beak

noun
\ 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

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Other Words from beak

beaked \ ˈbēkt How to pronounce beaked (audio) \ adjective
beaky \ ˈbē-​kē How to pronounce beaky (audio) \ 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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The ring around — from a plastic soda pop bottle — slid easily off the exhausted stork’s beak, Tanwar said. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "A photo of an Indian bird with its beak shut by a plastic ring went viral. Now he's been rescued.," 13 June 2018 The finding also offers insights into what Ichthyornis’s beak might have looked like. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "New Fossils Offer Clues about a Primordial Bird Beak," 2 May 2018 The bird’s beak evolved to gather nectar from flowers with long tubular corollas, including a passionflower that is deeply reliant on the avian rapier for pollination. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 Use buttercream to attach an orange Cry Baby Tears beak. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 The Ground Finch uses its crushing beak to remove ticks from the backs of tortoises and iguanas. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "BREAKING: Mystery of Square Wombat Poop Revealed," 20 Nov. 2018 Taylor weighed in on a controversial internet question of whether the cartoon bird’s beak is open. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' cartoon logo transformed into other birds through Florida graphic designer's @SmilingBirdLogo," 9 Apr. 2018 The Woodpecker and Cactus Finch have probing beaks to find grubs in holes and dead tree branches. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "BREAKING: Mystery of Square Wombat Poop Revealed," 20 Nov. 2018 Cut a piece of black paper that is as wide as the top of your box and comes down the front into a point to form his face and beak area. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 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
informal + humorous : a person's nose

beak

noun
\ ˈbēk How to pronounce beak (audio) \

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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