(Pee"pul tree`) [Hind. pipal, Skr. pippala.] (Bot.) A sacred tree (Ficus religiosa) of the
Buddhists, a kind of fig tree which attains great size and venerable age. See Bo tree. [Written also
pippul tree, and pipal tree.]
(Peer) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Peering.] [OF. parir, pareir equiv. to F.
paraître to appear, L. parere. Cf. Appear.]
1. To come in sight; to appear. [Poetic]
So honor peereth in the meanest habit.Shak.
See how his gorget peers above his gown!B. Jonson.
2. [Perh. a different word; cf. OE. piren, LG. piren. Cf. Pry to peep.] To look narrowly or curiously or
intently; to peep; as, the peering day. Milton.
Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads.Shak.
As if through a dungeon grate he peered.Coleridge.
(Peer), n. [OE. per, OF. per, F. pair, fr. L. par equal. Cf. Apparel, Pair, Par, n., Umpire.]
1. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character, etc.; an equal; a match; a mate.
In song he never had his peer.Dryden.
Shall they consort only with their peers?I. Taylor.
2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate.
He all his peers in beauty did surpass.Spenser.
3. A nobleman; a member of one of the five degrees of the British nobility, namely, duke, marquis, earl,
viscount, baron; as, a peer of the realm.
A noble peer of mickle trust and power.Milton. House of Peers, The Peers, the British House of Lords. See Parliament. Spiritual peers, the
bishops and archibishops, or lords spiritual, who sit in the House of Lords.
(Peer) v. t. To make equal in rank. [R.] Heylin.
(Peer) v. t. To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]
(Peer"age) n. [See Peer an equal, and cf. Parage.]
1. The rank or dignity of a peer. Blackstone.
2. The body of peers; the nobility, collectively.
When Charlemain with all his peerage fell.Milton.
(Peer"dom) n. Peerage; also, a lordship. [Obs.]
(Peer"ess), n. The wife of a peer; a woman ennobled in her own right, or by right of marriage.