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Bayeu, Francisco
▪ Spanish painter in full  Francisco Bayeu Y Subías   born March 9, 1734, Zaragoza, Spain died Aug. 4, 1795, Madrid       painter, the brother-in-law of Francisco de ...
Ba·yeux (bī-yo͞oʹ, bā-, bä-yœʹ) A town of northwest France northwest of Caen near the English Channel. The famed Bayeux tapestry, housed in a museum here, depicts ...
Bayeux tapestry
/bay yooh", bah-/; Fr. /bann yue"/ a strip of embroidered linen 231 ft. (70 m) long and 20 in. (50 cm) wide, depicting the Norman conquest of England and dating from ...
Bayezid I
born с 1360 died March 1403?, Akşehir, Anatolia Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1389–1402). After succeeding his father, Murad II (d. 1389), Bayezid expanded Ottoman control ...
Bayezid II
born December 1447/January 1448?, Demotika, Thrace, Ottoman Empire died May 26, 1512, Demotika Sultan who consolidated control of the Ottoman Empire begun by his father, Mehmed ...
▪ king of Myanmar also called  Braginoco   flourished 16th century       king of the Toungoo dynasty (reigned 1551–81) in Myanmar (Burma). He unified his country ...
Baykal [bī käl′] Lake alt. sp. of BAIKAL Lake * * *
Bay·kal (bī-kôlʹ, -kŏlʹ), Lake See Baikal, Lake. * * *
bay laurel n. See laurel. * * *
/bayl/, n. Pierre /pyerdd/, 1647-1706, French philosopher and critic. * * *
Bayle, Pierre
born Nov. 18, 1647, Carla-le-Comte, France died Dec. 28, 1706, Rotterdam, Neth. French philosopher. Educated at a Jesuit school, he converted to Roman Catholicism but later ...
Bayle (bāl, bĕl), Pierre. 1647-1706. French philosopher and critic. Considered the progenitor of 18th-century rationalism, he compiled the famous Dictionnaire historique et ...
bay leaf n. The dried aromatic leaf of the laurel or bay (Laurus nobilis) used as a seasoning in cooking. * * *
Baylebridge, William
▪ Australian writer pseudonym of  Charles William Blocksidge   born Dec. 12, 1883, Brisbane, Queen., Australia died May 7, 1942, Sydney       poet and short-story ...
(1874–1937) an English theatre manager. She ran the Old Vic, famous for its Shakespeare productions, and Sadler’s Wells, the home of the companies that later became the Royal ...
Baylis, Lilian (Mary)
born May 9, 1874, London, Eng. died Nov. 25, 1937, London British theatrical manager and founder of the Old Vic. She assisted her aunt, Emma Cons, in the operation of the Royal ...
Baylis, Lilian Mary
▪ British theatrical manager born May 9, 1874, London, Eng. died Nov. 25, 1937, London       English theatrical manager and founder of the Old Vic as a centre of ...
/bay"lis/, n. Sir William Maddock /mad"euhk/, 1860-1924, English physiologist: codiscoverer of secretin. * * *
Bayliss, Sir William Maddock
born May 2, 1860, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, Eng. died Aug. 27, 1924, London British physiologist. He and Ernest H. Starling studied nerve-controlled blood-vessel ...
Baylor University
▪ university, Waco, Texas, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning located in Waco, Texas, U.S. Baylor, affiliated with the Baptist ...
Baylor, Elgin
born Sept. 16, 1934, Washington, D.C., U.S. U.S. basketball player. At 6 ft 5 in. (1.96 m) Baylor played for the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers of the NBA from 1958 to ...
Bay·lor (bāʹlər), Elgin. Born 1934. American basketball player. He was a forward for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers from 1958 to 1971 and ranks among the all-time ...
bay lynx n. See bobcat. * * *
Baynes, Thomas Spencer
▪ British scholar and editor born March 24, 1823, Wellington, Somerset, Eng. died May 31, 1887, London       man of letters who was editor of the ninth edition of ...
/bay"oh/, n., pl. bayos. Chiefly Northern California. a pinto or chili bean. Also called bayo bean. [1850-55; presumably < AmerSp (frijol) bayo name for a reddish-colored bean; ...
Bay of For names of actual bays, see the specific element of the name; for example, Biscay, Bay of; Pigs, Bay of. * * *
/bay"euh nit, -net', bay'euh net"/, n., v., bayoneted or bayonetted, bayoneting or bayonetting. n. 1. a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and ...
bayonet socket
a cylindrical socket having one or more L-shaped slots, the longer side parallel and the shorter side perpendicular to the axis of the socket, along which a knoblike projection ...
/bay yohn"/ for 1; /bann yawn"/ for 2, n. 1. a seaport in NE New Jersey. 65,047. 2. a seaport in SW France, near the Bay of Biscay. 44,706. * * * ▪ France       town, ...
/buy"ooh, buy"oh/, n., pl. bayous. Chiefly Lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf States. 1. a marshy arm, inlet, or outlet of a lake, river, etc., usually sluggish or stagnant. 2. ...
/buy"royt/; Ger. /buy rddoyt"/, n. a city in NE Bavaria, in SE Germany: annual music festivals founded by Richard Wagner. 71,848. * * * City (pop., 2001 est.: 74,500), ...
bay rum n. An aromatic liquid originally prepared by distilling the leaves of the bay rum tree in rum and water but now usually made by mixing the oil from those leaves with ...
bayrum tree
bay rum tree n. A tropical American evergreen tree (Pimenta racemosa) having leathery leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in bay rum, perfumes, and soaps. * * *
Bay Shore An unincorporated community of southeast New York on the southern shore of Long Island. It is a residential town and fishing resort. Population: 31,200. * * *
bay·side (bāʹsīd') adj. Situated very close to or on the shore of a bay: bayside cottages. * * *
/bay"smelt'/, n., pl. baysmelts, (esp. collectively) baysmelt. topsmelt. [BAY1 + SMELT2] * * *
a district in west London, England. It is between Paddington and Kensington Gardens and has many hotels. * * * ▪ neighbourhood, Westminster, London, United ...
/bay"town'/, n. a city in SE Texas, on Galveston Bay. 56,923. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, Harris county, southeastern Texas, U.S., at the mouth of the San ...
a popular US television series (1989–2001) about lifeguards (= people employed to rescue people who get into difficulty while swimming) on the coast of California. People ...
bay window n. 1. Architecture. A large window or series of windows projecting from the outer wall of a building and forming a recess within. 2. Slang. A protruding belly; a ...
baywood [bā′wood΄] n. a soft, light kind of mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) that grows from the bay region of SE Mexico to South America * * *
Baz, 'Abd al-Aziz ibn Abdallah ibn
▪ 2000       Saudi Muslim cleric who as the grand mufti (from 1993) and traditionalist head of the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars (from the early 1960s) was revered ...
▪ Spain       city, Granada provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain, at the foot of the Sierra de Baza, ...
/beuh zahr"/, n. 1. a marketplace or shopping quarter, esp. one in the Middle East. 2. a sale of miscellaneous contributed articles to benefit some charity, cause, organization, ...
/bann zen"/, n. François Achille /frddahonn swann" ann sheel"/, 1811-88, French general and marshal. * * *
Bazaine, Achille (-François)
▪ French marshal born Feb. 13, 1811, Versailles, Fr. died Sept. 28, 1888, Madrid  marshal of France who, after distinguished service during the Second Empire, was sentenced ...
Bazalgette, Sir Joseph William
▪ British engineer born March 28, 1819, Enfield, Middlesex [now in Enfield, London], Eng. died March 15, 1891, Wimbledon, Surrey [now in Merton, London]       British ...
Bazargan, Mehdi
▪ 1996       Iranian political leader (b. September 1907?, Tehran, Iran—d. Jan. 20, 1995, Zürich, Switz.), as a longtime leader of the Muslim opposition to Mohammad ...
Bazaruto Island
▪ island, Mozambique Portuguese  Ilha Do Bazaruto,         island, Mozambique. It is situated in the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean, about 15 miles (24 km) ...
/baz"euh theuh/, n. Douay Bible. Biztha. * * *
Bazille, Jean-Frédéric
▪ French painter born Dec. 6, 1841, Montpellier, France died Nov. 28, 1870, Beaune-la-Rolande       painter, who, as friend, benefactor, and colleague of the ...
☆ bazillion [bə zil′yən ] n. 〚arbitrary coinage
/bann zaonn"/, n. René François Nicolas Marie /rddeuh nay" frddahonn swann" nee kaw lah" mann rddee"/, 1853-1932, French novelist. * * *
Bazin, Henri-Émile
born Jan. 10, 1829, Nancy, France died Feb. 7, 1917, Dijon French engineer. As an assistant to H.-P.-G. Darcy (1803–1858), he completed his program of tests on resistance to ...
Bazin, Herve
▪ 1997       (JEAN-PIERRE-MARIE HERVÉ-BAZIN), French writer (b. April 17, 1911, Angers, France—d. Feb. 17, 1996, near Angers), scandalized the French public with his ...
Bazin, René
▪ French author in full  René-françois-nicolas-marie Bazin   born Dec. 26, 1853, Angers, France died July 20, 1932, Paris       French novelist of provincial life, ...
/baz'ee oh"teez/, n. William, 1912-63, U.S. painter. * * *
Baziotes, William
▪ American painter born June 11, 1912, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S. died June 4, 1963, New York, N.Y.  American painter who was one of the leading members of the New York Abstract ...
☆ bazoo [ba zo͞o′ ] n. 〚prob. < Du bazuin, trumpet〛 Slang 1. the mouth 2. the nose 3. loud or boastful talk * * *
/beuh zooh"keuh/, n. Mil. a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a rocket capable of penetrating several inches of armor plate, as of a tank or other armored military ...
n [U] a popular US make of bubble gum. Packets contain cards with pictures of baseball or other sports players on them, and these are collected and exchanged by young people. ...
bazooms [bə zo͞omz′] pl.n. Slang a woman's breasts; bosom * * *
Bazzāz, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-
▪ Iraqi leader born 1913, Baghdad, Iraq, Ottoman Empire [now Iraq] died June 28, 1973, Baghdad       Iraqi politician who was prime minister of Iraq from 1965 to ...
ba{ʽ}al shem
In Judaism, a title bestowed on men who worked wonders and cures through secret knowledge of the names of God. The practice dates to the 11th century, long before the term was ...
Ba{ʽ}al Shem Ṭov
orig. Israel ben Eliezer born с 1700, probably Tluste, Podolia, Pol. died 1760, Medzhibozh Charismatic founder of Hasidism (с 1750). An orphan, he worked in synagogues and ...
Ba{ʽ}th Party
or Baath Party Arab political party that advocates formation of a single Arab socialist state. It was founded in Damascus, Syria, by Michel Aflaq and Salāḥ al-Dīn ...
baʿal shem
▪ Judaism also spelled  Baalshem, or Balshem (Hebrew: “master of the name”),  plural  Baʿale Shem, Baaleshem, or Baleshem,         in Judaism, title bestowed ...
Baʿal Shem Ṭov
▪ Polish rabbi Introduction (Hebrew: “Master of the Good Name”),byname of  Israel Ben Eliezer,  acronym  Beshṭ  born c. 1700, , probably Tluste, Podolia, Pol. died ...
▪ town, Iraq       town, east-central Iraq. Located on the Diyālā River and on a road and a rail line between Baghdad and Iran, it is a regional trade centre for ...
Baʿth Party
▪ Arab political party in full  Arab Socialist Baʿth Party , or  Arab Socialist Renaissance Party , Arabic  Ḥizb al-Baʿth al-ʿArabī al-Ishtirākī , Baʿth also ...
/bee"bee'/, n. 1. a size of shot, 0.18 in. (0.46 cm) in diameter, fired from an air rifle or BB gun. 2. Also called BB shot. shot of this size. [1870-75, Amer.] a quality rating ...
BB gun
n (AmE) a long, light gun that uses air power to fire small round metal balls. BB guns are usually the first guns given to older children when they are learning to shoot. They ...
1. ball bearing. 2. Baseball. base on balls; bases on balls. * * *
BBA or B.B.A. abbrev. Bachelor of Business Administration * * * BBA abbr. Bachelor of Business Administration. * * *
See Better Business Bureau. a quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond, lower than A and higher than BB. * * *
BBC abbrev. British Broadcasting Corporation * * * BBC abbr. British Broadcasting Corporation. * * * (in full the British Broadcasting Corporation) one of the main television ...
BBC accent
➡ Received Pronunciation * * *
BBC English
n [U] a form of English pronunciation that was traditionally associated with that used by BBC news readers. * * *
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
the BBC’s main orchestra in the north of England. It has a strong reputation for its performances of 20th-century British music, which can often be heard on Radio 3. * * *
BBC Symphony Orchestra
the BBC‘s main orchestra, whose concerts are broadcast on Radio 3. It is well known as the orchestra that plays at the Last Night of the Proms. * * *
BBC World
an international news programme broadcast by the BBC 24 hours a day. * * *
BBC World Service
the service of English and foreign language radio programmes broadcast 24 hours a day to countries around the world by the BBC from Bush House in London. It began in 1932 and is ...
the main television channel of the BBC. Its programmes are mostly of general interest, e.g. light entertainment, news, sport, films and children’s programmes. * * *
the second television channel of the BBC. Some of its programmes are more serious than those of BBC1 and include plays, concerts and Open University programmes. * * *
BBC English (bē'bē-sēʹ) n. A pronunciation of British English based on the speech of the upper class of southeastern England, formerly used as a broadcast standard in ...
BB gun n. A small air rifle that shoots BBs. * * *
bbl abbrev. barrel * * *
pl. bbls. barrel. * * *
barbecue. * * *
bulletin board system: a computerized facility, accessible by modem, for collecting and relaying electronic messages and software programs. Also called electronic bulletin ...
Scuba Diving. 1. buoyancy compensator. 2. British Columbia, Canada (approved for postal use). * * *
1. Music. basso continuo. 2. Also, bcc blind copy: used as a notation on the carbon copy of a letter or other document sent to a third person without the addressee's knowledge. * ...
BC soil
a soil with a profile having a B horizon and a C horizon but no A horizon. * * *
Boys' Clubs of America. * * *
blind carbon copy. * * *
1. Mil. bad conduct discharge. 2. Computers. binary-coded decimal system. * * *
BCE or B.C.E. abbrev. 1. Bachelor of Civil Engineering 2. before (the) Christian (or Common) Era * * * BCE abbr. 1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. 2. Bachelor of Civil ...
B cell n. Any of the lymphocytes that mature in the bone marrow and, when stimulated by a particular antigen, differentiate into plasma cells. Also called B ...
BCG (vaccine)
BCG (vaccine) or BCG n. 〚b( acillus) C( almette-) G( uérin), after A. L. C. Calmette (1863-1933) & Camille Guérin (1872-1961), Fr physicians who developed it〛 a vaccine ...
BCG vaccine
Immunol. a vaccine made from weakened strains of tubercle bacilli, used to produce immunity against tuberculosis. [1925-30; B(ACILLUS) C(ALMETTE-)G(UÉRIN)] * * * ▪ ...
BCG vaccine (bē'sē-jēʹ) n. A preparation consisting of attenuated human tubercle bacilli that is used for immunization against tuberculosis.   [Bacillus Calmette-Guérin ...
pl. bchs. bunch. * * *
BChE or B.Ch.E. abbrev. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering * * * BChE abbr. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. * * *
BCL or B.C.L. abbrev. 1. Bachelor of Canon Law 2. Bachelor of Civil Law * * * BCL abbr. 1. Bachelor of Canon Law. 2. Bachelor of Civil Law. * * *
BCME [bē΄sē΄em΄ē′] n. 〚< b(is)c(hloro)m(ethyl) e(ther)〛 a colorless liquid, CH2ClOCH2Cl, that forms spontaneously from hydrochloric acid and formaldehyde: a known ...
Pharm. carmustine. [abbrev. of the chemical name 1,3-bis (2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea] * * *
B complex n. See vitamin B complex. * * *
▪ football in full  Bowl Championship Series    College football national champions College football national championsarrangement of five American college postseason ...
BCS theory
Physics. a general quantum theory of superconductivity that describes many properties of superconducting materials. Also called Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory. [after U.S. ...
BD or B.D. abbrev. Bachelor of Divinity * * * BD abbr. 1. Bachelor of Divinity. 2. bank draft. 3. bomb disposal. * * *       abbreviation of Bonner Durchmusterung ...
bd ft
bd ft abbrev. board foot (or feet) * * *
(in Bahrain) dinar; dinars. * * *
pl. bds. 1. board. 2. bond. 3. bound. 4. bundle. * * *
bd. ft.
board foot; board feet. * * *
bd. ft. abbr. board foot. * * *
Mil. brigade. * * *
/del"ee euhm, -yeuhm/, n. 1. a fragrant gum resin obtained from certain burseraceous plants, as of the genus Commiphora. 2. a plant yielding this resin. 3. a substance mentioned ...
bdl abbrev. bundle * * * To change, divide, separate. habdalah, from Hebrew habdālâ, separation, from hibdîl, to divide, separate. * * *
pl. bdls. bundle. * * *
pl. bdles. bundle * * *
bedroom. * * *
BDS abbr. Bachelor of Dental Surgery. * * *
bds. abbr. bound in boards. * * *
Business and Defense Services Administration. * * *
West Semitic, to be(come) desolate, desert; noun *badw-, desert. Bedouin, from Arabic badawīyīn, Bedouins, plural of badawī, nomadic, Bedouin, from badw, desert, nomads, ...
/bee/; unstressed /bee, bi/, v. and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers. am, 2nd are or (Archaic) art, 3rd is, pres. pl. are; past sing. 1st pers. was, 2nd were or (Archaic) wast ...
Symbol, Chem. beryllium. * * * ▪ Japanese society       any of the hereditary occupational groups in early Japan (c. 5th–mid-7th century), established to provide ...
Be Prepared
motto of the Boy Scouts of America and of the Girl Scouts of America. * * *
a native English prefix formerly used in the formation of verbs: become, besiege, bedaub, befriend. [ME, OE, unstressed form of bi BY] * * *
be-all and end-all
/bee"awl' euhnd end"awl'/ the central and all-important part: His work was the be-all and end-all of his existence. [1595-1605] * * *
Baumé. * * *
/bee/, n. a female given name, form of Beatrice. * * *
—beachless, adj. /beech/, n. 1. an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore. 2. the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves. 3. ...
/beech/, n. 1. Moses Yale, 1800-68, U.S. newspaper publisher. 2. Rex Ellingwood /el"ing wood'/, 1877-1949, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * * I Sediments that ...
beach aster
a seaside plant, Erigeron glaucus, of the temperate western coast of North America, having solitary, violet- or lilac-colored flowers. Also called seaside daisy. * * *
beach ball
☆ beach ball n. a large, inflated ball for playing with as on beaches * * *
beach berm
berm (def. 3). * * *
Beach Boys
a popular US pop group in the 1960s, many of whose songs were about enjoying life on the coast of California, surfing and swimming in the sea. Their most successful songs ...
Beach Boys, the
▪ American music group Introduction       American rock group whose dulcet melodies and distinctive vocal mesh defined the 1960s youthful idyll of sun-drenched ...
beach buggy.
See dune buggy. * * *
beach crab
any of various crabs that live on beaches, as the ghost crab. [1905-10] * * *
beach drift
the drifting of sediments, esp. marine sediments, in patterns parallel to the contours of a beach, due to the action of waves and currents. Also called littoral drift, longshore ...
beach face
the seaward section of a beach exposed to and shaped by the action of waves. * * *
beach flea
any of various small crustaceans, found on beaches, that jump about like fleas. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
beach goldenrod
a composite plant, Solidago sempervirens, of eastern and southern North America, having a thick stem and large, branched, one-sided terminal clusters of yellow flowers, ...
beach grass
any of several erect, strongly rooted grasses, esp. of the genus Ammophila, common on exposed sandy shores and dunes. [1675-85, Amer.] * * * also called  marram grass, ...
beach huts
➡ seaside and beach * * *
beach pea
either of two plants of the legume family, Lathyrus japonicus, of seashores of the North Temperate Zone, or L. littoralis, of the temperate western coast of North America, both ...
beach plum
1. a shrub, Prunus maritima, of the rose family, of the seashores of northeastern North America, having sharply toothed leaves and white flowers. 2. the purple or blackish edible ...
beach resorts
➡ seaside and beach * * *
beach ridge
a long, low ridge, usually one of a series, composed of sand or gravel transported by the waves and currents of a storm surge. * * *
beach scarp
a steep slope or miniature cliff, formed by wave action, fronting the berm on a beach. * * *
beach umbrella
a large umbrella used to provide shade on sunny beaches, lawns, etc. * * *
beach volleyball
volleyball played on the sand, officially with two teams of two players each. [1990-95] * * *
beach wormwood
a composite plant, Artemisia stellerana, having yellow flowers and deeply lobed leaves covered with dense white fuzz. Also called dusty miller. * * *
Beach, Alfred Ely
▪ American publisher and inventor born September 1, 1826, Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. died January 1, 1896, New York, New York       American publisher and ...
Beach, Amy Marcy
orig. Amy Marcy Cheney known as Mrs. H.H.A. Beach born Sept. 5, 1867, Henniker, N.H., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1944, New York, N.Y. U.S. composer and pianist. A precociously ...
Beach, Edward Latimer, Jr.
▪ 2003       American submariner and writer (b. April 20, 1918, New York, N.Y.—d. Dec. 1, 2002, Washington, D.C.), was awarded a number of decorations for service ...
Beach, Sylvia
▪ American bookstore owner in full  Sylvia Woodbridge Beach  born March 14, 1887, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died Oct. 5, 1962, Paris, France       bookshop operator who ...
Beach,Alfred Ely
Beach (bēch), Alfred Ely. 1826-1896. American editor and inventor who built a demonstration pneumatic subway under Broadway in New York City in 1870. * * *
Beach,Amy Marcey Cheney
Beach, Amy Marcey Cheney. 1867-1944. American pianist and composer best known for her songs and chamber music. Her Mass in E flat major was the first work by a woman to be ...
Beach,Moses Yale
Beach, Moses Yale. 1800-1868. American publisher whose aggressive journalism established the New York Sun as a leading daily newspaper. He is also credited with publishing the ...
Beach,Sylvia Woodbridge
Beach, Sylvia Woodbridge. 1887-1962. American bookseller. From 1919 to 1941 her shop in Paris, Shakespeare and Company, was a gathering place for authors such as Hemingway and ...
/beech'leuh mahr"/, n. Neo-Melanesian. [alter. of BÊCHE-DE-MER a well-known trade item in the region where this type of pidgin is spoken] * * *
/beech"bag'/, n. a large handbag, sometimes of canvas, used to carry personal items, as a bathing suit, towel, and suntan lotion, to and from a beach. [1930-35; BEACH + BAG] * * *
/beech"bawl'/, n. a large, light, buoyant ball, used esp. for games at the seashore, swimming pools, etc. [1935-40; BEACH + BALL1] * * *
/beech"boy'/, n. a male attendant or swimming instructor at a beach. [1935-40; BEACH + BOY] * * *
beach buggy n. See dune buggy. * * *
beach bum n. Informal A person who habitually loafs or idles on beaches. * * *
See beachcomber. * * *
/beech"koh'meuhr/, n. 1. a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches. 2. a vagrant who lives on the seashore, esp. a nonnative person ...
/bee"cheuhr/, n. a long, curling wave of the sea. [1920-25; BEACH + -ER1] * * *
beach flea n. Any of various small, jumping crustaceans of the family Orchestiidae, living on sandy beaches at or near the tide line. Also called sand hopper. * * *
/beech"frunt'/, n. 1. land fronting on a beach. adj. 2. located on or adjacent to a beach: beachfront property. Also called shorefront. [1920-25, Amer.; BEACH + FRONT] * * *
beach grass n. A perennial grass of the genus Ammophila, especially A. breviligulata, native to sandy shores along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coast of North America, and having ...
/beech"hed'/, n. 1. the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore. 2. a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for ...
beach·less (bēchʹlĭs) adj. Having no beach, especially because of increased ocean level and wave action: beachless seaside towns. * * *
/beech"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. a bull fur seal having its own territory in the breeding grounds. [BEACH + MASTER] * * *
beach pea or beach-pea (bēchʹpē') n. Any of certain perennial herbs of the genus Lathyrus in the pea family, especially L. japonicus, native to shores in the Northern ...
beach plum n. A seacoast shrub (Prunus maritima) in the rose family, native to northeast North America and having white flowers and edible, plumlike fruits used in jams, jellies, ...
beach·scape (bēchʹskāp') n. A view of shore scenery or an artistic representation of it.   [beach + landscape.] * * *
/beech"suyd'/, adj. situated on or facing a beach: a beachside hotel. [1950-55; BEACH + SIDE1, on the model of SEASIDE] * * *
/beech"wair'/, n. clothing for wear at a beach, swimming pool, or the like. [1925-30; BEACH + WEAR] * * *
beach wormwood n. An Asian perennial seacoast plant (Artemisia stelleriana) in the composite family, densely covered with grayish-white felty hairs and having pinnately lobed ...
/bee"chee/, adj. covered with pebbles or sand. [1590-1600; BEACH + -Y1] * * *
Beachy Head
a high piece of land with steep white cliffs that sticks out into the sea on the south coast of England, between Eastbourne and Brighton. * * * ▪ headland, England, United ...
Beach·y Head (bēʹchē) Chalk cliffs, 175.4 m (575 ft) high, on the southeast coast of England. In 1690 Beachy Head was the scene of a French naval victory over Anglo-Dutch ...
—beaconless, adj. /bee"keuhn/, n. 1. a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, esp. one in an elevated position. 2. a tower or hill used for such purposes. 3. a ...
/bee"keuhn/, n. a city in SE New York. 12,937. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city, Dutchess county, southeastern New York, U.S. It lies at the foot of Mount ...
Beacon Hill
an old, fashionable area of Boston, Massachusetts, US, where many rich families and politicians live. * * *
/bee"keuh nij/, n. Naut. 1. a number or system of beacons. 2. a tax or fee for maintaining beacons. [1600-10; BEACON + -AGE] * * *
Bea·con Hill (bēʹkən) An area of Boston, Massachusetts, noted for its historic residences, brick sidewalks, and picturesque mews. * * *
/bee"keuhnz feeld', bek"euhnz-/, n. 1. Earl of. See Disraeli, Benjamin. 2. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada: suburb of Montreal. 19,613. * * * ▪ England, United ...
—beadlike, adj. /beed/, n. 1. a small, usually round object of glass, wood, stone, or the like with a hole through it, often strung with others of its kind in necklaces, ...
bead and reel
Archit. a convex molding having the form of elongated beads alternating with disks placed edge-on, or with spherical beads, or with both. Also called reel and bead. [1950-55] * * ...
bead lightning
lightning in which the intensity appears to vary along the path and which thus resembles a string of beads. Also called chain lightning, pearl lightning. [1900-05] * * * ▪ ...
bead molding
Archit., Furniture. 1. bead (def. 12). 2. See pearl molding. [1795-1805] * * *
bead plane
Carpentry. a plane for cutting beads. [1855-60] * * *
bead plant
a creeping plant, Nertera granadensis, of New Zealand and South America, having leathery leaves and orange-colored, transparent berries. [1875-80] * * *
bead tree.
See Barbados pride (def. 1). [1660-70; so called from its bright scarlet seeds, used for necklaces] * * *
☆ bead-ruby [bēd′ro͞o΄bē ] n. pl. bead-rubies CANADA MAYFLOWER * * *
/bee"did/, adj. ornamented with or largely composed of beads: a beaded handbag. [1570-80; BEAD + -ED3] * * *
beaded lizard
a large, stout-bodied, venomous lizard, Heloderma horridum, inhabiting western Mexico, having black, beadlike scales with yellow to pinkish spots and splotches. Also called ...
/bee"deuhr/, n. Carpentry. a tool for forming beads on lumber. [1880-85; BEAD + -ER1] * * *
/beed"uy'/, n., pl. beadeyes. stonecat. [1880-85; BEAD + EYE] * * *
/beed"flush'/, adj. (of paneling) having panels flush with their stiles and rails and surrounded with a flush bead. [BEAD + FLUSH2] * * *
/beed"hows'/, n., pl. beadhouses /-how'ziz/. (formerly) an almshouse in which the residents were required to pray for the founder. Also, bedehouse. [1125-75; ME; see BEAD, ...
/bee"ding/, n. 1. material composed of or adorned with beads. 2. narrow, lacelike trimming or edging. 3. narrow openwork trimming through which ribbon may be run. 4. Archit., ...
/beed"l/, n. 1. a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc. 2. sexton (def. 2). [bef. 1000; ME bedel, dial. ...
/beed"l/, n. George Wells, born 1903, U.S. biologist and educator: Nobel prize for medicine 1958. * * *
Beadle, George Wells
born Oct. 22, 1903, Wahoo, Neb., U.S. died June 9, 1989, Pomona, Calif. U.S. geneticist. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University. While studying Drosophila, he realized ...
Beadle, Jeremy James Anthony Gibson
▪ 2009       British television host born April 12, 1948, London, Eng. died Jan. 30, 2008, London hosted the hidden-camera television shows Game for a Laugh ...
Beadle,George Wells
Bea·dle (bēdʹl), George Wells. 1903-1989. American biologist. He shared a 1958 Nobel Prize for discovering how genes transmit hereditary characteristics. * * *
/beed"l deuhm/, n. a stupid or officious display or exercise of authority, as by petty officials. [1855-60; BEADLE + -DOM] * * *
bead plant n. An evergreen, mat-forming plant (Nertera granadensis) chiefly of the Southern Hemisphere, grown especially as a houseplant for its abundant, long-lasting, orange ...
beadroll [bēd′rōl΄] n. Archaic a long list, series, or catalog * * *
/beedz"meuhn/, n., pl. beadsmen. Archaic. 1. a person who prays for another as a duty, esp. when paid. 2. an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman. [1200-50; bead's man man of prayer; ...
/beedz"woom'euhn/, n., pl. beadswomen. Archaic. 1. a woman who prays for another person as a duty, esp. when paid. 2. an almswoman. [1325-75; earlier bedes woman, r. ME ...
bead test n. A test to identify the metal constituents of a mineral in which a bead covered with the mineral is heated in a flame and cooled to observe its characteristic color ...
/beed"werrk'/, n. beading (defs. 1, 4). [1745-55; BEAD + WORK] * * * Ornamental work in beads. In the Middle Ages beads were used to embellish embroidery work. In Renaissance ...
—beadily, adv. —beadiness, n. /bee"dee/, adj., beadier, beadiest. 1. beadlike; small, globular, and glittering: beady eyes. 2. covered with or full of beads. [1820-30; BEAD + ...
/bee"dee uyd'/, adj. 1. marked by or having small, glittering eyes, esp. eyes that seem to gleam with malice, avarice, or lechery. 2. staring with suspicion, skepticism, etc.: ...
/bee"geuhl/, n. one of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat. [1490-1500; perh. < MF beegueule one who whines ...
Beagle Channel
Channel, extreme southern South America. Separating the main islands of Tierra del Fuego from smaller islands in the archipelago, it is about 150 mi (240 km) long and 3–8 mi ...
/bee"gling/, n. Chiefly Brit. hunting with beagle hounds. [1815-25; BEAGLE + -ING1] * * *
—beaked /beekt, bee"kid/, adj. —beakless, adj. —beaklike, adj. —beaky, adj. /beek/, n. 1. the bill of a bird; neb. 2. any similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the ...
beak style
▪ Papuan art  distinctive use of birdlike forms in human figures carved in wood in the lower Sepik and Ramu regions of Papua New Guinea. The head of the figure is generally ...
See beak. * * *
beaked salmon
sandfish (def. 2). * * *
beaked whale
any of several toothed whales of the family Hyperoodontidae (Ziphiidae), inhabiting all oceans and having beaklike jaws. [1875-80] * * * ▪ mammal Introduction  any of 21 ...
beaked salmon n. See sandfish. * * *
beaked whale n. Any of various toothed whales of the family Ziphiidae, having a long beaklike snout and a small dorsal fin and inhabiting all of the oceans. * * *
/bee"keuhr/, n. 1. a large drinking cup or glass with a wide mouth. 2. contents of a beaker: consuming a beaker of beer at one gulp. 3. a flat-bottomed cylindrical container, ...
Beaker culture
Late Neolithic and early Bronze Age culture of northern and western Europe. The people are known for a group of distinctive bell-shaped earthenware beakers decorated with ...
Beaker folk
/bee"keuhr/ a late Neolithic to Copper Age people living in Europe, so called in reference to the bell beakers commonly found buried with their dead in barrows. Also called ...
Beaker People
n [pl] people who came to Britain from the continent of Europe in the early Bronze Age. They used beakers (= cups with wide mouths) for drinking, and many of these have been ...
beaking joint
/bee"king/, Carpentry. a straight joint made by several members, as strips of flooring, ending at the same line. [1660-70] * * *
beaky [bē′kēnōzd΄bē′kē] adj. 1. having a large beak 2. Informal designating or having a prominent nose: also beaky-nosed [bē′kēnōzd΄] * * *
/bel/, n. a god of the ancient Celts, a personification of the sun. * * *
Beale Street
a street in the US town of Memphis, Tennessee, famous for its African-American blues music. There is a popular song called The Beale Street Blues. * * *
beall and end all
be all and end all or be-all and end-all (bēʹôl' ənd ĕndʹôl') n. The quintessential or all-important element: “Not that the more spectacular athleticism is the be all ...
Beals, Jessie Tarbox
▪ American photographer original name  Jessie Tarbox  born 1870, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada died May 30, 1942, New York, New York, U.S.  American photographer who was one of ...
—beamless, adj. —beamlike, adj. /beem/, n. 1. any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, stone, etc., manufactured or shaped esp. for use as rigid members or parts ...
beam antenna
Radio. an antenna that transmits its radiation in a particular direction. [1930-35] * * *
beam brick
a face brick for bonding to a concrete lintel poured in place, having a section like a right triangle. * * *
beam compass
Drafting. a compass having adjustable legs, set perpendicular to the paper and sliding along a horizontal bar so as to permit the drawing of large circles. [1775-85] * * *
beam fill
Building Trades. material, as concrete, for filling spaces between beams or joists in or on top of a masonry wall. Also, beam filling. [1350-1400; ME (in AL texts) bemfyllyng] * ...
beam lights
(in a theater or other auditorium) spotlights affixed to the ceiling of a stage setting, as distinguished from footlights, border lights, etc. [1520-30, for an earlier sense] * * ...
beam mill
Metalworking. a rolling mill for roughing a bloom and rolling it into a shape. * * *
beam reach
Naut. See under reach (def. 27). * * *
beam sea
Naut. a sea striking the vessel at right angles to its keel. [1880-85] * * *
beam splitter
Optics, Photog. a mirror or prism that divides a beam of light into two parts by reflecting a part of the beam, used in camera range finders. [1930-35] * * *
beam trawl
a trawl net whose lateral spread during trawling is maintained by a beam across its mouth. Cf. otter trawl. * * *
beam weapon
a laser-beam or particle-beam weapon. Also called directed-energy device. * * *
beam wind
/wind/, Naut. a wind blowing against a vessel from a direction at right angles to its keel. * * *
/beem"endz'/, n.pl. 1. Naut. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel. 2. on her beam-ends, Naut. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The ...
beam-power tube
/beem"pow'euhr/, Radio. a vacuum tube in which the stream of electrons flowing to the plate is focused by the action of a set of auxiliary, charged elements, giving an increase ...
Beame, Abraham David
▪ 2002 Abraham David Birnbaum        British-born American politician (b. March 20, 1906, London, Eng.—d. Feb. 10, 2001, New York, N.Y.), served as mayor of New York ...
—beamingly, adv. /bee"ming/, adj. 1. radiant; bright. 2. smiling brightly; cheerful. [1660-70; BEAM + -ING2] * * *
/bee"mish/, adj. bright, cheerful, and optimistic. [1520-30; BEAM (n.) + -ISH1] * * *
See beamish. * * *
/bee"meuhn/, n. Robert (Bob), born 1946, U.S. track-and-field athlete. * * *
Beamon, Bob
▪ American athlete born August 29, 1946, Bronx, New York, U.S.    American long jumper (long jump), who set a world record of 8.90 metres (29.2 feet) at the 1968 Olympic ...
—beamily, adv. —beaminess, n. /bee"mee/, adj., beamier, beamiest. 1. emitting beams of or as of light; radiant. 2. broad in the beam, as a ship. 3. Zool. having antlers, as a ...
—beanlike, adj. /been/, n. 1. the edible nutritious seed of various plants of the legume family, esp. of the genus Phaseolus. 2. a plant producing such seeds. 3. the pod of ...

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