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ˈdɒl fɪn, ˈdɔl-dol·phin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dolphinfish, dolphin, mahimahi(noun)

    large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas (especially around Hawaii)

  2. dolphin(noun)

    any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises

GCIDE

  1. dolphin(n.)

    (Zool.) The Coryph

  2. Origin: [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb, Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. Dauphin, Delphine.]

Wiktionary

  1. dolphin(Noun)

    A carnivorous aquatic mammal inhabiting mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, famed for its intelligence and occasional willingness to approach humans.

  2. dolphin(Noun)

    A fish, the mahi-mahi or dorado, scientific name Coryphaena hippurus, with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration.

  3. dolphin(Noun)

    The dauphin, eldest son of the kings of France.

  4. dolphin(Noun)

    A maritime semi submerged man-made structure usually close to shore.

  5. Origin: dolfin, from daulphin, dalphin, daufin, from delphinus, from δελφίς, from δελφύς "womb".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dolphin(noun)

    a cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (esp. D. delphis); the true dolphin

  2. Dolphin(noun)

    the Coryphaena hippuris, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. See Coryphaenoid

  3. Dolphin(noun)

    a mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel

  4. Dolphin(noun)

    a kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage

  5. Dolphin(noun)

    a spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables

  6. Dolphin(noun)

    a mooring post on a wharf or beach

  7. Dolphin(noun)

    a permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale

  8. Dolphin(noun)

    in old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which the gun was lifted

  9. Dolphin(noun)

    a small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus, n., 2

  10. Origin: [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb, Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. Dauphin, Delphine.]

Freebase

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost forty species of dolphin in 17 genera. They vary in size from 1.2 m and 40 kg, up to 9.5 m and 10 tonnes. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, and are carnivores, eating mostly fish and squid. The family Delphinidae is the largest in the Cetacean order, and evolved relatively recently, about ten million years ago, during the Miocene. Dolphins are among the most intelligent animals, and their often friendly appearance, an artifact of the "smile" of their mouthline, and seemingly playful attitude have made them very popular in human culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dolphin

    dol′fin, n. an animal of the whale kind, closely resembling the porpoise, about 8 or 10 feet long: the coryphæna, a fish about 5 feet in length, noted for the brilliancy of its colours when dying.—ns. Dol′phinet (Spens.), a female dolphin; Dol′phin-fly, a black aphis or plant-louse, destructive to bean-plants. [O. Fr. daulphin—L. delphinus—Gr. delphis, -phinos.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dolphin

    Naturalists understand by this word numerous species of small cetaceous animals of the genus Delphinus, found in nearly all seas. They greatly resemble porpoises, and are often called by this name by sailors; but they are distinguished by having a longer and more slender snout. The word is also generally, but less correctly, applied to a fish, the dorado (Coryphæna hippuris), celebrated for the changing hues of its surface when dying. Also, a small light ancient boat, which gave rise to Pliny's story of the boy going daily to school across the Lucrine lake on a dolphin. Also, in ordnance, especially brass guns, two handles nearly over the trunnions for lifting the guns by. Also, a French gold coin (dauphine), formerly in great currency. Also, a stout post on a quay-head, or in a beach, to make hawsers fast to. The name is also given to a spar or block of wood, with a ring-bolt at each end, through which a hawser can be rove, for vessels to ride by; the same as wooden buoys.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Dolphin

    A gold coin introduced by Charles V. of France, also Dauphin of Vienne.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dolphin' in Nouns Frequency: #2186

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dolphin in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dolphin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dolphin in a Sentence

  1. Jabez Reitman:

    I thought it was a dolphin at first until I started feeling and realized it was pretty significant lacerations.

  2. Jabez Reitman:

    I just freaked out, i thought it was a dolphin at first until I started feeling and realized it was pretty significant lacerations.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Sweetness! World needs sweetness! It needs a sweet child, a sweet dolphin, a sweet monkey; it needs sweet people to soften the callous hearts!

  4. Geoff Morrell:

    The data we have seen thus far, including the new study from NOAA, do not show that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident caused an increase in dolphin mortality.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Science is a seagull, it knows the sky; it is a squirrel, it knows the forest; it is a mole, it knows the underground; it is a dolphin, it knows the ocean! Science is a multi-talented creature!

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