any ground beetle of the genus Brachinus, which ejects a puff of volatile fluid from its abdomen with a popping sound when disturbed.
a bass reed stop on a pipe organ. a large, deep-toned, valved, brass wind instrument resembling a tuba. Historical Examples Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2 Various The Complete Opera Book Gustav Kobb Fly Fishing in Wonderland Klahowya The Complete Opera Book Gustav Kobb noun a brass instrument of the tuba type, similar […]
bombazine. Historical Examples The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., in Nine Volumes, Volume the Second Samuel Johnson Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII Robert Kerr
speech too pompous for an occasion; pretentious words. Obsolete. cotton or other material used to stuff garments; padding. Obsolete, bombastic. Contemporary Examples VIDEO: What Do Israelis Wish For Iranians? Elisheva Goldberg August 4, 2013 GOP Still Desperate for White Knight Despite Romney’s Michigan, Arizona Wins Michelle Cottle February 28, 2012 Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New […]
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious. Contemporary Examples Alec Baldwin Uncensored: On His HBO Doc, Bloomberg, Polanski, and The New York Times Marlow Stern October 21, 2013 Homeland’s Tracy Letts, Writer of ‘August: Osage County,’ Says Oscar Mania Is Frustrating Jason Lynch November 4, 2013 Paul Begala: Damn You, John Roberts, for Upholding […]