- the space occupied by the assembled guns, tanks, or vehicles of a military unit.
- the assemblage so formed.
- (formerly) the ammunition trains and reserve artillery of an army.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of park
Related Words for parkslawn, square, garden, estate, plaza, place, playground, forest, maneuver, stand, meadow, woodland, esplanade, green, lot, tract, grass, grounds, parkland, seat
Examples from the Web for parks
Contemporary Examples of parks
There are parks filled with men pushing strollers and coffee shops where fathers meet their friends, babes in arms.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
As anybody who has seen his now famous rant on Parks and Recreation knows, Patton Oswalt can get a little obsessed.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
Paying for all those pensions inevitably means less money for parks and schools.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
In January 2014, a lifelong District of Columbia parks employee, Medric Mills, collapsed while walking with his grown daughter.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Before Fidel, when segregation was in full swing, the Cuban apartheid meant many clubs and parks still refused black Cubans entry.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of parks
The afternoon is far advanced—the parks and public drives are crowded.Sunday under Three Heads
With the oncoming of the parks and play-grounds, all of this, we may hope, will change.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
The parks were milling with crowds who came to hear the patriotic speakers.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Judge Parks carried a spy-glass as good as Sile's and it was up instantly.
Judge Parks was at that moment examining some bits of quartz he had picked up.
Word Origin for park
mid-13c., "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from Old French parc "enclosed wood or heath land used as a game preserve" (12c.), probably ultimately from West Germanic *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. Old English pearruc, root of paddock (n.2), Old High German pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," German pferch "fold for sheep," Dutch park).
Internal evidence suggests the West Germanic word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in Medieval Latin as parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which likely is the direct source of the Old French word, as well as Italian parco, Spanish parque, etc. Some claim the Medieval Latin word as the source of the West Germanic, but the reverse seems more likely. Some later senses in English represent later borrowings from French. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gaelic pairc are from English.
Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1660s, originally in reference to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in American English from 1867.
New York's Park Avenue as an adjective meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880). As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in English from mid-12c. As a vehicle transmission gear, park (n.) is attested from 1949.