(Bis"cuit) n. [F. biscuit (cf. It. biscotto, Sp. bizcocho, Pg. biscouto), fr. L. bis twice + coctus,
p. p. of coquere to cook, bake. See Cook, and cf. Bisque a kind of porcelain.]
1. A kind of unraised bread, of many varieties, plain, sweet, or fancy, formed into flat cakes, and bakes
hard; as, ship biscuit.
According to military practice, the bread or biscuit of the Romans was twice prepared in the oven.
2. A small loaf or cake of bread, raised and shortened, or made light with soda or baking powder. Usually
a number are baked in the same pan, forming a sheet or card.
3. Earthen ware or porcelain which has undergone the first baking, before it is subjected to the glazing.
4. (Sculp.) A species of white, unglazed porcelain, in which vases, figures, and groups are formed in
Meat biscuit, an alimentary preparation consisting of matters extracted from meat by boiling, or of
meat ground fine and combined with flour, so as to form biscuits.
(Bi*scu"tate) a. [Pref. bi- + scutate.] (Bot.) Resembling two bucklers placed side by side.
(||Bise) n. [F.] A cold north wind which prevails on the northern coasts of the Mediterranean and
in Switzerland, etc.; nearly the same as the mistral.
(Bise) n. (Paint.) See Bice.
(Bi*sect") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bisected; p. pr. & vb. n. Bisecting.] [L. bis twice + secare,
sectum, to cut.]
1. To cut or divide into two parts.
2. (Geom.) To divide into two equal parts.
(Bi*sec"tion) n. [Cf. F. bissection.] Division into two parts, esp. two equal parts.
(Bi*sec"tor) n. One who, or that which, bisects; esp. (Geom.) a straight line which bisects an
(Bi*sec"trix) n. The line bisecting the angle between the optic axes of a biaxial crystal.
(Bi*seg"ment) n. [Pref. bi- + segment.] One of tow equal parts of a line, or other magnitude.
(Bi*sep"tate) a. [Pref. bi- + septate.] With two partitions or septa. Gray.
(Bi*se"ri*al Bi*se"ri*ate) a. [Pref. bi- + serial, seriate.] In two rows or series.
(Bi*ser"rate) a. [Pref. bi- + serrate.]
1. (Bot.) Doubly serrate, or having the serratures serrate, as in some leaves.
2. (Zoöl.) Serrate on both sides, as some antennæ.
(Bi*se"tose Bi*se"tous) a. [Pref. bi- + setose, setous.] Having two bristles.
(Bi*sex"ous) a. [L. bis twice + sexus sex: cf. F. bissexe.] Bisexual. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.