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pied

[pahyd]
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adjective
  1. having patches of two or more colors, as various birds and other animals: a pied horse.
  2. wearing pied clothing.
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Origin of pied

1350–1400; Middle English; pie2 (with reference to the black and white plumage of the magpie) + -ed3

pi2

or pie

[pahy]
noun, plural pies.
  1. printing types mixed together indiscriminately.
  2. any confused mixture; jumble.
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verb (used with object), pied, pi·ing.
  1. to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion.
  2. to jumble.
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Origin of pi2

First recorded in 1650–60; origin uncertain

pie3

[pahy]
noun, verb (used with object), pied, pie·ing.
  1. pi2.
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à pied

[a pyey]
adverb French.
  1. afoot; walking; on foot.
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British Dictionary definitions for pied

pied

adjective
  1. having markings of two or more colours
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Word Origin

C14: from pie ²; an allusion to the magpie's black-and-white colouring

à pied

adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) on foot
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PI

abbreviation for
  1. Philippine Islands
  2. private investigator
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pi1

noun plural pis
  1. the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p
  2. maths a transcendental number, fundamental to mathematics, that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Approximate value: 3.141 592…; symbol: π
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Word Origin

C18 (mathematical use): representing the first letter of Greek periphereia periphery

pi2

pie

noun plural pies
  1. a jumbled pile of printer's type
  2. a jumbled mixture
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verb pies, piing, pied, pies, pieing or pied (tr)
  1. to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately
  2. to mix up
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Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin

pi3

adjective
  1. British slang short for pious (def. 2), pious (def. 3)
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pie1

noun
  1. a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
  2. have a finger in the pie
    1. to have an interest in or take part in some activity
    2. to meddle or interfere
  3. pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
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Word Origin

C14: of obscure origin

pie2

noun
  1. an archaic or dialect name for magpie
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker

pie3

noun, verb
  1. printing a variant spelling of pi 2
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pie4

noun
  1. a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
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Word Origin

C19: from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā a fourth

pie5

pye

noun
  1. history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica 1

pie6

adjective
  1. be pie on NZ informal to be keen on
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Word Origin

from Māori pai ana
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Word Origin and History for pied

adj.

late 14c., as if it were the past participle of a verb form of Middle English noun pie "magpie" (see pie (n.2)), in reference to the bird's black and white plumage. Earliest use is in reference to the pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black and white. Also in pied piper (1845, in Browning's poem based on the German legend; used allusively by 1939).

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pi

n.

Greek letter, from Hebrew, literally "little mouth." As the name of the mathematical constant, from 1841 in English, used in Latin 1748 by Swiss mathematician Leonhart Euler (1707-1783), as an abbreviation of Greek periphereia "periphery." For the meaning "printer's term for mixed type," see pie (3).

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pie

n.1

"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.

According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.

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pie

n.2

"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."

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pie

n.3

also pi, printers' slang for "a mass of type jumbled together" (also pi, pye), 1650s, perhaps from pie (n.1) on notion of a "medley," or pie (n.2); cf. pica (n.1). As a verb from 1870. Related: Pied.

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pied in Medicine

pi

(pī)
n. pl. pis
  1. The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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pI

(pēī)
n.
  1. The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.
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pied in Science

pi

[pī]
  1. An irrational number that has a numerical value of 3.14159265358979… and is represented by the symbol π. It expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears in many mathematical expressions.
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pied in Culture

pi

[(peye)]

The irrational number obtained by dividing the length of the diameter of a circle into its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.1416. The sign for pi is π.

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Idioms and Phrases with pied

pie

In addition to the idiom beginning with pie

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