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PO’WDER-ROOM. n.s.

PO'WDER-ROOM. n.s.

PO’WDER-ROOM. n.s. [powder and room.] The part of a ship
in which the gunpowder is kept.
The flame invades the powderrooms, and then
Their guns shoot bullets, and their vessels men. Waller.

POSITI’VITY. n.s.

POSITI'VITY. n.s.

POSITI’VITY. n.s. [from positive.] Peremptoriness; confi-
dence. A low word.
Courage and positivity are never more necessary than on
such an occasion; but it is good to join some argument with
them of real and convincing force, and let it be strongly pro-
nounced too.  Watt’s Improvement of the Mind.

POMA’CEOUS. adj.

POMA'CEOUS. adj.

POMA’CEOUS. adj. [from pomum, Latin.] Consisting of apples.
Autumn paints
Ausonian hills with grapes, whilst English plains
Blush with pomaceous harvests breathing sweets.  Philips.

POLITICA’STER. n.s.

POLITICA'STER. n.s.

POLITICA’STER. n.s. A petty ignorant pretender to politicks.
There are quacks of all sorts; as bullies, pedants, hypo-
crites, empiricks, law-jobbers and politicasters. L’Estrange.

POE’TASTER. n.s.

POE'TASTER. n.s.

POE’TASTER. n.s. [Latin.] A vile petty poet.
Let no poetaster command or intreat
Another extemporer verses to make. Benj. Johnson.
Begin not as th’old poetaster did,
Troy’s famous war, and Priam’s fate I sing. Roscommon.
Horace hath exposed those trifling poetasters, that spend
themselves in glaring descriptions, and sewing here and there
some cloth of gold on their sackcloth. Felton.

PO’CKETBOOK. n.s.

PO'CKETBOOK. n.s.

PO’CKETBOOK. n.s. [pocket and book.] A paper book carried
in the pocket for hasty notes.
Licinius let out the offals of his meat to interest, and
kept a register of such debtors in his pocketbookArbuthnot.
Note down the matters of doubt in some pocketbook, and
take the first opportunity to get them resolved. Watts.

PLO’DDER. n.s.

PLO'DDER. n.s.

PLO’DDER. n.s. [from plod.] A dull heavy laborious man.
Study is like the heav’ns glorious sun,
That will not be deep search’d with saucy looks;
What have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from other’s books? Shakesp.