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pagoda Tweet Definition of pagoda Like Definition of pagoda on Facebook
  1. An Asian religious building, especially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a shrine or temple.
  2. An ornamental structure, of that design, erected in a park or garden.
para Tweet Definition of para Like Definition of para on Facebook
  1. Formerly, one-hundredth of a dinar in Yugoslavia and, later, in the constituent states of that country.
Penny Tweet Definition of Penny Like Definition of Penny on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female), diminutive of Penelope.
peseta Tweet Definition of peseta Like Definition of peseta on Facebook
  1. The former currency of Spain, divided into 100 céntimos
pesewa Tweet Definition of pesewa Like Definition of pesewa on Facebook
  1. In the currency of Ghana, one hundredth of a cedi. In 1965 it corresponded to one British penny, but inflation has rendered the pesewa too small for normal use.
peso Tweet Definition of peso Like Definition of peso on Facebook
  1. Name of the currency of various countries: Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Philippines.
piaster Tweet Definition of piaster Like Definition of piaster on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, piastre)
picayune Tweet Definition of picayune Like Definition of picayune on Facebook
  1. A small coin of the value of six and a quarter cents. A Fippenny bit.
  1. Petty, trivial; of little consequence; small and of little importance; picayunish;
    • "It might seem like a matter, akin to the rivalry in the film "Monty Python's Life of Brian" between the Judean People's Front, the Judean Popular People's Front and the People's Front of Judea." —New York Times, November 17, 2005
  2. something not worth arguing about.
    1. an argument, fact, corner case, or other issue raised (often intentionally) that distracts from a larger issue at hand or doesn"t change a primary supposition, outcome, postulate, premise, conclusion, hypothesis, judgement or recommendation;
    2. small-minded: being childishly spiteful, tending to go on about unimportant things.
pice Tweet Definition of pice Like Definition of pice on Facebook
  1. A small copper coin of the East Indies, worth less than a cent.
  2. (British India) An alternate spelling of paisa.
piece of eight Tweet Definition of piece of eight Like Definition of piece of eight on Facebook
  1. An historical English term for peso, a silver coin, that was minted in Spain from the end of 15th century, equal to eight reales (hence the name).
    • It was a long, difficult business, for the coins were of all countries and sizes " doubloons, and louis d'ors, and guineas, and pieces of eight, and I know not what besides, all shaken together at random. " :w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, "Treasure Island".
pile Tweet Definition of pile Like Definition of pile on Facebook
  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)
plack Tweet Definition of plack Like Definition of plack on Facebook
  1. (italbrac, Scotland and northern UK, Historical) Any of various small coins used in Scotland and the Netherlands during the 15th and 16th centuries, having a value in Scotland of four pennies Scots.
pound Tweet Definition of pound Like Definition of pound on Facebook
  1. A unit of weight: of 16 ounces in the avoirdupois system (= 453.592 g) or of 12 troy ounces in the troy weight, troy system (= 373.242 g). Its symbol is lb.
  2. pound-force, Pound-force.
  3. The symbol
    1. A unit of currency used in Cyprus; Egypt; Lebanon; the United Kingdom and its dependency, dependencies; and formerly in the Republic of Ireland (which now uses the euro) and Israel (which now uses the sheqel). Its symbol is <big>£</big>.
  1. (transitive) To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
  2. (transitive) to crush to pieces; to pulverize
  3. (transitive) (slang) To eat or drink very quickly.
You really pounded that beer!
pound sterling Tweet Definition of pound sterling Like Definition of pound sterling on Facebook
  1. The currency of the United Kingdom
proof Tweet Definition of proof Like Definition of proof on Facebook
  1. Any effort, process, or operation designed to establish or discover a fact or truth; an act of testing; a test; a trial.
For whatsoever mother wit or art Could work, he put in . -w:Spenser.
You shall have many proofs to show your skill. -w:Ford.
Formerly, a very rude mode of ascertaining the strength of spirits was practiced, called the . -w:Ure.
  1. That degree of evidence which convinces the mind of any truth or fact, and produces belief; a test by facts or arguments that induce, or tend to induce, certainty of the judgment; conclusive evidence; demonstration.
I'll have some . -w:Shak.
It is no of a man's understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases. -w:Emerson.
:Note: Properly speaking, proof is the effect or result of evidence, evidence is the medium of proof. Cf. Demonstration, 1.
    • 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Proof", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
    • : Faith, faith is an island in the setting sun / But , is the bottom line for everyone
      1. The quality or state of having been proved or tried; firmness or hardness that resists impression, or does not yield to force; impenetrability of physical bodies.
      2. Firmness of mind; stability not to be shaken.
      3. (printing) A proof sheet; a trial impression, as from type, taken for correction or examination.
      4. (mathematics): A process for testing the accuracy of an operation performed. Cf. Prove, v. t., 5.
      5. (obsolete): Armor of excellent or tried quality, and deemed impenetrable; properly, armor of proof.
      6. A measure of the alcohol content of liquor. Originally in Britain 100 was defined as 57,1% by volume (not used anymore). In the US 100 means that the alcohol content is 50% of the total volume of the liquid and thus absolute alcohol would be 200 .
  1. (colloquial) To proofread.
  1. Used in proving or testing; as, a proof load, or proofcharge.
  2. Firm or successful in resisting; as, proof against harm; waterproof; bombproof.
I ... have found thee Proof against all temptation. -w:Milton.
This was a good, stout article of faith. -w:Burke.
  1. Being of a certain standard as to strength; -- said of alcoholic liquors.
Pula Tweet Definition of Pula Like Definition of Pula on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Town/city (which?) of Croatia.
pyx Tweet Definition of pyx Like Definition of pyx on Facebook
  1. the small container used to hold the consecrated bread of the Eucharist
  • 1922: And at the same instant perhaps a priest round the corner is elevating it. Dringdring! And two streets off another locking it into a . Dringadring! And in a ladychapel another taking housel all to his own cheek. Dringdring! " James Joyce, Ulysses

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