Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pi \Pi\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pied; p. pr. & vb. n. Pieing.] (Print.) To put into a mixed and disordered condition, as type; to mix and disarrange the type of; as, to pi a form. [Written also pie.]
Pied \Pied\, imp. & p. p. of Pi, or Pie, v.
Pied \Pied\, a. [From Pie the party-colored bird.] Variegated with spots of different colors; party-colored; spotted; piebald. ``Pied coats.'' --Burton. ``Meadows trim with daisies pied.'' --Milton. Pied antelope (Zo["o]l.), the bontebok. Pied-billed grebe (Zo["o]l.), the dabchick. Pied blackbird (Zo["o]l.), any Asiatic thrush of the genus Turdulus. Pied finch (Zo["o]l.)
The snow bunting. [Prov. Eng.]
Pied flycatcher (Zo["o]l.), a common European flycatcher ( Ficedula atricapilla). The male is black and white.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., as if it were the past participle of a verb form of Middle English noun pie "magpie" (see pie (n.2)), in reference to the bird's black and white plumage. Earliest use is in reference to the pyed freres, an order of friars who wore black and white. Also in pied piper (1845, in Browning's poem based on the German legend; used allusively by 1939).
Pied may refer to:
- Piebald or Pied, an animal spotting pattern
- Pieing, throwing a pie at a person
- Multicolored, as in the Pied Piper
- Pied de roi, one of many units of measurement in France before the French Revolution
adj. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies" [syn: motley, calico, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, varicolored, varicoloured]
decorate or colored in blotches. v
1 (en-past of: pi) 2 (en-past of: pie)
Usage examples of "pied".
Grey-headed kingfisher, pied hornbill, black-capped oriole, a flock of superb starlings which were just that, blue-collared, red breasted, green in the wings, and, best of all, a bateleur eagle, cruising beneath a perfectly unblemished blue sky, not soaring, just moving steadily forwards without, apparently, moving its wings.
Before her flight, the pied mare had, like her fellows in the Vale, believed goatlings to be witless, speechless brutes.
Folly, Joconde, these garments pied thou hast dignified by thy very manhood, so are they dearer to me than lordly tire or knightly armour.
It smelled so sweet and soft and fresh under that sky, pied of blue, and of white and light-grey swift-moving clouds--not half the wind down here that there was up there, just enough to be carrying off the beech and oak leaves, loosened by frost two days before.
Leurs mains disparaissaient sous leurs manches, leurs pieds sous leurs robes, leurs yeux sous leurs bonnets.
The cellar the autonomists occupied when they killed those two gendarmes belongs to one of my pieds noirs.
Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and the Gorgon, King Midas and his golden touch, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the labors of Hercules, Bellerophon and the Chimaera, Alice through the Looking-Glass, Jack and the beanstalk, Aladdin and the magic lamp, the Fisherman and the Genie, Gulliver among the Lilliputians and the Houyhnhnms, the adventures of Odin and Thor, the battle between Osiris and Set, the wanderings of Odysseus, the voyage of Captain Nemo--there was no end of it, and Timmie devoured it all.
Mais cette pression, qui naguere le secouait de la tete aux pieds, arretait le sang dans ses veines et contractait tous ses nerfs, le laissa insensible et froid.
Tout a coup un fracas de verrerie lui fit brusquement tourner la tete pour voir qui venait de renverser cette verrerie, et il apercut au milieu de la chambre, se tenant sur la pointe des pieds sans oser avancer ou reculer, son ancien professeur Crozat.
Of all Elven army units assigned to the Prekkendorran, only the Home Guard was still intact, and only Pied Sanderling was still with his command.
Most were in shock, but word had spread that Pied Sanderling had led a successful counterattack against the Federation and damaged the airship and weapon that had destroyed their fleet.
Prekkendorran, a brilliant flare of golden light sweeping out of the eastern horizon down the twisting, broken maze of ridges and gullies where Pied Sanderling crouched.
Ti Auberen could be depended on, and Pied Sanderling was depending on him heavily.
Pied Sanderling shouted the Elven war cry, leaping from his hiding place and raising his arm.
Alone of them all, he had seen the faces of the three among the enemy whose deaths mattered most to the tribes: Governor Scapula, the legate of the XXth legion and the decurion of the Thracian auxiliary who rode the pied horse.