American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A baked food composed of a pastry shell filled with fruit, meat, cheese, or other ingredients, and usually covered with a pastry crust.
- n. A layer cake having cream, custard, or jelly filling.
- n. A whole that can be shared: "That would . . . enlarge the economic pie by making the most productive use of every investment dollar” ( New York Times).
- idiom. pie in the sky An empty wish or promise: "To outlaw deficits . . . is pie in the sky” ( Howard H. Baker, Jr.)
- n. See magpie.
- n. A monetary unit formerly in use in India and Pakistan.
- n. An almanac of services used in the English church before the Reformation.
- n. Printing Variant of pi2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dish consisting of a thin layer of pastry filled with a preparation of meat, fish, fowl, fruit, or vegetables, seasoned, generally covered with a thicker layer of pastry, and baked: as, beefsteak pie; oyster pie; chicken pie; pumpkin pie; custard pie.
- n. Pies are sometimes made without the under thin layer of pastry. See pudding, tart, and turnover.
- n. A mound or pit for keeping potatoes.
- n. A compost-heap.
- n. A magpie.
- n. Hence Some similar or related bird; any pied bird: with a qualifying term: as, the smoky pie, Psilorhinus morio; the wandering pie of India, Temnurus (or Dendrocitta) vagabundus; the river-pie, or dipper, Cinclus aquaticus; the long-tailed pie, or titmouse, Acredula rosea; the murdering pie, or great gray shrike, Lanius excubitor; the sea-pie, or oyster-catcher; the Seoulton pewit or pie (see under pewit); etc.
- n. Figuratively, a prating gossip or tattler.
- n. Same as ordinal, 2 .
- n. An index; a register; a list: as, a pie of sheriffs in the reign of Henry VIII
- See pi.
- n. The smallest Anglo-Indian copper coin, equal to one third of a pice, or one twelfth of an anna —about one fourth of a United States cent.
- n. Formerly, a coin equal to one fourth of an anna.
- n. A Spanish and Spanish-American unit of length, the foot, equal to from 10.97 to 11.13 inches in Spain, and to 11.37 inches in Argentina.
- n. In Italy, a measure of length, the foot, equal, at Lucca, to 11.94 inches.
- n. obsolete Magpie.
- n. historical The smallest unit of currency in South Asia, equivalent to 1/192 of a rupee or 1/12 of an anna.
- n. A type of pastry that consists of an outer crust and a filling.
- n. Extended to other, non-pastry dishes that maintain the general concept of a shell with a filling.
- n. Northeastern US Pizza.
- n. figuratively The whole of a wealth or resource, to be divided in parts.
- n. A disorderly mess of spilt type.
- n. cricket An especially badly bowled ball.
- n. pejorative a gluttonous person.
- n. slang vulva
- v. transitive To hit in the face with a pie, either for comic effect or as a means of protest (see also pieing).
- v. transitive To go around (a corner) in a guarded manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An article of food consisting of paste baked with something in it or under it
- n. Prov. Eng. See Camp, n., 5.
- n. A magpie.
- n. Any other species of the genus Pica, and of several allied genera.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) The service book.
- n. (Pritn.) Type confusedly mixed. See Pi.
- v. See pi.
- n. dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top
- n. a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages
- From Middle English, unknown origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English.Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīca.Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā, quarter, from pāt, pad-, foot, leg. Medieval Latin pīca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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