\ ˈbēk How to pronounce beak (audio) \

Definition of beak

1a : the bill of a bird especially : a strong short broad bill
b(1) : the elongated sucking mouth of some insects (such as the true bugs)
(2) : any of various rigid projecting mouth structures (as of a turtle)
c : the human nose
2 : a pointed structure or formation:
a : a metal-pointed beam projecting from the bow especially of an ancient galley for piercing an enemy ship
b : the spout of a vessel
c : a continuous slight architectural projection ending in an arris — see molding illustration
d : a process suggesting the beak of a bird
3 chiefly British

Other Words from beak

beaked \ ˈbēkt How to pronounce beak (audio) \ adjective
beaky \ ˈbē-​kē How to pronounce beak (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of beak in a Sentence

the beak of a hawk an actor with a big beak
Recent Examples on the Web The swan began to slowly raise its head: a pink-violet beak with a crimson edge and a blue-violet neck, each feather of which shimmered in the sun. Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 There is the Cassia crossbill, a finch with a twisty beak found in a single county in Idaho. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 As for cruel, one afternoon a crow buzzed through our backyard, something big and squirming in its beak. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 May 2022 Some use their hard beak to drill into the shells of clams. Erin Spencer, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 There’s something mesmerizing about a Dodo bird: Its squat body and feeble wings; the beady little eyes that peek out from behind its oversized beak. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2022 In one famous example, engineers in Japan modeled the front of their high-speed bullet train after the shape of a kingfisher's beak to make the design more streamlined and eliminate the sonic boom. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The painful incident left the sea turtle with a large chunk missing from her beak and a head fracture. Kelli Bender,, 19 Apr. 2022 The other way to remask was to leave the mask slung under your chin, and then hoist it back up by the point of its beak. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beak

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beak

Middle English bec, from Anglo-French, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin

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“Beak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of beak

1 : the bill of a bird an eagle's beak
2 : a part shaped like or resembling a bird's bill a turtle's beak

Other Words from beak

beaked \ ˈbēkt \ adjective a long-beaked bird

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