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bachelor Tweet Definition of bachelor Like Definition of bachelor on Facebook
  1. An unmarried man.
  2. (Canadian English) An apartment consisting mainly of one large room which is the living, dining, and bedroom combined. A bachelor apartment.
ban Tweet Definition of ban Like Definition of ban on Facebook
  1. prohibition
verb (bans, banning, banned, banned)
  1. To forbid.
Bare feet are banned in this establishment.
banner Tweet Definition of banner Like Definition of banner on Facebook
  1. A flag or standard used by a military commander, monarch or nation.
  2. Any large sign, especially if constructed of soft material or fabric.
The mayor hung a banner across Main Street to commemorate the town's 100th anniversary.
  1. A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.
  2. By extension, a cause or purpose; a campaign or movement.
They usually make their case under the banner of environmentalism.
  1. A type of advertisement in a web page or on television, usually taking the form of a graphic or animation above or alongside the content. Contrast popup, interstitial.
  2. (heraldry) The principal standard of a knight.
  3. A person etc. who bans something.
  1. exceptional, Exceptional; very good.
It is a banner achievement for an athelete to run a mile in under four minutes.
baron Tweet Definition of baron Like Definition of baron on Facebook
  1. The male ruler of a barony.
baroness Tweet Definition of baroness Like Definition of baroness on Facebook
  1. The female ruler of a barony.
  • The male equivalent is baron.
baronet Tweet Definition of baronet Like Definition of baronet on Facebook
  1. A hereditary title, below a peerage and senior to most knighthoods, entitling the bearer to the titular prefix "Sir" (for men) or "Dame" (for women) which is used in conjunction with the holder's Christian name. It is inheritable, usually by the eldest son although a few baronetcies can also pass through the female line.
barony Tweet Definition of barony Like Definition of barony on Facebook
noun (baronies)
  1. A dominion ruled by a baron or baroness, often part of a larger kingdom or empire.
  2. A medieval land measure equal to 4000 acres (100 hides).
barracoon Tweet Definition of barracoon Like Definition of barracoon on Facebook
  1. The living quarters for slaves and indentured servants in the Lousiana Territory and French colonial Africa.
barrier Tweet Definition of barrier Like Definition of barrier on Facebook
  1. A structure that bars passage.
  2. An obstacle or impediment.
  3. A boundary or limit.
Bastille Tweet Definition of Bastille Like Definition of Bastille on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A prison in France, the storming of which in 1789 CE began the w:French Revolution, French Revolution.
Bastille Day Tweet Definition of Bastille Day Like Definition of Bastille Day on Facebook
proper noun Bastille day, Day
  1. The French national holiday celebrated on 14 July each year. It commemorates the 1790 Fíªte de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the Fíªte de la Fédération was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French "nation".
beg Tweet Definition of beg Like Definition of beg on Facebook
  1. A provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey.
verb (beg, g, ed)
  1. To request the help of someone, often in the form of money.
He begged on the street corner from passersby.
  1. To plead with someone for help or for a favor.
He begged her to go to the prom with him.
benevolence Tweet Definition of benevolence Like Definition of benevolence on Facebook
  1. charitable kindness
  2. an altruistic gift or act
bey Tweet Definition of bey Like Definition of bey on Facebook
  1. A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions; also, in some places, a prince or nobleman; a beg; as, the bey of Tunis.
blackbird Tweet Definition of blackbird Like Definition of blackbird on Facebook
  1. A common thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
  2. A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae.
blackbirder Tweet Definition of blackbirder Like Definition of blackbirder on Facebook
  1. a person involved in blackbirding
  2. a ship used for blackbirding
blackbirding Tweet Definition of blackbirding Like Definition of blackbirding on Facebook
  1. the kidnapping of Pacific Islanders or Kanakas for work on, or for sale to, plantations - usually sugar plantations in Queensland, Australia. From blackbird - ref. to the colour of the people.
black hole Tweet Definition of black hole Like Definition of black hole on Facebook
  1. A gravitationally domineering celestial body with an event horizon from which even light cannot escape; the most dense material in the universe, condensed into a singularity, usually formed by a collapse, collapsing massive star.
  2. A sphere of influence into which or from which communication or similar activity is precluded.
    • 2006 October 23, Tom Zeller Jr., "The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea", The New York Times
    • : Julien Pain, head of the Internet desk at Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based group which tracks censorship around the world, put it more bluntly. "It is by far the worst Internet ," he said.
    • 2000 November 26, Linda Seebach, "Unwanted e-mail belongs in an Internet ", RockyMountainNews?.com
    • :you'll have to love U.S. District Court Judge John Kane's decision to keep Denver-based out of an Internet .... MAPS maintains a database of Internet addresses that it believes send or relay spam. It's called the "Realtime Blackhole List"
      1. An entity which consumes time or resources without demonstrable utility.
    • 2004 September 30, Andrew P. Leyden, "The Internet ", PenguinSix?, at <tt>PenguinSix?.com</tt>
    • : Now that I'm basically up all night US Time, I've started to notice that there really isn't that much going on on the net between say 10:00 and 9:00 AM EDT.
    • 2004 November 16, Jenifer Hanen, "How I fell down an Internet Black Hole....", Black Phoebe, at <tt></tt>
    • :I finished some client work and gave myself 30 minutes to fall down one of my favorite internet black holes: genealogical research. Four hours plus some later, my eyes were burning in my head
bombardier Tweet Definition of bombardier Like Definition of bombardier on Facebook
  1. The person who releases bombs from aircraft.
    • 1990 Operations Analysis in the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force in World War II Charles W McArthur?: Publisher American Mathematical Society: ISBN 0821801589 P142. "The then checked the gyroscopic stabilization of the bombsight and clutched in the electrical motor."
    • (British) a non-commissioned artillery officer.
    • Wikipedia: Bombardier (Bdr) and Lance Bombardier (LBdr or L/Bdr) are British Army ranks used in the Royal Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery instead of (respectively) Corporal and Lance Corporal.
    • An artilleryman; a gunner.
    • Anton Pavlovich Chekhov: Early Stories: Publisher Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192837567. "He has known for ages why a sturdy rides alongside the officer at the head of each battery, and why he is given a special name.
bourbon Tweet Definition of bourbon Like Definition of bourbon on Facebook
  1. A whiskey distill, distilled from a mixture of grains in which more than half is maize, aged in oak barrel, barrels. Made chiefly in the US.
  2. A Bourbon biscuit
Boxer Tweet Definition of Boxer Like Definition of Boxer on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Chinese anti-imperial and anti-foreigner rebel of the early 1900s.
boyar Tweet Definition of boyar Like Definition of boyar on Facebook
  1. (historical) A rank of aristocracy (second only to princes) in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.
    • 1997: Boris had abdicated in 889, leaving the throne of Bulgaria to his son Vladimir, who had immediately identified himself with the aristocracy which Boris had done his utmost to crush. " John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, p. 159)
burgess Tweet Definition of burgess Like Definition of burgess on Facebook
  1. an inhabitant of a borough with full rights, a citizen
  2. (historical) a town magistrate
bushido Tweet Definition of bushido Like Definition of bushido on Facebook
  1. An ethical code of the samurai that was prevalent in feudal Japan that advocated unquestioning loyalty to the master at all costs and obedience in all deeds, valuing honor above life.
(rel-top, seven virtues associated with Bushido)
  • 義 - Gi - Rectitude (Right Decisions)
  • å�� - Yu - Courage
  • ä»� - Jin - Benevolence
  • 礼 - Rei - Respect
  • 誠 - Makoto - Honesty
  • å��èª� - Meiyo - Honour
  • 忠義 - Chugi - Loyalty

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