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proper noun
  1. An English surname, of Old French origin, for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought back a palm branch as proof
pickle Tweet Definition of pickle Like Definition of pickle on Facebook
noun
  1. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup.
A goes well with a hamburger.
  1. Often in plural (pickles), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
  2. The brine used for preserving food.
This tub is filled with the that we will put the small cucumbers into.
  1. A difficult situation.
The climber found himself in a when one of the rocks broke off.
  1. (slang) A penis.
  2. (baseball) A rundown.
Jones was caught in a between second and third.
  1. A children's game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown
The boys played in the front yard for an hour.
  1. An affectionate term for a loved one
Are you okay my ?
verb (pickl, es)
  1. To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution.
We pickled the remainder of the crop.
  1. To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated sulphuric acid.
The crew will the fittings in the morning.
piet Tweet Definition of piet Like Definition of piet on Facebook
noun
  1. (italbrac, Scotland and northern UK) A magpie; a water ouzel.
pock Tweet Definition of pock Like Definition of pock on Facebook
noun
  1. A pus filled swelling on the surface on the skin caused by an eruptive disease
pouch Tweet Definition of pouch Like Definition of pouch on Facebook
noun
  1. A small bag usually closed with a drawstring
  2. A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young
  3. Any pocket or bag shaped object; as, a posing pouch or cheek pouch
verb (pouches, pouching, pouched)
  1. (transitive) To enclose within a pouch.
  2. (transitive) To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch.
    We pouched the encryption device to our embassy in Beijing.
prig Tweet Definition of prig Like Definition of prig on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  2. (context, UK) A petty thief or pickpocket
  3. (context, Archaic) A conceited dandy; a fop.
verb (prigs, prigging, prigged)
  1. (Scotish) to haggle or argue over price.
proof Tweet Definition of proof Like Definition of proof on Facebook
noun
  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 .
verb
  1. (colloquial) To proofread.
adjective
  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.

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