Bisectrix Bi·sec"trix noun The line bisecting the angle between the optic axes of a biaxial crystal.
Bisegment Bi·seg"ment noun [ Prefix bi- + segment .] One of tow equal parts of a line, or other magnitude.
Biseptate Bi·sep"tate adjective [ Prefix bi- + septate .] With two partitions or septa. Gray.
Biserial, Biseriate Bi·se"ri·al, Bi·se"ri·ate adjective [ Prefix bi- + serial , seriate .] In two rows or series.
Biserrate Bi·ser"rate adjective [ Prefix bi- + serrate .] 1. (Botany) Doubly serrate, or having the serratures serrate, as in some leaves. 2. (Zoology) Serrate on both sides, as some antennæ.
Bisetose, Bisetous Bi·se"tose, Bi·se"tous adjective [ Prefix bi- + setose , setous .] Having two bristles.
Bisexous Bi·sex"ous adjective [ Latin bis twice + sexus sex: confer French bissexe .] Bisexual. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Bisexual Bi·sex"u·al adjective [ Prefix bi- + sexual .] (Biol.) Of both sexes; hermaphrodite; as a flower with stamens and pistil, or an animal having ovaries and testes.
Bisexuous Bi·sex"u·ous adjective Bisexual.
Biseye Bi·seye" past participle of Besee . [ Obsolete] Chaucer. Evil biseye , ill looking. [ Obsolete]
Bish Bish noun Same as Bikh .
Bishop Bish"op noun
[ Middle English bischop
, Anglo-Saxon bisceop
, Latin episcopus
overseer, superintendent, bishop, from Greek ...
over + ...
inspector, from root of ...
, to look to, perhaps akin to Latin specere
to look at. See Spy
, and confer Episcopal
.] 1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
1 Pet. ii. 25.
It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of the New Testament the same officer in the church is called indifferently "bishop" ( ... ) and "elder" or "presbyter." 2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see. Bishop in partibus
J. B. Lightfoot.
] (R. C. Ch.)
, a bishop of a see which does not actually exist; one who has the office of bishop, without especial jurisdiction. Shipley.
-- Titular bishop (R. C. Ch.)
, a term officially substituted in 1882 for bishop in partibus.
-- Bench of Bishops
. See under Bench . 3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents. 4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer . 5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar. Swift. 6. An old name for a woman's bustle.
[ U. S.]
If, by her bishop , or her "grace" alone,
A genuine lady, or a church, is known.
Bishop Bish"op transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bishoped ; present participle & verbal noun Bishoping .] To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
Bishop Bish"op transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bishoped ; present participle & verbal noun Bishoping .] [ From the name of the scoundrel who first practiced it. Youatt .] (Far.) To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth. The plan adopted is to cut off all the nippers with a saw to the proper length, and then with a cutting instrument the operator scoops out an oval cavity in the corner nippers, which is afterwards burnt with a hot iron until it is black. J. H. Walsh.
Bishop sleeve Bish"op sleeve` A wide sleeve, once worn by women.
Bishop-stool Bish"op-stool` noun A bishop's seat or see.
Bishop's cap Bish"op's cap` (Botany) A plant of the genus Mitella ; miterwort. Longfellow.
Bishop's length Bish"op's length` A canvas for a portrait measuring 58 by 94 inches. The half bishop measures 45 by 56.
Bishop's-weed Bish"op's-weed` noun (Botany) (a) An umbelliferous plant of the genus Ammi. (b) Goutweed ( Ægopodium podagraria ).
Bishop's-wort Bish"op's-wort` noun (Botany) Wood betony ( Stachys betonica ); also, the plant called fennel flower ( Nigella Damascena ), or devil-in-a-bush.
Bishopdom Bish"op·dom noun Jurisdiction of a bishop; episcopate. "Divine right of bishopdom ." Milton.
Bishoplike Bish"op·like` adjective Resembling a bishop; belonging to a bishop. Fulke.
Bishoply Bish"op·ly adjective Bishoplike; episcopal. [ Obsolete]
Bishoply Bish"op·ly adverb In the manner of a bishop. [ Obsolete]
Bishopric Bish"op·ric noun [ Anglo-Saxon bisceoprīce ; bisceop bishop + rīce dominion. See -ric .] 1. A diocese; the district over which the jurisdiction of a bishop extends. 2. The office of a spiritual overseer, as of an apostle, bishop, or presbyter. Acts i. 20.
Bisie Bis"ie transitive verb To busy; to employ. [ Obsolete]
Bisilicate Bi·sil"i·cate noun (Min. Chem.) A salt of metasilicic acid; -- so called because the ratio of the oxygen of the silica to the oxygen of the base is as two to one. The bisilicates include many of the most common and important minerals.
Bisk Bisk noun [ French bisque .] Soup or broth made by boiling several sorts of flesh together. King.
Bisk Bisk noun [ French bisque .] (Tennis) See Bisque .
Biskara boil, Biskara button Bis"ka·ra boil`, Bis"ka·ra but"ton [ Named after the town Biskara , in Algeria.] (Medicine) Same as Aleppo boil .
Bismare, Bismer Bi·smare", Bi·smer" noun [ Anglo-Saxon bismer .] Shame; abuse. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Bismer Bis"mer noun 1. A rule steelyard. [ Scot.] 2. (Zoology) The fifteen-spined ( Gasterosteus spinachia ).
Bismillah Bis·mil"lah interj. [ Arabic, in the name of God!] An adjuration or exclamation common among the Mohammedans. [ Written also Bizmillah .]
Bismite Bis"mite noun (Min.) Bismuth trioxide, or bismuth ocher.
Bismuth Bis"muth noun [ German bismuth , wismuth : confer French bismuth .] (Chemistry) One of the elements; a metal of a reddish white color, crystallizing in rhombohedrons. It is somewhat harder than lead, and rather brittle; masses show broad cleavage surfaces when broken across. It melts at 507Â° Fahr., being easily fused in the flame of a candle. It is found in a native state, and as a constituent of some minerals. Specific gravity 9.8. Atomic weight 207.5. Symbol Bi. » Chemically, bismuth (with arsenic and antimony is intermediate between the metals and nonmetals; it is used in thermo-electric piles, and as an alloy with lead and tin in the fusible alloy or metal. Bismuth is the most diamagnetic substance known. Bismuth glance , bismuth sulphide; bismuthinite. -- Bismuth ocher , a native bismuth oxide; bismite.
Bismuthal Bis"muth·al adjective Containing bismuth.
Bismuthic Bis"muth·ic adjective (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to bismuth; containing bismuth, when this element has its higher valence; as, bismuthic oxide.
Bismuthiferous Bis`muth·if"er·ous adjective [ Bismuth + -ferous .] Containing bismuth.
Bismuthine, Bismuthinite Bis"muth·ine, Bis"muth·in·ite noun Native bismuth sulphide; -- sometimes called bismuthite .
Bismuthous Bis"muth·ous adjective Of, or containing, bismuth, when this element has its lower valence.
Bismuthyl Bis"muth·yl` noun (Min.) Hydrous carbonate of bismuth, an earthy mineral of a dull white or yellowish color. [ Written also bismuthite .]
Bison Bi"son (bī"sŏn; 277) noun [ Latin bison , Greek bi`swn , a wild ox; akin to Old High German wisunt , wisant , German wisent , Anglo-Saxon wesend , Icelandic vīsundr : confer French bison .] (Zoology) (a) The aurochs or European bison. (b) The American bison buffalo ( Bison Americanus ), a large, gregarious bovine quadruped with shaggy mane and short black horns, which formerly roamed in herds over most of the temperate portion of North America, but is now restricted to very limited districts in the region of the Rocky Mountains, and is rapidly decreasing in numbers.
Bispinose Bi·spi"nose (bī*spī"nōs) adjective [ Prefix bi- + spinose .] (Zoology) Having two spines.
Bisque Bisque noun [ A corruption of biscuit .] Unglazed white porcelain.
Bisque Bisque noun [ French] A point taken by the receiver of odds in the game of tennis; also, an extra innings allowed to a weaker player in croquet.
Bisque Bisque noun [ French] A white soup made of crayfish.
Bissell truck Bis"sell truck A truck for railroad rolling stock, consisting of two ordinary axle boxes sliding in guides attached to a triangular frame; -- called also pony truck .
Bissextile Bis·sex"tile noun [ Latin bissextilis annus, from bissextus ( bis + sextus sixth, from sex six) the sixth of the calends of March, or twenty-fourth day of February, which was reckoned twice every fourth year, by the intercalation of a day.] Leap year; every fourth year, in which a day is added to the month of February on account of the excess of the tropical year (365 d. 5 h. 48 m. 46 s.) above 365 days. But one day added every four years is equivalent to six hours each year, which is 11 m. 14 s. more than the excess of the real year. Hence, it is necessary to suppress the bissextile day at the end of every century which is not divisible by 400, while it is retained at the end of those which are divisible by 400.
Bissextile Bis·sex"tile adjective Pertaining to leap year.
Bisson Bis"son adjective [ Middle English bisen , bisne , Anglo-Saxon bisen , probably for bīs...ne ; bi by + s...ne clear, akin to seón to see; clear when near, hence short-sighted. See See .] Purblind; blinding. [ Obsolete] " Bisson rheum." Shak.