• "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
    "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bier a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
    • n bier a coffin along with its stand "we followed the bier to the graveyard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bier (Weaving) A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth.
    • Bier A handbarrow or portable frame on which a corpse is placed or borne to the grave.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bier A frame, usually of wood, on which to carry a load; a barrow; a litter; a stretcher.
    • n bier Specifically A framework on which a corpse, or the coffin containing it, is laid before burial; also, one on which it is carried to the grave by hand.
    • n bier A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth. Imp. Dict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bier bēr a carriage or frame of wood for bearing the dead to the grave.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bæe, beere, AS. br, bre,; akin to D. baar, OHG. bāra, G. bahre, Icel barar, D baare, L. feretrum, Gr. , from the same bear, to produce. See 1st Bear, and cf. Barrow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bǽr; Ger. bahre, L. fer-etrum. From root of verb Bear.


In literature:

At the cremation-ground the corpse is taken from the bier and placed on the pyre.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
The man who lies on the bamboo bier has ceased to live.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Then they laid her upon a bier, and all seven placed themselves around it, and wept and wept for three days without ceasing.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
The dead were placed on a bier and wrapped in some kind of a cover.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Give me thy hand and lead me to the bier: Thou know'st it is not all of death to die.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
The body upon the bier is covered.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Amine, there is no hope; thus will I mount my funeral bier, and wait the will of destiny.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
All night she sat by the improvised bier, her tears dropping silently.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
And now they were preparing the funeral pile, and the shaken torches, and the bier.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
The great mahogany bed itself was almost like a bier, with its dark velvet hangings, and dusty plumes.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
John O'Brien, is laid low on the bier of death.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
Fall, for her sake, on Stonewall's bier.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The weiss bier of Berlin, served in wide goblets, is rather going out of fashion.
"Face to Face with Kaiserism" by James W. Gerard
Cooked food is placed on the bier and deposited on the ground half-way to the cemetery.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
And you, who lie there on your bier, my sweet sister, my dear friend, how plump and tender you were!
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
The burden was a bier, covered with a cloth, under which could be seen the outlines of a human form.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Then the senators themselves placed the bier on their shoulders, leaving the city by the Porta Triumphalis.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
There they cut down a tall oak-tree and made a bier for the maiden, and they covered the oak with silver.
"Stories from the Ballads" by Mary MacGregor
The yellow-haired laddie is low on the bier.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
I poot mine mout to a parrel of bier, Und emptied it oop mit a schwigs.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various

In poetry:

For the hot lips ice-drops bring,
Cold and clear;
Or white eyelids gently closing,
For the bier.
"The Hospital" by Anonymous Americas
Slumberer! thine early bier
Friends should have crown'd,
Many a flower and tear
Shedding around.
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Honor the worthy dead,
Strew flowers on her bier,
And to the memory of a friend,
O lend a tender tear!
"In Memory of Harriet Beecher Stowe" by George Hannibal Temple
Lo! the magic of the wine
From far marsh of Amyclae!
Bier'd upon the ruddy vine,
Spartan dust and Helot lay!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
She is not dead, she's sleeping
The dreamless sleep and drear;
Her friends are gathered weeping
Round her untimely bier.
"On The Death Of Miss Eleanora Henderson" by David John Scott
Sat on the earth as on a bier,
Where loss and ruin lived alone,
Without the comfort of a tear—
Without a passing groan.
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur

In news:

In vino veritas, aber in bier auch etwas.
Bier:Thirty aims higher than usual pub fare.
Talking to Wils Wilson, director of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, which starts tonight at the Bier Baron Tavern.
Bayou Teche's Biere Noire modeled on extinct German brew.
Beer and sausage, or "bier und bratwurst" as the Germans say, is the focus of a Catholic school fundraiser later this month.
Sgt Craig Bier, the 10th NYPD cop to.
Plain Dealer writer John Petkovic has penned a profile on Sam McNulty, one of the men behind the Bier Markt, Bar Cento and Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.
Bier is an executive-in-residence at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.
Prepare yourself — in two weeks Cochon is having a special four-course dinner with Bayou Teche Biere as its special guest.
Bier interviews the owner of a small grocery store in Cairo's Zamalek neighborhood.
Bier Barrel Races, polka at Oktoberfest 2011.
In 2008, Craig Bierly sold his home and possessions in Spokane, Wash. And retired from Boeing to bike across the country.
Matt Biers-Ariel signs "The Bar Mitzvah and the Beast," 2 pm Barnes & Noble, 160 S Westlake Blvd, Thousand Oaks 805-446-2820.
House of Eats, 5333 Monroe St (inside Bier Stube).

In science:

MIT Press, 2000. 9. E´en, N., and Biere, A. Effective preprocessing in SAT through variable and clause elimination.
k-Step Relative Inductive Generalization
Keeping these functors in mind, we treat simplicial spheres of Bier-Murai type.
Sliding functor and polarization functor for multigraded modules
Hence, we call simplicial complexes of the form BMa (I ) Bier-Murai spheres.
Sliding functor and polarization functor for multigraded modules
In Theorem 5.3, we show that the class of Bier-Murai spheres is closed under 1-vertex inflations.
Sliding functor and polarization functor for multigraded modules
Franco, J. and Martin, J.: A History of Satisfiability. Handbook of Satisfiability. Biere, A., v.
Phase Transition in Unrestricted Random SAT
Lj. ˇCuki´c, Topology of discrete structures: Graph maps and Bier spheres, Ph.D.
Homology tests for graph colorings
With this technique we delta debugged incorrect results as already proposed in (Brummayer and Biere 2009), but with exactly one trusted solver.
Testing and Debugging Techniques for Answer Set Solver Development
The most closely related work is the fuzz testing and delta debugging approach developed for SMT (satisfiability modulo theories) solvers in (Brummayer and Biere 2009).
Testing and Debugging Techniques for Answer Set Solver Development
Bier et al. using Onsager’s thermodynamic action approach.
The unreasonable effectiveness of equilibrium-like theory for interpreting non-equilibrium experiments
Interest in the non-equilibrium FDT has recently been rekindled by the theoretical work of Jarzynski , Bier et al. , Crooks , and others.
The unreasonable effectiveness of equilibrium-like theory for interpreting non-equilibrium experiments
Bier showed in Ref. 3 that Jarzynski relation holds for the latter model.
Reply to Note on cond-mat/0510270: Jarzynski equation for adiabatically stretched rotor
In fact, modern ASP solvers, such as clasp (Gebser et al. 2007a), compete with the best Boolean Satisfiability (SAT; Biere et al. 2009) solvers.
A Translational Approach to Constraint Answer Set Solving