Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bundes-Versammlung noun [ G.; bund confederacy + versammlung assembly.] See Legislature , Switzerland .

Bundle (bŭn"d'l) noun [ Middle English bundel , Anglo-Saxon byndel ; akin to Dutch bondel , bundel , German bündel , dim. of bund bundle, from the root of English bind . See Bind .] A number of things bound together, as by a cord or envelope, into a mass or package convenient for handling or conveyance; a loose package; a roll; as, a bundle of straw or of paper; a bundle of old clothes.

The fable of the rods, which, when united in a bundle , no strength could bend.
Goldsmith.

Bundle pillar (Architecture) , a column or pier, with others of small dimensions attached to it. Weale.

Bundle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bundled ; present participle & verbal noun Bundling ]
1. To tie or bind in a bundle or roll.

2. To send off abruptly or without ceremony.

They unmercifully bundled me and my gallant second into our own hackney coach.
T. Hook.

To bundle off , to send off in a hurry, or without ceremony. -- To bundle one's self up , to wrap one's self up warmly or cumbrously.

Bundle intransitive verb
1. To prepare for departure; to set off in a hurry or without ceremony.

2. To sleep on the same bed without undressing; -- applied to the custom of a man and woman, especially lovers, thus sleeping. Bartlett.

Van Corlear stopped occasionally in the villages to eat pumpkin pies, dance at country frolics, and bundle with the Yankee lasses.
W. Irving.

Bundobust noun [ Hind. & Persian bando-bast tying and binding.] System; discipline. [ India]

He has more bundobust than most men.
Kipling.

Bung noun [ Confer W. bwng orfice, bunghole, Ir. buinne tap, spout, OGael. buine .]
1. The large stopper of the orifice in the bilge of a cask.

2. The orifice in the bilge of a cask through which it is filled; bunghole.

3. A sharper or pickpocket. [ Obsolete & Low]

You filthy bung , away.
Shak.

Bung transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bunged ; present participle & verbal noun Bunging ] To stop, as the orifice in the bilge of a cask, with a bung; to close; -- with up .

To bung up , to use up, as by bruising or over exertion; to exhaust or incapacitate for action. [ Low]

He had bunged up his mouth that he should not have spoken these three years.
Shelton (Trans. Don Quixote).

Bungalow noun [ Bengalee bānglā ] A thatched or tiled house or cottage, of a single story, usually surrounded by a veranda. [ India]

Bungarum noun [ Bungar , the native name.] (Zoology) A venomous snake of India, of the genus Bungarus , allied to the cobras, but without a hood.

Bunghole noun See Bung , noun , 2. Shak.

Bungle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bungled ; present participle & verbal noun Bungling ] [ Prob. a diminutive from, akin to bang ; confer Prov. German bungen to beat, bang, OSw. bunga . See Bang .] To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner.

Bungle transitive verb To make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly; to botch; -- sometimes with up .

I always had an idea that it would be bungled .
Byron.

Bungle noun A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder.

Those errors and bungles which are committed.
Cudworth.

Bungler noun A clumsy, awkward workman; one who bungles.

If to be a dunce or a bungler in any profession be shameful, how much more ignominious and infamous to a scholar to be such!
Barrow.

Bungling adjective Unskillful; awkward; clumsy; as, a bungling workman. Swift.

They make but bungling work.
Dryden.

Bunglingly adverb Clumsily; awkwardly.

Bungo noun (Nautical) A kind of canoe used in Central and South America; also, a kind of boat used in the Southern United States. Bartlett.

Bunion noun (Medicine) Same as Bunyon .

Bunk noun [ Confer OSw. bunke heap, also boaring, flooring. Confer Bunch .]
1. A wooden case or box, which serves for a seat in the daytime and for a bed at night. [ U.S.]

2. One of a series of berths or bed places in tiers.

3. A piece of wood placed on a lumberman's sled to sustain the end of heavy timbers. [ Local, U.S.]

Bunk intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bunked ; present participle & verbal noun Bunking .] To go to bed in a bunk; -- sometimes with in . [ Colloq. U.S.] Bartlett.

Bunker noun [ Scot. bunker , bunkart , a bench, or low chest, serving for a seat. Confer Bunk , Bank , Bench .]


1. A sort of chest or box, as in a window, the lid of which serves for a seat. [ Scot.] Jamieson.

2. A large bin or similar receptacle; as, a coal bunker .

Bunker noun
1. A small sand hole or pit, as on a golf course. [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.

2. (Golf) Hence, any rough hazardous ground on the links; also, an artificial hazard with built-up faces.

Bunker transitive verb (Golf) To drive (the ball) into a bunker.

Bunko noun [ Sf. Spanish banco bank, banca a sort of game at cards. Confer Bank (in the commercial sense).] A kind of swindling game or scheme, by means of cards or by a sham lottery. [ Written also bunco .]

Bunko steerer , a person employed as a decoy in bunko. [ Slang, U.S.]

Bunko transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bunkoed ; present participle & verbal noun Bunkoing .] To swindle by a bunko game or scheme; to cheat or victimize in any similar way, as by a confidence game, passing a bad check, etc.

Bunkum noun See Buncombe .

Bunn noun See Bun .

Bunnian noun See Bunyon .

Bunny noun (Mining) A great collection of ore without any vein coming into it or going out from it.

Bunny noun A pet name for a rabbit or a squirrel.

Bunodonta, Bunodonts noun plural [ New Latin bunodonta , from Greek ... hill, heap + ..., ..., a tooth.] (Zoology) A division of the herbivorous mammals including the hogs and hippopotami; -- so called because the teeth are tuberculated.

Bunsen cell (Electricity) A zinc-carbon cell in which the zinc (amalgamated) is surrounded by dilute sulphuric acid, and the carbon by nitric acid or a chromic acid mixture, the two plates being separated by a porous cup.

Bunsen's battery, Bunsen's burner See under Battery , and Burner .

Bunt noun (Botany) A fungus ( Ustilago fœtida ) which affects the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a fetid dust; -- also called pepperbrand .

Bunt noun [ Confer Swedish bunt bundle, Danish bundt , German bund , English bundle .] (Nautical) The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard. Totten.

Bunt intransitive verb (Nautical) To swell out; as, the sail bunts .

Bunt transitive verb & i. To strike or push with the horns or head; to butt; as, the ram bunted the boy.

Bunt noun A push or shove; a butt; specif. (Baseball) , the act of bunting the ball.

Bunt transitive verb & i. (Baseball) To bat or tap (the ball) slowly within the infield by meeting it with the bat without swinging at it.

Bunter noun A woman who picks up rags in the streets; hence, a low, vulgar woman. [ Cant]

Her . . . daughters, like bunters in stuff gowns.
Goldsmith.

Bunting noun [ Scot. buntlin , corn-buntlin , Middle English bunting , buntyle ; of unknown origin.] (Zoology) A bird of the genus Emberiza , or of an allied genus, related to the finches and sparrows (family Fringillidæ ).

» Among European species are the common or corn bunting ( Emberiza miliaria ); the ortolan ( E. hortulana ); the cirl ( E. cirlus ); and the black-headed ( Granitivora melanocephala ). American species are the bay-winged or grass ( Poöcætes or Poœcetes gramineus ); the black- throated ( Spiza Americana ); the towhee bunting or chewink ( Pipilo ); the snow bunting ( Plectrophanax nivalis ); the rice bunting or bobolink, and others. See Ortolan , Chewick , Snow bunting , Lark bunting .

Bunting, Buntine noun [ Prov. English bunting sifting flour, Middle English bonten to sift, hence probably the material used for that purpose.] A thin woolen stuff, used chiefly for flags, colors, and ships' signals.

Buntline noun [ 2d bunt + line .] (Nautical) One of the ropes toggled to the footrope of a sail, used to haul up to the yard the body of the sail when taking it in. Totten.

Bunyon, Bunion noun [ Confer Prov. English bunny a small swelling, from Old French bugne , Italian bugna , bugnone . See Bun .] (Medicine) An enlargement and inflammation of a small membranous sac (one of the bursæ muscosæ ), usually occurring on the first joint of the great toe.

Buoy noun [ Dutch boei buoy, fetter, from Old French boie , buie , chain, fetter, French bouée a buoy, from Latin boia . " Boiae genus vinculorum tam ferreae quam ligneae." Festus . So called because chained to its place.] (Nautical) A float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc.

Anchor buoy , a buoy attached to, or marking the position of, an anchor. -- Bell buoy , a large buoy on which a bell is mounted, to be rung by the motion of the waves. -- Breeches buoy . See under Breeches . -- Cable buoy , an empty cask employed to buoy up the cable in rocky anchorage. -- Can buoy , a hollow buoy made of sheet or boiler iron, usually conical or pear-shaped. -- Life buoy , a float intended to support persons who have fallen into the water, until a boat can be dispatched to save them. -- Nut or Nun buoy , a buoy large in the middle, and tapering nearly to a point at each end. -- To stream the buoy , to let the anchor buoy fall by the ship's side into the water, before letting go the anchor. -- Whistling buoy , a buoy fitted with a whistle that is blown by the action of the waves.

Buoy transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Buoyed ; present participle & verbal noun Buoying .]
1. To keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up .

2. To support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency.

Those old prejudices, which buoy up the ponderous mass of his nobility, wealth, and title.
Burke.

3. To fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel.

Not one rock near the surface was discovered which was not buoyed by this floating weed.
Darwin.

Buoy intransitive verb To float; to rise like a buoy. "Rising merit will buoy up at last." Pope.

Buoyage noun Buoys, taken collectively; a series of buoys, as for the guidance of vessels into or out of port; the providing of buoys.

Buoyance noun Buoyancy. [ R.]

Buoyancy noun ; plural Buoyancies
1. The property of floating on the surface of a liquid, or in a fluid, as in the atmosphere; specific lightness, which is inversely as the weight compared with that of an equal volume of water.

2. (Physics) The upward pressure exerted upon a floating body by a fluid, which is equal to the weight of the body; hence, also, the weight of a floating body, as measured by the volume of fluid displaced.

Such are buoyancies or displacements of the different classes of her majesty's ships.
Eng. Cyc.

3. Cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; -- the opposite of heaviness ; as, buoyancy of spirits.