Meaning of parry

par•ry

Pronunciation: (par'ē), [key]
— v., n., pl. -ried, -ry•ing, -ries.
—v.t.
  1. to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
  2. to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
—v.i.
  1. to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
  2. a defensive movement in fencing.

Par•ry

Pronunciation: (par'ē), [key]
— n.
  1. 1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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