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. Kent.

Touching, the parties unto deeds and charters, we are to consider as well the donors and granters as the donees or grantees.

(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. Miss Austen.

(Don"ship) n. The quality or rank of a don, gentleman, or knight. Hudibras.

(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 appointor.

(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.

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