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— prop^'^a-ara'tton, n.

pro-peF, pro-pel', vt. [pro-pelled';
pro-pel'ltng.] To drive or urge forward;
force onward.— pro-peKler, n. One who
or that which propels; a screw for propelling,
or a vessel driven by It.

pro-pen^sl-tT, pro-pen'si-ti, n. [-ties*,
pi.] Mental dispositidh to good or (ofteo-
er) to evil; tendency; inclination.

propter, prep'fir, a. 1. Fit; becoming;
correct. 2. Naturally belonging to a per*
son or thing; one's own. 3. Selongmg,
as a name, to a single individual.

prop'er-ty, prop'er-ti, n. [-ties',
Anvthing that may be owned; owner
a distinguishing quality.

propb^e-c^, pref'§-8i, n. [-cies«, pi.]

1. An inspired prediction; any prediction.
%• Discourse under divine inspiration.

propli'e-sjr, pref'g-sai, vt. & vi. [-sied;
-SY'iNG.] 1 • To foretell, as by inspiration.
2» To speak under divine influence.

*propli'et, pref'gt, n. One who delivers
divine messages or foretells the future.
— preph'et-eaa, n.fem.— pro«phet'ic,
a. Pertolning to a prophet or prophecy.
pro-phet^ic-alt. [ness; kinship.

pro-pin^qul-ty, pro-pi?i'cwi-ti, n. Near-

pro-pl^tl-ate, pro-msh'i-gt, vL & vi.
[-a'ted*; -a'ting.] To appease; concili-
ate.- pro-pl''tl-a'tlon, n. 1. The act of
propitiating. 2, That which propitiates.—
pro-pi'ti-a-to'>^ry, a. Fertaining to cr
causing propitiation.

pro-pl^tlons, pro-pish'us, a. Kindly dis-
posed; auspicious; favorable.

pro-po ration, pro-pOr'shnn. I. vt. 1.
To form; make symmetrical. 2. To sep-
arate into portions. II. n. 1. Relative
magnitude, number, or degree. 2. Fit-
ness and harmony; symmetry. 3. A pro-
portionate share; any share or part. 4.
An equality or identity between ratios.

— pre-por^tlon-al, a. Being In dne
proportion; relating to proportion, pro-

pro-pose^, pro-pOz', v. T-pobed'; -po'-
sing.] I. ^. 1. To offer for acceptance.

2. Topuri>08e; intend. II. i. To plan;
make an offer, especially of msuriage.

— pro-po^sal, n. An offer, or that which
Is offered.— pro>po'ser, ?».— prop*'o-»i'-
tion, n. !• Something proposed; a state-
ment to be proved: the act of proposing, 'i.
A statement forming a complete sentence.

pro-poand'<>, pro-pound', vt. To state
formally for consideration or solution.

pro-prl'et-or, pro-prai'et-^r, n. An
owner.- pro-»rI'et-a-ry, pro-prai'et^ri.
I. a. Pertaining to a proprietor. II. n.
[-BiE8«, pl.l A proprietor, or a body of pro-

pro-prl'et-y, pro-prai'et-i, n. [-iw»,
pi.] Becomingness; fitness; correctness.

pro-puFslon, pro-pul'shnn, n. The act
or operation of propelling.- pro-piil'riv(e,
a. Tending to propel.

papa, gsk; at, air; element, they, ns^ge; It, g, i (ee); o, oh; orator, or; fall,rfile; but,

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pro-rogne^, pro-rOg', vi. [pro-rogued' :
PRO-ROQu'iNG.] 1 .To terminate by royal
command (a session of the British Parlia-
ment). 2. To put off or delay.
— pro^ro-ffa^'tioii, n.
pro-tia^ic, pro-z€'ic, a. 1. Unimagina-
tive; commonplace. 2. Pertaining to or
having the form of prose. -al:t.
pro-seribe^, pro-scraiiy, vt. [pro-
scribed'; PRO-scRi'BiNG.] To outlaw;
ostracize; denounce; condemn. — pro-
scrip'tion* n. Interdiction; ostracism;
outlawry.— pro-scrip'tiv(e, a.
prose, prOz. I. vt. & vi. [prosed;
PBO'siNo.] To write or say in a dull man-
ner. II. a. Prosaic; prosy. III. n.
Speech or writing without meter.
pros^e-cute, pros'g-kiut, v. [-cu"ted«';
-cu'TiNG.] I. <. 1 • To pursue or follow
up; carry on. 2. To bring a legal suit or
charge against; seek to enforce, as a claim,
by legal process. II. i. To begin and
carry on a legal proceeding.— pro^e-cu''-
tion, n. The act of prosecuting; the party
prosecuting.— proA'e-cu^'^tor, n.
pros^e-lyte, pres'g-Iait. I, vt. F-lt"-
ted<»; -ly'ting.] To win over to a differ-
ent religion, or party, pros^e-ly-ttze
or -tiset* II. n. A convert.— pros'e-
ly-tisin« n. The making of converts.
pros^o-dy, pres'o-di, n. The science of

poetical forms. — pros'o-diat, n.
pros^peet, pros'pect. I**, vt. & vi. To
explOTe; view; survey. II. n. A view;
outlook; reasonable expectation.

— pro-8pec^tiY(e, a. 1, Being still In
the future; expected. 2. Looking to the
future.— pro-spec^tns, n. A plan; sum-
mary; outline.
pros^per, pres'pgr, vt. & vi. To make
or be successful; thrive; succeed.— pros-
per^i-tyy n. 'The state of being prosper-
ous.— pros^per-ous, a. 1, Successful;
flourishing'. 2* Favoiing; auspicious.
pros^tt-tnte, pres'ti-tiQt. I. vt. [-tu*-
TBD<* ; -TU'TiNG.] To apply to base or vile
purposes. II. a. Surrendered to base or
vicioas purposes. III. n. A base hire-
ling; a lewd woman.— pros'^tl-tu'tlon, n.
The act df prostituting.
pros/trate, pres'tret. I. vt. [pros'-
TRA'TBD''; pros'tra'ting.] 1. Tolayor
throw down flat; overthrow. 2. To re-
duce to extreme weakness. II. pres'tret
or -tT0t, a. Lying flat ; overthrown or over-
come; prostrated.— proa-tra'tlon, n.
pro'iiy, prO'zi, a. [pro'si-br; pro'si-est.]
Tiresome; dull, [ous forms; changeable.
pro^te-an, pro't§-an, a. Assuming vari-
pro-teft'**, protect', vt. To preserve in

safety; guard, defend.— pro- tec'tlon, n.
The act of protecting; a protected condition;
that which protects; a system of duties de-
signed to favor home industries.— pro-tec'-
tion-istf n. One who favors protection.
— pro-tect'lv(e, a. Affording or suitable
for protection; sheltering. — pro-tect'or,
71. One who protects; a defender, pro-
tect'ert.— pro-tect'or-ate, n. The pro-
tection and partial control of a weak nation
by a stronger.— pro-tect^ress, n.fem.

pro^t6^S^f prO"t§'zha', n. [-g^e', -zhg',
/em.] One specially cared for byanother.

pro-test^*>, pro-test', v. 1, t. To assert
earnestly; declare solemnly; formally de-
clare the non-payment of. II. i. To
enter a protest; make a solemn assevera-
tion or obiection.— Prot'es-tant. I. a.

1, Pertaining to Protestants or to Protes-
tantism. 2. [p-] Making a protest. II. n.
A member of one of those bodies of Chris-
tians opposed to Roman Catholicism.—
Prot^es-tant-ism, n. The principles and
doctrines of Protestant churches.— prof^*
es-ta'tion, n. The act of protesting, or
that which Is protested.

pro^test, prO'test, n. The act of protest-
ing; solemn or formal objection; declara-
tion of non-payment, as of a note.

pro^to-plasm, prO'to-plazm, n. A semi*
liq^uid, viscid substance that forms the
prmcipal portion of an animal or vegetable
cell. [form; original.

pro^to-typO) pro'to-taip, n. A primitive

pro-tract'*", pro-tract', vt. To extend;
lengthen; prolong.

pro-trnde^, pro-trOd', vt. & vi. [pro-
tru'dbd**; pro-tru'ding.] To push or
thrust out; project outwaxd. — pro-tru'-
sion, n^— pro-tru'sivCe* a.

pro-tu^ber-ant, pro-tifi'bgr-ont, a.
Swelling out; .bulging.
— pro-tu'ber-ance, n.

proud, praud, a. 1. Feeling or mani-
festing pride; arrogant; haughty. 2. Be-
ing a cause of honorable pride.

prove, prfiv, ®. [proved; prov'ing.] I.
t. 1. To establish by evidence. 2. To
test. 3. To learn by experience. II. i.
To turn out, or be found to be.

prov'en-der, prev'en-dgr, n. Food for
cattle; provisions generally.

prov'erb, prev'grb, n. A brief, pithv
saying; a maxim; byword. — pro-ver'-
bi-af, «. 1 . Pertaining to or like a proverb.

2. Well-known; notorious.
pro-vide^, pro-vaid', vt. & vi. [pro-vi'-

DED**; pro-vi'ding.] To make, procure,
or furnish for future use; supply; stipu-
late.— pro-vlMed, conj. On condition.—
proT'l-dence* n. 1 . The care exercised by

Or; tiatgflre (future); aisle; an (out); ell; c (k); <Dhat; dh (^e); go; sing, i^k; thin.

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the Supreme Being over the universe; also, a
providential event or circumstance. *Z» [P-]
Hence, the Deity. 3> The exercise of fore-

Bight.— prov^i-cient, a. Exercising fore-
sight; economical.— proT^'^i-den^tfal, a.
Resulting fr3m or exhibiting the action of
God's providence, -ly, adr. — pro-vi'-
der, n.

prov'lnce, prev'ins, n. A large division
of a country; a department; sphere.— pro-
vin'cial. I. a. Pertaining to a province;
local; narrow. II. n. An Inhabitant of a
province.— pro- viii^cial-ifiiin« n.

pro-vl'»lon, pro-vizh'un. l,vt. Tofar-
nifih with food. MM. n. 1 . Measures taken
in advance, ft, A supply of food. 3. A
— pro-vPsion-alv a. Temporary.

pro-vl'»o, pro-voi'zO, n. A conditional
stipulation.— pro-vPso-ry, a. Containing
or made dependent on a proviso.

pro- volte', pro-vok', v, [pro- yoked'*;
pro-vo'king.J I. ^ 1. To oflEend. 2.
To stimulate. 3. To occasion; to elicit.
II. i. To produce resentment.— prov'^-
o-ca'tion. n. 1. The act of provoking.
U» An incitement to action.— pro-vo'ca-
tivCe, pro-v6'ca-tlv or -vec'atlv. I. a.
Serving to provoke, II. n. That which
provokes, or tends to provoke or stimulate.

prov'ost, prev'ust or prO'vO', n. [Eng.]
A magistrate; college officer. — provost
marsnal. A military or naval officer ex-
ercising various police functions.

promr, prau, n. The forepart of a vessers
hull; the bow;

proiir^ess, prau'- a

es, n. Strength, m

skill, and intrepid- y.

ity in battle.

proivl, praul, vt.
& vi. To roam
about stealthily, as
in search of prey.

prox'l-mate, =,

prox'i-met or -m|t, ^

a. Near; next.— ^

prox'i-mate- s^

ly, adv.— prox- ^

Im'i-ty, n. The - ^

state of being near. ■

prox^l-iiio,f ^

prex'i-mo, adv. In
or of the coming month : abbreviated prox.

prox''j, prex'i, n. [prox'ies«, pl^ A
substitute empowered to act for another,
the right so to act, or the instrument con-
ferring it.

prude, prtid, n. One who makes an af-
fected display of modesty. — pru'der-y, n.
Primness; assumed coyness.— pruMish, a.

prii'dent, prtl'dgnt, a. Cautious; judi-
cious; saeacious; foreseeing; provident;
economic^.— pru'dence, n. Tne quality
of being prudent; sagacity; economy; dis-
cretion.— pru-den'tial, a.

prune, prQn, vt. & vi. [pruned; pru'-
NiNG.] To cut off supernuous branches;
trim; dress, as a bird its feathers.

prune, n. 1. The dried fruit of the plum.
2* A plum.

pru^rl-ent, prtt'ri-gnt, a. Impure in
thought and desire.

PruB'slan, prush'an or priS'shan. I. a.
Pertaining to Prussia. II. n. A citizen
of Prussia.— Prussian blue, a coloring
substance used in dyeing, etc^prus^sic,

Erus'ic or prQ'sIc, a. Pertaining to Prussian
lue.— prnssic acid, an extremely poison-
ous llquldcompound.hydrocyanicacldt.

pry*, prcd. I. vt. & vi. [pried; pry'-
iNG.] To observe carefully or slyly; scru-
tinize. II. n. [pries', pl-l A sly and
searching inspection.

pry*. I. vt. Ipribd; prt'ing.] To act on
or move with a lever. II. n. A lever.

psalm, sdm, n. A sacred song or lyric
— psalm^ist. n. A composer of psalms.
^psal^mo-dy* n. 1.
Psalm^singlng. "i* A col-
lection of psalms.

PsaFter, sSl'tgr, n. The I
Book of Psalms.— psaF-
ter-y,n. [-iK8«,oi.] 1. A
Hebrew stringed musical
instrument, il. A Psalter.

pseu^do-nym, sQ'do-nim, n. A fictitionB
name; pen*name. — pseu-don^y-moos, a.

pny'elilc, \

psy^eble-al, \
soi'kic, -cd, a.
Pertalnine to
the mind or

gy, soi-cel'o-
ji, n. The sci-
ence of the hu-
man soul and
its operations.
— psy^cho-
loirae-al, a.
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fflst, n. Ptarmigans. Vi4

p t a r m 1 - ^ summer plumage. 8. Win-
gfan, tdr'mi- terplamase.

gon^n. [-GANS*

or -GAN, pi.'] A grouse of elevated or
arctic regions of the northern hemisphere,
with winter plumage white.


papfi, ^k; at, air; el§m$nt, th^y, usgge; It, J, i (ee); o, 5h; orator, $r; full, rfilc; bvt,

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p to main

pto^ma-ln, ) to'ma-in, n. Apoisonoas
pto'ma-lne, i alkaloid, derivea from de-
composing animal matter.
pu'ber-ty, piU^bgr-ti, n. Opening man-
hood or womanhood.
puVltc, pub'lic. I. a. Pertaining to the
public at large; open to all; well-known.
II. w. The people collectively.— pul/ii-
can, n. 1. [Eng.l The keeper of a public
house. *Z» Bom. Hist. One who farmed or
collected the public revenues; a tax-gatherer.
— pub'^li-ca^tion, /*. 1 • The act of pub-
lishing. 54, A newspaper, magazine, etc.—
pab-Iic^l-tyt n. The state of oelng public.
— public house. 1. An inn, tavern, or
hotel, ij. [Eng.] A llquor-saloon.
pub'llsli^, pub'lish, vt. 1. To make
known pubncly; circulate. 2. To issae,
as from the preee.— pul/llsh-er, n.
puck^er, puk'gr. I. vt. & vi. To gather
into small wrinkles: corrugate. II. n. A
wrinkle, or group of wrin0es.
pad'dlng, pud'ing, n. 1. A dessert of

soft food. 2. A large sausage.
pud^dle, pud'l. I. vt, [pud'dlbd; pud'-
DLIN&.] 1. To convert (melted pig iron)
into wrought iron by melting and stirring.
2. To make muddy. II. n. A small pool
of dirty water.
pa^er-il(e, piB'gr-il, a. Childish; imma-
ture; weak; silly.— pu'^ef-il^-ty, 7i.
pnfi; puf. F. vt. & vi. To inflate; swell;
praise fulsomely; pant; breathe hard. II.
n. 1 . A sudden, forcible breath; a whiff.
2. Public and fulsome praise. 3. A
spongy or fluffy article.— pulTy. a.
pill?* Piig] n. 1. A pug«dog. 2. A monkey.
— pofr^sdoir^. n. A small, short-haired dog
with upturned nose. — puff'suose^, n. A
short nose, ^ghtly turned up at the end; a
pn^grll-lsin, yQ'jil-izmj n. The art of
boxing or fightmg with the fists.
— po^ffiMst, n.— pu'^irll-is'tic, a.
pug-na'clons. pug-n§'shns, a. Disposed
to fight; quarrelsome. — pug-nac^-ty, n.
pu^is-sance, piu'is-sans, n. Power;
ability to fight or conquer.— pu^s-sant, a.
pule, pilil, vi. [puled; pu'ling.] To

peep; whimper.
pull, pul. I. vt. & vi. To draw with
force; naul; drag; tug; pluck. II. n. 1.
The act of pullmg: draft. 2. An advan-
tage, as through political favoritism.
pnl^let, pul'gt, «. A young hen.
pnl^ley, pul'g, n. A wheel for transmit-
ting power by means of a cord or belt.
pnl^mo-na-ry, pul'mo-ng-ri, a. Per-
taining to the lungs, pu l-mon^tct.
pulp, pulp, n. A moist, soft mass, as the

soft, succulent part of fruit.— pulp^ons.
a. pulp^yit.

puFplt, pul'pit, n. 1 . An elevated stand
or desk for a preacher in a church. 2.
The preacher's office; the clergy.

puFsate, pul'sgt, vi. [pul'sa'tbd'';
PUL'SA'TiNG.l To throb ; beat.— pul-sa^-
tion, n. A throbbing; a heart«beat.

pulse, puis, vi. [pulsed^; puls'ing.]
To pulsate.

pulse^, n. The rhythmic beating of the
arteries; pulsation. [beans, etc.

pulse^, n. Leguminous plants, as peas,

puPver-lze, pul'vgr-aiz, vt. & m.
[-ized; -I'ziNG.l To reduce or become
reduced to powder; to crush. puFver-
Isef.— pur'ver-i-za'tion or -sa^tion, n.

pu^ma, piQ'ma, n. An American carni-
vore, ranging from Canada to Patagonia.

pum^lce, pxrai'is, n. Volcanic lava: used
as a polishmg-material.

pump, pump, vt. & vi. To raise with a
pump; extort information ;question closely.

pumpi, n. A device for raising, exhaust-
ing, or compressing a fluid.

pumpa, n, A light shoe for dancing.

pump^kln, pump'kin (CoUoq. pu^'kin),
n . A trailing vine or its large, yellow fruit.

pun, pun. I. vt. & vi. [punned; pun'-
NiNGj To make a play on words. II. n.
The use of a word m two senses.

punch 1*, punch, vt. To make a hole or
indentation in.

punch^t, vt. To beat or strike.— punchier, n.

pnnclii, n. A tool or machine for peno-
rating or indenting.

punciii^, n. A drink of wine or spirits,
sweetened, flavored, and diluted with water.

punchy n. A blow, thrust, poke, or nudge.

Puncli^, n. The mock-hero in a comic
performance of puppets.

pun^clieoni, pun'chun, n. 1. An up-
right supporting timber. 2. A punch or
perforating tool, [from 72 to 120 gallons.

pun'clieon^, n. A liquor-cask holding

pnnc-tlFlo, pupc-til'io, n. A nice point
of etiquette.— punc-tiKions, a. Very ex-
act In the forms of etiquette; ceremonious.

punc^tu-al, puijc'chu-al or -tiu-al, a.
Exact as to appointed time, -ly, arftj.—
punc^tu-ala-ty, n. [-TiB8«,i>r] Prompt-
ness. punc^tu-al-nesst.

punc'tu-ate, pu?c'chu-gt or -tju-gt, vt.
& vi. [-A'TED**; -A'TiNG.] To mark, as
printed matter, with signiflcant points; use
points indicating division or connection.

— punc'^'tu-a^tioii, n. The use of sig-
nificant points, as comma, period, etc.

pu nocture, puij^c'chur or -ti^r. I. vt.

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[-tubed; -TUR-iNG.] To pierce. II, n.
A small hole made by piercing.

pun'sent, pnn'jgat, a. Pncking; Bting-
ing; caustic; keen.— pun^gen-cy, n.

pun'tshS pun'ish, vt. To inflict a penal-
ty upon; reqnite with penalty; chastise;
castigate.— pun^ish-ment, n. Penalty;
also, the act of punishing.— pu^ni-tiTCe*
a. Pertaining to punishment.

punk, puT^k, n. Decayed wood used a^
tinder, or an artiflcial substitute for it.

pn n^ster, pun'stgr, n. One who puns.

punt*', punt, V, 1, t. 1. To propel, as a
boat, by pushing with a.po]e. 2. In foot-
ball, to give a punt to (the ball). II. i.
To go hunting or fishing in a punt.

punt, n. 1. Aflat«bottomeaboat. 2. A
barge propelled with a pole. 3. The kick-
ing of a dropped football before it strikes
the ground. [Weak and insignificant.

pu^ny, pift'ni, a. [pu'ni-kr; pu'ni-kst.]

pu'pa, pifl'pa, n. [Pu'PiB, piB'pt or pfi'-
p€, pi.] The stage of a transforming in-
sect that precedes the perfect form.

pu^pll^ pia'pil, n. A person under the

' care of a teacher; scholar; learner.— pu'-
pll-afre« n. The state of being a pupil.

pn'pll'', «. The opening in the iris of the
eye. [to move by wires.

pnp'pet, pup'et, n. A small figure made

pup'py, pup'i, n. [pup'piEs*, pi.] A
young dog; whelp; silly fop.— pujpP^y-Ish,
a. - pai^py-ism, n.

pui^blind^, pur'blaind', a. Dlm-sighted
ornear'sighted.— pur'bllnd^ness, n.

pui^cliase, pur'chgs. I. vt. [pur'-
CHASED*; puB'cHA-siNo.] To buy. II. n.
1 . The act of -purchasing, or ttiat which
is purchased. 2. An advantage, as of lev-
erage, for moving heavy bodies or the like.

pure, piQr, a. 1. Free from mixture or
defilement; unmingled; refined. 2, Abso-
lute; mere; sheer.— purc'ly, adv. Wholly;
very.— pnre^nesSf n. Purity.

purse, purj. I. vt. &vi. [purged; pur'-
GiNo.] 1. To cleanse; purify; clear. 2.
To cleanse the bowels by medicinal ac-
tion. II. n. A medicine that purges.

— pnr-flra^rlon, n. A purging, purify-
Ing, or clearing.— pur'ga-tivCe. I. a.
Efficacious In purging, il, n. A purging
medicine ; cathartic. — pur^ffa-to'ri-al«
a. Of or pertaining to purgatory.— pur'-

(ra-to-rv, n. [-riks*. p^ R. C. Ch. An
ntermediate state where souls are made fit
for heaven by expiatory suffering.
pn'rl-fy, piQ'ri-fai, v. .[-pied; -py'ing.]

I. t. To make clear or pure; cleanse.

II. i. To grow or become pure or clean.

— pu^ri-fl-ca^tioBf n.

Pu'rl-tan, pifi'ri-tan. I. a. Pertaining
to the Puritans; scrupulously rigid in mor-
als. Pu'^'rl-tan^ict; P u'^rl- tannic -
alt. II. n. 1. One of a sect of English
Protestants (1559) who advocated popular
rights and opposed ritualism and all laxity

of morals. ST. One of the Pilgrim settlers
of New England. [pure.

pu^rl-ty, pift'ri-ti, n. The state of bei

purl, purl, vi. _

sound; ripple. [anyplace.

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pur^lleu, pur'litS, n. pi. The outskirts of

pur-loln^, p6r-lein', vt. To steal.

pur'plCe, pur'pl. I, vt. & vi. [pur'-
pl(e)d; pur'pling.J To make or become
purple. II. a. Of the col«r of purple.
Ill* n. 1 . A color of mingled red and
blue. 2, Royal dignity; rank; wealth. 3.
The office or a cardinal.

pur'port, pur'pOrt I«>. vt. & vi. To
sigmfv; mean; imply. II. tz. A meaning
intended; import; significance.

pu repose, pur'puB. I. vt. & vi. [pur'-
POSED*; pur'pos-ino.] To determine; re-
solve; intend. II. n. A plan intended
to be carried out; design; settled resolution.
— pur^pose-ly, o^v. ^

purr, pur. I. vt. To make a low, mur-
muring sound, as a cat. II. n. A pro-
longeamurmur, as of a cat when pleased.

purse, purs. I. vt. [pursed*; purs'-
iNG.] 1 . To draw into wrinkles. 2. To
place in' a purse. II. n. 1 . A small Dag
lor carry ing money. 2. A treasury. 3.
Money offered as a prize.— pura'er, n. An
officer having charge of the accounts, etc..
of a vessel; paymaster.

pur-sue^, pur-sifi', v. [pub-sued'; pur-
su'iNG.] I. t. To follow persistently;
chase; hunt; seek; continue; keep ap. II.
i. To continue; proceed. — pnr-siKance,
n. The act of pursuing; consequence; con-
tinuance: usually followed by o/".- par-sa'-
ant. I. a. Conformable. II. adv. Agree-
ably; conformably: usually with to. — pur-
sn'er, 7i.— par-8aU^ n. The act of pur-
suing; a business followed; vocation.

pur'sy, pur'si, a. Short-breathed; fat.

pu^ru-lent, pifi'm-lgnt, a. Consisting
of or secreting pus. — pu^rn-lence, n.

pur-vey', pur-ve', «. & vi. To provide
(supplies).- pur-veyance, n. — pur-vey'-
or, n. [sco*pe.

pur'vleiiir, pur'vifi, n. Extent; sphere;

pn f», pus, n . Secretion from inflamed tissues.

pusb, push. I^. vt. & vi. To press

against; ui^ forward: thrust. II. n. 1.

A propelling or thrusting pressure; shove.

2» An emergency. 3> Activity; energy.

— pnsh^sball'^ n. A game like football

^apfl, ^k; at, ah-; element, th6y, usgge; It, |, t (ee); o, «h; orator, «r; full, rtUe; hot.

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played with a ball six feet in diameter, weigh-
ing 48 pounds.

pn^sll-lan^t-mous, piQ'Bi-lan'i-mus, a.
Meaii'spirited; cowardly. — pu '^ all - la -
nlm'i-ty, n.

pnss, pus, n. A cat, hare, or rabbit.

— pus'ay, n. [PUS'8iE8«,pZ.] Puss.
pus'tule, pns'tlQl, n. A small pimple.

— pns'tu-Iar, a.

pnt, put, V. [put; put'tinoJ I. t. To

set; lay; place; express; render; commit;

apply; urge. 1 1, i. To direct one^s course ;

steer; move. [puted.

pii^ta-tlv(e, pifl'ta-tiv, a. Supposed; re-
pn'tre-fy, piQ'trg-fai, xt. & ^;i. [-fied;

-PT'iNG.] To rot; decay; decompose.—

Ru^tre-fac^tlon* n. The act of putrefy-
ig; decay.— pn'^tre-fac'tive, a.— pu-
tres^cence. n. — pn-tres^cent, a. Be-
coming putrid.
pu^trld, pifl'trid, a. Putrefying; rotten.

— pu-tnd'i-ty« n. pn'trid-nessi:.
pot'ty, put'i. I. vt. [put'tibd; put'ty-
iNG.] To fill up with putty. II. n. A mix-
tare of whiting and oU for filling cracks, etc.
poz'(z)l(e, puz'l. I. vi. & vi. [puz'-
(z)l(e)d; puz'(z)ling.] To confuse or be
confused; perplex; mystify. II. n. A
perplexing problem; perplexity; quandary.
pirs/myt pig'mi. I. a. Diminutive; dwarf-
ish, pys-me'ant. II. n. [pto'miess
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py-Ja'Hias, n.pZ. [Anglo-Ind.] Pajamas.

pyi^a-mld, pir'a-mid, n. A solid having
a rectilinear, usually square, base, and
with triangular sides meeting in an apex.


rain^i-dal« a. pyr'^a-mld^icti

— py-ram'i -dal«

pyre, pair, n, A heap of combustibles ar-
ranged for burning a dead body.

pyr'lte, pir'ait, n. [py-ri'tes, pi-roi'tlz,
plJ] A compound of iron and §ulf ur, of a
pale yellow color. "^

py'^ro-tecli'nlc, pai'ro-tec/nic, a. Per-
taining to fireworks, py^'ro-tecli^nle-
alt.— py'^ro-teeh'nica, n. Fireworks.—
py^ro-tech^nist, n.

py^tbon, poi'then, n. 1 . A large non-
venomous serpent that crushes its prey in
its folds. 2. A soothsayer.


Q,, q, kin, n. [ques, Q's, or Os, kifiz, pi.)
The seventeenth letter in the English

qnaekS cwac, vi. To utter a quack.

qnaek^) n. A croaking sound, as of a

qnack^, n. A pretender,
as to medical skill.

—quack, a.— qnack'-
er-y, n. L-ik8«, pi.] Ig-
norant pretense or prac-
tise, as In medicine.

qaad^ran''sl(e,' cwed'-

ra^•jgl, n. A plane figure
havmg four sides


four angles; court so Gunner's
shaped. — quad - ran'gu - Quadrant.
quad'rant, cwod'rant,

n, 1. The quarter of a circle, or of its
circumference. 2. An instrument for
measuring angles.

qnad^rate,cwed'rgt. I. a. Square. II.
n. Something square.— <uiad-rat^ic. I.
a. Pertaining to a square. 11. n. Alg. An
equation of the second degree.

qu ad-re n^nl-al, cwed-ren'i-al, a. Oc-
curring once in four years; comprising
four years.

qnad^rl-lat'er-al. I. a. Four-sided.
II. n. A four-sided figure.

qua-drIlle^ cwa-drir, n. A square dance
for four or more couples, or the music for it.

quad-rtFllo n, cwed-ril'yun, n. A cardi-
nal number: (1) In the French (and U. 8.)
system of numeration, 1 followed by 15
ciphers. (2) In the English system, 1 fol-

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