Definitions for perch
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word perch.
support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
perch, rod, polenoun
a linear measure of 16.5 feet
perch, rod, polenoun
a square rod of land
an elevated place serving as a seat
any of numerous fishes of America and Europe
spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes
perch, roost, restverb
sit, as on a branch
"The birds perched high in the tree"
alight, light, perchverb
to come to rest, settle
"Misfortune lighted upon him"
cause to perch or sit
"She perched her hat on her head"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Etymology: perca, Lat. perche, Fr.
For the narrow perch I cannot ride. Dryden.
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.
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.
Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae. The perch, of which three species occur in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greek: πέρκη (perke), simply meaning perch, 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, P. fluviatilis.
A perch is a raised platform, resting place, or position of advantage or dominance, typically used to refer to where birds rest or sleep. In a broader sense, it can also refer to a measurement of length or an area of land. In fishing, a perch can refer to a type of fish.
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)
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
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
a measure of length containing five and a half yards; a rod, or pole
in land or square measure: A square rod; the 160th part of an acre
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
a pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach
to alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost
to place or to set on, or as on, a perch
to occupy as a perch
Etymology: [OE. perche, F. perche, L. perca, fr. Gr. pe`rkh; cf. perkno`s dark-colored, Skr. pni spotted, speckled, and E. freckle.]
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
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.]
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
A pole stuck up on a shoal as a beacon; or a spar erected on or projected from a cliff whence to watch fish.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Perch is ranked #63373 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Perch surname appeared 315 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Perch.
70.1% or 221 total occurrences were White.
23.1% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
3.1% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.2% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of perch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of perch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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We could taste the mud in the meat of the perch, we couldn't really eat them.
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.
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.
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.
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Translations for perch
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- акунь, вокуньBelarusian
- Hühnerstange, BarschGerman
- κούρνια, πέρκα, κουρνιάζωGreek
- ripustaa, tarkastaa, korkea, orsi, ahvenkala, ahvenFinnish
- perchoir, percheFrench
- bearsWestern Frisian
- spirisScottish Gaelic
- պերկես, պերկեսակերպ, թառ, թառել, պերկեսազգիArmenian
- branzino, pertica, perca, trespolo, luccio, spigola, pesce persico, luccioperca, sandraItalian
- baars, stokDutch
- åborNorwegian Nynorsk
- okoń, grzędaPolish
- pércida, percídeo, empoleirar, empoleirar-se, perciforme, perca, poleiroPortuguese
- жердь, насе́ст, окунь, жёрдочкаRussian
- grgeč, гргеч, grgečke, grgečiSerbo-Croatian
- sittpinne, abborreSwedish
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