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bank Tweet Definition of bank Like Definition of bank on Facebook
  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.
  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.
bead Tweet Definition of bead Like Definition of bead on Facebook
  1. (archaic) prayer, Prayer, later especially with a rosary.
    • 1760: That he must believe in the Pope;"go to Mass;"cross himself;"tell his beads;"be a good Catholick, and that this, in all conscience, was enough to carry him to heaven. " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 115)
      1. Each in a string of small balls making up the rosary or paternoster.
      2. A small round object with a hole to allow it to be threaded on a cord or wire.
      3. A small drop of water or other liquid.
      beads of sweat
  1. (intransitive) To form into a bead.
The raindrops beaded on the car's waxed finish.
  1. (transitive) To apply beads to.
She spent the morning beading the gown.
  1. (transitive) To form into a bead.
He beaded some solder for the ends of the wire.
blackout Tweet Definition of blackout Like Definition of blackout on Facebook
  1. Temporary loss of consciousness or memory
  2. A large-scale power failure, and resulting loss of electricity to consumers.
    • "The repairs at the Koeberg Power Station in the Western Cape were on schedule for completion in the third week of May. This follows huge blackouts related to the problems at the power supplier since November. Weekend Argus May 13/14 2006 p.5.
blow Tweet Definition of blow Like Definition of blow on Facebook
  1. The act of striking or hitting.
A fabricator is used to direct a sharp to the surface of the stone.
During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a to the mid-section.
  1. An unfortunate occurrence.
A further to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
  1. (slang) (uncountable) cocaine
  2. A strong wind.
We're having a bit of a this afternoon.
  1. (colloquial) A chance to catch one"s breath.
The players were able to get a bit of a during the last timeout.
verb (blows, blowing, blew or (dialect) blowed, blown or (dialect) blowed)
  1. (intransitive) To produce an air current
    • Quotations
      Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! ! -- King Lear
      1. (intransitive) To be propelled by an air current.
      The leaves through the streets in the fall.
      1. (intransitive) To explode
      Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to !
      1. (intransitive) (slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck)
      This blows!
      1. (intransitive) (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater it has taken in while feeding.
      There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and .
      There she blows! (That is, "I see a whale spouting!")
      1. (transitive) To propel by an air current.
      Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
      1. (transitive) To squander.
      I managed to $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
      1. (transitive) (vulgar) To fellate.
      Who did you have to to get those backstage passes?
      1. (transitive) To create or shape by blowing; as, to blow bubbles, to blow glass
      2. (transitive) To play a musical instrument such as a horn or woodwind.
      "He was blowing saxophone for me." Ike Turner, interview by Terri Gross, "Fresh Air", NPR, 1996.
      1. (transitive) To leave
      Let's this joint.
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.
break Tweet Definition of break Like Definition of break on Facebook
  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. —
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
breakdown Tweet Definition of breakdown Like Definition of breakdown on Facebook
  1. a failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed
We saw a by the side of the road.
  1. a lapse of mental stability
After so much stress, he simply suffered a and gave up.
  1. further detail or categorization
''Looking at the of the budget, I see a few items we could cut.
  1. (Chemistry:) Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.
  2. a musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre
synonym: degradation
breaker Tweet Definition of breaker Like Definition of breaker on Facebook
  1. Something that breaks.
  2. A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines
  3. The building in which such a machine is placed.
  4. A small cask of water kept permanently in a ship's boat in case of shipwreck
  5. (especially, in plural) A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface, considered a useful warning to ships of an underwater hazard
  6. A breakdancer.
bridge Tweet Definition of bridge Like Definition of bridge on Facebook
  1. A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
The rope crosses the river.
  1. (anatomy) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
Rugby players often break the of their noses.
  1. (dentistry) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent tooth, teeth.
The dentist pulled out the decayed tooth and put in a .
  1. (nautical) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
The first officer is on the .
  1. (music) The piece, on string instruments, that support the strings from the sounding board.
  2. (computing) A device which connects two or more computer bus, buses, typically in a transparent manner.
This chip is the between the front-side bus and the I/O bus.
  1. (communication) A system which connects two or more LAN, local area networks at layer 2.
The LAN uses a spanning tree algorithm.
  1. (music) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
The lyrics in the song's inverted its meaning.
  1. (chemistry) A valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
  2. (electronics) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
  3. (electronics) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
  4. (billiards, snooker, pool) A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
verb (bridg, ing)
  1. To be or make a bridge over something.
With enough cable, we can this gorge.
  1. (idiomatic) To span as if with a bridge.
The two groups were able to their differences.
brownout Tweet Definition of brownout Like Definition of brownout on Facebook
  1. Temporary dimming of vision, usually with a brown hue and accompanied by loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision.
On rising suddenly from her chair she experienced a and had to sit down again quickly.
  1. A sustained period of low alternating current line voltage
When demand for electricty exceeds the available supply, a occurs.
bus Tweet Definition of bus Like Definition of bus on Facebook
noun (pl=buses, pl2=busses)
  1. (context, automotive, vehicle) A motor vehicle for transporting large numbers of people along roads.
  2. An electrical conductor serving as a common connection for two or more circuits.
verb (busses or buses, bussing or busing, bussed or bused)
  1. (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport via a motor bus.
  2. (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport students to school, often to achieve racial integration.
  3. (context, intransitive, automotive, transport) To travel by bus.
abbreviation bus.
  1. business
bushing Tweet Definition of bushing Like Definition of bushing on Facebook
  1. (mechanical) a hollow washer, cylinder, or sleeve, often used as a casing for a pin or hinge
buzzer Tweet Definition of buzzer Like Definition of buzzer on Facebook
  1. a device that makes a buzzing sound
  • If you think you know the answer to the question, hit the as fast as you can.
    1. anything that buzzes, such as an insect
  1. 1895, George Meredith, The Amazing Marriage
  2. :... it left, however, a bee at his ear and an itch to transfer the buzzer's attentions and tease his darling; for she had betrayed herself as right good game.
bypass Tweet Definition of bypass Like Definition of bypass on Facebook
noun (bypasses)
  1. a road that passes around something, such as a residential area
  2. a circumvention
  3. a section of pipe that conducts a fluid around some other fixture
  4. an electrical shunt
  5. (medicine) an alternative passage created to divert a bodily fluid around a damaged organ; the surgical procedure to construct such a bypass
verb (bypass, es)
  1. to avoid an obstacle etc, by constructing or using a bypass
  2. to ignore the usual channels or procedures

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