Used in composition; as, broad-backed; hump-backed. Backer (n.) One who, or that which, backs; especially one who backs a person or thing in a contest. It is a burrowing animal, with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. vulgaris), called also brock, inhabits the north of Europe and Asia; another species (Taxidea Americana / Labradorica) inhabits the northern parts of North America. Badger (n.) A brush made of badgers' hair, used by artists. t.) To tease or annoy, as a badger when baited; to worry or irritate persistently. t.) To beat down; to cheapen; to barter; to bargain. Baffle (n.) A defeat by artifice, shifts, and turns; discomfiture. Bagnio (n.) A brothel; a stew; a house of prostitution. of Baguette Bagwig (n.) A wig, in use in the 18th century, with the hair at the back of the head in a bag. Bairam (n.) The name of two Mohammedan festivals, of which one is held at the close of the fast called Ramadan, and the other seventy days after the fast. Baldly (adv.) Nakedly; without reserve; inelegantly. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting.

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Bathos (n.) A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax. Batlet (n.) A short bat for beating clothes in washing them; -- called also batler, batling staff, batting staff.

Battel (n.) Provisions ordered from the buttery; also, the charges for them; -- only in the pl., except when used adjectively. i.) To be supplied with provisions from the buttery.

Babble (n.) Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. Baboon (n.) One of the Old World Quadrumana, of the genera Cynocephalus and Papio; the dog-faced ape.

It contains gallic acid and tannin, and is used for dyeing drab. Ballot (n.) To vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate.

t.) The act of beating the woods, bushes, etc., for game.

Batule (n.) A springboard in a circus or gymnasium; -- called also batule board.

p.) of Barb Barbed (a.) Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse. Barcon (n.) A vessel for freight; -- used in Mediterranean. of worsted, silk and worsted, or cotton and worsted. Barker (n.) One who stands at the doors of shops to urg/ passers by to make purchases. Barony (n.) The fee or domain of a baron; the lordship, dignity, or rank of a baron. A barrel of wine is 31/ gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds. Barren (a.) Not producing vegetation, or useful vegetation; /rile. They are not necessarily sterile, and are often fertile. p.) of Bask Basket (n.) A vessel made of osiers or other twigs, cane, rushes, splints, or other flexible material, interwoven. Baston (n.) An officer bearing a painted staff, who formerly was in attendance upon the king's court to take into custody persons committed by the court. p.) of Bat Batata (n.) An aboriginal American name for the sweet potato (Ipomaea batatas).

n.) of Bare Barege (n.) A gauzelike fabric for ladies' dresses, veils, etc. Barque (n.) A three-masted vessel, having her foremast and mainmast square-rigged, and her mizzenmast schooner-rigged. Barker (n.) An animal that barks; hence, any one who clamors unreasonably. Baroko (n.) A form or mode of syllogism of which the first proposition is a universal affirmative, and the other two are particular negative. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. Barren (a.) Incapable of producing offspring; producing no young; sterile; -- said of women and female animals. Barren (n.) Elevated lands or plains on which grow small trees, but not timber; as, pine barrens; oak barrens.

i.) To grow fat; to grow fat in ease and luxury; to glut one's self. t.) The movable bar of a loom, which strikes home or closes the threads of a woof. t.) To beat with successive blows; to beat repeatedly and with violence, so as to bruise, shatter, or demolish; as, to batter a wall or rampart. t.) To wear or impair as if by beating or by hard usage. t.) To flatten (metal) by hammering, so as to compress it inwardly and spread it outwardly. t.) A semi-liquid mixture of several ingredients, as, flour, eggs, milk, etc., beaten together and used in cookery.

Batter (n.) A backward slope in the face of a wall or of a bank; receding slope.

Bangle (n.) An ornamental circlet, of glass, gold, silver, or other material, worn by women in India and Africa, and in some other countries, upon the wrist or ankle; a ring bracelet. t.) To condemn to exile, or compel to leave one's country, by authority of the ruling power. t.) To drive out, as from a home or familiar place; -- used with from and out of. Banner (n.) A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place. Baobab (n.) A gigantic African tree (Adansonia digitata), also naturalized in India. Basalt (n.) A rock of igneous origin, consisting of augite and triclinic feldspar, with grains of magnetic or titanic iron, and also bottle-green particles of olivine frequently disseminated. Basque (n.) A part of a lady's dress, resembling a jacket with a short skirt; -- probably so called because this fashion of dress came from the Basques. Basset (a.) Inc Basset (n.) The edge of a geological stratum at the surface of the ground; the outcrop.