• "Co, boss! co, boss!"
    "Co, boss! co, boss!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj boss exceptionally good "a boss hand at carpentry","his brag cornfield"
    • v boss raise in a relief "embossed stationery"
    • n boss a circular rounded projection or protuberance
    • n boss a person responsible for hiring workers "the boss hired three more men for the new job"
    • n boss a person who exercises control and makes decisions "he is his own boss now"
    • n boss a person who exercises control over workers "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
    • n boss a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments "party bosses have a reputation for corruption"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Boss A head or reservoir of water.
    • n Boss A master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator.
    • Boss (Arch) A projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations.
    • Boss A protuberant ornament on any work, either of different material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection of a shield. See Umbilicus.
    • Boss (Mech) A swage or die used for shaping metals.
    • Boss A wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder.
    • Boss Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.
    • Boss (Mech) The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
    • v. t Boss bŏs To ornament with bosses; to stud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boss A protuberant part; a round, swelling process or excrescence on the body or upon some organ of an animal or plant.
    • n boss A hump or hunch on the back; a humpback.
    • n boss A bulky animal.
    • n boss A fat woman.
    • n boss A stud or knob. Specifically, a knob or protuberant ornament of silver, ivory, or other material, used on bridles, harness, the centers of ancient shields, etc., or affixed to any object. Bosses are placed at regular intervals on the sides of some book-covers, for the purpose of preserving the gilding or the leather of the cover from abrasion.
    • n boss In sculpture, a projecting mass to be afterward cut or carved.
    • n boss In architecture, an ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs or groins in vaulted or flat roofs, sometimes richly sculptured with armorial bearings or other devices; also, any projecting ball or knot of foliage, etc., wherever placed.
    • n boss In mech.: The enlarged part of a shaft on which a wheel is to be keyed, or any enlarged part of the diameter, as the end of a separate piece in a line of shafts connected by couplings. Hollow shafts through which others pass are sometimes also called bosses, but improperly.
    • n boss A swage or die used for shaping metals.
    • n boss In ordnance: A cast-iron plate fastened to the back of a traveling-forge hearth.
    • n boss Any protuberance or lug upon a piece of ordnance.
    • n boss A soft leather cushion or pad used for bossing (which see), and also for cleaning gilded surfaces and the like in porcelain- and glass-manufacture.
    • n boss A water-conduit in the form of a tun-bellied figure; a head or reservoir of water.
    • boss To ornament with bosses; bestud.
    • boss Same as emboss.
    • boss In ceramics, to bring (a surface of boiled oil) to perfect uniformity. See bossing, 1.
    • n boss A cask, especially a small cask; a leather bottle for wine.
    • n boss A wooden vessel used by plasterers for holding mortar, hung by a hook on a ladder or a wall.
    • n boss A hassock; a bass.
    • boss Hollow; empty: as, “his thick boss head,”
    • n boss A master. Specifically— One who employs or superintends workmen; a head man, foreman, or manager: as, the bosses have decided to cut down wages. [U. S.]
    • n boss In United States politics, an influential politician who uses the machinery of a party for private ends, or for the advantage of a ring or clique; a professional politician having paramount local influence.
    • n boss The chief; the master; the champion; the best or leading person or thing.
    • boss Chief; master; hence, first-rate: as, a boss mason; a boss player.
    • boss To be master of or over; manage; direct; control: as, to boss the house.
    • n boss In the United States: A familiar name for a cow, or any of the bovine genus: chiefly used in calling or in soothing. On the Western plains, a name for the bison or so-called buffalo.
    • n boss In geology, an irregular knob-like outcrop of eruptive rock, especially of granite.
    • n boss The worked-out portion of a mine; the goaf.
    • boss In mining, to hole or undercut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boss bos a knob or stud: a raised ornament
    • v.t Boss to ornament with bosses
    • n Boss bos the chief or leader: the master, manager, or foreman: the person who pulls the wires in political intrigues
    • adj Boss chief: excellent
    • v.t Boss to manage or control
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  • Fernanda Bartolme
    Fernanda Bartolme
    “Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions.”
  • Robert Frost
    “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.”
  • Diane Ravitch
    Diane Ravitch
    “The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.”
  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
  • David Ogilvy
    David Ogilvy
    “Set exorbitant standards, and give your people hell when they don't live up to them. There is nothing so demoralizing as a boss who tolerates second rate work.”
  • Lee Iacocca
    “The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boce, bose, boche, OF. boce, boche, bosse, F. bosse, of G. origin; cf. OHG. bōzo, tuft, bunch, OHG. bōzan, MHG. bôzen, to beat. See Beat, and cf. Botch a swelling


In literature:

Straw boss, wood walkers, and ground men, they were all hungry.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I was just preparin' to grab the boss by the collar, too, when Daggett gets in his fine work.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Well, all right, I guess you can have it if the boss don't kick.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Better come in an' git yore shirt on 'fore the boss sees yuh half naked.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
The 'Supe' don't hang around there himself so much since the new 'boss' came.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Thin he kem home an' wint fightin' the boss o' the town, so they med him a senator.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
His quiet manner disappointed the Italian boss.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
He come wid his two men, Grant and Sherman, and captured de slave bosses.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The boss had a monopoly, and Pietro was told that it was maintained by his "divvying" with some railroad official.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
As I watched the boss over us that day it did not seem to me that he understood very well.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton

In poetry:

Vot pisness he mit horse and gun,
Dot channel shtream to cross?
Vot matter for de tings ve done?
Der Kaiser is de boss.
"The Hate Of Hans" by Abner Cosens
The Boss, by jingo, he is a bird,
There's magic in his name,
Not by our suffrage; but his word
We win or lose the game.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I've talked with rulers, in and ex,
With working man and boss;
Mayor Valentine! they you unsex—
You surely are a horse.
"The Farmer's Appeal From A Jackass To The Mayor" by David John Scott
Montgomery I knew right well,
He was rather kind than cross,
He taught the willing how to spell,
And always would be boss.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
On rights, the people would not toss
A copper's head nor tail,
They'd rather, far, to know the "Boss"
Had drove a heeler's sale.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I took a daisy in my hold;
Its snowy rays were tipped with rose,
And with its tiny boss of gold
I thought—how like a star it glows!
"Relativity" by Robert W Service

In news:

If this person is your boss, the situation becomes even worse, but you can deal, and hopefully make the situation better.
Camaro SS 1LE Set To Devour Boss 302.
You're always bossing me around and telling me why my Venn diagrams don't make any sense.
'American Horror Story': FX Boss Didn't Want to Diminish the Experience.
That inspired Martin, a political consultant for congressional candidate Jim Reed in California, to create a talking direct-mail brochure that would help her boss stand out.
A girlfriend recently had a very interesting situation occur in which a co-worker consciously tried to make her look bad in front of her peers and her boss.
5 smart ways to disagree with your boss.
(MoneyWatch) Criticizing your boss can be tricky.
NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting that tight end Kevin Boss will visit the Kansas City Chiefs.
Nearly 40 years after his disappearance, former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, pictured circa 1955, remains among America's most famous missing persons.
Conan O'Brien Promises Not to Be Mean to His Old Bosses.
Nearly half (47 percent) of employed executives are dissatisifed with their jobs and nearly one-third (31 percent) said they don't trust their boss, according to a recent Executive Quiz by The Korn/Ferry Institute.
It describes what administrators did with struggling students who could hurt performance targets that district bosses desperately wanted to achieve.
Fear the Randomly Dogmatic Boss and Colleagues.
NYCHA boss' double-talk on security cameras.

In science:

We now present the results of two set of models that test the Boss code against these two analytical solutions.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
All other aspects of the Boss codes are retained, e.g., the specific internal energy and pressure subroutines and the subroutine that updates the temperature based on the specific internal energy.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
Models were also calculated with Eddington approximation radiative transfer and fluxlimited diffusion approximation radiative transfer (Boss 2008), testing their ability to maintain the analytical solution.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
Figures 7 through 12 all depict the response of the disk at a radial distance of 7.87 AU, as that is the typical distance where clumps form in the Boss disk instability models.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
These models presented here test only the radiative transfer routines and other thermodynamical aspects of the Boss codes, not the coupling between these processes and the hydrodynamics that occurs in full disk instability models.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability