1. [syn: place name, toponym]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Place \Place\ (pl[=a]s), n. [F., fr. L. platea a street, an
area, a courtyard, from Gr. platei^a a street, properly fem.
of platy`s, flat, broad; akin to Skr. p[.r]thu, Lith. platus.
Cf. Flawn, Piazza, Plate, Plaza.]
1. Any portion of space regarded as measured off or distinct
from all other space, or appropriated to some definite
object or use; position; ground; site; spot; rarely,
Here is the place appointed. --Shak.
What place can be for us
Within heaven's bound? --Milton.
The word place has sometimes a more confused sense,
and stands for that space which any body takes up;
and so the universe is a place. --Locke.
2. A broad way in a city; an open space; an area; a court or
short part of a street open only at one end. "Hangman boys
in the market place." --Shak.
3. A position which is occupied and held; a dwelling; a
mansion; a village, town, or city; a fortified town or
post; a stronghold; a region or country.
Are you native of this place? --Shak.
4. Rank; degree; grade; order of priority, advancement,
dignity, or importance; especially, social rank or
position; condition; also, official station; occupation;
calling. "The enervating magic of place." --Hawthorne.
Men in great place are thrice servants. --Bacon.
I know my place as I would they should do theirs.
5. Vacated or relinquished space; room; stead (the departure
or removal of another being or thing being implied). "In
place of Lord Bassanio." --Shak.
6. A definite position or passage of a document.
The place of the scripture which he read was this.
7. Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding; as,
he said in the first place.
8. Reception; effect; -- implying the making room for.
My word hath no place in you. --John viii.
9. (Astron.) Position in the heavens, as of a heavenly body;
-- usually defined by its right ascension and declination,
or by its latitude and longitude.
10. (Racing) The position of first, second, or third at the
finish, esp. the second position. In betting, to win a
bet on a horse for place it must, in the United States,
finish first or second, in England, usually, first,
second, or third.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Place of arms (Mil.), a place calculated for the rendezvous
of men in arms, etc., as a fort which affords a safe
retreat for hospitals, magazines, etc. --Wilhelm.
High place (Script.), a mount on which sacrifices were
offered. "Him that offereth in the high place." --Jer.
In place, in proper position; timely.
Out of place, inappropriate; ill-timed; as, his remarks
were out of place.
Place kick (Football), the act of kicking the ball after it
has been placed on the ground.
Place name, the name of a place or locality. --London
To give place, to make room; to yield; to give way; to give
advantage. "Neither give place to the devil." --Eph. iv.
27. "Let all the rest give place." --Shak.
To have place, to have a station, room, or seat; as, such
desires can have no place in a good heart.
To take place.
(a) To come to pass; to occur; as, the ceremony will not
(b) To take precedence or priority. --Addison.
(c) To take effect; to prevail. "If your doctrine takes
place." --Berkeley. "But none of these excuses would
take place." --Spenser.
To take the place of, to be substituted for.
Syn: Situation; seat; abode; position; locality; location;
site; spot; office; employment; charge; function; trust;
ground; room; stead.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the name by which a geographical place is known [syn:
place name, toponym]