|1.||any of a number of preparations made by dissolving cellulose derivatives in a volatile solvent, applied to fabric in order to improve strength, tautness, etc|
|2.||an additive used to improve the properties of something, such as an antiknock compound added to petrol|
|3.||a thick liquid, such as a lubricant, applied to a surface|
|4.||a combustible absorbent material, such as sawdust or wood pulp, used to hold the nitroglycerine in dynamite|
|a. any illegal drug, usually cannabis|
|b. (as modifier): a dope fiend|
|6.||a drug administered to a racehorse or greyhound to affect its performance|
|7.||informal a person considered to be stupid or slow-witted|
|8.||informal news or facts, esp confidential information|
|9.||informal (US), (Canadian) a photographic developing solution|
|10.||electronics to add impurities to (a semiconductor) in order to produce or modify its properties|
|11.||to apply or add a dopant to|
|12.||to administer a drug to (oneself or another)|
|13.||(intr) to take dope|
|14.||slang chiefly (US) excellent|
|[C19: from Dutch doop sauce, from doopen to |
|slang (US) (tr, adverb) to devise, solve, or contrive: to dope out a floor plan|
A narcotic, especially an addictive narcotic.
An illicit drug, especially marijuana.
Work or figure out, as in I've been trying to dope out this new computer program. [Slang; c. 1900]
Also, dope up. Use narcotics or psychotropic drugs, as in They said the fraternity initiation may involve doping up. The first term dates from the early 1900s, the variant from about 1970.