• WordNet 3.6
    • n payment the act of paying money
    • n payment an act of requiting; returning in kind
    • n payment a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans write approximately 50 billion checks a year making it the second most frequent payment method used after cash
    • Payment Punishment; chastisement.
    • Payment That which is paid; the thing given in discharge of a debt, or an obligation, or in fulfillment of a promise; reward; recompense; requital; return.
    • Payment The act of paying, or giving compensation; the discharge of a debt or an obligation. "No man envieth the payment of a debt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Texan convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a two-year prison sentence. For payment, he gave the court a forged check. He got his prison term back, plus eight more years.
    • n payment The act of paying; the delivery of money as payment, in the course of business.
    • n payment More specifically, in law, the discharge of a pecuniary obligation by money or what is accepted as the equivalent of a specific sum of money; “the satisfaction, by or in the name of the debtor, to the creditor, of what is due, with the object to put an end to the obligation” (Goudsmit). It is in the strictest sense distinguished on the one hand from a discharge by offset or compromise, and on the other from an advance of the money by a third person who divests the creditor's claim by taking to himself the right to enforce it in the place of the former.
    • n payment The thing given in discharge of a debt or fulfilment of a promise; recompense; requital; reward.
    • n payment Hence, figuratively, chastisement; punishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Payment the act of paying: the discharge of a debt by money or its equivalent in value: that which is paid: recompense: reward: punishment
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  • Flip Wilson
    Flip Wilson
    “If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.”
  • Bobby Hull
    Bobby Hull
    “Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Gratitude is the doorman's payment.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems, back taxes, back rent, back auto payments.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Alas! how deeply painful is all payment!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. payment, paiement,. See Pay to requite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. payer—L. pacāre, to appease; cf. pax, peace.


In literature:

The same payment as in 1512.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
The Democrats say that the government can coin money and regulate its value and they will accept it in payment of a debt.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The person who makes the payment need not have any account with the bank.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
It may be worked out in systems of payment by results, as well as in systems of time payment.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
It had reference to sevenths and eighths, and went into the payments of the household bills.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Those who did so received payment in the new coin, and lost one-half thereby.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
These payments are known as running expenses or up-keep.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Many of the latter have also been negotiated, and those that have appeared for payment have been discharged.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
The forgery has been arranged by the payment of the amount.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But two of these Caesar managed to buy by the payment of enormous bribes.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Sleep, my babe, thy food and raiment,
House and home, thy friends provide;
All without thy care, or payment,
All thy wants are well supplied.
"Cradle Hymn" by Isaac Watts
When Simpson came unto the Fair,
He many a pound received there;
Into his purse, with eager care,
He put them all;
At payment, spirits he did share,
Which caused his fall.
"On The Death Of John Simpson, Castlemilk" by Susannah Hawkins
Wiv sweat an' tears, wiv misery an' sighs,
Yeh wring yer soul-case fer one drop of bliss
To give the cold, 'ard world; an' it replies,
"Prompt payment will erblige. Please settle this."
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
Rough gown, stuff gown, my love hath noble raiment,
Silk robes and scarlet robes, pearls of great price:
If a man kiss her gown, death is his payment—
"Nay: but I keep the gates of Paradise."
"The Gate-Keeper" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
"May I see that time when payment I shall make to thee twice o'er
For all that thou deserves". The twain turned back once more.
Don Pero there bore witness to Ferrando's brag and lie.
The Cid and all his vassals were gladdened much thereby.
"The Lay of the Cid - Cantar III" by Anonymous European
"We're taking it mighty easy, but that is nothing strange,
For up to the age of thirty we spend our years like Change;
But creeping up towards the forties, as fast as the old years fill,
And Time steps in for payment, we seem to change a bill."
"At A Meeting Of Friends" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Spain's prime minister refused to renegotiate a fiscal deal governing the Catalonian region's payments to Madrid, arguing that all regional governments will then follow suit.
Diagnosis Requirement No Longer Barrier to Payment.
The former reality star and Public Enemy member may need all the added business to his restaurant he can get, since he's due in court this fall to prove to a judge he's been keeping up his child support payments.
Cook County dipped into the age of transparency with online access to every payment the county makes.
George Idzikowski, one of 17,000 General Electric employees on picket lines last week, wants the increases in health insurance co-payments to stop.
President Ann Lathrop says they have questions about the $15 million PILOT or "Payment in Lieu of Taxes" that City-County County recently handed out.
There is a very large down payment on the future of the I-25 & Cimarron interchange through Colorado Springs.
Automated Bill Payments Are a Cinch (Not So Fast).
Thousands fall victim to utility payment scam.
Advance registration and payment are required.
Move will create a more unified forum for addressing payments issues.
Payments for causing injury are unacceptable.
A and B have defaulted on their loan payments to U.
Higher payments from government workers.
The All Payments Event, covering every leading transaction platform: Card payments, mobile payments, and transit payments.

In science:

This is a payment for an ambiguity of the discretization procedure of the continuous medium.
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems
Here we only talk about the allocation algorithms, and the corresponding payment algorithms, which make the mechanism truthful, will be given later.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines
However there is no corresponding payment strategy to make either of the above allocation algorithms truthful.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines
Here x(t) specifies the allocation of the resources and is produced by an allocation algorithm. p(t) specifies the payment to agents and is produced by an payment algorithm.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines
The agent i’s ob jective is maximizing his/her utility function ui , where ui = v i + pi , and pi is the payment obtained from the mechanism.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines