from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A candidate for a doctorate who has completed all the requirements for the degree, such as courses and examinations, with the exception of the dissertation.
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- All but dissertation: A description of the status of a doctoral student who has completed all PhD degree requirements except the doctoral dissertation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common element in Arabic names of persons, meaning servant: as, Abdallah, servant of God; Abd-el-Kader, servant of the Mighty One; Abd-ul-Latif (commonly written Abdullatif or Abdallatif), servant of the Gracious One.
a(ll) b(ut) d(issertation).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)