(Naut.), a false name. [Slang]

(Purs"er*ship), n. The office of purser. Totten.

(Purs"et) n. A purse or purse net. B. Jonson.

(Pur"si*ness) n. State of being pursy.

(Pur"sive) a. Pursy. [Obs.] Holland.

(Pur"sive*ness), n. Pursiness. [Obs. & R.]

(Purs"lain) n. Same as Purslane.

(Purs"lane) n. [OF. porcelaine, pourcelaine corrupted fr. L. porcilaca for portulaca.] (Bot.) An annual plant with fleshy, succulent, obovate leaves, sometimes used as a pot herb and for salads, garnishing, and pickling.

Flowering purslane, or Great flowered purslane, the Portulaca grandiflora. See Portulaca. Purslane tree, a South African shrub (Portulacaria Afra) with many small opposite fleshy obovate leaves.Sea purslane, a seashore plant (Arenaria peploides) with crowded opposite fleshy leaves.Water purslane, an aquatic plant (Ludwiqia palustris) but slightly resembling purslane.

(Pur*su"a*ble) a. Capable of being, or fit to be, pursued, followed, or prosecuted. Sherwood.

(Pur*su"al) n. The act of pursuit. [R.]

(Pur*su"ance) n. [See Pursuant.]

1. The act of pursuing or prosecuting; a following out or after.

Sermons are not like curious inquiries after new nothings, but pursuances of old truths.
Jer. Taylor.

2. The state of being pursuant; consequence.

In pursuance of, in accordance with; in prosecution or fulfillment of.

(Pur*su"ant) a. [From Pursue: cf. OE. poursuiant. Cf. Pursuivant.] Acting in consequence or in prosecution (of anything); hence, agreeable; conformable; following; according; — with to or of.

The conclusion which I draw from these premises, pursuant to the query laid down, is, etc.

(Pur*su"ant, Pur*su"ant*ly), adv. Agreeably; conformably.

(Pur*sue") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pursued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pursuing.] [OE. pursuen, porsuen, OF. porsivre, poursuivre, poursuir, F. poursuivre, fr. L. prosequi; pro forward + sequi to follow. See Sue, and cf. Prosecute, Pursuivant.]

1. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare.

We happiness pursue; we fly from pain.

The happiness of men lies in purswing,
Not in possessing.

2. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.

The fame of ancient matrons you pursue.

Purser's name

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