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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bean
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a tomato/potato/bean etc plant
▪ Bean plants are easy to grow.
baked beans
bean counter
▪ Since the bean counters took over the radio station, it’s become a boring place to work.
bean curd
bean feast
black-eyed bean
broad bean
butter bean
cocoa bean
coffee bean
fava bean
French bean
green bean
jelly bean
kidney bean
lima bean
mung bean
navy bean
pinto bean
refried beans
runner bean
soya bean
string bean
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
baked
▪ I don't like baked beans, he knows it, I suppose he'd been lazy.
▪ He eats baked beans each day and takes baths in the tinned food.
▪ A classic story is told about the unveiling of a vast poster showing a dish piled high with baked beans.
▪ The safest option is often a single, enormous sausage and a side order of disintegrating baked beans.
▪ They stole 24 tins of baked beans worth £4.14.
▪ We had a wonderful, lazy time and didn't see a tin of baked beans for the whole fortnight.
▪ Consider a plateful of baked beans on toast.
▪ Add the baked beans, bay leaf, basil, garlic and parsley and simmer.
black
▪ Heat a wok or heavy-based pan, add the black bean sauce and heat gently.
▪ Combine salsa with spices and black beans.
▪ Specialities include black bean soup, seafood crepes, chicken enchilada and filet mignon.
▪ Enchiladas verdes con pollo with black beans and rice.
▪ Hardly surprising then, that there's rather more to our Chicken in Blackbean Sauce than just chicken and black beans.
▪ The chicken version is filled with corn, black beans, peppers, onions, melted cheese and of course, chicken.
▪ Huge tubs hold bubbling black beans -- no lard, no lie.
▪ Place chicken on top of pasta, then ladle black beans on top.
green
▪ Baked potatoes, green beans and a nicely basted pork roast.
▪ No green beans, no corn on the cob, no succulent tomatoes like the year before.
▪ Serve with green beans or lightly boiled spinach.
▪ We had grilled chicken dark meat over rice with a little sauce, and a side order of steamed green beans.
▪ Make the soup and dessert the day before and serve some green beans or spinach with the lamb.
▪ Puny had left baked chicken, and green beans cooked with new potatoes, one of his favorite meals.
▪ If you are using green beans, trim the ends and cut them in half. 3.
▪ Squash and green beans sustained the worst damage, with 50 percent 70 percent, respectively, of these crops lost.
pinto
▪ Thompson Brothers Farms grows certified seed potatoes, wheat, barley and pinto beans.
▪ Though the menu does not say pinto beans, a few showed up on my sandwich.
red
▪ The gâteau is made with moist sponge layered with sweetened red bean paste, ginger jam and lychee-flavoured cream.
▪ We ate red beans and rice on Mondays.
▪ Heat the red kidney beans in the mixture of tomato puree, chilli sauce and lemon juice.
▪ Then we built our fire in the outdoor fireplace to boil potatoes and heat up red beans for supper.
▪ Collard greens, red beans and watermelon.
▪ I get a bag of potatoes, some butter, and a few more cans of red beans.
▪ Drain and rinse the red kidney beans then mash them with a fork.
▪ In the evening I might eat peanuts and drink a beer, or open a can of red beans.
refried
▪ Add the chopped tomatoes, chillis and refried beans to the casserole with a little salt and pepper. 5.
▪ He held a casserole of refried beans that smelled of garlic.
▪ You may add other toppings if you wish, but always use refried beans as the base.
▪ A slice of chorizo sausage may be placed on top of the refried beans for variety.
soya
▪ That helped drive world growth, boosting global demand for everything from oil and aeroplanes to soya beans.
white
▪ Munching blue and white jelly beans we all confessed the holidays had done us in.
■ NOUN
bag
▪ In our lounge we had two large bean bags and an old sofa with a blanket on it.
▪ He could even talk a little bit about punishing a bean bag chair instead of throwing things.
▪ I flopped down on to a bean bag and took a sip of my tea.
▪ The baby sleeps, slumped like a bean bag in her chair.
cocoa
▪ Now you can visit Cadbury World and see the history of chocolate and its manufacture from cocoa bean to the finished product.
▪ Years abroad had made them grateful for yams, bananas, cocoa beans and rice.
▪ Their cocoa beans are weighed, graded and packed by the 182 Village Societies to which the farmers belong.
coffee
▪ Try placing a vanilla pod or coffee bean under the grill just before the viewers arrive.
▪ In comparison, steam is 212 degrees and coffee beans are roasted at temperatures of 350 to 425 degrees.
▪ Grinding the coffee beans he pondered life's smaller ambiguities.
▪ Beneath a layer of foam rubber there was a dark brown carpet of coffee beans.
▪ She added some chicory to the coffee beans and turned the handle quickly.
▪ It is still widely used on citrus fruit, soybeans, coffee beans, tobacco, cotton and other crops.
Coffee brewed from ground coffee beans costs more than coffee made from an instant product.
curd
▪ The fried bean curd put one in mind of oriental griddle cakes and needed the hot sauces to extract their inscrutable flavour.
▪ Next, add the meat, soy sauce, green onions, and deep-fried bean curd.
jelly
▪ Munching blue and white jelly beans we all confessed the holidays had done us in.
▪ Stark Nude had been an angelic sprite of a girl who in my mind will for ever be 6 and eating jelly beans.
▪ A consultant had urged the executives to view Texaco as a jar of different-colored jelly beans, each one unique and valuable.
▪ He often ran errands for Fong in return for jelly beans or small cubes of greasy homemade soap.
▪ Getting his green jelly bean fix, he thought.
kidney
▪ Heat the red kidney beans in the mixture of tomato puree, chilli sauce and lemon juice.
▪ Both types belong to the kidney bean family and have a slightly nutty flavour.
▪ Drain and rinse the chick peas and kidney beans and combine with other beans. 3.
▪ Add the kidney beans and a little water if required and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
▪ This is all wrong, as chilli should really be made with pinto beans, a member of the kidney bean family.
▪ Drain and rinse the red kidney beans then mash them with a fork.
▪ Serve with a red kidney bean salad.
▪ Add the tomatoes and kidney beans and bring to the boil. 2.
navy
▪ He also had a side order of Navy bean soup, a cottage-cheese salad and cherry pie.
runner
▪ In spring and summer last year, pollination of the runner beans was generally poor.
▪ Add the runner beans and season lightly.
▪ In anticipation that the same problem might recur this summer I tried sowing some sweet peas with the runner beans.
▪ Tomatoes leaned on stakes, runner beans twined round a wigwam of canes and rambling roses rambled over their appointed places.
▪ One product I found did not freeze well. Runner beans.
▪ Freezer: Pack of steaks, beefburgers, fish-fingers, peas, runner beans, ready cooked curry meal, cod.
▪ Anna started to slice up runner beans.
▪ Everything was lush; the lawn needed mowing; the geraniums needed dead-heading; the runner beans needed picking.
soup
▪ Specialities include black bean soup, seafood crepes, chicken enchilada and filet mignon.
▪ He also had a side order of Navy bean soup, a cottage-cheese salad and cherry pie.
sprout
▪ Add bean sprouts and cook another half minute.
▪ I pried open several cartons of bean sprouts, basil, and lettuces and soaked them in a pail of water.
vanilla
▪ Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into butter and brown butter with vanilla, 3 to 5 minutes.
▪ Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean.
▪ Scrape pulp and seeds from vanilla bean into saucepan.
▪ Add cream and vanilla bean and reduce over medium-high heat to a light sauce consistency; strain.
▪ Remove vanilla bean, and scrape soft center into strained sauce.
■ VERB
bake
▪ Serve with baked beans or unlimited salad.
▪ Potato salad and baked beans are standard fare at most delis.
▪ In my local supermarket you can buy tins of baked beans without tomato sauce.
▪ I said to him once, sitting in a chair as he fed me my midday meal of baked beans and crackers.
▪ Those may be the rules in baked bean retailing, squealed the suppliers, but books are different.
▪ Polly's second course arrived: chips, baked beans, peas and carrots.
▪ In the late 30s baked beans were available both in brine and in gravy.
cook
▪ It is surprising how many men enjoy cooking their own baked beans.
▪ I just love to cook a pot of beans.
▪ Spread the cooked swede over the beans, sprinkle with the cheese and place under the grill to brown.
▪ It also is a great boon to vegetarians who can cook grains and dried beans in 12 minutes or less.
▪ Pinto beans have the distinction of being one of the quickest beans to cook.
▪ This is no disgrace, to cook up beans and cornbread and make it last.
drain
▪ Cook for about 30 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the beans.
▪ Reduce pressure and remove lid. Drain beans, reserving 2 cups of liquid.
▪ Do not overcook. Drain beans, place in a large bowl, and cool.
dry
▪ Eight hours' cooking was enough to cook the hardest of dried beans.
▪ It also is a great boon to vegetarians who can cook grains and dried beans in 12 minutes or less.
▪ Flour, sugar, dried beans, canned beef, milk.
▪ Seven dried lima beans, painted bright red.
eat
▪ So he was sitting at the kitchen table eating his plate of beans when Donald walked in.
▪ He spends the night on the volcano, eating beans and tortillas and sleeping in subfreezing temperatures.
▪ He eats baked beans each day and takes baths in the tinned food.
▪ We ate red beans and rice on Mondays.
▪ Stark Nude had been an angelic sprite of a girl who in my mind will for ever be 6 and eating jelly beans.
▪ I would prepare about 60 tortillas every day because that was all we had to eat - tortillas and beans.
▪ I been eating beans for five years.
grow
▪ The Mayans grew maize, beans and pumpkins, and were the first to cultivate cocoa.
rinse
▪ Drain and rinse the red kidney beans then mash them with a fork.
serve
▪ When hot, serve the bean mixture with the rice.
▪ Mannke likes to serve his chili with beans and brown rice, which helps mop up the zesty flavors.
▪ But when he serves chili with beans, we will not be at his table.
▪ Make the soup and dessert the day before and serve some green beans or spinach with the lamb.
▪ Mercedes walks in again with a large serving bowl of black beans and another of rice.
▪ Bake at 375°F, 190°C, Gas 5 for 15 mins. 4 Serve with mixed bean salad.
spill
▪ He gave me a look which made me wonder whether Mavis hadn't, after all, spilled the beans.
▪ Ludicrously, advance accounts of this novel are cheerfully spilling the beans about the rest of the plot.
▪ They spill the beans, exposing the practice for what it is.
▪ He had not been on the verge of spilling the beans - people just die, that's all.
▪ Come off it, Rosie, spill the beans.
▪ Come on, spill the beans.
▪ She might just decide to kill you, in case you spill the beans.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be full of beans
▪ Then she had been lying in the nursery rocking chair as stuffed with straw as Andy and Teddy were full of beans.
it doesn't amount to a hill of beans
not have two pennies/halfpennies/beans to rub together
spill the beans
▪ "Does Phillip know about our plan?" "Yes, someone must have spilled the beans."
▪ Someone spilled the beans about Rick's surprise party.
▪ The class managed to keep the party a secret until Lorraine, unable to control herself any longer, spilled the beans.
▪ Come off it, Rosie, spill the beans.
▪ Come on, spill the beans.
▪ He gave me a look which made me wonder whether Mavis hadn't, after all, spilled the beans.
▪ He had not been on the verge of spilling the beans - people just die, that's all.
▪ Ludicrously, advance accounts of this novel are cheerfully spilling the beans about the rest of the plot.
▪ They spill the beans, exposing the practice for what it is.
▪ You know, spill the beans.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ chicken with rice and green beans
▪ Soak the beans overnight before cooking.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Ana got up, took a spoonful of bean mush and poked it into the child's mouth.
▪ Collect bean canes and pea sticks.
▪ Drain the beans and place them in a saucepan with the bay leaves.
▪ He doesn't have a bean, other than what we lend him.
▪ Seven dried lima beans, painted bright red.
▪ The chicken version is filled with corn, black beans, peppers, onions, melted cheese and of course, chicken.
▪ Then I'd look at the fields of beans, glossy in the moonlight, hanging fat and glossy.
▪ There was nothing he would rather eat than beans.
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be full of beans
▪ Then she had been lying in the nursery rocking chair as stuffed with straw as Andy and Teddy were full of beans.
it doesn't amount to a hill of beans
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Hughes got beaned by a wild pitch.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bean

Bean \Bean\ (b[=e]n), n. [OE. bene, AS. be['a]n; akin to D. boon, G. bohne, OHG. p[=o]na, Icel. baun, Dan. b["o]nne, Sw. b["o]na, and perh. to Russ. bob, L. faba.]

  1. (Bot.) A name given to the seed of certain leguminous herbs, chiefly of the genera Faba, Phaseolus, and Dolichos; also, to the herbs.

    Note: The origin and classification of many kinds are still doubtful. Among true beans are: the black-eyed bean and China bean, included in Dolichos Sinensis; black Egyptian bean or hyacinth bean, Dolichos Lablab; the common haricot beans, kidney beans, string beans, and pole beans, all included in Phaseolus vulgaris; the lower bush bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus; Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus; Spanish bean and scarlet runner, Phaseolus multiflorus; Windsor bean, the common bean of England, Faba vulgaris. [1913 Webster] As an article of food beans are classed with vegetables.

  2. The popular name of other vegetable seeds or fruits, more or less resembling true beans. Bean aphis (Zo["o]l.), a plant louse ( Aphis fab[ae]) which infests the bean plant. Bean fly (Zo["o]l.), a fly found on bean flowers. Bean goose (Zo["o]l.), a species of goose ( Anser segetum). Bean weevil (Zo["o]l.), a small weevil that in the larval state destroys beans. The American species is Bruchus fab[ae]. Florida bean (Bot.), the seed of Mucuna urens, a West Indian plant. The seeds are washed up on the Florida shore, and are often polished and made into ornaments. Ignatius bean, or St. Ignatius's bean (Bot.), a species of Strychnos. Navy bean, the common dried white bean of commerce; probably so called because an important article of food in the navy. Pea bean, a very small and highly esteemed variety of the edible white bean; -- so called from its size. Sacred bean. See under Sacred. Screw bean. See under Screw. Sea bean.

    1. Same as Florida bean.

    2. A red bean of unknown species used for ornament.

      Tonquin bean, or Tonka bean, the fragrant seed of Dipteryx odorata, a leguminous tree.

      Vanilla bean. See under Vanilla.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
bean

Old English bean "bean, pea, legume," from Proto-Germanic *bauno (cognates: Old Norse baun, Middle Dutch bone, Dutch boon, Old High German bona, German Bohne), and related to Latin faba "bean;" Greek phakos "lentil;" Albanian bathë "horse-bean;" Old Prussian babo, Russian bob "bean," but the original form is obscure; perhaps from a PIE reduplicated base *bha-bha- \n

\nAs a metaphor for "something of small value" it is attested from c.1300. Meaning "head" is U.S. baseball slang c.1905 (in bean-ball "a pitch thrown at the head"); thus slang verb bean meaning "to hit on the head," attested from 1910.\n

\nThe notion of lucky or magic beans in English folklore is from the exotic beans or large seeds that wash up occasionally in Cornwall and western Scotland, carried from the Caribbean or South America by the Gulf Stream. They were cherished, believed to ward off the evil eye and aid in childbirth.\n

\nSlang bean-counter "accountant" recorded by 1971. To not know beans (American English, 1933) is perhaps from the "of little worth" sense, but may have a connection to colloquial expression recorded around Somerset, to know how many beans make five "be a clever fellow."

Wiktionary
bean

n. (surname)

WordNet
bean
  1. n. any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae [syn: edible bean]

  2. any of various seeds or fruits suggestive of beans

  3. any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods [syn: bean plant]

  4. informal terms for a human head [syn: attic, bonce, noodle, noggin, dome]

bean

v. hit on the head, esp. with a pitched baseball

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Bean

Bean is a common name for large seeds of several genera of the flowering plant family Fabaceae (also known as Leguminosae) which are used for human or animal food.

Bean (disambiguation)

A bean is a large seed of several plants in the family Fabaceae, including the seed of the common bean. The word may refer to:

  • Bean (name), a surname, forename and nickname
Bean (film)

Bean (also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Bean: The Movie) is a 1997 feature film based on the television series Mr. Bean. It stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role and Peter MacNicol. It was directed by Mel Smith. The film used many of the ideas and skits from the original television series.

Bean (character)
Bean (Enderverse)
BEAN (charity)

BEAN, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, United States, encourages volunteerism for young professionals and benefits local and international charitable organizations. BEAN was founded in 2002 by Howard Wu. BEAN currently has chapters in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul.

Bean (software)

Bean is a word processor for Mac OS X. It is no longer being developed, however it is still available for download. Originally free and open source software Bean became closed source at version 3. However, the Bean executable is still distributed free of charge. According to its author, James Hoover, Bean is not meant to replace Microsoft Word, but to be a lean word processor that is beautiful and user friendly. Many of Bean's operations are carried out by the underlying Cocoa framework of Mac OS X. The name Bean is a play on Cocoa and Java, two popular programming frameworks.

After the release of Bean 3.2.2 in November 2012, Hoover announced that "active development of Bean will cease. Bean will remain available for download at the bean-osx.com website. It may even be updated as necessary to keep the app running on future versions of OS X. Also, I'll try to continue technical support at the usual email address." Since this announcement, Hoover has provided three further updates or fixes for Bean, reaching version number 3.2.5 by March 2013.

Usage examples of "bean".

Blood, jiz, afterbirth, a human heart maybe, and she was scraping it off that board as if it were dried bean paste.

Indeed, based on its public agenda, The American Society of Newspaper Editors might think about changing its name to the American Society of Racial Bean Counters.

Since they were keeping the allas secret, Yoke had to talk all around everything to avoid spilling the beans.

In a similar fashion, amylase inhibitors in raw red kidney beans and navy beans make their carbohydrate content unusable.

The bhinjanies all sold chickens, rice, flour, beans and, best of all, the throat-burning skins of arrack which could make a man drunk even faster than rum.

The supper was a stew of beans, rice and salt beef, and it was at the end of the small meal, when they were sharing a canteen of arrack, that Sergeant Hakeswill appeared.

Top with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onions, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and tofu.

The beans, massive, mottled spheres a little larger than his fist, were stored in open boxes, protected by their hard rinds, but they, too, showed both an abundance of ascorbic acid and a complete absence of anything that might block its uptake.

Ban Sar Din said, wondering what would happen if she got picked up for murder alone, without another member of the ashram around to kill her before she could spill the beans to the police.

Have carrots cut in small cubes or straws, turnips and beet root the same, green string beans cut in small pieces, asparagus and peas, all cooked separately until tender.

Set a row of sliced gherkins near the top, and fill in the space to the top with string beans or asparagus tips.

He began with chowder, proceeded to braised atman haunch sided with rubelo, sugar-grass, thet eyes, and Lima beans, and ended with a large slice of cheesecake.

This meal was fresh fish, beans and onions, bread, oil, and watered wine, but when he tried to leave a big portion for Aumery, his squadron mates frowned and finger-signed their displeasure.

The cafe still serves breakfast all day, but the quiche on the menu is as likely to contain porta bello mushrooms as cheddar cheese, the bread is homemade, thick, and filled with goodies like wheat germ and nuts, and the lunch sandwiches are served on baguettes with avocado slices and bean sprouts.

You show up in a beaner truck loaded with bullet holes and you might just disappear.