date


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Date \Date\, n.[F. datte, L. dactylus, fr. Gr. ?, prob. not the
   same word as da`ktylos finger, but of Semitic origin.] (Bot.)
   The fruit of the date palm; also, the date palm itself.
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   Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive,
         containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome,
         and inclosing a hard kernel.
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   Date palm, or Date tree (Bot.), the genus of palms which
      bear dates, of which common species is {Ph[oe]nix
      dactylifera}. See Illust.

   Date plum (Bot.), the fruit of several species of
      Diospyros, including the American and Japanese
      persimmons, and the European lotus (Diospyros Lotus).

   Date shell, or Date fish (Zool.), a bivalve shell, or its
      inhabitant, of the genus Pholas, and allied genera. See
      Pholas.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Date \Date\, v. i.
   To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with
   from.
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         The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the
         French arms.                             --E. Everett.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Date \Date\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dated; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Dating.] [Cf. F. dater. See 2d Date.]
   1. To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an
      instrument the time of its execution; as, to date a
      letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter.
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   2. To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the
      date of; as, to date the building of the pyramids.
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   Note: We may say dated at or from a place.
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               The letter is dated at Philadephia. --G. T.
                                                  Curtis.
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               You will be suprised, I don't question, to find
               among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a
               letter dated from Blois.           --Addison.
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               In the countries of his jornal seems to have been
               written; parts of it are dated from them. --M.
                                                  Arnold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Date \Date\, n. [F. date, LL. data, fr. L. datus given, p. p. of
   dare to give; akin to Gr. ?, OSlaw. dati, Skr. d[=a]. Cf.
   Datum, Dose, Dato, Die.]
   1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which
      specifies the time (as day, month, and year) when the
      writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made;
      as, the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin.
      etc.
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            And bonds without a date, they say, are void.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes
      place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of
      time; epoch; as, the date of a battle.
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            He at once,
            Down the long series of eventful time,
            So fixed the dates of being, so disposed
            To every living soul of every kind
            The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
                                                  --Akenside.
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   3. Assigned end; conclusion. [R.]
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            What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date.
                                                  --Pope.
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   4. Given or assigned length of life; dyration. [Obs.]
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            Good luck prolonged hath thy date.    --Spenser.
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            Through his life's whole date.        --Chapman.
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   To bear date, to have the date named on the face of it; --
      said of a writing.
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