from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Chiefly British To strike on the open palm of the hand with a cane or strap for punishment at school.
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- n. A fulling mill.
- v. To strike on the palm of the hand with a strap as a school punishment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stroke on the palm of the hand, as with a cane or strap; a punishment in schools.
- To slap, as the hand.
- n. A Hindu; a sepoy: especially applied by the British troops to the Sepoys in the Indian mutiny of 1857-8.
Probably from Latin pandē, imperative sg. of pandēre, to spread out, open (the palm); see petə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)