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parachute Tweet Definition of parachute Like Definition of parachute on Facebook
noun 
  1. A device, generally constructed from fabric, that is designed to employ air resistance to control the fall of an object.
verb (parachut, ing)
  1. To jump, fall, descend, etc. using such a device.
     
pendulum Tweet Definition of pendulum Like Definition of pendulum on Facebook
noun (pl=pendulums, pl2=pendula)
  1. A body suspended from a fixed support so that it swings freely back and forth under the influence of gravity, commonly used to regulate various devices such as clocks.
     
picosecond Tweet Definition of picosecond Like Definition of picosecond on Facebook
noun (ps in the SI-system)
  1. A measure of time; 0.000,000,000,001 second (One millionth of a millionth of a second)
     
pillar Tweet Definition of pillar Like Definition of pillar on Facebook
noun 
  1. A large post, often used as supporting architecture.
     
p.m. Tweet Definition of p.m. Like Definition of p.m. on Facebook
abbreviation 
  1. after noon (used after a time to indicate it is between noon and midnight, i.e., in the afternoon, evening or night as opposed to the morning)
     
pointer Tweet Definition of pointer Like Definition of pointer on Facebook
noun 
  1. Anything that points or is used for pointing.
  2. A needle-like component of a timepiece or measuring device that indicates the time or the current reading of the device.
  3. A breed of hunting dog.
  4. (complang) A variable which holds the address of a memory location where, presumeably, a value is stored.
  5. (computing) An icon that indicates the position of the mouse; a cursor.
  6. A tip, a bit of advice (usually plural.)
The instructor gave me some pointers on writing a good paper.
     
PST Tweet Definition of PST Like Definition of PST on Facebook
initialism 
  1. Pacific Standard Time
     

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