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Definition: dutch auction
n : a method of selling in which the price is reduced until a
buyer is found
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Definition: Dutch auction
, n. [L. auctio an increasing, a public sale,
where the price was called out, and the article to be sold
was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the
highest bidder, fr. L. augere, auctum, to increase. See
1. A public sale of property to the highest bidder, esp. by a
person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue.
2. The things sold by auction or put up to auction.
Ask you why Phryne the whole auction buys ? --Pope.
Note: In the United States, the more prevalent expression has
been “sales at auction,”
that is, by an increase of
bids (Lat. auctione). This latter form is preferable.
, the public offer of property at a price
beyond its value, then gradually lowering the price, till
some one accepts it as purchaser. --P. Cyc.
, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig.,
popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG.
diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS.
pe['o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta
land, OIr. tuath people, Oscan touto. The English have
applied the name especially to the Germanic people living
nearest them, the Hollanders. Cf. Derrick
Pertaining to Holland, or to its inhabitants.
. See under Auction
, a small, pound, hard cheese, made from skim
, a kind of brick made in Holland. It is
yellowish, very hard, and long and narrow in shape.
(Bot.), common white clover (Trifolium repens
), the seed of which was largely imported into
England from Holland.
, a so-called concert in which all the singers
sing at the same time different songs. [Slang]
, the courage of partial intoxication. [Slang]
, a door divided into two parts, horizontally, so
arranged that the lower part can be shut and fastened,
while the upper part remains open.
, Dutch leaf
, or Dutch gold
, a kind of brass
rich in copper, rolled or beaten into thin sheets, used in
Holland to ornament toys and paper; -- called also Dutch mineral
, Dutch metal
, brass foil
, and bronze leaf
(Chem.), a thin, colorless, volatile liquid,
, of a sweetish taste and a pleasant ethereal
odor, produced by the union of chlorine and ethylene or
olefiant gas; -- called also Dutch oil
. It is so called
because discovered (in 1795) by an association of four
Hollandish chemists. See Ethylene
, and Olefiant
, a tin screen for baking before an open fire or
kitchen range; also, in the United States, a shallow iron
kettle for baking, with a cover to hold burning coals.
, chalk, or whiting dyed yellow, and used in
distemper, and for paper staining. etc. --Weale.
(Bot.), a species of horsetail rush or
) having a rough,
siliceous surface, and used for scouring and polishing; --
called also scouring rush
, and shave grass
, a glazed and painted ornamental tile, formerly
much exported, and used in the jambs of chimneys and the
Note: Dutch was formerly used for German.
Germany is slandered to have sent none to this
war [the Crusades] at this first voyage; and that
other pilgrims, passing through that country,
were mocked by the Dutch, and called fools for
their pains. --Fuller.