• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Betty A name of contempt given to a man who interferes with the duties of women in a household, or who occupies himself with womanish matters.
    • Betty A pear-shaped bottle covered round with straw, in which olive oil is sometimes brought from Italy; -- called by chemists a Florence flask.
    • Betty A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. "The powerful betty , or the artful picklock."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Little Betty and Gentlemen Little Betty and Gentlemen
Betty Showed Her the Victrola Betty Showed Her the Victrola

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: After twenty-seven years, Betty Rubble made her debut as a Flintstones Vitamin in 1996
    • n betty A man who interferes with the domestic duties of women, or engages in female occupations. Also called cot-betty.
    • n betty A short bar used by thieves to wrench doors open. Also called a bess, a jenny, and now a jimmy or jemmy.
    • n betty A pear-shaped bottle, covered with maize-leaves or the like, in which olive-oil is exported from Italy; a Florence flask.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The last female to occupy the Number 1 spot on the Top Ten Box Office list was Julie Andrews in 1967; the top position has been filled by a female film performer only 12 times (by six actresses) since 1932, when the list was established. The other five females to hold the Number 1 box office position are Shirley Temple (four times), Doris Day (twice), Marie Dressler (twice), Betty Grable (once), and Elizabeth Taylor (once). Andrews was ranked Number 1 twice.
    • n Betty bet′ti a man who troubles himself with the women's work in a household: a slang name for a burglar's jemmy or jenny.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Supposed to be a cant word, from Betty, for Elizabeth, as such an instrument is also called Bess,i. e., Elizabeth,) in the Canting Dictionary of 1725, and Jenny,i. e., Jane,)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Betty, Bet, familiar abbrev. of Elizabeth.


In literature:

Sure Pop paused in his story as Betty came dashing around the house.
"Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts" by Roy Rutherford Bailey
They were for a fire, it seemed, and Betty welcomed the idea.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
I scared to tell little Betty.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Betty took her place on a couch, to which the doctor led her with a bow.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Betty heaved a deep sigh, and put out her hand and softly touched Peter Junior's trousers.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Betty's money had securely buttressed the family fortunes and he had three delightful little boys to buttress Betty's money.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Up came Betty, the Master came home, and told Betty to go to bed, and Jim to shut up.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
When Bet gets talking about Lady Betty of the Manor, she keeps it up for the whole afternoon.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
Bob looked at Betty, and Betty stared at Bob.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
If Nancy doesn't like her she says, 'You're losing a hairpin, Betty.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley

In poetry:

I have three sorrows in my breast
To drown my heart in tears,
My Betty, Jock, and little Roy,
To shade my waning years.
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
‘Twas long before the customers
Were suited to their mind,
When Betty screaming came down stairs,
"The wine is left behind!"
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Why, beauteous Bettie! longer shed,
Showers of pearls so bright to see?
Bid dark doubt be quickly sped,
I am faithful still to thee.
"To Bettie" by James Avis Bartley
Why, beauteous Bettie, longer shed
Pearly showers of causeless grief,
Why bend down that lovely head,
Like the autumn's rain-wash'd leaf?
"To Bettie" by James Avis Bartley
The good Lady Suffolk, thinking no harm,
Had got this poor stranger hid under her arm.
Lady Betty by chance came the secret to know
And from her own mother stole Signior Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
Betty Yack, of Mittyack, charming was and young;
But Betty Yack of Mittyack, had a bitter tongue.
And she married her one Otto who henceforth seemed doomed for life,
To submit to the upbraiding of his bonny, bitter wife.
"The Alternative - 1927" by C J Dennis

In news:

Among survivors are his wife, Betty.
Ast summer several newspapers recounted how Betty Eppes, a reporter for The Baton Rouge Advocate, managed a brief interview with J.
DAVIS, BETTY 26 days ago.
DAVIS, BETTY 27 days ago.
DAVIS, BETTY 25 days ago.
DUNCAN — Betty Jean ( Keck ) Armstrong, 84 of Comanche, passed away Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at Duncan, Regional Hospital.
Betty Lou Keck was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on January 29, 1944.
For more than forty years Betty worked as a Hair Dresser.
Betty Lou Keck , 69, of Monroe died Saturday.
Betty Lou Keck Jan 29, 1944-March 17, 2012.
Mars made a splash with a Snickers TV ad featuring actress Betty White during the 2010 Super Bowl.
Paul Adrian Kirsch , the son of John and Betty (Cole) Kirsch was born at Schaller, on March 21, 1957.
He was born June 11, 1943, at Kirk, the son of the late William and Betty Sartin Lackey .
Dean and Betty Lakin of Columbia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 10, 2012.
Lardy speaks from Washington with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop".

In science:

Given a topological space X , we denote by bi (X ) = rk Hi (X ) and βi (X ) = dim Hi (X ; Z2 ) its Z- and Z2 -Betti numbers, respectively.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
Betti numbers are denoted by b∗ (X ) = Pi>0 bi (X ) and β∗ (X ) = Pi>0 βi (X ).
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
The quotient group Hq = Zq /Bq is called the q -th homology group and it is the topic of algebraic topology to show that the rank of these groups (called the Betti numbers) is invariant under homotopy transformations.
Euler-Poincare' Characteristic and Phase Transition in the Potts Model
In that case it turns out that the rank of the 0-th homology group (the 0-th Betti number) has a very simple meaning, it just gives the number of connected components of the configuration.
Euler-Poincare' Characteristic and Phase Transition in the Potts Model
We specially thank Betty De Filippis and Africa Castillo for many useful discussions and time-sharing.
The Galaxy Cluster RBS380: Xray and Optical Analysis