Crossword clues for bleak
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bleak \Bleak\, n. [From Bleak, a., cf. Blay.] (Zo["o]l.) A small European river fish ( Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinid[ae]; the blay. [Written also blick.]
Note: The silvery pigment lining the scales of the bleak is
used in the manufacture of artificial pearls.
Bleak \Bleak\ (bl[=e]k), a. [OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. bl[=a]c, bl[=ae]c, pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS. bl[=e]k, D. bleek, OHG. pleih, G. bleich; all from the root of AS. bl[=i]can to shine; akin to OHG. bl[=i]chen to shine; cf. L. flagrare to burn, Gr. fle`gein to burn, shine, Skr. bhr[=a]j to shine, and E. flame. [root]98. Cf. Bleach, Blink, Flame.]
Without color; pale; pallid. [Obs.]
When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as one that were laid out dead.
Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds.
Wastes too bleak to rear The common growth of earth, the foodful ear.
At daybreak, on the bleak sea beach.
Cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast. [1913 Webster] -- Bleak"ish, a. -- Bleak"ly, adv. -- Bleak"ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."
Etymology 1 a. 1 Without color; pale; pallid. 2 desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds. 3 unhappy; cheerless; miserable; emotionally desolate. Etymology 2
n. A small European river fish (''Alburnus alburnus''), of the family Cyprinidae.
adj. offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things" [syn: black, dim]
providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: bare, barren, desolate, stark]
Bleak may refer to:
- Species of the genus Alburnus
- Alburnoides bipunctatus, also known as the schneider
- "Bleak", a song by Opeth from Blackwater Park
- "Bleak", a song by Soulfly on Dark Ages
- Bleak (band), Finnish rock band
- David B. Bleak, decorated US soldier of the Korean War
Bleak is a Finnish rock band formed in 1997 and split in 2009. Bleak is now known as Fireal.
Bleak stuck strictly to grunge during the first years of its career. The new millennium saw the band take a short breather, but Bleak regrouped in 2002, armed with a new, broader musical outlook. Today, the band's music is supposedly a reflection of the eternally bleak ethos of the band members, coated with an earthy penchant for melody, all served continental style.
The band worked on a grass roots level for some time, and their self-financed single 'Crossword' was in rotation at several rock radio stations. Radio airplay and live performances gave them the beginnings of a solid fanbase. Asko Kallonen and Niko Nordström from Helsinki Music Company took an interest in the band and soon signed Bleak. The first fruits of the new partnership came in the form of the single 'Play', which debuted on the official Finnish singles chart at number 2. The song also found its way to the playlists of both Radio City and YleX.
Bleak recorded the album '[Burns Inside]' at the same time that Ana Johnsson was recording the album ' Little Angel' in Finland, this resulted in their collaboration for the main song for the Jadesoturi (Jade Warrior) movie " Fate" the song received the award for 'Best Nordic Song' at the NRJ Radio Awards in 2007.
Usage examples of "bleak".
After eight long years of pain and fear, she now knew why her body turned traitor on her, beginning with an overwhelming arousal and ending with a bleak, almost agonizing pain before slowly diminishing.
He dragged on his aketon and scale mail and reached for his sword, and his face was bleak.
A bleak, copper-colored landscape set against a deep-pink sky through which wisps of anhydrous white clouds drifted.
For my own part I can think of no crime, unless it is reckless begetting or the wilful transmission of contagious disease, for which the bleak terrors, the solitudes and ignominies of the modern prison do not seem outrageously cruel.
Winter to finish the thought, but turned to follow Deputy Bleaker out of the room.
Each new reality they entered seemed bleaker than the last, even as it took them further and further from safety, and away from the people who were depending on their success.
What good is a shimmering new skyline when the streets below it are bleaker than ever?
The winter of 1822 was passed in Pisa, if we might call that season winter in which autumn merged into spring after the interval of but few days of bleaker weather.
Security Team Two reporting two possibles have just entered a jewelry store on the fourteenth block of Bleaker Street.
But as the situation becomes bleaker and bleaker, the still fragile alliance between these long-hostile lands begins to fray.
Now they seemed almost to relish the worst, greeting each new privation with black humor and joyful predictions of even bleaker things in store.
It is like a fire that flares up brilliantly for a while and then leaves everything blacker and bleaker than before.
We followed the other buses over a bridge and into a bleaker landscape, dryer, stonier, with less vegetation, just scattered thorn-bushes for the most part, dotted across low but steep and irregular hills.
But on the tops of the Chocolate and Chuckwalla ranges no snow fell, although the winter wind sometimes blew cold and bleak.
A chill, wet October afternoon was merging into a bleak, wet October evening, and the club smoking-room seemed warmer and cosier by contrast.