• WordNet 3.6
    • n dirk a relatively long dagger with a straight blade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dirk A kind of dagger or poniard; -- formerly much used by the Scottish Highlander.
    • a Dirk Dark.
    • v. t Dirk To darken.
    • v. t Dirk To stab with a dirk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dirk A stabbing weapon; a dagger. Especially— The long and heavy dagger worn as a part of the equipment of the duniwassal, or gentleman, among the Celtic Highlanders of Scotland. It had different forms at different times. The more modern style has a scabbard with one or two minor sheaths in it for small knives.
    • n dirk The common side-arm of a midshipman in the British naval service. It is usually straight, but is sometimes a very short, curved cutlas.
    • dirk To poniard; stab.
    • dirk An occasional Middle English and Scotch form of dark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dirk dėrk a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy
    • v.t Dirk to stab with a dirk
    • adj Dirk dėrk (Spens.) dark
    • v.t Dirk (Spens.) to darken
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Dark (a.)


In literature:

Ne'er draw your dirk when a dunt will do.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
But they were unarmed, while the alert Mexicans had revolvers in their hands and dirks within instant reach.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Smith walked slowly up behind him, relieved him of two automatics and a dirk.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
But he's a jolly tar dog, with dirk and pistol, too, He fights like William the Conqueror, he fights!
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
He wore around his waist a leathern belt, to which was suspended a sword, a brace of pistols and a dirk.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
This here is Ahmed Hussein, and this miserable hunk o' man is Dirk Van Tassel.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Farragut, so far from restraining, went with them, waving his dirk and cheering them on.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
Once so caught, and nine or ten inches of the blood-stained dirk would be my last experience on this side of eternity.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hartnoll spied her too, and waved his recovered dirk triumphantly.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I'm not going to risk my valuable life with nothing to preserve it but a ridiculous dirk.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
The man said, 'Swear it on your dirk,' and Inverawe did so.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
In another second they, too, were upon it, swarming over it like rats, digging and hacking at it with their dirks.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Having removed a long dirk and a pistol from the Jamaican's waistband, he ordered him to face about and walk back to the planter's house.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
A dirk gleamed in his extended hand.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Once so caught, and nine or ten inches of the blood-stained dirk would be my last experience on this side of eternity.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Are they to drive a dirk in your inside and bury ye in the bents?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The three midshipmen, drawing their dirks, advanced in line of battle up the slope.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
His dirk came out and opened with a wicked snap.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
He drew his breath hard, and in an instant his hand was upon his dirk.
"Little Wolf" by M. A. Cornelius
Alan was dirking him with his left hand, but the fellow clung like a leech.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

Where are your staves and switches
For men of gentle birth?
Your mask and dirk for riches?
Your chains for wit and worth?
"To The Bartholdi Statue" by Ambrose Bierce
"With her a Chief of Highland pride;
His shoulders bear the hunter's bow,
The mountain dirk adorns his side,
Far on the wind his tartans flow?"—
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
The dirk and the target lie sordid with dust,
The bloodless claymore is but redden'd with rust;
On the hill or the glen if a gun should appear,
It is only to war with the heath-cock or deer.
"Flora Macivor's Song" by Sir Walter Scott
Then, a man is assaulted and dirked in the dark
By two "jolly boys" who are out on a "lark;"
They have ever been peaceable boys—but, you see,
They drank, and "were hardly themselves" on this spree.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Dwelling on its banks he made him
There the wooden bowls that none
Fashioned with the dirk so deftly.
But the chattering stream betrayed him:
From the secret forest swiftly
Flashed white shavings in the sun.
"Preface To Diarmid's Story" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
'Tis the summons of heroes for conquest or death,
When the banners are blazing on mountain and heath:
They call to the dirk, the claymore, and the targe,
To the march and the muster, the line and the charge.
"Flora Macivor's Song" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Dirk Pitt fans will enjoy 'Poseidon's Arrow'.
Dirk Nowitzki sings 'Born in the USA:' He should probably stick to basketball.
APD's 'Rick' and ' Dirk ' Occupy Occupy Austin.
Deek Moore (" Dirk ") fools with his handiwork.
I Think Only Because Of Dirk .
Mayo, new Mavericks while waiting on return of Dirk Nowitzki.
Guess how long it's been since the Mavericks beat the Lakers without Dirk Nowitzki in the lineup.
If you guessed never before in the Dirk Era good guess.
The Dallas Mavericks are in a make-or-break season, but not because Dirk Nowitzki's championship window is nearing a close.
Dirk Nowitzki's knee tough twist in Mavericks' makeover.
DALLAS – A couple of years ago, Dirk Nowitzki rushed back because the Mavs' results were so bad without him, as they lost seven of nine games in his absence.
DALLAS – Patience hasn't been one of Dirk Nowitzki's many virtues in the past.
Dirk Nowitzki looked forward to having a full month of training camp and eight exhibition games to work out the kinks with a team that features eight newcomers, including three starters.
Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki listens to a question during a news conference at the American Airlines Center, Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012, in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki has knee surgery, will miss start of season.

In science:

The fragmentation transformation on the infinite simplex simply mimics that on the finite simplex; in this direction, recall that the Poisson-Dirichlet PD(1) arises as the weak limit as k → ∞ of sequence of Dirk (1/k) variables after obvious re-ordering.
Dual random fragmentation and coagulation and an application to the genealogy of Yule processes
The authors would like to thank Dirk Bl¨omker, Tomas Caraballo and Peter E.
A dynamical approximation for stochastic partial differential equations
Dirk Hundertmark, Rowan Killip, Shu Nakamura, Peter Stollmann and Ivan Veselic: Bounds on the spectral shift function and the density of states, preprint arXiv:math-ph/0412078 (2004).
Continuity of integrated density of states -- independent randomness
We would like to thank Alain Joye for useful discussions and Dirk Hundertmark for providing the simple proof of Lemma 4.3. E. H. also acknowledges support through a Junior Research Fellowship at the Erwin Schr¨odinger Institute in Vienna, where part of this work was done.
Lyapunov Exponents for Unitary Anderson Models
The authors thank Dirk Rischke for providing the 1-fluid hydrodynamics code.
Eccentricity fluctuations in an integrated hybrid approach: Influence on elliptic flow
Roehner Pluralistic Modeling of Complex Systems — Dirk Helbing What's Next in the Physics of Markets ? — Frédéric Abergel Econophysics in A Nutshell — Tobias Preis Econophysics : A New Discipline — Sónia R.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
The author is very grateful to Wilhelm Stannat, Andrew Stuart, Dirk Bl¨omker and Andrew Duncan for helpful advice and suggestions.
Motion of inertial particles in Gaussian fields driven by an infinite-dimensional fractional Brownian motion
Nester, Wei-Tou Ni, Progress of Theoretical Physics, Dirk Puetzfeld, Royal Society of London, Ken Sakurai, Lidia D.
Gauge Theories of Gravitation
Fraenkel, Yehoshua Bar-Hillel, and Azriel Levy, Foundations of set theory, revised ed., North-Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, , With the collaboration of Dirk van Dalen, Studies in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics, Vol. .
I would also like to thank Diarmuid Crowley, Tibor Macko, Daniel Moskovich and Dirk Sch¨utz for their useful advice and helpful comments.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
Scott Tremaine received the Dannie Heinemann Prize for Astrophysics from the American Astronomical Society and the Dirk Brouwer Award from the Division of Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS.
Princeton University Observatory Annual Report, 1997-98
Phys. C 16 1729 Hackl R, Krug G, Nemetshcek R, Opel M, and Stadlober B 1996 in Spectroscopic Studies of Supercondcutors V, edited by Ivan Bozovic and Dirk van der Marel, Proc.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
Ginsberg (World Scientific, Singapore), 2 13 Kendziora C A, Kelley R J and Onellion M 1996 in Spectroscopic Studies of Supercondcutors V, edited by Ivan Bozovic and Dirk van der Marel, Proc.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
Lett. 61 1313 Timusk T, Cao N, Basov D N and Homes C C 1996 in Spectroscopic Studies of Superconductors, edited by Ivan Bozovic and Dirk van der Marel, Proc.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
Last but not least, we thank our colleagues from the organizing committee (Heinrich Leutwyler, Valery Lyubovitskij, Leonid Nemenov, Hagop Sazdjian, and Dirk Trautmann) for their invaluable help in structuring the meeting.