Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Bise noun [ French] A cold north wind which prevails on the northern coasts of the Mediterranean and in Switzerland, etc.; -- nearly the same as the mistral .

Bise noun (Paint.) See Bice .

Bisect transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Bisected ; present participle & verbal noun Bisecting .] [ Latin bis twice + secare , sectum , to cut.]
1. To cut or divide into two parts.

2. (Geom.) To divide into two equal parts.

Bisection noun [ Confer French bissection .] Division into two parts, esp. two equal parts.

Bisector noun One who, or that which, bisects; esp. (Geom.) a straight line which bisects an angle.

Bisectrix noun The line bisecting the angle between the optic axes of a biaxial crystal.

Bisegment noun [ Prefix bi- + segment .] One of tow equal parts of a line, or other magnitude.

Biseptate adjective [ Prefix bi- + septate .] With two partitions or septa. Gray.

Biserial, Biseriate adjective [ Prefix bi- + serial , seriate .] In two rows or series.

Biserrate 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 adjective [ Prefix bi- + setose , setous .] Having two bristles.

Bisexous adjective [ Latin bis twice + sexus sex: confer French bissexe .] Bisexual. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Bisexual adjective [ Prefix bi- + sexual .] (Biol.) Of both sexes; hermaphrodite; as a flower with stamens and pistil, or an animal having ovaries and testes.

Bisexuous adjective Bisexual.

Biseye past participle of Besee . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Evil biseye , ill looking. [ Obsolete]

Bish noun Same as Bikh .

Bishop noun [ Middle English bischop , biscop , bisceop , Anglo-Saxon bisceop , biscop , 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."
J. B. Lightfoot.

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 [ infidelium ] (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.
Saxe.

Bishop 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 sleeve A wide sleeve, once worn by women.

Bishop-stool noun A bishop's seat or see.

Bishop's cap (Botany) A plant of the genus Mitella ; miterwort. Longfellow.

Bishop's length A canvas for a portrait measuring 58 by 94 inches. The half bishop measures 45 by 56.

Bishop's-weed noun (Botany) (a) An umbelliferous plant of the genus Ammi. (b) Goutweed ( Ægopodium podagraria ).

Bishop's-wort noun (Botany) Wood betony ( Stachys betonica ); also, the plant called fennel flower ( Nigella Damascena ), or devil-in-a-bush.

Bishopdom noun Jurisdiction of a bishop; episcopate. "Divine right of bishopdom ." Milton.

Bishoplike adjective Resembling a bishop; belonging to a bishop. Fulke.

Bishoply adjective Bishoplike; episcopal. [ Obsolete]

Bishoply adverb In the manner of a bishop. [ Obsolete]

Bishopric 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 transitive verb To busy; to employ. [ Obsolete]

Bisilicate 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 noun [ French bisque .] Soup or broth made by boiling several sorts of flesh together. King.

Biskara boil, Biskara button [ Named after the town Biskara , in Algeria.] (Medicine) Same as Aleppo boil .

Bismare, Bismer noun [ Anglo-Saxon bismer .] Shame; abuse. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Bismer noun
1. A rule steelyard. [ Scot.]

2. (Zoology) The fifteen-spined ( Gasterosteus spinachia ).

Bismillah interj. [ Arabic, in the name of God!] An adjuration or exclamation common among the Mohammedans. [ Written also Bizmillah .]

Bismite noun (Min.) Bismuth trioxide, or bismuth ocher.

Bismuth 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 507° 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 adjective Containing bismuth.

Bismuthic adjective (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to bismuth; containing bismuth, when this element has its higher valence; as, bismuthic oxide.

Bismuthiferous adjective [ Bismuth + -ferous .] Containing bismuth.

Bismuthine, Bismuthinite noun Native bismuth sulphide; -- sometimes called bismuthite .

Bismuthous adjective Of, or containing, bismuth, when this element has its lower valence.

Bismuthyl noun (Min.) Hydrous carbonate of bismuth, an earthy mineral of a dull white or yellowish color. [ Written also bismuthite .]

Bison (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 (bī*spī"nōs) adjective [ Prefix bi- + spinose .] (Zoology) Having two spines.

Bisque noun [ A corruption of biscuit .] Unglazed white porcelain.

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 noun [ French] A white soup made of crayfish.