pear-shaped

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pear-shaped (of sounds) full and rich "orotund tones","the rotund and reverberating phrase","pear-shaped vowels"
    • adj pear-shaped having a round shape tapered at one end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most common pear world-wide is the Bartlett. It is bell-shaped, sweet and soft with a light green colour
    • a Pear-shaped Of the form of a pear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Earth is not round, but slightly pear-shaped.
    • pear-shaped Shaped like a pear; pointed or peaked above and ovate beneath: specifically, in bot, obovoid or obconical with more tapering base; pyriform.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pear-shaped shaped like a pear—that is, thick and rounded at one end, and tapering to the other
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Idioms

Go pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
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Gone pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pera or peru—L. pirum, a pear (whence also Fr. poire).

Usage

In literature:

Its shape is of a heart; its size about that of a pear.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
I called Lucien's attention to it, who soon dug up four or five tap-roots of a pear-like shape.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Trim them to a pear shape, three and a half inches long and three wide at the broadest part.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
The plants are somewhat pear-shaped, rounded above, and tapering below to the stout base.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
These bodies are in general pear-shaped.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Accompanying them was a burly priest with a head shaped like a pear.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The pear-shaped is smaller, harder, and later.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Two, however, of them had the forehead broader than the cheek-bones, so that the head was pear-shaped.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
But after that they came to another wood, the far-famed "Zelena Hruska," in the shape of a pear.
"St. Peter's Umbrella" by Kálmán Mikszáth
Fruit somewhat pear-shape, narrowed toward the base.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
Just under that cloud that's shaped like a pear.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The pear-shaped form is the most effective, second in order is the Le Bel-Henninger, which, in turn, is better than the Glynsky.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
It is pear shaped, about thirteen miles long and a little less than seven wide.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Round her neck was a huge pear-shaped green stone.
"Confessions of an Opera Singer" by Kathleen Howard
The fruit-stalk, immediately under the fruit, is swollen and fleshy, and assumes a pear-like shape.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Flowers small, yellow; pods pear-shaped, flattened, about 6 mm.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
The bodies of these cells are pear-shaped.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
It is a hollow, pear-shaped a pouch, having a capacity of three pints, in the adult.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
The peninsula is shaped somewhat like a great pear.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Spores minute, usually pear-shaped, with only one polar-capsule, which is visible only after treatment with reagents.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

Its cup-shaped blossoms, brimmed with dew,
Like pearly chalices,
Hold cooling fountains, to refresh
The butterflies and bees;
And humming-birds on vibrant wings
Hover, to drink at ease.
"Bind-Weed" by Susan Coolidge
Blasting the malachites beneath the rudder,
The seething sea spews pearly blobs of foam.
The shore sails nearer as we move from under
The ship's smooth, towering shape and make for home.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin

In news:

It would be called a Regency tea caddy , and they made it in the shape of a pear, and they made other tea caddies in the form of other fruit.
Given that it's shaped like a pear, what do you think it's made of.
The uterus, also known as the womb, is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's abdomen, between the bladder and rectum.
The fruit can be round to pear-shaped, 1½ to 2½ inches and sweet to rather tangy, depending on the variety.
Pear or heart-shaped , big diamonds sell in Geneva.
The cowboy-hatted fathers and pear-shaped women at the party, stood suddenly still.
Suspended precariously from a spindly branch some 30 feet up in a towering oak, dangles a swaying pear shaped nest.
Firm pears that are just slightly underripe are best for poaching because they hold their shape well.
Pear or heart-shaped, big diamonds sell in Geneva .
Pear or heart-shaped, yellow, pink or clear: Big diamonds find wealthy buyers in Geneva .
1 pint red and yellow pear-shaped tomatoes.
Pear -shaped rings frequently go solo because few designs fit easily beneath the large underside of this stone, though Katherine Heigl pairs hers with a sapphire and diamond eternity band.
Help us out again, and get your home theater under control with a little help from Peel's pear-shaped widget.
If You're Pear- Shaped .
Wedding Dresses If You're Pear- Shaped .
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In science:

In simulations, the flexoelectric coefficients of pear-shaped GayBerne ellipsoid/Lennard-Jones sphere molecules have been measured directly using expressions involving the direct correlation function31 .
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
In Paskowitz and Scheeres (2006) the authors included the J3 (the “pear shape” of the central body) Europa’s effect in their system.
Frozen Orbits at high eccentricity and inclination: Application to Mercury orbiter
The continuous lines C pear and C sto denote lines of continuous transitions at which the up/down symmetry of the vesicle shape is broken.
Amphiphilic Membranes
The two other galaxies (DG 137 and DG 339) present pear-shaped isophotes and a detailed morphology that we did not find in any Coma galaxy, but again one is fainter than the absolute magnitude limit of the Coma-center sample, and both are fainter than that of the Coma-whole sample.
The morphological segregation of galaxies in clusters. III. The distant cluster Cl0939+4713 (Abell 851)
Notes to galaxies: 137 roundish galaxy, pear-shaped at intermediate radii, large twist in the envelope.
The morphological segregation of galaxies in clusters. III. The distant cluster Cl0939+4713 (Abell 851)
More sophisticated model takes into account the radiation of the whole bulk of the blast wave, which is usually modeled as a Blandford-McKee52 self-similar profile, as well as the emission contributions from the so-called equal-arrival-time surface, which is typically is egg-shaped or pear-shaped280,281,282,283 .
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
The pear shape was advertized around 1960 as a significant discovery from the space program, but Danson (2006) opines that this was known earlier.
Astrophysics in 2006
This is a very bright cluster with a central region that appears slightly pear-shaped.
Compressed sensing of astronomical images: orthogonal wavelets domains
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