(Bi"dent) n. [L. bidens, - entis, having two prongs; bis twice + dens a tooth.] An instrument or
weapon with two prongs.
(Bi*den"tal) a. Having two teeth. Swift.
(Bi*den"tate) a. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Having two teeth or two toothlike processes; two- toothed.
(Bi*det") n. [F. bidet, perh. fr. Celtic; cr. Gael. bideach very little, diminutive, bidein a diminutive
animal, W. bidan a weakly or sorry wretch.]
1. A small horse formerly allowed to each trooper or dragoon for carrying his baggage. B. Jonson.
2. A kind of bath tub for sitting baths; a sitz bath.
(Bi*dig"i*tate) a. [Pref. bi- + digitate.] Having two fingers or fingerlike projections.
(Bid"ing) n. Residence; habitation. Rowe.
(Bield) n. A shelter. Same as Beild. [Scot.]
(Bield), v. t. To shelter. [Scot.]
(Bi*en"ni*al) a. [L. biennalis and biennis, fr. biennium a space of two years; bis twice + annus
year. Cf. Annual.]
1. Happening, or taking place, once in two years; as, a biennial election.
2. (Bot.) Continuing for two years, and then perishing, as plants which form roots and leaves the first
year, and produce fruit the second.
1. Something which takes place or appears once in two years; esp. a biennial examination.
2. (Bot.) A plant which exists or lasts for two years.
(Bi*en"ni*al*ly), adv. Once in two years.
(Bier) n. [OE. bæe, beere, AS. br, bre; akin to D. baar, OHG. bara, G. bahre, Icel barar, D baare,
L. feretrum, Gr. , from the same bear to produce. See 1st Bear, and cf. Barrow.]
1. A handbarrow or portable frame on which a corpse is placed or borne to the grave.
2. (Weaving) A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth. Knight.
(Bier"balk`) n. [See Bier, and Balk, n.] A church road (e. g., a path across fields) for funerals.
(Biest"ings, Beest"ings) n. pl. [OE. bestynge, AS. bysting, fr. byst, beost; akin to D. biest,
OHG. biost, G. biest; of unknown origin.] The first milk given by a cow after calving. B. Jonson.
The thick and curdy milk . . . commonly called biestings.
(Bi*fa"cial) a. [Pref. bi- + facial.] Having the opposite surfaces alike.
(Bi*fa"ri*ous) a. [L. bifarius; bis twice + fari to speak. Cf. Gr. twofold; twice + to say.]