Definitions for perchpɜrtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a pole or rod, serving as a roost for birds.

  2. any place or object 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.

    Category: Transportation

  5. Brit. a linear or square rod. a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).

    Category: Weights and Measures

  6. Obs. any pole, rod, or the like.

  7. (v.i.)to alight or rest upon a perch.

    Category: Ornithology

  8. to settle or rest in some elevated position.

  9. (v.t.)to set or place on or as if on a perch.

Origin of perch:

1250–1300; ME perche < OF < L pertica rod, measuring rod

perchpɜrtʃ(n.)(pl.)perch; perch•es.

  1. any small freshwater fish of the family Percidae, having a spiny anterior dorsal fin, as the European perch, Perca fluviatilis, and the North American yellow perch

    P. flavescens.

    Category: Ichthyology

  2. any of various related or similar spiny-finned fishes.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of perch:

1350–1400; ME perche < MF < L perca < Gk pérkē

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perch(noun)

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

  2. perch, rod, pole(noun)

    a linear measure of 16.5 feet

  3. perch, rod, pole(noun)

    a square rod of land

  4. perch(noun)

    an elevated place serving as a seat

  5. perch(noun)

    any of numerous fishes of America and Europe

  6. perch(noun)

    spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes

  7. perch(verb)

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

  8. perch, roost, rest(verb)

    sit, as on a branch

    "The birds perched high in the tree"

  9. alight, light, perch(verb)

    to come to rest, settle

    "Misfortune lighted upon him"

  10. perch(verb)

    cause to perch or sit

    "She perched her hat on her head"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perch(noun)

    any fresh-water fish of the genus Perca and of several other allied genera of the family Percidae, as the common American or yellow perch (Perca flavescens, / Americana), and the European perch (P. fluviatilis)

  2. Perch(noun)

    any one of numerous species of spiny-finned fishes belonging to the Percidae, Serranidae, and related families, and resembling, more or less, the true perches

  3. Perch(noun)

    a pole; a long staff; a rod; esp., a pole or other support for fowls to roost on or to rest on; a roost; figuratively, any elevated resting place or seat

  4. Perch(noun)

    a measure of length containing five and a half yards; a rod, or pole

  5. Perch(noun)

    in land or square measure: A square rod; the 160th part of an acre

  6. Perch(noun)

    in solid measure: A mass 16/ feet long, 1 foot in height, and 1/ feet in breadth, or 24/ cubic feet (in local use, from 22 to 25 cubic feet); -- used in measuring stonework

  7. Perch(noun)

    a pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach

  8. Perch(verb)

    to alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost

  9. Perch(verb)

    to place or to set on, or as on, a perch

  10. Perch(verb)

    to occupy as a perch


  1. Perch

    Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae. The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greek perke meaning spotted, and the Latin forma meaning shape. Many species of freshwater gamefish more or less resemble perch, but belong to different genera. In fact, the exclusively saltwater dwelling red drum is often referred to as a red perch, though by definition perch are freshwater fish. Though many fish are referred to as perch as a common name, to be considered a true perch, the fish must be of the family Percidae. The type species for this genus is the European perch, Perca fluviatilis.

Translations for perch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a branch etc on which a bird sits or stands

The pigeon would not fly down from its perch.

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