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big band a large jazz or dance band, esp. one of the 1930s and 1940s in the U.S., that combines arranged ensemble playing with solo improvisations. [2 definitions]
big bang theory the theory that the universe originated at a fixed point billions of years ago in a cosmic explosion of a mass of hydrogen atoms, and that it has been expanding ever since. (Cf. steady state theory.)
Big Ben the bell in the clock tower of the Parliament building in London. [2 definitions]
big brother an elder brother. [3 definitions]
Big Dipper part of the constellation Ursa Major, made up of its seven brightest stars and forming the shape of a ladle, or dipper.
bigfoot a conjectured animal resembling a large ape or gorilla, alleged to live in the wilder areas of the Pacific Northwest; sasquatch.
big game large wild animals hunted for sport, such as deer, boar, or tigers. [2 definitions]
bighead (informal) an inflated opinion of oneself; conceitedness. [2 definitions]
bighearted generous or compassionate.
bighorn a wild sheep found in the Rocky Mountains of North America, the male of which has large, curved horns. (See Rocky Mountain sheep.)
bight the loop or slack part of a rope, as opposed to the ends. [3 definitions]
big league see "major league." [2 definitions]
big-league of, concerning, or suitable for a top professional sports league, esp. one of the baseball major leagues. [2 definitions]
big lie a gross falsity, distortion, or misrepresentation that becomes widely accepted through constant repetition and elaboration (usu. prec. by "the"). [2 definitions]
bigmouth any of several fishes with unusually large mouths.
bignonia any of various tropical American woody vines that bear trumpet-shaped red or yellow flowers.
big on excited about; having a liking for.
bigot one who is prejudiced against and intolerant of any group or belief that is not his or her own, esp. religious, racial, or ethnic.
bigotry intolerance of any group or belief that is not one's own, especially in the form of racial, ethnic, or religious intolerance and prejudice.
big picture an overall view or perspective that considers larger or long-term implications (prec. by "the").
big shot (informal) an influential or important person.