bald

Definitions

  • BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
    BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bald lacking hair on all or most of the scalp "a bald pate","a bald-headed gentleman"
    • adj bald without the natural or usual covering "a bald spot on the lawn","bare hills"
    • adj bald with no effort to conceal "a barefaced lie"
    • v bald grow bald; lose hair on one's head "He is balding already"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BALD-EAGLE BALD-EAGLE
A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background
A bald man approaches his home with two vases A bald man approaches his home with two vases
AMERICAN BALD EAGLE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Peladophobia refers to the fear of bald people
    • Bald (Bot) Destitute of a beard or awn; as, bald wheat.
    • Bald Destitute of dignity or value; paltry; mean.
    • Bald Destitute of ornament; unadorned; bare; literal. "In the preface to his own bald translation."
    • Bald (Zoöl) Destitute of the natural covering.
    • Bald Destitute of the natural or common covering on the head or top, as of hair, feathers, foliage, trees, etc.; as, a bald head; a bald oak. "On the bald top of an eminence."
    • Bald (Zoöl) Marked with a white spot on the head; bald-faced.
    • Bald Undisguised. "Bald egotism."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bald men have the same amount of hair on their heads as other men.
    • bald Wanting hair, as the head, in some part (usually the top, or front and top) where it naturally grows; partly or wholly deprived of hair on the head, as a person.
    • bald Without the natural or usual covering of the head or top; bareheaded: as, a bald oak; a bald mountain.
    • bald Destitute of beard or awn: as, bald wheat.
    • bald Wanting force or meaning; meager; paltry: as, a bald sermon; a bald truism.
    • bald Destitute of appropriate ornament; too bare, plain, or literal; unadorned; inelegant: as, “a bald translation,”
    • bald Bare; open; undisguised.
    • bald Having white on the face or head: specifically applied to several birds: as, the bald buzzard, eagle, etc.
    • n bald A natural meadow or grassy plain occurring on the rounded summit of a high mountain: a term in use in the southern extension of the Appalachian ranges, where a number of the highest knobs have their dome-shaped tops entirely bare of trees.
    • bald To make bald; deprive of hair.
    • bald An obsolete and dialectal form of bold. It is retained in this spelling as an element in certain proper names of Anglo-Saxon or Old High German origin: as, Baldwin, Archibald, Ethelbald, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tarantulas have retractable claws like cats and the hairs on their abdomen and back legs can stick into an enemy and itch. They also get bald on their thorax when they get old. Thanx Laura
    • adj Bald bawld without hair (feathers, &c.) on the head (or on other parts of the body): bare, unadorned, destitute of literary grace: paltry, trivial: undisguised
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Quotations

  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    Matthew%20Arnold
    “Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “The tenderest spot in a man's make-up is sometimes the bald spot on top of his head.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “All beliefs are bald ideas.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.”

Idioms

Bald as a coot - A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. balled, ballid, perh. the p. p. of ball, to reduce to the roundness or smoothness of a ball, by removing hair. √85. But cf. W. bali, whiteness in a horse's forehead
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. 'shining,' 'white,' Ir. and Gael. bàl, 'white' spot; but perh. conn. with ball in the sense of 'rounded,' whence 'smooth,' 'hairless.'

Usage

In literature:

What I was about to remark, if it had been proper, was that the old fellow is getting wofully bald.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
He was forty-seven and completely bald, but there was an appealing weakness in him which won my heart.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
He was usually represented as an old man, bare-headed and bald, with all the marks of infirmity in his eyes, countenance, and figure.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
He was completely bald, and he puffed when he walked.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
His face was red; he mopped the perspiration from his bald head.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
In a corner booth, Barrent saw a bald, thick-shouldered man sitting over a tiny glass of thanapiquita.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
His uncovered head showed a large bald patch, his face was round and of a cherubic serenity.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I daresay the old hair will keep on until the new appears, and then you need never have the horrible experience of seeing a bald head.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
And if we would follow him and do as he said do, That old bald-headed cow-thief would surely take us through.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
He was the first bald-headed man of any prominence in the history of America.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
Although Bald Eagle was thus caught unprepared, he was not slow to meet the enemy.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
Do 'ee happen to know, Mr Morley, 'ow it is that bald heads an' fat corpuses a'most always go together?
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
The roads were in too wretched a condition for the "Bald Eagle's" one rickety carriage to attempt to plough through.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
He was accompanied by a little bald-headed Jew named Spitzstein, and we were almost abreast of them when I stepped forward and arrested them.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
To be prematurely bald is disheartening.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Turn to baldness and dandruff, and you have your answer.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
What I was about to remark, if it had been proper, was that the old fellow is getting wofully bald.
"The Arena" by Various
Mr Bald formed the Shepherd's acquaintance in 1803, when on a visit to his friend Grieve, at Cacrabank.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
He was quite an old little man, and his head was long and entirely bald.
"Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
There is Prof. Freilgrath, quite different from their old, round, bald German teacher.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

Black Scots and red Scots,
Short Scots an’ lang,
Ginger Scots an’ bald Scots—
I dealt wi’ the gang.
"The Scots [A Dirge]" by Henry Lawson
Spring will blossom again. Only I
hang on to my stem –
bald shoot with no bud and no flower
no fruit and no leaf.
"A Long Bough" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
When children, in their wanton play,
Served old Elisha so,
And bade the prophet go his way,
"Go up, thou bald head, go!"
"Against Scoffing and Calling Names" by Isaac Watts
For the daddy of all the stockmen
As ever come mustering here
Was killed in the flaming mulga
A-yarding a bald-faced steer.
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
Argonnerwald, Argonnerwald,
Ein stiller Friedhof wirst du bald.
In deiner kühlen Erde ruht
So manches tapfere Soldatenblut.
"Argonne Forest At Midnight" by Anonymous European
Obdurate, in dense-grained wood,
A bald angel blocks and shapes
The flimsy light; arms folded
Watches his cumbrous world eclipse
"Sculptor" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

View full size Dave Menke/USFWS bald eagle grips a canvasback duck in its talons in Klamath Basin.
Two other bald eagles, one immature, watch from the ice.
WXAN Radio and the Bald Knob Cross of Peace have teamed up to present "The Light of the Cross Gospel Fest".
Willie Lyles joined John Canzano on The Bald-Faced Truth on Tuesday (read Canzano's column here).
Adult bald eagle near llano .
Llano bald eagles nest.
The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, says that researchers have isolated a specific protein, called prostaglandin D2, that blocks hair growth and, in turn, may cause male pattern baldness .
New cause for male pattern baldness discovered: Is cure next.
Researchers have discovered a new potential cause that may help them get to the root of male pattern baldness .
Researchers are zeroing in on a new potential cause of male pattern baldness , and their discovery may pave the way toward more effective and targeted treatments.
Male-pattern baldness is a genetically determined condition, which results in a predictable pattern of hair loss.
For as long as there has been baldness, it seems, there have been efforts to cure it: oils and creams, toupees and transplants, not to mention what hair stylists gingerly term "the comb-over".
On a windy, cold Friday night in Southwest Washington, a mostly bald middle-aged man and a young, wiry, slight younger man came out of the Arena Stage doors, dwarfed by the glass and wood edifice.
The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office and US Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for volunteers to help with the 2009 midwinter bald eagle survey on Saturday Jan 10.
Montezuma 's Bald Eagles featured on CBS.
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In science:

On the other hand, bald cypresses and other trees are significantly associated for distance larger than 4 m.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
It is interesting to observe that both methods indicate that bald cypresses have a very different pattern compared to the others.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The plot contains 13 different tree species, of which we only consider two, namely, bald cypress (Taxodium distichum ) and black gum trees (Nyssa sylvatica ).
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
All tests are significant for the two-sided alternative implying deviation from CSR independence, and among the directional tests, right-sided tests are significant, indicating significant segregation between black gums and bald cypresses.
Directional Clustering Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Here we also apply the convex hull correction as in Equation (26) by determining the proportion of other trees outside the convex hull of bald cypresses.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
The cell percentages are relative to the row sums (i.e., number of other or bald cypress trees) and marginal percentages are relative to the overall sum.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
More specifically, NNCT-tests in this example tests the spatial interaction between the two tree groups, while the relative density approach only tests the spatial interaction of other trees with bald cypresses, but not vice versa.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Furthermore, this situation is an example where relative density is more appropriate since there is much more other trees compared to bald cypresses.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Table 1: The NNCT for swamp tree data (left) and the corresponding percentages (right). O.T. stands for “other trees” and B.C. for “bald cypresses”.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Wide dashed lines are the upper and lower (pointwise) 95 % confidence bounds for the functions based on Monte Carlo simulations under the CSR independence pattern. B.C. = bald cypresses and O.T. = other trees.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Ripley’s bivariate L-function for the bald cypresses and other trees are plotted in Figure 38, which suggests that bald cypresses and other trees are significantly segregated for distances about 0.5 to 7 meters, and do not significantly deviate from CSR for distances from 7 to 10 meters.
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Balding (2006) provided an excellent review of statistical methods for the analysis of association studies.
Robust Tests in Genome-Wide Scans under Incomplete Linkage Disequilibrium
Balding, D. J. (2006). A tutorial on statistical methods for population association studies.
Robust Tests in Genome-Wide Scans under Incomplete Linkage Disequilibrium
Beaumont MA, Zhang W, Balding DJ: Approximate Bayesian computation in population genetics.
abc: an R package for Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC)
Lopes JS, Balding D, Beaumont MA: PopABC: a program to infer historical demographic parameters.
abc: an R package for Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC)
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