Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Ba (bä) transitive verb [ Confer Old French baer to open the mouth, French bayer .] To kiss. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Baa (bä) intransitive verb [ Confer German bäen ; an imitative word.] To cry baa, or bleat as a sheep.

He treble baas for help, but none can get.
Sir P. Sidney.

Baa (bä) noun ; plural Baas (bäz). [ Confer German .] The cry or bleating of a sheep; a bleat.

Baaing noun The bleating of a sheep. Marryat.

Baal (bā" a l) noun ; Hebrew plural Baalim (-ĭm). [ Hebrew ba'al lord.]
1. (Myth.) The supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations.

» The name of this god occurs in the Old Testament and elsewhere with qualifying epithets subjoined, answering to the different ideas of his character; ; as, Baal -berith (the Covenant Baal), Baal -zebub (Baal of the fly).

2. plural The whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied. Judges x. 6.

Baalism (-ĭz'm) noun Worship of Baal; idolatry.

Baalist, Baalite noun A worshiper of Baal; a devotee of any false religion; an idolater.

Bab noun [ Persian ] Lit., gate; -- a title given to the founder of Babism, and taken from that of Bab- ud-Din , assumed by him.

Baba noun [ French] A kind of plum cake.

Babbitt transitive verb To line with Babbitt metal.

Babbitt metal [ From the inventor, Isaac Babbitt of Massachusetts.] A soft white alloy of variable composition (as a nine parts of tin to one of copper, or of fifty parts of tin to five of antimony and one of copper) used in bearings to diminish friction.

Babble (băb"b'l) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Babbled (-b'ld); present participle & verbal noun Babbling .] [ Confer LG. babbeln , Dutch babbelen , German bappeln , bappern , French babiller , Italian babbolare ; probably orig., to keep saying ba , imitative of a child learning to talk.]
1. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles .

2. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.

3. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.

4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.

In every babbling brook he finds a friend.
Wordsworth.

» Hounds are said to babble , or to be babbling , when they are too noisy after having found a good scent.

Syn. -- To prate; prattle; chatter; gossip.

Babble transitive verb
1. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.

These [ words] he used to babble in all companies.
Arbuthnot.

2. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.

Babble noun
1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. "This is mere moral babble ." Milton.

2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.

The babble of our young children.
Darwin.

The babble of the stream.
Tennyson.

Babblement noun Babble. Hawthorne.

Babbler noun
1. An idle talker; an irrational prater; a teller of secrets.

Great babblers , or talkers, are not fit for trust.
L'Estrange.

2. A hound too noisy on finding a good scent.

3. (Zoology) A name given to any one of a family ( Timalinæ ) of thrushlike birds, having a chattering note.

Babblery noun Babble. [ Obsolete] Sir T. More.

Babe (bāb) noun [ Confer Ir. bab , baban , W. baban , maban .]


1. An infant; a young child of either sex; a baby.

2. A doll for children. Spenser.

Babehood noun Babyhood. [ R.] Udall.

Babel noun [ Hebrew Bābel , the name of the capital of Babylonia; in Genesis associated with the idea of "confusion."]
1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel .
Gen. xi. 9.

2. Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages.

That babel of strange heathen languages.
Hammond.

The grinding babel of the street
. R. Latin Stevenson.

Babery noun [ Perh. orig. for baboonery . Confer Baboon , and also Babe .] Finery of a kind to please a child. [ Obsolete] "Painted babery ." Sir P. Sidney.

Babian, Babion noun [ See Baboon .] A baboon. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Babillard noun [ French, a babbler.] (Zoology) The lesser whitethroat of Europe; -- called also babbling warbler .

Babingtonite noun [ From Dr. Babbington .] (Min.) A mineral occurring in triclinic crystals approaching pyroxene in angle, and of a greenish black color. It is a silicate of iron, manganese, and lime.

Babiroussa Bab`i*rus"sa noun [ French babiroussa , from Malay bābī hog + rūsa deer.] (Zoology) A large hoglike quadruped ( Sus, or Porcus, babirussa ) of the East Indies, sometimes domesticated; the Indian hog. Its upper canine teeth or tusks are large and recurved.

Babish adjective Like a babe; a childish; babyish. [ R.] " Babish imbecility." Drayton. - - Bab"ish*ly , adverb -- Bab"ish*ness , noun [ R.]

Babism noun [ From Bab (Pers. bab a gate), the title assumed by the founder, Mirza Ali Mohammed.] The doctrine of a modern religious sect, which originated in Persia in 1843, being a mixture of Mohammedan, Christian, Jewish, and Parsee elements.

Babism, Babiism noun The doctrine of a modern religious pantheistical sect in Persia, which was founded, about 1844, by Mirza Ali Mohammed ibn Rabhik (1820 -- 1850), who assumed the title of Bab- ed-Din (Per., Gate of the Faith). Babism is a mixture of Mohammedan, Christian, Jewish, and Parsi elements. This doctrine forbids concubinage and polygamy, and frees women from many of the degradations imposed upon them among the orthodox Mohammedans. Mendicancy, the use of intoxicating liquors and drugs, and slave dealing, are forbidden; asceticism is discountenanced. -- Bab"ist , noun

Babist noun A believer in Babism.

Bablah noun [ Confer Persian babūl a species of mimosa yielding gum arabic.] The rind of the fruit of several East Indian species of acacia; neb-neb. It contains gallic acid and tannin, and is used for dyeing drab.

Baboo Ba"bu (bä"bō) noun [ Hind. bābū .] A Hindoo gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindoo title answering to Mr. or Esquire . Whitworth.

Baboon noun [ Middle English babewin , baboin , from French babouin , or Late Latin babewynus . Of unknown origin; confer Dutch baviaan , German pavian , baboon, French babine lip of ape, dogs, etc., dial. German bäppe mouth.] (Zoology) One of the Old World Quadrumana, of the genera Cynocephalus and Papio ; the dog-faced ape. Baboons have dog- like muzzles and large canine teeth, cheek pouches, a short tail, and naked callosities on the buttocks. They are mostly African. See Mandrill , and Chacma , and Drill an ape.

Baboonery noun Baboonish behavior. Marryat.

Baboonish adjective Like a baboon.

Babul, Babool noun [ See Bablah .] (Botany) Any one of several species of Acacia , esp. A. Arabica , which yelds a gum used as a substitute for true gum arabic.

In place of Putney's golden gorse
The sickly babul blooms.
Kipling.

Baby (bā"bȳ) noun ; plural Babies (-bĭz). [ Dim. of babe .] An infant or young child of either sex; a babe.

2. A small image of an infant; a doll.

Babies in the eyes , the minute reflection which one sees of one's self in the eyes of another.

She clung about his neck, gave him ten kisses,
Toyed with his locks, looked babies in his eyes .
Heywood.

Baby adjective Pertaining to, or resembling, an infant; young or little; as, baby swans. " Baby figure" Shak.

Baby transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Babied (-bĭd); present participle & verbal noun Babying .] To treat like a young child; to keep dependent; to humor; to fondle. Young.

Baby farm A place where the nourishment and care of babies are offered for hire.

Baby farmer One who keeps a baby farm.

Baby farming The business of keeping a baby farm.

Baby jumper A hoop suspended by an elastic strap, in which a young child may be held secure while amusing itself by jumping on the floor.

Babyhood noun The state or period of infancy.

Babyhouse noun A place for children's dolls and dolls' furniture. Swift.

Babyish adjective Like a baby; childish; puerile; simple. -- Ba"by*ish*ly , adverb -- Ba"by*ish*ness , noun

Babyism noun
1. The state of being a baby.

2. A babyish manner of acting or speaking.

Babylonian adjective Of or pertaining to the real or to the mystical Babylon, or to the ancient kingdom of Babylonia; Chaldean.

Babylonian noun
1. An inhabitant of Babylonia (which included Chaldea); a Chaldean.

2. An astrologer; -- so called because the Chaldeans were remarkable for the study of astrology.