1. (Heralds' College) A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; — called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds. Also used figuratively.

The herald Hope, forerunning Fear,
And Fear, the pursuivant of Hope.

2. The king's messenger; a state messenger.

One pursuivant who attempted to execute a warrant there was murdered.

(Pur"sui*vant), v. t. To pursue. [Obs. & R.]

Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest.

(Pur"sy) a. [OF. pourcif, poulsif, poussif, fr. pousser to push, thrust, heave, OF. also poulser: cf. F. pousse the heaves, asthma. See Push.] Fat and short-breathed; fat, short, and thick; swelled with pampering; as, pursy insolence. Shak.

Pursy important he sat him down.
Sir W. Scot.

(Pur"te*nance) n. [Abbrev. fr. appurtenance.] That which pertains or belongs to something; esp., the heard, liver, and lungs of an animal. [Obs.] " The purtenaunces of purgatory." Piers Plowman.

Roast [it] with fire, his head with his legs, and with the purtenance [Rev. Ver., inwards] thereof.
Ex. xii. 9.

(Pu"ru*lence Pu"ru*len*cy) n. [L. purulentia: cf. F. purulence.] (Med.) The quality or state of being purulent; the generation of pus; also, the pus itself. Arbuthnot.

(Pu"ru*lent) a. [L. purulentus, fr. pus, puris, pus, matter: cf. F. purulent. See Pus.] (Med.) Consisting of pus, or matter; partaking of the nature of pus; attended with suppuration; as, purulent inflammation.

(Pu"ru*lent*ly), v. In a purulent manner.

(Pur"ve*ance Pur"vei*aunce`) , n. Purveyance. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Pur*vey") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purveyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purveying.] [OE. purveien, porveien, OF. porveeir, porveoir, F. pourvoir, fr. L. providere. See Provide, and cf. Purview.]

1. To furnish or provide, as with a convenience, provisions, or the like.

Give no odds to your foes, but do purvey
Yourself of sword before that bloody day.

2. To procure; to get.

I mean to purvey me a wife after the fashion of the children of Benjamin.
Sir W. Scot.

(Pur*vey"), v. i.

1. To purchase provisions; to provide; to make provision. Chaucer. Milton.

2. To pander; — with to. " Their turpitude purveys to their malice." [R.] Burke.

(Pur*vey"ance) n. [Cf. F. pourvoyance.]

1. The act or process of providing or procuring; providence; foresight; preparation; management. Chaucer.

The ill purveyance of his page.

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