bureau

Definitions

  • Chippendale Bureau Bookcase
    Chippendale Bureau Bookcase
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bureau furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
    • n bureau an administrative unit of government "the Central Intelligence Agency","the Census Bureau","Office of Management and Budget","Tennessee Valley Authority"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE "BUREAU DU ROI." THE "BUREAU DU ROI."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The clock at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. will gain or lose only one second every 300 years.
    • Bureau A chest of drawers for clothes, especially when made as an ornamental piece of furniture.
    • Bureau Hence: A department of public business requiring a force of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor under the direction of a chief.
    • Bureau Originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers.
    • Bureau The place where such a bureau is used; an office where business requiring writing is transacted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: About 25 percent of all male Americans between the ages of ten and fifteen were "gainfully employed" at the turn of the century. By 1970, so few in that age bracket were employed that the U.S. Census Bureau did not bother to make inquiries about them.
    • n bureau A desk or writing-table with drawers for papers; an escritoire.
    • n bureau A chest of drawers for holding clothes and other articles. Bureaus at the present day are commonly made with an adjustable mirror standing upon them. This is a comparatively modern practice, due to a combination of the functions of the chest of drawers and the toilet-table.
    • n bureau An office or place where business is transacted.
    • n bureau A department of government for the transaction of public business. In England the term is confined to inferior and subordinate departments, and in the United States to certain subdivisions of some of the executive departments.
    • n bureau A division of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor, charged with a general superintendence of many matters connected with the merchant marine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bureau būr′ō a writing-table or chest of drawers: a room or office where such a table is used: a department for the transacting of public business
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bureau, a writing table, desk, office, OF., drugget, with which a writing table was often covered, equiv. to F. bure, and fr. OF. buire, dark brown, the stuff being named from its color, fr. L. burrus, red, fr. Gr. flame-colored, prob. fr. fire. See Fire (n.), and cf. Borel (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bureau—O. Fr. burel, russet cloth—L. burrus, red.

Usage

In literature:

Collectively, this group of sixteen officials comprises what is known as the "bureau" of the Chamber.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
But that was before the Bureau of Fisheries took hold!
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The directing bureau consisted of seven members, including the chaplain.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
On the 20th of May, 1865, Major-Gen. O. O. Howard was appointed Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
No one, except the Weather Bureau, would have kept track of the amount of rain that had fallen.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
While keeping fully advised of all developments reported to the London detective bureau, Sir Donald seemed absorbed in sight-seeing.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The last two are published by the Library Bureau.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
He was reported to de Freedman's Bureau.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Finally, the Domestic Bureau failed me.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 5, 1920" by Various
She then turned to Blue Bonnet's bureau.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
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In poetry:

But, ah! the vision vanished,
And took away in tow
The National Australian
Head Poetry Bureau.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
It was a vision splendid,
And brighter still did grow
When I was made the Chief of
The Poetry Bureau.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
For not the Desk with silver Nails,
Nor Bureau of Expense,
Nor standish well japann'd avails,
To writing of good Sense.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
They formed the Freedmen's Bureau Bill,
Which placed the letter in his hand,
And gave him schools, despite the will
Of him, the tyrant, in command.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Will she leave her office colleagues
Will she leave her evening pleasures
Toil within a friendly bureau
Running later in her leisure?
All alone all alone
Before the pictures she seemed turned to stone.
"Deeply Morbid" by Stevie Smith
Chair and bureau are the hieroglyphs
Of some godly utterance wakened heads ignore:
So these posed sheets, before they thin to nothing,
Speak in sign language of a lost otherworld,
A world we lose by merely waking up.
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Contact the Raleigh bureau at 919-510-8937 or apraleigh(at)ap.org.
Posted on August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau in CSEA / PEF.
The Census Bureau this week is reminding residents that it will be conducting both the Decennial 2010 Census and ongoing survey operations at the same time.
Elizabeth Warren, who is directing the start of a consumer bureau, at Tuesday's hearing.
White, Saigon bureau chief for AP during Vietnam War, dies at 90.
Republicans couldn't stop President Obama from installing Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and CrimeStoppers are - 4:24 pm.
Posted on October 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm by Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol bureau in Andrew Cuomo.
Posted on December 8, 2010 at 11:33 am by Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol bureau in OTB.
FBI New Orleans website Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Orleans.
At the urging of Wendy Baldwin and Marlene Lee of the Population Reference Bureau (a think-tank in Washington DC whose website is here), I have been reading new and recent studies exploring the link between demographic change and inequality.
Carl Haub, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, another Washington think-tank, points out that the government introduced a basic package of health care—including family planning—in 2003, spreading it throughout the country.
Posted on November 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau in Hurricane Sandy.
Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries has ordered a Bend dentist to pay nearly $350,000 to a former dental hygienist .
HAWAIIThe State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Farm Bureau have partnered to deploy a three-year pilot radio-frequency-identification (RFID) initiative.
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In science:

Inverse Scattering Method, Consultants Bureau, New York and London (1984).
Moyal Noncommutative Integrability and the Burgers-KdV Mapping
I thank Grazyna Stasi ´nska and Ryszard Szczerba for inviting me to this very interesting and lively meeting and Albert Bosma, Martin Bureau and Gary Mamon for stimulating discussions.
Formation and dynamical evolution of galaxies and of their components
In the US this was through the Federal US Forest Service and through State agencies; in Canada this was the Canadian Forest Service; in Australia this was through the Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau in conjunction with various state authorities.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Technical Report Leaflet 100, Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Technical Report Leaflet 107, Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
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