pas

[pah]
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noun, plural pas.

a step or series of steps in ballet.
right of precedence.

Origin of pas

1695–1705; < French < Latin passus. See pace1

pa

[pah, paw]

noun Informal.

Origin of pa

short for papa
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Examples from the Web for pas

Contemporary Examples of pas

Historical Examples of pas

  • Nor when we alight at the Pas de Soucis are these features wanting.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Why, my pa's richer than all the rest of 'em's pas put together.

  • "Pas du tout," d'Alcacer assured her with whimsical gravity.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • When she came in to any full assembly, she would not yield the pas to the best of them.

  • "Look, Mitch," says I. And he looked and stopped and our pas went on.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters


British Dictionary definitions for pas

pas

noun plural pas (pɑːz, French )

a dance step or movement, esp in ballet
rare the right to precede; precedence

Word Origin for pas

C18: French, literally: step

PAS

abbreviation for

physician-assisted suicide: a practice in which a terminally-ill person requests a medical practitioner to administer a lethal dose of medication

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)
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Word Origin and History for pas
n.

"a step in dancing," 1775, from French pas; see pass (n.). Used in forming names for types of dances, e.g. pas de deux (1762).

pa

1804, colloquial shortening of papa (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pas in Medicine

PAS

abbr.

para-aminosalicylic acid
periodic acid-Schiff

Pa

The symbol for the elementprotactinium

PA

abbr.

physician's assistant
posteroanterior
pulmonary artery
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pas in Science

Pa

Abbreviation of pascal
The symbol for protactinium.
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