Pronunciation: (pēl),[key] —v.t. 1. to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.: to peel an orange. 2. to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something: to peel paint from a car. 3. Croquet.to cause (another player's ball) to go through a wicket.
—v.i. 1. (of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off; become separated.
2. to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.
3. Informal.to undress.
4. Metall.(of a malleable iron casting) to lose, or tend to lose, the outer layer.
5. keep one's eyes peeled,Informal.to watch closely or carefully; be alert: Keep your eyes peeled for a gas station. 6. peel off, a. to remove (the skin, bark, etc.) or be removed: The old skin peeled off. b. Aeron.to leave a flying formation of aircraft with a banking turn, usually from one end of an echelon.
c. Informal.to turn off or leave (a road): We peeled off the highway onto a dirt road. d. to remove (clothing) in a swift upward or downward motion.
—n. 1. the skin or rind of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
2. Metall.the presence of a brittle outer layer on a malleable iron casting.
Pronunciation: (pēl),[key] —n. 1. a shovellike implement for putting bread, pies, etc., into the oven or taking them out.
2. Metall.a long, shovellike iron tool for charging an open-hearth furnace.
Pronunciation: (pēl),[key] —n. a small fortified tower for residence or for use during an attack, common in the border counties of England and Scotland in the 16th century. Also,pele.
Pronunciation: (pēl),[key] —n. 1. Sir Robert, 1788–1850, British political leader: founder of the London constabulary; prime minister 1834–35; 1841–46.
2. a seaport on W Isle of Man: castle; resort. 3295.