par•ryPronunciation: (par'ē), [key]
—v., -ried, -ry•ing,
—n., pl. -ries.
to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
a defensive movement in fencing.
Par•ryPronunciation: (par'ē), [key]
1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
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