porpoise
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpɔːpəs/, /pɔːˈpɔɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɔːɹpəs/
Noun

porpoise (plural porpoises)

  1. A small cetacean of the family Phocoenidae, related to dolphins and whales.
  2. (North America, imprecisely) Any small dolphin.
Synonyms Translations Verb

porpoise (porpoises, present participle porpoising; past and past participle porpoised)

  1. (intransitive) Said of an air-breathing aquatic animal such as a porpoise or penguin: To repeatedly jump out of the water to take a breath and dive back in a continuous motion.
  2. (intransitive) Said of an aircraft: to make a series of plunges when taking off or landing; or of a watercraft: to successively plunge up and down in the water.



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