parry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v parry avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v parry impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) "block an attack"
    • n parry a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    • n parry (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n parry A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.
    • Parry To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade. "The French government has parried the payment of our claims."
    • v. i parry To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
    • Parry To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm. "Vice parries wide
      The undreaded volley with a sword of straw."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parry A defensive movement in fencing.
    • n parry A fencing-bout; hence, a brilliant attack and defense of any kind.
    • parry To turn aside; ward off: as, to parry a thrust or a blow, or an inquisitive question.
    • parry To avoid; evade.
    • parry To act on the defensive, as in warding off a thrust or an argument; fence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Parry par′i to ward or keep off: to turn aside: to avoid
    • n Parry a turning aside of a blow or a thrust: a defensive movement of any kind
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Quotations

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “With care, and skill, and cunning art, She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay, Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!”
  • Hester i Thrale
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    “A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paré, p. p. of parer,. See Pare (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

He parried the question with a frown.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Even as he spoke he parried the other's thrust, and felt that it had been given but half-heartedly.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Expeditions of Parry and Franklin, 263, 272.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
These questions were mostly ignorant and thoughtless, and Lefevre either parried them or answered them with great reserve.
"Master of His Fate" by J. Mclaren Cobban
The Major parried the blow by striking it up, and received a wound in his left arm.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
Cordiality and good humour prevailed, and, although the fun was fast and furious, Parry was the only one who drank too much.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
Parry has not appeared.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6)" by Thomas Moore
It was as though she had physically felt the steel of his blade slide gratingly once more down from her parry.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
And parrying all those impetuous arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a loud shout.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They could scarce see each other, and it was by instinct alone that thrust was met by parry.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

HE. Specious foil!
That parries every stroke before 'tis made.
Yet surfeit's self doth not more surely cloy
Than endless fasting.
"A Dialogue At Fiesole" by Alfred Austin
A day and night the party lose;
The track the tracker parried;
And then a stockman brought the news—
“The runaways were married!”
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
Yes, waft me, Parry, to the Pole,
For — if my fate is to be chosen
'Twixt bores and icebergs — on my soul,
I'd rather, of the two, be frozen!
"Corn and Catholics" by Thomas Moore
Old Parry's hymn, triumphant, rich,
They changed through with even pitch,
Till at the end of their grand noise
I called: "Give us the 'Sospan' boys!"
"Sospan Fach" by Robert Graves
With care, and skill, and cunning art
She parried Time's malicious dart,
And kept the years at bay,
Till passion entered in her heart
And aged her in a day!
"The Destroyer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The children followed his old career -
(This statement can't be parried)
Of a highly respectable Gondolier:
Well, one of the two (who will soon be here) -
But WHICH of the two is not quite clear -
Is the Royal Prince you married!
"The Highly Respectable Gondolier" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The artificial Christmas tree was fished from the gutter following Superstorm Sandy, and the town has made it a rallying point amid the storm's devastation WAYNE PARRY — AP Photo.
Mark Parris is one of those artists they don't make anymore.
The committee includes Rep Chris Van Hollen and former governors Parris Glendening and Harry Hughes, among other political leaders.
What's Trending with Pamela 10-10-12: Rudy Parris, Big Bird Political Ad, Peanuts Movie, Willie Geist .
WAYNE PARRY Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012.
Parker Jackson, left, and Erika Parris, enjoy a nice warm hug.
Mike Parry pops off again.
Parry Aftab, Executive Director of WiredSafety.org (CBS).
Around 40 educators from across the state got the chance to experience life as a Marine recruit at the Parris Island Recruit Depot, in South Carolina.
Naturally, I thought at first they meant Parris, but really it's Raymond, the son of the former Maryland governor.
Parry 's pill comment is 'gutter politics'.
Granddaughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. 154 Blair Parry -Okeden.
The Thrust and Parry of Assesment.
Articles Related to Will Parry .
Pages Related to Will Parry .
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In science:

In this paper, we will find the necessary and sufficient condition for the complexity being affine in the case of non-simple Parry numbers.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
In this section, we will apply hitherto introduced theory on the fixed point uβ of the substitution ϕβ , where β is a non-simple Parry number.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Figure 6: GLϕβ for non-simple Parry β , s is a positive integer.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Putting it all together, we obtain a proof of the following proposition which gives us the complete list of infinite LS branches of uβ for all non-simple Parry numbers.
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
Let β > 1 be a non-simple Parry number and let uβ be the fixed point of the canonical substitution ϕβ .
Factor complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers
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