Bairam to Balder
(||Bai"ram) n. [Turk. baïram.] The name of two Mohammedan festivals, of which one is held at
the close of the fast called Ramadan, and the other seventy days after the fast.
(Bairn) n. [Scot. bairn, AS. bearn, fr. beran to bear; akin to Icel., OS., & Goth. barn. See
Bear to support.] A child. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Has he not well provided for the bairn?
Beau. & Fl.
(Baise"mains`) n. pl. [F., fr. baiser to kiss + mains hands.] Respects; compliments. [Obs.]
(Bait) n. [Icel. beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS. bat food, Sw. bete. See Bait, v. t.]
1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare,
inclosure, or net.
2. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation. Fairfax.
3. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
4. A light or hasty luncheon.
Bait bug (Zoöl.), a crustacean of the genus Hippa found burrowing in sandy beaches. See Anomura.
(Bait), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baited; p. pr. & vb. n. Baiting.] [OE. baiten, beiten, to feed, harass,
fr. Icel. beita, orig., to cause to bite, fr. bita. &radic87. See Bite.]
1. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.
2. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses. Holland.
3. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.
A crooked pin . . . baited with a vile earthworm.
(Bait), v. i. To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts,
on a journey.
Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
My lord's coach conveyed me to Bury, and thence baiting at Newmarket.
(Bait), v. i. [F. battre de l'aile (or des ailes), to flap or flutter. See Batter, v. t.] To flap the wings; to
flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey. "Kites that bait and beat." Shak.
(Bait"er) n. One who baits; a tormentor.
(Baize) n. [For bayes, pl. fr. OF. baie; cf. F. bai bay-colored. See Bay a color.] A coarse woolen
stuff with a long nap; usually dyed in plain colors.
A new black baize waistcoat lined with silk.
(||Ba*joc"co) n. [It., fr. bajo brown, bay, from its color.] A small copper coin formerly current
in the Roman States, worth about a cent and a half.
(Bake) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baked (bakt); p. pr. & vb. n. Baking.] [AS. bacan; akin to D. bakken,
OHG. bacchan, G. backen, Icel. & Sw. baka, Dan. bage, Gr. fw`gein to roast.]