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bahut Tweet Definition of bahut Like Definition of bahut on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A portable coffer or chest with a rounded lid covered in leather, garnished with nails, once used for the transport of clothes or other personal luggage. It was the original portmanteau.
  2. (obsolete, architecture) A w:dwarf-wall, dwarf-wall of plain masonry, carrying the roof of a cathedral or church and masked or hidden behind the baluster, balustrade.
baluster Tweet Definition of baluster Like Definition of baluster on Facebook
noun
  1. A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway.
bamboo Tweet Definition of bamboo Like Definition of bamboo on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant. A grass of the Poeaciae family, characterised by its woody, hollow, round, straight, jointed stem.
  2. The wood of the bamboo plant as a material or cane.
  3. a didgeridoo
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. Made of the wood of the bamboo.
banding Tweet Definition of banding Like Definition of banding on Facebook
noun
  1. A pattern of band-like markings.
You can recognize this species of bird by the on the wing.
verb
  1. (present participle of, band)
banquette Tweet Definition of banquette Like Definition of banquette on Facebook
noun
  1. A (typically uphostered) bench-like seat that runs along a wall.
  2. A similar bench in a military trench which soldiers stand on to shoot.
bar Tweet Definition of bar Like Definition of bar on Facebook
noun
  1. A solid, more or less rigid object with a uniform cross-section smaller than its length.
  2. (metallurgy) a solid metal object with uniform (round, square, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular) cross-section, whose smallest dimension is .25 inch or greater (US), a piece of thinner material being called a strip.
Ancient Sparta used iron s instead of handy coins in more valuable alloi, to physically disencourage the use of money
  1. A cuboid piece of any solid commodity.
bar of chocolate
bar of soap
  1. A long, narrow drawn or printed rectangle, cuboid or cylinder, especially as used in a bar code or a bar chart.
  2. A business licensed to sell intoxicating beverages for consumption on the premises, or the premises themselves; public house.
  3. The counter of such a premises
  4. A similar device or simply a closet containing alcoholic beverages in a private house or a hotel room.
  5. An official order or pronouncement that prohibits some activity.
  6. (computing, whimsical, derived from fubar) Used to stand for some unspecified entity, usually a second entity following foo.
Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar
  1. (legal: the Bar) Short for the Bar Exam, the legal licensing exam.
He's studying hard to pass the Bar this time; he's failed it twice before.
  1. (British: the Bar) A collective term for barristers.
  2. (British: the Bar) (loosely) The profession of barristers.
  3. (music) A vertical line across a musical staff dividing written music into sections, typically of equal durational value.
  4. (music) One of these musical sections.
  5. (soccer) The crossbar
  6. An addition to a military medal, on account of a subsequent act
  7. A linear shoaling landform feature within a body of water.
  8. (nautical) A ridge or succession of ridges of sand or other substance, especially a formation extending across the mouth of a river or harbor or off a beach, and which may obstruct navigation. (FM 55-501).
  9. (heraldry) One of the ordinary, ordinaries in heraldry.
See wikipedia article on the topic: (w, Ordinary (heraldry))
verb (bars, barring, barred, barred)
  1. (transitive) To obstruct the passage of (someone or something).
  2. (transitive) To prohibit.
I couldn't get into the nightclub because I had been barred
  1. (transitive) To lock or bolt with a bar.
bar the door
barstool Tweet Definition of barstool Like Definition of barstool on Facebook
noun
  1. A relatively high stool without a footrest or a back, found in bars
Bath chair Tweet Definition of Bath chair Like Definition of Bath chair on Facebook
noun
  1. (historical) an early form of wheelchair with three wheels, used to transport ladies or invalids, common in Victorian England
  • 1904: He was an invalid, keeping his bed half the time, and the other half hobbling round the house with a stick or being pushed about the grounds by the gardener in a . " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" (Norton 2005, p.1096)
beanbag Tweet Definition of beanbag Like Definition of beanbag on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of soft furniture consisting of a leather or vinyl covering stuffed with beans or other similar pellets.
  2. A small cloth bag filled with beans, used as a toy or for exercise, excersing the hands.
bearer Tweet Definition of bearer Like Definition of bearer on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, generally) One who bears.
  2. Someone who helps carry the coffin or a dead body during a funeral procession.
  3. A domestic servant in India.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "Watches of the Night", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 60:
    • :The bar of the watch-guard worked through the buttonhole, and the watch"Platte's watch"slid quietly on to the carpet; where the found it next morning and kept it.
bed Tweet Definition of bed Like Definition of bed on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of furniture, usually flat and soft, to sleep on.
  2. A prepared spot to spend the night in, as in camping bed.
  3. A garden plot, as in "bed of roses".
  4. The bottom of a lake or other body of water, as in "sea bed".
  5. An area where a large number of oysters, mussels, or other sessile shellfish is found.
  6. A flat surface or layer on which something else is to be placed, as a "bed of lettuce".
  7. A deposit of ore, coal etc.
  8. A shaped piece of timber to hold a cask clear of a ship, ship"s floor.
verb (bed, d, ed)
  1. To go to a sleeping bed.
  2. To put oneself to sleep.
  3. To settle, as machinery.
  4. To set in a soft matrix, as paving stones in sand, or tiles in cement.
  5. To set out plants in a garden bed.
  6. (Slang) To have sexual intercourse.
bedspring Tweet Definition of bedspring Like Definition of bedspring on Facebook
noun
  1. any of the springs that holds up the mattress of a bed
bedstead Tweet Definition of bedstead Like Definition of bedstead on Facebook
noun
  1. The framework that supports a bed.
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
Bilbao Tweet Definition of Bilbao Like Definition of Bilbao on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The major city in the Basque Country of northern Spain.
billet Tweet Definition of billet Like Definition of billet on Facebook
noun
  1. a place where a soldier is assigned to lodge
  2. metallurgy a semi-finished length of metal
  3. a short piece of wood, especially one used as firewood
  4. (heraldry) A rectangle used as a charge on an escutcheon
verb (billets, billeting or billetting, billeted or billetted)
  1. (context, of a householder etc) to lodge soldiers, usually by order
  2. (context, of a soldier) to lodge, or be quartered, in a private house
blind Tweet Definition of blind Like Definition of blind on Facebook
noun
  1. A covering for a window to keep out light. The covering may be made of cloth or of narrow slats that can block light or allow it to pass.
  2. Any device intended to conceal or hide; as, a duck blind.
  3. (baseball) (slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning no score.
  4. (poker) A forced bet
  5. (poker) A player who is or was forced to make a bet
verb
  1. (transitive) To make temporarily or permanently blind.
The light was so bright that for a moment he was blinded.
Don't wave that pencil in my face - do you want to blind me?
adjective (blinder, blindest)
  1. (notcomparable) Of a person or animal, unable to see.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : He was plainly , for he tapped before him with a stick, and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose...
      1. (comparable) fail, Failing to see, acknowledge, perceive.
      The lovers were to each other"s faults.
      1. (notcomparable) Of a place, having little or no visibility; as, a blind corner.
      2. (notcomparable) close, Closed at one end; having a dead end; as, a blind hole, a blind alley.
      3. (notcomparable) Without opening; as, a blind wall.
adverb
  1. In three card brag, without looking at the cards dealt.
blond Tweet Definition of blond Like Definition of blond on Facebook
noun (s, pl2=blondes)
  1. A person of fair skin and fair hair (usually spelled "blonde" when referring to a woman).
  2. A pale golden brown colour.
adjective (er, more)
  1. Of a bleached, or pale golden colour.
  2. Of a blond complexion (referring to a person)
bloom Tweet Definition of bloom Like Definition of bloom on Facebook
noun
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
  1. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
the bloom of youth
  1. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  2. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  3. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  4. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  5. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
  1. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
bolster Tweet Definition of bolster Like Definition of bolster on Facebook
noun
  1. A large cushion or pillow.
verb
  1. To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.
bombe Tweet Definition of bombe Like Definition of bombe on Facebook
noun
  1. a dessert made from ice cream frozen in a mold
  2. (computing) a device used in early cryptanalysis
bookcase Tweet Definition of bookcase Like Definition of bookcase on Facebook
noun
  1. a piece of furniture designed for the storage/display of books
bookshelf Tweet Definition of bookshelf Like Definition of bookshelf on Facebook
noun (Pluralbookshelves)
  1. a shelf or shelves for storing books for easy visual reference.
borax Tweet Definition of borax Like Definition of borax on Facebook
noun
  1. A white or gray/grey crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors/colours on porcelain, and as a soap etc
  2. (chemistry) the sodium salt of boric acid, Na2B4O7, either anhydrous or with 5 or 10 molecules of water of crystallisation; sodium tetraborate
adjective
  1. cheap or tawdry, referring to furniture or other works of industrial design Persian derivations
borne Tweet Definition of borne Like Definition of borne on Facebook
verb
  1. (past participle of, bear)
adjective
  1. (rfv-sense) carried, supported.
    • 1901 - w:Joseph Conrad, Joseph Conrad, s:Falk, Falk: A Reminiscence
    • :In the last rays of the setting sun, you could pick out far away down the reach his beard high up on the white structure, foaming up stream to anchor for the night.
bracelet Tweet Definition of bracelet Like Definition of bracelet on Facebook
noun (plural:bracelets)
  1. a band or chain worn around the wrist as jewelry/jewellery or an ornament
  2. the strap of a wristwatch, used to secure it around the wrist
brass Tweet Definition of brass Like Definition of brass on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. An metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
  2. (music) A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound.
  3. Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
  4. The colour of brass.
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    1. (military) (used as a singular or plural noun) High-ranking officers.
    The brass are not going to like this.
    The brass is not going to like this.
    1. (informal) A brave or foolhardy attitude.
    You've got a lot of brass telling me to do that!
    1. (slang; also brass in pocket) Money.
    2. (slang; from brass nail; countable) A prostitute.
adjective
  1. (not comparable) Made of brass.
  2. of the colour of brass.
  3. (slang) Bad, annoying.
buffet Tweet Definition of buffet Like Definition of buffet on Facebook
noun
  1. A counter or sideboard from which food and drink are served or may be bought.
  2. Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
bunk Tweet Definition of bunk Like Definition of bunk on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A built-in bed on board ship, often erected in tiers one above the other.
  2. (military) A cot.
  3. One of a series of berths or bed places in tiers.
  4. A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night.
  5. (US, colloquial) A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers.
verb
  1. To fail to attend school without permission; to play truant.
  2. (obsolete) To expel from a school.
bureau Tweet Definition of bureau Like Definition of bureau on Facebook
noun (pl=bureaux, pl2=bureaus)
  1. office
  2. desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath
  3. chest of drawers for clothes
burl Tweet Definition of burl Like Definition of burl on Facebook
noun
  1. A knot or lump in thread or cloth.
verbto burl
  1. To remove the knots in cloth
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.
abbreviationbus.
  1. business
butterfly Tweet Definition of butterfly Like Definition of butterfly on Facebook
noun (butterflies)
  1. (insect) A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring.
  2. A swimming stroke in which the body is prone, the arms are moved in simultaneous circles, and the feet are kicked up and down.
  3. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.
tape
verb (butterfl, i, ed)
  1. To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.
butterflied shrimp
  1. To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.

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