(n.) A little perforated ball, to be strung on a thread, and worn for ornament; or used in a rosary for counting prayers, as by Roman Catholics and Mohammedans, whence the phrases to tell beads, to at one's beads, to bid beads, etc., meaning, to be at prayer.
(n.) Any small globular body
(n.) A bubble in spirits.
(n.) A drop of sweat or other liquid.
(n.) A small knob of metal on a firearm, used for taking aim (whence the expression to draw a bead, for, to take aim).
(n.) A small molding of rounded surface, the section being usually an arc of a circle. It may be continuous, or broken into short embossments.
(n.) A glassy drop of molten flux, as borax or microcosmic salt, used as a solvent and color test for several mineral earths and oxides, as of iron, manganese, etc., before the blowpipe; as, the borax bead; the iron bead, etc.
(n.) Any large piece of timber or iron long in proportion to its thickness, and prepared for use.
(n.) One of the principal horizontal timbers of a building or ship.
(n.) The width of a vessel; as, one vessel is said to have more beam than another.
(n.) The bar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales are suspended.
(n.) The principal stem or horn of a stag or other deer, which bears the antlers, or branches.
(n.) The pole of a carriage.
(n.) A cylinder of wood, making part of a loom, on which weavers wind the warp before weaving; also, the cylinder on which the cloth is rolled, as it is woven; one being called the fore beam, the other the back beam.
(n.) The straight part or shank of an anchor.
(n.) The main part of a plow, to which the handles and colter are secured, and to the end of which are attached the oxen or horses that draw it.
(n.) A heavy iron lever having an oscillating motion on a central axis, one end of which is connected with the piston rod from which it receives motion, and the other with the crank of the wheel shaft; -- called also working beam or walking beam.
(n.) A ray or collection of parallel rays emitted from the sun or other luminous body; as, a beam of light, or of heat.
(n.) Fig.: A ray; a gleam; as, a beam of comfort.
(n.) One of the long feathers in the wing of a hawk; -- called also beam feather.
(v. i.) To emit beams of light.
(v. t.) To send forth; to emit; -- followed ordinarily by forth; as, to beam forth light.
(n.) A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse.
(n.) The rise or fall of the hand or foot, marking the divisions of time; a division of the measure so marked. In the rhythm of music the beat is the unit.
(n.) A transient grace note, struck immediately before the one it is intended to ornament.
(n.) A sudden swelling or reenforcement of a sound, recurring at regular intervals, and produced by the interference of sound waves of slightly different periods of vibrations; applied also, by analogy, to other kinds of wave motions; the pulsation or throbbing produced by the vibrating together of two tones not quite in unison. See Beat, v. i., 8.
(p. p.) of Beat
(v. i.) To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
(v. i.) To move with pulsation or throbbing.
(v. i.) To come or act with violence; to dash or fall with force; to strike anything, as, rain, wind, and waves do.
(v. i.) To be in agitation or doubt.
(v. i.) To make progress against the wind, by sailing in a zigzag line or traverse.
(v. i.) To make a sound when struck; as, the drums beat.
(v. i.) To make a succession of strokes on a drum; as, the drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
(v. i.) To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; -- said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
(v. i.) A round or course which is frequently gone over; as, a watchman's beat.
(v. i.) A place of habitual or frequent resort.
(v. i.) A cheat or swindler of the lowest grade; -- often emphasized by dead; as, a dead beat.
(v. t.) To strike repeatedly; to lay repeated blows upon; as, to beat one's breast; to beat iron so as to shape it; to beat grain, in order to force out the seeds; to beat eggs and sugar; to beat a drum.
(v. t.) To punish by blows; to thrash.
(v. t.) To scour or range over in hunting, accompanied with the noise made by striking bushes, etc., for the purpose of rousing game.
(v. t.) To dash against, or strike, as with water or wind.
(v. t.) To tread, as a path.
(v. t.) To overcome in a battle, contest, strife, race, game, etc.; to vanquish or conquer; to surpass.
(v. t.) To cheat; to chouse; to swindle; to defraud; -- often with out.
(v. t.) To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
(v. t.) To give the signal for, by beat of drum; to sound by beat of drum; as, to beat an alarm, a charge, a parley, a retreat; to beat the general, the reveille, the tattoo. See Alarm, Charge, Parley, etc.
a robbery, esp with violence
vb (tr) , blags, blagging or blagged
1. to obtain by wheedling or cadging: she blagged free tickets from her mate.
2. to snatch (wages, someone's handbag, etc); steal
3. to rob (esp a bank or post office)
(n.) A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail.
(n.) Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive of its use or mode of propulsion; as, pilot boat, packet boat, passage boat, advice boat, etc. The term is sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest class; as, the Cunard boats.
(n.) A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat.
(v. i.) To go or row in a boat.
(v. t.) To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods.
(n.) A thin nail, usually small, with a slight projection at the top on one side instead of a head; also, a small wire nail, with a flat circular head; sometimes, a small, tapering, square-bodied finishing nail, with a countersunk head.
(n.) A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretense or self glorification.
(n.) The thing which is boasted of.
(n.) A game at cards similar to bluff.
(v. i.) To talk about one's self, or things pertaining to one's self, in a manner intended to excite admiration, envy, or wonder; to talk boastfully; to boast; -- often followed by of; as, to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money, or of the great things one intends to do.
(v. i.) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.