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bombast, bombaster.nouns
grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing
bombastic.adjective
bombastically.adverb

bestow, bestowed, bestowing, bestows.transitive verbs
to present as a gift or an honor; confer.(bestowed high praise on the winners); to give
bestowable.adjective
bestowal or bestowment.noun

biannual.adjective
happening twice each year; semiannual
biannually.adverb

biennial.adjective
lasting or living for two years; happening every second year
Botany: having a life cycle that normally takes two growing seasons to complete biennial.noun
an event that occurs every two years; a plant that normally requires two seasons to complete its life cycle, growing usually as a rosette in the first season and producing flowers and fruits and then dying in the second season; a perennial plant, such as the English daisy, cultivated as a biennial
biennially.adverb

besot, besotted, besotting, besots.transitive verbs
to muddle or stupefy, as with alcoholic liquor or infatuation

by.preposition
close to; next to (the window by the door)l with the use or help of; through (we came by the back road); up to and beyond; past (we drove by the house); in the period of; during (sleeping by day); not later than (by 5:30 PM); in the amount of (letters by the thousands); to the extent of (shorter by two inches); according to (played by the rules); with respect to (siblings by blood); in the name of (affirmed by the Bible to tell the truth); through the agency or action of (a mouse was run over by a tire); (used to indicate a succession of specified individuals, groups or quantities (one by one they left; they were persuaded little by little); used in multiplication and division (multiply 4 by 6 to get 24; used with measurements (a room 12 by 18 feet); used to express direction with points of the compass (south by southeast)
by.adverb
on hand; nearby (stand by); aside; away (we put it by for later); up to, alongside and past (the car raced by); into the past (as years go by)

by and large.adverb
for the most part; generally (by and large, the play was a success)

by the way.adverb
incidentally

benign.adjective
of a kind and gentle disposition; showing gentleness and mildness; kind; tending to exert a beneficial influence or what appears to be such; favorable (the benign influence of pure air); favorable
Medicine:-of no danger to health; not recurrent or progressive; not malignant (a benign tumor)
benignly.adverb
kindly (students gently guided away from their dreams)

benignity.noun,.plural.benignities
the quality or condition of being kind and gentle; a kindly or gracious act

bizarre.adjective
strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd
bizarrely.adverb
bizarreness.noun

banish, banished, banishing, banishes.transitive verbs
to force to leave a country or place by official decree; exile; to drive away;
expel (we banished all our doubts and fears)
banisher, banishment.nouns

brittle, brittler, brittlest.adjectives
likely to break, snap or crack, as when subjected to pressure (brittle fossil bones); fragile; difficult to deal with; snappish: a brittle disposition
brittle.noun
a confection of caramelized sugar to which nuts are added (walnut brittle; peanut brittle)
brittlely.adverb
brittleness.noun

bower.noun,.plural.bowers
a shaded, leafy recess; an arbor; a rustic cottage; a country retreat
bower, bowered, bowering, bowers.transitive verbs
to enclose in or as if in a bower; embower
bowery.adjective
a section of New York; a farm
Nautical:.an anchor carried at the bow

bonfire.noun.(from bon = good, above average)
a large outdoor fire

burst, bursting, bursts.verbs
intransitive verb use.to come open or fly apart suddenly, especially from internal pressure; to explode; to be or seem to be full to the point of breaking open (the sacks were bursting with grain); to emerge, come forth or arrive suddenly (burst out of the door); to give sudden utterance or expression (burst out laughing; burst into tears)
transitive verb use.to cause to burst (burst the balloon); break; to exert strong pressure in order to force something open
burst.noun,.plural.bursts
a sudden outbreak or outburst; an explosion; the result of bursting, especially the explosion; an abrupt, intense increase; a rush (a burst of speed; wind blowing in fitful bursts)

benefactor.noun,.plural.benefactors
one that gives aid, especially financial aid; one who benefits on your efforts (taxes, etc.)
benefaction.noun,.plural.benefactions
the act of conferring aid of some sort; a charitable gift or deed 

burden.noun,.plural.burdens
something that is carried; something that is emotionally difficult to bear; a source of great worry or stress; weight; the weight of the cargo carried by a vessel at one time
burden, burdened, burdening, burdens.transitive verbs
to weigh down; oppress; to load or overload
burdensome.adjective
of or like a burden; onerous
burdensomely.adverb
burdensomeness.noun

better.adjective
comparative of good; greater in excellence or higher in quality than another of the same class, set or kind; more useful, suitable or desirable than another or others (found a better way to go; a suit with a better fit than that one); more highly skilled or adept than another or others (better at math than English); greater or larger (spoke for the better part of an hour; a better chance of success; the patient is better today)
better.adverb
comparative of well; in a more excellent way; to a greater extent or degree (large dogs are better suited to outdoors; likes it better without sauce); more (it took me better than a year to finish building the garage)
better.noun,.plural.betters
one that is greater in excellence or higher in quality than another or others (the vehicle with the better reliability should be high on your consideration list)
better, bettered, bettering, betters.verbs
transitive verb use.to make better; improve (the weather is trying to better itself when spring comes; bettered myself by changing jobs); to surpass or exceed
intransitive verb use.to become better
for the better.idiom
resulting in or aiming at an improvement (conditions take a turn for the better when the attitude of people improves)
had better.idiom
ought to; must (we had better go before the winter weather arrives)
think better of
to change one's mind about a course of action after reconsideration 

betterment.noun,.plural.betterments
an improvement over what has been the case (relationship betterment); the betterment of something is the act or process of improving its standard or status (his research is for the betterment of mankind); a making or becoming better especially in someone's social and economic position

best.adjective
superlative of good; surpassing all others in excellence, achievement or quality; most excellent (the best performer; the best grade of ore); most satisfactory, suitable or useful; most desirable (the best solution; the best time for planting)
best.adverb
superlative of well; in a most excellent way; most creditably or advantageously; to the greatest degree or extent; most
best.noun
one that surpasses all others; the best part, moment or value (in mankind's future, the best is still to come, butet's get the best out of life now); the optimum condition or quality (look your best; he was at his best speaking words that were helpful); the supreme effort one can make (doing our best); one's warmest wishes or regards (please give them my best)
best, bested, besting, bests.transitive verbs
to get the better of; beat; to outdo or outwit; defeat
at best.idiom
interpreted most favorably; at the most (attendance was held to no more than 40 people at best); under the most favorable conditions (has a top speed of 20 miles per hour at best). for the best
Usage note: according to rule 'better' should be used in comparisons between two things (which vehicle has the better {not 'best'} reliability record?) not best) attendance record? In certain fixed expressions, however, best is used idiomatically for comparisons between two (put your best foot forward; may the best man win!). See Usage note at well and good. More on usage of grammar

bill.noun,.plural.bills
a draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body (the American Bill of Rights; Canadian Bill of Rights); an itemized list or statement of fees or charges; an list of items bought; a list of particulars, such as a theater program or menu; the entertainment offered by a theater; a public notice, such as an advertising poster; a piece of paper money (a ten-dollar bill) and a bill of exchange such a a promissory note
a bill of goods.noun,.plural.bills of goods
a consignment of merchandise 
sold a bill of goods
something intentionally.misrepresented; something passed off in a deception or fraud
bill, billed, billing, bills.transitive verbs
to present a statement of costs or charges to; to enter on a statement of costs or on a particularized list (bill it to them)
billable.adjective

bill.noun,.plural.bills
the horny part of the jaws of a bird; a beak
Nautical:.the tip of the fluke of an anchor
bill, billed, billing, bills.intransitive verbs

behave, behaved, behaving, behaves.verbs
intransitive verb use.to conduct oneself in a specified way (she behaved well for so long and then just fell asleep); to conduct oneself in a proper, that is, unoffensive way; to act, react, function or perform in a particular way (this fabric behaves well even in hot weather)
transitive verb use.to conduct oneself properly (did you behave yourself at the party?)
behavior.or.behaviour.noun,.plural.behaviors.or.behaviours
the manner in which one behaves; the actions or reactions of persons or things in response to external or internal stimuli
behaviorally.adverb
behavioral.adjective

Bright, John.(1811-89)
British Parliament member in 1843 for Birmingham, England.his comment.on Britain glossing over Nova Scotia's concerns

belabor, belabored, belaboring, belabors.transitive verbs
to discuss repeatedly or at length; harp on (she belabored the point); to attack with blows; hit, beat or whip; to assail.verbally

bends.noun
a manifestation of decompression sickness that is caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissues after a rapid reduction in the surrounding pressure and is characterized by pain in the joints and abdomen

bend, bent, bending, bends.verbs
transitive verb use.to bring something into a state.of tension: bend a bow; to cause to assume a curved or angular shape (bend a piece of iron into a horseshoe; to force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose ("Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events."....Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
intransitive verb use.to deviate from a straight line or position (the lane bends to the right at the bridge); to assume a curved, crooked or angular form or direction (the saplings bent in the wind; to incline the body; stoop; to make a concession; yield
bend.noun
the act or fact of bending; the state of being bent; something bent (a bend in the road); bends; nautical meaning, the thick planks in a ship's side; the wales or the heavy planks, also called strakes, extending along the sides of a wooden ship
around the bend.idiom
insane; crazy (her instructions are so confusing they drive everybody around the bend)
bend someone's ear.idiom
to talk to at length, usually excessively

bent.verb
past tense and past participle of bend
bent.adjective
determined to take a course of action (I was bent on going to the theater; their bent was aggressive but was based on sketchy information); altered from an originally straight or even condition (pieces of bent wire)
bent.noun
a tendency, disposition or inclination

boon.noun
a benefit.bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request; a timely blessing or benefit

Britain/Great Britain
the island of Great Britain during pre Roman, Roman and early Anglo-Saxon times before the reign of Alfred the Great (871-899); name is derived from Brittania, which the Romans used for the portion of the island that they occupied; acts of union joined England with Wales in 1536 and with Scotland in 1707 to create the political entity of Great Britain with its constitution
compare England, United Kingdom

Britain's 13 American Colonies before 1763, circa 1750


British Empire (early 20th century).in green
The British Empire, established over the course of three centuries, began in the late 16th century with chartered commercial ventures in sugar and tobacco plantations, slave trading and missionary activities in North America and the Caribbean Islands. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the British Empire reached the height of its power, ruling over large parts of Africa, Asia and North America.
"British Empire, Early 20th Century," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
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