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baffle Tweet Definition of baffle Like Definition of baffle on Facebook
  1. A device used to restrain or regulate, e.g. sound, light, gas, or a fluid.
Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the fluids in them from sloshing around inside.
verb (baffl, ing)
  1. Totally bewilder; confuse or perplex.
I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
balance Tweet Definition of balance Like Definition of balance on Facebook
  1. A pair of scales.
  2. (uncountable) equilibrium, Equilibrium in movement.
  3. (uncountable) support, Support for both viewpoints, substances etc or neither; neutrality.
  4. A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other
verb (balanc, ing)
  1. (transitive) to make (items) weigh up.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.
  3. (transitive) to hold (an object or objects) precariously.
  4. (transitive) to make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  5. (intransitive) to be in equilibrium.
  6. (intransitive) to have matching credits and debits.
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.
bias Tweet Definition of bias Like Definition of bias on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Bias (disambiguation), bias)
(es, -, pl2=biasses)
  1. (countable) (uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
    • : nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
      1. (countable) (textile) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
      2. (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
      3. (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it
verb (bias, es)
  1. (transitive) To place bias upon; to influence.
Our prejudices our views.
blank Tweet Definition of blank Like Definition of blank on Facebook
  1. A bullet that doesn't harm; a cartridge inserted into a gun that fires no projectile.
  2. A void space on a paper.
  3. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  4. (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. Nares.
  5. (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  6. (context, dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  7. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  1. (transitive) To make void; to erase.
I blanked out my previous entry.
  1. To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event.
The team was blanked.
adjective (all rarely used - by definition, blank is absolute and technically cannot be partial)
  1. Without color; lacking characteristics which give variety.
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.

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