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bird

 (bûrd)
n.
1.
a. Any of various warm-blooded egg-laying feathered vertebrates of the class Aves, having forelimbs modified to form wings.
b. Such an animal hunted as game.
c. Such an animal, especially a chicken or turkey, used as food: put the bird in the oven.
3. Sports See shuttlecock.
4. Slang A rocket, guided missile, satellite, or airplane.
5. Slang A person, especially one who is odd or remarkable: a sly old bird.
6. Chiefly British Slang A young woman.
7. Slang
a. A loud sound expressing disapproval; a raspberry.
b. Discharge from employment: lost a big sale and nearly got the bird.
8. An obscene gesture of anger, defiance, or derision made by pointing or jabbing the middle finger upward.
intr.v. bird·ed, bird·ing, birds
1. To observe and identify birds in their natural surroundings.
2. To trap, shoot, or catch birds.
Idiom:
for the birds
Objectionable or worthless.

[Middle English, from Old English brid, young bird.]

bird′ing n.

bird

(bɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) any warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, characterized by a body covering of feathers and forelimbs modified as wings. Birds vary in size between the ostrich and the humming bird.
2. informal a person (usually preceded by a qualifying adjective, as in the phrases rare bird, odd bird, clever bird)
3. slang chiefly Brit a girl or young woman, esp one's girlfriend
4. slang prison or a term in prison (esp in the phrase do bird; shortened from birdlime, rhyming slang for time)
5. a bird in the hand something definite or certain
6. the bird has flown informal the person in question has fled or escaped
7. the birds and the bees euphemistic or jocular sex and sexual reproduction
8. birds of a feather people with the same characteristics, ideas, interests, etc
9. get the bird informal
a. to be fired or dismissed
b. (esp of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided
10. give someone the bird informal to tell someone rudely to depart; scoff at; hiss
11. kill two birds with one stone to accomplish two things with one action
12. like a bird without resistance or difficulty
13. a little bird a (supposedly) unknown informant: a little bird told me it was your birthday.
14. for the birds strictly for the birds informal deserving of disdain or contempt; not important
[Old English bridd, of unknown origin]
ˈbirdlike adj

Bird

(bɜːd)
n
(Biography) nickname of (Charlie) Parker

bird

(bɜrd)

n.
1. any warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, having feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, and a beak.
2. a fowl or game bird.
4. a shuttlecock.
5. Slang. a person, esp. one having some peculiarity: He's an odd bird.
6. Informal. an aircraft, spacecraft, or guided missile.
7. a thin piece of meat rolled around a stuffing and braised: veal birds.
8. Chiefly Brit. Slang. a girl or young woman.
9. the bird, Slang.
a. hissing, booing, etc., to show disapproval.
b. a gesture of contempt made by raising the middle finger.
10. Archaic. the young of any fowl.
v.i.
11. to catch or shoot birds.
12. to bird-watch.
Idioms:
1. birds of a feather, people with similar attitudes, interests, or experience.
2. for the birds, Informal. worthless; not to be taken seriously.
[before 900; Middle English byrd, bryd, Old English brid(d) young bird]
bird′like`, adj.

bird

(bûrd)
Any of numerous warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate animals that have wings for forelimbs, a body covered with feathers, a hard bill covering the jaw, and a four-chambered heart.
Did You Know? Did birds evolve from dinosaurs? Most scientists who research the origin of birds think so, and they have lots of evidence to support this view. Small meat-eating dinosaurs and primitive birds share about 20 characteristics that neither group shares with other kinds of animals. Just a few of these include hollow bones, the position of the pelvis, the structure of their eggs, the shape of the shoulder blade, and a collarbone shaped into a wishbone. Dinosaurs had scales, and birds have modified scales—their feathers—and scaly feet. And it may be that at least some dinosaurs had feathers. Recently discovered fossils of a small dinosaur show that it had a feather-like covering. In fact, some primitive fossil birds and small meat-eating dinosaurs are so alike that it is difficult to tell them apart based on their skeletons alone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wingsbird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
Aves, class Aves - (ornithology) the class of birds
dickeybird, dickey-bird, dickybird, dicky-bird - small bird; adults talking to children sometimes use these words to refer to small birds
cock - adult male bird
hen - adult female bird
nester - a bird that has built (or is building) a nest
night bird - any bird associated with night: owl; nightingale; nighthawk; etc
bird of passage - any bird that migrates seasonally
protoavis - most primitive avian type known; extinct bird of the Triassic having bird-like jaw and hollow limbs and breastbone with dinosaur-like tail and hind limbs
archaeopteryx, Archaeopteryx lithographica, archeopteryx - extinct primitive toothed bird of the Jurassic period having a long feathered tail and hollow bones; usually considered the most primitive of all birds
Sinornis - sparrow-sized fossil bird of the Jurassic period to the Cretaceous period having a keeled breastbone and vestigial tail; found in China; considered possibly the second most primitive of all birds
Ibero-mesornis - sparrow-sized fossil bird of the Cretaceous period having a vestigial tail; found in Spain; considered possibly the third most primitive of all birds
archaeornis - extinct primitive toothed bird with a long feathered tail and three free clawed digits on each wing
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
carinate, carinate bird, flying bird - birds having keeled breastbones for attachment of flight muscles
passeriform bird, passerine - perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch; most are songbirds; hatchlings are helpless
nonpasserine bird - chiefly arboreal birds especially of the order Coraciiformes
bird of prey, raptor, raptorial bird - any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
beak, neb, nib, pecker, bill - horny projecting mouth of a bird
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
cuculiform bird - birds having zygodactyl feet (except for the touracos)
coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
apodiform bird - nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight
caprimulgiform bird - long-winged nonpasserine birds
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
trogon - forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and long tails
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
furcula - a forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles of most birds
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
pennon, pinion - wing of a bird
bird's foot - the foot of a bird
uropygium - posterior part of a bird's body from which the tail feathers grow
croupe, rump, croup, hindquarters - the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks
air sac - any of the membranous air-filled extensions of the lungs of birds
preen gland, uropygial gland - oil-secreting gland situated at the base of the tail in most birds
syrinx - the vocal organ of a bird
twitterer - a bird that twitters
bird, fowl - the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
flock - a group of birds
chirpy - (birds or insects) characterized by or tending to chirp
2.bird - the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as foodbird - the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
wishbone, wishing bone - the furcula of a domestic fowl
poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food
wildfowl - flesh of any of a number of wild game birds suitable for food
drumstick - the lower joint of the leg of a fowl
second joint, thigh - the upper joint of the leg of a fowl
wing - the wing of a fowl; "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
giblet, giblets - edible viscera of a fowl
oyster - a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
parson's nose, pope's nose - the tail of a dressed fowl
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
dark meat - the flesh of the legs of fowl used as food
3.bird - informal terms for a (young) womanbird - informal terms for a (young) woman  
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"
4.bird - a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contemptbird - a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
5.bird - badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathersbird - badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
badminton equipment - equipment for playing the game of badminton
Verb1.bird - watch and study birds in their natural habitatbird - watch and study birds in their natural habitat
observe - watch attentively; "Please observe the reaction of these two chemicals"

bird

noun feathered friend, birdie, fledgling, fowl, warbler, songbird a rare bird
Related words
adjective avian, ornithic
male cock
female hen
young chick, fledg(e)ling, nestling
collective nouns flock, congregation, flight, volery
habitation nest
like ornithomania
fear ornithophobia
see seabirds, types of fowl
Quotations
"No ladder needs the bird but skies"
"To situate its wings,"
"Nor any leader's grim baton"
"Arraigns it as it sings" [Emily Dickinson]
"Who wills devoutly to absorb, contain,"
"birds give him pain" [Richard Wilbur The Beautiful Changes]
"I know what the caged bird feels, alas!" [Paul Lawrence Dunbar Sympathy]
Proverbs
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
"Birds of a feather flock together"

Birds

accentor, amazon, ani, avadavat or amadavat, avocet, babbler, Baltimore oriole, barbet, beccafico, bee-eater, bellbird, bird of paradise, bishopbird, bittern, blackbird, blackcap, blackcock, black grouse, blackpoll, bluebird, blue grouse, blue jay, bluethroat, bluetit, boatbill or boat-billed heron, bobolink, bobwhite, bokmakierie, bowerbird, brain-fever bird, brambling, broadbill, brolga, Australian crane, or (Austral.) native companion, budgerigar, bulbul, bullfinch, bunting, bush shrike, bushtit, bush wren, bustard, button quail, cacique, canary, Cape pigeon, capercaillie or capercailzie, Cape sparrow, capuchin, cardinal or cardinal grosbeak, carrion crow, cassowary, catbird, chaffinch, chat, chickadee, chicken or (Austral. inf.) chook, chiffchaff, chimney swallow or chimney swift, chipping sparrow, chough, chuck-will's-widow, chukar, cliff swallow, coal tit or coletit, cockatiel or cockateel, cockatoo, cock-of-the-rock, collared dove, coly or mousebird, conure, coppersmith, coquette, corella, corn bunting, corncrake, cotinga or chatterer, coucal, cowbird, crake, crane, crested tit, crocodile bird, crombec, crossbill, crow or (Scot.) corbie, cuckoo, cumulet, curassow, curlew, currawong or bell magpie, darter, anhinga, or snakebird, demoiselle (crane) or Numidian crane, diamond bird or pardalote, dipper or water ouzel, diver, dollarbird, dotterel or dottrel, dove or (archaic or poetic) culver, dowitcher, drongo, dunlin or red-backed sandpiper, egret, emperor penguin, emu, emu-wren, fantail, fernbird, fieldfare, fig-bird, finch, finfoot, firebird, firecrest, flamingo, flower-pecker, flycatcher, francolin, friarbird, frogmouth, galah, gang-gang, gnatcatcher, go-away bird, godwit, goldcrest, golden oriole, goldfinch, grackle or crow blackbird, grassfinch, grassquit, great crested grebe, great northern diver, great tit, grebe, greenfinch, green leek, greenlet, greenshank, green woodpecker, grey warbler or riroriro (N.Z.), grosbeak, grouse, guan, guinea fowl, hadedah, hawfinch, hazelhen, hedge sparrow or dunnock, helldiver, pie-billed grebe, or dabchick, hen harrier or (U.S. & Canad.) marsh harrier, heron, hill myna, hoatzin or hoactzin, homing pigeon, honey creeper, honey-eater, honey guide, honeysucker, hooded crow, hoopoe, hornbill, house martin, house sparrow, hummingbird or trochilus, ibis, jabiru, jacamar, jaçana or lily-trotter, jackdaw, jacksnipe, Jacobin, jaeger (U.S. & Canad.), Java sparrow, jay, junco, jungle fowl, kagu, kaka, kakapo, kea, killdeer, kingbird, kingfisher, king penguin, kiwi or apteryx, knot, koel, kokako, kookaburra or laughing jackass, kotuku, Lahore, lapwing or green plover, lark, limpkin or courlan, linnet, locust bird, loggerhead shrike, longspur, long-tailed tit, lorikeet, lory, lourie, lovebird, lyrebird, macaw, magpie, magpie lark, Major Mitchell, marabou, marsh tit, martin, meadowlark, meadow pipit, minivet, mistle thrush or missel thrush, mockingbird, monal or monaul, motmot or sawbill, mourning dove, myna, mynah, or mina, nighthawk, bullbat, or mosquito hawk, night heron, nightingale, nightjar or (U.S. & Canad.) goatsucker, noddy, noisy miner, nun, nutcracker, nuthatch, oil bird or guacharo, oriole, ortolan or ortolan bunting, ostrich, ouzel or ousel, ovenbird, oxpecker or tick-bird, parakeet or parrakeet, parrot, partridge, peacock, peafowl, peewit, pelican, penguin, phalarope, pheasant, pied wagtail, pigeon, pipit, plover, pratincole, ptarmigan, puffbird, puffin, pukeko, purple gallinule, pyrrhuloxia, quail, quarrian or quarrion, quetzal, racket-tail, rail, rainbow bird, raven, red-backed shrike, redbreast, red grouse, red-legged partridge, redpoll, redshank, redstart, redwing, reedbird, reed bunting, reedling or bearded tit, reed warbler, regent-bird, rhea or American ostrich, ricebird, riflebird, rifleman, ringed plover, ring-necked pheasant, ring ouzel, roadrunner or chaparral cock, robin or robin redbreast, rock dove or rock pigeon, rockhopper, roller, rook, rosella, rosy finch, ruff, ruffed grouse, runt, saddleback, saddlebill or jabiru, sage grouse, sanderling, sandgrouse, sand martin, sandpiper, sapsucker, Scandaroon, scarlet tanager, scrub bird, sedge warbler, seriema, serin, sheathbill, shoebill, shore bird or (Brit.) wader, shrike or butcherbird, sicklebill, siskin or (formerly) aberdevine, sitella or tree-runner, skimmer, skylark, snipe, snow bunting, snowy egret, solitaire, song sparrow, song thrush or mavis, sora, sparrow, spoonbill, spotted crake, spotted flycatcher, spotted sandpiper or (U.S.) peetweet, squacco, starling, stilt, stint, stock dove, stonechat, stone curlew or thick-knee, stork, sugar bird, sunbird, sun bittern, surfbird, swallow, swift, swiftlet, swordbill, tailorbird, takahe, tanager, tattler, tawny pippit, tern, thornbill, thrasher, thrush or (poetic) throstle, tit, titmouse, tody, toucan, touraco, turaco, or plantain-eater, towhee, tragopan, tree creeper, tree sparrow, trochilus, trogon, tropicbird, troupial, trumpeter, tui, turtledove, twite, umbrella bird, veery, verdin, wader or wading bird, wagtail, wall creeper, warbler, water rail, water thrush, wattlebird, waxbill, waxwing, weaverbird or weaver, weka, Maori hen, or wood hen, wheatear, whimbrel, whinchat, whip bird, whippoorwill, white-eye or (N.Z.) blighty, silvereye, or waxeye, whitethroat, whooping crane, willet, willow grouse, willow tit, willow warbler, wonga-wonga, woodchat or woodchat shrike, woodcock, wood ibis, woodlark, woodpecker, wood pigeon, ringdove, cushat, (Scot.) cushie-doo, or (English dialect) quist, woodswallow, wood warbler, wren, wrybill, wryneck, yellowhammer, zebra finch
Extinct birds  archaeopteryx, archaeornis, dodo, great auk, huia, ichthyornis, moa, notornis, passenger pigeon, solitaire

bird

noun
Slang. Any of various derisive sounds of disapproval:
Translations
voël
طَائِرطائِرطير
момичептица
au
pták
fugl
birdo
lindtibi
lintutipu
ptica
madár
burungcewek
fugl
鳥類
avis
paukštisvaizdas iš paukščio skrydžiopaukštė
putns
pasăre
ptičptica
fågelbrud
นก
птах
chim

bird

[bɜːd]
A. N
1. (gen small) → pájaro m (Zool, Culin) → ave f
bird of ill omen (liter) → pájaro m de mal agüero
a little bird told meme lo dijo un pajarito
the bird has flown (fig) → el pájaro ha volado
they haven't yet told her about the birds and the beestodavía no le han explicado las cosas de la vida
to kill two birds with one stonematar dos pájaros de un tiro
to be strictly for the birdsser cosa de poca monta or de tontos
they're birds of a featherson lobos de una camada
birds of a feather flock togetherDios los cría y ellos se juntan
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bushmás vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando
see also early C
2. (Brit) (Theat) to get the birdganarse un abucheo, ser pateado
to give sb the birdabuchear a algn, patear a algn
3. (Brit) (= girl) → chica f, pollita f, niña f (LAm); (= girlfriend) → chica f, amiguita f
4. (= fellow) → tipo m, tío m (Sp)
he's a queer birdes un bicho raro
5. (= imprisonment) to do two years birdpasar dos años a la sombra
B. CPD bird bath Npila f para pájaros
bird brain Ncasquivano/a m/f
bird call Nreclamo m
bird dog N (US) → perro m de caza
bird fancier Ncriador(a) m/f de pájaros
bird flu Ngripe f aviar
bird nesting N to go bird nestingir a buscar nidos
bird of paradise Nave f del paraíso
bird of passage Nave f de paso
bird of prey Nave f de rapiña
bird sanctuary Nreserva f de pájaros
bird's nest Nnido m de pájaro
bird table N mesita de jardín para poner comida a los pájaros

bird

[ˈbɜːrd] n
(= animal) → oiseau m
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush → un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras
to kill two birds with one stone → faire d'une pierre deux coups
to tell sb about the birds and the bees (humorous) (= the facts of life) → expliquer à qn que les bébés ne naissent pas dans les choux
birds of a feather flock together → qui se ressemble s'assemble
to give sb the bird (= boo) [audience] → huer qn, siffler qn
(British) (= girl) → nana f
to do bird (British) (= do time in prison) → faire de la taulebird bath n (in garden)abreuvoir m à oiseauxbird brain ntête f de linotte

bird

n
Vogel m; bird of paradise/passage (lit, fig)Paradies-/Zugvogel m; to eat like a bird (fig inf)essen wie ein Spatz (inf); the bird has flown (fig)der Vogel ist ausgeflogen; a little bird told me (inf)das sagt mir mein kleiner Finger; that’s strictly for the birds (inf)das ist geschenkt (inf); a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (Prov) → der Spatz in der Hand ist besser als die Taube auf dem Dach (Prov); to tell somebody about the birds and the beesjdm erzählen, wo die kleinen Kinder herkommen ? feather, kill
(Cook) → Vogel m (hum inf)
(Brit inf: = girl) → Tussi f (sl)
(inf: = person) → Vogel m (inf); he’s a cunning old birder ist ein alter Fuchs
to give somebody the bird (esp Brit inf: = boo) → jdn auspfeifen; (US sl: = show the finger) → jdm den Stinkefinger zeigen; to get the bird (esp Brit inf) → ausgepfiffen werden; (US sl) → den Stinkefinger gezeigt bekommen
(Brit, inf, = prison term) → Knast m (inf); to do birdsitzen (inf)

bird

:
birdbath
nVogelbad nt
bird box
bird brain
n (inf) to be a birdein Spatzenhirn haben (inf)
birdcage
nVogelbauer ntor -käfig m
bird call
nVogelruf m
bird dog (US)
n (lit, fig)Spürhund m
vt (inf)beschatten (inf)

bird

:
bird fancier
bird flu
birdhouse

bird

:
bird-like
adjvogelartig
birdlime
nVogelleim m
bird of passage
n (lit, fig)Zugvogel m
bird of prey
nRaubvogel m
bird plague
bird sanctuary
birdseed
nVogelfutter nt

bird

:
birdsong
nVogelgesang m
bird table
nFutterplatz m (für Vögel)
bird-watcher
nVogelbeobachter(in) m(f)

bird

[bɜːd] nuccello (Brit) (fam) (girl) → tipa, bambola
have you put the bird in the oven? → hai messo il pollo (or il tacchino ) nel forno?
a little bird told me (hum) → me l'ha detto l'uccellino
the early bird catches the worm (Proverb) → chi dorme non piglia pesci
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush (Proverb) → meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani
birds of a feather flock together (Proverb) → chi si assomiglia si piglia
to kill two birds with one stone → prendere due piccioni con una fava

bird

(bəːd) noun
a two-legged feathered creature, with a beak and two wings, with which most can fly. Kiwis and ostriches are birds which cannot fly.
bird's-eye view
a general view from above. a bird's-eye view of the town from an aeroplane.

bird

طَائِر pták fugl Vogel πουλί ave lintu oiseau ptica uccello vogel fugl ptak pássaro птица fågel นก kuş chim

bird

n ave f, pájaro
References in classic literature ?
I'll make him a shroud, and he shall be buried in the garden, and I'll never have another bird, never, my Pip
Their restless activity, like unto the beating of the wings of an imprisoned bird, had given him his name.
he cried, opening the hall door, to confront a bald-headed man who stood peering at our hero with bright snapping eyes, like those of some big bird spying out the land from afar.
Misfortune seemed to settle like an evil bird on the roof of the log house, and to flap its wings there, warning human beings away.
Is he a bird, to spread his wings; or is he a fish, to swim without air
Bird, attacked Riddle's and Martin's stations, at the Forks of Licking River, with six pieces of artillery.
This natural tunefulness made Phoebe seem like a bird in a shadowy tree; or conveyed the idea that the stream of life warbled through her heart as a brook sometimes warbles through a pleasant little dell.
No, he answered, generally he's an early bird -- airley to bed and airley to rise --yes, he's the bird what catches the worm.
The light of the cheerful fire shone on the rug and carpet of a cosey parlor, and glittered on the sides of the tea-cups and well-brightened tea-pot, as Senator Bird was drawing off his boots, preparatory to inserting his feet in a pair of new handsome slippers, which his wife had been working for him while away on his senatorial tour.
By this time the sun was near setting, but quite suddenly it fell dark, something like a huge black cloud came swiftly over me, and I saw with amazement that it was a bird of extraordinary size which was hovering near.
The other bird answered, 'He will have to seek help from the Witch-maiden,[3] who will doubtless be able to put him on the right track.
The first little bird flew into the bush where Timmy and Goody Tiptoes were quietly tying up their bags, and it sang--"Who's- bin digging-up MY nuts?