• A Apple Pie. B bit it. C cut it
    A Apple Pie. B bit it. C cut it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n PIE a prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages
    • n pie dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess retrieves her pie Dutchess retrieves her pie
Dutchess likes her pie with ham and veal Dutchess likes her pie with ham and veal
Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven Dutchess is distracted as the mouse pie is taken from the oven
Dutches wolfs down the pie Dutches wolfs down the pie
Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Instead of a Birthday Cake, many Russian children are given a Birthday Pie
    • Pie (Zoöl) A magpie.
    • Pie An article of food consisting of paste baked with something in it or under it; as, chicken pie; venison pie; mince pie; apple pie; pumpkin pie.
    • Pie (Zoöl) Any other species of the genus Pica, and of several allied genera.
    • Pie See Camp n., 5.
    • v. t Pie See Pi.
    • Pie (R. C. Ch) The service book.
    • Pie (Pritn) Type confusedly mixed. See Pi.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the nameof the Don McLean song.)
    • n pie A dish consisting of a thin layer of pastry filled with a preparation of meat, fish, fowl, fruit, or vegetables, seasoned, generally covered with a thicker layer of pastry, and baked: as, beefsteak pie; oyster pie; chicken pie; pumpkin pie; custard pie.
    • n pie Pies are sometimes made without the under thin layer of pastry. See pudding, tart, and turnover.
    • n pie A mound or pit for keeping potatoes.
    • n pie A compost-heap.
    • n pie A magpie.
    • n pie Hence Some similar or related bird; any pied bird: with a qualifying term: as, the smoky pie, Psilorhinus morio; the wandering pie of India, Temnurus (or Dendrocitta) vagabundus; the river-pie, or dipper, Cinclus aquaticus; the long-tailed pie, or titmouse, Acredula rosea; the murdering pie, or great gray shrike, Lanius excubitor; the sea-pie, or oyster-catcher; the Seoulton pewit or pie (see under pewit); etc.
    • n pie Figuratively, a prating gossip or tattler.
    • n pie Same as ordinal, 2 .
    • n pie An index; a register; a list: as, a pie of sheriffs in the reign of Henry VIII
    • pie See pi.
    • n pie The smallest Anglo-Indian copper coin, equal to one third of a pice, or one twelfth of an anna —about one fourth of a United States cent.
    • n pie Formerly, a coin equal to one fourth of an anna.
    • n pie A Spanish and Spanish-American unit of length, the foot, equal to from 10.97 to 11.13 inches in Spain, and to 11.37 inches in Argentina.
    • n pie In Italy, a measure of length, the foot, equal, at Lucca, to 11.94 inches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Instead of a birthday cake, many children in Russia are given a birthday pie
    • n Pie a mass of types confusedly mixed
    • n Pie a magpie:
    • n Pie a book which ordered the manner of performing divine service: a service-book: an ordinal
    • n Pie the smallest Indian copper coin, equal to ⅓ of a pice, or 1⁄12 of an anna.
    • n Pie a quantity of meat or fruit baked within a crust of prepared flour
    • n Pie (print.) type mixed or unsorted (cf. Pi).
    • ***


  • Orson Welles
    “They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.”
  • Boris Yeltsin
    Boris Yeltsin
    “Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “Yogi ordered a pizza. The waitress asked How many pieces do you want your pie cut? Yogi responded, Four. I don't think I could eat eight.”
  • Les Brown
    “Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have every day practical applications and they should be practical.”
  • Lynn Redgrave
    Lynn Redgrave
    “God always has another custard pie up his sleeve.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.”


Apple pie order - Everything is in perfect order and tidy if it is in apple pie order.
Easy as pie - If something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed.
Eat humble pie - If someone apologises and shows a lot of contrition for something they have done, they eat humble pie.
Finger in the pie - If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
In apple-pie order - If something is in apple-pie order, it is very neat and organised.
Nice as pie - If a person is nice as pie, they are surprisingly very kind and friendly. "After our argument, she was nice as pie!"
Pie in the sky - If an idea or scheme is pie in the sky, it is utterly impractical.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pie, L. pica,; cf. picus, woodpecker, pingere, to paint; the bird being perhaps named from its colors. Cf. Pi Paint Speight
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. pica.


In literature:

If kept from freezing, or from dampness and extreme cold, the Pie-melon may be preserved until March.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
But it's as easy as pie to get there.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Bake the pie for an hour and a quarter.
"A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes" by Charles Elmé Francatelli
She had a pie which she bore before her with a look of great responsibility.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
I used always to make twenty-one pies a week.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Appetite may have vanished, but the pie was a good pie.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
I, too, will bake a pie and take it to the palace; may be the King will make me some present.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Don't eat a pie, don't!
"More Russian Picture Tales" by Valery Carrick
This family, which is well represented in the Himalayas, includes the true crows, with their allies, the choughs, pies, jays, and tits.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Do you s'pose she could use buttermilk in her coffee or make custard pie out of it?
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown

In poetry:

The faces which in common folk
Resembles pumpkin pies
In scouts assumes a texture dark
Yes, lives and breathes and sighs.
"The Turds of the Scouts" by General George S Patton Jnr
The pied snake to the rifted rock,
The buck to the stony plain,
And the Romany lass to the Romany lad,
And both to the road again.
"The Gipsy Trail" by Rudyard Kipling
For whenever a pie's nest you see,
Her charming warm canopy view,
All birds' nests but hers seem to be
A magpie's nest just cut in two.
"The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility" by Charles Lamb
You'd ought to hear that gal sing
On Sabbath, up to meetin',
You'd kind of feel high lifted up,
Your soul for Heaven fleetin'.
And then--came supper, down she'd tie
You to this earth with pumpkin pie!
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
I had learned that pleasant mystery should simply be endured,
And forebore to ask of Johnny where the rabbits were procured!
I had learned from Number One to stand aloof from how and why,
And I threw myself upon the simple fact of rabbit pie.
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens
Do you long to dwell where you never need wait,
Where no one is punished or made to cry,
Where a supper of cakes is not followed by aches
And little folks thrive on a diet of pie?
Then, oh! hey! you must go away
To the wonderful land of Nowhere.
"The Land Of Nowhere" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

They just disappear, only to reappear with a hat full of berries and a request for the pie maker of the house to make a blackberry pie.
Heat oven to 350° F. Prepare pie crust as directed package for one-crust filled pie using 9 pie pan.
Robin is an excellent baker who knows I love buttermilk pie, so when she told me about her recipe for Coconut But­termilk Pie, I knew I had to bake one up for my mom.
Mrs Butts Raspberry Pie, With Her Easy Pie Crust.
It packs 503 calories a slice, compared to 316 calories for pumpkin pie and 411 calories for apple pie.
It packs a whopping 503 calories a slice (compared to 316 calories for pumpkin pie and 411 calories for apple pie).
The secret behind the taste of these Pumpkin Pie Concretes is that every pumpkin pie is baked fresh from the oven in Andy's kitchen.
Some desperation pies, like green tomato pie, still enjoy niche popularity today.
Pie for St Patrick's Day: Green grasshopper pie.
Mrs Butts Raspberry Pie, With Her Easy Pie Crust.
Oz tackles whoopie pies, shoofly pie.
Yield Makes 10 pocket pies or 1 double-crusted 10-inch pie.
Cut your pie-making time in half by using some made-ahead pie crust.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie Add this rich and silky pie to your holiday menu.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll pie crust and place in a 9-inch pie plate.

In science:

Telescoping Surfaces defined using different homoto pies.
Telescoping Recursive Representations and Estimation of Gauss-Markov Random Fields
Telescoping Surfaces defined using different homoto pies.
Telescoping Recursive Representations and Estimation of Gauss-Markov Random Fields
We transformed Adelman’s spectrophotometric observations to the absolute units following Lipski & Ste¸ pie ´n (2008).
The Lorentz force in atmospheres of CP stars: 56 Arietis
Lipski & Ste¸ pie ´n (2008) also noted the discrepancy betwee n observations in visual and UV, but did not do any attempts to correct it.
The Lorentz force in atmospheres of CP stars: 56 Arietis
DM , al parámetro de Hubble normalizado (h ≡ H0 /100), la profundidad óptica (τ ) (pie de la página 33) y a la caracterización del espectro de potencia de las fluctuaciones iniciales (A, n, r) (ibid.).
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry