Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pipsissewa noun [ From American Indian.] (Botany) A low evergreen plant ( Chimaphila umbellata ), with narrow, wedge-lanceolate leaves, and an umbel of pretty nodding fragrant blossoms. It has been used in nephritic diseases. Called also prince's pine .
Pipy adjective Like a pipe; hollow- stemmed. Keats.
[ See Piquant
.] The quality or state of being piquant.
[ French, present participle of piquer
to prick or sting. See Pike
.] Stimulating to the taste; giving zest; tart; sharp; pungent; as, a piquant anecdote.
to the tongue as salt." Addison.
railleries." Gov. of Tongue.
Piquantly adverb In a piquant manner.
Piqué noun [ French, past participle of piquer to prick.] A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
Pique noun (Zoology) The jigger. See Jigger .
[ French, from piquer
. See Pike
.] 1. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
Men take up piques and displeasures. Dr. H. More.
Wars had arisen . . . upon a personal pique . De Quincey. 2. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
Though it have the pique , and long, Hudibras. 3. (Card Playing) In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one. Syn.
'Tis still for something in the wrong.
-- Displeasure; irritation; grudge; spite. Pique
denotes a quick and often transient sense of resentment for some supposed neglect or injury, but it is not marked by malevolence. Spite
is a stronger term, denoting settled ill will or malice, with a desire to injure, as the result of extreme irritation. Grudge
goes still further, denoting cherished and secret enmity, with an unforgiving spirit. A pique
is usually of recent date; a grudge
is that which has long subsisted; spite
implies a disposition to cross or vex others.
Pique transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Piqued
; present participle & verbal noun Piquing
.] [ French piquer
. See Pike
.] 1. To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
Pique her, and soothe in turn. Byron. 2. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity. Prior. 3. To pride or value; -- used reflexively.
Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill. Locke. Syn.
-- To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle; sting; goad; stimulate.
Pique intransitive verb To cause annoyance or irritation. "Every ...erse hath something in it that piques ." Tatler.
Piqueer intransitive verb See Pickeer .
Piquet noun See Picket .
[ French, probably from pique
. See Pique
, and Picket
.] A game at cards played between two persons, with thirty-two cards, all the deuces, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, being set aside.
[ Written also picket
; plural Piracies
. [ Confer Late Latin piratia
, Greek .... See Pirate
.] 1. The act or crime of a pirate. 2. (Common Law) Robbery on the high seas; the taking of property from others on the open sea by open violence; without lawful authority, and with intent to steal; -- a crime answering to robbery on land.
» By statute law several other offenses committed on the seas (as trading with known pirates, or engaging in the slave trade) have been made piracy
"Sometimes used, in a quasi- figurative sense, of violation of copyright; but for this, infringement
is the correct and preferable term." Abbott.
Pirai noun (Zoology) Same as Piraya .
Pirameter noun [ Greek ... trial + -meter .] A dynamometer for ascertaining the power required to draw carriages over roads.
[ From the native South American name.] (Zoology) Same as Arapaima .
[ Latin pirata
, Greek ..., from ... to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, ... an attempt, trial; akin to English peril
: confer French pirate
. See Peril
.] 1. A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor. 2. An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas. 3. One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission. Pirate perch (Zoology)
, a fresh- water percoid fish of the United States ( Aphredoderus Sayanus ). It is of a dark olive color, speckled with blackish spots.
Pirate intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pirated
; present participle & verbal noun Pirating
.] [ Confer French pirater
.] To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.
Pirate transitive verb To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author.
They advertised they would pirate his edition. Pope.
Piratic adjective Piratical.
Piratical adjective [ Latin piraticus , Greek ...: confer French piratique .] Of or pertaining to a pirate; acquired by, or practicing, piracy; as, a piratical undertaking. " Piratical printers." Pope. -- Pi*rat"ic*al*ly , adverb
Piraya noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) A large voracious fresh-water fish ( Serrasalmo piraya ) of South America, having lancet-shaped teeth.
Pirie noun (Nautical) See Pirry .
[ See Pear
.] (Botany) A pear tree.
[ Written also pery
.] [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Piririgua noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) A South American bird ( Guira guira ) allied to the cuckoos.
Pirl transitive verb
[ Confer Purl
.] 1. To spin, as a top. 2. To twist or twine, as hair in making fishing lines.
Pirn noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] A quill or reed on which thread or yarn is wound; a bobbin; also, the wound yarn on a weaver's shuttle; also, the reel of a fishing rod. [ Scot.]
Pirogue noun [ Originally an American Indian word: confer French pirogue , Spanish piroga , piragua .] A dugout canoe; by extension, any small boat. [ Written variously periauger , perogue , piragua , periagua , etc.]
Pirouette noun [ F.; of uncertain origin.]
1. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing. 2. (Man.) The whirling about of a horse.
Pirouette intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pirouetted
; present participle & verbal noun Pirouetting
.] [ French pirouetter
.] To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.
Pirry, Pirrie noun [ Confer Scot. pirr a gentle breeze, Icelandic byrr a prosperous wind, bylr a blast of wind.] A rough gale of wind. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Elyot.
Pisay noun (Architecture) See Pisé .
Piscary noun [ Latin piscarius relating to fishes or to fishing, from piscis a fish.] (Law) The right or privilege of fishing in another man's waters. Blackstone.
Piscation noun [ Latin piscatio , from piscari to fish.] Fishing; fishery. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Piscator noun [ Latin ] A fisherman; an angler.
Piscatorial, Piscatory adjective
[ Latin piscatorius
, from piscator
a fisherman, from piscari
to fish, from piscis
a fish. See Fish
the animal.] Of or pertaining to fishes or fishing. Addison.
Pisces noun plural [ Latin piscis a fish.]
1. (Astron.) (a) The twelfth sign of the zodiac, marked &pisces; in almanacs. (b) A zodiacal constellation, including the first point of Aries, which is the vernal equinoctial point; the Fish. 2. (Zoology) The class of Vertebrata that includes the fishes. The principal divisions are Elasmobranchii, Ganoidei, and Teleostei.
Piscicapture noun Capture of fishes, as by angling. [ R.] W. H. Russell.
Piscicultural adjective Relating to pisciculture.
[ Latin piscis
a fish + English culture
.] Fish culture. See under Fish .
Pisciculturist noun One who breeds fish.
Pisciform adjective [ Latin piscis fish + -form .] Having the form of a fish; resembling a fish.
Piscina noun [ Latin , a certain, fishpond, from piscis a fish.] (Architecture) A niche near the altar in a church, containing a small basin for rinsing altar vessels.
Piscinal adjective [ Latin piscinalis : confer French piscinal .] Belonging to a fishpond or a piscina.
Piscine adjective [ Latin piscis a fish.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to a fish or fishes; as, piscine remains.
Piscivorous adjective [ Latin piscis a fish + vorare to devour: confer French piscivore .] (Zoology) Feeding or subsisting on fish.