Balder



a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed.
having little or no hair on the scalp:
a bald head; a bald person.
destitute of some natural growth or covering:
a bald mountain.
lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned:
a bald prose style.
open; undisguised:
a bald lie.
Zoology. having white on the head:
the bald eagle.
Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
to become bald.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
Historical Examples

The story of Balder is, in reality, the most ancient form of the Siegfried myth.
The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin

When Balder saw it, he declared that nothing could be more to his taste.
The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893 Various

But go thou back to Asgard; and, if every thing shall weep for Balder, then I will send him to you.
The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin

Even Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

The asas took the corpse of Balder and brought it to the sea-shore.
The Younger Edda Snorre

If there ever was a man who was made for a soldier, it’s Balder.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

The longer Balder gazed at it, the more human-like did it appear.
Idolatry Julian Hawthorne

Balder was the most god-like of all the gods, because he was the purest and the best.
Children’s Literature Charles Madison Curry

Balder, with equal docility, vaulted the gate, and moved away down the lane at the bidding of the keeper.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

Moreover, Balder the Bright is the glory of heaven and the love of the earth.
Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine

noun
(Norse myth) a god, son of Odin and Frigg, noted for his beauty and sweet nature. He was killed by a bough of mistletoe thrown by the blind god Höd, misled by the malicious Loki
adjective
having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
lacking natural growth or covering
plain or blunt: a bald statement
bare or simple; unadorned
Also baldfaced. (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
(of a tyre) having a worn tread
adj.

c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal “white patch, blaze” especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, gleam;” see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam “brightness, forehead,” Greek phalos “white,” Latin fulcia “coot” (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale “forehead.” But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of “smooth, round” also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.

bald (bôld)
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.

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