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boatswain a warrant officer on a warship, or in domestic service a petty officer responsible for a ship's gear such as rigging, anchors, and the like.
boat train a passenger train whose route runs between a city or other terminus and a ship's port.
bob1 a quick dipping motion; a nod up and down. [4 definitions]
bob2 a style of short haircut, usu. for women and children. [5 definitions]
bob3 a light tap or blow. [3 definitions]
bobber a bouyant object that can be attached to a fishing line, which alerts one to the presence of a fish at the bait.
bobbin a spool or spindle on which thread or yarn is wound for use in sewing, weaving, or the like.
bobble a clumsily executed movement or fumble, as in sports, or any such inept mistake. [2 definitions]
bobby (chiefly British; old-fashioned; informal) a police officer, esp. one who patrols on foot.
bobby pin a narrow flat metal hairpin whose sides are pressed together under tension.
bobby socks (informal) socks that reach just above the ankle; anklets.
bobcat a North American wildcat with a rusty, spotted coat, tufted ears, and a short tail; bay lynx.
bobolink a black, yellow, and white North American migratory songbird, so named for its cry.
bobsled a long racing sled with two separate sets of runners and mechanisms for steering and braking. [2 definitions]
bobstay a rope or chain from the bowsprit to the cutting edge of a boat's hull.
bobtail a short or bobbed tail. [4 definitions]
bobwhite a small brown and white quail of North America, so named for its call.
boccie a form of lawn bowling, originating in Italy, played with wooden balls on a long narrow court of dirt, clay, or sand.
bock see "bock beer."
bock beer a dark strong beer, the first drawn from vats in the springtime; bock.
bode1 to indicate about the future; portend.