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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
perch
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bird perches (=stands on a something above the ground)
▪ Beautiful white birds perched on the tree's branches.
be perched (high) on a cliff (=be situated on a cliff)
▪ An 11th century castle is perched high on the cliff.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
knock
▪ Anything could knock him off his perch.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
knock sb off their pedestal/perch
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ They get a great view of the game from their perch in the press-box.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Anything could knock him off his perch.
▪ At first Dawn would attempt to continue beyond the far perch where I was waiting, instead of landing on my glove.
▪ But there are plenty of things that threaten anew to knock Clinton off his presidential perch.
▪ He watched the lessons from his perch, and when they were over he ran all the way home.
▪ Icebergs that last for a week or longer provide perches for bald eagles, cormorants and gulls.
▪ Kelston for good nets of roach, chub, perch and odd bream from pegs below the weir.
▪ Sings more often from a perch.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
precariously
▪ When he is perched precariously on a sandbag at the time, however, you could just about get away with charging extra.
▪ The double-decker smashed through a fence and ended up perched precariously on a bridge parapet at Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
▪ Looking in the mirror that was perched precariously on the windowsill, he combed back the hair that hung over his eyes.
▪ A pink pillar-box hat was perched precariously on her head, and pinned to its side was a large artificial purple flower.
▪ In front of the Brandenburg Gate and elsewhere, they perched precariously on top of the Wall, clapping and calling for it to go.
■ NOUN
bird
▪ The white birds were everywhere: perched in trees and bushes, on fences, embankments, houses.
▪ A clay tree with seven clay birds perching on it is clearly a ritual presentation of the idea.
▪ High fences around Admiralty installations gave good views as the birds perched briefly on the wires, taking their bearings.
▪ Rows of large silent birds are perched on the mountain ledges - vultures.
▪ The young bird has to perch upright on the rim while it grows its feathers.
chair
▪ They sat in armchairs in a low-beamed room at the front while Archer perched in a rocking chair.
▪ Antoinette sat upright, Thérèse perched cross-legged next to her chair.
▪ She sat or perched on an upright chair smiling like an angel just dropped from the skies.
edge
▪ She perched on the edge of the sofa, gazing into the mock flames from the gas fire.
▪ From the moment he took the rostrum, Gergiev had his musicians tensely perched on the edge of their seats.
▪ He swung his legs around so that he was perched on the edge of the bunk.
▪ Chesarynth perched on the edge of her seat, fearing a poisoned needle in the cushions.
▪ She perched at its edge and let her pen, as was her wont, run automatically over the creamy paper.
▪ Bobbie was perched on the edge of the couch.
▪ He cast around for a chair, shoved some papers aside with a foot and perched on the edge of an armchair.
▪ She sidled cautiously towards the equipment, and perched on the edge of a deep mahogany box.
stool
▪ Madame Gauthier was perched on a stool at the reception desk, making up her accounts.
▪ Fourth Aunt, perched on a high stool in front of Jinju, coughed.
▪ He was still perched on the stool while Evelyn sat on the far side of the kitchen table.
▪ Litchfield perched atop a stool he had pulled close to the bed.
▪ And children enjoy perching on stools.
▪ The lads were each sitting on a black, plastic jerry-can, while I was perched on my fishing stool.
▪ Bob perched on a bar stool, still wearing his overcoat.
▪ Emily perched on a stool, biting her bottom lip.
top
▪ Proudly perched on top is a huge sculpture of a caged dove.
▪ Waterlogged, he perched on top of the cabin and soon gurgled his song.
▪ He was still sufficiently sane to remind me that Orvieto was perched on the top of a craggy escarpment.
▪ Often, you played off cliffs and into greens either surrounded by dunes or perched on the tops of hills.
▪ He was perched on top of a huge cage, looking at the visitors.
tree
▪ Fond of perching on dead tree or post in water.
▪ At all three the female was on the nest, and the male perched nearby in the trees.
▪ Marshes and freshwater margins; often perches in trees.
▪ Cars were perched atop trees that had snapped like wishbones.
▪ The next morning they found him perched in a tree.
▪ But instead of flying off, they perched in the trees all around me.
▪ The white birds were everywhere: perched in trees and bushes, on fences, embankments, houses.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Fond of perching on dead tree or post in water.
▪ He was perched on top of a huge cage, looking at the visitors.
▪ In fact, a good deal of daily life was spent perched on the bamboo matting on top of the cabins.
▪ It also received her welcoming smile, as did a beautiful goldfinch that came down and perched on her toes.
▪ She parked the car and hoisted the plastic carriers from the boot, perching the flat, be-ribboned pâtisserie box on top.
▪ She was carrying a young child who was slung in her arms and perched on her right hip.
▪ The young bird has to perch upright on the rim while it grows its feathers.
▪ Unbeknownst to him, a Blue hunter-killer team was perched less than two miles away -- under cover and undetected.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
perch

Rod \Rod\, n. [The same word as rood. See Rood.]

  1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes). Specifically:

    1. An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.

      He that spareth his rod hateth his son.
      --Prov. xiii. 24.

    2. A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression. ``The rod, and bird of peace.''
      --Shak.

    3. A support for a fishing line; a fish pole.
      --Gay.

    4. (Mach. & Structure) A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar.

    5. An instrument for measuring.

  2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.

    Black rod. See in the Vocabulary.

    Rods and cones (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are cylindrical, others somewhat conical.

perch

Sprat \Sprat\ (spr[a^]t), n. [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A small European herring ( Clupea sprattus) closely allied to the common herring and the pilchard; -- called also garvie. The name is also applied to small herring of different kinds.

  2. A California surf-fish ( Rhacochilus toxotes); -- called also alfione, and perch. Sprat borer (Zo["o]l.), the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See Diver. Sprat loon. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.]

    2. The red-throated diver. See Diver.

      Sprat mew (Zo["o]l.), the kittiwake gull.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
perch

"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.

perch

"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cognates: Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.

perch

"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.

Wiktionary
perch

Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of the three species of spiny-fin freshwater fish in the genus ''Perca''. 2 Any of the about 200 related species of fish in the taxonomic family Percidae. 3 Several similar species in the order Perciformes, such as the grouper. Etymology 2

n. 1 a rod, staff, or branch of a tree etc used as a roost by a bird 2 A pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach. 3 a position that is secure and advantageous, especially one which is prominent or elevated 4 (context dated English) a linear measure of 5½ yards, equal to a rod, a pole or ¼ chain; the related square measure 5 a cubic measure of stonework equal to 16.6 × 1.5 × 1 feet 6 (context textiles English) a frame used to examine cloth vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To rest on (or as if on) a perch; to roost. 2 (context intransitive English) To stay in an elevated position. 3 (context transitive English) To place something on (or as if on) a perch.

WordNet
perch
  1. n. support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)

  2. a linear measure of 16.5 feet [syn: rod, pole]

  3. a square rod of land [syn: rod, pole]

  4. an elevated place serving as a seat

  5. any of numerous fishes of America and Europe

  6. spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes

  7. any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes

  8. v. sit, as on a branch; "The birds perched high in the treee" [syn: roost, rest]

  9. to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him" [syn: alight, light]

  10. cause to perch or sit; "She perched her hat on her head"

Wikipedia
Perch (equilibristic)

The perch is an equilibristic balancing act where one performer balances atop a pole that is being balanced by another performer. Each perch pole has a loop at the top into which the performer may insert either a hand or a foot in order to perform a variety of tricks while hanging down from the loop. During the whole routine, the base at the bottom must balance the pole as the flier shifts their weight from one position to another, climbs up and down and balances at the top.

Perch (disambiguation)

Perch may refer to:

  • Perch (surname), a surname (and list of people with that name)
  • Perch (unit), unit of measure for length, area, and volume
  • Perch, the main shaft connecting the front and rear axles of a coach or other vehicle
  • Perch SSSI a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset, England
  • Perch (equilibristic), an equilibristic balancing act
  • The Perch (Binsey), a historic pub in Binsey, Oxfordshire, England
  • The Perch, a historic house in Austin, Texas, USA, part of Granger House and The Perch
Perch

Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae. The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greekperke, simply meaning perch, and the Latinforma meaning shape. Many species of freshwater gamefish more or less resemble perch, but belong to different genera. In fact, the exclusively saltwater dwelling red drum is often referred to as a red perch, though by definition perch are freshwater fish. Though many fish are referred to as perch as a common name, to be considered a true perch, the fish must be of the family Percidae.

The type species for this genus is the European perch, Perca fluviatilis.

Perch (surname)

Perch pronounced is a surname of great antiquity and considerable confusion as to its definitive origin.

Recorded as Pearch, Pearche, Perch, Perche, Porch and possibly others.

It was probably topographical or occupational, and as such would have described either somebody who possessed a perche of land, or who was a measurer of perches, a surveyor or land agent.

We understand that a perche was probably similar to a hide, different terms were used in different parts of the country, and described an area of land considered large enough to support a family. However it is also possible that the name described a fisherman, one who professionally caught the freshwater fish known as the perch.

Before the 14th century, large areas of England and particularly in East Anglia were permanently under water, and today's fens are what remains. There was in consequence a large inland fishing industry, that gradually died out over five hundred years.

Another possibility is that the name is associated with the early textile industry, a perche being a frame used for drying cloth, whilst it was also a term used in stage coaches, but this was probably too late to influence the origin of the name.

A coat of arms associated with the name has the blazon of a red field charged with a fesses between three crosses, all silver. It is unclear when the surname was first recorded but surviving church registers of the city of London include Hugh Perche who married Elizabeth Chamberlen at St Margaret's, Westminster on April 23rd 1559, and Margery Pearch who married Walter Hill at St Giles Cripplegate, on August 12th 1633.

Usage examples of "perch".

Yoshiko experimented for a few minutes with the hand controller, getting the feel of the thrusters, while Tessa filmed the whole process, showing the people back home the ungainly, angular LM perched atop the spent third stage booster, and Yoshiko peering out the tiny windows as she concentrated on bringing the CSM around until the docking collar at the top of the capsule pointed at the hatch on top of the LM.

The officer gestured, and the two sailors perched in the banyan branches above the pinnace put up their rifles.

Enobarbus turned to give his orders, and at that moment one of the sailors perched in the branches of the banyan to which the pinnace was moored cried out.

Batty and Carob perched on his shoulder, Batty tense and straight, Carob hunched as if in thought.

Jennet patted the sweet-smelling bedtick she was perched upon, her legs tucked under her.

Perched on a jutting eminence, and half shrouded in the bushes which clothed it, the silent fisherman took his place, while his fly was made to kiss the water in capricious evolutions, such as the experienced angler knows how to employ to beguile the wary victim from close cove, or gloomy hollow, or from beneath those decaying trunks of overthrown trees which have given his brood a shelter from immemorial time.

While the female sits close, the male perches on top of the nest, occasionally beguiling the time by inconsequent repairs and petty squabbles with next door neighbours.

There was a sizzling blue flash, the benzine ignited instantly and 180 volts hit me like a charge of buckshot, knocking me off my perch.

His full-tailed frock-coat of old-fashioned cut hung from the knob of his chair, on which was perched his billycock hat.

On his head perched a low-crowned billycock hat as evil as the rest of the rig.

To add to the incongruity of his appearance, on the top of his hair, which was still done in ridges, Zulu fashion, and decorated with long bone snuff-spoons, was perched an extremely small and rakish-looking billycock hat, and in his hand he carried his favourite and most gigantic knobstick.

Then she walked down to the nick, feeling the freshness of a blowy morning which had brought various seagulls this far inland to toss themselves on the high breezes, or perch on roof-ridges looking, with their fierce curved beaks, somehow sinisterly displaced.

It came out a whisper, hushed by an image: his bonsai, perched on pedestals outside the windows letting onto the terrace.

The supposed aboriginal stocks must all have been rock-pigeons, that is, not breeding or willingly perching on trees.

A gray brindled tomcat perched on the back of the seat and regarded him with a superior smirk, whiskers quivering.