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bandog Tweet Definition of bandog Like Definition of bandog on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A very fierce mastiff or other guard dog.
  2. (context, obsolete, slang, cant) A bailiff or prison guard.
bang Tweet Definition of bang Like Definition of bang on Facebook
noun
  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.
barb Tweet Definition of barb Like Definition of barb on Facebook
noun
  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.
Quotations
  • 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.
Quotations
  • 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.
Bay Tweet Definition of Bay Like Definition of Bay on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A region of Somalia.
beagle Tweet Definition of beagle Like Definition of beagle on Facebook
noun
  1. A small short-legged smooth-coated hound, often used for hunting hares. Often tri-coloured, its friendly personality makes it a wonderful family pet.
  2. A person who snoops on others. (rfex)
verb (beagl, ing)
  1. To hunt with beagles.
Belgian Tweet Definition of Belgian Like Definition of Belgian on Facebook
noun
  1. A person from Belgium or of Belgian descent.
adjective
  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Belgium or the Belgian people.
bench Tweet Definition of bench Like Definition of bench on Facebook
noun
  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
bench dog Tweet Definition of bench dog Like Definition of bench dog on Facebook
noun
  1. A peg (wooden or metal) placed in a hole in a workbench to clamp a workpiece in place
bidet Tweet Definition of bidet Like Definition of bidet on Facebook
noun
  1. a low-mounted plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the external genitalia and the anus
bird dog Tweet Definition of bird dog Like Definition of bird dog on Facebook
noun
  1. A dog used in shooting to retrieve the dead birds, especially an English pointer
  2. A tout
verb (bird dog, g, ed)
  1. Intransitive, to watch closely
  2. Transitive, to seek out
black Tweet Definition of black Like Definition of black on Facebook
noun
  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
verb
  1. To make black, to blacken.
adjective
  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.
Black and Tan Tweet Definition of Black and Tan Like Definition of Black and Tan on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of the RIC British irregular army group, operating against Irish republicans in the War of Independence 1920/21.
  2. (Ireland) A drink combining stout and ale.
bloodhound Tweet Definition of bloodhound Like Definition of bloodhound on Facebook
noun
  1. A large dog. It is a scenthound famed for its ability to follow a scent many days old, over vast distances. This dog is often used as a police dog to track missing people, fleeing suspects, or escaped prisoners.
  2. This breed of dog.
  3. A detective or other skilled at finding people or clues.
bobtail Tweet Definition of bobtail Like Definition of bobtail on Facebook
noun
  1. A short, or deliberately shortened tail.
  2. Hence, also said of some animals that have a , such as certain canines or nags.
  3. (agriculture) A tractor which performs without its trailer.
verb
  1. (agriculture) To drive a tractor without its trailer.
Border Collie Tweet Definition of Border Collie Like Definition of Border Collie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a hard-working herding breed of dog that originated in the border country of England and Scotland
Boxer Tweet Definition of Boxer Like Definition of Boxer on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Chinese anti-imperial and anti-foreigner rebel of the early 1900s.
briard Tweet Definition of briard Like Definition of briard on Facebook
noun
  1. An ancient French breed of sturdy, rough-coated dogs.
bronco Tweet Definition of bronco Like Definition of bronco on Facebook
noun
  1. A horse of western North America that is wild or not fully broken.
buckskin Tweet Definition of buckskin Like Definition of buckskin on Facebook
noun
  1. (colour) a grayish yellow in colour.
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    1. the skin of a male deer, a buck
    2. clothing made from buckskin
adjective
  1. (colour) of a grayish yellow in colour.
bulldog Tweet Definition of bulldog Like Definition of bulldog on Facebook
noun
  1. A breed of dog formerly used for bullbaiting that has a very smooth coat, a flattened face, wrinkly cheeks, powerful front legs and smaller hind legs.
  2. A shortened form of British bulldog.
  3. A stubborn person.

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