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balk
To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
blanch
To take the color from; bleach.
ballad
A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a recurrent refrain.
belittle
To represent or speak of as contemptibly small or unimportant; disparage: a person who belittled our efforts to do the job right.
balm
A chiefly Mediterranean perennial herb (Melissa officinalis) in the mint family, grown for its lemon-scented foliage, which is used as a seasoning or for tea. Also called lemon balm.
blithe
Carefree and lighthearted.
ban
To prohibit, especially by official decree.
bibllophile
A lover of books.
betoken
To be or give a sign or portent of.
belated
aving been delayed; done or sent too late: a belated birthday card.
becalm
To render motionless for lack of wind.
bestial
Beastly. Marked by brutality or depravity.
bombastic
Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
bellow
To make the deep roaring sound characteristic of a bull.
blandish
To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.
benighted
Overtaken by night or darkness.
bay
body of water partially enclosed by land but with a wide mouth, affording access to the sea.
billet
Lodging for troops.
banter
Good-humored, playful conversation.
becloud
To darken with or as if with clouds; obscure: a development that beclouds the real issues.
belfy
A bell tower, especially one attached to a building.
benchmark
A standard by which something can be measured or judged.
bequeath
To leave or give (property) by will.
bonanza
A rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore.