English dictionary


biannual |baɪˈænjuəl| — occurring or payable twice each year

bias |ˈbaɪəs| — a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

biased |ˈbaɪəst| — favoring one person or side over another

bib |bɪb| — top part of an apron; covering the chest

Bible |ˈbaɪbl| — the sacred writings of the Christian religions

biblical |ˈbɪblɪkl| — of or pertaining to or contained in or in accordance with the Bible

bibliographer |ˌbɪblɪˈɒɡrəfər| — someone trained in compiling bibliographies

bibliographic |bɪbliːəˈɡræfɪk| — relating to or dealing with bibliography

bibliographical |ˌbɪbliˈɒɡrəfi| — relating to or dealing with bibliography

bibliography |ˌbɪbliˈɑːɡrəfi| — a list of writings with time and place of publication (such as the writings of a single author or the works referred to in preparing a document etc.)

bibliolatry  — the worship of the Bible

bibliomania |bɪbliːoʊˈmeɪniːə| — preoccupation with the acquisition and possession of books

bibliophile |ˈbɪbliəfaɪl| — someone who loves (and usually collects) books

bibliopole |ˈbɪbliːəˌpoʊl| — a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)

bibulous |ˈbɪbjʊləs| — given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol

bicameral |ˌbaɪˈkæmərəl| — consisting of two chambers

bicarbonate |ˌbaɪˈkɑːrbənət| — a salt of carbonic acid (containing the anion HCO3) in which one hydrogen atom has been replaced; an acid carbonate

bicentenary |ˌbaɪsenˈtenəri| — the 200th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

bicentennial |ˌbaɪsenˈteniəl| — the 200th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

bicephalous |baɪˈsefələs| — having two heads

biceps |ˈbaɪseps| — any skeletal muscle having two origins (but especially the muscle that flexes the forearm)

bichloride |baɪˈklɔːraɪd| — a compound containing two chlorine atoms per molecule

bichromate |baɪˈkroʊmeɪt| — a salt of the hypothetical dichromic acid

bicipital |baɪˈsɪpɪtəl| — having two heads or points of origin as a biceps

bicker |ˈbɪkər| — a quarrel about petty points

bickering |ˈbɪkərɪŋ| — a quarrel about petty points

bicolor  — having two colors

bicolour |ˈbʌɪkʌlə| — having two colors

biconcave |baɪˈkɑːnkeɪv| — concave on both sides

biconvex |baɪˈkɑːnveks| — convex on both sides; shaped like a lentil

bicuspid |baɪˈkəspəd| — a tooth having two cusps or points; located between the incisors and the molars

bicycle |ˈbaɪsɪkl| — a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

bicycler |ˈbaɪsɪklə| — a person who rides a bicycle

bicycling |ˈbaɪˌsɪkəlɪŋ| — riding a bicycle

bicyclist |ˈbaɪˌsɪkləst| — a person who rides a bicycle

bid |bɪd| — an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

biddable |ˈbɪdəbl| — willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest

bidder |ˈbɪdər| — someone who makes an offer

bidding |ˈbɪdɪŋ| — an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

bide |baɪd| — dwell

bidirectional |ˌbaɪdəˈrekʃənl| — reactive or functioning or allowing movement in two usually opposite directions

biennial |baɪˈeniəl| — (botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season

bier |bɪr| — a coffin along with its stand

bifacial |bʌɪˈfeɪʃ(ə)l| — having two faces or fronts

biff |bɪf| — (boxing) a blow with the fist

bifid |ˈbaɪfɪd| — divided into two lobes

bifocal |ˌbaɪˈfoʊkl| — having two foci

bifoliate |baɪˈfoʊliːɪt| — having two leaves

bifurcate |ˈbaɪfərkeɪt| — split or divide into two

bifurcation |ˌbaɪfərˈkeɪʃn| — a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)

big |bɪɡ| — significant

bigamist |ˈbɪɡəmɪst| — someone who marries one person while already legally married to another

bigamy |ˈbɪɡəmi| — the state of having two spouses at the same time

bigfoot |ˈbɪɡfʊt| — large hairy humanoid creature said to live in wilderness areas of the United States and Canada

bigger |ˈbɪɡər| — large or big relative to something else

biggin |ˈbɪɡɪn| — a child's tight-fitting cap; often ties under the chin

bighead |ˈbɪɡhed| — any of various diseases of animals characterized by edema of the head and neck

bigheaded |ˌbɪɡˈhedɪd| — (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant

bighorn |ˈbɪgˌhɔːrn| — a river that flows from central Wyoming to the Yellowstone River in southern Montana

bight |baɪt| — a loop in a rope

bigness |ˈbɪɡnəs| — the property of having a relatively great size

bigot |ˈbɪɡət| — a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

bigoted |ˈbɪɡətɪd| — blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion and intolerant toward others

bigotry |ˈbɪɡətri| — the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot

bigwig |ˈbɪɡwɪɡ| — the most important person in a group or undertaking

bijou |ˈbiːʒuː| — a small and delicately worked piece

bike |baɪk| — a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame

biker |ˈbaɪkər| — a person who rides a bicycle

bikini |bɪˈkiːni| — an atoll in the Marshall Islands; formerly used by the United States as a site for testing nuclear weapons

bilabial |ˌbaɪˈleɪbiəl| — a consonant that is articulated using both lips; /p/ or /b/ or /w/

bilabiate |baɪˈleɪbiːˌeɪt| — having two lips

bilateral |ˌbaɪˈlætərəl| — having identical parts on each side of an axis

bilaterally |baɪˈlætərəli| — with the involvement of two parties or governments

bilberry |ˈbɪlberi| — erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries

bile |baɪl| — a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats

bilge |bɪldʒ| — water accumulated in the bilge of a ship

biliary |ˈbɪlieri| — relating to or containing bile

bilingual |ˌbaɪˈlɪŋɡwəl| — a person who speaks two languages fluently

bilious |ˈbɪliəs| — suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress

biliousness |ˈbɪlɪəsnəs| — gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gall bladder

bilk |bɪlk| — cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

bill |bɪl| — a statute in draft before it becomes law

billboard |ˈbɪlbɔːrd| — large outdoor signboard

billet |ˈbɪlɪt| — a short personal letter

billfish  — primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth

billfold |ˈbɪlfoʊld| — a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money

billhook |ˈbɪlhʊk| — a cutting tool with a sharp edge

billiard |ˈbɪljərd| — of or relating to billiards

billiards |ˈbɪljərdz| — any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls

billing |ˈbɪlɪŋ| — request for payment of a debt

billingsgate |ˈbɪlɪŋzɡeɪt| — foul-mouthed or obscene abuse

billion |ˈbɪljən| — the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen

billionaire |ˌbɪljəˈner| — a very rich person whose material wealth is valued at more than a billion dollars

billow |ˈbɪloʊ| — a large sea wave

billowy |ˈbɪloʊɪ| — characterized by great swelling waves or surges

billy |ˈbɪli| — a short stout club used primarily by policemen

billy-ho |ˈbɪlɪ hoʊ| — an unimaginably large amount

bilobate  — having two lobes

bilobed |bʌɪˈləʊbd| — having two lobes

bilocular  — divided into or containing two cells or chambers

biloculate  — divided into or containing two cells or chambers

biltong |ˈbɪltɔːŋ| — meat that is salted and cut into strips and dried in the sun

bimanual |bʌɪˈmanjʊəl| — requiring two hands or designed for two people

bimbo |ˈbɪmboʊ| — a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men

bimestrial |baɪˈmestriːəl| — occurring every two months

bimetal  — material made by bonding together sheets of two different metals

bimetallic |ˌbaɪməˈtælɪk| — formed of two different metals or alloys; especially in sheets bonded together

bimetallism |ˌbaɪˈmetəlɪzəm| — a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by stated amounts of two metals (usually gold and silver) with values set at a predetermined ratio

bimonthly |ˌbaɪˈmʌnθli| — a periodical that is published twice a month or every two months (either 24 or 6 issues per year)

bin |bɪn| — a container; usually has a lid

binary |ˈbaɪnəri| — a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation

bind |baɪnd| — something that hinders as if with bonds

bind over |ˈbaɪnd ˈoʊvr̩| — order a defendant to be placed in custody pending the outcome of a proceedings against him or her

binder |ˈbaɪndər| — a machine that cuts grain and binds it in sheaves

bindery |ˈbaɪndəri| — a workshop where books are bound

binding |ˈbaɪndɪŋ| — the capacity to attract and hold something

bindweed |ˈbaɪndwiːd| — any of several vines of the genera Convolvulus and Calystegia having a twining habit

bine |baɪn| — European twining plant whose flowers are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors; cultivated in America

binge |bɪndʒ| — any act of immoderate indulgence

bingo |ˈbɪŋɡoʊ| — a game in which numbered balls are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards

binnacle |ˈbinəkəl| — a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)

binocular |bɪˈnɑːkjələr| — relating to both eyes

binoculars |bɪˈnɑːkjələrz| — (plural) an optical instrument designed for simultaneous use by both eyes

binomial |baɪˈnoʊmiəl| — (mathematics) a quantity expressed as a sum or difference of two terms; a polynomial with two terms

binominal |baɪˈnoʊmɪnəl| — having or characterized by two names, especially those of genus and species in taxonomies

biochemical |ˌbaɪoʊˈkemɪkl| — of or relating to biochemistry; involving chemical processes in living organisms

biochemist |ˌbaɪoʊˈkemɪst| — someone with special training in biochemistry

biochemistry |ˌbaɪoʊˈkemɪstri| — the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry

biodegradable |ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbl| — capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria

biodiversity |ˌbaɪoʊdaɪˈvɜːrsəti| — the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole)

bioethics |ˌbaɪoʊˈeθɪks| — the branch of ethics that studies moral values in the biomedical sciences

biofeedback |ˌbaɪoʊˈfiːdbæk| — a training program in which a person is given information about physiological processes (heart rate or blood pressure) that is not normally available with the goal of gaining conscious control of them

biogenesis |baɪoʊˈdʒenɪsɪs| — production of a chemical compound by a living organism

biographer |baɪˈɑːɡrəfər| — someone who writes an account of a person's life

biographic |ˌbaɪəˈɡræfɪk| — of or relating to or being biography

biographical |ˌbaɪəˈɡræfɪkl| — of or relating to or being biography

biography |baɪˈɑːɡrəfi| — an account of the series of events making up a person's life

biologic |ˌbaɪəˈlɑːdʒɪk| — pertaining to biology or to life and living things

biological |ˌbaɪəˈlɑːdʒɪkl| — pertaining to biology or to life and living things

biologically |ˌbaɪəˈlɑːdʒɪkli| — with respect to biology

biologist |baɪˈɑːlədʒɪst| — (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms

biology |baɪˈɑːlədʒi| — the science that studies living organisms

biomass |ˈbaɪoʊmæs| — plant materials and animal waste used as fuel

biomedical |ˌbaɪoʊˈmedɪkl| — relating to the activities and applications of science to clinical medicine

biometrics |ˌbaɪoʊˈmetrɪks| — a branch of biology that studies biological phenomena and observations by means of statistical analysis

biometry |baɪˈɑːmɪtriː| — a branch of biology that studies biological phenomena and observations by means of statistical analysis

bionic |baɪˈɑːnɪk| — having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components

bionics |baɪˈɒnɪks| — application of biological principles to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)

bionomics |ˌbaɪəˈnɑːmɪks| — the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment

biophysics |ˌbaɪoʊˈfɪzɪks| — physics as applied to biological problems

biopsy |ˈbaɪɑːpsi| — examination of tissues or liquids from the living body to determine the existence or cause of a disease

bioremediation |ˌbʌɪə(ʊ)rɪˌmiːdiˈeɪʃ(ə)n| — the branch of biotechnology that uses biological process to overcome environmental problems

bioscience |ˌbaɪoʊˈsaɪəns| — any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms

biosphere |ˈbaɪoʊsfɪr| — the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist

biosynthesis |ˌbaɪoʊˈsɪnθɪsɪs| — production of a chemical compound by a living organism

biota |biota| — all the plant and animal life of a particular region

biotech |ˈbaɪoˌtek| — the branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes

biotechnology |ˌbaɪoʊtekˈnɑːlədʒi| — the branch of molecular biology that studies the use of microorganisms to perform specific industrial processes

bioterrorism |ˌbʌɪəʊˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m| — terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare

biotic |baɪˈɑːtɪk| — of or relating to living organisms

bipartisan |ˌbaɪˈpɑːrtɪzn| — supported by both sides

bipartite |baɪˈpɑːrtaɪt| — divided into two portions almost to the base

biped |ˈbaɪped| — an animal with two feet

bipedal |ˌbaɪˈpiːdl| — having two feet

biplane |ˈbaɪpleɪn| — old fashioned airplane; has two wings one above the other

bipolar |ˌbaɪˈpoʊlər| — of or relating to manic depressive illness

biquadratic |ˌbaɪkwɑːˈdrætɪk| — an algebraic equation or function of the fourth degree

birch |bɜːrtʃ| — hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood

birchen |ˈbɜːrtʃən| — consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree

bird |bɜːrd| — warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings

bird's-eye |ˈbɝːdz eɪ| — as from an altitude or distance

bird-nest |ˈbɜːdnest| — gather birdnests

birdcage |ˈbɜːrdkeɪdʒ| — a cage in which a bird can be kept

birdcall  — the characteristic sound produced by a bird

birder |ˈbɜːrdər| — a person who identifies and studies birds in their natural habitats

birdie |ˈbɜːrdi| — (golf) a score of one stroke under par on a hole

birdlime |ˈbɜːrdlaɪm| — a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds

birdseed |ˈbɜːrdsiːd| — food given to birds; usually mixed seeds

biretta |bɪˈretə| — a stiff cap with ridges across the crown; worn by Roman Catholic clergy

Biro |ˈbaɪroʊ| — a pen that has a small metal ball as the point of transfer of ink to paper

birth |bɜːrθ| — the time when something begins (especially life)

birthday |ˈbɜːrθdeɪ| — an anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it)

birthmark |ˈbɜːrθmɑːrk| — a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth

birthplace |ˈbɜːrθpleɪs| — the place where someone was born

birthrate |ˈbɜrθˌreɪt| — the ratio of live births in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population per year

birthright |ˈbɜːrθraɪt| — a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth

biscuit |ˈbɪskɪt| — small round bread leavened with baking-powder or soda

bisect |baɪˈsekt| — cut in half or cut in two

bisection |baɪˈsekʃən| — dividing into two equal parts

bisexual |ˌbaɪˈsekʃuəl| — a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes

bishop |ˈbɪʃəp| — a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ

bishopric |ˈbɪʃəprɪk| — the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

bismuth |ˈbɪzməθ| — a heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically); usually recovered as a by-product from ores of other metals

bison |ˈbaɪsn| — any of several large humped bovids having shaggy manes and large heads and short horns

bisque |bɪsk| — a thick cream soup made from shellfish

bistre |ˈbɪstər| — a water-soluble brownish-yellow pigment made by boiling wood soot

bistro |ˈbiːstroʊ| — a small informal restaurant; serves wine

bit |bɪt| — a small piece or quantity of something

bitch |bɪtʃ| — an unpleasant difficulty

bitchy |ˈbɪtʃi| — marked by or arising from malice

bite |baɪt| — a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

bite off |ˈbaɪt ˈɒf| — bite off with a quick bite

biter |ˈbaɪtər| — someone who bites

biting |ˈbaɪtɪŋ| — capable of wounding

bitter |ˈbɪtər| — English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

bitterish |ˈbɪtərɪʃ| — somewhat bitter

bitterly |ˈbɪtərli| — with bitterness; in a resentful manner

bittern |ˈbɪtərn| — relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes

bitterness |ˈbɪtərnəs| — a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

bitters |ˈbɪtərz| — alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots

bittersweet |ˌbɪtərˈswiːt| — poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America

bitty |ˈbɪti| — (used informally) very small

bitumen |bəˈtuːmən| — any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons

bituminous |bəˈtuːmɪnəs| — resembling or containing bitumen

bivalent |baɪˈveɪlənt| — having a valence of two or having two valences

bivalve |ˈbaɪvælv| — marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together

bivariate |bʌɪˈvɛːrɪət| — having two variables

bivouac |ˈbɪvuæk| — temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

biweekly |baɪˈwiːkli| — a periodical that is published twice a week or every two weeks (either 104 or 26 issues per year)

biyearly |bʌɪˈjɪəli| — every two years

biz |ˈbɪz| — your occupation or line of work

bizarre |bɪˈzɑːr| — conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

bizonal |ˌbaɪˈzoʊnəl| — relating to or concerned with the combined affairs of two administrative zones