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Purse Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    purse n
  1. a bag 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]
  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" v
  5. contract one's lips into a rounded shape
  6. gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips" [syn: wrinkle]
Purse Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Purse \Purse\, v. t. [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.
Purse Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Purse \Purse\, n. [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 (Zo["o]l.), 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
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  • Purse: A purse is a small bag that may refer to: Handbag , in American English. Coin purse , in English. Money bag Wallet Purse may also refer to: ...
  • Darren Purse: Darren John Purse (born 14 February 1977) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship side Millwall . ...
  • Purse distribution: In horse racing , the term purse distribution may refer to the total amount of money paid out to the owners of horses racing at a ...
  • Coin purse: A coin purse is a small money bag or pouch, similar to a wallet , but typically used by women and include a compartment for coin s. ...
  • Samaritan's Purse: Samaritan's Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to assist people in ...
  • John Purse: John Eric Purse (b. September 7, 1972 in Orlando, Florida , raised in Spring, Texas U.S.) is a former American professional "Mid School" ...

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* If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

* Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls Who steals my purse steals trash 'tis something, nothing 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed. - William Shakespeare

* Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man. - William Shakespeare


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