Pew opener
Pew Pew, n. [OE. pewe, OF. puie parapet, balustrade, balcony, fr. L. podium an elevated place, a jutty, balcony, a parapet or balcony in the circus, where the emperor and other distinguished persons sat, Gr. ?, dim. of ?, ?, foot; -- hence the Latin sense of a raised place (orig. as a rest or support for the foot). See {Foot}, and cf. {Podium}, {Poy}.] 1. One of the compartments in a church which are separated by low partitions, and have long seats upon which several persons may sit; -- sometimes called {slip}. Pews were originally made square, but are now usually long and narrow. [1913 Webster]

2. Any structure shaped like a church pew, as a stall, formerly used by money lenders, etc.; a box in theater; a pen; a sheepfold. [Obs.] --Pepys. Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Pew opener}, an usher in a church. [Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


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