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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Puppet \Pup"pet\, n. [OE. popet, OF. poupette; akin to F. poup['e]e a doll, probably from L. puppa, pupa, a girl, doll, puppet. Cf. Poupeton, Pupa, Pupil, Puppy.] [Written also poppet.] 1. A small image in the human form; a doll. [1913 Webster] 2. A similar figure moved by the hand or by a wire in a mock drama; a marionette; a wooden actor in a play. [1913 Webster] At the pipes of some carved organ move, The gilded puppets dance. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. One controlled in his action by the will of another; a tool; -- so used in contempt. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mach.) The upright support for the bearing of the spindle in a lathe. [1913 Webster] Puppet master. Same as Puppetman. Puppet play, a puppet show. Puppet player, one who manages the motions of puppets. Puppet show, a mock drama performed by puppets moved by wires. Puppet valve, a valve in the form of a circular disk, which covers a hole in its seat, and opens by moving bodily away from the seat while remaining parallel with it, -- used in steam engines, pumps, safety valves, etc. Its edge is often beveled, and fits in a conical recess in the seat when the valve is closed. See the valves shown in Illusts. of Plunger pump, and Safety valve, under Plunger, and Safety. [1913 Webster]