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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bleak  \Bleak\,  n.  [From  {Bleak},  a.,  cf  {Blay}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  European  river  fish  ({Leuciscus  alburnus}),  of  the 
  family  Cyprinid[ae];  the  blay.  [Written  also  {blick}.] 
 
  Note:  The  silvery  pigment  lining  the  scales  of  the  bleak  is 
  used  in  the  manufacture  of  artificial  pearls.  --Baird. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bleak  \Bleak\,  a.  [OE.  blac,  bleyke  bleche,  AS  bl[=a]c,  bl?c, 
  pale,  wan;  akin  to  Icel.  bleikr  Sw  blek,  Dan.  bleg,  OS 
  bl?k,  D.  bleek,  OHG.  pleih  G.  bleich;  all  from  the  root  of 
  AS  bl[=i]can  to  shine;  akin  to  OHG.  bl[=i]chen  to  shine;  cf 
  L.  flagrare  to  burn,  Gr  ?  to  burn,  shine,  Skr.  bhr[=a]j  to 
  shine,  and  E.  flame.  ?98.  Cf  {Bleach},  {Blink},  {Flame}.] 
  1.  Without  color;  pale;  pallid.  [Obs.] 
 
  When  she  came  out  she  looked  as  pale  and  as  bleak  as 
  one  that  were  laid  out  dead.  --Foxe. 
 
  2.  Desolate  and  exposed;  swept  by  cold  winds. 
 
  Wastes  too  bleak  to  rear  The  common  growth  of  earth, 
  the  foodful  ear.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  At  daybreak,  on  the  bleak  sea  beach.  --Longfellow. 
 
  3.  Cold  and  cutting;  cheerless;  as  a  bleak  blast.  -- 
  {Bleak"ish},  a.  --  {Bleak"ly},  adv  --  {Bleak"ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bleak 
  adj  1:  offering  little  or  no  hope;  "the  future  looked  black"; 
  "prospects  were  bleak";  "Life  in  the  Aran  Islands  has 
  always  been  bleak  and  difficult"-  J.M.Synge;  "took  a 
  dim  view  of  things"  [syn:  {black},  {dim}] 
  2:  providing  no  shelter  or  sustenance;  "bare  rocky  hills"; 
  "barren  lands";  "the  bleak  treeless  regions  of  the  high 
  Andes";  "the  desolate  surface  of  the  moon";  "a  stark 
  landscape"  [syn:  {bare},  {barren},  {desolate},  {stark}] 
  3:  unpleasantly  cold  and  damp;  "bleak  winds  of  the  North 
  Atlantic"  [syn:  {cutting},  {raw}] 




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