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.
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 colouring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine.
Origin: OF. Doctur, L. Doctor, teacher, fr. Docere to teach. See Docile.
7. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.
Origin: Doctored; Doctoring.
(01 Mar 1998)
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