Betterment to Beyond

(Bet"ter*ment) n.

1. A making better; amendment; improvement. W. Montagu.

2. (Law) An improvement of an estate which renders it better than mere repairing would do; — generally used in the plural. [U. S.] Bouvier.

(Bet"ter*most`) a. Best. [R.] "The bettermost classes." Brougham.

(Bet"ter*ness), n.

1. The quality of being better or superior; superiority. [R.] Sir P. Sidney.

2. The difference by which fine gold or silver exceeds in fineness the standard.

(||Bet"tong) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A small, leaping Australian marsupial of the genus Bettongia; the jerboa kangaroo.

(Bet"tor) n. One who bets; a better. Addison.

(Bet"ty) n.

1. [Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bess (i. e., Elizabeth) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jenny ] A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. [Written also bettee.]

The powerful betty, or the artful picklock.

2. [Betty, nickname for Elizabeth.] A name of contempt given to a man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.

3. A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; — called by chemists a Florence flask. [U. S.] Bartlett.

(Bet"u*lin) n. [L. betula birch tree.] (Chem.) A substance of a resinous nature, obtained from the outer bark of the common European birch or from the tar prepared therefrom; — called also birch camphor. Watts.

(Be*tum"ble) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Betumbled ] To throw into disorder; to tumble. [R.]

From her betumbled couch she starteth.

(Be*tu"tor) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Betutored ] To tutor; to instruct. Coleridge.

(Be*tween") prep. [OE. bytwene, bitweonen, AS. betweónan, betweónum; prefix be- by + a form fr. AS. twa two, akin to Goth. tweihnai two apiece. See Twain, and cf. Atween, Betwixt.]

1. In the space which separates; betwixt; as, New York is between Boston and Philadelphia.

2. Used in expressing motion from one body or place to another; from one to another of two.

If things should go so between them.

3. Belonging in common to two; shared by both.

Castor and Pollux with only one soul between them.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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