|begrudge|| 1. to envy or resent the pleasure or good fortune of (someone): She begrudged her friend the award. 2. to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow: She did not begrudge the money spent on her children's education |
|beguile||deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract; Ex. beguiling smile|
|bellicose|| inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious |
ex. a bull is bellicose.
|belligerent||1. warlike; given to waging war. 2. of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone. 3. waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers. |
4. pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.5. a state or nation at war.
6. a member of the military forces of such a state
|bemuse||to bewilder or confuse (someone).|
|benighted|| 1. intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened: benighted ages of barbarism and superstition. |
2. overtaken by darkness or night.
Syn - backward, primitive, crude, uncultivated
|bereft||1. a simple past tense and past participle of bereave (to deprive and make desolate, especially by death). 2. deprived: They are bereft of their senses. He is bereft of all happiness.|
|beseech|| 1. to implore urgently. 2. to beg eagerly for; solicit. |
3. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail.
|beveled||1. the inclination that one line or surface makes with another when not at right angles. 2. to cut or slant at a bevel: to bevel an edge to prevent splintering. 3. to be inclined; slope|
|bicameral||having two branches, chambers, or houses, as a legislative body|
|bifurcate||1. to divide or fork into two branches. 2. divided into two branches|
|big-bang theory||the theory that the universe originated sometime between 10 and 20 billion years ago from the cataclysmic explosion of a small volume of matter at extremely high density and temperature. As the fragments slowed down, the galaxies and stars evolved but the universe is still expanding|
|bilateral||1. having or involving two sides. 2. affecting or undertaken by two parties; mutual: a bilateral treaty. 3. denoting or relating to bilateral symmetry. 4. having identical sides or parts on each side of an axis; symmetrical.|
|biodegradable||capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper, detergent, etc.,|
|biofeedback|| 1. a method of learning to control one's bodily functions by monitoring one's own brain waves, blood pressure, degree of muscle tension, etc. |
2. the feedback thus obtained
|bionics||the study of how humans and animals perform certain tasks and solve certain problems, and of the application of the findings to the design of electronic devices and mechanical parts|
|biosphere|| 1. the part of the earth's crust, waters, and atmosphere that supports life. |
2. the ecosystem comprising the entire earth and the living organisms that inhabit it.
|biotechnology||the use of living organisms or other biological systems in the manufacture of drugs or other products or for environmental management, as in waste recycling: includes the use of bioreactors in manufacturing, microorganisms to degrade oil slicks or organic waste, genetically engineered bacteria to produce human hormones, and monoclonal antibodies to identify antigens|
|bipartisan||representing, characterized by, or including members from two parties or factions: Government leaders hope to achieve a bipartisan foreign policy.|
|blatant||1. brazenly obvious; flagrant: a blatant error in simple addition; a blatant lie. 2. offensively noisy or loud; clamorous: blatant radios. 3. tastelessly conspicuous: the blatant colors of the dress.|
|blathering||1. foolish, voluble talk: His speech was full of the most amazing blather. 2. to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble|
|blaze||1. a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth. 2. a bright, hot gleam or glow: the blaze of day. 3. a sparkling brightness: a blaze of jewels. |
4. a sudden, intense outburst, as of fire, passion, or fury: to unleash a blaze of pent-up emotions;
Meaning 2 - 1. a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark. 2. a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse.
Meaning 3 - to make widely known; proclaim
|blazon||1. to proclaim loudly and publicly. 2. to describe (heraldic arms) in proper terms. 3. to draw and color (heraldic arms) conventionally. 4. any description or recording, esp of good qualities|
|blitz||1. a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment. 2. any sudden intensive attack or concerted effort: an advertising blitz ; a drink-driving blitz. 3. American football - a defensive charge on the quarterback|
|blockade||1. the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit. 2. something that prevents access or progress. 3. the inhibition of the effect of a hormone or a drug, a transport system, or the action of a nerve by a drug|
|bluff||1. to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone). 2. deliberate deception intended to create impression of strong position or resources than one actually has. |
1. a steep headland, bank, or cliff, esp one formed by river erosion on the outside bend of a meander. 2. good-naturedly frank and hearty
|blush|| 1. to become suddenly red in the face from embarrassment, shame, modesty, or guilt; |
2. to make or become reddish or rosy. 3. a reddish or pinkish tinge. 4. a cloudy area on the surface of freshly applied gloss paint. 5. at first blush when first seen; as a first impression
|bog||1. wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter. 2. an area or stretch of such ground. 3. to sink in or as if in a bog: We were bogged down by overwork|
|bona fide|| 1. made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud. 2. authentic; true: a bona fide sample of Lincoln's handwriting.|
Syn - 1. honest, sincere; lawful, legal. 2. genuine
|boondoggle||1. to do futile and unnecessary work. 2. a futile and unnecessary project or work. 3. a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout|
|boorish||ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude|
|botanicals|| 1. of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants: botanical survey; botanical drugs. |
2. Pharmacology . a drug made from part of a plant, as from roots, leaves, bark, or berries
|bourgeoisie|| 1. the middle classes |
2. (in Marxist thought) the ruling class of the two basic classes of capitalist society, consisting of capitalists, manufacturers, bankers, and other employers. The bourgeoisie owns the most important of the means of production, through which it exploits the working class