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baker a person who bakes, esp. one who is highly skilled at baking or does it professionally. [2 definitions]
baker's dozen any group of thirteen items.
bakery a store in which baked goods, such as bread, cake, and pastry, are made or sold.
bakeshop a shop at which bakery items are made and sold; bakery.
baking the act or process of a person or device that bakes. [2 definitions]
baking powder a powder containing sodium bicarbonate and an acidic substance, that serves as a leavening agent in baking by releasing carbon dioxide when mixed with water, thereby causing the dough to rise.
baking soda a white powder used as a leavening agent in baking, an antacid, a mouthwash, and a fire extinguisher; sodium bicarbonate.
baklava a dessert of various regions near the Mediterranean made from layers of flaky pastry, honey, and nuts.
baksheesh in several Near Eastern countries, a gift of money; tip.
Baku the capital of Azerbaijan.
balalaika a guitarlike musical instrument that has a triangular body and usu. three strings.
balance a state in which opposing forces are equal. [8 definitions]
balance beam a long wooden horizontal beam raised about four feet above the floor, on which women gymnasts perform various balancing routines. [2 definitions]
balanced not going too far in the direction of any extreme so that rationality, harmony, or stability is achieved; keeping to proper proportions.
balance of payments the difference between a nation's payments to another nation and its receipts from the other nation, including imports, exports, and other flow of capital.
balance of power a sufficient distribution of military or economic power among governments to prevent any one from excessively dominating others. [2 definitions]
balance of trade the difference in value between a country's total imports and its total exports.
balance sheet a financial statement of an individual's or business's assets and liabilities on a given date.
balance wheel a wheel that regulates the movement of parts of a mechanism, as in a watch or a music box.
balata a tropical American tree with dark red wood that yields a latex sap. [2 definitions]
balboa the chief monetary unit of Panama, equaling one hundred centesimos.