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Where fires thou find'st unrak'd, and hearths It is one thing to forget matter of fact, and unswept,
another to blunder upon the reason of it. There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. Shaks.
* He who now to sense, now nonsense, leaning, Yet leave the lily pale, and tinge the violet blue? Means not, but blunders round about a meaning. Prior.
Pope. There was scarce any other colour sensible bed To BLU'NDER. V. g. To mix foolishly or sides red and blue; only the blues, and principally
blindly. the second blue, inclined a little to green,
He seems to understand no difference between
titles of respect and acts of worship; between BLU'E BOTTLE. n. s. [cyanus; from blue
expressions of esteem and devotion; between and bottle.]
religious and civil svorship: for bebaniers and 1. A flower of the bell shape; a species of confounds all these together; and whatever bottlefiower.
proves one, he thinks, proves all the rest. If you put bluebottles, or other blue flowers,
Stilling fleet. into an ant-hill, they will be stained with red; BLU'NDER. N. s. [from the verb.] A gross because the ants thrust their stings, and instil or shameful mistake. into them their stinging liquor.
Ray. It was the advice of Schomberg to an histo2. A fly with a large binc belly.
rian, that he should avoid being particular in the Say, sire of insects, mighty Sol,
drawing up of an army, and other circumstances A fily upon the chariot pole
in the day of battle; for that he had obserted Cries out, What bluebottle alive
notorious blunders and absurdities committed by Did ever with such fury drive?
Prior. writers nor conversant in the art of war. Aldisoni BLUE-EYED. adj. [from blue and eye.]
it is our own ignorance that makes us chirge Having blue eyes.
those works of the Almighty as defects or Rise, then, fair blue-eyed maid, rise and discover
blunders, as ill-contrived or ill-made. Derbam. Thy silver brow, and meet thy golden lover: BLU'NDER BUSS. n. s. [from blunder.] A
gun that is charged with many bullets; With prayers the blue-cycd progeny of Jove.
so that, without any exact aim, there Dryden.
is a chance of hitting the mark. BLUE-HAIRED. adj. [from blue and hair.]
There are blundertusses in every loophole, that go
off of their own accord at the squeaking Having blue hair.
of a fiddle.
Dryder. The greatest and the best of all the main,
BLU'NDERER. n. s. [from blunder.] A man He
quarters to his blue-bair'd deities. Milton. apt to commit blunders ; a blockhead. BLU'ELY. adv. [from blue.] With a blue
Another sort of judges will decide in favour colour
of an author, or will pronounee him a mere
blunderer, according to the company they have This 'squire he dropp'd his pen
full soon, While as the light burnt bluely.
Watts, Swift. BLU'NDERHEAD. n. s. [from blunder and BLU'ENEȘs. n. š. (from blue.] The qua
head.1 'A stupid fellow. lity of being blu
At the rate of this thick-skulled blunderhead, In a moment our liquor may be deprived of 'every plow-jobber shall take upon him to read its blueness, and restored to it again, by the 'af
L'Estranges fusion of a few drops of liquors. Boyle on Coloure. Bluff. adj. Big; surly ; blustering.
BLUNT. adj. [etymology uncertain.] Like those whom stature did to crowns prefer,
1. Dull on the edge or point; not sharp. Black-brow'd and bluff, like Homer's Jupiter,
Thanks tochat beatity which can ;'ve an edge
to the bluatest swords. Dryden.
If the iron be blunt and he do not whet the edge, BLU'ISH. adj. [from blue.] Blue in a small then must be put to more strength.
2. Dull in understanding; not quick. Side sleeves and skirts, round underhorne with
Valentine being gone, I'll quickly, cross a bluisb tinsel.
Sbekspeare. By some sly trick, blunt Thurio's dull proceed At last, ás far as I could cast my eyes;
** Shakspeare Upon the sea, somewhat, methought, did rise, 3. Rough ; not delicate ; not civil.
Whitehead, a grave divine, was of a blunt
stoical nature. One day the green happened to There, wrapt in clouds, the bluish hills ascend. say, I like thee the better because thou livest Pope. unmarried. He ansiered, Madam, I like
you BLU'ISHNESS, no sa [from blue.) A small
Bacon. degree of blue colour.
The inayor of the town came to seize them in could make, with crude copper, a solution
a blunt manner, alleging a warrant to stop them. without the bluishness that is wont to accospany
tion. its vulgar solucions.
'Tis not enough yor:r counsel still be true; TO.BLU’NDER. v. n. [blunderen, Dutch ;
Blunt truths more mischief than nice fulsehoods
4. Abrupt; not elegant.
To use too many circumstances, ere one come to mistake stupidly. It is a word im to the matter, is wearisome; to use none at all,
Like bluish mists:
Hard to penetrate.
This use is im out thinking : commonly with out inproper.
tensive. I find my heart hardened and blunt to new Others cast out bloody and deadly speeches at impressions; it will scarce receive or retain af. random ; and cannot hold, but blurt out, those fectious of yesterday.
Pope. words, which afterwards they are forced to eat. TO BLUNT. v.a. (from the noun.]
Hakerville 1. To dull the edge or point.
They had some belief of a Deity, which they. So sicken waining moons too near the sun,
upon surprizal, thus blurt out. Gov. of Tongue. And blunt their crescents on the edge of day.
They blush if they blurt out, ere well aware, Dryden.
A swan is white, or Queensbury is fair. Toung. Earthy limbs and gross allay TO BLUSH. v. n. (blosen, Dutch.) Blunt not the beams of heav'n, and edge of day.
1. To betray shame, or confusion, by a
Dryden. He had such things to urge against our mar
red colour in the cheeks or forehead.
I have mark'd riage, As, now declar’d,would blunt my sword in battle,
A thousand blushing apparitions And dastardize my courage.
To start into her face; a thousand innocent
shames, 2. To repress or weaken any appetite,
In angel whiteness, bear away these blushes. desire, or power of the mind.
Sbakspeare. Blunt not his love;
I will go wash: Nor lose the good advantage of his grace,
And, when my face is fair, you shall perceive By seeming cold. Sbakspeare. Whether I blush or no.
Šbakspeare BLU'NTLY. adv. (from blunt.]
All these things are graceful in a friend's 1. In a blunt manner; without sharpness. mouth, which are blushing in a man's own. Bacer. 2. Coarsely; plainly; roughly.
Shame causeth blushing; blusbing is the resort
of the blood to the face; although blusbing will I can keep honest counsels, marr a curious
be seen in the whole breast, yet that is but in tale in telling it, and deliver a plain message bluntly.
passage to the face. A man of honest blood,
Blush then, but blush for your destructive
silence, Who to his wife, before the time assign'd
That tears your soul.
Smith. For childbirth came, thus bluntly spoke his mind.
Dryden. 2. To carry a red colour, or any soft and BLU'NTNESS. n. s. [from blunt.)
bright colour. J. Want of edge or point ; dulness; ob
To-day he puts forth tuseness ; want of sharpness.
The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms, The crafty boy, that had full oft essay'd
And bears his blusbing honours thick upon him. To pierce my stubborn and resisting' breast,
Sbakspeare. But still the bluntness of his darts betray'd.
But here the roses blush so rare,
Here the morning smiles so fair,
As if neither cloud nor wind, 2. Coarseness; roughness of manners ; rude
But would be courteous, would be kind. sincerity.
Crasbate, His silence grew wit, his bluntness integrity,
Along those blushing borders, bright with dew. his beastly ignorance virtuous simplicity. Sidney.
Tbosch. Manage disputes with civility; whence some readers will be assisted to discern a difference be- 3. It has at before the cause of shame. twixt bluntness of speech and strength of reason.
He whin'd, and roar'd away your victory,
Boyle. That pages blush'd at him; and men of heart False friends, his deadliest foes, could find no Look'd wond'ring at each other. Sbakspeare.way,
You have not yet lost all your natural mo. But shows of honest bluntness to betray. Dryd. • desty, but blush at your vices. Calamy's Serpens. BLU'NTWITTED. adj. [from blunt and T. BLUSH. v. a. To make red. Not wit.] Dull; stupid.
used, Blunt witted lord, ignoble in demeanour. Shak.
Pale and bloodless, BLUR. n. s. [borra, Span. a blot, Skin Being all descended to the lab'ring heart, ner.] A blot; a stain; a spot.
Which with the heart there cools, and ne'er re
turneth Man, once fallen, was nothing but a great blur; a total universal pollution. South.
To blush and beautify the cheek again. Sbakso TO BLUR. v. a. (from the noun.]
BLUSH. n. s. (from the verb.] 1. To blot; to obscure, without quite 1. The colour in the cheeks, raised by effacing.
shame or confusion. Such an act,
The virgin's wish, without her fears, impart; That blurs the grace and blush of modesty,
Excuse blush, and pour out all the heart.
Pepe Çalls virtue hypocrite.
Şbakspeare. 2. A red or purple colour.
3. Sudden appearance : a signification But time hath nothing blurr'd those lines of fa
that seems barbarous, yet used by good vour, Which then he wore.
writers. Concerning innate principles, I desire these
All purely identical propositions, obviously, men to say whether they can, or cannot, by edu
and at first blush, appear to contain no certain cation and custom, be blurred and blotted out? instruction in them.
Lacke. Locke. BLU'SHY. adj. (from blusb.] Having the 2. To blot; to stain ; to sully.
colour of a blush. Sarcasms may eclipse thine own,
Blossoms of trees, that are white, are com But cannot blur my lost renown. Hudibras,
monly inodorate; those of apples, crabs, peaches, TO BLURT, v. a. (without etymology:] are blusby, and smell sweet.
Bacon To speak inadvertently; to let fly with: Stratonica entering, moved a blusby colour in
his face; but deserting him, he relapsed into 1. A piece of wood, of more length and paleness and languor. Harvey on Consumptions.
breadth than thickness. TO BLU'STER. v. n. [supposed from With the saw they sundred trees in boards and blast.]
Raleigh. 1. To roar as a storm ; to be violent and Every house has a board over the door, whereloud.
on is written the number, sex, and quality, of Earth his uncouth mother was,
the persons living in it.
Temples And blust'ring Æolus his boasted sire. Spenser.
Go now, go trust the wind's uncertain breath, So now he storms with many a sturdy stoure;
Remov'd four fingers from approaching death; So now his blust'ring blast each coast doth scour.
Or seven at most, when thickest is the board. Spenser.
Dryden. 2. To bully; to puff; to swagger ; to be
2. A table. [from burdd, Welsh.]
Soon after which, three hundred lords he slew, tumultuous.
Of British blood, all sitting at his board. F. Queen, My heart 's too big to bear this, says a bluster
In bed he slept not, for my urging it; ing fellow; I'll destroy myself. Sir, says the
At board he fed not, for my urging it. Shaks. gentleman, here's a dagger at your service : so I'll follow thee in fun’ral flames; when dead, the humour went off.
L'Estrange. My ghost shall thee attend at board and bed. Either he must sink to a downright contession, or must huff and bluster, till perhaps he
Sir 7. Denban.
Cleopatra made Antony a supper, which was raise a counter-storm. Government of the Tongue: sumptious and royal; howbeit there was no exVirgil had the majesty of a lawful prince, and
traordinary service upon the board. Hakewill. Statius only the blustering of a tyrant. Dryden.
May ev'ry god his friendly aid afford;
Pan guard thy flock, and Ceres bless thy beard.
Prior. call, And boast and bluster in his empty hall. Dryden. 3. Entertainment; food. BLU'STER.n. s. (from the verb.]
4. A table at which a council or court is 1. Roar of storms; tempest.
held. The skies look grimly,
Both better acquainted with affairs, than any And threaten present blusters. Sbakspeare.
other who sat then at that board. Clarendon. To the winds they set
S. An assembly seated at a table; a court Their corners; when with bluster to confound of jurisdiction. Sea, air, and shore.
Milton, I wish the king would be pleased sometimes to 2. Noise ; tumult.
be present at that board; it adds a majesty to it. So, by the brazen trumpet's bluster,
Bacon. Troops of all tongues and nations muster. Sruift. 6. The deck or floor of a ship; on board 3. Turbulence; fury.
signifies in a ship. Spare thy Athenian cradle, and those kin
Now board to board the rival vessels row, Which in the bluster of thy wrath must fall The billows lave the skies, and ocean groans bem With those that have offended. Sbakspeare.
Dryden. 4. Boast; boisterousness.
Our captain thought his ship in so great danA coward makes a great deal more bluster ger, that he confessed himself to a capuchin, who than a man of honour.
He ordered his men to arm long poles with BLU'STERER. n. s. [from bluster.] A sharp hooks, wherewith they took hold of the
swaggerer ; a bully ; a tumultuous noisy tackling which held the mainyard to the mast of fellow.
their enemy's ship; then, rowing their own ship, BLU'Strous, adj. [from bluster.] Tu
they cut the tackling, and brought the mainyard .multuous; noisy.
by the bourd.
Arbuthnot on Coins. The ancient heroes were illustrious
To BOARD. v.a. (from the noun.] For being benign, and not blustrous. Hudibras, 1. To enter a ship by force; the same as BMI. n. 5. A note in musick.
storm, used of a city. Gamut I am, the ground of all accord,
I boarded the king's ship: now on the beak, B mi, Bianca, take him for thy lord, Sbakspeare.
Now in the waste, the deck, in every cabin,
Sbakspeare. Bo. interj. A word of terrour; from Bo, He, not inclin'd the English ship to board,
an old northern captain, of such fame, More on his guns relies than on his sword, that his name was used to terrify the From whence a fatal volley we receivid; enemy.
Walier. BOʻAR. n. s. (ban, Saxon ; beer, Dutch.]
Arm, arm, she cry'd, and let our Tyrians beard The male swine.
With ours his feet, and carry fire and sword. To fly the boar, before the boar pursues,
Denpan. Were to incense the boar to follow us. Shaks. She sped the boar away:
2. To attack, or make the first attempt His eyeballs glare with fire, suffus'd with blood; upon a man; aborder quelqu'un, Fr. His neck shuts up a thickset thorny wood;
Whom thus at gaze, the palmer 'gan to board His bristled back a trench impal'd appears. Dryd.
With goodly reason, and thus fair bespake. BO'AR-SPEAR.N, s. [from boar and spear.]
Away, I do beseech you both, away; A spear used in hunting the boar.
I'll board him presently. . Sbakspeare's Hamlet. And in her hand a sharp boar-spear she held, Sure, unless he knew some strain in me, that And at her back a bow and quiver gay,
I knew not myself, he would never have boarded Stuff'd with steel-headed darts. Fairy Queen. Echion threw the first, but miss'd his mark,
me in this fury.
They learn what associates and corresponda And struck his boar-spear ou a maple bark. Dryd.
ents they had, and how far every one is engaged, BOARD. n. so (baurd, Gothic; bræd, and what new ones they meant afterwards to Saxon.)
try or board,
Bacon's Henry VII.
3. To lay or pave with boards.
2. To magnify; to exalt. Having thus boarded the whole room, the edges They that trust in their wealth, and beast theme of some boards lie higher than the next board; selves in the multitude of their riches. Psalms. therefore they peruse the whole floor; and, Contounded be all them that serve graven where they find any irregularities, plain them images, that boast themselves of idols. Psales. off,
Móxon's Mechanical Exercises. BOAST. n. s. (from the verb.] TO BOARD. V. n. To live in a house, 1. An expression of ostentation ; a proud where a certain rate is paid for eating. speech. That we might not part,
"Thou, that makest by boc:t of the law, through "As we at first did board with thec,
breaking the law dishonourest thou God? Rox. Now thou wouldst taste our misery. Herbert. The world is more apt to find fault than to
We are several of us, geutlemen and ladies, commend; the bust will probably be censured, who board in the saine house; andl, after dinner, when the great action that occasioned it is forone of our company stands up, and reads your
Spectator, paper to us all.
Speitator. 2. A cause of boasting ; an occasion of TO BOARD. v. a. To place as a boarder
pride; the thing boasted. in another's house.
Not Tyro, nor Mycene, match her name, BOARD-WAGES, n. so (from board and Nor great Alcmena, the proud boasts of fame. wages.] Wages allowed to servants to
Pople keep themselves in victuals.
Bo'aster, n. s. [from boast.] A brag. What more than madness reigns, ger; a man that vaunts any thing ostenWhen one short sitting many hundreds drains; tatiously: And not enough is left him to supply
Complaints the more candid and judicious of Buurd-wages, or a footman's livery! Dryden. the chymists themselves are wont to make of BO'ARDER. n. s. [from board.] A tabler; those boasters, that contidently pretend that they one that eats with another at a settled
have extracted the salt or sulphur of quicksilver,
when they have disguised it by additaments, rate.
wherewith it resembles the concretes. Pogle. BOʻARDING-SCHOOL. n. s. [from board No more delays, vain boaster! but begin:
and school.] A school where the scho I prophesy beforehand I shall win : lars live with the teacher. It is com I'll teach you how to brag another time. Dredo monly used of a school for girls.
He the proud boasters sent, with stern assuoli
, A blockhead with melodious voice,
Down to the realms of night.
Pbilips. In boarding-schools can have his choice. Swift. Bo'asTFUL. adj. [from boast and full.] Bo'arish. adj. [from boar.] Swinish;
Ostentatious; inclined to brag. brutal ; cruel.
Boastful and rough, your first son is a 'squire;
The next à tradesman, meek, and much a liar. I would not sce thy cruel nails
Pepco Pluck out his poor old eyes; nor thy fierce sister
BO'ASTINGLY. adj. [from boasting.] OsIn his anointed flesh stick bearisb phangs. Shak,
tentatiously. TO BOAST. v. n. (bôst, Welsh.]
We look on it as a pitch of impiety, boastingly 3. To brag; to display one's own worth, to avow our sins; and it deserves to be consideror actions, in great words.
ed, whether this kind of confessing them, have Let not him that putteth on his harness, boast not some affinity with it. Decay of Picty. himself as he that putteth it off. Kings. BOAT. n. s. [bat, Saxon.] The sp'rits beneath,
1. A vessel to pass the water in. It is Whom I seduc'd, bousting I could subdue 'Th' Omnipotent.
usually distinguished from other vessels,
by being smaller and uncovered, and 2. To talk ostentatiously.
commonly moved by rowing. For I know the forwardness of your mind, for 1 do not think that any one nation, the Syrian which I boast of you to them of Macedonia.
excepted, to whom the knowledge of the ark I Corinthians.
came, did find out at once the device of either 3. It is commonly used with of.
ship or boat, in which they durst venture them. My sentence is for open war; of wiles, selves upon the seas. Raleigb's Essays. More inexpert, I boast not.
An effeminate scoundrel multitude! 4. Sometimes with in.
Whose utmost daring is to cross the Nile They boost in mortal things, and wond'ring tell
In painted boats, to fright the crocodile.
Tate's Fuenal. Of Babel, and the works of Memphian kings.
2. A ship of a small size; as, a passage Some surgeons I have met, carrying bones boat, pacquet boat, advice boat, fiy boat. about in their pockets, boasting in that which BOA'TiON. n. s. [from boare, Lat.] Roar; was their shame.
noise ; loud sound.' 5. To exalt one's self.
In Messina insurrection, the guns were heard Thus with your mouth you have boasted against from thence as far as Augusta and Syracuse, about me, and multiplied your words against me. Ezek. an hundred Italian miles, in loud boatiens. T. BOAST, V. a.
Derbas, 1. To brag of; to display with ostenta- BO'ATMAN. XX. s. [from boat and man.] tious language.
BO'ATSMAN For if I have boasted any thing to him of you,
He that manages a boat.
Boatsmen through the crystal water show, I am not ashamed.
To wond'ring passengers, the walls below. Dryde Neither do the spirits damn'd
That booby Phaon only was unkind, Lose all their virtue, lest bad men should boast
An ill-bred boatman, rough as waves and wind. Their specious deeds. Milton.
Prar. If they vouchsafed to give God the praise of his goodness; yet they did it only in order to
BO'ATSWAIN.). s. [from boat and swain.) boast the interest they had in him. Atterbury, An officer on board a ship, who has
To BOB. v. n.
charge of all her rigging, ropes, cables, cherry is hung so as to bob against the
Bobcberry teaches at once two noble virtues, boat, and its furniture, and steers her
patience and constancy: the first, in adhering to
the pursuit of one end; the latter, in bearing a either by himself or his mate. He calls
Arbuthnot and Pope. oạt the several gangs and companies to Bo'BTAIL. n. s. [from bob, in the sense of the execution of their watches, works, cut.] Cut tail ; short tail. and spells; and he is also a kind of pro
Ayaunt, you curs ! vost-marshal, seizes and punishes all Be thy mouth or black or white, offenders, that are sentenced by the cap
Or bobtail tike, or trundle tail, tain, or court-martial of the whole feet.
'om will make him weep and wail. Shakspeare.
Bo'BTAILED. a:j. [irom bobtail.] Having
a tail cut, or short.
There was a bobtailed cur cried in a zazette, to preserve the ship froin sinking. Howel's Pre-eminence of Parliament,
and one that found him brouglit him home to
his master. To BOB. v. a. (of uncertain etymology:
L'Estrange. Skimer deduces it from bobo, foolish, Bu'BWIG. n. s. [from bob and wig.] A Span.]
short wig 1. To cut. Junius. Whence bobtail.
A young fellow riding towards us full gallop,
with a bobrvig and a black silken bag tied to it, 2. To beat; to drub; to bang.
stopt short at the coach, to ask us how far the Those bastard Britons, whom our fathers
judges were behind.
Spectator, Have in their own land beaten, bobb'd, and BO'CASINE.n. s. A sort of linen cloth ; thump'd.
Dict. 3. To cheat; to gain by fraud.
I have bobbed his brain more than he has beat BO'CKELET.] n. s. A kind of long-winged
hawk. Live, Roderigo!
To BODE. v. a. [bodian, Sax.] To por. He calls me to a restitution large
tend; to be the omen of. It is used in Of gold and jewels that I bobb'd from him,
a sense of either good or bad. As gifts to Desdemona.
This bodes some strange eruption to our state. Here we have been worrying one another,
Hamlet, who should have the booty, till this cursed fox has bobb'd us both on't.
You have opposed their false policy with true
and great wisdom; what they beled would be a To play backward and mischief to us, you are providing shall be one forward; to play loosely against any of our principal strengths. Sprati's Sermons. thing:
It happen'd once, a boding prodigy!
Upon the topmast branch in clouds alight. Dryd.
High winds and furious tempests he portends;
But if his cheeks are swoln with livid blue,
He bodes wet weather by his watry hue. Dryd.
To BODE, V. n.
To be an omen ; to You may tell her,
Sir, give me leave to say, whatever now
Dryden. The omen prove, it boded well to you. Dryden, BoB. 1. so [from the verb neuter.] BO'DEMENT. 1. s. [from boile.] Portent ; 1. Something that hangs so as to play omen ; prognostick.
loosely ; generally an ornament at the This foolish, dreaming, superstitious girl
Makes all these bodements. Shakspeare,
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be, until In jewels drest, and at each ear a bub. Dryden.
Great Birnam wood to Dunsinane's high hill 2. The words repeated at the end of a
Shall come against him.
That will never be: stanza.
Sweet bodements, good.
Shakspeare. Tobed, to bed, will be the bob of the song.
To BODGE. v. n. [a word in Shakspeare, 3. A blow.
which is perhaps corrupted from boggle. I am sharply taunted, yea sometimes with To boggle; to stop ; to fail. pinches, nips, and bobs. Ascham's Schoolmaster. · With this we charg'd again; but out, alas! 4. A mode of ringing.
We body'd agaia: as I have seen a swan,
With bootless labour, swini against the tide.
BO'dice. n. s. [from bodies.] Stays; a notch, to wind the thread about when waistcoat quilted with whalebone, worn women weave lace.
by women. The things you follow, and make songs on now,
Her bodice half way she unlaced ;
About his arms she slily cast
This consideration should keepignorant nurses work.] Work woven with bobbins.
and bodice makers from meddling. Locke.
Grew. having no body:
They bodiless and immaterial are,
And can be only lodg'd within our minds.