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noun
  1. The side of something opposite the front or useful side; the reverse side; the side that is not normally seen.
Turn the book over and look at the cover.
  1. That which is farthest away from the front.
He sat in the of the room.
  1. The part of something that goes last.
The car was near the of the train.
  1. The rear of body, especially the part between the neck and the end of the spine and opposite the chest and belly.
Could you please scratch my ?
  1. In some team sports, a position behind most players on the team.
verb
  1. To go in the reverse direction.
The train backed into the station.
  1. To support.
I you all the way.
  1. (nautical, of the wind) the change direction contrary to its normal pattern (anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, clockwise in the southern)
  2. (nautical, of a square sail) to brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship
  3. (nautical, of an anchor) to lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power
adjective
  1. Near the rear.
Go in the door of the house.
  1. (context, after a change) In the previous state or position.
He was on vacation, but now he"s .
The office fell into chaos when you left, but now order is .
  1. Not current.
I"d like to find a issue of that magazine.
  1. far, Far from the main area.
They took a road.
adverb (further back, furthest back)
  1. (Not comparable) To a previous condition or place.
He gave the money.
  1. Away from the front or from an edge.
Sit all the way in your chair.
Step from the curb.
  1. In a manner that impedes.
Fear held him .
ballast Tweet Definition of ballast Like Definition of ballast on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) heavy, Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
  2. (figurative) Anything that steady, steadies emotion or the mind.
  3. coarse, Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.
  4. (electronics) device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g.in a tube lamp supply circuit)
verb
  1. To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.
  2. To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.
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.
bitt Tweet Definition of bitt Like Definition of bitt on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) A bollard
verb
  1. To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to slacken it gradually, which is called veering away.
boarder Tweet Definition of boarder Like Definition of boarder on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who pays for meals and lodging in a house rather than a hotel.
When I left for college, my parents took on a in my old room to help defray expenses.
  1. A pupil who lives at school during term time.
The student body consisted primarily of boarders, except for a few children belonging to the school staff.
  1. (nautical) A sailor attacking an enemy ship by boarding her, or one repelling such attempts by an enemy.
The captain shouted at the crew to grab arms and repel boarders.
boat Tweet Definition of boat Like Definition of boat on Facebook
noun
  1. A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
  2. (context, poker slang) A full house
verb
  1. To travel by boat.
bower Tweet Definition of bower Like Definition of bower on Facebook
noun
  1. A large nest made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
  2. A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods
  3. A woman's bedroom or private apartments, especially in a medieval castle
  4. (literary) A picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat
bridle Tweet Definition of bridle Like Definition of bridle on Facebook
noun
  1. The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
    • 1961. J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistíªs. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 457
    • : the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use;
      1. A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
verb (bridl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To put a bridle on.
  2. (transitive) To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as , bridle your tongue.
  3. (intransitive) To show hostility or resentment.
Immigrant-rights and religious organizations <b>bridled</b> at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives. <small>(Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007)</small>
bumboat Tweet Definition of bumboat Like Definition of bumboat on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) a small boat used for carrying provisions to ships lying at anchor in a harbour
bushwhack Tweet Definition of bushwhack Like Definition of bushwhack on Facebook
verb
  1. to travel through thick wooded country, cutting away scrub to make progress
  2. to fight, as a guerilla, especially in wooded country
  3. to ambush

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