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PO
abbreviation 1. petty officer 2. postal order 3. post office 4. purchase order
Po
I. symbol polonium II. geographical name or ancient Padus river 405 miles (652 kilometers) N Italy flowing from slopes of Mt. Viso E into the Adriatic through several mouths
Po Hai
geographical name — see Bo Hai
po'boy
also poor boy noun Date: 1940 submarine 2
po-faced
adjective Etymology: perhaps from po chamber pot, toilet, from French pot pot Date: 1934 British having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner ; ...
poach
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English pocchen, from Middle French pocher, from Old French poché poached, literally, bagged, from poche bag, pocket — more at pouch ...
poacher
I. noun Etymology: 2poach Date: 1614 1. one that trespasses or steals 2. one who kills or takes wild animals (as game or fish) illegally II. noun Etymology: 1poach Date: ...
POB
abbreviation post office box
Pobeda Peak
or Russian Pik Pobedy geographical name mountain 24,406 feet (7439 meters) E Kyrgyzstan; highest in Tian Shan
poblano
noun (plural -nos) Etymology: Mexican Spanish (chile) poblano, literally, chili pepper of Puebla (Mexico) Date: 1972 a large usually mild heart-shaped chili pepper especially ...
Pocahontas
biographical name circa 1595-1617 daughter of Powhatan American Indian
pocas palabras
foreign term Etymology: Spanish few words
Pocatello
geographical name city SE Idaho population 51,466
pochard
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1552 any of various rather heavy-bodied diving ducks (especially genus Aythya) with a large head and with feet and legs placed far back ...
pock
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pokke, from Old English pocc; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch pocke pock Date: before 12th century a pustule in an eruptive disease ...
pocket
I. noun Etymology: Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch Date: 15th century 1. a. a small bag carried by ...
pocket battleship
noun Date: 1930 a small German battleship built so as to come within treaty limitations of tonnage and armament
pocket billiards
noun plural but usually singular in construction Date: 1913 pool 2b
pocket book
noun see pocketbook I, 1
pocket borough
noun Date: 1856 an English constituency controlled before parliamentary reform by a single person or family
pocket edition
noun Date: 1715 1. pocketbook 1 2. a miniature form of something
pocket gopher
noun Date: 1873 gopher 2a
pocket money
noun Date: 1632 money for small personal expenses
pocket mouse
noun Date: 1884 any of various nocturnal burrowing rodents (family Heteromyidae) that resemble mice, live in arid parts of western North America, and have long hind legs and ...
pocket veto
noun Date: 1842 an indirect veto of a legislative bill by an executive through retention of the bill unsigned until after adjournment of the legislature • pocket veto ...
pocket-size
also pocket-sized adjective Date: 1907 1. of a size convenient for carrying in the pocket 2. small
pocket-sized
adjective see pocket-size
pocketable
adjective see pocket II
pocketbook
I. noun Date: 1617 1. (often pocket book) a small especially paperback book that can be carried in the pocket 2. a flat typically leather folding case for money or personal ...
pocketful
noun see pocket I
pocketknife
noun Date: 1727 a knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle and that can be carried in the pocket
pockmark
I. noun Date: circa 1673 a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne; also an imperfection or depression like a pockmark II. transitive verb Date: 1756 to ...
pocky
adjective Date: 14th century covered with pocks
poco
adverb Etymology: Italian, little, from Latin paucus — more at few Date: 1724 to a slight degree ; somewhat — used to qualify a direction in music
poco a poco
adverb Etymology: Italian Date: circa 1854 little by little ; gradually — used as a direction in music
pococurante
adjective Etymology: Italian poco curante caring little Date: 1815 indifferent, nonchalant • pococurantism noun
pococurantism
noun see pococurante
Pocono Mountains
geographical name mountains E Pennsylvania NW of Kittatinny Mountain; highest point about 1600 feet (488 meters)
pocosin
noun Etymology: probably from Virginia or North Carolina Algonquian Date: 1634 an upland swamp of the coastal plain of the southeastern United States
POD
abbreviation 1. payable on death 2. pay on delivery
pod
I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1573 1. a bit socket in a brace 2. a straight groove or channel in the barrel of an auger II. noun Etymology: probably alteration ...
pod corn
noun Date: 1893 an Indian corn that has each individual kernel enclosed in a husk
podagra
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, literally, foot trap, from pod-, pous + agra hunt, catch; probably akin to Greek agein to drive, lead — more at agent ...
podesta
noun Etymology: Italian podestà, literally, power, from Latin potestat-, potestas, irregular from potis able — more at potent Date: 1548 a chief magistrate in a medieval ...
Podgorica
or 1946-92 Titograd geographical name city S Serbia and Montenegro capital of Montenegro population 152,242
Podgorny
biographical name Nikolay Viktorovich 1903-1983 Soviet politician; head of Presidium (1965-77)
podgy
adjective (podgier; -est) Etymology: podge something pudgy Date: 1846 chiefly British pudgy
podiatric
adjective see podiatry
podiatrist
noun see podiatry
podiatry
noun Etymology: Greek pod-, pous + English -iatry Date: 1914 the medical care and treatment of the human foot — called also chiropody • podiatric adjective • ...
podium
noun (plural podiums or podia) Etymology: Latin — more at pew Date: 1743 1. a low wall serving as a foundation or terrace wall: as a. one around the arena of an ancient ...
Podol'sk
geographical name city W central Russia in Europe S of Moscow population 208,000
Podolia
or Russian Podolsk geographical name region W Ukraine N of middle Dniester River
Podolsk
geographical name see Podolia
podophyllin
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Podophyllum Date: 1851 a resin obtained from podophyllum and used in medicine as a caustic
podophyllum
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Podophyllum, genus of herbs including the mayapple Date: 1842 the dried rhizome and rootlet of the mayapple that is used as a caustic or as a ...
podsol
noun see podzol
podsolization
noun see podzolization
Podunk
noun Etymology: Podunk, village in Massachusetts or locality in Connecticut Date: 1846 a small, unimportant, and isolated town
podzol
also podsol noun Etymology: Russian Date: 1908 any of a group of zonal soils that develop in a moist climate especially under coniferous or mixed forest and have an organic ...
podzolic
adjective see podzol
podzolization
also podsolization noun Date: 1912 a process of soil formation especially in humid regions involving principally leaching of the upper layers with accumulation of material in ...
podzolize
verb see podzolization
POE
abbreviation 1. port of embarkation 2. port of entry
Poe
biographical name Edgar Allan 1809-1849 American poet & short-story writer
poem
noun Etymology: Middle French poeme, from Latin poema, from Greek poiēma, from poiein Date: 15th century 1. a composition in verse 2. something suggesting a poem (as in ...
poesy
noun (plural poesies) Etymology: Middle English poesie, from Middle French, from Latin poesis, from Greek poiēsis, literally, creation, from poiein Date: 14th century 1. ...
poet
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French poete, from Latin poeta, from Greek poiētēs maker, poet, from poiein to make; akin to Sanskrit cinoti he gathers, heaps up ...
poet laureate
noun (plural poets laureate or poet laureates) Date: 15th century 1. a poet honored for achievement in his or her art 2. a. a poet appointed for life by an English ...
poeta nascitur, non fit
foreign term Etymology: Latin a poet is born, not made
poetaster
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin poeta + -aster -aster Date: 1599 an inferior poet
poète maudit
foreign term Etymology: French accursed poet ; a writer dogged by misfortune and lack of recognition
poetess
noun Date: 1530 a girl or woman who is a poet
poetic
adjective Date: 1530 1. a. of, relating to, or characteristic of poets or poetry b. given to writing poetry 2. written in verse 3. having or expressing the qualities ...
poetic justice
noun Date: circa 1890 an outcome in which vice is punished and virtue rewarded usually in a manner peculiarly or ironically appropriate
poetic license
noun Date: 1819 license 4
poetical
adjective Date: 14th century 1. poetic 2. being beyond or above the truth of history or nature ; idealized • poetically adverb • poeticalness noun
poetically
adverb see poetical
poeticalness
noun see poetical
poeticism
noun Date: 1926 an archaic, trite, or strained expression in poetry
poeticize
transitive verb (-cized; -cizing) Date: 1804 to give a poetic quality to
poetics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1741 1. a. a treatise on poetry or aesthetics b. (also poetic) poetic theory or practice; also a ...
poetize
verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1581 intransitive verb to compose poetry transitive verb poeticize • poetizer noun
poetizer
noun see poetize
poetry
noun Date: 14th century 1. a. metrical writing ; verse b. the productions of a poet ; poems 2. writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of ...
pogo stick
noun Etymology: from Pogo, a trademark Date: 1921 a pole with a strong spring at the bottom and two footrests on which a person stands and moves along with a series of jumps
pogonip
noun Etymology: Shoshone paγɨnappɨh cloud Date: 1865 a dense winter fog containing frozen particles that is formed in deep mountain valleys of the western United States
pogonophoran
noun Etymology: New Latin Pogonophora, from Greek pōgōnophora, neuter plural of pōgōnophoros wearing a beard, from pōgōn beard + -phoros -phore Date: 1963 any of a ...
pogrom
I. noun Etymology: Yiddish, from Russian, literally, devastation Date: 1903 an organized massacre of helpless people; specifically such a massacre of Jews II. transitive ...
pogromist
noun Date: 1907 one who organizes or takes part in a pogrom
pogy
noun (plural pogies) Etymology: by shortening & alteration from poghaden, perhaps from Eastern Abenaki Date: circa 1847 menhaden
Pohnpei
or Ponape geographical name island E Carolines; part of Federated States of Micronesia
poi
noun (plural poi or pois) Etymology: Hawaiian & Samoan Date: 1782 a Hawaiian food of taro root cooked, pounded, and kneaded to a paste and often allowed to ferment
Poictiers
geographical name see Poitiers
poignance
noun Date: 1769 poignancy
poignancy
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1730 1. the quality or state of being poignant 2. an instance of poignancy
poignant
adjective Etymology: Middle English poynaunt, from Anglo-French poinant, poignant, present participle of poindre to prick, sting, from Latin pungere — more at pungent Date: ...
poignantly
adverb see poignant
poikilotherm
noun Etymology: Greek poikilos variegated + International Scientific Vocabulary -therm — more at paint Date: 1920 an organism (as a frog) with a variable body temperature ...
poikilothermic
adjective see poikilotherm
poilu
noun Etymology: French, from poilu hairy, from Middle French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, Latin pilus Date: 1914 a French soldier; especially a front-line soldier ...
Poincaré
I. biographical name (Jules-) Henri 1854-1912 French mathematician II. biographical name Raymond 1860-1934 cousin of preceding French statesman; president of France (1913-20)
poinciana
noun Etymology: New Latin, from De Poinci, 17th century governor of part of the French West Indies Date: 1731 any of several ornamental tropical trees or shrubs (genera ...
poinsettia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Joel R. Poinsett died 1851 American diplomat Date: 1836 any of several spurges (genus Euphorbia) with flower clusters subtended by showy ...
point
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, partly from Anglo-French, prick, dot, moment, from Latin punctum, from neuter of punctus, past participle of pungere to prick; partly from ...
point count
noun Date: 1950 a method of evaluating the strength of a hand in bridge by counting points for each high card and usually for long or short suits; also the value of a hand so ...
point d'appui
noun (plural points d'appui) Etymology: French, literally, point of support Date: 1819 foundation, base
point de repère
foreign term Etymology: French point of reference
point estimate
noun Date: 1966 the single value assigned to a parameter in point estimation
point estimation
noun Date: 1962 estimation in which a single value is assigned to a parameter
point guard
noun Date: 1970 a guard in basketball who is chiefly responsible for running the offense
point lace
noun Date: 1672 needlepoint 1
point man
noun Date: 1944 1. a soldier who goes ahead of a patrol 2. one who is in the forefront; especially a principal spokesman or advocate
point mutation
noun Date: 1925 a gene mutation involving the substitution, addition, or deletion of a single nucleotide base
point of accumulation
Date: 1927 limit point
point of departure
Date: 1857 a starting point especially in a discussion
point of honor
Date: 1592 a matter seriously affecting one's honor
point of inflection
Date: 1743 inflection point
point of no return
Date: 1941 1. the point in the flight of an aircraft beyond which the remaining fuel will be insufficient for a return to the starting point with the result that the craft ...
point of view
Date: 1720 a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated ; standpoint
Point Pelee National Park
geographical name reservation Canada in SE Ontario on Point Pelee (cape projecting into Lake Erie)
point person
noun Date: 1977 point man 2
point set topology
noun Date: 1957 a branch of topology concerned with the properties and theory of topological spaces and metric spaces developed with emphasis on set theory
point source
noun Date: 1903 1. a source of radiation (as light) that is concentrated at a point and considered as having no spatial extension 2. an identifiable confined source (as a ...
point spread
noun Date: circa 1949 the number of points by which an oddsmaker expects a favorite to defeat an underdog
point-and-click
adjective Date: 1983 of, relating to, or being a computer interface that allows the activation of a file or function by selection with a pointing device (as a mouse)
point-and-shoot
adjective Date: 1975 having or using preset or automatically adjusted controls (as for focus or shutter speed)
point-blank
adjective Date: 1591 1. a. marked by no appreciable drop below initial horizontal line of flight b. so close to a target that a missile fired will travel in a straight ...
point-device
adjective Etymology: Middle English at point devis at a fixed point Date: 1526 archaic marked by punctilious attention to detail ; meticulous • point-device adverb, ...
point-of-purchase
adjective Date: 1939 of or relating to the place (as a supermarket aisle) where a decision to purchase is made
point-of-service
adjective Date: 1987 of, relating to, or being a health-care insurance plan that allows enrollees to seek care from a physician affiliated with the service provider at a fixed ...
point-shaving
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1975 an attempt (as by a member of the team favored to win) to influence the final score of a game so that the predicted winner wins by ...
point-to-point
noun Date: 1898 a cross-country steeplechase
pointe
noun Etymology: French pointe (du pied), literally, tiptoe Date: 1846 a ballet position in which the body is balanced on the extreme tip of the toe
Pointe-à-Pitre
geographical name city & port French West Indies in Guadeloupe on Grande-Terre population 26,083
Pointe-Claire
geographical name town Canada in S Quebec on St. Lawrence River SW of Montreal population 29,286
Pointe-Noire
geographical name city & port SW Republic of the Congo on the Atlantic population 576,206; formerly capital of Middle Congo
pointed
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. having a point b. being an arch with a pointed crown; also marked by the use of a pointed arch 2. a. being to the point ; ...
pointedly
adverb see pointed I
pointedness
noun see pointed I
pointelle
noun Etymology: perhaps from 1point + -elle (as in dentelle lace) Date: 1953 an openwork design (as in knitted fabric) typically in the shape of chevrons; also a fabric with ...
pointer
noun Date: 1574 1. a. plural, capitalized the two stars in the Big Dipper a line through which points to the North Star b. one that points out; especially a rod used to ...
pointillism
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: French pointillisme, from pointiller to stipple, from point spot, from Old French — more at point Date: 1901 the theory or ...
pointillist
I. noun see pointillism II. adjective see pointillistic
pointillistic
also pointillist adjective Date: 1922 1. composed of many discrete details or parts 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of pointillism or pointillists
pointless
adjective Date: 1582 1. devoid of meaning ; senseless 2. devoid of effectiveness ; flat • pointlessly adverb • pointlessness noun
pointlessly
adverb see pointless
pointlessness
noun see pointless
pointy
adjective (pointier; -est) Date: 1644 1. coming to a rather sharp point 2. having parts that stick out sharply here and there
pointy-head
noun Date: 1968 usually disparaging intellectual • pointy-headed adjective
pointy-headed
adjective see pointy-head
poise
I. verb (poised; poising) Etymology: Middle English, to weigh, ponder, from Anglo-French peiser, poiser, from Latin pensare — more at pensive Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. ...
poised
adjective Date: 1616 having poise: a. marked by balance or equilibrium b. marked by easy composure of manner or bearing
poisha
noun (plural poisha) Etymology: Bengali poisa, probably from Hindi paisā Date: circa 1976 the paisa of Bangladesh
poison
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French poisun drink, potion, poison, from Latin potion-, potio drink — more at potion Date: 13th century 1. a. a substance ...
poison arrow frog
noun see poison dart frog
poison dart frog
noun Date: 1968 any of several small brightly colored frogs (family Dendrobatidae) of tropical Central and South America that produce poisonous secretions sometimes used by ...
poison dogwood
noun see poison sumac
poison gas
noun Date: 1915 a poisonous gas or a liquid or a solid giving off poisonous vapors designed (as in chemical warfare) to kill, injure, or disable by inhalation or contact
poison hemlock
noun Date: circa 1818 a large European biennial poisonous herb (Conium maculatum) of the carrot family that is naturalized in the United States and has finely divided leaves ...
poison ivy
noun Date: 1784 1. a. a climbing plant (Toxicodendron radicans syn. Rhus radicans) of the cashew family that is especially common in the eastern and central U.S., that has ...
poison oak
noun Date: 1743 1. any of several plants related to poison ivy and producing an oil with similar irritating properties: as a. a bushy plant (Toxicodendron diversilobum syn. ...
poison pill
noun Date: 1983 a financial tactic or provision used by a company to make an unwanted takeover prohibitively expensive or less desirable
poison sumac
noun Date: 1817 a swamp shrub (Toxicodendron vernix syn. Rhus vernix) chiefly of the eastern United States and Canada that has pinnate leaves, greenish flowers, and greenish ...
poison-pen
adjective Date: 1914 written with malice and spite and usually anonymously
poisoner
noun see poison II
poisonous
adjective Date: 1565 1. destructive, harmful 2. having the properties or effects of poison ; venomous 3. spiteful, malicious • poisonously adverb
poisonously
adverb see poisonous
poisonwood
noun Date: 1721 a tree (Metopium toxiferum) of the cashew family that is native to Florida and the West Indies and has compound leaves, greenish paniculate flowers, and ...
Poisson distribution
noun Etymology: Siméon D. Poisson died 1840 French mathematician Date: 1922 a probability density function that is often used as a mathematical model of the number of ...
Poisson's ratio
noun Etymology: S. Poisson Date: 1886 the ratio of transverse to longitudinal strain in a material under tension
Poitiers
or formerly Poictiers geographical name city W central France SW of Tours population 82,507
Poitou
geographical name region & former province W France SE of Brittany capital Poitiers
poke
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at pocket Date: 13th century 1. chiefly Southern & Midland bag, sack 2. a. wallet b. purse II. ...
poke fun at
phrasal ridicule, mock
pokeberry
noun Date: 1774 the berry of the pokeweed; also pokeweed
poker
I. noun Date: 1534 one that pokes; especially a metal rod for stirring a fire II. noun Etymology: probably modification of French poque, a card game similar to poker Date: ...
poker face
noun Etymology: 2poker; from the poker player's need to conceal emotions during play Date: 1885 an inscrutable face that reveals no hint of a person's thoughts or feelings ...
poker-faced
adjective see poker face
pokeweed
noun Date: 1751 a coarse American perennial herb (Phytolacca americana of the family Phytolaccaceae, the pokeweed family) with racemose white flowers, dark purple juicy ...
pokey
noun (plural pokeys) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1919 slang jail
pokily
adverb see poky
pokiness
noun see poky
poky
or pokey adjective (pokier; -est) Etymology: 2poke Date: 1844 1. small and cramped 2. shabby, dull 3. annoyingly slow • pokily adverb • pokiness noun
pol
noun Date: circa 1942 politician
Pol
abbreviation Poland
Pol Pot
biographical name 1925-1998 originally Saloth Sar Cambodian leader
Polab
noun see Polabian 1
Polabian
noun Etymology: Polab, ultimately from Polabian po on + Låbí, the Elbe River Date: 1866 1. (or Polab) a member of a Slavic people formerly dwelling in the basin of the ...
Polack
noun Etymology: Polish polak Date: 1574 1. obsolete a native or inhabitant of Poland 2. usually disparaging a person of Polish birth or descent
Poland
or Polish Polska geographical name country E central Europe bordering on Baltic Sea; in medieval period a kingdom, at one time extending to the lower Dnieper; partitioned 1772, ...
Poland China
noun Etymology: Poland, Europe + China, Asia Date: 1879 any of a United States breed of large white-marked black swine
Polanyi
biographical name John Charles 1929- Canadian (German-born) chemist
polar
I. adjective Etymology: New Latin polaris, from Latin polus pole Date: 1551 1. a. of or relating to a geographic pole or the region around it b. coming from or having ...
polar bear
noun Date: 1781 a large creamy-white carnivorous bear (Ursus maritimus syn. Thalarctos maritimus) that inhabits arctic regions
polar body
noun Date: 1888 a cell that separates from an oocyte during meiosis and that contains a nucleus produced in the first or second meiotic division and very little cytoplasm
polar circle
noun Date: 1551 either of the two parallels of latitude each at a distance from a pole of the earth equal to about 23 degrees 27 minutes
polar coordinate
noun Date: 1816 either of two numbers that locate a point in a plane by its distance from a fixed point on a line and the angle this line makes with a fixed line
polar front
noun Date: 1920 the boundary between the cold air of a polar region and the warmer air of lower latitudes
polar nucleus
noun Date: 1882 either of the two nuclei of a seed plant embryo sac that are destined to form endosperm
polarimeter
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from polarization Date: 1855 1. an instrument for determining the amount of polarization of light or the proportion of ...
polarimetric
adjective see polarimeter
polarimetry
noun see polarimeter
Polaris
noun Etymology: New Latin, from polaris polar Date: 1844 North Star
polariscope
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from polarization Date: 1829 1. an instrument for studying the properties of or examining substances in polarized light ...
polariscopic
adjective see polariscope
polarise
British variant of polarize
polarity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1646 1. the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits opposite properties or powers in opposite parts or directions or that exhibits ...
polarity therapy
noun Date: 1964 a holistic discipline that seeks to achieve physical and emotional health through a system of touch, diet, exercise, and self-awareness designed to balance ...
polarizability
noun see polarize
polarizable
adjective see polarize
polarization
noun Date: 1812 1. the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: as a. (1) the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that ...
polarize
verb (-ized; -izing) Etymology: French polariser, from New Latin polaris polar Date: 1811 transitive verb 1. to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern ...
polarographic
adjective see polarography
polarographically
adverb see polarography
polarography
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from polarization Date: 1936 a method of qualitative or quantitative analysis based on current-voltage curves obtained ...
Polaroid
trademark — used especially for a light-polarizing material used especially in eyeglasses and lamps to prevent glare or for a camera that produces developed pictures
polaron
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary polar + 2-on Date: 1946 a conducting electron in an ionic crystal together with the induced polarization of the ...
polder
noun Etymology: Dutch Date: 1604 a tract of low land (as in the Netherlands) reclaimed from a body of water (as the sea)
Pole
I. noun Etymology: German, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish Polak Pole, Polska Poland, pole field Date: 1535 1. a native or inhabitant of Poland 2. a person of Polish ...
pole
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pāl stake, pole, from Latin palus stake; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact Date: before 12th century 1. a. ...
pole bean
noun Date: circa 1770 a cultivated bean that is usually trained to grow upright on supports
pole vault
noun Date: 1877 a vault with the aid of a pole; specifically a field event consisting of a vault for height over a crossbar • pole-vault intransitive verb • ...
pole-vault
intransitive verb see pole vault
pole-vaulter
noun see pole vault
poleax
I. noun Etymology: Middle English polax, pollax, from pol, polle poll + ax Date: 14th century 1. a battle-ax with a short handle and often a hook or spike opposite the blade; ...
polecat
noun (plural polecats or polecat) Etymology: Middle English polcat, probably from Middle French poul, pol cock + Middle English cat; probably from its preying on poultry — ...
poleis
plural of polis
poleless
adjective Date: 1647 having no pole
polemic
noun Etymology: French polémique, from Middle French, from polemique controversial, from Greek polemikos warlike, hostile, from polemos war; perhaps akin to Greek pelemizein ...
polemical
also polemic adjective Date: 1640 1. of, relating to, or being a polemic ; controversial 2. engaged in or addicted to polemics ; disputatious • polemically adverb
polemically
adverb see polemical
polemicist
noun see polemic
polemicize
intransitive verb (-cized; -cizing) Date: 1950 to engage in controversy ; deliver a polemic
polemist
noun Date: 1825 one skilled in or given to polemics
polemize
intransitive verb (-mized; -mizing) Date: 1828 polemicize
polemonium
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek polemōnion, a plant Date: 1733 Jacob's ladder 1
polenta
noun Etymology: Italian, from Latin, crushed and hulled barley; akin to Latin pollen fine flour Date: 1764 mush made of chestnut meal, cornmeal, semolina, or farina
Polenta
biographical name Francesca da died 1283(or 1284) Francesca da Rimini Italian noblewoman famous for tragic adulterous love affair
poler
noun Date: 1848 one that poles; especially one that poles a boat
poles apart
phrasal diametrically opposed
polestar
noun Date: 1555 1. North Star 2. a. a directing principle ; guide b. a center of attraction
Polesye
geographical name — see Pripet
poleward
adverb or adjective Date: 1835 toward or in the direction of a pole of the earth
poli-sci
noun Date: circa 1914 political science
police
I. transitive verb (policed; policing) Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle French policier, from police conduct of public affairs; in other senses, from 2police Date: 1589 1. ...
police action
noun Date: 1933 a localized military action undertaken without formal declaration of war by regular armed forces against persons (as guerrillas or aggressors) held to be ...
police court
noun Date: 1823 a court of record that has jurisdiction over various minor offenses (as breach of the peace) and the power to bind over for trial in a superior court or for a ...
police dog
noun Date: 1908 1. a dog trained to assist police (as in drug detection) 2. German shepherd
police force
noun Date: 1838 a body of trained officers entrusted by a government with maintenance of public peace and order, enforcement of laws, and prevention and detection of crime
police officer
noun Date: 1797 a member of a police force
police power
noun Date: 1827 the inherent power of a government to exercise reasonable control over persons and property within its jurisdiction in the interest of the general security, ...
police procedural
noun (plural police procedurals) Date: 1967 a mystery story written from the point of view of the police investigating the crime
police reporter
noun Date: 1834 a reporter regularly assigned to cover police news (as crimes and arrests)
police state
noun Date: 1865 a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police ...
police station
noun Date: 1846 the headquarters of the police for a locality
policeman
noun Date: 1801 1. a member of a police force 2. one held to resemble a policeman
policewoman
noun Date: 1853 a woman who is a member of a police force
policy
I. noun (plural -cies) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English policie government, policy, from Middle French police, policie — more at police Date: 15th century ...
policy science
noun Date: 1950 a social science dealing with the making of high-level policy (as in a government or business)
policyholder
noun Date: 1846 the owner of an insurance policy
polio
noun Date: 1931 poliomyelitis
poliomyelitis
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek polios gray + myelos marrow — more at fallow, myel- Date: 1878 an acute infectious disease caused by the poliovirus and characterized ...
poliovirus
noun Etymology: New Latin, from poliomyelitis + virus Date: 1953 an enterovirus (species Poliovirus of the genus Enterovirus) that occurs as three serotypes of which one is ...
polis
noun (plural poleis) Etymology: Greek — more at police Date: 1884 a Greek city-state; broadly a state or society especially when characterized by a sense of community

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