Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bank-sided adjective (Nautical) Having sides inclining inwards, as a ship; -- opposed to wall- sided .

Bankable (bănk"ȧ*b'l) adjective Receivable at a bank.

Banker noun [ See the nouns Bank and the verbs derived from them.]
1. One who conducts the business of banking; one who, individually, or as a member of a company, keeps an establishment for the deposit or loan of money, or for traffic in money, bills of exchange, etc.

2. A money changer. [ Obsolete]

3. The dealer, or one who keeps the bank in a gambling house.

4. A vessel employed in the cod fishery on the banks of Newfoundland. Grabb. J. Q. Adams.

5. A ditcher; a drain digger. [ Prov. Eng.]

6. The stone bench on which masons cut or square their work. Weale.

Bankeress noun A female banker. Thackeray.

Banking noun The business of a bank or of a banker.

Banking house , an establishment or office in which, or a firm by whom, banking is done.

Bankrupt noun [ French banqueroute , from Italian bancarotta bankruptcy; banca bank (fr. Old High German banch , German bank , bench) + rotta broken, from Latin ruptus , past participle of rumpere to break. At Florence, it is said, the bankrupt had his bench ( i.e., money table) broken. See 1st Bank , and Rupture , noun ]
1. (Old Eng. Low) A trader who secretes himself, or does certain other acts tending to defraud his creditors. Blackstone.

2. A trader who becomes unable to pay his debts; an insolvent trader; popularly, any person who is unable to pay his debts; an insolvent person. M...Culloch.

3. (Law) A person who, in accordance with the terms of a law relating to bankruptcy, has been judicially declared to be unable to meet his liabilities.

» In England, until the year 1861 none but a "trader" could be made a bankrupt; a non-trader failing to meet his liabilities being an "insolvent". But this distinction was abolished by the Bankruptcy Act of 1861. The laws of 1841 and 1867 of the United States relating to bankruptcy applied this designation bankrupt to others besides those engaged in trade.

Bankrupt adjective
1. Being a bankrupt or in a condition of bankruptcy; unable to pay, or legally discharged from paying, one's debts; as, a bankrupt merchant.

2. Depleted of money; not having the means of meeting pecuniary liabilities; as, a bankrupt treasury.

3. Relating to bankrupts and bankruptcy.

4. Destitute of, or wholly wanting (something once possessed, or something one should possess). " Bankrupt in gratitude." Sheridan.

Bankrupt law , a law by which the property of a person who is unable or unwilling to pay his debts may be taken and distributed to his creditors, and by which a person who has made a full surrender of his property, and is free from fraud, may be discharged from the legal obligation of his debts. See Insolvent , adjective

Bankrupt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bankrupted ; present participle & verbal noun Bankrupting .] To make bankrupt; to bring financial ruin upon; to impoverish.

Bankruptcy noun ; plural Bankruptcies
1. The state of being actually or legally bankrupt.

2. The act or process of becoming a bankrupt.

3. Complete loss; -- followed by of .

Bankside noun The slope of a bank, especially of the bank of a steam.

Banlieue noun [ French, from Late Latin bannum leucae , banleuca ; bannum jurisdiction + leuca league.] The territory without the walls, but within the legal limits, of a town or city. Brande & C.

Banner noun [ Middle English banere , Old French baniere , French bannière , bandière , from Late Latin baniera , banderia , from bandum banner, from Old High German bant band, strip of cloth; confer bindan to bind, Goth. bandwa , bandwo , a sign. See Band , noun ]
1. A kind of flag attached to a spear or pike by a crosspiece, and used by a chief as his standard in battle.

Hang out our banners on the outward walls.
Shak.

2. A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.

3. Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner .

Banner fish (Zoology) , a large fish of the genus Histiophorus , of the Swordfish family, having a broad bannerlike dorsal fin; the sailfish. One species ( H. Americanus ) inhabits the North Atlantic.

Bannered adjective Furnished with, or bearing, banners. "A bannered host." Milton.

Banneret noun [ Middle English baneret , Old French baneret , French banneret ; properly a dim. of Old French baniere . See Banner .]


1. Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; -- commonly used as a title of rank.

2. A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank.

» The usual mode of conferring the rank on the field of battle was by cutting or tearing off the point of the pennon or pointed flag on the spear of the candidate, thereby making it a banner.

3. A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.

4. A small banner. Shak.

Bannerol noun A banderole; esp. a banner displayed at a funeral procession and set over the tomb. See Banderole .

Bannition noun [ Late Latin bannitio . See Banish .] The act of expulsion. [ Obsolete] Abp. Laud.

Bannock noun [ Gael. bonnach .] A kind of cake or bread, in shape flat and roundish, commonly made of oatmeal or barley meal and baked on an iron plate, or griddle; -- used in Scotland and the northern counties of England. Jamieson.

Bannock fluke , the turbot. [ Scot.]

Banns noun plural [ See Ban .] Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place.

Banquet (băn"kwĕt) noun [ French, a feast, prop. a dim. of banc bench; confer Italian banchetto , dim. of banco a bench, counter. See Bank a bench, and confer Banquette .]
1. A feast; a sumptuous entertainment of eating and drinking; often, a complimentary or ceremonious feast, followed by speeches.

2. A dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or sweetmeats. [ Obsolete]

We'll dine in the great room, but let the music
And banquet be prepared here.
Massinger.

Banquet transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Banqueted ; present participle & verbal noun Banqueting .] To treat with a banquet or sumptuous entertainment of food; to feast.

Just in time to banquet
The illustrious company assembled there.
Coleridge.

Banquet intransitive verb
1. To regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to feast.

Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets ,
I would not taste thy treasonous offer.
Milton.

2. To partake of a dessert after a feast. [ Obsolete]

Where they did both sup and banquet .
Cavendish.

Banqueter (băn"kwĕt*ẽr) noun One who banquets; one who feasts or makes feasts.

Banquette (băn*kĕt") noun [ French See Banquet , noun ]
1. (Fort.) A raised way or foot bank, running along the inside of a parapet, on which musketeers stand to fire upon the enemy.

2. (Architecture) A narrow window seat; a raised shelf at the back or the top of a buffet or dresser.

Banquette noun A bench or seat for passengers on the top of a diligence or other public vehicle.

My brother-in-law . . . took refuge in the banquette .
Mrs. Howe.

Banshee, Banshie noun [ Gael. bean-shith fairy; Gael. & Ir. bean woman + Gael. sith fairy.] A supernatural being supposed by the Irish and Scotch peasantry to warn a family of the speedy death of one of its members, by wailing or singing in a mournful voice under the windows of the house.

Bansshee, Banshie noun [ Gael. bean-shith fairy; Gael. & Ir. bean woman + Gael. sith fairy.] (Celtic Folklore) A supernatural being supposed to warn a family of the approaching death of one of its members, by wailing or singing in a mournful voice.

Banstickle noun [ Middle English ban , bon , bone + stickle prickle, sting. See Bone , noun , Stickleback .] (Zoology) A small fish, the three-spined stickleback.

Bantam noun A variety of small barnyard fowl, with feathered legs, probably brought from Bantam, a district of Java.

Bantam work Carved and painted work in imitation of Japan ware.

Banteng noun (Zoology) The wild ox of Java ( Bibos Banteng ).

Banter transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bantered ; present participle & verbal noun Bantering .] [ Prob. corrupted from French badiner to joke, or perhaps from English bandy to beat to and fro. See Badinage , and confer Barter from Old French barater .]


1. To address playful good-natured ridicule to, -- the person addressed, or something pertaining to him, being the subject of the jesting; to rally; as, he bantered me about my credulity.

Hag-ridden by my own fancy all night, and then bantered on
my haggard looks the next day.
W. Irving.

2. To jest about; to ridicule in speaking of, as some trait, habit, characteristic, and the like. [ Archaic]

If they banter your regularity, order, and love of study, banter in return their neglect of them.
Chatham.

3. To delude or trick, -- esp. by way of jest. [ Obsolete]

We diverted ourselves with bantering several poor scholars
with hopes of being at least his lordship's chaplain.
De Foe.

4. To challenge or defy to a match. [ Colloq. Southern and Western U.S.]

Banter noun The act of bantering; joking or jesting; humorous or good-humored raillery; pleasantry.

Part banter , part affection.
Tennyson.

Banterer noun One who banters or rallies.

Bantingism noun A method of reducing corpulence by avoiding food containing much farinaceous, saccharine, or oily matter; -- so called from William Banting of London.

Bantling noun [ Prob. for bandling , from band , and meaning a child wrapped in swaddling bands; or confer German bäntling a bastard, from bank bench. Confer Bastard , noun ] A young or small child; an infant. [ Slightly contemptuous or depreciatory.]

In what out of the way corners genius produces her bantlings .
W. Irving.

Bantu noun A member of one of the great family of Negroid tribes occupying equatorial and southern Africa. These tribes include, as important divisions, the Kafirs, Damaras, Bechuanas, and many tribes whose names begin with Aba - , Ama -, Ba -, Ma -, Wa -, variants of the Bantu plural personal prefix Aba -, as in Ba-ntu , or Aba-ntu , itself a combination of this prefix with the syllable -ntu , a person. -- Ban"tu , adjective

Banxring noun (Zoology) An East Indian insectivorous mammal of the genus Tupaia .

Banyan noun [ See Banian .] (Botany) A tree of the same genus as the common fig, and called the Indian fig ( Ficus Indica ), whose branches send shoots to the ground, which take root and become additional trunks, until it may be the tree covers some acres of ground and is able to shelter thousands of men.

Banzai interj. [ Jap. banzai , banzei , ten thousand years, forever.] Lit., May you live ten thousand years; -- used in salutation of the emperor and as a battle cry. [ Japan]

Baobab noun [ The native name.] (Botany) A gigantic African tree ( Adansonia digitata ), also naturalized in India. See Adansonia .

Baphomet noun [ A corruption of Mahomet or Mohammed , the Arabian prophet: confer Pr. Bafomet , OSp. Mafomat , OPg. Mafameda .] An idol or symbolical figure which the Templars were accused of using in their mysterious rites.

Baptism noun [ Middle English baptim , baptem , Middle English baptesme , batisme , French baptême , Latin baptisma , from Greek ... , from ... to baptize, from ... to dip in water, akin to ... deep, Sanskrit gāh to dip, bathe, intransitive verb ] The act of baptizing; the application of water to a person, as a sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated into the visible church of Christ. This is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.

Baptismal adjective [ Confer French baptismal .] Pertaining to baptism; as, baptismal vows.

Baptismal name , the Christian name, which is given at baptism.

Baptismally adverb In a baptismal manner.

Baptist noun [ Latin baptista , German ... ]


1. One who administers baptism; -- specifically applied to John, the forerunner of Christ. Milton.

2. One of a denomination of Christians who deny the validity of infant baptism and of sprinkling, and maintain that baptism should be administered to believers alone, and should be by immersion. See Anabaptist .

In doctrine the Baptists of this country [ the United States] are Calvinistic, but with much freedom and moderation. Amer. Cyc.

Freewill Baptists , a sect of Baptists who are Arminian in doctrine, and practice open communion. -- Seventh- day Baptists , a sect of Baptists who keep the seventh day of the week, or Saturday, as the Sabbath. See Sabbatarian . The Dunkers and Campbellites are also Baptists.

Baptistery, Baptistry noun ; plural Baptisteries -tries [ Latin baptisterium , Greek ... : confer French baptistère .] (Architecture) (a) In early times, a separate building, usually polygonal, used for baptismal services. Small churches were often changed into baptisteries when larger churches were built near. (b) A part of a church containing a font and used for baptismal services.

Baptistic adjective [ Greek ... ] Of or for baptism; baptismal.

Baptistical adjective Baptistic. [ R.]

Baptizable adjective Capable of being baptized; fit to be baptized. Baxter.

Baptization noun Baptism. [ Obsolete]

Their baptizations were null.
Jer. Taylor.