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permanent way Tweet Definition of permanent way Like Definition of permanent way on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, rail transport, UK) the track and bed of a railway
pilot Tweet Definition of pilot Like Definition of pilot on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is in charge of the controls of an aircraft.
  2. A person who steers a ship, a helmsman
  3. (nautical) A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
  4. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
adjective
  1. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
  2. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
  3. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
platform Tweet Definition of platform Like Definition of platform on Facebook
noun
  1. A raised stage from which speeches are made and songs are sung.
  2. A political stance on a broad set of issues, which are called planks.
  3. A raised structure from which passengers can enter or leave a train.
  4. (automobiles) A set of components shared by several vehicle models.
  5. (computing) A particular type of operating system or environment such as a database or other specific software, and/or a particular type of computer or microprocessor, used to describe a particular environment for running other software, or for defining a specific software or hardware environment for discussion purposes.
That program runs on an X-Window-System .
Typical PCs use the x86 .''
porter Tweet Definition of porter Like Definition of porter on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who carries luggage and related objects.
By the time I reached the train station I was exhausted, but fortunately there was a porter waiting.
  1. In the bowling industry, an employee who clears and cleans tables and puts bowling balls away.
  2. A strong, dark ale, originally favored by porters, similar to a stout but less strong.
  3. (Ireland) Another name for stout.
Pullman Tweet Definition of Pullman Like Definition of Pullman on Facebook
noun
  1. A railroad passenger car; especially, one of the luxurious ones named after the eponymous w:Pullman Palace Car Company, Pullman Palace Car Company.
pusher Tweet Definition of pusher Like Definition of pusher on Facebook
noun
  1. That which pushes.
  2. A drug dealer.
  3. (aircraft configuration) an aircraft with the propeller behind the fuselage.

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