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 for dais
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dais \Da"is\ (d[=a]"[i^]s), n. [OE. deis, des, table, dais, OF.
     deis table, F. dais a canopy, L. discus a quoit, a dish (from
     the shape), LL., table, fr. Gr. ? a quoit, a dish. See
     1. The high or principal table, at the end of a hall, at
        which the chief guests were seated; also, the chief seat
        at the high table. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A platform slightly raised above the floor of a hall or
        large room, giving distinction to the table and seats
        placed upon it for the chief guests.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A canopy over the seat of a person of dignity. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a platform raised above the surrounding level to give
           prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium,
           pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapbox]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  32 Moby Thesaurus words for "dais":
     balcony, bench, catafalque, chair, curule chair, emplacement,
     estrade, floor, gallery, heliport, helm, hustings, landing,
     landing pad, landing stage, launching pad, platform, podium,
     pulpit, rostrum, saddle, seat, seat of power, seat of state,
     soapbox, stage, step terrace, stump, terrace, tribunal, tribune,

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

         Database Access and Integration Services (GGF, WG, grid, OGSA)

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

         Distributed Application Integration System (ORB)

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