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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.
Berkshire Tweet Definition of Berkshire Like Definition of Berkshire on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A inland county of England, bounded by Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.
block Tweet Definition of block Like Definition of block on Facebook
noun
  1. A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
A of ice.
A of stone.
  1. A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
Anne Boleyn placed her head on the and awaited her execution.
  1. A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
I'm going for a walk around the .
  1. A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
A of flats.
  1. The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short north.
  1. (slang) The human head.
I'll knock your off.
  1. A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
A of 100 tickets.
  1. (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sector, sectors (see cluster).
  2. (context, rigging) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
  3. (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
  4. Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
There's a in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
  1. (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
  2. (Cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
  3. (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter"s court.
(WikiSaurus?-link, head)
verb
  1. (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
The pipe is blocked.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
  1. (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
  1. (transitive) The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
He blocked the basketball player's shot.
The offensive lineman, offensive linemen tried to the blitz.
  1. (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
It was very difficult to this scene convincingly.
  1. (transitive, Cricket) To hit with a block.
  2. (intransitive, Cricket) To play a block shot.
bogie Tweet Definition of bogie Like Definition of bogie on Facebook
noun
  1. structure with axles and wheels under a railroad carriage or locomotive.
  2. a cigarette.
  3. (military) An enemy aircraft.
  4. (golf) a score one stroke higher than par on any one hole.
  5. (music) a toy similar to a violin bow, consisting of a wooden stick with notches along one or more sides or edges to produce a rattly noise when kratzed (stroked) against a hard edge, lip of container etc. From Ger. Bogen m? (= It. arco)
brakeman Tweet Definition of brakeman Like Definition of brakeman on Facebook
noun (brakemen)
  1. A railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes, couplings etc
bridge Tweet Definition of bridge Like Definition of bridge on Facebook
noun
  1. A construction or natural feature that spans a divide.
The rope crosses the river.
  1. (anatomy) The upper bony ridge of the human nose.
Rugby players often break the of their noses.
  1. (dentistry) A prosthesis replacing one or several adjacent tooth, teeth.
The dentist pulled out the decayed tooth and put in a .
  1. (nautical) An elevated platform above the upper deck of a mechanically propelled ship from which it is navigated and from which all activities on deck can be seen and controlled by the captain, etc; smaller ships have a wheelhouse, and sailing ships were controlled from a quarterdeck.
The first officer is on the .
  1. (music) The piece, on string instruments, that support the strings from the sounding board.
  2. (computing) A device which connects two or more computer bus, buses, typically in a transparent manner.
This chip is the between the front-side bus and the I/O bus.
  1. (communication) A system which connects two or more LAN, local area networks at layer 2.
The LAN uses a spanning tree algorithm.
  1. (music) A song contained within another song, often demarcated by meter, key, or melody.
The lyrics in the song's inverted its meaning.
  1. (chemistry) A valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.
  2. (electronics) An unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.
  3. (electronics) Any of several electrical devices that measure characteristics such as impedance and inductance by balancing different parts of a circuit
  4. (billiards, snooker, pool) A particular form of one hand placed on the table to support the cue when making a shot in cue sports.
verb (bridg, ing)
  1. To be or make a bridge over something.
With enough cable, we can this gorge.
  1. (idiomatic) To span as if with a bridge.
The two groups were able to their differences.
bullet train Tweet Definition of bullet train Like Definition of bullet train on Facebook
noun (plural bullet trains)
  1. (railroading) The shinkansen, a high-speed passenger train of Japan. Runs at speeds from 200-300 kilometers per hour.
  2. (context, informal) suicide, Suicide by small firearm; see take the bullet train.
"I should probably take the bullet train, and save her the grief."

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