Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Bebeerine, ∨ Bebirine
Soft whispering airs . . . becalm the mind. Philips.
And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their peace. Matt. xx. 31.Because of, by reason of, on account of. [Prep. phrase.]
Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph. v. 6.
God knows what hath bechanced them. Shak.
B\'88che de mer
The brooks, the becks, the rills. Drayton.
When gold and silver becks me to come on. Shak.
They have troops of soldiers at their beck. Shak.
His distant friends, he beckons near. Dryden.
It beckons you to go away with it. Shak.
Beck"on, n. A sign made without words; a beck.At the first beckon." Bolingbroke.
Be*clap (?), v. t. [OE. biclappen.] To catch; to grasp; to insnare.[Obs.] Chaucer.
Be*clip" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beclipped ().] [AS. beclyppan; pref. be+ clyppanto embrace.] To embrace; to surround.[Obs.] Wyclif.
Be*cloud" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beclouded; p. pr. & vb. n. Beclouding.] To cause obscurity or dimness to; to dim; to cloud.If thou becloud the sunshine of thine eye. Quarles.
Be*come" (?), v. i. [imp. Became (?); p. p. Become; p. pr. & vb. n. Becoming.] [OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becumanto come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piquëman, Goth. biquimanto come upon, G. bekommento get, suit. See Be-, and Come.]
To pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character.The Lord God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. ii. 7.That error now which is become my crime. Milton.
To come; to get.[Obs.]But, madam, where is Warwick then become! Shak.To become of, to be the present state or place of; to be the fate of; to be the end of; to be the final or subsequent condition of.What is then become of so huge a multitude? Sir W. Raleigh.
Be*come", v. t. To suit or be suitable to; to be congruous with; to befit; to accord with, in character or circumstances; to be worthy of, or proper for; to cause to appear well; -- said of persons and things.It becomes me so to speak of so excellent a poet. Dryden.I have known persons so anxious to have their dress become them, as to convert it, at length, into their proper self, and thus actually to become the dress. Coleridge.
Be*com"ed (?), a. Proper; decorous.[Obs.]And gave him what becomed love I might. Shak.
Be*com"ing, a. Appropriate or fit; congruous; suitable; graceful; befitting.A low and becoming tone. Thackeray.Formerly sometimes followed by of.Such discourses as are becoming of them. Dryden. Syn. -- Seemly; comely; decorous; decent; proper.
Be*com"ing, n. That which is becoming or appropriate.[Obs.]
Be*com"ing*ly, adv. In a becoming manner.
Be*com"ing*ness, n. The quality of being becoming, appropriate, or fit; congruity; fitness.The becomingness of human nature. Grew.
Be*crip"ple (?), v. t. To make a cripple of; to cripple; to lame.[R.] Dr. H. More.
Be*cu"na (?), n. [Sp.] (Zoöl.) A fish of the Mediterranean (Sphyræna spet). See Barracuda.
Be*curl" (?), v. t. To curl; to adorn with curls.
Bed (?), n. [AS. bed, bedd; akin to OS. bed, D. bed, bedde, Icel. ber, Dan. bed, Sw. bädd, Goth. badi, OHG. betti, G. bett, bette, bed, beeta plat of ground; all of uncertain origin.]
An article of furniture to sleep or take rest in or on; a couch. Specifically: A sack or mattress, filled with some soft material, in distinction from the bedstead on which it is placed (as, a feather bed), or this with the bedclothes added. In a general sense, any thing or place used for sleeping or reclining on or in, as a quantity of hay, straw, leaves, or twigs.And made for him [a horse] a leafy bed. Byron.I wash, wring, brew, bake, . . . make the beds. Shak.In bed he slept not for my urging it. Shak.
(Used as the symbol of matrimony) Marriage.George, the eldest son of his second bed. Clarendon.
A plat or level piece of ground in a garden, usually a little raised above the adjoining ground.Beds of hyacinth and roses." Milton.
A mass or heap of anything arranged like a bed; as, a. bedof ashes or coals
The bottom of a watercourse, or of any body of water; as, the. bedof a riverSo sinks the daystar in the ocean bed. Milton.
(Geol.) A layer or seam, or a horizontal stratum between layers; as, a bedof coal, iron, etc.
(Gun.) See Gun carriage, and Mortar bed.
(Masonry) (a) The horizontal surface of a building stone; as, the upper and lower. beds (b) A course of stone or brick in a wall. (c) The place or material in which a block or brick is laid. (d) The lower surface of a brick, slate, or tile.Knight.
(Mech.) The foundation or the more solid and fixed part or framing of a machine; or a part on which something is laid or supported; as, the. bedof an engine
The superficial earthwork, or ballast, of a railroad.
(Printing) The flat part of the press, on which the form is laid.&hand; Bed is much used adjectively or in combination; as, bed key or bedkey; bed wrench or bedwrench; bedchamber; bedmaker, etc. Bed of justice (French Hist.), the throne (F. lit bed) occupied by the king when sitting in one of his parliaments (judicial courts); hence, a session of a refractory parliament, at which the king was present for the purpose of causing his decrees to be registered. -- To be brought to bed, to be delivered of a child; -- often followed by of; as, to be brought to bed of a son. -- To make a bed, to prepare a bed; to arrange or put in order a bed and its bedding. -- From bed and board (Law), a phrase applied to a separation by partial divorce of man and wife, without dissolving the bonds of matrimony. If such a divorce (now commonly called a judicial separation) be granted at the instance of the wife, she may have alimony.
Bed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedded; p. pr. & vb. n. Bedding.]
To place in a bed.[Obs.] Bacon.
To make partaker of one's bed; to cohabit with.I'll to the Tuscan wars, and never bed her. Shak.
To furnish with a bed or bedding.
To plant or arrange in beds; to set, or cover, as in a bed of soft earth; as, to. bedthe roots of a plant in mold
To lay or put in any hollow place, or place of rest and security, surrounded or inclosed; to embed; to furnish with or place upon a bed or foundation; as, to beda stone; it was beddedon a rock.Among all chains or clusters of mountains where large bodies of still water are bedded. Wordsworth.
(Masonry) To dress or prepare the surface of stone) so as to serve as a bed.
To lay flat; to lay in order; to place in a horizontal or recumbent position.Bedded hair." Shak.
Bed (?), v. i. To go to bed; to cohabit.If he be married, and bed with his wife. Wiseman.
Be*dab*ble (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedabbled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedabbling ().] To dabble; to sprinkle or wet.Shak.
Be*daff" (?), v. t. To make a daff or fool of.[Obs.] Chaucer.
Bed"a*gat (?), n. The sacred books of the Buddhists in Burmah.Malcom.
Be*dag"gle (?), v. t. To daggle.
Be*dash" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedashed (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedashing.] To wet by dashing or throwing water or other liquid upon; to bespatter.Trees bedashed with rain." Shak.
Be*daub" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedaubed (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedaubing.] To daub over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty.Bedaub foul designs with a fair varnish. Barrow.
Be*daz"zle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedazzled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedazzling ().] To dazzle or make dim by a strong light.Bedazzled with the sun." Shak.
Bed"bug` (?), n. (Zoöl.) A wingless, bloodsucking, hemipterous insect (Cimex Lectularius), sometimes infesting houses and especially beds. See Illustration in Appendix.
Bed"chair` (?), n. A chair with adjustable back, for the sick, to support them while sitting up in bed.
Bed"cham`ber (?), n. A chamber for a bed; an apartment form sleeping in.Shak. Lords of the bedchamber, eight officers of the royal household, all of noble families, who wait in turn a week each. [Eng.] -- Ladies of the bedchamber, eight ladies, all titled, holding a similar official position in the royal household, during the reign of a queen. [Eng.]
Bed"clothes` (?), n. pl. Blankets, sheets, coverlets, etc., for a bed.Shak.
Bed"cord` (?), n. A cord or rope interwoven in a bedstead so as to support the bed.
Bed"ded (?), a. Provided with a bed; as, double-; placed or arranged in a bed or beds. beddedroom
Bed"ding (?), n. [AS. bedding, beding. See Bed.]
A bed and its furniture; the materials of a bed, whether for man or beast; bedclothes; litter.
(Geol.) The state or position of beds and layers.
Bede (?), v. t. [See Bid, v. t.] To pray; also, to offer; to proffer.[Obs.] R. of Gloucester. Chaucer.
Bede, n. (Mining) A kind of pickax.
Be*deck" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedecked (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedecking.] To deck, ornament, or adorn; to grace.Bedecked with boughs, flowers, and garlands. Pennant.
Bed"e*guar, Bed"e*gar (?), n. [F., fr. Per. bād-āward, or bād-āwardag, prop., a kind of white thorn or thistle.] A gall produced on rosebushes, esp. on the sweetbrier or eglantine, by a puncture from the ovipositor of a gallfly (Rhodites rosæ). It was once supposed to have medicinal properties.
Bede"house` (?) ,n.Same as Beadhouse.
Be"del, Be"dell (?) ,n.Same as Beadle.
Be"del*ry (?), n. Beadleship.[Obs.] Blount.
Bed"en (?), n. (Zoöl.) The Abyssinian or Arabian ibex (Capra Nubiana). It is probably the wild goat of the Bible.
Bedes"man (?), n. Same as Beadsman.[Obs.]
Be*dev"il (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedevilled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedeviling or Bedevilling.]
To throw into utter disorder and confusion, as if by the agency of evil spirits; to bring under diabolical influence; to torment.Bedeviled and used worse than St. Bartholomew. Sterne.
To spoil; to corrupt.Wright.
Be*dev"il*ment (?), n. The state of being bedeviled; bewildering confusion; vexatious trouble.[Colloq.]
Be*dew" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedewed (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedewing.] To moisten with dew, or as with dew.Falling tears his face bedew." Dryden.
Be*dew"er (?), n. One who, or that which, bedews.
Be*dew"y (?), a. Moist with dew; dewy.[Obs.]Night with her bedewy wings. A. Brewer.
Bed"fel`low (?), n. One who lies with another in the same bed; a person who shares one's couch.
Bed"fere` Bed"phere` (?), n. [ Bed+ AS. feraa companion.] A bedfellow.[Obs.] Chapman.
Bed"gown` (?), n. A nightgown.
Be*dight" (?), v. t. [p. p. Bedight, Bedighted.] To bedeck; to array or equip; to adorn.[Archaic] Milton.
Be*dim" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedimmed (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bedimming.] To make dim; to obscure or darken.Shak.
Be*diz"en (?), v. t. To dress or adorn tawdrily or with false taste.Remnants of tapestried hangings, . . . and shreds of pictures with which he had bedizened his tatters. Sir W. Scott.
Be*diz"en*ment (?), n. That which bedizens; the act of dressing, or the state of being dressed, tawdrily.
Bed"key` (?), n. An instrument for tightening the parts of a bedstead.
Bed"lam (?), n. [See Bethlehem.]
A place appropriated to the confinement and care of the insane; a madhouse.Abp. Tillotson.
An insane person; a lunatic; a madman.[Obs.]Let's get the bedlam to lead him. Shak.
Any place where uproar and confusion prevail.
Bed"lam, a. Belonging to, or fit for, a madhouse.The bedlam, brainsick duchess." Shak.
Bed"lam*ite (?), n. An inhabitant of a madhouse; a madman.Raving bedlamites." Beattie.
Bed"mak`er (?), n. One who makes beds.