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Webster 1913 Edition


Pirate

Pi′rate

,
Noun.
[L.
pirata
, Gr. [GREEK], fr. [GREEK] to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, [GREEK] an attempt, trial; akin to E.
peril
: cf. F.
pirate
. See
Peril
.]
1.
A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor.
2.
An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas.
3.
One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission.
Pirate perch
(Zool.)
,
a fresh-water percoid fish of the United States (
Aphredoderus Sayanus
). It is of a dark olive color, speckled with blackish spots.

Pi′rate

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pirated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pirating
.]
[Cf. F.
pirater
.]
To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.

Pi′rate

,
Verb.
T.
To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author.
They advertised they would
pirate
his edition.
Pope.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pirate

PI'RATE

,
Noun.
[L. pirata.]
1.
A robber on the high seas; one that by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas. In strictness, the word pirate is one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas.
2.
An armed ship or vessel which sails without legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels indiscriminately on the high seas.
3.
A bookseller that seizes the copies or writings of other men without permission.

PI'RATE

,
Verb.
I.
To rob on the high seas.

PI'RATE

,
Verb.
T.
To take by theft or without right or permission, as books or writings.
They advertised they would pirate his edition.

Definition 2022


Pirate

Pirate

See also: pirate and piraté

English

Noun

Pirate (plural Pirates)

  1. (sports) someone connected with any of a number of sports teams known as the Pirates, as a fan, player, coach etc.
    1. (soccer) someone connected with Bristol Rovers Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

pirate

pirate

See also: Pirate and piraté

English

Bartholomew Roberts, a well-known pirate (definition 1)

Noun

pirate (plural pirates)

  1. A criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns.
    You should be cautious due to the Somali pirates.
  2. An armed ship or vessel that sails for the purpose of plundering other vessels.
  3. One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission
    • 2001, unidentified insider, quoted in John Alderman, Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music, Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-7382-0777-3, page 178:
      And Gnutella, Freenet and other pirate tools will offer plunderings beyond Fanning's fantasies.
    • 2004, David Lubar, Dunk, page 20:
      They had watches that said Gucci or Rolex on them even though it was obvious they'd come straight here from some pirate factory in China.
    • 2008, Martha Vicinus, Caroline Eisner, Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, page 21:
      If we untangle the claim that technology has turned Johnny Teenager into a pirate, what turns out to be fueling it is the idea that if Johnny Teenager were to share his unauthorized copy with two million of his closest friends the effect on a record company would be pretty similar to the effect of some CD factory's creating two million CDs and selling them cheap.
  4. A kind of marble in children's games.
    • 1999, Abdelkader Benali, ‎Susan Massotty, Wedding by the Sea (page 60)
      Most of the time it went fine; some of his classmates had so many marbles they could have opened up their own shop in smurfs, pirates, purple aggies and pink panthers.

Synonyms

  • (one who plunders at sea): buccaneer, corsair, see also Wikisaurus:pirate
  • (one who breaks intellectual property laws by copying): bootlegger

Related terms

Translations

Verb

pirate (third-person singular simple present pirates, present participle pirating, simple past and past participle pirated)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea.
    They pirated the tanker and sailed to a port where they could sell the ship and cargo.
  2. (transitive, intellectual property) To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of
  3. (transitive, intellectual property) To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of
    Not willing to pay full price for the computer game, Heidi pirated a copy.
    • 2002, John Sayle Watterson, College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy, page 343
      In the 1970s cable companies began to pirate some of the football games that the networks had contracted to televise.
    • 2004, Wally Wang, Steal this File Sharing Book: What They Won't Tell You about File Sharing
      College students, with their limited budgets, often pirate software to save their money for buying more important items (like beer).
    • 2007, Diane Kresh, Council on Library and Information Resources, The Whole Digital Library Handbook, page 85
      Many college students now expect to sample, if not outright pirate, movies, music, software, and TV programs.
  4. (intransitive) To engage in piracy.
    He pirated in the Atlantic for years before becoming a privateer for the Queen.

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Adjective

pirate (comparative more pirate, superlative most pirate)

  1. Illegally imitated or reproduced, said of a trademarked product or copyrighted work, or of the counterfeit itself.

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See also


Esperanto

Etymology

pirato (a pirate, noun) + -e.

Adverb

pirate

  1. piratically

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French

Etymology

From Latin pirata.

Noun

pirate m, f (plural pirates)

  1. pirate

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Derived terms

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Norman

Etymology

From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratḗs), from πεῖρα (peîra, trial, attempt, plot).

Noun

pirate m (plural pirates)

  1. (Jersey) pirate

Old French

Noun

pirate m (oblique plural pirates, nominative singular pirates, nominative plural pirate)

  1. pirate (one who attacks watercraft)

References

  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (pirate, supplement)