Dictionary: PAL'SY-ING – PAN-A'DA, or PAN-A'DO

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PAL'SY-ING, ppr.

Destroying function.

PAL'TER, v.i. [probably allied to faulter or falter, W. pallu, Eng. fail; Sp. and Port. faltar, to want, to fail, to miss, to balk, to come short. See Fail and Pall.]

To shift; to dodge; to play tricks. – Johnson. Rather, to fail; to come short; to balk. Romans, that have spoke the word / And wilt not palter. – Shak.

PAL'TER, v.t.

To squander. Qu. [Not used.] – Ainsworth.


One that palters, fails or falls short.

PAL'TRI-LY, adv.

Despicably; meanly.

PAL'TRI-NESS, n. [from paltry.]

The state of being paltry, vile or worthless.

PAL'TRY, a. [Sw. palta, plur. paltor, rags; Dan. pialt, a rag; pialted, ragged; Scot. paltrie or peltrie, vile trash; It. paltone, a vagabond. It may be allied to Gr. φαυλος, vile, and to fail. Qu. Fr. piètre, a contracted word.]

Ragged; mean; vile; worthless; despicable; as, a paltry boy; a paltry slave; a paltry trifle. – Shak. Addison.

PA-LU'DAL, a. [L. palus.]

Pertaining to marshes; marshy.

PAL-U-DI'NA, n. [L. palus, a pool.]

A freshwater snail. – Mantell.

PA'LY, a. [from pale.]

  1. Pale; wanting color; used only in poetry. – Shak. Gay.
  2. In heraldry, divided by pales into four equal parts. – Encyc.

PAM, n. [supposed to be from palm, victory.]

The knave of clubs. – Pope.

PAM'PER, v.t. [from It. pambere, bread and drink; pamberato, pampered, well fed; pane, bread, and bere, to drink, L. bibo.]

  1. To feed to the full; to glut; to saginate; to feed luxuriously; as, to pamper the body or the appetite. – Spenser. We are proud of a body fattening for worms and pampered for corruption and the grave. – Dwight.
  2. To gratify to the full; to furnish with that which delights; as, to pamper the imagination.


Fed high; glutted or gratified to the full.


Luxuriancy. – Falke.


Glutting; feeding luxuriously; gratifying to the full.

PAM'PHLET, n. [Sp. papelon, from papel, paper. The word signifies both a pamphlet and a bill posted. Sp. papaleta, a slip of paper on which any thing is written; papel volante, a small pamphlet. It has also been deduced from paunflet, pagina filata, a word said to have been used by Caxton.]

A small book consisting of a sheet of paper, or of sheets stitched together but not bound.


To write a pamphlet or pamphlets. – Howell.


A writer of pamphlets; a scribbler. – Tatler.


  1. Writing and publishing pamphlets.
  2. n. The writing and publishing of pamphlets.

PAN, n.1 [Sax. panna; Sw. panna; G. pfanne; D. pan; W. id.]

  1. A vessel broad and somewhat hollow or depressed in the middle, or with a raised border; used for setting milk and other domestic purposes. – Dryden.
  2. The part of a gun-lock or other fire-arms which holds the priming that communicates with the charge.
  3. Something hollow; as, the brain pan.
  4. Among farmers, the hard stratum of earth that lies below the soil; called the hard pan.
  5. The top of the head. – Chaucer.

PAN, n.2

In mythology, the deity of shepherds. [See Panic.]

PAN, v.t.

To join; to close together. [Local.] – Bailey.

PAN'A-BASE, n. [Gr. παν and base.]

A gray copper ore.

PAN-A-CE'A, n. [L. from Gr. πανακεια; παν, all, and ακεομαι, to cure.]

  1. A remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine. – Warton.
  2. An herb. – Ainsworth.

PAN-A'DA, or PAN-A'DO, n. [Fr. panade, from L. panis, Sp. pan, It. pane, bread.]

A kind of food made by boiling bread in water to the consistence of pulp, and sweetened. – Wiseman.