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4 definitions found
 for beak
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beak \Beak\ (b[=e]k), n. [OE. bek, F. bec, fr. Celtic; cf. Gael.
     & Ir. bac, bacc, hook, W. bach.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) The bill or nib of a bird, consisting of a horny
            sheath, covering the jaws. The form varies much
            according to the food and habits of the bird, and is
            largely used in the classification of birds.
        (b) A similar bill in other animals, as the turtles.
        (c) The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects, and
            other invertebrates, as in the Hemiptera.
        (d) The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the
            hinge of a bivalve.
        (e) The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing
            the canal.
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     2. Anything projecting or ending in a point, like a beak, as
        a promontory of land. --Carew.
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     3. (Antiq.) 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.
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     4. (Naut.) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which
        is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee.
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     5. (Arch.) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris
        or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water
        is thrown off.
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     6. (Bot.) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird,
        terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant.
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     7. (Far.) A toe clip. See Clip, n. (Far.).
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     8. A magistrate or policeman. [Slang, Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clip \Clip\, n.
     1. An embrace. --Sir P. Sidney.
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     2. A cutting; a shearing.
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     3. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop
        of wool.
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     4. A clasp or holder for letters, papers, etc.
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     5. An embracing strap for holding parts together; the iron
        strap, with loop, at the ends of a whiffletree. --Knight.
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     6. (Far.) A projecting flange on the upper edge of a
        horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of
        the hoof; -- called also toe clip and beak. --Youatt.
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     7. A blow or stroke with the hand; as, he hit him a clip.
        [Colloq. U. S.]
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     8. (Mach.) A part, attachment, or appendage, for seizing,
        clasping, or holding, an object, as a cable, etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     9. (Angling) A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in
        salmon fishing. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     10. A rapid gait. "A three-minute clip." --Kipling.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  beak
      n 1: beaklike mouth of animals other than birds (e.g., turtles)
      2: horny projecting mouth of a bird [syn: beak, bill, neb,
         nib, pecker]
      3: a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
      4: informal terms for the nose [syn: beak, honker, hooter,
         nozzle, snoot, snout, schnozzle, schnoz]
      v 1: hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: peck, pick,
           beak]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "beak":
     JP, Justice, antlia, arbiter, arbitrator, beezer, bencher, bill,
     bow, bowsprit, bugle, cape, conk, court, critic, downspout,
     figurehead, forecastle, foredeck, foreland, forepeak, gargoyle,
     head, headland, his honor, his lordship, his worship, indicator,
     jib boom, judge, justice, magistrate, moderator, muffle, muzzle,
     nares, naze, neb, nib, nose, nostrils, nozzle, olfactory organ,
     pecker, pick, point, proboscis, prore, prow, referee, rhinarium,
     rostrum, schnozzle, smeller, snoot, snout, spout, stem, trunk,
     umpire, waterspout
  
  

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