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Page Tweet Definition of Page Like Definition of Page on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for someone who was a servant
Palmer Tweet Definition of Palmer Like Definition of Palmer on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname, of Old French origin, for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought back a palm branch as proof
pandit Tweet Definition of pandit Like Definition of pandit on Facebook
  1. an honorary title in India giving a person status as a learned man or scholar.
pare Tweet Definition of pare Like Definition of pare on Facebook
verb (par, ing)
  1. (transitive) To remove the outer covering or skin of something with a knife.
She pared the paired pears.
  1. (transitive) To reduce or trim something as if by cutting off.
Albrecht sought to his options down by disregarding anything beyond his meager budget.
Paris Tweet Definition of Paris Like Definition of Paris on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The capital city of France.
  2. (greekmyth) A Trojan prince.
  3. A city in Texas.
  4. A town in Arkansas.
  5. A town in Illinois.
  6. A town in Kentucky.
  7. A town in Tennessee.
  8. (given name, female) of modern usage, referring to the French city.
park Tweet Definition of park Like Definition of park on Facebook
  1. A tract of ground kept in its natural state, about or adjacent to a residence, as for the preservation of game, for walking, riding, or the like.
  2. A piece of ground, in or near a city or town, enclosed and kept for ornament and recreation; as, Hyde Park in London; Central Park in New York.
  3. A space occupied by the animals, wagons, pontoons, and materials of all kinds, as ammunition, ordnance stores, hospital stores, provisions, etc., when brought together; also, the objects themselves; as, a park of wagons; a park of artillery.
  4. A partially inclosed basin in which oysters are grown.
  5. An enclosed parcel of land stocked with animals for hunting, which one may have by prescription or royal grant.
  1. (transitive) To bring (something such as a vehicle) to a halt or store in a specified place.
  2. (transitive) To bring together in a park, or compact body.
  3. (transitive) To enclose in a park, or as in a park.
  4. (context, transitive, baseball) To hit a home run, to hit the ball out of the park.
He really parked that one.
  1. (context, intransitive, slang) To engage in romantic or sexual activities inside a nonmoving vehicle.
They stopped at a romantic overlook, shut off the engine, and parked.
  1. (context, transitive, informal, sometimes reflexive) To sit, recline, or put, especially in a manner suggesting an intent to remain for some time.
He came in and parked himself in our living room.
Park your bags in the hall.
  1. (context, transitive, finance) To invest money temporarily in an investment instrument considered to relatively free of risk, specially while awaiting other opportunities.
We decided to our money in a safe, stable, low-yield bond fund until market conditions improve.
Parker Tweet Definition of Parker Like Definition of Parker on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname for a gamekeeper.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
  3. A Parker™ pen
parks Tweet Definition of parks Like Definition of parks on Facebook
  1. (plural of, park)
  1. (third-person singular of, park)
parley Tweet Definition of parley Like Definition of parley on Facebook
  1. a conference, especially one between enemy, enemies
parr Tweet Definition of parr Like Definition of parr on Facebook
  1. Young salmon
parry Tweet Definition of parry Like Definition of parry on Facebook
noun (parries)
  1. A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
  2. (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
verb (parries, parrying, parried)
  1. To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack).
Parsons Tweet Definition of Parsons Like Definition of Parsons on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a common surname in the United States and the United Kingdom
partridge Tweet Definition of partridge Like Definition of partridge on Facebook
noun (pl2=partridge)
  1. Any bird of the genera Perdix or Alectoris.
Pascal Tweet Definition of Pascal Like Definition of Pascal on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The French mathematician and physicist w:Blaise_Pascal, Blaise Pascal.
  2. The w:Pascal_programming_language, Pascal programming language.
pasture Tweet Definition of pasture Like Definition of pasture on Facebook
  1. Land on which cattle can be kept for feeding.
  2. ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock.
verb (pastures, pasturing, pastured)
  1. To move animals into a pasture to graze.
patch Tweet Definition of patch Like Definition of patch on Facebook
  1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.
  2. A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
  4. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  5. A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
  6. A short period of time, especially one which causes trouble.
  7. (figuratively) A fit.
  8. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  9. (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
  10. (computing) A file describing changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug. A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program.
  11. An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
  12. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
proper noun 
  1. (computing) The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.
verb (patches, patching, patched)
  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
  3. To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  4. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
  5. To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
  6. To repair as with patches.
  7. To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; " generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  8. (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
  1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
  2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
pater Tweet Definition of pater Like Definition of pater on Facebook
noun (Plural: paters)
  1. (formal) father
Patrick Tweet Definition of Patrick Like Definition of Patrick on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male)
Paul Tweet Definition of Paul Like Definition of Paul on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (biblical character) In the New Testament, Apostle to the Gentiles and author of fourteen epistles.
  2. (given name, male, ).
pavlova Tweet Definition of pavlova Like Definition of pavlova on Facebook
  1. (context, New Zealand, Australia) A meringue dessert with sliced fruit on top.
peacock Tweet Definition of peacock Like Definition of peacock on Facebook
  1. A male or female pheasant of the genus Pavo or Afropavo, famous for the extravagant tails of the males.
pears Tweet Definition of pears Like Definition of pears on Facebook
  1. Plural of pear.
peel Tweet Definition of peel Like Definition of peel on Facebook
  1. The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable etc.
  2. (Rugby football) The action of peeling away from a formation.
  3. A cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
  1. (archaic) (transitive) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
  2. (transitive) To remove the skin or outer covering of.
I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.
  1. (transitive) To remove from the outer or top layer of.
I peeled the skin from an orange and ate it hungrily.
We peeled the old wallpaper off in strips where it was hanging loose.
  1. (intransitive) To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way.
I had been out in the sun too long, and my nose was starting to .
  1. (intransitive) To remove one's clothing.
The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.
  1. (intransitive) To move, separate (off or away)
The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.
pelham Tweet Definition of pelham Like Definition of pelham on Facebook
  1. a type of bit used on the bridle of a horse, consisting of a mouthpiece, a shank, and two rings on either side
Pepys Tweet Definition of Pepys Like Definition of Pepys on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A rare surname
  2. w:Samuel Pepys, a 17th century MP and diarist
Percy Tweet Definition of Percy Like Definition of Percy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname.
  2. (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the Middle Ages, also used as a pet form of Piers and Percival.
peri Tweet Definition of peri Like Definition of peri on Facebook
  1. a sprite or supernatural being in Iranian mythology.
Perry Tweet Definition of Perry Like Definition of Perry on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname derived from the Old English pyrige (a pear tree).
  2. (given name, male) derived from the surname, or a pet form of the rare given name Peregrine.
perse Tweet Definition of perse Like Definition of perse on Facebook
  1. (color) a dark purplish black colour.
  1. (color) of a dark purplish black colour.
petty Tweet Definition of petty Like Definition of petty on Facebook
adjective (petti, er, more)
  1. little, Little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault.
Philip Tweet Definition of Philip Like Definition of Philip on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (biblical character) One of the twelve disciples; one of the seven deacons.
  2. (given name, male).
Phillips Tweet Definition of Phillips Like Definition of Phillips on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English patronymic surname derived from Philip.
Pierce Tweet Definition of Pierce Like Definition of Pierce on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), medieval variant of Piers; modern usage may also derive from the surname.
  2. A surname derived from the given name.
pike Tweet Definition of pike Like Definition of pike on Facebook
noun (plural pikes for the weapon and for the fish)
  1. A weapon similar to a spear with a hooked barb near the tip.
  2. Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox.
  3. A turnpike.
  1. (context, AU, slang) to quit or back out of a promise.
Pinkerton Tweet Definition of Pinkerton Like Definition of Pinkerton on Facebook
proper noun (Pinkertons)
  1. A Scottish and Northern Irish habitational surname for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar
  2. w:Allan Pinkerton, Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), Scottish-born founder of a American detective agency involved in early anti-union and strikebreaking activity.
  3. (context, dated, countable) An operative employed by the w:Pinkerton_National_Detective_Agency, Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
piston Tweet Definition of piston Like Definition of piston on Facebook
  1. A solid disk or cylinder that fits inside a hollow cylinder, and moves under pressure (as in an engine) or displaces fluid (as in a pump)
  2. (music) A valve device in some brass instruments for changing the pitch
pitcher Tweet Definition of pitcher Like Definition of pitcher on Facebook
  1. One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.
  2. (baseball), the player who delivers the ball to the batter.
  3. (Obsolete) A sort of crowbar for digging.
pitman Tweet Definition of pitman Like Definition of pitman on Facebook
  1. One who works in a pit, as in mining, in sawing timber, etc.
Pitt Tweet Definition of Pitt Like Definition of Pitt on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English topographical surname for someone who lived by, or operated a pit or mine
  2. w:William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Pitt the Elder and w:William Pitt the Younger, Pitt the Younger, English prime ministers
Planck Tweet Definition of Planck Like Definition of Planck on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. German physicist w:Max Planck, Max Planck
  2. The w:Planck units, units of measure eponymous of Max Planck
Plato Tweet Definition of Plato Like Definition of Plato on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Greek philosopher, 427-347 BC, follower of Socrates
player Tweet Definition of player Like Definition of player on Facebook
  1. One who plays any game.
  2. A dramatic actor.
  3. One who plays on a musical instrument.
  4. A gamester; a gambler.
  5. One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
  6. A person who play the field, plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.
  1. of something that "plays" itself; a player piano.
plumb Tweet Definition of plumb Like Definition of plumb on Facebook
  1. A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction; a plummet; a plumb bob (UK); a plumb line (US).
  2. A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.
  1. To determine the depth of water with a plumb; to sound.
  2. To use a plumb bob to test for vertical alignment.
  3. To make something vertical or perpendicular accurately.
  4. (dated) To seal something with lead.
  5. (intransitive): To work as a plumber.
  1. truly vertical
  2. (cricket) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front on his wicket and should be given out.
  1. In a vertical direction.
  2. (informal) squarely or directly
It hit him in the middle of his face.
Plutarch Tweet Definition of Plutarch Like Definition of Plutarch on Facebook
  1. A Greek historian and essayist
Pole Tweet Definition of Pole Like Definition of Pole on Facebook
proper noun (Poles)
  1. A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
pollock Tweet Definition of pollock Like Definition of pollock on Facebook
noun (plural or pollocks)
  1. (zoology) Either of two lean, white marine food fishes, of the genus Pollachius, related to cod.
polo Tweet Definition of polo Like Definition of polo on Facebook
  1. A ball game where two teams of players on horseback use long-handled mallets to propel the ball along the ground and into their opponent's goal.
pompadour Tweet Definition of pompadour Like Definition of pompadour on Facebook
  1. A woman's hairstyle, named after Madame de Pompadour.
  2. A man's hairstyle of the 1950s
pons Tweet Definition of pons Like Definition of pons on Facebook
noun (pontes)
  1. (anatomy) A bridge-like tissue connecting two parts of an organ
  2. (anatomy) A band of nerve fibres, the pons Varolii, within the brain stem
Pope Tweet Definition of Pope Like Definition of Pope on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Alexander Pope)
  1. An English surname
  2. Alexander Pope, English poet
popper Tweet Definition of popper Like Definition of popper on Facebook
  1. One who pop, pops.
  2. A dagger.
  3. A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or crack, cracked.
  4. A capsule of amyl nitrite of recreational use as a sexual stimulant.
  5. (context, fishing) A floating lure designed to splash when the fishing line is twitched.
  6. (Australian English) A juice box.
porphyry Tweet Definition of porphyry Like Definition of porphyry on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, porphyry (geology))
(porphyr, ies)
  1. (geology) a hard igneous rock consisting of large crystals in a fine-grained matrix
porter Tweet Definition of porter Like Definition of porter on Facebook
  1. A person who carries luggage and related objects.
By the time I reached the train station I was exhausted, but fortunately there was a porter waiting.
  1. In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away.
  2. A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong.
  3. (Ireland) Another name for stout.
potter Tweet Definition of potter Like Definition of potter on Facebook
  1. One who makes pots and other ceramic wares.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistíªs of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 453,
    • : shoemakers, weavers, potters, bronzeworkers who produced and purveyed the articles necessary for daily life.
      1. (context, idiom, biblical) God, the creator.
    • 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Isaiah 64:8,
    • : But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our ; and we are the work of thy hand.
    • 1978. Old Testament, New International Version, Isaiah 64:8,
    • : O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the ; we are all the work of thy hand.
      1. One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
pound Tweet Definition of pound Like Definition of pound on Facebook
  1. A unit of weight: of 16 ounces in the avoirdupois system (= 453.592 g) or of 12 troy ounces in the troy weight, troy system (= 373.242 g). Its symbol is lb.
  2. pound-force, Pound-force.
  3. The symbol
    1. A unit of currency used in Cyprus; Egypt; Lebanon; the United Kingdom and its dependency, dependencies; and formerly in the Republic of Ireland (which now uses the euro) and Israel (which now uses the sheqel). Its symbol is <big>£</big>.
  1. (transitive) To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
  2. (transitive) to crush to pieces; to pulverize
  3. (transitive) (slang) To eat or drink very quickly.
You really pounded that beer!
poussin Tweet Definition of poussin Like Definition of poussin on Facebook
  1. A chicken reared to be eaten at a few weeks of age.
Powell Tweet Definition of Powell Like Definition of Powell on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English and Welsh patronymic surname, the Anglicized form of ap Hywel, son of Hywel
powers Tweet Definition of powers Like Definition of powers on Facebook
  1. (plural of, power)
  1. Third person singular simple present form of to power.
Powys Tweet Definition of Powys Like Definition of Powys on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A principal area and preserved county of Wales, admin HQ Llandrindod Wells.
Prescott Tweet Definition of Prescott Like Definition of Prescott on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname from any of several places in England
  1. given name, male, } a male given name.
Price Tweet Definition of Price Like Definition of Price on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A welsh patronymic surname, anglicized from ap Rhys
pride Tweet Definition of pride Like Definition of pride on Facebook
  1. A sense of one's own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; -- in a good sense.
    • The pride of the peacock is the glory of God."William Blake
      1. Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
      2. That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-gratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc.
      3. A small European lamprey (Petromyzon branchialis); -- called also prid, and sandpiper.
      4. The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank, etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.
      5. Show; ostentation; glory.
      6. Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
    • to be in the pride of one's life.
      1. Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
      2. Lust; sexual desire; esp., an excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
      3. A company of lions.
verb (prides, priding, prided, prided)
  1. To experience or pride.
I pride myself on being a good judge of character, but pride goes before the fall and I'm not a good judge of my own character so I'm often wrong without knowing it and fall in with a bad crowd.
Primrose Tweet Definition of Primrose Like Definition of Primrose on Facebook
noun See primrose proper noun 
  1. A female given name.
prince Tweet Definition of prince Like Definition of prince on Facebook
  1. male ruler or head of a principality
  2. son or male-line grandson of a reigning prince, king, queen, emperor, or empress, or another type of monarch
  3. (metaphorical) great person
"He is a prince among men."
prior Tweet Definition of prior Like Definition of prior on Facebook
  1. A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
  2. A previous criminal offense on someone's record.
  1. Of that which comes before, in advance.
I had no knowledge you were coming.
  1. former, previous
His residence was smaller than his current one.
Ptolemy Tweet Definition of Ptolemy Like Definition of Ptolemy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A name of Greek origin.
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  1. w:Ptolemy, Claudius Ptolemaeus (c. 90 " c. 168 AD), a Greek-speaking mathematician, geographer, astronomer, and astrologer who lived in the Hellenistic culture of Alexandria in Roman Egypt. His most important works were the w:Almagest, Almagest and the w:Geographia (Ptolemy), Geography
  2. w:Ptolemy I Soter, Ptolemy I Soter ("Ptolemy the savior, Savior", 367 BC"283 BC), a Macedonian general under w:Alexander the Great, Alexander the Great who was the ruler of Egypt (323 B.C.E"283 B.C.E) and founder of the Ptolemaic Empire. In 305 BC he took the role of King.
  3. The Egyptian ruling dynasty of peoples who held the given name Ptolemy.
pulaski Tweet Definition of pulaski Like Definition of pulaski on Facebook
  1. A double-ended fire-fighting tool, usually long-handled, and having an ax-blade on one side and a mattock-blade on the other.
Pulitzer Tweet Definition of Pulitzer Like Definition of Pulitzer on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Pulitzer Prize, an annual American award given for journalism, literature, and music
  • He's won three Pulitzers in his career as a journalist.
Pullman Tweet Definition of Pullman Like Definition of Pullman on Facebook
  1. A railroad passenger car; especially, one of the luxurious ones named after the eponymous w:Pullman Palace Car Company, Pullman Palace Car Company.
purdy Tweet Definition of purdy Like Definition of purdy on Facebook
adjective (comparative purdier, superlative purdiest)
  1. (US slang) Pretty.
    Yes sirree, you're the purdiest li'l thing I ever did see.
Pushkin Tweet Definition of Pushkin Like Definition of Pushkin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a town in Russia
  2. w:Aleksandr Pushkin, Aleksandr Pushkin Russian author
Pythagoras Tweet Definition of Pythagoras Like Definition of Pythagoras on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher

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