from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole.
- n. A specific, often oversimplified category.
- n. The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
- transitive v. To place or file in a small compartment or recess.
- transitive v. To classify mentally; categorize.
- transitive v. To put aside and ignore; shelve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A nook in a desk for holding papers.
- n. One of an array of compartments for sorting post, messages etc. at an office, or college (for example).
- n. A hole, or roosting place for pigeons.
- v. To categorize; especially to limit or be limited to a particular category, role, etc.
- v. To put aside, to not act on (proposals, suggestions, advice).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old English game, in which balls were rolled through little arches.
- n. A small compartment in a desk or case for the keeping of letters, documents, etc.; -- so called from the resemblance of a row of them to the compartments in a dovecote.
- transitive v. To place in the pigeonhole of a case or cabinet; hence, to put away; to lay aside indefinitely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the holes in a dove-cote or pigeon-house through which the birds pass in and out.
- n. Hence A little compartment or division in a case for papers, a bureau, a desk, or the like.
- n. One of a series of holes in an arch of a furnace through which the gases of combustion pass.
- n. One of a series of holes in the block at the bottom of a keir through which its liquid contents can be discharged.
- n. plural An old English game, resembling modern bagatelle, in which balls were rolled through little cavities or arches.
- n. In printing, an over-wide space between printed words. Also called rat-hole.
- To place or file away in a pigeonhole; hence, to lay aside for future consideration; hence, to lay aside and ignore or forget; “shelve”; treat with intentional neglect: as, to pigeonhole an application for an appointment; to pigeonhole a scheme.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. place into a small compartment
- v. treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
- n. a small compartment
- n. a specific (often simplistic) category
Because I can't really separate the new from the old, the easiest way to clean out a label (what I call a pigeonhole) is to actually have enough time to deal with everything and empty it out.
With "You Are Where You Live," now you can discover what your pigeonhole is called -- just enter your ZIP code and the service will cough up your most likely demographic info (I'm either a Successful Single, a Mover And Shaker, a Mid-Life Success, a Great Beginning or an Urban Up And Comer).
So when they came to label the pigeonhole in the mailroom where letters are placed for the newest member of the Obama family, they settled on the word "Dog".
It's really tough to pigeonhole, which is why it's taken me a week and a half to write a simple damn review.
I wrote the melody myself, and I don't think of myself as a good enough musician to kind of pigeonhole an area and write to it.
The person who is so close-minded to "pigeonhole" themselves into a certain way of thinking, i.e., strictly liberal or strictly conservative is what the true definition of ignorance is all about.
"A 'present' vote was hard to pigeonhole which is exactly what Obama wanted."
I wrote the melody myself, and I don't think of myself as a good enough musician to kind of pigeonhole an era and write to it.
Perry Bible Fellowship has always transcended any kind of pigeonhole for itself.
Typically, the agent likes to "pigeonhole" an artist.