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.
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.
bottled in bond.
bail bond.
Blue Book.
B’nai B’rith.
Bureau of the Budget.
bail bond.
B and B (def 1).
Billie Jean (Moffitt)
[mof-it] /ˈmɒf ɪt/ (Show IPA), born 1943, U.S. tennis player.
Clarence, 1842–1901, U.S. geologist and cartographer.
Coretta Scott [kaw-ret-uh] /kɔˈrɛt ə/ (Show IPA), 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.
Maxine (“Micki”) born 1944, U.S. springboard diver.
Richard, 1825–85, U.S. rancher and steamboat operator.
Riley B (“B.B”) born 1925, 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 DeVane
[duh-veyn] /dəˈveɪn/ (Show IPA), 1786–1853, vice president of the U.S. 1853.
Contemporary Examples

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 Liesl Schillinger June 1, 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 Ilana Glazer February 11, 2013

The 12-year-old boy was shot by a police officer after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun.
The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown Nina Strochlic November 24, 2014

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 Emily Shire August 7, 2014

It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol.
The 14 Teens Killed by Cops Since Michael Brown Nina Strochlic November 24, 2014

Historical Examples

These things excited the jealousy of BB, and he determined to take revenge.
Curiosities of Human Nature Anonymous

Straight into his eye and into his brain, if he had any, the BB shot had gone.
Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux

Since the mass aa′BB′ moves uniformly, the external forces acting on it are in equilibrium.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1 Various

Let BB be part of the pitch-circle, and a the point where a tooth is to cross it.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 8 Various

Two of the enemy were in sight, one BB of Sairm, the other Banda-al.
The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

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; monarch related adjectives royal regal monarchical

a ruler or chief: king 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 direction See also check (sense 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

verb (transitive)
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)

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]


(also kingpin) The leader; chief: king ofthe motorcycle jumpers (entry form 1382+, variant 1867+)
A prison warden (1940s+ Underworld)
A yardmaster or freight conductor (1940s+ Railroad)

The country code for Barbados.
ball bearing
base on balls
B’nai B’rith
small shot pellet (from “ball bearing”)
bail bond

is in Scripture very generally used to denote one invested with authority, whether extensive or limited. There were thirty-one kings in Canaan (Josh. 12:9, 24), whom Joshua subdued. Adonibezek subdued seventy kings (Judg. 1:7). In the New Testament the Roman emperor is spoken of as a king (1 Pet. 2:13, 17); and Herod Antipas, who was only a tetrarch, is also called a king (Matt. 14:9; Mark 6:22). This title is applied to God (1 Tim. 1:17), and to Christ, the Son of God (1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Matt. 27:11). The people of God are also called “kings” (Dan. 7:22, 27; Matt. 19:28; Rev. 1:6, etc.). Death is called the “king of terrors” (Job 18:14). Jehovah was the sole King of the Jewish nation (1 Sam. 8:7; Isa. 33:22). But there came a time in the history of that people when a king was demanded, that they might be like other nations (1 Sam. 8:5). The prophet Samuel remonstrated with them, but the people cried out, “Nay, but we will have a king over us.” The misconduct of Samuel’s sons was the immediate cause of this demand. The Hebrew kings did not rule in their own right, nor in name of the people who had chosen them, but partly as servants and partly as representatives of Jehovah, the true King of Israel (1 Sam. 10:1). The limits of the king’s power were prescribed (1 Sam. 10:25). The officers of his court were, (1) the recorder or remembrancer (2 Sam. 8:16; 1 Kings 4:3); (2) the scribe (2 Sam. 8:17; 20:25); (3) the officer over the house, the chief steward (Isa. 22:15); (4) the “king’s friend,” a confidential companion (1 Kings 4:5); (5) the keeper of the wardrobe (2 Kings 22:14); (6) captain of the bodyguard (2 Sam. 20:23); (7) officers over the king’s treasures, etc. (1 Chr. 27:25-31); (8) commander-in-chief of the army (1 Chr. 27:34); (9) the royal counsellor (1 Chr. 27:32; 2 Sam. 16:20-23). (For catalogue of kings of Israel and Judah see chronological table in Appendix.)

In addition to the idiom beginning with king


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