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backboard Tweet Definition of backboard Like Definition of backboard on Facebook
  1. (basketball) The flat vertical surface to which the basket is attached.
backhand Tweet Definition of backhand Like Definition of backhand on Facebook
  1. (tennis) a stroke made across the chest from the off-hand side to the racquet hand side; a stroke during which the back of the hand faces the shot.
  2. Handwriting that leans to the left
  3. (context, Ultimate Frisbee) the standard throw; a throw during which the disc begins on the off-hand side and travels across the chest to be released from the opposite side.
  1. to execute a backhand stroke or throw
  2. to slap with the back of ones hand
  1. (handwriting) any left slanting handwriting
  2. (of strokes or throws) in the backhand style
  3. (Icehockey) Any play that uses the back side of the hockey stick
He scored on a backhand shot.
backlash Tweet Definition of backlash Like Definition of backlash on Facebook
  1. A reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.
  • The public to the proposal was quick and insistent.
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  1. (context, mechanical) The distance through which one part of connected machinery, as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from wear.
  2. The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.
backspin Tweet Definition of backspin Like Definition of backspin on Facebook
  1. spin applied to a ball in order to slow it, change its flight, or stop it when it lands
backstop Tweet Definition of backstop Like Definition of backstop on Facebook
noun (plural:backstops)
  1. (baseball): A Wooden wall with a fence over it that is behind homebase in a baseball game.
  2. A device that prevents locomotive cars from rolling off a railroad track.
backstroke Tweet Definition of backstroke Like Definition of backstroke on Facebook
  1. A swimming stroke swum on one's back, rotating arms through the water as to propel the swimmer backwards.
backswing Tweet Definition of backswing Like Definition of backswing on Facebook
  1. The preparatory stroke preceding that which produces contact with the target. Normally associated with sports such as golf, tennis and cricket.
backup Tweet Definition of backup Like Definition of backup on Facebook
nounorback-up (pluralbackupsorback-ups)
  1. A reserve or substitute.
If the goalkeeper is injured, we have a .
  1. (computing) A copy of a file or record, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is destroyed or damaged.
After the power failure, we had to restore the database from .
  1. An accumulation of material that halts the flow or movement of something.
The blockage caused a in the plumbing.
  1. standby, reserve or extra
I am only a player.
  1. (computing) That is intended as a backup.
Make a copy of that file.
bad Tweet Definition of bad Like Definition of bad on Facebook
  1. (slang) error, mistake
Sorry, my !
adjective (worse, worst)
  1. Not good; unfavorable; negative.
  2. Seemingly non-appropriate, in manners, etc.
It is manners to talk with your mouth full.
  1. Not suitable or fitting.
  2. tricky; stressful; unpleasant
Divorce is usually a experience for everybody involved.
  1. evil, wicked
Be careful. There are people in the world.
  1. A result that is negative in the eyes of the speaker.
  2. faulty; not functional
I had a headlight.
  1. Of food, spoilt, rotten, overripe.
  2. Of breath, malodorous, foul.
Badminton Tweet Definition of Badminton Like Definition of Badminton on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a village in Gloucestershire, England
baff Tweet Definition of baff Like Definition of baff on Facebook
  1. (Geordie) blank
  1. To hit or strike, especially with something flat or soft.
  2. (golf) To strike the ground with the bottom of the club when taking a stroke.
bag Tweet Definition of bag Like Definition of bag on Facebook
  1. A flexible container made of cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  2. One"s preference.
Acid House is not my , I prefer the more traditional styles of music.
  1. (derogatory) An ugly woman.
  2. (baseball) First, second, or third base.
He headed back to the .
  1. (baseball) The cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base.
''The grounder hit the and bounced over the fielder"s head.
  1. (context, preceded by "the") A breathalyzer device, so named because it formerly had a plastic bag over the end to measure a set amount of breath.
verb (bag, g, ing)
  1. To put into a bag.
  2. To catch or kill, especially when fishing or hunting.
We bagged three deer yesterday.
  1. To gain possession of something, or to make first claim on something.
  2. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To be caught by the police.
  3. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To bring a woman one met on the street with one.
  4. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To laugh uncontrollably.
  5. (context, AU, slang) To criticise sarcastically.
  6. (context, medical) To provide artificial ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitator.
bait Tweet Definition of bait Like Definition of bait on Facebook
  1. Any substance, especially food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, trap, or net.
  2. Anything which allure, allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
  3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
  4. A light or hasty luncheon.
  1. To attract fish or other animals in order to catch them.
  2. The act to worry or torment a chained or confined animal by setting dogs upon it for sport.
  3. To intentionally annoy, torment, or threaten by constant rebukes or threats.
balanced Tweet Definition of balanced Like Definition of balanced on Facebook
  1. even
He believed he rarely got sick because of his well-balanced diet.
balancer Tweet Definition of balancer Like Definition of balancer on Facebook
  1. One who, or that which, balances.
  2. The rear wings of certain insects used for stability in flight.
balk Tweet Definition of balk Like Definition of balk on Facebook
  1. ridge, an unplowed strip of land. (One use is to walk on it.)
  2. beam.
  3. hindrance.
  4. blunder.
  5. (baseball) an illegal motion intended to deceive a runner.
  1. (archaic) to pass over or by.
  2. to stop, check, block.
  3. to stop short and refuse to go on.
  4. to refuse suddenly.
ball Tweet Definition of ball Like Definition of ball on Facebook
  1. A solid or hollow sphere.
  2. An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
  3. A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.
of wool
  1. (baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
  2. (context, pinball) An opportunity to launch the ball into play.
  3. (context, ballistics) A solid, sperical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
  4. (mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.
  5. (context, mathematics, more generally) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.
  6. (context, mildly, vulgar, slang, usually in plural) A testicle.
  7. (context, mildly, vulgar, slang, in plural) nonsense, Nonsense.
That"s a load of balls, and you know it! " Synonyms " See WikiSaurus:Nonsense
  1. (context, slang, in plural) courage, Courage.
I doubt he"s got the balls to tell him off.
  1. (cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
  2. (anatomy) The ball of a foot
  1. (context, transitive, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with.
ball boy Tweet Definition of ball boy Like Definition of ball boy on Facebook
  1. (sports) A person, usually male, responsible for retrieving balls from the area of play, and returning them to the players.
ball game Tweet Definition of ball game Like Definition of ball game on Facebook
  1. Any game played with a ball.
Basketball, cricket, and football are three kinds of .
  1. A specific contest or match between teams playing such a game.
George and Harriet went to the stadium to see the .
ball girl Tweet Definition of ball girl Like Definition of ball girl on Facebook
  1. (sports) Someone responsible for getting the balls from off the area of play to the players.
ballotade Tweet Definition of ballotade Like Definition of ballotade on Facebook
  1. (dressage) A leap of a horse, as between two pillars, or on a straight line, so that when his four feet are in the air, he shows only the shoes of his hind feet, without jerking out.
ballplayer Tweet Definition of ballplayer Like Definition of ballplayer on Facebook
noun (plural:ballplayers)
  1. an athlete, usally a basketball, baseball, or football player.
bandy Tweet Definition of bandy Like Definition of bandy on Facebook
  1. (sports) A winter sport played on ice, from which ice hockey has developed.
verb (bandies, bandying, bandied, bandied)
  1. To give and receive reciprocally; to exchange.
to words (with somebody)
  1. To use or pass about casually.
to have one"s name bandied about (or around)
  1. bowlegged, Bowlegged, or bending outward at the knees; as in bandy legged.
bangtail Tweet Definition of bangtail Like Definition of bangtail on Facebook
  1. (Australia, United States) The name given to a horse or cow in which the long hairs on the tail are sheared off horizontally; in the horse, level with the hocks. Done partly for show, in cattle it is mainly a mark that they have been handled and the usual operations have been performed; eg. castration, dipping, or to mark them as counted for transportation.
  2. (Slang) Prostitute.
  3. A horse bred for racing.
verbto bangtail
  1. To dock the hair at the end of a cow's tail.
barbell Tweet Definition of barbell Like Definition of barbell on Facebook
  1. (weightlifting): A wide steel bar with premeasured weights affixed to either end, with the central span open for the hands of the weightlifter.
barnstorm Tweet Definition of barnstorm Like Definition of barnstorm on Facebook
  1. To travel around the countryside making political speeches etc
  2. To appear at fairs and carnivals in exhibitions of stunt flying, or sporting events
  3. An athletic team that travels from town to town performing in front of primarily small crowds
base Tweet Definition of base Like Definition of base on Facebook
  1. Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
  2. The starting point of a logical deduction or thought.
  3. A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
  4. The place where decisions for an organization are made; headquarters.
  5. (chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.
  6. A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek
  7. (architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
  8. (baseball) One of the three places that a runner can stand in safety.
  9. (biology, biochemistry) A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
  10. (botany) The end of a leaf,petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
  11. (electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a transistor.
  12. (geometry) The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
  13. (mathematics) A number raised to the power of an exponent.
The logarithm to 2 of 8 is 3.
  1. (topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generated.
adjective  (baser, basest)
base (more base, most base)
  1. low
  2. inferior
  3. immoral
  4. common
baseball Tweet Definition of baseball Like Definition of baseball on Facebook
  1. A sport common in North America, the Caribbean, and Japan, in which the object is to strike a ball so that one of a nine-person team can run counter-clockwise among four bases, causing a run. The team with the most runs after nine or more inning, innings wins.
  2. The ball used to play the sport of baseball.
  3. A variant of poker in which cards with baseball-related values have special significance.
baseball glove Tweet Definition of baseball glove Like Definition of baseball glove on Facebook
  1. (baseball) A protective mitt used when playing baseball.
baseman Tweet Definition of baseman Like Definition of baseman on Facebook
  1. (baseball) a player positioned near a base: first baseman, second baseman or third baseman
basketball Tweet Definition of basketball Like Definition of basketball on Facebook
  1. (context, sport, uncountable) A sport in which two opposing teams of five players strive to put a ball through a hoop.
  2. (context, basketball, countable) The particular kind of ball used in the sport of basketball.
bat Tweet Definition of bat Like Definition of bat on Facebook
  1. Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Chiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation. They look like a mouse with membranous wings extending from the forelimbs to the hind limbs or tail. Altogether, there are about 1.000 bat species in the world.
  2. (context, offensive) An old woman.
  3. (1811) A low whore: so called from moving out like a bat in the dusk of the evening.
verb (bats, batting, batted)
  1. (transitive) to hit with a bat.
  2. (intransitive) to take a turn at hitting a ball with a bat in sports like cricket, baseball and softball, as opposed to fielding.
  3. (intransitive) to strike or swipe as though with a bat
The cat batted at the toy.
baton Tweet Definition of baton Like Definition of baton on Facebook
  1. A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes; as, the baton of a field marshal; the baton of a conductor in musical performances.
  2. (heraldry) An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).
batsman Tweet Definition of batsman Like Definition of batsman on Facebook
noun (pl=batsmen)
  1. (Cricket) Applied to both male and female cricketers:
  1. A player of the batting side now on the field
  2. The player now receiving strike; the striker
  3. 2001: The batsman, Kathryn Leng, (who has played for quite a few years for England) asked the umpire dumbfounded if Charlie was going to bowl with a helmet on. — w:Julia Price, Julia Price (Australian cricketer), her women's Ashes diary entry for 19 June 2001
  4. Any player selected for his or her team principally to bat
batter Tweet Definition of batter Like Definition of batter on Facebook
  1. A beaten mixture of flour and liquid (usually egg and milk), used for baking (e.g. pancakes, cake, or yorkshire pudding) or to coat food (e.g. fish) prior to frying
To the dismay of his mother, the boy put his finger into the cake .
  1. The person who tries to hit the ball in a sport like baseball
The first hit the ball into the corner for a double.
  1. (cricket) A batsman. Used under the modern fashion for expunging gender from all words, but in fact women cricketers refer to themselves as batsmen (ie. it's already gender-neutral, see the batsman article).
  2. A binge, a heavy drinking session.
When he went on a , he became very violent.
  1. A slope.
Hydroseeding of unvegetated batters is planned.
  1. to hit or strike violently and repeatedly
  2. to coat with batter
battery Tweet Definition of battery Like Definition of battery on Facebook
noun (batter, ies)
  1. A device that produces electricity by a chemical reaction between two substances.
  2. The crime or tort of intentionally striking another person.
  3. A coordinated group of artillery.
  4. An array of similar things.
Schoolchildren take a battery of standard tests to measure their progress.
  1. A set of small cages where hens are kept for the purpose of farm, farming their eggs.
  2. (baseball) The catcher and the pitcher together
  3. (chess) Two or more pieces on the same rank, file, or diagonal
batting average Tweet Definition of batting average Like Definition of batting average on Facebook
  1. (Cricket) A statistical estimation of the scoring ability of a batsman; equal to the total number of runs scored divided by the number of times out.
  2. (Baseball) A statistical estimation of the hitting ability of a batter; equal to the number of hits divided by the number of official at-bats. Normally expressed as a real number instead of an average despite the name.
Jones has a .279 .
bear hug Tweet Definition of bear hug Like Definition of bear hug on Facebook
  1. any especially large, tight or enthusiastic hug, usually friendly
Granddad scooped up the child in a big .
  1. in business, a hostile takeover effort in which one firm offers to buy the other firm at a share price too high to refuse
  2. in wrestling, a hold with the arms around the opponent
beat Tweet Definition of beat Like Definition of beat on Facebook
  1. A pulsation or throb.
  2. A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece.
  3. A rhythm.
  4. A pause with the camera focused on one shot, often a characters face (often used in screenplays/teleplays).
  5. The route of a patrol by a guard or officer as in walk the beat.
  6. In newspapering, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business, etc.).
  7. A small part of a dramatic play.
verb (beats, beating, beat, beaten)
  1. To hit; to knock; to pound; to strike.
As soon as she heard the news, she went into a rage and the wall with her fists until her knuckles bled.
  1. To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
He danced hypnotically while she the atabaque.
  1. To win against; to defeat; to do better than, outdo, or excel someone in a particular, competitive event.
Jessica had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always him.
  1. (context, intransitive, nautical) To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  2. To mix food in a rapid fashion. cf. whip.
Beat the eggs and whip the cream.
  1. (gay slang) fabulous
Her makeup was beat!
  1. exhausted
After the long day, she was feeling completely .
beater Tweet Definition of beater Like Definition of beater on Facebook
  1. A kitchen implement for mixing.
  2. A stick used to play a percussion instrument.
  3. US colloquial An automobile in poor operating condition.
  4. US colloquial A sleeveless undershirt (short for 'wife beater')
  5. (Beaters) In a hunting party, the group of men used to drive game towards the shooters.
  6. Papermaking machine for processing fibres by fibrillation in order to improve bonding strength
belay Tweet Definition of belay Like Definition of belay on Facebook
  1. (climbing) The securing of a rope to a rock or other projection; the object to which the rope is secured; a location at which a climber stops and builds an anchor with which to secure his/or her partner
verb (belays, belaying, belaid, belaid)
  1. (nautical) to make a rope fast by turning it round a cleat or belaying pin.
  2. (nautical) the general command to stop or cease.
  3. (climbing) to secure a climber by tying the rope to any available fastening point.
bench Tweet Definition of bench Like Definition of bench on Facebook
  1. A long seat, for example, in the park.
They sat on a park and tossed bread crumbs to the ducks and pigeons.
  1. In law, the people who decide on the verdict; the judiciary.
They are awaiting a decision on the motion from the .
  1. (context, law, figurative) The place where the judges sit.
She sat on the for 30 years before she retired.
  1. The place where players of a sport sit when not playing.
    He spent the first three games on the , watching.
  2. A place where assembly or hand work is performed; a workbench.
    She placed the workpiece on the , inspected it closely, and opened the cover.''
    1. (weightlifting) A horizontal padded surface, usually with a weight rack, used for support during exercise.
verb (bench, es)
  1. (context, transitive, sports) To sideline; to remove a player from play.
They benched him for the rest of the game because they thought he was injured.
  1. (context, transitive, weightlifting) To lift by bench pressing
I heard he can 150 pounds.
  1. (slang) To push the victim back on the person behind them who is on their hands and knees and end up falling over
bender Tweet Definition of bender Like Definition of bender on Facebook
  1. (context, slang) A bout of heavy drinking.
    He's been out on a with his mates.
  2. (context, slang, derogatory, mostly UK) A homosexual man.
    1. A device to aid bending of pipes to a specific angle.
biathlon Tweet Definition of biathlon Like Definition of biathlon on Facebook
  1. A winter sport combining cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
bib Tweet Definition of bib Like Definition of bib on Facebook
noun (plural:bibs)
  1. An item of clothing for baby, babies tied around their neck to protect their clothes from getting dirty when eating.
  2. The upper part of an apron.
bike Tweet Definition of bike Like Definition of bike on Facebook
  1. A short form of bicycle.
  2. A short form of motorcycle.
  3. (derogatory slang) A promiscuous woman.
bind Tweet Definition of bind Like Definition of bind on Facebook
  1. A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
verb (binds, binding, bound or rarely bounden)
  1. To connect
  2. To couple
  3. To put together in a cover, as of books
  4. (computing) to associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name with the content of a storage location
birdie Tweet Definition of birdie Like Definition of birdie on Facebook
  1. (context, diminutive) A bird.
    Aw, that's a cute little . Is it a budgie?
  2. (golf) The completion of a hole one stroke below par.
    He scored ten birdies during the tournament.
  3. (badminton) A shuttlecock.
verb (birdie, d)
  1. (intransitive) (golf) To score a birdie.
    Sí¶renstam birdied to take the lead.
  2. (transitive) (golf) To score a birdie.
    Sí¶renstam birdied the seventeenth hole to take the lead.
bite Tweet Definition of bite Like Definition of bite on Facebook
  1. The act of bite
    1. Verb, biting.
    2. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
    That snake really hurts!
    1. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
    After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
    1. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by bite
  2. Verb, biting; a mouthful.
There were only a few bites left on the plate.
  1. (slang) Something unpleasant.
That's really a !
  1. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
That song is a of my song!
verb (bites, biting, bit, bitten)
  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
As soon as you that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  1. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one"s teeth.
  2. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
That dog is about to !
  1. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
I needed snow chains to make the tires .
  1. (context, intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
Are the fish biting today?
  1. (intransitive) To fall for a deception.
I've planted the story. Do you think they'll ?
  1. (context, intransitive, of an insect) To sting.
These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  1. (context, intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision.
This music really bites.
  1. (context, intransitive, slang) To plagiarize.
He's biting my style.
blade Tweet Definition of blade Like Definition of blade on Facebook
  1. The sharp-edged or pointed working end of a tool or utensil, e.g., a knife, chisel, or screwdriver.
  2. thin, Thin plate, foil.
  3. The flat or expanded part of a leaf or petal of a plant
  4. Any weapon or tool consisting of a blade (sword, knife, etc.)
  5. Any of the arms of a propeller. E.g., The plane has a four blade propeller.
  6. (context, ultimate frisbee) A throw characterized by a tight parabolic trajectory due to a steep lateral attitude.
  7. (context, rowing) An oar.
  8. (context, sailing) A rudder, daggerboard, or centerboard.
  9. (context, slang, mainly, US) A homosexual, usually male.
  10. (archaeology) A piece of prepared, sharp edged stone, often flint, at least twice as long as it is wide.
verb (blad, ing)
  1. (professional wrestling) To cut oneself intentionally, almost always on the forehead, with a small razor to induce bleeding during a match.
blank Tweet Definition of blank Like Definition of blank on Facebook
  1. A bullet that doesn't harm; a cartridge inserted into a gun that fires no projectile.
  2. A void space on a paper.
  3. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  4. (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. Nares.
  5. (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  6. (context, dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  7. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  1. (transitive) To make void; to erase.
I blanked out my previous entry.
  1. To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
The team was blanked.
adjective (all rarely used - by definition, blank is absolute and technically cannot be partial)
  1. Without color; lacking characteristics which give variety.
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
bleacher Tweet Definition of bleacher Like Definition of bleacher on Facebook
  1. Internet slang, pejorative. A bleacher is a person who is overly obsessed with an Anime series broadcasted in Japan, w:Bleach (manga), Bleach. It is sometimes associated with individuals who join w:Bleach (manga), Bleach channels asking for unreleased episodes/chapters.
    • <BLEACHer> Is Bleach episode 500 out yet?
    • <BLEACHer> [/msg Ishida xdcc send
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blind Tweet Definition of blind Like Definition of blind on Facebook
  1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
  2. Any device intended to conceal or hide; as, a duck blind.
  3. (baseball) (slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning no score.
  4. (poker) A forced bet
  5. (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet
  1. (transitive) To make temporarily or permanently blind.
The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded.
Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
adjective (blinder, blindest)
  1. (notcomparable) Of a person or animal, unable to see.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : He was plainly , for he tapped before him with a stick, and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose...
      1. (comparable) fail, Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.
      The lovers were to each other"s faults.
      1. (notcomparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility; as, a blind corner.
      2. (notcomparable) close, Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
      3. (notcomparable) Without opening; as, a blind wall.
  1. In three card brag, without looking at the cards dealt.
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proper nounThe Blitz
  1. The series of air-raids launched on London by the German airforce in 1940-1.
block Tweet Definition of block Like Definition of block on Facebook
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
A of ice.
A of stone.
  1. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
Anne Boleyn placed her head on the and awaited her execution.
  1. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
I'm going for a walk around the .
  1. A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
A of flats.
  1. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short north.
  1. (slang) The human head.
I'll knock your off.
  1. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
A of 100 tickets.
  1. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sector, sectors (see cluster).
  2. (context, rigging) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  3. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  4. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
There's a in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  1. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  2. (Cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  3. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter"s court.
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  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
The pipe is blocked.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  1. (transitive) The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
He blocked the basketball player's shot.
The offensive lineman, offensive linemen tried to the blitz.
  1. (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
It was very difficult to this scene convincingly.
  1. (transitive, Cricket) To hit with a block.
  2. (intransitive, Cricket) To play a block shot.
blocker Tweet Definition of blocker Like Definition of blocker on Facebook
  1. something that blocks something specific
  2. a playing card, needed by one player, that is held by another
blood sport Tweet Definition of blood sport Like Definition of blood sport on Facebook
  1. A sport involving the killing or the shedding of blood of animals.
blue line Tweet Definition of blue line Like Definition of blue line on Facebook
  1. (Icehockey) The line that separates an attacking zone or defending zone from the neutral zone.
BMX Tweet Definition of BMX Like Definition of BMX on Facebook
  1. Bicycle motocross, a form of cycling on bicycles with 20-inch wheels, originating in California in the 1970s.
bobber Tweet Definition of bobber Like Definition of bobber on Facebook
  1. (context, fishing) A buoyant device (frequently made of cork) attached to a line so as to suspend the end of the line with the hook (and bait or lure) above the bottom.
bobble Tweet Definition of bobble Like Definition of bobble on Facebook
  1. A furry ball attached on top of a hat
  2. (British) Elasticated band used for securing hair (for instance in a ponytail)
verb (bobbl, ing)
  1. To bob up and down.
body check Tweet Definition of body check Like Definition of body check on Facebook
  1. a move in ice hockey or lacrosse in which a player impedes another with his body
bogey Tweet Definition of bogey Like Definition of bogey on Facebook
  1. (golf) A score of one over par in golf.
  2. One of two sets of wheels under a train car.
  3. A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
  4. (engineering) A representative specimen, taken from the centre a spread of production - a sample with bogey (typical) characteristics.
  5. (military) An enemy aircraft.
  6. (military) An unidentified aircraft, especially as observed as a spot on a radar screen.
  1. (golf) To make a .
bolt Tweet Definition of bolt Like Definition of bolt on Facebook
  1. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body, partially or completely threaded, and a larger head; it is inserted into an unthreaded hole (unlike a screw) up to the head, and a nut is threaded on the other end.
  2. A slide, sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
  3. A bar of wood or metal dropped in hooks on a door and adjoining walls, or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
  4. A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a round in a gun.
  5. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult, especially a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow.
  6. A lightning spark, i.e. lightning bolt: a bolt from the blue.
  7. A large roll of material, e.g. fabric: a bolt of cloth.
  8. (nautical) The standard measurement of length of canvas for use at sea; 39 yards
  1. To connect or assemble pieces using a bolt.
Bolt the vice to the bench.
  1. To secure a door by locking or barring it.
Bolt the door.
  1. To accelerate suddenly.
The horse bolted.
  1. To escape.
  2. Of a plant, to grow quickly; to go to seed.
Lettuce and spinach will as the weather warms up.
book Tweet Definition of book Like Definition of book on Facebook
  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc. If initially blank, commonly referred to as a notebook.
  2. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
I'm running a on who is going to win the race.
  1. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
a of stamps
a of raffle tickets
  1. A major division of a published work, larger than a chapter, commonly an academic publication or the Bible.
  2. The script of a musical.
  3. (usually, in plural) Records of the accounts of a business.
  4. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  5. (context, law) A colloquial reference to a book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  6. (context, poker slang) four of a kind
  1. (transitive) To reserve (something) for future use
I want to a hotel room for tomorrow night
I can tickets for the concert next week
  1. (transitive) To penalise (someone) for an offence.
The police booked him for driving too fast
  1. (context, intransitive, slang) To travel very fast.
He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
  1. (transitive) To write down.
They booked that message from the hill
  1. (context, transitive, law) To receive the highest grade in a class.
The top three students had a bet on which one was going to their intellectual property class.
bookmaker Tweet Definition of bookmaker Like Definition of bookmaker on Facebook
  1. a person who prints or binds books
  2. a person (or a business) who calculates odds and accepts bets, especially on horse racing; a bookie
borrow Tweet Definition of borrow Like Definition of borrow on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A ransom; a pledge or guarantee.
  2. (archaic) A surety; someone standing bail.
  • 1819: "where am I to find such a sum? If I sell the very pyx and candlesticks on the altar at Jorvaulx, I shall scarce raise the half; and it will be necessary for that purpose that I go to Jorvaulx myself; ye may retain as borrows my two priests." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  1. To receive (something) from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it.
  2. To adopt (an idea) as one's own.
  3. (linguistics) To copy a word from another language.
  4. (arithmetic) In a subtraction, to deduct (one) from a digit of the minuend and add ten to the following digit, in order that the subtraction of a larger digit in the subtrahend from the digit in the minuend to which ten is added gives a positive result.
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  1. A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
  2. As much as is held by a bowl.
You can't have any more soup - you've had three bowls already.
  1. The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
  2. (also pudding bowl or bowl cut) A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
  3. A round crater (or similar) in the ground.
  4. The action of bowling a ball.
  5. (in plural bowls but used with a singular verb) The game of lawn bowls.
  6. (American football) an important annual game, such as the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, or the Superbowl
  1. (transitive) To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
    1. (intransitive) To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).
bowler Tweet Definition of bowler Like Definition of bowler on Facebook
  1. (context, bowling) One who engages in the sport of bowling.
  2. (context, cricket) The player currently bowling.
  3. (context, cricket) A player selected mainly for his bowling ability.
  4. (context, baseball, slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning the pitcher.
bowling Tweet Definition of bowling Like Definition of bowling on Facebook
  1. (also ten-pin bowling) A game played by rolling a ball down an alley and trying to knock over a triangular group of ten pins.
  2. Several similar games played indoors or outdoors.
  3. (cricket) The action of propelling the ball towards the batsman.
  4. (slang) A particular style of walking associated with urban street culture.
  5. (gerund): The action of the verb to bowl.
  1. (present participle of, bowl)
bowling alley Tweet Definition of bowling alley Like Definition of bowling alley on Facebook
  1. building in which the game of bowling is played
bowling crease Tweet Definition of bowling crease Like Definition of bowling crease on Facebook
  1. (Cricket) The white line marked at each end of the pitch through the wicket and ending at the return creases. When bowling the bowler's front foot must not cross this line until after the ball has been delivered.
bowling green Tweet Definition of bowling green Like Definition of bowling green on Facebook
noun (plural:bowling greens)
  1. A finely-laid, close-mown and rolled stretch of flat lawn for playing the game of bowls.
bowman Tweet Definition of bowman Like Definition of bowman on Facebook
noun (pl=bowmen)
  1. An archer.
bowstring Tweet Definition of bowstring Like Definition of bowstring on Facebook
  1. the string of an archer's bow
box Tweet Definition of box Like Definition of box on Facebook
noun (boxes)
  1. Any of various evergreen shrubs or trees of the genus w:Buxus, Buxus.
    • 1885: the application of woods other than for purposes for which that wood is now used would tend to lessen the demand for &mdash; Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885
verb (box, es)
  1. To place inside a box.
  2. To place a primitive value into an object (such as an int into an Integer) -- see also autoboxing.
  3. To hem in.
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proper noun
  1. A Chinese anti-imperial and anti-foreigner rebel of the early 1900s.
boxing Tweet Definition of boxing Like Definition of boxing on Facebook
  1. (sport) A sport where two opponents punch each other with gloved fists, the object being to score more points by the end of the match or by knockout, or technical knockout.
  1. (present participle of, box)
boxing glove Tweet Definition of boxing glove Like Definition of boxing glove on Facebook
  1. A padded mitten, designed to protect the hand while punching, and worn in boxing.
bracer Tweet Definition of bracer Like Definition of bracer on Facebook
noun (plural bracers)
  1. That which braces, binds, or makes firm; a band or bandage.
  2. (archery) A covering to protect the arm of the bowman from the vibration of the string.
  • 1786: To prevent the bow string from hanging on the left arm, it is covered with a piece of smooth leather, fastened on the outside of the arm, this is called a bracer. &mdash; Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 34.
    1. (Armor) Armor for the forearm; a brassart.
    2. A medicine, as an astringent or a tonic, which gives tension or tone to any part of the body.
brail Tweet Definition of brail Like Definition of brail on Facebook
noun (usually in plural)
  1. (nautical) a small rope used to truss up sails
  1. to haul up a sail using the brails
  • 1993: The winds blew at their own caprice and there was brailing and loosing of canvas. " Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford
brake Tweet Definition of brake Like Definition of brake on Facebook
  1. A device used to slow or stop a vehicle, by friction; often installed on the wheels.
  2. something that slows or stops an action
  3. (nautical) the handle, manned by up to six men, by which a ship's pump was worked
  4. a thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc.
  5. A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See wikipedia:Brake (box and pan), wikipedia.)
verb (brak, ing)
  1. To operate a brake.
  2. To be stopped or slowed, as if by a brake.
  3. (archaic) past tense of break
    • Exodus 32:3, KJV: And all the people brake off the golden earrings...
brakeman Tweet Definition of brakeman Like Definition of brakeman on Facebook
noun (brakemen)
  1. A railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes, couplings etc
brassey Tweet Definition of brassey Like Definition of brassey on Facebook
  1. Same as brassie
brassie Tweet Definition of brassie Like Definition of brassie on Facebook
  1. (golf) (dated) A wooden-headed golf club with a brass base plate, similar to a modern two wood.
brassy Tweet Definition of brassy Like Definition of brassy on Facebook
noun (brassies)
  1. Same as brassie
adjective (brassier, brassiest)
  1. Resembling brass.
The cup had a brassy color.
  1. (informal) impudent, Impudent; impudently bold.
    Don't get brassy with me, young lady!
break Tweet Definition of break Like Definition of break on Facebook
  1. (countable) An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
The femur has a clean and so should heal easily.
  1. (countable) A physical space that open up, opens up in something or between two things.
The sun came out in a in the clouds.
  1. (countable) A rest or pause, usually from work.
Let"s take a five-minute .
  1. (countable) (tennis) (tennis) A game won by the receive, receiving player or players (in case of a double).
  2. (countable) (context, billiards) The first shot in a game of billiards
  3. (countable) (context, snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
  4. (countable) (surfing) Place where waves break (ie. pitch or spill forward creating white water).
2005: The final in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point. &mdash;
verb (breaks, breaking, broke, broken)
  1. (intransitive) To end up in two or more pieces that can't easily be reassembled.
If the vase falls to the floor, it might .
  1. (intransitive) (medicine) Of a bone, to crack or fracture through a sudden physical strain, such as a collision.
Don't slip and your leg.
  1. (intransitive) To stop functioning properly or altogether.
Don't the fridge with your tools.
  1. (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
Let's for lunch.
  1. (intransitive) (tennis) To win a game as receiver.
  2. (intransitive) (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To make the first shot.
Is it your or my turn to ?
  1. (transitive) To cause to end up in two or more pieces.
I am going to your mask.
  1. (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to cause to crack under physical strain.
Don't try to his neck.
  1. (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to fracture accidentally.
Don't your fingers playing basketball.
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to malfunction or stop working altogether.
Did you two the trolley by racing with it?
  1. (transitive) To cause a person or animal to lose his/her/its will, usually obtained by means of torture.
You have to an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
America has used many forms of torture to their POWs.
  1. (transitive) To do that which is forbidden by (a rule or rules).
When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't the law.
  1. (transitive) (gaming slang) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.
Letting white have three extra queens would chess.
  1. (transitive) (media) (ergative) to disclose or make known an item of news etc
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  1. A male deer or goat.
  2. A male rabbit or hare.
  3. A male of other species, such as the ferret.
  4. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  5. (context, US, Canadian English, colloquial) A dollar (one hundred cents).
  6. (context, Canadian English, colloquial) By extension, one hundred of anything.
The police caught me driving a -forty on the freeway.
  1. (context , North America, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  2. A young buck; an adventurous or high-spirited young man.
  3. (context, UK, obsolete) Hence, a fop or dandy.
  4. (rfv-sense) (poker) A plastic disc used to represent the player in dealer position.
  5. blame, Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    • w:Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman,
    • : The stops here.
  1. Of a horse: to rise sharply up on its hind legs.
  2. Of a horse: to leap upward arching its back.
1848: At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about &mdash; Statement by Jackey Jackey (an Aborigine) published in William Carron Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (
carron at Project Gutenberg Australia)
  1. By extension, to move in any sharp or jerking manner.
  2. By extension, to resist obstinately.
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  1. A container made of rigid material, often with a handle, used to carry liquids or small items.
    • I need a to carry the water from the well.
      1. (context, variation management) A mechanism for avoiding the allocation of targets in cases of mismanagement.
      2. The amount held in this container.
    • The horse drank a whole of water.
      1. Part of a piece of machinery that resembles a .
      2. (slang) An old car that is not in good working order.
      3. (context, basketball, colloquial) The basket.
    • The forward drove to the .
      1. (context, basketball, colloquial) A field goal.
    • ''We can't keep giving up easy buckets.
  1. (intransitive) (colloquial) To rain heavily.
    • It"s really bucketing down out there.
      1. (intransitive) (colloquial) To travel very quickly.
    • The boat is bucketing along.
      1. (transitive) To place inside a bucket.
buddy system Tweet Definition of buddy system Like Definition of buddy system on Facebook
  1. The practice of working or travelling together with at least one other person, especially when undertaking something potentially risky or hazardous.
    Use the so that you can look after each other on the trip.
Bug Tweet Definition of Bug Like Definition of Bug on Facebook
proper noun
  1. the Bug River, flowing northwest 450 mile, mi. between Belarus and Poland.
  2. the Bug River in the Ukraine, flowing 530 mile, mi. to the Dnieper estuary.
bulger Tweet Definition of bulger Like Definition of bulger on Facebook
  1. (golf) A driver or a brassy with a convex face.
bullfight Tweet Definition of bullfight Like Definition of bullfight on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Bullfighting)
  1. A public spectacle, in Spain and some other Latin countries, in which a person baits and often kills a bull
bullfinch Tweet Definition of bullfinch Like Definition of bullfinch on Facebook
noun (pluralbullfinches)
  1. Any of various Old World finches in the genus Pyrrhula that have thick bills.
bungee jumping Tweet Definition of bungee jumping Like Definition of bungee jumping on Facebook
  1. The activity of jumping from a great height with an elasticated cord attached to the ankles.
bunker Tweet Definition of bunker Like Definition of bunker on Facebook
  1. A hardened shelter, often buried partly or fully underground, designed to protect the inhabitants from falling bombs or other attacks.
  2. A large container or bin for storing coal, often built outside in the yard of a house. Now rare, as different types of fuels and energy sources are being used.
  3. (golf) A sand-filled hollow on a golf course.
  4. (context, paintball) In paintball, to fire constantly at a hiding opponent, preventing them from firing at other players and trapping them behind the barrier. This can also refer to eliminating an opponent behind cover by rushing the position and firing at extremely close range as the player becomes exposed.
bunt Tweet Definition of bunt Like Definition of bunt on Facebook
  1. The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard.
The of the sail was green.
  1. (baseball) A ball that has been intentionally hit softly, sometimes with a hands-spread batting stance or with a close-hand, choked-up hand position. No swinging action is involved.
The was fielded cleanly.
  1. (baseball) The act of bunting
The manager will likely call for a here.
  1. (aviation) The second half of an outside loop, from level flight to inverted flight.
bush league Tweet Definition of bush league Like Definition of bush league on Facebook
  1. A professional sports association at the lower levels of minor league organization.
  1. Having an inferior quality.
  2. Amateurish.
button Tweet Definition of button Like Definition of button on Facebook
  1. A knob or disc that is passed through a slit (buttonhole) in the adjacent material, serving as a fastener.
April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
  1. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
Pat pushed the marked "shred" on the blender.
  1. (computing) In computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
Click the that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
  1. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
The politician wore a bright yellow with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
  1. (botany) A bud.
  2. (slang) The clitoris.
  3. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
  4. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  5. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's .
  6. (poker) The player who is last to act, who possesses the button.
  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button.

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