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bestride, bestrode, bestridden, bestriding, bestrides.transitive verbs
to sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle; to step or stride across; to dominate by position; tower over (the highest mountain in the Andes, betrides all the rest) 

brook.noun,.plural.brooks
a creek

belief.noun,.plural.beliefs
a belief is a feeling of certainty in someone's sane mind that something exists, is true or is good; belief in something denotes one's acceptance and that because of agreement, that is, he or she agrees that such a point of focus is true; the mental.act, condition or habit of placing trust or confidence in something; mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality or validity of something; to accept as true; mental acceptance of the truth; how is belief different from faith
believe, believed, believing, believes.verbs
transitive verb use.to accept as true or real (do you believe the news stories?); to credit with veracity (I believe you); to expect or suppose; think (I believe they will arrive shortly; they believe in the evolutionary theory even though it's shot through with so many holes the theory can't hold water)
intransitive verb use.to have firm.faith in something (that family believes in their Creator; I believe organic foods are healthier); to have faith, confidence or trust (she is a person of faith in all she does; I believe in your ability to solve the problem); to have confidence in the truth or value of something (all but totalitarian regimes believe in free speech, the ability to criticize toward correction); to have an opinion; think (she believes the taxi will come about 10 to take her to the train station)
believer.noun,.plural.believers
believable.adjective
capable of eliciting belief or trust; plausible
believability.noun
having an ability to believe (she is just.too.close-minded.to believe anything about that)
believably.adverb

bind, binds, bound, binding.verbs
transitive verb use.to tie or secure, as with a rope or cord; to fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon; to bandage (bound up their wounds); to hold or restrain with or as if with bonds; to compel, obligate (bound by a sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports); in law, to place under legal obligation by contract or oath; to make certain or irrevocable (bind the deal with a down payment); to cause to cohere or stick together in a mass (bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs); to enclose and fasten a book or other printed material between covers)
intransitive verb use.to tie up or fasten something; to stick or become stuck (applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding); to be compelling or unifying (the ties that bind us together)

earthbound.also.earth-bound.adjective
fastened in or to the soil (earthbound roots of plants and trees); attached or confined to the Earth or to earthly concerns (an earthbound existence); headed for the Earth (an earthbound meteor)
bind.noun,.plural.binds
the act of binding; the state of being bound; something that binds; a place where something binds (a bind halfway up the seam of the skirt); a difficult, restrictive or unresolvable.situation (found themselves in a bind when their car broke down)
binder.noun,.plural.binders
one that binds, especially a bookbinder; something, such as a cord, used to bind; a notebook cover with rings or clamps for holding sheets of paper; something, such as the latex in certain paints, that creates uniform.consistency, solidification or cohesion; a machine that reaps and ties grain; an attachment on a reaping machine that ties grain in bundles; in law, a payment or written statement making an agreement legally binding until the completion of a contract, such as that of an insurance contract

bond.noun,.plural.bonds
when one thing bonds with another, it sticks to it or becomes joined to it in some way; you can also say that two things bond together or that something bonds them together; something, such as a fetter, cord or band, that binds, ties or fastens things together; a link (the bonds of friendship, thefamilial bond); a binding.agreement; a covenant; a duty, a promise or another obligation by which one is bound; a substance or an agent that causes two or more objects or parts to cohere; the union or cohesion brought about by such a substance or agent; a chemical bond; in law, a written and sealed obligation, especially one requiring payment of a stipulated amount of money on or before a given day
bond paper.noun
is a superior.grade of strong white paper made wholly or in part from rag pulp
bond, bonds, bonded, bonding.verbs
transitive verb use.to join securely, as with glue or cement
intransitive verb use.to cohere with or as if with a bond; to form a close personal relationship
bondable.adjective
bonder.noun,.plural.bonders

bond.noun,.plural.bonds
when a government or company issues a bond, it borrows money from investors; the certificate which is issued to investors who lend money is also called a bond (most of it will be financed by government bonds, the debt with interest, passed onto others in the nation (bondage) and, in the case of governments, unnecessarily so, as any government elected to administer affairs of a nation is able to create its own currency at zero interest); a certificate of debt issued by a government or corporation guaranteeing payment of the original investment plus interest by a specified future date; the condition of taxable goods being stored in a warehouse until the taxes or duties owed on them are paid; an insurance contract in which an agency guarantees payment to an employer in the event of unforeseen financial loss through the actions of an employee
bond, bonds, bonded, bonding.verbs
transitive verb use.to mortgage or place a guaranteed bond on; to furnish bond or surety for; to place an employee, for example, under bond or guarantee

byway.noun,.plural.byways
a side road; a secondary or arcane.field of study

bail.noun
security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial; release from custody provided by the payment of such money; a person who provides this security
bail, bailed, bailing, bails.transitive verbs
to secure the release of by providing security; to release a person for whom security has been paid; to extricate from a difficult situation (always bailing you out of trouble); to transfer property to another for a special purpose but without permanent transference of ownership
bailer.noun,.plural.bailers
bailable.adjective
eligible for bail (a bailable defendant); allowing or admitting of bail (a bailable offense)
bailment.noun
the process of providing bail for an accused person; the act of delivering goods or personal property to another in trust
bailor.noun
one who bails property to another
bailsman.noun
one who provides bail or security for another
bailee.noun
a person to whom property is bailed
bailiff.noun
a court attendant entrusted with duties such as the maintenance of order in a courtroom during a trial; an official who assists a sheriff and who has the power to execute writs, processes and arrests

bail, bailed, bailing, bails.verbs
transitive verb use.to remove water from a boat by repeatedly filling a container and emptying it over the side; to empty a boat of water by bailing
intransitive verb use.to empty a boat of water by bailing
bail.noun
a container used for emptying water from a boat

bail.noun
the arched, hooplike handle of a container, such as a pail; an arch or hoop, such as one of those used to support the top of a covered wagon; a pole or bar used to confine or separate animals

bail out.phrasal verb
to parachute from an aircraft; eject; to abandon a project or enterprise
bailer.noun

bait.noun
food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds or other animals; something, such as a worm, used for this purpose; an enticement; a temptation

bait, baited, baiting, baits.verbs
intransitive verb use.to place a lure in a trap or on a fishing hook; to entice, especially by trickery or strategy; to flap the wings wildly or frantically as a falcon does; the word baited is sometimes incorrectly substituted for the etymologically correct but unfamiliar word bated n the expression bated breath
baiter.noun

bate, bated, bating, bates.transitive verbs
to lessen the force or intensity of; moderate; to take away; subtract; abate

balance.noun,.plural.balances
a weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless; a state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces; in accounting, the quality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account; something that is left over; a remainder
balance, balanced, balancing, balances.verbs
to determine the weight of something in or as if in a weighing device; to compare by or as if by turning over in the mind (balanced the pros and cons before making a decision); to bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium; to act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance; to compute the difference between the debits and credits of an account
well balanced or well-balanced

birthright.noun
a right, possession or privilege that is one's due by birth (what did we have in possession before being born physically?.2Timothy 1:9); special privilege accorded a first-born

backcountry.noun
a sparsely.inhabited.rural.region

banner.noun,.plural.banners
a piece of cloth attached to a staff and used as a standard; the flag of a nation, a province or state; a piece of cloth bearing a motto or legend, as of a club (Boy Scouts flag); a headline spanning the width of a newspaper page
banner.adjective
unusually good; outstanding (farmers were happy as it was a banner year for the crops)
banner, bannered, bannering, banners.transitive verbs

beam.noun,.plural.beams
a squared-off log or a large, oblong piece of timber, metal or stone used especially as a horizontal support in construction; in nautical concerns, a transverse structural member of a ship's frame, used to support a deck and to brace the sides against stress; the breadth of a ship at the widest point; the widest part of a person's hips (broad in the beam makes it easier for children to be born); a ray or shaft of light; a concentrated stream of particles or a similar propagation of waves (a beam of protons; a beam of light); a radio beam
beam, beamed, beaming, beams.verbs
intransitive verb use.to radiate light; shine; to smile expansively
transitive verb use.to emit or transmit (beam a message via satellite); to express by means of a radiant smile (he beamed his approval of the new idea)

buffoon.noun,.plural.buffoons
clown; a jester; a person given to clowning and joking; a ludicrous or bumbling person; one who is foolish
buffoonery.noun

bumble, bumbled, bumbling, bumbles.verbs
intransitive verb use.to speak in a faltering.manner; to move or proceed clumsily; blunder
transitive verb use.to bungle; botch

bumble, bumbled, bumbling, bumbles.intransitive verbs
to make a humming or droning sound
bumble.noun
a humming or droning sound

bier.noun
a stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial; a coffin along with its stand (followed the bier to the cemetery)

blend, blended.or.blent, blending, blends.verbs
transitive verb use.to combine or mix so that the constituent parts are indistinguishable from one another
intransitive verb use.to form a uniform mixture; intermingle; to become merged into one; unite; to create a harmonious.effect or result (picked a tie that blended with the jacket
blend.noun,.plural.blends
the act of blending (the coffee shop had 16 organic blends of coffee); something, such as an effect or a product, that is created by blending; mixture

bowel.noun,.plural.bowels
the intestine; a part or division of the intestine such as the large bowel; the interior of something (in the bowels of the ship); deep feelings inside a person such as compassion, mercifulness, mercy, pity, sympathy and tenderness
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