Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Pneumo- A combining form from Greek pney`mwn , pney`monos , a lung ; as, pneumo gastric, pneumo logy.

Pneumococcus noun [ See Pneumo- , and Coccus .] (Biol.) A form of micrococcus found in the sputum (and elsewhere) of persons suffering with pneumonia, and thought to be the cause of this disease.

Pneumogastric adjective [ Pneumo- + gastric .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the lungs and the stomach. -- noun The pneumogastric nerve.

Pneumogastric nerve (Anat.) , one of the tenth pair of cranial nerves which are distributed to the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, lungs, heart, stomach, liver, and spleen, and, in fishes and many amphibia, to the branchial apparatus and also to the sides of the body.

Pneumograph noun Same as Pneumatograph .

Pneumography noun [ Pneumo- + -graphy .] A description of the lungs. Dunglison.

Pneumology noun [ Pneumo- + -logy .] (Anat.) The science which treats of the lungs.

Pneumometer noun [ Pneumo- + -meter .] (Physiol.) A spirometer.

Pneumometry noun Measurement of the capacity of the lungs for air. Dunglison.

Pneumonia (nu*mō"nĭ*ȧ) noun [ New Latin , from Greek pneymoni`a , from pney`mwn , plural pney`mones the lungs, also, pley`mwn , which is perhaps the original form. Confer Pneumatio , Pulmonary .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the lungs.

» Catarrhal pneumonia , or Broncho- pneumonia , is inflammation of the lung tissue, associated with catarrh and with marked evidences of inflammation of bronchial membranes, often chronic; -- also called lobular pneumonia , from its affecting single lobules at a time. -- Croupous pneumonia , or ordinary pneumonia, is an acute affection characterized by sudden onset with a chill, high fever, rapid course, and sudden decline; -- also called lobar pneumonia , from its affecting a whole lobe of the lung at once. See under Croupous . -- Fibroid pneumonia is an inflammation of the interstitial connective tissue lying between the lobules of the lungs, and is very slow in its course, producing shrinking and atrophy of the lungs.

Pneumonic adjective [ Greek ...: confer French pneumonique .] (a) Of or pertaining to the lungs; pulmonic. (b) Of or pertaining to pneumonia; as, pneumonic symptoms.

Pneumonic noun (Medicine) A medicine for affections of the lungs.

Pneumonitic adjective (Medicine) Of or pertaining to pneumonitis.

Pneumonitis noun [ New Latin See Pneumo- , and -itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the lungs; pneumonia.

Pneumonometer noun [ See Pneumo- , and -meter .] (Physiol.) A spirometer; a pneumometer.

Pneumonophora noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... a lung + ... to bear.] (Zoology) The division of Siphonophora which includes the Physalia and allied genera; -- called also Pneumatophoræ .

Pneumony noun [ Confer French pneumonie .] See Pneumonia .

Pneumophora noun plural [ New Latin See Pneumonophora .] (Zoology) (Zoology) A division of holothurians having an internal gill, or respiratory tree.

Pneumoskeleton noun [ Pneumo- + skeleton .] (Zoology) A chitinous structure which supports the gill in some invertebrates.

Pneumotherapy noun [ Greek ... air + therapy .] (Medicine) The treatment of disease by inhalations of compressed or rarefied air.

Pneumothorax noun [ Greek ... air + English thorax .] (Medicine) A condition in which air or other gas is present in the cavity of the chest; -- called also pneumatothorax .

Pneumoötoka noun plural [ New Latin See Pneumo- , and Oöticoid .] (Zoology) Same as Sauropsida .

Pnigalion noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... nightmare, from ... to throttle.] (Medicine) Nightmare.

Pnyx noun [ New Latin , from Greek ....] (Gr. Antiq.) The place at Athens where the meetings of the people were held for making decrees, etc.

Poa noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... grass.] (Botany) A genus of grasses, including a great number of species, as the kinds called meadow grass , Kentucky blue grass , June grass , and spear grass (which see).

Poach transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Poached ; present participle & verbal noun Poaching .] [ French pocher to place in a pocket, to poach eggs (the yolk of the egg being as it were pouched in the white), from poche pocket, pouch. See Pouch , v. & noun ]
1. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel. Bacon.

2. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder. Garth.

Poach intransitive verb To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon.

Poach transitive verb [ Confer Old French pocher to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), French pouce thumb, Latin pollex , and also English poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke to thrust against.]
1. To stab; to pierce; to spear, \as fish. [ Obsolete] Carew.

2. To force, drive, or plunge into anything. [ Obsolete]

His horse poching one of his legs into some hollow ground.
Sir W. Temple.

3. To make soft or muddy by trampling Tennyson.

4. To begin and not complete. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Poach intransitive verb To become soft or muddy.

Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter.
Mortimer.

Poachard noun [ From Poach to stab.] [ Written also pocard , pochard .] (Zoology) (a) A common European duck ( Aythya ferina ); -- called also goldhead , poker , and fresh-water, or red-headed , widgeon . (b) The American redhead, which is closely allied to the European poachard.

Red-crested poachard (Zoology) , an Old World duck ( Branta rufina ). -- Scaup poachard , the scaup duck. -- Tufted poachard , a scaup duck ( Aythya, or Fuligula cristata ), native of Europe and Asia.

Poacher noun
1. One who poaches; one who kills or catches game or fish contrary to law.

2. (Zoology) The American widgeon. [ Local, U.S.]

Sea poacher (Zoology) , the lyrie.

Poachiness noun The state of being poachy; marshiness.

Poachy adjective [ See Poach to stab.] Wet and soft; easily penetrated by the feet of cattle; -- said of land

Poak, Poake noun Waste matter from the preparation of skins, consisting of hair, lime, oil, etc.

Pocan noun (Botany) The poke ( Phytolacca decandra ); -- called also pocan bush .

Pochard noun (Zoology) See Poachard .

Pock noun [ Middle English pokke , Anglo-Saxon pocc , poc ; akin to Dutch pok , German pocke , and perhaps to English poke a pocket. Confer Pox .] (Medicine) A pustule raised on the surface of the body in variolous and vaccine diseases.

Of pokkes and of scab every sore.
Chaucer.

Pock-broken adjective Broken out, or marked, with smallpox; pock-fretten.

Pock-fretten adjective See Pockmarked .

Pock-pitted adjective Pockmarked; pitted.

Pockarred adjective See Pockmarked . [ Obsolete]

Pocket noun [ Middle English poket , Prov. F. & Old French poquette , French pochette , dim. from poque , pouque , French poche ; probably of Teutonic origin. See Poke a pocket, and confer Poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and Pouch .]
1. A bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a garment for carrying small articles, particularly money; hence, figuratively, money; wealth.

2. One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into which the balls are driven.

3. A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as ginger, hops, cowries, etc.

» In the wool or hop trade, the pocket contains half a sack, or about 168 Ibs.; but it is a variable quantity, the articles being sold by actual weight.

4. (Architecture) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.

5. (Mining.) (a) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity. (b) A hole containing water.

6. (Nat.) A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.

7. (Zoology) Same as Pouch .

» Pocket is often used adjectively, or in the formation of compound words usually of obvious signification; as, pocket comb, pocket compass, pocket edition, pocket handkerchief, pocket money, pocket picking, or pocket -picking, etc.

Out of pocket . See under Out , preposition -- Pocket borough , a borough "owned" by some person. See under Borough . [ Eng.] -- Pocket gopher (Zoology) , any one of several species of American rodents of the genera Geomys , and Thomomys , family Geomydæ . They have large external cheek pouches, and are fossorial in their habits. they inhabit North America, from the Mississippi Valley west to the Pacific. Called also pouched gopher . -- Pocket mouse (Zoology) , any species of American mice of the family Saccomyidæ . They have external cheek pouches. Some of them are adapted for leaping (genus Dipadomys ), and are called kangaroo mice . They are native of the Southwestern United States, Mexico, etc. -- Pocket piece , a piece of money kept in the pocket and not spent. -- Pocket pistol , a pistol to be carried in the pocket. -- Pocket sheriff (Eng. Law) , a sheriff appointed by the sole authority of the crown, without a nomination by the judges in the exchequer. Burrill.

Pocket transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pocketed ; present participle & verbal noun Pocketing .]
1. To put, or conceal, in the pocket; as, to pocket the change.

He would pocket the expense of the license.
Sterne.

2. To take clandestinely or fraudulently.

He pocketed pay in the names of men who had long been dead.
Macaulay.

To pocket a ball (Billiards) , to drive a ball into a pocket of the table. -- To pocket an insult , affront , etc., to receive an affront without open resentment, or without seeking redress. "I must pocket up these wrongs ." Shak.

Pocket noun Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use; specif.: (a) A bin for storing coal, grain, etc. (b) A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc. (c) A bight on a lee shore.

Pocket veto The retention by the President of the United States of a bill unsigned so that it does not become a law, in virtue of the following constitutional provision ( Const . Art. I., sec. 7, cl. 2): "If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law." Also, an analogous retention of a bill by a State governor.

Pocketbook noun A small book or case for carrying papers, money, etc., in the pocket; also, a notebook for the pocket.

Pocketful noun ; plural Pocketfuls As much as a pocket will hold; enough to fill a pocket; as, pocketfuls of chestnuts.

Pocketknife noun ; plural -knives A knife with one or more blades, which fold into the handle so as to admit of being carried in the pocket.

Pockiness noun The state of being pocky.

Pockmark noun A mark or pit made by smallpox.

Pockmarked adjective Marked by smallpox; pitted.