Definition of Pupil

1. Noun. A learner who is enrolled in an educational institution.

2. Noun. The contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot.
Group relationships: Iris
Generic synonyms: Aperture
Derivative terms: Pupillary

3. Noun. A young person attending school (up through senior high school).

Definition of Pupil

1. n. The aperture in the iris; the sight, apple, or black of the eye. See the Note under Eye, and Iris.

2. n. A youth or scholar of either sex under the care of an instructor or tutor.

Definition of Pupil

1. Noun. (context: legal obsolete) An orphan who is a minor and under the protection of the state. ¹

2. Noun. A student under the supervision of a teacher or professor. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) The hole in the middle of the iris of the eye, through which light passes to be focused on the retina. ¹

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Definition of Pupil

1. a student under the close supervision of a teacher [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pupil

pupet regime
pupillary reflex
pupillary space

Literary usage of Pupil

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"THE extent of the nervous connections which determine the contraction or dilatation of the pupil, and the variety of its reactive and correlated movements, ..."

2. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1861)
"Without home. Teacher.—Give me some other words ending in less. pupil. ... pupil.—That they arc more useful to Lim than any others. Teacher. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1875)
"Practical Indication* to be dratm /mm the State of the pupil during ... During the period of excitement the pupil is dilated. 3d. This period having passed, ..."

4. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1894)
"A SUBSTITUTE FOR AN ARTIFICIAL pupil BY CE FERREE AND GERTRUDE RAND Bryn Mawr College It is a well-known principle of physiological optics that the amount ..."

5. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1880)
"It is stated by Schiff that the impulses are carried upward by the gray matter, and thus produce a dilatation of the pupil. This movement of dilatation ..."

6. Report by New South Wales Dept. of Education (1894)
"pupil-teachers are, under no circumstances, to be allowed to inflict corporal punishment. Careful attention must be paid to the Regulation which provides ..."

7. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(ii) Anteroposterior illumination of the eyeball through the pupil. ... Focal Lateral Illumination of Cornea, Anterior Chamber, Iris, pupil and Lens In a ..."

8. Annual Report by Cincinnati (Ohio), Board of Education, Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati (Ohio). Board of Education (1884)
"In all cases where the conduct and habits of a pupil are found injurious to associates, ... Local Trustees, to suspend such pupil from the. school. ..."

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