• WordNet 3.6
    • v potter move around aimlessly
    • v potter do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly "The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house"
    • v potter work lightly "The old lady is pottering around in the garden"
    • n potter a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Potter One who hawks crockery or earthenware.
    • Potter One who pots meats or other eatables.
    • Potter One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels. "The potter heard, and stopped his wheel."
    • Potter (Zoöl) The red-bellied terrapin. See Terrapin.
    • Potter To busy one's self with trifles; to labor with little purpose, energy, of effect; to trifle; to pother. "Pottering about the Mile End cottages."
    • v. t Potter To poke; to push; also, to disturb; to confuse; to bother.
    • Potter To walk lazily or idly; to saunter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potter One whose occupation is the making of pots or earthenware vessels of any kind.
    • n potter One who peddles earthenware or crockery.
    • n potter One who pots meats, vegetables, etc.
    • n potter A fresh-water clemmyoid turtle, Deirochelys serrata, of the United States.
    • n potter The slider, or red-bellied terrapin, Pseudemys rugosa. See slider. [Local, U. S.]
    • n potter In a larger sense, any earth used in the ceramic art, including kaolin, a so-called blue clay which is of a grayish color and when fired is white, and a black clay so called, which also results in a white biscuit.
    • potter To be busy in doing little, or what is of little or no practical value; busy one's self over trifles; trifle; work with little energy or purpose.
    • potter To hobble; walk slowly and with difficulty; move slowly; loiter.
    • potter To walk upon or leap from piece to piece of floating ice. Bartlett. [Local, U.S.]
    • potter To poke; push; disturb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Potter pot′ėr one who makes earthenware
    • v.i Potter pot′ėr to be fussily engaged about trifles: to loiter
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  • Hesiod
    “Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. W. pwtio, to poke, or OD. poteren, to search one thoroughly, Sw. påta, peta, to pick, E. pother, put,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prov. pote, to push.


In literature:

But Aunt Alvirah Boggs, who was Uncle Jabez Potter's housekeeper, had loved the child from the very beginning.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
You saw no one at the peel to-day but Renny Potter, Mrs. Potter and Mrs.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Then came the opening of Potter's play at the Chicago Opera House.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
There was an old potter of earthen vessels who dwelt near his palace.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
There is a young priest among them, the potter's son.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Consequently, when Sergeant Potter broached his scheme, they hailed it with acclamation.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Potter's animals interpret the poetry of rural life.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
In this first business, the Phanaeus is simply a potter.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
I hope you will represent this to Mr Potter, and induce him to run down and examine the spot.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
In the Kerameikos, the potters' quarter of Athens, Keramos, the son of Dionysos and Ariadne, was worshiped as such.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

Stell then stod the prowde potter,
Thos than seyde he;
"And y had a bow, be the rode,
On schot scholde yow se."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Whan Roben ynto the hall cam,
The screffe sone he met;
The potter cowed of corteysey,
And sone the screffe he gret.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Ther thes money they leyde,
They toke bot a yeman to kepe;
Roben befor the potter he breyde,
And bad hem stond stell.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
So the soul of Judas Iscariot
Came by the Potter's Field,
And there the ill his deed had wrought
Was unto him revealed.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
We all shall, like the cabin of a herd,
Be mov'd, or, like a gorgeous robe, decay,
Or all be shatter'd, like a potter's sherd,
Or vanish, like a morning's mist, away.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
He was false, they tell me, and what if he were?
I can only shudder and pray,
Pouring out my soul in a passionate prayer
For the soul that he cast away;
Was there nothing that once was created fair
In the potter's perishing clay?
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

The new 'Harry Potter' casts a princely spell.
Beginning his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter's world is coming apart.
Latest 'Potter' Is Long on Buildup, Short on Magic.
In movies today, you're either Harry Potter or you're broke.
"Harry Potter" still packs a punch in its sixth installment,… (Warner Bros ).
The author (R) and Harry Potter.
Everyone tells me I look like Harry Potter.
Grace Potter On Playing To Country Crowds: 'I Love The Horrified Looks'.
'Harry Potter' and the Key to Immortality .
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was a blockbuster book, spawning blockbuster sequels and a blockbuster movie.
When I first saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I was 18.
Postmaster Gen John E Potter recently announced that the postal service saw a $2.8 billion deficit in 2008.
UM student brings Harry Potter to Oxford.
A recent fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease Foundation combined the magic of Harry Potter and community spirit of giving during the first Quidditch tournament.
Needless to say in recent weeks, much coverage has been given to the Harry Potter franchise and the massive success that it has become.

In science:

Barral J., Kupiainen A., Nikula M., Saksman E., Webb C. 2012 Critical Mandelbrot Cascades. e-preprint arXiv:1206.5444 • Biroli G., Bouchaud J.P., Potters M. 2007 Extreme value problems in random matrix theory and other disordered systems. J.
Freezing Transitions and Extreme Values: Random Matrix Theory, $\zeta(1/2+it)$, and Disordered Landscapes
Many high-precision E¨otv¨os-type experiments have been performed, from the pendulum experiments of Newton, Bessel and Potter, to the classic torsion-balance measurements of E¨otv¨os , Dicke [113], Braginsky and their collaborators.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Potter et al., 1993] Potter, G. L., Corsetti, L., Slingo, J. M., and Morcrette, J. J. (1993). A modeling perspective on cloud radiative forcing.
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
Potters, Theory of Financial Risks (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2000); R.
Designing agent-based market models
The BFKL prediction for the π0 cross section was obtained by the convolution of the parton distribution of KMO [205] with the KKP (Kniehl, Kramer, P¨otter) fragmentation function [207].
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and status 2002