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PAL

Syllabification: PAL

noun

  • The television broadcasting system used in most of Europe.

Origin

acronym from Phase Alternate Line (so named because the color information in alternate lines is inverted in phase).

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There are 2 definitions of PAL in English:

pal

Syllabification: pal
informal

noun

  • 1A friend: we’re best pals
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    • We had so many pals and friends through art school that we usually got a good turnout anyway.
    • Other pals chummed him along the first stretch from Milngavie and his dad kept him company yesterday.
    • School pals and teachers were highly delighted and all wish her well in the final rally.
  • 1.1Used as a form of address, especially to indicate anger or aggression: back off, pal
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    • Paramedics have been asked by bosses not to call people duck, pal, love or mate for fear of causing offence.
    • In other words, you try to take what's mine, pal, and I'm going to stop you with the best means available.
    • This is Southern California, pal, where physical imperfection will NOT be tolerated.

verb (pals, palling, palled)

[no object] (pal around) Back to top  
  • Spend time with a friend: we got acquainted but we never really palled around
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    • He explains: ‘Paddy was working on the railway at the time in Portlaoise and we palled around together.’
    • Yet he refuses to buy into the theory that his lack of production has anything to do with the injury to his close friend, who lived in the same condo complex as Sundin in Toronto and often palled around together.
    • The cheetah and raccoon didn't normally pal around together, but they had shared a cab from their hotel to the same area of town.

Origin

late 17th century: from Romany, 'brother, mate', based on Sanskrit bhrātṛ 'brother'.

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