Definitions of beak

  1. horny projecting mouth of a bird
  2. beaklike mouth of animals other than birds ( e. g., turtles)
  3. informal terms for the nose
  4. The bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny sheath, covering the jaws. The form varied much according to the food and habits of the bird, and is largely used in the classification of birds.
  5. A similar bill in other animals, as the turtles.
  6. The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects, and other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera.
  7. The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve.
  8. The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal.
  9. Anything projecting or ending in a point, like a beak, as a promontory of land.
  10. A beam, shod or armed at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow of an ancient galley, in order to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead.
  11. That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee.
  12. A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off.
  13. Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
  14. A toe clip. See Clip, n. ( Far.).
  15. A magistrate or policeman.
  16. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable; to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; - often with out.
  17. The bill of a bird; the horny jaws of some animals; anything shaped like the bill of a bird.
  18. The bill of a bird: anything pointed or projecting: in the ancient galley, a pointed iron fastened to the prow for piercing the enemy's vessel.
  19. BEAKED.
  20. The bill of a bird.
  21. The projecting jaws of a bird; bill; also, the prow of a ship.
  22. The bill of a bird; anything ending in a point like a beak; a pointed piece of wood, fortified with brass, fastened to the end of ancient galleys, intended to pierce the vessels of an enemy.
  23. Among cock- fighters, to take hold with the beak.
  24. The bill or nib of a bird; any pointed thing.

Usage examples for beak

  1. But why should a bird carry a match in its beak? – Martin Hewitt, Investigator by Arthur Morrison
  2. I open his beak and find the inside yellow as gold. – Wake-Robin by John Burroughs
  3. An' den, yust den, Ou' Reyer she lean out over Missis Tinky an' she open her big long beak, an', swock! – Old Hendrik's Tales by Arthur Owen Vaughan
  4. The light splash of the falling column which the marble swan spouted from its upturned beak, prevented her from hearing his approach until he was close behind her. – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  5. She sits on it night and day, and thinks she will bring the greatest eagle out of it that ever sharpened his beak on the rocks of Mount Skycrack. – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  6. They had a sharp beak, which, driven against an enemy's ship, would break in its sides. – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  7. But he noticed that the fellow had a sharp beak, and sharp claws too. – The Tale of Benny Badger by Arthur Scott Bailey
  8. His face was stern, his nose beak- like, and his small eyes grey and piercing. – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  9. She was in great terror and distress, when the air- fish, swimming into the thicket of branches, began tearing them with its beak. – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  10. They were just as hungry as anybody, and just as well- disposed toward corn, but they had not sufficient strength of beak to break it. – A Bird-Lover in the West by Olive Thorne Miller Harriet Mann Miller
  11. I'll take the other- and the tubes- and- He did not pause to finish, but seized up a peculiar shaped instrument, like a huge hook, with a curved neck and sharp beak. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  12. Where is the little duck with the bright sparkling yellow eyes and the orange beak? – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  13. " She has certainly a high spirit; but it is the wing of the eagle, without his beak or his claw. – Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock
  14. It looks like a piece broken off from the coast, and to the north is shaped like the head of a bird, with the beak running into a gulf, that would fit over it, upon the main land, and between the island and the coast is an exceedingly narrow strait. – A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte M. Yonge
  15. " Because," Hegner grinned sheepishly, " his beak was the place most convenient." – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  16. Champlain himself, in the winter of 1615, pursuing one day a remarkable bird " which was the size of a hen, had a beak like a parrot and was entirely yellow, except for a red head and blue wings, and which had the flight of the partridge"- a bird I cannot identify- lost his way in the woods. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  17. He- a personage short of stature, but straight of port, and bearing on broad shoulders a hawk's head, beak, and eye, the whole surmounted by a Rehoboam, or shovel hat, which he did not seem to think it necessary to lift or remove before the presence in which he then stood- he folded his arms on his chest and surveyed his young friends, if friends they were, much at his leisure. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  18. A stab in the face with that ugly sharp beak would have been no laughing matter; but I did not believe myself in any danger, and quickened my steps, being now highly curious to see how near the fellow I could get. – The Foot-path Way by Bradford Torrey
  19. She was middle- aged, and large and bony and erect, and had an austere face and a resolute jaw and a Roman beak and was a widow in the third degree, and her name was Fuller. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  20. The stranger was tall and slender, with a long face, and high, sharp features, his nose curving like a parrot's beak over a heavy dark mustache. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains