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  • v. Present participle of perpend.


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  • That judicious senate, very sagely perpending the reasons of his perplexity, sent him word to summon her personally to compear before him a precise hundred years thereafter, to answer to some interrogatories touching certain points which were not contained in the verbal defence.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • After this she took a pair of yarn windles, which she nine times unintermittedly veered and frisked about; then at the ninth revolution or turn, without touching them any more, maturely perpending the manner of their motion, she very demurely waited on their repose and cessation from any further stirring.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lewarne, for example, were accustomed on such occasions to represent the van and rear-guard respectively in the march of gaiety; and in this instance Jim had already imbibed too much hot "shenachrum," while his wife, still in the stage of artificial ease, and wearing a lace cap, which was none the less dignified for having been smuggled, was perpending what to say when she should get him home.

    I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales

  • "Thank 'ee," said 'Bias, perpending and digging up the roadway with the point of his stick.

    Hocken and Hunken

  • While Tristram was perpending how best to begin, his interrogator spoke again:

    The Blue Pavilions

  • He was filled with horrid forebodings -- a sense of perpending intimacy with things such as no gentleman had dealings with.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • When Selah had quite finished all her story, Ronald began drawing circles in the road with the end of his stick, and perpending within himself what had better be done about it, now that all was told him.


  • Meanwhile, you'd better be perpending this telegram from our


  • To this sagacious perpending of the question, and to the conclusion which the veteran had arrived at, Ned could oppose no valid objection.

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. II.

  • In a word, I began to perceive that it would be no light matter, at once, and without maturer perpending of sundry collateral

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12


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