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Dictionary Definition

P.A. n : an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas [syn: public address system, P.A. system, PA system, PA] adv : by the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received); "he earned $100,000 per annum"; "we issue six volumes per annum" [syn: per annum, per year, each year, annually]pa

Noun

1 an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk [syn: dad, dada, daddy, papa, pappa, pater, pop]
2 a short-lived radioactive metallic element formed from uranium and disintegrating into actinium and then into lead [syn: protactinium, protoactinium, atomic number 91]
3 a unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter [syn: pascal]
4 a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies [syn: Pennsylvania, Keystone State]
5 an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas [syn: public address system, P.A. system, PA system, P.A.]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /pʰaː/
  • /pa:/
    Rhymes: -ɑː

Noun

pa (not generally used in the plural)
  1. (colloquially and in direct address) Father, papa.
  2. A short form of grandpa, grandfather.

Usage notes

  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person; see Pa.
Hey, Pa, I'd like you to meet my friend Jamie.

Synonyms

Translations

father
grandfather

See also

Albanian

Preposition

pa

Basque

Noun

pa

Bosnian

Conjunction

pa

Breton

Conjunction

pa

Catalan

Noun

pa

Classical Nahuatl

Etymology

  • /pa/

Verb

pā Transitive
  1. To dye.

References

  • Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl
  • An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl

Dutch

Noun

pa
  1. pa

Guaraní

Cardinal number

pa

Latvian

Preposition

pa

Lojban

Cmavo

pa (rafsi: pav)

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

pa
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Maori

Alternative spellings

pah (not used in written Maori)

Noun

pa (plural: and "cases" invariable in Maori but English use may have pas)
  1. A Maori fortified camp.

Min Nan

Pronunciation

Interjection

  1. bye

Serbian

Conjunction

pa

Cyrillic spelling

Swahili

Preposition

pa

Extensive Definition

Pa may refer to:

Places

Science and technology

Business

Politics

Modern culture

pa in Bosnian: Pa (čvor)
pa in Czech: PA
pa in Danish: PA
pa in German: PA
pa in Esperanto: Pa
pa in French: PA
pa in Korean: PA
pa in Italian: PA
pa in Dutch: PA
pa in Japanese: PA
pa in Norwegian: Pa
pa in Polish: Pa
pa in Portuguese: PA
pa in Kölsch: PA (Watt ėßß datt?)
pa in Russian: Па
pa in Slovenian: PA
pa in Finnish: Pa
pa in Swedish: PA
pa in Vietnamese: Pa
pa in Turkish: PA
pa in Chinese: Pa

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abba, dad, daddy, father, foster father, genitor, governor, old man, pap, papa, pappy, pater, paterfamilias, patriarch, pop, pops, sire, stepfather, the old manGramophone, PA system, Victrola, audio sound system, audiophile, binaural system, bitch box, bullhorn, cartridge, ceramic pickup, changer, crystal pickup, derived four-channel system, discrete four-channel system, four-channel stereo system, hi-fi, hi-fi fan, high-fidelity, intercom, intercommunication system, jukebox, magnetic pickup, monaural system, mono, needle, nickelodeon, phonograph, photoelectric pickup, pickup, public-address system, quadraphonic sound system, radio-phonograph combination, record changer, record player, sound reproduction system, sound truck, squawk box, stereo, stylus, system, tape deck, tape recorder, tone arm, transcription turntable, turntable
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