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Blanc, Mel(vin Jerome)
born May 30, 1908, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. died July 10, 1989, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. entertainer. He began his career as a musician on NBC radio, and in 1933 he joined a ...
Blanc, Mont
Italian Monte Bianco Mountain massif, Europe. Located in the Alps on the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland, it is Europe's highest peak, at 15,771 ft (4,807 m). It was ...
Blanc (bläɴ), Louis. 1811-1882. French political theorist whose writings, most notably Organization of Work (1839), are among the most influential early socialist treatises. * ...
Blanc,Melvin Jerome
Blanc (blăngk), Melvin Jerome. Known as “Mel.” 1908-1989. American actor who gained fame as the voice of more than 400 cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny and Porky ...
Blanc (blăngk, bläɴ), Mont The highest peak of the Alps, rising to 4,810.2 m (15,771 ft) in the Savoy Alps of southeast France on the Italian border. * * *
Blanca Peak
/blang"keuh/ a mountain in S Colorado: highest peak in the Sangre de Cristo Range. 14,390 ft. (4385 m). * * *
Blanca, Cordillera
▪ mountains, Peru       eastern section of the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes, in west central Peru, South America. The snowcapped range extends about 110 mi (180 ...
Blan·ca Peak (blăngʹkə) A mountain, 4,375.2 m (14,345 ft) high, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado. It is the highest elevation in the range. * * *
blanc fixe (blăngkʹ fĭksʹ, bläɴ fēksʹ) n. Powdered barium sulfate used as a base for watercolor pigments and as a filler in paper.   [French : blanc, white + fixe, ...
blanch1 —blancher, n. /blanch, blahnch/, v.t. 1. to whiten by removing color; bleach: Workers were blanching linen in the sun. 2. Cookery. a. to scald briefly and then drain, ...
Blanch, Lesley
▪ 2008       British writer and traveler born June 6, 1904, London, Eng. died May 7, 2007, Menton, France delighted readers with many books that, like her life, were ...
(as used in expressions) Bethune Louise Blanchard Jennie Louise Blanchard Blanchard Jean Pierre François Blanchard Thomas * * *
Blanchard, Jean-Pierre-François
born July 4, 1753, Les Andelys, France died March 7, 1809, Paris French balloonist. In 1785 he made the first aerial crossing of the English Channel, accompanied by John ...
Blanchard, Thomas
born June 24, 1788, Sutton, Mass., U.S. died April 16, 1864, Boston, Mass. U.S. inventor. In 1818 he invented a lathe capable of turning irregular shapes, such as a gunstock. ...
/blanch, blahnch/, n. a female given name: ultimately from a Germanic word meaning "white." * * *
Blanche Of Castile
▪ wife of Louis VIII French  Blanche De Castille,  Spanish  Blanca De Castilla  born 1188, Palencia, Castile [Spain] died Nov. 12, 1252, Paris, France       wife of ...
See blanch. * * *
Blanchet Family
▪ French family       family of French instrument makers, settled in Paris. François-Étienne Blanchet (François the Elder; b. c. 1700, Paris, France—d. 1761, Paris) ...
Blanchfield, Florence A.
▪ American nurse and army officer born April 1, 1884, Shepherdstown, W.Va., U.S. died May 12, 1971, Washington, D.C.       American nurse and army officer who succeeded ...
Blanchot, Maurice
▪ 2004       French novelist and critic (b. Sept. 27, 1907, Quain, France—d. Feb. 20, 2003, Mesnil Saint Denis, France), was a reclusive intellectual who influenced ...
/bleuh mahnj", -mahonnzh"/, n. 1. a sweet pudding prepared with almond milk and gelatin and flavored with rum or kirsch. 2. a sweet, white pudding made with milk and cornstarch ...
Blanco, Serge
▪ French athlete born Aug. 31, 1958, Caracas, Venez.       French rugby player regarded as perhaps the best attacking fullback in the history of rugby union. Between ...
/blahng"kaw fawm baw"nah/, n. Rufino /rddooh fee"naw/, 1874-1944, Venezuelan author. * * *
Blanco-Fombona, Rufino
▪ Venezuelan writer born June 17, 1874, Caracas, Venezuela died October 17, 1944, Buenos Aires, Argentina       Venezuelan literary historian and man of letters who ...
Blancornelas, Jesus
▪ 2007       Mexican journalist (b. Nov. 14, 1936, San Luis Potosí, Mex.—d. Nov. 23, 2006, Tijuana, Mex.), was the trailblazing cofounder (1980; with Héctor Félix ...
—blandly, adv. —blandness, n. /bland/, adj., blander, blandest. 1. pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner. 2. soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern ...
/bland/, n. James A(llen), 1854-1911, U.S. songwriter and minstrel performer. * * *
Bland, Bobby “Blue”
▪ American singer byname of  Robert Calvin Bland  born Jan. 27, 1930, Rosemark, Tenn., U.S.    American rhythm-and-blues (rhythm and blues) singer noted for his rich ...
Bland-Allison Act
/bland"al"euh seuhn/, U.S. Hist. an act of Congress (1878) requiring the federal government to purchase at the market price from two to four million dollars' worth of silver ...
Blanda, George
▪ American athlete in full  George Frederick Blanda  born September 17, 1927, Youngwood, Pennsylvania, U.S.       American professional gridiron football player who ...
Blanda, George (Frederick)
born Sept. 17, 1927, Youngwood, Pa., U.S. U.S. football player. He played for the University of Kentucky. As a professional quarterback and kicker, he played for the Chicago ...
Blandiana, Ana
▪ Romanian author pseudonym of  Otilia Valeria Coman Rusan   born March 25, 1942, Timișoara, Rom.       Romanian lyric poet, essayist, and translator, considered one ...
Blanding's turtle
▪ reptile  freshwater turtle, family Emydidae, found in southern Canada and the north-central to northeastern United States. The upper shell (carapace) of Blanding's turtle ...
—blandisher, n. —blandishingly, adv. /blan"dish/, v.t. 1. to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole: They blandished the guard into letting them through the ...
See blandish. * * *
/blan"dish meuhnt/, n. Often, blandishments. something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.: Our blandishments left him unmoved. We succumbed to the ...
See bland. * * *
See blandly. * * *
Blandrata, George
▪ Italian religious leader Italian  Giorgio Biandrata   born c. 1515, Saluzzo, Piedmont [Italy] died , early May 1588, Gyulafehérvár, Transylvania ...
Blane, Ralph
▪ 1996       U.S. Tin Pan Alley songwriter of such all-time favourites as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Boy Next Door," and "Trolley Song" (b. July 26, ...
Blane, Sir Gilbert, 1st Baronet
▪ Scottish physician born August 1749, Blanefield, Ayr, Scot. died June 26, 1834, London, Eng.       physician known for his reforms in naval hygiene and medicine, ...
—blankness, n. /blangk/, adj., blanker, blankest, n., v. adj. 1. (of paper or other writing surface) having no marks; not written or printed on: a blank sheet of paper. 2. not ...
blank cartridge
Ordn. a cartridge containing powder only, without a bullet. [1820-30] * * *
blank check
1. a bank check bearing a signature but no stated amount. 2. unrestricted authority; a free hand: He was given a blank check in the choice of personnel for the new ...
blank endorsement
an endorsement on a check or note naming no payee, and therefore payable to bearer. Also called endorsement in blank. * * *
blank shell
a shotgun shell containing powder but no shot. * * *
blank tape
magnetic tape that has no recorded sound or image, as an unused or erased tape. * * *
blank verse
unrhymed verse, esp. the unrhymed iambic pentameter most frequently used in English dramatic, epic, and reflective verse. [1580-90] * * * Unrhymed verse, specifically unrhymed ...
blank wall
an impassable barricade or obstacle; a situation in which further progress is impossible: Attempts to get information by questioning the neighbors ran into a blank wall. * * *
/blangk"book"/ for 1; /blangk"book'/ for 2, n. 1. a book containing blank pages, as a notebook or sketchbook. 2. a book or pad of blank forms, as printed blanks for receipts or ...
blank cartridge n. A gun cartridge with a charge of powder but no bullet. * * *
blank check n. 1. A signed check with no amount to be paid filled in. 2. Total freedom of action; carte blanche. * * *
blank endorsement n. An endorsement on a check or negotiable note that names no payee, making it payable to the bearer. Also called endorsement in blank. * * *
Blankers-Koen, Fanny
▪ 2005 Francina Elsje Blankers-Koen; “The Flying Housewife”        Dutch athlete (b. April 26, 1918, near Baarn, Neth.—d. Jan. 25, 2004, Amsterdam, Neth.), ...
—blanketless, adj. —blanketlike, adj. /blang"kit/, n. 1. a large, rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used esp. for warmth as a bed covering. 2. a ...
blanket chest
Furniture. a chest, with or without drawers, having a rectangular space under a lifting lid or top, used for storing blankets, bedding, or clothing. * * *
blanket roll
1. a blanket or sleeping bag rolled into a cylindrical pack for easy carrying and outdoor use by hikers, soldiers, cowboys, etc., often with cooking utensils, food, and personal ...
blanket sheet
a newspaper of larger than average size, common in the mid 19th century. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
blanket stitch
a basic sewing stitch in which widely spaced, interlocking loops, or purls, are formed, used for cutwork, as a decorative finish for edges, etc. [1875-80] * * *
blanket toss
a game in which a person is repeatedly tossed into the air and caught on an open blanket by a group of people who hold the blanket at its edges and stretch and relax it for each ...
/blang"kit flow'euhr/, n. any composite plant of the genus Gaillardia, having showy heads of yellow or red flowers. [1875-80; BLANKET + FLOWER] * * *
/blang"kit stich'/, v.t., v.i. to sew using a blanket stitch. [1955-60; v. use of BLANKET STITCH] * * *
☆ blanketflower [blaŋ′kitflou΄ər ] n. a gaillardia, esp. the common, yellow perennial species (Gaillardia aristata) * * * blanket flower n. See gaillardia. * * *
/blang"ki ting/, n. 1. blankets: The blanketing was too warm. 2. Radio. the effect of a signal from a powerful transmitter that interferes with or prevents the reception of other ...
blanket stitch n. A buttonhole stitch used for edging around heavy material. * * *
/blang"ki tee blangk"/, adj., adv. Informal. damned; darned (used to imply an omission of an unprintable or unspeakable word): The blankety-blank motor stalled again. [1885-90; ...
/blangk"lee/, adv. 1. without expression or understanding: She stared blankly at her inquisitors. 2. in every respect; totally; fully: He blankly denied ever saying such a ...
See blankly. * * *
blank slate n. Something that has yet to be marked, determined, or developed: “Neurobiologists have been arguing for decades over whether embryonic neurons are blank slates or ...
blank verse n. Verse consisting of unrhymed lines, usually of iambic pentameter. * * *
/blahng ket", blahonn-/, n. a ragout of lamb, veal, or chicken, prepared in a velouté sauce, usually garnished with croutons or small onions and mushrooms. [1740-50; < F; see ...
Blanqui, (Louis–) Auguste
born Feb. 1, 1805, Puget-Théniers, France died Jan. 1, 1881, Paris French socialist and revolutionary. A legendary martyr-figure of French radicalism, Blanqui believed that ...
Blanqui, Adolphe
▪ French economist in full  Jérôme-adolphe Blanqui   born Nov. 21, 1798, Nice, France died Jan. 28, 1854, Paris       French liberal economist whose History of ...
Blanqui, Auguste
▪ French socialist born Feb. 1, 1805, Puget-Théniers, Fr. died Jan. 1, 1881, Paris       revolutionary socialist, a legendary martyr-figure of French radicalism, ...
/blahng keel"yoh/; Sp. /blahng kee"lyaw, -kee"yaw/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) blanquillo, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) blanquillos /-keel"yohz/; Sp. ...
Blanton, Jimmy
orig. James Blanton born October 1918, Chattanooga, Tenn., U.S. died July 30, 1942, Monrovia, Calif. U.S. jazz musician. He joined Duke Ellington's orchestra as a string bass ...
/blan tuyeur"/, n. a city in S Malawi: includes the former town of Limbe. 228,520. * * * City (pop., 1998: 502,053), southern Malawi. The largest city in Malawi, it was founded ...
/blair/, v., blared, blaring, n. v.i. 1. to emit a loud, raucous sound: The trumpets blared as the procession got under way. v.t. 2. to sound loudly; proclaim noisily: We sat ...
/blahr"nee/, n., v., blarneyed, blarneying. n. 1. flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery. 2. deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was ...
Blarney stone
a stone in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it. * * *
Blaschka glass
      glass models, primarily of natural history specimens, made by Leopold Blaschka (died 1895) and his son Rudolph (died 1939). The Blaschkas were Bohemian, or Czech, by ...
Blaschke, Wilhelm Johann Eugen
▪ German mathematician born Sept. 13, 1885, Graz, Austria-Hungary died March 17, 1962, Hamburg       German mathematician whose major contributions to geometry ...
Blasco Ibáñez
/blah"skaw ee vah"nyeth, -nyes/ Vicente /bee then"te, -sen"-/, 1867-1928, Spanish novelist, journalist, and politician. * * *
Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente
born Jan. 29, 1867, Valencia, Spain died Jan. 28, 1928, Menton, France Spanish writer and politician. An ardent republican, he was elected to the Cortes (parliament) but later ...
Blasco Ibáñez,Vicente
Blas·co I·bá·ñez (bläʹskō ē-bänʹyās, ē-vänʹyĕth), Vicente. 1867-1928. Spanish writer of naturalistic novels concerning his homeland, such as The Cabin (1898), ...
/blah zay", blah"zay/; Fr. /blann zay"/, adj. indifferent to or bored with life; unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures. [1810-20; < F, ptp. of blaser to ...
Blasis, Carlo
born Nov. 4, 1803, Naples, Kingdom of Naples died Jan. 15, 1878, Cernobbio, Italy Italian ballet teacher and writer on the technique, history, and theory of dance. He danced ...
Blaskowitz, Johannes
▪ German field marshal born July 10, 1883, Peterswalde, Ger. died Feb. 5, 1948, Nürnberg       German field marshal, a tank specialist who commanded German military ...
▪ satiric verse       a type of catalog verse in which something is either praised or blamed through a detailed listing of its attributes or faults. The word is ...
—blasphemer /blas fee"meuhr, blas"fee-, -feuh-/, n. /blas feem", blas"feem/, v., blasphemed, blaspheming. v.t. 1. to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred ...
See blaspheme. * * *
—blasphemously, adv. —blasphemousness, n. /blas"feuh meuhs/, adj. uttering, containing, or exhibiting blasphemy; irreverent; profane. [1525-35; < LL blasphemus < Gk ...
See blasphemous. * * *
See blasphemously. * * *
/blas"feuh mee/, n., pl. blasphemies. 1. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things. 2. Judaism. a. an act of cursing or reviling God. b. pronunciation of the ...
Blass, Bill
born June 22, 1922, Ft. Wayne, Ind., U.S. died June 12, 2002, New Preston, Conn. U.S. fashion designer. Blass left home at age 17 to attend the Parsons School of Design in New ...
Blass, William Ralph
▪ 2003 “Bill”        American fashion designer (b. June 22, 1922, Fort Wayne, Ind.—d. June 12, 2002, New Preston, Conn.), became an icon in the fashion world not ...
—blaster, n. —blasty, adj. /blast, blahst/, n. 1. a sudden and violent gust of wind: Wintry blasts chilled us to the marrow. 2. the blowing of a trumpet, whistle, etc.: One ...
blast cell
Biol. any undifferentiated or immature cell. [1950-55] * * *
blast furnace
a large vertical furnace for smelting iron from ore, using coke as fuel: designed so as to direct a continuous blast of air through the fuel in order to obtain a high rate of ...
blast injury
      any injury caused by a pressure wave such as that following an explosion. Blast injuries may be inflicted by such waves traveling in gases, liquids, or solids. The ...
blast lamp
a torch or lamp, as a blowtorch or a lamp for lampworking, in which the flame is fed by an air or oxygen blast. [1880-85] * * *
blast wave
a violent propagating disturbance, produced by an explosion in air, that consists of an abrupt rise in pressure followed by a drop in pressure to or below atmospheric ...
blast- [blast] combining form BLASTO-: used before a vowel * * * blast- pref. Variant of blasto-. * * *
Blastares, Matthew
▪ Greek theologian and scholar flourished 14th century       Greek Orthodox monk, theological writer, and Byzantine legal authority whose systematizing of church and ...
blast cell n. 1. A precursor of a human blood cell. 2. An immature, undifferentiated cell.   [-blast + cell.] * * *
/blas"tid, blah"stid/, adj. 1. withered; shriveled; blighted; ruined. 2. damned; confounded: This blasted pen leaked all over my shirt. [1545-55; BLAST (v.) + -ED2] * * *
—blastemal, blastematic /blas'teuh mat"ik/, blastemic /bla stee"mik, -steem"ik/, adj. /bla stee"meuh/, n., pl. blastemas, blastemata /-meuh teuh/. Embryol. an aggregation of ...
See blastema. * * *
See blastemal. * * *
See blastemal. * * *
See blast. * * *
blast furnace Precision Graphics n. A furnace in which combustion is intensified by a blast of air, especially a furnace for smelting iron by blowing air through a hot mixture ...
      process of reducing a solid body, such as rock, to fragments by using an explosive. Conventional blasting operations include (1) drilling holes, (2) placing a ...
blasting cap
▪ explosive device also called  Detonator,         device that initiates the detonation of a charge of a high explosive by subjecting it to percussion by a shock ...
blasting gelatin
a type of plastic dynamite containing about 7 percent of a cellulose nitrate, used chiefly in underwater work. * * *
blasting powder
a form of gunpowder made with sodium nitrate instead of saltpeter, used chiefly for blasting rock, ore, etc. [1865-70] * * *
a combining form meaning "bud, sprout," "embryo," "formative cells or cell layer," used in the formation of compound words: blastosphere. Also, -blast. [ < Gk, comb. form of ...
—blastocoelic, adj. /blas"teuh seel'/, n. Embryol. the cavity of a blastula, arising in the course of cleavage. Also, blastocoele. Also called segmentation cavity. [1875-80; ...
blastocoele or blastocele [blas′tō sēl΄, blas′təsēl] n. 〚 BLASTO- + -COELE〛 the segmentation cavity of a developing ovum or of the blastula * * *
See blastocoel. * * *
/blas"teuh sist/, n. Embryol. the blastula of the mammalian embryo, consisting of an inner cell mass, a cavity, and an outer layer, the trophoblast. [1885-90; BLASTO- + -CYST] * ...
See blastocyst. * * *
blas·to·cyte (blăsʹtə-sīt') n. An undifferentiated blastomere of the morula or the blastula stage of an embryo. * * *
—blastodermic, blastodermatic, adj. /blas"teuh derrm'/, n. Embryol. 1. the primitive layer of cells that results from the segmentation of the ovum. 2. the layer of cells ...
See blastodermic. * * *
See blastoderm. * * *
blastodermic vesicle n. See blastocyst. * * *
/blas"teuh disk'/, n. Embryol. the blastula that forms as a flattened sphere on top of the yolk in the yolk-laden eggs of birds and reptiles. Also, blastodisc. [1885-90; BLASTO- ...
/blast"awf', -of', blahst"-/, n. Aerospace. the launching of a rocket, guided missile, or spacecraft. [1950-55; n. use of v. phrase blast off] * * *
/blas'teuh jen"euh sis/, n. Biol. 1. reproduction by budding. 2. the theory of the transmission of hereditary characters by germ plasm. [1885-90; BLASTO- + -GENESIS] * * *
See blastogenesis. * * *
See blastogenetic. * * *
▪ fossil class       any member of an extinct class (Blastoidea) of echinoderms, animals related to the modern starfish and sea lilies, that existed from the Middle ...
/bla stoh"meuh/, n., pl. blastomas, blastomata /-meuh teuh/. Pathol. a tumor originating from undifferentiated embryonic cells and having little or no connective tissue. [BLAST- ...
—blastomeric /blas'teuh mer"ik, -mear"-/, adj. /blas"teuh mear'/, n. Embryol. any cell produced during cleavage. [1875-80; BLASTO- + -MERE] * * *
See blastomere. * * *
/blas'teuh muy"seet, -muy seet"/, n. any yeastlike fungus of the genus Blastomyces, all members of which are pathogenic to humans and other animals. [1895-1900; back formation ...
blas·to·my·cin (blăs'tə-mīʹsĭn) n. A preparation that is derived from a culture of the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis and is injected intracutaneously as a diagnostic ...
—blastomycotic /blas'toh muy kot"ik/, adj. /blas'toh muy koh"sis/, n. Pathol. any of several diseases caused by certain yeastlike fungi, esp. blastomycetes. [1895-1900; < NL; ...
See blastoporic. * * *
—blastoporic /blas"teuh pawr"ik, -por"-/, blastoporal /blas'teuh pawr"euhl, -pohr"-/, adj. /blas"teuh pawr', -pohr'/, n. Embryol. the opening of an archenteron. [1875-80; ...
See blastopore. * * *
/blas"teuh sfear'/, n. Embryol. a blastula, esp. a blastocyst. [BLASTO- + -SPHERE] * * *
/blas"teuh spawr', -spohr'/, n. Bot. a fungal spore that arises by budding. [1920-25; BLASTO- + -SPORE] * * *
—blastostylar, adj. /blas"teuh stuyl'/, n. Zool. the central rodlike portion of a gonangium, upon which buds that develop into medusae are formed. [BLASTO- + STYLE] * * *
—blastular, adj. —blastulation /blas'cheuh lay"sheuhn/, n. /blas"cheuh leuh/, n., pl. blastulas, blastulae /-lee'/. Embryol. the early developmental stage of an animal, ...
See blastula. * * *
See blastular. * * *
/blat/, v., blatted, blatting, n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. and Great Lakes. v.i. 1. bleat. 2. to make a loud or raucous noise. v.t 3. to utter loudly and indiscreetly; ...
blatancy [blāt′'n sē] n. pl. blatancies a blatant quality or thing * * * See blatant. * * *
—blatancy, n. —blatantly, adv. /blayt"nt/, adj. 1. brazenly obvious; flagrant: a blatant error in simple addition; a blatant lie. 2. offensively noisy or loud; clamorous: ...
See blatancy. * * *
Blatch, Harriot Eaton Stanton
▪ American suffragist née  Harriot Eaton Stanton   born January 20, 1856, Seneca Falls, New York, U.S. died November 20, 1940, Greenwich, Connecticut  leader in the woman ...
Blatchford, Samuel
▪ United States jurist born March 9, 1820, New York City died July 7, 1893, Newport, R.I., U.S.       associate justice of the United States Supreme Court ...
blate1 —blately, adv. —blateness, n. /blayt/, adj. Chiefly Scot. bashful; shy. [bef. 1000; OE blat livid, pallid, (of a sound) low (not found in ME)] blate2 /blayt/, v., ...
—blatherer, n. /bladh"euhr/, n. 1. foolish, voluble talk: His speech was full of the most amazing blather. v.i., v.t. 2. to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble: The poor ...
See blather. * * *
/bladh"euhr skuyt'/, n. 1. a person given to voluble, empty talk. 2. nonsense; blather. [1640-50; BLATHER + skite SKATE3] * * *
—blatterer, n. /blat"euhr/, v.i. 1. to chatter volubly. v.t. 2. to utter volubly. n. 3. the act or sound of blattering. [1545-55; < L blaterare to prate, babble; use and ...
/blow"bok'/, n., pl. blauboks, (esp. collectively) blaubok. a bluish antelope, Hippotragus leucophaeus, of southern Africa, having backward curving horns: now extinct. [ < Afrik ...
Blaue Reiter
/blow"euh rdduy"teuhrdd/, German. a group of artists active in Germany, esp. in or near Munich, during the early 20th century, whose works were characterized by the use of Fauve ...
Blaue Reiter, Der
(German; "The Blue Rider") Organization of Expressionist artists formed in Munich in 1911 by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. The name derived from a volume of essays and ...
/bleuh vat"skee/, n. Madame (Elena Petrovna Blavatskaya, nee Hahn), 1831-91, Russian theosophist. * * *
Blavatsky, Helena
▪ Russian spiritualist née  Helena Petrovna Hahn   born Aug. 12 [July 31, Old Style], 1831, Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine] died May ...
Blavatsky, Helena (Petrovna)
orig. Helena Petrovna Hahn known as Madame Blavatsky born Aug. 12, 1831, Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine, Russian Empire died May 8, 1891, London, Eng. Russian spiritualist and ...
Blavatsky,Helena Petrovna Hahn
Bla·vat·sky (blə-vătʹskē, -vätʹ-), Helena Petrovna Hahn. 1831-1891. Russian-born theosophist who founded (1875) the Theosophical Society in New York City and wrote books ...
/blaw/, v.i., v.t. Scot. and North Eng. blow2. * * *
/blak'sploy tay"sheuhn/, n. the exploitation of blacks, esp. in movies featuring or intending to appeal to blacks. [1970-75, Amer.; blend of blax (resp. of blacks) + ...
blaze1 /blayz/, n., v., blazed, blazing. n. 1. a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth. 2. a bright, hot gleam or glow: the blaze of day. 3. a sparkling ...
Blazejowski, Carol
▪ American athlete born Sept. 29, 1956, Elizabeth, N.J., U.S.       American basketball player and sports executive whose playing career featured a number of records ...
blaze orange n. A very bright orange, often used to set something apart from its surroundings. Also called safety orange. * * *
/blay"zeuhr/, n. 1. something that blazes or shines brightly. 2. a sports jacket, usually a solid color or striped, having metal buttons and sometimes an insignia on the breast ...
—blazingly, adv. /blay"zing/, adj. 1. burning brightly and with great heat, force, etc. 2. of tremendous intensity or fervor: a performance of blazing ferocity. [1350-1400; ME; ...
blazing star
1. any of certain plants with showy flower clusters, as Chamaelirium luteum, of the lily family, or the composite plant Liatris spicata. 2. a plant, Mentzelia laevicaulis, of the ...
See blaze1. * * *
blaz·ing star (blāʹzĭng) n. 1. A rhizomatous dioecious herb (Chamaelirium luteum) in the lily family, having long racemes of small flowers. Also called devil's bit. 2. Any of ...
—blazoner, n. —blazonment, n. /blay"zeuhn/, v.t. 1. to set forth conspicuously or publicly; display; proclaim: The pickets blazoned their grievances on placards. 2. to adorn ...
See blazon. * * *
See blazoner. * * *
/blay"zeuhn ree/, n. 1. brilliant decoration or display: The wedding had all the blazonry of a coronation. 2. Heraldry. a. the act or technique of describing coats of arms. b. a ...
bld. abbr. 1. blood. 2. boldface. * * *
bldg abbrev. building * * *
building. * * *
Building Engineer. * * *
bldr abbrev. builder * * *
builder. * * *
—bleachable, adj. —bleachability, n. /bleech/, v.t. 1. to make whiter or lighter in color, as by exposure to sunlight or a chemical agent; remove the color from. 2. Photog. ...
/blee"cheuhr/, n. 1. Usually, bleachers. a typically roofless section of inexpensive and unreserved seats in tiers, esp. at an open-air athletic stadium. 2. a person or thing ...
/blee"cheuh ruyt'/, n. a spectator seated in the bleachers. [1895-1900, Amer.; BLEACHER(S) + -ITE1] * * *
☆ bleachers [blēch′ərz ] pl.n. 〚
/blee"cheuh ree/, n., pl. bleacheries. a place or establishment where bleaching is carried on. [1705-15, Amer.; BLEACH + -ERY] * * *
bleaching powder
Chem. a white powder that decomposes on contact with water and has the characteristic odor of gaseous chlorine: regarded, when dry, as a mixed calcium hypochlorite-chloride, used ...
bleach·ing powder (blēʹchĭng) n. A powder containing calcium chloride and calcium hypochlorite, used in solution as a bleach. Also called chloride of lime, chlorinated ...
bleak1 —bleakish, adj. —bleakly, adv. —bleakness, n. /bleek/, adj., bleaker, bleakest. 1. bare, desolate, and often windswept: a bleak plain. 2. cold and piercing; raw: a ...
Bleak House
a novel (1852) by Charles Dickens. * * *
See bleak1. * * *
See bleakly. * * *
—blearedness /blear"id nis/, n. /blear/, v.t. 1. to make dim, as with tears or inflammation: a biting wind that bleared the vision. adj. 2. (of the eyes) dim from tears. 3. ...
blear-eyed (blîrʹīd') adj. Variant of bleary-eyed. * * *
See bleary. * * *
See blearily. * * *
—blearily, adv. —bleariness, n. /blear"ee/, adj., blearier, bleariest. 1. (of the eyes or sight) blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness. 2. indistinct; unclear: The ...
/blear"ee uyd'/, adj. 1. having bleary eyes. 2. dull of perception; shortsighted. Also, blear-eyed. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
—bleater, n. —bleatingly, adv. /bleet/, v.i. 1. to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry. v.t. 2. to give forth with or as if with a bleat: ...
See bleat. * * *
/blee"euhnt/, n. a short tunic or blouse, worn in the Middle Ages. [1275-1325; ME bleaunt, blihand < AF blia(u)nt, bliaut, OF blialt, akin to OPr blidal, blizal; of uncert. ...
—blebby, adj. /bleb/, n. 1. Med. a blister or vesicle. 2. a bubble. [1600-10; akin to BLOB, BLUBBER] * * *
See bleb. * * *
▪ plant family  the chain fern family, containing 9 genera and some 200 species, in the division Pteridophyta (the lower vascular plants (plant)). The family occurs nearly ...
Bled, Lake
▪ lake, Slovenia Serbo-Croatian  Bledsko Jezero   glacial lake in the extreme northwestern region of Slovenia, situated northwest of Ljubljana. A summer health and holiday ...
Blee, David Henry
▪ 2001       American intelligence officer (b. Nov. 20, 1916, San Francisco, Calif.—d. Aug. 4, 2000, Bethesda, Md.), was a master spy (1947–85) in the CIA (and its ...
/bleed/, v., bled /bled/, bleeding, n., adj. v.i. 1. to lose blood from the vascular system, either internally into the body or externally through a natural orifice or break in ...
/blee"deuhr/, n. 1. a person who bleeds abnormally because of low clotting rate; hemophiliac. 2. a person or animal that bleeds easily, esp. an athlete or racehorse. 3. a person ...
bleeder tile
a terra-cotta pipe for conveying water from a drainage tile to a sewer or drain. Also called bleeder pipe. * * *
/blee"ding/, n. 1. the act, fact, or process of losing blood or having blood flow. 2. the act or process of drawing blood from a person, esp. surgically; bloodletting. 3. the ...
bleeding and blood clotting
▪ disease Introduction       escape of blood from blood vessels into surrounding tissue and the process of coagulation through the action of platelets. Significance ...
bleeding edge
the most advanced stage of a technology, art, etc., usually experimental and risky. [1980-85; patterned after CUTTING or LEADING EDGE] * * *
bleeding heart
—bleeding-heart, adj. 1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, esp. D. spectabilis, a common garden plant having long, one-sided ...
Bleeding Kansas
Term applied to a period of civil unrest (1854–59) between proslavery and antislavery advocates for control of the new Kansas Territory. Under the doctrine of popular ...
See bleeding heart. * * *
bleeding heart n. 1. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Dicentra, especially the Old World D. spectabilis, having arching clusters of pink to red or sometimes white, ...
Bleek, Wilhelm
▪ German linguist born March 8, 1827, Berlin died August 17, 1875, Cape Town       comparative linguist known for his pioneer studies of South African languages as the ...
/bleep/, n. 1. a brief, constant beeping sound, usually of a high pitch and generated by an electronic device. 2. such an electronic sound used to replace a censored word or ...
bleeped out
➡ swear words * * *
See bleep. * * *
/blee"ping/, adj. (used as a substitute word for one regarded as objectionable): Get that bleeping cat out of here! Also, blipping. [1975-80; BLEEP + -ING2] * * *
Blegen, Carl
▪ American archaeologist born Jan. 27, 1887, Minneapolis, Minn., U.S. died Aug. 24, 1971, Athens       archaeologist who found striking evidence to substantiate and ...
Bleibtrey, Ethelda
▪ American athlete born Feb. 27, 1902, Waterford, N.Y., U.S. died May 6, 1978, West Palm Beach, Fla.       American swimmer who overcame a crippling illness to win ...
▪ county, Sweden       län (county) and landskap (province), southern Sweden, between the provinces of Småland and Skåne and the Baltic Sea. It is the second ...
/blel"euhm/, n. Scot. Obs. an idle, indiscreet talker. [1780-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
—blemisher, n. /blem"ish/, v.t. 1. to destroy or diminish the perfection of: The book is blemished by those long, ineffective descriptions. n. 2. a mark that detracts from ...
See blemish. * * *
blench1 —blencher, n. —blenchingly, adv. /blench/, v.i. to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze. [bef. 1000; ME blenchen, OE blencan; c. ...
See blench1. * * *
/blend/, v., blended or blent, blending, n. v.t. 1. to mix smoothly and inseparably together: to blend the ingredients in a recipe. 2. to mix (various sorts or grades) in order ...
/blend/, n. Mineral. 1. sphalerite; zinc sulfide. 2. any of certain other sulfides. [1675-85; < G; cf. MHG blenden to make blind, deceive; so called because it often looks ...
blended family
a family composed of a couple and their children from previous marriages. [1980-85] * * *
blended whiskey
whiskey that is a blend of two or more whiskeys, or of whiskey and neutral spirits, and that contains at least 20 percent of 100-proof straight whiskey by volume after ...
blend·ed family (blĕnʹdĭd) n. A stepfamily. * * *
blended whiskey n. Whiskey that is either a blend of two or more whiskeys, especially a malt whiskey and an unmalted grain whiskey, or a blend of whiskey and neutral spirits. * * ...
/blen"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that blends. 2. an electric culinary grinding and mixing appliance, consisting of a container with propellerlike blades at the bottom that ...
▪ yarn manufacturing       in yarn production, process of combining fibres of different origins, length, thickness, or colour to make yarn. Blending is accomplished ...
blending inheritance
Genetics. inheritance in which contrasting parental characters appear as a blend in the offspring. Cf. particulate inheritance. [1920-25] * * *
blend·ing inheritance (blĕnʹdĭng) n. Genetics The inheritance pattern of a system involving incomplete dominance, whereby characters are inherited in heterozygous individuals ...
/blen"euhm/, n. village in S Germany, on the Danube: famous victory of the Duke of Marlborough over the French, 1704. German, Blindheim. * * * ▪ New Zealand       town, ...
Blenheim Palace
➡ Blenheim * * * English residence near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, designed by John Vanbrugh and built (1705–24) by the British Parliament as a gift to John Churchill, duke of ...
Blenheim spaniel
one of a breed of toy spaniels having a short head and long ears. [1830-40; named after Blenheim, country house of Duke of Marlborough in Oxfordshire, England] * * *
Blenheim, Battle of
(Aug. 13, 1704) Famous victory of the duke of Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy against the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, fought at Blenheim (now Blindheim) on the ...
Blenkinsop, John
▪ English inventor born 1783, near Leeds, Yorkshire [now West Yorkshire], Eng. died Jan. 22, 1831, Leeds       English inventor, designer of the first practical and ...
/blen"ee oyd'/, adj. 1. resembling a blenny. 2. of or pertaining to the blennies. [1860-65; BLENNY + -OID] * * *
/blen"ee/, n., pl. blennies. any of several fishes of the family Blenniidae and related families, esp. of the genus Blennius, having a long, tapering body and small pelvic fins ...
/blent/, v. a pt. and pp. of blend. * * *
/blee'euh muy"sin/, n. Pharm. a cytotoxic antibiotic, C55H84N17O21S3, derived from the fermentation product of the bacterium Streptomyces certicillus, used in the management of ...
a combining form meaning "eyelid," used in the formation of compound words: blepharitis. Also, esp. before a consonant, blepharo-. [ < Gk blephar-, comb. form of blépharon] * * *
—blepharitic /blef'euh rit"ik/, adj. /blef'euh ruy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the eyelids. [BLEPHAR- + -ITIS] * * * ▪ pathology       common inflammation of the ...
blepharo- [blef′ə rō΄, blef′ərə] 〚< Gr blepharon, eyelid〛 combining form eyelid, eyelids [blepharoplasty]: also, before a vowel, blephar- * * * blepharo- or ...
bleph·a·ro·plast (blĕfʹər-ə-plăst') n. A basal body in certain flagellated protozoans that consists of a minute mass of chromatin embedded in the cytoplasm at the base ...
/blef"euhr euh plas'tee/, n., pl. blepharoplasties. plastic surgery of the eyelid, used to remove epicanthic folds, sagging tissue, or wrinkles around the eyes or to repair ...
/blef"euhr euh spaz'euhm/, n. Pathol. spasmodic winking. [1870-75; BLEPHARO- + SPASM] * * *
/blay rddyaw"/; Eng. /blair"ee oh'/, n. Louis /lwee/, 1872-1936, French aviator, pioneer aeronautical engineer, and inventor. * * *
Blériot XI
▪ French aircraft  monoplane built and first flown by the French aviation pioneer Louis Blériot (Blériot, Louis) in 1909.       Blériot took to the air with his ...
Blériot, Louis
▪ French aviator born July 1, 1872, Cambrai, France died Aug. 2, 1936, Paris  French airplane manufacturer and aviator who made the first flight of an airplane between ...
Blé·riot (blāʹrē-ō, blā-ryōʹ), Louis. 1872-1936. French inventor and aviator who was the first to cross the English Channel by airplane (1909). * * *
/bles"bok'/, n., pl. blesboks, (esp. collectively) blesbok. a large antelope, Damaliscus albifrons, of southern Africa, having a blaze on the face. Also, blesbuck. [1815-25; < ...

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