biggin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n biggin a child's tight-fitting cap; often ties under the chin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Biggin A building.
    • n Biggin A child's cap; a hood, or something worn on the head. "An old woman's biggin for a nightcap."
    • n Biggin A coffeepot with a strainer or perforated metallic vessel for holding the ground coffee, through which boiling water is poured; -- so called from Mr. Biggin, the inventor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n biggin A child's cap.
    • n biggin A nightcap.
    • n biggin In England, the coif of a serjeant at law.
    • n biggin A head-dress worn in the later middle ages, and throughout the seventeenth century, by both men and women. That worn by women was broad at the top, with projecting corners, like ears.
    • n biggin A small wooden vessel; a can.
    • n biggin A kind of coffee-pot containing a strainer for the infusion of the coffee, without allowing the grounds to mix with the infusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Biggin anything built, a house
    • n Biggin big′in a child's cap or hood.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. béguin, prob. from the cap worn by the Béguines,. Cf. Beguine Biggon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. béguin, from the cap worn by the Beguines, a religious society of women in France.

Usage

In literature:

Is there no room for them in the dirty lawlands that they maun file the hills wi' their biggins?
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
Biggin Creek is one of many streams which empty into Cooper river.
"The Life of Francis Marion" by William Gilmore Simms
James Moore kens weel hoo welcome he aye is in ma bit biggin'.
"Bob, Son of Battle" by Alfred Ollivant
In France you don't need a biggin.
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
BIGGIN, cap, similar to that worn by the Beguines; nightcap.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
BIGGIN, cap, similar to that worn by the Beguines; nightcap.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
BIGGIN, cap, similar to that worn by the Beguines; nightcap.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
BIGGIN, cap, similar to that worn by the Beguines; nightcap.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
BIGGIN, cap, similar to that worn by the Beguines; nightcap.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Whereat Biggin shouldered his way into the circle.
"A Fool For Love" by Francis Lynde
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In poetry:

Oh, forth she went like a braw, braw bride
To meet her winsome groom,
When she was aware of twa bonny birds
Sat biggin' in the broom.
"Scotch Song" by Charles Kingsley
The very neist day their aul' laddie, wee Tam,
Wi the caul' an' the weet whan biggin' a dam
Across a bit syke, took a stoppin' o' breath,
On the fourth day was laid in the caul' arms o' death.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton
Noo they're a' in the mools, an' there isna a stane
Left o' the auld biggin', son Jamie's his lane;
Wi' the tear in my e'e, an' a pow like the snaw,
I mourn for the days an' the folk that's awa.
"A Wheen Aul' Memories" by Janet Hamilton
It was sweet Simmerlee in the days o' langsyne,
Whan through the wa' trees the white biggin' wad shine,
An' its weel-tentit yardie was pleasant to see,
An' its bonny green hedges an' gowany lea.
"A Wheen Aul' Memories" by Janet Hamilton
When t' north wind is howlin', an' t' west wind is yowlin',
It's for t' farm lads at sea that us lasses mun pray;
Tassey-Will o' t' new biggin, keepin' watch i' his riggin ,
Lile Jock i' his fo'c'sle, torpedoed i' t' bay.
"The Flowers of Knaresborough Forest" by F W Moorman
But while I'm biggin' up my dreams the "san' man" comes at last,
An' gars him glow'r an' rub his een, then steek them firm an' fast;
He tottles ow'r sae deep an' soun' that mak' what noise ye can
It canna steer or wauken up oor sairly tired wee man.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

As a line of hungry friends forms in front of him, Clyde Biggins snaps on his green plastic gloves.
Concierge Aviation Launches at London's Biggin Hill.
London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator.
Danielle Biggins, 13, performs with the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies in the Hooker Day Parade Saturday.
Dr Andrew Biggin, from the University's School of Environmental Sciences, said: The magnetic field has undergone big changes in its behaviour that might be due to the mantle 's controlling influence on the core.
There have been no airspace or parking problems at London Biggin Hill Airport since the Olympic Games started last week, according to airport business development manager Robert Walters.
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In science:

Since it differs only slightly from the spinal decomposition presented in Lyons and Biggins and Kyprianou , we feel free to omit the proof.
The precise tail behavior of the total progeny of a killed branching random walk
Wn := − X|u|=n According to Theorems 5.1 and 5.2 in Biggins and Kyprianou , under P, ∂Wn converges almost surely to ∂W∞ which has infinite mean and is almost surely positive on {T = ∞}.
The precise tail behavior of the total progeny of a killed branching random walk
Branching random walks have been considered more generally and in great detail by Biggins and others (see e.g. ).
Exact asymptotics of the freezing transition of a logarithmically correlated random energy model
In this section, we shall go over some basic results related to a branching random walk and a generalized maximum principle for a certain class of integral operators. A lot of the results related to the branching random walk have been found for more general branching random walks by Biggins and others (see e.g. ).
Exact asymptotics of the freezing transition of a logarithmically correlated random energy model
Lyons, A simple path to Biggins’ martingale convergence for branching random walk.
Einstein relation for biased random walk on Galton--Watson trees
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