Definition of Beard

1. Noun. The hair growing on the lower part of a man's face.

Exact synonyms: Face Fungus, Whiskers
Group relationships: Adult Male Body, Man's Body, Face, Human Face
Generic synonyms: Facial Hair
Specialized synonyms: Fuzz, Imperial, Imperial Beard, Beaver, Goatee, Stubble, Vandyke, Vandyke Beard, Attilio, Soul Patch
Terms within: Moustache, Mustache

2. Verb. Go along the rim, like a beard around the chin. "Houses bearded the top of the heights"
Generic synonyms: Rim

3. Noun. A tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses.
Generic synonyms: Fuzz, Hair, Tomentum
Specialized synonyms: Awn

4. Noun. A person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality).
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

5. Noun. Hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals.
Group relationships: Caprine Animal, Goat
Generic synonyms: Hair

6. Noun. Tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface.
Exact synonyms: Byssus
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre

Definition of Beard

1. n. The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.

2. v. t. To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.

Definition of Beard

1. Proper noun. (surname from=Middle English) ¹

2. Noun. Facial hair on the chin, cheeks and jaw. ¹

3. Noun. (LGBT slang) A woman who accompanies a gay male in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual. ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete) To grow hair on the chin and jaw. ¹

5. Verb. To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded. ¹

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Definition of Beard

1. to oppose boldly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Beard

1. 1. To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt. 2. To oppose to the gills; to set at defiance. "No admiral, bearded by three corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial." (Macaulay) 3. To deprive of the gills; used only of oysters and similar shellfish. Origin: Bearded; Bearding. 1. The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults. 2. The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat. The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds The appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes. The byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle. The gills of some bivalves, as the oyster. In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies. 3. Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain. 4. A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out. 5. That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle. 6. That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face. 7. An imposition; a trick. Beard grass, a coarse, perennial grass of different species of the genus Andropogon. To one's beard, to one's face; in open defiance. Origin: OE. Berd, AS. Beard; akin to Fries. Berd, D. Baard, G. Bart, Lith. Barzda, OSlav. Brada, Pol. Broda, Russ. Boroda, L. Barba, W. Barf. Cf. 1st Barb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beard

bearberry willow
beard lichen
beard moss
beard the lion in his den
beard worm
bearded darnel
bearded dragon
bearded dragons
bearded iris
bearded mussel
bearded mussels
bearded reedling

Literary usage of Beard

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"I add some notes (unfortunately made without references) ; however, they may tend to strengthen the growth of the beard, especially by those clerics who ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"Charles beard (Hibbert lecturer, 1883), was educated. In 1838 the university of Giessen bestowed on him the honorary degree of DD in recognition of his ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"BLUE beard THERE was a man who had fine houses, both in town and country, ... But this man was so unlucky as to have a blue beard, which made him so ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1878)
"It consists of a chronic disease of the hair of the beard, characterized by atrophy of the hair-bulb, and by splitting of the hair-substance, ..."

5. The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Thomas Herbert Dickinson, Joseph Quincy Adams, Joaquin Miller, Robert B. Honeyman (1883)
"IKON-beard. Ol*AF the King, one summer morn, Blew a blast on his bugle-horn, ... his brook with its water- Huge and cumbersome was hie frame ; His beard, ..."

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