• WordNet 3.6
    • v doctor give medical treatment to
    • v doctor restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken "She repaired her TV set","Repair my shoes please"
    • v doctor alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"
    • n doctor children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office "the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"
    • n doctor a licensed medical practitioner "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"
    • n doctor a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution "she is a doctor of philosophy in physics"
    • n Doctor (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages"
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Doctors Left a Monkey Wrench in Him 025 Doctors Left a Monkey Wrench in Him 025
Visits the Doctor 094 Visits the Doctor 094
A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot,...
What a peculiar doctor What a peculiar doctor
Wanted Me to Send For a Doctor 035 Wanted Me to Send For a Doctor 035
Doctor to old Appleby dame Doctor to old Appleby dame

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted
    • doctor A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man. "One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel."
    • doctor An academical title, originally meaning a man so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only.
    • doctor Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine.
    • doctor One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician. "By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death
      Will seize the doctor too."
    • doctor (Zoöl) The friar skate.
    • Doctor To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.
    • v. i Doctor To practice physic.
    • Doctor To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky.
    • Doctor To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In America, 38% of doctors are Indians
    • n doctor A teacher; an instructor; a learned man; one skilled in a learned profession.
    • n doctor In a university, one who has passed all the degrees of a faculty, and is thereby empowered to teach the subjects included in the faculty; a person who has received the highest degree in a faculty: as, a doctor in divinity. The degree is also regularly conferred by certain technical schools, as those of medicine, and, under certain conditions, by colleges. An honorary degree of doctor, as of divinity or laws, is often conferred by universities and colleges. The degree of doctor differs only in name from that of master. When there was but one degree in each faculty, the graduate was called a master in Paris, a doctor in Bologna. The faculty of the decretals being modeled after that of Bologna, those who took the highest degree in law were called doctors. This title was afterward extended to masters in theology, and finally to masters in medicine. The degrees of doctor conferred by universities, colleges, and professional schools include doctor of divinity (Latin divinitatis doctor, abbreviated D. D.; or sacræ theologiæ doctor, abbreviated S. T. D.; or doctortheologiæ, abbreviated D. T.); doctor of medicine, abbreviated D. M. (Latin medicinæ doctor, abbreviated M. D.); doctor of laws (Latin legum doctor, abbreviated LL.D.); doctor of civil law, abbreviated D. C. L. (Latin legis civilis doctor); doctor of both laws (civil and canon) (Latin juris utriusque doctor, abbreviated J. U. D.); doctor of philosophy, abbreviated D. P. (Latin philosophiæ doctor, abbreviated Ph. D.); doctor of science (Latin scientiæ doctor, abbreviated Sc. D.); doctor of music, abbreviated D. M. (Latin musicæ doctor, abbreviated Mus. D.)—the abbreviations of the Latin forms being more commonly used; doctor of dental surgery, abbreviated D. D. S.; doctor of veterinary surgery, abbreviated D. V. S.
    • n doctor Specifically A person duly licensed to practise medicine; a physician; one whose occupation is to cure diseases. [In the second and third senses much used as a title before the person's name (and then often abbreviated Dr.), or alone, as a customary term of address: as, Doctor Martin Luther; Doctor Johnson; Dr. Holmes; come in, doctor.]
    • n doctor A minor part of certain pieces of machinery employed in regulating the feed or in removing surplus material; specifically, the roller in a power printing-press which serves as a conductor of ink to the distributing rollers (see crab-roller, drop-roller): as, a color-doctor; a cleaning-doctor; a lint-doctor, etc.
    • n doctor An auxiliary steam-engine; a donkey-engine.
    • n doctor In wine-making: A liquor used to mix with inferior wine to make it more palatable, or to give it a resemblance to a better wine.
    • n doctor A liquor used to darken the color of wine, as boiled must mixed with pale sherry to produce brown sherry. See shcrry, mosto, and must.
    • n doctor A translation of a local name in North Africa of the bird Emberiza striolata. See the extract.
    • n doctor Same as doctor-fish.
    • n doctor plural False or doctored dice.
    • n doctor In some American universities, a degree superior to that of master of arts. Abbreviated Ph. D. See above, 2.
    • doctor To treat, as a doctor or physician; treat medicinally; apply medicines for the cure of; administer medicine or medical treatment to: as, to doctor a disease; to doctor a patient.
    • doctor To repair; mend; patch up.
    • doctor To confer the degree of doctor upon.
    • doctor To disguise by mixture or manipulation; especially, to alter for the purpose of deception; give a false appearance to; adulterate; cook up; tamper with: as, to doctor wine or an account.
    • doctor To practise physic.
    • doctor To receive medical treatment; take medicine: as, to doctor for ague.
    • n doctor In angling, a name applied to several artificial flies: as, the blue doctor, the silver doctor, etc.
    • n doctor A boiler feed-pump such as has been preferred on the western rivers of the United States. It is a vertical steam-pump, with a fly-wheel between the steam-cylinder and water-cylinder, and is said to be especially reliable. In case of need it can be operated by turning the fly-wheel by hand.
    • n doctor The cook of a merchant vessel; also, the cook of a lumber-camp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Canada, men are three times more likely than women to have seen a doctor in the last year
    • n Doctor dok′tur one who has received from a university the highest degree in a faculty: a physician: a medical practitioner: a cleric especially skilled in theology or ecclesiastical law
    • v.t Doctor to treat as a doctor does: to adulterate: to make alterations on: to falsify: to address as doctor: to create a doctor
    • v.i Doctor to take physic: to practise medicine
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  • Erma Bombeck
    “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “God heals and the doctor takes the fee.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.”
  • Thomas Horder
    Thomas Horder
    “It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life and it is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.”
  • Ovid
    “Time is generally the best doctor.”


An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Eating healthy food keeps you healthy.
Just what the doctor ordered - If something's just what the doctor ordered, it is precisely what is needed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere, to teach. See Docile


In literature:

There was nothing in the least extraordinary in the fact of the Doctor's presence at the station.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
Jake's gone for th' doctor, you say?
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Neither the Doctor nor the Senator understands a word of any language but the American.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The doctor has warned her of her heart.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
I know what does me good, and I take it, doctor or no doctor.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The Doctor wheeled about and encountered the genial countenance of Mr. A.L.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Fortunately, Thaine had no need for "first aid" from Doctor Carey, and he saw the doctor only rarely in the sixty days that followed.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The doctor never so much as moved.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This time it was the doctor who answered the question directed toward the silent Danvers.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
When the doctor got into the cab and shut the door himself, he took too much for granted.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

A fluttering thing we never see,
And only hear
When some stern doctor to our side
Presses his ear.
"The Heart Unseen" by Richard Le Gallienne
But you, my doctor, my enthusiast,
were better than Christ;
you promised me another world
to tell me who
I was.
"Flee On Your Donkey" by Anne Sexton
"But you are a doctor's daughter,
My son's of a princely line;
You may wed with one more humble,
But never with son of mine.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Next stept the Doctor's "manly limb,"
A pestle huge was borne by him;
His heart as valiant forsooth,
As ever dar'd to draw a tooth.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
I sent for Ratcliffe, was so ill,
That other doctors gave me over,
He felt my pulse, prescribed his pill,
And I was likely to recover.
"The Remedy Worse Than The Disease" by Matthew Prior
Says pleadingly, half in a whisper:
"Please, darling papa, don't cry;
I know Birdie's going to Heaven--
I heard doctor say he will die;
"Opening The Gate For Papa" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

Seven nurse midwives abruptly closed their practices last week when a doctor told them the N.C. Medical Board will no longer allow him to oversee nurse midwives outside his own practice.
One of the deciphered 1,600-year-old tablets targets senator, the other an animal doctor.
Doctors at Ohio State University are testing out a new way of blasting cancers of the head and neck.
Doctors' Blatant Misuse of Anesthetic Exposes Companies to Billions in Damages.
Dallas girl's brain bled from being beaten, doctor says.
Expert advice on foods that cause bloating and abdominal discomfort, and when you should see a doctor about bloating symptoms.
Arafat smiles with his doctors and bodyguards in a photo released by the Palestinian Authority Thursday.
It's pretty typical after receiving a transfusion for your doctor to conduct further blood testing to see how your body is responding to the new blood, the Mayo Clinic states.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. No one expected Michael Rady to grow up to be a doctor, even on TV.
For over two thousand years doctors would puncture their patients' veins and let them bleed out in order to rid them of their diseases.
Doctors say wind gusts can spread pollen and mold.
CHICAGO (AP) A suburban Chicago man accused of posing as a doctor to buy vials of deadly puffer fish toxin was charged Tuesday with planning to use the poison to kill his wife and collect $20 million in life insurance.
Darrell Clanton Hurricane The Dune Doctor
Poetry is the prescription for UMass doctor.
Why doctors won't stop using an outdated measure for obesity.

In science:

He did his doctoral work at the Central University of Hyderabad and obtained his Ph. D. in theoretical physics for his thesis on fluctuation phenomenon in model non-equilibrium systems.
Monte Carlo: Basics
He is now supported by a CNPq post-doctoral fel lowship at IFT.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
Fortuin, C. M., On the random-cluster model, Doctoral thesis, University of Leiden, 1971.
The Random-Cluster Model
Thanks are also due to Professor Paul Tod for suggesting me this line of work many years ago during my post-doctoral at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University.
Neutrino asymmetry in general relativistic rotating radiative stars
This research has been made possible through the post-doctoral fellowship scheme of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science under fellowship number P00787 and it has been also supported in part by the Hungarian National Scientific Research Fund, OTKA, grant No. T030374.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application