Definitions for: Pet


[n] using a computerized radiographic technique to examine the metabolic activity in various tissues (especially in the brain)
[n] a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement
[n] a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
[n] a special loved one
[adj] preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child"
[v] stroke or caress in an erotic manner, as during lovemaking
[v] stroke or caress gently; "pet the lamb"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pet, n. [Formerly peat, perhaps from Ir. peat, akin to
Gael. peata.]
1. A cade lamb; a lamb brought up by hand.

2. Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a
fondling; a darling; often, a favorite child.

The love of cronies, pets, and favorites. --Tatler.

3. [Prob. fr. Pet a fondling, hence, the behavior or humor
of a spoiled child.] A slight fit of peevishness or
fretfulness. ``In a pet she started up.'' --Tennyson.


Pet, a.
Petted; indulged; admired; cherished; as, a pet child; a pet
lamb; a pet theory.

Some young lady's pet curate. --F. Harrison.

Pet cock. [Perh. for petty cock.] (Mach.) A little faucet
in a water pipe or pump, to let air out, or at the end of
a steam cylinder, to drain it.


Pet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Petted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Petting.]
To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge; as, she was petted
and spoiled.


Pet, v. i.
To be a pet. --Feltham.

Synonyms: darling, dearie, deary, ducky, favored, favorite, favorite(a), favourite, favourite(a), loved, positron emission tomography, preferred

See Also: animal, animate being, beast, brute, canoodle, caress, choler, chosen, creature, crossness, fauna, fretfulness, fussiness, gentle, imaging, irritability, lover, macushla, make out, mollycoddle, neck, peevishness, petulance, teacher's pet, tomography

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