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panther Tweet Definition of panther Like Definition of panther on Facebook
  1. Any of various big cats with black fur; most especially, the black-coated leopard of India.
  2. Any big cat of the genus Panthera.
parade Tweet Definition of parade Like Definition of parade on Facebook
  1. An organized procession consisting of a series of consecutive displays, performances, exhibits, etc. displayed by moving down a street past a crowd.
The floats and horses in the were impressive, but the marching bands were really amazing.
  1. Any succession, series, or display of items.
The dinner was a of courses, each featuring foods more elaborate than the last.
  1. A line of goslings lead by one parent and often trailed by the other.
  2. A street, avenue or road.
He was parked on Chester Parade.
verb (parad, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To march or to display
They paraded around the field, simply to show their discipline.
  1. (transitive) To display or show
They paraded dozens of fashions past the crowd.
  1. (transitive) To march past
After the field show, it is customary to the stands before exiting the field.
paramedic Tweet Definition of paramedic Like Definition of paramedic on Facebook
  1. An individual trained to medically stabilize people through various interventions, victims of trauma or medical events outside of a hospital setting and preparing them for transport to a medical facility.
  2. An individual who is licensed at the state or national level to practice medical interventions in an emergency pre-hospital setting.
paratrooper Tweet Definition of paratrooper Like Definition of paratrooper on Facebook
  1. A type of soldier who is trained to enter combat zones by parachute, parachuting from aircraft.
partisan Tweet Definition of partisan Like Definition of partisan on Facebook
  1. An adherent to a party or faction
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <>. Book 1, Part 5.
    • : while Xenophanes, the first of these partisans of the One (for Parmenides is said to have been his pupil), gave no clear statement,
      1. A fervent, sometimes militant, supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
      2. The commander of a body of detached light troops engaged in making forays and harassing an enemy.
      3. Any member of such troops.
      4. A kind of halberd or pike; also, a truncheon; a staff.
  1. Adherent to a party or faction; especially, having the character of blind, passionate, or unreasonable adherence to a party; as, blinded by partisan zeal.
  2. Serving as a partisan in a detached command; as, a partisan officer or corps.
  3. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
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.
passed Tweet Definition of passed Like Definition of passed on Facebook
  1. (past of, pass)
patch Tweet Definition of patch Like Definition of patch on Facebook
  1. A piece of cloth, or other suitable material, sewed or otherwise fixed upon a garment to repair or strengthen it, esp. upon an old garment to cover a hole.
  2. A small piece of anything used to repair a breach; as, a patch on a kettle, a roof, etc.
  3. A small piece of black silk stuck on the face, or neck, to hide a defect, or to heighten beauty.
  4. A piece of greased cloth or leather used as wrapping for a rifle ball, to make it fit the bore.
  5. A small area, a small piece of ground; a tract; a plot; as, scattered patches of trees or growing corn.
  6. A short period of time, especially one which causes trouble.
  7. (figuratively) A fit.
  8. A block on the muzzle of a gun, to do away with the effect of dispart, in sighting.
  9. (archaic) A paltry fellow; a rogue; a ninny; a fool.
  10. (computing) A file describing changes made to a computer file or files, usually changes made to a computer program that fix a programming bug. A patch file, a file used for input to a patch program.
  11. An adhesive piece of material, impregnated with a drug, which is worn on the skin; the drug being slowly absorbed over a period of time.
  12. A small piece of material that is manually passed through a gun barrel to clean it.
proper noun 
  1. (computing) The program that updates old versions of files, based on a record of differences with the newer versions.
verb (patches, patching, patched)
  1. To mend by sewing on a piece or pieces of cloth, leather, or the like; as, to patch a coat.
  2. To mend with pieces; to repair with pieces fastened on.
  3. To repair clumsily; as, to patch the roof of a house.
  4. To adorn, as the face, with a patch or patches.
  5. To make of pieces or patches like a quilt.
  6. To repair as with patches.
  7. To arrange in a hasty or clumsy manner; " generally with up; as, to patch up a truce.
  8. (computing) To make the changes a patch describes; to apply a patch to the files in question. Hence:
  1. To fix or improve a computer program without a complete upgrade.
  2. To make a quick and possibly temporary change to a program.
Patriot Tweet Definition of Patriot Like Definition of Patriot on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, MIM-104 Patriot)
  1. A US surface-to-air missile system.
  1. (informal) An individual Patriot missile
patrol Tweet Definition of patrol Like Definition of patrol on Facebook
noun (plural: patrols)
  1. (military) A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts.
  2. (military) A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line of outposts, to explore the country and gain intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts.
  3. (military) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
  4. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol.
In France there is an army of patrols to secure her fiscal regulations. -A. Hamilton.
verb (patrol, l, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
  2. (transitive) To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
penetration Tweet Definition of penetration Like Definition of penetration on Facebook
  1. The act of penetrate, penetrating.
Any , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.
percussion Tweet Definition of percussion Like Definition of percussion on Facebook
noun (percussions, -)
  1. (countable) the collision of two bodies in order to produce a sound
  2. (countable) the sound so produced
  3. (countable) the detonation of a percussion cap in a firearm
  4. (medicine) the tapping of the body as an aid to medical diagnosis
  5. (music) the section of an orchestra or band containing percussion instruments; such instruments considered as a group
perimeter Tweet Definition of perimeter Like Definition of perimeter on Facebook
  1. (mathematics) The sum of the distance of all the lengths of the sides of an object.
  2. The outer limits of an area. See Synonyms at circumference.
  3. (mathematics) The length of such a boundary.
  4. A fortified strip or boundary usually protecting a military position.
petard Tweet Definition of petard Like Definition of petard on Facebook
  1. A hat shaped explosive device, now rarely used.
  2. Anything potentially explosive in a non-literal sense
For tis the sport to haue the enginer / Hoist with his owne petar - Hamlet, Shakespeare
  1. A loud firecracker.
petty officer Tweet Definition of petty officer Like Definition of petty officer on Facebook
  1. A non-commissioned officer in the US and UK Navy and the US Coast Guard; roughly equivalent to a sergeant in the army
Phalanx Tweet Definition of Phalanx Like Definition of Phalanx on Facebook
  1. The brand name of a radar-controlled rapid fire 20mm w:Gatling_gun, Gatling-type machine gun, the Phalanx CIWS (pronounced see-wiz), deployed on U.S. Navy ships as a last line of defense against antiship cruise missiles.
Phoenix Tweet Definition of Phoenix Like Definition of Phoenix on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (mythology) A mythical firebird; especially the sacred one from ancient Egyptian mythology
  2. (constellation) A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the mythical bird. It lies north of Tucana.
  3. (greekmyth) A character in the Iliad and father of Adonis in Greek mythology or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus
  4. The capital city of Arizona, United States.
  5. A nickname sometimes used for Japan after World War II.
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.
pikeman Tweet Definition of pikeman Like Definition of pikeman on Facebook
noun (plural: pikemen)
  1. A soldier armed with a pike.
  2. A person who operates a turnpike.
pineapple Tweet Definition of pineapple Like Definition of pineapple on Facebook
  1. A tropical plant native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
  2. The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet, white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
  3. (slang) A hand grenade.
pintle Tweet Definition of pintle Like Definition of pintle on Facebook
  1. (context, now dialectal) The penis.
  2. A pin or bolt, usually vertical, which acts as a pivot for a hinge or a rudder.
    • 2005: The train had a searchlight mounted on a on a flat car. " James Meek, The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 31)
      1. (context, gunnery) An iron pin used to control recoil of a cannon or around which a gun carriage revolves.
pioneer Tweet Definition of pioneer Like Definition of pioneer on Facebook
  1. One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow
  2. (context, obsolete, military) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.
pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform
  1. (Ireland) a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, a Catholic group who pledge abstinence from alcohol.
  2. (Russia) A child of 10&ndash;16 years in the former Soviet Union, in the second of the three stages in becoming a member of the Communist Party (after ок��б��нок and before ком�омоле�).W:Pioneer movement, W
  1. To go before and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.
pipe bomb Tweet Definition of pipe bomb Like Definition of pipe bomb on Facebook
  1. an improvised explosive device consisting of blasting powder encased in a metal pipe to increase the blast effect.
pistol Tweet Definition of pistol Like Definition of pistol on Facebook
noun (plural: pistols)
  1. A handgun, typically with a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
  2. The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator
  3. (Shakespeare) a creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises
  4. (Southern US) a small boy who is bright, alert, and very active
pistoleer Tweet Definition of pistoleer Like Definition of pistoleer on Facebook
  1. A person, especially a soldier, armed with a pistol
platoon Tweet Definition of platoon Like Definition of platoon on Facebook
  1. (context, military) A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant
pleb Tweet Definition of pleb Like Definition of pleb on Facebook
noun plural plebs
  1. Common people. Person out of their class at an event or gathering.
  2. Similar to the Icelandic word plebbi: A pathetic person seeking wealth and fake happiness. A typical "low-life." This term is perfectly described in "Plebbabókin" (The book of pleb) by Icelandic comedian Jón Gnarr.
plebe Tweet Definition of plebe Like Definition of plebe on Facebook
noun Plebe
  1. a first year student at a US military academy; a cadet
plot Tweet Definition of plot Like Definition of plot on Facebook
  1. The general course of a story including significant events that determine its course or significant patterns of events.
  2. An area or land used for building on or planting on.
  3. A plan to commit a crime.
  4. A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by a mechanical or electronic device.
verb (plot, t, ing)
  1. (transitive) To conceive (a crime, etc).
They had plotted'' a robbery.
  1. (transitive) To trace out (a graph or diagram).
They plotted the number of edits per day.
  1. (transitive) To mark (a point on a graph, chart, etc).
Every five minutes they plotted their position.
  1. (intransitive) To conceive a crime, misdeed, etc.
''They were plotting against the king.
ploy Tweet Definition of ploy Like Definition of ploy on Facebook
  1. A tactic, strategy, or gimmick.
    The free t-shirt is really a to get you in the door to see their sales pitch.
point Tweet Definition of point Like Definition of point on Facebook
  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.
  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.
pointer Tweet Definition of pointer Like Definition of pointer on Facebook
  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.
police Tweet Definition of police Like Definition of police on Facebook
noun collective noun
  1. An organisation granted authority to enforce the law.
verb (polic, es)
  1. (transitive) To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).
pompom Tweet Definition of pompom Like Definition of pompom on Facebook
  1. (onomat) A decorative ball made of pieces of soft fabric bound at the centre, most notably used in cheerleading
pontoon Tweet Definition of pontoon Like Definition of pontoon on Facebook
  1. (military) A flat-bottomed boat used as a support for a temporary bridge.
  2. A floating structure supporting a bridge or dock.
  3. A box used to raise a sunken vessel.
  4. A float of a seaplane.
port Tweet Definition of port Like Definition of port on Facebook
  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.
  2. A town or city containing such a place.
  3. (nautical) (uncountable) The left-hand side of a vessel when one is facing the front.
  1. (obsolete) To carry, bear, or transport.
  2. (military) To hold a weapon with both hands diagonally across the body
  3. To transfer from one state to another.
  4. (computing) To adapt a program so that it works on a different platform.
  1. (nautical) Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel.
on the port side
Poseidon Tweet Definition of Poseidon Like Definition of Poseidon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth) The god of the sea and other waters, earthquakes and horses.
prime mover Tweet Definition of prime mover Like Definition of prime mover on Facebook
  1. (philosophy) The initial agent that is the cause of all things.
  2. The component of a power plant that transforms energy from thermal or pressure form to mechanical form; typically an engine or turbine.
  3. (automotive) The front part of a semi-trailer type truck, i.e., the tractor to which the trailer part attaches.
  4. A military or heavy construction vehicle.
prisoner of war Tweet Definition of prisoner of war Like Definition of prisoner of war on Facebook
noun (plural: prisoners of war)
  1. A soldier or combatant who is captured by the enemy. Abbreviation: POW
As a , he was interrogated by his enemy captors.
adjective prisoner-of-war (before the noun), (after the noun)
  1. Of or relating to a prisoner of war or prisoners of war.
After his capture he was taken to a prisoner-of-war camp.
pup tent Tweet Definition of pup tent Like Definition of pup tent on Facebook
  1. a shelter tent
PX Tweet Definition of PX Like Definition of PX on Facebook
  1. The U.S. Army's Post Exchange.
The prices at the are incredibly reduced.
pyrotechnics Tweet Definition of pyrotechnics Like Definition of pyrotechnics on Facebook
  1. The art and technology of fireworks and related military applications.

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