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abuse. [impious speech.

Pro-fan'i-tx, n. Irreverence : — blasphemy;

Pro-fess', V. a. To declare openly ; to avow.

Pro-fess'ed-lx, ad. With open declaration ;

Pro-fes'sion (pro-fesh'un), n. Act of pro-
fessing : — that which is professed ; decla-
ration : — vocation requiring a learned
education: — members, collectively, of such

Pro-fes'sion-al, a. Relating to, or employed
in, a profession or calling : — done for a
livelihood. — 2, n. Practiser of an art or

Pro-fess'or, w. One who makes profession
or open declaration of something : —
teacher or practitioner of any art or sci-
ence : — religious person.

Pro-fess'or-ship, n. OfBce of a professor.

Proffer, v. a. To propose ; to offer. — 2, n.
Offer made ; proposal .

Pro-f i"cient (pro-f ish'ent), n. One who has
made advancement ; adept. — 2, a. Skilled ;
adept. — Pro-f i"cience, Pro-f i"cien-c;K, n.

p^° w^l^J [n. Head or portrait represented
p^°^~j® ' jsideways: — outline or contour.

Profit, n. Pecuniary gain : — advantage. —
2, V. a. To benelit. — 3, v. n. To gain ad-
vantage or profit : — to improve : — to be

Prof it-a-ble, a. Affording profit.

Profit-iess, a. Void of profit; useless.

Prof ii-g-a-cx, n. Profligate conduct.

Prof li-gate, a. Abandoned to vice ; wicked.
— 2, w. Profligate person.

Pro-f oiind', a. Having great depth : — in-
tellectually deep ; sagacious : — thorough ;
intense: — low; humble. — 2, n. Sea or
ocean ; abj'ss or great depth. — Pro-fiSn'-
di-tjj, n. [uberant.

Pro-fuse', a. Lavish; extravagant: — ex-

Pro-fii'§ion ( pro-f u'zhun), n. Extrava-
gance ; lavishness : — abundance ; plenty.

Pro-i-en'i-tor, n. Ancestor.

Pro§-'e-nj:, «. Offspring; descendants.

Prog - no'sis, n. Foreknowledge : — ^.judgment
of the course of disease by its sj^mp-

Prog-nos'tic, a. Foretokening ; indicating.
—2, n. Sign ; token : — prediction.

Progr-nos'ti-cate, v. a. To foretell or fore-
show by signs ; to projihesy.

Progr-nos-ti-ca'tion, n. Prediction :— fore-
token ; previous sign.

Pro'gram, \n. Orderof an entertainment

Pro'gramme, J or public performance.

Prog'ress, n. Act of progressing ; advance :
— advancement or improvement : — profi-
ciency : — state journey.

Pro-gress', v. n. To move, come, or go for-
ward ; to advance ; to improve.

Pro-gres'sion (pro-gresh'un), «. Movement
or motion forward ; progress : — course ;

Pro-gres'sive, a. Making progress ; ad-
vancing ; gradually improving.

Pro-Mb'it, V. a. To hinder ; to prevent : —
to forbid ; to interdict.

Pr6-hi-bi"tion (pro-he-bish'un), w. Act of
prohibiting ; interdiction, especially of the
manufacture and sale of intoxicating

Pro-hi-bi"tion-ist, n. One who favors the
prohibition of the sale of alcoholic drinks.

Pro-hib'i-tive, \ a. Implying prohibition ;

Pro-hib'i-to-rj:, j forbidding.

Pro-ject', V. a. To throw ; to cast : — to ex-
hibit, as in a mirror : — to plan ; to con-
trive. — 2, V. n. To shoot forward ; to pro-

Proj'ect, n. Scheme ; design.

Pro-jec'tile, n. Body thrown, as a cannon
shot. — 2, a. Impelling forward : — impelled

Pro-jec'tion, n. Act of projecting ; that
vvbich projects : — act of planning or de-
signing ; scheme : — plan ; delineation : —
represeatation of an object on the per-
spective plane.

Prg-ject'or, n. One who projects.

Pro'late, a. Lengthened in the direction
of the poles.

Pro-lif ic, a. Fruitful ; productive ; fer-

Pro-lix', a. Tedious ; wordy ; diffuse. —
Pro-lix'i-tx, n.

Prol'ogue, n. Preface ; introductory verses
to a play.

Pro-long', V. a. To lengthen in space or
time ; to protract ; to continue.

Pro-lon-ga'tion, n. Act of prolonging ; pro-
traction : — delay ; postponement.

Prom-e-nade' {or -nad'), n. Walk for pleas-
ure or exercise : — place for walking. — 2,
V. n. To take a walk.

Prom'i-nence, ) n. State of being promi-

Prom'i-nen-cy, J nent : — projection ; pro-
tuberance ; distinction.

Prom'i-nent, a. Standing out ; conspicuous ;
eminent ; distinguished.

Pro-mis'cu-ous, a. Mingled ; confused : —
indiscriminate. — Prom-is-cu'i-tjc, n.

Prom'ise, n. Declaration which binds the
person who makes it : — fulfilment of a
promise : — expectation ; hope. — 2, v. To
give assurance or hope by promise.

Prom'is-ing, p. a. Giving good promise.

Prom'is-so-rx, a. Containing a promise.

Prom'on-to-rj:, v. High land jutting into
the sea ; headland.




Pro-m5te', v. a. To forward ; to advance ;
to raise in rank or office.

Pro-mo'tion, n. Advancement ; preferment.

Pro-mo'tive, a. Tending to promote.

Prompt (prOmt), a. Prepared ; quick and
willing ; ready.— 2, v. a. To make ready ;
to incite : — to assist, as a speaker or actor,
when at loss for words : — to suggest to the
mind. — Prompt'i-tiide, n.

Pro-miil'gate, v. a. To publish ; to make
linown : — to teach publicly.

PrSm-ijl-gSTtion, n. Act of promulgating ;
open declaration : — official publication.

Prone, a. Lying with the face downward :
— bending downward : — inclined ; dis-

Prongr, n. Spike or point, as of a fork or an
antler ; tine.

Prong'-hbrn, n. American antelope.

Pro-nom'i-nal, a. Kelating to a pronoun.

Pro'noun, n. Word used iusttad of a noun,
as he, she, it.

Pro-noiince', v. a. To speak ; to declare : —
to speak formally or theoretically: — to

Pro-no(ince'a-ble, a. That may be pro-

Pr9-nbunced' (pro-nounsf), a. Strongly
marked ; decided.

Pro-nbfln9'ing', a. Indicating or teaching

Pro-nun-ci-a'tion (pro-nQn-shg-a'shun), n.
Utterance ; delivery.

Pr8of, M. That by which something is
proved ; evidence : — test ; trial : — impene-
trability : — proof-sheet. — 2, a. Able to re-
sist ; impenetrable.

Pr88f -sheet, n. Impression from type set
up, for alteration or correction.

Prop, V. a. To support ; to sustain. — 2, n.
That which sustains ; support.

PrSp-a-gran'da, n. Association for spreading
principles or beliefs.

Prop' a- grate, v. To increase ; to disseminate.

Prop-a-ga'tion, n. Extension ; increase ;

Prop' ^-ga- tor, n. One who propagates.

Pro-pSl , V. a. To drive or urge forward.

Pro-pel'ler, n. He who, or that which, pro-
pels : — screw-propeller, and a steam- vessel
so driven.

Prp-pen'si-tj:, «• Tendency ; inclination.

Prop er, a. Belonging to one, or to an in-
dividual ; not general or common : — suit-
able ; fit : — exact ; accurate.

Prop'er-tj, n. Peculiar quality : —owner-
ship ; possession : — goods possessed : — pi.
articles required in a dramatic represen-

Proph'e-cj, n. Act of prophesying future
events ; prediction,

Proph'e-sy, v. To predict ; to foretell.

Proph'et, n. One who prophesies : — pi.
portion of the Old Testament written by
the Prophets.

'PrSph'^t-esa, n. Female prophet.


Prp-phet'ic, 1 a. Kelating to a prophet, or

Pro-phet'i-cgil, J to prophecy : — foretelling;

Pro-pin' qui -ty, n. Nearness ; kindred.

Pr9-pi"ti-ate (pro-plsh'e-at), v. a. To make
propitious or favorable" ; to conciliate.

Pro-pi-ti-a'tion (pro-pish-e-a'shun), n. Act
of propitiating ; atonement.

Pro-pi" ti-a-to-rj[ (pro-pish'e-a-to-re), a.
Tending to iuake propitious • conciliatory.

Pro-pi"tiou8 (pro-pish'us), a. Favorable;
kind ; benign ; auspicious.

Pro-por'tion, n. Comparative relation of one
thing to another : — symmetry : — proper
or just share : — arithmetical process for
solving problems relating to proportion. —
2, V. a. To adjust by comparative rela-
tion : — to form symmetrically.

Pro-por'tion-al, a. Having due proportion.
— 2, n. Quantity in proportion.

Pro-por'tion-ate, a. Adjusted to something
else, according to a comparative relation ;

Pro-po'§al, n. Offer ; proposition.

Pro-poge'. v. a. To offer ; to bid.

Prop-o-§i''tion (prop-o-zish'un), n. Thing
proposed ; offer : — sentence or thought
affirming or denying something : — some-
thing to be proved or done.

Pro-pbQnd', v. a. To offer to consideration;
to propose.

Prp-pri'e-ta-rjr, n. Proprietor. — 2, a. Re-
lating or belonging to a proprietor.

Pro-pri'e-tor, n. One who possesses in his
own right ; owner.

Pro-pri'e-tress, n. Female proprietor.

Pro-pri'e-tjr, n. Fitness ; suitability.

Pro-pul'sion, n. Act of driving forward.

Prp-piil'sive, a. Impelling ; urging.

Pro-rogue' (pro-rog'), v. a. To defer ; to
postpone: — to adjourn, as a parliament.

Pro-ga'ic, a. Like prose ; dull ; stu])id.

Pr9-sce'ni-iim (pro-se'ne-um), n. Front
part of the stage in a theatre.

Pro-scribe', v. a. To outlaw ; to condemn.

Pro-scrip' tion, n. Outlawry; condemnation.

Pro-scrip' tive, a. Tending to proscribe.

Pro§e, n. Language or composition without
metre, or poetic measure. — 2, v. n. To re-
late tediously. — 3, a. Consisting of prose :
— prosaic.

Pros'e-ciite, v. To follow or pursue with a
purpose to attain or accomplish : — to con-
tinue ; to engage in : — to sue by law.

Pros-e-cii'tion, n. Act of prosecuting or
pursuing :— suit at law : — party instituting
legal proceedings.

Pros' e-cii-tor, «. One who prosecutes.

Pros'e-lyte, n. Convert to an opinion or
religion. — 2, v. «. To make proselytes.

Pros'o-dx, w. Part of grammar which treats
of accent, quantity, and the laws of verse.

Pros'pect, n. View as from a distance : — •
lauds<^;ape : — object of view, or of contem-
plation : — anticipation ; expectation. — 2,
V. n. To search for metal ; to explore.




Pro-spec' tive, a. That regards the future ;

looking forward : — comiug.
Pro-spec' tus, n. Plan of a proposed woi-k
or undertaking, as of literature or com-

To make prosperous ; to
i». To be prosperous ; to

Pros'per, v. a.

favor. — 2, r.

thri ve.
Pros-per'i-tj^, n.

Success ; good fortune.
Successful ; fortunate ;
lucky : — favorable ; propitious.

Pros'ti-tilte, v. a. To debase ; to abuse.

Pros-ti-tu'tion, n. Debasement ; abuse.

Pros'trate, a. Lying flat or at length ;
thrown down : — abject ; humble.

Pros'trate, v. a. To lay flat ; to throw
down : — to ruin ; to bring low : — to de-

Pros-tra'tion, n. Act of prostrating ; state
of being' prostrated ; demolition : — de-
pression ; exhaustion.

Pro'sx, a. Of the nature of prose ; dull.

Pro-tec t', V. a. To defend ; to guard.

Pro-tec'tion, n. Act of protecting ; defence :
— encouragement of home industry by
taxing imports of foreign goods.

Pr9-tec'tive^ a. Defensive ; sheltering.

Pro-tec' tor, ?*. Defender ; regent.

Pro-tec' tor-ate, n. Office or government of
a" protector : — ^protection by one nation of
another from outside interference ; coun-
try so protected.

Pro-tec'tress, n. Woman who protects.

Protege (pro-ta-zha'), n. Person protected
and patronized by another.

Proteg-ee (pro-ta-zha'), n. Female protected
and patronized bj' another.

Pro-test', V. n. To aflBrm solemnly: — to re-
raonstrate lOi'mally. — 2, v. a. To declare ;
to affirm : — to disown, as a bill.

Pro'test, 1 n. Solemn declaration, express-

Prot'est, i" ing dissent.

Prot'es-tant, n. One who protests against
the 'church of Rome. — 2, a. Belonging or
pertaining to Protestants.

Prot'es-tant-i§m, n. Eeligion of Protes-

Prot-es-ta'tion, n. Act of protesting ; solemn
declaration ; protest.

Pro'to-col, n. Original copy of a treaty or
other document : — preliminary agreement.

Pro'to-type, n. Original pattern or model
of any thing.

Pro-tract', v. a. To lengthen in duration
or continuance : — to postpone ; to delay.

Pro-tract' er, »t. One who protracts.

Pro-trac'tion, ti. Act of protracting ; con-
tinuation': — delay ; postponement.

Pro-tract' or, n. One who ijrotracts : — instru-
riient for laying off angles.

Pro-trude', v. To thrust forward.

Pro-tru'§ion, n. Act of protruding ; thrust
forward ; that which protrudes.

Pr9-trii'sive, «. Thrusting forward.

Pro-tii'ber-ance, v. Part proj»cting out;
pi-omiueuco ; swelling.

Pro-tu'ber-|,nt, a. Swelling ; projecting.

Pro-tii'ber-ate, v. n. To bulge out.

Pro-tii-ber-a'tion, n. Act of protuberating ;

Proud, a. Possessing pride : — vain; haughty:
— stately ; grand : — ostentatious ; lofty.

Prove, V. a. To demonstrate ; to verify : —
to tx'y or test : — to experience or suffer. —
2, V. n. To make trial : — to be found by

Prov'en-der, n. Dry food for beasts, as hay
or corn. '

Prov'erb, n. Maxim ; adage ; axiom : — one
of the books of the Old Testament.

Pro-ver'bi-al, a. Mentioned in, relating to,
or like, a proverb : — widely current.

Pro-vide', r. a. To procure beforehand ; to
prepare : — to supply : — to stipulate.

Pro-vid'ed, ccmj. On condition that.

Prov'i-dence, n. Divine superintendence
and care : — Divine Being : — event directly
caused by divine power : — prudence ; fru-

Prov'i-dent, a. Pmdent ; economical.

Prov-i-den'tial, a. Relating to, or effected
by, providence.

Prov'ince, «. Subject country ; colony ;
dependency: — territory ; district : — office
or business.

Pro-vin'eial, a. Relating to a province : —
narrow-minded ; illiberal. — 2, n. One be-
longing to a province : — person of narrow

Pro-vin'cial-i§m, n. Provincial word or
idiom : — narrowness of views.

Pro-vi"§ion (pro-vizh'un), n. Act of pro-
viding ; preparation ; thing or things pro-
vided ; stock : — stipulation ; condition : —
pi. food ; victuals. — 2, v. a. To supply
with provisions. _ [porary.

Pro-vi"§ion-al, a. For present use ; tem-

Pro-vi'§o, ?i. Conditional provision ; stipu-

Pro-vi'§o-rj:, a. Conditional.

Prov-o-ca'tion, »). Irritation ; anger : —
cause of auger : — incitement ; stimulus.

Pro-vo'ca-tive, a. Inciting ; provoking. —
2, n. That which provokes or incites.

Pro-voke', v. a. To incite ; to stimulate : —
to exasperate ; to enrage.

Prov'ost, n. Dignitary over a cathedral : —
head of a college.

Prov'ost (or pro-vo'), n. Provost-marshal.

Prov'ost-mar's'hal [or pro-vo'-), n. Mili-
tary" or naval officer for discpiline.

Pro'^ {or pro), n. Bow of a ship or boat.

Pro-5?'ess, n. Bravery ; valor ; courage.

Pro-^1, V. To rove or ramble, as for pluud< r
or prey. — 2, n. Ramble for plunder or

Prox'i-mate, a. Nearest ; immediate.

Prox-im'i-tx, «• Nearness ; adjacency.

Prox'i-mo, a. & n. Next, or next month.

Prox'j:, n. Substitute or agent authorized
to act for another ; writing of authoriza-




Trfide, n. Woman of great or affected
modesty. [sight.

Pru'dence, n. Caution ; discretion ; lore-

Prti'dent, a. Practically wise ; cautious ;
provident ; frugal. [from, prudence.

Prii-den'tial, a. Guided by, or proceeding

Prud'er-x, «• Affected reserve in conduct.

Prud'i'sh,"w. Like a prude.

Prilne, v. a. To lop or cut off ; to trim. — 2,
n. Dried plum.

Prus'sian (prush'an or prii'shan), a. Re-
lating' to^'ussia.* — 2, n. Native of Prussia.

Prus sjc, ) ^ Noting a deadly poison.

Prus'sic, J

Pry, w.' Large lever. — 2, v. a. To raise with
a lever. — 3, v. n. To inspect officiously or

Psalm (sam), n. Sacred song or hymn.

Psal'mist (sal'mist or sam'ist), n. Writer
or composer of psalms.

PsS.l'ter (sawl'ter), n. Book of Psalms.

PsSl'ter-x (sawl'ter-e), n. Ancient Hebrew

Pseii'do-nyme (su'-), n. Assumed name.

PshS,w"(shaw), mterj. Expressing contempt.

Psflphic (si'-) \ ^ Relating to

Psy'phi-c^l ( siM, Usychology, Sr to

Psy-pho- o| |C (S1-), r^^l ^^^% go^l_

Psy-pho-log-'i-cal (si-), J

Psy-phol'o-§ist (si-), n. One versed in psy-

Psy-phol'o-fy (sl-koPo-je), n. Science of
the soul'or mind ; mental philosophy.

Ptar'mi-gan (tar^-), n. White grouse.

Pub'licJ a. Belonging to a nation, or to the
community ; not private ; common : — no-
torious. — 2, n. People collectively.

Pub'li-can, n. Roman tax-gatherer : — tav-

Piib-li-ca'tion, n. Act of publishing : — work
printed and published : — proclamation.

Pub-lig'i-ty, n. State of being pubUc, or
open to the knowledge of all ; notoriety.

Piib'lish, V. a. To make publicly known ; to
divulge : — to put forth or issue, as a book ;
to print and sell : — to announce and post

Pub'lish-er, n. One who publishes.

Puck'er, v. To gather into folds ; to wrinkle.
— 2, n. Fold ; wrinkle.

PQd'ding-, n. Food variously compounded
of flour, milk, eggs, fruit, &c., boiled or

Pud' die, n. Small, muddy pool : — mixture
of clay and sand with water. — 2, v. a. To
make muddy or foul : — ^to make impervious
with puddle : — to convert (pig iron) into
wrought iron.

Piid'§-y, a. Fat and short.

Pu'e-rile, a. Childish ; boyish : — foolish.

Pii-e-ril'i-ty, n. Childishness : — folly.

Puff, n. Small blast of wind : — any thing
light and porous : — puff-ball : — exagger-
ated praise. — 2, v. To swell with wind or
flattery : — to blow : — to pant : — to praise

Puff '-ban, n. Fungus filled with dust.

Puffin, 11. Arctic water-fowl, of the auk

Puffy, a. Swelled with air or any soft mat-
ter ; tumid : — bombastic : — coming in

Pugr, n. Pug-dog : — pet monkey.

Pug'-d5g, M. Small dog with a short, stubbed

Pugh (poh), interj. Pshaw; poh.

Pii'i'il-igm, n. A fighting with the fist.

PQ'l-il-ist, M. Fighter with the fist.

Pii-Jil-ist'ic, a. Relating to pugilism.

Pag-na'cious (-na'shus), a. Fighting ; con-
tentious ; quarrelsome.

Pii'is-sant, a. Powerful ; strong ; mighty.
— Pii'is-sance, n.

Piile, V. n. To cry ; to whimper.

PflU, V. a. To draw ; to drag : — to pluck : —
to rend : — to extract, as a tooth : — to trans-
port by rowing. — 2, v. n. To give a pull ;
to tug. — 3, n. Act of pulling ; tug : — con-
test : — exercise in rowing : — influence.

Piil'let, n. Young hen.

Pvil'ley, n. Small wheel on a pivot or axle,
for transmitting power or changing its
direction, by means of a rope or belt.

Piil'mo-na-ry, ) «. Relating to, or affecting,

Pul-mon'ic, ' J the lungs.

Pulp, n. Soft, damp mass : — soft part of
plants or of fruits : — soft fleshy part of
bodies; marrow.

Pfil'pit, n. Elevated structure to speak in
or preach from, as in a church.

Pulp'ous, ) a. Consisting of, or resembling,

Pulp'y. J pulp. [throb.

Piil'sate, v. u. To beat, as an artery ; to

Pijl-sa'tion, n. Throbbing, as of an artery.

Piilse, w. Throbbing, as of the heart or
blood-vessels ; — vibration : — feeling ; sen-
timent : — pease, beans, &c. — 2, v. n. To

Pul-ver-i-za'tipn, n. Act of pulverizing;
reduction to powder.

Piil'ver-ize, v. To reduce to powder.

Pul-ver'6-lent, a. Dusty ; powdery.

Pu'ma, n. Large American carnivorous ani-
mal of the cat kind, tawny or reddish-
gray in color.

Pii'mice, ) w. Spongy substance ejected from

Piim'ice, j volcanoes, used for polishing.

Pum'mel, v. & n. Same as pommel.

Pump, n. Machine for drawing or forcing
liquids or air : — shoe with a thin sole. — 2,
V. To draw or force with a pump : — to
question artfully.

PiSmp'kin, w. Plant of the gourd family,
and its fruit, edible when cooked.

Pun, n. Play upon the sound and meaning
of words ; quibble. — 2, v. n. To make

Piinch, V. a. To pierce : — to impress with a
stamp : — to strike with the fist. — 2, n.
Tool for punching : — stroke vdth the fist
— compounded spirituous beverage :-*
Punchinello : — stout horse.




Pfinch'e^n (punch'un), n. Tool for stamp-
ing or perforating: — large cask: — split

log with its face smoothed.
Pun-chi-nel'lo, n. Humpbacked puppet or

buffoon, with a squeaking voice.
Piine-til'io (pungk-til'yo), n. Small nicety

of behavior or ceremony.
Punc-til'ious (pungk-til'yus), a. Precise in

behavior or ceremony : — very punctual.
Punct'6-al (pungkt'yu-al), a. Seasonable ;

timely :" — ^prompt : — punctilious. — Punct-

i-al'i-tx, n.
Piinct'A-ate, v. a. To divide with written

points, as sentences and clauses.
Piinct-A-a'tipn, n. Act, art, or method of

Punct'ire (pungkt'yur), n. Small prick;

little hole. — 2, v. a. ' To pierce.
PQng, n. Kude sort of sleigh.
Piin'^ent, a. Sharp : — acrid : — painful : —

acrimonious. — Pun'i'en-cjj. «-
Pun'ish, V. a. To afflict, chastise, or correct

for'a crime or fault.
Piin'ish-a-ble, a. That may be punished.
Pun'ish-ment, n. Pain, chastisement, or

penalty for a crime or fault.
Pu'ni-tive, a. Inflicting punishment ; penal.
Piink, n. Rotten wood used as tinder.
Pun'ster, n. One given to punning.
Piint, n. Flat-bottomed boat.
Pii'nx, a. Petty ; small : — weak.
Pup, n. Puppy :— young seal.
Pu'pa, n. Chrysalis.

Pii'pil, n. Scholar ; student : — central open-
ing of the eye.
Pii'pil-ai-e, n. State of a pupil.
Pup'pet, n. Doll : — small jointed figure,

moved by wires: — person dominated by

Pfip' pet-show, n. Mock drama.
Piip'pjr, n. Young dog ; whelp : — conceited

young man, in contempt.
Piir, \n. Gentle murmur made by a cat.
Piirr, / — 2, v. n. To murmur as a cat.
Piir'fclind, a. Near-sighted : — entirely blind.
Piir' chase, v. a. To buy for a price. — 2, n.

Act of buying ; acquisition by paying a

price : — thing bought : — mechanical power

or advantage.
Piire, a. Genuine ; real : — clear ; clean ;

unadulterated : — innocent ; honest : —

Pur6e (pu-ra), n. Thick soup, as of peas,

passed through a sieve.
Pur-ga'tion, n. A cleansing ; purification.
Piir'ga-tive, a. Cathartic ; purging. — 2, n.

Cathartic medicine.
Ptlr-gra-to'ri-al, «. Relating to purgatory.
Piir'ga-t9-r3r, «. Place in which, according

to one opinion, souls are purged from

impurities, before being received into

Piiri-e, v. a. To cleanse ; to purify. — 2, n.

Cathartic medicine.
Pfi-rj-fi-ca'tipn, «. A cleansing or purify-

iag, as fr*Ki soil, or from guilt.

Pu'ri-fy, V. a. To make pure or cle«n :—
to free from guilt or corruption.

Pii'rigm, n. Niceness in the use of words.

Pu'rist, n. One exact in the use of words.

Pu'ri-tan, n. Advocate for purity of re-
ligion: — one of a class of English Dis-
senters in the 16th and 17th centuries : —
original settler in New England. — 2, a. Of,
or belonging to, the Puritans.

Pii-ri-tan'ic, ) a. Relating to the Puri-

Pii-ri-tan'i-cal, J tans, or to their doctrines.

Pii'ri-tan-i§m, n. Doctrines or practices of
the Puritans.

Pu'ri-ty, n. State of being pure: — inno-
cence : — chastity.

Piirl, n. Gentle flow : — malt liquor : — em-
broidered or puckered border. — 2, v. n. To
murmur ; to flow gently. — ^3, v. a. To
decorate with a purl.

Pur'lieii, n. Border ; environs.

Piirl'ing, n. Gentle noise of a stream.

Pnr-lbin , v. a. To steal ; to pilfer.

Piir'ple, a. Red tinctured with blue. — 2, n.
Purple color : — purple clothing : — royal
sovereignty : — cardinalate. — 3, v. To make
or become purple.

Piir'port, n. Design ; meaning ; tendency.
— 2, V. a. To intend ; to signifj'.

Piir'pose, n. Intention ; object : — effect. — 2,
V. a.' To intend : to design.

Piir'pose-less, a. Without purpose.

Piir'pose-ly, ad. By design ; by inten-

Piirr, w. Sameasjjwr.

Piirse, K. Small bag for money: — sum. — 2,
V. a. To put into a purse : — to wrinkle, as
the lips.

Piirse'-profid, a. Puffed up with riches.

Piirs'er, n. Paymaster of a ship.

Pur-s5'ance, n. Act of pursuing, or of fol-
lowing out : — consequence.

Pur-su'ant, a. In consequence.

Pur-siie', v. a. To chase ; to follow ; to seek


To proceed ;

after : — to imitate.
— to persevere.

Pijr-sviit', n. Chase ; a following ; a seeking
after : — employment ; occupation.

Piir'sy, a. Fat and short-breathed.

Pu'ru-lent. a. Consisting of, or like, pus.

Pijr-vey' (pur-va'), r. a. To provide; to
procure. — 2, v. n. To buy provisions.

Piir'view (piir'vii), n. Sphere; scope.

Piis, n. Yellowish-white matter exuded by
inflamed tissue, as an ulcer.

P(!lsh, V. To press or drive with force : — to
urge ; to importune : — to thrust, as with a
sword. — 2, n. Pressure : — thrust : — exi-
gence ; emergency.

Pfiah'ing, a. Enterprising ; vigorous.

Pii-sil-lan'i-mous, a. Cowardly ; timid. —

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