beak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beak hit lightly with a picking motion
    • n beak horny projecting mouth of a bird
    • n beak beaklike mouth of animals other than birds (e.g., turtles)
    • n beak informal terms for the nose
    • n beak a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kiwis are the only known bird to have nostrils located at the tip of their beak
    • Beak (Antiq) A beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow of an ancient galley, in order to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead.
    • Beak (Arch) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off.
    • Beak A magistrate or policeman.
    • Beak (Zoöl) A similar bill in other animals, as the turtles.
    • Beak (Far) A toe clip. See Clip n. Far.
    • Beak (Bot) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
    • Beak Anything projecting or ending in a point, like a beak, as a promontory of land.
    • Beak (Naut) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee.
    • Beak (Zoöl) The bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny sheath, covering the jaws. The form varies much according to the food and habits of the bird, and is largely used in the classification of birds.
    • Beak (Zoöl) The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects, and other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera.
    • Beak (Zoöl) The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal.
    • Beak (Zoöl) The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The thing that hangs from the top of the beak of a turkey is called the snood
    • n beak In zoology, the rostrum, snout, muzzle, jaws, mandibles, or some similar part of an animal. Especially— In ornithology, the horny bill or neb of a bird.
    • n beak Anything ending in a point like a beak. Nautical, a powerful construction of metal, as steel, iron, or brass, or of timber sheathed with metal, forming a part of the bow of many war-ships, and extending below the water-line, for the purpose of striking and breaking in the sides of an enemy’s ship. Also called ram (which see). For a cut of the beak of an ancient wargalley, see acrostolium.
    • n beak A gas-burner having a round smooth hole of an inch in diameter; a bird's-mouth.
    • n beak A beak-iron (which see).
    • beak In cock-fighting, to seize or strike with the beak.
    • n beak A magistrate; a judge; a policeman.
    • n beak In the shells of the Brachiopoda (Molluscoidea) and Pelecypoda (Mollusca), the projecting, usually arched, part of the valves; the initial part of the shell about which accretions by growth have been added unequally. Beaks in the two valves of the Brachiopoda are usually of unequal size and prominence, but in the Pelecypoda, they are generally alike. Often termed umbo.
    • n beak Specifically, the mouthpiece of instruments like the clarinet and some varieties of flageolets or direct flutes.
    • beak To ram (a ship) with the beak or prow so as to penetrate the hull in an endeavor to sink it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • n Beak bēk the bill of a bird: anything pointed or projecting: the nose: in the ancient galley, a pointed iron fastened to the prow for piercing the enemy's vessel:
    • n Beak bēk (slang) a magistrate
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Quotations

  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bek, F. bec, fr. Celtic; cf. Gael. & Ir. bac, bacc, hook, W. bach,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bec—Low L. beccus, of Celt. (Gaulish) origin.

Usage

In literature:

They could not carry it with their feet, and how could they manage it with their beaks?
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
The next most common form is the beak-head, consisting of a hollow and large round.
"Our Homeland Churches and How to Study Them" by Sidney Heath
It was bleak and lantern-jawed, with a gash for a mouth, and a great beak of a nose that thrust out between two cold gray eyes.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
You can't see his beak very well for the soft feathers almost cover it.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [June, 1897]" by Various
The long beaks were overfull of sharp teeth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
The nostrils of birds are usually of an oval form, and are placed near the base of the beak.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
How he got there, I don't know: perhaps a bird dropped him out of his beak.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
Then she began to laugh very much, and great big rubies fell from her beak as she laughed.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
He flew out, snapped his beak, and, returning to his perch, wiped it carefully.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
His beak wore the surface perceptibly.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Just at that moment, the May-fly grub had come up to the surface; and now the bird's beak was exactly over her.
"The Pond" by Carl Ewald
Larger size of this muscle in the white-wing seems to be related to its elongated beak.
"Jaw Musculature of the Mourning and White-winged Doves" by Robert L. Merz
Makin' a rush and settin' the pedler free when he comes up before the Beak?
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
This horde with beaks and talons were evidently pillaging something.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
If a Beak had a heart then you'd compryend Us pore little Horgin boys was the poor man's friend.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
The girl screamed and twisted away to the length of her tether, and the toothed beak just missed her.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
At this moment a passing shrike swooped down and caught the butterfly in his beak.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It was a perfect bird, with a beak and feathers, and could not have been dead long.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Strange crocodile-like reptiles, with turtle-like beaks and tusks, but no teeth, left their skeletons in the mud of the shores they frequented.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Is there blood on your beak!
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
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In poetry:

Ah, none of these
May make it plain,
No image we may seek
Shall match the magic of his gurgling beak.
"An Ode To Spring" by Richard Le Gallienne
And, perching on the point above
Wherefrom the pennon blows,
The figure of a flying dove,
And in her beak a rose.
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
Over the temple cawing flies
The crow with carrion in his beak.
Buddha within lifts not his eyes
In pity or reproval meek;
"Maya" by Cale Young Rice
Ve'll tear dot English heart oudt yet
Mit eagle's beak and claws;
Shoost now ve can't to London get,
I don't know vy pecause.
"The Hate Of Hans" by Abner Cosens
And this precious pair of raskles
Tuesday last came up for doom;
By the beak they was committed,
Vich his name was Mr. Combe.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The birthmarks that are his trademark——
The scald scar of water,
The nude
Verdigris of the condor.
I am red meat. His beak
"Death & Co." by Sylvia Plath

In news:

They were flying reptiles called pterosaurs with long, sharp beaks and wings for soaring.
Turns out, a lot of baby owls look the same — all fluff and beaks and evil-looking yellow eyes.
Researchers at Birds of Prey Northwest found an eagle that was missing part of its beak, apparently shot off by a hunter.
Note the cicada in the right martin's beak.
0The Model 2-DCM automatic and mechanical drum handling attachment fits any forklift and uses the company's exclusive Parrot-Beak clamping system.
Beak Adaptations & Citizen Science.
Slowly pulling her drawstring bag open and cupping the scared animal inside, Dana Ripper anticipated the pinch of its tiny beak tugging on her skin.
A story of Beauty and the beak.
Beauty is the name an American Bald Eagle that was injured when a poacher's bullet destroyed much of her top beak, leaving her unable to eat solid food.
Injured Bald Eagle Gets Mouth-to-Beak CPR.
The long-beaked echidna is one of the oldest, rarest, shyest, silliest-looking yet potentially most illuminating mammals on earth.
"There's some type of plastic substance in its beak, which means it ate something and was unable to digest it," Haro said.
Noisy Parrot Inspires Beak-Driven ' Bird Buggy.
Pepper the parrot drives the Bird Buggy with his beak.
Bird food and beak deformities.
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In science:

This indicates that the inner boundary of the outer gap, which a has beak-like shape on the meridional plane, would not be connected to the star if we could carry out a much lower Ecr model.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
It is the presence of these non-zero tensors that beaks Lorentz invariance.2 Rather than deal with the entire SME, we can work with a simpler model that yields the same essential physics: matter and gauge fields couple not only to the metric, but also to a preferred frame (c.f. [2, 3, 4]).
Have we tested Lorentz invariance enough?
In , general criteria for the cuspidal lips and the cuspidal beaks were given and the horo-flat surfaces in hyperbolic space were investigated.
Criteria for cuspidal S_k singularities and their applications
CALCULATION MODEL To analyze the resultant magnetic field produced by the interaction between the magnetic particles and the geomagnetic field, the dendrites in the upper beak that contain magnetic particles were simulated as a cylinder.
Avian magnetoreception model realized by coupling magnetite-based mechanism with radical-pair-based mechanism
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