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pi |paɪ| — the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle; approximately equal to 3.14159265358979323846...

pi-meson |ˈpaɪˈmeɪˌzɑːn| — a meson involved in holding the nucleus together; produced as the result of high-energy particle collision

piaffe |pɪˈæf| — a cadenced trot executed by the horse in one spot

pianissimo |ˌpiəˈnɪsɪmoʊ| — (music) low loudness

pianist |ˈpɪənɪst| — a person who plays the piano

piano |piˈænoʊ| — a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds

pianoforte |pɪˌænoʊˈfɔːrti| — a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds

pianola |ˌpiəˈnoʊlə| — a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys

piaster |piːˈæstər| — a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syria

piastre |pɪˈæstər| — a fractional monetary unit in Egypt and Lebanon and Sudan and Syria

piazza |piˈɑːzə| — a public square with room for pedestrians

pibroch |ˈpiːbrɑːk| — martial music with variations; to be played by bagpipes

pic |pɪk| — a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

pica |ˈpaɪkə| — an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently

picador |ˈpɪkədɔːr| — the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low

picaresque |ˌpɪkəˈresk| — involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction

picayune |ˌpɪkiˈjuːn| — (informal) small and of little importance

piccalilli |ˌpɪkəˈlɪli| — relish of chopped pickled cucumbers and green peppers and onion

piccaninny |ˌpɪkəˈnɪni| — (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child

piccolo |ˈpɪkəloʊ| — a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute

pick |pɪk| — the person or thing chosen or selected

pick at |ˈpɪk æt| — pluck or pull at with the fingers

pick off |ˈpɪk ˈɒf| — shoot one by one

pick out |ˈpɪk ˈaʊt| — pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

pick over |ˈpɪk ˈoʊvr̩| — separate or remove

pick up |ˈpɪk ʌp| — take and lift upward

pick-me-up |ˈpɪk mɪ ʌp| — anything with restorative powers

pickaback |ˈpikəˌbak| — on a railroad flatcar

pickaninny |ˈpɪkəˌnɪniː| — (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child

pickax |ˈpɪkˌæks| — a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

pickaxe |ˈpɪkæks| — a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

picker |ˈpɪkər| — a person who chooses or selects out

pickerel |ˈpik(ə)rəl| — flesh of young or small pike

picket |ˈpɪkɪt| — a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

picking |ˈpɪkɪŋ| — the quantity of a crop that is harvested

pickings |ˈpɪkɪŋz| — the act of someone who picks up or takes something

pickle |ˈpɪkl| — vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar

pickled |ˈpɪkld| — (used of foods) preserved in a pickling liquid

pickpocket |ˈpɪkpɑːkɪt| — a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

pickup |ˈpɪkʌp| — a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard

picky |ˈpɪki| — exacting especially about details

picnic |ˈpɪknɪk| — a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering

picnicker |ˈpɪknɪkər| — a person who is picnicking

pictorial |pɪkˈtɔːriəl| — a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures

picture |ˈpɪktʃər| — a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

picturesque |ˌpɪktʃəˈresk| — suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture

piddle |ˈpɪdl| — liquid excretory product

piddling |ˈpɪdlɪŋ| — (informal) small and of little importance

pie |paɪ| — dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top

pie-eyed |ˌpaɪˈaɪd| — very drunk

piebald |ˈpaɪbɔːld| — having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

piece |piːs| — a separate part of a whole

piecemeal |ˈpiːsmiːl| — a little bit at a time

piecework |ˈpiːswɜːrk| — work paid for according to the quantity produced

pied |paɪd| — having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

pied-a-terre  — lodging for occasional or secondary use

pieplant |ˈpaɪˌplænt| — long pinkish sour leafstalks usually eaten cooked and sweetened

pier |pɪr| — a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

pierce |pɪrs| — 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)

piercing |ˈpɪrsɪŋ| — having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

pierrot |ˈpɪəroʊ| — a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face

pietism |ˈpiːˌtɪzəm| — 17th and 18th-century German movement in the Lutheran Church stressing personal piety and devotion

piety |ˈpaɪəti| — righteousness by virtue of being pious

piezoelectric |ˌpiːzəʊɪˈlektrɪk| — relating to or involving piezoelectricity

piezoelectricity |paɪˌiːzoʊɪlekˈtrɪsɪtiː| — electricity produced by mechanical pressure on certain crystals (notably quartz or Rochelle salt); alternatively, electrostatic stress produces a change in the linear dimensions of the crystal

piezometer |ˌpaɪɪˈzɑːmɪtər| — a measuring instrument for measuring high pressures

piffle |ˈpɪfl| — trivial nonsense

pig |pɪɡ| — domestic swine

pigeon |ˈpɪdʒɪn| — wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs

pigeon-breasted |ˌpɪdʒɪn ˈbrestɪd| — having a chest deformity marked by a projecting breastbone caused by infantile rickets

pigeon-toed |ˈpɪdʒɪn toʊd| — having feet that turn inward

pigeonhole |ˈpɪdʒɪnhoʊl| — a specific (often simplistic) category

piggery |ˈpɪɡəri| — a farm where pigs are raised or kept

piggish |ˈpɪɡɪʃ| — resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy

piggy |ˈpɪɡi| — a young pig

piggyback |ˈpɪɡibæk| — the act of carrying something piggyback

pigheaded |ˈpɪɡˌhedɪd| — obstinate and stupid

piglet |ˈpɪɡlət| — a young pig

pigment |ˈpɪɡmənt| — dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)

pigmentation |ˌpɪɡmenˈteɪʃn| — the deposition of pigment in animals or plants or human beings

pigmy |ˈpɪɡmi| — an unusually small individual

pignut |ˈpiɡˌnət| — an American hickory tree having bitter nuts

pigpen |ˈpiɡˌpen| — a pen for swine

pigskin |ˈpɪɡskɪn| — leather from the skin of swine

pigsticking |ˈpɪɡˌstɪkiːŋ| — the sport of hunting wild boar with spears

pigsty |ˈpɪɡstaɪ| — a pen for swine

pigswill |ˈpɪɡswɪl| — wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk

pigtail |ˈpɪɡteɪl| — a plait of braided hair

pigwash |ˈpɪɡwɒʃ| — wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk

pigweed |ˈpɪɡwiːd| — common weedy European plant introduced into North America; often used as a potherb

pike |paɪk| — a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic

pikestaff |ˈpaɪkstæf| — the staff of a pike

pilaf |pɪˈlɑːf| — rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes

pilaff |pɪˈlæf| — rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes

pilaster |pɪˈlæstər| — a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached

pilau |pɪˈlaʊ| — rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes

pilaw |pɪˈlaʊ| — rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes

pilchard |ˈpɪltʃərd| — small fatty fish usually canned

pile |paɪl| — a collection of objects laid on top of each other

pile up |ˈpaɪl ʌp| — collect or gather

piles |paɪlz| — venous swelling external or internal to the anal sphincter

pilfer |ˈpɪlfər| — make off with belongings of others

pilferage |ˈpɪlfərɪdʒ| — the act of stealing small amounts or small articles

pilferer |ˈpɪlfərər| — a thief who steals without using violence

pilgrim |ˈpɪlɡrɪm| — someone who journeys in foreign lands

pilgrimage |ˈpɪlɡrɪmɪdʒ| — a journey to a sacred place

pill |pɪl| — something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size

pillage |ˈpɪlɪdʒ| — goods or money obtained illegally

pillaging |ˈpɪlɪdʒɪŋ| — the act of stealing valuable things from a place

pillar |ˈpɪlər| — a fundamental principle or practice

pillbox |ˈpɪlbɑːks| — a small round woman's hat

pillion |ˈpɪliən| — a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc.

pillory |ˈpɪləri| — a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn

pillow |ˈpɪloʊ| — a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person

pillowcase |ˈpɪloʊkeɪs| — bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

pilose |ˈpaɪloʊs| — covered with hairs especially fine soft ones

pilot |ˈpaɪlət| — someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight

pilotage |ˈpaɪlətɪdʒ| — the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

pilothouse |ˈpaɪlətˌhaʊs| — an enclosed compartment from which a vessel can be navigated

piloting |ˈpaɪlətɪŋ| — the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

pilous |ˈpaɪləs| — covered with hairs especially fine soft ones

pimento |pɪˈmentoʊ| — plant bearing large mild thick-walled usually bell-shaped fruits; the principal salad peppers

pimp |pɪmp| — someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce)

pimpernel |ˈpɪmpərnel| — European garden herb with purple-tinged flowers and leaves that are sometimes used for salads

pimple |ˈpɪmpl| — a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

pimpled |ˈpɪmpəld| — (of complexion) blemished by imperfections of the skin

pimply |ˈpɪmpli| — (of complexion) blemished by imperfections of the skin

pin |pɪn| — a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

pin-up |ˈpɪnˌʌp| — a very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model

pinaceae  — a family of Pinaceae

pinafore |ˈpɪnəfɔːr| — a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing

pince-nez |ˌpæ̃s ˈneɪ| — spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring

pinch |pɪntʃ| — a painful or straitened circumstance

pinchbeck |ˈpɪntʃbek| — an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold

pinched |pɪntʃt| — sounding as if the nose were pinched

pincushion |ˈpɪnkʊʃn| — a small stiff cushion into which pins are stuck ready for use

pindar |ˈpɪndə| — Greek lyric poet remembered for his odes (518?-438? BC)

Pindaric |ˌpɪnˈdærɪk| — an ode form used by Pindar; has triple groups of triple units

pine |paɪn| — a coniferous tree

pineal |paɪˈniːəl| — having the form of a pine cone

pineapple |ˈpaɪnæpl| — a tropical American plant bearing a large fleshy edible fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves; widely cultivated in the tropics

pinfold |ˈpɪnˌfoʊld| — a pen where stray animals are confined

ping |pɪŋ| — a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya

ping-pong |ˈpɪŋˌpɑŋ, -ˌpɔŋ| — a game (trademark Ping-Pong) resembling tennis but played on a table with paddles and a light hollow ball

pinhead |ˈpɪnhed| — an ignorant or foolish person

pinhole |ˈpɪnhoʊl| — a small puncture that might have been made by a pin

pinion |ˈpɪnjən| — a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack

pinioned |ˈpɪnɪənd| — (of birds) especially having the flight feathers

pink |pɪŋk| — a light shade of red

pinkeye |ˈpɪŋkˌɑi| — inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye

pinkie |ˈpɪŋki| — the finger farthest from the thumb

pinkish |ˈpɪŋkɪʃ| — of a light shade of red

pinkness |pɪŋk| — the quality of being pink

pinky |ˈpɪŋki| — the finger farthest from the thumb

pinna |ˈpinə| — division of a usually pinnately divided leaf

pinnace |ˈpinis| — a boat for communication between ship and shore

pinnacle |ˈpɪnəkl| — (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower

pinnate |ˈpɪneɪt| — (of a leaf shape) featherlike; having leaflets on each side of a common axis

pinnated  — (of a leaf shape) featherlike; having leaflets on each side of a common axis

pinner |ˈpɪnər| — a woman's cap with two long flaps pinned on

pinniped |ˈpinəˌped| — aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flippers

pinnule |ˈpɪnjuːl| — division of a usually pinnately divided leaf

pinny |ˈpɪni| — a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing

pinochle |ˈpiːˌnɑːkəl| — a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards); play resembles whist

pinocle |ˈpiːnɒkl| — a card game played with a pack of forty-eight cards (two of each suit for high cards); play resembles whist

pinole |pɪˈnoʊliː| — meal made of finely ground corn mixed with sugar and spices

pinpoint |ˈpɪnpɔɪnt| — a very brief moment

pinprick |ˈpɪnprɪk| — a minor annoyance

pint |paɪnt| — a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 gills or 568.26 cubic centimeters

pintado |pɪnˈtɑːdoʊ| — large edible mackerel of temperate United States coastal Atlantic waters

pintail |ˈpɪnˌteɪl| — long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers

pintle |ˈpin(t)l| — a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge

pinto |ˈpɪntoʊ| — a spotted or calico horse or pony

pinwheel |ˈpɪnwiːl| — perennial subshrub of Tenerife having leaves in rosettes resembling pinwheels

pinworm |ˈpinˌwərm| — small threadlike worm infesting human intestines and rectum especially in children

pioneer |ˌpaɪəˈnɪr| — someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art

pious |ˈpaɪəs| — having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

piously |ˈpaɪəsli| — in a devout and pious manner

piousness  — righteousness by virtue of being pious

pip |pɪp| — a disease of poultry

pip-squeak |ˈpɪpskwiːk| — someone who is small and insignificant

pipage |ˈpaɪpɪdʒ| — a fee charged for the use of pipes

pipe |paɪp| — a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco

pipe down |ˈpaɪp ˈdaʊn| — become quiet or quieter

pipe up |ˈpaɪp ʌp| — begin to play or sing

pipeclay |ˈpaɪpkleɪ| — fine white clay used in making tobacco pipes and pottery and in whitening leather

pipefish |ˈpaɪpˌfɪʃ| — fish with long tubular snout and slim body covered with bony plates

pipeful |ˈpaɪpfʊl| — the quantity of tobacco that can be smoked in a pipe at one time

pipeline |ˈpaɪplaɪn| — gossip spread by spoken communication

piper |ˈpaɪpər| — someone who plays the bagpipe

pipet  — measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube used to measure or transfer precise volumes of a liquid by drawing the liquid up into the tube

pipette |paɪˈpet| — measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube used to measure or transfer precise volumes of a liquid by drawing the liquid up into the tube

piping |ˈpaɪpɪŋ| — a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems

pipit |ˈpɪpɪt| — a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage

pippin |ˈpipin| — any of numerous superior eating apples with yellow or greenish yellow skin flushed with red

piquancy |ˈpiːkənsi| — a tart spicy quality

piquant |ˈpiːkənt| — having an agreeably pungent taste

pique |piːk| — tightly woven fabric with raised cords

piquet |pɪˈket| — a card game for two players using a reduced pack of 32 cards

piracy |ˈpaɪrəsi| — hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it

pirate |ˈpaɪrət| — someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

piratical |ˌpaɪəˈrætɪkəl| — characteristic of pirates

pirogue |pɪˈroʊɡ| — a canoe made by hollowing out and shaping a large log

pirouette |ˌpɪruˈet| — (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)

piscatorial |ˌpɪskəˈtɔːriəl| — relating to or characteristic of the activity of fishing

piscatory |ˈpɪskətɔːriː| — relating to or characteristic of the activity of fishing

Pisces |ˈpaɪsiːz| — the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20

piscine |ˈpɪsaɪn| — of or relating to fish

piscivorous |pəˈsivərəs| — feeding on fishes

pisiform |ˈpɪsɪfɔːm| — a small wrist bone that articulates only with the triquetral

pismire |ˈpɪsˌmaɪr| — social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers

piss |pɪs| — liquid excretory product

pissed |pɪst| — aroused to impatience or anger

pistachio |pɪˈstæʃioʊ| — small tree of southern Europe and Asia Minor bearing small hard-shelled nuts

pistil |ˈpɪstɪl| — the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma

pistillate |ˈpɪstɪlət| — having gynoecia, or pistils, the ovule-bearing organ of a seed plant

pistol |ˈpɪstl| — a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

piston |ˈpɪstən| — United States neoclassical composer (1894-1976)

pit |pɪt| — a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)

pit-a-pat |ˌpɪt ə ˈpæt| — as of footsteps

pita |ˈpiːtə| — usually small round bread that can open into a pocket for filling

pitch |pɪtʃ| — the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

pitch in |ˈpɪtʃ ɪn| — eat heartily

pitch into |ˈpɪtʃ ˌɪnˈtuː| — hit violently, as in an attack

pitch-black |ˈpɪtʃ blæk| — extremely dark

pitch-dark |ˈpɪtʃ ˈdɑrk| — extremely dark

pitchblende |ˈpɪtʃˌblend| — a mineral consisting of uranium oxide and trace amounts of radium and thorium and polonium and lead and helium; uraninite in massive form is called pitchblende which is the chief uranium ore

pitched |ˈpɪtʃt| — set at a slant

pitcher |ˈpɪtʃər| — (baseball) the person who does the pitching

pitchfork |ˈpɪtʃfɔːrk| — a long-handled hand tool with sharp widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay

pitching |ˈpɪtʃɪŋ| — (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team

pitchman |ˈpɪtʃmən| — an aggressive salesman who uses a fast line of talk to sell something

pitchy |ˈpɪtʃiː| — of the blackest black; similar to the color of jet or coal

piteous |ˈpɪtiəs| — deserving or inciting pity

pitfall |ˈpɪtfɔːl| — an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

pith |pɪθ| — soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most flowering plants

pithecanthropus |ˌpɪθɪˈkanθrəpəs| — former genus of primitive apelike men now Homo erectus

pithily |ˈpɪθɪli| — in a pithy sententious manner

pithiness  — terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words

pithy |ˈpɪθi| — concise and full of meaning

pitiable |ˈpɪtiəbl| — inspiring mixed contempt and pity

pitiful |ˈpɪtɪfl| — inspiring mixed contempt and pity

pitiless |ˈpɪtiləs| — without mercy or pity

pitman |ˈpitmən| — English educator who invented a system of phonetic shorthand (1813-1897)

piton |ˈpiːtɑːn| — a metal spike with a hole for a rope; mountaineers drive it into ice or rock to use as a hold

pittance |ˈpɪtns| — an inadequate payment

pitted |ˈpɪtɪd| — pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)

pitter-patter |ˈpɪtə pætər| — a series of rapid tapping sounds

pitting |ˈpɪtɪŋ| — the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion

pituitary |pɪˈtuːəteri| — the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain

pity |ˈpɪti| — a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

pityingly |ˈpɪtɪɪŋli| — in a compassionate manner

pivot |ˈpɪvət| — the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver

pivotal |ˈpɪvətl| — being of crucial importance

pixel |ˈpɪksl| — (computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot)

pixie |ˈpɪksi| — (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

pixilated |ˈpɪksɪleɪtɪd| — naughtily or annoyingly playful

pixy |ˈpɪksi| — creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star-shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas

pizza |ˈpiːtsə| — Italian open pie made of thin bread dough spread with a spiced mixture of e.g. tomato sauce and cheese

pizzicato |ˌpɪtsɪˈkɑːtoʊ| — a note or passage that is played pizzicato