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perpend1

[pur-puh nd] /ˈpɜr pənd/
noun
1.
a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
Also, parpen, perpent.
Also called through stone.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; variant of parpen, parpend, Middle English perpein, parpein (late Middle English perpend- in compound) a stone dressed on more than one side < Old French perpein, parpain, perhaps representing Medieval Latin parpanus < ?

perpend2

[per-pend] /pərˈpɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to consider.
verb (used without object)
2.
to ponder; deliberate.
Origin
1520-30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per- per- + pendere to weigh
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British Dictionary definitions for per pend

perpend1

/ˈpɜːpənd/
noun
1.
a large stone that passes through a wall from one side to the other Also called parpend, perpend stone
Word Origin
C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin

perpend2

/pəˈpɛnd/
verb
1.
an archaic word for ponder
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perpendere to examine, from per- (thoroughly) + pendere to weigh
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