Crossword clues for bun
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
BUN \BUN\ n. [acronym] (Med.) same as
blood urea nitrogen; the concentration of nitrogen in blood present in the form of urea; -- used as a measure of kidney function.
Note: Blood usually contains 10 to 15 mg of nitrogen per 100
ml in the form of urea.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., origin obscure, perhaps from Old French buignete "a fritter," originally "boil, swelling," diminutive of buigne "swelling from a blow, bump on the head," from a Germanic source (compare Middle High German bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaulish *bunia (compare Gaelic bonnach). Spanish buñelo "a fritter" apparently is from the same source. Of hair coiled at the back of the head, first attested 1894. To have a bun in the oven "be pregnant" is from 1951.\n
\nThe first record of buns in the sense of "male buttocks" is from 1960s, perhaps from a perceived similarity; but bun also meant "tail of a hare" (1530s) in Scottish and northern England dialect and was transferred to human beings (and conveniently rhymed with nun in ribald ballads). This may be an entirely different word; OED points to Gaelic bun "stump, root."
init. blood, urea, nitrogen.
n. small rounded bread either plain or sweet [syn: roll]
A bun is a type of hairstyle wherein the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself, typically on the back of the head or neck. A bun can be secured with a barrette, bobby pins, a hair stick, a hairnet, and/or a pencil, and hair may be wrapped around a piece called a "rat". Buns may be tightly gathered, or loose and more informal.
Buns are usually made from flour, sugar, milk, yeast and butter. Common varieties contain small fruit or nuts, are topped with icing or caramel, or filled with jam or cream. Some types of buns are filled with various meats.
A bun is normally made from dough that has been enriched with sugar and butter and sometimes egg. Without any of these the dough remains to be 'bread dough' rather than 'bun dough' and the resultant product will be called a roll, rather than a bun.
A bun is a type of bread roll.
BUN or Bun may also refer to:
- Balkan Universities Network, Association of Universities
- Bun (hairstyle), a hairstyle typically worn by women
- Occipital bun, a prominent bulge of the occipital bone at the back of the skull
- Bún, the Vietnamese name for rice vermicelli
- Bún, the Hungarian name for Boiu village, Albeşti Commune, Mureş County, Romania
- Buns, a slang term for the buttocks
- Blood urea nitrogen (abbreviation)
- Bun, Hautes-Pyrénées, a commune of southwestern France
- Bun, a contraction of Bunny
- Bun Bars, a chocolate candy bar
- Cheung Chau Bun Festival, traditional Chinese festival
- Tuff, known as Bun in the Japanese dub, a fictional character from the anime Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
Usage examples of "bun".
At the last one, the hearth of the Aurochs, she saw Deegie standing near the fireplace brushing her rich chestnut hair back and wrapping it into a bun while she talked to someone on a bed platform.
He had never spoken to Bunning, although he had once received a note from him asking him to coffee--a piece of very considerable impertinence.
Might not this idiot of a Bunning have been shown the way to the mystery?
Never, in anything that had happened to him, had Bunning been so terrified as he had been by this visit to Dune.
That trembling ass, Bunning, singing now at the top of his voice, shaking with the fervour of it, let him know that he had brought a murderer to the sacred gathering--again Olva had to concentrate all his mind, his force, his power upon the conquest of his nerves.
He found that most of the men were freshmen whose faces he did not know, but there, moving his fat body uneasily on a chair, was Bunning, and there, to his intense surprise, was Lawrence.
A fortnight ago he would have hated the scene, have sent Bunning, with a cutting word, flying from the room, never to return.
He seized then eagerly on the things that he could conquer--the suspicions of Rupert Craven, the rivalry of Cardillac, the confidences of Bunning, .
As he glanced round at them--at Lawrence, Bunning, Galleon Cardillac--they seemed to have far less existence than the grey shadow in the outer Court.
It was still there, its arm outstretched above the snowy court, but Bunning seemed, in some odd way, to intervene.
In Outer Court, looking now so vast and solemn in the silence of its snow, Bunning, stopping, pointed to the grey buildings that towered over them.
He stopped, wheeled round, caught the table with both hands, and leaned over to Bunning, who stood, his mouth open, his cap and gown still on.
He was not now altogether sure whether Bunning were really there or no.
His spectacles were there, his boots were there, but was Bunning there?
The last words brought him back to Bunning, a person whom he had almost forgotten.