pant

Definitions

  • Head of an Inhabitant Of PÛanÎt
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pant breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
    • v pant utter while panting, as if out of breath
    • n pant a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open "she gave a gasp and fainted"
    • n pant (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately "he had a sharp crease in his trousers"
    • n pant the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Slipped It Down the Back of Dad's Pants 057 Slipped It Down the Back of Dad's Pants 057
Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233 Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233
Hung by One Pant Leg 265 Hung by One Pant Leg 265
Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349 Dad's Pants Stayed on the Bull's Horns 349
Grabbed a Mouthful of Dad's Ample Pants 386 Grabbed a Mouthful of Dad's Ample Pants 386

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Swiss engineer George de Mestral, who got the idea after noticing burrs were sticking to his pants after his regular walks through the woods, invented Velcro.
    • Pant A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.
    • Pant A violent palpitation of the heart.
    • Pant To beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate, or throb; -- said of the heart.
    • Pant To breathe forth quickly or in a labored manner; to gasp out. "There is a cavern where my spirit
      Was panted forth in anguish."
    • Pant To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp. "Pluto plants for breath from out his cell."
    • Pant To long eagerly; to desire earnestly; -- often used with for or after. "As the hart panteth after the water brooks.""Who pants for glory finds but short repose."
    • Pant To long for; to be eager after. "Then shall our hearts pant thee."
    • Pant To sigh; to flutter; to languish. "The whispering breeze Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
    • pant To breathe hard or quickly; gasp with open mouth and heaving breast, as after exertion; gasp with excited eagerness.
    • pant To throb or heave with violence or rapidity, as the heart or the breast after exertion or emotion.
    • pant To bulge alternately in and out, as the skin of iron ships when the plating is structurally very weak.
    • pant To languish; pine.
    • pant To long with breathless eagerness; desire greatly or with agitation: with for or after.
    • pant Synonyms To puff, blow.
    • pant To yearn, sigh, hunger, thirst.
    • pant To breathe (out) in a labored manner; gasp (out) with a spasmodic effort.
    • pant To long for; desire with eagerness and agitation.
    • n pant A quick, short effort of breathing; a gasp.
    • n pant A throb, as of the heart.
    • n pant A public fountain or well in a town or village.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • v.i Pant pant to breathe hard and quickly: to show excitement by quickness of breathing: to gasp: to throb: to desire ardently: to heave, as the breast: to bulge and shrink successively, of iron hulls, &c
    • v.t Pant to gasp out: to long for
    • ns Pant rapid breathing: palpitation: longing
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Quotations

  • Spencer Tracy
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    “There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.”
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
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    “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.”
  • Karl Kraus
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    “A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.”
  • Josh Billings
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    “As a general thing, when the woman wears the pants in the family, she has a good right to them.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
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    “Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants on.”

Idioms

Ants in your pants - If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
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By the seat of your pants - If you do something by the seat of your pants, you achieve something, but only by a narrow margin or do something without advance preparation.
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Caught with your pants down - If you are caught with your pants down, you are exposed in an embarrassing situation. It can also mean that you were caught unprepared for a situation or an event.
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Fly by the seat of one's pants - If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.
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Keep your pants on - If someone tells you to keep your pants on, they mean that you should be patient and not make them rush.
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Smarty pants - A smarty pants is someone who displays the intelligence in an annoying way.
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Who wears the pants? - (USA) The person who wears the pants in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. panteler, to gasp for breath, OF. panteisier, to be breathless, F. pantois, out of breath; perh. akin to E. phantom, the verb prob. orig. meaning, to have the nightmare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; or nasalised from pat (v.t.).

Usage

In literature:

He was panting, and his nose was bleeding, and one of his knuckles was skinned.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The main deck of Ag's pants was made of a flour sack.
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
The boys panted, and their clothing, wet with perspiration, clung to them.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Hercules held the river-god fast by his neck, panting for breath.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The gentlemen should be dressed in light pants, white vests, and dark coats.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
It shuddered and panted there, leviathan-like, and Durkin saw the sea breeze sway back the canopy drapery.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Anyhow, there's a good five hundred in the poke, and that's better than a kick in the pants.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Our clothes were all torn and we were panting like a lot of dogs.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
She could hear him behind her panting like a tired beast of burden.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Together they hastened to the house, where, pantingly, they told what they had seen and heard.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
Alroy, wild and panting, rushed into the court with extended arms.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
He panted for the loneliness of his own chamber, broken only by his agitated musings.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The next moment he heard footsteps on the stair, the rustle of skirts and a quick panting breath.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
But then, that painful gap between his pants and boots!
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
He came up to her, panting, opened the bag, and gave her the folded paper.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I had a card to play, and, between my pants, smiled grimly as it came into my mind.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
He fell back panting, when his brain, at last, interpreted for him what he saw.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
The Highland lad had ceased his coughing and lay unconscious, panting out the last of his life more and more feebly.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Panting, he drew rein beside Little Sorrel.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Menfolks wore cotton shirts and pants.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Delightful Theme of endless bliss!
How little know the world of thee!
Only the pilgrim hasting on,
And panting for eternity.
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
"Since Enrick's fight, since Morna's death,
No more on me shall rapture rise,
Responsive to the panting breath,
Or yielding kiss, or melting eyes.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
"All that day raged the war they waged,
And again dumb night held reign,
Save that ever upspread from the dark death-bed
A miles-wide pant of pain.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
My fetter'd spirit pants to break
The bitter bonds which bind it here;
And sense, and thought, and feeling ache,
To see how firm those bonds appear.
"Stanzas" by Eliza Acton
There was something the season wanted,
Though the ways and the woods smelt sweet;
The breath at your lips that panted,
The pulse of the grass at your feet.
"An Interlude" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
My heart, my heart within me swells,
Panting, and stirring its hundred wells;--
For youth is a noble seed that springs
Into the flower of heroes and kings!
"The Song Of Sixteen" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Surveillance video shows a man stealing a Pomeranian puppy by stuffing it in his pants.
On top of everything else, Bernie was apparently stuffing his pants.
Ernestine Fu, 20, is taking off her pants.
Alec Baldwin Drops His Pants On David Letterman.
Why Must I Wear Pants.
It wasn't like that in my earlier days, I was a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal.
Added performance dwells in the plumbing under the seat of your pants.
Still, these are scenes from the original film and it still might scare the pants off your kids and well, everyone else too.
Feds extradite , charge 'stretchy pant bandit' suspect in Ceres bank robbery.
Why do pilgrims' pants always fall down .
Kim Kardshian committed a fanny fashion faux pas, hitting the streets of NYC in unflattering houndstooth print pants.
Tyra is not known for rocking pant suits at award shows, but she must have thought it befitting for the GLAAD Awards.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger Haavard Vad Petersson, Torger Nergaard and Christoffer Svae, complete with red-checkered pants, compete for Norway against Germany during curling action at the Olympics Thursday.
Lamar Odom came out playing like his pants were on fire.
Sudan Won't Flog Woman for Wearing Pants.
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In science:

A standard tool in the study of compact Riemann surfaces is the decomposition into “pairs of pants ” (Y pieces).
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
We will show that they are all simple and therefore, it is always possible to complete this set and get a pair of pants decomposition .
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
This means that there is some uniform constant (F · R1 , for F as in Fact 4) such that every flat structure on every point over K has some pants decomposition with all pants curves shorter than that length.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
Such a pants decomposition, P , divides the surface into three-punctured spheres which, in the Poincar´e metric, are doubles of hyperbolic hexagons.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
The second space, the dual curve complex, C∗ (Σ) , will be defined as follows: each vertex v ∈ C∗ (Σ) corresponds to a maximal dimensional simplex σv in C(Σ) , ie a pair-of-pants decomposition of Σ .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Every Morse function on Σ suggests a decomposition of Σ into pairs of pants, forming the vertices of CP (Σ) .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Figure 1: The two types of loops in a pair-of-pants decomposition Σ is a collection of pairs of pants.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Because the space of Morse functions on Σ is connected, Hatcher and Thurston were able to show that the pants complex is connected.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Brock has shown that the pants complex, CP (Σ) , is quasi-isometric to Teichmuller space with the Weil–Peterson metric and that distances in the pants complex are related to the volumes of convex cores of hyperbolic manifolds of the form Σ × R .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
There are analogous definitions for the distance of a Heegaard splitting based on the dual curve complex and the pants complex.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
If H is a handlebody, a maximal collection of disks gives a pair-of-pants decomposition for ∂H .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Lemma 4 Let Σ be a positive-genus surface and let L be a pair-of-pants decomposition for Σ .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
Lemma 6 Let D be a maximal collection of disks for H and let L be a pair-of-pants decomposition for ∂+H such that for each disk D ∈ D , ∂D ∈ L .
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
In general, given two pants decompositions of Σ , there may not be an automorphism of Σ taking one to the other.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
For example, if one of the pants decompositions consists entirely of nonseparating loops (such a decomposition exists) then there will be no homeomorphism taking it to a pants decomposition containing separating loops.
Heegaard splittings and the pants complex
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