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arc furnace an electric furnace in which heat is produced by an arc formed between the material being heated and an electrode, or between two electrodes.
asbestos the material made from this mineral. [1/2 definitions]
ascetic one who practices extreme self-denial, esp. of material comforts and pleasures, and esp. for religious reasons. [1/3 definitions]
atomic theory a former theory that all material objects and substances are composed of irreducible units of matter. [1/2 definitions]
backfill the material that is used to refill an excavation. [1/2 definitions]
badge a piece of metal, cloth, or other material worn to signify a particular membership, rank, occupation, or accomplishment. [1/3 definitions]
ballast heavy material placed in the hold of a boat or ship to make it more stable. [2/4 definitions]
balloon a large bag made of thin material designed to inflate and be lifted off the ground when filled with hot air or a gas that is lighter than air. [2/8 definitions]
bamboo the stems of such a plant, used as a building material for such things as houses and fences, and for a wide variety of products such as hats, furniture, musical instruments, and chopsticks. [1/2 definitions]
band2 a thin strip of flexible material that binds several objects together. [4 definitions]
bar1 a length of rigid, solid material, often cylindrical in shape, generally used as a barrier or support. [1/13 definitions]
basting sewing done by stitching loosely to temporarily hold material in place. [1/2 definitions]
bath mat a rug or mat of absorbent or rubberized material used next to, or in, a bathtub.
batten2 a thin, flexible length of wood or other material used to maintain flatness in a sail. [1/4 definitions]
bedding material such as straw or sawdust that is used as a bed for animals. [1/3 definitions]
beholden indebted for favors or material aid; obligated.
belch to emit material violently; gush forth; erupt. [1/4 definitions]
belt a strip of cloth, leather, or other material worn around the waist. [3/11 definitions]
belting material used for making belts. [1/3 definitions]
beryllium a chemical element of the alkaline-earth group that has four protons in each nucleus and occurs in pure form as a hard, light, gray solid, chiefly used in alloys with copper and in aerospace material. (symbol: Be)
B horizon the subsoil in a geologic soil profile, bearing a concentration of material leached from the topsoil.