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Meaning of DOLPHIN

Pronunciation:  'dâlfin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
  2. [n]  large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas (especially around Hawaii)

DOLPHIN is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dolphinfish, mahimahi
 See Also: beluga, black whale, blackfish, bottlenose, bottlenose dolphin, bottle-nosed dolphin, common blackfish, common dolphin, Coryphaena equisetis, Coryphaena hippurus, Coryphaenidae, Delphinapterus leucas, Delphinidae, Delphinus delphis, family Coryphaenidae, family Delphinidae, Globicephala melaena, grampus, Grampus griseus, killer, killer whale, orca, Orcinus orca, percoid, percoid fish, percoidean, pilot whale, porpoise, river dolphin, sea wolf, toothed whale, white whale



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dol"phin\ (d[o^]l"f[i^]n), n. [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, & 5), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb,
Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. {Dauphin},
1. (Zool.)
   (a) A cetacean of the genus {Delphinus} and allied genera
       (esp. {D. delphis}); the true dolphin.
   (b) The {Coryph[ae]na 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 {Coryph[ae]noid}.

Note: The dolphin of the ancients ({D. delphis}) is common in
      the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a length of
      from six to eight feet.

2. [Gr. delfi`s] (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung
   from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck
   of an enemy's vessel.

3. (Naut.)
   (a) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
   (b) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a
       ring to which ships may fasten their cables. --R. H.
   (c) A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
   (d) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the
       gunwale. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

4. (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the
   trunnions by which the gun was lifted.

5. (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and
   Pegasus. See {Delphinus}, n., 2.

{Dolphin fly} (Zo["o]l.), the black, bean, or collier, Aphis
   ({Aphis fable}), destructive to beans.

{Dolphin striker} (Naut.), a short vertical spar under the

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a dolphin in your dream, symbolizes spiritual guidance, your intellect, mental attributes and emotional trust. Utilize your mind to its capacity and you will move upward in life. Alternatively, it suggests that a line of communication has been established between the conscious and unconscious aspects of yourself. Dolphins represent your willingness and ability to explore and navigate through your emotions. Dreaming that you are riding a dolphin, represents your optimism and social altruism.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alevin, benthon, benthos, cetacean, Chiroptera, fingerling, fish, fry, game fish, grilse, kipper, Lagomorpha, Loch Ness monster, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, minnow, minny, nekton, panfish, plankton, porpoise, Primates, Rodentia, salmon, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, shark, smolt, sponge, tropical fish, whale