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pale Tweet Definition of pale Like Definition of pale on Facebook
noun 
  1. A wooden stake.
  2. (archaic) A fence, especially one made from wooden stakes.
  3. (archaic) A territory or defensive area that one nation holds in another country, e.g., Britain"s medieval control of Calais in France or Dublin in Ireland.
  4. (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
  5. The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
  6. In heraldry, a vertical band down the middle of a shield.
verb (pal, ing)
  1. To become pale. To become insignificant.
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adjective (pal, e)
  1. light in color.
     
palette Tweet Definition of palette Like Definition of palette on Facebook
noun 
  1. A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.
  2. The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.
     
pall Tweet Definition of pall Like Definition of pall on Facebook
noun 
  1. (archaic) Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
  2. (context, Christianity) A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
  3. A heavy canvas laid over a coffin or tomb.
    • 1942: Thirty years or so later, a woman was put to death for stealing the purple from his sarcophagus, a strange, crazy crime " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 150)
verb 
  1. To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.
     
pallette Tweet Definition of pallette Like Definition of pallette on Facebook
noun 
  1. (misspelling of, palette)
  2. The rounded plates in the armpits of a suit of armour. Alternate spelling: palette.
     
parted Tweet Definition of parted Like Definition of parted on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, part)
     
party Tweet Definition of party Like Definition of party on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, party, party (gathering))
(parti, es)
  1. A social gathering for entertainment and fun.
I'm throwing a huge for my 21st birthday.
  1. A person participating in a contract or legal action.
The contract requires that the of the first part pay the fee.
  1. A legal entity which represents a faction of the people from a country and is united under one specific political platform of issues.
The green took 12% of the vote.
  1. (In 18th & 19th century Britain) A parliamentary faction without a corresponding legal entity.
  2. A group of people travelling or attending an event together, or participating in the same activity.
We're expecting a large from the London office.
verb (parties, partying, partied)
  1. (intransitive) To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself.
We partied until the early hours.
     
pellet Tweet Definition of pellet Like Definition of pellet on Facebook
noun 
  1. Usually a small, compressed, symmetrical and hard chunk of matter. Ex: Wood pellet, ore pellet, etc.
  2. A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
  3. Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for that species, as it can't excrete feces.
     
pierced Tweet Definition of pierced Like Definition of pierced on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, pierce)
     
pile Tweet Definition of pile Like Definition of pile on Facebook
noun 
  1. A hair; hence, the fiber of wool, cotton, and the like; also, the nap when thick or heavy, as of carpeting and velvet.
Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile. —Cowper
  1. A covering of hair or fur.
  2. A large stake, or piece of timber, steel section pointed and driven into the earth or drilled and cast reinforced concrete, as at the bottom of a river, or in a harbor where the ground is soft, for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
  3. The head of an arrow or spear.
  4. (heraldry) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
  5. A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
  6. A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
  7. A funeral pile; a pyre.
  8. A large building, or mass of buildings.
  9. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  10. A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moistened with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; — commonly called Volta"s pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
  11. The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
  12. A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)
     
placard Tweet Definition of placard Like Definition of placard on Facebook
noun 
  1. A sheet of paper or cardboard with a written or printed announcement on one side for display in a public place.
verb 
  1. To affix a placard to.
     
placate Tweet Definition of placate Like Definition of placate on Facebook
verb (placat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To calm; to bring peace to; to sate someone who was furious up to the point that they are content, or at least no longer irate.
     
plastron Tweet Definition of plastron Like Definition of plastron on Facebook
noun 
  1. The nearly flat part of the shell structure of a tortoise or other animal, similar in composition to the carapace
  2. (fencing) A half-jacket worn under the jacket for padding or for safety.
  3. An ornamental front panel on a woman's bodice.
    • 1942: I bought here a wedding dress perhaps twenty or thirty years old ... a sequin to be worn over the womb as a feminine equivalent to a cod-piece, and a gauze veil embroidered in purple and gold. " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 784)
     
plate Tweet Definition of plate Like Definition of plate on Facebook
noun 
  1. A serving dish or food course.
We filled our plate from the bountiful table.
  1. A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
A clutch usually has two plates.
  1. (weightlifting) A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
  2. (printing) An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
We finished making the plates this morning.
  1. (context, printing, photography) An image or copy.
  2. (dentistry) A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
  3. (construction) A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
  4. A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
The tea was served in the .
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) feet, from "plates of meat".
"Sit down and give your plates a rest"
  1. (baseball) home plate; where the batter stands next to
There was a close play at the .
  1. (geology) tectonic plate
verb (plat, ing)
  1. To cover the surface material of an object with a thin coat of another material, usually a metal.
This ring is plated with a thin layer of gold.
  1. To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
After preparation, the chef will the dish.
  1. To perform cunnilingus.
He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
     
point Tweet Definition of point Like Definition of point on Facebook
noun 
  1. A location or place.
  2. (geometry) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
  3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
  1. The sharp tip of an object.
  2. A peninsula.
  3. (arithmetic) A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
  1. An opinion which adds (or supposedly adds) to the discussion.
  2. A unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition; the unit of score, scoring.
The one with the most points will win the game
Germany awarded Greece the maximum 12 points in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  1. The color/colour on the extremities of an animal (typically darker or richer) than the rest of the coat).
The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
  1. (rail transport, Commonwealth) a device by which trains change tracks; switch
  2. (cricket) a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
  3. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
    • 2005: Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking during a sweep in the central highlands. " Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 189)
    • (nautical) An angle equivalent to eleven and a quarter degrees, that is 1/32 of a circle. Most commonly used to indicate a relative bearing to an object or vessel, but can be used to describe a compass bearing.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
It's rude to at other people.
  1. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
If he asks for food, him toward the refrigerator.
     
pointed Tweet Definition of pointed Like Definition of pointed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, point)
adjective 
  1. In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
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  1. The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
     
potent Tweet Definition of potent Like Definition of potent on Facebook
adjective 
  1. possessing strength
  2. being effective in small quantity, quantities
  3. having a sharp or offensive taste
  4. (context, of a male) able to procreate
     
pronominal Tweet Definition of pronominal Like Definition of pronominal on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or functioning as of a pronoun.
     
proper Tweet Definition of proper Like Definition of proper on Facebook
adjective 
  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.
     
purpure Tweet Definition of purpure Like Definition of purpure on Facebook
noun 
  1. (tincture): A purple colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by diagonal parallel lines 45 degrees clockwise.
    • 1997: Many authorities reject the authenticity of as a tincture. — Brault, Early Blazon
adjective 
  1. (tincture): In blazon, of the colour purple.
     

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