- of exchange n. Written order to pay a sum of money on a given date to the drawer or to a named payee.
- of fare n. Menu.
- of lading n. Detailed list of a ship's cargo.
- —n. - statement of charges for goods or services.
- draft of a proposed law.
- poster, placard.
- programme of entertainment.
- us banknote. —v. - send a statement of charges to.
- put in the programme; announce.
- (foll. By as) advertise as. [medieval latin bulla seal]
- —n. - bird's beak.
- narrow promontory. —v. (of doves etc.) Stroke bills. bill and coo exchange caresses. [old english]
- n. - hist. Weapon with a hooked blade.
- = *billhook. [old english]
—v. (past and past part. Bound) 1 tie or fasten tightly.
- restrain forcibly.
- (cause to) cohere.
- compel; impose a duty on.
- a edge with braid etc. B fasten (the pages of a book) in a cover.
- ratify (a bargain, agreement, etc.).
- (often foll. By up) bandage. —n. Colloq. Nuisance; restriction. bind over law order (a person) to do something, esp. Keep the peace. [old english]
n. - twisting stem of a climbing plant, esp. The hop.
- flexible shoot. [dial. Form of *bind]
n. Slang, usu. Offens. Girl or woman. [arabic]
n. - two-legged feathered winged vertebrate, egg-laying and usu. Able to fly.
- slang young woman.
- slang person.
- slang prison; prison sentence. a bird in the hand something secured or certain. The birds and the bees euphem. Sexual activity and reproduction. Birds of a feather similar people. For the birds colloq. Trivial, uninteresting. Get the bird slang be rejected, esp. By an audience. [old english]
- of paradise n. Bird, the male of which has brilliant plumage.
- of passage n. - migrant.
- habitual traveller.
- of prey n. Bird which hunts animals for food.
- table n. Platform on which food for birds is placed.
n. (pl. -s) propr. A kind of ball-point pen. [biró, name of its inventor]
—v. (-ting; past bit; past part. Bitten) 1 cut or puncture with the teeth.
- (foll. By off, away, etc.) Detach thus.
- (of an insect etc.) Sting.
- (of a wheel etc.) Grip, penetrate.
- accept bait or an inducement.
- be harsh in effect, esp. Intentionally.
- (in passive) a swindle. B (foll. By by, with, etc.) Be infected by (enthusiasm etc.).
- colloq. Worry, perturb.
- cause smarting pain (biting wind). 10 be sharp or effective (biting wit). 11 (foll. By at) snap at. —n. - act of biting.
- wound etc. Made by biting.
- a mouthful of food. B snack.
- taking of bait by a fish.
- pungency (esp. Of flavour).
- incisiveness, sharpness.
- position of the teeth when the jaws are closed. bite the dust slang die. Bite a person's head off colloq. Respond angrily. Bite one's lip repress emotion etc. [old english]
v. (-bb-) 1 talk foolishly or indiscreetly.
- reveal (a secret etc.); confess. [imitative]
past of *blow1.
- past of *blow1.
—n. - minor deviation or error.
- quick popping sound.
- small image on a radar screen. —v. (-pp-) make a blip. [imitative]