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/pon tif"euh seez'/, n. pl. of pontifex. * * *
/pon"til/, n. punty. [1825-35; < F; see POINT, -IL] * * *
/pon"tuyn, -teen/, adj. Anat. of or pertaining to the pons. [1885-90; < L pont- (s. of pons) PONS + -INE1] * * *
/pon"teen, -tuyn/, adj. of or pertaining to the Pontine Marshes. * * *
Pontine Marshes
an area in W Italy, SE of Rome: formerly marshy, now drained. * * * ▪ region, Italy Italian  Agro Pontino,         reclaimed area in Latina provincia, Lazio (Latium) ...
Pon·tine Marshes (pŏnʹtēn, -tīn) An area of central Italy between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennine foothills. Formerly a malarial breeding ground, the land was drained ...
Ponting, Ricky
▪ 2007  In the 2005–06 cricket season, Australia captain Ricky Ponting made a sensational recovery after having lost the 2005 Ashes Test series in England. He scored 1,483 ...
any of a group of British holiday camps, the first of which was opened by Fred Pontin in 1946. These camps, offering cheap family holidays/vacations, were very popular in the ...
Pontius Pilate
/pon"sheuhs, -tee euhs/. See Pilate, Pontius. * * *
Pon·tius Pi·late (pŏnʹchəs pīʹlət) See Pilate, Pontius. * * *
/pont lev"is/, n. a drawbridge. [1480-90; < F, equiv. to pont bridge ( < L pont-, s. of pons) + levis ( < VL *levaticius liftable, adj. deriv. of L levare to lift] * * *
/pon"teuh kayn'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of tetracaine. * * *
/pawonn twannz"/, n. a city in and the capital of Val-d'Oise, in N France, on the Oise River, NW of Paris. 28,241. * * * ▪ France       town, capital of Val-d'Oise ...
/pon'tn ear"/, n. Mil. an officer or soldier in charge of bridge equipment or the construction of pontoon bridges. [1820-30; < F pontonnier. See PONTOON1, -IER2] * * *
pontoon1 /pon toohn"/, n. 1. Mil. a boat or some other floating structure used as one of the supports for a temporary bridge over a river. 2. a float for a derrick, landing ...
pontoon bridge
a bridge supported by pontoons. [1695-1705] * * *       floating bridge, used primarily but not invariably for military purposes. A pontoon bridge was constructed in 480 ...
pontoon bridge n. A temporary floating bridge that uses pontoons for support. Also called bateau bridge. * * *
/pon top"i dahn'/, n. Henrik /hen"rddeek/, 1857-1943, Danish novelist: Nobel prize 1917. * * *
Pontoppidan, Henrik
born July 24, 1857, Fredericia, Den. died Aug. 21, 1943, Ordrup, near Copenhagen Danish realist writer of novels and short stories. He studied engineering and worked as a ...
Pon·top·pi·dan (pŏn-tŏpʹĭ-dăn', -dän'), Henrik. 1857-1943. Danish writer known for his three-novel series The Promised Land (1891-1895). He shared the 1917 Nobel Prize ...
Pontormo [pō̂n tō̂r′mō] Jacopo da [yä kō̂′pō dä] (born Jacopo Carrucci) 1494-1557?; It. painter * * *
Pontormo, Jacopo da
orig. Jacopo Carrucci born May 24, 1494, Pontormo, Republic of Florence buried Jan. 2, 1557, Florence Florentine painter. The son of a painter, he was apprenticed to Leonardo ...
Pontryagin, Lev Semyonovich
▪ Russian mathematician also spelled  Lev Semenovich Pontriagin , or  Pontrjagin  born September 3, 1908, Moscow died May 3, 1988, Moscow       Russian ...
/pon"teuhs/, n. 1. an ancient country in NE Asia Minor, bordering on the Black Sea: later a Roman province. 2. Also, Pontos /pon"tos/. the ancient Greek personification of the ...
Pontus Euxinus
/yoohk suy"neuhs/ ancient name of the Black Sea. * * *
Pon·ty·pool (pŏnʹtə-po͞ol') An urban district of southeast Wales north-northeast of Cardiff. Its iron and tin industries began in the late 16th century. Population: ...
Pontypool ware
▪ metalwork       japanned (varnished) tinplate produced in Wales at the Allgood family factory in Pontypool and later in Usk, Monmouthshire. It is distinguished from ...
▪ Wales, United Kingdom       industrial town, Rhondda Cynon Taff (Rhondda) county borough, historic county of Glamorgan (Morgannwg), Wales, at the confluence of the ...
/poh"nee/, n., pl. ponies, v., ponied, ponying. n. 1. a small horse of any of several breeds, usually not higher at the shoulder than 141/2 hands (58 in./146 cm). 2. a horse of ...
Pony Club
a British club for children who ride ponies. It was started in 1929 and now has many branches, mainly in country areas, which organize competitions, shows and other activities. ...
pony express
a former system in the American West of carrying mail and express by relays of riders mounted on ponies, esp. the system operating (1860-61) between St. Joseph, Missouri, and ...
Pony League
a baseball league similar to a Little League and having teams whose players are from 13 to 14 years of age. * * *
pony pack
a tray of usually one dozen growing plants that can be bought from a nursery for transplanting: a pony pack of tomato plants. * * *
pony truss
a through bridge truss having its deck between the top and bottom chords and having no top lateral bracing. [1930-35] * * *
pony express n. A system of rapid mail transportation by relays of horses that operated from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in 1860-1861. * * *
/poh"nee tayl'/, n. an arrangement of the hair in a long lock drawn tightly against the back of the head and cinched so as to hang loosely. [1870-75; PONY + TAIL1] * * *
See ponytail. * * *
Ponza Islands
▪ islands, Italy also called  Pontine Islands , Italian  Isole di Ponza , Latin  Insulae Pontiae        volcanic island group in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west ...
/pon"zee/, n. a swindle in which a quick return, made up of money from new investors, on an initial investment lures the victim into much bigger risks. Also called Ponzi game, ...
Ponzi scheme
Ponzi scheme or Ponzi game [pän′zē] n. a fraudulent investment scheme in which funds paid in by later investors are used to pay artificially high returns to the original ...
Pon·zi scheme (pŏnʹzē) n. An investment swindle in which high profits are promised from fictitious sources and early investors are paid off with funds raised from later ...
/pooh"pooh'/ for 1, 2; /pooh"pooh"/ for 3, n. Baby Talk. 1. excrement; feces. 2. make poo-poo, to defecate. v.t., v.i. 3. pooh-pooh. [1970-75; expressive formation; cf. POOP4] * ...
/pooh"bah'/, n. See Pooh Bah. * * *
/poohch/, n. Informal. a dog. [1895-1900; orig. uncert.] * * *
/poohd/; Russ. /pooht/, n. a Russian weight equal to about 36 pounds avoirdupois (16 kg). [1545-55; < Russ pud < LG or ON pund POUND1] * * *
/poohd"l/, n. one of a breed of very active dogs, probably originating in Germany but regarded as the national dog of France, having long, thick, frizzy or curly hair usually ...
poof1 /poof, poohf/, interj. 1. (used to express or indicate a sudden disappearance): Poof! The magician made the rabbit disappear. 2. pooh1 (def. 1). [1815-25] poof2 /poohf, ...
pooh1 /pooh, poo/, interj. 1. (used as an exclamation of disdain or contempt.) n. 2. an exclamation of "pooh." [1595-1605] pooh2 /pooh/, v.t. poop2. * * *
Pooh Bah
/pooh" bah'/, (often l.c.) 1. a person who holds several positions, esp. ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance. 2. a leader, authority, or other important person: one ...
Pooh Bear
➡ Pooh * * *
pooh-bah [po͞o′bä΄] n. 〚after Pooh-Bah, a character in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado (1885)
—pooh-pooher, n. /pooh"pooh"/, v.t. 1. to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly: He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears. v.i. 2. to express disdain or ...
n [U] a simple children’s game, first described in A A Milne’s stories about Winnie-the-Pooh. A group of people throw sticks off a bridge into a stream, then watch to see ...
(also Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh Bear) the main character in A A Milne’s children’s stories, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Pooh is a bear who is not ...
/pooh"keuh/, n. puca. * * *
pool1 /poohl/, n. 1. a small body of standing water; pond. 2. a still, deep place in a stream. 3. any small collection of liquid on a surface: a pool of blood. 4. a puddle. 5. ...
pool hall
poolroom (def. 1). Also, poolhall. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
pool table
a billiard table with six pockets, on which pool is played. [1855-60] * * *
pool train
Canadian. a train operating over a track owned by two or more railway companies. Also pooled train. [1955-60] * * *
Pool, Maria Louise
▪ American writer born Aug. 20, 1841, Rockland, Mass., U.S. died May 19, 1898, Rockland       American writer whose sketches were well received in the period when the ...
Poole [po͞ol] seaport in Dorsetshire, SE England: county district pop. 133,000 * * * Poole (po͞ol) A municipal borough of southern England west-southwest of Southhampton on ...
Poole, William Frederick
▪ American bibliographer born Dec. 24, 1821, Salem, Mass., U.S. died March 1, 1894, Evanston, Ill.  American bibliographer and library administrator whose indexing of ...
See pool2. * * *
/poohl"roohm', -room'/, n. 1. an establishment or room for the playing of pool or billiards. 2. a place where betting is carried on, esp. illegally; a bookmaker's ...
n [pl] (also the football pools) a British gambling competition in which people try to predict the results of football matches. Every week people taking part fill in pools ...
pools coupons
➡ pools * * *
/poohl"suyd'/, n. 1. the lounging area around a swimming pool. adj. 2. located or occurring at or near the side of a swimming pool: a poolside luncheon. [1705-15; POOL1 + ...
pool table n. A six-pocket billiards table on which pool is played. * * *
/poohn/, n. 1. any of several East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum, that yield a light, hard wood used for masts, spars, etc. 2. the wood of these trees. [1690-1700; cf. ...
/pooh"neuh/, n. a city in W Maharashtra, W India, SE of Bombay. 1,135,034. * * *
Poona Pact
▪ 1932, India       (Sept. 24, 1932), agreement between Hindu leaders in India granting new rights to untouchables (untouchable). The pact resulted from the communal ...
/poohn"tang/, n. Slang (vulgar). 1. sexual intercourse with a woman. 2. Offensive. a woman regarded as a sexual object. [1925-30, Amer.; said to be < Limba (West Atlantic ...
poop1 /poohp/, n. 1. a superstructure at the stern of a vessel. 2. See poop deck. v.t. 3. (of a wave) to break over the stern of (a ship). 4. to take (seas) over the ...
poop cabin
Naut. a cabin situated immediately beneath the poop deck of a ship. [1830-40] * * *
poop deck
a weather deck on top of a poop. See illus. under quarterdeck. [1830-40] * * *
poop sheet
n. Slang. a circular, list of instructions, press release, etc., providing information about a particular subject. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
poop staff.
See ensign staff. [1840-50] * * *
poop deck n. An exposed partial deck on the stern superstructure of a ship. * * *
/poohpt/, adj. Informal. fatigued; exhausted: I'm too pooped to go shopping today. Also, pooped out. [1930-35; Amer.; POOP2 + -ED2] * * *
/pooh"peuhr skooh'peuhr/, n. 1. Also called poop scooper. a small shovel or scooping device designed for use in cleaning up after a dog or other pet that has defecated on a ...
/paw'aw paw"/, n. a lake in SW Bolivia, in the Andes. 60 mi. (95 km) long; 12,000 ft. (3660 m) above sea level. * * *
Poopó, Lake
▪ lake, Bolivia Spanish  Lago Poopó         lake in west-central Bolivia, occupying a shallow depression in the Altiplano, or high plateau, at 12,090 feet (3,686 ...
—poorness, n. /poor/, adj., poorer, poorest, n. adj. 1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare. 2. Law. dependent upon ...
poor box
a box, esp. in a church, into which contributions for the poor can be dropped. [1615-25] * * *
poor boy
Chiefly New Orleans. a hero sandwich. [1875-80, Amer.] Regional Variation. See hero sandwich. * * *
poor boy sweater
a snug-fitting, pullover sweater with ribbing on both the body and sleeves, worn by girls and women. * * *
Poor Clare
▪ religious order also called  Clarissine, or Clarisse,         any order of nuns descending from the Franciscan order founded at Assisi, Italy, in 1212 by St. Clare ...
poor farm
a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
Poor Joe
Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas. a heron. [1730-40, Amer.; prob. < a West African source; cf. Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) podzo heron] * * *
poor law
a law or system of laws providing for the relief or support of the poor at public expense. [1745-55] * * * In British history, a body of laws undertaking to provide relief for ...
poor laws
poor laws n. Eng. History laws that provide for public relief and assistance for the poor * * * n [pl] a series of British laws that were concerned with helping poor people. The ...
poor mouth
Informal. 1. a person who continually complains about a lack of money. 2. a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, ...
Poor Richard
▪ fictional American philosopher       unschooled but experienced homespun philosopher, a character created by the American writer and statesman Benjamin Franklin ...
Poor Richard's Almanac
an almanac (1732-58) written and published by Benjamin Franklin. * * *
Poor Richard’s Almanack
a book published each year in the US between 1733 and 1758. It was written by Benjamin Franklin under the name of Richard Saunders. It contained useful information on important ...
Poor Robin's plantain
the rattlesnake weed, Hieracium venosum. Also called Robin's plantain. [1770-80, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * *
poor white
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a white person, esp. of the southern U.S., having low social status and little or no money, property, or education. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
poor white trash
Disparaging and Offensive. poor whites collectively. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
poor-boy ☆ poor-boy1 [poor′boi′ ] n. HERO SANDWICH: in full poor-boy sandwich poor-boy2 [poor′boi΄] adj. made of a knit fabric with wide vertical ribbing in the body and ...
/poor"dooh'/, n. Chiefly Midland and Central Atlantic States. scrapple. [1905-10, Amer.; of unclear derivation] * * *
      bird also known as the common potoo. See potoo. * * *
/poor"mowth'/, v., poor-mouthed /-mowtht', -mowdhd'/, poor-mouthing. Informal. v.i. 1. to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty. v.t. 2. to declare (one's ability, ...
/poor"spir"i tid/, adj. having or showing a poor, cowardly, or abject spirit. [1655-65] * * *
/poor"wil'/, n. a goatsucker, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii, of western North America. [1875-80, Amer.; imit.] * * *
poor box n. A box, such as one to be found in a church, used for collecting alms. * * *
poor boy also po·boy (pōʹboi') n. Gulf Coast U.S. See submarine. See Regional Note at submarine.   [Probably from French pour bois, for a drink. See pourboire.] * * *
poor farm n. A farm that houses, supports, and employs the poor at public expense. * * *
/poor"hows'/, n., pl. poorhouses /-how'ziz/. (formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense. [1735-45; POOR + HOUSE] * * *
poori [poor′ē] n. alt. sp. of PURI * * * poo·ri also pu·ri (po͝orʹē) n. pl. poo·ris A light unleavened wheat bread of Pakistan and northern India, usually fried in ...
/poor"ish/, adj. somewhat poor; rather poor. [1650-60; POOR + -ISH1] * * *
poor law n. A law or system of laws providing for public relief and support of the poor. * * *
/poor"lee/, adv. 1. in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly. adj. 2. in poor health; somewhat ill: I hear she's been poorly. [1250-1300; ME pourely. See POOR, -LY] * * *
poor·mouth (po͝orʹmouth', -mouth') v. poor·mouthed, poor·mouth·ing, poor·mouths v. tr. To speak ill of. v. intr. To claim poverty as an excuse or a defense: always ...
See poor. * * *
poor white n. A member of a class of low-income white farmers and laborers, especially in the southern United States. * * *
▪ bird       (species Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), nocturnal bird of North America belonging to the nightjar family (Caprimulgidae). The poorwill, named for its call, is ...
the main character in The Diary of a Nobody. Mr Charles Pooter is a simple and rather boring man who gets into amusing and embarrassing difficulties in his social, family and ...
Pooterish [po͞ot′ər ish] adj. 〚after Mr. Pooter, hero of the humorous Eng novel The Diary of a Nobody (1892) by G. & W. Grossmith〛 Brit. of or like a type of middle-class ...
/poohv/, n. Brit. Slang (disparaging and offensive). poof2. * * *
pop1 /pop/, v., popped, popping, n., adv., adj. v.i. 1. to make a short, quick, explosive sound: The cork popped. 2. to burst open with such a sound, as chestnuts or corn in ...
proof-of-purchase. * * *
pop art
—pop artist. an art movement that began in the U.S. in the 1950s and reached its peak of activity in the 1960s, chose as its subject matter the anonymous, everyday, ...
pop artist
See pop-art. * * *
pop artists
➡ pop art * * *
pop ballad
▪ sentimental song Introduction       form of slow love song prevalent in nearly all genres of popular music. There are rock ballads, soul (soul music) ballads, ...
pop concert
a concert of popular and light classical music played by a symphony orchestra. Also, pops concert. [1875-80] * * *
pop fly
Baseball. a high fly ball hit to the infield or immediately beyond it that can easily be caught before reaching the ground. Also called pop-up. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
Pop Goes the Country?
▪ 2001       As the 21st century dawned, country music—fueled by the unprecedented crossover success of Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Tim ...
Pop Goes the Weasel
a popular British song in the 19th century, still sung today though mainly by children. Nobody is sure what the title means, and it may be simply a nonsense phrase. The first ...
pop psych
—pop-psych, adj. —pop psychologist. psychological or pseudopsychological counseling, interpretations, concepts, terminology, etc., often simplistic or superficial, ...
pop wine
an inexpensive wine having a low alcohol content and artificial fruit flavoring. * * *
See pop art. * * *
/pop"in'/, adj. requiring only a quick insertion into a receptacle to be ready for use: pop-in film cassettes; a pop-in frozen dinner. [adj. use of v. phrase pop in] * * *
/pop"it/, n. poppit. * * *
pop-off [päp′ôf΄] n. Slang a person who talks carelessly, emotionally, or angrily, esp. in a sudden outburst * * *
/pop"owt'/, n. pop-up (def. 6). Also, popout. [1960-65; n. use of v. phrase pop out] * * *
/pop"shop'/, n. Brit. Slang. pawnshop. [1765-75; POP1 + SHOP] * * *
/pop"top'/, adj. 1. (of a can) having a top with a tab or ring that when pulled up or off exposes a precut hole or peels off the entire lid. n. 2. Also, pop top. a can having ...
/pop"up'/, adj. 1. (of books, usually children's books) having pieces of artwork fastened to the pages so that when the page is opened, a three-dimensional cutout or object is ...
1. popular. 2. popularly. 3. population. * * *
Popa Hill
▪ volcano, Myanmar also called  Mount Popa    extinct volcano, central Myanmar (Burma), at the northern end of the Pegu Mountains (Bago Mountains). It rises to 4,981 feet ...
Popa, Vasko
▪ Serbian poet born June 29, 1922, Grebenac, Serbia, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes [later Yugoslavia] died Jan. 5, 1991, Belgrade, Yugo.       Serbian poet who ...
pop art or Pop Art n. A form of art that depicts objects or scenes from everyday life and employs techniques of commercial art and popular illustration.   pop-art (pŏpʹärt') ...
/paw'pah yahn"/, n. a city in SW Colombia. 82,100. * * * ▪ Colombia       capital of Cauca departamento, southwestern Colombia, at the base of Puracé Volcano (15,603 ...
/pop"kawrn'/, n. 1. any of several varieties of corn whose kernels burst open and puff out when subjected to dry heat. 2. popped corn. 3. peanut (def. 4c). [1810-20, Amer.; short ...
popcorn flower
a plant, Plagiobothrys nothofulvus, of the borage family, native to the western U.S., having coiled clusters of small white flowers. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
popcorn stitch
☆ popcorn stitch n. a crochet stitch made with a number of loose stitches fastened in a common base so that the yarn puffs up, looking much like a piece of popcorn * * *
popcorn flower n. Any of several plants of the genus Plagiobothrys, of western North America, having cymose clusters of small flowers with a white salverform corolla. * * *
—popeless, adj. —popelike, adj. /pohp/, n. 1. (often cap.) the bishop of Rome as head of the Roman Catholic Church. 2. (in the early Christian church) a bishop. 3. a person ...
/pohp/, n. 1. Alexander, 1688-1744, English poet. 2. John, 1822-92, Union general in the U.S. Civil War. 3. John Russell, 1874-1937, U.S. architect. * * * died 1692, San Juan ...
/poh pay"/, n. died 1690?, Pueblo medicine man: led rebellion against the Spanish 1680. * * * died 1692, San Juan Pueblo, New Spain Tewa Pueblo medicine man. Believing he was ...
pope's nose
Slang. the fleshy protuberance at the posterior end of a dressed fowl, esp. the tailpiece of a cooked chicken. Also called parson's nose. [1740-50] * * *
pope's nose (pōps) n. Informal The tail of a cooked fowl. Also called parson's nose. * * *
Pope, Alexander
born May 21, 1688, London, Eng. died May 30, 1744, Twickenham, near London English poet and satirist. A precocious boy precluded from formal education by his Roman Catholicism, ...
Pope, John
born March 16, 1822, Louisville, Ky., U.S. died Sept. 23, 1892, Sandusky, Ohio U.S. army officer. A graduate of West Point, he served in the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the ...
Pope, John R.
▪ American architect in full  John Russell Pope   born April 24, 1874, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 27, 1937, New York       American architect whose most important ...
Pope, Alexander. 1688-1744. English writer best remembered for his satirical mock-epic poems The Rape of the Lock (1712) and The Dunciad (1728). * * *
Pope, John. 1822-1892. American Union general in the Civil War who was defeated by Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run (1862). * * *
/pohp"deuhm/, n. 1. the office or dignity of a pope. 2. the tenure of office of a pope. 3. the papal government. [bef. 1150; ME pape dom; OE papdom. See POPE, -DOM] * * *
/pop"euh leen', pop'euh leen"/, n. a fabric, resembling broadcloth, rep, or poplin and made with silk or rayon warp and wool filling, used in the manufacture of dress goods. [ < ...
/poh"peuh ree/, n. Usually Disparaging. the Roman Catholic Church, esp. its doctrines, ceremonies, and system of government. [1525-35; POPE + -ERY] * * *
Popes and antipopes
▪ Table Popes and antipopes1 antipopes in italics Peter (Peter the Apostle, Saint) ?-c. 64 Linus (Linus, Saint) c. 67-76/79 Anacletus (Anacletus, Saint) 76-88 or ...
▪ cartoon character  a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach. Popeye was created by Elzie ...
popeye catalufa.
See under catalufa. * * *
/pop"uyd'/, adj. marked by bulging, staring eyes: a young boy popeyed with excitement. [1815-25, Amer.; POP1 + EYED] * * *
a popular US cartoon character first created for a comic strip in 1929 by E C Segar. Popeye is a sailor who has a kind nature but loves fighting and becomes especially strong ...
pop fly n. Baseball A short high fly ball. Also called pop-up. * * *
/pop"gun'/, n. a child's toy gun from which a pellet is shot by compressed air, producing a loud pop. [1655-65; POP1 + GUN1] * * *
/pop"euh nak'/, n. huisache. [1895-1900, Amer.; alter. of L opopanax < Gk opopánax gum (of Opopanax hispidus), equiv. to opo-, comb. form of opós juice + pánax PANACEA] * * *
/pop"in jay'/, n. 1. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop. 2. Brit. Dial. a woodpecker, esp. the green woodpecker. 3. Archaic. the figure ...
—popishly, adv. —popishness, n. /poh"pish/, adj. Usually Disparaging. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church. [1520-30; POPE + -ISH1] * * *
Popish Plot
an imaginary conspiracy against the crown of Great Britain on the part of English Roman Catholics, fabricated in 1678 by Titus Oates as a means of gaining power. * * * (1678) In ...
See popish. * * *
See popishly. * * *
—poplared, adj. /pop"leuhr/, n. 1. any of the rapidly growing, salicaceous trees of the genus Populus, usually characterized by the columnar or spirelike manner of growth of ...
Poplar Bluff
a city in SE Missouri. 17,139. * * *
Pople, Sir John A.
▪ British mathematician and chemist in full  Sir John Anthony Pople  born October 31, 1925, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England died March 15, 2004, Chicago, Illinois, ...
Pople, Sir John Anthony
▪ 2005       British mathematical chemist (b. Oct. 31, 1925, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, Eng.—d. March 15, 2004, Chicago, Ill.), won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in ...
/pop"lin/, n. a finely corded fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, for dresses, draperies, etc. [1700-10; < F popeline, earlier papeline < It papalina, fem. of papalino papal; ...
/pop lit"ee euhl, pop'li tee"-/, adj. Anat. of or pertaining to the ham, or part of the leg back of the knee. [1780-90; POPLITE(US) + -AL1] * * *
/pop lit"ee euhs, pop'li tee"-/, n., pl. poplitei /-lit"ee uy', -li tee"uy/. Anat. a thin, flat, triangular muscle in back of the knee, the action of which assists in bending the ...
/paw'paw kah te"pet'l, poh'peuh kat"euhpet'l/, n. a volcano in S central Mexico, SE of Mexico City. 17,887 ft. (5450 m). * * * Volcano, Puebla state, southeast-central Mexico, ...
/pop"awf', -of'/, Slang. n. 1. a person who generally speaks loudly or irately; indiscreet arguer or complainer. adj. 2. pertaining to or characteristic of such a person: His ...
Popol Vuh
Mayan document that provides valuable information on ancient Maya mythology and culture. It was written between 1554 and 1558 in the Quiche language using Spanish letters. It ...
▪ political group, Italy plural  Popolari , member of  Partito Popolare Italiano (PPI; Italian Popular Party)        an Italian political party organized in 1919 ...
(Italian: "people") In the communes (city-states) of 13th-century Italy, a pressure group instituted to protect the interests of the commoners against the nobility. Until then ...
▪ people       Middle American Indians of southern Puebla state in central Mexico (not to be confused with the Popoluca of southern Mexico). The Popoloca language is ...
Popol Vuh (pō-pōlʹ vo͞oʹ) n. An epic first written down in the sixteenth century but probably based on older traditional material, describing the cosmogony, mythology, and ...
▪ Papua New Guinea       town, eastern Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The town, on a tributary of the Girua River, was an Allied air base during World ...
Popov, Aleksandr
▪ Russian engineer in full  Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov   born March 4 [March 16, New Style], 1859, Turinskiye Rudniki [now Krasnoturinsk], Perm, Russia died Dec. 31, 1905, ...
Popov, Alexey Dmitriyevich
▪ Russian theatrical director born March 12, 1892, Nikolavsk, Russia died Aug. 18, 1961, Moscow       Soviet stage director and prominent exponent of Socialist realism ...
Popov, Oleg Konstantinovich
▪ Russian clown born July 3, 1930, Vyrubovo, near Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.    member of the Moscow Circus, the most popular clown in the Soviet Union in the second half of ...
/pop"oh'veuhr/, n. a puffed muffin with a hollow center, made with a batter of flour, salt, egg, and milk. [1875-80, Amer.; POP1 + OVER] * * *
Popovich, Gregg
▪ 2008 born Jan. 28, 1949, East Chicago, Ind.       In 2007 Gregg Popovich, the head coach of the National Basketball Association San Antonio Spurs, added another piece ...
Popovich, Pavel Romanovich
▪ Soviet cosmonaut born Oct. 5, 1930, Uzin, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.       Soviet cosmonaut who piloted the Vostok 4 spacecraft, launched Aug. 12, 1962. He and Andriyan G. ...
Popp, Lucia
▪ 1994       Czech-born Austrian lyric soprano (b. Nov. 12, 1939, Uhorska Ves, Czech.—d. Nov. 16, 1993, Munich, Germany), had a light, transparent voice that became ...
/pop"euh/, n. Informal. father. [1765-75; var. of PAPA] * * *
poppadom or poppadum [pä′pä dəm] n. alt. sp. of PAPADUM * * *
Poppaea Sabina
/po pee"euh seuh buy"neuh, -bee"-/ died A.D. 65?, second wife of the Roman emperor Nero. * * *
Pöppelmann, Matthäus Daniel
▪ German architect born May 3, 1662, Herford, Westphalia [Germany] died Jan. 17, 1736, Dresden, Saxony       German architect, best known for his design of the Zwinger, ...
/pop"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pops. 2. a utensil, as a covered pan, used for popping corn. 3. Angling. chugger. 4. a vial of amyl or butyl nitrite abused as a ...
/pop"euhr/, n. Sir Karl (Raimund) /ray"meuhnd/, born 1902, British philosopher, born in Austria. * * *
Popper, Sir Karl
▪ British philosopher in full  Karl Raimund Popper   born July 28, 1902, Vienna, Austria died Sept. 17, 1994, Croydon, Greater London, Eng.       Austrian-born ...
Popper, Sir Karl (Raimund)
born July 28, 1902, Vienna, Austria died Sept. 17, 1994, Croydon, Greater London, Eng. Austrian-British philosopher of natural and social science. In The Logic of Scientific ...
Popper, Sir Karl Raimund
▪ 1995       Austrian-born British philosopher (b. July 28, 1902, Vienna, Austria-Hungary—d. Sept. 17, 1994, Croydon, Surrey, England), believed that ...
Popper,Sir Karl Raimund
Pop·per (pŏpʹər), Sir Karl Raimund. 1902-1994. British philosopher known for his contributions to the understanding of scientific reasoning and his attacks on historicism. ...
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/pop"it/, n. 1. Also called poppet valve. Mach. a rising and falling valve consisting of a disk at the end of a vertically set stem, used in internal-combustion and steam ...
/pop"it hed'/, n. a tailstock or headstock of a lathe. Also called poppet, puppet. [1655-65; POPPET + HEAD] * * *
poppet valve n. An intake or exhaust valve, operated by springs and cams, that plugs and unplugs its opening by axial motion. * * *
/pop"eed/, adj. 1. covered or adorned with poppies: poppied fields. 2. affected by or as if by opium; listless. [1795-1805; POPPY + -ED3] * * *
pop·ping (pŏpʹĭng) n. A style of dancing that incorporates the rhythmic contraction of the dancer's muscles and pantomimed movements, usually to funk or hip-hop music. * * *
popping crease
/pop"ing/, Cricket. a line parallel to and in advance of a bowling crease, marking the limit of a batsman's approach in hitting the ball. [1765-75; POP1 + -ING1] * * *
popping plug
popping plug n. a fishing lure that makes a popping sound when pulled along the surface of the water * * *
/pop"it/, n. a usually plastic bead that can be connected to or detached from others of the same kind without hooks or clasps, used to form necklaces, bracelets, etc. Also, ...
popple1 /pop"euhl/, v., poppled, poppling, n. v.i. 1. to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water. n. 2. a poppling motion. [1300-50; ME poplen; imit.; see ...
—poppylike, adj. /pop"ee/, n., pl. poppies for 1, 2, 4-7. 1. any plant of the genus Papaver, having showy, usually red flowers. Cf. poppy family. 2. any of several related or ...
poppy anemone
a southern European plant, Anemone coronaria, of the buttercup family, having tuberous roots and solitary, poppylike, red, blue, or white flowers, grown as an ...
Poppy Day
the popular name for Remembrance Sunday, when many people in Britain wear plastic or paper poppies (= red flowers) in memory of the people who died in the two world wars. The ...
poppy family
the plant family Papaveraceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants having white, yellow, or reddish juice, alternate and often lobed or dissected leaves, showy, usually ...
poppy red
poppy (def. 4). [1825-35] * * *
poppy seed
seed of the poppy plant, used as an ingredient or topping for breads, rolls, cakes, and cookies. [1375-1425; late ME] * * * ▪ spice       tiny dried seed of the opium ...
—poppycockish, adj. /pop"ee kok'/, n. nonsense; bosh. [1840-50, Amer.; perh. < D pappekak, equiv. to pappe- PAP1 + kak excrement] Syn. balderdash, bunk, hogwash, rubbish. * * *
/pop"ee hed'/, n. Archit. a finial or other ornament, often richly carved, as the top of the upright end of a bench or pew. [1575-85; POPPY + HEAD] * * *
▪ Slovakia       city, western Východní Slovensko kraj (region), Slovakia. Located in the Poprad River valley between the Vysoké Tatra Mountains, the Nizké Tatry ...
/pops/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a symphony orchestra specializing in popular or light classical music: Thursday is pops night on the concert series. n. 2. (often cap.) (used ...
pops concert.
See pop concert. * * *
/pop"si keuhl, -sik'euhl/, Trademark. a brand of flavored ice on a stick. * * *
n a popular US make of sweet flavoured ice on a flat stick, called an ice lolly in British English. Children often use the sticks to build things. * * *
/pop"see/, n., pl. popsies. Brit. Informal. a girl or young woman. [1860-65; generic use of a term of endearment, prob. POP(PET) + -SY] * * *
/pop"yeuh leuhs/, n. 1. the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguished from the higher classes. 2. all the inhabitants of a place; population. [1565-75; < F < ...
/pop"yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher. 2. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance ...
popular art
Introduction       any dance, literature, music, theatre, or other art form intended to be received and appreciated by ordinary people in a literate, technologically ...
popular etymology
popular etymology n. FOLK ETYMOLOGY * * *
popular etymology.
See folk etymology. [1875-80] * * *
popular front
1. a coalition, usually temporary, of leftist and sometimes centrist political parties, formed against a common opponent, as fascism, and promoting social reform. 2. any similar ...
Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman (PFLO)
orig. Dhofar Liberation Front Resistance group founded in 1963 by Arab nationalists and religious conservatives to depose Sultan Saʽīd ibn Taymūr (r. 1932–70). In 1968 its ...
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
▪ Palestinian political organization Arabic  al-Jabhah al-Shaʿbiyyah li-Taḥrīr Filasṭīn,        organization providing an institutional framework for militant ...
Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola
▪ political organization, Angola Portuguese  Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA)        Angolan (Angola) political party.       The MPLA, ...
popular music
Any music intended to be received and appreciated by ordinary people in a literate, technologically advanced society dominated by urban culture. Unlike traditional folk music, ...
Popular Party
▪ political party, Spain Introduction Spanish  Partido Popular (PP) , formerly called  Popular Alliance         Spanish conservative political ...
Popular Republican Movement
▪ political party, France French  Mouvement Républicain Populaire (MRP)        former French social reform party whose policies corresponded largely to the European ...
Popular Republican Movement (MRP)
French social reform party. Founded in 1944, the MRP was a strong centre party of the Fourth Republic and the French expression of Christian Democracy. After winning about 25% ...
popular singer
a professional singer who specializes in popular songs. Cf. jazz singer. * * *
popular song
a song that is written to have an immediate and wide appeal and is usually popular for only a short time, but that sometimes is of a sufficiently high quality to become part of ...
popular sovereignty
1. the doctrine that sovereign power is vested in the people and that those chosen to govern, as trustees of such power, must exercise it in conformity with the general will. 2. ...
popular vote
1. the vote for a U.S. presidential candidate made by the qualified voters, as opposed to that made by the electoral college. Cf. electoral vote. 2. the vote for a candidate, ...
POPULAR: In Our Lives: 30th Anniversary of the Beatles' First U.S. Visit
▪ 1995       The frenzied fandom known as Beatlemania was already in full swing in Britain when the Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo ...
popular front n. A political coalition of leftist parties against fascism, such as that formed among European countries during the 1930s. * * *
/pop'yeuh lar"i tee/, n. 1. the quality or fact of being popular. 2. the favor of the general public or of a particular group of people: His popularity with television audiences ...
See popularize. * * *
—popularization, n. —popularizer, n. /pop"yeuh leuh ruyz'/, v.t., popularized, popularizing. to make popular: to popularize a dance. Also, esp. Brit., popularise. [1585-95; ...
See popularization. * * *
/pop"yeuh leuhr lee/, adv. 1. by the people as a whole; generally; widely: a fictitious story popularly accepted as true. 2. for popular taste; for the general masses of people: ...
/pop"yeuh layt'/, v.t., populated, populating. 1. to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of. 2. to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people. [1570-80; < ML ...
—populational, adj. —populationless, adj. /pop'yeuh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the total number of persons inhabiting a country, city, or any district or area. 2. the body of ...
Population and Human Relations
▪ 1996 Introduction DEMOGRAPHY       At midyear 1995, world population stood at 5,702,000,000, according to estimates prepared by the Population Reference Bureau. The ...
population ecology
Introduction       study of the processes that affect the distribution and abundance of animal and plant populations.       A population is a subset of individuals ...
population explosion
the rapid increase in numbers of a particular species, esp. in the world's human population since the end of World War II, attributed to an accelerating birthrate, a decrease in ...
population genetics
1. the branch of genetics concerned with the hereditary makeup of populations. 2. the study of changes in gene frequencies in population of organisms and the effects of such ...
population inversion
Physics. a condition of matter in which more electrons are in a high energy state than in a lower energy state, as is required for the operation of a laser. [1960-65] * * * ▪ ...
Population loss due to Atlantic slave trade
▪ Table Population loss due to Atlantic slave trade       from Africa as a whole from western Africa north of the Equator arriving overseas leaving ...
population parameter
Statistics. a quantity or statistical measure that, for a given population, is fixed and that is used as the value of a variable in some general distribution or frequency ...
population pressure
Ecol. the force exerted by a growing population upon its environment, resulting in dispersal or reduction of the population. [1930-35] * * *

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