|Bolt Bolt transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bolted
; present participle & verbal noun Bolting
.] [ Middle English bolten
, Old French buleter
, French bluter
, from Ll. buletare
, confer French bure
coarse woolen stuff; from Latin burrus
red. See Borrel
, and confer Bultel
.] 1. To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.
He now had bolted all the flour.
Ill schooled in bolted language. 2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out .
Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things. 3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law. Jacob. To bolt to the bran
, to examine thoroughly, so as to separate or discover everything important. Chaucer.
This bolts the matter fairly to the bran .
The report of the committee was examined and sifted and bolted to the bran .
Bolt Bolt noun A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter. B. Jonson.
Boltel Bol"tel noun See Boultel .
Bolter Bolt"er noun One who bolts; esp.: (a) A horse which starts suddenly aside. (b) A man who breaks away from his party.
Bolter Bolt"er noun 1. One who sifts flour or meal. 2. An instrument or machine for separating bran from flour, or the coarser part of meal from the finer; a sieve.
Bolter Bolt"er noun A kind of fishing line. See Boulter .
Bolthead Bolt"head` noun 1. (Chemistry) A long, straight-necked, glass vessel for chemical distillations; -- called also a matrass or receiver. 2. The head of a bolt.
Bolting Bolt"ing noun A darting away; a starting off or aside.
Bolting Bolt"ing noun 1. A sifting, as of flour or meal. 2. (Law) A private arguing of cases for practice by students, as in the Inns of Court. [ Obsolete] Bolting cloth , wire, hair, silk, or other sieve cloth of different degrees of fineness; -- used by millers for sifting flour. McElrath. -- Bolting hutch , a bin or tub for the bolted flour or meal ; (fig.) a receptacle.
Boltonite Bol"ton·ite noun (Min.) A granular mineral of a grayish or yellowish color, found in Bolton, Massachusetts. It is a silicate of magnesium, belonging to the chrysolite family.
Boltrope Bolt"rope` noun (Nautical) A rope stitched to the edges of a sail to strengthen the sail.
Boltsprit Bolt"sprit` noun [ A corruption of bowsprit .] (Nautical) See Bowsprit .
Bolty Bol"ty noun (Zoology) An edible fish of the Nile (genus Chromis ). [ Written also bulti .]
Bolus Bo"lus noun
; plural Boluses
[ Latin bolus
bit, morsel; confer German ...
lump of earth. See Bole
, clay.] A rounded mass of anything, esp. a large pill.
Bom Bom noun (Zoology) A large American serpent, so called from the sound it makes.
Bomb Bomb noun
[ French bombe
bombshell, from Latin bombus
a humming or buzzing noise, Greek ...
.] 1. A great noise; a hollow sound.
A pillar of iron . . . which if you had struck, would make . . . a great bomb in the chamber beneath. 2. (Mil.) A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell . 3. A bomb ketch. Bomb chest (Mil.)
, a chest filled with bombs, or only with gunpowder, placed under ground, to cause destruction by its explosion.
-- Bomb ketch
, Bomb vessel (Nautical)
, a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; -- called also mortar vessel .
-- Bomb lance
, a lance or harpoon with an explosive head, used in whale fishing.
-- Volcanic bomb
, a mass of lava of a spherical or pear shape.
"I noticed volcanic bombs
Bomb Bomb transitive verb To bombard. [ Obsolete] Prior.
Bomb Bomb intransitive verb [ Confer Boom .] To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Bombace Bom"bace noun [ Old French ] Cotton; padding. [ Obsolete]
Bombard Bom"bard noun
[ French bombarde
, Late Latin bombarda
, from Latin bombus
. Confer Bumper
, and see Bomb
.] 1. (Gun.) A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the earliest kind of cannon.
They planted in divers places twelve great bombards , wherewith they threw huge stones into the air, which, falling down into the city, might break down the houses. 2. A bombardment.
[ Poetic & R.] J. Barlow. 3. A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for carrying liquor or beer.
Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a foul bombard that would shed his liquor. 4. plural Padded breeches.
[ Obsolete] Bombard phrase
, inflated language; bombast.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Bombard Bom"bard noun [ Middle English bombarde , from French bombarde .] (Mus.) See Bombardo . [ Obsolete]
Bombard Bom·bard" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bombarded
; present participle & verbal noun Bombarding
.] To attack with bombards or with artillery; especially, to throw shells, hot shot, etc., at or into.
Next, she means to bombard Naples.
His fleet bombarded and burnt down Dieppe.
Bombardier Bom`bar·dier" noun [ French bombardier .] (Mil.) (a) One who used or managed a bombard; an artilleryman; a gunner. [ Archaic] (b) A noncommissioned officer in the British artillery. Bombardier beetle (Zoology) , a kind of beetle ( Brachinus crepitans ), so called because, when disturbed, it makes an explosive discharge of a pungent and acrid vapor from its anal glands. The name is applied to other related species, as the B. displosor , which can produce ten or twelve explosions successively. The common American species is B. fumans .
Bombardman Bom"bard·man noun One who carried liquor or beer in a can or bombard.
They . . . made room for a bombardman that brought bouge for a country lady.
Bombardment Bom·bard"ment noun [ French bombardement .] An attack upon a fortress or fortified town, with shells, hot shot, rockets, etc.; the act of throwing bombs and shot into a town or fortified place.
Bombardo, Bombardon Bom·bar"do, Bom·bar"don noun [ Italian bombardo .] (Mus.) Originally, a deep-toned instrument of the oboe or bassoon family; thence, a bass reed stop on the organ. The name bombardon is now given to a brass instrument, the lowest of the saxhorns, in tone resembling the ophicleide. Grove.
Bombasine Bom`ba·sine" noun Same as Bombazine .
bŭm"bȧst; 277) noun
[ Old French bombace
cotton, Late Latin bombax
a doublet of cotton; hence, padding, wadding, fustian. See Bombazine
.] 1. Originally, cotton, or cotton wool.
A candle with a wick of bombast . 2. Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
How now, my sweet creature of bombast !
Doublets, stuffed with four, five, or six pounds of bombast at least. 3. Fig.: High-sounding words; an inflated style; language above the dignity of the occasion; fustian.
Yet noisy bombast carefully avoid.
Bombast Bom"bast adjective High-sounding; inflated; big without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.
[ He] evades them with a bombast circumstance,
Horribly stuffed with epithets of war.
Nor a tall metaphor in bombast way.
bŭm*bȧst") transitive verb To swell or fill out; to pad; to inflate.
Not bombasted with words vain ticklish ears to feed.
bŭm*bȧs"tĭk), Bom*bas"tic*al adjective Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated.
A theatrical, bombastic , windy phraseology. Syn.
-- Turgid; tumid; pompous; grandiloquent.
Bombastry Bom"bast·ry noun Swelling words without much meaning; bombastic language; fustian.
Bombastry and buffoonery, by nature lofty and light, soar highest of all.
Bombax Bom"bax noun [ Late Latin , cotton. See Bombast , noun ] (Botany) A genus of trees, called also the silkcotton tree ; also, a tree of the genus Bombax.
Bombazet Bombazette Bom`ba·zet" Bom`ba·zette" noun [ Confer Bombazine .] A sort of thin woolen cloth. It is of various colors, and may be plain or twilled.
Bombazine Bom`ba·zine" noun [ French bombasin , Late Latin bombacinium , bambacinium , Latin bombycinus silken, bombycinum a silk or cotton texture, from bombyx silk, silkworm, Greek ... . Confer Bombast , Bombycinous .] A twilled fabric for dresses, of which the warp is silk, and the weft worsted. Black bombazine has been much used for mourning garments. [ Sometimes spelt bombasin , and bombasine .] Tomlinson.
Bombic Bom"bic adjective [ Latin bombyx silk, silkworm: confer French bombique .] Pertaining to, or obtained from, the silkworm; as, bombic acid.
Bombilate Bom"bi·late intransitive verb [ Late Latin bombilare , for Latin bombitare . See Bomb , noun ] To hum; to buzz. [ R.]
Bombilation Bom`bi·la"tion noun A humming sound; a booming.
To . . . silence the bombilation of guns.
Sir T. Browne.
Bombinate Bom"bi·nate intransitive verb To hum; to boom.
Bombination Bom`bi·na"tion noun A humming or buzzing.
Bombolo Bom"bo·lo noun
; plural Bomboloes
[ Confer It bombola
a pitcher.] A thin spheroidal glass retort or flask, used in the sublimation of camphor.
[ Written also bumbelo
, and bumbolo
Bombproof Bomb"proof` adjective Secure against the explosive force of bombs. -- noun A structure which heavy shot and shell will not penetrate.
Bombshell Bomb"shell` noun A bomb. See Bomb , noun
Bombycid Bom·by"cid adjective (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the genus Bombyx, or the family Bombycidæ .
Bombycinous Bom·byc"i·nous adjective [ Latin bombycinus . See Bombazine .] 1. Silken; made of silk. [ Obsolete] Coles. 2. Being of the color of the silkworm; transparent with a yellow tint. E. Darwin.
Bombylious Bom·byl"i·ous adjective [ Latin bombylius a bumblebee, Greek ... .] Buzzing, like a bumblebee; as, the bombylious noise of the horse fly. [ Obsolete] Derham.
Bombyx Bom"byx (bŏm"bĭks) noun [ Latin , silkworm. See Bombazine .] (Zoology) A genus of moths, which includes the silkworm moth. See Silkworm .
Bon Bon adjective [ French, from Latin bonus .] Good; valid as security for something.
Bon Silène Bon" Si`lène" [ French] (Botany) A very fragrant tea rose with petals of various shades of pink.
Bon ton Bon" ton" [ French, good tone, manner.] The height of the fashion; fashionable society.
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