a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.
at someone’s beck and call, ready to do someone’s bidding; subject to someone’s slightest wish:
He has three servants at his beck and call.
to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.
a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
at someone’s beck and call, ready to obey someone’s orders instantly; subject to someone’s slightest whim
(in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
late 14c., “mute signal,” from noun use of bekken (v.), variant of becnan “to beckon” (see beckon). Transferred sense of “slightest indication of will” is from late 15c.
c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).
see: at someone’s beck and call
- Bedford heights
a town in N Ohio.
John of Lancaster, Duke of, 1389–1435, English regent of France. a city in N Texas. a city in NE Ohio, near Cleveland. a city in S Indiana. a city in NE Massachusetts. former name of North Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire. Contemporary Examples Nina Strochlic reports on the new documentary ‘Mothers of Bedford.’ ‘Mothers of Bedford’: New Documentary […]
the frame of a bed, including the bedrails, headboard, and footboard. Contemporary Examples Also, on their honeymoon, Edward breaks the bedframe from the ferocity of boning. The Future of Twilight Natasha Vargas-Cooper June 30, 2010 Historical Examples He lay on a high bed, surrounded by prim white walls, and there was even a chart of […]
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verb (preposition) (engineering) to fit (parts) together accurately or (of parts) to be fitted together, either through machining or use, as in fitting a bearing to its shaft (preposition) to make or become settled and able to work efficiently in harmony