1. a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

    Synonyms : dragon
  2. a reptile genus known as flying dragons or flying lizards

    Synonyms : genus draco
    Type Of : reptile genus
  3. Athenian lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for almost every offense (circa 7th century BC)


  1. of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws


  1. a prolonged shortage

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : period, period of time, time period
    Examples :
    • when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought
  2. a shortage of rainfall

    Synonyms : drouth
    Type Of : dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
    Examples :
    • farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season


  1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    Synonyms : defect
    Type Of : take flight, fly, flee
    Examples :
    • If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
  2. leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    Synonyms : abandon, desolate, forsake
    Type Of : leave
    Examples :
    • The mother deserted her children
  3. arid land with little or no vegetation

    Type Of : piece of ground, biome, tract, parcel of land, piece of land, parcel
  4. leave behind

    Type Of : go away, leave, go forth
    Examples :
    • the students deserted the campus after the end of exam period
  5. (usually plural) a person's deservingness of or entitlement to reward or punishment

    Type Of : merit, meritoriousness, deservingness


  1. a dish served as the last course of a meal

    Synonyms : afters, sweet
    Type Of : course


  1. decoration consisting of the layout and furnishings of a livable interior

    Synonyms : interior decoration
    Type Of : decoration, ornament, ornamentation


  1. a state in which all hope is lost or absent

    Synonyms : despair
    Type Of : condition, status
    Examples :
    • courage born of desperation
  2. desperate recklessness

    Type Of : foolhardiness, rashness, recklessness
    Examples :
    • it was a policy of desperation


  1. informal terms for a human head

    Synonyms : attic, bean, bonce, noggin, noodle
    Type Of : human head
  2. a stadium that has a roof

    Synonyms : covered stadium, domed stadium
    Type Of : bowl, sports stadium, stadium, arena
  3. a concave shape whose distinguishing characteristic is that the concavity faces downward

    Type Of : concave shape, incurvature, incurvation, concavity
  4. a hemispherical roof

    Type Of : roof


  1. the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code

    Synonyms : dah
    Type Of : radiotelegraphic signal, telegraphic signal
  2. the act of moving with great haste

    Synonyms : bolt
    Type Of : rush, haste, hurry, rushing
    Examples :
    • he made a dash for the door
  3. run or move very quickly or hastily

    Synonyms : dart, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    Type Of : speed, hasten, hie, hotfoot, bucket along, belt along, step on it, rush along, pelt along, rush, race, cannonball along
    Examples :
    • She dashed into the yard
  4. distinctive and stylish elegance

    Synonyms : elan, flair, panache, style
    Type Of : elegance
    Examples :
    • he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
  5. a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text

    Synonyms : hyphen
    Type Of : punctuation mark, punctuation
  6. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

    Synonyms : smash
    Type Of : break
  7. hurl or thrust violently

    Synonyms : crash
    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
    Examples :
    • He dashed the plate against the wall
    • Waves were dashing against the rock
  8. cause to lose courage

    Synonyms : daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
    Type Of : intimidate
    Examples :
    • dashed by the refusal
  9. a quick run

    Synonyms : sprint
    Type Of : run, running
  10. add an enlivening or altering element to

    Type Of : mix in, mix
    Examples :
    • blue paint dashed with white
  11. a footrace run at top speed

    Type Of : track event
    Examples :
    • he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
  12. destroy or break

    Type Of : queer, baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, scotch, spoil, thwart
    Examples :
    • dashed ambitions and hopes


  1. lowered in value

    Synonyms : debased, devalued
  2. unrestrained by convention or morality

    Synonyms : debauched, degenerate, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous
    Examples :
    • deplorably dissipated and degraded