perpend

1
[pur-puh nd]

noun

a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.

Origin of perpend

1
1225–75; variant of parpen, parpend, Middle English perpein, parpein (late Middle English perpend- in compound) a stone dressed on more than one side < Old French perpein, parpain, perhaps representing Medieval Latin parpanus < ?
Also called through stone.

perpend

2
[per-pend]

verb (used with object)

to consider.

verb (used without object)

to ponder; deliberate.

Origin of perpend

2
1520–30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per- per- + pendere to weigh
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perpend

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perpent

noun

a large stone that passes through a wall from one side to the otherAlso called: parpend, perpend stone

Word Origin for perpend

C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin

perpend

2

verb

an archaic word for ponder

Word Origin for perpend

C16: from Latin perpendere to examine, from per- (thoroughly) + pendere to weigh
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