Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Paddlefish noun (Zoöl) A large ganoid fish ( Polyodon spathula ) found in the rivers of the Mississippi Valley. It has a long spatula-shaped snout. Called also duck-billed cat , and spoonbill sturgeon .
Paddler noun One who, or that which, paddles.
Paddlewood noun (Botany) The light elastic wood of the Aspidosperma excelsum , a tree of Guiana having a fluted trunk readily split into planks.
[ Middle English padde
toad, frog + -ock
; akin to Dutch pad
, toad, Icelandic & Swedish padda
, Danish padde
.] (Zoology) A toad or frog. Wyclif.
." Spenser Paddock pipe (Botany)
, a hollow-stemmed plant of the genus Equisetum , especially E. limosum and the fruiting stems of E. arvense ; -- called also padow pipe and toad pipe . See Equisetum .
-- Paddock stone
. See Toadstone .
-- Paddock stool (Botany)
, a toadstool.
[ Corrupted from parrock
. See Parrock
.] 1. A small inclosure or park for sporting.
[ Obsolete] 2. A small inclosure for pasture; esp., one adjoining a stable. Evelyn. Cowper.
Paddy adjective [ Prov. English paddy worm-eaten.] Low; mean; boorish; vagabond. "Such pady persons." Digges (1585). "The paddy persons." Motley.
; plural Paddies
. [ Corrupted from St. Patrick
, the tutelar saint of Ireland.] A jocose or contemptuous name for an Irishman.
[ Either from Canarese bhatta
or Malay pādī
.] (Botany) Unhusked rice; -- commonly so called in the East Indies. Paddy bird
. (Zoology) See Java sparrow , under Java .
Padelion noun [ French pas de lion on's foot.] (Botany) A plant with pedately lobed leaves; the lady's mantle.
Padella noun [ Italian , prop., a pan, a friing pan, from Latin patella a pan.] A large cup or deep saucer, containing fatty matter in which a wick is placed, -- used for public illuminations, as at St. Peter's, in Rome. Called also padelle .
Pademelon noun (Zoology) See Wallaby .
Padge noun (Zoology) The barn owl; -- called also pudge , and pudge owl . [ Prov. Eng.]
[ Persian pādishāh
. Confer Pasha
.] Chief ruler; monarch; sovereign; -- a title of the Sultan of Turkey, and of the Shah of Persia.
[ Perh. orig., a lock for a pad
gate, or a gate opening to a path
, or perhaps , a lock for a basket or pannier, and from Prov. English pad
a pannier. Confer Pad
a path, Paddler
.] 1. A portable lock with a bow which is usually jointed or pivoted at one end so that it can be opened, the other end being fastened by the bolt, -- used for fastening by passing the bow through a staple over a hasp or through the links of a chain, etc. 2. Fig.: A curb; a restraint.
Padlock transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Padlocked
; present participle & verbal noun Padlocking
.] To fasten with, or as with, a padlock; to stop; to shut; to confine as by a padlock. Milton. Tennyson.
Padnag noun [ lst pad + nag .] An ambling nag. "An easy padnag ." Macaulay.
Padow noun (Zoology) A paddock, or toad. Padow pipe
. (Botany) See Paddock pipe , under Paddock .
; plural Spanish & Portuguese Padres
; Italian Padri
. [ Spanish , Portuguese , & Italian , from Latin pater
father. See Father
.] 1. A Christian priest or monk; -- used in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America. 2. In India (from the Portuguese), any Christian minister; also, a priest of the native region. Kipling.
, English Padrones
. [ Italian See Patron
.] 1. A patron; a protector. 2. The master of a small coaster in the Mediterranean. 3. A man who imports, and controls the earnings of, Italian laborers, street musicians, etc.
Paduasoy noun [ From Padua , in Italy + French soie silk; or confer French pou-de-soie .] A rich and heavy silk stuff. [ Written also padesoy .]
(pȧ*dū"kȧz) noun plural
; sing. Paducah
(-kȧ). (Ethnol.) See Comanches .
[ Latin paganus
a countryman, peasant, villager, a pagan, from paganus
of or pertaining to the country, rustic, also, pagan, from pagus
a district, canton, the country, perhaps orig., a district with fixed boundaries: confer pangere
to fasten. Confer Painim
, and Pact
, also Heathen
.] One who worships false gods; an idolater; a heathen; one who is neither a Christian, a Mohammedan, nor a Jew.
Neither having the accent of Christians, nor the gait of Christian, pagan , nor man. Shak. Syn.
-- Gentile; heathen; idolater. -- Pagan
was applied to the other nations of the earth as distinguished from the Jews. Pagan
was the name given to idolaters in the early Christian church, because the villagers
, being most remote from the centers of instruction, remained for a long time unconverted. Heathen
has the same origin. Pagan
is now more properly applied to rude and uncivilized idolaters, while heathen
embraces all who practice idolatry.
[ Latin paganus
of or pertaining to the country, pagan. See Pagan
] Of or pertaining to pagans; relating to the worship or the worshipers of false goods; heathen; idolatrous, as, pagan tribes or superstitions.
And all the rites of pagan honor paid. Dryden.
Pagandom (-dŭm) noun The pagan lands; pagans, collectively; paganism. [ R.]
Paganic (pȧ*găn"ĭk), Pa*gan"ic*al (-ĭ*k a l) adjective Of or pertaining to pagans or paganism; heathenish; paganish. [ R.] "The paganic fables of the goods." Cudworth. -- Pa*gan"ic*al*ly , adverb [ R.]
Paganish (pā"g a n*ĭsh) adjective Of or pertaining to pagans; heathenish. "The old paganish idolatry." Sharp
[ Latin paganismus
: confer French paganisme
. See Pagan
, and confer Painim
.] The state of being pagan; pagan characteristics; esp., the worship of idols or false gods, or the system of religious opinions and worship maintained by pagans; heathenism.
Paganity (pȧ*găn"ĭ*tȳ) noun [ Latin Paganitas .] The state of being a pagan; paganism. [ R.] Cudworth.
n*īz) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Paganized
; present participle & verbal noun Paganizing
.] To render pagan or heathenish; to convert to paganism. Hallywell.
Paganize intransitive verb To behave like pagans. Milton.
Paganly adverb In a pagan manner. Dr. H. More.
[ French, from Italian paggio
, Late Latin pagius
, from Greek paidi`on
, dim. of pai^s
, a boy, servant; perhaps akin to Latin puer
. Confer Pedagogue
.] 1. A serving boy; formerly, a youth attending a person of high degree, especially at courts, as a position of honor and education; now commonly, in England, a youth employed for doing errands, waiting on the door, and similar service in households; in the United States, a boy employed to wait upon the members of a legislative body.
He had two pages of honor -- on either hand one. Bacon. 2. A boy child.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 3. A contrivance, as a band, pin, snap, or the like, to hold the skirt of a woman's dress from the ground. 4. (Brickmaking.) A track along which pallets carrying newly molded bricks are conveyed to the hack. 5. (Zoology) Any one of several species of beautiful South American moths of the genus Urania .
Page transitive verb To attend (one) as a page. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ French, from Latin pagina
; probably akin to pagere
, to fasten, fix, make, the pages or leaves being fastened together. Confer Pact
.] 1. One side of a leaf of a book or manuscript.
Such was the book from whose pages she sang. Longfellow. 2. Fig.: A record; a writing; as, the page of history. 3. (Print.) The type set up for printing a page.
Page transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Paged
; present participle & verbal noun Paging
.] To mark or number the pages of, as a book or manuscript; to furnish with folios.
nt; 277) noun
[ Middle English pagent
, originally, a movable scaffold or stage, hence, what was exhibited on it, from Late Latin pagina
, akin to pangere
to fasten; confer Latin pagina
page, leaf, slab, compaginare
to join together, compages
a joining together, structure. See Pact
of a book.] 1. A theatrical exhibition; a spectacle.
truly played." Shak.
To see sad pageants of men's miseries. Spenser. 2. An elaborate exhibition devised for the entertainmeut of a distinguished personage, or of the public; a show, spectacle, or display.
The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day ! Pope.
We love the man, the paltry pageant you. Cowper.
Pageant adjective Of the nature of a pageant; spectacular. " Pageant pomp." Dryden.
Pageant transitive verb To exhibit in show; to represent; to mimic. [ R.] "He pageants us." Shak.
(-rȳ) noun Scenic shows or spectacles, taken collectively; spectacular quality; splendor.
Such pageantry be to the people shown. Dryden.
The pageantry of festival. J. A. Symonds. Syn.
-- Pomp; parade; show; display; spectacle.
Pagehood noun The state of being a page.
; plural Paginæ
. [ Latin ] (Botany) The surface of a leaf or of a flattened thallus.
Paginal adjective [ Latin paginalis .] Consisting of pages. " Paginal books." Sir T. Browne.