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pa

[pah, paw] /pɑ, pɔ/
noun, Informal.
1.
Origin
short for papa
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British Dictionary definitions for pa's

PA's

plural noun
1.
(mountaineering) a type of rock boot
Word Origin
C20: named after Pierre Allain, French climber

pa1

/pɑː/
noun
1.
an informal word for father

pa2

/pɑː/
noun (NZ)
1.
a Māori village or settlement
2.
(history) a Māori defensive position and settlement on a hilltop
3.
go back to the pa, to abandon city life in favour of rural life
Word Origin
Māori

pa3

abbreviation
1.
Panama

Pa

Chemical symbol
1.
protactinium
symbol
2.
pascal

PA

abbreviation
1.
Pennsylvania
2.
personal appearance
3.
personal assistant
4.
(military) Post Adjutant
5.
power of attorney
6.
press agent
7.
Press Association
8.
(banking) private account
9.
public-address system
10.
publicity agent
11.
Publishers Association
12.
purchasing agent
13.
(insurance) particular average
14.
(in New Zealand) probationary assistant
15.
Panama (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for pa's

pa

1804, colloquial shortening of papa (q.v.).

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pa's in Medicine

Pa
The symbol for the element protactinium.

PA or P.A.
abbr.
physician's assistant

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pa's in Science
Pa  
  1. Abbreviation of pascal

  2. The symbol for protactinium.


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Related Abbreviations for pa's

pa

  1. pulmonary artery
  2. Punjabi

Pa

  1. pascal
  2. protactinium

PA

  1. Palestinian Authority
  2. Panama (international vehicle ID)
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. physician's assistant
  5. plate appearances (baseball)
  6. power of attorney
  7. press agent
  8. professional association
  9. prosecuting attorney
  10. public-address system
  11. public affairs
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