9 letter word starting with pa

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
pachyderm noun One of the Pachydermata.
pacifical adjective Of or pertaining to peace; pacific.
pacifying present participle & vb. noun of Pacify
packeting present participle & vb. noun of Packet
packhouse noun Warehouse for storing goods.
pactional adjective Of the nature of, or by means of, a paction.
pactolian adjective Pertaining to the Pactolus, a river in ancient Lydia famous for its golden sands.
pademelon noun See Wallaby.
padlocked imp. & past participle of Padlock
paganical adjective Of or pertaining to pagans or paganism; heathenish; paganish.
paganized imp. & past participle of Paganize
pageantry noun Scenic shows or spectacles, taken collectively; spectacular quality; splendor.
paillasse noun An under bed or mattress of straw.
painterly adjective Like a painter’s work.
paintless adjective Not capable of being painted or described.
palacious adjective Palatial.
palaestra noun See Palestra.
palampore noun See Palempore.
palanquin noun An inclosed carriage or litter, commonly about eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high, borne on the shoulders of men by means of two projecting poles, — used in India, China, etc., for the conveyance of a single person from place to place.
palatable adjective Agreeable to the palate or taste; savory; hence, acceptable; pleasing; as, palatable food; palatable advice.
palatably adverb In a palatable manner.
palavered imp. & past participle of Palaver
palaverer noun One who palavers; a flatterer.
palempore noun A superior kind of dimity made in India, — used for bed coverings.
paleolith noun A relic of the Paleolithic era.
paleology noun The study or knowledge of antiquities, esp. of prehistoric antiquities; a discourse or treatise on antiquities; archaeology .
paleotype noun See Palaeotype.
paleozoic adjective Of or pertaining to, or designating, the older division of geological time during which life is known to have existed, including the Silurian, Devonian, and Carboniferous ages, and also to the life or rocks of those ages. See Chart of Geology.
palestrae plural of Palestra
palestras plural of Palestra
palestric adjective Alt. of Palestrical
palfreyed adjective Mounted on a palfrey.
palinurus noun An instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation, the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the compass
palisaded imp. & past participle of Palisade
palladian adjective Of, pertaining to, or designating, a variety of the revived classic style of architecture, founded on the works of Andrea Palladio, an Italian architect of the 16th century.
palladium noun Any statue of the goddess Pallas; esp., the famous statue on the preservation of which depended the safety of ancient Troy., Hence: That which affords effectual protection or security; a sateguard; as, the trial by jury is the palladium of our civil rights., A rare metallic element of the light platinum group, found native, and also alloyed with platinum and gold. It is a silver-white metal resembling platinum, and like it permanent and untarnished in the air, but is more easily fusible. It is unique in its power of occluding hydrogen, which it does to the extent of nearly a thousand volumes, forming the alloy Pd2H. It is used for graduated circles and verniers, for plating certain silver goods, and somewhat in dentistry. It was so named in 1804 by Wollaston from the asteroid Pallas, which was discovered in 1802. Symbol Pd. Atomic weight, 106.2.
palliasse noun See Paillasse.
palliated imp. & past participle of Palliate
pallidity noun Pallidness; paleness.
pall-mall noun A game formerly common in England, in which a wooden ball was driven with a mallet through an elevated hoop or ring of iron. The name was also given to the mallet used, to the place where the game was played, and to the street, in London, still called Pall Mall.
palmacite noun A fossil palm.
palmarium noun One of the bifurcations of the brachial plates of a crinoid.
palmately adverb In a palmate manner.
palmcrist noun The palma Christi. (Jonah iv. 6, margin, and Douay version, note.)
palmister noun One who practices palmistry
palmistry noun The art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy., A dexterous use or trick of the hand.
palmitate noun A salt of palmitic acid.
palmitone noun The ketone of palmitic acid.
pallometa noun A pompano.
palpation noun Act of touching or feeling., Examination of a patient by touch.
palpebrae plural of Palpebra
palpebral adjective Of or pertaining to the eyelids.
palpicorn noun One of a group of aquatic beetles (Palpicornia) having short club-shaped antennae, and long maxillary palpi.
palpiform adjective Having the form of a palpus.
palpitant adjective Palpitating; throbbing; trembling.
palpitate verb i. To beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; — said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement.
palsgrave noun A count or earl who presided in the domestic court, and had the superintendence, of a royal household in Germany.
palsywort noun The cowslip (Primula veris); — so called from its supposed remedial powers.
paltering present participle & vb. noun of Palter
paludinae plural of Paludina
paludinas plural of Paludina
paludinal adjective Inhabiting ponds or swamps.
palustral adjective Of or pertaining to a bog or marsh; boggy.
pampering present participle & vb. noun of Pamper
pamperize verb t. To pamper.
pancratic adjective Having all or many degrees of power; having a great range of power; — said of an eyepiece made adjustable so as to give a varying magnifying power., Alt. of Pancratical
pandarism noun Same as Panderism.
pandarize verb i. To pander.
pandarous adjective Panderous.
pandering present participle & vb. noun of Pander
panderage noun The act of pandering.
panderism noun The employment, arts, or practices of a pander.
panderous adjective Of or relating to a pander; characterizing a pander.
pandurate adjective Alt. of Panduriform
panegyric adjective An oration or eulogy in praise of some person or achievement; a formal or elaborate encomium; a laudatory discourse; laudation. See Synonym of Eulogy., Alt. of Panegyrical
panegyris noun A festival; a public assembly.
panelling of Panel
panelwork noun Wainscoting.
pangothic adjective Of, pertaining to, or including, all the Gothic races.
panniered adjective Bearing panniers.
panoistic adjective Producing ova only; — said of the ovaries of certain insects which do not produce vitelligenous cells.
panoplied adjective Dressed in panoply.
panoramic adjective Alt. of Panoramical
panorpian adjective Like, or pertaining to, the genus Panorpa., Same as Panorpid.
panslavic adjective Pertaining to all the Slavic races.
panspermy noun The doctrine of the widespread distribution of germs, from which under favorable circumstances bacteria, vibrios, etc., may develop., The doctrine that all organisms must come from living parents; biogenesis; — the opposite of spontaneous generation.
pantacosm noun See Cosmolabe.
pantaloon noun A ridiculous character, or an old dotard, in the Italian comedy; also, a buffoon in pantomimes., A bifurcated garment for a man, covering the body from the waist downwards, and consisting of breeches and stockings in one., In recent times, same as Trousers.
pantheism noun The doctrine that the universe, taken or conceived of as a whole, is God; the doctrine that there is no God but the combined force and laws which are manifested in the existing universe; cosmotheism.
pantheist noun One who holds to pantheism.
pantingly adverb With palpitation or rapid breathing.
pantology noun A systematic view of all branches of human knowledge; a work of universal information.
pantomime noun A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor., One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist., A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; hence, dumb show, generally., A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features., Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic; as, a pantomime dance.
pantopoda noun pl. Same as Pycnogonida.
papescent adjective Containing or producing pap; like pap.
papeterie noun A case or box containing paper and materials for writing.
papillary adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a papilla or papillae; bearing, or covered with, papillae; papillose.
papillate verb t. & i. To cover with papillae; to take the form of a papilla, or of papillae., Same as Papillose.
papilloma noun A tumor formed by hypertrophy of the papillae of the skin or mucous membrane, as a corn or a wart.
papillose adjective Covered with, or bearing, papillae; resembling papillae; papillate; papillar; papillary.
papillote noun a small piece of paper on which women roll up their hair to make it curl; a curl paper.
papillous adjective Papillary; papillose.
pappiform adjective Resembling the pappus of composite plants.
parabanic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, a nitrogenous acid which is obtained by the oxidation of uric acid, as a white crystalline substance (C3N2H2O3); — also called oxalyl urea.
parablast noun A portion of the mesoblast (of peripheral origin) of the developing embryo, the cells of which are especially concerned in forming the first blood and blood vessels.
parabolas plural of Parabola
parabolic adjective Alt. of Parabolical
parachute noun A contrivance somewhat in the form of an umbrella, by means of which a descent may be made from a balloon, or any eminence., A web or fold of skin which extends between the legs of certain mammals, as the flying squirrels, colugo, and phalangister.
paraclete noun An advocate; one called to aid or support; hence, the Consoler, Comforter, or Intercessor; — a term applied to the Holy Spirit.
paraclose noun See Parclose.
paraconic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, an organic acid obtained as a deliquescent white crystalline substance, and isomeric with itaconic, citraconic, and mesaconic acids.
paradisal adjective Paradisiacal.
paradised adjective Placed in paradise; enjoying delights as of paradise.
paradisic adjective Paradisiacal.
paradoses plural of Parados
paradoxes plural of Paradox
paradoxal adjective Paradoxical.
paradoxer noun Alt. of Paradoxist
paraffine noun A white waxy substance, resembling spermaceti, tasteless and odorless, and obtained from coal tar, wood tar, petroleum, etc., by distillation. It is used as an illuminant and lubricant. It is very inert, not being acted upon by most of the strong chemical reagents. It was formerly regarded as a definite compound, but is now known to be a complex mixture of several higher hydrocarbons of the methane or marsh-gas series; hence, by extension, any substance, whether solid, liquid, or gaseous, of the same chemical series; thus coal gas and kerosene consist largely of paraffins.
paragenic adjective Originating in the character of the germ, or at the first commencement of an individual; — said of peculiarities of structure, character, etc.
paragnath noun Same as Paragnathus.
paragogic adjective Alt. of Paragogical
paragraph noun Originally, a marginal mark or note, set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, e. g., a change of subject; now, the character /, commonly used in the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate the place of a division into sections., A distinct part of a discourse or writing; any section or subdivision of a writing or chapter which relates to a particular point, whether consisting of one or many sentences. The division is sometimes noted by the mark /, but usually, by beginning the first sentence of the paragraph on a new line and at more than the usual distance from the margin., A brief composition complete in one typographical section or paragraph; an item, remark, or quotation comprised in a few lines forming one paragraph; as, a column of news paragraphs; an editorial paragraph., To divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character /., To express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article., To mention in a paragraph or paragraphs
paragrele noun A lightning conductor erected, as in a vineyard, for drawing off the electricity in the atmosphere in order to prevent hailstorms.
paralysis noun Abolition of function, whether complete or partial; esp., the loss of the power of voluntary motion, with or without that of sensation, in any part of the body; palsy. See Hemiplegia, and Paraplegia. Also used figuratively.
paralytic adjective Of or pertaining to paralysis; resembling paralysis., Affected with paralysis, or palsy., Inclined or tending to paralysis., A person affected with paralysis.
paralyzed imp. & past participle of Paralyze
paramalic adjective Pertaining to, or designating, an organic acid metameric with malic acid.
paramatta noun A light fabric of cotton and worsted, resembling bombazine or merino.
paramento noun Ornament; decoration.
parameter noun A term applied to some characteristic magnitude whose value, invariable as long as one and the same function, curve, surface, etc., is considered, serves to distinguish that function, curve, surface, etc., from others of the same kind or family., Specifically (Conic Sections), in the ellipse and hyperbola, a third proportional to any diameter and its conjugate, or in the parabola, to any abscissa and the corresponding ordinate., The ratio of the three crystallographic axes which determines the position of any plane; also, the fundamental axial ratio for a given species.
paramorph noun A kind of pseudomorph, in which there has been a change of physical characters without alteration of chemical composition, as the change of aragonite to calcite.
paramount adjective Having the highest rank or jurisdiction; superior to all others; chief; supreme; preeminent; as, a paramount duty., The highest or chief.
paramours adverb By or with love, esp. the love of the sexes; — sometimes written as two words.
paramylum noun A substance resembling starch, found in the green frothy scum formed on the surface of stagnant water.
paranymph noun A friend of the bridegroom who went with him in his chariot to fetch home the bride., The bridesmaid who conducted the bride to the bridegroom., An ally; a supporter or abettor.
parapeted adjective Having a parapet.
paraphing present participle & vb. noun of Paraph
paraplegy noun Palsy of the lower half of the body on both sides, caused usually by disease of the spinal cord.
parapodia plural of Parapodium
paraptera plural of Parapterum
paraquito noun See Parrakeet.
parasceve noun Among the Jews, the evening before the Sabbath., A preparation.
parasital adjective Of or pertaining to parasites; parasitic.
parasitic adjective Alt. of Parasitical
parataxis noun The mere ranging of propositions one after another, without indicating their connection or interdependence; — opposed to syntax.
paraunter adverb Peradventure. See Paraventure.
parboiled imp. & past participle of Parboil
parbuckle noun A kind of purchase for hoisting or lowering a cylindrical burden, as a cask. The middle of a long rope is made fast aloft, and both parts are looped around the object, which rests in the loops, and rolls in them as the ends are hauled up or payed out., A double sling made of a single rope, for slinging a cask, gun, etc., To hoist or lower by means of a parbuckle.
parcelled of Parcel
parceling present participle & vb. noun of Parcel, The act of dividing and distributing in portions or parts., Long, narrow slips of canvas daubed with tar and wound about a rope like a bandage, before it is served; used, also, in mousing on the stayes, etc.
parcenary noun The holding or occupation of an inheritable estate which descends from the ancestor to two or more persons; coheirship.
parchment noun The skin of a lamb, sheep, goat, young calf, or other animal, prepared for writing on. See Vellum., The envelope of the coffee grains, inside the pulp.
pardoning present participle & vb. noun of Pardon, Relating to pardon; having or exercising the right to pardon; willing to pardon; merciful; as, the pardoning power; a pardoning God.
paregoric adjective Mitigating; assuaging or soothing pain; as, paregoric elixir., A medicine that mitigates pain; an anodyne; specifically, camphorated tincture of opium; — called also paregoric elexir.
parembole noun A kind of parenthesis.
parenesis noun Exhortation.
parenetic adjective Alt. of Parenetioal
parentage noun Descent from parents or ancestors; parents or ancestors considered with respect to their rank or character; extraction; birth; as, a man of noble parentage.
parentele noun Kinship; parentage.
pargasite noun A dark green aluminous variety of amphibole, or hornblende.
pargeting present participle & vb. noun of Parget, Plasterwork; esp.: (a) A kind of decorative plasterwork in raised ornamental figures, formerly used for the internal and external decoration of houses. (b) In modern architecture, the plastering of the inside of flues, intended to give a smooth surface and help the draught.
pargetory noun Something made of, or covered with, parget, or plaster.
parhelion noun A mock sun appearing in the form of a bright light, sometimes near the sun, and tinged with colors like the rainbow, and sometimes opposite to the sun. The latter is usually called an anthelion. Often several mock suns appear at the same time. Cf. Paraselene.
parhelium noun See Parhelion.
parietary adjective See Parietal, 2., Any one of several species of Parietaria. See 1st Pellitory.
parietine noun A piece of a fallen wall; a ruin.
parigenin noun A curdy white substance, obtained by the decomposition of parillin.
parkesine noun A compound, originally made from gun cotton and castor oil, but later from different materials, and used as a substitute for vulcanized India rubber and for ivory; — called also xylotile.
parleying present participle & vb. noun of Parley
parnassia noun A genus of herbs growing in wet places, and having white flowers; grass of Parnassus.
parnassus noun A mountain in Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, and famous for a temple of Apollo and for the Castalian spring.
parochial adjective Of or pertaining to a parish; restricted to a parish; as, parochial duties.
parochian adjective Parochial., A parishioner.
parodical adjective Having the character of parody.
parodying present participle & vb. noun of Parody
parorchis noun The part of the epididymis; or the corresponding part of the excretory duct of the testicle, which is derived from the Wolffian body.
parosteal Of or pertaining to parostosis; as, parosteal ossification.
parotitis noun Inflammation of the parotid glands.
parqueted adjective Formed in parquetry; inlaid with wood in small and differently colored figures.
parquetry noun A species of joinery or cabinet-work consisting of an inlay of geometric or other patterns, generally of different colors, — used especially for floors.
parquette noun See Parquet.
parrakeet noun Alt. of Parakeet
parrhesia noun Boldness or freedom of speech.
parricide noun Properly, one who murders one’s own father; in a wider sense, one who murders one’s father or mother or any ancestor., The act or crime of murdering one’s own father or any ancestor.
parseeism noun The religion and customs of the Parsees.
parsimony noun Closeness or sparingness in the expenditure of money; — generally in a bad sense; excessive frugality; niggardliness.
parsonage noun A certain portion of lands, tithes, and offerings, for the maintenance of the parson of a parish., The glebe and house, or the house only, owned by a parish or ecclesiastical society, and appropriated to the maintenance or use of the incumbent or settled pastor., Money paid for the support of a parson.
parsonish adjective Appropriate to, or like, a parson; — used in disparagement.
partaking present participle & vb. noun of Partake
parthenic adjective Of or pertaining to the Spartan Partheniae, or sons of unmarried women.
parthenon noun A celebrated marble temple of Athene, on the Acropolis at Athens. It was of the pure Doric order, and has had an important influence on art.
partenope noun One of the Sirens, who threw herself into the sea, in despair at not being able to beguile Ulysses by her songs., One of the asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, descovered by M. de Gasparis in 1850.
partially adverb In part; not totally; as, partially true; the sun partially eclipsed., In a partial manner; with undue bias of mind; with unjust favor or dislike; as, to judge partially.
partition verb The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; separation; division; distribution; as, the partition of a kingdom., That which divides or separates; that by which different things, or distinct parts of the same thing, are separated; separating boundary; dividing line or space; specifically, an interior wall dividing one part or apartment of a house, an inclosure, or the like, from another; as, a brick partition; lath and plaster partitions., A part divided off by walls; an apartment; a compartment., The servance of common or undivided interests, particularly in real estate. It may be effected by consent of parties, or by compulsion of law., A score., To divide into parts or shares; to divide and distribute; as, to partition an estate among various heirs., To divide into distinct parts by lines, walls, etc.; as, to partition a house.
partitive adjective Denoting a part; as, a partitive genitive., A word expressing partition, or denoting a part.
partridge noun Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of the genus Perdix and several related genera of the family Perdicidae, of the Old World. The partridge is noted as a game bird., Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera., The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus).
parvitude noun Alt. of Parvity
parvoline noun A liquid base, C/H/N, of the pyridine group, found in coal tar; also, any one of the series of isometric substances of which it is the type.
pasquiler noun A lampooner.
passement noun Lace, gimp, braid etc., sewed on a garment.
passenger noun A passer or passer-by; a wayfarer., A traveler by some established conveyance, as a coach, steamboat, railroad train, etc.
passer-by noun One who goes by; a passer.
passerine adjective Of or pertaining to the Passeres., One of the Passeres.
passingly adverb Exceedingly.
passioned imp. & past participle of Passion
passional adjective Of or pertaining to passion or the passions; exciting, influenced by, or ministering to, the passions., A passionary.
passively adverb In a passive manner; inertly; unresistingly., As a passive verb; in the passive voice.
passivity noun Passiveness; — opposed to activity., The tendency of a body to remain in a given state, either of motion or rest, till disturbed by another body; inertia., The quality or condition of any substance which has no inclination to chemical activity; inactivity.
pasticcio noun A medley; an olio., A work of art imitating directly the work of another artist, or of more artists than one., A falsified work of art, as a vase or statue made up of parts of original works, with missing parts supplied.
pastorage noun The office, jurisdiction, or duty, of a pastor; pastorate.
pastorale noun A composition in a soft, rural style, generally in 6-8 or 12-8 time., A kind of dance; a kind of figure used in a dance.
pastorate noun The office, state, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
pasturage noun Grazing ground; grass land used for pasturing; pasture., Grass growing for feed; grazing., The business of feeding or grazing cattle.
pasturing present participle & vb. noun of Pasture
patchouli noun Alt. of Patchouly
patchouly noun A mintlike plant (Pogostemon Patchouli) of the East Indies, yielding an essential oil from which a highly valued perfume is made., The perfume made from this plant.
patchwork noun Work composed of pieces sewed together, esp. pieces of various colors and figures; hence, anything put together of incongruous or ill-adapted parts; something irregularly clumsily composed; a thing putched up.
patellula noun A cuplike sucker on the feet of certain insects.
patenting present participle & vb. noun of Patent
paternity noun The relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity., Derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child., Origin; authorship.
pathetism noun See Mesmerism.
pathmaker noun One who, or that which, makes a way or path.
pathogene noun One of a class of virulent microorganisms or bacteria found in the tissues and fluids in infectious diseases, and supposed to be the cause of the disease; a pathogenic organism; a pathogenic bacterium; — opposed to zymogene.
pathogeny noun The generation, and method of development, of disease; as, the pathogeny of yellow fever is unsettled., That branch of pathology which treats of the generation and development of disease.
pathology noun The science which treats of diseases, their nature, causes, progress, symptoms, etc.
patiently adverb In a patient manner.
patriarch noun The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; — usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses., A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch., A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
patrician adjective Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians., Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian., Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the nobility., A person of high birth; a nobleman., One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore.
patricide noun The murderer of his father., The crime of one who murders his father. Same as Parricide.
patrimony noun A right or estate inherited from one’s father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor., Formerly, a church estate or endowment.
patriotic adjective Inspired by patriotism; actuated by love of one’s country; zealously and unselfishly devoted to the service of one’s country; as, a patriotic statesman, vigilance.
patristic adjective Alt. of Patristical
patrizate verb i. To imitate one’s father.
patrociny noun See Patrocination.
patrolled imp. & past participle of Patrol
patrolmen plural of Patrolman
patrolman noun One who patrols; a watchman; especially, a policeman who patrols a particular precinct of a town or city.
patronage noun Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author., Business custom., Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care., The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor., The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson., To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
patronate noun The right or duty of a patron; patronage.
patroness noun A female patron or helper.
patronize verb t. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to favor; to aid., To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer., To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and protector, toward; — used in an unfavorable sense; as, to patronize one’s equals.
pattering present participle & vb. noun of Patter
patterned imp. & past participle of Pattern
pauhaugen noun The menhaden; — called also poghaden.
paulician noun One of a sect of Christian dualists originating in Armenia in the seventh century. They rejected the Old Testament and the part of the New.
paulownia noun A genus of trees of the order Scrophulariaceae, consisting of one species, Paulownia imperialis.
paunching present participle & vb. noun of Paunch
pauperism noun The state of being a pauper; the state of indigent persons requiring support from the community.
pauperize verb t. To reduce to pauperism; as, to pauperize the peasantry.
pauropoda noun pl. An order of small myriapods having only nine pairs of legs and destitute of tracheae.
pausingly adverb With pauses; haltingly.
paxillose adjective Resembling a little stake.
paymaster noun One who pays; one who compensates, rewards, or requites; specifically, an officer or agent of a government, a corporation, or an employer, whose duty it is to pay salaries, wages, etc., and keep account of the same.