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Definition of DOG

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Sundog \Sun"dog`\, n. (Meteorol.)
     1. A luminous spot occasionally seen a few degrees from the sun, supposed to be formed by the intersection of two or more halos, or in a manner similar to that of halos. [1913 Webster]

     2. A fragmentary rainbow; a small rainbow near the horizon;
        -- called also {dog} and {weathergaw}.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dog \Dog\ (d[add]g or d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]
     1. (Zool.) A quadruped of the genus {Canis}, esp. the domestic dog ({Canis familiaris}).

     Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred varieties, as the {akita}, {beagle}, {bloodhound}, {bulldog}, {coachdog}, {collie}, {Danish dog}, {foxhound}, {greyhound}, {mastiff}, {pointer}, {poodle}, {St. Bernard}, {setter}, {spaniel}, {spitz}, {terrier}, {German shepherd}, {pit bull}, {Chihuahua}, etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.) [1913 Webster +PJC]

     2. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.
        [1913 Webster]

              What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?           -- 2 Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver. ) [1913 Webster]

     3. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly dog; a lazy dog. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     4. (Astron.) One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius). [1913 Webster]

     5. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Mech.)
        (a) A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them. (b) An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill. (c) A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool. [1913 Webster]

     7. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman. [slang] [PJC]

     8. a {hot dog}. [slang]
        [PJC]

     Note: Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog. It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox, a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; -- also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as, dog Latin. [1913 Webster]

     {A dead dog}, a thing of no use or value. --1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

     {A dog in the manger}, an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.

     {Dog ape} (Zool.), a male ape.

     {Dog cabbage}, or {Dog's cabbage} (Bot.), a succulent herb, native to the Mediterranean region ({Thelygonum Cynocrambe}).

     {Dog cheap}, very cheap. See under {Cheap}.

     {Dog ear} (Arch.), an acroterium. [Colloq.]

     {Dog flea} (Zool.), a species of flea ({Pulex canis}) which infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In America it is the common flea. See {Flea}, and {Aphaniptera}.

     {Dog grass} (Bot.), a grass ({Triticum caninum}) of the same genus as wheat.

     {Dog Latin}, barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.


     {Dog lichen} (Bot.), a kind of lichen ({Peltigera canina}) growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, -- a lobed expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous veins beneath.

     {Dog louse} (Zool.), a louse that infests the dog, esp. {H[ae]matopinus piliferus}; another species is {Trichodectes latus}.

     {Dog power}, a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.

     {Dog salmon} (Zool.), a salmon of northwest America and northern Asia; -- the {gorbuscha}; -- called also {holia}, and {hone}.

     {Dog shark}. (Zool.) See {Dogfish}.

     {Dog's meat}, meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.

     {Dog Star}. See in the Vocabulary.

     {Dog wheat} (Bot.), Dog grass.

     {Dog whelk} (Zool.), any species of univalve shells of the family {Nassid[ae]}, esp. the {Nassa reticulata} of England.

     {To give to the dogs}, or {To throw to the dogs}, to throw away as useless. "Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it." --Shak.

     {To go to the dogs}, to go to ruin; to be ruined. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dog \Dog\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dogged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dogging}.] To hunt or track like a hound; to follow insidiously or indefatigably; to chase with a dog or dogs; to worry, as if by dogs; to hound with importunity. [1913 Webster]

           I have been pursued, dogged, and waylaid. -- Pope. [1913 Webster]

           Your sins will dog you, pursue you.      --Burroughs. [1913 Webster]

           Eager ill-bred petitioners, who do not so properly supplicate as hunt the person whom they address to, dogging him from place to place, till they even extort an answer to their rude requests.        -- South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

372 Moby Thesaurus words for "dog":
     Afghan hound, Alaskan malamute, Bedlington terrier, Border terrier, Boston bull, Cairn terrier, Chihuahua, Dalmatian, Doberman pinscher, English toy spaniel, Eskimo dog, Gordon setter, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Kerry blue terrier, Labrador retriever, Maltese, Newfoundland, Norwegian elkhound, Norwich terrier, Pekingese, Rhodesian ridgeback, Rottweiler, Saluki, Samoyed, Scottish deerhound, Seeing Eye dog, Siberian husky, Welsh corgi, Welsh terrier, Yorkshire terrier, affenpinscher, aggravate, animal, annoy, arch, baboon, badger, badger dog, bag, bait, balker, balky horse, bandog, bar, barbet, barricade, basset, basset hound, be at, beagle, beast, beat, bedevil, bedog, beset, billy, billy goat, bitch, blemish, block, block up, blockade, bloodhound, blot, boar, boarhound, bolt, borzoi, bother, bowwow, boxer, bristle, brown off, bubbly-jock, buck, bug, bull, bull terrier, bulldog, bullock, bullyrag, burn up, canine, chanticleer, chase, chivy, chock, choke, choke off, chow, close, close off, close tight, close up, clubfoot, coach dog, cock, cockerel, collie, come after, come behind, constrict, coonhound, course, crate, crock, crowbait, crowd, cur, dachshund, debar, deerhound, devil, digit, discompose, distemper, disturb, drake, drive, entire, entire horse, exasperate, exercise, extremity, eyesore, falcon, fancy dog, fash, feist, fetlock, flat-coated retriever, flush, follow, follow the hounds, follow up, foot, forefoot, forepaw, fowl, fox terrier, foxhound, frank, fret, fright, gander, gargoyle, garron, get, giant schnauzer, give chase, go after, go behind, go hunting, goat, gobbler, golden retriever, greyhound, griffon, gripe, guide dog, gun, gyp, hack, hag, harass, harefoot, harridan, harrier, harry, hart, haunt, hawk, he-goat, heap, heckle, hector, heel, hollo after, hoof, hot dog, hound, hunt, hunt down, husky, hyena, insect, instep, irk, jack, jacklight, jade, jam, jughead, kennel, lakeland terrier, lap dog, lock, make after, malamute, mastiff, mess, miff, molest, mongrel, monster, monstrosity, move behind, mutt, nag, needle, nettle, no beauty, nudzh, obstruct, occlude, otterhound, pack, pack of dogs, pad, papillon, pastern, patte, paw, peacock, pedal extremity, pedes, peeve, persecute, pes, pester, pick on, pied, pig, pique, plague, pluck the beard, plug, pointer, polecat, pooch, poodle, pother, prick, prosecute, provoke, prowl after, pug, puli, pup, puppy, pursue, quest, quest after, raise the hunt, ram, rat terrier, reptile, retriever, ride, ride to hounds, rile, roarer, rogue, roil, rooster, rosinante, ruffle, run, run after, scalawag, scarecrow, scum, search, seek, seek out, serpent, setter, shadow, sheep dog, shikar, shithead, shoot, show dog, shut off, shut out, shut tight, sight, skunk, sled dog, sleuth, sleuthhound, slut, snake, sole, spaniel, splayfoot, sport, squeeze, squeeze shut, stag, staghound, stalk, stallion, start, steer, stiff, stifle, still-hunt, stinkard, stop up, stot, strangle, strangulate, string along, stud, studhorse, suffocate, swine, tag, tag after, tag along, tail, tailgate, take out after, tease, teratism, terrier, toad, toe, tom, tom turkey, tomcat, tootsy, top cow, top horse, torment, toy dog, track, trail, trail after, tread close upon, trotter, try the patience, tup, turd, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock, turnspit, tweak the nose, tyke, ugly duckling, ungula, varmint, vermin, vex, viper, watchdog, wether, whelp, whippet, whistler, wiener, wienerwurst, wienie, wire-haired terrier, witch, wolfhound, working dog, worm, worry, wreck


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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