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perpend

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[ pur-puhnd ]
/ ˈpɜr pənd /
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noun
a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
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Also parpen, perpent.
Also called through stone.

Origin of perpend

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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< ?

Other definitions for perpend (2 of 2)

perpend2
[ per-pend ]
/ pərˈpɛnd /

verb (used with object)
to consider.
verb (used without object)
to ponder; deliberate.

Origin of perpend

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1520–30; <Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per-per- + pendere to weigh
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British Dictionary definitions for perpend (1 of 2)

perpend1

perpent

/ (ˈpɜːpənd) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for perpend (2 of 2)

perpend2
/ (pəˈpɛnd) /

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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