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noun
  1. A personality type of someone who is relaxed and easygoing and able to engage in leisure activities without worrying about work.
  2. The quantity one billion (1,000,000,000), usually used to signify a sum of money, e.g. $2.8 B = $2,800,000,000.
  3. An academic grade, better than a C and worse than an A
abbreviation
  1. (cricket) the number of balls faced by a batsman
BA Tweet Definition of BA Like Definition of BA on Facebook
initialism
  1. Bachelor of Arts
  2. British Airways
  3. Buenos Aires
  4. (overprint on British stamps) British Administration (usually followed by a place name).
backlog Tweet Definition of backlog Like Definition of backlog on Facebook
noun
  1. An accumulation or buildup, especially of unfilled orders or unfinished work
He went to work on Saturday to try to work through the of papers on his desk.
  1. A reserve source or supply
verb (backlogs, backlogging, backlogged, backlogged)
  1. (context, transitive, intransitive) To acquire something as a backlog, or to become a backlog
backwardation Tweet Definition of backwardation Like Definition of backwardation on Facebook
noun
  1. the situation in a futures market where prices for future delivery are lower than prices for immediate (or nearer) delivery. Generally arising from a near-term shortage of a commodity.
1991: gold has never gone into backwardation in any currency — Reginald H. Howe, The Golden Sextanthttp://www.goldensextant.com/goldensextant.html
  1. (obsolete, London Stock Exchange) fee paid by a seller on settlement day either to the buyer or to a third party who lends stock, when the seller wishes to defer settlement until the next settlement day.
balance Tweet Definition of balance Like Definition of balance on Facebook
noun
  1. A pair of scales.
  2. (uncountable) equilibrium, Equilibrium in movement.
  3. (uncountable) support, Support for both viewpoints, substances etc or neither; neutrality.
  4. A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other
verb (balanc, ing)
  1. (transitive) to make (items) weigh up.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.
  3. (transitive) to hold (an object or objects) precariously.
  4. (transitive) to make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  5. (intransitive) to be in equilibrium.
  6. (intransitive) to have matching credits and debits.
balance sheet Tweet Definition of balance sheet Like Definition of balance sheet on Facebook
noun (plural: balance sheets)
  1. (accounting): A page of accounting entries consisting of credits and debits; a ledger.
bank Tweet Definition of bank Like Definition of bank on Facebook
noun
  1. An institution where one can place and borrow money and take care of financial affairs.
  2. A branch office of such an institution
  3. A safe and guaranteed place of storage for and retrieval of important items or goods.
blood bank
sperm bank
data bank
  1. A row or panel of items stored or grouped together.
a of switches
  1. An edge of river or other watercourse.
  2. (nautical) An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shallow area of shifting sand, gravel, mud, and so forth (for example, a sandbank or mudbank).
  3. An embankment.
  4. (context, aviation) The incline of an aircraft, especially during a turn.
  5. A row of keys on a musical keyboard or the equivalent on a typewriter keyboard.
verb
  1. (context, intransitive, aircraft) To roll or incline laterally in order to turn.
  2. (context, intransitive) To deal with a bank or financial institution.
He banked with Barclays.
  1. (context, transitive) To put into a .
I'm going to the money.
  1. (context, transitive) To cause (an aircraft) to .
  2. (context, transitive) To form into a or heap, to bank up.
  3. (context, transitive) To cover the embers of a fire with ashes in order to retain heat.
bank account Tweet Definition of bank account Like Definition of bank account on Facebook
noun
  1. a fund deposited by a customer (the depositor) in a bank from which they can make withdrawals
  2. the formal relationship established between the depositor and the bank
  3. a statement summarizing credit and debit transactions with the account
bank balance Tweet Definition of bank balance Like Definition of bank balance on Facebook
noun
  1. The amount by which a current account is in credit or deficit.
banking Tweet Definition of banking Like Definition of banking on Facebook
verb
  1. Present participle of to bank.
bank statement Tweet Definition of bank statement Like Definition of bank statement on Facebook
noun
  1. A communication from a bank to a person holding an account in that bank, usually issued monthly, detailing the value of the holdings in that account and the effects of all transactions occuring with respect to that account.
baron Tweet Definition of baron Like Definition of baron on Facebook
noun
  1. The male ruler of a barony.
b/c Tweet Definition of b/c Like Definition of b/c on Facebook
abbreviation
bear Tweet Definition of bear Like Definition of bear on Facebook
noun
  1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily Ursinae.
  2. (colloquial) An animal that resembles a bear, such as a koala bear, koala or ant bear.
  3. (finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices.
Bears look for over-priced securities to sell short.
  1. (rfv-sense) (finance) A market in which prices are falling.
  2. (colloquial) A problem that is very difficult to solve.
  3. (slang) A large hairy man, especially one who is gay.
verb (bears, bearing, bore, or, archaic, bare, born, borne, or, archaic, yborn)
  1. (transitive) To carry something.
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      1. (transitive) To be equipped with something.
      the right to arms
      1. (transitive) To declare as testimony.
      The jury could see he was bearing false witness.
      1. (transitive) To put up with something.
      2. (transitive) To give birth to someone or something.
      In Troy she becomes Paris' wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.
      1. (transitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
      2. (intransitive) To be in a specific direction from the observer"s position.
      The harbour bears North by Northeast.
adjective
  1. (finance, investments) Characterized by or believing to benefit of declining prices in securities markets.
The great market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.
beneficiary Tweet Definition of beneficiary Like Definition of beneficiary on Facebook
noun (beneficiaries)
  1. (legal): One benefits from the distribution, especially of an estate.
If any beneficiary does not survive the Settlor for a period of 30 days then the Trustee shall distribute that beneficiary"s share to the surviving beneficiaries by right of representation.
BID Tweet Definition of BID Like Definition of BID on Facebook
initialism
  1. twice a day
Bill Tweet Definition of Bill Like Definition of Bill on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of William.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A nickname for the British constabulary. Often called "The Bill" or "Old Bill"
  3. (context, US, slang) One Hundred Dollars.
billing Tweet Definition of billing Like Definition of billing on Facebook
noun
  1. Amounts billed
  2. accounts receivable, Accounts receivable
verb
  1. (present participle of, bill)
bill of lading Tweet Definition of bill of lading Like Definition of bill of lading on Facebook
noun
  1. a document by which the master of a ship (or any other carrier) acknowledges receipt of goods for transport
binder Tweet Definition of binder Like Definition of binder on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who binds, particularly someone who binds books; a bookbinder.
  2. A cover or holder for unbound papers, pages etc.
  3. Something that is used to bind things together, often referring to the mechanism that accomplishes this for a book.
  4. Adossier.
  5. (context, agriculture) A machine used in harvesting that ties cut stalks of grain into a bundle.
  6. (chemistry) A chemical that causes two other substances to form into one.
  7. A down payment on a piece of real property that secures the payor the right to purchase the property from the payee upon an agreement of terms.
  8. (Chiefly Minnesota) A rubber band.
blacklist Tweet Definition of blacklist Like Definition of blacklist on Facebook
noun
  1. A list or collection of people or entities to be shunned or banned.
The software included a lengthy of disreputable websites to block.
verb (blacklists, blacklisting, blacklisted)
  1. To place on a blacklist; to mark a person or entity as one to be shunned or banned.
You can known spammers with that button.
black market Tweet Definition of black market Like Definition of black market on Facebook
noun
  1. trade that is in violation of restrictions, rationing or price controls
  2. the people who engage in such trade (considered as a group), or that sector of the economy
black-market Tweet Definition of black-market Like Definition of black-market on Facebook
adjective
  1. traded on the black market
  2. contraband, bootleg or smugggled
block Tweet Definition of block Like Definition of block on Facebook
noun
  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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verb
  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.
blockbuster Tweet Definition of blockbuster Like Definition of blockbuster on Facebook
noun
  1. A high-explosive bomb used for the purposes of demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block.
  2. Something, such as a film or book, that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales, as opposed to a box office bomb.
  3. A large firecracker type of fireworks; an M-80.
adjective
  1. An exceptional event: a blockbuster trade in baseball.
bond Tweet Definition of bond Like Definition of bond on Facebook
noun
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.
verb
  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.
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verb
  1. (past of, bond)
bonus Tweet Definition of bonus Like Definition of bonus on Facebook
noun
  1. Something extra that is good
  2. An extra amount of money given to an employee
The employee received a for his excellent work.
book Tweet Definition of book Like Definition of book on Facebook
noun
  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
verb
  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.
bookkeeping Tweet Definition of bookkeeping Like Definition of bookkeeping on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, bookkeep)
book value Tweet Definition of book value Like Definition of book value on Facebook
noun
  1. The value of an asset as reflected on an entity's accounting books, without accounting for appreciation or depreciation.
  2. The price for which an item or service should be bought or sold, usually as related in a printed collection of prices for similar items or services.
boomer Tweet Definition of boomer Like Definition of boomer on Facebook
noun
  1. Adult male kangaroo
  2. A baby boomer
boomlet Tweet Definition of boomlet Like Definition of boomlet on Facebook
noun
  1. (finance) A small period of rapid growth in a market.
bourse Tweet Definition of bourse Like Definition of bourse on Facebook
noun
  1. stock exchange
  2. A meeting of stamp collectors and/or dealers, where stamps and covers are sold or exchanged. A bourse usually has no competitive exhibits of stamps or covers. Almost all public stamp exhibitions include a dealer bourse, though many bourses are held without a corresponding exhibition.
BR Tweet Definition of BR Like Definition of BR on Facebook
initialism
  1. Bed Room
    1. (roadway) Business Route
bracket creep Tweet Definition of bracket creep Like Definition of bracket creep on Facebook
noun bracket creep
  1. Increased taxation arising from wage and salary increases pushing taxpayers into higher tax brackets, or further into such brackets, in a progressive taxation system. The wage rises here are those from keeping pace with inflation or similar (not increased skills or better jobs) so a worker merely doing the same thing for the same notional purchasing power is taxed at a higher rate.
break Tweet Definition of break Like Definition of break on Facebook
noun
  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. — coolangatta.net http://www.coolangatta.net/coolangatta/surfbreaks.html
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
broker Tweet Definition of broker Like Definition of broker on Facebook
noun
  1. A mediator between a buyer and seller.
verb
  1. To act as a broker.
brokerage Tweet Definition of brokerage Like Definition of brokerage on Facebook
noun
  1. a person or firm that buys and sells stocks and shares
  2. the commission paid to a broker
bucket shop Tweet Definition of bucket shop Like Definition of bucket shop on Facebook
noun
  1. (finance) (obsolete) A stockbroker, stock broking firm which takes small orders from clients and takes them on its own account rather than actually transmitting them to the market. Often setup as shop-fronts in the 1920s.
  2. (finance) A stockbroker, stock broking firm which sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that company or its owners.
  3. (travel industry) (dated) a travel agency selling discounted airfares, usually in defiance of existing minimum fare arrangements. Now usually refers to any small cheap agency.
budget Tweet Definition of budget Like Definition of budget on Facebook
noun
  1. Amount of money or resources earmarked for a particular activity or time-frame.
  2. An itemized summary of intended expenditure
verb
  1. To construct or use a budget
adjective
  1. of, or relating to a budget
  2. appropriate to a restricted budget
We flew on a airline.
burden Tweet Definition of burden Like Definition of burden on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) Theme, core idea.
  2. A heavy load.
  3. A responsibility, onus.
  4. A cause of worry.
verb
  1. (transitive) To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).
business Tweet Definition of business Like Definition of business on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. (countable) a person's occupation, work, or trade
He is in the motor .
  1. (uncountable) commercial, industrial, or professional dealings
He's such a poor cook, I can't believe he's still in !
  1. (countable) (context, business) a specific commercial enterprise or establishment
I was left my father's .
  1. (uncountable) volume or amount of commercial trade
Business has been slow lately.
  1. (uncountable) commercial dealings; patronage
I shall take my elsewhere.
  1. (uncountable) something involving one personally
That's none of your .
  1. (uncountable) serious work or endeavour
Let's get down to .
  1. (uncountable) (context, slang, UK) something very good, top quality (possibly from the bee's knees)
the business
  1. (countable) The collective noun for a group of ferrets.
businessman Tweet Definition of businessman Like Definition of businessman on Facebook
noun (businessmen)
  1. a man in business, one who works at a commercial institution
businesswoman Tweet Definition of businesswoman Like Definition of businesswoman on Facebook
noun (businesswomen)
  1. a woman in business
buy Tweet Definition of buy Like Definition of buy on Facebook
verb (buys, buying, bought)
  1. (transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods
  2. (context, transitive, informal) to accept as true; to believe
I don't that theory.

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