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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ That's our very own pirate radio.
▪ Unfortunately Phil had unwittingly chosen a bad time to clash with the pirate radio vessel.
▪ Then, by a very unlucky chance, we were seen and chased by two pirate ships.
▪ Often George came in at five o'clock in the morning to hammer away at the pirate ship in the carpenter's shop.
▪ He had heard reports of a pirate ship in Black Hill Cove and had come looking for the pirates.
▪ Oo ar, Jim me lad, it's cut-and-thrust duelling on board the pirate ship Corky!
▪ The pirate station, which ran aground last November, is using equipment and records donated by listeners.
▪ Illegal pirate stations, operating on locally-free channels and low-power transmitters already fill part of this gap.
▪ All pirate stations, such as ours, have to close at the end of December.
▪ Time allowed 00:21 Read in studio Detectives have seized around five hundred suspected pirate videos in a joint operation with copyright investigators.
▪ More than 1, 000 pirate videos and 63 video recorders were also seized.
▪ Inside the home were pirate videos, hundreds of blank cassettes and cassette casings, they said.
▪ The agency has maintained an anti-piracy hotline and offers $ 2, 500 for information that leads to a pirate video lab.
▪ About a third of all pirate video raids are discovered through the hotline, she said.
▪ A two-hour boat trip will take you to Lundy Island, once famous for its pirates and now for its puffins.
▪ But there may be pirates hiding among them.
▪ Happy Computing could have its own problem with pirates.
▪ Instead, park officials announced Friday, the pirates will run after women who carry trays of food.
▪ Monarchs pretended to close their eyes to it while they shared the loot and then honored the pirate heroes.
▪ More pirates were starting to climb into the stockade.
▪ Terror-stricken, the pirates ordered the helmsman to put in to land.
▪ Will convinces the pair not to eat them, but instead join forces in the hunt for the pirates and their captives.
▪ But the head of a coalition opposing the bill said laws already on the books outlaw electronic pirating.
▪ Lotus had charged Borland with pirating its commands for use in a competing program.
▪ Muddying the issue of how much pirated software is on the Internet is the tremendous amount of software legally available to download.
▪ The suit claims Apple pirated key elements of Xerox software for its Lisa and Macintosh user interfaces.
▪ They were also widely pirated, Rowe notes, depriving Fly of some earnings.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pirate \Pi"rate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pirated; p. pr. & vb. n. Pirating.] [Cf. F. pirater.] To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.


Pirate \Pi"rate\, v. t. To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author.

They advertised they would pirate his edition.


Pirate \Pi"rate\, n. [L. pirata, Gr. ?, fr. ? to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, ? an attempt, trial; akin to E. peril: cf. F. pirate. See Peril.]

  1. A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor.

  2. An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas.

  3. One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission.

    Pirate perch (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water percoid fish of the United States ( Aphredoderus Sayanus). It is of a dark olive color, speckled with blackish spots.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata "sailor, corsair, sea robber" (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally "one who attacks (ships)," from Greek peirates "brigand, pirate," literally "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE root *per- (3) "to try, risk" (cognates: Latin peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;" see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913.


1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.

  1. Illegally imitated or reproduced, said of a well-known trademarked product or work subject to copyright protection and the counterfeit itself. n. 1 A criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillage port towns. 2 An armed ship or vessel that sails for the purpose of plundering other vessels. 3 One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission v

  2. 1 (context transitive nautical English) To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea. 2 (context transitive intellectual property English) To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of 3 (context transitive intellectual property English) To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of 4 (context intransitive English) To engage in piracy.

  1. v. copy illegally; of published material

  2. take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami" [syn: commandeer, hijack, highjack]

  1. n. someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own [syn: plagiarist, plagiarizer, plagiariser, literary pirate]

  2. someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation [syn: buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover]

  3. a ship manned by pirates [syn: pirate ship]

Pirate (disambiguation)

A pirate is a person who commits warlike acts at sea without the authorization of any nation.

Pirate or piracy may also refer to:

Pirate (steamboat)

The Steamboat Pirate was an early American expeditionary supply vessel that sank on the Missouri River near what is now Bellevue, Nebraska in April 1839 after snagging. The sinking of the steamboat was witnessed by Pierre-Jean De Smet and lamented by Joseph N. Nicollet, who was depending on its supplies for his expedition. The Pirate was also carrying American Fur Company supplies for Potawatomi Indians displaced from the east, including a village led by Billy Caldwell. De Smet later mapped the location of the wreck.

Pirate (dinghy)

A Pirate is a type of German sailing dinghy. It was first constructed in 1935, and has no trapeze. The Pirate was designed in 1934 by the German boat builder Carl Martens. The boat was originally manufactured in solid wood, although since the 1960s glass-reinforced plastic, or a sandwich of the two, is also used. According to the regulations for this class of boat, kevlar and carbon fiber are forbidden. Approximately 6,000 boats have been built.

The Pirate is a youth dinghy. It was formerly the only class used in German youth sailing championships. At present, the Pirate class is only registered in Germany. With more than 380 participants in the official rank list, it is one of the most active race classes in Germany. The Pirate is sailed by two persons, and measures 5.0 metres long by 1.6m across.

The Pirate Class has also been used by the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets as a youth trainer.

The maximum sail surface, comprising two sails, amounts to 10 m² according to the class regulations. Since the 1960s, spinnakers up to 10 m² are also permitted. The use of a Genoa or Gennaker is not permitted. The sails can be manufactured from cotton, linen or synthetic fabrics. Carbon fiber in the sails is forbidden, and may be used only as reinforcement in the windows of the sail.

Pirate (sexual slang)

Pirate has multiple meanings in sexual slang. Several of them emerged in the 20th century and play off the tradition that pirates took whatever they wanted, including sex, which was "seen as a conquest."

Usage examples of "pirate".

Evidence was adduced, on the other hand, to show that the persons destroyed were not inoffensive seafarers, but bloodthirsty barbarians and pirates.

The signal to the trids was pirated, Argent knew, because WSB was a premium pay-channel.

At least some of that many normal arquebus would have had their priming soaked during the crossing, but all of these weapons fired successfully into the mass of pirates hammering at the shield wall.

A third shot dispatched the pirate who had been supervising the work party up forward, and he kicked the arquebus out of the hands of a twitching body at his feet.

While the continent of Europe and Africa yielded, without resistance, to the Barbarians, the British island, alone and unaided, maintained a long, a vigorous, though an unsuccessful, struggle, against the formidable pirates, who, almost at the same instant, assaulted the Northern, the Eastern, and the Southern coasts.

Then remembering what had befallen him, and his head beating as though it would split asunder, he shut his eyes again, contriving with great effort to keep himself from groaning aloud, and wondering as to what sort of pirates these could be, who would first knock a man in the head so terrible a blow as that which he had suffered, and then take such care to fetch him back to life again, and to make him easy and comfortable.

The black man towered above the white, but even his magnificent proportions could not overshadow the sinewy physique of the pirate.

If Pedro the Pirate was dead, he had nowhere else to go in this thing, not without Bluey Holland.

You seek the return of the gold that was seized off Bonanza in August of 1690 and that is believed to be in the hands of the band of thieves and pirates led by the villain Jack Shaftoe.

Now your father thinks me not only a flown bondsman but a pirate, and he has in all likelihood placed a high reward upon my head.

I was in Sirik, fastened to a ring, chained in the bold of theDorna, the ship of the dreaded pirate and slaver, Bosk of Port Kar.

Two Cabalist humans were grappling with a pair of reptilian pirates, dressed for the sea, and a blue-robed illusionist.

With his gems,, they had bought the powerful carack and were now come into port to enlist a crew of lawless rogues from among the Barachan pirates.

Between them, Lord Sergios and Master Titos managed to persuade Demetrios not to order his blacks to spear the old pirate, pointing out that, as the man was obviously free, such might be considered murder hereabouts, and the cashless High Lord called upon to pay a blood price.

Lord Sergios and Master Titos managed to persuade Demetrios not to order his blacks to spear the old pirate, pointing out that, as the man was obviously free, such might be considered murder hereabouts, and the cashless High-Lord called upon to pay a blood price.