Dictionary: BE-WITCH'ER-Y – BE'ZOAR

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Fascination; charm; resistless power of any thing that pleases. – South.


Alluring; fascinating. – Milton.


That has power to bewitch or fascinate; that has power to control by the arts of pleasing.


Fascinating; charming.


In a fascinating manner. – Hallywell.


Quality of bewitching.


Fascination; power of charming. – Shak.

BE-WON'DER-ED, a. [be and wonder.]

Amazed. [Not used.] – Fairfax.

BE-WRAP', v.t. [berap'. be and wrap.]

To wrap up.

BE-WRAY', v.t. [bera'y; Chaucer has wraie, wreye, wray, and in the infinitive bewrien, to discover, as if from Sax. wrecan, to tell. In Sax. awreon, onwreon, signify to reveal, as if the negative of wrigan, to cover.]

To disclose perfidiously; to betray; to show or make visible. Thy speech bewrayeth thee. – Matth. xxiii. [This word is nearly antiquated.]


Disclosed; indicated; betrayed; exposed to view.


A divulger of secrets; a discoverer.


Disclosing; making known or visible.


In a manner to bewray.


Act of bewraying.

BE-WRECK', v.t. [bereck'; be and wreck.]

To ruin; to destroy. [Not used.]

BE-WROUGHT', a. [beraut'; be and work.]

Worked. [Not used.] – B. Jonson.

BEY, n.

In the Turkish dominions; a governor of a town or particular district of country; also, in some places, a prince; the same as the Arabic Beg. [See Beg.] – Eton. Encyc.

BE-YOND', adv.

At a distance; yonder. – Spenser.

BE-YOND', prep. [Sax. begeond, begeondan, of be and geond, yond, yonder. This is the participle of the verb gan, to go, to pass. It coincides with the D. gaande, the participle of the present tense of the same verb gaan, to go; Dan. gaaende. Literally, then, it signifies by-passing, or by-past; or as we now say, past by, gone by.]

  1. On the further side of; on the side most distant, at any indefinite distance from that side; as, beyond a river, or the sea, either a mile beyond, or a hundred miles beyond the river.
  2. Before; at a place not yet reached. A thing beyond us, even before our death. – Pope.
  3. Past; out of reach of; further than any given limit; further than the extent of any thing else; as, beyond our power; beyond comprehension; beyond dispute; beyond our care.
  4. Above; in a degree exceeding or surpassing; proceeding to a greater degree, as in dignity, excellence, or quality of any kind; as, one man is great or good beyond another. To go beyond is a phrase which expresses an excess in some action or scheme; to exceed in ingenuity, in research, or in any thing else: hence, in a bad sense, to deceive or circumvent. Let no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter. – St. Paul.

BEZ'AN, n.

A cotton cloth from Bengal, white or striped. – Encyc.

BEZ-ANT', n.

A gold coin of Byzantium. [See Byzant.]

BE-ZANT'LER, n. [from antler.]

The branch of a deer's horn, next above the brow antler. – Encyc.

BEZ'EL, n. [Qu. Ch. בזל, bezal, limits, confines; Sw. betzel, a rein; betzla, to curb.]

The upper part of the collet of a ring, which encompasses and fastens the stone. – Bailey.

BE'ZOAR, n. [Pers. بَادْزَهْر badzhar, which Castle interprets “ventus, i.e. dissipator veneni, alexipharmicum omne, quod venenum pellit, et spirituum facultates retinet,” from بَادْ bad, wind, breath, spirit, and زَهْر zahr, poison. Others make it pazahar, against poison, an antidote for poison. Others derive the word from paseng, or pasahr, the name of the goat in Persia.]

  1. An antidote; a general name for certain animal substances supposed to be efficacious in preventing the fatal effects of poison. Bezoar is a calcarious concretion found in the stomach of certain ruminant animals, composed of concentric coats surrounding each other, with a little cavity in the middle, containing a bit of wood, straw, hair, or the like substance. There are two sorts; the oriental, from Persia and the East Indies, of a shining dark green or olive color, with a smooth surface; and the occidental, from the Spanish West Indies, which has a rough surface, is less green, much heavier, more brittle, and of a looser texture. The oriental is generally less than a walnut; the occidental is larger, and sometimes as large as a goose egg. – Encyc. The oriental bezoars are generally of a resinous composition and combustible. – Thomson.
  2. In a more general sense, any substance formed, stratum upon stratum, in the stomach or intestines of animals. – Encyc. This name is also given to the biliary calculi of certain animals. – Cyc. Fossil-bezoar is a figured stone, formed, like the animal bezoar, with several coats round some extraneous body, which serves as a nucleus; found chiefly in Sicily, in sand and clay pits. It is of a purple color, and of the size of a walnut. It seems to be of the nature of bole armenian, and is called Sicilian earth. – Encyc. Bezoar-mineral. This preparation is an oxyd of antimony, produced by distilling the nitrous acid several times to dryness from the sublimated muriate of antimony. – Nicholson.