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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perchnoun

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

  2. perch, rod, polenoun

    a linear measure of 16.5 feet

  3. perch, rod, polenoun

    a square rod of land

  4. perchnoun

    an elevated place serving as a seat

  5. perchnoun

    any of numerous fishes of America and Europe

  6. perchnoun

    spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes

  7. perchverb

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

  8. perch, roost, restverb

    sit, as on a branch

    "The birds perched high in the tree"

  9. alight, light, perchverb

    to come to rest, settle

    "Misfortune lighted upon him"

  10. perchverb

    cause to perch or sit

    "She perched her hat on her head"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perchnoun

    The perch is one of the fishes of prey, that, like the pike and trout, carries his teeth in his mouth, he dare venture to kill and destroy several other kinds of fish: he has a hooked or hog back, which is armed with stiff bristles, and all his skin armed with thick hard scales, and hath two fins on his back: he spawns but once a year, and is held very nutritive. Izaak Walton Angler.

    Etymology: perca, Lat. perche, Fr.

  2. Perchnoun

    Etymology: perca, Lat. perche, Fr.

    For the narrow perch I cannot ride. Dryden.

  3. To Perchverb

    To place on a perch.

    It would be notoriously perceptible, if you could perch yourself as a bird on the top of some high steeple. More.

    As evening dragon came,
    Assailant on the perched roosts,
    And nests in order rang’d
    Of some villatic fowl. John Milton, Agonistes.

  4. To Perchverb

    To sit or roost as a bird.

    Etymology: percher, Fr. from the noun.

    He percheth on some branch thereby,
    To weather him and his moist wings to dry. Edmund Spenser.

    The world is grown so bad,
    That wrens make prey, where eagles dare not perch. William Shakespeare.

    The morning muses perch like birds, and sing
    Among his branches. Richard Crashaw.

    Let owls keep close within the tree, and not perch upon the upper boughs. Robert South, Sermons.

    They wing’d their flight aloft, then stooping low,
    Perch’d on the double tree, that bears the golden bough. Dry.

    Glory like the trembling eagle stood
    Perch’d on my beaver: in the Granic flood,
    When fortune’s self my standard trembling bore,
    And the pale fates stood frighted on the shore. Nathaniel Lee.

    Hosts of birds that wing the liquid air,
    Perch’d in the boughs, had nightly lodging there. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perchnoun

    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. Perchnoun

    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. Perchnoun

    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. Perchnoun

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

  5. Perchnoun

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

  6. Perchnoun

    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. Perchnoun

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

  8. Perchverb

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

  9. Perchverb

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

  10. Perchverb

    to occupy as a perch

  11. Etymology: [OE. perche, F. perche, L. perca, fr. Gr. pe`rkh; cf. perkno`s dark-colored, Skr. pni spotted, speckled, and E. freckle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perch

    pėrch, n. a genus of fresh-water fishes.—adjs. Perch′-backed, shaped like a perch's back; Per′ciform, percoid; Per′cine, perciform; Per′coid, like the perch: pertaining to the perch family. [Fr. perche—L. perca—Gr. perkē, a perch, prob. conn. with perknos, spotted.]

  2. Perch

    pėrch, n. a rod on which birds roost: any high seat or position: a measure=5½ yards: a square measure=30¼ square yards: a pole joining the fore and hind gear of a spring carriage: a frame on which cloth is examined for flaws.—v.i. to sit or roost on a perch: to settle.—v.t. to place, as on a perch.—ns. Perch′er, a bird that perches on trees; Perch′ing, the examination of cloth stretched on a frame for burs, knots, or holes—also called Burling.—adj. insessorial.—ns. Perch′-plate, a plate or block above or below a carriage-reach, at the king-bolt; Perch′-pole, an acrobat's climbing-pole; Perch′-stay, one of the side-rods bracing the perch to the hind-axle. [Fr. perche—L. pertica, a rod.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. perch

    A pole stuck up on a shoal as a beacon; or a spar erected on or projected from a cliff whence to watch fish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of perch in a Sentence

  1. Kyle Philip:

    We could taste the mud in the meat of the perch, we couldn't really eat them.

  2. Ryan Scott Ashley:

    I never got the hunting fish with my grandfather much because he died when I was young. Paul Paradise introduced me to the sport and took me as a kid hunting, trapping and fishing. Paul Paradise was one of the number one trappers in the state of New Hampshire. we always went for white perch.

  3. Vic Santucci:

    Gobies are found in abundance among the rocks and boulders of our harbors and nearshore areas throughout much of the year. Foraging whitefish may be drawn to these nearshore areas when the temperature is right to feed on gobies or other prey, which increases their chances of encountering baited hooks of anglers fishing nearshore for perch, drum or other species.

  4. Patrick Murray:

    As Granite State voters start to firm up their decision, it's looking more and more unlikely that Trump will be toppled from his perch. The real fight is for second place.

  5. Finnur Johansen:

    I remember the reaction of the birds. They go to sleep. The hen, they go in to hen house, under the perch, and slept there with the head under the wing.

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