- A city in central Maryland, USA
- A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food.
- A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus.
- (nautical) The metal point fixed on the bows of a war galley, used as a ram.
- (slang) A justice of-peace, or magistrate. Also a judge or chairman who presides in court.
- He's up before the beak again tomorrow.
- I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free; I began to weep, and the judge set me free.
- (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.
- Small nocturnal insects of the family Cimicidae that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts.
verb (infl, en, verb)
- A flying insect, of the order Hymenoptera, superfamily Apoidea.
- A contest, especially for spelling, see spelling bee.
- A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
- The letter b.
- Archaic spelling of the verb be.
- 1604 Reverend Cawdrey Table Aleph: held that a "Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should commmon to all alike."
- A structure or receptacle, typically made of straw, forming the home of bees.
- A similar man-made structure in which bees are kept for their honey.
- (figuratively) Any place full of activity, or in which people are very busy.
- A women's hairstyle, popular in the 1960s, in which long hair is styled into a hive-shaped form on top of the head and usually held in place with lacquer.
- A type of ammunition round containing flechettes, and characterised by the buzzing sound made as they fly through the air.
- 2005: By the time it was over, Stone had been blown thirty feet through the air by a round as he was running across a field, knocked out by the concussion of the blast. " Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 179)
- The Beehive: the New Zealand Government
- Any of numerous species of insect in the order Coleoptera characterized by a pair of hard, shell-like, front wings which cover and protect a pair of rear wings when at rest.
- A type of mallet with a large wooden head.
- Nickname of two models of car made by w:Volkswagen, Volkswagen.
noun (wikipedia, Blue, Blue (colour))
verb (blues, blueing or bluing, blued)
- (colorbox, blue) The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters.
- (context, snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points.
- (transitive) To make .
- (transitive) (context, Metallurgy) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
adjective (blu, er)
- See Wikipedia article on bluing steel: (w, bluing (steel))
- (intransitive) To turn .
- Of the colour blue.
- (colloquial)(nautical) depressed, Depressed, melancholic, sad. The phrase "feeling blue" was coined from a custom among old deepwater ships to fly blue flags or have a blue band painted along the hull if the vessel lost a captain or officers during a voyage.
- (colloquial)(context, entertainment) pornographic, Pornographic.
- (US, politics) Of states or other political entities, tending to vote for the Democratic Party.
- Many of the traditionally states are on the east and west coasts.
- Congress turned in the mid-term elections.
- (rfv-sense) (US, politics) Of or pertaining to the Democratic Party.
- a advertisement
- (astronomy) of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
- Any of various blowfly, blowflies of the genus Calliphora that have an iridescent metallic-blue body and make a loud buzzing noise whilst flying.
- Various marine creatures of the order Physalia, such as Physalia physalis the Portuguese Man o' War.
- A parasitic insect, Pediculus humanus corporis, that infests the body and clothes of humans and feeds on blood.
- (insect) A beetle whose defence mechanism enables it to eject a hot aqueous mixture of chemicals at predators. They come from a number of subfamilies: Carabinae (e.g., Brachinus crepitans), Metriinae (e.g., Stenaptinus insignis) and Paussinae (e.g., Goniotropis nicaraguensis).
noun (plural bookworms)
- Any of various insects that infest books.
- an avid book reader
- The larva of a bot fly, which infests the skin of various mammals, producing warbles.
- (context, UK, slang) To bugger
- (context, colloquial, Australian English) To ask for and be given something with the direct intention of exploiting that thing"s usefulness, almost exclusively with cigarettes.
- Can I a smoke?
- Jonny always bots off me. I just wish he"d get his own pack.
noun (botfl, ies)
- A dipterous insect of the family Oestridae, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals on which they deposit their eggs.
noun (plural or bristletails)
- Any of various small active insects of the order Thysanura, that have two or three bristles at the end of their abdomen and that do not have wings.
- the Bug River, flowing northwest 450 mile, mi. between Belarus and Poland.
- the Bug River in the Ukraine, flowing 530 mile, mi. to the Dnieper estuary.
- Any of several species of large bee in the genus Bombus.
- (insect) A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
- A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
- A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
verb (butterfl, i, ed)
- To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
- butterflied shrimp
- To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.