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palm Tweet Definition of palm Like Definition of palm on Facebook
  1. Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae or Arecaceae, which are mainly found in the tropics.
  2. The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
    • 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Further to Fly", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
    • : The open of desire wants everything.
      1. The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
      2. A handheld computing device used to store personal data such as calendars and phone numbers.
  1. to hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand
  2. to hold something without bending the fingers significantly
  3. to move something laterally by static friction against the palm of the hand
PCI Tweet Definition of PCI Like Definition of PCI on Facebook
  1. (computing) Peripheral Component Interconnect: a type of expansion slot on a motherboard.
peck Tweet Definition of peck Like Definition of peck on Facebook
  1. One quarter of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts.
    They picked a of wheat.
  2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity.
    She figured most children probably ate a of dirt before they turned ten.
  3. A short kiss.
    I greeted him with a quick on the cheek.
  1. To strike or pierce with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument.
    The birds pecked at their food.
  2. To do something in small, intermittent pieces.
    He has been pecking away at that project for some time now.
    1. (archaic) To type.
PG Tweet Definition of PG Like Definition of PG on Facebook
  1. (context, UK, US) Parental Guidance (used to rate motion pictures that may be viewed by minors at their parents' discretion)
picogram Tweet Definition of picogram Like Definition of picogram on Facebook
  1. A unit of mass equal to 0.000 000 000 001 grams and with symbol pg.
pint Tweet Definition of pint Like Definition of pint on Facebook
  1. A unit of volume, equivalent to an eighth of a gallon or
    • in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations approximately 568 millilitres (an imperial pint) and
    • in the United States approximately
    • 473 millilitres for liquids (a US liquid pint) or
    • 551 millilitres for dry goods (a US dry pint).
      1. A pint of milk.
      Please leave three pints tomorrow, milkman
      1. (euphemism) A glass of beer, served by the pint.
    • 1998, Kirk Jones, Waking Ned, Tomboy films
    • :Finn: You must have a terrible thirst on you tonight. I've never seen a man drink two pints at the same time.
pipe Tweet Definition of pipe Like Definition of pipe on Facebook
noun ]]
  1. A hollow tube that transports water, steam, or other liquid; usually made of metal, ceramic, wood, or plastic.
  2. A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking (see also water pipe or bong)
  3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia
  4. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni
  5. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color
  6. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound, such as an organ pipe.
  7. (music) A wind instrument making a whistling sound. (see pan pipes, bagpipe, boatswain's pipe)
  8. (lacrosse) One of the goalposts of the goal.
  9. (computing) The ASCII character at position 124 (decimal), 7C (hex), 01111100 (binary): " , "
  10. (computing) In Unix, the pipe character signifies that the output of one program feeds directly as input to another program.
  11. (context, computing, slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access (e.g., a "fat pipe" refers to a high-bandwidth connection).
  12. (obsolete) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; half a ton.
    • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      1. (context, AU, colloquial, obsolete) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libelous, written on a piece of paper and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies.
      1818: yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer of the Brickfield Hill. — w:Sydney Gazette, Sydney Gazette, 26 September 1818, on w:William Bland, William Bland convicted of libelling w:Lachlan Macquarie, Governor Macquarie in a pipe (William Cluer was an earthenware pipe manufacturer). Quoted in More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia's First Newspaper, volume 2, ed. Micahel Connor, Duffy and Snellgrove, 2004, ISBN 1-876631-91-0.
verb (pip, ing)
  1. To convey or transport something by means of pipes.
  2. To install or configure pipes.
  3. To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
  5. To decorate a cake using a pastry bag a flexible bag from which icing is forced through a small nozzle to make various designs
PK Tweet Definition of PK Like Definition of PK on Facebook
  1. psychokinesis
  2. preacher's kid — the child of a clergyman, especially a Protestant clergyman
    • 1906: Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, Religious Education
    • : "The traditional community image of the pk (preacher's kid) and the social control function of gossip in relation to the minister's wife underline the interlocking nature...."
    • 1998: Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., My Soul's Been Anchored: A Preacher's Heritage in the Faith
    • : "I was a typical PK (preacher's kid), full of mischief, full of life and insatiable curiosity."
    • 2005: Warren L. Braun, Was It a Miracle?
    • : "And after all, I was a PK (preacher's kid) and no one wanted to play with a PK in any case! It might be catching, like the measles!"
pocket Tweet Definition of pocket Like Definition of pocket on Facebook
  1. A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
  2. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) A net or similar struture at each corner, and halfway along the edge, of a billiard table into which balls are to be struck.
  3. An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.
  1. An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river (Australian English)
  2. (aussie-rules) The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 metres out.
  1. To put (something) into a pocket.
  2. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table.
  3. (slang) To take and keep (especially money) that is not one's own.
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
pocket dictionary
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.
Pole Tweet Definition of Pole Like Definition of Pole on Facebook
proper noun (Poles)
  1. A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
pood Tweet Definition of pood Like Definition of pood on Facebook
  1. A Russian unit of mass, about 16 kg.
pot Tweet Definition of pot Like Definition of pot on Facebook
  1. A vessel used for cooking or store, storing food.
  2. (poker) The money wagered in poker or similar games.
  3. (rfv-sense) (poker) A round in a poker game.
  4. A trap for catching lobsters, crabs, or fish.
  5. (context, slang, uncountable) marijuana, cannabis.
  6. (archaic) An iron hat with a broad brim.
  • 1786, The pot is an iron hat with broad brims: there are many under the denomination in the Tower, said to have been taken from the French; one of them is represented in plat 7, fig. 1 and 2. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 12.
    1. A glass of beer. Size varies regionally but is normally 10 fl oz (285 ml).
    2. A potshot
    3. (slang) A protruding belly; a paunch.
    4. (slang) ruin, Ruin or deterioration.
  1. His prospect went to .
    1. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The act of causing a ball to fall into a pocket.
verb (pots, potting, potted, potted)
  1. To put (something) into a pot.
  2. To preserve by bottle, bottling or canning, e.g. potted meat
  3. (context, snooker, billiards, pool, etc.) To cause a ball to fall into a pocket.
  4. To send someone to gaol, expeditiously.
pottle Tweet Definition of pottle Like Definition of pottle on Facebook
  1. (archaic) a former unit of volume, equivalent to half a gallon, used for liquids and corn
  2. (archaic) a pot of around this size
  3. a conical receptacle, typically for chips or other foodstuffs
  4. (NZ, southern) a receptacle for strawberries
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!
PPB Tweet Definition of PPB Like Definition of PPB on Facebook
  1. parts per billion
ppm Tweet Definition of ppm Like Definition of ppm on Facebook
  1. Parts per million. (10000 ppm = 1%) less common:
    • Pulse Position Modulation
    • Process Production Model
    • pages per minutes
PT Tweet Definition of PT Like Definition of PT on Facebook
  1. Pacific Time
  2. Part-Time
  3. (medicine) Physical Therapist/Therapy
  4. Parenting-Time
  5. Prothrombin Time
  6. pressure treated
  7. physical training
pt. Tweet Definition of pt. Like Definition of pt. on Facebook
  1. point
  2. patient
puncheon Tweet Definition of puncheon Like Definition of puncheon on Facebook
  1. A figured stamp, die, or punch, used by goldsmiths, cutlers, etc.
  2. (Carpentry) A short, upright piece of timber in framing; a short post; an intermediate stud.
  3. A split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed; as, a floor made of puncheons.
  4. A cask containing, sometimes 84, sometimes 120, gallons.
  5. An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 84 wine gallons; a tercian.

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