Dulcoration to Duncify
(Dul`co*ra"tion) n. [LL. dulcoratio.] The act of sweetening. [R.] Bacon.
(Du"ledge) n. (Mil.) One of the dowels joining the ends of the fellies which form the circle of
the wheel of a gun carriage. Wilhelm.
(||Du*li"a) n. [LL., fr. Gr. servitude, fr. slave.] (R. C. Ch.) An inferior kind of veneration or worship,
given to the angels and saints as the servants of God.
(Dull) a. [Compar. Duller ; superl. Dullest.] [AS. dol foolish; akin to gedwelan to err, D. dol
mad, dwalen to wander, err, G. toll mad, Goth. dwals foolish, stupid, cf. Gr. turbid, troubled, Skr.
dhvr to cause to fall. Cf. Dolt, Dwale, Dwell, Fraud.]
1. Slow of understanding; wanting readiness of apprehension; stupid; doltish; blockish. "Dull at classical
She is not bred so dull but she can learn.Shak.
2. Slow in action; sluggish; unready; awkward.
This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing.Matt. xiii. 15.
O, help my weak wit and sharpen my dull tongue.Spenser.
3. Insensible; unfeeling.
Think me notBeau. & Fl.
So dull a devil to forget the loss
Of such a matchless wife.
4. Not keen in edge or point; lacking sharpness; blunt. "Thy scythe is dull." Herbert.
5. Not bright or clear to the eye; wanting in liveliness of color or luster; not vivid; obscure; dim; as, a dull
fire or lamp; a dull red or yellow; a dull mirror.
6. Heavy; gross; cloggy; insensible; spiritless; lifeless; inert. "The dull earth." Shak.
As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of study a dull brain.Longfellow.
7. Furnishing little delight, spirit, or variety; uninteresting; tedious; cheerless; gloomy; melancholy; depressing; as,
a dull story or sermon; a dull occupation or period; hence, cloudy; overcast; as, a dull day.
Along life's dullest, dreariest walk.Keble.
Syn. Lifeless; inanimate; dead; stupid; doltish; heavy; sluggish; sleepy; drowsy; gross; cheerless; tedious; irksome; dismal; dreary; clouded; tarnished; obtuse.
(Dull), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Duller ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dulling.]
1. To deprive of sharpness of edge or point. "This . . . dulled their swords." Bacon.
Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.Shak.
2. To make dull, stupid, or sluggish; to stupefy, as the senses, the feelings, the perceptions, and the like.
Those [drugs] she hasShak.
Will stupefy and dull the sense a while.
Use and custom have so dulled our eyes.Trench.
3. To render dim or obscure; to sully; to tarnish. "Dulls the mirror." Bacon.