bird

noun, often attributive
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce bird (audio) \

Definition of bird

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 archaic : the young of a feathered vertebrate
2 : any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings
3 : a game bird
5a : fellow
b : a peculiar person
c chiefly British : girl
7 chiefly British
a : a hissing or jeering sound expressive of disapproval
b : dismissal from employment
8 : a thin piece of meat rolled up with stuffing and cooked
9 : a man-made object (such as an aircraft, rocket, or satellite) that resembles a bird especially by flying or being aloft
10 : an obscene gesture of contempt made by pointing the middle finger upward while keeping the other fingers down usually used with the

called also finger

for the birds

bird

verb
birded; birding; birds

Definition of bird (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

Bird

biographical name
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce Bird (audio) \

Definition of Bird (Entry 3 of 3)

Larry (Joe) 1956–     American basketball player

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Noun

bird 2 (kingfisher): 1 crest, 2 crown, 3 bill, 4 throat, 5 auricular region, 6 breast, 7 scapulars, 8 abdomen, 9 tarsus, 10 upper wing coverts, 11 primaries, 12 secondaries, 13 rectrix, 14 tail

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from bird

Noun

birdlike \ ˈbərd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Bird (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bird in a Sentence

Noun A large bird flew overhead. The birds were singing outside our window. He's a tough old bird. We met some smashing birds at the pub last night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a result, carotenoid-colored feathers are often considered an honest signal — one that truthfully communicates a bird’s good physiological condition. BostonGlobe.com, "Some male birds fly under false colors to attract mates, study suggests," 21 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the bird’s eye system ought to have its own computing capabilities and pre-crunch the data. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Bird’s-Eye View To Provide Self-Driving Cars With Some Needed Computational Omnipresence," 19 Apr. 2021 The pump sends a short plume of water up that attracts the bird’s attention. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "How to meet the needs of birds this spring and summer in San Antonio," 16 Apr. 2021 The zoo was founded in 1892 as a miniature mammal and bird display in Washington Park, according to the zoo's website. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 23 things we love about Milwaukee in honor of its 175th year as a city," 14 Apr. 2021 The combination of the bird’s eye view and the (wonderful) lack of patrons jamming every fairway and green made for some spectacular pictures. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Would a promising basketball coach with options want to coach at UC?," 12 Apr. 2021 In most instances these views are articulated in a data driven, broad context – a bird’s eye view. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Jefferson County judge suspended after scathing abuse of power allegations," 9 Apr. 2021 Think: a date night craft competition for you and your partner or a bird house-making class for kids. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Michaels Is Offering Free Online Crafting Classes for All Ages," 7 Apr. 2021 The bird’s mate, an equally mysterious salamander, remains at large. Washington Post, "Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Hummingbird Salamander’ is a gripping eco-thriller full of cinematic set pieces," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Monday, a white woman named Amy Cooper went viral for threatening the life of a Black man, Christian Cooper (no relation), who was just trying to bird watch in Central Park in peace. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "The Pandemic Of Black Trauma Will Never End," 1 June 2020 Outdoor activities like trail running, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, birding, fishing, kayaking, traditional golf and disc golf are perfect for social distancing. Josh Woods, The Conversation, "How lingering fears from the pandemic could change the way we watch and play sports," 22 May 2020 For a taste of nature, Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, located on the north side of town, offers birding and wildlife viewing as well as miles of walking trails. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Exploring Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City," 9 Sep. 2015 Outdoor activities are still permitted, including bicycling, birding, boating, fishing, geocaching, hiking and hunting. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Prepare to pay fees at Indiana state parks starting May 15," 15 May 2020 With many birding hotspots closed and organized outings canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, birders have been forced to hang up their binoculars. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Take a Virtual Bird Walk With the Atlanta Audubon Society," 24 Apr. 2020 The Piney Woods Wildlife Society coordinates birding field trips for its members, and meets the third Wednesday of most months at the Dennis Johnston Park Big Stone Lodge in Spring. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Active bald eagle nest in Tomball garners attention," 13 Mar. 2020 The basic tools for birding are not that expensive. Popular Science, "How to start birding in any US city," 18 Mar. 2020 Mild temperatures and migrations make fall a great time for birding in San Diego. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ladder-backed woodpecker is fond of the desert," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bird

Noun

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

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bird

Noun

Middle English brid, bird, from Old English bridd

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

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30 Apr 2021

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“Bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for bird

bird

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bird

: an animal that has wings and is covered with feathers

bird

noun
\ ˈbərd How to pronounce bird (audio) \

Kids Definition of bird

: an animal that lays eggs and has wings and a body covered with feathers

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