Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pill-willet noun [ So named from its note.] (Zoology) The willet.
Pillworm noun (Zoology) Any myriapod of the genus Iulus and allied genera which rolls up spirally; a galleyworm. See Illust. under Myriapod .
Pillwort noun (Botany) Any plant of the genus Pilularia ; minute aquatic cryptograms, with small pill-shaped fruit; -- sometimes called peppergrass .
Pilocarpine noun [ From New Latin Pilocarpus pennatifolius jaborandi; Latin pilus hair + Greek karpo`s fruit: confer French pilocarpine .] (Chemistry) An alkaloid extracted from jaborandi ( Pilocarpus pennatifolius ) as a white amorphous or crystalline substance which has a peculiar effect on the vasomotor system.
Pilon noun [ Spanish , sugar loaf.] [ Spanish Amer.]
1. A conical loaf of sugar. 2. A gratuity given by tradesmen to customers settling their accounts. [ Southern U. S.]
[ Amer. Spanish , dim. of pilon
.] Same as Pilon .
[ Latin pilosus
, from pilus
hair. See Pile
.] 1. Hairy; full of, or made of, hair.
The heat-retaining property of the pilose covering. Owen. 2. (Zoology) Clothed thickly with pile or soft down. 3. (Botany) Covered with long, slender hairs; resembling long hairs; hairy; as, pilose pubescence.
Pilosity noun [ Confer French pilosité .] The quality or state of being pilose; hairiness. Bacon.
[ French pilote
, probably from Dutch peillood
plummet, sounding lead; peilen
, to sound, measure (fr. D. & German peil
, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood
lead, akin to English lead
. The pilot, then, is the lead
man, i. e., he who throws the lead. See Pail
, and Lead
a metal.] 1. (Nautical) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a steersman. Dryden. 2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees. 3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a difficult or unknown course. 4. An instrument for detecting the compass error. 5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive.
[ U.S.] Pilot balloon
, a small balloon sent up in advance of a large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.
-- Pilot bird
. (Zoology) (a) A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; -- so called because its presence indicates to mariners their approach to these islands. Crabb. (b) The black- bellied plover.
[ Local, U.S.] -- Pilot boat
, a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and receive pilots as they board and leave vessels.
-- Pilot bread
, ship biscuit.
-- Pilot cloth
, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.
-- Pilot engine
, a locomotive going in advance of a train to make sure that the way is clear.
-- Pilot fish
. (Zoöl) (a) A pelagic carangoid fish ( Naucrates ductor ); -- so named because it is often seen in company with a shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot to the shark
. (b) The rudder fish ( Seriola zonata ).
-- Pilot jack
, a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a pilot.
-- Pilot jacket
, a pea jacket.
-- Pilot nut (Bridge Building)
, a conical nut applied temporarily to the threaded end of a pin, to protect the thread and guide the pin when it is driven into a hole. Waddell.
-- Pilot snake (Zoology) (a) A large North American snake ( Coluber obsoleus ). It is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the scales. Called also mountain black snake . (b) The pine snake.
-- Pilot whale
. (Zoology) Same as Blackfish , 1.
Pilot transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Piloted
; present participle & verbal noun Piloting
.] [ Confer French piloter
.] 1. To direct the course of, as of a ship, where navigation is dangerous. 2. Figuratively: To guide, as through dangers or difficulties.
"The art of piloting
a state." Berkeley.
1. (Aëronautics) One who flies, or is qualified to fly, a balloon, an airship, or a flying machine. 2. (Machinery) A short plug at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool. Pilots are sometimes made interchangeable. 3. (Mining) The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
Pilot transitive verb (Aëronautics) To fly, or act as pilot of (an aircraft).
Pilot balloon A small, unmanned balloon sent up to indicate the direction of air currents.
Pilot flag The flag hoisted at the fore by a vessel desiring a pilot, in the United States the union jack, in Great Britain the British union jack with a white border.
Pilot lamp, light (Electricity) A small incandescent telltale lamp on a dynamo or battery circuit to show approximately by its brightness the voltage of the current.
Pilot valve (Hydraulics) A small hand- operated valve to admit liquid to operate a valve difficult to turn by hand.
Pilot wheel (Machinery) A wheel, usually with radial handles projecting from the rim, for traversing the saddle of a machine tool, esp. an automatic machine tool, by hand.
Pilotage noun [ Confer French pilotage .]
1. The pilot's skill or knowledge, as of coasts, rocks, bars, and channels. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh. 2. The compensation made or allowed to a pilot. 3. Guidance, as by a pilot. Sir W. Scott.
Pilotism, Pilotry noun Pilotage; skill in the duties of a pilot. [ R.]
Pilour noun A piller; a plunderer. [ Obsolete]
Pilpul noun [ Aramaic pilpūl ; confer Hebrew pilpel to spice, to season, dispute violently.] Among the Jews, penetrating investigation, disputation, and drawing of conclusions, esp. in Talmudic study. -- Pil"pul*ist noun -- Pil`pul*is"tic adjective
Pilser noun An insect that flies into a flame.
Pilular adjective Of or pertaining to pills; resembling a pill or pills; as, a pilular mass.
[ Latin pilula
a pill. See Pill
.] Like a pill; small; insignificant.
[ R.] G. Eliot.
Pilwe noun A pillow. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Pily adjective (Zoology) Like pile or wool.
Pimaric adjective [ New Latin pi num mar itima, an old name for P. Pinaster , a pine which yields galipot.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid found in galipot, and isomeric with abietic acid.
Pimelic adjective [ Greek ... fat.] (Chemistry) (a) Pertaining to, or designating, a substance obtained from certain fatty substances, and subsequently shown to be a mixture of suberic and adipic acids. (b) Designating the acid proper (C 5 H 10 (CO 2 /H) 2 ) which is obtained from camphoric acid.
Pimelite noun [ Greek ... fat.] (Min.) An apple-green mineral having a greasy feel. It is a hydrous silicate of nickel, magnesia, aluminia, and iron.
[ French See Pimento
.] Wine flavored with spice or honey. See Pigment , 3.
Pimenta noun (Botany) Same as Pimento .
[ Spanish pimiento
; confer Portuguese pimenta
, French piment
; all from Latin pigmentum
a paint, pigment, the juice of plants; hence, something spicy and aromatic. See Pigment
.] (Botany) Allspice; -- applied both to the tree and its fruit. See Allspice .
Pimiento noun [ Spanish ] The Spanish sweet pepper, the fruit of which is used as a vegetable, to stuff olives, etc.
Pimlico noun (Zoology) The friar bird.
Pimola noun An olive stuffed with a kind of sweet red pepper, or pimiento.
[ Confer French pimpant
smart, sparkish; perhaps akin to piper
to pipe, formerly also, to excel. Confer Pipe
.] One who provides gratification for the lust of others; a procurer; a pander. Swift.
Pimp intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pimped
(pĭmt; 215); present participle & verbal noun Pimping
.] To procure women for the gratification of others' lusts; to pander. Dryden.
[ French pimprenelle
; confer Spanish pimpinela
, Italian pimpinella
; perhaps from Late Latin bipinnella
, for bipinnula
two-winged, equiv. to Latin bipennis
twice + penna
feather, wing. Confer Pen
a feather.] (Botany) A plant of the genus Anagallis , of which one species ( A. arvensis ) has small flowers, usually scarlet, but sometimes purple, blue, or white, which speedily close at the approach of bad weather. Water pimpernel
. (Botany) See Brookweed .
Pimpillo noun (Botany) A West Indian name for the prickly pear ( Opuntia ); -- called also pimploes .
Pimping adjective [ Confer German pimpelig , pimpelnd , sickly, weak.]
1. Little; petty; pitiful. [ Obsolete] Crabbe. 2. Puny; sickly. [ Local, U.S.]
Pimple noun [ Anglo-Saxon pīpelian to blister; confer Latin papula pimple.]
1. (Medicine) Any small acuminated elevation of the cuticle, whether going on to suppuration or not. "All eyes can see a pimple on her nose." Pope. 2. Fig.: A swelling or protuberance like a pimple. "A pimple that portends a future sprout." Cowper.
Pimpled adjective Having pimples. Johnson.
Pimply adjective Pimpled.
Pimpship noun The office, occupation, or persom of a pimp. [ R.]