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PAL

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noun

[mass noun]
  • The television broadcasting system used in most of Europe.

Origin

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

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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody

There are 2 definitions of PAL in English:

pal

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informal

noun

verb (pals, palling, palled)

[no object] (pal up) Back to top  
  • 1Form a friendship: she palled up with some English chaps
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    • He pals up with a guy who works in catering, who feeds him in return for information about a girl he fancies at the immigration desk, and he gets a job, building a new departure gate.
    • So he pals up with her descendant, herself a post-feminist critic.
    • He's like the bloke you pal up with in your first week at university and then spend the rest of the term avoiding when you find out what he's really like.
    Synonyms
    become friendly, make friends, become friends, form a friendship
    informal get in
    North American informal buddy up
    informal , • dated chum up
  • 1.1 (pal around) 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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