perch meaning

[ pə:tʃ ] Pronunciation:   "perch" in a sentence
Verb: perch  purch
  1. Sit, as on a branch
    "The birds perched high in the tree"
    - roost, rest 
  2. To come to rest, settle
    - alight, light 
  3. Cause to perch or sit
    "She perched her hat on her head"
Noun: perch  purch
  1. Support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird) 
  2. A square rod of land
    - rod, pole 
  3. An elevated place serving as a seat 
  4. Any of numerous fishes of America and Europe 
  5. Spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes 
  6. Any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes 
  7. [Brit, archaic] A linear measure of 16.5 feet
    - rod [Brit], pole [Brit]

Derived forms: perched, perching, perches

See also: percher

Type of: area unit, freshwater fish, land, lay, linear measure, linear unit, percoid, percoid fish, percoidean, place, pose, position, put, seat, set, set down, sit, sit down, square measure, support

Part of: European perch, family Percidae, furlong, order Perciformes, order Percomorphi, Perca flavescens, Perca fluviatilis, Percidae, Perciformes, Percomorphi, roost, yellow perch

Encyclopedia: Perch


A unit of cubic measure used by stone masons; usually 16½ ft by 1½ ft by 1 ft (5.03 m by 0.46 m by 0.30 m).

A common name for fish of the family Percidae,belonging to the suborder Percoidei,order PERCIFORMES.


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  1. the boy sat on the perch and sang lustily.
  2. the bird took its perch.
  3. the solemn mr. merryweather had to perch himself upon a crate.
  4. he has a perch in his father's bank for as long as he wants it.
  5. the cage mates have no perches and are continually at war for standing room.

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