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motion or action.

Play'er, n. Actor.

Play'fel-low, n. Companion in play.

Play'fiil, a. Sportive ; full of play or levity.

Play'ingr-card, n. One of a set of cards
used for playing various games.

Play'mate, n. Companion in play.

Play'thing, n. Thing to play with ; toy.

Play'wrig-ht (pbi'rit), n. Writer of plays.

Plea, n. That which is alleged in support
of a cause ; defence.

Plead (plC'd), v. To make pleas ; to argue :
— to supplicate earnestly.

Plead'ing-, n. Act or form of making a pica :
— pi. statements of litigants.

Plea§'ant (plez'ant), a. Delightful ; agree-
able : — cheerful ; gay ; lively.

Plea§'ant-r3:, n. Gayety ; merriment :—
lively or humorous talli or saying.

Plea§e, v. a. To delight; to gratify; to
content. — 2, v. n. To afford gratification ;
to be agreeable : — to choose.

Plead'ing, a. Giving pleasure ; agreeable.



Full ; complete ; entire.



Pleag'Ar-a-ble (plezh'ur-a-bl),a. Affording
pleasure" ; delightful.

Plea§'{ire (plezh'ur), n. Delight; enjoy-
ment ; gratification : — choice ; wUl.

Pleat, V. & n. Same sls plait.

Ple-be'ian (ple-be'yan), n. One of the
common people ; rustic. — 2, a. Vulgar ;
common.

Pledfe, n. Something given as securitj' ;
one who gives security : — the drinking to
one's health. — 2, v. a. To engage as se-
curity, or by promise : — to drink to the
health of.

PledS-'et, n. Small mass of lint.

Plen'a-ry, ) ^

Ple'na-ry, j

Plen-i-po-ten'ti-a-rj: (-she-a-re), n. Am-
bassador or minister invested with full
power.

Plen'i-tiide, n. Fulness ; abundance.

Plen'te-oiis, \ a. Copious ; abundant : —

Plen'ti-ffil, J productive ; fruitful.

Plen'tjf, 11. Abundance ; exuberance.

Pleth'o-ra, 1 n. Excessive fulness, as of the

Pleth'o-rj^, J blood-vessels ; repletion.

Ple-thor'ic, ] a. Affected by plethora ; over-

Pleth'o-ric, j full.

Pleii'ra, n. Delicate membrane lining the
chest and investing the lungs.

Pleii'ri-sy, n. Inflammation of the pleura.

Pleii-rit'ic, a. Relating to, or diseased with,
pleurisy.

Pleu-ro-pneu-mo'ni-a (-nti-mo'ne-a), n.
Inflammation of the pleura and the lung
at the same time.

Pli'a-ble, a. Easily bent ; flexible : — easily
persuaded or influenced. — Pli-a-bil'i-tj:,".

Pli'ant, a. Easily bent ; flexible :— easily
influenced: — easily moulded into any
form. — Pll'an-cy, n.

Pll'er§, n. j)/. ' Small pincers for bending.

Plight (plit), n. Condition ; state : — pledge.
— 2, V. a. To pledge.

Plinth, n. Lowest part of a pillar.

Plod, V. To travel wearily or heavily : — to
toil ; to drudge : — to study closely.

Plot, n. Small piece of ground, or a plan
of it : — plan ; conspiracy : — chain of in-
cidents, as in a play or novel. — 2, r. To
devise mischief: — to contrive ; to plan.

Plot'ter, n. One who
plots ; conspirator.

Ploiigh (plofl), n.
Farmers' instru-
ment for turning
up the soil : — til-
lage : — plane for
grooving : — instru-
ment for trimming
the edges of books.-
a plough.

Plodgh'boy (plofi'boi),n. Boy that ploughs.

Plough'man (plofl'man), n. Man who
ploughs.

Ploiigh'shire (ploft'shar), n. Iron of a
plough, which cuts the ground.




To turn up with



PLOVER



231



POKE



PWlv'er (pltiv'er), n. Aquatic game bird.

Plo^,' n. Same as plo7({ih.

Pluck, V. a. To snatch ; to pull quickly : —
to strip by a sudden pull. — 2, n. Act of
plucking ; sudden pull : — heart, liver, and
lungs of an animal : — spirit ; courage.

Pluck'j!;, a- Spirited ; courageous.

Plug', n. Piece to stop a hole. — 2, v. a. To
stop with a plug.

Plum, n. Tree of many varieties, with an
edible fruit.

Plii'ma§e, n. Feathers of a bird.

Pliimb (plum), w./ Plummet. — 2, a. Per-
pendicular to the horizon. — 3, ad. Perpen-
dicularly : — directly. — 4, v. a. To sound or
adjust by a plumb-line.

Plum-ba'go, n. Graphite or black-lead.

Plumb' er (plum'er), n. One who works in
lead, especially in pipes and fittings for
water, gas, or drainage.

Plumb'ing (plum'ing), n. Work of a
plumber.

Pliimb' -line (pltim'lin), n. Line with a
plummet, for sounding, or for finding the
perpendicular.

Pliim'-cake, n. Rich sweet cake, made with
raisins, currants, spices, &c.

Plrime, n. Feather : — ornament of feathers :
— token of honor : — pride. — 2, v. a. To
dress the feathers of, as a bird : — to adorn
with feathers : — to boast ; to pride.

Plum'met, n. Leaden weight attached to a
plumb-line.

Pliimp, a. Full ; fleshy ; fat : — blunt ; di-
rect. — 2, V. To swell ; to fatten : — to fall
or let fall suddenly or heavily. — 3, ad.
Abruptly : — heavily.

Pliim'-pud-ding-j n. Rich pudding made
with suet, raisins, currants, and spices.

Pliin'der, v. a. To pillage ; to rob. — 2, n.
Spoils taken in war ; pillage ; booty ; rap-
ine.

Plunge, V. a. To immerse : — to thrust in. —
2, V. n. To sink suddenly ; to dive. — 3, n.
Act of plunging : — sudden fall.

Plun^'er, n. One who plunges ; diver : —
movable bucket or piston, as in a pump.

Plii' per- feet, a. Expressing an action or
event already past at the time of some
other action or event.

PlJi'ral, a. Implying more than one, or (as
in (rreek) more than two.

Plii-ral'i-tj:, n. Greater number : — greatest
of several numbers, but less than half of
the whole sum. [addition.

Plus, ad. More. — 2, n. Sign [+] noting
Pliish, n. Shaggy kind of velvet.
Ply, n. Turn ; bias ; fold. — 2, v. To work
closely or vigorously : — to make regular
passages between ports.
Pneu-mat'ic (nu-mat'ik), a. Relating to,
or consisting of, air ; moved by air or
wind : — relating to pneumatics.
Pneii-mat'ics (nu-mat'iks), n. Science of
the mechanical properties of air and other
elastic fluids.



PneG-mo'ni-a (nu-mo'ne-a), n. Inflamma-
tion of the lungs.

Poach (poch), v. a. To boil eggs slightly
without the shell : — to steal. — 2, v. n. To
steal or carry off game.

Poach' er (poch'er), n. One who steals
game.

Pock, n. Pustule of the small-pox.

Pock'et, n. Small pouch or bag : — rich
mineral deposit. — 2, v. a. To put into the
pocket : — to take by stealth.

Pock'et-book (-b(ik), n. Book for tha
pocket, as for holding money : — note-book.

Pock'et-mon'ey, n. Money carried in the
pocket, for casual expenses.

Pock'-hole, \ n. Scar made by the small-
Pock' -mark, I pox.

Pod, n. Elongated seed-vessel of a plant.

Po'em, n. Metrical composition, of high
beauty in thought and language.

Po'e-§3:, n. Art of poetry.

Po'et, «. Writer of poetry.

Po'et-ess, n. Female poet.

Po-gt'ic, 1 a. Relating to, or partaking

Po-et'i-cal, j of, poetry.

Po'et-iau're-ate, n. Court poet.

Po'et-ry., n. Art of expressing in melodious
words the creations of feeling and imagi-
nation ; metrical composition : — poems
collectively.

Poh, interj. Noting contempt or aversion.

Poigr'nant (poi'nant), a. Shai-p ; severe:
— keen ; satirical : — pungent. — Pbig'-
nan-cjr, n.

Point, n. Sharp end of any thing :— small
space or time : — exact moment : — exact
place : — punctilio : — essence of an expres-
sion ; sting of an epigram or jest : — aim ;
object : — thing asserted or questioned : —
quality or property of excellence : — mark
of punctuation. — 2, v. a. To sharpen to
a point : — to direct ; to aim : — to direct
the eye or attention to : — to punctuate : —
to fill with mortar. — 3, v. n. To indicate
by directing the finger : — to punctuate.

Point-blank', ad. To the mark ; directly.
— 2, a. Direct ; hori-
zontal.

Pbint'er, n. Any
thing that points : —
variety of sports-
man's dog.

Pbint'l^ss, a. Having
no point ; blunt : — lacking point, as a jest.

Pbi§e, n. Weight ; balance ; that which
balances. — 2, v. a. To balance ; to weigh.

Pbi'§on (poi'zn), n. Substance that destroys
life or health ; venom. — 2, v. a. To cor-
rupt : — to injure by poison.

Pbi'§on-oiis (pbi'zn-us), a. Destructive;

venomous : — corrupting ; pernicious.
Poke, n. Bag ; pocket : — thrust or push : —
plant with juicy purple berries : — yoke
for unruly animals : — dawdling person. —
2, V. To push or thrust forward : — to feel
or 6ea.rch, as in the dark.




Pointer.



POKEE



232



POOH-POOH



Pok'er, n. Iron bar to stir the fire : — game
with cards.

P6k'Jf'}«- Dull; stupid; slow. ^p^^^

Po'lar, a. Relating to, or near, the earth's

Pole, n. Extremity of the axis of the earth
or any sphere : — one of the two magnetic
extremities of a magnet : — long staff : —
erect piece of timber : — measure of 53^
yards ; perch : — native of Poland. — 2, v. a.
To furnish with, or propel by, poles.

Pole'cat, n. Fetid animal of the weasel kind.

Po-lem'ic, ] a. Controversial ; disputa-

Po-lem'i-cal, J tious ; contentious.

Po-lem'ic, "w. Controversial writing: —
"writer of such ; disputant.

Pole'star, n. Star near the north pole of
the heavens : — guide.

Po-lice', n. Body of civil officers to preserve
order, cleanliness, &c. — 2, v. a. To put or
keep in order, as a city or camp.

Po-lice'man, n. Officer of the police.

Pol'i-cx, n. Art or manner of regulating
and guiding conduct, government, and
business : — prudence ; sagacity : — contract
of insurance : — sort of gambling.

Pol'ish, V. a. To smooth ; to brighten : — to
refine. — 2, n. Gloss : — refinement : — var-
nish.

Po'lish, a. Relating to Poland, its people,
or its language. — 2, n. Language of Po-
land.

Po-lite', a. Courteous ; civil ; well-bred.

Pol'i-tic, a. Prudent ; artful : — political.

Po-lit'i-cal, a. Eelating to government,
policy, or politics ; public ; civil.

Pol-i-ti"cian (pul-e-tish'an), n. One versed
in,' or devoted to, politics.

Pol'i-tics, n. pi. Science of government ;
political or public affairs.

Pol'i-tx, «• Form of government ; policy.

Pol'ka.M. Kind of dance, and the music
for it.

P511, n. Head : — ^list of persons : — election.
— 2, V. a. To lop the tops of trees : — to
clip : — to register, as votes or voters.

Pol'lard, n. Tree clipped at the top : — ani-
mal deprived of horns.

Polled (pold), a. Wanting horns.

Pol'len, n. Fertilizing dust of a flower.

52w}!"'^l^' \ n. Tadpole of the frog or toad.

Poru-wog', J

Pol'lock, n. Fish of the cod kind.

Poll' -tax, n. Tax assessed by the head —
that is, on each person.

Pol-liite', V. a. To defile ; to corrupt.

Pol-lu'tion, n. Act of polluting ; defile-
ment ; "that which pollutes.

Po'lo, n. Game at ball, played by persons
on horseback or on skates.

Pol-tro8n', n. Base coward ; scoundrel.

Pol-troon'er-3:, n. Cowardice ; baseness.

Pol-x-an'thus, n. Sort of primrose :— sort
of narcissus.

po-lyg'a-mist, n. Advocate for, or practi-
tioner' of, polygamy.



Po-lyg'a-mous, a. Relating to, or prac-

"tising, polygamy.
Po-lygr'a-mx, n. State of having more than

one husband or wife at one time.
Pol'x-g'lot, n. Book containing a work in

several languages. — 2, a. Having, or

versed in, many languages.
Pol'sj-gon, n. Figure of many angles.
Po-lyg-'o-nal, a. Having many angles.
Pol-x-he'dral, a. Having many surfaces.
P61-jr-he'dron, n. Solid bounded by many

surfaces.
Pol'jjp, \n. Marine animal with many
Pol'jipe, J feet or tentacles, as corals and

sea anemones : — polypus.
P51'3:-pous, a. Pertaining to, or resembling,

a polypus.
Pol'x-pus, n. Polype : — fleshy tumor, as in

the nostrils.
Pol-5:-syl-lab'ic, "I a. Having many syl-
Pol-x-syl-lab'i-cal, J labies, or more than

three.
Pol'x-syl-la-ble, n. Word of many syllables.
Pol-jr-teph'nic, a. Pertaining to, or com-
prehending, many arts or sciences.
Pol'x-the-i§m, n. Doctrine of a plurality

of gods.
Pol'5:-the-ist, ti. Believer in polytheism.
Pol-3j-the-is'tic, ) a. Relating to, or be-
Pol-3:-the-is'ti-cal, J lieving in, polytheism.
Pom' ace," w. SulJstance of apples ground.
Po-made', \ n. Fragrant ointment for the
Po-ma'tum, j hair.
Pome'gran-ate (pilm'-), n. Tropical tree,

and its round juicy fruit.
PSm'mel, n. Knob on a sword or a saddle.

— 2, V. a. To beat ; to bruise.
Pom-o-log-'i-cal, a. Relating to pomology.
Po-mol'o-l'ist, n. One versed in pomology.
Po-mol'o-f-jj, n. Art or science of raising

"fruit ; treatise on it.
Pomp, n. Grand procession : — show ; pa-
rade ; ostentation ; grandeur.
Pom'pon, n. Tuft worn on the hat.
Pom'pous, a. Ostentatious ; showy : — tur-
gid :— magnificent.— Pom-pos'i-tx, n.
Pond, n. Small lake or pool.
Pon'der, v. To consider ; to think deeply.
Pon'der-a-ble, a. Capable of being weighed.
Pon'der-ous, a. Heavy ; weighty. — Pon-

der-os'i-tx, n.
Pond-lil'x, n. Water-lily.
Pon-§ee', n. Kind of silk stuff.
Pon'iard (pon'yard), n. Dagger; dirk, — 2,

V. a. To stab with a poniard.
Pon'tiff, n. High priest : — bishop ; pope.
Pon-tif ic, 1 a. Of, or belonging to, a
Pon-tif i-cal, j pontifl' : — magnificent.
Pon-tif i-cal, n. Book of ecclesiastical rites :

— pi. full dress of a bishop.
Pon-tif i-cate, w. Office of a pontiff.
Pon-ton', \n. Flat-bottomed boat, and the
Pon-t88n', j bridge it siipports : — lighter.
Po'nx, n. Small horse.
Poo'dle, n. Sort of lap-dog.
P66h-p8Sh', V. a. To reject with contempt.



POOL



233



POSEE



P881, n. Small collection of water : — gam-
bling or commercial venture with joint
capital. — 2, v. To contribute with others
toward a joint capital.

PSSp, n. Hindmost part of a ship.

P86r, a. Not rich; indigent: — barren;
sterile : — paltry ; mean : — emaciated : — not
good or desirable : — unfortunate ; miser-
able : — dear, used in tenderness. — 2, n. pi-
Indigent people collectively.

Pofir'-hoiise, n. House for paupers.

P68r'-law, n. Law relating to the poor.

P68r'ljr, a. SomewlKit ill ; feeble.

Pop, n. Small, smart, quick sound : — kind
of drink. — 2, v. n. To move or act quickly
or suddenly :— to make a popping noise.
— 3, V. a. To offer or movt, suddenly or
quickly. — 4, ad. Suddenly ; unexpect-
edly.

Pop' -corn, n. Sort of maize, which bursts
with a pop when parched over the fire.

Pope, n. Bishop of Rome ; head of the
Roman Catholic church.

Pope'dom, n. Oflice, jurisdiction, or dignity
of the pope ; papacy.

Pop'er-5[, n. Roman Catholic religion.

Pop'-g-iin, n. Child's gun, which makes a
popping noise.

P5p'in-jay, n. Parrot : — green woodpecker :
— I'op : — mark to shoot at.

Pop'ish, a. Relating to the pope or to
popery ; taught by popery.

Pop'lar, n. Rapidly growing tree of several
varieties, with soft wood.

Pop'lin, n. Stuif made of silk and worsted.

Pop'p3r, n. Plant having large showy
flowers, one species yielding opium.

Pop'i-lace, n. Common people ; multitude.

Pop'i-lar, a. Pertaining to, pleasing to, or
derived from, the people : — familiar ;
plain ; easily understood : — prevalent.

Pop-ii-lar'i-tx, n. Public favor or esteem.

Pop'u-lar-ize, v. a. To render popular.

Pop'i-late, V. To fill with people.

Pop ft-la'tion, n. Inhabitants of a town,
district, or country ; people collectively.

Pop'u-lous, ft. Thickly settled ; crowded.

Pbr'ce-lain, ) n. Fine, white, semi-trans-

Por'ce-lain, J parent earthen-ware ; china,
ware. — 2, a.
Consisting of,
or r e s e m-
bling, porce-
lain.

Porch, n. En-
trance with a
roof; portico.

Por'ci-pine, n.
Rodent quad-
ruped, clothed
with sharp quills, which it can erect.

Pore, n. Minute opening of the skin. — 2,
V. n. To look, examine, or study closely
or attentively.

Pbr'is:, n. Marine food-fish.

Pork, n. Flesh of ewine for food.




Porcupine.



Pork'er, n. Hog ; pig.

P5'rous, a. Having pores ; that can be
penetrated by fluid. — Po-ros'i-ty, n.

Por'phj-rx, n. Variegated hard stone,
used in sculpture.

Pbr'poise (por'pus), n. Cetaceous mammal
of the dolphin kind : — dolphin.

Pop'ridfe, n. Oatmeal and the like stirred
into boiling water : — broth of vegetables,
with or without meat.

Por'rin-i'er, n. Bowl for porridge, broth,
milk, arid the like.

Port, n. Harbor ; haven ; town with a har-
bor : — gate : — port-hole, and the cover for
it : — larboard : — passage, as for steam in an
engine : — carriage ; mien : — sort of red
wine.

Port'a-ble, a. That may be carried ; easily
carried. — Port-a-bil'i-ty, n.

Port'af e, n. Act of carrying ; transporta-
tion : — price of carriage : — carrying-place
from one navigable water to another.

Por'tal, n. Arch of a gate ; gate ; door.

Port-cul'lis, n. Movable frame placed over
a gate-way, to be let down at pleasure.

Porte, n. Turkish court.

Porte-monnaie (pLirt'mon-na'), n. Puree
or wallet for mone3\

Por-tend', v. a. To foretoken ; to foreshow.

Por-tent', n. Omen of ill.

Por-ten'tous, a. Foretokening ill ; omi-
nous.

Por'ter, n. Door-keeper : — carrier of bur-
dens : — strong malt liquor.

Por'ter-ai-e, n. Hire of a porter.

P6rt-f o'ii-6, \ n. Case for loose papers ;

Port-fol'io (-yo), j — office of a minister of
state.

Port' -hole, n. Hole to point cannon
through, or for light and air.

Por'ti-co, n. Series of columns ; covered
walk ; porch.

Portiere (por-te-ar), n. Curtain over a
door, window, or other opening.

Por'tion (pOr'shun) n. V&t^ assigned;
allotment : — inheritance : — wife's fortune.
— 2, V. a. To divide ; to parcel : — to en-
dow.

Por'tion-less, a. Having no portion.

Port'ljr, a. Grand of mien : — corpulent.

Port-man'teau (port-man'to), n. Bag for
clothes ; valise.

Por'trait, w. Picture or painting of a per-
son drawn from the life : — vivid descrip-
tion.

Por'trai-ture, n. Portrait : — art, process, or
manner of jpainting or portraying.

Por-tray', v. a. To paint or draw the like-
ness of : — to describe in words.

Por-tray'al, n. Act of portraying.

Po§e, V. a. To puzzle ; to embarrass : — to
place in a suitable attitude. — 2, v. n. To
assume an attitude. — 3, n. Attitude as-
sumed for a picture, or for effect.

Po§'er, n. One who poses : — puzzling ques-
tion.



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234



POUNCE



Po-§i"tion (po-zish'un), n. Place; situa-
tion : — attitude ; posture : — state of affairs :
— ground or principle laid down : — rank.

Po§'i-tive, a. Real ; actual : — explicit : —
confident ; dogmatic : — affinnative ; not
negative. — 2, n. That which may be
affirmed ; reality : — photograph in which
the lights and shadows correspond to the
original.

Pos'se, n. Body of citizens called upon to
assist the sheriff in making an arrest.

Po§-§ess' (poz-zes' ), v. a. To have as an
owner ; to hold ; tooccujjy : — to get posses-
sion or command of: — to influence, as a
spirit.

Po§-§es'sion (poz-zesh'un), u. Ownership ;
occupancy : — estate ; property : — madness
produced by an evil spirit.

Po§-§es'sive, a. Denoting possession.

Po§-§es'sor, n. One who possesses; owner.

Pos'si-ble, a. That may be, or that may be
done.— Pos-si-bil'i-tx, «•

Pos'si-blj;, ad. By any power existing : —
perhaps.

Post, n. Courier ; public letter-carrier : —
station ; office : — timber, metal, or stone
set erect: — speed; hurry. — 2, v. n. To
travel with speed, or with post-horses. — 3,
V. a. To fix on a post : — to station : — to
send by mail: — tp inform: — to transfer
into a ledger.

Post-. Latin prefix, signifying after — as,
posfecript.

Post'ag-e, n. Money paid for conveying let-
ters.

Post'a§e-stamp, n. OflScial stamp for pre-
paying mail-matter.

Post'al, a. Pertaining to the post, post-
office, or mails. — 2, n. Postal-card.

Post'al-card, \ n. Stamped card for com-
post' -card, I muuications.

Post'-phai§e (-shaz), n. Four-wheeled trav-
elling carriage ; stage-coach.

Post'er, n. Bill posted up.

Pos-te'ri-or, a. Subsequent ; later : —
hinder.

Pos-ter'i-tj:, n. Descendants.

Pos'tern, n. Small gate ; door.

Post'fix, «. Letter or syllable added.

Post-haste', n. Haste, as of a courier. — 2,
ad. Swiftly ; with speed.

Post' -horse, v. Horse used by a courier.

Post'hii-moiSs, a. Done, had, or published
after one's death.

Pos-til'ion, n. One who rides a horse in the
team of a carriage.

Post'man, n. Letter-carrier.

Post'mark, n. Mark stamped on mail-mat-
ter, showing place and time of reception
or delivery. — 2, v. a. To stamp with a
postmark.

Post'mas-ter, n. Officer in charge of a post-
office.

Post-me-rid'i-an, a. Being in tl»e afternoon.

Post-mor'tem, n. Examination of a dead
body. — 2, a. After death.



Posf -of-fice, n. Governmental office where
mail-matter is received for forwarding or
delivery.

Post' -paid, a. Having the postage pre-
paid.

Post-pone', V. a. To put off; to delay.

Post-pone'ment, n. Act of postponing.

Post' script, «. Paragraph added to a letter,
book, and the like ; appendix.

Post'ii-late, n. Supposition ; assumption.

Post'ure (post'yur), n. Relative position
of the body, or of its parts : — attitude : —
state or condition : — disposition of mind.
— 2, V. To place in, or assume, a partic-
ular posture.

Po'§3j, n. Motto or verse, as in a ring : —
nosegay or bunch of flowers.

Pot, n. Vessel to hold meat or liquids, of
earthen-ware, metal, or other material : —
contents or capacity of a pot : — all the
money at stake in a game. — 2, v. a. To
preserve or enclose in pots.

Po'ta-ble, «. Such as may be drunk.

Pot'al-e (or po-tazh), n. Soup; pottage.

Pot'ash, 11. Fixed alkali obtained from ashes
of vegetable substances.

Po-ta'tion, n. Drinking-bout ; di-aught.

Po-ta'to, n. ; pi. Po-ta'toe§. Common plant,
and its edible tuberous root.

Po-ta'to-biig, n. Colorado beetle, destruc-
tive to potato crops.

Pot'-bbil-er, n. Work of art made merely to
secure a livelihood.

Po'ten-cy, n. Power ; efficacy ; strength.

Po'tent, a. Powerful ; forcible ; mighty.

Po'ten-tate, n. Monarch ; sovereign.

Po-ten'tial (po-ten'shal), a. Existing in
"possibility, not in fact ; possible : — noting
a mood that implies possibility, liberty,
will, or obligation : — powerful ; potent. — ■
Po-ten-ti-al'i-tj:, «.

Poth'er, ji. Bustle ; tumult ; bother.

Pot'herb (pdt'erb), «. Vegetable-, suited foi
soups or stews.

Pot'-hiint-er, «. One who hunts for a living.

Po'tion, 11. Draught ; p-.edical draught.

Pot-pourri (po-pG-re), ri. Medley.

Pot'tafe, n. Any thing boiled for food :—
broth with vegetables in it.

Pot'ter, n. Maker of earthen vessels. — '2,
V. n. To busy one's self about trifles.

Pot'te-ry, n. Work of a potter ; earthen-
ware : — factory of earthen-ware.

Pouch, 11. Purse; pocket:— bag; sac. — 2,
V. a. To put in a pouch ; to pocket.

P5ul'ter-er (pol'ter-er), n. One who sells
fowls.

Poul'tice, n. Soft or pulpy apphcation to
relieve inflammation in boils, &c. — 2, v. a.
To apply a poultice to.

Poul'trj: (pol'tre), n. Domestic fowls.

Povince, n. Talon of a bird : — powder used
to prevent ink from spreading on paper,
or to make designs. — 2, v. a. To sprinkle
with pounce. — 3, v. n. To fall upon sud-
denly.



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Poiind, n. Weight of 16 ounces avoirdu-
pois ; also, of 12 ounces troy : — in British
money, 20 shillings : — enclosure for cattle.
— 2, V. a. To beat ; to pulverize : — to en-
close in a pound.

Pbflnd'cake, n. Rich sweet-cake.

Pour (por), v. a. To send forth in a stream :
— to utter. — 2, v. n. To stream ; to flow : —
to rush tumultuously, or in a crowd. — 3, n.
Sudden flow, as of water.

Poflt, V. n. To look suUeu ; to protrude the
lips. — 2, n. Protrusion of the lips ; sul-
lenness : — fish ofvarious species.

Pbflt'er, n. Kind of pigeon.

Pov'er-tx, n. Penury ; want : — lack.

Po'^'der,'w. Matter iu the form of fine dust :
— gunpowder : — perfumed powder for the
hair. — 2, v. n. To crumble. — 3, v. a. To
reduce to dust : — to sprinkle with dust.

Pb-^'der-y, a. Like powder ; dusty.

Pb<i>'er, n. Ability or capacity to do, or to
endure : — moving force : — mental faculty :
— influence : — rule ; authority : — ruler : —
divinity ; angel, good or bad : — product of
a number multiplied by itself a given num-
ber of times.

Pb-^'er-ful, a. Having power ; strong ;
potent ; efficacious.

Pb^'er-less, a. Destitute of power ; weak.

Prac'ti-ca-ble, a. That may be done or
effected'; possible. — Prac-ti-ca-bil'i-tj:, n.

Prac'ti-cal, a. Relating to, or derived from,
practice or use ; useful : — skilful. — Prac-
ti-cal'i-tx, n. /

Prac'ti-cal-l3:, ad. By practice : — actually.

Prac'tice, n. Custom ; habit : — actual per-
formance : — dexterity acquired by habit:



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