1. 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.
2. An armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas.
3. 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 (Aphredoderus Sayanus). It is of a dark olive color, speckled with blackish spots.
Pi·rate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pirated p. pr. & vb. n. Pirating.] To play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas.
Pi·rate, v. t. To publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author.
They advertised they would pirate his edition. --Pope.
n 1: someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they
were his own [syn: plagiarist, plagiarizer, plagiariser,
2: someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea
without having a commission from any sovereign nation
[syn: buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover]
3: a ship manned by pirates [syn: pirate ship]
v 1: copy illegally; of published material
2: take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the
plane and flew it to Miami" [syn: commandeer, hijack,