• A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
    A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Perching the examination of cloth stretched on a frame for burs, knots, or holes—also called Burling
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Addie's pet bird perches on her finger Addie's pet bird perches on her finger
A ruined fortress perched on a cliff A ruined fortress perched on a cliff
Castles perch on high cliffs above a river Castles perch on high cliffs above a river
The weasel perches on Mademoiselle's shoulder The weasel perches on Mademoiselle's shoulder


  • Victor Hugo
    “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perche—L. pertica, a rod.


In literature:

He swung down from his perch, shook Hume awake.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Camino Real is a huddle of eight or ten dwellings perched on the summit of a sierra a thousand feet higher than the top of Mount Washington.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
He measured the distance between that and the one on which he perched.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
But the Twelfth Pigeon perched disconsolately on the windowsill and remained a pigeon.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
Perched on the top of the fence he caught sight of her.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The sea was still running high, and it was all I could do, in the drizzling rain and wild wind, to hold on to my perch.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
They can follow the bird to its roost, and the monkey to its perch.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Looking up, we at length caught sight of several large birds, perched on the higher branches above us, with enormous bills.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
He perched above her, producing a pipe.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
About six miles east of Bayville was a rocky island, around which perch were abundant.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams

In poetry:

The daws on the elms
Kept tribal speech,
And he perched there,
Within a hand's reach-
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
THOU pretty Bird, it is not here
That thou art used to sing;
Thou art not wont, on perch like that,
To rest thy little wing.
"To a Bird Singing In The Church" by Caroline Fry
Familiariz'd by slow degrees,
They met in friendly mood;
'Till her bright favourite on her knees,
Would perch for offer'd food.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
Is she thinking of some high perch
Of freedom, and lofty flight?
You smile; oh, little wild bird,
You are hopelessly bound to-night!
"Home" by Marietta Holley
I have already suffered ten years,
ten years of turmoil and hardship;
now I am forced to accept a perch
on this one peaceful branch.*
"Passing The Night At Headquarters" by Du Fu
How oft upon her finger-tips
He perched, afraid of Cupid's arrow,
Or kissed her on the rosebud lips,
Like Roman Lesbia's loving sparrow!
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Catching perch by the bucket full.
Birds playfully perch at Artists' Gallery.
We're standing in an open field, perched on a small hill in Kihei.
He recorded the industry's transition from steam to diesel, perched atop speeding trains to photograph their motion, and took 'some of the most beautiful night photographs of railroads ever made.'.
Alex the parrot perches alongside counting blocks.
An African Pygmy -falcon perches atop a thorny bush near Ndutu Lake in Tanzania.
A Northern Pygmy -Owl perched just above Howie Wemyss during an Oregon hike.
Perched high on Mount Veeder above Napa Valley, the Hess Collection Winery reflects the twin passions of founder Donald Hess: art and wine.
Street bench is a safe perch after splintered planks replaced.
Nancy Taube, right, holds a rubber chicken baton while her teammate Linda LaFontaine straps her kayak to her van after paddling in Perche Creek on Oct 4.
His 10th-floor perch affords him scenic views of his Northwest DC neighborhood.
Perch - 1, Steve Phare.
Kentucky's deep roots in tobacco farming are strong here in the century-old towns and communities perched above the Kentucky River.
A colorful Elegant Trogon perches on a branch in southeast Arizona's Madera Canyon.
Peregrine Falcon Perches In Front Of TV Camera .

In science:

This paper is motivated by the surprising emergence of sine kernel statistics in many real world observations, parking cars, perching birds on lines and so on.
Local Universality of Repulsive Particle Systems and Random Matrices
Also spacings between perching birds and between bus arrival times at stops in certain cities seem to obey (β = 2) random matrix spacing statistics.
Particle Systems with Repulsion Exponent \beta\ and Random Matrices
Human means that if suitably dressed, given lots of money, and perched in a barstool in Las Vegas, the personage will attract potential mates.
Astrophysics in 2006
Possiamo usare questa relazione per calco lare quale temperatura si dovrebbe avere perché la materia sia allo stato di plasma, alla densità data affiché la materia sia allo stato di plasma.
Ionospheric HF radio propagation in problems and computer assignments
Viene per`o criticato da alcuni autori, sia perch´e non tutti i tipi di orologio risultano equivalenti, sia soprattutto perch´e l’introduzione di tali tipi di orologi, oltre a modificare il numero di gradi di libert`a del sistema, introduce comunque dei processi invasivi, i quali condizionerebbero i risultati.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)