Grand pensionary, the title of the prime minister, or or president of the Council, of Holland when a republic.

(Pen"sion*er) n.

1. One in receipt of a pension; hence, figuratively, a dependent.

The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.

Old pensioners . . . of Chelsea Hospital.

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 musing.

The pensive secrecy of desert cell.

Anxious cares the pensive nymph oppressed.

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 domestic uses.

(Pen"sion), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pensioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pensioning.] To grant a pension to; to pay a regular stipend to; in consideration of service already performed; — sometimes followed by off; as, to pension off a servant.

One knighted Blackmore, and one pensioned Quarles.

(Pen"sion*a*ry) a.

1. Maintained by a pension; receiving a pension; as, pensionary spies. Donne.

2. Consisting of a pension; as, a pensionary provision for maintenance.

(Pen"sion*a*ry) n.; pl. Pensionaries [Cf. F. pensionnaire. Cf. Pensioner.]

1. One who receives a pension; a pensioner. E. Hall.

2. One of the chief magistrates of towns in Holland.

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