1. A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie.
Who steals my purse steals trash. --Shak.
2. Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse.
3. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.
4. A specific sum of money; as: (a) In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters. (b) In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.
Light purse, or Empty purse, poverty or want of resources.
Long purse, ∨ Heavy purse, wealth; riches.
Purse crab Zool., any land crab of the genus Birgus, allied to the hermit crabs. They sometimes weigh twenty pounds or more, and are very strong, being able to crack cocoanuts with the large claw. They chiefly inhabit the tropical islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, living in holes and feeding upon fruit. Called also palm crab.
Purse net, a fishing net, the mouth of which may be closed or drawn together like a purse. --Mortimer.
Purse pride, pride of money; insolence proceeding from the possession of wealth. --Bp. Hall.
Purse rat. Zool. See Pocket gopher, under Pocket.
Sword and purse, the military power and financial resources of a nation.
Purse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pursed p. pr. & vb. n. Pursing.]
1. To put into a purse.
I will go and purse the ducats straight. --Shak.
2. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.
Thou . . . didst contract and purse thy brow. --Shak.
Purse, v. i. To steal purses; to rob. [Obs. & R.]
I'll purse: . . . I'll bet at bowling alleys. --Beau. & Fl.
n 1: a bag used for carrying money and small personal items or
accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her
bag and found a comb" [syn: bag, handbag, pocketbook]
2: a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse;
"he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and
his wife shared a common purse"
3: a small bag for carrying money
4: a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered
the winner's expenses"
v 1: contract one's lips into a rounded shape
2: gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse
ones's lips" [syn: wrinkle]
(1.) Gr. balantion, a bag (Luke 10:4; 22:35, 36).
(2.) Gr. zone, properly a girdle (Matt. 10:9; Mark 6:8), a
money-belt. As to our Lord's sending forth his disciples without
money in their purses, the remark has been made that in this
"there was no departure from the simple manners of the country.
At this day the farmer sets out on excursions quite as extensive
without a para in his purse; and a modern Moslem prophet of
Tarshisha thus sends forth his apostles over this identical
region. No traveller in the East would hestitate to throw
himself on the hospitality of any village." Thomson's Land and
the Book. (See SCRIP.)