bean

noun
\ ˈbēn How to pronounce bean (audio) \

Definition of bean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the fava bean
c : a plant bearing beans
d : an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
2a : a valueless item
b beans plural : the least amount didn't know beans about it
3 : any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods coffee beans also : a plant producing these
4a beans plural : exuberance used in the phrase full of beans
b beans plural : nonsense, bunkum used in the phrase full of beans
5 : head, brain
6 : a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration

bean

verb
beaned; beaning; beans

Definition of bean (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike (a person) on the head with an object

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Synonyms for bean

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of bean in a Sentence

Noun We ate rice and beans for dinner. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Minestra is a simple soup of greens and beans — escarole and white cannellinis for our family. NBC News, "Warm up this week with Rachael Ray's Greens and Beans Minestra soup," 17 Nov. 2019 The company has also promised to add more vegetables and fiber-rich ingredients like nuts, whole grains and beans to its products. New York Times, "Nestlé Says It Can Be Virtuous and Profitable. Is That Even Possible?," 15 Nov. 2019 Determined to cut down on labor costs, the hemp growers, both in their mid-40s, bought a green-bean harvester from a farmer in Idaho and modified it to suck up hemp leaves and flowers. chicagotribune.com, "Farmers struggle as hemp harvest winds down," 15 Nov. 2019 People who want to eat less livestock—but who can’t quite bring themselves to exchange burgers for beans—might take inspiration from two recent academic papers. The Economist, "How much would giving up meat help the environment?," 15 Nov. 2019 Spread beans on baking sheet and roast until tender and lightly browned, stirring once, about 10 min. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Garlicky Green Beans," 14 Nov. 2019 Should that be the case, the pendulum won’t be swinging back from the bean-counters to the marketers. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "BHP’s New Boss Shows Mining Is Still Nervous," 14 Nov. 2019 The Reserve roasteries sell products like whiskey-barrel aged coffee beans for $40 for an eight-ounce bag. Leslie Patton, Bloomberg.com, "Starbucks Is Betting Chicago Wants a Five-Floor Coffee Shop," 13 Nov. 2019 His five homer-saving catches tied for the most since Baseball Info Solutions bean tracking them in 2004, matching the total of Houston’s Josh Reddick, who primarily played right field. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers' Lorenzo Cain finally claims Gold Glove as top defender among NL centerfielders," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Immediately following the show, there will bean after arty in the Kleist Center’s Black Box Theatre. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Radio station’s 'Hunger Challenge’ aims to stock local food pantries: Around The Town," 8 Nov. 2019 The Dodgers were fortunate the Nationals didn’t further reduce their 3-1 lead in that inning, which Buehler started by beaning Kurt Suzuki. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Clayton Kershaw suffers another crushing postseason blow," 10 Oct. 2019 After Maddon’s ejection, David Bote was beaned by reliever Clay Holmes with the bases loaded during a five-run fifth, causing home-plate umpire Joe West to issue warnings to both dugouts. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "‘It was the first time I saw Joe this mad’: Maddon ejected after more inside pitching from the Pirates in the Cubs’ 11-3 win," 3 July 2019 Attacking the upper half of the strike zone against the Cubs has been a successful ploy by the Dodgers and Braves, but the high and tight pitches by Lyles and Clay Holmes — who beaned David Bote with the bases loaded — were too much for Maddon. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Pirates series, including managerial tension and who is the better football player — Joe Maddon or Joe West?," 5 July 2019 On June 21, 1967, Yankees pitcher Thad Tillotson beaned Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who had hit a grand slam the day before, in the second inning. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Red Sox ace Jim Lonborg is all abuzz over his bees," 27 Aug. 2019 Baltimore closer Mychal Givens beaned Bregman between the shoulder blades with a 97 mph fastball in the ninth inning. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Bregman held out of Astros-White Sox doubleheader," 13 Aug. 2019 On one occasion a visitor who'd been beaned one too many times with the bopping stick of a gladiator returned with a few friends, which prompted the gladiator to get a few of his own fellow warriors. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 And beaning them with a rock would irritate or hurt them. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "It’s rattlesnake season: 12 things you need to know," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of bean

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bean

Noun

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean

Verb

verbal derivative of bean entry 1 in sense "head"

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The first known use of bean was before the 12th century

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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bean.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beaning. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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bean

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bean

informal : to hit (someone) on the head with something

bean

noun
\ ˈbēn How to pronounce bean (audio) \

Kids Definition of bean

1 : the edible seed or pod of a bushy or climbing garden plant related to the peas and clovers
2 : a seed or fruit like a bean coffee beans

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