1. [syn: dolphinfish, dolphin, mahimahi]
2. any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
dolphin \dol"phin\ (d[o^]l"f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin,
dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the
dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses
1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb,
Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. Dauphin,
1. (Zool.) A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied
genera (esp. Delphinus delphis); the true dolphin.
Note: The dolphin of the ancients (Delphinus delphis) is
common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a
length of from six to eight feet.
2. (Zool.) The Coryph[ae]na hippuris, a fish of about five
feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of
color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the
dolphin. The term is also applied to the related
Coryphaena equisetis. Called also dolphinfish and
(especially in Hawaii) mahimahi. See also dolphinfish
Syn: dolphinfish, mahimahi.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
3. [Gr. delfi`s] (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung
from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck
of an enemy's vessel.
(a) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage.
(b) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a
ring to which ships may fasten their cables. --R. H.
(c) A mooring post on a wharf or beach.
(d) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the
gunwale. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
5. (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the
trunnions by which a cannon was lifted.
6. (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and
Pegasus. See Delphinus, n., 2.
Dolphin fly (Zool.), the black, bean, or collier, Aphis
(Aphis fable), destructive to beans.
Dolphin striker (Naut.), a short vertical spar under the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm
seas (especially around Hawaii) [syn: dolphinfish,
2: any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout;
larger than porpoises
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "dolphin":
Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Loch Ness monster, Primates, Rodentia,
alevin, benthon, benthos, cetacean, fingerling, fish, fry,
game fish, grilse, kipper, man-eater, man-eating shark,
marine animal, minnow, minny, nekton, panfish, plankton, porpoise,
salmon, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, shark, smolt,
sponge, tropical fish, whale