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A thief who roams the sea in an armed vessel without authority from any government who seizes other ships by force, and plundering them. A sea robber, who, to enrich himself by subtlety or open force, sets upon merchants and others trading by sea, despoiling them of their loading, and sometimes bereaving them of life and, sinking their ships or more generally one guilty of the crime of piracy.

 - n. A robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor. An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas. One who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission.

 - Pirate perch (Zool.), a fresh- water percoid fish of the United States It is of a dark olive color, speckled with blackish spots.

 - vb. To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.


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