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v. per·pend·ed, per·pend·ing, per·pends Archaic
To consider carefully; ponder.
To be attentive; reflect.
(Architecture) a large stone that passes through a wall from one side to the other. Also called: parpend or perpend stone
[C15: from Old French parpain, of uncertain origin]
an archaic word for ponder
[C16: from Latin perpendere to examine, from per- (thoroughly) + pendere to weigh]
a large stone passing through the entire thickness of a wall.
[1225–75; variant of parpen(d), Middle English perpein, parpein a stone dressed on more than one side < Old French perpein, parpain]
1. to consider.v.i.
2. to ponder; deliberate.
[1520–30; < Latin perpendere to weigh carefully, ponder =per- per- + pendere to weigh]
Past participle: perpended