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Disserve \Dis*serve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Di?????; p. pr. & vb. n. Disserving.] [Pref. dis- + serve: cf. F. desservir.] To fail to serve; to do injury or mischief to; to damage; to hurt; to harm.

Have neither served nor disserved the interests of any party.
--Jer. Taylor.


n. (deus English)


Di or DI may refer to:

Di (Five Barbarians)

The Di (; Old Chinese: *tˁij) was an ancient ethnic group that lived in western China, and are best known as one of the non-Han Chinese peoples that overran northern China during the Jin Dynasty (265–420) and the Sixteen Kingdoms period. This ethnic group should not be confused with the Dí 狄, which refers to unrelated nomadic peoples in northern China during the earlier Zhou Dynasty. The Di are thought to have been of proto-Tibetan origin, though there is a widespread belief among Chinese scholars that the Di have spoken an Altaic (specifically Turkic) language.

The Di lived in areas of the present-day provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan and Shaanxi, and are culturally related to the Qiang. While the Qiang were herders who lived in the highlands, the Di farmed in the river valleys and lived in wood frame homes with mud walls. They might be related to the Geji (戈基) people in Qiang people stories. During the 4th and early 5th centuries, they established Former Qin and Later Liang states of that era's Sixteen Kingdoms. The Di were eventually assimilated into other populations. The modern Baima people living in southeast Gansu and northwest Sichuan may be descended from the Di.

Only a few special Di names and place names preserved in old Chinese books. They may be a language isolate, a Qiang language or a Burmese language.

Di (Chinese concept)

Di ( Chinese: , p , w Ti, lit. "earth") is one of the oldest Chinese terms for the earth and a key concept or figure in Chinese mythology and religion. In Taoism and Confucianism, Di is often translated as "Earth" and is mentioned in relationship to its complementary aspect of Tian, most often translated as "Heaven".

Di (surname)

Di is the pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname ().

It was listed 108th among the Song-era Hundred Family Surnames.

Di (cuneiform)

The cuneiform di sign, also de, ṭe, ṭi, and sumerograms DI and is a common-use sign of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the 1350 BC Amarna letters, and other cuneiform texts. In the Akkadian language for forming words, it can be used syllabically for: de, di, ṭe, and ṭi; also alphabetically for letters d, , e, or i. (All the four vowels in Akkadian are interchangeable for forming words (a, e, i, u), thus the many choices of scribes is apparent for composing actual 'dictionary-entry' words.) Some consonant-pairs (d/t), are also interchangeable (for example the d, t, and ).

Usage examples of "di".

Gib us dis day our dayey bread, and forgib us our trelspasses as we forgib dem dat trelspass ayenst us.

Zij had zoo gaarne uitgeroepen, dat Freddy haar eens bekend had, hoe zij berouw gevoelde over hetgeen zij gedaan had, dien vorigen zomer.

Dien kwam binnen om te vragen, of er belet was voor meneer De Woude Van Bergh.

Of, haar danseur, die haar ten huwelijk had gevaagd, dien zij had afgewezen?

Quel posto dove si deve passare per il metal detector con due vicesceriffi di.

Ef I knowed whar to find em, deys some my white folkes lib in dis town.

Hij, zeer verlegen, ontroerd door de geurige warmte dier omhelzing, die hij toch niet al te teeder mocht beantwoorden, verbrak dien hobbelenden stroom van gebroken zinnen alleen met een paar banale troostwoorden.

Brer Tarrypin, he flapped he foots, en wagged he head, en shuck he tail, but all dis aint do no good.

Hit mighty funny dat I should run up on Cousin Wildcat in dis part er de worril.

Hit keep on dis a-way, twel bimeby Brer Rabbit know sumpin er udder bleedz ter be done.

Brer Rabbit say dis, Brer Fox en Brer Wolf flung back der heads en laff fit ter kill.

Brer Rabbit see Miss Fox go atter de water, he jump down en put out, en dis time he git clean away.

De gentleman what done dis was dat man Adam, back yonder in de garden.

God for all de big black men dat can holler for Governor Hampton as loud as dis one does.

I been tellin you bout, but dis de first time it come here en you better be a prayin.