pi 1 [ pahy ] SHOW IPA / paɪ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural pis. the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (Π, π). the consonant sound represented by this letter. Mathematics. the letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. the ratio itself: 3.141592+. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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Origin of pi 1
pî, peî; used in mathematics to represent Greek periphérion periphery pi 2 or pie [ pahy ] SHOW IPA / paɪ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural pies. printing types mixed together indiscriminately. any confused mixture; jumble. verb (used with object), pied, pi·ing. to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion. to jumble. Origin of pi 2
First recorded in 1650–60; origin uncertain
Law. personal injury. principal investigator.
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Example sentences from the Web for pi
Mahoney helped author the I-STOP legislation based on data his office collected in regard to fraud.
As of 2012, there are over 523,000 people across the country on Medicaid waiver lists; over 309,000 of those people have I/DD.
Barbra Driskill-Scherer is the mother of 9-year-old Gunnar, who has I/DD.
Perhaps it will be newly elected Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
I think Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin P. Thomas, which was published 60 years ago, is magical.
About this time the famous Philip
pine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.
Tobacco is a strong growing plant resisting heat and drought to a far (p. 018) greater extent than most plants.
Smith's method usually gives good results, as does also the more simple method of Hiss (p. 263).
De secretis operibus artis et naturae, et de nullitate magiae, p. 533 (Brewer).
He sympathized with that movement which, during his childhood, culminated in the Cavite Cons
piracy (vide p. 106). noun plural pis the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p 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 Word Origin for pi
C18 (mathematical use): representing the first letter of Greek
periphereia periphery noun plural pies a jumbled pile of printer's type a jumbled mixture verb pies, piing, pied, pies, pieing or pied (tr) to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately to mix up Word Origin for pi
C17: of uncertain origin
abbreviation for Philippine Islands private investigator
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n. pl. pis The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet. The Greek letter pi. Entries beginning with this character are alphabetized under pi. n. The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.
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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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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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