Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ See Bevel
.] (Her.) A chief broken or opening like a carpenter's bevel. Encyc. Brit.
Beviled, Bevilled adjective (Her.) Notched with an angle like that inclosed by a carpenter's bevel; -- said of a partition line of a shield.
; plural Bevies
[ Perhaps orig. a drinking company, from Old French bevée
(cf. Italian beva
) a drink, beverage; then, perhaps , a company in general, esp. of ladies; and last applied by sportsmen to larks, quails, etc. See Beverage
.] 1. A company; an assembly or collection of persons, especially of ladies.
What a bevy of beaten slaves have we here ! 2. A flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes.
Beau. & Fl.
Bewail transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewailed
; present participle & verbal noun Bewailing
.] To express deep sorrow for, as by wailing; to lament; to wail over.
Hath widowed and unchilded many a one, Syn.
Which to this hour bewail the injury.
-- To bemoan; grieve. -- See Deplore
Bewail intransitive verb To express grief; to lament. Shak.
Bewailable adjective Such as may, or ought to, be bewailed; lamentable.
Bewailer noun One who bewails or laments.
Bewailing adjective Wailing over; lamenting. -- Be*wail"ing*ly , adverb
Bewailment noun The act of bewailing.
Bewake transitive verb & i. To keep watch over; to keep awake. [ Obsolete] Gower.
Beware intransitive verb
, imperative of verb to be + ware
. See Ware
.] 1. To be on one's guard; to be cautious; to take care; -- commonly followed by of or lest before the thing that is to be avoided.
Beware of all, but most beware of man !
Beware the awful avalanche. 2. To have a special regard; to heed.
Behold, I send an Angel before thee. . . . Beware of him, and obey his voice.
Ex. xxiii. 20, 21.
» This word is a compound from be
and the Old English ware
, now wary
, which is an adjective. " Be
of false prophetis." Wyclif, Matt. vii. 15.
It is used commonly in the imperative and infinitive modes, and with such auxiliaries ( shall
, etc.) as go with the infinitive.
(be*wâr") transitive verb To avoid; to take care of; to have a care for.
[ Obsolete] "Priest, beware
your beard." Shak.
To wish them beware the son.
Bewash transitive verb To drench or souse with water. "Let the maids bewash the men." Herrick.
Beweep transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewept
; present participle & verbal noun Beweeping
.] [ Anglo-Saxon bew...pan
; prefix be-
.] To weep over; to deplore; to bedew with tears.
"His timeless death beweeping
Beweep intransitive verb To weep. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Bewet transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewet
.] To wet or moisten. Gay.
Bewhore transitive verb
1. To corrupt with regard to chastity; to make a whore of. J. Fletcher. 2. To pronounce or characterize as a whore. Shak.
Bewig transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewigged
] To cover (the head) with a wig. Hawthorne.
Bewilder transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewildered
; present participle & verbal noun Bewildering
.] [ Prefix be-
.] To lead into perplexity or confusion, as for want of a plain path; to perplex with mazes; or in general, to perplex or confuse greatly.
Lost and bewildered in the fruitless search. Syn.
-- To perplex; puzzle; entangle; confuse; confound; mystify; embarrass; lead astray.
Bewildered adjective Greatly perplexed; as, a bewildered mind.
Bewilderedness noun The state of being bewildered; bewilderment. [ R.]
Bewildering adjective Causing bewilderment or great perplexity; as, bewildering difficulties. -- Be*wil"der*ing*ly , adverb
Bewilderment noun 1. The state of being bewildered. 2. A bewildering tangle or confusion.
He . . . soon lost all traces of it amid bewilderment of tree trunks and underbrush.
Bewinter transitive verb To make wintry. [ Obsolete]
[ Confer Old French buie
bond, chain, from Latin boja
neck collar, fetter. Confer Buoy
.] A double slip of leather by which bells are fastened to a hawk's legs.
Bewitch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewitched
; present participle & verbal noun Bewitching
.] 1. To gain an ascendency over by charms or incantations; to affect (esp. to injure) by witchcraft or sorcery.
See how I am bewitched ; behold, mine arm 2. To charm; to fascinate; to please to such a degree as to take away the power of resistance; to enchant.
Is like a blasted sapling withered up.
The charms of poetry our souls bewitch . Syn.
-- To enchant; captivate; charm; entrance.
Bewitchedness noun The state of being bewitched. Gauden.
Bewitcher noun One who bewitches.
Bewitchery noun The power of bewitching or fascinating; bewitchment; charm; fascination.
There is a certain bewitchery or fascination in words.
Bewitching adjective Having power to bewitch or fascinate; enchanting; captivating; charming. -- Be*witch"ing*ly , adverb -- Be*witch"ing*ness, noun
1. The act of bewitching, or the state of being bewitched. Tylor. 2. The power of bewitching or charming. Shak.
Bewonder transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewondered
] 1. To fill with wonder.
[ Obsolete] 2. To wonder at; to admire.
Bewrap transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewrapped
] To wrap up; to cover. Fairfax.
(be*rā") transitive verb To soil. See Beray .
Bewray transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bewrayed
(-rād"); present participle & verbal noun Bewraying
.] [ Middle English bewraien
; prefix be-
+ Anglo-Saxon wrēgan
to accuse, betray; akin to Old Saxon wrōgian
, Old High German ruogēn
, German rügen
, Icelandic rægja
, Goth. wrōhjan
to accuse.] To expose; to reveal; to disclose; to betray.
[ Obsolete or Archaic]
The murder being once done, he is in less fear, and in more hope that the deed shall not be bewrayed or known.
Robynson (More's Utopia. )
Thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Matt. xxvi. 73.
Bewrayer (-ẽr) noun One who, or that which, bewrays; a revealer. [ Obsolete or Archaic] Addison.
Bewrayment (-m e nt) noun Betrayal. [ R.]
Bewreck transitive verb To wreck. [ Obsolete]
Bewreke transitive verb [ Prefix be- + wreak .] To wreak; to avenge. [ Obsolete] Ld. Berners.
Bewrought adjective [ Prefix be- + wrought , past participle of work , transitive verb ] Embroidered. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
[ See Beg
a bey.] A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions; also, in some places, a prince or nobleman; a beg; as, the bey of Tunis.
Beylic noun [ Turk.] The territory ruled by a bey.
[ Middle English biyonde
, Anglo-Saxon begeondan
, preposition and adverb ; prefix be-
yond, yonder. See Yon
.] 1. On the further side of; in the same direction as, and further on or away than.
Beyond that flaming hill. 2. At a place or time not yet reached; before.
A thing beyond us, even before our death. 3. Past, out of the reach or sphere of; further than; greater than; as, the patient was beyond medical aid; beyond one's strength. 4. In a degree or amount exceeding or surpassing; proceeding to a greater degree than; above, as in dignity, excellence, or quality of any kind.
Beyond any of the great men of my country. Beyond sea
Sir P. Sidney.
. (Law) See under Sea .
-- To go beyond
, to exceed in ingenuity, in research, or in anything else; hence, in a bed sense, to deceive or circumvent.
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter.
1 Thess. iv. 6.
Beyond adverb Further away; at a distance; yonder.
Lo, where beyond he lyeth languishing.
Bez-antler noun [ Latin bis twice (OF. bes ) + English antler .] The second branch of a stag's horn.
[ See Byzant
.] 1. A gold coin of Byzantium or Constantinople, varying in weight and value, usually (those current in England) between a sovereign and a half sovereign. There were also white or silver bezants.
[ Written also besant
, etc.] 2. (Her.) A circle in or , i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called bezant . Burke. 3. A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another.
[ From an old form of French biseau
sloping edge, probably from Latin bis
double. See Bi-
.] The rim which encompasses and fastens a jewel or other object, as the crystal of a watch, in the cavity in which it is set.
Bézique (ba*zēk") noun [ French bésigue .] A game at cards in which various combinations of cards in the hand, when declared, score points.
[ French bézoard
, from Arabic bāzahr
, from Persian pād- zahr
protecting + zahr
poison; confer Portuguese & Spanish bezoar
.] A calculous concretion found in the intestines of certain ruminant animals (as the wild goat, the gazelle, and the Peruvian llama) formerly regarded as an unfailing antidote for poison, and a certain remedy for eruptive, pestilential, or putrid diseases. Hence: Any antidote or panacea.
» Two kinds were particularly esteemed, the Bezoar orientale
of India, and the Bezoar occidentale
of Peru. Bezoar antelope
. See Antelope .
-- Bezoar goat (Zoology)
, the wild goat ( Capra ægagrus ).
-- Bezoar mineral
, an old preparation of oxide of antimony. Ure.
Bezoardic adjective [ Confer French bézoardique , bézoartique .] Pertaining to, or compounded with, bezoar. -- noun A medicine containing bezoar.