• WordNet 3.6
    • v beef complain "What was he hollering about?"
    • n beef cattle that are reared for their meat
    • n beef informal terms for objecting "I have a gripe about the service here"
    • n beef meat from an adult domestic bovine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: MacDonalds fries are made with beef flavoring. mmmmmmm.
    • Beef An animal of the genus Bos, especially the common species, Bos taurus, including the bull, cow, and ox, in their full grown state; esp., an ox or cow fattened for food. "A herd of beeves , fair oxen and fair kine."
    • Beef Applied colloquially to human flesh.
    • a Beef bēf Of, pertaining to, or resembling, beef.
    • Beef The flesh of an ox, or cow, or of any adult bovine animal, when slaughtered for food. "Great meals of beef ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: McDonald's "Big Mac" slogan, introduced in 1975, is: "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a sesame seed bun."
    • n beef An animal of the bovine genus, whether ox, bull, or cow, in the full-grown state.
    • n beef The flesh of an ox, bull, or cow when killed.
    • n beef A name given by quarrymen to certain beds of fibrous carbonate of lime occurring in England in the middle division of the Purbeck series, the highest part of the Jurassic.
    • n beef Brawn; muscularity; weight and strength combined: as, the crew is lacking in beef.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, every American consumes 109 pounds of beef a year. It takes eight pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef.
    • n Beef bēf the flesh of an ox or cow
    • adj Beef consisting of beef
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  • Charles Dickens
    “I never see any difference in boys. I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys and beef-faced boys.”
  • Hariold Lowman
    Hariold Lowman
    “Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boef, befe, beef, OF. boef, buef, F. bœef, fr. L. bos, bovis, ox; akin to Gr. boy^s, Skr. , cow, and E. cow,. See 2d Cow


In literature:

But when Narcisse sprang on the beef and finding it too hot, lay growling at it until it should cool, she broke out laughing.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Do not undertake to make beef hams save in the late fall, so there may be cold weather for the curing.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
Each soldier has his tin plate and cup, and makes a hearty meal of beef and bread.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I don't want more than roast beef, though, I'm sure.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
Beef's high enough in the city.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
PORK requires a longer time to cure (in proportion to its weight) than beef.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
The line was lacking in "beef" and the backs in speed.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
I was at that time a Hunting with the General for Beef, which he had a long time promised us.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
He felt ravenously hungry watching the two men chew their beef.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Beef fed with oil cakes is generally so, and the flesh is loose and flabby.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton

In poetry:

V was a Villain; once;
He stole a piece of beef.
Papa he said, 'O! dreadful man!
That Villain is a Thief!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
"Advertisement For The Waldorf-Astoria" by Langston Hughes
I lend you Englishmen hot air
And I get all the beef
While you stalwart sheep of freedom
Are on the poor relief.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
Irish stews and boiled corned beef
and hot dogs by the scores,
or any place that saves a space
For smoking carnivores.
"The Health-Food Diner" by Maya Angelou
The beef digested--Thomas took
What guarded fat and lean
To where you hate to smell or look,
And ev'ry part made clean.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
As in a leathern butt of wine;
Or dough, a household lump;
Or a pumpkin; or a good beef chine,
Stuck that arrow with a dump.
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt

In news:

Enlarge David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune DAVID GRUNFELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE The Parasol 's roast beef po-boy Parasol 's and Tracey's Roast Beef Po-Boys gallery (6 photos).
Recently we sent out to many Henry County Beef Producers, via newsletter, an article from UK Veterinarian Dr Michele Arnold concerning causes and complications of one of the most common problems relating to beef production.
The West Central Cropping System and Beef Production Practicum developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's West Central Research and Extension Center will help producers maximize crop and beef production profitability.
Cutting demonstration of a side of beef donated by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
HyVee's Chef David Martineau's Standing Beef Rib Roast with Horseradish Cream is the entree we're featuring at the Culinary Christmas event tomorrow at HyVee with Wisconsin Beef Council.
A question that has passed through my mind almost every day since my quest for New Orleans' best roast beef po-boy began last November: Is a roast beef sandwich enough.
The fall-apart sandwich is a lot to handle, but if you believe Messiness is Next to Godliness – a maxim messy- roast-beef po-boy fans are free to use on T-shirts and hats – Short Stop's roast beef po-boy also gives you a lot to love.
After you've put away the corned beef and cabbage, grab the beef and bacon and try this delish dish.
Economic challenges in the dairy industry – and sexed semen – might be just what the beef industry needs to counter shrinking beef numbers.
Kameron Wise of the Crooked Run Cloverstitchers was awarded supreme and senior beef showmanship awards at the Tuscarawas County Junior Fair Beef Showmanship show.
Like the vegetarian platter, the meat combo includes salad, hummus, pita and basmati rice, plus beef and chicken shish kabobs and beef kifta kabobs.
The beef checkoff recently published a white paper titled, "Animal Age, Physiological Maturity, and Associated Effects on Beef Tenderness ", by J. Daryl Tatum, PhD, Colorado State University.
With funding from the beef checkoff, the industry has been tracking beef tenderness for 20 years with the first benchmarking survey conducted in 1990.
Last week in my report Are You Buying Ammonia Treated Meat Here In Evansville, I asked some Tri-State grocers whether or not the ground beef products sold in their stores contained Lean Finely Textured Beef Trimmings, aka Pink Slime.
Federation State Beef Committee Chairman Tommy Maples, left, discusses the proposed animal disease traceability rule with Federation Beef Division Director Nate Jaeger.

In science:

Now one just beefs up the lower tail of P so that, along a deterministic subsequence nk → ∞, we have ℓn = o(log λn ).
Recent progress on the Random Conductance Model
It is the combination of these concepts, (i) thin orbits, and (ii) localglobal phenomena, which will turn out to be the “beef ” of the problems we intend to discuss.
From Apollonius To Zaremba: Local-Global Phenomena in Thin Orbits