purse

Definitions

  • Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
    Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v purse contract one's lips into a rounded shape
    • v purse gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker "purse ones's lips"
    • n purse a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women) "she reached into her bag and found a comb"
    • n purse a small bag for carrying money
    • n purse a sum of money offered as a prize "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"
    • n purse a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse "he made the contribution out of his own purse","he and his wife shared a common purse"
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The Magic Purse The Magic Purse

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • Purse A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie. "Who steals my purse steals trash."
    • Purse A specific sum of money
    • Purse A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.
    • Purse Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse .
    • Purse In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.
    • Purse In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters.
    • Purse To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit. "Thou . . . didst contract and purse thy brow."
    • Purse To put into a purse. "I will go and purse the ducats straight."
    • v. i Purse To steal purses; to rob. "I'll purse : . . . I'll bet at bowling alleys."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The penculine titmouse of Africa builds its home in such a sturdy manner that Masai tribesman use their nests for purses and carrying cases.
    • n purse A bag or pouch; specifically, a small bag or case in which money is contained or carried.
    • n purse Figuratively, money; means; resources.
    • n purse A treasury; finances: as, to exhaust a nation's purse, or the public purse.
    • n purse A purseful of money; a sum of money offered as a prize or collected as a present: as, to win the purse in a horse-race; to make up a purse as a present.
    • n purse A specific sum of money. In Turkey large accounts are often set down in purses of 500 Medjidie piasters, equivalent to 4 pounds 10 shillings of English money, or about $22.
    • n purse In zoology and anatomy, some kind of a pouch, bursa, marsupium, or ovicapsule.
    • n purse An officer of the British royal household charged with the payment of the sovereign's private expenses. His official title is keeper of the privy purse.
    • purse To put in a purse.
    • purse To contract into folds or wrinkles; knit; pucker: frequently with up.
    • purse To take purses; rob.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purse purs a small bag for money, orig. made of skin: a sum of money, esp. a sum given as a present or offered as a prize: a treasury: a person's finances
    • v.t Purse to put into a purse: to contract as the mouth of a purse: to draw into folds or wrinkles
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Quotations

  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “An empty purse and a new house make a man wise, but too late.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”
  • Nicholas Breton
    Nicholas Breton
    “I wish my deadly foe, no worse than want of friends, and empty purse.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
  • Lord Burleigh
    Lord Burleigh
    “Win hearts, and you have hands and purses.”

Idioms

A light purse is a heavy curse - Life is difficult when you don't have much money.
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You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - If something isn't very good to start with, you can't do much to improve it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. hide, skin, leather. Cf. Bourse Bursch Bursar Buskin

Usage

In literature:

Here is a purse for your expenses.
"A Jacobite Exile" by G. A. Henty
It only means a few guineas and I made free to promise him a purse.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I left my purse at home.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Who holds the purse will wish to be master, Ellen, depend on it, whether man or woman.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Pursing her lips she whistled to him.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Perhaps, in her heart of hearts, she was doubtful of her power to make a silk purse out of rhinoceros hide.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
There is the purse before me.
"The Alchemist's Secret" by Isabel Cecilia Williams
He put his hand in his purse, and soon got rid of the children.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Then I should be one off the family purse, for all my expenses would be paid by the hospital.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Bunzaemon San has forgotten pipe, or purse, or something.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
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In poetry:

"They call you rascal?
They called me worse.
You'd do grand things, sir,
But lack the purse?
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
If we extend a hand to friend
Who needs a brother's care,
Though it may hold no purse of gold
The act he will revere.
"Good Habits" by Jared Barhite
"Ho, sheriff!" quoth the ardent priest,
"Take Goodman Macy too;
The sin of this day's heresy
His back or purse shall rue."
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"The world was all before him" twice,
But where to chuse he'd now no choice;
Like Cain must wander; and, what's worse,
Without a shilling in his purse.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
You often trust to Chapmen that are worse,
Tho' you have got a debtor to your mind:
Trust then your Saviour freely with your purse
Better security you ne'er can find!
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Oh it was on a morn of Spring,
And I had in my purse a ring
I bought in Eastern voyaging,
With thought of you and only you;
For I to my love dream was true . . .
And here you were, your eyes of blue.
"Post Office Romance" by Robert W Service

In news:

Purse strings are the NTSB's power in mobile-device ban.
Fed Ties Purse Strings of Banks.
Steele may lose purse strings.
Small-Business Owners Tightening their Purse Strings.
Holding the Victims' Purse Strings, Uneasily.
Oil spill a drain on county purses that's slippery to quantify .
The Trigg County Quilter 's Guild is starting a new group Thursday that will meet at 6 p.m. One year, she submitted a purse and a jacket to be judged in the show, but had not submitted any actual quilts .
A woman called 911 Monday morning saying a man with a gun stole her purse and truck.
Win Willy's Razorback Win Purse Forfeited.
Unfortunately, it must have strangled everyone's wallet and purse.
The action continues today, with 144 players and a purse of $1.5 million with a $225,000 winner's check.
Because man- self-love with a purse would just be foul.
Sheepdogs and their handlers battle wily sheep for $25,000 purse.
Purse Considerations Shelve MassCap for One Year.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, hopes to deliver its 100 millionth shoebox to a child this year.
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In science:

The similarity of the computed lattice instabilities to the n=2 Aurivillius compounds17 is intriguing, the implications of which should be pursed further given the fundamental and technological interest in such materials.
Ferroelectricity in the Dion-Jacobson CsBiNb$_2$O$_7$ from first principles
Pursing sublinear time algorithm brings a better understanding about the technology of randomization, and also gives some new insights about the problems that may already have linear time solution.
A Dense Hierarchy of Sublinear Time Approximation Schemes for Bin Packing
The Mondex system models the transfer of money between electronic purses.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
The event StartFrom handles the initiation of a transaction on the side of the source purse.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
In order to initiate a transaction, the source purse must be in the idle state (waiting state) and after the transaction has been initiated the state of the purse must be changed to epr (expecting request).
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
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