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battalion
A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming part of a regiment.
batten
A narrow strip of wood.
batter
A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery.
bauble
A trinket.
beatify
To make supremely happy.
beatitude
Any state of great happiness.
beau
An escort or lover.
becalm
To make quiet.
beck
To give a signal to, by nod or gesture.
bedaub
To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
bedeck
To cover with ornament.
bedlam
Madhouse.
befog
To confuse.
befriend
To be a friend to, especially when in need.
beget
To produce by sexual generation.
begrdge
To envy one of the possession of.
belate
To delay past the proper hour.
belay
To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat.
belie
To misrepresent.
believe
To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others.
belittle
To disparage.
belle
A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc.
bellicose
Warlike.
belligent
Mainfesting a warlike spirit.
bemoan
To lament.
benediction
A solemn invocation of the divine blessing.
benefactor
A doer of kindly and charitable acts.
benefice
A chruch office endowed with funds or property for the maintence of divince service.
beneficient
Characterized by charity and kindness.
beneficial
Helpful.
beneficiary
One who is lawfully entitled to profits and proceeds of an estate or property.
benefit
Helpful result.
benevolence
Any act of kindness or well-doing.
benevolent
Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being.
benign
Good and kind at heart.
benignant
Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
benignity
Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner.
benignant
Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
benison
Blessing.
bequeath
To give by will.
bereave
To make desolate with loneliness and grief.
berth
A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc.
beseech
To implore.
beset
To attack on all sides.
besmear
To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance.
bestial
Animal.
bestrew
To sprinkle or cover over with things strewn.
bestride
To get or sit upon astride, as a horse.
bethink
To remind oneself.
betide
To happen to or befall.
betimes
In good season or time.
beroth
To engage to marry.
berothal
Engagement to marry.
bevel
Any inclination of two surface other than 90 degrees.
bewilder
To confuse the perceptions or judgement of.
bibliomania
The passion for collecting books.
bibliography
A list of the words of an author, ot the literature bearing a particular subject.
bibliophile
One who loves books.
bibulous
Fond of drinking.
bide
To await.
biennial
A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second.
bier
A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.
bigamist
One who has two spouses at the same time.
bigamy
The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.
bight
A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coastline.
bilateral
Two-sided.
bilingual
Speaking two languages.
biograph
A bibliographical sketch or notice.
biography
A written account of one's life, actions, and character.
biology
The science of life or living organisms.
biped
An animal having two feet.
birthright
A privilege or possession into which one is born.
bitterness
Acridity, as to the taste.
blase(`)
Sated with pleasure.
blaspheme
To indulge in profane oaths.
blatant
Noisily or offendingly loud or clamorous.
blaze
A vivid glowing flame.
blazon
To make widely or generally known.
bleak
Desolate.
blemish
A mark that mars beauty.
blithe
Joyous.
blithesome
Cheerful.
blockade
The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of a coast by hostile forces.
boatswain
A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc.
bodice
A women's ornamental corset-shaped laced waist.
bodily
Corporeal.
boisterous
Unchecked merriment or animal spirits.
bole
The trunk or body of a tree.
bolero
A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompnaied by caste nets and singing.
boll
A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.
bnolster
To support, as something wrong.
bomb
An hollow projectile containing an explosive material.
bombard
To assail with any missle or with abusive speech.
bombardier
A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells.
bombast
Inflated or extravagant languuage, especially on unimportant subjects.
boorish
Rude.
bore
To wear by tediousness or dullness.
borough
An incorporated village or town.
bosom
The breast or upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.
botanical
Connected with the study or cultivation of plants.
botanize
To study plant-life.
botany
The study that treats of plants.
bountiful
Showing abundance.
Bowdlerize
To expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages.
bowler
In cricket, the player who delivers the ball.
boycott
To place the products or merchandise of under a band.
brae
Hillside.
braggart
A vain boaster.
brandish
To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear.
bravado
An aggressive display of boldness.
bravo
Well done.
bray
A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn.
braze
To make of or ornament with brass.
barzier
An open pan or basin for holding live coals.
breach
The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.
breaker
One who trains horses, dogs, etc.
breech
The buttocks.
brethren
Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like.
brevity
Shortness of duration.
bric-a-brac
Objects of curiosity of for decoration.
bridle
The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins.
brigade
A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments.
brigadier
General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between colonel and a major-general.
brigand
One who lives by robbery and plunder.
brimstone
Sulfur.
brine
Water saturated with salt.
bristle
One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine,: used in brush-making, etc.
Britannia
The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Briticism
A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British.
brittle
Fragile.
broach
To mention, for the first time.
broadcast
Disseminated far and wide.
broach
To mention, for the first time.
brogan
A coarse, heavy shoe.
brogue
Any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people.
brokerage
The business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker.
bromine
A dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor.
bronchitis
Inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
bronchus
Either of the two subdivisions of the trachea converying air into the lungs.
brooch
An article of jewelry fastened by a hinged pin and hook on the underside.
brotherhood
Spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity.
browbeat
To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stem, haughty, or rude address or manner.
brusque
Somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech.
buffoon
A clown.
buffoonery
Low drollery, coarse jokes, etc.
bulbous
Of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb.
bullock
An ox.
bulrush
Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in a damp ground or water.
bulwark
Anything that gives security or defense.
bumper
A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially one to be drunk as a toast or health.
bumptious
Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit.
bungle
To execute clumsily.
buoyancy
Power or tendency to float on or in a liquid or gas.
buoyant
Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat.
bureau
A chest of drawers for clothing, etc.
bureaucracy
Government by departments of men transacting particular branches of public business.
burgess
In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia.
burgher
An inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corportate town.
burgess
In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia.
burnish
To make brilliant or shining.
bursar
A treasurer.
bustle
To hurry.
butt
To strike with or as with the heads, or horns.
butte
A conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated.
buttress
Any support or prop.
by-law
A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like.
baton
An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege.