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noun,plural (especially collectively) por·poise, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) por·pois·es.
any of several small, gregarious cetacean mammals of the genus Phocoena, usually blackish above and paler beneath, and having a blunt, rounded snout, especially the common porpoise, P. phocoena, of both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
any of several small cetacean mammals, as the common dolphin, Delphinus delphis.
verb (used without object),por·poised,por·pois·ing.
(of a speeding motorboat) to leap clear of the water after striking a wave.
(of a torpedo) to appear above the surface of the water.
to move forward with a rising and falling motion in the manner of a porpoise: The car has a tendency to porpoise when overloaded.
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