- a pole or rod, usually horizontal, serving as a roost for birds.
- any place or object, as a sill, fence, branch, or twig, for a bird, animal, or person to alight or rest upon.
- a high or elevated position, resting place, or the like.
- a small, elevated seat for the driver of any of certain vehicles.
- a pole connecting the fore and hind running parts of a spring carriage or other vehicle.
- a post set up as a navigational aid on a navigational hazard or on a buoy.
- a linear or square rod.
- a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).
- Textiles. an apparatus consisting of two vertical posts and a horizontal roller, used for inspecting cloth after it leaves the loom.
- Obsolete. any pole, rod, or the like.
- to alight or rest upon a perch.
- to settle or rest in some elevated position, as if on a perch.
- to set or place on or as if on a perch.
- to inspect (cloth) for defects and blemishes after it has been taken from the loom and placed upon a perch.
Origin of perch1
Examples from the Web for perched
Aberdeen, perched on the North Sea, offers a perfect example of the schism between the top and bottom earners.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
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They were perched atop our five-boat flotilla and I cried like a baby.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
The higher of the two is perched 27 meters above the lake's surface –– about the same height as an eight-story building.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously
June 29, 2014
The best angels and the worst demons of our nature are perched on our shoulders—nobody can be confined to one manner of behavior.The Oscar International Film Festival: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ and Foreign Films You Should Watch
February 2, 2014
In Fort Lee, New Jersey, perched high above the Hudson River, is a white, slightly weatherworn building.Better Call Rosemarie! Meet the Lawyer Suing Christie Over Bridgegate
January 16, 2014
Linda perched the hat on her head, pulled it down securely, and faced Katy.Her Father's Daughter
There was a copy of Romeo and Juliet perched on top of a pile of books.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
There ahead of him, perched on the cliff, at the foot of which the river flowed, was the sanitarium.Frank Roscoe's Secret
We two, perched on the haystack, did not take the words at all with a kindly meaning.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Mrs. Bascom perched on one of the lower steps of the iron stairs.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a pole, branch, or other resting place above ground on which a bird roosts or alights
- a similar resting place for a person or thing
- another name for rod (def. 7)
- a solid measure for stone, usually taken as 198 inches by 18 inches by 12 inches
- a pole joining the front and rear axles of a carriage
- a frame on which cloth is placed for inspection
- obsolete, or dialect a pole
- (usually foll by on) to alight, rest, or cause to rest on or as if on a perchthe bird perched on the branch; the cap was perched on his head
- (tr) to inspect (cloth) on a perch
- any freshwater spiny-finned teleost fish of the family Percidae, esp those of the genus Perca, such as P. fluviatilis of Europe and P. flavescens (yellow perch) of North America: valued as food and game fishes
- any of various similar or related fishes
Word Origin and History for perched
"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.
"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cf. Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.
"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.