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Parcheesi{™}
a US board game played with two dice and coloured plastic pieces which players move around squares on a special board according to the rules of the game, trying to get them to ...
parchment
—parchmentlike, parchmenty, adj. /pahrch"meuhnt/, n. 1. the skin of sheep, goats, etc., prepared for use as a material on which to write. 2. a manuscript or document on such ...
parchment paper
a waterproof and grease-resistant paper produced by treating ordinary paper with concentrated sulfuric acid. [1855-60] * * *
parchment worm
any of several polychaete worms of the genus Chaetopterus that secrete and live in a U-shaped, parchmentlike tube. * * * ▪ polychaete genus       (genus Chaetopterus), ...
parchmentize
/pahrch"meuhn tuyz'/, v.t., parchmentized, parchmentizing. to treat (paper or the like) so that it resembles parchment. Also, esp. Brit., parchmentise. [1875-80; PARCHMENT + ...
parclose
/pahr"klohz'/, n. (in a church) a screen dividing one area from another, as a chapel from an aisle. Also, perclose. Cf. rood screen. [1300-50; ME < MF, n. use of fem. of parclos, ...
parcours
/pannrdd koohrdd"/, n., pl. parcours /-koohrdd"/. French. parcourse. * * *
parcourse
/pahr"kawrs', -kohrs'/, n. an outdoor exercise track or course, esp. for joggers, equipped with a series of stations along the way where one is to stop and perform a specific ...
pard
pard1 —pardine /pahr"duyn, -din/, adj. /pahrd/, n. Literary. a leopard or panther. [1250-1300; ME parde ( < OF pard) < L pardus < Gk párdos (masc.), deriv. of párdalis ...
pardah
/perr"deuh/, n. purdah. * * *
pardalote
/pahr"dl oht'/, n. any of several tiny, short-tailed Australian songbirds of the genus Pardalotus, having short bills and most having brilliant plumage with gemlike specks on the ...
pardi
/pahr dee"/, adv., interj. Archaic. verily; indeed. Also, pardie, pardy, perdie. [1200-50; late ME pardie, ME parde < OF par De < L per Deum by God] * * *
pardie
pardie or pardi [pär dē′] adv., interj. 〚ME parde < OFr par dé (Fr pardieu), by God!〛 Archaic verily; indeed: a mild oath: also sp. pardy * * *
pardner
/pahrd"neuhr/, n. U.S. Dial. 1. (in direct address) friend. 2. partner. [1785-95, Amer.; alter. of PARTNER reproducing voiced flap, here with nasal release, of American medial t ...
pardo
I (Spanish; "brown") In Venezuela, a person of mixed African, European, and Indian ancestry. In the colonial period, pardos, like all nonwhites, were kept in a state of ...
Pardo Bazán, Emilia, Countess de
▪ Spanish writer born Sept. 16, 1852, La Coruña, Spain died May 12, 1921, Madrid       Spanish author of novels, short stories, and literary ...
pardon
—pardonable, adj. —pardonableness, n. —pardonably, adv. —pardonless, adj. /pahr"dn/, n. 1. kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance ...
pardonable
See pardon. * * *
pardonableness
See pardonable. * * *
pardonably
See pardonable. * * *
pardoner
/pahr"dn euhr/, n. 1. a person who pardons. 2. (during the Middle Ages) an ecclesiastical official authorized to sell indulgences. [1325-75; ME; see PARDON, -ER1] * * *
Pardubice
Par·du·bi·ce (pärʹdo͞o-bĭ'tsə) A city of north-central Czech Republic on the Elbe River east of Prague. It is an industrial center. Population: 93,822. * * * ▪ ...
pardy
/pahr dee"/, adv., interj. Archaic. pardi. * * *
pare
—pareable, adj. /pair/, v.t., pared, paring. 1. to cut off the outer coating, layer, or part of. 2. to remove (an outer coating, layer, or part) by cutting (often fol. by off ...
Paré
/pann rdday"/, n. Ambroise /ahonn brddwannz"/, 1510-90, French surgeon. * * *
Paré, Ambroise
born 1510, Bourg-Hersent, France died Dec. 20, 1590, Paris French physician and surgeon. Employed as an army surgeon in 1537, Paré preferred measures less drastic than those ...
parecious
/peuh ree"sheuhs/, adj. Bot. paroicous. * * *
Parecis Mountains
▪ mountains, Brazil Portuguese  Serra Dos Parecis,         mountains, Rondônia and Mato Grosso estados (“states”), west-central Brazil. Rising out of the ...
Paredes, Carlos
▪ 2005       Portuguese guitarist and composer (b. Feb. 16, 1925, Coimbra, Port.—d. July 23, 2004, Lisbon, Port.), mastered the distinctive round-shaped Portuguese ...
paregmenon
/peuh reg"meuh non'/, n. Rhet. the juxtaposition of words that have a common derivation, as in "sense and sensibility." [1670-80; < Gk paregménon derived, neut. of perf. pass. ...
paregoric
/par'i gawr"ik, -gor"-/, n. Pharm. 1. a camphorated tincture of opium, containing benzoic acid, anise oil, etc., used chiefly to stop diarrhea in children. 2. any soothing ...
pareira
/peuh rair"euh/, n. the root of a South American vine, Chondodendron tomentosum, used as a source of curare, a diuretic, etc. [1705-15; short for PAREIRA BRAVA] * * *
pareira (brava)
pareira (brava) or pareira [pə rer′ə brä′və] n. 〚Port parreira brava, wild vine < parreira, vine + brava, wild〛 the stem of a South American curare plant * * *
pareira brava
/brah"veuh, bray"-/ pareira. [1705-15; < Pg parreira brava lit., wild vine] * * *
Pareja, Juan de
▪ Spanish painter byname  El Esclavo (Spanish: “The Slave”)  born c. 1610, Sevilla, Spain died 1670, Madrid       Spanish painter and student of Diego Velázquez ...
paren
paren abbrev. parenthesis * * *
paren.
parenthesis. * * *
parenchyma
—parenchymal, parenchymatous /par'euhng kim"euh teuhs/, adj. /peuh reng"keuh meuh/, n. 1. Bot. the fundamental tissue of plants, composed of thin-walled cells able to ...
parenchymal
See parenchyma. * * *
parenchymatous
See parenchymal. * * *
parenchymatously
See parenchymal. * * *
parens
/peuh renz"/, n.pl. Informal. parentheses: The entire sentence should be in parens. [by shortening] * * *
parens.
parentheses. * * *
parent
—parentless, adj. —parentlike, adj. /pair"euhnt, par"-/, n. 1. a father or a mother. 2. an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor. 3. a source, origin, or cause. 4. a protector ...
parent company
a corporation or other business enterprise that owns controlling interests in one or more subsidiary companies (distinguished from holding company). [1865-70] * * *
parent compound
Chem. a compound from which derivatives may be obtained. * * *
Parent, Mimi
▪ 2006 Marie Parent        French-Canadian painter and engraver (b. Sept. 8, 1924, Montreal, Que.—d. June 14, 2005, Switzerland), participated in most of the major ...
parent-in-law
/pair"euhnt in law', par"-/, n., pl. parents-in-law. the father or mother of one's wife or husband. [1895-1900] * * *
Parent-Teacher Association
/pair"euhnt tee"cheuhr, par"-/ an organization of teachers and the parents of their students, as within a public school, to promote mutual understanding and to increase the ...
parentage
/pair"euhn tij, par"-/, n. 1. derivation or descent from parents or ancestors; birth, origin, or lineage: a man of distinguished parentage. 2. the state or relation of a parent; ...
parental
—parentally, adv. /peuh ren"tl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a parent. 2. proper to or characteristic of a parent: parental feelings. 3. having the relation of a parent. 4. ...
parental home
a school for problem children. Also called parental school. * * *
parental leave
a leave of absence from a job for a parent to care for a new baby. * * *
Parentalia
▪ Roman religious festival       Roman religious festival held in honour of the dead. The festival, which began at noon on February 13 and culminated on February 21, was ...
parentalleave
parental leave n. A leave of absence granted to a parent to care for a new baby. * * *
parentally
See parental. * * *
parentcompany
parent company n. A company that controls or owns another company or companies. * * *
parenteral
—parenterally, adv. /pa ren"teuhr euhl/, adj. Anat., Med., Physiol. 1. taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal. 2. not within the intestine; not ...
parenterally
See parenteral. * * *
parentese
par·ent·ese (pâr'ən-tēzʹ, -tēsʹ, păr'-) n. Child-directed speech. See Usage Note at child-directed speech. * * *
parenthesis
/peuh ren"theuh sis/, n., pl. parentheses /-seez'/. 1. either or both of a pair of signs ( ) used in writing to mark off an interjected explanatory or qualifying remark, to ...
parenthesize
/peuh ren"theuh suyz'/, v.t., parenthesized, parenthesizing. 1. to insert (a word, phrase, etc.) as a parenthesis. 2. to put between marks of parenthesis: to parenthesize the ...
parenthetic
—parentheticality parentheticalness, n. —parenthetically, adv. /par'euhn thet"ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis: several unnecessary ...
parenthetical
parenthetical [par΄ən thet′i kəl] adj. 〚ML parentheticus〛 1. a) of or having the nature of a parenthesis b) placed within parentheses: see PARENTHESIS, sense 2 2. ...
parenthetically
See parenthetical. * * *
parenthood
/pair"euhnt hood', par"-/, n. the state, position, or relation of a parent. [1855-60; PARENT + -HOOD] * * *
parenticide
/peuh ren"teuh suyd'/, n. 1. a person who kills one or both of his or her parents. 2. the act of killing one's parent or parents. [1650-60; PARENT + -I- + -CIDE] * * *
parenting
/pair"euhn ting, par"-/, n. 1. the rearing of children: The schedule allows her very little time for parenting. 2. the methods, techniques, etc., used or required in the rearing ...
parentlanguage
parent language n. A language from which a later language is derived: Latin is the parent language of Italian and French. * * *
parenty
pa·ren·ty (pə-rĕnʹtē) n. Variant of perentie. * * *
pareo
/pahr"ay oh', -ay ooh'/, n., pl. pareos. pareu (def. 2). * * *
parer
See pare. * * *
parergon
/pa rerr"gon/, n., pl. parerga /-geuh/. 1. something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment. 2. work undertaken in addition to one's principal ...
paresis
—paretic /peuh ret"ik, -ree"tik/, n., adj. —paretically, adv. /peuh ree"sis, par"euh sis/, n. Pathol. 1. partial motor paralysis. 2. a late manifestation of syphilis, ...
paresthesia
—paresthetic /par'is thet"ik/, adj. /par'euhs thee"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. Pathol. an abnormal sensation, as prickling, itching, etc. Also, paraesthesia. [1855-60; < ...
paresthetic
See paresthesia. * * *
paretic
See paresis. * * *
paretically
See paretic. * * *
Pareto
/pah rdde"taw/, n. Vilfredo /veel frdde"daw/, 1848-1923, Italian sociologist and economist in Switzerland. * * *
Pareto, Vilfredo
born July 15, 1848, Paris, France died Aug. 19, 1923, Geneva, Switz. Italian economist and sociologist. Educated at the University of Turin, he worked as an engineer and later ...
Paretsky, Sara
▪ American author born June 8, 1947, Ames, Iowa, U.S.       American mystery writer credited with breaking the gender barrier in detective fiction (detective story) ...
pareu
/pahr"ay ooh'/, n. 1. lavalava. 2. Also, pareo. a length of cloth, esp. of a brightly colored print, wrapped on the body like a lavalava and worn by women as a cover-up, skirt, ...
pareve
/pahr"euh veuh, pahr"veuh/, adj. Judaism. having no meat or milk in any form as an ingredient and being permissible for use with both meat and dairy meals as stated in the ...
parexcellence
par ex·cel·lence (pär ĕk-sə-läɴsʹ) adj. Being the best or truest of a kind; quintessential: a diplomat par excellence.   [French : par, by + excellence, preeminence.] * ...
parfait
/pahr fay"/, n. 1. a dessert of ice cream and fruit or ice cream and syrup in alternate layers, often topped with whipped cream and served in a tall, narrow, short-stemmed ...
parfaitglass
parfait glass n. A tall slender glass with a short stem, used in serving a parfait. * * *
parfleche
/pahr"flesh, pahr flesh"/, n. 1. a rawhide that has been dried after having been soaked in a solution of lye and water to remove the hair. 2. an article or object, as a case, ...
parfocal
/pahr foh"keuhl/, adj. Optics. of or pertaining to different eyepieces (of telescopes or microscopes) that all focus their images in the same plane, so that they can be ...
parfum
/pannrdd fueonn"/, n. French. perfume. * * *
Párga
▪ Greece  port of the nomós (department) of Préveza, on the Ionian Sea opposite the island of Paxos (Paxoí), Greece. In 1401 it welcomed the Venetians, who built (1572) ...
pargasite
/pahr"geuh suyt'/, n. Mineral. a green or bluegreen variety of hornblende. [1810-20; named after Pargas, town in Finland; see -ITE1] * * *
parge
parge [pärj] vt. parged, parging 〚
parget
/pahr"jit/, n., v., pargeted, pargeting or (esp. Brit.) pargetted, pargetting. n. 1. any of various plasters or roughcasts for covering walls or other surfaces, esp. a mortar of ...
pargeting
/pahr"ji ting/, n. 1. the act of a person who pargets. 2. ornamental or fine plasterwork, esp. exterior plasterwork bearing designs in low relief. 3. a lining of mortar or ...
parging
/pahr"jing/, n. a thin coat of plaster or mortar for giving a relatively smooth surface to rough masonry or for sealing it against moisture. [1895-1900; parge (by shortening from ...
Parhae
Chinese Pohai State established in the 8th century AD in northern Manchuria and northern Korea. Founded by a former Korean general, Tae Cho-yang, it was considered a successor ...
parhelia
par·he·li·a (pär-hēʹlē-ə, -hēlʹyə) n. Plural of parhelion. * * *
parhelic
parhelic [pärhi lī′ə kəlpär hē′lik, pärhel′ik] adj. of or like a parhelion or parhelia: also parheliacal [pärhi lī′ə kəl] * * * See parhelion. * * *
parhelic circle
Meteorol. a white, horizontal band passing through the sun, either incomplete or extending around the horizon, produced by the reflection of the sun's rays from the vertical ...
parheliccircle
par·he·lic circle (pär-hēʹlĭk) n. A luminous halo visible at the height of the sun and parallel to the horizon, caused by the sun's rays reflecting off atmospheric ice ...
parhelion
—parhelic, parheliacal /pahr'hi luy"euh keuhl/, adj. /pahr hee"lee euhn, -heel"yeuhn/, n., pl. parhelia /-hee"lee euh, -heel"yeuh/. Meteorol. a bright circular spot on a solar ...
pari passu
/pah"rddee pahs"sooh/; Eng. /pair"uy pas"ooh, pair"ee/, Latin. 1. with equal pace or progress; side by side. 2. without partiality; equably; fairly. * * *
pari-
a combining form meaning "equal," used in the formation of compound words: paripinnate. [ < LL pari- comb. form of par PAR1] * * *
pari-mutuel
/par'i myooh"chooh euhl/, n. 1. a form of betting and of handling the betting on horse races at racetracks, in which those holding winning tickets divide the total amount bet in ...
Paria, Gulf of
Inlet of the Caribbean Sea, between Venezuela and Trinidad. Extending about 100 mi (160 km) from east to west and 40 mi (65 km) from north to south, it is linked with the ...
Paria,Gulf of
Pa·ri·a (pä-rēʹä), Gulf of An inlet of the Caribbean Sea between Trinidad and the northeast coast of Venezuela. * * *
pariah
—pariahdom, n. —pariahism, n. /peuh ruy"euh/, n. 1. an outcast. 2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided. 3. (cap.) a member of a low caste in southern ...
Parian
/pair"ee euhn, par"-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Paros, noted for its white marble. 2. noting or pertaining to a fine, unglazed porcelain resembling this marble. 3. of, ...
Parian Chronicle
▪ ancient Greek document also called  Marmor Parium  or  Parian Marble        document inscribed on marble in the Attic Greek dialect and containing an outline of ...
Parian ware
an English and American hardpaste porcelain ware introduced c1850, having a white, hard surface and used mainly for biscuit figures. [1890-95] * * * ▪ ...
parica
/par"i kah', -keuh/, n. a snuff used by certain Indians of South America containing dimethyltryptamine and other hallucinogenic agents, obtained from the seeds of the tree ...
Paricutín
/pah rddee'kooh teen"/, n. a volcano in W central Mexico: formed by an eruption 1943-52. 8200 ft. (2500 m). * * * Volcano, western Michoacán state, west-central Mexico. It is ...
Paridae
▪ bird family       songbird family, order Passeriformes, consisting of the titmice and chickadees, about 64 species of small, gregarious birds, primarily of the ...
paries
/pair"ee eez'/, n., pl. parietes /peuh ruy"i teez'/. Usually, parietes. Biol. a wall, as of a hollow organ; an investing part. [1720-30; < NL, special use of L paries a wall, ...
parietal
/peuh ruy"i tl/, adj. 1. Anat. of, pertaining to, or situated near the side and top of the skull or the parietal bone. 2. Biol. of or pertaining to parietes or structural ...
parietal bone
Anat. either of a pair of membrane bones forming, by their union at the sagittal suture, part of the sides and top of the skull. See diag. under skull. [1695-1705] * * * ▪ ...
parietal cell
Anat. any of the cells in the mucous membranes of the stomach that secrete hydrochloric acid. Also called acid cell. [1870-75] * * * ▪ biology also called  Oxyntic Cell, or ...
parietal eye
Zool. a median outgrowth of the diencephalon anterior to the pineal apparatus, having visual adaptations in many anamniotes and lizards. [1885-90] * * *
parietal lobe
Anat. the middle part of each cerebral hemisphere behind the central sulcus. [1900-05] * * *
parietalbone
parietal bone n. Either of two large, irregularly quadrilateral bones between the frontal and occipital bones that together form the sides and top of the skull. * * *
parietalcell
parietal cell n. One of the large peripheral cells of the mucous membrane of the stomach that secrete hydrochloric acid. * * *
parietallobe
parietal lobe n. The division of each hemisphere of the brain that lies beneath each parietal bone. * * *
parietes
pa·ri·e·tes (pə-rīʹĭ-tēz') n. Plural of paries. * * *
Parilia
Ancient Roman festival celebrated annually on April 21 in honor of the goddess Pales, protector of flocks and herds. It was celebrated first by the early kings of Rome and later ...
Parima Mountains
▪ mountains, South America Spanish  Sierra Parima,  Portuguese  Serra Parima         range in northern Brazil and southern Venezuela. It is an outlying range of the ...
parimutuel
parimutuel [par΄ə myo͞o′cho͞o əl] n. 〚Fr pari mutuel < pari, a bet (< parier, to bet, orig., to equalize < LL pariare, to make equal < L par: see PAR1) + ...
paring
/pair"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that pares. 2. a piece or part pared off: apple parings. [1350-1400; ME (ger.); see PARE, -ING1] * * *
paring chisel
a woodworking chisel moved by steady hand pressure to make long, light cuts. [1695-1705] * * *
paring gouge
a woodworker's gouge having the bezel on the concave face. [1905-10] * * *
paring knife
a short-bladed kitchen knife for paring fruits and vegetables. [1585-95] * * *
paringknife
paring knife n. A small knife with a short blade and firm handle, used in paring fruit and vegetables. * * *
Parini, Giuseppe
▪ Italian author born May 22/23, 1729, Bosisio, near Milan [Italy] died Aug. 15, 1799, Milan       Italian prose writer and poet remembered for a series of beautifully ...
paripassu
pa·ri pas·su (părʹē păsʹo͞o, părʹī, pärʹē) adv. At an equal pace; side by side: inflation and interest rates increasing pari passu.   [Latin parī passū: parī, ...
paripinnate
/par'i pin"ayt, -it/, adj. Bot. 1. evenly pinnate. 2. pinnate without an odd terminal leaflet. [1855-60; PARI- + PINNATE] * * *
Paris
/par"is/; for 2 also Fr. /pann rddee"/, n. 1. Matthew. See Matthew of Paris. 2. Ancient, Lutetia Parisiorum, Parisii /peuh riz"ee uy'/. a city in and the capital of France and ...
Paris Basin
▪ region, France       geographic region of France, constituting the lowland area around Paris. Geologically it is the centre of a structural depression that extends ...
Paris Codex
▪ Mayan literature Latin  Codex Peresianus    one of the very few texts of the pre-Conquest Maya known to have survived the book burnings by the Spanish clergy during the ...
Paris Commune
commune3 (def. 8). [1960-65] * * * or Commune of Paris (March 18–May 28, 1871) Insurrection of Paris against the French government. After France's defeat in the ...
Paris daisy
marguerite (def. 1). [1880-85] * * *
Paris green
1. Chem. an emerald-green, poisonous, water-insoluble powder produced from arsenic trioxide and copper acetate: used chiefly as a pigment, insecticide, and wood preservative. 2. ...
Paris Gun
▪ weaponry       any of several long-range cannon produced by the German arms manufacturer Krupp in 1917–18 during World War I. The guns were so called because they ...
Paris I–XIII, Universities of
▪ university, Paris, France French  Universités de Paris I à XIII,         universities founded in 1970 under France's 1968 Orientation Act, reforming higher ...
Paris Observatory
▪ observatory, Paris, France French  Observatoire De Paris,         national astronomical observatory of France, under the direction of the Academy of Sciences. It ...
Paris Opéra
or Opéra Garnier also Théâtre Nationale de L'Opéra Opera house in Paris designed by Charles Garnier (1825–98). The extraordinarily lavish building, considered one of the ...
Paris Opéra Ballet
▪ French ballet company       ballet company established in France in 1661 by Louis XIV as the Royal Academy of Dance (Académie Royale de Danse) and amalgamated with ...
Paris Peace Conference
(1919–20) Meeting that inaugurated the international settlement after World War I. It opened on Jan. 12, 1919, with representatives from more than 30 countries. The principal ...
Paris ware
▪ pottery       faience (tin-glazed earthenware) and porcelain ware produced in the Paris region from the 16th century. The hard-paste–porcelain industry in Paris owed ...
Paris, Commune of
▪ 1871 also called  Paris Commune , French  Commune de Paris        (1871), insurrection of Paris against the French government from March 18 to May 28, 1871. It ...
Paris, Congress of
(1856) Conference in Paris to produce the treaty that ended the Crimean War. The treaty was signed between Russia on one side and France, Britain, Sardinia-Piedmont, and Turkey ...
Paris, Gaston
▪ French philologist born Aug. 9, 1839, Avenay, Fr. died March 6, 1903, Cannes       greatest French philologist of his age.       After a thorough education in ...
Paris, Matthew
▪ English artist and historian died 1259       English Benedictine monk and chronicler, known largely only through his voluminous and detailed writings, which ...
Paris, Peace of
▪ 1783  (1783), collection of treaties concluding the American Revolution and signed by representatives of Great Britain on one side and the United States, France, and Spain ...
Paris, Philippe d'Orléans, comte de
▪ French pretender born Aug. 24, 1838, Paris, Fr. died Sept. 8, 1894, Stow House, Twickenham, Middlesex, Eng.       pretender to the French throne after the death of ...
Paris, Treaties of
      (1919–20), collectively the peace settlements concluding World War I and signed at sites around Paris. See Versailles, Treaty of (signed June 28, 1919); ...
Paris, Treaty of
I (1229) Treaty by which Raymond VII of Toulouse conceded defeat to Louis IX of France after the Albigensian Crusade. It arranged the marriage of Raymond's daughter and Louis's ...
Paris, University of
Second oldest European university (after the University of Bologna), founded с 1170 in France. It grew out of the cathedral schools of Notre-Dame and, with papal support, soon ...
Paris,Matthew
Paris, Matthew. 1200?-1259. English monk and chronicler. His Chronica Majora traced the history of the world from the creation to 1259. * * *
Paris-Match
Weekly pictorial magazine published in France since 1949 as the successor to L'Illustration (1843–1944). A popular news and current-events magazine aimed at the middle class, ...
Parisdaisy
Paris daisy n. See marguerite. * * *
Parisgreen
Paris green n. A poisonous emerald-green powder, C4H6As6Cu4O16, used as a pigment, insecticide, and wood preservative. * * *
parish
/par"ish/, n. 1. an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy. 2. a local church with its field of activity. 3. (in Louisiana) a county. 4. the ...
parish church
➡ parish * * *
parish council
n [C + sing/pl v] (in England) the administrative body of a civil parish(2). Most of its members are elected by members of the parish. * * *
parish house
1. a building used by a church chiefly for administrative and social purposes. 2. (esp. in the Roman Catholic Church) the residence of a cleric. [1755-65] * * *
parish pump
n (BrE) a symbol of local affairs and a restricted attitude to wider issues. In the past, the parish pump was the source of water in a village, and so it became the place where ...
parish register
Eccles. the register of the christenings, marriages, and burials in a parish. Also called church register. [1645-55] * * *
Parish, Sister
▪ 1995       (DOROTHY MAY KINNICUTT), U.S. interior designer (b. July 15, 1910, Morristown, N.J.—d. Sept. 8, 1994, Dark Harbor, Maine), created ageless atmospheres ...
parish-pump
parish-pump [par′ish pump΄] adj. Brit. narrow or limited in scope or outlook; of only local interest or significance [parish-pump politics] * * *
parishes
➡ Church of England * * *
parishioner
—parishionership, n. /peuh rish"euh neuhr/, n. one of the community or inhabitants of a parish. [1425-75; late ME; earlier parishion, ME paroschian, -ien, -en < OF paroissien. ...
Parisian
—Parisianly, adv. /peuh rizh"euhn, -ree"zheuhn, -riz"ee euhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Paris, France. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Paris, ...
Parisien, Le
▪ French newspaper French“The Parisian”       morning daily newspaper published in Paris, one of the largest and most influential in France. Formerly called Le ...
Parisienne
/peuh ree'zee en"/, n. a girl or woman who is a native or inhabitant of Paris, France. [1885-90; < F parisienne, fem. of parisien PARISIAN] Usage. See -enne. * * *
parison
—parisonic /par'euh son"ik/, adj. /par"euh seuhn/, n. 1. a partially shaped mass of molten glass. 2. a hollow tube of plastic to be formed into a hollow object, as a bottle, by ...
parity
parity1 /par"i tee/, n. 1. equality, as in amount, status, or character. 2. equivalence; correspondence; similarity; analogy. 3. Finance. a. equivalence in value in the currency ...
parity check
Computers. a method for detecting errors in data communications or within a computer system by counting the number of ones or zeros per byte or per word, including a special ...
parity operation
Physics. See space inversion. * * *
paritybit
parity bit n. Computer Science A bit added to a binary code that indicates parity and is used to check the integrity of data. * * *
park
—parker, n. —parklike, adj. /pahrk/, n. 1. an area of land, usually in a largely natural state, for the enjoyment of the public, having facilities for rest and recreation, ...
Park
/pahrk/, n. 1. Mungo /mung"goh/, 1771-1806?, Scottish explorer in Africa. 2. Robert E., 1864-1944, U.S. sociologist. * * * I Large outdoor area set aside for recreation. The ...
Park Avenue
a wide street in New York City traditionally associated with luxurious residential and professional buildings, fashionable living, and high society. * * *
Park Chung Hee
▪ president of South Korea born Sept. 30, or Nov. 14, 1917, region of Taegu, Korea died Oct. 26, 1979, Seoul  South Korean general and politician, president of the Republic ...
Park City
▪ Utah, United States       city, Summit county, northern Utah, U.S. Founded in 1869 as a mining district in the valley between the Wasatch Range and the Uinta Plateau ...
Park Forest
a city in NE Illinois. 26,222. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       village, Cook and Will counties, northeastern Illinois, U.S. It is a residential suburb of ...
park keeper
➡ parks * * *
Park Lane
a street in the centre of London, England, along the eastern side of Hyde Park(1), near Mayfair. It is known for its very expensive houses and hotels, including the Dorchester. * ...
Park Range
a range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. Highest peak, Mt. Lincoln, 14,287 ft. (4355 m). * * * ▪ mountains, Colorado-Wyoming, United States       segment of ...
Park Ridge
a city in NE Illinois. 38,704. * * * ▪ Illinois, United States       city, Cook county, northeastern Illinois, U.S. A suburb of Chicago, it lies on the Des Plaines ...
Park, Maud Wood
▪ American suffragist née  Maud Wood   born Jan. 25, 1871, Boston, Mass., U.S. died May 8, 1955, Melrose, Mass.  American suffragist whose lobbying skills and grasp of ...
Park, Mungo
born Sept. 10, 1771, Fowlshiels, Selkirk, Scot. died с January 1806, near Bussa on the Niger River Scottish explorer of the Niger River. A trained surgeon, Park had traveled ...
Park, Nick
▪ 2007  In 2006, at a time when animated film was dominated by computer-generated images and fast-talking celebrity-voiced characters, two of its best-loved stars had feet of ...
Park, Orlando
▪ American entomologist born Oct. 13, 1901, Elizabethtown, Ky., U.S. died Sept. 23, 1969, Evanston, Ill.       U.S. entomologist known chiefly for his work on the ...
Park, Robert E(zra)
born Feb. 14, 1864, Harveyville, Pa., U.S. died Feb. 7, 1944, Nashville, Tenn. U.S. sociologist. After 11 years as a newspaper reporter, Park attended various universities and ...
Park, Robert E.
▪ American sociologist in full  Robert Ezra Park   born February 14, 1864, Harveyville, Pennsylvania, U.S. died February 7, 1944, Nashville, Tennessee  American sociologist ...
Park, Thomas
▪ American animal ecologist born Nov. 17, 1908, Danville, Ill., U.S. died March 30, 1992, Chicago, Ill.       U.S. animal ecologist known for his experiments with ...
Park,Mungo
Park (pärk), Mungo. 1771-1806. Scottish explorer in Africa known for his expeditions on the Niger River (1795-1796 and 1805). * * *
park-and-ride
/pahrk"euhn ruyd"/, n. 1. a municipal system that provides free parking for suburban commuters at an outlying terminus of a bus or rail line. adj. 2. of or pertaining to such a ...
parka
/pahr"keuh/, n. 1. a fur coat, shirtlike and hooded, for wear in the arctic and other regions of extreme cold. 2. a hip-length jacket or overshirt with an attached hood, often of ...
parkade
/pahr kayd"/, n. Canadian. a building or other construction designed for the parking of motor vehicles. [b. PARK (v.) and ARCADE] * * *
ParkAvenue
Park Avenue A wide thoroughfare extending north to south on the East Side of Manhattan Island. Traditionally associated with luxurious apartment houses, it is now the location ...
ParkChung Hee
Park Chung Hee (pärkʹ chŭngʹ hēʹ), 1917-1979. South Korean politician who became president of South Korea after a military coup (1961) and assumed dictatorial powers in ...
Parker
/pahr"keuhr/, n. 1. Charles Christopher, Jr. ("Bird"), 1920-55, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer. 2. Dorothy (Rothschild), 1893-1967, U.S. author. 3. Sir Gilbert, 1862-1932, ...
Parker House roll
a soft dinner roll made by folding a flat disk of dough in half. [1870-75, Amer.; after the Parker House hotel in Boston, which originally served the rolls] * * *
Parker, Alton B
▪ United States jurist born May 14, 1852, Cortland, N.Y., U.S. died May 10, 1926, New York, N.Y.       American jurist and Democratic presidential nominee in 1904, ...
Parker, Alton B(rooks)
born May 14, 1852, Cortland, N.Y., U.S. died May 10, 1926, New York, N.Y. U.S. jurist. He practiced law in Kingston, N.Y., and was elected surrogate of Ulster county in 1877 ...
Parker, Charlie
orig. Charles Christopher Parker, Jr. born Aug. 29, 1920, Kansas City, Kan., U.S. died March 12, 1955, New York, N.Y. U.S. saxophonist and composer. He played with Jay ...
Parker, Colonel Tom
▪ 1998       Dutch-born American show business promoter who was best known for managing the career of Elvis Presley (b. June 26, 1909—d. Jan. 21, 1997). * * *
Parker, Dorothy
orig. Dorothy Rothschild born Aug. 22, 1893, West End, near Long Beach, N.J., U.S. died June 7, 1967, New York, N.Y. U.S. short-story writer and poet. She grew up in affluence ...
Parker, Eddie
▪ 2002 “Fast Eddie”        American billiards player (b. June 2, 1931, Springfield, Mo.—d. Feb. 2, 2001, Brownsville, Texas), was a legendary pool player whose ...
Parker, Francis
▪ American educator in full  Francis Wayland Parker  born Oct. 9, 1837, Bedford, N.H., U.S. died March 2, 1902, Chicago, Ill.  a founder of progressive elementary education ...
Parker, Frank
▪ 1998       American tennis player who in the 1940s was U.S. singles champion twice, Wimbledon doubles champion—with Pancho Gonzales—once, and French singles ...
Parker, Horatio (William)
▪ American composer born Sept. 15, 1863, Auburndale, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 18, 1919, Cedarhurst, N.Y.  composer, conductor, and teacher, prominent member of the ...
Parker, James Thomas
▪ 2006       American football player (b. April 3, 1934, Macon, Ga.—d. July 18, 2005, Columbia, Md.), became in 1973 the first full-time offensive lineman inducted ...
Parker, Matthew
▪ archbishop of Canterbury born Aug. 6, 1504, Norwich, Norfolk, Eng. died May 17, 1575, Lambeth, London       Anglican archbishop of Canterbury (1559–75) who presided ...
Parker, Maynard Michael
▪ 1999       American editor of Newsweek from 1982 who increased the magazine's readership by broadening the scope of its coverage from foreign events and politics to ...
Parker, Quanah
▪ Native American leader born 1845?, near Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. died Feb. 23, 1911, near Fort Sill, Okla.  aggressive Comanche leader who mounted an unsuccessful war ...
Parker, Sarah Jessica
▪ 2002       Although Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to define the rules of dating as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, the American actress knew the secrets to a ...
Parker, Sir Gilbert, Baronet
▪ British author in full  Sir Horatio Gilbert Parker, Baronet  born Nov. 23, 1862, Camden East, Ont., Can. died Sept. 6, 1932, London       British novelist of ...
Parker, Stewart
▪ Irish playwright in full  James Stewart Parker   born Oct. 20, 1941, Belfast, Northern Ire. died Nov. 2, 1988, London, Eng.       Irish playwright whose innovative ...
Parker, Suzy
▪ 2004 Cecilia Ann Renee Parker        American model and actress (b. Oct. 28, 1933, Long Island City, N.Y.—d. May 3, 2003, Montecito, Calif.), had a beauty and ...
Parker, Theodore
▪ American theologian born August 24, 1810, Lexington, Massachusetts, U.S. died May 10, 1860, Florence, Italy       American Unitarian theologian, pastor, scholar, and ...
Parker,Charlie
Par·ker (pärʹkər), Charlie. Known as “Bird.” 1920-1955. American musician and composer. A leader of the bop movement in jazz, Parker is best remembered for his smooth, ...
Parker,Dorothy Rothschild
Parker, Dorothy Rothschild. 1893-1967. American writer noted for her satirical wit. She was drama critic for Vanity Fair (1916-1917) and book critic for the New Yorker ...
Parker,Matthew
Parker, Matthew. 1504-1575. English prelate who served as archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until his death and was instrumental in establishing ecclesiastical forms for the ...
Parker-Bowles
(1947– ) an Englishwoman who is known to be having a relationship with Prince Charles, and to have had this relationship during his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. There ...
ParkerHouse roll
☆ parkerhouse roll [pär′kər hous΄ ] n. 〚after Parker House, hotel in Boston where first served〛 a yeast roll shaped by folding over a flat, round piece of buttered ...
Parkersburg
/pahr"keuhrz berrg'/, n. a city in NW West Virginia, on the Ohio River. 39,967. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat (1800) of Wood county, western ...
Parkes
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, east-central New South Wales, Australia, in the Lachlan River valley. Originally known as Bushman's, it was founded in 1862 as ...
Parkes, Alexander
▪ British chemist born Dec. 29, 1813, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Eng. died June 29, 1890, West Dulwich, near London       British chemist and inventor noted for his ...
Parkes, Frank Kobina
▪ Ghanaian author in full  Francis Ernest Kobina Parkes   born 1932, Korle Bu, Gold Coast [now Ghana]       journalist, broadcaster, and widely anthologized poet ...
Parkes, Sir Henry
▪ Australian politician born May 27, 1815, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, Eng. died April 27, 1896, Sydney       a dominant political figure in Australia during the second ...
parkette
/pahr ket"/, n. Canadian. a small park, usually open to the public and containing amenities like benches and children's play facilities. [PARK + -ETTE] * * *
Parkhurst
a British prison on the Isle of Wight for men who have to stay in prison for a long time. It has been a prison since 1838. * * *
Parkhurst, Helen
▪ American educator born March 7, 1887, Durand, Wis., U.S. died June 1, 1973, New Milford, Conn.       American educator, author, and lecturer who devised the Dalton ...
parking
/par"king/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that parks, esp. a vehicle. 2. space in which to park vehicles, as at a place of business or a public event: There's plenty of free ...
parking brake
Auto. See emergency brake. [1940-45] * * *
parking lot
an area, usually divided into individual spaces, intended for parking motor vehicles. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
parking meter
a mechanical device for registering and collecting payment for the length of time that a vehicle occupies a parking space, consisting typically of a timer, actuated by a coin ...
parking orbit
Aerospace. a temporary orbit in which a spacecraft awaits the next phase of its mission. [1955-60] * * *
parking ramp
apron (def. 6). * * *
parking strip
Chiefly Upper Midwest and Western U.S. parkway (def. 2). Also called parking. * * *
parkinglot
parking lot n. An area for parking motor vehicles. * * *
parkingmeter
parking meter n. A coin-operated device that registers the amount of time purchased for the parking of a motor vehicle, at the expiration of which the driver is liable for a ...
parkingorbit
parking orbit n. A temporary orbit for a spacecraft. * * *
parkingstrip
parking strip n. Washington State See parking. * * *
Parkinson
/pahr"kin seuhn/, n. C(yril) Northcote /nawrth"keuht/, 1909-93, English author and historian. * * *
Parkinson disease
▪ pathology also called  primary parkinsonism,  paralysis agitans,  or  idiopathic parkinsonism        a degenerative neurological disorder that is characterized ...
Parkinson's disease
Pathol. parkinsonism. * * *
Parkinson's law
the statement, expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion. Also, Parkinson's Law. [1950-55; after C. N. ...
Parkinson's syndrome
a complex of symptoms indistinguishable from parkinsonism, commonly affecting boxers or sometimes occurring as a result of substance abuse or an encephalitic infection. [1950-55; ...
Parkinson'sdisease
Par·kin·son's disease (pärʹkĭn-sənz) n. A progressive nervous disease occuring most often after the age of 50, associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce ...
Parkinson'sLaw
Parkinson's Law n. Any of several satirical observations propounded as economic laws, especially “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”   [After Cyril ...
Parkinson'ssyndrome
Parkinson's syndrome n. See Parkinsonism. * * *
Parkinson, C Northcote
▪ 1994       British historian (b. July 30, 1909, Barnard Castle, Durham, England—d. March 9, 1993, Canterbury, Kent, England), formulated "Parkinson's Law," the ...
Parkinson, C(yril) Northcote
born July 30, 1909, Barnard Castle, Durham, Eng. died March 9, 1993, Canterbury, Kent British historian and writer. He received a Ph.D. from Kings College, London, and later ...
Parkinson, C. Northcote
▪ British historian and author in full  Cyril Northcote Parkinson   born July 30, 1909, Barnard Castle, Durham, Eng. died March 9, 1993, Canterbury       British ...
parkinsonian
/pahr'kin soh"nee euhn/, adj. Pathol. of, related to, or resembling parkinsonism. [1905-10; see PARKINSONISM, -IAN] * * *
parkinsonism
/pahr"kin seuh niz'euhm/, n. Pathol. a common neurologic disease believed to be caused by deterioration of the brain cells that produce dopamine, occurring primarily after the ...
Parkinson’s law
the idea that ‘work expands to fill the time available to complete it’. People often mention Parkinson’s law when talking humorously about bureaucracy (= a system of ...
parkland
/pahrk"land'/, n. 1. a grassland region with isolated or grouped trees, usually in temperate regions. 2. wooded or verdant land for recreational use by the public; parklike ...
Parkman
/pahrk"meuhn/, n. Francis, 1823-93, U.S. historian. * * *
Parkman, Francis
born Sept. 16, 1823, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 8, 1893, Jamaica Plain, Mass. U.S. historian. Parkman graduated from Harvard University before embarking in 1846 on a journey ...
Parkman,Francis
Park·man (pärkʹmən), Francis. 1823-1893. American historian whose works include The California and Oregon Trail (1849). * * *
ParkRange
Park Range A range of the Rocky Mountains in north-central Colorado and southern Wyoming rising to 4,357.2 m (14,286 ft) at Mount Lincoln in Colorado. * * *
Parks
/pahrks/, n. Gordon (Alexander Buchanan), born 1912, U.S. photojournalist and film director. * * *


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