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Meaning of BEARD

Pronunciation:  beerd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
  2. [n]  hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals
  3. [n]  the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
  4. [n]  a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
  5. [v]  go along the rim, like a beard around the chin; "Houses bearded the top of the heights"

BEARD is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: byssus, face fungus, whiskers
 See Also: adult male body, awn, beaver, burnside, caprine animal, face, fiber, fibre, fuzz, fuzz, goat, goatee, hair, hair, hair, human face, imperial, Imperial beard, man's body, moustache, mustache, mutton chop, rim, sideburn, side-whiskers, tomentum



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Beard\, n. [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}.]
    1. The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts
       of the human face, chiefly of male adults.
    2. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the
       (b) The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak
           in some birds
       (c) The appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the
           mouth or jaws of some fishes.
       (d) The byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle.
       (e) The gills of some bivalves, as the oyster.
       (f) In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and
    3. (Bot.) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the
       beard of grain.
    4. A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument,
       projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily
       drawn out.
    5. That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which
       is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
    6. (Print.) That part of a type which is between the shoulder
       of the shank and the face.
    7. An imposition; a trick. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Beard grass} (Bot.), a coarse, perennial grass of different
       species of the genus {Andropogon}.
    {To one's beard}, to one's face; in open defiance.
  2. \Beard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bearded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard
       of (a man), in anger or contempt.
    2. To oppose to the gills; to set at defiance.
             No admiral, bearded by three corrupt and dissolute
             minions of the palace, dared to do more than mutter
             something about a court martial.      --Macaulay.
    3. To deprive of the gills; -- used only of oysters and
       similar shellfish.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a long beard is representative of old age and insight, and wisdom. If you are a woman and you dream of growing a beard means your masculine aspect of your personality. You want to be more assertive and wield more power.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The mode of wearing it was definitely prescribed to the Jews (Lev. 19:27; 21:5). Hence the import of Ezekiel's (5:1-4) description of the "razor" i.e., the agents of an angry providence being used against the guilty nation of the Jews. It was a part of a Jew's daily toilet to anoint his beard with oil and perfume (Ps. 133:2). Beards were trimmed with the most fastidious care (2 Sam. 19:24), and their neglet was an indication of deep sorrow (Isa. 15:2; Jer. 41:5). The custom was to shave or pluck off the hair as a sign of mourning (Isa. 50:6; Jer. 48:37; Ezra 9:3). The beards of David's ambassadors were cut off by hanun (2 Sam. 10:4) as a mark of indignity.

On the other hand, the Egyptians carefully shaved the hair off their faces, and they compelled their slaves to do so also (Gen. 41:14).

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