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perch1 (pɜːtʃ Pronunciation for perch1

Definitions

noun

  1. a pole, branch, or other resting place above ground on which a bird roosts or alights
  2. a similar resting place for a person or thing
  3. another name for rod (sense 7)
  4. a solid measure for stone, usually taken as 198 inches by 18 inches by 12 inches
  5. a pole joining the front and rear axles of a carriage
  6. a frame on which cloth is placed for inspection
  7. (obsolete (or dialect) a pole

verb

  1. (usually followed by on) to alight, rest, or cause to rest on or as if on a perch   ⇒ the bird perched on the branch, the cap was perched on his head
  2. (transitive) to inspect (cloth) on a perch

Derived Forms

ˈpercher noun

Word Origin

C13 perche stake, from Old French, from Latin pertica long staff

Synonyms

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= land, alight, roost
= resting place, post, branch, pole, roost

perch2 (pɜːtʃ Pronunciation for perch2

Definitions

noun

Word forms:   plural perch, perches
  1. any freshwater spiny-finned teleost fish of the family Percidae, esp those of the genus Perca, such as P. fluviatilis of Europe and P. flavescens (yellow perch) of North America: valued as food and game fishes
  2. any of various similar or related fishes

related adjective

percoid

Word Origin

C13: from Old French perche, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; compare Greek perkos spotted

Translations for 'perch'

  • British English: perch If you perch on something, you sit down lightly on the very edge or tip of it. VERBHe perched on the corner of the desk.to perch on sth
  • Brazilian Portuguese: empoleirar-se
  • Chinese: 轻坐在轻輕坐在
  • European Spanish: sentarse en el borde
  • French: se percher
  • German: hocken
  • Italian: appollaiarsi
  • Japanese: 腰をかける
  • Korean: 걸터앉다
  • Portuguese: empoleirar-se
  • Spanish: sentarse en el borde
  • British English: perch A perch is a short rod for a bird to stand on. NOUNA small, yellow bird in a cage sat on its perch outside the house.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: poleiro
  • Chinese: 栖枝栖<TRAD>棲</TRAD>枝輕坐在
  • European Spanish: percha
  • French: perchoir
  • German: Stange
  • Italian: posatoio
  • Japanese: 止まり木
  • Korean: 횃대
  • Portuguese: poleiro
  • Spanish: percha

Example Sentences Including 'perch'

Buffeted by the gale-force winds unleashed by financial deregulation, no bank has held on to the top perch for more than a year.
Business Today (1998)
Conrad stared at the chair, unable to recall the short stroll he must surely have made from the abandoned perch to his bed.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
He got the bard settled, then climbed back to his window perch to watch the twilight fading.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
He leaned through the open door, snatched up the rug, and ducked back to his perch on the skid.
Jenkins, Geoffrey A Daystar of Fear
I descended the ladder and went in search of a more comfortable perch with a view of the church and the square.
Irish Times (2002)
The dam is noted for saratoga and also is stocked with Australian bass, yellowbelly and silver perch.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
The wall that divided us from them provided me with a perch from which I could look down into their back garden.
Lorna Sage BAD BLOOD: A Memoir (2000)

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