Origin of bi
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Origin of bi-1
words often confused with bi-
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WORDS THAT USE BI-
What does bi- mean?
What are variants of bi-?
Bi- is related to the combining form bin– and is used with some words or word elements beginning with vowels. These two forms have similar origins, and for that reason, the difference between the two is a small yet important nuance: bi- often means “twice,” while bin- typically means “double.”
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use bin- article.
Examples of bi-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features bi- is biannual, which can mean either “occurring twice a year” or “occurring every two years.”
Confused? You’re not alone! When it comes to indicating dates on the calendar, bi- likes to have it both ways, as it were. Learn some tips on using biannual and other tricky terms like biweekly here.
We know bi- means “twice,” but what about the -annual portion of the word? You guessed it: -annual means “yearly,” from Latin annuālis. Biannual literally translates to “twice yearly.”
What are some words that use the combining form bi-?
The following words use the equivalent forms of bi- in Latin:
What are some other forms that bi- may be commonly confused with?
How to use bi in a sentence
Are you bi-coastal now, between Portlandia and Late Night with Seth Meyers?Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a professed bi-sexual, Evans is misunderstood by those who find her choices offensive.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2009 Grindr debuted, a dating (or, really, hook-up) app geared towards gay, bi-sexual, and bi-curious men.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set|Aurora Snow|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Elsewhere, the bi-communal separation continues, with fierce nationalists seemingly intent on cementing this divide.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever|Peter Schwartzstein|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The typically somber atmosphere at the bi-annual church convocation was punctuated by hollers, applause and a shout of “brill!”Church of England Gets Female Bishops and a Conservative Backlash|Nico Hines|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the first ten years the sessions were bi-annual, but since 1895 have been held every five years.
It seems to me, Hinnissy, that this here thing called bi-ography is a kind iv an offset f'r histhry.
Histhry lies on wan side, an' bi-ography comes along an' makes it rowl over an' lie on th' other side.
Th' on'y bi-ography I care about is th' one Mulligan th' stone-cutter will chop out f'r me.
I like Mulligan's style, f'r he's no flatthrer, an' he has wan model iv bi-ography that he uses f'r old an' young, rich an' poor.
British Dictionary definitions for bi (1 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for bi (2 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for bi (3 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for bi (4 of 5)
sometimes before a vowel bin-
- denoting an organic compound containing two identical cyclic hydrocarbon systemsbiphenyl
- (rare in technical usage) indicating an acid salt of a dibasic acidsodium bicarbonate
- (not in technical usage) equivalent of di- 1 (def. 2a)