Definitions for: Doctor


[n] children take the roles of doctor or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the doctor's office; "the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"
[n] a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"
[n] a person who holds Ph.D. degree from an academic institution; "she is a doctor of philosophy in physics"
[n] a leading theologian in the history of the Roman Catholic Church; "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages"
[v] give medical treatment to
[v] restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
[v] alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"



Webster (1913) Definition: Doc"tor, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere
to teach. See Docile.]
1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of
knowledge learned man. [Obs.]

One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. --
Bacon.

2. An academical title, originally meaning a men 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.

3. 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. -- Shak.

4. 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.

5. (Zo["o]l.) The friar skate. [Prov. Eng.]

Doctors' Commons. See under Commons.

Doctor's stuff, physic, medicine. --G. Eliot.

Doctor fish (Zo["o]l.), any fish of the genus Acanthurus;
the surgeon fish; -- so called from a sharp lancetlike
spine on each side of the tail. Also called barber fish.
See Surgeon fish.


Doc"tor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doctored; p. pr. & vb.
n. Doctoring.]
1. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to
repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.
[Colloq.]

2. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.

3. To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to
falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to
doctor whisky. [Slang]


Doc"tor, v. i.
To practice physic. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: bushel, doc, Doctor of the Church, doctor up, Dr., fix, furbish up, MD, medico, mend, physician, repair, restore, sophisticate, touch on

Antonyms: break, bust

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