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Symbol, Chem. platinum. * * *
pint; pints. * * *
PT boat
U.S. Mil. a small, fast, lightly armed, unarmored, and highly maneuverable boat used chiefly for torpedoing enemy shipping. Also called mosquito boat, motor torpedo ...
1. point. 2. port. * * *
1. part. 2. payment. 3. pint; pints. 4. point. 5. port. 6. preterit. * * *
See Parent-Teacher Association. Also, P.T.A. * * *
pl. Ptas. peseta. * * *
/ptah, ptahkh/, n. an ancient Egyptian deity, believed to be a universal creator and sometimes identified with other gods: worshiped esp. at Memphis when it was the royal ...
▪ Egyptian vizier flourished 2400 BCE       vizier of ancient Egypt who attained high repute in wisdom literature. His treatise “The Maxims of Ptahhotep,” probably ...
/tahr"mi geuhn/, n., pl. ptarmigans, (esp. collectively) ptarmigan. any of several grouses of the genus Lagopus, of mountainous and cold northern regions, having feathered ...
PT boat (pē-tēʹ) n. A fast, maneuverable, lightly armed vessel, 60 to 100 feet (18 to 30 meters) in length, used to torpedo enemy shipping.   [patrol + torpedo boat.] * * *
Biochem. phenylthiocarbamide. Cf. phenylthiourea. * * *
PTCA (pē'tē-sē-āʹ) n. Angioplasty performed to open a narrowed coronary artery, in which a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin or shoulder and ...
var. of ptero- before a vowel: pteranodon. * * *
/teuh ran"euh don'/, n. a flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Cretaceous Period, having a wingspread of about 25 feet (8 m). [ < NL, equiv. to pter- PTER- + ...
▪ paleontology       genus of extinct jawless fishlike vertebrates found as fossils in Early Devonian rocks (those 398 million to 416 million years old) in North America ...
▪ ancient city, Turkey       ancient capital of the “White Syrians” of northern Cappadocia in eastern Anatolia, which, according to the Greek historian Herodotus, ...
▪ plant family Introduction       the maidenhair fern family, containing about 50 genera and approximately 950 species, in the division Pteridophyta (the lower ...
a combining form meaning "fern," used in the formation of compound words: pteridology. [ < NL, comb. form repr. Gk pterís (s. pterid-) fern, deriv. of pterón feather] * * *
See pteridology. * * *
See pteridological. * * *
—pteridological /ter'i dl oj"i keuhl/, adj. —pteridologist, n. /ter'i dol"euh jee/, n. the branch of botany dealing with ferns and related plants, as the horsetails and club ...
—pteridophytic /teuh rid'euh fit"ik, ter'i doh-/, pteridophytous /ter'i dof"i teuhs/, adj. /teuh rid"euh fuyt', ter"i doh-/, n. any plant of the division Pteridophyta, ...
See pteridophyte. * * *
See pteridophytic. * * *
/teuh rid"euh sperrm', ter"i doh-/, n. See seed fern. [1900-05; < NL Pteridospermales the order; see PTERIDO-, SPERM1, -ALES] * * *
/tear"ee on', ter"-/, n. Craniom. the craniometric point at the side of the sphenoidal fontanelle. [1875-80; < NL, alter. of Gk pterón wing, on model of INION] * * *
a combining form meaning "wing," "feather," used in the formation of compound words: pterodactyl. Also, pter-. [ < NL, comb. form repr. Gk pterón] * * *
▪ invertebrate       any small marine invertebrate of the class Pterobranchia (phylum Hemichordata). Pterobranchs are found mainly in the Southern Hemisphere, but a few ...
/ter'euh kahr"peuhs/, adj. Bot. having winged fruit. [1865-70; < NL; see PTERO-, -CARPOUS] * * *
—pterodactylic, pterodactylous, adj. —pterodactylid, adj., n. —pterodactyloid, adj. /ter'euh dak"til/, n. any of a number of genera of flying reptiles of the extinct order ...
See pterodactyl. * * *
See pterodactyloid. * * *
pteroic acid
pteroic acid [tə rō′ik] n. 〚ult. < Gr pteron, FEATHER, wing (because found in pigments in butterfly wings) + -IC〛 a crystalline acid, C14H12N6O3, which can react with ...
/teuh roh"meuh, te-/, n., pl. pteromata /-meuh teuh/. pteron. [ < L pteroma < Gk ptéroma] * * *
/ter"on/, n. Archit. 1. (in a classical temple) a colonnade parallel to, but apart from, the cella. 2. the space between this and the cella. [1840-50; < L < Gk pterón lit., ...
/ter"euh pod'/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming. n. 2. ...
See pteropod. * * *
/ter'euh poh"dee euhm/, n., pl. pteropodia /-poh"dee euh/. the foot of a pteropod. [1880-85; < NL; see PTEROPOD, -IUM] * * *
▪ plant       any of a group of vascular plants (tracheophytes) that includes ferns, extinct seed ferns, gymnosperms (conifers, etc.), and angiosperms (flowering ...
      family of Latin American birds, based on the genus Pteroptochas—in this encyclopaedia classified as part of the tapaculo (q.v.) family (Rhinocryptidae). * * *
/ter"euh sawr'/, n. any flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having the outside digit of the forelimb greatly elongated and ...
▪ plant genus       genus of about four species of deciduous trees or shrubs, of the storax family (Styracaceae), native to East Asia. A few species, notably P. hispidus ...
pter·o·yl·glu·tam·ic acid (tĕr'ō-ĭl-glo͞o-tămʹĭk) n. Folic acid.   [ptero(ic acid), an amino acid (pterin, chemical compound; see aminopterin + -oic) + -yl + ...
See pterygium. * * *
—pterygial, adj. /teuh rij"ee euhm/, n., pl. pterygiums, pterygia /-rij"ee euh/. Opthalm. an abnormal triangular mass of thickened conjunctiva extending over the cornea and ...
pterygoid [ter′i goid΄] adj. 〚< Gr pteryx, gen. pterygos (see PTERYGIUM) + -OID〛 1. having the form of a wing; winglike 2. designating, of, or near either of two winglike ...
/ter"i goht'/, adj. belonging or pertaining to the arthropod subclass Pterygota, comprising the winged insects. Also, pterygotous /teuh rig"euh teuhs/. [1875-80; < NL Pterygota < ...
/ter"euh leuh/, n., pl. pterylae /-lee', -luy'/. Ornith. one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird. Also called feather tract. Cf. apterium. [1865-70; < NL < Gk pter(ón) ...
ptg abbrev. printing * * *
printing. * * *
See parathyroid hormone. * * *
▪ paleontology       extinct genus of mammals (mammal) found as fossils (fossil) in deposits dated to the Paleocene Epoch (65.5–55.8 million years ago) of North ...
/tiz"euhn, ti zan"/, n. a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality. [1350-1400; < L ptisana < Gk ptisáne peeled barley, barley ...
Telecommunications. See pulse-time modulation. * * *
1. Patent and Trademark Office. 2. Mach. See power takeoff. * * *
/tol'euh may"euhs/, n. a walled plain in the third quadrant of the face of the moon: about 90 miles (144 km) in diameter. * * *
/tol'euh may"ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy. 2. of or pertaining to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in ...
Ptolemaic system
Astron. a system elaborated by Ptolemy and subsequently modified by others, according to which the earth was the fixed center of the universe, with the heavenly bodies moving ...
Ptolemaic system n. The astronomical system of Ptolemy, in which the earth is at the center of the universe with the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolving about it in circular ...
Ancient coastal city, Cyrenaica. Located in modern Libya, it received its name in the 3rd century BC from Ptolemy III, who united Cyrenaica with Egypt. Its economy was based on ...
/tol'euh may"ist/, n. an adherent or advocate of the Ptolemaic system of astronomy. [1875-80; PTOLEMA(IC) + -IST] * * *
/tol"euh mee/, n., pl. Ptolemies for 2. 1. (Claudius Ptolemaeus) fl. A.D. 127-151, Hellenistic mathematician, astronomer, and geographer in Alexandria. 2. any of the kings of the ...
Ptolemy Apion
▪ ruler of Cyrenaica flourished c. 116–96 BC       ruler of Cyrenaica who separated it from Egypt and in his will bequeathed the country to Rome.       Son of ...
Ptolemy I
(surnamed Soter) 367?-280 B.C., ruler of Egypt 323-285: founder of Macedonian dynasty in Egypt. * * *
Ptolemy I Soter
born 367/366, Macedonia died 283/282 BC, Egypt Ruler of Egypt (323–285) and founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty. A Macedonian general of Alexander the Great, he and the other ...
Ptolemy II
(surnamed Philadelphus) 309?-247? B.C., king of Egypt 285-247? (son of Ptolemy I). * * *
Ptolemy II Philadelphus
born 308, Cos died 246 BC King of Egypt (285–246 BC), second king of the Ptolemaic dynasty. He reigned as coruler (285–282) with his father, Ptolemy I Soter, then purged ...
Ptolemy III Euergetes
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt (Greek:Benefactor) flourished 246–221 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt, son of Ptolemy II; he reunited Egypt and Cyrenaica and ...
Ptolemy III–XV
(r. 246–30 BC) Macedonian kings of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. Ptolemy III Euergetes ("Benefactor") (fl. 246–221) defeated the ruler of the Seleucid dynasty in the Third ...
Ptolemy IV Philopator
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt (Greek: Loving His Father) born c. 238 BC, –d. 205 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt (reigned 221–205 BC), under whose feeble rule, ...
Ptolemy IX Soter II
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt byname  Lathyrus (Greek: “Chickpea”)   flourished 1st century BC       Macedonian king of Egypt (reigned 116–110, 109–107, and ...
Ptolemy of Mauretania
▪ North African ruler born before 19, BC, Numidia died AD 40       North African client ruler for Rome (AD 23–40) who assisted Roman forces in suppressing a Berber ...
Ptolemy Philadelphus
▪ king of Syria and Asia Minor born 36 BC died after 30 BC       son of Mark Antony (Antony, Mark), the Roman triumvir of the East, and Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt; ...
Ptolemy V Epiphanes
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt (Greek: Illustrious) born c. 210 died 180 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt from 205 BC under whose rule Coele Syria and most of Egypt's ...
Ptolemy VI Philometor
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt GreekLoving His Mother flourished c. 180–145 BC    Macedonian king of Egypt under whom an attempted invasion of Coele Syria resulted in the ...
Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator
▪ king of Egypt (Greek: Philopator, the Younger) died 144 BC       younger son and co-ruler with Ptolemy VI Philometor, king of Egypt, whom he succeeded in 145 BC. ...
Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt Greek“Ptolemy the Benefactor”also called  Physcon (Greek: “Potbellied”)   died 116 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt who played a ...
Ptolemy X Alexander I
▪ king of Egypt died 88 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt (reigned 107–88 BC) who, under the direction of his mother, Cleopatra III, ruled Egypt alternately with his ...
Ptolemy XI Alexander II
▪ king of Egypt born c. 115 died 80 BC       last fully legitimate Ptolemaic king of Egypt, who, after marrying Berenice III, Ptolemy IX Soter II's widow, and joining ...
Ptolemy XII Auletes
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt Greek“Flute Player”in full  Ptolemy XII Theos Philopater Philadelphus Neos Dionysos Auletes   born c. 112 BC died 51 ...
Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt Greek“Ptolemy the Father-Loving God” born 62/61 died 47 BC, near Alexandria       Macedonian king of Egypt and coruler with his famous ...
Ptolemy XIV Theos Philopator II
▪ Macedonian king of Egypt Greek“Ptolemy the Father-Loving God” born c. 59 died July 44 BC       Macedonian king of Egypt from 47 to 44 BC, coruler with his elder ...
Ptolemy XV Caesar
▪ king of Egypt in full  Ptolemy Philopator Philometor Caesar,  byname  Caesarion  born June 47 BC died 30 BC       king of Egypt (reigned 44–30 BC), son of ...
—ptomainic, adj. /toh"mayn, toh mayn"/, n. any of a class of foul-smelling nitrogenous substances produced by bacteria during putrefaction of animal or plant protein: formerly ...
ptomaine poisoning
(erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine. [1890-95] * * *
ptomaine poisoning n. Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in scientific use. * * *
—ptotic /toh"tik/, adj. /toh"sis/, n. Pathol. 1. a drooping of the upper eyelid. 2. prolapse or drooping of any organ. [1735-45; < NL < Gk ptósis a falling] * * * ▪ ...
See ptosis. * * *
past participle. * * *
To split, separate, detach. 1. haphtarah, from Mishnaic Hebrew hapṭārâ, conclusion, from hipṭîr, to conclude, dismiss, derived stem of Hebrew pāṭar, to separate, ...
1. parts. 2. payments. 3. pints. 4. points. 5. ports. * * *
posttraumatic stress disorder. * * *
Post, Telegraph, and Telephone (the government-operated system, as in France or Turkey). * * *
/tooh"ee, ptooh"ee/, interj. (used to indicate the sound or act of spitting.) * * *
public television. * * *
West Semitic, to advise. 1. fatwa, from Arabic fatwā, legal opinion, from a verb *fatā, to advise (attested only in derived denominative forms such as ʾaftā, to give a formal ...
Pty or pty abbrev. proprietary * * *
/tuy'euh lek"teuh sis/, n., pl. ptyalectases /-seez'/. spontaneous or surgical dilatation of a salivary duct. [ < Gk ptýal(on) saliva + éktasis a stretching out, equiv. to ek- ...
/tuy"euh lin/, n. Biochem. an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose. Also called salivary amylase. [1835-45; < Gk ptýal(on) spittle, saliva + ...
/tuy"euh liz'euhm/, n. Pathol. excessive secretion of saliva. [1675-85; < Gk ptyalismós expectoration, equiv. to ptýal(on) spittle + -ismos -ISM] * * *
Symbol, Chem. plutonium. * * *
Pu Songling
▪ Chinese author Wade-Giles romanization  P'u Sung-ling , courtesy name (zi)  Liuxian , or  Jianchen  born June 5, 1640, Zichuan [now Zibo], Shandong province, ...
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  P'u-erh , formerly  Simao        city, southern Yunnan sheng (province), China. It is situated in a small basin among mountains ...
/pooh"yee"/, n. Henry, 1906-67, as Hsüan T'ung, last emperor of China 1908-12; as K'ang Tê, puppet emperor of Manchukuo 1934-45. Also, P'u-i. * * *
/pub/, n. a bar or tavern. [1855-60; short for PUBLIC HOUSE] * * *
pub crawl
an instance or period of pub-crawling. Also, pub-crawl. [1910-15] * * *
Pub crawls
➡ nightlife * * *
pub date
Informal. See publication date. [by shortening] * * *
pub meals
➡ pub * * *
pub rock
▪ music       British back-to-basics musical movement of the early and mid-1970s that provided an alternative to progressive and glam rock. Although a relatively ...
—pub-crawler, n. /pub"krawl'/, v.i. 1. to have drinks at one bar after another. n. 2. See pub crawl. [1935-40] * * *
1. public. 2. publication. 3. published. 4. publisher. 5. publishing. * * *
See pubertal. * * *
/pyooh"beuhr tl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of puberty. Also, puberal /pyooh"beuhr euhl/. [1830-40; PUBERT(Y) + -AL1] * * *
/pyooh"beuhr tee/, n. the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction of offspring: in common law, presumed to be 14 years in the male and 12 years in ...
/pyooh ber"yeuh leuhnt, -ber"euh-/, adj. Bot., Zool. minutely pubescent. Also, puberulous /pyooh ber"yeuh leuhs, -ber"euh-/. [1860-65; < L puber- (see PUBERTY) + -ULENT] * * *
pubes1 /pyooh"beez/, n., pl. pubes. Anat. 1. the lower part of the abdomen, esp. the region between the right and left iliac regions. 2. the hair appearing on the lower part of ...
pubescence [pyo͞o bes′əns] n. 〚Fr〛 1. the quality or state of being pubescent 2. the soft down that covers the surface of many plants and insects * * * pu·bes·cence ...
—pubescence, pubescency, n. /pyooh bes"euhnt/, adj. 1. arriving or arrived at puberty. 2. Bot., Zool. covered with down or fine short hair. [1640-50; < L pubescent- (s. of ...
/pyooh"bik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or situated near the pubes or the pubis. [1825-35; PUB(ES)1 + -IC] * * *
pubic louse
▪ insect also called  crab louse        sucking louse in the human louse family, Pediculidae (suborder Anoplura, order Phthiraptera), that is found principally at the ...
pubic louse.
See under louse (def. 1). * * *
pubic symphysis
Anat. the fixed joint at the front of the pelvic girdle where the halves of the pubis meet. See diag. under pelvis. [1930-35] * * *
pubic symphysis n. The joint located between the pubes in the lower abdominal region and composed of a fibrous cartilaginous material. * * *
/pyooh"bis/, n., pl. pubes /-beez/. Anat. that part of either innominate bone that, with the corresponding part of the other, forms the front of the pelvis. See diag. under ...
publ abbrev. 1. published 2. publisher * * *
1. public. 2. publication. 3. publicity. 4. published. 5. publisher. * * *
/pub"lik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance. 2. done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a ...
public access channel
n (in the US) a cable television channel reserved for broadcasts by people and organizations that do not make a profit. The Cable Act (1984) requires private cable companies to ...
public accountant
—public accounting. an accountant whose services are available to the public at large, in contrast to one employed on a full-time basis by a company. * * *
public act.
See public law (def. 1). * * *
public administration
1. the implementation of public policy, largely by the executive branch. 2. a field of study preparing persons for careers in such work. * * * Introduction       the ...
public administrator
1. an official of a city, county, or state government. 2. a person appointed to administer the estate of a deceased person, esp. during the period when a will is being ...
public affairs
matters of general interest or concern, esp. those dealing with current social or political issues. [1605-15] * * *
public assistance
—public-assistance, adj. government aid to the poor, disabled, or aged or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps. [1900-05] * * *
public bar
Brit. (in a tavern or pub) the common section of a bar or barroom, not as exclusive, as quiet, or as comfortably furnished as the saloon section. * * *
public bill
a congressional or parliamentary bill involving the general interests of the people at large or of the whole community. Cf. private bill. [1670-80] * * *
Public Broadcasting Service
a network of independent, noncommercial television stations that operate with public and government funding instead of with revenues from advertising. Abbr.: PBS [1965-70] * * ...
public charge
a person who is in economic distress and is supported at government expense: He assured the American consul that the prospective immigrant would not become a public ...
public companies
➡ companies * * *
public company
Brit. a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription. Cf. private company. * * *
public convenience
Chiefly Brit. a rest room, esp. at a large public place, as at a railroad station. * * *
public corporation
1. a corporation, owned and operated by a government, established for the administration of certain public programs. 2. See municipal corporation. 3. a large private corporation ...
public debt
public debt n. 1. the total debt of all governmental units, including those of state and local governments 2. NATIONAL DEBT * * *       obligations of governments, ...
public debt.
See national debt. [1715-25] * * *
public defender
a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense. Cf. assigned counsel. [1915-20] * ...
public domain
—public-domain, adj. Law. 1. the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection. 2. land owned by the ...
public enemy
1. a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, esp. a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces. 2. a nation or government with which ...
Public Enemy No 1
the title used by the FBI in the 1930s to refer to the criminal they considered the most dangerous and the one they most wanted to arrest at any particular time. In 1934 both ...
Public Enemy Number One
1. (not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI's list of the ten most wanted criminals. 2. a major menace to public safety, health, etc.: Cancer is Public Enemy Number ...
public enterprise
      a business organization wholly or partly owned by the state and controlled through a public authority. Some public enterprises are placed under public ownership ...
public eye
public attention or notice; limelight: a politician who keeps out of the public eye. [1890-95] * * *
public footpath
n (BrE) a way or track along which people walk, especially in country areas. In England and Wales public footpaths are marked on Ordnance Survey maps and are legal rights of way. ...
public health
—public-health, adj. health services to improve and protect community health, esp. sanitation, immunization, and preventive medicine. [1610-20] * * * Science and art of ...
public health dentistry
      dental specialty concerned primarily with prevention of dental decay and of periodontal disease (disease of the tissues surrounding the teeth (tooth)). Public health ...
public holidays
➡ holidays and vacations * * *
public house
1. Brit. a tavern. 2. an inn or hostelry. [1565-75] Syn. See hotel. * * * or pub Establishment that serves alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, especially in ...
public housing
housing owned or operated by a government and usually offered at low rent to the needy. * * *
public interest
—public-interest, adj. 1. the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth: health programs that directly affect the public interest. 2. appeal or relevance to the ...
public international law
1. Also called public law. the law governing the legal relations between independent states or nations and, increasingly, between these and individuals. 2. See conflict of laws ...
public law
1. Also called public act, public statute. a law or statute of a general character that applies to the people of a whole state or nation. 2. a branch of law dealing with the ...
Public Lending Right
(in Britain) an act of Parliament that directs compensation to an author for the library loan of his or her book. * * *
public library
a nonprofit library established for the use of the general public and maintained chiefly by public funds. [1605-15] * * *
public life
public service as an elected or appointed government official. [1775-85] * * *
public limited company
(abbrs plc, PLC) n a type of British company, usually large, that issues shares to the public, and allows the public to examine its accounts. A public limited company must have ...
public offering
a sale of a new issue of securities to the general public through a managing underwriter (opposed to private placement): required to be registered with the Securities and ...
public opinion
the collective opinion of many people on some issue, problem, etc., esp. as a guide to action, decision, or the like. [1560-70] * * * Introduction       an aggregate of ...
Public Order Act
a British Act of Parliament which replaced the old Riot Act in 1986. It was introduced in response to the riots in Toxteth, Brixton and other places in the early 1980s, and gave ...
public policy
1. the fundamental policy on which laws rest, esp. policy not yet enunciated in specific rules. 2. Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a ...
public prosecutor
an officer charged with the conduct of criminal prosecution in the interest of the public. * * *
public radio station
➡ radio * * *
public relations
1. the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc. 2. the art, ...
public relations (PR)
Aspect of communications that involves promoting a desirable image for a person or group seeking public attention. It originated in the U.S. in the early 20th century with ...
public room
a lounge or other room that is open to all, esp. in a hotel or on a ship. [1975-80] * * *
Public Safety, Committee of
French  Comité De Salut Public,         political body of the French Revolution that gained virtual dictatorial control over France during the Reign of Terror ...
public sale
auction (def. 1). [1670-80] * * *
public school
—public-school, adj. 1. (in the U.S.) a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of ...
public schools
Public schools are, in most of Britain, independent schools and, despite their name, are not part of the state education system. Schools run by the state are called state ...
public sector
the area of the nation's affairs under governmental rather than private control. Cf. private sector. [1950-55] * * *
Public Sector Borrowing Requirement
(abbr PSBR) the amount of money the government needs to borrow every year to pay for public spending, if money from taxes is not enough. It is borrowed from the banking system ...
public servant
a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service. [1670-80] * * *
public service
1. the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public. 2. government employment; civil service. 3. a ...
public service announcements
➡ advertising * * *
public service broadcasting
n [U] (in Britain) radio or television broadcasting by the BBC. The aim of public service broadcasting is to make programmes of a high standard that educate, inform and ...
public speaking
1. the act of delivering speeches in public. 2. the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively. [1755-65] * * *
public spending
➡ budget * * *
public spending round
n [usu sing] the arrangement made every year by the British government in which different government departments are given money for the year. The public spending round is ...
public statute.
See public law (def. 1). * * *
public transport
➡ transport * * *
public transportation
➡ transport * * *
public trust.
See charitable trust. * * *
public utility
—public-utility, adj. 1. a business enterprise, as a public-service corporation, performing an essential public service and regulated by the federal, state, or local ...
public works
structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use. [1670-80] * * *
Public Works Administration
the U.S. federal agency (1933-44) that instituted and administered projects for the construction of public works. Abbr.: PWA, P.W.A. * * * U.S. government agency ...
Public Works of Art Project
▪ United States federal arts project       first of the U.S. federal art programs conceived as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its ...
Public Works of Art Project (PWAP)
First of the U.S. federal art programs conceived as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression. Organized in 1933, it provided work to thousands of unemployed artists. ...
public-access television
/pub"lik ak'ses, -ak"-/ 1. a noncommercial system of broadcasting on television channels made available to independent or community groups for programs of general interest to the ...
public-address system
/pub"lik euh dres"/ a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors. Also called PA system, P.A. ...
pub·lic-ad·dress system (pŭb'lĭk-ə-drĕsʹ) n. Abbr. PA An electronic amplification apparatus installed and used for broadcasting in public areas. * * *
public-interest law
a branch of law that often utilizes class-action suits to protect the interest of a large group or of the public at large, as in matters relating to racial discrimination, air ...
public-liability insurance
/pub"lik luy'euh bil"i tee/ insurance covering the insured against risks involving liability to the public for damages arising from negligence. * * *
See public opinion. * * *
public-opinion poll
/pub"lik euh pin"yeuhn/ a poll taken by sampling a cross section of the public in an effort to predict election results or to estimate public attitudes on issues. [1935-40] * * *
See public service. * * *
public-service corporation
/pub"lik serr"vis/ a private or quasi-private corporation chartered to provide an essential commodity or service to the public. [1900-05] * * *
public-service corporation n. A corporation providing essential services, such as water or electricity, to the public. * * *
—public-spiritedness, n. /pub"lik spir"i tid/, adj. having or showing an unselfish interest in the public welfare: a public-spirited citizen. [1670-80] * * *
See public-spirited. * * *
public access n. The availability of television or radio broadcast facilities, as provided by law, for use by the public for presentation of programs, as those of community ...
/pub"li keuhn/, n. 1. Chiefly Brit. a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub. 2. Rom. Hist. a person who collected public taxes. 3. any collector of taxes, ...
public assistance n. Aid, such as money or food, given to homeless and other financially needy people, the aged, or the inhabitants of a disaster-stricken area; relief. * * *
/pub'li kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like. 2. the act of bringing before the public; announcement. 3. the ...
publication date
the date on which a book or periodical is or is planned to be published. [1930-35] * * *
public defender n. An attorney or a staff of attorneys, usually publicly appointed, having responsibility for the defense of those unable to afford or obtain legal assistance. * ...
public domain n. 1. Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. 2. The status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or ...
public eye n. Public attention and scrutiny. * * *
public figure n. A famous person whose life and behavior are the focus of intense public interest and scrutiny. * * *
public health n. The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventive medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, ...
public house n. Chiefly British A place, such as a tavern or bar, that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. * * *
public housing n. Housing that is built, operated, and owned by a government and that is typically provided at nominal rent to the needy. * * *
public interest n. 1. The well-being of the general public; the commonweal. 2. The attention of the people with respect to events. * * *
/pub"leuh sist/, n. 1. a person who publicizes, esp. a press agent or public-relations consultant. 2. an expert in current public or political affairs. 3. an expert in public or ...
/pu blis"i tee/, n. 1. extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication. 2. public notice so gained. 3. the measures, process, or business ...
/pub"leuh suyz'/, v.t., publicized, publicizing. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could. Also, esp. Brit., ...
public law n. 1. The branch of law that deals with the state or government and its relationships with individuals or other governments. 2. A law affecting the public. * * *
public library n. A noncommercial library often supported with public funds, intended for use by the general public. * * *
public life n. Public service or a term of public service by an appointed or elected official. * * *
/pub"lik lee/, adv. 1. in a public or open manner or place. 2. by the public. 3. in the name of the community. 4. by public action or consent. [1925-30; PUBLIC + -LY] * * *
/pub"lik nis/, n. the quality or state of being public or being owned by the public. [1595-1605; PUBLIC + -NESS] * * *
/pooh"bli koh'/; Sp. /pooh"vlee kaw'/, n., pl. públicos /-kohz'/; Sp. /-kaws'/. (esp. in Puerto Rico) a taxi that picks up and discharges passengers along a fixed route. [ < ...
public offering n. The sale of a new securities issue to the public by way of an underwriter, a transaction that must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. * ...
public opinion n. Public consensus, as with respect to an issue or situation.   pubʹlic-o·pinʹion (pŭbʹlĭk-ə-pĭnʹyən) adj. * * *
public policy n. The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws, especially such policy not yet formally enunciated. * * *
public prosecutor n. A government official who prosecutes criminal actions on behalf of the state or community. * * *
public relations pl.n. Abbr. PR 1. (used with a sing. verb) The art or science of establishing and promoting a favorable relationship with the public. 2. (used with a pl. verb) ...
public sale n. An auction of property or merchandise. * * *
public school n. 1. An elementary or secondary school in the United States supported by public funds and providing free education for children of a community or district. 2. A ...
public servant n. A person who holds a government position by election or appointment. * * *
public service n. 1. Employment within a governmental system, especially within the civil service. 2. A service performed for the benefit of the public, especially by a nonprofit ...
See public speaking. * * *
public speaking n. The act, art, or process of making effective speeches before an audience.   public speaker n. * * *
public television n. Noncommercial television that provides programs, especially of an educational nature, for the public. Also called educational television. * * *
public utility n. 1. A private business organization, subject to governmental regulation, that provides an essential commodity or service, such as water, electricity, ...
public works pl.n. Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public. * * *
Publilius Syrus
▪ Latin writer flourished 1st century BC       Latin mime writer contemporary with Cicero, chiefly remembered for a collection of versified aphorisms that were ...
—publishable, adj. /pub"lish/, v.t. 1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the ...
publish and be damned
a phrase meaning ‘you can publish if you like, I don’t care’. It is thought to have been used by the Duke of Wellington when he received threats that private details about ...
publish or perish
a phrase used to express the idea that it is important for teachers colleges and universities to publish books, etc. about their research, and that if they fail to do so it will ...
See publish. * * *
/pub"li sheuhr/, n. 1. a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc. 2. the business head of a newspaper ...
/pub"li shing/, n. the activities or business of a publisher, esp. of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college. [1375-1425; late ME (ger.); see PUBLISH, ...
publishing house
a company that publishes books, pamphlets, engravings, or the like: a venerable publishing house in Boston. [1820-30] * * *
publishing, history of
Introduction       an account of the selection, preparation, and marketing of printed matter from its origins in ancient times to the present. The activity has grown from ...
/pub"lish meuhnt/, n. Archaic. publication. [1485-95; PUBLISH + -MENT] * * *
(as used in expressions) Publius Ovidius Naso Publius Cornelius Tacitus Publius Terentius Afer Publius Licinius Valerianus Publius Vergilius Maro Clodius Pulcher ...
Public Utilities Commission. Also, P.U.C. * * *
/pooh"keuh/, n. (in folklore) an Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck. Also, pooka. [ < Ir púca; see PUCK] * * *
Pu·call·pa (po͞o-kīʹpä) A city of east-central Peru on the Ucayali River northeast of Lima. It is an agricultural trade center. Population: 161,200. * * * ▪ Peru also ...
▪ archaeological site, Peru       pre-Columbian site and culture in the southern highlands of present-day Peru in the northern basin of Lake Titicaca (Titicaca, Lake). ...
Pucci, Emilio, Marchese Di Barsento
▪ Italian fashion designer born Nov. 20, 1914, Naples, Italy died Nov. 29, 1992, Florence       Italian fashion designer and politician.       Pucci, who came ...
Pucci, Emilio, marquess di Barsento
born Nov. 20, 1914, Naples, Italy died Nov. 29, 1992, Florence Italian fashion designer and politician. He became a designer when a fashion photographer for Vogue noticed his ...
/pooh chee"nee/; It. /pooht chee"nee/, n. Giacomo /jah"kaw maw/, 1858-1924, Italian operatic composer. * * *

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