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  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
  1. (cricket) the number of balls faced by a batsman
babushka Tweet Definition of babushka Like Definition of babushka on Facebook
  1. A woman"s headscarf, tied under the chin.
backstay Tweet Definition of backstay Like Definition of backstay on Facebook
  1. (nautical) A part of the rigging of a sailing ship extending from masthead the top of the mast to the back of the ship; they support the strain on all upper masts and provide additional support to the shrouds when the wind is abaft the beam.
backstitch Tweet Definition of backstitch Like Definition of backstitch on Facebook
  1. A type of sewing stitch where the stitch goes backwards on the top side of the fabric and doubles forward on the bottom, coming out farther in front, then repeats. The backstitch is a very tight and secure stitch, and also looks very neat.
badger Tweet Definition of badger Like Definition of badger on Facebook
  1. A common name for any animal of three subfamilies, which belong to the family Mustelidae: Melinae (Eurasian badgers), Mellivorinae (Ratel or honey badger), and Taxideinae (American badger).
  2. A native or resident of the State of Wisconsin (US).
  3. (context, plural, vulgar, cant) A crew of desperate villains who robbed near rivers, into which they threw the bodies of those they murdered.
  4. A person who makes badges.
verb (badgers, badgering, badgered)
  1. (context, UK, colloquial) Passing gas.
  2. To pester, to annoy persistently.
He kept badgering her about her bad habits.
balaclava Tweet Definition of balaclava Like Definition of balaclava on Facebook
  1. A warm cap shielding the neck and head, often made out of wool.
  2. (context, especially, Canadian English) A ski mask with holes for the eyes and, sometimes, the nose and mouth, which may be rolled up and worn like a toque or pulled over the face for greater protection.
    • 1969, "Robbed seven banks, Balaclava Bill given 15-year term in jail," Globe and Mail (Toronto), 10 Jan., p. 1,
    • :George Ronald Waite, 33, known as Balaclava Bill because of the dark blue woollen hood he wore while robbing seven banks of $46,200 over the past two years, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in Kingston Penitentiary.
ballerina Tweet Definition of ballerina Like Definition of ballerina on Facebook
  1. A female ballet dancer.
Balmoral Tweet Definition of Balmoral Like Definition of Balmoral on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Balmoral Castle)
  1. A castle and associated estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland that is a private residence of the British sovereign
band Tweet Definition of band Like Definition of band on Facebook
  1. A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
  2. A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
  3. A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
  4. A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
  5. A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
  6. (physics) A part of radio spectrum.
  7. (physics) A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
  8. (Canadian English) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
  1. (intransitive) To group together for a common purpose.
  2. To fasten together with a band.
  3. (ornithology) To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.
bandanna Tweet Definition of bandanna Like Definition of bandanna on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, bandana)
bandeau Tweet Definition of bandeau Like Definition of bandeau on Facebook
  1. A band for the hair.
She wore a in her hair.
  1. (context, medicine) A band.
  2. A brassiere, especially when narrow or strapless; a top made from a narrow band of fabric.
bang Tweet Definition of bang Like Definition of bang on Facebook
  1. A sudden percussive noise.
When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud .
  1. A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  2. An explosion.
  3. (especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead. (British: fringe)
Tiffany has long hair and bangs.
1902: She was not much to look at. Her red hair hung in an uncurled bang over her forehead — w:Barbara Baynton, Barbara Baynton, short story Squeaker's Mate (variously reprinted, including in The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, ed. Carmel Bird, 2000, ISBN 0-670-89233-5)
  1. The symbol !, known as an exclamation point.
An e-mail address with an ! is called a path.
  1. (math) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  2. (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
  3. plural: Brucellosis, a bacterial disease (a corruption of the alternate name "Bang's disease")
  4. An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  5. (slang) An explosive product, in mining
Load the bang into the hole.
  1. (slang) An abrupt left turn, in Boston slang; the opposite of this, an abrupt right turn, is a hang
verb (bangs, banging, banged)
  1. To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
The fireworks banged away all through the night.
  1. (slang, figuratively) To engage in sexual intercourse.
  2. (i, with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
Hold the picture while I in this nail.
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proper noun
  1. The capital of Thailand. Also known as "Krungthep" ((THchar, รุงเทž)).
barb Tweet Definition of barb Like Definition of barb on Facebook
  1. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
Having two barbs or points. Ascham.
  1. A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
  2. (Armor) (Corrupt) Armor for a horse, corrupted from bard.
  • 1786: The defensive armor with the horses of the ancient knights ... These are frequently, though improperly, stiled barbs. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29.
The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth. Walton.
  1. (zoology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
  2. (zoology) Several species of freshwater fish of the Cyprinid family.
  3. (zoology) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting.
  4. (botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
  5. (zoology) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
  6. (obsolete) A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
  7. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. Written also barbel and barble.
  8. (obsolete) A bit for a horse.
verbto barb (barbed, barbing)
  1. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. Milton.
  1. (Armor) (Corrupt) To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.
  • 1592: And now, in stead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber... — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act I, Scene I, line 10.
    1. (obsolete) To shave or dress the beard of.
    2. (obsolete) To clip; to mow.
bark Tweet Definition of bark Like Definition of bark on Facebook
  1. (countable) (uncountable) The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
  2. (medicine) Peruvian Bark or Jesuit's bark, the bark of the cinchona from which quinine is produced.
  1. To strip the bark from; to peel.
  2. To abrade or rub off any outer covering from.
to bark one"s heel
  1. To girdle.
  2. To cover or inclose with bark, or as with bark.
bark the roof of a hut
barker Tweet Definition of barker Like Definition of barker on Facebook
  1. Someone or something who bark
    1. Etymology_2, barks.
    My neighbor's dog is a constant that keeps me awake at night.
    1. A person employed to solicit customers by calling out to passersby, e.g. at a carnival.
    Bob had amassed a considerable stockpile of double entendres from his days working as a for a strip joint.
barrette Tweet Definition of barrette Like Definition of barrette on Facebook
  1. A clasp or clip for gathering and holding the hair.
Basque Tweet Definition of Basque Like Definition of Basque on Facebook
  1. A member of a people living in the western Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay in France and Spain.
proper noun
  1. The language of the Basque people.
  1. Relative to the Basque people or their language.
baste Tweet Definition of baste Like Definition of baste on Facebook
verb (bast, ing)
  1. To sprinkle flour and salt and drip butter or fat on, as on meat in roasting.
  2. To sew with wide stitches.
  3. (1811) To beat.
bate Tweet Definition of bate Like Definition of bate on Facebook
  1. strife, Strife; contention.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2
    • :... and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no with telling of discreet stories;
    • 1888, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night (Arabian Nights)
    • :So the strife redoubled and the weapons together clashed and ceased not and debate and naught was to be seen but blood flowing and necks bowing;
    • 1911, H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli
    • :The other merely needs jealousy and , of which there are great and easily accessible reservoirs in every human heart. =
verb (bat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To reduce the force of something; to abate.
  2. (transitive) To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.
bathing suit Tweet Definition of bathing suit Like Definition of bathing suit on Facebook
  1. a tight-fitting garment worn for swimming; a swimsuit
bathrobe Tweet Definition of bathrobe Like Definition of bathrobe on Facebook
  1. A robe usually made of terrycloth intended to be worn to preserve modesty when there is no immediate need to fully dress.
beanie Tweet Definition of beanie Like Definition of beanie on Facebook
noun (plural:beanies)
  1. A cap that fits the head closely, usually knitted from wool.
Enrique Iglesias is often seen wearing a .
  1. Short for beanie babies, Beanie Baby, a small soft toy filled with beans or similar stuffing.
bearskin Tweet Definition of bearskin Like Definition of bearskin on Facebook
  1. The pelt of a bear, especially when used as a rug
  2. A tall ceremonial hat worn by members of some British regiments for ceremonial occasions; see busby
beaver Tweet Definition of beaver Like Definition of beaver on Facebook
noun (pl2=beaver)
  1. An aquatic mammal of the genus Castor, having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.
  2. (context, coarse, slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.
bells Tweet Definition of bells Like Definition of bells on Facebook
  1. (plural of, bell)
  2. (nautical) ship's bells, Ship's bells; the strokes on a ship's bell, every half hour, to mark the passage of time.
belt Tweet Definition of belt Like Definition of belt on Facebook
  1. A band worn around the waist to hold clothing to one's body (usually pants), hold weapons (such as a gun or sword), or serve as a decorative piece of clothing.
As part of the act, the fat clown's broke, causing his pants to fall down.
  1. A band used as a restraint for safety purposes, such as a seat belt.
Keep your fastened; this is going to be quite a bumpy ride.
  1. A band that is used in a machine to help transfer motion or power.
The motor had a single that snaked its way back and forth around a variety of wheels.
  1. A powerful blow, often made with a fist.
After the bouncer gave him a solid to the gut, Simon had suddenly had enough of barfighting.
  1. (usually capitalized) A geographical region known for a particular product or feature (Corn Belt, Bible Belt).
  1. (transitive) To encircle.
The small town was belted by cornfields in all directions.
  1. (transitive) To fasten a belt.
Edgar belted himself in and turned the car's ignition.
The rotund man had difficulting belting his pants, and generally wore suspenders to avoid the issue.
  1. (transitive) To hit with a belt.
The child was remanded to state custody when the lacerations on her back where her parents had belted her in punishment were revealed.
  1. (transitive) To sing in a loud manner.
He belted out the national anthem.
  1. (transitive) To drink quickly, often in gulps.
He belted down a shot of whisky.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To hit someone or something.
The angry player belted the official across the face, and as a result was ejected from the game.
  1. (intransitive) To move very fast
He was really belting along.
bend Tweet Definition of bend Like Definition of bend on Facebook
  1. A curve.
    • There's a sharp in the road ahead.
      1. (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.<!-- or the end of a line into some other object; (the latter are called hitch)
    • Note: In naval parlance, a knot involves splicing the strands of a rope.-->
      1. (context, in plural, medicine, diving) (the bends) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
    • A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
      1. (heraldry) One of the honourable ordinary, ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.
verb (bends, bending, bent)
  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
    • If you the pipe too far, it will break.
    • Don"t your knees.
      1. (context, transitive, nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
    • Bend the sail to the yard.
      1. (context, transitive, music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
    • You should the G sligthly sharp in the next measure.
      1. (context, intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
      2. (intransitive) To become curved.
    • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
    • To bow properly, at the waist.
      1. (intransitive) To change direction.
    • The road bends to the right
beret Tweet Definition of beret Like Definition of beret on Facebook
  1. A type of round, brimless cap with a soft top and a headband to secure it to the head.
Bermuda shorts Tweet Definition of Bermuda shorts Like Definition of Bermuda shorts on Facebook
  1. A type of knee-high shorts.
Bertha Tweet Definition of Bertha Like Definition of Bertha on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) from Germanic berht"bright, famous"
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.
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adjective (bigg, er)
  1. Of a great size; large; the weakest sense of great size.
Elephants are animals, and they eat a lot.
  1. (colloquial) Adult.
Kids should get help from people if they want to use the kitchen.
  1. (colloquial) fat, Fat.
Gosh, she is big!
  1. important, Important or significant.
What's so about that? I do it all the time.
  1. popular, Popular.
That style is very right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
  1. (colloquial) (construed with on) enthusiastic, Enthusiastic (about).
I'm not on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
  1. Of an industry or other field: Thought to have undue influence.
There were concerns about the ethics of science.
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  1. (archaic) A child's cap; (figuratively) childhood.
  • 1819: "my brain has been topsy-turvy, they say, ever since the was bound first round my head; so turning me upside down may peradventure restore it again." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
    1. (historical) An official's hood or coif.
    2. Coffee pot that has separate areas for heating the coffee and water.
bikini Tweet Definition of bikini Like Definition of bikini on Facebook
noun (pluralbikinis)
  1. A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.
biretta Tweet Definition of biretta Like Definition of biretta on Facebook
  1. A square cap, originally with four ridges across the top, (or three,) surmounted by a tuft, worn by Roman Catholic clergy (and by some in the Anglican Church.)
black tie Tweet Definition of black tie Like Definition of black tie on Facebook
  1. Evening dress which is less formal than white tie, consisting of black dinner jacket, and matching trousers, white shirt and black bow tie, alternatively military dress, or national costume.
  2. A occasion.
    • I'm off to a dinner tonight.
black-tie Tweet Definition of black-tie Like Definition of black-tie on Facebook
  1. moderately formal; usually requiring a dinner jacket (tuxedo) for men
blazer Tweet Definition of blazer Like Definition of blazer on Facebook
  1. A semi-formal, casual jacket.
  2. A person or thing that blazes (marks or cuts a route.)
  3. (context, slang, US) One who smokes cannabis; a stoner.
  4. (rfv-sense) One who spreads rumors or reports or otherwise blazes matters abroad.
bloomer Tweet Definition of bloomer Like Definition of bloomer on Facebook
  1. a circular loaf of white bread
  2. a blooming flower
blouse Tweet Definition of blouse Like Definition of blouse on Facebook
  1. an outer garment, usually loose, that is similar to a shirt and reaches from the neck to the waist or below. Nowadays, in colloquial use, blouse refers almost always to a woman's shirt that buttons down the front.
blucher Tweet Definition of blucher Like Definition of blucher on Facebook
  1. (historical) A form of horse-drawn carriage; a Blucher coach.
  2. A sturdy laced leather half-boot.
blue jeans Tweet Definition of blue jeans Like Definition of blue jeans on Facebook
noun (plural: )
  1. a pair of trousers made from denim cotton and dyed dark blue.
boa Tweet Definition of boa Like Definition of boa on Facebook
  1. Any of a group of large American snakes, of the genus Boa, including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico, and the chevalier boa of Peru.
  2. A type of scarf typically made from feathers.
bodice Tweet Definition of bodice Like Definition of bodice on Facebook
noun (bodices)
  1. An article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist, lacking sleeves or with detachable sleeves.
  2. A woman's blouse-like garment, especially with European folk dress.
  3. The upper portion of a one- or two-piece dress, in distinction to the skirt and sleeves.
bodkin Tweet Definition of bodkin Like Definition of bodkin on Facebook
  1. A small sharp pointed tool for making holes in cloth or leather.
  2. A blunt needle used for threading ribbon or cord through a hem or casing
  3. A hairpin.
  4. A dagger.
  5. A type of arrowhead.
body Tweet Definition of body Like Definition of body on Facebook
noun (bodies)
  1. The physical structure of a human or animal seen as one single organism.
I saw them walking from a distance, their bodies strangely angular in the dawn light.
  1. The fleshly or corporeal nature of a human, as opposed to the spirit or soul.
The is driven by desires, but the soul is at peace.
  1. A corpse.
Her was found at four o'clock, just two hours after the murder.
  1. The torso, the main structure of a human or animal frame excluding the extremity, extremities (limbs, head, tail).
The boxer took a blow to the .
  1. The largest or most important part of anything, as distinct from its appendages or accessory, accessories.
The bumpers and front tyres were ruined, but the of the car was in remarkable shape.
  1. (archaic) The section of a dress extending from the neck to the waist, excluding the arms.
Penny was in the scullery, pressing the of her new dress.
  1. An organisation, company or other authoritative group.
The local train operating company is the managing for this section of track.
  1. A group of men or people having a common purpose or opinion; a mass.
I was escorted from the building by a of armed security guards.
  1. A unified collection of details, knowledge or information.
We have now amassed a of evidence which points to one conclusion.
  1. Any physical object or material thing.
All bodies are held together by internal forces.
  1. Substance; physical presence.
We have given to what was just a vague idea.
  1. Comparative viscosity, solidity or substance (in wine, colours etc.).
The rioja, sadly, lacked .
  1. (programming) The code of a subroutine, contrasted to its signature and parameters.W:Subroutine, W
bolo Tweet Definition of bolo Like Definition of bolo on Facebook
  1. A long, heavy, single-edged machete.
bomber Tweet Definition of bomber Like Definition of bomber on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, bomber, bomber (aircraft))
  1. A military aircraft designed to carry and drop bombs.
  2. A person who makes and detonates bombs.
bomber jacket Tweet Definition of bomber jacket Like Definition of bomber jacket on Facebook
  1. a short leather jacket, with an elasticated waist and cuffs, a fleece collar and a zip front
bone Tweet Definition of bone Like Definition of bone on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.
  2. (countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
  3. A bone of a fish; a fishbone
  4. One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
  5. (colour) an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
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    1. (context, US, colloquial) A dollar.
    2. (slang) An erect penis; a boner.
    3. (slang) domino, Dominoes or dice.
    4. (slang) (form of, shortened form, trombone)
verb (bon, ing)
  1. (transitive) To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
"They boned the roast before placing it in the oven."
  1. (context, transitive, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
So, did you her?
  1. (colour) of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
  2. (colloquial) of something that is rubbish or broken
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  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.
bootee Tweet Definition of bootee Like Definition of bootee on Facebook
  1. A soft, woolen shoe for a baby.
Take off the baby's bootees before you put her in the crib.
  1. A thick sock worn under a wetsuit.
  2. An overshoe or sock worn to cover dirty shoes or feet.
Surgeons often slip on bootees before entering the operating room. (trans-top, shoe cover)
  • Finnish: suojatossu
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