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baby Tweet Definition of baby Like Definition of baby on Facebook
noun (bab, ies)
  1. A very young human being, from birth to a couple of years old.
  2. Any very young animal, especially a vertebrate; many species have specific names for their babies, such as kittens for the babies of cats, puppy, puppies for the babies of dogs, and chicks for the babies of birds. See :Category:Baby animals for more.
  3. A person who is immature or infantile.
Stand up for yourself - don't be such a !
  1. A term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend.
  2. (informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
Hey , what are you doing later?
  1. A pet project or responsibility.
The annual report has been my since September.
  1. The lastborn of a family; a benjamin.
verb (babies, babying, babied, babied)
  1. To coddle.
adjective (used only before the noun)
  1. Of a child: very young; of the age when he or she would be termed a baby or infant.
a boy
  1. Of an animal: young.
a elephant
  1. Intended for babies.
baccivorous Tweet Definition of baccivorous Like Definition of baccivorous on Facebook
  1. (zoology) Eating, or subsisting on, berry, berries; as, baccivorous birds.
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.
bag Tweet Definition of bag Like Definition of bag on Facebook
  1. A flexible container made of cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  2. One"s preference.
Acid House is not my , I prefer the more traditional styles of music.
  1. (derogatory) An ugly woman.
  2. (baseball) First, second, or third base.
He headed back to the .
  1. (baseball) The cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base.
''The grounder hit the and bounced over the fielder"s head.
  1. (context, preceded by "the") A breathalyzer device, so named because it formerly had a plastic bag over the end to measure a set amount of breath.
verb (bag, g, ing)
  1. To put into a bag.
  2. To catch or kill, especially when fishing or hunting.
We bagged three deer yesterday.
  1. To gain possession of something, or to make first claim on something.
  2. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To be caught by the police.
  3. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To bring a woman one met on the street with one.
  4. (context, slang, w:AAVE, African American Vernacular English) To laugh uncontrollably.
  5. (context, AU, slang) To criticise sarcastically.
  6. (context, medical) To provide artificial ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitator.
bald Tweet Definition of bald Like Definition of bald on Facebook
  1. Having no hair.
  2. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
barrel Tweet Definition of barrel Like Definition of barrel on Facebook
  1. (countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
a cracker
  1. The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons.
  • 1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
1882: 23 Hen. VIII, cap. 4... The barrel of beer is to hold 36 gallons, the kilderkin 18 gallons the firkin 9. But the barrel, kilderkin, and firkin of ale are to contain 32, 16, and 8 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
  1. A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case;
''the of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
  1. A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
  2. (obsolete) A jar. Obs. 1 Kings xvii. 12.
  3. (archaic) A tube.
  4. (zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
  5. (music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
  6. (context, idiomatic, surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
  7. (context, US, specifically, _, New England) A waste receptacle.
Throw it away in the trash .
  1. The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
verb (barrel, l, ed)
  1. to move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner
He came barrelling around the corner and I almost hit him.
beak Tweet Definition of beak Like Definition of beak on Facebook
  1. A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food.
  2. A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus.
  3. (nautical) The metal point fixed on the bows of a war galley, used as a ram.
  4. (slang) A justice of-peace, or magistrate. Also a judge or chairman who presides in court.
He's up before the beak again tomorrow.
I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free; I began to weep, and the judge set me free.
  1. (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.
beard Tweet Definition of beard Like Definition of beard on Facebook
  1. Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw.
  2. (gay slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.
  1. To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.
Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the sheriff, Sheriff of Nottingham.
bed Tweet Definition of bed Like Definition of bed on Facebook
  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.
beestings Tweet Definition of beestings Like Definition of beestings on Facebook
  1. The first milk drawn from an animal (especially a cow) after it has given birth.
below Tweet Definition of below Like Definition of below on Facebook
  1. in a lower place
  2. on a lower storey
  3. farther down
  4. (nautical) on a lower deck
  5. (context, of a temperature) below zero
biparous Tweet Definition of biparous Like Definition of biparous on Facebook
  1. producing two offspring from one pregnancy; twinning
biped Tweet Definition of biped Like Definition of biped on Facebook
  1. a being or construction that goes about on two feet
bipedal Tweet Definition of bipedal Like Definition of bipedal on Facebook
  1. Having two feet; biped.
  2. Pertaining to a biped.
blaze Tweet Definition of blaze Like Definition of blaze on Facebook
  1. a fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light
  2. a mark resembling a fire
"The palomino had a white blaze on its face."
verb (blaz, ing)
  1. (defn, English)
  2. (intransitive) to be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light
    • "The campfire blazed merrily."
      1. (intransitive) to shine
      2. (transitive) make a thing shine
      3. (transitive) mark or cut (a route, especially through vegetation, or figuratively, as to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge)
      "The guide blazed his way through the undergrowth."
      "Darwin blazed a path for the rest of us."
blowhole Tweet Definition of blowhole Like Definition of blowhole on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, blowhole (biology))
  1. The spiracle, on the top of the head, through which cetaceans breath
  2. A vent for the escape of gas
  3. A cavity in the ground that leads to a marine cave and out of which waves splash
(wikipedia, blowhole (geology))      
blubber Tweet Definition of blubber Like Definition of blubber on Facebook
  1. A fatty layer of adipose tissue found immediately beneath the epidermis.
  2. Fatty tissue.
  3. The thick coat of fat worn by many arctic animals, such as sea lions, and antarctic animals, such as penguins; used to insulate warmth in the animal's body.
  1. To make noises while crying.
blue Tweet Definition of blue Like Definition of blue on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Blue, Blue (colour))
  1. (colorbox, blue) The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters.
  2. (context, snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points.
verb (blues, blueing or bluing, blued)
  1. (transitive) To make .
  2. (transitive) (context, Metallurgy) To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.
See Wikipedia article on bluing steel: (w, bluing (steel))
  1. (intransitive) To turn .
adjective (blu, er)
  1. Of the colour blue.
  2. (colloquial)(nautical) depressed, Depressed, melancholic, sad. The phrase "feeling blue" was coined from a custom among old deepwater ships to fly blue flags or have a blue band painted along the hull if the vessel lost a captain or officers during a voyage.
  3. (colloquial)(context, entertainment) pornographic, Pornographic.
  4. (US, politics) Of states or other political entities, tending to vote for the Democratic Party.
Many of the traditionally states are on the east and west coasts.
Congress turned in the mid-term elections.
  1. (rfv-sense) (US, politics) Of or pertaining to the Democratic Party.
a advertisement
  1. (astronomy) of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.
bone Tweet Definition of bone Like Definition of bone on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.
  2. (countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
  3. A bone of a fish; a fishbone
  4. One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
  5. (colour) an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
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    1. (context, US, colloquial) A dollar.
    2. (slang) An erect penis; a boner.
    3. (slang) domino, Dominoes or dice.
    4. (slang) (form of, shortened form, trombone)
verb (bon, ing)
  1. (transitive) To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
"They boned the roast before placing it in the oven."
  1. (context, transitive, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
So, did you her?
  1. (colour) of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
  2. (colloquial) of something that is rubbish or broken
brachiate Tweet Definition of brachiate Like Definition of brachiate on Facebook
verb (brachiat, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To move like a brachiator; to swing from branch to branch, advance by brachiation.
...brachiating from handhold to handhold like chimpanzees in a jungle.
  1. Having decussate branches.
brain Tweet Definition of brain Like Definition of brain on Facebook
  1. That part of the central nervous system of an animal located in the skull which is responsible for perception, cognition, attention, memory, emotion, and action.
  2. An intelligent person.
He was a total .
  1. (context, English pluralia tantum) A person who provides the intelligence required for something.
The brains behind the scheme
  1. (in plural brains) Intellect.
He has a lot of brains.
  1. By analogy with a human brain, the part of a machine or computer that performs calculations.
The computer's is capable of millions of calculations a second.
  1. (context, slang, transitive) To strike (someone) on the head.
  2. (transitive) To kill (a person) by smashing that person's skull.
brood Tweet Definition of brood Like Definition of brood on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) What comes out of an egg.
  2. The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother.
  3. The children in one family.
  1. To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
  2. To dwell upon moodily and at length.
  3. to protect
He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.
brush Tweet Definition of brush Like Definition of brush on Facebook
  1. An implement with a handle, and a head with multiple more or less flexible bristles, used for any of various purposes including cleaning, painting, and arranging hair.
  2. A spring-loaded electrical contact, usually of carbon, between the stationary and rotating parts of a machine.
  3. The act of brushing something.
She gave her hair a quick .
  1. (uncountable) Wild vegetation, generally larger than grass but smaller than trees.
  2. A short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience.
He has had brushes with communism from time to time.
  1. The tail of a fox.
  2. In 3D computer games, a convex polyhedron, esp. one that defines structure of the play area.
  3. (context, poker, slang) The floorperson of a poker room, usually in a casino.
verb (brushes, brushing, brushed)
  1. To clean with a brush.
Brush your teeth.
  1. To untangle or arrange with a brush.
Brush your hair.
  1. To apply with a brush.
Brush the paint onto the walls.
  1. To remove with a sweeping motion.
Brush the flour off your clothes.
  1. To touch with a sweeping motion.
Her scarf brushed his skin.
    • 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Further to Fly", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
    • : Maybe you will find a love that you discover accidentally, who falls against you gently as a pickpocket brushes your thigh.
buck Tweet Definition of buck Like Definition of buck on Facebook
  1. A male deer or goat.
  2. A male rabbit or hare.
  3. A male of other species, such as the ferret.
  4. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  5. (context, US, Canadian English, colloquial) A dollar (one hundred cents).
  6. (context, Canadian English, colloquial) By extension, one hundred of anything.
The police caught me driving a -forty on the freeway.
  1. (context , North America, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  2. A young buck; an adventurous or high-spirited young man.
  3. (context, UK, obsolete) Hence, a fop or dandy.
  4. (rfv-sense) (poker) A plastic disc used to represent the player in dealer position.
  5. blame, Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    • w:Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman,
    • : The stops here.
  1. Of a horse: to rise sharply up on its hind legs.
  2. Of a horse: to leap upward arching its back.
1848: At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about &mdash; Statement by Jackey Jackey (an Aborigine) published in William Carron Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (
carron at Project Gutenberg Australia)
  1. By extension, to move in any sharp or jerking manner.
  2. By extension, to resist obstinately.
Bud Tweet Definition of Bud Like Definition of Bud on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male nickname.
I remember many visits from my uncle Bud.
  1. (colloquial) A nickname for the beer Budweiser&reg;.
I'd like a Bud, please.
bulla Tweet Definition of bulla Like Definition of bulla on Facebook
noun (bullae)
  1. (medicine) A blister, vesicle, or other thin-walled cavity or lesion.
  2. (context, Archaeology) A clay envelope or hollow ball, typ. with seal impressions or writing on its outside indicating its contents.
  3. In ancient Rome, a kind of amulet or boss.
  4. Later, handwrited document from the papal chancellery.
Bush Tweet Definition of Bush Like Definition of Bush on Facebook
proper noun (plural Bushes)
  1. A family name.
button Tweet Definition of button Like Definition of button on Facebook
  1. A knob or disc that is passed through a slit (buttonhole) in the adjacent material, serving as a fastener.
April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
  1. A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
Pat pushed the marked "shred" on the blender.
  1. (computing) In computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
Click the that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
  1. A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
The politician wore a bright yellow with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
  1. (botany) A bud.
  2. (slang) The clitoris.
  3. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
  4. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  5. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's .
  6. (poker) The player who is last to act, who possesses the button.
  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button.
buttress Tweet Definition of buttress Like Definition of buttress on Facebook
  1. (architecture) A brick or stone structure built against another structure to support it.
  2. Anything that serves to support something; a prop.
byssus Tweet Definition of byssus Like Definition of byssus on Facebook
noun (pluralbyssuses)
  1. An exceptionally fine and valuable fibre or cloth of ancient times. Originally used for fine flax and linens, its use was later extended to fine cottons, silks, and sea silk.
  2. The long fine silky filaments excreted by several mollusks (particularly Pinna nobilis) by which they attach themselves to the sea bed, from which sea silk is manufactured.
  3. The stipe or stem of some fungi which are particularly thin and thread-like.

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