bicker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bicker argue over petty things "Let's not quibble over pennies"
    • n bicker a quarrel about petty points
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bicker A fight with stones between two parties of boys.
    • Bicker A skirmish; an encounter.
    • n Bicker A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub.
    • Bicker A wrangle; also, a noise,, as in angry contention.
    • Bicker To contend in petulant altercation; to wrangle. "Petty things about which men cark and bicker ."
    • Bicker To move quickly and unsteadily, or with a pattering noise; to quiver; to be tremulous, like flame. "They [streamlets bickered through the sunny shade."
    • Bicker To skirmish; to exchange blows; to fight. "Two eagles had a conflict, and bickered together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bicker To exchange blows; skirmish; fight off and on: said particularly of the skirmishing of archers and slingers.
    • bicker To quarrel; contend in words; engage in petulant altercation; wrangle.
    • bicker Hence —3. To make a brawling sound; make any repeated noisy action; clatter.
    • bicker To run rapidly; move quickly; quiver; be tremulous, like flame or water.
    • bicker To make a short rapid run.
    • bicker To strike repeatedly.
    • n bicker A fight, especially a confused fight.
    • n bicker A quarrel; an angry dispute; an altercation.
    • n bicker A confused or rapid succession of sounds; a rattling or clattering noise.
    • n bicker A short rapid run or race; a staggering run, as from loss of equilibrium.
    • n bicker A bowl or dish for containing liquor, properly one made of wood; a drinking-cup; also, specifically, in many parts of Scotland, a wooden dish made of staves and hoops, like a tub, for holding food.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bicker bik′ėr to contend in a petty way: to quiver: to move quickly and tremulously, as running water
    • n Bicker a fight, a quarrel: a clattering noise: a short run
    • n Bicker bik′ėr a bowl for holding liquor, esp. of wood: a vessel made of wooden staves for holding porridge.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bikeren, perh. fr. Celtic; cf. W. bicra, to fight, bicker, bicre, conflict, skirmish; perh. akin to E. beak,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot. form of Beaker.

Usage

In literature:

One feels glad that she finally left England and that further bickering was impossible.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
There, at any rate, there was peace and rest, and no bickerings.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Every brae has had its gory bicker.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Diplomatic bickerings here could not destroy the genuine sympathy between the two nations.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Why stand bickering about English or American, when we can be proud of being men?
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
But they bickered a great deal and sometimes openly quarrelled.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
And he did not escape the danger of such bickerings with their resultant ill-feeling.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
Thus they bickered, fought and made up, close to forty years.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Hence follow thwartings of the will, bickering and misery.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
But further bickering was prevented by the doctor.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was a man of small bickerings, exactions, forms.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
The country was torn by racial and religious bickerings.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
Oh, I could squirm when I think of the bickerings I have had with music-lovers.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
The least imaginable thing in word, look, or act he takes as a cause for bickering and contention.
"Talkers" by John Bate
John stood at the foot of the escalator, a reluctant witness to the bickering.
"The House from Nowhere" by Arthur G. Stangland
I am satisfied that there is less bickering in mountain households than in the most advanced society of Christendom.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
The bickering of the apes passed unnoticed as Ellen stared.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
Now no more petty bickering between you two foolish boys.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
Tied to the old round of petty bickerings and small intrigues.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Bickering and Ragge be left to me; I have already held correspondence with them, and on this very subject.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

Sir Walter Raleigh
Bickered down the valley.
But he could do better than the rill,
For he could bicker up-hill.
"Clerihew – Raleigh" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
She brought the best things fraw her hoard,
The bicker ream'd wi' nappy brown,
And smiles o' kindness round the board
Made welcome's feast gang sweeter down.
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
As I watch you flicker,
As I list you bicker,
Speak the ancient dreams:
--You have battled, Jew, one time,
You have conquer'd too, one time.
(God, how strange it seems!)
"The Feast Of Lights" by Morris Rosenfeld
Whan neebors fell oot, an' wad bicker an' flyte;
An' women were fashous wi' clashes and spite;
To rede up their quarrels he mony times gaed,
In meekness an' wisdom peace aften he made.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
And, those he offended, as everyone must,
Whose thoughts are progressive, whose actions are just,
With kindness he reasoned all errors to show,
And made a staunch friend of a bickering foe.
"To The Memory of David Scott" by John Henry Kimble
Oh! the music of the rain,
See it comes pouring down,
Bright and joyous o'er field and plain,
While its golden currents drain
The smooth and verdured lawn,
And then run bickering to the main.
"The Music Of The Rain" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner HCHS's James Bickers (19) heads the ball past Dunbar 's Nick Dimeo (7) during their state soccer tournament game in Lexington Thursday night, November 1, 2012.
That is unless you're Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford, who are enlisting the help of the nation in sorting out their marital bickering.
When is the last time our government worked to fix a pressing problem through new thinking, compromise, and reasoned argument, rather than energizing bases, fear-mongering, and partisan bickering.
NHL needs to stop bickering and get back to work.
Ohio summers bring heat and humidity every year that cause some to bicker and others to sit back, relax, and order some gin .
As the 20-year anniversary of Desert Storm looms, one out of four veterans who served there are sick, even as veterans advocates and the Veterans Affairs Department still bicker.
You see them in platform committee meetings bickering about obscure, sometimes offbeat policies — leaving the United Nations or returning to the gold standard.
As Thalia Assuras reports, the question remains if partisan bickering will stop him in his tracks.
The aim was to elect more moderates and tamp down partisan bickering by putting the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, into the general election.
A debate over an expansion of gambling in Illinois is stuck in neutral, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, as Gov Pat Quinn and the state legislature bicker over how the expansion should proceed.
Neighbors Bicker over a Proposed Hotel and Restaurant in Bridgehampton.
Romania's Parliament approved a section in the law governing referendums to make it easier to impeach the president as the nation's two top politicians bicker over policy.
The Samsung-Apple lawsuit is heating up as attorneys from both sides bicker over every detail imaginable.
The top advisers to Senator John Edwards in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination are a group that has held together without public bickering RANDAL C ARCHIBOLD.
I think I'll stick to reading the facts online instead of listening to 'news people' bicker.
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In science:

The SPTF approximation is a multiband spinpolarized generalization of the fluctuation exchange approximation (FLEX) of Bickers and Scalapino, but with a different treatment of particle-hole (PH) and particle-particle (PP) channels.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
In one view, the effective interaction between the particles is dominated by the exchange of an AF spin fluctuation, and this leads to dx2−y2 -wave pairing [Bickers et al. 1987].
d_{x^2-y^2}-wave superconductivity and the Hubbard model
Perhaps, the most commonly used of these approaches is the fluctuation exchange (FLEX) approximation [Bickers et al. 1989], which self-consistently treats the fluctuations in the magnetic, density and the pairing channels.
d_{x^2-y^2}-wave superconductivity and the Hubbard model
It will be seen that for U = 4t, the FLEX provides results in excellent agreement with the QMC data on the density of states N (ω) and the Bethe-Salpeter eigenvalues in the pairing channel at the temperatures where the QMC calculations are carried out, as found earlier [Bickers et al. 1989].
d_{x^2-y^2}-wave superconductivity and the Hubbard model
This approach has been also used for studying a three-band CuO2 model which has nearest neighbor copper-oxygen hopping and an onsite Coulomb repulsion at the Cu sites [Luo and Bickers 1993].
d_{x^2-y^2}-wave superconductivity and the Hubbard model
Prominent examples of conserving approximations include the Hartree-Fock theory and the fluctuation exchange approximation (Bickers et al., 1989).
Quantum Cluster Theories
FLEX (Bickers et al., 1989; Bickers and White, 1990) extends the second order perturbation theory through higher order diagrams.
Quantum Cluster Theories
Surprisingly, the NCA is capable of recovering a variety of complex features in thermodynamic and dynamic quantities of the single impurity Anderson model at U = ∞ (Bickers, 1987).
Quantum Cluster Theories
It is well known from weak coupling FSS FLEX results (Bickers et al., 1989) and phenomenological theories (Monthoux et al., 1991; Scalapino, 1999) that antiferromagnetic spin-fluctuations mediate pairing with d-wave symmetry and cause a pseudogap in underdoped systems.
Quantum Cluster Theories
Our potential is an extension of the fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation of Bickers, Scalapino and White , as can easily be seen by taking Ao → 0.
An unconventional Fermi liquid model for the optimally doped and overdoped cuprate superconductors
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