Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area of land set aside for public use, as:
  • n. A piece of land with few or no buildings within or adjoining a town, maintained for recreational and ornamental purposes.
  • n. A landscaped city square.
  • n. A large tract of rural land kept in its natural state and usually reserved for the enjoyment and recreation of visitors.
  • n. A broad, fairly level valley between mountain ranges: the high parks of the Rocky Mountains.
  • n. A tract of land attached to a country house, especially when including extensive gardens, woods, pastures, or a game preserve.
  • n. Sports A stadium or an enclosed playing field: a baseball park.
  • n. An area where military vehicles or artillery are stored and serviced.
  • n. The materiel kept in such an area.
  • n. An area in or near a town designed and usually zoned for a certain purpose: a commercial park.
  • n. A position in an automatic transmission that disengages the gears and sets the brake so the vehicle cannot move: put the car in park and turned off the engine.
  • transitive v. To put or leave (a vehicle) for a time in a certain location.
  • transitive v. Aerospace To place (a spacecraft or satellite) in a usually temporary orbit.
  • transitive v. Informal To place or leave temporarily: parked the baby with neighbors; parking cash in a local bank account.
  • transitive v. To assemble (artillery or other equipment) in a military park.
  • intransitive v. To park a motor vehicle: pulled over and parked next to the curb.
  • intransitive v. Slang To engage in kissing and caressing in a vehicle stopped in a secluded spot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tract of ground kept in its natural state, about or adjacent to a residence, as for the preservation of game, for walking, riding, or the like.
  • n. A piece of ground, in or near a city or town, enclosed and kept for ornament and recreation
  • n. this sense?) A space occupied by the animals, wagons, pontoons, and materials of all kinds, as ammunition, ordnance stores, hospital stores, provisions, etc., when brought together.
  • n. An inventory of matériel.
  • n. A partially inclosed basin in which oysters are grown.
  • n. An enclosed parcel of land stocked with animals for hunting, which one may have by prescription or royal grant.
  • n. An area zoned for a particular (industrial or technological) purpose.
  • n. A grassy basin surrounded by mountains.
  • n. A pitch; the area on which a match is played.
  • n. A space in which to leave a car; a parking space.
  • v. To bring (something such as a vehicle) to a halt or store in a specified place.
  • v. To defer (a matter) until a later date.
  • v. To bring together in a park, or compact body.
  • v. To enclose in a park, or as in a park.
  • v. To hit a home run, to hit the ball out of the park.
  • v. To engage in romantic or sexual activities inside a nonmoving vehicle.
  • v. To sit, recline, or put, especially in a manner suggesting an intent to remain for some time.
  • v. To invest money temporarily in an investment instrument considered to relatively free of risk, especially while awaiting other opportunities.
  • v. To register a domain name, but make no use of it (See domain parking)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of ground inclosed, and stored with beasts of the chase, which a man may have by prescription, or the king's grant.
  • n. A tract of ground kept in its natural state, about or adjacent to a residence, as for the preservation of game, for walking, riding, or the like.
  • n. A piece of ground, in or near a city or town, inclosed and kept for ornament and recreation
  • n. A space occupied by the animals, wagons, pontoons, and materials of all kinds, as ammunition, ordnance stores, hospital stores, provisions, etc., when brought together; also, the objects themselves
  • n. A partially inclosed basin in which oysters are grown.
  • n. Any place where vehicles are assembled according to a definite arrangement; also, the vehicles.
  • n. A position of the gear lever in a vehicle with automatic transmission, used when the vehicle is stopped, in which the transmission is in neutral and a brake is engaged.
  • intransitive v. To promenade or drive in a park; also, of horses, to display style or gait on a park drive.
  • intransitive v. To come to a stop [in a vehicle] off of the public road and leave the vehicle standing; -- typically the motor of a parked vehicle is not left running.
  • transitive v. To inclose in a park, or as in a park.
  • transitive v. To bring together in a park, or compact body
  • transitive v. In oyster culture, to inclose in a park.
  • transitive v. To bring (a vehicle) to a stop and leave it standing; -- typically a parked vehicle is off of the public road, the motor is not running, and the driver has left the vehicle.
  • transitive v. To place (an object) in a temporary location.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To inclose or shut up in as in a park.
  • To bring together in a park or compact body: as, to park artillery.
  • To frequent a public park.
  • n. In English law, a tract of land inclosed and privileged for wild beasts of chase, by the monarch's grant or by prescription.
  • n. A considerable extent of pasture and woodland, surrounding or adjoining a country-house and devoted primarily to purposes of recreation or enjoyment, and often serving to support a herd of cattle or a flock of sheep, or, in Europe, stocked with deer.
  • n. A piece of ground, usually of considerable extent, set apart and maintained for public use, and laid out in such a way as to afford pleasure to the eye as well as opportunity for open-air recreation: as, Central Park in New York, or Hyde Park in London.
  • n. An inclosed piece of ground suitable for tillage or pasture; an inclosed field.
  • n. A high plateau-like valley, resembling the “holes” and “prairies” of the more northern parts of the Rocky Mountain ranges.
  • n. Milit.: The space or inclosure occupied by the guns, wagons, animals, pontoons, powder, provisions, stores, etc., when brought together, or the objects themselves: as, a park of artillery, of provisions, of wagons, etc.
  • n. A complete set or equipment, as of guns, tools, etc.: as, a park of siege-guns.
  • n. A large net placed at the margin of the sea, with only one entrance, which is next the shore, and is left dry by the ebb of the tide.
  • n. In oyster-culture, a sunken bed on which oysters are placed for reproduction and growth, and which is filled with water by each high tide.
  • n. A prison.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Scottish explorer in Africa (1771-1806)
  • n. a gear position that acts as a parking brake
  • n. a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property
  • n. a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
  • v. maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
  • v. place temporarily
  • n. a lot where cars are parked
  • n. a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

Etymologies

Middle English, game preserve, enclosed tract of land, from Old French parc, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English park, from Old French parc ("livestock pen"), from Medieval Latin parcus, parricus, from Frankish *parric (“enclosure, pen”), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (“enclosure, fence”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)par- (“beam, log”). Cognate with Old High German pfarrih, pferrih ("enclosure, pen"), Old English pearroc ("enclosure"), Old Norse parrak ("enclosure, pen" also "distress, anxiety"). More at parrock, paddock. (Wiktionary)

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