Definition of Parry

1. Noun. (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword.

Generic synonyms: Block, Blocking
Category relationships: Fencing



2. Verb. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball). "The fighter managed to Parry his opponent"; "Block an attack"
Exact synonyms: Block, Deflect
Generic synonyms: Fence
Derivative terms: Block, Blockage, Blocker, Blocking

3. Noun. A return punch (especially by a boxer).
Exact synonyms: Counter, Counterpunch
Generic synonyms: Biff, Clout, Lick, Poke, Punch, Slug

4. Verb. Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues). "He evaded the questions skillfully"
Exact synonyms: Circumvent, Dodge, Duck, Elude, Evade, Fudge, Hedge, Put Off, Sidestep, Skirt
Specialized synonyms: Beg, Quibble
Generic synonyms: Avoid
Derivative terms: Circumvention, Dodge, Dodger, Dodging, Dodging, Evasion, Hedge, Hedger, Hedging

Definition of Parry

1. v. t. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.

2. v. i. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.

3. n. A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.

Definition of Parry

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Welsh) ¹

2. Noun. A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying. ¹

3. Noun. (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade. ¹

4. Verb. To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Parry

1. to ward off a blow [v -RIED, -RYING, -RIES]

Medical Definition of Parry

1. Caleb H., English physician, 1755-1822. See: Parry's disease. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parry

Parnell
Parnika
Parochetus
Parochetus communis
Parona
Parona's space
Parophrys
Parophrys vitulus
Parousia
Parpi
Parrish
Parrot's disease
Parrotia
Parrotiopsis
Parry (current term)
Parry's penstemon
Parry's pinyon
Parry manzanita
Parsee
Parseeism
Parsees
Parsi
Parsiism
Parsis
Parsism
Parsonage-Turner syndrome
Parsons
Parsons table
Parsonsian

Literary usage of Parry

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1. Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography by James Grant Wilson, John Fiske (1898)
"Parry, Caleb, soldier, b. in Pennsylvania about 1735 ; d. on Long Island, NY, 27 Aug., 1776. He was one of the first to take up arms in the cause of ..."

2. Pennsylvania Archives ...by Pennsylvania Dept. of public instruction, Pennsylvania State library, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State Library by Pennsylvania Dept. of public instruction, Pennsylvania State library, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State Library (1899)
"... John xv, 320 Parry, Edward xv, 385 Parrin, Francis xxiv, 37 Parry ... xxii, 405; xxv, 275 387 Parry, Jonathan, xv, 384 Parrish, Frances xv, 786 Parry, ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1895)
"Parry also devoted a great deal of attention to the improvement of agriculture, ... Parry also contributed to the ' Philosophical Transactions ..."

4. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1877)
"Mary, wife of Jacob Hall, Susanna, Margaret, Hannah, Sarah and Martha Parry; to son Rowland, he devised the homestead; also mentions his brother, ..."

5. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1894)
"To parry this return, drop the point of the sword and take the head parry. ... Executed the same as after the right cheek parry. After the thrust parry to ..."

6. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1877)
"Mary, wife of Jacob Hall, Susanna, Margaret, Hannah, Sarah and Martha Parry; to SOD Rowland, he devised the homestead; also mentions his brother, ..."

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