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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun perch:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb perch:

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Definition of the noun perch

What does perch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: perch / perches

  1. support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • more specific word: roost = a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
    • part of: roost = a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
  2. a linear measure of 16.5 feet
  3. a square rod of land
  4. an elevated place serving as a seat
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: place / seat = a space reserved for sitting
  5. any of numerous fishes of America and Europe
  6. spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
  7. any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes

Alternative definition of the noun perch


  1. Any of the three species of spiny-finned freshwater fish in the genus Perca.
  2. Any of the about 200 related species of fish in the taxonomic family Percidae.
  3. Several similar species in the order Perciformes, such as the grouper.
  4. a rod, staff, or branch of a tree etc used as a roost by a bird
  5. a position that is secure and advantageous, especially one which is prominent or elevated
  6. [dated] a linear measure of 5.5 yards, equal to a rod, a pole, ¼ chain or 5½ yards; the related square measure
  7. a cubic measure of stonework equal to 16.6 x 1.5 x 1 feet
  8. [textiles] a frame used to examine cloth

Definition of the verb perch

What does perch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: perched | perching | perches

  1. sit, as on a branch
  2. to come to rest, settle
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of perch: alight / light
    • more generic terms: land / set down = reach or come to rest
  3. cause to perch or sit
    • examples: She perched her hat on her head | They perch their rifles on the cabinet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]Cheryl stood the books thereVerbs of Putting: dangle, hang, lean, rest, sit, stand, suspend
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Cheryl stood the books on the shelf
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Destination, locative adverb]The books lean there
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The books lean against the shelf
      there [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Theme, indefinite]There stood on the corner a statueVerbs of Existence: balance, bend, bow, crouch, dangle, droop, flop, fly, hang, hover, huddle, hunch, jut, kneel, lean, lie, loll, loom, lounge, nestle, open, plop, project, protrude, recline, repose, rest, rise, roost, sag, sit, slope, slouch, slump, sprawl, squat, stand, stoop, straddle, swing, tilt, tower
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]They stood the statue on the pedestal
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]John slouched
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]The statue stood on the corner
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]On the pedestal stood a statue
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location


  1. PERCH is an Aviation waypoint.
  2. PERCH is an Aviation waypoint.
  3. Perch is a Venue in Los Angeles.
    • also known as Perch LA

There are other places with in their name, like Perch River, Angel's Perch, Fort Perch Rock and Perch Lake Township.


Perch is a fictional character from the 2006 film Bastards.


  1. Perch: A perch is a unit of measurement used for area in the English system of measurement, and an ancient unit of height and volume in a number of systems of measurement. Its name derives from the Ancient Roman unit, the pertica.
  2. The perch is an equilibristic balancing act where one performer balances atop a pole that is being balanced by another performer. Each perch pole has a loop at the top into which the performer may insert either a hand or a foot in order to perform a variety of tricks while hanging down from the loop. During the whole routine, the base at the bottom must balance the pole as the flier shifts their weight from one position to another, climbs up and down and balances at the top.

Phrases with Perch

  1. sea perch
  2. Blue Perch
  3. Gold Perch
  4. Kelp Perch
  5. Nile Perch
  6. pike perch
  7. pike-perch
  8. Pile Perch
  9. Reef Perch
  10. Sand Perch
  11. tule perch
  12. Aucha Perch
  13. Black Perch
  14. Dwarf Perch
  15. giant perch
  16. Moses Perch
  17. ocean perch
  18. River Perch
  19. Trout-Perch
  20. white perch

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Perch

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Google previewVirginia Fishing Guide (2011)

by Bob Gooch

The yellow perch is a native of the eastern tidal streams and the New River drainage system,but itis abundant inmany eastern...

Google previewA Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry (2003)

by Neil Roberts

For all that, The Burning Perch is a dark book, full of the kinds of foreboding and anxiety that seem to belie the biographical new start from which it emerges; MacNeice himself recognized as much in the volume's dedicatory lines, where the ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Natural History (1863)

by John George Wood

The Perch is a very hardy fish, living for a long time when removed from the water , in consequence of the structure of the gill-cover, which prevents the delicate membranes of the branchiae from becoming dry. It will, in consequence, endure ...

Google previewNutrient Requirements and Feeding of Finfish for Aquaculture (2002)

by Carl D. Webster, Chhorn Lim

Silver perch is an attractive, small-scaled, laterally compressed fish with premium -quality white flesh, a mild, delicate flavour, a fine texture, few bones and about 40% meat recovery. A recent study of over 200 Australian seafood products found ...

Google previewBird News (1909)

The taper perch is an improvement and should have at least a section of its length, not less than half an inch wide and three-eights of an inch deep; personally we like pieces of branches, with the bark still attached; these are cheap, and when ...

Google previewFishing Saskatchewan (2004)

An Angler's Guide to Provincial Waters by Michael Snook

The perch is a close cousin of the walleye, and one of the most popular game fish in Saskatchewan. Although it is occasionally found in...

Google previewThe Baringo Kid (2002)

Confrontations with Africa by Thomas Pawlick

The Nile perch is a voracious predator of smaller fish, and in a few short years managed to nearly wipe out several loca\Haplochromis species (popularly known as/w/w) that had been preferred by the people living round the lake, much as the ...

Google previewEcology of Fresh Waters (2013)

A View for the Twenty-First Century by Brian R. Moss

The adult Nile perch is a voracious feeder even on other piscivorous, ...

Google previewDarwin's Bastards (2010)

Astounding Tales from Tomorrow by Zsuzsi Gartner

Utmost Perch is a steep, rocky column about fifteen minutes from Jamie's ...

Google previewWood's Popular Natural History (2010)

by J. G. Wood

The Perch is a truly voracious fish, feeding upon all kinds of aquatic worms, insects, and fishes, preferring the latter diet as it becomes older and larger. The smaller fish, such as minnows, young roach, dace, and gudgeons, are terribly ...

Google previewText Book Of General Zoology (2006)

by Linville & Kelly

The perch is a member of the class Pis'ces. Fishes are cold-blooded vertebrates, adapted to life in the water. In the lower forms the notochord persists as a continuous rod; in the higher fishes it is replaced by the vertebra. The body is covered ...

Google previewWhere Do Camels Belong? (2014)

Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad by Ken Thompson

The Nile perch is an iconic invasive species, almost up there with the brown tree snake. Its introduction to Lake Victoria in Africa is widely assumed to have been the direct cause of the extinction of many of the extremely diverse cichlid fish that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Aquatic World (2004)

by Marshall Cavendish Corporation

Perch. Many changes have been made to the Perciformes classification, and it is still under revision. Many species are listed as being...

AROUND 9,500 Above: European perch live in lakes and ponds and in slow-flowing rivers and streams.

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

* PERCH, n.s. [perca, Lat. perce, Fr. ]— ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013)

by Andrew Smith

There are several freshwater and saltwater fish called perch. Of the sorts called ocean perch, Sebastes alutus comes from the Pacific and Sebastes marinus from the Atlantic; the latter is also sometimes called redfish. Perch bones are among ...

Google previewThe Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia (2000)

by Vin T. Sparano

White perch (Morone americana) White sucker (Catostomus commersoni) Yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis) Yellow bullhead (Ictalurus nata/is) Yellow perch (Perca llavescens) Lower Avoidance 60 ° ...

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Small photo of Pair of swallow-tailed kite Elanoides forficatus perch on a dead tree in Naples, FloridaSmall photo of Black crow perch on the scaffolding iron with cement walls are under construction background. It is a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice.Small photo of Black crow open the beak and perch on the scaffolding iron with cement walls are under construction background. It is a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill.Small photo of Fishing. Live perch fish isolated on natural green backgroundSmall photo of Black crow open the beak and perch on the wire with green leaves background. It is a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice.Small photo of Black crow perch on the branch of tree with green leaves background. It is a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice.Small photo of Black crow perch on the wire with green leaves background. It is a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice. More...

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Quotes about Perch

A wayward woman is like the weaver bird. She uses her perch on one tree to scout other trees.
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Scrabble value of P3E1R1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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