8 letter word starting with ba

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
babbling present participle & vb. noun of Babble
babblery noun Babble.
babehood noun Babyhood.
babyhood noun The state or period of infancy.
babyship noun The quality of being a baby; the personality of an infant.
baccarat noun A French game of cards, played by a banker and punters.
baccated adjective Having many berries., Set or adorned with pearls.
bacchant noun A priest of Bacchus., A bacchanal; a reveler., Bacchanalian; fond of drunken revelry; wine-loving; reveling; carousing.
bacchius noun A metrical foot composed of a short syllable and two long ones; according to some, two long and a short.
bachelor noun A man of any age who has not been married., An unmarried woman., A person who has taken the first or lowest degree in the liberal arts, or in some branch of science, at a college or university; as, a bachelor of arts., A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight., In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member., A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.
bachelry noun The body of young aspirants for knighthood.
bacillar adjective Shaped like a rod or staff.
bacillus noun A variety of bacterium; a microscopic, rod-shaped vegetable organism.
backband noun The band which passes over the back of a horse and holds up the shafts of a carriage.
backbite verb i. To wound by clandestine detraction; to censure meanly or spitefully (an absent person); to slander or speak evil of (one absent)., To censure or revile the absent.
backbond noun An instrument which, in conjunction with another making an absolute disposition, constitutes a trust.
backbone noun The column of bones in the back which sustains and gives firmness to the frame; the spine; the vertebral or spinal column., Anything like , or serving the purpose of, a backbone., Firmness; moral principle; steadfastness.
backcast noun Anything which brings misfortune upon one, or causes failure in an effort or enterprise; a reverse.
backdoor adjective Acting from behind and in concealment; as, backdoor intrigues.
backdown noun A receding or giving up; a complete surrender.
backfall noun A fall or throw on the back in wrestling.
backhand noun A kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right., Sloping from left to right; — said of handwriting., Backhanded; indirect; oblique.
backlash noun The distance through which one part of connected machinery, as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from wear; also, the jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.
backless adjective Without a back.
backrack noun Alt. of Backrag
backside noun The hinder part, posteriors, or rump of a person or animal.
backslid imp. of Backslide, of Backslide
backstay noun A rope or stay extending from the masthead to the side of a ship, slanting a little aft, to assist the shrouds in supporting the mast., A rope or strap used to prevent excessive forward motion.
backster noun A backer.
backward adverb Alt. of Backwards, Directed to the back or rear; as, backward glances., Unwilling; averse; reluctant; hesitating; loath., Not well advanced in learning; not quick of apprehension; dull; inapt; as, a backward child., Late or behindhand; as, a backward season., Not advanced in civilization; undeveloped; as, the country or region is in a backward state., Already past or gone; bygone., The state behind or past., To keep back; to hinder.
backwash verb i. To clean the oil from (wood) after combing.
backworm noun A disease of hawks. See Filanders.
baconian adjective Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon, or to his system of philosophy.
bacteria nounp. See Bacterium., of Bacterium
bactrian adjective Of or pertaining to Bactria in Asia., A native of Bactria.
baculine adjective Of or pertaining to the rod or punishment with the rod.
baculite noun A cephalopod of the extinct genus Baculites, found fossil in the Cretaceous rocks. It is like an uncoiled ammonite.
badgered imp. & past participle of Badger
badgerer noun One who badgers., A kind of dog used in badger baiting.
badigeon noun A cement or paste (as of plaster and freestone, or of sawdust and glue or lime) used by sculptors, builders, and workers in wood or stone, to fill holes, cover defects, or finish a surface.
badinage noun Playful raillery; banter.
baenopod noun One of the thoracic legs of Arthropods.
baffling present participle & vb. noun of Baffle, Frustrating; discomfiting; disconcerting; as, baffling currents, winds, tasks.
baggager noun One who takes care of baggage; a camp follower.
bagpiper noun One who plays on a bagpipe; a piper.
baguette noun A small molding, like the astragal, but smaller; a bead., One of the minute bodies seen in the divided nucleoli of some Infusoria after conjugation.
bailable adjective Having the right or privilege of being admitted to bail, upon bond with sureties; — used of persons., Admitting of bail; as, a bailable offense., That can be delivered in trust; as, bailable goods.
bailment noun The action of bailing a person accused., A delivery of goods or money by one person to another in trust, for some special purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed.
bakemeat noun Alt. of Baked-meat
bakingly adverb In a hot or baking manner.
bakistre noun A baker.
bakshish noun Same as Backsheesh.
balanced imp. & past participle of Balance
balancer noun One who balances, or uses a balance., In Diptera, the rudimentary posterior wing.
balanite noun A fossil balanoid shell.
balanoid adjective Resembling an acorn; — applied to a group of barnacles having shells shaped like acorns. See Acornshell, and Barnacle.
baldhead noun A person whose head is bald., A white-headed variety of pigeon.
baldness noun The state or condition of being bald; as, baldness of the head; baldness of style.
baldpate noun A baldheaded person., The American widgeon (Anas Americana)., Alt. of Baldpated
balearic adjective Of or pertaining to the isles of Majorca, Minorca, Ivica, etc., in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Valencia.
balefire noun A signal fire; an alarm fire.
balisaur noun A badgerlike animal of India (Arcionyx collaris).
balister noun A crossbow.
ballader noun A writer of ballads.
balladry noun Ballad poems; the subject or style of ballads.
ballahoo noun Alt. of Ballahou
ballahou noun A fast-sailing schooner, used in the Bermudas and West Indies.
ballarag verb i. To bully; to threaten.
ballatry noun See Balladry.
ballist/ plural of Ballista
ballista noun An ancient military engine, in the form of a crossbow, used for hurling large missiles.
balloted imp. & past participle of Ballot
balloter noun One who votes by ballot.
ballotin noun An officer who has charge of a ballot box.
ballroom noun A room for balls or dancing.
balmoral noun A long woolen petticoat, worn immediately under the dress., A kind of stout walking shoe, laced in front.
balneary noun A bathing room.
balotade noun See Ballotade.
balsamic adjective Alt. of Balsamical
baluster noun A small column or pilaster, used as a support to the rail of an open parapet, to guard the side of a staircase, or the front of a gallery. See Balustrade.
banality noun Something commonplace, hackneyed, or trivial; the commonplace, in speech.
bandaged imp. & past participle of Bandage
bandanna noun Alt. of Bandana
bandeaux plural of Bandeau
bandelet noun Alt. of Bandlet
banditti plural of Bandit
bandying present participle & vb. noun of Bandy
banewort noun Deadly nightshade.
banished imp. & past participle of Banish
banisher noun One who banishes.
banister noun A stringed musical instrument having a head and neck like the guitar, and its body like a tambourine. It has five strings, and is played with the fingers and hands.
bankable adjective Receivable at a bank.
bankrupt noun A trader who secretes himself, or does certain other acts tending to defraud his creditors., A trader who becomes unable to pay his debts; an insolvent trader; popularly, any person who is unable to pay his debts; an insolvent person., A person who, in accordance with the terms of a law relating to bankruptcy, has been judicially declared to be unable to meet his liabilities., Being a bankrupt or in a condition of bankruptcy; unable to pay, or legally discharged from paying, one’s debts; as, a bankrupt merchant., Depleted of money; not having the means of meeting pecuniary liabilities; as, a bankrupt treasury., Relating to bankrupts and bankruptcy., Destitute of, or wholly wanting (something once possessed, or something one should possess)., To make bankrupt; to bring financial ruin upon; to impoverish.
bankside noun The slope of a bank, especially of the bank of a steam.
banlieue noun The territory without the walls, but within the legal limits, of a town or city.
bannered adjective Furnished with, or bearing, banners.
banneret noun Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; — commonly used as a title of rank., A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank., A civil officer in some Swiss cantons., A small banner.
bannerol noun A banderole; esp. a banner displayed at a funeral procession and set over the tomb. See Banderole.
bantered imp. & past participle of Banter
banterer noun One who banters or rallies.
bantling noun A young or small child; an infant. [Slightly contemptuous or depreciatory.]
banxring noun An East Indian insectivorous mammal of the genus Tupaia.
baphomet noun An idol or symbolical figure which the Templars were accused of using in their mysterious rites.
baptized imp. & past participle of Baptize
baptizer noun One who baptizes.
barbacan noun See Barbican., A tower or advanced work defending the entrance to a castle or city, as at a gate or bridge. It was often large and strong, having a ditch and drawbridge of its own., An opening in the wall of a fortress, through which missiles were discharged upon an enemy.
barbados noun Alt. of Barbadoes
barbated adjective Having barbed points.
barbecue noun A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast., A social entertainment, where many people assemble, usually in the open air, at which one or more large animals are roasted or broiled whole., A floor, on which coffee beans are sun-dried., To dry or cure by exposure on a frame or gridiron., To roast or broil whole, as an ox or hog.
barbered imp. & past participle of Barber
barberry noun A shrub of the genus Berberis, common along roadsides and in neglected fields. B. vulgaris is the species best known; its oblong red berries are made into a preserve or sauce, and have been deemed efficacious in fluxes and fevers. The bark dyes a fine yellow, esp. the bark of the root.
barbette noun A mound of earth or a platform in a fortification, on which guns are mounted to fire over the parapet.
barbican noun Alt. of Barbacan
barbicel noun One of the small hooklike processes on the barbules of feathers.
barbiers noun A variety of paralysis, peculiar to India and the Malabar coast; — considered by many to be the same as beriberi in chronic form.
barbiton noun An ancient Greek instrument resembling a lyre.
bardling noun An inferior bard.
bardship noun The state of being a bard.
bareback adverb On the bare back of a horse, without using a saddle; as, to ride bareback.
barebone noun A very lean person; one whose bones show through the skin.
barefoot adjective & adverb With the feet bare; without shoes or stockings.
barehead adjective & adverb Having the head uncovered; as, a bareheaded girl.
bareness noun The state of being bare.
baresark noun A Berserker, or Norse warrior who fought without armor, or shirt of mail. Hence, adverbially: Without shirt of mail or armor.
bargeman noun The man who manages a barge, or one of the crew of a barge.
barghest noun A goblin, in the shape of a large dog, portending misfortune.
barillet noun A little cask, or something resembling one.
bar iron See under Iron.
baritone adjective & noun See Barytone., Grave and deep, as a kind of male voice., Not marked with an accent on the last syllable, the grave accent being understood., A male voice, the compass of which partakes of the common bass and the tenor, but which does not descend as low as the one, nor rise as high as the other., A person having a voice of such range., The viola di gamba, now entirely disused., A word which has no accent marked on the last syllable, the grave accent being understood.
barkless adjective Destitute of bark.
barnacle noun Any cirriped crustacean adhering to rocks, floating timber, ships, etc., esp. (a) the sessile species (genus Balanus and allies), and (b) the stalked or goose barnacles (genus Lepas and allies). See Cirripedia, and Goose barnacle., A bernicle goose., An instrument for pinching a horse’s nose, and thus restraining him., Spectacles; — so called from their resemblance to the barnacles used by farriers.
barnyard noun A yard belonging to a barn.
barology noun The science of weight or gravity.
barometz noun The woolly-skinned rhizoma or rootstock of a fern (Dicksonia barometz), which, when specially prepared and inverted, somewhat resembles a lamb; — called also Scythian lamb.
baronage noun The whole body of barons or peers., The dignity or rank of a baron., The land which gives title to a baron.
baroness noun A baron’s wife; also, a lady who holds the baronial title in her own right; as, the Baroness Burdett-Coutts.
baronial adjective Pertaining to a baron or a barony.
baronies plural of Barony
barouche noun A four-wheeled carriage, with a falling top, a seat on the outside for the driver, and two double seats on the inside arranged so that the sitters on the front seat face those on the back seat.
barracan noun A thick, strong stuff, somewhat like camlet; — still used for outer garments in the Levant.
barranca noun A ravine caused by heavy rains or a watercourse.
barrator verb i. One guilty of barratry.
barratry noun The practice of exciting and encouraging lawsuits and quarrels., A fraudulent breach of duty or willful act of known illegality on the part of a master of a ship, in his character of master, or of the mariners, to the injury of the owner of the ship or cargo, and without his consent. It includes every breach of trust committed with dishonest purpose, as by running away with the ship, sinking or deserting her, etc., or by embezzling the cargo., The crime of a judge who is influenced by bribery in pronouncing judgment.
barreled imp. & past participle of Barrel, Alt. of Barrelled
barrenly adverb Unfruitfully; unproductively.
barrulet noun A diminutive of the bar, having one fourth its width.
bartered imp. & past participle of Barter
barterer noun One who barters.
bartizan noun A small, overhanging structure for lookout or defense, usually projecting at an angle of a building or near an entrance gateway.
bartlett noun A Bartlett pear, a favorite kind of pear, which originated in England about 1770, and was called Williams’ Bonchretien. It was brought to America, and distributed by Mr. Enoch Bartlett, of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
barytone adjective Alt. of Baritone, Alt. of Baritone
basaltic adjective Pertaining to basalt; formed of, or containing, basalt; as basaltic lava.
basanite noun Lydian stone, or black jasper, a variety of siliceous or flinty slate, of a grayish or bluish black color. It is employed to test the purity of gold, the amount of alloy being indicated by the color left on the stone when rubbed by the metal.
bascinet noun A light helmet, at first open, but later made with a visor.
baseball noun A game of ball, so called from the bases or bounds ( four in number) which designate the circuit which each player must endeavor to make after striking the ball., The ball used in this game.
baseborn adjective Born out of wedlock., Born of low parentage., Vile; mean.
baselard noun A short sword or dagger, worn in the fifteenth century.
baseless adjective Without a base; having no foundation or support.
basement adjective The outer wall of the ground story of a building, or of a part of that story, when treated as a distinct substructure. ( See Base, n., 3 (a).) Hence: The rooms of a ground floor, collectively.
baseness noun The quality or condition of being base; degradation; vileness.
bashless adjective Shameless; unblushing.
basicity noun The quality or state of being a base., The power of an acid to unite with one or more atoms or equivalents of a base, as indicated by the number of replaceable hydrogen atoms contained in the acid.
basidium noun A special oblong or pyriform cell, with slender branches, which bears the spores in that division of fungi called Basidiomycetes, of which the common mushroom is an example.
basifier noun That which converts into a salifiable base.
basihyal adjective Noting two small bones, forming the body of the inverted hyoid arch.
basiling present participle & vb. noun of Basil
basilary noun Relating to, or situated at, the base., Lower; inferior; applied to impulses or springs of action.
basilic/ plural of Basilica
basilica noun Originally, the place of a king; but afterward, an apartment provided in the houses of persons of importance, where assemblies were held for dispensing justice; and hence, any large hall used for this purpose., A building used by the Romans as a place of public meeting, with court rooms, etc., attached., A church building of the earlier centuries of Christianity, the plan of which was taken from the basilica of the Romans. The name is still applied to some churches by way of honorary distinction., A digest of the laws of Justinian, translated from the original Latin into Greek, by order of Basil I., in the ninth century.
basilisk noun A fabulous serpent, or dragon. The ancients alleged that its hissing would drive away all other serpents, and that its breath, and even its look, was fatal. See Cockatrice., A lizard of the genus Basiliscus, belonging to the family Iguanidae., A large piece of ordnance, so called from its supposed resemblance to the serpent of that name, or from its size.
basketry noun The art of making baskets; also, baskets, taken collectively.
basquish adjective Pertaining to the country, people, or language of Biscay; Basque
basseted imp. & past participle of Basset
bassetto noun A tenor or small bass viol.
bassinet noun A wicker basket, with a covering or hood over one end, in which young children are placed as in a cradle., See Bascinet.
bassorin noun A constituent part of a species of gum from Bassora, as also of gum tragacanth and some gum resins. It is one of the amyloses.
basswood noun The bass (Tilia) or its wood; especially, T. Americana. See Bass, the lime tree.
bastardy noun The state of being a bastard; illegitimacy., The procreation of a bastard child.
basylous adjective Pertaining to, or having the nature of, a basyle; electro-positive; basic; — opposed to chlorous.
batavian adjective Of or pertaining to (a) the Batavi, an ancient Germanic tribe; or to (b) /atavia or Holland; as, a Batavian legion., A native or inhabitant of Batavia or Holland.
bateless adjective Not to be abated.
batement noun Abatement; diminution.
bathetic adjective Having the character of bathos.
bathmism noun See Vital force.
bathorse noun A horse which carries an officer’s baggage during a campaign.
batoidei noun pl. The division of fishes which includes the rays and skates.
battable adjective Capable of cultivation; fertile; productive; fattening.
battalia noun Order of battle; disposition or arrangement of troops (brigades, regiments, battalions, etc.), or of a naval force, for action., An army in battle array; also, the main battalia or body.
batteler noun Alt. of Battler
battened imp. & past participle of Batten
battered imp. & past participle of Batter
batterer noun One who, or that which, batters.
battling present participle & vb. noun of Battle
baubling adjective See Bawbling.
baudekin noun The richest kind of stuff used in garments in the Middle Ages, the web being gold, and the woof silk, with embroidery : — made originally at Bagdad.
baudrick noun A belt. See Baldric.
bavarian adjective Of or pertaining to Bavaria., A native or an inhabitant of Bavaria.
bawbling adjective Insignificant; contemptible.
bawdrick noun A belt. See Baldric.
bawhorse noun Same as Bathorse.
bayadere noun A female dancer in the East Indies.
bayardly adjective Blind; stupid.
bayberry noun The fruit of the bay tree or Laurus nobilis., A tree of the West Indies related to the myrtle (Pimenta acris)., The fruit of Myrica cerifera (wax myrtle); the shrub itself; — called also candleberry tree.
bay leaf See under 3d Bay.
bay salt Salt which has been obtained from sea water, by evaporation in shallow pits or basins, by the heat of the sun; the large crystalline salt of commerce.
bay tree A species of laurel. (Laurus nobilis).
bay yarn Woolen yarn.