# pi

^{1}

[ pahy ]

/ paɪ /

### noun, plural pis.

the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (Π, π).

the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Mathematics.

- the letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
- the ratio itself: 3.141592+.

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TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT## Origin of pi

^{1}

1835–45; <Greek pî, peî; used in mathematics to represent Greek periphérion periphery

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## Definition for pi (2 of 5)

pi

^{2}### or pie

[ pahy ]

/ paɪ /

### noun, plural pies.

printing types mixed together indiscriminately.

any confused mixture; jumble.

### verb (used with object), pied, pi·ing.

to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion.

to jumble.

## Origin of pi

^{2}

First recorded in 1650–60; origin uncertain

## Definition for pi (3 of 5)

## Definition for pi (4 of 5)

Pi.

### or pi.

piaster.

## Definition for pi (5 of 5)

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## British Dictionary definitions for pi (1 of 4)

pi

^{1}/ (paɪ) /

### noun plural pis

the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p

maths a transcendental number, fundamental to mathematics, that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Approximate value: 3.141 592…; symbol: π

## Word Origin for pi

C18 (mathematical use): representing the first letter of Greek periphereia periphery

## British Dictionary definitions for pi (2 of 4)

pi

^{2}### pie

/ (paɪ) /

### noun plural pies

a jumbled pile of printer's type

a jumbled mixture

### verb pies, piing, pied, pies, pieing or pied (tr)

to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately

to mix up

## Word Origin for pi

C17: of uncertain origin

## British Dictionary definitions for pi (3 of 4)

## British Dictionary definitions for pi (4 of 4)

PI

### abbreviation for

Philippine Islands

private investigator

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## Medical definitions for pi (1 of 3)

pi

[ pī ]

### n. pl. pis

The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

## Medical definitions for pi (2 of 3)

π

The Greek letter pi. Entries beginning with this character are alphabetized under pi.

## Medical definitions for pi (3 of 3)

pI

[ pē′ī′ ]

### n.

The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.

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## Scientific definitions for pi

pi

[ pī ]

An irrational number that has a numerical value of 3.14159265358979… and is represented by the symbol π. It expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears in many mathematical expressions.

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## Cultural definitions for pi

pi

[ (peye) ]

The irrational number obtained by dividing the length of the diameter of a circle into its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.1416. The sign for pi is π.

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