beak

  • 1 beak — beak; beak·horn; beak·ing; beak·iron; de·beak; gros·beak; beak·er; …

    English syllables

  • 2 Beak — (b[=e]k), n. [OE. bek, F. bec, fr. Celtic; cf. Gael. & Ir. bac, bacc, hook, W. bach.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny sheath, covering the jaws. The form varies much according to the food and habits of the bird …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 beak — (n.) mid 13c., bird s bill, from O.Fr. bec beak, figuratively mouth, also tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe, from L. beccus (Cf. It. becco, Sp. pico), said by Suetonius ( De vita Caesarum 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 Beak|er — «BEE kuhr», noun. 1. a large cup or drinking glass with a wide mouth: »a full beaker of wine. SYNONYM(S): goblet. 2. a thin glass or metal cup used especially in laboratories. A beaker has a flat bottom, no handle, and often a small lip for… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 beak|er — «BEE kuhr», noun. 1. a large cup or drinking glass with a wide mouth: »a full beaker of wine. SYNONYM(S): goblet. 2. a thin glass or metal cup used especially in laboratories. A beaker has a flat bottom, no handle, and often a small lip for… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 6 beak — [bi:k] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: bec, from Latin beccus] 1.) the hard pointed mouth of a bird = ↑bill 2.) a large pointed nose used humorously 3.) BrE old fashioned a judge or a male teacher …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 beak — [ bik ] noun count * 1. ) the hard curved or pointed part of a bird s mouth 2. ) VERY INFORMAL a long pointed nose …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 beak — *bill, neb, nib …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 beak — [n] nose of animal bill, mandible, muzzle, neb, nib, nozzle, pecker, proboscis, projection, prow, snout; concept 392 …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 beak — ► NOUN 1) a bird s horny projecting jaws; a bill. 2) a projection at the prow of an ancient warship, used in attacking enemy ships. 3) Brit. informal a magistrate or schoolmaster. DERIVATIVES beaked adjective beaky adjective. ORIGIN Latin beccus …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 beak — [bēk] n. [ME bek < OFr bec < L beccus < Gaul] 1. a bird s bill, esp. the large, sharp, horny bill of a bird of prey 2. a beaklike part or thing, as the protruding mouthpart of various insects, fishes, etc., or the spout of a pitcher 3.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 Beak — For other uses, see Beak (disambiguation). Comparison of bird beaks, displaying different shapes adapted to different feeding methods. Not to scale. The beak, bill or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which is used for eating… …

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  • 13 beak — n 1. the nose. Beak has been used in this obvious sense since at least the begin ning of the 19th century, although other terms, such as hooter, bugle, conk, etc. are more popular. In Irish speech the word is also used for the mouth or face. 2. a …

    Contemporary slang

  • 14 beak — 1. noun a) A rigid structure projecting from the front of a birds face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food. Hes up before the beak again tomorrow. b) A si …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 beak — [13] English acquired beak via Old French bec from Latin beccus, which was probably borrowed from some Gaulish word (the original Latin word for ‘beak’ was rostrum). The Roman historian Suetonius (c. 69–140 AD) tells of one Antonius Primus, a… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 beak — [13] English acquired beak via Old French bec from Latin beccus, which was probably borrowed from some Gaulish word (the original Latin word for ‘beak’ was rostrum). The Roman historian Suetonius (c. 69–140 AD) tells of one Antonius Primus, a… …

    Word origins

  • 17 beak — beaked /beekt, bee kid/, adj. beakless, adj. beaklike, adj. beaky, adj. /beek/, n. 1. the bill of a bird; neb. 2. any similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the turtle or duckbill. 3. anything beaklike or ending in a point, as the spout of… …

    Universalium

  • 18 beak — n. [OF. bec, beak] 1. Anything projecting and ending in a point. 2. (ARTHROPODA) a. In Chelicerata, the gnathosome of acarines. b. In Crustacea, the anteroventral projection of the free margin of the carapace; not equivalent to rostrum. c. In… …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 19 beak — [[t]bi͟ːk[/t]] beaks N COUNT A bird s beak is the hard curved or pointed part of its mouth. ...a black bird with a yellow beak. Syn: bill …

    English dictionary

  • 20 beak */ — UK [biːk] / US [bɪk] noun [countable] Word forms beak : singular beak plural beaks 1) the hard curved or pointed part of a bird s mouth 2) British informal old fashioned a judge …

    English dictionary