• WordNet 3.6
    • n dais a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dais A canopy over the seat of a person of dignity.
    • Dais A platform slightly raised above the floor of a hall or large room, giving distinction to the table and seats placed upon it for the chief guests.
    • Dais The high or principal table, at the end of a hall, at which the chief guests were seated; also, the chief seat at the high table.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dais A platform or raised floor at one end or one side of a reception-room or hall, upon which seats for distinguished persons are placed; especially, such a platform covered with a canopy: formerly often called specifically high dais.
    • n dais Hence Any similar raised portion of the floor of an apartment, used as the place at which the most distinguished guests at a feast are seated, as a platform for a lecturer, etc.
    • n dais A canopy or covering.
    • n dais A long board, seat, or settle erected against a wall, and sometimes so constructed as to serve for both a settee and a table; also, a seat on the outer side of a country-house or cottage, frequently formed of turf.
    • n dais A pew in a church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dais dā′is a raised floor at the upper end of the dining-hall where the high table stood: a raised floor with a seat and canopy: the canopy over an altar, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deis, des, table, dais, OF. deis, table, F. dais, a canopy, L. discus, a quoit, a dish (from the shape), LL., table, fr. Gr. , a quoit, a dish. See Dish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dais—Low L. discus, a table—L. discus, a quoit—Gr. diskos, a disc.


In literature:

Buddhist; there were a couple of big gold Dai-Butsus.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
There on the raised dais sate the sovereign of half the world.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Near the center of the hall was a small dais-platform.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
He bowed to the dignitaries on the dais, and walked to his place at the board next to Brother Warboise.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In solemn order Templeton ascended the dais and rendered homage.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Upon entering this anteroom Escombe found himself upon a dais occupying one end of, and reaching across the entire width of the apartment.
"Harry Escombe" by Harry Collingwood
Seated in state, on a sort of dais in the centre of the room, was a courteous and urbane personage of affable exterior.
"She and I, Volume 2" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The discourse ended, he quitted the dais, approached the Grand Master, and eye to eye fixed him in deep silence.
"Devil-Worship in France" by Arthur Edward Waite
A long table ran down the centre, at one end of which, on a raised platform or dais, she took her seat.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder.
"Notes and Queries, No. 181, April 16, 1853" by Various
When Wa-Dais-Ais-Imid reached the place, he found the fresh traces of his work, but he had already returned.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
One boat with a man strumming, and a girl on a small dais, dancing with a whirl of black veils.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
In front of the throne or elevated dais couched the magnificent lion which we have already mentioned.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
The first daies iourney, being the first Munday in cleane Lent, from the right honorable the Lord Mayors of London.
"Kemps Nine Daies Wonder" by William Kemp
Then there was one, last, terrible moment of dread, as the conductor remounted his dais and paused.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
A feast is given, and the bridal couple sit on a little dais and eat out of the same dish.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Poore aged Time was never so abused, And in these daies Princes themselves are wrong'd.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
The lecturer with the president of the club, occupied a dais at the other end of the room.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
In front of them at the foot of the dais, sat the deputy of the Public Prosecutor, similarly attired.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France

In poetry:

Eterno chiudere--gli occhi; il passato
Tutto in un'estasi--ridir fra noi...
Scendere all'Erebo--martirizzato
Dai baci tuoi.
"Notte" by Ferdinando Fontana
Lo, upon the deep-piled dais,
Wrought in hallowed looms of Sais,
O'er the impetuous torrent's swoop,
Stands the sacrificial group!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I cittadini hanno la faccia rasa;
Vengon dai monti i villosi sembianti;
Le cittadine son massaje in casa
E a San Remy son belle ed eleganti.
"Cagliari" by Ferdinando Fontana
My fellowes: we haue now to goe
Good six daies iorney ere we rest:
See that your cariages be prest
And all the things that we shall neede.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
Engine against th' Almightie, sinner's-towre,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-daies' world-transposing in an houre,
A kinde of tune, which all things heare and feare;
"Prayer" by George Herbert
Vecchia megera, sfinge imbellettata,
Scialba carogna rizzata sui trampoli,
Dal ghigno stereotipo e dai mille
Fronzoli in similoro,... ad altri narra
Le tue storielle!... Un vecchio lupo io sono
Che non da` nei tuoi lacci!
"Alba" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Why are you running for City Council, what makes you qualified to lead, and what role do you see yourself playing on the dais if elected.
Fresno County Supervisor Susan Anderson made her last public appearance on the county dais Tuesday as the board convened its final meeting of the year and the 12-year supervisor prepares to step down Jan 7.
Dai Andrews is a sword swallower.
3 of the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
All but two of Japan's nuclear plants were shut down for checks after the earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Vista's newest council member may be youngest on any dais in the county.
The mis-information that is flowing from the dais is incredible.
The Owens College Community Band will perform its holiday concert at 2:30 pm Sunday with special guests, tributes, and a variety of music under the direction of William Dais.
Citizens rush the council dais during a stormy Newark council meeting at city hall Tuesday night.
The first district elections for the Tulare City Council are in play, and it's a given that two new council members will take their place on the dais and an incumbent will be forced out of office.
Chief Justice Roberts shares the dais with Lena Dunham.
Pictured are, left to right, Melissa Yuan, Angel Chen, Phoebe Su, Colleen Hong Feng, Anabel Lin, Melissa Yu, Ashley Dai, and Iris Zaretzki.
The head of the utility behind Japan's nuclear crisis acknowledged Monday that hundreds of workers at the contaminated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were mobilized through a murky hiring system.
TOKYO (AP) — The head of the utility behind Japan's nuclear crisis acknowledged Monday that hundreds of workers at the contaminated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were mobilized through a murky hiring system.
TOKYO—The head of the utility behind Japan's nuclear crisis acknowledged Monday that hundreds of workers at the contaminated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were mobilized through a murky hiring system.

In science:

But there is no flare expected since both the FS and RS emission components decrease continually even at very early time (see also Zou, Wu & Dai 2005).
Late internal shock model for bright X-ray flares in Gamma-ray Burst afterglows and GRB 011121
Similar to the soul conjecture, Cao-Dai-Mei [CDM07, CDM09] proved that if in addition to the conditions of Theorem 0.2, one assumes that X n has positive curvature in a metric ball, then X n is contractible.
Soul Theorem for 4-dimensional Topologically Regular Open Nonnegatively Curved Alexandrov Spaces
Cao, Bo Dai and Jiaqiang Mei, An optimal extension of Perelman’s comparison theorem for quadrangles and its applications.
Soul Theorem for 4-dimensional Topologically Regular Open Nonnegatively Curved Alexandrov Spaces
Dai & Woodward (1998) interpolate in space and time the cellcentered velocity and magnetic field at time tn with the solution from the Godunov scheme at time tn+1 to obtain time- and corner-centered electric fields.
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
The second Riemann problem listed in table 5 is taken from Dai & Woodward (1998).
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
Fig. 6.— Inclined version of Dai & Woodward shock tube problem: solution for t = 0.2 solved on a grid using 512 zones.
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
Dai, “Room-temperature all-semiconducting sub-10-nm graphene nanoribbon field-effect transistors,” Phys.
Electronic properties of mesoscopic graphene structures: charge confinement and control of spin and charge transport
AN −1B ) − S (ρB ) < 0, with dAi being the dimension of the Hilbert space corresponding to the particle in possession of Ai .
Quantum Advantage in Communication Networks
Rev. B 78, 144517 (2008). [112] X. Dai, Z. Fang, Y. Zhou, and F.-C. Zhang, “Even parity, orbital singlet, and spin triplet pairing for superconducting LaFeAsO1-xFx”, Phys.
Brief review on iron-based superconductors: are there clues for unconventional superconductivity?
This kind of method is explored for example in Kooperberg & LeBlanc (2008) and Hsu, Jiao, Dai, Hutter, Peters & Kooperberg (2012).
A lasso for hierarchical testing of interactions
R0 ) and Ai := K α we can rewrite this as α|Si = α′ i + dAi .
Special Lagrangian conifolds, I: Moduli spaces (extended version)
A.G. and T.Z. would like to thank Fabrizio Caola, Liang Dai, Andrei Gritsan, Gordan Krnjaic, Jingsheng Li, Kirill Melnikov and Andrew Whitbeck for helpful discussions.
Gaugomaly Mediation Revisited
In Figura II.10 `e riportato il risultato ottenuto dai tre autori sia nel caso di presenza della “barriera”, sia in sua assenza.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
Theoretical work in DAI regarding cooperating experts has been in two main directions, namely task sharing and result sharing . In task sharing, agents break the problem and request assistance from other agents in solving them.
The Self-Organizing Symbiotic Agent
Very similar results are reported by Dai et al. (1996) who use polarized neutrons and find in underdoped samples of YBCO 6.6 the resonance at 35 meV and the gap at 28 meV, Fig. 49.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey