Balderdash to Ballistic
(Bal"der*dash) n. [Of uncertain origin: cf. Dan. balder noise, clatter, and E. dash; hence,
perhaps, unmeaning noise, then hodgepodge, mixture; or W. baldorduss a prattling, baldordd, baldorddi,
1. A worthless mixture, especially of liquors.
Indeed beer, by a mixture of wine, hath lost both name and nature, and is called balderdash.
2. Senseless jargon; ribaldry; nonsense; trash.
(Bal"der*dash) v. t. To mix or adulterate, as liquors.
The wine merchants of Nice brew and balderdash, and even
mix it with pigeon's dung and quicklime.
(Bald"-faced`) a. Having a white face or a white mark on the face, as a stag.
1. A person whose head is bald. 2 Kings ii. 23.
2. (Zoöl.) A white-headed variety of pigeon.
(Bald"head`ed), a. Having a bald head.
(Bald"ly), adv. Nakedly; without reserve; inelegantly.
(Bald"ness), n. The state or condition of being bald; as, baldness of the head; baldness of
This gives to their syntax a peculiar character of simplicity and baldness.
W. D. Whitney.
1. A baldheaded person. Shak.
2. (Zoöl.) The American widgeon
(Bald"pate` Bald"pat`ed) a. Destitute of hair on the head; baldheaded. Shak.
(Bald"rib`) n. A piece of pork cut lower down than the sparerib, and destitute of fat. [Eng.] Southey.
(Bal"dric) n. [OE. baudric, bawdrik, through OF. (cf. F. baudrier and LL. baldringus, baldrellus),
from OHG. balderich, cf. balz, palz, akin to E. belt. See Belt, n.] A broad belt, sometimes richly
ornamented, worn over one shoulder, across the breast, and under the opposite arm; less properly, any
belt. [Also spelt bawdrick.]
A radiant baldric o'er his shoulder tied
Sustained the sword that glittered at his side.
(Bald"win) n. (Bot.) A kind of reddish, moderately acid, winter apple. [U.S.]
Bale of dice, a pair of dice. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Bale) n. [OE. bale, OF. bale, F. balle, LL. bala, fr. OHG. balla, palla, pallo, G. ball, balle,
ballen, ball, round pack; cf. D. baal. Cf. Ball a round body.] A bundle or package of goods in a cloth
cover, and corded for storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw, hay, etc., put up compactly for