from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. To, for, or by each; for every: Gasoline once cost 40 cents per gallon.
- prep. According to; by: Changes were made to the manuscript per the author's instructions.
- prep. By means of; through.
- adv. Informal For each one; apiece: sold the cookies for one dollar per.
- adv. Informal Per hour: was driving at 60 miles per.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- prep. for each
- prep. to each, in each (used in expressing ratios of units)
- prep. via (the), by (the), through (the) (followed by Latin name for an orifice)
- prep. in accordance with
- pro. they (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular subject pronoun, coordinate with gendered pronouns he and she.
- pro. them (singular) Gender-neutral third-person singular object pronoun, grammatically equivalent to the gendered him and her.
- adj. Belonging to per, their (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular possessive adjective, coordinate with gendered his and her.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. Through; by means of; through the agency of; by; for; for each. Per is also sometimes used with English words.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Through; by means of.
- A prefix of Latin origin, meaning primarily ‘through.’ See the etymology.
- As an inseparable prefix of intensity, ‘thoroughly,’ ‘very,’ as in peracute, perfervid, pellucid; specifically, in chem., noting the maximum or an unusual amount, as peroxid, the highest oxid, or an oxid containing more oxygen than the protoxid, etc.
- n. In petrography, in the quantitative system of classification of igneous rocks (see rock), a prefix used to form adjectives, and showing that the factor or component indicated is present in any division of igneous rocks, alone or in extreme amount — that is, that its ratio to another factor is greater than : as, peralkalic, perfelic, perfemane, perfemic, etc.
- n. An abbreviation of period.
Kilwardby also stresses that in a per se necessity sentence, the subject must be ˜something belonging in itself to that predicate™ (˜per se aliquod ipsius predicati™), by which he seems to mean that the subject has the predicate as an essential property, i.e., such that it has the predicate as a necessary property through itself and not through something else.
Copper prices have since risen from less than US$1 per pound to more than US$3 per pound (about �per kilogram), driven in large part by growing demand from China.
Why attacks on humans were measured in millions per incident instead of the standard #-per 100,000 people-per year?
I've seen that "5% success rate" in discovery during several nasty disputes--I'm a hired gun called in AFTER the execrement has hit the rotary air-moving device--and every time further inquiry revealed that the percentage rate was per _submission event_, not _per manuscript_.
He reasons that, since the more guests he has, the smaller the cost per person, then if he can only entertain extensively enough, the cost _per caput_ will be _nil_.
Others read _per vos per liberos vestros_; but this is wrong, and the repetition of _per_ is bad: we never intreat persons by themselves, but by something that is dear to them.
A limit of sixteen months is assigned, within which pledges must be redeemed or they become the property of the pawnbroker; and the interest charged, formerly four per cent., is now fixed at three per cent. _per month_.
Peruvian guano, sulphate of ammonia, soda-saltpeter, fish and flesh manures, bones and urine, cost the farmer more money per ton than any other manures he buys or makes, superphosphate of lime excepted, and this does not find sale, for general purposes, unless it contains several _per cent. _ of nitrogen.
Many of them pay from two to eight per cent. _per month_.
The witnesses had all been placed on an allowance of thirty francs per diem, which seems as good a device to invalidate their evidence as could have been adopted, and many are supposed to have come forward only _per chiappar il denaro_.