# pi^{1}

[pahy]

- the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, 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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## Origin of pi^{1}

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

## pi^{2}

### or pie

[pahy]

- printing types mixed together indiscriminately.
- any confused mixture; jumble.

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

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## Origin of pi^{2}

First recorded in 1650–60; origin uncertain

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## Related Words

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### Historical Examples

#### The young gentleman had recourse as a pis aller to his mamma.

Love Me Little, Love Me LongCharles Reade

#### Pis buildings are said to have a life of a century and a half.

Cottage Building in Cob, Pis, Chalk and ClayClough Williams-Ellis

#### Yet he is largely a pis aller for the would-be reader of Cassius Dio.

Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)Cassius Dio

#### Orthodox Socialism is still a case of the "lesser evil," what the French call a pis aller.

The New SocietyWalther Rathenau

#### For me Pis de terre, ever since I heard of it, has offered special attractions.

Cottage Building in Cob, Pis, Chalk and ClayClough Williams-Ellis

## PI

- Philippine Islands
- private investigator

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## pi^{1}

- 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

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## Word Origin

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

## pi^{2}

### pie

- a jumbled pile of printer's type
- a jumbled mixture

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- to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately
- to mix up

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## Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin

## pi^{3}

- British slang short for pious (def. 2), pious (def. 3)

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## Word Origin and History for pis

## pi

### n.

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).

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## pi

(pī)- The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

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## pI

(pē′ī′)- The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.

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## 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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## 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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