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ducking stool a former means of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were bound and then repeatedly plunged into water.
duckling an immature duck.
duckpin a short, thick pin used for a bowling game similar to tenpins. [2 definitions]
duckwalk to walk while in a squatting position; waddle like a duck.
duckweed any of various flowering plants that float freely on ponds and slow streams.
ducky (informal) excellent; delightful; fine.
duct a passage, such as a pipe or tube, through which something, esp. a liquid or gas, flows. [2 definitions]
ductal in anatomy, relating to or originating from a duct, such as a duct in mammary tissue.
ductile able to withstand stress without breaking, as in drawing out into wire or pounding thin. [3 definitions]
ductless combined form of duct.
ductless gland see "endocrine."
duct tape a wide, strong adhesive tape, typically silver in color, originally designed for sealing heating and air-conditioning ducts but used for a wide variety of purposes.
dud (informal) someone or something that functions poorly or fails in some regard. [3 definitions]
dude (informal) a man who dresses in a showy manner and pays exceptional attention to his appearance; dandy. [3 definitions]
dude ranch a vacation resort operated like a ranch, offering horseback riding and other similar outdoor pastimes.
dudgeon an angry, resentful, and offended state of mind.
due required as payment; owed as a debt or right. [7 definitions]
duel a formal, arranged fight between two people, usu. with pistols or swords, to defend their honor or settle a conflict. [3 definitions]
duende (Spanish) a quality that makes one magnetically attractive to others; irresistible charm.
duenna in Portugal or Spain, an older woman hired to accompany, care for, and protect a girl or young woman. [2 definitions]
due process an established set of legal procedures and methods designed to protect citizens against arbitrary action by the government. U.S. law dictates that all judicial action must follow these consistent procedures and safeguards in order to protect the rights of individuals.