Out of place
Place Place (pl[=a]s), n. [F., fr. L. platea a street, an area, a courtyard, from Gr. platei^a a street, properly fem. of platy`s, flat, broad; akin to Skr. p[.r]thu, Lith. platus. Cf. {Flawn}, {Piazza}, {Plate}, {Plaza}.] 1. Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct from all other space, or appropriated to some definite object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely, unbounded space. [1913 Webster]

Here is the place appointed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

What place can be for us Within heaven's bound? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The word place has sometimes a more confused sense, and stands for that space which any body takes up; and so the universe is a place. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or short part of a street open only at one end. ``Hangman boys in the market place.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or post; a stronghold; a region or country. [1913 Webster]

Are you native of this place? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement, dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or position; condition; also, official station; occupation; calling. ``The enervating magic of place.'' --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

Men in great place are thrice servants. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

I know my place as I would they should do theirs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure or removal of another being or thing being implied). ``In place of Lord Bassanio.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. A definite position or passage of a document. [1913 Webster]

The place of the scripture which he read was this. --Acts viii. 32. [1913 Webster]

7. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as, he said in the first place. [1913 Webster]

8. Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for. [1913 Webster]

My word hath no place in you. --John viii. 37. [1913 Webster]

9. (Astron.) Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body; -- usually defined by its right ascension and declination, or by its latitude and longitude. [1913 Webster]

10. (Racing) The position of first, second, or third at the finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States, finish first or second, in England, usually, first, second, or third. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Place of arms} (Mil.), a place calculated for the rendezvous of men in arms, etc., as a fort which affords a safe retreat for hospitals, magazines, etc. --Wilhelm.

{High place} (Script.), a mount on which sacrifices were offered. ``Him that offereth in the high place.'' --Jer. xlviii. 35.

{In place}, in proper position; timely.

{Out of place}, inappropriate; ill-timed; as, his remarks were out of place.

{Place kick} (Football), the act of kicking the ball after it has been placed on the ground.

{Place name}, the name of a place or locality. --London Academy.

{To give place}, to make room; to yield; to give way; to give advantage. ``Neither give place to the devil.'' --Eph. iv. 27. ``Let all the rest give place.'' --Shak.

{To have place}, to have a station, room, or seat; as, such desires can have no place in a good heart.

{To take place}. (a) To come to pass; to occur; as, the ceremony will not take place. (b) To take precedence or priority. --Addison. (c) To take effect; to prevail. ``If your doctrine takes place.'' --Berkeley. ``But none of these excuses would take place.'' --Spenser.

{To take the place of}, to be substituted for. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Situation; seat; abode; position; locality; location; site; spot; office; employment; charge; function; trust; ground; room; stead. [1913 Webster]


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  • Out of place — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of place — ► out of place 1) not in the proper position. 2) in a setting where one is or feels incongruous. Main Entry: ↑place …   English terms dictionary

  • out of place — index disordered, disproportionate, immaterial, impertinent (irrelevant), improper, inapplicable, inappropriate …   Law dictionary

  • out\ of\ place — I. adv. phr. Not in the right or usual place or position. Harry fell and knocked one of his teeth out of place. The teacher lined up the class and told them not to get out of place. Compare: out of order Contrast: in place II. adj. phr. In the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out of place — 1) if someone feels out of place or is out of place, they feel uncomfortable in a particular situation or place, or they do not belong there Kieran felt very out of place among Helen s solicitor friends. 2) in the wrong position Mel looked… …   English dictionary

  • out of place — 1) she never had a hair out of place Syn: out of position, out of order, in disarray, disarranged, in a mess, messy, topsy turvy, muddled 2) he said something out of place Syn: inappropriate, unsuitable, unseemly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • out of place(2) — {adj. phr.} In the wrong place or at the wrong time; not suitable; improper. * /Joan was the only girl who wore a formal at the party, and she felt out of place./ * /It was out of place for Russell to laugh at the old lady./ Compare: OUT OF ONE S …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of place(2) — {adj. phr.} In the wrong place or at the wrong time; not suitable; improper. * /Joan was the only girl who wore a formal at the party, and she felt out of place./ * /It was out of place for Russell to laugh at the old lady./ Compare: OUT OF ONE S …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of place(1) — {adv. phr.} Not in the right or usual place or position. * /Harry fell and knocked one of his teeth out of place./ * /The teacher lined up the class and told them not to get out of place./ Compare: OUT OF ORDER. Contrast: IN PLACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of place(1) — {adv. phr.} Not in the right or usual place or position. * /Harry fell and knocked one of his teeth out of place./ * /The teacher lined up the class and told them not to get out of place./ Compare: OUT OF ORDER. Contrast: IN PLACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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