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babbitt Tweet Definition of babbitt Like Definition of babbitt on Facebook
  1. (transitive) To line with babbitt metal to reduce friction.
Babel Tweet Definition of Babel Like Definition of Babel on Facebook
  1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible.
  • Therefore is the name of it called . - Gen. xi. 9.
    1. Alternative spelling of babel.
Bach Tweet Definition of Bach Like Definition of Bach on Facebook
proper noun Bach, Johann Sebastian
  1. (music) German organist and composer
  2. His sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christian, Johann Christoph Friedrich, Wilhelm Friedemann (German organists and composers)
bacharach Tweet Definition of bacharach Like Definition of bacharach on Facebook
  1. A kind of wine made at Bacharach on the Rhine.
bacon Tweet Definition of bacon Like Definition of bacon on Facebook
  1. A cut of meat from the sides, belly or back a pig, particularly, or sometimes other animals.
  2. A thin slice of pork in a long strip that is fried to a crisp.
Bailey Tweet Definition of Bailey Like Definition of Bailey on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English occupational name for a steward or official
  2. an English topographic surname from someone who lived by a bailey (the outer wall of a castle)
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname.
  4. (mostly U.S:)(given name, female)
Baker Tweet Definition of Baker Like Definition of Baker on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English occupational surname from a baker, or owner of a communal oven
balboa Tweet Definition of balboa Like Definition of balboa on Facebook
  1. The currency of Panama, divided into 100 centésimos
Baldwin Tweet Definition of Baldwin Like Definition of Baldwin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a surname derived from Germanic words bald, brave + wine, friend
  2. w:Stanley Baldwin, Stanley Baldwin British Prime Minister
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.
balla Tweet Definition of balla Like Definition of balla on Facebook
  1. (context, nonstandard, slang) One who is a superior ball player (usually basketball).
Wow! This guy's a serious ; he's gonna go pro.
Baltimore Tweet Definition of Baltimore Like Definition of Baltimore on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A city in central Maryland, USA
bangs Tweet Definition of bangs Like Definition of bangs on Facebook
noun (plurale tantum)
  1. (context, mostly, US) hair cut so as to hang down over the forehead
  • My keep getting in my eyes when I swim.
    1. (plural of, bang)
  1. (third-person singular of, bang)
banks Tweet Definition of banks Like Definition of banks on Facebook
  1. (plural of, bank)
  1. (third person singular of, bank)
Baraka Tweet Definition of Baraka Like Definition of Baraka on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a surname
barber Tweet Definition of barber Like Definition of barber on Facebook
  1. A person whose profession is cutting (usually male) customers" hair and beards.
  1. To cut the hair or beard of (a person).
bard Tweet Definition of bard Like Definition of bard on Facebook
  1. A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <>. Book 1, Part 2.
    • : But the divine power cannot be jealous (nay, according to the proverb, 'bards tell a lie'),
      1. Hence: A poet; as, the bard of Avon.
      2. (Armor) A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.)
      3. (Armor) Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.
      4. (Cookery) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.
      5. The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
      6. Specifically, Peruvian bark.
  1. (Armor) To cover a horse in defensive armor.
  • 1786: The defensive armor with which the horses of the ancient knights or man at arms, men at arms were covered, or, to use the language of the time, barded, consisted of the following pieces made either of metal or jacked leather, the Chamfron, Chamfrein or Shaffron, the Criniere or Main Facre, the Poitrenal, Poitral or Breast Plate, and the Croupiere or Buttock Piece. " Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29.
    1. (Cookery) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.
baring Tweet Definition of baring Like Definition of baring on Facebook
  1. (present participle of, bare)
Barnes Tweet Definition of Barnes Like Definition of Barnes on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English topographic surname for someone who owned, lived in, or worked in a barn
  2. an English habitational surname for someone from the place of the same name in Surrey
baron Tweet Definition of baron Like Definition of baron on Facebook
  1. The male ruler of a barony.
Barry Tweet Definition of Barry Like Definition of Barry on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
  2. A surname derived from the given name, or from place names in Scotland and Wales.
Barton Tweet Definition of Barton Like Definition of Barton on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Any of many placenames in England
  2. An English habitational surname from the placenames
basho Tweet Definition of basho Like Definition of basho on Facebook
  1. (sumo) a sumo tournament of any kind
bass Tweet Definition of bass Like Definition of bass on Facebook
  1. A low spectrum of sound tones.
Peter adjusted the equalizer on his audio equipment to emphasize the .
  1. A section of musical group that produces low-pitched sound, lower than tenor.
The conductor preferred to situate the in the middle rear, rather than to one side of the orchestra.
  1. A male singer who sings in the bass range.
Halfway through middle school, Edgar morphed from a soprano to a , much to the amazement and amusement of his fellow choristers.
  1. An instrument that plays in the bass range, in particular a double bass, bass guitar, electric bass or bass synthesiser.
The musician swung the over his head like an axe and smashed it into the amplifier, creating a discordant howl of noise.
  1. The clef sign that indicates that the pitch of the notes is below middle C; a bass clef.
The score had been written without the treble and , but it was easy to pick out which was which based on the location of the notes on the staff.
  1. Of sound, a voice or an instrument, low in pitch or frequency.
The giant spoke in a deep, , rumbling voice that shook me to my boots.
basso Tweet Definition of basso Like Definition of basso on Facebook
  1. (music) A bass singer, especially in opera.
  2. (music) An instrumental part written for a bass instrument.
bates Tweet Definition of bates Like Definition of bates on Facebook
  1. (third-person singular of, bate)
Batista Tweet Definition of Batista Like Definition of Batista on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Cuban surname.
Baxter Tweet Definition of Baxter Like Definition of Baxter on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A northern English, and Scottish occupational surname, a variant of Baker
  1. (given name, male, , ) A male given name transferred from the surname
beach Tweet Definition of beach Like Definition of beach on Facebook
  1. A horizontal strip of land, usually sandy, adjoining water.
1988: "Up and down, the lay empty for miles." - Second Son, Robert Ferro
verb (beach, es)
  1. To run (something) aground on a beach.
beadle Tweet Definition of beadle Like Definition of beadle on Facebook
  1. a parish constable
  2. (context, Scottish English, ecclesiastic) an attendant to the minister
  3. a warrant officer
bean Tweet Definition of bean Like Definition of bean on Facebook
  1. The large edible seed of plants of several genera of Fabaceae.
  2. The seed pod of plants of several genera of Fabaceae.
  3. A seed of coffee; coffee in the general.
  4. (British, slang, archaic) a guineau coin.
  5. (British, slang, usually in the negative) money.
I haven't got a .
verb (beans, beaning, beaned)
  1. To hit with a projectile, accurately.
The pitcher beaned the batter, rather than letting him hit another home run.
beard Tweet Definition of beard Like Definition of beard on Facebook
  1. Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
  2. (gay slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
  1. To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.
Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the sheriff, Sheriff of Nottingham.
Beaumont Tweet Definition of Beaumont Like Definition of Beaumont on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English habitational surname from either of several places in France
beck Tweet Definition of beck Like Definition of beck on Facebook
  1. (Northern English dialect) A stream or small river.
becket Tweet Definition of becket Like Definition of becket on Facebook
becquerel Tweet Definition of becquerel Like Definition of becquerel on Facebook
  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of radioactive activity; the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. Symbol: Bq
Bedford Tweet Definition of Bedford Like Definition of Bedford on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The county town of Bedfordshire, England
  2. A truck manufactured by the Bedford company, a subsidiary company of Vauxhall Motors.
beer Tweet Definition of beer Like Definition of beer on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) An alcoholic drink fermented from starch material commonly barley malt, often with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.
  2. (uncountable) A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
  3. (uncountable) A solution produced by seeping plant materials in water or another fluid.
  4. (countable) A glass of any of the above beverages.
  5. (context, Chinese English) Any alcoholic beverage.
beers Tweet Definition of beers Like Definition of beers on Facebook
  1. (plural of, beer)
Beethoven Tweet Definition of Beethoven Like Definition of Beethoven on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A surname, usually applying to w:Ludwig van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven
begin Tweet Definition of begin Like Definition of begin on Facebook
verb (begins, beginning, began, begun)
  1. To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.
Bell Tweet Definition of Bell Like Definition of Bell on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bell maker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)"
  2. The Bell telephone company (after w:Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
bellow Tweet Definition of bellow Like Definition of bellow on Facebook
  1. the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise
  1. to make a noise like the deep roar of a large animal
  2. to shout or scream in a deep voice
bellows Tweet Definition of bellows Like Definition of bellows on Facebook
noun (pluralia tantum)
  1. A device for delivering pressurized air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air.
  2. Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
  3. (colloquial, or, archaic) lungs.
  4. (plural of, bellow)
  1. (third-person singular of, bellow)
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
Benedict Tweet Definition of Benedict Like Definition of Benedict on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), best known for the sixth-century founder of the Benedictine order.
  2. A surname derived from the given name.
benet Tweet Definition of benet Like Definition of benet on Facebook
  1. definite singular of ben category:Swedish noun forms
  1. to surround as by a net
Benjamin Tweet Definition of Benjamin Like Definition of Benjamin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male).
  2. (biblical character) The youngest of the sons of Jacob and Rachel.
Bennett Tweet Definition of Bennett Like Definition of Bennett on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An English surname, diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict.
Benny Tweet Definition of Benny Like Definition of Benny on Facebook
noun (pl=Bennies)
  1. (UK, slang) A stupid or dull-witted person.
  2. (UK, slang) A temper tantrum
proper noun 
  1. A male given name; a diminutive of Benjamin.
Bentley Tweet Definition of Bentley Like Definition of Bentley on Facebook
proper noun (pl=Bentleys)
  1. an English surname
  2. a British manufacturer of luxury motor cars
berg Tweet Definition of berg Like Definition of berg on Facebook
  1. City/home
  2. (colloquial) Short form of iceberg.
  3. point
Berkeley Tweet Definition of Berkeley Like Definition of Berkeley on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A given name.
  2. A city in California.
  3. The University of California: .
Berlin Tweet Definition of Berlin Like Definition of Berlin on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The capital city of Germany.
  2. One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.
Bernard Tweet Definition of Bernard Like Definition of Bernard on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, male), borne by medieval European saints.
berry Tweet Definition of berry Like Definition of berry on Facebook
noun (berr, ies)
  1. A small fruit, of any one of many varieties.
  2. A soft fruit which develops from a superior ovary and contains seeds not encased in pits.
best Tweet Definition of best Like Definition of best on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The supreme effort one can make
I did my .
  1. (countable) The person (or persons) who is (are) most excellent.
  1. (transitive) To beat in a contest.
  1. (superlative of, good, lang=English, POS=adjective)
  1. (superlative of, well, lang=English, POS=adverb)
bias Tweet Definition of bias Like Definition of bias on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Bias (disambiguation), bias)
(es, -, pl2=biasses)
  1. (countable) (uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
    • : nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
      1. (countable) (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
      2. (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
      3. (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it
verb (bias, es)
  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
Our prejudices our views.
Bilbo Tweet Definition of Bilbo Like Definition of Bilbo on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A male given name.
Bilbo Baggins (a character in the w:The Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  1. A surname.
Theodore G. Bilbo
bion Tweet Definition of bion Like Definition of bion on Facebook
  1. A cyborg or robot.
bird Tweet Definition of bird Like Definition of bird on Facebook
noun (tearoom)
  1. The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
    • 2003, The Beach House, James Patterson&mdash;Then she raised both hands above her shoulders and flipped him the bird with each one.
  1. To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment.
bishop Tweet Definition of bishop Like Definition of bishop on Facebook
  1. A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions.
  2. (context, Chess) A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
  3. (slang) penis (see bash the bishop).
Bismarck Tweet Definition of Bismarck Like Definition of Bismarck on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A German family name.
  2. A major German battleship during World War 2.
  3. Otto von Bismarck, one of the prominent German statesmen of the nineteenth century.
  4. (Canada) A jam filled donut. Type of Jam filled donut      
black Tweet Definition of black Like Definition of black on Facebook
  1. (colour) The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
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  1. A black dye, pigment.
  2. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalised) A person of African descent.
  4. (context, billiards, snooker, pool) the black: The black ball.
  5. (baseball) The edge of home plate
  1. To make black, to blacken.
  1. (context, of an object) absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
  2. (context, of a place, etc) without light.
  3. (context, sometimes capitalized) Relating to persons of African descent or (especially in the US) their culture.
  4. (context, Ireland, idiomatic) Overcrowded.
  5. Bad; evil.
    • 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
    • : ...what a day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
      1. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338.
    • :Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
Blackwood Tweet Definition of Blackwood Like Definition of Blackwood on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. any of many places in England, Scotland and the United States
  2. an English and Scottish habitational surname derived from the placename
Blake Tweet Definition of Blake Like Definition of Blake on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname, derived from black (dark haired), or from Old English blac, pale or fair
  2. an Irish surname derived from the Gaelic í Blí¡thmhaic
  3. a male given name derived from the surname
bland Tweet Definition of bland Like Definition of bland on Facebook
  1. mild, Mild; dull; soft; gentle; smooth in manner; suave.
a temper
a sycophant
  1. Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.
a oil
a diet
  1. Lacking in taste or vigor.
the coffee was
the judge found the denfense's case to be
Bliss Tweet Definition of Bliss Like Definition of Bliss on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an English surname
  2. (computing) a programming language used for systems programming primarily on computers produced by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Bliss is a parallel language to C, both being derived from B and BCPL
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.
(WikiSaurus?-link, head)
  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.
Bloody Mary Tweet Definition of Bloody Mary Like Definition of Bloody Mary on Facebook
  1. alternative spelling of [bloody maryAntoienette marie vaughn]
proper noun 
  1. w:Mary I of England, Mary I of England
bloomer Tweet Definition of bloomer Like Definition of bloomer on Facebook
  1. a circular loaf of white bread
  2. a blooming flower
boas Tweet Definition of boas Like Definition of boas on Facebook
  1. (plural of, boa)
bogan Tweet Definition of bogan Like Definition of bogan on Facebook
  1. (Australian) A person who is, or is perceived to be, unsophisticated or of a lower class background, more or less analogous to the US American term redneck.
  2. (New Zealand) An anglo-celtic member of a lower socioeconomic group historically classified by the wearing of black jumpers, or black concert T-shirts. Bogans often drive larger cars and are often referred to as petrolheads.
  3. (italbrac, North Western Ontario) A slang word for a Native person typically perceived as having gangster ties.
adjective (italbrac, used only attributively; not comparative or superlative, lang=English)
  1. Characteristic of a bogan.
He had a mullet.
Bogart Tweet Definition of Bogart Like Definition of Bogart on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Surname of American actor w:Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey Bogart, among others.
bok Tweet Definition of bok Like Definition of bok on Facebook
  1. (South Africa)(slang) keen or willing.
    • "Do you want to go to the movies?" "ja I'm "
Bologna Tweet Definition of Bologna Like Definition of Bologna on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A province of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
  2. A city, the capital of Bologna also of Emilia-Romagna.
Bonaparte Tweet Definition of Bonaparte Like Definition of Bonaparte on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A French surname
  2. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
  3. The family of Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. A former name for the island of Réunion
bond Tweet Definition of bond Like Definition of bond on Facebook
Evidence of a long-term debt, by which the bond issuer (the borrower) is obliged to pay interest when due, and repay the principal at maturity, as specified on the face of the bond certificate. The rights of the holder are specified in the bond indenture, which contains the legal terms and conditions under which the bond was issued. Bonds are available in two forms: registered bonds, and bearer bonds.
  1. A documentary obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract; a debenture.
Many say that government and corporate bonds are a good investment to balance against a portfolio consisting primarily of stocks.
  1. A physical connection which binds, a band; often plural.
The prisoner was brought before the tribunal in iron bonds.
  1. An emotional link, connection or union.
They had grown up as friends and neighbors, and not even vastly differing political views could break the of their friendship.
  1. (context, chemistry) A link or force between neighbouring atoms in a molecule.
Organic chemistry primarily consists of the study of carbon bonds, in their many variations.
  1. A binding agreement, a covenant.
Herbert resented his wife for subjecting him to the bonds of matrimony; he claimed they had gotten married while drunk.
  1. A sum of money paid as bail or surety.
The bailiff released the prisoner as soon as the was posted.
  1. Any constraining or cementing force or material.
A of superglue adhered the teacups to the ceiling, much to the consternation of the cafe owners.
  1. (context, construction) In building, a specific pattern of bricklaying.
  2. In Scotland, a mortgage.
  1. (transitive) To connect, secure or tie with a bond; to bind.
The gargantuan ape was bonded in iron chains and carted onto the stage.
  1. (transitive) To cause to adhere (one material with another).
The children bonded their snapshots to the scrapbook pages with mucilage.
  1. (context, transitive, chemistry) To form a chemical compound with.
Under unusual conditions, even gold can be made to bond with other elements.
  1. (transitive) To guarantee or secure a financial risk.
The contractor was bonded with a local underwriter.
  1. To form a friendship or emotional connection.
The men had bonded while serving together in Vietnam.
  1. (transitive) To put in a bonded warehouse.
  2. (context, transitive, construction) To lay bricks in a specific pattern.
  3. (context, transitive, electricity) To make a reliable electrical connection between two conductors (or any pieces of metal that may potentially become conductors).
A house's distribution panel should always be bonded to the grounding rods via a panel bond.
bonnet Tweet Definition of bonnet Like Definition of bonnet on Facebook
  1. A type of hat, once worn by women or children, held in place by ribbons tied under the chin.
  2. A traditional Scottish woollen brimless cap, also spelled bunnet.
  3. (context, AU, UK, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor car.
  4. (nautical) A length of canvas attached to a fore-and-aft sail to increase the pulling power.
booth Tweet Definition of booth Like Definition of booth on Facebook
  1. A small stall for the display and sale of goods.
  2. An enclosure just big enough to accommodate one standing person.
Borg Tweet Definition of Borg Like Definition of Borg on Facebook
  1. A member of a fictional humanoid race in the w:Star Trek, Star Trek universe.
usage note: Almost never employed in the plural within w:Star Trek, Star Trek novels and films. (In the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Infinite Regress", Seven of Nine says "Borg? I hate Borgs" while playing kadis-kot with Naomi Wildman.)
  1. (slang) One who proselytises or assimilates.
proper noun 
  1. (uncountable) A fictional humanoid race in the w:Star Trek, Star Trek universe.
  1. (slang) to assimilate rivals, via corporate acquisition or religious proselytisation
  • 2004:"The Christians could afford to spend generations converting northern Europe and that's exactly what they did. We have that example from history. We know there are other faiths out there that want to wipe us out, and there are other faiths out there that want to us. The fact that some are still here after decades means we aren't giving in this time, and you're one of the ones here over a decade." &mdash;
  • 2004:"They are trying to turn you into them. They are trying to borg us." &mdash;
    1. (slang) to turn into a cyborg, to implant machinery into people with the intent of controlling or assimilating them
  • quotations:
  • 2000:"We already do it and they tell us they're going to us with fucking stuff into our brains and we won't have to talk to each other." &mdash; "Charles Hayward", FREQ ( online)
  • 2001:"Intel wants to us!" &mdash; Rick C. Hodgin, GeekNews? ( online)
    born Tweet Definition of born Like Definition of born on Facebook
    1. (Geordie) (alternative spelling of, burn) A stream.
    1. (past participle of, bear); given birth to.
    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.
    Bosch Tweet Definition of Bosch Like Definition of Bosch on Facebook
    proper noun plural
    1. (context, mostly, UK) (pejorative?) The German people, as a group, but especially their armed forces.
      • The Bosch we know was a hideous beast Beyond our era's ban, But soldiers still must honor the Hun As a mighty fighting man. George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945)
      • Note: Also used as an adjective.
    Boswell Tweet Definition of Boswell Like Definition of Boswell on Facebook
    1. A devoted admirer and recorder of a person's words and deeds
    proper noun 
    1. A Scottish habitational surname of Norman origin from Beuzeville in France
    2. w:James Boswell, James Boswell biographer of w:Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson
    bourbon Tweet Definition of bourbon Like Definition of bourbon on Facebook
    1. A whiskey distill, distilled from a mixture of grains in which more than half is maize, aged in oak barrel, barrels. Made chiefly in the US.
    2. A Bourbon biscuit
    bourgeois Tweet Definition of bourgeois Like Definition of bourgeois on Facebook
    1. of or related to middle class attitudes and conventions.
    2. belonging to the middle class.
    3. of, or related to capitalist exploitation of the working class.
    bow Tweet Definition of bow Like Definition of bow on Facebook
    noun verb      
    bowers Tweet Definition of bowers Like Definition of bowers on Facebook
    1. (plural of, bower)
    Boyle Tweet Definition of Boyle Like Definition of Boyle on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An Irish surname.
    2. w:Robert Boyle, Robert Boyle, Irish natural philosopher.
    Bradford Tweet Definition of Bradford Like Definition of Bradford on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A town in West Yorkshire, England.
    2. A habitational surname.
    3. (given name, male) derived from the surname, mostly American usage.
    Bradley Tweet Definition of Bradley Like Definition of Bradley on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A male given name
    Braille Tweet Definition of Braille Like Definition of Braille on Facebook
    noun or (especially US) braille
    1. A system of writing invented by w:Louis Braille, Louis Braille, in which letters and some combinations of letters are represented by raised dots arranged in three rows of two dots each and are read by the blind and partially sighted using the fingertips.
    1. Of, relating to or written in Braille.
    brand Tweet Definition of brand Like Definition of brand on Facebook
    1. A branding iron.
    2. A mark of ownership made by burning, e.g. on cattle.
    3. (context, advertising) A name, symbol, logo, or other item used to distinguish a product or manufacturer from its competitors.
    Brands of breakfast cereal.
    1. (context, advertising) A product's attributes " name, appearance, reputation, and so on " taken collectively and abstractly.
    1. (transitive) To burn the flesh with a hot iron, either as a marker (for criminals, slaves etc.) or to cauterise a wound.
    When they caught him, he was branded and then locked up.
    1. (transitive) To mark (especially cattle) with a brand as proof of ownership.
    The ranch hands had to every new calf by lunchtime.
    1. (transitive) To make an indelible impression on the memory or senses.
    Her face is branded upon my memory.
    1. (transitive) To stigmatize, label (someone).
    He was branded a fool by everyone that heard his story.
    1. (transitive, marketing) To associate a product or service with a trademark or other name and related images.
    They branded the new detergent "Suds-O", with a nature scene inside a green O on the muted-colored recycled-cardboard box.
    1. (context, advertising) Associated with a particular product, service, or company.
    That computer company has recognition.
    Have we settled on our name?
    brant Tweet Definition of brant Like Definition of brant on Facebook
    noun (plural brants or collectively )
    1. Any of several wild goose, wild geese, of the genus Branta, that breed in the Arctic, but especially the brent goose, Branta bernicla.
    1. (context, dialectal) steep, Steep, precipitous.
    bream Tweet Definition of bream Like Definition of bream on Facebook
    noun (plural or breams)
    1. A European fresh-water cyprinoid fish of the genus Abramis, little valued as food. Several species are known.
    2. An American fresh-water fish, of various species of Pomotis and allied genera, which are also called sunfishes and pondfishes.
    3. A marine sparoid fish of the genus Pagellus, and allied genera. See sea bream.
    Brewster Tweet Definition of Brewster Like Definition of Brewster on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English and Scottish occupational surname for a brewer of ale
    bride Tweet Definition of bride Like Definition of bride on Facebook
    1. A woman who is going to marry or has just been married.
    bridges Tweet Definition of bridges Like Definition of bridges on Facebook
    noun ;bridges
    1. plural of bridge
    verb ;bridges
    1. present tense, third-person singular of bridge
    Bridget Tweet Definition of Bridget Like Definition of Bridget on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. (given name, female, ).
    bright Tweet Definition of bright Like Definition of bright on Facebook
    1. An artists brush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a flat, somewhat tapering bristle head.
    2. A neologism intended as a positive-sounding umbrella term to describe various kinds of non-religious and non-superstitious people. (w:Brights movement, There is a Wikipedia article on this usage.)
    Definition A person whose world view is free of supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic world view. (2003, Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell)
    adjective ((compar): brighter, (superl): brightest)
    1. Visually dazzling, luminous, radiant; not dark.
    2. Intelligent.
    3. Vivid, colourful.
    4. Happy.
    Brigid Tweet Definition of Brigid Like Definition of Brigid on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. (context, Irish mythology) The goddess of the Sacred Flame of Kildare and the patron goddess of the Druids. Daughter of Dagda of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Also known as Saint Brigid of Kildare, the lesser popularly known patron saint of Ireland and also patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, illegitimate children, dairy workers, chicken farms, midwives, travellers, sailors, scholars and nuns.
    brill Tweet Definition of brill Like Definition of brill on Facebook
    1. Wonderful, clever, amusing. Denotes approval of the noun it is applied to, comparable to "cool."
    Brisbane Tweet Definition of Brisbane Like Definition of Brisbane on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. Large city and State capital of Queensland (Australia).
    broad Tweet Definition of broad Like Definition of broad on Facebook
    1. A colloquial term for a woman or girl.
    Synonyms: see wikiSaurus:woman
    1. (of a person or object) wide in extent or scope
    2. having a specified width (e.g. 3 ft broad)
    3. (context, of an accent) strongly regional
    Brooke Tweet Definition of Brooke Like Definition of Brooke on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A surname
    2. (given name, female)
    Brooks Tweet Definition of Brooks Like Definition of Brooks on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A surname.
    Brown Tweet Definition of Brown Like Definition of Brown on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English, Irish and Scottish surname.
    2. A nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion.
    Browne Tweet Definition of Browne Like Definition of Browne on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A surname.
    Browning Tweet Definition of Browning Like Definition of Browning on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English surname.
    1. John Moses Browning, inventor of handguns
      1. In Europe, a small, semi-automatic handgun. For the first half-century of their manufacturer, the majority of semi-automatic handguns in Europe were designed by John M. Browning.
    2. Robert Browning, poet.
    Bruce Tweet Definition of Bruce Like Definition of Bruce on Facebook
    1. (context, Australia, slang) A man.
    proper noun 
    1. A Scottish surname, most notably of Robert Bruce.
    2. (given name, male).
    Bruno Tweet Definition of Bruno Like Definition of Bruno on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A male given name.
    brush Tweet Definition of brush Like Definition of brush on Facebook
    1. An implement with a handle, and a head with multiple more or less flexible bristles, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair.
    2. A spring-loaded electrical contact, usually of carbon, between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine.
    3. The act of brushing something.
    She gave her hair a quick .
    1. (uncountable) Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees.
    2. A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.
    He has had brushes with communism from time to time.
    1. The tail of a fox.
    2. In 3D computer games, a convex polyhedron, esp. one that defines structure of the play area.
    3. (context, poker, slang) The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.
    verb (brushes, brushing, brushed)
    1. To clean with a brush.
    Brush your teeth.
    1. To untangle or arrange with a brush.
    Brush your hair.
    1. To apply with a brush.
    Brush the paint onto the walls.
    1. To remove with a sweeping motion.
    Brush the flour off your clothes.
    1. To touch with a sweeping motion.
    Her scarf brushed his skin.
      • 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Further to Fly", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
      • : Maybe you will find a love that you discover accidentally, who falls against you gently as a pickpocket brushes your thigh.
    Bryan Tweet Definition of Bryan Like Definition of Bryan on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A male given name, variant of Brian
    buck Tweet Definition of buck Like Definition of buck on Facebook
    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.
    Buckingham Tweet Definition of Buckingham Like Definition of Buckingham on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. A town in Buckinghamshire, England
    2. A dukedom in the English peerage
    3. An English habitational surname derived from the placename
    budge Tweet Definition of budge Like Definition of budge on Facebook
    verb (budges, budging, budged)
    1. (colloquial) To move.
    I've been pushing this rock as hard as I can, but it won't an inch.
    bull Tweet Definition of bull Like Definition of bull on Facebook
    1. The adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
    2. In particular, the uncastrated adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
    3. A large, strong man.
    4. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
    5. (slang) A policeman.
    verb (bulls, bulling, bulled)
    1. To force oneself (in a particur direction).
    He bulled his way in.
    1. To lie, to tell untruths.
    2. (British military) To polish boots to a high shine.
    1. Large and strong, like a bull.
      1. Of large mammals, male.
    a bull elephant
    1. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
    Bunsen Tweet Definition of Bunsen Like Definition of Bunsen on Facebook
    noun bunsen (plural bunsens)
    1. (chemistry) (informal) Short form of Bunsen burner
    proper noun 
    1. w:Robert Bunsen, Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist
    burger Tweet Definition of burger Like Definition of burger on Facebook
    1. a hamburger or similar sandwich
    burgess Tweet Definition of burgess Like Definition of burgess on Facebook
    1. an inhabitant of a borough with full rights, a citizen
    2. (historical) a town magistrate
    Burke Tweet Definition of Burke Like Definition of Burke on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. One of various places located in the United States. (See w:Burke, Burke in Wikipedia)
    2. an English surname
    burnet Tweet Definition of burnet Like Definition of burnet on Facebook
    noun (plural: burnets, )
    1. (herb) an herb used in salads and herbal teas.
    burns Tweet Definition of burns Like Definition of burns on Facebook
    1. (plural of, burn)
    1. (third-person singular of, burn)
    burr Tweet Definition of burr Like Definition of burr on Facebook
    1. A sharp, pointy object, such as a sliver or splinter.
    2. A seed pod with sharp features that stick in fur or clothing.
    3. A small piece of material left on an edge after a cutting operation.
    Burroughs Tweet Definition of Burroughs Like Definition of Burroughs on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. an English surname.
    Burton Tweet Definition of Burton Like Definition of Burton on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in any of several places with that name.
    Bush Tweet Definition of Bush Like Definition of Bush on Facebook
    proper noun (plural Bushes)
    1. A family name.
    Bushman Tweet Definition of Bushman Like Definition of Bushman on Facebook
    noun (pl=Bushmen)
    1. A member of a distinct ethnic group of nomadic people from southwest Africa.
    2. Any of the related Khoisan languages spoken by the San/Bushman peoples.
    Butler Tweet Definition of Butler Like Definition of Butler on Facebook
    proper noun (wikipedia, Butler (surname))
    1. an English and Irish occupational surname for someone who was a butler or wine servant; Anglicized form of the French Boutilier
    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.
    Byron Tweet Definition of Byron Like Definition of Byron on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. George Gordon (Noel) Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788"April 19, 1824), a famous English poet and leading figure in romanticism.
    2. (given name, male) of mostly American usage.

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