Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Beslubber transitive verb To beslobber.
Besmear transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besmeared
; present participle & verbal noun Besmearing
.] To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil.
Besmeared with precious balm.
Besmearer noun One that besmears.
Besmirch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besmirched
; present participle & verbal noun Besmirching
.] To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully. Shak.
Besmoke transitive verb
1. To foul with smoke. 2. To harden or dry in smoke. Johnson.
Besmut transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besmutted
; present participle & verbal noun Besmutting
.] [ Prefix be-
: confer Anglo-Saxon besmītan
, and also Middle English besmotren
.] To blacken with smut; to foul with soot.
Besnow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besnowed
] [ Middle English bisnewen
, Anglo-Saxon besnīwan
; prefix be-
to snow.] 1. To scatter like snow; to cover thick, as with snow flakes.
[ R.] Gower. 2. To cover with snow; to whiten with snow, or as with snow.
Besnuff transitive verb To befoul with snuff. Young.
Besogne noun [ French bisogne .] A worthless fellow; a bezonian. [ Obsolete]
[ Middle English besme
, Anglo-Saxon besma
; akin to Dutch bezem
, OHG pesamo
, German besen
; of uncertain origin.] A brush of twigs for sweeping; a broom; anything which sweeps away or destroys.
[ Archaic or Fig.]
I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.
Isa. xiv. 23.
The housemaid with her besom .
Besom transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besomed
] To sweep, as with a besom.
[ Archaic or Poetic] Cowper.
Rolls back all Greece, and besoms wide the plain.
Besomer noun One who uses a besom. [ Archaic]
Besort transitive verb To assort or be congruous with; to fit, or become.
Such men as may besort your age.
Besort noun Befitting associates or attendants.
With such accommodation and besort
As levels with her breeding.
Besot transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besotted
; present participle & verbal noun Besotting
.] To make sottish; to make dull or stupid; to stupefy; to infatuate.
Fools besotted with their crimes.
Besotted adjective Made sottish, senseless, or infatuated; characterized by drunken stupidity, or by infatuation; stupefied. " Besotted devotion." Sir W. Scott. -- Be*sot"ted*ly , adverb -- Be*sot"ted*ness , noun Milton.
Besottingly adverb In a besotting manner.
Besought past participle of Beseech .
Bespangle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bespangled
; present participle & verbal noun Bespangling
] To adorn with spangles; to dot or sprinkle with something brilliant or glittering.
The grass . . . is all bespangled with dewdrops.
Bespatter transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bespattered
; present participle & verbal noun Bespattering
.] 1. To soil by spattering; to sprinkle, esp. with dirty water, mud, or anything which will leave foul spots or stains. 2. To asperse with calumny or reproach.
Whom never faction could bespatter .
Bespawl transitive verb To daub, soil, or make foul with spawl or spittle. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Bespeak transitive verb
[ imperfect Bespoke Bespake
(Archaic); past participle Bespoke
; present participle & verbal noun Bespeaking
.] [ Middle English bispeken
, Anglo-Saxon besprecan
, to speak to, accuse; prefix be-
to speak. See Speak
.] 1. To speak or arrange for beforehand; to order or engage against a future time; as, to bespeak goods, a right, or a favor.
Concluding, naturally, that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favor. 2. To show beforehand; to foretell; to indicate.
Sir W. Scott.
[ They] bespoke dangers . . . in order to scare the allies. 3. To betoken; to show; to indicate by external marks or appearances.
When the abbot of St. Martin was born, he had so little the figure of a man that it bespoke him rather a monster. 4. To speak to; to address.
He thus the queen bespoke .
Bespeak intransitive verb To speak. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Bespeak noun A bespeaking. Among actors, a benefit (when a particular play is bespoken.) "The night of her bespeak ." Dickens.
Bespeaker noun One who bespeaks.
Bespeckle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bespeckled
; present participle & verbal noun Bespeckling
.] To mark with speckles or spots. Milton.
Bespew transitive verb To soil or daub with spew; to vomit on.
Bespice transitive verb To season with spice, or with some spicy drug. Shak.
Bespirt transitive verb Same as Bespurt .
(be*spĭt") transitive verb
[ imperfect Bespit
; past participle Bespit
(-t'n); present participle & verbal noun Bespitting
.] To daub or soil with spittle. Johnson.
(be*spōk"), imperfect & past participle of Bespeak .
(be*spŏt") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bespotted
; present participle & verbal noun Bespotting
.] To mark with spots, or as with spots.
Bespread transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bespread
; present participle & verbal noun Bespreading
.] To spread or cover over.
The carpet which bespread
His rich pavilion's floor.
Besprent past participle
[ Middle English bespreynt
, past participle of besprengen
, to besprinkle, Anglo-Saxon besprengan
, akin to D. & German besprengen
; prefix be-
to sprinkle. See Sprinkle
.] Sprinkled over; strewed.
His face besprent with liquid crystal shines.
The floor with tassels of fir was besprent .
Besprinkle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Besprinkled
; present participle & verbal noun Besprinkling
] To sprinkle over; to scatter over.
The bed besprinkles , and bedews the ground.
Besprinkler noun One who, or that which, besprinkles.
Besprinkling noun The act of sprinkling anything; a sprinkling over.
Bespurt transitive verb To spurt on or over; to asperse. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Bessemer steel Steel made directly from cast iron, by burning out a portion of the carbon and other impurities that the latter contains, through the agency of a blast of air which is forced through the molten metal; -- so called from Sir Henry Bessemer , an English engineer, the inventor of the process.
Good. [ Anglo-Saxon besta
, contr. from betest
; akin to Goth. batists
, Old High German pezzisto
, German best
, Dutch best
, Icelandic beztr
, Danish best
, Swedish bäst
. This word has no connection in origin with good
. See Better
.] 1. Having good qualities in the highest degree; most good, kind, desirable, suitable, etc.; most excellent; as, the best man; the best road; the best cloth; the best abilities.
When he is best , he is a little worse than a man.
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight. 2. Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best scholar; the best view of a subject. 3. Most; largest; as, the best part of a week. Best man
, the only or principal groomsman at a wedding ceremony.
Best noun Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing, or being, or action; as, to do one's best ; to the best of our ability. At best , in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is at best very short. -- For best , finally. [ Obsolete] "Those constitutions . . . are now established for best , and not to be mended." Milton. -- To get the best of , to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly. -- To make the best of . (a) To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the greatest advantage. "Let there be freedom to carry their commodities where they can make the best of them." Bacon. (b) To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.
. 1. In the highest degree; beyond all others.
"Thou serpent! That name best
befits thee." Milton.
He prayeth best , who loveth best 2. To the most advantage; with the most success, case, profit, benefit, or propriety.
All things both great and small.
Had we best retire? I see a storm.
Had I not best go to her? 3. Most intimately; most thoroughly or correctly; as, what is expedient is best known to himself.
Best transitive verb To get the better of. [ Colloq.]
Bestad imperfect & past participle
. Beset; put in peril.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Bestain transitive verb To stain.
Bestar transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bestarred
] To sprinkle with, or as with, stars; to decorate with, or as with, stars; to bestud.
with anemones." W. Black.
Bestead transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bestead
, also (Obsolete) Bestad
. In sense 3 imperfect
.] [ Prefix be-
a place.] 1. To put in a certain situation or condition; to circumstance; to place.
[ Only in past participle ]
They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God.
Is. viii. 21.
Many far worse bestead than ourselves. 2. To put in peril; to beset.
[ Only in past participle ] Chaucer. 3. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail. Milton.
[ French bestial
, Latin bestialis
, from bestia
beast. See Beast
.] 1. Belonging to a beast, or to the class of beasts.
Among the bestial herds to range. 2. Having the qualities of a beast; brutal; below the dignity of reason or humanity; irrational; carnal; beastly; sensual. Shak. Syn.
-- Brutish; beastly; brutal; carnal; vile; low; depraved; sensual; filthy.
Bestial noun A domestic animal; also collectively, cattle; as, other kinds of bestial . [ Scot.]
Bestiality noun [ French bestialité .]
1. The state or quality of being bestial. 2. Unnatural connection with a beast.