pa

[pah, paw]

noun Informal.


Origin of pa

short for papa

Pa

Physics.

pascal; pascals.

Pa

Symbol, Chemistry.

PA

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

Pa.

P.A.

Parents' Association.
Insurance. particular average.
passenger agent.
post adjutant.
power of attorney.
press agent.
public-address system.
publicity agent.
purchasing agent.

p.-a.

public-address system.

p.a.

participial adjective.
per annum.
press agent.
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Examples from the Web for pa

Contemporary Examples of pa

Historical Examples of pa

  • Be a man of affairs like your pa, and like that fellow Shepler.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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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    Harry Leon Wilson

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

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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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    Harry Leon Wilson

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

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    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for pa

pa

1

noun

an informal word for father

pa

2

pah

noun NZ

a Māori village or settlement
history a Māori defensive position and settlement on a hilltop
go back to the pa to abandon city life in favour of rural life

Word Origin for pa

Māori

pa

3

the internet domain name for

Panama

Pa

the chemical symbol for

protactinium

symbol for

pascal

PA

abbreviation for

Pennsylvania
personal appearance
personal assistant
military Post Adjutant
power of attorney
press agent
Press Association
banking private account
public-address system
publicity agent
Publishers Association
purchasing agent
insurance particular average
(in New Zealand) probationary assistant
Panama (international car registration)

Pa.

abbreviation for

Pennsylvania

p.a.

abbreviation for

per annum

Word Origin for p.a.

Latin: yearly
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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

The symbol for the elementprotactinium

PA

abbr.

physician's assistant
posteroanterior
pulmonary artery
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pa in Science

Pa

Abbreviation of pascal
The symbol for protactinium.

protactinium

[prō′tăk-tĭnē-əm]

Pa

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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