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

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 < ? Unabridged


2 [per-pend]
verb (used with object)
to consider.
verb (used without object)
to ponder; deliberate.

1520–30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder, equivalent to per- per- + pendere to weigh Unabridged
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perpend or perpent1 (ˈpɜːpənd)
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
[C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin]

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

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Perpend this then, and do not too hastily deride my plea that you should practise verse-writing.
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