What does pupil mean?

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ˈpyu pəlpupil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. student, pupil, educatee(noun)

    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

  2. pupil(noun)

    the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot

  3. schoolchild, school-age child, pupil(noun)

    a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

Wiktionary

  1. pupil(Noun)

    The hole in the middle of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to be focused on the retina.

    Etymology: From pupille, from pupillus, variant of pupulus, from pupus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pupil(noun)

    the aperture in the iris; the sight, apple, or black of the eye. See the Note under Eye, and Iris

    Etymology: [F. pupille, n. fem., L. pupilla the pupil of the eye, originally dim. of pupa a girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil a scholar.]

  2. Pupil(noun)

    a youth or scholar of either sex under the care of an instructor or tutor

    Etymology: [F. pupille, n. fem., L. pupilla the pupil of the eye, originally dim. of pupa a girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil a scholar.]

  3. Pupil(noun)

    a person under a guardian; a ward

    Etymology: [F. pupille, n. fem., L. pupilla the pupil of the eye, originally dim. of pupa a girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil a scholar.]

  4. Pupil(noun)

    a boy or a girl under the age of puberty, that is, under fourteen if a male, and under twelve if a female

    Etymology: [F. pupille, n. fem., L. pupilla the pupil of the eye, originally dim. of pupa a girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil a scholar.]

Freebase

  1. Pupil

    The pupil is a hole located in the center of the iris of the eye that allows light to enter the retina. It appears black because light rays entering the pupil are either absorbed by the tissues inside the eye directly, or absorbed after diffuse reflections within the eye that mostly miss exiting the narrow pupil. In humans the pupil is round, but other species, such as some cats, have vertical slit pupils, goats have horizontally oriented pupils, and some catfish have annular types. In optical terms, the anatomical pupil is the eye's aperture and the iris is the aperture stop. The image of the pupil as seen from outside the eye is the entrance pupil, which does not exactly correspond to the location and size of the physical pupil because it is magnified by the cornea. On the inner edge lies a prominent structure, the collarette, marking the junction of the embryonic pupillary membrane covering the embryonic pupil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pupil

    pū′pil, n. a little boy or girl: one under the care of a tutor: a scholar: a ward: (law) one under the age of puberty—i.e. under fourteen years for males, and twelve for females.—adj. under age.—ns. Pupilabil′ity (rare), pupilary nature: confidential character; Pū′pilage, Pū′pillage, state of being a pupil: the time during which one is a pupil; Pupilar′ity, Pupillar′ity, the time between birth and puberty.—adjs. Pū′pilary, Pū′pillary, pertaining to a pupil or ward.—Pupil teacher, one who is both a pupil and a teacher. [Fr. pupille—L. pupillus, pupilla, dims. of pupus, boy, pupa, girl.]

  2. Pupil

    pū′pil, n. the round opening in the middle of the eye through which the light passes: the apple of the eye, so called from the baby-like figures seen on it: (zool.) the central dark part of an ocellated spot.—adjs. Pū′pilary, Pū′pillary; Pū′pilate (zool.), having a central spot of another colour.—n. Pupillom′eter, an instrument for measuring the size of the pupil of an eye. [Same as above word.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pupil

    The aperture in the iris through which light passes.

Editors Contribution

  1. pupil

    A facet of the mechanism of an eye.

    The opening in the center of the eye where light enters the eye.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  
  2. pupil

    A person who attends a school.

    The pupil was so focused and diligent and therefore learned easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Pupil

    the central mark of an ocellate spot.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4016

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4817

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pupil' in Nouns Frequency: #424

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pupil in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pupil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pupil in a Sentence

  1. Clive Staples Lewis:

    What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented who are they to overtop their fellows And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

  2. Mr. van Gelder:

    Anne Frank wasn’t a star pupil. She was a likeable child. Sometimes I’d bump into her in the mornings on her way to school. Then she’d sometimes tell me stories that she’d made up together with her father. They were always really funny stories. She told me a lot about her father, but not much about her mother and sister. I also knew that she wanted to be a writer. Maybe she would have been…

  3. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

  4. Clifford Villanueva Villalon:

    An elementary pupil was asked by the teacher what to give her mother on Mothers' Day. She said, My name... because my mother never saw or knew me after giving birth to me.

  5. Saj Khan:

    Dr Homer said. The laser treats only the iris and does not enter the pupil or treat any portion of the inside of the eye where the nerves affecting the vision are located. The company is still in the fundraising stage but hopes to have completed clinical trials within several years. And the cost of turning your brown eyes blue ? Dr Homer says Stroma Medical would charge around $ 5,000( £ 3,120) for the procedure. Industry skepticism Industry reaction to the process has been muted. Ophthalmologists who deal with people's eyes, Dr Homer concedes, have every right to be skeptical for the simple fact they are dealing with one of the most sensitive organs in the human body. Saj Khan, an ophthalmologist at the London Eye Hospital, told CNN the treatment raised some red flags. ' The main concern with any procedure that involves releasing pigment inside the eye is that the pigment can clog up the normal drainage channels which can in turn cause the pressure inside the eye to go up, if that happens significantly enough, for long enough, it's how patients develop glaucoma.

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