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Ba \Ba\ (b[aum]), v. t. [Cf. OF. baer to open the mouth, F. bayer.] To kiss. [Obs.]


Etymology 1 vb. (context intransitive obsolete English) To kiss. Etymology 2

n. In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food.


BA, Ba, or ba may refer to:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • ISO 3166-1 country code for BA Bosnia and Herzegovina country
  • Ba (Egyptian soul), one part of the ancient Egyptian concept of the soul
  • Ba game
  • Beerenauslese, German late-harvest wine
  • Business agent (labor), a position in some local trade unions
  • Business analyst
  • Business architecture
  • The Nottingham Bluecoat Academy
  • Ya ba, tablets containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine
Ba (town)

Ba is a town in Fiji, 37 kilometres from Lautoka and 62 kilometres from Nadi, inland from the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island. Covering an area of 327 square kilometres, it had a population of 14,596 at the 1996 census. The town is built on the banks of the Ba River, after which it is named. For a long time, Ba was famous for its single lane bridge which caused major traffic problems. The old bridge was washed away in the floods of 1990s and a new bridge built downstream. This resulted in the main highway (King's Road) bypassing Ba Town. Jiaxing City in China is Ba Town's sister city.

Ba is an agricultural centre, populated mostly by Indo-Fijians, which makes it a cultural point for tourists. Sugar cane has long been the mainstay of the local economy, but some manufacturing projects have been established over the past fifteen years. Ba is part of the larger Ba Province, geographically the largest of Fiji's fourteen Provinces.

Ba was incorporated as a Town in 1939, and is governed by a 15-member Town Council, whose members elect a Mayor from among themselves. At the last municipal election held in 2005, 14 of the 15 seats were won by the National Federation Party, with the remaining seat going to an independent candidate. The Mayor was Parveen Bala until the year 2010. Since then, the office of Mayor has been vacant, and Ba, along with other towns, has been under the control of an Administrator instead.

Prominent landmarks include the Rarawai Mill (on the outskirts of the town) and a large mosque near the river in the heart of the town. There is also a giant soccer ball in the heart of the town, which symbolizes that Ba is one of the best soccer teams in Fiji. Ba is also known as "Soccer Crazy Town" for its many wins in the national tournaments like IDC and BOG.

The town is also the home of some of Fiji's wealthiest families who own some of the country's most successful business houses.

Ba was also declared to have fallen in the red zone of Cyclone Winston which made landfall on 20th February, 2016 and claimed 49 lives across Fiji. The agricultural and residential damages throughout the town were an eyesore.

Ba (state)

Ba was an ancient state in eastern Sichuan, China. Its original capital was Yicheng ( Enshi City), Hubei. Ba was conquered by Qin in 316 BC. The modern minority Tujia people trace some of their origins back to the people of Ba.

Ba, often described as a loose confederation or a collection of chiefdoms, consisted of several loosely affiliated independent clans who recognised a king. The Ba clans were highly diverse, being composed of multiple ethnicities. Archaeological evidence shows that the Ba people relied primarily on fishing and hunting, with low levels of agriculture and no evidence of irrigation.

Ba (Open Constituency, Fiji)

Ba Open is a former electoral division of Fiji, one of 25 open constituencies that were elected by universal suffrage (the remaining 46 seats, called communal constituencies, were allocated by ethnicity). Established by the 1997 Constitution, it came into being in 1999 and was used for the parliamentary elections of 1999, 2001, and 2006. The population was predominantly Indo-Fijian and the electorate was a stronghold of the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) throughout its history.

The 2013 Constitution promulgated by the Military-backed interim government abolished all constituencies and established a form of proportional representation, with the entire country voting as a single electorate.

Ba (surname)

Ba, , and Bah are potentially related West African surnames, invariably of Fula origin. In the Fula culture of Mali and Senegal, the surname Diakité is considered equivalent.

Notable people who share these surnames are listed below separately for each surname along with information relevant to the geographic and historical distribution of the surnames.

Ba (given name)

Ba is a given name shared by several notable people. Considered here is the 'Ba' given name prevalent in Myanmar of the 20th Century, as well as the ancient Chinese given names 跋, 霸, and 巴 (traditional Chinese in each case) which are both translated as the English 'Ba'.

Ba (Ljig)

Ba is a village in the municipality of Ljig in Central Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the village has a population of 605 people. It lies under the Suvobor mountain.

In World War II, Ba was a stronghold of Serbian royalist Chetnik movement. Between 25 and 28 January 1944, Chetniks led by Draža Mihajlović held their congress in the village. That was the reason that the village was neglected by post-war Communist authorities.

Ba (pharaoh)

Ba, also known as Horus Ba, is the serekh-name of an early Egyptian or ancient Egyptian king who may have ruled at the end of the 1st dynasty, the latter part of 2nd dynasty or during the 3rd dynasty. Neither the exact length of his reign nor his chronological position is known.

Ba (Javanese)

is one of syllable in Javanese script that represent the sound /bɔ/, /ba/. It is transliterated to Latin as "ba", and sometimes in Indonesian orthography as "bo". It has another form (pasangan), which is , but represented by a single Unicode code point, U+A9A7.

Usage examples of "ba".

Uit de baren eener schuimende zee van gaas verrees een ruw, als uit wit marmer gehouwen kruis, waaraan een slanke witte vrouw zich in doodsgevaar vastklampte, terwijl haar voeten door een tulle golf werden oversproeid.

Lord Bas, and none will find my blade averse to being wetted through black robes!

Cormac and his nine men, with Wulfhere and Samaire and Bas the Druid, awaited them.

At last Cormac took Lugh and Bas, and scaled a talus formed by the slippage of rock over thousands of years.

With Bas and the archer, Cormac moved inland, well above the level of the beach, the valley of the castle, and his own men.

Hand over hand, not hurriedly so as to avoid jerking Bas and Lugh, he went up, and up.

Cormac was outside in the bright sunlight, summoning Bas the Druid and Lugh, the Meathish hunter whom the Gael had surnamed the Manhunter.

Celtic and Gaelic gods, Bas of Tir Conaill who had been a noble of Eirrin.

Now he muttered, and Cormac, understanding no word, knew that Bas spoke in the Old Tongue that only druids knew.

Then, as the seated Bas spoke on, droning now, Cormac took note of that rich and outsized chair.

Now Bas, with no visible rancor whatever, looked down at the ancient throne, ran his hands over it.

The dead man moved too fast to be struck where Bas aimed, between the shoulder blades.

With his soiled robe flapping in a little breeze, Bas walked away to be alone with himself and his gods.

Then, each with an arm about the other, they went for Bas, in the Castle of Atlantis.

Once Cormac had blown through his nostrils like a tracking hound, Samaire and Bas did the same.