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paisley Tweet Definition of paisley Like Definition of paisley on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, paisley (design))
  1. a soft woolen fabric having a motif of swirling droplets somewhat resembling half of the yin-yang symbol
adjective
  1. made from this fabric, or marked with this design
panne Tweet Definition of panne Like Definition of panne on Facebook
noun
  1. a lustrous finish applied to velvet and satin
  2. (ecology) a wetland consisting of a small depression, with or without standing water, often in a salt marsh or other coastal wetland
pebble Tweet Definition of pebble Like Definition of pebble on Facebook
noun
  1. A small stone
  2. (geology) A rock fragment between 4 and 64 millimetres in diameter (especially a naturally rounded one)
  3. (curling) A small droplet of water intentionally sprayed on the ice that cause irregularities on the surface.
verbto pebble
  1. To pave with pebbles.
  2. (curling) To deposit water droplets on the ice. e.g. to pebble the ice between games.
peeler Tweet Definition of peeler Like Definition of peeler on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, UK, slang, archaic) A police officer.
percale Tweet Definition of percale Like Definition of percale on Facebook
noun
  1. A fine, closely woven fabric, made from cotton, polyester or a mix of these, and used for sheets and clothing.
perch Tweet Definition of perch Like Definition of perch on Facebook
noun (perch or perches)
  1. A freshwater bony fish of the family Percidae, or similar fish such as the grouper.
verb (perch, es)
  1. (intransitive) To rest on a perch; to roost.
  2. (intransitive) To stay in an elevated position.
  3. (transitive) To place something on (or as if on) a perch.
pick Tweet Definition of pick Like Definition of pick on Facebook
noun
  1. A tool used for digging.
  2. A comb with long teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
  3. A choice.
  4. (basketball) A screen
  5. (lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
  6. An interception.
  7. (baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder
  8. (baseball) Short for pick-off
  9. (music) a tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar
verb
  1. To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
Don't at that scab.
  1. To remove a fruit or plant for consumption.
It's time to the tomatoes.
  1. Decide between options.
I'll the one with the nicest name.
  1. (cricket) to recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released
He didn't the googly, and was bowled.
piece Tweet Definition of piece Like Definition of piece on Facebook
noun
  1. A part of something.
  2. (context, slang, UK) (plural) sandwiches, packed lunch.
  3. (context, slang, US) A sexual encounter.
I got a at lunchtime.
  1. (context, slang, US) A gun.
He's packin' a !
  1. (context, slang, US) cannabis pipe.
  2. (context, slang, US) (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances.
Ucch, my new car is a !
verb (piec, ing)
  1. (usually with "together"): To reassemble something (real or metaphorically.)
pile Tweet Definition of pile Like Definition of pile on Facebook
noun
  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)
piled Tweet Definition of piled Like Definition of piled on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, pile)
pill Tweet Definition of pill Like Definition of pill on Facebook
noun
  1. A small portion of a drug or drugs to be taken orally, usually of roughly cylindrical shape, often coated to prolong dissolution or ease swallowing.
verb
  1. (intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
pillow Tweet Definition of pillow Like Definition of pillow on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft cushion used to support the head in bed.
verb
  1. (transitive) To rest as on a pillow.
    • 1942: She had pillowed her head on her arm " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 815-6)
pique Tweet Definition of pique Like Definition of pique on Facebook
noun
  1. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, " used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  2. The jigger.
  3. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
  4. A remark, usually witty, made in a social situation and intended to slight someone else.
  5. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
  6. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
verb (piqu, ing)
  1. (transitive) To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
  2. (transitive) To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
  3. (transitive) To pride or value; " used reflexively.
  4. (transitive) To cause annoyance or irritation.
PITA Tweet Definition of PITA Like Definition of PITA on Facebook
noun
  1. (acronym) pain in the ass, Pain in the ass, pain in the arse.
pitch Tweet Definition of pitch Like Definition of pitch on Facebook
noun
  1. A sticky, gummy substance secreted by trees; sap.
It is hard to get this off of my hand.
  1. A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.
They put on the mast to protect it.The barrel was sealed with .
  1. (baseball) The act of pitching a baseball.
The was low and inside.
  1. (sports) The field on which cricket, soccer, rugby or hockey, field hockey is played.
''The teams met on the .
  1. An effort to sell or promote something.
He gave me a sales .
  1. The distance between evenly spaced objects, e.g. the teeth of a saw or letters in a monospace font.
The of pixels on the point scale is 72 pixels per inch.
The of this saw is perfect for that type of wood.
  1. The angle at which an object sits.
The of the roof or haystack, the propellor blades'
  1. More specifically, the rotation angle about the transverse axis.
The of an aircraft
  1. (music) The perceived frequency of a sound or note.
The of middle "C" is familiar to many musicians.
  1. (music) In an a cappella group, the singer responsible for singing a note for the other members to tune themselves by.
Bob, our , let out a clear middle "C" and our conductor gave the signal to start.
  1. (aviation) A measure of the degree to which an aircraft's nose tilts up or down. Also a measure of the angle of attack of a propeller.
  2. (nautical) The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its athwartships axis, causing its bow and stern to go up and down. Compare with roll and heave.
  3. The place where a busker performs is called their pitch.
  4. A level or degree.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 11.
    • : But, except the mind be disordered by disease or madness, they never can arrive at such a of vivacity
verb (pitch, es)
  1. (transitive) To throw.
He pitched the horseshoe.
  1. (context, baseball, transitive, or, intransitive) To throw (the ball) toward home plate.
(i, transitive) The hurler pitched a curveball.
(i, intransitive) He pitched high and inside.
  1. (context, baseball, intransitive) To play baseball in the position of pitcher.
Bob pitches today.
  1. (transitive) To throw away; discard.
He pitched the candy wrapper.
  1. (transitive) To promote, advertise, or attempt to sell.
He pitched the idea for months with no takers.
  1. (transitive) To assemble or erect (a tent).
Pitch the tent over there.
  1. (context, of, _, ships, and, aircraft, transitive, or, intransitive) To move so that the front of the craft goes alternatively up and down.
(i, transitive) The typhoon pitched the deck of the ship.
(i, intransitive) The airplane pitched.
  1. (context, golf, transitive) To play a short, high, lofty shot that lands with backspin.
The only way to get on the green from here is to pitch the ball over the bunker.
  1. (context, cricket, intransitive) To bounce on the playing surface.
The ball pitched well short of the batsman.
  1. (context, Bristolian dialect, of snow, intransitive) To settle and build up, without melting.
adjective
  1. Completely dark or black; like tar.
The room was black.
plaid Tweet Definition of plaid Like Definition of plaid on Facebook
noun
  1. A rectangular garment or piece of cloth, usually made of the checkered material called tartan, but sometimes of plain gray, or gray with black stripes. It is worn by both sexes in Scotland.
  2. Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.
verb
  1. Past tense of to play (archaic)
    • 1774, Dr Samuel Johnson, Preface to the Works of the English Poets, J. Nichols, Volume II, Page 134,
    • : "...then on the organ, and sung..."
adjective
  1. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scotch plaid; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another; as, plaid muslin.
plated Tweet Definition of plated Like Definition of plated on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, plate)
plush Tweet Definition of plush Like Definition of plush on Facebook
noun (no plural)
  1. A textile fabric with a nap or shag on one side, longer and softer than the nap of velvet.
  2. a type of child"s toy, filled with soft material, usually an animal
    • animal
adjective (plusher, plushest)
  1. very extravagant
  2. very expensive, or appearing expensive
    • They lived in a apartment complex.
pocketing Tweet Definition of pocketing Like Definition of pocketing on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, pocket)
point Tweet Definition of point Like Definition of point on Facebook
noun
  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.
verb
  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.
polka dot Tweet Definition of polka dot Like Definition of polka dot on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of a number of uniform round dots, repeated to make a regular geometric pattern on a fabric
polyester Tweet Definition of polyester Like Definition of polyester on Facebook
noun
  1. Any polymer whose monomers are linked together by ester bonds
  2. A material or fabric made from polyester polymer
adjective
  1. Of, or consisting of polyesters
pompadour Tweet Definition of pompadour Like Definition of pompadour on Facebook
noun
  1. A woman's hairstyle, named after Madame de Pompadour.
  2. A man's hairstyle of the 1950s
pongee Tweet Definition of pongee Like Definition of pongee on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft unbleached silk, from China or India, from silkworms that feed on oak leaves
poplin Tweet Definition of poplin Like Definition of poplin on Facebook
noun
  1. A fabric of many varieties, usually made of silk and worsted, -- used especially for women's dresses.

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