perch


perch
   1. an alternate name for the rod1 (16.5 feet or 5.0292 meters), introduced in the twelfth century by the Norman conquerors of England. The word perch (perche in French: see below) comes from the Latin pertica (pole). The Romans also had a distance unit called the pertica, but it was shorter: 10 Roman feet (9.71 English feet or 2.96 meters).
   2. a unit of area equal to one square perch1. A perch of area covers exactly 272.25 square feet or about 25.292 85 square meters. There are 40 perches in a rood and 160 perches in an acre.
   3. a traditional unit of volume for stone and other masonry. A perch of masonry is the volume of a stone wall one perch (16.5 feet) long, 18 inches high, and 12 inches thick. This is equivalent to exactly 24.75 cubic feet, 0.916 667 cubic yard, or about 0.700 842 cubic meter.
   4. a traditional unit of distance in Ireland standardized at 21 English feet (6.4008 meters) or 14/11 English perch or rod. Since the Irish perch was 27.27% longer than the English, the Irish chain, furlong, and mile were longer in the same proportion..
   5. a traditional unit of distance in French North America. The perche equals 18 pieds (see below) or 3 toises. By legal definition in Canada this equals 19.1835 English feet or 5.847 13 meters.
   6. a traditional unit of area in French North America, equal to one square perche1. A perche of area is therefore equal to 0.01 arpent, about 368.007 square feet (40.8896 square yards) or 34.189 square meters.

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  • Perch — (p[ e]rch), n. [Written also {pearch}.] [OE. perche, F. perche, L. perca, fr. Gr. pe rkh; cf. perkno s dark colored, Skr. p[.r][,c]ni spotted, speckled, and E. freckle.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. Any fresh water fish of the genus Perca and of several other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perch — ist der Name von: Perch Island, mehrere Inseln in den USA Perch ist der Familienname folgender Personen: James Perch (* 1985), englischer Fußballspieler Perch bezeichnet: Perch, eine alte englische Längeneinheit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • perch — perch1 [pʉrch] n. pl. perch or perches [ME perche < OFr < L perca < Gr perkē < IE base * perk̑ , speckled, colorful > Ger farbe, color, OE forn, trout] 1. any of a family (Percidae) of small, spiny finned, freshwater, percoid food… …   English World dictionary

  • Perch — Perch, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Perched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perching}.] [F. percher. See {Perch} a pole.] To alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost. [1913 Webster] Wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perch — Perch, v. t. 1. To place or to set on, or as on, a perch. [1913 Webster] 2. To occupy as a perch. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perch — Perch, n. [F. perche, L. pertica.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] As chauntecleer among his wives all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perch — perch·er; perch; un·perch; …   English syllables

  • Perch — [pə:tʃ] das; <aus gleichbed. engl. perch, dies aus fr. perche, vgl. ↑Perche> altes engl. Längenmaß …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • perch — [n] object placed high for sitting on branch, landing place, lounge, pole, post, resting place, roost, seat; concepts 443,479 perch [v] sit atop of alight, balance, land, light, rest, roost, set down, settle, sit on, squat, touch down; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • perch — Ⅰ. perch [1] ► NOUN 1) a branch, bar, etc. on which a bird rests or roosts. 2) a high or narrow seat or resting place. ► VERB 1) sit, rest, or place somewhere. 2) (be perched) (of a building) be situated above or on the edge of …   English terms dictionary

  • Perch — (Pearch, engl., spr. Pertsch, Pole, Rod, entsprechend der deutschen Ruthe), englisches Maß; das gesetzliche Standard P. – 161/2 engl. Fuß (à 0,304 Meter od. 0,97 preuß. Fuß), die Forest P. (Waldruthe) = 21 engl. Fuß, die Woodland P.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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