[pur-ser] /ˈpɜr sər/
an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.
an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers
mid-15c., “treasurer,” especially “caretaker of accounts and provisions on a ship,” originally also “maker of purses” (late 15c.), agent noun from Middle English purse (see purse (n.)). From late 13c. as a surname.
[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/ verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining. 1. to fish using a purse seine. noun 1. a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the […]
- Purse-string instrument
purse-string instrument n. An intestinal clamp with jaws at an angle to the handle, used in performing a purse-string suture of the bowel.
plural noun 1. the right or power to manage the disposition of money: in control of the family purse strings. Idioms 2. hold the purse strings, to have the power to determine how money shall be spent. 3. loosen / tighten the purse strings, to increase or decrease expenditures or the availability of money: The […]
- Purse-string suture
[purs-string] /ˈpɜrsˌstrɪŋ/ noun, Surgery. 1. a suture for a circular opening, stitched around the edge, that closes it when pulled. purse-string suture n. A continuous circular suture that is pulled together to invert or close an opening.