Definitions of bean

  1. any of various seeds or fruits suggestive of beans
  2. any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae
  3. any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods
  4. hit on the head, esp. with a pitched baseball
  5. Of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined.
  6. A name given to the seed of certain leguminous herbs, chiefly of the genera Faba, Phaseolus, and Dolichos; also, to the herbs.
  7. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more or less resembling true beans.
  8. The smooth, kidney- shaped seed of many plants; the plant itself; the popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits resembling true beans.
  9. 1. The flattened seed, contained in a pod, of various leguminous plants, of the genera Vicia and Phaseolus. 2. A hard, rounded or oval body resembling a bean in shape.
  10. The name of several kinds of pulse and their seeds.
  11. The name given to various seeds that grow in pods; a plant that bears beans.
  12. The oval edible seed of certain plants; a plant that bears beans.
  13. A name given to several kinds of pulse, or leguminous seeds, and the plants producing them.
  14. A man studious of fashion in dress; a suitor to a lady.
  15. A longish round or flattish- round vegetable contained in a pod : bean- trefoil, bean- tressel, bean- caper, plants : bean- fly, a fly of a pale purple colour found on bean- flowers : bean- goose, a migratory bird visiting England.

Usage examples for bean

  1. I'm the only man in this neck of the woods built on the bean pole style. – Six Feet Four by Jackson Gregory
  2. The receipt ran: Put them all in one pocket, and with each gun shift a bean to the other pocket. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  3. Now he is as cheerful a " Bean as you could wish to find. – An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 by William Orpen
  4. A thing not well handled is not worth a bean – A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume I. by R. Dodsley
  5. The guy that thinks it up has a grand bean – Blister Jones by John Taintor Foote
  6. The stones, that ranged from the size of a bean to that of a large walnut, appeared to be as perfect as genuine amethysts, and the setting- genuine soft, old, worked gold- was really exquisite. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  7. That bean arbor is a favoryte place for him to escape to, 'cause it's too high to reach, an' it ain't strong enough to bear no grown- up person's weight. – Sonny, A Christmas Guest by Ruth McEnery Stuart
  8. Just wait till you see it trimmed, Miss Bean – Queen Hildegarde by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  9. She had quite a bean feast. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  10. Her story is as she turned the duck out to pasture right after breakfast an' then went to work an' sewed away as happy as a bean until about ten o'clock. – Susan Clegg and a Man in the House by Anne Warner
  11. The carob is said to be as long- lived as the olive- tree, and bears a nourishing bean which is cooked and eaten by the common people. – The Story of Malta by Maturin M. Ballou
  12. Jerry could not tell for sure but somebody in the front row must have indicated a bid of five, for now Mr. Bean was droning, Five I have. – Jerry's Charge Account by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  13. It had not occurred to Rachel, but she was certainly of far more positive use in the world at the present moment than ever she had bean in her most assuming maiden days. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. That night a piece of news flashed over the wires to New England, and the next morning a small item appeared in the Newcastle Guardian to the effect that one Ephraim Prescott had bean appointed postmaster at Brampton. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  15. " But," she went on, struck with a sudden thought, " let's go and see Miss Bean and maybe she'll invite us to dinner. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  16. When the outfit is ready and the wedding day near, the bride returns all the entertainments given in her honour by inviting her girl friends to a Bride- chocolate or a Bean coffee. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  17. Cover with other half of bean mixture. – Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918) by C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
  18. And this is the reason, they say, that people, when at any time they have been merry, and enjoyed themselves, call it white day, in allusion to this white bean – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  19. And she's perfectly horrid, much more horrid even than Miss Hassett- Bean so I'd rather give my suite to her and her husband than any one else. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson