(Bea"gle) n. [OE. begele; perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. beag small, little, W. bach. F.
bigle is from English.]
1. A small hound, or hunting dog, twelve to fifteen inches high, used in hunting hares and other small
game. See Illustration in Appendix.
2. Fig.: A spy or detective; a constable.
(Beak) n. [OE. bek, F. bec, fr. Celtic; cf. Gael. & Ir. bac, bacc, hook, W. bach.]
1. (Zoöl.) (a) The bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny sheath, covering the jaws. The form varies
much according to the food and habits of the bird, and is largely used in the classification of birds. (b)
A similar bill in other animals, as the turtles. (c) The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects,
and other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera. (d) The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the
hinge of a bivalve. (e) The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal.
2. Anything projecting or ending in a point, like a beak, as a promontory of land. Carew.
3. (Antiq.) A beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow
of an ancient galley, in order to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead.
4. (Naut.) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by
the main knee.
5. (Arch.) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which
the water is thrown off.
6. (Bot.) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
7. (Far.) A toe clip. See Clip, n. (Far.).
8. A magistrate or policeman. [Slang, Eng.]
1. Having a beak or a beaklike point; beak-shaped. "Each beaked promontory." Milton.
2. (Biol.) Furnished with a process or a mouth like a beak; rostrate.
Beaked whale (Zoöl.), a cetacean of the genus Hyperoodon; the bottlehead whale.
(Beak"er) n. [OE. biker; akin to Icel. bikarr, Sw. bägare, Dan. baeger, G. becher, It. bicchiere;
all fr. LL. bicarium, prob. fr. Gr. bi^kos wine jar, or perh. L. bacar wine vessel. Cf. Pitcher a jug.]
1. A large drinking cup, with a wide mouth, supported on a foot or standard.
2. An open-mouthed, thin glass vessel, having a projecting lip for pouring; used for holding solutions
requiring heat. Knight.
1. (Arch.) An ornament used in rich Norman doorways, resembling a head with a beak. Parker.
2. (Naut.) (a) A small platform at the fore part of the upper deck of a vessel, which contains the water
closets of the crew. (b) (Antiq.) Same as Beak, 3.