- a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
Origin of perpend1
1225–75; variant of parpen, parpend, Middle English perpein, parpein (late Middle English perpend- in compound) a stone dressed on more than one side < Old French perpein, parpain, perhaps representing Medieval Latin parpanus < ?
Also called through stone.
- to consider.
- to ponder; deliberate.
Origin of perpend2
1520–30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per- per- + pendere to weigh
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Examples from the Web for perpend
Would it not, as Henley used to say, give him much to perpend?An Ocean Tramp
There is a hint for you, worthy of the Row; and now, perpend—pronounce.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. IV
If he meets with only conscripts and militia he may penetrate as far as Harrisburg, and then let Europe perpend!A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
Wherefore, most selected friend, perpend at thy leisure, and so God speed thee!The Letters of Charles Dickens
I do perpend that to earn these pieces of which you speak one must perform some worthy business.Robin Hood
- a large stone that passes through a wall from one side to the otherAlso called: parpend, perpend stone
C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin
- an archaic word for ponder
C16: from Latin perpendere to examine, from per- (thoroughly) + pendere to weigh
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