from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
- n. 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. Past participle of dive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
from The 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 a 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English douve, from Old English *dūfe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbōn (“dove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeubʰ- (“to whisk, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Scots doo, dow ("dove"), West Frisian do ("dove"), Dutch duif ("dove, pigeon"), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv ("dove, pigeon"), German Taube ("dove, pigeon"), Danish due ("dove"), Swedish duva ("dove"), Icelandic dúfa ("dove"), Gothic 𐌳𐌿𐌱𐍉 (dubo). (Wiktionary)
A modern dialectal formation of the strong declension, by analogy with drive → drove and weave → wove. (Wiktionary)