Pup·pet n. [Written also poppet.]
1. A small image in the human form; a doll.
2. A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play.
At the pipes of some carved organ move,
The gilded puppets dance. --Pope.
3. One controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt.
4. Mach. The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe.
Puppet master. Same as Puppetman.
Puppet play, a puppet show.
Puppet player, one who manages the motions of puppets.
Puppet show, a mock drama performed by puppets moved by wires.
Puppet valve, a valve in the form of a circular disk, which covers a hole in its seat, and opens by moving bodily away from the seat while remaining parallel with it, -- used in steam engines, pumps, safety valves, etc. Its edge is often beveled, and fits in a conical recess in the seat when the valve is closed. See the valves shown in Illusts. of Plunger pump, and Safety valve, under Plunger, and Safety.
n : a show in which the actors are puppets [syn: puppet play]