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doctor | sham |

As a noun doctor

is .

As a proper noun sham is




Alternative forms

* doctour (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A physician; a member of the medical]] profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are , DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK.
  • If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor .
  • * Shakespeare
  • By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death / Will seize the doctor too.
  • A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.
  • A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats animals.
  • (A nickname for) a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.
  • (obsolete) A teacher; one skilled in a profession or a branch of knowledge; a learned man.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • one of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel
  • (dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency.
  • the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter
    the doctor , or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"
  • * 2010 , Ramesh Bangia, Dictionary of Information Technology (page 172)
  • The use of a disk doctor may be the only way of recovering valuable data following a disk crash.
  • A fish, the friar skate.
  • Usage notes

    * Doctor is capitalized when used as a title: *: Doctor Smith


    * (physician) doc (informal), family doctor, general practitioner, GP (UK), medic, physician, sawbones (slang), surgeon (who undertakes surgery ) * (veterinarian) vet, veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon

    Derived terms

    See also'' Types of academic doctor ''below * an apple a day keeps the doctor away * Angelic Doctor * barefoot doctor * the Cape Doctor * cleaning-doctor * color-doctor, colour-doctor * bedoctor * clown doctor * company doctor * couch doctor * dedoctor * doc * doctoral * doctor-assisted suicide * doctor blade * doctor-box * doctordom * doctoress, doctress * doctor-fish * doctor-gum * doctorhead, doctorhood * doctorish * doctorishness * doctorism * doctorise, doctorize * doctorless * doctorly * Doctor Martens * Doctor of Divinity * Doctor of Law * Doctor of Letters * Doctor of Philosophy * Doctor of Science * Doctor of the Chair * Doctor of Veterinary Medicine * Doctors' Commons * doctor's curse * doctor's gum * doctor-shears * doctorship * doctor's orders * the Doctors of the Church * doctorspeak * doctor's stuff, doctor-stuff * Dr, * family doctor * flying doctor * the Fremantle Doctor * herb doctor * horse-doctor * just what the doctor ordered, what the doctor ordered * lint-doctor * mad-doctor * paradoctor * quack doctor * rain-doctor * saw doctor * school doctor * snake doctor * spin doctor * under-doctor * underdoctored * under the doctor * undoctor * undoctored * water-doctor * witch doctor * woman doctor * you are the doctor, you're the doctor


    (en verb)
  • To act as a medical doctor to.
  • Her children doctored her back to health.
  • To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.
  • To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.
  • They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.
    We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.
  • To genetically alter an extant species.
  • ''Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored .
  • To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.
  • To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.

    See also

    * doctorand * * surgeon


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    (en adjective)
  • Intended to deceive; false.
  • It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.
  • counterfeit; unreal
  • * Jowett
  • They scorned the sham independence proffered to them by the Athenians.


    * mock * See also


    * genuine * sincere * real


    (en noun)
  • A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
  • The time-share deal was a sham .
  • Trickery, hoaxing.
  • A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.
  • A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  • A decorative cover for a pillow.
  • Derived terms

    * shamateur

    See also

    * pillow sham


  • To deceive, cheat, lie.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Fooled and shammed into a conviction.
  • To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  • * L'Estrange
  • We must have a care that we do not sham fallacies upon the world for current reason.
  • To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
  • Anagrams

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