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Parks, Gordon
born Nov. 30, 1912, Fort Scott, Kan., U.S. U.S. writer, photographer, and film director. Parks worked as a staff photographer for Life (1948–72), becoming known for his ...
Parks, Rosa
orig. Rosa McCauley born Feb. 4, 1913, Tuskegee, Ala., U.S. U.S. African American civil-rights activist. She worked as a seamstress in Montgomery, Ala., where she was active ...
Parks, Suzan-Lori
▪ American playwright originally spelled  Susan-Lori Parks  born 1964, Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S.       American playwright who in 2002 became the first black woman ...
Parks (pärks), Rosa. Born 1913. American civil rights leader. Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, resulted in a citywide boycott of ...
/pahrk"vil/, n. a city in N Maryland, near Baltimore. 35,159. * * *
/pahrk"way'/, n. 1. a broad thoroughfare with a dividing strip or side strips planted with grass, trees, etc. 2. Chiefly New York State and Western New Eng. a strip of grass, ...
➡ roads and road signs * * *
Parl abbrev. 1. Parliament 2. Parliamentary * * *
1. Parliament. 2. Parliamentary. Also, parl. * * *
parl. proc.
parliamentary procedure. * * *
Parla, Alicia
▪ 1999       Cuban-born American dancer who in the early 1930s reigned as queen of the rumba, becoming an American and European sensation with her sensual dancing and ...
/pahr"leuhns/, n. 1. a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom: legal parlance. 2. speech, esp. a formal discussion or debate. 3. talk; parley. [1570-80; < AF; see PARLE, ...
/pahr lahn"doh/, adj. Music. sung or played as though speaking or reciting (a musical direction). [1875-80; < It, prp. of parlare to speak; see PARLE] * * *
/peuh lahr"ee, pahr-/, n. Polari. * * *
/pahr"lay, -lee/ v.t. 1. to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent race, contest, etc. 2. Informal. to use (one's money, talent, or other assets) to ...
/pahrl/, n., v.i., parled, parling. Archaic. talk; parley. [1350-1400; ME parlen < MF parler to speak < LL parabolare; see PARABLE] * * *
/pahr"leuh meuhnt/, n. Obs. parliament. * * * Supreme court under the ancien régime in France. It developed out of the curia regis ("king's court") in which the Capetian kings ...
Parléř, Petr
▪ German mason born 1330, Swäbisch Gmünd, Württemberg [now in Germany] died July 13, 1399, Prague, Bohemia [now in Czech Republic]       best-known member of a ...
—parleyer, n. /pahr"lee/, n., pl. parleys, v., parleyed, parleying. n. 1. a discussion or conference. 2. an informal conference between enemies under a truce, esp. to discuss ...
/pahr"lee/, n. Peter, pen name of Samuel Griswold Goodrich. * * *
/pahr"leuh meuhnt/ or, sometimes, /pahrl"yeuh-/, n. 1. (usually cap.) the legislature of Great Britain, historically the assembly of the three estates, now composed of Lords ...
Parliament Act of 1911
Act passed in the British Parliament that deprived the House of Lords of its absolute power of veto on legislation. Proposed by a Liberal majority in the House of Commons, the ...
Parliament clock
a pendulum wall clock of the late 18th century, usually having a black dial with gilt numbers: originally installed in English taverns because a burdensome tax prevented many ...
parliament hinge
a butt hinge the knuckle of which protrudes from the door so that the door when fully opened stands away from the wall. [1835-45] * * *
Parliament, Admonition to
▪ Puritan manifesto, 1572       Puritan manifesto, published in 1572 and written by the London clergymen John Field and Thomas Wilcox, that demanded that Queen Elizabeth ...
Parliament, Canadian
Legislature of Canada, created by the British North America Act. The 301 members of its House of Commons are elected for maximum terms of five years from the provinces on the ...
Parliament, Houses of
▪ buildings, London, United Kingdom also called  Palace of Westminster   in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), the seat of the ...
▪ American music group Introduction also known as  P-Funk         massive group of performers that greatly influenced black music in the 1970s. The original members ...
/pahr'leuh men tair"ee euhn, -meuhn-/ or, sometimes, /pahrl'yeuh-/, n. 1. a person who is expert in the formal rules and procedures of deliberative assemblies and other formal ...
/pahr'leuh men tair"ee euh niz'euhm, -meuhn-/ or, sometimes, /pahrl'yeuh-/, n. advocacy of a parliamentary system of government. [1875-80; PARLIAMENTARIAN + -ISM] * * *
➡ Long Parliament * * *
—parliamentarily, adv. /pahr'leuh men"teuh ree, -tree/ or, sometimes, /pahrl'yeuh-/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a parliament or any of its members. 2. enacted or established ...
Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
n the official title of the British Parliamentary Ombudsman, an important official who examines complaints from members of the public about central government departments and ...
parliamentary democracy
➡ British Constitution * * * Democratic form of government in which the party (or a coalition of parties) with the greatest representation in the parliament (legislature) ...
parliamentary government
government by a body of cabinet ministers who are chosen from and responsible to the legislature and act as advisers to a nominal chief of state. Also called cabinet ...
parliamentary law
the body of rules, usages, and precedents that governs proceedings of legislative and deliberative assemblies. [1905-10] * * *
Parliamentary Ombudsman
➡ Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration * * *
Parliamentary Private Secretary
(abbr PPS) n (in Britain) a Member of Parliament who works for a government minister as his or her personal secretary and who also gives the minister advice on political ...
parliamentary privilege
n [U] (in Britain) certain special rights given to Members of Parliament, especially the right to say something in either of the Houses of Parliament(1) that attacks somebody ...
parliamentary procedure
or rules of order Generally accepted rules, precedents, and practices used in the governance of deliberative assemblies. They are intended to maintain decorum, ascertain the ...
parliamentary secretary
n (in Britain) a Member of Parliament working in a government job immediately below a minister who is not a Secretary of State. Compare Parliamentary Private Secretary, ...
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
➡ departments of government * * *
parliamentary under-secretary of state
n (in Britain) a Member of Parliament working in a government job immediately below a minister who is a Secretary of State. Compare parliamentary secretary. * * *
parliamentary law n. A body of rules governing procedure in legislative and deliberative assemblies. * * *
/pahr"leuhr/, n. 1. Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room. 2. a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business ...
parlor car
a railroad passenger car that has individual reserved seats and is more comfortable than a day coach. [1855-60] * * *
parlor game
any game usually played indoors, esp. in the living room or parlor, as a word game or a quiz, requiring little or no physical activity. [1890-95] * * *
parlor grand
a grand piano smaller than a concert grand but larger than a baby grand. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
parlor house
(esp. in the 19th and early 20th centuries) a brothel with a comfortable, often elaborately decorated parlor for the reception of clients. [1860-65] * * *
parlor palm
a small palm, Chamaedorea elegans, native to Central America, having a reedlike stem and long, pointed leaflets, widely cultivated as a houseplant. Also called dwarf fan ...
parlor car n. A railroad car for day travel fitted with individual reserved seats. Also called chair car. * * *
parlor game n. A game that can be played indoors. * * *
parlor grand n. A grand piano shorter in length than a concert grand yet longer than a baby grand. * * *
/pahr"leuhr mayd'/, n. a maid who takes care of a parlor, answers the door, waits on guests, etc. [1830-40; PARLOR + MAID] * * *
/pahr"leuhr/, n., adj. Chiefly Brit. parlor. Usage. See -or1. * * *
—parlously, adv. —parlousness, n. /pahr"leuhs/, adj. 1. perilous; dangerous. 2. Obs. clever; shrewd. adv. 3. to a large extent; greatly. [1350-1400; ME, var. of perlous, ...
See parlous. * * *
/peuhl yahr"ee, pahrl-/, n. Polari. * * *
/pahr"meuh/; for 1 also It. /pahrdd"mah/, n. 1. a city in N Italy, SE of Milan. 177,934. 2. a city in NE Ohio. 92,548. * * * City (pop, 2001 prelim.: 156,172), Emilia-Romagna ...
Parma and Piacenza, Duchy of
▪ historical duchy, Italy       the northern Italian cities of Parma and Piacenza, with their dependent territories, detached from the Papal States by Pope Paul III in ...
Parma Heights
/pahr"meuh/ a city in NE Ohio, near Cleveland. 23,112. * * *
Parma violet
a variety of the sweet violet, Viola odorata, that is the source of an essential oil used in perfumery. [1855-60; after PARMA, Italy] * * *
▪ lichen       largest genus of foliose (leafy) lichens, which includes among its members the species commonly known as crottle and skull lichen. Crottle, the largest ...
—Parmenidean /pahr'meuh nid"ee euhn/, adj. /pahr men"i deez'/, n. fl. c450 B.C., Greek Eleatic philosopher. * * * born с 515 BC Greek philosopher, leader of the ...
▪ Macedonian general born c. 400 BC died 330, Ecbatana, Media       Macedonian general usually considered the best officer in the service of Philip II and his son ...
/pahr'men tyay"/; Fr. /pannrdd mahonn tyay"/, adj. (sometimes l.c.) (of food) prepared or served with potatoes: potage Parmentier. Also, Parmentière /pahr'men tyair"/; Fr. ...
Parmentier, André
▪ American horticulturalist English  Andrew Parmentier  born July 3, 1780, Enghien, Austrian Netherlands died Nov. 26, 1830       Belgian-born American ...
/pahr"meuh zahn', -zan', -zeuhn; pahr'meuh zahn", -zan"/, adj. 1. of or from Parma, in northern Italy. n. 2. (sometimes l.c.) Also called Parmesan cheese. a hard, dry variety of ...
Parmesan cheese
Parmesan (cheese) n. a very hard, dry cheese orig. of Italy, made from skimmed cow's milk and usually grated for sprinkling on pasta, soups, etc. * * *
/pahr'meuh zhah"neuh, -zhahn"/; It. /pahrdd'mee jah"nah/, adj. Italian Cookery. cooked with Parmesan cheese: veal parmigiana; eggplant parmigiana. Also, parmigiano /pahr'meuh ...
orig. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola born Jan. 11, 1503, Parma, Duchy of Milan died Aug. 24, 1540, Casalmaggiore, Cremona Italian painter and etcher. He painted some of his ...
Par·mi·gia·ni·no (pär'mĭ-jä-nēʹnō, -mē-) or Par·mi·gia·no (-jäʹnō), Il. 1503-1540. Italian Mannerist painter and etcher whose work is characterized by ...
/pahrdd'nah ee"bah/, n. 1. a seaport in NE Brazil. 57,000. 2. a river in NE Brazil, flowing NE to the Atlantic. 900 mi. (1450 km) long. Also, Parnahiba, Parnahyba. * * * ▪ ...
Parnaíba River
River, northeastern Brazil. It rises in the Tabatinga Mountains and flows northeast for 600 mi (965 km) to empty into the Atlantic Ocean, forming a delta at its mouth. The river ...
      genus of North American perennial herbs, in the family Parnassiaceae, more commonly known as grass of Parnassus. * * *
—Parnassianism, Parnassism, n. /pahr nas"ee euhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to Mount Parnassus. 2. pertaining to poetry. 3. of, pertaining to, or noting a school of French poets of ...
parnassian butterfly
▪ subfamily  any member of the insect subfamily Parnassiinae of the cosmopolitan family Papilionidae (order Lepidoptera). The parnassian (Parnassius), also known as apollo, ...
/pahr nas"euhs/, n. 1. Mount. Modern, Liakoura. a mountain in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth and near Delphi. ab. 8000 ft. (2440 m). 2. a collection of poems or of ...
Parnassus, Mount
▪ mountain, Greece Modern Greek  Óros Parnassós,         mountain barren limestone spur of the Pindus Mountains, central Greece, running northwest–southeast on ...
Parnassus, Mt.
Mountain in central Greece. Located in the Pindus range, it rises to a height of 8,061 ft (2,457 m). In the ancient world it was sacred to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs, ...
—Parnellism, n. —Parnellite, n. /pahr nel", pahr"nl/, n. Charles Stewart, 1846-91, Irish political leader. * * *
Parnell, Charles Stewart
born June 27, 1846, Avondale, County Wicklow, Ire. died Oct. 6, 1891, Brighton, Sussex, Eng. Irish nationalist leader. After an education at the University of Cambridge, he ...
Parnell, Thomas
▪ Irish author born 1679, Dublin died 1718, Chester, Eng.  Irish poet, essayist, and friend of Alexander Pope (Pope, Alexander), who relied on Parnell's scholarship in his ...
Parnell,Charles Stewart
Par·nell (pär-nĕlʹ, pärʹnəl), Charles Stewart. 1846-1891. Irish nationalist leader who served as a member of the British parliament (1875-1891) and led Ireland's Home ...
▪ people also called  Aparni        one of three nomadic or seminomadic tribes in the confederacy of the Dahae living east of the Caspian Sea; its members founded the ...
Parnicki, Teodor
▪ Polish author born March 5, 1908, Berlin, Ger. died Dec. 5, 1988, Warsaw, Pol.       Polish historical novelist who modernized the genre through his interest in ...
/pahr"nis/, n. Mollie (Mollie Parnis Livingston), born 1905, U.S. fashion designer. * * *
▪ Estonia Russian  Pyarnu,  formerly  (until 1918) Pernov,         city, Estonia, at the mouth of the Pärnu River on Pärnu Bay of the Gulf of Riga. First ...
▪ Bhutan       town, western Bhutan, in the Himalayas on the Paro River. Centred on Fort Paro, a large rectangular building with a seven-story tower, it was the main ...
Seph. /paw rddaw"khet/; Ashk. /peuh rddoh"khes/, n. Hebrew. parokheth. Also, parochet. * * *
—parochially, adv. —parochialness, n. /peuh roh"kee euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a parish or parishes. 2. of or pertaining to parochial schools or the education they ...
Parochial Church Council
Anglican Ch. the ruling body of a parish, composed of the vicar, the churchwardens, and elected laypersons. * * *
parochial education
Education offered institutionally by a religious group. The curriculum usually includes both religious and general studies. In the U.S. and Canada, parochial education has ...
parochial school
a primary or secondary private school supervised by a religious organization, esp. a Roman Catholic day school affiliated with a parish or a holy order. Cf. church ...
parochial schools
➡ public schools * * *
—parochialist, n. —parochialization, n. /peuh roh"kee euh liz'euhm/, n. a parochial character, spirit, or tendency; excessive narrowness of interests or view; ...
See parochialism. * * *
/peuh roh"kee euh luyz'/, v., parochialized, parochializing. v.t. 1. to make parochial. v.i. 2. to work in or for a parish. Also, esp. Brit., parochialise. [1840-50; PAROCHIAL + ...
See parochialism. * * *
parochial school n. A primary or secondary school supported by a religious organization. * * *
/peuh rod"ik/, adj. having or of the nature of a parody. Also, parodical. [1820-30; PAROD(Y) + -IC] * * *
See parodic. * * *
/par"euh dist/, n. a writer of parodies, esp. of a literary subject, work, or style. [1735-45; < F parodiste. See PARODY, -IST] * * *
—parodistically, adv. /par'euh dis"tik/, adj. parodic. [1880-85; PARODIST + -IC] * * *
/par'euh don"sheuhm; -shee euhm/, n., pl. parodontia /-sheuh, -shee euh/. periodontium. [ < NL; see PAR-, PERIODONTIUM] * * *
/pahr"euh dos'/, n., pl. parodoi /-doy'/. (in ancient Greek drama) an ode sung by the chorus at their entrance, usually beginning the play and preceding the proagon in comedy or ...
—parodiable, adj. /par"euh dee/, n., pl. parodies, v., parodied, parodying. n. 1. a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious ...
/peuh roy"keuhs/, adj. Bot. (of certain mosses) having the male and female reproductive organs beside or near each other. Also, parecious, paroecious /peuh ree"sheuhs/. [1885-90; ...
Seph. /paw rddaw"khet/; Ashk. /peuh rddoh"khes/, n. Hebrew. a richly embroidered curtain that hangs in front of the Holy Ark in a synagogue. Also, parokhet, parocheth, ...
/peuh rohl", par"euhl/, Law. n. 1. something stated or declared. 2. by parol, by word of mouth; orally. adj. 3. given by word of mouth; oral; not contained in documents: parol ...
—parolable, adj. /peuh rohl"/, n., v., paroled, paroling, adj. n. 1. Penol. a. the conditional release of a person from prison prior to the end of the maximum sentence ...
/peuh roh lee", -roh"lee/, n. a person who is released from prison on parole. [1915-20; PAROLE + -EE] * * *
—paronomastic /par'euh noh mas"tik/, adj. —paronomastically, adv. /par'euh noh may"zheuh, -zhee euh, -zee euh/, n. Rhet. 1. the use of a word in different senses or the use ...
See paronomastic. * * *
See paronomasia. * * *
See paronomastic. * * *
—paronychial, adj. /par'euh nik"ee euh/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the folds of skin bordering a nail of a finger or toe, usually characterized by infection and pus formation; ...
See paronychia. * * *
—paronymic, adj. /par"euh nim/, n. Gram. a paronymous word. [1840-50; < Gk parónymon, neut. of parónymos formed by a slight change in name, derivative, equiv. to par- PAR- + ...
See paronym. * * *
/peuh ron"euh meuhs/, adj. Gram. containing the same root or stem, as the words wise and wisdom. [1655-65; < Gk parónymos. See PARONYM, -OUS] * * *
/par"euh ket'/, n. parakeet. * * *
/pair"os/; Gk. /pah"rddaws/, n. a Greek island of the Cyclades, in the S Aegean: noted for its white marble. 6776; 77 sq. mi. (200 sq. km). * * * ▪ island, ...
/peuh roz"mee euh/, n. Pathol. a disorder of the sense of smell, esp. the perception of odors that are not present. [1815-25; PAR- + Gk osm(é) smell + -IA] * * *
/peuh roh"tik, -rot"ik/, adj. Anat., Zool. situated about or near the ear. [1855-60; < NL paroticus < Gk par- PAR- + otikós of the ear; see OTO-, IC] * * *
—parotidean, adj. /peuh rot"id/, Anat. n. 1. Also called parotid gland. a salivary gland situated at the base of each ear. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or situated near either ...
pa·rot·i·dec·to·my (pə-rŏt'ĭ-dĕkʹtə-mē) n. pl. pa·rot·i·dec·to·mies Surgical removal of the parotid gland. * * *
parotid gland n. Either of the pair of salivary glands situated below and in front of each ear.   [New Latin parōtis, parōtid-, from Latin, tumor near the ear, from Greek : ...
/par'euh tit"ik/, adj. of or pertaining to parotitis. [1855-60; PAROTIT(IS) + -IC] * * *
/par'euh tuy"tis/, n. Pathol. 1. inflammation of a parotid. 2. mumps. Also, parotiditis /peuh rot'i duy"tis/. [1815-25; PAROT(ID) + -ITIS] * * *
/peuh roh"toyd/, Zool. n. 1. Also called parotoid gland. any of certain cutaneous glands forming warty masses near the ear in certain toads. adj. 2. of or pertaining to a ...
par·ous (părʹəs, pârʹ-) adj. Having given birth one or more times.   [From -parous.] * * *
/peuh rooh"zee euh, -see euh, pahr'ooh see"euh/, n. 1. advent (def. 4). 2. (l.c.) Platonism. the presence in any thing of the idea after which it was formed. [1870-75; < Gk ...
par·ox·e·tine (pă-rŏkʹsĭ-tēn') n. An oral antidepressant of the SSRI class of drugs.   [para-1 + oxy- + methyl + piperidine.] * * *
—paroxysmal, paroxysmic, adj. —paroxysmally, adv. /par"euhk siz'euhm/, n. 1. any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage. 2. Pathol. a ...
See paroxysm. * * *
paroxysmal tachycardia
Pathol. tachycardia that begins and subsides suddenly. * * *
See paroxysmal. * * *
—paroxytonic /par'ok si ton"ik, peuh rok'-/, adj. /peuh rok"si tohn'/, Class. Gk. Gram. adj. 1. having an acute accent on the next to the last syllable. n. 2. a paroxytone ...
/pahr"peuhn/, n. perpend1. * * *
/pahr kay"/, n., v., parqueted /-kayd"/, parqueting /-kay"ing/. n. 1. a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods ...
parquet circle
parterre (def. 1). [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
parquet circle n. The part of the main floor of a theater that lies under the balcony section. Also called parterre. * * *
/pahr"ki tree/, n. mosaic work of wood used for floors, wainscoting, etc.; marquetry. [1835-45; < F parqueterie. See PARQUET, -ERY] * * *
/pahr/, n., pl. parrs, (esp. collectively) parr. 1. a young salmon, having dark crossbars on its sides. 2. the young of certain other fishes, as the codfish. [1705-15; orig. ...
/pahr/, n. Catherine. See Catherine Parr. * * *
Parr (pär), Catherine. 1512-1548. Queen of England as the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. * * *
Parra, Nicanor
born Sept. 5, 1914, San Fabian, Chile Chilean poet. A student of mathematics and physics, Parra began teaching theoretical physics at the University of Chile in 1952. One of ...
/par"euh keet'/, n. parakeet. * * *
/par'euh mat"euh/, n. paramatta. * * * ▪ New South Wales, Australia       city within the Sydney metropolitan area, New South Wales, Australia. It lies along the ...
/par"euhn/, n. Thomas, Jr., 1892-1968, U.S. public health official. * * *
Parratt, Sir Walter
▪ British musician born Feb. 10, 1841, Huddersfield, Eng. died March 27, 1924, Windsor       organist who exerted great influence by his understanding of Bach (Bach, ...
/par"euhl/, n. Naut. a sliding ring or collar of rope, wood, or metal that confines a yard or the jaws of a gaff to the mast but allows vertical movement. Also, parral. [1425-75; ...
or Parrhasios flourished 5th century BC, Athens, Greece Greek painter. He was praised by ancient critics as a master of outline drawing. He apparently succeeded in portraying ...
See parricide. * * *
See parricidal. * * *
—parricidal, adj. /par"euh suyd'/, n. 1. the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative. 2. a person who commits such an act. [1545-55; < L parricidum act of ...
/par"ing teuhn/, n. Vernon Louis, 1871-1929, U.S. literary historian and critic. * * *
Parrington, Vernon L.
▪ American literary historian in full  Vernon Louis Parrington   born Aug. 3, 1871, Aurora, Ill., U.S. died June 16, 1929, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, ...
Parris Island
/par"is/ a U.S. Marine Corps base, recruit depot, and training station in SE South Carolina, SW of Beaufort and S of Port Royal Island. * * * ▪ island, South Carolina, United ...
Parris, Alexander
▪ American architect born Nov. 24, 1780, Hebron, District of Maine, Mass., U.S. died June 16, 1852, Pembroke, Mass.       American architect, a principal exponent of ...
/par"ish/, n. 1. Anne, 1888-1957, U.S. novelist and author of books for children. 2. (Frederick) Maxfield /maks"feeld'/, 1870-1966, U.S. painter and illustrator. * * *
Parrish, (Frederick) Maxfield
born July 25, 1870, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died March 10, 1966, Plainfield, N.H. U.S. illustrator and painter. Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Drexel ...
Parrish, Anne
▪ American philanthropist born Oct. 17, 1760, Philadelphia, Pa. [U.S.] died Dec. 26, 1800, Philadelphia       American philanthropist whose school for indigent girls, ...
Parrish, Celestia Susannah
▪ American educator born Sept. 12, 1853, near Swansonville, Va., U.S. died Sept. 7, 1918, Clayton, Ga.       American educator who worked in the South to open higher ...
Parrish, Maxfield
▪ American artist in full  Frederick Maxfield Parrish   born July 25, 1870, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. died March 10, 1966, Plainfield, New Hampshire  American ...
Parrish, Robert
▪ 1996       U.S. child actor who appeared as a newsboy in Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and later earned an Academy Award for film editing for Body and Soul and ...
Parrish,Maxfield Frederick
Par·rish (părʹĭsh), Maxfield Frederick. 1870-1966. American artist known for his colorful murals, magazine covers, and book illustrations. * * *
Par·ris Island (părʹĭs) An island of the Sea Islands off southern South Carolina. It has been a U.S. Marine Corps training installation since 1915. * * *
/par"euh ket'/, n. parakeet. Also, parroquet. * * *
—parrotlike, adj. —parroty, adj. /par"euht/, n. 1. any of numerous hook-billed, often brilliantly colored birds of the order Psittaciformes, as the cockatoo, lory, macaw, or ...
parrot fever
Pathol. psittacosis. Also called parrot disease. [1950-55] * * *
parrot fish
Any of about 80 species (family Scaridae) of slender, blunt-headed, deep-bodied fishes found on tropical reefs. They are often brightly coloured and have large scales. The fused ...
parrot tulip
a variety of the cultivated tulip Tulipa gesnerana, having variously colored, often double flowers with fringed petals. [1855-60] * * *
/par"euhts bil'/, n. a showy, vinelike plant, Clianthus puniceus, of New Zealand, having clusters of eight white-streaked, crimson flowers. Also called parrot-beak /par"euht ...
/par"euhts fedh'euhr/, n. a South American water milfoil, Myriophyllum aquaticum, having hairlike pinnate leaves, widely cultivated as an aquarium plant. * * *
▪ bird also called  crow-tit    any of several species of small to medium titmouselike birds (bird), mostly brown and gray with soft, loose plumage and distinctive ...
See parrot. * * *
parrot fever n. See psittacosis. * * *
/par"euht fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) parrotfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) parrotfishes. any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes, esp. of ...
Parrott, Robert Parker
▪ American inventor born Oct. 5, 1804, Lee, N.H., U.S. died Dec. 24, 1877, Cold Spring, N.Y.       U.S. inventor who developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott ...
—parriable, adj. —parrier, n. /par"ee/, v., parried, parrying, n., pl. parries. v.t. 1. to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert. 2. to turn aside; ...
/par"ee/, n. William Edward, 1790-1855, English arctic explorer. * * *
Parry Sound
▪ Ontario, Canada       town, seat of Parry Sound district, southeastern Ontario, Canada. It lies on the eastern shore of Georgian Bay of Lake Huron, at the mouth of ...
Parry, Sir Hubert, Baronet
▪ British composer born Feb. 27, 1848, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Eng. died Oct. 7, 1918, Rustington, Sussex  composer, writer, and teacher, influential in the revival of ...
Par·ry (părʹē), Milman. 1902-1935. American classicist and folklorist who revealed the oral-formulaic character of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey by analyzing the formulaic ...
Parry,Sir William Edward
Parry, Sir William Edward. 1790-1855. British navigator who commanded three expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage (1819-1820, 1821-1823, and 1824-1825). * * *
Parry Channel A water route through the central Arctic Archipelago of northern Canada, linking Baffin Bay on the east with the Beaufort Sea on the west. * * *
Parry Islands A group of islands of northern Canada, in the Arctic Ocean north of Victoria Island. * * *
/pahrz/, n., pl. partes /pahr"teez/. (in prescriptions) a part. [ < L] * * *
pars intermedia
/pahrz" in'teuhr mee"dee euh/, Anat. See under pituitary gland. [1905-10; < NL: intermediate part] * * *
—parsable, adj. —parser, n. /pahrs, pahrz/, v., parsed, parsing. v.t. 1. to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, ...
/pahr"sek'/, n. Astron. a unit of distance equal to that required to cause a heliocentric parallax of one second of an arc, equivalent to 206,265 times the distance from the ...
/pahr"see, pahr see"/, n. 1. an Indian Zoroastrian descended from Persian Zoroastrians who went to India in the 7th and 8th centuries to escape Muslim persecution. 2. the Middle ...
/par"see iz'euhm, pahr see"iz euhm/, n. the religion and customs of the Parsees. Also, Parsiism. [1835-45; PARSEE + -ISM] * * *
See parse. * * *
flourished 8th century BC In Jainism, the 23rd Tirthankara, or saint, of the present age. He founded a religious order and formulated four vows binding on its members (not to ...
Par·si also Par·see (pärʹsē, pär-sēʹ) n. pl. Par·sis, also Par·sees A member of a Zoroastrian religious sect in India.   [Persian Pārsī, from Pārs Persia, from Old ...
/pahr"seuh feuhl, -fahl'/, n. 1. (italics) a music drama by Richard Wagner: composed 1877-82; première 1882. 2. Teutonic Legend. Percival (def. 1). * * *
—parsimoniously, adv. —parsimoniousness, n. /pahr'seuh moh"nee euhs/, adj. characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy. [1590-1600; PARSIMON(Y) + -IOUS] Syn. ...
See parsimonious. * * *
See parsimoniously. * * *
/pahr"seuh moh'nee/, n. extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness. [1400-50; late ME parcimony < L parsimonia, parcimonia frugality, thrift, equiv. to ...
Parsippany–Troy Hills
▪ New Jersey, United States       township, Morris county, northeastern New Jersey, U.S. The township extends eastward from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains ...
See Parsi. * * *
—parsleylike, adj. /pahr"slee/, n. 1. an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves ...
parsley family
the plant family Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae), characterized by herbaceous plants having alternate, usually compound leaves, hollow stems, numerous small flowers borne in umbels, ...
parsleyed [pärs′lēd] adj. cooked with or sprinkled with parsley [parsleyed potatoes]: also sp. parslied * * *
parsley family n. A large family of aromatic herbs, the Umbelliferae (Apiaceae), characterized by compound leaves and small flowers grouped in umbels and including vegetables ...
/pahr"snip/, n. 1. a plant, Pastinaca sativa, cultivated varieties of which have a large, whitish, edible root. 2. the root of this plant. [1350-1400; earlier pars(e)nep, ...
—parsonic /pahr son"ik/, parsonical, adj. —parsonically, adv. —parsonish, parsonlike, adj. /pahr"seuhn/, n. 1. a member of the clergy, esp. a Protestant minister; pastor; ...
parson bird
tui. [1855-60] * * *
Parson Woodforde
➡ Woodforde * * *
Parson's Cause
Dispute involving English clergy in colonial Virginia over payment of salaries. When the British vetoed colonial laws that substituted currency for tobacco as payment for ...
parson's nose
Facetious. See pope's nose. [1830-40] * * *
par·son's nose (pärʹsənz) n. Informal See pope's nose. * * *
Parson, Anja
▪ 2008 born April 25, 1981, Umeå, Swed.       Anja Pärson of Sweden made history in 2007 when she became the first skier to have won world championship races in each ...
/pahr"seuh nij/, n. 1. the residence of a member of the clergy, as provided by the parish or church. 2. Eng. Eccles. Law. the benefice of a parson. [1250-1300; ME personage < AF, ...
parson bird n. See tui. * * *
See Parsons, Talcott. * * *
/pahr"seuhnz/, n. 1. Talcott /tawl"kot, tal"-/, 1902-79, U.S. sociologist and author. 2. Theophilus, 1750-1813, U.S. jurist. 3. a town in SE Kansas. 12,898. * * * (as used in ...
Parsons table
a square or rectangular table, often of lightweight material, with straight legs that are square in cross section and of the same thickness as the top extending from the corners ...
Parsons, Benny
▪ 2008 “B.P.”; “The Professor”        American racecar driver born July 12, 1941 , Wilkes county, N.C. died Jan. 16, 2007 , Charlotte, N.C. was named (1988) by ...
Parsons, Elsie Clews
orig. Elsie Worthington Clews born Nov. 27, 1875, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 19, 1941, New York City U.S. sociologist, anthropologist, and folklorist. She was trained in ...
Parsons, Louella
▪ American newspaper writer née  Louella Oettinger   born Aug. 6, 1881?, Freeport, Ill., U.S. died Dec. 9, 1972, Santa Monica, Calif.       American newspaper ...
Parsons, Richard D.
▪ 2004       In May 2003, after a year as chief executive of AOL Time Warner Inc., Dick Parsons also became the company's chairman. At the time, AOL Time Warner—formed ...
Parsons, Robert
▪ English Jesuit Parsons also spelled  Persons   born June 24, 1546, Nether Stowey, Somerset, Eng. died April 15, 1610, Rome  Jesuit who, with Cardinal William Allen, ...
Parsons, Sir Charles Algernon
born June 13, 1854, London, Eng. died Feb. 11, 1931, Kingston Harbour, Jam. British mechanical engineer. He began work at the Armstrong engineering works in Newcastle upon Tyne ...
Parsons, Talcott
born Dec. 13, 1902, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. died May 8, 1979, Munich, W.Ger. U.S. sociologist. Parsons taught at Harvard University from 1927 to 1973. He advocated a ...
Parsons, Timothy
▪ 2002       Capping a career of more than 40 years in which he had established himself among the world's leading marine biologists, Canadian Timothy Parsons was named a ...
Par·sons (pärʹsənz), Talcott. 1902-1979. American sociologist noted for developing the structural-functional approach to studying social systems.   Par·sonʹi·an ...
Parsons, William. Third Earl of Rosse. 1800-1867. British astronomer known for his improvements to telescope construction. * * *
Parsons table n. A sturdy, usually rectangular table with flush surfaces and straight block legs that are equal in thickness to the top of the table and form its four ...
/pahrsh"veuh, pahrs"-/, n. Jainism. a semilegendary Tirthankara of the 8th century B.C., said to have been born after a series of pious incarnations in each of which he was ...
/pahrt/, n. 1. a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent: the rear part of the house; to glue the two ...
part music
music, esp. vocal music, with parts for two or more independent performers. [1875-80] * * *
Part of Fortune
Astrol. the celestial longitude of the moon plus the celestial longitude of the ascendant minus the celestial longitude of the sun: said to connote an area of life through which ...
part of speech
Gram. any of the classes into which words in some languages, as Latin and English, have traditionally been divided on the basis of their meaning, form, or syntactic function, as, ...
Part of the set of features proposed by Chomsky and Halle (1968)
▪ Table Part of the set of features proposed by Chomsky and Halle (1968) Major class features consonantal syllabic sonorant Manner of articulation ...
part song
—part singing. a song with parts for several voices, esp. one meant to be sung without accompaniment. [1590-1600] * * *
part time
a period of time that is less than the usual or full time. Cf. full time. [1890-95] * * *
Pärt, Arvo
born Sept. 11, 1935, Paide, Est. Estonian composer. After years of experimentation, he began in the late 1970s to produce his own distinctive music. A devoutly Orthodox ...
/pahrt"skawr", -skohr"/, n. Bridge. 1. a contract to make less than the number of tricks required for game: to bid a part-score of three diamonds. 2. the number of points gained ...
adj. /pahrt"tuym'/; adv. /pahrt"tuym"/, adj. 1. employed to work, used, expected to function, etc., less than the usual or full time: a part-time clerk. 2. lasting, requiring, or ...
/pahrt"tuy"meuhr/, n. a person who works, attends school, etc., less than full time. [1925-30; PART-TIME + -ER1] * * *
1. participial. 2. participle. 3. particular. * * *
part. adj.
participial adjective. * * *
part. vic.
(in prescriptions) in divided doses. [ < L partibus vicibus] * * *
—partakable, adj. —partaker, n. /pahr tayk"/, v., partook, partaken, partaking. v.i. 1. to take or have a part or share along with others; participate (usually fol. by in): ...
See partake. * * *
/pahr"tn/, n. Scot. a crab. [1375-1425; late ME (Scots) < ScotGael: crab] * * *
▪ India also spelled  Partabgarh  or  Pratapgarh        town, Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. The town was founded in 1689 and was the capital ...
▪ music       usual form in which vocal or instrumental polyphonic music was handwritten or printed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Each partbook contained the notation ...
Partch, Harry
born June 24, 1901, Oakland, Calif., U.S. died Sept. 3, 1974, San Diego, Calif. U.S. composer and instrument maker. He grew up in Arizona and was largely self-taught musically. ...
Parteciaco family
▪ Venetian family also spelled  Partecipazio        noted Venetian family that produced seven doges between 810 and 942, as well as many bishops and church ...
—partedness, n. /par"tid/, adj. 1. divided into parts; cleft. 2. divided by a part: parted hair. 3. set or kept apart; separated. 4. Bot. (of a leaf) separated into rather ...
parted per tierce
Heraldry. tierced. * * *
/pahrdd te"rddah/, n., pl. parteras /-rddahs/. Spanish. a midwife. * * *
—parterred, adj. /pahr tair"/, n. 1. Also called parquet circle. the rear section of seats, and sometimes also the side sections, of the main floor of a theater, concert hall, ...
/pahr thee"nee euh/, n. Class. Myth. an epithet of Athena, meaning "virgin." * * *
Parthenius of Nicaea
▪ Greek poet and grammarian flourished 1st century BC, Rome       Greek poet and grammarian, described as the “last of the Alexandrians.”       Born in ...
a combining form meaning "without fertilization," used in the formation of compound words: parthenogenesis. [ < Gk, comb. form repr. parthénos maiden] * * *
See parthenocarpy. * * *
See parthenocarpic. * * *
—parthenocarpic, adj. /pahr"theuh noh kahr'pee/, n. Bot. the production of fruit without fertilization of an egg in the ovary. [1910-15; PARTHENO- + -carpy; see -CARP, -Y3] * * ...

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