Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Pa (pä) noun A shortened form of Papa .

Paage (pā"aj; 48) noun [ Old French paage , paiage , French péage , from (assumed) Late Latin pedaticum , from Latin pes , pedis , foot. See Pedage , Pedal .] (O. Eng. Law) A toll for passage over another person's grounds. [ Written also peage and pedage .] Burke.

Paard (pärd) noun [ Dutch, a horse.] The zebra. [ S. Africa]

Paas (päs) noun Pace [ Obsolete] Chaucer

Paas (pas) noun [ Dutch paash . See Pasch .] The Easter festival. [ Local, U. S.] Bartlett.

Paas egg . See Easter egg , under Easter .

Pabular adjective [ Latin pabularis .] Of, pertaining to, or fit for, pabulum or food; affording food.

Pabulation noun [ Latin pabulatio , from pabulari to feed, from pabulum food. See Pabulum .]


1. The act of feeding, or providing food. [ Obsolete] Cockeram.

2. Food; fodder; pabulum. [ Obsolete]

Pabulous adjective [ Latin pabulosus .] Affording pabulum, or food; alimental. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Pabulum noun [ Latin , akin to pascere to pasture. See Pastor .] The means of nutriment to animals or plants; food; nourishment; hence, that which feeds or sustains, as fuel for a fire; that upon which the mind or soul is nourished; as, intellectual pabulum .

Pac noun A kind of moccasin, having the edges of the sole turned up and sewed to the upper. Knight.

Paca noun [ Portuguese , from the native name.] (Zoology) A small South American rodent ( Cœlogenys paca ), having blackish brown fur, with four parallel rows of white spots along its sides; the spotted cavy. It is nearly allied to the agouti and the Guinea pig.

Pacable adjective [ Latin pacare to pacify.] Placable. [ R.] Coleridge.

Pacane noun (Botany) A species of hickory. See Pecan .

Pacate adjective [ Latin pacatus , past participle of pacare to pacify, from pax , pacis , peace. See Pay to requite, Peace .] Appeased; pacified; tranquil. [ R.]

Pacated adjective Pacified; pacate.

Pacation noun [ Latin pacatio .] The act of pacifying; a peacemaking. Coleridge.

Pace noun [ Middle English pas , French pas , from Latin passus a step, pace, orig., a stretching out of the feet in walking; confer pandere , passum , to spread, stretch; perhaps akin to English patent . Confer Pas , Pass .]
1. A single movement from one foot to the other in walking; a step.

2. The length of a step in walking or marching, reckoned from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other; -- used as a unit in measuring distances; as, he advanced fifty paces . "The heigh of sixty pace ." Chaucer.

» Ordinarily the pace is estimated at two and one half linear feet; but in measuring distances be stepping, the pace is extended to three feet (one yard) or to three and three tenths feet (one fifth of a rod). The regulation marching pace in the English and United States armies is thirty inches for quick time, and thirty-six inches for double time. The Roman pace ( passus ) was from the heel of one foot to the heel of the same foot when it next touched the ground, five Roman feet.

3. Manner of stepping or moving; gait; walk; as, the walk, trot, canter, gallop, and amble are paces of the horse; a swaggering pace ; a quick pace . Chaucer.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
Shak.

In the military schools of riding a variety of paces are taught.
Walsh.

4. A slow gait; a footpace. [ Obsolete] Chucer.

5. Specifically, a kind of fast amble; a rack.

6. Any single movement, step, or procedure. [ R.]

The first pace necessary for his majesty to make is to fall into confidence with Spain.
Sir W. Temple.

7. (Architecture) A broad step or platform; any part of a floor slightly raised above the rest, as around an altar, or at the upper end of a hall.

8. (Weaving) A device in a loom, to maintain tension on the warp in pacing the web.

Geometrical pace , the space from heel to heel between the spot where one foot is set down and that where the same foot is again set down, loosely estimated at five feet, or by some at four feet and two fifths. See Roman pace in the Note under def. 2. [ Obsolete] -- To keep, or hold , pace with , to keep up with; to go as fast as. "In intellect and attainments he kept pace with his age." Southey.

Pace intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Paced ; present participle & verbal noun Pacing .]
1. To go; to walk; specifically, to move with regular or measured steps. "I paced on slowly." Pope. "With speed so pace ." Shak.

2. To proceed; to pass on. [ Obsolete]

Or [ ere] that I further in this tale pace .
Chaucer.

3. To move quickly by lifting the legs on the same side together, as a horse; to amble with rapidity; to rack.

4. To pass away; to die. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pace transitive verb
1. To walk over with measured tread; to move slowly over or upon; as, the guard paces his round. " Pacing light the velvet plain." T. Warton.

2. To measure by steps or paces; as, to pace a piece of ground.

3. To develop, guide, or control the pace or paces of; to teach the pace; to break in.

If you can, pace your wisdom
In that good path that I would wish it go.
Shak

To pace the web (Weaving) , to wind up the cloth on the beam, periodically, as it is woven, in a loom.

Paced adjective Having, or trained in, [ such] a pace or gait; trained; -- used in composition; as, slow- paced ; a thorough- paced villain.

Pacer noun One who, or that which, paces; especially, a horse that paces.

Pacha noun [ French] See Pasha .

Pachacamac noun A divinity worshiped by the ancient Peruvians as the creator of the universe.

Pachak noun (Botany) The fragrant roots of the Saussurea Costus , exported from India to China, and used for burning as incense. It is supposed to be the costus of the ancients. [ Written also putchuck .]

Pachalic adjective & noun See Pashalic .

Pachisi noun Commonly spelt Par*che"si Par*chi"si A game adopted from the Indian game, using disks, as of pasteboard, and dice. [ U. S. & Eng.]

Pachisi, Parchesi noun [ Hind., from pachis twenty-five, the highest throw in the game.] A game, somewhat resembling backgammon, originating in India.

Pachometer noun [ Greek pa`chos thickness + -meter .] (Physics) An instrument for measuring thickness, as of the glass of a mirror, or of paper; a pachymeter.

Pachonta noun (Botany) A substance resembling gutta-percha, and used to adulterate it, obtained from the East Indian tree Isonandra acuminata .

Pachuca tank (Metallurgy) A high and narrow tank, with a central cylinder for the introduction of compressed air, used in the agitation and settling of pulp (pulverized ore and water) during treatment by the cyanide process; -- so named because, though originally devised in New Zealand, it was first practically introduced in Pachuca, Mexico.

Pachy- [ Greek ... thick.] A combining form meaning thick ; as, pachy derm, pachy dactyl.

Pachycarpous adjective [ Pachy- + Greek ... fruit.] (Botany) Having the pericarp thick.

Pachydactyl noun [ Pachy- + dactyl .] (Zoology) A bird or other animal having thick toes.

Pachydactylous adjective (Zoology) Having thick toes.

Pachyderm noun [ Confer French pachyderme .] (Zoology) One of the Pachydermata.

Pachydermal adjective (Zoology) Of or relating to the pachyderms; as, pachydermal dentition.

Pachydermata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... thick-skinned; pachy`s thick + ... skin.] (Zoology) A group of hoofed mammals distinguished for the thickness of their skins, including the elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, tapir, horse, and hog. It is now considered an artificial group.

Pachydermatous adjective
1. (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the pachyderms.

2. Thick-skinned; not sensitive to ridicule.

Pachydermoid adjective [ Pachyderm + -oid .] (Zoology) Related to the pachyderms.

Pachyglossal adjective [ Pachy- + Greek ... tongue.] (Zoology) Having a thick tongue; -- applied to a group of lizards ( Pachyglossæ ), including the iguanas and agamas.

Pachymeningitis noun [ Pachy- + meningitis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the dura mater or outer membrane of the brain.

Pachymeter noun [ Pachy- + -meter .] Same as Pachometer .

Pachyote noun [ Pachy- + Greek ..., ..., ear.] (Zoology) One of a family of bats, including those which have thick external ears.

Pacifiable adjective Capable of being pacified or appeased; placable.