Pie



[pahy] /paɪ/

noun
1.
a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust:
apple pie; meat pie.
2.
a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like:
chocolate cream pie.
3.
a total or whole that can be divided:
They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
4.
an activity or affair:
He has his finger in the political pie too.
5.
.
Idioms
6.
easy as pie, extremely easy or simple.
7.
nice as pie, extremely well-behaved, agreeable, or the like:
The children were nice as pie.
8.
pie in the sky,

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
.
[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), pied, pieing.
1.
2 .
[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
(in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.
[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
a former bronze coin of India, the 12th part of an anna.
1.
.
[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, plural pies.
1.
printing types mixed together indiscriminately.
2.
any confused mixture; jumble.
verb (used with object), pied, piing.
3.
to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion.
4.
to jumble.
/paɪ/
noun
1.
a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
2.
have a finger in the pie

3.
pie in the sky, illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
/paɪ/
noun
1.
an archaic or dialect name for magpie
/paɪ/
noun, verb
1.
(printing) a variant spelling of pi2
/paɪ/
noun
1.
a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
/paɪ/
noun
1.
(history) a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
/paɪ/
adjective
1.
(NZ, informal) be pie on, to be keen on
/paɪ/
noun (pl) pis
1.
the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p
2.
(maths) a transcendental number, fundamental to mathematics, that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Approximate value: 3.141 592…; symbol: π
/paɪ/
noun (pl) pies
1.
a jumbled pile of printer’s type
2.
a jumbled mixture
verb (transitive) pies, piing, pied, pies, pieing, pied
3.
to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately
4.
to mix up
/paɪ/
adjective
1.
(Brit, slang) short for pious (sense 2), pious (sense 3)
abbreviation
1.
Philippine Islands
2.
private investigator
n.

“pastry,” mid-14c. (probably older; piehus “bakery” is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie “meat or fish enclosed in pastry” (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia “pie, pastry,” also possibly connected with pica “magpie” (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird’s habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of “something to be shared out” by 1967.

According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of “something easy” is from 1889. Pie-eyed “drunk” is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill’s Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme “Simple Simon” (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.

“magpie,” mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica “magpie” (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a “cunning person.”

also pi, printers’ slang for “a mass of type jumbled together” (also pi, pye), 1650s, perhaps from pie (n.1) on notion of a “medley,” or pie (n.2); cf. pica (n.1). As a verb from 1870. Related: Pied.
n.

Greek letter, from Hebrew, literally “little mouth.” As the name of the mathematical constant, from 1841 in English, used in Latin 1748 by Swiss mathematician Leonhart Euler (1707-1783), as an abbreviation of Greek periphereia “periphery.” For the meaning “printer’s term for mixed type,” see pie (3).

pi (pī)
n. pl. pis

Symbol π The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

pI (pē’ī’)
n.
The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.
pi
(pī)
An irrational number that has a numerical value of 3.14159265358979… and is represented by the symbol π. It expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears in many mathematical expressions.
pi [(peye)]

The irrational number obtained by dividing the length of the diameter of a circle into its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.1416. The sign for pi is π.

noun

An easy task or job; gravy: That’s pie for him (1889+)

Related Terms

apple-pie order, cutesy-poo, cutie-pie, easy as pie, fur pie, hair pie, sweetie-pie

noun

A language from CMU similar to Actus.
(1994-11-29)
Proto-Indo-European
Pali
inorganic phosphate
1.
performance indicator
2.
politically incorrect
3.
present illness
4.
primary infertility
5.
principal investigator
6.
private investigator
In addition to the idiom beginning with
pie

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