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pink root
Plant Pathol. a disease of onions and other plants, characterized by pink, withered roots, caused by a fungus, Pyrenochaeta terrestris. * * *
pink salmon
a small Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, distinguished by its small scales and long anal fin and by the bright red spawning coloration of males, occurring from California ...
pink slip
notice of dismissal from one's job. [1910-15] * * *
pink stern
—pink-sterned, adj. Naut. a sharp stern having a narrow, overhanging, raking transom. [1885-60] * * *
pink tea
Informal. a formal tea or reception. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
/pingk"kol"euhr/, adj. of or pertaining to a type of employment traditionally held by women, esp. relatively low-paying work: secretaries, phone operators, and other pink-collar ...
/pingk"slip"/ v.t., pink-slipped, pink-slipping. to dismiss from a job: He will be pink-slipped next month. [1950-55] * * *
pink bollworm n. The pinkish larva of a moth (Pectinophora gossypiella) that is destructive to the flowers and bolls of growing cotton. * * *
/ping"keuhn/, v.i. to grow or turn pink. [1885-90; PINK1 + -EN1] * * *
Pinker, Steven
▪ 2000       At the forefront of cognitive science in 1999 was Canadian-born American experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, who in October published an eagerly ...
/ping"keuhr teuhn/, n. Allan, 1819-84, U.S. detective, born in Scotland. * * *
Pinkerton National Detective Agency
U.S. independent police force. The agency was founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton (1819–84), former deputy sheriff of Cook county, Ill. It originally specialized in railway ...
Pinkerton, Allan
▪ American detective born August 25, 1819, Glasgow, Scotland died July 1, 1884, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.  Scottish-born detective and founder of a famous American private ...
Pin·ker·ton (pĭngʹkər-tən), Allan. 1819-1884. Scottish-born American detective. His agency was notorious for breaking strikes and disrupting labor efforts to unionize. * * ...
/pingk"uy'/, n. Pathol. a contagious, epidemic form of acute conjunctivitis occurring in humans and certain animals: so called from the color of the inflamed eye. [1785-95; PINK1 ...
/ping"keuhm/, n. Lydia (Estes), 1819-83, U.S. businesswoman: manufactured patent medicine. * * *
Pinkham, Lydia E(stes)
born , Feb. 9, 1819, Lynn, Mass., U.S. died May 17, 1883, Lynn U.S. patent-medicine proprietor. Pinkham began making Vegetable Compound as a home remedy, sharing it with her ...
Pinkham, Lydia E.
▪ American businesswoman née  Lydia Estes  born , Feb. 9, 1819, Lynn, Mass., U.S. died May 17, 1883, Lynn       successful American patent-medicine proprietor who ...
Pinkham,Lydia Estes
Pink·ham (pĭngʹkəm), Lydia Estes. 1819-1883. American patent-medicine manufacturer. Her Vegetable Compound became the most widely advertised product of its time. * * *
Chin. /bin"gyahng"/, n. Older Spelling. former name of Harbin. * * *
pinkie1 /ping"kee/, n. Informal. the little finger. Also, pinky. [1585-95; < D pinkie, dial. var. of pinkje, dim. of pink little finger] pinkie2 /ping"kee/, n. Australian ...
pinking iron
a tool for perforating, or for notching or scalloping the edge of fabric, leather, etc. [1755-65] * * *
pinking shears
shears that have notched blades, for cutting and simultaneously pinking fabric or for finishing garments with a notched, nonfraying edge. [1960-65] * * *
pink·ing shears (pĭngʹkĭng) pl.n. Shears with notched blades, used to finish edges of cloth with a zigzag cut for decoration or to prevent raveling or fraying. * * *
/ping"kish/, adj. somewhat pink: The sky at sunset has a pinkish glow. [1775-85; PINK1 + -ISH1] * * *
See pinkish. * * *
pink lady n. A cocktail of gin, brandy, lemon or lime juice, egg white, and grenadine, shaken with cracked ice and strained. * * *
See pink1. * * *
Pinkney, William
▪ United States statesman born , March 17, 1764, Annapolis, Md. died Feb. 25, 1822, Washington, D.C.       U.S. statesman and diplomat, considered one of the foremost ...
/ping"koh/, n., pl. pinkos, pinkoes. U.S. Slang. pink1 (def. 5). [1935-40; PINK1 + -O] * * *
/pingk"rooht', -root'/, n. 1. the root of any of various plants belonging to the genus Spigelia, of the logania family, esp. that of S. marilandica of the U.S., that is used as a ...
➡ field sports * * *
pink salmon n. A small salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) of Pacific waters, the male of which has a pink color and a conspicuous dorsal hump during the spawning season. Also called ...
pink slip n. Informal A notice of termination of employment.   pinkʹ-slipʹ (pĭngkʹslĭpʹ) v. * * *
/pingk"steuhr/, n. Hudson Valley (older use). Whitsuntide. Also, Pinxter. [1790-1800, Amer.; < D Pinksteren
pinkster flower
☆ pinkster flower [piŋk′stər ] n. PINXTER FLOWER * * *
pinkster flower.
See pinxter flower. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
pinky1 /ping"kee/, n., pl. pinkies. pink3. [1830-40; < D pinkie, dial. var. of pinkje, dim. of pink PINK3] pinky2 /ping"kee/, n., pl. pinkies. pinkie1. * * *
pin money n. Money for incidental expenses. * * *
—pinnal, adj. /pin"euh/, n., pl. pinnae /pin"ee/, pinnas. 1. Bot. one of the primary divisions of a pinnate leaf. 2. Zool. a. a feather, wing, or winglike part. b. a fin or ...
/pin"is/, n. 1. a light sailing ship, esp. one formerly used in attendance on a larger ship. 2. any of various kinds of ship's boats. 3. a small 17th-century ship having two or ...
/pin"euh keuhl/, n., v., pinnacled, pinnacling. n. 1. a lofty peak. 2. the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.: the pinnacle of one's career. 3. any ...
Pinnacles National Monument
▪ national monument, California, United States       area of spirelike rock formations 500 to 1,200 feet (150 to 365 metres) high in the hilly Gabilan Range of ...
See pinna. * * *
—pinnately, pinnatedly, adv. /pin"ayt, -it/, adj. 1. resembling a feather, as in construction or arrangement; having parts arranged on each side of a common axis: a pinnate ...
See pinnate. * * *
a combining form representing pinnate in compound words: pinnatipartite. [repr. L pinnatus; see -I-] * * *
/pi nat"euh fid/, adj. Bot. (of a leaf) pinnately cleft, with clefts reaching halfway or more to the midrib. [1745-55; < NL pinnatifidus. See PINNATI-, -FID] * * *
See pinnatifid. * * *
/pi nay"sheuhn/, n. Bot. pinnate condition or formation. [1870-75; PINNATE + -ION] * * *
/pi nat"euh ped'/, adj. Ornith. having lobate feet. [1820-30; < NL pinnatiped- (s. of pinnatipes). See PINNATI-, -PED] * * *
/pi nat"euh sekt'/, adj. Bot. (of a leaf) divided in a pinnate manner. [1855-60; PINNATI- + -SECT] * * *
/pin"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pins. 2. a headdress with a long hanging flap pinned on at each side. 3. a small apron fastened on by pins. [1645-55; PIN + -ER1] * * *
/pin"i grayd'/, adj. 1. moving by means of finlike parts or flippers, as the seals and walruses. n. 2. a pinnigrade animal. [1840-50; < NL pinnigradus. See PINNA, -I-, -GRADE] * ...
—pinnipedian /pin'euh pee"dee euhn/, adj., n. /pin"euh ped'/, adj. 1. belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the ...
/pin"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. pinnulae /-lee'/. 1. a pinnule. 2. a barb of a feather. [1740-50; < L, dim. of pinna PINNA; see -ULE] * * *
See pinnule. * * *
/pin"yeuh layt'/, adj. having pinnules. Also, pinnulated. [1820-30; PINNULE + -ATE1] * * *
—pinnular /pin"yeuh leuhr/, adj. /pin"yoohl/, n. 1. Zool. a. a part or organ resembling a barb of a feather, a fin, or the like. b. a finlet. 2. Bot. a secondary pinna, one of ...
pinny [pin′ē] n. pl. pinnies [Brit. Informal] a pinafore: usually a child's term * * *
pin oak n. A deciduous tree (Quercus palustris) of eastern North America, having horizontal or drooping branches, sharply lobed leaves, and small acorns with a saucer-shaped ...
/pi noh"kee oh'/, n. the hero of Carlo Collodi's children's story, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), a wooden puppet who comes to life as a boy and whose nose grows longer ...
Pinochet (Ugarte), Augusto
born Nov. 25, 1915, Valparaiso, Chile Head of Chile's military government (1974–90). A career military officer, he planned and led the coup d'état in which Pres. Salvador ...
Pinochet Ugarte
/pee'naw chet" ooh gahrdd"te/ Augusto /ow goohs"taw/, born 1915, Chilean army general and political leader: president 1973-90. * * *
Pinochet Ugarte, Augusto
▪ 2007       Chilean dictator (b. Nov. 25, 1915, Valparaíso, Chile—d. Dec. 10, 2006, Santiago, Chile), was leader of the military junta that overthrew the socialist ...
Pinochet, Augusto
▪ president of Chile in full  Augusto Pinochet Ugarte  born Nov. 25, 1915, Valparaiso, Chile died Dec. 10, 2006, Santiago  leader of the military junta that overthrew the ...
/pee"nuk euhl, -nok-/, n. 1. a popular card game played by two, three, or four persons, with a 48-card deck. 2. a meld of the queen of spades and the jack of diamonds in this ...
Pinochle melds
▪ Table Pinochle melds standard meld definition score run A-10-K-Q-J of trump 15 aces four aces, one of each suit 10 kings four kings, one of each suit 8 queens four ...
pinochle rummy
Cards. See five hundred rummy. * * *
/pin'euh suy tohs", -tohz", puy'neuh-/, v.i., pinocytosed, pinocytosing. (of a cell) to take within by means of pinocytosis. [1955-60; back formation from PINOCYTOSIS] * * *
—pinocytotic /pin'euh suy tot"ik, puy'neuh-/, adj. /pin'euh suy toh"sis, puy'neuh-/, n. Physiol. the transport of fluid into a cell by means of local infoldings by the cell ...
See pinocytosis. * * *
See pinocytotic. * * *
/pi noh"lee/; Sp. /pee naw"le/, n. corn or wheat, dried, ground, and sweetened, usually with the flour of mesquite beans. [1835-45, Amer.; < MexSp < Nahuatl pinolli flour, ...
/pi nohl"/, n. a town in W California. 14,253. * * *
/pin"yeuhn, peen"yohn, peen yohn"/; Sp. /pee nyawn"/, n., pl. piñons, Sp. piñones /pee nyaw"nes/. 1. Also, pinyon. Also called pinyon pine, nut pine. any of several pines of ...
piñon jay.
See pinyon jay. [1885-90] * * *
piñon jay also pinyon jay n. A small, dull blue, uncrested jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephala) of western North America. * * *
/pee noh"/, n. 1. any of several varieties of purple or white vinifera grapes yielding a red or white wine, used esp. in making burgundies and champagnes. 2. a red (Pinot Noir) ...
Pinot Blanc
/pee"noh blahonn", pee noh"/; Fr. /pee noh blahonn"/. See under Pinot (def. 2). [1965-70] * * *
Pinot Chardonnay
/pee noh" shahr'dn ay"/; Fr. /pee noh shannrdd daw ne"/ Chardonnay. * * *
Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio [grē′jō, grē′zhō] n. 〚It, gray pinot, name of the grape: see PINOT〛 [also p- g-] a light, dry white wine, originally produced in Italy * * *
Pinot Noir
/pee"noh nwahr", pee noh"/; Fr. /pee noh nwannrdd"/. See under Pinot (def. 2). Also, pinot noir. [1960-65] * * *
/pin"poynt'/, n. 1. the point of a pin. 2. a trifle; pinhead. 3. a tiny spot or sharp point. v.t. 4. to locate or describe exactly or precisely: to pinpoint the problem. adj. 5. ...
pinpoint bombing.
See precision bombing. [1940-45] * * *
/pin"prik'/, n. 1. any minute puncture made by a pin or the like. 2. a negligible irritation or annoyance. [1745-55; PIN + PRICK] * * *
/pinz/, n. a person of less than 16 years of age placed under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court because of habitual disobedience, intractability, or antisocial but noncriminal ...
pins and needles
1. a tingly, prickly sensation in a limb that is recovering from numbness. 2. on pins and needles, in a state of nervous anticipation: The father-to-be was on pins and ...
Pins, Île des
▪ island, New Caledonia English  Isle of Pines , also called  Kunie Island        island within the French overseas country of New Caledonia, in the southwestern ...
pinsand needles
pins and needles pl.n. A tingling sensation felt in a part of the body numbed from lack of circulation. Idiom: on pins and needles In a state of tense anticipation. * * *
/pin"sheuhr/, n. one of a group of related dogs including the Doberman pinscher, miniature pinscher, and affenpinscher. [1925-30; by shortening] * * *
/pin"set'euhr/, n. 1. a mechanical apparatus in a bowling alley that places all of the pins into position at one time and removes pins that have been knocked down. 2. See pin ...
/pinsk/; Russ. /pyeensk/, n. a city in SW Byelorussia (Belarus), E of Brest. 106,000. * * * ▪ Belarus       city, Brest oblast (province), Belarus, situated at the ...
Pinsker, Leo
▪ Russian-Polish physician and polemicist original name  Judah Leib Pinsker   born 1821, Tomaszów, Pol., Russian Empire [now in Poland] died Dec. 21, 1891, Odessa, Russian ...
Pinski, David
▪ Israeli author Pinski also spelled  Pinsky   born April 5, 1872, Mogilyov, Russia [now in Belarus] died Aug. 11, 1959, Haifa, Israel       Yiddish playwright, ...
Pinsky, Robert
born Oct. 20, 1940, Long Branch, N.J., U.S. American poet and critic. Pinsky was poetry editor of The New Republic from 1979 to 1986. His own poems, many of which are to be ...
Pinson, Vada
▪ 1996       U.S. centre fielder with the Cincinnati Reds for 11 of his 18 major league seasons and two-time all-star who was one of only six baseball players to hit 250 ...
/pin"spot'euhr/, n. pinsetter. [1955-60; PIN + SPOTTER] * * *
/pin"struyp'/, n. 1. a very thin stripe, esp. in fabrics. 2. a pattern of such stripes. 3. a fabric or garment having such stripes. [1895-1900; PIN + STRIPE1] * * *
pinstripe suits
➡ formal and informal dress * * *
/pin"struypt'/, adj. 1. (of a fabric or garment) having a pattern of pin stripes. 2. Informal. having or conveying the attitudes, policies, etc., often associated with persons ...
/pin"struy'ping/, n. a design, as on a fabric or surface, consisting of pinstripes: There's a surcharge if the car has pinstriping. [PINSTRIPE + -ING1] * * *
/puynt/, n. a liquid and also dry measure of capacity, equal to one half of a liquid and dry quart respectively, approximately 35 cubic inches (0.473 liter). Abbr.: pt, ...
/puynt"suyz'/, adj. Informal. comparatively small in size: a pint-size typewriter. Also, pint-sized. [1935-40] * * *
/pin"teuh/; Sp. /peen"tah/, n. Pathol. a nonvenereal treponematosis occurring chiefly in Central and South America, caused by Treponema carateum, characterized by spots of ...
/pin"teuh/; Sp. /peen"tah/, n. one of the three ships under the command of Columbus during his first voyage to America in 1492. * * * ▪ pathology       chronic tropical ...
Pinta Island
▪ island, Pacific Ocean Spanish  Isla Pinta , also called  Abingdon Island        one of the northernmost of the Galapagos Islands, in the eastern Pacific Ocean 600 ...
/pin tah"doh/, n., pl. pintados, pintadoes. cero (def. 1). Also, pintada /pin tah"deuh/. [1595-1605; < Pg, ptp. of pintar to paint < VL *pinctus painted. See PINTA] * * *
/pin"tayl'/, n., pl. pintails, (esp. collectively) pintail. 1. a long-necked river duck, Anas acuta, of the Old and New Worlds, having long and narrow middle tail feathers. 2. ...
/pin tah"noh/, n., pl. pintanos. See sergeant major (def. 3). [ < Cuban Sp] * * *
Pintasilgo, Maria de Lourdes Ruivo da Silva
▪ 2005       Portuguese civil servant (b. Jan. 18, 1930, Abrantes, Port.—d. July 10, 2004, Lisbon, Port.), was the first woman prime minister of Portugal (1979–80) ...
/pin"teuhr/, n. Harold, born 1930, English playwright. * * *
Pinter, Harold
born Oct. 10, 1930, London, Eng. British playwright and actor. Born into a working-class family, he acted with touring companies until 1959. His early one-act plays were ...
Pin·ter (pĭnʹtər), Harold. Born 1930. British playwright, screenwriter, and director. His plays, including The Dumbwaiter (1957) and The Birthday Party (1960), create an ...
See Pinter, Harold. * * * ➡ Pinter * * *
/pin"tl/, n. 1. a pin or bolt, esp. one on which something turns, as the gudgeon of a hinge. 2. a pin, bolt, or hook by which a gun or the like is attached to the rear of a ...
/pin"toh, peen"-/, adj., n., pl. pintos. adj. 1. marked with spots of white and other colors; mottled; spotted: a pinto horse. n. 2. Western U.S. a pinto horse. 3. See pinto ...
pinto bean
a variety of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, having mottled or spotted seeds: grown chiefly in the southern U.S. [1915-20, Amer.] * * *
Pinto, Fernão Mendes
▪ Portuguese author born c. 1510, Montemor-o-Velho, Port. died July 8, 1583, Almada, near Lisbon       Portuguese adventurer and author of the Peregrinação (1614, ...
pinto bean n. A form of the common string bean that has mottled seeds and is grown chiefly in the southwest United States. * * *
➡ beer * * *
Pintsch gas
/pinch/ gas with high illuminating power made from shale oil or petroleum, used in buoys, lighthouses, and railroad cars. [named after Richard Pintsch (1840-1919), German ...
pint·size (pīntʹsīz') also pint·sized (-sīzd') adj. Informal Of small dimensions; diminutive. * * *
or Pintoricchio orig. Bernardino di Betto di Biago born с 1454, Perugia, Romagna died Dec. 11, 1513, Siena, Republic of Siena Italian painter. He assisted Perugino on the ...
/pin"up'/, n. 1. a large photograph, as of a sexually attractive person, suitable for pinning on a wall. 2. a person in such a photograph. 3. a device or fixture that is fastened ...
pinwale [pin′wāl΄] adj. having a fine wale, as some corduroy * * * pin·wale (pĭnʹwāl') adj. Made with narrow wales: pinwale corduroy. * * *
pinwale corduroy
/pin"wayl'/ a lightweight corduroy with very thin wales. [PIN + WALE1] * * *
☆ pinweed [pin′wēd΄ ] n. any of a genus (Lechea) of perennial plants of the rockrose family, with thin stems and leaves, and small purplish or greenish flowers * * ...
/pin"hweel', -weel'/, n. 1. a child's toy consisting of a wheel or leaflike curls of paper or plastic loosely attached by a pin to a stick, designed to revolve when blown by or ...
pinwheel escapement
a clock escapement in which two pallets, usually of unequal length, alternately engage and release pins set on the escape wheel perpendicular to its plane of ...
/pin"hwee'ling, -wee'-/, n. U.S. Naut. the act of turning a multiple-screw ship within a minimum radius by having some engines going forward and others going in ...
/pin"werrk'/, n. (in the embroidery of needlepoint lace) crescent-shaped stitches raised from the surface of the design. [1885-90; PIN + WORK] * * *
/pin"werrm'/, n. a small nematode worm, Enterobius vermicularis, infesting the intestine and migrating to the rectum and anus, esp. in children. [1905-10; PIN + WORM] * * ...
pin·wrench (pĭnʹrĕnch') n. A wrench having a projection designed to fit a hole in the object to be turned. * * *
pinxit. * * *
/pingk"sit/, v. Latin. he or she painted (it): formerly used on paintings as part of the artist's signature. * * *
/pingk"steuhr/, n. Pinkster. * * *
pinxter flower
a wild azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides, of the U.S., having pink or purplish flowers. Also, pinkster flower. Also called wild honeysuckle. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
pinx·ter flower (pĭngkʹstər) n. A deciduous shrub (Rhododendron periclymenoides) of the southeast United States, having a funnel-shaped pink or purple corolla and flowers ...
Pinxton porcelain
▪ pottery       English porcelain produced in Derbyshire from 1796 to 1813. The factory was established by John Coke, who had lived in Dresden, Saxony, with the help of ...
/puy"nee/, adj., pinier, piniest. 1. abounding in or covered with pine trees: piny hillsides. 2. pertaining to or suggestive of pine trees: a piny fragrance. Also, ...
/pin"yin"/, n. (sometimes cap.) a system for transliterating Chinese into the Latin alphabet: introduced in 1958 and adopted as the official system of romanization by the ...
Pinyin romanization
▪ Chinese writing system also spelled  Pin-yin , also called  Chinese Phonetic Alphabet , Chinese (Pinyin)  Hanyu pinyin wenzi (“Chinese-language combining-sounds ...
/pin"yeuhn, peen"yohn, peen yohn"/, n. piñon (def. 1). Also called pinyon pine. * * *
pinyon jay
a grayish-blue, uncrested jay, Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus, found in mountainous parts of the western U.S. Also called piñon jay. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
pinyon jay n. Variant of piñon jay. * * *
/pin"zeuh/; It. /peen"dzah/, n. Ezio /et"see oh', ay"zee oh'/; It. /e"tsyaw/, 1895-1957, Italian basso, in the U.S. * * *
Pinza, Ezio
▪ American singer in full  Ezio Fortunato Pinza   born May 18, 1892, Rome, Italy died May 9, 1957, Stamford, Conn., U.S.       Italian-born operatic bass and ...
Pin·za (pĭnʹzə), Ezio. 1895-1957. Italian-born American operatic performer who was the leading basso at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City (1926-1948). * * *
/peen thawn"/, n. Martín Alonzo /mahrdd teen" ah lawn"thaw/, c1440-93?, and his brother, Vicente Yáñez /bee then"te yah"nyeth/, c1460-1524?, Spanish navigators with ...
Pinzón Island
▪ island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador also called  Duncan Island,         one of the Galápagos Islands, in the eastern Pacific Ocean, about 600 miles (965 km) west ...
Pinzón, Martín Alonso; and Pinzón, Vicente Yáñez
▪ Spanish explorer Respectively,   born c. 1441, Palos de Moguer, Sevilla [Spain] died 1493, Palos de Moguer born c. 1460?, Palos de Moguer died c. ...
Pinzón, MartínAlonso
Pin·zón (pĭn-zōnʹ, pēn-thōnʹ), Martín Alonso. 1440?-1493. Spanish navigator who commanded the Pinta on Christopher Columbus's first voyage to America (1492-1493). His ...
U.S. Mil. 1. public information office. 2. public information officer. * * *
Pio, Padre
orig. Francesco Forgione born May 25, 1887, Pietreclina, Italy died Sept. 23, 1968, San Giovanni Rotondo Italian priest. Born into a devout Catholic family, he consecrated ...
/pee'euh lay"/, n. an ice ax used in mountaineering. [1865-70; < F < Franco-Provencal; cf. piolet, pioula, derivs. of apia ax
▪ Italy       town, Tuscany regione, west-central Italy. It lies at the tip of the Piombino Promontory below Mount Massoncello, on the coast opposite the island of ...
/puy"on/, n. Physics. the first meson to be discovered: it has spin 0 and may be positively or negatively charged or neutral; charged pions decay into a muon and a neutrino or ...
/puy'euh near"/, n. 1. a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others. 2. one who is first or among the ...
Pioneer aircraft
▪ Table Pioneer aircraft airplane maiden flight wingspan length weight Ader Éole 1890 14 metres (45 feet 10 inches) 6.5 metres (21 feet 4 inches) 296 kg (653 pounds) ...
Pioneer Day
U.S. Hist. a legal holiday in Utah on July 24 to commemorate Brigham Young's founding of Salt Lake City in 1847. * * *
Russian  Pionery,         former Soviet organization for youth aged 9 to 14, closely associated with the Komsomol (q.v.) for youth aged 14 to 28. * * *
Pioneers, The
a historical novel (1823) by James Fenimore Cooper. Cf. Leather-Stocking Tales. * * *
/puy os"i tee/, n., pl. piosities. 1. an excessive or obvious show of piety; sanctimoniousness. 2. an act or instance of such piety: the piosities of our Puritan ...
Piotrków Trybunalski
▪ Poland       city, Łodzkie województwo (province), central Poland. It is a manufacturing centre containing textile (principally cotton) mills, woodworks, and ...
—piously, adv. —piousness, n. /puy"euhs/, adj. 1. having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations. 2. ...
See pious. * * *
See piously. * * *
/pee ot"see/; It. /pyawt"tsee/, n. Hester Lynch. See Thrale, Hester Lynch. * * *
Piozzi, Hester Lynch
▪ English writer née  Salusbury , also called (1763–84)  Harriet Lynch Thrale , byname  Mrs. Thrale  born Jan. 27, 1740, Bodvel, Carnarvonshire, Wales died May 2, ...
Piozzi,Hester Lynch
Pioz·zi (pyôtʹsē), Hester Lynch. Known as “Mrs. Thrale.” (thrāl) 1741-1821. British writer whose books Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786) and Letters to and ...
pip1 /pip/, n. 1. one of the spots on dice, playing cards, or dominoes. 2. each of the small segments into which the surface of a pineapple is divided. 3. Informal. metal insigne ...
/pip/, n. a male given name, form of Philip. * * *
pip emma
/pip" em"euh/, Brit. in, on, or during the afternoon. [1910-15; phrase repr. P.M., used by signalmen] * * *
pip-squeak (pĭpʹskwēk') n. Informal One that is small or insignificant. * * *
or p'i-p'a Short-necked Chinese lute. It has a pear-shaped body and a fretted fingerboard, and the silk strings are plucked with the fingernails. It is prominent in the opera ...
/puy"pij/, n. 1. conveyance, as of water, gas, or oil, by means of pipes. 2. the pipes so used. 3. the sum charged for the conveyance. [1605-15; PIPE1 + -AGE] * * *
/puy"peuhl, pee"-/, n. a fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, somewhat resembling the banyan. Also, peepul. [1780-90; < Hindi pipal < Skt pippala] * * *
pipe1 —pipeless, adj. —pipelike, adj. /puyp/, n., v., piped, piping. n. 1. a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, ...
pipe and tabor
▪ musical instrument  three-holed fipple, or whistle, flute played along with a small snare drum. The player holds the pipe with his left hand, stopping the holes with the ...
pipe batten
batten2 (def. 5a). * * *
pipe bomb
a small homemade bomb typically contained in a metal pipe. [1965-70] * * *
pipe clay
a fine, white clay used for making tobacco pipes, whitening parts of military or other dress, etc. [1750-60] * * *
pipe cleaner
a short length of twisted flexible wires covered with tufted fabric, used to clean the stem of a smoker's pipe and for various handicrafts. [1865-70] * * *
pipe cutter
a machine or tool used for cutting pipe. [1885-90] * * *
pipe dream
any fantastic notion, hope, or story: Her plans for a movie career are just a pipe dream. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
pipe fitter
a person who installs and repairs pipe systems. [1885-90] * * *
pipe fitting
1. a joint or connector, as an elbow, union, or tee, used in a pipe system. 2. the work performed by a pipe fitter. [1885-90; PIPE1 + FIT1 + -ING1] * * *
pipe of peace
a calumet; peace pipe. [1685-95, Amer.] * * *
pipe organ
organ (def. 1). [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
pipe rack
1. a usually wheeled rack of metal piping on which to hang clothing, as in a store. 2. a small rack, usually of wood, for holding a smoker's pipes. * * *
Pipe Rolls
▪ English history also called  Great Rolls Of The Exchequer,         the oldest and longest series of English public records and a valuable source for the financial ...
pipe snake
any of several nonvenomous, burrowing snakes of the genus Cylindrophis, of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having an evenly cylindrical body. * * * ▪ ...
pipe vine
the Dutchman's-pipe. [1805-15] * * *
pipe wrench
a tool having two toothed jaws, one fixed and the other free to grip pipes and other tubular objects when the tool is turned in one direction only. [1885-90] * * *
/puyp"klay'/, v.t. to whiten with pipe clay. [1825-35] * * *
/puyp"dreem'/, v.i., pipe-dreamed or pipe-dreamt, pipe-dreaming. to indulge in pipe dreams; fantasize. * * *
/puyp"lay'euhr/, n. a worker employed in laying a pipeline or one experienced in such work. Also, pipelayer. [1830-40] * * *
/puyp"rak'/, adj. Informal. offering services or goods at low cost because of avoidance of expensive interior decoration, as by displaying clothing for sale on plain pipe ...
pipe bomb n. An explosive device contained in a metal pipe. * * *
pipe clay n. A fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather. * * *
pipe cleaner n. A pliant, tufted, narrow rod used for cleaning the stem of a tobacco pipe. * * *
pipe dream n. A fantastic notion or vain hope.   [From the fantasies induced by smoking a pipe of opium.] * * *
/puyp"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pipefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pipefishes. any elongated, marine and sometimes freshwater fish species of ...
pipe fitter n. One that installs and repairs piping systems. * * *
pipe·fit·ting (pīpʹfĭt'ĭng) n. 1. The act of connecting pipes. 2. A trade that deals with the installation and repair of piping systems. 3. A section of pipe, such as an ...
/puyp"fool/, n., pl. pipefuls. a quantity sufficient to fill the bowl of a pipe: a pipeful of tobacco. [1595-1605; PIPE1 + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
/puyp"luyn'/, n., v., pipelined, pipelining. n. 1. a long tubular conduit or series of pipes, often underground, with pumps and valves for flow control, used to transport crude ...
/puyp"luy'neuhr/, n. a person or company that specializes in laying pipelines. [1925-30, Amer.; PIPELINE + -ER1] * * *
/puyp"luy'ning/, n. the act, technique, or business of installing pipelines. [1885-90; PIPELINE + -ING1] * * *
pipe organ n. See organ. * * *
/puy"peuhr/, n. 1. a person who plays on a pipe. 2. a bagpiper. 3. pay the piper, a. to pay the cost of something. b. to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or ...
Piper Alpha
an oil rig (= platform) in the North Sea which exploded and caught fire in 1988, causing the deaths of 167 people. As a result of this disaster, rules concerning safety on oil ...
Piper, Carl, Greve
▪ Swedish statesman (Count) born July 29, 1647, Stockholm died May 29, 1716, Nöteborg, Fin.       Swedish statesman who served as King Charles XII's (Charles XII) ...
Piper, Myfanwy
▪ 1998       British art critic, founder and editor (1935-37) of the abstract art journal Axis, creative assistant to her husband, the painter John Piper, and, perhaps ...
Piper, William T.
▪ American manufacturer in full  William Thomas Piper   born Jan. 8, 1881, Knapps Creek, N.Y., U.S. died Jan. 15, 1970, Lock Haven, Pa.       American manufacturer of ...
▪ plant family       the pepper family in the order Piperales, commercially important because of Piper nigrum (black pepper), the source of black and white pepper. The ...
/pip'euh ray"sheuhs, puy'peuh-/, adj. belonging to the Piperacae, the pepper family of plants. Cf. pepper family. [1665-75; < NL Piperace(ae) (Piper the type genus (L: PEPPER) + ...
/puy per'euh sil"in/, n. Pharm. a broad-spectrum semisynthetic penicillin, C23H26N5NaO7, used against certain susceptible Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and certain ...
▪ plant order  order of flowering plants comprising 4 families, 17 genera, and 4,090 species. Along with the orders Laurales, Magnoliales, and Canellales, Piperales forms ...
/pi per"euh zeen', -zin, puy-, pip"euhr euh-/, n. Chem. 1. Also called piperazidine /pip'euh raz"i deen', -din, puy'peuh-/. a colorless, crystalline, deliquescent ring compound, ...
/pi per"i deen', -din, puy-, pip"euhr i-/, n. Chem. a colorless, water-soluble liquid, C5H11N, obtained from the alkaloid piperine or from pyridine: used chiefly as a ...
/pip"euh reen', -euhr in/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline alkaloid, C17H19NO3, obtained from pepper and other piperaceous plants and also prepared synthetically: used as an ...
/pi per"euh nal', puy-, pip"euhr euh-/, n. Chem. a white, crystalline, water-insoluble aldehyde, C8H6O3, which darkens on exposure to light: used chiefly in perfumery and organic ...
piperonyl butoxide
/pi per"euh nl, puy-, pip"euhr euh nil/, Chem. a light-brown liquid, C19H30O5, used chiefly as a synergist in certain insecticides. [1940-45; PIPERON(AL) + -YL; but- (from ...
➡ bagpipes. * * *
/puyp"stem'/, n. 1. the stem of a tobacco pipe. 2. something resembling this in slenderness, as an unusually thin arm or leg. [1720-30, Amer.; PIPE1 + STEM1] * * *
/puyp"stohn'/, n. a reddish argillaceous stone used by North American Indians for making tobacco pipes. [1755-65; PIPE1 + STONE] * * * ▪ Minnesota, United ...
Pipestone National Monument
National monument, southwestern Minnesota, U.S. Established in 1937, it has an area of 282 acres (114 hectares) and contains quarries of a reddish-coloured stone that was used by ...
/puy pet", pi-/, n., v.t., pipetted, pipetting. pipette. * * *
/puy pet", pi-/, n., v., pipetted, pipetting. n. 1. a slender graduated tube used in a laboratory for measuring and transferring quantities of liquids from one container to ...
pipe vine n. A deciduous woody vine (Aristolochia durior) of the eastern United States, having greenish, brown-mottled flowers shaped like a curved pipe. Also called Dutchman's ...
pipe wrench n. A wrench with two serrated jaws, one adjustable, for gripping and turning pipe. * * *
/pee"pee/, n., pl. pipi, pipis. 1. an edible bivalve of eastern Australia, Plebidonax deltoides. 2. an edible bivalve of New Zealand, Mesodesma novae-zelandiae. [1810-20; < ...
—pipingly, adv. /puy"ping/, n. 1. pipes collectively; a system or network of pipes. 2. material formed into a pipe or pipes. 3. the act of a person or thing that pipes. 4. the ...
Pipiolo and Pelucón
▪ Chilean history (Spanish:  “novice”  or  “greenhorn,”  and  “bigwig,” respectively),        members of the two political partisan groups active in ...
/pip'euh strel", pip"euh strel'/, n. any of numerous insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, esp. P. pipistrellus of Europe and Asia. [1775-85; < F < It pipistrello, var. ...
/pip"it/, n. any of several small songbirds of the genus Anthus, of the family Motacillidae, resembling the larks in coloration, structure, and habits. [1760-70; imit.] * * * or ...
/pip"kin/, n. 1. a small, earthen pot. 2. Brit. Dial. a piggin. [1555-65; perh. PIPE2 + -KIN] * * *
/pip"euh/; It. /peep"pah/, n. a female given name, Italian form of Philippa. * * *
Pippen, Scottie
▪ 1999       When the Chicago Bulls met the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 National Basketball Association (NBA) finals, Bulls forward Scottie Pippen staged perhaps the ...
/pip"euhr/, n. the center of the reticule of a gunsight. [PIP1 + -ER1] * * *
/pip'euh rooh"/, n., pl. pipperoos. Slang. pip3 (def. 2). [PIP3 + -EROO] * * *
/pip"in/, n. 1. any of numerous roundish or oblate varieties of apple. 2. Bot. a seed. [1250-1300; ME pipin, var. of pepin < OF] * * * (as used in expressions) Donation of ...
Pippin I
▪ Carolingian king also spelled  Pepin  died Dec. 13, 838       Carolingian king of Aquitaine, the second son of the emperor Louis I the Pious.       Pippin ...
Pippin II
▪ Carolingian king also spelled  Pepin  born c. AD 823 died after 864, Senlis, France       Carolingian king of Aquitaine.       The son of Pippin I of ...
Pippin III
or Pepin or Pippin the Short born с 714 died Sept. 24, 768, Saint-Denix, Neustria King of the Franks (751–768), the first king of the Carolingian dynasty and the father of ...
Pippin, Horace
born Feb. 22, 1888, West Chester, Pa., U.S. died July 6, 1946, West Chester U.S. folk painter. Pippin served in the infantry in World War I, but he was wounded in 1918 and ...
/pip sis"euh weuh, -waw'/, n. any evergreen plant of the genus Chimaphila, esp. C. umbellata, the leaves of which are used medicinally for their tonic, diuretic, and astringent ...
/pip"skweek'/, n. Informal. a contemptibly small or unimportant person; a twerp. [1895-1900; PIP4 + SQUEAK] * * *
/puy"pee/, adj., pipier, pipiest. 1. pipelike; tubular. 2. piping; shrill: a pipy voice. [1715-25; PIPE1 + -Y1] * * *
/pik"way, -weuh/, n. a city in W Ohio. 20,480. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, Miami county, western Ohio, U.S., on the Great Miami River, 27 miles (43 km) ...
See piquant. * * *
—piquancy, piquantness, n. —piquantly, adv. /pee"keuhnt, -kahnt, pee kahnt"/, adj. 1. agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart: a piquant ...
See piquancy. * * *
See piquancy. * * *
pique1 /peek/, v., piqued, piquing, n. v.t. 1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, esp. by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her ...
/pi kay", pee-/; Fr. /pee kay"/, n., pl. piqués /-kayz"/; Fr. /-kay"/ for 2, adj. n. 1. a fabric of cotton, spun rayon, or silk, woven lengthwise with raised cords. 2. Ballet. a ...
piqué work
▪ metalwork       decorative technique, usually employed on tortoiseshell, in which inlaid designs are created by means of small gold or silver pins. The art reached ...
/pi kay", -ket"/, n. a card game played by two persons with a pack of 32 cards, the cards from deuces to sixes being excluded. Also, picquet. [1640-50; < F; see PIC2, -ET] * * ...
/pear/, n. Islam. 1. a term of respect for the head of a religious group, esp. in Pakistan and various areas of the Middle and Near East. 2. a religious instructor, esp. in ...
Pīr Panjāl Range
▪ mountain system, Asia       part of the western Punjab Himalayas, lying in northwestern India and northern Pakistan and extending southeastward for more than 200 mi ...
/pee'rddah si kah"bah/, n. a city in SE Brazil, NW of São Paulo. 125,490. * * * ▪ Brazil       city, in the highlands of east-central São Paulo estado (state), ...
/puy"reuh see/, n., pl. piracies. 1. practice of a pirate; robbery or illegal violence at sea. 2. the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, ...
Piracy on the High Seas
▪ 2006 by John S. Burnett  To the astonishment of many, high-seas piracy, a crime thought long relegated to legend, made headlines in late 2005 when a luxury cruise ship was ...

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