- a linear or square rod.
- a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- perceptual defence,
- perceptual mapping,
- perceval, spencer,
Origin of perch1
Examples from the Web for perched
Aberdeen, perched on the North Sea, offers a perfect example of the schism between the top and bottom earners.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were perched atop our five-boat flotilla and I cried like a baby.
The higher of the two is perched 27 meters above the lake's surface –– about the same height as an eight-story building.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously|Hampton Stevens|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The best angels and the worst demons of our nature are perched on our shoulders—nobody can be confined to one manner of behavior.
Perry is a pop general, perched atop a candy rainbow, bathing her army of fans in an elixir of empowerment.‘Prism’ Review: Katy Perry Perfects the Pop Blockbuster|Kevin Fallon|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even when perched high in the air on the top of a dead monarch of the forest, there is a silent dignity in their pose.
The Wood Elf paused, for a large brown bird had perched himself on a branch which overhung the fountain.The Fairies and the Christmas Child|Lilian Gask
Dasio, his native village, perched just below the dolomitic rocks of the Arabione, was too high up and inconvenient for him.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
There, perched astride of the crosstrees, was a rascal mutineer popping at M. Radisson bold as you please.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
Perched upon a swaying last year's cattail, Mr. Red-winged Blackbird shook his head in reply.The Tale of Bobby Bobolink|Arthur Scott Bailey
Word Origin for perch
noun plural perch or perches
Word Origin for perch
"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.
"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cf. Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.
"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.