• WordNet 3.6
    • v petition write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
    • n petition a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
    • n petition reverent petition to a deity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Petition A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically Law, a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; -- in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document.
    • Petition A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer. "A house of prayer and petition for thy people.""This last petition heard of all her prayer."
    • v. i Petition To make a petition or solicitation.
    • v. t Petition To make a prayer or request to; to ask from; to solicit; to entreat; especially, to make a formal written supplication, or application to, as to any branch of the government; as, to petition the court; to petition the governor. "You have . . . petitioned all the gods for my prosperity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n petition An entreaty, supplication, or prayer; a solemn or formal supplication, as one addressed to the Supreme Being, or to a superior in rank or power; also, a particular request or article among several in a prayer.
    • n petition A formal written request or supplication; particularly, a written supplication from an inferior to a superior, or to a legislative or other body, soliciting some favor, right, grant, or mercy.
    • n petition In law, a written application for an order of court, used
    • n petition where a suit is already pending in respect to the subject of which some relief is sought that renders proper a more for mal application than a motion (as a petition for instructions to a receiver), or
    • n petition where the subject is within the jurisdiction of the court with out the bringing of an action (as a petition for the writ, of habeas corpus, or for an adjudication in bankruptcy); also, the paper containing such a supplication, solicitation, or humble request.
    • n petition A begging: only in the rare phrase ‘petition of a principle’ (begging the question), translating Latin petitio principii.
    • n petition A declaration of the rights of the people addressed by Parliament in 1628 to King Charles 1., and his assent to it, which, though not in form a statute or ordinance, has been accepted as having the full force and effect of fundamental law. It recited, in substance, that subjects should not be taxed but by consent of Parliament; that commissions for raising money should not be issued contrary to law; that no free man should be imprisoned, disseized of his land, outlawed, or exiled but by the judgment of his peers or the law of the land; that no subject ought to be imprisoned without cause shown; that citizens should not be compelled to entertain soldiers against the law; and that commissions for the trial of offenders by martial law ought not to issue in time of peace.
    • n petition under active
    • n petition Synonyms Supplication, Suit, etc. (see prayer), solicitation, application, address.
    • petition To present a petition or make a request to; supplicate; entreat; specifically, to address a written or printed petition or supplication to, as to a sovereign, legislative body, or person in authority, for some favor or right.
    • petition To solicit; ask for; desire as a favor.
    • petition To intercede; make a humble request or entreaty; present a petition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Petition pē-tish′un a request generally from an inferior to a superior: a written request presented to a court of law, or to a body of legislators: a prayer: a supplication
    • v.t Petition to present a petition to: to ask as a favour: to supplicate
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  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pétition, L. petitio, fr. petere, petitum, to beg, ask, seek; perh. akin to E. feather, or find,


In literature:

And if God shall answer our united petitions, we shall not labor in vain.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
Endicott petitioned for a new hearing.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The Uitlanders had approached the Volksraad in a petition signed by 14,800 persons.
"Boer Politics" by Yves Guyot
She got up slowly at last, and, kneeling, began a whispered petition.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
Articles in the journals provoked motions, motions petitions, and petitions riots.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The chief dispatched his orderly on the spot with my post-office petition.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
It is a petition to His heavenly Father, composed by the God-man and bequeathed to us, His brethren.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
I begin this lecture with a petition addressed to Queen Elizabeth.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
That petition they have suppressed and sunk.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
These women are trying to bring you their petition, and they are prevented.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman

In poetry:

The minister through ev'ry pray'r attend,
And be with him in each petition join'd:
Repeat each word unto the very end,
In perfect unison of voice and mind.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
In trouble and distress, in need extreme,
I pray'd to him, who did my soul redeem,
And he, amidst th' angelic hosts on high,
Heard my petition and my piteous cry.
"A Thanksgiving, For Relief From One's Enemies" by Rees Prichard
Do thou thyself perform the parson's part,
Do thou thyself invoke the Pow'r divine,
And make thy people, with a glowing heart,
Along with thee in each petition join.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Shou'd God to grant thee thy desire delay,
Shou'd he not answer thy petition soon,
'Tis that thou may'st with greater ardor pray,
Or beg a larger, and a better boon.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
THOU God of mercy! Source of light and day!
Giver of grace, and ev'ry useful boon!
For Jesus' sake, O, hear us, when we pray,
And grant thy people their petitions soon.
"A Prayer For Them, Who Go To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
He marked the feeling that himself inspired,
He knew the heart he moulded,and he knew
That while my lips the warm petition breathed,
I did not wish it if he wished not too.
"The Rejected Prayer" by Caroline Fry

In news:

Some residents petition for change.
Ha Tuesday Chuckle Lee Brice Petitions For CMA Votes With Hilarious Viral Campaign Videos.
Winnebago County District Attorney Christian Gossett filed a petition with the Wisconsin Supreme Court Monday, asking he be allowed to carry his gun in the courthouse.
Petit Oven has been open about 4 and half years.
FDA Rejects HFCS- Corn Sugar Petition.
The FDA on May 30 rejected the Corn Refiners Association's 2010 petition to authorize " corn sugar " as an alternate name for high-fructose corn syrup.
County Council members, clerk of court ahead of challengers who petitioned to be on ballot after disqualification in June.
4 regular-size croissants , cut horizontally, or 8 petite croissants .
Spread 2 tablespoons jam on each of 4 croissant halves (1 tablespoon if using petite croissants ).
If he were, I'd start a petition today to revoke his citizenship and have him deported to Canada.
Filed petition with the FCC to prohibit the ground-based wireless network from being built.
Notorious Hip-Hop Groupie Kat Stacks Petitioning Obama Administration to Stop Her Deportation.
Critics say government plays pretend with petitions.
The petite, ginger-haired Tampa native is one of Miami's most sought-out hairstylists .
Gale Epstein is a creative type, a petite vegetarian who relaxes by riding horses at her upstate New York farm.

In science:

In Cortez and Petite generalize the work in to define G odometer dynamical systems for G any discrete, finitely generated and residually finite group, and show that they are also uniquely ergodic.
The structure and spectrum of Heisenberg odometers
Fig. 7 and Fig. 8 represent the variation of the heat capacity, CV(T), and volume expansion coefficient, α(T) as a function of temperature, respectively. These two quantities show a sharp increase up to ~400K, and at high temperature CV is close to a constant, which is the so-called Dulong-Petit limit .
Phase stability and physical properties of Ta5Si3 compounds from first-principles calculations,
Stochastic methods and their applications. Bercu, B., de Saporta, B., and Gégout-Petit, A.
Asymptotic results for bifurcating random coefficient autoregressive processes
Furthermore, the anharmonicities should also be observable in the heat capacities , where they will lead to deviations from Dulong-Petit’s law.
Thermal expansion in small metal clusters and its impact on the electric polarizability
Acknowledgements: Helpful discussions with Christophe Salomon and G´erard Petit are gratefully acknowledged as well as financial support by the Australian Research Council and CNES. P.W. is supported by CNES research grant 793/02/CNES/XXXX.
Tests of relativity using a microwave resonator