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  • Puir

    adjective, Scot. 1. poor. 2. pure. adjective 1. a Scot word for poor

  • Puirtith

    noun 1. (Scot) poverty

  • Puisne

    adjective 1. Law. younger; inferior in rank; junior, as in appointment. noun 2. an associate judge as distinguished from a chief justice. adjective 1. (esp of a subordinate judge) of lower rank

  • Puissance

    noun, Literary. 1. power, might, or force. noun 1. a competition in showjumping that tests a horse’s ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles 2. (archaic or poetic) power

  • Pull a swifty

    pull a swifty

  • Pull a one-eighty

    pull a one-eighty

  • Pull an el foldo

    pull an el foldo

  • Pull an all-nighter

    pull an all-nighter

  • Pull a job

    pull a job

  • Pull about

    verb 1. (transitive, adverb) to handle roughly

  • Pull a boner

    pull a boner pull a boner Make a blunder, as in I pulled an awful boner when I mentioned his ex-wife. This expression is derived from the noun bonehead, for “blockhead” or “stupid person.” [ ; early 1900s ]

  • Pull

    verb (used with object) 1. to draw or haul toward oneself or itself, in a particular direction, or into a particular position: to pull a sled up a hill. 2. to draw or tug at with force. 3. to rend or tear: to pull a cloth to pieces. 4. to draw or pluck away from […]

  • Pulka

    noun 1. a reindeer-drawn sleigh of Lapland, shaped like the front half of a canoe, in which a single rider sits with back against a vertical support and legs stretched forward.

  • Pulk

    noun 1. a sledge that is pulled by dogs while a person skis behind to steer and brake

  • Pulj

    noun 1. Pula.

  • Pulitzer-prize

    noun 1. one of a group of annual prizes in journalism, literature, music, etc., established by Joseph Pulitzer: administered by Columbia University; first awarded 1917. Pulitzer prize noun 1. one of a group of prizes established by Joseph Pulitzer and awarded yearly since 1917 for excellence in American journalism, literature, and music

  • Pulitzer

    noun 1. Joseph, 1847–1911, U.S. journalist and publisher, born in Hungary. noun 1. Joseph. 1847–1911, US newspaper publisher, born in Hungary. He established the Pulitzer prizes

  • Puling

    adjective 1. whining; whimpering: a puling child. verb (used without object), puled, puling. 1. to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper. verb 1. (intransitive) to cry plaintively; whimper

  • Pulicicide

    pulicicide pu·lic·i·cide (pyōō-lĭs’ĭ-sīd’) or pu·li·cide (pyōō’lĭ-sīd’) n. A chemical agent destructive to fleas.

  • Pulex

    Pulex Pu·lex (pyōō’lěks’) n. A genus of fleas including Pulex irritans, the common flea that infests humans.

  • Pulesati

    plural noun 1. the ancient Assyrian name of the Philistines.

  • Pules

    verb (used without object), puled, puling. 1. to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper. verb 1. (intransitive) to cry plaintively; whimper

  • Pule

    verb (used without object), puled, puling. 1. to cry in a thin voice; whine; whimper. verb 1. (intransitive) to cry plaintively; whimper

  • Pulci

    noun 1. Luigi (ˈlwiːdʒi). 1432–84, Italian poet. His masterpiece is the comic epic poem Morgante (1483)

  • Pulchritude

    noun 1. physical beauty; comeliness. noun 1. (formal or literary) physical beauty

  • Pulau pinang

    /ˈpʊlaʊ pɪˈnæŋ/ noun 1. another name for Penang

  • Pulaski

    noun 1. Count Casimir [kaz-uh-meer] /ˈkæz əˌmɪər/ (Show IPA), 1748–79, Polish patriot; general in the American Revolutionary army. 2. a town in SW Virginia. 3. Fort. Fort Pulaski. noun 1. a double-edged hand tool having an ax blade on one side and a pickax or wide chisel on the opposite side, used especially in clearing […]

  • Pulao

    noun 1. a variant of pilau

  • Pula

    noun 1. a cupronickel coin, paper money, and monetary unit of Botswana, equal to 100 thebe: replaced the rand in 1976. noun 1. a seaport in W Croatia, on the Istrian Peninsula. noun 1. the standard monetary unit of Botswana, divided into 100 thebe noun 1. a port in NW Croatia at the S tip […]

  • Puky

    adjective, pukier, pukiest. 1. on the verge of vomiting; nauseated. 2. disgusting; repellent. puky

  • Puku

    noun 1. an African antelope, Adenota vardoni, closely related to the waterbuck. noun 1. (NZ) the belly or stomach

  • Pukka-sahib

    noun 1. (in British India) a term of respectful address used to British colonial authorities.

  • Pukka

    adjective, Indian English. 1. genuine, reliable, or good; proper. adjective (esp in India) 1. properly or perfectly done, constructed, etc: a pukka road 2. genuine: pukka sahib

  • Pukey

    adjective, pukier, pukiest. 1. on the verge of vomiting; nauseated. 2. disgusting; repellent. puky

  • Pukeko

    noun (pl) -kos 1. a wading bird, Porphyrio melanotus, of New Zealand, with a brightly coloured plumage

  • Puke hole

    puke hole

  • Puke

    verb (used with or without object), puked, puking. Slang. 1. to vomit. noun 2. vomit. 3. any food or drink that is repulsive. anything or anyone that is contemptible or worthless. verb 1. to vomit noun 2. the act of vomiting 3. the matter vomited puke

  • Pukatea

    noun 1. an aromatic New Zealand tree, Laurelia novaezealandaei, valued for its high-quality timber

  • Puka

    noun 1. a small white shell found on Pacific, especially Hawaiian, beaches and strung in clusters to make necklaces. noun (pl) puka 1. (NZ) another name for broadleaf (sense 2)

  • Puk

    PUK Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

  • Puja

    noun, Hinduism. 1. the worship of a particular god. noun 1. (Hinduism) a ritual in honour of the gods, performed either at home or in the mandir (temple) noun in Hinduism or Buddhism, the ritual daily devotion involving offering of food and drink and prayers to a deity; also written pooja Word Origin Sanskrit ‘adoration, […]

  • Puissant

    adjective, Literary. 1. powerful; mighty; potent. adjective 1. (archaic or poetic) powerful

  • Puddling

    noun 1. the act of a person or thing that puddles. 2. Metallurgy. the act or process of melting pig iron in a reverberatory furnace (puddling furnace) and converting it into wrought iron. 3. the act or method of making puddle. 4. puddle (def 3). noun 1. a small pool of water, as of rainwater […]

  • Puddling-furnace

    noun 1. the act of a person or thing that puddles. 2. Metallurgy. the act or process of melting pig iron in a reverberatory furnace (puddling furnace) and converting it into wrought iron. 3. the act or method of making puddle. 4. puddle (def 3). noun 1. a process for converting pig iron into wrought […]

  • Puddock

    noun 1. a Scot variant of paddock2

  • Puh-leeze

    interjection 1. a humorous spelling of the emphatic pronunciation of please, suggesting the speaker’s exasperation interjection please!; an expression of indignation, disbelief, or scorn; also written puh-lease, puh-leez Examples You’re going to teach me how to ice skate? Puh-leeze! Word Origin alteration of please Usage Note informal

  • Puha

    noun 1. (NZ) another name for sow thistle

  • Pugwash conferences

    /ˈpʌɡˌwɒʃ/ plural noun 1. international peace conferences of scientists held regularly to discuss world problems: Nobel peace prize 1995 awarded to Joseph Rotblat, one of the founders of the conferences, secretary-general (1957–73), and president from 1988

  • Pugree

    noun 1. a light turban worn in India. 2. a scarf of silk or cotton, usually colored or printed, wound round a hat or helmet and falling down behind as a protection against the sun. Compare havelock.

  • Pug-nose

    noun 1. a short, broad, somewhat turned-up nose. noun 1. a short stubby upturned nose

  • Pugnacity

    adjective 1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. adjective 1. readily disposed to fight; belligerent

  • Pugnaciousness

    adjective 1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. adjective 1. readily disposed to fight; belligerent

  • Pugnaciously

    adjective 1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. adjective 1. readily disposed to fight; belligerent

  • Pugnacious

    adjective 1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. adjective 1. readily disposed to fight; belligerent

  • Pug-mill

    noun 1. a mill for grinding and mixing materials, as clay or the ingredients of cement, to a desired condition.

  • Pugmark

    noun 1. pug4 (def 1).

  • Puglia

    noun 1. Italian name of Apulia. noun 1. the Italian name for Apulia

  • Pugil-stick

    noun 1. a long pole or stick with padded ends used to carry out mock combat.

  • Pugilistically

    noun 1. a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.

  • Pugilistic

    noun 1. a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.

  • Pugilist

    noun 1. a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.

  • Pugilism

    noun 1. the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing. noun 1. the art, practice, or profession of fighting with the fists; boxing

  • Pugh

    interjection 1. (used as an exclamation of disgust, as at an offensive odor.)

  • Puggy

    noun 1. one of a breed of small, short-haired dogs having a tightly curled tail, a deeply wrinkled face, and a smooth coat that is black or silver and fawn with black markings. 2. pug nose. adjective -gier, -giest 1. (NZ) sticky, claylike noun 1. Also called carlin. a small compact breed of dog with […]

  • Puggree

    noun 1. pugree. noun 1. the usual Indian word for turban 2. a scarf, usually pleated, around the crown of some hats, esp sun helmets

  • Pugging

    noun 1. the act of a person who pugs. 2. coarse mortar or the like for deadening sound. verb (used with object), pugged, pugging. 1. to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking. 2. to fill or stop with clay or the like. 3. to pack or cover […]

  • Pugged

    verb (used with object), pugged, pugging. 1. to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, as for brickmaking. 2. to fill or stop with clay or the like. 3. to pack or cover with mortar or the like, as to deaden sound. 4. to mix with water so as to form […]

  • Puggaree

    noun 1. pugree.

  • Puget-sound

    noun 1. an arm of the Pacific, in NW Washington. noun 1. an inlet of the Pacific in NW Washington. Length: about 130 km (80 miles)

  • Puget

    noun 1. Pierre (pjɛr). 1620–94, French Baroque sculptor, best known for his Milo of Crotona (c. 1680)

  • Pugdog

    noun 1. pug1 (def 1).

  • Pugaree

    noun 1. pugree.

  • Pugachov

    noun 1. Yemelyan Ivanovich. 1726–75, Russian Cossack rebel, leader of a major revolt against the government of Catherine II: executed

  • Pug

    noun 1. one of a breed of small, short-haired dogs having a tightly curled tail, a deeply wrinkled face, and a smooth coat that is black or silver and fawn with black markings. 2. pug nose. verb (used with object), pugged, pugging. 1. to knead (clay or the like) with water to make it plastic, […]

  • Puffy

    adjective, puffier, puffiest. 1. gusty1 . 2. short-winded; panting. 3. inflated, distended, or swollen. 4. fat; plump. 5. conceited. 6. bombastic. adjective puffier, puffiest 1. short of breath 2. swollen or bloated: a puffy face 3. pompous or conceited 4. blowing in gusts puffy

  • Pufft

    [“The Purdue University Fast Fortran Translator”, Saul Rosen et al, CACM 8(11):661-666 (Nov 1965)]. (1995-01-05)

  • Puff-puff

    noun 1. (Brit) a children’s name for a steam locomotive or railway train

  • Puff-piece

    noun, Informal. 1. a newspaper article, book, public-relations film, etc., whose purpose is to praise or flatter. noun 1. a flattering newspaper or magazine article about a person or an organization noun an article or report in the media that is based on exaggerated praise to promote a person, entity, or event puff piece An […]

  • Puff-pastry

    noun 1. a light, flaky, rich pastry made by rolling dough with butter and folding it to form layers: used for tarts, napoleons, etc. noun 1. a dough rolled in thin layers incorporating fat to make a rich flaky pastry for pies, rich pastries, etc

  • Puff-paste

    noun 1. a rich dough for making puff pastry.

  • Puffin crossing

    noun 1. a UK pedestrian road crossing with traffic lights signalling red to stop the traffic flow when pedestrians are seen on the crossing by infrared detectors. The green signal reappears when no pedestrians are seen on the crossing

  • Puffin

    noun 1. any of several alcidine sea birds of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and a large, compressed, grooved bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin) of the North Atlantic. noun 1. any of various northern diving birds of the family Alcidae (auks, etc), esp Fratercula arctica (common or Atlantic puffin), having […]

  • Puffed-up

    adjective 1. feeling self-important; arrogant; pompous. 2. swollen; puffy.

  • Puffed

    noun 1. a short, quick blast, as of wind or breath. 2. an abrupt emission of air, smoke, vapor, etc. 3. an act of inhaling and exhaling, as on a cigarette or pipe; whiff. 4. the sound of an abrupt emission of air, vapor, etc. 5. a small quantity of vapor, smoke, etc., emitted at […]

  • Puffbird

    noun 1. any of several tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, related to the barbets, having a large head with the feathers often fluffed out. noun 1. any of various brownish tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, having a large head: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)

  • Puff-ball

    noun 1. any of various basidiomycetous fungi, especially of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, characterized by a ball-like fruit body that emits a cloud of spores when broken. noun 1. any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores […]

  • Puffball

    noun 1. any of various basidiomycetous fungi, especially of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, characterized by a ball-like fruit body that emits a cloud of spores when broken. noun 1. any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores […]

  • Puff-adder

    noun 1. a large, thick-bodied, African viper, Bitis arietans, that inflates its body and hisses when disturbed. 2. a similar viper, B. inornata, native to southern Africa. noun 1. a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed 2. another name for hognose snake

  • Puff

    noun 1. a short, quick blast, as of wind or breath. 2. an abrupt emission of air, smoke, vapor, etc. 3. an act of inhaling and exhaling, as on a cigarette or pipe; whiff. 4. the sound of an abrupt emission of air, vapor, etc. 5. a small quantity of vapor, smoke, etc., emitted at […]

  • Pufendorf

    noun 1. Samuel von [zah-moo-uh l fuh n] /ˈzɑ mu əl fən/ (Show IPA), (“Severinus de Monzambano”) 1632–94, German jurist and historian. noun 1. Samuel von (ˈzamuəl fon). 1632–94, German jurist and philosopher, who lived in Sweden and Denmark. His De Jure naturae et gentium (1672) was an important contribution to the philosophy of natural […]

  • Puerto-vallarta

    [pwer-taw vah-yahr-tah] /ˈpwɛr tɔ vɑˈyɑr tɑ/ noun 1. a city in W Mexico.

  • Puertorriqueno

    [pwer-taw-ree-ke-nyaw] /ˌpwɛr tɔ riˈkɛ nyɔ/ noun, plural puertorriqueños [pwer-taw-ree-ke-nyaws] /ˌpwɛr tɔ riˈkɛ nyɔs/ (Show IPA). Spanish. 1. a native or inhabitant of Puerto Rico.

  • Puerto-rico-trench

    or Puerto Rico Trough noun 1. a depression in the ocean floor, N of Puerto Rico: includes deepest part of Atlantic Ocean, 28,374 feet (8648 meters).

  • Puerto-rican-royal-palm

    noun 1. a feather palm, Roystonea borinquena, of Puerto Rico and St. Croix, having leaves about 10 feet (3 meters) long and egg-shaped, yellowish-brown fruit.

  • Puerto-rican-cherry

    noun 1. acerola. noun 1. the cherrylike fruit of a small tree, Malpighia glabra, of the West Indies and adjacent areas, having a high concentration of vitamin C. 2. the tree itself. noun 1. a small tree or shrub, Malpighia glabra, that grows in the rainforests of N South America, Central America, and Jamaica 2. […]

  • Puerto-montt

    [pwer-taw mawnt] /ˈpwɛr tɔ ˈmɔnt/ noun 1. a city in S Chile.

  • Puerto-limon

    [Spanish pwer-taw lee-mawn] /Spanish ˈpwɛr tɔ liˈmɔn/ noun 1. Limón (def 2).

  • Puerto-cortes

    [pwer-taw kawr-tes] /ˈpwɛr tɔ kɔrˈtɛs/ noun 1. a seaport in NW Honduras.

  • Puerto-cabello

    [pwer-taw kah-ve-yaw] /ˈpwɛr tɔ kɑˈvɛ yɔ/ noun 1. a seaport in N Venezuela.

  • Puerto-ayacucho

    [pwer-taw ah-yah-koo-chaw] /ˈpwɛr tɔ ˌɑ yɑˈku tʃɔ/ noun 1. a city in S Venezuela, on the Orinoco River.

  • Puerperium

    noun, Obstetrics. 1. the four-week period following childbirth. noun 1. the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape puerperium pu·er·pe·ri·um (pyōō’ər-pēr’ē-əm) n. pl. pu·er·pe·ri·a (-pēr’ē-ə) The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the […]

  • Puerperant

    puerperant pu·er·per·ant (pyōō-ûr’pər-ənt) adj. Puerperal. n. A woman who has just given birth.

  • Puerperal tetanus

    puerperal tetanus n. Tetanus occurring during the puerperium, caused by obstetric infection. Also called postpartum tetanus.

  • Puerperal septicemia

    puerperal septicemia n. Severe septiciemia resulting from an obstetric delivery or procedure.

  • Puerperal psychosis

    noun 1. a mental disorder sometimes occurring in women after childbirth, characterized by deep depression, delusions of the child’s death, and homicidal feelings towards the child

  • Puerperal metritis

    puerperal metritis n. Inflammation of the uterus following childbirth. Also called lochiometritis.

  • Puerperal-fever

    noun, Pathology. 1. a systemic bacterial infection of the endometrium characterized by fever, rapid heartbeat, uterine tenderness, and malodorous discharge, chiefly occurring in women after childbirth, usually as the result of unsterile obstetric procedures. puerperal fever noun 1. a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth puerperal fever n. […]

  • Puerperal eclampsia

    puerperal eclampsia n. Convulsions and coma that are associated with hypertension, edema, or proteinuria, occurring in a woman immediately following childbirth.

  • Puerperal

    adjective 1. of or relating to a woman in childbirth. 2. pertaining to or connected with childbirth. adjective 1. of, relating to, or occurring during the puerperium puerperal pu·er·per·al (pyōō-ûr’pər-əl) adj. Relating to, connected with, or occurring during childbirth or the period immediately following childbirth.

  • Puerpera

    noun, plural puerperae [pyoo-ur-puh-ree] /pyuˈɜr pəˌri/ (Show IPA). Obstetrics. 1. a woman who has recently given birth to a child. puerpera pu·er·per·a (pyōō-ûr’pər-ə) n. pl. pu·er·per·ae (-pər-ē’) A woman who has just given birth.

  • Puerility

    noun, plural puerilities. 1. the state or quality of being a child. 2. the quality of being puerile; childish foolishness or triviality. 3. a puerile act, idea, remark, etc.: an inexcusable puerility.

  • Puerilities

    noun, plural puerilities. 1. the state or quality of being a child. 2. the quality of being puerile; childish foolishness or triviality. 3. a puerile act, idea, remark, etc.: an inexcusable puerility.

  • Puerilism

    noun, Psychiatry. 1. childishness in the behavior of an adult. noun 1. (psychiatry) immature or childish behaviour by an adult puerilism pu·er·il·ism (pyōō’ər-ə-lĭz’əm, pyur’ə-) n. Childish behavior in an adult, especially as a symptom of mental illness.

  • Puerile

    adjective 1. of or relating to a child or to childhood. 2. childishly foolish; immature or trivial: a puerile piece of writing. adjective 1. exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial 2. of or characteristic of a child

  • Puebla

    noun 1. a state in S central Mexico. 13,124 sq. mi. (33,990 sq. km). 2. the capital of this state, in the N part. noun 1. an inland state of S central Mexico, situated on the Anáhuac Plateau. Capital: Puebla. Pop: 5 070 346 (2000 est). Area: 33 919 sq km (13 096 sq miles) […]

  • Pueblo

    noun, plural pueblos [pweb-lohz; Spanish pwe-blaws] /ˈpwɛb loʊz; Spanish ˈpwɛ blɔs/ (Show IPA) 1. a communal structure for multiple dwelling and defensive purposes of certain agricultural Indians of the southwestern U.S.: built of adobe or stone, typically many-storied and terraced, the structures were often placed against cliff walls, with entry through the roof by ladder. […]

  • Puducherry

    noun 1. a Union Territory of SE India: transferred from French to Indian administration in 1954 and made a Union Territory in 1962. Capital: Puducherry. Pop: 973 829 (2001 est). Area: 479 sq km (185 sq miles) 2. a port in SE India, capital of the Union Territory of Puducherry (Pondicherry), on the Coromandel Coast. […]

  • Pudu

    noun 1. a small, hollow-toothed deer of the genus Pudu, native to the South American Andes, having a dark brown or gray coat, a small head, and spiked antlers: now greatly reduced in number; P. pudu may be at risk of extinction. noun 1. a diminutive Andean antelope, Pudu pudu, some 35 cm (13 to […]

  • Pudsey

    noun 1. a town in N England, in Leeds unitary authority, West Yorkshire. Pop: 32 391 (2001)

  • Pud-pulling

    pud-pulling

  • Pudovkin

    noun 1. Vsevolod Ilarionovich [fsye-vuh-luh t ee-luh-ryi-aw-nuh-vyich] /ˈfsyɛ və lət i lə ryɪˈɔ nə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA), 1893–1953, Russian motion-picture director. noun 1. Vsevolod (ˈfsjevələt). 1893–1953, Russian film director; noted for his silent films, such as Mother (1926) and Storm over Asia (1928)

  • Pudlicker

    pudlicker

  • Pudge

    [hef-uh l-fing-ger] /ˈhɛf əlˌfɪŋ gər/ noun 1. William Walter (“Pudge”) 1867–1954, U.S. football player. noun 1. (informal) a variant of podge

  • Pudens

    bashful, a Christian at Rome, who sent his greetings to Timothy (2 Tim. 4:21). (See CLAUDIA.)

  • Pudendum

    noun, plural pudenda [pyoo-den-duh] /pyuˈdɛn də/ (Show IPA), Usually, pudenda, Anatomy. 1. the external genital organs, especially those of the female; vulva. noun (pl) -da (-də) 1. (often pl) the human external genital organs collectively, esp of a female pudendum pu·den·dum (pyōō-děn’dəm) n. pl. pu·den·da (-də) The human external genitalia, especially of a woman. pu·den’dal […]

  • Pudendal nerve

    pudendal nerve n. A nerve that is formed by fibers from the second, third, and fourth sacral nerves, passes through the greater sciatic foramen, and accompanies the internal pudendal artery to terminate as the dorsal nerve of the penis or of the clitoris.

  • Pudendal canal

    pudendal canal n. The space within the obturator fascia lining the lateral wall of the ischiorectal fossa that transmits the pudendal vessels and nerves. Also called Alcock’s canal.

  • Pudendal artery

    pudendal artery n. An artery with distribution to the corpus cavernosum of the penis; internal pudendal artery. An artery with origin in the femoral artery, with distribution to the skin over the pubis, the skin over the penis, scrotum, or labia majora; and with anastomoses to the dorsal artery of the penis or of the […]

  • Pudendal

    pudendal pu·den·dal (pyū- den’dāl) adj. relating to the external genitals;

  • Pudency

    noun 1. modesty; bashfulness; shamefacedness. noun 1. modesty, shame, or prudishness

  • Publicist

    noun 1. a person who publicizes, especially a press agent or public-relations consultant. 2. an expert in current public or political affairs. 3. an expert in public or international law. noun 1. a person who publicizes something, esp a press or publicity agent 2. a journalist 3. (rare) a person learned in public or international […]

  • Publicities

    noun 1. extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication. 2. public notice so gained. 3. the measures, process, or business of securing public notice. 4. information, articles, or advertisements issued to secure public notice or attention. 5. the state of being public, or open to general […]

  • Publicity

    noun 1. extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication. 2. public notice so gained. 3. the measures, process, or business of securing public notice. 4. information, articles, or advertisements issued to secure public notice or attention. 5. the state of being public, or open to general […]

  • Publicity stunt

    noun an event staged to get public attention or for marketing purposes Examples A publicity stunt is a planned event designed to attract media attention to the promoters, the perpetrators, or their cause. Word Origin 1908

  • Puddle-jumping

    noun the action of flying an airplane for only short distances or making many stops Word Origin 1924

  • Puddle-jumper

    or puddlejumper [puhd-l-juhm-per] /ˈpʌd lˌdʒʌm pər/ noun, Slang. 1. a light plane, especially one traveling only short distances or making many stops. 2. an old, rickety automobile; flivver. noun See puddle jumper puddle-jumper

  • Puddle

    noun 1. a small pool of water, as of rainwater on the ground. 2. a small pool of any liquid. 3. clay or the like mixed with water and tempered, used as a waterproof lining for the walls of canals, ditches, etc. verb (used with object), puddled, puddling. 4. to mark or scatter with puddles. […]

  • Puddingwife

    noun, plural puddingwives [poo d-ing-wahyvz] /ˈpʊd ɪŋˌwaɪvz/ (Show IPA) 1. a bluish and bronze wrasse, Halichoeres radiatus, of the Atlantic coast from the Florida Keys to Brazil.

  • Pudding-stone

    noun, British Geology. 1. conglomerate (def 3). pudding stone noun 1. a conglomerate rock in which there is a difference in colour or composition between the pebbles and the matrix

  • Pudding-pipe tree

    [poo d-ing-pahyp] /ˈpʊd ɪŋˌpaɪp/ noun 1. golden shower.

  • Puddinghead

    puddinghead

  • Pudding club

    noun 1. (slang) the state of being pregnant (esp in the phrase in the pudding club)

  • Pudding

    noun 1. a thick, soft dessert, typically containing flour or some other thickener, milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener: tapioca pudding. 2. a similar dish unsweetened and served with or as a main dish: corn pudding. 3. British. the dessert course of a meal. 4. Nautical. a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing […]

  • P.U.D.

    1. pickup and delivery.

  • Pud

    noun, Chiefly British Informal. 1. pudding. 1. pickup and delivery. noun 1. (Brit, informal) short for pudding pud PUD 1. peptic ulcer disease 2. planned unit development

  • Puckout

    noun 1. (hurling) a free hit from the goal area made by the goalkeeper

  • Puckish

    adjective, (often initial capital letter) 1. mischievous; impish.

  • Puck hog

    noun 1. (hockey:Ice, informal) a player who is reluctant to pass the puck to other members of his or her team

  • Puckery

    adjective 1. puckered. 2. puckering. 3. tending to pucker.

  • Puckerood

    adjective 1. (NZ, informal) ruined; exhausted

  • Puckered

    verb (used with or without object) 1. to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict: Worry puckered his brow. noun 2. a wrinkle; an irregular fold. 3. a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn. 4. Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation. […]

  • Pucker-assed

    pucker-assed

  • Pucker

    verb (used with or without object) 1. to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict: Worry puckered his brow. noun 2. a wrinkle; an irregular fold. 3. a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn. 4. Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation. […]

  • Puck-control

    noun, Ice Hockey. 1. an offensive strategy to maintain control of the puck to prevent the other team from having scoring opportunities.

  • Puck-carrier

    [puhk-kar-ee-er] /ˈpʌkˌkær i ər/ noun, Ice Hockey. 1. the player who has the puck and moves it along.

  • Pucka

    adjective 1. pukka. adjective, Indian English. 1. genuine, reliable, or good; proper. adjective 1. a less common spelling of pukka adjective (esp in India) 1. properly or perfectly done, constructed, etc: a pukka road 2. genuine: pukka sahib

  • Puck

    noun 1. Ice Hockey. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is to be hit into the goal. 2. British Computers. mouse (def 4). noun 1. Also called Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow. a particularly mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2. (lowercase) a malicious or mischievous […]

  • Pucer

    adjective 1. of a dark or brownish purple. noun 2. a dark or brownish purple. noun 1. a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown (as adjective): a puce carpet

  • Pucellas

    noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. a tool resembling tongs or shears for handling and shaping molten glass.

  • Puce

    adjective 1. of a dark or brownish purple. noun 2. a dark or brownish purple. noun 1. a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown (as adjective): a puce carpet

  • Puccoon

    noun 1. any of certain plants that yield a red dye, as the bloodroot and certain plants belonging to the genus Lithospermum, of the borage family. 2. the dye itself. noun 1. Also called alkanet. any of several North American boraginaceous plants of the genus Lithospermum, esp L. canescens, that yield a red dye See […]

  • Puccini

    noun 1. Giacomo [jah-kaw-maw] /ˈdʒɑ kɔ mɔ/ (Show IPA), 1858–1924, Italian operatic composer. noun 1. Giacomo (ˈdʒaːkomo). 1858–1924, Italian operatic composer, noted for the dramatic realism of his operas, which include Manon Lescaut (1893), La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madame Butterfly (1904)

  • Puca

    noun 1. (in folklore) an Irish spirit, mischievous but not malevolent, corresponding to the English Puck.

  • P.u.c.

    1. Public Utilities Commission. P.U.C. Public Utilities Commission

  • PUC

    1. Public Utilities Commission.

  • Pubovesical muscle

    pubovesical muscle n. Smooth muscle fibers within the female pubovesical ligament.

  • Pubovesical

    pubovesical pu·bo·ves·i·cal (pyōō’bō-věs’ĭ-kəl) adj. Relating to the pubic bone and the urinary bladder.

  • Puborectal muscle

    puborectal muscle n. The part of the elevator muscle of the anus that passes from the body of the pubis around the anus to form a muscular sling at the level of the anorectal junction. The puborectal muscle relaxes during defecation.

  • Puborectal

    puborectal pu·bo·rec·tal (pyōō’bō-rěk’təl) adj. Relating to the pubis and rectum.

  • Puboprostatic muscle

    puboprostatic muscle n. The smooth muscle fibers within the puboprostatic ligament.

  • Puboprostatic

    puboprostatic pu·bo·pros·tat·ic (pyōō’bō-prŏ-stāt’ĭk) adj. Relating to the pubic bone and the prostate gland.

  • Pubococcygeus

    [pyoo-boh-kok-sij-ee-uh s, -sij-uh s] /ˌpyu boʊ kɒkˈsɪdʒ i əs, -ˈsɪdʒ əs/ noun 1. a muscle that stretches backward from the pubes toward the coccyx and forms part of the pelvic floor. Abbreviation: PC.

  • Pubococcygeal muscle

    pubococcygeal muscle pu·bo·coc·cyg·e·al muscle (pyōō’bō-kŏk-sĭj’ē-əl) n. A muscle formed of the fibers of the elevator muscle of the anus, arising from the pelvic surface of the body of the pubis, and attaching to the coccyx.

  • Pubo-

    pubo- pref. Pubis; pubic: puborectal.

  • Publius-licinius-valerianus

    noun 1. (Publius Licinius Valerianus) died a.d. c260, Roman emperor 253–60. noun 1. Also called allheal. any of various Eurasian valerianaceous plants of the genus Valeriana, esp V. officinalis, having small white or pinkish flowers and a medicinal root 2. a sedative drug made from the dried roots of V. officinalis noun 1. Latin name […]

  • Publius

    “the chief man of the island” of Malta (Acts 28:7), who courteously entertained Paul and his shipwrecked companions for three days, till they found a more permanent place of residence; for they remained on the island for three months, till the stormy season had passed. The word here rendered “chief man” (protos) is supposed by […]

  • Publish or perish

    Produce published work or fall into disfavor. For example, The younger members of the department have a heavier teaching load, but they also know it’s publish or perish. This expression is nearly always used for college or university teachers, for whom advancement frequently is predicated on publishing research in their field. [ Mid-1900s ]

  • Publishment

    noun, Archaic. 1. publication.

  • Publishing-house

    noun 1. a company that publishes books, pamphlets, engravings, or the like: a venerable publishing house in Boston.

  • Publishing

    noun 1. the activities or business of a publisher, especially of books or periodicals: He plans to go into publishing after college. verb (used with object) 1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public. 2. to issue publicly the work of: Random […]

  • Publisher

    noun 1. a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc. 2. the business head of a newspaper organization or publishing house, commonly the owner or the representative of the owner. noun 1. a company or person engaged in publishing periodicals, books, music, etc 2. (US & Canadian) […]

  • Published

    verb (used with object) 1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public. 2. to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner. 3. to submit (content) online, as to a message board or blog: I published a comment on her blog […]

  • Publishable

    verb (used with object) 1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public. 2. to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner. 3. to submit (content) online, as to a message board or blog: I published a comment on her blog […]

  • Publish

    verb (used with object) 1. to issue (printed or otherwise reproduced textual or graphic material, computer software, etc.) for sale or distribution to the public. 2. to issue publicly the work of: Random House publishes Faulkner. 3. to submit (content) online, as to a message board or blog: I published a comment on her blog […]

  • Public-works-administration

    noun 1. the U.S. federal agency (1933–44) that instituted and administered projects for the construction of public works. Abbreviation: PWA, P.W.A.

  • Public-works

    plural noun 1. structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use. public works plural noun 1. engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community public works definition Public facilities and improvements financed by the government for the public good. Public works include […]

  • Public-utility

    noun 1. a business enterprise, as a public-service corporation, performing an essential public service and regulated by the federal, state, or local government. Compare utility (def 3). 2. Usually, public utilities. stocks or bonds of public-utility companies, excluding railroads. public utility noun 1. an enterprise concerned with the provision to the public of essentials, such […]

  • Public-trust

    noun 1. charitable trust. charitable trust noun 1. a trust designed for the benefit of the general public, as for educational or other charitable purposes (opposed to private trust). charitable trust noun 1. a trust set up for the benefit of a charity that complies with the regulations of the Charity Commissioners to enable it […]

  • Public transportation

    noun any form of transportation that charge set fares, run fixed routes, and are available to the public such as buses, subways, ferries, and trains

  • Public-television

    noun 1. a type of noncommercial, usually educational, television programming funded by the government, grants, viewers, and corporations. Compare educational television.

  • Public switched telephone network

    communications (PSTN, T.70) The collection of interconnected systems operated by the various telephone companies and administrations (telcos and PTTs) around the world. Also known as the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) in contrast to xDSL and ISDN (not to mention other forms of PANS). The PSTN started as human-operated analogue circuit switching systems (plugboards), progressed […]

  • Public-spirited

    [puhb-lik-spir-i-tid] /ˈpʌb lɪkˈspɪr ɪ tɪd/ adjective 1. having or showing an unselfish interest in the public welfare: a public-spirited citizen. public-spirited adjective 1. having or showing active interest in public welfare or the good of the community

  • Public spending

    noun 1. expenditure by central government, local authorities, and public enterprises

  • Public-speaking

    noun 1. the act of delivering speeches in public. 2. the art or skill of addressing an audience effectively. public speaking noun 1. the art or practice of making speeches to large audiences

  • Public-service

    noun 1. the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public. 2. government employment; civil service. 3. a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization: This radio program has been brought to you as a public service. public service noun […]

  • Public-sector

    noun 1. the area of the nation’s affairs under governmental rather than private control. public sector noun 1. the part of an economy that consists of state-owned institutions, including nationalized industries and services provided by local authorities Compare private sector public sector definition That part of the economy controlled by the government. (Compare private sector.)

  • Public-school

    noun 1. (in the U.S.) a school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and that constitutes a part of a system of free public education commonly including primary and secondary schools. 2. (in England) any of a number of endowed secondary boarding schools that […]

  • Public-sale

    noun 1. auction (def 1).

  • Public-room

    noun 1. a lounge or other room that is open to all, especially in a hotel or on a ship.

  • Public record office

    noun 1. an institution in which official records are stored and kept available for inspection by the public

  • Public-prosecutor

    noun 1. an officer charged with the conduct of criminal prosecution in the interest of the public. public prosecutor noun 1. (law) an official in charge of prosecuting important cases

  • Public-policy

    noun 1. the fundamental policy on which laws rest, especially policy not yet enunciated in specific rules. 2. Law. the principle that injury to the public good or public order constitutes a basis for setting aside, or denying effect to, acts or transactions.

  • Public ownership

    noun 1. ownership by the state; nationalization

  • Public-opinion poll

    [puhb-lik-uh-pin-yuh n] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈpɪn yən/ noun 1. a poll taken by sampling a cross section of the public in an effort to predict election results or to estimate public attitudes on issues.

  • Public-officer

    noun 1. a person appointed or elected to a governmental post.

  • Public-offering

    noun 1. a sale of a new issue of securities to the general public through a managing underwriter (opposed to private placement): required to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Publico

    noun, plural públicos [poo-bli-kohz; Spanish poo-vlee-kaws] /ˈpu blɪˌkoʊz; Spanish ˈpu vliˌkɔs/ (Show IPA) 1. (especially in Puerto Rico) a taxi that picks up and discharges passengers along a fixed route. pro bono publico [proh boh-noh poo-bli-koh; English proh boh-noh puhb-li-koh] /proʊ ˈboʊ noʊ ˈpu blɪˌkoʊ; English proʊ ˈboʊ noʊ ˈpʌb lɪˌkoʊ/ adverb, Latin. 1. for […]

  • Publicness

    noun 1. the quality or state of being public or being owned by the public.

  • Publicly

    adverb 1. in a public or open manner or place. 2. by the public. 3. in the name of the community. 4. by public action or consent. adverb 1. in a public manner; without concealment; openly 2. in the name or with the consent of the public

  • Public limited company

    noun 1. another name for public company Abbreviation plc, PLC

  • Public-life

    noun 1. public service as an elected or appointed government official.

  • Public-library

    noun 1. a nonprofit library established for the use of the general public and maintained chiefly by public funds.

  • Public-lending-right

    noun 1. (in Britain) an act of Parliament that directs compensation to an author for the library loan of his or her book. Public Lending Right noun 1. the right of authors to receive payment when their books are borrowed from public libraries PLR

  • Public-law

    noun 1. Also called public act, public statute. a law or statute of a general character that applies to the people of a whole state or nation. 2. a branch of law dealing with the legal relationships between the state and individuals and with the relations among governmental agencies. Compare private law. 3. public international […]

  • Public key infrastructure

    cryptography, communications (PKI) A system of public key encryption using digital certificates from Certificate Authorities and other registration authorities that verify and authenticate the validity of each party involved in an electronic transaction. PKIs are currently evolving and there is no single PKI nor even a single agreed-upon standard for setting up a PKI. However, […]

  • Public-key encryption

    cryptography (PKE, Or “public-key cryptography”) An encryption scheme, introduced by Diffie and Hellman in 1976, where each person gets a pair of keys, called the public key and the private key. Each person’s public key is published while the private key is kept secret. Messages are encrypted using the intended recipient’s public key and can […]

  • Public-key cryptography standards

    cryptography, standard (PKCS) A set of standards for public-key cryptography, developed by RSA Data Security, Inc. in cooperation with an informal consortium, originally including Apple, Microsoft, DEC, Lotus, Sun and MIT. The PKCS have been cited by the OSI Implementers’ Workshop (OIW) as a method for implementation of OSI standards. PKCS includes both algorithm-specific and […]

  • Public-key cryptography

    public-key encryption

  • Public journalism

    noun See citizen journalism

  • Publicized

    verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing. 1. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could. verb 1. (transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise

  • Publicize

    verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing. 1. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could. verb 1. (transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise

  • Ptolemy II

    noun 1. (surnamed Philadelphus) 309?–247? b.c, king of Egypt 285–247? (son of Ptolemy I). noun 1. called Philadelphus. 309–246 bc, the son of Ptolemy I; king of Egypt (285–246). Under his rule the power, prosperity, and culture of Egypt was at its height

  • Ptomaine

    noun 1. any of a class of foul-smelling nitrogenous substances produced by bacteria during putrefaction of animal or plant protein: formerly thought to be toxic. noun 1. any of a group of amines, such as cadaverine or putrescine, formed by decaying organic matter ptomaine pto·maine (tō’mān’, tō-mān’) n. A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by […]

  • Ptomaine-poisoning

    noun 1. (erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine. ptomaine poisoning noun 1. a popular term for food poisoning ptomaine poisoning n. Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in technical use.

  • Ptosed

    ptosed (tōzd) adj. Ptotic.

  • Publicised

    verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing. 1. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could. verb 1. (transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise

  • Publicise

    verb (used with object), publicized, publicizing. 1. to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could. verb 1. (transitive) to bring to public notice; advertise

  • Public inter national law

    noun 1. Also called public law. the law governing the legal relations between independent states or nations and, increasingly, between these and individuals. 2. conflict of laws (def 2).

  • Public-international-law

    noun 1. Also called public law. the law governing the legal relations between independent states or nations and, increasingly, between these and individuals. 2. conflict of laws (def 2).

  • Public-interest law

    noun 1. a branch of law that often utilizes class-action suits to protect the interest of a large group or of the public at large, as in matters relating to racial discrimination, air pollution, etc.

  • Public-interest group

    noun 1. the usual US and Canadian name for pressure group

  • Public-interest

    noun 1. the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth: health programs that directly affect the public interest. 2. appeal or relevance to the general populace: a news story of public interest.

  • Public-housing

    noun 1. housing owned or operated by a government and usually offered at low rent to the needy.

  • Public-house

    noun 1. British. a tavern. 2. an inn or hostelry. public house noun 1. (Brit) the formal name for pub 2. (US & Canadian) an inn, tavern, or small hotel

  • Public holiday

    noun 1. a holiday observed over the whole country

  • Public health inspector

    noun 1. (in Britain) a former name for Environmental Health Officer

  • Public-health

    noun 1. health services to improve and protect community health, especially sanitation, immunization, and preventive medicine. public health pub·lic health (pŭb’lĭk) n. Abbr. PH, P.H. The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventive medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of […]

  • Public goods

    plural noun 1. services such as national defence, law enforcement, and road building, that are for the benefit of, and available to, all members of the public

  • Public gallery

    noun 1. the gallery in a chamber of Parliament reserved for members of the public who wish to listen to the proceedings Also called strangers’ gallery

  • Public footpath

    noun 1. a footpath along which the public has right of way

  • Public-eye

    noun 1. public attention or notice; limelight: a politician who keeps out of the public eye.

  • Public expenditure

    noun 1. spending by central government, local authorities, and public corporations

  • Public enterprise

    noun 1. economic activity by governmental organizations Compare private enterprise (sense 1) noun any economic activity carried out by the government; also, a business or industry controlled by the government Examples Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.), broadcasting, telecommunications, and certain forms of transport are examples of public enterprise. Word Origin 1849

  • Public-enemy-number-one

    or Public Enemy Number 1, Public Enemy No. 1 noun 1. (not in official use) a criminal at the top of the FBI’s list of the ten most wanted criminals. 2. a major menace to public safety, health, etc.: Cancer is Public Enemy Number One.

  • Public-enemy

    noun 1. a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, especially a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces. 2. a nation or government with which one’s own is at war. public enemy noun 1. a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a […]

  • Public-domain

    noun, Law. 1. the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection. 2. land owned by the government. public domain noun 1. (US) lands owned by a state or by the federal government 2. the status of a published work or invention upon […]

  • Public diplomacy

    noun any of the ways in which a country or organization such as the United Nations communicates with citizens in other societies, as opposed to diplomacy carried out between national governments Examples Arranging student exchange programs, hosting seminars, and meeting with foreign business and academic leaders are all considered public diplomacy. Word Origin 1856

  • Public-defender

    noun 1. a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense. public defender noun 1. (in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants public defender definition An attorney who is appointed and paid by a […]

  • Public-debt

    noun 1. national debt. noun (mainly US) 1. the total financial obligations incurred by all governmental bodies of a nation 2. another name for national debt

  • Public-corporation

    noun 1. a corporation, owned and operated by a government, established for the administration of certain public programs. 2. municipal corporation. 3. a large private corporation with many shares, which are sold to the public or traded on a stock exchange. public corporation noun 1. (in Britain) an organization established to run a nationalized industry […]

  • Public-convenience

    noun, Chiefly British. 1. a rest room, especially at a large public place, as at a railroad station. public convenience noun 1. a public lavatory, esp one in a public place

  • Public-company

    noun, British. 1. a company that has more than 50 shareholders and whose shares are offered for public subscription. public company noun 1. a limited company whose shares may be purchased by the public and traded freely on the open market and whose share capital is not less than a statutory minimum; public limited company […]

  • Public-charge

    noun 1. a person who is in economic distress and is supported at government expense: He assured the American consul that the prospective immigrant would not become a public charge.

  • Public-broadcasting-service

    noun 1. a network of independent, noncommercial television stations that operate with public and government funding instead of with revenues from advertising. Abbreviation: PBS.

  • Public-bill

    noun 1. a congressional or parliamentary bill involving the general interests of the people at large or of the whole community. noun 1. (in Parliament) a bill dealing with public policy that usually applies to the whole country Compare private bill, hybrid bill

  • Public-bar

    noun, British. 1. (in a tavern or pub) the common section of a bar or barroom, not as exclusive, as quiet, or as comfortably furnished as the saloon section. noun 1. (Brit) a bar in a public house usually serving drinks at a cheaper price than in the saloon bar Also called the public Compare […]

  • Publication-date

    noun 1. the date on which a book or periodical is or is planned to be published.

  • Publication

    noun 1. the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like. 2. the act of bringing before the public; announcement. 3. the state or fact of being published. 4. something that is published, especially a periodical. noun 1. the act or process of publishing a printed work 2. any […]

  • Public-assistance

    noun 1. government aid to the poor, disabled, or aged or to dependent children, as financial assistance or food stamps. public assistance noun 1. (US) payment given to individuals by government agencies on the basis of need

  • Publican

    noun 1. Chiefly British. a person who owns or manages a tavern; the keeper of a pub. 2. Roman History. a person who collected public taxes. 3. any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like. noun 1. (in Britain) a person who keeps a public house 2. (in ancient Rome) a public contractor, esp […]

  • Public-affairs

    noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. matters of general interest or concern, especially those dealing with current social or political issues.

  • Public-administrator

    noun 1. an official of a city, county, or state government. 2. a person appointed to administer the estate of a deceased person, especially during the period when a will is being contested.

  • Public-administration

    noun 1. the implementation of public policy, largely by the executive branch. 2. a field of study preparing persons for careers in such work.

  • Public-address system

    [puhb-lik-uh-dres] /ˈpʌb lɪk əˈdrɛs/ noun 1. a combination of electronic devices that makes sound audible via loudspeakers to many people, as in an auditorium or out of doors. public-address system noun 1. a system of one or more microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers for increasing the sound level of speech or music, used in auditoriums, public […]

  • Public-accountant

    noun 1. an accountant whose services are available to the public at large, in contrast to one employed on a full-time basis by a company.

  • Public-access television

    [puhb-lik-ak-ses, -ak-] /ˈpʌb lɪkˌæk sɛs, -ˈæk-/ noun 1. a noncommercial system of broadcasting on television channels made available to independent or community groups for programs of general interest to the community. 2. one or more channels on cable television that by law are reserved for noncommercial broadcasting by members of the public.

  • Public-access

    noun 1. the availability of noncommercial television and radio broadcasting facilities to community groups or members of the public for programs of general interest to the community, especially as a condition of cable television franchises. 2. a type of noncommercial programming of general interest to the community.

  • Public

    adjective 1. of, relating to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole: public funds; a public nuisance. 2. done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole: public prosecution. 3. open to all persons: a public meeting. 4. of, relating to, or being in the service of a community or nation, […]

  • Publ.

    1. public. 2. publication. 3. publicity. 4. published. 5. publisher. publ. 1. publication 2. published 3. publisher

  • Pubis

    noun, plural pubes [pyoo-beez] /ˈpyu biz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy. 1. that part of either innominate bone that, with the corresponding part of the other, forms the front of the pelvis. noun (pl) -bes (-biːz) 1. one of the three sections of the hipbone that forms part of the pelvis pubis pu·bis (pyōō’bĭs) n. pl. pu·bes […]

  • Pubiotomy

    pubiotomy pu·bi·ot·o·my (pyōō’bē-ŏt’ə-mē) n. Surgical severance of the pubic bone a few centimeters lateral to the symphysis, especially to increase the capacity of a contracted pelvis sufficiently to permit the passage of a fetus during childbirth. Also called pelviotomy.

  • Pubilect

    noun the language or dialect of teenagers Word Origin pub(erty) + (dia)lect

  • Pubic-symphysis

    noun, Anatomy. 1. the fixed joint at the front of the pelvic girdle where the halves of the pubis meet. pubic symphysis n. The firm fibrocartilaginous joint between the two pubic bones.

  • Pubic region

    pubic region n. The lowest of the three median regions of the abdomen, which lies below the umbilical region and between the inguinal regions. Also called hypogastrium.

  • Pubic-louse

    noun 1. See under louse (def 1). noun, plural lice [lahys] /laɪs/ (Show IPA), for 1–3, louses for 4. 1. any small, wingless insect of the order Anoplura (sucking louse) parasitic on humans and other mammals and having mouthparts adapted for sucking, as Pediculus humanus (body louse or head louse) and Phthirius pubis (crab louse […]

  • Pubic directory

    [NYU] (also “pube directory” /pyoob’ d*-rek’t*-ree/) The “pub” (public) directory on a machine that allows FTP access. So called because it is the default location for SEX (software exchange). [Jargon File]

  • Pubic crest

    pubic crest n. The rough anterior border of the body of the pubis that is continuous laterally with the pubic tubercle.

  • Pubic bone

    pubic bone n. The forward portion of either of the hipbones, at the juncture forming the front arch of the pelvis. Also called pubis.

  • Pubic arch

    pubic arch n. The arch formed by the inferior rami of the pubic bones.

  • Pubic angle

    pubic angle n. See subpubic angle.

  • Pubic

    adjective 1. of, relating to, or situated near the pubes or the pubis. adjective 1. of or relating to the pubes or pubis: pubic hair pubic pu·bic (pyōō’bĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or located in the region of the pubis or the pubes. Relating to the pubic region of the abdomen. pubis (py’bĭs) Plural pubes […]

  • Pub grub

    noun 1. (informal) food served in a pub

  • Pubescent

    adjective 1. arriving or arrived at puberty. 2. Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair. adjective 1. arriving or having arrived at puberty 2. (of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down pubescent pu·bes·cent (pyōō-běs’ənt) adj. Reaching or having reached puberty. Covered with […]

  • Pubescence

    adjective 1. arriving or arrived at puberty. 2. Botany, Zoology. covered with down or fine short hair. adjective 1. arriving or having arrived at puberty 2. (of certain plants and animals or their parts) covered with a layer of fine short hairs or down pubescence pu·bes·cence (pyōō-běs’əns) n. The state of being pubescent. The attainment […]

  • Pubes

    noun, plural pubes. Anatomy. 1. the lower part of the abdomen, especially the region between the right and left iliac regions. 2. the hair appearing on the lower part of the abdomen at puberty. noun 1. plural of pubis. noun, plural pubes [pyoo-beez] /ˈpyu biz/ (Show IPA). Anatomy. 1. that part of either innominate bone […]

  • Puberulent

    adjective, Botany, Zoology. 1. minutely pubescent. adjective 1. (biology) covered with very fine down; finely pubescent

  • Puberty

    noun 1. the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction of offspring: in common law, presumed to be 14 years in the male and 12 years in the female. noun 1. the period at the beginning of adolescence when the sex glands become functional and the secondary sexual characteristics […]

  • Pubertal

    adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of puberty.

  • Puberal

    adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of puberty. puberal pu·ber·al (pyōō’bər-əl) or pu·ber·tal (-bər-tl) adj. Of or relating to puberty.

  • Pube

    noun 1. (informal) a pubic hair

  • Pub-date

    noun, Informal. 1. publication date.

  • Pub-crawl

    verb (used without object) 1. to have drinks at one bar after another. noun 2. pub crawl. noun 1. an instance or period of pub-crawling. noun 1. a drinking tour of a number of pubs or bars verb 2. (intransitive) to make such a tour pub crawl

  • Pubbing

    noun the social activity of frequenting a bar or a number of bars Word Origin 1937

  • Pubarche

    pubarche pu·bar·che (pyōō-bär’kē) n. The onset of puberty, particularly as manifested by the appearance of pubic hair.

  • Pub

    noun 1. a bar or tavern. 1. public. 2. publication. 3. published. 4. publisher. 5. publishing. noun 1. (mainly Brit) Formal name public house. a building with a bar and one or more public rooms licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink, often also providing light meals 2. (Austral & NZ) a hotel […]

  • Puah

    splendid. (1.) One of the two midwives who feared God, and refused to kill the Hebrew male children at their birth (Ex. 1:15-21). (2.) A descendant of Issachar (Judg. 10:1).

  • P.u.

    P.U. Used to indicate a bad or offensive smell (from “phew”)

  • Pu

    Symbol, Chemistry. 1. plutonium. Chemical symbol 1. plutonium Pu The symbol for the element plutonium. Pu The symbol for plutonium. plutonium (pl-tō’nē-əm) Symbol Pu A silvery, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that has the highest atomic number of all naturally occurring elements. It is found in minute amounts in uranium ores and is […]

  • P-type

    adjective 1. (of a semiconductor) having a density of mobile holes in excess of that of conduction electrons 2. associated with or resulting from the movement of holes in a semiconductor: p-type conductivity Compare n-type P-type Made of material, usually a semiconductor such as silicon, that has been doped with impurities so that it has […]

  • Ptyalocele

    ptyalocele pty·a·lo·cele (tī’ə-lō-sēl’) n. See ranula.

  • Ptyalo-

    ptyalo- or ptyal- pref. Saliva; salivary glands: ptyalocele.

  • Ptyalism

    noun, Pathology. 1. excessive secretion of saliva. noun 1. excessive secretion of saliva ptyalism pty·a·lism (tī’ə-lĭz’əm) n. Excessive flow of saliva. Also called hypersalivation, salivation, sialism, sialismus, sialorrhea, sialosis.

  • Ptyalin

    noun, Biochemistry. 1. an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose. noun 1. (biochem) an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals ptyalin pty·a·lin (tī’ə-lĭn) n. An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin. ptyalin (tī’ə-lĭn) An enzyme found in the […]

  • Ptyalectasis

    [tahy-uh-lek-tuh-sis] /ˌtaɪ əˈlɛk tə sɪs/ noun, plural ptyalectases [tahy-uh-lek-tuh-seez] /ˌtaɪ əˈlɛk təˌsiz/ (Show IPA) 1. spontaneous or surgical dilatation of a salivary duct. ptyalectasis pty·a·lec·ta·sis (tī’ə-lěk’tə-sĭs) n. See sialectasis.

  • Ptyalagogue

    ptyalagogue pty·al·a·gogue (tī-āl’ə-gŏg’) n. See sialagogue.

  • Pty

    abbreviation 1. proprietary: used to denote a private limited company

  • PTV

    1. public television. PTV 1. pay television 2. public television

  • Ptui

    interjection 1. (used to indicate the sound or act of spitting.)

  • Ptu

    PTU abbr. propylthiouracil PTU propylthiouracil

  • PTT

    1. Post, Telegraph, and Telephone (the government-operated system, as in France or Turkey). noun See push-to-talk Post, Telephone and Telegraph administration PTT partial thromboplastin time

  • Ptso

    PTSO Parent-Teacher-Student Organization

  • PTSD

    1. posttraumatic stress disorder. abbreviation 1. post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder

  • Ptsa

    PTSA Parent-Teacher-Student Association

  • Pts

    1. parts. 2. payments. 3. pints. 4. points. 5. ports. abbreviation 1. parts 2. payments 3. points 4. ports

  • Ptr

    PTR 1. problem trouble report 2. program technical report

  • Ptp.

    1. past participle.

  • Ptotic

    noun, Pathology. 1. a drooping of the upper eyelid. 2. prolapse or drooping of any organ. noun (pl) ptoses (ˈtəʊsiːz) 1. prolapse or drooping of a part, esp the eyelid ptotic ptot·ic (tŏt’ĭk) adj. Relating to or characterized by ptosis. ptosis pto·sis (tō’sĭs) n. pl. pto·ses (-sēz) Abnormal lowering or drooping of an organ or […]

  • Ptosis

    noun, Pathology. 1. a drooping of the upper eyelid. 2. prolapse or drooping of any organ. noun (pl) ptoses (ˈtəʊsiːz) 1. prolapse or drooping of a part, esp the eyelid ptosis pto·sis (tō’sĭs) n. pl. pto·ses (-sēz) Abnormal lowering or drooping of an organ or a part, especially a drooping of the upper eyelid caused […]

  • Psychrophile

    psychrophile psy·chro·phile (sī’krə-fīl’) or psy·chro·phil (-fĭl) n. An organism that grows best at a low temperature.

  • Psychrophilic

    /ˌsaɪkrəʊˈfɪlɪk/ adjective 1. (esp of bacteria) showing optimum growth at low temperatures psychrophilic psy·chro·phil·ic (sī’krō-fĭl’ĭk) adj. Thriving at relatively low temperatures. Used of certain bacteria.

  • Psychrophobia

    noun a fear of cold See chromatophobia See chromophobia Word Origin Greek psychros ‘cold’

  • Psychrophore

    psychrophore psy·chro·phore (sī’krə-fôr’) n. A catheter having two tubes through which cold water is circulated to apply cold to a canal or cavity.

  • Ptolemy I

    noun 1. (surnamed Soter) 367?–280 b.c, ruler of Egypt 323–285: founder of Macedonian dynasty in Egypt. noun 1. called Ptolemy Soter. ?367–283 bc, king of Egypt (323–285 bc), a general of Alexander the Great, who obtained Egypt on Alexander’s death and founded the Ptolemaic dynasty: his capital Alexandria became the centre of Greek culture

  • Ptolemy

    noun, plural Ptolemies for 2. 1. (Claudius Ptolemaeus) flourished a.d. 127–151, Hellenistic mathematician, astronomer, and geographer in Alexandria. 2. any of the kings of the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt 323–30 b.c. noun 1. (surnamed Soter) 367?–280 b.c, ruler of Egypt 323–285: founder of Macedonian dynasty in Egypt. noun 1. (surnamed Philadelphus) 309?–247? b.c, king […]

  • Ptolemies

    noun, plural Ptolemies for 2. 1. (Claudius Ptolemaeus) flourished a.d. 127–151, Hellenistic mathematician, astronomer, and geographer in Alexandria. 2. any of the kings of the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt 323–30 b.c. noun 1. Latin name Claudius Ptolemaeus. 2nd century ad, Greek astronomer, mathematician, and geographer. His Geography was the standard geographical textbook until the […]

  • Ptolemaist

    noun 1. an adherent or advocate of the Ptolemaic system of astronomy. noun 1. a believer in or adherent of the Ptolemaic system of the universe

  • Ptolemais

    a maritime city of Galilee (Acts 21:7). It was originally called “Accho” (q.v.), and received the name Ptolemais from Ptolemy Soter when he was in possession of Coele-Syria.

  • Ptolemaic universe

    Ptolemaic universe [(tol-uh-may-ik)] The model for the universe, put forth by the ancient Greek astronomer Ptolemy, that had the Earth at the center, with the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolving around it. Note: The Ptolemaic system prevailed in astronomy for nearly fifteen hundred years, until the model of the solar system proposed by Nicolaus […]

  • Ptolemaic-system

    noun, Astronomy. 1. a system elaborated by Ptolemy and subsequently modified by others, according to which the earth was the fixed center of the universe, with the heavenly bodies moving about it. Ptolemaic system noun 1. the theory of planetary motion developed by Ptolemy from the hypotheses of earlier philosophers, stating that the earth lay […]

  • Ptolemaic

    adjective 1. of or relating to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy. 2. of or relating to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt. adjective 1. of or relating to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy or to his conception of the universe 2. of or relating to the Macedonian […]

  • Ptolemaeus

    noun 1. a walled plain in the third quadrant of the face of the moon: about 90 miles (144 km) in diameter. noun 1. a crater in the SE quadrant of the moon, about 140 kilometres (90 miles) in diameter

  • Ptochology

    noun the study of poverty, unemployment Word Origin Greek ‘poor, beggar’

  • Ptochocracy

    noun (pl) -cies 1. government by the poor noun rule by the poor, lower class; also, the poor as a class Word Origin Greek ‘poor, beggar’

  • P.T.O.

    1. please turn over (a page or leaf). p.t.o. please turn over

  • PTO

    1. Patent and Trademark Office. 2. Machinery. power takeoff. 1. please turn over (a page or leaf). abbreviation 1. please turn over PTO 1. Parent-Teacher Organization 2. Patent and Trademark Office 3. power takeoff p.t.o. please turn over

  • Ptn

    abbreviation 1. public telephone network: the telephone network provided in Britain by British Telecom Physical Transport Network

  • Ptmpty

    PTMPTY per thousand members per year

  • Ptma

    PTMA phenyltrimethylammonium

  • PTM

    1. Telecommunications. pulse-time modulation.

  • Ptl

    PTL Praise the Lord

  • Ptisan

    noun 1. a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality. noun 1. grape juice drained off without pressure 2. a variant spelling of tisane ptisan ptis·an (tĭz’ən, tĭ-zān’) n. A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.

  • Ptilosis

    ptilosis pti·lo·sis (tĭ-lō’sĭs) n. Loss of the eyelashes.

  • P.t.i.

    P.T.I. pretrial intervention

  • Pti

    Portable Tool Interface PTI previously taxed income

  • Pthreads

    A library of pre-emptive thread routines (for Ada?), designed and implemented in the PART (POSIX / Ada-Runtime Project). Pthreads is compliant with POSIX 1003.4a Draft 6. Version 1.17 has been ported to Sun-4/SunOS 4.1.x. (ftp://ftp.cs.fsu.edu/pub/PART/). Mailing list: mueller@uzu.cs.fsu.edu (“Subject: subscribe-pthreads”). E-mail: . (1993-07-22)

  • Pthirus

    Pthirus Pthir·us (thĭr’əs, thī’rəs) n. A genus of parasitic lice of the family Pediculidae, formerly grouped in the genus Pediculus, the main species of which is the crab louse.

  • Pthc

    PTHC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography

  • PTH

    1. parathyroid hormone. PTH abbr. parathyroid hormone PTH parathyroid hormone

  • Ptgs

    PTGS post-transcriptional gene silencing

  • Ptg

    1. printing. abbreviation 1. printing ptg. printing

  • Ptfe

    abbreviation 1. polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon)

  • Ptf

    Program Temporary Fix PTF plasma thromboplastin factor

  • Pterylae

    noun, plural pterylae [ter-uh-lee, -lahy] /ˈtɛr əˌli, -ˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA). Ornithology. 1. one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird. noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː) 1. (ornithol) any of the tracts of skin that bear contour feathers, arranged in lines along the body of a bird

  • Pteryla

    noun, plural pterylae [ter-uh-lee, -lahy] /ˈtɛr əˌli, -ˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA). Ornithology. 1. one of the feathered areas on the skin of a bird. noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː) 1. (ornithol) any of the tracts of skin that bear contour feathers, arranged in lines along the body of a bird

  • Pterygote

    adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the arthropod subclass Pterygota, comprising the winged insects.

  • Pterygopalatine nerve

    pterygopalatine nerve n. Either of two short sensory branches of the maxillary nerve in the pterygopalatine fossa, which pass through the pterygopalatine ganglion without synapse.

  • Pterygopalatine ganglion

    pterygopalatine ganglion n. A small parasympathetic ganglion in the upper pterygopalatine fossa whose postsynaptic fibers supply the lacrimal and nasal glands. Also called sphenopalatine ganglion.

  • Pterygopalatine canal

    pterygopalatine canal n. The canal that is formed between the maxilla and palatine bones and transmits the descending palatine artery and the greater palatine nerve.

  • Pterygopalatine

    pterygopalatine pter·y·go·pal·a·tine (těr’ĭ-gō-pāl’ə-tīn’) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the palatine bone.

  • Pterygomaxillary

    pterygomaxillary pter·y·go·max·il·lar·y (těr’ĭ-gō-māk’sə-lěr’ē) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the maxilla.

  • Pterygomandibular

    pterygomandibular pter·y·go·man·dib·u·lar (těr’ĭ-gō-mān-dĭb’yə-lər) adj. Relating to the pterygoid process and the mandible.

  • Pterygoid process

    /ˈtɛrɪˌɡɔɪd/ noun 1. (anatomy) either of two long bony plates extending downwards from each side of the sphenoid bone within the skull pterygoid process n. A long process of the sphenoid bone extending downward from the junction of its body and great wing.

  • Pterygoid nerve

    pterygoid nerve n. Either of two motor branches of the mandibular nerve, designated lateral and medial, supplying the lateral and medial pterygoid muscles.

  • Pterygoid canal

    pterygoid canal n. An opening through the pterygoid process of the sphenoid bone through which an artery, vein, and nerve pass.

  • Pterygoid

    pterygoid pter·y·goid (těr’ĭ-goid’) adj. Of, relating to, or located in the region of the sphenoid bone. Resembling a wing; winglike. n. Either of two processes descending from the body of the sphenoid bone.

  • Pterygo-

    pterygo- pref. Pterygoid; pterygoid process: pterygomandibular.

  • Pterygium

    noun, plural pterygiums, pterygia [tuh-rij-ee-uh] /təˈrɪdʒ i ə/ (Show IPA). Ophthalmology. 1. an abnormal triangular mass of thickened conjunctiva extending over the cornea and interfering with vision. pterygium pte·ryg·i·um (tə-rĭj’ē-əm) n. pl. pte·ryg·i·ums or pte·ryg·i·a (-ē-ə) An abnormal mass of tissue arising from the conjunctiva of the inner corner of the eye that obstructs vision […]

  • Pterygial

    noun, plural pterygiums, pterygia [tuh-rij-ee-uh] /təˈrɪdʒ i ə/ (Show IPA). Ophthalmology. 1. an abnormal triangular mass of thickened conjunctiva extending over the cornea and interfering with vision. adjective 1. (zoology) of or relating to a fin or wing pterygium pte·ryg·i·um (tə-rĭj’ē-əm) n. pl. pte·ryg·i·ums or pte·ryg·i·a (-ē-ə) An abnormal mass of tissue arising from the […]

  • Pteroyltriglutamic acid

    pteroyltriglutamic acid pter·o·yl·tri·glu·tam·ic acid (těr’ō-ĭl-trī’glōō-tām’ĭk) n. See pteropterin.

  • Pteroylglutamic acid

    pteroylglutamic acid pter·o·yl·glu·tam·ic acid (těr’ō-ĭl-glōō-tām’ĭk) n. Folic acid.

  • Pterosaur

    noun 1. any flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having the outside digit of the forelimb greatly elongated and supporting a wing membrane. noun 1. any extinct flying reptile of the order Pterosauria, of Jurassic and Cretaceous times: included the pterodactyls Compare dinosaur, plesiosaur pterosaur (těr’ə-sôr’) Any of […]

  • Pteropterin

    pteropterin pter·op·ter·in (těr-ŏp’tər-ĭn) n. A crystalline conjugate of folic acid containing three molecules of glutamic acid instead of one and having the general properties of a polypeptide. Also called pteroyltriglutamic acid.

  • Pteropodium

    noun, plural pteropodia [ter-uh-poh-dee-uh] /ˌtɛr əˈpoʊ di ə/ (Show IPA) 1. the foot of a pteropod.

  • Pteropod

    adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the Pteropoda, a group of mollusks having the lateral portions of the foot expanded into winglike lobes used in swimming. noun 2. a pteropod mollusk. noun 1. any small marine gastropod mollusc of the group or order Pteropoda, in which the foot is expanded into two winglike lobes for […]

  • Pteronophobia

    noun a fear of feathers Word Origin ptero- ‘feather, wing’

  • Pteron

    noun, Architecture. 1. (in a classical temple) a colonnade parallel to, but apart from, the cella. 2. the space between this and the cella.

  • Pteroma

    noun, plural pteromata [tuh-roh-muh-tuh, te-] /təˈroʊ mə tə, tɛ-/ (Show IPA) 1. pteron.

  • Pterodactyl

    noun 1. any of a number of genera of flying reptiles of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a highly reduced tail and teeth and a birdlike beak. noun 1. any extinct flying reptile of the genus Pterodactylus and related genera, having membranous wings supported on an elongated fourth digit […]

  • Pterocarpous

    [ter-uh-kahr-puh s] /ˌtɛr əˈkɑr pəs/ adjective, Botany. 1. having winged fruit.

  • Ptero-

    1. a combining form meaning “wing,” “feather,” used in the formation of compound words: pterodactyl. combining form 1. wing, feather, or a part resembling a wing: pterodactyl ptero- or pter- pref. Wing; feather: pterion.

  • Pterion

    noun, Craniometry. 1. the craniometric point at the side of the sphenoidal fontanelle. pterion pter·i·on (těr’ē-ŏn’, tēr’-) n. The junction of the greater wing of the sphenoid bone and the squamous temporal, the frontal, and the parietal bones.

  • Pteridosperm

    [tuh-rid-uh-spurm, ter-i-doh-] /təˈrɪd əˌspɜrm, ˈtɛr ɪ doʊ-/ noun 1. seed fern. pteridosperm /ˈtɛrɪdəˌspɜːm/ noun 1. any extinct seed-producing fernlike plant of the group Pteridospermae Also called seed fern

  • Pteridophyte

    [tuh-rid-uh-fahyt, ter-i-doh-] /təˈrɪd əˌfaɪt, ˈtɛr ɪ doʊ-/ noun 1. any plant of the division Pteridophyta, characterized by vascular tissue and differentiation into root, stem, and leaves, comprising the ferns, horsetails, and club mosses. pteridophyte /ˈtɛrɪdəʊˌfaɪt/ noun 1. (in traditional classification) any plant of the division Pteridophyta, reproducing by spores and having vascular tissue, roots, stems, […]

  • Pteridology

    noun 1. the branch of botany dealing with ferns and related plants, as the horsetails and club mosses. noun 1. the branch of botany concerned with the study of ferns and related plants

  • Pterido-

    1. a combining form meaning “fern,” used in the formation of compound words: pteridology.

  • Pteridine

    pteridine (těr’ĭ-dēn’) Any of a group of organic compounds having two fused six-member rings each containing two nitrogen atoms and four carbon atoms. One of the rings is a pyrimidine, the other a pyrazine. Pteridines include folic acid and the pigments of butterfly wings.

  • Pteranodon

    noun 1. a flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Cretaceous Period, having a wingspread of about 25 feet (8 meters). pteranodon (tə-rān’ə-dŏn’) Any of several very large, extinct flying reptiles (pterosaurs) of the genus Pteranodon of the Cretaceous Period. Pteranodon had a long pointed crest on its head, no teeth, a very […]

  • Pter

    1. variant of ptero- before a vowel: pteranodon. 1. a combining form meaning “one with wings” of the kind specified: hymenopter.

  • Ptea

    PTEA pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

  • Pte

    abbreviation 1. private PTE 1. Portugal-escudo (currency) 2. pulmonary thromboembolism 3. pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

  • Ptdser

    PtdSer phosphatidylserine

  • Ptdins

    PtdIns phosphatidylinositol

  • Ptdeth

    PtdEth phosphatidylethanolamine

  • Ptdcho

    PtdCho phosphatidylcholine

  • Ptd

    Ptd phosphatidyl

  • Ptct

    PtCT patient care technologies

  • Ptca

    abbreviation 1. percutaneous translumenal coronary angioplasty, a technique for inserting a catheter into an artery to prevent congestive heart disease PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

  • PTC

    1. Biochemistry. phenylthiocarbamide: another name for phenylthiourea. abbreviation 1. (television) piece to camera A Pascal to C translator. (ftp://uxc.sco.uiuc.edu/languages/ptc). PTC phenylthiocarbamide

  • PT boat

    noun, U.S. Military. 1. a small, fast, lightly armed, unarmored, and highly maneuverable boat used chiefly for torpedoing enemy shipping.

  • Ptarmigan

    noun, plural ptarmigans (especially collectively) ptarmigan. 1. any of several grouses of the genus Lagopus, of mountainous and cold northern regions, having feathered feet. noun (pl) -gans, -gan 1. any of several arctic and subarctic grouse of the genus Lagopus, esp L. mutus, which has a white winter plumage 2. (sometimes capital) a created domestic […]

  • Ptah

    noun 1. an ancient Egyptian deity, believed to be a universal creator and sometimes identified with other gods: worshiped especially at Memphis when it was the royal residence. noun 1. (in ancient Egypt) a major god worshipped as the creative power, esp at Memphis PTAH phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin

  • P-tac

    Parallel Three Address Code. Kid is a refinement of P-TAC, used as an intermediate language for Id. [“P-TAC: A Parallel Intermediate Language”, Z. Ariola et al, Fourth Intl Conf Func Prog Langs and Comp Arch, ACM Sept 1989].

  • PTA

    1. Parent-Teacher Association. plural Ptas. 1. peseta. symbol 1. peseta abbreviation 1. Parent-Teacher Association PTA abbr. plasma thromboplastin antecedent PTA 1. Parent-Teacher Association 2. prior to [hospital] admission pta. peseta

  • P.t.

    1. Pacific Time. 2. past tense. 3. post town. 4. pro tempore. 1. Also, PT. Pacific Time. 2. physical therapy. 3. physical training. 4. postal telegraph. 5. post town. 6. pupil teacher. p.t. pro tempore

  • Pt

    1. pint; pints. Symbol, Chemistry. 1. platinum. 1. point. 2. port. 1. part. 2. payment. 3. pint; pints. 4. point. 5. port. 6. preterit. 1. Also, PT. Pacific Time. 2. physical therapy. 3. physical training. 4. postal telegraph. 5. post town. 6. pupil teacher. 1. Pacific Time. 2. past tense. 3. post town. 4. pro […]

  • Psywar

    noun 1. psychological warfare. adjective 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of psychological warfare: to wage a psywar campaign against the enemy. psywar psywar psychological warfare

  • Psyton

    humour /si:’ton/ (From TMRC) The elementary particle carrying the sinister force. The probability of a process losing is proportional to the number of psytons falling on it. Psytons are generated by observers, which is why demos are more likely to fail when lots of people are watching. This term appears to have been largely superseded […]

  • Psyops

    plural noun 1. short for psychological operations noun psychological operations carried out by the military, esp. to influence the attitudes and perceptions of individuals, organizations, or governments

  • Psyllium

    noun 1. fleawort. 2. Also called psyllium seed. the seeds of this plant, used as a laxative. noun 1. a grain, Plantago psafra, the husks of which are used medicinally as a laxative and to reduce blood cholesterol levels psyllium psyl·li·um (sĭl’ē-əm) n. An annual Eurasian plant having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in […]

  • Psyllid-yellows

    noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Plant Pathology. 1. a viral disease transmitted by the potato psyllid, causing the young leaves of potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers to curl and turn yellow or purplish.

  • Psyllids

    noun 1. any of numerous lice, of the family Psyllidae, that feed on plant juices and are sometimes pests of fruits and vegetables. noun 1. jumping plant louse.

  • Psyllid

    noun 1. any of numerous lice, of the family Psyllidae, that feed on plant juices and are sometimes pests of fruits and vegetables. noun 1. jumping plant louse. noun 1. any homopterous insect of the family Psyllidae, which comprises the jumping plant lice See plant louse (sense 2)

  • Psylla

    noun 1. jumping plant louse.

  • Psykter

    noun, plural psykters. Greek and Roman Antiquity. 1. a wine jar with an ovoid body tapering at the neck, set on a high foot: used for cooling wine.

  • Psychogeriatrics

    [sahy-koh-jeer-ee-a-triks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌdʒɪər iˈæ trɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the psychology of old age. psychogeriatrics /ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɛrɪˈætrɪks/ noun 1. (functioning as sing) (med) the branch of health care concerned with the study, diagnosis, and sometimes treatment of mentally disordered older people Compare geriatrics

  • Psychognosis

    /saɪˈkɒɡnəsɪs/ noun (psychol) 1. the use of hypnosis to study mental phenomena 2. the study of personality by observation of outward bodily signs

  • Psychograph

    noun 1. Psychology. a graph indicating the relative strength of the personality traits of an individual. 2. a psychologically oriented biography. psychograph psy·cho·graph (sī’kə-grāf’) n. A graphic representation or chart of the personality traits of an individual or a group. psy’cho·graph’ic adj.

  • Psychographer

    [sahy-kog-ruh-fer] /saɪˈkɒg rə fər/ noun 1. a person who writes a psychograph; a psychological or psychographic biographer.

  • Psychrometry

    [sahy-krom-i-tree] /saɪˈkrɒm ɪ tri/ noun 1. the employment of the psychrometer. 2. the science of measuring the water-vapor content of the air. psychrometry psy·chrom·e·try (sī-krŏm’ĭ-trē) n. The calculation of relative humidity and water-vapor pressures from temperature and barometric pressure. Also called hygrometry.

  • Psychrometric-chart

    noun 1. a chart for calculating values of relative humidity, absolute humidity, and dew point from psychrometer readings.

  • Psychrometer

    [sahy-krom-i-ter] /saɪˈkrɒm ɪ tər/ noun 1. an instrument for determining atmospheric humidity by the reading of two thermometers, the bulb of one being kept moist and ventilated. psychrometer /saɪˈkrɒmɪtə/ noun 1. a type of hygrometer consisting of two thermometers, one of which has a dry bulb and the other a bulb that is kept moist […]

  • Psychroalgia

    psychroalgia psy·chro·al·gi·a (sī’krō-āl’jē-ə, -jə) n. A painful sensation of cold.

  • Psychro-

    1. a combining form meaning “cold,” used in the formation of compound words: psychrometer. combining form 1. cold: psychrometer psychro- pref. Cold: psychrophilic.

  • Psych-out

    noun, Informal. 1. an act or instance of psyching out. verb (used with object), Informal. 1. to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out): to psych out the competition. 2. to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one’s best (often followed by up): to […]

  • Psychotropic

    [sahy-koh-troh-pik] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪk/ adjective 1. affecting mental activity, behavior, or perception, as a mood-altering drug. noun 2. a psychotropic drug, as a tranquilizer, sedative, or antidepressant. psychotropic /ˌsaɪkəʊˈtrɒpɪk/ adjective 1. another word for psychoactive psychotropic psy·cho·tro·pic (sī’kə-trō’pĭk, -trŏp’ĭk) adj. Having an altering effect on perception or behavior. Used especially of a drug. n. A […]

  • Psychotronic

    [sahy-kuh-tron-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈtrɒn ɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to a genre of usually low-budget movies that includes horror, fantasy, science-fiction, and underground films.

  • Psychotoxic

    adjective, Pharmacology. 1. toxic or harmful to the mind or personality.

  • Psychotomimetic

    [sahy-kot-oh-muh-met-ik, -mahy-] /saɪˌkɒt oʊ məˈmɛt ɪk, -maɪ-/ adjective 1. (of a substance or drug) tending to produce symptoms like those of a psychosis; hallucinatory. psychotomimetic /saɪˌkɒtəʊmɪˈmɛtɪk/ adjective 1. (of drugs such as LSD and mescaline) capable of inducing psychotic symptoms psychotomimetic psy·chot·o·mi·met·ic (sī-kŏt’ō-mə-mět’ĭk, -mī-) adj. Tending to induce hallucinations, delusions, or other symptoms of a […]

  • Psychotogenic

    noun 1. a substance that causes a psychotic reaction. psychotogenic psy·chot·o·gen·ic (sī-kŏt’ə-jěn’ĭk) adj. Inducing psychosis, as a hallucinogenic drug.

  • Psychotogen

    noun 1. a substance that causes a psychotic reaction.

  • Psychotically

    adjective 1. Psychiatry. characterized by or afflicted with psychosis. Synonyms: (in nontechnical usage) insane, psychopathic, lunatic, mentally ill; mad, disturbed, deranged, demented, non compos mentis. Antonyms: sane; compos mentis, clearheaded, lucid. 2. Psychiatry. of or relating to psychosis: psychotic symptoms; psychotic delusion. 3. (loosely) mentally unstable: The man who threw a stone through the convenience […]

  • Psychotic

    adjective 1. Psychiatry. characterized by or afflicted with psychosis. Synonyms: (in nontechnical usage) insane, psychopathic, lunatic, mentally ill; mad, disturbed, deranged, demented, non compos mentis. Antonyms: sane; compos mentis, clearheaded, lucid. 2. Psychiatry. of or relating to psychosis: psychotic symptoms; psychotic delusion. 3. (loosely) mentally unstable: The man who threw a stone through the convenience […]

  • Psychotherapy

    [sahy-koh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈθɛr ə pi/ noun, plural psychotherapies. 1. the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy. psychotherapy /ˌsaɪkəʊˈθɛrəpɪ/ noun 1. the treatment of nervous disorders by psychological methods psychotherapy psy·cho·ther·a·py (sī’kō-thěr’ə-pē) n. The treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological […]

  • Psychotherapist

    [sahy-koh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈθɛr ə pi/ noun, plural psychotherapies. 1. the treatment of psychological disorders or maladjustments by a professional technique, as psychoanalysis, group therapy, or behavioral therapy. psychotherapy /ˌsaɪkəʊˈθɛrəpɪ/ noun 1. the treatment of nervous disorders by psychological methods psychotherapist psy·cho·ther·a·pist (sī’kō-thěr’ə-pĭst) n. A person, usually a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, professionally trained to practice […]

  • Psychotherapeutics

    [sahy-koh-ther-uh-pyoo-tiks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. psychotherapy. psychotherapeutics psy·cho·ther·a·peu·tics (sī’kō-thěr’ə-pyōō’tĭks) n. See psychotherapy.

  • Psychotherapeutic

    [sahy-koh-ther-uh-pyoo-tiks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. psychotherapy. psychotherapeutics psy·cho·ther·a·peu·tics (sī’kō-thěr’ə-pyōō’tĭks) n. See psychotherapy.

  • Psychotechnology

    [sahy-koh-tek-nol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊ tɛkˈnɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the body of knowledge, theories, and techniques developed for understanding and influencing individual, group, and societal behavior in specified situations.

  • Psychotechnics

    [sahy-koh-tek-niks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈtɛk nɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the use of psychological techniques for controlling and modifying human behavior, especially for practical ends.

  • Psychosynthesis

    [sahy-koh-sin-thuh-sis] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɪn θə sɪs/ noun 1. a theoretical effort to reconcile components of the unconscious, including dreams, with the rest of the personality. psychosynthesis /ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɪnθɪsɪs/ noun 1. a form of psychotherapy intended to release the patient’s full potential by focusing on the positive rather than the negative

  • Psychosurgery

    [sahy-koh-sur-juh-ree] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒə ri/ noun 1. treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery. psychosurgery /ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ/ noun 1. any surgical procedure on the brain, such as a frontal lobotomy, to relieve serious mental disorders psychosurgery psy·cho·sur·ger·y (sī’kō-sûr’jə-rē) n. Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders. psy’cho·sur’geon (-sûr’jən) n.

  • Psychostimulant

    psychostimulant psy·cho·stim·u·lant (sī’kō-stĭm’yə-lənt) n. A drug having antidepressant or mood-elevating properties.

  • Psychosomimetic

    psychosomimetic psy·cho·so·mi·met·ic (sī-kō’sō-mĭ-mět’ĭk, -mī-) adj. Psychotomimetic.

  • Psychosomatic medicine

    psychosomatic medicine n. The branch of medicine that studies and treats diseases and disorders by investigating and exploiting the psychological processes that influence the body.

  • Psychosomatic disorder

    psychosomatic disorder n. A disorder characterized by physical symptoms resulting from psychological factors, usually involving a ystem of the body such as the gastrointestinal or genitourinary system. Also called psychophysiologic disorder.

  • Psycho-somatic

    [sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ səˈmæt ɪk, -soʊ-/ adjective 1. of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors. 2. pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body. psychosomatic /ˌsaɪkəʊsəˈmætɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or […]

  • Psychosomatic

    [sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ səˈmæt ɪk, -soʊ-/ adjective 1. of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors. 2. pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body. psychosomatic /ˌsaɪkəʊsəˈmætɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or […]

  • Psychosociology

    [sahy-koh-soh-see-ol-uh-jee, -soh-shee-] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌsoʊ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˌsoʊ ʃi-/ noun 1. the study of subjects, issues, and problems common to psychology and sociology.

  • Psychosocial

    [sahy-koh-soh-shuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsoʊ ʃəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to the interaction between social and psychological factors. psychosocial /ˌsaɪkəʊˈsəʊʃəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to processes or factors that are both social and psychological in origin psychosocial psy·cho·so·cial (sī’kō-sō’shəl) adj. Involving aspects of both social and psychological behavior.

  • Psychosis

    noun, plural psychoses [-seez] /-siz/ (Show IPA). Psychiatry. 1. a mental disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality. 2. any severe form of mental disorder, as schizophrenia or paranoia. noun (pl) -choses (-ˈkəʊsiːz) 1. any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual’s contact with reality […]

  • Psychosexual dysfunction

    psychosexual dysfunction n. A disturbance of sexual functioning, such as impotence, premature ejaculation, or anorgasmy, that may be caused by one’s mental and emotional difficulties concerning sexuality rather than physical disorders.

  • Psychosexual development

    psychosexual development n. In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the influence that sexual growth has on personality development from birth to adult life, with the phases of sexual maturation designated as oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital.

  • Psychosexual

    [sahy-koh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu-/ adjective 1. of or relating to the relationship of psychological and sexual phenomena. psychosexual /ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɛksjʊəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to the mental aspects of sex, such as sexual fantasies psychosexual psy·cho·sex·u·al (sī’kō-sěk’shōō-əl) adj. Of or relating to the mental […]

  • Psychoses

    noun, plural psychoses [-seez] /-siz/ (Show IPA). Psychiatry. 1. a mental disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality. 2. any severe form of mental disorder, as schizophrenia or paranoia. noun (pl) -choses (-ˈkəʊsiːz) 1. any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual’s contact with reality […]

  • Psychosensory

    psychosensory psy·cho·sen·so·ry (sī’kō-sěn’sə-rē) adj. Of or relating to the mental perception and interpretation of sensory stimuli.

  • Psychoprophylaxis

    [sahy-koh-proh-fuh-lak-sis, -prof-uh-] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌproʊ fəˈlæk sɪs, -ˌprɒf ə-/ noun 1. Lamaze method. psychoprophylaxis /ˌsaɪkəʊˌprəʊfɪˈlæksɪs/ noun 1. a method of preparing women for natural childbirth by means of special breathing and relaxation

  • Psychopomp

    noun 1. a person who conducts spirits or souls to the other world, as Hermes or Charon.

  • Psychophysiology

    [sahy-koh-fiz-ee-ol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɪz iˈɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the branch of physiology that deals with the interrelation of mental and physical phenomena. psychophysiology /ˌsaɪkəʊˌfɪzɪˈɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the branch of psychology concerned with the physiological basis of mental processes psychophysiology psy·cho·phys·i·ol·o·gy (sī’kō-fĭz’ē-ŏl’ə-jē) n. The study of correlations between the mind, behavior, and bodily mechanisms. Also called […]

  • Psychophysiologic-disorder

    noun 1. any of a group of disorders, as tension headache, characterized by physical symptoms that are partly induced by emotional factors. psychophysiologic disorder psy·cho·phys·i·o·log·ic disorder (sī’kō-fĭz’ē-ə-lŏj’ĭk) n. See psychosomatic disorder.

  • Psychophysiological

    or psychophysiologic [sahy-koh-fiz-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɪz i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to psychophysiology.

  • Psychophysics

    [sahy-koh-fiz-iks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈfɪz ɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the branch of psychology that deals with the relationships between physical stimuli and resulting sensations and mental states. psychophysics /ˌsaɪkəʊˈfɪzɪks/ noun 1. (functioning as sing) the branch of psychology concerned with the relationship between physical stimuli and the effects they produce in the mind […]

  • Psychophysical-parallelism

    noun, Philosophy. 1. the view that mental and bodily events occur in parallel series without causal interaction.

  • Psychophysical

    [sahy-koh-fiz-iks] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈfɪz ɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the branch of psychology that deals with the relationships between physical stimuli and resulting sensations and mental states. psychophysics /ˌsaɪkəʊˈfɪzɪks/ noun 1. (functioning as sing) the branch of psychology concerned with the relationship between physical stimuli and the effects they produce in the mind […]

  • Psychophobia

    noun a fear of the mind

  • Psychopharmacotherapy

    [sahy-koh-fahr-muh-koh-ther-uh-pee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɑr mə koʊˈθɛr ə pi/ noun 1. the use of psychoactive drugs in the symptomatic treatment or control of mental disorders or psychiatric disease.

  • Psychopharmacology

    [sahy-koh-fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɑr məˈkɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the branch of pharmacology dealing with the psychological effects of drugs. psychopharmacology /ˌsaɪkəʊˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the study of drugs that affect the mind psychopharmacology psy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gy (sī’kō-fär’mə-kŏl’ə-jē) n. The branch of pharmacology dealing with the study of the actions and the effects of psychoactive drugs. psy’cho·phar’ma·co·log’ic (-kə-lŏj’ĭk) or […]

  • Psychopharmaceutical

    psychopharmaceutical psy·cho·phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal (sī’kō-fär’mə-sōō’tĭ-kəl) n. A drug used in treating an emotional disorder.

  • Psychopathy

    noun, plural psychopathies. Psychiatry. 1. a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc. 2. any mental disease. noun (psychiatry) 1. another name for psychopathic personality 2. any mental disorder or disease psychopathy psy·chop·a·thy […]

  • Psychopathology

    [sahy-koh-puh-thol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊ pəˈθɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the science or study of mental disorders. 2. the conditions and processes of a mental disorder. 3. a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis. psychopathology /ˌsaɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the scientific study of mental disorders psychopathology psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī’kō-pə-thŏl’ə-jē, -pā-) n. The study of the origin, development, […]

  • Psychopathological

    [sahy-koh-puh-thol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊ pəˈθɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the science or study of mental disorders. 2. the conditions and processes of a mental disorder. 3. a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis. psychopathology /ˌsaɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the scientific study of mental disorders psychopathology psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī’kō-pə-thŏl’ə-jē, -pā-) n. The study of the origin, development, […]

  • Psychopathic personality

    noun 1. (psychiatry) an antisocial personality characterized by the failure to develop any sense of moral responsibility and the capability of performing violent or antisocial acts

  • Psychopathic disorder

    noun 1. (law) (in England, according to the Mental Health Act 1983) a persistent disorder or disability of mind which results in abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct on the part of the person concerned See also mental disorder

  • Psychopathic

    [sahy-kuh-path-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈpæθ ɪk/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or affected with psychopathy. psychopathic psy·cho·path·ic (sī’kə-pāth’ĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy. Relating to or affected with an antisocial personality disorder that is usually characterized by aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.

  • Psychopath

    noun 1. a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc. noun 1. a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a […]

  • Psycho-neurotic

    [sahy-koh-noo-rot-ik, -nyoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ nʊˈrɒt ɪk, -nyʊ-/ adjective, noun 1. neurotic1 .

  • Psychoneurotic

    [sahy-koh-noo-rot-ik, -nyoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ nʊˈrɒt ɪk, -nyʊ-/ adjective, noun 1. neurotic1 .

  • Psychoneurosis

    [sahy-koh-noo-roh-sis, -nyoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ nʊˈroʊ sɪs, -nyʊ-/ noun, plural psychoneuroses [sahy-koh-noo-roh-seez, -nyoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ nʊˈroʊ siz, -nyʊ-/ (Show IPA) 1. neurosis (def 1). psychoneurosis /ˌsaɪkəʊnjʊˈrəʊsɪs/ noun (pl) -roses (-ˈrəʊsiːz) 1. another word for neurosis psychoneurosis psy·cho·neu·ro·sis (sī’kō-nu-rō’sĭs, -nyu-) n. pl. psy·cho·neu·ro·ses (-sēz) Neurosis. psy’cho·neu·rot’ic (-rŏt’ĭk) adj.

  • Psychoneuroimmunology

    /ˌsaɪkəʊˌnjʊərəʊˌɪmjʊˈnɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the study of the effects of psychological factors on the immune system PNI

  • Psych oneself

    psych oneself

  • Psychon

    noun a hypothetical unit of nerve energy Word Origin 1906 Usage Note psychonic, adj

  • Psychomotor-retardation

    noun 1. a generalized slowing of psychological and physical activity, frequently occurring as a symptom of severe depression.

  • Psychomotor-epilepsy

    noun 1. temporal-lobe epilepsy. psychomotor epilepsy n. An epileptic seizure often associated with temporal lobe disease and characterized by complex sensory, motor, and psychic symptoms such as impaired consciousness with amnesia, emotional outbursts, automatic behavior, and abnormal acts. Also called psychomotor seizure, temporal lobe epilepsy.

  • Psychomotor-agitation

    noun 1. agitation (def 3). noun 1. the act or process of agitating; state of being agitated: She left in great agitation. 2. persistent urging of a political or social cause or theory before the public. 3. Also called psychomotor agitation. psychological and physical restlessness, manifested by pacing, hand-wringing, or other activity, sometimes occurring as […]

  • Psychomotor

    adjective 1. of or relating to a response involving both motor and psychological components. adjective 1. of, relating to, or characterizing movements of the body associated with mental activity psychomotor psy·cho·mo·tor (sī’kō-mō’tər) adj. Of or relating to movement or muscular activity associated with mental processes. Relating to the combination of psychic and motor events, including […]

  • Psychomimetic

    [sahy-koh-mi-met-ik, -mahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ mɪˈmɛt ɪk, -maɪ-/ adjective 1. psychotomimetic.

  • Psychometry

    noun 1. Psychology. psychometrics. 2. the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object. noun (psychol) 1. measurement and testing of mental states and processes See also psychometrics 2. (in parapsychology) the supposed ability to deduce facts about events […]

  • Psychometrics

    [sahy-kuh-me-triks] /ˌsaɪ kəˈmɛ trɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) Psychology. 1. the measurement of mental traits, abilities, and processes. psychometrics /ˌsaɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪks/ noun (functioning as sing) 1. the branch of psychology concerned with the design and use of psychological tests 2. the application of statistical and mathematical techniques to psychological testing psychometrics psy·cho·met·rics (sī’kə-mět’rĭks) n. […]

  • Psychometric

    noun 1. Psychology. psychometrics. 2. the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object. psychometric /ˌsaɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to psychometrics or psychometry noun (psychol) 1. measurement and testing of mental states and processes See also psychometrics […]

  • Psychomancy

    noun 1. occult communication between souls or with spirits.

  • Psychomachia

    /ˌsaɪkəʊˈmækɪə/ noun 1. conflict of the soul

  • Psychology

    noun, plural psychologies. 1. the science of the mind or of mental states and processes. 2. the science of human and animal behavior. 3. the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the […]

  • Psychologize

    [sahy-kol-uh-jahyz] /saɪˈkɒl əˌdʒaɪz/ verb (used without object), psychologized, psychologizing. 1. to make psychological investigations or speculations, especially those that are naive or uninformed. psychologize /saɪˈkɒləˌdʒaɪz/ verb (intransitive) 1. to make interpretations of behaviour and mental processes 2. to carry out investigation in the field of psychology psychologize psy·chol·o·gize (sī-kŏl’ə-jīz’) v. psy·chol·o·gized, psy·chol·o·giz·ing, psy·chol·o·giz·es To explain […]

  • Psychologist

    [sahy-kol-uh-jist] /saɪˈkɒl ə dʒɪst/ noun 1. a specialist in psychology. 2. Philosophy. an adherent to or advocate of psychologism. adjective 3. Also, psychologistic. of or relating to psychologism. psychologist psy·chol·o·gist (sī-kŏl’ə-jĭst) n. A person trained and educated to perform psychological research, testing, and therapy.

  • Psychologism

    [sahy-kol-uh-jiz-uh m] /saɪˈkɒl əˌdʒɪz əm/ noun, (often used pejoratively) 1. emphasis upon psychological factors in the development of a theory, as in history or philosophy. 2. a term or concept of psychology or psychoanalysis, especially when used in ordinary conversation or a nontechnical context. psychologism /saɪˈkɒləˌdʒɪzəm/ noun 1. the belief in the importance and relevance […]

  • Psychological-warfare

    noun 1. the use of propaganda, threats, and other psychological techniques to mislead, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise influence the thinking or behavior of an opponent. psychological warfare noun 1. the military application of psychology, esp to propaganda and attempts to influence the morale of enemy and friendly groups in time of war

  • Psychological thriller

    noun a suspenseful movie or book emphasizing the psychology of its characters rather than the plot; this sub-genre of thriller movie or book Examples In a psychological thriller, the characters are exposed to danger on a mental level rather than a physical one. Word Origin 1925

  • Psychological profiling

    noun a set of techniques used by law enforcement agencies to try to identify perpetrators of serious crime; also called offender profiling See offender profiling

  • Psychological primary

    noun 1. one of a set of perceived colours (red, yellow, blue, green, black, and white) that can be used to characterize all other perceived colours

  • Psychological operations

    plural noun 1. another term for psychological warfare

  • Psychological-novel

    noun 1. a novel that focuses on the complex mental and emotional lives of its characters and explores the various levels of mental activity.

  • Psychological-moment

    noun 1. the proper or critical time for achieving a desired result: She found the right psychological moment to make her request. psychological moment noun 1. the most appropriate time for producing a desired effect: he proposed to her at the psychological moment psychological moment n. The time at which the mental state of a […]