Biform to Bilingualism
(Bi"form) a. [L. biformis; bis twice + forma shape: cf. F. biforme.] Having two forms, bodies,
or shapes. Croxall.
(Bi"formed) a. [Pref. bi- + form.] Having two forms. Johnson.
(Bi*form"i*ty) n. A double form.
(Bi*forn") prep. & adv. Before. [Obs.]
(Bif"o*rous) a. [L. biforis having two doors; bis twice, two + foris door.] See Biforate.
(Bi*front"ed) a. [Pref. bi- + front.] Having two fronts. "Bifronted Janus." Massinger.
(Bi*fur"cate Bi*fur"ca*ted) a. [Pref. bi- + furcate.] Two-pronged; forked.
(Bi*fur"cate) v. i. To divide into two branches.
(Bi`fur*ca"tion) n. [Cf. F. bifurcation.] A forking, or division into two branches.
(Bi*fur"cous) a. [L. bifurcus; bis twice + furca fork.] See Bifurcate, a. [R.] Coles.
(Big) a. [Compar. Bigger; superl. Biggest.] [Perh. from Celtic; cf. W. beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant,
with child, fr. baich burden, Arm. beac'h; or cf. OE. bygly, Icel. biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then)
magnigicent, excellent, fr. OE. biggen, Icel. byggja, to dwell, build, akin to E. be.]
1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. "He's too big to go in there."
2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; often figuratively.
[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
3. Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as,
a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.
God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.
Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big- voiced.
To talk big, to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously.
I talked big to them at first.
Syn. Bulky; large; great; massive; gross.
(Big, Bigg), n. [OE. bif, bigge; akin to Icel. bygg, Dan. byg, Sw. bjugg.] (Bot.) Barley, especially
the hardy four-rowed kind.
"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg."
New English Dict.
(Big, Bigg), v. t. [OE. biggen, fr. Icel. byggja to inhabit, to build, ba (neut.) to dwell (active) to
make ready. See Boor, and Bound.] To build. [Scot. & North of Eng. Dial.] Sir W. Scott.
(||Bi"ga) n. [L.] (Antiq.) A two-horse chariot.
(Big"am) n. [L. bigamus twice married: cf. F. bigame. See Bigamy.] A bigamist. [Obs.]