• WordNet 3.6
    • n dreg a small amount of residue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dreg drĕg Corrupt or defiling matter contained in a liquid, or precipitated from it; refuse; feculence; lees; grounds; sediment; hence, the vilest and most worthless part of anything; as, the dregs of society.☞ Used formerly (rarely) in the singular, as by Spenser and Shakespeare, but now chiefly in the plural. "We, the dregs and rubbish of mankind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dreg An obsolete or colloquial singular of dregs.
    • n dreg An obsolete form of dredge.
    • dreg An obsolete form of dredge
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  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from Icel. dregg,; akin to Sw. drägg, cf. Icel. & Sw. draga, to draw. Cf. Draw


In literature:

Of what worth is earthly pleasure to him who has already drained its cup to the dregs?
"The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863" by Various
Money raised them from the dregs of life, and they are firm believers in it.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Soon the original country or continent or planet is peopled only by the dregs.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
Thieves breed thieves, it was said, in the lowest dregs of social life.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
That's right, Aunt Mandy, drain it to the dregs and I'll fill it again.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
He had lost one situation after another; till finally he came to the very dregs.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
Dregs of the Cup, 303.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The Spaniards he pronounced as the spawn of Jews and Moors, the dregs of the earth.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
This matter is to be sifted to the dregs, the witnesses examined.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The dregs of vice and violence settle to the south.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various

In poetry:

I'd die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life's dull dregs only lie.
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
His dress was torn - for dregs of ale
And slops of gin had rusted it;
His pimpled face was wan and pale,
Where filth had not encrusted it.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He strangely smiled in wondrous mood,
And, with the haste of fever, quaffed
Down to the dregs a fiery flood;
And still he smiled—and still he laughed.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Give not to him the wine's first run,
The dregs to Christ, when that is done,
Nor with thy strength the tempter please,
Whilst nought remains for God, but lees.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Life without love! -- Ah, what a wail goes up
From this poor world of manifold distress,--
What thousands drink the dregs of bitterness,
Nor find one drop of honey in the cup.
"Griefs Unspoken" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Could I but weep, it were comfort, though brief;
But the fountain of tears by the fire of my grief
Hath been dried to its dregs, and can shed no relief
On the thirst of my eyelids.
"A Lament" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Dregs One's 'Wake Up Report on Police Brutality' features Fly Benzo .
Dregs One delivers in-depth commentary on police brutality and how it is affecting communities of color.
' Crossing Over ': Melting-Pot Dregs.
If we wait, our sister states will run right over us and leave us with the economic dregs.
Around Town East Nasty's Dregs of Society Strike Fear in Hearts of West Enders.
The Dregs of the Solyndra Scandal.
Our Critic Suffers Through the Late-Summer Dregs of Home Video So You Don't Have To.
The Dregs Marylhurst Art Gym.
Scientists Toast Dregs of Society.
Swamp Surfer, Chris Margolin & The Dregs, Stone the Murder.
Well, first, the alien would conclude that only the dregs of our society run for office.
Some Dunkin' store owners say they got stuck with the dregs.
In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society.
In its '70s heyday southern rock was huge but hardly monolithic — under its pillars dwelt the guitar swagger of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dixie Dregs' jazz fusion and Sea Level's literate funk.
Horror flick 'The Collection' is the dregs of cinema .

In science:

After an M, K, G, or F star forms, it magnetically compresses the infall dregs to produce a close-in brown dwarf.
The "Extra-Solar Giant Planets" are Brown Dwarfs
Similar conclusions (for unpolarized processes) may be obtained in the approach of , which converts DRED cross sections into DREG ones by considering differences in the Lagrangians and using fictitious ε-scalars to calculate the differences in the cross sections.
QCD Corrections to Spin Dependent Drell-Yan and a Global Subtraction Scheme
Continuation of the Tensors (DREG) In DREG, one continues the metric tensor and the gamma matrices to n dimensions.
QCD Corrections to Spin Dependent Drell-Yan and a Global Subtraction Scheme
It was originally introduced because DREG violates supersymmetry.
QCD Corrections to Spin Dependent Drell-Yan and a Global Subtraction Scheme
In both the q ¯q and qg cases, we verify that the unpolarized DREG MS result agrees exactly with that previously determined (see for example ).
QCD Corrections to Spin Dependent Drell-Yan and a Global Subtraction Scheme