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alaskan brown bear

  • noun brown bear of coastal Alaska and British Columbia
    Ursus arctos middendorffi; Alaskan brown bear; Ursus middendorffi; Kodiak.
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american black bear

  • noun brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
    Euarctos americanus; American black bear; Ursus americanus.
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ant bear

  • noun large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
    tamanoir; Myrmecophaga jubata; great anteater; giant anteater.
  • noun nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
    aardvark; Orycteropus afer; anteater.
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ant-bear

Ant"-bear` noun
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  1. (Zoöl.) An edentate animal of tropical America (the Tamanoir), living on ants. It belongs to the genus Myrmecophaga.
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armorial bearing

  • noun heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    bearing; charge; armorial bearing.
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Armorial bearings

  • noun heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    bearing; charge; armorial bearing.
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  • . See Arms, 4.
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asiatic black bear

  • noun bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia
    Ursus thibetanus; Asiatic black bear; Selenarctos thibetanus.
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Australian bear

  • . (Zoöl.) See Koala.
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ball bearing

  • noun bearings containing small metal balls
    ball bearing; needle bearing.
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Ball bearings

  • noun bearings containing small metal balls
    ball bearing; needle bearing.
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  • a mechanical device for lessening the friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal balls.
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Barren Ground bear

  • (Zoöl.), a peculiar bear, inhabiting the Barren Grounds, now believed to be a variety of the brown bear of Europe.
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battle born state

  • noun a state in the southwestern United States
    Silver State; Nevada; NV; Sagebrush State.
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be born

  • verb come into existence through birth
    • She was born on a farm
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bear away

  • verb remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
    take away; carry away; carry off; bear away.
    • Their dreams carried the Romantics away into distant lands
    • The car carried us off to the meeting
    • I'll take you away on a holiday
    • I got carried away when I saw the dead man and I started to cry
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Bear baiting

  • the sport of baiting bears with dogs.
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bear cat

  • noun reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas
    Ailurus fulgens; red panda; bear cat; lesser panda; panda.
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Bear caterpillar

  • (Zoöl.), the hairy larva of a moth, esp. of the genus Euprepia.
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bear claw

  • noun almond-flavored yeast-raised pastry shaped in an irregular semicircle resembling a bear's claw
    bear claw.
  • noun an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery
  • noun claw of a bear; often used in jewelry
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bear cub

  • noun a young bear
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bear down

  • verb exert a force with a heavy weight
    drag down; press down on; bear down; weigh down.
    • The snow bore down on the roof
  • verb contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
    overbear.
  • verb to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
    charge.
    • he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork
  • verb exert full strength
    • The pitcher bore down
  • verb pay special attention to
    • The lectures bore down on the political background
  • verb exert a force or cause a strain upon
    • This tax bears down on the lower middle class
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bear down on

  • verb sail towards another vessel, of a ship
    bear down on.
  • verb exert a force with a heavy weight
    drag down; press down on; bear down; weigh down.
    • The snow bore down on the roof
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bear down upon

  • verb sail towards another vessel, of a ship
    bear down on.
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Bear garden

  • . (a) A place where bears are kept for diversion or fighting. (b) Any place where riotous conduct is common or permitted. M. Arnold.
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bear grass

  • noun yucca of southern United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
    Yucca smalliana.
  • noun yucca of west central United States having a clump of basal grasslike leaves and a central stalk with a terminal raceme of small whitish flowers
    Yucca glauca.
  • noun stemless plant with tufts of grasslike leaves and erect panicle of minute creamy white flowers; southwestern United States and Mexico
    Nolina microcarpa.
  • noun plant of western North America having woody rhizomes and tufts of stiff grasslike basal leaves and spikes of creamy white flowers
    Xerophyllum tenax; squaw grass.
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bear hug

  • noun a wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent
  • noun a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest
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bear in mind

  • verb keep in mind
    mind.
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Bear leader

  • one who leads about a performing bear for money; hence, a facetious term for one who takes charge of a young man on his travels.
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bear market

  • noun a market characterized by falling prices for securities
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bear oak

  • noun shrubby oak of southeastern United States usually forming dense thickets
    Quercus ilicifolia.
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bear off

  • verb remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
    take away; carry away; carry off; bear away.
    • Their dreams carried the Romantics away into distant lands
    • The car carried us off to the meeting
    • I'll take you away on a holiday
    • I got carried away when I saw the dead man and I started to cry
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bear on

  • verb be relevant to
    touch on; relate; pertain; have-to doe with; touch; come to; refer; concern.
    • There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    • My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  • verb have an effect upon
    impact; touch on; bear on; touch; affect.
    • Will the new rules affect me?
  • verb press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
    push.
    • He pushed her to finish her doctorate
  • verb keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    carry on; preserve; continue; uphold.
    • preserve the peace in the family
    • continue the family tradition
    • Carry on the old traditions
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bear out

  • verb support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    corroborate; support; underpin.
    • The stories and claims were born out by the evidence
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bear paw

  • noun almond-flavored yeast-raised pastry shaped in an irregular semicircle resembling a bear's claw
    bear claw.
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bear up

  • verb endure cheerfully
    • She bore up under the enormous strain
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bear upon

  • verb have an effect upon
    impact; touch on; bear on; touch; affect.
    • Will the new rules affect me?
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bear witness

  • verb provide evidence for
    show; evidence; testify; prove.
    • The blood test showed that he was the father
    • Her behavior testified to her incompetence
  • verb give testimony in a court of law
    attest; testify; take the stand.
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bear's breech

  • noun widely cultivated southern European acanthus with whitish purple-veined flowers
    bear's breech; Acanthus mollis; sea holly.
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bear's breeches

  • noun widely cultivated southern European acanthus with whitish purple-veined flowers
    bear's breech; Acanthus mollis; sea holly.
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bear's ear

  • noun yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated
    auricula; Primula auricula.
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bear's foot

  • noun digitate-leaved hellebore with an offensive odor and irritant qualities when taken internally
    stinking hellebore; Helleborus foetidus; setterwort.
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bear's grape

  • noun evergreen mat-forming shrub of North America and northern Eurasia having small white flowers and red berries; leaves turn red in autumn
    sand berry; mountain box; creashak; common bearberry; wild cranberry; mealberry; sandberry; hog cranberry; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi; red bearberry.
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bear's-breech

Bear's"-breech` noun
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  1. (Bot.) (a) See Acanthus, n., 1. (b) The English cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium) Dr. Prior.
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bear's-ear

Bear's-ear` noun
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  1. (Bot.) A kind of primrose (Primula auricula), so called from the shape of the leaf.
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bear's-foot

Bear's"-foot` noun
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  1. (Bot.) A species of hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), with digitate leaves. It has an offensive smell and acrid taste, and is a powerful emetic, cathartic, and anthelmintic.
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bear's-paw

Bear's"-paw` noun
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  1. (Zoöl.) A large bivalve shell of the East Indies (Hippopus maculatus), often used as an ornament.
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bear's-paw fern

  • noun epiphytic fern with large fronds; Taiwan and Philippines
    Aglaomorpha meyeniana.
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bear-sized

  • adjective satellite large as a bear
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bearing brass

  • noun a brass bushing or a lining for a bearing
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bearing cloth

Bear"ing cloth`
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  1. A cloth with which a child is covered when carried to be baptized. Shak.
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bearing false witness

  • noun criminal offense of making false statements under oath
    perjury; lying under oath.
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bearing metal

  • noun an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
    white metal.
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bearing rein

  • noun a rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position
    checkrein.
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Bear"ing rein`
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  1. A short rein looped over the check hook or the hames to keep the horse's head up; -- called in the United States a checkrein.
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bearing wall

  • noun any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building
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Black bear

  • noun bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia
    Ursus thibetanus; Asiatic black bear; Selenarctos thibetanus.
  • noun brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
    Euarctos americanus; American black bear; Ursus americanus.
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  • (Zoöl.), the common American bear (Ursus Americanus).
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born-again

  • adjective satellite spiritually reborn or converted
    reborn; converted.
    • a born-again Christian
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born-again christian

  • noun a Christian who has experienced a dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus
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bring to bear

  • verb bring into operation or effect
    • The new members brought to bear new concerns to the U.N.
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brown bear

  • noun large ferocious bear of Eurasia
    Ursus arctos; bruin.
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cat bear

  • noun reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas
    Ailurus fulgens; red panda; bear cat; lesser panda; panda.
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Cave bear

  • (Zoöl.), a very large fossil bear (Ursus spelæus) similar to the grizzly bear, but large; common in European caves.
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cinnamon bear

  • noun reddish-brown color phase of the American black bear
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city-born

  • adjective satellite being or having the customs or manners or dress of a city person
    city-bred; citified; cityfied.
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cone-bearing

  • adjective satellite of or relating to or part of trees or shrubs bearing cones and evergreen leaves
    coniferous.
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coon bear

  • noun large black-and-white herbivorous mammal of bamboo forests of China and Tibet; in some classifications considered a member of the bear family or of a separate family Ailuropodidae
    Ailuropoda melanoleuca; giant panda; panda; coon bear.
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False bearing

  • any bearing which is not directly upon a vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has a false bearing.
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fool-born

Fool"-born` adjective
Definitions
  1. Begotten by a fool. Shak.
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foreign-born

  • adjective satellite of persons born in another area or country than that lived in
    nonnative.
    • our large nonnative population
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freedom to bear arms

  • noun a right guaranteed by the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution
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fur-bearing

  • adjective satellite of animals having fur (especially of commercial quality)
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gold-bearing

  • adjective satellite containing gold
    auriferous.
    • auriferous quartz veins
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Great bear

  • noun a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
    Ursa Major.
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  • (Astron.), the constellation Ursa Major.
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Grisly bear

  • . (Zoöl.) See under Grizzly.
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Grizzly bear

  • noun powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America
    silver-tip; grizzly; silvertip; Ursus horribilis; Ursus arctos horribilis.
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  • (Zoöl.), a large and ferocious bear (Ursus horribilis) of Western North America and the Rocky Mountains. It is remarkable for the great length of its claws.
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heraldic bearing

  • noun heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield
    bearing; charge; armorial bearing.
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Honey bear

  • noun arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
    Potos caudivolvulus; kinkajou; Potos flavus; potto.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Kinkajou.
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ice bear

  • noun white bear of Arctic regions
    Thalarctos maritimus; ice bear; Ursus Maritimus.
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interest-bearing

  • adjective of financial obligations on which interest is paid
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journal bearing

  • noun the bearing of a journal
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Journal box, ∨ Journal bearing

  • (Mach.) the carrier of a journal; the box in which the journal of a shaft, axle, or pin turns.
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Jungle bear

  • (Zoöl.), the aswail or sloth bear.
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kangaroo bear

  • noun sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
    Phascolarctos cinereus; koala; koala bear; kangaroo bear.
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koala bear

  • noun sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
    Phascolarctos cinereus; koala; koala bear; kangaroo bear.
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kodiak bear

  • noun brown bear of coastal Alaska and British Columbia
    Ursus arctos middendorffi; Alaskan brown bear; Ursus middendorffi; Kodiak.
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little bear

  • noun a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
    Ursa Minor.
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live-bearing

  • adjective producing living young (not eggs)
    viviparous.
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load-bearing

  • adjective satellite capable of bearing a structural load
    supporting.
    • a supporting wall
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max born

  • noun British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)
    Born.
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naked as the day one was born

  • adjective satellite as naked as at birth
    in one's birthday suit; in your birthday suit; mother-naked; naked as the day one was born.
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naked as the day you were born

  • adjective satellite as naked as at birth
    in one's birthday suit; in your birthday suit; mother-naked; naked as the day one was born.
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Native bear

  • noun sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
    Phascolarctos cinereus; koala; koala bear; kangaroo bear.
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  • (Zoöl.), the koala.
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native-born

  • adjective satellite belonging to a place by birth
    • a native-born Scot
    • a native Scot
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needle bearing

  • noun bearings containing small metal balls
    ball bearing; needle bearing.
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nitrogen-bearing

  • adjective of or relating to or containing nitrogen
    nitrogenous.
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nut-bearing

  • adjective satellite (of shrubs or trees) producing nuts
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oil-bearing

  • adjective satellite containing oil
    • oil-bearing shale
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panda bear

  • noun large black-and-white herbivorous mammal of bamboo forests of China and Tibet; in some classifications considered a member of the bear family or of a separate family Ailuropodidae
    Ailuropoda melanoleuca; giant panda; panda; coon bear.
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Polar bear

  • noun white bear of Arctic regions
    Thalarctos maritimus; ice bear; Ursus Maritimus.
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  • (Zoöl.), a large bear (Ursus, ∨ Thalarctos, maritimus) inhabiting the arctic regions. It sometimes measures nearly nine feet in length and weighs 1,600 pounds. It is partially amphibious, very powerful, and the most carnivorous of all the bears. The fur is white, tinged with yellow. Called also White bear. See Bear.
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Reverse bearing

  • (Surv.), the bearing of a back station as observed from the station next in advance.
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roller bearing

  • noun bearings containing small metal balls
    ball bearing; needle bearing.
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rush-bearing

Rush"-bear`ing noun
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  1. A kind of rural festival at the dedication of a church, when the parishioners brought rushes to strew the church. Eng. Nares.
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sea bear

Sea" bear`
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  1. (Zoöl.) (a) Any fur seal. See under Fur. (b) The white bear.
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sea-born

Sea"-born` adjective
Definitions
  1. Born of the sea; produced by the sea. "Neptune and his sea-born niece." Waller.
  2. Born at sea.
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Self-adjusting bearing

  • (Shafting), a bearing which is supported in such a manner that it may tip to accomodate flexure or displacement of the shaft.
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shard-borne

Shard"-borne` adjective
Definitions
  1. Borne on shards or scaly wing cases. "The shard-borne beetle." Shak.
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sigh-born

Sigh"-born` adjective
Definitions
  1. Sorrowful; mournful. R. "Sigh-born thoughts." De Quincey.
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skunk bear

  • noun stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
    wolverine; carcajou; Gulo luscus.
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Sloth bear

  • noun common coarse-haired long-snouted bear of south-central Asia
    Ursus ursinus; Melursus ursinus.
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  • (Zoöl.), a black or brown long-haired bear (Melursus ursinus, ∨ labiatus), native of India and Ceylon; called also aswail, labiated bear, and jungle bear. It is easily tamed and can be taught many tricks.
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Spectacled bear

  • (Zoöl.), a South American bear (Tremarclos ornatus) which inhabits the high mountains of Chili and Peru. It has a light-colored ring around each eye.
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spore-bearing

  • adjective satellite bearing spores instead of producing seeds
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Sun bear

  • (Zoöl.), a species of bear (Helarctos Malayanus) native of Southern Asia and Borneo. It has a small head and short neck, and fine short glossy fur, mostly black, but brownish on the nose. It is easily tamed. Called also bruang, and Malayan bear.
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syrian bear

  • noun yellowish-grey Syrian brown bear
    Ursus arctos syriacus.
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teddy bear

  • noun plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)
    teddy.
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Thrust bearing

  • noun a bearing designed to take thrusts parallel to the axis of revolution
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  • (Screw Steamers), a bearing arranged to receive the thrust or endwise pressure of the screw shaft.
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To be born in the purple

  • to be of princely birth; to be highborn.
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To bear a hand

  • . (a) To help; to give assistance. (b) (Naut.) To make haste; to be quick.
  • (Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten.
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To bear a loss

  • to make a loss good; also, to sustain a loss without sinking under it.
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To bear against

  • to approach for attack or seizure; as, a lion bears against his prey. Obs.
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To bear away

  • (Naut.), to change the course of a ship, and make her run before the wind.
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To bear away the bell

  • to win the prize at a race where the prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something. Fuller.
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To bear back

  • to retreat. "Bearing back from the blows of their sable antagonist." Sir W. Scott.
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To bear date

  • to have the date named on the face of it; said of a writing.
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To bear down

  • . (a) To force into a lower place; to carry down; to depress or sink. "His nose, . . . large as were the others, bore them down into insignificance." Marryat. (b) To overthrow or crush by force; as, to bear down an enemy.
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To bear down upon

  • (Naut.), to approach from the windward side; as, the fleet bore down upon the enemy.
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To bear in hand

  • to keep (one) up in expectation, usually by promises never to be realized; to amuse by false pretenses; to delude. Obs. "How you were borne in hand, how crossed." Shak.
  • to keep in expectation with false pretenses. Obs. Shak.
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To bear in mind

  • to remember.
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To bear in with

  • (Naut.), to run or tend toward; as, a ship bears in with the land.
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To bear off

  • . (a) To restrain; to keep from approach. (b) (Naut.) To remove to a distance; to keep clear from rubbing against anything; as, to bear off a blow; to bear off a boat. (c) To gain; to carry off, as a prize.
  • (Naut.), to steer away, as from land.
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To bear one hard

  • to owe one a grudge. Obs. "Cæsar doth bear me hard." Shak.
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To bear out

  • . (a) To maintain and support to the end; to defend to the last. "Company only can bear a man out in an ill thing." South. (b) To corroborate; to confirm.
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To bear the bell

  • to be the first or leader; in allusion to the bellwether or a flock, or the leading animal of a team or drove, when wearing a bell.
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To bear up

  • to support; to keep from falling or sinking. "Religious hope bears up the mind under sufferings." Addison.
  • . (a) To be supported; to have fortitude; to be firm; not to sink; as, to bear up under afflictions. (b) (Naut.) To put the helm up (or to windward) and so put the ship before the wind; to bear away. Hamersly.
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To bear up to

  • to tend or move toward; as, to bear up to one another.
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To bear upon

  • (Mil.), to be pointed or situated so as to affect; to be pointed directly against, or so as to hit (the object); as, to bring or plant guns so as to bear upon a fort or a ship; the artillery bore upon the center.
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To bear with

  • to endure; to be indulgent to; to forbear to resent, oppose, or punish.
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To bring one to his bearings

  • to bring one to his senses.
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To lose one's bearings

  • to become bewildered.
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To take bearings

  • to ascertain by the compass the position of an object; to ascertain the relation of one object or place to another; to ascertain one's position by reference to landmarks or to the compass; hence  to ascertain the condition of things when one is in trouble or perplexity.
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Tree bear

  • (Zoöl.), the raccoon. Local, U.S.
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true-born

True"-born` adjective
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  1. Of genuine birth; having a right by birth to any title; as, a true-born Englishman.
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vector-borne transmission

  • noun indirect transmission of an infectious agent that occurs when a vector bites or touches a person
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vehicle-borne transmission

  • noun indirect transmission of an infectious agent that occurs when a vehicle (or fomite) touches a person's body or is ingested
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Washing bear

  • (Zoöl.), the raccoon.
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water bear

Wa"ter bear`
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  1. (Zoöl.) Any species of Tardigrada, 2. See Illust. of Tardigrada.
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well-born

Well"-born` adjective
Definitions
  1. Born of a noble or respect able family; not of mean birth.
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White bear

  • (Zoöl.), the polar bear. See under Polar.
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Woolly bear

  • noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests
    woolly bear.
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  • (Zoöl.), the hairy larva of several species of bombycid moths. The most common species in the United States are the salt-marsh caterpillar (see under Salt), the black and red woolly bear, or larva of the Isabella moth (see Illust., under Isabella Moth), and the yellow woolly bear, or larva of the American ermine moth (Spilosoma Virginica).
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woolly bear caterpillar

  • noun caterpillar of numerous moths characterized by a dense coat of woolly hairs; feed on plants and some are destructive pests
    woolly bear.
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woolly bear moth

  • noun larva of moth of the family Arctiidae
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young-bearing

  • adjective satellite capable of producing eggs and bearing offspring
    egg-producing.
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