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/been/, n. 1. Alan L(aVern), born 1932, U.S. astronaut. 2. Roy ("Judge"), 1825?-1903, U.S. frontiersman and justice of the peace: called himself "the law west of the Pecos." * * ...
bean aphid
a small, black aphid, Aphis fabae, often found on beans and related plants. * * *
bean ball
Baseball. a ball thrown by a pitcher purposely at or near the head of the batter. [1900-05] * * *
bean beetle
☆ bean beetle n. any of a number of beetles and weevils attacking legumes, esp. the Mexican bean beetle * * *
bean beetle.
See Mexican bean beetle. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
bean caper
a small tree, Zygophyllum fabago, of eastern Mediterranean regions, having flower buds that are used as a substitute for capers. [1590-1600] * * *
bean counter
☆ bean counter n. Informal a person, esp. an accountant, who is regarded as concentrating on quantitative details to the exclusion of other factors * * *
bean curd
tofu. * * *
bean pot
a heavy, covered crockery or metal pot, suitable for the slow cooking of beans, stews, etc. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
bean shot
Metall. refined copper having a shotlike form from being thrown into water in a molten state. * * *
bean sprout
bean sprout n. a sprout from a seed of the soybean or esp. the mung bean, used in salads, chop suey, etc. * * *
bean sprouts
the sprouts of newly germinated beans, esp. of mung beans, used as a vegetable. [1920-25] * * *
Bean Town
Boston, Mass. (used as a nickname). * * *
bean tree
1. any of several trees bearing pods resembling those of a bean, as the catalpa and the carob tree. 2. the laburnum, Laburnum anagyroides. [1610-20] * * *
bean weevil
a seed beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus, the larvae of which live in and feed on growing or stored beans. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
Bean, Alan L.
▪ American astronaut in full  Alan LaVern Bean  born March 15, 1932, Wheeler, Texas, U.S.    astronaut, participant in the Apollo 12 mission (Nov. 14–22, 1969), during ...
Bean, Roy
born 1825?, Mason county, Ky., U.S. died March 16, 1903, Langtry, Texas U.S. justice of the peace and saloonkeeper. He left Kentucky in 1847 and moved from town to town, ...
Bean (bēn), Roy. Self-styled “the Law West of the Pecos.” 1825?-1903. American frontiersman in Texas who in 1881 appointed himself justice of the peace and handed down ...
/been"bag'/, n. 1. a small cloth bag filled with dried beans, as for tossing in various children's games. 2. any such game. 3. any similar bag used as a cushion or support, as ...
beanbag chair
☆ beanbag chair n. a chair like a large beanbag covered with vinyl, fabric, etc. and filled with foam pellets, as of polystyrene, that shift about to fit one's body * * *
bean ball n. Baseball A pitch aimed at the batter's head. * * *
bean beetle n. The Mexican bean beetle. * * *
bean counter n. Slang A person, such as an accountant or financial officer, who is concerned with quantification, especially to the exclusion of other matters: “Companies ...
bean curd n. Tofu. * * *
/bee"neuh ree/, n., pl. beaneries. Informal. a cheap, usually inferior, restaurant. [1885-90, Amer.; BEAN + -ERY] * * *
bean family n. The pea family. * * *
/been"feest'/, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang. 1. (formerly) an annual dinner or party given by an employer for employees. 2. a celebration or festive occasion, esp. when a meal is ...
/bee"nee/, n. a skullcap, often brightly colored, worn esp. by children and by college freshmen, esp. in the 1940s. [1940-45, Amer.; BEAN + -IE] * * *
beano1 /bee"noh/, n. bingo. [1930-35; b. BEAN and KENO] beano2 /bee"noh/, n., pl. beanos. Chiefly Brit. Slang. beanfeast. [1885-90; BEAN(FEAST) + -O] * * *
/been"pohl'/, n. 1. a tall pole for a bean plant to climb on. 2. Informal. a tall, lanky person. [1790-1800; BEAN + POLE1] * * *
/been"shooh'teuhr/, n. peashooter. [1885-90, Amer.; BEAN + SHOOTER] * * *
bean sprouts pl.n. The tender, edible seedlings of certain bean plants, especially those of the mung bean. * * *
/been"stawk'/, n. the stem of a bean plant. [1790-1800; BEAN + STALK1] * * *
☆ Beantown [bēn′toun΄ ] name for BOSTON * * *
bear1 /bair/, v., bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bearing. v.t. 1. to hold up; support: to bear the weight of the roof. 2. to hold or remain firm under (a load): The roof ...
bear animalcule
Zool. tardigrade (def. 3). [1885-90] * * *
bear claw
a sweet, almond-flavored breakfast pastry made with yeast dough and shaped in an irregular semicircle resembling a bear's claw. Also called bearpaw. * * *
Bear Flag Revolt
Short-lived rebellion in 1846 by American settlers in California against Mexican authorities. In June a small group captured Sonoma, a settlement north of San Francisco, and ...
bear grass
1. Also called elk grass. a tall, western North American plant, Xerophyllum tenax, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and a dense, broad cluster of tiny white flowers. 2. ...
bear hug
1. a forcefully or heartily tight embrace. 2. Wrestling. a hold in which one contestant locks both arms around the other from the front in order to make the opponent fall ...
bear leader
(formerly) a tutor traveling with a wealthy or aristocratic young man. Also, bear-leader. [1740-50] * * *
bear market
n a situation at the stock exchange in which company share prices are falling rapidly. People who sell their shares, hoping to buy them back later at a lower price, are called ...
Bear River
a river in NE Utah, SW Wyoming, and SE Idaho, flowing into the Great Salt Lake. 350 mi. (565 km) long. * * *
bear's-breech [berz′brēch΄] n. ACANTHUS (sense 1): also bear's breech * * *
bear's-ear [berz′ir΄] n. AURICULA: also bear's ear * * *
/bairz"paw'/, n. a clam of the genus Hippopus, having a ridged, white shell with purplish-red spots. * * *
bear's breech (bârz) n. See acanthus. * * *
bear's ear n. See auricula. * * *
Bear (bâr), Mount A peak, 4,523.5 m (14,831 ft) high, in the Wrangell Mountains of southern Alaska near the British Columbia border. * * *
/bair"hug'/, v.t., bear-hugged, bear-hugging. to greet with or hold in a bear hug: eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team. [1955-60] * * *
See bearable. * * *
—bearableness, n. —bearably, adv. /bair"euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being endured or tolerated; endurable. [1540-50; BEAR1 + -ABLE] * * *
See bearability. * * *
—bearbaiter, n. /bair"bay'ting/, n. the former practice of setting dogs to fight a captive bear. [1250-1300; ME. See BEAR2, BAITING] * * * ▪ spectacle alternatively ...
/bair"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. bearberries. 1. any of several prostrate shrubs belonging to the genus Arctostaphylos, of the heath family, esp. A. uva-ursi, having tonic, ...
/bair"kat'/, n. 1. Informal. a person or thing that fights or acts with force or fierceness. 2. binturong. 3. a panda, Ailurus fulgens. [1885-90; BEAR2 + CAT1] * * *
—beardlike, adj. /beard/, n. 1. the growth of hair on the face of an adult man, often including a mustache. 2. Zool. a tuft, growth, or part resembling or suggesting a human ...
/beard/, n. 1. Charles Austin, 1874-1948, and his wife Mary, 1876-1958, U.S. historians. 2. Daniel Carter, 1850-1941, U.S. artist and naturalist: organized the Boy Scouts of ...
beard lichen
      any member of the genus Usnea, a yellow or greenish fruticose (bushy, branched) lichen with long stems and disk-shaped holdfasts, which resembles a tangled mass of ...
beard moss
any of several green or yellow lichens of the genus Usnea, having long, threadlike stems in a tangled mass typically hanging from tree branches, and growing in a wide range of ...
beard worm
Zool. pogonophoran. [1965-70] * * *
Beard, Charles A
▪ American historian born Nov. 27, 1874, near Knightstown, Ind., U.S. died Sept. 1, 1948, New Haven, Conn.  American historian, best-known for his iconoclastic studies of ...
Beard, Charles A(ustin)
born Nov. 27, 1874, near Knightstown, Ind., U.S. died Sept. 1, 1948, New Haven, Conn. U.S. historian. Beard taught at Columbia University (1904–17) and cofounded New York's ...
Beard, Daniel
▪ American illustrator and author in full  Daniel Carter Beard , also called  Uncle Dan  born June 21, 1850, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died June 11, 1941, Suffern, ...
Beard, James
born May 5, 1903, Portland, Ore., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1985, New York, N.Y. U.S. culinary expert and cookbook author. In 1945 he became the first chef to demonstrate cooking on ...
Beard,Charles Austin
Beard (bîrd), Charles Austin. 1874-1948. American historian and educator who explored the economic aspects of history in works such as An Economic Interpretation of the ...
Beard,Daniel Carter
Beard, Daniel Carter. Known as “Dan.” 1850-1941. American writer and illustrator. In 1905 he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout ...
Beard,James Andrew
Beard, James Andrew. 1903-1985. American cookery expert widely considered to be one of the foremost authorities on American cuisine. * * *
Beard,Mary Ritter
Beard, Mary Ritter. 1876-1958. American historian and feminist. She shared her husband Charles's economic view of history and collaborated with him on The Rise of American ...
—beardedness, n. /bear"did/, adj. 1. having a beard. 2. having a hairlike growth or tuft, as certain wheats. 3. having a barb, as a fishhook. [1350-1400; ME beerdid. See BEARD, ...
bearded collie
one of a British breed of medium-sized herding dogs with a medium-length, shaggy coat, black, blue, brown, or fawn in color. [1875-80] * * * ▪ breed of dog   dog breed ...
bearded darnel
a grass, Lolium tementulum, related to rye, having bristles on the seed head and bearing seeds that yield a narcotic poison. * * *
bearded seal
a large gray-to-golden seal, Erignathus barbatus, inhabiting the Arctic Ocean and adjacent waters, having square foreflippers and a thick mustache of long bristles on each side ...
bearded tit
a small European bird, Panurus biarmicus, found in reedy places, the male of which has a tuft of black feathers on each side of the face. * * *
bearded vulture
lammergeier. * * *
beard·ed collie (bîrʹdĭd) n. Any of a breed of herding dogs originating in Scotland, having a long shaggy coat and drooping ears. * * *
bearded iris n. Any of various irises characterized by a conspicuous region of hairs or hairlike structures on the lower parts of the three outer drooping perianth segments. * * *
bearded vulture n. See lammergeier. * * *
Bearden, Romare
▪ American painter in full  Romare Howard Bearden  born Sept. 2, 1911, Charlotte, N.C., U.S. died March 12, 1988, New York City, N.Y.       American painter, whose ...
Bearden, Romare (Howard)
born Sept. 2, 1914, Charlotte, N.C., U.S. died March 11, 1988, New York, N.Y. U.S. painter. He studied with George Grosz at the Art Students League and Columbia University. ...
Bearden,Romare Howard
Bear·den (bîrʹdn), Romare Howard. 1912-1988. American painter and collagist whose subjects often are drawn from the African-American community and New York City street ...
/beard"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) beardfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) beardfishes. any of several fishes of the family Polymyxiidae, found in the ...
—beardlessness, n. /beard"lis/, adj. 1. having no beard or one shaved close to the skin. 2. (of a male) very young or immature. [1275-1325; ME; see BEARD, -LESS] * * *
Beardmore Glacier
▪ glacier, Antarctica       glacier in central Antarctica, descending about 7,200 ft (2,200 m) from the South Polar Plateau to Ross Ice Shelf, dividing the ...
Beard·more Glacier (bîrdʹmôr', -mōr') A valley glacier, about 418 km (260 mi) long, in the Queen Maud Mountains of Antarctica. It was discovered by the British explorer ...
/beardz"lee/, n. Aubrey Vincent, 1872-98, English illustrator. * * *
Beardsley, Aubrey
▪ English artist in full  Aubrey Vincent Beardsley  born August 21, 1872, Brighton, Sussex, England died March 16, 1898, Menton, France  the leading English illustrator of ...
Beardsley, Aubrey (Vincent)
born Aug. 21, 1872, Brighton, Sussex, Eng. died March 16, 1898, Menton, Fr. British illustrator. His only formal training was a few months of evening classes at the Westminster ...
Beardsley,Aubrey Vincent
Beards·ley (bîrdzʹlē), Aubrey Vincent. 1872-1898. British illustrator whose black and white, often erotic drawings were both highly individual and typical of the art nouveau ...
/beard"tung'/, n. any plant belonging to the genus Penstemon, of the figwort family. [1815-25, Amer.; BEARD + TONGUE] * * *
▪ animal phylum Introduction also called  Pogonophoran,         any of a group of marine invertebrates constituting the phylum Pogonophora. Pogonophorans live a ...
/bair"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that carries, upholds, or brings: dozens of bearers on the safari. 2. the person who presents an order for money or goods: Pay to the ...
bearer bond
a bond not registered in anyone's name and payable to whoever possesses it. Cf. registered bond. [1910-15] * * *
bearer bond n. A bond payable to the holder. * * *
☆ beargrass [ber′gras΄ ] n. 1. any of several plants (esp. genera Yucca and Nolina) of the agave family, with a thick tuft of swordlike leaves at the base of a flowering ...
bearhug [ber′hug΄] n. an extremely tight, rough embrace with the arms * * * bear hug n. A rough, tight hug. * * *
/bair"ing/, n. 1. the manner in which one conducts or carries oneself, including posture and gestures: a man of dignified bearing. 2. the act, capability, or period of producing ...
bearing plate
a heavy metal plate for receiving and distributing concentrated weight, as from a column or one end of a truss. * * *
bearing rail
Furniture. a transverse rail carrying a drawer or drawers. Also called bearer. * * *
bearing rein
checkrein (def. 1). [1875-80] * * *
bearing sword
a large sword carried for its owner by a squire or servant because of its size. * * *
bearing wall
any of the walls supporting a floor or the roof of a building. [1870-75] * * * or load-bearing wall Wall that carries the load of floors and roof above in addition to its own ...
bearing rein n. A rein for a horse; a checkrein. * * *
—bearishly, adv. —bearishness, n. /bair"ish/, adj. 1. like a bear; rough, burly, or clumsy. 2. Informal. grumpy, bad-mannered, or rude. 3. Com. a. declining or tending toward ...
See bearish. * * *
See bearishly. * * *
Bear Mountain A peak, 391.6 m (1,284 ft) high, of southeast New York overlooking the Hudson River. It is in a popular resort area. * * *
Béarn [bā ȧrn′, bāȧr′] historical region in SW France, in the Pyrenees * * * Bé·arn (bā-ärnʹ) A historical region and former province of southwest France in the ...
/ber nayz", bay'euhr-/; Fr. /bay annrdd nez"/, n. (sometimes l.c.) a sauce of egg yolks, shallots, tarragon, butter, vinegar, and sometimes white wine and chopped chervil. Also ...
béarnaise sauce
béarnaise sauce [bā΄är nāz′] n. a creamy sauce, esp. for meat or fish, made of butter and egg yolks and flavored with wine, vinegar, shallots, and herbs * * *
béar·naise sauce (bâr-nāzʹ, bā'är-, -ər-) n. A sauce of butter and egg yolks that is flavored with vinegar, wine, shallots, tarragon, and chervil.   [French béarnaise, ...
/bair"paw'/, n. Chiefly Canadian. 1. a small, almost round snowshoe used on steep or rocky terrain. 2. See bear claw. 3. a round horseshoe. [1775-85; BEAR2 + PAW] * * *
Bear River A river rising in northeast Utah and flowing about 563 km (350 mi) in a U-shaped course northwest through southwest Wyoming and southeast Idaho then south into Utah ...
➡ bear market * * *
/bair"skin'/, n. 1. the skin or pelt of a bear. 2. a tall, black fur cap forming part of the dress uniform of a soldier in some armies. [1670-80; BEAR2 + SKIN] * * *
Beartooth Range
▪ mountains, United States       segment of the northern Rocky Mountains in the United States, extending east-southeastward for 50 miles (80 km) from the Stillwater ...
/bair"wood'/, n. a buckthorn, Rhamnus purshiana, the bark of which yields the drug cascara sagrada. [1865-70, Amer.; BEAR2 + WOOD1] * * *
Be·as (bēʹäs') A river, about 402 km (250 mi) long, of northern India rising in the Himalaya Mountains. It is one of the five rivers of the Punjab that form a major ...
Beas River
ancient Hyphasis. River, northwestern India. One of the "five rivers" that give the Punjab its name, it rises in the Himalayas east of Dharmsala in Himachal Pradesh and flows ...
—beastlike, adj. /beest/, n. 1. any nonhuman animal, esp. a large, four-footed mammal. 2. the crude animal nature common to humans and the lower animals: Hunger brought out the ...
beast epic
a long verse narrative in which the misadventures of animals satirize human foibles and follies. [1885-90] * * * ▪ literature       popular genre in various ...
beast fable
▪ literature       a prose or verse fable or short story that usually has a moral. In beast fables animal characters are represented as acting with human feelings and ...
Beast of Bodmin
an animal that some people say they have seen on Bodmin Moor in south-west England. Some think it is a big cat, such as a lion, that has escaped from a zoo. Other people think ...
beast of burden
an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox. [1795-1805] * * *
beast of prey
a predatory mammal. * * *
beast tale
▪ literature       a prose or verse narrative similar to the beast fable in that it portrays animal characters acting as humans but unlike the fable in that it usually ...
beast epic n. A long, usually allegorical verse narrative in which the characters are animals with human feelings and motives. * * *
/bee"stee/, n. 1. Chiefly Literary. a small animal, esp. one toward which affection is felt. 2. Facetious. an insect; bug. 3. Canadian Slang (chiefly Alberta). construction ...
Beastie Boys
a US rock group formed in 1981. They perform mainly rap music and their best-known record is (You Gotta)Fight for your Right(to Party). * * *
Beastie Boys, the
▪ American music group       American hip-hop and rock group, the first white rap performers to gain a substantial following; as such, they were largely responsible for ...
/bee"stingz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) beestings. * * *
See beastly. * * *
—beastliness, n. /beest"lee/, adj., beastlier, beastliest, adv. adj. 1. of or like a beast; bestial. 2. Informal. nasty; unpleasant; disagreeable. adv. 3. Chiefly Brit. ...
beastof burden
beast of burden n. pl. beasts of burden An animal, such as a donkey, ox, or elephant, used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work. * * *
—beatable, adj. /beet/, v., beat, beaten or beat, beating, n., adj. v.t. 1. to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. 2. to dash against: rain beating the trees. 3. to ...
Beat Generation
members of the generation that came of age after World War II who, supposedly as a result of disillusionment stemming from the Cold War, espoused forms of mysticism and the ...
beat man.
See district man. * * *
Beat movement
American social and literary movement of the 1950s and '60s. It is associated with artists' communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Its adherents expressed ...
beat poets
any of a number of U.S. poets concentrated in California in the 1950s and noted chiefly for their rejection of poetic as well as social conventions, exemplified through ...
/beet"up"/, adj. 1. Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy. n. 2. the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets. [1935-40; adj., n. ...
Beata Ridge
▪ ridge, Caribbean Sea       submarine ridge of the southern Caribbean Sea floor. The Beata Ridge trends south-southwest from Beata Cape on the island of Hispaniola and ...
/beet"n/, adj. 1. formed or shaped by blows; hammered: a dish of beaten brass. 2. much trodden; commonly used: a beaten path. 3. defeated; vanquished; thwarted. 4. overcome by ...
beaten biscuit
Southern U.S. a hard, unleavened biscuit, made to rise by pounding and folding the dough. [1875-80, Amer.] * * *
/beet"n ist/, adj. beatinest. * * *
/bee"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that beats. 2. an implement or device for beating something: a rug beater. 3. Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover. 4. ...
➡ field sports * * *
Beat Generation n. A group of American writers and artists popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion and known especially for their use ...
—beatifically, adv. /bee'euh tif"ik/, adj. 1. bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace. 2. blissful; saintly: a beatific smile. [1630-40; ( < F) < LL ...
See beatific. * * *
/bee at'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of beatifying. 2. the state of being beatified. 3. Rom. Cath. Ch. the official act of the pope whereby a deceased person is declared to ...
/bee at"euh fuy'/, v.t., beatified, beatifying. 1. to make blissfully happy. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to ...
/beet"n ist/, adj. South Midland and Southern U.S. most remarkable or unusual: This is the beatinest town I ever did see. Also, beatenest. [1855-60, Amer.; appar. beatin(g) (prp. ...
/bee"ting/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that beats, as to punish, clean, mix, etc.: Give the rug a good beating. 2. a defeat or reverse; loss; setback: Several stocks took ...
beating the bounds
an old custom, still kept in some parts of Britain, of marking the boundaries of a church parish(1) by marching round them and hitting the ground, or certain boundary marks, with ...
/bee"ting up"/, n. 1. a severe thrashing administered for intimidation or revenge. 2. Textiles. the process by which the loose pick is made an integral part of the woven ...
/bee at"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. supreme blessedness; exalted happiness. 2. (often cap.) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the ...
n [U] a word that was invented to describe the wild enthusiasm of the Beatles’ fans when they were very popular in the 1960s. * * *
/beet"lz/, n. the, (used with a pl. v.) British rock-'n'-roll group (1962-70) including George Harrison (born 1943), John (Winston) Lennon /len"euhn/ (1940-80), Paul (James) ...
Beatles, the
▪ British rock group Introduction  British musical quartet and a global cynosure for the hopes and dreams of a generation that came of age in the 1960s. The principal members ...
/beet"nik/, n. 1. (sometimes cap.) a member of the Beat Generation. 2. a person who rejects or avoids conventional behavior, dress, etc. [1955-60, Amer.; BEAT (adj.) (as in BEAT ...
/beet"n/, n. Sir Cecil (Walter Hardy), 1904-80, English photographer, writer, and theatrical designer. * * *
Beaton, David
▪ Scottish cardinal and statesman Beaton also spelled  Bethune   born c. 1494 died May 29, 1546, St. Andrews, Fife, Scot.  Scottish cardinal and statesman who promoted a ...
Beaton, James
▪ archbishop of Glasgow also called  James Bethune   born 1517 died April 30, 1603, Paris       last Roman Catholic archbishop of Glasgow.       A son of John ...
Beaton, Sir Cecil
▪ British photographer and costume and production designer in full  Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton  born January 14, 1904, London, England died January 18, 1980, Broadchalke, ...
Beaton, Sir Cecil (Walter Hardy)
born Jan. 14, 1904, London, Eng. died Jan. 18, 1980, Broadchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire British photographer and designer. When he received his first camera at age 11, he began ...
Beaton,Cecil Walter Hardy
Bea·ton (bētʹn), Cecil Walter Hardy. 1904-1980. British photographer, diarist, and theatrical designer noted for his sets and costumes for My Fair Lady (stage, 1956; film, ...
/bee"euh tris, bee"tris/ for 1, 3; /bee a"tris/ for 2; for 1, 3 also It. /be'ah trddee"che/, n. 1. (in Dante's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) a symbolic figure developed from the ...
Beatrice Webb
➡ Webb * * *
▪ medieval literature       lyric narrative containing a noted medieval European Mary legend. The oldest extant Beatrijs manuscript dates from 1374, although it is ...
/bay"euh triks, bee"-/, n. (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard) born 1938, queen of the Netherlands since 1980 (daughter of Juliana). * * * ▪ queen of The Netherlands in full  ...
Beatrix (Wilhelmina Armgard)
born Jan. 31, 1938, Soestdijk, Neth. Queen of The Netherlands. Beatrix went into exile with her family when the Germans invaded The Netherlands in World War II, and she spent ...
Beatrix Potter
➡ Potter (I) * * *
/bee"tee/, n. James, 1735-1803, Scottish poet. * * *
Beattie, Ann
▪ American author born Sept. 8, 1947, Washington, D.C., U.S.       American writer of short stories and novels whose characters, having come of age in the 1960s, often ...
Beattie, James
▪ Scottish poet born Nov. 5, 1735, Laurencekirk, Kincardine, Scot. died Aug. 18, 1803, Aberdeen  Scottish poet and essayist, whose once-popular poem The Minstrel was one of ...
/bee"tee/ for 1; /bay"tee/ for 2, n. 1. David (1st Earl of the North Sea and of Brooksby), 1871-1936, British admiral. 2. (Henry) Warren, born 1937, U.S. actor. * * *
Beatty, (Henry) Warren
orig. Henry Warren Beaty born March 30, 1937, Richmond, Va., U.S. U.S. film actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He studied acting with famed coach Stella Adler in New ...
Beatty, Clyde
▪ American animal trainer born June 10, 1903, Bainbridge, Ohio, U.S. died July 19, 1965, Ventura, Calif.  American trainer of wild animals, known for his “fighting act,” ...
Beatty, David, 1st Earl Beatty, Viscount Borodale Of Wexford, Baron Beatty Of The North Sea And Of Brooksby
▪ British admiral born , Jan. 17, 1871, Howbeck Lodge, Stapeley, near Nantwich, Cheshire, Eng. died March 11, 1936, London       British admiral of the fleet, who ...
Beatty, Sir Chester
▪ British engineer born February 7, 1875, New York City died January 19, 1968, Monaco       naturalized British mining engineer and company director who played an ...
Beatty, Warren
▪ American actor, director, and producer original name  Henry Warren Beaty  born March 30, 1937, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.       talented and handsome American leading ...
Beatus Rhenanus
▪ German humanist and author also called  Beatus Bild   born Aug. 22, 1485, Schlettstadt, Alsace died July 20, 1547, Strasbourg       German humanist, writer, and ...
—beauish, adj. /boh/, n., pl. beaus, beaux /bohz/, v. n. 1. a frequent and attentive male companion. 2. a male escort for a girl or woman. 3. a dandy; fop. v.t. 4. to escort (a ...
Beau Bassin-Rose Hill
▪ Mauritius       town, the second largest settlement on the island of Mauritius, in the western Indian Ocean. It lies on the western slope of the island, just south of ...
Beau Brummel
➡ Brummel * * *
Beau Brummell
/brum"euhl/ 1. (George Bryan Brummell), 1778-1840, an Englishman who set the fashion in men's clothes. 2. an extremely or excessively well-dressed man; fop; dandy. 3. a dressing ...
Beau de Rochas, Alphonse
▪ French engineer born April 9, 1815, Digne, Fr. died March 27, 1893, Vincennes       French engineer who originated the principle of the four-stroke ...
beau dollar
South Midland and Southern U.S. Older Use. a silver dollar. [beau perh. to be identified with BEAU, but sense is uncert.] * * *
beau geste
/boh zhest"/, pl. beaux gestes /boh zhest"/. French. a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect. * * *
beau ideal
pl. beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2. 1. a conception of perfect beauty. 2. a model of excellence. [1795-1805; < F beau idéal lit., ideal beauty. See BEAU, ...
beau monde
/boh" mond"/; Fr. /boh mawonnd"/ the fashionable world; high society. [1705-15; < F: lit., fine world. See BEAU, MONDE] * * *
Beau Nash
➡ Nash (I) * * *
Beau Brum·mell (bō brŭmʹəl) n. A dandy; a fop.   [After Brummell, George Bryan.] * * *
▪ France       town, Gard département, Languedoc-Roussillon région, southeastern France. It lies along the Rhône River, opposite Tarascon, to which it is linked by ...
▪ region, France       region, northwestern France. It stretches southwest of Paris toward the Forêt d'Orléans. One of the great traditional granaries of France, ...
Beauchamp, Alphonse de
▪ French historian born 1767, Monaco died June 1, 1832, Paris       French historian whose many works were of popular interest; though they were based upon authentic ...
Beauchamp, Pierre
▪ French ballet dancer Beauchamp also spelled  Beauchamps   born 1636, Versailles, Fr. died 1705, Paris       French ballet dancer and teacher whose contributions to ...
Beauchemin, Nérée
▪ French-Canadian poet and physician born Feb. 20, 1850, Yamachiche, Que., Can. died June 29, 1931, Trois-Rivières, Que.       French Canadian poet and physician who ...
/boh kooh"/, adj. Informal (usually facetious). 1. many; numerous; much: It's a hard job, but it pays beaucoup money. 2. large; significant: a beaucoup building ...
▪ Queensland, Australia       town, southeastern Queensland, eastern Australia, on the Logan River. A livestock station was established there in 1842 and named after ...
/boh"feuhrt/, n. a male given name. * * * ▪ North Carolina, United States       colonial seaport town, seat of Carteret county, southeastern North Carolina, U.S. It ...
Beaufort Family
▪ English family       English family comprising the descendants of Edward III's son John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, by his liaison with Catherine Swynford; the name ...
Beaufort scale
/boh"feuhrt/, (no longer in technical use) 1. a scale of wind forces, described by name and range of velocity, and classified as from force 0 to force 12, or, sometimes, to force ...
Beaufort scale of wind (nautical)
▪ Table The Beaufort scale of wind (nautical) Beaufort number name of wind wind speed description of sea surface knots kph 0 calm
Beaufort scale Table
▪ Table The Beaufort scale wind speed Beaufort number name of wind knots km/hr description of sea surface 0 calm
Beaufort Sea
/boh"feuhrt/ a part of the Arctic Ocean, NE of Alaska. * * * Part of the Arctic Ocean northeast of Alaska, northwest of Canada, and west of Banks Island in the Arctic ...
Beaufort Series
▪ geology       sedimentary rock layers that were deposited during the transition from the Permian Period to the Triassic Period. The boundary between the Lower and ...
Beaufort, François de Vendôme, duc de
▪ French prince born January 16, 1616, Paris died June 25, 1669, Crete  French prince, one of the leaders of the Fronde (Fronde, the) (1648–53) and later admiral in the ...
Beaufort, Henry
▪ English cardinal born c. 1374 died April 11, 1447, Winchester, Hampshire, Eng.  cardinal and bishop of Winchester and a dominant figure in English politics throughout the ...
Beaufort, Margaret
▪ English noblewoman byname  The Lady Margaret   born May 31, 1443 died June 29, 1509       mother of King Henry VII (reigned 1485–1509) of England and founder of ...
Beau·fort scale (bōʹfərt) n. A scale of wind velocity ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane).   [After Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), British naval officer.] * * *
Beaufort Sea A part of the Arctic Ocean north of northeast Alaska and northwest Canada extending from Point Barrow, Alaska, to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Covered with pack ...
Beaufre, André
▪ French general born Jan. 25, 1902, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France died Feb. 13, 1975, Belgrade, Yugos. [now in Serbia]       French military strategist, an exponent of an ...
▪ France       town, Loiret département, Centre région, north-central France. It lies on the right bank of the Loire River. The lords of Beaugency were powerful from ...
beau geste (bō zhĕstʹ) n. pl. beaux gestes or beau gestes (bō zhĕstʹ) 1. A gracious gesture. 2. A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.   [French : beau, ...
/boh greg"euh ree/, n., pl. beaugregories. a blue and yellow damselfish, Pomacentrus leucostictus, inhabiting shallow waters off Bermuda, Florida, and the West Indies. [1840-50; ...
/boh annrdd ne"/, n. 1. Eugénie Hortense de /ue zhay nee" awrdd tahonns" deuh/, 1782-1837, queen of Holland: wife of Louis Bonaparte. 2. Joséphine de /zhaw zay feen" deuh/, ...
Beauharnais, (Eugénie-) Hortense de
born April 10, 1783, Paris, France died Oct. 5, 1837, Arenenberg, Switz. French-born queen of Holland (1806–10). Daughter of Joséphine and Alexandre, viscount de ...
Beauharnais, Alexandre, viscount de
born May 28, 1760, Martinique died June 23, 1794, Paris, France French politician and general, first husband of Joséphine. A liberal noble, he became a prominent figure during ...
Beauharnais, Eugène de
born Sept. 3, 1781, Paris, France died Feb. 21, 1824, Munich, Bavaria French administrator and general. Son of Joséphine and Alexandre, viscount de Beauharnais, he became a ...
Beauharnais, Eugènede
Beauharnais, Eugène de. 1781-1824. French soldier and statesman. Son of Alexandre and Josephine de Beauharnais, he was later adopted by Napoleon I and became viceroy and then ...
Beauharnais,Alexandre de
Beau·har·nais (bō-är-nāʹ), Alexandre de. 1760-1794. French soldier who fought with Rochambeau's troops in the American Revolution and later in France with the French ...
Beauharnais,Josephine de
Beauharnais, Josephine de. 1763-1814. Empress of the French (1804-1809) as the wife of Napoleon I. Married first to Alexandre de Beauharnais, she wed Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796. ...
beau i·de·al (bō' ī-dēʹəl) n. pl. beau ideals 1. The concept of perfect beauty. 2. An idealized type or model: the beau ideal of a high-ranking army officer.   [French ...
/boh'zheuh lay"/, n., pl. Beaujolaises /-layz"/ for 2. 1. a wine-growing region in E France, in Rhône department. 2. a dry, fruity red Burgundy wine from this region that does ...
Beaujolais Nouveau
/boh'zheuh lay" nooh voh"/; Fr. /boh zhaw le nooh voh"/ the first Beaujolais wine of the season, usually available for sale within two months after the grapes are harvested. Also ...
Beaujoyeulx, Balthazar de
orig. Baltazarini di Belgioioso born 16th century, Piedmont region died 1587, Paris, Fr. Italian-born French composer and choreographer. In 1555 he left Italy for Paris and ...
a village in Hampshire, England, which many tourists visit to see the National Motor Museum. The museum has examples of all the important cars and motorcycles ever made in ...
Beaumanoir, Philippe de Remi, sire de
▪ French administrator and jurist also called  Philippe de Beaumanoir  born c. 1246, near Compiègne, France died Jan. 7, 1296, buried Compiègne       French ...
/boh mannrdd she"/, n. Pierre Augustin Caron de /pyerdd oh gyuu staonn" kann rddawonn" deuh/, 1732-99, French dramatist. * * *
Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de
born Jan. 24, 1732, Paris, France died May 18, 1799, Paris French playwright. Son of a watchmaker, he invented a clockwork mechanism and became embroiled in lawsuits over its ...
Beaumarchais,Pierre Augustin Caron de
Beau·mar·chais (bō-mär-shāʹ), Pierre Augustin Caron de. 1732-1799. French writer whose best-known works are the comic plays Le Barbier de Séville (1775) and Le Mariage de ...
beau monde (bō mŏndʹ, môɴdʹ) n. pl. beaux mondes (bō môɴdʹ) or beau mondes (bō mŏndzʹ) The world of fashionable society.   [French : beau, good + monde, world, ...
/boh"mont/, n. 1. Francis, 1584-1616, English dramatist who collaborated with John Fletcher. 2. William, 1785-1853, U.S. surgeon. 3. a city in SE Texas. 118,102. 4. a male given ...
Beaumont, Élie de
▪ French geologist born Sept. 25, 1798, Canon, Fr. died Sept. 21, 1874, Canon  geologist who prepared the great geological map of France in collaboration with the French ...
Beaumont, Francis
born с 1585, Grace-Dieu, Leicestershire, Eng. died March 6, 1616, London British playwright. He is known chiefly for the 10 very popular plays on which he collaborated with ...
Beaumont, Sir John, 1st Baronet
▪ English author born 1583, Grace-Dieu?, Leicestershire, Eng. died April 1627, London?       English poet whose work helped to establish the heroic couplet as a ...
Beaumont, William
born Nov. 21, 1785, Lebanon, Conn., U.S. died April 25, 1853, St. Louis, Mo. U.S. surgeon. He served many years as an army surgeon. When treating a trapper whose abdomen had ...
Beau·mont (bōʹmŏnt', -mənt), Francis. 1584-1616. English poet and playwright. He wrote his major works, including The Maid's Tragedy (1611), The Coxcomb (1612), and The ...
Beau·mont (bōʹmŏnt'), William. 1785-1853. American surgeon whose Physiology of Digestion (1833) revolutionized the study of gastric digestion. * * *
▪ France       town, Côte-d'Or département, Bourgogne ( Burgundy) région, east-central France, on the Bouzaise River, southwest of Dijon. Settled since prehistoric ...
Fr. /boh pawrdd"/, n. a city in E Quebec, in E Canada: suburb of Quebec, on the St. Lawrence River. 60,447. * * *
/boh"ri gahrd'/; Fr. /bohrddeu gannrdd"/, n. Pierre Gustave Toutant /pyerdd gyuu stannv" tooh tahonn"/, 1818-93, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War. * * *
Beauregard, P(ierre) G(ustave) T(outant)
born May 28, 1818, near New Orleans, La., U.S. died Feb. 20, 1893, New Orleans U.S. military leader. He graduated from West Point in 1838 and served in the Mexican War. After ...
Beauregard, P.G.T.
▪ Confederate general in full  Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard   born May 28, 1818, near New Orleans, La., U.S. died Feb. 20, 1893, New Orleans  Confederate general in ...
Beauregard,Pierre Gustave Toutant
Beau·re·gard (bōʹrĭ-gärd', bō-rə-gärʹ), Pierre Gustave Toutant. 1818-1893. American Confederate general known for his flamboyant personal style and dashing but not ...
/byooht/, n. Informal. (often used ironically) something or someone beautiful, remarkable, or amazing. [1865-70, Amer.; by shortening from BEAUTY] * * *
—beauteously, adv. —beauteousness, n. /byooh"tee euhs, -tyeuhs/, adj. Chiefly Literary. beautiful. [1400-50; late ME; see BEAUTY, -OUS] * * *
See beauteous. * * *
See beauteously. * * *
/byooh tish"euhn/, n. 1. a person trained to style and dress the hair; hairdresser. Cf. esthetician. 2. a manager or an employee of a beauty parlor. [1920-25, Amer.; BEAUT(Y) + ...
See beautify. * * *
See beautification. * * *
—beautifully, adv. —beautifulness, n. /byooh"teuh feuhl/, adj. 1. having beauty; having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; ...
beautiful people
(often caps.) wealthy or famous people, often members of the jet set, who mingle in glamorous social circles and who, because of their celebrity, often establish trends or ...
See beautiful. * * *
See beautifully. * * *
beautiful people also Beautiful People pl.n. Wealthy, prominent people, especially those in international society. * * *
—beautification /byooh'teuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. —beautifier, n. /byooh"teuh fuy'/, v.t., v.i., beautified, beautifying. to make or become beautiful. [1520-30; BEAUTY + ...
/byooh"tee/, n., pl. beauties. 1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory ...
Beauty and the Beast
a traditional story about a young girl who manages to save a monster from a magic spell by her love. He turns into a handsome prince and they get married. The phrase beauty and ...
beauty bush
beauty bush n. a hardy shrub (Kolkwitzia amabilis) of the honeysuckle family, having tubular pink flowers with white bristly hairs on the ovary * * * ▪ ...
beauty contest
1. a competition in which the entrants, usually women, are judged as to physical beauty and sometimes personality and talent, with the winners awarded prizes or titles. 2. ...
beauty culture
☆ beauty culture n. the skill or occupation of a beautician * * *

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