from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the United States and Canada, the coin that is worth one cent.
- n. A coin used in Great Britain since 1971, worth 1/100 of a pound. Also called new penny.
- n. A coin formerly used in Great Britain, worth 1/12 of a shilling or 1/240 of a pound.
- n. A coin formerly used in the Republic of Ireland, worth 1/100 of a pound.
- n. A coin used in various dependent territories of the United Kingdom.
- n. Any of various coins of small denomination.
- n. A sum of money.
- n. One of a set of colored, usually sleeveless shirts worn as a temporary team uniform, as when scrimmaging.
- idiom pretty penny A considerable sum of money: I paid a pretty penny for that ring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d.
- n. In the United Kingdom, a copper coin worth 1/100 of a pound sterling.
- n. In Ireland, a coin worth 1/100 of an Irish pound before the introduction of the euro. Abbreviation: p.
- n. In the US and Canada, a one-cent coin, worth 1/100 of a dollar. Abbreviation: ¢.
- n. In various countries, a small denomination copper or brass coin.
- n. A unit of nail size, said to be either the cost per 100 nails, or the number of nails per penny. Abbreviation: d.
- v. To jam a door shut by inserting pennies between the doorframe and the door.
- v. To circumvent the tripping of an electrical circuit breaker by the dangerous practice of inserting a coin in place of a fuse in a fuse socket.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Denoting the weight in pounds for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails.
- adj. Worth or costing one penny.
- n. A former English coin, originally of copper, then of bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; -- usually indicated by the abbreviation d. (the initial of denarius).
- n. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver.
- n. Money, in general.
- n. See Denarius.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin weighing 22 ½ grains, or the 240th part of a Tower pound.
- n. In Great Britain, a copper (since 1860 bronze) token coin, of which twelve are equal to a shilling and 240 to a pound sterling.
- n. In the United States, a cent.
- n. An insignificant coin or value; a small sum.
- n. Money in general: as, it cost a pretty penny (a good round sum); to turn an honest penny.
- n. Pound: only in composition, in the phrases fourpenny, sixpenny, eightpenny, tenpenny nails, designating nails of such sizes that 1,000 will weigh 4, 6, 8, or 10 pounds.
- n. In archery, a measure of weight for arrows, equal to one twelfth of the weight of a new (British) silver shilling: as, a 4s. 6d. arrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a coin worth one-hundredth of the value of the basic unit
- n. a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
In the U.S. financial markets, the term penny stock commonly refers to any stock trading outside one of the major exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX), and is often considered pejorative.
Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada-Reno said the term penny slots is a misnomer because most wagers on the devices are much greater.
I refer to his inclusion of the term penny dreadful.
Mr. Jay (who lives by supplying the newspapers with short paragraphs relating to accidents, offenses, and brief records of remarkable occurrences in general -- who is, in short, what they call a penny-a-liner) told his landlord that he had been in the city that day and heard unfavourable rumours on the subject of the joint-stock banks.
Mr. Jay (who lives by supplying the newspapers with short paragraphs relating to accidents, offenses, and brief records of remarkable occurrences in general -- who is, in short, what they call a penny-a-liner) told his landlord that he had been in the city that day and heard unfavorable rumors on the subject of the joint-stock banks.
They have devised a way to search thru a whole lot of information to find picks that are what they call penny pump finder (ppf).
Offa's pennies were the equivalent of the contemporary Frankish denier - 'penny' is English for 'denier' - and became the dominant coinage south of the Humber very quickly.
But as a taxpayer, all YOU will see is land that you own in common with the rest of America destroyed vis quail and deer habitat, and you won't get a penny from the Cu, and you'll almost certainly wind up paying mitigation costs and subsidizing road construction and so forth.
I specifically remember that the instructions specified a certain penny-weight of nails for the weights.
Sure they can keep their co-pays, deductibles and pre-existing small-print clauses, squeezing every penny from a hurting economy, but tell the -- BLOODY TRUTH!