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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.

PA’RLOUR. n.s.

PA'RLOUR. n.s.

PARLOUR. n.s. [parloir, French; parlatorio, Italian.]
I. A room in monasteries, where the religious meet and converse.
2. A room in houses on the first floor, elegantly furnished for
reception or entertainment.
Can we judge it a thing seemly, for a man to go about the
building of an house to the God of heaven, with no other
appearance than if his end were to rear up a kitchen or a
parlour for his own use. Hooker.
Back again fair Alma led them right,
And soon into a goodly parlour brought. Fa. Queen.
It would be infinitely more shameful, in the dress of the
kitchen, to receive the entertainments of the parlour. South.
Roof and sides were like a parlour made,
A soft recess, and a cool summer shade. Dryden.

PA’PERMILL. n.s.

PA'PERMILL. n.s.

PA’PERMILL. n.s. [paper and mill.] A mill in which pages are
ground for paper.
Thou hast caused printing to be used; and contrary to the
king, and his dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill. Shakesp.

PA’PA. n.s.

PA'PA. n.s.

PA’PA. n.s. [παππας; papa, Lat.] A fond name for father,
used in many languages.
Where there are little masters and misses in a house, bribe
them, that they may not tell tales to papa and mamma. Swift.

PA’NTINGLY. adv.

PA'NTINGLY. adv.

PA’NTINGLY. adv. [from panting.] With palpitation.
She heav’d the name of father
Pantingly forth, as if it prest her heart. Shakespeare.

PAMPHLETEE’R. n.s.

PAMPHLETEE'R. n.s.

PAMPHLETEE’R. n.s. [from pamphlet.] A scribbler of small
books.
The squibs are those who in the common phrase are called
libellers, lampooners, and pamphleteers. Tatler.
With great injustice I have been pelted by pamphleteers. Swift.

To PA’LTER. v.n.

To PA'LTER. v.n.

To PA’LTER. v.n. [from paltron, Skinner.] To shift; to
dodge; to play tricks.
I must
To the young man send humble treaties,
And palter in the shift of lowness. Shakespeare.
Be these juggling fiends no more believ’d,
That palter with us in a double sense;
That keep the word of promise to our ear,
And break it to our hope. Shakesp. Macbeth.
Romans, that have spoke the word,
And will not palter? Shakesp. Jul. Caesar.