(Pu"ri*tan), a. Of or pertaining to the Puritans; resembling, or characteristic of, the Puritans.
(Pu`ri*tan"ic Pu`ri*tan"ic*al) a.
1. Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
2. Precise in observance of legal or religious requirements; strict; overscrupulous; rigid; often used by
way of reproach or contempt.
Paritanical circles, from which plays and novels were strictly excluded.Macaulay.
He had all the puritanic traits, both good and evil.Hawthorne.
(Pu`ri*tan"ic*al*ly), adv. In a puritanical manner.
(Pu"ri*tan*ism) n. The doctrines, notions, or practice of Puritans.
(Pu"ri*tan*ize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Puritanized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Puritanizing ] To agree
with, or teach, the doctrines of Puritans; to conform to the practice of Puritans. Bp. Montagu.
(Pu"ri*ty) n. [OE. purete, purte, OF. purté, F. pureté, from L. puritas, fr. purus pure. See Pure.]
The condition of being pure. Specifically: (a) freedom from foreign admixture or deleterious matter; as,
the purity of water, of wine, of drugs, of metals. (b) Cleanness; freedom from foulness or dirt. "The
purity of a linen vesture." Holyday. (c) Freedom from guilt or the defilement of sin; innocence; chastity; as,
purity of heart or of life. (d) Freedom from any sinister or improper motives or views. (e) Freedom
from foreign idioms, or from barbarous or improper words or phrases; as, purity of style.
(Pur"kin*je's cells`) [From J. E. Purkinje, their discoverer.] (Anat.) Large ganglion cells
forming a layer near the surface of the cerebellum.
(Purl) v. t. [Contr. fr. purfile, purfle. See Purfle.] To decorate with fringe or embroidery. "Nature's
cradle more enchased and purled." B. Jonson.
1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold,
as of a band.
A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl.Sir P. Sidney.
2. An inversion of stitches in knitting, which gives to the work a ribbed or waved appearance.
Purl stitch. Same as Purl, n., 2.
(Purl), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Purled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purling.] [Cf. Sw. porla, and E. pur to murmur
as a cat.]
1. To run swiftly round, as a small stream flowing among stones or other obstructions; to eddy; also, to
make a murmuring sound, as water does in running over or through obstructions.
Swift o'er the rolling pebbles, down the hills,Pope.
Louder and louder purl the falling rills.
2. [Perh. fr. F. perler to pearl, to bead. See Pearl, v. & n.] To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to
curl; to mantle.
thin winding breath which purled up to the sky.Shak.