- a size of shot, 0.18 inches (0.46 cm) in diameter, fired from an air rifle or BB gun.
- Also called BB shot. shot of this size.
Origin of BB
- a quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond, lower than BBB and higher than B.
- ball bearing.
- Baseball. base on balls; bases on balls.
- bail bond.
- Blue Book.
- B'nai B'rith.
- Bureau of the Budget.
- bottled in bond.
- bail bond.
- Billie Jean (Mof·fitt) [mof-it] /ˈmɒf ɪt/, born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
- Clarence,1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
- Co·ret·ta Scott [kaw-ret-uh] /kɔˈrɛt ə/, 1927–2006, U.S. civil rights leader (widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- Ernest Joseph,1878–1956, U.S. naval officer.
- Martin Luther, Jr.,1929–68, U.S. Baptist minister: civil-rights leader; Nobel Peace Prize 1964.
- MaxineMicki, born 1944, U.S. springboard diver.
- Richard,1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
- Riley B.B.B., 1925–2015, U.S. blues singer and guitarist.
- Rufus,1755–1827, U.S. political leader and statesman.
- Stephen,born 1947, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
- William Lyon Mackenzie,1874–1950, Canadian statesman: prime minister 1921–26, 1926–30, 1935–48.
- William Rufus De·Vane [duh-veyn] /dəˈveɪn/, 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.
Examples from the Web for bb
The 12-year-old boy was shot by a police officer after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun.
It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol.
One woman, BB, is a former pastor who was outed to her congregation before she could even tell her loved ones.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
An illegal stock tip is not the same thing as a swindle; but $68 million buys a lot of basketballs and BB guns.What Tolstoy Teaches Us About Insider Trading
June 2, 2013
There is a reason why I keep a bb gun in my nightstand that could easily be mistaken for a handgun.Gun Violence Just Hit My Campus
February 12, 2013
Straight into his eye and into his brain, if he had any, the BB shot had gone.Frank of Freedom Hill
Samuel A. Derieux
Hes a grand horse, said BB; hes the grandest horse that ever was!A Horse's Tale
Let BB be part of the pitch-circle, and a the point where a tooth is to cross it.
In fig. 1, aa is the body of the lock, bb the bolt and cc the key.
Let ω be the section and v the velocity of the stream at bb.
- Boys' Brigade
- (on Brit pencils) double black: denoting a very soft lead
- a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated adjectives: royal, regal, monarchical
- a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
- (in combination)the pirate king
- a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
- (as modifier)a king bull
- any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
- the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any directionSee also check (def. 30), checkmate
- draughts a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
- king of kings
- a title of any of various oriental monarchs
- to make (someone) a king
- king it to act in a superior fashion
- B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
- Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: winner of twelve Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon (1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975) and the US Open (1967, 1971–72, and 1974)
- Martin Luther. 1929–68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
- Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything's Eventual (2002)
- William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874–1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)
Word Origin and History for bb
Old English cyning "king, ruler," from Proto-Germanic *kuninggaz (cf. Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Danish konge, Old Saxon and Old High German kuning, Middle High German künic, German König). Possibly related to Old English cynn "family, race" (see kin), making a king originally a "leader of the people;" or from a related root suggesting "noble birth," making a king originally "one who descended from noble birth." The sociological and ideological implications render this a topic of much debate.
Finnish kuningas "king," Old Church Slavonic kunegu "prince" (Russian knyaz, Bohemian knez), Lithuanian kunigas "clergyman" are loans from Germanic.
As leon is the king of bestes. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
In Old English, used for names of chiefs of Anglian and Saxon tribes or clans, then of the states they founded. Also extended to British and Danish chiefs they fought. The chess piece so called from early 15c.; the playing card from 1560s; use in checkers/draughts first recorded 1820. Applied in nature to species deemed remarkably big or dominant (e.g. king crab, 1690s). In marketing, king-size is from 1939, originally of cigarettes.
[I]t was [Eugene] Field who haunted the declining years of Creston Clarke with his review of that actor's Lear. ... Said he, "Mr. Clarke played the King all the evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace." ["Theatre Magazine," January 1922]
Idioms and Phrases with bb
In addition to the idiom beginning with king
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