2. Capable of being penetrated, or seen through, by physical or mental vision. [R.]

God, whose secrets are pervious to no eye.
Jer. Taylor.

3. Capable of penetrating or pervading. [Obs.] Prior.

4. (Zoöl.) Open; — used synonymously with perforate, as applied to the nostrils or birds.

(Per"vi*ous*ness), n. The quality or state of being pervious; as, the perviousness of glass. Boyle.

(Per"vis) n. See Parvis.

(Per"y) n. A pear tree. See Pirie. [Obs.]

(||Pes) n.; pl. Pedes . [L., the foot.] (Anat.) The distal segment of the hind limb of vertebrates, including the tarsus and foot.

(Pe*sade") n. [F.] (Man.) The motion of a horse when, raising his fore quarters, he keeps his hind feet on the ground without advancing; rearing.

(Pes"age) n. [F., fr. peser to weigh.] A fee, or toll, paid for the weighing of merchandise.

(Pes"ane) n. (Anc. Armor.) See Pusane.

(Pes"ant*ed) a. [F. pesant heavy.] Made heavy or dull; debased. [Obs.] "Pesanted to each lewd thought's control." Marston.

(Pe*schit"o) n. See Peshito.

(Pese) n. [See Pea.] A pea. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(||Pe*se"ta) n. [Sp.] A Spanish silver coin, and money of account, equal to about nineteen cents, and divided into 100 centesimos.

(Pe*shit"o Pe*shit"to) n. [Syriac peshîtâ simple.] The earliest Syriac version of the Old Testament, translated from Hebrew; also, the incomplete Syriac version of the New Testament. [Written also peschito.]

(Pes"ky) a. [Etymol. uncertain.] Pestering; vexatious; troublesome. Used also as an intensive. [Colloq. & Low, U.S.] Judd.

(||Pe"so) n. [Sp.] A Spanish dollar; also, an Argentine, Chilian, Colombian, etc., coin, equal to from 75 cents to a dollar; also, a pound weight.

(Pes"sa*ry) n.; pl. Pessaries [L. pessarium, pessum, pessus, Gr. : cf. F. pessaire.] (Med.) (a) An instrument or device to be introduced into and worn in the vagina, to support the uterus, or remedy a malposition. (b) A medicinal substance in the form of a bolus or mass, designed for introduction into the vagina; a vaginal suppository.

(Pes"si*mism) n. [L. pessimus worst, superl. of pejor worse: cf. F. pessimisme. Cf. Impair.]

1. (Metaph.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; — opposed to optimism.

2. A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.

(Pes"si*mist) n. [L. pessimus worst: cf. F. pessimiste.]

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