pigeonhole definition

  • noun:
    • a little compartment or recess, as with a desk, for keeping reports; a cubbyhole.
    • A specific, often oversimplified group.
    • The small opening or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
    • A nook in a desk for holding documents.
    • certainly one of numerous compartments for sorting post, communications etc. at an office, or university (including).
    • A hole, or roosting location for pigeons.
    • An old English game, in which balls were rolled through little arches.
    • a little compartment in a desk or situation for keeping of letters, papers, etc.; -- so-called from resemblance of a row of these to your compartments in a dovecote.
    • one of many holes in a dove-cote or pigeon-house through which the wild birds pass inside and outside.
    • thus just a little storage space or unit in an instance for papers, a bureau, a desk, and/or like.
    • among a few holes in an arch of a furnace whereby the gases of burning pass.
    • One of a few holes in the block in the bottom of a keir by which its fluid contents could be released.
    • plural a vintage English game, resembling modern bagatelle, in which balls had been rolled through small cavities or arches.
    • In publishing, an over-wide room between printed terms. Also referred to as rat-hole.
    • a little storage space
    • a specific (frequently simplistic) group
  • verb-transitive:
    • to position or file in a small compartment or recess.
    • To classify mentally; categorize.
    • To put apart and dismiss; shelve.
    • to position within the pigeonhole of an instance or pantry; thus, to put away; to lay aside indefinitely.
  • verb:
    • To classify; specifically to restrict or be restricted to a particular category, part, etc.
    • to place apart, not to work on (proposals, suggestions, advice).
    • destination into a little compartment
    • treat or classify based on a mental label
  • others:
    • To place or register away in a pigeonhole; therefore, to set aside for future consideration; ergo, to set aside and dismiss or forget; “shelve”; treat with intentional neglect: since, to pigeonhole a software for a scheduled appointment; to pigeonhole a scheme.

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