query, inquire; collect, gather, assemble, amass, accumulate; analyze, examine, infer, conclude.
6. cut, clip, crop, shear, shave, snip; prune, lop off, pollard, truncate, dock, bob.
pollute, v. 1. dirty, soil, sully, maculate; foul, befoul, make unclean, grime, begrime; poison, adulterate, blight, canker; spoil, mar, scar, Inf. muck up, Inf. mess up; litter, strew, Inf. junk up.
2. defile, contaminate, vitiate, debase, devalue, deprave, corrupt; desecrate, profane, unhallow, violate, destroy, ravage, play havoc with; despoil, abuse, misuse, ill-use.
polluted, adj. 1. dirty, unclean, fouled, befouled, soiled, sooty, grimy, smoky, sullied, maculated; impure, tainted, infected, cankerous, poisoned, adulterated, Inf. mucky, Inf. mucked up, littered, litter-strewn, Inf. junked up.
2. defiled, contaminated, vitiated, spoiled, corrupted; malodorous, mephitic, rank, fetid, putrid, odious, noxious, noisome; slimy, Inf. scrummy, sludgy, Inf. gloppy, Inf. gunky; unhygienic, unsanitary, insanitary, morbific, pathogenic, pestiferous, feculent, ordurous; unhealthy, unhealthful, unwholesome.
3. debased, devalued, worsened, made worse; undermined, weakened, downgraded, endangered; harmed, injured, damaged, blighted, destroyed; desolate, wasted, laid waste; violated, ravaged, despoiled, misused, abused, mismanaged, desecrated, profaned.
poltroon, n. coward, dastard, craven, recreant, Archaic. caitiff, Archaic, niddering, man with the white feather, lily-livered or white-livered coward, craven coward; yellowbelly, mouse, baby, big baby, wheyface, invertebrate, Inf. jellyfish, backbone of banana; Inf. fraidy-cat, Inf. scaredy-cat, Inf. nervous nellie, Sl. chicken, Sl. weak sister; sissy, weakling, milksop, milquetoast, mollycoddle, Inf. pantywaist.
polychromatic, adj. 1. polychrome, many-colored, many-hued, parti-colored, versicolored, multicolored, decorated or executed in many colors, Archaic. motley, harlequin; colorful, diversified, rich, gorgeous, gay, of all manner of colors, of all the colors of the rainbow or the spectrum; prismatic, kaleidoscopic, spectral, rainbow, technicolored; crazy, psychedelic.
2. variegated, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, iridescent, peacocklike, pavonine; chameleonlike, chameleonic.
polyglot, adj. 1. multilingual, learned in languages, bilingual, diglot, diglottic.
-n. 2. linguist, multilinguist, bilinguist, person of many tongues.
polymorphous, adj. polymorphic, multiform, manifold, variable, multiphase, multiplex; multifarious, diversified, varied; protean, everchanging, changeful, changeable, mutable, metamorphic.
pommel, n. 1. knob, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, bump, boss, button; handle, horn, hold, grip, -v. 2. pummel, punch, thwack, bang, bang away at, buffet, wallop, cuff, baste, Inf. lambaste, Sl. belt; pound, Sl. pound on, thump, box; trounce, drub, Sl. whump, thrash, pulverize; bruise, belabor, thresh, beat, Sl. beat up.
pomp, n. 1. grandeur, splendor, brilliance, glory; dignity, gravity, weight, ponderousness, state, solemnity, ceremoniousness, ritual, rituality; magnificence, array, flourish, style, parade, procession, cavalcade; display, show, pageantry, ceremony, spectacle; stiffness, stiltedness, rigidness, starchiness.
2. ostentation, grandiosity, pomposity, pompousness; vainglory, fanfaronade, exhibition. See - pomposity (defs. 1-3).