• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Birk A birch tree. "The silver birk ."
    • n Birk (Zoöl) A small European minnow (Leuciscus phoxinus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n birk Northern English and Scotch form of birch.
    • birk To give a tart answer; converse in a sharp and cutting way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Birk bėrk Scotch and prov. Eng. for Birch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Birch (n.)


In literature:

Give us 'The Birks'; that is a drowsy one that always sends me off.
"Eight Cousins" by Louisa M. Alcott
It chanced to be "The Birks of Aberfeldie," and vividly recalled the time when Mac was ill and she took care of him.
"Rose in Bloom" by Louisa May Alcott
At half-past five Mrs. Ashley Birks' drawing-room contained some two dozen people, mostly ladies.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
How sweetly bloomed the gay green birk!
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
I'm going up to that birk-tree to sit.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
What would they say at home and at Birk's Mill?
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It was a good hour's walk from the cromlechs to Birk Water, the lake where they intended to pick the rushes.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Birk Hall, an estate inherited from the Prince Consort, was sold to the Queen for L120,000.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
Birk will burn be it burn drawn; sauch will sab if it were simmer sawn.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
This reminded me of the old Scotch songs, in which you continually hear of the 'pu'ing the birks.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth

In poetry:

It neither grew in syke nor ditch,
Nor yet in ony sheugh;
But at the gates o Paradise
That birk grew fair eneugh.
"The Wife Of Usher's Well" by Andrew Lang
She set the cheirs back to the wa',
But ane that was o' the birk;
She sweepit the flure, but left the spale—
A lang spale o' the aik.
"Halloween" by George MacDonald
There sat Janet upo' the birk cheir,
White as the day did daw;
But her smile was a sunglint left on the sea
Whan the sun himsel is awa.
"Halloween" by George MacDonald
The lads an' the lasses coortin'
Aneath the spread o' the birk,
Or castin' sheeps' een at ilk ither
As they stan' at the psalms in the kirk.
"An Old-World Ballad" by Alexander Anderson
Saft through the green birks I sta' to my jewel,
Streik'd on spring's carpet aneath the saugh tree!
'Think na, dear lassie, thy Willie's been cruel,'
'Ha me mohatel na douska me.'
"Jeanie's Black Ee; Or Tha' Mi 'N Am Chodal, 'Sna Duisgibh Mi" by Hector MacNeill
Whan we cam to the clachin', I min't like yestreen,
The hawthorn was white, an' the birk it was green,
An' the wild flouris war blumin' sae sweet to the e'e,
An' the bonnie May gowans war white on the lea.
"A Wheen Aul' Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The 35-year-old Birk has started every game in three seasons with Baltimore.
Bethenny Frankel vs Bernadette Birk .
Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk has decided to play this season after contemplating retirement, Birk 's agent told the Carroll County Times (Md.
While Linta is confident about Birk 's return to Baltimore, Ravens officials are sending mixed signals about the unrestricted free agent.
Authors Mia Birk and Jeff Mapes discuss the components of cycling cities.
This Sunday marks the 95th anniversary of the birth of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie.
Born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, S.C.
Percy Howard, left, and Martin Birke bring Hardboiled Wonderland to Luna's on Saturday.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday with a 6:45 pm prayer service at Birk Funeral Home in Canby.
"Everything is negotiable , if you talk to the right person," said Richard Birke, a law professor and director of Willamette University's Center for Dispute Resolution in Salem.
Ravens center Matt Birk lines up during practice in August.
Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead (Photo credit: The Birkes).
Brendon Ayanbadejo on Matt Birk's support of traditional marriage: 'We respectfully disagree'.
Heiko Buelow, Andreas Birk, " Spectral 6DOF Registration of Noisy 3D Range Data with Partial Overlap," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol 99, no.
In a statement Wednesday, attorneys for Williams' family faulted Satterberg's decision and claimed that video of the moments before the shooting shows Birk acted with malice.

In science:

E /dx being the pure Bethe-Bloch ionization loss, a and kB are constants depending on the applied electric field and kB is the Birks coefficient accounting for quenching due to recombination.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
L TPC under the assumption that the recombination factor is well described by Birk’s law in Eq. (4.31).
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Birks, Theory and Practice of Scintil lation Counting.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Notice that a few months after dropping the first version of the present paper on Arxiv, we have been aware of the work of Birke and Dette on the asymptotic behavior of the roots of random orthogonal polynomials associated to random moments.
Canonical moments and random spectral measures
MC simulations, with the Birks’ law included .
Tile HCAL Test Beam Analysis: Positron and Hadron Studies