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To PA’TIENT. v.a.

To PA'TIENT. v.a.

To PA’TIENT. v.a. [patienter, Fr.] To compose one’s self;
to behave with patience. Obsolete.
Patient yourself, madam, and pardon me. Shakesp.

PAT. adj.

PAT. adj.

PAT. adj. [from pas, Dutch, Skinner.] Fit; convenient;
exactly suitable either as to time or place. This is a low word,
and should not be used but in burlesque writings.
Pat pat; and here’s a marvellous convenient place for our
rehearsal. Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Now I might do it pat, now he is praying. Shakesp.
They never say two things so pat,
In all respects, as this and that. Hudibras, p. ii.
Zuinglius dreamed of a text, which he found very pat to his
doctrine of the Eucharist. Atterbury.
He was surely put to’t at the end of a verse,
Because he could find no word to come pat in.  Swift.

PA’STORAL. adj.

PA'STORAL. adj.

PA’STORAL. adj. [pastoralis, Latin; pastoral, French.]
I. Rural; rustick; beseeming shepherds; imitating the shepherds.
In those pastoral pastimes, a great many days were sent to
follow their flying predecessors.  Sidney.
2. Relating to the care of souls.
Their lord and master taught concerning the pastoral care
he had over his own flock. Hooker, b. v. s. 19.
The bishop of Salisbury recommended the tenth satire of
Juvenal, in his pastoral letter, to the serious perusal of the
divines of his diocese. Dryden.

PASSADO. n.s.

PASSADO. n.s.

PASSADO. n.s. [Italian.] A push; a thrust.
A duellist, a gentleman of the very first house; ah! the
immortal passadoShakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

PAS. n.s.

PAS. n.s.

PAS. n.s. [French.] Precedence; right of going foremost.
In her poor circumstances, she still preserv’d the mien of a
gentlewoman; when she came into any full assembly, she
would not yield the pas to the best of them. Arbuthnot.

PA’RTLET. n.s.

PA'RTLET. n.s.

PA’RTLET. n.s. A name given to a hen; the original signifi-
cation being a ruff or band, or covering for the neck. Hanmer.
Thou dotard, thou are woman tir’d; unroosted
By thy dame partlet here.  Shakesp.
Tir’d with pinn’d ruffs, and fans, and partlet strips.  Hall.
Dame partlet was the sovereign of his heart;
He feather’d her.  Dryden’s Fables.

PA’RTABLE. adj.

PA'RTABLE. adj.

PA’RTABLE. adj. [from part.] Divisible; such as may be
parted.
His hot love was partable among three other of his mi-
stresses.  Camden’s Remains.