
(Do*nif"er*ous) a. [L. donum gift + -ferous.] Bearing gifts. [R.]
(Don"jon) n. [See Dungeon.] The chief tower, also called the keep; a massive tower in ancient
castles, forming the strongest part of the fortifications. See Illust. of Castle.
(Don"key) n.; pl. Donkeys [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.]
1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule.
2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.
Donkey engine, a small auxiliary engine not used for propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers,
raising heavy weights, and like purposes. Donkey pump, a steam pump for feeding boilers, extinguishing
fire, etc.; usually an auxiliary. Donkey's eye (Bot.), the large round seed of the Mucuna pruriens,
a tropical leguminous plant.
(Don"na) n. [It. donna, L. domina. See Don, Dame.] A lady; madam; mistress; the title
given a lady in Italy.
(Don"nat) n. [Corrupted from do- naught.] See Do-naught. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Don"nism) n. [Don, n., 2.] Self-importance; loftiness of carriage. [Cant, Eng. Universities]
(Do"nor) n. [F. donneur, OF. daneor, fr. donner. See Donee, and cf. Donator.]
1. One who gives or bestows; one who confers anything gratuitously; a benefactor.
2. (Law) One who grants an estate; in later use, one who confers a power; the opposite of donee.
Touching, the parties unto deeds and charters, we are to consider as well the donors and granters as
the donees or grantees.Spelman.
(Do"-noth`ing) a. Doing nothing; inactive; idle; lazy; as, a do-nothing policy.
(Do"-noth`ing*ism Do"-noth`ing*ness) n. Inactivity; habitual sloth; idleness. [Jocular] Carlyle.
(Don"ship) n. The quality or rank of a don, gentleman, or knight. Hudibras.