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.
W. Irving.

(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.]

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.

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