2. Duty; dutifulness; filial reverence and devotion; affectionate reverence and service shown toward parents,
relatives, benefactors, country, etc.
Conferred upon me for the pietyMilton.
Which to my country I was judged to have shown.
Syn. Religion; sanctity; devotion; godliness; holiness. See Religion.
(Pie"wipe`) n. [So called from its note.] (Zoöl.) The lapwing, or pewit. [Prov. Eng.]
(Pi`e*zom"e*ter) n. [Gr. to press + -meter: cf. F. piézomètre.]
1. (Physics) An instrument for measuring the compressibility of liquids.
2. (Physics) A gauge connected with a water main to show the pressure at that point.
(||Pif"fe*ro ||Pif"fa*ra) n. [It. piffero.] (Mus.) A fife; also, a rude kind of oboe or a bagpipe with
an inflated skin for reservoir.
(Pig) n. A piggin. [Written also pigg.]
(Pig), n. [Cf. D. big, bigge, LG. bigge, also Dan. pige girl, Sw. piga, Icel. pika.]
1. The young of swine, male or female; also, any swine; a hog. "Two pigges in a poke." Chaucer.
2. (Zoöl.) Any wild species of the genus Sus and related genera.
3. [Cf. Sow a channel for melted iron.] An oblong mass of cast iron, lead, or other metal. See Mine
pig, under Mine.
4. One who is hoggish; a greedy person. [Low]
Masked pig. (Zoöl.) See under Masked. Pig bed (Founding), the bed of sand in which the iron
from a smelting furnace is cast into pigs. Pig iron, cast iron in pigs, or oblong blocks or bars, as
it comes from the smelting furnace. See Pig, 4. Pig yoke (Naut.), a nickname for a quadrant or
sextant. A pig in a poke a blind bargain; something bought or bargained for, without the quality or
the value being known. [Colloq.]
(Pig), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Pigged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pigging ]
1. To bring forth (pigs); to bring forth in the manner of pigs; to farrow.
2. To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
(Pi"geon) n. [F., fr. L. pipio a young pipping or chirping bird, fr. pipire to peep, chirp. Cf. Peep
1. (Zoöl.) Any bird of the order Columbæ, of which numerous species occur in nearly all parts of the world.
The common domestic pigeon, or dove, was derived from the Old World rock pigeon It has given rise to
numerous very remarkable varieties, such as the carrier, fantail, nun, pouter, tumbler, etc. The common
wild pigeons of the Eastern United States are the passenger pigeon, and the Carolina dove. See under
Passenger, and Dove. See, also, Fruit pigeon, Ground pigeon, Queen pigeon, Stock pigeon, under
Fruit, Ground, etc.
2. An unsuspected victim of sharpers; a gull. [Slang]