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barnburner Tweet Definition of barnburner Like Definition of barnburner on Facebook
noun (Plural:barnburners)
  1. (idiom) An extremely exciting or successful event.
    1. One who burns down a barn.
proper nounBarnburners (uncountable)
  1. Liberal faction of the New York state United States Democratic Party in the mid 19th century.
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noun (wikipedia, Blue, Blue (colour))
  1. (colorbox, blue) The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters.
  2. (context, snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points.
verb (blues, blueing or bluing, blued)
  1. (transitive) To make .
  2. (transitive) (context, Metallurgy) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
See Wikipedia article on bluing steel: (w, bluing (steel))
  1. (intransitive) To turn .
adjective (blu, er)
  1. Of the colour blue.
  2. (colloquial)(nautical) depressed, Depressed, melancholic, sad. The phrase "feeling blue" was coined from a custom among old deepwater ships to fly blue flags or have a blue band painted along the hull if the vessel lost a captain or officers during a voyage.
  3. (colloquial)(context, entertainment) pornographic, Pornographic.
  4. (US, politics) Of states or other political entities, tending to vote for the Democratic Party.
Many of the traditionally states are on the east and west coasts.
Congress turned in the mid-term elections.
  1. (rfv-sense) (US, politics) Of or pertaining to the Democratic Party.
a advertisement
  1. (astronomy) of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
brigade Tweet Definition of brigade Like Definition of brigade on Facebook
noun
  1. military unit forming part of an army. A brigade usually consists of three battalions and forms part of a division.
  2. civilian workforce or organization (e.g. fire brigade)
buffalo soldier Tweet Definition of buffalo soldier Like Definition of buffalo soldier on Facebook
noun
  1. (military) (historical) An African-American soldier in the US Army, serving in one of a number of segregated units under white officers, in the period after the US Civil War up to the final racial integration of the US military, at the end of the Korean War.
burgess Tweet Definition of burgess Like Definition of burgess on Facebook
noun
  1. an inhabitant of a borough with full rights, a citizen
  2. (historical) a town magistrate
bushwhacker Tweet Definition of bushwhacker Like Definition of bushwhacker on Facebook
noun
  1. (Australian) a person who lives in the bush, especially as a fugitive; a person who clears woods and bush country
  2. a Confederate guerilla during the American Civil War
  3. someone who attacks without warning

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