• WordNet 3.6
    • n dregs sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dregs The sediment of liquors; lees; grounds; feculence; any foreign matter of liquors that subsides to the bottom of a vessel containing them.
    • dregs Waste or worthless matter; dross; sweepings; refuse; hence, what is most vile and worthless: as, the dregs of society.
    • dregs Solid impurities found in raw fats. W. L. Carpenter, Soap and Candles, p. 83
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Dregs dregz impurities in liquor that fall to the bottom, the grounds: dross: the vilest part of anything
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand.; Ice. dreggjar.


In literature:

With patient endurance and the fortitude of martyrs, they drank to the dregs the bitter cup of war.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 5" by Various
I see that I must drink my bitter cup to the dregs.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
She poured the dregs of a beer-jug over them, but they blazed up the brighter.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
There was at Avignon a body of volunteers called the army of Vaucluse, formed of the dregs of that country, and commanded by one Patrix.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Use the dregs for scouring unpainted woodwork, or to cleanse waste pipes.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
The dregs of days that follow upon days!
"The Argosy" by Various
The place is a den of corruption, the characters are the dregs of society.
"Robert Burns" by William Allan Neilson
If this was the extent of the alien nation, it was the dregs of a dwindling race.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Any meddling with that would have to be sifted to the dregs.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
The news stirred his savage nature to the dregs.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis

In poetry:

"And who are they," I question'd, "that receive
This boon of His high grace?" and he replied,
"The firm in heart, who have the power to sieve
The restless day, and cast its dregs aside.
"The Two Watchwords" by Alexander Anderson
Thou venomed thing, I know not what to call thee,
The dregs of nature surely did befall thee,
Thou wast made of the dross and scum of all,
Man hates thee; doth, in scorn, thee spider call.
"The Sinner and The Spider" by John Bunyan
Oh cease! must hate and death return?
Cease! must men kill and die?
Cease! drain not to its dregs the urn
Of bitter prophecy.
The world is weary of the past,
Oh might it die or rest at last!
"Chorus from Hellas" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Did we watch it with breathless breath
By slow degrees unfold?
Did we taste the innermost heart of it
The honey of each sweet part of it?
Suck all its hidden gold
To the very dregs of its death?
"A Lost Hour" by Richard Le Gallienne
May—be. Of Fame he deeply quaffed:
But thirsting for the sweeter draught
Of Love, alas for him!
Though draining glory to the dregs,
He was like one that vainly begs,
And scarcely sips the brim.
"At Vaucluse" by Alfred Austin
Still here, though the wing of dark sorrow is o’er us,
Tho’ bitterness dregs every cup that we drink;
With a smile in her eyes, she glides before us
To yield us support when we falter or sink.
"Bachelor’s Button" by S C Edgarton

In news:

Dregs One's 'Wake Up Report on Police Brutality' features Fly Benzo .
' 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 .
I was drinking a beer, and the bartender made a martini for someone else, poured it into its stemmed glass, and then poured the dregs into a smaller glass, which she left on the counter in front of me.

In science:

These are only the dregs of the cloud as the star formation process shuts down.
The "Extra-Solar Giant Planets" are Brown Dwarfs
If the dregs are insufficient to form a brown dwarf, they are eventually eroded away by the wind.
The "Extra-Solar Giant Planets" are Brown Dwarfs
One of the most widely used schemes is dimensional regularization (DREG), where one extends the number of dimensions to D = 4 − 2ǫ.
Hadronic Final States
An alternative to DREG is provided by dimensional reduction (DRED), where one splits the four-dimensional gluon field in a D-dimensional component and a so called ǫ-scalar, a scalar whose coupling to fermions vanishes in four dimensions (evanescent coupling).
Hadronic Final States
Therefore, a prescription has to be defined how to extend helicity amplitudes to n = 4−2ε dimension for to embed them into the Dimensional Regularization (DReg) scheme; this will be an issue of Section 1 in Chapter 3.
Automated Evaluation of One-Loop Six-Point Processes for the LHC