parry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v parry avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v parry impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) "block an attack"
    • n parry a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    • n parry (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n parry A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.
    • Parry To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade. "The French government has parried the payment of our claims."
    • v. i parry To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
    • Parry To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm. "Vice parries wide
      The undreaded volley with a sword of straw."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parry A defensive movement in fencing.
    • n parry A fencing-bout; hence, a brilliant attack and defense of any kind.
    • parry To turn aside; ward off: as, to parry a thrust or a blow, or an inquisitive question.
    • parry To avoid; evade.
    • parry To act on the defensive, as in warding off a thrust or an argument; fence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Parry par′i to ward or keep off: to turn aside: to avoid
    • n Parry a turning aside of a blow or a thrust: a defensive movement of any kind
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Quotations

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “With care, and skill, and cunning art, She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay, Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!”
  • Hester i Thrale
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    “A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paré, p. p. of parer,. See Pare (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

He parried the question with a frown.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Even as he spoke he parried the other's thrust, and felt that it had been given but half-heartedly.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Expeditions of Parry and Franklin, 263, 272.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
These questions were mostly ignorant and thoughtless, and Lefevre either parried them or answered them with great reserve.
"Master of His Fate" by J. Mclaren Cobban
The Major parried the blow by striking it up, and received a wound in his left arm.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
Cordiality and good humour prevailed, and, although the fun was fast and furious, Parry was the only one who drank too much.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
Parry has not appeared.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6)" by Thomas Moore
It was as though she had physically felt the steel of his blade slide gratingly once more down from her parry.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
And parrying all those impetuous arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a loud shout.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They could scarce see each other, and it was by instinct alone that thrust was met by parry.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
He gave back, parrying the lunge, tempted to use his pistol upon his adversary.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
A Sonata in D, by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach, is commented on by Dr. Parry in his "Sonata" dictionary article.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
His parry to my last attack was miraculous.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
HIGHNAM COURT, SIR HUBERT PARRY, 7.
"The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
What with his reining back for space to whirl the steel I had the time to parry the descending blow.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
By ERNEST J. PARRY, B.Sc.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
Parris, Samuel, 170, 172, 278; autograph, 280, 286-320; ii.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Come, Minister Parris, we can do no good by abiding longer here.
"Giles Corey, Yeoman" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Miss Sylvia parried tentative questions so skilfully that we knew she had something to defend.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Ralegh persuaded the Queen to parry the blow by striking at Panama, and at the plate fleet which would be gathered in its harbour.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
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In poetry:

HE. Specious foil!
That parries every stroke before 'tis made.
Yet surfeit's self doth not more surely cloy
Than endless fasting.
"A Dialogue At Fiesole" by Alfred Austin
A day and night the party lose;
The track the tracker parried;
And then a stockman brought the news—
“The runaways were married!”
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
Yes, waft me, Parry, to the Pole,
For — if my fate is to be chosen
'Twixt bores and icebergs — on my soul,
I'd rather, of the two, be frozen!
"Corn and Catholics" by Thomas Moore
Old Parry's hymn, triumphant, rich,
They changed through with even pitch,
Till at the end of their grand noise
I called: "Give us the 'Sospan' boys!"
"Sospan Fach" by Robert Graves
With care, and skill, and cunning art
She parried Time's malicious dart,
And kept the years at bay,
Till passion entered in her heart
And aged her in a day!
"The Destroyer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The children followed his old career -
(This statement can't be parried)
Of a highly respectable Gondolier:
Well, one of the two (who will soon be here) -
But WHICH of the two is not quite clear -
Is the Royal Prince you married!
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The artificial Christmas tree was fished from the gutter following Superstorm Sandy, and the town has made it a rallying point amid the storm's devastation WAYNE PARRY — AP Photo.
Mark Parris is one of those artists they don't make anymore.
The committee includes Rep Chris Van Hollen and former governors Parris Glendening and Harry Hughes, among other political leaders.
What's Trending with Pamela 10-10-12: Rudy Parris, Big Bird Political Ad, Peanuts Movie, Willie Geist .
WAYNE PARRY Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012.
Parker Jackson, left, and Erika Parris, enjoy a nice warm hug.
Mike Parry pops off again.
Parry Aftab, Executive Director of WiredSafety.org (CBS).
Around 40 educators from across the state got the chance to experience life as a Marine recruit at the Parris Island Recruit Depot, in South Carolina.
Naturally, I thought at first they meant Parris, but really it's Raymond, the son of the former Maryland governor.
Parry 's pill comment is 'gutter politics'.
Granddaughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. 154 Blair Parry -Okeden.
The Thrust and Parry of Assesment.
Articles Related to Will Parry .
Pages Related to Will Parry .
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In science:

In this paper, we will find the necessary and sufficient condition for the complexity being affine in the case of non-simple Parry numbers.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
In this section, we will apply hitherto introduced theory on the fixed point uβ of the substitution ϕβ , where β is a non-simple Parry number.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Figure 6: GLϕβ for non-simple Parry β , s is a positive integer.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Putting it all together, we obtain a proof of the following proposition which gives us the complete list of infinite LS branches of uβ for all non-simple Parry numbers.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Let β > 1 be a non-simple Parry number and let uβ be the fixed point of the canonical substitution ϕβ .
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
As for the second part of the statement, the letter c is given by (10) and this along with the Parry condition concludes the proof.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Among infinite words uβ associated with Parry numbers we may identify Arnoux-Rauzy words.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Parry number. A direct consequence of the definition of ArnouxRauzy words is that the complexity of Arnoux-Rauzy word is affine and that any left (right) special factor is a prefix of an infinite left (right) special branch.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
The validity of the same statement for infinite words associated with simple Parry numbers is proven in .
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Parry, Infinite measure preserving transformations with “mixing”, Bull.
On infinite-volume mixing
I am thankful to Michelle Parry for her correspondence.
Perimeter Variance of Uniform Random Triangles
Parry, Application of Geometric Probability Techniques to Elementary Particle and Nuclear Physics, Ph.D. thesis, Purdue Univ., 1998.
Perimeter Variance of Uniform Random Triangles
The first appearance of encodings of branched coverings by automata seems to be the “finite subdivision rules” by Cannon, Floyd and Parry ; they wished to know when a branched covering of the sphere may be realized as a conformal map.
Groups defined by automata
Parry, Topics in ergodic theory, Reprint of the 1981 original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2004.
Strong Convergence to the homogenized limit of elliptic equations with random coefficients
Parry, “Topics in Ergodic Theory (Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics),” Cambridge University Press, New York, 1981. P.
A local variational principle for random bundle transformations
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