1. One in receipt of a pension; hence, figuratively, a dependent.
The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.Milton.
Old pensioners . . . of Chelsea Hospital.Macaulay.
2. One of an honorable band of gentlemen who attend the sovereign of England on state occasions,
and receive an annual pension, or allowance, of £150 and two horses.
3. [Cf. F. pensionnaire one who pays for his board. Cf. Pensionary, n.] In the university of Cambridge,
England, one who pays for his living in commons; corresponding to commoner at Oxford. Ld. Lytton.
(Pen"sive) a. [F. pensif, fr. penser to think, fr. L. pensare to weigh, ponder, consider, v. intens.
fr. pendere to weigh. See Pension, Poise.]
1. Thoughtful, sober, or sad; employed in serious reflection; given to, or favorable to, earnest or melancholy
The pensive secrecy of desert cell.Milton.
Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed.Pope.
2. Expressing or suggesting thoughtfulness with sadness; as, pensive numbers. Prior.
(Pen"sived) a. Made pensive. [R.] Shak.
(Pen"sive*ly) adv. In a pensive manner.
(Pen"sive*ness), n. The state of being pensive; serious thoughtfulness; seriousness. Hooker.
(Pen"stock) n. [Etymol. uncertain; perh. fr. pen an inclosure + stock.]
1. A close conduit or pipe for conducting water, as, to a water wheel, or for emptying a pond, or for