Definitions for: Puppet


[n] a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers
[n] a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
[n] a person who is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else



Webster (1913) Definition: Pup"pet, n. [OE. popet, OF. poupette; akin to F.
poup['e]e a doll, probably from L. puppa, pupa, a girl, doll,
puppet. Cf. Poupeton, Pupa, Pupil, Puppy.] [Written
also poppet.]
1. A small image in the human form; a doll.



2. A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock
drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play.

At the pipes of some carved organ move, The gilded
puppets dance. --Pope.

3. One controlled in his action by the will of another; a
tool; -- so used in contempt. --Sir W. Scott.

4. (Mach.) The upright support for the bearing of the spindle
in a lathe.

Puppet master. Same as Puppetman.

Puppet play, a puppet show.

Puppet player, one who manages the motions of puppets.

Puppet show, a mock drama performed by puppets moved by
wires.

Puppet valve, a valve in the form of a circular disk, which
covers a hole in its seat, and opens by moving bodily away
from the seat while remaining parallel with it, -- used in
steam engines, pumps, safety valves, etc. Its edge is
often beveled, and fits in a conical recess in the seat
when the valve is closed. See the valves shown in Illusts.
of Plunger pump, and Safety valve, under Plunger,
and Safety.

Synonyms: creature, marionette, tool

See Also: doll, dolly, figure, glove doll, glove puppet, hand puppet, slave

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