American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various widely distributed birds of the family Columbidae, which includes the pigeons, having a small head and a characteristic cooing call.
- n. A gentle, innocent person.
- n. A person who advocates peace, conciliation, or negotiation in preference to confrontation or armed conflict.
- v. A past tense of dive1. See Usage Note at dive1. See Regional Note at wake1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bird of the family Columbidæ; a pigeon.
- n. The word has no more specific meaning than this, being exactly synonymous with pigeon; in popular usage it is applied most frequently to a few kinds of pigeons best known to the public, and as a book-name is commonly attached to the smaller species of pigeons: as, the ring-dove, turtle-dove, stock-dove, ground-dove, quail-dove, etc. The Carolina dove, or mourning dove, is Zenaidura carolinensis. The common doves of the old world are the ring-dove, rock-dove, stock-dove, and turtle-dove. (See these words.) In poetry, and in literature generally, the dove is an emblem of innocence, gentleness, and tender affection. In sacred literature and art it is a symbol of the Holy Ghost.
- n. Eccles., a repository or tabernacle for the eucharist, in the form of dove, formerly used in the East and in France.
- n. An occasional preterit of dive.
- To slumber; be in a state between sleeping and waking.
- n. A pigeon, especially one smaller in size; a bird (often arbitrarily called either a pigeon or a dove or both) of more than 300 species of the family Columbidae.
- n. politics A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
- n. engineering Dove, an engineering reference point in a computer program that will cause some type of default action.
- v. Strong-declension simple past of dive.
- v. nonstandard Past participle of dive
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A pigeon of the genus Columba and various related genera. The species are numerous.
- n. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.
- n. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of
- n. flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
- n. any of numerous small pigeons
- n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
- n. someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
- n. an emblem of peace
- A modern dialectal formation of the strong declension, by analogy with drive → drove and weave → wove. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English douve, from Old English *dūfe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The image of a dove is also associated with Anne in her poem "Self-Communion" and with Helen Huntingdon, the heroine of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.”
“Fitzgerald finished with eight catches for 166 yards and a scintillating 29-yard catch-and-run TD on which he dove from the 3-yard line and stretched the football inside the pylon before falling out of bounds.”
“So in both cases, the liberal dove is calling for negotiation.”
“Do chunks of elemental lead lying around on the ground get absorbed into the bloodstream of common animals in dove fields?”
“Then, you can read me in dove words, and spell me to myself.”
“We invented the omission of punctuation and capital letters, stanzas in the shape of a dove from the libraries of Alexandria.”
“Now comes the new prez as a hawk in dove's clothing.”
“Snipe give bonus lessons in dove and waterfowl shooting, too.”
“A problem that occurs in dove hunting takes place when you can see the birds coming ahead of time.”
“P.S. My son's reaction to mourning dove is "I love dove, with ketchup!”
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