[pahy-ruh t] /ˈpaɪ rət/
a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
a ship used by such persons.
any plunderer, predator, etc.:
confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates.
a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.
Also called pirate stream. Geology. a stream that diverts into its own flow the headwaters of another stream, river, etc.
verb (used with object), pirated, pirating.
to commit upon; plunder; rob.
to take by :
to pirate gold.
to use or reproduce (a book, an invention, etc.) without authorization or legal right:
to pirate hit records.
to take or entice away for one’s own use:
Our competitor is trying to pirate our best salesman.
verb (used without object), pirated, pirating.
to commit or practice .
a person who commits piracy
a person who illicitly uses or appropriates someone else’s literary, artistic, or other work
(transitive) to use, appropriate, or reproduce (artistic work, ideas, etc) illicitly
c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata “sailor, corsair, sea robber” (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally “one who attacks (ships),” from Greek peirates “brigand, pirate,” literally “one who attacks,” from peiran “to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try,” from peira “trial, an attempt, attack,” from PIE root *per- “try” (cf. Latin peritus “experienced,” periculum “trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;” see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning “one who takes another’s work without permission” first recorded 1701; sense of “unlicensed radio broadcaster” is from 1913.
1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.
[French peer] /French pir/ noun 1. Dominique Georges Henri [French daw-mee-neek zhawrzh ahn-ree] /French dɔ miˈnik ʒɔrʒ ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA), 1910–69, Belgian priest: Nobel Peace Prize 1958.
piriform pir·i·form (pĭr’ə-fôrm’, pī’rə-) adj. Shaped like a pear.
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