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—Bedouinism, n. /bed"ooh in, bed"win/, n., pl. Bedouins, (esp. collectively) Bedouin, adj. n. 1. an Arab of the desert, in Asia or Africa; nomadic Arab. 2. a nomad; ...
/bed"pad'/, n. a pad or other protective covering used between the mattress and the bottom sheet of a bed. [BED + PAD1] * * *
/bed"pan'/, n. 1. a shallow toilet pan for use by persons confined to bed. 2. bedwarmer. [1575-85; BED + PAN1] * * *
/bed"playt'/, n. a plate, platform, or frame supporting the lighter parts of a machine. Also called baseplate. [1840-50; BED + PLATE1] * * *
/bed"pohst'/, n. 1. one of the upright supports of a bedstead. 2. bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing. [1590-1600; BED + POST1] * * *
/bed"kwilt'/, n. a quilted coverlet. [1755-65; BED + QUILT] * * *
/bi drab"euhl/, v.t., bedrabbled, bedrabbling. to drench or muddy. [1400-50; late ME; see BE-, DRABBLE] * * *
/bi drag"euhl/, v.t., bedraggled, bedraggling. to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt. [1720-30; BE- + DRAGGLE] * * *
be·drag·gled (bĭ-drăgʹəld) adj. 1. a. Wet; limp. b. Soiled by or as if by having been dragged through mud. 2. Being in a condition of deterioration; dilapidated: a street ...
/bed"rayl'/, n. a board at the side of a bed connecting the footboard and headboard. [BED + RAIL1] * * *
▪ Ottoman theologian byname of  Badr Ad-dīn Ibn Qāḍī Samāwnā   born Dec. 3, 1358, Samāwnā, Ottoman Empire [Turkey] died December 1416/20, Sérrai ...
/bed"rid'/, adj. 1. bedridden. 2. worn-out; exhausted; decrepit. [bef. 1000; ME bedrede, OE bedreda, bedrida, equiv. to bed BED + -rida rider, akin to RIDE] * * *
/bed"rid'n/, adj. confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc. [1300-50; ME, var. (by confusion with ptp. of RIDE) of BEDRID] * * *
/bed"rok'/, n. 1. Geol. unbroken solid rock, overlaid in most places by soil or rock fragments. 2. bottom layer; lowest stratum. 3. any firm foundation or basis: Technical ...
/bed"rohl'/, n. bedding rolled for portability and used esp. for sleeping out-of-doors. [1645-55; BED + ROLL] * * *
/bed"roohm', -room'/, n. 1. a room furnished and used for sleeping. adj. 2. concerned mainly with love affairs or sex: The movie is a typical bedroom comedy. 3. sexually ...
bedroom communities
➡ commuting * * *
bedroom slipper
a slipper for use within the house, often heelless and backless and with a flexible sole, of leather or any of various fabrics. * * *
bedroom suburb.
See dormitory suburb. * * *
/bedz/, n. Bedfordshire. * * *
/bed"sheet'/, n. sheet1 (def. 1). [BED + SHEET1] * * *
bedsheet ballot
bedsheet ballot n. a very long, involved paper ballot * * *
/bed"suyd'/, n. 1. the side of a bed, esp. as the place of one attending the sick. adj. 2. at or for a bedside: a bedside table. [1325-75; ME; orig. BED + 'S1 + SIDE1] * * *
bedside manner
the attitude, approach, and deportment of a doctor with patients: He has a reassuring bedside manner. [1865-70] * * *
bedside manner n. The attitude and conduct of a physician in the presence of a patient. * * *
(also bedsitter) n (in Britain) a flat consisting of one room, used for living and sleeping in. Bedsits are usually rooms in large old houses that have been divided into flats, ...
➡ bedsit * * *
➡ bedsit * * *
➡ bedsit * * *
bed·so·ni·a (bĕd-sōʹnē-ə) n. pl. bed·so·ni·ae (-nē-ī') Any of a group of microorganisms of the genus Chlamydia that are obligate intracellular parasites and include ...
/bed"sawr', -sohr'/, n. Pathol. an ulceration of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by poor circulation due to prolonged pressure on body parts, esp. bony protuberances, ...
/bed"spred'/, n. an outer covering, usually decorative, for a bed. [1835-45, Amer.; BED + SPREAD] * * * ▪ soft furnishing  top cover of a bed, put on for tidiness or display ...
/bed"spring'/, n. a set of springs for the support of a mattress. [1910-15; BED + SPRING] * * *
/bed"stand'/, n. See night table. [BED + STAND] * * *
/bed"sted', -stid/, n. the framework of a bed supporting the springs and a mattress. [1400-50; late ME bedstede. See BED, STEAD] * * *
/bed"straw'/, n. a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses. [1350-1400; late ME; see BED, STRAW] * * * Any low ...
/bed"tik'/, n. tick3. [1560-70; BED + TICK3] * * *
/bed"tuym'/, n. 1. the time at which a person usually goes to bed: It's past my bedtime. 2. the time at which a person goes to bed on a particular night: I have to get up early ...
bedtime story
a story told to a child at bedtime. [1885-90] * * *
bedtime story n. A story that is read or told to a child just before bedtime. * * *
/bed"ooh in, bed"win/, n., pl. Beduins, (esp. collectively) Beduin, adj. Bedouin. [1895-1900] * * *
/bed"wawr'meuhr/, n. a long-handled, covered pan containing hot coals, used for warming beds. Also called bedpan. [1920-25; BED + WARMER] * * *
/bed"wet'euhr/, n. a person, usually a child, who urinates while sleeping, esp. habitually. Also, bed-wetter. [1935-40; BED + WET (v.) + -ER1] * * *
/bed"wet'ing/, n. urinating in bed, esp. habitually and involuntarily; enuresis. Also, bed-wetting. [1885-90; BED + WET (v.) + -ING1] * * *
▪ England, United Kingdom       town, Nuneaton and Bedworth borough, administrative and historic county of Warwickshire, central England. Coal mining, from two local ...
Bę·dzin (bĕnʹjēn') A town of southern Poland northeast of Katowice. It was part of Russia from 1815 to 1919. Population: 77,100. * * * ▪ Poland       city, ...
Bę·dzin (bĕnʹjēn') A town of southern Poland northeast of Katowice. It was part of Russia from 1815 to 1919. Population: 77,100. * * * ▪ Poland       city, ...
bee1 —beelike, adj. /bee/, n. 1. any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, ...
bee balm
1. Also called Oswego tea. a wildflower, Monarda didyma, of the mint family, having thin, lance-shaped leaves and white, salmon, or intensely red flowers, growing along streams ...
bee beetle
a European beetle, Trichodes apiarius, which sometimes infests beehives. * * *
bee bird
any of several birds, as the bee-eaters, that feed on bees. [1780-90] * * *
bee block
Naut. bee2 (def. 1). [1855-60] * * *
bee eater
bee eater n. any of a family (Meropidae) of small, brightly colored, tropical Old World coraciiform birds that feed on bees and other insects * * *
bee fly
any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees. [1850-55, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  any insect of the family Bombyliidae (order ...
Bee Gees
a British pop group consisting of three brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Their most successful records have included Massachusetts (1967), I’ve Gotta Get a Message to ...
Bee Gees, the
▪ British-Australian pop-rock group       English-Australian pop-rock band that embodied the disco era of the late 1970s. In becoming one of the best-selling recording ...
bee glue
propolis. [1590-1600] * * *
bee gum
Southern and South Midland U.S. 1. a gum tree, hollowed esp. by decay, in which bees live or from which hives are made. 2. a beehive. [1810-20, Amer.] * * *
bee killer.
See robber fly. * * *
bee martin
kingbird. [1795-1805, Amer.] * * *
bee moth
a brownish pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives. Also called wax moth. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
bee plant
any of various plants frequented by bees as a source of nectar, esp. Cleome serrulata or C. lutea, of western North America. * * *
bee tree
a hollow tree used by wild bees as a hive, esp. the basswood or American linden. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
/bee"ee'teuhr/, n. any of several colorful birds of the family Meropidae, of the Old World tropics, that feed on bees and other insects. [1660-70] * * * Any of about 25 species ...
adj. having a red and swollen appearance: 1920s flappers with bee-stung lips. [1930-35] * * *
(BrE) an informal name for the BBC. * * *
bee balm n. An aromatic eastern North American herb (Monarda didyma) in the mint family, having variously colored, tubular bilabiate flowers grouped in dense showy heads. Also ...
/bee"bee/, n. (Charles) William, 1877-1962, U.S. naturalist, explorer, and writer. * * *
Beebe, (Charles)William
Bee·be (bēʹbē), (Charles) William. 1877-1962. American naturalist, explorer, and author whose numerous expeditions include a record oceanic descent in a bathysphere he ...
Beebe, William
▪ American biologist and explorer in full  Charles William Beebe  born July 29, 1877, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died June 4, 1962, Simla Research Station, near Arima, ...
bee block n. Nautical A piece of hardwood on either side of a bowsprit through which forestays are reeved. * * *
/bee"bred'/, n. a mixture of pollen and honey stored by bees and fed to their young. [bef. 900; ME be bred, OE. See BEE1, BREAD] * * *
—beechen, adj. —beechy, adj. /beech/, n. 1. any tree of the genus Fagus, of temperate regions, having a smooth gray bark and bearing small, edible, triangular nuts. 2. Also ...
beech fern
either of two ferns, Thelypteris hexagonoptera, of eastern North America, or T. phegopteris, common in rich, moist woodlands of northern temperate regions. * * *
Beech Grove
a city in central Indiana. 13,196. * * *
beech marten.
See stone marten. [1835-45] * * *
beech mast
the edible nuts of the beech, esp. when lying on the ground. [1570-80] * * *
/bee"cheuhm/, n. Sir Thomas, 1879-1961, English conductor and impresario. * * *
Beecham, Sir Thomas
born April 29, 1879, St. Helens, Lancashire, Eng. died March 8, 1961, London British conductor. He was born to an aristocratic family and was self-taught as a conductor. ...
Beecham, Sir Thomas, 2nd Baronet
▪ British conductor born April 29, 1879, St. Helens, Lancashire, Eng. died March 8, 1961, London  conductor and impresario who founded and led several major orchestras and ...
Beecham,Sir Thomas
Bee·cham (bēʹchəm), Sir Thomas. 1879-1961. British conductor who founded the London Philharmonic (1932) and the Royal Philharmonic (1947) orchestras and helped popularize ...
Beecham’s pills{™}
n [pl] a popular British medicine for minor illnesses like colds, headaches, etc. They were first produced in 1847 by the grandfather of Sir Thomas Beecham. The medicine is also ...
Beecham’s powders
➡ Beecham’s pills * * *
/beech"drops'/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a low plant, Epifagus virginiana, of the broomrape family, without green foliage, parasitic upon the roots of the ...
/bee"cheuhr/, n. 1. Catharine Esther, 1800-78, U.S. educator: advocated educational rights for women. 2. Edward, 1803-95, U.S. clergyman, educator, and abolitionist. 3. Henry ...
Beecher, Catharine (Esther)
born Sept. 6, 1800, East Hampton, N.Y., U.S. died May 12, 1878, Elmira, N.Y. U.S. educator who popularized and shaped a conservative movement to both elevate and entrench ...
Beecher, Catharine Esther
▪ American educator and author born Sept. 6, 1800, East Hampton, N.Y., U.S. died May 12, 1878, Elmira, N.Y.       American educator and author who popularized and ...
Beecher, Henry Ward
born June 24, 1813, Litchfield, Conn., U.S. died March 8, 1887, Brooklyn, N.Y. U.S. Congregational clergyman. The son of a minister, he was the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe ...
Beecher, Lyman
▪ American minister born Oct. 12, 1775, New Haven, Conn. died Jan. 10, 1863, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.       U.S. Presbyterian clergyman in the revivalist ...
Bee·cher (bēʹchər), Lyman. 1775-1863. American cleric. A fiery preacher, moderate Calvinist theologian, and resolute abolitionist, he was the father of Catharine Esther ...
beech fern n. Either of two woodland ferns with deeply cut triangular blades, Thelypteris hexagonoptera of eastern North America and T. phegopteris of North America and ...
beechmast [bēch′mast΄] n. beechnuts, esp. lying on the ground * * * beech mast n. The nuts of the beech tree; beechnuts. * * *
/beech"nut'/, n. the small, triangular, edible nut of the beech. [1730-40; BEECH + NUT] * * *
/beech"wood'/, n. beech (def. 2). [1675-85; BEECH + WOOD1] * * *
▪ Victoria, Australia       town, northeastern Victoria, Australia, at the foot of the Victorian Alps. The original settlement (c. 1839), called Mayday Hills, was ...
Beecroft, John
▪ British explorer and diplomat born 1790, near Whitby, Yorkshire, Eng. died June 10, 1854, Clarence, West Coast of Africa       adventurer, trader, explorer, and as ...
/bee"dee/, n., pl. beedis. bidi. * * *
—beefless, adj. /beef/, n., pl. beeves /beevz/ for 2; beefs for 4, v. n. 1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat. 2. an adult cow, steer, or bull ...
beef bouillon
a broth made either by straining water in which bits of lean beef have been cooked or by dissolving beef extract in hot water. Also called, esp. Brit., beef tea. * * *
beef bourguignon
beef bourguignon [boor gē nyōn′] n. BOEUF BOURGUIGNON * * *
beef cattle
cattle, as Hereford, raised for its edible meat. [1750-60, Amer.] * * *
beef extract
a soluble paste of beef or beef blood extracts. * * *
beef stroganoff
Cookery. stroganoff made with strips of beef. [1940-45] * * *
beef tea
Chiefly Brit. See beef bouillon. * * *
beef Wellington
a steak fillet covered with pâté de foie gras, then wrapped in pastry and baked. [1960-65; the Wellington alluded to is of uncert. identity] * * *
/beef"up'/, n. an act or instance of strengthening or reinforcing. [n. use of v. phrase beef up] * * *
/bee"feuh loh'/, n., pl. beefaloes, beefalos, (esp. collectively) beefalo for 1. 1. a hybrid animal that is 3/8 to 3/32 buffalo, the remaining genetic component being domestic ...
beef bour·gui·gnon (bo͝or'gēn-yônʹ, -yôɴʹ) n. Braised beef cubes simmered in a seasoned red wine sauce with mushrooms, carrots, and onions.   [French boeuf ...
/beef"berr'geuhr/, n. hamburger. [1935-40; BEEF + -BURGER] * * *
/beef"kayk'/, n. Informal. photographs of nearly nude young men in magazines or the like, posed to display their muscular bodies. [1945-50; BEEF + CAKE, modeled on CHEESECAKE] * ...
/beef"ee'teuhr/, n. 1. a yeoman of the English royal guard or a warder of the Tower of London. 2. Informal. an Englishman. 3. a person who eats beef. [1600-10; BEEF + EATER] * * *
/beeft"up"/, adj. strengthened or reinforced. [1940-45] * * *
See beefy. * * *
bee fly n. Any of various flies of the family Bombyliidae that resemble bees, feed on nectar and pollen, and have larvae that are parasitic on bees, wasps, and other insects. * * ...
/beef"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. one of a breed of fast-growing beef cattle of the western U.S., tolerant of humidity, heat, and insects, developed by crossbreeding Brahman, ...
/beef"stayk'/, n. a cut of beef for broiling, pan-frying, etc. [1705-15; BEEF + STEAK] * * *
beefsteak begonia
an ornamental plant, Begonia erythrophylla, having light-pink flowers and nearly round, thick, fleshy leaves that are red on the underside. * * *
beefsteak mushroom
an edible bracket fungus, Fistulina hepatica, that grows on trees and can rot the heartwood of living oaks and chestnuts. Also called beefsteak fungus. [1890-95] * * *
beefsteak tomato
1. any of several tomato plant varieties bearing fruit of large size with especially meaty flesh. 2. the fruit of such a plant. * * *
beefsteak fungus n. An edible fungus (Fistulina hepatica), growing on living tree trunks, such as oak and ash, and having a large, irregularly shaped reddish cap. * * *
beefsteak tomato n. Any of several varieties of tomato having large fruit with thick flesh. * * *
beef stro·ga·noff (strōʹgə-nôf', -nŏf') n. Thinly sliced beef fillet sautéed and mixed with onions, mushrooms, sour cream, and herbs, often served on a bed of noodles or ...
beef Wellington n. A fillet of beef covered with pâté de foie gras, encased in pastry, and baked.   [Probably from the name Wellington.] * * *
/beef"wood'/, n. 1. any of several chiefly Australian trees of the genus Casuarina, having feathery branches that lack true foliage leaves. 2. the hard, reddish wood of any of ...
—beefily, adv. —beefiness, n. /bee"fee/, adj., beefier, beefiest. 1. of or like beef. 2. brawny; thickset; heavy. 3. obese. [1735-45; BEEF + -Y1] * * *
bee gum n. Chiefly Southern U.S. 1. A beehive located in a hollow tree or log. 2. Any beehive.   [bee1 + gum, a hollowed-out log (from gum1).] * * *
/bee"huyv'/, n. 1. a habitation or dwelling-place constructed for bees, usually either dome-shaped or box-shaped. 2. a natural habitation of bees, as a hollowed-out tree. 3. a ...
Beehive cluster
Astron. Praesepe. * * *
beehive house
▪ architecture       primitive type of residence designed by enlarging a simple stone hemisphere, constructed out of individual blocks, to provide greater height at the ...
beehive round
Mil. an artillery shell that ejects thousands of naillike metal projectiles on exploding. * * *
Beehive State
Utah (used as a nickname). [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
beehive tomb
a type of subterranean tomb of the Mycenaean civilization consisting of a domed chamber entered by a passage through a hillside. [1885-90] * * * or tholos Large, beehive-shaped ...
Beehive, The
▪ artists’ colony, France French  La Ruche        artists' settlement on the outskirts of the Montparnasse section of Paris, which in the early 20th century was the ...
/beek/, Scot. and North Eng. v.t., v.i. 1. to bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fireplace, stove, or bonfire. 2. (of wood) to season by exposure to heat. n. 3. Obs. the ...
/bee"kee'peuhr/, n. a person who raises honeybees; apiculturist. [1810-20; BEE1 + KEEPER] * * *
/bee"kee'ping/, n. the rearing and breeding of honeybees; apiculture. [1830-40; BEE1 + KEEPING] * * * or apiculture Care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce ...
/bee"luyn'/, n. a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for): The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator. [1820-30, Amer.; BEE1 ...
/bee el"zeuh bub', beel"zeuh-/, n. 1. the chief devil; Satan. 2. a devil. 3. (in Milton's Paradise Lost) one of the fallen angels, second only to Satan. * * * ▪ religion also ...
bee moth n. A moth (Galleria mellonella) that lays its eggs in beehives, where the larvae feed on the wax and debris of the honeycombs. Also called wax moth. * * *
/bin/, v. pp. of be. * * *
Beene, Geoffrey
▪ 2005       American fashion designer (b. Aug. 30, 1927, Haynesville, La.—d. Sept. 28, 2004, New York, N.Y.), revolutionized the American fashion industry with ...
/beep/, n. 1. a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning. 2. one of the periodic signals sounded by ...
/bee"peuhr/, n. 1. a device that connects into a telephone circuit and transmits a periodic signal as an indication that the conversation over the circuit is being recorded. 2. a ...
bee plant n. Any of numerous plants that attract bees for nectar or pollen. * * *
/bear/, n. 1. an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste. 2. any ...
/bear/, n. Thomas, 1889-1940, U.S. author. * * * I Alcoholic beverage made usually from malted barley, flavoured with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation. Known from ancient ...
beer and skittles
Brit. amusement; pleasure; fun. * * *
beer belly
—beer-bellied, adj. a protuberant belly from or as if from drinking large quantities of beer; potbelly; paunch. [1915-20] * * *
beer bust
Informal. a large, usually boisterous party, as for college students, club members, or soldiers, at which beer is the sole or principal beverage and is consumed in large ...
beer engine
Brit. See beer pump. [1815-25] * * *
beer garden
an outdoor tavern where beer and other alcoholic beverages are served. [1860-65] * * *
beer hall
a bar, cabaret, or the like, chiefly serving beer and usually offering music, dancing, etc. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
Beer Hall Putsch
or Munich Putsch (Nov. 8–9, 1923) Unsuccessful attempt by Adolf Hitler to start an insurrection in Germany against the Weimar Republic. On Nov. 8, 1923, Hitler and his men ...
Beer Nuts
Trademark. a brand of tavern nuts. * * *
Beer Nuts{™}
n [pl] a product name for a popular US snack food (= one eaten quickly between meals). They are peanuts in their skins, treated to make them ‘slightly sweet, slightly salty’, ...
beer pump
a pump for drawing beer directly from a keg or cask. [1620-30] * * *
beer tent
n (BrE) a large tent, often open at one side, where drinks are served at an outdoor sporting event or entertainment such as a cricket match. * * *
Beer, Israel
▪ Israeli military analyst born 1912, Vienna, Austria died May 1, 1966, Shatta prison, Israel       Israeli military analyst who was convicted (1962) for treason as a ...
Beer, Wilhelm
▪ German astronomer born Jan. 4, 1797, Berlin [Germany] died March 27, 1850, Berlin       German banker and amateur astronomer who (with Johann Heinrich von Mädler) ...
beer belly n. A protruding abdomen, especially as the result of habitual beer drinking. * * *
/bear"bohm/, n. Sir Max, 1872-1956, English essayist, critic, and caricaturist. * * *
Beerbohm, Sir (Henry) Max(imilian)
born Aug. 24, 1872, London, Eng. died May 20, 1956, Rapallo, Italy English caricaturist, writer, and dandy. His sophisticated drawings and parodies were unique in capturing, ...
Beerbohm, Sir Max
▪ British humorist original name  Henry Maximilian Beerbohm   born Aug. 24, 1872, London, Eng. died May 20, 1956, Rapallo, Italy  English caricaturist, writer, dandy, and ...
Beerbohm,Sir Henry Maximilian
Beer·bohm (bîrʹbōm'), Sir Henry Maximilian. Known as “Max.” 1872-1956. British caricaturist, writer, and wit whose Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen appeared in 1896. ...
beer garden n. An outdoor tavern or an outdoor area adjoining a tavern where alcohol is served.   [Translation of German Biergarten: Bier, beer + Garten, garden.] * * *
/bear"hows'/, n., pl. beerhouses /-how'ziz/. Brit. an establishment licensed to serve only liquors fermented from malt, as beer, ale, or the like. [1485-95; BEER + HOUSE] * * *
Fr. /berdd nannrddt"/; Eng. /bair"nahrt/, n. Auguste Marie François Fr. /oh gyuust" mann rddee" frddahonn swann"/, 1829-1912, Belgian statesman: Nobel peace prize 1909. * * *
Beernaert, Auguste-Marie-François
▪ Belgian-Flemish statesman born July 26, 1829, Ostend, Belg. died Oct. 6, 1912, Lucerne, Switz.       Belgian-Flemish statesman, and cowinner (with Paul-H.-B. ...
/bear"pool'/, n. 1. the handle of a beer pump. 2. the pump itself; a beer pump. [1860-65; BEER + PULL] * * *
/bearz/, n. Clifford Whittingham /hwit"ing euhm, wit"-/, 1876-1943, U.S. pioneer in mental hygiene. * * *
Beers, Ethel Lynn
▪ American poet née  Ethelinda Eliot   born Jan. 13, 1827, Goshen, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 11, 1879, Orange, N.J.       American poet known for her patriotic and ...
/bear shee"beuh, bear"sheuh-/; Seph. Heb. /berdd she"vah/, n. 1. a city in Israel, near the N limit of the Negev desert: the southernmost city of ancient Palestine. 109,600. 2. ...
—beeriness, n. /bear"ee/, adj., beerier, beeriest. 1. of, like, or abounding in beer: a stale, beery smell. 2. affected by or suggestive of beer: beery exuberance; beery ...
Beery, Wallace
▪ American actor born April 1, 1885, Kansas City, Mo., U.S. died April 15, 1949, Los Angeles, Calif.       American actor who played in more than 250 motion pictures ...
Beery, Wallace (Fitzgerald)
born April 1, 1885, Kansas City, Mo., U.S. died April 15, 1949, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. film and stage actor. He initially worked in the circus and later in the choruses of ...
/bee"stingz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the first milk or colostrum of a mammal, esp. a cow, after giving birth. Also, beastings, biestings. [bef. 1000; late ME bestynge, OE ...
Beeston and Stapleford
▪ England, United Kingdom       urban area, Broxtowe borough, administrative and historic county of Nottinghamshire, England. The community developed during the 19th ...
Beeston, Christopher
▪ English actor and theatrical manager born c. 1580 died c. Oct. 15, 1638, London, Eng.       English actor and theatrical manager who was one of the most influential ...
/beez"waks'/, n. 1. wax1 (def. 1). v.t. 2. to rub or treat with beeswax. [1670-80; BEE1 + 'S1 + WAX1] * * * Commercially useful wax secreted by worker honeybees to make the cell ...
/beez"wing'/, n. a light, flaky deposit found in port and some other bottle-aged wines. [1855-60; BEE1 + 'S1 + WING] * * *
—beetlike, adj. /beet/, n. 1. any of various biennial plants belonging to the genus Beta, of the goosefoot family, esp. B. vulgaris, having a fleshy red or white root. Cf. ...
beet armyworm
the caterpillar of a noctuid moth, Laphygma exigua, a pest of beets, asparagus, corn, cotton, peas, and peppers. Also called asparagus fern caterpillar. [1900-05] * * *
beet leafhopper
a leafhopper, Circulifer tenellus, of the western U.S., a vector of curly top disease, esp. in beets. [1915-20] * * *
beet sugar
sugar from the roots of the sugar beet. Cf. sugar (def. 1). [1825-35] * * *
beet armyworm n. An armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) that feeds primarily on the foliage of alfalfa, beets, and other crops. * * *
—Beethovian /bay toh"vee euhn/, Beethovenian /bay'toh vee"nee euhn, -veen"yeuhn/, adj. /bay"toh veuhn/; Ger. /bayt"hoh feuhn/, n. Ludwig van /van/; Ger. /feuhn/, 1770-1827, ...
Beethoven, Ludwig van
(baptized Dec. 17, 1770, Bonn, archbishopric of Cologne died March 26, 1827, Vienna, Austria) German composer. Born to a musical family, he was a precociously gifted pianist and ...
Beethoven,Ludwig van
Bee·tho·ven (bāʹtō'vən), Ludwig van. 1770-1827. German composer. Among the greatest composers in history, he began to lose his hearing in 1801 and was deaf by 1819. His ...
beetle1 /beet"l/, n., v., beetled, beetling. n. 1. any of numerous insects of the order Coleoptera, characterized by hard, horny forewings that cover and protect the membranous ...
/beet"l browd'/, adj. 1. having heavy projecting eyebrows. 2. scowling or sullen. [1325-75; ME bitel-browed, prob. with bitel sharp(-edged), OE *bitel (see BEETLE1); see BROW, ...
beet leafhopper n. A small insect (Eutettix tenellus) that transmits a destructive viral disease to plants, especially sugar beets, in the United States. * * *
/beet"l bung'/, n. See sour gum. * * *
—beetleheaded, adj. /beet"l hed'/, n. a stupid person; blockhead. [1570-80; BEETLE2 + HEAD] * * *
/beet"l weed'/, n. galax. [BEETLE1 + WEED1] * * *
n the English name for the original Volkswagen small car with a rounded design. In the US it is also called the bug: Her first car was a Beetle. * * *
(Isabella Mary Mayson Beeton 1836–65) the British writer of the Book of Household Management (1861), a famous book on cooking and running a household, which gives much ...
bee tree n. 1. Any of various trees, such as the basswood, having nectar-rich flowers that are especially attractive to bees. 2. A hollow tree in which bees form nests. * * *
/beet"rooht', -root'/, n. Chiefly Brit. beet (def. 2). [1570-80; BEET + ROOT1] * * *
beetroot purple n. A deep to very deep purplish red. * * *
Beets, Nicolaas
▪ Dutch author born Sept. 13, 1814, Haarlem, Neth. died March 13, 1903, Utrecht  Dutch pastor and writer whose Camera obscura is a classic of Dutch ...
/beevz/, n. a pl. of beef. * * *
/bee"vil/, n. a city in S Texas. 14,574. * * *
beezer [bē′zer] n. 〚orig., prize-fight slang〛 Slang the nose * * *
BEF abbrev. British Expeditionary Force (or Forces) * * *
bef abbrev. before * * *
before. * * *
/bi fawl"/, v., befell, befallen, befalling. v.i. 1. to happen or occur. 2. Archaic. to come, as by right. v.t. 3. to happen to, esp. by chance or fate. [bef. 900; ME befallen, ...
▪ folklore       in Italian tradition, the old woman who fills children's stockings with gifts on Epiphany (Twelfth Night). Too busy to accompany the Three Wise Men ...
/bi fit"/, v.t., befitted, befitting. to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit: His clothes befit the occasion. [1425-75; late ME; see BE-, FIT1] * * *
—befittingly, adv. —befittingness, n. /bi fit"ing/, adj. suitable; proper; becoming: planned with a befitting sense of majesty. [1555-65; BEFIT + -ING2] Syn. appropriate, ...
See befitting. * * *
/bi flag"/, v.t., beflagged, beflagging. to cover or deck with flags. [1880-85; BE- + FLAG1] * * *
/bi flow"euhrd/, adj. adorned or decorated with flowers. [1620-30; BE- + FLOWER + -ED2] * * *
/bi fog", -fawg"/, v.t., befogged, befogging. 1. to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud: Low-hanging clouds befogged the city. 2. to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or ...
/bi foohl"/, v.t. 1. to fool; deceive; dupe. 2. Obs. to treat as a fool; call (someone) a fool. [1350-1400; ME befolen. See BE-, FOOL1] Syn. 1. bamboozle, delude, mislead; cheat, ...
/bi fawr", -fohr"/, prep. 1. previous to; earlier or sooner than: Phone me before noon. 2. in front of; ahead of; in advance of: his shadow advancing before him; She stood before ...
before the present
Archaeol. See B.P. (def. 3). Also, before present. * * *
before Christ adv. Abbr. B.C. or B.C. In a specified year of the pre-Christian era. * * *
/bi fawr"hand', -fohr"-/, adv., adj. in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time: We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report. [1175-1225; ...
/bi fawr"tuym', -fohr"-/, adv. Archaic. formerly. [1250-1300; ME bifor time. See BEFORE, TIME] * * *
—befouler, n. —befoulment, n. /bi fowl"/, v.t. to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. [1275-1325; ME bi-foulen. See BE-, FOUL] * * *
/bi frend"/, v.t. to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. [1550-60; BE- + FRIEND] Syn. assist, comfort, succor; ...
—befuddler, n. —befuddlement, n. /bi fud"l/, v.t., befuddled, befuddling. 1. to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign ...
beg1 /beg/, v., begged, begging. v.t. 1. to ask for as a gift, as charity, or as a favor: to beg alms; to beg forgiveness. 2. to ask (someone) to give or do something; implore: ...
/beg'pahr"dn/, n. Australia and New Zealand. an expression of apology (used esp. in the phrase with no beg-pardons). [1905-10] * * *
      in Tibetan Buddhism, one of the fierce protective deities, the dharmapālas. See dharmapāla. * * *
1. begin. 2. beginning. * * *
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town of the South Coast region, New South Wales, Australia, where the Bemboka and Brogo rivers unite to form the short Bega River. ...
/bi gan"/, v. pt. of begin. * * *
/bay"gahr/, n. Anglo-Indian. compulsory labor, as for the repair of bridges or roads. [ < Hindi begar < Pers] * * *
Begas, Reinhold
▪ German sculptor born July 15, 1831, Berlin, Prussia [Germany] died Aug. 3, 1911, Berlin       artist who dominated Prussian sculpture for a generation after ...
/bi gat"/, v. Archaic. pt. of beget. * * *
/bi gats"/, n.pl. Informal. genealogical lists, esp. those in the Old Testament. [n. pl. use of BEGAT] * * *
/bi jem"/, v.t., begemmed, begemming. to cover with gems. [1740-50; BE- + GEM] * * *
—begetter, n. /bi get"/, v.t., begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting. 1. (esp. of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring). 2. to cause; produce as ...
See beget. * * *
—beggarhood, n. /beg"euhr/, n. 1. a person who begs alms or lives by begging. 2. a penniless person. 3. a wretched fellow; rogue: the surly beggar who collects the rents. 4. a ...
Beggar's Opera, The
a ballad opera (1728) with text by John Gay and music arranged by John Pepusch. * * *
/beg"euhrz luys'/, n., pl. beggar's-lice. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any of several plants, esp. of the genera Cynoglossum and Hackelia, having small, prickly fruits that ...
☆ beggar's-ticks [beg′erztiks΄ ] n. pl. beggar's-ticks 1. a) TICK TREFOIL b) the prickly seed pod of a tick trefoil 2. a) BUR MARIGOLD b) the prickly seed of a bur ...
beg·gar's lice (bĕgʹərz) n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. Any of several plants, such as the stickseed, having small, often prickly fruits that cling readily to clothing ...
/beg"euhr muy nay"beuhr/, n. beggar-your-neighbor. [1725-35] * * *
/beg"euhr tiks'/, n., pl. beggar-ticks. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. any of several composite plants of the genus Bidens, having rayless yellow flowers and barbed achenes ...
/beg"euhr yeuhr nay"beuhr/, n. a children's card game for two, played with 52 cards, that is won when a player captures all of the cards. Also called beggar-my-neighbor. * * *
/beg"euhr deuhm/, n. beggary (def. 2). [1880-85; BEGGAR + -DOM] * * *
See beggarly. * * *
—beggarliness, n. /beg"euhr lee/, adj. 1. like or befitting a beggar. 2. meanly inadequate: How does he manage on such a beggarly salary? [1520-30; BEGGAR + -LY] * * *
beggar ticks also beggar's ticks pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) 1. a. Any of various weeds of the genus Bidens in the composite family, having heads of usually yellow ...
/beg"euhr weed'/, n. 1. any of various tick trefoils, esp. Desmodium tortuosum, grown for forage in subtropical regions. 2. Chiefly Brit. any weed that impoverishes ...
/beg"euh ree/, n., pl. beggaries for 3. 1. a state or condition of utter poverty. 2. beggars collectively. 3. a place lived in or frequented by beggars. [1350-1400; ME beggerie. ...
Beggar’s Opera
an opera (1728) by John Gay, in which the songs are set to the popular tunes of the time. The main character is Macheath, a highwayman (= a person who robs travellers), and many ...
➡ homelessness * * *
/beg"euhrd, beuh gahrd"/, n. a member of a former lay brotherhood, founded in Flanders in the 13th century, living after the manner of the Beguines. [1650-60; < ML beghardus, ...
/bi gin"/, v., began, begun, beginning. v.i. 1. to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start: The story begins with their marriage. 2. to come ...
/bay"gin/, n. Menachem /meuh nah"kheuhm/, 1913-92, Israeli political leader, born in Poland: prime minister 1977-83; Nobel peace prize 1978. * * *
Begin, Menachem
▪ prime minister of Israel in full  Menachem Wolfovitch Begin   born August 16, 1913, Brest-Litovsk, Russia [now in Belarus] died March 9, 1992, Tel Aviv-Yafo, ...
Begin, Menachem (Wolfovitch)
(b. Aug. 16, 1913, Brest-Litovsk, Russia d. March 9, 1992, Tel Aviv, Israel) Prime minister of Israel (1977–83). He earned a law degree from the University of Warsaw, Pol. ...
Be·gin (bāʹgĭn), Menachem. 1913-1992. Russian-born Israeli politician. He led (1943-1948) Irgun, the Zionist underground movement in Palestine. After the establishment of ...
/bi gin"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that begins. 2. a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals: swimming for beginners. 3. a person who is ...
beginner's luck
the initial good fortune or success commonly supposed to come to a person who has recently taken up a new pursuit, as a sport or game: Catching a large trout the first time you ...
/bi gin"ing/, n. 1. an act or circumstance of entering upon an action or state: the beginning of hostilities. 2. the point of time or space at which anything begins: the ...
beginning rhyme
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words; alliteration, as in The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew. Also called head rhyme, initial rhyme. [1940-45] * * ...
beginning rhyme n. 1. Rhyme at the beginning of consecutive lines of verse. Also called initial rhyme. 2. See head rhyme. * * *
/bi gerrd"/, v.t., begirt or begirded, begirding. to gird about; encompass; surround. [bef. 900; ME begirden, OE begierdan. See BE-, GIRD1] * * *
be·gombed (bĭ-gômdʹ) adj. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina Smudged or sticky. See note at Ocracoke Island.   [Probably from alteration of *begome, to smudge, smear : be- + ...

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