Dictionary: BOOT'ED – BORD'ER

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BOOT'ED, pp.

Having boots on. – Dryden.

BOOT-EE', n.

A word sometimes used for a half or short boot.

BO-O'TES, n.

A northern constellation, consisting, according to Flamstead's catalogue, of fifty-four stars.

BOOTH, n. [W. bwth; Ir. boith or both; G. bude; Russ. budka; Ch. בית, bith, a house, and to lodge for a night; also in the Ar. Sam. Syr. Eth. and Heb. beth, a house or booth, a nest for birds. Probably the sense is, a dwelling, from lodging, abiding.]

A house or shed built of boards, boughs of trees, or other slight materials, for a temporary residence. – Bible. Camden.

BOOT'-HOSE, n. [boot and hose.]

Stocking-hose, or spatterdashes, in lieu of boots. – Shak.


A machine for drawing off boots.

BOOT'LEG, n. [boot and leg.]

Leather cut out for the leg of a boot. – Ash.

BOOT'LESS, a. [from boot.]

Unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without advantage or success. – Shak.


Without use or profit.


State of being unavailing.

BOOT'TOP-PING, n. [boot and top.]

The operation of cleansing a ship's bottom, near the surface of the water, by scraping off the grass, slime, shells, &c., and daubing it with a mixture of tallow, sulphur, and resin. – Mar. Dict.


An instrument to stretch and widen the leg of a boot, consisting of two pieces, shaped like a leg, between which, when put into the boot, a wedge is driven. – Encyc.

BOOT'Y, n. [Sw. byte; Dan. bytte; D. buit; G. beute; It. bottino; Sp. botin; Fr. butin; D. buiten, to rove. See But.]

  1. Spoil taken from an enemy in war; plunder; pillage. – Milton.
  2. That which is seized by violence and robbery. – Shak. To play booty, is to play dishonestly, with an intent to lose. – Johnson.

BO-PEEP', n. [bo, an exclamation, and peep.]

The act of looking out or from behind something and drawing back, as children in play, for the purpose of frightening each other. – Shak. Dryden.

BOR'A-BLE, a. [See Bore.]

That may be bored. [Little used.]

BO-RACH'IO, n. [Sp. borracho, drunk.]

  1. A drunkard. – Congreve.
  2. A bottle or cask. [Not used.] – Dryden.

BO-RAC'IC, a. [See Borax.]

Pertaining to or produced from borax. Boracic acid, a compound of a peculiar base, boron, with oxygen. It is generally obtained from borax, by adding sulphuric acid. It is also found native, in certain mineral springs in Italy.


Borate of magnesia; magnesian earth combined with boracic acid. It is generally of a cubic form, and remarkable for its electrical properties when heated. – Cleaveland.

BOR'AGE, n. [bur'rage.]

A plant of the genus Borago.


A salt formed by a combination of boracic acid with any base. – Fourcroy.

BO'RAX, n. [Pers. بُوَرْه; Ar. بُوَرقٌ borakon, from بَرَقَ baraka, to shine; Russ. bura.]

Biborate of soda; a salt formed by the combination of boracic acid with the marine alkali soda. It is brought from the East Indies, where it is said to be found at the bottom or on the margin of certain lakes, particularly in Thibet. It is said to be artificially prepared in Persia, like niter. It comes in three states. 1. Crude borax, tinkal, or chrysocolla, from Persia, in greenish masses of a greasy feel, or in opake crystals. 2. Borax of China, somewhat purer, in small plates or masses, irregularly crystalized, and of a dirty white. 3. Dutch or purified borax, in portions of transparent crystals, which is the kind generally used. It is an excellent flux in docimastic operations, and useful in sodering metals. – Encyc. Cleaveland. Hooper.



BORD'EL, or BORD-EL'LO, n. [Fr. bordel, a brothel; D. bordeel; Ger. bordell; It. bordello; Sp. burdel; Arm. bordell; from bord, a house. This is the Eng. brothel.]

A brothel; a bawdy-house; a house devoted to prostitution. – B. Jonson.


The keeper of a brothel. – Gower.

BORD'ER, n. [Fr. and Arm. bord; Sp. bordo; Port. borda; It. bordo. See Board.]

The outer edge of any thing; the extreme part or surrounding line; the confine or exterior limit of a country, or of any region or tract of land; the exterior part or edge of a garment, or of the corol of plants; the rim or brim of a vessel, but not often applied to vessels; the exterior part of a garden, and hence a bank raised at the side of a garden for the cultivation of flowers, and a row of plants; in short, the outer part or edge of things too numerous to be specified.