• Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
    Some of the Band Of Asiatics, With Their Beasts, Brought from KhnÛmhotpÛ
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beast a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • n beast a cruelly rapacious person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Combats with Beasts Combats with Beasts
Dumb Beasts Dumb Beasts
Nobody must hunt wild beasts Nobody must hunt wild beasts
Neither Beast nor Bird Neither Beast nor Bird
Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince
A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on A lion dividing a stag while three other beasts look on

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human heart beast roughly 35 million times a year
    • Beast A game at cards similar to loo.
    • Beast A penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to be beaten at beast, omber, etc.
    • Beast any animal other than a human; -- opposed to man. "'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast ."
    • Beast Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food, or sport; as, a beast of burden. "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast ."
    • Beast Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects, etc.
    • Beast Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hippopotamuses actually sweat blood. Their skin contains a great amount of an oily substance that exudes from the pores, and when the beast perspires a little blood gets mixed in.
    • n beast A living being; an animal: in this extended sense now only in dialectal or colloquial use.
    • n beast Any four-footed animal, as distinguished from fowls, insects, fishes, and man: as, beasts of burden; beasts of the chase; beasts of the forest. It is applied chiefly to large animals.
    • n beast Any irrational animal, as opposed to man, as in the phrase man and beast, where beast usually means horse.
    • n beast plural In rural economy, originally all domestic animals, but now only cattle; especially, fatting cattle as distinguished from other animals.
    • n beast In a limited specific use, a horse: as, my beast is tired out.
    • n beast Figuratively, a brutal man; a person rude, coarse, filthy, or acting in a manner unworthy of a rational creature.
    • n beast [In this use also spelled as orig. pron., bāste, ⟨ F. beste, now béte, in same sense.] An old game of cards resembling loo. A penalty or forfeit at this game, and also in ombre and quadrille.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The disease-carrying mosquito, delivering encephalitis, the West Nile virus, malaria, and Dengue fever, is by far the deadliest beast in the animal world. The World Health Organization says mosquitos cause more than 2 million deaths a year worldwide. Another insect,
    • n Beast bēst an irrational animal, as opposed to man: a four-footed animal: a brutal person: the Beast, Antichrist in the Revelation—dim. Beast′ies
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  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.”
  • Manly Hall
    Manly Hall
    “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast.”
  • Max Lerner
    “Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Courage without conscience is a wild beast.”
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.”


Break the back of the beast - If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge.
Nature of the beast - The basic characteristics of something is the nature of the beast; often used when there's an aspect of something that cannot be changed or that is unpleasant or difficult.
No use to man or beast - If something or someone is no use to man or beast, they it or they are utterly useless.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. best, beste, OF. beste, F. bête, fr. L. bestia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. beste (Fr. bête)—L. bestia.


In literature:

The slender legs of these beasts suggested a like degree of speed, and Travis had no weapons at all.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
His rage appeared to be implacable, and his vengeance as tenacious as that of a tiger or any other beast of prey.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He had made a wise purchase indeed when he saved that splendid beast from the butcher.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
And since she felt like that about it, beast or no beast, wouldn't even Owen say that she was not so dreadful after all?
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Wish I could get a peep out of this beastly timber yard.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The wild beasts of the grove howled from their distant lair.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
No beast of prey rent the air with its challenge.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
What beast save the goat could characterise Alexander and his reign?
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Those two pawing beasts held him in their clutch.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Not all stones are held by him to be alive in any important sense, and not all beasts to be powerful.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy

In poetry:

The Beasts that be
In wood and waste,
Now sit and see,
Nor ride nor haste.
"The Lion" by William Morris
"What felicity!" miaowed he,
"where none may intrude;
just man and beast- met
in this solitude!"
"Comfort" by Walter de la Mare
The elephant, the huge old beast,
is slow to mate;
he finds a female, they show no haste
they wait
"The Elephant Is Slow To Mate" by D H Lawrence
Drake is going west, lads
So Tom is going East
But tiny Fred
Just lies in bed,
The lazy little beast.
"Go North, South, East, And West, Young Man" by Spike Milligan
Until I found thee I was all dismay,
Lest thou some savage beast, some monstrous foe,
Hadst met.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Or rather let
My severall sinnes their sorrows get;
That as each beast his cure doth know,
Each sinne may so.
"Good Friday" by George Herbert

In news:

Actress Betty White, a devoted zoo supporter, with a scaly friend at the Los Angeles Zoos Beastly Ball.
Join Virginia Jones and Holly Maiz for "Taming Anxiety," the latest in the Secret Signals Seminars' series of educational and experiential workshops, to learn to tame the worried beast within.
The shark in the movie Jaws is a guppy compared to the toothy beast that looms in Maryland's Calvert Marine Museum .
The ancient Greeks were as fascinated by savage beasts as today's 8-year-olds.
This premise can be found in the year's two most seamlessly fine films: "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Beauty and the Beast".
The management firm has also signed Lucy Alibar, co-writer of Sundance Film Festival hit "Beasts of The Southern Wild.".
What really distinguishes man from beast.
Beasts of the Southern Wild Wade Forth Through the Mire .
Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Kid-friendly: Beauty & the Beast, Orchids and Moab Folk Fest.
Beauty and the Beast Jay Ryan Kristin Kreuk.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST "Pilot" Pictured (L-R): Jay Ryan as Vincent and Kristin Kreuk as Catherine.
"Beauty and the Beast": Romance remains strong element in modernized version.
The man was alone with the 400-pound beast for about 10 minutes before being rescued, zoo officials said.

In science:

Exchanging a+ leads to 1/r interaction between the four sets of beasts.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
While exchanging a− leads to logarithmic interactions which lead to a bound state between two beasts with opposite q− 6= 0.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Harvey, Beauty and the beast: Superconformal conformal symmetry in a Monster module, Comm.
Generalized twisted modules associated to general automorphisms of a vertex operator algebra
Fig. 8 - BEAST in its dome in W hite Mountain. The size of the instrument and components can be figured out by comparing with investigators in front of the gondola.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE
The natural extension of BEAST would be an instrument with polarization measurement capabilities and this came with the WMPol (White Mountain Polarimeter), also operating at White Mountain Research Station.
25 years of Cosmic Microwave Background research at INPE