Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bichromatize transitive verb To combine or treat with a bichromate, esp. with bichromate of potassium; as, bichromatized gelatine.

Bicipital adjective [ Latin biceps , bicipitis : confer French bicipital . See Biceps .]
1. (Anat.) (a) Having two heads or origins, as a muscle. (b) Pertaining to a biceps muscle; as, bicipital furrows, the depressions on either side of the biceps of the arm.

2. (Botany) Dividing into two parts at one extremity; having two heads or two supports; as, a bicipital tree.

Bicipitous adjective Having two heads; bicipital. " Bicipitous serpents." Sir T. Browne.

Bicker noun [ See Beaker .] A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub. [ Prov. Eng.]

Bicker intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bickered ; present participle & verbal noun Bickering .] [ Middle English bikeren , perhaps from Celtic; confer W. bicra to fight, bicker, bicre conflict, skirmish; perhaps akin to English beak .]
1. To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight. [ Obsolete]

Two eagles had a conflict, and bickered together.
Holland.

2. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.

Petty things about which men cark and bicker .
Barrow.

3. To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame.

They [ streamlets] bickered through the sunny shade.
Thomson.

Bicker noun
1. A skirmish; an encounter. [ Obsolete]

2. A fight with stones between two parties of boys. [ Scot.] Jamieson.

3. A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.

Bickerer noun One who bickers.

Bickering noun
1. A skirmishing. "Frays and bickerings ." Milton.

2. Altercation; wrangling.

Bickerment noun Contention. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Bickern noun [ French bigorne . See Bicorn .] An anvil ending in a beak or point (orig. in two beaks); also, the beak or horn itself.

Bickford fuse, fuze or Bickford match A fuse used in blasting, consisting of a long cylinder of explosive material inclosed in a varnished wrapping of rope or hose. It burns from 2 to 4 feet a minute.

Bicolligate adjective [ Latin bis twice + colligatus , past participle See Colligate , transitive verb ] (Zoology) Having the anterior toes connected by a basal web.

Bicolor, Bicolored adjective [ Latin bicolor ; bis twice + color color.] Of two colors.

Biconcave adjective [ Prefix bi- + concave .] Concave on both sides; as, biconcave vertebræ.

Biconjugate adjective [ Prefix bi- + conjugate , adjective ] (Botany) Twice paired, as when a petiole forks twice. Gray.

Biconvex adjective [ Prefix bi- + convex .] Convex on both sides; as, a biconvex lens.

Bicorn, Bicorned Bi*cor"nous adjective [ Latin bicornis ; bis twice + cornu horn: confer French bicorne . Confer Bickern .] Having two horns; two-horned; crescentlike.

Bicorporal adjective [ Prefix bi- + corporal .] Having two bodies.

Bicorporate adjective [ Prefix bi- + corporate .] (Her.) Double-bodied, as a lion having one head and two bodies.

Bicostate adjective [ Prefix bi- + costate .] (Botany) Having two principal ribs running longitudinally, as a leaf.

Bicrenate adjective [ Prefix bi- + crenate .] (Botany) Twice crenated, as in the case of leaves whose crenatures are themselves crenate.

Bicrescentic adjective [ Prefix bi- + crescent .] Having the form of a double crescent.

Bicrural adjective [ Prefix bi- + crural .] Having two legs. Hooker.

Bicuspid noun (Anat.) One of the two double-pointed teeth which intervene between the canines (cuspids) and the molars, on each side of each jaw. See Tooth , noun

Bicuspid, Bicuspidate adjective [ See prefix Bi- , and Cuspidate .] Having two points or prominences; ending in two points; -- said of teeth, leaves, fruit, etc.

Bicyanide noun See Dicyanide .

Bicycle noun [ Prefix bi- + cycle .] A light vehicle having two wheels one behind the other. It has a saddle seat and is propelled by the rider's feet acting on cranks or levers.

Bicycler noun One who rides a bicycle.

Bicyclic adjective Relating to bicycles.

Bicycling noun The use of a bicycle; the act or practice of riding a bicycle.

Bicyclism noun The art of riding a bicycle.

Bicyclist noun A bicycler.

Bicycular adjective Relating to bicycling.

Bid (bĭd) transitive verb [ imperfect Bade (băd), Bid , (Obsolete) Bad ; past participle Bidden Bid ; present participle & verbal noun Bidding .] [ Middle English bidden , prop to ask, beg, Anglo-Saxon biddan ; akin to Old Saxon biddian , Icelandic biðja , Old High German bittan , German bitten , to pray, ask, request, and English bead , also perhaps to Greek teiqein to persuade, Latin fidere to trust, English faith , and bide . But this word was early confused with Middle English beden , beoden , Anglo-Saxon beódan , to offer, command; akin to Icelandic bjōða , Goth. biudan (in comp.), Old High German biotan to command, bid, German bieten , Dutch bieden , to offer, also to Greek pynqa`nesqai to learn by inquiry, Sanskrit budh to be awake, to heed, present OSlav. budēti to be awake, English bode , v. The word now has the form of Middle English bidden to ask, but the meaning of Middle English beden to command, except in "to bid beads." √30.]


1. To make an offer of; to propose. Specifically : To offer to pay ( a certain price, as for a thing put up at auction), or to take (a certain price, as for work to be done under a contract).

2. To offer in words; to declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance, etc.; as, to bid one welcome; to bid good morning, farewell, etc.

Neither bid him God speed.
2. John 10.

He bids defiance to the gaping crowd.
Granrille.

3. To proclaim; to declare publicly; to make known. [ Mostly obsolete ] "Our banns thrice bid !" Gay.

4. To order; to direct; to enjoin; to command.

That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow.
Pope

Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee.
Matt. xiv. 28

I was bid to pick up shells.
D. Jerrold.

5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.

As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Matt. xxii. 9

To bid beads , to pray with beads, as the Roman Catholics; to distinguish each bead by a prayer. [ Obsolete] -- To bid defiance to , to defy openly; to brave. -- To bid fair , to offer a good prospect; to make fair promise; to seem likely.

Syn. -- To offer; proffer; tender; propose; order; command; direct; charge; enjoin.

Bid imperfect & past participle of Bid .

Bid noun An offer of a price, especially at auctions; a statement of a sum which one will give for something to be received, or will take for something to be done or furnished; that which is offered.

Bid intransitive verb [ See Bid , transitive verb ]
1. To pray. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. To make a bid; to state what one will pay or take.

Bidale noun [ Bid + ale .] An invitation of friends to drink ale at some poor man's house, and there to contribute in charity for his relief. [ Prov. Eng.]

Bidarkee, Bidarka noun [ Russian baidarka , dim. Confer Baidar .] A portable boat made of skins stretched on a frame. [ Alaska] The Century.

Biddable adjective Obedient; docile. [ Scot.]

Bidden past participle of Bid .

Bidder noun [ Anglo-Saxon biddere . ] One who bids or offers a price. Burke.

Biddery ware [ From Beder or Bidar a town in India.] A kind of metallic ware made in India. The material is a composition of zinc, tin, and lead, in which ornaments of gold and silver are inlaid or damascened. [ Spelt also bidry, bidree , bedery , beder .]

Bidding noun
1. Command; order; a proclamation or notifying. "Do thou thy master's bidding ." Shak.

2. The act or process of making bids; an offer; a proposal of a price, as at an auction.

Bidding prayer
1. (R. C. Ch.) The prayer for the souls of benefactors, said before the sermon.

2. (Angl. Ch.) The prayer before the sermon, with petitions for various specified classes of persons.

Biddy noun [ Etymology uncertain.] A name used in calling a hen or chicken. Shak.

Biddy noun [ A familiar form of Bridget .] An Irish serving woman or girl. [ Colloq.]

Bide intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bided ; present participle & verbal noun Biding .] [ Middle English biden , Anglo-Saxon bīdan ; akin to Old High German bītan , Goth. beidan , Icelandic bī...... ; perhaps orig., to wait with trust, and akin to bid . See Bid , transitive verb , and confer Abide .]
1. To dwell; to inhabit; to abide; to stay.

All knees to thee shall bow of them that bide
In heaven or earth, or under earth, in hell.
Milton.

2. To remain; to continue or be permanent in a place or state; to continue to be. Shak.

Bide transitive verb
1. To encounter; to remain firm under (a hardship); to endure; to suffer; to undergo.

Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm.
Shak.

2. To wait for; as, I bide my time. See Abide .

Bident noun [ Latin bidens , - entis , having two prongs; bis twice + dens a tooth.] An instrument or weapon with two prongs.