per pend

perpend

1 [pur-puhnd]
noun
a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
Also, parpen, perpent.
Also called through stone.


Origin:
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 < ?

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perpend

2 [per-pend]
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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perpend or perpent1 (ˈpɜːpənd)
 
n
parpend, Also called: perpend stone a large stone that passes through a wall from one side to the other
 
[C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin]
 
perpent or perpent1
 
n
 
[C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin]

perpend2 (pəˈpɛnd)
 
vb
an archaic word for ponder
 
[C16: from Latin perpendere to examine, from per- (thoroughly) + pendere to weigh]

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