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/pul"ping/, n. 1. the process of making pulp, esp. from wood, for use in the manufacture of paper, cardboard, etc. adj. 2. of or involved in the making of pulp: pulping ...
—pulpital, adj. —pulpitless, adj. /pool"pit, pul"-/, n. 1. a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted. 2. the ...
/pool'pi tear", pul'-/, n. Usually Disparaging. a preacher by profession. Also, pulpiter /pool"pi teuhr, pul"-/. [1635-45; PULPIT + -EER] * * *
/pul pot"euh mee/, n., pl. pulpotomies. Dentistry. the removal of infected portions of the pulp tissue in a tooth, used as a therapeutic measure to avoid pulpectomy. [1920-25; ...
See pulpiness. * * *
/pulp"wood'/, n. spruce or other soft wood suitable for making paper. [1885-90; PULP + WOOD1] * * *
—pulpily, adv. —pulpiness, n. /pul"pee/, adj., pulpier, pulpiest. 1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling pulp; fleshy or soft. 2. pertaining to, characteristic ...
/pool"kee/; Sp. /poohl"ke/, n. a fermented milky drink made from the juice of certain species of agave in Mexico. [1685-95; < MexSp] * * * ▪ Mexican ...
/poohl'ke rddee"ah/, n. pl. pulquerías /-rddee"ahs/. Mexican Spanish. a tavern selling pulque. * * *
pulsant [pul′sənt] adj. pulsating * * *
/pul"sahr/, n. Astron. one of several hundred known celestial objects, generally believed to be rapidly rotating neutron stars, that emit pulses of radiation, esp. radio waves, ...
/pul"sayt/, v.i., pulsated, pulsating. 1. to expand and contract rhythmically, as the heart; beat; throb. 2. to vibrate; quiver. [1785-95; < L pulsatus, ptp. of pulsare to ...
—pulsatility /pul'seuh til"i tee/, n. /pul"seuh til, -tuyl'/, adj. pulsating; throbbing. [1535-45; < ML pulsatilis. See PULSATE, -ILE] * * *
/pul say"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of pulsating; beating or throbbing. 2. a beat or throb, as of the pulse. 3. vibration or undulation. 4. a single vibration. [1375-1425; late ME ...
—pulsatively, adv. /pul"seuh tiv/, adj. throbbing; pulsating. [1350-1400; ME; see PULSATE, -IVE] * * *
/pul"say teuhr, pul say"-/, n. 1. something that pulsates, beats, or throbs. 2. pulsometer (def. 2). [1650-60; < L pulsator one who strikes a lyre. See PULSATE, -TOR] * * *
/pul"seuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. pulsating or throbbing. [1605-15; PULSAT(ION) + -ORY1] * * *
pulse1 /puls/, n., v., pulsed, pulsing. n. 1. the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by the successive contractions of the heart, esp. as may be felt at an artery, as at ...
pulse dialing
a system of calling telephone numbers wherein electrical pulses corresponding to the digits in the number called are generated by manipulating a rotary dial or push buttons ...
pulse height analyzer
pulse height analyzer n. an instrument that records or counts an electrical pulse if its amplitude falls within specified limits: used in nuclear physics research for the ...
pulse modulation
pulse modulation n. 1. the formation of an intermittent carrier wave by the generation and transmission of a sequence of short, periodic pulses: used in radar 2. the modulation ...
pulse pressure
the pressure of the pulse; the difference between the systolic and diastolic pressures. [1900-05] * * *
pulse radar
pulse radar n. a radar system using pulse modulation * * *
pulse rate
Med. the rate of the pulse: stated in pulsations per minute. [1875-80] * * *
pulse repetition frequency
Telecommunications. the number of pulses per second in a system of pulse transmission. Also, pulse-repetition frequency. Abbr.: PRF. * * *
pulse-amplitude modulation
/puls"am"pli toohd', -tyoohd'/, Telecommunications. modulation of the amplitude of a train of electric pulses used to carry signals (pulse carrier). Abbr.: PAM [1945-50] * * *
pulse-code modulation
/puls"kohd'/, Telecommunications. a form of modulation that transforms a wave-form, as an audio signal, into a binary signal in which information is conveyed by a coded order of ...
pulse-time modulation
/puls"tuym'/, Electronics. radio transmission in which the carrier is modulated to produce a series of pulses timed to transmit the amplitude and pitch of a signal. Abbr.: ...
/puls"beet'/, n. 1. pulse1 (def. 1). 2. a hint or intimation of feeling, desires, etc.: the pulsebeat of a town. [1835-45; PULSE1 + BEAT] * * *
pulse·jet (pŭlsʹjĕt') n. A jet engine in which air intake and combustion occur intermittently, producing rapid periodic bursts of thrust. * * *
pulsejet (engine)
pulsejet (engine) or pulsejet [puls′jet΄] n. a jet engine without a compressor or turbine, in which intermittent combustion provides the thrust * * *
pulsejet engine
/puls"jet'/, Aeron. a jet engine equipped with valves that continuously open to admit air, then close during combustion, giving a pulsating thrust: used to power the V-1, a ...
pulse modulation n. A system of modulation in which pulses are altered and controlled in order to represent the message to be communicated. * * *
/pul sim"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring the strength or quickness of the pulse. [1835-45; PULSE1 + -I- + -METER] * * *
/pul som"i teuhr/, n. 1. a pulsimeter. 2. a pump without pistons, utilizing the pressure of steam and the partial vacuum caused by the condensation of steam alternately in two ...
/pooh"looh/, n. a soft, elastic vegetable fiber of yellow-brown hue obtained from the young fronds of Hawaiian tree ferns, used for mattress and pillow stuffing. Also called pulu ...
(in prescriptions) powder. [ < L pulvis] * * *
/pul"veuhr euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being pulverized; pulverizable. [1650-60; obs. pulver to PULVERIZE ( < L pulverare) + -ABLE] * * *
pulverizable [pul′vər ə bəlpul′vər īz΄ə bəl] adj. that can be pulverized: also pulverable [pul′vər ə bəl] * * * See pulverize. * * *
See pulverizable. * * *
—pulverizable, adj. —pulverization, n. —pulverizer, n. /pul"veuh ruyz'/, v., pulverized, pulverizing. v.t. 1. to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding. 2. to ...
See pulverizable. * * *
—pulverulence, n. —pulverulently, adv. /pul ver"yeuh leuhnt, -ver"euh leuhnt/, adj. 1. consisting of dust or fine powder. 2. crumbling to dust or powder. 3. covered with dust ...
/pul vil"euhs/, n., pl. pulvilli /-vil"uy/. Entomol. a soft, padlike structure located at the base of each claw on the feet of certain insects. [1685-95; < L, dim. of pulvinus ...
/pul vuy"neuhr/, n., pl. pulvinaria /pul'veuh nair"ee euh/, adj. n. 1. (in ancient Rome) a. a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god. b. a cushioned seat ...
—pulvinately, adv. /pul"veuh nayt'/, adj. 1. cushion-shaped. 2. having a pulvinus. 3. Also, pulvinar. Archit. (of a frieze or the like) having a convex surface from top to ...
pulvinated frieze
▪ architecture       in Classical architecture, frieze that is characteristically convex, appearing swollen or stuffed in profile. This type of frieze, or entablature ...
/pul vuy"neuhs/, n., pl. pulvini /-nuy/. 1. Bot. a cushionlike swelling at the base of a leaf or leaflet, at the point of junction with the axis. 2. Archit. pulvinar (def. ...
Pulzone, Scipione
▪ Italian painter also called  Il Gaetano  born c. 1550, Gaeta, near Naples [Italy] died Feb. 1, 1598, Rome, Papal States       Italian Renaissance painter whose ...
/pyooh"meuh, pooh"-/, n. 1. cougar. 2. the fur of a cougar. [1770-80; < Sp < Quechua] * * * ▪ cat Introduction also called  mountain lion,  cougar,  panther (eastern ...
/pum"euh loh'/, n., pl. pumelos. n. pomelo. * * *
—pumiceous /pyooh mish"euhs/, adj. —pumicer, n. /pum"is/, n., v., pumiced, pumicing. n. 1. Also called pumice stone. a porous or spongy form of volcanic glass, used as an ...
See pumice. * * *
See pumiceous. * * *
/pum"euhl/, v.t., pummeled, pummeling or (esp. Brit.) pummelled, pummelling. to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists. Also, pommel. [1540-50; alter. of POMMEL] * * *
/pum"euh loh'/, n., pl. pummelos. pomelo. * * *
pump1 —pumpable, adj. —pumpless, adj. —pumplike, adj. /pump/, n. 1. an apparatus or machine for raising, driving, exhausting, or compressing fluids or gases by means of a ...
pump box
a chamber of a pump in which a piston operates. [1690-1700] * * *
pump gun
a shotgun or rifle having a pump-action mechanism. [1905-10] * * *
pump priming
the spending of government funds in commercial enterprises, to stimulate the national economy. [1935-40, Amer.] * * *
pump room
a room at a spa for drinking mineral waters. [1735-45] * * *
/pump"ak'sheuhn/, adj. (of a shotgun or rifle) having an action that extracts the empty case, loads, and cocks the piece by means of a hand-operated lever that slides backward ...
pump-prim·ing or pump priming (pŭmpʹprī'mĭng) n. Government action taken to stimulate the economy, as spending money in the commercial sector, cutting taxes, or reducing ...
☆ pumped [pumpt] adj. Slang full of confidence, enthusiasm, etc.; pumped up * * *
pumped storage (pŭmpt) n. A system of generating electricity with hydroelectric power, in which the electricity is generated during hours of peak consumption by using water that ...
Pumpelly, Raphael W.
▪ American geologist born Sept. 8, 1837, Oswego, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 10, 1923, Newport, R.I.       American geologist and scientific explorer known for his studies and ...
/pum"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pumps. 2. a fire truck specially equipped to pump water at the site of a fire. [1650-60; PUMP1 + -ER1] * * *
/pum"peuhr nik'euhl/, n. a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye. [1750-60; < G Pumpernickel orig., an opprobrious name for anyone considered disagreeable, ...
/pum"ping/, n. 1. the act or process of pumping or the action of a pump. 2. Meteorol. rapid change in the height of the column in a mercury barometer, resulting from fluctuations ...
/pump"kin/ or, commonly, /pung"kin/, n. 1. a large, edible, orange-yellow fruit borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo, of the gourd family. 2. the similar fruit of ...
pumpkin head
—pumpkin-headed, adj. a slow or dim-witted person; dunce. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
/pump"kin seed'/ or, commonly, /pung"kin-/, n. 1. the seed of the pumpkin. 2. a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus, of eastern North America. [1775-85; PUMPKIN + SEED] * * ...
/pump"meuhn/, n., pl. pumpmen. a person who runs a power-operated pump. [1770-80; PUMP1 + -MAN] * * *
—punless, adj. /pun/, n., v., punned, punning. n. 1. the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of ...
/pooh"nah/, n. 1. a high, cold, arid plateau, as in the Peruvian Andes. 2. Pathol. See altitude sickness. [1605-15; < AmerSp < Quechua] * * *
Puná Island
▪ island, Ecuador Spanish  Isla Puná         island off the coast of southern Ecuador, at the head of the Gulf of Guayaquil, opposite the mouth of the Guayas River. ...
▪ Bhutan       town in the eastern Himalayas, west-central Bhutan. It lies at an elevation of about 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) above sea level at a point where several ...
/pooh nahn"/, n., pl. Punans, (esp. collectively) Punan. a member of a food-gathering people living in the forests of interior Borneo. * * *
Puncak Jaya
/poon"chahk jah"yah/ a mountain in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, on W New Guinea: highest island point in the world. 16,503 ft. (5030 m). Also, Puntjak Djaja. Also called Mount ...
punch1 —puncher, n. /punch/, n. 1. a thrusting blow, esp. with the fist. 2. forcefulness, effectiveness, or pungency in content or appeal; power; zest: a letter to voters that ...
/punch/, n. 1. the chief male character in a Punch-and-Judy show. 2. pleased as Punch, highly pleased; delighted: They were pleased as Punch at having been asked to come ...
Punch and Judy
the name of a traditional British puppet play, also called a Punch and Judy show. Punch (also called Mr Punch) is a character with a long curved nose and a big chin who argues ...
Punch and Judy show
➡ Punch and Judy * * *
punch bowl
a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle. [1685-95] * * *
punch card
a card having holes punched in specific positions and patterns so as to represent data to be stored or processed mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically. Also, ...
punch line
the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, advertisement, or humorous story that produces the desired effect. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
punch list
Informal. a list of unfinished matters that require attention. * * *
punch press
Mach. a power-driven machine used to cut, draw, or otherwise shape material, esp. metal sheets, with dies, under pressure or by heavy blows. [1910-15] * * * Machine tool that ...
punch spoon
a spoon having a pierced bowl and a barbed end for removing fruit, ice, etc., from punch. * * *
punch'ŏng pottery
▪ Korean art Japanese  Mishima,         decorated celadon, or glazed ceramic, produced in Korea during the early Chosŏn (Yi) period (15th and 16th centuries). ...
Punch-and-Judy show
/punch"euhn jooh"dee/ a puppet show having a conventional plot consisting chiefly of slapstick humor and the tragicomic misadventures of the grotesque, hook-nosed, humpback ...
/punch"drungk'/, adj. 1. (esp. of a boxer) having cerebral concussion caused by repeated blows to the head and consequently exhibiting unsteadiness of gait, hand tremors, slow ...
/punch"owt'/, n. 1. a small section of cardboard or metal surrounded by perforations so that it can be easily forced out. 2. Slang. a fistfight or brawl. [1925-30; n. use of v. ...
/punch"up'/, n. Slang. punch-out (def. 2). [1955-60; n. use of v. phrase punch (it) up] * * *
/punch"bawl'/, n. a form of playground or street baseball in which a rubber ball is batted with the fist. [1930-35; PUNCH1 + BALL1] * * *
/punch"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a small board containing holes filled with slips of paper printed with concealed numbers that are punched out by a player in an attempt to win a ...
punch bowl n. A large bowl for serving a beverage, such as punch. * * *
punch card n. A medium for feeding data into a computer, essentially a card punched with holes or notches to represent letters and numbers or with a pattern of holes to represent ...
punched tape
Computers. See paper tape. [1880-85] * * *
puncheon1 /pun"cheuhn/, n. 1. a large cask of varying capacity, but usually 80 gallons (304 l). 2. the volume of such a cask, used as a measure. [1425-75; ME ponchoun, punchon < ...
puncher [pun′chər] n. a person or thing that punches * * * See punch1. * * *
See punchy. * * *
/pun'cheuh nel"oh/, n., pl. Punchinellos, Punchinelloes. 1. a grotesque or absurd chief character in a puppet show of Italian origin: the prototype of Punch. 2. any similarly ...
See punchily. * * *
punching bag
1. an inflated or stuffed bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as an exercise. 2. Informal. a person serving as an object of abuse; scapegoat: I told him that I wasn't ...
punch·ing bag (pŭnʹchĭng) n. A stuffed or inflated leather bag that is usually suspended so that it can be punched with the fists for exercise. * * *
See punch2. * * *
punch line n. The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect. * * *
punch press n. A power press that can be fitted with various dies, as for metalworking. * * *
punch tape n. A paper ribbon in which holes representing data to be processed by a computer are punched. * * *
—punchiness, n. /pun"chee/, adj., punchier, punchiest. Informal. 1. punch-drunk. 2. being or appearing vigorously effective; forceful. [1935-40; PUNCH1 + -Y1] * * *
/pungk"tayt/, adj. marked with points or dots; having minute spots or depressions. Also, punctated. [1750-60; < NL punctatus dotted, equiv. to L punct(um) POINT, dot + -atus ...
/poongk tah"tim/; Eng. /pungk tay"tim/, adv. Latin. point for point. * * *
/pungk tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. punctate condition or marking. 2. one of the marks or depressions. [1610-20; < ML punctation-, s. of punctatio, equiv. to punctat(us) (ptp. of punctare ...
/pungk"teuh fawrm'/, adj. shaped like or of the nature of a point or dot. [1815-25; < L punct(um) POINT + -I- + -FORM] * * *
/pungk til"ee oh'/, n., pl. punctilios for 1. 1. a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure. 2. strictness or exactness in the observance of ...
—punctiliously, adv. —punctiliousness, n. /pungk til"ee euhs/, adj. extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of ...
See punctilious. * * *
See punctiliously. * * *
—punctually, adv. —punctualness, n. /pungk"chooh euhl/, adj. 1. strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt. 2. made, occurring, etc., at the ...
/pungk'chooh al"i tee/, n. 1. the quality or state of being punctual. 2. strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness. [1610-20; PUNCTUAL + -ITY] * * *
See punctuality. * * *
See punctuality. * * *
—punctuator, n. /pungk"chooh ayt'/, v., punctuated, punctuating. v.t. 1. to mark or divide (something written) with punctuation marks in order to make the meaning clear. 2. to ...
punctuated equilibrium
theory of, Biol. a hypothesis holding that the evolution of species proceeds in a characteristic pattern of relative stability for long periods of time interspersed with much ...
punc·tu·at·ed equilibrium (pŭngkʹcho͞o-ā'tĭd) n. The theory that speciation occurs in spurts of major genetic alterations that punctuate long periods of little change. * ...
—punctuational, punctuative, adj. /pungk'chooh ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the practice or system of using certain conventional marks or characters in writing or printing in order to ...
punctuation mark
any of a group of conventional marks or characters used in punctuation, as the period, comma, semicolon, question mark, or dash. [1855-60] * * *
—punctuational, adj. —punctuationalist, punctuationist, n. /pungk'chooh ay"sheuh nl iz'euhm/, n. Biol. See punctuated equilibrium. [1975-80; PUNCTUATIONAL + -ISM] * * *
punctuation mark n. One of a set of marks or signs, such as the comma (,) or the period (.), used to punctuate texts. * * *
See punctuate. * * *
See punctuative. * * *
—punctulation, n. /pungk"choo layt', -lit/, adj. studded with minute points or dots. Also punctulated. [1840-50; < L punctul(um) (dim. of punctum POINT; see -ULE) + -ATE1] * * *
See puncture. * * *
—puncturable, adj. —punctureless, adj. —puncturer, n. /pungk"cheuhr/, n., v., punctured, puncturing. n. 1. the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument ...
puncture weed n. A prostrate weed (Tribulus terrestris) native to the Old World, having opposite, pinnately compound leaves and woody fruit with stout divergent spines. Also ...
—punditic, adj. —punditically, adv. /pun"dit/, n. 1. a learned person, expert, or authority. 2. a person who makes comments or judgments, esp. in an authoritative manner; ...
pun·di·to·cra·cy (pŭn'dĭ-tŏkʹrə-sē) n. pl. pun·di·toc·ra·cies A group of pundits who wield great political influence. * * *
/pun"di tree/, n. the opinions or methods of pundits. [1925-30; PUNDIT + -RY] * * *
Pune [po͞o′nə] city in W Maharashtra, W India: pop. 1,686,000 * * * Pu·ne or Poo·na (po͞oʹnə) A city of west-central India east-southeast of Mumbai (Bombay). It was a ...
/pung/, n. Chiefly Eastern Canada and New Eng. a sleigh with a boxlike body. [1815-25, Amer.; short for tom-pung, ult. < the same Algonquian etymon as TOBOGGAN] * * *
See pungent. * * *
—pungency, n. —pungently, adv. /pun"jeuhnt/, adj. 1. sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid. 2. acutely distressing to ...
See pungency. * * *
/pyooh"nik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the ancient Carthaginians. 2. treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians. n. 3. the language of ...
Punic alphabet
      a form of the Phoenician alphabet (q.v.). * * *
Punic War, First
(264–241 ),also called  First Carthaginian War,        first of three wars between the Roman Republic and (ancient Rome) the Carthaginian (Punic) Empire that resulted ...
Punic War, Second
(218–201 ),also called  Second Carthaginian War,         second in a series of wars between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian (Punic) Empire that resulted in ...
Punic War, Third
also called  Third Carthaginian War   (149–146 BC), third of three wars between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian (Punic) Empire that resulted in the final destruction ...
Punic Wars
the three wars waged by Rome against Carthage, 264-241, 218-201, and 149-146 B.C., resulting in the destruction of Carthage and the annexation of its territory by Rome. * * * or ...
Punic War n. Any of the three wars (264-241, 218-201, and 149-146 B.C.) fought between Rome and Carthage, resulting ultimately in the destruction of Carthage and the gain by the ...
See puny. * * *
puniness [pyo͞o′nē nis] n. puny quality or condition * * * See punily. * * *
—punisher, n. /pun"ish/, v.t. 1. to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal. 2. to inflict ...
See punish. * * *
—punishability, n. /pun"i sheuh beuhl/, adj. liable to or deserving punishment. [1375-1425; late ME. See PUNISH, -ABLE] * * *
See punishability. * * *
/pun"i shing/, adj. causing or characterized by harsh or injurious treatment; severe; brutal: The storm was accompanied by punishing winds. [1425-75; late ME punyesand; see ...
/pun"ish meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of punishing. 2. the fact of being punished, as for an offense or fault. 3. a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc. 4. severe handling or ...
/pyooh nish"euhn/, n. punishment. [1375-1425; late ME punicioun < MF punition < L punition-, s. of punitio punishment, equiv. to punit(us) (ptp. of punire to PUNISH) + -ion- ...
—punitively, adv. —punitiveness, n. /pyooh"ni tiv/, adj. serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action. Also, punitory /pyooh"ni ...
punitive damages
Law. damages awarded to a plaintiff in excess of compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act. Also called exemplary damages. Cf. ...
punitive damages pl.n. Damages awarded by a court against a defendant as a deterrent or punishment to redress an egregious wrong perpetrated by the defendant. * * *
See punitive. * * *
See punitively. * * *
pu·ni·to·ry (pyo͞oʹnĭ-tôr'ē, -tōr'ē) adj. Inflicting or intended to inflict punishment.   [From Latin pūnītus, from past participle of pūnīre, to punish. See ...
/pun jahb", pun"jahb/, n. 1. a former province in NW British India: now divided between India and Pakistan. 2. a state in NW India. 15,230,000; 47,456 sq. mi. (122,911 sq. km). ...
Punjab Plain
▪ plain, India       large alluvial plain in northwestern India. It has an area of about 38,300 square miles (99,200 square km) and covers the states of Punjab and ...
Punjab States
a former group of states in NW India: amalgamated with Punjab state (in India) in 1956. * * *
Punjab, University of the
▪ university, Lahore, Pakistan Urdū  Jamia Punjab        residential and affiliating university located in Lahore, Pakistan. Originally Indian, Punjab was founded in ...
/pun jah"bee/, n., pl. Punjabis for 1. 1. a native or inhabitant of the Punjab. 2. an Indic language of the Punjab. adj. 3. of or pertaining to the Punjab, its people, or their ...
Punjabi language
or Panjabi language Indo-Aryan language of the Punjab in India and Pakistan. Punjabi has about 26 million speakers in India and more than 60 million in Pakistan nearly half the ...
punji [pun′jē] n. a sharpened, often poisoned, bamboo stake planted in a series as a barricade or planted and concealed in a hole, ditch, etc. as to cut or impale an enemy: ...
punji stake
/poon"jee, pun"-/ a sharp bamboo stake concealed in high grass at an angle so as to gash the feet and legs of enemy soldiers and often coated with excrement so as to cause an ...
pun·ji stick (po͝onʹjē, pŭnʹ-) n. A very sharp bamboo stake that is concealed at an angle in high grass, in a hole, or in deep mud, often coated with excrement, and ...
punk1 /pungk/, n. 1. any prepared substance, usually in stick form, that will smolder and can be used to light fireworks, fuses, etc. 2. dry, decayed wood that can be used as ...
punk rock
—punk rocker. a type of rock-'n'-roll, reaching its peak in the late 1970s and characterized by loud, insistent music and abusive or violent protest lyrics, and whose ...
punk rocker
➡ punk * * *
pun·ka or pun·kah (pŭngʹkə) n. A fan used especially in India, made of a palm frond or strip of cloth hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant.   [Hindi paṅkhá, ...
/pung"keuh/, n. 1. (esp. in India) a fan, esp. a large, swinging, screenlike fan hung from the ceiling and moved by a servant or by machinery. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, used on, ...
/pung"keuhr/, n. a punk rock musician or a devotee of punk rock or punk styles. [PUNK (ROCK) + -ER1] * * *
/pung"kee/, n. any of the minute biting gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae. Also called biting midge, no-see-um. [1760-70, Amer.; < New York D *punkje, alter. of Munsee Delaware ...
pun·kin (pŭngʹkĭn) n. Informal Variant of pumpkin. * * *
punk rock n. A form of hard-driving rock 'n' roll originating in the 1970s, characterized by harsh lyrics attacking conventional society and popular culture, and often expressing ...
punk rocker n. A performer or follower of punk rock music. * * *
punky1 —punkiness, n. /pung"kee/, adj., punkier, punkiest. 1. of, like, or pertaining to spongy punk. 2. burning very slowly, as a fire. [1870-75, Amer.; PUNK1 + ...
punner1 /pun"euhr/, n. a person who puns; punster. [1680-90; PUN + -ER1] punner2 /pun"euhr/, n. a rammer for compacting earth or fresh concrete. [1605-15; pun dial. form of ...
/pun"it/, n. Brit., Australian. a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit. [1815-25; orig. obscure] * * *
Punnett, Reginald Crundall
born June 20, 1875, Tonbridge, Kent, Eng. died Jan. 3, 1967, Bilbrook, Somerset British geneticist. Through contact with William Bateson he came to support the theories of ...
See pun. * * *
—punnily, adv. /pun"ee/, adj., punnier, punniest. having, involving, or characteristic of a pun. [1960-65; PUN + -Y1] * * *
▪ Peru       city, southern Peru. It lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca at 12,549 feet (3,826 m) above sea level, on the high, cold Collao Plateau. Founded in ...
/pun"steuhr/, n. a person who makes puns frequently. [1690-1700; PUN + -STER] * * *
punt1 —punter, n. /punt/, n. 1. Football. a kick in which the ball is dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground. Cf. drop kick, place kick. 2. a small, shallow boat ...
/poont/, n. an ancient Egyptian name of an area not absolutely identified but believed to be Somaliland. * * * In ancient Egyptian and Greek geography, the southern coast of the ...
Punta Arenas
/poohn"tah ah rdde"nahs/ a seaport in S Chile, on the Strait of Magellan: the southernmost city in Chile. 64,456. Formerly Magallanes. * * * ▪ Chile  city, southern Chile. ...
Punta del Este
▪ Uruguay  city and beach resort, southeastern Uruguay. It lies on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean east of Montevideo, the national capital. The breezy summers ...
Punta Gorda
▪ Belize       town, southern Belize, lying on a coastal plain, backed by a mountainous interior, between the mouths of the Grande and Moho rivers. It is a port on the ...
Pun·ta A·re·nas (po͞onʹtə ə-rĕnʹəs, po͞onʹtä ä-rĕʹnäs) A city of southern Chile on the Strait of Magellan. Founded in the 1840s, it is the southernmost city in ...
Punta Fi·jo (fēʹhō) A city of northwest Venezuela on a peninsula in the Caribbean Sea northeast of Maracaibo. It is a shipping center. Population: 123,000. * * *
/poohn'tah rdde"nahs/, n. a seaport in W Costa Rica. 30,664. * * * ▪ Costa Rica       city and port, western Costa Rica. It is located on a long spit of land ...
/pun"tat/, n. a walking catfish, Clarias fuscus, introduced in Hawaiian waters. Also called Chinese catfish. [orig. undetermined] * * *
punter [punt′ər] n. a person who punts * * * See punt1-3. * * *
/poohn tee"euh/; Sp. /poohn tee"lyah, -yah/, n., pl. puntillas /-tee"euhz/; Sp. /-tee"lyahs, -yahs/. (in bullfighting) a short dagger used for cutting the spinal cord of the ...
/poohn'tee air"oh/; Sp. /poohn'tee lye"rddaw, -ye"-/, n., pl. puntilleros /-tee air"ohz/; Sp. /-tee lye"rddaws, -ye-"/. (in bullfighting) a worker, or assistant, who gives the ...
n [U] the activity of going along a river in a punt (= a long boat with a flat bottom that is moved by pushing against the bottom of the river with a long pole). People go ...
Puntjak Djaja
/poon"chahk jah"yah/. See Puncak Jaya. * * *
punto a groppo
▪ lace       (Italian: “knotted lace”), ancestor of bobbin lace (q.v.). It was worked in 16th-century Italy by knotting, twisting, and tying fringes, all without ...
Punto Fijo
▪ Venezuela       city, northern Falcón estado (state), northwestern Venezuela. It lies at the southwestern tip of the bulge of the Paraguaná Peninsula, on the shores ...
punto in aria
▪ lace       (Italian: “lace in air”), the first true lace (i.e., lace not worked on a woven fabric). As reticella (q.v.) became more elaborate, its fabric ground ...
/pun"tee/, n., pl. punties. an iron rod used in glassmaking for handling the hot glass. Also called pontil. [1655-65; var. of PONTIL] * * *
/pungk'seuh taw"nee/, n. a town in central Pennsylvania: Groundhog Day celebration. 7479. * * *
—punily, adv. —puniness, n. /pyooh"nee/, adj., punier, puniest. 1. of less than normal size and strength; weak. 2. unimportant; insignificant; petty or minor: a puny ...
▪ Buddhism Sanskrit“merit” Pali  punna        primary attribute sought by Buddhists, both monks and laymen, in order to build up a better karma (the cumulative ...
/pup/, n., v., pupped, pupping. n. 1. a young dog; puppy. 2. the young of certain other animals, as the rat or fur seal. 3. a small plant developing as an offshoot from a mature ...
pup tent
☆ pup tent n. SHELTER TENT * * *
pup tent.
See shelter tent. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
—pupal, adj. /pyooh"peuh/, n., pl. pupae /-pee/, pupas. an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago. See illus. under ...
See pupa. * * *
—pupation, n. /pyooh"payt/, v.i., pupated, pupating. to become a pupa. [1875-80; PUP(A) + -ATE1] * * *
See pupate. * * *
/pup"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pupfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pupfishes. any of several tiny, stout killifishes of the genus Cyprinodon, ...
Pupienus Maximus
▪ Roman emperor in full  Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus   born 164 died 238, Rome [Italy]       Roman coemperor with Balbinus for a few months of ...
pupil1 —pupilless, adj. /pyooh"peuhl/, n. 1. a person, usually young, who is learning under the close supervision of a teacher at school, a private tutor, or the like; ...
/pyooh"peuh lij/, n. the state or period of being a pupil; tutelage. [1580-90; PUPIL + -AGE] * * *
See pupil2. * * *
/pyooh'peuh lar"i tee/, n. Civil Law, Scots Law. the period between birth and puberty, or until attaining majority. Also, pupilarity. [1575-85; < L pupillari(s) of an orphan or ...
pupillary1 /pyooh"peuh ler'ee/, adj. of or pertaining to a pupil or student. [1605-15; < L pupill(aris) (see PUPIL1, -AR1) + -ARY] pupillary2 /pyooh"peuh ler'ee/, adj. ...
/pyooh peen", pooh"peen/, n. Michael Idvorsky /id vawr"skee/, 1858-1935, U.S. inventor, physicist, and author, born in Hungary. * * *
Pupin, Michael Idvorsky
▪ American physicist original name  Mihailo Idvorski Pupin  born Oct. 4, 1858, Idvor, Military Frontier of Austria [now in Serbia] died March 12, 1935, New York, N.Y., ...
/pyooh pip"euhr euhs/, adj. (of an insect) bearing fully developed larvae that are ready to pupate. [1820-30; < NL pupiparus. See PUPA, -I-, -PAROUS] * * *
—puppetlike, adj. /pup"it/, n. 1. an artificial figure representing a human being or an animal, manipulated by the hand, rods, wires, etc., as on a miniature stage. Cf. hand ...
puppet show
an entertainment, as a play or musical revue, in which the performers are puppets. Also called puppet play. [1640-50] * * *
/pup'i tear"/, n. 1. a person who manipulates puppets, as in a puppet show. v.i. 2. to work as a puppeteer, by making puppets perform. [1925-30; PUPPET + -EER] * * *
/pup"i tree/, n., pl. puppetries. 1. the art of making puppets or presenting puppet shows. 2. the action of puppets. 3. mummery; mere show. 4. puppets collectively. [1520-30; see ...
/pup"is/, n., gen. Puppis. Astron. the Stern, a southern constellation: one of the subordinate constellations into which Argo is divided. [ < L: stern of a ship, poop] * * *
—puppyhood, puppydom, n. —puppyish, adj. —puppylike, adj. /pup"ee/, n., pl. puppies. 1. a young dog, esp. one less than a year old. 2. Fox Hunting. a foxhound that has ...
puppy dog
puppy (def. 1). [1585-95] * * *
puppy love
temporary infatuation of a boy or girl for another person. Also called calf love. * * *
/pup"ee foot'/, n., pl. puppyfeet. Cards. 1. the ace of clubs. 2. any card of the club suit. [1905-10, Amer.; PUPPY + FOOT; so called from fancied resemblance] * * *
pup·py·ish (pŭpʹē-ĭsh) adj. Resembling or characteristic of a puppy. * * *
puppy love n. Adolescent love or infatuation. * * *
pup tent n. See shelter tent. * * *
/pooh"pooh/, n. Polynesian-Hawaiian Cookery. any hot or cold usually bite-size appetizer, often served in a varied assortment. [ < Hawaiian pupu] * * *
/perr/, v.i., v.t., n. purred, purring. purr. * * *
Pu·ra·cé (po͝or'ə-sēʹ, po͞o-rä-sĕʹ) A volcano, 4,758 m (15,600 ft) high, in the Andes of southwest Colombia. It erupted in 1827 and again on May 26, 1949. * * *
Puracé National Park
National park, southwestern Colombia. Established in 1961, its main feature is the active Puracé Volcano, which is located just southeast of the city of Popayán and reaches an ...
—Puranic, adj. /poo rah"neuh/, n. any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions. [1690-1700; < Skt: of old] * * * In Hinduism, an encyclopaedic collection ...
Purandhar, Treaty of
▪ Great Britain-Marāthā [1776]       (March 1, 1776), pact between the peshwa (chief minister) of the Marāthā (Marāṭhā) people and the supreme government of the ...
Purari River
River, eastern central New Guinea. Rising in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea, it flows about 290 mi (470 km) to the Gulf of Papua of the Coral Sea. Its lower course ...
/poor"bahk/, n. a walled plain in the third quadrant of the face of the moon: about 75 mi. (120 km) in diameter. * * *
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       district, administrative and historic county of Dorset, southern England, lying along the English Channel in the southeastern ...
Purbeck Beds
▪ geology       unit of sedimentary rocks exposed in southern England that spans the boundary between the Jurassic (Jurassic Period) and Cretaceous (Cretaceous Period) ...
—purblindly, adv. —purblindness, n. /perr"bluynd'/, adj. 1. nearly or partially blind; dim-sighted. 2. slow or deficient in understanding, imagination, or vision. 3. Obs. ...
See purblind. * * *
See purblindly. * * *
/perr sel"/ for 1; /perr"seuhl/ for 2, n. 1. Edward Mills /milz/, 1912-97, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1952. 2. Henry, 1658?-95, English composer. * * *
Purcell Mountains
a range in SE British Columbia and NW Montana. Highest peak, Mt. Farnham, 11,340 ft. (3455 m). * * *
Purcell, E.M.
▪ American physicist in full  Edward Mills Purcell   born Aug. 30, 1912, Taylorville, Ill., U.S. died March 7, 1997, Cambridge, Mass.       American physicist who ...
Purcell, Edward Mills
▪ 1998       American physicist (b. Aug. 30, 1912, Taylorville, Ill.—d. March 7, 1997, Cambridge, Mass.), shared the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics with Felix Bloch for ...
Purcell, Henry
born с 1659, London, Eng. died Nov. 21, 1695, London British composer. Little is known of his origins, but he was in the Chapel Royal choir from boyhood, and he probably ...
Pur·cell (pûrʹsəl, pûr-sĕlʹ), Henry. 1659?-1695. English composer and the leading musical figure of the baroque style in England. * * *
/perr"cheuhs/, n. Samuel, 1575?-1626, English writer and editor of travel books. * * *
Purchas, Samuel
▪ English author born c. 1577, , Thaxted, Essex, Eng. died 1626, London       English compiler of travel and discovery writings who continued the encyclopaedic ...
See purchasable. * * *

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