[pey-awf, -of] /ˈpeɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
the payment of a salary, debt, wager, etc.
the time at which such payment is made.
the consequence, outcome, or final sequence in a series of events, actions, or circumstances:
The payoff was when they fired him.
Informal. the climax of something, especially a story or joke.
a settlement or reckoning, as in retribution or reward.
Informal. a bribe.
yielding results, especially rewarding or decisive results:
The payoff play was the long pass into the end zone.
also pay-off, 1905, “winnings from gambling,” from pay (v.) + off. Meaning “graft, bribes” first attested 1930. Phrase to pay off “be profitable” is first recorded 1937.
noun 1. the ratio between dividends paid out and earnings per share of common stock within a time period.
/ˈpeɪˌpɑːs/ noun 1. trademark a type of wave-and-pay system that employs RDIF technology, and allows shoppers to pay for low-value goods by touching their debit or credit card against an electronic reader See also wave-and-pay
[pey-per-klik] /ˈpeɪ pərˈklɪk/ noun 1. a system used to set prices for online advertisements on a search engine or other website, by which the advertiser pays a small fee to the website publisher each time a user clicks on the advertisement. adjective 2. noting or relating to such a system: pay-per-click ads to reach your […]
[pey-pur-vyoo, -per-] /ˈpeɪˌpɜrˈvyu, -pər-/ Television. noun 1. a system requiring that a subscriber pay for each program viewed: championship games seen only on pay-per-view. adjective 2. noting or pertaining to such a system. Abbreviation: ppv. noun 1. See free-to-air, pay television