• The Dolphin who Came Late
    The Dolphin who Came Late
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dolphin any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
    • n dolphin large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas (especially around Hawaii)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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The dolphins drive the fish into the nets The dolphins drive the fish into the nets
The dolphin carries the boy across the water The dolphin carries the boy across the water

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear region
    • dolphin (Zool) A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (esp. Delphinus delphis); the true dolphin.
    • dolphin (Naut) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
    • dolphin (Gr. Antiq) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel.
    • dolphin (Naut) A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
    • dolphin (Naut) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale.
    • dolphin (Astron) A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus n., 2.
    • dolphin (Naut) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables.
    • dolphin (Gun) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which a cannon was lifted.
    • dolphin (Zool) The Coryphæna hippuris, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. The term is also applied to the related Coryphaena equisetis. Called also dolphinfish and (especially in Hawaiimahimahi. See also dolphinfish and Coryphænoid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure
    • n dolphin The popular name of the cetaceous mammals of the family Delphinidæ and genus Delphinus, most of which are also known as and more frequently called porpoises, this word being interchangeable with dolphin. The dolphin proper is Delphinus delphis, having a longer and sharper snout than the porpoise proper, divided by a constriction with convexity forward from the convex forehead. It abounds in the Mediterranean and the temperate parts of the Atlantic, is an agile animal, and often follows ships in large herds, executing amusing gambols, describing semicircular curves which bring the blow-hole out of water to enable itself to breathe. A usual length is about 6 feet.
    • n dolphin A general and popular name of fish of the family Coryphænidæ: so called from some con-fusion with the mammals of the same name. Species are Coryphæna hippurus, C. equisetis, etc., of an elongated antrorsiform shape with a high protuberant forehead and very long dorsal fin, inhabiting the high seas of warm and temperate latitudes. They range up to 5 or 6 feet in length, and are remarkable for the change of color they undergo when taken out of the water. Also called dorado. See cut under Coryphæna.
    • n dolphin In Gr. antiquity, a ponderous mass of lead or iron suspended from a special yard on a naval vessel, and, if opportunity presented, let fall into the hold of a hostile ship to sink her by breaking through her bottom.
    • n dolphin Nautical: A spar or buoy made fast to an anchor, and usually supplied with a ring to enable vessels to ride by it.
    • n dolphin A mooring-post placed at the entrance of a dock. It is generally composed of a series of piles driven near to one another in a circle, and brought together and capped over at the top. The name is also sometimes applied to the mooring-posts placed along a quay or wharf.
    • n dolphin In early artillery, a handle cast solid on a cannon. Usually two of these were placed at the balancing-point, so that the gun would hang horizontal if suspended by them. They were commonly made in the conventional form of a dolphin; hence the name.
    • n dolphin [capitalized] In astronomy, an ancient northern constellation, Delphinus (which see).
    • n dolphin In architecture, a technical term applied to the pipe and cover at a source for the supply of water.
    • n dolphin In Christian archæol., an image or representation of a dolphin, constituting an emblem of love, diligence, and swiftness. It was frequently introduced in architectural sculpture, etc., or worn as an ornament by the early Christians. It was often represented entwined about an anchor.
    • n dolphin Same as dauphin.
    • n dolphin In lumbering, a cluster of piles to which a boom is secured. [U. S.]
    • n dolphin Same as dolphin-fly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins sleep with one eye open
    • n Dolphin dol′fin an animal of the whale kind, closely resembling the porpoise, about 8 or 10 feet long: the coryphæna, a fish about 5 feet in length, noted for the brilliancy of its colours when dying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dauphin, dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin,; cf. OF. dalphinal, of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb, Skr. garbha,; perh. akin to E. calf,. Cf. Dauphin Delphine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. daulphin—L. delphinus—Gr. delphis, -phinos.


In literature:

To this, Thetis, thou wast wont often to come naked, seated on thy harnessed dolphin.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Quickly she felt the effect, and bounded through the water after the distant ships like a dolphin chasing a school of flying-fish.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The boy and dolphins, forming the pleasing domestic fountain we engrave in Fig.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
She lifted the heavy brass knocker, which looked like the head of a dolphin, and gave three brisk blows on the closed door.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
There, however, was Monsieur Judas, as dead as a Dolphin two hours on deck.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Others (the dolphins and porpoises) have very numerous peg-like teeth in each jaw.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
How far they are poetry nobody, least of all Dolphin himself, is certain.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
Her graceful limbs appeared to move; dolphins sprang at her feet, and immortality shone from her eyes.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
But best of them all was the sail in the 'Dolphin.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
It is supported by dolphins.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various

In poetry:

Temples of Neptune invaded by the sea
And dolphins streaked like streams sportive
As sunlight rode and over the rushing floors
The sea unfurled and what was blue raced silver.
"The Return" by John Peale Bishop
Thus flowing in you, your print
in my eyes or hung like a tear on my lids,
I'll hear in you the sea with a dolphin silver-engraved,
in the shell of your body which roars in sleep.
"Erotic" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
Do thou a lesson from the dolphins draw,
Which help their parents, when by age o'erpow'rd,
And guard them, when they're weak, with filial awe,
Lest they by other fish shou'd be devour'd.
"The Duty Of Children To Their Parents" by Rees Prichard
Invisible, your clocking tides
Break on the lovebeds of the weeds;
The weed of love's left dry;
There round about your stones the shades
Of children go who, from their voids,
Cry to the dolphined sea.
"Where Once The Waters Of Your Face" by Dylan Thomas
No defiance is on our lips,
Nothing but kindliness greets you here;
Still, in the storm our dolphin ships
Round the Eddystone dart and steer;
And on shore, no doubt, no doubt,
Our rifles are ready — Look out!
"Defence Not Defiance (A Rifle Song)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Ho! for the plains where the dolphins play,
And the bend of the mast and spars,
And a fight at night with the wild sea-sprite
When the foam has drowned the stars.
And, pray, what joy can the landsman feel
Like the rise and fall of a sliding keel?
"A Sailor's Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Follow an in-game chat with The News' Mike Harrington and Jay Skurski from Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Bills lead the Dolphins, 19-7, at halftime.
Antonio Smith (94) had issues with a couple of the Dolphins offensive linemen on Sunday.
Texans' Smith calls Dolphins' Incognito 'a dirty player'.
Miami Dolphins center Richie Incognito (68) argues with Houston Texans… (Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE ).
Richie Incognito says Dolphins don't want him to 'lose the nasty streak'.
Dolphins' inefficient offense results in fewer plays.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said this week that he envisioned the Dolphins averaging 75 to 78 snaps per game on offense.
Dolphins not worried about Sparano having inside information .
WCS researchers in Asia are studying a remarkable group of river dolphins, and offer an up-close view.
The recent discovery of six thousand Irrawaddy dolphins in Bangladesh increased hope for this endangered species.
Russia will send four dolphins and two sea lions to Pakistan's largest city.
Williams and Dolphins Play Keepaway With Bills.
To counter the Buffalo Bills' newfound defensive prowess, the Miami Dolphins relied on the N.F.L.
The aftermath of the Raiders' 35-13 road loss to the Miami Dolphins included news of the possible loss of two more starters and a team film session that served as a lesson in accountability.
Grimm was swimming with dolphins near Bimini Island in the Bahamas when a boat captain asked what he did for a living.

In science:

The photometry of the stars in the CCD images has been obtained using the multiphot routine of the HSTphot package (Dolphin 2000a).
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
The HSTphot photometry used zero points from Dolphin (2000b) which provides corrections to the Holtzman et al.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
However, it has been found that the distance obtained with the theoretical calibration is not consistent with other results as shown by Dolphin et al. (2001) in IC 1613.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
Photometry was conducted on these frames using the HSTphot version 1.15b package (Dolphin 2000a,b).
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
Figure 8: The dolphin, the map of Britain and the foot (dynamical view, best evolved shapes, target contour superimposed).
Epigenetic Tracking, a Method to Generate Arbitrary Shapes By Using Evolutionary-Developmental Techniques