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Bessemer process a process for making steel by blasting hot compressed air through molten pig iron to remove impurities.
best superl. of good. [11 definitions]
best-ball of or designating a system of scoring in golf competition in which, on each hole, the lower score of either partner is recorded as the score for that team.
best-case scenario the best possible way that things could proceed from a particular point on.
bestial like a beast, esp. in brutality or order of intelligence.
bestiality beastlike or brutish conduct or character. [2 definitions]
bestialize to turn (a human being) into a beast; bring out the beastly qualities in.
bestiary a medieval collection of descriptions of or fables about real or mythical animals, in which each animal's nature is used to draw a moral point.
bestir to stir or rouse (usu. oneself) to action.
best-known most well-known.
best man the bridegroom's principal attendant at a wedding.
bestow to give, as a gift or award (usu. fol. by on). [2 definitions]
bestrew to scatter over or cover; strew. [2 definitions]
bestride to be astride of; straddle. [3 definitions]
bestseller a book or other product that outsells most others of its kind during a specified period.
bet to agree to give up (usu. money) to another person if one's prediction of some future result does not occur. [7 definitions]
beta the name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet.
beta blocker any of a class of drugs that inhibit the absorption of adrenalin and the activity of the autonomic nervous system, and are used to control the heartbeat and relieve angina and hypertension.
betake to take (usu. oneself) somewhere.
beta particle a high-speed positron or electron ejected from a nucleus in radioactive decay or fission.
beta ray a stream of beta particles, esp. those with a negative charge.