• WordNet 3.6
    • n palate the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palate (Bot) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon.
    • Palate Mental relish; intellectual taste.
    • Palate Relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste. "Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests."
    • Palate (Anat) The roof of the mouth.
    • v. t Palate To perceive by the taste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palate The roof of the mouth and floor of the nose; the parts, collectively considered, which separate the oral from the nasal cavity. Most of the palate has a bony basis, formed of the maxillary bones and palate-bones, or of special plates or processes of these bones, the extent of which represents the bony or hard palate. Behind this, and continuous therewith, in man and many other animals, is the soft palate, a musculomembranous fold or curtain hanging down between the back part of the buccal cavity and the upper part of the pharynx, technically called the velum palati or veil of the palate.The uvula hangs from the middle of the free edge of this velum, and its sides are continuous with the contracted walls of the passage, called the pillars or arches of the palate, and constituting the isthmus of the fauces. In osteology the term palate is of course restricted to the bony parts. In fishes the palate is that part of the roof of the mouth which corresponds to the palatal bones, behind the vomer and in front of the pharyngeals. See palatal n., 1, and cuts under dromæognathous, mouth, nasal, and tonsil.
    • n palate Taste; relish: from the idea that the palate is the organ of taste.
    • n palate The power of relishing mentally; intellectual taste.
    • n palate In botany, the projection of the lower lip of a personate corolla, more or less completely closing the throat, as in Linaria and Antirrhinum.
    • n palate In entomology, the epipharynx, a fleshy lobe beneath the labrum. See cut under Hymenoptera.
    • palate To perceive by the taste; taste.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palate pal′āt the roof of the mouth, consisting of two portions, the hard palate in front and the soft palate behind: taste: relish: mental liking
    • v.t Palate to taste
    • n Palate a letter pronounced chiefly by aid of the palate, as k, g, e, i
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.”
  • Seneca
    “The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.”
  • William Mcilvanney
    William Mcilvanney
    “Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Taken in any context, except seriously, life on earth is palatable and positively enjoyable.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. palatum,: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat,


In literature:

And the more the captain became sunk in drunkenness, the more delicate his palate showed itself.
"The Ebb-Tide A Trio And Quartette" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
Reardon's pulse beat at fever-rate; his tongue was cleaving to his palate.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
The savor reached his palate, and his memory awakened before it as before a pleasant tingling of a spur.
"The Copy-Cat and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
And what which palate could need either?
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
This kind of food is by no means disagreeable to the palate of a European, though at first the mode of eating it may be.
"Typee" by Herman Melville
All his dainties only sate his palate, and grow irksome to his sight.
"The Governess" by Sarah Fielding
In the restaurant of El Refugio are served compounds delightful to the palate of the man from Capricorn or Cancer.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
They are not at all shy, and, when properly cooked, are palatable food.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
Alas, this palate is like a dumping ground; it relishes anything that needs no mental mastication.
"Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman
You will work your way through it, steadily, unquestioningly, gladly, with a communal palate.
"Yet Again" by Max Beerbohm

In poetry:

Look it's the third shadow
On our imagined walk
Unexpected abyss
Between our words
Hoofs clattering
Below the vaults of our palates
"Far Within Us #2" by Vasko Popa
Palate, the hutch of tasty lust,
Desire not to be rinsed with wine:
The can must be so sweet, the crust
So fresh that come in fasts divine!
"The Habit Of Perfection" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Wou'd you your writings to some Palates fit
Purged all you verses from the sin of wit
For authors now are so conceited grown
They praise no works but what are like their own.
"Couplets on Wit" by Alexander Pope
With these are cherries mellow to the stone;
Into such ripeness bath the summer nursed them,
The velvet pressure of the tongue alone
Against the palate were enough to burst them.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
Come, rest your Head if Earth rotative seems
And close your Lids from these o'er wakeful Gleams -
Although your Palate cringe you shall not shrink
Within the Kitchen of the House of Dreams.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
By nerves about our palate placed,
She likewise judges of the taste;
Else (dismal thought!) our warlike men
Might drink thick Port for fine Champaign,
And our ill-judging wives and daughters, Mistake small-beer for citron-waters.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Greek delights tempt the palate in Bayside.
Disney Fantasy is in the Animator 's Palate restaurant.
In hopes of making the deal palatable to regulators.
Today's weather forecast: Palate cleanser.
This is good advice, but it isn't very palatable or always possible.
During gum graft surgery, your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root.
Heather 's love for food and her finely calibrated palate led her to cook in some of the country's best kitchens—among them, Bouley, Jo Jo and Gramercy Tavern in New York, and Aqua and Boulevard in San Francisco.
The procedure, in which thin polyester implants less than an inch long are inserted into a patient's soft palate, stiffens the palate tissue and lessens the vibrations that result in snoring.
Doctors now can insert up to five Pillar implants into the soft palate to treat snoring.
Reports of deer exhibiting lethargy, blue tongues and ulcers and lesions on the tongue and palate have been filed in portions of Oklahoma.
This basic view is not palatable at all and represents the old world-view of things inflammatory .
Isabella does plan to test his fans with a "Challenge Your Palate" contest, in which eaters at various stops will be asked to identify the ingredients in Isabella 's dishes.
Retailers willing to get more daring with their menus stand to attract more adventurous palates and turn a tidy profit.
Lansing Chief District Judge Frank DeLuca expected his court to lose one judgeship , but that didn't make Wednesday's news any more palatable.
A Hawaiian-shirt clad penguin holding a sno-cone waves kids on to approach the truck, where more than 20 flavors to choose from await their eager palates.

In science:

We find this possibility to be the least palatable.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
We tried to keep our exposition at a level palatable for the nonspecialist who wishes to gain an overall but not superficial understanding of the issue.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Hence, classically there are still causal paths connecting the observer to the singularity. A more palatable option is that these metrics only show up in a finite region of spacetime, and are patched to exterior metrics without CTCs, as in .
Causal Structure of d=5 Vacua and Axisymmetric Spacetimes
The Subset Collection Axiom has a more palatable formulation (equivalent to it relative to the other axioms), called Fullness (see ).
A Unified Approach to Algebraic Set Theory
There is some similarity between PFSDT/PCSFT theory and the differential space theory of Wiener and Siegel , which was made more palatable for physicists by Bohm and Bub (WSBB, – ).
Detection model based on representation of quantum particles by classical random fields: Born's rule and beyond