to diminish gradually and stop; dwindle to nothing; gradually come to an end (usually followed by out or away): The criticism seems to have petered out.The hearings petered to an inevitable conclusion.
to tire; become exhausted (usually followed by out): I began to peter out after walking about 2 miles.
Other definitions for peter (2 of 4)
Other definitions for peter (3 of 4)
a signal for an echo.
Other definitions for Peter (4 of 4)
Also called Simon Peter. died a.d. 67?, one of the 12 apostles and the reputed author of two of the Epistles.
either of these two Epistles in the New Testament, I Peter or II Peter.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter P.
a male given name.
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How to use peter in a sentence
Awaiting Lara Jean at home are the stresses of college acceptance season as well as her boyfriend, peter, with whom she plans to attend Stanford.It was time for the ‘To All the Boys’ franchise to end | Sonia Rao | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
They went to high school together in Richmond, in the late 1960s, when she dated peter’s best friend and peter dated hers.They met in high school. Fifty years later, the pandemic helped them realize they belonged together. | Lisa Bonos | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Sharon Kunde, peter’s wife, found no thrill in the situation either, though her body felt fine.The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. | by Elizabeth Weil | January 25, 2021 | ProPublica
“This is Alex’s team and peter’s team, so I’m very much looking forward to trying to help them as much as I can with my experiences on and off the ice,” Chara said.Zdeno Chara, Boston’s longtime leader, is ready to start a new chapter in Washington | Samantha Pell | December 31, 2020 | Washington Post
So instead Chasten purchased a watch for peter as a sort of pre-engagement gift.
At Christianity Today, peter Chin claims Christians should preach peace instead of bogging down in the particulars of race.
It might feel fresh to see peter Parker juggling with adult issues.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot | William Boot | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another angle Robinov suggests as a possibility for peter Parker/Spider-Man is a franchise reboot tackling Spidey as… an adult.Exclusive: Sony Hack Reveals Studio's Detailed Plans For Another ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot | William Boot | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By doing that, Bratton has said publicly, he expects that eventually the protests will “peter out on their own.”Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall | Jacob Siegel | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
peter inquires, apparently inquiring if the cop is a good shot.
In the evening, St. peter's and its accessories were illuminated—by far the most brilliant spectacle I ever saw.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
peter Elmsly, a partner of the celebrated Paul Valliant, and himself an importer of books and no mean critic and linguist, died.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Sir peter Edlin, it seems, has been doing treble the amount of work for a two-third's salary.
Joe Kelly and a Mr. peter Alley were fast asleep in their chairs, close to the wall.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
And peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, "Rabbi, behold the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away."His Last Week | William E. Barton
British Dictionary definitions for peter (1 of 4)
(intr; foll by out or away) to fall (off) in volume, intensity, etc, and finally cease: the cash petered out in three months
British Dictionary definitions for peter (2 of 4)
to play a high card before a low one in a suit, usually a conventional signal of a doubleton holding or of strength in that suit
the act of petering
British Dictionary definitions for peter (3 of 4)
a safe, till, or cash box
a prison cell
the witness box in a courtroom
mainly US a slang word for penis
British Dictionary definitions for Peter (4 of 4)
Saint. Also called: Simon Peter. died ?67 ad, a fisherman of Bethsaida, who became leader of the apostles and is regarded by Roman Catholics as the first pope; probably martyred at Rome. Feast day: June 29 or Jan 18
either of two epistles traditionally ascribed to Peter (in full The First Epistle and The Second Epistle of Peter)
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Cultural definitions for Peter
Chief among the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, he was a fisherman, originally named Simon (and often called Simon Peter). Jesus gave him the name Rock, of which “Peter” is a translation. Peter showed great faith but also exhibited great failings (see Get thee behind me, Satan). In the frightening hours before the Crucifixion, Peter three times denied being a follower of Jesus, just as Jesus had predicted he would. Nevertheless, Peter went on to become the leader of the early Christians (see also Christian) (see Pentecost), thus fulfilling another prophecy of Jesus, who had said of Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church.... And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
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