• WordNet 3.6
    • v beard go along the rim, like a beard around the chin "Houses bearded the top of the heights"
    • n beard tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
    • n beard hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals
    • n beard the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
    • n beard a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)
    • n beard a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Story of Blue Beard The Story of Blue Beard
Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook Blue Beard cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook
The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard
Construction of Beard's Regulator Construction of Beard's Regulator
Beard's Regulator Beard's Regulator
Beard's Dissolving Carrier Beard's Dissolving Carrier
Beard's Circulating Water Tank Beard's Circulating Water Tank

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax
    • Beard A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
    • Beard An imposition; a trick.
    • Beard (Zoöl) In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
    • Beard (Bot) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain.
    • Beard (Print) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
    • Beard That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
    • Beard (Zoöl) The appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
    • Beard (Zoöl) The byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle.
    • Beard (Zoöl) The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds
    • Beard (Zoöl) The gills of some bivalves, as the oyster.
    • Beard The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.
    • Beard (Zoöl) The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat.
    • Beard To deprive of the gills; -- used only of oysters and similar shellfish.
    • Beard To oppose to the face; to set at defiance. "No admiral, bearded by these corrupt and dissolute minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter something about a court martial."
    • Beard To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
    • n beard The close growth of hair on the chin and parts of the face normally characteristic of an adult man; more specifically, the hair of the face and chin when allowed to remain wholly or in part unshaved, that on the upper lip being distinguished as the mustache, and the remainder as the whiskers, or the side-whiskers, chin-whiskers or -beard, etc., according as the beard is trimmed: as, to wear a beard, or a full beard.
    • n beard In zoöl., some part or appendage likened to the human beard. In mammalogy, long hairs about the head, as on a goat's chin, etc.
    • n beard In botany: A crest, tuft, or covering of spreading hairs, The awn or bristle-like appendage upon the chaff of grain and other grasses. See cut under barley. With some authors, a name given to the lower lip of a ringent corolla.
    • n beard A barb or sharp process of an arrow, a fish-hook, or other instrument, bent backward from the point, to prevent it from being easily drawn out.
    • n beard The hook for retaining the yarn at the extremity of the needle in a knitting-machine.
    • n beard In organ-building, a spring-piece on the back of a lock-bolt to hold it moderately firm and prevent it from rattling in its guides.
    • n beard The part of a horse which bears the curb of a bridle, underneath the lower mandible and above the chin.
    • n beard The train of a comet when the comet is receding from the sun (in which case the train precedes the head).
    • n beard In printing, the outward-sloping part of a type which connects the face with the shoulder of the body. It is obsolete, type being now made with high square shoulders, to lighten the work of the electrotyper.
    • n beard The sharp edge of a board.
    • n beard in Egyptian antiquity, a singular artificial beard, often represented on monuments and mummy-cases, held under the chin by bands attached to the wearer's casque or head-dress.
    • beard To take by the beard; seize, pluck, or pull the beard of, in contempt or anger.
    • beard Figuratively, to oppose to the face; set at defiance.
    • beard To furnish with a beard, in any sense of the word.
    • beard In carpentry, to chip, plane, or otherwise diminish from a given line or to a given curve: as, to beard clamps, plank-sheers, etc.; in ship-building, to round, as the adjacent parts of the rudder and stern-post, or the dead-wood, so as to adapt them to the shape of the vessel.
    • beard To remove the beard or fringe from, as from oysters.
    • beard To grow a beard, or become bearded.
    • n beard Also, a projecting flap of metal soldered to a pipe close to its mouth to improve its “speech.” Beards are common on either side of the mouth, and in some kinds of pipe are carried across below the mouth as well. The former are side-beards, the latter cross-beards.
    • n beard plural A breed of pigeons of which the most distinctive character is a crescent-shaped patch of white on the throat just below the beak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian who wore a beard was required to pay a special tax.
    • n Beard bērd the hair that grows on the chin and adjacent parts of a grown man's face: the tuft on the lower jaw of a goat, seal, &c.: the barbel of the cod, loach, &c.; prickles on the ears of corn: the barb of an arrow: the gills of oysters, &c
    • v.t Beard to take by the beard: to oppose to the face
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  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Chins without beards deserve no honor.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “A beard signifies lice, not brains.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “If you are really Master of your Fate, it shouldn't make any difference to you whether Cleopatra or the Bearded Lady is your mate.”


Beard the lion in his own den - If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. berd, AS. beard,; akin to Fries. berd, D. baard, G. bart, Lith. barzda, OSlav. brada, Pol. broda, Russ. boroda, L. barba, W. barf,. Cf. 1st Barb


In literature:

He has little or no beard.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was not alone; a tall man, with a lined, strong-featured face and a grey beard, was with him.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The fireplace bellows were too feeble for any wind that had grown a beard.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
The old man sat for a long time stroking his beard.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Seated in my deep, leathern arm-chair was an elderly man, with rather long and bushy iron-grey hair, and an uneven grey beard.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
The Russians admired and revered their beards.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The man who entered was tall and slender, with a hooked nose, heavy brows, and a beard streaked with white.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Their coarse, crinkly black hair was short, and their bushy beards did not add to their beauty.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Perhaps you stroke your sagacious beard and give a nimble reason for the lightning.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
He was a man of sixty or thereabout, long, lank, wiry, with a white patriarchal beard and white beetling brows.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux

In poetry:

Oh, even to tell it now
My courage ebbs...
His face was clay, mother,
His beard, cobwebs.
"Dicky" by Robert Graves
Steepies for the barnie
Sae moolie in the mou':
Parritch for a strappan lad
To mak his beard grow.
"Supper" by William Soutar
"Lest King Svend of Denmark,
Forked Beard, my brother,
Scatter all thy vessels
As the wind the chaff."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A hoary flowing wig his weird
Unearthly cranium caps,
He hangs a long benevolent beard
On a pair of empty chaps.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Tis lingering in the hallway,
'Tis sitting on the stair,
'Tis bearded lips on finger-tips,
If mamma isn't there.
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The matron be a girl once more,
The bearded man a boy,
And we, in heaven's eternal June,
Be glad for earthly joy!
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Allie Szekely Scares Amanda Beard's NAG Record in 200m Breast.
A blockbusting biopic about a big man with a beard.
Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan fights to save beard.
An Army Appeals Court will hear arguments from Nidal Hasan's attorney over his beard Thursday.
No ruling on Nidal Hasan's beard.
Beard prompts Fort Hood judge to delay Nidal Hasan hearing.
Michael Beard, executive chef at 715 restaurant, 715 Mass.
Adam Robb/For The Jersey Journal Former James Beard award winner Craig Shelton, partnering chef at Skylark on the Hudson, stands in front of the restaurant's kitchen.
A scruffily bearded whi More.
Critics, naturally, dismissed the hulking, bearded, bemasked, country-grit singer as cheap gimmickry.
Dr Glenn Glass, an orthodontist with Glass Orthodonics, has grown a beard during the month of September.
Osteria Mozza's Chef Matt Molina Wins Prestigious James Beard Foundation Award.
Diners at James Beard Award–winning Marc Vetri's Osteria can expect hearty meals—homemade pastas and braised rabbit with pancetta—served on rustic wooden tables in a converted factory space.
Dennis Nett / The Post-Standard Fayetteville firefighters stand by a SUV that plunged into the Beard Park pond this afternoon.
Outside the dining room is an area of comfortable cushions, where a bearded man sits cross-legged ready to serve tea.

In science:

If both distributions are light-tailed, that is, if E[etN ] < ∞ and E[etX1 ] < ∞ for some t > 0, saddlepoint approximation techniques can be used to analyze the tail of SN (Beard et al., 1984; Jensen, 1995).
Tails of random sums of a heavy-tailed number of light-tailed terms
Beard, R., Pentikainen, R., Pesonen, E., 1984.
Tails of random sums of a heavy-tailed number of light-tailed terms
Beard JS, Hopkinson L (2000) A fossil, serpentinization-related hydrothermal vent, Ocean Drilling Program Leg 173, Site 1068 (Iberia Abyssal Plain): Some aspects of mineral and fluid chemistry. J.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
In the current semester she has become aware of the presence in her class of a discalced student with a large beard and often bloodshot eyes.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
These systematic asymmetries in the H i velocity pro files have been refered to as beards (Sancisi et al., 2001).
Cold gas in massive early-type galaxies: The case of NGC 1167