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pal

[pal] /pæl/
noun
1.
a very close, intimate friend; comrade; chum.
2.
an accomplice.
verb (used without object), palled, palling.
3.
to associate as comrades or chums:
to pal around with the kid next door.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < English Romany: brother, mate, dissimilated variant of continental Romany phralSanskrit bhrātṛ brother

PAL

[pal] /pæl/
noun
1.
a special air service offered by the U.S. Postal Service for sending parcels from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.5 kg) to overseas servicemen: only the regular parcel post rate to the U.S. port of shipment plus $1 is charged.
Compare SAM (def 2).
Origin
P(arcel) A(ir) L(ift)

PAL

1.
Police Athletic League.
Also, P.A.L.

Pal.

1.

pal.

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  • There were two tapes in total released for the uk market in pal format.
British Dictionary definitions for pal

pal

/pæl/
noun
1.
a close friend; comrade
2.
an accomplice
verb pals, palling, palled
3.
(intransitive; usually foll by with or about) to associate as friends
See also pal up
Word Origin
C17: from English Gypsy: brother, ultimately from Sanskrit bhrātarbrother

PAL

/pæl/
noun acronym
1.
phase alternation line: a colour-television broadcasting system used generally in Europe

Pal.

abbreviation
1.
Palestine
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Word Origin and History for pal
n.

1788, from Romany (English Gypsy) pal "brother, comrade," variant of continental Romany pral, plal, phral, probably from Sanskrit bhrata "brother" (see brother (n.)). Extended colloquial form palsy-walsy attested from 1930.

v.

1879, from pal (n.). Related: Palled; palling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pal

pal

noun

A friend, esp a very close male friend; boon companion; buddy: has many devoted friends, but he is nobody's ''pal'' (1681+)

verb

pal around (1899+)

[fr Romany phral, phal, ''brother, friend,'' ultimately fr Sanskrit bhratr, ''brother'']


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pal in Technology

1. Paradox Application Language.
2. For the AVANCE distributed persistent operating system.
["PAL Reference Manual", M. Ahlsen et al, SYSLAB WP-125, Stockholm 1987].
["AVANCE: An Object Management System", A. Bjornerstedt et al, SIGPLAN Notices 23(11):206-221 (OOPSLA '88) (Nov 1988)].
[What is it?]
3. An object-oriented Prolog-like language.
["Inheritance Hierarchy Mechanism in Prolog", K. Akama, Proc Logic Prog '86, LNCS 264, Springer 1986, pp. 12-21].
4. PDP Assembly Language.
5. Pedagogic Algorithmic Language.
6. Programmable Array Logic.
7. phase alternating line.
(2001-04-02)
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Related Abbreviations for pal

PAL

  1. phase alternation line
  2. Police Athletic League

Pal.

  1. Palestine
  2. Palestinian
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