Dictionary: PUL-ING-LY – PUL'PIT

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PUL-ING-LY, adv.

With whining or complaint.

PU'LI-OL, n.

A plant. – Ainsworth.


A Laplander's traveling sled or sleigh.

PULL, n.

  1. The act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move by drawing toward one. – Swift.
  2. A contest; a struggle. – Carew.
  3. Pluck; violence suffered. – Shak.

PULL, v.t. [Sax. pullian; L. vello. Qu. Eth. ባልሐ baleach. Class Bl, No. 7.]

  1. To draw; to draw toward one or make an effort to draw. Pull differs from draw; we use draw when motion follows the effort, and pull is used in the same sense; but we may also pull forever without drawing or moving the thing. This distinction may not be universal. Pull is opposed to push. Then he put forth his hand and took her and pulled her in to him into the ark. – Gen. viii.
  2. To pluck; to gather by drawing or forcing off or out; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax.
  3. To tear; to rend; but in this sense followed by some qualifying word or phrase; as, to pull in pieces; to pull asunder or apart. To pull in two, is to separate or tear by violence into two parts. To pull down, to demolish or take in pieces by separating the parts; as, to pull down a house. #2. To demolish; to subvert; to destroy. In political affairs, as well as mechanical, it is easier to pull down than to build up. – Howell. #3. To bring down; to degrade; to humble. To raise the wretched and pull down the proud. – Roscommon. To pull off, to separate by pulling; to pluck; also, to take off without force; as, to pull of a coat or hat. To pull out, to draw out; to extract. To pull up, to pluck up; to tear up by the roots; hence, to extirpate; to eradicate; to destroy.


That which keeps back, or restrains from proceeding.

PULL'ED, pp.

Drawn toward one; plucked.

PULL'EN, n. [Fr. poule, a hen, L. pullus. See Pullet and Foal.]

Poultry. [Not used.] – Bailey.


One that pulls. – Shak.

PULL'ET, n. [Fr. poulet, dim. from poule, a hen; It. pollo; L. pullus; Gr. πωλος; coinciding with the Eng. foal.]

A young hen or female of the gallinaceous kind of fowls. – Wiseman.

PULL'EY, n. [plur. Pulleys. Fr. poulie; Sp. pollα; L. polus; Gr. πολος, from πολεω, to turn.]

A small wheel turning on a pin in a block, with a furrow or groove in which runs the rope that turns it. The pulley is one of the mechanical powers. The word is used also in the general sense of tackle, to denote all parts of the machine for raising weights, of which the pulley forms a part.


A kind of silk handkerchief.

PULL'ING, ppr.

Drawing; making an effort to draw; plucking.

PUL'LU-LATE, v.i. [L. pullulo, from pullus, a shoot.]

To germinate; to bud. – Granger.


A germinating or budding; the first shooting of a bud. – More.

PUL'MO-NA-RY, a. [L. pulmonarius, from pulmo, the lungs, from pello, pulsus, pulso, to drive or beat.]

Pertaining to the lungs; affecting the lungs; as, a pulmonary disease or consumption; the pulmonary artery.

PUL'MO-NA-RY, n. [L. pulmonaria.]

A plant, lungwort. – Ainsworth.

PUL'MO-NI-BRAN'CHI-ATE, a. [L. pulmo and Gr. βραγχια.]

Having the branchia formed for breathing air, as in the genera Limnea and Planorbis. – Cuvier.

PUL-MON'IC, a. [Fr. pulmonique, from L. pulmo, the lungs.]

Pertaining to the lungs; affecting the lungs; a pulmonic disease; pulmonic consumption.


  1. A medicine for diseases of the lungs.
  2. One affected by a disease of the lungs. – Arbuthnot.

PULP, n. [Fr. pulpe; L. pulpa. This is probably allied to L. puls, pulmentum, Gr. πολτος, from softness. Qu. from pulsus, beaten.]

  1. A soft mass; in general.
  2. The soft substance within a bone; marrow. – Bacon.
  3. The soft, succulent part of fruit; as, the pulp of an orange.
  4. The aril or exterior covering of a coffee-berry. – Edwards, West. Ind.

PULP, v.t.

To deprive of the pulp or integument, as the coffee-berry. The other mode is to pulp the coffee immediately as it comes from the tree. By a simple machine, a man will pulp a bushel in a minute. – Edwards, West. Ind.

PULP'ED, pp.

Deprived of the pulp.


The state of being pulpy.

PUL'PIT, n. [L. pulpitum, a stage, scaffold, or higher part of a stage; It. and Sp. pulpito; Fr. pupitre.]

  1. An elevated place or inclosed stage in a church, in which the preacher stands. It is called also a desk.
  2. In the Roman theater, the pulpitum was the place where the players performed their parts, lower than the scena and higher than the orchestra. – Encyc.
  3. A movable desk, from which disputants pronounced their dissertations, and authors recited their works. – Encyc.