Beard

Definition of Beard

Pronunciation: bērd
n.1.
1.The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.
2.(Zool.) The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat.
3.(Bot.) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain.
4.A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
5.That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
6.(Print.) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
7.An imposition; a trick.
Beard grass
(Bot.) a coarse, perennial grass of different species of the genus Andropogon.
To one's beard
to one's face; in open defiance.
v. t.1.To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
[imp. & p. p. Bearded; p. pr. & vb. n. Bearding.]
2.To oppose to the face; to set at defiance.
No admiral, bearded by these corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial.
- Macaulay.
3.To deprive of the gills; - used only of oysters and similar shellfish.

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