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park

[pahrk] /pɑrk/
noun
1.
an area of land, usually in a largely natural state, for the enjoyment of the public, having facilities for rest and recreation, often owned, set apart, and managed by a city, state, or nation.
2.
an enclosed area or a stadium used for sports:
a baseball park.
3.
a considerable extent of land forming the grounds of a country house.
4.
British. a tract of land reserved for wild animals; game preserve.
5.
Western U.S. a broad valley in a mountainous region.
6.
a space where vehicles, especially automobiles, may be assembled or stationed.
9.
any area set aside for public recreation.
10.
Military.
  1. the space occupied by the assembled guns, tanks, or vehicles of a military unit.
  2. the assemblage so formed.
  3. (formerly) the ammunition trains and reserve artillery of an army.
11.
Automotive. a setting in an automatic transmission in which the transmission is in neutral and the brake is engaged.
verb (used with object)
12.
to place or leave (a vehicle) in a certain place for a period of time.
13.
Informal. to put, leave, or settle:
Park your coat on the chair. Park yourself over there for a moment.
14.
to assemble (equipment or supplies) in a military park.
15.
to enclose in or as in a park.
16.
Informal. to invest (funds) in a stock, bond, etc., considered to be a safe investment with little chance of depreciation, as during a recession or an unstable economic period, or until one finds a more profitable investment.
17.
Aerospace. to place (a satellite) in orbit.
verb (used without object)
18.
to park a car, bicycle, etc.
19.
Informal. to engage in kissing and caressing in a parked car.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English (noun) < Old French parc enclosure < Late Latin *parricus < West Germanic *parruk (see paddock1)
Related forms
parker, noun
parklike, adjective
overpark, verb
repark, verb
superpark, noun
unparked, adjective
well-parked, adjective
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Examples for parked
  • Undisputed usage i parked my car between the two telegraph poles.
British Dictionary definitions for parked

park

/pɑːk/
noun
1.
a large area of land preserved in a natural state for recreational use by the public See also national park
2.
a piece of open land in a town with public amenities
3.
(NZ) an area, esp of mountain country, reserved for recreational purposes
4.
a large area of land forming a private estate
5.
(English law) an enclosed tract of land where wild beasts are protected, acquired by a subject by royal grant or prescription Compare forest (sense 5)
6.
an area designed and landscaped to accommodate a group of related enterprises, businesses, research establishments, etc science park
7.
(US & Canadian) See amusement park
8.
(US & Canadian, NZ) See car park
9.
(US & Canadian) a playing field or sports stadium
10.
(Brit, informal) the park, a soccer pitch
11.
a gear selector position on the automatic transmission of a motor vehicle that acts as a parking brake
12.
the area in which the equipment and supplies of a military formation are assembled
13.
a high valley surrounded by mountains in the western US
verb
14.
to stop and leave (a vehicle) temporarily
15.
to manoeuvre (a motor vehicle) into a space for it to be left try to park without hitting the kerb
16.
(stock exchange) to register (securities) in the name of another or of nominees in order to conceal their real ownership
17.
(transitive) (informal) to leave or put somewhere park yourself in front of the fire
18.
(intransitive) (military) to arrange equipment in a park
19.
(transitive) to enclose in or as a park
Derived Forms
parklike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parc, from Medieval Latin parricus enclosure, from Germanic; compare Old High German pfarrih pen, Old English pearrucpaddock1

Park

/pɑːk/
noun
1.
Mungo (ˈmʌŋɡəʊ). 1771–1806, Scottish explorer. He led two expeditions (1795–97; 1805–06) to trace the course of the Niger in Africa. He was drowned during the second expedition
2.
Nick, full name Nicholas Wulstan Park. born 1958, British animator and film director; his films include A Grand Day Out (1992), which introduced the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the feature-length Chicken Run (2000)
3.
Chung Hee. (ˈtʃʊŋ ˈhiː). 1917–79, South Korean politician; president of the Republic of Korea (1963–79); assassinated
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Word Origin and History for parked
park
c.1260, "enclosed preserve for beasts of the chase," from O.Fr. parc, probably ult. from W.Gmc. *parruk "enclosed tract of land" (cf. O.E. pearruc, root of paddock (2), O.H.G. pfarrih "fencing about, enclosure," Ger. pferch "fold for sheep," Du. park). Internal evidence suggests the W.Gmc. word is pre-4c. and originally meant the fencing, not the place enclosed. Found also in M.L. parricus "enclosure, park" (8c.), which is likely the direct source of the O.Fr. word, as well as It. parco, Sp. parque, etc. Some claim the M.L. word as the source of the W.Gmc., but the reverse seems more likely. OED discounts notion of a Celtic origin. Welsh parc, Gael. pairc are from English. As a surname, Parker "keeper of a park" is attested in Eng. from c.1145. Meaning "enclosed lot in or near a town, for public recreation" is first attested 1663, originally in ref. to London; the sense evolution is via royal parks in the original, hunting sense being overrun by the growth of London and being opened to the public. Applied to sporting fields in Amer.Eng. from 1867. New York's Park Avenue as an adj. meaning "luxurious and fashionable" (1956) was preceded in the same sense by London's Park Lane (1880).
park
1812, "to arrange military vehicles in a park," from park (n.) in a limited sense of "enclosure for military vehicles" (attested from 1683). General non-military meaning "to put (a vehicle) in a certain place" is first recorded 1844. Parking lot is from 1924; parking ticket first attested 1947; park-and-ride is from 1966. The transmission gear (n.) is attested from 1963.
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Slang definitions & phrases for parked

park

verb
  1. To put or place; locate: Park yourself anywhere, I'll be right back (1922+)
  2. To manipulate records illegally so as to conceal true ownership of stocks: If you're caught ''parking'' stock, your defense is everybody does it but I didn't know it was going on (1990s+)
Related Terms

ballpark, ballpark figure


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