bird

Definitions

  • A bird and nestlings
    A bird and nestlings
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bird watch and study birds in their natural habitat
    • n bird warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
    • n bird badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
    • n bird a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
    • n bird the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
    • n bird informal terms for a (young) woman
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds Two girls lean out of a window to feed birds
Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird Tilly, Kate and Bessy find the bird
Addie's pet bird perches on her finger Addie's pet bird perches on her finger
Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing
A CAUTION TO IMPERIAL BIRDS OF PREY A CAUTION TO IMPERIAL BIRDS OF PREY
MARY HAD A PRETTY BIRD MARY HAD A PRETTY BIRD
The princess watches the bird carrying the camels The princess watches the bird carrying the camels
Stalking wild birds Stalking wild birds

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1681, the last dodo bird died
    • Bird (Zoöl) A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
    • Bird Fig.: A girl; a maiden. "And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry."
    • Bird Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.
    • Bird Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). "That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird .""The brydds birds] of the aier have nestes."
    • Bird Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
    • Bird To catch or shoot birds.
    • Bird to watch birds, especially in their natural habitats, for enjoyment; to birdwatch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fossilized bird droppings are one of the chief exports of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific
    • n bird The young of any fowl.
    • n bird A feathered vertebrate animal of the class Aves, frequently included with reptiles in a superclass Sauropsida, but distinguished by having warm blood, by being covered with feathers, and by having the fore limbs so modified as to form wings. See Aves.
    • n bird Any small feathered game, as a partridge, quail, snipe, or woodcock, as distinguished from water-fowl, etc.
    • n bird In astronomy, a southern constellation. See Apus, 1.
    • bird To catch birds; go bird-shooting or fowling.
    • bird Hence To look for plunder; thieve.
    • n bird A maiden; a girl; a young woman.
    • n bird [In this, as in other modern instances, the word is archaic, and is probably associated with bird as a term of endearment.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Birds do not sweat, as they do not have sweat glands
    • n Bird bėrd a general name for feathered animals
    • v.i Bird to catch or snare birds
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Quotations

  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The early bird gets the worm.”
  • Richard C. Cushing
    Richard C. Cushing
    “When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.”
  • William Golding
    William Golding
    “Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    Henrik%20Ibsen
    “A forest bird never wants a cage.”

Idioms

A little bird told me - If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.
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Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
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Bird's eye view - If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
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Bird-brain - Someone who has a bird-brain, or is bird-brained, is stupid.
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Bird-dog - (USA) If you bird-dog, you follow someone or something very closely, monitoring them.
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Birds and the bees - If a child is taught about the birds and the bees, they are taught about sex.
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Birds of a feather flock together - This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
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Early bird catches the worm - The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
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Eat like a bird - If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
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For the birds - If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
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Go tell it to birds - This is used when someone says something that is not credible or is a lie.
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Kill two birds with one stone - When you kill two birds with one stone, you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd, young bird. √92

Usage

In literature:

All this time a gay bird sits among the green leaves and laughs at you as you try to find three birds when only one is there.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [June, 1897]" by Various
The internal structure of a bird also is such as to help it to sustain itself in, and to fly quickly through, the air.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
The Humming birds, with their varied beauties, constitute the most remarkable feature of the bird-life of America.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [December, 1897], Vol 2. No 6." by Various
By and by, the two little birds came and perched on the roof above his head.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
As far those other signs, there is a whole calendar of bird voices and bird movements that might well give us the dates, day by day.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
I have seen it recommended as the best way to know birds, to follow every note heard, till the bird is found and identified.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
This is the bird-lime with which he catches the bird; this is the private door that admits him behind the scenes.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
She is the news gatherer for the bird council.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
As a rule the bird is silent but in the mating season he repeats a 'screeching' note.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
Though least in size, the glittering mantle of the humming-bird entitles it to the first place in the list of the birds of the New World.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Those who have studied bird life throughout the year are aware that the distribution of individuals changes with the changing seasons.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
All the peculiar birds but two are land birds.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
You do not lose sight of the spot where you marked that the bird or birds fell.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Children take a pleasure in robbing the nests of birds along the cliff.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Never had the birds in the forest told such tales as that of Humpty Dumpty, who fell downstairs, and yet married a princess.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
He made a good light bird spear and put notches in it and kept most of the birds stuck.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
But surely the most characteristic feature of the scene was impressed by the birds!
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
In 1959 the first bird arrived at the study tract about May 5.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
The silence was drawn so fine that the faint cheep of a night-bird sounded startlingly loud.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
He felt exactly like a bird himself, and it made him laugh as naturally as a bird might sing.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood
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In poetry:

Cold now girds
wings of birds
icy time -
that's my rime.
"Season Song" by Anonymous Irish
The passing spring
Birds mourn,
Fishes weep
With tearful eyes.
"The passing spring" by Matsuo Basho
Ploughing the land—
not even a bird singing
in the mountain's shadow.
"Ploughing the land" by Yosa Buson
How the leaves thicken
On the boughs,
And the birds make
Their lyric vows.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Silent he sat
On the branch, nor stirred,
And I saw m him
A changeling bird.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
For no sweet bird caring
Birds that sang
Lost musicians, faring
With no pang?
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Last year, more than 2,200 counts were completed and 64 million birds were reported CBC data helps scientists understand how bird populations have changed over the past century.
A publicity still for Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 thriller, "The Birds," in which flocks of crazed birds attack and kill residents of a coastal California town.
Cuckoo gone, not forgotten: Watsonville's birding reputation grew during visit by rare bird.
A Tuba City man has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling golden- eagle and other bird parts.
Hardscape North America early bird registration deadline approaching Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Share The early bird registration deadline for Hardscape North America 2012 is Sept 12.
Mitt Romney says he likes Big Bird but wants to cut federal funding to PBS, while the big yellow bird has appeared in an ad made by President Obama's campaign.
Birds of a feather create together in this new book from artist Ralph Steadman and filmmaker Ceri Levy that brings extinct birds to life with a colorful twist.
Rebel birds battle Imperial pigs on Tatooine in "Angry Birds Star Wars".
A lot of folks place bird feeders and suet feeders to watch birds, but there are other species living in Alabama that you can invite onto your property with an inexpensive and easy-to-build wildlife feeders .
A migratory bird in the finch family is a cause for concern for backyard bird watchers in West Virginia.
A raptor preying on flocked birds risks serious injury or death if it attempts to enter the middle of a large, tightly packed flying flock of starlings or other similarly behaving birds.
AP File Photo Keep chipmunks out of the bird feeder by lacing the bird seed with hot chili pepper, columnist John Hogan suggests.
The cute new bird, known simply as "Pink Bird," will be debuting in a forthcoming update for the game.
The Great Backyard Bird Count helps scientists research patterns of bird activity.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a collaboration between games publisher Rovio and film maker Lucasfilm has bought us the next chapter in the Angry Birds saga — Angry Birds Star Wars.
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In science:

Bird: Molecular Gas Dynamics and the Direct Simulation of Gas Flows, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994. K.
Gas flow in close binary star systems
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird. Figure 5.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
We also would like to graciously thank Sarah Bird, Georgi Chunev, Megan Bagley, Emily May, Christopher Rodgers, Karen Kinemuchi, Brian Uzpen, and Carolynn Moore for their help observing at WIRO though any weather condition.
New Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
Birds of a feather: Homophily in social networks.
Planetary-Scale Views on an Instant-Messaging Network
Whenever a soft membership assignment is preferable, we show that one can be obtained directly from Y , which is optimal with respect to a criterion similar to (3), while its computation bypasses the complexity bottleneck of hard membership, thus killing two birds in one shot.
Soft Uncoupling of Markov Chains for Permeable Language Distinction: A New Algorithm
Nature’s Flyers: Birds, Insects, and the Biomechanics of Flight.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Schiff, Quantum mechanics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1986). J. O. Hirschfelder, C. F. Curtiss and R. B. Bird, Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids (Wiley, New York, 1964). Y.-H.
A new view on superfluidity
Figure 4.1: Electrical pin-out of the ion trap vacuum header: birds’ eye view, not to scale.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
In order for users to understand and explore these large collections, a summarized, bird’s eye view of the available data is a necessity.
Generating Concise and Readable Summaries of XML Documents
The 1st IBIS soft gamma-ray survey catalog was performed in the first year of satellite operations, the regular scans of the Galactic Plane yielding a survey with a sensitivity down to ∼1 mCrab (Bird et al. 2004).
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
The secon d IBIS survey catalog (Bird et al. 2006) increased the sensitivity unveiling more than 200 sources with ∼27% of them unidentified.
Revealing the nature of unidentified INTEGRAL sources through optical spectroscopy: an overview
This is a standard question and the expected answer is: Hen, because it is a bird, while the others are mammals.
Odd One Out
For a bird’s eye view of the main plots relative to the material included in the present digest, the reader is referred to the slides of my oral contribution , which were mostly assembled from the original material presented at the conference.
Hard Probes 2010: Experimental Summary
Bird et al. (2009) emphasize exceptional importance of long period objects, which they name Ultra Long Period (ULP) Cepheids, in both applications.
Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheids in the ASAS data
In fact, a significant flattening of this relation in the long period range has been s uggested by Bird et al.
Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheids in the ASAS data
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