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pies

[pahyz] /paɪz/
noun
1.
plural of pi2 .
2.
plural of pie.

pi1

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, plural pis.
1.
the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π).
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
3.
Mathematics.
  1. the letter π, used as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
  2. the ratio itself: 3.141592+.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Greek pî, peî; used in mathematics to represent Greek periphérion periphery

pie1

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust:
apple pie; meat pie.
2.
a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like:
chocolate cream pie.
3.
a total or whole that can be divided:
They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
4.
an activity or affair:
He has his finger in the political pie too.
5.
Idioms
6.
easy as pie, extremely easy or simple.
7.
nice as pie, extremely well-behaved, agreeable, or the like:
The children were nice as pie.
8.
pie in the sky,
  1. the illusory prospect of future benefits:
    Political promises are often pie in the sky.
  2. a state of perfect happiness; utopia:
    to promise pie in the sky.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English, of obscure origin
Related forms
pielike, adjective

pi2

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, plural pies.
1.
printing types mixed together indiscriminately.
2.
any confused mixture; jumble.
verb (used with object), pied, piing.
3.
to reduce (printing types) to a state of confusion.
4.
to jumble.
Also, pie.
Origin
1650-60; origin uncertain

pie2

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English < Old French < Latin pīca, akin to pīcus woodpecker

pie3

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), pied, pieing.
1.
pi2 .

pie4

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
(in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.
Also, pye.
Origin
1470-80; translation of Latin pīca pie2; the allusion is obscure; cf. pica1

pie5

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
a former bronze coin of India, the 12th part of an anna.
Compare naya paisa, paisa, pice.
Origin
1855-60; < Marathi pā'ī literally, a fourth
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Examples from the web for pies
  • Having fingers in many pies is important because if you go after enough grants you will usually win one, and grants beget grants.
  • Excellent when mixed with other apples in pies as well.
  • Perhaps being beat to the punch on whoopie pies left them disillusioned.
  • Big farm breakfasts-especially biscuits and gravy-are mandatory, and tangy fried apple pies are a regional specialty.
  • Pubs serve shepherd's pies with marcelled mashed-potato crusts and each tree casts its shade in the form of its summary leaf.
  • The pizza-delivery guy who shows up with two large pepperoni pies for the staff.
  • Our whoopie pies layer sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting between two moist red velvet cakes.
  • Opt for an added garnish by rolling the pies in your favorite chopped nuts or sprinkles.
  • The individual pies are filled with ground chuck and a tomato-based onion gravy.
  • Whole pies and slices, breakfast treats and even some savory pies will be available.
British Dictionary definitions for pies

pi1

/paɪ/
noun (pl) pis
1.
the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet (Π, π), a consonant, transliterated as p
2.
(maths) a transcendental number, fundamental to mathematics, that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Approximate value: 3.141 592…; symbol: π
Word Origin
C18 (mathematical use): representing the first letter of Greek periphereiaperiphery

pi2

/paɪ/
noun (pl) pies
1.
a jumbled pile of printer's type
2.
a jumbled mixture
verb (transitive) pies, piing, pied, pies, pieing, pied
3.
to spill and mix (set type) indiscriminately
4.
to mix up
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin

pi3

/paɪ/
adjective
1.
(Brit, slang) short for pious (sense 2), pious (sense 3)

PI

abbreviation
1.
Philippine Islands
2.
private investigator

pie1

/paɪ/
noun
1.
a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
2.
have a finger in the pie
  1. to have an interest in or take part in some activity
  2. to meddle or interfere
3.
pie in the sky, illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin

pie2

/paɪ/
noun
1.
an archaic or dialect name for magpie
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker

pie3

/paɪ/
noun, verb
1.
(printing) a variant spelling of pi2

pie4

/paɪ/
noun
1.
a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā a fourth

pie5

/paɪ/
noun
1.
(history) a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica1

pie6

/paɪ/
adjective
1.
(NZ, informal) be pie on, to be keen on
Word Origin
from Māori pai ana
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Word Origin and History for pies

pi

n.

Greek letter, from Hebrew, literally "little mouth." As the name of the mathematical constant, from 1841 in English, used in Latin 1748 by Swiss mathematician Leonhart Euler (1707-1783), as an abbreviation of Greek periphereia "periphery." For the meaning "printer's term for mixed type," see pie (3).

pie

n.

"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.

According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.

"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."

also pi, printers' slang for "a mass of type jumbled together" (also pi, pye), 1650s, perhaps from pie (n.1) on notion of a "medley," or pie (n.2); cf. pica (n.1). As a verb from 1870. Related: Pied.

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pies in Medicine

pi (pī)
n. pl. pis

Symbol π The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.

pI (pē'ī')
n.
The pH value for the isoelectric point of a given substance in solution.

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pies in Science
pi
  (pī)   
An irrational number that has a numerical value of 3.14159265358979... and is represented by the symbol π. It expresses the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle and appears in many mathematical expressions.
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pies in Culture
pi [(peye)]

The irrational number obtained by dividing the length of the diameter of a circle into its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.1416. The sign for pi is π.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pies

PI

noun
  1. A pimp (1931+)
  2. A private detective; op (1960+)

pie

noun

An easy task or job; gravy: That's pie for him (1889+)

Related Terms

apple-pie order, cutesy-poo, cutie-pie, easy as pie, fur pie, hair pie, sweetie-pie


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Related Abbreviations for pies

pi

Pali

Pi

inorganic phosphate

PI

  1. performance indicator
  2. politically incorrect
  3. present illness
  4. primary infertility
  5. principal investigator
  6. private investigator

PIE

Proto-Indo-European
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Idioms and Phrases with pies

pie

In addition to the idiom beginning with
pie
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Encyclopedia Article for pies

pie

dish made by lining a shallow container with pastry and filling the container with a sweet or savoury mixture. A top crust may be added; the pie is baked until the crust is crisp and the filling is cooked through. Pies have been popular in the United States since colonial times, so much so that apple pie has become symbolic of traditional American home cooking. The typical American pie is round, 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) in diameter, 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) thick, and usually contains a sweet filling of fruit, custard, or a pastry cream. Some American specialties are pecan pie, pumpkin custard pie (traditionally served on Thanksgiving Day), lemon pie with a soft meringue topping, and shoofly pie, a Pennsylvania Dutch (see Pennsylvania German) pie with a rich filling containing molasses.

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