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purchasable
—purchasability, n. /perr"cheuh seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being bought. 2. that may be influenced by bribery; venal. [1605-15; PURCHASE + -ABLE] * * *
purchase
—purchaser, n. /perr"cheuhs/, v., purchased, purchasing, n. v.t. 1. to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy. 2. to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, ...
purchase tax
Brit. a sales tax on nonessential and luxury goods. [1935-40] * * *
purchaser
See purchase. * * *
purchasing agent
1. a person who buys materials, supplies, equipment, etc., for a company. 2. an independent buyer acting as a hired agent. [1920-25] * * *
purchasing power
1. Also called buying power. the ability to purchase goods and services. 2. the value of money in terms of what it can buy at a specified time compared to what it could buy at ...
purchasingpower
pur·chas·ing power (pûrʹchĭ-sĭng) n. 1. The ability to purchase, generally measured by income. 2. The value of a particular monetary unit in terms of the goods or services ...
purdah
/perr"deuh/, n. (in India, Pakistan, etc.) 1. the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus. 2. a screen, curtain, or veil used ...
Purdue University
▪ university system, Indiana, United States       state system of higher education in Indiana, U.S. Its main campus is in West Lafayette, with branches in Hammond ...
Purdy
/perr"dee/, n. James, born 1923, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * *
Purdy, Al
▪ Canadian author in full  Alfred Wellington Purdy  born Dec. 30, 1918, Wooler, Ont., Can. died April 21, 2000, Sidney, Vancouver Island, B.C.       one of the ...
Purdy, Alfred Wellington
▪ 2001 “Al”        Canadian poet (b. Dec. 30, 1918, Wooler, Ont.—d. April 21, 2000, Sidney, B.C.), was one of the leading Canadian poets of the 20th century. Purdy ...
Purdy, James
▪ American author born July 17, 1923, Ohio, U.S.    American novelist and short-story writer whose works explored the American way of life and presented a vision of human ...
pure
—pureness, n. /pyoor/, adj., purer, purest. 1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water. 2. ...
pure culture
the growth of only one microorganism in a culture. [1890-95] * * * In microbiology, laboratory culture containing a single species of organism. A pure culture is usually ...
pure democracy
a form of democracy in which the laws and policies are made directly by the citizens rather than by representatives. [1905-10] * * *
Pure Food and Drug Act
U.S. Hist. a law passed in 1906 to remove harmful and misrepresented foods and drugs from the market and regulate the manufacture and sale of drugs and food involved in ...
pure imaginary number
Math. a complex number of the form iy where y is a real number and i = sqrt(-1);. * * *
Pure Land
Buddhism. a paradise believed by the followers of a Mahayana sect (Pure Land sect) to be ruled over by a Buddha (Amida), whose hope it is to bring all beings into it. Chinese, ...
Pure Land Buddhism
Devotional cult of the buddha Amitabha. It is one of the most popular forms of Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia today. Pure Land schools believe that rebirth in the Western ...
pure line
Genetics. a uniform strain of organisms that is relatively pure genetically because of continued inbreeding and artificial selection. [1905-10] * * *
pure poetry
      message-free verse that is concerned with exploring the essential musical nature of the language rather than with conveying a narrative or having didactic purpose. ...
pure reason
Kantianism. reason based on a priori principles and providing a unifying ground for the perception of the phenomenal world. * * *
pureblood
/pyoor"blud'/, n. 1. an individual, esp. an animal, whose ancestry consists of a single strain or type unmixed with any other. adj. Also, pureblooded, pure-blooded. 2. of or ...
purebred
adj. /pyoor"bred"/; n. /pyoor"bred'/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed. n. 2. a purebred animal, ...
puredemocracy
pure democracy n. A democracy in which the power to govern lies directly in the hands of the people rather than being exercised through their representatives. * * *
purée
/pyoo ray", -ree", pyoor"ay/, n., v. puréed, puréeing. n. 1. a cooked food, esp. a vegetable or fruit, that has been put through a sieve, blender, or the like. 2. a soup made ...
purehearted
/pyoor"hahr"tid/, adj. (of a person) without malice, treachery, or evil intent; honest; sincere; guileless. [1825-35; PURE + HEARTED] * * *
purely
/pyoor"lee/, adv. 1. in a pure manner; without admixture. 2. merely; only; solely: purely accidental. 3. entirely; completely. 4. innocently, virtuously, or chastely. [1250-1300; ...
pureness
See purely. * * *
purfle
—purfler, n. /perr"feuhl/, v., purfled, purfling, n. v.t. 1. to finish with an ornamental border. 2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in ...
purgation
/perr gay"sheuhn/, n. the act of purging. [1325-75; ME purgacioun ( < AF) < L purgation- (s. of purgatio) a cleansing, purging, equiv. to purgat(us) (ptp. of purgare to make ...
purgative
—purgatively, adv. /perr"geuh tiv/, adj. 1. purging or cleansing, esp. by causing evacuation of the bowels. n. 2. a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic. [1350-1400; < LL ...
Purgatoire
Pur·ga·toire (pûrʹgə-twär', -tôr'ē, -tōr'ē) A river, about 299 km (186 mi) long, of southeast Colorado flowing northeast to the Arkansas River. * * *
purgatorial
/perr'geuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. 1. removing or purging sin; expiatory: purgatorial rites. 2. of, pertaining to, or like purgatory. [1490-1500; PURGATORY + -AL1] * * *
purgatory
/perr"geuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, n., pl. purgatories, adj. n. 1. (in the belief of Roman Catholics and others) a condition or place in which the souls of those dying penitent are ...
purge
—purgeable, adj. —purger, n. /perrj/, v., purged, purging, n. v.t. 1. to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify. 2. to rid, clear, or free (usually fol. by ...
purge trials
Soviet trials of critics of Joseph Stalin. After the assassination of Sergey Kirov, prominent Bolsheviks were accused of conspiracy to remove Stalin from power. In three widely ...
purger
See purge. * * *
purging nut.
See physic nut. [1750-60] * * *
Puri
/poor"ee, poo ree"/, n. a seaport in E Orissa, in E India, on the Bay of Bengal: temple of Krishna; Hindu pilgrimage center. 72,712. Cf. Juggernaut (def. 2). * * * ▪ ...
Purí and Coroado
▪ people       two South American Indian tribes closely related in language and culture. According to a Coroado tradition, a feud between two families had caused the ...
Puri, Amrish
▪ 2006       Indian movie actor (b. June 22, 1932, Hoshiapur district, Punjab, India—d. Jan. 12, 2005, Mumbai [Bombay], India), epitomized the Bollywood villain. After ...
purification
pu·ri·fi·ca·tion (pyo͝or'ə-fĭ-kāʹshən) n. The act or an instance of cleansing or purifying. * * *       the use of ritual techniques to protect against what ...
purification rite
▪ anthropology Introduction       any of the ceremonial acts or customs employed in an attempt to reestablish lost purity or to create a higher degree of purity in ...
purificator
/pyoor"euh fi kay'teuhr/, n. Eccles. 1. the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it. 2. a sponge wrapped in cloth used ...
purificatory
See purify. * * *
purifier
See purificatory. * * *
puriform
/pyoor"euh fawrm'/, adj. Pathol. resembling pus; purulent. [1790-1800; < L pur- (s. of pus) PUS + -I- + -FORM] * * *
purify
—purification, n. —purificatory /pyoo rif"i keuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. —purifier, n. /pyoor"euh fuy'/, v., purified, purifying. v.t. 1. to make pure; free from anything ...
Purim
/poor"im/; Seph. Heb. /pooh rddeem"/; Ashk. Heb. /poordd"im/, n. a Jewish festival celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews ...
purine
/pyoor"een, -in/, n. Chem., Biochem. 1. a white, crystalline compound, C5H4N4, from which is derived a group of compounds including uric acid, xanthine, and caffeine. 2. one of ...
Purishkevich, Vladimir Mitrofanovich
▪ Russian politician born Aug. 24 [Aug. 12, old style], 1870, Kishinyov, Russia died February 1920, Novorossiysk       Russian politican and right-wing extremist who in ...
purism
—purist, n. —puristic, puristical, adj. —puristically, adv. /pyoor"iz euhm/, n. 1. strict observance of or insistence on purity in language, style, etc. 2. an instance of ...
purist
pur·ist (pyo͝orʹĭst) n. One who practices or urges strict correctness, especially in the use of words.   pu·risʹtic (pyo͝o-rĭsʹtĭk) adj. pu·risʹti·cal·ly adv. * * ...
puristic
See purist. * * *
puristically
See puristic. * * *
Puritan
—puritanlike, adj. —puritanly, adv. /pyoor"i tn/, n. 1. a member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding the ...
Puritan ethic
Puritan ethic n. WORK ETHIC: also Puritan work ethic * * *
Puritan ethic.
See work ethic. Also called Puritan work ethic. [1970-75] * * *
Puritan spoon
a silver spoon having an ovoid bowl and a straight, flat, completely plain stem. [1955-60] * * *
puritanical
—puritanically, adv. —puritanicalness, n. /pyoor'i tan"i keuhl/, adj. 1. very strict in moral or religious matters, often excessively so; rigidly austere. 2. (sometimes cap.) ...
puritanically
See puritanical. * * *
puritanicalness
See puritanically. * * *
Puritanism
/pyoor"i tn iz'euhm/, n. 1. the principles and practices of the Puritans. 2. (sometimes l.c.) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid ...
purity
/pyoor"i tee/, n. 1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes, etc.: the purity of drinking water. 2. freedom from any ...
Purkinje cell
/peuhr kin"jee/, Biol. a large, densely branching neuron in the cerebellar cortex of the brain. [1885-90; see PURKINJE FIBER] * * *
Purkinje fiber
any of the specialized cardiac muscle fibers forming a network in the ventricular walls that conduct electric impulses responsible for the contractions of the ventricles. [named ...
Purkinje, Jan Evangelista
born Dec. 17, 1787, Libochovice, Bohemia died July 28, 1869, Prague, Czech. Czech experimental physiologist. He discovered the Purkinje effect (as light decreases, red objects ...
Purkinjecell
Pur·kin·je cell (pûr-kĭnʹjē) n. A large, drop-shaped, densely branching neuron that is the characteristic cell of the cerebellar cortex.   [After Johannes Evangelista ...
Purkinjefiber
Purkinje fiber n. One of the specialized cardiac muscle fibers, part of the impulse-conducting network of the heart, that rapidly transmit impulses from the atrioventricular node ...
Purkinjeshift
Psychol. the changes in perception of the relative lightness and darkness of different colors as illumination changes from daylight to twilight. [1970-75; see PURKINJE FIBER] * * ...
purl
purl1 /perrl/, v.t., v.i. 1. to knit with a reverse stitch. 2. to finish with loops or a looped edging. n. 3. a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by ...
purlieu
/perr"looh, perrl"yooh/, n. 1. purlieus, environs or neighborhood. 2. a place where one may range at large; confines or bounds. 3. a person's haunt or resort. 4. an outlying ...
purlin
/perr"lin/, n. a longitudinal member in a roof frame, usually for supporting common rafters or the like between the plate and the ridge. Also, purline. See diags. under king ...
purlin plate
Carpentry. (in a curb roof) a purlin at the top of a lower slope supporting the ends of the upper rafters at the curb. Also called curb. * * *
purloin
—purloiner, n. /peuhr loyn", perr"loyn/, v.t. 1. to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer. v.i. 2. to commit theft; steal. [1400-50; late ME purloynen < AF purloigner to put ...
purloiner
See purloin. * * *
purlstitch
purl stitch n. An inverted knitting stitch, often alternated with the knit stitch to produce a ribbed effect. * * *
Purnea
▪ India       city, northeastern Bihar state, northeastern India. It lies east of the Saura River, a tributary of the Ganges (Ganga) River (Ganges River). Purnea is a ...
puromycin
☆ puromycin [pyo͞o΄rō mī′sin, pyoor΄ōmī sin ] n. 〚
purpart
/perr"pahrt/, n. Law. a purparty. [ < ML purpart- (s. of purpars) < OF pur for + L part- PART] * * *
purparty
/perr"pahr'tee/, n. Law. a share of an estate held by coparceners that is apportioned to one upon the division of the estate among them. Also, pourparty. [1275-1325; ME purpartie ...
purple
—purpleness, n. /perr"peuhl/, n., purpler, purplest, adj., v., purpled, purpling. n. 1. any color having components of both red and blue, such as lavender, esp. one deep in ...
purple bacteria
a group of Gram-negative pink to purplish-brown bacteria, comprising the purple sulfur bacteria and purple nonsulfur bacteria, that occur in anaerobic aquatic environments and ...
purple beech.
See copper beech. [1865-70] * * *
purple boneset.
See joe-pye weed (def. 1). * * *
purple chokeberry.
See under chokeberry (def. 1). * * *
purple finch
a North American finch, Carpodacus purpureus, having a raspberry-red head, breast, and rump. See illus. under finch. [1720-30, Amer.] * * *
purple foxglove
a medicinal plant, Digitalis purpurea, of western Europe, having finger-shaped, spotted, purple flowers and leaves from which digitalis is obtained. Also called fairy glove, ...
purple gallinule
1. a purple, blue, green, and white gallinule, Porphyrula martinica, inhabiting warmer areas of the New World, having a bright red, yellow, and blue bill, and lemon-yellow legs ...
purple grackle
the eastern subspecies of the common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, of North America, having an iridescent purple back. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
purple granadilla.
See under granadilla (def. 1). * * *
Purple Heart
U.S. Armed Forces. a medal awarded for wounds received in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy. [1930-35, Amer.] * * * ▪ United States ...
purple heron
an Old World heron, Ardea purpurea, having maroon, buff, and black plumage. [1830-40] * * *
purple loosestrife
an Old World plant, Lythrum salicaria, of the loosestrife family, widely naturalized in North America, growing in wet places and having spikes of reddish-purple ...
purple martin
a large American swallow, Progne subis, the male of which is blue-black. [1735-45, Amer.] * * *
purple mite.
See citrus red mite. * * *
purple mombin
/mohm been"/ a tree, Spondias purpurea, of tropical America, having clusters of purple or greenish flowers and yellow or dark red fruit that is edible either raw or cooked. Also ...
purple of Cassius
/kash"euhs, kash"ee euhs, kah"see euhs/ a purple pigment precipitated as a sol by the interaction of gold chloride and a solution of stannic acid and stannous chloride: used ...
purple passion
a variety of the velvet plant, Gynura aurantiaca, having trailing stems and leaves densely covered with purple hairs, grown as a houseplant. * * *
purple prose
writing that calls attention to itself because of its obvious use of certain effects, as exaggerated sentiment or pathos, esp. in an attempt to enlist or manipulate the reader's ...
purple sage
a plant, Salvia leucophylla, of the mint family, native to California, having silvery leaves and purple spikes of flowers. * * *
purple sail
▪ cnidarian also called  By-the-wind Sailor        (genus Velella), any of a genus of floating marine animals usually classified in the order Siphonophora (class ...
purple sandpiper
a sandpiper, Calidris maritima, of arctic regions of the New and Old World, having in winter a slate-gray back with purplish reflections. [1815-25] * * *
purple shore crab.
See under shore crab. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
purple trillium
birthroot (def. 1). [1930-35] * * *
purple-fringed orchid
/perr"peuhl frinjd'/ either of two orchids, Habenaria fimbriata or H. psycodes, of eastern North America, having a cluster of fragrant purple flowers with a fringed lip. Also ...
purple-fringed orchis
☆ purple-fringed orchis [pʉr′pəl frinjd΄ ] n. either of two North American orchids (Habenaria psycodes and H. fimbriata) with purple-fringed flowers * * *
purplegallinule
purple gallinule n. 1. A colorful gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) of South America and the southeast United States, having a purple head, neck, and underpart, a greenish-bronze ...
purplegrackle
purple grackle n. A geographic race of the common grackle ranging from the Middle Atlantic States to Florida, distinguished from the bronze grackle by its dull purple back. * * *
purpleheart
/perr"peuhl hahrt'/, n. the hard, purplish wood of any of several South American trees belonging to the genus Peltogyne, of the legume family, used for making ...
purpleloosestrife
purple loosestrife n. An Old World marsh plant (Lythrum salicaria) having long spikes of purple flowers. It has become naturalized in the United States and is frequently treated ...
purplemartin
purple martin n. A large North American swallow (Progne subis) having glossy, blue-black plumage and, in the female, a light-colored breast. * * *
purplish
—purplishness, n. /perr"plish/, adj. of or having a somewhat purple hue. Also, purply. [1555-65; PURPLE + -ISH1] * * *
purport
—purportless, adj. v. /peuhr pawrt", -pohrt", perr"pawrt, -pohrt/; n. /perr"pawrt, -pohrt/, v.t. 1. to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, ...
purported
—purportedly, adv. /peuhr pawr"tid, -pohr"-/, adj. reputed or claimed; alleged: We saw no evidence of his purported wealth. [1890-95; PURPORT + -ED2] * * *
purportedly
See purported. * * *
purpose
/perr"peuhs/, n., v., purposed, purposing. n. 1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. 3. ...
purpose-built
purpose-built [pʉr′pəs bilt′] adj. Brit. designed and built for a particular purpose or use * * *
purposeful
—purposefully, adv. —purposefulness, n. /perr"peuhs feuhl/, adj. 1. having a purpose. 2. determined; resolute. 3. full of meaning; significant. [1850-55; PURPOSE + -FUL] * * *
purposefully
See purposeful. * * *
purposefulness
See purposefully. * * *
purposeless
—purposelessly, adv. —purposelessness, n. /perr"peuhs lis/, adj. 1. having no purpose or apparent meaning. 2. having no aim or goal; aimless: to lead a purposeless ...
purposelessly
See purposeless. * * *
purposelessness
See purposelessly. * * *
purposely
/perr"peuhs lee/, adv. 1. intentionally; deliberately: He tripped me purposely. 2. with the particular purpose specified; expressly: I wore that suit purposely to make a good ...
purposive
—purposively, adv. —purposiveness, n. /perr"peuh siv/, adj. 1. having, showing, or acting with a purpose, intention, or design. 2. adapted to a purpose or end. 3. serving ...
purposively
See purposive. * * *
purposiveness
See purposively. * * *
purpresture
/peuhr pres"cheuhr/, n. Law. the wrongful enclosure of or intrusion upon lands, waters, or other property rightfully belonging to the public at large. [1150-1200; ME < OF ...
purpura
—purpuric /perr pyoor"ik/, adj. /perr"pyoor euh/, n. Pathol. a disease characterized by purple or brownish-red spots on the skin or mucous membranes, caused by the ...
purpure
/perr"pyoor/, Heraldry. n. 1. the tincture or color purple. adj. 2. of the tincture or color purple. [bef. 900; ME, OE < L purpura PURPLE] * * *
purpuric
See purpura. * * *
purpurin
/perr"pyoo rin/, n. Chem. a reddish, crystalline, anthraquinone dye, C14H5O2(OH)3, isomeric with flavopurpurin. [1830-40; < L purpur(a) PURPLE + -IN2] * * *
purr
—purringly, adv. /perr/, v.i. 1. to utter a low, continuous, murmuring sound expressive of contentment or pleasure, as a cat does. 2. (of things) to make a sound suggestive of ...
purree
/poor"ee, perr"ee/, n. 1. See Indian yellow (defs. 1, 2a). adj. 2. having the color Indian yellow. [1850-55; < Hindi piyuri] * * *
purse
—purseless, adj. —purselike, adj. /perrs/, n., v., pursed, pursing. n. 1. a woman's handbag or pocketbook. 2. a small bag, pouch, or case for carrying money. 3. anything ...
purse crab
purse crab n. PALM CRAB * * *
purse crab.
See coconut crab. [1705-15] * * *
purse seine
1. a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the ...
purse seining
See purseseiner. * * *
purse strings
1. the right or power to manage the disposition of money: in control of the family purse strings. 2. hold the purse strings, to have the power to determine how money shall be ...
purse-proud
/perrs"prowd'/, adj. proud of one's wealth, esp. in an arrogant or showy manner. [1675-85] * * *
purse-seine
—purse seiner. /perrs"sayn'/, v.i., purse-seined, purse-seining. to fish using a purse seine. * * *
purse-string suture
/perrs"string'/, Surg. a suture for a circular opening, stitched around the edge, that closes it when pulled. [1900-05] * * *
pursecrab
purse crab n. Either of two sand-dwelling brachyuran crabs (Persephona mediterranea or P. punctata) of the U.S. Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and the West Indies, having a ...
purselike
See purse. * * *
purser
/perr"seuhr/, n. an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers. [1400-50; late ...
purseseine
purse seine n. A fishing seine that is drawn into the shape of a bag to enclose the catch.   purse seiner n. purse seining n. * * *
purseseiner
See purse seine. * * *
pursestrings
purse strings or purse·strings (pûrsʹstrĭngz') pl.n. Financial support or resources, or control over them: the politicians who control federal purse strings; tightened the ...
purslane
/perrs"layn, -lin/, n. 1. a low, trailing plant, Portulaca oleracea, having yellow flowers, used as a salad plant and potherb. Cf. purslane family. 2. any other plant of the ...
purslane family
the plant family Portulacaceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants having simple, often fleshy leaves, sometimes showy flowers, and capsular fruit, and including ...
pursuable
See pursue. * * *
pursuance
/peuhr sooh"euhns/, n. the following or carrying out of some plan, course, injunction, or the like. [1590-1600; PURSUE + -ANCE] * * *
pursuant
/peuhr sooh"euhnt/, adj. 1. proceeding after; following (usually fol. by to): Pursuant to his studies he took a job in an office. 2. pursuing. adv. Also, pursuantly. 3. according ...
pursue
—pursuable, adj. /peuhr sooh"/, v., pursued, pursuing. v.t. 1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase. 2. to follow close upon; go with; attend: Bad luck ...
pursuer
/peuhr sooh"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pursues. 2. Scots Law, Eccles. Law. a plaintiff or complainant. [1350-1400; ME; see PURSUE, -ER1] * * *
pursuit
/peuhr sooht"/, n. 1. the act of pursuing: in pursuit of the fox. 2. an effort to secure or attain; quest: the pursuit of happiness. 3. any occupation, pastime, or the like, in ...
pursuit plane
Mil. (formerly) an armed airplane designed for speed and maneuverability in fighting enemy aircraft. [1915-20] * * *
pursuit racing
▪ cycling       in bicycle racing, an event in which teams or individuals start on opposite sides of an oval track with the goal of overtaking the opponents. Because it ...
pursuitplane
pursuit plane n. A high-speed fighter plane designed and equipped to pursue and attack enemy aircraft. * * *
pursuivant
/perr"swi veuhnt/, n. 1. a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald. 2. an official attendant on heralds. 3. any attendant or follower. [1350-1400; < F ...
pursy
pursy1 —pursily, adv. —pursiness, n. /perr"see/, adj., pursier, pursiest. 1. short-winded, esp. from corpulence or fatness. 2. corpulent or fat. [1400-50; late ME purcy, var. ...
purtenance
/perr"tn euhns/, n. the liver, heart, and lungs of an animal. [1300-50; ME; aph. var. of APPURTENANCE] * * *
purty
pur·ty (pûrʹtē) adj. Regional Variant of pretty.   Regional Note: Purty is probably the most common American example of metathesis, a linguistic process in which two ...
Puruhá
▪ people       Ecuadorian Indians of the Andean highlands at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although the highlands are still inhabited by persons of Indian descent, ...
purulence
/pyoor"euh leuhns, pyoor"yeuh-/, n. 1. the condition of containing or forming pus. 2. pus. Also, purulency. [1590-1600; < LL purulentia. See PURULENT, -ENCE] * * *
purulent
—purulently, adv. /pyoor"euh leuhnt, pyoor"yeuh-/, adj. 1. full of, containing, forming, or discharging pus; suppurating: a purulent sore. 2. attended with suppuration: ...
purulently
See purulent. * * *
Purulia
▪ India       city, west-central West Bengal state, northeastern India. Just north of the Kasai River, the city is a major road and rail junction and the region's ...
puruloid
/pyoor"euh loyd', pyoor"yeuh-/, adj. Med. resembling pus. [1865-70; PURUL(ENT) + -OID] * * *
Purús
Sp. /pooh rddoohs"/; Port. /poo rddoohs"/, n. a river in NW central South America, flowing NE from E Peru through W Brazil to the Amazon. 2000 mi. (3200 km) long. * * *
Purus River
River, northwest-central South America. It rises in Peru and flows generally northeast through the rainforests of Peru and Brazil in one of the world's most meandering courses. ...
purusha
/poor"euh sheuh/, n. Hinduism. (in Sankhya and Yoga) one's true self, regarded as eternal and unaffected by external happenings. Cf. prakriti. [ < Skt purusa lit., man] * * ...
Purvachal
▪ mountains, India also called  Eastern Highlands        mountain ranges in eastern India. They extend over an area of about 37,900 square miles (98,000 square km) ...
purvey
/peuhr vay"/, v.t. to provide, furnish, or supply (esp. food or provisions) usually as a business or service. [1250-1300; ME purveien < AF purveier < L providere to foresee, ...
purveyance
/peuhr vay"euhns/, n. 1. the act of purveying. 2. something that is purveyed, as provisions. 3. Eng. Law. a prerogative of the crown, abolished in 1660, allowing provisions, ...
purveyor
/peuhr vay"euhr/, n. 1. a person who purveys, provides, or supplies: a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies. 2. Old Eng. Law. an officer who provided or acquired provisions for ...
Purviance, Edna
▪ American actress in full  Olga Edna Purviance  born Oct. 21, 1895?, Paradise Valley, Nev., U.S. died Jan. 13, 1958, near Hollywood, Calif.       American movie ...
purview
/perr"vyooh/, n. 1. the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc. 2. the range of vision, insight, or understanding. 3. Law. a. that which is provided or enacted in a ...
Puryear, Martin
▪ American sculptor born May 23, 1941, Washington, D.C., U.S.    American sculptor whose streamlined and evocative sculptures made from materials such as wood and wire are ...
pus
—puslike, adj. /pus/, n. a yellow-white, more or less viscid substance produced by suppuration and found in abscesses, sores, etc., consisting of a liquid plasma in which white ...
Pusa
▪ India       community development block, Samastipur district, north-central Bihar state, northeastern India, located just west of the Burhi Gandak River. In 1796 the ...
Pusan
/pooh"sahn"/, n. a seaport in SE South Korea. 2,454,051. * * * City (pop., 2000: 3,655,437) and port, South Korea, at the southeastern tip of the Korean peninsula. Pusan was ...
Pusey
/pyooh"zee/, n. 1. Edward Bouverie /booh"veuh ree/, 1800-82, English clergyman. 2. Nathan Marsh, born 1907, U.S. educator: president of Harvard University 1953-71. * * *
Pusey, E B
▪ British theologian born Aug. 22, 1800, Pusey, Berkshire, Eng. died Sept. 16, 1882, Ascot Priory, Berkshire       English Anglican theologian, scholar, and a leader of ...
Pusey, Nathan
▪ American educator in full  Nathan Marsh Pusey   born April 4, 1907, Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S. died November 14, 2001, New York, New York       American educator, ...
Pusey, Nathan Marsh
▪ 2002       American educator (b. April 4, 1907, Council Bluffs, Iowa—d. Nov. 14, 2001, New York, N.Y.), was president of Harvard University from 1953 to 1971. ...
Pusey,Edward Bouverie
Pu·sey (pyo͞oʹzē), Edward Bouverie. 1800-1882. British theologian who led the Oxford movement after John Henry Newman's conversion to Roman Catholicism (1845). * * *
Puseyism
—Puseyistical, Puseyistic, adj. —Puseyite /pyooh"zee uyt'/, n. /pyooh"zee iz'euhm/, n. Tractarianism. [1830-40; (E. B.) PUSEY + -ISM] * * *
Puseyite
See Puseyism. * * *
push
/poosh/, v.t. 1. to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away. 2. to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push ...
push broom
a wide broom with a long handle, pushed by hand and used for sweeping large areas. [1925-30] * * *
push button
1. a device designed to close or open an electric circuit when a button or knob is depressed, and to return to a normal position when it is released. 2. the button or knob ...
push cycle
Brit. push-bike. [1900-05] * * *
push plate
a rectangular protective plate of metal, plastic, ceramic, or other material applied vertically to the lock stile of a door. [1905-10] * * *
push poll
a seemingly unbiased telephone survey that is actually conducted by supporters of a particular candidate and disseminates negative information about an opponent. [1990-95] * * *
push shot
1. Basketball. a shot with one hand from a point relatively distant from the basket, in which a player shoots the ball from shoulder level or above. 2. Golf. a shot, played with ...
push-bike
/poosh"buyk'/, n. Brit. a standard bicycle, operated by pedals rather than a motor. Also, push bicycle, push cycle. [1905-10] * * *
push-button
/poosh"but'n/, adj. 1. operated by or as if by push buttons: push-button tuning. 2. using complex, automated weapons, as long-range missiles, that require only simple initial ...
push-down
/poosh"down'/, n. Aeron. a sudden, downward shift by an aircraft in the direction of the flight path. Also called pushover. [1935-40; n. use of v. phrase push down] * * *
push-in
/poosh"in'/, adj. (of a crime) accomplished by waiting until a victim has unlocked or opened the door before making a forced entry. [1975-80; adj. use of v. phrase push in] * * *
push-pull
/poosh"pool"/, n. 1. Radio. a two-tube symmetrical arrangement in which the grid excitation voltages are opposite in phase. adj. 2. of or pertaining to electronic devices having ...
push-up
/poosh"up'/, n. 1. an exercise in which a person, keeping a prone position with the hands palms down under the shoulders, the balls of the feet on the ground, and the back ...
pushback
push·back (po͝oshʹbăk') n. 1. A device or mechanism that affords movement of another object backwards: the pushback on a subway door. 2. Forced movement of troops back from ...
pushball
/poosh"bawl'/, n. 1. a game played with a large, heavy ball, usually about 6 ft. (1.8 m) in diameter, which two sides attempt to push to opposite goals. 2. the ball used in this ...
pushbroom
push broom n. A broom having a wide brush perpendicular to the end of a long handle, designed to be pushed in sweeping. * * *
pushbutton
push·but·ton (po͝oshʹbŭt'n) n. also push button A small button that activates an electric circuit when pushed. adj. also push-but·ton (po͝oshʹbŭt'n) Equipped with or ...
pushcard
/poosh"kahrd'/, n. punchboard. [PUSH + CARD1] * * *
pushcart
/poosh"kahrt'/, n. any of various types of wheeled light cart to be pushed by hand, as one used by street vendors. [1890-95; PUSH + CART] * * *
pushchair
pushchair [poosh′cher΄] n. Brit. STROLLER (sense 3): also push-chair * * *
pusher
/poosh"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that pushes. 2. Slang. a peddler of illegal drugs. 3. Aeron. an airplane that is driven by pusher propellers. 4. Naut. one of the masts ...
pusher lace
      lace made in the 19th century at Nottingham, Eng., on the “pusher” machine, patented in 1812 by S. Clark and J. Mart. Modified by J. Synyer in 1825, the pusher ...
pusher propeller
a propeller located on the trailing edge of an aircraft wing. [1950-55] * * *
pushers
➡ drugs * * *
pushful
—pushfully, adv. —pushfulness, n. /poosh"feuhl/, adj. self-assertive and aggressive; pushing. [1895-1900; PUSH + -FUL] * * *
pushfulness
See pushful. * * *
pushily
See pushy. * * *
pushiness
See pushily. * * *
pushing
—pushingly, adv. —pushingness, n. /poosh"ing/, adj. 1. that pushes. 2. enterprising; energetic. 3. tactlessly or officiously aggressive; forward; intrusive. [1520-30; PUSH + ...
pushingly
See pushing. * * *
Pushkar
▪ India       town, central Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. A pilgrimage centre, the town contains five temples, all of modern construction because ...
Pushkin
/poosh"kin/; Russ. /pooh"shkyin/, n. Alexander Sergeevich /al'ig zan"deuhr serr gay"euh vich, -zahn"-/; Russ. /u lyi ksahn"drdd syirdd gye"yi vyich/, 1799-1837, Russian poet, ...
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
▪ museum, Moscow, Russia formally  State Fine Arts Museum in the Name of A.S. Pushkin , Russian  Gosudarstvenny Muzey Izobrazitelnykh Iskusstv Imini A.S. ...
Pushkin, Aleksandr (Sergeyevich)
born June 6, 1799, Moscow, Russia died Feb. 10, 1837, St. Petersburg Russian writer. Born into an aristocratic family, Pushkin began his literary career while still a student ...
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyevich
▪ Russian author Introduction born May 26 [June 6, New Style], 1799, Moscow, Russia died Jan. 29 [Feb. 10], 1837, St. Petersburg  Russian poet, novelist, dramatist, and ...
Pushkin,Aleksandr Sergeyevich
Push·kin (po͝oshʹkĭn, po͞oshʹ-), Aleksandr Sergeyevich. 1799-1837. Russian writer. Widely regarded as Russia's greatest poet, he wrote the verse novel Eugene Onegin ...
Pushmataha
▪ American Indian chief also spelled  Pushmatahaw   born c. 1765, on Noxuba Creek [now in Mississippi, U.S.] died Dec. 24, 1824, Washington, D.C.       Choctaw Indian ...
pushmina
/push mee"neuh/, n. pashm. * * *
pushout
/poosh"owt'/, n. Informal. throwaway (def. 5). [n. use of v. phrase push out] * * *
pushover
/poosh"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. Informal. anything done easily. 2. Informal. an easily defeated person or team. 3. Informal. a person who is easily persuaded, influenced, or seduced. 4. ...
pushpin
/poosh"pin'/, n. 1. a short pin having a spool-shaped head of plastic, glass, or metal, used for affixing material to a bulletin board, wall, or the like. 2. an early children's ...
pushrod
/poosh"rod'/, n. Auto. a rod in an overhead-valve engine that is part of the linkage used to open and close the valves. Also, push rod. [1905-10; PUSH + ROD] * * *
Pushtu
/push"tooh/, n. Pashto. Also, Pushto /push"toh/. * * *
pushup
push·up (po͝oshʹŭp') n. An exercise for strengthening arm muscles performed by lying face down with the palms on the floor, and pushing the body up and down with the arms. * ...
pushy
—pushily, adv. —pushiness, n. /poosh"ee/, adj., pushier, pushiest. Informal. obnoxiously forward or self-assertive. [1935-40, Amer.; PUSH + -Y1] Syn. brazen, brash, cheeky. * ...
pusillanimity
/pyooh'seuh leuh nim"i tee/, n. the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness. [1350-1400; ME < LL pusillanimitas. See PUSILLANIMOUS, -ITY] * * *
pusillanimous
—pusillanimously, adv. /pyooh'seuh lan"euh meuhs/, adj. 1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid. 2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly ...
pusillanimously
See pusillanimous. * * *
Puskas, Ferenc
▪ 2007 “The Galloping Major”        Hungarian-born footballer (b. April 2, 1927, Budapest, Hung.—d. Nov. 17, 2006, Budapest), used dogged determination and a ...
puss
puss1 —pusslike, adj. /poos/, n. 1. a cat. 2. Informal. a girl or woman: often used as a form of affectionate address. 3. Brit. a hare. [1520-30; akin to D poes, LG puus-katte, ...
Puss in Boots
an old children’s story that is often used for a pantomime. It is about a poor young man who owns a cat that can talk and wears boots. By playing a series of tricks on people, ...
puss in the corner
a parlor game for children in which one player in the middle of a room tries to occupy any of the positions along the walls that become vacant as other players dash across to ...
pussley
☆ pussley or pussly [pus′lē ] n. PURSLANE * * * puss·ley (pŭsʹlē) n. Purslane.   [Alteration of pursley, alteration of purslane.] * * *
pussy
pussy1 /poos"ee/, n., pl. pussies. 1. a cat, esp. a kitten. 2. the game of tipcat. 3. the tapering piece of wood used in tipcat. [1575-85; PUSS1 + -Y2] pussy2 /pus"ee/, adj., ...
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been?
the title and first line of a traditional children’s nursery rhyme. The full poem is: Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? I’ve been up to London to look at the ...
pussy willow
/poos"ee/ 1. a small willow, Salix discolor, of eastern North America, having silky catkins. 2. any of various similar willows. [1865-70, Amer.] * * * ▪ plant  any willow ...
pussy-toes
/poos"ee tohz'/, n., pl. pussy-toes. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any of various woolly composite plants of the genus Antennaria, having small white or grayish flower heads. ...
pussy-whipped
☆ pussy-whipped [pus′ēhwipt΄, pus′ēwipt΄ ] adj. Slang dominated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.: somewhat vulgar * * *
pussycat
/poos"ee kat'/, n. 1. a cat; pussy. 2. Informal. a person or thing not at all threatening: a pussycat underneath all his gruffness. [1795-1805; PUSSY1 + CAT1] * * *
pussyfoot
/poos"ee foot'/, v., n., pl. pussyfoots. v.i. 1. to go or move in a stealthy or cautious manner. 2. to act cautiously or timidly, as if afraid to commit oneself on a point at ...
pussyfooter
See pussyfoot. * * *
pussytoes
puss·y·toes (po͝osʹē-tōz') pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of several low-growing perennial plants of the genus Antennaria, having leaves with whitish down and ...
pussywillow
puss·y willow (po͝osʹē) n. 1. A deciduous North American shrub or small tree (Salix discolor) having large silky catkins. 2. Any of several willows similar to this plant. * ...
pustulant
/pus"cheuh leuhnt/, adj. 1. causing the formation of pustules. n. 2. a medicine or agent causing pustulation. [1870-75; < LL pustulant- (s. of pustulans), prp. of pustulare to ...
pustular
/pus"cheuh leuhr/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of pustules. 2. characterized by or covered with pustules. [1730-40; < NL pustularis. See PUSTULE, -AR1] * * *
pustulate
v. /pus"cheuh layt'/; adj. /pus"cheuh lit, -layt'/, v., pustulated, pustulating, adj. Pathol. v.t. 1. to cause to form pustules. v.i. 2. to become pustular. adj. 3. covered with ...
pustulation
/pus'cheuh lay"sheuhn/, n. the formation or breaking out of pustules. [1870-75; < LL pustulation- (s. of pustulatio) a blistering. See PUSTULATE, -ION] * * *
pustule
—pustuled, adj. /pus"chool/, n. 1. Pathol. a small elevation of the skin containing pus. 2. any pimplelike or blisterlike swelling or elevation. [1350-1400; ME < L pustula, ...
pustulous
/pus"cheuh leuhs/, adj. pustular. [1535-45; PUSTULE + -OUS] * * *
Pusur River
▪ river, Bangladesh also spelled  Pussur  or  Pasur        distributary of the Padma River (Ganges [Ganga] River (Ganges River)), southwestern Bangladesh. It ...
put
/poot/, v., put, putting, adj., n. v.t. 1. to move or place (anything) so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position: to put a book on the shelf. 2. to bring ...
put down a deposit
➡ mortgages * * *


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