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Bell, s.

Belle, s.

A hollow, sonorous instrument A handsome young lady. of cast metal.

Bell, b-e-l-l, is the bell

That rings with well-known sound;
Add to the end another e,

'Tis belle, a beauty, found.


Ring the bell and beg the servants will keep the baize door shut; the odours from the oven are overpowering and oppressive. This plant with its purple bell-shaped flower, and fruit of fine flavour,* and delicate aromatic scent, is worth cultivating. My niece is a nice girl; when we were at Nice she was the belle of the place, artists wanting to paint her portrait, and suitors seeking her favour; † she is an heiress claiming the reversion of landed property, and having come into possession of plate, jewels, and other valuables, as the residuary legatee of a wealthy relative.-Do not think us disparaging, that we judge harshly, or grudge praise, in our comments on Augustus; but he is annoying: he says writing is fudge, and that he will not budge to ring the bell, or trudge to the post. I have heard from an old beau of my grandmother's that she was the belle of her day.

'Oft as the bell with solemn toll

Speaks the departure of a soul,
Let each one ask himself, Am I
Prepared, should I be called to die ?'

Though handsome the belle of the evening may be,
Her temper is ugly enough, I can see.

'Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
Hath but a losing office; and his tongue
Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
Remembered knelling a departing friend.'
'Full fathoms five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls, that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell :

Hark! now I hear them-ding dong, bell.'

* Or flavor.

† Or favor.

Berry, 8.

A small fruit containing seed.

Bury, v.

To put into a grave; to hide
and cover over.

Berry with letters five a fruit is found;
Bury with four, to bury underground.


'Do not allow sloth to bury your talents, but make activity put them out to interest.'-This berry is transparent and glutinous; the aborigines devour it with gluttonous avidity.—'As his relations determined to bury him in state, a splendid pall was thrown over the coffin.'-The majority of these tales of heedlessness, levity, and indiscretion, so persistently circulated, were uncorroborated and might be mere calumnies; let us bury them in oblivion.-It might appear pitiless to bury him at sea, far from living friends and the graves of his kindred.

'The mistletoe, with pearl-decked spray,

And many a holly-berry gay,

Shone in the ruddy glare.'

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Ship's station when at anchor; The act of coming into life; a station or sleeping-place

on board ship.

the thing born.

Berth, when you find the word is spelt with e,
A station of, or in, a ship must be;

But written with an i, it means the birth,

Coming to life and being, on the earth.


'We saw Thee not when thou didst tread,
In mortal guise, this sinful earth;
Nor heard Thy voice restore the dead,
And wake them to a second birth.'

The birth of this lordling made a difference in my prospects. -Water came into my berth, spoiled some clothes, and damaged photographic apparatus and mathematical instruments.-I had a good berth on board one of the Peninsular and Oriental Company's steamers, but I was wretchedly ill, and the storms we encountered were enough to appal a stouter heart and shake tougher nerves than mine.

Blue, α.

A colour.

Blew, v.

Pret. of blow, to cause a current
of air.

Write blue with u, the colour it will show;
But spelt with w, 'tis blew, did blow.


'The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,

And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.'

The wind blew away my umbrella and my blue bonnet.—That champagne is in bottles with blue seals.-Early in the campaign the enemy blew up a powder magazine.

Boar, s.

The male swine.

Bore, s.

A hole; something
very irksome.

Bore, v. Pret. of to bear; also to perforate, to worry and fatigue.

Boar, write with a, the male of swine to state,
With e, bore, did bear, vex or perforate.


'The rafters of the sooty roof

Bore wealth of winter cheer;
Of sea-fowl dried, and soland's store,
And gammons of the tusky boar,
And savoury haunch of deer.'

'Society is not ready to sympathise with our annoyances; the man with a grievance is voted a bore.'-I contrived to bore a hole and admit air, but when it blew in fresh I was voted a bore by those who liked the heat.-The hunters slew a large fierce boar, and bore it home in triumph. It was useless to tease him, he bore it so well.

'Attend, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise;
I sing of the thrice-famous deeds she wrought in ancient days,
When that great fleet invincible against her bore in vain
The richest spoils of Mexico, the stoutest hearts in Spain:'
"They bore aloft the holy palm,

They raised to heaven the tuneful psalm,
That seemed to shed a healing calm
And fall on weary hearts like balm.'

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Mr. Brown has consented to board and lodge the foreigners on moderate terms; it will be a losing bargain if they prove epicures. -The governor was so bored and interrupted by persons coming and making impertinent requests and asking absurd questions, he was obliged to refuse admittance to any strangers who were not properly introduced.—We found holes bored through the board in various places, and it was evident a burglary had been attempted. A man's habits and disposition are only really known to those who rest under the same roof and eat at the same board with him.-The captain, finding further resistance useless, hauled down his flag, and the conqueror sent three officers on board to take possession; they treated the crew and passengers with great consideration and courtesy.-The mendicant was sent before the board of guardians, who pronounced him an irreclaimable vagrant, an incorrigibly idle fellow to whom they would give no encouragement. The rock is bored through, pierced in various directions by galleries and tunnels, affording communication, and facilitating the operations of the engineers. -While in Venice we went on board a barge, to inspect one of those pieces of carved timber of which Ruskin says—‘in that rude Venetian gunwale, I say, is the germ of all the ornament which has touched, with its rich successions of angular shadow, the portals and archivolts of nearly every early building of importance, from the North Cape to the Straits of Messina.' So, where one man sees but a notched board, another traces indications of rising art.

'All in the Downs the fleet was moored
When black-eyed Susan came on board.'

'But Lufra had been fondly bred;
To share his board, to watch his bed.'

Bough, s. Branch of a tree.

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Inclination of the To incline; to bend

B-o-u-g-h, bough of shrub or tree;
Ended with w, bow, to bend, must be.


'They bowed before that molten calf:
And oft, with awe and fear,
The judgment on those worshippers
Shall latest ages hear.

But men who own a clearer light
Than Israel of old,

Still set up idols in their hearts-
Still bow them down to gold.'

Merrily, merrily, shall I live now,

Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.'

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To rend; to part; to become bankrupt; to tame; to discard.
E closes brake with brambles thick,
Or brake-fern, bright and green;
But for break-opening, or to tame—
Kat the end is seen.


Talk of cultivated ferns !-look at this common brake, with its curved stalk and plumy leaf, which I am going to sketch in chalk! I gathered it on the north walk, where I saw a hawk.— Looking at such a mass of ferns and heather, who does not think of Snowdon's knight, who

'Stood concealed amid the brake
To view this Lady of the Lake.'

'Those flimsy webs that break as soon as wrought,
Attain not to the dignity of thought.'

'Macbeth. And be those juggling fiends no more believed, That palter with us in a double sense;

That keep the word of promise to the ear,
And break it to our hope.'

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