Glossary: B

Bath - A Hebrew measure containing the tenth of a homer, or seven gallons and four pints, as a measure for liquids; and three pecks and three pints, as a dry measure.

Beget - 1) To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; as, to beget a son. 2) To produce, as an effect; to cause to exist; to generate; as, luxury begets vice.

Bestir - To put into brisk or vigorous action; to move with life and vigor.

Blasphemy - Blasphemy is an injury offered to God, by denying that which is due and belonging to him, or attributing to him that which is not agreeable to his nature.

Blasting - To affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or destructive influence, which destroys or causes to fail; as, to blast pride or hopes. The figurative senses of this verb are taken from the blasting of plants, and all express the idea of checking growth, preventing maturity, impairing, injuring, destroying, or disappointing of the intended effect.

Bolster - A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; — generally laid under the pillows.

Booth - A house or shed built of boards, boughs of trees, or other slight materials, for a temporary residence.

Brazen - Pertaining to brass; proceeding from brass; as a brazen din.

Buckler - A kind of shield, of various shapes and sizes, worn on one of the arms (usually the left) for protecting the front of the body.

Bulwarks - A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork. That which secures against an enemy, or defends from attack; any means of defense or protection.