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pack Tweet Definition of pack Like Definition of pack on Facebook
  1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back; a load for an animal; a bale, as of goods.
  2. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack; hence, a multitude; a burden.
  3. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
  4. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game; as, a euchre pack.
  5. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
  6. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang; as, a pack of thieves or knaves.
  7. A shook of cask staves.
  8. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  9. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
  10. An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  11. (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  12. (context, snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
  1. (transitive) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass; as to pack goods in a box; to pack fish.
  2. (transitive) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into; as, to pack a trunk; the play, or the audience, packs the theater.
  3. (transitive) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
  4. (transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result; as, to pack a jury or a causes.
  5. (transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
  6. (transitive) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber; as, to pack a horse.
  7. (transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; esp., to send away peremptorily or suddenly; " sometimes with off; as, to pack a boy off to school.
  8. (transitive) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or beasts).
  9. (transitive) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
  10. (transitive) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam; as, to pack a joint; to pack the piston of a steam engine.
  11. (intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
  12. (intransitive) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass; as, the goods pack conveniently; wet snow packs well.
  13. (intransitive) To gather in flocks or schools; as, the grouse or the perch begin to pack.
  14. (intransitive) To depart in haste; " generally with off or away.
  15. (intransitive) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
  16. (intransitive) To carry a gun.
pad Tweet Definition of pad Like Definition of pad on Facebook
  1. A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
  2. (context, US, slang) A bed.
  3. (colloquial) A place of residence.
  4. A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
  5. A soft, or small, cushion.
  6. A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals; an animal's foot or paw.
  7. Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
  8. A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
  9. A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
  10. A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  11. (cricket) a batsman's leg pad that protects it from damage when hit by the ball
  12. A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting, especially one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper; now especially such a block of paper sheets as used to write on.
  13. A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  14. A keypad.
  15. A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  16. An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  17. the effect produced by sustained lower reeds, reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
verb (padd, ing)
  1. (transitive) To stuff.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.
  3. (transitive) To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, etc.).
  4. (transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
to pad cloth
  1. (context, transitive, cricket) to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
paddle Tweet Definition of paddle Like Definition of paddle on Facebook
  1. A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
  2. A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
  3. Time spent on paddling.
    We had a nice this morning.
  4. A slat of a paddleboat's wheel.
  5. A paddlewheel.
  6. A blade of a waterwheel.
    1. a meandering walk through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  7. A kitchen utensil shaped like a and used for mixing, beating etc.
  8. A ping-pong bat.
  9. A flat limb of turtle or other sea animal, adapted for swimming.
  10. In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
verb (paddles, paddling, paddled)
  1. (transitive) To propel something through water with a , oar or hands.
  1. To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
    1. (transitive) To spank.
    2. (intransitive) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
paddock Tweet Definition of paddock Like Definition of paddock on Facebook
  1. (archaic except in dialects) A frog or toad.
pannikin Tweet Definition of pannikin Like Definition of pannikin on Facebook
  1. A cup or other vessel used for drink, drinking.
  2. The contents of such a vessel.
pantechnicon Tweet Definition of pantechnicon Like Definition of pantechnicon on Facebook
  1. A depository or place where all sorts of manufactured articles are collected for sale.
  2. An eclectic collection.
  3. A removal van. From the shortening of pantechnicon van <!-- From Webster... Pantechnicon (Page: 1037)
    • tech"ni
    • con (?), n. NL. See Pan-, and Technic. A depository or place where all sorts of manufactured articles are collected for sale.
panto Tweet Definition of panto Like Definition of panto on Facebook
  1. (informal) A short form of pantomime (traditional Christmas play).
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.
parlor Tweet Definition of parlor Like Definition of parlor on Facebook
  1. (Especially Southern US): a covered open-air patio.
  2. A room for lounging (especially for reading); a sitting-room; a drawing-room.
  3. (archaic): The apartment in a monastery or nunnery where the inmates are permitted to meet and converse with each other, or with visitors and friends from without.
pass Tweet Definition of pass Like Definition of pass on Facebook
  1. An opening, road, or track, available for passing; especially, one through or over some dangerous or otherwise impracticable barrier; a passageway; a defile; a ford.
a mountain pass
:"Try not the pass!" the old man said. &mdash; Longfellow
  1. (fencing) A thrust or push; an attempt to stab or strike an adversary. (Shakespeare)
  2. A movement of the hand over or along anything; the manipulation of a mesmerist.
  3. (rolling metals) A single passage of a bar, rail, sheet, etc., between the rolls.
  4. The state of things; condition; predicament.
:Have his daughters brought him to this pass. &mdash; Shakespeare
:Matters have been brought to this pass. &mdash; South.
  1. Permission or license to pass, or to go and come.
A ship sailing under the flag and pass of an enemy. &mdash; Kent
  1. (baseball) An intentional walk
Smith was given a after Jones' double.
  1. A document granting permission to pass or to go and come; a passport; a ticket permitting free transit or admission; as, a railroad or theater pass; a military pass.
  2. (figurative) A thrust; a sally of wit. (Shakespeare)
  3. A sexual advance.
The man kicked his friend out of the house after he made a at his wife.
  1. (obsolete) Estimation; character.
:Common speech gives him a worthy pass. &mdash; Shakespeare
  1. (obsolete; Chaucer; compare passus) A part, a division.
  2. (rail transport) A passing of two trains in the same direction on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other overtake. (Antonym: a meet.)
  3. (sport) The act of moving the ball or puck from one player to another.
verb (pass, es)
  1. (defn, English)
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pater Tweet Definition of pater Like Definition of pater on Facebook
noun (Plural: paters)
  1. (formal) father
pea Tweet Definition of pea Like Definition of pea on Facebook
  1. A plant, member of the Legume (Fabaceae) family.
  2. The edible seed of some of these plants.
  3. (baseball) A ball travelling at high velocity
pecker Tweet Definition of pecker Like Definition of pecker on Facebook
  1. anything that pecks, such as a bird, or the bill of a bird
  2. woodpecker
  3. (slang) the penis
  4. (rfv-sense) (context, US, slang) white trash
  5. (context, mostly, UK) (slang) the mouth
  6. (context, mostly, UK) spirits, nerve, courage
    • 1869, w:W. S. Gilbert, W. S. Gilbert, The Haughty Actor,
      Dispirited became our friend - Depressed his moral ...
pee Tweet Definition of pee Like Definition of pee on Facebook
  1. (euphemism) urine, Urine.
verb (pees, peeing, peed, peed)
  1. (context, intransitive, colloquial) To urinate.
  2. (context, intransitive, colloquial) To drizzle.
It's peeing with rain.
peeler Tweet Definition of peeler Like Definition of peeler on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, slang, archaic) A police officer.
Peg Tweet Definition of Peg Like Definition of Peg on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a female given name, diminutive of Peggy
percent Tweet Definition of percent Like Definition of percent on Facebook
noun (percent)
  1. A part or other object per hundred
A resolution must receive fifty-one of the votes to pass.
perfervid Tweet Definition of perfervid Like Definition of perfervid on Facebook
  1. Extremely, excessively, or feverishly passionate; zealous.
petrol Tweet Definition of petrol Like Definition of petrol on Facebook
  1. (New Zealand) abbreviation of petroleum, a fluid consisting of a mixture of refined petroleum hydrocarbons, primarily consisting of octane, and commonly used as a motor fuel.
philtre Tweet Definition of philtre Like Definition of philtre on Facebook
  1. A kind of potion, charm, or drug, sometimes specifically for making the drinker fall in love with the giver
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.
pill Tweet Definition of pill Like Definition of pill on Facebook
  1. A small portion of a drug or drugs to be taken orally, usually of roughly cylindrical shape, often coated to prolong dissolution or ease swallowing.
  1. (intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
pillar box Tweet Definition of pillar box Like Definition of pillar box on Facebook
  1. (British) A free-standing item of street furniture in the form of a short, red pillar with a slot for posting letters.
pimp Tweet Definition of pimp Like Definition of pimp on Facebook
  1. A person who solicits customers for prostitution and acts as manager for prostitutes; a panderer.
  2. (context, African American Vernacular English, _, slang) A man who can easily attract women; a player/playa.
Pip Tweet Definition of Pip Like Definition of Pip on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. diminutive form of the given names Philip, Phillip, and Philippa.
pirn Tweet Definition of pirn Like Definition of pirn on Facebook
  1. a cone shaped spool or bobbin on which thread or yarn is wound used most often for weaving.
pishogue Tweet Definition of pishogue Like Definition of pishogue on Facebook
  1. magic, witchcraft; a spell
  • 1922: "That"s what I mean, says the citizen. A , if you know what that is. " James Joyce, Ulysses
pitch Tweet Definition of pitch Like Definition of pitch on Facebook
  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
It is hard to get this off of my hand.
  1. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
They put on the mast to protect it. The barrel was sealed with .
  1. (baseball) The act of pitching a baseball.
The was low and inside.
  1. (sports) The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or hockey, field hockey is played.
''The teams met on the .
  1. An effort to sell or promote something.
He gave me a sales .
  1. The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw or letters in a monospace font.
The of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch.
The of this saw is perfect for that type of wood.
  1. The angle at which an object sits.
The of the roof or haystack, the propellor blades'
  1. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
The of an aircraft
  1. (music) The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
The of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
  1. (music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
Bob, our , let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.
  1. (aviation) A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down. Also a measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
  2. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its athwartships axis, causing its bow and stern to go up and down. Compare with roll and heave.
  3. The place where a busker performs is called their pitch.
  4. A level or degree.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 11.
    • : But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a of vivacity
verb (pitch, es)
  1. (transitive) To throw.
He pitched the horseshoe.
  1. (context, baseball, transitive, or, intransitive) To throw (the ball) toward home plate.
(i, transitive) The hurler pitched a curveball.
(i, intransitive) He pitched high and inside.
  1. (context, baseball, intransitive) To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
Bob pitches today.
  1. (transitive) To throw away; discard.
He pitched the candy wrapper.
  1. (transitive) To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
  1. (transitive) To assemble or erect (a tent).
Pitch the tent over there.
  1. (context, of, _, ships, and, aircraft, transitive, or, intransitive) To move so that the front of the craft goes alternatively up and down.
(i, transitive) The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship.
(i, intransitive) The airplane pitched.
  1. (context, golf, transitive) To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
The only way to get on the green from here is to pitch the ball over the bunker.
  1. (context, cricket, intransitive) To bounce on the playing surface.
The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
  1. (context, Bristolian dialect, of snow, intransitive) To settle and build up, without melting.
  1. Completely dark or black; like tar.
The room was black.
plain Tweet Definition of plain Like Definition of plain on Facebook
  1. An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
    • 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistíªs of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 467.
    • : For Plato the life of the philosopher is a life of struggle towards the goal of knowledge, towards "searching the heavens and measuring the plains, in all places seeking the nature of everything as a whole"
  1. ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation.
  2. (computing) containing no non-printing characters; ASCII code values 32 through 126.
PLC Tweet Definition of PLC Like Definition of PLC on Facebook
  1. A public limited-liability company/corporation.
  2. A programmable logic controller.
  3. power line communication
Plough Tweet Definition of Plough Like Definition of Plough on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (context, constellation, UK) The common name for the brightest seven stars of the constellation Ursa Major.
ploughman's lunch Tweet Definition of ploughman Like Definition of ploughman
  1. (British) A light meal of cheese, pickled onions (or pickle), and a bread roll; especially one served in a pub at lunchtime. Originally devised by a marketing executive of the Dairy Council in a 1960-61 advertising campaign to sell English cheese and beer.
plump Tweet Definition of plump Like Definition of plump on Facebook
  1. (intransitive) To grow
    1. Adjective, plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped.
    2. (intransitive) To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
    3. (intransitive) To give a plumper.
    4. (transitive) To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up.
    5. (transitive) To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily; as, to plump a stone into water.
    6. (transitive) To give (a vote), as a plumper.
  1. Having a full and rounded shape; chubby.
  2. fat, Fat.
  1. directly, Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
plumper Tweet Definition of plumper Like Definition of plumper on Facebook
  1. One who plumps or swells out something else.
  2. That which plumps or swells out something else.
  3. Hence, something carried in the mouth to distend the cheeks.
  4. In English elections, a vote given to one candidate only, when two or more are to be elected, thus giving him or her the advantage over the others; a person who gives his or her vote thus is said to plump, or to plump his or her vote.
  5. A voter who plumps his or her vote.
  6. A downright, unqualified lie.
  1. Comparative of plump.
ply Tweet Definition of ply Like Definition of ply on Facebook
noun (plural plies)
  1. A layer of material. (two-ply toilet paper)
  2. Short for plywood.
poddy Tweet Definition of poddy Like Definition of poddy on Facebook
noun (poddies)
  1. (Australian English) An unbranded calf.
  2. (Australian English) A hand-fed calf.
  • 1904: When the milkin' music's ended, and the big cans stacked away, / An' the poddies have done drinkin', an' the neddies chew their hay " "Bush Courtin'" (Australian Ballads & Short Stories, Penguin 2003, p. 268)
adjective (poddier, poddiest)
  1. fat, Fat, corpulent.
  2. (Australian English) Fed by hand.
podgy Tweet Definition of podgy Like Definition of podgy on Facebook
  1. Slightly fat.
ponce Tweet Definition of ponce Like Definition of ponce on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, slang) A pimp.
  2. (context, UK, pejorative) A posh or effeminate person.
verb (ponces, poncing, ponced, ponced)
  1. (context, UK, slang) To act as a pimp.
  2. (context, UK, slang) Hence, to try to get rid of or proactively sell something.
  3. (context, UK, pejorative) To behave in a posh or effeminate manner.
pony Tweet Definition of pony Like Definition of pony on Facebook
noun (pon, ies)
  1. Any of several small breeds of horse under 14.2 hands.
  2. A cheat sheet used in Latin classes, often tolerated, sometimes not.
  3. A small serving of an alcoholic beverage.
  4. A measure of one ounce of liquor.
  5. (Australian English) A serving of 140 milliliters of beer.
  6. (context, UK, slang) Twenty-five pounds sterling.
poof Tweet Definition of poof Like Definition of poof on Facebook
noun (poofs or (jocular) pooves)
  1. (context, UK, US, Australian English, pejorative, slang) A male homosexual, especially one who is effeminate.
  2. The product of flatulence, or the sound of breaking wind.
  1. To vanish or disappear.
He poofed into thin air.
  1. To break wind; to fart.
popinjay Tweet Definition of popinjay Like Definition of popinjay on Facebook
  1. A garrulous and conceited person; a coxcomb, dandy, fop
  2. (dated) a parrot or green woodpecker
  3. a wooden parrot, or similar object, stuck on a pole as a target to be shot at
  4. A heraldic (or other) representation of a parrot
poppet Tweet Definition of poppet Like Definition of poppet on Facebook
  1. (informal) An endearingly sweet or beautiful child.
  2. (informal) A young woman or girl.
Come "ere !
  1. The stem and valve head in a poppet valve.
portmanteau Tweet Definition of portmanteau Like Definition of portmanteau on Facebook
noun (pl2=portmanteaux)
  1. A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
    • 1667, Charles Croke, Fortune's Uncertainty:
    • : Rodolphus therefore finding such an earnest Invitation, embrac'd it with thanks, and with his Servant and Portmanteau, went to Don Juan's; where they first found good Stabling for their Horses, and afterwards as good Provision for themselves.
      1. (linguistics) A portmanteau word.
    • 1872, Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the first usage in this sense:
    • : Well, "slithy" means "lithe and slimy." "Lithe" is the same as "active." You see it's like a --there are two meanings packed up into one word.
  1. (context, used only before a noun, of a word, story, etc.) Made by combining two words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.
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  1. Any of marsupials in several families of the order Diprotodontia of Australia and neighboring islands.
  2. (colloquial) Popular form for the opossums, the marsupials of the family Didelphidae of the Americas
pot Tweet Definition of pot Like Definition of pot on Facebook
  1. A vessel used for cooking or store, storing food.
  2. (poker) The money wagered in poker or similar games.
  3. (rfv-sense) (poker) A round in a poker game.
  4. A trap for catching lobsters, crabs, or fish.
  5. (context, slang, uncountable) marijuana, cannabis.
  6. (archaic) An iron hat with a broad brim.
  • 1786, The pot is an iron hat with broad brims: there are many under the denomination in the Tower, said to have been taken from the French; one of them is represented in plat 7, fig. 1 and 2. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 12.
    1. A glass of beer. Size varies regionally but is normally 10 fl oz (285 ml).
    2. A potshot
    3. (slang) A protruding belly; a paunch.
    4. (slang) ruin, Ruin or deterioration.
  1. His prospect went to .
    1. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The act of causing a ball to fall into a pocket.
verb (pots, potting, potted, potted)
  1. To put (something) into a pot.
  2. To preserve by bottle, bottling or canning, e.g. potted meat
  3. (context, snooker, billiards, pool, etc.) To cause a ball to fall into a pocket.
  4. To send someone to gaol, expeditiously.
potholer Tweet Definition of potholer Like Definition of potholer on Facebook
  1. someone who explores potholes as a hobby
potted Tweet Definition of potted Like Definition of potted on Facebook
  1. (past of, pot
    1. Verb, pot)
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.
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noun (plural potties)
  1. A chamberpot used by young children while learning control of their bladder and bowels.
adjective ((compar) pottier, (superl) pottiest)
  1. (informal) Insane.
The noise that the neighbour's kids were making was driving Fred potty.
poulterer Tweet Definition of poulterer Like Definition of poulterer on Facebook
  1. A dealer in poultry. A poulter.
powder Tweet Definition of powder Like Definition of powder on Facebook
  1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.
Grind their bones to powder small. &mdash;Shakespeare
  1. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder.
PPE Tweet Definition of PPE Like Definition of PPE on Facebook
  1. Personal Protective Equipment
practise Tweet Definition of practise Like Definition of practise on Facebook
verb (practis, ing)
  1. (transitive) To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
    You should playing piano every day.
  2. (intransitive) To repeat an activity in this way.
    If you want to speak French well, you need to .
  3. (transitive) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to religion every Saturday.
  4. (transitive) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practised law for forty years before retiring.
    1. (archaic) To conspire.
pram Tweet Definition of pram Like Definition of pram on Facebook
  1. A small vehicle in which a baby is pushed around; a perambulator
prang Tweet Definition of prang Like Definition of prang on Facebook
  1. Slang for an aircraft crash.
  1. (UK) A car crash without any casualties, typically minor; as in (US) fender-bender. (Believed to have originated in the RAF during WW2).
  2. (US) (slang) crack cocaine.
verb to prang
  1. to crash, to have an accident
adjective pranged
  1. (UK) (slang) to be paranoid.
precinct Tweet Definition of precinct Like Definition of precinct on Facebook
  1. (especially in the plural) An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls
    1. A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district
    2. A subdivision of a city or town for the purposes of voting and representation in city or town government. In cities, Precincts may be grouped into of wards
prefect Tweet Definition of prefect Like Definition of prefect on Facebook
  1. An official of ancient Rome.
  2. The head of a department in France.
  3. A school pupil in a position of power over other pupils.
  4. A commander.
preparation Tweet Definition of preparation Like Definition of preparation on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The act of preparing or getting ready
  2. That which is prepared
  3. (countable) A substance, especially a remedy, that is prepared
The traditional remedy is a bitter made from steamed herbs.
presence Tweet Definition of presence Like Definition of presence on Facebook
  1. The fact or condition of being present.
  2. The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.
  3. A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.
  4. Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
  5. A company's business activity in a particular market.
  6. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts
pressman Tweet Definition of pressman Like Definition of pressman on Facebook
noun (pressmen)
  1. someone who operates a printing press
  2. a journalist or newspaper reporter
pretence Tweet Definition of pretence Like Definition of pretence on Facebook
  1. : An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 231b.
    • : That part of education that turned up in the latest phase of our argument, the cross-examination of the empty of wisdom, is none other, we must declare, than the true-blooded kind of sophistry.
pretense Tweet Definition of pretense Like Definition of pretense on Facebook
  1. A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness; sham, pretext, claim; an effort to give some appearance or mislead.
without of accuracy
prig Tweet Definition of prig Like Definition of prig on Facebook
  1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  2. (context, UK) A petty thief or pickpocket
  3. (context, Archaic) A conceited dandy; a fop.
verb (prigs, prigging, prigged)
  1. (Scotish) to haggle or argue over price.
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noun privy, Privy purse, Purse
  1. The amount of money the monarch may use for private or personal expenses
  2. A member of the office which deals with the monarch's finances.
proper Tweet Definition of proper Like Definition of proper on Facebook
  1. Suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances; fit, suitable
''The time to plant potatoes.
  1. Following the established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous
A very young lady.
  1. Fitting; right
''It is only to bring food to a potluck.
  1. Exact; precise
  2. (italbrac, used after the noun) In the very strictest sense of the word:
According to the Supreme Court, tomatoes do not belong to the fruits proper.
The school is located in the town proper.
  1. (grammar) used to designate a particular person, place or thing written with an initial capital letter.
  2. Common or ordinary.
  3. Belonging to oneself or itself; own.
He was restored to his color after taking the elixir.
  1. Complete or thorough
I gave that boy a whipping.
  1. Entitled to its name; true.
I wanted a proper breakfast, not just a morning snack.
  1. (tincture) having its natural or usual coloration, though this is often according to what heraldic convention defines as the natural or usual; proper is considered to be its own tincture.
  2. (context, informal) utter
When I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out, I felt a fool.
public Tweet Definition of public Like Definition of public on Facebook
  1. The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
Members of the may not proceed beyond this point.
    • 2007 May 4, Martin Jacques, w:The Guardian, The Guardian
    • :Bush and Blair stand condemned by their own publics and face imminent political extinction.
  1. Pertaining to the affairs or official affairs of all people, not just those of a private group; contrasted with private.
  2. Open to all.
  3. Funded by the government.
  4. (context, of a company) trade, Traded publically via a stock market.
publican Tweet Definition of publican Like Definition of publican on Facebook
  1. (British) the landlord of a public house
  2. a tax collector in ancient Rome
public house Tweet Definition of public house Like Definition of public house on Facebook
noun (or pub)
  1. (context, chiefly, UK) An establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on or off the premises; they often provide meals and sometimes accommodation.
puck Tweet Definition of puck Like Definition of puck on Facebook
  1. The disc/disk used in ice hockey and floor hockey.
pud Tweet Definition of pud Like Definition of pud on Facebook
  1. (British slang) pudding (either sweet or savoury)
  2. (Ozarks slang) penis.
He had to take a leak, so he whipped out his and commenced.
puff Tweet Definition of puff Like Definition of puff on Facebook
  1. (countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
  2. (uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
out of puff
  1. (countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
puff of smoke
puff of wind
  1. (context, informal, countable) An act of inhale, inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
  2. (context, uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
  3. (countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
cream puff
  1. (context, derogatory, slang, UK, particularly northern UK) a homosexual; a poof
  1. (intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
  2. (intransitive) To pant.
  3. (transitive) To advertise (archaic)
push Tweet Definition of push Like Definition of push on Facebook
  1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
Give the door a hard if it sticks.
  1. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
One more push and the baby will be out.
  1. A great effort (to do something).
Some details got lost in the to get the project done.
Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign.
  1. (military) A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
verb (push, es)
  1. (transitive) To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.
In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me.
  1. (transitive) To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
  2. (transitive) To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).
Stop pushing the issue &mdash; I'm not interested.
  1. (transitive) To promote a product with the intention of selling it.
They're pushing that perfume again.
There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
  1. (context, informal, transitive) To approach; to come close to.
My old car is pushing 250,000 miles.
He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
  1. (intransitive) To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.
You need to quite hard to get this door open.
  1. (intransitive) To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to .
  1. (intransitive) To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
puss Tweet Definition of puss Like Definition of puss on Facebook
  1. (informal) A cat
Our local theatre is showing the pantomime Puss in Boots
  1. (slang) The mouth
She gave him a slap in the .
putty Tweet Definition of putty Like Definition of putty on Facebook
noun (putt, ies)
  1. a form of cement, made from linseed oil and whiting, used to fix panes of glass
  2. any of a range of similar substances
pyjamas Tweet Definition of pyjamas Like Definition of pyjamas on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Pajamas)
  1. (Australia, UK) Clothes for wearing to bed and sleeping in, usually consisting of a loose-fitting jacket and trousers.
  2. loose-fitting trousers worn in the Far East by both sexes
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proper noun 
  1. an early video game from Atari

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