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PERCH, measure. The length of sixteen feet and a half: a pole or rod of that length. Forty perches in length and four in breadth make an acre of land.

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Milvain was sitting, or rather perching, upon the edge of a chair in the servants' room.
Yes, I did," said Diana gleefully, perching herself on the bed.
He saw them riding downward, soaring upward, sailing off afar, perching near at hand, all restless and all violently active.
he cried, cheerfully, perching himself with his birdlike lightness on the last of the prostrate chairs when he had reached the further end of the room.
The supposed aboriginal stocks must all have been rock-pigeons, that is, not breeding or willingly perching on trees.
As I sit at my window this summer afternoon, hawks are circling about my clearing; the tantivy of wild pigeons, flying by two and threes athwart my view, or perching restless on the white pine boughs behind my house, gives a voice to the air; a fish hawk dimples the glassy surface of the pond and brings up a fish; a mink steals out of the marsh before my door and seizes a frog by the shore; the sedge is bending under the weight of the reed-birds flitting hither and thither; and for the last half-hour I have heard the rattle of railroad cars, now dying away and then reviving like the beat of a partridge, conveying travellers from Boston to the country.