American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poppet valve.
- n. Nautical A small wooden strip on a gunwale that forms or supports an oarlock.
- n. Nautical One of the beams of a launching cradle supporting a ship's hull.
- n. Chiefly British A darling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A puppet.
- n. A term of endearment. See puppet.
- n. A shore or piece of timber placed between a vessel's bottom and the bilgeways, at the foremost and aftermost parts, to support her in launching. See cut under launching-ways.
- n. One of the heads of a lathe. Also popit. See cut under lathe-head.
- n. A puppet-valve.
- n. Small bits of wood upon a boat's gunwale, to support the rowlocks and washstrake.
- n. informal An endearingly sweet or beautiful child.
- n. informal A young woman or girl.
- n. The stem and valve head in a poppet valve.
- n. A figurine or image of idolatry.
- n. A doll made in witchcraft to represent a person, used in casting spells on that person.
- n. nautical One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching.
- n. engineering An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See puppet.
- n. (Naut.) One of certain upright timbers on the bilge ways, used to support a vessel in launching.
- n. (Mach.) An upright support or guide fastened at the bottom only.
- n. same as poppit.
- n. a mushroom-shaped valve that rises perpendicularly from its seat; commonly used in internal-combustion engines
- Related to puppet. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English popet, small child, doll, puppet; see puppet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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