Pronunciation: (dē),[key] —prep. from; of: used in Italian personal names, originally to indicate place of origin: Conte di Savòia.Also,Di.
Pronunciation: (dē),[key] —n.Music. a tone in the ascending chromatic scale between do and re.
Pronunciation: (dī),[key] —n. a female given name, form of Diana.
1. Department of the Interior.
2. drill instructor.
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “two,” “twice,” “double” (diphthong); on this model, freely used in the formation of compound words (dicotyledon; dipolar) and in chemical terms (diatomic; disulfide). Also,dis-2. Cf. mono-.
var. of dis-1 before b, d, l, m, n, r, s, v, and sometimes g and j: digest; divide.