verb (pal, ing)
- A wooden stake.
- (archaic) A fence, especially one made from wooden stakes.
- (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.
- (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
- The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
- In heraldry, a vertical band down the middle of a shield.
- To become pale. To become insignificant.
adjective (pal, e)
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- light in color.
- A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.
- The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.
- (archaic) Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
- (context, Christianity) A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
- 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)
- To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.
- (misspelling of, palette)
- The rounded plates in the armpits of a suit of armour. Alternate spelling: palette.
- (past of, part)
noun (wikipedia, party, party (gathering))
- A social gathering for entertainment and fun.
verb (parties, partying, partied)
- I'm throwing a huge for my 21st birthday.
- A person participating in a contract or legal action.
- The contract requires that the of the first part pay the fee.
- 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.
- (In 18th & 19th century Britain) A parliamentary faction without a corresponding legal entity.
- 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.
- (intransitive) To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself.
- We partied until the early hours.
- Usually a small, compressed, symmetrical and hard chunk of matter. Ex: Wood pellet, ore pellet, etc.
- A lead projectile used as ammunition in rifled air guns.
- Compressed byproduct of digestion regurgitated by owls. Serves as a waste disposal mechanism for that species, as it can't excrete feces.
- (past of, pierce)
- 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
- A covering of hair or fur.
- 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.
- The head of an arrow or spear.
- (heraldry) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
- A mass of things heaped together; a heap; as, a pile of stones; a pile of wood.
- A mass formed in layers; as, a pile of shot.
- A funeral pile; a pyre.
- A large building, or mass of buildings.
- 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.
- 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.
- The reverse (or tails) of a coin. (Obs)
- A hemorrhoid (usually it is in plural)
- A sheet of paper or cardboard with a written or printed announcement on one side for display in a public place.
- To affix a placard to.
verb (placat, ing)
- (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.
- The nearly flat part of the shell structure of a tortoise or other animal, similar in composition to the carapace
- (fencing) A half-jacket worn under the jacket for padding or for safety.
- 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)
- A serving dish or food course.
verb (plat, ing)
- We filled our plate from the bountiful table.
- A flat metallic object of uniform thickness.
- A clutch usually has two plates.
- (weightlifting) A weighted disk, usually of metal, with a hole in the center for use with a barbell, dumbbell, or exercise machine.
- (printing) An engraved surface used to transfer an image to paper.
- We finished making the plates this morning.
- (context, printing, photography) An image or copy.
- (dentistry) A shaped and fitted surface, usually ceramic or metal that fits into the mouth and in which teeth are implanted; a dental plate.
- (construction) A horizontal framing member at the top or bottom of a group of vertical studs.
- A decorative or food service item coated with silver.
- The tea was served in the .
- (Cockney rhyming slang) feet, from "plates of meat".
- "Sit down and give your plates a rest"
- (baseball) home plate; where the batter stands next to
- There was a close play at the .
- (geology) tectonic plate
- 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.
- To place the various elements of a meal on the diner's plate prior to serving.
- After preparation, the chef will the dish.
- To perform cunnilingus.
- He fingered her as he plated her with his tongue.
- A location or place.
- (geometry) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
- 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.
- The sharp tip of an object.
- A peninsula.
- (arithmetic) A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
- 10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
- An opinion which adds (or supposedly adds) to the discussion.
- 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.
- 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.
- (rail transport, Commonwealth) a device by which trains change tracks; switch
- (cricket) a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
- 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.
- (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.
- (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
- If he asks for food, him toward the refrigerator.
- (past of, point)
- In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
- The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
- possessing strength
- being effective in small quantity, quantities
- having a sharp or offensive taste
- (context, of a male) able to procreate
- Of, pertaining to, resembling, or functioning as of a pronoun.
- Suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances; fit, suitable
- ''The time to plant potatoes.
- Following the established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous
- A very young lady.
- Fitting; right
- ''It is only to bring food to a potluck.
- Exact; precise
- (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.
- (grammar) used to designate a particular person, place or thing written with an initial capital letter.
- Common or ordinary.
- Belonging to oneself or itself; own.
- He was restored to his color after taking the elixir.
- Complete or thorough
- I gave that boy a whipping.
- Entitled to its name; true.
- I wanted a proper breakfast, not just a morning snack.
- (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.
- (context, informal) utter
- When I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out, I felt a fool.
- (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
- (tincture): In blazon, of the colour purple.