Definitions of beak

  1. 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.
  2. Among cock- fighters, to take hold with the beak.
  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. The bill of a bird; the horny jaws of some animals; anything shaped like the bill of a bird.
  17. 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.
  18. The bill of a bird.
  19. The projecting jaws of a bird; bill; also, the prow of a ship.
  20. 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.
  21. The bill or nib of a bird; any pointed thing.
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