bird

noun, often attributive
\ˈbərd \

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 \

Definition of Bird (Entry 3 of 3)

Larry 1956–     Lawrence Joseph Bird 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 \ 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

Year of the Bird In 1918 Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect birds from wanton killing. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018 Today, bald eagles continue to be protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibit anyone without a permit from taking the bird’s parts, nests and eggs. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Bald eagle, once a dying breed, making groundbreaking comeback across country," 22 June 2018 The latter type of project is often built to benefit fish and bird populations protected under the Endangered Species Act or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power," 22 June 2018 So Zoo Miami has partnered with the Tropical Audubon Society, the Cape Florida Banding Station, the Florida Keys Audubon Society, Brevard Zoo and other organizations and scientists to help protect the bright pink birds. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Now that we agree these flamingos are Florida natives, it's time to protect them, experts say," 22 June 2018 Many of the birds were left dead in cages or suffered from various states of dehydration and malnutrition, Jones said. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "DeKalb doctor pleads guilty to hoarding birds," 22 June 2018 The problem is that biomedical companies bleed the live crabs to use their blue blood in endotoxin tests — and as their numbers drop, so do the numbers of birds. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Will Big Pharma Help Save Some of the Oldest Marine Life on Earth?," 17 May 2018 The 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits Native Alaskans from selling traditional artwork that includes feathers, beaks or other parts from certain birds. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ruffled feathers: Rep. Young bill aims to protect Native crafters from federal restrictions," 24 Apr. 2018 Many sites with acres of krill are drawing in the salmon, whales and marine birds. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

EASY PEEPERS North River Wildlife Sanctuary offers birding by van at monthly outings. Robert Knox, BostonGlobe.com, "Floral art makes the books bloom in Norwell," 20 Apr. 2018 But instead of writing the obvious profile, Taffy made birding the foundation for a story about a man who, in the age of sharing, has built a fence around himself. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "What Paris Couture and Jonathan Franzen Have in Common," 6 July 2018 Courtesy of Crystal Lagoon Fishing piers, birding trails, wildlife blinds, butterfly gardens, bicycle paths and playgrounds. Houston Chronicle, "Houston nature centers and preserves," 10 May 2018 Kuchar, ranked 21st in the world, stood at 1 under after his first 11 holes before birding four of his final seven — all on putts of 15 feet or less — to move into second. BostonGlobe.com, "Rory Sabbatini surges to early RBC Heritage lead; No. 1 Dustin Johnson five back," 13 Apr. 2018 With thousands of sites for people to bird and record their findings, officials expect any incorrect information to be negligible. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Program asks for public's help spotting, researching birds in regional counting project," 24 May 2018 The park offers picnicking, birding, and restroom facilities and is situated near downtown Flat Rock for folks looking to grab a sub sandwich or ice cream cone. Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press, "Memorial Day fishing guide: Hot spots in Metro Detroit, around state," 26 May 2018 When birding Latta Park, always check along the stream and adjacent shrubs and thickets first. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Brightly plumaged migrants rest up at Latta Park in Dilworth | Charlotte Observer," 29 Apr. 2018 But one day when out birding with a grad student, Bird spotted an Anna’s hummingbird, a stocky, 4-inch-long bird, and his perspective changed. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018

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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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bird

noun
\ˈbərd \

Kids Definition of bird

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

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