(Pet"er) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Petered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Petering.] [Etymol. uncertain.] To become
exhausted; to run out; to fail; used generally with out; as, that mine has petered out. [Slang, U.S.]
(Pet"er*el) n. (Zoöl.) See Petrel.
(Pet`e*re"ro) n. (Mil.) See Pederero.
(Pe"ter*man) n.; pl. Petermen A fisherman; so called after the apostle Peter. [An obs.
local term in Eng.] Chapman.
(Pe"ter*sham) n. [Named after Lord Petersham.] A rough, knotted woolen cloth, used
chiefly for men's overcoats; also, a coat of that material.
(Pe"ter*wort`) n. (Bot.) See Saint Peter's-wort, under Saint.
(Pet"i*o*lar Pet"i*o*la*ry) a. [Cf. F. pétiolarie.] (Bot.) Of or pertaining to petiole, or proceeding
from it; as, a petiolar tendril; growing or supported upon a petiole; as, a petiolar gland; a petiolar bud.
(Pet"i*o*late Pet"i*o*la`ted) a. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Having a stalk or petiole; as, a petioleate leaf; the
petiolated abdomen of certain Hymenoptera.
(Pet"i*ole) n. [F. pétiole, fr. L. petiolus a little foot, a fruit stalk; cf. pes, pedis, a foot.]
1. (Bot.) A leafstalk; the footstalk of a leaf, connecting the blade with the stem. See Illust. of Leaf.
2. (Zoöl.) A stalk or peduncle.
(Pet"i*oled) a. Petiolate.
(Pet`i*ol"u*late) a. (Bot.) Supported by its own petiolule. Gray.
(Pet"i*o*lule) n. [Cf. F. pétiolule.] (Bot.) A small petiole, or the petiole of a leaflet.
(Pet"it) a. [F. See Petty.] Small; little; insignificant; mean; Same as Petty. [Obs., except in legal
By what small, petit hints does the mind catch hold of and recover a vanishing notion.South. Petit constable, an inferior civil officer, subordinate to the high constable. Petit jury, a jury of
twelve men, impaneled to try causes at the bar of a court; so called in distinction from the grand
jury. Petit larceny, the stealing of goods of, or under, a certain specified small value; opposed
to grand larceny. The distinction is abolished in England. Petit maître [F., lit., little master.] A fop; a
coxcomb; a ladies' man. Goldsmith. Petit serjeanty (Eng. Law), the tenure of lands of the crown,
by the service of rendering annually some implement of war, as a bow, an arrow, a sword, a flag, etc.