\ 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


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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Then split the body into individual tentacles and remove the beak. Dallas News, "Sous vide school: 3 top Dallas chefs teach us how to cook chicken, steak and even octopus," 20 Aug. 2019 Subtle differences, such as how far back the beak extended, indicated to many of the longtime eagle watchers that the survivor was the female, Soderstrom said. Nara Schoenberg,, "A tale of lost love, mistaken identity, courageous single parenting — and bald eagles," 18 June 2019 At first glance, some saw a bird’s beak — except wait, are those bunny ears?! Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Is it a Bird or Bunny? The Internet Is Really Having a Hard Time With the Animal in This Divisive Video," 21 Aug. 2019 In the 1940s, ethologist Konrad Lorenz proposed a theory that infants across species possess similar traits: large eyes; a large head; squat noses, beaks, and snouts; receding chins; and roundness. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 The bird has three toes, all pointed in the same direction, a long, thin beak, and the feathers at the center of its tail are long and straight. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study takes a bird’s-eye view of the Nasca Lines," 20 June 2019 Smaller than a robin, this songbird’s beak is a bit longer and more pointed. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Summer brings catbirds out in the open," 18 July 2019 When Collins moved the olive branch from beak to talons, the image was locked. Jamie Turner,, "11 things you might not know about Apollo 11 and the Space Race: Apollo 11 at 50," 17 July 2019 Merging play with tools that help doctors do their jobs, the robot — which has four patents pending — can turn it’s neck, nuzzle, open it’s beak and emit sounds and vibrations. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Children battling cancer can’t always express their feelings. Now a robotic duck is doing it for them.," 20 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of beak

: the hard usually pointed parts that cover a bird's mouth
informal + humorous : a person's nose


\ 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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