beak


beak

noun

  1. the bill of a bird; neb.
  2. any similar horny mouthpart in other animals, as the turtle or duckbill.
  3. anything beaklike or ending in a point, as the spout of a pitcher.
  4. Slang. a person’s nose.
  5. Entomology. proboscis(def 3).
  6. Botany. a narrowed or prolonged tip.
  7. Nautical. (formerly) a metal or metal-sheathed projection from the bow of a warship, used to ram enemy vessels; ram; rostrum.
  8. Typography. a serif on the arm of a character, as of a K.
  9. Also called bird’s beak. Architecture. a pendant molding forming a drip, as on the soffit of a cornice.
  10. Chiefly British Slang.
    1. a judge; magistrate.
    2. a schoolmaster.

noun

  1. the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
  2. any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
  3. slang a person’s nose, esp one that is large, pointed, or hooked
  4. any projecting part, such as the pouring lip of a bucket
  5. architect the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
  6. chem the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
  7. nautical another word for ram (def. 5)

noun

  1. a Brit slang word for judge, magistrate, headmaster, schoolmaster
n.

mid-13c., “bird’s bill,” from Old French bec “beak,” figuratively “mouth,” also “tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe,” from Latin beccus (cf. Italian becco, Spanish pico), said by Suetonius (“De vita Caesarum” 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from Gaulish beccus, possibly related to Celtic stem bacc- “hook.” Or there may be a link in Old English becca “pickax, sharp end.” Jocular sense of “human nose” is from 1854 (but also was used mid-15c. in the same sense).

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