Meaning of perch


Pronunciation: (pûrch), [key]
— n.
  1. a pole or rod, usually horizontal, serving as a roost for birds.
  2. any place or object, as a sill, fence, branch, or twig, for a bird, animal, or person to alight or rest upon.
  3. a high or elevated position, resting place, or the like.
  4. a small, elevated seat for the driver of any of certain vehicles.
  5. a pole connecting the fore and hind running parts of a spring carriage or other vehicle.
  6. a post set up as a navigational aid on a navigational hazard or on a buoy.
    1. a linear or square rod.
    2. a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).
  7. an apparatus consisting of two vertical posts and a horizontal roller, used for inspecting cloth after it leaves the loom.
  8. any pole, rod, or the like.
  1. to alight or rest upon a perch.
  2. to settle or rest in some elevated position, as if on a perch.
  1. to set or place on or as if on a perch.
  2. to inspect (cloth) for defects and blemishes after it has been taken from the loom and placed upon a perch.


Pronunciation: (pûrch), [key]
— pl. perch, perch•es.
  1. any spiny-finned, freshwater food fish of the genus Perca, as P. flavescensof the U.S., or P. fluviatilis, of Europe.
  2. any of various other related, spiny-finned fishes.
  3. any of several embioticid fishes, as Hysterocarpus traskiof California.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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