browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
beard

more about beard

beard


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beard  \Beard\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bearded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bearding}.] 
  1.  To  take  by  the  beard;  to  seize,  pluck,  or  pull  the  beard 
  of  (a  man),  in  anger  or  contempt. 
 
  2.  To  oppose  to  the  gills;  to  set  at  defiance. 
 
  No  admiral,  bearded  by  three  corrupt  and  dissolute 
  minions  of  the  palace,  dared  to  do  more  than  mutter 
  something  about  a  court  martial.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  To  deprive  of  the  gills;  --  used  only  of  oysters  and 
  similar  shellfish. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beard  \Beard\,  n.  [OE.  berd,  AS  beard;  akin  to  Fries.  berd,  D. 
  baard,  G.  bart,  Lith.  barzda  OSlav.  brada,  Pol.  broda,  Russ. 
  boroda  L.  barba,  W.  barf.  Cf  1st  {Barb}.] 
  1.  The  hair  that  grows  on  the  chin,  lips,  and  adjacent  parts 
  of  the  human  face,  chiefly  of  male  adults. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  long  hairs  about  the  face  in  animals,  as  in  the 
  goat. 
  b  The  cluster  of  small  feathers  at  the  base  of  the  beak 
  in  some  birds 
  c  The  appendages  to  the  jaw  in  some  Cetacea,  and  to  the 
  mouth  or  jaws  of  some  fishes. 
  d  The  byssus  of  certain  shellfish,  as  the  muscle. 
  e  The  gills  of  some  bivalves,  as  the  oyster. 
  f  In  insects,  the  hairs  of  the  labial  palpi  of  moths  and 
  butterflies. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  Long  or  stiff  hairs  on  a  plant;  the  awn;  as  the 
  beard  of  grain. 
 
  4.  A  barb  or  sharp  point  of  an  arrow  or  other  instrument, 
  projecting  backward  to  prevent  the  head  from  being  easily 
  drawn  out 
 
  5.  That  part  of  the  under  side  of  a  horse's  lower  jaw  which 
  is  above  the  chin,  and  bears  the  curb  of  a  bridle. 
 
  6.  (Print.)  That  part  of  a  type  which  is  between  the  shoulder 
  of  the  shank  and  the  face. 
 
  7.  An  imposition;  a  trick.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Beard  grass}  (Bot.),  a  coarse,  perennial  grass  of  different 
  species  of  the  genus  {Andropogon}. 
 
  {To  one's  beard},  to  one's  face;  in  open  defiance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beard 
  n  1:  the  hair  growing  on  the  lower  part  of  a  man's  face  [syn:  {face 
  fungus},  {whiskers}] 
  2:  a  tuft  or  growth  of  hairs  or  bristles  on  certain  plants  such 
  as  iris  or  grasses 
  3:  hairy  growth  on  or  near  the  face  of  certain  mammals 
  4:  tuft  of  strong  filaments  by  which  e.g.  a  mussel  makes  itself 
  fast  to  a  fixed  surface  [syn:  {byssus}] 
  v  :  go  along  the  rim,  like  a  beard  around  the  chin;  "Houses 
  bearded  the  top  of  the  heights" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Beard 
  The  mode  of  wearing  it  was  definitely  prescribed  to  the  Jews 
  (Lev.  19:27;  21:5).  Hence  the  import  of  Ezekiel's  (5:1-4) 
  description  of  the  razor"  i.e.,  the  agents  of  an  angry 
  providence  being  used  against  the  guilty  nation  of  the  Jews.  It 
  was  a  part  of  a  Jew's  daily  toilet  to  anoint  his  beard  with  oil 
  and  perfume  (Ps.  133:2).  Beards  were  trimmed  with  the  most 
  fastidious  care  (2  Sam.  19:24),  and  their  neglet  was  an 
  indication  of  deep  sorrow  (Isa.  15:2;  Jer.  41:5).  The  custom  was 
  to  shave  or  pluck  off  the  hair  as  a  sign  of  mourning  (Isa.  50:6; 
  Jer.  48:37;  Ezra  9:3).  The  beards  of  David's  ambassadors  were 
  cut  off  by  hanun  (2  Sam.  10:4)  as  a  mark  of  indignity. 
 
  On  the  other  hand,  the  Egyptians  carefully  shaved  the  hair  off 
  their  faces,  and  they  compelled  their  slaves  to  do  so  also  (Gen. 
  41:14). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BEARD,  n.  The  hair  that  is  commonly  cut  off  by  those  who  justly 
  execrate  the  absurd  Chinese  custom  of  shaving  the  head. 
 
 




more about beard