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bayonet Tweet Definition of bayonet Like Definition of bayonet on Facebook
noun
  1. (Weapon) A pointed instrument of the dagger kind fitted on the muzzle of a musket or rifle, so as to give the soldier increased means of offence and defence. Originally, the bayonet was made with a handle, which required to be fitted into the bore of the musket after the soldier had fired.
Quotations
  • 1786: Fig. 3. Its bayonet, to be fixed by sticking the handle into the muzzle of the musquet. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xvi.
    1. (Machinery) A pin which plays in and out of holes made to receive it, and which thus serves to engage or disengage parts of the machinery.
verb
  1. (transitive) To stab with a bayonet.
  2. (transitive) To compel or drive by the bayonet.
To us into submission. Burke.
bleach Tweet Definition of bleach Like Definition of bleach on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. (uncountable) A chemical, such as sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, or a preparation of such a chemical, used for disinfecting or whitening.
  2. (countable) A variety of bleach.
bracket Tweet Definition of bracket Like Definition of bracket on Facebook
noun
  1. Item attached to a wall to hold up a shelf.
  2. Generically any of "(", ")", "", "", "{", "}", and, in the area of computer languages, "<", ">".
  3. "(" and ")" specifically, the other forms above requiring adjectives for disambiguation.
  4. (Technical) "" and "" specifically - opposed to the other forms which have their own technical names.
  5. (sports)
  1. printed diagram of games in a tournament
  2. prediction of the outcome of games in a tournament, used for betting purposes
    1. one of several ranges of numbers
    tax bracket, age bracket
verb
  1. To bound on both sides, to surround as enclosing with brackets.
I tried to hit the bullseye by first bracketing it with two shots and then splitting the difference with my third, but I missed.
bulb Tweet Definition of bulb Like Definition of bulb on Facebook
noun
  1. Any solid object rounded at one end and tapering on the other, possibly attached to a larger object at the tapered end
  2. A light bulb
  3. The bulb-shaped root portion of a plant such as a tulip, from which the rest of the plant may be regrown.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 265c.
    • : the plants which grow in the earth from seed or bulbs.
burn Tweet Definition of burn Like Definition of burn on Facebook
noun
  1. A physical injury caused by heat or caustic chemicals.
She had second-degree burns from falling in the bonfire.
  1. The act of burning something.
They"re doing a controlled of the fields.
  1. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
One and, two and, keep moving; feel the !
  1. (slang) An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult
verb (burns, burning, burnt or burned)
  1. (intransitive) To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
He watched the house .
  1. (intransitive) To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
Her cheeks burned with shame.
  1. (context, intransitive, curling) To accidentally touch a moving stone.
  2. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to be consumed by fire.
He burned his manuscript in the fireplace.
  1. (transitive) To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
She burned the child with an iron, and was put in jail for ten years.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To betray.
The informant burned him.
  1. (context, transitive, computing) To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
We'll this program onto an E-PROM one hour before the demo begins.
  1. (transitive) To waste (time).
We have an hour to .
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To insult badly, leaving no possible comeback.
I just burned you again.
  1. (context, transitive, cards) In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair.

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