• WordNet 3.6
    • n bout an occasion for excessive eating or drinking "they went on a bust that lasted three days"
    • n bout a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
    • n bout a period of illness "a bout of fever","a bout of depression"
    • n bout (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith. It began in January 13 1981 and continued until September 16 1983 and lasted for 978 days
    • Bout A conflict; contest; attempt; trial; a set-to at anything; as, a fencing bout; a drinking bout . "The gentleman will, for his honor's sake, have one bout with you; he can not by the duello avoid it."
    • Bout As much of an action as is performed at one time; a going and returning, as of workmen in reaping, mowing, etc.; a turn; a round. "In notes with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out.""The prince . . . has taken me in his train, so that I am in no danger of starving for this bout ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bout A turn, loop, coil, or knot, as in a rope or chain; a bend or flexure.
    • n bout The part of a sling that contains the stone.
    • n bout A going and returning, as in plowing, reaping, etc.; hence, as much of an action as is performed at one time; a single part of an action which is carried on at successive intervals.
    • n bout A round at anything, as in some contest; a set-to; a trial: as, a bout at single-stick or fisticuffs.
    • n bout A round of indulgence, as in drink: as, a drunken bout.
    • n bout A turn or fit of illness: as, a severe bout of rheumatism.
    • n bout In music, an inward curve of a rib of an instrument of the violin kind, by which the waist is formed.
    • bout Same as but.
    • bout About.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bout bowt a turn, trial, or round: an attempt: a contest or trial—a fencing bout, or a continued fit of drinking.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A different spelling and application of bought, bend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Doublet of Bight; from root of Bow, to bend.


In literature:

The' ain't anythin' in the Bible 'bout it, is the'?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
An' wh-wh-what 'bout me, baby?
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
On'y it's 'bout as muddy as rivers can be made.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
May be, if one could keep asleep they'd hold out longer, though I don't know 'bout that bein' so.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
The people who fall off cliffs are mighty few compared with them that git skeered 'bout it.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
I 'spects knowin' 'bout things is just 'bout as good and true as seein' them.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Why don't you tell me 'bout yourself?
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
You ain't called on ter be a botherin' yo' little haid 'bout nothin'.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
It's been so long now, 'most twenty years, I 'bout forgot 'em.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
Fer the keepin' o' proper temp'rature folks says, I'm 'bout's good's anybody in Wilkes.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Though speakin' of cats, Sir Philip has had the bout of his life, and he looks pretty peaked to me.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
You know all 'bout English?
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
Early, a bit, but there's nothin' reg'lar 'bout the way ice forms.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
I do believe that he will throw the elder in the next bout.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Yo' kno what I mean 'bout dese way back questions yo' is a asking me to tell yo' 'bout; as fer as I can recallect in my mind.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I've done a lot of thinkin' 'bout hit," he added in a reverential, wistful voice, "since Ruth come back ter Sunlight Patch.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Maybe that's how he come to give me the hoss, along with a little secret 'bout him.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Got a friend who's a longshoreman and says th' same 'bout his work.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Howsum, it wus the cause o' the trouble as I wus gassin' 'bout.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
The boys{149} got to wrestling, and Si came off victorious in two or three bouts with his comrades.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy

In poetry:

Johne makes a jarre 'boute
Lancaster and Yorke.
Bee stille gode manne,
and learne to mynde thie worke.
"Onn John A Dalbenie" by Thomas Chatterton
There's a dreadful horror 'bout me,
That nothing drives away;
It's with me in my night dreams,
It's with me every day.
"Ajax' Fright" by Frank Barbour Coffin
They glory have not moche to seek,
For freedom haf soche charms?
Tout la'Canaille, in bout six week,
Are hero all in arms.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
And now a dinsome clamor rose,
’Bout who should have his skin;
Who first draws blood, each hunter knows,
This prize must always win.
"The Bear Hunt" by Abraham Lincoln
If I see a motorist coming
'Bout a hundred miles too fast
I just pull out my notebook and pencil
And stand back until he's gone past.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
Mister Thomas wrote to Mistus,
Telling 'bout the Bull's Run fight,
That his troops had whipped the Yankees
And put them all to flight.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins

In news:

Paul McCartney is among those mourning the death of actor Victor Spinetti, who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 82 after a bout with cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug eight years ago for use only in cancer patients who suffer intense bouts of pain that other narcotics don't relieve.
Despite a bout of early evening rain, the skies cleared for the Live on King Street concert with the Budos Band and Natty Nation.
Concerned about public health and sanitation, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation Tuesday to require nudists to put something under their backsides - how 'bout a towel.
The idea of promoting integrity came about after a recent bout of academic dishonesty.
Nick Diaz declares, "I won that fight," after the third round of his bout against B.J.
A new study links repeated bouts of pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ) to a greatly increased risk of infertility and chronic pelvic pain.
Gossage put lockers with boxing gloves in the media center and there's been a "bout" theme to many of the non-racing festivities.
Gardner's wife Veta said her husband died Sunday at a Port St Lucie hospice following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.
Penn tries to fend off Georges St Pierre in the fourth round of their welterweight title bout at UFC 94 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Half a dozen former cast members of "The Ultimate Fighter" will compete on the UFC Fight Night 25 undercard on Saturday in New Orleans, including Cody McKenzie, who once won 10 consecutive bouts with his patented guillotine choke.
After a hiatus of four years, professional boxing returned to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center Feb 26 and, judging by both the spirit of the bouts and the reaction of the crowd, it was a welcome comeback.
Anderson Silva enters for his bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
But her seizures, which came on suddenly in the summer of 2009 after a bout of bad headaches, are not typical seizures.
Dad charged with child abuse after letting daughter take wheel during drinking bout.

In science:

Bouts des vari´et´es hyperboliques de dimension 3.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds
Even more ad hoc is switching normal cosmological inflation off in the usual manner and then appealing to a second bout of inflation whose onset is after decoupling and continues into the epoch of galaxy formation. A somewhat related model is the “late-time phase transition” scenario .
General Relativistic Energy Conditions: The Hubble expansion in the epoch of galaxy formation
Although several researchers had speculated a bout such an effect well before the advent of General Relativity (see Schneider et al. 1992 for a historical account), it was Einstein’s theory which elevated the deflec tion of light by masses from a hypothesis to a firm prediction.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
Guillop´e, Th´eorie spectrale de quelques vari´et´es `a bouts, Ann.
Asymptotics for a resonance-counting function for potential scattering on cylinders
The second and third figures are the SSS reconstructed interesting bin and disturbance bout respectively. Note that the figure showing bin is a close-up with the amplitude scale by factor 100 smaller than in the other figures.
The Signal Space Separation method
RP )i − [Bin − Bout ] − hvα 1 i = − haαaβ i , where α, β = −, + denote the particle electric charges, ΨRP – azimuthal angle of the reaction plane, v1 – directed flow parameter.
Estimation of P-odd correlators in heavy ion collisions at RHIC energies 62.4 -- 200 GeV
The second term on the left side is the difference between background contribution of the in-plane correlations Bin and background contribution of the out-of-plane correlations Bout .
Estimation of P-odd correlators in heavy ion collisions at RHIC energies 62.4 -- 200 GeV
This can leads to the increasing of ∆B = Bin − Bout .
Estimation of P-odd correlators in heavy ion collisions at RHIC energies 62.4 -- 200 GeV
As expected, these matrix elements are seen to become generally weaker as bout increases, a reflection that the mean distance between the interacting valence nucleons is larger.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
For some cases, the agreement between our calcualated matrix elements and their values becomes improved when we use a bout value larger than 1.45 fm.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
Our results for these energies are displayed in the lower part of Fig. 4, calculated as a function of bout .
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
At bout ≃ 1.45 fm, the calculated values are too large.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
There is an improvement of our results as bout increases.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
However, our calculated separation energy is still too large at bout ≃2.25 fm.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei
It is of interest to note that there seems to be a saturation point for Esp at bout ≃2.25 fm.
Realistic effective interactions for halo nuclei