American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rod or branch serving as a roost for a bird.
- n. An elevated place for resting or sitting.
- n. A position that is secure, advantageous, or prominent.
- n. A pole, stick, or rod.
- n. Chiefly British A linear measure equal to 5.50 yards or 16.5 feet (5.03 meters); a rod.
- n. Chiefly British One square rod of land.
- n. A unit of cubic measure used in stonework, usually 16.5 feet by 1.0 foot by 1.5 feet, or 24.75 cubic feet (0.70 cubic meter).
- n. A frame on which cloth is laid for examination of quality.
- v. To alight or rest on a perch; roost: A raven perched high in the pine.
- v. To stand, sit, or rest on an elevated place or position.
- v. To place on or as if on a perch: The child perched the glass on the edge of the counter.
- v. To lay (cloth) on a perch in order to examine it.
- n. Any of various spiny-finned freshwater fishes of the genus Perca, especially either of two edible species, P. flavescens, of North America, and P. fluviatilis, of Europe.
- n. Any of various similar or related fishes, such as the pike perch or the grouper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very common fresh-water fish of Europe, Perca fluviatilis, or one of many other species of the same family. The common perch has two dorsal fins, the first with from thirteen to fifteen spines, the second with a spine and fourteen rays; the anal has two spines and seven rays; the color is generally dark olivaceous, with six or eight darker bars. The common yellow perch of the United States is scarcely different from the foregoing, but is technically distinguished as P. americana or flavescens. See also cuts under
- n. A fish of one of various other genera or families Any surf-fish or member of the Embiotocidæ: morefully called
viviparous perch. See surf-fishand alfiona. [Pacific coast, U. S.]
- n. One of the dark species of Lepomis or of Pomotis.
- n. The black sea-bass, Centropristis atrarius.
- n. One of the dark viviparous perches, as Ditrema jacksoni.
- n. The fresh-water drum, or sheepshead, Aplodinotus grunniens.
- n. The tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis.
- n. The rose-fish, Sebastes viviparus.
- n. One of several embiotocoid or viviparous perches
- n. A serranoid fish, Macquaria australasica.
- n. The black or wide-mouthed sunfish, Chænobryttus gulosus.
- n. The fresh-water drum, sheepshead, or black perch, Aplodinotus grunniens.
- n. One of several different embiotocids or viviparous perches, as Hyperprosopon argenteus, Damalichthys vacca, etc.
- n. A rod or pole; especially, a rod or pole serving as a roost for birds; anything on which birds alight and rest.
- n. Hence An elevated seat or position.
- n. A rod or pole used as a definite measure of length; a measure of length equal to 5½ yards. Perches of 7 and 8 yards have also been in local use. See pole.
- n. A square measure equal to 30¼ square yards: 160 perches make an acre.
- n. A unit of cubic measure used by stone-masons. It is usually 16½ feet by 1½ feet by 1 foot; but it varies greatly.
- n. A pole or staff set up as a beacon on a shallow place or a rock, or used to mark a channel.
- n. In vehicles: A pole connecting the fore and hind gears of a spring-carriage; the reach or bar. See cut under barouche.
- n. An elevated seat for the driver
- n. [⟨ perch, verb] The act of perching or alighting upon a place; hence, grasp; hold.
- To alight or settle on a perch or elevated support, as a bird; use a perch; roost.
- To alight or sit in some elevated position, as if on a perch.
- To place, set, or fix on a perch or other elevated support.
- To operate upon (“roughers,” or woolen cloth as taken from the looms) as follows: The cloth is stretched in a frame, and the percher carefully examines the whole texture for imperfections, which may consist of burs and knots, which he carefully removes, or of holes, which he nicely darns. This process is also called
burling, and is preparatory to the process of fulling.
- n. Applied, with various epithets, to many fishes in Australia, none of which belong to the family Percidæ. The same fishes are called by various names in different localities. See barramunda, bidyan ruff, black
perch, fresh-water perch, golden perch, mado, Murray perch, parrot-fish, pearl perch, poddly, red-gurnet perch, red perch, rock-perch, and sea-perch, 5 and 6.
- n. In Australia, Coprodon longimanus.
- n. In leather manufacturing, a frame on which a skin is stretched flat so that it may be worked smooth and soft.
- n. In textile-manuf., a frame, usually with two overhead rolls, over which cloth is drawn to be examined for imperfections.
- n. 11. In car-building, a draft-timber.
- In leather manufacturing, to soften or draw out by means of a perch. See perch, n., 9.
- n. Any of the three species of spiny-finned freshwater fish in the genus Perca.
- n. Any of the about 200 related species of fish in the taxonomic family Percidae.
- n. Several similar species in the order Perciformes, such as the grouper.
- n. a rod, staff, or branch of a tree etc used as a roost by a bird
- n. a position that is secure and advantageous, especially one which is prominent or elevated
- n. dated a linear measure of 5½ yards, equal to a rod, a pole or ¼ chain; the related square measure
- n. a cubic measure of stonework equal to 16.6 × 1.5 × 1 feet
- n. textiles a frame used to examine cloth
- v. intransitive To rest on (or as if on) a perch; to roost.
- v. intransitive To stay in an elevated position.
- v. transitive To place something on (or as if on) a perch.
- v. transitive, intransitive, textiles To inspect cloth using a perch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any fresh-water fish of the genus Perca and of several other allied genera of the family
Percidæ, as the common American or yellow perch (Perca flavescens syn. Perca Americana), and the European perch (Perca fluviatilis).
- n. Any one of numerous species of spiny-finned fishes belonging to the
Percidæ, Serranidæ, and related families, and resembling, more or less, the true perches.
- n. A pole; a long staff; a rod; esp., a pole or other support for fowls to roost on or to rest on; a roost; figuratively, any elevated resting place or seat.
- n. A measure of length containing five and a half yards; a rod, or pole.
- n. In land or square measure: A square rod; the 160th part of an acre.
- n. In solid measure: A mass 161/2 feet long, 1 foot in height, and 11/2 feet in breadth, or 243/4 cubic feet (in local use, from 22 to 25 cubic feet); -- used in measuring stonework.
- n. A pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach.
- v. To alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost.
- v. To place or to set on, or as on, a perch.
- v. To occupy as a perch.
- n. support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
- n. an elevated place serving as a seat
- n. a square rod of land
- n. any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes
- n. spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
- n. a linear measure of 16.5 feet
- v. to come to rest, settle
- v. sit, as on a branch
- n. any of numerous fishes of America and Europe
- v. cause to perch or sit
- From French perche, from Latin pertica ("staff”, “long pole”, “measuring rod"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English perche, from Old French, from Latin pertica, stick, pole.Middle English perche, from Old French, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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