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blue streak n. Informal 1. Something moving very fast. 2. A rapid and seemingly interminable stream of words: curse a blue streak.   [Probably in allusion to a bolt of ...
bluesy [blo͞oz′ē] adj. bluesier, bluesiest of or characteristic of the blues * * * See bluesman. * * *
/blooh"it/, n. 1. Usually, bluets. Also called innocence, Quaker-ladies. any of several North American plants of the genus Houstonia (or Hedyotis), of the madder family, esp. H. ...
▪ bird  (Erithacus svecicus or Luscinia svecica), Eurasian chat-thrush of the thrush family, Turdidae (order Passeriformes). The bluethroat is aobut 14 centimetres (5 1/2 ...
bluethroat pikeblenny
/blooh"throht'/. See under pikeblenny. [1870-75; BLUE + THROAT] * * *
/blooh"tik'/, n. an American hound having a usually black, tan, and white coat flecked or mottled with black, used in hunting foxes and raccoons. [BLUE + TICK1] * * *
/blooh"tung'/, n. Vet. Pathol. a viral disease of sheep and sometimes cattle, transmitted by biting insects and characterized by high fever, excessive salivation, swelling of the ...
▪ technology       technology standard used to enable short-range wireless communication between electronic devices. Bluetooth was developed in the late 1990s and soon ...
blu·ets (blo͞oʹĭts) pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of several herbs of the genus Hedyotis, especially the low-growing H. caerulea of eastern North America, which ...
/blooh"it/, n. blewit. * * *
blue vitriol n. A blue, crystalline hydrous solution of copper sulfate, CuSO4·5H2O, one of the most important industrial copper salts, used in insecticides, germicides, and hair ...
blue walleye n. See blue pike. * * *
blue water n. The open sea; deep water. * * *
/blooh"weed'/, n. 1. Also called blue thistle. a bristly weed, Echium vulgare, of the borage family, having showy blue flowers, a native of Europe naturalized in the U.S. 2. ...
blue whale Balaenoptera musculus Carlyn Iverson n. A very large whalebone whale (Balaenoptera musculus) having a bluish-gray back, yellow underparts, and several ventral throat ...
/blooh"wood'/, n. a shrub or small tree, Condalia obovata, of the buckthorn family, of western Texas and northern Mexico, often forming dense chaparral. [1880-85, Amer.; BLUE + ...
/blooh"ee/, n., pl. blueys. Australian. 1. swag2 (def. 2). 2. a legal summons. [1795-1805; BLUE + -Y2; (def. 1) so called because usu. wrapped in a blue blanket; (def. 2) so ...
bluff1 —bluffly, adv. —bluffness, n. /bluf/, adj., bluffer, bluffest, n. adj. 1. good-naturedly direct, blunt, or frank; heartily outspoken: a big, bluff, generous man. 2. ...
See bluff1. * * *
See bluffable. * * *
See bluff2. * * *
See bluffly. * * *
Bluford, Guion S(tewart), Jr.
born Nov. 22, 1942, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. U.S. astronaut. He flew 144 combat missions in the Vietnam War; on his return, he received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the ...
Bluford, Guion S., Jr.
▪ American astronaut in full  Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr.  born November 22, 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.    astronaut who was the first African American launched ...
/blooh"ing/, n. Chem. a substance, as indigo, used to whiten clothes or give them a bluish tinge. Also, blueing. [1660-70; BLUE + -ING1] * * *
—bluishness, n. /blooh"ish/, adj. somewhat blue. Also, blueish. [1350-1400; ME; see BLUE, -ISH1] * * *
See bluish. * * *
/bloohm/, n. Léon /lee"on/; Fr. /lay awonn"/, 1872-1950, French statesman, journalist, and Socialist Party leader: premier of France 1936-37, 1938, 1946-47. * * *
Blum, Léon
Blum (blo͞om), Léon. 1872-1950. French socialist politician who served as premier (1936-1937, 1938, and 1946-1947). He was imprisoned (1940-1945) by the Vichy government ...
/blum"berrg/, n. Baruch S(amuel), born 1925, U.S. physician: Nobel prize 1976. * * *
Blumberg, Baruch S(amuel)
born July 28, 1925, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. research physician. He received his M.D. from Columbia University. His discovery of an antigen that he later proved to be part of ...
Blumberg, Baruch S.
▪ American physician in full  Baruch Samuel Blumberg   born July 28, 1925, New York, N.Y., U.S.    American research physician whose discovery of an antigen that provokes ...
Blume (blo͞om), Judy. Born 1938. American novelist best known for depicting the everyday problems of adolescence. Her works include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret ...
Blu·me·nau (blo͞o'mĭ-nouʹ) A town of southern Brazil southwest of São Paulo. It was founded by German immigrants in the 1850s. Population: 211,862. * * * ▪ ...
Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich
▪ German anthropologist born May 11, 1752, Gotha, Ger. died Jan. 22, 1840, Göttingen  German physiologist and comparative anatomist, frequently called the father of physical ...
Blumenthal, Leonhard, Graf von
▪ Prussian officer born July 30, 1810, Schwedt an der Oder, Brandenburg died December 22, 1900, Quellendorf, Anhalt, Germany       Prussian field marshal active in the ...
/blun"deuhn/, n. Edmund, 1896-1974, English poet. * * *
Blunden, Edmund Charles
▪ British scholar born Nov. 1, 1896, London died Jan. 20, 1974, Long Melford, Suffolk, Eng.       poet, critic, scholar, and man of letters, whose verses in the ...
—blunderer, n. —blunderingly, adv. /blun"deuhr/, n. 1. a gross, stupid, or careless mistake: That's your second blunder this morning. v.i. 2. to move or act blindly, ...
/blun"deuhr bus'/, n. 1. a short musket of wide bore with expanded muzzle to scatter shot, bullets, or slugs at close range. 2. an insensitive, blundering person. [1645-55; < D ...
See blunder. * * *
/blun"deuhr hed'/, n. Informal. a blunderer; nincompoop. [1690-1700; BLUNDER + HEAD] * * *
See blunderer. * * *
/blunj/, v.t., blunged, blunging. to mix (clay or the like) with water, so as to form a liquid suspension. [1820-30; b. BLEND and PLUNGE] * * *
/blun"jeuhr/, n. 1. a large container with rotating arms for mechanical mixing of clay with water. 2. a person who blunges. [1820-30; BLUNGE + -ER1] * * *
(1947– ) a British Labour politician who is Britain’s only blind Member of Parliament. He became Home Secretary in 2001. * * *
Blunkett, David
▪ 2002       Following the U.K.'s 2001 general election, Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed David Blunkett to be home secretary, one of the most senior cabinet ...
—bluntly, adv. —bluntness, n. /blunt/, adj., blunter, bluntest, v., n. adj. 1. having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp: a blunt pencil. 2. abrupt ...
Blunt, Anthony
▪ British art historian and spy also called  (1956–79) Sir Anthony Blunt   born Sept. 26, 1907, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Eng. died March 26, 1983, ...
Blunt, Anthony (Frederick)
born Sept. 26, 1907, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Eng. died March 26, 1983, London British art historian and spy. He began his espionage for the Soviet Union after meeting Guy ...
Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen
▪ British poet born Aug. 17, 1840, Petworth House, Sussex, Eng. died Sept. 10, 1922, Newbuildings, Sussex       English poet best known for his elegant erotic verse and ...
See blunt. * * *
See bluntly. * * *
Bluntschli, Johann Kaspar
▪ Swiss scholar born March 7, 1808, Zürich died Oct. 21, 1881, Karlsruhe, Ger.       writer on international law, whose book Das moderne Kriegsrecht (1866; “The ...
—blurredly /blerr"id lee, blerrd"-/, adv. —blurredness, n. —blurringly, adv. /blerr/, v., blurred, blurring, n. v.t. 1. to obscure or sully (something) by smearing or with ...
—blurbist, n. /blerrb/, n. 1. a brief advertisement or announcement, esp. a laudatory one: She wrote a good blurb for her friend's novel. v.t. 2. to advertise or praise in the ...
See blur. * * *
—blurrily, adv. —blurriness, n. /blerr"ee/, adj. blurrier, blurriest. blurred; indistinct. [BLUR + -Y1] * * *
/blerrt/, v.t. 1. to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly (usually fol. by out): He blurted out the hiding place of the spy. n. 2. an abrupt ...
See blurt. * * *
—blushful, adj. —blushfully, adv. —blushfulness, n. —blushingly, adv. —blushless, adj. /blush/, v.i. 1. to redden, as from embarrassment or shame: He blushed when they ...
blush wine
a pale pink wine resembling white wine in taste, made from red grapes by removing the skins from the must before fermentation is completed. [1980-85] * * *
/blush"on', -awn'/, n. blusher (def. 2). [b. BLUSH and v. phrase brush on] * * *
/blush"euhr/, n. 1. a person who blushes. 2. Also called blush, blush-on. a cosmetic similar to rouge, used to add color to the cheeks. 3. an edible mushroom, Amanita rubescens, ...
See blush. * * *
See blushful. * * *
blush wine n. Any of several wines having a pink tinge. * * *
—blusterer, n. —blusteringly, adv. —blustery, blusterous, adj. —blusterously, adv. /blus"teuhr/, v.i. 1. to roar and be tumultuous, as wind. 2. to be loud, noisy, or ...
See bluster. * * *
See blusterer. * * *
See blusterer. * * *
Blvd abbrev. Boulevard * * *
boulevard. * * *
/bluy/, n. Nellie (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman), 1867-1922, U.S. journalist and social reformer. * * *
Bly, Nellie
orig. Elizabeth Cochrane born May 5, 1867?, Cochran's Mills, Pa., U.S. died Jan. 27, 1922, New York, N.Y. U.S. newspaper writer. Bly started writing for The Pittsburgh ...
Bly, Robert
▪ American author in full  Robert Elwood Bly  born December 23, 1926, Madison, Minnesota, U.S.       American poet, translator, editor, and author, perhaps best-known ...
Bly, Robert (Elwood)
born Dec. 23, 1926, Madison, Minn., U.S. U.S. poet and translator. Bly attended Harvard University and the University of Iowa. In 1958 he founded the magazine The Fifties ...
Bly (blī), Nellie. See Seaman, Elizabeth Cochrane. * * *
B lymphocyte also B-lym·pho·cyte (bēʹlĭmʹfə-sīt') n. See B cell. * * *
/bluyp/, n. Scot. a thin skin or membrane, esp. a small piece of skin. [1780-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
Blyth (blī, blīth) A municipal borough of northeast England on the North Sea at the mouth of the Blyth River. It is an industrial center and a seaport. Population: 78,200. * ...
Blyth Valley
▪ district, England, United Kingdom       borough (district), administrative and historic county of Northumberland, England, on the North Sea coast northeast of ...
/bluydh, bluyth/, n. a female given name. Also, Blithe. * * *
/bluydh"vil/, n. a city in NE Arkansas. 24,314. * * * ▪ Arkansas, United States       city, northern seat of Mississippi county (the southern seat is Osceola), ...
(1897–1968) a very successful English writer of children’s books. She wrote over 700 books, including the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Noddy series, which are still very ...
Blyton, Enid
▪ British author in full  Enid Mary Blyton   born Aug. 11, 1897, East Dulwich, London, Eng. died Nov. 28, 1968, Hampstead, London       prolific and highly popular ...
Blyton, Enid (Mary)
born Aug. 11, 1897, London, Eng. died Nov. 28, 1968, London English children's writer. Trained as a schoolteacher, she published her first book, Child Whispers, in 1922. She ...
1. basal metabolism. 2. Survey. bench mark. 3. black male. 4. Informal. bowel movement. * * *
(in full the British Medical Association) a professional association like a trade union that represents British doctors. It also organizes discussions on medical and moral ...
BME abbr. 1. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. 2. Bachelor of Mining Engineering. 3. Bachelor of Music Education. * * *
/bee myoohz"/, n. U.S. Mil. Ballistic Missile Early Warning System. * * *
BMI abbr. body mass index. * * *
➡ British Medical Journal. * * *
big man on campus. Also, B.M.O.C. * * *
B movie n. See B picture. * * *
basal metabolic rate. * * *
BMS abbr. Bachelor of Marine Science. * * *
BMus or B.Mus. abbrev. Bachelor of Music * * * BMus abbr. Bachelor of Music. * * *
in full Bayerische Motoren Werke AG German automaker. Founded as an aircraft engine manufacturer in 1916, the company assumed the name Bayerische Motoren Werke and became known ...
bicycle motocross. * * *
Bn abbrev. 1. Baron 2. battalion: also bn * * * Common Semitic noun *bn-, son, and feminine derivative *bint-, daughter. I. Common Semitic *bn-. 1. a. bar mitzvah, from ...
1. Baron. 2. Battalion. * * *
battalion. * * *
British North America. Also, B.N.A. * * *
Germany's national intelligence service. [ < G, for Bundesnachrichtendienst] * * * ▪ German intelligence organization abbreviation  of ...
(in full British Nuclear Fuels) an international company that produces nuclear fuel and processes nuclear waste so that it can be used again. It is based at Sellafield in ...
➡ British National Party. * * *
BNP Paribas
▪ French bank       French banking, financial services, and insurance company created through the 1999 merger of Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Paribas. Its ...
To build, create. Assurbanipal, from Akkadian aššur-bāni-apli, Ashur (is) the creator of the heir, from bāni, bound form of participle of banû, to build (apli, heir; see ...
bo abbrev. 1. back order 2. bad order 3. buyer's option * * * (as used in expressions) Bo Hai Bo Juyi bo tree Li Bo * * * ▪ Sierra Leone       town, south-central ...
BO abbrev. 1. Informal body odor 2. box office 3. branch office * * * (as used in expressions) Bo Hai Bo Juyi bo tree Li Bo * * * ▪ Sierra Leone       town, ...
Bo Diddley
➡ Diddley * * *
Bo Hai
Bo Hai [bō′hī′] arm of the Yellow Sea, north of Shandong peninsula in NE China: c. 300 mi (483 km) long * * * or Po Hai conventional Gulf of Chihli Arm of the Yellow Sea ...
Bo Juyi
Chin. /baw" jyuu"yee"/, Pinyin. See Po Chü-i. * * * or Po Chü-i born 772, Xinzheng, China died 846, Luoyang Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. He began composing poetry at ...
bo tree
/boh/ the pipal, or sacred fig tree, Ficus religiosa, of India, under which the founder of Buddhism is reputed to have attained the Enlightenment that constituted him the Buddha. ...
Bo Yibo
▪ 2008 Bo Shucun        Chinese political leader born Feb. 17, 1908, Jiang village, Dingxiang county, Shanxi province, China died Jan. 15, 2007, Beijing, China was the ...
/boh"seuhn/, n. boatswain. * * *
/boh peep"/, n. peekaboo. [1520-30; bo (var. of BOO) + PEEP1] * * *
/boh"euh/, n., pl. boas. 1. any of several nonvenomous, chiefly tropical constrictors of the family Boidae, having vestigial hind limbs at the base of the tail. 2. a scarf or ...
boa constrictor
1. a snake, Constrictor (Boa) constrictor, of tropical America, noted for its large size and its ability to suffocate a prey by coiling around it. 2. any large snake of the boa ...
Boa Vista
▪ Roraima, Brazil       city, capital of Roraima estado (state), northwestern Brazil, situated on the west bank of the Branco River, a tributary of the Negro River. Boa ...
Boa Vista Island
▪ island, Cape Verde Portuguese  Ilha Da Boa Vista,         easternmost island of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles (500 km) off the western African coast. ...
/boh"euhb dil/; Sp. /baw'ahb dheel"/, n. (abu-Abdallah) ("El Chico") died 1533?, last Moorish king of Granada 1482-83, 1486-92. * * *
▪ Nicaragua       town, central Nicaragua, situated on the western flanks of the central highlands. Boaco is a commercial and manufacturing centre for the agricultural ...
boa constrictor n. A large boa (Boa constrictor) of tropical America that has brown markings and kills its prey by constriction. * * *
/boh ad'euh see"euh/, n. died A.D. 62, queen of the Iceni: leader of an unsuccessful revolt against the Romans in Britain. * * *
/boh'euh nerr"jeez/, n. 1. a surname given by Jesus to James and John. Mark 3:17. 2. (used with a sing. v.) a vociferous preacher or orator. [ < LL < Gk Boanergés
/bawr, bohr/, n. 1. the uncastrated male swine. 2. See wild boar. adj. 3. South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, esp. full-grown: a boar cat. [bef. 1000; ME boor, OE ...
Boar's Head Inn
▪ inn and historical theatre, London, United Kingdom       London inn, the yard of which was used to stage plays in the 16th and early 17th centuries. It was situated in ...
—boardable, adj. —boardlike, adj. /bawrd, bohrd/, n. 1. a piece of wood sawed thin, and of considerable length and breadth compared with the thickness. 2. a flat slab of wood ...
board and batten
Carpentry. a siding consisting of wide boards or of sheets of plywood set vertically with butt joints covered by battens. See illus. under siding. [1900-05] * * *
board chairman.
See chairman of the board. * * *
board check
Ice Hockey. a body check in which the opponent is thrown against the wooden wall enclosing the rink. Cf. check1 (def. 42). [1935-40] * * *
board foot
Building Trades. a unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber. Abbr.: bd. ...
board game
1. a game, as checkers or chess, requiring the moving of pieces from one section of a board to another. 2. any game played on a board. [1930-35] * * *
board games
➡ toys and games * * *
board measure
Building Trades. a system of cubic measure in which the unit is the board foot. [1650-60] * * *
board of commissioners
the administrative body of a county in many U.S. states, esp. in the South and the West, having from two to seven elected members. Cf. board of supervisors. * * *
board of education
1. a board having control over a school system. 2. an appointive or elective body that directs and administers chiefly the primary and secondary public schools in a town, city, ...
board of elections
U.S. Politics. a bipartisan board appointed usually by local authorities and charged with control of elections and voting procedure. Also called election board. * * *
board of estimate
a special organ of a municipal government, as of New York City, composed of the mayor, the president of the city council, and the controller, and charged with approving the ...
board of health
a government department concerned with public health. * * *
board of supervisors
the governing body of a county in many U.S. states, esp. in the Midwest and the East, consisting of from 15 to 100 members elected from towns, townships, cities, or wards. Cf. ...
board of trade
1. an association of business people. 2. Board of Trade, (in England) the national ministry that supervises and encourages commerce and industry. [1770-80] * * *
board of trustees
an appointed or elective board that supervises the affairs of a public or private organization: the board of trustees of the university; the art museum's board of ...
board rule
Building Trades. a measuring device having scales for finding the cubic contents of a board without calculation. [1840-50, Amer.] * * *
board side
the broad side of a piece of lumber. * * *
board-cer·ti·fied (bôrdʹsûrʹtə-fīd', bōrdʹ-) adj. Having completed the process of board certification in a specialty field. Used chiefly of physicians: The hospital ...
See board check. * * *
board certification n. The process by which a person is tested and approved to practice in a specialty field, especially medicine, after successfully completing the requirements ...
board check n. A body check, as in ice hockey, in which a player pushes or bumps an opponent into the boards.   boardʹ-check' (bôrdʹchĕk', bōrdʹ-) v. * * *
/bawr"deuhr, bohr"-/, n. 1. a person, esp. a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals. 2. a member of a boarding party. [1520-30; BOARD + -ER1] * * *
boarder baby
an infant or young child who is abandoned or orphaned and left in a hospital for lack of a foster home. [1975-80] * * *
boarder baby n. An infant, often the offspring of drug addicts or AIDS victims, who remains for months, sometimes up to a year, at the hospital where he or she was born, waiting ...
➡ public schools * * *
board foot n. pl. board feet Abbr. bd. ft. or BF A unit of cubic measure for lumber, equal to one foot square by one inch thick. * * *
board game n. A game of strategy, such as chess or backgammon, played by moving pieces on a board and sometimes involving dice. * * *
/bawr"ding, bohr"-/, n. 1. wooden boards collectively. 2. a structure of boards, as in a fence or a floor. 3. the act of a person who boards a ship, train, airplane, or the like: ...
boarding party
a group of persons who board a vessel, esp. to attack, seize, or search it. [1880-85] * * *
boarding pass
a pass that authorizes a passenger to board an aircraft and is issued after one's ticket has been purchased or collected. [1965-70] * * *
boarding ramp
ramp (def. 5). * * *
boarding school
a school at which the pupils receive board and lodging during the school term (distinguished from day school). [1670-80] * * *
boarding schools
➡ public schools * * *
/bawr"ding hows', bohr"-/, n., pl. boardinghouses /-how'ziz/. a house at which board or board and lodging may be obtained for payment. Also, boarding house. [1720-30] * * *
boarding pass n. A pass that authorizes a passenger to board an aircraft. * * *
boarding school n. A school where pupils are provided with meals and lodging. * * *
(1969– ) an English cyclist who won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games on a new design of bicycle that looked very different from the traditional style. He also took part ...
Boardman, Mabel Thorp
▪ American Red Cross leader born Oct. 12, 1860, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. died March 17, 1946, Washington, D.C.  American Red Cross leader who reestablished the organization's ...
board measure n. Abbr. b.m. Measurement in board feet. * * *
boardof education
board of education n. pl. boards of education A school board. * * *
boardof trade
board of trade n. pl. boards of trade An association of bankers and business people to promote common commercial interests. * * *
/bawrd"roohm', -room', bohrd"-/, n. 1. a room set aside for meetings of a board, as of a corporation. 2. a room in a broker's office where stock-market quotations are listed on a ...
board rule n. A measuring stick for determining board feet. * * *
/bawrd"say'ling, bohrd"-/, n. the sport of sailing a boat that has no cockpit, as in windsurfing. [1980-85] * * *
See boardsailing. * * *
/bawrd"wawk', bohrd"-/, n. 1. a promenade made of wooden boards, usually along a beach or shore. 2. any walk made of boards or planks. [1870-75, Amer.; BOARD + WALK] * * *
/bawr"fish', bohr"-/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) boarfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) boarfishes. any of several fishes having a projecting snout, esp. a ...
/bawr"hownd', bohr"-/, n. any of various large dogs, esp. a Great Dane, used originally for hunting wild boars. [1880-85; BOAR + HOUND1] * * *
—boarishly, adv. —boarishness, n. /bawr"ish, bohr"-/, adj. of or like a boar; swinish. [1540-50; BOAR + -ISH1] * * *
/bawrt/, n. Mineral. bort. * * *
/boh"az/, n. Franz /frahnts/, 1858-1942, U.S. anthropologist, born in Germany. * * *
Boas, Franz
born July 9, 1858, Minden, Westphalia [Germany] died Dec. 22, 1942, New York, N.Y., U.S. German-born U.S. anthropologist. Trained in physics and geography (Ph.D., 1881), Boas ...
Bo·as (bōʹăz), Franz. 1858-1942. German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures. * * *
boast1 —boastingly, adv. —boastless, adj. /bohst/, v.i. 1. to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, esp. about oneself. 2. to speak with pride (often fol. by of): He ...
boaster1 /boh"steuhr/, n. a person who boasts or brags. [1275-1325; ME; see BOAST1, -ER1] boaster2 /boh"steuhr/, n. Masonry. a chisel for boasting stone. [1875-80; BOAST2 + ...
—boastfully, adv. —boastfulness, n. /bohst"feuhl/, adj. given to or characterized by boasting. [1275-1325; ME bostful. See BOAST1, -FUL] Syn. conceited, cocky, pompous, ...
See boaster. * * *
See boaster. * * *
—boatable, adj. —boatless, adj. /boht/, n. 1. a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit ...
boat bed.
See sleigh bed. * * *
boat bug
1. See water boatman. 2. backswimmer. * * *
boat deck
Naut. a superstructure deck on which most of the lifeboats of a ship are stowed. [1925-30] * * *
boat hook
a hook mounted at the end of a pole, used to pull or push boats toward or away from a landing, to pick up a mooring, etc. [1605-15] * * *
boat lily
Moses-in-the-cradle. * * *
boat nail
a nail with a convex head and a chisel point. See illus. under nail. * * *
boat neck
a wide, high neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends in points on the shoulder seams. Also called boat neckline, bateau neck, bateau neckline. [1955-60] * * *
boat patch
Building Trades. an oval patch for plywood, terminating in a point at each end. * * *
boat people
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usually without sufficient provisions, navigational aids, or a set destination, esp. those who left Indochina by sea as a result of the ...
Boat Race
a race that takes place each year on the River Thames in west London, England, between rowing teams from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Unlike other sports contests ...
boat shoe
a moccasinlike shoe with a rubber sole that provides a firm hold on the deck of a boat. [1990-95] * * *
boat spike.
See barge spike. * * *
boat tail
Auto. a body style in which the rear end of the vehicle tapers to a point or a cone. * * *
boat train
a train scheduled to carry passengers to or from a landing point: The boat train to Paris was waiting at Cherbourg. [1880-85] * * *
boat-billed heron
boat-billed heron [bōt′bild′] n. a nocturnal, tropical American wading bird (Cochlearius cochlearius) with a large, broad bill: it is the only member of a family ...
boat-billed heron (bōtʹbĭld') n. See boatbill. * * *
boat-tailed grackle
/boht"tayld'/ a large grackle, Quiscalus major, of the southeastern U.S., that folds its tail into a shape resembling the keel of a boat. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
/boh"tij/, n. Naut. 1. the act of hauling by boat. 2. a charge for such hauling. [1605-15; BOAT + -AGE] * * *
/boht"bil'/, n. a wading bird, Cochlearius cochlearius, of tropical America, related to the herons, having a broad bill resembling an inverted boat. Also called boat-billed heron ...
/boht"bil'deuhr/, n. a person who builds boats. [1670-80; BOAT + BUILDER] * * *
/boh tel"/, n. a waterside hotel with dock space for persons who travel by boat. Also, botel. [1955-60; BOAT + (HOT)EL] * * *
Boateng, Paul
▪ British politician in full  Paul Yaw Boateng  born June 14, 1951, London, England       British politician, the first person of African descent to serve in a ...
/boh"teuhr/, n. 1. a person who boats, esp. for pleasure. 2. a stiff straw hat with a shallow, flat-topped crown, ribbon band, and straight brim. [1595-1605; BOAT + -ER1] * * *
boathook [bōt′hook΄] n. a long pole with a metal hook on one end, for maneuvering boats, logs, or rafts * * * boat hook n. A pole with a metal point and hook at one end used ...
/boht"hows'/, n., pl. boathouses /-how'ziz/. a building or shed, usually built partly over water, for sheltering a boat or boats. [1715-25; BOAT + HOUSE] * * *
/boh"ting/, n. 1. the use of boats, esp. for pleasure: He enjoyed boating and swimming. adj. 2. of or pertaining to boats: boating clothes. [1600-10; BOAT + -ING1, -ING2] * * *
/boht"lift'/, n. an operation in which large numbers of people or vast quantities of supplies are transported by ships or boats in an emergency. [BOAT + LIFT, perh. modeled on ...
/boht"lohd'/, n. the cargo that a vessel carries or is capable of carrying. [1670-80; BOAT + LOAD] * * *
/boht"meuhn/, n., pl. boatmen. 1. a person skilled in the use of small craft. 2. a person who sells, rents, or works on boats. Also, boatsman. [1505-15; BOAT + -MAN] * * *
/boht"meuhn ship'/, n. boatsmanship. * * *
boat people pl.n. Refugees, usually political ones, who attempt to flee from their native country to other countries by boat: “hundreds of thousands of boat people descending ...
boat shoe © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A moccasinlike canvas or leather shoe having a rubber sole designed to provide traction on wet surfaces. * * *
/boht"slip'/, n. a docking place for a boat, as between wharves. [BOAT + SLIP1] * * *
/bohts"meuhn/, n., pl. boatsmen. boatman. * * *
/bohts"meuhn ship'/, n. seamanship as applied to boats, esp. rowboats and motorboats. Also, boatmanship. [1805-15; BOATS(MAN) + -MANSHIP] * * *
/boh"seuhn/; spelling pron. /boht"swayn'/, n. a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc. Also, bo's'n, ...
boatswain bird
tropicbird. Also, boatswainbird. [1865-70] * * *
boatswain's chair
a seat composed of a plank suspended in a horizontal position from ropes, used by painters and other persons who work on the exteriors of buildings, ships, etc., while seated at ...
boatswain's pipe
a high-pitched whistle used by a boatswain for giving signals. Also called boatswain's call. * * *
boat·swain's chair (bōʹsənz) n. A short board secured by ropes and used as a seat by sailors when working aloft or over a ship's side. * * *
boat train n. A train that regularly carries passengers between a city and a port. * * *
/boht"ruyt'/, n. a craftsman who builds wooden boats. [1400-50; late ME; see BOAT, WRIGHT] * * *
/boht"yahrd'/, n. a yard or waterside location at which boats, small craft, and the like are built, maintained, docked, etc. Cf. shipyard. [1795-1805, Amer.; BOAT + YARD2] * * *
/boh"az/, n. husband of Ruth. Ruth 2-4. * * *
bob1 /bob/, n., v., bobbed, bobbing. n. 1. a short, jerky motion: a bob of the head. v.t. 2. to move quickly down and up: to bob the head. 3. to indicate with such a motion: to ...
/bob/, n. a male given name, form of Robert. * * * (as used in expressions) Bob and Ray Cousy Bob Dole Bob Dylan Bob Feller Bob Fosse Bob Gibson Bob Hayes Bob Hope Bob Marley ...
Bob and Ray
in full Robert Brackett Elliott and Raymond Walter Goulding born March 26, 1923, Boston, Mass., U.S.(born March 20, 1922, Lowell, Mass. died March 24, 1990, Manhasset, N.Y.) ...
bob and wheel
▪ literature       in alliterative verse, a group of typically five rhymed lines following a section of unrhymed lines, often at the end of a strophe. The bob is the ...
Bob Dylan
➡ Dylan * * *
Bob Fosse
➡ Fosse * * *
Bob Geldof
➡ Geldof * * *
Bob Hope
➡ Hope * * *
Bob Marley
➡ Marley * * *
bob skate
an ice skate with two parallel blades. [BOB(SLED) + SKATE1] * * *
Bob the Builder
an animated (= using pictures on film which look as if they are moving) television series for young children about Bob, a builder, his friends and the people who live near him. ...
bob veal
the flesh of an unborn or newborn calf, used for food. [1850-55, Amer.; dial. (Cornwall) bob young calf (from its uncertain, staggering movements; see BOB1)] * * *
bob wire.
See barbed wire. [1925-30, Amer.; by folk etymology] * * *
/baw'vah dhee"lyah, -dhee"yah/, n. Francisco de /frddahn thees"kaw dhe, -sees"-/, died 1502, Spanish colonial governor in the West Indies: sent Columbus back to Spain in ...
Bobadilla, Francisco de
▪ Spanish soldier died June 1502, at sea near Hispaniola       Spanish soldier who arrested Christopher Columbus (Columbus, Christopher) on Santo Domingo (the island of ...
bobber1 /bob"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that bobs. 2. a fishing bob. [1830-40; BOB1 + -ER1] bobber2 /bob"euhr/, n. a member of a bobsled team. [1900-05; BOB2 + -ER1] * * *
/bob"euh ree/, n., pl. bobberies. a disturbance; brawl. [1810-20; < Hindi bap re O father!] * * *
/bob"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of Robert. 2. a female given name. * * *
/bob"in/, n. 1. a reel, cylinder, or spool upon which yarn or thread is wound, as used in spinning, machine sewing, lacemaking, etc. 2. Elect. a. a spoollike form around which a ...
bobbin and fly frame
a roving machine used in the final stages of converting spun cotton fiber into yarn. * * *
Bobbin and Joan
the European arum, Arum maculatum. * * *
bobbin furniture
also called  Spool Furniture,    heavy furniture made in the late 17th century, whose legs and other parts were lathe-turned to ornamental shapes; also lighter, less boldly ...
bobbin lace
lace made by hand with bobbins of thread, the thread being twisted around pins stuck into a pattern placed on a pillow or pad. Also called pillow lace. * * * ▪ lacework also ...
bobbin turning
turning of furniture legs, stretchers, etc., to resemble a continuous row of bobbins. * * *
/bob'euh net"/, n. a net of hexagonal mesh, made on a lace machine. [1805-15; BOBBI(N) + NET1] * * *
/bob"ing/, n. Radar. the effect on a radarscope of the fluctuation of a radar echo because of alternating interference and reinforcement of the reflected waves. [BOB1 + -ING1] * ...
bobbin lace n. An intricate handmade lace made by interlacing thread around small notched pins or bobbins stuck into a pillow. Also called pillow lace, point. * * *
▪ Italy       town, Emilia-Romagna region, northern Italy, in the valley of the Trebbia River, southwest of Piacenza. The ancient Bobium, it became famous when the ...
/bob"euhl/, n., v., bobbled, bobbling. n. 1. a repeated, jerky movement; bob. 2. a momentary fumbling or juggling of a batted or thrown baseball. 3. an error; mistake. 4. a small ...
Bobbsey twins
/bob"zee/ two people who are often together or seem to resemble each other, as in appearance or actions: We called them the Bobbsey twins, because they always had the same ...
/bob"ee/, n., pl. bobbies. Brit. Informal. a policeman. [1835-45; special use of Bobby, for Sir Robert Peel, who set up the Metropolitan Police system of London in 1828] * * ...
/bob"ee/, n. 1. a male given name, form of Robert. 2. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Fischer Bobby Hull Bobby Jones Bobby Orr Bobby Unser Bobby and Al * * *

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