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bile salt
Physiol. a product of a bile acid and a base, functioning as an emulsifier of lipids and fatty acids for absorption in the duodenum. [1880-85] * * *
bile acid n. Any of the liver-generated steroid acids, such as cholic acid, that commonly occur in the bile in combination with glycine and taurine as sodium salts. * * *
▪ Turkey       city, northwestern Turkey. Bilecik lies along the Karasu River, a tributary of the Sakarya River. It was captured from the Byzantines by the Ottoman ruler ...
/buy lek"sheuhn/, n. bolection. * * *
bile duct n. Any of the excretory passages in the liver that carry bile to the hepatic duct, which joins with the cystic duct to form the common bile duct opening into the ...
bile salt n. 1. Any of the sodium salts of the bile acids occurring in bile. 2. A mixture, such as a commercial preparation derived from the bile of the ox, that is used ...
/buyl"stohn'/, n. gallstone. [BILE + STONE] * * *
Bilfinger, Georg Bernhard
▪ German philosopher born Jan. 23, 1693, Cannstatt, Württemberg [now in Germany] died Feb. 18, 1750, Stuttgart       German philosopher, mathematician, statesman, and ...
/bilj/, n., v., bilged, bilging. n. 1. Naut. a. either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull. b. Also, bilges. ...
bilge board
Naut. a board lowered from the bilge of a sailing vessel to serve as a keel. * * *
bilge keel
Naut. either of two keellike projections extending lengthwise along a ship's bilge, one on each side, to retard rolling. Also called bilge piece. [1840-50] * * *
bilge pump
Naut. a pump for removing water from a bilge. [1865-70] * * *
bilge water
1. Naut. bilge (def. 1d). 2. Also called bilge. Slang. foolish, worthless, or offensive talk or ideas; nonsense; rubbish. [1700-10] * * *
bilge well
Naut. bilge (def. 1c). * * *
bilge keel n. Nautical Either of two beams or fins fastened lengthwise along the outside of a ship's bilge to inhibit heavy rolling. * * *
bilge water n. 1. Water that collects and stagnates in the bilge of a ship. 2. Slang. Nonsense. * * *
/bil"jee/, adj., bilgier, bilgiest. Naut. smelling like bilge water. [1875-80; BILGE + -Y1] * * *
/bil"heuh/, n. the mother of Dan and Naphtali. Gen. 30:1-8. * * *
/bil hahr"zee euh/, n. schistosome. [1880-85] * * *
/bil'hahr zuy"euh sis/, n. Pathol. schistosomiasis. Also, bilharziosis /bil hahr'zee oh"sis/. [1885-90; < NL Bilharz(ia) the genus of trematode worms causing the disease (after ...
▪ Ukraine Russian  Belgorod-Dnestrovsky , Turkish  Akkerman , Romanian  Cetatea Albă        city, southernmost Ukraine. It lies on the southwestern shore of the ...
/bil"ee er'ee bil"yeuh ree/, adj. 1. Physiol. a. of bile. b. conveying bile: a biliary duct. 2. Archaic. bilious. [1725-35; perh. < F biliaire; see BILE, -AIRE, -ARY] * * *
biliary calculus
Pathol. gallstone. * * *
biliary dyskinesia
▪ pathology       obscure functional disorder related in some way to the workings of the biliary tract, the structures that serve to secrete, transport, and store bile. ...
biliary cirrhosis n. A progressive inflammatory disease of the liver characterized by obstruction of the bile duct. * * *
bi·lim·bi (bə-lĭmʹbē) n. pl. bi·lim·bis 1. An evergreen tree (Averrhoa bilimbi) native to tropical Asia and grown for its edible fruits. 2. The small, sour, greenish or ...
▪ biological pigment also called  Bilichrome,         any biological pigment (biochrome) belonging to a series of yellow, green, red, or brown nonmetallic compounds ...
/buy lin"ee euhr/, adj. Math. 1. of, pertaining to, or having reference to two lines: bilinear coordinates. 2. of the first degree in each of two variables, as an ...
bilinear form
Math. a function or functional of two variables that is linear with respect to each variable when the other variable is held fixed. [1965-70] * * *
bilinear transformation
Math. See Möbius transformation. [1935-40] * * *
/buy lin"ee it', -ayt'/, adj. Zool. marked with two usually parallel lines. Also, bilineated. [BI-1 + LINEATE] * * *
—bilingually, adv. /buy ling"gweuhl/ or, Can., /-ling"gyooh euhl/, adj. 1. able to speak two languages with the facility of a native speaker. 2. spoken, written, or containing ...
bilingual education
schooling in which those not fluent in the standard or national language are taught in their own language. [1970-75] * * *
/buy ling"gweuh liz'euhm/ or, Can., /-ling"gyooh euh-/, n. 1. the ability to speak two languages fluently. 2. the habitual use of two languages. 3. Canadian. a ...
See bilingualism. * * *
—biliously, adv. —biliousness, n. /bil"yeuhs/, adj. 1. Physiol., Pathol. pertaining to bile or to an excess secretion of bile. 2. Pathol. suffering from, caused by, or ...
See bilious. * * *
See biliously. * * *
/bil"euh rooh'bin, bil'euh rooh"bin/, n. Biochem. a reddish bile pigment, C33H36O6N4, resulting from the degradation of heme by reticuloendothelial cells in the liver: a high ...
—biliteralism, n. /buy'lit"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. using or consisting of two letters. 2. (of Semitic roots) having two consonants. [1780-90; BI-1 + LITERAL] * * *
/buy lit"euhr it/, adj. 1. able to read and write in two languages. n. 2. a person who is biliterate. [BI-1 + LITERATE, on the model of BILINGUAL] * * *
/buy"lith/, n. a prehistoric structure consisting of a horizontal stone slab supported by an upright stone. Also, bilithon /buy lith"on/. [BI-1 + -LITH] * * *
/bil'euh verr"din/, n. Biochem. a dark-green bile pigment, C33H34O6N4, formed as a breakdown product of hemoglobin and converted in humans to bilirubin. [ < G Biliverdin (1840) < ...
—bilker, n. /bilk/, v.t. 1. to defraud; cheat: He bilked the government of almost a million dollars. 2. to evade payment of (a debt). 3. to frustrate: a career bilked by poor ...
See bilk. * * *
the main character in a US comedy television series (1955–9), You’ll Never Get Rich, later called Sergeant Bilko and then The Phil Silvers Show. Ernie Bilko, played by Phil ...
bill1 —biller, n. /bil/, n. 1. a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied: He paid the hotel bill when he checked out. 2. a piece of paper money worth a specified ...
/bil/, n. a male given name, form of William. * * *
Bill Brandt
➡ Brandt * * *
bill broker
a money dealer who buys, sells, discounts, or negotiates bills of exchange or promissory notes. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
Bill Bryson
➡ Bryson * * *
Bill Clinton
➡ Clinton (I) * * *
Bill Clinton: Inaugural Address
▪ Primary Source       Wednesday, January 21, 1993       Today we celebrate the mystery of American renewal.       This ceremony is held in the depth of ...
Bill Clinton: The Oklahoma City Bombing
▪ Primary Source       On April 19, 1995, a truck-bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killed 168 people. At that time it was ...
Bill Cosby
➡ Cosby * * *
Bill Gates
➡ Gates * * *
Bill Haley
➡ Haley * * *
Bill Hanna
➡ Hanna and Barbera * * *
Bill Murray
➡ Murray (I) * * *
Bill Nighy
➡ Nighy * * *
bill of attainder
an act of legislature finding a person guilty of treason or felony without trial. * * *
bill of entry
an account of imported or exported goods kept at a custom house. * * *
bill of exchange
a written authorization or order to pay a specified sum of money to a specified person. [1570-80] * * * Short-term negotiable financial instrument consisting of a written order ...
bill of fare
1. a list of foods that are served; menu. 2. the program of entertainment, as at a theater. [1630-40] * * *
bill of goods
1. a quantity or consignment of salable items, as an order, shipment, etc. 2. Informal. a misrepresented, fraudulent, or defective article. 3. sell someone a bill of goods, to ...
bill of health
1. a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship's crew and at the port from which it has come. 2. clean bill of ...
bill of indictment
Law. a written accusation submitted to a grand jury for its decision. * * *
bill of lading
a written receipt given by a carrier for goods accepted for transportation. Abbr.: b.l., B.L., b/l, B/L [1590-1600] * * *
bill of particulars
Law. 1. a formal statement prepared by a plaintiff or a defendant itemizing a claim or counterclaim in a suit. 2. an itemized statement prepared by the prosecution and informing ...
Bill of Rights
1. a formal statement of the fundamental rights of the people of the United States, incorporated in the Constitution as Amendments 1-10, and in all state constitutions. 2. ...
bill of sale
a document transferring title in personal property from seller to buyer. Abbr.: b.s., B.S., b/s [1600-10] * * *
Bill Tilden
➡ Tilden * * *
Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson
➡ Robinson (II) * * *
Bill, Max
born Dec. 22, 1908, Winterthur, Switz. died Dec. 9, 1994, Berlin, Ger. Swiss painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and industrial designer. He studied architecture, metalwork, ...
/bil"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. that may or should be billed: Attorneys put in hundreds of billable hours on the case. n. 2. an active customer account. [1570-80; BILL1 + -ABLE] * * *
/bil"euh bawng', -bong'/, n. Australian. 1. a branch of a river flowing away from the main stream but leading to no other body of water; a blind or dead-end channel. 2. a creek ...
Billaud-Varenne, Jean-Nicolas
▪ French lawyer born April 23, 1756, La Rochelle, France died June 3, 1819, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti  lawyer and pamphleteer, a member of the Committee of Public Safety ...
/bil berr"jee euh, -jeuh/, n. any bromeliad of the tropical American genus Billbergia, having stiff leaves and flowers with showy, variously colored bracts. [1821; < NL, named ...
billboard1 /bil"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. 1. a flat surface or board, usually outdoors, on which large advertisements or notices are posted. v.t. 2. to place, advertise, proclaim, ...
➡ advertising * * *
/bil"bug'/, n. any of several weevils, esp. of the genera Calendra and Sitophilus, that feed on various grasses. [1860-65, Amer.; BILL2 + BUG1] * * * ▪ insect  any ...
/bild/, adj. having a bill or beak, esp. one of a specified kind, shape, color, etc. (usually used in combination): a yellow-billed magpie. [1350-1400; ME; see BILL2, -ED3] * * *
biller [bil′ər] n. 1. a person whose work is making out bills 2. a machine used in making out bills * * * bill·er (bĭlʹər) n. One that bills, as: a. A clerk who prepares ...
/bil rik"euh, bel'euh-, bil"ri keuh/, n. a city in NE Massachusetts. 36,727. * * *
billet1 —billeter, n. /bil"it/, n., v., billeted, billeting. n. 1. lodging for a soldier, student, etc., as in a private home or nonmilitary public building. 2. Mil. an ...
/bil"ay dooh", bil"ee-/; Fr. /bee yay dooh"/, n., pl. billets-doux /bil"ay doohz", bil"ee-/; Fr. /bee yay dooh"/. a love letter. [1665-75; < F: lit., sweet note. See BILLET1, ...
Billetdoux, François
▪ French playwright born Sept. 7, 1927, Paris, France died Nov. 26, 1991, Paris       French playwright whose works, linked with the avant-garde theatre, examined human ...
/bil"it hed'/, n. Naut. a carved ornamental scroll or volute terminating a stem or cutwater at its upper end in place of a figurehead. Also called scrollhead. [1830-40; BILLET2 + ...
/bil"i tee/, adj. Heraldry. semé of billets: azure, billety or. [1565-75; < F billetté; see BILLET2, -EE] * * *
/bil"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) billfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) billfishes. any of various fishes having a long, sharp bill or snout, as a ...
/bil"fohld'/, n. 1. a thin, flat, folding case, often of leather, for carrying paper money in the pocket and with fewer compartments than a wallet. 2. wallet (def. 1). Also ...
/bil"fohl'deuhr/, n. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. billfold. [1895-1900; see BILLFOLD, -ER1] * * *
/bil"hed'/, n. 1. a sheet of paper with a printed heading, usually giving one's name and address, on which a statement of money due is rendered. 2. the heading itself. 3. a ...
/bil"hook'/, n. bill3 (def. 3). [1605-15; BILL3 + HOOK] * * *
Billi Bi
/bil"ee bee', bee"/ a rich soup of mussels, cream, shallots, and white wine. Also, billi-bi [ < F, perh. < E Billy B., of uncert. identity] * * *
/bil"yeuhrd/, adj. 1. of or used in billiards. n. 2. carom (def. 1). [1630-40; < F billard cue, equiv. to bille stick (see BILLET2) + -ard -ARD] * * *
billiard ball
one of the balls used in the game of billiards. [1630-40] * * *
Billiard Games
▪ 2006 Introduction Carom Billiards.       In January 2005 Sonny Cho of Flushing, N.Y., won his first U.S. championship in three-cushion (carom) billiards by beating ...
billiard parlor
poolroom (def. 1). [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
billiard room
a room in a house, club, etc., where billiards is played. [1695-1705] * * *
billiard table
an oblong table with a slate surface covered by a cloth and enclosed by a raised rim of vulcanized rubber, for use in playing billiards. [1635-45] * * *
—billiardist, n. /bil"yeuhrdz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) any of several games played with hard balls of ivory or of a similar material that are driven with a cue on a ...
/bil"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of William. 2. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Holiday Billie King Billie Jean Billie Jean Moffitt * * *
Billie Holiday
➡ Holiday * * *
Billie Jean King
➡ King (III) * * *
/bil"ing/, n. 1. the relative position in which a performer or act is listed on handbills, posters, etc.: A star usually receives billing above the title of the play. 2. ...
billing cycle
the schedule of recurrent times in any regular system of preparing or sending bills. * * *
billing machine
a business machine used to itemize and total customer accounts, produce bills, post account records, etc. [1905-10] * * *
Billingham, Rupert Everett
▪ 2003       British-born American immunologist and transplant researcher (b. Oct. 15, 1921, Warminster, Eng.—d. Nov. 16, 2002, Boston, Mass.), was a pioneer in the ...
/bil"ingz/, n. 1. Josh, pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw. 2. a city in S Montana. 66,798. * * * I City (pop., 2000: 89,847), south-central Montana, U.S. Billings was established ...
Billings, John James
▪ 2008       Australian physician born March 5, 1918, Melbourne, Australia died April 1, 2007 , Richmond, Vic., Australia devised, with his pediatrician wife, Evelyn, ...
Billings, John Shaw
born April 12, 1838, Switzerland county, Ind., U.S. died March 11, 1913, New York, N.Y. U.S. surgeon and librarian. He worked for the U.S. Army 1861–95. He fostered the ...
Billings, Josh
▪ American humorist pseudonym of  Henry Wheeler Shaw   born April 21, 1818, Lanesboro, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 14, 1885, Monterey, Calif.       American humorist whose ...
Billings, William
born Oct. 7, 1746, Boston, Mass. died Sept. 26, 1800, Boston, Mass., U.S. American hymn composer, sometimes called the first American composer. A tanner by trade, he was ...
Billings, Josh. See Shaw, Henry Wheeler. * * *
Billings, William. 1746-1800. American composer whose hymns, including “Chester,” were among the most popular and influential musical works composed in early America. * * *
/bil"ingz gayt'/ or, esp. Brit., /-git/, n. coarsely or vulgarly abusive language. [1645-55; orig. the kind of speech often heard at Billingsgate, a London fish market at the ...
—billionth, adj., n. /bil"yeuhn/, n., pl. billions, (as after a numeral) billion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 9 zeros, and in Great ...
/bil'yeuh nair", bil"yeuh nair'/, n. a person who has assets worth a billion or more dollars, francs, pounds, or the like. [1855-60, Amer.; BILLION + -AIRE, on the model of ...
billionth [bil′yənth] adj. 1. coming last in a series of a billion 2. designating any of the billion equal parts of something n. 1. the last in a series of a billion 2. any of ...
/bi lee"ton/, n. an island in Indonesia, between Borneo and Sumatra. 100,000; 1866 sq. mi. (4833 sq. km). Also, Belitong, Belitoeng, Belitung. * * * or Belitung Island ...
/bil"meuhn/, n., pl. billmen. bill3 (def. 2). [1520-30; BILL3 + -MAN] * * *
billof attainder
bill of attainder n. pl. bills of attainder A legislative act pronouncing a person guilty of a crime, usually treason, without trial and subjecting that person to capital ...
billof entry
bill of entry n. pl. bills of entry Abbr. B/E A listing of goods received at a customhouse as imports or for export. * * *
billof exchange
bill of exchange n. pl. bills of exchange Abbr. B/E A written order directing that a specified sum of money be paid to a specified person. * * *
billof fare
bill of fare n. pl. bills of fare 1. A list of dishes offered; a menu. 2. A list of items or events in a presentation; a program. * * *
billof goods
bill of goods n. pl. bills of goods 1. A consignment of items for sale. 2. Informal. A plan, promise, or offer, especially one that is dishonest or misleading: “The salesman ...
billof health
bill of health n. pl. bills of health Abbr. B/H 1. A certificate stating whether there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in a port of departure, given to the ship's master ...
billof lading
bill of lading n. pl. bills of lading Abbr. B/L A document issued by a carrier to a shipper, listing and acknowledging receipt of goods for transport and specifying terms of ...
billof particulars
bill of particulars n. Law pl. bills of particulars An itemization of charges, claims, or counterclaims in an action. * * *
billof rights
bill of rights n. pl. bills of rights 1. A formal summary of those rights and liberties considered essential to a people or group of people: a consumer bill of rights. 2. Bill of ...
billof sale
bill of sale n. pl. bills of sale Abbr. BS or B/S A document that attests a transfer of the ownership of personal property. * * *
/bil"euhn/, n. 1. an alloy used in coinage, consisting of gold or silver with a larger amount of base metal. 2. an alloy of silver with copper or the like, used for coins of ...
/bil"oh/, n. 1. a great wave or surge of the sea. 2. any surging mass: billows of smoke. v.i. 3. to rise or roll in or like billows; surge. 4. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by ...
billow cloud
Meteorol. a cloud consisting of broad, parallel bands oriented perpendicularly to the wind. Also called undulatus. * * *
See billow. * * *
—billowiness, n. /bil"oh ee/, adj., billowier, billowiest. characterized by or full of billows; surging: a rough, billowy sea. [1605-15; BILLOW + -Y1] * * *
—billposting, billsticking, n. /bil"poh'steuhr/, n. a person who posts bills and advertisements. Also called billsticker /bil"stik'euhr/. [1860-65; BILL1 + POSTER] * * *
See billposter. * * *
Billroth, (Christian Albert) Theodor
born April 26, 1829, Bergen auf Rügen, Prussia died Feb. 6, 1894, Abbazia, Austria-Hungary Austrian surgeon. He pioneered the study of bacterial causes of wound fever and ...
Billroth, Theodor
▪ Austrian surgeon in full  Christian Albert Theodor Billroth   born April 26, 1829, Bergen auf Rügen, Prussia [Germany] died Feb. 6, 1894, Abbazia, Austria-Hungary [now ...
bill·stick·er (bĭlʹstĭk'ər) n. See billposter. * * *
Billung dynasty
▪ German history       the primary ruling dynasty in Saxony in the 10th and 11th centuries. It was founded by Hermann Billung, who in 936 received from the German king ...
/bil"ee/, n., pl. billies. 1. Also called billy club. a police officer's club or baton. 2. a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel. 3. Scot. Dial. comrade. 4. Also called ...
/bil"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of William. 2. Also, Billye. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Billy the Kid Billy Bishop Eckstine Billy Graham ...
Billy Budd
/bud/ a novella (1924) by Herman Melville. * * *
Billy Bunter
➡ Bunter * * *
billy club
billy (def. 1). [1945-50] * * *
Billy Connolly
➡ Connolly (I) * * *
billy goat
1. a male goat. 2. Informal. goat (def. 6). * * *
Billy Graham
➡ Graham (I) * * *
Billy the Kid
1. (William H. Bonney) 1859-81, U.S. outlaw. 2. (italics) a ballet (1938) choreographed by Eugene Loring, with musical score by Aaron Copland. * * * orig. William H. Bonney, ...
Billy Wilder
➡ Wilder (I) * * *
billy club n. A short stick or club, especially a police officer's club.   [Perhaps alteration of *bully club; see bully1, or from billet2.] * * *
/bil"ee kok'/, n. Chiefly Brit. Informal. a derby or a hat resembling it. Also called billycock hat. [1715-25; alter. of bullycocked (hat); see BULLY1, COCKED] * * *
billy goat n. Informal A male goat. * * *
Billythe Kid
Bil·ly the Kid (bĭlʹē) See Bonney, William H.. * * *
Billy Yank n. A Union soldier during the American Civil War. * * *
/buy loh"bayt/, adj. consisting of or divided into two lobes. Also, bilobated, bilobed /buy"lohbd'/. [1785-95; BI-1 + LOBATE] * * *
bi·lob·u·lar (bī-lŏbʹyə-lər, -lōʹbyə-) adj. Having two lobules. * * *
/buy'loh kay"sheuhn/, n. the state of being or the ability to be in two places at the same time. [1855-60; BI-1 + LOCATION] * * *
/buy lok"yeuh leuhr/, adj. Biol. divided into two chambers or containing two compartments internally. Also, biloculate /buy lok"yeuh lit, -layt'/. [1775-85; BI-1 + LOCULAR] * * *
/bi lok"see, -luk"-/, n. a city in SE Mississippi, on the Gulf of Mexico. 49,311. * * * Coastal city (pop., 2000: 50,644), southeastern Mississippi, U.S. Located east of ...
/bil"sted/, n. the liquidambar tree. [1755-65, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * *
Bilston enamelware
▪ art       enameled products made in Bilston, Eng., which was one of the most prolific centres of enameling in the 18th century. A large number of enamelers worked in ...
/bil"tawng' -tong'/, n. (in South Africa) strips of lean meat dried in the open air. [1805-15; < Afrik, equiv. to bil rump + tong TONGUE] * * *
/buy mak"yeuh lit/, adj. Zool. marked with two spots. Also, bimaculated /buy mak"yeuh lay'tid/. [1760-70; BI-1 + MACULATE] * * *
/bee"meuh, bim"euh, bee mah"/, n. a platform in a synagogue holding the reading table used when chanting or reading portions of the Torah and the Prophets. Also, bema, bima. Also ...
/buy"mayn/, n. a bimanous animal. [1825-35; BI-1 + -mane ( < L manus hand)] * * *
/bim"euh neuhs, buy may"-/, adj. Zool. having two hands, esp. as distinct from feet. Also, bimanal /bim"euh nl, buy mayn"l/. [1825-35; < NL biman(a) (animalia) two-handed ...
—bimanually, adv. /buy man"yooh euhl/, adj. involving or requiring the use of both hands. [1870-75; BI-1 + MANUAL] * * *
See bimanual. * * *
bi·max·il·lar·y (bī-măkʹsə-lĕr'ē) adj. Relating to or affecting both jaws. * * *
/bim bet"/, n. bimbo (def. 3). * * *
▪ king of Magadha born c. 543 died 491 BCE       one of the early kings of the Indian kingdom of Magadha. His expansion of the kingdom, especially his annexation of ...
/bim"boh/, n., pl. bimbos, bimboes. Slang. 1. a foolish, stupid, or inept person. 2. a man or fellow, often a disreputable or contemptible one. 3. Disparaging and Offensive. an ...
/buy men"seuhl/, adj. Obs. occurring once in two months; bimonthly. [1670-80; BI-1 + MENSAL1] Usage. See bi-1. * * *
/buy mes"teuhr, buy"mes-/, n. a two-month period. [ < L bime(n)stris of a bimester, equiv. to bi- BI-1 + me(n)s- (s. of mensis) month + -tris adj. suffix] * * *
/buy mes"tree euhl/, adj. 1. occurring every two months; bimonthly. 2. lasting two months. [1840-50; < L bime(n)stris BIMESTER + -AL1] * * *
/buy met"l/, n. 1. a material made by the bonding of two sheets or strips of different metals, each metal having a different coefficient of thermal expansion. adj. 2. ...
/buy'meuh tal"ik/, adj. 1. Metall. a. made or consisting of two metals. b. of or pertaining to a bimetal. 2. pertaining to bimetallism. 3. Engraving. (of an offset plate) ...
—bimetallist, n. —bimetallistic, adj. /buy met"l iz'euhm/, n. 1. the use of two metals, ordinarily gold and silver, at a fixed relative value, as the monetary standard. 2. ...
See bimetallism. * * *
See bimetallist. * * *
/buy mil"euh ner'ee/, adj., n., pl. bimillenaries. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a bimillennium. n. 2. bimillennium. Also, bimillennial /buy'mi len"ee euhl/. [1840-50; BI-1 + ...
See bimillennium. * * *
See bimillennial. * * *
/buy'mi len"ee euhm/, n., pl. bimillenniums, bimillennia /-len"ee euh/. 1. a period of two thousand years. 2. a two thousandth anniversary. Also, bimillenary, bimillennial. [BI-1 ...
Bimini Islands
/bim"euh nee/ a group of small islands in the W Bahamas: resort center; supposed site of the Fountain of Youth for which Ponce de León searched. 1503; 9 sq. mi. (23 sq. km). ...
Bim·i·nis (bĭmʹə-nēz) A group of small islands of the western Bahamas in the Straits of Florida. According to legend, the islands are the site of the Fountain of Youth ...
—bimodality, n. /buy mohd"l/, adj. 1. having or providing two modes, methods, systems, etc. 2. Statistics. (of a distribution) having or occurring with two modes. Cf. ...
See bimodal. * * *
—bimolecularly, adv. /buy'meuh lek"yeuh leuhr/, adj. Chem. having or involving two molecules. [1895-1900; BI-1 + MOLECULAR] * * *
See bimolecular. * * *
/buy munth"lee/, adj., n., pl. bimonthlies, adv. adj. 1. occurring every two months. 2. occurring twice a month; semimonthly. n. 3. a bimonthly publication. adv. 4. every two ...
bimorph cell
bimorph cell [bī′môrf΄] n. 〚 BI-1 + Gr morphē, form〛 Electronics a piezoelectric transducer consisting of two crystals cemented together, used in microphones, ...
/buy'mawr fee"mik/, adj. containing two morphemes, as the words waited and dogs. [1940-45; BI-1 + MORPHEME + -IC] * * *
/buy"moh'teuhr/, n. an airplane or other vehicle that has two engines. [BI-1 + MOTOR] * * *
/buy moh"teuhrd/, adj. having two engines. [BI-1 + MOTORED] * * *
/bin/, n., v., binned, binning. n. 1. a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like. v.t. 2. to store in a bin. [bef. 950; ME binne, OE binn(e) crib, perh. < Celt; ...
bin Laden, Osama
born 1957, Riyadh, Saud.Ar. Leader of a broad-based Islamic extremist movement implicated in numerous acts of terrorism against the U.S. and other Western countries. The son of ...
Bin Salman, Prince Ahmed
▪ 2003 Prince Ahmed ibn Salman ibn ʿAbd al-Aziz        Saudi businessman and racehorse owner (b. Nov. 17, 1958, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—d. July 22, 2002, Riyadh), ...
a combining form meaning "two," "two at a time," used in the formation of compound words: binary; binocular. Cf. bi-1. [comb. form of L bini two each, by twos] * * *
/buyn"l/, adj. double; twofold. [1650-60; < NL binalis twin, double. See BIN-, -AL1] * * *
/buy nar"i tee, -nair"-/, n. Ling. a principle of analysis requiring that a linguistic system, as a phonological, case, or semantic system, be represented as a set of binary ...
/buy"neuh ree, -ner ee/, adj., n., pl. binaries. adj. 1. consisting of, indicating, or involving two. 2. Math. a. of or pertaining to a system of numerical notation to the base ...
binary cell
Computers. an electronic element that can assume either of two stable states and is capable of storing a binary digit. * * *
binary code
Computers. a system of representing letters, numbers, or other characters, using binary notation. * * * Code used in digital computers, based on a binary number system in which ...
binary color.
See secondary color. [1875-80] * * *
binary digit
Math., Computers. 1. either of the digits 0 or 1 when used in the binary number system. 2. bit3 (def. 1). [1945-50] * * *
binary fission
Biol. fission into two organisms approximately equal in size. Cf. multiple fission. [1895-1900] * * * ▪ cell division       asexual reproduction by a separation of the ...
binary form
a basic musical form having two closely related sections. [1870-75] * * * ▪ music       in music, the structural pattern of many songs and instrumental pieces, ...
binary number system
▪ mathematics       in mathematics, positional numeral system employing 2 as the base and so requiring only two different symbols for its digits, 0 and 1, instead of the ...
binary operation
a mathematical operation in which two elements are combined to yield a single result: Addition and multiplication are binary operations on the set of real numbers. Cf. ternary ...
binary opposition
Ling. a relation between the members of a pair of linguistic items, as a pair of distinctive features, such that one is the absence of the other, as voicelessness and voice, or ...
binary pulsar
Astron. a pulsar in a binary system. * * *
binary star
Astron. a system of two stars that revolve about their common center of mass. Also called binary, binary system. [1875-80] * * * Pair of stars in orbit around a common centre of ...
binary system
1. a system involving only two elements, as 0 and 1 or yes and no. 2. Math. a system of counting or measurement whose units are powers of two. Cf. binary (def. 2a). 3. Astron. ...
binary weapon
binary weapon n. a weapon in which two nontoxic chemicals are combined within a moving shell or bomb to produce a deadly nerve gas * * *
binary-coded decimal system
/buy"neuh ree koh'did, -ner ee-/ a numerical system in which each decimal digit is represented by a unique collection of binary digits, not necessarily the same as those used in ...
binarycoded decimal
binary coded decimal n. Computer Science Abbr. BCD A code in which a string of four binary digits represents a decimal number. * * *
binary digit n. Either of the digits 0 or 1, used in the binary number system. * * *
binary fission n. A method of asexual reproduction that involves the splitting of a parent cell into two approximately equal parts. * * *
binarynumber system
binary number system n. A method of representing numbers in which only the digits 0 and 1 are used. Successive units are powers of 2. Also called binary system. * * *
binary operation n. An operation, such as addition, that is applied to two elements of a set to produce a third element of the set. * * *
binary star n. A stellar system consisting of two stars orbiting about a common center of mass and often appearing as a single visual or telescopic object. Also called double ...
binary system n. See binary number system. * * *
—binately, adv. /buy"nayt/, adj. Bot. produced or borne in pairs; double. [1800-10; < NL binatus, appar. extracted from LL combinatus yoked together. See BIN-, -ATE1] * * *
/buy nay"sheuhn/, n. celebration of Mass twice on the same day by the same priest. [ < NL bination- (s. of binatio), equiv. to L bin(i) BIN- + -ation- -ATION] * * *
/buy nash"euh nl/, adj. of or pertaining to two nations. [1885-90; BI-1 + NATIONAL] * * *
/buy nawr"euhl, bin awr"euhl/, adj. 1. having two ears. 2. of, with, or for both ears: binaural hearing; a binaural stethoscope. 3. (of sound) recorded through two separate ...
See binaural. * * *
▪ Belgium       town, Walloon Region, Belgium. It lies 9 miles (15 km) southeast of Mons. Situated on a hill, Binche remains encircled by fortifications built in the ...
Fr. /baonn shwann"/, n. Gilles Du. /khil"euhs/; Fr. /zheel/ or Egidius Du. /ay khee"dee oos'/, c1400-60, Flemish composer. * * *
Binchois, Gilles
▪ Flemish composer in full  Gilles Egidius Binchois, Binchois  also spelled  De Binche  born c. 1400, Mons, Hainaut [now in Belgium] died Sept. 20, 1460, near ...
Binchy, Maeve
▪ Irish author born May 28, 1940, Dublin, Ire.       Irish journalist and author of best-selling novels and short stories about small-town Irish life. Noted as a superb ...
—bindable, adj. /buynd/, v., bound, binding, n. v.t. 1. to fasten or secure with a band or bond. 2. to encircle with a band or ligature: She bound her hair with a ribbon. 3. to ...
/buyn"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that binds. 2. a detachable cover, resembling the cover of a notebook or book, with clasps or rings for holding loose papers together: a ...
binder twine
a strong, coarse twine, as of sisal, used esp. in binding sheaves of grain and bales of hay. Also, binder's twine. [1885-90] * * *
/buyn"deuh ree, -dree/, n., pl. binderies. a place where books are bound. [1800-10, Amer.; BIND + -ERY] * * *
/bint"huy muyt'/, n. a mineral, hydrous antimonate of lead, resulting from the alteration of lead antimony ores. [named after J. J. Bindheim (d. 1825), German chemist; see ...
bindi [bin′dē] n. a small dot worn on the forehead by women in India * * *
—bindingly, adv. —bindingness, n. /buyn"ding/, n. 1. the act of fastening, securing, uniting, or the like. 2. anything that binds. 3. the covering within which the leaves of ...
binding energy
Physics. 1. Also called separation energy. the energy required to decompose a molecule, atom, or nucleus into its constituent particles, equal to the energy equivalent of the ...
binding post
one of several metal pegs or rods, fitted into a loose-leaf binder, for holding sheets with prepunched holes. * * *
binding rafter
a timber for supporting rafters between their extremities, as a purlin. [1835-45] * * *
binding strake
Shipbuilding. a very strong, heavy strake of planking, esp. one next to a sheer strake. * * *
binding energy n. 1. The net energy required to decompose a molecule, an atom, or a nucleus into its components. 2. The net energy required to remove an atomic electron to an ...
See binding. * * *
See bindingly. * * *
/bin"dl/, n. Slang. a bundle, usually of bedding and other possessions, carried by a hobo. [1895-1900; prob. akin to BUNDLE; uncert. if < dial. source or < G Bündel] * * *
bindle stiff
Slang. a hobo. [1900-05] * * *
☆ bindlestiff [bin′dəlstif΄ ] n. Slang a migratory worker; hobo * * * bin·dle·stiff (bĭnʹdl-stĭf') n. A hobo, especially one who carries a bedroll.   [English ...
/buynd"weed'/, n. any of various twining or vinelike plants, esp. certain species of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia. [1540-50; BIND + WEED1] * * * Any plant of the ...
/buyn/, n. 1. a twining plant stem, as of the hop. 2. any bindweed. 3. woodbine (defs. 1, 2). [1720-30; var. of BIND] * * *
/bi nay"/; Fr. /bee ne"/, n. Alfred /al"frid/; Fr. /annl frdded"/, 1857-1911, French psychologist: co-deviser of the Binet-Simon scale. * * *
Binet, Alfred
born July 8, 1857, Nice, France died Oct. 18, 1911, Paris French psychologist. His interest in Jean-Martin Charcot's work on hypnosis prompted him to abandon a law career and ...
Binet-Simon scale
/bi nay"suy"meuhn/; Fr. /bee ne see mawonn"/, Psychol. a test for determining the relative development of intelligence, esp. of children, consisting of a series of questions and ...
Binet-Simon test
Binet-Simon test [bi nā′sī′mən] n. 〚after A. Binet (1857-1911) and T. Simon (1873-1961), Fr psychologists who devised it〛 an intelligence test that consists of ...
Bi·net-Si·mon scale (bĭ-nā'sē-mōɴʹ, -sīʹmən) n. An evaluation of the relative mental development of children by a series of psychological tests of intellectual ...
Binford, Lewis R(oberts)
born Nov. 21, 1930, Norfolk, Va., U.S. U.S. archaeologist. Binford taught principally at the University of New Mexico. In the mid 1960s he initiated what came to be known as ...
bing1 /bing/, n. Brit. Dial. a heap or pile. [1275-1325; ME < ON bingr bunk, bin] bing2 /bing/, v.i. Obs. to go. [1560-70; orig. uncert.] * * *
/bing/, n. a variety of dark red or blackish sweet cherry. Also called Bing cherry. [1920-25, Amer.] /bing/, n. 1. Sir Rudolf, 1902-97, English opera impresario born in Austria; ...
Bing cherry
Bing cherry [biŋ] n. a dark-red variety of sweet cherry * * *
Bing Crosby
➡ Crosby * * *

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