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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pry  \Pry\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Pried};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Prying}.] 
  To  raise  or  move  or  attempt  to  raise  or  move  with  a  pry  or 
  lever;  to  prize.  [Local,  U.  S.  &  Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pry  \Pry\,  v.  i.  [OE.  prien.  Cf  {Peer}  to  peep.] 
  To  peep  narrowly;  to  gaze;  to  inspect  closely;  to  attempt  to 
  discover  something  by  a  scrutinizing  curiosity;  --  often 
  implying  reproach.  ``  To  pry  upon  the  stars.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  Watch  thou  and  wake  when  others  be  asleep,  To  pry  into 
  the  secrets  of  the  state.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pry  \Pry\,  n. 
  Curious  inspection;  impertinent  peeping. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pry  \Pry\,  n.  [Corrupted  fr  prize  a  lever.  See  {Prize},  n.] 
  A  lever;  also  leverage.  [Local,  U.  S.  &  Eng.] 
 
  {Pry  pole},  the  pole  which  forms  the  prop  of  a  hoisting  gin, 
  and  stands  facing  the  windlass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  pry 
  n  :  a  heavy  iron  lever  with  one  end  forged  into  a  wedge  [syn:  {crowbar}, 
  {wrecking  bar},  {pry  bar}] 
  v  1:  to  move  or  force,  esp.  in  an  effort  to  get  something  open 
  "The  burglar  jimmied  the  lock",  "Raccoons  managed  to  pry 
  the  lid  off  the  garbage  pail"  [syn:  {prise},  {prize},  {lever}, 
  {jimmy}] 
  2:  be  nosey;  "Don't  pry  into  my  personal  matters!" 
  3:  search  or  inquire  in  a  meddlesome  way  "This  guy  is  always 
  nosing  around  the  office"  [syn:  {nose},  {poke}] 
  4:  make  an  uninvited  or  presumptuous  inquiry;  "They  pried  the 
  information  out  of  him"  [syn:  {prise}] 




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