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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Their long slender beak also assists in capturing their prey.
▪ Mornings, fog shrouded silent egrets, their long beaks needling the silvery surface of the bay.
▪ Some were already asleep in the long grass, beaks tucked under wings.
▪ A fine south doorway has some strange looking beak heads in the richly moulded arch.
▪ A nestling's gape, or wide open beak, provides a stimulus to the parents to feed it.
▪ Cormorants can be pretty nasty with their beaks.
▪ Her severed head flopped on a bin of guts, yellow beak in a grimace - take me with you?
▪ Its surface is broken with coots, paddling away, dipping their beaks and twitching the water down their throats.
▪ Some were already asleep in the long grass, beaks tucked under wings.
▪ The movement inside her filled her completely, an endless fluttering of wings, intense and urgent pecking of beaks.
▪ The swallows came and went like carpenters, their beaks full of twigs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Clip \Clip\, n.

  1. An embrace.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

  2. A cutting; a shearing.

  3. The product of a single shearing of sheep; a season's crop of wool.

  4. A clasp or holder for letters, papers, etc.

  5. An embracing strap for holding parts together; the iron strap, with loop, at the ends of a whiffletree.

  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.

  7. A blow or stroke with the hand; as, he hit him a clip.

  8. (Mach.) A part, attachment, or appendage, for seizing, clasping, or holding, an object, as a cable, etc.

  9. (Angling) A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in salmon fishing. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

  10. A rapid gait. ``A three-minute clip.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., "bird's bill," from Old French bec "beak," figuratively "mouth," also "tip or point of a nose, a lance, a ship, a shoe," from Latin beccus (source also of Italian becco, Spanish pico), said by Suetonius ("De vita Caesarum" 18) to be of Gaulish origin, perhaps from Gaulish beccus, possibly related to Celtic stem bacc- "hook." Or there may be a link in Old English becca "pickax, sharp end." Jocular sense of "human nose" is from 1854 (but also was used mid-15c. in the same sense).


n. 1 ''Anatomical uses''. 2 # A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food. 3 # A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus, turtle, ''etc.'' 4 # The long projecting sucking mouth of some insects and other invertebrates, as in the Hemipter

  1. 5 # The upper or projecting part of the shell, near the hinge of a bivalve. 6 # The prolongation of certain univalve shells containing the canal. 7 # (context botany English) Any process somewhat like the beak of a bird, terminating the fruit or other parts of a plant. 8 ''Figurative uses''. 9 # Anything projecting or ending in a point like a beak, such as a promontory of land. 10 # (context architecture English) A continuous slight projection ending in an arris or narrow fillet; that part of a drip from which the water is thrown off. 11 # (context farriery English) A toe clip. 12 # (context nautical English) That part of a ship, before the forecastle, which is fastened to the stem, and supported by the main knee. 13 # (context nautical English) A beam, shod or arm#Verb at the end with a metal head or point, and projecting from the prow of an ancient galley, used as a ram to pierce the vessel of an enemy; a beakhead. 14 ''Colloquial uses''. 15 # (context slang English) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed. 16 # (context slang British English) A justice of the peace, magistrate, headmaster or other person of authority. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) strike with the beak. 2 (context transitive English) seize with the beak.

  1. n. beaklike mouth of animals other than birds (e.g., turtles)

  2. horny projecting mouth of a bird [syn: bill, neb, nib, pecker]

  3. informal terms for the nose [syn: honker, hooter, nozzle, snoot, snout, schnozzle, schnoz]

  4. v. hit lightly with a picking motion [syn: peck, pick]

Beak (album)

Beak (stylized BEAK> and also named Recordings 05/01/09 > 17/01/09) is the self-titled debut studio album by British band Beak>, released by the label Invada in October 2009. It was improvised and recorded in a twelve-day period without any overdubbing or repair. It earned generally positive reviews from critics upon release, holding an aggregate of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.


The beak, bill, or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds that is used for eating and for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, fighting, probing for food, courtship and feeding young. The terms beak and rostrum are also used to refer to a similar mouth part in some Ornithischian dinosaurs, monotremes, cephalopods (see Cephalopod beak), cetaceans, billfishes, pufferfishes, turtles, Anuran tadpoles and sirens.

Although beaks vary significantly in size, shape, color and texture, they share a similar underlying structure. Two bony projections—the upper and lower mandibles—are covered with a thin keratinized layer of epidermis known as the rhamphotheca. In most species, two holes known as nares lead to the respiratory system.

Beak (disambiguation)

A beak is an anatomical structure of birds, which serves as the mouth and jaws.

Beak may also refer to:

  • Beak, a type of molding
  • Barnell Bohusk, a Marvel Comics character formerly known as Beak
  • Beak, a Beanie Buddy kiwi bird
  • Beak, an old-fashioned slang term for the headmaster of a school or a magistrate
  • Beak, slang term for the drug cocaine
  • Beak (band), a music group formed by Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller, and Matt Williams
  • Beak Island, in the Prince Gustav Channel
  • A member of the teaching staff at Charterhouse School or Harrow School
  • Beak (bivalve), the oldest point of a shell of a bivalve mollusc
  • Cephalopod beak
Beak (band)

Beak (stylized as BEAK>) is a UK based band, consisting of Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) with Billy Fuller (Robert Plant). Formerly Matt Williams was a member but he has decided to leave the band on the 13th February 2016 (MXLX, Fairhorns).

Beak released their self-titled debut album on 17 November 2009. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in Bristol, England.

Beak produced the debut album Anika by Anika and co-wrote two of the album's songs in 2010.

In 2010, the band toured in the US and the UK. They were chosen by Portishead to perform at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival, that they curated in July 2011 at London's Alexandra Palace, as well as the US version of ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Beak (bivalve)

The beak is part of the shell of a bivalve mollusk, i.e. part of the shell of a saltwater or freshwater clam. The beak is the basal projection of the oldest part of the valve of the adult animal. The beak usually, but not always, coincides with the umbo, the highest and most prominent point on the valve. Because by definition, all bivalves have two valves, the shell of a bivalve has two umbones, and two beaks.

In many species of bivalves the beaks point towards one another. However, in some species of bivalves the beaks point posteriorly, in which case they are referred to as opisthogyrate; in others the beaks point forward, and are described as being prosogyrate.

If the beak is not eroded or worn down at all, it may still be capped with the prodissoconch, which is the larval shell of the animal.

Usage examples of "beak".

Schools of tiny mullet and squid skipped this way and that in frenzied fear, snapped at by the fierce albacore below and the eager beaks of the birds.

But off in his beaked seagoing ships he lay, raging away at Atrides Agamemnon, king of armies, while his men sported along the surf, marking time, hurling the discus, throwing spears and testing bows.

As for Boke, he must have been unaffected by whatever killed those men.

But no, when Sultman learned what Boke planned, he decided to get in ahead of Boke and put the plan through himself.

Sidney Lorrey started violently, for the utterly pleasant voice of the fantastic Boke was in the room.

Lorrey, his interest in the mysterious Boke greater than his own agony, listened intently for some sound of a man leaving the other room, but there was no such noise.

The door he was making for was the one which led into the room from which Boke, the mysterious man with the voice of joy, had spoken.

Doc Savage and the others more about the mysterious Boke than all they had learned prior to that moment, for the ejaculation was in a different tone, and the alteration showed that Boke had been speaking in a disguised voice.

The name of Boke did not seem unknown to the individuals he called, and when the pleasant Voice requested their presence, at a conference aimed at their own good, most of them agreed.

Every one present had pretended to read the missive, but Boke knew that some of the big shots could not read a word, and he did not want to embarrass anybody.

Boke--and was disgusted when he discovered that the individual who must be Boke was effectively disguised by a flying suit and a muffler tied across his features.

But their reluctance was not too strong, and it was evident in a subtle way that Boke would win their aid.

So, as Boke suddenly discovered, thorough defense mechanism had been installed.

I delivered my boke to the Lord Threasorer for the correction of the Calender.

Francis Pucci cam and browght Chrisan Franken with him, who, he sayd, had now recanted his wycked boke against Christ, wherof I was glad.