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[pur-puh nd]
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  1. a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
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Origin of perpend1

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.


verb (used with object)
  1. to consider.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to ponder; deliberate.
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Origin of perpend2

1520–30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per- per- + pendere to weigh
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Examples from the Web for perpend

Historical Examples

  • Would it not, as Henley used to say, give him much to perpend?

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee

  • There is a hint for you, worthy of the Row; and now, perpend—pronounce.

  • If he meets with only conscripts and militia he may penetrate as far as Harrisburg, and then let Europe perpend!

  • Wherefore, most selected friend, perpend at thy leisure, and so God speed thee!

  • I do perpend that to earn these pieces of which you speak one must perform some worthy business.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

British Dictionary definitions for perpend



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

C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin


  1. an archaic word for ponder
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Word Origin

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