beak

noun
\ ˈbēk \

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

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Other Words from beak

beaked \ ˈbēkt \ adjective
beaky \ ˈbē-​kē \ adjective

Synonyms for beak

Synonyms

bill, neb, nib

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Examples of beak in a Sentence

the beak of a hawk an actor with a big beak

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Nevada and Las Vegas had legalized sports betting pretty much to themselves for decades, but soon all the states can wet their beaks with profits from their citizens. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks," 16 May 2018 From the group that opened Her Name Is Han comes yakitori, the Japanese grilled skewers, using chicken from beak to tail. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Stir, in Philadelphia Museum of Art, Prepares for October Opening," 10 July 2018 The bojani had a few adaptations that enabled it to thrive as an herbivore, including a toothless mouth with a horned beak like a turtle, and its stomach acted a bit like a grain mill to digest the food. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018 Cut and attach a yellow beak at the bottom of the triangle. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 The farmers immediately noticed that this particular berry has a striking resemblance to a chicken with two wings and a beak. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "The Internet is Going Crazy Over This Chicken-Shaped Strawberry," 6 July 2015 Hovering over it all is a certain nocturnal bird of prey, whose beady eyes and camouflaged beak bear some resemblance, not coincidentally, to a cartoon of an alien. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "CounterPulse artists forge agency with ‘Barn Owl’," 25 May 2018 As a bird expert, Dunning was aware that crested auklets, a seabird in the same family as puffins, have fluorescent beaks. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones," 9 Apr. 2018 Meals are funneled towards the squid’s razor-sharp beak, which can julienne food into bite-size pieces that are subsequently pulverized and rammed down its throat by a toothy tongue-like organ. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beak

: the hard usually pointed parts that cover a bird's mouth

: a person's nose

beak

noun
\ ˈbēk \

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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