Planet-struck to Pleasure
Planet-struck A blighted tree is said to be planet-struck. Epilepsy, paralysis, lunacy, etc., are attributed
to the malignant aspects of the planets. Horses are said to be planet-struck when they seem stupefied,
whether from want of food, colic, or stoppage. The Latin word is sideratus.
Evidentissimum id fuit, quod quacunque equo invectus est, ibi haud secus quam pestifero sidere icti pavebant.- Livy, viii. 9.Plank (A). Any one principle of a political platform. (See Platform. )
Plank To walk the plank. To be about to die. Walking the plank was a mode of disposing of prisoners at sea, much in vogue among the South Sea pirates in the 17th century.
Plantagenet from planta genista (broom-plant), the family cognisance first assumed by the Earl of Anjou, the first of his race, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as a symbol of humility. (Sir George Buck: Richard III.) Died 1622.
Plaster of Paris Gypsum, found in large quantities in the quarries of Montmartre, near Paris.
Plate (A). A race in which a prize is given out of the race fund, or from some other source, without any
stakes being made by the owners of the horses engaged. Usually entrance money is required. (See
Sweepstakes, Handicap, Plate, Selling Race, Weight-For-Age Race .)
Platen, among printers, is the power or weight which presses on the tympan (q.v.), to cause the impression
of the letters to be given off and transferred to the sheet. (French, plat, flat.)
Plates or Plates of Meat. Slang for feet. One of the chief sources of slang is rhyme. Thus meat rhymes with feet, and warming my plates is slang for warming my feet. Similarly, Rory O'More is slang for door, and there came a knock at the Rory O'More means there was a knock at the door. A prescott is slang for waistcoat (See Chivy. )
Platform, in the United States, is the policy of a political or religious party. Of course the meaning is
the policy on which the party stands. An American revival. Each separate principle is a plank of the
Their declaration of principles- their `platform,' to use the appropriate term- was settled and published to the world. Its distinctive elements, or `planks,' are financial.- The Times.Plato His original name was Aristocles, but he was called Platon from the great breadth of his shoulders.
The German Plato. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819).
The Jewish Plato. Philo Judaeus, an Alexandrine philosopher. (Flourished 20-40.)
The Puritan Plato. John Howe, the Nonconformist (1630-1706).
Plato and the Bees When Plato was an infant, some bees settled on his lips when he was asleep,
indicating that he would become famous for his honeyed words. The same is said of Sophocles, Pindar,
St. Ambrose, St. Chrysostom, and others.
And as when Plato did i' the cradle thrive.Plato's Year A revolution of 25,000 years, in which period the stars and constellations return to their former places in respect to the equinoxes.
Cut out more work than can be donePlatonic Bodies The five regular geometric solids described by Plato- viz. the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octhedron,
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