- an English and Scottish occupational surname for someone who was a servant
- 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
- an honorary title in India giving a person status as a learned man or scholar.
verb (par, ing)
- (transitive) To remove the outer covering or skin of something with a knife.
- She pared the paired pears.
- (transitive) To reduce or trim something as if by cutting off.
- Albrecht sought to his options down by disregarding anything beyond his meager budget.
- The capital city of France.
- (greekmyth) A Trojan prince.
- A city in Texas.
- A town in Arkansas.
- A town in Illinois.
- A town in Kentucky.
- A town in Tennessee.
- (given name, female) of modern usage, referring to the French city.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A partially inclosed basin in which oysters are grown.
- An enclosed parcel of land stocked with animals for hunting, which one may have by prescription or royal grant.
- (transitive) To bring (something such as a vehicle) to a halt or store in a specified place.
- (transitive) To bring together in a park, or compact body.
- (transitive) To enclose in a park, or as in a park.
- (context, transitive, baseball) To hit a home run, to hit the ball out of the park.
- He really parked that one.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- An English occupational surname for a gamekeeper.
- (given name, male), transferred use of the surname.
- A Parker™ pen
- (plural of, park)
- (third-person singular of, park)
- a conference, especially one between enemy, enemies
- Young salmon
verb (parries, parrying, parried)
- A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
- (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
- To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack).
- a common surname in the United States and the United Kingdom
- Any bird of the genera Perdix or Alectoris.
- The French mathematician and physicist w:Blaise_Pascal, Blaise Pascal.
- The w:Pascal_programming_language, Pascal programming language.
verb (pastures, pasturing, pastured)
- Land on which cattle can be kept for feeding.
- ground covered with grass or herbage, used or suitable for the grazing of livestock.
- To move animals into a pasture to graze.
- 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.
- A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
- A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
- A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
- A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
- A short period of time, especially one which causes trouble.
- (figuratively) A fit.
- A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
- (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
- (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.
- 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.
- A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
verb (patches, patching, patched)
- (computing) The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.
- To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
- To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
- To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
- To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
- To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
- To repair as with patches.
- To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; " generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
- (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
- To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
- To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
noun (Plural: paters)
- (formal) father
- (given name, male)
- (biblical character) In the New Testament, Apostle to the Gentiles and author of fourteen epistles.
- (given name, male, ).
- (context, New Zealand, Australia) A meringue dessert with sliced fruit on top.
- A male or female pheasant of the genus Pavo or Afropavo, famous for the extravagant tails of the males.
- Plural of pear.
- The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable etc.
- (Rugby football) The action of peeling away from a formation.
- A cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
- (archaic) (transitive) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
- (transitive) To remove the skin or outer covering of.
- I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.
- (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.
- (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 .
- (intransitive) To remove one's clothing.
- The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.
- (intransitive) To move, separate (off or away)
- The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.
- a type of bit used on the bridle of a horse, consisting of a mouthpiece, a shank, and two rings on either side
- A rare surname
- w:Samuel Pepys, a 17th century MP and diarist
- An English surname.
- (given name, male), transferred use of the surname since the Middle Ages, also used as a pet form of Piers and Percival.
- a sprite or supernatural being in Iranian mythology.
- A surname derived from the Old English pyrige (a pear tree).
- (given name, male) derived from the surname, or a pet form of the rare given name Peregrine.
- (color) a dark purplish black colour.
- (color) of a dark purplish black colour.
adjective (petti, er, more)
- little, Little, trifling, or inconsiderable, as a petty fault.
- (biblical character) One of the twelve disciples; one of the seven deacons.
- (given name, male).
- An English patronymic surname derived from Philip.
- (given name, male), medieval variant of Piers; modern usage may also derive from the surname.
- A surname derived from the given name.
noun (plural pikes for the weapon and for the fish)
- A weapon similar to a spear with a hooked barb near the tip.
- Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox.
- A turnpike.
- (context, AU, slang) to quit or back out of a promise.
proper noun (Pinkertons)
- A Scottish and Northern Irish habitational surname for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar
- w:Allan Pinkerton, Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), Scottish-born founder of a American detective agency involved in early anti-union and strikebreaking activity.
- (context, dated, countable) An operative employed by the w:Pinkerton_National_Detective_Agency, Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
- 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)
- (music) A valve device in some brass instruments for changing the pitch
- One who pitches anything, as hay, quoits, a ball, etc.
- (baseball), the player who delivers the ball to the batter.
- (Obsolete) A sort of crowbar for digging.
- One who works in a pit, as in mining, in sawing timber, etc.
- An English topographical surname for someone who lived by, or operated a pit or mine
- w:William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Pitt the Elder and w:William Pitt the Younger, Pitt the Younger, English prime ministers
- German physicist w:Max Planck, Max Planck
- The w:Planck units, units of measure eponymous of Max Planck
- Greek philosopher, 427-347 BC, follower of Socrates
- One who plays any game.
- A dramatic actor.
- One who plays on a musical instrument.
- A gamester; a gambler.
- One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
- A person who play the field, plays the field rather than having a long-term sexual relationship.
- of something that "plays" itself; a player piano.
- 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).
- A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.
- To determine the depth of water with a plumb; to sound.
- To use a plumb bob to test for vertical alignment.
- To make something vertical or perpendicular accurately.
- (dated) To seal something with lead.
- (intransitive): To work as a plumber.
- truly vertical
- (cricket) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front on his wicket and should be given out.
- In a vertical direction.
- (informal) squarely or directly
- It hit him in the middle of his face.
- A Greek historian and essayist
proper noun (Poles)
- A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
noun (plural or pollocks)
- (zoology) Either of two lean, white marine food fishes, of the genus Pollachius, related to cod.
- 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.
- A woman's hairstyle, named after Madame de Pompadour.
- A man's hairstyle of the 1950s
- (anatomy) A bridge-like tissue connecting two parts of an organ
- (anatomy) A band of nerve fibres, the pons Varolii, within the brain stem
proper noun (wikipedia, Alexander Pope)
- An English surname
- Alexander Pope, English poet
- One who pop, pops.
- A dagger.
- 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.
- A capsule of amyl nitrite of recreational use as a sexual stimulant.
- (context, fishing) A floating lure designed to splash when the fishing line is twitched.
- (Australian English) A juice box.
noun (wikipedia, porphyry (geology))
- (geology) a hard igneous rock consisting of large crystals in a fine-grained matrix
- 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.
- In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away.
- A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong.
- (Ireland) Another name for stout.
- 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.
- (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.
- One who places flowers or other plants inside their pots.
- 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.
- pound-force, Pound-force.
- The symbol
- 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>Â£</big>.
- (transitive) To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
- (transitive) to crush to pieces; to pulverize
- (transitive) (slang) To eat or drink very quickly.
- You really pounded that beer!
- A chicken reared to be eaten at a few weeks of age.
- an English and Welsh patronymic surname, the Anglicized form of ap Hywel, son of Hywel
- (plural of, power)
- Third person singular simple present form of to power.
- A principal area and preserved county of Wales, admin HQ Llandrindod Wells.
- An English habitational surname from any of several places in England
- given name, male, } a male given name.
- A welsh patronymic surname, anglicized from ap Rhys
- 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.
verb (prides, priding, prided, prided)
- The pride of the peacock is the glory of God."William Blake
- Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
- 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.
- A small European lamprey (Petromyzon branchialis); -- called also prid, and sandpiper.
- 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.
- Show; ostentation; glory.
- Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
- to be in the pride of one's life.
- Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
- Lust; sexual desire; esp., an excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
- A company of lions.
- 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.
noun See primrose
- A female given name.
- male ruler or head of a principality
- son or male-line grandson of a reigning prince, king, queen, emperor, or empress, or another type of monarch
- (metaphorical) great person
- "He is a prince among men."
- A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
- A previous criminal offense on someone's record.
- Of that which comes before, in advance.
- I had no knowledge you were coming.
- former, previous
- His residence was smaller than his current one.
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- A name of Greek origin.
- 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
- 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.
- The Egyptian ruling dynasty of peoples who held the given name Ptolemy.
- A double-ended fire-fighting tool, usually long-handled, and having an ax-blade on one side and a mattock-blade on the other.
- a Pulitzer Prize, an annual American award given for journalism, literature, and music
- He's won three Pulitzers in his career as a journalist.
- A railroad passenger car; especially, one of the luxurious ones named after the eponymous w:Pullman Palace Car Company, Pullman Palace Car Company.
adjective (comparative purdier, superlative purdiest)
- (US slang) Pretty.
- Yes sirree, you're the purdiest li'l thing I ever did see.
- a town in Russia
- w:Aleksandr Pushkin, Aleksandr Pushkin Russian author
- An Ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher