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Big Bang
(infml) (in Britain) the name given to the introduction of important changes to the London Stock Exchange rules in 1986, when some controls were removed and new ways of trading ...
big bang theory
Astron. a theory that deduces a cataclysmic birth of the universe (big bang) from the observed expansion of the universe, cosmic background radiation, abundance of the elements, ...
big beat
(sometimes caps.) Slang. rhythmic popular music, esp. rock-'n'-roll, notable for its prominent and persistent beat. * * *
Big Belt Mountains
a range of the Rocky Mountains, in W Montana. * * * ▪ mountains, Montana, United States       segment of the northern Rocky Mountains, paralleling the eastern bank of ...
Big Ben
the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London, England. [1890-95] * * * Clock designed by Sir Edmund Beckett (1816–1905), housed in the tower at the ...
Big Bend National Park
a national park in W Texas, on the Rio Grande. 1080 sq. mi. (2800 sq. km). * * * Preserve, southwestern Texas, U.S. It lies 250 mi (400 km) southeast of El Paso and occupies ...
Big Bertha
Informal. a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I. * * * Either of two different sets of long-range artillery produced by the Krupp works (see Thyssen Krupp ...
Big Bird
▪ puppet character       larger than human-size puppet, one of the creatures known as Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson (Henson, Jim) for the American children's ...
Big Black River, Battle of
▪ American Civil War       (May 17, 1863), American Civil War victory of Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant (Grant, Ulysses S.), who were pursuing Confederate ...
Big Blowup of 1910
▪ United States history also called  Big Burn        devastating forest fire that torched 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) in western Montana and northern ...
Big Board
(sometimes l.c.) Informal. the New York Stock Exchange. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
Big Boy
an articulated steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, one section of eight driving wheels, a second section of eight driving wheels, and a four-wheeled rear truck. ...
big brother
1. an elder brother. 2. (sometimes caps.) a man who individually or as a member of an organized group undertakes to sponsor or assist a boy in need of help or guidance. 3. ...
Big Brotherism
/brudh"euh riz'euhm/ paternalistic authoritarianism that seeks to supply the needs and regulate the conduct of people. [1950-55; BIG BROTHER + -ISM] * * *
big brown bat.
See under brown bat. * * *
big bucks
Slang. a large amount of money. * * *
big business
1. large business, commercial, and financial firms taken collectively, esp. when considered as a group having shared attitudes and goals and exercising control over economic ...
Big C
Slang. cancer. Also, big C. [1970-75] * * *
big casino
(in the game of casino) the ten of diamonds. * * *
big cheese
Older Slang. an influential or important person: Who's the big cheese around here? [1885-90; see CHEESE3] * * *
Big Cypress Swamp
Swamp region and national preserve, southern Florida, U.S. Covering 2,400 sq mi (6,200 sq km), the region merges into the swampy Everglades on the east. It is dominated by ...
Big D
Informal. Dallas, Texas. * * *
big daddy
(often caps.) Informal. 1. a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family. 2. the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.: the big daddy of ...
big deal
Slang. 1. an important or impressive person or thing: to make a big deal out of nothing; I hear he's a big deal on Wall Street now. 2. (used ironically as an interjection to ...
Big Diomede
Big Diomede n. see DIOMEDE ISLANDS * * *
Big Diomede.
See under Diomede Islands. * * *
Big Dipper
Astron. the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline. Also called Dipper. [1865-70] * * *
Big Dipper, The
      constellation of the seven brightest stars of the larger constellation Ursa Major (q.v.). * * *
Big Easy
Big Easy the name for NEW ORLEANS * * * (AmE infml) a popular name for the American city of New Orleans because of the relaxed atmosphere there. * * *
big enchilada.
See enchilada (def. 2). [1970-75; on the pattern of such expressions as BIG CHEESE, BIG WHEEL, etc.] * * *
big end
Mach. the end of a connecting rod or piston rod that is attached to a crankpin. [1905-10] * * *
Big Five
Hist. 1. the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan during World War I and at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. 2. (after World War II) the United States, Great ...
Big Foot
a very large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit wilderness areas of the U.S. and Canada, esp. the Pacific Northwest. Also, Bigfoot. Also called Sasquatch. Cf. ...
big game
1. large wild animals, esp. when hunted for sport. 2. large fish, as tuna and marlin, when sought by deep-sea anglers. 3. a major objective, esp. one that involves ...
big gun
Slang. an influential or important person or thing: He's a big gun in science. * * *
big hair
long hair worn teased and sprayed. * * *
big hook
Railroad Slang. See wrecking crane. * * *
big house
Slang. a penitentiary (usually prec. by the). [1815-25] * * *
big idea
Informal. 1. any plan or proposal that is grandiose, impractical, and usually unsolicited: You're always coming around here with your big ideas. 2. purpose; intention; aim: ...
big Ike
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. Disparaging. a self-important person. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
Big Issue
a British magazine, started in 1991. It is sold on the street by homeless people, who are allowed to keep most of the money they make from selling it. It consists mainly of news ...
big labor
large labor unions collectively. * * *
big laurel
South Midland U.S. the rhododendron. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
big league
1. Sports. See major league. 2. Often, big leagues. Informal. the area of greatest competition, highest achievement or rewards, etc.: He's a local politician who isn't ready for ...
big lie
a false statement of outrageous magnitude employed as a propaganda measure in the belief that a lesser falsehood would not be credible. [1945-50] * * *
Big Mac{™}
n a type of hamburger made by McDonalds which contains more meat than their standard hamburgers. * * *
big mama
(often caps.) Informal. 1. a man's sweetheart, girlfriend, or wife. 2. a woman regarded as the head of a family. 3. the female founder or a leading female member of a company, ...
Big Man on Campus
(abbr BMOC) (AmE infml) a successful, usually popular, male student at a college or university. He is often the president of the Student Government Association or a well-known ...
Big Muddy
a nickname of the Missouri River. * * *
Big Muddy River
a river in SW Illinois, flowing SW into the Mississippi. ab. 120 mi. (195 km) long. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
big name
a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field: He's a big name in education. [1930-35, Amer.] * * *
big one
Slang. a one-thousand-dollar bill or the sum of one thousand dollars. [1955-60] * * *
big picture
a broad, overall view or perspective of an issue or problem. * * *
Big Rapids
a town in central Michigan. 14,361. * * *
big road
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a main road or highway. * * *
Big Rock Candy Mountain
▪ hills, Utah, United States  complex of carbonate hills, about 5,500 feet (1,675 metres) tall, on the edge of one segment of Fishlake National Forest, near Marysvale, ...
Big Sandy River
▪ river, United States       river formed by the confluence of Levisa and Tug forks at Louisa, Lawrence county, eastern Kentucky, U.S. The river, made navigable by a ...
big science
scientific research requiring large capital expenditure. [1960-65] * * * ▪ science       style of scientific research developed during and after World War II that ...
big shot
Informal. an important or influential person. [1905-10] * * *
Big Sioux River
▪ river, United States       river rising in Grant county, north of Watertown, S.D., U.S. It flows south and southeast past Sioux Falls, where its 20-foot (6-metre) drop ...
big sister
1. an elder sister. 2. (sometimes caps.) a woman who individually or as a member of an organized group undertakes to sponsor or assist a girl in need of help or guidance. 3. ...
big skate.
See under skate2. * * *
Big Spring
a city in W Texas. 24,804. * * * ▪ Texas, United States       city, seat (1882) of Howard county, western Texas, U.S., at the foot of the Caprock Escarpment, 111 miles ...
Big Star
▪ American rock group       American band that during its brief existence in the early 1970s helped define power pop, a style in which bright melodies and tunefully ...
big stick
force, esp. political or military, used by a government as a means of influence. [1895-1900, Amer.] * * *
Big Stick Policy
Policy named by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt to describe the assertion of U.S. dominance as a moral imperative. It was taken from an African proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big ...
Big Stone Lake
▪ lake, United States       source of the Minnesota River in the U.S., on the Minnesota–South Dakota border, 300 miles (480 km) west-northwest of Minneapolis. Once ...
Big Sur
a town on the coast of California 100 miles/160 kilometres south of San Francisco. The area is famous for its high cliffs and grand scenery. The writer Henry Miller lived in Big ...
big talk
Informal. exaggeration; bragging. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
Big Ten
Big Ten n. a group of large universities, located chiefly in the Midwestern U.S., forming a league for intercollegiate sports * * *
Big Ten Conference
▪ American athletic conference formerly  Western Intercollegiate Conference        one of the oldest college athletic conferences in the United States, formed in 1896 ...
big time
—big-time, adj. —big-timer, n. 1. Informal. the highest or most important level in any profession or occupation: She's a talented violinist, but she's not ready for the big ...
big toe
the first, innermost, largest digit of the foot. [1885-90] * * *
big top
1. the largest or main tent of a circus. 2. a circus. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
big tree
a large coniferous tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum (formerly Sequoia gigantea), of California, often reaching 300 ft. (91 m) in height, having reddish-brown bark, scalelike ...
big wheel
Informal. an influential or important person: a big wheel in business. [1905-10] * * *
Big Wood River
▪ river, Idaho, United States       watercourse, south-central Idaho, U.S., that rises in the south slopes of the Sawtooth Range in the Sawtooth National Forest and ...
big-band [big′band΄] adj. 1. of or characteristic of jazz as played by large bands and, specif., of dance music as played by large swing bands of the 1930s and 1940s 2. of or ...
big-bang model
▪ cosmology       widely held theory of the evolution of the universe. Its essential feature is the emergence of the universe from a state of extremely high temperature ...
big-bang theory
big-bang theory [big′baŋ′] n. a theory of cosmology holding that the expansion of the universe began with a gigantic explosion (big bang) between 12 and 20 billion years ...
/big"bohnd"/, adj. having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh. [1600-10] * * *
See big brother. * * *
big-cone pine
/big"kohn'/. See Coulter pine. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
See big deal. * * *
See big game. * * *
Big-Game Hunting Tradition
▪ ancient North American cultures  any of several ancient North American cultures (Native American) that hunted large herd animals such as mammoth and bison. The archetypal ...
—bigheartedly, adv. —bigheartedness, n. /big"hahr"tid/, adj. generous; kind. [1865-70] Syn. unstinting, openhanded, benevolent, bountiful. * * *
/big"leeg"/, adj. 1. Sports. of or belonging to a major league: a big-league pitcher. 2. Informal. among the largest, foremost, etc., of its kind: the big-league steel ...
/big"lee"geuhr/, n. 1. Sports. a player in a major league. 2. Informal. a person who belongs to or works for a big-league organization. [1895-1900, Amer.; BIG LEAGUE + -ER1] * * *
big-leaved magnolia
/big"leevd'/. See evergreen magnolia. * * *
See big money. * * *
/big"naym'/, adj. 1. having a widespread public reputation as a leader in a specified field; famous: a big-name doctor; a big-name actress. 2. of, pertaining to, or composed of a ...
See bigshot. * * *
See big tent. * * *
/big"tik"it/, adj. costing a great deal; expensive: fur coats and other big-ticket items. [1940-45] * * *
☆ big-time [big′tīm΄ ] adj., adv. Slang at, of, or to a very great degree, extent, etc. [a big-time swindle, to be hurt big-time] * * *
See big time. * * *
/bee"gah, -geuh, buy"-/, n., pl. bigae /-gee, -jee, -guy/. Class. Antiq. a two-wheeled chariot drawn by two horses harnessed abreast. Cf. quadriga, triga. [1840-50; < L biga, ...
—bigamistic, adj. —bigamistically, adv. /big"euh mist/, n. a person who commits bigamy. [1625-35; BIGAM(Y) + -IST] * * *
—bigamously, adv. /big"euh meuhs/, adj. 1. having two wives or husbands at the same time; guilty of bigamy. 2. involving bigamy. [1860-65; < LL bigamus, equiv. to bi- BI-1 + Gk ...
See bigamous. * * *
/big"euh mee/, n., pl. bigamies. 1. Law. the crime of marrying while one has a wife or husband still living, from whom no valid divorce has been effected. 2. Eccles. any ...
/big'euh rayd", bee'geuh rahd"/; Fr. /bee gann rddannd"/, n., pl. bigarades /-raydz", -rahdz"/; Fr. /-rddannd"/. n. 1. a Seville or bitter orange. adj. 2. French Cookery. (of a ...
/big"euh roh', big'euh roh"/, n. a large, heart-shaped variety of sweet cherry, having firm flesh. [1620-30; < F, equiv. to bigarr(é) variegated (ptp. of bigarrer, perh. bi(s) ...
big band or Big Band (bĭg) n. A large dance or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead players. * * *
big bang n. The cosmic explosion that marked the origin of the universe according to the big bang theory. * * *
bigbang theory
big bang theory n. A cosmological theory holding that the universe originated approximately 20 billion years ago from the violent explosion of a very small agglomeration of ...
big beat n. Popular music, especially rock 'n' roll, having a strong backbeat. * * *
Big Bend A region of southwest Texas on the Mexican border in a triangle formed by a bend in the Rio Grande. The area includes deep river canyons, desert wilderness, mountains ...
BigBlack River
Big Black River A river rising in north-central Mississippi and flowing about 531 km (330 mi) generally southwest to the Mississippi River below Vicksburg. * * *
BigBlue River
Big Blue River A river rising in southeast Nebraska and flowing about 483 km (300 mi) east and southeast to the Kansas River in northeast Kansas near Manhattan. * * *
big brother n. 1. An older brother. 2. A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection. 3. a. also Big Brother An omnipresent, seemingly ...
Big Broth·er·ism (brŭthʹə-rĭz'əm) n. Authoritarian efforts at total control, as of a person or nation: “the frightening totalitarian Big Brotherism that launched the ...
big bucks pl.n. Slang A large amount of money: worked for big bucks in a large corporation. * * *
big business n. Commercial operations organized and financed on a large scale: clashes between labor and big business. * * *
big C n. Slang The disease cancer. Used with the. * * *
big daddy or Big Daddy n. Slang 1. One that is predominant, as in size, influence, or priority: “The big daddy of them all has always been the Frankfurt Fair” (Saturday ...
big deal Slang n. 1. Something of great importance or consequence: made a big deal out of getting there on time; losing one penny was no big deal. 2. An important person: She was ...
BigDiomede Island
Big Diomede Island See Diomede Islands. * * *
Big Dipper n. A cluster of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major, four forming the bowl and three the handle of a dipper-shaped configuration. Also called Charles's Wain, ...
Bigelow, Erastus Brigham
▪ American industrialist born April 2, 1814, West Boylston, Mass., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1879, Boston, Mass.       American industrialist, noted as the developer of the ...
Bigelow, John
▪ American diplomat born Nov. 25, 1817, Bristol, N.Y., U.S. died Dec. 19, 1911, New York, N.Y.  American author, journalist, and diplomat who was the discoverer and first ...
Bigelow, Julian Himely
▪ 2004       American engineer and mathematician (b. March 19, 1913, Nutley, N.J.—d. Feb. 17, 2003, Princeton, N.J.), engineered one of the earliest computers. In 1946 ...
bi·gem·i·nal (bī-jĕmʹə-nəl) adj. Occurring in pairs; doubled or twinned: a bigeminal pulse.   [Possibly from Late Latin bigeminus, doubled : Latin bi-, two; see bi-1 + ...
—bigeminal, adj. /buy jem"euh nee/, n. Med. the occurrence of premature atrial or ventricular heartbeats in pairs. [1920-25; < LL bigemin(us) double (equiv. to L bi- BI-1 + ...
big enchilada or Big Enchilada n. Slang 1. One who is in charge: “ [the President's] big enchilada on both foreign and domestic policy” (Mary McGrory). 2. Something of the ...
/buy"jee neuhr, -jeuh-/, n. a bigeneric hybrid, as certain orchids. [1825-35; < L: hybrid, equiv. to bi- BI-1 + gener- (s. of genus) GENUS] * * *
/buy'jeuh ner"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or involving two genera. [1880-85; BI-1 + GENERIC] * * *
/big"uy'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) bigeye, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) bigeyes. any of several silver and red fishes of the family Priacanthidae, found ...
bigeye scad
a carangid fish, Selar crumenophthalmus, of tropical seas and Atlantic coastal waters of the U.S., having prominent eyes and commonly used as bait. Also called goggle-eye. * * *
/big"foot'/, n. 1. Slang. a prominent or influential person, esp. a journalist or news analyst. v.t. 2. (usu. l.c.) to apply one's authority to as a bigfoot: bigfooting his name ...
bigg1 /big/, n. Scot. and North Eng. four-rowed barley. Also, big. [1400-50; late ME big, bigge < ON bygg barley, c. OE beow] bigg2 /big/, v.t. big2. * * *
big game n. 1. Large animals or fish hunted or caught for sport. 2. Informal. An important objective.   bigʹ-game' (bĭgʹgām') adj. * * *
Biggers, Earl Derr
▪ American novelist and playwright born Aug. 26, 1884, Warren, Ohio, U.S. died April 5, 1933, Pasadena, Calif.       American novelist and journalist best remembered ...
/big"i tee/, adj. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. biggity. * * *
/big"ee/, n. Slang. 1. an important, influential, or prominent person; big shot; bigwig. 2. something that is very large, important, impressive, or successful: a merger of two ...
biggin1 /big"in/, n. Archaic. 1. a close-fitting cap worn esp. by children in the 16th and 17th centuries. 2. a soft cap worn while sleeping; nightcap. [1520-30; < MF beguin kind ...
/big"in/, n. Scot. and North Eng. a building, esp. one's home. [1200-50; ME biging. See BIG2, -ING1] * * *
/big"ish/, adj. rather or fairly big. [1620-30; BIG1 + -ISH1] * * *
/big"i tee/, adj. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. conceited or self-important. Also, biggety. [1875-80; BIG1 + -ity suffix of unclear orig., perh. containing -Y1; cf. ...
/bigz/, n. E(dward George) Power /pow"euhr/, 1906-77, English organist in the U.S. * * *
Biggs, E. Power
▪ American organist in full  Edward George Power Biggs   born March 29, 1906, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, Eng. died March 10, 1977, Boston, Mass., ...
big gun n. Slang One that is powerful or influential: The big guns for the prosecution were its expert witnesses. * * *
/big"ee/, n., pl. biggies. Slang. biggie. [1930-35, Amer.; BIG1 + -Y2] * * *
big hair n. Long hair dressed so as to puff out from the head, as by teasing or ratting. * * *
—bigheaded, adj. —bigheadedness, n. /big"hed", -hed'/, n. 1. Informal. an excessive estimate of one's importance; conceit. 2. Vet. Pathol. a. an inflammatory swelling of the ...
See bighead. * * *
See bigheaded. * * *
bighearted [big′här΄tid] adj. quick to give or forgive; generous or magnanimous bigheartedly adv. * * * big·heart·ed (bĭgʹhärʹtĭd) adj. Generous; ...
See bighearted. * * *
See bigheartedly. * * *
/big"hawrn'/, n., pl. bighorns, (esp. collectively) bighorn. a wild sheep, Ovis canadensis, of the Rocky Mountains, with large, curving horns. Also called cimarron, Rocky ...
/big"hawrn'/, n. a river flowing from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in S Montana. 336 mi. (540 km) long. * * * I or mountain sheep Stocky, climbing hoofed mammal ...
Bighorn Mountains
a mountain range in N Wyoming, part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Cloud Peak, 13,165 ft. (4013 m). Also called Bighorns. * * * Mountain range, southern Montana and ...
Bighorn River
River, Wyoming and Montana, U.S. Formed by the confluence of the Popo Agie and Wind rivers in west-central Wyoming, it flows north 336 mi (541 km) into the Yellowstone River in ...
bighorn sheep
▪ mammal also called  mountain sheep  or  American bighorn sheep    stocky, climbing hoofed mammal of western North America known for its massive curling horns (horn). ...
Big·horn Mountains (bĭgʹhôrn') A section of the Rocky Mountains of northern Wyoming and southern Montana rising to 4,018.4 m (13,175 ft) at Cloud Peak in Wyoming. * * *
Bighorn River A river rising in west-central Wyoming and flowing about 742 km (461 mi) north to join the Yellowstone River in southern Montana northeast of Billings. * * *
big house n. Slang A penitentiary. * * *
/buyt/, n. 1. the middle part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends. 2. the loop or bent part of a rope, as distinguished from the ends. 3. a bend or curve in the shore of a ...
bigleaf maple
/big"leef'/ a tree, Acer macrophyllum, of western North America, having large, deeply lobed leaves and fragrant yellow flowers in drooping clusters. Also called Oregon ...
big league n. 1. Sports. A major league. 2. Informal. The most prestigious level of accomplishment.   big leaguer n. * * *
See big league. * * *
big lie also Big Lie n. Repeated distortion of the truth on a grand scale, especially for propaganda purposes: released falsified documents to bolster the big lie that no ...
See biggish. * * *
big money n. Slang 1. A large amount of money, as in profits or salary: made big money on the transaction. 2. A large-scale commercial enterprise.   bigʹ-monʹey ...
/big"mowth'/, n., pl. bigmouths /-mowdhz', -mowths'/ for 1; (esp. collectively) bigmouth, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) bigmouths for 2. 1. a loud, talkative ...
bigmouth buffalofish
a buffalofish, Ictiobus cyprinellus, found in central North America, characterized by a large mouth. * * *
/big"mowtht', -mowdhd'/, adj. 1. having a very large mouth. 2. very talkative; loud-mouthed. [BIG1 + MOUTH + -ED3] * * *
BigMuddy River
Big Muddy River A river of southwest Illinois flowing about 217 km (135 mi) to the Mississippi River north-northwest of Cairo. * * *
/big"nis/, n. 1. the fact or condition of being large in size, extent, amount, etc. 2. Chiefly New Eng. size. [1485-95; BIG1 + -NESS] * * *
/big noh"nee euh/, n. 1. any chiefly tropical American climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia, cultivated for its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers. 2. any member of the plant family ...
▪ plant family  the trumpet creeper or catalpa family of the mint order of flowering plants (Lamiales). It contains about 112 genera and more than 725 species of trees, ...
/big noh'nee ay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Bignoniaceae. Cf. bignonia (def. 2). [ < NL Bignoniace(ae) (see BIGNONIA, -ACEAE) + -OUS] * * *
bi·gos (bēʹgōs) n. A Polish stew made with meat and cabbage, traditionally simmered for several days before serving.   [Polish.] * * *
/big"euht/, n. a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. [1590-1600; < MF (OF: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perh. < ...
Bigot, François
▪ French government official born Jan. 30, 1703, Bordeaux, Fr. died Jan. 12, 1778, Neuchâtel, Switz.       French civil servant, lawyer, and the last intendant of New ...
—bigotedly, adv. /big"euh tid/, adj. utterly intolerant of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own. [1635-45; BIGOT + -ED3] Syn. See intolerant. * * *
See bigoted. * * *
/big"euh tree/, n., pl. bigotries. 1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own. 2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., ...
BigSandy Creek
Big Sandy Creek A river rising in central Colorado and flowing about 322 km (200 mi) east-northeast and southeast to the Arkansas River. * * *
Bigsby, John Jeremiah
▪ British geologist born Aug. 14, 1792, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Eng. died Feb. 10, 1881, London       English physician and geologist whose extensive geologic ...
big science n. Scientific research involving large amounts of money and often large teams of researchers. * * *
See big shot. * * *
big shot n. Slang An important or influential person.   bigʹshot' or bigʹ-shot' (bĭgʹshŏt') adj. * * *
BigSioux River
Big Sioux River A river rising in northeast South Dakota and flowing about 676 km (420 mi) southward, partly along the South Dakota-Iowa border, to the Missouri River at Sioux ...
big sister n. 1. An older sister. 2. A woman who assumes the role of an older sister, as by providing guidance or protection. * * *
See big stick. * * *
big stick n. A display or threat, especially of military force: a foreign policy that relied on the big stick.   bigʹstickʹ (bĭgʹstĭkʹ) adj. * * *
Big Sur (sûr) A rugged, picturesque resort region along the Pacific coast of California south of Carmel and Monterey. * * *
big tent n. A group, especially a political coalition, that accommodates people who have a wide range of beliefs, principles, or backgrounds: “ [Lyndon] Johnson's... efforts to ...
/big"theuh/, n. one of the seven eunuchs who served in the court of King Ahasuerus. Esther 1:10. * * *
big·time or big-time (bĭgʹtīm') Informal adj. Significant or important; major: a bigtime comedian. adv. To an extreme degree; very much: Sales are expanding, big-time. * * *
big time n. Informal The most prestigious level of attainment in a competitive field: made it to the big time with his latest film.   bigʹ-tim'er n. * * *
big toe n. The largest and innermost toe of the human foot. * * *
big top n. 1. The main tent of a circus. 2. The circus. * * *
big tree n. See giant sequoia. * * *
big wheel n. Slang A very important person. * * *
—bigwigged, adj. —bigwiggedness /big"wig"id nis/, n. /big"wig'/, n. Informal. an important person, esp. an official: senators and other political bigwigs. [1725-35; rhyming ...
▪ Bosnia and Herzegovina       town, northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina, located on the banks of the Una River. First mentioned in 1260 as the site of an abbey, it was ...
/bee hahr"/, n. 1. a state in NE India. 62,700,000; 67,164 sq. mi. (173,955 sq. km). Cap.: Patna. 2. a city in the central part of this state. 100,052. Also, Behar. * * * State ...
Bihar and Orissa
/aw ris"euh, oh ris"euh/ a former province of NE India: now divided into the states of Bihar and Orissa. * * *
Bihar Sharif
▪ India also spelled  Biharsharif , also called  Bihar        city, central Bihar state, northeastern India, located east of the Paimar River, a tributary of the ...
/buy hahr"ee/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Bihar. 2. the Indic language of Bihar. [1880-85] * * *
Bihārī languages
      eastern Indo-Aryan languages spoken in the state of Bihār, India, and in the Tarai region of Nepal. There are three main languages: Maithilī (Tirhutiā) and ...
▪ county, Romania       județ (county), western Romania, bounded on the west by Hungary. It was formerly included in feudal Transylvania. The oak- and beech-covered ...
Bihor Massif
▪ mountain, Romania Romanian  Munții Bihorului        mountain massif, the highest part of the Apuseni Mountains, part of the Western Carpathians, western Romania. ...
/buy oweur"lee, -ow"euhr-/, adj. occurring every two hours. [BI-1 + HOURLY] * * *
/bee"zahd/, n. Kamal ad-Din /kay"mahl ahd deen"/, c1440-c1527, Persian painter and calligrapher. * * *
/byeesk/, n. Bisk. * * *
Bijagos Islands
/bee"zhah gawsh', bee'zhah gawsh"/ a group of islands in Guinea-Bissau, W of the mainland. * * * ▪ islands, Atlantic Ocean Bijagós also spelled  Bissagos , Portuguese ...
▪ India  city, northern Karnataka (Karnātaka) state, southern India. An important site of medieval Indian Islamic architecture, it was formerly called Vijayapura (“City ...
Bījār carpet
 floor covering handwoven by Kurds in the vicinity of the village of Bījār in western Iran. The carpets are known for their weight, sturdiness, and remarkable stiffness and ...
/buy jek"sheuhn/, n. Math. a map or function that is one-to-one and onto. [1965-70; BI-1 + -jection, as in PROJECTION] * * *
▪ India       town, northwestern Uttar Pradesh state, northern India. It lies near the Ganges (Ganga) River (Ganges River), northeast of Delhi, with which it is ...
/bee"zhooh, bee zhooh"/, n., pl. bijoux /-zhoohz, -zhoohz"/. 1. a jewel. 2. something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought. [1660-70; < F < Breton bizou (jeweled) ring, ...
/bee zhooh"teuh ree/, n. jewelry. [1805-15; < F, equiv. to bijou BIJOU + -terie, extended form of -erie -ERY] * * *
bi·joux (bēʹzho͞o', -zho͞oz') n. Plural of bijou. * * *
/buy"joo gayt', -git, buy jooh"gayt, -git/, adj. Bot. (of leaves) having two pairs of leaflets or pinnae. Also, bijugous /buy"joo geuhs, buy jooh"geuhs/. [1715-25; BI-1 + ...
/bee"keuh near', -ner', bik"euh-/, n. 1. a former native state of NW India: now incorporated into Rajasthan state. 2. a city in NW Rajasthan. 188,598. * * * ▪ ...
bike1 /buyk/, n., v., biked, biking. n. 1. Informal. a. a bicycle. b. a motorbike. c. a motorcycle. 2. Harness Racing. a sulky with tires like those of a bicycle. 3. get off ...
bike path.
See bicycle path. * * *
bike wagon
▪ carriage also called  Runabout, or Driving Wagon,         a lightweight, one-horse, open carriage, having four wheels, almost invariably with pneumatic or solid ...
/buy"keuhr/, n. 1. a person who rides a bicycle, motorcycle, or motorbike, esp. in competition or as a hobby. 2. Informal. a member of a motorcycle gang. [1880-85; BIKE1 + ...
/buyk"way'/, n. See bicycle path. [1960-65; BIKE1 + WAY] * * *
/bi kee"leuh/, n. Abebe /ah bay"bay/, 1932-73, Ethiopian track-and-field athlete. * * *
Bikila, Abebe
▪ Ethiopian athlete born Aug. 7, 1932, Mont, Ethiopia died Oct. 25, 1973, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopian marathon runner who won a gold medal and set a world record while ...
/bi kee"nee/, n., pl. bikinis. 1. a very brief, close-fitting, two-piece bathing suit for women or girls. 2. a very brief, close-fitting pair of bathing trunks for men or ...
/bi kee"nee/, n. an atoll in the N Pacific, in the Marshall Islands: atomic bomb tests 1946. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km). * * * Atoll with about 20 islets (pop. 1999: 13), Marshall ...
bikini cut
a horizontal surgical incision in the lower abdomen, often used for a hysterectomy or a Cesarean delivery, so called because it leaves a less noticeable scar than does a vertical ...
bikinied [bi kē′nēd] adj. Informal dressed in a bikini * * * See bikini. * * *
➡ seaside and beach * * *
bikini scar n. A horizontal scar across the center of the lower abdomen, especially one resulting from a cesarean section. * * *
Biko, Stephen
born Dec. 18, 1946, King William's Town, S.Af. died Sept. 12, 1977, Pretoria South African political activist. A former medical student, in 1968 he founded the Black ...
Biko, Steve
▪ South African political leader in full  Bantu Stephen Biko   born Dec. 18, 1946, King William's Town, S.Af. died Sept. 12, 1977, Pretoria       founder of the Black ...
Biko,Steven Bantu
Bi·ko (bēʹkō), Steven Bantu. 1946-1977. South African political activist who led an anti-apartheid movement that urged all South African Blacks to disassociate themselves ...
/bee kohl"/, n., pl. Bikols, (esp. collectively) Bikol. 1. a member of a Malayan people in SE Luzon and the nearby Philippines: converted to Christianity early in the Spanish ...
Bila Tserkva
▪ Ukraine Russian  Belaya Tserkov        city, north-central Ukraine, on the Ros River. Founded in the 11th century, Bila Tserkva (“White Church”) long remained ...
/buy lay"bee euhl/, Phonet. adj. 1. produced with the lips close together or touching: the lips touch at one phase of the production of the bilabial consonants p, b, and m; they ...
See bilabial. * * *
/buy lay"bee it, -ayt'/, adj. Bot. two-lipped, as a corolla. See illus. under corolla. [1785-95; BI-1 + LABIATE] * * *
bil·an·der (bĭlʹən-dər, bīʹlən-) n. Nautical. A small two-masted sailing vessel, used especially on canals in the Low Countries.   [Dutch billander, probably from ...
Bilandic, Michael Anthony
▪ 2003       American politician and judge (b. Feb. 13, 1923, Chicago, Ill.—d. Jan. 15, 2002, Chicago), succeeded Richard J. Daley as mayor of Chicago and later served ...
▪ Chhattisgarh, India       city, Chhattisgarh state, central India, lying just west of the Arpa River. Bilaspur was the capital of a Gond kingdom until captured by ...
—bilateralism, bilateralness, n. —bilaterally, adv. /buy lat"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like: a ...
bilateral symmetry
Biol. a basic body plan in which the left and right sides of the organism can be divided into approximate mirror images of each other along the midline. Cf. radial ...
See bilateral. * * *
See bilateralism. * * *
See bilateralism. * * *
bilateral symmetry n. Symmetrical arrangement, as of an organism or a body part, along a central axis, so that the body is divided into equivalent right and left halves by only ...
/buy"lay'euhr/, n. Biochem. a structure composed of two molecular layers, esp. of phospholipids in cellular membranes. [1960-65; BI-1 + LAYER] * * *
/bil bow"/; Sp. /beel bah"aw/, n. 1. a seaport in N Spain, near the Bay of Biscay. 450,000. 2. U.S. Furniture. a mirror of the late 18th century, originally imported from Spain, ...
▪ Egypt also spelled  Bilbeis, or Bilbīs,         town, southwestern Ash-Sharqīyah (Sharqīyah, Ash-) muḥāfaẓah (governorate) in the eastern Nile River delta, ...
/bil"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. bilberries. the fruit of several shrubby species of the genus Vaccinium. [1570-80; obs. bil ( < Scand; cf. Dan bölle bilberry) + BERRY] * * ...
bilbo1 /bil"boh/, n., pl. bilboes. Usually, bilboes. a long iron bar or bolt with sliding shackles and a lock, formerly attached to the ankles of prisoners. [1550-60; earlier ...
/bil"boh/, n. Theodore Gilmore /gil"mawr, -mohr/, 1877-1947, U.S. Southern populist politician: senator 1935-47. * * *
Bilbo, Theodore G.
▪ American politician in full  Theodore Gilmore Bilbo   born Oct. 13, 1877, near Poplarville, Miss., U.S. died Aug. 21, 1947, New Orleans, La.       American ...
/bil"bee/, n., pl. bilbies. See rabbit bandicoot. Also, bilbi. [1900-05; < Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language of N New South Wales) bilbi] * * *
/bil"dad/, n. a friend of Job. Job 2:11. * * * ▪ biblical figure also spelled  Baldad,         in the Old Testament, one of the three principal comforters of Job. ...
Bilderberg Conference
▪ international politics       annual three-day conference attended by about 100 of Europe's and North America's most influential bankers, economists, politicians, and ...
Bilderdijk, Willem
▪ Dutch poet born Sept. 7, 1756, Amsterdam, Neth. died Dec. 18, 1831, Haarlem  Dutch poet who had considerable influence not only on the poetry but also on the intellectual ...
/bil"doongz roh mahn'/; Ger. /beel"doongks rddaw mahn'/, n., pl. Bildungsromans, Ger. Bildungsromane /-mah'neuh/. a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and ...
/buyl/, n. 1. Physiol. a bitter, alkaline, yellow or greenish liquid, secreted by the liver, that aids in absorption and digestion, esp. of fats. 2. ill temper; peevishness. 3. ...
bile acid
Physiol. any of various steroid acids, produced in the liver and stored with bile, that emulsify fats during digestion. Cf. bile salt. [1880-85] * * *
bile duct
Anat. a large duct that transports bile from the liver to the duodenum, having in humans and many other vertebrates a side branch to a gallbladder for bile storage. [1765-75] * * ...

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