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Definition of Doctor


  1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge learned man.
  2. An academical title, originally meaning a men 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.
  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. The friar skate.
  6. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.
  7. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.
  8. To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky.
  9. To practice physic.

Doctor Quotations

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
Henny Youngman

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus Christ

When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.
Herbert Hoover

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
Orson Welles

The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
Sigmund Freud
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Doctor Translations

doctor in Afrikaans is dokter
doctor in Dutch is doctor
doctor in German is Arzt {m}
doctor in Hungarian is orvos, doktor
doctor in Italian is dottore, medico
doctor in Latin is medicus
doctor in Norwegian is doktor, lege
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