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Bac nChaplet
Bache nThe vale of a stream or rivulet; a beck
Back prfSituated, located and towards the rear. 2. backwards or in reverse. 3. in return, again.
Back nThe surface of a river, the waves
Back phr"Answer Back" - reply with cheek.
Back phr"At One's Back" - following closely.
Back phr"At the Back of" - ultimately responsible.
Back phr"At the Back of One's Mind" - remaining, but not prominent, in one's thoughts.
Back phr"Back and Fill" - a nautical term denoting a mode o tacking when the tide is with the vessel and the wind against it. 2. metaphorically, to be irresolute.
Back phr"Back and Fore" - back and forth; to and fro.
Back phr"Back and Forth" - an exchange of words, view. 2. reciprocity, give and take. 3. to and fro; from one place to another and back again.
Back phr"Back at You" - used to return a greeting or insult, 'you're an idiot.'
Back phr"Back Away"- to retreat or move in an opposite direction, whilst keeping your attention to things or situations.
Back phr"Back Down" - withdraw (charges), retreat. 2. relinquish give up any claim to something.
Back phr"Back In" - to reverse a vehicle into a space, to back into.
Back phr"Back Into" - drive a vehicle backwards into something (another vehicle, barrier etc), especially through carelessness or inexperience.
Back phr"Back of Beyond" - a very remote, or inaccessible, place or location.
Back phr"Back of the Day" - in the past. 2. at one time, esp. a time which is fondly remembered.
Back phr"Back Off" - back away a vehicle from a position too close to something else. 2. back down or retreat from a stance in some matter or situation.
Back phr"Back Onto" - to reverse a vehicle onto something. 2. to overlook something from the rear. 3. have at its back; face at the back.
Back phr"Back Out of" - withdraw from an undertaking, promise, contract, agreement.
Back phr"Back the Field" - in horse racing, to be against a horse or particular horse, that some or all the other horses, collectively called "the field."
Back phr"Back the Right Horse" - support at the beginning (with a bet) a horse, person, team, etc that eventually wins.
Back phr"Back the Wrong Horse" - support at the beginning (with a bet) a horse, person, team, etc that eventuallyloses.
Back phr"Back to the Drawing Board" - back to the beginning, or start, following a failed or unsuccessful attempt.
Back phr"Back to the Land" - a catchphrase applied to projects for turning some of the dwellers in crowded cities into rural settlers.
Back phr"Back Up" - to support, sustain, as to back up one's family, friend or team-mates.
Back phr"Back Water" - to retard the progress or reverse the motion of a vessel by reversing the action of the oars or of the propelling machinery.
Back phr"Bane is the Back of the Brother-less Man" - everyone is vulnerable unless he has a friend.
Back phr"Be Home on the Sheep's Back" - to be doing well because of your involvement in sheep-farming.
Back phr"Be On The Back Foot" - to be in a defensive posture. 2. (lit & fig)-to be off-balance.
Back phr"Behind One's Back" - secretly; treacherously.
Back phr"Break the Back of" - complete the larger part of.
Back phr"By the Back Stairs" - in an unofficial way, indirectly.
Back phr"Fed Up to the Back Teeth" - very tired of angry about something. 2. extremely bored.
Back phr"Get Back on One's Feet" - to recover from an illness or some other setback.
Back phr"Get Off Somebody's Back" - stop harassing somebody.
Back phr"Get One's Back Up" - provoke somebody into anger, obstinacy, annoy.
Back phr"Get One's Own Back (On Somebody)" - to extract one's revenge.
Back phr"Give the Shirt Off One's Back" - of a person who is very generous.
Back phr"Glad to See the Back of" - be pleased when somebody leaves or finish.
Back phr"Go Back On" - change one's mind, contradict.
Back phr"Go Back On One's Word" - to withdraw from what has promised.
Back phr"Go Behind Someone's Back" - act in a way that deliberately conceals an activity from someone.
Back phr"Hang Back" - be reluctant to go forward.
Back phr"Have a Broad Back" - be willing, able to blame for the errors of others.
Back phr"Have Eyes in the Back of One's Head" - to know more of what's going on than is generally realized.
Back phr"Have No Backbone" - lacking courage.
Back phr"Have One's Back to the Wall" - a very difficult situation with no beneficial options available for acting upon. 3. in difficulties with no retreat
Back phr"In Back of" - behind, to the rear of
Back phr"In Through the Back Door" - in an unofficial way; indirectly. 2. secretly without formal permission.
Backphr"Laid On One's Back" - laid up with ill-health; helpless.
Back phr"Lean Over Backwards" - take great trouble to be accommodating or helpful.
Back phr"Like the Back of One's Hand" - intimately; extremely well and in detail.
Back phr"Like Water off a Duck's Back" - without any effect.
Back phr"Make a Rod For ne's Back" - cause trouble for oneself by one's own actions.
Back phr"On One's Back" - harassed by others. 2. bedridden or disabled.
Back phr"On the Backburner" - receiving little attention.
Back phr"On the Back of Something" - by virtue of something.
Back phr"Put One's Back Into" - make a strenuous physical effort.
Back phr"Put Someone on the Back Foot" - to cause a person to adopt a lower profile.
Back phr"Put Something Back on its Feet" - to repair something.
Back phr"Ride on the Sheep's Back" - to benefit from the production of wool.
Back phr"See the Back of" - to get rid of; be finished with.
Back phr"Take a Back Seat" - take a position of lesser importance, responsibility in the dealing or management of affairs.
Back phr"Talk Through the Back of one's Neck" - talk nonsense.
Back phr"Thrown on One's Back" - completely beaten. A figure taken from wrestling.
Back phr"To the Backbone" - absolutely, unquestioningly.
Back phr"To the Back Of" - behind, at the back of.
Back phr"Turn One's Back On" - to decline to further assist or deal with a person.
Back phr"With One's Hand Tied Behind One's Back" - very easily.
Backache nContinuous pain in the back.
Back-along advBack in the direction of time.
Back-answer nAn answering back, reply, retort, repartee.
Back answer vbTo reply, answer back, retort.
Back-beat nAny of the even musical beats, as opposed to odd downbeats.
Back bench nIn the House of Legislative according to the Westminster system. 2. any bench behind either of the front benchs and occupied by rank-and-file politicians.
Backbencher nAn MP. without a ranking in cabinets, and therefore sits on one of the bank benches or rows of the legislation.
Back-berend adjBearing on the back. 2. In OE. law used to describe a thief caught in the act of carrying off of stolen property. (sometimes modernized to back-bearing.)
Back-bite vbTo wound by clandestine detraction. 2. to censure meanly or spitefully a person who is not present.3. to slander or speak evil of someone absent. 4. to censure or revile the absent.
Back-biter nA secret calumninator or detractor.
Back-biting nSecret slander, detraction, calumniator.
Back-bitingly advIn a secret, mean or detracting way or manner.
Backblow nA blow struck from the back or from behind.
Backboard nA board which supports the back when one is sitting. 2. a board serving as a back part of anything, spec. a wagon.
Backbone nThe series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals. 2. spine, sinal column, vertrbral column. 3. any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure, as railways. 4. courage, fortitude, or strength
Backboned adjVertebrated, spined.
Backboneless adjDestitute of strength, character; weak
Backboneless-ness nThe state or condition of having no backbone. 2. weakness, timidity, cowardness.
Back-breaker nA strenuous, taxing exhausting backbreaking task.
Back-breaking adjArduous, as 'back-breaking work.'
Back-breakingly advIn a backbreaking manner
Back-burning nThe act of lighting a controlled fire in the path of a bush fire or a forest fire, in order to starve it of combustible fuel.
Back-cloth nStage backdrop, painted black to depict secenery.
Back-cloth starnAn actor who stands upstage, making the other actors to face him, and with their backs to the audience, in order to gain more attention too himself.
Backcomb vbTo hold the hair away from the head and comb it towards the back.
Backcome nReturn, arrive back, comeback.
Back-coming nReturn
Back-door nAn entrance at the rear of a building. 2. a secret or underhanded means of access.
Back-door vbTo undermine someone in a cunning and sneaking way.
Back-door adjSecret, clandestine, unworthy. 2. acting from behind and in concealment. 3. backstabbing, as in a backdoor intrigue.
Backdown nComplete surrender of claims. 2. a retreat from a position taken up or from a stand or stated position. 3. a retraction from a previous held position. 4. a withdrawal, climb-down, a giving-up.
Back down vbTo retreat from a position previously held. 2. to withdraw, climb down from, give up. 3. to surrender rights, claims, position.
Backdraft nBack-draft, a reverse drawing or movement of air, gas liquid. 2. an explosion that occurs when air reaches a fire that has used up all available oxygen, often occurring when a door is opened to a room the fire.
Back-drop nScenery hung at the back of a stage. 2. in USA, theatrical argot. 3. the background, or that which is going on behind the scene in a situation, incident, confrontation..
Backed adjProvided with a back; having a back, background, or backing, used particularly in compositions, e.g. broad-backed. 2. supported at the back, seconded, endorsed, abetted, betted on, marked. 3. broken into the saddle. 4. printed on the back. 5. moved or laid back.
Backen vbTo put, keep, throw or lay back. 2. retard 9in progress.) 3. to draw back.
Back-end nOf things with two ends. 2. in the latter part or end of a season or a season of the year, such as a late autumn (of the back-end of fall.)
Backening nThe action or drawing or moving back.
Backening adjKeeping back, retarding growth of (vegetables, crops)
Backer nOne who, or that which, backs. 2. a supporter; esp., one who bets on horses or some other event. 3. one who supports by money or credit. 4. one who finances the production and staging of a play or film.
Backer adjFarther, hinder, posterior.
Backermore advFarther back, more to the rear.
Backermost pplHindermost.
Backfall pplA 'grace' in old English music. 2. a fall or the throw on the back inwrestling.
Backfallen nOne who falls back; a renegade,
Backfill nThe material that has been used to refill an excavation. 2. reserve-support personnel. 3. that which backfills, a replacement. 4. material in a story set earlier in the past, providing history or context for the current action.
Backfill vbTo refill a hole with the material dug out of it. 2. to refill an excavation unit to restore the former ground surface and then to pressure the unit and make it recognizable as having been excavated. 3. to provide reserve support. 4. to replenish, to restock due to attrition or loss.
Back-filling nThe action of refilling a hole with the material dug out of it. 2. action of refilling an excavation to its former state. 3. the providing of reserve support. 4. replenishment, restoration.
Backfire nA fire purposely lit ahead of an advancing bush-fire, field or prairie in order to deprive it of fuel and so to extinguish it. 2. a premature ignition or explosion in an internal-combustion engine of a car, etc.
Backfire nA controlled fire set in the way of a large, out-of-controlled wildfire, or bush fire in order to limit the spread of the large fire by removing its fuel. 2. an explosion of a combustion engine.
Back-firing nThe premature ignition or explosion of an internal combustion engine.
Back flow nThe flow of fluid through a pipe in a direction opposite to that which is normal or intended.
Back flow vbTo flow in the opposite direction.
Back foot vbTo be on the back foot. 2. to be in a defensive posture; off balance (lit.& fig.)
Backfriend nA pretended or false friend. 2. a friend who does not step forward to help and assist. 3. an enemy or foe who feigns friendship. 4. a secret or not openly avowed enemy.
Back-gangingnBackgain, a going-back, a returning, back-going. 2. a retrograde step, esp. in health, circumstances, or conditions, a relapse.
Back-ganging adjBehind or late in payment; in arrears. 2. not thriving or prosperous.
Backgate nA gate at the rear of a property.
Back-going nReturning, going back, backggain. see 'back-ganging.'
Background nOne's social heritage; what one did in the past/previously. 2. a part of the picture that depicts scenery to the rear or behind the main subject; context. 3. information relevant to the current situation about past events; history. 4. less important feature of scenery (as opposed to foreground). 5. the image or color, over which a computer's desktop items are shown (e.g. icons or application windows). 6. activity on a computer that is not normally visible to the user.
Background vbTo form a background to or in relation to. 2. to put in the background, to make hard to see or inonspicious. 3. to tell someone or 'fill in' the background of the circumstances relating to a particular situation, esp. its cause, history, likely outcome.
Background phr"Keep in the Background" - be deliberately inconspicuous.
Backgrounded adjMoved to the backgrounded. 2. in computing: made interactive. 3. that which is provided as information, reasons, explanation etc. for course of action, present situation or likely outcome.
Back-grounder nA handout of information in the form of publicity material backgrounding the reasons etc., for a decision or course of action. 2. a media conference or interview which outlines and explains the background of an organisation and it policies.
Back-half nBackside, rear, back part.
Backhand nThe reverse side of the human hand. 2. a shot made in tennis. 3. handwrting that leans to the left.
Backhand vbTo hit or strike with back of the hand. 2. to execute a backhand shot or throw. 3. to slap with the back of the hand.
Back-handed adjWith the back of the hand. 2. directed backwards, or oon the hand or arm crossing the body. 3. keeping back ones's hand, backwards, remissing. 4. indirect.
Backhander nA blow or stroke with the back of the hand, a backhand. 2. a tip or a bribe made surreptitously, a secret payment.
Back-handedly advIn an indirect or back-handed manner.
Backhanded-ness nThe quality of being back-handed. 2. the use of tactics
Backhoe nA piece of excavating and earth-moving equipment with a bucket on the end of an articulating arm. 2. in Australia and Canada, a multi-purpose tractor.
Backhouse nA building which situates or is found at the back of the main building. 2. a privy or outdoor toilet.
Backhoe vbTo excavate using a backhoe.
Backing nThe act or action of giving support to someone or something. 2. the mounting of horses; the breaking-in of a colt. 2. a motion or movement backwards; espof the wind in a direction contrawise to the sun's.
Backing phr"Backing and Filling" - of a ship, drifting back and forth without making progress.
Backing phr"Backing Out" - the action of rversing a vehicle from a confined space. 2. to withdraw from something one has agreed to do. 3. to dare someone not to withdraw from achallenge. 4. in computing, to undo a change.
Backing-off nImparting a clearance back from the edge of tools and cutter , such as reamers and milling cutters.
Backland nThe back tract or part of a piece of land. 2. a building constructed behind the main building.
Backless adjWithout or not having a back, often applied to a woman's dress or gown cut low at the back.
Backlight nA spotlight that illumines a photographic subject frm behind. 2. a rear window of a motor car.
Backlight vbTo illuminate something from behind; backlit.
Back-load nThe amount that can be carried on the back.
Backload vbTo load towards the back, or towards the end of a period. 2. to load cargo, shipment, etc., after the loading has been completed.
Back-looking nA looking back (lit & fig.) 2. looking into or to the past. 3. backwar looking.
Backman nFollower, retainer, attendant.
Back marker nA competitor in a race, etc. who concedes a start or an initial advantage to his opponents.
Backness nIn phonetics: quality of being a back vowel. 2. any vowel sound produced in the back of the mouth.
Back-of-beyond nAn Australian phrase describing the vast inland spaces, The Outback.
Back out nAn act of withdrawing from a position. 2. inclination to back out or withdraw.
Back over nAn accident in which a driver reverses a motor vehicle over an unseen person.
Back read vbTo interpret what one has read previously in light of later experience and knowledge.
Back-reckoning nA reckoning for past transactions or deeds.
Back-rest nThe back piece of a chair, used to support the sitter's back.
Back road nA minor or secondary road, often through a rural area and sometimes used as an alternate to a main road.
Backroom nA room near the rear of a premise, esp. one only accessible to a priveleged few and that can be used as an inconspicious meetin place.
Backroom adjOf, relating to, or happening or dealing in a backroom.2. characterized by secrecy or anonymity.
Back seat nAny of the seats in the rear of a vehicle, theatre, hall, auditorium etc.
Backseat driver nA person sitting in the backseat of a motor vehicle giving unasked for and usually unwanted advice or instructions to the driver. 2. a self-opiniated or opinion-ridden individual who gives unasked-for advice on the best way to handle or solve a problem.
Backshadowing nA literary device in which the writer shows how an event that has already occurred affects the future. 2. life must be lived looking forward, but can only be understood looking back.
Back-settler nOne who lives in the back settlements of a colony or new country. 2. a settler living in the backwoods.
Backshop nA small and usually private shop behind the main one. 2. a secret place of business or intrigue.
Back-sight n
Backside nHinder or back part. 2. behind or rear. 2. the back premises, backyard. 3. out-building, attached to a dwelling. 4. posterior or rump. 5. the under surface of a leaf. 6. the reverse side of a document, page, book, etc. 7. the wrong side, the opposite or reverse side.
Back-sitter nOne who sits back or takes no stand on situations or matters. 2. a fence-sitter (fig.)
Back-sitting nSitting back, fence-sitting, non-committal.
Back-slide vbTo regress, to slip backwards or revert to a previous worse state. 2. to shirk responsibilty, renege on one's obligation or commitment.
Back-slider nAn apostate, renegade, recividist. 2. one who falls away from an adopted course, esp in a religious sense.
Backsliding nAn occasion on which one backslides, in a moral sense. 2. recividism.
Back-sliding adjThe act of sliding back, reneging, shirking one's responsibilities and duties. 3. recividal.
Back-spin nReverse rotation of a round object that is moving forward, causing it to rebound.
Backstairs nA staircase at the back of a building, normally used by servants and tradesmen. 2. an indirect or furtive means of access or intercourse.
Backstairs adjClandestine, secret, furtive. 2. scandalous.
Backstand nSupport.
Back-step nA retrograde movement
Back-stop nA device that prevents railroad cars from rolling off a railroad track.
Back-stop vbTo serve as a backstop for. 2. to bolster support.
Back straight nThe straight part of a running track or similar, as opposed to the finishing line or home straight.
Back street nAssociated with neighourhood situated on back streets, often in old neighborhood with poorer residents.
Back-stretch nThat part of a race course farthest from the spectators; opposite of home stretch.
Backstroke nA swimming stroke done lying on one's back.
Backswept adjSwept or pushed back.
Back-talk nBack chat. 2. a retort or reply which is regarded as superfluous or impertinence.
Back-to-back adjOf houses withh a party wall at the back or rear. 2. consecutive.
Back-to-back advWith backs adjacent and opposite to each other.
Back tooth nA molar.
Back-to-the-lander nA city dweller turn into a rural settler.
Back-town nOne-horse town, hicksville, boondocks
Back-up nA reserve or substitute reinforcements. 2. a copy of a computer file, stored separately from the original, that can be used to recover the original if it is damaged or destroyed. 3 a stand-in or spare. 4. in computing - that which is intended as a back-up. 5. an accumulation of material that halts the flow or movement of something, such as water or liquid.
Back up adjWho, or that which, stands in, stands for, stands by orin reserve.
Backward vbTo put or keep in a backward position. 2. to delay or retard.
Backward advTo go backward, recede, retreat. 2. to relapse, backslide.
Backward adjRear-guard, rearward.
Backward phr"Backward in Coming Forward" - hestitate, shy, reserved, timid in dealing with difficult people and situations.
Backward-bending adjAble to bend backwards.
Backwarding nThe action of going backwards.
Backward-looking adjNostalgically romantic.
Backwardly nIn a backwards direction. 2. again, over again. 3. perversely. 4. reluctantly, sluggishly,
Backwardness nRetardation, regression. 2. something of being behind in progress or preparation. 3. the backward state of the seasons or crops. 4. reluctance, disinclination, slowness of conception, sluggishness, bashfulness, slow mental alertness.
Backwards advGoing or moving backwards or to the rear.
Backwards phr"Bend Over Backwards" - to go a to a great trouble to accommodate another person's wishes.
Backwards phr"Know Backwards" - be entirely familiar with.
Backwards phr"Not Backwards in Coming Forward" - attention seeking; not shy or withdrawn.
Backwards phr"Take a Step Backwards" - move further away from one's goals.
Backwash nThe motion of a receding wave. 2. a backward current (also, transfig & fig.)
Backwash vbTo effect with backwash (about e.g. with that from the oars of a boat in front. 2. a consequence (slang).
Backwater nThe water held back by a dam or other obstruction. 2. a remote place, remaining somewhat unaffected unaffected by new events, progressions, ideas.
Backwater vbTo row or paddle a backward stroke. 2. to vacillate on a long-held position.
Back-waterish nLike a backwater; retrograde.
Backway nA by-path. 2. away at the back or leading to the back, of any place; hence, an indirect way, an about way.
Backwoodish adjSomewhat like something or someone from the backwards.
Backwoodish-ness nState or quality typical of something or someone from the backwoods.
Backwoods nWild, uncleared forest land. 2. a remote or sparsely inhabited region.
Backwoodsy adjOf the nature of the backwoods.
Backword nWithdraw from a promise or from an accepted invitation. 2. a contradiction, a rude answer.
Backwort nOld name for comfrey; symphylum officinale.
Backyard nA yard at the back or rear of a house or bulding. 2. a person's neighborhood, or an area nearby to a person's home or place of work, and where the person is likely to go. 3. an area nearby to a country or other jurisdiction legal boundaries, particularly an area in which the country feels it has an interest.
Backyard phr"Not in My Backyard" - a person who supports an idea or project but does not want it taking place or being constructed near his place or residence.
Badling nA hermaphrodite. 2.womanish or effeminate man. 3. thug
Baft advOf place: behind, to the rear of, aft. 2. in later use only nautical : astern, aft, abaft. 3. of time: later, afterwards.
Bairn nChild: son or daughter (expressing relatioship, rather than age.)
Bairn phr"A Shy Bairn Gets Nowt" - if you are too shy, and don't ask, you won't get what yo want.
Bairn-bed nWomb
Bairn-dole nChild's portion; a smaller amount.
Bairnhood nChildhood, infancy, cradlehood.
Bairnish adjChildish, peurile.
Bairnishness nThe state or quality of being childlike.
Bairn-less adjWithout child or off-spring; childless.
Bairn-like adjChildlike.
Bairnly advIn a childlike manner; child-like, in childhood, puerilely.
Bairn-team nBrood of children, off-spring, family, posterity.
Bake nThe act or process, result of baking. 2. a biscuit.
Bake vbTo cook (something) in an oven. 2. to dry by heat. 3. to prepare food by baking it. 4. to be baked to heating or drying. 5. to be hot. 6. to smoke marijuana. 7. to harden by cold.
Bake-apple nThe dried fruit of the cloudberry.
Baked-beans nA food consisting of beans taken or stewed in a usually tomato-sauce.
Bakerdom nCondition or state of being a baker.
Baked goods nBread, cakes, biscuits or similar food stuffs that are baked.
Bakehouse nBread making house or shop.
Bakemeal nA pie or pastie.
Baker nOne who bakes and sells bread and cakes.
Bakerly adjBaker-like, after the manner of a baker.
Baker's Knee nKnocked knee.
Bakery adjResembling or like a baker.
Bakeship nSkill as a baker.
Bake-shop nBakery, bakehouse, baker's shop.
Bakestone nA flat stone or slate on what cakes are baked in a oven, 2. a plate of iron used for the same purpose.
Bakeware nCooking equipment intended for use inside an an oven. 2. tins, trays, and other items for baking.
Baking nAn action or way in which something is baked. 2.
Baking adjIntended in use in baking. 2. fig. of a person, the weather, of an object, very hot.
Bakingly advSo as to bake, baking hot (lit & fig.)
Bald adjWithout hair on the head. 2. without natural covering or growth,as a mountain. 3. unadorned; without embellishments. 4. without disguise. 5. having white feathers or fur on the head, as the bald eagle.
Bald phr"Go For Someone Baldheaded" - that is, without constraint or compunction, probably dating from the days when men wore wigs, and any any energetic action or fray required that the wig should thrown away.
Baldhead nOne whose head is bald.
Bald-headed adjHaving a bald head.
Bald-headed advUS. colloquially. roughly, precipitately: 'to go at something bald-headed.'
Balding adjTo grow bold.
Baldness nThe state or condition of being bald.
Baldy adjHaving a bald head.
Bale nEvil, esp. considered in its active operation, as destroying, injury, hurting, paining, formerly fatal. 2. dire or malign in quality or influence; harm, injury; woe, destruction, mischief. 3. in earlier use: after death, infliction of death. 4. evil speaking, abuse. 5. evil in its passive aspect, physical suffering, torment, pain, woe. 6. mental suffering, misery, sorrow, grief.
Bale nA great consuming fire, a conflagration, blazing pile, a bonfire. 2. a funeral pile of pyre. 3. a signal or beacon fire.
Bale phr"Bale and Boot" - Pain and remedy.
Bale phr"Brew Bale" - to make mischief, prepare woe or misery, opposed alliteratively to bliss, blithe.
Bale phr"When the Bale is Highest Boot Is Nighest" - based of an Old Icelandic provrb meaning when things have come to the worst, they must need mend.
Balecraft nMagic, black magic, sorcery.
Bale-deathadjSin.
Bale-fire nHolocaust; any great fire. 2. a great fire in the air. 3. a blazing pile, a heap kindled to consume everything. 4. a fire kindled as as signal, a beacon fire.
Baleful adjFull of malign. 2. deadly or noxious influence. 3. noxious, pernicious, destructive. 4. full of pain or suffering, painful. 5. unhappy, switched, wretched, miserable, distressed, sorrowful, mournful.
Balefully advInjuriously, hurtfully, in a baleful manner, sadly, miserably.
Balefulness nBaleful condition or quality. 2. hurtfulness, distress, sadness.
Baleless adjHarmless, innocent
Bale-rope nThe gallow's rope, the deadly rope, the gallows.
Bale-sithe nExpedition, adventure. 2. fortune, lot. 3. death, destruction. 3. evil-doing, mischief, evil-fortune, calamity.
Bale-spell nFatal news.
Bale-stour nTumult, battle. 2. fatal struggle, death throes.
Bale-think nMalicious thought or thinking.
Balk nA baulk, ridge, esp. between furrows; a ridge left after ploughing. 2. a ridge in the way, a dividing ridge, obstacle, hindrance, check or defeat, a (sand)bar, stumbling block. 3. a disappointment, baulk (balk) 4. a dividing ridge of land; an isthmus, a heap or mound; a grave mound. 5. a baulk (balk), a strip of ground left unploughed as a boundary between two ploughed partitions. 6. a piece of land left unplowed either carelessly or accidentally.
Balk nA beam of timber or wood. 2 a tie-beam of a house. 3. a cross-beam or bar in a chimney or kiln. 4. a partition (late OE.) 5. a gang-way of a ship.
Balk vbTo plough up or make ridges in ploughing. 2. pass over; to pass by a place , avoid in passing, shun 3. to pass over, overlook, refrain from noticing (what comes in one's way). 4. shirk, ignore, avoid responsiblity or duty, let slip, fail to use or sieze, keep, reach. 5. to refuse anything offered (e.g. food or drink) 6. stop at an obstacle, hestitate, jib, refuse to go on. 7. to miss or omit intentionally. 8. to lie out of the way. 9 to miss by error or inadvertence. 10. check, hinder, thwart, obstruct, foil, render unsuccessful. 11. to meet arguments with objects; quibble; bandy about words. 12. to disappoint expectations.
Balk phr"Make Balk" - to blunder, go wrong, slip up. 2. an omission or exception.
Balk phr"Make a Balk of Good Ground" - to waste or throw away a good chance. 2. to let an opportunity slip by.
Balk phr"Balk At" - hestitate or refuse to face or accept; jib at.
Balked adjRidged, ribbed, heaped up, piled in heaps. 2. checked, foiled, disappointed.
Balkiness nThe quality of being balky.
Balking nThe action of balking.
Balkish adjCharacterized by ridges, uneven, rough.
Balky adj(Usu. of a horse) - reluctant to proceed, jibbish. 2. contrary. perverse
Balkmonger nThe maker or dealer of or in timber beams, spec. cross-beams stretching from wall to wall.
Balk-yard nTimber yard
Ballockwort nOrchis.
Ban nFormal or authoritative prohibition (on smoking etc). 2. tacit prohibition by public opinion. 3. a sentence of outlawry. 4. a curse or execration.
Ban vbTo prohibit; forbid.
Bane nA slayer, murderer, one who causes death and destruction of another. 2. that which causes death and destruction. 3. that which is destructive to life and well-being
Bane phr"Bane is the Back of the Brotherless Man" - everyone is vulnerable unless he has a friend.
Bane phr"Bane of One's Life" - somebody someone that causes continually causes worry or trouble to another or others.
Baneberry nThe poisonous berry of any species of Actaea
Baneful adjLife destroying, pernicious esp. poisonous. Cognates: banefulness, banefully
Banefully advIn a hurtful or pernicious manner.
Banefulness nThe quality of being baneful or injurious.
Bane-ivy nA tenacious creeping plant with invasive weed-like qualities.
Baneless adjInnocent, harmless
Banesman nMurderer, killer, assassin
Banewort nRanuculus fiammula, belladona, deadly nightshade. 2. ranunculus
Bannock nA round flat loaf, usually unleavened.
Banns nA notice read out on three successive sundays in a parish church, announcing an intended marriage and giving the opportunity for objections.
Banns phr"Forbid the Banns" - an objection to an intended marriage, esp. in church following the reading of the banns.
Bare adjCompletely unclothed; without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked;naked from the waist up" au naturel, naked, nude. 2. with head uncovered; bareheaded. 3. lacking in amplitude or quantity; scanty, spare. 3. not having a protective covering; unsheathed. 4: lacking its natural or customary covering. 5. just barely adequate or within a lower limit; marginal. 6. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; mere, simple. 7. lacking a surface finish such as paint, unfinished. 8. providing no shelter or sustenance; barren, bleak, desolate, stark. 9. having everything extraneous removed including contents, stripped, destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished;as, a room bare of furniture. 10. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; plain, bare, spare, plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; threadbare, much worn,meager, unembellished, unornamented. 11. without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed. 12. mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else.
Bare vbTo lay bare; publicize, 2. publicize, air, bare. 3. lay bare; denude, strip. 4. to strip off the covering of; to make bare; as, to bare the breast.
Bare nSurface; body; substance, as in 'You have touched the very bare of naked truth. 2. In architecture that part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
Bare phr"Bare Bones Of" - of a story; nothing but the essentail details of
Bare phr"Bare of (Something)" - without, not having something that is normally, or at other times, present, as a tree, flower; protection.
Bare phr"Bare One's Heart" - to make oneself vulnerable.
Bare phr"Bare One's Soul" - to reveal one's innermost feelings and thoughts , esp. concerning one's doubts, regrets, flaws. 2. to tell one's personal secrets to others. 3.
Bare phr"Bare One's Teeth" - as an animal: to show one's teeth as a sign of an aggression. 3. to show one's aggression.
Bare phr"Bare Outline of" - bare bones of; of a story, matter etc nothing but the essential details.
Bare phr"The Cupboard is Bare" - the wished-for resources are just not there.
Bare phr"With One's Bare Hands" - without using tools or weapons.
Bare-arse nThe bird: the Little Grebe
Bare arse adjWith buttocks exposed. 2. by extension: stark naked.
Bareback advRiding without a saddle. 2. unsaddled
Bare back vbTo ride without a saddle or unsaddled.
Bare backed adjRiding without a saddle.
Bare-bitten adjBitten to a state of bareness.
Bare-bone nA skinny lean person.
Bare boned adjOf person: slim, not fleshy, very lean, emaciated.
Bare bones nA very lean person esp. one who bones show through the skin. 2. to the essential elements of something, described without going into details.
Bare-bottomed adjHaving an uncovered bottom. 2. stark naked. 3. blatant, unashamed. 4. of objects: having an uncovered base or seat.
Bare-breasted adjOf a woman: having the breast and nipples exposed (usually implying a less salacious atmosphere than the word 'topless.'
Bare-chested adjShirtless, without upper body clothing.
Bared adjMade bare, exposed to view. 2. stripped, denuded, cleared of covering
Bare-fallowed adjLeft to fallow for one year. 2. (fig.) rested to recover from over-use.
Bare-fallowing nThe action of resting land from production.
Bare-footed adjNot wearing or with nothing on the feet. 2. without shoes or socks. 3. of a vehicle on an icy road without snow chains. 4. shoeless, unshod, unshoed, not having anything on the feet.
Barefootedness nThe condition or state of being without foot-coverings.
Bare-footing nWater-skiing without skis (on bare feet).
Barehanded adjWith the hands bare. 2. having no coverings on the hands, without wearing no gloves. 3. without tools or weapons.
Barehandedly advIn one's bare hands. 2. without tools or weapons.
Bare-headed adjHaving no covering on the head.
Bare-headedly advIn a bare-headed state.
Bare-headedness nThe state or position of being without a head covering.
Barehide nA skin or hide with the hair removed.
Bare-knuckled adjFighting without boxing gloves; barefisted. 2. severe, implacable.
Barely advBy a small margin. 2. a degree almost not all. 3. merely. hardly, scarely, just. 4. nakedly, without covering, nude.
Bareman nA bankrupt or 'broken man.'
Barenecked adjHaving the neck bared.
Bareness nNakedness, nudity, the state of being bare.
Bare-shouldered adjOf a woman's garment- not showing the shoulders. 2. off-the-shoulder.
Bargh nLow detached ridge, hill, steep hill, road up a hill. 2. a mine. From OE. beorgh, beorh: mount
Bark vbTo make a short, loud, explosive noise with the vocal organs (said of animals, especially dogs. 2. to make a clamor; to make importunate outcries. 3. to speak sharply.  4. to latrate (obsolete)
Bark nThe short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog. 2. similar sound made by some other animals. 3. (figuratively) an abrupt loud vocal utterance.  
Bark phr"Bark Against the Moon" - to clamor or agitate, mostly with little or no effect.
Bark phr"Barking Dogs Seldom Bite" - people who big threats never usually carry them out.
Bark phr"Bark Up the Wrong Tree" - to do, believe or pursue something wrong, or inappropriate branch. 2. to take a wrong approach. 3. to follow a false lead. 4. to blame or rebuke the wrong person. (an allusion for a situation in which a hunting dog mistakingly identifies the tree up which it has chased and positions itself at the foot of another tree, barking upward at the branch.)
Bark phr"Bark Worse than His Bite"" - not as bad, aggressive, ill-tempered than he gives the appearance of being.
Bark phr"Don't Keep a Dog and Bark Too" - don't employ somebody to do a job and do it yourself.
Barker nSome or something that barks. 2. a person who job it is entice customers by calling out to passers-by; eg. as a at carnival or outside a store. 3. a shelf-talker: a printed card affixed to a shelf in a store or super-market to draw attention to a specific item. 4. a speiler. 5. a pistol, gun.
Barking adjWho or that which barks. 2. short for 'barking mad.' 3. the action of barking.
Barking advWith barking sounds.
Barking phr"Barking Dogs Seldom Bite" - people who big threats never usually carry them out.
Barking deer nMuntjac.
Barking iron nA pistol, gun.
Barkingly advIn a barking manner.
Barking spider nAn australian spider 'Selenacosmia crassipes' - which makes a hissing sound when disturbed. 2. an audible case or instance of flatulence.
Barkless adjOf a dog: that never no bark or rarely does so.
Barky adjProne to barking. 2. to sound like a dog. 4. sounding like a barky cough.
Barley nCereal of the species 'Hordeum vulgare' - or its grains often used as food to make beer and other malt drinks.
Barley corn nA grain of barley. 2. the length of such grain with unit of length approximately one-third of an inch (8cm.) still used as a basis for shoes sizes.
Barley-hood nA state of drunkenness or ill-humor or temper, brought on by an excess drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Barley-like adjResembling or characteristic of barley.
Barley-meal nCoarse flour.
Barley water nA soft drink made by boiling pearl barley in water, and adding flavouring and sugar. 2. a decoction of barley used as a nutritive and demulcent.
Barm nA bosom, lap. 2. edge, rim, breast, brow.
Barm nYeast, froth on top of fermenting malt liquid. 2. the froth or the head on beer. 3. (transfig.)- that which ferments, a fermenting agent.
Barm vbTo leaven, ferment, to use in froth or fermentation.
Barm-brain nA flighty empty-headed person.
Barming nThe act or process of fermenting.
Barm-stick nA feeble-minded person. 2. a barm-brain.
Barmy adjCovered with froth. 2. (fig.) excitedly active or flighty.
Barn nAgricultural building, often found on a farm, used for storage or keepimg animals such as cattle. 2. in nuclear physics: a unit of surface area equal 10X24 sqm.
Barn vbTo lay in a barn.
Barnboard nAn antique board recovered from old barns, used in construction and the making of furniture.
Barnburner nAn extremely exciting or successful event or person. 2. one who
Barndoor nThe large door of a barn. 2. in humour, something large enough that a miss ought to be impossible. 3. euphenism, humour, the groin area of pants.
Barnfind nIdiomatic: a value item recovered from an undeserving storage, usually in the countryside, where it lay or more or less forgotten, esp. vintage automobiles.
Barnful nAn amount that can fit into a barn.
Barnless adjWithout or not having a barn.
Barnlike adjResembling or like a barn.
Barn owl nOwl of a genus 'tyto' often having a white face and commonly found in barns and other farm buildings.
Barnstickle nThe stickleback.
Barnstorm vbTo travel around the countryside making political speeches. 2. to be present at fairs and carnivals in exhibitions of stunt flying, or sporting events. 3. to travel from town to town performing in front of small crowds.
Barnstormer adjOne who barmstorms; one whose profession is barnstorming.
Barmstorming nHighly theatrical (used often of a performer)
Barn swallow nHirundo rustica - the most widespread species of the world.
Barnyard nThe yard surrounding a barn.
Barnyard adjOf or pertaining to a barnyard.
Barrow nA mountain, berg. 2. in the UK - a hill or lower eminences. 3. a mound of earth or stones raised over a grave; a grave. 4. a heap of rubbish, attle or other such rubbish.
Barrow nA castrated boar. 2. a barrow-hog.
Barrow nA frame on which a load can be carried, in early use including a funeral bier, hand-barrow, stretcher (now largely restricted to a wheel barrow). 2. a wicker case in which salt is put to be drain.
Barrow nA long sleeveless, flannel garment worn by an infant. 2. (fig.) a covering or protective item.
Barrow vbTo transport by barrow.
Barrowful adjThe quantity that fits a barrow.
Barrowlike adjResembling or charcteristic of a barrow (a hand-propelled vehicle.) 2. resembling a mound of earth or stone.
Barrow-maker nOne who makes barrows (wheelbarrows) for a living.
Barrow-monger nA seller of apples and other fruits from a barrow on the footpath of a town or city; a barrowmonger.
Barrow-wight nIn the graves where treasures are kept or hoarded the barrow-wights dwell, ghosts that were sentinels over the gold and other valuables.
Barrow-wightish adjGhostly' funereal.
Barse nOE: baers - the bass, the bast, the perch.
Barton nFarmstead, bere-earn, barley enclosure, enclosure, pen for poultry.
Bass nA fish of the perch family; see 'barse.'
Bast nOE: baest - the inner bark of a tree from which rope was made. 2. a fibre from the vascular tissue (phloem) of land plants and used for matting and cord.
Bat nA club made from other materials such as aluminium and used in sports such as cricket and baseball to strike the ball.
Bat vbTo hit a ball with a bat. 2. to take turns of hitting a ball with a bat in sports such as cricket and baseball. 3. to swipe or strike as though with a bat.
Batch nAn amount of a load that is prepared or baked at one time. 2. quantity of a substance needed or produced at one time. 3. a number of things or people that are dealt with or handled together.
Bath nA tub or pool which is used for bathing; a bathtub. 2. a building or area where bathing takes place. 3. the act of bathing. 4. a substance or preparation in which something is immersed.
Bath vbTo wash a person or animal in a bath.
Bath phr"Give Somebody a Bath" - to decisively beat someone/ somebody in a sporting contest.
Bath book nA waterproof book for children to use in a bath.
Bathe nThe act of swimming or bathing, esp. in the sea, a lake, river or swinmming pool.
Bathe vbTo clean oneself by immersion in water or using water to take a bath. 2. to immerse oneself in water or other liquid. 3. to cover or surround with water. 4. to apply water to; to suffuse or cover in liquid.
Bather nOne who bathes or swims.
Bathful adjAs much as a batch will hold.
Bath-house nA building with baths for communal use. 2. a building where swimmers change clothes
Bathing nThe act of cleaning oneself or another by immersion in water.
Bathing adjDesigned for use whilst bathing.
Bathless adjWithout a bath. 2. not regularly bathing or taking a bath.
Bathlike adjResembling a bath or some aspect of it.
Bathroom nA room containing a bath where one can bathe. 2. a room having a toilet
Bathroom break nA time set in various situations where one can attend to ablutions.
Bathroomless adjA building not having a bathroom.
Bathroomlike adjResembling or characteristic of a bathroom.
Bathroom singer n(A derogatory term.) - one with little or no talent who should sing only in the bathroom.
Baths nAn enclosed public swimming pool originally a place having individual cubicles where people without baths in their residence could have a bath.
Bath salts nA perfumed mixture of crystal salts used to soften golden water.
Bath-stone nA building stone quarried from the oolite founded near Bath.
Batsman nA cricket player recieving the strike (or the ball from the bowler.)
Batsmanship nThe skill of batting.
Baulk nAlternative spelling of 'balk'
Baxter nA female baker.

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