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PERCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perch mean? 

PERCH (noun)
  The noun PERCH has 7 senses:

1. support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
2. a linear measure of 16.5 feet
3. a square rod of land
4. an elevated place serving as a seat
5. any of numerous fishes of America and Europe
6. spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
7. any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes

  Familiarity information: PERCH used as a noun is common.


PERCH (verb)
  The verb PERCH has 3 senses:

1. sit, as on a branch
2. to come to rest, settle
3. cause to perch or sit

  Familiarity information: PERCH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERCH (noun)


Sense 1perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

support (any device that bears the weight of another thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "perch"):

roost (a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep)

Holonyms ("perch" is a part of...):

roost (a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds)


Sense 2perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A linear measure of 16.5 feet

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

rod; perch; pole

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

linear unit (a unit of measurement of length)

Meronyms (parts of "perch"):

pace; yard (a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Holonyms ("perch" is a part of...):

furlong (a unit of length equal to 220 yards)


Sense 3perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A square rod of land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

perch; rod; pole

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

area unit; square measure (a system of units used to measure areas)


Sense 4perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An elevated place serving as a seat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

place; seat (a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane))


Sense 5perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous fishes of America and Europe

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

freshwater fish (flesh of fish from fresh water used as food)

Holonyms ("perch" is a part of...):

Perca flavescens; yellow perch (North American perch)

European perch; Perca fluviatilis (a perch native to Europe)


Sense 6perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

percoid; percoid fish; percoidean (any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "perch"):

Percina tanasi; snail darter (a small snail-eating perch of the Tennessee River)

pike perch; pike-perch (any of several pike-like fishes of the perch family)

European perch; Perca fluviatilis (a perch native to Europe)

Perca flavescens; yellow perch (North American perch)

Holonyms ("perch" is a member of...):

family Percidae; Percidae (active freshwater fishes; true perches and pike perches)


Sense 7perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("perch" is a kind of...):

percoid; percoid fish; percoidean (any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes)

Holonyms ("perch" is a member of...):

order Perciformes; order Percomorphi; Perciformes; Percomorphi (one of the largest natural groups of fishes of both marine and fresh water: true perches; basses; tuna)


PERCH (verb)


Sense 1perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sit, as on a branch

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

perch; roost; rest

Context example:

The birds perched high in the tree

Hypernyms (to "perch" is one way to...):

sit; sit down (be seated)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Some big birds perch in the tree
There perch some big birds in the tree


Sense 2perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To come to rest, settle

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

alight; perch; light

Context example:

Misfortune lighted upon him

Hypernyms (to "perch" is one way to...):

land; set down (reach or come to rest)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3perch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to perch or sit

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

She perched her hat on her head

Hypernyms (to "perch" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They perch their rifles on the cabinet


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