- the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π).
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
- the letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
- the ratio itself: 3.141592+.
Origin of pi1
- a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust: apple pie; meat pie.
- a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like: chocolate cream pie.
- a total or whole that can be divided: They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
- an activity or affair: He has his finger in the political pie too.
- easy as pie, extremely easy or simple.
- nice as pie, extremely well-behaved, agreeable, or the like: The children were nice as pie.
- pie in the sky,
- the illusory prospect of future benefits: Political promises are often pie in the sky.
- a state of perfect happiness; utopia: to promise pie in the sky.
Origin of pie1
- printing types mixed together indiscriminately.
- any confused mixture; jumble.
- to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion.
- to jumble.
Origin of pi2
Origin of pie2
- (in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.
Origin of pie4
- a former bronze coin of India, the 12th part of an anna.
Origin of pie5
Examples from the Web for pies
It is literally a long, seemingly endless, table of cheeses and meat and pies.How Monty The Penguin Won Christmas: Britain’s Epic, Emotional Commercials
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Woodside Farm sells sundaes, milk shakes, ice cream cakes and pies, pints, and quarts.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
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May 18, 2014
And Reddit launched Random Acts of Pizza to pay for pies to be sent to first responders.Twitter Explodes Over Boston Bombings, but Cooler Voices Urge Restraint
April 17, 2013
I've been eating pumpkin breads, pies, and cakes for many years.Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin
October 17, 2012
When Sweeney first meets the baker, her business is in the dumps and her pies are less than appetizing.12 Craziest Pie Scenes
November 21, 2011
Pies may be made of any of these birds in the same manner as a pigeon pie.
When cold, put it up in jars and keep it for pies, or for any common purpose.
You may reserve the citron to put in when you make the pies.
These pies are always made with covers, and should be eaten warm.
All these pies are served in slices, cut through to the bottom.Culture and Cooking
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- 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
- a jumbled pile of printer's type
- a jumbled mixture
- to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately
- to mix up
- a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
- have a finger in the pie
- to have an interest in or take part in some activity
- to meddle or interfere
- pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
- an archaic or dialect name for magpie
- printing a variant spelling of pi 2
- a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
- history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
- be pie on NZ informal to be keen on
Word Origin and History for pies
Greek letter, from Hebrew, literally "little mouth." As the name of the mathematical constant, from 1841 in English, used in Latin 1748 by Swiss mathematician Leonhart Euler (1707-1783), as an abbreviation of Greek periphereia "periphery." For the meaning "printer's term for mixed type," see pie (3).
"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.
According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.
"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."
- The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
- The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with pies
In addition to the idiom beginning with pie
- pie in the sky
- apple-pie order
- easy as pie
- eat crow (humble pie)
- finger in the pie
- slice of the pie