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Definition of the verb perambulate

What does perambulate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: perambulated | perambulating | perambulates

  1. make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property)
    • example: Selectmen are required by law to perambulate the bounds every five years
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic word: inspect = look over carefully
  2. walk with no particular goal

Alternative definition of the verb perambulate


  1. [intransitive] To walk about, roam or stroll.
  2. [transitive] To inspect (an area) on foot.

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Google previewThe Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1898)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julian Hawthorne

In the centre of the grassy quadrangle about which the cloisters perambulate is a small, mean brick building, with PILGRIMAGE TO OLD BOSTON.

Google previewHawthorne's Works (1891)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In the centre of the grassy quadrangle about which the cloisters perambulate is a small, mean brick building, with a locked door. Our guide ...

Google previewLaud's Laboratory, the Diocese of Bath and Wells in the Early Seventeenth Century (1982)

by Margaret Stieg Dalton

At times failing to perambulate is a part of a general neglect of duty, as when John Sharpe ( Bathealton, ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1864)

by John Jane Smith Wharton

to the sheriff to perambulate or settle the bounds. Equity grants commissions to perambulate. Actions upon writs of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

Persons the lord deputy should nominate to view and perambulate Irish territories, and thereupon to divide and limit the Sanre. Davies on Ireland.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

See the etymology, it occurs chiefly in words formed in Latin, as In perdct, peragrate, perambulate, etc. Though the primary sense of per- is usually distinctly felt in English, it is scarcely used in the formation of new words. 2. As an inseparable ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To PERAMBULATE. v. a.[perambulo, Lat.] 1. To walk through. 2. To survey by passing through.-Persons the lord deputy should nominate to view and perambulate Irish territories. Davies. 3. To visit the boundaries of the parish.

Google previewThe history of Scotland from the contribution ... to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, enlarged and continued by J. Taylor and adapted to the purposes of tuition, by A. Reid (1845)

by James Taylor

In accordance with these principles, the magistrates in most of the large towns employed officers, termed " Seizors" or " Compurgators," to perambulate the city on the Saturday nights, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Social Movements (2015)

by Immanuel Ness

Others had to perambulate from one tavern to another, buying drinks for the angry mob.

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordb√łger by Christian Friderich Bay

Giennemvande, to soak, water, Giennemvandre, to wander, ramble about, traverse, go up and down a Country, to perambulate. Giennemvandring, Perambulation, Peragration. Giennemvant, accustomed, used, wont, inured. Giennemvarme, to ...

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Scrabble value of P3E1R1A1M3B3U1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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