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(Du*um"vi*ral) a. [L. duumviralis.] Of or belonging to the duumviri or the duumvirate.
(Du*um"vi*rate) n. [L. duumviratus, fr. duumvir.] The union of two men in the same
office; or the office, dignity, or government of two men thus associated, as in ancient Rome.
(||Dux) n. [L., leader.] (Mus.) The scholastic name for the theme or subject of a fugue, the answer
being called the comes, or companion.
(||Duy"ker*bok) n. [D. duiker diver + bok a buck, lit., diver buck. So named from its habit
of diving suddenly into the bush.] (Zoöl.) A small South African antelope (Cephalous mergens); called
also impoon, and deloo.
(Du*young") n. (Zoöl.) See Dugong.
(D" valve`) (Mech.) A kind of slide valve. See Slide valve, under Slide.
(||Dver"gr) n.; pl. Dvergar [See Dwarf.] (Scand. Myth.) A dwarf supposed to dwell in rocks
and hills and to be skillful in working metals.
(Dwale) n. [OE. dwale, dwole, deception, deadly nightshade, AS. dwala, dwola, error, doubt; akin
to E. dull. See Dull, a.]
1. (Bot.) The deadly nightshade having stupefying qualities.
2. (Her.) The tincture sable or black when blazoned according to the fantastic system in which plants
are substituted for the tinctures.
3. A sleeping potion; an opiate. Chaucer.
(Dwang) n. [Cf. D. dwingen to force, compel.]
1. (Carp.) A piece of wood set between two studs, posts, etc., to stiffen and support them.
2. (Mech.) (a) A kind of crowbar. (b) A large wrench. Knight.
(Dwarf) n.; pl. Dwarfs [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg,
MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] An animal or plant which
is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind; especially, a diminutive human being.
During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared the favor of courts and the nobility.
Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much below the usual or normal size; as, dwarf tree;
Dwarf elder (Bot.), danewort. Dwarf wall (Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of a building,
often used as a garden wall or fence. Gwilt.
(Dwarf), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dwarfed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dwarfing.] To hinder from growing to
the natural size; to make or keep small; to stunt. Addison.
Even the most common moral ideas and affections . . . would be stunted and dwarfed, if cut off from a
spiritual background.J. C. Shairp.
(Dwarf), v. i. To become small; to diminish in size.
Strange power of the world that, the moment we enter it, our great conceptions dwarf.Beaconsfield.