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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purse \Purse\, noun [OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. ? hide, skin, leather. Cf. {Bourse}, {Bursch}, {Bursar}, {Buskin}.]

1. A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie. --Chaucer.

Who steals my purse steals trash. --Shak.

2. Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse.

3. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.

4. A specific sum of money; as: (a) In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters. (b) In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.

{Light purse}, or {Empty purse}, poverty or want of resources.

{Long purse}, or {Heavy purse}, wealth; riches.

{Purse crab} (Zool.), any land crab of the genus {Birgus}, allied to the hermit crabs. They sometimes weigh twenty pounds or more, and are very strong, being able to crack cocoanuts with the large claw. They chiefly inhabit the tropical islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, living in holes and feeding upon fruit. Called also {palm crab}.

{Purse net}, a fishing net, the mouth of which may be closed or drawn together like a purse. --Mortimer.

{Purse pride}, pride of money; insolence proceeding from the possession of wealth. --Bp. Hall.

{Purse rat}. (Zool.) See {Pocket gopher}, under {Pocket}.

{Sword and purse}, the military power and financial resources of a nation.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purse \Purse\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pursed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pursing}.]

1. To put into a purse.

I will go and purse the ducats straight. --Shak.

2. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.

Thou . . . didst contract and purse thy brow. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purse \Purse\, verb (used without an object) To steal purses; to rob. [Obs. & R.]

I'll purse: . . . I'll bet at bowling alleys. --Beau. & Fl.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

purse

noun

1: a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb" [syn: {bag}, {handbag}, {pocketbook}, {purse}]

2: a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse; "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"

3: a small bag for carrying money

4: a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

verb

1: contract one's lips into a rounded shape

2: gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips" [syn: {purse}, {wrinkle}]


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