Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Ped"ate (?), a. [L. pedatus, p.p. of pedare to furnish with feet, fr. pes, pedis, a foot.] (Bot.) Palmate, with the lateral lobes cleft into two or more segments; -- said of a leaf. -- Ped"ate*ly, adv.
Pe*dat"i*fid (?), a. [Pedate + root of L. findere to split.] [Colloq.] Cleft in a pedate manner, but having the lobes distinctly connected at the base; -- said of a leaf.
Ped"dle (?), v. i. [From Peddler.]
1. To travel about with wares for sale; to go from place to place, or from house to house, for the purpose of retailing goods; as, to peddle without a license.
2. To do a small business; to be busy about trifles; to piddle.
Ped"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Peddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Peddling (?).] To sell from place to place; to retail by carrying around from customer to customer; to hawk; hence, to retail in very small quantities; as, to peddle vegetables or tinware.
Ped"dler (?), n. [OE. pedlere, pedlare, also peddare, peoddare, fr. OE. ped a basket, of unknown origin.] One who peddles; a traveling trader; one who travels about, retailing small wares; a hawker. [Written also pedlar and pedler.] Some vagabond huckster or peddler."
Ped"dler*y (?), n. [Written also pedlary and pedlery.]
1. The trade, or the goods, of a peddler; hawking; small retail business, like that of a peddler.
2. Trifling; trickery. [Obs.] Look . . . into these their deceitful peddleries."
1. Hawking; acting as a peddler.
2. Petty; insignificant. The miserable remains of a peddling commerce."
Ped"er*ast (?), n. [Gr. paiderasth`s; pai^s, paido`s, a boy + 'era^n to love: cf. F. pédéraste.] One guilty of pederasty; a sodomite.
Ped`er*as"tic (?), a. [Gr. paiderastiko`s.] Of or pertaining to pederasty.
Ped"er*as`ty (?), n. [Gr. paiderasti`a: cf. F. pédérastie.] The crime against nature; sodomy.<-- esp. with a boy -->
Ped`e*re"ro (?), n. [Sp. pedrero, fr. OSp. pedra, Sp. piedra, a stone, L. petra, fr. Gr. . So named because it was at first charged with stones.] (Mil.) A term formerly applied to a short piece of chambered ordnance. [Written also paterero and peterero.]
Pe*de"sis (?), n. [NL., from Gr. a leaping.] Same as Brownian movement, under Brownian.
Ped"es*tal (?), n. [Sp. pedestal; cf. F. piédestal, It. piedestallo; fr. L. es, pedis, foot + OHG. stal standing place, station, place, akin to E. stall. See Foot, and Stall, and Footstall.]
1. (Arch.) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands. It consists of three parts, the base, the die or dado, and the cornice or surbase molding. See Illust. of Column.
Build him a pedestal, and say, Stand there!"
2. (a) (Railroad Cars) A casting secured to the frame of a truck and forming a jaw for holding a journal box. (b) (Mach.) A pillow block; a low housing. (c) (Bridge Building) An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier.
Pedestal coil (steam Heating), a group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, -- used in a radiator.
Ped"es*taled (?), a. Placed on, or supported by, a pedestal; figuratively, exalted.
Pedestaled haply in a palace court.
Pe*des"tri*al (?), a. [L. pedester, -esteris, fr. pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. pédestere. See Pedal.] Of or pertaining to the feet; employing the foot or feet.
Pe*des"tri*al*ly, adv. In a pedestrial manner.
Pe*des"tri*an (?), a. Going on foot; performed on foot; as, a pedestrian journey.
Pe*des"tri*an, n. A walker; one who journeys on foot; a foot traveler; specif., a professional walker or runner.
Pe*des"tri*an*ism (?), n. The act, art, or practice of a pedestrian; walking or running; traveling or racing on foot.
Pe*des"tri*an*ize (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pedestrianized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pedestrianizing.] To practice walking; to travel on foot.
Pe*des"tri*ous (?), a. Going on foot; not winged. [Obs.] Pedestrious animals."
Sir T. Browne.
Ped`e*ten"tous (?), a. [L. pes, pedis, foot + tendere to stretch out: cf. L. tentim by degrees.] Proceeding step by step; advancing cautiously. [R.]
That pedetentous pace and pedetentous mind in which it behooves the wise and virtuous improver to walk.
Ped"i- (?), Ped"o- (?). [See Foot.] Combining forms from L. pes, pedis, foot, as pedipalp, pedireme, pedometer.
Pe"di*al (?), a. Pertaining to the foot, or to any organ called a foot; pedal.
Ped"i*cel (?), n. [F. pédicelle. See Pedicle.]
1. (Bot.) (a) A stalk which supports one flower or fruit, whether solitary or one of many ultimate divisions of a common peduncle. See Peduncle, and Illust. of Flower. (b) A slender support of any special organ, as that of a capsule in mosses, an air vesicle in algæ, or a sporangium in ferns.
2. (Zoöl.) A slender stem by which certain of the lower animals or their eggs are attached. See Illust. of Aphis lion.
3. (Anat.) (a) The ventral part of each side of the neural arch connecting with the centrum of a vertebra. (b) An outgrowth of the frontal bones, which supports the antlers or horns in deer and allied animals.
Ped"i*celed (?), a. Pedicellate.
Ped`i*cel*la"ri*a (?), n.; pl. Pedicellariæ (#). [NL. See Pedicel.] (Zoöl.) A peculiar forcepslike organ which occurs in large numbers upon starfishes and echini. Those of starfishes have two movable jaws, or blades, and are usually nearly, or quite, sessile; those of echini usually have three jaws and a pedicel. See Illustration in Appendix.
Ped"i*cel`late (?), a. Having a pedicel; supported by a pedicel.
Ped`i*cel*li"na (?), n. [NL. See Pedicel.] (Zoöl.) A genus of Bryozoa, of the order Entoprocta, having a bell-shaped body supported on a slender pedicel. See Illust. under Entoprocta.
Ped"i*cle (?), n. [L. pediculus a little foot, dim. of pes foot: cf. F. pédicule. See edal, and cf. Pedicel.] Same as Pedicel.
Pe*dic"u*lar (?), a. [L. pedicularis, fr. pediculus a louse: cf. F. pédiculaire.] Of or pertaining to lice; having the lousy distemper (phthiriasis); lousy.
Pe*dic"u*late (?), a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Pediculati.
Pe*dic`u*la"ti (?), n. pl. [NL. See Pedicle.] (Zoöl.) An order of fishes including the anglers. See Illust. of Angler and Batfish.
Pe*dic`u*la"tion (?), n. (Med.) Phthiriasis.
Ped"i*cule (?), n. [See Pedicle.] A pedicel.
Pe*dic`u*li"na (?), n. pl. [NL. See Pediculus.] (Zoöl.) A division of parasitic hemipterous insects, including the true lice. See Illust. in Appendix.
Pe*dic"u*lous (?), a. [L. pediculosus.] Pedicular.
Pe*dic"u*lus (?), n.; pl. Pediculi (#). [L., a louse.] (Zoöl.) A genus of wingless parasitic Hemiptera, including the common lice of man. See Louse.
Ped"i*form (?), a. [Pedi- + -form.] Shaped like a foot.
Pe*dig"er*ous (?), a. [Pedi- + -gerous.] (Zoöl.) Bearing or having feet or legs.
Ped"i*gree (?), n. [Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. par degrés by degrees, -- for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees; or, perh., fr. F. pied de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees.]
1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.
Alterations of surnames . . . have obscured the truth of our pedigrees.
His vanity labored to contrive us a pedigree.
I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees.
Sir P. Sidney.
The Jews preserved the pedigrees of their tribes.
2. (Stock Breeding) A record of the lineage or strain of an animal, as of a horse.
Ped"i*lu`vy (?), n. [Pedi- + L. luere to wash: cf. It. & Sp. pediluvio, F. pédiluve.] The bathing of the feet, a bath for the feet. [Obs.]
Pe*dim"a*na (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. L. pes, pedis, foot + manus hand.] (Zoöl.) A division of marsupials, including the opossums.
Ped"i*mane (?), n. [Cf. F. pédimane.] (Zoöl.) A pedimanous marsupial; an opossum.
Pe*dim"a*nous (?), a. [See Pedimana.] (Zoöl.) Having feet resembling hands, or with the first toe opposable, as the opossums and monkeys.
Ped"i*ment (?), n. [L. pes, pedis, a foot. See Foot.] (Arch.) Originally, in classical architecture, the triangular space forming the gable of a simple roof; hence, a similar form used as a decoration over porticoes, doors, windows, etc.; also, a rounded or broken frontal having a similar position and use. See Temple.
Ped`i*men"tal (?), a. Of or pertaining to a pediment.
Ped"i*palp (?), n. [Cf. F. pédipalpe.] (Zoöl.) One of the Pedipalpi.
Ped`i*pal"pi (?), n pl. [NL. See Pedipalpus.] (Zoöl.) A division of Arachnida, including the whip scorpions (Thelyphonus) and allied forms. Sometimes used in a wider sense to include also the true scorpions.
Ped`i*pal"pous (?), a. (Zoöl.) Pertaining to, or resembling, the pedipalps.
Ped`i*pal"pus (?), n.; pl. Pedipalpi (#). [NL. See Pes, and Palpus.] (Zoöl.) One of the second pair of mouth organs of arachnids. In some they are leglike, but in others, as the scorpion, they terminate in a claw.
Ped"i*reme (?), n. [Pedi- + L. remus oar.] (Zoöl.) A crustacean, some of whose feet serve as oars.
Ped"lar, Ped"ler (?), n. See Peddler.
Pe`do*bap"tism (?), n. [Gr. , , a child + E. baptism.] The baptism of infants or of small children. [Written also pædobaptism.]
Pe`do*bap"tist (?), n. One who advocates or practices infant baptism. [Written also pædobaptist.]
Ped"o*man`cy (?), n. [Pedi- + -mancy.] Divination by examining the soles of the feet.
Pe*dom"e*ter (?), n. [Pedi-, pedo- + -meter: cf. F. pédom\'8atre.] (Mech.) An instrument for including the number of steps in walking, and so ascertaining the distance passed over. It is usually in the form of a watch; an oscillating weight by the motion of the body causes the index to advance a certain distance at each step.
Ped`o*met"ric (?), Ped`o*met"ric*al (?), a. Pertaining to, or measured by, a pedometer.
Ped`o*mo"tive (?), a. [Pedi-, pedo- + -motive.] Moved or worked by the action of the foot or feet on a pedal or treadle.
Pe*dot"ro*phy (?), n. [Gr. , fr. , , a child + to nourish: cf. F. pédotrophie.] The art of nourishing children properly.
Pe`dre*gal" (?), n. [Sp., a stony place, fr. piedra stone.] A lava field. [Mexico & Western U.S.]
Pe*dun"cle (?), n. [Formed fr. (assumed) L. pedunculus, dim. of pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. pédoncule.]
1. (Bot.) The stem or stalk that supports the flower or fruit of a plant, or a cluster of flowers or fruits.
&hand; The ultimate divisions or branches of a peduncle are called pedicels. In the case of a solitary flower, the stalk would be called a peduncle if the flower is large, and a pedicel if it is small or delicate.
2. (Zoöl.) A sort of stem by which certain shells and barnacles are attached to other objects. See Illust. of Barnacle.
3. (Anat.) A band of nervous or fibrous matter connecting different parts of the brain; as, the peduncles of the cerebellum; the peduncles of the pineal gland.
Pe*dun"cled (?), a. Having a peduncle; supported on a peduncle; pedunculate.
Pe*dun"cu*lar (?), a. [Cf. F. pédonculaire.] Of or pertaining to a peduncle; growing from a peduncle; as, a peduncular tendril.
Pe*dun`cu*la"ta (?), n. pl. [NL. See Peduncle.] (Zoöl.) A division of Cirripedia, including the stalked or goose barnacles.
Pe*dun"cu*late (?), Pe*dun"cu*la`ted (?), a. (Biol.) Having a peduncle; growing on a peduncle; as, a pedunculate flower; a pedunculate eye, as in a lobster.
Pee (?), n. See 1st Pea.
Pee, n. (Naut.) Bill of an anchor. See Peak, 3 (c).
Peece (?), n. & v. [Obs.] See Piece.
Pee"chi (?), n. (Zoöl.) The dauw.
Peek (?), v. i. [OE. piken: cf. F. piquer to pierce, prick, E. pique. Cf. Peak.] To look slyly, or with the eyes half closed, or through a crevice; to peep. [Colloq.]
Peek"a*boo (?), n. A child's game; bopeep.
Peel (?), n. [OE. pel. Cf. Pile a heap.] A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep. [Scot.]
Peel, n. [F. pelle, L. pala.] A spadelike implement, variously used, as for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven; also, a T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry. Also, the blade of an oar.
Peel, v. t. [Confused with peel to strip, but fr. F. piller to pillage. See Pill to rob, Pillage.] To plunder; to pillage; to rob. [Obs.]
But govern ill the nations under yoke,
Peeling their provinces.
Peel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Peeled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Peeling.] [F. peler to pull out the hair, to strip, to peel, fr. L. pilare to deprive of hair, fr. pilus a hair; or perh. partly fr. F. peler to peel off the skin, perh. fr. L. pellis skin (cf. Fell skin). Cf. Peruke.]
1. To strip off the skin, bark, or rind of; to strip by drawing or tearing off the skin, bark, husks, etc.; to flay; to decorticate; as, to peel an orange.
The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
2. To strip or tear off; to remove by stripping, as the skin of an animal, the bark of a tree, etc.
Peel, v. i. To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin, bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb; as, the bark peels easily or readily.
Peel, n. The skin or rind; as, the peel of an orange.
Pee"le (?), n. (Zoöl.) A graceful and swift South African antelope (Pelea capreola). The hair is woolly, and ash-gray on the back and sides. The horns are black, long, slender, straight, nearly smooth, and very sharp. Called also rheeboc, and rehboc.
Peel"er (?), n. One who peels or strips.
Peel"er, n. [See Peel to plunder.] A pillager.
Peel"er, n. A nickname for a policeman; -- so called from Sir Robert Peel. [British Slang] See Bobby.
Peel"house` (?), n. See 1st Peel.
Sir W. Scott.
Peen (?), n. [Cf. G. pinne pane of a hammer.] (a) A round-edged, or hemispherical, end to the head of a hammer or sledge, used to stretch or bend metal by indentation. (b) The sharp-edged end of the head of a mason's hammer. [Spelt also pane, pein, and piend.]
Peen, v. t. To draw, bend, or straighten, as metal, by blows with the peen of a hammer or sledge.
Peenge (?), v. i. To complain. [Scot.]
Peep (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peeped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Peeping.] [Of imitative origin; cf. OE. pipen, F. piper, pépier, L. pipire, pipare, pipiare, D. & G. piepen. Senses 2 and 3 perhaps come from a transfer of sense from the sound which chickens make upon the first breaking of the shell to the act accompanying it; or perhaps from the influence of peek, or peak. Cf. Pipe.]
1. To cry, as a chicken hatching or newly hatched; to chirp; to cheep.
There was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
Is. x. 14.
2. To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
When flowers first peeped, and trees did blossoms bear.