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  • Dene Tha’ (people)

    Slave, group of Athabaskan-speaking Indians of Canada, originally inhabiting the western shores of the Great Slave Lake, the basins of the Mackenzie and Liard rivers, and other neighbouring riverine and forest areas. Their name, Awokanak, or Slave, was given them by the Cree, who plundered and

  • Deneb (star)

    Deneb, (Arabic: “Tail” [of the Swan, Cygnus]) one of the brightest stars, with an apparent magnitude of 1.25. This star, at about 1,500 light-years’ distance, is the most remote (and brightest intrinsically) of the 20 apparently brightest stars. It lies in the northern constellation Cygnus and,

  • Deneb Algedi (star)

    Capricornus: Its stars are faint; Deneb Algedi (Arabic for “kid’s tail”) is the brightest star, with a magnitude of 2.9.

  • Denemy, Richard (Austrian-British opera singer)

    Richard Tauber, Austrian-born British tenor celebrated for his work in opera and, especially, operetta. Tauber was studying voice at Freiberg, Ger., at the time of his highly successful operatic debut, as Tamino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberfl?te) at the Chemnitz Neues

  • Deneuve, Catherine (French actress)

    Catherine Deneuve, French actress noted for her archetypal Gallic beauty as well as for her roles in films by some of the world’s greatest directors. Deneuve was the third of four daughters born to the French actors Maurice Dorléac and Renée Deneuve. She landed a small role in the 1957 film Les

  • Denevi, Marco (Argentine writer)

    Marco Denevi, Argentine writer and political journalist whose first published novel, Rosaura a las diez (1954), won a Kraft award, given by an Argentine publisher, and went on to become a best-seller that was translated into a number of languages as well as being filmed, televised, and dramatized;

  • Deng Jiaxian (Chinese scientist)

    nuclear weapon: China: …Academy, under the direction of Deng Jiaxian, was ordered to shift to thermonuclear work. Facilities were constructed to produce lithium-6 deuteride and other required components. By the end of 1965 the theoretical work for a multistage bomb had been completed, and manufacture of the test device was finished by the…

  • Deng Xiaoping (Chinese leader)

    Deng Xiaoping, Chinese communist leader who was the most powerful figure in the People’s Republic of China from the late 1970s until his death in 1997. He abandoned many orthodox communist doctrines and attempted to incorporate elements of the free-enterprise system and other reforms into the

  • Deng Yaping (Chinese table tennis player)

    Deng Yaping, Chinese table tennis player, who won six world championships and four Olympic championships between 1989 and 1997. She is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Deng began playing table tennis at age five, and four years later she won her provincial junior

  • Deng Yingchao (Chinese politician)

    Deng Yingchao, Chinese politician, a revolutionary hard-liner who became a high-ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after the death of her husband, Premier Zhou Enlai, in 1976. Deng’s involvement in political and social causes began in her youth. She joined the movement to abolish

  • denga (coin)

    coin: Russia and the Balkans: …kopecks and their halves (dengi) of Mongolian derivation. Ivan IV (1547–84) standardized the types of the dengi as “Tsar and Grand Prince of All Russia,” showing a uniform design of a mounted lancer. From the 15th to the 17th century unstable social and economic conditions were reflected in clipping…

  • dengaku (Japanese dance)

    Japanese performing arts: Formative period: …as court entertainment and called dengaku (“field music”).

  • dengi (coin)

    coin: Russia and the Balkans: …kopecks and their halves (dengi) of Mongolian derivation. Ivan IV (1547–84) standardized the types of the dengi as “Tsar and Grand Prince of All Russia,” showing a uniform design of a mounted lancer. From the 15th to the 17th century unstable social and economic conditions were reflected in clipping…

  • dengue (disease)

    Dengue, acute, infectious, mosquito-borne fever that is temporarily incapacitating but rarely fatal. Besides fever, the disease is characterized by an extreme pain in and stiffness of the joints (hence the name “breakbone fever”). Complication of dengue fever can give rise to a more severe form,

  • dengue fever (disease)

    Dengue, acute, infectious, mosquito-borne fever that is temporarily incapacitating but rarely fatal. Besides fever, the disease is characterized by an extreme pain in and stiffness of the joints (hence the name “breakbone fever”). Complication of dengue fever can give rise to a more severe form,

  • dengue hemorrhagic fever (disease)

    dengue: …a more severe form, called dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which is characterized by hemorrhaging blood vessels and thus bleeding from the nose, mouth, and internal tissues. Untreated DHF may result in blood vessel collapse, causing a usually fatal condition known as dengue shock syndrome. Dengue is caused by one of…

  • dengue shock syndrome (pathology)

    dengue: …usually fatal condition known as dengue shock syndrome. Dengue is caused by one of four viral serotypes (closely related viruses), designated DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4. These serotypes are members of the Flavivirus genus, which also contains the viruses that cause yellow fever, and can occur in any country where…

  • dengue vaccine (medicine)

    dengue: Diagnosis and treatment: …Drug Administration approved the first vaccine to prevent dengue in individuals ages 9 to 16 who have been previously infected with the virus and reside in dengue-endemic regions. The vaccine, administered in three injections over the course of a year, was effective against all known dengue serotypes.

  • Dengyō Daishi (Japanese monk)

    Saichō, monk who established the Tendai sect of Buddhism in Japan. A priest at the age of 13, Saichō was sent to China to study in 804 and returned with the highly eclectic Tendai (T’ien-t’ai in Chinese) teachings. Unlike other Buddhist sects then in existence in Japan, the Tendai sect taught that

  • Denham (England, United Kingdom)

    South Bucks: Denham, in the northeastern part of the district, is its administrative centre.

  • Denham, Dixon (British explorer)

    Dixon Denham, English soldier who became one of the early explorers of western Africa. After serving in the Napoleonic Wars, Denham volunteered in 1821 to join Walter Oudney and Lieutenant Hugh Clapperton on an official expedition across the Sahara to Bornu (now in northeastern Nigeria), in the

  • Denham, Sir James Steuart, 4th Baronet (Scottish economist)

    Sir James Steuart Denham, 4th Baronet, Scottish economist who was the leading expositor of mercantilist views. Denham was educated at the University of Edinburgh (1724–25). In the course of continental travels following his qualification as a lawyer (1735), he became embroiled in the Jacobite

  • Denham, Sir John (British poet)

    Sir John Denham, poet who established as a new English genre the leisurely meditative poem describing a particular landscape. Educated at the University of Oxford, Denham was admitted to the bar, but he was already actively writing. He had translated six books of the Aeneid, parts of which were

  • denial (logic)

    history of logic: Categorical forms: ” Universal negative: “Every β is not an α,” or equivalently “No β is an α.” Particular affirmative: “Some β is an α.” Particular negative: “Some β is not an α.” Indefinite affirmative: “β is an α.” Indefinite negative: “β is not an α.” Singular

  • denial (psychology)

    defense mechanism: Denial is the conscious refusal to perceive that painful facts exist. In denying latent feelings of homosexuality or hostility, or mental defects in one’s child, an individual can escape intolerable thoughts, feelings, or events. 7. Rationalization is the substitution of a safe and reasonable explanation…

  • denial (military strategy)

    Denial, in military affairs, a defensive strategy used to make it prohibitively difficult for an opponent to achieve a military objective. A denial strategy can be best defined by distinguishing it from a deterrence strategy. In the latter a protagonist’s threatened reprisal, by changing the

  • denial of service attack (computer science)

    Denial of service attack (DoS attack), type of cybercrime in which an Internet site is made unavailable, typically by using multiple computers to repeatedly make requests that tie up the site and prevent it from responding to requests from legitimate users. The first documented DoS-style attack

  • denial of the antecedent (logic)

    applied logic: Formal fallacies: Among the best known are denying the antecedent (“If A, then B; not-A; therefore, not-B”) and affirming the consequent (“If A, then B; B; therefore, A”). The invalid nature of these fallacies is illustrated in the following examples:

  • DeNicola, John (American songwriter and musician)
  • denier (coin)

    coin: Charlemagne and the Carolingian coinages: …gold by silver, introducing the denier, which was to be the basis of all medieval coinage in the north. His new coin was wider and thinner than previous silver pieces. The normal types were simple—obverse R P (for Rex Pepinus), reverse R F (for Rex Francorum).

  • denier system (textiles)

    textile: Denier system: The denier system is a direct-management type, employed internationally to measure the size of silk and man-made filaments and yarns, and derived from an earlier system for measuring silk filaments (based on the weight in drams of 1,000 yards). Denier number indicates the…

  • Denikin, Anton Ivanovich (Russian general)

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin, general who led the anti-Bolshevik (“White”) forces on the southern front during the Russian Civil War (1918–20). A professional in the Imperial Russian Army, Denikin served in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05) and in World War I (1914–16). After the February Revolution of

  • Deniliquin (New South Wales, Australia)

    Deniliquin, chief town of the fertile southern Riverina region, south-central New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the Edward River (a branch of the Murray), 22 miles (35 km) from the Victoria border. It was established in 1845 by entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd as a personal holding and was made a

  • denim (fabric)

    Denim, durable twill-woven fabric with coloured (usually blue) warp and white filling threads; it is also woven in coloured stripes. The name is said to have originated in the French serge de N?mes. Denim is yarn-dyed and mill-finished and is usually all-cotton, although considerable quantities

  • denims (clothing)

    Jeans, trousers originally designed in the United States by Levi Strauss in the mid-19th century as durable work clothes, with the seams and other points of stress reinforced with small copper rivets. They were eventually adopted by workingmen throughout the United States and then worldwide. Jeans

  • Denis (king of Portugal)

    Dinis, sixth king of Portugal (1279–1325), who strengthened the kingdom by improving the economy and reducing the power of the nobility and the church. The son of Afonso III, Dinis was educated at a court subject to both French and Castilian cultural influences and became a competent poet. He

  • Denis the Little (canonist)

    Dionysius Exiguus, celebrated 6th-century canonist who is considered the inventor of the Christian calendar, the use of which spread through the employment of his new Easter tables. The 6th-century historian Cassiodorus calls him a monk, but tradition refers to him as an abbot. He arrived in Rome

  • Denis the Old (French law scholar)

    Godefroy Family: Denis I Godefroy, called Denis the Old (1549–1621), was a Protestant who for that reason lived in exile in Switzerland and Germany. His Corpus juris civilis (1583) had a long life, going through 20 editions. His son Théodore (1580–1649) abjured Protestantism and lived in France,…

  • Denis the Young (French law scholar)

    Godefroy Family: Denis II Godefroy, called Denis the Young (1615–81), son of Théodore, was also a historian and archivist. Denis III (1653–1719), son of Denis II, was keeper of the books at the Chambre des Comptes, the central financial administration, in Paris. Jean Godefroy, sieur d’Aumont (1656–1732),…

  • Denis, Jean-Baptiste (French physician)

    blood group: Historical background: Meanwhile, in France, Jean-Baptiste Denis, court physician to King Louis XIV, had also been transfusing lambs’ blood into human subjects and described what is probably the first recorded account of the signs and symptoms of a hemolytic transfusion reaction. Denis was arrested after a fatality, and the procedure…

  • Denis, Julio (Argentine author)

    Julio Cortázar, Argentine novelist and short-story writer who combined existential questioning with experimental writing techniques in his works. Cortázar was the son of Argentine parents and was educated in Argentina, where he taught secondary school and worked as a translator. Bestiario (1951;

  • Denis, Maurice (French artist)

    Maurice Denis, French painter, one of the leading artists and theoreticians of the Symbolist movement. Denis studied at the Académie Julian (1888) under Jules Lefebvre and at the école des Beaux-Arts. Reacting against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism, Denis fell under the influence of

  • Denis, Saint (bishop of Paris)

    Saint Denis, ; feast day: Western church, October 9; Eastern church, October 3), allegedly first bishop of Paris, a martyr and a patron saint of France. According to St. Gregory of Tours’s 6th-century Historia Francorum, Denis was one of seven bishops sent to Gaul to convert the people in the reign

  • Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts (American dance school)

    Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts, dance school and company founded in 1915 by Ruth St. Denis and her husband, Ted Shawn. Considered a fountainhead of American modern dance, the Denishawn organization systematically promoted nonballetic dance movement and fostered such leading modern

  • Denison (Texas, United States)

    Denison, city, Grayson county, north-central Texas, U.S., situated near the Oklahoma border and 73 miles (117 km) north of Dallas. The city of Sherman lies to the south and Lake Texoma, impounded on the Red River by Denison Dam, to the northwest. Originally a stop on the Southern Overland Mail

  • Denison Dam (dam, Texas, United States)

    Red River: Denison Dam (1944), 726 miles (1,168 km) above the river’s mouth, forms Lake Texoma. Many reservoirs have been built on tributaries of the Red River in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana as part of a flood-control and river-development program.

  • Denison University (university, Granville, Ohio, United States)

    Denison University, private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Granville, Ohio, U.S., about 30 miles (50 km) east of Columbus. It offers an undergraduate curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and fine arts. Many students participate in off-campus study programs such

  • Denison, Edmund Beckett (British horologist)

    Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe, English lawyer and horologist notorious in his day for his disputatious demeanour but now better remembered as the designer of the highly accurate regulator incorporated in the clock in Elizabeth Tower (formerly St. Stephen’s Tower) of the British Houses of

  • Denisonia superba (snake, Denisonia species)

    copperhead: The Australian copperhead (Denisonia superba), a venomous snake of the cobra family (Elapidae) found in Tasmania and along the southern Australian coasts, averages 1.5 metres long. It is usually coppery or reddish brown. It is dangerous but is unaggressive when left alone. The copperhead of India…

  • Denisova Cave (cave, Russia)

    Denisova Cave, site of paleoanthropological excavations in the Anui River valley roughly 100 km (60 miles) south of Biysk in the Altai Mountains of Russia. The cave contains more than 20 layers of excavated artifacts indicating occupation by hominins as long ago as 280,000 years before the present

  • Denisovans (hominin group)

    Denisova Cave: …group of hominins, dubbed the Denisovans, who were neither modern humans nor Neanderthals. The cave is known locally as Aju-Tasch, which means “bear rock” in Altay.

  • denitrification (chemical reaction)

    nitrogen cycle: …nitrogen assimilation, ammonification, nitrification, and denitrification.

  • denitrifying bacteria

    Denitrifying bacteria, microorganisms whose action results in the conversion of nitrates in soil to free atmospheric nitrogen, thus depleting soil fertility and reducing agricultural productivity. Thiobacillus denitrificans, Micrococcus denitrificans, and some species of Serratia, Pseudomonas, and

  • Denizli (Turkey)

    Denizli, city, southwestern Turkey. It lies near a tributary of the Menderes River. Set among the gardens at the foot of Mount G?kbel (7,572 feet [2,308 metres]), Denizli inherited the economic position of ancient Laodicea ad Lycum, 4 miles (6 km) away, when that town was deserted during wars

  • Dēnkart (Zoroastrian work)

    Dēnkart, (Pahlavi: “Acts of the Religion”) 9th-century encyclopaedia of the Zoroastrian religious tradition. Of the original nine volumes, part of the third and all of volumes four through nine are extant. The surviving portion of the third book is a major source of Zoroastrian theology. It

  • Denker, Arnold Sheldon (American chess player)

    Arnold Sheldon Denker, American chess master (born Feb. 21, 1914, Bronx, N.Y.—died Jan. 2, 2005, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), was a top chess player during the 1940s and later a respected administrator and promoter of chess. Denker began playing in the U.S. chess championships in 1936 and won the c

  • denkli (irrigation device)

    Shaduf, hand-operated device for lifting water, invented in ancient times and still used in India, Egypt, and some other countries to irrigate land. Typically it consists of a long, tapering, nearly horizontal pole mounted like a seesaw. A skin or bucket is hung on a rope from the long end, and a

  • Denktash, Rauf (Turkish Cypriot politician)

    Rauf Denktash, Turkish Cypriot politician (born Jan. 27, 1924, Paphos, British Cyprus—died Jan. 13, 2012, Nicosia [Lefkosa], North Cyprus), battled throughout his career for a two-state solution to the sectarian division on the island of Cyprus and thus for international recognition of the

  • Denkwurdigkeiten (work by Bulow)

    Bernhard, prince von Bülow: Memoirs, 4 vol., 1931–32), represented an attempt by Bülow to exonerate himself from any blame for the war and for Germany’s collapse; in fact, they reflect his blindness to his own limitations as a statesman.

  • Denkyera (historical kingdom, Africa)

    Denkyera, major 17th-century kingdom of the southern Akan peoples, situated in the forested hinterland of modern Ghana’s southwestern coast. According to tradition, its kings migrated from the area of the northern Akan or Brong. By the end of the 17th century they had subjugated the Twifo and the

  • Denkyira (historical kingdom, Africa)

    Denkyera, major 17th-century kingdom of the southern Akan peoples, situated in the forested hinterland of modern Ghana’s southwestern coast. According to tradition, its kings migrated from the area of the northern Akan or Brong. By the end of the 17th century they had subjugated the Twifo and the

  • Denmark

    Denmark, country occupying the peninsula of Jutland (Jylland), which extends northward from the centre of continental western Europe, and an archipelago of more than 400 islands to the east of the peninsula. Jutland makes up more than two-thirds of the country’s total land area; at its northern tip

  • Denmark Strait (strait, Arctic Ocean)

    Denmark Strait, channel partially within the Arctic Circle, lying between Greenland (west) and Iceland (east). About 180 miles (290 km) wide at its narrowest point, the strait extends southward for 300 miles (483 km) from the Greenland Sea to the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. The cold

  • Denmark’s Aquarium (aquarium, Charlottelund, Denmark)

    Denmark’s Aquarium, largest aquarium in Denmark, located in Charlottenlund, outside of Copenhagen. It is noted for its collection of unusual fishes. Included among the more than 3,000 specimens of nearly 200 species of marine and freshwater fishes are lungfish, blind cave fish, mudskippers, and the

  • Denmark, Evangelical Lutheran Church of (church, Denmark)

    Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, the established, state-supported church in Denmark. Lutheranism was established in Denmark during the Protestant Reformation. Christianity was introduced to Denmark in the 9th century by St. Ansgar, bishop of Hamburg. In the 10th century, King Harald

  • Denmark, flag of

    national flag consisting of a red field with an off-centre white cross. The width-to-length ratio of the flag is 28 to 34 (14 to 17), but the length may be extended until the ratio is 28 to 37. According to tradition, the Danish flag fell from heaven on June 15, 1219, during the Battle of

  • Denmark, history of

    Denmark: History: The history of the people of Denmark, like that of all humankind, can be divided into prehistoric and historic eras. Sufficient written historical sources for Danish history do not become available before the establishment of medieval church institutions, notably monasteries, where monks recorded orally…

  • Denmark, Kingdom of

    Denmark, country occupying the peninsula of Jutland (Jylland), which extends northward from the centre of continental western Europe, and an archipelago of more than 400 islands to the east of the peninsula. Jutland makes up more than two-thirds of the country’s total land area; at its northern tip

  • Denmark, Technical University of (university, Copenhagen, Denmark)

    Copenhagen: These include the Technical University of Denmark (1829), the Engineering Academy of Denmark (1957), the Royal Danish Academy of Music (1867), the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College (1856), and the Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration (1917). Pop. (2008 est.) urban area, 509,861; mun., 1,153,781.

  • Dennard, Robert (American engineer)

    Robert Dennard, American engineer credited with the invention of the one-transistor cell for dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and with pioneering the set of consistent scaling principles that underlie the improved performance of increasingly miniaturized integrated circuits, two pivotal

  • Dennehy, Brian (American actor)

    Brian Dennehy, American actor whose extensive body of work included film, television, and stage productions. Although his large size made him a natural on the football field, Dennehy was encouraged by a teacher to pursue his interest in acting, and he appeared in his high school’s production of

  • Denner, Charles (French actor)

    Charles Denner, Polish-born French motion-picture actor who was best known for his role as the lascivious title character in Fran?ois Truffaut’s 1977 film The Man Who Loved Women (b. May 28, 1926--d. Sept. 10,

  • Denner, Johann Christoph (German musician)

    Johann Christoph Denner, German maker of musical instruments and inventor of the clarinet. Denner’s father, Heinrich, made horns and animal calls; from him Christoph learned instrument building, at the same time becoming an excellent performer. His energy was mainly devoted to improving already

  • Dennett, Dan (American philosopher)

    Daniel C. Dennett, American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind. He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement at the beginning of the 21st century. Dennett’s father was a diplomat and a scholar of Islamic history, and his mother was an editor and teacher. He

  • Dennett, Daniel C. (American philosopher)

    Daniel C. Dennett, American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind. He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement at the beginning of the 21st century. Dennett’s father was a diplomat and a scholar of Islamic history, and his mother was an editor and teacher. He

  • Dennett, Daniel Clement, III (American philosopher)

    Daniel C. Dennett, American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind. He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement at the beginning of the 21st century. Dennett’s father was a diplomat and a scholar of Islamic history, and his mother was an editor and teacher. He

  • Dennett, Mary Coffin Ware (American reformer)

    Mary Coffin Ware Dennett, American reformer, best remembered for her activism in support of the ready and free availability of birth control and sex education. Mary Ware graduated from Miss Capen’s School for Girls in Northampton, Massachusetts, and entered the school of the Boston Museum of Fine

  • Denni sluzba (poetry by Holub)
  • Dennie, Joseph (American author)

    Joseph Dennie, essayist and editor who was a major literary figure in the United States in the early 19th century. Dennie graduated from Harvard College in 1790 and spent three years as a law clerk before being admitted to the bar in 1794. His practice failed to flourish, however, and in the

  • Denning, Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron (British jurist)

    Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning, (“Tom”), British judge who was known as a champion of the common man, more concerned with justice than with the strict letter of the law; one of the U.K.’s best-known and most highly respected judges, he served as master of the rolls for 20 of his 38 years on

  • Denning, Richard (American actor)

    Richard Denning, American actor who played opposite Lucille Ball in the radio series "My Favorite Husband," portrayed the "other man" in a number of movies in the 1940s and ’50s, and became a cult figure in the ’50s by battling menacing creatures in such low-budget monster films as The Creature

  • Denning, Tom (British jurist)

    Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning, (“Tom”), British judge who was known as a champion of the common man, more concerned with justice than with the strict letter of the law; one of the U.K.’s best-known and most highly respected judges, he served as master of the rolls for 20 of his 38 years on

  • Denninger, Ludwig Albert Heinrich (American actor)

    Richard Denning, American actor who played opposite Lucille Ball in the radio series "My Favorite Husband," portrayed the "other man" in a number of movies in the 1940s and ’50s, and became a cult figure in the ’50s by battling menacing creatures in such low-budget monster films as The Creature

  • Dennis (Massachusetts, United States)

    Dennis, town (township), Barnstable county, southeastern Massachusetts, U.S. It extends across Cape Cod and includes the villages of Dennis, Dennis Port (Dennisport), East Dennis, South Dennis, and West Dennis. Settled in 1639, it was a part of Yarmouth until 1793, when it was incorporated and

  • Dennis Mitchell (comic strip character)

    Dennis the Menace, American comic strip character, a five-and-a-half-year-old boy whose curiosity continually gets him in trouble. Dennis Mitchell, nicknamed Dennis the Menace, has messy blond hair with a characteristic cowlick in the back. He was initially depicted as a defiant child who

  • Dennis the Menace (comic strip character)

    Dennis the Menace, American comic strip character, a five-and-a-half-year-old boy whose curiosity continually gets him in trouble. Dennis Mitchell, nicknamed Dennis the Menace, has messy blond hair with a characteristic cowlick in the back. He was initially depicted as a defiant child who

  • Dennis the Menace (film by Castle [1993])

    Walter Matthau: …First Monday in October (1981), Dennis the Menace (1993), and The Grass Harp (1995), the latter of which was directed by his son, Charlie Matthau. He was prominently featured as a hedonistic octogenarian in his last film, Hanging Up (2000), directed by Diane Keaton.

  • Dennis v. United States (law case)

    Dennis v. United States, case in which the U.S. Supreme Court on June 4, 1951, upheld the constitutionality of the Smith Act (1940), which made it a criminal offense to advocate the violent overthrow of the government or to organize or be a member of any group or society devoted to such advocacy.

  • Dennis, Clarence (American surgeon)

    Clarence Dennis, American surgeon (born June 16, 1909, St. Paul, Minn.—died July 11, 2005, St. Paul), performed on April 5, 1951, the world’s first open-heart surgery carried out with the use of a heart-lung machine that he had developed at the University of Minnesota. Though the patient died, h

  • Dennis, Clarence Michael James (Australian author)

    Australian literature: Nationalism and expansion: Some popular writers, such as C.J. Dennis in his verses about the Sentimental Bloke, relocated many of the bush attitudes to the inner city.

  • Dennis, Eugene (American politician)

    Eugene Dennis, American Communist Party leader and labour organizer. He was general secretary of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) from 1945 to 1957 and national chairman during 1959–61. Having worked at various trades in Seattle, Dennis joined the Industrial Workers of

  • Dennis, Felix (British publishing magnate)

    Felix Dennis, British publishing magnate (born May 27, 1947, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, Eng.—died June 22, 2014, Dorsington, Warwickshire, Eng.), built a magazine-publishing empire that included such titles as the martial arts Kung-Fu Monthly, the men’s lifestyle periodical Maxim, and The Week,

  • Dennis, John (English author)

    John Dennis, English critic and dramatist whose insistence upon the importance of passion in poetry led to a long quarrel with Alexander Pope. Educated at Harrow School and the University of Cambridge, Dennis traveled in Europe before settling in London, where he met leading literary figures. At

  • Dennis, Nigel (British author)

    Nigel Dennis, English writer and critic who used absurd plots and witty repartee to satirize psychiatry, religion, and social behaviour, most notably in his novel Cards of Identity (1955). Dennis spent his early childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was educated, in part, at the

  • Dennis, Nigel Forbes (British author)

    Nigel Dennis, English writer and critic who used absurd plots and witty repartee to satirize psychiatry, religion, and social behaviour, most notably in his novel Cards of Identity (1955). Dennis spent his early childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was educated, in part, at the

  • Dennis, Ruth (American dancer)

    Ruth St. Denis, American contemporary dance innovator who influenced almost every phase of American dance. From an early age Ruth Dennis displayed a marked interest in the theatre and especially in dance. She began dancing and acting in vaudeville and musical comedy shows when she was a teenager,

  • Dennis, Sandra Dale (American actress)

    Splendor in the Grass: …marked the screen debuts of Sandy Dennis and Phyllis Diller. The title of the movie is from a line in the poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” by William Wordsworth.

  • Dennis, Sandy (American actress)

    Splendor in the Grass: …marked the screen debuts of Sandy Dennis and Phyllis Diller. The title of the movie is from a line in the poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” by William Wordsworth.

  • Dennison, Aaron Lufkin (American manufacturer)

    Aaron Lufkin Dennison, watch manufacturer who was among the first to adapt the concept of interchangeable parts to the production of pocket watches. He is generally credited with being the father of American mass-production watchmaking. Apprenticed at age 18 to a jeweler and watchmaker in

  • Dennstaedtia (fern genus)

    fern: The indusium: , Dennstaedtia, Dicksonia, and Hymenophyllum). When sori fuse laterally to form continuous lines, or coenosori, any indusia also tend to fuse.

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