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[pah, paw]
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noun Informal.
  1. father.

Origin of pa

short for papa

Pa

Physics.
  1. pascal; pascals.

Pa

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. protactinium.

PA

  1. Parents' Association.
  2. paying agent.
  3. Pennsylvania (approved especially for use with zip code).
  4. physician's assistant.
  5. press agent.
  6. public-address system.

Pa.

  1. Pennsylvania.

P.A.

  1. Parents' Association.
  2. Insurance. particular average.
  3. passenger agent.
  4. post adjutant.
  5. power of attorney.
  6. press agent.
  7. public-address system.
  8. publicity agent.
  9. purchasing agent.

p.-a.

  1. public-address system.

p.a.

  1. participial adjective.
  2. per annum.
  3. press agent.
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  • Be a man of affairs like your pa, and like that fellow Shepler.

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  • Then they won't always be askin' who your pa was—they'll be wantin' to know who you are, by Gripes!

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  • It takes a man with some of the brains your pa had to make the game pay now.

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  • That was the way with his pa—he was a different man after things got to comin' too easy fur him.

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  • I can tell by the way you start out—just like your pa fur all the world.

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British Dictionary definitions for pa

pa1

noun
  1. an informal word for father

pa2

pah

noun NZ
  1. a Māori village or settlement
  2. history a Māori defensive position and settlement on a hilltop
  3. go back to the pa to abandon city life in favour of rural life

Word Origin

Māori

pa3

the internet domain name for
  1. Panama

Pa

the chemical symbol for
  1. protactinium
symbol for
  1. pascal

PA

abbreviation for
  1. Pennsylvania
  2. personal appearance
  3. personal assistant
  4. military Post Adjutant
  5. power of attorney
  6. press agent
  7. Press Association
  8. banking private account
  9. public-address system
  10. publicity agent
  11. Publishers Association
  12. purchasing agent
  13. insurance particular average
  14. (in New Zealand) probationary assistant
  15. Panama (international car registration)

Pa.

abbreviation for
  1. Pennsylvania

p.a.

abbreviation for
  1. per annum

Word Origin

Latin: yearly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pa

1804, colloquial shortening of papa (q.v.).

p.a.

n.

abbreviation of "public address" (system), attested from 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pa in Medicine

Pa

  1. The symbol for the elementprotactinium

PA

abbr.
  1. physician's assistant
  2. posteroanterior
  3. pulmonary artery

pa in Science

Pa

  1. Abbreviation of pascal
  2. The symbol for protactinium.

protactinium

[prō′tăk-tĭnē-əm]
Pa
  1. A rare, extremely toxic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that occurs in uranium ores. It has 13 known isotopes, the most stable of which is protactinium 231 with a half-life of 32,760 years. Atomic number 91; approximate melting point 1,550°C; specific gravity 15.37; valence 4, 5. See Periodic Table.
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