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beak


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beak  \Beak\  (b[=e]k),  n.  [OE.  bek,  F.  bec,  fr  Celtic;  cf  Gael. 
  &  Ir  bac,  bacc,  hook,  W.  bach.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  bill  or  nib  of  a  bird,  consisting  of  a  horny 
  sheath,  covering  the  jaws.  The  form  varied  much 
  according  to  the  food  and  habits  of  the  bird,  and  is 
  largely  used  in  the  classification  of  birds. 
  b  A  similar  bill  in  other  animals,  as  the  turtles. 
  c  The  long  projecting  sucking  mouth  of  some  insects,  and 
  other  invertebrates,  as  in  the  Hemiptera. 
  d  The  upper  or  projecting  part  of  the  shell,  near  the 
  hinge  of  a  bivalve. 
  e  The  prolongation  of  certain  univalve  shells  containing 
  the  canal. 
 
  2.  Anything  projecting  or  ending  in  a  point,  like  a  beak,  as 
  a  promontory  of  land.  --Carew. 
 
  3.  (Antiq.)  A  beam,  shod  or  armed  at  the  end  with  a  metal 
  head  or  point,  and  projecting  from  the  prow  of  an  ancient 
  galley,  in  order  to  pierce  the  vessel  of  an  enemy;  a 
  beakhead. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  That  part  of  a  ship,  before  the  forecastle,  which 
  is  fastened  to  the  stem,  and  supported  by  the  main  knee. 
 
  5.  (Arch.)  A  continuous  slight  projection  ending  in  an  arris 
  or  narrow  fillet;  that  part  of  a  drip  from  which  the  water 
  is  thrown  off 
 
  6.  (Bot.)  Any  process  somewhat  like  the  beak  of  a  bird, 
  terminating  the  fruit  or  other  parts  of  a  plant. 
 
  7.  (Far.)  A  toe  clip.  See  {Clip},  n.  (Far.). 
 
  8.  A  magistrate  or  policeman.  [Slang,  Eng.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clip  \Clip\,  n. 
  1.  An  embrace.  --Sir  P.  Sidney. 
 
  2.  A  cutting;  a  shearing. 
 
  3.  The  product  of  a  single  shearing  of  sheep;  a  season's  crop 
  of  wool. 
 
  4.  A  clasp  or  holder  for  letters,  papers,  etc 
 
  5.  An  embracing  strap  for  holding  parts  together;  the  iron 
  strap,  with  loop,  at  the  ends  of  a  whiffletree.  --Knight. 
 
  6.  (Far.)  A  projecting  flange  on  the  upper  edge  of  a 
  horseshoe,  turned  up  so  as  to  embrace  the  lower  part  of 
  the  hoof;  --  called  also  {toe  clip}  and  {beak}.  --Youatt. 
 
  7.  A  blow  or  stroke  with  the  hand;  as  he  hit  him  a  clip. 
  [Colloq.  U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beak 
  n  1:  beaklike  mouth  of  e.g.  turtles 
  2:  horny  projecting  jaws  of  a  bird  [syn:  {bill},  {neb},  {nib}] 
  3:  US  informal  terms  for  the  nose  [syn:  {honker},  {hooter},  {nozzle}, 
  {snoot},  {snout},  {schnozzle}] 
  v  :  hit  lightly  with  a  picking  motion  [syn:  {peck},  {pick}] 




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