• WordNet 3.6
    • v pirate take arbitrarily or by force "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"
    • v pirate copy illegally; of published material
    • n pirate a ship that is manned by pirates
    • n pirate someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
    • n pirate someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the baseball rivalries between the two major leagues in the 1890s, the Pittsburgh Nationals took advantage of a technicality and signed a player away from another club. The Nationals' president, J. Palmer O'Neill, was called J. "Pirate" O'Neill, and his club became the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • Pirate A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor.
    • Pirate An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas.
    • Pirate One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission.
    • v. i Pirate To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.
    • v. t Pirate To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author. "They advertised they would pirate his edition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally called the Pirates.
    • n pirate One who without authority and by violence seizes or interferes with the ship or property of another on the sea; specifically, one who is habitually engaged in such robbery, or sails the seas for the robbery and plunder of merchant vessels; a freebooter or corsair; a sea-robber. See piracy.
    • n pirate An armed vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels indiscriminately on the high seas.
    • n pirate A publisher, compiler, or bookseller who appropriates the literary or artistic labors of an author without compensation or permission; specifically, one who infringes on the copyright of another.
    • n pirate Any pirate-perch. Synonyms Thief, Brigand, etc. (see robber), corsair, bucaneer.
    • pirate To play the pirate; rob on the high seas.
    • pirate To appropriate and reproduce the literary or artistic work of another without right or permission; specifically, to infringe on the copyright of another.
    • pirate To commit piracy upon; play the pirate toward.
    • pirate To appropriate and publish without permission or legal right, as books, writings, etc.; use or reproduce illegally.
    • n pirate A stream that, by reason of its more favorable situation or its greater activity, encroaches upon the territory of a neigh-boring stream to such extent as to capture a part of its watercourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pirate pī′rāt one who, without authority, attempts to capture ships at sea: a sea-robber: an armed vessel which, without legal right, plunders other vessels at sea: one who steals or infringes a copyright
    • v.t Pirate to rob at sea: to take without permission, as books or writings
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  • Walt Disney
    “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “The real truth was taken by pirates and is at the bottom of the ocean. You will have to go deep to find it. ”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pirata, Gr. , fr. to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, an attempt, trial; akin to E. peril,: cf. F. pirate,. See Peril


In literature:

The ensign of a pirate.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The pirates had fired Long Tom at them.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
The Pirate laughed pleasantly.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
The callings or professions they follow are generally but three, either to hunt or plant, or else to rove the seas as pirates.
"The Pirates of Panama" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
But can a pirate remain happy when not pirating?
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
We'll be all right with this pirate.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
There were no longer battles with pirates.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The Indians possessed themselves of one, and the pirates of the other.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
The coast population of northern Africa has in past ages been addicted to piratical attacks on the shores of Europe opposite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
When we first lived at Sarawak, the coasts and the seas from Singapore to China were infested with pirates.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall

In poetry:

"They were not common pirates
Nor rovers of Sallee . . .
But gentlemen of high estate
Come out of Germanie!"
"The Lowland Sea" by Cicely Fox Smith
And whene'er a storm portended
He'd betake himself below.
So much fear and courage blended
Did a pirate ever show?
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
Oh all well-meaning folk take heed!
Our Captain's fate was sore;
A more well-meaning Pirate,
Had never dripped with gore.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"And yesterday we sailed to Spain--
We both were pirates bold,
And braved the wild and raging main
To seek for hidden gold."
"The Two Bears" by Carolyn Wells
There no vandal foot has trod,
And the pirate hosts that wander
Shall never profane the sacred sod
Of those beautiful Isles out yonder.
"The "Happy Isles" of Horace" by Eugene Field
WHEN they, from Egypt's coast had sailed a week;
To gain the wind they saw a pirate seek,
Which having done, he t'wards them bore in haste,
To take the ship in which our fair was placed.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

After a ruling from the high court in the UK, British ISPs have begun blocking access to file sharing site The Pirate Bay.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the UK must block access to the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, according to a ruling by the high court on Monday.
Croce also is the owner of the St Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, a separate business.
An Economic Analysis of the Somali Pirate Business Model.
There be pirates in Friday Harbor.
We are a small non profit pirate club.
We like to have fun being a pirate, creating historicaly inacurate hotrods of notical nature, and entertaining people.
Lady Pirates stay unbeaten by beating Andrew.
He was shot and killed in September 2010 by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.
To many it comes as little surprise that Mexican authorities have yet to recover the body of American tourist David Hartley , allegedly shot by Mexican 'pirates' on Falcon Lake.
The Pirate girls' soccer team held its season awards banquet Sunday evening at CHS Commons.
The south Fort Myers resident might speak in a seafarer's slur or discuss the history of cannons as he takes on a pirate persona, working events ranging from children's birthday parties to festivals such as Celebrate Bonita.
The tangled case involves Somali pirates, a German ship, an overcrowded Kenyan prison, and allegations of human rights abuses.
Dr Scott of the Seadog Slam, sings a drinking song while dressed as a pirate Saturday at the Texarkana Renaissance Faire at the Four Stat.
Dunkirk native enjoys internship with Pirates.

In science:

Thirty-five children between the ages of 5 and 7 years participated in the novel event (Visiting the Pirate).
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The classic Edgar Allan Poe story The Gold-Bug involves digging for pirate treasure.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Published in 1843, it is a gripping tale about Captain Kidd’s lost pirate treasure map and digging for booty on the Carolina shore.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
Out on the limb a human skull has been fastened by the pirates.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
It is uncertain whether he was a pirate or not.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug