Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Barbicanage, Barbacanage noun [ Late Latin barbicanagium . See Barbican .] Money paid for the support of a barbican. [ Obsolete] Bouvier.

Barbicel noun [ New Latin barbicella , dim. of Latin barba . See 1st Barb .] (Zoology) One of the small hooklike processes on the barbules of feathers.

Barbiers noun (Medicine) A variety of paralysis, peculiar to India and the Malabar coast; -- considered by many to be the same as beriberi in a chronic form.

Barbigerous adjective [ Latin barba a beard + -gerous .] Having a beard; bearded; hairy.

Barbiton noun [ Latin , from Greek ba`rbiton .] (Mus.) An ancient Greek instrument resembling a lyre.

Barbituric acid (Chemistry) A white, crystalline substance, CH 2 (CO.NH) 2 .CO, derived from alloxantin, also from malonic acid and urea, and regarded as a substituted urea.

Barbizon or Bar`bi`son" school (Painting) A French school of the middle of the 19th century centering in the village of Barbizon near the forest of Fontainebleau. Its members went straight to nature in disregard of academic tradition, treating their subjects faithfully and with poetic feeling for color, light, and atmosphere. It is exemplified, esp. in landscapes, by Corot, Rousseau, Daubigny, Jules Dupré, and Diaz. Associated with them are certain painters of animals, as Troyon and Jaque, and of peasant life, as Millet and Jules Breton.

Barble (bär"b'l) noun See Barbel .

Barbotine noun [ French] A paste of clay used in decorating coarse pottery in relief.

Barbre (bär"bẽr) adjective Barbarian. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Barbule noun [ Latin barbula , from barba beard.]


1. A very minute barb or beard. Booth.

2. (Zoology) One of the processes along the edges of the barbs of a feather, by which adjacent barbs interlock. See Feather .

Barcarolle noun [ French barcarolle , from Italian barcaruola , from barca bark, barge.] (Mus.) (a) A popular song or melody sung by Venetian gondoliers. (b) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.

Barcon (-kŏn) noun [ Italian barcone , from barca a bark.] A vessel for freight; -- used in the Mediterranean.

Bard (bärd) noun [ Of Celtic origin; confer W. bardd , Arm. barz , Ir. & Gael. bard , and French barde .]
1. A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.

2. Hence: A poet; as, the bard of Avon.

Bard transitive verb (Cookery) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.

Bard, Barde (bärd) noun [ French barde , of doubtful origin.]


1. A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. [ Often in the plural ]

2. plural Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.

3. (Cookery) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.

Barded p. adjective [ See Bard horse armor.]
1. Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse.

2. (Her.) Wearing rich caparisons.

Fifteen hundred men . . . barded and richly trapped.
Stow.

Bardic adjective Of or pertaining to bards, or their poetry. "The bardic lays of ancient Greece." G. P. Marsh.

Bardiglio noun [ Italian ] An Italian marble of which the principal varieties occur in the neighborhood of Carrara and in Corsica. It commonly shows a dark gray or bluish ground traversed by veins.

Bardish adjective Pertaining to, or written by, a bard or bards. " Bardish impostures." Selden.

Bardism (-ĭz'm) noun The system of bards; the learning and maxims of bards.

Bardling (-lĭng) noun An inferior bard. J. Cunningham.

Bardship noun The state of being a bard.

Bare (bâr) adjective [ Middle English bar , bare , Anglo-Saxon bær ; akin to D. & German baar , Old High German par , Icelandic berr , Swedish & Danish bar , OSlav. bosŭ barefoot, Lithuanian basas ; confer Sanskrit bhās to shine. √85.]


1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare ; the trees are bare .

2. With head uncovered; bareheaded.

When once thy foot enters the church, be bare .
Herbert.

3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.

Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear!
Milton.

4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. "Uttering bare truth." Shak.

5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in ) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. "A bare treasury." Dryden.

6. Threadbare; much worn.

It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words.
Shak.

7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. "The bare necessaries of life." Addison.

Nor are men prevailed upon by bare words.
South.

Under bare poles (Nautical) , having no sail set.

Bare noun
1. Surface; body; substance. [ R.]

You have touched the very bare of naked truth.
Marston.

2. (Architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.

Bare transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bared (bârd); present participle & verbal noun Baring .] [ Anglo-Saxon barian . See Bare , adjective ] To strip off the covering of; to make bare; as, to bare the breast.

Bare Bore; the old preterit of Bear , v.

Bareback (bâr"băk`) adverb On the bare back of a horse, without using a saddle; as, to ride bareback .

Barebacked (-băkd`) adjective Having the back uncovered; as, a barebacked horse.

Barebone (bâr"bōn`) noun A very lean person; one whose bones show through the skin. Shak.

Barefaced (bâr"fāst`) adjective
1. With the face uncovered; not masked. "You will play barefaced ." Shak.

2. Without concealment; undisguised. Hence: Shameless; audacious. " Barefaced treason." J. Baillie.

Barefacedly adverb Openly; shamelessly. Locke.

Barefacedness noun The quality of being barefaced; shamelessness; assurance; audaciousness.

Barefoot (bâr"fot) adjective & adverb With the feet bare; without shoes or stockings.

Barefooted adjective Having the feet bare.

Barége noun [ French barége , so called from Baréges , a town in the Pyrenees.] A gauzelike fabric for ladies' dresses, veils, etc. of worsted, silk and worsted, or cotton and worsted.

Barehanded noun Having bare hands.

Bareheaded, Barehead adjective & adverb Having the head uncovered; as, a bareheaded girl.

Barelegged adjective Having the legs bare.

Barely adverb
1. Without covering; nakedly.

2. Without concealment or disguise.

3. Merely; only.

R. For now his son is duke.
W. Barely in title, not in revenue.
Shak.

4. But just; without any excess; with nothing to spare ( of quantity, time, etc.); hence, scarcely; hardly; as, there was barely enough for all; he barely escaped.

Barenecked adjective Having the neck bare.

Bareness noun The state of being bare.

Baresark noun [ Literally, bare sark or shirt .] A Berserker, or Norse warrior who fought without armor, or shirt of mail. Hence, adverbially: Without shirt of mail or armor.

Barfish noun (Zoology) Same as Calico bass .

Barful adjective Full of obstructions. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Bargain noun [ Middle English bargayn , bargany , Old French bargaigne , bargagne , probably from a supposed Late Latin barcaneum , from barca a boat which carries merchandise to the shore; hence, to traffic to and fro, to carry on commerce in general. See Bark a vessel. ]
1. An agreement between parties concerning the sale of property; or a contract by which one party binds himself to transfer the right to some property for a consideration, and the other party binds himself to receive the property and pay the consideration.

A contract is a bargain that is legally binding.
Wharton.

2. An agreement or stipulation; mutual pledge.

And whon your honors mean to solemnize
The bargain of your faith.
Shak.

3. A purchase; also ( when not qualified), a gainful transaction; an advantageous purchase; as, to buy a thing at a bargain .

4. The thing stipulated or purchased; also, anything bought cheap.

She was too fond of her most filthy bargain .
Shak.

Bargain and sale (Law) , a species of conveyance, by which the bargainor contracts to convey the lands to the bargainee, and becomes by such contract a trustee for and seized to the use of the bargainee. The statute then completes the purchase; i. e. , the bargain vests the use, and the statute vests the possession. Blackstone. -- Into the bargain , over and above what is stipulated; besides. -- To sell bargains , to make saucy (usually indelicate) repartees. [ Obsolete] Swift. -- To strike a bargain , to reach or ratify an agreement. "A bargain was struck ." Macaulay.

Syn. -- Contract; stipulation; purchase; engagement.

Bargain intransitive verb [ Middle English barganien , Old French bargaigner , French barguigner , to hesitate, from Late Latin barcaniare . See Bargain , noun ] To make a bargain; to make a contract for the exchange of property or services; -- followed by with and for ; as, to bargain with a farmer for a cow.

So worthless peasants bargain for their wives.
Shak.

Bargain transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bargained ; present participle & verbal noun Bargaining .] To transfer for a consideration; to barter; to trade; as, to bargain one horse for another.

To bargain away , to dispose of in a bargain; -- usually with a sense of loss or disadvantage; as, to bargain away one's birthright. "The heir . . . had somehow bargained away the estate." G. Eliot.

Bargainee noun [ Old French bargaigné , past participle See Bargain , intransitive verb ] (Law) The party to a contract who receives, or agrees to receive, the property sold. Blackstone.

Bargainer noun One who makes a bargain; -- sometimes in the sense of bargainor .