Perch Perch, n. [F. perche, L. pertica.] 1. A pole; a long staff; a rod; esp., a pole or other support for fowls to roost on or to rest on; a roost; figuratively, any elevated resting place or seat. [1913 Webster]

As chauntecleer among his wives all Sat on his perche, that was in his hall. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Not making his high place the lawless perch Of winged ambitions. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) A measure of length containing five and a half yards; a rod, or pole. (b) In land or square measure: A square rod; the 160th part of an acre. (c) In solid measure: A mass 161/2 feet long, 1 foot in height, and 11/2 feet in breadth, or 243/4 cubic feet (in local use, from 22 to 25 cubic feet); -- used in measuring stonework. [1913 Webster]

3. A pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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