Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bezoartic, Bezoartical adjective [ See Bezoardic .] Having the qualities of an antidote, or of bezoar; healing. [ Obsolete]

Bezonian noun [ Confer French besoin need, want, It bisogno .] A low fellow or scoundrel; a beggar.

Great men oft die by vile bezonians .
Shak.

Bezpopovtsy noun [ Russian ; bez without + popovtsy , a derivative of pop priest.] A Russian sect. See Raskolnik .

Bezzle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bezzled ; present participle & verbal noun Bezzling ] [ Old French besillier , besiler , to maltreat, pillage; or shortened from embezzle . Confer Embezzle .] To plunder; to waste in riot. [ Obsolete]

Bezzle intransitive verb To drink to excess; to revel. [ Obsolete]

Bhang noun [ Persian bang ; confer Sanskrit bhangā hemp.] An astringent and narcotic drug made from the dried leaves and seed capsules of wild hemp ( Cannabis Indica ), and chewed or smoked in the East as a means of intoxication. See Hasheesh .

Bheesty, Bheestie noun [ Written also bhistee , bhisti , etc.] [ Persian bihishtī lit., heavenly.] A water carrier, as to a household or a regiment. [ India]

Bhistee, Bhisti noun Same as Bheesty . [ India]

Bhunder noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) An Indian monkey ( Macacus Rhesus ), protected by the Hindoos as sacred. See Rhesus .

Bi- [ Latin bis twice, which in composition drops the -s, akin to English two . See Bis- , Two , and confer Di- , Dis- .]


1. In most branches of science bi- in composition denotes two, twice, or doubly; as, bi dentate, two- toothed; bi ternate, doubly ternate, etc.

2. (Chemistry) In the composition of chemical names bi- denotes two atoms, parts, or equivalents of that constituent to the name of which it is prefixed, to one of the other component, or that such constituent is present in double the ordinary proportion; as, bi chromate, bi sulphide. Be- and di- are often used interchangeably.

Biacid adjective [ Prefix bi- + acid .] (Chemistry) Having two hydrogen atoms which can be replaced by negative atoms or radicals to form salts; -- said of bases. See Diacid .

Biacuminate adjective [ Prefix bi- + acuminate .] (Botany) Having points in two directions.

Biangular adjective [ Prefix bi- + angular .] Having two angles or corners.

Biangulate, Biangulated adjective [ Prefix bi- + angulate , angulated .] Biangular.

Biangulous adjective [ Prefix bi- + angulous .] Biangular. [ R.]

Biannual adjective [ Prefix bi- + annual .] Occurring twice a year; half-yearly; semiannual.

Biantheriferous adjective [ Prefix bi- + antherigerous .] (Botany) Having two anthers.

Biarticulate adjective [ Prefix bi- + articulate .] (Zoology) Having, or consisting of, tow joints.

Bias (bī" a s) noun ; plural Biases (-ĕz). [ French biasis , perhaps from Late Latin bifax two-faced; Latin bis + facies face. See Bi- , and confer Face .]
1. A weight on the side of the ball used in the game of bowls, or a tendency imparted to the ball, which turns it from a straight line.

Being ignorant that there is a concealed bias within the spheroid, which will . . . swerve away.
Sir W. Scott.

2. A leaning of the mind; propensity or prepossession toward an object or view, not leaving the mind indifferent; bent; inclination.

Strong love is a bias upon the thoughts.
South.

Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions.
Locke.

3. A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.

4. A slant; a diagonal; as, to cut cloth on the bias .

Syn. -- Prepossession; prejudice; partiality; inclination. See Bent .

Bias adjective
1. Inclined to one side; swelled on one side. [ Obsolete] Shak.

2. Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.

Bias adverb In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally; as, to cut cloth bias .

Bias transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Biased (bī" a st); present participle & verbal noun Biasing .] To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.

Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should it have biased any just critic in the counter direction.
De Quincey.

Biauriculate adjective [ Prefix bi- + auriculate .]
1. (Anat.) Having two auricles, as the heart of mammals, birds, and reptiles.

2. (Bot. & Zoology) Having two earlike projections at its base, as a leaf.

Biaxal, Biaxial adjective [ Prefix bi- + axal , axial .] (Opt.) Having two axes; as, biaxial polarization. Brewster. -- Bi*ax"i*al*ly , adverb

Bib noun [ From Bib , v., because the bib receives the drink that the child slavers from the mouth.]
1. A small piece of cloth worn by children over the breast, to protect the clothes.

2. (Zoology) An arctic fish ( Gadus luscus ), allied to the cod; -- called also pout and whiting pout .

3. A bibcock.

Bib intransitive verb To drink; to sip; to tipple.

He was constantly bibbing .
Locke.

Bib, Bibbe transitive verb [ Latin bibere . See Beverage , and confer Imbibe .] To drink; to tipple. [ Obsolete]

This miller hath . . . bibbed ale.
Chaucer.

Bibacious adjective [ Latin bibax , bibacis , from bibere . See Bib .] Addicted to drinking.

Bibacity noun The practice or habit of drinking too much; tippling. Blount.

Bibasic adjective [ Prefix bi- + basic .] (Chemistry) Having to hydrogen atoms which can be replaced by positive or basic atoms or radicals to form salts; -- said of acids. See Dibasic .

Bibb (bĭb) noun A bibcock. See Bib , noun , 3.

Bibber noun One given to drinking alcoholic beverages too freely; a tippler; -- chiefly used in composition; as, wine bibber .

Bibble-babble noun [ A reduplication of babble .] Idle talk; babble. Shak.

Bibbs (bĭbz) noun plural (Nautical) Pieces of timber bolted to certain parts of a mast to support the trestletrees.

Bibcock (bĭb"kŏk) noun A cock or faucet having a bent down nozzle. Knight.

Bibelot noun [ French] A small decorative object without practical utility.

Her pictures, her furniture, and her bibelots .
M. Crawford.

Bibirine noun (Chemistry) See Bebeerine .

Bibitory adjective Of or pertaining to drinking or tippling.

Bible (bī"b'l) noun [ French bible , Latin biblia , plural, from Greek bibli`a , plural of bibli`on , dim. of bi`blos , by`blos , book, prop. Egyptian papyrus.]
1. A book. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. The Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible ; Douay Bible ; Luther's Bible . Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible .

3. A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible .

Bible Society , an association for securing the multiplication and wide distribution of the Bible. -- Douay Bible . See Douay Bible . -- Geneva Bible . See under Geneva .

Bibler (bĭb"lẽr) noun [ See Bib , transitive verb ] A great drinker; a tippler. [ Written also bibbler and bibbeler .]

Biblical (bĭb"lĭ*k a l) adjective Pertaining to, or derived from, the Bible; as, biblical learning; biblical authority.

Biblicality (-kăl"ĭ*tȳ) noun The quality of being biblical; a biblical subject. [ R.]

Biblically adverb According to the Bible.

Biblicism noun [ Confer French biblicisme .] Learning or literature relating to the Bible. [ R.]

Biblicist noun One skilled in the knowledge of the Bible; a demonstrator of religious truth by the Scriptures.

Bibliograph noun Bibliographer.

Bibliographer noun [ Greek ... , from ... book + ... to write : confer French bibliographe .] One who writes, or is versed in, bibliography.

Bibliographic, Bibliographical adjective [ Confer French bibliographique .] Pertaining to bibliography, or the history of books. -- Bib`li*o*graph"ic*al*ly , adverb

Bibliography noun ; plural Bibliographies [ Greek ... : confer French bibliographie .] A history or description of books and manuscripts, with notices of the different editions, the times when they were printed, etc.

Bibliolater, Bibliolatrist noun [ See. Bibliolatry .] A worshiper of books; especially, a worshiper of the Bible; a believer in its verbal inspiration. De Quincey.