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bow wave
/bow/ 1. the wave generated on either side of a vessel's bow by its forward movement through the water. 2. a type of shock wave formed in front of a body moving at supersonic ...
bow window
—bow-windowed, adj. /boh/ a rounded bay window. [1745-55] * * *
Bow, Clara
born July 29, 1905, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 27, 1965, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. film actress. At age 16 she won a magazine contest that gave her a bit part in a film. ...
Bow,Clara
Bow (bō), Clara. Known as “the It Girl.” 1905-1965. American actress whose roles in silent films, such as Mantrap (1926) and It (1927), made her a symbol of the Roaring ...
bow-front
bow-front [bō′frunt΄] adj. having a front with a convex curve [a bow-front chest of drawers] * * *
bow-iron
/boh"uy'euhrn/, n. (on the car of a sidewalk elevator) a metal arch for parting the cellar doors as the elevator rises. [1875-80] * * *
bow-wow
bow-wow or bow·wow (bouʹwouʹ) n. 1. a. The bark of a dog. b. Informal. A dog. 2. Outcry; clamor. 3. An overbearing manner. adj. Commanding, especially in an arrogant manner; ...
bowcompass
bow compass (bō) n. A drawing compass with legs that are connected by an adjustable metal spring band. * * *
bowdacious
bow·da·cious (bō'dāʹshəs) adj. & adv. Southern & South Midland U.S. Variant of bodacious. * * *
Bowdich, Thomas Edward
▪ British science writer born June 20, 1791, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died Jan. 10, 1824, Bathurst, Gambia  British traveler and scientific writer who in 1817 completed ...
Bowditch
/bow"dich/, n. 1. Nathaniel, 1773-1838, U.S. mathematician, astronomer, and navigator. 2. a handbook of navigation, American Practical Navigator, originally prepared by N. ...
Bowditch, Nathaniel
born March 26, 1773, Salem, Mass., U.S. died March 16, 1838, Boston, Mass. U.S. mathematician and astronomer. He was largely self-educated. After investigating the accuracy of ...
Bowditch,Nathaniel
Bow·ditch (bouʹdĭch), Nathaniel. 1773-1838. American mathematician and astronomer noted for his works concerning navigation. * * *
Bowdler, Thomas
born July 11, 1754, Ashley, near Bath, Somerset, Eng. died Feb. 24, 1825, Rhydding, near Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales English physician, philanthropist, and man of ...
bowdlerism
See bowdlerize. * * *
bowdlerization
See bowdlerism. * * *
bowdlerize
—bowdlerism, n. —bowdlerization, n. —bowdlerizer, n. /bohd"leuh ruyz', bowd"-/, v.t., bowdlerized, bowdlerizing. to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying ...
bowdlerizer
See bowdlerism. * * *
Bowdoin College
Private liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine. Founded in 1794 as a men's college, it was named for James Bowdoin (1726–90), first president of the American Academy of Arts ...
Bowdoin, James
▪ American politician born Aug. 7, 1726, Boston, Mass. [U.S.] died Nov. 6, 1790, Boston       political leader in Massachusetts during the era of the American ...
bowel
—bowelless, adj. /bow"euhl, bowl/, n., v., boweled, boweling or (esp. Brit.) bowelled, bowelling. n. 1. Anat. a. Usually, bowels. the intestine. b. a part of the intestine. 2. ...
bowel movement
1. the evacuation of the bowels; defecation. 2. excrement from the bowels; feces. * * *
Bowell
/boh"euhl/, n. Sir Mackenzie, 1823-1917, Canadian statesman, born in England: prime minister 1894-96. * * *
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie
▪ prime minister of Canada born Dec. 27, 1823, Rickinghall, Suffolk, Eng. died Dec. 10, 1917, Belleville, Ont., Can.       publisher, political leader, and prime ...
Bowell,Sir Mackenzie
Bow·ell (bōʹəl), Sir Mackenzie. 1823-1917. British-born Canadian prime minister (1894-1896) who later led the Conservative opposition (1896-1906). * * *
bowelmovement
bowel movement n. 1. The discharge of waste matter from the large intestine; defecation. 2. The waste matter discharged from the large intestine; feces. * * *
Bowen
/boh"euhn/, n. 1. Catherine (Shober) Drinker /shoh"beuhr dring"keuhr/, 1897-1973, U.S. biographer and essayist. 2. Elizabeth (Dorothea Cole), 1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist and ...
Bowen, Catherine
▪ American writer née  Drinker  born January 1, 1897, Haverford, Pennsylvania, U.S. died November 1, 1973, Haverford       American historical biographer known for ...
Bowen, Elizabeth
▪ British author in full  Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen   born June 7, 1899, Dublin, Ire. died Feb. 22, 1973, London, Eng.  British novelist and short-story writer who ...
Bowen, Elizabeth (Dorothea Cole)
born June 7, 1899, Dublin, Ire. died Feb. 22, 1973, London, Eng. Irish-born British novelist and short-story writer. Among her novels are The House in Paris (1935), The Death ...
Bowen, I.S.
▪ American astrophysicist in full  Ira Sprague Bowen   born Dec. 21, 1898, Seneca Falls, N.Y., U.S. died Feb. 6, 1973, Los Angeles, Calif.       American ...
Bowen, John
▪ British writer in full  John Griffith Bowen   born Nov. 5, 1924, Calcutta, India       British playwright and novelist noted for exploding popular assumptions by ...
Bowen, Norman L(evi)
born June 21, 1887, Kingston, Ont., Can. died Sept. 11, 1956, Washington, D.C., U.S. Canadian geologist. He worked on and off for more than 35 years for the Geophysical ...
Bowen, Norman L.
▪ Canadian petrologist in full  Norman Levi Bowen   born June 21, 1887, Kingston, Ont., Can. died Sept. 11, 1956, Washington, D.C.       Canadian geologist who was ...
Bowen,Catherine Drinker
Bow·en (bōʹən), Catherine Drinker. 1897-1973. American writer of semifictional biographies, such as The Lion and the Throne (1957), a life of Sir Edward Coke. * * *
Bowen,Elizabeth Dorothea Cole
Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole. 1899-1973. Irish-born British writer best known for her novels, notably The House in Paris (1935) and The Heat of the Day (1949). * * *
Bowenia
▪ plant genus       a genus of two species of palmlike Australian cycads, evergreen perennial plants of the family Zamiaceae. Each is tuberous in form, with a ...
bowenite
/boh"euh nuyt'/, n. Mineral. a compact and dense variety of green serpentine resembling jade. [1840-50; named after G. T. Bowen, 19th-century American geologist; see -ITE1] * * *
bower
bower1 —bowerlike, adj. /bow"euhr/, n. 1. a leafy shelter or recess; arbor. 2. a rustic dwelling; cottage. 3. a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle. v.t. 4. to enclose in or as ...
Bower, Frederick Orpen
▪ English botanist born Nov. 4, 1855, Ripon, Yorkshire, Eng. died April 11, 1948, Ripon  English botanist whose study of primitive land plants, especially the ferns, ...
Bower, Walter
▪ Scottish historian born 1385, Haddington, Lothian [now in East Lothian], Scotland died 1449       author of the Scotichronicon, the first connected history of ...
Bowerbank, James Scott
▪ British naturalist and paleontologist born July 14, 1797, London died March 8, 1877, London       British naturalist and paleontologist best known for his studies of ...
bowerbird
/bow"euhr berrd'/, n. any of several oscine birds of the family Ptilonorhynchidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, the males of which build bowerlike, decorated ...
Bowerman, Bill
▪ 2000       American coach, inventor, and entrepreneur who while serving (1949–72) as coach of the track team at the University of Oregon led teams to four National ...
Bowers
/bow"euhrz/, n. Claude Gernade /zheuhr nahd"/, 1878-1958, U.S. diplomat and historian. * * *
Bowers, Edgar
▪ 2001       American poet (b. March 2, 1924, Rome, Ga.—d. Feb. 4, 2000, San Francisco, Calif.), was a masterful poet who addressed in formalist verse such universal ...
bowery
bowery1 /bow"euh ree/, adj. containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze. [1695-1705; BOWER1 + -Y1] bowery2 /bow"euh ree, bow"ree/, n., pl. boweries. 1. (among the Dutch ...
Bowery, the
▪ district, New York City, New York, United States       street and section of Lower Manhattan, New York City, U.S., extending diagonally from Chatham Square to the ...
Bowes, Edward
known as Major Bowes born June 14, 1874, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. died June 14, 1946, Rumson, N.J. U.S. radio personality. He promoted attendance at New York City's Capitol ...
bowfin
/boh"fin'/, n. a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America. Also called grindle. [1835-45, Amer.; BOW2 + FIN] * * * Voracious ...
bowfront
bow·front (bōʹfrŭnt') adj. 1. Having an outward-curving front: a bowfront bureau. 2. Designed or constructed with a bow window in front: a bowfront house. * * *
bowgrace
/bow"grays'/, n. Naut. a fender or pad used to protect the bows of a vessel from ice. [BOW3 + GRACE; perh. by folk etym. < F bonnegrace protecting brim on a hat] * * *
bowhead
/boh"hed'/, n. a whalebone whale, Balaena mysticetus, of northern seas, having an enormous head and mouth: an endangered species. See illus. under whale. Also called Greenland ...
bowhunting
—bowhunter, n. /boh"hun'ting/, n. the sport of hunting with a bow and arrows. [‡1970-75; BOW2 + HUNTING] * * *
Bowie
/boh"ee, booh"ee/ for 1, 2; /booh"ee/ for 3, n. 1. James, 1799-1836, U.S. soldier and pioneer. 2. William, 1872-1940, U.S. geodesist. 3. a city in W Maryland. 33,695. * * * (as ...
bowie knife
/boh"ee, booh"ee/ a heavy sheath knife having a long, single-edged blade. [1830-40, Amer.; named after James BOWIE, for whom the knife was designed, either by James or his ...
Bowie State
Arkansas (used as a nickname). * * *
Bowie, David
orig. David Robert Jones born Jan. 8, 1947, London, Eng. British rock singer. In the mid-1960s Bowie sang in a number of bands in his native London. He changed his name in ...
Bowie, James
▪ American explorer byname  Jim Bowie   born 1796?, Logan County, Ky., U.S. died March 6, 1836, San Antonio, Texas  popular hero of the Texas Revolution (1835–36) who is ...
Bowie, Jim
orig. James Bowie born 1796?, Logan county, Ky., U.S. died March 6, 1836, San Antonio, Texas U.S. soldier. Bowie migrated with his parents to Missouri (1800) and then to ...
Bowie, Lester
▪ 2000       American jazz musician (b. Oct. 11, 1941, Frederick, Md.—d. Nov. 9, 1999, Brooklyn, N.Y.), played trumpet flamboyantly, with broad, sweeping gestures, and ...
Bowie, William
▪ American geodesist born May 6, 1872, Annapolis Junction, Md., U.S. died Aug. 28, 1940, Washington, D.C.       American geodesist who investigated isostasy, a ...
Bowie,James
Bow·ie (bo͞oʹē, bōʹē), James. 1796-1836. American-born Mexican colonist who joined the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during the ...
bowieknife
bow·ie knife (bōʹē, bo͞oʹē) n. A single-edged steel hunting knife, about 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length, having a hilt and a crosspiece.   [After Bowie, James.] * ...
bowing
/boh"ing/, n. 1. the act or art of playing a stringed instrument with a bow. 2. the individual way of using the bow in playing a stringed instrument, including the way in which ...
Bowker, Richard Rogers
▪ American editor and publisher born Sept. 4, 1848, Salem, Mass., U.S. died Nov. 12, 1933, Stockbridge, Mass.       editor and publisher who was important in the ...
bowknot
/boh"not'/, n. bow2 (def. 4). [1540-50; BOW2 + KNOT1] * * *
bowl
bowl1 —bowllike, adj. /bohl/, n. 1. a rather deep, round dish or basin, used chiefly for holding liquids, food, etc. 2. the contents of a bowl: a bowl of tomato soup. 3. a ...
bowl game
bowl1 (def. 8). [1915-20] * * *
bowl games
➡ football – American style * * *
bowlder
/bohl"deuhr/, n. boulder. * * *
bowldering
/bohl"deuhr ing/, n. bouldering. * * *
bowleg
—bowlegged /boh"leg'id, boh"legd'/, adj. —bowleggedness /boh"leg'id nis/, n. /boh"leg'/, n. Pathol. 1. outward curvature of the legs causing a separation of the knees when ...
bowlegged
bowlegged [bō′leg΄id, bō′legd΄] adj. having bowlegs * * * bow·leg·ged (bōʹlĕg'ĭd, -lĕgd') adj. Having bowlegs. * * *
bowler
bowler1 /boh"leuhr/, n. 1. a person who bowls, esp. a participant in a bowling game, as candlepins or tenpins. 2. Cricket. the player who throws the ball to be played by the ...
Bowles
/bohlz/, n. 1. Chester, 1901-86, U.S. statesman and author: special adviser on Afro-Asian and Latin-American affairs; ambassador to India 1951-53, 1963-69. 2. Paul (Frederic), ...
Bowles, Chester
▪ American politician born April 5, 1901, Springfield, Mass., U.S. died May 25, 1986, Sussex, Conn.       American advertising entrepreneur, public official, and noted ...
Bowles, Chester (Bliss)
born April 5, 1901, Springfield, Mass., U.S. died May 25, 1986, Sussex, Conn. U.S. advertising executive and diplomat. A graduate of Yale University, he and William Benton ...
Bowles, Jane
▪ American author in full  Jane Sydney Bowles , née  Auer  born Feb. 22, 1917, New York, N.Y., U.S. died May 4, 1973, Malaga, Spain       American author whose ...
Bowles, Paul
▪ 2000       American-born author and composer (b. Dec. 30, 1910, New York, N.Y.—d. Nov. 18, 1999, Tangier, Mor.), composed graceful, Maurice Ravel-influenced music ...
Bowles, Paul (Frederick)
born Dec. 30, 1910, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 18, 1999, Tangier, Mor. U.S.-Moroccan composer, writer, and translator. Bowles studied composition with Aaron Copland and ...
Bowles, William Lisle
▪ British poet and clergyman born , September 24, 1762, Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, England died April 7, 1850, Salisbury, Wiltshire  English poet, critic, and clergyman, ...
bowlful
/bohl"fool/, n., pl. bowlfuls. as much as a bowl can hold: He ate two bowlfuls of soup. [1605-15; BOWL1 + -FUL] * * *
bowline
/boh"lin, -luyn'/, n. 1. Also called bowline knot. a knot used to make a nonslipping loop on the end of a rope. See illus. under knot. 2. Naut. a rope made fast to the weather ...
bowling
/boh"ling/, n. 1. any of several games in which players standing at one end of an alley or green roll balls at standing objects or toward a mark at the other end, esp. a game in ...
bowling alley
1. a long, narrow wooden lane or alley, for the game of tenpins. 2. a building or enclosed area containing a number of such lanes or alleys. [1545-55] * * *
bowling bag
a bag for carrying a bowling ball and often bowling shoes or other equipment. * * *
bowling ball
a round, heavy ball for bowling, usually made of hard rubber or plastic, with holes drilled into it for the bowler's thumb and two fingers. * * *
bowling crease
Cricket. either of two lines, each with a wicket set lengthwise at the center, marking the limit of a bowler's approach in delivering the ball to the opposite wicket. [1745-55] * ...
bowling green
a level, closely mowed green for lawn bowling. [1640-50] * * * ▪ Kentucky, United States       city, seat (1796) of Warren county, south-central Kentucky, U.S. It lies ...
Bowling Green
1. a city in S Kentucky. 40,450. 2. a city in NW Ohio. 25,728. 3. a small open area near the S tip of Manhattan in New York City, at the foot of Broadway. * * * ▪ Kentucky, ...
Bowling Green State University
▪ university, Bowling Green, Ohio, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher education in Bowling Green, Ohio, U.S. The university is composed of ...
bowling on the green.
See lawn bowling. * * *
bowlingalley
bowling alley n. 1. A smooth, level wooden lane used in bowling. 2. A building or room containing lanes for bowling. * * *
bowlingball
bowling ball n. 1. A large, usually rubber or plastic ball having indentations for the thumb and fingers, used in bowling tenpins. 2. A small ball of similar material having no ...
bowlinggreen
bowling green n. A level grassy area for lawn bowling. * * *
BowlingGreen
Bowl·ing Green (bōʹlĭng) 1. A city of southern Kentucky southeast of Owensboro. It was occupied by the Confederates from the start of the Civil War until 1862. Population: ...
bowls
bowls [bōlz] n. LAWN BOWLING * * * n [U] a game, played on a smooth grass area called a bowling green, in which two to eight players take turns to roll large black balls as ...
bowls an over
➡ cricket * * *
bowman
bowman1 /boh"meuhn/, n., pl. bowmen. an archer. [1250-1300; ME; see BOW2, -MAN] bowman2 /bow"meuhn/, n., pl. bowmen. bow3 (def. 4). [1820-30; BOW3 + -MAN] * * *
Bowman's capsule
/boh"meuhnz/, Anat. a membranous, double-walled capsule surrounding a glomerulus of a nephron. Cf. Malpighian corpuscle. [1880-85; named after Sir William Bowman (1816-92), ...
bowman's root
/boh"meuhnz/ an eastern U.S. plant, Gillenia trifoliata, of the rose family, having terminal clusters of white flowers. Also called false ipecac, Indian physic. [1805-15, Amer.; ...
Bowman'scapsule
Bow·man's capsule (bōʹmənz) n. A double-walled, cup-shaped structure around the glomerulus of each nephron of the vertebrate kidney. It serves as a filter to remove organic ...
Bowman, Christopher
▪ 2009       American figure skater born March 30, 1967, Los Angeles, Calif. died Jan. 10, 2008, North Hills, Calif. was dubbed “Bowman the Showman” because of his ...
Bowman, Isaiah
▪ American geographer and educator born , Dec. 26, 1878, Waterloo, Ont., Can. died Jan. 6, 1950, Baltimore       geographer and educator who helped establish the ...
Bowman, Sir William
born July 20, 1816, Nantwich, Cheshire, Eng. died March 29, 1892, near Dorking, Surrey English surgeon and histologist. His studies of organ tissues with his teacher Robert ...
Bowman, Sir William, 1st Baronet
▪ English surgeon and histologist born July 20, 1816, Nantwich, Cheshire, Eng. died March 29, 1892, near Dorking, Surrey       English surgeon and histologist who ...
Bowman, William Scott
▪ 1998       In 1997 Scotty Bowman demonstrated why many considered him the greatest coach in the history of the National Hockey League as he posted his 1,000th ...
Bowman,William Scott
Bow·man (bōʹmən), William Scott. Known as “Scotty.” Born 1933. Canadian hockey coach who guided the Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Detroit Red ...
bowpen
bow pen (bō) n. A bow compass with a pen at the end of one leg. * * *
bowpot
/bow"pot'/, n. boughpot. * * *
Bowral
▪ New South Wales, Australia       town, east New South Wales, Australia, at the edge of the Southern Highlands. Settled in 1825, it bears an Aboriginal name meaning ...
bowrider
/bow"ruy'deuhr/, n. a motorboat with an open bow provided with seating. [BOW3 + RIDER] * * *
Bowring Treaty
▪ United Kingdom-Siam [1855]       (1855), agreement between Siam (Thailand) and Britain that achieved commercial and political aims that earlier British missions had ...
Bowring, Sir John
▪ British diplomat born October 17, 1792, Exeter, Devonshire, England died November 23, 1872, Claremont, near Exeter  English author and diplomat who was prominent in many ...
bowsaw
bow saw (bō) © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A saw with a slender blade connected at each end to a narrow handle that curves outward like an archer's bow. * * *
bowse
bowse1 /bows, bowz/, v.t., bowsed, bowsing. Naut. bouse1. bowse2 /boohz, bowz/, n., v.t., v.i., bowsed, bowsing. bouse2. * * *
bowser
/bow"zeuhr/, n. Australian and New Zealand. a gasoline pump at a filling station. [1930-35; said to be after S.F. Bowser and Co., a Sydney manufacturer of gasoline and oil ...
bowser bag
/bow"zeuhr/, Informal. See doggie bag. [after Bowser, a traditional name for a dog] * * *
Bowser boat
/bow"seuhr, -zeuhr/, Trademark. a small boat having gasoline tanks for refueling seaplanes. * * *
bowshot
/boh"shot'/, n. the distance a bow sends an arrow. [1250-1300; ME; see BOW2, SHOT1] * * *
bowsprit
/bow"sprit, boh"-/, n. Naut. a spar projecting from the upper end of the bow of a sailing vessel, for holding the tacks of various jibs or stays and often supporting a jib ...
bowstring
/boh"string'/, n., v., bowstringed or bowstrung, bowstringing. n. 1. the string of an archer's bow. 2. a string, typically of horsehair, for the bow of an instrument of the ...
bowstring hemp
any of various fibrous plants of the genus Sansevieria, of Asia and Africa, having stiff, erect, variegated or mottled leaves, cultivated in the U.S. as an ...
bowstring truss
a structural truss consisting of a curved top chord meeting a bottom chord at each end. * * *
bowstringhemp
bowstring hemp n. 1. Any of several tropical African and Asian perennial plants of the genus Sansevieria, having thick, swordlike, spine-tipped leaves grouped in rosettes. 2. The ...
bowtel
/boht"l/, n. boltel (def. 1). Also, bowtell. * * *
bowtie
bow tie (bō) n. A short necktie fashioned into a bowknot close to the throat. * * *
bowwindow
bow window (bō) n. A bay window built in a curve. * * *
bowwood
/boh"wood'/, n. See Osage orange (def. 1). [1800-10, Amer.; BOW2 + WOOD1; so called because it was used to make archery bows] * * *
bowwow
/bow"wow', -wow"/, n. 1. the bark of a dog. 2. an imitation of this. 3. Chiefly Baby Talk. a dog. [1570-80; rhyming compound; imit.] * * *
bowyer
/boh"yeuhr/, n. a maker or seller of archers' bows. [1150-1200; ME bogiere, bouwyer, bouer; see BOW2, -YER] * * *
box
box1 —boxlike, adj. /boks/, n. 1. a container, case, or receptacle, usually rectangular, of wood, metal, cardboard, etc., and often with a lid or removable cover. 2. the ...
box beam
a beam or girder built up from shapes and having a hollow, rectangular cross section. Also called box girder. * * *
box bed
1. a bed completely enclosed so as to resemble a box. 2. a bed that folds up in the form of a box. [1795-1805] * * *
box bolt
a rod-shaped bolt of rectangular section for fastening a door or the like, attached to the inside of the door at the edge and sliding into a socket on the frame. [1955-60] * * *
box calf
a chrome-tanned calfskin with square markings produced by graining. [1900-05, Amer.; allegedly after Joseph Box, a London bootmaker] * * *
box camera
a simple, boxlike camera, without bellows, sometimes allowing for adjustment of lens opening but usually not of shutter speed. [1835-45] * * *
box canyon
a canyon with steep side walls terminating headwards in a vertical cliff. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
box coat
1. an outer coat with a straight, unfitted back. 2. a heavy overcoat worn by coachmen. [1815-25] * * *
box column
a hollow wooden column, as for a porch, usually having a rectangular cross section. * * *
box cornice
Carpentry. a hollow cornice of boards and moldings nailed to rafters and lookouts. Also, boxed cornice. Also called closed cornice. * * *
box elder
a North American maple, Acer negundo, having light gray-brown bark, pinnate, coarsely toothed leaves, and dry, winged fruit, cultivated as a shade tree, and yielding a light, ...
box frame
1. Archit. a monolithic reinforced-concrete structure having walls and floors in the form of slabs. 2. Building Trades. a window frame with pockets for sash weights. [1875-80] * ...
box frame construction
▪ architecture also called  cellular framing , or  cross-wall construction        method of building with concrete in which individual cells, or rooms, are set ...
box girder.
See box beam. [1860-65] * * *
box gutter
a gutter set into the slope of a roof above the cornice. [1875-80] * * *
box huckleberry
a nearly prostrate evergreen huckleberry shrub, Gaylussacia brachycera, of central to eastern North America, having short clusters of white or pink flowers and blue fruit. Also ...
box iron
a flatiron that is heated by inserting live coals or a piece of hot metal in its boxlike holder. [1735-45] * * *
box keel
Naut. a keel in the form of a box beam and having internal space for pipes, ballast, etc. * * *
box kite
a tailless kite consisting of two or more light, box-shaped frames joined together, covered except at the ends and around the middle. [1895-1900] * * *
box lacrosse
a form of lacrosse played indoors, usually on a hockey rink with a wooden floor, between two teams of six players. * * * ▪ sport also called  boxla        game, a ...
box loom
a loom with a number of shuttle boxes on one or both sides of the lay, enabling the weaver to use a variety of colors in the filling direction. [1905-10] * * *
box lunch
a lunch or light meal packed in a cardboard box or similar container: Each student was given a box lunch to eat on the bus. [1945-50] * * *
box nail
a nail having a long shank, smooth or barbed, with a sharp point and a flat head. * * *
box pleat
a double pleat, with the material folded under at each side. Also called box plait. [1880-85] * * *
box plot
Statistics. a graphic representation of a distribution by a rectangle, the ends of which mark the maximum and minimum values, and in which the median and first and third ...
box room
Brit. a storage room, esp. one for trunks, suitcases, etc. [1925-30] * * *
box score
Sports. a record of the play of a game, esp. a baseball or basketball game, in which, on separate sides of the record, the players on each team are listed in a column by name and ...
box seat
a seat in a box at the theater, opera, etc. [1830-40] * * *
box set
Theat. a boxlike stage set consisting of flats that form the back wall, side walls, and often the ceiling, painted to represent the interior of a room. Also called, esp. Brit., ...
box sill
Carpentry. a sill for a building frame, composed of a plate resting on the basement wall and a joist or header at the outer edge of the plate, as well as a soleplate for the ...
box social
a social event, usually to raise funds, at which individually prepared and contributed box lunches or dinners are auctioned off to the participants, the highest bidder in each ...
box spring
an upholstered bedspring composed of a number of helical springs, each in a cylindrical cloth pocket. [1890-95] * * *
box stall
a room-sized stall, usually square, for a horse or other large animal. Cf. straight stall. [1880-85, Amer.] * * *
box staple
(on a doorpost) a socket for holding the end of a lock bolt when the door is closed. [1875-80] * * *
box step
box step n. a basic step in ballroom dancing, in which the feet move in the form of a rectangle * * *
box stoop
a high stoop reached by a flight or flights of steps alongside the building front. * * *
box store
a retail store that sells a limited assortment of basic grocery items, often, as at a warehouse, displayed in their original cartons in order to lower costs and prices. * * *
box stretcher
Furniture. a heavy rectangular stretcher connecting successive legs of a table, chair, etc. * * *
box supper
☆ box supper n. a social gathering, as at a church, at which box lunches donated by women are auctioned off to raise funds * * *
box turtle
any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene, of North America, having a hinged plastron that can be tightly shut to enclose and protect the body. Also ...
box wrench
a wrench having ends that surround the nut or head of a bolt. See illus. under wrench. * * *
boxball
/boks"bawl'/, n. a game played between two players on two adjoining squares or sections of a sidewalk or a playground, in which a ball is hit back and forth between the players, ...
boxberry
/boks"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. boxberries. 1. the checkerberry. 2. the partridgeberry. [1700-10, Amer.; BOX3 + BERRY] * * *
boxboard
/boks"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. cardboard used for making cartons. [1835-45, Amer.; BOX1 + BOARD] * * *
boxscore
box score n. A printed summary of a game, especially in baseball, in the form of a table listing the players and their positions and recording individual performance. * * *
boxseat
box seat n. 1. A seat in a box at a public place of entertainment, such as a theater or stadium. 2. A storage box on a coach, the lid of which serves as a seat for the driver. * ...
boxset
box set n. A stage set with a ceiling and three walls. * * *
boxsocial
box social n. A fund-raising event in which donated box lunches are auctioned off. * * *
boxspring
box spring n. A bedspring consisting of a cloth-covered frame containing rows of coil springs. * * *
boxstall
box stall n. A large enclosed stall for a single animal. * * *
boxstep
box step n. A dance step in which the feet are moved in a pattern approximating a square. * * *
boxthorn
/boks"thawrn'/, n. See matrimony vine. [1670-80; BOX3 + THORN] * * *
boxtop
box top n. The top surface, as a flap or strip, of a box containing a commercial product, typically bearing identification and used to prove the date or fact of purchase. * * *
boxturtle
box turtle n. Any of several North American land turtles of the genus Terrapene having a hinged plastron that pulls up against the carapace, allowing the animal to become ...
boxwood
/boks"wood'/, n. 1. the hard, fine-grained, compact wood of the box shrub or tree, used for wood-engravers' blocks, musical instruments, etc. 2. the tree or shrub itself. Cf. ...
boxwork
▪ geology       in geology, honeycomb pattern of limonite (a mixture of hydrous iron and manganese oxide minerals) that remains in the cavity after a sulfide mineral ...
boxwrench
box wrench n. A wrench having a closed, ringlike end designed to fit over a nut or bolt. * * *
boxy
—boxiness, n. /bok"see/, adj., boxier, boxiest. like or resembling a box, esp. in shape: a boxy little house. [1860-65; BOX1 + -Y1] * * *
boy
/boy/, n. 1. a male child, from birth to full growth, esp. one less than 18 years of age. 2. a young man who lacks maturity, judgment, etc. 3. Informal. a grown man, esp. when ...
boy bishop
▪ medieval custom       boy chosen to act as bishop in connection with the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Holy Innocents, Feast of the) on December 28, in a custom ...
boy scout
1. (sometimes caps.) a member of an organization of boys (Boy Scouts), founded in England in 1908 by Lieut. Gen. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, that seeks to develop certain ...
Boy Scouts
▪ youth organization  organization of boys from 11 to 14 or 15 years of age that aims to develop in them good citizenship, chivalrous behaviour, and skill in various outdoor ...
Boy Scouts of America
(abbr BSA) the US branch of the Scouts. It was formed in 1910 and was based on the British organization. The US Scouts have kept the traditional camps and skills and also learn ...
boy toy
1. Slang (disparaging). a young man noted for his good looks and sexual prowess, esp. one who maintains relationships with older, more powerful persons. 2. a female sex ...
boy wonder
a young man whose skills or accomplishments are precocious. [1960-65; perh. fashioned on G Wunderkind] * * *
Boyacá
▪ department, Colombia       departamento, east-central Colombia. The departamento consists of cool Andean uplands in the west, densely forested lower mountain slopes, ...
Boyacá, Battle of
▪ Latin America [1819]       (Aug. 7, 1819), in the wars for Latin American independence, encounter near Bogotá that resulted in a victory by South American insurgents ...
boyar
—boyarism, boyardism, n. /boh yahr", boy"euhr/, n. 1. Russian Hist. a member of the old nobility of Russia, before Peter the Great made rank dependent on state service. 2. a ...
Boyce, William
▪ British composer baptized Sept. 11, 1711, London, Eng. died Feb. 7, 1779, London       one of the foremost English composers of church music (liturgical music), known ...
boychik
/boy"chik/, n. Slang. a boy or young man. Also, boychick. [1960-65; BOY + Yiddish -chik dim. suffix of Slavic orig.] * * *
boycott
—boycotter, n. /boy"kot/, v.t. 1. to combine in abstaining from, or preventing dealings with, as a means of intimidation or coercion: to boycott a store. 2. to abstain from ...
Boycott, Charles Cunningham
▪ British estate manager born March 12, 1832, Burgh St. Peter, Norfolk, Eng. died June 19, 1897, Flixton, Suffolk       retired British army captain who was an estate ...
boycotter
See boycott. * * *
Boyd
/boyd/, n. a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning "light." * * *
Boyd Orr
/awr/ John, (1st Baron Boyd Orr of Brechin Mearns), 1880-1971, Scottish nutritionist and writer: Nobel peace prize 1949. * * *
Boyd Orr,Lord John
Boyd Orr (boidʹ ôrʹ, ōrʹ), Lord John. 1880-1971. British nutritionist. He won the 1949 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to alleviate world hunger. * * *
Boyd, Arthur
▪ 2000       Australian painter (b. July 24, 1920, Murrumbeena, Vic., Australia—d. April 24, 1999, Melbourne, Australia), contemplated natural settings as well as the ...
Boyd, Belle
▪ Confederate spy in full  Isabelle Boyd   born May 9, 1844, Martinsburg, Va. [now W.Va.], U.S. died June 11, 1900, Kilbourne [now Wisconsin Dells], Wis.  spy for the ...
Boyd, Edward Francis
▪ 2008       American business executive born June 27, 1914, Riverside, Calif. died April 30, 2007 , Los Angeles, Calif. was the trailblazing creator of advertisements ...
Boyd, Gerald Michael
▪ 2007       American journalist (b. Oct. 3, 1950, St. Louis, Mo.—d. Nov. 23, 2006, New York, N.Y.), rose from serving as a political reporter for the New York Times ...
Boyd, Martin
▪ Australian author in full  Martin à Beckett Boyd , pseudonym  Martin Mills   born June 10, 1893, Lucerne, Switz. died June 3, 1972, Rome       Anglo-Australian ...
Boyd, Robert Boyd, 1st Lord
▪ Scottish statesman died c. 1471, Northumberland, Eng.       Scottish statesman during the reign of James III.       He was a son of Sir Thomas Boyd (d. 1439) ...
Boyd, William
▪ American actor born June 5, 1898, Hendrysburg, Ohio, U.S. died Sept. 12, 1972, Hollywood  American motion-picture and television actor who was best known for his portrayal ...
Boyd-Orr of Brechin Mearns, John Boyd Orr, Baron
▪ Scottish scientist also called (1935–49)  Sir John Boyd Orr   born Sept. 23, 1880, Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scot. died June 25, 1971, Edzell, Angus  Scottish scientist and ...
Boye, Karin
▪ Swedish author born Oct. 26, 1900, Göteborg, Swed. died April 24, 1941, Alingsås       poet, novelist, and short-story writer who is considered to be one of the ...
Boyer
/bwann yay"/, n. Jean Pierre /zhahonn pyerdd/, 1776-1850, Haitian political leader: president 1818-43. * * *
Boyer, Charles
born Aug. 28, 1897, Figeac, France died Aug. 26, 1978, Phoenix, Ariz., U.S. French-U.S. actor. After earning a philosophy degree from the Sorbonne, he made his stage debut in ...
Boyer, Clete
▪ 2008 Cletis Leroy Boyer  American baseball player born Feb. 9, 1937 , Cassville, Mo. died June 4, 2007, Atlanta, Ga. helped the New York Yankees professional baseball team ...
Boyer, Jean-Pierre
▪ president of Haiti born 1776, Port-au-Prince, Haiti died July 9, 1850, Paris, France       politician and soldier who served as president of Haiti in 1818–43 and ...
Boyer, Paul D.
▪ American chemist in full  Paul Delos Boyer  born July 31, 1918, Provo, Utah, U.S.       American biochemist who, with John E. Walker (Walker, John E.), was awarded ...
boyfriend
/boy"frend'/, n. 1. a frequent or favorite male companion; beau. 2. a male friend. 3. a male lover. [1895-1900; BOY + FRIEND] * * *
boyhood
/boy"hood/, n. 1. the state or period of being a boy: Boyhood is a happy time of life. 2. boys collectively: the boyhood of America. [1735-45; BOY + -HOOD] * * *
Boyington, Pappy
▪ American pilot byname of  Gregory Boyington  born Dec. 4, 1912, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. died Jan. 11, 1988, Fresno, Calif.       American World War II flying ace ...
boyish
—boyishly, adv. —boyishness, n. /boy"ish/, adj. of or befitting a boy; engagingly youthful or innocent: a boyish grin. [1540-50; BOY + -ISH1] * * *
boyishly
See boyish. * * *
boyishness
See boyishly. * * *
boyla
/boy"leuh/, n. Australian. a witch doctor; sorcerer. Also called koradji, coraji. [1860-65; < Nyungar boil-ya] * * *
Boyle
/boyl/, n. 1. Kay, born 1903, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and poet. 2. Robert, 1627-91, English chemist and physicist. 3. T. Coraghessan /kaw rag"euh seuhn/, born 1948, ...
Boyle's law
Thermodynam. the principle that, for relatively low pressures, the pressure of an ideal gas kept at constant temperature varies inversely with the volume of the gas. Also called ...
Boyle'slaw
Boyle's law (boilz) n. The principle that at a constant temperature the volume of a confined ideal gas varies inversely with its pressure.   [After Boyle, Robert.] * * *
Boyle, Kay
born Feb. 19, 1902, St. Paul, Minn., U.S. died Dec. 27, 1992, Mill Valley, Calif. U.S. writer. Boyle lived in Europe during the 1920s and '30s. Later she served as a European ...
Boyle, Peter Lawrence
▪ 2007       American actor (b. Oct. 18, 1935, Norristown, Pa.—d. Dec. 12, 2006, New York, N.Y.), showcased his comedic talents in a series of films, notably as the ...
Boyle, Robert
born Jan. 25, 1627, Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ire. died Dec. 31, 1691, London, Eng. Irish-born English chemist and natural philosopher. The son of Richard Boyle, the ...
Boyle,Kay
Boyle (boil), Kay. 1902?-1992. American writer whose works examine the relationships between Europeans and Americans. * * *
Boyle,Robert
Boyle, Robert. 1627-1691. Irish-born British physicist and chemist whose precise definitions of chemical elements and reactions began the separation of chemistry from alchemy. In ...
Boylesve, René
▪ French author pseudonym of  René-marie-auguste Tardiveau   born April 14, 1867, La Haye-Descartes, France died Jan. 14, 1926, Paris  French novelist noted for his social ...
Boyle’s Law
➡ Boyle * * *
Boylston, Zabdiel
▪ American physician born March 9, 1676, Muddy River Hamlet [now Brookline], Mass. [U.S.] died March 1, 1766, Brookline       physician who introduced smallpox ...
Boymans–van Beuningen Museum
▪ museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands       museum in Rotterdam, Neth., noted for its collection of Dutch and Flemish works of art.       The original collection ...
Boyne
/boyn/, n. a river in E Ireland: William III defeated James II near here 1690. 70 mi. (110 km) long. * * *
Boyne, Battle of the
(July 1690) Victory in Ireland for William III of England, a Protestant, over the former king James II, a Roman Catholic. James was attempting, with the help of the French and ...
Boyne, River
▪ river, Ireland Irish  An Bhóinn        river rising in the Bog of Allen, County Kildare, Ireland, and flowing 70 miles (110 km) northeast to enter the Irish Sea ...
Boyneburg, Johann Christian, Freiherr von
▪ German statesman Boyneburg also spelled  Boineburg   born April 12, 1622, Eisenach, Thuringia [Germany] died Dec. 8, 1672, Mainz       German statesman and man of ...
Boynton Beach
/boyn"tn/ a city in SE Florida. 35,624. * * *
BoyntonBeach
Boyn·ton Beach (boinʹtən) A city of southeast Florida on the Atlantic Ocean north of Boca Raton. It is a seaside resort. Population: 46,194. * * *
boyo
/boy"oh/, n., pl. boyos. Irish Eng., Australian Informal. boy; lad. Also, boy-o. [1865-70; BOY + -O] * * *
Boyoma Falls
▪ waterfalls, Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly  Stanley Falls,         seven cataracts in the Lualaba River, central Congo (Kinshasa). The falls extend for ...
Boys Town
▪ Nebraska, United States       village, Douglas county, eastern Nebraska, U.S. It is the site of the renowned child-care facility (called Girls and Boys Town from 2000 ...
Boys, Sir Charles Vernon
▪ British physicist and inventor born March 15, 1855, Wing, Rutland, Eng. died March 30, 1944, St. Mary Bourne, Andover, Hampshire       English physicist and inventor ...
BoyScout
Boy Scout (boi) n. 1. A member of a worldwide organization of young men and boys, founded in England in 1908, for character development and citizenship training. 2. often boy ...
boysenberry
/boy"zeuhn ber'ee, -seuhn-/, n., pl. boysenberries. a blackberrylike fruit with a flavor similar to that of raspberries, developed by crossing various plants of the genus ...
Boys’ Brigade
a British Christian organization for boys. It was set up in 1883 with the aim of teaching boys discipline and respect for themselves and others. * * *
boywonder
boy wonder n. An extremely talented and accomplished young man. * * *
Boyz II Men
▪ 1996       By 1995 the vocal quartet Boyz II Men had harmonized their way into the record books and earned many of the music industry's top prizes, including multiple ...
Boy’s Own Paper
a British magazine of adventure stories for boys that was published from 1879 to 1967. British people sometimes use the phrase Boy’s Own to describe brave or exciting things ...
Boz
/boz/, n. pen name of Charles Dickens. * * *
Bozcaada
/bohz'jah ah dah", -jah dah"/, n. Tenedos. * * *
Bozeman
/bohz"meuhn/, n. a city in S Montana. 21,645. * * * ▪ Montana, United States       city, seat (1867) of Gallatin county, northern Montana, U.S. It lies at the southern ...
Bozeman, John M.
▪ American explorer born 1835, Georgia, U.S. died April 20, 1867, near Yellowstone River, Montana Territory [U.S.]       creator of the Bozeman Trail to the gold-rush ...
Bozen
/boh"tseuhn/, n. German name of Bolzano (def. 2). * * *
bozo
/boh"zoh/, n., pl. bozos. Slang. 1. a fellow, esp. a big, strong, stupid fellow. 2. a rude, obnoxious, or annoying person: Two or three bozos tried to cut in ahead of the rest of ...

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