Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ G.; bund
confederacy + versammlung
assembly.] See Legislature , Switzerland .
[ Middle English bundel
, Anglo-Saxon byndel
; akin to Dutch bondel
, 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. 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. 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.
[ Hind. & Persian bando-bast
tying and binding.] System; discipline.
He has more bundobust than most men. Kipling.
[ 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.
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.
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 .
Bungle noun A clumsy or awkward performance; a botch; a gross blunder.
Those errors and bungles which are committed.
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!
Bungling adjective Unskillful; awkward; clumsy; as, a bungling workman. Swift.
They make but bungling work.
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 .
[ 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.
[ Scot. bunker
, a bench, or low chest, serving for a seat. Confer Bunk
.] 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 .
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.
[ Sf. Spanish banco
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.
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.
Her . . . daughters, like bunters in stuff gowns.
[ Scot. buntlin
, Middle English bunting
; 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
, 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
. 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.
[ Dutch boei
buoy, fetter, from Old French boie
, 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.
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. 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.
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.]
; 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. 3. Cheerfulness; vivacity; liveliness; sprightliness; -- the opposite of heaviness ; as, buoyancy of spirits.