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1. An area of land set aside for public use, as:
a. A piece of land with few or no buildings within or adjoining a town, maintained for recreational and ornamental purposes.
b. A landscaped city square.
c. A large tract of rural land kept in its natural state and usually reserved for the enjoyment and recreation of visitors.
2. A broad, fairly level valley between mountain ranges: the high parks of the Rocky Mountains.
3. A tract of land attached to a country house, especially when including extensive gardens, woods, pastures, or a game preserve.
4. Sports A stadium or an enclosed playing field: a baseball park.
a. An area where military vehicles or artillery are stored and serviced.
b. The materiel kept in such an area.
6. An area in or near a town designed and usually zoned for a certain purpose: a commercial park.
7. A position in an automatic transmission that disengages the gears and sets the brake so the vehicle cannot move: put the car in park and turned off the engine.
v. parked, park·ing, parks
1. To put or leave (a vehicle) for a time in a certain location.
2. Aerospace To place (a spacecraft or satellite) in a usually temporary orbit.
3. Informal To place or leave temporarily: parked the baby with neighbors; parking cash in a local bank account.
4. To assemble (artillery or other equipment) in a military park.
1. To park a motor vehicle: pulled over and parked next to the curb.
2. Slang To engage in kissing and caressing in a vehicle stopped in a secluded spot.

[Middle English, game preserve, enclosed tract of land, from Old French parc, from Vulgar Latin *parricus, fence, from *parra, perhaps, "wooden bar, espalier"; akin to Spanish parra, grapevine grown in an espalier, and French barre, bar; see barre.]

park′er n.


 (pär′kər), Charlie Known as "Bird." 1920-1955.
American saxophonist and composer. A leader of the bop movement in jazz, Parker is noted for his fast, rhythmically and harmonically complex solos.


, Dorothy Rothschild 1893-1967.
American writer noted for her satirical wit. She was drama critic for Vanity Fair (1917-1920) and book critic for the New Yorker (1927-1933).


1. (Biography) Sir Alan (William). born 1944, British film director and screenwriter; his films include Bugsy Malone (1976), Midnight Express (1978), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Commitments (1991), and Angela's Ashes (2000); chairman of the British Film Institute (1998–99) and of the Film Council (1999–2004)
2. (Biography) Charlie. nickname Bird or Yardbird. 1920–55, US jazz alto saxophonist and composer; the leading exponent of early bop
3. (Biography) Dorothy (Rothschild). 1893–1967, US writer, noted esp for the ironical humour of her short stories
4. (Biography) Matthew. 1504–75, English prelate. As archbishop of Canterbury (1559–75), he supervised Elizabeth I's religious settlement


(ˈpɑr kər)

1. Charles Christopher, Jr. ( “Bird” ), 1920–55, U.S. jazz saxophonist and composer.
2. Dorothy (Rothschild), 1893–1967, U.S. author.
3. Sir Gilbert, 1862–1932, Canadian novelist and politician in England.
4. Matthew, 1504–75, English theologian.
5. Theodore, 1810–60, U.S. preacher, theologian, and reformer.
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Noun1.Parker - United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
2.Parker - United States writer noted for her sharp wit (1893-1967)
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Parker gave her the incredulous, pitying, sneering, icy stare that she kept for those who failed to qualify as doctors or dentists, and led the way to the second floor back.
Parker, as though her trouble that there should be trouble in the house was the greater.
The first intimation that Wilson had that the schedule was actually to be put into practical operation was when his employer, one Monday evening, requested him to buy a medium-sized bunch of the best red roses and deliver them personally, with a note, to Miss Marguerite Parker at the stage-door of the Duke of Cornwall's Theatre.
Vincent put into his hands, untrammelled by orders, a division of his fleet, and Sir Hyde Parker gave him two more ships at Copenhagen than he had asked for.
There, too, Lieutenant Parker, of the American frigate Congress, could not touch the bottom with 15,140 fathoms.
By the way, Jo, I think that little Parker is really getting desperate about Amy.
Parker, who officiated, remarked, when all was over, to a few particular friends, and with some equivocation, as it seems to me, that he 'buried her very willingly, and with much satisfaction.
Then they saw the French Rolls, who were very polite to them, and made a brief call upon the Parker H.
Just touch the bell, and when Parker comes I will tell him what you want.
You remember Parker, who used to be Coxon's manager?
Yet, he knew so little about the inmates that he gave them names of his own invention: as 'Miss Elizabeth', 'Master George', 'Aunt Jane', 'Uncle Parker '--having no authority whatever for any such designations, but particularly the last--to which, as a natural consequence, he stuck with great obstinacy.
She's staying at the Parker House; it must be horrible there in this weather.