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See potently. * * *
Po·ten·za (pə-tĕnʹzə, pō-tĕnʹtsä) A city of southern Italy in the Apennines east-southeast of Naples. Founded by Romans in the second century B.C., it was ruled by ...
—potestal, adj. /poh tes"tahs, -teuhs/, n. (in Roman law) the authority of a paterfamilias over all members of his family and household. [1650-60; < L potestas lit., power, ...
/pot"fool/, n., pl. potfuls. the amount that can be held by a pot. [1350-1400; ME. See POT1, -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
Potgieter, Everhardus Johannes
▪ Dutch author born June 27, 1808, Zwolle, Neth. died Feb. 3, 1875, Amsterdam  Dutch prose writer and poet who tried to set new standards and encourage national consciousness ...
Potgieter, Hendrik
▪ Boer leader born Dec. 19, 1792, Graaff-Reinet district, Cape Colony died Dec. 16, 1852, Schoemansdal, Transvaal       Boer leader in the Great Trek; (Great Trek) he ...
—potheaded, adj. /pot"hed'/, n. Slang. a person who habitually smokes marijuana. [1965-70, Amer.; POT2 + HEAD] * * *
pothead whale n. See pilot whale.   [From its globular head.] * * *
/poth"i ker'ee/, n., pl. pothecaries. Brit. Dial. apothecary. [1350-1400; ME potecarie, aph. var. of APOTHECARIE APOTHECARY] * * *
/peuh theen", -teen", -cheen", poh-/, n. poteen. * * *
/podh"euhr/, n. 1. commotion; uproar. 2. a heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do. 3. a choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust. v.t., v.i. 4. to worry; ...
/pot"errb', -herrb'/, n. any herb prepared as food by cooking in a pot, as spinach, or added as seasoning in cookery, as thyme. [1530-40; POT1 + HERB] * * *
Pothier, Dom Joseph
▪ French composer born Dec. 7, 1835, Bouzemont, Fr. died Dec. 8, 1923, Conques, Belg.       French monk and scholar who, together with his contemporaries, reconstituted ...
/pot"hohl'deuhr/, n. a thick piece of material, as a quilted or woven pad, used in handling hot pots and dishes. [1940-45; POT1 + HOLDER] * * *
/pot"hohl'/, n. 1. a deep hole; pit. 2. a hole formed in pavement, as by excessive use or by extremes of weather. 3. a more or less cylindrical hole formed in rock by the ...
See pothole. * * *
/pot"hoh'leuhr/, n. Brit. an explorer of caves; spelunker. [1895-1900; POTHOLE + -ER1] * * *
/pot"hook'/, n. 1. a hook for suspending a pot or kettle over an open fire. 2. an iron rod, usually curved, with a hook at the end, used to lift hot pots, irons, stove lids, ...
/poh"thos, -theuhs, poth"ohs, -euhs/, n., pl. pothos, pothoses. any of various tropical climbing vines belonging to the genera Pothos and Epipremnum, of the arum family, esp. E. ...
pothouse [pät′hous΄] n. [Old Informal, Chiefly Brit.] a small alehouse or tavern * * * pot·house (pŏtʹhous') n. Chiefly British A tavern. * * *
—pothunting, n., adj. /pot"hun'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who hunts for food or profit, ignoring the rules of sport. 2. a person who takes part in contests merely to win ...
See pothunter. * * *
▪ Georgia       city, Georgia, on the Black Sea at the mouth of the Rioni River and on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Phasis. The modern city developed in the ...
Powerful; lord. 1. podesta, possess, power, from Latin potis (> *pots > pos-), powerful, able. 2. possible, potent; impotent, omnipotent, prepotent, from Latin compound posse, to ...
/poh teesh"/; Fr. /paw teesh"/, n., pl. potiches /-tee"shiz/; Fr. /-teesh"/. a vase or jar, as of porcelain, with a rounded or polygonal body narrowing at the top. [1890-95; < F; ...
/pot'i dee"euh/, n. a city on the Chalcidice Peninsula, whose revolt against Athens in 432 B.C. was one of the causes of the Peloponnesian War. * * *
/poh"sheuhn/, n. a drink or draft, esp. one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers: a love potion; a sleeping potion. [1300-50; ME pocion < L potion- ...
/pot"euh feuhr/, n. the Egyptian officer whose wife tried to seduce Joseph. Gen. 39:1-20. * * *
/pot"lach/, n. 1. (among American Indians of the northern Pacific coast, esp. the Kwakiutl) a ceremonial festival at which gifts are bestowed on the guests and property is ...
/pot"lik'euhr/, n. 1. Midland and Southern U.S. Eye Dialect. See pot liquor. 2. Dial. a worthless or disgusting person or animal. Also, potliker, potlikker. * * *
/pot"luyn'/, n. Metall. a row of electrolytic cells for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts. [1940-45; POT1 + LINE1] * * *
pot liquor n. See liquor. * * *
/pot"luk', -luk"/, n. 1. food or a meal that happens to be available without special preparation or purchase: to take potluck with a friend. 2. Also called potluck supper, ...
potluck dinner
potluck dinner or potluck supper n. a dinner to which everyone brings food to share * * *
pot marigold n. See calendula. * * *
pot marjoram n. Marjoram. * * *
pot metal n. 1. A copper and lead alloy, formerly used in making plumbing fixtures. 2. A cast iron used especially in making pots. 3. An inexpensive alloy of poor quality, ...
Potocki, Ignacy
▪ Polish statesman born Feb. 28, 1750, Podhajce, Pol. died Aug. 30, 1809, Vienna       statesman, political reformer, grand marshal of Lithuania, count, and a member of ...
Potocki, Stanisław Szczęsny
▪ Polish statesman born 1751/52 died March 15, 1805, Tulczyn, Pol., Russian Empire       Polish statesman and general during the breakup of the elective Kingdom of ...
Potocki, Wacław
▪ Polish poet born 1621, Wola Łużeńska, Poland died July 9, 1696, Łużna       Polish poet well known for his epic poetry and for his collection of ...
Potok, Chaim
orig. Herman Harold Potok born Feb. 17, 1929, New York, N.Y., U.S. died July 23, 2002, Merion, Pa. U.S. rabbi and novelist. The son of Polish immigrants, he was reared in an ...
/peuh toh"meuhk/, n. 1. a river flowing SE from the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, along the boundary between Maryland and Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. 287 mi. (460 km) ...
Potomac fever
the determination or fervor to share in the power and prestige of the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., esp. by being appointed or elected to a government position. [1965-70; ...
Potomac River
a river in the eastern US. It begins in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and flows 285 miles/459 kilometres past Harpers Ferry, Mount Vernon and Washington, DC, into ...
Po·to·mac River (pə-tōʹmək) A river of the east-central United States rising in northeast West Virginia and flowing about 459 km (285 mi) along the Virginia-Maryland ...
/peuh tom"i teuhr/, n. Meteorol. an instrument for measuring the amount of water that a plant loses through transpiration, consisting of a sealed vessel of water with a cutting ...
/poh tooh"/, n., pl. potoos. any of several nocturnal birds of the family Nyctibiidae, of Mexico and Central and South America, related to the goatsuckers. [1840-50; orig. ...
/poh'teuh rooh"/, n., pl. potoroos. any of several small, ratlike kangaroos of the genus Potorous, of Australia. [1790; perh. < Dharuk] * * *
/paw'taw see"/, n. a city in S Bolivia: formerly a rich silver-mining center. 209,850; 13,022 ft. (3970 m) above sea level. * * * City (pop., 2001: 132,966), southwestern ...
/pot"puy', -puy"/, n. 1. a deep-dish pie containing meat, chicken, or the like, often combined with vegetables and topped with a pastry crust. 2. a stew, as of chicken or veal, ...
/poh'poo ree", poh"poo ree'/, n. 1. a mixture of dried petals of roses or other flowers with spices, kept in a jar for their fragrance. 2. a musical medley. 3. a collection of ...
▪ mining area, Chile       mining area, northern Chile. The open-pit copper mine lies in the Atacama Desert, 9,440 feet (2,877 m) above sea level and 75 miles (120 km) ...
Potresov, Aleksandr Nikolayevich
▪ Russian politician born Sept. 1 [Sept. 13, New Style], 1869, Moscow, Russia died July 11, 1934, Paris, Fr.       Russian Social Democrat, one of the leaders of the ...
pot roast n. A cut of beef that is browned and then cooked until tender, often with vegetables, in a covered pot. * * *
/pots"dam/; for 1 also Ger. /pawts"dahm/, n. 1. a city in and the capital of Brandenburg, in NE Germany, SW of Berlin: formerly the residence of German emperors; wartime ...
Potsdam Conference
(July 17–Aug. 2, 1945) Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany's surrender in World War II. Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill ...
/pot"sherrd'/, n. a broken pottery fragment, esp. one of archaeological value. [1275-1325; ME; equiv. to pot POT1 + sherd, var. of SHARD] * * *
/pot"shot'/, n., v., potshot or potshotted, potshotting. n. 1. a shot fired at game merely for food, with little regard to skill or the rules of sport. 2. a shot at an animal or ...
pot sticker n. A dumpling filled with ground meat, vegetables, or other ingredients that is browned on one side and then simmered. * * *
/pot"stohn'/, n. a kind of soapstone, sometimes used for making pots and other household utensils. [1765-75; POT1 + STONE] * * *
/pot"see/, n. hopscotch. [1930-35; orig. uncert.] * * *
Pott disease
also called  tuberculous spondylitis  or  tuberculosis of the spine        disease caused by infection of the spinal column, or vertebral column, by the tuberculosis ...
Pott's disease
/pots/, Pathol. caries of the bodies of the vertebrae, often resulting in marked curvature of the spine, and usually associated with a tuberculosis infection. [1825-35; named ...
Pott's fracture
a fracture of the lower fibula and of the malleolus of the tibia, resulting in outward displacement of the foot. [see POTT'S DISEASE] * * *
Pott's disease (pŏts) n. Partial destruction of the vertebral bones, usually caused by a tuberculous infection and often producing curvature of the spine.   [After ...
Pott, August
▪ German linguist born Nov. 14, 1802, Nettelrede, Hanover [Germany] died July 5, 1887, Halle, Ger.       German linguist who was one of the founders of Indo-European ...
/pot"ij/, n. a thick soup made of vegetables, with or without meat. [1175-1225; ME potage < OF: lit., something in or from a POT1; see -AGE] * * *
Pottawatomie Massacre
▪ United States history  (May 24–25, 1856), murder of five men from a proslavery settlement on Pottawatomie Creek, Franklin county, Kan., U.S., by an antislavery party led ...
/pot"id/, adj. 1. placed or enclosed in a pot. 2. transplanted into or grown in a pot. 3. preserved or cooked in a pot: potted beef. 4. Slang. drunk. 5. Brit. Slang. (of the ...
potter1 /pot"euhr/, n. a person who makes pottery. [bef. 1100; ME; late OE pottere. See POT1, -ER1] potter2 —potterer, n. —potteringly, adv. /pot"euhr/, v.i., n. Chiefly ...
/pot"euhr/, n. 1. Beatrix /bee"euh triks/, 1866-1943, English writer and illustrator of children's books. 2. Paul, 1625-54, Dutch painter. * * * (as used in expressions) Aiken ...
potter wasp
any of several mason wasps, esp. of the genus Eumenes, that construct a juglike nest of mud. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
potter's clay
a clay, suitably plastic and free of iron and other impurities, for use by potters. [1610-20] * * *
potter's field
(sometimes caps.) a piece of ground reserved as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor. Matt. 27:7. [1520-30] * * *
potter's mark
also called  factory mark        device for the purpose of identifying commercial pottery wares. Except for those of Wedgwood, stonewares before the 20th century were ...
potter's wheel
a device with a rotating horizontal disk upon which clay is molded by a potter. [1720-30] * * *
pot·ter's clay (pŏtʹərz) n. A clay free of iron, suitable for making pottery or for modeling. Also called potter's earth. * * *
potter's field n. A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.   [From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7.] * * *
potter's wheel n. A revolving, often treadle-operated horizontal disk on which clay is shaped manually. * * *
Potter, (Helen) Beatrix
born July 28, 1866, South Kensington, Middlesex, Eng. died Dec. 22, 1943, Sawrey, Lancashire English author and illustrator of children's books. In her childhood Potter spent ...
Potter, (Helen)Beatrix
Pot·ter (pŏtʹər), (Helen) Beatrix. 1866-1943. British writer and illustrator. Her animal stories include The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1900) and The Tailor of Gloucester ...
Potter, Beatrix
▪ British author in full  Helen Beatrix Potter  born July 28, 1866, South Kensington, Middlesex [now in Greater London], Eng. died Dec. 22, 1943, Sawrey, Lancashire [now in ...
Potter, Dennis (Christopher George)
born May 17, 1935, Berry Hill, Gloucestershire, Eng. died June 7, 1994, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire British dramatist. Educated at Oxford, he thereafter devoted himself to ...
Potter, Dennis Christopher George
▪ 1995       British dramatist (b. May 17, 1935, Berry Hill, near the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England—d. June 7, 1994, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England), ...
Potter, Maureen
▪ 2005 Maria Philomena Potter        Irish actress (b. 1925, Fairview, near Dublin, Ire.—d. April 7, 2004, Dublin), was a popular entertainer for some seven decades ...
Potter, Paulus
▪ Dutch painter Paulus also spelled  Paul   born Nov. 20, 1625, Enkhuizen, Neth. died Jan. 17, 1654, Amsterdam       Dutch painter and etcher, celebrated chiefly for ...
/pot"euh reez/, n. the, a district in central England famous for the manufacture of pottery and china. The towns comprising this district were combined in 1910 to form ...
Potteries, the
▪ region, England, United Kingdom       region in the north of the geographic county of Staffordshire, England, the country's main producer of china and earthenware. It ...
potter wasp n. Any of various small black and yellow solitary wasps of the genus Eumenes, characteristically building pot-shaped nests of clay. See Regional Note at mud dauber. * ...
/pot"euh ree/, n., pl. potteries. 1. ceramic ware, esp. earthenware and stoneware. 2. the art or business of a potter; ceramics. 3. a place where earthen pots or vessels are ...
Pottery Barn
a US group of shops which sell well-designed furniture and other things for the home. The first store opened in Manhattan in 1949 and there are now shops across the US. * * *
potting soil
enriched topsoil for potting plants, esp. house plants. [1905-10] * * *
/pot"l/, n. 1. a former liquid measure equal to two quarts. 2. a pot or tankard of this capacity. 3. the wine or other liquid in it. [1250-1300; ME potel < MF, dim. of pot POT1; ...
Pottle, Frederick A(lbert)
▪ American scholar born Aug. 3, 1897, Lovell, Maine, U.S. died May 16, 1987, New Haven, Conn., U.S.       American scholar who became the foremost authority on the ...
/pot"oh/, n., pl. pottos. 1. any of several lorislike, African lemurs of the genera Perodicticus and Arctocebus, esp. P. potto, having a short tail and vestigial index ...
/pots"town'/, n. a borough in SE Pennsylvania. 22,729. * * * ▪ Pennsylvania, United States       borough (town), Montgomery county, southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S., on ...
/pots"vil/, n. a city in E Pennsylvania. 18,195. * * * ▪ Pennsylvania, United States       city, seat (1851) of Schuylkill county, east-central Pennsylvania, U.S. It ...
Pottsville Series
▪ geology       in geology, division of the Late Carboniferous Epoch (318 million to 299 million years ago). It was named for exposures studied in the region of ...
potty1 /pot"ee/, adj., pottier, pottiest. 1. Chiefly Brit. Informal. slightly insane; eccentric. 2. Brit. paltry; trifling; petty. [1855-60; POT1 + -Y1] potty2 /pot"ee/, n., pl. ...
/pot"ee chair'/, n. a small chair with an open seat over a removable pot, for use by a child during toilet training. [1960-65] * * *
/poh"teuhs/, n., pl. poti /-tuy/. (in prescriptions) a drink. [ < L potus] * * *
/pot"wol'euh peuhr, pot wol"-/, n. Eng. Hist. (in some boroughs before the Reform Bill of 1832) a man who qualified as a householder, and therefore a voter, by virtue of ...
Potwar Plateau
▪ region, Pakistan       tableland in Rāwalpindi, Attock, and Jhelum districts, Punjab Province, Pakistan. Lying between the Indus and Jhelum rivers and bounded on the ...
pou sto
pou sto [po͞o′ stō′, pou′] n. 〚Gr pou stō, where I may stand: from a saying of Archimedes, dos moi pou stō, kai kinō tēn gēn, give me (a place) where I may stand, ...
/powch/, n. 1. a bag, sack, or similar receptacle, esp. one for small articles or quantities: a tobacco pouch. 2. a small moneybag. 3. a bag for carrying mail. 4. a bag or case ...
/powcht/, adj. having a pouch, as the pelicans, gophers, and marsupials. [1815-25; POUCH + -ED3] * * *
pouched mole.
See marsupial mole. * * *
pouched rat.
See pocket gopher. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
Pouchet, Félix-Archimède
▪ French naturalist born Aug. 26, 1800, Rouen, Fr. died Dec. 6, 1872, Rouen       French naturalist who was a leading advocate of the idea of the spontaneous generation ...
/pow"chee/, adj., pouchier, pouchiest. possessing or resembling a pouch: pouchy folds under the eyes. [1820-30; POUCH + -Y1] * * *
/pooh dret"/, n. a fertilizer made from dried night soil mixed with other substances, as gypsum and charcoal. [1830-40; < F, equiv. to poudre POWDER + -ette -ETTE] * * *
/pooh drooz"/; Fr. /pooh drdduez"/, n., pl. poudreuses /-drooz"iz/; Fr. /-drdduez"/. a small toilet table of the 18th century. [1925-30; < F, equiv. to poudr(er) to POWDER + ...
pouf1 /poohf/, n. 1. a high headdress with the hair rolled in puffs, worn by women in the late 18th century. 2. an arrangement of the hair over a pad; puff. 3. a puff of material ...
See pouf. * * *
Pough, Richard Hooper
▪ 2004       American ornithologist and conservationist (b. April 19, 1904, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. June 24, 2003, Chilmark, Mass.), served as the founding president ...
/peuh kip"see/, n. a city in SE New York, on the Hudson. 29,757. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city, seat of Dutchess county, eastern New York, U.S. It lies ...
/pooh yee"/, n. a village in central France: known for its wines. Also called Pouilly-sur-Loire /pooh yee syuurdd lwannrdd"/. * * *
Pouilly Fuissé
Pouilly Fuissé [po͞o yē fwē sā′] n. 〚Fr〛 a dry white Burgundy wine made from the chardonnay grape * * *
/pooh yee"fwee say"/; Fr. /pooh yee fwee say"/, n. a dry, white wine from Burgundy. [1930-35] * * *
/pooh yee"fyooh may"/; Fr. /pooh yee fyuu may"/, n. a dry, white wine from the Loire Valley of France. [1930-35] * * *
Poujade, Pierre
▪ French politician in full  Pierre-Marie Poujade  born December 1, 1920, Saint-Céré, France died August 27, 2003, La Bastide-l'Évêque       French bookseller, ...
Poujade, Pierre (-Marie)
born Dec. 1, 1920, Saint-Céré, France died Aug. 27, 2003, La Bastide-l'Évêque French political leader. The owner of a bookstore in Saint-Céré, in 1953 he organized a ...
Poujade, Pierre Marie
▪ 2004       French political activist (b. Dec. 1, 1920, St.-Céré, France—d. Aug. 27, 2003, La Bastide-L'Evêque, France), created a short-lived movement in the ...
/pooh layn"/, n. 1. a shoe or boot with an elongated pointed toe, fashionable in the 15th century. 2. the toe on such a shoe. Also called crakow. [1520-30; < MF Poulaine Poland ...
/pooh lahrd"/, n. a hen spayed to improve the flesh for use as food. Also, poularde. [1725-35; < F, equiv. to poule hen (see PULLET) + -ard -ARD] * * *
poulard wheat
a Mediterranean wheat, Triticum turgidum, grown as a forage crop in the U.S. Also called river wheat. * * *
poule [po͞ol] n. 〚Fr, hen: see POULTRY〛 Fr. slang for PROSTITUTE * * *
/pooh laonnk"/, n. Francis /frddahonn sees"/, 1899-1963, French composer and pianist. * * *
Poulenc, Francis
▪ French composer born Jan. 7, 1899, Paris, France died Jan. 30, 1963, Paris  composer who made an important contribution to French music in the decades after World War I and ...
Poulenc, Francis (Jean Marcel)
born Jan. 7, 1899, Paris, Fr. died Jan. 30, 1963, Paris French composer. In his teens he studied piano with Ricardo Viñes (1875–1943). Influenced by Erik Satie, Poulenc and ...
Poulenc,Francis Jean Marcel
Pou·lenc (po͞o-lĕnkʹ), Francis Jean Marcel. 1899-1963. French composer and pianist whose works include the piano piece Trois Mouvements Perpétuels (1918) and the ballet Les ...
Poulet, Georges
▪ Belgian critic born November 29, 1902, Chênée, Belgium died 1992, Belgium       Belgian writer, who was a major exponent of the nouvelle critique (“new ...
Poulin, A
▪ 1997       U.S. poet who from 1971 taught at the State University of New York College at Brockport, where in 1976 he founded BOA Editions, one of the top independent ...
Poulsen family
▪ Danish theatrical family       famous Danish theatrical family.       Emil Poulsen (b. July 9, 1842, Copenhagen, Den.—d. June 3, 1911, Helsinger) and Olaf ...
Poulsen, Johannes
▪ Danish actor born Nov. 17, 1881, Copenhagen, Den. died Oct. 14, 1938, Copenhagen       actor and director with the Royal Danish Theatre and perhaps the primary member ...
Poulsen, Valdemar
▪ Danish engineer born Nov. 23, 1869, Copenhagen, Den. died July 1942, Copenhagen       Danish engineer who in 1903 developed the first device for generating continuous ...
/pohlt/, n. a young fowl, as of the turkey, the pheasant, or a similar bird. [1375-1425; late ME pult(e); syncopated var. of PULLET] * * *
Fr. /poohdeu swah"/, n. a soft, ribbed silk fabric, used esp. for dresses. [1825-35; < F; see PADUASOY] * * *
poulter's measure
/pohl"teuhrz/, Pros. a metrical pattern using couplets having the first line in iambic hexameter, or 12 syllables, and the second in iambic heptameter, or 14 syllables. [1570-80; ...
poul·ter's measure (pōlʹtərz) n. A metrical pattern employing couplets in which the first line is in iambic hexameter and the second is in iambic heptameter.   [From ...
/pohl"teuhr euhr/, n. Brit. a dealer in poultry, hares, and game; poultryman. [1525-35; obs. poulter poultry dealer ( < MF pouletier; see PULLET, -IER2) + -ER1] * * *
/pohl"tis/, n., v., poulticed, poulticing. n. 1. a soft, moist mass of cloth, bread, meal, herbs, etc., applied hot as a medicament to the body. v.t. 2. to apply a poultice ...
—poultryless, adj. —poultrylike, adj. /pohl"tree/, n. domesticated fowl collectively, esp. those valued for their meat and eggs, as chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and ...
poultry farming
Raising birds commercially or domestically for meat, eggs, and feathers. Chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese are the birds of primary commercial importance. Guinea fowl and ...
poultry processing
Introduction       preparation of meat from various types of fowl (poultry) for consumption by humans.       Poultry is a major source of consumable animal ...
/pohl"tree meuhn/, n., pl. poultrymen. 1. a person who raises domestic fowls, esp. chickens, to sell as meat; a chicken farmer. 2. a poultry dealer, esp. one who sells chickens ...
pounce1 —pouncingly, adv. /powns/, v., pounced, pouncing, n. v.i. 1. to swoop down suddenly and grasp, as a bird does in seizing its prey. 2. to spring, dash, or come suddenly: ...
pounce box n. A small box with a perforated top, formerly used to sprinkle sand or pounce on writing paper to dry the ink. * * *
See pounce1,2. * * *
pouncet box
/pown"sit/ a small perfume box with a perforated lid. [1590-1600; POUNCE2 or POUNCE3 + -ET] * * *
▪ metalwork       small silver box, the sides of which are “pounced,” or pierced, with holes, containing a sponge soaked in pungent vinegar to ward off diseases and ...
poun·cet box (pounʹsĭt) n. A small perfume box with a perforated top.   [Perhaps alteration of *pounced-box, from pounce3.] * * *
pound1 —pounder, n. /pownd/, v.t. 1. to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc. 2. to produce or effect by striking or ...
/pownd/, n. 1. Ezra Loomis /looh"mis/, 1885-1972, U.S. poet. 2. Louise, 1872-1958, U.S. scholar and linguist. 3. her brother, Roscoe, 1870-1964, U.S. legal scholar and writer. * ...
pound cake
a rich, sweet cake made originally with approximately a pound each of butter, sugar, and flour. [1740-50] * * *
pound net
a trap for catching fish, consisting of a system of nets staked upright in the water and a rectangular enclosure or pound from which escape is impossible. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
Pound Quartzite
▪ geology       formation of Precambrian rocks (dating from 3.96 billion to 540 million years ago) in the region of Adelaide, South Australia. The Pound Quartzite ...
pound Scots
pound2 (def. 4). [1605-15] * * *
pound sign
1. a symbol (£) for "pound" or "pounds" as a monetary unit of the United Kingdom. 2. a symbol (#) for "pound" or "pounds" as a unit of weight or mass: 20# bond paper stock. 3. ...
pound sterling
pound2 (def. 3). [1625-35] * * * ▪ money       the basic monetary unit of Great Britain (United Kingdom), divided (since 1971) decimally into 100 new pence. The term is ...
Pound, Ezra
▪ American poet Introduction in full  Ezra Loomis Pound  born Oct. 30, 1885, Hailey, Idaho, U.S. died Nov. 1, 1972, Venice, Italy  American poet and critic, a supremely ...
Pound, Ezra (Loomis)
born Oct. 30, 1885, Hailey, Idaho, U.S. died Nov. 1, 1972, Venice, Italy U.S. poet and critic. Pound attended Hamilton College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he ...
Pound, Roscoe
born Oct. 27, 1870, Lincoln, Neb., U.S. died July 1, 1964, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. legal educator and botanist. After studying botany at the University of Nebraska and law at ...
Pound,Ezra Loomis
Pound (pound), Ezra Loomis. 1885-1972. American writer who exerted great influence on the development of modern literature through his poetic works, such as the unfinished ...
Pound, Roscoe. 1870-1964. American jurist who was dean of Harvard Law School (1916-1936) and wrote several influential books, including The Spirit of the Common Law (1921). * * *
pound-foolish [pound′fo͞ol′ish] adj. not handling large sums of money wisely: see PENNY-WISE * * * pound-fool·ish (poundʹfo͞oʹlĭsh) adj. Unwise in dealing with large ...
/pownd"fawrs", -fohrs"/, n. Physics. a foot-pound-second unit of force, equal to the force that produces an acceleration equal to the acceleration of gravity when acting on a ...
poundage1 /pown"dij/, n. 1. a tax, commission, rate, etc., of so much per pound sterling or per pound weight. 2. weight in pounds. [1350-1400; ME; see POUND2, ...
/pown"dl/, n. Physics. the foot-pound-second unit of force, equal to the force that produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second on a mass of one pound. Abbr.: ...
poundcake [pound′kāk΄] n. 1. a rich cake made with a pound each of its principal ingredients, as flour, butter, and sugar 2. a cake resembling this * * * pound cake n. A ...
pounder1 /pown"deuhr/, n. a person or thing that pounds, pulverizes, or beats. [bef. 1050; OE punere pestle (not found in ME); see POUND1, -ER1] pounder2 /pown"deuhr/, n. 1. a ...
pound key n. The pushbutton in the lower right corner on the dialing pad of a standard pushbutton telephone, marked with a pound sign (#). * * *
▪ Cree chief born 1826, near Battleford, N.W. Terr. died July 4, 1886, near Gleichen, Alta.       Cree Indian chief of the western plains of Canada who took part in ...
poundof flesh
pound of flesh n. pl. pounds of flesh A debt harshly insisted upon.   [From Antonio's debt to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.] * * *
➡ Bronze Age Britain * * *
pound scots n. See pound1. * * *
pound sign n. 1. The symbol (£) for a unit of currency, especially the pound sterling. 2. The symbol (#) for a pound as a unit of weight. * * *
pound sterling n. See pound1. * * *
—pourable, adj. —pourability, n. —pourer, n. —pouringly, adv. /pawr, pohr/, v.t. 1. to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from ...
pour le mérite
/poohrdd leuh may rddeet"/, French. for merit. * * * ▪ Prussian honor English  Order for Merit        distinguished Prussian order established by Frederick II the ...
pour point
Chem. the lowest temperature at which a substance will flow under given conditions. [1920-25] * * *
pour test
Chem. any test for determining the pour point of a substance. * * *
/poohrdd bwannrdd"/; Eng. /poor bwahr"/, n., pl. pourboires /-bwannrdd"/; Eng. /-bwahrz"/. French. a gratuity; tip. [lit., for drinking] * * *
See pour. * * *
pouring box
Metall. tundish (def. 2). Also called pouring basket, pouring basin. * * *
/poohrdd pannrdd lay"/; Eng. /poor'pahr lay"/, n. pl. pourparlers /-lay"/; Eng. /-layz"/. French. an informal preliminary conference. [lit., for talking] * * *
/poor"pahr'tee/, n. Law. purparty. * * *
/poor"poynt', -pwant'/, n. a stuffed and quilted doublet worn by men from the 14th to 17th centuries. [1350-1400; < F, n. use of ptp. of pourpoindre to quilt, perforate, equiv. ...
pourriture noble
/pooh rddee tyuurdd naw"bleu/, French. See noble rot. * * *
/poh sah"deuh/, n., pl. pousadas /-deuhz/; Port /-deuhsh/. a government-operated inn in Portugal. [1930-35; < Pg: inn, lodging, equiv. to pous(ar) to rest, halt ( < LL pausare; ...
Poussaint, Alvin
▪ American physician in full  Alvin Francis Poussaint  born May 15, 1934, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American psychiatrist specializing in child psychiatry and in ...
/poohs'ka fay"/; Fr. /poohs kann fay"/, n., pl. pousse-cafés /-fayz"/; Fr. /fay"/. 1. an after-dinner drink of liqueurs of various colors and specific gravities, carefully ...
/pooh set"/, n., v., poussetted, poussetting. n. 1. a dance step in which a couple or several couples dance around the ballroom, holding hands, as in country dances. v.i. 2. to ...
Pousseur, Henri
▪ Belgian composer born July 23, 1929, Malmédy, Belg.    Belgian composer whose works encompass a variety of 20th-century musical styles. He wrote music for many different ...
/pooh saonn"/, n. Nicolas /nee kaw lah"/, 1594-1655, French painter. * * *
Poussin, Nicolas
born 1594, Villers, France died Nov. 19, 1665, Rome, Papal States French painter. Except for two years as court painter to Louis XIII, he spent his entire career in Rome, where ...
Pous·sin (po͞o-săɴʹ), Nicolas. 1594-1665. French painter whose landscapes and historical and religious paintings, such as Holy Family on the Steps (1648), are among the ...
▪ art French  Poussiniste,         any of the supporters of the supremacy of disegno (“drawing”) over colour in the “quarrel” of colour versus drawing that ...
pout1 —poutful, adj. —poutingly, adv. /powt/, v.i. 1. to thrust out the lips, esp. in displeasure or sullenness. 2. to look or be sullen. 3. to swell out or protrude, as ...
/pow"teuhr/, n. 1. a person who pouts. 2. one of a breed of long-legged domestic pigeons, characterized by the habit of puffing out the distensible crop. [1715-25; POUT1 + ...
/pow"tee/, adj., poutier, poutiest. inclined to pout, or marked by pouting: a sullen, pouty child; a pouty face. [1860-65, Amer.; POUT1 + -Y1] * * *
Motion Pictures. point of view: used esp. in describing a method of shooting a scene or film that expresses the attitude of the director or writer toward the material or of a ...
Považská Bystrica
▪ Slovakia Hungarian  Vágbeszterce,        town, Střední Slovensko kraj (region), northwestern Slovakia. It is situated 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Žilina on ...
Poveda Burbano, Alfredo
▪ Ecuadorian military leader born Jan. 24, 1926, Ambato, Ecuador died June 7, 1990, Miami, Fla., U.S.       head of the military junta that overthrew the regime of ...
/pov"euhr tee/, n. 1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor; indigence. 2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ...
Poverty Bay
▪ inlet, Pacific Ocean       inlet of the southern Pacific Ocean, bounded by eastern North Island, New Zealand. The town of Gisborne is situated on its northern ...
Poverty in South Asia
▪ 1998 by H.Y. Sharada Prasad       The South Asian region, which comprises India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives, in 1997 accounted for ...
poverty level.
—poverty-level, adj. See poverty line. [1975-80] * * *
poverty line
a minimum income level used as an official standard for determining the proportion of a population living in poverty. * * *
/pov"euhr tee strik'euhn/, adj. suffering from poverty; extremely poor: poverty-stricken refugees. [1795-1805] * * *
poverty grass n. Any of several North American grasses that grow in poor or sandy soil. * * *
poverty level n. A minimum income level below which a person is officially considered to lack adequate subsistence and to be living in poverty. Also called poverty line. * * *
Povich, Shirley
▪ 1999       American sportswriter whose standard-setting columns, more than 15,000 in all, had graced the Washington Post since 1924, not only reporting the news in ...
/poh"vi dohn uy'euh duyn', -din/, n. Pharm. a complex of iodine and polyvinylpyrrolidone that has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity: used as an ...
pow1 /pow/, interj. 1. (used to express or indicate a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise.) n. 2. a heavy blow or a loud, explosive noise. 3. the power of exciting. adj. 4. ...
prisoner of war. Also, P.O.W. * * *
/pow"ay/, n. a city in SW California. 32,263. * * *
powder1 —powderer, n. /pow"deuhr/, n. 1. any solid substance reduced to a state of fine, loose particles by crushing, grinding, disintegration, etc. 2. a preparation in this ...
powder blue
—powder-blue, adj. a pale blue diluted with gray. [1700-10] * * *
powder boy.
See powder monkey (def. 1). [1795-1805] * * *
powder burn
a skin burn caused by exploding gunpowder. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
powder charge
propellant (def. 2). [1930-35] * * *
powder chest
a small wooden box containing a charge of powder, old nails, scrap iron, etc., formerly secured over the side of a ship and exploded on the attempt of an enemy to board. * * *
powder down
modified down feathers that continually crumble at the tips, producing a fine powder that forms a bloom on the plumage of certain birds, as pigeons and herons. * * *
powder flag
Naut. See red flag (def. 4). [1870-75] * * *
powder flask
a small flask of gunpowder formerly carried by soldiers and hunters. [1745-55] * * *
powder horn
a powder flask made from the horn of a cow or ox. [1525-35] * * *
powder keg
1. a small, metal, barrellike container for gunpowder or blasting powder. 2. a potentially dangerous situation, esp. one involving violent repercussions. [1850-55] * * *
powder magazine
a compartment for the storage of ammunition and explosives. [1755-65] * * *
powder metallurgy
the art or science of manufacturing useful articles by compacting metal and other powders in a die, followed by sintering. [1930-35] * * * Fabrication of metal objects from a ...
powder method
Crystall. a method of x-ray determination of crystal structure using a powdered sample. Cf. x-ray crystallography. * * *
powder mill
a mill in which gunpowder is made. [1640-50] * * *
powder monkey
1. (formerly) a boy employed on warships to carry gunpowder from the magazine to the guns. 2. powderman (def. 1). [1675-85] * * *
powder paper
Pharm. charta (def. 2). [1880-85] * * *
powder puff
a soft, feathery ball or pad, as of cotton or down, for applying powder to the skin. [1695-1705] * * *
Powder River
River, northern Wyoming and southeastern Montana, U.S. It rises in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming and flows north 486 mi (782 km) to join the Yellowstone River ...
powder room
1. a room containing a toilet and washing facilities for women; lavatory. 2. such a room provided for the use of female guests, as in a restaurant or nightclub. [1905-10] * * *
powder snow
Skiing. powder1 (def. 3). [1925-30] * * *
/pow"deuhr puf'/, adj. Informal. 1. limited to participation by women or girls: She plays on the powder-puff touch football team. 2. inconsequential; trifling; lightweight: a ...
powder blue n. A moderate to pale blue or purplish blue.   [From the color of powdered smalt.] * * *
powdered milk.
See dry milk. [1885-90] * * *
powdered sugar
a sugar produced by pulverizing granulated sugar, esp. a coarser variety used for fruits or cold beverages. Symbol: XX Cf. confectioners' sugar. [1615-25] * * *
See powder. * * *
powder horn n. An animal's horn capped at the open end, used to carry gunpowder. * * *
powder keg n. 1. A small cask for holding gunpowder or other explosives. 2. A potentially explosive situation or thing. * * *
Powderly, Terence V(incent)
born Jan. 22, 1849, Carbondale, Pa., U.S. died June 24, 1924, Washington, D.C. U.S. labour leader. The son of Irish immigrants, he became a railroad worker at age 13 and a ...
Powderly, Terence V.
▪ American labour leader in full  Terence Vincent Powderly   born January 22, 1849, Carbondale, Pennsylvania, U.S. died June 24, 1924, Washington, D.C.  American labour ...
Powdermaker, Hortense
▪ American cultural anthropologist born Dec. 24, 1900, Philadelphia died June 15, 1970, Berkeley, Calif., U.S.       U.S. cultural anthropologist (cultural ...
/pow"deuhr man', -meuhn/, n., pl. powdermen /-men', -meuhn/. 1. a person in charge of explosives, esp. in a demolition crew. 2. Slang. a safe-cracker who uses explosives to open ...
powder metallurgy n. The technology of powdered metals, especially the production and utilization of metallic powders for fabricating massive materials and shaped objects. * * *
powder monkey n. Slang One who carries or sets explosives. * * *
powderpost beetle
▪ insect       any of approximately 90 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) that range in colour from reddish brown to black and in size from 1 to 7 mm (up to ...
powder puff n. A soft pad for applying powder to the skin. * * *
Pow·der River (pouʹdər) 1. A river, about 241 km (150 mi) long, of northeast Oregon flowing generally north and southeast to the Snake River on the Idaho border. 2. A river ...
powder room n. 1. A lavatory for women. 2. A lavatory for guests in a private home. * * *
/pow"deuh ree/, adj. 1. consisting of or resembling powder: powdery sand; powdery clouds. 2. easily reduced to powder: powdery plaster. 3. sprinkled or covered with or as with ...
powdery mildew
1. any of various parasitic fungi of the ascomycete order Erysiphales, which produce a powderlike film of mycelium on the surface of host plants. 2. Plant Pathol. a disease ...
powdery mildew n. 1. Any of various fungi, especially of the family Erysiphaceae, that produce powdery conidia on the host surface. 2. A plant disease caused by any of these ...
/pow"euhl/ for 1, 4, 5; /poh"euhl, pow"-/ for 2, 3, n. 1. Adam Clayton, Jr., 1908-72, U.S. clergyman, politician, and civil-rights leader: congressman 1945-67, 1969-71. 2. ...
Powell River
▪ British Columbia, Canada       district municipality, southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is located on the east side of the Strait of Georgia, 80 miles (130 ...
Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr.
born Nov. 29, 1908, New Haven, Conn., U.S. died April 4, 1972, Miami, Fla. U.S. politician. In 1937 he succeeded his father as pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in ...
Powell, Adam Clayton,Jr.
Pow·ell (pouʹəl), Adam Clayton, Jr. 1908-1972. American politician. A U.S. representative from New York (1945-1967 and 1969-1971), he was an outspoken advocate of civil ...
Powell, Anthony
▪ British author in full  Anthony Dymoke Powell   born December 21, 1905, London, England died March 28, 2000, near Frome, Somerset       English novelist, best known ...
Powell, Anthony (Dymoke)
born Dec. 21, 1905, London, Eng. died March 28, 2000, near Frome, Somerset British novelist. He published his first novel, Afternoon Men (1931), while working in a London ...
Powell, Anthony Dymoke
▪ 2001       British writer (b. Dec. 21, 1905, London, Eng.—d. March 28, 2000, near Frome, Somerset, Eng.), was the author of one of the most highly regarded ...

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