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bass viol the largest and deepest-toned instrument of the violin family; double bass, contrabass. [2 definitions]
basswood any of several types of linden tree, esp. the American linden, characterized by a yearly bloom of fragrant yellow flowers. [2 definitions]
bast the strong fibrous outer layer of certain plant stems, such as flax or hemp, consisting of phloem tissue, and used in manufacturing cordage or woven goods. [2 definitions]
bastard a child of unmarried parents; illegitimate child. [4 definitions]
bastardize to prove (a person) to be a bastard. [3 definitions]
bastardy the state or condition of being an illegitimate offspring. [2 definitions]
baste1 to sew temporarily with long, loose stitches, as in temporarily assembling the pieces of a garment prior to final sewing.
baste2 to moisten (esp. meat) with a liquid during cooking.
baste3 to beat or thrash with a stick; cudgel. [2 definitions]
bastille (cap.) the state prison in Paris that was attacked and taken by French revolutionists in 1789. [2 definitions]
bastinado a blow or beating with a stick or club. [4 definitions]
basting sewing done by stitching loosely to temporarily hold material in place. [2 definitions]
bastion a pentagon-shaped portion of a rampart or fortification that projects outward. [3 definitions]
bat1 a heavy, shaped wooden or metal club used to strike the ball in baseball or cricket. [4 definitions]
bat2 any of various usu. night-flying mammals that have wings that are covered with membranes, and that sense objects mostly by means of reflected sound waves rather than by vision.
bat3 to wink (one's eyelids).
bat around to discuss (an idea or ideas) as possiblities. [2 definitions]
batboy a boy who retrieves baseball bats discarded by hitters and acts as a team's general assistant.
batch an amount or quantity used or produced in one operation. [2 definitions]
bate to moderate or control; restrain. [3 definitions]
bateau a flat-bottomed rowboat, sharply tapered at both ends, used in Canada and the United States.