What does perch mean?

Definitions for perch

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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

  11. Origin: [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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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