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A plant of the genus Agaricus; a mushroom, vulgarly toadstool.

PAD'DY, n.

A cant word for an Irishman.

PAD-E-LI'ON, n. [Fr. pas de lion, lion's foot.]

A plant. – Ainsworth.

PAD'LOCK, n. [qu. D. padde, a toad, from its shape.]

A lock to be hung on a staple and held by a link. – Prior.

PAD'LOCK, v.t.

To fasten with a padlock; to stop; to shut; to confine. – Bull. Milton.


An ambling nag. – Dr. Pope.


A plant. [See Paddock-pipe.]

PA'DRA, n.

A kind of black tea of superior quality.

PAD-U-A-SOY', n. [from Padua, in Italy, and Fr. soie, silk.]

A particular kind of silk stuff.

PAE'AN, or PE'AN, n. [or PÆ'AN.]

  1. Among the ancients, a song of rejoicing in honor of Apollo; hence, a song of triumph. – Pope.
  2. In ancient poetry, a foot of four syllables; written also pæon. Of this there are four kinds; the first consisting of one long and three short syllables, or a trochee and a pyrhic, as tēmpŏrĭbŭs; the second of a short syllable, a long and two short, or an iambus and a pyrrhic, as pŏtēntĭă; the third of two short syllables, a long and a short one, or a pyrrhic and a trochee, as ănĭmātŭs; the fourth of three short syllables and a long one, or a pyrrhic and iambus, as cĕlĕrĭtās. – Encyc.

PA'GAN, a.

  1. Heathen; heathenish; Gentile; noting a person who worships false gods.
  2. Pertaining to the worship of false gods.

PA'GAN, n. [L. paganus, a peasant or countryman, from pagus, a village.]

A heathen; a Gentile; an idolater; one who worships false gods. This word was originally applied to the inhabitants of the country, who on the first propagation of the Christian religion adhered to the worship of false gods, or refused to receive Christianity, after it had been received by the inhabitants of the cities. In like manner, heathen signifies an inhabitant of the heath or woods, and caffer, in Arabic, signifies the inhabitant of a hut or cottage, and one that does not receive the religion of Mohammed. Pagan is used to distinguish one from a Christian and a Mohammedan.

PA'GAN-ISH, a. [Sax. paganisc.]

Heathenish; pertaining to pagans. – King.

PA'GAN-ISM, n. [Fr. paganisme; It. paganesimo.]

Heathenism; the worship of false gods, or the system of religious opinions and worship maintained by pagans. – Addison. Hooker. Men instructed from their infancy in the principles and duties of Christianity, never sink to the degradation of paganism. – G. Spring.

PA'GAN-IZE, v.i.

To behave like pagans. – Milton.

PA'GAN-IZE, v.t.

To render heathenish; to convert to heathenism. – Ch. Obs.


Rendered heathenish.


Rendering heathenish; behaving like pagans; adopting heathen principles and practice.

PAGE, n.1 [Fr. and Sp. page; It. paggio; Port. pagem; Arm. paich; Sw. poike; Dan. pog; Russ. paj, a boy, a page. The Gr. παις, a boy, is undoubtedly a contracted form of the same word; for παιζω, from παις, forms παιξω, παιχθεις; hence it may be inferred that παις was originally παιχις. The Eng. boy is a contraction of this word; W. baçgen, a boy, a child, from baç, small; Pers. فَيجْ faige, a footman or lackey.]

  1. A boy attending on a great person, rather for formality or show, than for servitude. He had two pages of honor, on either hand one. – Bacon.
  2. A boy or man that attends on a legislative body. In Massachusetts, the page is a boy that conveys papers from the members of the house of representatives to the speaker, and from the speaker or clerk to the members.

PAGE, n.2 [L. pagina; Fr. page.]

  1. One side of a leaf of a book. – Watts.
  2. A book or writing or writings; as, the page of history.
  3. Pages, in the plural, signifies also books or writings; as, the sacred pages.

PAGE, v.t.

  1. To mark or number the pages of a book or manuscript.
  2. To attend, as a page. – Shak.


Showy; pompous; ostentatious. – Dryden.

PA'GEANT, n. [pa'jent; L. pegma; Gr. πηγμα, something showy carried in triumph.]

  1. A statue in show, or a triumphal car, chariot, arch or other pompous thing, decorated with flags, &c. and carried in public shows and processions. – Cyc.
  2. A show; a spectacle of entertainment; something intended for pomp. I'll play my part in fortune's pageant. – Shak.
  3. Any thing showy, without stability or duration. Thus unlamented pass the proud away, / The gaze of fools, and pageant of a day. – Pope.

PA'GEANT, v.t.

To exhibit in show; to represent. – Shak.


Show; pompous exhibition or spectacle. Such pageantry be to the people shown. – Dryden.