Vocabulary (B)

Serial Word Meaning
1 Baconian adj. Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy
2 bacterium n. A microbe
3 badger v. To pester
4 baffle v. To foil or frustrate
5 bailiff n. An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment
6 baize n. A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc
7 bale n. A large package prepared for transportation or storage
8 baleful adj. Malignant
9 ballad n. Any popular narrative poem, often with epic subject and usually in lyric form
10 balsam n. A medical preparation, aromatic and oily, used for healing
11 banal adj. Commonplace
12 barcarole n. A boat-song of Venetian gondoliers
13 barograph n. An instrument that registers graphically and continuously the atmospheric pressure
14 barometer n. An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface
15 barring prep. Apart from
16 baritone adj. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor
17 bask v. To make warm by genial heat
18 bass adj. Low in tone or compass
19 baste v. To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking
20 baton n. An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege
21 battalion n. A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment
22 batten n. A narrow strip of wood
23 batter n. A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery
24 bauble n. A trinket
25 bawl v. To proclaim by outcry
26 beatify v. To make supremely happy
27 beatitude n. Any state of great happiness
28 beau n. An escort or lover
29 becalm v. To make quiet
30 beck v. To give a signal to, by nod or gesture
31 bedaub v. To smear over, as with something oily or sticky
32 bedeck v. To cover with ornament
33 bedlam n. Madhouse
34 befog v. To confuse
35 befriend v. To be a friend to, especially when in need
36 beget v. To produce by sexual generation
37 begrudge v. To envy one of the possession of
38 belate v. To delay past the proper hour
39 belay v. To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat
40 belie v. To misrepresent
41 believe v. To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others
42 belittle v. To disparage
43 belle n. A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc
44 bellicose adj. Warlike
45 belligerent adj. Manifesting a warlike spirit
46 bemoan v. To lament
47 benediction n. a solemn invocation of the divine blessing
48 benefactor n. A doer of kindly and charitable acts
49 benefice n. A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service
50 beneficent adj. Characterized by charity and kindness
51 beneficial adj. Helpful
52 beneficiary n. One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property
53 benefit n. Helpful result
54 benevolence n. Any act of kindness or well-doing
55 benevolent adj. Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being
56 benign adj. Good and kind of heart
57 benignant adj. Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect
58 benignity n. Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner
59 benison n. Blessing
60 bequeath v. To give by will
61 bereave v. To make desolate with loneliness and grief
62 berth n. A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc
63 beseech v. To implore
64 beset v. To attack on all sides
65 besmear v. To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance
66 bestial adj. Animal
67 bestrew v. To sprinkle or cover with things strewn
68 bestride v. To get or sit upon astride, as a horse
69 bethink v. To remind oneself
70 betide v. To happen to or befall
71 betimes adv. In good season or time
72 betroth v. To engage to marry
73 betrothal n. Engagement to marry
74 bevel n. Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees
75 bewilder v. To confuse the perceptions or judgment of
76 bibliomania n. The passion for collecting books
77 bibliography n. A list of the words of an author, or the literature bearing on a particular subject
78 bibliophile n. One who loves books
79 bibulous adj. Fond of drinking
80 bide v. To await
81 biennial n. A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second
82 bier n. A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave
83 bigamist n. One who has two spouses at the same time
84 bigamy n. The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living
85 bight n. A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line
86 bilateral adj. Two-sided
87 bilingual adj. Speaking two languages
88 biograph n. A bibliographical sketch or notice
89 biography n. A written account of one’s life, actions, and character
90 biology n. The science of life or living organisms
91 biped n. An animal having two feet
92 birthright n. A privilege or possession into which one is born
93 bitterness n. Acridity, as to the taste
94 blase adj. Sated with pleasure
95 blaspheme v. To indulge in profane oaths
96 blatant adj. Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous
97 blaze n. A vivid glowing flame
98 blazon v. To make widely or generally known
99 bleak adj. Desolate
100 blemish n. A mark that mars beauty
101 blithe adj. Joyous
102 blithesome adj. Cheerful
103 blockade n. The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces
104 boatswain n. A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc
105 bodice n. A women’s ornamental corset-shaped laced waist
106 bodily adj. Corporeal
107 boisterous adj. Unchecked merriment or animal spirits
108 bole n. The trunk or body of a tree
109 bolero n. A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing
110 boll n. A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton
111 bolster v. To support, as something wrong
112 bomb n. A hollow projectile containing an explosive material
113 bombard v. To assail with any missile or with abusive speech
114 bombardier n. A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells
115 bombast n. Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects
116 boorish adj. Rude
117 bore v. To weary by tediousness or dullness
118 borough n. An incorporated village or town
119 bosom n. The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman
120 botanical adj. Connected with the study or cultivation of plants
121 botanize v. To study plant-life
122 botany n. The science that treats of plants
123 bountiful adj. Showing abundance
124 Bowdlerize v. To expurgate in editing (a literary composition) by omitting words or passages
125 bowler n. In cricket, the player who delivers the ball
126 boycott v. To place the products or merchandise of under a ban
127 brae n. Hillside
128 braggart n. A vain boaster
129 brandish v. To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear
130 bravado n. An aggressive display of boldness
131 bravo interj. Well done
132 bray n. A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn
133 braze v. To make of or ornament with brass
134 brazier n. An open pan or basin for holding live coals
135 breach n. The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation
136 breaker n. One who trains horses, dogs, etc
137 breech n. The buttocks
138 brethren n. Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like
139 brevity n. Shortness of duration
140 bric-a-brac n. Objects of curiosity or for decoration
141 bridle n. The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins
142 brigade n. A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments
143 brigadier n. General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general
144 brigand n. One who lives by robbery and plunder
145 brimstone n. Sulfur
146 brine n. Water saturated with salt
147 bristle n. One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: used in brush-making, etc
148 Britannia n. The United Kingdom of Great Britain
149 Briticism n. A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British
150 brittle adj. Fragile
151 broach v. To mention, for the first time
152 broadcast adj. Disseminated far and wide
153 brogan n. A coarse, heavy shoe
154 brogue n. Any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people
155 brokerage n. The business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker
156 bromine n. A dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor
157 bronchitis n. Inflammation of the bronchial tubes
158 bronchus n. Either of the two subdivisions of the trachea conveying air into the lungs
159 brooch n. An article of jewelry fastened by a hinged pin and hook on the underside
160 brotherhood n. Spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity
161 browbeat v. To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stern, haughty, or rude address or manner
162 brusque adj. Somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech
163 buffoon n. A clown
164 buffoonery n. Low drollery, coarse jokes, etc
165 bulbous adj. Of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb
166 bullock n. An ox
167 bulrush n. Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water
168 bulwark n. Anything that gives security or defense
169 bumper n. A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially one to be drunk as a toast or health
170 bumptious adj. Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit
171 bungle v. To execute clumsily
172 buoyancy n. Power or tendency to float on or in a liquid or gas
173 buoyant adj. Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat
174 bureau n. A chest of drawers for clothing, etc
175 bureaucracy n. Government by departments of men transacting particular branches of public business
176 burgess n. In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia
177 burgher n. An inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corporate town
178 burnish v. To make brilliant or shining
179 bursar n. A treasurer
180 bustle v. To hurry
181 butt v. To strike with or as with the head, or horns
182 butte n. A conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated
183 buttress n. Any support or prop
184 by-law n. A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like