(Latin: through, across, over; beyond, by means of)
2. To inspect (an area) on foot.
3. To walk around or roaming and strolling.
2. A leisurely walk (usually in some public place).
2. A small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed.
3. A four-wheeled carriage, often having a hood that folds back and a handle for pushing, used for wheeling an infant about. Also called a baby buggy.
4. An odometer pushed by a person walking.
5. A person who makes a tour or inspection on foot.
2. To achieve an understanding or to apprehend and to notice something; especially, anything that escapes the notice of others: After the corrected English tests were returned to the students in class, Sam perceived a mistake which his teacher had apparently overlooked!
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A quantity can be increased by any percentage but should not be decreased by more than 100 percent.
Once sales have been reduced by 100 percent, for example, it ceases to exist. In defiance of this logic, however, advertisers sometimes refer to a 150 percent decrease in new luggage prices or a new medication that increases energy by over 300 percent.
It is assumed that what is implied by the last example is that the new medicine is three times as effective as some other medicine, but such constructions are still considered to be etymologically incorrect because 100 percent is the
total amount of anything.
2. A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part: "The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience."
3. An amount; such as, an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, for example, total sales: "They are working for a percentage of the gross sales."
When preceded by the, percentage takes a singular verb:
"The percentage of unskilled workers is relatively small."
The percentage of errors in his term paper is excessive."
When preceded by a, percentage takes either a singular or plural verb, depending on the number of the noun in the prepositional phrase that follows:
"A small percentage of the new workers are unskilled."
"A large percentage of the crop was lost because of the lack of rain."
"A large percentage of the electorate still remains undecided."
2. One of a set of points on a scale arrived at by dividing a group into parts in an order of magnitude.
For example, a score equal to or greater than 97 percent of those attained on an examination is said to be in the 97th percentile.
2. Etymology: from Latin praeceptum, from the past participle of praecipere, "to advise, to teach, to instruct, to give rules to" from prae-, pre-, "before" + capere, "to take".