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Ayub Khan
/ah yoohb" kahn"/ Mohammed, 1908-74, Pakistani army officer and political leader: president 1958-69. * * *
Ayub Khan, Mohammad
born May 14, 1907, Hazara, India died April 19, 1974, near Islamabad, Pak. President of Pakistan (1958–69). After studies at Aligarh Muslim University and at the British ...
ayuntamiento
/ah yoohn'tah myen"taw/, n., pl. ayuntamientos /-taws/. Spanish. 1. a municipal government. 2. a town hall or city hall. * * *
Ayurveda
—Ayurvedic, adj. /ah"yeuhr vay'deuh, -vee'-/, n. the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life. [ < Skt, equiv. to ayur- life, vital power + veda knowledge] * * ...
Ayurvedic
See Ayurveda. * * *
Ayuthea
/ah yooh"thee ah', -thee euh/; Thai. /ah yooh"tee ah/, n. a city in central Thailand, on the Chao Phraya: former national capital. 40,000. Also, Ayudhya /ah yoohd"yah/, Ayutthaya ...
Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya [prä΄nä kôn′sēä yo͞o′tä yä] city in central Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River: capital (1350-1767) of a former Thai kingdom: pop. 61,000: in full Phra ...
ayyārʿ
▪ Iraqi warrior (Arabic: “vagabond,” “scoundrel”),Arabic  plural ʿayyārūn,  Persian  plural ʿayyārān,         any member of a class of warriors ...
Ayyūb
▪ governor of Damascus in full  Najm al-Dīn Ayyūb ibn Shādhī   died 1173       father of Saladin, and a member of a family of Kurdish soldiers of fortune who in ...
Ayyūbid dynasty
(1173–1250) Kurdish dynasty founded by Saladin that ruled over Egypt, most of Syria, upper Iraq, and Yemen. After overthrowing the Fātimid dynasty, Saladin defended Palestine ...
AZ
Arizona (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * *
Az Zarqa'
Az Zar·qā' (äz zärʹkä) A city of Jordan northeast of Amman. It is the country's second-largest city. Population: 359,000. * * *
Az Zarqā'
Az Zar·qā' (äz zärʹkä) A city of Jordan northeast of Amman. It is the country's second-largest city. Population: 359,000. * * *
az-
var. of azo-, esp. before a vowel: azine. * * *
Az-Zarqa
/az zahr"keuh/, n. Zarqa. * * *
az.
1. azimuth. 2. azure. * * *
Azad Kashmir
▪ quasi-state, Kashmir region, India-Pakistan       area of the Pakistani-administered sector of the Kashmir region, in the northwestern part of the Indian ...
Azaïs, Pierre-Hyacinthe
▪ French philosopher born March 1, 1766, Sorèze, Fr. died Jan. 22, 1845, Paris       philosopher whose optimism was rooted in the idea that human experience is imbued ...
azalea
/euh zayl"yeuh/, n. any of numerous shrubs belonging to a particular group (Azalea) of the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, comprising species with handsome flower ...
Azalī
Any member of the Bābī movement who remained faithful to the teachings of the Bāb and his chosen successor, Mīrzā Yahya, known as Ṣobḥ-e Azal, after the movement split ...
Azamgarh
▪ India       town, eastern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It lies along the Tons River, a tributary of the Ghaghara (Ghāghara River), north of Varanasi ...
azan
/ah zahn"/, n. (in Islamic countries) the call to prayer proclaimed five times a day by the muezzin. [1850-55; < Ar adhan invitation. See MUEZZIN] * * *
Azaña
/ah sah"nyah, ah thah"-/, n. Manuel /mah nwel"/, (Manuel Azaña y Diez), 1880-1940, Spanish statesman: prime minister 1931-33, 1936; president 1936-39. * * *
Azaña (y Díaz), Manuel
born Jan. 10, 1880, Alcalá de Henares, Spain died Nov. 4, 1940, Montauban, France Spanish prime minister and president. As prime minister from 1931 to 1933, he attempted to ...
Azaña y Díaz, Manuel
▪ president of Spain born January 10, 1880, Alcalá de Henares, Spain died November 4, 1940, Montauban, France  Spanish minister and president of the Second Republic whose ...
Azande
/euh zan"dee/, n., pl. Azandes, (esp. collectively) Azande for 1. 1. a member of a people of the Congo-Sudan region of central Africa. 2. the Adamawa-Eastern language spoken by ...
Azania
—Azanian, n., adj. /euh zay"nee euh, euh zayn"yeuh/, n. the indigenous name applied to South Africa by indigenous black nationalists or liberationists. * * *
Azanian
See Azania. * * *
Azare
▪ Nigeria       town and traditional emirate, Bauchi state, northeastern Nigeria, located in the northern extension of the state. The town and emirate are peopled by ...
Azariah
/az'euh ruy"euh/, n. Uzziah. II Kings 15:1-7. * * *
Azariah, The Prayer of
▪ apocryphal literature       apocryphal insertion into The Book of Daniel in the Greek (Septuagint) Bible and subsequently included in the Latin (Vulgate) Bible and the ...
Azariah, Vedanayakam Samuel
▪ Indian bishop born Aug. 17, 1874, Vellalanvillai, India died Jan. 1, 1945, Dornakal       first Indian bishop of the Anglican Church (Anglican Communion) in ...
azathioprine
/az'euh thuy"euh preen'/, n. Pharm. a cytotoxic purine analog, C9H7N7O2S, used as an immunosuppressive in organ transplantations and in rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue ...
Azay-le-Rideau
▪ France       town and château, Indre-et-Loire département, Centre région, central France. The town lies along the Indre River a few miles upstream from its ...
Azazel
/euh zay"zeuhl, az"euh zel'/, n. 1. the demon or place in the wilderness to which the scapegoat is released in an atonement ritual. Lev. 16:8, 10, 26. 2. the scapegoat itself. [ ...
Azcapotzalco
/ahs'kah paw tsahl"kaw/, n. a city in central Mexico: suburb of Mexico City; a cultural center during the pre-Columbian period. 545,513. * * *
Azcarraga Milmo, Emilio
▪ 1998       , Mexican billionaire who created the Spanish-speaking world's largest media empire by building up his family's radio and television network; his fortune ...
Azcona del Hoyo, Jose Simon
▪ 2006       Honduran politician (b. Jan. 26, 1927, La Ceiba, Honduras—d. Oct. 24, 2005, Tegucigalpa, Honduras), served as the country's president from 1986 to 1990. ...
Azcona, Rafael
▪ 2009       Spanish novelist and screenwriter born Oct 24, 1926, Logroño, Spain died March 24, 2008, Madrid, Spain penned some 100 screenplays, notably for La Grande ...
azedarach
/euh zed"euh rak'/, n. chinaberry. [1745-55; < NL < F azédarac
Azeglio
/ah ze"lyaw/, n. Massimo Taparelli /mahs"see maw' tah'pah rddel"lee/, Marchese d', 1798-1866, Italian statesman and author. * * *
Azeglio, Massimo Taparelli, Marquess d'
▪ Italian author and statesman born Oct. 24, 1798, Turin, Piedmont [Italy] died Jan. 15, 1866, Turin       aristocrat, painter, author, and statesman who was a leader ...
azeotrope
—azeotropic /ay'zee euh trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. —azeotropy /ay'zee o"treuh pee/, azeotropism, n. /euh zee"euh trohp', ay"zee-/, n. Physical Chem. any liquid mixture having ...
azeotropic
See azeotrope. * * *
azeotropy
See azeotropic. * * *
Azerbaijan
/ah'zeuhr buy jahn", az'euhr buy jan"/; Russ. /u zyirdd buy jahn"/, n. 1. Also, Azerbaidzhan. Formerly, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. a republic in Transcaucasia, N of ...
Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic or Azerbaidzhan Soviet Socialist Republic a republic of the U.S.S.R.: now AZERBAIJAN * * *
Azerbaijan, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped light blue, red, and green national flag with a central crescent and star. Its width-to-length proportion is 1 to ...
Azerbaijani
/ah'zeuhr buy jah"nee, az'euhr buy jan"ee/, n., pl. Azerbaijanis, (esp. collectively) Azerbaijani for 1, 2. 1. a native or inhabitant of Azerbaijan. 2. a member of an ...
Azeri
Azeri [ə zer′ē] n. AZERBAIJANI (sense 1) * * * A·zer·i (ə-zĕrʹē) n. pl. A·zer·is 1. A member of a traditionally Shiite Muslim people of Azerbaijan and adjacent ...
Azevedo, Aluízio
▪ Brazilian novelist born April 14, 1857, São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil died Jan. 21, 1913, Buenos Aires, Arg.       novelist who set the pattern for the naturalistic ...
Azhar University, al-
Chief school of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world, centred on the al-Azhar Mosque in the medieval quarter of Cairo. It was founded by the Fāṭimid dynasty in 970. The ...
Azharī, Ismāʿīl al-
▪ prime minister of The Sudan born Oct. 30, 1900, Omdurman, Sudan died Aug. 26, 1969, Khartoum       statesman and Sudanese prime minister in 1954–56, who was ...
azide
/az"uyd, -id, ay"zuyd, ay"zid/, n. Chem. any compound containing the azido group, as sodium azide, NaN3. [AZ- + -IDE] * * * ▪ chemical compound       any of a class of ...
azido
/az"i doh'/, adj. Chem. containing the azido group. [1905-10; AZIDE + -O-] * * *
azido group
Chem. the univalent group N3-, derived from hydrazoic acid. Also called azido radical. * * *
azidothymidine
/euh zuy'doh thuy"mi deen', -zee'-, az'i-/, n. Pharm. See AZT. [AZIDO + THYMIDINE] * * *
Azikiwe
/ah'zee kee"way/, n. Nnamdi /nahm"dee/, ("Zik"), born 1904, Nigerian statesman: president 1963-66. * * *
Azikiwe, Nnamdi
born Nov. 16, 1904, Zungeru, Nigeria died May 11, 1996, Enugu First president (1963–66) of independent Nigeria. Azikiwe's National Council party won the important 1959 ...
Azilian
/euh zeel"yeuhn, -ee euhn, euh zil"-/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an early Mesolithic culture of southern France and northern Spain. [1895-1900; named after Mas ...
Azilian industry
▪ stone tool culture       tool tradition of Late Paleolithic and Early Mesolithic Europe, especially in France and Spain. The Azilian industry was preceded by the ...
azimuth
—azimuthal /az'euh muth"euhl/, adj. —azimuthally, adv. /az"euh meuhth/, n. 1. Astron., Navig. the arc of the horizon measured clockwise from the south point, in astronomy, or ...
azimuth bar
a device used in measuring azimuths, consisting of a bar with a sighting vane at each end,pivoted at its center, and rotating in a horizontal plane around the center of a ...
azimuth circle
a device for measuring azimuths, consisting of a graduated ring equipped with a sighting vane on each side, which fits concentrically over a compass. [1585-95] * * *
azimuthal
See azimuth. * * *
azimuthal equidistant projection
Cartog. a projection in which the shortest distance between any point and a central point is a straight line, such a line representing a great circle through the central ...
azimuthal quantum number
Physics. the quantum number that designates the orbital angular momentum of a particular quantum state of an electron in an atom and that assumes integral values from zero to one ...
azimuthalequidistant projection
azimuthal equidistant projection n. A map projection of the earth designed so that a straight line from the central point on the map to any other point gives the shortest ...
azimuthally
See azimuthal. * * *
azine
/az"een, -in, ay"zeen, ay"zin/, n. Chem. any of a group of six-membered heterocyclic compounds containing one or more nitrogen atoms in the ring, the number of nitrogen atoms ...
azine dye
Chem. any of various dyes derived from phenazine, used chiefly for dyeing wood, leather, and textiles. [1890-95] * * *
azinedye
azine dye n. Any of various dyes derived from phenazine. * * *
Aziz
(as used in expressions) Saud ibn Abd al Aziz al Faysal Al Saud Aziz al Din Alamgir II Abd al Aziz ibn Abd al Rahman ibn Faysal Al * * *
Azīz, al-ʿ
▪ Fāṭimid caliph in full  Al-ʿazīz Biʾllāh Nizār Abū Manṣūr   born May 10, 955 died Oct. 14, 996, Bilbays, Egypt       caliph under whom the Fāṭimid ...
azlon
/az"lon/, n. Chem. any of the class of textile fibers derived from such proteins as casein or zein. [AZ- + -lon, modeled on NYLON] * * * ▪ textile       synthetic ...
Azmi, Kaifi
▪ 2003 Athar Husain Rizvi        Indian poet and lyricist (b. about 1920, Mijwan, United Provinces [now Uttar Pradesh], India—d. May 10, 2002, Mumbai [Bombay], India), ...
Aznar
/ahs nahr"/, n. Jose Maria /haw se mah rddee"ah/, born 1953, premier of Spain since 1996. * * *
Aznar Lopez, Jose Maria
▪ 1997       On May 4, 1996, the Spanish Cortes (parliament) approved José María Aznar López, the leader of the centre-right Popular Party (PP), as the new prime ...
Aznar, José María
▪ prime minister of Spain in full  José María Aznar López  born February 25, 1953, Madrid, Spain    lawyer and politician who served as prime minister of Spain from ...
azo
/az"oh, ay"zoh/, adj. Chem. containing the azo group. [1875-80; independent use of AZO-] * * *
azo compound
▪ chemical compound       any organic chemical compound in which the azo group (−N=N−) is part of the molecular structure. The atomic groups attached to the nitrogen ...
azo dye
Chem. any of a large class of dyes containing one or more azo groups. [1880-85] * * * Any of a large class of synthetic organic compounds, dyes containing two nitrogen atoms ...
azo group
Chem. the bivalent group -N=N- united to two aromatic groups, as in azobenzene. Also called azo radical. [1890-95] * * *
azo radical.
See azo group. * * *
azo-
a combining form used in the formation of compound words, esp. names of chemical compounds containing nitrogen or the azo group: azobenzene. Also, esp. before a vowel, az-. [ < ...
azobenzene
/az'oh ben"zeen, -ben zeen", ay'zoh-/, n. Chem. an orange-red, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C12H10N2, obtained from nitrobenzene by reduction: used chiefly in the ...
azodye
azo dye n. Any of various red, brown, or yellow acidic or basic dyes derived from amino compounds. * * *
Azof
/az"awf, ay"zawf/; Russ. /u zawf"/, n. Sea of, Azov. * * *
Azogues
▪ Ecuador       city, south-central Ecuador. It lies in a high Andean valley northeast of Cuenca. Its economy is based on agricultural trade, and grains and fruit are ...
azoic
azoic1 /euh zoh"ik, ay-/, adj. Geol. (formerly) noting or pertaining to the Precambrian Era, esp. that part formerly believed to precede the first appearance of life; Archean. ...
azoic dye
/a zoh"ik/, Chem. any of a group of brilliant, long-lasting azo dyes, formed on the fiber by coupling diazotized materials, used chiefly for printing on cotton. * * *
azoimide
/az'oh im"uyd, -id, ay'zoh-/, n. Chem. See hydrazoic acid. [1890-95; AZO- + IMIDE] * * *
azole
/az"ohl, euh zohl"/, n. Chem. any of a group of five-membered heterocyclic compounds containing one or more nitrogen atoms in the ring, the number of nitrogen atoms present being ...
azonal
/ay zohn"l/, adj. 1. not divided into zones. 2. (of soil) so young that horizons have not yet developed. [1895-1900; A-6 + ZONAL] * * *
azonic
/ay zon"ik/, adj. not confined to any particular zone or region; not local. [1785-95; < Gk ázon(os) not restricted to a ZONE (a- A-6 + zón(e) belt + -os adj. suffix) + -IC] * * ...
azophenylene
/az'oh fen"l een', -feen"-, ay'zoh-/, n. Chem. phenazine. [AZO- + PHENYLENE] * * *
Azorean
See Azores. * * *
Azores
—Azorean, Azorian /euh zawr"ee euhn, -zohr"-/, adj., n. /euh zawrz", euh zohrz", ay"zawrz, ay"zohrz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) a group of islands in the N Atlantic, W of ...
Azores high
Meteorol. a subtropical high centered near the Azores. * * * ▪ meteorology       large, persistent, atmospheric high-pressure centre that develops over the subtropical ...
Azorian
See Azorean. * * *
Azorín
/ah'thaw rddeen", ah'saw-/, n. (José Martínez Ruiz) 1873-1967, Spanish novelist and critic. * * * ▪ Spanish literary critic pseudonym of  José Martínez Ruiz   born June ...
azote
/az"oht, ay"zoht, euh zoht"/, n. Chem. nitrogen. [1785-95; < F < Gk ázotos ungirt, taken to mean lifeless] * * *
azotemia
—azotemic, adj. /az'euh tee"mee euh, ay'zeuh-/, n. Pathol. the accumulation of abnormally large amounts of nitrogenous waste products in the blood, as in uremic ...
azotemic
See azotemia. * * *
azoth
/az"oth/, n. 1. mercury, regarded by alchemists as the assumed first principle of all metals. 2. the universal remedy of Paracelsus. [1470-80;
azotic
/euh zot"ik, ay zot"-/, adj. of or pertaining to azote; nitric. [1785-95; AZOTE + -IC] * * *
azotize
/az"euh tuyz', ay"zeuh-/, v.t., azotized, azotizing. to nitrogenize. [1795-1805; AZOTE + -IZE] * * *
azotobacter
/euh zoh"teuh bak'teuhr, ay zoh"-/, n. any of several rod-shaped or spherical soil bacteria of the genus Azotobacter, important as nitrogen fixers. [1901; < NL; see AZOTE, -O-, ...
Azotos
/euh zoh"tos/, n. Greek name of Ashdod. * * *
azoturia
/az'euh toor"ee euh, -tyoor"-, ay'zeuh-/, n. 1. an elevated level of nitrogenous compounds in the urine. 2. Vet. Pathol. Also called Monday morning disease. a disease of horses, ...
Azov
/az"awf, ay"zawf/; Russ. /u zawf"/, n. Sea of, a northern arm of the Black Sea connected with the Black Sea by Kerch Strait. ab. 14,500 sq. mi. (37,555 sq. km). See map under ...
Azov Upland
▪ region, Ukraine Ukrainian  Pryazovska Vysochyna        hilly region, southeastern Ukraine. Part of the Ukrainian Crystalline Shield, the Azov Upland is an area of ...
Azov, Sea of
Inland sea in Europe between Ukraine and Russia. It is connected to the Black Sea by Kerch Strait. About 210 mi (340 km) long and 85 mi (135 km) wide, it occupies an area of ...
Azov,Sea of
A·zov (ăzʹôf, āʹzôf, ə-zôfʹ), Sea of The northern arm of the Black Sea between southwest Russia and southeast Ukraine. The shallow sea has important fisheries. * * *
Azrael
/az"ree euhl, -ray-/, n. (in Jewish and Islamic angelology) the angel who separates the soul from the body at the moment of death. Also called Angel of Death, death angel. * * *
AZT
n. Pharm., Trademark. azidothymidine: an antiviral drug, manufactured from genetic materials in fish sperm or produced synthetically, used in the treatment of AIDS. * * * in ...
Aztec
—Aztecan, adj. /az"tek/, n. 1. a member of a Nahuatl-speaking state in central Mexico that was conquered by Cortés in 1521. 2. Also called classical Nahuatl. the variety of ...
Aztec calendar
▪ chronology  dating system based on the Mayan calendar and used in the Valley of Mexico before the destruction of the Aztec empire. Like the Mayan calendar, the Aztec ...
Aztec lily.
See Jacobean lily. * * *
Aztec marigold.
See African marigold. * * *
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Archaeological site, northwestern New Mexico, U.S. Located on the Animas River just north of the town of Aztec, it was established in 1923 and has an area of 0. 5 sq mi (1.3 sq ...
Aztec two-step
Slang. traveler's diarrhea, esp. as experienced by some visitors to Mexico. [1950-55] * * *
Azteco-Tanoan languages
      a major grouping (phylum or superstock) of American Indian languages that includes the large Uto-Aztecan (Uto-Aztecan languages) language family and the small ...
Aztlán
Az·tlán (äz-tlänʹ) 1. In Aztec legend, the original home of the Aztec people, held to have been located in northwest Mexico. 2. The American Southwest, specifically the ...
Azua
▪ Dominican Republic in full  Azua de Compostela        city, southwestern Dominican Republic. Founded in 1504 on the Caribbean coast, the original town was ...
Azuchi-Momoyama
/ah"zoo chee'maw"maw yah"mah/, n. a period of Japanese art, 1568-1600, characterized by construction of imposing, elegant castles and small, unadorned teahouses, lavish ...
Azuchi-Momoyama period
▪ Japanese history also called  Momoyama Period        (1574–1600), in Japanese history, age of political unification under the daimyo Oda Nobunaga and his ...
Azuela
/ah sway"leuh/; Sp. /ah swe"lah/, n. Mariano /mah rddyah"naw/, 1873-1952, Mexican physician and novelist. * * *
Azuela, Mariano
▪ Mexican writer born January 1, 1873, Lagos de Moreno, Mexico died March 1, 1952, Mexico City       Mexican writer whose 20 novels chronicle almost every aspect of the ...
Azuero Peninsula
/ah swair"oh/; Sp. /ah swe"rddaw/ a peninsula in SW Panama, bordered on the E by the Gulf of Panama. * * * ▪ peninsula, Panama Spanish  Península De Azuero, ...
azuki bean
/euh zooh"kee/. See adzuki bean. * * *
azukibean
a·zu·ki bean (ə-zo͞oʹkē) n. Variant of adzuki bean. * * *
azulejo
Sp. /ah'sooh le"haw, ah'thooh-/; Port. /ah'zooh le"zhoo/, n., pl. azulejos Sp. /-haws/; Port. /-zhoosh/. (in Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries) a glazed and ...
azure
/azh"euhr/, adj. 1. of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky. 2. Heraldry. of the tincture or color blue. n. 3. the blue of a clear or ...
azurite
/azh"euh ruyt'/, n. 1. a blue mineral, a hydrous copper carbonate, Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2: an ore of copper. 2. a gem of moderate value cut from this mineral. [1810-20; AZURE + -ITE1] * ...
azurmalachite
/azh'euhr mal"euh kuyt'/, n. a blue-green ornamental stone consisting of a mixture of azurite and malachite. [AZUR(ITE) + MALACHITE] * * *
Azusa
/euh zooh"seuh/, n. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 29,380. * * *
azygospore
/ay zuy"geuh spawr', -spohr'/, n. Bot., Mycol. a reproductive cell formed without the fusion of gametes, as in certain algae and fungi. [1885-90; AZYGO(US) + -SPORE] * * *
azygous
/az"euh geuhs, ay zuy"-/, adj. Biol. not being one of a pair; single. [1640-50; < Gk ázygos, equiv. to a- A-6 + zygós, deriv. of zygón YOKE] * * *
azyme
/az"uym/, n. Western Ch. unleavened bread used in a Eucharistic service. [1350-1400; < LL azyma (n.), L azymus (adj.) unleavened < Gk ázymos, equiv. to a- A-6 + -zymos (deriv. ...
Azzone Dei Porci
▪ Italian jurist also called  Azzone Soldanus , Latin  Azolinus Porcius, Azzone  also spelled  Azo  or  Azzo  born c. 1150, Bologna or Casalmaggiore, Italy died ...
Āʾishahʿ
▪ wife of Muḥammad in full  ʿāʾishah Bint Abī Bakr  born 614, Mecca, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia] died July 678, Medina       the third and most favoured wife ...
Aʿshā, al-
▪ Arab poet (Arabic: “the Night-Blind”),in full  Maymūn Ibn Qays Al-aʿshā   born before 570, , Durnā, Arabia died c. 625, , Durnā       pre-Islāmic poet ...
B
1. Chess. bishop. 2. black. 3. Photog. bulb (def. 8). Symbol. 1. the second in order or in a series. 2. (sometimes l.c.) (in some grading systems) a grade or mark, as in school ...
b
1. Physics. a. bar; bars. b. barn; barns. 2. black. * * *
B & B
B & B or B and B abbrev. 1. bed and breakfast (provided as accommodations at a lodging place); hence, the place providing these 2. Benedictine and brandy (mixed as a cocktail) * ...
B & E
B & E or B and E abbrev. breaking and entering * * *
B & Q{™}
any of a chain of large shops in Britain where people can buy materials to decorate or repair their homes. The shops also sell tools, furniture, etc. for the garden. They are ...
B & W
B & W or b & w abbrev. BLACK-AND-WHITE (sense 3) * * *
B &B
B & B abbr. bed-and-breakfast. * * *
B &E
B & E abbr. breaking and entering. * * *
B and B
1. Trademark. a brand of liqueur combining Benedictine and brandy. 2. bed-and-breakfast. * * *
B and E
Law. the crime of breaking and entering: two of the elements of the crime of burglary. Also, B&E. [1960-65] * * *
b and w
1. (of a motion picture, photograph, drawing, etc.) black and white, as distinguished from color. 2. a black and white motion picture, photograph, drawing, etc. Also, B and W, ...
B B King
➡ King (II) * * *
B battery
Electronics. an electric battery for supplying a constant, positive voltage to the plate of a vacuum tube. Cf. A battery, C battery. [1920-25] * * *
B cell
Biol. 1. Also called B lymphocyte. a type of lymphocyte, developed in bone marrow, that circulates in the blood and lymph and, upon encountering a particular foreign antigen, ...
B chromosome
Genetics. a type of densely staining chromosome of uncertain biological function, found in many plant and animal species. Also called accessory chromosome, satellite ...
B complex
B complex n. VITAMIN B ( * * *
B complex.
See vitamin B complex. * * *
B F Skinner
➡ Skinner * * *
B horizon
Geol. the subsoil in a soil profile. Cf. A horizon, C horizon. [1935-40] * * *
B lymphocyte
Immun. See B cell. Also, B-lymphocyte. [1970-75] * * *
B meson
Physics. a meson composed of a bottom quark and an up or down antiquark or of a bottom antiquark and an up or down quark. Also called B particle. * * *
B particle
Physics. See B meson. [1965-70] * * *
B power supply
Electronics. See B supply. * * *
b quark
Physics. See bottom quark. Also, b-quark. * * *
B school
Informal. business school. Also, B-school. * * *
B star
Astron. a massive, relatively hot, blue to white star, as Rigel or Spica, having a surface temperature between 10,000 and 30,000 K and with an absorption spectrum dominated by ...
B supply
Electronics. a battery or other source of power for supplying a constant positive voltage to the plate of a vacuum tube. Cf. A supply, C supply. * * *
B&B
1. bed-and-breakfast. 2. See B and B (def. 1). * * *
B&C
Insurance. building and contents. Also, B and C. * * *
B&D
bondage and discipline: used in reference to sadomasochistic sexual practices. Also, B and D * * *
B'nai B'rith
/beuh nay" brith"/ an international Jewish organization, founded in New York City in 1843, which institutes and administers programs designed to promote the social, educational, ...
B'naiB'rith
B'nai B'rith (bnāʹ brĭthʹ) n. A Jewish international service organization.   [Hebrew bənê bərît, sons of (the) covenant : bənê, bound pl. of bēn, son; See bn in ...
B, b
/bee/, n., pl. B's or Bs, b's or bs. 1. the second letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. 2. any spoken sound represented by the letter B or b, as in bid, bauble, or ...
B-
U.S. Mil. (in designations of aircraft) bomber: B-29. * * *
B-1
/bee"wun"/, n., pl. B-1's. a U.S. long-range bomber, having sweptback wings and a subsonic cruising speed. [1970-75] /bee"wun"/, n., pl. B- 1's. a U.S. long-range bomber, having ...
B-17
/bee"sev'euhn teen"/, n., pl. B-17's. See Flying Fortress. [1940-45] * * * or Flying Fortress U.S. heavy bomber used in World War II. Designed by the Boeing Aircraft Co. in ...
B-24
▪ aircraft also called  Liberator   long-range heavy bomber used during World War II by the U.S. and British air forces. It was designed by the Consolidated Aircraft ...
B-25
▪ aircraft also called  Mitchell        U.S. medium bomber used during World War II. The B-25 was designed by North American Aviation, Inc., in response to a prewar ...
B-26
▪ aircraft also called  Marauder   U.S. medium bomber used during World War II. It was designed by the Glenn L. Martin Company Aviation in response to a January 1939 Army ...
B-29
/bee"twen'tee nuyn"/, n., pl. B-29's. Superfortress. [1940-45] * * * ▪ aircraft also called  Superfortress,    U.S. heavy bomber used in World War II. It was the type of ...
B-52
or Stratofortress U.S. long-range heavy bomber, designed in 1948 by the Boeing Company and first flown in 1952. Originally intended as an atomic-bomb carrier capable of ...
B-axis
/bee"ak'sis/, n., pl. B-axes /bee"ak'seez/. Crystall. the horizontal crystallographic axis that is in a right-left position. Cf. A-axis, C-axis. * * *
B-boy
B-boy [bē′boi΄] n. 〚? < b(reak dancer), b(eat), etc. + boy〛 a young male performer or fan of hip-hop, rap, etc. * * *
b-boying
b-boy·ing (bēʹboi'ĭng) n. A style of urban dance that combines energetic footwork with tumbling and spins, usually performed to funk music.   [Probably from b(reak)-boy, one ...
B-film
▪ motion-picture commercial grade also called  B-movie,  or  B-picture,        cheaply produced, formulaic film initially intended to serve as the second feature on ...
B-girl
/bee"gerrl'/, n. a woman employed by a bar, nightclub, etc., to act as a companion to male customers and induce them to buy drinks. [1935-40, Amer.; prob. B(AR)1 + GIRL] * * *
B-horizon
B-horizon [bē′hə rī΄zən] n. the second soil zone, in which material leached from the overlying zone is concentrated: see ABC SOIL * * *
B-movie
/bee"mooh'vee/, n. a low-budget movie made esp. to accompany a major feature film on a double bill. Also called B-picture. * * *
B-picture
/bee"pik'cheuhr/, n. B-movie. [1950-55] * * *
B-roads
➡ roads and road signs * * *
B-school
☆ B-school [bē′sko͞ol΄ ] n. a business school or business college * * *
B-side
B-side (bēʹsīd') n. The reverse side of a phonograph record, especially a single.   [From the B on the record's label.] * * *
B-sparticle
B-s particle (bēʹĕsʹ) n. An electrically neutral meson having a mass 10,507 times that of the electron and a mean lifetime of approximately 1.6 × 10-12 seconds. * * *
B.
1. bachelor. 2. bacillus. 3. Baseball. base; baseman. 4. bass. 5. basso. 6. bay. 7. Bible. 8. bolivar. 9. boliviano. 10. book. 11. born. 12. breadth. 13. British. 14. ...
b.
1. bachelor. 2. bale. 3. Baseball. base; baseman. 4. bass. 5. basso. 6. bay. 7. billion. 8. blend of; blended. 9. book. 10. born. 11. breadth. 12. brother. 13. brotherhood. * * *
B. Engr.
Bachelor of Engineering. * * *
B. Rec.
bills receivable. Also, b. rec. * * *
B.A.
1. Bachelor of Arts. [1755-65; < NL Baccalaureus Artium] 2. bastard amber. 3. batting average. 4. British Academy. 5. British America. 6. British Association (for Advancement of ...
B.A.A.
Bachelor of Applied Arts. * * *
B.A.A.E.
Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. * * *
B.A.E.
1. Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. 2. Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering. 3. Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. 4. Bachelor of Art Education. 5. Bachelor of Arts in ...
B.A.E.E.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. * * *
B.A.Ed.
Bachelor of Arts in Education. * * *
B.A.Jour.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. * * *
B.A.M.
1. Bachelor of Applied Mathematics. 2. Bachelor of Arts in Music. * * *
B.A.Mus.Ed.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. * * *
B.A.P.C.T.
Bachelor of Arts in Practical Christian Training. * * *
B.A.S.
1. Bachelor of Agricultural Science. 2. Bachelor of Applied Science. * * *
B.A.Sc.
1. Bachelor of Agricultural Science. 2. Bachelor of Applied Science. * * *
B.Acc.
Bachelor of Accountancy. * * *
B.Ag.
Bachelor of Agriculture. * * *
B.Ag.E.
Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering. * * *
B.Ag.Sc.
Bachelor of Agricultural Science. * * *
B.Agr.
Bachelor of Agriculture. * * *
B.App.Arts
Bachelor of Applied Arts. * * *
B.Ar.
Bachelor of Architecture. * * *
B.Arch.
Bachelor of Architecture. * * *
B.Arch.E.
Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. * * *
B.B.
1. bail bond. 2. Blue Book. 3. B'nai B'rith. 4. Bureau of the Budget. * * *
b.b.
1. bail bond. 2. baseboard. * * *
B.B.A.
1. Bachelor of Business Administration. 2. Big Brothers of America. * * *
B.B.C.
British Broadcasting Corporation. Also, BBC. * * *
B.C.
1. Bachelor of Chemistry. 2. Bachelor of Commerce. 3. bass clarinet. 4. battery commander. 5. before Christ (used in indicating dates). 6. British Columbia. Usage. 5. The ...
B.C.E.
1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. 2. Bachelor of Christian Education. 3. Bachelor of Civil Engineering. 4. before (the) Common (or Christian) Era. * * *
B.C.L.
Bachelor of Civil Law. * * *
B.C.P.
1. Bachelor of City Planning. 2. See Book of Common Prayer. * * *
B.C.S.
1. Bachelor of Chemical Science. 2. Bachelor of Commercial Science. * * *
B.Cer.E.
Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering. * * *
B.Ch.
Bachelor of Chemistry. * * *
B.Ch.E.
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. * * *
B.Com.Sc.
Bachelor of Commercial Science. * * *
B.D.
1. Bachelor of Divinity. 2. bank draft. 3. bills discounted. * * *
B.D.A.
1. Bachelor of Domestic Arts. 2. Bachelor of Dramatic Art. * * *
B.D.S.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery. * * *
b.d.s.
(in prescriptions) twice a day. [ < L bis die sumendum] * * *
B.Des.
Bachelor of Design. * * *
B.E.
1. Bachelor of Education. 2. Bachelor of Engineering. 3. Bank of England. 4. bill of exchange. 5. Board of Education. * * *
B.E.E.
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. * * *
B.E.F.
British Expeditionary Force; British Expeditionary Forces. * * *
B.E.M.
1. Bachelor of Engineering of Mines. 2. British Empire Medal. * * *       recipient of the British Empire Medal. See British Empire, The Most Excellent Order of the. * * ...
B.E.P.
Bachelor of Engineering Physics. * * *
B.E.S.
Bachelor of Engineering Science. * * *
B.Ed.
Bachelor of Education. * * *
B.F.
1. Bachelor of Finance. 2. Bachelor of Forestry. * * *
b.f.
Printing. boldface. Also, bf. * * *
B.F.A.
Bachelor of Fine Arts. * * *
B.F.A.Mus.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. * * *
B.F.S.
Bachelor of Foreign Service. * * *
B.F.T.
Bachelor of Foreign Trade. * * *
B.G.
1. Birmingham gauge. 2. brigadier general. Also, BG * * *
B.Gen.Ed.
Bachelor of General Education. * * *
B.H.L.
1. Bachelor of Hebrew Letters. 2. Bachelor of Hebrew Literature. * * *
B.I.D.
Bachelor of Industrial Design. * * *
b.i.d.
(in prescriptions) twice a day. [ < L bis in die] * * *
B.I.E.
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering. * * *
B.I.S.
1. Bank for International Settlements. 2. British Information Services. * * *
B.I.T.
Bachelor of Industrial Technology. * * *
B.Ind.Ed.
Bachelor of Industrial Education. * * *
B.J.
Bachelor of Journalism. * * *
B.L.
1. Bachelor of Laws. 2. Bachelor of Letters. 3. See bill of lading. * * *
b.l.
1. See bill of lading. 2. Ordn. breech loading. * * *
B.L.A.
1. Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. 2. Bachelor of Liberal Arts. 3. Black Liberation Army. * * *

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