Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Poundrate noun A rate or proportion estimated at a certain amount for each pound; poundage.

Poup intransitive verb See Powp . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Poupart's ligament (Anat.) A ligament, of fascia, extending, in most mammals, from the ventral side of the ilium to near the symphysis of the pubic bones.

Poupeton noun [ See Puppet .] A puppet, or little baby. [ Obsolete] Palsgrave.

Pour adjective Poor. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pour intransitive verb To pore. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pour transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Poured ; present participle & verbal noun Pouring .] [ Middle English pouren , of uncertain origin; confer W. bwrw to cast, throw, shed, bwrw gwlaw to rain.]
1. To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it; as, to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or dust.

2. To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly.

I . . . have poured out my soul before the Lord.
1 Sam. i. 15.

Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee.
Ezek. vii. 8.

London doth pour out her citizens !

Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
With such a full and unwithdrawing hand ?

3. To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly.

Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat ?

Pour intransitive verb To flow, pass, or issue in a stream, or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours ; the people poured out of the theater.

In the rude throng pour on with furious pace.

Pour noun A stream, or something like a stream; a flood. [ Colloq.] "A pour of rain." Miss Ferrier.

Poureliche adverb Poorly. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pourer noun One who pours.

Pourlieu noun See Purlieu .

Pourparler noun [ French] (Diplomacy) A consultation preliminary to a treaty.

Pourparty noun ; plural Pourparties . [ See Purparty .] (Law) A division; a divided share.

To make pourparty , to divide and apportion lands previously held in common.

Pourpoint noun [ French] A quilted military doublet or gambeson worn in the 14th and 15th centuries; also, a name for the doublet of the 16th and 17th centuries worn by civilians.

Pourpresture noun (Law) See Purpresture .

Poursuivant noun See Pursuivant .

Pourtray transitive verb See Portray .

Pourveyance noun See Purveyance .

Pousse (pōs) noun Pulse; pease. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Pousse-café noun [ French, from pousser to push + café coffee.] A drink served after coffee at dinner, usually one of several liqueurs, or cordials, of different specific gravities poured so as to remain separate in layers; hence, such a drink of cordials served at any time.

Poussette (pō*sĕt") noun [ French, pushpin, from pousser to push. See Push .] A movement, or part of a figure, in the contradance. Dickens.

Poussette intransitive verb To perform a certain movement in a dance. [ R.] Tennyson.

Down the middle, up again, poussette , and cross.
J. & H. Smith.

Pout (pōt) noun [ French poulet . See Poult .] The young of some birds, as grouse; a young fowl. Carew.

Pout (pōt) intransitive verb To shoot pouts. [ Scot.]

Pout (pout) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pouted ; present participle & verbal noun Pouting .] [ Middle English pouten , of uncertain origin; confer Prov. pot lip, Prov. French potte , faire la potte to pout, W. pwdu to pout, be sullen, poten , potten , a paunch, belly.]
1. To thrust out the lips, as in sullenness or displeasure; hence, to look sullen.

Thou poutest upon thy fortune and thy love.

2. To protrude. " Pouting lips." Dryden.

Pout noun A sullen protrusion of the lips; a fit of sullenness. "Jack's in the pouts ." J. & H. Smith.

Pout noun [ Confer Eelpout .] (Zoology) The European whiting pout or bib.

Eel pout . (Zoology) See Eelpout . -- Horn pout , or Horned pout . (Zoology) See Bullhead (b) .

Pouter (-ẽr) noun
1. One who, or that which, pouts.

2. [ Confer English pout , and German puter turkey.] (Zoology) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for the extent to which it is able to dilate its throat and breast.

Pouting noun Childish sullenness.

Poutingly adverb In a pouting, or a sullen, manner.

Povert (pŏv"ẽrt) noun Poverty. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Poverty (pŏv"ẽr*tȳ) noun [ Middle English poverte , Old French poverté , French pauvreté , from Latin paupertas , from pauper poor. See Poor .]
1. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need. "Swathed in numblest poverty ." Keble.

The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty .
Prov. xxiii. 21.

2. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.

Poverty grass (Botany) , a name given to several slender grasses (as Aristida dichotoma , and Danthonia spicata ) which often spring up on old and worn-out fields.

Syn. -- Indigence; penury; beggary; need; lack; want; scantiness; sparingness; meagerness; jejuneness. Poverty , Indigence , Pauperism . Poverty is a relative term; what is poverty to a monarch, would be competence for a day laborer. Indigence implies extreme distress, and almost absolute destitution. Pauperism denotes entire dependence upon public charity, and, therefore, often a hopeless and degraded state.

Powan, Powen noun (Zoology) A small British lake whitefish ( Coregonus clupeoides , or C. ferus ); -- called also gwyniad and lake herring .

Powder noun [ Middle English poudre , pouldre , French poudre , Old French also poldre , puldre , Latin pulvis , pulveris : confer pollen fine flour, mill dust, English pollen . Confer Polverine , Pulverize .]
1. The fine particles to which any dry substance is reduced by pounding, grinding, or triturating, or into which it falls by decay; dust.

Grind their bones to powder small.

2. An explosive mixture used in gunnery, blasting, etc.; gunpowder. See Gunpowder .

Atlas powder , Baking powder , etc. See under Atlas , Baking , etc. -- Powder down (Zoology) , the peculiar dust, or exfoliation, of powder-down feathers. -- Powder- down feather (Zoology) , one of a peculiar kind of modified feathers which sometimes form patches on certain parts of some birds. They have a greasy texture and a scaly exfoliation. - - Powder-down patch (Zoology) , a tuft or patch of powder-down feathers. -- Powder hose , a tube of strong linen, about an inch in diameter, filled with powder and used in firing mines. Farrow. -- Powder hoy (Nautical) , a vessel specially fitted to carry powder for the supply of war ships. They are usually painted red and carry a red flag. -- Powder magazine , or Powder room . See Magazine , 2. -- Powder mine , a mine exploded by gunpowder. See Mine . -- Powder monkey (Nautical) , a boy formerly employed on war vessels to carry powder; a powder boy. -- Powder post . See Dry rot , under Dry . -- Powder puff . See Puff , noun

Powder transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Powdered ; present participle & verbal noun Powdering .] [ French poudrer .]
1. To reduce to fine particles; to pound, grind, or rub into a powder; to comminute; to pulverize; to triturate.

2. To sprinkle with powder, or as with powder; to be sprinkle; as, to powder the hair.

A circling zone thou seest
Powdered with stars.

3. To sprinkle with salt; to corn, as meat. [ Obsolete]

Powder intransitive verb
1. To be reduced to powder; to become like powder; as, some salts powder easily.

2. To use powder on the hair or skin; as, she paints and powders .

Powder-posted adjective Affected with dry rot; reduced to dust by rot. See Dry rot , under Dry . [ U.S.]

Powdered adjective
1. Reduced to a powder; sprinkled with, or as with, powder.

2. Sprinkled with salt; salted; corned. [ Obsolete]

Powdered beef, pickled meats.

3. (Her.) Same as Semé . Walpole.

Powderflask noun A flask in which gunpowder is carried, having a charging tube at the end.

Powderhorn noun A horn in which gunpowder is carried.

Powdering adjective & noun from Powder , transitive verb

Powdering tub . (a) A tub or vessel in which meat is corned or salted . (b) A heated tub in which an infected lecher was placed for cure. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Powdermill noun A mill in which gunpowder is made.

Powdery adjective
1. Easily crumbling to pieces; friable; loose; as, a powdery spar.

2. Sprinkled or covered with powder; dusty; as, the powdery bloom on plums.

3. Resembling powder; consisting of powder. "The powdery snow." Wordsworth.

Powdike noun [ Scot. pow , pou , a pool, a watery or marshy place, from English pool .] A dike a marsh or fen. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Powdry adjective See Powdery .

Power noun (Zoology) Same as Poor , the fish.

Power noun [ Middle English pouer , poer , Old French poeir , pooir , French pouvoir , noun & v., from Late Latin potere , for Latin posse , potesse , to be able, to have power. See Possible , Potent , and confer Posse comitatus .]
1. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for action or performance; capability of producing an effect, whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of great power ; the power of capillary attraction; money gives power . "One next himself in power , and next in crime." Milton.

2. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength, force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm. "The power of fancy." Shak.

3. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power ; as, great power of endurance.

Power , then, is active and passive; faculty is active power or capacity; capacity is passive power .
Sir W. Hamilton.

4. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.

Power is no blessing in itself but when it is employed to protect the innocent.

5. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual invested with authority; an institution, or government, which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe; hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity. "The powers of darkness." Milton.

And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
Matt. xxiv. 29.

6. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host. Spenser.

Never such a power . . .
Was levied in the body of a land.

7. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o... good things. [ Colloq.] Richardson.

8. (Mech.) (a) The rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an engine of twenty horse power .

» The English unit of power used most commonly is the horse power . See Horse power .

(b) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power ; steam power ; hand power , etc. (c) Applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as, the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a weight at the other end.

» This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force , is improper and is becoming obsolete.

(d) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power .

» Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a power press.

9. (Math.) The product arising from the multiplication of a number into itself; as, a square is the second power , and a cube is third power , of a number.

10. (Metaph.) Mental or moral ability to act; one of the faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as, the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing, fearing, hoping, etc. I. Watts.

The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of my powers , drove the grossness . . . into a received belief.

11. (Optics) The degree to which a lens, mirror, or any optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and usually in the microscope, the number of times it multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it multiplies the apparent surface.

12. (Law) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment. Wharton.

13. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power .

» Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the winds and waves, electricity and magnetism, gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings; and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.

Mechanical powers . See under Mechanical . -- Power loom , or Power press . See Def. 8 (d) , note. -- Power of attorney . See under Attorney . -- Power of a point (relative to a given curve) (Geom.) , the result of substituting the coördinates of any point in that expression which being put equal to zero forms the equation of the curve; as, x 2 + y 2 - 100 is the power of the point x, y , relative to the circle x 2 + y 2 - 100 = 0 .

Powerable adjective
1. Capable of being effected or accomplished by the application of power; possible. [ R.] J. Young.

2. Capable of exerting power; powerful. Camden.

Powerful adjective
1. Full of power; capable of producing great effects of any kind; potent; mighty; efficacious; intense; as, a powerful man or beast; a powerful engine; a powerful argument; a powerful light; a powerful vessel.

The powerful grace that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities.

2. (Mining) Large; capacious; -- said of veins of ore.

Syn. -- Mighty; strong; potent; forcible; efficacious; energetic; intense.

-- Pow"er*ful*ly , adverb -- Pow"er*ful*ness , noun