Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Bichromatize transitive verb To combine or treat with a bichromate, esp. with bichromate of potassium; as, bichromatized gelatine.
[ Latin biceps
: 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.
[ 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.
Two eagles had a conflict, and bickered together. 2. To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle.
Petty things about which men cark and bicker . 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.
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.
1. A skirmishing. "Frays and bickerings ." Milton. 2. Altercation; wrangling.
Bickerment noun Contention. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ 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.
[ 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
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.
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.
(bĭd) transitive verb
[ imperfect Bade
, (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
, 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. 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.
Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee.
Matt. xiv. 28
I was bid to pick up shells. 5. To invite; to call in; to request to come.
As many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. To bid beads
Matt. xxii. 9
, 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 .]
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.
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 2. To remain; to continue or be permanent in a place or state; to continue to be. Shak.
In heaven or earth, or under earth, in hell.
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, 2. To wait for; as, I bide my time. See Abide .
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm.
Bident noun [ Latin bidens , - entis , having two prongs; bis twice + dens a tooth.] An instrument or weapon with two prongs.