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Pet.E.

1.
Petroleum Engineer.

Rose

[rohz] /roʊz/
noun
1.
Billy, 1899–1966, U.S. theatrical producer.
2.
Peter Edward ("Pete"; "Charlie Hustle") born 1941, U.S. baseball player.
3.
Mount, a mountain in W Nevada, the highest in the Carson Range. 10,778 feet (3285 meters).
4.
a female given name.

Sampras

[sam-pruh s] /ˈsæm prəs/
noun
1.
Peter ("Pete") born 1971, U.S. tennis player.

Seeger

[see-ger] /ˈsi gər/
noun
1.
Alan, 1888–1916, U.S. poet.
2.
Peter ("Pete") born 1919, U.S. folk singer and folklorist.

Conrad

[kon-rad] /ˈkɒn ræd/
noun
1.
Charles, Jr ("Pete") 1930–1999, U.S. astronaut.
2.
Joseph (Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski) 1857–1924, English novelist and short-story writer, born in Poland.
3.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “bold” and “counsel.”.
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Examples from the web for pete
  • At some point pete proceeds in kidnapping minnie and attempts to escape on his horse.
  • Nora promises that pete will be safe in the lighthouse, and offers him a bed.
  • En route to the bedroom, pete sees a picture of a man and asks whom it depicts.
  • They try to convince nora that pete is theirs by virtue of a bill of sale.
  • pete bounced back in a big way during the postseason, batting .
  • In the sport of wakeboarding, there is a trick named pete rose.
British Dictionary definitions for pete

Conrad

/ˈkɒnræd/
noun
1.
Joseph. real name Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski. 1857–1924, British novelist born in Poland, noted for sea stories such as The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897) and Lord Jim (1900) and novels of politics and revolution such as Nostromo (1904) and Under Western Eyes (1911)

rose1

/rəʊz/
noun
1.
  1. any shrub or climbing plant of the rosaceous genus Rosa, typically having prickly stems, compound leaves, and fragrant flowers
  2. (in combination): rosebush, rosetree
2.
the flower of any of these plants
3.
any of various similar plants, such as the rockrose and Christmas rose
4.
  1. a moderate purplish-red colour; purplish pink
  2. (as adjective): rose paint
5.
a rose, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of England
6.
(jewellery)
  1. a cut for a diamond or other gemstone, having a hemispherical faceted crown and a flat base
  2. a gem so cut
7.
a perforated cap fitted to the spout of a watering can or the end of a hose, causing the water to issue in a spray
8.
a design or decoration shaped like a rose; rosette
9.
(electrical engineering) Also called ceiling rose. a circular boss attached to a ceiling through which the flexible lead of an electric-light fitting passes
10.
(history) See red rose, white rose
11.
bed of roses, a situation of comfort or ease
12.
under the rose, in secret; privately; sub rosa
verb
13.
(transitive) to make rose-coloured; cause to blush or redden
Derived Forms
roselike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin rosa, probably from Greek rhodon rose

rose2

/rəʊz/
verb
1.
the past tense of rise

rosé

/ˈrəʊzeɪ/
noun
1.
any pink wine, made either by removing the skins of red grapes after only a little colour has been extracted or by mixing red and white wines
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: pink, from Latin rosarose1

Sampras

/ˈsæmpˌræs/
noun
1.
Pete. born 1971, US tennis player: winner of fourteen Grand Slam single titles (1990–2002), including the US Open (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002) and Wimbledon (1993–95, 1997–2000)

Seeger

/ˈsiːɡə/
noun
1.
Pete. born 1919. US folk singer and songwriter, noted for his protest songs, which include "We shall Overcome" (1960), "Where have all the Flowers gone?" (1961), "If I had a Hammer" (1962), and "Little Boxes" (1962)
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Word Origin and History for pete

Pete

familiar form of masc. proper name Peter. For Pete's sake is attested from 1903 in a list of children's expressions published in Massachusetts, probably a euphemistic use of the disciple's name in place of Christ; as an exclamation or quasi-oath, Peter! was in use 14c., but this likely is not connected to the modern use.

rose

n.

Old English rose, from Latin rosa (source of Italian and Spanish rosa, French rose; also source of Dutch roos, German Rose, Swedish ros, Polish rozha, Russian roza, Lithuanian rozhe, Hungarian rózsa, Irish ros, Welsh rhosyn, etc.), probably via Italian and Greek dialects from Greek rhodon "rose" (Aeolic wrodon), ultimately from Persian *vrda-.

But cf. Tucker: "The rose was a special growth of Macedonia & the Thracian region as well as of Persia, & the Lat. & Gk. names prob. came from a Thraco-Phrygian source." Aramaic warda is from Old Persian; the modern Persian cognate, via the usual sound changes, is gul, source of Turkish gül "rose." Klein proposes a PIE *wrdho- "thorn, bramble."

The form of the English word was influenced by the French. Used as a color name since 1520s. In English civil wars of 15c., the white rose was the badge of the House of York, the red of its rival Lancaster. In the figurative sense, bed of roses is from 1590s. To come up roses is attested from 1969; the image, though not the wording, from 1855. To come out smelling like a rose is from 1968. Rose of Sharon (Song of Sol. ii:1) is attested from 1610s and named for the fertile strip of coastal Palestine. The flower has not been identified; used in U.S. since 1847 of the Syrian hibiscus.

light red wine, 1897, from French vin rosé, literally "pink wine."

Conrad

masc. proper name, from Old High German Kuonrat, literally "bold in counsel," from kuon "bold" + rat "counsel" (see read (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pete

pete

noun

(also pete-box or peet or peat) A safe; crib

[1911+ Underworld; fr peter1]


rose

noun

A comatose and dying patient

Related Terms

come up smelling like a rose, smell like a rose

[Medical; fr the color and the perilous frailty of such a patient]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for pete

PETE

polyethylene terephthalate

CONRAD

Contraceptive Research and Development Program
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pete in the Bible

Many varieties of the rose proper are indigenous to Syria. The famed rose of Damascus is white, but there are also red and yellow roses. In Cant. 2:1 and Isa. 35:1 the Hebrew word _habatstseleth_ (found only in these passages), rendered "rose" (R.V. marg., "autumn crocus"), is supposed by some to mean the oleander, by others the sweet-scented narcissus (a native of Palestine), the tulip, or the daisy; but nothing definite can be affirmed regarding it. The "rose of Sharon" is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound in Palestine. "Mount Carmel especially abounds in the cistus, which in April covers some of the barer parts of the mountain with a glow not inferior to that of the Scottish heather." (See MYRRH ØT0002632 [2].)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with pete
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