bourdon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bourdon a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bourdon (Mus) A drone bass, as in a bagpipe, or a hurdy-gurdy. See Burdenof a song
    • n Bourdon A pilgrim's staff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bourdon A staff used by pilgrims in the middle ages.
    • n bourdon A baton or cantoral staff.
    • n bourdon A plain thick silver wand used as a badge of office.
    • n bourdon A lance used in the just. See lance.
    • n bourdon In heraldry, a pilgrim's staff used as a bearing.
    • n bourdon In music: The drone of a bagpipe, or a monotonous and repetitious ground-melody. See burden.
    • n bourdon An organ-stop, usually of 16-feet tone, the pipes of which are generally made of wood, and produce hollow, smooth tones, deficient in harmonics and easily blended with other tones.
    • bourdon In music, to drone, as an instrument during a pause in singing.
    • n bourdon In the hurdy-gurdy, the lowest open string, usually tuned to the C below middle C or to the G below that.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bourdon bōōr′dun the refrain of a song: a bass stop in an organ or harmonium.
    • n Bourdon bōōr′dun (obs.) a pilgrim's staff: a club.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. burdo, mule, esp. one used for carrying litters. Cf. Sp. muleta, a young she mule; also, crutch, prop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—Low L. burdon-em, a mule.

Usage

In literature:

Bourdon mentions milk from the thigh, labia, and vulva.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Many excellent critics think that the wound was inflicted by a gendarme who followed Bourdon.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Carrington merely emitted a bourdon grunt.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
The principle of the Bourdon is illustrated by Fig.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
The work of Monsieur Bourdon is not only a good book; it is also a brave deed.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
If Bourdon de l'Oise is an honest man he will examine me, but lest he should not I subjoin the following.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
If Bourdon de l'Oise is an honest man he will examine me, but lest he should not I subjoin the following.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
The gunners collected on the Place de Greve permitted Leonard Bourdon to approach.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
The bourdon of the bells smote sympathetically through him.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
Jenny pressed her face against the jet-black window-pane and suddenly away beyond Westminster there was a low bourdon of thunder.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

When far through the cloisters the anthem was stealing,
Thy heart was ablaze with a heavenly ray--
When thy organ was softly and tenderly pealing,
Or the bass of thy bourdon was rolling away.
"The Musician's Grave" by Lennox Amott

In news:

Shel Bourdon at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
Smart, sassy, super-cute, and a master of her cocktail craft, Shel Bourdon is the gal behind the outstanding cocktail menu at CityScape's Blue Hound Kitchen at the Palomar Hotel.
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday, and agreed with center Scott Laughton on an entry-level contract.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Flyers re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a two-year contract on Wednesday, and agreed with center Scott Laughton on an entry-level deal.
Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates past the defense of Marc-Andre Bourdon #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers on April 1, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stuart Bourdon June 4, 2012 Filed under Destinations, Top Stories.
As the neighbor complained , Bourdon reached into his pocket, pulled out a.25 pistol, and allegedly relieved the weapon of several bullets into the neighbor's apartment building.
Police were summoned, Bourdon tossed the firearm into (hopefully different) bushes, and was eventually apprehended.
Photos by Fred Bourdon Published January 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM.
Photos by Fred Bourdon Published September 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM.
Brian Bourdon explains how Four Star Greenhouse's SuperNova liner program produces a quality 4 ½ inch container with vigorous flowering.
Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief September 13, 2012 Filed under Top Stories, Trailer Reviews.
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In science:

By Bourdon’s theorem , f extends into the space as a isometry, i.e. H3 and fM are isometric.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Sheldon Axler, Paul Bourdon, and Wade Ramey, Harmonic function theory, second ed., Graduate Texts in Mathematics, vol. 137, Springer-Verlag, New York, 2001.
Toeplitz operators on generalized harmonic Bergman spaces
Bourdon, Size and path length of Patricia tries: dynamical sources context.
A Weakly 1-Stable Limiting Distribution for the Number of Random Records and Cuttings in Split Trees
This theorem was originally proved by Pansu, Bourdon, and Yue, generalizing an earlier theorem of Bowen.
Some recent applications of the barycenter method in geometry
Bourdon, Immeubles hyperboliques, dimension conforme et rigidit´e de Mostow, Geom.
Groups, periodic planes and hyperbolic buildings
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