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poach1 —poachable, adj. /pohch/, v.i. 1. to trespass, esp. on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt. 2. to take game or fish illegally. 3. (of land) to ...
See poach1,2. * * *
poacher1 /poh"cheuhr/, n. 1. a person who trespasses on private property, esp. to catch fish or game illegally. 2. Also called sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes ...
/poh"ching/, n. 1. the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission. 2. any encroachment on another's property, ...
—poachiness, n. /poh"chee/, adj., poachier, poachiest. (of land) slushy; swampy. [1700-10; POACH1 + -Y1] * * *
▪ plant order Introduction   grass order of flowering plants, containing the grass family ( Poaceae), economically the most important order of plants, with a worldwide ...
See post-office box. Also, P.O.B. * * *
Pobeda Peak
/peuh bed"euh/, n. a mountain in central Asia, on the boundary between Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan) and China: highest peak of the Tien Shan range. 24,406 ft. (7439 m). Russian, Pik ...
Po·be·da Peak (pō-bĕdʹə, pə-byĕʹdə) A mountain, 7,443.8 m (24,406 ft) high, of the Tian Shan on the border between Kyrgyzstan and western China. It is the highest ...
Pobedonostsev, Konstantin (Petrovich)
born May 21, 1827, Moscow, Russia died March 23, 1907, St. Petersburg Russian government administrator. He wrote and lectured on civil law at Moscow University (1859–65), ...
Pobedonostsev, Konstantin Petrovich
▪ Russian statesman born May 21, 1827, Moscow, Russia died March 23, 1907, St. Petersburg  Russian civil servant and conservative political philosopher, who served as tutor ...
poblano [pō blä′nō] n. pl. poblanos 1. a kind of long, wide, dark-green, moderately hot chili, used esp. in Mexican cooking: also poblano pepper (or chile) n. 2. a kind of ...
po·boy or po-boy or po'boy (pōʹboi') n. Gulf Coast U.S. Variant of poor boy. * * *
port of call. * * *
/poh'keuh hon"teuhs/, n. (Rebecca Rolfe) 1595?-1617, American Indian woman who is said to have prevented the execution of Captain John Smith. * * * born с 1595, near ...
/poh'keuh tel"oh/, n. a city in SE Idaho. 46,340. * * * ▪ Idaho, United States       city, seat (1893) of Bannock county, southeastern Idaho, U.S., in the Portneuf ...
▪ Korean religion       (Korean: “Universal Religion”), indigenous Korean religion, also popularly called Humch'igyo from the distinctive practice of chanting ...
/poh"cheuhrd, -keuhrd/, n., pl. pochards, (esp. collectively) pochard. 1. an Old World diving duck, Aythya ferina, having a chestnut-red head. 2. any of various related ducks, as ...
/poh shay"/, n. the walls, columns, and other solids of a building or the like, as indicated on an architectural plan, usually in black. [ < F, ptp. of pocher to make a rough ...
/poh shet"/, n. kit2. [1910-15; < F, dim. of poche POCKET] * * *
/paw chee"zmaw/; Eng. /poh cheez"moh/, n., pl. pochismos /-chee"zmaws/; Eng. /-cheez"mohz/ for 1. Mexican Spanish. 1. an English word or expression borrowed into Spanish; a ...
/paw"chaw/; Eng /poh"choh/, n., pl. pochos /-chaws/; Eng. /-chohz/. Mexican Spanish (usually disparaging). an American of Mexican parentage, esp. one who has adopted U.S. customs ...
(in prescriptions) a little cup. [ < L pocillum] * * *
/pok/, n. 1. a pustule on the body in an eruptive disease, as smallpox. 2. a mark or spot left by or resembling such a pustule. 3. a small indentation, pit, hole, or the like. 4. ...
/pokt/, adj. marked with pustules or with pits left by them; pitted. [POCK + -ED3] * * *
—pocketless, adj. —pocketlike, adj. /pok"it/, n. 1. a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used esp. for carrying small ...
pocket battleship
a small heavily armed and armored warship serving as a battleship because of limitations imposed by treaty. [1925-30] * * *
pocket billiards
pool2 (def. 1). [1910-15] * * * ▪ game also called  Pool,    a billiards game, most popular in the United States and Canada, played with a white cue ball and 15 ...
pocket book
pocket book n. a book small enough to be carried in one's pocket * * *
pocket borough
1. (before the Reform Bill of 1832) any English borough whose representatives in Parliament were controlled by an individual or family. 2. an election district under the control ...
pocket calculator
an electronic calculator small enough to be carried on one's person. * * *
pocket chisel
any woodworking chisel having a blade of medium length. * * *
pocket door
a door, usually one of a communicating pair, that slides into and out of a recess in a doorway wall. * * *
pocket edition
1. pocketbook (def. 3). 2. Informal. a small or smaller form of something; miniature version. [1705-15] * * *
pocket gopher
any of numerous burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae, of western and southern North America and Central America, having large, external, fur-lined cheek pouches. Also called ...
pocket money
money for small, current expenses. [1625-35] * * *
pocket mouse
any of numerous burrowing rodents, esp. of the genus Perognathus, chiefly inhabiting arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, having fur-lined cheek pouches and ...
pocket park
a very small park or outdoor area for public leisure, esp. an urban plaza or courtyard with benches and fountains. Also called vest-pocket park. [1965-70] * * *
pocket piece
(in a window frame) a removable part of a pulley stile permitting access to sash weights. [1700-10] * * *
pocket rat
pocket rat n. KANGAROO RAT (sense 1) * * *
pocket secretary
a long, narrow walletlike case, usually of leather and containing pockets for credit and business cards, paper money, etc., and sometimes a notepad and pencil. * * *
pocket veto
1. a veto of a bill brought about by the president's failure to sign it within ten days of the adjournment of Congress. 2. a similar action on the part of any legislative ...
/pok"it hang"keuhr chif, -cheef'/, n. handkerchief (def. 1). [1635-45] * * *
/pok"it suyz'/, adj. small enough to fit conveniently into one's pocket. Also, pocket-sized. [1905-10] * * *
pock·et-sized (pŏkʹĭt-sīzd') or pock·et·size (-sīz') adj. 1. Of a size suitable to be carried in a pocket: a pocket-sized radio. 2. Small: “a pocket-sized riot in the ...
/pok"it skwair'/, n. a handkerchief, often colored or figured, worn in the breast pocket of a suit or blazer as a fashion accessory. * * *
/pok"it vee'toh/, v.t., pocket-vetoed, pocket-vetoing. to veto (a bill) by exercising a pocket veto. * * *
—pocketability, pocketableness, n. /pok"i teuh beuhl/, adj. small enough to be carried in one's pocket; pocket-size. [1690-1700; POCKET + -ABLE] * * *
pocket battleship n. Any of several German warships built in the late 1920s and early 1930s that were smaller, less well armed, and less heavily armored than a conventional ...
pocket billiards pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) See pool2. * * *
/pok"it book'/, n. 1. a woman's purse or handbag. 2. a person's financial resources or means: The price was out of reach of his pocketbook. 3. Also, pocket book. a book, usually ...
pocket borough n. A borough in England, before the parliamentary reform of 1832, whose representation was controlled by a single person or family. * * *
pocket bread n. See pita1. * * *
pocket edition n. See pocketbook. * * *
/pok"it fool'/, n., pl. pocketfuls. the amount that a pocket will hold. [1605-15; POCKET + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
pocket gopher n. See gopher. * * *
/pok"i ting/, n. any of various fabrics for making the insides of pockets. [1605-15; POCKET + -ING1] * * *
/pok"it nuyf'/, n., pl. pocketknives. a knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle, suitable for carrying in the pocket. [1720-30; POCKET + KNIFE] * * *
See pocketable. * * *
pocket money n. Money for incidental or minor expenses. * * *
pocket mouse n. Any of various small, nocturnal North American burrowing rodents of the genus Perognathus, related to the kangaroo rat and having fur-lined external cheek ...
pocket park n. See minipark. * * *
pock·ets·ful (pŏkʹĭts-fo͝ol') n. A plural of pocketful. * * *
pocket veto n. 1. The indirect veto of a bill received by the President within ten days of the adjournment of Congress, effected by retaining the bill unsigned until Congress ...
—pockmarked, adj. /pok"mahrk'/, n. 1. Usually, pockmarks. scars or pits left by a pustule in smallpox or the like. 2. a small pit or scar: a tabletop full of pockmarks. v.t. 3. ...
See pockmark. * * *
—pockily, adv. /pok"ee/, adj., pockier, pockiest. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or covered with pocks. [1300-50; ME pokky. See POCK, -Y1] * * *
/poh"koh/; It. /paw"kaw/, adv. Music. somewhat; rather: poco presto. [1715-25; < It: little < L paucus few] * * * ▪ American rock group       American band of the 1970s ...
poco a poco
/poh"koh ah poh"koh/; It. /paw"kaw ah paw"kaw/, Music. gradually; little by little: poco a poco accelerando. [1850-55; < It] * * *
pocoa poco
po·co a po·co (pōʹkō ä pōʹkō) adv. Music Little by little; gradually. Used chiefly as a direction.   [Italian : poco, little + a, by + poco, little.] * * *
Pocock, Reginald Innes
▪ English zoologist born March 4, 1863, Clifton, Gloucestershire died Aug. 9, 1947, London       zoologist, one of the first mammalogists (mammalogy) to use external ...
—pococurantism /poh'koh koo ran"tiz euhm, -rahn"-, -kyoo-/, pococuranteism, n. /poh'koh koo ran"tee, -rahn"-, -kyoo-/; It. /paw'kaw kooh rddahn"te/, n., pl. pococuranti /-tee/, ...
See pococurante. * * *
▪ people also spelled  Pokomam,         Mayan Indians of the highlands of eastern Guatemala. The Pocomam are primarily agriculturists; they cultivate corn (maize) and ...
▪ people       Algonquian-speaking Indians who lived in what is now western Massachusetts and adjoining parts of Connecticut and Vermont in the United States. In 1600 ...
Pocono Mountains
/poh"keuh noh'/ a mountain range in NE Pennsylvania: resort area. ab. 2000 ft. (610 m) high. Also called Poconos. * * * ▪ mountains, Pennsylvania, United States also called ...
Po·co·no Mountains (pōʹkə-nō') A range of the Appalachian system in northeast Pennsylvania rising to about 488 m (1,600 ft). The Poconos are a popular year-round resort ...
Poços de Caldas
/paw"sooz di kawl"dahs/ a city in E Brazil. 44,504. * * * ▪ Brazil       city, southern Minas Gerais estado (state), southeastern Brazil. It lies along a stream called ...
/peuh koh"seuhn, poh"keuh seuhn/, n. Southeastern U.S. a swamp or marsh in an upland coastal region. Also, pocoson, pocosen. [1625-35, Amer.; prob. < an unattested form in a ...
(in prescriptions) a cup. [ < L poculum] * * *
/pok"yeuh leuh fawrm'/, adj. cup-shaped. [1825-35; < L pocul(um) cup + -I- + -FORM] * * *
pod1 —podlike, adj. /pod/, n., v., podded, podding. n. 1. a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean. 2. a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having ...
port of debarkation. * * *
a learned borrowing from Greek meaning "foot," used in the formation of compound words: pododynia. Also, esp. before a consonant, podo-. [comb. form repr. Gk poús (gen. podós) ...
—podagral, podagric, podagrous, adj. /poh dag"reuh, pod"euh greuh/, n. Pathol. gouty inflammation of the great toe. [1250-1300; ME < L < Gk podágra lit., foot-trap, equiv. to ...
See podagra. * * *
See podagral. * * *
/poh dal"jeuh, -jee euh/, n. Med. pain in the foot. [1835-45; POD- + -ALGIA] * * *
/poh dal"ik/, adj. Med. pertaining to the feet. [1885-90; podal of the feet (see POD-, -AL1) + -IC] * * *
      a “radio-style” program, usually in the MP3 digital format, disseminated over the Internet, that includes a system for subscribing to it on a World Wide Web ...
/pod"ee/, n., pl. poddies. Australian. 1. a newborn or unweaned calf. 2. any young animal. 3. maverick. [1890-95; orig. uncert.] * * *
/poh des"teuh, poh'deuh stah"/, n. 1. any of certain magistrates in Italy, as a chief magistrate in medieval towns and republics. 2. a person appointed to serve as mayor of an ...
/peuh dee"shee euh fawrm', -sheuh fawrm'/, adj. shaped like a podetium. [1895-1900; PODETI(UM) + -I- + -FORM] * * *
/peuh dee"shee euhm, -sheuhm/, n., pl. podetia /-shee euh, -sheuh/. Bot., Mycol. 1. (in certain lichens) a stalk bearing an apothecium. 2. any stalklike elevation. [1855-60; < ...
Serbo-Croatian. /pawd"gaw rddee'tsah/, n. the capital of Montenegro, in SW Yugoslavia. 132,290. Formerly (1945-92), Titograd. * * * formerly (1946–92) Titograd City (pop., ...
/pod gawr"nee/; Russ. /pud gawrdd"nee/, n. Nikolai Viktorovich /nyi ku luy" vyeek"teuh rddeuh vyich/, 1903-83, Russian government official: president of the Soviet Union ...
Podgorny, Nikolay
▪ Soviet statesman in full  Nikolay Viktorovich Podgorny   born Feb. 5 [Feb. 18, New Style], 1903, Karlovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Jan. 12, 1983, Moscow, Russia, ...
Podgorny, Nikolay (Viktorovich)
born Feb. 18, 1903, Karlovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Jan. 12, 1983, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. Soviet politician. He worked in engineering jobs in the sugar industry, then ...
Podgorny,Nikolai Viktorovich
Pod·gor·ny (pŏd-gôrʹnē), Nikolai Viktorovich. 1903-1983. Soviet politician who was president of the USSR from 1965 to 1977, when he was displaced by Leonid Brezhnev. * * *
—podgily, adv. —podginess, n. /poj"ee/, adj., podgier, podgiest. Chiefly Brit. pudgy. * * *
See podiatry. * * *
/peuh duy"euh trist, poh-/, n. a person qualified to diagnose and treat foot disorders. Also called chiropodist. [1910-15; PODIATR(Y) + -IST] * * *
/peuh duy"euh tree, poh-/, n. the care of the human foot, esp. the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders. Also called chiropody. [1910-15; POD- + -IATRY] * * * or ...
—poditic /peuh dit"ik/, adj. /pod"uyt/, n. 1. an arthropod limb. 2. a podomere. [1870-75; POD- + -ITE1] * * *
See podite. * * *
/poh"dee euhm/, n., pl. podiums, podia /-dee euh/. 1. a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc. 2. Archit. a. a low wall forming a base for a ...
Podkamennaya Tunguska River
▪ river, Russia also spelled  Podkamennaja Tunguska , English  Stony Tunguska , also called  Srednyaya Tunguska        tributary of the Yenisey River in western ...
▪ province, Poland Introduction Polish  Województwo Podkarpackie        województwo (province), southeastern Poland. It is bounded by the provinces of Lubelskie to ...
▪ province, Poland Introduction Polish  Województwo Podlaskie        województwo (province), northeastern Poland. It is bordered by Lithuania to the north and ...
var. of pod- before a consonant: podotheca. * * *
podocarp [pō′də kärp΄] adj. designating a family (Podocarpaceae) of evergreen conifers, including the Huon pine and podocarpus * * *
▪ tree family       family of 17 or more genera and 125–165 species of conifers (division Pinophyta, order Pinales), ornamental and timber evergreen trees and shrubs ...
/pod'euh kahr"peuhs/, n. any of various coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Podocarpus, of tropical and semitropical regions, esp. P. macrophyllus, which is cultivated as an ...
/pod'euh din"ee euh/, n. Med. pain in the sole of the foot. [1895-1900; POD- + -ODYNIA] * * *
▪ region, Ukraine Ukrainian  Podillya        region, western Ukraine, south of Volhynia and extending between the rivers Dniester and Southern Buh. The name Podolia ...
/pu dawlsk"/, n. a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, S of Moscow. 209,000. * * * ▪ Russia       city, Moscow oblast (province), western Russia. It lies south ...
/pod"euh mear'/, n. Zool. any segment of a limb of an arthropod. [PODO- + -MERE] * * *
—podophyllic, adj. /pod'euh fil"in/, n. a resin, occurring as a light brown to greenish amorphous powder, obtained from podophyllum, and used in medicine chiefly as a cathartic ...
/pod'euh fil"euhm/, n. the dried rhizome of the May apple, Podophyllum peltatum, from which podophyllin is derived. [1750-60; < NL; see PODO-, -PHYLL] * * *
▪ plant family       riverweed family of dicotyledonous flowering plants in the order Malpighiales, with 48 genera and 270 species of aquatic plants that look like ...
—podothecal, adj. /pod'euh thee"keuh/, n., pl. podothecae /-see/. Ornith. the horny integument covering unfeathered portions of the legs and toes of most birds. [1870-75; < NL; ...
—podsolic, adj. /pod"sol, -sawl/, n. spodosol. Also, podzol /pod"zol, -zawl/. [1905-10; < Russ podzól, equiv. to pod- under + zol(á) ash; -s- perh. by assoc. with -SOL] * * *
—podsolization, n. /pod"seuh luyz'/, v., podsolized, podsolizing. v.t. 1. to make into podsol. v.i. 2. to become podsol. Also, esp. Brit., podsolise. [1925-30; PODSOL + -IZE] * ...
/poh"dungk/, n. any small and insignificant or inaccessible town or village: After a year in the big city, I was ready to move back to Podunk. [1660-70, Amer.; generic use of ...
podzol [päd′säl΄, päd′sôl΄päd′zäl΄, päd′zôl΄] n. 〚< Russ podzol〛 a type of light-colored, relatively infertile soil, poor in lime and iron, found ...
See podzol. * * *
podzolic soil
▪ pedology podzolic also spelled  Podsolic,  also called  Lessivé Soil,         soil usually forming in a broadleaf forest and characterized by moderate leaching, ...
podzolization [päd΄säl΄i zā′shən, päd΄sôl΄i zā′shənpäd΄zäl i zā′shən, päd΄zôli zā′shən] n. 〚see PODZOL〛 a process of soil formation, esp. in ...
/poh/, n. Edgar Allan, 1809-49, U.S. poet, short-story writer, and critic. * * *
1. port of embarkation. 2. See port of entry. Also, P.O.E. * * *
Poe, Edgar Allan
born Jan. 19, 1809, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 7, 1849, Baltimore, Md. U.S. poet, critic, and short-story writer. Poe was raised by foster parents in Richmond, Va., ...
Poe, Fernando, Jr.
▪ 2005 Ronald Allan Kelley Poe        Filipino actor and politician (b. Aug. 20, 1939, San Carlos City, Phil.—d. Dec. 13, 2004, Manila, Phil.), starred in nearly 300 ...
Poe,Edgar Allan
Poe (pō), Edgar Allan. 1809-1849. American writer known especially for his macabre poems, such as “The Raven” (1845), and short stories, including “The Fall of the House ...
/pee sil"ee id/, n. 1. any small New World fish of the family Poeciliidae, of fresh or brackish tropical and temperate waters, including the mosquitofish, guppies, and ...
Poel, William
▪ British actor original name  William Pole   born July 22, 1852, London, Eng. died Dec. 13, 1934, London       English actor, theatre manager, and producer who ...
Poelzig, Hans
▪ German architect born April 30, 1869, Berlin died June 14, 1936, Berlin  German architect who is remembered for his Grosses Schauspielhaus (1919), an auditorium in Berlin ...
/poh"euhm/, n. 1. a composition in verse, esp. one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an ...
/pee nol"euh jee/, n. penology. * * *
Poerio, Alessandro
▪ Italian liberal born Aug. 27, 1802, Naples died Nov. 3, 1848, Venice       Italian liberal during the Risorgimento, brother of Carlo Poerio (Poerio, ...
Poerio, Carlo
▪ Italian revolutionary born Oct. 13, 1803, Naples died April 28, 1867, Florence       Italian revolutionary, distinguished for his services to liberalism during the ...
/poh"euh see, -zee/, n., pl. poesies. 1. the work or the art of poetic composition. 2. Archaic. a. poetry in general. b. verse or poetry in metrical form. 3. Obs. a. a poem or ...
—poetless, adj. —poetlike, adj. /poh"it/, n. 1. a person who composes poetry. 2. a person who has the gift of poetic thought, imagination, and creation, together with ...
poet laureate
pl. poets laureate. 1. (in Great Britain) a poet appointed for life as an officer of the royal household, formerly expected to write poems in celebration of court and national ...
1. poetic. 2. poetical. 3. poetry. * * *
—poetastering, poetastery, poetastry, poetasterism, n. —poetastric, poetastrical, adj. /poh"it as'teuhr/, n. an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse. [1590-1600; < ML ...
poète maudit
poète maudit [pō̂ et mō dē′] n. pl. poètes maudits [pō̂ et mō dē′] 〚Fr, cursed or damned poet〛 a poet who receives insufficient recognition in his or her own ...
/poh"i tis/, n. a woman who writes poetry. [1520-30; POET + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
—poetically, adv. /poh et"ik/, adj. Also, poetical. 1. possessing the qualities or charm of poetry: poetic descriptions of nature. 2. of or pertaining to a poet or poets. 3. ...
poetic diction
▪ literature       grandiose, elevated, and unfamiliar language, supposedly the prerogative of poetry but not of prose.       The earliest critical reference to ...
Poetic Edda.
See underEdda. * * *
poetic justice
an ideal distribution of rewards and punishments such as is common in some poetry and fiction. [1720-30] * * * ▪ literature       in literature, an outcome in which ...
poetic license
license or liberty taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from rule, conventional form, logic, or fact, in order to produce a desired effect. [1780-90] * * ...
poetical [pō et′i kəl] adj. POETIC poetically adv. * * * po·et·i·cal (pō-ĕtʹĭ-kəl) adj. 1. Poetic. 2. Fancifully depicted or embellished; ...
See poetically. * * *
See poetical. * * *
See poetically. * * *
/poh et"euh siz'euhm/, n. a poetic expression that has become hackneyed, forced, or artificial. [1840-50; POETIC + -ISM] * * *
/poh et"euh suyz'/, v., poeticized, poeticizing. v.t. 1. to make (thoughts, feelings, etc.) poetic; express in poetry. 2. to write poetry about (an event, occasion, ...
poetic justice n. The rewarding of virtue and the punishment of vice, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner. * * *
poetic license n. The liberty taken by an artist or a writer in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve a desired effect. * * *
/poh et"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) 1. literary criticism treating of the nature and laws of poetry. 2. the study of prosody. 3. a treatise on poetry. 4. (cap., italics) a ...
—poetizer, n. /poh"i tuyz'/, v., poetized, poetizing. v.i. 1. to write poetry. v.t. 2. to express poetically: to poetize a story. 3. to make or treat as poetic; poeticize: to ...
poet laureate n. pl. poets laureate or poet laureates 1. A poet appointed for life by a British monarch as a member of the royal household and expected to write poems celebrating ...
—poetryless, adj. /poh"i tree/, n. 1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. 2. literary ...
Poetry for the People
▪ 1999       Anyone who believed in 1998 that American poetry had perished or was clinging to life only among a small group of academics writing inaccessible verse for ...
poetry slam n. A spoken-word poetry competition. * * *
Poets laureate of Britain
▪ Table Poets laureate of Britain John Dryden (Dryden, John) 1668-89 Thomas Shadwell (Shadwell, Thomas) 1689-92 Nahum Tate (Tate, Nahum) 1692-1715 Nicholas Rowe (Rowe, ...
Poets laureate of the United States
▪ Table Poets laureate of the United States Joseph Auslander (Auslander, Joseph) 1937–411 Allen Tate (Tate, Allen) 1943–44 Robert Penn Warren (Warren, Robert ...
Poets’ Corner
a part of Westminster Abbey where many famous English writers and poets are buried or where there are memorials to them. The writers and poets buried there include Chaucer, ...
/pog'euh mog"euhn/, n. a club with a knobbed head, used by various American Indian peoples. [1780-90; < Ojibwa pakama·kan, equiv. to Proto-Algonquian *pakama·- hit (someone) + ...
/poh gah"nee/, n. Willy (William Andrew), 1882-1955, U.S. painter, stage designer, and illustrator; born in Hungary. * * *
/poh"gee/, n., pl. pogeys, adj. 1. Slang. Also, pogy. a. a package of food, candy, or other treats sent to a child at boarding school, a person in an institution, etc. b. candy ...
pogey bait
Slang. 1. candy or a treat used to lure a child into a sexual situation. 2. See jail bait. [1915-20, Amer.] * * *
/pog/, n. a poacher, Agonus cataphractus, common near the British Isles and ranging north to Greenland and Iceland. Also called armed bullhead. [1665-75; orig. uncert.] * * *
Poggio Bracciolini, Gian Francesco
born Feb. 11, 1380, Terranuova, Tuscany died Oct. 30, 1459, Florence Italian humanist and calligrapher. While working as a copyist of manuscripts, Poggio invented the humanist ...
/poh"goh/, n. Polar Orbiting Geophysical Observatory. * * * ▪ American comic-strip character       popular 20th-century American comic-strip character, a cartoon possum ...
pogo stick
/poh"goh/ a long stick having a pair of handles at the top and, near the bottom, a pair of footrests attached to a powerful spring, so that by standing on the footrests while ...
/peuh goh"nee euh, -gohn"yeuh/, n. a terrestrial orchid of the genus Pogonia, of North America. [ < NL < Gk pogonías bearded (with reference to the lip which is frequently ...
/pog"euh nip/, n. an ice fog that forms in the mountain valleys of the western U.S. [1860-65, Amer.; < Shoshone paginappih thunder cloud; cf. SOGOVAGINAPPIH fog (with sogo- ...
/poh'geuh nof"euhr euhn/, n. any member of the small phylum Pogonophora, slender tentacled animals having a tubelike outer covering, living on the deep ocean bottom. Also called ...
See pogonophoran. * * *
po·go stick (pōʹgō) n. A strong stick with footrests and a heavy spring set into the bottom end, used to propel oneself along the ground by hopping.   [From Pogo, a former ...
/peuh grum", -grom", poh-/, n. an organized massacre, esp. of Jews. [1880-85; ( < Yiddish) < Russ pogróm lit., destruction, devastation (of a town, country, etc., as in war), n. ...
a British pop group formed in 1983, whose style mixes Irish folk music with punk. The group’s best-known recordings include Dirty Old Town (1985) and The Irish Rover (1987). * ...
pogy1 /poh"gee, pog"ee/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pogy, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pogies. 1. a porgy. 2. a viviparous perch, Amphistichus rhodoterus, ...
/poh"huy"/; Chin. /baw"huy"/, n. Wade-Giles. Bohai. * * *
Pohamba, Hifikepunye
▪ 2006       On March 21, 2005, Hifikepunye Pohamba was sworn in as the president of Namibia, succeeding Sam Nujoma, who had decided not to seek a fourth term in office. ...
Po·hang (pōʹhängʹ) A city of southeast South Korea on an inlet of the Sea of Japan north-northeast of Pusan. It is a processing center with heavy industries. Population: ...
Poher, Alain-Emile-Louis-Marie
▪ 1997       French politician who, as president of the French Senate (1968-92), was twice called upon to serve as short-term interim president of France—in 1969 and ...
/paw"hyaw lah/, n. Finnish Legend. a region to the north of Finland, ruled by the sorceress Louhi: often identified with Lapland. * * *
/pohl/, n. Frederic, born 1919, U.S. science-fiction writer. * * *
Pohl, Frederik
▪ American author born Nov. 26, 1919, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American science-fiction writer whose best work uses the genre as a mode of social criticism and as an ...
Pohn·pei (pōnʹpā') also Po·na·pe (pōʹnə-pā') An island of the Federated States of Micronesia in the eastern Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. The site of ...
/poy, poh"ee/, n. a Hawaiian dish made of the root of the taro baked, pounded, moistened, and fermented. [1815-25; < Hawaiian] * * * ▪ food       starchy Polynesian ...
See poignant. * * *
/poyn"yeuhn see, poyn"euhn-/, n., pl. poignancies for 2. 1. the state or condition of being poignant. 2. a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like. [1680-90; POIGN(ANT) + ...
—poignantly, adv. /poyn"yeuhnt, poy"neuhnt/, adj. 1. keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret. 2. keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest. 3. ...
See poignance. * * *
/poy'keuh lit"ik/, adj. Petrog. (of igneous rocks) having small crystals of one mineral scattered irregularly in larger crystals of another mineral. [1830-40; < Gk poikíl(os) ...
/poy kil'euh blas"tik, poy'keuh leuh-/, adj. Petrog. (of metamorphic rocks) having small grains of one mineral embedded in metacrysts of another mineral. [1915-20; < Gk ...
poi·kil·o·therm (poi-kĭlʹə-thûrm') n. An organism, such as a fish or reptile, having a body temperature that varies with the temperature of its surroundings; an ...
—poikilothermism, poikilothermy, n. /poy'keuh loh therr"meuhl, poy kil'euh-/, adj. Zool. cold-blooded (def. 3) (opposed to homoiothermal). [1880-85; < Gk poikílo(s) various + ...
See poikilotherm. * * *
See poikilothermia. * * *
/poyl/, n. a yarn or thread made from silk, used for ribbon, velvet, and as the core of gold, silver, and tinsel yarn. [ < F < L pilus hair] * * *
/pwah"looh/; Fr. /pwann lyuu"/, n., pl. poilus /-loohz/; Fr. /-lyuu"/. a French common soldier. [1910-15; < F, in earlier slang: tough individual, tough, brave, lit., hairy, ...
/poy men"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) See pastoral theology. [1880-85; < Gk poimenikós of a shepherd, equiv. to poimen-, s. of poimén shepherd + -ikos -IC; see -ICS] * * *
/pwaonn kann rdday"/, n. 1. Jules Henri /zhyuul ahonn rddee"/, 1854-1912, French mathematician. 2. his cousin Raymond /rdde mawonn"/, 1860-1934, French statesman: president of ...
Poincaré conjecture
Math. the question of whether a compact, simply connected three-dimensional manifold is topologically equivalent to a three-dimensional sphere. [named after J. H. POINCARÉ] * * *
Poincaré, (Jules-) Henri
born April 29, 1854, Nancy, France died July 17, 1912, Paris French mathematician, theoretical astronomer, and philosopher of science. Born into a distinguished family of civil ...
Poincaré, Henri
▪ French mathematician in full  Jules Henri Poincaré  born April 29, 1854, Nancy, France died July 17, 1912, Paris  French mathematician, one of the greatest ...
Poincaré, Raymond
born Aug. 20, 1860, Bar-le-Duc, France died Oct. 15, 1934, Paris French politician. A lawyer, he served in the Chamber of Deputies (1887–1903) and the Senate (1903–12) and ...
Poincaré,Jules Henri
Poin·ca·ré (pwăɴ-kä-rāʹ), Jules Henri. 1854-1912. French mathematician and physicist who made a number of contributions to the fields of celestial mechanics and ...
Poincaré, Raymond. 1860-1934. French politician who served as president (1913-1920) and premier (1912-1913, 1922-1923, and 1926-1929). * * *
/poyn'see an"euh/, n. 1. See royal poinciana. 2. any of several other tropical trees of the legume family, with showy flowers, as Caesalpina pulcherrima (dwarf poinciana) or ...
Poinsett, Joel R
▪ United States statesman born March 2, 1779, Charleston, S.C., U.S. died Dec. 12, 1851, near Statesburg       U.S. statesman noted primarily for his diplomacy in Latin ...
/poyn set"ee euh, -set"euh/, n. a plant, Euphorbia (Poinsettia) pulcherrima, of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and ...
/poynt/, n. 1. a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger. 2. a projecting part of anything: A point of land juts into the bay. 3. a tapering extremity: the points of the ...
point after touchdown
➡ football – American style * * *
Point Barrow
▪ point, Alaska, United States       northernmost point of Alaska, U.S., situated on the Arctic Ocean. Archaeological evidence dates human habitation (by Inupiaq ...
point charge
an electric charge considered to exist at a single point, and thus having neither area nor volume. [1900-05] * * *
point Colbert
▪ lace       (French: “Colbert lace”), needle-made lace developed at Bayeux in France in 1855, inspired by 17th-century Alençon lace (q.v.) and named after Louis ...
point count
Bridge. 1. a method of evaluating the strength of a hand by assigning a numerical value to high cards and to certain combinations and distributions of cards in the hand. 2. the ...
point coupé
Fr. /pwaonn kooh pay"/ 1. Also called cutwork. a process for producing lace in which predetermined threads in the ground material are cut and removed in order to provide open ...
point d'Alençon
Fr. /pwaonn dann lahonn sawonn"/. See Alençon lace (def. 1). [1840-50; < F: Alençon stitch] * * *
point d'Angleterre
Fr. /pwaonn dahonn gleuh terdd"/ a bobbin lace in which the design is worked out with either a needle or bobbin. [1860-65; < F: English stitch] * * *
point d'appui
point d'appui [pwan dȧ püē′] n. 〚Fr〛 point of support, or base, as for a military operation * * *
point d'esprit
Fr. /pwaonn de sprddee"/ a bobbinet or tulle with oval or square dots woven in an irregular pattern. [1860-65; < F: spirit (i.e., Holy Ghost) stitch] * * *
point de France
▪ school of French lace       (French: “French lace”), the 17th-century school of French lace set up by Louis XIV's minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert (Colbert, ...
point de gaze
Fr. /pwaonn deuh gahz"/. a needlepoint lace in which delicate floral designs are sewn onto a net ground. [1900-05; < F: gauze stitch] * * * ▪ lace       (French: ...
point de Hongrie
Fr. /pwaonn deuh awonn grddee"/. See flame stitch. [ < F: Hungarian stitch] * * *
point de Paris
▪ lace       (French: “Paris lace”), product of a lace industry known to have existed around 1634 in the Île de France. No authenticated examples of this lace have ...
point estimation
Statistics. the process of determining a single estimated value (point estimate) of a parameter of a given population. Cf. interval estimation. [1960-65] * * * ▪ ...
Point Four Program
U.S. policy of technical assistance and economic aid to less-developed countries. Pres. Harry S. Truman proposed the plan as the fourth point of his 1949 inaugural address. It ...
point group
Crystall. a class of crystals determined by a combination of their symmetry elements, all crystals left unchanged by a given set of symmetry elements being placed in the same ...
point guard
Basketball. the guard who directs the team's offense from the point. * * *
point lace
—point-laced, adj. lace made with a needle rather than with bobbins; needlepoint. [1655-65] * * *
point man
1. the lead soldier of an infantry patrol on combat operations. 2. a person who serves in the forefront, as of an economic or political issue. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
point mutation
Genetics. a change in a single base in a nucleotide sequence. [1920-25] * * *
point of articulation
Phonet. See place of articulation. * * *
point of departure
1. Naut. the precise location of a vessel, established in order to set a course, especially in beginning a voyage in open water. 2. a place to begin, as in a discussion, ...
point of honor
an issue that affects one's honor, reputation, etc.: It was a point of honor with him to avenge any insult to his family. [1605-15] * * *
point of inflection
Math. See inflection point. [1735-45] * * *
point of no return
1. Aviation. the point in a flight at which an aircraft will lack sufficient fuel to return to its starting point. 2. the critical point in an undertaking, decision-making ...
point of order
Parl. Proc. a question raised as to whether proceedings are in order, or in conformity with parliamentary law. [1745-55] * * *
point of sailing
Naut. the bearing of a sailing vessel, considered with relation to the direction of the wind. * * *
point of view
1. a specified or stated manner of consideration or appraisal; standpoint: from the point of view of a doctor. 2. an opinion, attitude, or judgment: He refuses to change his ...
Point Pelee National Park
▪ park, Ontario, Canada       park in southeastern Ontario, Canada, lying southeast of Leamington, at the western end of Lake Erie. Established in 1918, it occupies an ...
Point Pleasant
a borough in E New Jersey. 17,747. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat (1804) of Mason county, western West Virginia, U.S., on the Ohio River at the ...
Point Reyes lilac
/rayz/ a prostrate shrub, Ceanothus gloriosus, of southern California, having leathery, roundish leaves and purplish or deep-blue flowers. [named after Point Reyes, Marin Co., ...
Point Reyes National Seashore
▪ nature reserve, California, United States       rugged peninsula extending into the Pacific Ocean northwest of San Francisco, northern California, U.S. It fronts ...
Point Roberts
▪ Washington, United States       village, Whatcom county, northwestern Washington, U.S., near the Canadian border. It is located at the tip of a small peninsula (also ...
point set topology
Math. topology (def. 2). [1955-60] * * *
point shaving
Sports. (esp. in basketball) the illegal practice, by one or more bribed players, of deliberately limiting the number of points scored to conform to the desires of corrupt ...
point source
Physics, Optics. a source of radiation sufficiently distant compared to its length and width that it can be considered as a point. [1900-05] * * *
point spread
a betting device, established by oddsmakers and used to attract bettors for uneven competitions, indicating the estimated number of points by which a stronger team can be ...
point system
1. Print. a system for grading the sizes of type bodies, leads, etc., that employs the point as a unit of measurement. Cf. point (def. 48a). 2. any of certain systems of writing ...
point tiré
Fr. /pwaonn tee rdday"/. See drawn work. [ < F: drawn stitch] * * *
point-and-click (pointʹənd-klĭkʹ) adj. Computer Science Allowing the activation of commands by moving the cursor over certain areas or icons and clicking a pointing device: a ...
point-and-shoot (pointʹən-sho͞otʹ) adj. Of, relating to, or being a camera that adjusts settings such as focus and exposure automatically. * * *
point-bearing pile
/poynt"bair'ing/, Engin., Building Trades. a pile depending on the soil or rock beneath its foot for support. Cf. friction pile. * * *
/poynt"blangk"/, adj. 1. aimed or fired straight at the mark esp. from close range; direct. 2. straightforward, plain, or explicit: a point-blank denial. adv. 3. with a direct ...
/poynt'di vuys"/, Archaic. adv. 1. completely; perfectly; exactly. adj. 2. perfect; precise; scrupulously nice or neat. [1325-75; ME at point devis arranged to a point, i.e., to ...
/poynt"euhv perr"cheuhs/, adj. designating or in use at a retail outlet where an item can be purchased; point-of-sale: point-of-purchase displays to entice the buyer. * * *
/poynt"euhv sayl"/, n., pl. points-of-sale, adj. n. 1. the store, dealer, or other retail outlet where an item is sold: from manufacturer to point-of-sale. adj. 2. designating or ...

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