/perr"peuhnd/, n.
a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
Also, parpen, perpent. Also called through stone.
[1225-75; var. of PARPEN, PARPEND, ME perpein, parpein (late ME perpend- in compound) a stone dressed on more than one side < OF perpein, parpain, perh. repr. ML parpanus < ?]
/peuhr pend"/, v.t.
1. to consider.
2. to ponder; deliberate.
[1520-30; < L perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equiv. to per- PER- + pendere to weigh]

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  • Perpend — Per*pend , v. t. [L. perpendere, perpensum; per + pendere to weight.] To weight carefully in the mind. [R.] Perpend my words. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perpend — Per*pend , v. i. To attend; to be attentive. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perpend — perpend1 [pʉr′pəntpʉr′pənd] n. [ME perpoynt < MFr parpain < VL * perpannium] a large stone extending through a wall from one side to the other, used as a binder: also perpent [pʉr′pənt] perpend2 [pər pend′] vt., vi. [L perpendere: see… …   English World dictionary

  • perpend — I. /ˈpɜpɛnd/ (say perpend) noun 1. Building Trades a vertical joint in brickwork or masonry. 2. Masonry a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall so as to show on both sides, and forming a border. Also, perpend stone, perpent.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • perpend — 1. verb /pəˈpɛnd/ To ponder, consider. [...] Perpend, / I have a daughter have while she is mine [...]. 2. noun /pəˈpɛnd/ a) A brick or stone that has its longest dimension perpendicu …   Wiktionary

  • perpend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin perpendere, from per thoroughly + pendere to weigh more at per , pendant Date: 15th century transitive verb to reflect on carefully ; ponder intransitive verb to be attentive ; reflect …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • perpend — Synonyms and related words: be abstracted, brood, chew the cud, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, digest, excogitate, introspect, meditate, mind, muse, play around with, play with, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, study, think over …   Moby Thesaurus

  • perpend — v. consider, contemplate, think over …   English contemporary dictionary

  • perpend — [ pə:pɛnd] noun a vertical layer of mortar between two bricks …   English new terms dictionary

  • perpend — per·pend …   English syllables

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