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beauty mark
beauty mark n. a natural mark or mole on the skin * * *
beauty parlor
an establishment for the hairdressing, manicuring, or other cosmetic treatment of women. Also called beauty salon, beauty shop. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
beauty quark
Physics. See bottom quark. * * *
beauty queen
beauty queen n. a woman who has won a beauty contest * * *
beauty salon
☆ beauty salon or beauty parlor or beauty shop n. a place where people, esp. women, go for hair styling and tinting, manicures, etc. * * *
beauty sleep
Informal. 1. sleep before midnight, assumed to be necessary for one's beauty. 2. any extra sleep. [1855-60] * * *
beauty spot
1. a tiny, molelike patch worn, usually on the face, as to set off the fairness of the skin. 2. a mole or other dark mark on the skin. 3. a place of exceptional scenic or ...
beauty-bush
/byooh"tee boosh'/, n. a Chinese shrub, Kolkwitzia amabilis, of the honeysuckle family, having showy, pinkish flowers and grown as an ornamental. [1925-30] * * *
beautyberry
/byooh"tee ber'ee/, n., pl. beautyberries. any of various shrubs of the genus Callicarpa, of southern North America, as C. americana, having clusters of bluish flowers and ...
beautybush
beau·ty·bush (byo͞oʹtē-bo͝osh') n. A deciduous Chinese ornamental shrub (Kolkwitzia amabilis) cultivated for its profusion of showy pink flowers with yellow throats. * * *
beautymark
beauty mark n. See beauty spot. * * *
beautyparlor
beauty parlor n. An establishment providing women with services that include hair treatment, manicures, and facials. Also called beauty salon, beauty shop. * * *
beautyquark
beauty quark n. See bottom quark. * * *
beautysalon
beauty salon n. See beauty parlor. * * *
beautyshop
beauty shop n. See beauty parlor. * * *
beautyspot
beauty spot n. 1. A mole or birthmark. Also called beauty mark. 2. A small black mark penciled or glued on a woman's face or shoulders to accentuate the fairness of her skin or ...
beautystrip
beauty strip n. A narrow section of forested land, as along a highway or watercourse, that is left uncut so as to hide a heavily logged area from view. * * *
Beauvais
/boh vay"/; Fr. /boh ve"/, n. a city in and the capital of Oise, in NW France: 13th-century cathedral. 56,725. * * * ▪ France       town, capital of Oise département, ...
Beauvais tapestry
      any product of the tapestry factory established in 1664 in Beauvais, Fr., by two Flemish weavers, Louis Hinart and Philippe Behagle. Although it was under the ...
Beauvoir
/bohv wahr"/; Fr. /boh vwannrdd"/, n. See de Beauvoir. * * *
Beauvoir, Simone (Lucie-Ernestine-Marie-Bertrand) de
born Jan. 9, 1908, Paris, France died April 14, 1986, Paris French writer and feminist. As a student at the Sorbonne, she met Jean-Paul Sartre, with whom she formed a lifelong ...
Beauvoir, Simone de
▪ French writer in full  Simone Lucie-Ernestine-Marie-Bertrand de Beauvoir  born Jan. 9, 1908, Paris, France died April 14, 1986, Paris  French writer and feminist ...
Beauvoir,Simone de
Beau·voir (bō-vwärʹ), Simone de. 1908-1986. French writer, existentialist, and feminist whose works include The Second Sex (1949) and The Coming of Age (1970), a study of ...
beaux
/bohz/; Fr. /boh/, n. a pl. of beau. * * *
beaux esprits
beaux esprits [bō zes prē′] n. 〚Fr〛 pl. of BEL ESPRIT * * *
Beaux' Stratagem, The
/bohz/ a comedy (1707) by George Farquhar. * * *
Beaux, Cecilia
▪ American painter in full  Eliza Cecilia Beaux  born May 1, 1855, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died Sept. 17, 1942, Gloucester, Mass.       American painter, considered ...
Beaux-Arts
/boh zahr"/; Fr. /boh zannrdd"/, adj. 1. noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, popularly associated with the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, that prevailed in France ...
Beaux-Arts style
or Second Empire style or Second Empire Baroque Architectural style developed at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It enjoyed international dominance in the late 19th century ...
Beaux-Arts, École des
▪ school, Paris, France in full  École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-arts,         school of fine arts founded (as the Académie Royale d'Architecture) in Paris in ...
beaux-esprits
/boh zes prddee"/, n. French. pl. of bel-esprit. * * *
beauxarts
beaux arts (bō-zärʹ, -zärtʹ) pl.n. The fine arts.   [French : beaux, pl. of beau, fine + arts, pl. of art, art.] * * *
BeauxArts
Beaux Arts (bō-zärʹ, -zärtʹ) adj. Of or relating to an architectural style originating in France in the late 19th century and characterized by classical forms, symmetry, ...
beauxesprits
beaux es·prits (bō'zĕ-sprēʹ) n. Plural of bel esprit. * * *
beauxgestes
beaux gestes (bō zhĕstʹ) n. A plural of beau geste. * * *
beauxmondes
beaux mondes (bō môɴdʹ) n. A plural of beau monde. * * *
beaver
beaver1 —beaverlike, beaverish, adj. /bee"veuhr/, n., pl. beavers, (esp. collectively) beaver for 1; v. n. 1. a large, amphibious rodent of the genus Castor, having sharp ...
beaver cloth
beaver1 (def. 8). * * *
Beaver Dam
a city in SE Wisconsin. 14,149. * * *
Beaver Falls
a city in W Pennsylvania. 12,525. * * *
beaver fever
Western U.S. giardiasis. * * *
Beaver Island
▪ island, Michigan, United States also called  Big Beaver Island         largest of an island group in northeastern Lake Michigan (Michigan, Lake), U.S., about 35 ...
Beaver Scout
(also Beaver) n a boy between six and eight years old who is a member of the most junior branch of the Scouts. * * *
Beaver State
Oregon (used as a nickname). * * *
Beaver, Bruce
▪ Australian author in full  Bruce Victor Beaver   born Feb. 14, 1928, Manly, N.S.W., Australia       Australian poet, novelist, and journalist noted for his ...
beaverboard
/bee"veuhr bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a light, stiff sheeting made of wood fiber and used in building, esp. for partitions or temporary structures. [1905-10, Amer.; formerly a ...
Beaverbrook
/bee"veuhr brook'/, n. William Maxwell Aitken, Lord (1st Baron), 1879-1964, English publisher, born in Canada. * * *
Beaverbrook (of Beaverbrook and of Cherkley), Maxwell Aitken, lst Baron
orig. William Maxwell Aitken known as Lord Beaverbrook born May 25, 1879, Maple, Ont., Can. died June 9, 1964, near Leatherhead, Surrey, Eng. Canadian-British politician and ...
Beaverbrook, Sir Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron, 1st Baronet
▪ British politician and journalist born May 25, 1879, Maple, Ontario, Canada died June 9, 1964, near Leatherhead, Surrey, England  financier in Canada, politician and ...
Beaverbrook,First Baron
Bea·ver·brook (bēʹvər-bro͝ok'), First Baron Originally William Maxwell Aitken. 1879-1964. Canadian-born British publisher, financier, and politician. He founded his press ...
Beavercreek
/bee"veuhr kreek'/, n. a town in SW Ohio. 31,589. * * *
beaverette
/bee'veuh ret"/, n. rabbit fur dyed to resemble beaver. [1705-15; BEAVER1 + -ETTE] * * *
BeaverheadMountains
Bea·ver·head Mountains (bēʹvər-hĕd') A section of the Bitterroot Range in the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide on the border between eastern Idaho and ...
BeaverRiver
Bea·ver River (bēʹvər) 1. A river rising in central Alberta, Canada, and flowing about 491 km (305 mi) eastward into Saskatchewan then north to the headwaters of the ...
Beavers, Louise
▪ American actress born March 8, 1902, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. died Oct. 26, 1962, Hollywood, Calif.  African American film and television actress known for her character ...
Beaverton
/bee"veuhr teuhn/, n. a town in NW Oregon. 30,582. * * * ▪ Oregon, United States       city, Washington county, northwestern Oregon, U.S., in the Tualatin Valley, ...
Beavis and Butt-head{™}
a pair of US television cartoon characters who are very stupid and always behave in an unpleasant way. * * *
Beawar
▪ India       city, Rajasthan (Rājasthān) state, northwestern India. A major rail and road junction, Beawar is an agricultural and woollen market centre. Industries ...
bebeerine
/beuh bear"een, -in, beb"ee euh reen'/, n. Pharm. an alkaloid resembling quinine, obtained from the bark of the greenheart and other plants. [1850-55; < G Bebeerin, equiv. to ...
bebeeru
/beuh bear"ooh, beb"ee euh rooh'/, n. greenheart (def. 1). [1850-55; < Sp bibirú < Carib] * * *
Bebel
/bay"beuhl/, n. Ferdinand August /ferr"dn and' aw"geuhst/; Ger. /ferdd"di nahnt' ow"goost/, 1840-1913, German socialist and writer. * * *
Bebel, August
born Feb. 22, 1840, Deutz, near Cologne, Ger. died Aug. 13, 1913, Passugg, Switz. German socialist and writer. A turner by trade, Bebel joined the Leipzig Workers' Educational ...
Bebey, Francis
born July 15, 1929, Douala, Camer. died May 28, 2001, Paris, France Cameroonian-born French writer and singer-songwriter. After studying in Paris and New York City, he settled ...
bebop
—bebopper, n. /bee"bop'/, n. Jazz. bop1. [1940-45, Amer.; prob. from the nonsense syllables typical of scat singing] * * * or bop Jazz characterized by harmonic complexity, ...
bebopper
See bebop. * * *
Bebryces
/be bruy"seez/, n.pl. the original inhabitants of Bithynia who lost their land to the Mariandyni. * * *
bec.
because. * * *
becalm
/bi kahm"/, v.t. 1. to deprive (a sailing vessel) of the wind necessary to move it; subject to a calm: The schooner was becalmed in the horse latitudes for two weeks. 2. Archaic. ...
became
/bi kaym"/, v. pt. of become. * * *
becard
/bek"euhrd, beuh kahrd"/, n. any of several passerine birds of the genus Pachyramphus, of the American tropics, having large heads and swollen bills, and variously classified ...
Becaud, Gilbert
▪ 2002 François Gilbert Silly        French singer-songwriter (b. Oct. 24, 1927, Toulon, France—d. Dec. 18, 2001, Paris, France), composed “chansons françaises,” ...
because
/bi kawz", -koz", -kuz"/, conj. 1. for the reason that; due to the fact that: The boy was absent because he was ill. 2. because of, by reason of; due to: Schools were closed ...
becauseof
because of prep. On account of; by reason of.   [Middle English bi cause of, by reason of : bi, by; see by1 + cause, reason; see cause + of, of; see of.] * * *
beccafico
beccafico [bek΄ə fē′kō] n. pl. beccaficos 〚It < beccare, to peck + fico, a fig〛 any of several small European songbirds, esp. certain warblers (genus Sylvia), eaten as ...
Beccafumi, Domenico
orig. Domenico di Giacomo di Pace known as Mecherino born с 1484, Cortina, Republic of Venice died May 1551, Siena, Republic of Siena Italian painter and sculptor active in ...
Beccaria, Cesare
born March 15, 1738, Milan died Nov. 28, 1794, Milan Italian criminologist and economist. He became an international celebrity in 1764 with the publication of Crime and ...
Beccles
▪ England, United Kingdom       town (parish), Waveney district, administrative and historic county of Suffolk, England, on the River Waveney. The land was given to ...
béchamel
/bay"sheuh mel'/; Fr. /bay shann mel"/, n. a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg. Also called bechamel sauce. [1790-1800; named after Louis, Marquis de ...
béchamelsauce
bé·cha·mel sauce (bā'shə-mĕlʹ) n. A white sauce of butter, flour, and milk or cream.   [French sauce béchamel, after Louis deBéchamel (1603-1703), chief steward of ...
bechance
/bi chans", -chahns"/, v.i., v.t. bechanced, bechancing. Archaic. to befall. [1520-30; from phrase by chance] * * *
Béchar
/bay shahr"/; Fr. /bay shannrdd"/, n. a city in W Algeria. 56,563. Formerly, Colomb-Béchar. * * * ▪ Algeria formerly  Colomb-Béchar    town, western Algeria. It lies in ...
becharm
/bi chahrm"/, v.t. to charm; bewitch; captivate. [1300-50; ME; see BE-, CHARM] * * *
bêche
/besh, baysh/, n. a grab for retrieving tools used in drilling a well. [1850-55; < F: spade] * * *
Beche, Sir Henry Thomas De La
▪ British geologist born 1796, London, Eng. died April 13, 1855, London       geologist who founded the Geological Survey of Great Britain, which made the first ...
bêche-de-mer
/besh'deuh mair", baysh'-/, n., pl. bêches-de-mer, (esp. collectively) bêche-de-mer for 1. 1. a trepang. 2. Often, Bêche-de-Mer. Neo-Melanesian. [1805-15; erroneously for F ...
Becher, Bernd
▪ 2008       German photographer born Aug. 20, 1931, Siegen, Ger. died June 22, 2007, Rostock, Ger. together with his wife, Hilla, depicted functional postindustrial ...
Becher, Johann Joachim
▪ German scientist born May 6, 1635, Speyer, Bishopric of Speyer died October 1682/85, England  chemist, physician, and adventurer whose theories of combustion influenced ...
Becher, Johannes Robert
▪ German writer and government official born May 22, 1891, Munich, Germany died October 11, 1958, Berlin       poet and critic, editor, and government official who was ...
Becher’s Brook
the most famous and one of the most difficult jumps on the Grand National course, where many horses fall. * * *
Bechet
/beuh shay"/, n. Sidney, 1897-1959, U.S. jazz soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. * * *
Bechet, Sidney
born May 14, 1897, New Orleans, La., U.S. died May 14, 1959, Paris, France U.S. saxophonist. He took up the clarinet at age six, later switching to the more powerful soprano ...
Bechtel, Friedrich
▪ German scholar born Feb. 2, 1855, Durlach, Baden [Germany] died March 9, 1924, Halle, Ger.       classical scholar who contributed substantially to Greek dialectology ...
Bechtel, Stephen D
▪ American industrialist born Sept. 24, 1900, Aurora, Ind., U.S. died March 14, 1989, San Francisco       American construction engineer and business executive, ...
Bechtel, Stephen D(avison)
born Sept. 24, 1900, Aurora, Ind., U.S. died March 14, 1989, San Francisco, Calif. U.S. construction engineer and president (1936–60) of W.A. Bechtel Co. and its successor, ...
Bechuana
/bech'ooh ah"neuh, bek'yooh-/, n., pl. Bechuanas, (esp. collectively) Bechuana. Tswana (def. 1). [1795-1805] * * *
Bechuanaland
/bech'ooh ah"neuh land', bek'yooh-/, n. former name of Botswana. * * *
beck
beck1 /bek/, n. 1. a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone. 2. at someone's beck and call, ready to do someone's bidding; subject to someone's slightest wish: He has ...
Beck
/bek/, n. Dave, born 1894, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952-57. * * * ▪ American singer-songwriter original name  Beck David ...
Beck, David
▪ 1994       ("DAVE") U.S. labour leader (b. June 16, 1894, Stockton, Calif.—d. Dec. 26, 1993, Seattle, Wash.), as president of the International Brotherhood of ...
Beck, Józef
▪ Polish military officer born Oct. 4, 1894, Warsaw died June 6, 1944, Stăneşti, Rom.       Polish army officer and foreign minister from 1932 to 1939, one of Józef ...
Beck, Ludwig
born June 29, 1880, Biebrich, Ger. died July 20, 1944, Berlin German general. After serving with the army general staff in World War I, he was later chief of the general staff ...
Beck, Martin
▪ American theatre manager, owner, and impresario born July 30, 1867, Liptószentmiklós, Hung. [now Liptovský Mikuláš, Slvk.] died Nov. 16, 1940, New York, N.Y., ...
Beck, Max Wladimir, Baron von
▪ premier of Austria born Sept. 6, 1854, Vienna, Austrian Empire died Jan. 20, 1943, Vienna       premier (1906–08) of Austria whose administration introduced ...
Becke, Friedrich Johann Karl
▪ Austrian mineralogist born , Dec. 31, 1855, Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire died June 18, 1931, Vienna, Austria       mineralogist who in 1903 presented to the ...
Beckenbauer, Franz
born Sept. 11, 1945, Munich, Ger. German football (soccer) player. He is credited with inventing the modern attacking sweeper position. Nicknamed "Der Kaiser," Beckenbauer is ...
Becker
/bek"euhr/, n. 1. Carl Lotus /loh"teuhs/, 1873-1945, U.S. historian. 2. George Ferdinand, 1847-1919, U.S. scientist and mathematician. 3. Howard Paul, 1899-1960, U.S. ...
Becker, Boris
▪ German athlete in full  Boris Franz Becker  born November 22, 1967, Leimen, near Heidelberg, West Germany [now Germany]    German tennis player who, on July 7, 1985, ...
Becker, Boris (Franz)
born Nov. 22, 1967, Leimen, W.Ger. German tennis player. He left school in the 10th grade to concentrate on tennis. In 1985 he became the youngest winner (at 17) of the ...
Becker, Carl
▪ American historian born Sept. 7, 1873, near Waterloo, Iowa, U.S. died April 10, 1945, Ithaca, N.Y.  American historian known for his work on early American intellectual ...
Becker, Gary S(tanley)
born Dec. 2, 1930, Pottsville, Pa., U.S. U.S. economist. He studied at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. As a professor at Columbia University and the ...
Becker, Gary S.
▪ American economist in full  Gary Stanley Becker  born December 2, 1930, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.       American economist, awarded the Nobel Prize for ...
Becker, George Ferdinand
▪ American geologist born , Jan. 5, 1847, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 20, 1919, Washington, D.C.       geologist who advanced the study of mining geology from ...
Becker, Howard S.
▪ American sociologist in full  Howard Saul Becker  born April 18, 1928, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       American sociologist known for his studies of occupations, ...
Becker, Wilhelm Adolf
▪ German archaeologist born , 1796, Dresden, Saxony [Germany] died Sept. 30, 1846, Meissen       German classical archaeologist, remembered for his works on the ...
becket
/bek"it/, n. Naut. 1. a short length of rope for securing spars, coils of rope, etc., having an eye at one end and a thick knot or a toggle at the other, which is passed through ...
Becket
/bek"it/, n. Saint Thomas à, 1118?-70, archbishop of Canterbury: murdered because of his opposition to Henry II's policies toward the church. * * *
becket bend
Naut. See sheet bend. [1895-1900] * * *
Becket, Frederick Mark
▪ American metallurgist born Jan. 11, 1875, Montreal, Que., Can. died Dec. 1, 1942, New York, N.Y., U.S.  metallurgist who developed a process of using silicon instead of ...
Becket, Saint Thomas
or Thomas à Becket born с 1118, Cheapside, London, Eng. died Dec. 29, 1170, Canterbury, Kent; canonized 1173; feast day December 29 Archbishop of Canterbury (1162–70). The ...
Becket, Saint Thomas à
Beck·et (bĕkʹĭt), Saint Thomas à. 1118?-1170. English Roman Catholic martyr. Chancellor to Henry II after 1154, he was appointed archbishop of Canterbury (1162) and fell ...
Beckett
/bek"it/, n. Samuel, born 1906, Irish playwright and novelist, living in France: Nobel prize for literature 1969. * * *
Beckett, Margaret
▪ 2007  On May 5, 2006, Margaret Beckett became the first woman to hold the post of U.K. foreign secretary and thereby defied repeated predictions over the years that Prime ...
Beckett, Samuel
▪ Irish author Introduction in full  Samuel Barclay Beckett  born April 13?, 1906, Foxrock, County Dublin, Ire. died Dec. 22, 1989, Paris, France  author, critic, and ...
Beckett, Samuel (Barclay)
born April 13?, 1906, Foxrock, Co. Dublin, Ire. died Dec. 22, 1989, Paris, France Irish playwright. After studying in Ireland and traveling, he settled in Paris in 1937. During ...
Beckett, Sister Wendy
▪ 2000       A habit-wearing Consecrated Virgin with a speech impediment seemed an unlikely television star, but, in a story that could have been written for the small ...
Beckett,Samuel
Beck·ett (bĕkʹĭt), Samuel. 1906-1989. Irish-born writer whose novels include Murphy (1938) and Malone Dies (1951). Beckett is known to a wider audience for his absurdist ...
Beckford
/bek"feuhrd/, n. William, 1759-1844, English writer. * * *
Beckford, William
born Sept. 29, 1760, London, Eng. died May 2, 1844, Bath, Somerset English dilettante, novelist, and eccentric. He is remembered for his gothic novel Vathek (1786), about an ...
Beckham
(1975– ) an English footballer who played for Manchester United (1992–2003) and has been captain of the England team since 2001. In 2003 he left Manchester United to play for ...
Beckham, David
▪ British athlete in full  David Robert Joseph Beckham  born May 2, 1975, Leytonstone, East London, Eng.    English football (football () (soccer) player, who gained ...
Beckham, David and Victoria
▪ 2002       Even for a country as obsessed with celebrity status as Great Britain, the phenomenon of David and Victoria Beckham grew in 2001 into something ...
Beckley
/bek"lee/, n. a city in SW West Virginia. 20,492. * * * ▪ West Virginia, United States       city, seat (1850) of Raleigh county, southern West Virginia, U.S., ...
Beckmann
/bek"mahn/, n. Max /mahks/, 1884-1950, German painter. * * *
Beckmann, Max
born Feb. 12, 1884, Leipzig, Ger. died Dec. 27, 1950, New York, N.Y., U.S. German Expressionist painter and graphic artist. After training at the conservative Weimar Academy, ...
Beckmann,Max
Beck·mann (bĕkʹmän), Max. 1884-1950. German artist whose early expressionistic manner yielded to his lasting style, the painting of brutal, often grotesque figurative ...
Becknell
/bek"nl/, n. William, c1790-1865, U.S. frontier trader: opened Santa Fe Trail 1822. * * *
Becknell, William
born 1796?, Amherst county, Va., U.S. died April 30, 1865, Texas U.S. trader. After settling in Missouri, he became involved in trade with the Southwest. When the Spanish ...
beckon
—beckoner, n. —beckoningly, adv. /bek"euhn/, v.t., v.i. 1. to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand. 2. to lure; entice. n. 3. a nod, gesture, etc., that ...
beckoner
See beckon. * * *
beckoningly
See beckoner. * * *
Beckwith, Byron De La
▪ 2002       American white supremacist (b. Nov. 9, 1920, Colusa, Calif.—d. Jan. 21, 2001, Jackson, Miss.), was the convicted murderer of civil rights leader Medgar ...
Beckwourth, Jim
orig. James Pierson Beckwith born April 26, 1798, Virginia, U.S. died 1867?, Denver, Colo. U.S. mountain man. Born a slave, the son of a white man and a slave woman, he was ...
Becky
/bek"ee/, n. a female given name, form of Rebecca. * * *
beclasp
/bi klasp", -klahsp"/, v.t. to clasp all around or on all sides. [1600-10; BE- + CLASP] * * *
beclomethasone
/bek'loh meth"euh sohn', -zohn'/, n. Pharm. a potent synthetic corticosteroid, C28H37ClO7, prepared as an inhalant in the treatment of bronchial asthma. [1970-75; perh. be(ta-) + ...
becloud
/bi klowd"/, v.t. 1. to darken or obscure with clouds. 2. to make confused: Angry words beclouded the issue. [1590-1600; BE- + CLOUD] Syn. 2. confuse, obscure, befog, obfuscate, ...
become
/bi kum"/, v., became, become, becoming. v.i. 1. to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired. 2. to come into being. v.t. 3. to be attractive on; befit in ...
becoming
—becomingly, adv. —becomingness, n. /bi kum"ing/, adj. 1. that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a ...
becomingly
See becoming. * * *
becomingness
See becomingly. * * *
Becque, Henry-François
▪ French dramatist born April 18, 1837, Neuilly, Fr. died May 12, 1899, Paris  dramatist and critic whose loosely structured plays, based on character and motivation rather ...
Bécquer
/be"kerdd/, n. Gustavo Adolfo /goohs tah"vaw ah dhawl"faw/, 1836-70, Spanish poet. * * *
Bécquer, Gustavo Adolfo
▪ Spanish author original name  Gustavo Adolfo Domínguez Bastida   born February 17, 1836, Sevilla, Spain died December 22, 1870, Madrid       poet and author of the ...
Becquerel
/bek'euh rel"/; Fr. /bekeu rddel"/, n. 1. Alexandre Edmond /ann lek sahonn"drddeu ed mawonn"/, 1820-91, French physicist (son of Antoine César). 2. Antoine César /ahonn twannn" ...
Becquerel effect
Physics. the electromotive force produced by the unequal illumination of two identical electrodes placed in an electrolyte. [named after A. H. BECQUEREL] * * *
Becquerel rays
(formerly) rays emitted by radioactive substances. [named after A. H. BECQUEREL] * * *
Becquerel, (Antoine-) Henri
born Dec. 15, 1852, Paris, France died Aug. 25, 1908, Le Croisic French physicist. His grandfather, Antoine-César (1788–1878), was one of the founders of the field of ...
Becquerel, Henri
▪ French physicist Introduction in full  Antoine-Henri Becquerel   born December 15, 1852, Paris, France died August 25, 1908, Le Croisic  French physicist (physical ...
Becquerel,Antoine Henri
See Becquerel. * * *
becripple
/bi krip"euhl/, v.t., becrippled, becrippling. to make or cause to become crippled. [BE- + CRIPPLE] * * *
bed
—bedless, adj. —bedlike, adj. /bed/, n., v., bedded, bedding. n. 1. a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps, rests, or stays when not well. 2. the ...
bed and board
1. living quarters and meals: In this school students must pay by the week for bed and board. 2. one's home regarded as exemplifying the obligations of marriage: He said he would ...
bed and breakfast
1. n [U] a bed for the night and breakfast the next morning in a hotel, pub or private house, paid for as a single service by the guest: It’s £50 for bed and breakfast or ...
bed board
a thin, rigid board placed between a mattress and bedspring to give firm support. Also, bedboard. [1675-85] * * *
bed bolt
a bolt on a bed for attaching a side rail to the head or foot. [1760-70] * * *
bed chair
an adjustable frame for assisting invalids to sit up in bed. Also called chair bed. * * *
bed check
an inspection conducted soon after bedtime or during the night, as in a barracks or dormitory, to determine the presence or absence of persons required by regulation to be in ...
bed jacket
a short jacket worn, usually by a woman, over a nightgown or pajamas, esp. while sitting up in bed. [1910-15] * * *
bed linen
sheets and pillowcases. [1805-15] * * *
bed liner
☆ bed liner n. a stiff, durable plastic lining used to protect the bed and side walls of the cargo space of some pickup trucks * * *
bed load
Geol. the sand, gravel, boulders, or other debris transported by rolling or sliding along the bottom of a stream. * * *
bed molding
1. Archit. the molding or group of moldings immediately beneath the corona of a cornice. 2. any molding under a projection. [1695-1705] * * *
bed of nails
a situation of extreme hardship or suffering: Taking care of her sick brother all these years has been a bed of nails for her. [1965-70] * * *
bed of roses
a situation of luxurious ease; a highly agreeable position: Caring for a houseful of active kids is no bed of roses. [1800-10] * * *
bed place
a space housing a bed or bedding, esp. one having the form of a cupboard closed with doors or curtains. [1560-70] * * *
bed rest
1. a prolonged rest in bed, as in the treatment of an illness. 2. a device used to support a person sitting up in bed. [1870-75] * * *
bed stone
the fixed lower member of a pair of millstones. Cf. runner (def. 12). [1715-25] * * *
bed table
1. an adjustable table or a tray with legs, designed to extend over or rest upon a bed. 2. See night table. [1805-15] * * *
bed tray
a meal tray with legs or supports at each end to fit across the lap of a person who is sitting up in bed. * * *
bed-and-breakfast
/bed"n brek"feuhst/, n. 1. an accommodation offered by an inn, hotel, or esp. a private home, consisting of a room for the night and breakfast the next morning for one inclusive ...
bed-and-breakfast accommodation
➡ homelessness * * *
bed-sit
/bed"sit'/, n. Brit. Slang. bed-sitter. * * *
bed-sitter
/bed"sit'euhr/, n. a combination bedroom and sitting room. Also called bed-sitting room /bed"sit"ing/. [1925-30; bed-sitt(ing room) + -ER7] * * *
bed-sitting room
bed-sitting room [bed′sit′iŋ] Brit. a combined bedroom and sitting room serving as a one-room apartment: also bed-sit or bed-sitter n. * * *
bed-wetting
bed-wetting [bed′wet΄iŋ] n. involuntary urination in bed while asleep, especially as a habitual problem bed-wetter n. * * * bed-wet·ting (bĕdʹwĕt'ĭng) n. Enuresis, ...
Beda
Be·da (bēʹdə) See Bede. * * *
bedabble
/bi dab"euhl/, v.t., bedabbled, bedabbling. to spatter or soil all over: clothes bedabbled with paint. [1580-90; BE- + DABBLE] * * *
Bedales
Britain’s oldest boarding school (= a school where the pupils live) for boys and girls, in Hampshire, England. It began as a school for boys in 1893 and started to take girls ...
Bédard, Myriam
▪ Canadian athlete born December 22, 1969, Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada       Canadian biathlete who was the first North American to medal in the Olympic biathlon, ...
bedash
/bi dash"/, v.t. 1. to dash or spatter (something) all over: to bedash a salad with pepper. 2. to dash or strike against: windows bedashed with rain. 3. to demolish or ruin; ...
bedaub
/bi dawb"/, v.t. 1. to smear all over; besmear; soil. 2. to ornament gaudily or excessively. [1545-55; BE- + DAUB] * * *
Bedaux system
/beuh doh"/ a system of payment for work on the basis of the number of points of work done in a given amount of time, each point representing one minute of work on a given job at ...
Bedaux, Charles Eugene
▪ American efficiency engineer born Oct. 26, 1887, Charonton, near Paris, France died Feb. 18, 1944, Miami, Fla., U.S.       French-born American efficiency engineer ...
bedazzle
—bedazzlement, n. —bedazzlingly, adv. /bi daz"euhl/, v.t., bedazzled, bedazzling. 1. to impress forcefully, esp. so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings: Audiences ...
bedazzlement
See bedazzle. * * *
bedbug
/bed"bug'/, n. 1. a flat, wingless, bloodsucking hemipterous insect, Cimex lectularius, that infests houses and esp. beds. 2. any of several other bloodsucking bugs of the family ...
bedchamber
/bed"chaym'beuhr/, n. bedroom. [1325-75; ME bedchaumbre. See BED, CHAMBER] * * *
bedcheck
bed check n. An inspection held at night in order to ensure that certain people, such as students or military personnel, are in bed as required by rules and regulations. * * *
bedclothes
/bed"klohz', -klohdhz'/, n.pl. coverings for a bed, as sheets and blankets; bedding. [1350-1400; ME; see BED, CLOTHES] * * *
bedclothing
/bed"kloh'dhing/, n. bedclothes; bedding. [1850-55, Amer.; BED + CLOTHING] * * *
bedcover
/bed"kuv'euhr/, n. a bedspread. [1820-30; BED + COVER] * * *
beddable
/bed"euh beuhl/, adj. willing or easily persuaded to have sexual relations; seduceable: The director is known for hiring actresses he thinks are beddable. [1940-45; BED + ...
Bedde
▪ emirate, Nigeria       traditional emirate, Yobe state, northern Nigeria. Although Bade (Bedde, Bede) peoples settled in the vicinity of Tagali village near Gashua as ...
bedded
/bed"id/, adj. Geol. of or pertaining to rocks that exhibit bedding. [1820-30; BED + -ED3] * * *
bedder
/bed"euhr/, n. 1. bedmaker (def. 1). 2. Also called bedding plant. Hort. an ornamental plant that is suitable for planting with other plants in a bed to achieve a desired visual ...
bedding
/bed"ing/, n. 1. blankets, sheets, etc., used on a bed; bedclothes. 2. bedclothes together with a matress. 3. litter; straw, etc., as a bed for animals. 4. Building Trades. a. a ...
bedding plane
Geol. the surface that separates one stratum, layer, or bed of stratified rock from another. [1895-1900] * * *
bedding plant
Hort. bedder. * * * Plant that is grown, usually in quantity, in pots or flats in a greenhouse or similar structure, and that is intended to be transplanted to a flower garden, ...
beddingplant
bedding plant n. A plant that has already been grown to blooming or near-blooming size before being planted out in a usually formal area for seasonal display of colorful flowers ...
Beddoes
/bed"ohz/, n. Thomas Lovell /luv"euhl/, 1803-49, English dramatist and poet. * * *
Beddoes, Thomas Lovell
▪ English poet born June 30, 1803, Clifton, Somerset, Eng. died Jan. 26, 1849, Basel, Switz.  poet best known for his haunting dramatic poem Death's Jest-Book; or, The Fool's ...
beddy-bye
/bed"ee buy'/, n. Baby Talk. the act of or time for going to bed or sleeping: One more game and then it's beddy-bye. [1905-10; BED + -Y2 + (BYE)-BYE] * * *
Bede
/beed/, n. Saint ("the Venerable Bede"), A.D. 673?-735, English monk, historian, and theologian: wrote earliest history of England. Also, Baeda. * * *
Bede the Venerable, Saint
▪ Anglo-Saxon historian Bede also spelled  Baeda  or  Beda  born 672/673, traditionally Monkton in Jarrow, Northumbria died May 25, 735, Jarrow; canonized 1899; feast day ...
Bede, Saint
known as the Venerable Bede born 672/673, traditionally Monkton in Jarrow, Northumbria [Eng.] died May 25, 735, Jarrow; feast day May 25 Anglo-Saxon theologian, historian, and ...
bedeck
/bi dek"/, v.t. to deck out; adorn, esp. in a showy or gaudy manner. [1560-70; BE- + DECK] Syn. array, decorate, ornament; beautify, enhance. * * *
bedeguar
/bed"i gahr'/, n. a gall on roses, esp. the sweetbrier, produced by a gall wasp. Also, bedegar. [1570-80; < MF < Ar < Pers bad-awar(d) windfall, lit., wind-brought] * * *
bedehouse
/beed"hows'/, n., pl. bedehouses /-how'ziz/. beadhouse. * * *
bedesman
bedesman [bēdz′mən] n. pl. bedesmen [bēdz′mən] BEADSMAN * * *
bedeswoman
bedeswoman [bēdz′woom΄ən] n. pl. bedeswomen [bēdz′wim΄ən] BEADSWOMAN * * *
bedevil
—bedevilment, n. /bi dev"euhl/, v.t., bedeviled, bedeviling or (esp. Brit.) bedevilled, bedevilling. 1. to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, ...
bedevilment
See bedevil. * * *
bedew
/bi dooh", -dyooh"/, v.t. to wet with or as if with dew. [1300-50; ME bydewen. See BE-, DEW] * * *
bedfast
/bed"fast', -fahst'/, adj. Chiefly Midland and Western U.S. confined to bed, as by illness or age; bedridden. [1630-40; BED + FAST1] * * *
bedfellow
/bed"fel'oh/, n. 1. Also called bedmate. a person who shares one's bed. 2. an associate or collaborator, esp. one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency: ...
Bedford
/bed"feuhrd/, n. 1. John of Lancaster, Duke of, 1389-1435, English regent of France. 2. a city in N Texas. 20,821. 3. a city in NE Ohio, near Cleveland. 15,056. 4. a city in S ...
Bedford cord
cotton, worsted, rayon, or silk, distinctively woven for a lengthwise, corded effect. [1860-65] * * *
Bedford Heights
a town in N Ohio. 13,214. * * *
Bedford, Francis Russell, 2nd earl of
▪ British noble born c. 1527 died July 18, 1585, London       Protestant supporter of Queen Elizabeth I of England.       Only son of the 1st earl, he took his ...
Bedford, Francis Russell, 4th earl of
▪ British noble born 1593 died May 9, 1641, London       only son of William, Lord Russell of Thornhaugh, who became earl of Bedford by the death of his cousin Edward, ...
Bedford, Francis Russell, 5th duke of
▪ British politician born July 23, 1765 died March 2, 1802, Woburn, Bedford, Eng.       eldest son of Francis Russell (d. 1767), marquess of Tavistock, the eldest son ...
Bedford, Jasper Tudor, duke of, Earl Of Pembroke
▪ Welsh noble byname  Jasper Of Hatfield  born c. 1430 died December 21/26, 1495       leader of the Lancastrians in Wales, uncle and guardian of Henry, earl of ...
Bedford, John Plantagenet, duke of
▪ English statesman born June 20, 1389 died Sept. 14, 1435, Rouen, Fr.  general and statesman who commanded England's army during a critical period in the Hundred Years' War ...
Bedford, John Robert Russell, 13th duke of
▪ British noble born May 24, 1917 died October 25, 2002, Sante Fe, New Mexico, U.S.       elder son of the 12th duke (Hastings William Sackville Russell), succeeding to ...
Bedford, John Russell, 1st earl of
▪ British noble born c. 1485 died March 14, 1555, London       founder of the wealth and greatness of the house of Russell, who was a favourite of England's Henry VIII ...
Bedford, John Russell, 4th duke of
▪ British noble born Sept. 30, 1710 died Jan. 15, 1771, Woburn, Bedfordshire, Eng.       leader of the “Bedford Whigs,” a major parliamentary force in the third ...
Bedford, William Russell, 1st duke and 5th earl of
▪ British noble born 1613 died Sept. 7, 1700       eldest son of the 4th earl, who fought first on the side of Parliament and then on that of Charles I during the Civil ...
Bedford,Duke of
Bedford,Duke of. See John of Lancaster. * * *
Bedfordcord
Bedford cord n. A heavy fabric with a lengthwise ribbed weave that resembles corduroy.   [After Bedford, England.] * * *
Bedfordshire
/bed"feuhrd shear', -sheuhr/, n. a county in central England. 489,500; 477 sq. mi. (1235 sq. km). Also called Bedford, Beds. * * * Administrative (pop., 2001: 381,571), ...
bedframe
/bed"fraym'/, n. the frame of a bed, including the bedrails, headboard, and footboard. [1805-15; BED + FRAME] * * *
Bédier, Joseph
▪ French scholar born Jan. 28, 1864, Paris died Aug. 29, 1938, Le Grand- Serre, Fr.       scholar whose work on the Tristan and Isolde and the Roland epics made ...
bedight
/bi duyt"/, v.t., bedight, bedight or bedighted, bedighting. Archaic. to deck out; array. [1350-1400; ME; see BE-, DIGHT] * * *
bedim
/bi dim"/, v.t., bedimmed, bedimming. to make dim; darken; obscure. [1560-70; BE- + DIM] Syn. becloud, overcast, shroud; muddle. Ant. illumine, brighten. * * *
Bedivere
/bed"euh vear'/, n. Sir, Arthurian Legend. the knight who brought the dying King Arthur to the barge in which the three queens bore him to the Isle of Avalon. * * *
bedizen
—bedizenment, n. /bi duy"zeuhn, -diz"euhn/, v.t. to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner. [1655-65; BE- + DIZEN] * * *
bedizenment
See bedizen. * * *
bedlam
/bed"leuhm/, n. 1. a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion. 2. Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse. [a popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London, ...
bedlamer
/bed"leuh meuhr/, n. Newfoundland. a harp seal, beyond the beater stage but not yet mature. [1760-70; orig. uncert.; alleged to be a folk-etymological alter. of F bête de la mer ...
bedlamite
/bed"leuh muyt'/, n. an insane person; lunatic. [1615-25; BEDLAM + -ITE1] * * *
bedlamp
/bed"lamp'/, n. a lamp at the side or head of a bed. [BED + LAMP] * * *
bedlight
/bed"luyt'/, n. a bedlamp. [BED + LIGHT1] * * *
Bedlington
/bed"ling teuhn/, n. 1. Also called Bedlingtonshire /bed"ling teuhn shear', -sheuhr/. an urban area in E Northumberland, in N England. 28,167. 2. See Bedlington terrier. * * ...
Bedlington terrier
one of an English breed of terriers having a topknot and a thick, fleecy, usually bluish coat, groomed to resemble a lamb. [1865-70; named after BEDLINGTON] * * * Breed of ...
Bedlingtonterrier
Bed·ling·ton terrier (bĕdʹlĭng-tən) n. A terrier of a breed developed in England, having a woolly grayish or brownish coat.   [After Bedlington, a town of northeast ...
Bedloe's Island
/bed"lohz/ former name of Liberty Island. Also, Bedloe Island. * * *
Bedloe'sIsland
Bed·loe's Island (bĕdʹlōz) See Liberty Island. * * *
bedmaker
—bedmaking, n. /bed"may'keuhr/, n. 1. a person who makes up beds. 2. a person who constructs beds, as a carpenter. [1425-75; late ME; see BED, MAKER] * * *
Bedmar, Alonso de la Cueva, marqués de
▪ Spanish diplomat born 1572, Granada, Spain died 1655, Oviedo       Spanish diplomat who was allegedly responsible for the “conspiracy of Venice” in ...
bedmate
/bed"mayt'/, n. 1. bedfellow (def. 1). 2. one's husband, wife, or lover. [1575-85; BED + MATE1] * * *
bedmolding
bed molding n. 1. The molding between the corona and frieze of an entablature. 2. A molding below a projecting part. * * *
Bednorz, J(ohannes)Georg
Bed·norz (bĕdʹnôrts), J(ohannes) Georg. Born 1950. German physicist. He shared a 1987 Nobel Prize for pioneering research in superconductivity. * * *
Bednorz, J. Georg
▪ German physicist in full  Johannes Georg Bednorz   born May 16, 1950, West Germany       German physicist who, along with Karl Alex Müller (Müller, Karl Alex) ...
Bedny, Demyan
▪ Soviet poet byname of  Yefim Alekseyevich Pridvorov   born April 13 [April 1, Old Style], 1883, Gubovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire died May 25, 1945, Barvikha, near ...
bedof roses
bed of roses n. A state of great comfort or luxury. * * *


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