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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.
parking Tweet Definition of parking Like Definition of parking on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The action of the verb to park.
Parking in central London can be very difficult.
  1. Space in which to park a car or other vehicle.
It can be difficult to find in central London.
  1. (present participle of, park)
  1. Of, relating to or used in parking.
He put a quarter into the meter.
parkway Tweet Definition of parkway Like Definition of parkway on Facebook
  1. a road, a thoroughfare
    1. a scenic freeway
    2. a surface road with a landscaped median
peckerwood Tweet Definition of peckerwood Like Definition of peckerwood on Facebook
  1. (US, derogatory, or, pejorative) penis, Penis; dick; a low class male.
piece Tweet Definition of piece Like Definition of piece on Facebook
  1. A part of something.
  2. (context, slang, UK) (plural) sandwiches, packed lunch.
  3. (context, slang, US) A sexual encounter.
I got a at lunchtime.
  1. (context, slang, US) A gun.
He's packin' a !
  1. (context, slang, US) cannabis pipe.
  2. (context, slang, US) (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances.
Ucch, my new car is a !
verb (piec, ing)
  1. (usually with "together"): To reassemble something (real or metaphorically.)
pinto Tweet Definition of pinto Like Definition of pinto on Facebook
  1. (zoology) A horse with a patchy coloration that includes white.
  1. pied, Pied, mottled.
  • 1963: While Profane, dreamy, went on to tell of his nights with the Alligator Patrol, and how he"d hunted one beast through Fairing"s Parish; cornered and killed it in a chamber lit by some frightening radiance. " Thomas Pynchon, V.
pit Tweet Definition of pit Like Definition of pit on Facebook
  1. A hole in the ground.
  2. A seed inside a fruit; a stone or pip (Eng.) inside a fruit.
  3. A shell in a drupe containing a seed.
  4. Area at the auto racetrack used for refueling and repairing the cars during a race
  5. (music) A section of the marching band containing mallet percussion instruments and other large percussion instruments too large to march, such as the tam tam. Also, the area on the sidelines where these instruments are placed.
  6. A mine
verb (pit, t, ed)
  1. (transitive) To bring into opposition, as in "to pit one's wits against someone".
  2. (transitive) To make pits in.
Exposure to acid rain pitted the metal.
  1. (transitive) To remove the stone from a stone fruit or the shell from a drupe.
One must a peach to make it ready for a pie.
  1. (context, intransitive, motor racing) To return to the pits during a race for refuelling, tyre changes, repairs etc.
pitchfork Tweet Definition of pitchfork Like Definition of pitchfork on Facebook
  1. Farm tool comprising a fork attached to a long handle used for pitching hay or bales of hay high up onto a haystack.
Pole Tweet Definition of Pole Like Definition of Pole on Facebook
proper noun (Poles)
  1. A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
pone Tweet Definition of pone Like Definition of pone on Facebook
  1. (Southern USA) A cornbread often made without milk or eggs and baked or fried
  2. (English law) Pone ad respondendum Historically, a writ in law used by the superior courts to remove cases from inferior courts.
  3. (context, cribbage) The player opposite the dealer.
potlatch Tweet Definition of potlatch Like Definition of potlatch on Facebook
  1. a ceremony amongst certain Native American peoples of the Pacific northwest in which gifts are bestowed upon guests and personal property is destroyed in a show of wealth and generosity.
powerful Tweet Definition of powerful Like Definition of powerful on Facebook
  1. Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence
prairie Tweet Definition of prairie Like Definition of prairie on Facebook
  1. An extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America.

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