Pirate Pi"rate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pirated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pirating}.] [Cf. F. pirater.] To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas. [1913 Webster]

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  • pirate — [ pirat ] n. m. • 1213; lat. pirata, gr. peiratês 1 ♦ Anciennt Aventurier qui courait les mers pour piller les navires de commerce. ⇒ boucanier, corsaire, écumeur, flibustier, forban. « purger les mers des pirates qui les infestaient » (Bossuet) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pirate — pi‧rate [ˈpaɪərət ǁ ˈpaɪrət] noun [countable] LAW 1. a person or organization that dishonestly copies and sells films, tapes etc for which the copyright (= legal ownership) belongs to others: • Manufacturers fear that the city may emerge as a new …   Financial and business terms

  • pirate — pirate, freebooter, buccaneer, privateer, corsair basically mean one who sails in search of plunder. Pirate suggests a person or a ship or its crew that without a commission from an established civilized state cruises about in quest of ships to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pirate — pi·rate 1 / pī rət/ n: a person who commits piracy pirate 2 vb pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing vt: to take or appropriate by piracy; esp: to copy, distribute, or use without authorization esp. in infringement of copyright the pirated software piratin …   Law dictionary

  • Pirate — Pi rate, n. [L. pirata, Gr. ?, fr. ? to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, ? an attempt, trial; akin to E. peril: cf. F. pirate. See {Peril}.] 1. A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pirate — (n.) mid 13c., from O.Fr. pirate, from L. pirata sailor, sea robber, from Gk. peirates brigand, pirate, lit. one who attacks, from peiran to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try, from peira trial, an attempt, attack, from PIE root *per try (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • pirate — ► NOUN 1) a person who attacks and robs ships at sea. 2) (before another noun ) denoting a text, film, recording, etc. that has been reproduced and used for profit without permission: pirate videos. 3) (before another noun ) denoting an… …   English terms dictionary

  • Pirate — Pi rate, v. t. To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author. [1913 Webster] They advertised they would pirate his edition. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pirate — Pirate, m. p. Est un mot pur Grec, mais nous n escrivons et ne prononçons la diphtongue Grecque {{t=g}}éi,{{/t}} que par i. ce qui monstre l erreur de ceux qui l escrivent par y. et signifie celuy qui va flottant sur la mer pour essayer son… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • pirate — [n] buccaneer corsair, filibuster, freebooter, marauder, picaroon, privateer, raider, rover, sea rover; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

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