Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The skin of an animal with the fur or hair still on it.
  • noun A stripped animal skin ready for tanning.
  • intransitive verb To strike or assail repeatedly with thrown objects: synonym: barrage.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To strike (someone) with blows, as with a club.
  • intransitive verb To hurl or throw (missiles).
  • intransitive verb To fall upon; strike repeatedly.
  • intransitive verb To fall heavily or abundantly; beat.
  • intransitive verb To move at a vigorous gait.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skin of a beast with the hair on it, especially of one of the smaller animals used in furriery; specifically, a fur-skin dried but not prepared for use as fur; a raw hide: sometimes applied to a garment made from such a skin.
  • noun The mangled quarry of a hawk; the dead body of a bird killed by a hawk.
  • noun Soft leather used for covering inking-pelds.
  • noun Synonyms Hide, etc. See skin.
  • To skin; fleece; pluck the pelt from.
  • To push; thrust.
  • To assail with missiles; assail or strike with something thrown.
  • To throw; cast; hurl.
  • To throw missiles.
  • To fall or descend (on one) with violence or persistency: as, a pelting rain.
  • To proceed rapidly and without intermission; hurry on: as, the horses pelted along at a fine pace.
  • To bandy words; use abusive language; be in a passion.
  • To submit; become paltry.
  • noun A blow or stroke from something thrown.
  • noun Rage; anger; passion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it. See 4th fell.
  • noun Jocose The human skin.
  • noun (Falconry) The body of any quarry killed by the hawk.
  • noun a disease affecting the hair or wool of a beast.
  • intransitive verb To throw missiles.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To throw out words.
  • transitive verb To strike with something thrown or driven; to assail with pellets or missiles
  • transitive verb To throw; to use as a missile.
  • noun A blow or stroke from something thrown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To bombard, as with missiles.
  • verb intransitive To rain or hail heavily.
  • verb To throw out words.
  • verb transitive To beat or hit, especially repeatedly.
  • verb To move rapidly, especially in or on a conveyance.
  • noun A blow or stroke from something thrown.
  • noun The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it.
  • noun The body of any quarry killed by a hawk.
  • noun humorous Human skin.

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

  • verb attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
  • verb cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
  • verb rain heavily
  • noun body covering of a living animal
  • noun the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, probably from Old French pelete, diminutive of pel, skin, from Latin pellis; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Middle English pelten, variant of pilten, perhaps ultimately from Latin pultāre, to beat, variant of pulsāre, frequentative of pellere, to strike; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possible contraction of pellet

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French pelette, diminutive of pel ("a skin"), from Latin pellis. Alternatively a contraction of peltry ("skins") from the same Old French and Latin roots.

Examples

  • The fact that not only compounds already existing may convert pelt into leather, but that a similar effect is obtained _inside the pelt_, by their components, is indeed of theoretical interest.

    Synthetic Tannins

  • The pelt is rather pretty if you're into killing stuff for that reason (and I don't).

    I hate to put down another shooter's game, but we've already broken the ice with canned hunts.

  • The pelt is rather pretty if you're into killing stuff for that reason (and I don't).

    I hate to put down another shooter's game, but we've already broken the ice with canned hunts.

  • Yer second pelt is goin to be with a crate of rotten tomaters.

    Think Progress » Quote Of The Day:

  • One of Koon's students tested the claim and found it wanting ( "The optical loss ... 2 decibels per mm ... essentially eliminates the possibility that the polar bear's pelt is behaving like an optical fiber in order to transmit light to the bear's skin for conversion to heat").

    Fibre optics - the bear facts

  • One of Koon's students tested the claim and found it wanting ( "The optical loss ... 2 decibels per mm ... essentially eliminates the possibility that the polar bear's pelt is behaving like an optical fiber in order to transmit light to the bear's skin for conversion to heat").

    Archive 2004-04-01

  • The fairy might steal a pelt from the trapper's supply; that would certainly keep him warm; and if he were anything of a tailor he could make himself a cap and a coat in no time.

    This Way to Christmas

  • And, though I was now nearsighted and colorblind, my nose gave me a worldful of smells, my ears captured sounds a man never hears, every hair on my pelt was a feeler feeding into my nerves.

    Operation Luna

  • His legs, stomach, chest, and upper back were covered with a coarse brown hair that was not enough to be called a pelt, but not far from it.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • The pelt, which is unaltered by the hydroquinone bath, on being removed from the latter, and in the presence of alkali, assumes a red colour at first, which changes into violet, blue, and finally brown, the pelt being thereby converted into a quinone-tanned leather.

    Synthetic Tannins

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