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(Plim"soll's mark`) (Naut.) A mark conspicuously painted on the port side of all British
sea-going merchant vessels, to indicate the limit of submergence allowed by law; so called from Samuel
Plimsoll, by whose efforts the act of Parliament to prevent overloading was procured.
(Plinth) n. [L. plinthus, Gr. a brick or tile, a plinth, perh. akin to E. flint: cf. F. plinthe.] (Arch.)
In classical architecture, a vertically faced member immediately below the circular base of a column; also,
the lowest member of a pedestal; hence, in general, the lowest member of a base; a sub-base; a block
upon which the moldings of an architrave or trim are stopped at the bottom. See Illust. of Column.
(Pli"o*cene) a. [Written also pleiocene.] (Geol.) Of, pertaining to, or characterizing, the most
recent division of the Tertiary age.
(Pli"o*cene), n. (Geol.) The Pliocene period or deposits.
(||Pli`o*hip"pus) n. [NL., fr. E. pliocene + Gr. horse.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of horses
from the Pliocene deposits. Each foot had a single toe as in the common horse.
(||Pli`o*sau"rus) n. [NL., from Gr. greater + lizard.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of marine
reptiles allied to Plesiosaurus, but having a much shorter neck.
(Plitt) n. [Russ. plete.] An instrument of punishment or torture resembling the knout, used in
(Ploc) n. [F.] (Naut.) A mixture of hair and tar for covering the bottom of a ship.
(||Plo"ce) n. [L., fr. Gr. complication, fr. to entwine.] (Rhet.) A figure in which a word is separated
or repeated by way of emphasis, so as not only to signify the individual thing denoted by it, but also its
peculiar attribute or quality; as, "His wife's a wife indeed." Bailey.
(Plod) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Plodded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plodding.] [Gf. Gael. plod a clod, a pool; also,
to strike or pelt with a clod or clods.]
1. To travel slowly but steadily; to trudge. Shak.
2. To toil; to drudge; especially, to study laboriously and patiently. "Plodding schoolmen." Drayton.
(Plod), v. t. To walk on slowly or heavily.
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way.Gray.
(Plod"der) n. One who plods; a drudge.
(Plod"ding) a. Progressing in a slow, toilsome manner; characterized by laborious diligence; as,
a plodding peddler; a plodding student; a man of plodding habits. Plod"ding*ly, adv.
(Plonge) v. t. [See Plunge.] To cleanse, as open drains which are entered by the tide, by
stirring up the sediment when the tide ebbs.
(||Plon`gée") n. [F. See Plunge.] (Mil.) A slope or sloping toward the front; as, the plongée of a
parapet; the plongée of a shell in its course. [Sometimes written plonge.]
(Plot) n. [AS. plot; cf. Goth. plats a patch. Cf. Plat a piece of ground.]
1. A small extent of ground; a plat; as, a garden plot. Shak.
2. A plantation laid out. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.