doll

Definitions

  • A Doll's Apartments
    A Doll's Apartments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n doll a small replica of a person; used as a toy
    • n doll informal terms for a (young) woman
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cardboard Doll's House Cardboard Doll's House
Paper Dolls Paper Dolls
A kitten sits and stares at a doll A kitten sits and stares at a doll
The Doll-Baby Show The Doll-Baby Show
The Sea-side Doll The Sea-side Doll
Girl with dolls Girl with dolls

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a Canadian girl owns seven Barbie dolls, whereas an American girl owns eight
    • doll a small, usually flexible figure representing a human being, especially a toy baby for a little girl; a child's puppet.
    • doll an attractive woman or girl. "Come along and be my party doll ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world
    • n doll A sweetheart; a mistress; a paramour; a doxy. Also dolly.
    • n doll A puppet representing a child, usually a little girl (but also sometimes a boy or a man, as a soldier, etc.), used as a toy by children, especially by girls.
    • n doll Dung, especially of pigeons.
    • n doll A large cake of sawdust mixed with dung, used for fuel.
    • n doll A large lump.
    • n doll A simple contrivance on a Jacquard loom which indicates to the weaver that something is wrong with the action of the pattern-card cylinder. Also called detector and blockhead-board.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers
    • n Doll dol a puppet or toy-baby for a child: a pretty but silly woman: the smallest or pet pig in a litter
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Quotations

  • Sharon Stone
    Sharon Stone
    “We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.”
  • Francis H. Bradley
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    “We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A contraction of Dorothy,; or less prob. an abbreviation of idol,; or cf. OD. dol, a whipping top, D. dollen, to rave, and E. dull,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Dolly, familiar dim. of Dorothy.

Usage

In literature:

A pair of skates was pulled out next, then three dolls, one minus an arm.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
He was sleeping with her doll in his arms.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
They will grow, which dolls won't; and they really live and die, which dolls don't.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Getting his hat, therefore, he told Fanny she must leave her doll, and come and play with him.
"Norman Vallery" by W.H.G. Kingston
Till I was nearly nine years old I was exceedingly fond of dolls, of which I had several of different degrees of ugliness.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
She has got a nice doll, a chest of drawers, and a doll's cradle.
"Child-Land" by Oscar Pletsch
Molly's eyes were fascinated by a card full of paper-doll patterns, and their pretty blue, red, and white dresses.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
She took the doll from its narrow shelf and regarded it closely.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
I can most always tell when there's a doll in a box.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
They packed all the doll things in one basket, doll things and toys and three nice books.
"Mary Jane's City Home" by Clara Ingram Judson
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In poetry:

We will bring a crown of gold
Bending humbly every knee,
Now thy great white doll to hold —
Oh, so happy would we be!
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
The boy with whip and top and drum,
The girl with hoop and doll,
And men with lands and houses, ask
The question of Poor Poll.
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
While thus she fared, from Ravenswood
Came Injuns o'er the plain,
And seized upon that beauteous maid
And rent her doll in twain.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Her prim Dutch doll is in her arms,
    And Polly hums a tune
To match the brook that leads her on
    This pleasant afternoon.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The little Japs are rather small,
Even their fathers are not tall;
They're very fond of parasols,
They dress themselves just like their dolls.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
The doll was called Christina,
Her under-wear was lace,
She smiled while you dressed her
And when you then undressed her
She kept a smiling face.
"Christina" by Louis MacNeice

In news:

Fao Schwarz Unveils "A Fashionable Collection Of Tonner Dolls" for Fashion Week.
Kristi passed along this Huffington Post story about a farting baby doll that is selling well in South Korea.
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is the newest chapter of stunning storybook characters from R. The endearing dolls and animals from R. John Wright Dolls in Bennington, Vt. Are what fairy tales are made of.
Another is a famous doll with her own Malibu Dream House.
Fogg raises his long arm and thrusts a six-pound infant doll into the air.
Groupie Doll wins BC Filly & Mare Sprint.
ARCADIA, Calif.—Groupie Doll charged down the middle of the track to win the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, restoring some order to a Breeders' Cup dominated by long-shot winners.
Rajiv Maragh rode Groupie Doll to a 41/2-length win, her third Grade I victory.
Odds-on favorite Groupie Doll broke away from the competition at the head of the stretch on her way to winning Saturday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park.
When that air is still again, a little girl with a yellow star stitched to the shoulder of her brown sweater reassures her doll, "Don't be scared".
The other day I purchased a doll.
Toni Todd, a member of the Cloth Divas Doll Club in Mount Vernon, defines the term as a woman of a certain age who approaches doll-making as an art.
Research finds no 'Russian nesting dolls' larger than 350 million light-years across.
Suicide Dolls Release First Full-Length CD in Time For 10th Anniversary.
Mattel has partnered with game developer Little Orbit for a video game based on its Monster High doll line.
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In science:

In fact, they were multi-walled carbon nanotubes consisting of several concentric single-walled nanotubes nested inside each other, like a Russian doll.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Doll, Quantum annealing: a new method for minimizing multidimensional functions, 1994 Chem.
Cooling dynamics of pure and random Ising chains
Thus even quantum processing is viewed as a legacy and not a product of adaptive evolution (Doll and Finke 2003).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Doll KM, Finke RG (2003) A compelling experimental test of the hypothesis that enzymes have evolved to enhance quantum mechanical tunneling in hydrogen transfer reactions: The β -neopentylcobalamin system combined with prior adocobalamin data.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Zamolodchikov has found an extremely convenient recursion (Russian doll type) relation, which allows to calculate the conformal block up to the desired order in x-expansion.
Recursion relations in CFT and N=2 SYM theory
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