Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Public-minded adjective Public- spirited. -- Pub"lic-mind`ed*ness , noun

Public-service corporation, Quasi-public corporation A corporation, such as a railroad company, lighting company, water company, etc., organized or chartered to follow a public calling or to render services more or less essential to the general public convenience or safety.

Public-spirited adjective
1. Having, or exercising, a disposition to advance the interest of the community or public; as, public- spirited men.

2. Dictated by a regard to public good; as, a public-spirited project or measure. Addison.

-- Pub"lic-spir`it*ed*ly , adverb -- Pub"lic-spir`it*ed*ness , noun

Publicity pamphlet A pamphlet which, in some States of the United States having the initiative or referendum, is mailed to the voters to inform them as to the nature of a measure submitted by the initiative or referendum. The pamphlet contains a copy of the proposed law and arguments for and against it by those favoring and opposing it, respectively.

Publicly adverb
1. With exposure to popular view or notice; without concealment; openly; as, property publicly offered for sale; an opinion publicly avowed; a declaration publicly made.

2. In the name of the community. Addison.

Publicness noun
1. The quality or state of being public, or open to the view or notice of people at large; publicity; notoriety; as, the publicness of a sale.

2. The quality or state of belonging to the community; as, the publicness of property. Boyle.

Publish transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Published ; present participle & verbal noun Publishing .] [ French publier , Latin publicare , publicatum . See Public , and -ish .]
1. To make public; to make known to mankind, or to people in general; to divulge, as a private transaction; to promulgate or proclaim, as a law or an edict.

Published was the bounty of her name.
Chaucer.

The unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.
Addison.

2. To make known by posting, or by reading in a church; as, to publish banns of marriage.

3. To send forth, as a book, newspaper, musical piece, or other printed work, either for sale or for general distribution; to print, and issue from the press.

4. To utter, or put into circulation; as, to publish counterfeit paper. [ U.S.]

To publish a will (Law) , to acknowledge it before the witnesses as the testator's last will and testament.

Syn. -- To announce; proclaim; advertise; declare; promulgate; disclose; divulge; reveal. See Announce .

Publishable adjective Capable of being published; suitable for publication.

Publisher noun One who publishes; as, a publisher of a book or magazine.

For love of you, not hate unto my friend,
Hath made me publisher of this pretense.
Shak.

Publishment noun
1. The act or process of making publicly known; publication.

2. A public notice of intended marriage, required by the laws of some States. [ U.S.]

Puccoon noun [ From the American Indian name.] (Botany) Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, as the bloodroot and two species of Lithospermum ( Latin hirtum , and Latin canescens ); also, the pigment itself.

Puce adjective [ French, from puce a flea, Latin pulex , pulicis .] Of a dark brown or brownish purple color.

Pucel noun See Pucelle . [ Obsolete]

Pucelage noun [ French] Virginity. [ R.]

Pucelle noun [ French, from Late Latin pulicella , from Latin pullus a young animal. See Pullet .] A maid; a virgin. [ Written also pucel .] [ Obsolete]

Lady or pucelle , that wears mask or fan.
B. Jonson.

La Pucelle , the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc.

Puceron noun [ French, from puce a flea. See Puce .] (Zoology) Any plant louse, or aphis.

Pucherite noun [ So named from the Pucher Mine, in Saxony.] (Min.) Vanadate of bismuth, occurring in minute reddish brown crystals.

Puck noun [ Middle English pouke ; confer OSw. puke , Icelandic pūki an evil demon, W. pwca a hobgoblin. Confer Poker a bugbear, Pug .]
1. (Mediæval Myth.) A celebrated fairy, "the merry wanderer of the night;" -- called also Robin Goodfellow , Friar Rush , Pug , etc. Shak.

He meeteth Puck , whom most men call
Hobgoblin, and on him doth fall.
Drayton.

2. (Zoology) The goatsucker. [ Prov. Eng.]

Puck noun A disk of vulcanized rubber used in the game of hockey, as the object to be driven through the goals.

Pucka adjective [ Written also pukka .] [ Hind. pakkā cooked, ripe, solid.] Good of its kind; -- variously used as implying substantial, real, fixed, sure, etc., and specif., of buildings, made of brick and mortar. [ India]

It's pukka famine, by the looks of it.
Kipling.

Puckball noun [ Puck + ball .] A puffball.

Pucker transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Puckered ; present participle & verbal noun Puckering .] [ From Poke a pocket, small bag.] To gather into small folds or wrinkles; to contract into ridges and furrows; to corrugate; -- often with up ; as, to pucker up the mouth. "His skin [ was] puckered up in wrinkles." Spectator.

Pucker noun
1. A fold; a wrinkle; a collection of folds.

2. A state of perplexity or anxiety; confusion; bother; agitation. [ Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.]

Puckerer noun One who, or that which, puckers.

Puckery adjective
1. Producing, or tending to produce, a pucker; as, a puckery taste. Lowell.

2. Inclined to become puckered or wrinkled; full of puckers or wrinkles.

Puckfist noun A puffball.

Puckish adjective [ From Puck .] Resembling Puck; merry; mischievous. " Puckish freaks." J. R. Green.

Pucras noun [ From a native name in India.] (Zoology) See Koklass .

Pud noun Same as Pood .

Pud noun The hand; the first. [ Colloq.] Lamb.

Puddening noun [ Probably from pudden , for pudding , in allusion to its softness.] (Nautical) (a) A quantity of rope-yarn, or the like, placed, as a fender, on the bow of a boat. (b) A bunch of soft material to prevent chafing between spars, or the like.

Pudder intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Puddered ; present participle & verbal noun Puddering .] [ Confer Pother .] To make a tumult or bustle; to splash; to make a pother or fuss; to potter; to meddle.

Puddering in the designs or doings of others.
Barrow.

Others pudder into their food with their broad nebs.
Holland.

Pudder transitive verb To perplex; to embarrass; to confuse; to bother; as, to pudder a man. Locke.

Pudder noun A pother; a tumult; a confused noise; turmoil; bustle. "All in a pudder ." Milton.

Pudding noun [ Confer French boudin black pudding, sausage, Latin botulus , botellus , a sausage, G. & Swedish pudding pudding, Danish podding , pudding , LG. puddig thick, stumpy, W. poten , potten , also English pod , pout , v.]
1. A species of food of a soft or moderately hard consistence, variously made, but often a compound of flour or meal, with milk and eggs, etc.

And solid pudding against empty praise.
Pope.

2. Anything resembling, or of the softness and consistency of, pudding.

3. An intestine; especially, an intestine stuffed with meat, etc.; a sausage. Shak.

4. Any food or victuals.

Eat your pudding , slave, and hold your tongue.
Prior.

5. (Nautical) Same as Puddening .

Pudding grass (Botany) , the true pennyroyal ( Mentha Pulegium ), formerly used to flavor stuffing for roast meat. Dr. Prior. -- Pudding pie , a pudding with meat baked in it. Taylor (1630). -- Pudding pipe (Botany) , the long, cylindrical pod of the leguminous tree Cassia Fistula . The seeds are separately imbedded in a sweetish pulp. See Cassia . -- Pudding sleeve , a full sleeve like that of the English clerical gown. Swift. -- Pudding stone . (Min.) See Conglomerate , noun , 2. -- Pudding time . (a) The time of dinner, pudding being formerly the dish first eaten. [ Obsolete] Johnson. (b) The nick of time; critical time. [ Obsolete]

Mars, that still protects the stout,
In pudding time came to his aid.
Hudibras.

Pudding fish, Pudding wife [ Prob. corrupted from the Spanish name in Cuba, pudiano verde .] (Zoology) A large, handsomely colored, blue and bronze, labroid fish ( Iridio, syn. Platyglossus, radiatus ) of Florida, Bermuda, and the West Indies. Called also pudiano , doncella , and, at Bermuda, bluefish .

Pudding-headed adjective Stupid. [ Colloq.]

Puddle noun [ Middle English podel ; confer LG. pudel , Ir. & Gael. plod pool.]
1. A small quantity of dirty standing water; a muddy plash; a small pool. Spenser.

2. Clay, or a mixture of clay and sand, kneaded or worked, when wet, to render it impervious to water.

Puddle poet , a low or worthless poet. [ R.] Fuller.

Puddle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Puddled ; present participle & verbal noun Puddling .]
1. To make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water).

Some unhatched practice . . .
Hath puddled his clear spirit.
Shak.

2. (a) To make dense or close, as clay or loam, by working when wet, so as to render impervious to water. (b) To make impervious to liquids by means of puddle; to apply puddle to.

3. To subject to the process of puddling, as iron, so as to convert it from the condition of cast iron to that of wrought iron. Ure.

Puddled steel , steel made directly from cast iron by a modification of the puddling process.

Puddle intransitive verb To make a dirty stir. [ Obsolete] R. Junius.

Puddle-ball noun The lump of pasty wrought iron as taken from the puddling furnace to be hammered or rolled.

Puddle-bar noun An iron bar made at a single heat from a puddle-ball hammering and rolling.

Puddler noun One who converts cast iron into wrought iron by the process of puddling.

Puddling noun
1. (Hydraul. Engin.) (a) The process of working clay, loam, pulverized ore, etc., with water, to render it compact, or impervious to liquids; also, the process of rendering anything impervious to liquids by means of puddled material. (b) Puddle. See Puddle , noun , 2.

2. (Metal.) The art or process of converting cast iron into wrought iron or steel by subjecting it to intense heat and frequent stirring in a reverberatory furnace in the presence of oxidizing substances, by which it is freed from a portion of its carbon and other impurities.

Puddling furnace , a reverberatory furnace in which cast iron is converted into wrought iron or into steel by puddling.

Puddly adjective Consisting of, or resembling, puddles; muddy; foul. "Thick puddly water." Carew.

Puddock noun [ For paddock , or parrock , a park.] A small inclosure. [ Written also purrock .] [ Prov. Eng.]

Pudency noun [ Latin pudens , present participle of pudere to be ashamed.] Modesty; shamefacedness. "A pudency so rosy." Shak.

Pudenda noun plural [ Latin , from pudendus that of which one ought to be ashamed, from pudere to be ashamed.] (Anat.) The external organs of generation.

Pudendal adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the pudenda, or pudendum.

Pudendum noun [ New Latin See Pudenda .] (Anat.) The external organs of generation, especially of the female; the vulva.