doctor

Definition of doctor

doc´tor
n.1.A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man.
One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel.
- Bacon.
2.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.
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.(Zool.) The friar skate.
Doctors' Commons
See under Commons.
Doctor's stuff
physic, medicine.
Doctor fish
(Zool.) 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.
- G. Eliot.
v. t.1.To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.
[imp. & p. p. Doctored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Doctoring.]
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.
v. i.1.To practice physic.

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