Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Bi*lo"bate (?), a. [Pref. bi- + lobate.] Divided into two lobes or segments.
Bi"lobed (?), a. [Pref. bi- + lobe.] Bilobate.
Bi`lo*ca"tion (?), n. [Pref. bi- + location.] Double location; the state or power of being in two places at the same instant; -- a miraculous power attributed to some of the saints.
Bi*loc"u*lar (?), a. [Pref. bi- + locular: cf. F. biloculaire.] Divided into two cells or compartments; as, a bilocular pericarp.
Bil"sted (?), n. (Bot.) See Sweet gum.
Bil"tong (?), n. [S. African.] Lean meat cut into strips and sun-dried.
H. R. Haggard.
Bi*mac"u*late (?), a. [Pref. bi- + maculate, a.] Having, or marked with, two spots.
Bim"a*na (?), n. pl. [NL. See Bimanous.] (Zoöl.) Animals having two hands; -- a term applied by Cuvier to man as a special order of Mammalia.
Bim"a*nous (?), a. [L. bis twice + manus hand.] (Zoöl.) Having two hands; two-handed.
Bi*mar"gin*ate (?), a. [Pref. bi- + marginate.] Having a double margin, as certain shells.
Bi*mas"tism (?), n. [Pref. bi- + Gr. breast.] (Anat.) The condition of having two mammæ or teats.
Bi*me"di*al (?), a. [Pref. bi- + medial.] (Geom.) Applied to a line which is the sum of two lines commensurable only in power (as the side and diagonal of a square).
Bi*mem"bral (?), a. [L. bis twice + membrum member.] (Gram.) Having two members; as, a bimembral sentence.
J. W. Gibbs.
Bi*men"sal (?), a. [Pref. bi- + mensal.] See Bimonthly, a. [Obs. or R.]
Bi*mes"tri*al (?), a. [L. bimestris; bis twice + mensis month.] Continuing two months. [R.]
Bi`me*tal"lic (?), a. [Pref. bi- + metallic: cf. F. bimétallique.] Of or relating to, or using, a double metallic standard (as gold and silver) for a system of coins or currency.
Bi*met"al*lism (?), n. [F. bimétalisme.] The legalized use of two metals (as gold and silver) in the currency of a country, at a fixed relative value; -- in opposition to monometallism.
&hand; The words bimétallisme and monométallisme are due to M. Cernuschi .
Bi*met"al*list (?), n. An advocate of bimetallism.
Bi*month"ly (?), a. [Pref. bi- + monthly.] Occurring, done, or coming, once in two months; as, bimonthly visits; bimonthly publications. -- n. A bimonthly publication.
Bi*month"ly, adv. Once in two months.
Bi*mus"cu*lar (?), a. [Pref. bi- + muscular.] (Zoöl.) Having two adductor muscles, as a bivalve mollusk.
Bin (?), n. [OE. binne, AS. binn manager, crib; perh. akin to D. ben, benne, basket, and to L. benna a kind of carriage ( a Gallic word), W. benn, men, wain, cart.] A box, frame, crib, or inclosed place, used as a receptacle for any commodity; as, a corn bin; a wine bin; a coal bin.
Bin, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Binned (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Binning.] To put into a bin; as, to bin wine.
Bin. An old form of Be and Been. [Obs.]
Bin*. A euphonic form of the prefix Bi-.
Bi"nal (?), a. [See Binary.] Twofold; double. [R.] Binal revenge, all this."
Bin`ar*se"ni*ate (?), n. [Pref. bin- + arseniate.] (Chem.) A salt having two equivalents of arsenic acid to one of the base.
Bi"na*ry (?), a. [L. binarius, fr. bini two by two, two at a time, fr. root of bis twice; akin to E. two: cf. F. binaire.] Compounded or consisting of two things or parts; characterized by two (things).
Binary arithmetic, that in which numbers are expressed according to the binary scale, or in which two figures only, 0 and 1, are used, in lieu of ten; the cipher multiplying everything by two, as in common arithmetic by ten. Thus, 1 is one; 10 is two; 11 is three; 100 is four, etc. Davies & Peck. -- Binary compound (Chem.), a compound of two elements, or of an element and a compound performing the function of an element, or of two compounds performing the function of elements. -- Binary logarithms, a system of logarithms devised by Euler for facilitating musical calculations, in which 1 is logarithm of 2, instead of 10, as in the common logarithms, and the modulus 1.442695 instead of .43429448. -- Binary measure (Mus.), measure divisible by two or four; common time. -- Binary nomenclature (Nat. Hist.), nomenclature in which the names designate both genus and species. -- Binary scale (Arith.), a uniform scale of notation whose ratio is two. -- Binary star (Astron.), a double star whose members have a revolution round their common center of gravity. -- Binary theory (Chem.), the theory that all chemical compounds consist of two constituents of opposite and unlike qualities.
Bi"na*ry, n. That which is constituted of two figures, things, or parts; two; duality.
Bi"nate (?), a. [L. bini two and two.] (Bot.) Double; growing in pairs or couples.
Bin*au"ral (?), a. [Pref. bin- + aural.] Of or pertaining to, or used by, both ears.
Bind (?), v. t. [imp. Bound (?); p. p. Bound, formerly Bounden (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Binding.] [AS. bindan, perfect tense band, bundon, p. p. bunden; akin to D. & G. binden, Dan. binde, Sw. & Icel. binda, Goth. bindan, Skr. bandh (for bhandh) to bind, cf. Gr. (for ) cable, and L. offendix. &root;90.]
1. To tie, or confine with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.; to fetter; to make fast; as, to bind grain in bundles; to bind a prisoner.
2. To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind; as, attraction binds the planets to the sun; frost binds the earth, or the streams.
He bindeth the floods from overflowing.
Job xxviii. 11.
Whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years.
Luke xiii. 16.
3. To cover, as with a bandage; to bandage or dress; -- sometimes with up; as, to bind up a wound.
4. To make fast ( a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something; as, to bind a belt about one; to bind a compress upon a part.
5. To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action; as, certain drugs bind the bowels.
6. To protect or strengthen by a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
7. To sew or fasten together, and inclose in a cover; as, to bind a book.
8. Fig.: To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other moral tie; as, to bind the conscience; to bind by kindness; bound by affection; commerce binds nations to each other.
Who made our laws to bind us, not himself.
9. (Law) (a) To bring (any one) under definite legal obligations; esp. under the obligation of a bond or covenant. Abbott. (b) To place under legal obligation to serve; to indenture; as, to bind an apprentice; -- sometimes with out; as, bound out to service.
To bind over, to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc. -- To bind to, to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife. -- To bind up in, to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in.
Syn. -- To fetter; tie; fasten; restrain; restrict; oblige.
Bind (?), v. i.
1. To tie; to confine by any ligature.
They that reap must sheaf and bind.
2. To contract; to grow hard or stiff; to cohere or stick together in a mass; as, clay binds by heat.
3. To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
4. To exert a binding or restraining influence.
1. That which binds or ties.
2. Any twining or climbing plant or stem, esp. a hop vine; a bine.
3. (Metal.) Indurated clay, when much mixed with the oxide of iron.
4. (Mus.) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
Bind"er (?), n.
1. One who binds; as, a binder of sheaves; one whose trade is to bind; as, a binder of books.
2. Anything that binds, as a fillet, cord, rope, or band; a bandage; -- esp. the principal piece of timber intended to bind together any building.
Bind"er*y (?), n. A place where books, or other articles, are bound; a bookbinder's establishment.
Bind"heim*ite (?), n. [From Bindheim, a German who analyzed it.] (Min.) An amorphous antimonate of lead, produced from the alteration of other ores, as from jamesonite.
Bind"ing (?), a. That binds; obligatory.
Binding beam (Arch.), the main timber in double flooring. -- Binding joist (Arch.), the secondary timber in double-framed flooring.
Syn. -- Obligatory; restraining; restrictive; stringent; astringent; costive; styptic.
1. The act or process of one who, or that which, binds.
2. Anything that binds; a bandage; the cover of a book, or the cover with the sewing, etc.; something that secures the edge of cloth from raveling.
3. pl. (Naut.) The transoms, knees, beams, keelson, and other chief timbers used for connecting and strengthening the parts of a vessel.
Bind"ing*ly, adv. So as to bind.
Bind"ing*ness, n. The condition or property of being binding; obligatory quality.
Bind"weed` (?), n. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Convolvulus; as, greater bindweed (C. Sepium); lesser bindweed (C. arvensis); the white, the blue, the Syrian, bindweed. The black bryony, or Tamus, is called black bindweed, and the Smilax aspera, rough bindweed.
The fragile bindweed bells and bryony rings.
Bine (?), n. [Bind, cf. Woodbine.] The winding or twining stem of a hop vine or other climbing plant.
Bi*nerv"ate (?), a. [L. bis twice + nervus sinew, nerve.]
1. (Bot.) Two-nerved; -- applied to leaves which have two longitudinal ribs or nerves.
2. (Zoöl.) Having only two nerves, as the wings of some insects.
Bing (?), n. [Cf. Icel. bingr, Sw. binge, G. beige, beuge. Cf. Prov. E. bink bench, and bench coal the uppermost stratum of coal.] A heap or pile; as, a bing of wood. Potato bings." Burns. A bing of corn." Surrey. [Obs. or Dial. Eng. & Scot.]
Bin*i"o*dide (?), n. Same as Diiodide.
Bink (?), n. A bench. [North of Eng. & Scot.]
Bin"na*cle (?), n. [For bittacle, corrupted (perh. by influence of bin) fr. Pg. bitacola binnacle, fr. L. habitaculum dwelling place, fr. habitare to dwell. See Habit, and cf. Bittacle.] (Naut.) A case or box placed near the helmsman, containing the compass of a ship, and a light to show it at night.
Bin"ny (?), n. (Zoöl.) A large species of barbel (Barbus bynni), found in the Nile, and much esteemed for food.
Bin"o*cle (?), n. [F. binocle; L. bini two at a time + oculus eye.] (Opt.) A dioptric telescope, fitted with two tubes joining, so as to enable a person to view an object with both eyes at once; a double-barreled field glass or an opera glass.
Bin*oc"u*lar (?), a. [Cf. F. binoculaire. See Binocle.]
1. Having two eyes. Most animals are binocular."
2. Pertaining to both eyes; employing both eyes at once; as, binocular vision.
3. Adapted to the use of both eyes; as, a binocular microscope or telescope.
Bin*oc"u*lar (?), n. A binocular glass, whether opera glass, telescope, or microscope.
Bin*oc"u*lar*ly, adv. In a binocular manner.
Bin*oc"u*late (?), a. Having two eyes.
Bi*no"mi*al (?), n. [L. bis twice + nomen name: cf. F. binome, LL. binomius (or fr. bi- + Gr. distribution ?). Cf. Monomial.] (Alg.) An expression consisting of two terms connected by the sign plus (+) or minus (-); as, a+b, or 7-3.
1. Consisting of two terms; pertaining to binomials; as, a binomial root.
2. (Nat. Hist.) Having two names; -- used of the system by which every animal and plant receives two names, the one indicating the genus, the other the species, to which it belongs.
Binomial theorem (Alg.), the theorem which expresses the law of formation of any power of a binomial.
Bi*nom"i*nal (?), a. [See Binomial.] Of or pertaining to two names; binomial.
Bi*nom"i*nous (?), a. Binominal. [Obs.]
Bi*not"o*nous (?), a. [L. bini two at a time + tonus, fr. Gr. , tone.] Consisting of two notes; as, a binotonous cry.
Bi"nous (?), a. Same as Binate.
Bin*ox"a*late (?), n. [Pref. bin- + oxalate.] (Chem.) A salt having two equivalents of oxalic acid to one of the base; an acid oxalate.
Bin*ox"ide (?), n. [Pref. bin- + oxide.] (Chem.) Same as Dioxide.
Bin"tu*rong (?), n. (Zoöl.) A small Asiatic civet of the genus Arctilis.
Bi*nu"cle*ar (?), Bi*nu"cle*ate (?), a. [Pref. bi- + nuclear, nucleate.] (Biol.) Having two nuclei; as, binucleate cells.
Bi*nu"cle*o*late (?), a. [Pref. bi- + nucleolus.] (Biol.) Having two nucleoli.
Bi"o*blast (?), n. [Gr. life + -blast.] (Biol.) Same as Bioplast.
Bi*oc"el*late (?), a. [L. bis twice + ocellatus. See Ocellated.] (Zoöl.) Having two ocelli (eyelike spots); -- said of a wing, etc.
Bi`o*chem"is*try (?), n. [Gr. life + E. chemistry.] (Biol.) The chemistry of living organisms; the chemistry of the processes incidental to, and characteristic of, life.
Bi`o*dy*nam"ics (?), n. [Gr. life + E. dynamics.] (Biol.) The doctrine of vital forces or energy.
Bi"o*gen (?), n. [Gr. life + -gen.] (Biol.) Bioplasm.
Bi`o*gen"e*sis (?), Bi*og"e*ny (?), n. [Gr. life + , , birth.] (Biol.) (a) A doctrine that the genesis or production of living organisms can take place only through the agency of living germs or parents; -- opposed to abiogenesis. (b) Life development generally.
Bi`o*ge*net"ic (?), a. (Biol.) Pertaining to biogenesis.
Bi*og"e*nist (?), n. A believer in the theory of biogenesis.
Bi`og*no"sis (?), n. [Gr. life + investigation.] (Biol.) The investigation of life.
Bi*og"ra*pher (?), n. One who writes an account or history of the life of a particular person; a writer of lives, as Plutarch.
Bi"o*graph"ic (?), Bi`o*graph"ic*al (?), a. Of or pertaining to biography; containing biography. -- Bi`o*graph"ic*al*ly, adv.
Bi*og"ra*phize (?), v. t. To write a history of the life of.
Bi*og"ra*phy (?), n.; pl. Biographies (#). [Gr. ; life + to write: cf. F. biographie. See Graphic.]
1. The written history of a person's life.
2. Biographical writings in general.
Bi`o*log"ic (?), Bi`o*log"ic*al (?), a. Of or relating to biology. -- Bi`o*log"ic*al*ly, adv.
Bi*ol"o*gist (?), n. A student of biology; one versed in the science of biology.
Bi*ol"o*gy (?), n. [Gr. life + -logy: cf. F. biologie.] The science of life; that branch of knowledge which treats of living matter as distinct from matter which is not living; the study of living tissue. It has to do with the origin, structure, development, function, and distribution of animals and plants.
Bi*ol"y*sis (?), n. [Gr. life + a dissolving.] (Biol.) The destruction of life.
Bi`o*lyt"ic (?), a. [Gr. life + to destroy.] Relating to the destruction of life.
Bi`o*mag*net"ic (?), a. Relating to biomagnetism.
Bi`o*mag"net*ism (?), n. [Gr. life + E. magnetism.] Animal magnetism.
Bi*om"e*try (?), n. [Gr. life + -metry.] Measurement of life; calculation of the probable duration of human life.
Bi"on (?), n. [Gr. living, p. pr. of to live.] (Biol.) The physiological individual, characterized by definiteness and independence of function, in distinction from the morphological individual or morphon.
Bi*on"o*my (?), n. [Gr. life + law.] Physiology. [R.]
Bi"o*phor` Bi"o*phore` (?), n. [Gr. life + bearing, fr. to bear.] (Biol.) One of the smaller vital units of a cell, the bearer of vitality and heredity. See Pangen, in Supplement.
Bi"o*plasm (?), n. [Gr. life + form, mold, fr. to mold.] (Biol.) A name suggested by Dr. Beale for the germinal matter supposed to be essential to the functions of all living beings; the material through which every form of life manifests itself; unaltered protoplasm.