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per    : [p'ɚ]
Per- \Per-\ [See {Per}.]
1. A prefix used to signify through, throughout, by, for, or
as an intensive as perhaps, by hap or chance; perennial,
that lasts throughout the year; perforce, through or by
force; perfoliate, perforate; perspicuous, evident
throughout or very evident; perplex, literally, to
entangle very much.
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2. (Chem.) Originally, denoting that the element to the name
of which it is prefixed in the respective compounds
exercised its highest valence; now, only that the element
has a higher valence than in other similar compounds;
thus, barium peroxide is the highest oxide of barium;
while nitrogen and manganese peroxides, so-called, are not
the highest oxides of those elements.
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Per \Per\, prep. [L. Cf. {Far}, {For-}, {Pardon}, and cf. {Par},
Through; by means of; through the agency of; by; for; for
each; as, per annum; per capita, by heads, or according to
individuals; per curiam, by the court; per se, by itself, of
itself. Per is also sometimes used with English words.
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{Per annum}, by the year; in each successive year; annually.

{per cent}, {Per centum}, {percent}, by the hundred; in the
hundred; a proportion multiplied by one hundred; -- used
esp. of proportions of ingredients, rate or amount of
interest, and the like; most commonly used in the
shortened form per cent; as, 5 is ten per cent of 50. It
is commonly symbolized with the per cent sign, "%".

{Per diem}, by the day. [For other phrases from the Latin,
see Quotations, Phrases, etc., from Foreign Languages, in
the Supplement.]
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52 Moby Thesaurus words for "per":
accommodated to, according to, adapted to, adjusted to, after,
agreeable to, agreeably to, all, answerable to, aside, by,
by dint of, by means of, by use of, by virtue of, by way of,
conformable to, congruent with, consistent with, each, for each,
hereby, herewith, in accordance with, in agreement with,
in compliance with, in conformity with, in correspondence to,
in harmony with, in keeping with, in line with, in lock-step with,
in obedience to, in step with, in uniformity with, in virtue of,
on, per capita, proper to, suitable for, thanks to, thereby,
therewith, through, uniform with, upon, vagabond, via, whereby,
wherewith, wherewithal, with

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