American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without commission from a sovereign nation.
- n. A ship used for this purpose.
- n. One who preys on others; a plunderer.
- n. One who makes use of or reproduces the work of another without authorization.
- n. One that operates an unlicensed, illegal television or radio station.
- v. To attack and rob (a ship at sea).
- v. To take (something) by piracy.
- v. To make use of or reproduce (another's work) without authorization.
- v. To act as a pirate; practice piracy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who without authority and by violence seizes or interferes with the ship or property of another on the sea; specifically, one who is habitually engaged in such robbery, or sails the seas for the robbery and plunder of merchant vessels; a freebooter or corsair; a sea-robber. See piracy.
- n. An armed vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels indiscriminately on the high seas.
- n. A publisher, compiler, or bookseller who appropriates the literary or artistic labors of an author without compensation or permission; specifically, one who infringes on the copyright of another.
- n. Any pirate-perch. Synonyms Thief, Brigand, etc. (see
robber), corsair, bucaneer.
- To play the pirate; rob on the high seas.
- To appropriate and reproduce the literary or artistic work of another without right or permission; specifically, to infringe on the copyright of another.
- To commit piracy upon; play the pirate toward.
- To appropriate and publish without permission or legal right, as books, writings, etc.; use or reproduce illegally.
- n. A stream that, by reason of its more favorable situation or its greater activity, encroaches upon the territory of a neigh-boring stream to such extent as to capture a part of its watercourse.
- n. A criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns.
- n. One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission
- v. transitive, nautical To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea.
- v. transitive, intellectual property To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of
- v. transitive, intellectual property To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of
- v. intransitive To engage in piracy.
- adj. Illegaly imitated or reproduced, said of a well-known trademarked product or work subject to copyright protection and the counterfeit itself.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor.
- n. An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas.
- n. One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission.
- v. To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.
- v. To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author.
- n. someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own
- v. take arbitrarily or by force
- n. a ship that is manned by pirates
- v. copy illegally; of published material
- n. someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
- From Old French pirate, from Latin pirata, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratēs), from πεῖρα (peira, "trial, attempt, plot"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pīrāta, from Greek peirātēs, from peirān, to attempt, from peira, trial; see per-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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