Doctor



noun
1.
a person licensed to practice medicine, as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian.
2.
a person who has been awarded a doctor’s degree:
He is a Doctor of Philosophy.
3.
Doctor of the Church.
4.
Older Slang. a cook, as at a camp or on a ship.
5.
Machinery. any of various minor mechanical devices, especially one designed to remedy an undesirable characteristic of an automatic process.
6.
Angling. any of several artificial flies, especially the silver doctor.
7.
an eminent scholar and teacher.
verb (used with object)
8.
to give medical treatment to; act as a physician to:
He feels he can doctor himself for just a common cold.
9.
to treat (an ailment); apply remedies to:
He doctored his cold at home.
10.
to restore to original or working condition; repair; mend:
She was able to doctor the chipped vase with a little plastic cement.
11.
to tamper with; falsify:
He doctored the birthdate on his passport.
12.
to add a foreign substance to; adulterate:
Someone had doctored the drink.
13.
to revise, alter, or adapt (a photograph, manuscript, etc.) in order to serve a specific purpose or to improve the material:
to doctor a play.
14.
to award a doctorate to:
He did his undergraduate work in the U.S. and was doctored at Oxford.
verb (used without object)
15.
to practice medicine.
16.
Older Use. to take medicine; receive medical treatment.
17.
Metallurgy. (of an article being electroplated) to receive plating unevenly.
noun
1.
a person licensed to practise medicine
2.
a person who has been awarded a higher academic degree in any field of knowledge
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine
4.
(often capital) Also called Doctor of the Church. a title given to any of several of the leading Fathers or theologians in the history of the Christian Church down to the late Middle Ages whose teachings have greatly influenced orthodox Christian thought
5.
(angling) any of various gaudy artificial flies
6.
(informal) a person who mends or repairs things
7.
(slang) a cook on a ship or at a camp
8.
(archaic) a man, esp a teacher, of learning
9.
a device used for local repair of electroplated surfaces, consisting of an anode of the plating material embedded in an absorbent material containing the solution
10.
(in a paper-making machine) a blade that is set to scrape the roller in order to regulate the thickness of pulp or ink on it
11.
a cool sea breeze blowing in some countries: the Cape doctor
12.
(Austral, slang) go for the doctor, to make a great effort or move very fast, esp in a horse race
13.
what the doctor ordered, something needed or desired
verb
14.
(transitive)

to give medical treatment to
to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)

15.
(intransitive) (informal) to practise medicine: he doctored in Easter Island for six years
16.
(transitive) to repair or mend, esp in a makeshift manner
17.
(transitive) to make different in order to deceive, tamper with, falsify, or adulterate
18.
(transitive) to adapt for a desired end, effect, etc
19.
(transitive) to castrate (a cat, dog, etc)

doctor doc·tor (dŏk’tər)
n.

A person, especially a physician, dentist, or veterinarian, trained in the healing arts and licensed to practice.

A person who has earned the highest academic degree awarded by a university in a specified discipline.

doctor

noun

A person who drugs racehorses to improve their performance (1940s+ Horse racing)

verb

To alter or tamper with something dishonestly; cook: We doctored the receipts/ He doctored the booze (1774+)
To repair; mend: Somebody’s got to doctor this furnace (1828+)

Related Terms

couch doctor, play doctor, spin doctor, zit doctor

(Luke 2:46; 5:17; Acts 5:34), a teacher. The Jewish doctors taught and disputed in synagogues, or wherever they could find an audience. Their disciples were allowed to propose to them questions. They assumed the office without any appointment to it. The doctors of the law were principally of the sect of the Pharisees. Schools were established after the destruction of Jerusalem at Babylon and Tiberias, in which academical degrees were conferred on those who passed a certain examination. Those of the school of Tiberias were called by the title “rabbi,” and those of Babylon by that of “master.”

see: just what the doctor ordered

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